Dylan Haskins

Dylan Haskins (born 20 June 1987) is an Irish broadcaster and social entrepreneur.

Dylan Haskins
Dylan Haskins
Born (1987-06-20) 20 June 1987
ResidenceLondon / Dublin [1]
EducationStudied History of Art and Classical Civilisation at Trinity College, Dublin (TCD)[2]
EmployerRaidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ)
Known forTwo Tube on RTÉ Two

Haskins first became known as a proponent of the DIY ethic in Ireland for his work on several projects initiated as a teenager, including the establishment of all ages, non-alcohol spaces in north Wicklow and Dublin.[3][4]

Haskins since became involved with broadcasting, independent music management, social entrepreneurship, social activism and politics. He was an unsuccessful independent candidate in the 2011 general election.


Soundings Podcast

In 2013 Haskins launched the Soundings Podcast, a cultural podcast that he co-hosted with singer Lisa Hannigan, where they would discuss "culture, books, music, theatre, films and other weird things that happen."[5] Throughout the first eleven podcast Haskins and Hannigan discussed and engaged in a variety of activities including interviewing notable guest like Dermot O' Leary and Harry Shearer, going on an outing to Chislehurst caves, attending art exhibitions and attending a performance of Stephen Ward the Musical. Although each episode the hosts, sometimes joined by guests, discussed their opinions on recent books, films, exhibitions and plays, from the onset Haskins was clear that the Soundings was not a review show stating that "People make art to express their ideas and provoke thought and conversation, which is what this show is all about."[5] The podcast quickly won fans for its relaxed style and the easy chemistry between its hosts. Writing for Metro UK, Rahul Verma described the podcast as a "lively, informed arts and culture chat with a fresh, unpretentious feel."[6] Haskins and Hannigan later expanded the podcast into the Holy Trinity series where they recorded live discussions with panels of guests including actress and writer Sharon Horgan, drag queen and activist Panti Bliss, Fr. Peter McVerry and war photographer Giles Duley.


Haskins ran gigs in his former home, The Hideaway House which became a hub for the DIY music scene in Dublin[3][7][8] and his independent record label Hide Away Records.[4][9][10][11] Hide Away Records’ most notable release is the debut album of popular Irish band Heathers, whom Haskins also managed from 2007-2009.[3] Their debut album ‘Here, Not There’ featured the popular single ‘Remember When’, which was used in a 2010 Fáilte Ireland advertising campaign.[12][13]

Social activism

In May 2009, Haskins was a member of a group that founded Exchange Dublin,[14] an arts centre in Temple Bar with the support of Project Arts Centre, where he sits on the Board of Directors.[15][16] The Exchange is now run by a collective of volunteers, and provides an independent space for meetings, events and exhibitions. The project received a Dublin City Council arts award in 2010, a Music Network/Arts Council Music Capital Scheme award in 2009 and Arts Council funding in 2009. It received funding from the Arts Council until it closed its doors in 2014.[17][18][19][20]

Later in 2009, Haskins curated and directed the event ‘Culture and the City: the debate’ for Temple Bar Cultural Trust. It took the form of a masked debate about culture in Dublin at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. The debate focused on the question ‘Is this city fit for purpose?’. The event was praised as an innovative approach to an urban public forum.[21][22] Also, that year, Haskins collaborated with a group of NCAD students called 'Office of Public Works' to organize 'Change?', a week of film, open exhibitions and discourse on the notion of societal change that involved photographers, secondary school students and members of the public. It took place in Project Arts Centre.[23]


Haskins is also a broadcaster on Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ) television and radio. He presented the first series of Two Tube on RTÉ Two, and since May 2010 has worked as a reporter for Arena, an arts programme on RTÉ Radio 1. In December 2011 he began presenting coverage of Other Voices (TV series) for guardian.co.uk[24][25] and covered the series in Derry in 2013 and 2014.[26]


In 2008, Haskins directed a documentary called Roll Up Your Sleeves about DIY counterculture.[3] DIY figures including Ian MacKaye of the band Fugazi, Ellen Lupton, and Dutch band The Ex took part in the documentary. The film was funded by Broadcasting Commission of Ireland Sound & Vision Award. It was produced by Project Arts Centre for DCTV. Roll Up Your Sleeves premiered at the 2009 Stranger Than Fiction Festival in the IFI in Dublin.[27] In January 2011, the film was made available free online.[28][29][30]


From a young age Haskins took an active interest in community and social issues. In his interview with Jarlath Regan on The Irishman Abroad podcast Haskins expressed his frustration at a very young age about the lack of facilities available to young people in Ireland. Early political activities included petitioning for a skate park in his local area and attempting to turn a local disused building into a community centre.[31] Haskins became increasing frustrated with the slow process of trying to make changes through official channels and the lack of engagement of local politicians.[31] Haskins was an independent candidate for the Dublin South-East constituency in the 2011 general election.[32] His campaign was the subject of Irish and international media attention with appearances on BBC Newsnight, BBC World Service and Al Jazeera[33] and articles in The Guardian[34] and Le Monde.[35] Haskins was eliminated on the fourth count with 1,928 votes. The four constituency seats were eventually divided between Fine Gael’s Lucinda Creighton and Eoghan Murphy and Labour’s Ruairi Quinn and Kevin Humphreys. Haskins was entitled to a refund of €8,700 in election expenses which he subsequently combined with the remainder of his election funds and donated €10,000 to 10 Irish charities.[36][37]


  1. "Settling in London is much easier for our generation". Irish Times. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  2. Josh Roberts. "Dylan Haskins donates failed election funds to charity". Trinity News. Archived from the original on 17 July 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  3. Jarlath Regan (5 May 2014). "Dylan Haskins". An Irishman Abroad (Podcast) (33 ed.). SoundCloud. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  4. Carroll, Jim (9 January 2009). "On The Record » The dude from the Hideaway House". Irish Times. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  5. Hannigan, Lisa; Haskins, Dylan. "Soundings 1: Blue is the Warmest Colour, Paul Muldoon's rock lyrics and Subcultures Exhibition". iTunes. Retrieved 10 October 2013.
  6. Verma, Rahul. "Soundings Review". Metro UK. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  7. "Hideaway House Gig". nialler9.com. May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  8. "Video: Hideaway House – the farewell". State.ie. 25 May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 February 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  9. "RTÉ Two: Two Tube". RTÉ.ie. Archived from the original on 13 January 2010. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  10. "The Hot List Part 6". Sunday Tribune. 4 January 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  11. "Staying Live". The Irish Times. 5 December 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  12. "A Dublin duet". Sunday Tribune. 11 October 2009. Archived from the original on 13 October 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  13. "The 50 best Irish music acts right now". The Irish Times. 3 April 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  14. Official website of Exchange Dublin Archived 26 January 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  15. "New rock space for Dublin youth". The Irish Times. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  16. "When I'm not in college studying . ." The Irish Times. 2 February 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  17. "Exchange-Finances". Exchange Dublin. Archived from the original on 20 April 2014. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  18. "Music Capital Scheme". Music Network. 2009. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  19. "Young ensembles scheme". 2011. Archived from the original on 10 June 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  20. "Temple Bar Exchange forced to close its doors". The Irish Times. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  21. "Public invited to air views at 'masked' debate". The Irish Times. 14 August 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  22. Cody, Caitrina (14 August 2009). "Shy individuals get to unmask their feelings". Independent.ie. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  23. "Office of Public Works". Project Arts Centre. 23 January 2009. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  24. "Other Voices festival comes to life - video". The Guardian. 2 December 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  25. "Other Voices: 'Dingle is the Vegas of the west of Ireland' – video". The Guardian. 4 December 2011. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  26. "Other Voices festival in Derry 2014: day two - video". The Guardian. 9 February 2014. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  27. Get fit for 2010 (13 June 2009). "Irish communities are hitting the big screen". Independent.ie. Retrieved 3 February 2010.
  28. Ryan, Larry (7 January 2011). "Caught in the Net: Catch M.I.A's mixtape if you can". The Independent. London.
  29. Udell, Phil. "Watch Roll Up Your Sleeves DIY documentary". State.ie. Archived from the original on 26 February 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  30. "Watch: Roll Up Your Sleeves: The DIY Counterculture". nialler9.com. December 2010. Archived from the original on 11 March 2011. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  31. Regan, Jarlath. "An Irishman Abroad: Episode 33". Retrieved 6 May 2014.
  32. "General election 2011: Dublin South–East". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 February 2011.
  33. Ingle, Roisin (5 March 2011). "For anyone who missed him on Newsnight or the BBC World Service or Al Jazeera during the campaign". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  34. McDonald, Henry (20 February 2011). "Ireland's recession could force 50,000 to emigrate this year". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  35. Fenoglio, Jérôme (27 February 2011). "La jeunesse irlandaise s'interroge sur son avenir dans un pays miné par la crise" [Ireland's youth considers its future in a county undone by crisis]. Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  36. "Haskins to donate election funds". The Irish Times. 8 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.
  37. "Haskins to donate refunded election expenses to charities and good causes". TheJournal.ie. 7 February 2012. Retrieved 4 March 2012.

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