The Helix, Dublin

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The Helix
The Helix , Dublin City University - - 517797.jpg
The Helix in August 2007
Full name Helix Centre for the Performing Arts
Former names North Dublin Arts Centre (planning/construction)
Address Collins Avenue Extension
Dublin D9
D09 FW22
Location Glasnevin
Coordinates 53°23′11″N 6°15′34″W / 53.38639°N 6.25944°W / 53.38639; -6.25944Coordinates: 53°23′11″N 6°15′34″W / 53.38639°N 6.25944°W / 53.38639; -6.25944
Owner Dublin City Council
Operator UAC Management
Capacity 1,300 (Mahony Hall)
433 (Helix Theatre)
Broke ground August 2000 (2000-08)
Opened 21 October 2002 (2002-10-21)
Construction cost €36.5 million
Architect Wejchert Architects
Project manager Healy Kelly & Partners
General contractor Bennett Construction
Venue Website

The Helix is a multi-purpose venue located on the Dublin City University Glasnevin campus in Dublin. It was officially opened by then President of Ireland, Mary McAleese on the 21 October 2002. The Helix consists of a Concert Hall, Theatre, Studio Theatre, Exhibition Area, Artists in Residence Studios and full support spaces.

Design and features[edit]

The Helix in June 2005

Originally conceived as an Aula Maxima and built at a cost of €56.5 million, The Helix was designed by the late Polish-born architect Andrzei Wejchert. It is a three level stunning building with elevations of contrasting glass and granite, with an open void through which light spills from the roof. The 12,000 square metres of the building are organised by a breathtaking foyer, magnificent inclined columns and helix-shaped stairway, as well as to the Café, Box Office, Sweet Shop, toilets and other amenities.

It was after the impressive helical-shaped staircase that The Helix was given its name. It is an imposing feature of the venue that dominates its entrance and is located at the centre of the building, leading patrons to the different floors of the building.

Performances and events[edit]

The Helix has been host to world-class performances ranging from the Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, The St. Petersburg Ballet, International Theatre and World Singers to hit west End Shows. The Helix has been host to many orchestras from around the world, including opera singers such as Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Lesley Garrett and Bryn Terfel. World-renowned group Celtic Thunder has played at the theater taping 3 specials. Rock musicians Van Morrison and Lou Reed have also played the venue.

TV programmes[edit]

Many TV programmes have been broadcast from or recorded in The Helix.

Programme Channel Years
You're a Star RTÉ One 2002–2008
The Dunphy Show TV3 2003
The Panel Network 2 2003
Rip-Off Republic RTÉ One 2005
Fame: The Musical RTÉ One 2010
Take Me Out TV3 2010–2013
Family Fortunes TV3 2012–2014
The Voice of Ireland RTÉ One 2012–2016
Ireland's Got Talent (Live Shows) TV3 2018-to date


  • Irish Concrete Society Award – Building Category
  • Irish Joinery Award – Joinery of the Mahony Hall – 1st Prize
  • Plan Opus Building Awards Winner (2003)
  • Shortlisted for the Best Purpose-built Venue (2014)

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