By @SimonCocking


Interested in working with this iconic view behind you? offers you that opportunity. We met the man behind the audacious and yet extremely logical and appealing idea, Graham Barker @DoSpaceIRL. We had a cup of tea and checked out the boat. This is merely the first of several planned for the Silicon Docks, and a great opportunity to actually be in, rather than merely looking at the famed Silicon Docks.


Launching Dublin’s Most Unique CoWorking space; ­ A Floating Community in the very Heart of Silicon Docks.” ­ Ireland’s newest and most unique CoWorking space launched on May 19th in Grand Canal Dock, part of Dublin’s Silicon Docks area. Occupying an 800 square foot, state of the art barge, DoSpace provides CoWorkers with short or long term desk space in Dublin 2.


It was founded by Graham Barker following his own fruitless search for reasonably priced and fun Silicon Docks office space. Graham, with support from Waterways Ireland, sourced and refitted The Grey Owl, one of Ireland’s premier barges. The result is both an affordable solution and a quirky work environment.


Speaking about the project, Graham said, “This is the kind of place that people want to work in, centrally located, next to the Dart, a Dublin Bikes stand across the road, beside all the big tech companies, and we are on the water! Everyone I’ve met has been very supportive, from Waterways Ireland to the CoWorking space community. I think most people can see the benefit that we bring to the area, and the sheer value that we offer to start­ups”.

Grand Canal Dock is referred to as Silicon Docks because of the large concentration of technology companies and is seen by many as a symbol of Ireland’s economic recovery. Tech giants like Facebook and Google, together with a myriad of smaller technology companies, have their European headquarters located here alongside incubation centres, such as Trinity’s Technology and Enterprise campus.

An early adopter of DoSpace is Security First, a London based start-up creating tech to help human rights defenders work safely. Co-founder, Holly Kilroy, said “I’ve been blown away by the location and how useful the DoSpace community has been to us already. Having such a well connected CoWorking space in Dublin has saved us time and money and made it easier to move the company home.”

DoSpace Dublin will be managed by David Bragason, DoSpace’s Dublin’s Community Manager. Tours of the DoSpace barge can be booked via their website at or by contacting David at 01­ 539 7935. Membership plans start from €50 a month. DoSpace is giving 10% of their desk space free of charge to non­profit technology based start­ups.

For more information about DoSpace CoWorking please contact Graham Barker on 087 974 2629 or [email protected]


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