“Rather than have people use it or do something with it, they would prefer it to be vacant, which is mind-boggling to us.” This week, the results of an 18-month audit by Dublin City Council identified 151 vacant plots between the canals, along with 131 sites with derelict buildings left unused.

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“A lot of the things I know to be very successful, they’re actually not generating a huge amount of cash for the people running it,” says Agnew.

“What you end up doing is having to juggle a couple of things because one thing keeps you going financially and the other thing spiritually.” There is a respectable buzz in the room as the conversations begin.

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“When we set up, it was right in the recession: 2010.

I don’t know if we would have set up had there not been a recession, because we were very much subconsciously driven by a DIY attitude, which was the spirit in Ireland at the time, without realising it. We had nothing to lose.” Agnew is newer to this game.

She began her bimonthly magazine after a Kickstarter project saw the publication reach its target in just four days.