New social enterprise café opens 

by Rachel Cunningham
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A new social enterprise café has been opened in Dublin City Council’s Bridgefoot Street Park, Dublin 8, writes Rachel Cunningham.

The Mug Shot Café, which is designed, owned and managed by PACE Social Enterprise, has a social mission to create sustainable jobs for people who have experienced prison or probation and now find it hard to secure employment.

PACE aims to support the integration process of people with criminal convictions and bring about positive change in their lives to prevent further harm in the community.

Commenting while launching the initiative, Lord Mayor of Dublin Caroline Conroy said: “This is the third Mug Shot coffee space and first café that PACE has opened.

“The Mug Shot Café will provide a welcome for all the visitors to the park and an opportunity to have a cup of coffee or ice cream whilst enjoying the beautiful space.” 

Dublin City Council opened Bridgefoot Street Park in May 2022, transforming a previously derelict site into a landscape of trees, incorporating a performance area, play spaces, allotments and a community garden.  

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