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Event Guide for free Events in Greater Dublin

The "Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)" is Dublin's most popular event magazine that focuses on the vast amount of cultural events for no admission charges. For more than 11 years it was a weekly e-mail magazine that listed, described and recommended 170-200 free cultural events in Dublin City and in the Greater Dublin area. Gigs, Festivals, Talks, Lectures, Exhibitions and much more for all age groups were included. After 600 editions, the Dublin Event Guide was semi-retired and now continues in a new format.

The Dublin Event Guide is a non commercial initiative and is published by Joerg Steegmueller, it has more than 24,000 readers. Instead of a weekly e-mail, there is now an e-mail only when significant events happen and you can subscribe for free on the right here -->>

This site contains the newest edition below and is updated as soon as it is completed (check the date!). But even if there is no new edition here, you probably find some event information on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at!

The newest Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) below was posted on 15 January 2022:

Dublin Event Guide 741: There ain’t no “Blue Monday”! – Anti-January-Blues Flea Market, BIAS – Science Gallery, First Fortnight

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

There ain’t no “Blue Monday”!

Anti-January-Blues Flea Market, BIAS – Science Gallery, First Fortnight

Hi all!

Around this time of January is a crucial time! We are just into the new year, but around mid-January most people have already started to lose motivation to pursue your New Year’s resolutions and a large proportion of you have probably given up already.

Strange isn’t it? Something that you seemingly really really wanted is already given up on just 2 weeks into the new year!!

Well, there are many reasons for it and it all makes a lot of sense when you look into the inner workings of New Year’s resolutions. So in a way they are very very counterproductive and unless you change something about how you make them, next year won’t be any different. And then the year after and the year after etc.

The required change is not huge and also not complicated, but it HAS to be made. Around this time of the year, there are lots of workshops and courses that intend to help with it and if you want to get better, I strongly recommend a course.

Through my “Inspiring Leadership Academy”, I plan to run a course about Goal Setting very soon if there is enough interest from Dublin Event Guide readers and it will be either free or very low priced. If you want to find out more, just go to and fill in your details. No risk or obligation!

Before I start this week’s listing of free events in Dublin, let me clarify one last thing: On Monday you might read about “Blue Monday”, which is allegedly the saddest day of the year and some mention that this has to do with the failed New Year’s resolutions. This year “Blue Monday” is on 17 January, but here is the surprise: It is all made up nonsense! And you can discover the real facts behind the Blue Monday claim here In short: Monday is NOT “Blue Monday” and there is actually no “Blue Monday” or blue other day. Have instead a HAPPY Monday! ;-)

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“EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum” ( are currently sponsoring the Dublin Event Guide and this section of the weekly newsletter will contain relevant information about events in general or about EPIC-related news and happenings.

+++ Forging Identities in the Irish World: Melbourne and Chicago (1830-1922) by Sophie Cooper
Thu 20 Jan – 18:30 – Online – Adm: Free
What did it mean to be Irish in the 19th and early 20th century? What place did Irish communities have in Melbourne and Chicago’s urban history? On 20 January, Historian-in-Residence Dr Maurice Casey will meet with Sophie Cooper to discuss her new book, which sheds a new light on what made the Irish diaspora communities in Melbourne and Chicago connect and survive over multiple generations.

+++ Tiny Tots: Around the World with Nellie Bly
Sat 22 Jan – 10:30-11:30 – Online – Adm: EUR 5
Welcome back Tiny Tots to our next interactive storytelling adventure of 2022! Suitable for ages 6 and under and delivered via Zoom, in this interactive storytelling session you and your tot will sing songs, draw pictures and meet a whole host of characters. (Booking required)

+++ Nellie Bly Museum Pop-up
Sat 22 Jan – 11:00-13:00 – EPIC, chq Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1 – Adm: Included with EPIC entry ticket
Join us for our very first museum pop-up at EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum on 22 Jan, where one of our galleries will come alive with stories and activities for you to take part in. Included as part of a general entry, this month drop by our storytelling gallery to step on a life-size board game from the 1890s, depicting the story of Nellie Bly, the pioneering Irish-American woman who became one of the very first investigative journalists.

+++ Explorers: Around the World with Nellie Bly
Sat 22 Jan – 13:00-14:00 – Online – Adm EUR 5
Do you have a mini-explorer at home? Ignite their imaginations in this fun, interactive workshop all about the feats of investigative journalist Nellie Bly. Suitable for ages 6 – 12 years old, meet Nellie Bly and go on a journey with her as she tries to beat a world record, racing around the world in 72 days. Discover her life story, help her pack and then navigate the globe and complete fun activities in each country you visit in order to make it to the next destination. Solve riddles, translate your name into Egyptian, learn a few new phrases in different languages and write a newspaper report, among much more. (Booking required)

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 15 January

+ Supernatural Food Market – Food & Farmer’s Market 09:00-15:00 St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St., Dublin 2
+Airfield Estate Farmers’ Market 09:00-14:30 Airfield Estate, Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14 (lower car park)
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food & Farmers’ Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
+ The Handover of Dublin Castle: a Centenary Conference – History Talks 09:30-17:00 Printworks at Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 AND Online (Booking required)
+ Glasnevin Indoor Market 10:00-14:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11
++ The Anti-January-Blues Flea Market – The Useless Project – Fashion, Jewellery, Homeware, Live Music – Workman’s Club 11:00-16:30 Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
+ How to Draw Geometric Patterns? – Online Workshop – Chester Beatty Museum from 11:00 Online
+ First Fortnight: Lion Pride with Selma Daniel – Dance Workshop – First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival & Dance Ireland Online 11:00-12:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
+ BIAS: Built this way – Digital exhibition about how human bias and prejudice even affects machines that use artificial intelligence in the areas of data equity, privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition. – Science Gallery 12:00-17:00 Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

+ International Folk Session at Hartigan’s 16:00-19:00 Hartigan’s, 100 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2
+ Griffs Acoustic Junk Yard – Acoustic Gig with Griff from New Secret Weapon – Grand Social 17:00-20:00 Grand Social, 35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin 1
+ First Fortnight: Aloneness and Wholeness – Panel Discussion – First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival & Dance Ireland Online 18:00-19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Trigger for Change – Radio Documentary about the challenges people with criminal record face in securing employment – First Fortnight Mental Health Art Festival & Newstalk Radio 21:00 Online
+ Fanning at Whelan’s – Episode 7 featuring Adrian Crowley, Cat Dowling, Elaine Mai, Malaki, Nealo, Silverbacks, Wyvern Lingo and Luke O’Neill. 22:30 Virgin Media Two

Sunday 16 January

+ parkHIIT Phoenix Park – Resistance Training 10:00-10:30 DASH Container Cafe, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7, D07 V663 Dublin 7 (Booking required)
+ Glasnevin Indoor Market 10:00-16:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11
+ Herbert Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
+ Winteryard Flea Market – Bernard Shaw Pub 12:00-17:00 The Bernard Shaw (former Porterhouse North), Cross Guns Bridge, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
+ BIAS: Built this way – Digital exhibition about how human bias and prejudice even affects machines that use artificial intelligence in the areas of data equity, privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition. – Science Gallery 12:00-17:00 Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

+ Hugh Lane Gallery Public Tour 14:15 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 (No booking required, but limited numbers)
+ Botanical Inspirations – Sunday Sketching workshop for Ages 6-12 – Hugh Lane Gallery 15:00-16:00 Hugh Lane gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
+ Tadgh & Band – Birthday Party Gig – Whelan’s 18:00-19:30 Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
+ Listen to your Art – Electronic Music & Art with Olive y Olive – National Gallery 18:30-19:30 (Booking required)

And some free events for next week….

Monday 17 January

+ NO free events!

Tuesday 18 January

+ Thriving in the Age of Digital Distraction – Webinar – Iconic Offices & Digital Wellbeing 12:00-13:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Green Campus Meeting at Trinity College 13:00-14:00 Online
+ Profit and pleasure in the lives of Gainsborough and Turner – Talk – National Gallery 13:15-14:00 Online (Booking required)

Wednesday 19 January

+ BIAS: Built this way – Digital exhibition about how human bias and prejudice even affects machines that use artificial intelligence in the areas of data equity, privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition. – Science Gallery 11:00-18:00 Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
+ Personal Effectiveness: Get the Best Out of Yourself – Webinar – Iconic Offices & Leadership Management Ireland 12:00-13:00 Online (Booking required)
+ VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) Sculpture Club – Art Discussion – The Hugh Lane Gallery & Sculpture Dublin 13:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Alfonsina e la strada – from the Road to the Moon – Encounter with the author Simona Baldelli – Conversation in English and Italian – Trinity College & Italian Cultural Institute 18:30-20:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Border Literatures – Sue Divin and Dr Dawn Miranda Sherrat-Bado in conversation about Sue Divin’s young adult novel “Guard Your Heart” – National Library 19:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Caribbean Slave Owners with a County Mayo Connection (1670-1834) – Talk – Trasna na Tire 21:00 Online

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 20 January

+ 20 Social Media Content Ideas to Keep You Inspired – Webinar – Iconic Offices & Green Umbrella Marketing 11:00-11:40 Online (Booking required)
+ BIAS: Built this way – Digital exhibition about how human bias and prejudice even affects machines that use artificial intelligence in the areas of data equity, privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition. – Science Gallery 11:00-19:00 Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
+ Fair is Fair… – Discussion about Artificial Intelligence and Fairness – Science Gallery & Accenture The Dock 18:00-19:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Best Practices for Pitching Music Projects to Multi-disciplinary Arts Festivals – Talks – Jazz Connector – Improvised Music 19:00-20:30 Online (Booking required)

Friday 21 January

+ Joseph Beuys: From the Secret Block to Rosc – Study Morning – Hugh Lane Gallery 10:00-12:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Hugh Lane Culture Club – Artist in Focus: Norah McGuinness – Hugh Lane Gallery 10:30 Online (Booking required)
+ BIAS: Built this way – Digital exhibition about how human bias and prejudice even affects machines that use artificial intelligence in the areas of data equity, privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition. – Science Gallery 11:00-18:00 Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2

And there is more…

+++ Last month of Science Gallery Dublin
As it stands (and as far as we know), this is sadly the last months of the Science Gallery Dublin. In October it was announced that Trinity College, the university that claims it has “a responsibility to demonstrate leadership, drive research and provide inspiration to the rising generations”, will shut down the most inspiring museum and most accessible science&research entry point for young people in Dublin. No demonstrated leadership in that area anymore from TCD! And all this while the former Professor of Engineering & The Arts in Trinity College Dublin, Linda Doyle, is currently provost (that is the head of the university). The Science Gallery is the PERFECT combined Engineering & Arts space and the former Engineering & Arts professor shuts it down. What irony! For you, it means that you only have another 3 weeks to visit the very last exhibition, which is called “Bias: Built this way” and looks at how our human bias and prejudice even influences machines that use artificial intelligence. Opening hours are Wed 11:00-18:00 / Thu 11:00-19:00 / Fri 11:00-18:00 / Sat 12:00-17:00 and Sun 12:00-17:00. Gone are the long and flexible opening hours in the evening and the great Science Gallery shop and the Cafe are already closed, but use the chance to visit this last exhibition!

+++ The Treaty 1921: Records from the Archives – Exhibition
From 07 Dec to 27 March the Coach House in the gardens of Dublin Castle will be the home of a National Archives exhibition about “The Treaty 1921: Records from the Archives”. The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 is the centre piece of the exhibition. Find out more here  Admission is free, but you need to book via

+++ Low Priced Books with free delivery
Book Depository is the place where you can buy low priced books, usually for better prices than on Amazon and Book Depository always delivers for free. And by buying books from Book Depository you will also help the Dublin Event Guide for no additional cost to you. Use this link:

+++ National Gallery tickets available here
The National Gallery is usually free anyway, but in current times you will have to book tickets to get access and you have to enter the building on the Merrion Street side. Tickets are available here: The National Gallery also is running events again and because the events have limited number of spaces, they can book out relatively fast, at least before I can write about the events, so check out the events 1-2 weeks in advance here and then book tickets for them.

Is there ever a wrong time for learning a new skill or enhancing what you are already interested in? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available. Nearly all the courses are REALLY affordable!
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at And if you buy through that link, you also help the Dublin Event Guide! :-)

And this is it for another week! Have a great weekend and good new week.

Take care,

–Joerg (


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