Dublin Event Guide 518: National Drawing Day, Battle for the Bay, Africa Day, Dockland’s “Summer” Fest

May 20th, 2017
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 518 | 19 May 2017

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Hi all!

This week I am hopeful that we will have some very good news for the Dublin Event Guide early next week. Can’t tell you yet what it might be, but I will fill you in as soon as I can. In the meantime, I have launched a Dublin Event Guide Facebook Group so that you can communicate directly with each other (Group Pages are open discussion forums.) It is not certain yet if the Group will be a success, it depends totally on the Group members, but it is worth giving a go. If you want to join the Group, go to www.facebook.com/groups/DublinEventGuide/

The posting format is the same as in previous weeks: Website first for the Saturday events, then adding more events for Sunday and weekdays and then the mail will be sent to all 24,000.

Good news on the donation front! Immediate trouble has been averted by some wonderful supporters. We are still away from this month’s cost, so please don’t stop helping if you can at PayPal here !

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The Dublin Event Guide needs your continued help in two areas: Your donations help paying the bills for sending the Dublin Event Guide every week. Just 1 Euro per month (12 Euro per year) would be great, more would be even better. Unfortunately not many subscribers are prepared (or able) to help, so please don’t rely on others! Your money will be used to pay the monthly EUR 190 bill for sending the newsletter using MailChimp, for web hosting and domain names. I am happy to work 35 hours on the Dublin Event Guide every week without making anything from it, but for the bills I need your help. You can make your donation at www.perfectresults.info/donate.htm using Paypal or CreditCard or send me a mail at dublineventguide@gmail.com if you prefer to pay by bank transfer. Corporate or enterprise sponsors are very welcome too and will get a bundle of benefits as a thank you for their donation, contact me on sponsorship@dublineventguide.com to discuss the details.

And here is the second area where you can help: Without you spreading the word we would have never reached 24,000 subscribers and 70,000 Facebook Likes. Send your friends to www.dublineventguide.com where they can subscribe as well.

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And here is a great opportunity to help the Dublin Event Guide for absolutely no cost to you:

Without putting your hand in your pocket at all you can help the Dublin Event Guide! Just use the ad links in the Dublin News Section and the banner ads in other sections as often as possible when you buy/order goods. If you buy goods immediately (in the same session) after clicking on a link/ad that you find in this publication (for example for Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon, Book Depository, LastMinute etc), then you help the Dublin Event Guide everytime.
This is how it works: The company you buy from will give a small commission (5-8%) to the Dublin Event Guide as a thanks for pointing you in their direction. This might only be 30 cent a go, but if many of you did it every time you buy something online, then it could make a big dent into the EUR 190 needed. Importantly, you do not pay more, but the merchant accepts a slightly smaller profit. So clicking on these ads is helping everybody! Thanks!

Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-mail magazine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and there could be more in the coming week and this section is for the people that want to overcome the hurdles, achieve more and remember that despite all, life is great!

This week I selected a quote Albert Einstein. I particularly like this quote, because I think that school and life “beats” the curiosity out of soo many people and keeps us ignorant. When we were children we wanted to know and understand everything. We were so curious that our parents would have loved to shut us up at times. …and if your parents did, then damage was done. At some point many lose their curiosity and that is when learming stops being fun. I LOVE learning all the time and can’t get enough. So I am with Albert Eisntein on this:

I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein


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EventbriteThe main sponsor is Eventbrite and their support is hugely appreciated! Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event, and has sold over 200 million tickets and registrations worldwide, totalling more than $3 billion in gross ticket sales. Eventbrite is free for free events. The online event registration service makes it easy for everyone to discover events, and to share the events they are attending with the people they know. In this way, Eventbrite brings communities together by encouraging people to connect through live experiences.

All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

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Joergs Picks

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

This weekend a LOT is happening! Battle for the Bay on Saturday and Sunday, Dockland’s “Summer” Festival on Saturday and Sunday and the Africa Day on Sunday are the highlights, but there is a lot more. I will probably go to Africa Day and give the other two a miss, you just can’t do everything! :-)

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Competitions

Bloom in the Park 2017 – Ticket Competition

Thurs 01 June – Mon 05 June (09:00-18:00)
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

One of the most popular yearly events is Bord Bia’s Bloom festival in Phoenix Park and it is back over the June Bank Holiday weekend! Whether you want inspiration, education or entertainment, the place to be this June Bank Holiday weekend is the colourful Bloom Garden Festival in the Phoenix Park. This year’s event is five days long and packed with activities and things to see and experience. Kids go free and adults can buy their tickets on the website www.bloominthepark.com (use the promo code DEG17 and you can save some money).

Bord Bia has 5 sets of 2 Bloom tickets to give away to Dublin Event Guide readers and if you would like to win a pair of tickets, send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BLOOM2017 in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body of the mail and importantly, also send your address, because the tickets will be sent to you. Your mail has to be with me by Wednesday 24 May at 12:00. Two sets will be given away to all entries via the e-mail as described above. The other three sets we will give away through a new competition procedure and you will hear from me about that during the week in a separate mail!

In addition, Bord Bia is pleased to offer you all a very special ticket offer for 2017. Book on-line only on www.bloominthepark.com before the event and use the promotional code DEG17 to get an extra EUR 2 discount off the advance ticket price to Bloom. (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)

Bloom promises to be a great day out with something planned for all ages; it is a truly unique show, showcasing the finest Irish food, drink and of course horticulture. For any budding gardeners it will provide lots of inspiration and opportunities to pick up some beautiful plants, flowers, seeds and shrubs. Or if you want to explore growing your own fruit and vegetables then you’ll get lots of tips on how to start growing at the show. But if gardening isn’t your thing then you’ll still have plenty to keep you busy including the Superb Food Village with plenty of artisan producers; the Best in Season marquees featuring growers of seasonal fruit and vegetables; the Chef’s Quality Kitchen will host cookery demonstrations from some of Ireland’s much loved chefs including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Fiona Uyema and Brian McDermott.

With an outdoor music stage, picnic area, engaging spaces, kids playground and lots more besides, the Bloom festival really is the place to be this June bank holiday weekend. Have a wonderful day out and make sure you visit the Bord Bia Food Village which celebrates the best of Irish food, showcasing numerous aspects of horticulture and agriculture!
And If you don’t fancy driving into the park, use the train or LUAS and then take the courtesy shuttle bus from Heuston station to the 70 acre Bloom site.

Chamber Choir Ireland Concert: The Great Msytery – Ticket Competition

Wed 24 May – 20:00
St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Chamber Choir Ireland will perform a concert in St. Ann’s Church on Wednesday. The programme features works from German composer Bernd Franke, Peter Maxwell Davies, Orlandus Lassus and as the central work to this programme “Ne Reminiscaris” by David Fennessy.

Admission is EUR 20/15 and you can book your tickets via the Eventbrite website here.

To spread the word about their work, Chamber Choir Ireland have made three pairs of tickets available for a competition among the Dublin Event Guide readers. If you would like to win a pair of tickets, send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MYSTERY in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 15:00 on Monday 22 May.

www.chamberchoirireland.com/events/the-great-mystery/

The Sophisticats – Jazz & Swing Gig – Ticket Competition

Wed 31 May – 20:00
Arthur’s Blues ‘n’ Jazz Club (formerly Arthur’s Pub), 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The great Jazz singer and singing coach Joan Shields is fronting the Jazz & Swing band “The Sophisticats” and their next gig is on 31 May in Arthur’s Blues ‘n’ Jazz Club in Dublin 8. It’s a great band made up of only supremely talented musicians and if you have the slightest interest in Jazz and Swing, you will love this gig.

Tickets are EUR 10/8 and can be booked via the Eventbrite page here.

Joan has made a pair of tickets available for their gig for a competition among the Dublin Event Guide readers and if you would like to win that pair of tickets, send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with VINTAGE in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 29 May.

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Do you enjoy free events? Does it help you to find out about all these free events simply in one e-mail magazine or on one website? Does the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) deliver all this for you and maybe even more? In that case, you probably also would want it to continue forever, right?

To achieve that some money is needed. Donations are a great help, but not everyone feels they can donate at the moment. So here is the solution: If you could help with a donation without having to pay a cent from your own money wouldn’t that be cool? You can!!

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When you click on the link and then buy, your books/products/holidays etc cost exactly the same as if you went to the website directly. But if you go via the links above, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will get 5-8% of what you spend as a commission. That’s not a lot, but if you and lots of other people used that link every time, it would amount to a fair amount of crucially important money. Use the links often, actually EVERY time you buy from the relevant site, not just once!

Giving money for free! That’s how easy it is. ;-) THANK YOU!!!

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The Big 500 Share is closing!

This is the last week in this attempt to raise money for the Dublin Event Guide after the 500th edition a few weeks ago. Next week I will announce the final results. But if you still want to help this week, this is how it goes: It is a fundraising campaign for the Dublin Event Guide (70%) and for two charities (30%) and everyone who donates will also get a gift (My new “Secret Dublin” Guide Book which will be completed very soon and will contain information about TEN near-secret destinations in Dublin.)

You can now donate via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide but keep reading for more details if you have time.

The amount needed for the Dublin Event Guide in 2014 is EUR 3400 (EUR 2400 to send the weekly e-mail magazine and at least EUR 1000 to fix parts of the smartphone app and to improve the website.) So the closer we come to this, the better, but until today, we managed to raise EUR 1200. 400 Euro of that will go to the charities and the rest will just cover the Dublin Event Guide cost for 4 months. So your help is STILL needed!!!

You can donate now via this link: www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide and if PayPal doesn’t work for you send me a mail (dublineventguide@gmail.com with subject “The Big 500 Share”) and I will suggest alternatives. Thanks for your support!!!!

The two charities that you have chosen in a public vote are the Alzheimer’s Association and the Homeless charity “Peter McVerry Trust”.

In the next few weeks I will also tell you a new attempt to ensure the continued financing of the Dublin Event Guide because without at least being able to cover the cost, I will not be able to continue. If you have ideas for fundraisers, let me know, please. I will consider every (nearly every!!!! ;-) ) suggestion!

PhotoIreland Festival 2017

The PhotoIreland Festival (01-31 May) consists of exhibitions, workshops, photobook launches and talks. This year, the festival explores how Photography is used to share accounts of personal experiences related to conflict: The Recount of Conflict. Many events are free, but the website doesn’t make it easy to identify what is free and what isn’t. For that reason I wasn’t able to include a comprehensive list of events and instead have to ask you to check the website yourself.

On the Programme Page here, you will find lots of nice pictures that represent individual events, but you will have to check them all to find out what is free and when it is happening.

By buying through the ads in this Dublin Event Guide, you help the Dublin Event Guide! Thanks!

Spring into Heritage 2017 – Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown event programme

The “Spring into Heritage” programme in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown is back and will consist of a series of free guided tours between 24 April and 18 June in a a whole range of heritage sites.

The sites included are The Oratory, James Joyce Tower and Museum, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Center, Marlay House, National Maritime Museum, Cabinteely House, Seapoint Martello Tower, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin Bay Biosphere Tour. Most tours happen on weekdays and at most venues there are two tours per week.

The full programme can be downloaded here in PDF format. Or you can find some information on this website: events.dlrcoco.ie/event/spring-heritage-2017

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now Eventbrite’s section to give recommendations, tips & tricks on how to organise and run good events. Eventbrite is the main sponsor of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and their support is very much appreciated!

If you are regularly or occasionally organising events, keep an eye on the Eventbrite blog. It covers a wide variety of event-related and event-relevant topics that can help you hugely! Read more here.

And if you are looking for free or non-free events, you can find them at www.eventbrite.ie

Exhibitions

Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie . For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is www.visualartists.ie/category/listings/dublin/

On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

Hot Press Covers Exhibition

20 April – 08 September (Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 12:00-17:00)

National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Hot Press Magazine is celebrating its 40st birthday in June of this year and this exhibition in the National Photographic Archive will show every single Hot Press Cover from the last 40 years. A piece of music history of Ireland from 1977 until today.

Admission is free.

Oddly, the end date of this exhibition can not be found anywhere.

www.hotpress.com/coversexhibition/

Contrast, Light and Illuminated Dusk – Mo Kelly Solo Art Exhibition

11-22 May

Red Bank, 17 Duke Street, Dublin 2

“Contrast, Light and Illuminated Dusk” is Mo Kelly’s 20th Solo Exhibition. Her new collection explores the contrast of light and dark spaces with illuminated objects using highlighted incandescent previous metal hues of gold, silver and bronze.

Admission is free. The opening takes place on Thursday 11 May from 18:00 and admission to that is free as well.

www.mokelly.com

Dublin Painting & Sketching Club Exhibition

08-21 May (Open during business hours)

County Hall Dun Laoghaire, Main Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

250 paintings by more than 100 artists of the Dublin Painting & Sketching Club will be on show at this exhibition, their 139th one! The exhibition has a maritime theme in celebration of the bicentenary of the building the Dun Laoghaire Harbour in May 1817.

Admission is free. There are also some additional events taking place in connection with this exhibition and you can find the details at www.dublinpaintingandsketchingclub.ie/2017/04/13/exhibition-events-2017/

www.dublinpaintingandsketchingclub.ie/exhibition-2017/

Kilmacud Art Group

Fri 26 – Sun 28 May

St. Laurence Parish Centre, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan

The Kilmacud Art Group is inviting to their 22nd exhibition where they will exhibit all their work form the year.

The exhibition will be launched by journalist and author Patricia O’Reilly and will be open from 20:00 on Friday from 10:30-19:30 on Saturday and from 10:30-18:00 on Sunday.

Admission is free.

School Portraits – Exhibition

Fri 19 May – Sat 24 June (Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00)

Draiocht Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

“School Portraits” takes the viewer into the world of school to see contemporary artists’ representations of young people, school buildings and the wide range of activities and experiences that go on during a school day. The exhibition presents work by sculptor John Ahearn, photographer Mandy O’Neill and painter Blaise Smith who have immersed themselves, often for extended periods of time, to create bodies of work that capture the rich and varied moods and lived experiences of Irish school life. The exhibition will also include new work produced in a collaborative project between filmmaker Kilian Waters, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence, Sharon Murphy and Room 13 Dublin 15.

Admission is free.

www.draiocht.ie/events/school_portraits

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 20 May

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, has up to 200 cars/sellers. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line stop and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 06:30 for buyers from 08:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on their website.

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Sat 20 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

09:00, Sat 20 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

Most of the free events are listed here (some require registration):

Sun 21 May – 12:00: What Happens Next: The Future Of ILFDublin – Discussion
Mon 22 May – 11:00: Tom Angleberger (Groot et Rocket)
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Stray Lines at Instituto Cervantes – Reading of Comics
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Circle and Square – Readings from Circle and Square
Tues 23 May – 12:00: Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards – Awards Ceremony
Tues 23 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: The Hotel Room – Theatrical Book Launch
Wed 24 May – 18:00: Stories from the City: Between the Bookcases – A Celebration of Writing Groups
Wed 24 May – 19:00: Stories from the City: Home Is… – Discussion
Fri 26 May – 09:30: Talking Translation – Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU
Fri 26 May – 10:30: Talking Translation – Found in Translation: Becoming a Literary Translator
Fri 26 May – 11:45: Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference
Fri 26 May – 14:30: Talking Translation – Untranslatable: Constraints in Literary Translation
Fri 26 May – 17:30: Talking Translation: Oulipolisson Theatre Performance
Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 20 May

Honest2goodness, 136 Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

The weekly Honest2goodness food market in Glasnevin has fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, and wines. It is open from 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre.

www.honest2goodness.ie

Medieval Dublin Symposium

09:30 – 17:00, Sat 20 May

Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Room 2037, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

The Friends of Medieval Dublin are inviting to the 19th Medieval Dublin Symposium. There will be 8 talks between 09:30 and 17:00 and the event will be in Trinty College. All details, including the titles of all talks are on the website below. To see the schedule click on the blue poster on that website.

This is a must-go event for all historians, I think. At least for historians interested in medieval Dublin. :-)

Admission is free and no booking is required. You can join for some talks and don’t have to be there for the full day.

fmd.ie/event/19th-medieval-dublin-symposium/

Park Runs: Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay, Raheny

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 20 May

Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Parkrun Ireland is organising free weekly runs in parks. It is a timed run over 5km and participation is completely free, but registration before your first parkrun is required.

A whole range of Parkruns take place every week (and if you know some more, please tell me):
+ Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin
+ Cabinteely Park, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
+ Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co. Dublin
+ Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Co. Dublin
+ St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
+ Father Collins Park, Donaghmeade/Clongriffin, Dublin 13
+ Tymon Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24
+ Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 20 May

St. Andrews Resource Centre, 114 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

www.supernatural.ie

The Green Door Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 20 May

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 May

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

The Belgard Weekend Market is an indoor market with stalls with handcraft (incl. designer jewellery, aran jumpers and wool, christening robes and shawls, cards and cross stitch), household items, bric and brac, furniture, flowers, make-up, clothes, shoes, showers, upholstery, toys, kitchens, cafe, army memorabilia, collectors items, sweets, handbags books, blinds, party shop, tools and more.

It is open every Saturday and Sunday and is located in the Glen Abbey complex (opposite Jacobs) on Belgard Road.

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 May

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 20 May

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 20 May

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.

www.templebar.ie

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Sat 20 May

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition that you should definitely check out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2017.

Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-cityhall/exhibition

Battle for the Bay – Water Sports & Beach Festival

10:30 – 18:00, Sat 20 May

Dollymount Strand, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Kitesurfers, Standup Paddle Board (SUP) Riders, Wakeboarders, Landyacht Sailors, Volleyball Players, Extreme Sport Lovers and tons of spectators (that’s you and me!!! ;-) ) all come together this Saturday and Sunday (20+21 May) on Dollymount Strand in Clontarf for the “Battle for the Bay”.

In addition to Kitesurfing and SUP competitions, there will be Live Music, a food market and kids entertainment and a Biodiversity Village on the strand and the full schedule is here: www.battleforthebay.com/#whats-on

battleforthebay.com/

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 20 May

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, and Sundays: 12:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Dockland’s Summer Festival 2017

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 20 May

Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2

Summer is another 10 days away, but in the Docklands, the Summer Festival is already taking place this Saturday and Sunday (20+21 May).

It is another watersports festival but different to the “Battle for the Bay”, the Dockland’s Summer Festival is more focused on “inland” watersports like Wakeboarding, Raft Races. Wakeboarders, including Irish champion David O’Caoimh, are performing their spectacular demonstrations at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

On Grand Canal Square, there will be a food market, DJs will entertain and you can play “floating golf”. Street Performers will be there on both days and a duck race will happen at the Waterways Visitor Centre.

Unfortunately the organisers keep the schedule as a secret, so I have no idea when the duck race will take place.

Admission to the Dockland’s Festival is free.

www.docklandssummerfestival.com/

National Drawing Day – Farmleigh House

11:00, Sat 20 May

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Come and join Artzone at Farmleigh House on National Drawing Day for Children’s Art Workshops. (Ages 5 – 12 years).

The junior group (5+) will sketch ducks from the Farmleigh pond while the senior kids (8+) will be drawing self portraits “Selfies in the Park”.

All workshops are free, but places are limited and are allocated on first come first served basis.

farmleigh.ie/events/Title,37883,en.html

National Drawing Day: Create a Celtic Warrior Storyboard – Workshop

11:00 – 12:30, Sat 20 May

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

This is a workshop for ages 12-16!

Learn how to storyboard your favourite Irish Celtic Myth with illustrator Mark Wickham. Discover Ancient Irish Myths and Legends and explore the objects of the Iron Age to help you create a Celtic Storyboard.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-6486 332. Meet at Reception.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3275

Pond Dipping – Children’s Event

11:00, Sat 20 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

“Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden life of ponds you will never look at them the same way again.”

Admission to this event is free, but booking is required via 01 8040319. Suitable for Ages 8+.

botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#20May

Terenure Bushy Park Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sat 20 May

Bushy Park, Tempelogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

The Terenure Bushy Park Market is taking place every weekk. The market has more than 30 stalls, offering a whole variety of foods and crafts.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket

National Drawing Day 2017 – National Gallery

11:30 – 17:00, Sat 20 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

National Drawing Day began at the National Gallery of Ireland, and now takes place in Museums, Galleries, Libraries and Cultural Centres across Ireland. It is a great opportunity to try sketching, drawing and learn some hints and tips.

There will be a whole series of events in the National Gallery and they are all listed in detail if you follow the link below. In order to give you an idea of what is happening, I will list the headlines here:

+ Artists Drawing Live @ 11:30-15:30 in Room 5
+ Artists Sketching Life @ 11:30-15:30 in Millennium Wing
+ Architectural Drawing Demonstration @ 11:30-15:30 in Millennium Wing
+ Secret Garden Family Drop-in Session @ 11:30-13:30 in Atrium
+ Schools of Fish and Fish in Schools – Collaborative Art @ 14:30-15:30 in Atrium
+ Life Drawing for Teens and Adults – Drop-in session @ 11:30-14:00 in Millennium Wing Studio
+ Art Battle between Don Conroy and Fatti Burke @ 12:30-14:00 in Wintergarden Café
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+ Crawing meets Science: Makeshop Robots Demonstration @ 11:30-14:00 at Orientation Court
+ Doodlebot Workshop (Ages 5+) @ 15:00-16:00 in Millennium Wing Studio (Free but ticketed)
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+ Talk by Sky Portrait Artist of the Year @16:00-17:00 in Lecture Theatre
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Admission to all events is free. Bring your own sketchbook and drawing materials, some materials will be provided.

Other museums, galleries and venues in Dublin that participate in the National Drawing Day are

Casino, Marino
Castletown House
Crawford Art Gallery
Design & Crafts Council of Ireland
Dublin City Public Libraries
Farmleigh House
Little Museum of Dublin
Makeshop by Science Gallery Dublin
National Gallery of Ireland
National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology
National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks
National Print Museum
Rathfarnham Castle
RUA RED
The Chester Beatty Library
The LAB

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Special_Events/DrawingDay2017.aspx

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 20 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 20 May

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

The weekly Ha’penny Flea Market is an indoor market in the Grand Social Pub, which offers vintage Men and Women’s clothing, contemporary crafts, books, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage and handmade jewellery, vintage hair styles, art, photography and much more. Grand Social’s Bar and Gourmet Coffee options are available.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/

Humans Need Not Apply – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 20 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Second last chance to see this exhibition! It ends on Sunday!

The exhibition “Humans Need Not Apply” (10 Feb – 21 May) in the Science Gallery is looking at the influence robots will have on our society, on our lives and on jobs. How will robots replace humans? How can robots be creative? And is automation maybe going too far?

About 27 exhibits will ask and answer these questions. When you come into the exhibition space in the Science Gallery the little desk lamp robot Pinokio will greet you with all its friendliness and curiosity (that’s MY interpretation of Pinokio’s behaviour). And the three Doppelgänger robots upstairs will move, even dance with you. But more robots and automation will also have possibly some negative effects and “The Great Disengagement” looks at how we human beings might rebel against robots when they have taken our jobs and more away.

The exhibition has many many facets and it is extremely interesting. There are fascinating and intriguing exhibits and maybe more unexpected ones like the “tickle robot”. I strongly recommend the exhibition and can definitely say that it is suitable for ALL ages, even younger kids can get something out of it.

Use the help of the amazing mediators, who can explain everything you see, especially if you don’t want to read all the explanations that are next to every exhibit.

The Science Gallery has very visitor friendly opening hours of Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00.

Admission is free.

thegrid.ai/humans-need-not-apply/

National Drawing Day 2017 – Chester Beatty Library

12:30 – 16:00, Sat 20 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Come to the Chester Beatty Library on National Drawing day to learn how to use the ‘chiaroscuro’ technique in your drawings to create strong tonal contrasts and a three dimensional effect.

Chiaroscuro (from the Italian words chiaro, meaning “light,” and scuro, meaning “dark”) refers to the use of light and shade in a work of art developed during the Renaissance, that uses strong tonal contrasts between light and dark to model three-dimensional forms, often to dramatic effect. Masters of this technique were the Italians Leonardo da Vinci and Caravaggio and the Dutch painter Rembrandt.

The workshop will take place from 12:30-14:00 and from 14:30-16:00, but it is not exactly clear where it will take place. It is advertised on the Chester Beatty Library website, but it then says

“This year we are joining forces with the OPW education team in Dublin Castle to explore more spaces, views and visions. Join the fun in this Alice in Castleland drawing journey. Starting point: Chapel Royal. For more information contact Jenny at DublinCastleEducation@opw.ie. Free, no booking required.”

So I suggest you check at the Chapel Royal, but if you can’t find the workshop there, then go around the corner to the atrium of the Chester Beatty Library and ask where the workshop takes place. When you get this message, it is too late to send “Jenny” a mail. ;-)

Admission is free.

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 20 May

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market

13:00 – 18:00, Sat 20 May

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market is a weekly market (every Saturday) with approx 16 stalls, music, pizzas from the Big Blue Bus and the Bernard Shaw Garden Bar. Expect vintage clothes, shoes, jewellery, art, records, bric-a-brac and more and DJs will provide the entertainment.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/bernardshawfleamarket/

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 20 May

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher runs every Saturday. It is an alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is required via myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Eason Story Time for children

14:00, Sat 20 May

Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Every Saturday a kid’s book will be read in 27 Eason’s stores all over Ireland. In O’Connell Street the reading takes place at 14:00. In the other Eason Stores, the times vary between 11:00 and 15:00 (see website below). Suitable for age 0-6 with their parents.

Admission is free.

www.easonedition.com/event/eason-story-time/?instance_id=8176

National Drawing Day 2017 – National Print Museum

14:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 May

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

The National Print Museum celebrates the National Drawing Day by providing a range of self-guided drawing walks (materials will be provided) for families. There will be a number of sketching stations available, with inspirational sketches of the collection on display to get the creative juices flowing.

Admission is free.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/visit-us/event-calendar/

National Drawing Day: Sketching the Museum – Workshop

14:00 – 15:00, Sat 20 May

National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), 7 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

To celebrate Drawing Day, join Museum conservator and artist Nieves Fernandez for an introductory workshop in sketching the museum. Materials will be provided and no advance experience needed. Suitable for adults and young people from 16 years of age.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3293

Women’s Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

14:00, Sat 20 May

Clontarf RFC, Castle Ave, Clontarf, Dublin 3

The Women’s Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour will come to Clontarf on Saturday afternoon. From 14:00 a Family Fun Day with Bouncy Castle and Face Painting etc will take place and the Trophy will arrive at 15:00.

Admission is free.

www.clontarfrugby.com/news/womens-rugby-world-cup-trophy-tour-is-coming-to-clontarf-saturday-20th-may/

National Drawing Day: Design your own Celtic Superhero – Workshop

14:30 – 15:30, Sat 20 May

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

This is a workshop for ages 7-11!

Join children’s illustrator and writer Mark Wickham for a workshop on designing your own Celtic Superhero from the Iron Age. Explore the Museum and its Iron Age objects and learn about ancient Irish Celtic stories to help inspire you to create your character.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-6486 332.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3276

Shark Life – Talk – National Biodiversity Week

14:30 – 16:30, Sat 20 May

National Museum, Merrion Street (Natural History), Dublin 2

At this event during National Biodiversity Week, Museum Educator Geraldine Breen will talk about the lives of Irish sharks and how the hunter has become the hunted. Expect a short talk with a chance to touch real shark teeth, jaws and egg cases.

Admission is free, but places are limited to 20 and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Suitable for Ages 8+

The event will have a duration of 30min and it sill start at 14:30 and at 15:30.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3286

Early House – Gig

21:00, Sat 20 May

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Early House are playing Funk, Soul, Disco Covers at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/early-house1

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 20 May

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Weenz – Gig

22:30, Sat 20 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Weenz will perform a gig in Whelan’s on Saturday. The gig starts at midnight, admission is free before 22:30 OR if you sign up to the guest list.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/midnight-hour-w-weenz/

The Troubadours – Gig

23:00, Sat 20 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Trobadours are playing a gig in the Bowery on Saturday.

Admisssion is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 21 May

Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School, Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9

In addition to the Saturday Car Boot Sale in Tallaght, Irish Car Boot Sales run a weekly Sunday Car Boot Sales in Ballymun.

Admission for buyers is free.

www.facebook.com/irishcarboot

Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Sun 21 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

09:00, Sun 21 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

Most of the free events are listed here (some require registration):

Sun 21 May – 12:00: What Happens Next: The Future Of ILFDublin – Discussion
Mon 22 May – 11:00: Tom Angleberger (Groot et Rocket)
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Stray Lines at Instituto Cervantes – Reading of Comics
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Circle and Square – Readings from Circle and Square
Tues 23 May – 12:00: Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards – Awards Ceremony
Tues 23 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: The Hotel Room – Theatrical Book Launch
Wed 24 May – 18:00: Stories from the City: Between the Bookcases – A Celebration of Writing Groups
Wed 24 May – 19:00: Stories from the City: Home Is… – Discussion
Fri 26 May – 09:30: Talking Translation – Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU
Fri 26 May – 10:30: Talking Translation – Found in Translation: Becoming a Literary Translator
Fri 26 May – 11:45: Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference
Fri 26 May – 14:30: Talking Translation – Untranslatable: Constraints in Literary Translation
Fri 26 May – 17:30: Talking Translation: Oulipolisson Theatre Performance
Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Streets of Dublin – 5km Run

09:00 – 11:00, Sun 21 May

Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

A 5km run will take place along the North- and Southside of the Liffey from Custom House to Sir John Rogerson’s Quay. (A map can be found on the website below.)

Participation is NOT free, but cheering on the runners is free. ;-)

Also be aware that there might be road closures on Sunday morning.

www.athleticsireland.ie/runzone/streets-of-dublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 May

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

The Belgard Weekend Market is an indoor market with stalls with handcraft (incl. designer jewellery, aran jumpers and wool, christening robes and shawls, cards and cross stitch), household items, bric and brac, furniture, flowers, make-up, clothes, shoes, showers, upholstery, toys, kitchens, cafe, army memorabilia, collectors items, sweets, handbags books, blinds, party shop, tools and more.

It is open every Saturday and Sunday and is located in the Glen Abbey complex (opposite Jacobs) on Belgard Road.

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 May

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com

Magazine Fort – FOUR Guided Tours

10:00 – 16:30, Sun 21 May

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

The Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park is unusually neglected and at the same time unusually rich in history. Many have seen it as a barred off concrete fortress in a corner of Phoenix Park and even more don’t even know or have forgotten that it exists. The old Phoenix House, the home of the British Viceroy, was on the site where the fort was built from the early 17th century and then in 1734 the Fort was built and extended in 1801.

In 1916 the Fort was raided by the rebels who expected to find a lot of explosives there, but found the Fort nearly empty. In 1939 the IRA raided the Fort and stole more than a million rounds of ammunition, but most of it was recovered over the following weeks.

Since 1988, the Irish Army doesn’t use the Fort anymore and gave it back to the Office of Public Works (OPW), but not much good has happened to the Fort in the last 28 years (!!) and there were numerous speculations about the reasons for that.

Finally since last year, guided tours were provided and were meant to run for three months until end of October 2016. But the interest was so great that the OPW decided to continue the tours with a reduced schedule over the winter. And since 02 April there will be tours again every Friday and Sunday at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 + 15:00 and only 20 places are available on each tour.

Tickets are available at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis and can not be pre-booked. A shuttle bus will bring the ticket holders to the Fort.

www.phoenixpark.ie/visitorinformation/magazinefort/#d.en.36668

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 21 May

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 21 May

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Every Sunday, the Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery takes place. Up to 200 artists exhibit their paintings on the railings on three sides (West, North and East) of Merrion Square and you can just enjoy the exhibition or even buy.

www.merrionsquareart.com/

Battle for the Bay – Water Sports & Beach Festival

10:30 – 18:00, Sun 21 May

Dollymount Strand, Clontarf, Dublin 3

Kitesurfers, Standup Paddle Board (SUP) Riders, Wakeboarders, Landyacht Sailors, Volleyball Players, Extreme Sport Lovers and tons of spectators (that’s you and me!!! ;-) ) all come together this Saturday and Sunday (20+21 May) on Dollymount Strand in Clontarf for the “Battle for the Bay”.

In addition to Kitesurfing and SUP competitions, there will be Live Music, a food market and kids entertainment and a Biodiversity Village on the strand and the full schedule is here: www.battleforthebay.com/#whats-on

battleforthebay.com/

Africa Day 2017 – Festival

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 21 May

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Africa Day is a worldwide celebration of African culture on 26 May of every year. In Dublin the day-long festival usually takes place on the Sunday before or after 26 May and this year it is on Sunday 21 May.

Farmleigh House is the venue for this event and there will be three stages with music, dance performances and a fashion show. In addition you can take part in Drumming Workshops or enjoy story-telling, spoken word events a language exchange and lots of other events. There will also be a food market, an African Bazaar and Kids entertainment.

The detailed schedule of all events can be found on the website below.

It is a great event with a good and family-friendly atmosphere, plenty to do and to see and you will probably find me there on Sunday. ;-)

Admission is free.

africaday.ie/dublin/

Children’s Art Cart – Phoenix Park

11:00 – 12:30, Sun 21 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

A Children’s Art Cart events with the theme “Draw Flowers from the Walled Gardens” takes place on Sunday and is suitable for Ages 6-11.

Admission is free. All upcoming events are listed in this brochure www.phoenixpark.ie/media/phoenix-park-programme-of-events-2017.pdf

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/

Croke Park – Estimating the ecological footprint – Guided Walk

11:00 – 14:00, Sun 21 May

Smallchanges Wholefoods Store, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

“Croke Park – Estimating the ecological footprint of Croke Park national stadium” is a guided walk and assessment and a discussion of how it has effected local ecology e.g. the Royal Canal biodiversity and of any steps which the Stadium has taken to reduce the ecological impact of the stadium.

Meet at the Smallchanges cafe, 40 Drumcondra Road.

Prepare for all weather, bring notebooks and pens and cameras to record findings to be used in final report on the event.

Admission is free.

biodiversityweek.ie/event/croke-park-estimating-the-ecological-footprint-of-croke-park-national-stadium-a-conducted-walk-and-assessment/

Dockland’s Summer Festival 2017

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 21 May

Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2

Summer is another 10 days away, but in the Docklands, the Summer Festival is already taking place this Saturday and Sunday (20+21 May).

It is another watersports festival but different to the “Battle for the Bay”, the Dockland’s Summer Festival is more focused on “inland” watersports like Wakeboarding, Raft Races. Wakeboarders, including Irish champion David O’Caoimh, are performing their spectacular demonstrations at 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00.

On Grand Canal Square, there will be a food market, DJs will entertain and you can play “floating golf”. Street Performers will be there on both days and a duck race will happen at the Waterways Visitor Centre.

Unfortunately the organisers keep the schedule as a secret, so I have no idea when the duck race will take place.

Admission to the Dockland’s Festival is free.

www.docklandssummerfestival.com/

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 21 May

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

A weekly market with lots of food, but also many other products (art & crafts, books, etc) takes place every Sunday in the beautiful People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It is a very popular market and with around 50 vendors also one of the bigger markets.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Jazz Brunch Sundays

11:00 – 14:00, Sun 21 May

Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

The Kilkenny Shop Cafe is inviting to a Jazz Brunch Sunday every Sunday. They don’t specify who is playing at the brunch, I will see if I can find out more.

Admission is free.

www.kilkennyshop.com/restaurant-jazzsundays

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 21 May

St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

The well known Palestrina Choir sing every Sunday at the mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. They sing complete masterworks by Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak, Palestrina, de Victoria, usually accompanied by Prof. Gerard Gillen on the organ, who often also plays a solo piece.

www.procathedral.ie/music/this-week

Rumble in the Jumble – Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 May

Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

Rumble in the Jumble is a monthly market for arts, crafts, vintage, vinyl and more.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/finderskeepersireland/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 21 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 21 May

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Sundays: 12:00-17:30. Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 21 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Every Sunday, the National Botanic Gardens invite to two guided walks. The first one is at 12:00 and the second one at 14:30.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/educ/info.htm

Humans Need Not Apply – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 21 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

This is the last day of the Humans Need Not Apply exhibition:

The exhibition “Humans Need Not Apply” (10 Feb – 21 May) in the Science Gallery is looking at the influence robots will have on our society, on our lives and on jobs. How will robots replace humans? How can robots be creative? And is automation maybe going too far?

About 27 exhibits will ask and answer these questions. When you come into the exhibition space in the Science Gallery the little desk lamp robot Pinokio will greet you with all its friendliness and curiosity (that’s MY interpretation of Pinokio’s behaviour). And the three Doppelgänger robots upstairs will move, even dance with you. But more robots and automation will also have possibly some negative effects and “The Great Disengagement” looks at how we human beings might rebel against robots when they have taken our jobs and more away.

The exhibition has many many facets and it is extremely interesting. There are fascinating and intriguing exhibits and maybe more unexpected ones like the “tickle robot”. I strongly recommend the exhibition and can definitely say that it is suitable for ALL ages, even younger kids can get something out of it.

Use the help of the amazing mediators, who can explain everything you see, especially if you don’t want to read all the explanations that are next to every exhibit.

The Science Gallery has very visitor friendly opening hours of Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00.

Admission is free.

thegrid.ai/humans-need-not-apply/

Moveable Feast – Family Fest of Dance and Entertainment

12:00 – 15:00, Sun 21 May

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

The Moveable Feast is a family feast of dance and entertainment in Merrion Square. Pacl a picnic and bring the family and friends for an an afternoon of fun dance experiences for all ages.

“Getting off to a gentle start with family yoga, we’ve got a ‘Bubble Baby Boogie’, tea and cakes and a ‘Dress-up Selfie Station’ by Dance World. Swing, roll and spin your way through ‘Funky Feet’ and ‘Bollyrobics’ workshops and enjoy pop-up performances by CoisCéim BROADREACH’s The Dance Ensemble 50+ and Dublin Youth Dance Company. Explore the biodiversity of the park and learn a simple dance about the changing seasons for the biggest NELKEN-Line in Ireland at 14:00.”
The Dublin Ukulele Collective will also perform at this event.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/266142423794486/

Sunday at Noon – Classical Concerts

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 21 May

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Sundays at Noon Concert Series continues in the Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. This series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June.

The next concert will feature Elizabeth Cooney and Friends, a String 6-tet that will perform works from Brahms, Tchaikowsky and de Florence.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/1707-sundaysnoon-string-sextet

How? – Science and Technology Family Event

13:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 May

Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co. Dublin

The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown science and technology event “How?” is back in Shanganagh Park on Sunday. The event will be a fun and educational afternoon out for all the family with a range of science and technology attractions from the past, present and future.

There will be Minecraft workshops running all afternoon (on first come first served basis) for ages 12 and below. (Wifi enabled Laptop and copy of Minecraft is needed.)
There will also be the Exploration Dome (a mobile planetarium), Science of Sound (A workshop that explores sound from lots of different angles), the School of Irish Archaeology (it will teach students the importance of Irish heritage, culture and identity through archaeology). Junior Einsteins (to bring a love of science and learning to primary school aged children) and Whizzkids (Participants will learn coding using “scratch” to create their own videogames, animations and screen savers).

All young people at the event under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

There is limited parking in the area around Shanganagh Park so if possible walk, cycle or use public transport to get to the event.

Admission is free.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/how-0

Intercultural Tour in Mandarin – Chester Beatty Library

13:00, Sun 21 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

An Intercultural Tour in Mandarin Language with Community Ambassador Vicky Wang will take place.

Admission is free.

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

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13:00, Sun 21 May

Dublin (various locations)

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Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

14:00, Sun 21 May

Arbour Hill Cemetery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

The cemetery at Arbour Hill is the last resting place of 14 of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Among those buried there are Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Thomas Clarke. This tour every Sunday will focus on the context of the Rising and explore in detail the wording of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

No booking necessary. The meeting point is inside the cemetery gates.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,36143,en.html

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 21 May

Dublin (various locations)

The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of (hobby) artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle, Science Gallery, …), sketch for one to two hours and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches.

There are some hugely talented people among them and it is a great idea to meet up with others who have the same hobby. Find out on their website below or on their Facebook Page where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. I know that the Dublin Sketchers often use the Dublin Event Guide to find interesting free events and I am delighted to be able to help!

www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/

Gamelan Jam Delapan – Javanese music performance

14:00, Sun 21 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The music performance “Gamelan Jam Delapan” by an eclectic ensemble of musicians of all ages from amateur to professional will bring you traditional Javanese music (not Japanese!). Gamelan Jam Delapan means ‘the eight o’clock gamelan’. The group was named after their rehearsal schedule on Tuesday evenings in the National Concert Hall.

Admission is free.

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

Hugh Lane Gallery – Guided Tour

14:00, Sun 21 May

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Every Sunday a free tour takes place in the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Admission is free and booking is not required, but places are limited, so early arrival is recommended.

www.hughlane.ie/lectures/current/1431-free-sunday-tours-at-2pm-2016

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 21 May

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Stella Bass Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. A video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8aKqtOB5S8

www.stellabass.com

Dublin City Green Trail – Walk

14:30 – 16:30, Sun 21 May

ECO-UNESCO, Green House, 9 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

The Green Trail is a 2 hour long guided tour of Dublin city’s wildlife hotspots that will allow participants to discover nature, wildlife and biodiversity in the heart of the city.

“The trail explores plant and animal species diversity in semi-natural habitats in Dublin City Centre and it will incorporate urban garden, amenity grassland, woodland, freshwater and parkland areas of St. Stephen’s Green, Iveagh Gardens, Merrion Park, Trinity College and the streets of Dublin.

Activities along the way such as tree identification and a bird survey using simple identification keys will give participants a greater understanding of the rich biological diversity that surrounds us in an urban environment. The trail has been designed so people of all ages can undertake it. Suitable walking shoes and waterproof clothes are recommended.”

Admission is free.

biodiversityweek.ie/event/dublin-city-green-trail-28th-may/

Andrew Olwill – Classical Guitar – Concert

15:00, Sun 21 May

Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2

Andrew Olwill will play a classical guitar concert in the vestry of the Unitarian Church.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events/

Biodiversity Walk in Phoenix Park

15:00, Sun 21 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

A Biodiversity Walk will take place at 15:00 on Sunday.

Admission is free.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,36493,en.html

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 21 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Every Sunday two free guided tours will take place in the Chester Betty Library. The first one is at 15:00 and the second one at 16:00.

In addition there is another free tour every Wednesday at 13:00.

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

Hands on History – National Museum

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 21 May

National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), 7 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Hands on History is a Drop-in event where you have a chance to explore some of the artefacts from the Museum’s collection of objects for handling with Museum educators. Suitable for all ages.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3291

Margaret Clarke RHA as a History Painter – Talk

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 21 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“Margaret Clarke RHA as a History Painter” is a Sunday talk with Carla Briggs, UCD in association with the exhibition “Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit” (from 13 May 2017).

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Talks/Sunday_Talks2017/Sunday_May21.aspx

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 21 May

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but every Sunday there is a free public tour for the next few weeks. Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html

Summer Folk Session

17:00, Sun 21 May

The Hot Spot Music Club, Beach House, Cliff Rd, Greystones, Co. Wicklow

A Summer Folk Session will take place in Greystones and admission is free.

thehotspot.ie/#events

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

17:30 – 20:30, Sun 21 May

Bandstand, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Travel around European traditional dancing culture without a ticket at the Bal Folk Dance Sessions.

And if you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry! Workshops are provided and admission is free.

The event takes place outdoors this Sunday in St. Stephen’s Green (and I assume it is on the St. Stephen’s Green Bandstand).

There will be three workshops with dances from France and Italy and this will be followed by a Social Dance.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/events/113981079180433

Wiley Fox Trad Session

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 21 May

Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Every Sunday evening from 18:00-20:00, the Wiley Fox is hosting a trad session, where some of Ireland’s finest traditional musicians will play for you.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thewileyfox

Dixieland Jazzmen – Gig

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 21 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Dixeland Jazzmen play a weekly gig in Sin E. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub/

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 21 May

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

At the Jawbone Gig night in Arthur’s Pub, Acoustic Folk & Blues will be performed every Sunday. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/Jawbone-Dublin-Acoustic-Folk-Blues-Commune/724102984268967

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 21 May

St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir sings every Sunday from September to June at their “Gig in God’s Gaff”, a Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street.

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, one of the best known gospel choirs in Ireland will give you a chance to experience a mass with a difference. It is uplifting and inspiring and everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness or your relationship with the Catholic Church in other contexts.

Disclaimer: I am involved with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, so the description above MIGHT not be totally unbiased. But just take it from me, they are brilliant! ;-)

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

International Flute Orchestra – Concert

19:30 – 21:00, Sun 21 May

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

This is a concert by the International Flute Orchestra from USA conducted by Dr John Bailey with music from Bach, Beethoven and Rossini in Christ Church Cathedral.

Admission is free.

www.christchurchtickets.com/events1/flute-orchestra-concert-by-the-international-flute-orchestra-from-usa/

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 21 May

Bleeding Horse, 24 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2

Every Sunday this singer-songwriter night takes place in the Bleeding Horse in Camden St. from 8.30pm. It is an Open mic night and performers can just turn up and put their name on the list for that night.

www.facebook.com/apollosessions

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 21 May

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Rhythm Rocker

21:00, Sun 21 May

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe with live music (Rockabilly) and DJs. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/rhythmrocker

The 4 Of Us – Gig

21:00, Sun 21 May

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The 4 Of Us are playing tracks from their new album “Sugar Island” at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-4-of-us

Sunday Blues Gig – Bowery

21:30, Sun 21 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Every Sunday a Blues Band will play a gig in the Bowery.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

The Jive Cats – Gig

22:00, Sun 21 May

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Rock ‘n’ Rock and Swing Band “The Jive Cats” will perform in the Mercantile every Sunday from 22:00.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-mercantile-hotel/

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Mon 22 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

09:00, Mon 22 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

Most of the free events are listed here (some require registration):

Sun 21 May – 12:00: What Happens Next: The Future Of ILFDublin – Discussion
Mon 22 May – 11:00: Tom Angleberger (Groot et Rocket)
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Stray Lines at Instituto Cervantes – Reading of Comics
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Circle and Square – Readings from Circle and Square
Tues 23 May – 12:00: Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards – Awards Ceremony
Tues 23 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: The Hotel Room – Theatrical Book Launch
Wed 24 May – 18:00: Stories from the City: Between the Bookcases – A Celebration of Writing Groups
Wed 24 May – 19:00: Stories from the City: Home Is… – Discussion
Fri 26 May – 09:30: Talking Translation – Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU
Fri 26 May – 10:30: Talking Translation – Found in Translation: Becoming a Literary Translator
Fri 26 May – 11:45: Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference
Fri 26 May – 14:30: Talking Translation – Untranslatable: Constraints in Literary Translation
Fri 26 May – 17:30: Talking Translation: Oulipolisson Theatre Performance
Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 22 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 22 May

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Using the National Library: Research Workshop

14:00, Mon 22 May

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Come to this event to get advice and guidance on researching the rich and varied collections of the National Library. The workshop will draw on case studies of personalities from the NLI’s collections and is suitable for anyone looking to embark on a research project or to enhance research skills in navigating the catalogue, accessing the various collections and interpreting the sources. The workshop is suitable for everybody who is using the library for the first time.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 6030 259

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The Future of the EU – Talk

16:30 – 18:15, Mon 22 May

Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Vytenis Andriukaitis, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and Mairéad McGuinness MEP will talk about the EU’s future, democracy and the EU’s policies on Health and Food Safety.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below.

www.europeanmovement.ie/citizens-dialogue-on-health-and-food-safety/

The day we met Roddy Doyle – Book Launch

18:30 – 20:00, Mon 22 May

Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2

“Il Giorno Che Incontrammo Roddy Doyle (The Day We Met Roddy Doyle) by Max Rover (a.k.a Massimo Roveri) is a tribute to Irish literature and to Ireland itself, but it is also a journey, spiritual and physical, of four different characters who share pain, uncertainty, but also wishes and dreams to achieve. All the characters are somehow connected to Ireland.

Structured on three narrative levels (story, reality, hyper-reality), which are declined according to the characters’ point of view, the novel has Massimo – a partly autobiographical character – who sees in Ireland a love, a goal, a cure, as the book’s backbone and trait d’union between the other characters.”

The book launch takes place in the Italian Institute. The events is in English.

Admission is free, butbooking is required via the website below.

www.iicdublino.esteri.it/iic_dublino/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2017/05/il-giorno-che-incontrammo-roddy.html

University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble – Concert

19:30 – 20:30, Mon 22 May

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

The Wind Ensemble of the University of Massachusetts will be in Ireland for a visit and they will perform in Christ Church Cathedral on Monday.

Admission is free.

www.christchurchtickets.com/events1/university-of-massachusetts-amherst-wind-ensemble-usa/

Bowery Stand-Up Comedy Night

20:00, Mon 22 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The next Stand-up Comedy night in the Bowery is on Monday and I have heard stories about an absolutely packed room on Monday evenings!

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Drunkard’s Hiccups – Old Time String Band Music

20:00, Mon 22 May

Thomas House, 88 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

This is a weekly gig with authentic old-time fiddle tunes and Appalachian music.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/drunkardshiccups/

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 22 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Song Cycle is a weekly Singer/Songriter showcase. The line-up is not always easily findable on the Whelan’s website, but admission is always free.

www.whelanslive.com

The Circle Sessions – Open Mic

20:00 – 23:30, Mon 22 May

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

The Circle Sessions is an “Open Mic” that provides an opportunity for up and coming musicians, spoken word artists, poets and comedians to perform.

Come to this weekly show to perform or to simply watch a great mix of music, poetry, spoken word and comedy.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 22 May

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Monday the Woolshed Bar hosts “The Comedy Shed”, usually with 3 headline acts.

Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 22 May

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

21:00, Mon 22 May

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

Every Monday a Jazz Jam Session will take place in the Grand Social and you are invited to listen or even to participate. Admission is free for musicians and audience.

Instruments are supplied (drums (no cymbals), double bass, guitar amp, bass amp, PA system) and ideas and themes will be proposed prior to the session to the musicians who join the event on Facebook (see Facebook Page below).

www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Jam-Session-at-The-Grand-Social/224553674385198

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 22 May

Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

An Open Trad Music Session is taking place every Monday in Mother Reilly’s. Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

That’s It Recordings – Open Mic

22:00, Mon 22 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

That’s It Recordings is an open mic every Monday at Sin E. Just turn up and play. Sign up before 22:00 to ensure you get a slot. Bring a USB stick along and you will get a recording of your music to take home.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/thats-it-open-mic-5/

Tuesday 23 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Tue 23 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

09:00, Tue 23 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

Most of the free events are listed here (some require registration):

Sun 21 May – 12:00: What Happens Next: The Future Of ILFDublin – Discussion
Mon 22 May – 11:00: Tom Angleberger (Groot et Rocket)
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Stray Lines at Instituto Cervantes – Reading of Comics
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Circle and Square – Readings from Circle and Square
Tues 23 May – 12:00: Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards – Awards Ceremony
Tues 23 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: The Hotel Room – Theatrical Book Launch
Wed 24 May – 18:00: Stories from the City: Between the Bookcases – A Celebration of Writing Groups
Wed 24 May – 19:00: Stories from the City: Home Is… – Discussion
Fri 26 May – 09:30: Talking Translation – Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU
Fri 26 May – 10:30: Talking Translation – Found in Translation: Becoming a Literary Translator
Fri 26 May – 11:45: Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference
Fri 26 May – 14:30: Talking Translation – Untranslatable: Constraints in Literary Translation
Fri 26 May – 17:30: Talking Translation: Oulipolisson Theatre Performance
Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show 2017

10:30 – 17:00, Tue 23 May

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

A Trade & Tourism Show for people in “active retirement” is happening in Hall 4 of the RDS. But it is an odd one! The website at www.tradeandtourismshow.ie/ focuses on getting exhibitors, but doesn’t even have a section that is targeted to visitors. In addition the name “trade…show” doesn’t really make it clear to end users that they are invited, right? But it seems that they are. :-)

According to the “About Us” section of the website, the show focuses on the following areas “Health, Activity, Financial Security, Travel, Holidays, Lifelong Learning, Social & Cultural activities, Sports, Cooking, Fashion, Investments and Legal Advice”. Hmm, in that case my strong advise is CHANGE THE NAME!! :-P

Admission is free, so you can check it out, but to me it seems as if the organisers could maybe learn a thing or two about marketing their event effectively!?

tradeandtourismshow.ie

Building Biodiversity in a Barren Landscape – Workshop

11:00 – 14:00, Tue 23 May

Smallchanges Wholefoods Store, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Meet in the Smallchanges Cafe and then get out and plant trees, vertical gardens etc at this workshop, which is part of Biodiversity week.

Admission is free.

biodiversityweek.ie/event/building-biodiversity-in-a-barren-landscape-at-the-arts-and-business-campus-40-lr-drumcondra-rd/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 23 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Musical Recital: Soprano + Piano

13:00, Tue 23 May

Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

A Lunchtime Recital with Ruth Gahan (Soprano) & Aileen Cahill (Piano) from NUIM Maynooth will take place and they will perform works from Mozart, Barber, Debussy, Wolf and Handel.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 873 4333,

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events

Noah’s Wife missed the Boat – Bealtaine Theatre

13:00, Tue 23 May

Coolock Public Library, Barryscourt Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

“Noah’s Wife missed the boat – she left the washing out!” is the name of a play that will be performed by Carnation Theatre in Ballymun Library. The play celebrates the advent of the Washing Machine and the effect it had on our lives.

Do you remember the mangle, the tin bath, the buckets of nappies left to soak, the Sunlight soap? Sing along, clap and enjoy this musical trip down memory lane.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-8477781

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/bealtaine-6

Strindbergian – Pop-up Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Tue 23 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

This short talk will look at ‘Strindbergian’ by Margaret Clarke and give a brief insight into the work. The talk will be given by Niamh MacNally. Meet in front of the painting in the Millennium Wing.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Talks/Pop-up_Talks2017/May_23.aspx

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Tue 23 May

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher runs on Tuesday and Saturday. It is an alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is required via myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Spring Storytime (Age 3-6)

15:00 – 15:30, Tue 23 May

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

From April until June a weekly Storytime session will take every Tuesday in the LexIcon Library. It is suitable for Ages 3-6. The event will be in the Children’s Library on Level 4.

Admission is free and no booking necessary.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/spring-storytime-library-staff

Blackrock Sequence – Launch

18:00, Tue 23 May

Blackrock Library, Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Join poet and novelist David Butler for the official launch of ‘Blackrock Sequence’, an illustrated poem-journey which follows a route from the Forty Foot to Booterstown Saltmarsh, investigating the history, memory, ecology, culture and geology of this fascinating coastline.

Admission is free.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/blackrock-sequence-official-launch

Tuesday Night Table Tennis

18:00 – 00:00, Tue 23 May

Buskers on the Ball, Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

This is a weekly event in Buskers on the Ball. They have 5 table tennis table and are now running a social league on Tuesdays. Free play at the tables and drinks specials are available.

www.facebook.com/BuskersOnTheBall/

Sound and Image in the Middle Ages – Lecture

18:30 – 20:00, Tue 23 May

Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellows’ Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2

“Sound and Image in the Middle Ages: Iconography, Sound Studies and Digital Humanities” is a lecture by Professor Susan Boynton (Columbia University) during her fellowship at the Trinity Long Room Hub in collaboration with the School of Histories & Humanities.

Medieval images of music reflect cultural values associated with musical performance and experience and recent research in this field encompasses a broad and steadily expanding range of approaches, including musical iconography (the description of images depicting musical performance, instruments, and other forms of sound), interpretation of the physical and historical context of musical images (for instance, their functions in particular built spaces), and computer-assisted analysis of a corpus of examples.

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/event.php?eventid=123541464

Call the Dancers – Trad Gig

19:00 – 21:00, Tue 23 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Whelan’s never had a regular Trad Session, but this is about to change:

From 04 April until 27 June a new Trad Session called “Call the Dancers” will take place and no other than well known musicians Ronan Ó Snodaigh, Eoin Dillon & friends will perform.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/call-the-dancers/

Ireland and the USA: From 1917 to Trump – History Ireland Hedge School

19:00, Tue 23 May

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

“History Ireland Hedge School: Ireland and the United States from 1917 to Trump” is a round table discussion with History Ireland editor Tommy Graham and panellists Michael Kennedy (RIA’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy), Bernadette Whelan (UL), Patrick Geoghegan (TCD) and John Borgonovo (UCC) about Ireland and the USA, from 1917 when the US entered the War to the election of Donald Trump.

Admission is free.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 23 May

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

EveryTuesday at 19:00, The Dublin Language Exchange takes place in the Czech Inn. It is the biggest free meeting of people from all around Dublin that are interested in learning languages and communicate with speakers of other languages.

Admission is free and the meetup is completely informal. No booking required.

www.facebook.com/Dublin-Language-Exchange-131803433533696/

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 23 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Rumours have it that the Bluegrass Collective will perform in Sin É on Tuesday and there might even be an open Bluegrass Jam! Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Shipstern Open Session – Open Mic

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 23 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Shipstern Open Session is the Open Mic night in the Bowery in Rathmines. A weekly event where everyone is invited to take part, sing, play an instrument of even tell some jokes. And anybody who will perform on stage will get a cocktail voucher. Sometimes even big names come in to try out their new material.

The night is hosted by Cian from the tband MKAI.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 23 May

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday an informal sing along with Ukulele and Toy Musical Instruments takes place in the Stag’s Head. Just bring your instrument and come along. Beginners are welcome. Admission is free and further details (and a big book of songs) are available on the Facebook Page below.

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 23 May

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 23 May

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The Lounge Quintet plays this gig every Tuesday: Jazz Standards, Latin and Bebop. Often guest musicians and singers join them. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leeson-Lounge/114810058553792

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Tue 23 May

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Woolshed Pub Quiz

21:30, Tue 23 May

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Tuesday, a pub quiz is taking place in the Woolshed.

Admission is free. Max team size is 6 people.

www.woolshedbaa.com

Wednesday 24 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Wed 24 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

09:00, Wed 24 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

Most of the free events are listed here (some require registration):

Sun 21 May – 12:00: What Happens Next: The Future Of ILFDublin – Discussion
Mon 22 May – 11:00: Tom Angleberger (Groot et Rocket)
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Stray Lines at Instituto Cervantes – Reading of Comics
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Circle and Square – Readings from Circle and Square
Tues 23 May – 12:00: Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards – Awards Ceremony
Tues 23 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: The Hotel Room – Theatrical Book Launch
Wed 24 May – 18:00: Stories from the City: Between the Bookcases – A Celebration of Writing Groups
Wed 24 May – 19:00: Stories from the City: Home Is… – Discussion
Fri 26 May – 09:30: Talking Translation – Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU
Fri 26 May – 10:30: Talking Translation – Found in Translation: Becoming a Literary Translator
Fri 26 May – 11:45: Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference
Fri 26 May – 14:30: Talking Translation – Untranslatable: Constraints in Literary Translation
Fri 26 May – 17:30: Talking Translation: Oulipolisson Theatre Performance
Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Planting a bee-friendly garden – Talk

10:30 – 11:30, Wed 24 May

Shankill Library, Library Road, Shankill, Co. Dublin

This workshop will give you advice on providing the most benefit to bees and other creatures when planting a garden. You will also get to plant up little pots of bee friendly flowers to take home.

Admission is free, but booking is required via shankilllib@dlrcoco.ie or 01-2823081

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/planting-bee-friendly-garden-talk-and-demonstration-aoife-munn

Creative Den Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 24 May

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Did you ever want to give drawing a go? Or maybe you are a budding artist looking for like-minded people to draw with? The Creative Den in Rua Red runs free weekly drawing sessions on Wednesdays at 11:00.

ruared.ie/

People’s Garden Walking Tour – Phoenix Park

11:00, Wed 24 May

People’s Flower Gardens, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

A walking tour to the People’s Park within Phoenix Park will take place on Wednesday. OPW Gardeners will lead that walk. Meeting Point is at the Parkgate Street entrance to the People’s Garden.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,36767,en.html

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 24 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 24 May

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Fighting Irish on the Western Front in 1917 – Talk

13:00, Wed 24 May

Pembroke Library, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

“They Called it Murder: The Fighting Irish on the Western Front in 1917” is a talk by Lar Joye (Assistant Keeper, Art and Industrial Division,National Museum of Ireland) in association with Ballsbridge, Donnybrook and Sandymount Historical Society.

Admission is free. Booking is required via 01-6689575

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-11

Dublin’s Culture Connects: Around the Table – Film Screening

13:15, Wed 24 May

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The National Library is involved in “The National Neighbourhood: Around the Table” project. This project connects communities old and new across Dublin’s historic central area with artists of different disciplines to explore the food history of the area. Groups visited the library as part of the project. Themes of mothering, belonging, words and work were shared through mapping the story, role and journey of food in the city – from the docks to the markets, and from the streets to the table.

The short film “Around the Table” (24 min) was made as part of the project, and explores Dublin’s food history through the memories of Dublin’s dock workers, workers from Cadbury’s who explain why the ‘Flake’ produced in Dublin had the best taste to current developments in food choices.

Admission is free. The film will be screened on 03+10+17+24 May.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Temple Bar “Night” Market

14:00 – 20:00, Wed 24 May

Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar “Night” Market is more an afternoon and evening market (14:00-20:00) and it takes place every Wednesday until September.

You can buy Arts & Crafts at this market.

In previous years the missing food and drink stalls (probably to protect the pubs and restaurants in Temple Bar) was mentioned by visitors as a critique.

templebarnightmarket.com/

The Urban Beekeeper – Talks & Workshop

14:00 – 17:30, Wed 24 May

Mount Merrion Community Centre, The Rise, Mount Merrion, Dublin 4

An Taisce Dun Laoghaire invite to an afternoon of talks and workshops about “The Urban Beekeeper”.

Demonstrations and workshops will be given by South Dublin Beekeepers Liam McGarry and Anne O’ Sullivan. There will be advice on planting your garden to feed and nurture bees. In a second workshop learn how to make creams, balms and candles from bee products. You will also experience a real beehive and learn to identify worker bees, drones and the queen. And the third workshop will give hands on experience of the components of the beehive and beekeeping equipment followed by a film on bees: their lifecycle and importance.

Admission is free.

biodiversityweek.ie/event/the-urban-beekeeper-with-an-taisce-dun-laoghaire/

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 24 May

Havana Tapas Bar, Georges St, Dublin 2

The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.

www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

Fish on a Bicycle – Poetry Reading – Bealtaine

18:30, Wed 24 May

Inchicore Library, 34 Emmet Road, Dublin 8

A Poetry Reading with Jean O’Brien, founding member of Dublin Writers’ Workshop, will take place. Jean’s most recent collection of poetry is “Fish On A Bicycle”. Jean is described as a poet with her finger on the pulse of how we live now.

Admission is free, but booking is recommended via 01-4533793

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-15

Journey to YU – In the footsteps of Rebecca West – Film Screening

18:30, Wed 24 May

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

“Journey to YU: In the footsteps of Rebecca West” is the documentary directed by Deirdre Mulrooney. It is inspired by the exhibition “YU: The Lost Country” by photographer Dragana Jurisic and it follows the footsteps of Rebecca West’s epic 1930s travelogue “Black Lamb, Grey Falcon” about the former Yugoslavia, Jurisic’s homeland.

Introduction and post film Q&A will be with director and producer Deirdre Mulrooney.

Admission is free. In case you want to book a place, ring 01-6744888

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-17

The Changing Artist – Discussion

18:30 – 20:00, Wed 24 May

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Artists Gary Coyle and Vivienne Roche discuss their diversity of their work as artists and the range of media they use.

This is an opportunity to hear artists illustrate, discuss and answer questions on the formal and technical aspects of their practice.

Chaired by Gavin Murphy, artist and curator.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the eventbrite link below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/dlr-lexicon-gallery-the-changing-artist-tickets-34356771027?ref=devg

The Spanish Armada: The Irish Experience – Talk

18:30, Wed 24 May

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2

David Revelles and Fionbarr Moore will give talks about Spanish Armada ship wrecks in Sligo.

All details can be found on the website below.

Admission is free. (In Spanish and English with simultaneous interpreting.)

dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha111229_16_2.htm

UEFA Europe League Final: Manchester Utd vs Ajax

18:30 – 22:30, Wed 24 May

Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

The Sugar Club will screen the UEFA Europe League Final between Manchester United and Ajax on their big cinema screen.

Admission is free. Kick off is at 19:45.

www.thesugarclub.com/listings/event/uefa-europa-league-final-man-utd-v-ajax

The Importance of Making a Will – Bealtaine events

18:45, Wed 24 May

Coolock Public Library, Barryscourt Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

This is a public talk about the importance of making a will.

Admission is free. Booking is recommended via 01-8477781

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/bealtaine-8

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

19:30 – 22:30, Wed 24 May

Tivoli Backstage, 18/19 Francis Street, Dublin 8

The Dublin Jam Session is an open Jam with full back line. It is open to all levels of musicians and singers and all genres of music and the only rule is that you must jam with others (not all your own band).

It takes place every Wednesday and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DublinJamSessions/

Dwarf Jar Wednesday Jazz

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 24 May

The Dwarf Jar Cafe, 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Dwarf Jar House Trio (Daniel Rorke (sax), Cormac O’Brien (bass) and Matthew Jacobson(drums)) will play a weekly Jazz gig every Wednesday in Dwarf Jar Cafe and they usually have one or more guest musicians or singers supporting them.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/satumusikk/

Pride (2014) – Bealtaine Movie Screening

19:30, Wed 24 May

Draiocht, Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

The movie Pride (2014) will be screened in Draiocht.

It’s Summer 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power, and the National Union of Mineworkers are on strike! At the Ga y Pride March in London, a group of ga y and le sbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But the only problem is the Union seems too embarrassed to receive their support.
Not discouraged, the activists ignore the Union and go direct to the miners. They identify a small mining villiage in Wales to make their donations to the community in person. This journey begins a surprising partnership between two seemingly alien comunties as they fight for the same cause.

Admission is free, but booking is required.

www.draiocht.ie/events/pride_2014

The Hitchhikers Guide to Mythology – Storytelling

19:30 – 21:00, Wed 24 May

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Candlelit Tales are inviting to a Storytelling evening with music in the Stag’s Head called “The Hitchhikers Guide to Mythology”. It is a journey through the five provinces of Ireland looking at their mythic links.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/events/1704594023180911/

Jesters Open Mic Comedy Night

19:45 – 22:00, Wed 24 May

The Front Door, 15 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Jesters is a weekly open mic comedy event where a lot of comedians do 5 minutes of material.

Admission is free. If you would like to perform then send a message to the Jesters Facebook Page via the link below.

www.facebook.com/jesterscomedy/

Brand New Switcheroo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 24 May

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Roots Band “Brand New Switcheroo” will perform in the Harbour Bar. Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 24 May

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

The Anseo Comedy Club takes place every Wednesday in Anseo (upstairs).

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 24 May

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesday.

www.theglobe.ie/events

The Zodiac Sessions – Open Mic/Gig

20:30, Wed 24 May

Bruxelles, Harry Street, Dublin 2

“The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week.

www.facebook.com/zodiacsessions

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Wed 24 May

Gypsy Rose Blues & Rock Bar, 5 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Bad Boy Jake are every Wednesday in the Gypsy Rose Rock & Blues Bar playing their rock, blues and American.

www.dublinsessions.ie/gypsy.html

Biodiversity After Dark in Dublin

21:00 – 22:30, Wed 24 May

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

This is a Irish Wildlife Trust organised walk in St Anne’s Park at nightfall to explore the urban biodiversity of our city. You will keep your eyes and ears open for urban wildlife such as bats, foxes and badgers and the guide will use bat detectors to allow you to hear the echolocation calls of the native Irish bats in St. Anne’s Park. You will also learn about the social structure and life cycle of the shy urban badger.

This is an evening event, involving walking on parkland and forest paths. Attendees should bring warm clothing and a small torch. The event is suitable for the whole family.

Admission is free, but booking is required via conservation@iwt.ie or 01 8602839. Meeting point is the park entrance on the corner of All Saints Road and Watermill Road.

www.iwt.ie/24-may-urban-biodiversity-after-dark-in-dublin-free-biodiversity-week-event

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 24 May

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Los Paradiso are playing Rockabilly, Tex Mex, Western Swing, Surf in the Leeson Lounge. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leeson-Lounge/114810058553792

Resident Open Mic – Mercantile

21:00, Wed 24 May

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Resident Open Mic is a weekly open mic on Wednesdays with a bit of a difference: Each week a different established artist will go back to their roots by not just playing at the open mic but by hosting it. This gives the artists a chance to try out new songs, play some of their classics and most importantly it gives a chance for new songwriters to play their music in front of some of their favorite songwriters.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-mercantile-hotel/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 24 May

Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru), 4 Prospect Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 11

Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).

The Luna Boys – Gig

22:00, Wed 24 May

Porterhouse Temple Bar, 16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

The Luna Boys will play a gig in the Porterhouse in Temple Bar. They call their genre “Boom Grass”, a mix of Country, Folk and Blue Grass.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheLunaBoys/

The Harleys – Gig

23:55, Wed 24 May

The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Harleys are a popular coverband and they will be in the Mezz every Wednesday at midnight.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

Thursday 25 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Thu 25 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

09:00, Thu 25 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

Most of the free events are listed here (some require registration):

Sun 21 May – 12:00: What Happens Next: The Future Of ILFDublin – Discussion
Mon 22 May – 11:00: Tom Angleberger (Groot et Rocket)
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Stray Lines at Instituto Cervantes – Reading of Comics
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Circle and Square – Readings from Circle and Square
Tues 23 May – 12:00: Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards – Awards Ceremony
Tues 23 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: The Hotel Room – Theatrical Book Launch
Wed 24 May – 18:00: Stories from the City: Between the Bookcases – A Celebration of Writing Groups
Wed 24 May – 19:00: Stories from the City: Home Is… – Discussion
Fri 26 May – 09:30: Talking Translation – Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU
Fri 26 May – 10:30: Talking Translation – Found in Translation: Becoming a Literary Translator
Fri 26 May – 11:45: Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference
Fri 26 May – 14:30: Talking Translation – Untranslatable: Constraints in Literary Translation
Fri 26 May – 17:30: Talking Translation: Oulipolisson Theatre Performance
Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 25 May

Grangegorman Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free tour of Grangegorman Military Cemetery on Blackhorse Avenue takes place. Meet inside the cemetery gates.

Admission is free and everybody is welcome. Ring 01-6770095 for more information.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,24861,en.html

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 25 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Thu 25 May

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Ondine Dispagne – Gig

12:15, Thu 25 May

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Ondine Dispagne is a French folk singer-songwriter who will be in Dublin for a series of gigs with local musicians, she will stop by the French Library to present some of her own compositions, both in French and English. Her songs have different folk influences, such as Celtic and African music.

Admission is free.

alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

A Museum tour with Dublin Zoo – Bealtaine Tour

13:00, Thu 25 May

National Museum, Merrion Street (Natural History), Dublin 2

Zookeeper Brendan Walsh will be in the exhibition “Mammals of the World” and talk about the work he does at Dublin Zoo.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 6486316.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3287

Lunchtime at The Pepper Canister 2017

13:10, Thu 25 May

St Stephen’s Church (The Pepper Canister), 2 Mount St Crescent, Dublin 2

From 27 April until 25 May the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama will run a Lunchtime at the Pepper Canister concert/recital series. Admission to all events will be free, but booking is advised via the Eventbrite link below.

The concerts and performers are all listed on the Eventbrite site below, but to give you a rough idea, I will list the”theme”:

27 April: Music by Britten, Traditional Irish, Scottish and Northumbrian Music
04 May: Music by Messiaen, Mower, Handel, Strauss and Dvorak
11 May: Music by Händel, Lalo, Strauss, Loewe and Walton
18 May: Music by Schubert, Bernstein and Poulenc
25 May: Music by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms and Saint-Saens

In addition there is another concert on 04 May, this time in the Unitarian Chrurch in St. Stephen’s Green with music by Barrios, Lauro, Villa Lobos, Grandjany & Ravel.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/lunchtime-the-pepper-canister-tickets-33454344846?ref=devg

Lunchtime Recital: Cello + Organ

13:15, Thu 25 May

St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Adele O’Dwyer cello and Thomas Charles Marshall organ will perform lunchtime recital.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

stann.dublin.anglican.org/concerts/index.php

Moving Conversations with Sandra Noeth – Discussion

14:30 – 16:30, Thu 25 May

Fringe Lab, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

German dramaturge, curator, writer and researcher Sandra Noeth spent a week with Dance Limerick and Dublin Dance Festival to open up new ideas and prompt critical debate around collective and co-creative relationships between dance and its social and political environments. Her explorations, collaborations and findings will be discussed at this public panel discussion.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below.

www.dublindancefestival.ie/programme/performance/de-normalising-bodies-rehearsing-citizenship

Spiders, Bees and Helleborines – Irish orchids in the Burren – Talk

15:00, Thu 25 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

“Ireland is home to 30 species of orchids, some common, some rare. Due to its varied microhabitats, the Burren has a mix of species difficult to find growing side by side anywhere else on the island. This illustrated talk by author and glasshouse foreman of the National Botanic Gardens, Brendan Sayers, will tell the individual stories of these enigmatic plants.”

Admission is free.

botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#20May

Women’s Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour

15:00 – 18:00, Thu 25 May

County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Women’s Rugby World Cup Trophy will be in Dun Laoghaire County council for staff and locals to see the trophy.

Admission is free.

www.rwcwomens.com//trophy-tour/3023

The Irish ??Liber Hymnorum and the Continental Manuscripts

17:00 – 19:00, Thu 25 May

Medieval History Research Centre, Phoenix House, 5–7 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2

“The Latin glosses in the Irish Liber Hymnorum and their context in Continental Manuscripts” is a lecture by Professor Susan Boynton (Professor of Music and Historical Musicology, Columbia University) as part of the Medieval History Research Seminar series.

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/event.php?eventid=123612018

AFterwork – Alliance Francaise

17:30, Thu 25 May

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Alliance Francaise’s AFterwork is a special evening in their restaurant La Cocotte with live music by new French talent Ondine Dispagne, a French folk singer-songwriter coming to Dublin for a series of gigs. The music is free, the food isn’t.

alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

French psycho thriller – Film Screening

17:30, Thu 25 May

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The Pearse Street Library will screen a “French psychological thriller” in their International Cinema Club. The name of the film has not been revealed. The screening will be in French with English subtitles.

Admission is free.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-17

Dublin City Council Choir – Bealtaine Concert

18:00, Thu 25 May

Ballyfermot Library, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10

A Bealtaine Concert with Dublin City Council Choir will take place on Thursday. This choral performance will celebrate the Bealtaine Festival. Join members of Dublin City Council choir, with Musical Director Peter O’Driscoll as they perform some classic and contemporary favourites.

Admission free. Booking is recommended via 01-6269324

Also on Thursday evening from 18:00, the Dublin City Council Annual Plant Sale will happen in Ballyfermont from 18:00. Admission is free.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/bealtaine-4

Graphic Novel Project with Children & Young People – Launch

18:00, Thu 25 May

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Children from the travelling community in dlr County have been working on a graphic novel project in dlr LexIcon since January with author and illustrator Alan Nolan and artist Natascha Fischell. Their story is about a dog named Prince.

On Thursday their work will be launched.

Admission is free.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/graphic-novel-project-children-and-young-people-0

La tierra y la sombra – Film Screening

18:00, Thu 25 May

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2

La tierra y la sombra / Land and Shade is a Colombian film about a family that is threatened by misplacement.

Admission is free (in Spanish with English subtitles).

dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha113535_16_2.htm

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 25 May

Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Every Thursday the Little Museum of Dublin waives their admission charges for two guided tours thanks to sponsorship from Guinness. The first tour is at 18:00 and the second tour is at 19:00. Make sure that you are there at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour to get one of the limited places.

The Little Museum of Dublin has a fascinating collection of artefacts from the last 100 years Dublin’s history.

On other days and other times, admission is EUR 7 for adults and admission is by guided tour only.

www.littlemuseum.ie/

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour – Night Walk

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 25 May

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher will run next Thursday. It will be an Alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

Meeting point is at the Spire. The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is required via myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 25 May

Living Room Pub, Cathal Brugha Street (off O’Connell Street), Dublin 1

An expatriate or expat is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship.

And this is a weekly meeting for all Expats in Dublin (new and old!). If you are new to the city, this is an excellent way to meet people.

Admission is free (no booking required!), but you are asked to give the same kind of welcoming to new members as is given to you.

www.eventbrite.com/e/dublin-expats-thursday-7pm-tickets-24745493437?ref=devg

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 25 May

Robert Read Bar, 19 Store Street, Dublin 1

THe Thursday Night Board Gaming event is running for more than 10 years already and it is a weekly event for all Board Game enthusiasts. But even if you are a Board Game newbie, you are welcome. Just come along!

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/IGAGamesNights/

Bat Detector Training – Biodiversity Week

20:00 – 22:00, Thu 25 May

Malahide Castle, Malahide, Co. Dublin

BATLAS 2020 is an all-Ireland bat distribution survey of Ireland’s four common bat species (common pipistrelle, soprano pipistrelle, Leisler’s bat and Daubenton’s bat) and the goal is to map every 10km square across Ireland between 2016 and 2018.

Bat Conservation Ireland needs volunteers for this task and the training is the first step.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below.

biodiversityweek.ie/event/batlas-2020-bat-detector-training-2/

BIMM End of Year Showcase – Gig

20:00, Thu 25 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

This is a night showcasing the huge array of talent of bands and musicians from the music college BIMM in Dublin.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/354/

Hard Rock Rising – Battle of the Bands – Gig

20:00, Thu 25 May

Hard Rock Café, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Hard Rock Rising is a band competition and the final is taking place on Thursday.

Admission is free.

www.hardrock.com/cafes/dublin/event-calendar.aspx

Live at Liquor Rooms – Gigs

20:00, Thu 25 May

Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

This is a monthly music event showcasing the best of Irelands up and coming artists.

Admission is free.

theliquorrooms.com/calendar/

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 25 May

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

A Table Quiz takes place in the Grand Social. On Thursdays teams of 4 people (or at least 2 people) will compete against each other over questions from the areas of General Knowledge, Music, Film, Sports & Entertainment.

Admission is free.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/events/table-quiz-thursdays-7/2017-05-11/

Brian Meakin Band – Gig

21:00, Thu 25 May

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Brian Meakin Band will be playing Blues at this gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-brian-meakin-band

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 25 May

Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Every Thursday a Singer Songwriter Night will take place in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines. This is YOUR chance to show everyone what you can do, alternatively you can just listen to the talented Singer/Songwriters. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/motherreillysADMIN

The Luna Boys – Gig

21:00, Thu 25 May

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Luna Boys are in the Mercantile for a gig every Thursday night.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-mercantile-hotel/

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 25 May

Brady’s Pub, 5 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin 6

A Fun Pub Quiz takes place in Brady’s in Terenure on Thurs. The quiz will be on every Thursday night in the Lounge at Brady’s. Keith McLoughlin is the Quiz Master.

There will be six rounds of the quiz with picture questions, audio questions and general knowledge questions. Admission to the quiz is free and therr will be free drink vouchers for the winning and runner up teams. (No phones to get answers allowed.)

www.facebook.com/pages/Bradys-Pub-Terenure/138965189474826

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 25 May

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Thu 25 May

Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” play a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll.

Admission is free.

www.frankryans.com

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 25 May

McLoughlin’s Bar, 73 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire

A weekly Trad Music Night is taking place in McLoughlin’s in Dun Laoghaire. It is an acoustic night and all musicians are welcome. Admission is free.

www.mcloughlinsbar.ie

McNeills Trad Music Pub Sessions

21:30, Thu 25 May

J. McNeills, 140 Capel Street, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free Trad Session takes place in McNeills and often there are high profile Trad musicians performing.

www.facebook.com/McNeillsPubSessions

Woolshed Karaoke

21:30, Thu 25 May

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

The Woolshed Karaoke is happening every Thursday from 21:30. Anyone can participate! Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

The Revellions – SOMA Gig

23:00, Thu 25 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

SOMA is an indie clubnight with live band. The live band on Thursday is “The Revellions” and therir gig will be followed by SOMA DJs.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/soma-008-ft-the-revellions/

Friday 26 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Fri 26 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

09:00, Fri 26 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

Most of the free events are listed here (some require registration):

Sun 21 May – 12:00: What Happens Next: The Future Of ILFDublin – Discussion
Mon 22 May – 11:00: Tom Angleberger (Groot et Rocket)
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Stray Lines at Instituto Cervantes – Reading of Comics
Mon 22 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: Circle and Square – Readings from Circle and Square
Tues 23 May – 12:00: Children’s Books Ireland Book of the Year Awards – Awards Ceremony
Tues 23 May – 18:30: Stories from the City: The Hotel Room – Theatrical Book Launch
Wed 24 May – 18:00: Stories from the City: Between the Bookcases – A Celebration of Writing Groups
Wed 24 May – 19:00: Stories from the City: Home Is… – Discussion
Fri 26 May – 09:30: Talking Translation – Towards 2022: The Irish Language Derogation in the EU
Fri 26 May – 10:30: Talking Translation – Found in Translation: Becoming a Literary Translator
Fri 26 May – 11:45: Talking Translation – In Other Words: Translating Difference
Fri 26 May – 14:30: Talking Translation – Untranslatable: Constraints in Literary Translation
Fri 26 May – 17:30: Talking Translation: Oulipolisson Theatre Performance
Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Gender, citizenship and subjectivity in revolutionary Ireland and Europe – Conference

09:30 – 17:30, Fri 26 May

Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellows’ Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2

“Gender, citizenship and subjectivity in revolutionary Ireland and Europe” is the title of a conference in the Long Room Hub.

It will examine the manner in which ordinary, non-combatant women narrated their identities during the revolutionary period of 1917-1922 in Ireland and Europe. The symposium is led by Dr Fionnuala Walsh and Richard Gow.

Admission is free and booking is not required.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/event.php?eventid=123542240

Magazine Fort – FOUR Guided Tours

10:00 – 16:30, Fri 26 May

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

The Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park is unusually neglected and at the same time unusually rich in history. Many have seen it as a barred off concrete fortress in a corner of Phoenix Park and even more don’t even know or have forgotten that it exists. The old Phoenix House, the home of the British Viceroy, was on the site where the fort was built from the early 17th century and then in 1734 the Fort was built and extended in 1801.

In 1916 the Fort was raided by the rebels who expected to find a lot of explosives there, but found the Fort nearly empty. In 1939 the IRA raided the Fort and stole more than a million rounds of ammunition, but most of it was recovered over the following weeks.

Since 1988, the Irish Army doesn’t use the Fort anymore and gave it back to the Office of Public Works (OPW), but not much good has happened to the Fort in the last 28 years (!!) and there were numerous speculations about the reasons for that.

Finally since last year, guided tours were provided and were meant to run for three months until end of October 2016. But the interest was so great that the OPW decided to continue the tours with a reduced schedule over the winter. And since 02 April there will be tours again every Friday and Sunday at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 + 15:00 and only 20 places are available on each tour.

Tickets are available at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis and can not be pre-booked. A shuttle bus will bring the ticket holders to the Fort.

www.phoenixpark.ie/visitorinformation/magazinefort/#d.en.36668

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 26 May

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition about Dublin’s History and you should definitely check it out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2017.

Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-cityhall/exhibition

Culture Club at Collins Barracks

11:30 – 13:00, Fri 26 May

National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), 7 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

On the last Friday of every month, this new initiative invites members to explore and enjoy the collection at Collins Barracks through a series of specially arranged guided tours and activities in the company of museum staff followed by ‘Tea & Chat’ and an opportunity to mingle. For further information email: bookings@museum.ie

I would think that admission is free, but you seemingly have to become a “member” first.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3311

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 26 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 26 May

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

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The shrinking space for European civil society – Talk

13:00 – 14:00, Fri 26 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Front Line Defenders and the UCD Centre for Human Rights are inviting to “The shrinking space for European civil society – what can be done?”

“From gag laws to emergency laws, from inspections against human rights groups to the active erosion of LGBTI and migrant rights, the space in which civil society and human rights defenders can operate in Europe, as in the rest of the world, is shrinking. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), based in Vienna, is an independent body which guides and advises EU governments on the best ways to ensure protection for fundamental human rights, but how can this be achieved in an increasingly populist and challenged union?”

The director of the FRA agency, Michael O’Flaherty, will speak about what we as a society, as well as the FRA, can do in support of civil society.

Admission is free, but registration is required via the Eventbrite link below.

www.eventbrite.com/event/34626091572?ref=devg

Oulipolisson – French Family Theatre

17:30, Fri 26 May

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Oulipolisson is theatre performance for the whole family from 6 years of age.

“Marie-Paule and Jean-Patrick, an eccentric couple, play with language; they fiddle with it, chant it, sing it, they make it dance, they warp it so they can reinvent it! With them, we experience Oulipian literature in 58 minutes and 22 seconds, 612 puns, 3 metaphors, 99 détournements, 1324 apocopes, dozens of alliterations, all kinds of rhyming, and other pure nonsense…”

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below.

afdublin.extranet-aec.com/events/detail/201

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 26 May

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant, 19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant host live music three evenings a week (Thurs, Fri and Sat). The restaurant is a Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant and is open until 22:15.
+ Every second Thursday N.C Lawlor, a songwriter, session player and troubadour plays a mix of country, bluegrass & blues from 19:30-21:30.
+ Every Friday (19:30-21:30) Junshi Murakami plays Irish Harp.
+ Every Saturday (19:30-21:30) Nollaig Mann plays a collection of popular and jazz classics.

www.cornucopia.ie

Jack Brouwer – Gig

20:00, Fri 26 May

Hard Rock Café, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Hard Rock Cafe presents Jack Brouwer performing his gig “Acoustic Brewtality”.

Admission is free.

www.hardrock.com/cafes/dublin/event-calendar.aspx

Revolver – Gig

20:30, Fri 26 May

Porterhouse Temple Bar, 16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

Classic Rock band Revolver will play a gig in the Porterhouse Temple Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theporterhouse.ie/bars-dublin-temple.php

Beatyard Festival Launch Night

21:00, Fri 26 May

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Beatyard Festival is a music festival in Dun Laoghaire Harbour on 05+06 August and the launch party takes place in the Harbour Bar on Friday.

Bodytonic Music Present their monthly label club night at The Harbour with a special launch night for this year’s Beatyard Festival and you will be able to win Beatyard tickets and drinks on the night.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/beatyard-festival-launch-night

Good Times Band – Gig

21:00, Fri 26 May

Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The wedding and party band “Good Times” will be in the Liquor Rooms for a gig.

Admission is free.

theliquorrooms.com/calendar/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 26 May

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Off the Wagon – Gypsy Swing Gig

21:30, Fri 26 May

Patriot’s Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Gypsy Swing Band “Off the Wagon” will play a gig.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-patriots-inn/

Seattle Grunge Experience – Gig

22:00, Fri 26 May

Porterhouse Bray, Strand Road, Bray, Co. Dublin

The Seattle Grunge Experience are a tribute band playing music from Nirvana, Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains and more.

Admission is free.

www.theporterhouse.ie

Afterparty – Gig

23:00, Fri 26 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Soul and Party Band “AfterParty” will play a gig in the Bowery.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Events Coming Up

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

14+27 May

Every month the Dublin Mountain Partnership runs free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains often on some Saturdays or Sundays, but also on other days during the month. The walks have varying difficulty and duration and the details can be found on the Dublin Mountain Partnership website: www.dublinmountains.ie/news/upcoming_events/?no_cache=1

The list of May walks is unusually short and only lists walks on 14+27 May.

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required (details are on the website).

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

Dublin Dance Festival 18-28 May

International Literature Festival: 20-28 May

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Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. ;-) If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section and I am VERY serious about that!

Dublin’s Libraries: MANY years behind!?

Every week I write about many great events that the public libraries in Dublin run. And they really do great work! Only about 1.5 years ago I got my library card and since then I am positively surprised about the range of eBooks and Audiobooks the libraries provide. So they are definitely trying to keep up with developments.

BUT there is one area where the Libraries show that they couldn’t further behind if they wanted to:

If about 15 years ago someone had asked you for your phone number you naturally would have given a landline number. (A what?? I Know! :-) ) And you would have said that your number is 2801234, for example. But now, 15 years later, you probably would say that your number is 01-2801234. Right? What happened in the meantime is that mobile phones always require the area code to ring a landline number. Companies also would ALWAYS include the area code in their phone number EVEN if they only have customers in Dublin because they expect that many would ring from their mobile phone.

There is only on organisation that steadfastly had refused to add area codes to their phone numbers even on today’s websites: The public libraries in Dublin! See here for example!

But something happened even in the Libraries!! With the very recent information overhaul on the website NEARLY all phone numbers were changed and got even the international dialing code added.But it happened less than 3 months ago!

So even the libraries have no caught up. Better late than never! ;-)

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–Joerg

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