Event Guide 102: Maritime Festival, Battle for the Bay, Outdoor Movies in the Park, Dublin Flea Market, Women’s Mini Marathon, Ruaille Buaille

May 29th, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 102
| 29 May 2009                      Subscribers: 4130

Hi all!

What a wonderful day we had last weekend at the Africa Day and the Soul Festival! I say “we”, because I know that MANY of you were at one or both of the festivals. Some of you are getting this Event Guide today the first time because you got a flyer from me last Sunday and have subscribed now to the e-mail and you are VERY welcome. :-)

This week brings more festival (Maritime Festival) and in this week’s Dublin Event Guide for Free Events I have more competitions with great prizes than we had ever before. You should DEFINITELY check out the competition section, the prizes are amazing!

Do you remember that I mentioned last week that the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir was singing at the Africa Day? Long term readers of this Event Guide know that I am involved with the Gospel Choir. I do the sound engineering at the weekly mass on a Sunday evening in Gardiner Street Church and I look after sound and all technical and most logistical issues at concerts and public performances. This wonderful Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – it is the BEST Gospel Choir in Ireland ;-) – has a concert coming up. The concert is on 06 June in the Helix in DCU and we need YOU to come to the concert. The Gospel Choir urgently needs to raise money to guarantee the survival of the weekly Gospel Mass and the concert is a fundraiser for this.
If you like Gospel Music and want to experience an evening of great songs, performed by a brilliant choir AND if you are prepared to help us a bit, then come to the concert on the 06 June from 20:00. You will see/hear me doing the sound and could say HI to me after the gig, if you want. The price of the tickets is EUR 19 (incl. booking fee) and you can get tickets here www.helix.ie/2009_Q1/GardinerStreetGospelChoir.htm and if you want to find out more about us, then check out www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

And instead of a nice story, I will quote Charlie Chaplin today. He said “You’ll never find rainbows if you’re looking down.” Think about it in your life and make sure that you do NOT always look down, but give yourself a chance to find the rainbows!
Please help spreading the word about this newsletter! Just print this PDF file www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_mini_flyers.pdf lots of times :-) and hand out the Mini Flyers to your friends and family or print this www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_tear_off_poster.pdf and hang it up in work or gym or university or on any other blackboard you stumble across. (If you have a scissors to cut the contact labels at the bottom, it is a bonus!) Spread the word and let people know about the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will show my appreciation for your help by producing an as comprehensive as possible Dublin Event Guide for Free Events every week. ;-) Thanks!

Thanks to Ian O., Eva C. and Will P. who were so generous to donate some money this week. I appreciate your donation hugely! Thanks!

This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Saundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, Fionán O’L, Maeve L, Blaithin O’D, Ciara D, Mike G, Andrej G, Deirdre R, Vanessa O’L, Chris McK, Frank B, Dolores P, Cornelia K, Cathy A, Orla C, Kevin McC, Steph G, Wanda J, Siv M-J, Niamh niS, Gwen H, Jasmin T, Ian O, Eva C, Will P and www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.target2020.com (…a training company that focuses on personal and career development.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Dun Laoghaire/Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and low priced printer cartridges). The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides regular 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

I am grateful for all support, but YOUR support is NEEDED too! Going to free events saves you a LOT of money AND is good fun. True? ;-) But if you didn’t know about these free events you couldn’t go. True as well? In that case the question is what the value is of finding out about all the events. Do you agree that 1 Euro per month (which is just 25 cent per newsletter) is a very modest amount? It would be great if I could count on your 12 Euro per year!! Feel free to give more if you can, but please do seriously consider the 12 Euro.
To contribute you can transfer your donation directly to “Joerg Steegmueller, AIB, SortCode 93-36-78, AccountNo 03556043” or go donate using PayPal or your credit card by going “http ://tinyurl . com/68dmlq ” and just remove the three Spaces in the web address (I have to write it like this, otherwise Spam Checkers complain about the tinyurl address.)
Alternatively you can send a mail to me (dublineventguide@gmail.com) and we can arrange a different route for your donation. This Event Guide is a hobby and NOT a commercial enterprise, so I do need donations! But I spend more than 25 hours per week (for some people that is a half-day job!) on writing and researching it.

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 guarantee for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “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, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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I will be away this weekend, so I will have to leave you enjoy all the events in Dublin on your own. However, if I WERE here, I would DEFINITELY go to the Maritime Festival in the Docklands and would probably have a look at the Battle for the Bay, the itesurfing event on Dollymount Strand. For the younger generation the Movies in the Park event in Dun Laoghaire is definitely worth a visit. On Monday cheering on the 40 000 runners and walkers at the Women’s Mini-Marathon is a must and, oh, and I nearly forgot the Dublin Flea Market on Sunday. There is sooo much to do this weekend that it is good that there is a day more of weekend. :-P


This is a brilliant prize from Outdoors Ireland and you have another chance to enter the competition! Outdoors Ireland is Nathan Kingerlee’s company and a good few of you will remember that Nathan offered recently climbing trials/tasters for free. I hear it was very successful and this time Nathan has an even better offer!
Outdoors Ireland are offering a free place on one of their upcoming Yoga Adventure Breaks in Killarney in Kerry. Relax and get back to basics with a weekend of yoga, gentle kayaking, leisurely hiking, healthy food & luxurious guesthouse accommodation. This sounds like an amazing weekend and you can find out more on their website outdoorsireland.blogspot.com/2009/04/yoga-activity-weekends.html where you find all booking information as well.
For the readers of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), Outdoors Ireland are making one free place available. This prize has a value of EUR 275!!
To enter this fantastic competition check out the details of the Yoga Adventure Breaks on outdoorsireland.blogspot.com/2009/04/yoga-activity-weekends.html and then e-mail the name of the yoga teacher to info@outdoorsireland.com. The e-mail must have EVENT GUIDE as the subject and your name and mobile phone number has to be in the body of the mail together with the name of the Yoga Teacher. Your e-mail has to be with Outdoors Ireland by 18:00 on Wednesday 03 June.
Outdoors Ireland run adventure breaks and trips including Kayak Trips on the Lakes of Killarney, Guided Ascents of Carrauntoohil and Rock Climbing in the Gap of Dunloe.

The drama and performance group “An Béal Binn” (meaning “The Sweet Mouth”) is inviting to “Ar Lorg na Maidne (In Search of Morning)”, an innovative fusion of film, live performance, projection, sound and light (and in Irish this reads like this: Amharclannaiocht ur nua le ceol, scannaiocht, teilgean fuaime agus solas). The event is bilingual in Gaeilge & English, but you do not HAVE to speak Irish to be able to follow the event, but it is helpful. It will take place on Sun 31 May in the Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray and tickets are EUR 10 and include a wine reception after the show. For bookings ring (01) 2724030 (www.mermaidartscentre.ie). More details can be found here www.anbealbinnevents.com
The reason why this event is in this category is because the nice people from An Béal Binn have made a pair of tickets available for you and to be in with a chance to win the pair of tickets, you only have to send an e-mail with DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE in the Subject line and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Send your e-mail to anbealbinn@gmail.com. Your mail has to have arrived before 14:00 on Sat 30 May. The winner of the pair of tickets will be drawn randomly from all entries and will be informed by phone before 18:00 on Saturday of this week.

Raffael Abarca’s Lx Promotions is bringing the “The Shamans of Bulgaria” show to Dublin. Elitsa Todorava and Stoyan Yankoulov are the Master Percussionists performing in this show. Elitsa & Stoyan, a former choir singer of “Mystery voices” and a jazz drummer, took ancient rhythms, broke them down and created new captivating arrangements and compositions to accommodate an ensemble of their own haunting and blend authentic ethno folk with jazz & world music style through drumming and singing, creating a dramatic performance spectacle. The performance is taking place in the National Concert Hall on 10 June at 20:00. Tickets are available on www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/-The-Shamans-of-Bulgaria–Elitsa—Stoyan.aspx for EUR 30/25/20. A small snippet from their performance can be seen here www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3qjUDsHzUg and more information is here lxpromotions.com
Raffael has made TWO pairs of tickets available for this event for the Event Guide Community. If you want to be in with a chance to win a pair of these tickets, just send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject SHAMANS and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Mon 08 June.

If you want to let the 4000+ Dublin Event Guide Community know about your products or services, you can do that now on a regular and repeated basis by advertising in the Event Guide. Advertisement can be by text – like this note – or with a picture/graphics. The cost for advertisement are definitely affordable and you donate to the production of the Event Guide at the same time.
Contact me via dublineventguide@gmail.com to find out more.

The tickets for the Salsa course with Audrea McGrath and Piers Floyd were won by Dale Honeybun. Congratulations! If you are interested in doing a 6-week course in Greenwood Studios in Clanbrassil Street with the talented Salsa teachers of “Strictly Come Salsa”, check out www.salsadancedublin.com or www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=58058058695.

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

______Dublin News______________

There is building work going on a number of street corners in Dublin AND when I first saw it the row of knee-high poles looked weird, but then I realised that this must be the long awaited Rent-a-bike scheme and since then I found the confirmation.
The idea is really good and renting bikes for a while in Dublin would often be helpful and could change the way we perceive “public” transport in Dublin. But I have to admit that I am a bit sceptical. 400 bikes for 100 000s of people is not exactly a revolutionary development and then there is the big concern that the bikes are stolen as fast as all other bikes in Dublin. :-(

Did you ever try to find out which bus to take from A to B and thought that the Dublin Bus website should be able to help you? I did and was shocked! There is no proper map information available on the Dublin Bus website that shows you the route a bus takes and unless you know your way around the streets and the parts of Dublin really well (preferably in Irish AND in English), it won’t be easy to find what you need.
Unless now, that is! By coincidence I came across a map site on the Internet, that shows all the bus routes on a Google Maps background. Brilliant idea and well done! (I am not sure if Dublin Bus has anything to do with it.) The site can be used of other maps as well, so you can build your own maps there. mkmap.com/dublin

The Project Arts Centre in Temle Bar is looking for a number of native Spanish speakers, aged between 17 – 70 years, to take part in a one off performance.
Visual Artist Jon Mikel Euba is looking for 10 volunteers to take part in a performance for the Dublin instalment of If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution. Volunteers will be asked to sit on stage with the artist and, in turn, translate sections of text from Spanish to English.
And more information is here: www.projectartscentre.ie/index.php/news/569-news-250509 All participants will need to be available from 18:00-23:00 on 13 June. The artist will give an introduction at 18:00 and volunteers will be provided with a meal prior to the performance with the performance starting at 20:00.


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. If you are one of the courageous people that has recently taken the risk and has started a company and if you could do with spreading the word, I am happy to help you! My contribution will be to let the 4000+ readers of the Event Guide know about your new business and hopefully that will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide – not a demanding task, I would think. :-) (Please note that this offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages, not for established companies/enterprises. If you are established and you want to reach the readers of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will be happy to discuss the (very inexpensive) advertisement options with you. :-) )

If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

MummyMaps is an email newsletter and website for parents in Dublin. Each week, MummyMaps introduces interested parents to new and interesting places to visit and in their own words “reviews the best spots for fashion mavens, travel addicts, shop-a-holics and foodies (who just happen to have offspring).” The e-mail newsletter and the website provides readers with helpful maps in addition to the information and you are very much invited to check it out and sign up for the newsletter if you like what you are seeing. www.mummymaps.com


“Folklore”, an exhibition of paintings by Philippa Sutherland, will be on show in The Paul Kane Gallery from 02-20 June. The Paul Kane Gallery is one of the sponsors of this Event Guide, so have a look at the exhibition when you are near Merrion Square and tell Paul that you heard about it in the Dublin Event Guide. (Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square North, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

The MPhil. course in Music and Media Technologies, Trinity College presents MMT FEST09, the Music and Media Technologies Graduate Show. The Masters students will present a variety of work, including interactive installations, surround sound technologies, audiovisual pieces and a live performance of original electroacoustic and mixed media compositions. An exhibition showcasing interactive installations, audio spatialisation and surround sound systems will take place in the Joy Gallery from Thurs 28 – Sat 30 May from 12:00-20:00. Admission is free. (Gallery Details: Joy Gallery at RedSpace, 2 Rutland Place, Dublin 1, www.redspace.cc, opposite the Gate Theatre)
In addition to the exhibition the students are performing a concert in the Beckett Theatre in Trinity College. The concert will start at 19:30 on Wed 03 June and tickets are EUR 10/8. For more information and to book go to www.tcd.ie/Drama/samuel-beckett-theatre/events/index.php

‘work.in.space’ at Level 1, Connaught House, Burlington Road, Dublin 4, invites eight artists to create work in the working structure of an incomplete office in an office block. The exhibition runs from 28 May – 19 June. www.workinspace.org

Paintings by Tuija Varjoranta will be on show at the Crow Gallery in Temple Bar from 29 May to 7 June 2009. (Gallery Details: Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.crowgallery.net, Open: 12:00-18:00)

‘out of the marvellous’, an exhibition by Geraldine O’Sullivan will open at the Origin Gallery on Tuesday 2 June 2009 at 19:00 and will continue until 16 June 2009. (Gallery Details: Origin Gallery, 83 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2, No website?, Open: Mon-Fri 11:00-18:00, Sat 12:00-16:00)

The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA) invites to the opening reception of ‘A Temporary Measure’, an architectural installation, by Ivan Twohig on Friday 29 May 2009 from 18:00-21:00 at the Irish Distillers building at the Smithfield LUAS stop. The show runs until 21 June 2009. www.ivantwohig.com

‘It Goes On’, an exhibition of work by six emerging Irish artists including Alan Butler, Brendan Flaherty, Eilis McDonald, James Merrigan, Ivan Twohig, and Soft Blonde Moustache (Julia Mac Conville, Aileen Murphy, Mary Jo Gillligan and Nessa Darcy) will open on Tues 2 June with a reception and continues until 30 July 2009. (Gallery Details: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, www.templebargallery.com, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00 (19:00 on Thursday))

‘Formulae’, a multi-disciplinary exhibition of works by Leona Clinton and Sarah Hurl will be on show at the Stone Gallery from 28-30 May 2009. A tea party reception to mark this event and also the last day of Hugh McCarthy’s show ‘The Great Nintendo Famine’ will be held on Saturday 30 May 2009 from 12:00-15:00. (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Thurs 10:0-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:30)

‘Of this Earth’ is an exhibition of paintings by Derek Fitzpatrick and Ben Readman and it will be on show in Tallaght from 02 to 27 June 2009. (Venue Details: Rua Red, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, www.ruared.ie, Open: Tues-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘The Lives of Spaces’, Ireland’s exhibition at the 11th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice in 2008 will be hosted by the OPW at the Farmleigh Gallery until 28 June 2009. It contains 9 film-based projects. www.thelivesofspaces.com

‘There is a Place in Heaven for Me and My Kind’ is an exhibition by Finnish artist Petri Ala-Maunus which features the release of a metal tribute album to Ala-Maunus’ only musical composition ‘Oh Baby, baby, baby, baby’ and a series of paintings of Mexican wrestlers in Claudian paradise landscapes. The show will run from 27 May – 27 June. (Gallery Details: Mother’s Tankstation. 41-43 Watling Street, Ushers Island, Dublin 8, www.motherstankstation.com, Open: Thurs- Sat: 12:00-18:00)

‘Cork to Longford (some drawings)’ by Adrian Duncan will be on show from 28 May – 03 June. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org, Open: ???)

Red Stables in St. Anne’s Park, Dublin 3, are inviting to an exhibition by the  Eastern Branch of the Irish Patchwork Society. It will be on show from 26 May – 04 June 2009. (Venue Details: Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, off Mount Prospect Avenue, Dublin 3, www.redstables.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 12:00-16:00, Sat+Sun: 11:00-17:00)

In “High Altitudes” the primary subject is the amazing force of nature, the sublime mountain. On closer examination of each image we discover a piece of architecture, a door, a bunker, nestled in this hard environment. All these military items, built in the Swiss Alps during the Second World War, raise questions on the political role of Switzerland at that time and also the fear and absurdity it aroused. Anna Katharina Scheidegger’s exhibition opens in the Alliance Francaise on 03 June from 15:00-18:00 and will run until 03 July. (Venue Details: Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, D2, www.alliance-francaise.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-19:30 and Sat 09:00 to 13:00)

Blue Leaf Gallery is presenting an exhibition of new paintings by Dave West from 29 May to 13 June 2009. (Gallery Details: Blue Leaf Gallery, 10 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3, www.blueleafgallery.com, Open: ??)

‘Crickets Sing With Their Legs’ is an exhibition of paintings by Lucy Hill and Almha Roche that will be on show at Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray from Friday 29 May to Saturday 27 June 2009. The Mermaid Arts Centre is in Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow (www.mermaidartscentre.ie, 01 272 4030) and the Mermaid Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00. Admission is free.


Check Saturday section for details.

The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 05 June from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “The future of crop production in Ireland: climate change and sustainable land use” by Dr. Fiona Doohan, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth There will be NO Climate Change Lecture on 29 May, it seems.

Tower Records are inviting to an In Store event with DC Tempest on Fri 29 May from 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The next Worldview Film Club screening is not on Fri 29 May at 18:45 but instead on 12 June!!

The CIRCA Art Magazine is inviting to “CIRCA Salon” to celebrate the launch of the Summer 2009 issue. The event will take place on Fri 29 May at 17:30 at thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7. Dominic Thorpe will perform and work reviewed in the new magazine issue will be on show. Music will be by Aidan Kelly. www.recirca.com/salon

The monthly French Friday, a party for all French and Francophiles, will take place on Friday 29 May from 21:00 in the Bia Bar in 28/30 Lower Stephens Street. french-friday.com/

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
* Sahaja Meditation program every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar. For more information contact Seamus on SHarten@upc.ie www.templebar.ie/home_ns_9_action_view_nid_229.html


The Irish Aid Centre on 27-31 Upper O’Connell Street is inviting all children from 8-10 to Children’s Workshops on African Stories and Crafts on Sat 02 May and every Saturday in May. The event is free, but booking is essential via irishaidcentre@dfa.ie or 01 854 6923 or barbara.wilson@dfa.ie. africaday.irishaid.org/celebrations-throughout-ireland/Dublin-Events.aspx Strangely another website specifies an age suitability of 4-10. If you have children younger than 8 years of age you should give the Irish Aid Centre a call and check if younger children are allowed as well. The workshops are from 10:30-11:30 and from 12:00-13:00.

From 29 May – 01 June the Docklands Maritime Festival will take place on the North and South Quays along the Liffey. From 12:00 on Friday until 18:00 on Monday you can visit the tall ships, listen to good music and eat tasty food.
There is an Outdoor Market with more than 80 stands and lots of food stands, on a number of stages music will be performed and street entertainers will keep you amused. Some of the musical acts are Spraoi Drums, Orkestra Del Sol, Solo Flamenco (dance performance), Paprika Balkanicus, The Cockney Awkestra, Torann, Gypsy Jazz Quartet and The Swinging Bluecats.
Additionally there are at least 7 tall ships and admission is EUR 5 for all of them or EUR 2 for an individual one.
The detailed opening hours are Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat+Sun 11:00-19:00, Mon11:00-18:00. You can find a LOT more information including a detailed timetable for the performances on www.docklands.ie/maritimefestival
The Dockland Festival is a great festival and I definitely recommend it for everybody. The weather will be great over the weekend, so get out and venture down to the Liffey near the IFSC.

This June bank holiday sees the 3rd annual Battle for the Bay windfestival get under way, featuring the very best of Irish and international kitesurfers and windsurfers on Dollymount Strand, Clontarf on the way to Howth.
The festival will feature freestyle competitions and course racing and is a fantastic opportunity for you to see what kitesurfering is all about. This year’s festival will feature the presence of Alex Caizergues the fastest man across the water and triple world champion and Irish windsurfing speed champion John Kenny. Kitesurfing is one of the fastest growing if not the fastest growing watersport in the world and Dollymount is home to the biggest community of kitesurfers in Ireland. Last year’s festival was a huge success and provided some great entertainment to all visitors. Between freestyle demonstrations and the comparatively new sport of kitesurf racing there is plenty of action and activity.
This year’s festival promises to be even bigger featuring action to suit everyone from young to old. The competitive schedule includes the Irish Kitesurfing Championship freestyle competitions which should see national champion Eamon Armstrong battle for the right to retain his title against young guns Sean Murphy and Ross Harte. This year will see the 2008 ladies’ champion, Dominika Kupciw fight to defend her title against Aleks Bondareva, the 2007 ladies champion after last year’s closely fought battles between the pair.
The competitive part of the event takes place on Dollymount Strand from Sat 30 May (10:30-19:00) until Sun 31 May (10:00-18:00). And on Monday (like on most das of weekends) you can watch a number of kite surfers to free ride.
Access to the beach is free for all visitors. All details about the competition and the venue are here www.battleforthebay.com

From Fri 29 – Sun 31 May the Woman’s World Show will be in the RDS in Ballsbridge. Tickets will be EUR 12 on the day, BUT if you register now on www.womansworldshow.com you will get your tickets for free. I am not sure until when free tickets will be available, but while I am writing this (Fri 29 May 01:00) the link still seems to work.

The People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire is the venue again for this year’s “Outdoor Movies in the Park”. If I remember the same event last year was a wash out due to rain, but it is looking better this year. From Sat 30 May – Mon 1 June every day 3 movies will be screened at 15:00, 17:00 and 20:00. Admission is free.
The schedule is here:
* SATURDAY 30 May:
15:00 Alvin and the Chipmunks
17:00 Iron Man
20:00 James Bond – Casino Royale
* SUNDAY 31 May
15:00 Kung Fu Panda
17:00 High School Musical 3, Senior Year
20:00 Batman: Dark Knight
* MONDAY 01 June
15:00 Wall-E
17:00 Mamma Mia
20:00 Juno

* The Adult Gallery Talk “‘Come Fly with Me: Visual Images of the Aer Lingus Air Hostess’ by Dr. Linda King of IADT will take place on Sat 30 May from 12:00 in the in Neillí Mulcahy gallery of Collins Barracks. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=376

Celebrating the 100th year of the birth of Olivier Messiaen, New York-based pianists Isabelle O’Connell and Laura Barger will perform Messiaen’s moving masterpiece for two pianos ‘Visions de l’Amen’. The concert will take place on Sat 30 May at 15:00 and admission is free. For more info visit www.isabelleoconnell.com/is/messiaen.html

Nearly every Saturday from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme will provide an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. This week, there won’t be any Family Programme. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents4.html

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and – on a long break until 14 March – the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.
* 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 Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. sundaymarket.ie/
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Enda Reilly (Acoustic/Rock/Trad – www.myspace.com/endaderoad) is playing from 19:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Fiach (Acoustic/Rock/Soul – www.myspace.com/fiachmusic) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Island of Tranquility – A meditation evening organised by the Worldview Project at 19:00. worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitationtotheislandoftranquality (Pls remove the space before the “.com” in the web address.) is taking place in 24 Burlington Road near the Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.
* Conrad Hotel Latin Club – ObsessionSalsa is running a weekly Latin Club in the Conrad Hotel at Earlsfort Terrace. Admission is free before 22:00 and EUR 5 after that. obsessionsalsa.com
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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Please check the Saturday section for details.

Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. The upcoming themes are:
31 May – Apparently there is NO workshop this week!!
07 June – Animals in the Phoenix Park Zoo
14 June – Summer flowers in the Park
21 June – Tracing fun
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 31 May from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information check out www.dublinflea.blogspot.com. If you have items to sell contact dublinflea@gmail.com to find out if there is space available etc. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. And if you have a quirky selection of odds and ends hidden away in your attic and fancy taking a stall at a future market contact them as well at dublinflea@gmail.com

Nearly every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place. Until recently that concert always took place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square but it has now been moved to City Hall for a while. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for you. No booking is required. The next concert is on 07 June. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=324

The Save Moore Street Campaign is providing guided tours of “Battlefield Moore Street” at 14:00, 16:00 and 18:00 on Sun 31 May. It would have helped HUGELY if they had explained where the meeting point is. In addition it is unfortunately not specified if the guided tour is free or not, but I would find it odd if they charged money for it. www.indymedia.ie/article/92477

The Events in the National Museum today are:
* My Museum Family Event: Broighter Hoard. On 31 May from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street you will learn all about the Broighter Hoard and make a Gold Model Boat influenced by the one made in the Early Iron Age. No booking required. Max 5 children. Age 7–12 www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=412
* “Hands on History” on 31 May in Collins Barracks is a free family learning event with the Museum’s handling collection. Ask at the reception desk for details. AGE 5+

On Sun 31 May from 15:00 the National Gallery will invite to the lecture “Fine Lines: The Role of Drawing in the Work of James Barry and Daniel Maclise” by Lecturer Peter Murray, Director, Crawford Art Gallery. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents4.html

“Sunday Sketching”, the weekly workshop in Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square) for 7+ year olds from 15:00-16:00 is this week entitled “Drawing on the wrong side”. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=284

* Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City, Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. The website of the market is sundaymarket.ie/
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Gigs in The Mezz. Every Sunday 5 acts ranging from Soul to Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop and Alternative/Indie music will perform between 15:00-21:00 in The Mezz, Eustace Street, Dublin 2 (in Temple Bar near Dame Street) Admission is free.
* The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! It is not clear to me if the band is currently playing every two weeks or only once a month. I will try to find out.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads “The Oak” in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 21:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Vir gin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

______Next Week_______________


The first Monday in June is a bank holiday in Ireland. Most shops are open, but you can’t always be certain and some shops close on the Sunday but re-open on Monday. This lack of structure might be a little odd to you if this is your first bank holiday in Ireland, but you will get used to it. :-) Coincidentally this year the June Bank Holiday is on the same day as other countries celebrate Pentecost, however this is not an official holiday in Ireland.
Pay&Display Parking in Dublin is suspended on a Bank Holiday.

Please check the Saturday section for details.

The main event on the June Bank Holiday every year is the Women’s Mini Marathon. Many, many of you have trained hard for it and SOME of you ;-) had intended to train VERY hard and realise now that NEXT year they will achieve that goal better. :-P The staggering number of more than 40,000 women will take part in this 10km run for charity and this is allegedly the biggest event of its kind in the whole world. (I wonder if someone can confirm that!)
The race starts at 15:00 at Merrion Square and goes along Mount Street, Northumberland Road to Ballsbridge, then passing by the RDS to Merrion Shopping Centre, then up Nutley Lane to RTE. Then to the UCD bridge where the route turns back towards the City Centre and passing through Donnybrook, following Lesson Street, the runners will go back to the finish at St. Stephen’s Green.
As you can imagine, the impact for traffic will be significant. Cars and busses (incl the aircoach) will be diverted and you should plan a lot more time for your trip than usually.
By the way, it will interest many that men are absolutely forbidden (according to the official rules) to take part. And if you have seen men in previous years running the 10km (usually in skirts and with wigs) then you have seen things that CAN’T be true. ;-)
Registration for the event is closed now, but you can still join the fun by cheering on the runners. The weather forecast is very good and it should be a wonderful day for the run.
Enjoy the run either as a runner or as a supporter and may the wind always be in your back. ;-)
The official site for the Mini-Marathon where you can find all information including the course map is www.womensminimarathon.ie

* From 21:30 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.


The Dublin Writers Festival will run from 02-07 June, but unfortunately there is not a SINGLE event that is free. Pity!

The Lucan Children’s Arts Festival “Ruaille Buaille” is taking place from Tues 02 June- Sat 06 June in South County Dublin.Ruaille Buaille will take place in the libraries, schools and public spaces of Lucan and it environs.
Some of the many hightlights of Ruaille Buaille! include a children’s Irish language theatrical production The Elves and the Shoemaker presented by Branar Children’s Theatre Company, A Spotlight on Africa , Ireland and Dublin with Ile Life, a puppet show with Pignut Theatre Company, as well as Storytelling, Poetry Sessions, Puppet-Making, Rap Performances and the hilarity of ReuBen’s comedy act.
One of the festival’s highlights is sure to be the Ruaille Buaille! Festival Carnival . This event will take place on Lucan Village Green, on Saturday 06 June, and will feature Eurosamba, Nemo Le Magician, Chinese Dragons, Limbo Dancing, Samba Drumming, Lucan Drum Call, Face-Painting, Fairies, Buskers, Costumes and Masks, Jugglers and Jesters as well as a whole lot more children’s events and performances.
The event programme can be found here www.artscope.ie/Ruaille-Buaille.pdf
or via www.southdublinlibraries.ie

The next Let’s Walk & Talk event will take place on Tues 02 June at 11:30. It is entitled “Writers & The Northside Connection”. Meet point is outside the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square North, Dublin 1. www.letswalkandtalk.ie

* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends


The BA in Drama Graduate Acting Showcase of the DIT Conservatory of Drama & Music is taking place on Wed 03 June at 15:00 in the Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar. Admission is free and you can book on 01- 8819613 or box-office@projectartscentre.ie. The showcase will be followed by a wine reception.

The Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural Institute, wants to take you on a journey through Spanish cinema, from its inception to more recent productions, at the hands of directors that may be described as young, mythical, exceptional and internationally renowned… You can enjoy the best of Spanish comedies, drama, animation and documentaries. Every week a film will be screened in the Café Literario of the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (near the National Gallery). The next film on 03 June at 18:30 is “Crimen ferpecto” (2004) by Alex de la Iglesia. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha56766_16_2.htm

* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “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.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday until July. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* The Covers play Indie Rock and Alternative from 22:00-01:30 every Wednesday in the Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. (www.turkshead.ie)


The book chain Hughes & Hughes are inviting to an event with famous and brilliant author Carlos Ruiz Zafon on Thurs 04 June from 19:30. It seems that tickets are still available from Hughes&Hughes in Dundrum or by calling 01-2986060. Carlos Ruiz wrote the worldwide hit “Shadow of the wind” and has released now his new book “Angel’s Game”. The book reading and Q&A will be held in the cinema Movies@Dundrum, followed by a signing and wine reception in Hughes & Hughes, Dundrum South. www.hughesbooks.com/

* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie


The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 05 June from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “The future of crop production in Ireland: climate change and sustainable land use” by Dr. Fiona Doohan, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth

The Chapters will be playing acoustic live and signing copies of their album ‘Perfect Strangers’ in hmv Henry Street on Friday 05 June at 17:00. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

Julie Feeney will be playing live and signing copies of her new album ‘Pages’ in hmv Grafton Street on Friday 05 June at 17:00.

The Alliance Française is inviting to the launch of the latest novel by Julia O’Faolain entitled “Adam Gould”, a historical novel set at a critical time in French history. Paris at the end of the 19th Century and more precisely in the Passy asylum of Dr Blanche, where one of the most famous inmates was the writer Guy de Maupassant.
Dr. Heather Ingman (School of English, Trinity College) will present the author and her book. You will have the option to continue the discussion at a convivial dinner from the Burgundy Region at the Café des amis from 19:00. Prior online booking is essential before 02 June. The book launch will take place on Fri 05 June at 17:30 in the Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

“Ferry Tales” is a live theatre performance at Dublin Port Company’s Ferry Terminal and the generous Port Company is inviting us to come to this performance for free! Carpet Theatre will take over Dublin Port Company’s Ferry Terminal for a limited run of four performances, inspired by the myriad of characters that pass through Dublin Port on ferries every day. Ferry Tales will bring the audience on board an interactive journey to catch a phantom ferry from Dublin Port.   The performance begins as soon as the audience steps onto a bus at Busáras Bus Station destined for Dublin Port.  A host of fascinating characters get caught up in a pattern of coming and going as Carpet Theatre unpack the experience of collective travel through the generations: check-in rituals, meetings and partings, tears of joy and despair when the ship comes in.
The performances take place on Fri 05 June at 20:15, Sat 06 June at 14:15 & 20:15 and on Sun 07 June at 14:15. Meeting point is the Busáras Bus Station behind the Customs House.
The tickets are free, but are strictly limited and must be booked in advance at Dublin Port Company (01) 887 6821. www.dublinport.ie


This section contains lots of events this week that happen in the future some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

Please check the Friday section for details. You need to book tickets for the performances on 06+07 June and you should hurry!!

American artist and writer Suzanne Lacy will give a talk about her practice at Fire Station Artists’ Studios on Monday 8 June 2009 at 11:30. Lacy’s work includes large-scale public performances and installations, photographs and text on issues of social justice and equity. Booking is essential as places are limited. Admission is free.
To book your place please contact Jessica Cunningham at: 01-8069010 or on artadmin@firestation.ie Fire Station Artists’ Studios is in 9-11, Lower Buckingham Street, Dublin, 1. (www.firestation.ie and www.suzannelacy.com)

The next BIG event in the festival calendar is the Street Performance World Championship from 18-21 June in Merrion Square. Make sure you mark it in your calendar and watch out for the little programme booklets that you can find in many pubs and venues! www.spwc.ie

______This is odd!!______________

In my trawl through websites and facebook for this section of the Event Guide, I came across some different, weird, wacky and all-in-all odd Election Posters. Two of the three are different, but why not! Two are hopefully – and allegedly it is indeed the case – just spoof posters (i.e. and the two “candidates” are not real candidates on the voting list). And the fifth poster is only imaginable in rural Ireland. :-) It is for a Laois/Offaly candidate who seriously needs an image consultant. ;-) But he is said to sing well. Hmmmmm, I can imagine what “well” means!

Have a great Bank Holiday weekend and enjoy the Maritime Festival!


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