Event Guide 105: Street Performance World Championship, Temple Bar Midsummer Festival, Marlay Summer Fair, Let’s French, Dublin Pride

June 19th, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 105
| 19 June 2009                      Subscribers: 4310

Hi all!

This week I don’t know where to start. There is sooo much to tell you about. ;-) Well, I could start by warning you! Warning you about the fact that this issue of the Dublin Event Guide will be even longer than the usual issues. I will TRY to keep things brief, but there are soooo many events and – as most of you know – my approach is to tell you ALL, instead of “censoring” what you should find out about and what not. The consequence is that this mail is long and unwieldy, but if you choose the reading style that you use for a newspaper instead the style that you use for a book, this Event Guide won’t be overwhelming at all, but a useful tool. A book you read from front to end, but in a newspaper you select by headlines what you want to read and what interests you and what not. Do the same with the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and it won’t appear too long at all. ;-)

Have you heard about the RTE Radio 1 programme called “Frugal Household”? It is a radio show that is made for the current economic times and it gives advise and tips and hints on how to live well with less money. Over 12 weeks Jacqui Corcoran is talking to guests who will give advise on areas such as travel, growing your own food, shopping, cooking budget meals, DIY and entertainment. The 30-minute show is aired on Fridays from 20:30-21:00 and this week the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will be featured on it! Yes, you will be mentioned too!! Ok, not individually, but as the collective readership of he weekly newsletter. So, if you want to hear me explain what the whole Dublin Event Guide idea is all about, listen to RTE 1 this evening from 20:30. More information about the radio show is here: www.rte.ie/radio1/thefrugalhousehold and in case you miss the show but are interested, you will hopefully (No guarantee!) be able to find a Podcast here in a few days: www.rte.ie/radio1/podcast/podcast_thefrugalhousehold.xml

Our 2nd Event Guide Meet-Up in 2009 took place last Saturday and it was a great success again. Thanks to everyone who came!! Many of you already contacted me telling me that they had a great evening and suggesting that we meet soon again. Good suggestion! ;-) This time we were more then 70 people who met in The Lotts Café Bar and the majority of the people were the first time at an Event Guide Meet-Up. I really enjoyed meeting all of you! I didn’t get pictures from everybody cause I was so busy chatting, but here are the pictures of some of you: picasaweb.google.com/dublineventguide/DublinEventGuideMeetingJune09#

Check all the competitions this week, it is a huge amount. ;-)

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Thanks to Adele G. and Jack C. for your much appreciated donation during the week! Have YOU considered a donation? I will appreciate your help too!

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, Gráinne P, Caroline R, Elizabeth F, Suzanne B, Adele G, Jack C 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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This weekend I will spend most of the Saturday and Sunday in the City Centre. If the weather is good, I will probably be both days in Merrion Square for the brilliant Street Performance World Championship. To see all performances, it would take some 30 hours, so I won’t see all, but I will try to see as many as possible. :-) On Saturday evening I have a gig with the Graceland Gospel Choir and the Elvis Tribute band in which I sing, otherwise I would spend the evening in Temple Bar. Fire Acrobatics and Dead Poets Society sounds good! On Sunday I will try at least to see what they are doing in Temple Bar at the Midsummer Festival before I will go back to Merrion Square. The Marlay Summer Fair, the Car Boot Sale in Harolds Cross and the Block Party all sound really interesting, but unfortunately I can’t do everything. :-) On Sunday evening I will be at the final Gardiner Street Gospel Mass but if that was not the case, I would go to the Marie Cherrier gig in the Village. Next week I would recommend the Lazy Band on Monday in Bewley’s in Grafton Street and the Cheap Art Event in Bernard Shaw’s on Thursday.


Rachel Nolan, a friend of mine and training partner is extremely busy at the moment getting funds for the Hope Foundation, a charity that helps the street children of Calcutta. Rachel has organised a charity gig in Whelan’s on Camden Street for Sun 05 July from 19:30-23:00 with the following bands: Children under Hoof, El Hombre Jokes, Mighty Atomics, The Civilians and The DLS. Tickets are EUR 10 and you can buy them at the door. For the Dublin Event Guide Community Rachel has made a pair of tickets available for a competition. If you would like to win the pair, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with HOPE in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me at 15:00 on Wed 01 July. www.whelanslive.com

The Junior Chamber Ireland (JCI) is inviting to a movie screening for the Console charity, a charity that supports and helps people who lost someone through suicide. The event will take place on Wed 24 June on Temple Bar Meeting House Square and the film you can watch there at this special outdoor screening is Walt Disney’s Darby O’Gill and the Little People to mark the 50th Anniversary of the film’s world premiere in Dublin. 50 years ago Walt Disney himself teamed up with stars of the movie, Sean Connery, Albert Sharpe and Jimmy O’Dea in the Theatre Royal in Hawkins Street, Dublin. Michelle Daly, the president of JCI Dublin, contacted me and made a pair of tickets available for a competition for this event. The evening will start at 20:00 with different types of entertainment and the film screening will commence at 22:00. Tickets are available from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre or from
www.tickets.ie and Padraig Delaney on 086 2203159. Adult tickets are priced at EUR 20 each and children’s tickets at EUR 5 each. A goody bag sponsored by HB, Cadbury, Tayto, and Britvic Ireland is included in the ticket price.
All proceeds on the night will benefit Console. If you would like to win the pair of tickets, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with DISNEY in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me at 18:00 on Mon 22 June.

Another chance to enter this competition: Raffael Abarca and LX Promotions are running a charity event for Ballyowen Meadows Autistic School on 25 June in the National Concert Hall. They will bring the world class Tango ensemble “Otros Aires” from Argentina to Dublin and Raffael kindly provided a pair of tickets to let everybody in the Dublin Event Guide Community know about this event. “Otros Aires” give traditional tango a contemporary twist by combining the rich tradition of Tango dance with an outstanding crossover musical experience, led by the sounds of enchanting guitars, lively percussion and the lamentations of the melancholic Bandoneon and enhanced with audio visual effect, glow and hip-tango performers.
Tickets are on Sale for EUR 32/30/22 from the National Concert Hall www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/Destination-Tango-with-Otros-Aires.aspx or 01 417 0000. The event takes place at 20:00 on 25 June. www.otrosaires.com. To win the pair of tickets you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject OTROS AIRES and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me at 15:00 on Mon 22 June!

A Volvo 460 (grey) in excellent condition is looking for a new owner. The car was fist registered in 1995, but has a brand new NCT (Valid until May 2011). With only 60,000 miles, that car has a lot more to give. Paolo, the current owner is moving back to Italy in mid July and therefore will sell his Volvo for the amazing price of EUR 400. If you are interested, please contact Paolo on 086-2374968. The car can be viewed in Sandymount or in the IFSC. A picture of Paolo’s Volvo is here

Wow, I got soooo many entries for this competition! The organisers of the Castle Palooza Boutique Music & Arts Festival are definitely doing something right! If I could, I would give you all a ticket or a pair of tickets, but since more than 200 (!!) people sent me a mail to enter their name in the draw, this is clearly not possible and as always with competitions like that, my trusted random number generator had to help instead to decide the winner. And now it is decided. The winner of a pair of two-day tickets including camping for a total value of EUR 178 is:  …..Caroline Rocks!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!
The festival will take place on 01+02 August, two-day tickets including camping are EUR 89 and to find out all the other relevant information, check-out www.castlepalooza.com. Tickets are limited to a 2,500, so if you want to go, get your tickets soon!

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______________

An interesting and very professional film about the “DART Underground” plans can be found here www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_M6JyxNnDY I have certain doubts that with the lack of money available at the moment this will be implemented in the time frames suggested, but the concept and idea does make sense to me

Together with Lilies Bor dello, the night club “Renards” was once the most exclusive night spot in Dublin – with a VIP section for the celebrities and pages of stories in celebrity columns. But even the exclusive places are hit by economic difficulties. Renards is in liquidation as reported in a number of newspapers: www.independent.ie/national-news/the-party-at-renards-is-over-just-as-good-times-fizz-away-1756643.html or www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2009/0613/1224248750935.html
What amazes me is that Renards is on the go for 16 years and for all this time was owned by the same person, who obviously knows the business well. 16 years ago the economy in Ireland was very different than in the more recent rich years, but nevertheless the company made it through tougher times. Now business has declined in the last one to two years and the company is failing. I am sure there are good reasons for it, but isn’t it surprising that having had experience of bad years, the company still was not able to go through a bad patch again?
B the way, it seems that Renards is not yet closed, but is kept open and a buyer is being sought, but who knows how long that can be maintained in case a buyer won’t be found soon.

This is important information if you  plan to travel with Ryanair on 24-25 June!! Ryanair have said that their website will close for 10 hours for maintenance from 19:00 on Wed 24 June until 05:00 on Thurs 25 June. Passengers travelling on Thurs 25 June, must ensure that they have checked in online before 18:00 on Wednesday. Passengers who booked flights on or before 21 May and selected to use airport check-in will be unaffected and can check-in at the airport as normal.


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 who 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 affordable) advertisement options with you. :-) )

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

Mary Sheridan recently started a company, called “Children’s Party Entertainment” which is providing exactly what the name promises. No matter it if is for a Birthday, a Christening, for Communion, at a Wedding, or at a Promotion/Corporate Events when you want to entertain kids. Mary’s company can help you. To find out more about her comprehensive offerings check childrenspartyent.wetpaint.com/ or contact Mary on 086 162 9400.

There are a few more companies on my list who will get mentioned here in coming weeks, so if your new venture hasn’t been mentioned yet, don’t despair.


‘Trace’ is the inaugural show of “10to12Artists”, an artists’ collective. It will run from 17-24 June. The exhibition will feature video, installation, painting, drawing and photographic work and the artists are Grainne Brady, Lorraine Byrne, Pamela de Brá, Charles Henihan, Jacinta Hughes, Denise Kevany, John Murray, Joe Nagle, Roma Przedpelska, Mary Quinn and Ann Turpin. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

‘Remote Control’ by David Beattie is a new exhibition in the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny which will open on Sat 20 June 2009 from 15:30.17:30. And this is a clever idea: A free “Art Bus” from Dublin to Kilkenny will take people from Dublin at 13:30 on Saturday to attend the opening, returning from Kilkenny later that evening. To book, ring 056-7761106 as soon as possible. The exhibition will run until 26 July.

‘The Spirit of Cuba: 50 Years of Photography’ by Ernesto Fernandez and James Sparshatt is a photographic exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. The exhibition will run from 20 June – 7 July 2009. (Gallery Details: Blue Leaf Gallery, 10 Marino Mart, Fairview, Dublin 3, www.blueleafgallery.com, Open: ??)

‘Affects Becoming Relations Between…’ is an exhibition by Catherine Barragry, Laura de Búrca, Annika Koski and Emma Wade and it will open on Fri 19 June 2009 from 18:00-20:00. The exhibition continues until 27 June 2009. (Gallery Details: Joy Gallery at RedSpace, 2 Rutland Place, Parnell Sq East, Dublin 1, www.redspace.cc)

‘Take Me Up To Monto’ by James P Kinsella will be on show from 17 to 19 June 2009. www.mavis.ie/publicgesture (Gallery Details: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, www.thelab.ie, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘This is what happens when you are not here’, an exhibition by Marta Fernández Calvo will be on show from 18 to 28 June 2009. An event with guest collaborators Chequerboard and Paco Ramos will take place on Thurs 25 June 2009 from 18:00-20:00. (Gallery Details: The Market Studios, corner of Mary’s Lane & Halston St, Dublin 7, www.themarketstudios.wordpress.com)

Patricio Cassinoni, Laura Kelly and Francis Matthews will be exhibiting at 69 Dame Street, above the Mermaid Café. The show will take place on Fri 19 June from 19:00-22:00 and on Sat 20 June 2009 from 11:00-18:00. www.patriciocassinoni.com

Cecilia Moore’s My Space project comprising 6 mini-galleries runs until 14 July 2009 at Ballymun Civic Centre. Artists involved are Suzannah Vaughan, Cris Neumann, Robert Dunne, Helen Barry and Connor Keaveny. www.ceciliamoore.ie

‘Between Spaces’ is an exhibition of paintings by Maureen Burke and Mary Nolan. It will be on show at Rathfarnham Castle from 17-28 June 2009. www.heritageireland.ie/en/Dublin/RathfarnhamCastle/

The Dalkey & Killiney-based artists Valerie Coombes, John Higgins & Joanna Byne are exhibiting in the Kilternan Gallery, Enniskerry Road, Kilternan, Dublin 18. The exhibition will open on Sunday 21 June at 14:30 and will run from 22-28 June. Open: Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 12-00-17:00). www.desd.ie/kilternan-gallery/

“Images from the edge” is a photo exhibition by Fionntán Ó Súilleabháin in the Teachers Club, Parnell Square. The exhibition features a broad range of photos from many corners of the world over the past two decades with detailed background descriptions. The display of unusual images from “off the beaten track” features more than seventy photos. All proceeds from photo sales will go to a Palestinian childrens charity in the Gaza Strip. The exhibition will run from 17 June – 01 July. To contact Fiontan, ring 087 6013877.


Please see Saturday for details.

On Friday 19 June a concert will be performed by “The Messiah Festival Chorus” in Christ Church Cathedral. The Chorus is comprised of 3 Choirs from the United States and 1 from London, with over 100 voices. The concert is conducted by Simon Carrington and there is no charge for entry to the concert. Come early to get a space! The event will start at 19:00 and please note that it is on Friday, NOT on Wednesday as the Christ Church website is trying to tell you: www.cccdub.ie/whatsnew/diary/2009/messiah/messiah-chorus.html
Most of the time concerts in Christ Church are not free but on a “entrance to concert included in admission charge” basis, which means that you have to pay to visit the church and while in there are allowed to listen to the concert. This Messiah concert is free and it would be great if there were more free events in Christ Church Cathedral!!

The next Worldview Film Club screening is on Fri 19 June at 18:45. The film is “Mostly Martha” (2001) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “The Power of Change”. Check worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitation (googlepages URLs are suspicious to some spam filters, therefore you have to copy the address in your browser and then remove the space between “googlepages” and “.com”) or check www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27560436112
The Worldview Film Club is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie. The event takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

* 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 Street Performance World Championship is one of my most favourite events in the year. It is a weekend full of fun, laughter and entertainment in the perfect surroundings of Merrion Square. Now in the fourth year, the event did get better and better over the years and this year, there will be 10 stages, 31 performers and a total of 210 shows over the weekend (from Thursday until Sunday). All performers are Street Performers who make their money in pedestrian zones and festivals throughout the world and the 31 that come to Merrion Square this year, compete for the crown of the Street Performance World Champion 2009. The event is free, but you are invited or maybe expected to reward the performers if you liked their show by filling their hat with coins and notes. What they do in Dublin at this weekend is their job and they make a living by performing.
I will be at the event for most of Saturday and Sunday and can’t wait for the fun to begin. Most shows last for approx. 1 hour and if you have a bit of time over the weekend, you should DEFINITELY come to Merrion Square – at least for a while. The first performance starts at 12:00 and the last ends at 20:00. The website is www.spwc.ie/dublin/dublin.html and a downloadable timetable is here spwc.ie/timetables/SPWC09_DublinTimetable.pdf Ohh, and before I forget: Let’s hope and pray for good weather!

On 20-21 June the Midsummer Festival will take place in Temple Bar. The name is totally nonsensical because it is not MIDsummer (see more in THIS IS ODD), but the events look interesting. Only pity is that this festival and all the other events today happen while the Street Performance World Championship is on. It is impossible to go to all events, so you will probably have to choose.
The organisers in Temple Bar describe
“Bring your picnic blankets into Temple Bar as we recreate a green meadow for one day only to celebrate the magic of Midsummer – the longest day of the year! Temple Bar Cultural Trust invites you to experience Temple Bar in a different way by enjoying fire entertainment and an outdoor film screening while sitting on a carpet of grass under the stars! Return the next day to witness the transformation of Meeting House Square into an urban Midsummer Fair hosting a selection of food stalls, flowers, handmade crafts, Punch & Judy and magic show, face painting, music and Maypole dancing! The detailed programme is here, but I will try a transcript of the most important bits: www.templebar.ie/docs/Midsummer_programme.pdf
** Saturday 20 June
16:00 Talk: ‘Midsummer Eve’ – A Folkloric Perspective, The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar
21:00 Fire Entertainment: Fire dancing, juggling and fire on stilts. Meeting House Square
22:00 Film Screening: Dead Poets Society, (1989), Meeting House Square
** Sunday 21 June
11:00-17:00 Midsummer Fair in Meeting House Square, 20 stalls featuring food, fruits, flowers and handmade crafts, surrounding a square of grass!
11:00 The Mad Hatters: Samba Drumming Band
12:00 The Irish House Party: Traditional musicians playing accordion, uilleann pipes & tin whistle / flute
13:00 Mr Whizzy Walkabout on Stilts & The Juggling Jester
14:00 Free Face-painting
14:30 Really Grand Events ‘One Man Show’ – Featuring Punch & Judy / Magic Show / Balloon Modelling
16:30 Maypole Dancing by Drumreilly Community Group

Around Marlay House in Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, a Summer Fair will take place on Sat and Sun 20+21 June from 10:00-18:00. Admission is free. It is the first “Summer Fair”, a two-day retail fair that will showcase the talents of locally-based designers and makers. With craftspeople representing the jewellery, interior accessories, knitwear, textiles, ceramics and fashion sectors taking part, organisers are expecting some 3,000 people to attend over the two days. www.dlrevents.ie/summerfair.html

A Summer Fun Family Weekend entitled “Summer is here” will take place on Sat +Sun 20-21 June in the Powerscourt Centre in South William Street. Free face painting, jugglers, music, art, food and fashion are available on this first weekend of summer and a detailed timetable can be found here www.powerscourtcentre.com/news-and-events/summer-family-fun-weekend/
And some else that has been long awaited has arrived: The Powercourt Centre’s website, which was inactive for nearly 2 years and in a bad state has finally been overdone and looks all nice and flashy: www.powerscourtcentre.com

Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown is inviting to a number of sites and locations in their “Summer of Heritage” between 15 June and mid September, free guided tours are provided in Cabinteely House, Marlay House, Deansgrange Cemetery, the Obelisk on Killiney Hill and the Oratory on Library Road in Dún Laoghaire. Many guided tours will take place on Saturdays and Thursdays. The brochure with all the information is here: www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/HeritageBooklet.pdf

On 20 June, all Instituto Cervantes centres worldwide will celebrate the “E Day” (el Día del Español), an event which attempts to further the Spanish language throughout the world, as well as create open-door meeting points for all Spanish speakers. It will serve to commemorate the value of Spanish as a major, international language. A wide series of activities have been organised which all have the word as their epicentre, taking as a starting point the manner in which Spanish is perceived, in all its colour and diversity. Spanish Language Day is addressed to the whole family. For more information see: www.eldiae.es/ Events will take place from 11:00-18:00 and are listed here dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha57179_16_2.htm All events appear rather unexciting. Collecting words, building word walls and handing out fridge magnets with popular Spanish words is not necessarily what I would do to create interest in the Spanish language.

A free Art Bus will bring you to Kilkenny today if you would like to attend the opening of the David Beattie exhibition in the Butler Gallery in Kilkenny. Check the exhibition section for all the details about this event.

Let’s French is a Music Festival for French Music and will run from 18-21 June. Most events are not free, but there are TWO free events and they will be listed here: On Sat in the Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, an Open Mic event will take place from 14:00-17:00. “Students, members and friends of the Alliance Française are all welcome to come on stage and show off their musical talents! Whether you have a talent for singing, or playing an instrument, whether you are into hip hop, grunge, folk, rock, classical or opera this will be your 5 minutes of fame. No stage fright just friends here to support you in the Café des amis to celebrate summer and music!”
Children are on stage from 14:00, teens from 15:00 and adults from 16:00. Performance time is 3 – 10 minutes per person/band and registration is mandatory at cultural@alliance-francaise.ie. www.lets-french.ie/special/ The second free events will be on Sunday 21 June.

The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival will take place from 19-27 June and on Sat 20 June a Walking Tour will take place. It is a walking tour of historic ga y Dublin old and new with tour guides Senator David Norris & Tonie Walsh. Meeting Point is at the Central Bank at 14:00. www.dublinpride.ie/festival/events.aspx?date=20090620#11
The week is filled with events which are part of the Dublin Pride Festival and you should check the events list out on www.dublinpride.org/festival/ if you are interested.

A hands-on workshop for children on how to gather and press flowers and use them to make attractive pictures and cards will take place on Sat 20 June from 14:30 in the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin (meet at the Education and Visitor Centre). This Flower pressing workshop is suitable for 8 to 12 year olds. Please note, numbers are limited so advance booking is essential. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Improv Everywhere started in New York in Central Station with a big freeze and a few years later Dublin Improv did the Big Grafton Street Freeze. That was in the beginning of 2008. A freeze is fun, especially when you hear/see the reaction of the unsuspecting bystanders. On Saturday again a new group is planning a freeze, this time near the Spire. Meeting is at 15:00 at the spire and the freeze will take place from 15:25 -15:30. Check this out if you are interested: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106856108618

* The Adult Gallery Talk “From Mission Impossible to Mission Accomplished” by Comdt Dan Harvey will take place on Sat 20 June from 12:00 in the Soldiers and Chiefs section in Collins Barracks. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=383
* “Bright Young Brains” are a series of lectures from PhD Students taking place from 11:00-12:00 and 14:30-15:30 on Sat 20 June. The Museum offers the public the possibility to discover original topics as well as recent research presented by PhD students. No booking required. It will take place in the Treasury Audio Visual Room, Ground Floor in Kildare Street and is targeted at adults. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=431

* 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
* The Art Walk on the Liffey Boardwalk between the Ha’penny Bridge and O’Connell Bridge will feature 18 different artists every week from June until September. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-17:00.
* 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.
* 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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On Sunday 21 June from 09:00 a new car boot sale will take place at the Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium, 151 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin. Visiting is free, selling costs EUR 15 for cars and EUR 20 for vans and spaces till seem to be available. Contact Damian on 086 8371573 or email lowth666@yahoo.ie for more details.
Gates open 8am for Sellers and 9am for Buyers.

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:
21 June – Tracing fun
28 June – Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle
05 July – Creepy Crawlies in the Park
12 July – Badges to wear
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

Please see Saturday for details.

Please see Saturday for details.

Please see Saturday for details.

Please see Saturday for details.

Nearly every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for free. No booking is required. The next concert is on 21 June: Malachy Robinson will play ” Schattentiefe” by Ian Wilson on double bass. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=323

Dance Theatre Ireland are performing Block Party, a spectacle for public Spaces & Place in Dundrum at the Dundrum Arts & Cultural Festival. “Roving dancers and musicians, flying blocks, human architecture – it’s the Block Party! This Colourful Outdoor spectacle is a movable feast for the eyes and the senses, for the adult and the child (in you). Merging the worlds of dance, music and architecture, this performance will immerse you in a vibrant world of colour and play, set to explosive percussion & music played live by Brian Fleming and Friends.” Block Party is usually performed outdoors and lasts for 30 min. But unfortunately I was not able to find any further information about time and location for this even or about the Dundrum Arts & Cultural Festival! What a pity! But I assume/expect that it will take place just outside the Dundrum Shopping Centre and I saw somewhere that 15:00 is the most likely starting time. www.dancetheatreireland.com/pages/popup_block.htm A further performance this summer will be on 09 July at the Temple Bar Circus Festival, Dublin 2.

The Events in the National Museum today are:
* My Museum Family Event: “How do you say ‘lunula’ in Irish?” is taking place on Sun 21 June from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street. You will “Learn the name of your favourite object in Irish.” No booking required. First come, first served. Maximum 15 children. Ages 7–12 www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=432
* A free themed Family Tour in Collins Barracks will take place on Sun 21 June from 14:30-15:30. The Tour is for family groups and please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The Picture This! Kids Art Workshop will look at “The Banks of the Canal du Loing at Saint-Mammès” by Alfred Sisley with Grace Boland (Room 23). The workshop will start at 15:00 on Sunday. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#2

On Sun 20 June from 15:00 the National Gallery will invite to the lecture “Harry and Margaret Clarke and the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art”. Lecturer is Carla Briggs, University College Dublin. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#2

Be part of this unique historical walk through 1,000 years of Dublin’s history on the evening of the Summer Solstice. The walk will start and finish at Dublin Castle, taking in 1,000 years of the capital’s evolution en route.  As you set off, you will be provided with a map which will lead you through “Viking, Medieval & Georgian Dublin” before entering the Dublin of the future as you return into the sunset!
The Summer Solstice Walk will take place at 18:00 on Sun 21 June and meeting point is the upper yard of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2.
Pat Liddy, a number of volunteers and other surprise guests will be on hand at various stops along the way! All Let’s Walk & Talk events are FREE and no booking necessary. www.letswalkandtalk.ie The walk will last about 90 minutes.

Every week from September to June the Gardiner Street Gospel Mass takes place on Sunday evening at 19:30 in Gardiner Street Church (close to the junction with Dorset Street). The last mass before the summer break is now this Sunday evening. So, if you want to hear the brilliant Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, come to the mass tonight! And when you are there, come to the front of the church after the mass and ask for me. I do the sound engineering for the Gospel Choir for the last 4 years or so and if you come to the church, say Hi! ;-) The first mass after the summer break will probably be on 13 September, but I will let you know closer to that date. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

This is the second free Let’s French event: The 23 year old singer-songwriter, Marie Cherrier, has become a feature on the concert circuit in less than 3 years of touring and after only 2 albums. She will perform in The Village in Wexford Street on Sun 21 June and it seems that admission is free. www.myspace.com/mariecherrier
The concert starts at 20:00 and it might make sense to be there a bit earlier so that you will get in. Supporting act is Lauren Guillery.

* 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.

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A new event has been happening on Monday nights (every Monday night) in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street. The recently-formed music collective called the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America and anything else they like. Admission is free and the bar serves during the show. Some people order up pizzas from downstairs. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal, and worth a visit! Thanks to Liza D for letting me know. The event starts at 20:00 and goes until 22:00.

* 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.


Jerry Fish and The Mudbug Club are performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Tues 23 June from 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

* 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


On Wed 23 June John Calder, the legendary founder of Calder Publishing, publisher of Beckett, Chekhov, Goethe and Burroughs, discusses a lifetime in print. The talk takes place in the Abbey Theatre, Middle Abbey St, D1 and starts at 18:00. Admission is free, but booking is essential on 01 8787222 or abbeytalks@abbeytheatre.ie.

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 24 June at 18:30 is “La leyenda del tiempo” (2006) by Inaki Lacuesta. All films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

On Wed 24 June Seven Towers invites to a reading and open mic event featuring Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among others. The event will take place in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2. It will start at 19:30 and will have a duration of 2 hrs. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=272

* 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)


“Who’s going to pay for the financial crisis?” is the title of a public talk that deals with the dangers and opportunities for global justice. The meeting will take place on 25 June at 19:30 and is hosted by “Bloom: Movement for Global Justice”. and Development Coalition
Will the global financial crisis provide an opening for radical change? Lidy Nacpil of Jubilee South, Andy Storey of Afri and Mark Malone of the Seomra Spraoi Collective join a discussion chaired by Ailbhe Smith (UCD School of Social Justice).
The venue for the meeting is: Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin
Find lots more information about the event and its drivers: www.indymedia.ie/article/92751 and  www.debtireland.org

Christine M alerted me to this event: From 21-25 June, the charity “Tearfund Ireland” have invited a speaker from Mumbai, India and are running a number of free events to highlight the challenges for children living on the edge. The charity describes “Slumdog Millionaire has given the world a snapshot of what can happen to children living on the edge. Timothy Gaikwad, a film-maker and manager of Tearfund partner IMCARES will share about their work with vulnerable children on the streets of Mumbai, India and how they work to stop the trafficking of children. The Dublin event in a series of events will take place on Thurs 25 June from 20:00 in the Trinity Church, The Exchange, Lower Gardiner Street. Admission to the event is free. For further information visit www.tearfund.ie to watch a short film about Forgotten Children.

A “Cheap Art Night” will take place in the Bernard Shaw Pub, Richmond Street, Portobello on Thurs 25 June from 20:00-23:30. Admissions is free. Jane, who is organising this event writes “We’re all broke but can still enjoy the finer things in life. Either submit or buy art. All art has to go for EUR 20 or under. If you would like to submit something (any shape or form) please submit by Tuesday 23 June by dropping it into the Bernard Shaw after 16:00. If you’ve nothing to submit just come along on the night and admire or purchase. Easy. There’ll be lots of lovely music in the form of reggae, ska, funk, soul, and a bit of dub to the step played by Redahan. There’ll also be arty things for everyone to get involved with too. For more information please contact jane@bodytonicmusic.com or see www.bodytonicmusic.com

The Irish sociologist Dr Kieran Allen of UCD will launch his new book “Irelands Economic Crash” in Dublin on Thursday 25 June at 20:00 in Wynns Hotel, Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1. The book recounts how a miracle economy turned into an economic disaster zone. Further information can be found here: www.indymedia.ie/article/92716

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


“Step Inside Now Step Inside” is the title of an exhibition talk in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Fri 26 June at 13:00. “Step inside now step inside” is a new installation conceived by Brian Duggan. In this informal talk Duggan will discuss his approach to The Golden Bough commission and some ideas about, and around the new work presented. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=306

It is the last Friday in the month again, which means that the party for all French and Francophile people will take place in the Bia Bar, 28/30 Lower Stephen Street, Dublin 2. On 26 June from 21:00 this party with pub quiz (food and drink prizes) will take place. french-friday.com/


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:

The Chapelizod Community Festival will take place from 05-12 July with a good few free and open events and you can find the details on www.chapelizodfestival.com. All children’s events have to be pre-booked and the deadline for pre-booking is Sat 20 June. So it you live in the area and want your children to get a chance to participate, check out the website!

On Tuesday 30 June 2009 the National College of Ireland will sponsor and host Think2Act, a free conference for people who have recently been made redundant or are considering taking new steps in their career. The conference, which will encompass the theme of ‘change’, seeks to change the recession mindset, through expert advice and transformational coaching. This energetic space is the brain-child of Eibhlin Johnston, ThinkCoaching and Celine Mullins, Act 4 Business.
This free conference (www.think2act.org/) offers people access to some of the leading experts in this field including Brian Colbert, a Director of the NLP Institute and resident mind coach on the RTE One Afternoon Show and Eibhlin Curley, Assistant Chief Executive, Dublin City Enterprise Board. Eibhlin will provide expert advice on the support available to people who may choose the self-employed route. Experienced psychologists will address the issue of stress management and dealing with the loss of your job/career.
A panel of ‘Fresh Entrepreneurs’ will be present to share their pitfalls and success stories, and expert image consultants will be on hand to offer advice throughout the conference. Comedian Jarlath Regan will act as MC for the afternoon.
Key components of the day include:
* Career Coaching using the Success Suite model: Free coaching sessions will be offered to the first 200 people who book a space for the event. These transformational sessions will be held over the course of the day using a unique coaching model that will help provide the transformation participants need to overcome the challenges they now face.
* Live Forum Theatre focusing on the perfect interview,: techniques, body language and professional image. This interactive session will allow participants to watch an interview as it happens, see how not to do it, and make the changes that are needed in an environment free of judgment. Participants are not asked to perform, but to be the directors of the action.
The Think2Act conference will be the first time that live theatre and career coaching will be delivered as part of the same event. A series of workshops on the enterprising mind, making yourself a marketable asset, positive thinking and stress management will also be held throughout the course of the conference.
The conference will take place in the National College Ireland (NCI), IFSC, Dublin 1 on Tues 30 June from 09:30 – 17:30 (Registration and networking starts at 08:00). Admission is free but you have to book as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to info@think2act.org. More details on www.think2act.org/

Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park is regularly inviting to free, but ticketed concerts and the first concert of that type is part of the Waltons Guitar Festival and will take place on Wed 01 July at 20:00. The description says: “A concert of laid-back Brazilian lullabies, fiery tangos, graceful Scarlatti and riotous Klezmer.” Performers are Alec O’Leary (guitar) and Deirdre O’Leary (clarinet) and they will play a mixture of classical, jazz and Brazilian folk music by Laurindo Almeida and nuevo tango with incorporated elements of baroque music and jazz by Argentinian Astor Piazzolla.
This concert is free but entrance is by ticket only.  To apply for tickets please send a mail to brian.dockery@opw.ie with the Subject “Woodroad Tickets”. Please include your name, address and a daytime contact telephone number.
The Waltons Guitar Festival of Ireland is an annual event celebrating the music of the guitar in its many forms. The largest event of its kind in Ireland, the festival attracts top artists from around the world. It is a comprehensive guitar summer course based in Dublin city centre, comprising of daily tuition, concerts/gigs, seminars and exhibitions. www.gfi.ie and

For all kids aged 7 to 17 the Fighting Words summer camp is THE place to go to in July and/or August. Each camp will run 3-4 days. The courses are free!! Places are assigned on a first come, first served basis.  If your child (or any children you know of) would be interested in attending, the courses on offer are listed below:
– Graphic novel/comic book writing, 14-17 years: starts Monday 13 July: design and write a comic book or graphic novel with expert help!
– Photography with narrative writing, 9-11 years: starts Monday 20 July: take photographs and then write a story to accompany them!
– Film script writing/mobile phone filming, 14-17 years: starts Monday 27 July: write a short script and then film it with your mobile phone!
– Playwriting/performance art, 7-10 years: starts Tuesday 04 August: write a play or puppet show!
– Playwriting/performance art, 14-17 years: starts Monday 10 August: same as above, but this time aimed at an older age group
– Graphic novel/comic book writing, 11-13 years: starts Monday, 17th August: design and write a comic book or graphic novel with expert help!
Places are limited. To book, send an email bookings@fightingwords.ie and if you have questions you can ring 01 894 4576.
Fighting Words offers free story-writing workshops for primary school students in the mornings, creative writing tutoring for secondary students in the afternoons and workshops and seminars for adults in the evenings and at weekends.  For more information about our programmes and to volunteer, go to www.fightingwords.ie

______This is odd!!______________

Eoin sent me a story that he was told by his friend:
“A friend of mine needed credit during the week for his Vodafone phone. As he was on Grafton Street he went into the Vodafone shop, which seems logical enough. He wanted EUR 20 credit but only had a EUR 50 note, and so the guy behind the counter immediately told him “Ah no bud, have no change you’ll have to go across the way to Carphone Warehouse shop”. So, slightly perplexed my mate went over to Carphone Warehouse. He went up to the counter and explained what had happened, the guy at the counter smiled and said “So that’s what he’s saying now?”. Apparently this is not the first time that people are sent away from the Vodafone shop and prior to this, customers were told the phone credit machine was broken. My friend was told that they don’t like selling phone credit in the shops as they don’t get any commission on it, and it seems to be common practice that they just send customers away. Due to that behaviour and based on their complete lack of helpfulness my mate has switched phone companies now as a matter of principle.”
If I had a pre-pay phone I would try the same to see if this is really a regular occurrence, but because I don’t have a pre-paid phone I need you to tell me about your experiences with the credit purchase in Vodafone shops.

What went wrong in the Irish schooling system? Is there anybody who can teach FACTS or do teachers just invent “facts”? The summer starts in Ireland meteorologically on 01 June and lasts from June through July to the end of August. Met Eireann issues every year press releases to clarify that www.met.ie/news/display.asp?ID=13. Based on equinoxes and solstices, the summer starts on 21 June and runs until 22 September. But children are STILL taught in school that the summer runs in Ireland from 01 May until 31 July, with the “Midsummer Day” on 21 of June. And the result is that Temple Bar declares this week’s Festival incorrectly as a “Midsummer Festival”. Somebody will probably try to explain to me that it has to do with the celtic origins of Ireland and the celtic calendar, but maybe – just maybe – the PRE-christian celts used a different calendar than the Gregorian calendar that was implemented by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582? I know, I know, it is not the most important thing on which day the season starts, but imagine if this week is midsummer then there is only 6 weeks of warm weather left. So, I prefer the meteorological or astronomical calendar which gives us hope for another 7 weeks or another 12 (!!) weeks.

Have a wonderful weekend, hopefully with lots of sun! And don’t miss the Street Performance World Championship.


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