Event Guide 111: Urban Circus, Bubbles in Science Gallery, Crafty Market, Argentine Fair, Open Air Opera, Alchemist Cafe

July 31st, 2009

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| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 111
| 31 July 2009 Subscribers: 4601
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Hi all!

Another weekend approaching and this is good news. The week certainly was eventful, not all was good in MY week (a couple more comments about that at the end), but I hope yours was sparkling and shining.

Last week I told you that we (Kevin Doyle & The Way it Was Orchestra) were on “Saturday Night with Miriam” but I totally forgot to include a link to our performance. Here it is now www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ_OH4ZrCeU . If you want to see and hear us live in concert, then you can do that on 16 August in the Olympia Theatre in Dame Street. The show will be a concert of all the best songs of Elvis Presley and it will be a really good gig, I can promise that! If you have seen our show in the Olympia or in the Tivoli Theater before, you should come back. It is a completely different concert. For tickets you can go here www.ticketmaster.ie/Kevin-Doyle-Sings-the-Elvis-Presley-Songbook-tickets/artist/997678

During the week a number of people mentioned to me that they are concerned about the Swineflu and that they were wondering if all events towards the end of the year will be cancelled to contain it. Well, it seems that containing it is not possible anymore. I saw some statistics from Germany: Currently there are 200-400 reported cases, but at least 2,000-4,000 people are expected to be infected. In autumn it is expected that up to 30,000,000 (30 Million!) will be infected and will go through the 5 days flu. In light of figures like that, I think it is the wrong approach to be worried about it. Instead try to eat healthily, give up unhealthy habits and if/when it hits you take the time you need to recover. To be honest, if it will hit me, I rather get it over with sooner than later, but unfortunately we can’t choose. Interestingly I was just looking at an influenza epidemic at the Infectious exhibition in the Science Gallery about 2 weeks ago. A hugely interesting computer simulation showed the influence of air travel on how the virus spread and I was fascinated by how fast it spreads.

This week I need the “feel good” slot myself, so let’s try this: The Psychologist Richard Wiseman is working on a BIG mass experiment to cheer up the world and he needs your help. The website is www.scienceofhappiness.co.uk and to help with this study you have to go to that website between Monday 03 Aug and Friday 07 Aug. You first complete a short questionnaire, then you will see a short video describing a happiness boosting exercise that you are meant to carry out (takes only 1 minute) every day of the study and at the end of the project you answer another few questions. So, simple enough and the bonus for you is that there is a good chance that you will feel more positive at the end. And maybe you can take the information with you into the future to lead a happier life!? Try it! It’s worth a try!

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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.

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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 Saturday I have Urban Circus in Jervis Street on my must do list. Then on Sunday the Horse Market in the morning (I STILL haven’t been!), then Crafty Market, followed by Music in the Gardens in Farmleigh House or the Bubble Exhibition in the Science Gallery (I have been there at the opening yesterday, so I won’t go again, but you should definitely go! Doesn’t have to be this weekend though.) The Argentine Fair on Sunday sounds interesting as well, so if I have a few minutes…
After all this “entertainment stress”, I might take it easy on Monday. But Music in the Gardens in Farmleigh House is again an option. :-)
During the week, the Alchemist Café is definitely something interesting if this is your thing and if I worked near-by, I would go to the Opera in the Open on Thursday.

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OUTDOORS IRELAND – WIN A CARAUNTOOHIL CLIMB
The next climb is in the second half of August, so you better get your gear ready and if you want to enter this competition, you BETTER hurry:
Carrauntoohil is the highest peak in Ireland. With 1038 metre it is central peak of the MacGillicuddy Reeks in Co. Kerry and today I have a special competition price for you that has to do with this mountain.
Many of you have heard of Outdoors Ireland before. Nathan Kingerlee runs Adventure Breaks, Yoga Adventure Breaks, Canoe Trips, Rock Climbing, Hill Walking and anything else that has to do with “outdoors” and “adventure”. ;-) Have a look at his website www.outdoorsireland.ie for the full range. In August he will be running a guided night climb of Carrauntoohil, to be on the summit for dawn. Sounds amazing! To let you all know, Nathan has given me with a place on this night climb for a competition (a value of EUR 85). So, one of you can win this exciting trip and as always it is simple to take part. If you are interested keep in mind that you need a certain amount of equipment and a good level of fitness, so it is not a stroll trough the park, but the reward is definitely worth it! You can read all the details about the climb and what you need etc. here outdoorsireland.blogspot.com/2009/06/guided-night-ascent-of-carrauntoohil.html. So, if you want to be in with a chance to win this place on the night climb, you have to send me a mail with the subject OUTDOORS and your name and phone number in the body of the mail. IN ADDITION you have to do a little bit of work this time and answer in the body of the mail the following question: ‘What is the name of the charity with which Outdoors Ireland has teamed up with to run these night climbs?’ Your mail has to be with me by Tues 04 Aug.
If you definitely want to be part of the climb and want to make sure that you get one of the limited number of places on the trip, you can book with Nathan immediately via info@outdoorsireland.com or 086 860 45 63.

NEW HORIZON EXPEDITIONS – BOOK COMPETITION
This is your last chance to enter this competition: “New Horizon Expeditions” are offering you the chance to win a copy of “Tom Crean, an Illustrated Life” by Michael Smith. This book details the life of Ireland’s own polar explorer, Tom Crean. Born in Anascaul in Kerry he was instrumental in several historical attempts to conquer the South Pole with names such as Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. This pictorial anthology celebrates the exploits of Tom Crean through a series of outstanding photographs charting his life from his early days on a Kerry farm, through decades of heroism in the Antarctic and back to retirement in Ireland. To be in with a chance to win this book, follow the following link: www.newhorizon.ie/EG/index.htm. The closing date for this competition is 04 August 2009.

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!

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MORE LIBRARY EVENTS
I mentioned recently that the libraries in Dublin run LOTS of free events and if you are looking for something to do during the day, you should check their website. A the time I only mentioned the Dublin Libraries, but there are obviously County Dublin Libraries as well that run interesting events. And Niamh N kindly reminded me again of all the OTHER libraries. The libraries in South Dublin are Ballyroan, Castletymon, Clondalkin, Tallaght, Lucan, Stewarts and Whitechurch:
www.southdublinlibraries.ie/events (and just for completeness the Dublin City Libraries are here www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie and the Fingal County Libraries are here www.fingalcoco.ie/Library/)

DUBLIN BUS 50 CENT CITY CENTRE FARE
A new City Centre fare has been introduced by Dublin Bus. With the tiny City Centre of Dublin, it won’t get you far, but if you do short trips in the bus and especially if you go North-South, it is definitely a saving. In my opinion the East-West “city centre” is much to small, from Conolly Station to Parliament Street? It should at least go to Christchurch or even better Thomas Street. Bus stops that are in the City Centre Fare scheme are marked with a specific sign…look out for it. More information and a map are here:
www.dublinbus.ie/en/News-Centre/Travel-News/50c-City-Centre-Fare/

PUB PRICE FREEZE ENDS
Eight months after its big announcement, the 1-year pub price freeze is coming to a dramatic end. On 01 December the pubs announced it as a great thing for consumers despite the fact that prices should have DROPPED not just stayed frozen. Now the High Court forced the pubs to end the price freeze because a price freeze is a form of price fixing.
www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0728/breaking73.htm …and without delay we are threatened with probable price increases as a consequence of the High Court decision by the same people. I guess we can counter that threat with our ability to trigger more pub closures by staying away. I am surprised how empty many pubs are lately, on the other hand, I am not REALLY surprised.

CAMERA FOUND AT OXEGEN – SEARCH FOR OWNER SUCCESSFUL
Lots of you were interested in this story from last week and it seems the owner has been found! Through Maurice Coyle’s initiative a group of more than 600 people – all interested to help – came together to conspire together with the use of social media. The name of a person on the pictures from this camera was found because somebody’s friend recognised him, a picture was found on Google that confirmed this guys identity, the former employer was identified and then (I was able to help a little bit with the last step.), the facebook profile of one of the people on the pictures was found. So there was a definite path to the owner, but in the end it was another route that resulted in success: At a wedding another person on the pictures was recognised and was told about “Maurice’s campaign”. He then notified the camera owner. ;-) A great success and one for the anecdote collection about Social Media’s advantages. In the end it was the power of people prepared to take action (Maurice + helpers) combined with the power of social media that makes it possible to achieve things that in the past were unthinkable! The story is here www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=104741083894 and if you are not on facebook yet consider joining. Twitter is another Social Media vehicle that you should check out and you find me on www.twitter.com by searching for JoergSt.

ARTHUR’S DAY
A few months ago Guinness announced a new day of celebration as if it would be the new National Holiday. Arthur’s Day on 24 Sept will be the central day of the 250 year anniversary Guinness is celebrating this year. I was expecting a big celebration in a festival style with lots of free events and entertainment. But Guinness being Guinness will have none of that! Instead they are organising a number of concerts in pubs and other venues and not a single one seems to be free. Very disappointing. If you look at the participating venues on the Guinness website or on the ticketmaster website, then you better stay at home on the 24 Sept because even in places like Dakota, Doheny&Nesbitt and the Market Bar, you will have to pay admission charges on that day.

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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. :-) )

COW’S LANE DESIGNER STUDIO
Katharine Quin contacted me this week to tell me about a venture she has started a few months ago with quite a number of other like-minded people. They are all designers/makers who offer their goods and creations at the Cow’s Lane Market in Temple Bar and as Katharine explains “the cold, wet Saturdays inspired us to seek the comfort of the indoors”. So in January, the 10 designers/makers decided to open a shop together, the Cow’s Lane Designer Studio opposite Cultivate on West Essex St, Temple Bar. Many of the 10 are still involved in the Cow’s Lane Market every Saturday, but in addition their goods are available throughout the week. The group is made up of fashion and jewellery designers, a milliner, a metal sculptor, a knitter and a crocheter, and a furniture designer. They also rent out space to various artists including photographers and a linen designer, and are always on the lookout for new talent. Nearly all products are handmade in Ireland by the people that sell it to you, so you can meet the makers of your purchases, not something that is typical anymore. The 10 run and man the shop themselves, so you can even get personal custom-service ensuring that you get exactly what you want. The shop is open from 11:00-18:00 Monday to Saturday, until 19:00 on Thursdays and from 12:00-16:00 on Saturdays. And the website is www.cowslanedesignerstudio.ie.

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

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ALAN PHELAN – IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Alan Phelan’s exhibition “Fragile Absolutes” is on show in the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) from 22 July-01 Nov.
A new IMMA-commissioned sculpture, Goran’s Stealth Yugo, 2009, created to coincide with the exhibition, is located in the Museum’s Formal Gardens. The new commission began in 2006 during a residency in Belgrade, Serbia, where Phelan collaborated with Goran Krstiæ, a car designer from the Zastava/Yugo car factory in the city of Kragujevac. The work resembles a stage in the design process, where 3d modelling is used to approximate a structural framework for a new car design. This phase has been rendered in chrome-plated steel, supported by extended twin exhaust pipes, attached to an underwater stabilising base. (Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)

EMMETT MARTIN – NO GRANTS GALLERY
‘Taking Liberties’ is the exhibition of photographs from the publication of the same name by Emmett Martin. The exhibition will be on show at the gallery from 29 July to 12 August 2009. blog.templebar.ie/?tag=emmett-martin
(Gallery Details: NGG (No Grants Gallery) in Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2)

GRÁINNE BRADY – MILL THEATRE GALLERY
‘Lost in a Moment’ is an exhibition of paintings and installation work by Gráinne Brady inspired by summer music festivals. The exhibition is on show from 25 July to 28 August 2009. (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)

COLM PIERCE – SPENCER DOCK BRIDGE
A series of photographs of Sheriff Street, which were taken by Colm Pierce about 20 years ago will be on show from 22 July. The “gallery” ;-) in this case is on a wall just over Spencer Dock Bridge. www.colmpiercephoto.com/content/view/48/44/

OFFCENTRE – KEVIN KAVANAGH GALLERY
‘Offcentre’ is a group exhibition by Nevan Lahart, Yuko Nasu and George Young. It will be on show from 30 July-29 Aug. (Gallery Details: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8, www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie, Open: ???)

SASKIA VERMEULEN – SIGNAL ARTS CENTRE
‘Fictitious Interludes’ is the Video and Photography Exhibition by Saskia Vermeulen in the Signal Arts Centre. It will be on show from Wed 05 Aug-Sun 16 Aug and the opening reception will be on Thurs 06 Aug (19:00-21:00). (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)

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FESTIVAL FEVER – JERVIS SHOPPING CENTRE
Jervis Street Shopping Centre and Arnotts Project in the shopping centre are inviting you to live band performances every Thurs, Fri, Sat in August. The bands and times this week are
31 July: Sixteen Layer (13:00) + The Last Remaining Lights (14:30)
01 Aug: The Shoos (13:00) + Leopold (14:30)
www.jervis.ie/festivalfever.pdf Thanks to Dennis J who told me about this series of events. I wouldn’t have found out otherwise!

BUBBLE – SCIENCE GALLERY
After a hugely successful “Infectious” exhibition, the Science Gallery will fascinate us now with bubbles. I was at the launch last night and it is amazing how bubbles turn men (and women) into smiling children.
From 31 Jul – 25 Sept, foams, froths and physics form BUBBLE at Science Gallery. This iridescent exhibition of changing shapes and colours, fantastic bubble structures and experiments with soap films is brought to you in collaboration with the Exploration Station and leading Trinity College physicists Denis Weaire and Stefan Hutzler.
BUBBLE will allow the visitor to get their hands wet, step inside the bubble and learn about the physics of foams. This ever-changing exhibit puts the visitor at the centre of creativity, and with a range of workshops and experiments the LATHER LAB will be your chance to delve deep into bubbles.
Bring your children, they will enjoy it and don’t worry there is very little physics and a LOT of bubbly fun.
Admission is free and opening hours are Tuesday-Friday 12:00-20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 12:00-18:00. The gallery is in the Naughton Building at the Pearse Street/Westmoreland Street end of the Trinity College campus. www.sciencegallery.com

LATIN AMERICAN DOCUMENTARIES – DCTV
Dublin Community TV (DCTV) will run a Latin American Documentary festival “Horizonte” from Friday 31 Jul until Thurs 06 Aug. Every evening you will be able to watch documentaries from Latin America and to launch this festival you are invited to come to a “real life” event in 4 Dame Lane. On Friday 31 July the documentary “Beyond Elections” will be shown in 4 Dame Lane. Admission is free and the event starts at 20:00. For more information check here: www.dctv.ie/main/?p=715

FRENCH FRIDAY
The next French Friday, the party for all French and Francophiles will take place on 31 July from 21:00-02:30 at the Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephen’s Street, Dublin 2. french-friday.com/

REGULAR EVENTS – FRIDAY
* 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

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FESTIVAL FEVER – JERVIS SHOPPING CENTRE
(Please see Friday for details.)

SUMMER OF HERITAGE – DUN LAOGHAIRE – RATHDOWN
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

URBAN CIRCUS – WOLF TONE PARK
On Saturday 01 Aug, from 12:00-19:00, Urban Circus will come to Wolfe Tone Park in Dublin 1 (behind the pub The Church and next to Jervis Street). There will be clowns, juggling, acrobatics and street performance.
And if you want to learn circus skills, you could have the chance to join in on one of the many walk-in circus workshops planned for the event – learn how to juggle, stilt walk and clown around. I will definitely be there on Saturday! www.visitdublin.com/Events/AllDublinEvents/Detail.aspx?id=241&mid=6155

FAMILY & ADULT EVENTS – NATIONAL MUSEUM
* Family Tour “Lughnasa”. On Sat 01 Aug from 14:00-15:00 in Kildare Street the question “What is Lughnasa?” will be answered. Explore the museum’s collections to discover old pagan beliefs. No booking required. Tour limited to 30 people. First come, first served. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=459

NATIONAL GALLERY PROGRAMME
On Sat 01 Aug at 15:00 a “Artistic Figures” Tour will take place in the National Galley on Merrion Square. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

REGULAR SATURDAY EVENTS
* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and 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.
* 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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HORSE MARKET – SMITHFIELD PLAZA
Every first Sunday of the month, the horse traders from Dublin and surrounding areas come together and sell and buy horses on Smithfield Plaza. This tradition is in place for many many years and after the modernisation of Smithfield Plaza, Dublin City tried to move the market to another location. This has not been successful yet and consequently the horse market is still a monthly feature in the City Centre. It starts relatively early in the morning and goes on until all traders have left, which is around 13:00. If you want to experience this somewhat anachronistic event, you should consider coming relatively early. I would recommend around 09:00-10:00 experience it at its peak. Especially all the photographers among you should find plenty of four-legged models. And if you did take some nice pictures, maybe you can share them with all by letting me know the link to your online photo album. A search on Google brought me to this website: www.flickr.com/photos/deadlyphoto/sets/72157605373424018 Have a look at the pictures, it is a different world!! …and definitely not what you would expect in the centre of a European capital. ;-)
A concerned reader was surprised that I mentioned this event in previous months because regularly there are question marks and as well issues regarding the proper treatment of the horses. I do share the concerns about the welfare of the animals and I do know that ISPCA representatives are supervising the horse market. In addition I am not suggesting that you buy a horse there or that you support the horse traders in any inappropriate acts, I am only reporting that this event is taking place and that it might interest some of you to watch the trading or the horses. The market is going ahead with or without spectators, for this reason I don’t think watching the activities condones any bad treatment of animals. …but please decide for yourself!

CAR BOOT SALE – HAROLD’S CROSS GREYHOUND STADIUM
On Sunday 02 Aug from 09:00 the Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium Car Boot Sale (every second week) will take place again on the car park of the stadium (151 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin). Visiting is free, selling costs EUR 15 for cars and EUR 20 for vans and spaces might still be available. Contact Damian on 086 8371573 or email lowth666@yahoo.ie for more details. Gates open 8am for Sellers and 9am for Buyers. An older announcement is here
www.gumtree.ie/dublin/38/39008638.html but the 02 Aug is definitely the next date.

FOOD MARKET – FARMLEIGH HOUSE
From 10:00-17:15 the Farmleigh House Food Market will take place on Sunday and Monday (02-03 Aug). www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/foodmarket/#d.en.1506

CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS – PHOENIX PARK VISITOR CENTRE
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:
02 Aug – Visiting medieval scribe/scholar – write your name with a feather quill!
09 Aug – Fish of the Park
16 Aug – Bats in the Park
23 Aug – Bark and leaf rubbings
30 Aug – Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie
www.heritageireland.ie/en/Dublin/PhoenixParkVisitorCentre-AshtownCastle/Events/

CRAFTY MARKET – DUBLIN FOOD CO-OP HALL
On Sun 02 Aug the next Crafty Market will take place in the Dublin Food Co-Op Hall on Newmarket Square, Dublin 8. 45 stalls full of handmade crafts and original artworks, hot food, free parking and live music on stage will be provided and with a very wet looking weather forecast the other good news is that the market is indoors. Many of the stalls are new so even if you were at the market last month, it does make sense to come back again. The market is open from 11:00-17:00. www.thecraftymarket.com

KINGSTOWN SPECIAL – STEAM TRAIN CELEBRATION
A celebration of 175 years of the first train line in Ireland is taking place in Dun Laoghaire on Sun 02 Aug at the Dun Laoghaire Dart Station and with entertainment from 12:30-17:30 on the Harbour Plaza. In association with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland and Iarnrod Eireann, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council present The Kingstown Special, a majestic historic old steam train so that people can travel back in time on a grand old steam train with vintage railway carriages and a beautifully restored snack and bar café. There will be 5 train trips on this steam train, but unfortunately they are all sold out. However, you can still see the train and you can enjoy the entertainment provided on the Harbour Plaza:
12:30-14:30 The Steadfast Brass Band
15:00-16:00 The No. 1 Army Band
16:30-17:30 The Blue Heaven Barbershop Chorus
The first railway in Ireland, in 1834, was the Dublin and Kingstown Railway (D&KR) between Dublin and Kingstown (now Dún Laoghaire), a distance of 10 km (6 miles). The entire route forms part of the present day Dublin Area Rapid Transit electrified commuter rail system. This same route will be used for the Kingstown Special on August 2nd.www.dlrevents.ie/special.html

ST. STEPHEN’S GREEN ENTERTAINMENT
On Sun 02 Aug Children’s Entertainment is provided in Stephen’s Green near the Bandstand from 12:30-14:30. A Magic Show, Punch and Judy and Face painting and Balloon Modelling will be available. Later, from 15:00-17:00 the Fodhla Ceili Band is inviting to Irish Dancing.
Most other days of the month, there is music on the bandstand as well. The following link provides the details: www.phoenixpark.ie/media/St%20Stephen%27s%20Green%20Bandstand%20Summerfest%20August%202009.pdf

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS – FARMLEIGH HOUSE
On Sun 02 Aug Farmleigh House invites to “Music in the Garden” from 14:00-16:00. The performers are Rubber Soul and they play Beatles& 60’s Music. www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/summerprogramme2009/august/#d.en.10372

ARGENTINE FAIR
I came across this ad on GumTree (www.gumtree.ie/dublin/17/41718417.html):
We would like to invite everybody to come along and join us at the Argentine Fair. It is on a Sunday 02 Aug from 14:00-18:00. There will be up to 9 stands with Argentine Products (some imported, some home made), which can be purchased and enjoyed over a glass of wine, tea or “mate” (Argentine infusion). We will sell “Choripan” (special Argentine hot-dog) fresh from the grill. Admission is free. The afternoon will be enhanced by music and tango dancers, just a day to enjoy! If you interested in selling your product, or dancing tango, contact me!”
The event will take place in the restaurant “Buenos Aires Grill” in Golden Lane, Dublin 8, next to the Radisson Hotel. The organiser is Cristian Severina, the manager and owner of the Buenos Aires Grill and you can reach him on 087-2699217. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=96414427298

SEVEN TOWERS – POETRY READING
Seven Towers are inviting to a Poetry Reading entitled “Both Sides Of The Pond” on Sun 02 Aug from 14:00-16:00 in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2.
Irish, American and Canadian writers are reading work from both sides of the pond, about both sides of the pond!! Some the featured American and Canadian writers will live in Ireland, many of the featured Irish writers will have lived in America.
This event will be MC’d by Phantom FM and former Radio Caroline DJ, who lived in International Waters for a number of years – on neither side of the pond!
Readers are Californian poet Lynne Knight, Dublin writer Oran Ryan, New Zealand born Dublin writer, Ross Hattaway, Canadian writer and model Roslyn Fuller, Dublin poet Eamonn Lynskey, Dublin poet Catherine Ann Cullen. Other names will be added to the list as they are confirmed. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=304

LUNASA FESTIVAL – SOUPSTONE WALDORF KINDERGARTEN
On Sun 02 Aug from 14:00, the Soupstone kindergarten, a new Waldorf kindergarten in Dublin city centre, is holding a Lúnasa celebration and open day in Seomra Spraoi at 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1 (near Mountjoy Square). Soupstone festivals are a relaxed chance for adults and children alike to meet each other, visit the space and taste the flavour of what we are doing. For more information check www.soupstone.info/lunasa-festival/lunasafestival-sundayaugust2nd2-6pm

FAMILY PROGRAMME – NATIONAL MUSEUM
* “Hands On History”. On Sun 02 Aug from 15:00 a workshop will take place in Collins Barracks: “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling.” Ask at the reception desk for details. Age: 5+
www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=471

FAMILY PROGRAMME – NATIONAL GALLERY
The Picture This! Kids Art Workshop will look at “A Banquet Piece” by Frans Snyders, with Claire Crowley (Room 37). The workshop will start at 15:00 on Sunday. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

NORTHSIDE MUSIC FESTIVAL 2009
The Northside Music Festival will continue with a performance by Xi An Sí at Red Stables in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin 3. This is an outdoor event and it will take place from 15:00-16:00 on Sun 02 Aug. The Xi’ An Sí (pronounced ‘Shee Ann Shee’) is an amalgamation of both the Chinese and Irish languages. ‘XiAn’ is the city where the group first established themselves and ‘Si’ is derived from the most fascinating of Irish traditions, the fairy. Traditional Irish tunes are played on beautiful antique instruments such as, the Gu Zheng, a twenty-one stringed plucked instrument that is part of the zither family; the Er Hu, a two stringed bowed instrument which orginated in China over a thousand years ago and the Pi Pa a four stringed plucked instrument with a pear shaped wooden body which can be traced back to the Qin dynasty (221–206B.C.).
The full programme of the festival is here:
www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/ArtsOffice/Programmes/Documents/NMF_Booklet_2009_Web.pdf

MEDIEVAL EVENT – PHOENIX PARK VISITOR CENTRE
The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre invites regularly to talks/walks and other events. On Sun 02 Aug the event is entitled “Medieval Event”. It starts at 15:00 in the visitor center in Phoenix Park (near Aras an Uachtarain). It is free and everybody is welcome. www.phoenixpark.ie and if you have questions ring 01-6770095

REGULAR SUNDAY EVENTS
* 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

WEEKEND EVENTS
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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BANK HOLIDAY
Yes, today is August Bank Holiday and if you didn’t know about it is hopefully a nice surprise for you. Traditionally bank holidays are not tooo busy when it comes to free events. For some reason event organisers shy away from bank holidays. Maybe because Irish people are expected to visit their family and non-Irish people leave the country? ;-) At least most of the shops will be open so there is something to do. If you drive, keep in mind that Pay&Display is not enforced in Dublin on a bank holiday. This means on-street parking is for free. However, for Loading Bays and Bus Lanes the DAY is relevant (i.e. Monday) NOT the fact that is a Bank Holiday and feels like a Sunday to you. ;-)
Another thing I should mention: Often Regular Events do NOT take place on a bank holiday. So you better check!

FOCUS IRELAND FUNDRAISING TRIATHLON
Registration for this event is now closed. (Because it is a fundraising event every participant had to raise EUR 250 to take part!) I am not sure if volunteers are still needed but you can find out about that by ringing 01-8815916 (Start on Monday morning: 06:00!!) and you can find out more details about the volunteering on www.focusireland.ie/htm/fundraising/challenges/triathlon/volunteers.htm But what you definitely can still do is to watch the event and to cheer on the participants. It takes place on Sun 2 Aug from 07:30. Normally there is a swim (750m in the Grand Canal Basin) first, but if there was heavy rain before as it is forecast, then the swim might get cancelled due to the unsafe water quality. Then a cycle trip (20km) will follow and finally a run (5km) will conclude the competition. Approx. 250 participants are expected and a course map is here www.focusireland.ie/htm/fundraising/challenges/triathlon/venue.htm. The triathlon starts at 09:00, but road closures are in place from 07:30-12:30 in the areas of City Quay, Sir John Rogerson Quay, Forbes St, Cardiff Lane, Benson St and Hanover Quay.

FOOD MARKET – FARMLEIGH HOUSE
From 10:00-17:15 the Farmleigh House Food Market will take place on Sunday and Monday (02-03 Aug). www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/foodmarket/#d.en.1506

GAZE FIM FESTIVAL
GAZE 2009 is the largest LGBT film event (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT) in Ireland and offers a programme with over 67 premieres, new independent features, documentaries, shorts, award winners and experimental films between 30 July and 03 August. The festival takes place in the IFI and the Light House Cinema (Smithfield) and like nearly all film festivals does not include free film screenings. However there is one free event in case you are interested. The GAZE Festival Review in the Light House Cinema on Mon 03 Aug at 13:30 is a free but ticketed event. I am not sure if tickets are still available, in fact it is unlikely. However, you could try and ring the Light House Cinema box office on 01 879 7601
The Festival Review session is an opportunity to discuss the highlights, talking points, celebrations and controversies of the festival with leading film critics and experts from home and abroad. www.gaze.ie/films.aspx?contentid=84

MUSIC IN THE GARDENS – FARMLEIGH HOUSE
On Mon 03 Aug Farmleigh House invites to “Music in the Garden” from 14:00-16:00. The performers are the Boogie Brothers and they play 60’s & 70’s Music.
www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/summerprogramme2009/august/#d.en.10372

LAZY BAND – BEWLEY’S CAFÉ THEATRE
It was confirmed to me that this event is still taking place and a number of people commented in a very positive way. Unfortunately I haven’t experienced it myself yet, but it seems that it is an event worth recommending.
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! The event starts at 20:00 and goes until 22:00.

REGULAR MONDAY EVENTS
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (formerly Ba Mizu in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.myspace.com/hughcooneycomotions
* 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.

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REGULAR TUESDAY EVENTS
* 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

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SEVEN TOWERS – LUNCH TIME POETRY READING
Seven Towers is inviting to a ‘Chapters And Verse Lunchtime Reading’ on Wed 05 Aug from 13:15-13:55 in Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1. Contributors will be Seamus Cashman and Patricia O’Callaghan. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=305

ALCHEMIST CAFÉ – NANO-TECHNOLOGY LECTURE
“Cafe Scientifique” is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues that is much more informal and accessible than a public lecture. The audience will consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with and ask questions of someone “in the know”. No scientific knowledge will be assumed by the speakers so that everyone can participate. In Ireland the Café Scientifique is called “Alchemist Café” and they organise regular events about very interesting topics. The Alchemist Café in August will discuss “The nano-environment: nanotechnology applications and impact on the environment”.
Dr. Iseult Lynch is the Strategic Research Manager for the Centre for BioNano Interactions, which looks at the relationships between engineered objects at the nanoscale and living systems, and is one of the top nanosafety experts in Ireland.
Further details about the topic can be found here www.alchemistcafedublin.com/ The Alchemist Café takes place in The Mercantile Pub in Dame Street, Dublin 2 and will take place o Wed 05 Aug from 20:00. Admission is free and all are welcome.

REGULAR WEDNESDAY EVENTS:
* 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).

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OPERA IN THE OPEN – CIVIC OFFICES, WOOD QUAY
“Opera in the Open”, the free lunchtime operas return to Dublin city. Now in its tenth year, ‘Opera in the Open’ returns with five free performances of well-known operas each Thursday at 13:00 from 06 Aug – 03 Sept. Do something different at lunchtime this summer and listen to opera in the informal and intimate setting of the grounds of Civic Offices on Wood Quay in the city centre. ‘Opera in the Open’ is an initiative of Dublin City Council Arts Office as part of its remit to make the best of art and culture accessible to all in the city.
06 August: ‘The Magic Flute’ by Mozart
13 August: ‘Giulio Cesare’ by Handel
20 August: ‘Don Pasquale’ by Donizetti
27 August: ‘Hansel und Gretel’ by Humperdinck
03 September: ‘Idomeneo’ by Mozart
The performances feature Janyce Condon, Stephen Fennelly, Mary Flaherty,Victoria Massey, Simon Morgan, Niall Morris, Sandra Oman, Donna Gallagher and Liz Ryan. Musical direction is by David Wray, stage direction by Niall Morris and narration is by Ted Courtney. www.visitdublin.com/events/AllDublinEvents/Detail.aspx?id=237&mid=6152

FESTIVAL FEVER – JERVIS SHOPPING CENTRE
Jervis Street Shopping Centre and Arnotts Project in the shopping centre are inviting you to live band performances every Thurs, Fri, Sat in August. The bands and times are
06 Aug: The Shady Boys (13:00) + Neon Stars (14:30)
07 Aug: Bipolar Empire (13:00) + The Brilliant Things (14:30)
www.jervis.ie/festivalfever.pdf

TOWER RECORDS – IN-STORE EVENT
On Thurs 06 Aug at 17:00, Angel Pier will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

BUTTERFLIES AND FARMING – LECTURE, BOTANIC GARDEN
A Lecture called “Butterflies and Farming – a European Perspective” by Simon Spencer will take place in the Education and Visitor Centre of the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin at 20:00 on Thurs 06 Aug. Dr Simon Spencer FRES trained as an entomologist and worked briefly in locust and grasshopper research in Africa. After completing a doctorate at Oxford, studying DDT pollution, he moved to Wales to become an organic small holder. He has long been active in Wales, in helping to bring the farming and conservation communities together. He co-authored Butterfly Conservation Europe’s policy paper on the Common Agricultural Policy and was elected to the Butterfly Conservation Council in 2005.
www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

SOULPOWER – LIVING ROOM
SoulPower, a really great funk soul tribute band, is a must see! I know them well and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Thursdays are bad for me because I am writing this Event Guide on Thursday nights, but I will definitely try to go to this gig next Thursday. This 8 piece band play the music of all the great soul artists, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Charles Wright and many more. The lead singer is amazing and all the band members are hugely talented and experienced. So if you are feeling funky, get yourself down to the Living Room (formerly the Bleu Note) every Thursday from 21:30. Admission is free. The Living Room is at the corner where Parnell Street (the street that passes by the Cineworld Cinema) meets Capel Street. www.soulpowertheband.com

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

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FESTIVAL FEVER – JERVIS SHOPPING CENTRE
(Please see Thursday section for details.)

TOWER RECORDS – IN-STORE EVENT
On Fri 07 Aug at 17:00, the Kill Krinkle Club Single Launch will take place in Tower Records in Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

———Pre-Announcements————————

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:

FESTIVAL FEVER – JERVIS SHOPPING CENTRE
Jervis Street Shopping Centre and Arnotts Project in the shopping centre are inviting you to live band performances every Thurs, Fri, Sat in August. The bands and times are
07 Aug: Bipolar Empire (13:00) + The Brilliant Things (14:30)
08 Aug: Aoife Corcoran (13:00) + History of Herry (14:30)
13 Aug: Leopold (13:00) + Deshonos (14:30) + Bipolar Empire (18:00)
14 Aug: The Strutts (13:00) + The Cades (14:30)
15 Aug: The Lights (13:00) + Bipolar Empire (14:30)
20 Aug: Fear the Foliage (13:00) + Fiona Melady (14:30) + The Brilliant Things (18:00)
21 Aug: Heritage Centre (13:00) + Autoban (14:30)
22 Aug: The Minutes (13:00) + Myp Jeep (14:30)
27 Aug: Junah (13:00) + The Eskies (14:30) + The Mighty Stef (18:00)
28 Aug: The Last Remaining Lights (13:00) + Identity Parade (14:30)
29 Aug: Reemo (13:00) + Carose (14:30)l
www.jervis.ie/festivalfever.pdf

GAA “HAVE A GO-DAY”
Eoin Vaughan, the GAA development officer in Trinity College informed me about an interesting event on Sat 08 Aug on the Clanna Gael GAA grounds in Ringsend. They are launching a pilot “Have a go day” where people with no prior experience of Gaelic games will get coaching in the basic skills from some of Ireland’s top coaches.
Participants will learn about the ancient game of Hurling, Camogie, Gaelic Football, Irish handball and Rounders (like baseball). Eoin tells me that interest has been phenomenal so far and that they expect a big turnout on the day from people all over the world. Have a look at
www.facebook.com/home.php?#/event.php?eid=124863194383 to find out more.

DUBLIN CITY EVENTS
Urban Living on Smithfield Plaza on 08+09 August
Eurocultured on Smithfield Plaza on 15 Aug
All detail will be provided in the next two editions of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events).

DUN LAOGHAIRE FESTIVAL OF WORLD CULTURE
Is this Festival in your calendar? It will take place at the end of August. So there is another bit of time, but it is THE must-go event in greater Dublin for me – make sure you don’t miss it. The website is up and you can already check out the programme. The festival will take place on 29+30 August and I guess we are hugely lucky this year that it has not been affected by budget cuts. Who knows if there will be enough money to bring it back in 2010. festivalofworldcultures.com/

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IKEA PARKING CHARGES LUNACY
Have you heard this incredible story? It is BEYOND odd and it is just lunacy or even idiocy. I feel a “Falling Down” moment coming on when I hear nonsense like that: Ikea in Ballymun finally opened and I guess the employees and Ikea itself are thanking the lords that all the problems Fingal County Council and other authorities caused in recent months. Ok the M50 near Ikea is still not finished, but that’s no surprise in a country where 90% of the building projects are delayed on overpriced. Now this is not where the issues stop: Ikea has been forced by Fingal County Council and An Bord Pleanala (that’s the organisation that decides if you get planning permission for a building) to open the shop after 11:00 to deter people from going to the shop during traffic rush hour. It now emerges that to avoid you to go to the shop or leave the shop between 15:00 and 20:00 you will have to pay EUR 3 parking fee (seemingly collected by Fingal County Council!!!!) if you leave the car park during this time. Allegedly this fee could be increased to 6 Euro or even 10 Euro if people don’t stay away from the shop during this time! So Fingal County Council is happy to take the 500 jobs and the rates (business taxes) from the shop, but they are trying to sabotage it as much as possible!?!?! How about making sure that the infrastructure is available instead of deterring people to buy goods? An Bord Pleanala and Fingal County Management are definitely gone nuts! www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055620232

AMAZING U2 STAGE??
Last week was FULL of comments about the U2 concert. Twitter, Facebook, e-mails, blogs, all social media “outlets” were buzzing about … the stage!! I wasn’t at the concert myself, but saw the interesting pictures of .. the stage! Now, forgive me if I am wrong, I THOUGHT this was a concert and my naïve way of thinking did suggest to me that at a concert the stage is the least important aspect. Why did hardly anybody talk about the gig, the songs, the show, the dancing/costumes (Oops, wrong band? Well, then maybe Bono’s glasses?). 250,000 people at a concert and they talk more about the stage than about the concert? This is odd!! Of and if you want to see the main talking point from a different perspective: www.flickr.com/photos/r1g2b3/3751146339/in/set-72157621679888789/

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I did absolutely not feel like writing this week’s Event Guide. Some events this week took the spring out of my step and being positive and cheery today was hard work. But I do know that most of you are interested in free events and not that much in any upsets in my life, so I did get another Event Guide done. The show must go on. :-/ Have a nice weekend.

–Joerg

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