Event Guide 110: Kings of Concrete, Festival of Story and Song, Dublin Flea Market, Bray Air Display

July 24th, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 110
| 24 July 2009 Subscribers: 4580

Hi all!

Here I am again! July is already coming to an end and the end of another month is always indicated by another Dublin Flea Market on Sunday. Ok, the calendar kind of announces it loud and clear as well, but I am meant to talk about events here or am I not. ;-)

As a “by the way” I mentioned last week that we (Kevin Doyle & The Way it Was Orchestra) will be on the “Saturday Night with Miriam”. I sing in the backing choir and while it wasn’t the first time we performed during an RTE Talk Show, it was an interesting experience again. Last time it was the Late Late Show with Pat Kenny. Hmm, what can I say, Miriam O’Callaghan is soo different to Pat Kenny. She seems genuinely interested in her guests. Ohh and if you want to see and hear us live in concert, then you should come to the Olympia Theatre on 16 August. We are currently working hard on a new show. The show is called “The Elvis Songbook” and it contains all the best songs of Elvis Presley. For tickets you can go here www.ticketmaster.ie/Kevin-Doyle-Sings-the-Elvis-Presley-Songbook-tickets/artist/997678

This weekend has a good few interesting events in store for us again and to find out about them you should continue reading. ;-)

For this week’s “feel good” slot I found a great video on You Tube. Don’t watch it if the thought of weddings causes trauma (Yes, this “condition” does exist!), but for everybody else, have a look at this cool entrance into the church at a wedding. Anybody interested in doing something similar in Ireland? ;-)

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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.

______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.

New Horizon Expeditions are an Irish company offering some fantastic trips to all corners of the world. Our aim is to offer people the chance to experience some unique locations and witness some of nature’s wonders as well as diverse cultures. Destinations include AFRICA, THE ARCTIC, ANTARCTICA, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS & SOUTH AMERICA and others will be on offer soon including The 7 WONDERS, INDIA & CHINA. Take a look at our website and see what is on offer. Sign up for our NEWSLETTER to receive special offers and first option on some great deals. www.newhorizon.ie/EG/index.htm. We are also running a competition to offer a lucky Dublin Event Guide subscriber a copy of “Tom Crean, an Illustrated Life” by Michael Smith. See competition details below.

Lots of events this weekend! I definitely will go to the Kings of Concrete on Saturday or Sunday. Then on Sunday I will probably go to the Dublin Flea Market and definitely to the Big Bang Festival later. During the day I might go to Bray for the Air Display or will stay in Dublin and go to the Northside Music Festival in St. Anne’s Park instead. Oh and the Comedy Crunch in Shebeen is another hot contender for my Sunday entertainment. Too many options. ;-)
During the week, there is not THAT much happening, but I will do whatever possible to try to make a visit to the Soul Power gig in The Living Room on Thursday. The guys are really great.


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. This is a bit earlier than normal for competitions but that is so that you have some time left to prepare for the trip.
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” 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!

______Dublin News______________

Yesterday I got a mail from Maurice Coyle. He was at Oxegen and found a digital camera. The camera was in the mud with little chance of survival and so he took the initiative and is now working hard to reunite the camera with its rightful owner. Maurice has set up a Facebook group to share some of the pictures he found on the camera with the world so that the camera’s owner can be identified and found. Unfortunately his quest was not rewarded with success yet and that is were YOU come in: Have a look at the pictures and with a bit of luck someone can identify one of the people on the pictures! The link is here and let’s see if Social Media and Social Networking together with Maurice’s preparedness to take action can even reunite lost property with their owners: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=104741083894

After a wait of about 10 years finally Ikea will open their new shop in Dublin (Ballymun to be precise). For many years they were not interested in opening a shop here because Ireland had (and as far as I know still has) a size limit for hypermarkets. The only exception is B&Q in Blanchardstown and now Ikea (who got a special permission). When finally the permission for the shop was granted others tried to stop it because they claimed that the streets couldn’t handle the traffic. The consequence was a forced delay of the opening until the M50 is upgraded. The opening date was set for the 27 July, but I am sure you are not surprised that the M50 is far from being finished! Sometimes I wonder if the lunatics are running the asylum. www.independent.ie/national-news/fears-of-chaos-on-m50-as-ikea-to-open-doors-1831818.html My suggestion is that you stay FAR away from the M50 around Ballymun and from Ikea for at least 2-3 weeks and avoid the whole area particularly on the weekends. We have waited for soo long, a few more weeks won’t make a big difference. If you want to get to the airport and need to use the M50, give yourself PLENTY of extra time!

At many points near Dame Street, College Green, Westmoreland Street and D’Olier Street you see big flashing signs telling motorists about the “College Green Bus Priority” from 27 July. What a stupid description! “Bus Priority” means that the bus has priority but others are still allowed. Not for College Green anymore. From 07:00-10:00 and from 16:00-19:00 from Mon-Fri ONLY busses are allowed to drive into Dame Street or into the non-pedestrianised part of Grafton Street (near Molly Malone). This is certainly not a “bus prioritisation” but a street closure! Because people are not properly informed I can imagine there will be a good bit of chaos initially. The new rules kick in on 27 July. I think the whole concept is totally flawed and a crazy idea and I am totally against the street closure there before the new Liffey Bridge is opened and unless the public transport system has been significantly improved. But I guess I have to apply to become a Mayor of Dublin before anybody will listen to my opinion. ;-) www.transport4dublin.ie/ On this website you will find a link to a brochure that provides proper details.

…for residential customers. The company is not closing completely down, but they are getting rid of all their residential and small business customers and will only continue providing services to large businesses. So if you have a BT landline or if your Internet connection is provided by BT, you will be offloaded to Vodafone as your new service provider. You don’t have a choice in that process, but you certainly can change service providers whenever you want. Some BT customers will appreciate the fact that their bills might be more accurate in future as it seems that BT had serious problems in that respect for a long long time. Be prepared that plans and prices will change and make sure you check all the information that is sent to you so that you know what is happening. 87,000 customers will be affected. www.siliconrepublic.com/news/article/13467


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.


‘At The Edge’, an exhibition with paintings of new seascapes and bog studies by Margaret O’Sullivan, will open at the Paul Kane Gallery on Merrion Square on Friday 24 July 2009. The show will run until Sat 15 August 2009. (Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square North, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

‘Tír na nÓg’, an exhibition of work by Catalan artist Jordi Fornies organised by Olivier Cornet, will be opened at Filmbase in Temple Bar by Dr. Rosemarie Mulcahy on Saturday 25 July 2009 at 19:00. The show will run until 30 July www.olliart.com/artists/jordifornies.htm

“Up and Down in Town: A Portrait of a City and a Self”, an exhibition by Spanish artist David Agenjo will take place from 23-28 July in Smithfield, Dublin. His works will be showcased in an unused retail space which has been converted into a pop up gallery. The exhibition explores a strangers view of Dublin – David moved here about two years ago and this exhibition really explores the joys and hardships of making a new city your home. Opening hours: daily 14:00-20:00 and the location is 11-13 West Arran St. Smithfield Market (Beside Red Luas Line Stop) www.davidagenjo.com

Until 31 August you have the opportunity to see the Bad Art Summer Show. The exhibition features work by John Kingerlee, David Gascoigne, Lucy Doyle, Jenny McCarthy, Christopher Banahan, John Cullinan, Tina Brooks, Daria Pietryka, John Busher, Brian B Kelly, Ellen Braende, Deborah Donnelly, Aidan Hickey, Denise Hussey, Erin de Burca, Mia Funk, Kate Beagan, Clare O’Farrell, Roisin Duffy, John Collins, James Kelly, Mairé Cregan, Gerard Ryan, Sarah Rossney, David Dunne, Gary Devon, Paul Christopher Flynn and Anne-Marie Carroll. (Gallery Details: Bad Art Gallery, 79 Francis Street, Dublin 8, www.thebadartgallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 10:30-18:00)

‘All Cognition is Recollection’, an exhibition of work exploring the psychology of imagery by Eoin McHug will be on show from 23 July – 05 Sept. (Gallery Details: Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, www.kerlin.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:45, Sat 11:00-16:30)

‘Kalkitos’, is an exhibition of prints and paintings by John Donohoe and Yvonne Woods. It will rub from 23 July – 02 August. (Gallery Details: Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.crowgallery.net, Open: 12:00-18:00)

‘Gooseberries’, an exhibition of work by Adrian Duncan will run from 22-25 July only (daily 12:00-18:00). www.adrianduncan.eu (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

Patrick Brocklebank, Carole Shubotham and Brian Gallagher exhibit their works until 03 August in The United Arts Club, 3 Upper Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2. Viewing from 17:30 daily. www.dublinarts.com/

‘Outsider Artist’, a multimedia exhibition by Michael Doocey, will run from 23-29 July. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org, Open: ???)

‘Parklife’, a visual art exhibition, will be on show in various locations throughout St. Anne’s Park in Raheny, Dublin 5, from 27 July to 23 August 2009. Featuring work by artists Aideen Barry, Carl Giffney, Niamh Jackman, John Jones, Maria McKinney and Beth O’Halloran, the exhibition will be opened from 16:00-18:00 on Sunday 26 July 2009. Exhibition tours will take place on the Sundays 02, 09, 16 and 23 August 2009 at 15:00. For more information contact Liz Coman (01 2227841 or liz.coman@dublincity.ie) (Venue Details: Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, off Mount Prospect Avenue, Dublin 3, www.redstables.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 12:00-16:00, Sat+Sun: 11:00-17:00)

‘Under the Bluebells’, an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Paul McKinley will run until 26 August 2009 from the beginning of this week. (Gallery Details: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, www.thelab.ie, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘Figures and Landscapes’, an exhibition of work by Tipperary artist Maria O’Brien will open on Friday 24 July from 19:00-21:00 and will run until 02 August. (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)


Bernard Jackman, Stan Wright, Sean O’Brien and the Heineken Cup will be meeting fans and signing copies of the new DVD ‘Leinster Heineken Cup 2009: Champions Of Europe’ on Friday 24 July from 12:30 in HMV; Grafton Street. Entry to this event will be via wristband only. Fans can pick up free wristbands at hmv which allow them access to the event. Wristbands will be available only from the hmv Grafton Street store from 09:00 on Friday 24 July. Two wristbands per customer maximum, in person only, while stocks last, subject to availability, at participating store only.

On Friday 24 July 2009 at 13:00 a talk by Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions, on the current exhibition ‘The Quick and the Dead’ will take in Hugh Lane Gallery. Dempsey will discuss the artists in the current exhibition and the curatorial decisions that went into both the selection of the works and the artists themselves. This talk is free and open to the public. Please meet at the Gallery reception.

The DART celebrated its 25th birthday this week. I had no clue about that, so I couldn’t tell you before it took place, but there are still some celebrations and you can read-up on the birthday etc. The information is here www.irishrail.ie/news_centre/news.asp?action=view&news_id=388 and the celebrations are some concerts called “The Platform” in Pearse Street DART Station. On Fri 24 July “Giraffes” will perform from 17:00-19:00.

Johnny Se xton, Shane Jennings, Simon Keogh and the Heineken Cup will be in Tesco in Dundrum “Town Centre” on Fri 24 July from 17:00-18:00. www.dundrum.ie/happening.asp?nid=874

“Wallis Bird” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 24 July. The time is currently not specified, so maybe check the website regularly or ring Tower Records. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

From Fri 24-Sun 26 July the Festival of Story and Song will take place in Farmleigh House. The events on Friday and Saturday are ticketed and it is unlikely that you can still get tickets at this stage. www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/summerprogramme2009/july/#d.en.10371
The Friday event (20:00) is entitled ‘Lift The Latch’:
An evening of stories, song and music in the Ballroom at Farmleigh with: Clare Murphy, Fionnualla Gill, Helen Davies, Mary Medlicott, Phil Callery, Padraigin Ni Uallachain, Sibba Karlsdottir and Suse Weisse. The MC’s are Nuala Hayes and Jack Lynch.
On Saturday evening (20:00) Robin Williamson presents ‘Gems of Celtic Story’ with special guest: Fionnuala Gill.
On Saturday and on Sunday lots of events will take place during the day and no tickets are required for these events. Jack Lynch, the organiser of the event, sent me lots of information, including a nice looking brochure, but unfortunately this brochure is not on the Farmleigh House website and I couldn’t find it anywhere else either.
The Farmleigh House website has a comprehensive schedule for the two days and because the list is too long, I suggest that you check there. Alternatively you can just go to Farmleigh House during the day and go o the next available event, from what I can see every single event is promising.
Saturday Timetable (12:00-16:45): www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/summerprogramme2009/july/fulltimetable/#d.en.10811
Sunday Timetable (12:00-16:45):

* 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 Travel Company, i-to-i, is coming to Dublin for a free event. On Sat 25 July from 10:30-13:30 you can find out about volunteer projects worldwide and how to get qualified to travel and teach English abroad. The event sounds interesting, however the accuracy of information about the venue is not perfect. The company website www.i-to-i.com/travel-events/ says that the event will take place in the National Museum of Ireland, but doesn’t clarify if it is in the national Museum site in Kildare Street or in Collins Barracks. A Google Map indicates that it is the National Museum in Kildare Street. (Other websites (www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=1417) claim the event will take place in the Irish Volunteer Centre in O’Connell Street, but I assume this is old and outdated information. Ideally you will ring i-to-i to confirm: 058 400 50

(See Friday for details)

Kings of Concrete is back for a fourth year. Organised by Dublin City this is a great event for participants and spectators: “Skateboarding, rollerblading, bmx, parkour, breakdance, live street art and sweet sounds… we got the lot.” Kings of Concrete takes place on Sat 25 + Sun 26 July. Unfortunately this is nearly all the information the organisers want to share with us and it is appalling. Dublin City’s web site doesn’t provide ANY details and doesn’t even link to the dedicated website www.kingsofconcrete.com. This dedicated website promises a lot and doesn’t deliver. Apart from timings for the skateboard competition no other competition timings or any other useful information is provided. Dublin City runs GREAT events and I hope this will continue, but maybe they should get someone to advise them on how to get the word out to the masses! I am available and not expensive at all! :-) From information I gleaned, I would expect that the event starts at 11:30 and goes until 19:00 or 20:00. I was at the Kings of Concrete last year and will definitely be there again this year, but I wish they could tell us what is happening when!
Somewhere I found “During the day we have workshops for the kids and loads of competitions with some killer prizes.”, but no information about the workshops (when, where, what) or about the completions is available anywhere.
The Amphitheatre at the Civic Office is behind Christ Church Cathedral between Christ Church and the Liffey or on the Western End of the Civic Office site.
One last comment, it is possible that I am unfair to Dublin City. The number of references to micromedia.ie and the lack of references to dublincity.ie makes me wonder. But if micromedia.ie are responsible then what does that say about micromedia?

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

The Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID) is bringing free entertainment for kids to the city this Summer with free Puppet Shows for children as part of its BIDs for KIDs Summer Programme. Taking place in Arnotts, Henry Street, and the Powerscourt Shopping Centre every weekend in July, the Dublin City BID is providing a fun and interesting way for kids and families to spend a few hours in the city this July.
Renowned puppeteer Conor Lambert will entertain and create drama with his unique (Dublin) adaptation of ‘Punch & Judy’. Follow a very naughty Mr.Punch as he is left with the task of minding the house while Judy gets busy with other important chores. Mr. Punch’s inability to take on the simplest of chores leads to hilarious consequences involving the Gardai!
With three shows each day, running for 45 minutes each, Mr Punch will actively encourage children to get involved as he goes about his chores.
The sessions are free but pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited. Please phone the Dublin City BID on 01-6334680 or email bidsforkids@dublincitybid.ie to reserve a space. See www.dublincitybid.ie for more information.
Puppet Show Details:
1st Show: 12:30-13:15
2nd Show: 14:00-14:45
3rd Show: 15:30-16:15
each Saturday (in Arnotts) and Sunday (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre) throughout July. www.powerscourtcentre.com/news-and-events/free-childrens-puppet-shows-in-dublin-city-centre/

Kellie Dalton who runs “Stitch”, a knitting café in 74 Shantalla Road, Beaumont, Dublin 9 informed me about their Summer Tea Party in association with Barrys Tea this Saturday from 13:00-17:00 to celebrate the launch of their new online shop. There will be free knitting lessons and ‘Knitting Surgery’ for anyone having trouble with their works in progress. Knitters, beginners, friends and family are welcome. There’ll be tea and cake for all as well as a 10% discount on all wool. www.stitchireland.com/ If you know that you will be going, drop them a brief mail (info@stitch.ie) so that they can plan a bit, but if you don’t know yet, feel free to just come along on the day.

To celebrate the release of the family movie ‘Bandslam’, Movies @ Dundrum are hosting a Bandslam competition on Sunday 26 July. Pit yourself against other bands in the Nintendo Wii Guitar Hero contest. There is no need to pre-register, simply show up on the day with your friends to compete, or simply enjoy the entertainment! To celebrate the arrival of Bandslam, a special guest from the Movie will be there! The activity starts from 13:00, with tickets to the 17:00 preview screening up for grabs! www.dundrum.ie/happening.asp?nid=871

* Adult Gallery Talk: “Moon Week” On Sat 25 Jul from 12:00-12:30: Geology curator Matthew Parkes presents a walk & talk through Plant Earth – Our Place in Space in the Riding School in Collins Barracks. No Booking needed, but places are limited to 30. Age 14+ www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=504
* “Moon Week Inspectorium! It Came from Outer Space…..”. On Sat 25 July from 14:00-16:00. Collins Barracks is the venue where you can join Geology curator Matthew Parkes in the Discovery Den to look at meteorites that are billions of years old. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=549

On Sat 25 July at 15:00 a “20th Century Art Tour” will take place in the National Galley on Merrion Square. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

* 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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(See Saturday for details.)

(See Friday for details)

Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. The upcoming themes are:
26 July – Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 26 Jun from 11:00-17:00. The flea market will take place very last Sunday of the month. For more information check out www.dublinflea.blogspot.com. If you have items to sell contact dublinflea@gmail.com to find out if there is space available etc. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. And if you have a quirky selection of odds and ends hidden away in your attic and fancy taking a stall at a future market contact them at dublinflea@gmail.com

An Annual Sponsored Swim in support of Art & Cultural Society of the Deaf will take place at Forty Foot, Sandycove. As far as I can see, you can still take part, but then the event is not free for you (EUR 15). I do list it here, because I am sure it is an interesting spectacle, to see the masses taking off at 11:30. They will swim from Forty Foot to Bulloch Harbour and refreshments provided afterwards. This not a race. For more information contact John Paul Monaghan on 087 2494424.

Organised by the Dublin City Business Improvement District (BID) free Puppet Shows are provided in Arnott’s (Saturdays) and in the Powerscourt Shopping Centre (Sundays). For more details see Saturday’s entry of this event.
Puppet Show Details:
1st Show: 12:30-13:15
2nd Show: 14:00-14:45
3rd Show: 15:30-16:15
each Saturday (in Arnotts) and Sunday (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre) throughout July. www.powerscourtcentre.com/news-and-events/free-childrens-puppet-shows-in-dublin-city-centre/

The Bray Summer Festival closed for another year last Sunday, but there are still little add-ons. Bray doesn’t limit the festivities to one weekend only. :-) And when you think of it, this weekend’s event is not really a LITTLE add-on. On Sunday 26 Jul the Bray Air Display will take place. It is Ireland’s only free public air display including the best in Irish aerobatics, plus top visiting international acts, including the world-famous Blades and the Gnat Display Team! Other top Aerobatics display acts include Eddie Goggins, Gerry Humphries and Angelo Cunningham, plus the Coastguards
Sea Air Rescue Demonstration, Parachuting, Static Displays and more.
Practice sessions on Sat 25 July. The event starts on Sun 26 July at 15:00.

On Sun 26 Children’s Entertainment is provided in Stephen’s Green 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 Mary McEvoy and Friends will perform “Popular Folk Music and Song”. www.phoenixpark.ie/media/St%20Stephen%27s%20Green%20Bandstand%20Summerfest%20July%202009.pdf

* “My Museum: Stones and Bones!” On Sun 26 July from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks you can join palaeontologist Adam Smith and discover more about the fossil collection in the Museum. No Booking Needed – places limited to 30. All ages.
* Hands On History on Sun 26 July 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.

The Picture This! Kids Art Workshop will look at “Members of a Family” by Strickland Lowry with Kitty Rogers (Room 14). The workshop will start at 15:00 on Sunday. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

The Northside Music Festival will continue with a performance by the Ebony Steel Band at Red Stables in St. Anne’s Park in Raheny (On the way to Howth). This is an outdoor event and it will take place from 15:00 on Sun 26 July. The full programme of the festival is here:

The Phoenix Park Visitor Centre invites regularly to talks/walks and other events. On Sun 26 Jul the topic of the talk is “Birds of Ireland: Facts, Folklore & History”. Everybody (not only bird lovers) will find this illustrated talk on the folklore, history and historical peculiarities of Irish birds fascinating. The talk 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

The Big Bang Festival 2009 is underway. It started on Friday, but most events are not free. You can find all details on www.bigbangfestival.com However, there is one main event that will be free and it sounds like fun. From 18:30 on Sun 26 July drummers and drumming groups from all over Dublin and beyond meet on Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, for an amazing live event.

“The Comedy Crunch” is the programme that a group of very good, but (yet) unknown comedians including Greg Marks, Colm Mc Glinchey, Tomie James, Ronan J Grace, Johnny P, Johnny Goodwin and headliner Enda Muldoon dish out on Sunday 26 July from 21:00 (Doors: 20:30). Laughs and ice cream (and admission) are free. The venue for this show is Shebeen Chic, Downstairs Bar, Georges Street, Dublin and “Comedy Crunch” is taking place there every last Sunday of the month.

* 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

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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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.

* ‘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.


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


The Seven Towers ‘Last Wednesday Series Open Mic’ is taking place on Wed 29 July from 19:30-21:30. The event will take place in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland St, Dublin 2. A regular reading and open mic with Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among others.

* 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).


On Thurs 30 July at 18:30 Frank McGuinness will launch Civil and Strange (Penguin Ireland), the latest novel by Cláir Ní Aonghusa in Waterstones, Daswon Street, D2

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 he Cineworld Cinema) meets Capel Street. www.soulpowertheband.com

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


After a hugely successful “Infectious” exhibition, the Science Gallery will fascinate us now with bubbles. 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.
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

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

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/


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:

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/

______This is odd!!______________

Ryanair announced yesterday that since the launch one month ago 100,000 customers have used the text Message service whereby your booking confirmation number will be sent to you by SMS. In my opinion that is a totally unnecessary service because I can use a pen and write the number down OR I could type a note in my own mobile phone. In addition not having to print the booking confirmation doesn’t help much if you have to use online check-in and then still need to PRINT the boarding card. The puzzling thing is that each of these 100,000 customers was prepared to pay EUR 1 for such a service, because getting sent the Booking Confirmation Number is charged by Ryanair with a EUR 1 fee. Sorted by country these are the countries where people have too much money: Italy (16%), UK (15%), Spain (12%) and Ireland (5%).www.irishpressreleases.ie/2009/07/23/100000-passengers-opt-for-sms-confirmations-in-its-1st-month/

Have you seen or at least heard of snoozing TDs who sit in the parliament and catch up on a few precious minutes of sleep? Quite shocking, I know. But could it get worse? Yep! Here is a story that proves it.
A new piece of the M6 is finished (between Athlone and Ballinsaloe) and is meant to be motorway. However the Minister of Transport (Noel Dempsey) hasn’t signed the required order in time! – Was he asleep?
For this reason the street can NOT be a motorway but will be a National Road. However in 28 days the street can finally get promoted to a motorway, as the orders are signed now. Apart from waste due to the cost for changing all the speed limit and other signs, it is hugely embarrassing that a Department that is focused solely on transport seemingly can’t even get their core business under control. Will the same sleepiness be there when more important issues, for example regarding the economic recovery, be discussed? Very odd! www.rte.ie/news/2009/0723/roads.html

Have a great weekend! Enjoy U2 if you are going and feel free to be totally unaffected by the U2 hype if you are not going to a concert, (Why are people so in awe (i.e. amazed and excited) about this massive stage? I thought people are going for the songs+music? ;-) )


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