Event Guide 115: Festival of World Cultures, Heritage Week, People’s Photography Exhibition, Which Course, Career Boot Camp

August 28th, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 115
| 28 August 2009                      Subscribers: 4730

Hi all!

I had a busy and good week and I it was the same for you. When you receive this newsletter it is time to look forward to the weekend and what a busy and varied weekend this will be. ;-) Quite a number of events are taking place this weekend and for me the most important will certainly be the Festival of World Cultures in Dun Laoghaire. It is one of the best, if not THE best festival of the year. Sure there are other festivals and I am not ignoring the Electric Picnic, Oxegen and Castle Palooza, but they are by far not as family friendly and all-age-group-friendly as the Festival of World Cultures AND they are not free. But, hey, if Dun Laoghaire is too far for you, then you will find lots more to do.

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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.

– Join Irish Adventurers on Expedition Cruise – Special Price Offer-
New Horizon Expeditions, an Irish company, are inviting you to travel to Antarctica in January 2010 on a fantastic trip. Travelling via Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, you will board our ship the M/V Plancius to sail to Antarctica!
Stunning landscapes, wonderful wildlife, visiting colonies of tens of thousands of penguins, watching whales as they feed in the rich waters, seeing Leopard, Fur, Crabeater, Weddell and Elephant Seals as they bask on the shores and ice floes are just SOME of the amazing experiences on this trip. You will also visit one of Antarctica’s Research Stations and there may be the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, the first British Research Station in Antarctica which was established in 1944 AND you’ll also have the opportunity to camp on Antarctica or kayak while you are there! How many people get to say they have done that!
Guided by experts, this is a trip of a lifetime! The expedition is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and all you need is a sense of adventure. We are offering this trip at a one off special price for 2009.  For more detail about the trip and pricing just send a mail to info@newhorizon.ie and include ANTARCTICA 2010 in the subject line. www.newhorizon.ie/index.htm

What a busy weekend! Festival of World Culture, Heritage Week and sooo much more! It is very difficult to give you advise on what to do this week and I would love to divide myself into lots of pieces and do a bit of everything. But since that is not possible, I unfortunately will have to give the Heritage Week a miss and instead will go on Sat or Sun in the morning to the People’s Photography Exhibition at St. Stephen’s Green and will then spend the rest of Sat AND of Sun in Dun Laoghaire. There are sooo many concerts, workshops, demonstrations, markets etc that I will just stay in Dun Laoghaire. Hopefully the weather will hold out. I would love to go to the Which Course Expo, but I will probably not manage.
If you are in Dublin, have a look at the Comedy event in Shebeen Chic on Sunday evening!
On Monday I recommend the Career Boot Camp in the National College of Ireland for all people that are looking for a job.
On Tuesday both the “Green Drinks” and the Plan Ireland event sound very interesting. I will be from Wednesday to Friday at the Ultimate Marketing Seminar in the D4 Hotels (former Jury’s Inn) and am looking forward to it. (www.ultimatemarketingseminar.eu/?af=CLA1035324). So I will definitely not be bored this week! ;-)
If you want to follow (loosely) what I do, you can do so on Twitter: www.twitter.com/JoergSt


“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare and directed by Jane Mulcahy will be performed by the Sycamore Street Theatre Company and if you hurry you can still see it. The (remaining) performances take place in the “Back Loft” of the “La Cathedral Studios” in 7-11 St. Augustine Street (that’s the street that connects Thomas Street and the Quays and the street is more or less opposite Francis Street) from tonight (Fri) until Sunday: 28, 29 + 30 Aug at 20:00. In addition there will be a Matinee performance on Sat 29 Aug at 14:00. Tickets are EUR 12, but if you mention the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), you will get in for EUR 10. ;-) . If you are a fast decision maker AND if you have time on Saturday evening, you can win a pair of tickets for the Saturday performance (20:00). To be in with a chance send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject SYCAMORE and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Because the event is already tomorrow, your mail has to be with me this afternoon (Fri 28 Aug) at 17:00. Please don’t enter if you won’t be available on Sat at 20:00.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Cathy Albanese’s search for an indoor venue for her FITT Bootcamp for the winter and asked all of you if you could help Cathy. Cathy didn’t just get what she was looking for, but even got more! (Interesting what you can achieve if 4700 people conspire together for a common goal.). Cathy now has not one, but two venues and as a Thank You to all of you, she is offering some great prices for a competition. There will be two lucky winners and the winners will have to be female because the FITT Bootcamp is only for women, but if you are male you certainly are allowed to enter the competition if you want to surprise a woman in your life in case you win. ;-)
One winning reader will get a free membership (3 months valued at EUR 190) for the IT Blanchardstown indoor bootcamp classes (Monday & Wednesday @ 18:00) and another reader will get a free membership (3 months valued at EUR 190) for the Corduff Sports Centre Classes (Monday & Thursday @ 20:00).
Details for the FITT Bootcamp (for ladies only) can be found at www.fittpt.com. And to win one of the prices you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with FITT in the subject line and in the body of the mail you have to tell me what “FITT” stands for. In addition I need your name and your mobile phone number in the body of the mail and finally, please tell me if you have a preference for IT Blanchardstown or for Corduff or if either of the two is ok with you. The mail has to be with my by 15:00 on Mon 07 Sept. www.fittpt.com

New Horizon Expeditions’ book competition for a copy of “Tom Crean, an Illustrated Life” by Michael Smith is closed now and the winner will be announced next week. www.newhorizon.ie/index.htm.

The European Young Professionals (EYP) networking group had made two pairs of tickets available for last nights “EYP -The Academy” event called “Latin Quarter” with Latin dance, food and drink at the Button Factory in Temple Bar and the lucky winners were Michelle Clarke + Shane Donelly.

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______________

If you are looking for a job, make sure you check out the Monday section in this newsletter to find out more about a great event for all unemployed/jobless/job seekers from Mon 31 Aug- Sat 05 Sept. www.ncirl.ie/dynamic/File/events/Bootcamp%20Brochure_Final_Sml.pdf

The opposition to NAMA is growing. Forty-six academic economists and lecturers in business think the Government has got it wrong on the National Asset Management Agency and have expressed their opinion in the Irish Times www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2009/0826/1224253267074.html and on facebook a “No to NAMA” group was formed and more than 7000 people have joined. The group is party independent and if you want to find out more you can read it here: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=233861925262 On 12 Sept a Protest March is planned against “NAMA” and you can find out the details on the Facebook group site.

Were you in town on Wednesday? Did you see Liberty Hall flashing and “shining”? If you did, you probably were very surprised. If you didn’t, you will hear and see a lot more about it: As part of the Dublin Theatre Festival, Liberty Hall will be turned into a HUGE low-resolution screen for YOUR animations. The launch was on Wednesday and that’s why the lights were turned on already, but all will go live on 24 Sept. Until then you can create and submit your own animations. Read all details here: www.daft.ie/playhouse/

Denise R told me about a book club she is organising with some friends on Dublin’s Northside. They are just re-starting after a summer break and will meet next time on the first Wednesday in September (02 Sept) in the Goose pub off Gracepark Road at 20:00. It is an informal gathering of people who love to read and are willing to maybe read books they wouldn’t normally consider and you are more than welcome to join. The areas covered are Glasnevin, Whitehall, Artane & Drumcondra and for details you can contact Brian on 087 2363282.

Do you want to take part in a massive choral performance for UN World Poverty Day? Cathy McEvoy, the Director of the Ballymun Gospel Choir and leader of The Gospel Project needs you! Cathy is, supported by Sli Eile, the Jesuit Centre for Young Adults, looking for all singers (experienced or otherwise – ability to read music is not essential) who can attend some rehearsals and who will join the Poverty Requiem on 17 Oct 2009.
Rehearsals will be on Sun 04 Oct (12:30-15:30) for Part 1, Thur 08 Oct (19:30-21:30) for Part 2, Sat 10 Oct (14:00-17:00) for Part 3 and Thur 15 Oct (19:30-21:30) for Part 4. (Location for the rehearsals is still to be determined.) If you can only attend some rehearsals but not all, you are still welcome to participate and during the performance you will just sing the parts that you were able to rehearse. If possible please download score and/or lyrics in advance from www.associatief.nl/poverty-requiem, there will only be limited copies available at rehearsals. The final rehearsal and the performance will be on Sat 17 Oct in St. Ann’s Church, Dawson Street.
The Poverty Requiem is composed by Dutch composer Peter Maissan in the style of worldmusic. It is written for a choir of an unlimited number of singers (men, women, children), two solo singers, and a number of percussionists and dancers. Its intention is to let people raise their voice against poverty in the world. You can listen to the parts on www.associatief.nl/poverty-requiem (Four of the five parts will be performed in Dublin.)
For further info and to register your interest to participate contact Cathy McEvoy (085-1127306 or e-mail: ballymungospel@sli-eile.com). Please contact Cathy before the 11 Sept, if you want to take part!

You probably have heard that Lance Armstrong was in Ireland. First for the cycling race “Tour of Ireland” and then for a conference about cancer and while here, he invited people to cycle with him. On Tuesday morning at 10:00 he sent a message from his Twitter account and at 17:30 approx. 1200 people met him in Phoenix Park. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0825/breaking49.htm
I have some doubts about the usefulness of Twitter in a business context, but without a doubt it is a powerful media alternative and if you haven’t looked at it yet, you should find out about it. You do absolutely not need a training course, just sign up on www.twitter.com and try it out. It is completely free, really simple to use and to learn the handful of “rules”. I am using it a bit more lately and am posting some event notices using Twitter. To follow me go to www.twitter.com/JoergSt and to learn the ropes check out help.twitter.com/forums/10711/entries/13920

The record industry is trying to censor more and interfere with your right to have access to information (I am not defending copyright infringement, but I will never accept censorship.) Luckily UPC (or NTL/Chorus) are no push-overs. Praise to UPC!

On Sat 12 Sept (11:00-15:00) there will be a Car Boot Sale in aid of Crosscare (www.crosscare.ie) in the Mater Dei Institute Car Park, Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 3. The organisers Monica (8371892) or Olivia (8360011) are looking for sellers (gates open from 09:00) and you should contact them if you are interested: Option 1: Free entry and donate your takings or Option 2: Pay EUR 25 and pocket your takings. Admission for buyers will be free and there will be Face Painting on the day and a Refreshment Stall.


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 4600+ 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.


“Corrib Gas” by Seamus Nolan will be on show at the Project Arts Centre from 27 Aug – 10 October. Nolan’s commission for the Project investigates the 10 year struggle of two cultures in the West of Ireland as a result of the Corrib Gas line dispute. (Venue Details: Project Art Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.projectartscentre.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00)

The final exhibition in the Curiosity Cabinet Student Competition at Black Church Print Studio is Lynda Reynolds. The exhibition will show a site-specific portrait of Temple Bar from 28 Aug- 16 Sept. (Gallery Details: Black Church Print Studio, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.print.ie, Open: ? )

Icarus Crane will exhibit an installation of sound, text and drawing at The Market Studios from 27-29 August only (Fri+Sat: 14:00-19:00). www.pleasetoenjoytheexhibition.blogspot.com, www.aroomforimprovement.com
For the same period (27-29 Aug) the exhibition “3 Works” by Talia Moscovitz (in cooperation with thisisnotashop) will take place in the gallery. www.thisisnotashop.com
(Gallery Details: Unit H, The Market Studios, corner of Mary’s Lane & Halston St, Dublin 7 (Turn onto Mary’s Lane at Slattery’s Capel St, UNIT H is opposite Dublin City Council fruit markets), www.themarketstudios.wordpress.com))

This exhibitions’ success at the RDS during the Dublin Horse Show resulted in a nationwide tour of the RDS Student Art Awards Show and this tour will start in Rua Red in Tallaght where it will be on display from 01-26 Sept. The exhibition features a collection of work by students and recent graduates of art and design courses from around the country. www.rds.ie/cat_project_detail.jsp?itemID=513
(Venue Details: Rua Red, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24, www.ruared.ie, Open: Tues-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘Still Waiting For Godot’ is a photographic exhibition of black & white work by Agnes Pielach and Mike Morys capturing stills of a production of ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett, performed in the Beckett Centre 2008. The exhibition will run in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum from 28 Aug-01 Oct. (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)

Irene Plazewska exhibits ‘Leda and the Swan’ as part of Art on the Railings on Park Street beside the People’s Park during the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures on 29-30 August 2009 from 11:00-20:00.

In association with ISEA 2009 symposium NCAD Gallery presents ‘Space is the Place’ by Aram Bartholl, Blackletter, Ralph Borland, John Buckley, Martin John Callanan, Joseph Delappe, Benjamin Gaulon, Institute for Applied Autonomy, Thorsten Knaub, Laboratorio de Situaciones, Glenn Loughran, Conor McGarrigle, Eve Mosher, Christian Nold, PARKing, Katie Paterson, Quadrafónica Urbana, Gordan Savicic, Mark Shepard, Surveillance Camera Players, Brett Stalbaum, Transborder Immigrant Tool, Trespass and Jeremy Wood. Running from 27 August to 01 September. www.ncad.ie

‘Sound-Space-Network’, a short exhibition and panel discussion around the themes of urban space and sound will feature work by Tim Redfern, Matt Green, Florian Hollerweger, Sharon Phelan and Sarah Dunne and will be on show from 11:00-17:00 on 28+31 Aug. The Sound-Space-Network panel discussion will take place on Mon 31 Aug 2009 from 11:00-13:00 and will address themes related to the exhibition and the ISAE09 symposium. Panellists are Tapio Makela (University of Salford), Frauke Behrendt (University of Sussex), Pedro Rebelo (Sonic Arts Research Centre, QUB), and Nigel Helyer (Industry Research Partner at Audio Nomad). To attend you need to book a place by contacting martin.mccabe@gradcam.ie www.gradcam.ie
(Gallery Details: Broadcast Gallery, Dublin Insitute of Technology, Portland Row, Dublin 1, www.broadcast-gallery.blogspot.com and www.broadcastgallery.ie, Open: Thurs 11:00-20:00, Fri+Sat: 11:00-16:00)


A Photographic Memoir of Fingal is presented through an exhibition of early 20th century photos at Malahide Library during National Heritage Week between 24-29 Aug.  The exhibition, hosted by Fingal Heritage Network, includes contributions from Swords, Malahide, Lusk, Cloghran, Rush/Loughshinney and Donabate. Phone 8400080 for more information.

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
28 Aug: The Last Remaining Lights (13:00) + Identity Parade (14:30)
29 Aug: Reemo (13:00) + Carose (14:30)l

David Geraghty will be performing live and signing copies of his new album “The Victory Dance” in hmv Grafton Street on Friday 28 August at 18:00. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

The Dublin Volleyball Club (DVC) is running a 24hr Volleyball Marathon from tonight (Fri 28 Aug) at 18:00 until 18:00 on Sunday. The venue is Colaiste Bride in Clondalkin and the purpose is to raise awareness and hopefully to get some sponsorship/donations etc. for the DVC. If you want to watch this first ever Volleyball Marathon in Ireland, you are very welcome to come to that gym of that school in Clondalkin and cheer on the players. www.dublinvolleyballclub.net

The former “Worldview Film Club” is now called “Inspirational Film Club Dublin (IFCD)” and the next film screening is on Fri 21 Aug at 18:45. The film is “Children of Heaven” (1997) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “Determination”. Check sites.google.com/site/inspirationalfilmclub The IFCD is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie. The event takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

On Fri 28 August the next French Friday will take place in Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephen’s Street, Dublin 2. From 21:00-02:30 the monthly party for and with everything French or Francophile will fill the Biar Bar.  french-friday.com/

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes in Temple Bar every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information email info@sahajayoga.ie or check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie. Classes are also on Mondays at 19:00 in Blanchardstown Library.


The yearly Dublin City Triathlon is taking place on Sun 30 Aug in and around Phoenix Park. The event starts at 08:00 with a 1.5 km swim in the Liffey at the UCD Boat Club (Chapelizod Road, Islandbridge) this is followed by a 40 km cycle and a 10 km run in Phoenix Park. You can’t register anymore, but you can watch the event on Sunday. www.dublincitytriathlon.com/ All details (including maps) are included in the competitor briefing: www.dublincitytriathlon.com/downloads/2009_Competitor_Race_Briefing.pdf

I have been at this last year and it is definitely worth a visit: The 2009 People’s Photography exhibition will take place on Sat 29 + Sun 30 Aug from 10:00-18:00. Over 200 photographers will show their work/art/hobby on the railings (i.e. the fence) of St. Stephen’s Green. The photographers come from many different countries and last year I was a little surprised that a very large proportion was Polish. If you are interested, photographers are happy to sell their work directly to you and you might go home with a wonderful piece of art for your living room. :-) The event is run on a non-profit making basis and after expenses are paid, donations are made to two charities (Simon Community and the National Council for the Blind). For more information contact Tadhg Nathan 087 979 0047 or Karen Anderton 087 2665848. You can join the Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin/Peoples-Photography/129169361773 or check their website www.peoples-photography.com

I know, I keep going on about this festival, but if you have been there you know why and if you have never been there, then you have to try it out and you will understand. :-) The Festival of World Cultures is the best and most interesting festival of the year and the great thing is that it is totally family-friendly, suitable for all ages AND it is free. Over two days there are an incredible amount of free concerts, dance performances and workshops. There will be lots of delicious food and other boots that sell goods on a street market. It is virtually impossible to describe the whole festival here and you should definitely have a look at the website and then just go. ;-) I will be there on Saturday and Sunday and will probably spend most of the time at the main stage in Newtown Smith Green (between the Dun Laoghaire Pier and the 40 Foot). If you want to meet me during the two days, just drop me a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with FOWC as the subject. Let me know what your mobile phone number is and I will send mine back or just ring me on Sat or Sun on 087 2931571. festivalofworldcultures.com/ You can download the full festival brochure here www.festivalofworldcultures.com/wp-content/uploads/FoWC_Brochure_2009.pdf or alternatively browse through the more than 70 events here www.festivalofworldcultures.com/programme2009?f=free

The official Festival PR says “The Festival of World Cultures brings a world of arts music and global culture to Ireland’s doorstep. “An exhilarating mix of music, dance, performance art and magic…a family-friendly Glastonbury” says the Irish Times. French singer Jane Birkin, Malian superstar Oumou Sangare and the mystical Dhoad Gypsies of Rajasthan are among the international world musicians headlining this year’s Festival of World Cultures – an annual Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council event. Along with dozens of other artists from around the world, these global performers will transform Dún Laoghaire into an outdoor arena over the last weekend in August, bringing a cosmos of creativity to Ireland’s doorstep. Now in its ninth year, the Festival attracts over 250,000 people making it Ireland’s largest intercultural celebration. With a diverse world music line-up, food fairs, art exhibitions, workshops and cultural demonstrations as well as a Festival newspaper and nightly Festival Club where Irish artists jam with world musicians, this family-friendly celebration is a round-trip, non-stop ticket to a world of culture. And, with over 90% of the events free of charge, the Festival is the top value-for-money event on the summer calendar, appealing to all the senses as well as the wallet. . festivalofworldcultures.com/

There are a number of food and street markets and I strongly recommend that you have a good browse on the website or that you download the complete festival brochure and read through it: www.festivalofworldcultures.com/wp-content/uploads/FoWC_Brochure_2009.pdf

To get to Dun Laoghaire you can use the bus or the DART and you can find a good overview of the different bus services that go to Dub Laoghaire:
www.festivalofworldcultures.com/information/getting-here-and-around In addition you won’t have to pay for on-street parking on Sat+Sun, BUT because there are sooo many people travelling to the town, you can imagine that the few on-street car park spaces are gone by around 14:00.
If you plan to go to the Festival with the whole family by DART, check out the special Family discount for DART trips in August: www.irishrail.ie/news_centre/news.asp?action=view&news_id=491

Joyce Richardson from Flamenco Ireland asked if I could let you know about these two events: On Sat at 14:00 Aires Flamencos & Flamenco Ireland will perform on the Harbour Plaza Stage at the Festival of World Culture. The line up of special guest artists along with regular dancers and musicians from around the globe will include no less than 20 nationalities. Be prepared to join in with palmas and perhaps even learn a Sevillana…
And on the same day at 16:30-17:30, Dance Theatre of Ireland will host a 1 hour Sevillanas Dance class taught by Joyce. The class is for all ages and you are very welcome to try it out. www.flamencoireland.com

“Health & Harmony – Global Therapies Fair” is the title of an exhibition/fair in the County Hall, Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire during the festival. “Enhance your health, de-stress your life and focus on your spiritual well-being with a visit to Health & Harmony. The Fair will be held in the County Hall where there will be a host of exhibitors showcasing a range of therapies, treatments and products from around the world. There will also be a selection of talks & workshops to attend free” Admission is free and the event is open from 11:00-18:00. www.festivalofworldcultures.com

The National Heritage Week is continuing until Sunday and I had planned to list a number of other interesting events this week. However, the sheer amount of interesting events as part of the Heritage Week AND at other events, won’t allow me to do that. Instead I will have to ask you to check out the website. Nearly all events are free and if this weekend the Festival of World Cultures didn’t take place I would go to many Heritage Week events, but I have to choose and unfortunately will have to give the Heritage Week a miss.
The programmes continue until 30 Aug and the full programme is on www.heritageweek.ie with the Dublin programme here www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchResults.aspx?loc=Dublin.
But I will pick a few that I think a worth a visit:
All libraries in and around Dublin invite to lots of events during the week too, so please check with them or on the Heritage Week website.

This is definitely an oversupply of interesting events! In addition to everything else, on Sat+Sun (29-30 Aug) this year’s “Which Course” exhibition will take place in the RDS in Ballsbridge. The exhibition is a forum for all adult learning training course providers to tell you what they have on offer and if you are interested in taking any courses or further your education you can discuss your expectations with the organisers and even with career advisors for free. From 11:00-18:00 the exhibition is open on the industries Hall. Admission is free, there are free seminars and you will get a free goodie bag. www.whichcourse.ie/

A Guided Hike along the Dublin Mountains Way is taking place on Sat 29 Aug. A special Dublin Mountaineer bus service is departing at the Sandyford Luas stop at 11:30 and you will return in the 16:08 bus from Grange Road (Marlay Park) to the Sandyford Luas bus stop. The hiking is taking a route through Cruagh Wood and Tibradden Forest and Mountain, joining with the Wicklow Way back through Kilmashogue to Marlay Park. (Length: approx 12km (linear walk) and Duration: 4hr (strenuous walk)) You need to bring good hiking boots, rain gear, hat, water, lunch. Booking is essential. The guided tour is free and there is only a bus fare of EUR 5 to pay for the return trip. Contact karen.woods@coillte.ie or info@dublinmountains.ie
(Phone: 01-2011187) to book! www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/Events/SummerInDublin09

A free Yoga class is taking at Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh, D6 on Sat 22 Aug from 11:00-12:30. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134916888224&ref=mf

(Please see Friday for details.)

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 Dun 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

# Heritage Week: Bombing Dublin on Sat 29  Aug from 11:30 in Collins Barracks: Join Lar Joye, curator, for a talk on the Bombing of the North Strand in 1941. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=462
# Heritage Week: Bombing Dublin on Sat 29 Aug from 12:30 in Collins Barracks: Join Lar Joye, curator, for a talk on the Helga and the bombardment of Dublin during the 1916 Rising. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=463
# Heritage Week: Iron Age in Ireland Tour on Sat 29 Aug from 11:30-12:30 in Kildare Street: How Celtic was Ireland’s pagan Iron Age? Join this tour and find out. No booking required. Tour limited to 30 people. First come, first served.
# All Day Basket Weaving Demonstration on Sat 29 Aug from 10:30-16:00 in Kildare Street: Joe Hogan is renowned for his expertise in the traditional art of basketry. Attend this demonstration and watch a master at work. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=465

Rua Red at the County Hall in Tallaght is the venue for this year’s Tibet Film Festival. The festival is presented on two days with the first day on Sat 15 Aug and the second day on Sat 29 Aug. The festival is presented by the Tibetan Community in Ireland in collaboration with the Foundation for Universal Responsibility of his Holiness the
Dalai Lama. The three films on 29 Aug start at 14:35 and run until 17:10 (with breaks). Admission is free, but booking is required. You can book and find all details on www.ruared.ie/tibetanfilms.html and for some more background www.indymedia.ie/article/93370

The ‘People’s Postcard Project’ by Carl Doran will take place on Sat 29 Aug from 14:00-17:00 at the Axis Arts Centre in Ballymun. Doran was based in the Ballymun Farmer’s Market and the Civic Centre building over the summer of 2009 and made postcards for passersby, which were sent to a recipient of their choice for free. This 1-day event is an open day for all participants, friends, family and the curious.

If you missed the Urban Circus on Sat 01 Aug don’t worry, the Dublin City Business Improvement District (Dublin City BID) is giving your children another opportunity to improve their circus skills with a host of Free Urban Circus Skills Workshops!
As part of the ‘BIDs for Kids’ Summer Programme Circus Skills Workshops are taking place on Wolfe Tone Square, next to Jervis Street in Dublin 1, with the last date on  29+30 August. From 14:00-17:00.
Kids will get the chance to learn how to juggle, stilt walk, perform the ancient Chinese circus skill of Diablo or even learn how to walk the tight wire. Face painters will also join in the fun on the day and if you’re hungry after all the excitement and practice an array of market stalls trading in all manner of delicious goodies will also offer their delicacies on the square. www.dublincitybid.ie .

On Sat 29 Aug at 15:00 a “Irish Highlights” Tour will take place in the National Galley on Merrion Square. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

* 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 Saturday for details.)

On Sunday 28 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

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:
30 Aug – Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

The Radio Controlled Car Association of Ireland will run the Irish Grand Prix – a festival of r/c-racing at St Anne’s Park, Raheny, on Sunday 30 Aug. Racing will take place from 10:30-18:00. The event will feature participants from all over Ireland. All are welcome. For further details, phone 087-2512422 or visit www.orcaireland.ie

The next Dublin Flea Market this year is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 30 Aug 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

On Sun 30 Aug from 14:00-16:00 the Ardee Concert Band will play in the garden of Farmleigh House. www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/summerprogramme2009/august/#d.en.10372

On Sun 30 Aug two Tree Walking tours with guest speaker John Mc Loughlin from the Tree Council of Ireland will take place at 15:00 and at 16:00.

On Sun the entertainment in St. Stephen’s Green will be Mary McEvoy from 15:00-17:00 to celebrate Heritage Week. This event will conclude the Summer Entertainment in St. Stephen’s Green! www.phoenixpark.ie/media/St%20Stephen%27s%20Green%20Bandstand%20Summerfest%20August%202009.pdf

(See Saturday for details!)

Mick O’Brien will perform traditional Pipe Irish music in the Botanic Garden on Sun 20 Aug from 15:00. Enjoy an afternoon with Mick O’Brien who plays uilleann pipes, whistle and flute. (Venue Details: National Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, www.botanicgardens.ie, Open: Winter (mid-Nov to 16 Feb): Mon-Sun 09:00-16:30, Summer (17 Feb to mid-Nov): Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00, Admission is free)

# Hands on History on Sun 30 Aug from 15:00 in Collins Barracks for Age 5+: Fun workshop for families. Ask at the reception desk for details.
# Heritage Week: Documentary Competition on Sun 30 Aug from 15:00 in Kildare Street: “Who won our Documentary Competition? Find out who the winners are as their films are screened today. Free drop-in event. No booking required. Treasury AV Room, Ground Floor.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=474

* The Picture This! Kids Art Workshop will look at “Peasant Wedding” by Pieter Breughel the Younger, with Mary Noonan (Room 37). The workshop will start at 15:00 on Sunday. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

On Sun 30 Aug “The Comedy Crunch V” will take in downstairs in Shebeen Chic, in George’s Street. The performances start at 21:00, so you should be there a good bit in advance. Doors open at 20:30 and the great thing is that admission is free! If you want o experience brilliant stand-up comedy and get some ice-cream ;-) go to Shebeen on Sunday. The performers this week will be Colm Mc Glinchey, Stephen Elliott, Danny O’Brien, Geo, Greg Marks and Shane Browne. www.myspace.com/thecomedycrunch

* 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) will be back in Bruxelles, Harry Street near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel from 30 Aug. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! The start time is advertised as 18:00, but the actual start is usually significantly later. The next gigs are 30 Aug, 06+13+20 Sept. Admission is free.
* Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Globe in Sth George’s Street from 20:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.myspace.com/sundayroast1
* “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.

______Next Week_______________


The National College of Ireland (NCIRL) is inviting everybody who is looking for a job to a whole week of free events, seminars and workshops to give you practical help in the current employment market and real skills and insights to cope with the new rules of job search. The full brochure is here www.ncirl.ie/dynamic/File/events/Bootcamp%20Brochure_Final_Sml.pdf and a summary can be found on www.ncirl.ie/News/Career_BootCamp_at_NCI . If you are currently unemployed/looking for a job, you should definitely have a look at this Boot Camp. Some of the talks/workshops are “Career Management – The Harsh
Reality”, “Tone Up Your CV”, “How to Recession Proof Your Career”, “Start Your Own Business”, “Demystifying Assessment Centres”, “Be Interview Wise”, “NCI Part-Time Courses Information Evening”, “Managing Your Mind. Coping With Job Search Stress”. Really interesting stuff!

The LAB invites to the opening of the exhibition “Force Majeure” by Aideen Barry, Lynda Devenney, Benjamin Gaulon, Vera Klute, Bea McMahon and The Grafting Parlour on Monday 31 August 2009 at 18:00. The exhibition continues until 24 October 2009 and will open Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00. Force Majeure is commonly used in relation to natural disasters (‘acts of god’ such as hurricanes or earthquakes) or war, strikes or riots for example. In suggesting these events are due to circumstances beyond our control, it relieves us from the responsibility of our actions. The artists in this show all explore how natural and man-made power operates and reveal some of the mechanisms and connections that make us, and the world we have built, operational. www.thelab.ie

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the recently-formed music collective 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.
* ‘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.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelans is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643?ref=ts


Green Drinks is a simple idea that’s gone global. Once a month in 448 cities around the world, people with an interest in green issues get together to chat, share ideas and raise a glass to a brighter future. In Dublin this will take in September in the Science Gallery Café (Naughton Building, Trinity College) on the first Tuesday of the month and (with the exception of October when the event is on the 2nd Tuesday) every month after that. You are invited to a fun eco friendly evening with free admission, drinks and snacks. This event is organized by www.leafliving.com. At the event on 01 Sept (from 18:00) the discussion will be about recycling: Ever wondered what happens to our waste after we throw it away? How much is being recycled compared to the amount incinerated or shipped to the developing world? What’s the scale of the problem and what can we do about it? Robert O’Shea, Secretary of the Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) will shed some light on the issue. www.greendrinks.org. The organisers ask you to confirm your attendance via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/Green-Drinks-Dublin/73308564711

Plan Ireland, an international development agency which fights against child poverty, is inviting to supporter evenings. To meet supporters and listen to their feedback, Plan Ireland has organised a series of Supporter Evenings at various locations around the country. Supporter Evenings include an exhibition of photographs depicting the lives of children in Burkina Faso, one of the world’s poorest countries. The images, which are the work of award winning Reuters photographer Finbarr O’Reilly, are extremely vibrant and positive despite the fact that life for children in Burkina Faso is extremely difficult and could not be more different from the lives of Irish children. The evenings in Dublin are in
+ The Burlington Hotel, Dublin on 01 September 19:00
+ The Central Hotel, Georges Street, Dublin on 10 September 10 at 19:00.
Please confirm your attendance via info@plan.ie or 1800 829 829.

For An Evening of Poetry with Tom Paulin and Jamie McKendrick introduced by Stella Tillyard on Tues 01 September at 20:00 in the Farmleigh House Ballroom, you have to book free tickets here salonmusic.ie/cgi-bin/tickets/record-application.cgi?show_id=21 and you should hurry!!

Mark K tells me that on a Tuesday the the band The Last Tycoons do an Open Mic night in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street, it’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844

* 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


Comhlámh (pronounced ‘co-law-ve’, Irish for ‘solidarity’) is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. For a long time this organisation organised regular “First Wednesday Debates” and then suddenly it got very quiet, but the good news is that the debates are back and the next one will take place on Wed 02 Sept at 18:15 upstairs in Bewleys Café Theatre and afterwards in the Duke Pub. The topic for the first event in this new series of Bewley’s First Wednesday Debates is “Is Lisbon 2 a Good Treaty for Development”. Tom Arnold, Chief Executive of Concern Worldwide and Andy Storey Chairperson of Afri will debate whether or not Lisbon 2 is a good treaty for development. www.comhlamh.org/bewleys-debates-are-back.html

* 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).


“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.
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

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


It is neither in Dublin nor is it free, but I know that MANY of you will leave Dublin on Fri 04 Sept to go to Stradbally for the Electric Picnic. Have a nice weekend, we will hold the fort here in Dublin. ;-)


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:

On Sat 19 Sept BizCamp Dublin will take place. This is a 1-day free seminar for entrepreneurs and other business interested people. More than 400 participants have already registered and if you want to be at this event you better hurry, I expect that registration will close VERY soon. Throughout the day you will get a chance to hear a vast amount of talks about different business related topics and a full list is on the website. Have a look at www.bizcamp.ie/ and register here www.bizcamp.ie/register/

It is still another bit, but Culture Night, a brilliant cultural event in September, is approaching and there are SOME events that are ticketed and are VERY popular. I suggest you have a look at www.culturenight.ie and make a preliminary plan to see if you want to go to ticketed events. One of the events that will be booked out in no time is a visit of the Parliament and buildings and you can find out more and book here:

Albert White from www.LightPollution2009.eu alerted me to a lecture that is taking place in September but for which you need to book one of only approx. 120 tickets, so you better decide soon and book early. The lecture is part of the 9th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky and is entitled “What is Light?” Lecturer is Leo Enright. Leo Enright, a broadcaster on Space Exploration and Science, explores the history of Ireland’s sometimes tenuous connection with luminosity
– while naming and shaming some modern big wicks. He will focus on the importance of continuing public access to dark skies, especially during the present ‘Golden Age’ of astronomy, whilst noting that historically Ireland has sometimes been defined by the absence of light – why else would the Romans have called it Hibernia?
The event will take place on Wed 16 September 2009 at 19:00 in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free but places are limited. For booking please visit shop.ria.ie/shop/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=22&cat=Event%2BRegistration

______This is odd!!______________

It is always amazing to observe how the organisation that is allegedly trying to get us all to “drink sensibly” operates. If you know or realise that this organisation, called MEAS (Mature Enjoyment of Alcohol in Society) has been set up and is funded by the drinks industry (to protect the industry against the set-up of a state body which would be a lot less sympathetic) it makes more sense, but is still astonishing. During the week MEAS decided on two complaints that they had received. In one case a pub offered pints from 15:00-19:00 for the not very reduced price of EUR 4. This is the period where there was hardly any business in the pub and they wanted to attract a few more people (mainly pensioners). Because the price reduction is time limited, MEAS decided that it was encouraging irresponsible or immoderate consumption, such as binge-drinking, drunkenness or drink-driving. Fair enough, you might think: Happy Hour reductions are not allowed so MEAS did the right thing. I agree!
But then who can explain this: A night club in Stillorgan ran a promotion that offered all drinks on every Saturday during a whole month for just EUR 2. In my naivety I would think that this much more “encouraged irresponsible or immoderate consumption, such as binge-drinking, drunkenness or drink-driving”. Alcohol throughout the whole day, for a really low price? Yep, definitely a problem. But what does MEAS say? They decided: EUR 2 for the whole day is NOT a problem, but EUR 4 for 3 hours IS a problem. This is not just odd, it is totally irresponsible and condemnable! Somebody said to me MEAS are muppets and I can see the point in this statement.
Interestingly the MEAS decision makes a lot of sense: The nightclub in Stillorgan needs to get people to survive, the pub on Baggot Street just wanted a handful more people. So let’s “sacrifice” our friend who can easily live with the punishment. We will be seen to do a good service and then let’s make sure that our other friend in Stillorgan can continue to encourage people to consume alcohol irresponsibly to ensure his survival. Shocking stuff, but it does make sense when you keep in mind that the alcohol industry and the pub owners run MEAS.

If you are bored this week, then there is no helping you. ;-) It is probably the busiest weekend of the year, so make the most of it. Weather? Hey, we are in Dublin! So, yes, it will rain. But with umbrellas and rain gear for the – hopefully temporary – showers you will be well prepared and can still enjoy all the cool events this weekend.

Have a great weekend,


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