Event Guide 128: Dun Laoghaire Christmas Lights, Flea Market, Senior Citizen Day, Green Drinks, Bewley’s Debate

November 27th, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 128
| 27 November 2009 Subscribers: 5431

Hi all!

Only four weeks to Christmas! I don’t know about you, but it sometimes freaks me out how fast the years race by. It seems to be going faster and faster and while I am glad that I started writing this Event Guide and haven’t missed a week for the last 128 weeks!! There are weeks when the next Thursday is just approaching MUCH too fast and I seem to be chasing my tail for most of the week. Luckily a big positive change is about to happen at the Event Guide and I am thrilled about it! Last week I asked if there was anybody who wanted to help with the Event Guide and I was hoping for 5 or 6 people to reply. I wasn’t prepared for the amazing amount of 30 replies! Wow! How great is that? I will introduce them all to you in the near future. And from next week – if all goes well – this new Editorial Team will help me to have some more time to grow the Event Guide and to work on ideas to improve it and to establish closer links with event organisers to lobby for more free events. All great news! For now, please join me in welcoming these wonderful people who are prepared to spend some of their precious spare time to help finding and writing about free events for all of you!
The plan is currently, that I will continue pulling all pieces together and I will still write many pieces and gel all components together. All the helpers will support me, will search for events and will help by writing some of the event notices. To make sure that their work is appreciated by as many as possible, please help by printing out the flyers that I have created some while ago and by hanging them up at your work place or in your university or school or sports club/gym/church:
If you have another idea how to spread the word, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Spread the word” in the subject line. All serious ;-) suggestions will be mentioned in one of the next issues and you will get credit for it!

What makes you feel good? A smell? A sound? A taste? Something you see or hear? I admire amazing talent and love it if something leaves me speechless in a positive way. For this week’s “Feel Good Slot” at this point in the Event Guide, I found such an amazing talent. His name is Tommy Emmanuel and what he does in this video clip is nothing else but play a “Blues in E”. But watch HOW he plays it! Simply amazing. www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZBVBerH_pI …and just in case Blues is absolutely not your thing, have a look at this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATub40Npxik

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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 promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. Let me know if it is helpful, otherwise I might remove this section again to shorten the newsletter. This is not a “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. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

The Friday after Thanksgiving is called Black Friday in the US. It got its name because the streets were black with cars many years ago, all going to the shops on that first day of Christmas Shopping. This year’s Black Friday is today (27 Nov) and the traditional Black Friday special offers now made it across the water to us as well. The Apple Online store has a One-Day Shopping Event today only with lots of great iPods, iPhone and Mac gift ideas. So, if you are looking for some special Christmas gifts for special prices, then you have until midnight tonight to buy them on

I am sooo late getting finished today again! So I have to finish this part REALLY fast! I will not be able to do all the things I will mention here now, because I have some other events and things to go to, but if I could, I would go to the Flea Market on Sunday and later to the postponed Christmas Lights celebration in Dun Laoghaire. On Tuesday I will try to go to the Green Drinks event and on Wednesday the Bewley’s Debate looks good. If Polish culture is your thing you have to go to the “Polish Greats” event on Thursday.


Castle Dracula & Sillybilly.ie present “The Secret Castle of Magic”. The ‘Secret Castle of Magic’ – a show for older kids and adults – opened its doors in November 2008 and is Ireland’s only Magic venue. There is only one public night per month so you have to book in advance. The Secret Castle features Max Marshall, Nevin Cody (Secretary of the Society of Irish Magicians) and Ronan MacGabhann (Winner of the Gold Star for good spelling – Age 7 ;-) ). Tickets are EUR 12 (EUR 10) and children have to be at least 12 to be allowed in.
The next performance will take place on Sat 28 Nov, which is tomorrow night! Sillybilly.ie have made another pair of tickets available for this show. If you want to be in with a chance to win this pair of tickets, you need to be very fast! You will have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MAGIC4 in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. IN ADDITION you have to tell me what the MAXIMUM age ;-) for admission to the show is. Check it here www.sillybilly.ie/news/42/secret-caslte-of-magic The venue for the show is Castle Dracula in Westwood Club, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3. Your mail has to be with me by 17:00 this afternoon Fri 27 Nov, so hurry! And please only enter the competition if you have time tomorrow to go to the event.

The new Centre for Creative Practices has made tickets for TWO competitions available, so have a good read of the following two paragraphs:
On Sunday evening a Jam session is taking place in the Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2 from 21:00 with Andrzej Bauer & Michal “Bunio” Skrok. Tickets are normally EUR 5 but the Ian Oliver from the CFCP made THREE pairs of tickets available for you to win. The session will be a mix of classical cello and electronic music and you can bring your own drinks. www.cfcp.ie

Then on Monday 30 Nov at 20:00 a concert is taking place in Liberty Hall Theatre where Lutosphere, three top Polish musicians, will perform. Tickets are normally EUR 25/22 but Ian made a pair of tickets available for a competition. Here are the details about this intriguing mixture of instruments and performers and a YouTube clip as a sample of their music: www.artpolonia.org/

To win a pair of tickets for the Jam Session, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with JAM in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 18:00 tonight Fri 27 Nov.
To win the pair of tickets for the Lutosphere concert on Mon in Liberty Hall, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with LUTOSPHERE in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 18:00 tomorrow Sat 28 Nov. www.cfcp.ie

“Keeping the Beat”, a photographic exhibition and gig pays homage to the men who brought rock’n’roll to Ireland. On Fri 04 Dec a unique celebration of seminal Dublin rock will come to Kiely’s of Mount Merrion in South Dublin. The historic pub venue has hosted shows by everyone from The Animals to Thin Lizzy down the years. Now “Keeping the Beat” sees key players from the 1960s beat scene back on their old stomping ground once more and keeping the beat of the 60s alive. Photographer Kate Horgan has created a unique collection of portraits of some of the key figures of the beat scene, paying homage to the founders of the Irish music industry, iconic figures such as Henry McCullough (The People, Eire Apparent, Wings, Joe Cocker Band), Eric Bell (Van Morrison, Thin Lizzy,) and Paul Brady.
To launch this fascinating exhibition, rockers Brian Harris (The Creatures), Ditch Cassidy (The Kingbees, The News) Noel Bridgeman (Skid Row, Granny’s Intentions) Alan Dee (The Chessmen. The Light) and other special guests will perform a once-off show. Tickets (EUR 5) are available in advance from Kiely’s of Mount Merrion, Deerpark Road. The gig is on Fri 04 Nov but the exhibition continues until 13 December. Kate Horgan made a pair of tickets available for a competition in the Event Guide and if you want to enter the competition, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with KIELYS in the Subject line and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tues 01 Dec. www.katehorgan.ie www.kielys.com/index.php

Chris Maher, the mover and shaker behind the Dublin City Soul Festival invited to the launch party fundraiser of the “Musical Youth Foundation”. The bands were brilliant (Fiach, Carosel, Iseult Sheehy, Mob Fandango) and the lucky winners of tickets were
Irina Adashkevich, Mai Barrett, Sarah Loughman, Cornelia Koller, Norah Ginelly, and Niamh Douglas. Thanks Chris for being so generous with free tickets!

“Love Music Hate Racism” organised an event featuring three live acts last Sunday 22 Nov at The Twisted Pepper. A free pair of tickets was made available for a competition and the lucky winner was Aideen Roche.

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______________

This Breaking News has reached me last night and I am glad to share it with you this morning. In a move that has even surprised the experts, the FIFA has now agreed to a repeat of the World Cup Qualifier Play-Off between France and Ireland. The breakthrough in the negotiations about a repeat of the controversial game was achieved when the Football Association of Ireland agreed to play from the right to the left in BOTH halves of the game in this brand new French stadium: tweetphoto.com/mf4aahqp

The English alternative rock band “White Lies” (www.myspace.com/whitelies) will perform on 09 Dec in The Academy in Dublin as part of the Heineken Spheres series of events/concerts. They will be supported by Danish band Kissaway Trail and Neon Indian. The White Lies are currently on a UK&I tour and will stop in Dublin for one night only. You can get free tickets by entering your name into a draw when you click on the picture on the left or by following ad-emea.doubleclick.net/clk;219735057;43574518;p Looks like a great concert that is only free thanks to sponsoring by Heineken.

Many of you – especially if you are reading the Event Guide for a while – know that one of my hobbies is Krav Maga. Krav Maga is a self-defense system that is very much reality-based and that can help each and everyone to protect yourself and others against aggressions and attacks that unfortunately are taking place every single day, even in Dublin. Krav Maga is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness and it is very easy to learn. Having taught nearly 8000 students over the last 8 years, “Krav Maga Ireland” is – without a doubt – the biggest and most experienced Krav Maga training centre in Ireland and Patrick Cumiskey, who runs Krav Maga Ireland (and who is the main sponsor of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)) has just launched a brand new fancy website at www.kravmagaireland.com Perfectly timed for Christmas and the pre-New Year’s resolution time he is now offering 12 weeks of free fitness classes for everybody who books a 12 week self-defence course with us before Christmas. As a gift (gift vouchers are available) or for yourself, this is a brilliant Christmas present AND New Year’s Resolution: Get fit AND be able to defend yourself effectively!
And as an extra bonus ;-) – I modestly think! – you will meet me during the training because I train with Patrick for the last 6 years and at times help with the teaching. :-)
The next 12 week course in the City Centre starts on 11 Jan 2010 and the next 12 week course in Blackrock starts on 15 Feb 2010. Register on www.kravamagaireland.com or book with Patrick on 087 2390398 (and mention that you are looking for the “Dublin Event Guide offer”).


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. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 5400+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

If you are unemployed or on Social Welfare you should check this out: Live4Less is all about helping people who have lost their jobs. The Live4Less discount card helps people to maintain the lifestyle they enjoyed before losing their job by giving them access to exclusive discounts. Live4Less was only launched a couple of weeks ago but they already have joined up with more than 30 companies who provide special offers, deals and discounts to Live4Less card users. The Discount Card costs EUR 15 and is valid for one year. If you are unemployed you can buy the card for yourself, if not, you can buy it for someone who is as a gift! Visit www.live4less.ie for all the offers and to buy your card. There are lots of businesses on the site where you can save money on Christmas presents as well.


LOTS of exhibitions in galleries before Christmas, this week I will try to keep them SUPER short. If you need more information about opening times or location of gallery, you can contact me.

‘Dark Voyage’, Cartune Xprez’ latest programme of contemporary, animated video art will be on show at Kevin Kavanagh Gallery from Mon 30 Nov (18:30-21:00). www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie

‘DANGEROUS THINGS’, opens as the inaugural exhibition at Exchange Dublin Gallery at 1 Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar from 18:00-21:00 on Fri 27 Nov. The exhibition will run until Sunday 29 November 2009. gallery.exchangedublin.ie

‘Exhale’, a photographic exhibition of work taken over a two-year period at St Saviour’s Boxing Club on Dorset Street by Mandy O’Neill will run from 26 Nov – 06 Feb. www.alliance-francaise.ie

‘Chalet Town’, an exhibition by Colin Martin, will be on show in the Ground Floor Gallery of Draíocht in Blanchardstown from 26 Nov – 23 Jan. www.colinmartinartist.com www.draiocht.ie

‘Pe ep’, will run from 26 Nov to 19 Dec. www.talbotgallery.com

Sculpture, painting, drawing and needlework by Isabel Nolan will be on show from 26 Nov – 29 Dec. www.kerlin.ie

‘Relatively Long Arms, Grasping Hands’, an exhibition of etchings and collage by Kate Betts celebrating Charles Darwin’s ‘On the Origin of Species’ is on show at the Curiosity Cabinet at 4 Temple Bar and The Printmakers Gallery at 25 Drury Street, Dublin 2 from 24 Nov – 05 Jan. www.print.ie

‘Delicias de la Crisis’, this year’s group exhibition featuring work by Jeanette Doyle, Selma Makela, Alexander Barry, Paul McKinley, Tamsin Snow and Sarah Tynan will open with a preview on Fri 27 Nov from 18:00-20:00. The exhibition runs until 23 Dec 2009. www.oonaghyoung.com

‘There is No True Meaning of Art’ with art by Mark Garry, Deborah Smith and Katarzyna Gajewska, will take place from 27-29 Nov. (12:00-21:00 on Fri, 12:00-17:00 on Sat+Sun) Opening Reception : Fri 27 Nov from 18:00-21:00. www.themarketstudios.wordpress.com

Featuring work by Christine Bowen, Murielle Celis, Sahoko Blake, Owen Rohu, Tanya Nyegaard, David Turner, Stephen Forbes, Michael Bartlett, Erwann Tirilly, Sarah Harvey, David Hedderman, Chris Stevens, Maya Kulenovic, Neil Douglas, Mike Fitzharris, Sandra Bell and Vanessa Marsh Launch, the show will be opened by broadcaster Vincent Browne at a reception from 18:00-20:00 on Fri 27 Nov and runs until 24 Dec. www.stonegallery.ie

‘Urban Stories’ by Darko, Mark Doherty, Jordi Forniés, Bartosz Kolata and Frances Ryanwill be on show at Filmbase in Temple Bar from 23 Nov – 04 Dec. www.olliart.com

‘Na k ed Ambition’, the first exhibition of life drawings by the newly formed Three Rock Art Group will be open from 26 Nov-09 Dec. (Gallery Details: NGG (No Grants Gallery) in Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Open: Mon-Fri: 09:00-17:00, Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-15:00)

’32 Paintings, A Film and Some Posters’ by Ross McDonnell will be on show from 26 Nov – 08 Dec. www.rossmcdonnell.ie/current_exhibition.html

‘Recent Work’ by Jane O’Malley will be on show from 26 Nov – 12 Dec. www.taylorgalleries.ie

The exhibition will include paintings, drawings, photographs, sculpture and prints by artists including Liam Belton, Maria Simmonds-Gooding, Amelia Stein, Alice Maher and Richard Gorman and runs from 26 Nov – 20 Dec. www.royalhibernianacademy.ie


2fm DJ Jenny Huston’s Book Launch + some band signings will take place on Fri 27 Nov in Tower Records in Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. Jenny Huston will be launching her new book “In Bloom” with signings from Bell X1 and Republic of Loose. At 18:30 Jenny & BellX1 will be signing her book. At 19:00 Jenny & Republic of Loose will take over and then from 20:00 Jenny Huston will be live on 2fm with acoustic sessions from Cathy Davey and Oliver Cole. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The French Friday on 27 Nov will be the last French Friday of 2009. This party in Bar for everybody French of Francophile starts at 21:00 and goes until midnight. Bia Bar is in 28 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin. 2. The organisers promise that only French Music will be played. 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 Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


A lecture on Tinnitus will take place on Sat 28 Nov in the Clarion Hotel, IFSC, Excise Walk, Dublin 1. Registration is from 09:45 and the lecture starts at 10:30. The speaker will be Professor Deb Hall. Admission is free. Donations are welcome. www.dublinpeople.com/content/view/2635/55/

# “Adult Gallery Talk: Celtic Gods and Sacrifices: The Corleck Head and the Gundestrup Cauldron” is taking palce on Sat 28 Nov from 12:00-12:30 for Age 14+ in Kildare Street. Join Marie Plisnier, NMI, to learn more about religion, iconography and sacrifices in the Celtic World. No booking required. First come, first served. Talk limited to 30. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=871

# “A Winter Wonderland” with Valerie Moffat is the Family Programme in the National Gallery on Sat 28 Nov from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

“The Trial of Michael Collins” by Billy French is a free rehearsed reading in The New Theatre (43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) on Sat 28 Nov from 15:00-17:30. “Billy French, now 82 years old, has written a fascinating fictional trial of Michael Collins for his involvement in events that led to the killing of various people in the course of Ireland’s struggle for its independence. He is confronted by De Valera, Cathal Brugha, Arthur Griffith, Kitty Kiernan plus other historical figures from his time.” www.thenewtheatre.com

An evening of poetry and storytelling with UK and Irish performers will be provided by the Centre for Creative Practices. Performers are Sue Johns (Cornish roots meet urban angst as this London-based poet mixes the personal with the political), Brendan Nolan (Wryly witty Dublin storyteller, star of radio, stage and page), PR Murry (Shabby Willesden wordsmith targets life´s sharp-edged belly), Patric Cunnane (Poetry, politics and passion with a drop of the Irish via SW19), Nicholas Gallagher (Thespian treats from the Irish canon). The event takes place on Sat 28 Nov at 20:00 in the Centre for Creative Practices, , 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. Admission is free. dodomodpoets.com/dodo.shtml

* 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 Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* 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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Check out the Dun Laoghaire and Christmas Lights Celebrations a bit further down in this section.

Time is flying, I think I mentioned that before. ;-) This Sunday’s Flea Market in the Food Co-op Building at 12 Newmarket in Dublin 8 is already the first anniversary of this flea market. It will run from 11:00-17:00.
“Christmas is a coming and purse strings are pulled! So where better to enjoy and afford your Christmas shopping than down at the Dublin Flea Market on 29 Nov and 20 Dec. It promises an eclectic collection of cheap and quirky gifts! So you better get down and start rummaging, you never know what you might find. And as it is also the Flea’s First Birthday this November there will be live music by Flea TV, great food, birthday cake and celebrations to join in!”

As far as I know the Village Green Christmas Market in Tallaght is the first to open this year. From Sun 29 Nov – Sun 20 Dec, every Sunday this market will take place at Village Green.
There will be stalls each with different goods: Giftware, Jewellery, Candles, Toys, Clothing, Food, Crafts, Flowers and many more. In addition there will be free entertainment provided (Santa, Face-painting, Choirs, Lighting, etc) and free parking is available. dublincity.olx.ie/village-green-christmas-market-tallaght-iid-56695990

On Sun 29 Nov the Ballsbridge Inn in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (formerly Jury’s Ballsbridge) is inviting to a Christmas Gift Fair from 11:00-18:00. Unfortunately it is not fully clear if admission is free or not.

“Ignite your child’s imagination this Christmas with a host of free seasonal entertainment, including hilarious puppet shows and festive storytelling sessions, as part of the “BIDs for Kids” Winter programme.” (BID stands for Dublin City Business Improvement District.) Each weekend from the 15 Nov-12 Dec this unique way for kids and families to experience the magical atmosphere of Dublin City Centre this Christmas will take place in a number of city centre locations including Powerscourt Town House Shopping Centre, Ilac Shopping Centre, St Stephens Green Shopping Centre and Jervis Shopping Centre.
Each weekend, Conor Lambert’s Custard Pie Puppet Company will entertain and create a drama with live interactive puppet shows in the Ilac Centre and St Stephens Green Shopping Centres. They will perform stories like ‘Christmas Crackers’, which will bring lots of sing-a-long fun for all the family. Puppeteer Anne Fitzpatrick will perform the story of ‘The Witch in the Wood’. Story teller Susie Minto will take children on magical, mysterious and mythical journeys to other lands and times with her Christmas and Winter themed stories from many traditions – Irish, Russian, North American and European. She will be in the Powerscourt Town Centre and Jervis Street Shopping Centre.
There will be four events taking place each day, running for 30 minutes. Children aged two to ten years old, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. The sessions are free but pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Puppet Shows:
St Stephens Green Shopping Centre: Sat+Sun 11:00-12:00
Ilac Shopping Centre: Sat+Sun 14:00-15:00
Storytelling Sessions:
Jervis Shopping Centre: Sat+Sun 11:00-12:00
Powerscourt Town Centre: Sat+Sun 14:00-15:00
To reserve your place, contact bidsforkids@dublincitybid.ie or ring 01 8994015.

It is Storytime in Hughes & Hughes in Dundrum! Every Sunday from 12:00 you should bring all the family for storytelling and cookies plus extra fun activities, including crafts & face painting. All ages welcome. www.hughesbooks.com/

Nearly every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for free. No booking is required. This week’s concert on 29 Nov is: The Fidelio Trio present the 3rd and final concert in their Schumann Plus series. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=394

The Black Market, a DIY market of artwork, books, records and oddities will take place on Sun 29 Nov from 13:00-18:00 in Seomra Spraoi 10 Belvedere Place, just off Mountjoy Square. “The Seomra Spraoi social centre will once again be host to a collection of artists, sculptors, zine nerds, record collectors and purveyors of bric a brac and assorted oddities. The market will be run in conjunction with its sister market of the same name in Belfast which has been running very successfully for a year now. It is run on a purely DIY non-profit basis with donations going towards the running of Seomra Spraoi itself.
All are welcome to come and spend a relaxing Sunday afternoon browsing the stalls and food and drinks will also be available, as well as live music.”
www.myspace.com/seomraspraoi and www.seomraspraoi.org The space is child friendly and all are encouraged to come.

As part of the celebrations surrounding the centenary of Francis Bacon’s birth, the Hugh Lane invites to ‘Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty’, an exhibition of rarely exhibited paintings by Bacon and photographs by John Deakin, Peter Beard and Eadweard Muybridge that will be on show at 63 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2 from 28 October 2009 to 07 March 2010. A Lecture Series will also accompany the exhibition, but it is not clear from the available information if the lecture will take place in 63 Lwr Baggot Street where Bacon was born or if it takes place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square. Timetable:
+ Sun 29 Nov at 13:30: ‘“I don’t find it at all violent myself”, Bacon’s Material Practice and the Human Body’ by Marcel Finke M.A. (University of Tuebingen, Germany)
+ Sun 06 Dec at 13:30: ‘“The Street… the Only Valid Field of Experience”: Francis Bacon and the Photography of John Deakin’ by Head of Collections, Jessica O’Donnell

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. The title this week (29 Nov 15:00-16:00) is “Water Works: Exploring artworks in the Gallery featuring water.” Admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=354

# “Hands on History” is taking place on Sun 29 Nov from 15:00 in Collins Barracks fro Age 5+. Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling. Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=855

# “Several Landscapes: Elizabeth Bowen and the Fields of North Cork” by Lecturer Dr Eibhear Walshe, University College Cork is the weekly Sunday lecture on 29 Nov from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

I know, you are wondering if I didn’t pay attention and left this event from last week in the newsletter for another week!? No, wrong! :-) Instead that event never took place last week but was postponed to this week due to the bad weather last weekend.
On Sunday 29 Nov the annual Christmas Fireworks & Parade in Dun Laoghaire will be a fusion of colour and vitality filled with community spirit for the official lighting of the Christmas Lights in the Town & Harbour. The Parade assembles in Clarinda Park at 16:45 and sets off at 17:15 to make its way along Georges St, to St. Michael’s Church where carol singers will entertain waiting crowds. The parade will feature many local groups and entertainers, and even Santa himself will be taking time out of his busy schedule to make a special appearance. The Parade ends at the Dun Laoghaire Ferry Plaza at approx. 18:00. Lights on the magnificent Christmas tree and throughout the town and harbour will be switched on, while fireworks light up the sky to officially announce the beginning of Christmas in Dun Laoghaire. www.dlrevents.ie/christmas%20lights_09.html

Nearly every Sun from 16:00-21:00 “Holy Joes Infernal Cabaret” takes place in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Admission is free. The next event is on Sun 29 Nov with Andy Earley, Baby Blue, Mescalito. The event will be recorded for the GigEvent Live Video Podcast on www.mixtape.ie. www.myspace.com/gigevent

Free comedy, free ice-cream. What more do you want? :-) The Comedy Crunch is a brilliant free Stand Up comedy on the last Sunday of every month downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Georges Street. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is impressive. All details can be found on www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198730866472&ref=mf

* 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. The start time is advertised as 18:00, but the actual start is usually significantly later. The gigs are not EVERY week, but most weeks. 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.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Vir gin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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

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The yearly Dublin Senior Citizen Day is taking place on Mon 30 Nov. It is a day when Senior Citizens are invited to come and enjoy Dublin City by taking part in free cultural activities and by getting discounts for accommodation, in shops and in restaurants. The Free Travel Pass is the key to all these specials. If you are a Senior Citizen and are getting this Event Guide then you are in the right place and are nearly sorted. :-) Just click on www.visitdublin.com/events/alldublinevents/Detail.aspx?id=297&mid=6668 to see the whole list of discounts and free offers. If you know someone that is not really computer literate, please print the list for them and tell them about this day and the offers.

The conference takes place on Mon 30 Nov from 09:00-13:00 and is organised by the Ballymun Whitehall Community Partnership. Admission is free if you live in the area or if you are unable to pay the EUR 10 that will be charged from other attendees. The initiative is attempting to improve school attendance in Ballymun and will appeal to the community to work together on this. www.ballymun.org/news0204.html
Could it happen that some of the smart kids or parents will ask if a teacher strike is not missing out on education as well!? But luckily the teacher strikes happen a LOT less than the kids staying away from school.

The Dubliner invites to “An Evening with David McWilliams in conversation with Ger Gilroy” on Mon 30 Nov at 18:30in the Sycamore Club, Sycamore Street, Dublin 2. The Dubliner and Carmen Wine invite you to apply for free tickets to this public interview with economist, broadcaster and author David McWilliams. The event will be followed by a Carmen wine reception. Places for this event are limited and demand will be high so for your chance to secure two free places, email paul@thedubliner.ie as soon as possible.

Howard Linnane is running Irish movie screening nights again. His Cine-Café, an evening of free ‘all shorts’ film show is back and the “Pint & Picture” (full feature film) show as well. These two programmes take place on alternating weeks with the next event taking place on Mon 30 Nov at 19:00. The venue is Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). Because there can be changes to the start time depending on other events in the pub, it would does make sense to ring Howard on 085-1351822 to confirm the start time. The film this weak is Man Made God (2008) by Alex Fegan and the director will attend the screening and participate in an informal Q&A session afterwards.

* 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. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* ‘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 21:00 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html
* 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
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


Tues 01 Dec is World AIDS Day and the Dublin AIDS Alliance is inviting to an Open Day. More information can be found here www.dublinaidsalliance.ie/ The Open Day will run on Tues 01 Dec from 11:00-15:00 and the venue is 53 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1.

Green Drinks Dublin is a free event that brings people together every month that are a little greener than the rest. You don’t have to be an ecowarrior to enjoy these events that are organised by Leafliving.com, just awareness and interest for ecological ways of living is enough.
Due to the exploitation of our natural environment, through radiation, pollution and packaging, we all eat contaminated food and drink contaminated water. Dan Kendall, Abbot of the Dari Rulai Temple in Los Angeles, will talk at the meeting in December to introduce the concepts behind 2000 year old food purification techniques.
These techniques were developed by Eastern Spiritual Masters seeking to deal with the every day problem of finding safe food and water to eat and drink and are now just as important as they were in the past. Abott Kendall will purify some mulled wine so you can taste the difference yourself!
So if you would like to kick off your December with some purified mulled wine, you should go to Green Drinks Dublin. It will take place on Tues 01 Dec from 18:00 in The Science Gallery, Trinity College, Pearse St, Dublin 2. To find out more and to register goto www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=321472685014
And the website for the organising company is www.leafliving.com

“Milk and Cookie Stories” is a new event for storytellers, experienced or not, to exchange stories, both traditional and innovative. The second event will take place on Tues 01 Dec at 18:30 in Exchange Dublin (www.exchange.ie). Exchange is a new collective arts centre in Upper Exchange Street in Temple Bar. It is a non-alcohol space and events are open to people of all ages.
Milk and Cookie Stories is for anyone who has a story to tell, or wants to hear a tale told well, in a relaxed, friendly environment. The event will consist of open mic storytelling, with a few featured storytellers. All kinds of stories are encouraged. Admission is free.

The National College of Art and Design/Gallery invites to ‘Politics, Pragmatism and Visualisation of National Identities: The Legacy of Aer Lingus Advertising’, a public lecture by Dr Linda King (IADT). It will take place at the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD on Tuesday 1 Dec 2009 at 18:30. This talk is part of the lecture series based around the current exhibition, ‘Abram Games: Maximum Meaning, Minimum Means’, and will examine the importance of the airline in disseminating concepts of national identity for both national and international audiences in the 1950s and 60s.
Spaces are limited, please arrive early. For further details contact boothr@ncad.ie ncadnews.u123.hosting365.ie/news/?p=137#more-137

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street every Tueas from 20:00. 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
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


The National College or Ireland is bringing the “Legends in your Lunchtime” series back by popular demand. From 30 Sept-02 Dec a whole range of prominent speakers will talk about their life/job/business and you can listen and often even ask. The event is free but ticketed, so if you are interested hurry to www.ncirl.ie/news_and_events.asp The event takes place from 13:00 – 14:00 in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1 and the last speaker in the series will be: Gerry Adams, President, Sinn Fein on Wed 02 December

From 07 Oct -16 Dec, the German Department of the (SALIS) at Dublin City University (DCU) presents a film series about the “Berlin Wall 1961-1989” in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. All films will be screened in Original language with English subtitles. The venue is DCU in Glasnevin in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Room C124. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5067693v.htm
The films in the series are
# Wed 02 Dec 15:00: Wir koennen auch anders/No More Mr Nice Guy (1993)
# Wed 16 Dec 15:00: Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker/The German Chainsaw Massacre

This lecture “Flora and Fauna of the North Bull Island” by Pat Corrigan will take place on Wed 02 Dec at 15:00 in the Visitor Centre of the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin. Pat Corrigan is the manager of the nature reserve at North Bull Island and he will talk about the island just a stone throw away from the coastline at Clontarf. North Bull Island is a site of both national and international scientific interest. As well as being an important amenity area for Dubliners, the island is a site of botanical and ornithological significance, recognised internationally. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to a series of lectures by the RHA’s artist Members and Honorary Members. There are a limited number of spaces available on selected lectures before Christmas. The lectures still with availability are:
+ Louis Marcus HRHA on 16 December
There is no admission fee and the remaining spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Lectures will begin at 17:30 in the Friends Room of the RHA, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. For further information or to see the full lecture series listings, check www.royalhibernianacademy.ie/html/educate/educate_lecture.html

Entitled “Will Copenhagen be able to deliver climate justice?” the next Bewley’s Debate organised by Comhlámh will take place on Wed 02 Dec at 18:15 in Bewleys Café Theatre, Grafton Streeton, Dublin 2. Speakers are: Mary White TD, Deputy Leader of the Green Party and Niamh Garvey, Policy Officer – Environment Justice with Trócaire. Throughout a large part of this year, Comhlámh held monthly meetings (First Wednesday) about interesting topics and I regular wrote about them. Unfortunately, however, they then decided to charge an admission charge, which “disqualified” the events for the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). Luckily this event on 02 Dec is free of charge. So, please show your support for this by going to the event! For further information contact: Orla Purcell on orla@comhlamh.org or (01) 4783490. www.comhlamh.org

The Instituto Cervantes will screen the film “El bola” by Achero Manas (2000) (Spanish with English subtitles) on Wed 02 Dec. Admission is free and the screening starts at 18:30 in the Instituto Cervantes in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, near the Nassau Street entrance of the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha59936_16_2.htm

CityArts, Heritage Council and the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media and the School of Media, DIT invite to ‘Archive, Image, History’, a forum that will take place on Wed 02 December 2009 from 17:00-19:00 in The Oval Room at The Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1. More details are here:
Participants are Walid Raad, Anthony Haughey and Catherine Morris. Chair: Martin McCabe, DIT Fellow, Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media.
Admission free. For further details contact Jane Speller thearchive@cityarts.ie or Martin McCabe martin.mccabe@gradcam.ie

Cois Tine, in association with the National Library of Ireland will salute the Irish tradition of story telling by giving voice to the stories of three writers Liam O’Flaherty, Patrick Pearse and Seumas MacManus. Readings with Magic Lantern Illuminations of stories by Seumas MacManus on Wed 02 Dec take place in the National Library’s Seminar Room at 19:00. (Kildare Street, Dublin2) Admission free. www.nli.ie/en/list/events-archive.aspx?article=04c8bbcc-1800-4079-9269-2e32b502f00a

* 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. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


Andrés Jaque will be in conversation with Emmett Scanlon and Sarah Cremin of CAST Architects at the Instituto Cervantes in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 near the Nassau Street entrance of the National Gallery. The event takes place on Thurs 03 Dec at 19:00
Andrés Jaque directs the architecture studio Andrés Jaque Arquitectos and the think-tank Office for Political Innovation which explore the political dimension of architecture and the role it plays in the making of societies. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha59940_16_2.htm

The Ireland-Poland Cultural Foundation invites to “Polish Greats – Irish artists on Polish inspiration”. Brian Keenan on Joseph Conrad will take place in the European Union House, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 on Thurs 03 Dec at 19:00. Admission is free but reservation to info@irelandpoland.org is necessary. Details at www.dublin.polemb.net/index.php?document=507

“Illustration: the Cinderella Artform” by PJ Lynch is the next free lecture in the Print Museum at Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 on Thurs 03 Dec at 19:30. Making use of historical and contemporary examples of Artist/Illustrators as diverse as Michelangelo and Leonardo, and Picasso and Bono, Irish illustrator PJ Lynch will explore the changing definitions of Art and Illustration, and will discuss why the distinction between ‘fine art’ and ‘commercial art’ seems to be so crucial in the 21st century.

The lecture “In search of Yetis and Pink Poppies” by Dr Noeleen Smyth will take place in the Visitor Centre of the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin on Thurs 03 Dec at 20:00. Dr Noeleen Smyth, Conservation Botanist at the National Botanic Gardens, will talk about a recent expedition to the tiny Asian Kingdom of Bhutan in the Himalaya Mountains. It is about the size of Switzerland and was considered to be one of the most isolated nations of the world. The expedition set out to find the fabled ‘Pink Himalayan Poppy – Meconopsis sherriffii’ which was lost from cultivation in the West and last seen in the wild in 1948.

* A weekly pub quiz is taking place in Peadar Kearneys, Dame Street every Thursday. Register from 19:00. There is no charge.
* Open Mic Night – Lucan County Bar. Set-up and run by Ian Smith, who is a friend of mine, this event will take place every last Thursday in the month at 20:00. The venue is the 1st floor of the Lucan County Bar (on the grounds of the Lucan Spa Hotel on the N4). www.lucanspahotel.ie/ENG/map.html
* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Mullingar House in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111621257112
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


On Fri 04 Dec at 20:30 a book launch will take place in An Club, Basement 6, Harcourt St. The book is about Conradh na Gaeilge (The Irish League) in the 30’s and the challenges faced by the Irish speakers and the people involved with Conradh na Gaeilge at the time. The launch is in Irish and the invitation is here. No idea what it says :-O so I am copying blindly:
Ba mhór ag an gcomhlacht foilsitheorachta COISCÉIM
Tú a bheith i láthair ag An Club, 6 Sráid Fhearchair, Baile Átha Cliath 2
9in. Dé hAoine, 8ú Deireadh Fómhair, 2009 nuair a sheolfaidh Pádraig Mac Fhearghusa (Uachtarán Chonradh na Gaeilge). An leabhar nua-fhoilsithe “Ré Nua os Comhair na nGael (1932- 1939)” le Aindrias Ó Cathasaigh. Beidh soláistí curtha ar fáil don ócáid. Fáilte Uí Cheallaigh roimh chách! www.anclub.ie www.coisceim.ie/2009


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

“The Wave” will take place in Dublin on Sat 05 Dec at 12:00 to demand a fair and safe deal ahead of the crucial UN climate negotiations in Copenhagen linking up with simultaneous actions in Paris, London, Glasgow, Belfast, Brussels and Berlin. Organised by Stop Climate Chaos, thousands of people are expected to form The Wave as it surges from the Department of the Environment at Custom House Quay to “crash” against the Department of the Taoiseach on Merrion Row. The action will be colourful and powerful, with all participants wearing blue to represent the upsurge of public opinion for a fair and safe global deal in Copenhagen. Special guest speakers and prizes for Best Dress in Blue can be expected at this fun rally with a difference. If you can make it to this event, you should go. It sounds like a fun way to deliver a very serious message. Meeting point is Customs House Quay at 12:00. The event culminates in the wave “crashing against” the Department of the Taoiseach at 13:30. Please dress in blue to get maximum effect. To get involved you can text WAVE and your name to 087 3200900 www.stopclimatechaos.ie/

______This is odd!!______________

Last week’s strike, the so-called “Day of Action”, was in my opinion not a good idea and it seems to me that the Union bosses manipulated their members into something that could never have turned out positive. It happened at a time when everybody has to deal with getting less money, or losing their job or having to pay more taxes. However, civil and public servants seem to think they are different. Not only can most of them not be fired, but in addition they seem to think that they should not have to contribute to savings and cost cuttings in the same way as private sector employees will have to. In that respect the strike was a total PR disaster.
The whole situation was made worse by the wildfire-like spread of the news that totally unexpectedly there were traffic jams of up to 8 km on the way into Newry, caused by shoppers from the Republic, spending their money in Northern Ireland. I am sure that they were not just Teachers and Nurses going to Newry to buy their Christmas stuff. But fuelled by what certainly didn’t seem like a coincidence of 8 km traffic jam from the Republic into Newry on a weekday on which coincidentally schools are closed and many parents had to take time off to look after their children who were forced to stay at home, this was more bad news about the strike.
Interestingly – or oddly – the news about the Newry traffic jams made it onto the Reuters India webpages and was categorised in…….”Entertainment”!!! (Check the article category just above the headline.)

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Another Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) done and from next week the work will go a lot easier because it will be spread on a number of shoulders. I am soo looking forward to it! :-)
Today you will get the newsletter a little later again. Apologies! The reason for it is that the Musical Youth Foundation gig in The Village last night was soooo good, that I couldn’t walk away earlier and therefore “wasted” precious writing time listening to brilliant gangs like Mob Fandango or Fiach! I hope you forgive me! ;-)


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