Event Guide 141: Ear-Plugged Festival, DATA 40.0, French Friday, Dublin Flea Market, The Ratzingers, FestaFilm

February 26th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 141
| 26 February 2010 Subscribers: 5951

Hi all!

Another week is over and I am looking forward to the weekend. It will be a busy one for me, but I am not complaining about that. ;-)

The Event Guide is growing steadily and I would like to thank all of you who send mails to friends telling them about it or who did hang up the posters or have handed out the little leaflets. The links are here again: www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_mini_flyers.pdf
During the week I was invited by the lovely people of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust to the launch of their 2010 programme and it is an impressive programme again. I will certainly write about the different events when they come up during the year and if you want to have a look at the programme you can find it here www.templebar.ie/docs/2010_Events_Calendar.pdf If I get a chance I might send a separate mid-week mail next week with some longer term schedule of events and that will include the Temple Bar events as well, but I won’t promise anything yet. Let me maybe surprise you! :-)

I was told that a good few of you signed up for the “Breakthrough to Success” seminar on 19-21 March, which is great. I will have some more information about it for you next week. If you forgot to register last week for this seminar/workshop about how to achieve your goals in life, you can still do so here www.breakthroughtosuccess.eu/?af=CLA1035324 and if you want to know a bit more about it, check this short video www.youtube.com/watch?v=9XIgm6YcNZ0 The organisers are prepared to make a donation if you go to the seminar on 19-21 March AND you will learn a huge amount of great stuff.

Finding something that has meaning and is suitable for the little “Feel Good Slot” at this point in the newsletter is often quite a challenge, so I would like to invite you all to send me your Feel Good messages/videos or any other material to help me a bit. Just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with FEEL GOOD in the subject.

For this week’s “Feel Good Slot” I found something slightly different. You do know that one of the recipes for happiness in life is to have good friends, don’t you? These friends support you when you need it, celebrate with you when you have something to celebrate and care about you at all other times. Have you heard of Amy and her wedding? She has some amazing friends and while the video is about her wedding and her brilliant “man of honour”, I think we can all take something from this. Are you a good friend? And do you have good friends? Enjoy the video! It starts a little slow, but don’t give up! ;-) www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy1uWAm4SnI

Our Dublin Event Guide Community is growing continually and we are getting closer and closer to 6000 members, but as you now, my goal is to grow it to 7500 before the end of the year! So your help is needed: Please print these Mini-Flyers (6 per page), cut them and hand them out to friends, family and colleagues or just to random people in town. ;-) www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_mini_flyers.pdf
And if you work, shop or study somewhere where there is a noticeboard, then please print this page www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_tear_off_poster.pdf and hang it up (and refresh it regularly)! I appreciate your help!

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This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Saundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, Fionán O’L, Maeve L, Blaithin O’D, Ciara D, Mike G, Andrej G, Deirdre R, Vanessa O’L, Chris McK, Frank B, Dolores P, Cornelia K, Cathy A, Orla C, Kevin McC, Steph G, Wanda J, Siv M-J, Niamh niS, Gwen H, Jasmin T, Ian O, Eva C, Will P, Gráinne P, Caroline R, Elizabeth F, Suzanne B, Adele G, Jack C, Keeva H, Mairead MacM, Niamh G, Siobhan C, Jackie B, Penny O’D, Kathryn K, Aidan G, Ciara G, Deirdre L, Stephen D, Mary Q, Donald P, Aidan C, Julia Sch, Isak R-B, Sharon O’S, Brajan V, Nancy O’D, Zelie McG, Niamh K, Jennie R, Semin S, Gavin H, David G, Becky B, Emer niB, Niamh N, Esme E, Ciaran H, Louis M, Gerard Ph, Monika E, Mark K, James O’H, Pere SC, Marsha D, Sarah McC, Patrick O’C, Sandra R, Christoph Sch, Deirdre O’B, Ellen C, Eimear O’F Luna B, Leslie C, Elaine McH, Elva O’G, Deirdre G, Martin O’M, Maeve C, Ciara O’C, Sarah D., Patrick C, John O’R, Brian C, Brian R, Caroline C, Elaina O’N, Eilis C, Sandra R, Geraldine D, Nora W, Rachel M, Renata V, Carine S, Ruairi O’G, Donna D, Clare D, Tuna Y, Lisa S-O’G, Aga G, Anna B Ian S, Joan W, Brian R, Bear N, Sebastian B, Tina M, Will McA, Siobhan H and www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.flamencoindalo.com (A group that supports and promotes the art of Flamenco in Ireland.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Dun Laoghaire/Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and low priced printer cartridges). The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides regular 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

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. 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.

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This week I will be at a seminar on Saturday and Sunday, so there won’t be much opportunity to go to events, but if I had time, I would go to the Ear Plug Festival on Saturday afternoon. In the evening you will find me at the Ratzinger’s Gig in the Westin Hotel. On Sunday I would go to the Dublin Flea Market and later I will be at the Gardiner Street Gospel Mass.
The coming week is very odd. Well one day is very odd. There are weeks when next to nothing is happening on a Tuesday, but the 02 March seems to be the most preferred day for ALL sorts of event organisers: NINE different lectures! My Pick List has the Green Drinks event on it and I would LOVE to go to the Jules Verne event in the Alliance Francaise but unfortunately my French is not good enough.


On 08 March is Women’s International Day and there will be a number of events taking place on that day to celebrate the occasion. Bluepatch Productions will perform a play/performance in aid of Women’s Aid. Aoife Connolly who is the Artistic Director of Bluepatch Productions contacted me and offered a free pair of tickets so that I can let you all know about this event. “Medea Redux” is the title and it is written by Neil LaBute. It will be performed (40 minutes) in The Boys School, Smock Alley, Temple Bar on 08 March at 13:10, 18:30 and 20:30. The play is about a woman’s confession of a forbidden relationship and more details (if I include it here the Spam Filters will block my mail everywhere) can be found here in an article about a previous performance bluepatchproductions.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/medea-redux-by-neil-labute/ Tickets are 10 Euro and they are available at door or in advance via bluepatchproductions@gmail.com or 087 2694776.
If you would like to win the pair of tickets for the 13:10 performance on 08 March just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BLUEPATCH in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by Tues 02 March at 15:00. (Please don’t enter the competition if you can’t make it to the performance from 13:10-13:55 on that day.)

Yes, this is a first. No event tickets and no book but still in the Competition section? Yes! :-) Brian from Irishcoincufflinks.com suggested that I run a competition for a pair of cufflinks and I think it is a brilliant idea! www.irishcoincufflinks.com is a website where you can buy cufflinks that are made of old Irish pence coins (5p, 10p) and of Irish flags or Celtic Shields. If you want to give the cufflinks as a present or want to show your connection with Ireland on your own shirt sleeves go to the website and you buy them there directly. The cufflinks look nice and I like the 5p one in particular. The coins are original coins that were in circulation until Ireland joined the Euro Zone.
If you want to win a pair of 5p coin cufflinks you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with CUFFLINKS in the subject of the mail. The body of the mail has to contain your name, your mobile phone number AND you have to tell me in what year Ireland joined the Eurozone. If you need help, check the PRODCUTS page on www.irishcoincufflinks.com Your mail has to be with me by Wed 10 March at 15:00.

The “Secret Castle of Magic”, the show full of magic, mystery and spookiness will take place on Sun 28 Feb (20:00) the next time and if you want to experience a great night out, you should give it a go. There are only a very limited number of tickets and the show is only on once or twice a month, so don’t wait. Tickets are EUR 12 (EUR 10) and children have to be at least 10 years of age and the venue for the show is Castle Dracula in Westwood Club, Clontarf Road, Dublin 3. For a hugely entertaining night with a difference call 01-8512151 to book your tickets.
The pair of tickets that they made available for one Event Guide reader was won by the lucky Tori Ellenberger! Congratulations!

The group “Mayday Project” are playing in Dublin on Sat 27 Feb at 20:00 and Simon Roth from the Mayday Project mad a pair of tickets available for a competition. The lucky winner is Jonathan Woods. Congrats!
If you are interested in the concert, have a look at these details:
The music/group is described like this “Simon Roth’s Mayday Project is a group dedicated to playing innovative music that embraces cultural hybridity from ancient to contemporary artforms. Their music combines intricate melodicism and dark soundworlds traversing between the predetermined and the uncharted. The band features some of the UK and Ireland’s most gifted musicians.” They will play in the Kevin Barry Room in the National Concert Hall and tickets are EUR 12 (EUR 10) and can be booked here www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performances/Simon-Roth-s-Mayday-Project.aspx More information about the May Day project and some music samples are here www.myspace.com/simonmroth.

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______________

Have you ever tried to walk through Grafton Street on a REALLY busy day, maybe before Christmas? If you go in the same direction as the majority of the people it is difficult but do-able. But try going against the “traffic”! The Dublin Cycle Forum now has asked Dublin City to allow cyclists to use one way street against the direction the cars have to drive. Cycling in Dublin is at best of times risky business, but I am not sure if this suggestion will help to make it safer. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0225/breaking74.html

Traffic rules and regulation in Dublin is one of the most controversial areas in the city. Past experience with -at times – non-sensical rules, implemented by bureaucrats with no democratic mandate have astonished and enraged people in Dublin. The car ban at College Green, the 30 km/h speed limit in the centre, the to-be-expected car ban on O’Connell Bridge and many other orders are examples. After decades of puppet mayors, finally a directly elected mayor will take over the role later this year (hopefully).
However in a strange and surprising move, the mayors responsibilities will be severely limited. Why should the mayor NOT be responsible for nearly EVERYTHING in Dublin City (including the traffic)? Why is Minister of Environment John Gormley creating laws that limit the responsibility? This is like saying that the Taoiseach is in charge of the country but then not let him take responsibility for Foreign Affairs?

7up Free is organising a St. Patrick’s Day Party that will be headlined by Ash with Republic of Loose being the supporting act. The party will take place on Sun 20 March somewhere in the City Centre (location to be revealed). The gig is an invitation only gig and is hosted to celebrate of the 7up ‘Bring them back for the Craic’ competition, where you could have entered a competition to bring 7 of your friends home for St. Patrick’s Day and 7up will pay for it. A few groups of friends are shortlisted and now you can vote for who should win the price. In return for casting your vote on www.ru7up4it.ie, a few people will win tickets to this exclusive invitation-only 7Up Party. So if you vote you are in the draw. Go to www.ru7up4it.ie to register your vote.


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 5800+ 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.

There is more to come next week in this section. I still have a few companies on the to-do list, but if you have recently started a company and have not been featured here or if you have sent me a mail a long time agao and didn’t hear from me yet, please get in contact.


‘Land Poisened’ is an exhibition of new work by Colm Rooney. It will run from 24 Feb.- 01 Mar. (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org, Open: ???)

‘Hard Drivin’ is a kinetic installation by Ivan Twohig, Benjamin Gaulon and Brian Solon. It will be on show from 25-28 Feb. harddrivin.com/ (Gallery Details: Exchange Dublin Gallery, 1 Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, gallery.exchangedublin.ie, Open: Tues-Sun 12:00-22:00)

‘Etching World / Cullen World’ is an exhibition by painter Michael Cullen. It is on show from 25 Feb – 12 Mar. (Gallery Details: Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, www.taylorgalleries.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat 11:00-15:00)

“Due Process” is a performance collaboration between Sandra Johnston and Dominic Thorpe. It will take place at the Temple Bar Gallery on Sat 27 Feb from 17:00-20:00 as part of ‘re : public’. www.dominicthorpe.net (Gallery Details: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, www.templebargallery.com, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00 (19:00 on Thursday))

‘Anthemoessa’ is an exhibition of new work by Haroon Mirza. The exhibition will be on show from 25 Feb – 27 Mar. (Gallery Details: Mother’s Tankstation. 41-43 Watling Street, Ushers Island, Dublin 8, www.motherstankstation.com, Open: Thurs- Sat: 12:00-18:00)

‘Paper Tiger’ is an exhibition of work by Niamh Clarke, Adrian Colwell, Ailbhe O’Connor, Hazel Dixon and Conall Kelleher. It is on show from 18 Feb-03 Mar. (Gallery Details: Joy Gallery at RedSpace, 2 Rutland Place, Dublin 1, Parnell Sq East, www.redspace.cc)

To celebrate the launch of the film ‘Jimmy Murakami, Non Alien’ at the Irish Film Festival on 24 Feb, the Powerscourt Gallery will be showing a selection of work from the artist Jimmy T.Murakami. The exhibition will be on show from 24 Feb-31 March.
(Gallery Details: Powerscourt Gallery, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2, www.powerscourtgallery.com, Open: Mon-Fri 11:00-18:00, Thurs 11:30-19:30, Sat+Sun: 11:30-16:30)


The Dublin International Film Festival started on 18 Feb and will continue until 28 Feb. There are not many free events, but I found a few film related library events and a few others and I am listing them here. The website for the Film Festival is www.jdiff.com by accident I included a wrong web address in last week’s newsletter.
The free Film Festival events are:
+ “Cinema City” on Fri 26 Feb at 11:00 at the Ambassador.
This event is a walk & talk with historian and author Pat Liddy. There were once about thirteen cinemas in the O’Connell Street area of Dublin. Today only one is still operating. This walk takes a nostalgic and humorous tour to track down the sites of some of the great palaces of entertainment of a bygone time. jdiff.ticketsolve.com/shows/23497804/events The event is free and no booking is required.
+ “Music Goes To The Movies” on 26 Feb at 13:00 in the Ilac Centre Library.
With James Barry (Baritone) and Margot Doherty on piano The Music Library, Central Library, Ilac Centre presents a recital of songs from hit films as The Wizard of Oz, Singing in the Rain and A Star is Born. Admission free. Booking essential on 01-873 4333. jdiff.ticketsolve.com/shows/23497805/events
+ “Dublin Film Critics’ Circle Awards” at the IFI on Sat 27 Feb at 18:30.
Join the Dublin Film Critics Circle as they name their final selections for Best Film, Best Irish Film, Best Documentary, Best Actor and Best Actress from the festival programme. This event is free to attend. jdiff.ticketsolve.com/shows/23497790/events

On Fri 26 Feb at 13:15 Ciaran Murphy and Thierry Michel will give a musical performance with sarod and throat-singing at the Douglas Hyde Gallery. Admission is free. (Gallery Details: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, www.douglashydegallery.com , Open: Mon-Fri: 11:00-18:00, Thurs: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 11:00-16:45)

James Vincent Mc Morrow will be performing at Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 26 Feb. Unfortunately the time is not specified, but elsewhere I found a reference to 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Ear-plugged, the Festival of New Music is taking place again this year. The venue is The Lab in Foley Street, Dublin 1 and the festival started on Thurs 26 Feb and run until Sun 28 Feb. All concerts are free of charge and the organisers deserve huge praise for that. Now it is up to you to reward them with your visit! :-)
Ear-plugged is a festival of contemporary music organised by EAR New Music Collective with a special focus on electroacoustic, live electronic and interdisciplinary multimedia performance. The full programme can be found on www.ear.ie but I will give you a quick run-down here as well so that you get an overview:
+ Fri 27 Feb, 14:00: Electroacoustic Concert 1
+ Fri 27 Feb, 16:00: The Table1 – Screening of Irish + International audiovisual works
+ Fri 27 Feb, 19:00: Ear Ensemble 1
+ Fri 27 Feb, 21:00: Thalassa -Muir-Sea: Ancient Greek and Old Irish poetry through contemporary dance, sound and visuals.
+ Sat 28 Feb, 14:00: Electroacoustic Concert 2
+ Sat 28 Feb, 16:00: The Table2 – Screening of Irish + International audiovisual works
+ Sat 28 Feb, 19:00: Ear Ensemble 2
+ Sat 28 Feb, 21:00: Thalassa -Muir-Sea: Ancient Greek and Old Irish poetry through contemporary dance, sound and visuals.

DATA (Dublin Arts and Technology Association) are celebrating their 8-year anniversary in the Joy Gallery, 2 Rutland Place, Dublin 1. DATA is dedicated to both showcasing the work of technologists, musicians, and artists using technology as well as providing a meeting point for the intersection of these disciplines.
Presenters are Tim ODonnell (Arduinome), Anne Maree Barry, Matthew Talbot-Kelly, Jack Phelan. The event starts at 18:00 and admission is free. www.data.ie/wordpress/?p=297

From 21:00-00:30 the Joy Gallery will be the venue for DATA’s After Party “Animalog” with Fernweh (Holly McGowan & Julie Dillon), Push Move Click, DeFekT, 16 Hertz and Johnny Oakley, Lightyear. All indications are that this event is free as well. www.data.ie/wordpress/?p=297

The second French Friday in 2010 will take place on Fri 26 Feb from 21:00-02:30 in the Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2. From 21:30-23:30 the music will be completely French. french-friday.com/

“Shake Down” in Pacino’s Restaurant in Suffolk Street will feature The Urges on 26 Feb. Entertainment by live band and DJ from 23:00-02:30 while you can enjoy a low priced pizza and a cocktail. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870

* 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 (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* 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.
* “Shake Down” in Pacino’s restaurant, Suffolk Street is a weekly Friday event from 23:00. Live Bands a DJ, Pizza and Cocktails and free admission make this event hugely attractive. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870


(See Friday for details.)

(See Friday for details.)

The Mixing Bowl, a Milk and Cookies’ Storytelling Workshop Group is taking place on Sat 27 Feb from 13:00-16:00 in the Exchange Dublin in Temple Bar.
The Mixing Bowl is an intimate workshop group for storytellers and story enthusiasts to build their story writing and telling skills. For the first time storyteller, the Mixing Bowl will provide a friendly environment in which you can build your confidence before you take to the stage at our event! For the practiced performer, it will be a great place for you to get some feedback on your work. The workshop will be facilitated by storyteller Adam Wilson and writer Sarah Griffin. The Mixing Bowl is free and everyone is welcome. milkandcookiestories.com/events/

“Invertebrates in the Glasshouses” is the title of a topic in the National Botanic Garden in Glasnevin at 14:00 on Sat 27 Feb. (in the Visitor Centre) This event is for budding naturalists. Come and join members of the Dublin Naturalists’ Field Club, led by Dr Declan Doogue, to explore the range of invertebrates living in the Glasshouses at the National Botanic Gardens. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

The Sugar Club in Leeson Street will screen the Six Nations Rugby game “Ireland vs England” on Sat 27 Feb from 16:00. Doors open at 15:50. Admission is free. The downside of the Sugar Club screening is that you will have to leave the venue after the game. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on.html

The Bernard Shaw Pub in South Richmond Street is not just screening the match, but will provide free pizza for the first 50 who arrive at 15:00. All you have to do is ask at the bar for your pizza dollar and go order what you like from the Blue Pizza Bus and it will be brought to you. But there will only be tokens for the first 50 people in the door. www.bodytonicmusic.com/events/toejam/2010/feb/08/ireland-v-england-nic-james/

# The Adult Gallery Talk “Sacred Possessions – The Stone Axes of Ireland’s Early People” is taking place on Sat 27 Feb from 12:00-12:30 in Kildare Street. (age 14+) Join Emmett O’Keeffe of the School of Archaeology, University College Dublin to explore the stone axes of Ireland’s Mesolithic and Neolithic periods, from the first settlers to the earliest farmers and monument builders. First come, first served. Talk limited to 30.www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=955

The Family Programme in the National Gallery in Kildare Street on Sat 27 Feb from 15:00 is “Horseback Holidays” with Joseph Coveney. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

Some of you have heard me praising the Ratzinger’s before, but I can’t praise them enough. The Ratzinger’s is a band that does regularly gigs in public venues, but as well at weddings and private events. They are what you would call a “cover band”, which means that they don’t write their own songs but have a portfolio of the best Soul songs that you can think of. The performance is outstanding and every single band member is a brilliant musician. On Sat 27 Feb, the Ratzinger’s are playing in the Mint Bar (in the basement of the Westin Hotel, Westmoreland Street). I will do my best to be there if in any way possible and if you will make it to the gig too, it would be great to meet you! The gig starts at 22:30 and goes until 01:30. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=262284932706

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Designer Mart is on winter break and will return from 13 March!
* 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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The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 28 Feb from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes 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

The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The upcoming themes are
28 Feb: Tracing Fun
07 Mar: Trees – what would we do without them? (Tree Week) www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

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 is the Clarion Trio (Matthew Billing, clarinet; Francis Harte, viola; Fergal Caulfield, piano) performing Schumann, Clarke and Mozart. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=459

“dKreative Kidz” presents Festafilm. Festafilm is a film festival where short films by local young film makers are screened. It will take place in Kiltalown House in Jobstown (Tallaght) on Sun 28 Feb at 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. Your visit would be much appreciated to show your support for the young people that created the films.
“The event will be held at Kiltalown House, an historic Georgian building in the Jobstown area and the screening room will hold approx 40 people seated. The event will see several free public screenings of the dKreative Kidz two films plus a selection of quality short films made by young people of South County Dublin, including the award winning “Johnny Spitz” and work by the participants of “Rewind and Replay” in association with the Irish Wheelchair Association and Tallaght Youth Service and the Tallaght Young Filmmakers.”

The Video Installation Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest Part IV will be screened on Sun 28 Feb from 14:00 in the Chester Beatty Library behind Dublin Castle. (Running time 70 mins).”A tiny island of belief. They like the sea. They like living undisturbed, isolated. Perhaps this is life in Utopia.” Courtesy of ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. This week (28 Feb) the title is “Create your own sporting images” and the event takes place from 15:00-16:00. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=412

# This week’s My Museum Family Programme: “Best Bubbles Party” is unfortunately already booked out. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=966

The Sunday Lecture on 28 Feb at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Kildare Street is: “The Story of Fota House, Arboretum and Gardens” by Lecturer Tom Fannon, Fota House. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

The Odeon are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (13:00+15:00), major international sporting events on the other big screen, kids under 3 eat for free are the main attractions of this offer. Upcoming Movies are on Feb 27/28 – Toy Story. For further information ring 01 672 7690 or check www.odeon.ie/ The Odeon Bar & Grill is in the Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2.

Free comedy, free ice-cream. What more do you want? :-) The Comedy Crunch is a brilliant free Stand Up comedy which decamps regularly downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street. It is sooo popular that from initially monthly it was moved to fortnightly and now to weekly! Make sure you give it a go! It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is changing but always impressive. The next performance is on Sun 28 Feb and the details can be found on: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* 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
* Story Telling Time in Hughes & Hughes in Dundrum, every Sunday from 12:00. Bring all the family for storytelling+cookies plus activities like crafts & face painting. All ages welcome. www.hughesbooks.com/
* 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.
* 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 Holy Spirit Church, Silloge, 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.

______Next Week_______________


Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening night Cine-Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) take place on alternating weeks with the next event taking place on Mon 01 Mar at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)).

* 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.


The public lecture “The Developmental Welfare State in an Era of Retrenchment” by Dr John Sweeney (Senior Policy Analyst, National Economic and Social Council) will take place on 02 Mar at 16:30 in UCD Geary Institute Seminar Room. Five years after the publication of the seminal NESC report, “The Developmental Welfare State” (2005), its main author, Dr John Sweeney, looks back at the vision of the welfare state the report set out, outlines what has happened to it since then, and assesses its relevance and prospects in the current period of retrenchment in public sector spending. There will be a small reception after the lecture. All welcome.
www.ucd.ie/appsocsc www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.49348&f=week&d=05/03/2010

The Dublin Business School in 13/14 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 is inviting to the next lecture in their free “Law & Practice” series of lectures. It will take place on Tues 02 Mar at 17:00 in H21, Harbour House, Portobello College, South Richmond Street, Dublin 2 where Marc de Blacam (Senior Council at the Law Library of Ireland) will talk about “Protection of Fundamental Rights by Judicial Review”. Everybody is welcome. www.dbs.ie

The Royal Irish Academy is inviting to a number of “Celebrating Thinking panel discussions” and the first one will take place on Tue 02 Mar at 18:00 in Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Is thinking really good for us?” Does a lively public culture of thinking make for a better society? Why we do celebrate our writers, artists, musicians, sporting personalities but not the achievements of our thinkers? Is critical thinking the great casualty of our educational system? Do we need more thinkers in public life? Is the unexamined life really that bad? Panellists are
David McConnell, TCD, Maeve Cooke, UCD, Mary Corcoran, NUI Maynooth and the discussion is chaired by Michael Cronin, DCU. Admission is free, but advance booking is required: www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Is-thinking-really-good-for-us–Celebrating-Thinki.aspx

Johnny Grogan’s first novel “Ghost Writers” will be launched on Tues 03 Mar (18:00-19:30) in the Gutter Bookshop (Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, www.gutterbookshop.com) Grogan is a film and documentary writer and director. Come along and meet him, and listen to him talk about how he came to write this book and the influence his screenwriting had on shaping his novel

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. Dublin Green Drinks is on the first Tuesday of the month. On 02 March Green Drinks will move back to the pub after a number of events in the Science Gallery. This month Barbara Egan – poet and Green Drinks regular – will be sharing the poems she loves and will talk about ‘Poetry and Sustainability’. Green Drinks will take place in Messrs Maguire on Burgh Quay, Dublin 2 and it will start at 18:30. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=313781673837&ref=mf

Professor Declan Kiberd (University College Dublin, MRIA) will deliver a lecture entitled ‘John Henry Newman and the Bonfire of the Humanities’ to the Society for the Study of Nineteenth-Century Ireland in the National Library’s Seminar Room on Tues 02 March (18:30). And everybody else interested . The purpose of the Society is to promote research into nineteenth-century Ireland. Its membership is open to scholars both from Ireland and other countries. It welcomes members from a wide range of disciplines: literature, history, economics, geography, sociology, theology, anthropology, women’s studies etc. Admission is free and no booking is required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

“Jules Verne and Ireland: The Missing Links” by Pierre Joannon is a talk (in French) on Tues 02 Mar at 18:30 in the Alliance Francaise in Kildare Street. Admission is free, but you have to register via info@alliance-francaise.ie. It is almost certain that Jules Verne never put a foot on Irish soil. Nonetheless this didn’t prevent him from publishing, in 1893, a curious novel based in Ireland called P’tit Bonhomme! (Foundling Mick). In order to understand the environment in which his young hero grows up, and to educate the readers on the economic and social background to the story, the author of “Around the World in Eighty Days” referred to the research and travelogues of a feminist, who was very much in vogue at the end of the 19th century, and also to the work of a former communard, an escapee from New Caledonia. Pierre Joannon, one of the greatest specialists in historical and literary relations between France and Ireland, invites us to join in the search for these sources of inspiration, not generally referred to by the commentators of Verne’s work. www.alliance-francaise.ie The event is followed by a Question and Answer Session (in English and French).

“And So I Watch You From Afar” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Tue 02 March at 19:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

On Tue 02 Mar (19:00) the Goethe Institut Irland (37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2) is inviting to a reading and discussion with writers in exile. (in German and English
) Admission is free. The autonomous “German PEN Club in Exile” – founded by German emigrants – has been included in the International PEN in 1934. Soon afterwards the Centre united the most important writers in exile and represented the repressed and oppositional literature of the “other Germany”. After the war it continued to work under the name “PEN Centre for German speaking writers abroad” – until today. Its members have most diverse biographies and are resident all over the world, but are united in the defence of free speech and solidarity with politically oppressed writers and journalists. Renate Ahrens (Ireland), Gabrielle Alioth (Ireland), Freya Klier (Germany) and Hans-Christian Oeser (Ireland/Germany) are members of this group of authors who published a comprehensive anthology to commemorate the 75th Anniversary. They will read from the anthology and talk about the continuity and topicality of the Centre. The four do not live in “forced” exile, but – for various reasons – did not join the German PEN after reunification or chose to live abroad where their mother tongue is not spoken. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5674461v.htm

As part of ‘Invisible’, the event ‘Metaphysical Longings’ with Clodagh Emoe will take at the National Gallery on Tues 02 Mar from 19:30-20:30. Guided visualisation will be used to get participants in a meditative trance where they will “see” images without using their visual capacity. The affect of this process, considered to enable the participant to draw closer to a state of pure consciousness could be compared to the motivational task of the 18th Century Romantic tradition. Places are limited to 30. If you are interested in participating contact Clodagh Emoe on 087 6394087

Brian Dalton informed me about a book club that he and some others have recently started. They are in the in the Santry/Whitehall/Drumcondra/Artane and welcome all ages and interests into their group. The group meets on the first Tuesday (next time on 02 March) of each month at 20:00. Contact Brian to find out more: 087-2363282

* 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
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


The National Gallery’s Research Day will take place on Wed 03 March (10:00-17:00). A presentation will be given by Dr Tom Dunne, ‘James Barry: New Research and Perspectives’ followed by a series of papers on art and cultural studies by post-graduates. The Research Day is open to the public and admission is free.

In the NovaUCD ‘Entrepreneurs Live!’ Seminar series Howard Beggs (co-founder & CEO Helix Health) will talk about his experiences of setting-up and running his business emphasising the highs and lows encountered along his entrepreneurial journey and highlighting the secrets of his entrepreneurial success.
The aim of the ‘Entrepreneurs Live!’ seminar series delivered by NovaUCD in association with the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Enterprise Board is to promote a spirit of entrepreneurship. After the seminar, attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. The event will take place on Wed 03 Mar at 12:30 in NovaUCD (www.ucd.ie/nova/events/novanewstitle,49169,en.html). www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.49401&f=week&d=05/03/2010

After the screening of Part IV on Sunday, the Chester Beatty Library will present the Video Installation Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest Part V on Wed 03 Mara t 13:30 (Running time 91 mins). They return to the city, devoid of identity. Perhaps they are many people, perhaps they are seven Courtesy of ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

The German Department of the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) at Dublin City University presents the film series “DomiNations” in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. All films are OV with English subtitles and admissions is free. The venue is Dublin City University, SALIS, Room C124. The next film in the series will be shown on Wed 03 Mar at 15:00.
“Head-On / Gegen die Wand” Dir.: Fatih Akin, Germany 2003/2004
Details about the film can be found here www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5674595v.htm

The lecture ‘Planting for Illusion – Creating habitats at Dublin Zoo’ by Stephen Butler will take place on Wed 03 Mar at 15:00 in the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin. Stephen is Curator of Horticulture at Dublin Zoo. In the last 5 years two heavily landscaped habitats have been developed in Dublin Zoo. The Kaziranga Forest Trail for the Asian Elephants, was planted to provide a lush jungle like, environment using mass bamboo planting. Lots of grasses, acacia, and many South African plants were used to make the giraffe, zebra, oryx, ostrich and rhino, all feel at home in the African Savannah. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to the second part of their series of lectures by RHA Members and Honorary Members:
– 03 March: Bruce Arnold ‘William Orpen’
– 10 March: Carey Clarke
– 24 March: Martin Gale
– 31 March: Brian Ferran ‘The William Scott & FE McWilliam commissions at Altnagelvin Hospital’
There is no admission fee and spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Lectures begin at 17:30 in the Friends Room of the RHA, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. For further information: www.royalhibernianacademy.ie

Every month Comhlamh invites to a debate in Bewley’s Café Theatre in Grafton Street. The next event will take place on 03 Mar at 18:15 and the topic is “Better In or Out? – Should the EU set the bar higher for human rights standards in candidate countries?” Speakers are Anna Visser (European Anti-Poverty Network) and Jim Loughran (Frontline Defenders). The 2009/2010 series of debates actively reaches out to the wider community. So if you have never been at any of the Bewley’s Debates, you are particularly welcome. Admission is free. www.comhlamh.org/bewleys-debates-are-back.html

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a series of films from female directors. It continues on Wed 24 Feb at 18:30. The title of the series is “Sesión 5. Espacio femenino 3a Edición: Mujeres en dirección” and the programme continues with the screening of the fifth and last film “La buena nueva” by Helena Taberna (in Spanish with English subtitles). dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha61583_16_2.htm The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery.

The Irish Genealogical Research Society will host their Spring lecture in the Seminar Room of the National Library of Ireland on Wed 03 March at 19:15. Dr Seamus O Maitiu will give a talk entitled ‘A journalistic view of South Dublin, 1895-1900’. Admission is free; booking is not required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

* 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.


Cathy Kelly will sign her newest book in Eason’s, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Thurs 04 Mar at 12:30 www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

On Thurs 04 Mar at 13:10 the public lecture “Entering a Chinese World series: Humans and their Surrounding: Economics vs ecology” by Dr Jerusha McCormack & Dr John G Blair (Visiting Professors at Beijing Foreign Studies University) will take place in the Chester Beatty Library. This lecture series is open to the public and requires no booking www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

The Chapman Society will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Thu 4 March at 18:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

On Thurs 04 Mar from 18:00-19:15 the Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar invites to a workshop entitled “Writing your Novel” with Paddy Kelly. If you’ve always wanted to write a novel but don’t know where to start, or if you’ve started but have ground to a halt, then join published author and screenwriter Paddy Kelly for a guide on how to begin, and how to construct a narrative that people will want to read.
This event is free and open to all but you have to reserve a space (01 6799206) as places are strictly limited. Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. www.gutterbookshop.com

The Irish Met Society public lecture on flooding: “Dublin Coastal Flood Forecasting” by Tony Maguire (Dublin City Council) will take place on Thurs 04 March from 19:30-20:30 in Trinity College Dublin, Botany Lecture Theatre (near the rugby ground). Admission is free and everybody is welcome. www.irishmetsociety.org

The lecture ‘The Lazy Hazy Days of Summer’ by Hester Forde will take place in the Visitor Centre of the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin at 20:00 on Thurs 04 Mar. Hester Forde gardens on the estuary of Cork harbour includes a unique collection of plants, which provide interest and colour from spring to late autumn. Hester’s insatiable appetite for collecting plants makes this a must-see garden for the plant enthusiast. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme is “Irish Season” and the films are 03 Mar: In Bruges, 11 Mar: The Quiet Man, 18 Mar: The Commitments, 25 Mar: The General.
For Seat/Table reservations call 478 2088 or mail hello@odeon.iewww.odeon.ie/gallery.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.


Keith Mullins will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 05 March from 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

On Fri 05 Mar the Citi Bar, Dame Street, Dublin 2 is the venue for a free gig of “Sax and the City” at 21:00. “Sax and the City are a fresh take on what people expect from live Entertainment. Male and Female vocals merge the classic hits of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s with modern numbers by Lady GaGa, Gwen Stefani, Michael Buble and more. www.youtube.com/watch?v=hAjsH2IMiaw www.saxandthecity.ie


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:

DICE, an organisation that promotes an understanding of development education and intercultural education, is running the Global Dimensions Seminar Series between January and May. The next seminar will be on. The March event will take place on Wed 10 March at 18:00 and is entitled “Young children’s engagement with issues of global justice”. It will take place in the Chapter Room, Christchurch Cathedral and speakers are Maria Casey (Education Officer, Trócaire) & Brian Ruane (Education Department, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra). More information can be found on www.diceproject.org/upcoming_events_dice.aspx Admission is free, but places are limited, so you have to register by sending an e-mail to jfingleton@cice.ie or call 01 497 0033.

The National College of Ireland is inviting to their series of “Legends in your Lunchtime” talks. The next event is taking place on Wed 24 Mar from 13:00 – 14:00. John O’Shea the CEO of GOAL Ireland will be interviewed by Eamon Keane The intention of this series of free public interviews is to lift the lid on how great modern leaders think, and what has made them the people they are today. All sessions take place at the National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC. Admission is free but you have to register here: www.ncirl.ie/Events/John_O%27Shea:_Legends_In_Your_Lunchtime

The Irish Met Society Weather & Climate Conference 2010 is taking place on 27 March 2010 in the Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. The lectures are
* “Decisions, decisions, decisions – weather in the real world” by Gerald Fleming (Met Éireann)
* “Weather and Aviation” by Captain James Brady (Irish Air Corps)
* “Contrails and Climate Change” by Gillian Whelan (UCC)
* “Weather and Health” by Dr Pat Goodman (DIT)
* “Denial or despair: towards effectively communicating climate change” by John Gibbons (www.climatechange.ie)
* “Climate Change Indicators for Ireland” by Séamus Walsh (Met Éireann)
Admission is free but you have to pre-book via www.irishmetsociety.org or by sending an e-mail to info@irishmetsociety.org. Most of the seats are already reserved, do don’t delay your booking!

______This is odd!!______________

There is a programme on RTE 1 that not many people watch, it is called Oireachtas Report and reports what happened during the day in the Dail and Seanad.
(Because many of you are not Irish or might not know the details of the Irish political system I will give you a few pointers: The Dail is the Irish Parliament. The Seanad is the “Upper House”. A TD is a member of the parliament and can be called “deputy” as well. There are 166 TDs and they are voted in a very unique way in the different constituencies in Ireland.)
166 TDs are elected and you would think that on the relatively small number of days the Irish Parliament has sessions these 166 people (or at least most of them) will attend the sessions, wouldn’t you?
However on Wednesday evening in the RTE 1 Oireachtas Report a report about a debate in the parliament was broadcasted and on the pictures in this report you could see a total of just 3 TDs in the Parliament for that debate. THREE people? Isn’t that shocking? I guess we shouldn’t be surprised then if kids stay at home from school?
An article about the debate is here www.rte.ie/news/2010/0224/redcross.html Nothing indicates that the Parliament was empty and that the remaining 163 TDs didn’t have the slightest interest in the debate about the unclear use of government money in the Irish Red Cross.

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Did you find something in the list of events that interests you? I hope so! Have a nice weekend and coming week,


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