Event Guide 140: Irish Times Debate, Festival of Russian Culture, Dublin Film Festival, Adult Learner’s Festival, Ear-Plugged Festival

February 19th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 140
| 19 February 2010 Subscribers: 5903

Hi all!

Who “stole” my week? ;-) It doesn’t feel like it was 7 days ago when I wrote the last newsletter! Are the days just passing by faster and faster? Luckily there is lots of good news. This week I realised that it was still bright AND sunny after 17:00, so the days are definitely getting longer and maybe that will make them last longer as well. :-)

How was your week? Did you make some progress with whatever you want to achieve? Are you still on the right path to your goals?
Many of you know that I am very interested in goal setting (and achieving) and that I have trained with the “Chris Howard Training” company and am a certified NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner. If you are interested in that area yourself or if you need help in setting your goals and working towards what you want to achieve, there is good news: Christopher Howard, the trainer, speaker and entrepreneur that travels around the world to teach and talk about how to achieve your goals, is coming to Dublin again soon. There are indications that this will be the ONLY free event that he is running in Dublin for the whole year. It is a 2.5-day training called “Breakthrough to Success” and it has helped thousands of people. I will tell you a bit more about it in about two weeks time but bookings are coming in fast and spaces are limited, I am told, and if you are interested you can register 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 It will be on in Dublin on 19-21 March (Now starting Friday evening instead of Friday morning!) and I will be there again! Because I heard it looks like the event is selling out, I am telling you today already. I think it is a brilliant event, but there is another bonus: If you go to the event, you will help the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), because the organisers are prepared to make a substantial donation if 150 of you register via this link www.breakthroughtosuccess.eu/?af=CLA1035324 and come to the event!

I got a mail last week from a new Event Guide subscriber and he was wondering if the Event Guide is for him because he is not the youngest anymore. I know that many events are for children, but apart from that nearly all other events (ok, maybe not the nightclub/loud music stuff :) ) are more than suitable for ALL ages. If you have any specific preferences let me know and I will see if I can help! Just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject ALL AGES.

Last week I didn’t get a chance to write something in the “Feel Good Slot” that normally is at this place, so I had a good look for something this week and by coincidence I got a mail that mentioned a poem/essay by Sonny Carroll. It is quite long, but well worth the read! Sonny just had come through some trouble in her own life when she wrote it in 1999. I think there is a LOT of good stuff in it about all types of life lessons and while not everything might be applicable to you, I suggest you take a few minutes and read through her description of “Awakening”:

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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. 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 plan to go to the Temple Bar Food market on Saturday because I haven’t been there for a long time and on Sunday I will definitely go back to Meeting House Square for the Russian Culture Festival. Next week some events of the Adult Learner’s Festival interest me (see Monday section) and at the end of the week there is the Ear Plug Festival (see Thursday), that looks interesting.
I hope this week’s list of events contain something for everybody!


The “Secret Castle of Magic” is a brilliant show for older kids and adults. I had the pleasure to visit their show in February and had a really great evening. The show consists of a wonderful and intriguing mixture of spookiness and magic with lots of “Wow”-moments and a few shivers down your spine. There is only one public night per month so you have to book in advance. The next performance of the three “Secret Castle of Magic” magicians is on Sun 28 Feb (20:00) and it will be a Haiti fundraiser. If you can’t make the February date you should already book for March. Only a very limited number of visitors can attend each performance and it does book out fast! 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 nice people from the Secret Castle of Magic have made one pair of tickets available for their show on 28 Feb. If you want to be in with a chance to win this pair of tickets, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MAGIC5 in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. IN ADDITION you have to tell me the name of at least one of the three magicians who will show their tricks. Help to answer this question and all other information can be found here www.SecretCastleOfMagic.com
Your mail has to be with me by 15:00 on Wed 24 Feb! And please only enter the competition if you have time on the evening of Sun 28 Feb.

The group “Mayday Project” are playing in Dublin on Sat 27 Feb at 20:00 and Simon Roth from the Mayday Project contacted me. Their concerts are not free, but they would like to let as many people as possible know, to do that, he is making a pair of tickets available for a competition.
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.
If you want to win the pair of tickets, you will have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with MAYDAY in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with my by 15:00 on Wed 24 Feb

Flamenco Ireland last week made two tickets available for their Valentine’s Flamenco Night and the lucky winner was Ritesh Ranjan! Congrats! www.flamencoireland.com

The Centre for Creative Practices in 15 Pembroke Street Lower
Dublin 2 is THE place for artists, writers, musicians, photographers and art lovers. In addition to interesting events (exhibitions and concerts) they run a whole range of courses and workshops. In the February- June term the CFCP will cover the following areas:
+ Artistic Professional Development for artists and creative practitioners
+ Digital Arts and Photography
+ Visual Arts and Craftwork
+ Music and Performing Arts
+ Writing and Publishing
The CFCP made two courses available for free to two readers of the Event Guide and the winners are Azurra Damen and Bairbre Sámh. Congratulations!!!!!
www.cfcp.ie/courses.htm www.cfcp.ie

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______________

There are weeks when I find LOTS of really interesting news and in other weeks there are news, but just not something that fits in this category. This week is not the richest news week! :-)

Yes, there is a small chance that the 30km/h speed limit that was introduced recently will go completely again or it will be removed in some parts of the City Centre. It seems that even the councillors that originally wanted that speed limit are not too sure anymore. But no matter what happens it will take at least 6 months until it will be changed. No wonder that head shops and similar establishments can sell stuff that they shouldn’t sell. If it takes 6 months to change a law and a couple of days for a chemist to change the formula of a substance, then the law will always play catch up. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0219/1224264799477.html

Kart City and Urban Paintball on the Old Airport Road was probably not the MOST attractive carting and paintball venue in Ireland, but nevertheless seemed to have done good business for many many years. However, now it is no more. The “Boyztoys” shop in the venue is still open and the Sunday Market (www.sundaymarket.com) is still taking place, but Kart City is closed. www.kartcity.net/

The Chester English Summer Camp in Santiago de Compostela in Spain is looking for teachers and camp leaders for this July. If you are interested spending a few weeks or months in Spain over the summer and if you are suited for one of these jobs
+ Primary & Secondary English teachers with TESL competence. Drama skills a plus.
+ Music teacher for musical/choir.
+ Sports teachers / Camp leaders with competence in youth work/outdoor pursuits.
please forward your CV + the phone numbers of 2 referees to info@chestercollege.org by March 7. Oh, and please mention that you found the information in the Dublin Event Guide. Interviews will be in Dublin for the short listed candidates. www.chestercollege.org/
Oh and if you wonder why I mention this in the Dublin News Section, then I have to explain that a very good friend of mine who is a great supporter of this Event Guide is involved with the Chester College and asked me if I could help. ;-)


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.

Kelly Boutilier told me about her relatively new business and I am a little jealous. ;-) Kelly is doing Drum Circle Facilitation as a job and she is working with community, disability and youth groups. In addition (and I will have to ask her more about that) she is organising a regular free Sunday Drum Circle in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire (when the weather cooperates!) ;-) I love rhythm and drumming and I will definitely try out her Sunday drum circle, but the main reason for mentioning it in this section is because she is offering her services to Community, Youth and Special Needs Groups that want to use drumming for therapeutic, stress-relief or team building purposes, it can even help to overcome confidence and self-esteem issues! Her website (www.rhythmseekers.org) contains some interesting articles on the healing effect of drumming. I have been at drum circles for example at the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures and it is amazing how everyone gets so much fun out of it. If drumming might help with your community or youth group, check out www.rhythmseekers.org and get in contact with Kelly!


PrettyvacanT, a new Arts Initiative that uses vacant properties as temporary spaces for artists, is launching “Me, Myself & Eye”, a series of photographs by Irish artist Karen Forrester. It runs from 22 Feb-01 March at the Window Gallery, 15 -17 Essex Street West, Temple Bar (formerly Cultivate). www.prettyvacantdublin.com

Louise Ward’s exhibitions that breakdown the boundary between painting and sculpture and integrate voice, video, performance and found objects are an ongoing project at The Market Studios (corner of Halston Street and Mary’s Lane in Dublin 1). The exhibition will open on Sat 20 Feb (15:00-18:00) and will run until Thurs 25 Feb (Sun 14:00-18:00, Mon-Thurs 17:00-21:00). www.themarketstudios.wordpress.com

‘A Mapping’ is the first instalment of the MTSL Emerging Artist Series. It will be on show from 18-22 Feb and will feature artists from 3rd-level institutions around the country. (Adrian Duncan, Fergal Dunne, Heather Gray, Shane McCarthy, Niamh McCooey, Paul McGonagle and Darina Meagher) (Gallery Details: Master Thief’s Secret Lair, 11 South William Street, Dublin 2, www.mtsl.ie, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:00, Thurs 10:00-19:00, Sun 12:00-17:00)

“Pictures, Sounds & Stories” by Christopher Ryman is currently showing at Brick Alley Cafe, East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. Told through photography, art and story, artist Christopher Ryman explores his personal experience of Freedom. The exhibition will run until the end of March 2010. www.christopherryman.com

‘Critique of Archival Reason’ is an exhibition that accompanies the conference ‘Arts Research: Publics and Purposes’ and features work by Herman Asselberghs, Jeremiah Day, Cecilia Gronberg, Shoji Kato, Irene Kopelman and Sean Snyder. It will run at the Royal Hibernian Academy from 18 Feb-13 Mar. www.gradcam.ie (Gallery Details: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, www.rhagallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00 Sun 14:00-17:00)

‘Grasshopper’ is an exhibition of photographs by Eve Parnell. It will be on show at the Mill Gallery in Dundrum from 20 Feb-25 Mar. (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)

‘Watching With Eyes Closed/ Listening While Talking’ is an exhibition of installation and video work by Amanda Elena Conrad. It will be on show at the Mill Street Gallery in Dublin 8 from 12-19 Feb. www.dublinartmill.com

‘Talking Heads’ is an exhibition that explores the people and faces that populate the mediascape. Featuring work by Omer Fast, Oraib Toukan, Stephen Sutcliffe, Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard as well as a special 16mm screening of Andy Warhol’s ‘Screen Tests’, the exhibition will open on Fri 19 Feb at 18:00 and will run until 28 March. It will take place in the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art in Lad Lane, off Baggott Street, Dublin 2. www.imoca.ie

A group exhibition with art work by Fiachra Lennon, Catherine Lennon, Clodagh Emoe, Stephen McGlynn, Blathnaid Ni Mhurchu, Myra Jago, Janine Davidson, Colin Crotty, Thomas McGrath Lewis, Killian Dunne, Dee O’Shea, Miranda Blennerhasset, Gabhann Dunne, David Eager Maher, Ashling Ni Chonrai, Cormac Browne, Nicole Tilly, Sarah O’Brien, Sean Mc Closkey, Helena O’Conor, Louise Peat, Jean Curran and Louise Croke will eb on show in the The Winding Stair on Ormond Quay until 28 Feb. www.winding-stair.com/content/trg/windingstair/pages/bookshop.htm

“The Kinder Garden” an exhibition by Bartosz Kolata will be on show in the Mad Art Gallery from 25 Feb-13 Mar. The exhibition is exploring the complexity of human mind and personality which is developed by the person s childhood. The opening reception is on Thurs 25 Feb from 19:00-21:00 in the MadArt Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. Opening hours are Tues-Sat 10:30-18:00.
www.madartstudio.com www.bartoszkolata.com

‘Remote Control’ is a multimedia exhibition/video project by a small group of women from the Little Bray Resource Centre in Fassaroe and Mark Clare. It will be on show from 16-28 Feb with an opening reception on Fri 19 Feb (19:00-21:00). (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)


The Hugh Lane Gallery continues their mid-term workshops with a workshop for Leaving Cert Students on Fri 19 Feb from 11:00-12:00. Led by artist Fiona King this free event is entitled “Bacon Inspired Monoprint Workshop for Leaving Cert Students.” There are only 15 places so you need to book on 01-2225564. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=422

The Irish Times Debate, a debating competition for students in higher education in Ireland has been run since 1960. This year is the 50th anniversary and the final of the competition takes place in the Mahoney Hall of the Helix in DCU, this Friday 19 Feb. The event wills tart at 19:30 and the discussion is around the topic “Does Ireland Owe a Debt of Gratitude to Fianna Fail 1926-2010?”. It will be chaired by David Trimble, former First Minister of Northern Ireland and Nobel Peace Laureate. After the debate there will be a late bar, jazz band and DJ in the Helix. Admission is free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_Times_National_Debating_Championship

Mark K tells me about a relatively new weekly live event on Fridays. It is called “Shake Down” and takes place in Pacino’s Restaurant in Suffolk Street. From 23:00-02:30 live bands and a DJ will entertain you while you can enjoy a low priced pizza and a cocktail. On 19 Feb The Revellions will perform. 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


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 later in the week are:
+ “Ireland On Screen” at the IFI, Temple Bar on Tues 23 Feb at 17:00.
This event is a panel discussion about Irish film and its place in the international cinema landscape. The list of participants and more information is available on jdiff.ticketsolve.com/shows/23497793/events/on/2010/2/23 This event is free and tickets are available at the door on a first come, first served basis.
+ “Celebrating VooDooDog” at the IFI, Temple Bar on Thur 25 Feb at 17:00.
This is a showcase of work by one of the most innovative film companies in the world, VooDooDog. More information on jdiff.ticketsolve.com/shows/23497789/events. The event is free and tickets are available on the door on first come, first served basis.
+ “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

Saturday 20 Feb 2010 is the 11th International Mother Tongue Day, a UNESCO day of celebration. And the UNESCO reminds how important culturally the mother tongue is and that “Mother-tongue speakers of national or international languages should be encouraged to learn and use other languages of the country and regional and international languages.” Sounds a bit complicated, I know. Just think of it this way: Know and use your mother tongue and learn lots more languages. ;-)
In Ireland the Bilingual Forum Ireland is inviting to some events on Mother Tongue Day. The events will take place in the Rua Red Art Centre in Tallaght from 10:00-13:00. Bilingual Forum Ireland is a group of researchers from universities across Ireland that aims to raise awareness about bilingual issues. They offer free information sessions and workshops and seminars on bilingualism to parents, teachers and community groups, and have an online forum (www.bilingualforumireland.com). The workshops provided on Saturday are
+ How to set up a Language Playgroup
+ Raising children in a multilingual environment
+ Developing Multilingual Awareness at school

# The Adult Gallery Talk “The Wolf in Ireland” is taking place on Sat 20 Feb from 12:00-12:30 in Collins Barracks (age 14+). Dr. Kieran Hickey from Dept. of Geography, NUI, Galway talks about what was once our largest land predator, and the folklore surrounding it. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=965
# A Drawing Day at the Museum is taking place with a “Ceramics Drawing Workshop” on Sat 20 Feb from 14:00-16:00 in Kildare Street for Age 14+. Taking inspiration from figurines, ceramics and glass from Ancient Cyprus, explore your artistic side with professional artist Thomas Lynch, who will guide you and your drawing skills. No experience is needed. Paper, pencils and sketching boards will be provided. No booking required. First come, First served. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=954

Following the successful opening of Afterwards by Beth Moyses, there will be a special afternoon at the Sycamore on Sat 20 Feb, where other performances by Beth Moyses (including Mosaico Branco por 60 Mulheres) will be projected.
* 12:30-13:30: “Gotejando”, 6 min, 2001 (projected on the opening night)
* 13:30-15:00: “Mosaico Branco por 60 Mulheres”, 6 min, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2001
* 15:00-16:30: “Reconstruyendo Sueños”, 5 min, Montevideo, Uruguay, 2005
* 16:30-18:00: “Lecho Rojo”, 6 min, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 2006
Admission is free and complimentary tea, coffee and cupcakes are available. The Sycamore (via the Purty Kitchen) is in 9 Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

On Sat 20 Feb form 13:00-14:00 a Chinese calligraphy demonstration with Li Jia is taking place in the Chester Beatty Library, behind Dublin Castle. Admission is free and no booking is required. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

A public meeting discussing “Can Palestinians and Israelis Live in One State?” is taking place on Sat 20 Feb from 14:00-17:00 in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1. Israeli historian and author, Illan Pappe, Palestinian novelist Ghada Kharmi and Jewish socialist and author, John Rose, will share their views on an alternative strategy to finally achieve peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
Admission is free. www.indymedia.ie/article/95682

The Family Programme in the National Gallery in Kildare Street on Sat 20 Feb from 15:00 is Storytelling with Gordon Snell. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The 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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On Sunday 21 Feb from 09:00 the Harold’s Cross Greyhound Stadium Car Boot Sale (every second week) will take place again on the car park of the stadium (151 Harold’s Cross Road, Dublin). Visiting is free, selling costs EUR 15 for cars and EUR 20 for vans and spaces might still be available. Contact Damian on 086 8371573 or email lowth666@yahoo.ie for more details. Gates open 08:00 for Sellers and 09:00 for Buyers. www.irishtourist.com/board/18860.shtml

Maslenitsa is a Russian religious holiday which takes place before the start of lent. So it was actually celebrated this year from 09-14 Feb, but in Dublin the Russian Cultural Festival is a week late and is running from 15-21 Feb. On Sunday 21 Feb the (Irish) Maslenitsa (or Pancake Day) is celebrated in Temple Bar.
From 11:00-17:00 a Family Fun Day will take place on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar with Festival Market, Traditional Russian Food Stalls, Entertainment and Face Painting. And at 14:00 and 17:00 the “Russkaya Pesnya” (Russian Song) Folk Band with Nadejda Babkina will perform in the Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar. The performances are free but to reserve tickets you have to send a mail to russianfestival@dublin.ie (stating performance time preference)
The programme for the festivities on Meeting House Square is
11:00 Official launch of the Russian Cultural Festival
11:15 Hot Club of Dublin & Russian violinist Oleg Ponomarev
11:45 – 12:45 Russian singers performing Russian folk songs
12.45 Street Music workshop
13:00 Hot Club of Dublin & Russian violinist Olge Ponomarev
14:00 Dublin Russian Theatre fun-play for children in English Russian
15:00 Singers: Elena Seluk, Elena Demchenkova, Lubov Kisova, Elena Alinik
15:30 Dublin Russian Theatre – Street quiz
16:00 Dublin Russian Theatre – Traditional Russian fun games for children
In Curved Street (outside the Button Factory) there will be this programme:
11:30 Moscow Street Entertainers
13:15 Vladmir & Friends
14:15 Moscow Street Entertainers
16:00 Vladmir & Friends
www.dublinrussianfestival.webs.com/ A full listing of events is here www.visitdublin.com/downloads/russianfestival.pdf

The next Newmarket Brocante, the flea market for 2nd hand furniture – is staking place on Sun 21 Feb in the market hall of the Dublin Food Co-op. At this event you will find a selection of second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. There will be bargains, live music, café and good wholesome food all under the one roof. The market will be open from 11:00-17:00. You can find more information here: www.newmarketbrocante.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
21 Feb: Save the Planet! Discover Eco-Art
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 “Mozart: Violin Sonatas” by Mathieu van Bellen, Violin & Tadashi Imai, Piano. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=458

On Sun 21 Feb from 13:00-14:00 a Mah Jong demonstration with the Malaysian Chinese community will take place in the Chester Beatty Library (behind Dublin Castle). Admission is free. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

On Sun 21 Feb at 13:30 the Public Lecture “Widening the Lens – A Role for Archives in Reading Art” by Lecturer: Declan McGonagle, Director NCAD will take place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square. Part of a series of vibrant lectures that will illuminate the current exhibtion Francis Bacon: A Terrible Beauty, in today’s lecture Declan McGonagle will discuss the role of the archive in enriching our understanding of artists methods. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=403

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. This week (21 Feb) the title is “Finish the Francis Bacon Slashed Canvas” and the event takes place from 15:00-16:00. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=411

# My Museum Family Programme: Museum Safari Adventure is taking place on Sun 21 Feb from 14:30-16:30 in Collins Barracks for Age 5+. Come capture images of secret animals hiding in the galleries and then head back to the activity area to transform your animals into works of art. 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=936

The Sunday Lecture on 21 Feb at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Kildare Street is: “The Life and Work of Joseph Patrick Haverty” by Lecturer Mary Stratton Ryan, Artist and Art Historian. 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 20/21- Ice Age 3, 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.

Christophe Capewell from “Harry Bird & the Rubber Wellies” (yep, that is really the band’s name! :-) ) told me that they are playing a free gig upstairs in the Twisted Pepper on Abbey Street on Sun 21 Feb at 20:00 with support from Riona Hartman (www.myspace.com/rionasallyhartman). And he says that their music is largely folk based, with elements of several different genres (reggae, kletzmer, trad) and the gigs are energetic, fun & inspirational. The band has recently released an album entitled ‘Long Way to be Free’ and more information and some samples on www.myspace.com/harrybirdsongs www.bodytonicmusic.com/events/?tab=1

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 21 Feb and the details can be found on: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* 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.
* The great Funk/Soul/Reggae/Jazz band Mob Fandango are playing in the newly renovated Camden Street Palace every Sunday evening from 20:00-22:00. Admission is free. www.myspace.com/mobfandango
* 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.

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The fourth nationwide Adult Learners’ Festival will take place this year from 22-26 Feb. AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation, believes that all adults in Ireland should have equal access to learning opportunities and that adult learning has a hugely important role to play in the economic and social future of Ireland. For this reason the Adult Learners’ Festival is taking place and intends to
* Celebrate adult learning and the achievements of adult learners
* Showcase the work of adult education providers
* Promote the work of AONTAS and the adult education sector
* Ensure that adult education is placed firmly on the political agenda
More than 200 events nationwide and 32 events in Dublin are provided during the week. From talks about W.B. Yeats, via tours in the National Library or the Dail and Seanad to Interview and CV writing workshops or Twitter training a wide range of events are provided and if you are an adult and are not finished with learning, you should go to www.adultlearnersfestival.com/ or for the Dublin events go directly to www.adultlearnersfestival.com/yourarea/county.html#dublin

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 22 Feb at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)).

A Special Event linked to the Dublin International Film Festival is taking place in Walkinstown Library on Mon 22 Feb from 19:00. “Behind the Silver Screen: The Real World of Movies” will take a peek behind the scenes of Tinseltown, as actor/author Laurence Foster brings back Hollywood memories of Irish film stars, and reveals some of the realities that lie ‘Behind The Silver Screen’. Admission is free, but booking is essential. Walkinstown Library: 01-455 8159

* 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.


On Tues 23 Feb the National Gallery in Kildare Street invites to a lecture at 10:30. The title is “The Paintings of Clare Island Abbey” by Lecturer Dr Conleth Manning, Office of Public Works. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

* 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 College of Ireland is inviting to their series of “Legends in your Lunchtime” talks. The next event is taking place on Wed 24 Feb from 13:00 – 14:00. Ben Dunne will be interviewed by Connor Brophy. 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/Ben_Dunne:_Legends_in_Your_Lunchtime

The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is inviting to an Open Evening on Wed 24 Feb at the Blackrock campus (Carysfort Avenue) from 16:00. A wide range of programmes will be showcased and Programme Managers, Academics and current students will be available to speak individually with you and will be happy to answer any questions you might have. A series of presentations are provided throughout the evening and there are refreshments and goody bags.

On Wed 24 Feb at 13:05 a Spring Poetry Reading with Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin will take place in the Lecture Theatre of the National Gallery (Merrion Square West, Dublin 2).
And at 15:00 an Art for All Ages – Aontas Adult Learner’s Festival workshop will take place: “Life Drawing” with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire in Room 44 (Baroque Gallery) www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is inviting to a Curators Talk with Catherine Lampert on Thurs 25 Feb at 17:00 in the Lecture Room of IMMA in the Old Kilmainham Hospital. Catherine Lampert, exhibition curator, introduces the series of paintings “le temps du sommeil” by artist Francis Alÿs. This is followed by the exhibition preview and wine reception. www.imma.ie/en/page_212192.htm

The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to the second part of their series of lectures by RHA Members and Honorary Members:
– 24 Feb: Louis Marcus ‘Documentary Film: Fact or Fiction?’
– 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

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 Wed 24 Feb at 18:00 and is entitled “Education, the challenge for Africa” by Dr. Aidan Mulkeen, NUI Maynooth. It will take place in the Boston College, 42 St. Stephen’s Green. 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 March event will take place on Wed 10 March at 18:00 and is entitled “Young children’s engagement with issues of global justice”. www.diceproject.org/upcoming_events_dice.aspx

The Spanish Cultural Inistute, Insituto 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 4. Espacio femenino 3a Edición: Mujeres en dirección” and the programme continues with the screening of “Alcanzando sueños” by Beatriz Pérez Martín (in Spanish with English subtitles). dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha61575_16_2.htm The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery.
The next film is on 03 Mar: “La buena nueva” by Helena Taberna.

“Screenwriter John Carney in conversation” is the title of a “Library Late” event on Wed 24 Feb at 20:00. The Library Late programme is a season of interviews exploring the art of writing for both stage and screen. In this three month series (Feb-Apr) some of Ireland’s leading stage and screen writers will discuss their craft. Award-winning film and television writer/director John Carney will be the first guest. Carney began his career as a bassist for the rock band The Frames and he also directed their music videos. In 1996 he co-wrote and co-directed his first feature film “November Afternoon” and in 2007 he wrote “Once”. The event will take place in the National Library in Kildare Street. Admission is free but booking is essential. To reserve up to two places ring (01) 6030317. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The brownbread mixtape is a free monthly event. Each event has a theme and poets, musicians, comedians and other performers deliver a performance related to the theme. Brownbread Mixtape #6 is taking place on Wed 24 Feb at 21:00 in the Stag’s Head pub (upstairs). The theme for this month’s event “Do you speak my language?”.
Guided and introduced by Kalle Ryan, this month singer-songwriter James Guilmartin and the musical ensemble Joyce & The Sonic Gypsies will provide the musical entertainment. Poetry comes from performance poets Catherina Behan and Brian Conaghan and the resident brownbread players will perform a number of brand new sketches. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com/

* 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.


A free guided tour for adults with young children is taking place in the National Museum in Collins Barracks on Thurs 25 Feb. If you want to get out of the house but have pre-toddlers in tow because you are a new parent, grandparent or minder, then this is for you. Come along on the last Thursday of each month from 11:30-12:15 for a guided tour especially for adults with their young children – buggies welcome! www.museum.ie/en/list/featuredevents.aspx

On Thurs 25 Feb at 13:10, the Chester Beatty Library is holding a Public Lecture “Entering a Chinese World series: Health and Well Being: Secrets behind Traditional Chinese Medicine” by Dr Jerusha McCormack & Dr John G Blair, Visiting Professors at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Admission is free. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

To mark the 120th anniversary of the publication of the Parnell Commission Report, RTÉ’s Myles Dungan and Matthew Gilsenan will perform a re-enactment of the cross examination of Richard Piggott by Sir Charles Russell. The Parnell Commission was a judicial inquiry in the late 1880s into allegations of crimes by Irish parliamentarian Charles Stewart Parnell which resulted in his vindication. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parnell_Commission). The event will take place on Thur 25 Feb at 18:00 in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free but advance booking is required: www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Public-Event.aspx

Organised by UCD Classical Society this talk by Roger Hudson will take place on Thurs 25 Feb at 18:30 in K217, School of Classics, Newman Building
UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. “Novelist Roger Hudson will talk about how he researched and pieced together the known facts and likely events and attitudes of the crucial year 461BC in Athens – the year of revolution when power was taken from aristocrats, radical democracy was born and Pericles’ career started – to create the dynamic story of his historical crime novel DEATH COMES BY AMPHORA. A use of classics that parallels the historian’s and goes a step beyond. Could it be nearer the truth?”

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 will start 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:
+ Thurs 26 Feb, 20:00: Opening Concert “Sound Improvisation”
+ 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.

South Dublin Libraries present a lecture entitled “Anne Devlin: The Bravest of the Brave” by Michéal ó Doibhilín at Ballyroan Library (in Rathfarnham) on Thurs 25 Feb at 20:00. All are welcome but space is limited so booking is essential – call the library on 01 4941900 to reserve your place.
Anne Devlin (1778-1851) was a devoted servant of Robert Emmet. She lived in Rathfarnham where, in 1803, Emmet rented Butterfield House. As well as being Emmet’s housekeeper Devlin became an accomplice in his plans for rebellion. After the failed insurrection, Butterfield House was raided and Anne Devlin was arrested and tortured but still refused to give any information about Emmet. She was imprisoned in Kilmainham for high treason and was not released until 1806.

“The Spring Garden” by Dr Mary Forrest, College of Life Sciences in University College Dublin, is a lecture on Thurs 25 Feb at 20:00 in the Visitor Centre of the National Botanic Garden in Glasnevin. Many people associate Daffodils and Cherry Blossom with Springtime, but there are many more plants to enjoy in this season. In this lecture the common and the more unusual gems for this time of year are highlighted. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Every Thursday for at least the next two months the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The movie screening will start with a “Film Noir Season” in February. The films are:
25 Feb: Casablanca
This will be followed by an Irish Season in March: 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.


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/


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 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

The Dubliner Debate “What Has Ireland Done For The World?” will take place on 16 March at 18:30 in the Tripod, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. “In a unique event you will take part in an entertaining examination of the people, achievements, innovations and historical turning points that came from this island. Expect forthright opinions as leading commentators challenge the traditional view of Ireland, demolish and rebuild reputations and invite heckles from the audience.”
This is a free but ticketed event with a Heineken reception after the event. There are a limited amount of free tickets available. To apply for seats for this event email info@thedubliner.ie. A maximum of four seats per person. www.thedubliner.ie

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!

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NEWSFLASH: After writing the following piece, at 20:54 it was announced that Willie O’Dea did resign as a Government Minister. It seems he did see – very late but better than never – that his behaviour was not fully ok. Will the party that wanted to clear out dishonesty learn from this??

Have you ever wondered why organisations often behave in a completely different way than we hope and expect? I don’t know what it is, but it seems that Power definitely corrupts. Where are the people like you and me? Nice and decent people! ;-) Maybe we should get together and take over!?!?
During this week we found out that a Government Minister (normally not the best and not the worst) damaged the reputation of an opponent during a pre-election campaign, then claimed that he hadn’t said the bad things about this other person, then even provided a sworn statement (affidavit) that he hadn’t said it and in the end he was found out to have lied in his sworn statement. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0218/breaking13.html He claims the denial about having made the damaging remarks was a mistake, but we have to wonder if “lie” and “mistake” should be seen accepted as the same.
Connected to this, there was a party that a lot of people had put their hopes in and who promised to get rid of dishonesty in politics if they will get elected. Unfortunately they decided now that the dishonesty of the mentioned Government Minister is not really that bad and therefore there shouldn’t be any political consequences. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0218/1224264715383.html When will they start getting rid of dishonesty?
And in a completely different matter, there was the highest leader of a religious organisation who acted in a maybe weirdly similar way. Many members of the catholic church had hoped that the Pope would take some action over the terrible and unbelievable abuse priests and other clergyman had inflicted on children. He had the perfect opportunity to take a step towards the victims and away from the abusers, but he failed to take it. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0218/1224264715314.html
Is it that power or the fear of losing power and influence damages the decision making abilities of people in power?

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Have a wonderful weekend and let’s hope that the weather gods are nice to us so that we can start enjoying the extending evenings.


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