Event Guide 145: Poetry Now, Climate Conference, Earth Hour, Dublin Flea Market, Henry Street Easter Family Fun

March 26th, 2010

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| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 145
| 26 March 2010 Subscribers: 6081
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Hi all!

Already Friday again? This week just flew for me. How was yours? Because I worked throughout the weekend at the seminar I told you about a few times, I am looking forward to the upcoming weekend which will hopefully be more relaxing. ;-) Some of you – particularly the ones that are nearly as passionate about the Event Guide as I am – are probably wondering if the numbers were reached to get the donation I talked about as well and the news is not just good, but brilliant! The numbers weren’t as high as they were meant to be, BUT the donation was given nevertheless! So thanks to everyone who helped! I VERY much appreciate it!

By the way, it was great to meet a good few of the Event Guide subscribers at the “Breakthrough to Success” seminar! I enjoyed meeting you all and hope you will stay in touch!

There is lots more good news that I need to tell you, but I will do it over the next few weeks. ;-) Suspense!! LOL

With the spring and summer festival season coming up, I wonder if we can all help together to get more people informed about what is going on in Dublin. At a training event a few weeks ago, I asked about 40 people (most of them from Dublin) if they knew about the main events like Dublin City Soul Festival, Street Performance World Championship and Festival of World Cultures and I was surprised how many people still have not heard about many of these events.

Can you help spreading the word again? You will find flyers and a poster here
www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_mini_flyers.pdf
www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_tear_off_poster.pdf
and it would be great if you could print them and hang them up or hand them out. If you could hang them up or hand them out but CAN’T print them, let me know and I will find a solution! dublineventguide@gmail.com

For this week’s “Feel Good Slot” I chose a video clip that Cornelia sent to me. Thanks! It is a clip from or at least based around the film “The Secret”, but no matter if you know the film or not, I suggest that you read the instructions/suggestions in the video and keep them in mind over the weekend and during the coming week! www.youtube.com/watch?v=8MEgbE6Y-o0 Watch it a few times over the next 7 days to remind yourself again and again, it only lasts 2.5 minutes.

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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, Soeren G, Sheila McC, Regina Q, Marc F, Kieran O’C, Alan S, Orla K, Mike G, David N, Atri B, Damian L, Orna McE 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.

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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 weekend is not very busy. It seems that in anticipation of Easter the majority of the events have been put on hold until after the Easter week is over. I will be busy with a 2-day self-defence training for beginners with www.kravmagaireland.com, but outside of that I might do or would do the following: If you are interested in fashion the Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award exhibition in the Powerscourt Town Centre should be on your to-do list (Friday section, but not limited to Friday). On Saturday you HAVE to “do” the Earth Hour thing and switch off your lights for one hours in the evening. On Sunday the Dublin Flea Market and Shebeen Chic are always worth a visit. On Tuesday the Easter Family Fun in Henry Street (Ilac Centre and Jervis Shopping Centre) will start and on Wednesday I would LOVE to see the film that will be screened in the Instituto Cervantes. It is a film about the start of the Spanish Civil War and sounds really interesting if you are interested in Spain and its history. On Thursday the religious Easter events start and a street dramatisation of the Passion of Christ in St. Werburgh’s Church is definitely different than the usual events you find.

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No competition this week, but I am working on more opportunities to win prices! If you work in a company or have your own company where running a competition in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) would help to reach the 6000 readers of the Event Guide, just drop me a mail and we can discuss the details: dublineventguide@gmail.com If you organise a non-free event and want to have it listed in this Event Guide then through a competition you have the opportunity to do that.

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!

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START YOUR OWN BUSINESS PROGRAMME
The Dublin City Enterprise Board (DCEB) is regularly running a very interesting course called “Start Your Own Business Programme”. If you do the course with the DCEB you pay around EUR 200. If you do the same course with the Business Information Centre of the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1 you can get it for free! It will run every Thursday (18:30-20:00) from 22 April – 27 May and is a series of lectures on how to start your own business. If you want to take part you need to book soon here 01-8733996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie The detailed schedule is available on www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/syob_2010.aspx

SAMBA DRUMMING WITH MORRO 16
Morro 15 are looking for new band members. Morro 16 have been playing samba in Dublin since Feb 2008 and are currently looking to recruit new musicians. Their musical style is “samba batucada”, the sound of carnival in Rio and the formation is a drum corp (“bloco”) of approx 20 players. If you want to join Morro 16 contact them via morrosixteen@yahoo.ie or find more information here www.myspace.com/morrosixteen I have heard Morro16 a few times and absolutely love their music and if I had time, I would join them! :-)

DVD RENTAL ALTERNATIVE
You probably have heard about DVD Rental companies that use the shop-less approach. You order a DVD and once you have watched it you send it back again so that you can get the next. The biggest and best known company is www.screenclick.com. Today I received an e-mail telling me that now Lidl, the German supermarket chain, is offering such a DVD Rental service as well and when I investigated a little further, I found out that it is actually screenclick who is providing the service. The only difference seems to be that if you rent through Lidl, you will get the same service EUR 1 per month cheaper. www.lidlmovies.ie/ Interesting “alternative” to screenclick.com

BEAR FESTIVAL
Well, this is NOT what you might think it is, but it is a new cultural addition to life in Ireland so let me tell you about it even if the event is not free. If you are male and are interested in other men of the hairy variety, this event is for you. Suddenly you understand what the term Bear Feile means, don’t you? And with the same speed of light the majority of you will realise that this event is not for them, but it is always good to know what if happening around us. ;-) Especially if you are out in town and encounter a whole hoard of beary men. There is a Mr Bear Ireland competition (I quote: “Leather, uniform, construction or rugby-gear welcome”) and lots of other events are taking place. www.bearfeile.com/

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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 6000+ 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.

HAMIK DESIGNS – ARCHITECTURE + PROJECT MANAGEMENT
Hamik Designs was established not too long ago by Hamish Keam who studied architecture in Melbourne, Australia. Hamik Design is an Architectural, Project Management and Sustainability company. They specialise in designing and managing the construction of extensions and new homes. No matter if it is residential design or design for office, commercial or mixed use developments, Hamik Designs can help you. From preliminary design to 3D design and planning to BER certification, all services can be provided. The company is based in Dublin but works throughout Ireland. In the current economic climate there are not too many building projects taking place but if you are considering some development, consider Hamish’s company! His website is here www.hamikdesigns.com

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KATHARINA SCHUECKE – GOETHE INSTITUT
“Tunneln” is an exhibition by Katharina Schücke in the Goethe Institut which will be on show from 25 March until 30 April. Opening hours are Tue-Thu 10:00-20:00 and Fri+Sat 10:00-13:30. (The Return, Goethe-Institut Irland, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2). Katharina Schücke, born in Dresden, studied at the Städelschule in Frankfurt. In her work she looks at the architectural history of East Germany and the influence of social and political changes. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5782100v.htm

HAZEL FITZPATRICK – MILL THEATRE DUNDRUM
“those that were found..” is an exhibition of photographic work by Hazel Fitzpatrick. The official opening will be on Sat 27 March from 17:30-19:00 and the exhibition will continue until 29 April. (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)

AINE BELTON & SHARON WHITE – EXCHANGE GALLERY
“oddio” is a collaborative project by recent IADT graduates Áine Belton and Sharon White. The title of the project is a play on the word audio and also an appropriate term for the sound sculptures or musical instruments which the artists intend to invent. The artists will work on site de-constructing and reconfiguring materials which will then be utilised for their sound qualities. The aim of the project is to promote the every day and ordinary sounds which surround us in our environments, ranging from minimal to obtrusive. Within this, the artists will combat how a ‘noise’ can be appropriated to a higher plane of appreciation. It can be said that music exists because noise exists.
The exhibition opens at 18:30 on Fri 26 Mar and continues until Sun 28 March. A special event will take place on Sat 27 Mar from 15:00-16:30.
For further information contact oddioproject@gmail.com
(Gallery Details: Exchange Dublin Gallery, 1 Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 8, gallery.exchangedublin.ie, Open: Tues-Sun 12:00-22:00)

FERGUS BYRNE & JOE STANLEY – TALBOT GALLERY
“Auto-Mano” is a collaborative exhibition by Fergus Byrne and Joe Stanley. The exhibition runs from 25 Mar-17 Apr and it explores the common threads and characteristics emerging between Byrne’s sound drawings and Stanley’s GPS drawings; an underlying interest in mark-making and seemingly random composition. (Gallery Details: Talbot Gallery, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1, www.talbotgallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 10:30-17:00, Sat 10:30-14:00)

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POETRY NOW FESTIVAL – DUN LAOGHAIRE
In Dun Laoghaire the Poetry Now Festival is taking place between 25 and 28 March. There are a number of free events and you should have a look at the website www.poetrynow.ie or at the programme poetrynow.ie/Brochure10.pdf to see if you are interested in some of the events. You might have to pre-register, so please have a look.

KERWIN RAE MARKETING SEMINAR
Kerwin Rae, a really nice guy and an Australian Business Marketing Expert is coming to Dublin for a free 1-day seminar. Kerwin runs 3-day seminars in London and Australia and he will tell you more about the seminars and his approach to marketing at this day long training. From 10:00-19:00 Kerwin will be in the Clontarf Castle in Clontarf. Kerwin is an expert in online marketing and in Joint Ventures and I expect him to talk about these areas as well as about his fascinating view of life (Probably being in his 30s, he had a stroke about a year ago!) I plan to go to this event next Friday 26 March. www.powerupyourmarketing.co.uk/?af=CLA1035324

TRANSFORMING IRELAND – EARTH SCIENCES LECTURE
The UCD Earth Sciences Institute is running a series of seminars beginning Friday
19 March and running most Fridays until December. The title of the series is “Transforming Ireland – Mobilising Innovation and Enterprise to Become a Prosperous Low Carbon Society”. The next seminar will take place on Fri 26 March from 12:30-14:00 and is entitled “On fertile ground: The role of soils in GHG mitigation” Speakers: Dr. Gary Lanigan, Teagasc & Professor Bruce Osborne, UCD
Chair: Matthew Dempsey, Editor and Chief Executive, Irish Farmers Journal. The seminar will take place in Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No. 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. To register your interest please email esi.admin@ucd.ie

NOKIA YOUNG FASHION DESIGNER AWARD
The Nokia Young Fashion Designer Award, the premier student design award in Ireland, is open to the public this year. Make sure you don’t miss your chance to check out Ireland’s up and coming design talent, as well as joining some of Ireland’s top fashion people, who will host a number of special events over the four days.
The event takes place in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre (off Grafton Street) from Thurs 25 Mar-Sun 28 Mar. Opening times are Fri+Sat 10:00-18:00 and Sun 12:00-18:00. Admission is free.
Special events are
+ ‘Fashion Talks’ on Fri 26 Mar at 18:00:
Get the inside gossip on what it is really like to be a fashion designer with talks by the best in Irish fashion design – Joanne Hynes, mentor to our 20 NYFDA finalists and top dress designer Eilis Boyle.
+ ‘Fashion Shoots…Behind the Scenes’ on Sat 27 Mar at 15:00:
Nokia gives you the opportunity to be a fly on the wall at a specially commissioned photo shoot with stylist, Corina Gaffney, photographer, Lili Forberg, hair stylist, Maurice Flynn and make-up artist, Sheena O’Brien. Visit the exhibition in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre and pick up your ticket to attend this exclusive fashion shoot in Spy. When you are there, get your make-up done by the professionals and then take part in your own fashion shoot!
www.nokia.ie/misc/events

TOWER RECORDS – IN-STORE EVENT
Oliver Cole will be in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 26 March at 13:00 and
Jennifer Evans will be there on the same day (Fri 26 Mar) at 17:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

HOME ENERGY SAVING INFORMATION EVENING – PHIBSBORO&BALLYBODEN
A free Home Energy Saving Information Evening will take place in Phibsboro (Scouts Hall, rear of Public Library) on Fri 26 Mar at 19:30 and in Ballyboden St. Enda’s GAA club on Tues 30 Mar and 06 April at 19:30. The information evenings are being organised by the energy agency Codema, which acts as energy adviser to the four local authorities in Dublin. The evening will provide independent advice on how to reduce your home’s energy bill and homeowners will also learn about the Energy Smart Community and how forming a cluster in your area can save you money and hassle. www.energysmartcommunity.com
www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=2048

FRENCH FRIDAY – BIA BAR
The third French Friday of the year will take place on the 26 March from 21:00-02:30 at the Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2. There will be 100% French Music from 21:30-23:30. french-friday.com/

THE KOUBAS – WHELAN’S
In Whelan’s in 25 Wexford Street “The Koubas” will feature in “The Midnight Hour” on Fri 26 March. Admission is free before 22:30. www.whelanslive.com/listings/

SHAKE DOWN – PACINO’S RESTAURANT
“Shake Down” in Pacino’s Restaurant in Suffolk Street will feature the Cheap Freaks on 26 March. Shake Down is entertainment by a live band and DJ from 23:00-02:30, while you can enjoy a low priced pizza and a cocktail in Pacino’s. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870

REGULAR EVENTS – FRIDAY
* 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

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BILINGUAL PEOPLE FAIR IN DUBLIN
On Sat 27 March from 10:00-18:00 a bilingual people fair will take place in the Guinness Storehouse St James Gate Dublin 8. Free tickets were available but are unfortunately all gone, so if you didn’t get a ticket before, attendance is unfortunately, and – for this type of event – inexplicably, not free. www.bilingualpeople.ie

IRISH MET SOCIETY WEATHER & CLIMATE CONFERENCE
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. It seems that there are still a few seats available, so hurry if you want to be at the event.

RODDY DOYLE – EASON’S BOOK SIGNING
Roddy Doyle will be in Eason’s in O’Connell Street on Sat 27 Mar at 12:30 to sign his newest book. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

YOUTH EMPLOYMENT CONSULTATION
As decisions are taken on how to address Youth Employment in Ireland and Europe, Young People want to be part of the solution not the problem. The National Youth Council of Ireland in Partnership with the Youth Affairs Unit of OMCYA are hosting a consultation with young people on Youth Employment and Social Inclusion in preparation for the European Conference on the issue. The event will take place in the Irish Aid Centre O’Connell Street, Dublin on Sat 27 May 2010. It is aimed at young people and Youth Workers over 18yrs. The organisers especially invite people that have experience of finding it difficult to access employment. Admission is free and public transport travel expenses can be paid. Booking is absolutely required and you will find all details on www.international.youth.ie/index.php?id=33 or by contacting international AT nyci.ie ot Tel: 01 4255945. The deadline for bookings was 19 March, but maybe you are lucky and can convince the organisers that you have to be at the event.

CAMINO DE SANTIAGO – PRACTICAL INFORMATION DAY
The Irish Society of the Friends of St. James, a voluntary organisation to promote the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela in north western Spain, is inviting to a Practical Information Day. This gives you the opportunity to get all you need in order to prepare your own pilgrimage including a “Taste of the Camino”, expert talks, information on the different walking routes, tips for packing, book recommendations, a pilgrim’s passport as well as special information on doing the Camino on wheels. The event takes place in St. James’s Church Centre, James’s Street, Dublin 8 on Sat 27 March between 13:00 – 17:00. Admission is free and all are welcome! www.stjamesirl.com

VENEZUELA – COUNTRY IN REVOLUTION – FILM SCREENING
“Listen to Venezuela: A Revolutionary Film about a Country in Revolution” is the title of a film by Mike Wayne & Deirdre O’Neill. The film screening takes place on Sat 27 Mar at 14:30 in the New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin. The makers will give an introduction. www.listentovenezuela.info/english/homeEng.html

FAMILY & ADULT EVENTS – NATIONAL MUSEUM
# The Adult Gallery Talk ‘Daily Life in Ancient Rome’ is taking place on Sat 27 Mar from 12:00-12:30 in Kildare Street. (Age 14+). Led by Dr Linda Mulvin, explore what daily life was like in Ancient Rome through the National Museum’s diverse collection of Roman antiquities. No booking required. First come, first served. Talk limited to 30. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=960

TOWER RECORDS – IN-STORE EVENT
“The Redneck Manifesto” will be in Tower Records, Wicklow Street for an InStore event on Sat 27 March mat 15:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

FAMILY PROGRAMME – NATIONAL GALLERY
The Family Programme in the National Gallery in Kildare Street on Sat 27 Mar from 15:00 is “A visit to ‘The Village School'” with Siobhan Feeney. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

EARTH HOUR – TURN THE LIGHT OFF
On Sat 27 March from 20:30-21:30 you are asked to turn off the light to do your bit for the environment. The lights will go out for one hour all over the world and you can find out more on www.earthhour.org

REGULAR SATURDAY EVENTS
* 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
* 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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ALIVE OUTSIDE DUATHLON – PHOENIX PARK
On Sun 28 Mar the Alive Outside Duathlon is taking place in Phoenix Park from 09:00. Participation is not free and the registration is closed now, but you can still watch the race for free. If you had planned to drive through Phoenix Park on Sunday, keep in mind that to accommodate this event Acres Rd, Upr Glen Rd and the Chapelizod Gate will be closed from 09:00-12:00. www.aliveoutside.ie/index.php?id=69&eid=47

DUBLIN FLEA MARKET – DUBLIN 8
The next Dublin Flea Market this year is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 28 Mar from 11:00-17:00. The flea market will take place every last Sunday of the month. For more information check out www.dublinflea.ie. 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 This month there will be 20 new outdoor stalls in addition to the indoor market, so the market is growing and getting bigger and better. www.dublinflea.ie

CHILDREN’S ART WORKSHOP – PHOENIX PARK
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 Mar – Medieval Life – Includes visit to Ashtown Castle
www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

SUNDAY AT NOON CONCERT – HUGH LANE GALLERY
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 by Roy Amotz (flute) and Matan Porat (piano), performing music by W.A. Mozart, Debussy, O. Messiaen and F. Poulenc. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=466

SUNDAY SKETCHING – HUGH LANE GALLERY
The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. This week (28 Mar) the title is “Horses, Dogs, Birds and more. Animal inspired sketches” and the event takes place from 15:00-16:00. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=415

FAMILY PROGRAMME – NATIONAL MUSEUM
# Please note: All National Museum branches will be closed on Sunday and all events that were originally planned have been cancelled. I am not sure what the reason is but I wonder if it has to do with the refusal of civil and public servants to provide services to the public.

NATIONAL GALLERY – SUNDAY LECTURE
The Sunday Lecture on 28 Mar at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Kildare Street is: “Modernist Trends in Recent Acquisitions” by Lecturer Dr Hilary Pyle, writer, biographer, and art historian.
of Ireland www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

MATINEE BRUNCH CLUB – ODEON BAR & GRILL
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 Mar 27/28 – The Incredibles. 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.

COMEDY CRUNCH – SHEBEEN CHIC
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 March and the details can be found on: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

REGULAR SUNDAY EVENTS
* 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
* 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.
* 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.

WEEKEND EVENTS
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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WHELAN’S HEFTY MONDAYS
In Whelan’s in 25 Wexford Street a band who has not been named yet will feature in the “Hefty Monday’s” on Mon 29 March. Admission is free before 22:30. www.whelanslive.com/listings/

CINE-CAFE – MOTHER REILLY’S, RATHMINES
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 Mar at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)).

REGULAR MONDAY EVENTS
* 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.

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EASTER FAMILY FUN – HENRY STREET
Jervis Shopping Centre, the Ilac Centre and Arnott’s, all in Henry Street, invite families to their Easter activities which will start on Tues 30 March. Kid’s bungee jumping, face painting and children’s motorbike rides are some of the attractions and Mums and Dads will have the chance to win a EUR 1,000 shopping spree. Visit www.dublincitybid.ie for a full schedule of events.
# In Jervis Shopping Centre you can visit the Easter Bunny in his Easter Garden (Tues 30 Mar + Wed 31 Mar from 11:00-17:00, Thurs 01 April from 11:00-19:00 and Fri 02 and Sat 03 April from 10:00-18:00). The “Mad Hatter” Storytelling Sessions in the Easter Garden will take place daily from 11:00-13:00. And the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Tribute on the Jervis Stage is scheduled for Thurs 01 April at 15:00.
For the grown-ups: If you guess the number of Lindt Bunnies in the Monster Easter Egg correctly, you can win EUR 1,000 in shopping vouchers.
# In the Ilac Centre Kids Bungee Trampoline will take place from Mon 05 Apr – Sat 10 Apr in the Central Square and Motorbike Go-Kart will take place from 05-10 Apr in the Moore Mall. Face Painting will be available too.
# Arnotts Department Store is inviting to a Children’s Fashion Show on the 1st Floor on Easter Saturday at 13:00, 14:00 and 15:00 (with discounts on selected brands on the day) and Arnott’s home value event is taking place over the Easter weekend with up to 50% off across all home departments

NATIONAL GALLERY LECTURE
On Tues 30 March the lecture “Recent Acquisition of works by Jack B. Yeats” by lecturer Dr Róisín Kennedy, University College will take place in the National Gallery at 10:30. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

STORY OF CHINESE TEA – CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY
On Thurs 01 Apr at 13:30 you can listen to the “Story of Chinese Tea” followed by a tasting with Brendan Dempsey of Matchabar, Powerscourt Townhouse, Dublin. Admission is free and it is not necessary to pre-book. This event will take place in the Chester Beatty Library behind Dublin Castle. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

CURATOR’S TALK – IRISH MUSEUM OF MODERN ART
Juan Manuel Bonet, exhibition curator, introduces Vertical Thoughts: Morton Feldman and the Visual Arts, an exhibition which comprises of music scores, record covers, photographs and documents, including paintings by fourteen artists associated with Feldman. This talk explores Morton Feldman’s long career as a widely acclaimed composer and his close association with a number of visual artists – particularly those connected with the New York School. Juan Manuel Bonet is an independent curator and former Director of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid, Spain. (Juan Manuel Bonet will deliver his lecture in Spanish, with English simultaneous translation available to all participants.) The talk will take place on Tues 30 March at 17:00 in the Lecture Room of the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Kilmainham. The event is followed by the exhibition preview a wine reception and a musical performance. The musical performance is by Richard O’Donnell, who will perform “The King of Denmark”, a 10 min percussion arrangement which takes place in IMMA’s Chapel at 19:00. Admission is free, but booking is required for the curator’s talk: www.imma.ie/en/page_212218.htm

SEAN HILLEN – ARTIST TALK – ALLIANCE FRANCAISE
Sean Hillen, who is currently exhibiting “The Man form Irelantis” in the Alliance Francaise will talö about his wirk on Tues 30 Mar at 18:30. The Man from IRELANTIS shows many examples of his highly acclaimed work from the 1980’s up to his most recent and talks about its genesis and history. Admission is free, but please book via info@alliance-francaise.ie www.alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

PLANTS LECTURE – BOTANIC GARDENS
The lecture “An Inordinate Fondness for Plants” by Dr Brian Rushton is taking place at 20:00 on Tues 30 Mar in the Visitor Center of the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Brian Rushton is Professor of Botany with the University of Ulster. He is also a Taxonomist and Ecologist who has a wide range of botanical interests including tree species, weeds, hybridisation and urban forestry. In his lecture, he will talk about issues such as the declining interest in botany and how this threatens our attempts to utilise and conserve the world’s plant biodiversity. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

REGULAR TUESDAY EVENTS
* 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

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NCI OPEN DAY + LEAVING CERT REVISION SESSIONS
NCI Open Days give you the chance to speak to current NCI students, Faculty members and staff before ‘change of mind’ on the CAO closes. While there you can attend programme presentations and take a tour of campus and student accommodation. The open day will take place on Wed 31 Mar from 11:00-15:00 at NCI’s IFSC Campus, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1
The National College of Ireland are also inviting 6th year leaving certificate students to attend free Leaving Cert. Revision Sessions. The Leaving Cert. Revision Sessions “Higher Level English” will take place on 31 Mar and “Ordinary Level Maths” on 07 Apr. To book a place go to www.ncirl.ie
www.ncirl.ie/Events/NCI_Open_Day_and_FREE_leaving_cert_revision

DISCOVER PRINTMAKING – NATIONAL LIBRARY WORKSHOP
A children’s workshop entitled “Discover printmaking” is taking place in the National Library in Kildare Street on Wed 31 Mar from 14:30. View prints from the Library’s collection in the new exhibition Discover Your National Library and then learn to create your own prints in this family workshop aimed at children 5+. Admission is free, but booking is essential. To book your place, please phone 01 603 0277
www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

RHA LECTURE SERIES
The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to the second part of their series of lectures by RHA Members and Honorary Members:
– 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

FILM SCREENING – INSTITUTO CERVANTES
The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 31 March at 18:30 the film “Noticias de una guerra” (2006) by Eterio Ortega Santillana will be shown. (in Spanish with English subtitles). dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha62237_16_2.htm The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery.

BROWNBREAD MIXTAPE – STAG’S HEAD PUB
The “brownbread mixtape” is a free monthly gig upstairs in the Stag’s Head pub. Each gig is themed and the best contemporary musicians, poets and comedians are invited to perform a short set of thematically related material. This month’s brownbread mixtape is on Wed 31 Mar at 20:00 and the theme of the night is “Come on Ireland!”. Performers are award-winning poets Stephen James Smith and Colm Keegan, renowned musicians Elder Roche and Neil Bailey, as well as new satirical sketch comedy from resident brownbread players. Host Kalle Ryan will be in place to deliver some additional laugh-out-loud interludes during the proceedings. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com

SONGS OF PRAISE – THE VILLAGE
The Songs of Praise Rock and Roll Karaoke is moving from its Sunday evening slot to Wednesdays. After five years of legendary Sunday nights in the Village, Songs of Praise is moving to Wednesdays. The mid week mayhem starts at 21:00 every Wed! www.getpraise.com Venue: The Village, Wexford Street, Dublin 2

REGULAR WEDNESDAY EVENTS
* 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
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* 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.

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TCD MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS LECTURE SERIES
The TCD Milenium Development Goals Lecture Series takes place on Thursdays from 19:00-20:30 in Ui Chadhain Lecture Theatre, (2041b) Ground Floor, Arts Building, TCD. For further details email mdglect@tcd.ie, call 086 8442641 or visit www.tcd.ie/Economics/DevelopmentStudies
+ A Fairer Global Tax System: Developing World and National Perspectives: 1 April. Speakers: David McNair, Head of Research and Policy, Christian Aid, London; Sheila Killian, Dept of Accounting & Finance, University of Limerick.
+ The Truth about Trade: the real impact of trade liberalisation: 8 April. Speaker: Clive George, University of Manchester and author of ‘The Truth About Trade’.

ODEON MOVIE CLUB
Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme this month is “Frat Brats” and the films are 01 Apr: Animal House, 08 Apr: The Breakfast Club, 15 Apr: The Old School, 22 Apr: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 29 Apr: Caddyshack. For Seat/Table reservations call 478 2088 or mail hello@odeon.iewww.odeon.ie/gallery.html

THE PASSION OF CHRIST – ST WERBURGH CHURCH
A dramatic retelling of the Passion of Jesus Christ set in and around St. Werburgh’s Church is taking place on Holy Thursday (01 April) at 21:30 with the “Last Supper and Betrayal” in St. Werburgh’s Church and the ancient churchyard. It is continued on Good Friday (02 April) at 10:30 with the “Way of the Cross” street drama beginning on the steps of St. Werburgh’s. St. Werburgh’s Church is on St. Werburgh’s Street, opposite Christ Church Cathedral and across the road from Leo Burdock’s Chip Shop.
www.dublinevents.com/events/theatre/passion-christ-werburgh.php

REGULAR THURSDAY EVENTS
* 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.

———Friday————————

GOOD FRIDAY EVENT – URBAN OUTFITTERS
The Urban Outfitters Easter event is legendary by now. Long before rugby clubs and pub owners in Limerick tried to introduce alcohol to Good Friday, Urban Outfitters in Temple Bar were the only oasis on a dry Good Friday. The loop hole that the shop in Temple Bar used was the fact that the alcohol there is complimentary because the law only forbids SELLING alcohol on Good Friday!
However, don’t get this wrong, the Urban Outfitter event is not a get-drunk-on-Good-Friday event, instead it is an evening of fashion and music with a two hour DJ Set from “Filthy Dukes” from 19:00-21:00, during which complimentary drinks are available (while stocks last). No booking is required and admission is free, you can just come to the shop. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=101770663196350&ref=mf

TRANSFORMING IRELAND – EARTH SCIENCES LECTURE
The UCD Earth Sciences Institute is running a series of seminars that began on Fri
19 March and will be on most Fridays until December. There will probably no lecture on Fri 02 April, because it is Good Friday, but I will only find out during the week. If a lecture is taking place it will be from 12:30-14:00 in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No. 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. To find out more about upcoming lectures, contact esi.admin@ucd.ie

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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:

IDEAL HOMES EXHIBITION
The Ideal Homes Exhibition takes place in the RDS in Ballsbridge from 16-18 April and if you want to get a free ticket for the show, you can get it here:
www.idealhome.ie/visitor-zone/free-ticket/

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Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section. ;-)

RUBGY, LIMERICK, GOOD FRIDAY AND PUBS
For a number of weeks a big discussion is going on about alcohol in Limerick on Good Friday. If you haven’t heard about it, let me give you a quick overview: Many years ago, the state has decided to put a law in place that says that you are not allowed to drink alcohol in a pub on the Friday before Easter (Good Friday) and even more so, pubs are not even allowed to open. This law was made for the catholic church and has no reason or justification in a civil context. For some odd reason the planners of rugby matches have scheduled the rugby match in Limerick between Munster and Leinster for Good Friday. The consequence would be that no alcohol will be available before, during or after this match and seemingly that can’t be. I find this whole argument odd on SOOO many levels!
I find it odd that this law still exists in today’s society. If a catholic doesn’t want to drink alcohol on Good Friday or any other day it is his good right to do so, but I don’t see why others should be prohibited to drink alcohol just because ONE religious organisation says so. (By the way: I am catholic.) However, it is very odd as well that people find it ABSOLUTELY unthinkable to enjoy a rugby match without alcohol. A judge in Limerick has now decided that pubs are allowed to open for business on Good Friday in Limerick because the match is a “Special Event”. And that is odd too! I thought the state said that Good Friday is such a Special Event that it is justified to have a special law for it. Does one Special Event now overrule the other Special Event? Odd! And why is the alcohol ban only lifted in Limerick? Leinster fans and Munster fans are possibly supporting their teams in other towns as well. Does a Special Event only take place if you can physically touch it? Why is the rugby fan in Dublin not allowed to enjoy this Special Event in his local pub? Odd!
In my opinion the Good Friday law should be scrapped, it has no place in today’s tolerant society, but it still leaves the oddness of the alcohol-needing rugby supporters. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0325/breaking36.html

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Enjoy the spring weather whenever available ;-) and let’s look forward to a wonderful summer. (I won’t give up hope until October and the weather gods better give us some compensation for the cold winter!)

–Joerg

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