Event Guide 166: Heritage Week, Viking Festival, Contemporary Music Festival, Fair Ground Attraction

August 20th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 166
| 20 Aug 2010 Subscribers: 7172

Hi all!

There are so many things on this week that I will try to keep this introduction really short. Thanks to all who came last Sunday to our Elvis Concert. The Olympia was full and it was definitely one of our best concerts! We had lots of fun. If you STILL haven’t seen us, watch this space, I will let you know about upcoming gigs.

The highlight for the coming weeks are the Heritage Week, the Viking Festival and – yes, I will not get tired promoting it – Shadaan Felfeli’s play “The Virgi n and the Vulture”. Make sure that you don’t miss this amazing play. I am already looking forward to it. If you can’t remember what I was talking about last week, then check the Competition Section or check this link: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110301872358707 I promise you, you will love it! Oh, just in case some of you are surprised to see that it was me who set up the Event Page on Facebook: I did that because Shadaan has no website at the moment and to let people know it is easier sometimes to send them to a website. And apart from that I am a big fan of his play, but you MIGHT have realised that already. :-P
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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.

Blind Man Walking might well be the most inspirational story of the year. At the age of 22, Mark Pollock, a handsome young athlete and academic, suddenly lost his sight. He was plunged into darkness and depression but rebuilt his life over the next ten years. On the tenth anniversary of his sight-loss he takes on the toughest challenge of his life in attempting to become the first blind man to race to the South Pole.
This documentary by Ross Whitaker (Saviours, Bye Bye Now) follows Mark for the anniversary year of losing his sight, throughout his training and his attempt to get to the South Pole. What unfolds is a highly personal, often emotional and ultimately uplifting story told against the epic backdrop of the Antarctic. Director Ross Whitaker will participate in a post-screening Q&A.The film screening will take place in the Irish Film Institute on Sunday 22 August at 13:30 and you can book tickets here

This week I will definitely go to some Heritage Week events, I am not sure yet which, because I haven’t checked the complete programme myself, but the Glasnevin Cemetery tour is really interesting and the I would love to climb up the St. Patrick’s Cathedral clock tower. .. among other things! Then I will either on Saturday or Sunday spend some time at the Viking Festival and will have a look at the Fair Ground Attraction on Sunday on Meeting House Square. On Tuesday I will be without fail at Shadaan Felfeli’s play “The Virgi n and the Vulture” (check the competition section for details!) And friends told me that the Brownbread Mixtape event on Wednesday is really good. Because I usually have training on Wednesdays, I was never able to make it but ONE day I will go there. :-)


A special event for business owners, entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial thinkers will take place on Fri+Sat 17+18 Sept in the K Club in Kildare. The event is called “The Business Summit” and will be a 2-day seminar with well known successful Irish business people who will reveal their secrets of how to deal with and how to beat the recession. thebusinesssummit.com/eventguide Sean Gallagher from Dragon’s Den, the Financial Guru Eddie Hobbs and Celebrity Chef Clodagh McKenna are a selection of the key note speakers who will share the secret of their businesses success at the “Growing Your Business Through Recession” themed Business Summit. This Business Summit puts you and leading business people in the same room where you can gain valuable insights on:
* Kick starting your business with proven Irish strategies
* Why there’s no bad time for good businesses
* Connecting with like-minded business people to create opportunities
* Rewiring your business brain to new possibilities with motivation from inspirational speakers
Other speakers at the event are sporting icon and businessman Liam Griffin, Louis Copeland the master tailor & businessman, O’Brien’s Sandwich bar founder & author Brody Sweeney, Coach Trainer Eoin McCabe and Cameron Stewart Founder & Social Entrepreneur, Founder of 11890 Nicola Byrne, Online Entrepreneur and Business Coach Mark Wynne.
At the moment the 50% early booking discount still applies until this evening and a ticket costs EUR 247. So if you are want to go to the event, and don’t trust Lady Luck, you might want to book before this evening.
You have the chance to win such a ticket worth EUR 247 (!!!) which will give you access to the seminar on both days. Now, as you can imagine, for such a massive price you will have to do a little bit of work. ;-) In order to be in with a chance to win this price you will have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject SUMMIT and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you need to tell me in the mail one of the two companies that Noelle O’Connor is linked to. (Hint: Check the pictures on the right hand side on the website!) thebusinesssummit.com/eventguide Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on 01 September.

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I told you last week about Shadaan Felfeli’s play. I saw it before and thought it was amazing and I think every single one of you would like it as long as you have retained a tiny bit of child-like imagination. “The Virgi n and the Vulture” tells the fascinating tale of a Parsi storyteller who finds it hard to get out of bed one sunny Indian afternoon, and Shadaan has the talent to tell this story in such colourful and rich language that you feel you are in the middle of it. The winners of the two pairs of tickets are by coincidence two Sarahs: Sarah O’Farrell and Sarah Ann Hanrahan! Congratulations! But even if you didn’t win, I hope that many of you will make it to the play on Monday or Tuesday (I will be there on Tuesday at 20:00). Tickets will be available at the door, but if you want to make sure that you will get in, send a mail to virginandvulture@gmail.com specifying for which of the four performances you would like to reserve tickets. The plays are on Mon 23 Aug and Tues 24 Aug, Shadaan will perform his play twice on each evening (18:00 and 20:00) in the Pearse Centre (next to the Trinity Capital Hotel) in Pearse Street. Tickets are EUR 10. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110301872358707

EYP (European Young Professionals) are organising the second Tea party & Fashion Show on Fri 20 Aug in the new Gibson Hotel in the Point Village. Sean Boland, DJ Byron and lots of Irish Models will be there and all details about the event are here
www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136819493025635 Tickets are EUR 8 or EUR10. The ticket that EYP made available, was won by Gwen Ollivier! Congrats!

Deveney’s of Dundrum is inviting you to the first Irish Bottle Beer Festival, the “Lughnasa Bottled Beer Festival” on 20 August 2010 from 17:00-22:00 in the Pod Complex, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. This event brings 200 bottled beers from around the World to one venue. The aim of the event is to educate through tasting and informal beer advice from some of the best brewers and beer specialists from all over
Europe. With entertainment by ”Prison Love”, the Irish Bluegrass Band, and Suzanne
Purcell and with food vendors on site, this will be the perfect event for all beer lovers. Tickets are EUR 20.00 and are available from Deveney’s of Dundrum’s website deveneysbeer.blogspot.com Check out deveneysbeer.blogspot.com or www.facebook.com/pages/Deveneys-Dundrum-Lughnasa-Beer-Festival-August-2010/125134090837601 or follow twitter.com/RuthDeveney
Ruth Deveney has made TWO pairs of tickets available for readers of the Dublin Event Guide and the winners are Melanie Tucker and Tadgh Fallon! Enjoy the beer!

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______________

Last Wednesday, this year’s Culture Night programme was unveiled by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) and it is impressive! Culture Night 2010 will take place on 24 Sept and will extend to 20 cities, towns and counties. A record 132 cultural venues in Dublin will open their doors for free events on that Friday evening and I will tell you lots more about that special night. If you already want to have a look at the programme, check out www.culturenight.ie and mark the 24 Sept in your calendar. Oh, and when you see the posters etc in the coming weeks and admire the nice logo, you are admiring the young graphic designer Conor Lumsden’s work. I didn’t like last year’s Culture Night logo at all, but this year’s is really great. I think the Temple Bar Cultural Trust should stick with this one and stop changing the logo every year.

Alda Gomez at Tai Chi South City is running morning tai chi classes in Portobello (only 10 minute walk from St. Stephens Green) and evening courses in Rathmines. New courses for beginners are starting in September and if you pay a EUR 25 deposit before Sept. to book a course, you only need to pay another EUR 75 when the course starts instead of the usual EUR 110 fee.
More info on www.taichi-southcity.com or contact Alda directly at 087-7750782 or taichisouthcity@yahoo.com

Many of you have no idea where the (relatively new) Wood Quay venue is, but you will see more and more events taking place there, so it is a good idea to know it: The Wood Quay Venue is in the basement of one of the Dublin Civic Offices buildings and you get there best from Fishamble Street where there is an walk way between Civic Offices buildings towards the Amphitheatre. The Amphitheatre is the round Amphitheatre-like construction between the Civic Offices building and Christ Church. When you walk along this walkway, then you will find the entrance to the Wood Quay Venue on the left. www.woodquayvenue.ie/ The venue contains a beautiful modern room for talks, concerts and exhibitions, called the City Wall Space and it contains the “My City Exhibition” (see below). The unique feature in the City Wall Space is an approx. 7metre long piece of the original Hiberno Viking City Wall dating from 1100AD. The wall forms a stunning backdrop in the City Wall Space.

The “My City Exhibition” is a modern multimedia-rich permanent exhibition that provides information on Dublin City today, while also showcasing plans for the coherent future development of the City. A 3-D, interactive map of Dublin allows visitors to explore the projects and developments that will shape the future of the City.
There are six multimedia kiosks dealing with a different themes relating to the makeup of the City. The themes chosen are culture, enterprise, environment, movement, people and places. A seventh kiosk houses an interactive timeline display highlighting key points in the evolution of the City from 841 AD to date. The exhibition is open from 09:00-17:00 from Monday to Friday and it would be great if this could be extended to at least Saturday openings as otherwise the majority of us will unfortunately never see it! Admission is free. www.woodquayvenue.ie/myCity.php

To celebrate the evolving history and heritage of South Dublin County, South Dublin Libraries are inviting to “History and Heritage 2010”, an “interesting, stimulating and evocative” range of events. The whole long list of events can be found here www.southdublinlibraries.ie/events You will be kept busy with that and will learn lots. A big thanks to Niamh N who regularly sends me really interesting event notices for you that I otherwise would probably not know about!

I am neither a fan of cigarettes nor am I a big fan of the concert promoter MCD, but the newest trouble MCD got into is in my opinion far over the top. The anti-smoking organisation ASH is accusing MCD of only having one single brand of cigarettes available at Oxegen and of giving cigarettes away for free. Let’s celebrate the day MCD is giving anything away for free! ;-) But seriously: I was at an event this week where sandwiches were available for free, will the anti-obesity lobby soon demand that this terrible action will be forbidden? And free alcohol? I won’t even go there. But free soft-drinks could get the anti-obesity lobby on the plan as well! www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/mcd-reported-over-tobacco-promotion-claims-469997.html This is nearly as mad as the idea of having a minimum price for alcohol as it is demanded (and introduced) in the UK (www.independent.ie/breaking-news/national-news/call-for-minimum-alcohol-pricing-2304421.html). Yes, cigarettes and alcohol are bad for you and I neither smoke nor do I drink when I go out (I usually drive and the police keeps checking me!), but the only way of stopping people to use it should be to make it illegal. We see that high cigarette prices still haven’t eradicated smoking and the same is and will be true for alcohol consumption.


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 7000+ 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.

More to come!


Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie. For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/
On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.


Adebisi Shank will be playing live in Tower Records on Mon 23 Aug at 20:00 and only 150 Wristbands that will get you access to the event are available. If you want to get a wristband you can do so from 09:00 on Fri 20 Aug. I have never heard the name of that band, but seemingly they are popular because normally Tower Records doesn’t use a wristband system to restrict access. www.facebook.com/TowerRecordsDublin?v=wall

“Slumberjet” will be in Tower Records in Wicklow Street to perform on Fri 20 Aug at 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Love Music Hate Racism & The SCOOP (Save Children Out Of Poverty) are joining forces on Fri 20 August to bring you a collaborative event: Love SCOOP Hate Racism @ Sweeney’s Mongrel on Dame Lane from 21:00-02:30.
“Love SCOOP Hate Racism will consist of 3 floors of some of the most exciting live and spun music around. Upstairs they have the 7 piece soul journey Creamy Goodness, the wonderfully entertaining Robotnik, the new musical genius that is Patrick Kelleher, two of the best new bands in Dublin The Zealots and Squarehead, as well as new comer Barrie Cassidy are all playing live.
On the ground floor Gliders DJs Tanya Sweeney and Cillian McDonnell, as well resident Martin Ansbro will be playing the best of indie, rock , funk soul , disco and floor fillers. And then in the basement DJs Calvin James, Sophie de Vere, Lil Dave and Stefan Hoffman promise to keep it disco til late.”
Admission on the night is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5 for those who can afford it.
There is also going to be a raffle for 3 Electric Picnic tickets. All proceeds from the night and the raffle are going towards the School of Lofe, a school for street kids in Varanasi India that the SCOOP supports. lmhr.everydaycake.org/?page_id=11
Combine your after-work drinks, a plate of delicious tapas and a free “Gig in the Gallery” as part of the current Science Gallery exhibition “Biorhythm: Music and the Body”. On Fri 20 Aug from 18:00 the Cellist Kate Ellis will perform in the Science Gallery (www.myspace.com/katecello)

* 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.


From 21-29 Aug the National Heritage Week will take place in Ireland. It is a week packed full with events and the vast majority of the events are free (Some require pre-registration!). There are soo many events that I will not be able to list them. For this reason you have to check the detailed list yourself. I have included a number of them in this Event Guide, but it is only a tiny amount of all available events. Throughout whole Ireland there are more than 1000 events! The best resource for the listings are the downloadable event listings, which are excerpts from the printed Programme Booklet www.heritageweek.ie/index.php/whats-on/download-events-by-county-2/ 50,000 copies of the printed brochure were distributed in Ireland and the place where I got a copy was the main tourist information in St. Andrews Church in Suffolk Street. www.heritageweek.ie
There are soo many events and so many people asked if I would include their events, but it is just too much. A few examples: There is a series of lunchtime talks at the Guinness Archives, most museums will have special programmes, Pat Liddy will talk about the Heritage of Dublin in Bewley’s Café on Tue 24 Aug at 19:00. The film bananas on the breadboard will be screened in Bewley’s Café on Thurs 26 Aug at 19:00. The Botanical Garden in Glasnevin has lots of Heritage Weeks events announced: www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm and Farmleigh House invites to walks and talks: www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,13763,en.html
The vast majority of events are free with one unimpressive exception: Most events in Christ Church Cathedral are NOT free, which is a big pity. Even Dublinia, the interesting Glasnevin Cemetery Tour and some tours in St. Patrick’s Cathedral are free.
I strongly recommend that you download the section of the Event Guide you are interested in here www.heritageweek.ie/index.php/whats-on/download-events-by-county-2/ and study it!

On Sat 21 + Sun 22 Aug this year’s Dublin Viking Festival will take place in the heart of Viking Dublin at the Amphitheatre between Christ Church and the Civic Offices on Wood Quay. There will be a Viking Village on site with battle re-enactments, Viking arts and crafts and cooking. Listen to Viking stories and learn how our Viking ancestors traded, lived and played. Take a walking tour of Viking Dublin, check out the sand sculptures in Dublin Castle, storytelling in City Hall or check out the My City / Medieval Dublin exhibition at the Wood Quay Venue. There will be fun for all the family with Viking art workshops, face painting, balloon modelling, Viking Archery at the Amphitheatre and even an outdoor screening of a Viking movie on Saturday and Sunday evenings in the Viking Village! www.dublinvikingfestival.ie
The detailed programme is here www.dublinvikingfestival.ie/festival-programme.html (The outdoor Viking Movie Screening is taking place at 17:30 on Sunday and at 18:30 on Saturday)
Not mentioned in the programme seems to be the performances in the Wood Quay Venue “What have the Vikings ever done for us?” a free entertaining and educational show this Saturday and Sunday at 13:00, 14:30, 15:30 and 16:30 featuring performances from Jane E. Wash, Oddie Braddell and Dylan McDonough directed by Simon Hubbard from Alive-O Productions. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=128650087181159

From Sat 21 Aug until Sun 29 Aug the Contemporary Music Centre (CMC) will animate streets with a music trail consisting of outdoor sound installations in the heart of medieval and Viking Dublin. The umbrella programme “Music in the Historic Quarter” consists of the Contemporary Music Centre Outdoor Music Trail and an event programme. Come and explore and experience music of many genres, through live performance and the very latest technology, both outdoors and indoors! An inner trail consisting of three locations (Gutter Bookshop, CMC in Fishamble Street and Civic Offices at the Christ Church Entrance) playing open air music runs daily from 13:00-16:00. An extended trail incorporating the first three locations plus two additional locations (Garden of Dublin Castle and St. Patricks Park) can be followed and listened to with a smartphone by downloading the free “Layar” application for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and Android devices. Go to www.cmc.ie/musictrail for further information and instructions. The full event programme is here www.cmc.ie/musictrail/events.cfm and an overview of all events is here:
+ Sat 21 Aug: Daoiri Farrell and Friends in St Audoen’s Church, Cornmarket, Dublin 8 from 15:00-16:30. (free)
+ Wed 25 Aug: Rawstorne Singers Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral from 18:00-19:00 (free)
+ Thur 26 Aug: Rawstorne Singers Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral from 18:00-19:00 (free)
+ Thur 26 Aug: Stuart Nicholson ‘Starwars and Rude Noises’, organ recital in St Patrick’s Cathedral from 18:30-19:30 (free)
+ Fri 27 Aug: Anúna in The Back Loft, c/o La Catedral Studios, 7/11 St. Augustine St., Dublin 8 from 19:30-21:00 (EUR 15) www.ticketoffice.ie
+ Fri 27 Aug: Bell Ringers in Christ Church Cathedral at 19:00. Advanced booking required: 01 6778099. (free)
+Sat 28 Aug: Dublin Guitar Quartet in City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2 from 13:00-14:00. (free)
+ Sat 28 Aug: Rawstorne Singers Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral from 17:00-18:00 (free)
+ Sun 29 Aug: Rawstorne Singers Sung Eucharist in Christ Church Cathedral from 11:00-12:00 (free).
+ Sun 29 Aug: Rawstorne Singers Choral Evensong in Christ Church Cathedral from 15:30-16:15 (free)
+ Tues 31 Aug: Paudie O’Connor (box) and Aoife Ní Chaoimh (fiddle) in Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. 11:00-11:30 (free) RSVP to Maeve at 01 671 9429
or admin@musicnetwork.ie by 26 August.
+ Wed 01 Sept: Evensong recital by Christ Church Cathedral Choir in Christ Church Grounds from 18:00-18:15 (free)
+ Wed 01 Sept: The Galway Ensemble in Residence – ConTempo Quartet in Smock Alley Theatre, Exchange Street Lower, Dublin 8 from 20:00. (EUR 10/7 – under 16s free) www.thegalwaymusicresidency.ie

Every weekend on Sat and Sun the Point Village Market is taking place from 09:00-17:00. It is an outdoor food market with a flea market-like add-on. The market is next to the Point Depot (O2), right beside the last Luas stop “The Point” on the Red Line. In addition to the market, there is outdoor entertainment every week on the Gig Rig stage and you can find out the programme here: www.pointvillagemarket.ie/events On Saturday the following bands will perform: The Competition (www.myspace.com/thecompetitiongroup), Bipolar Empire (breakingtunes.com/bipolarempire) and Jupe (breakingtunes.com/jupe).

Only for the Heritage Week, a free tour of Kilmainham Gaol will be available at 12:00 on Sat 21 Aug and Sat 28 Aug. Kilmainham Gaol tours are normally not free, so if you are French and you want to see Kilmainham Gaol, this is your opportunity. For more information go to www.heritageireland.ie/en/Dublin/KilmainhamGaol/
Thanks to Orla G for letting me know about this!

A Fashion Sale for the benefit of Animal Aid and Sanctuary in Leitrim is organised by CatsAid. Charity Shop Prices on New & Good Adult Clothes, Kids Clothes, Shoes, Handbags, Jewelry, Accessories, Household Goods and Toys will be available on Sat 21 Aug from 12:00-15:00 in the Ierne Social Club, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9. (The entrance is at the very beginning of Grace Park Road across the
street from the football pitch.) Admission is free. To donate items contact Irene on 087-2464346 or irenecrawley@gmail.com

The Dublin Community Growers Butterfly Project is inviting to a free Garden Workshop on Sat 21 Aug from 12:00-14:00 at the Robert Emmet CDP Garden at Bridgefoot Street, Dublin 8.
This Garden Butterfly Workshop aims to provide a practical hands-on experience, and knowledge, of the butterflies that coexist with us amongst the urban landscape of Dublin. A talk and demonstration will serve to reveal butterfly life cycle and habits, while gardening methods for encouraging and supporting their presence will also be described. The event is for both adults and children.

The Hugh Lane Gallery is still on a reduced summer programme, but this week there will be a Lunch Time Talk on Sat 21 Aug at 13:00. The talk is entitled “The Laverys’ Passion for Fashion” with Lecturer Sara Donaldson. This talk is free but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=480

+ The Heritage Week-Adult Gallery Talk: “Irish and Anglo Norman Medieval Weapons” is taking place on Sat 21 Aug from 12:00-12:40 in Kildare Street. Dr Andy Halpin, NMI Archaeologist and Curator of the Medieval Ireland exhibition, will give a talk on Anglo-Norman and Irish weapons and warfare. No booking required, but places limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1472
+ The Heritage Week-Adult Gallery Talk: “Designing Ireland” is taking place on Sat 21 Aug from 12:00-12:30 in Collins Barracks. Join design historian and educator Muireann Charleton to explore Irish design through the decorative arts galleries. No booking required, but places are limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1474
+ The Heritage Week Family Tour: “Irish Biodiversity Past and Present” is taking place on Sat 21 Aug from 15:00-15:45 in the Natural Museum in Merrion Street. “Come and learn about some of our native Irish species some of which you may not have realised were Irish.” No Booking required. Places limited to 20. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1475

Imaginosity will be at Number 29, the Dublin Georgian House Museum, for a series of free creative interactive family workshops. The final event will take place on Sat 21 Aug. It is a drama performance entitled “A Little Adventure” and gets you to return to 18th Century Dublin through the eyes of two very different children living in Number 29. “Engaging and curious drama to educate and inspire young minds.” The summer programme allowed participants (families and children) to reflect on the typical activities that Dublin children would have engaged in through the 1800s; many of which are still played today.
The event takes place at Number 29 at 13:00 and at 14:00 in the Front Drawing Room of No. 29, the Georgian House Museum in Fitzwilliam Street. Admission is free, but booking is essential as there are only 25 places: 01 702 6165. www.esb.ie/main/about-esb/numbertwentynine/education/current_future_events.htm

* 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 Point Village Market is taking place every Sat+Sun from 08:30-17:30 next to the Point Depot (a.k.a. The O2) at the final LUAS stop in the Docklands. There are more than 100 stalls every week and you can find out more here www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Yoga in Phoenix Park with Fiona from www.twopalmsyoga.com from 11:00-12:00 near the Wellington Memorial (11:30 near the Bandstand if it’s raining). Donation based class for the Simon Community. Suitable for all levels. Details: www.twopalmsyoga.com/Park_Yoga.html or contact Fiona 085 8147402.
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Car Boot Sale in Tallaght – Every Saturday from 09:00-15:00 a car boot sale is taking place at the Victory Centre, Firhouse Road, Tallaght. Ring 086-3394009 / 086-1961815 for more information. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/01/58061901.html
* 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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(see Saturday for details)

On Sun 22 Aug from 10:00-17:00 the Farmleigh Plant Fair will take place. A wide variety of artisan growers from all over Ireland will have an extensive range of special and exotic plants on sale. Special guest celebrity gardener Dermot O’Neill will be holding gardening advice clinics to answer and solve all of your gardening problems. There will be a children’s garden for the up and coming gardeners, where they can plant flowers as well as an outdoor drawing centre where the children can draw all types of gardening plants. A plant creche will be available where you can leave your plants while you enjoy the food markets and music of the St James Brass and Reed Band. Admission is free. The venue is Farmleigh House at the North Western end of Phoenix Park. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerProgramme2010/FarmleighPlantFair/Title,13354,en.html

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 15 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops are 22 Aug: Bark and leaf rubbings; 29 Aug: Medieval Life – includes a visit to Ashtown Castle; 05 Sep: Birds in the Park; 12 Sep Animals in the Park www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

On Sun 22 Aug from 12:00-18:00 “Fair Ground Attraction” will take place on Meeting House Square. It is a day of family fun. Special guests and performers are “The Big Bang” with 100 drummers, Tango Fiesta, “The Amazing Few”, Kellie Marie, Gymboree and more. In addition to performances there will be stalls with food, handicrafts and curiosities and face-painting, art-making, juggling, music & play for kids aged 1 – 90. www.templebar.ie/EventDetail.aspx?eventid=148

On Sunday 22 Aug from 14:00-16:00 the St. James Brass and Reed Band will perform “Music in the Gardens” of Farmleigh House (at the north-western end of Phoenix Park). www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerProgramme2010/Title,13451,en.html

The group “LGBT Noise” are asking you to support their “March for Marriage” in Dublin on Sun 22 Aug where they will demand the right to marriage for LGBT couples instead of just the civil partnership. The march will start at 14:00 from City Hall and continue on to the Department of Justice on Stephen’s Green. There will be an after party in Tripod. For more information, check Noise’s website

+ The Heritage Week Event: “Drop in at the Family Activity Area” is taking place on Sun 22 Aug from 14:00-16:00 for Adults & children 6 yrs+ in Collins Barracks. Drop in to the Family Activity Area and explore the Museum through a range of activity sheets on Ireland’s heritage. Art materials provided. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1477
+ The Heritage Week free Tour: “Prehistoric Ireland” is taking place on Sun 22 Aug from 15:30-16:30 in Kildare Street. “This tour takes a chronological look at Ireland’s earliest people from the Mesolithic up to the Late Bronze Age and includes the Irish Gold collection. No booking required. Places are limited to 30. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1478

On Sunday 22 Aug at 15:00 the Workshop “Picture This! The Mackinen Children by William Hogarth” with Melissa Corish (Room 53) will take place in the National Gallery in Clare Street/Merrion Square. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

No 29 Fitzwilliam Street is a Georgian House that has been preserved and is now a museum. Om Sun 22 Aug at 15:30 a talk entitled “Vartry River Water – A Pure Supply of Water for Dublin” by Dr. Ron Cox, tells you the fascinating social history of bringing clean water to Dublin in the 19th century. Admission is free, but booking is required. Ring 01-7026165 www.esb.ie/main/about-esb/numbertwentynine/education/current_future_events.htm

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy which is downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street every week. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is changing and I was at the Comedy Crunch two weeks ago. A very interesting and fun evening. The comedians where a mixed bag: From good, via ok to the, ahem, other side of the spectrum ;-), the spanned the whole range. I was there with some friends and all in all we had a really good laugh. The next Comedy Crunch is on Sun 29 Aug. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* “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
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* 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
* Please note, that this event is not taking place until 19 Sept: 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

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

______Next Week_______________


You know by now what it is all about :-) , and tonight you have to chance to see it either at 18:00 or at 20:00 in Pearse Centre in Pearse Street. Details are here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110301872358707

Adebisi Shank are playing live in Tower Records on Monday 23 Aug. 150 people will get access with wristbands and wristbands were available from 09:00 on Fri 20 Aug in Tower Records in Wicklow Street. www.towerrecords.ie/News/202

* Suspended until September, but resuming after that: Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the 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. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘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 (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 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 www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* 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 Whelan’s 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 24 Aug a National Gallery lecture will take place at 13:00. The topic is “Self-portrait as Timanthes by James Barry” with Mary Jane Boland (Room 15) www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

The Heritage Week Lecture: Uncovering Discover is taking place on Tues 24 Aug at 13:00 in the Seminar Room (Adm free). “Uncovering Discover: The making of an exhibition”, Curator Elizabeth Kirwan takes you behind the scenes of the Library’s most recent exhibition Discover Your National Library. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Just in case you couldn’t make it last night, there is another chance. ;-) at 18:00 or at 20:00 in Pearse Centre in Pearse Street. Details are here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110301872358707

“Tales from the archive – 20 years on the bleeding edge of technology in service of Storytelling and Learning” by Curtis Wong is a talk and demo in the Science Gallery on Tues 24 Aug from 18:30-20:00. In this talk Curtis Wong, a principal researcher at Microsoft, will “focus on the evolution of “ECR” information architecture for learning, gleaned from twenty years of developing interactive educational content across multiple generations of media formats including interactive laserdiscs, CD-ROMs, enhanced digital television, broadband enhanced television, Websites and Web service applications. The talk will include demonstrations and insights into a selection of award winning interactive media projects over the past two decades to explore how the tight integration of storytelling, contextual exploration and information archives are essential elements in creating compelling learning environments. ” Tickets are free but pre-booking is required. Go to www.sciencegallery.com/events/2010/08/curtis-wong-tales-archive to pre-book and to find out more information.

“Irish Encounters with Michal Witkowski” is the title of the bilingual event on Tues 24 Aug from 18:45 in the Europa House in Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Michal Witkowski will be in Dublin from the Edinburgh Book Fest to promote his renowned book Lovetown (Lubiewo) which was recently published in English. www.eurodiary.ie/event_details.php?event=671

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues 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
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* 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


On Wed 25 Aug the National Library in Kildare Street, Dublin 2 is providing a free tour from 11:00-11:45. Booking is not required. The National Library of Ireland was founded in 1877 and its landmark building was completed in 1890. This tour will introduce you to the history of the Library and highlight aspects of the building’s architecture and decor. The tour will depart from the front hall of the main Library building. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

On Wed 25 Aug, the National Print Museum in Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4 will invite to a free lunchtime tour at 13:00. Booking is recommended at 01-6603770 or printmuseumedu@iol.ie You can explore the ancient world of printing. Begin a journey of discovery through the history of printing from the inventions of Johann Gutenberg to the early modern technology. The Print Museum doesn’t often run free tours, so you better use the opportunity. Oddly the Museum doesn’t use its own webpage to announce these events (www.nationalprintmuseum.ie) but instead lists them on GumTree: www.gumtree.ie/dublin/56/64080256.html

The Georgian House and Museum, No 29 Fitzwilliam Street, will host the talk “Roses from the Heart: The Story of Irish Convict Women Transported to Australia” on Wed 25 Aug at 13:00. This talk by Eithne Carey will cover a forgotten part of Irish social history. The venue is Number 29 Lower Fitzwilliam Street in Dublin 2. Admission is free and no booking is required, but spaces are very limited. www.esb.ie/main/about-esb/numbertwentynine/education/current_future_events.htm

Bear In Heaven will be in Tower Records on Wed 25 Aug form 13:00. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Chester Beatty Library, in the gardens of Dublin Castle, will show the film “Warrior Empire: The Mughals, a History Channel production ” (90 min) on Wed 25 Aug 14:30. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

On Wed 25 Aug from 18:00-20:00, the Irish Robotics Club will hold its next Make Night. The idea of a “Make Night” is simple – come along to the Science Gallery and make ANYTHING you like, in the company of other “makers” doing the same. Share ideas, materials and tools. Show off your projects and learn from the experience of others. Drink coffee and talk to friendly creative people. Engineers, artists, jam makers, glue and glitter experts all welcome. Pick a project, get your materials together and join in the fun. Admission is free and more information is available on robots.ie/ and on www.sciencegallery.com/events/2010/08/irish-robotics-club-make-night The event will take place in Studio 1 in the Science Gallery (in the Naughton Building at the back of the TCD campus, close to Pearse Street DART station.)

Jay R. Tunney, the son of boxer Gene Tunney, will present an evening talk in Croke Park on Wed 25 Aug at 19:00. The event will be hosted by the GAA Museum in conjunction with the Fighting Irishmen Exhibition and is entitled “The Prizefighter and the Playwright”. The Prizefighter and the Playwright is the story of two extraordinary men. George Bernard Shaw was a Nobel Prize-winning playwright. Tunney, who defeated Jack Dempsey for the heavyweight crown in 1926 and 1927, was anything but a typical boxer. In December 1928, boxer Gene Tunney fulfilled his dream of meeting playwright George Bernard Shaw. The result was an unlikely friendship, powered, among other things, by Tunney’s love of literature and Shaw’s fascination with boxing. crokepark.ie/gaa-museum/events/the-prizefighter-and-the-playwright–gene-tunney-a

On Wed 25 Aug, from 19:30, the regular Seven Towers Last Wednesday Open Mic Poetry and Prose will take place at Chaplins Pub, Hawkins Street, Dublin 1. Admission is free but space is limited. www.seventowers.ie

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 25 Aug at 20:30 and the theme of the night is “The Day Job”. Performers are: Music: Rory Faithfield (www.faithfield.com), Blood Red Mountain Band (www.myspace.com/thebloodredmountainband); Poetry: John Cummins; Comedy: Damon Blake (www.myspace.com/damonblake), The Brownbread Players. Host Kalle Ryan will be in place to deliver some additional comedy during the proceedings. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com and www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=104974759560947&ref=ts

* 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 every Wednesdays. 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
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* 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.


“Fight like Apes” will launch their new CD “Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner” live in Tower Records (Wicklow Street) at 23:00 on Thurs 26 Aug. After the show they will be signing copies of the album before its launch at midnight when you can buy it first. Access only with wristband and only 150 wristbands are available from 09:00 on Thurs 26 Aug. Doors open at 22:30. www.facebook.com/TowerRecordsDublin?v=wall

The next free Babies on Board tours at the National Museum in Collins Barracks will take place this week: On Thurs 26 Aug 11.30 the topic is “Women in print, life in 19th Century Japan. A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art; the Albert Bender Collection” All talks are free, buggies welcome, and there’s no need to book as it is first come first serve. The Brambles Café in the National Museum is baby/ breastfeeding and toddler friendly. www.museum.ie

A yearly event in August, Opera In The Open returns to the Amphitheatre at the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, just behind Christ Church. The opera performances take place on Thursdays at 13:00 with the last performance this week:
* Thursday 26/08 – Don Giovanni – Mozart

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event that was launched on 13 May. It runs on Thursdays from 19:00-01:00 in the Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. It is a new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. “Featuring at the Beauty Spot will be regular beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. The weekly Beauty Bar will have a different theme and treatments every week. Check out www.stylenation.ie for more info on The Beauty Spot and keep an eye on the twitter pages at www.twitter.com/stylenationshow and www.twitter.com/beautyspotlive

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 “Foreign Season” and the films are 26 Aug: Delicatessen. 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 Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* 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.


After Thursday night’s launch of their new album in Tower Records, Fight Like Apes, are in HMV in Grafton Street on Fri 27 Aug from 13:00. They will be playing live and signing copies of their new album ‘The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner’. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

Critical Mass is a movement that promotes cycling as healthy, enjoyable, environmentally friendly, sociable and fun. It is a movement without leaders which aims to empower the cycling culture across the world. In Dublin there are monthly Cycling Events for everyone. The next one is taking place on Fri 27 Aug. Meeting point is St. Stephen’s Green at the Grafton Street Corner and the time is 17:45.


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:

Sports historian Paul Harris is chairing a conversation with Dublin’s Sports People Michael Carruth, John Giles, Dick Hooper, Annette Kealy and Barney Rock on Sat 28 Aug from 14:00-16:00. Admission is free, but booking is essential. The event will take place in the Wood Quay Venue in the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 2. Book your place at 01-6744858 or email library.development@dublincity.ie

The Music Network (www.musicnetwork.ie) is inviting to a free coffee concert with traditional Irish musicians Paudie O’Connor (box) and Aoife Ní Chaoimh (fiddle), on Tues 31 August from 11:00-11:30 at The Coach House in the gardens of Dublin Castle. Teas, coffees and light refreshments will be served. This is a free, but ticketed concert. Tickets can be booked on Tel: 01 671 9429. More details

______This is odd!!______________

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. ;-)

I am sure you have heard the title “Boutique Hotel”? It is usually a quite small hotel that is different, usually luxurious or quirky. Have you heard the term “Boutique Festival”? I heard it the first time in the context of the Castle Palooza festival. Castle Palooza is quite small with only 2000 tickets being sold and I can definitely see the “boutique-ness” of it. But imagine my surprise when I found an ad on entertainment.ie that says “Electric Picnic – Ireland’s premiere Boutique Festival”! Boutique Electric Picnic? I have never been to the Electric Picnic, but have only heard good things about it. However with more than 35,000 (!!) visitors I would definitely NOT call that “boutique”! Newspapers (www.corkindependent.com/entertainment/entertainment/electric-picnic/ in 3rd paragraph) and blogs (they shall remain nameless) have picked up this odd title “Ireland’s premiere Boutique Festival” to describe the Electric Picnic and I find that odd. It is like calling Arnold Schwarzenegger “petite”. Odd! Maybe it is just the misguided press that uses that tag? Well, it seems that even the organisers of the Electric Picnic are deluded: www.electricpicnic.ie/electric-picnic-announces-11-new-acts/ They don’t use the “Ireland’s premiere…” line, but call it in the 2nd paragraph the “original Boutique Music Festival”.

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If you get a chance this weekend or during the week, go to some of the Heritage Week events and DEFINITELY DEFINITELY come on Monday or Tuesday to Shadaan’s play in Pearse Centre! I will be there!

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