Event Guide 171: Culture Night, Ranelagh Arts Festival, Dad’s Day Off, Volunteer Fair, Brownbread Mixtape

September 24th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 171
| 24 Sept 2010 Subscribers: 7318

Hi all!

Culture Night is the big event of the week! Maybe even of the month! It is a brilliant evening with sooo many free events and you should make use of it as much as possible. It starts at 17:00 tonight and runs until 23:00. There is no way that you can go to all events, so you have to select some. If you have no idea what to do, but want to be part of it, go to Temple Bar and feel the buzz around the place and follow the masses of Culture Night enthusiasts.

The Temple Bar Cultural Trust is the main organiser of the Culture Night and I have to mention one person there today, because she is unfortunately leaving us in a few days. The charming Julie Momboisse worked for a number of years in the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and did a brilliant job. Among many other things, she was in charge of the relationship with and the information flow to the online community. Bloggers, Twitterers and people like myself, who write about events were kept informed by her and she could not have done a better job. Julie is going back to France and will definitely be missed, but, hey, it was great that she was here and I am not surprised that the French people want her back. ;-)


Last night facebook didn’t work for a few hours and Twitter was full of messages and concerns about it and while writing this week’s Event Guide I realised how many events now are publicised through Facebook. The ease of putting information on it far surpasses the traditional websites and if you are not a facebook user yet, you should think about it again. Facebook will become more and more relevant for event notifications. And if/when you are a facebook user, go to www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide and click on LIKE at the top of the page. I will use this page to remind you of some of the free events during the week and to update you in case I hear about changes to the information in this newsletter. 367 people already like this new Dublin Event Guide service. Join us and let’s see how fast we can make it to 1000!

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Last Wednesday I was outside for a number of hours because of a project that has to do with my day job. It was an odd day, like most of the week: Torrential rain was followed by sunshine, which was followed by torrential rain again. I managed to stay dry because my 4 hours outside were just during the sunny period. In these few hours on the first day of autumn, I managed to get a slight sunburn and I thought nature is an amazing “thing”! This week’s Feel Good Slot reminds you of some of these amazing things around us: The Beauty of Nature www.youtube.com/watch?v=0KQvwSr6elI

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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Tonight I will obviously spend 6 hours at the Culture Night. :-) Tomorrow I plan to go to a workshop at the Gospel Festival in the Convention Centre. On Sunday I might have a look at the Dad’s Day Off event in Cabinteely out of pure curiosity, then the Dublin Flea Market and the Volunteer Fair are on my list and in the evening I will be at the Gardiner Street Gospel Mass. During the week there are FIVE events I would love to go to, but can’t because of other commitments: On Monday it is the Comedy Open Mic in Anseo, on Wednesday the UCD Space Science Lecture and the Brownbread Mixtapes event in the Stag’s Head and on Thursday I would love to hear the talk/lecture about the “Future of Transport in Dublin” and there is another lecture about “Hot Air Balloons”. I know my interests are wide spread and I need 48 hours per day, but there is soo much interesting stuff going on! ;-)


Writing Train is the name of Writing Teacher Yvonne Cullen’s Writing Class and workshop business. As the founder of the Big Smoke Writing Factory in 2009 and a writing teacher in Dublin for 18 years, Yvonne gives tips and shares thoughts on writing on her facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Yvonne-Cullens-Writing-Train/102278509826901) and runs classes and workshops in a range of atmospheric Dublin City venues from City Arts Centre (Bachelors’ Walk) via Sweny’s Chemist’s (Lincoln Place) to the United Arts Club in Fitzwilliam Street. The new term starts now and a full list of courses and workshops can be found at www.yvonnecullen.com. For the launch of the new term, Yvonne is making one free place on the “Writing Train Tuesday – Class and Workshop” available. This event will run for 12 weeks from 05 Oct at 18:30-21:00 every Tuesday at Nora’s Room in Sweny’s Chemist, Lincoln Place. In addition another Dublin Event Guide reader can win a free place in the Writing Train “Begin to Write” Course, a 8 week course (18:30-21:00) from Mon 11 Oct at City Arts Centre, Bachelor’s Walk.
To be in with a chance to win one of these two free places you have to send an email to yvonnesworkshops@gmail.com. In the mail you have to state which course you would like to win a place for (Tuesday Class and Workshop OR Begin to Write Course) and you have to give a brief indication of why you would like a place in this class. The third element in your mail has to be an answer to the following question: On Page2 of the Writing Train PDF is a round object in front of a blue background. What is the round object? (Check yvonnecullen.files.wordpress.com/2010/09/web-brochure-42.pdf)
Please note: Your mail is sent to Yvonne, not to me and if you don’t want to be added to Writing Train’s e-mail on entering this competition, please say that in your entry. (If for any reason, the class to which this offer applies does not run, Writing Train will offer an alternative prize.)
The value of these prizes is huge, so thanks a lot to Yvonne Cullen!
The “Begin to Write” Course (8 weeks at 2.5 hours each class from Mon 11 Oct) is available for EUR 230 and will take place at the City Arts Centre, Bachelors’ Walk,
Dublin 1. And the “Tuesday Class and Workshop”, which provides a maximum of tuition and feedback.(12 weeks at 2.5 hours each class from Tues 05 Oct) is available for EUR 285 and will take place in Nora’s Room at Sweny’s Chemist’s, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. Check out all other Writing Train workshops as well.

Last chance: Pete Courtney, who was known in Ireland between 2001 and 2006 and had international success too, started recording “karma biscuits” in 2007 and has waited until now to release it “as he believes a socially fresh and positive cycle has returned and the music industries dynamics have favourably shifted. It is an album about one particular soul’s journey and how it maintains its spiritual strength and application of unconditional love to all relationship idioms, and to do it all with a contented smile on its face.” Karma biscuits will be available for download from September 24th onwards on iTunes, Napster, Nokia, Amazon, etc and on Thurs 30 Sept Peter will launch it in the Odessa Club in 13 Dame Court. The launch starts at 20:30 and tickets are EUR 10 and can be requested through bookings@petecourtney.com.
For the readers of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), Pete has made 5 pairs of tickets available and if you would like to be there when he launches his new album, enter the competition by sending a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject KARMA and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Mon 27 Sept.
music.petecourtney.com/album/karma-biscuits www.myspace.com/petecourtney

The Theatre Company “La Touche Players” had provided a pair of tickets for their performance of Brian Friel’s “Dancing At Lughnasa”. From Tues 21 Sept – Sat 25 Sept, they are performing every evening at 20:00 in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. “It is Brian Friel’s celebrated tale of a memorable harvest time in remote Donegal as seen through the eyes of a 7 year old boy. Spellbound by his mysterious uncle, a returned missionary, fleeting glimpses of his father and the magic of a Marconi wireless, Michael also senses foreboding and a time of change for his mother and four doting aunts. This modern classic is filled with love, humour, realisation and a telling insight into 1930s Ireland.” There are still a few tickets left for the performances tonight and on Saturday, but you have to hurry! Tickets are on sale at www.ticketoffice.ie/latouche for EUR 15/EUR 12 (plus booking fee).
The winner of the pair of tickets was Kevin McCarthy. Congratulations! www.facebook.com/latoucheplayers

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______________

While the newspaper Pravda still exists in Russia, for many people it is a reminder of past decades when during the Cold War and the pre-Gorbatchov years “Pravda” was mentioned regularly in the news. Pravda in Dublin, the pub near the Ha’Penny Bridge (in 35 Lower Liffey Street) and not too far from Arnotts survived for a long long time, but its time has come to an end now. The pub was renovated recently and is now called “The Grand Social”. I am not convinced that the new name is a very smart choice, but I guess we better get used to it. The Grand Social was opened on 11 September and is now kitted out as a gig venue, like Whelan’s, with stage and equipment for life gigs. Up to 300 people fit into it. The website is still a bit empty: www.thegrandsocial.ie/

The Four Seasons Hotel in Ballsbridge, once the symbol of wealthy Ireland, and still one of the most expensive hotels in Dublin is to be sold. It will stay open and will continue to do business, but with a loss of EUR 2mio last year, the current owners seemingly want to get rid of it fast. It did cost EUR 90mio to build it and it is expected that it will be sold for less than EUR 50 mio, so if you always wanted a hotel, now is your chance to get a bargain! ;-) www.rte.ie/business/2010/0920/fourseason.html

The Ireland Involved Awards 2010 are designed to recognise and credit the wonderful work that people do voluntarily, both at home and abroad and the people from Volunteering Ireland asked me to tell you: “Do you know someone special who deserves a special Thank You? Nominate them for the Volunteer of the Year 2010 award! The Ireland Involved Awards 2010 aim to highlight and celebrate those outstanding individuals who give their time and energy voluntarily, and whose work makes a great difference to communities across the country. You may know someone through work or at home who volunteers and whom you feel deserves special recognition for giving their time. The awards are a great opportunity to acknowledge the fantastic work by volunteers. Nominate now at www.irelandinvolved.ie – the closing date for nominations is 01 October, with the gala awards event hosted by RTE’s Claire Byrne at the Mansion House in Dublin on 10 November.”
Writing the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) is volunteering, isn’t it? ;-)

The Dublin Youth Dance Company will be hosting auditions for new members on Sunday, 26 September, 2010. This will take place at Dance Theatre of Ireland’s Centre for Dance, Bloomfields Centre, Lower Georges Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. They are looking for committed and enthusiastic dancers, age 12 – 16 (Audition time: 11:00 – 13:30) and ages 17 – 26 (Audition time: 14:00-16:00), with experience in at least one dance form (e.g. contemporary, tap, ballet, hip-hop) or some other movement training. More details here www.dublinyouthdancecompany.com and here www.dlrevents.ie/dydc_audition.html


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.

“Twenty Seven” is an exhibition of photographer Magda Nowacka, where she will show twenty seven of her favourite images to coincide with her 27th birthday. The exhibition takes place in the Centre for Creative Practises, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. It will open on 30 Sept (19:00-21:00) and will be on show (12:00-18:00) until 07 Oct. www.magdanowacka.com and www.cfcp.ie Admission is free.

“Build It And They Will Come” will be on show from 23 Sept-10 Oct at 7 Sandymount Green, Dublin 4. PrettyvacanT was set up in 2009 by Louise Marlborough to repurpose empty buildings as temporary exhibition spaces for artists and the second exhibition from its new base in D4 is ‘Build It And They Will Come’. This exhibition unites and unleashes the talents of recent graduates Margaret Flynn, Jane Fogarty, Gareth Jenkins, Rebecca McNaughton and Dee Walsh. The exhibition showcases a diverse range of work- painting, drawing, sculpture and installation.
Open: Thurs-Sun 12:00-17:00 www.prettyvacantdublin.com


(see Saturday for details)

The Lucan Festival is taking place from 20-26 Sept. The Lucan Festival is a community festival for the people of the Lucan/Adamstown area highlight the wide range of hotels, restaurants, bars and café’s and the many historical and tourist attractions in and surrounding Lucan. There are a number of free events during the week-long festival and you can find all the details here lucanfestival.wordpress.com/845-2/

The Forum on Migration and Communications is inviting to an event on Fri 24 Sept from 12:30-14:00 in the Chester Beatty Library in the garden of Dublin Castle. At this Public Interview with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Susan McKay, Director of the National Women’s Council will conduct the interview with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, UK based broadcast journalist, writer and public speaker on race and cultural identities. Yasmin came to the UK in 1972 from Uganda and is now a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and is a regular columnist on The Independent and London’s Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of No Place Like Home, an autobiographical account of a twice-removed immigrant. In 2000 she published Who Do We Think We Are? – an acclaimed book on the state of the British nation, in addition to After Multiculturalism which looks at the globalised future. Lots more TV programmes and books followed and you can read more details here www.fomacs.org/events.php
To register for this event contact: Ann Nolan or Maeve Burke at email: info.fomacs@dit.ie or tel: 01 4023006 by 12:00 on Thursday, 23 September 2010

Culture Night is here and I wrecked my head how I could feature it here in the Event Guide. There are 132 cultural venues in Dublin that take part, run events, stay longer open or invite to cultural activities. And after looking at all options I had to accept :-) that I can NOT do it better than the nice people from the Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Their programme brochure captures everything and you have to check it out.
I didn’t get a chance to do my schedule/timetable for tonight, so I can’t even tell you yet, what I will do.
So here is what you should do: Download the brochure and read through it and start marking the events you want to go to. culturenight.ie/docs/Programme2010.pdf You will NOT be able to do all and not even 10% of all events can be done. You have from 17:00-23:00, that’s 6 hours. If you spend just a short 30 min at each event and – for the moment – ignore the time needed to get to the next venue, you can only go to 12 events. Less than 10%! For this reason, it is important that you just select the few that interest you most and don’t worry about missing out on many many more. Next year you can do more. ;-)
The important thing is that you enjoy it and make the most out of this wonderful opportunity to experience the rich culture in our City.


A few events that might interest you are listed below. Not as a specific recommendation but the reason for it is because the people running these events contacted me directly so I am trying to help them:
Literary readings will take place in traditional and unusual settings including the Trinity Long Room Hub, The Winding Stair Bookshop, Science Gallery and the Freemason’s Hall. The Irish Writers Centre will have a host of readings in a selection of Dublin’s literary pubs including Toners, The Duke and Teachers’ Club.
You can travel for free by bus and by boat to hear stories and tales by Dublin’s literary heroes. There’s free travel with Dublin Bus on Route B which will have storytelling by Storytellers of Ireland; you can get on board the Spirit of the Docklands for a free literary Liffey cruise; and if you’re walking by the Liffey and are passing Dublin’s literary bridges- James Joyce, Sean O’Casey or Samuel Beckett- you can stop off to hear presentations of the writers’ works at each bridge.
Exhibitions and demonstrations will take place at many renowned cultural venues including the Chester Beatty Library, Trinity College Library and the Central Catholic Library.
Children will have an opportunity to learn more about Dublin’s literary past with a Literary Treasure Hunt in Merrion Square and young readers and authors can visit an Open Studio evening in the National Library of Ireland to experience a virtual tour of the studio of a picture book artist. With a wide variety of genres represented, Dublin will be a true literary wonderland on Culture Night.
While the centre of the activities will be in Temple Bar, the events extend out much further:
The band Jazzberries are spicing up the evening at IMMA with funk music from 19:00-20:00 and 21:00-22:00. The theme for the evening is “tented street party” which sounds cool. Dan F told me about this.
At the Dublin City Council Amphitheatre Outdoor Space. Dublin Civic Office Dublin, Civic Offices, Dublin 8, behind Christ Church Cathedral an evening of ” Polish, Slovak and Lithuanian traditional Music & Dance” will take place from 18:00-20:00. It is organised by Art Polonia (www.artpolonia.org) and two fold music groups will entertain you there.
The Contemporary Music Centre, 19 Fishamble Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 8 will open its entire building for the first time this year. A very special programme of music events including live performance, interactive installations and a multi-media exhibitions will be performed. I could write pages about the CMC events only. Have a look for SOME details here cmcireland.wordpress.com/2010/08/19/culture-night-preview/
The National Chamber Choir launches their Autumn /Winter Season of Concerts at the Hugh Lane Gallery at 18:30 with a free concert. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=574

Imram, the Irish Language Literature Festival is still continuing until Wed 29 Sept in a variety of venues across Dublin. The word “imram” means a ‘voyage of discovery’ and the festival takes its audiences on a journey that reveals the depth and diversity of modern literature in Irish, through eclectic and imaginative events that fuse poetry, prose and music in lively venues. Imram also includes film, drama, puppetry, debates, lectures, and writing workshops for both adults and children. All events are in Irish and because of that, only a relatively small proportion of the Irish people and hardly any of us foreigners are targeted. The majority of events are free and you can find the complete list here imram.ie/en/imram-2010/imram-2010-events.html or you can download the brochure here www.imram.ie/images/stories/imram/FestivalBrochures/IMRAM2010.pdf

* 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.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* 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.


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 a truck stage and on Saturday performances of Longtails, Biatch and Photosonic Orchestra will take place. On Sunday Jupe, Blue Foot & The Sock Parade, Daylight and The Reggulators will perform. You can find more details here: www.pointvillagemarket.ie/events

Starting on Fri 24 Sept with the Culture Night, the Ranelagh Arts Festival will continue until 03 October. It is a long festival in comparison to others, but the events are just more spread out. A day-by-day overview of events I here www.ranelagharts.org/raf2010_daybyday_web.pdf and you will see that this year many events are not free, which is a bit disappointing. Nevertheless, there are still a good few free events and you should have a look at the programme to see if you find something that you like. On www.ranelagharts.org/ you find a link to the full programme as well.

The Fringe Festival started on 11 Sept and continues until 26 Sept. There are just a few more free (outdoor) events. None of the indoor events are free. Have a look at www.fringefest.com/ for details. Two of the free outdoor events are
Plastic houses in the Liffey: www.fringefest.com/event/liffeytown
Waiting: www.fringefest.com/event/anybody-waitin-2

On Sat 25 Sept the first Dublin International Gospel Music Festival will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin and during the day a number of free workshops are provided. The workshops are
Religion & Education 10:00-12:00
Singing & Voice training, & Digital production 10:00-12:00
Gospel Music – a history 10:00-11:30
Faith and Race 11:30-13:00
Music and integration 12:00-13:30
Choreography 12:00-13:30
Online Marketing & Promotion of Gospel Music 12:00-13:30
If you are interested you have to book in advance by email to gospelmusic@metroeireann.com. The website still needs some more information to be useful, but you can find it here www.dublingospelmusicfestival.com There is a Gospel Concert (not free: EUR 28) in the evening with a number of Gospel Choirs (Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin Gospel Choir, etc) but the website doesn’t provide too many details yet.

In Deansgrange (roughly between Blackrock and Dun Laoghaire) a Family Fun Day is taking place on Sat 25 Sept. From 10:30-14:30 a big slide, food stalls, face painting, BBQ, Competitions, Games, Book Stalls and a LOT more is provided at the Kill O’ The Grange Church in Deansgrange (next to Supervalu). Free parking is in the adjacent Deansgrange Business Park. The event is a Parish Fete, but everybody is invited! www.kotg.ie/

A Sample Sale of Coats, T-shirts, Jackets, Dresses, Skirts, Tops, Jeans, Hoodys, Handbags, Backpacks, Accessories and more from the brands Supremebeing, GSUS and Fenchurch will take place from Fri 24 – Sun 26 Sept. in the Andrew Lane Theatre, 9-17 St Andrew’s Lane, Dublin 2. Clothing for men and women will be available from 12:00-19:00 over the weekend. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118583774863310

+ The Adult Gallery Talk “Asbjornsen Collection” is taking place on Sat 25 Sept from 12:00-12:30 in the Natural Museum in Merrion Street. “Rebecca O’Neill talks about the Norwegian author of the Three Billy Goats Gruff and The Runaway Pancake, who sold his collection to the Natural History Museum in Dublin in 1879, despite never having visited Ireland.” No Booking required. Places limited to 20. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1520

Diarmuid Gavin will be in Eason’s in Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire on Sat 25 September to sign his book. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

A Flower Pressing Workshop for children will take place in the Botanic Garden on Sat 25 Sept. from 14:30. “See some of our Herbarium dried flower specimens and learn how the botanists press, dry and preserve plants, leaves and flowers. Make your own Herbarium specimen and greeting card for a special occasion. Suitable for children aged 9 -12 years old. Meet at the Education and Visitor Centre. Advance Booking Essential as only small numbers can be catered for.”

On Sat 25 Sept at 15:00 the National Gallery Family Programme will take place. This week’s event is entitled “Costumes in the collection” with Niamh Denham. Admission is free. The National Gallery has an entrance on Merrion Square and on Clare Street. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

On Sat 25 Sept at 17:00 Chaplin’s Pub in Hawkins Street is the venue for the launch of new collections by Kevin Higgins and Susan Millar du Mars, published by Salmon Books. www.seventowers.ie

YELP is a review website, which only relatively recently came to Ireland. Unlike Tripadvisor or some hotel sites, you can’t just review one area, but you can review virtually everything on Yelp. To write reviews you have to be a member of the website and for all the members Yelp is now organising a party. If you are a member or want to become a member and want to be part of this party on Sat 25 Sept from 18:00-20:00 in the Science Gallery go to www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelp-goes-back-to-the-future and click on the RSVP button at the top on the right hand side. All the details about the party are on the same website.
There will be a dance room, a taste room where you can taste food and drink, a chill out room, an elbow room where you can do Yoga and a Beauty Room. The programme seems quite full for just a 2 hour event, but all is free, so if you are a Yelp member, you can try it out.

A new trad session is starting on Sat 25 Sept from 20:30 in the Schoolhouse Hotel & Restaurant in Ballsbridge (2-8 Northumberland Road) Singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome. www.schoolhousehotel.com/

* 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 has come to an end for this year due to the colder weather. If you liked Fiona’s classes contact her on www.twopalmsyoga.com. If/when the event resumes in Spring, I will tell you about it.
* 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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The Farmleigh Food Market will take place on Sun 26 Sept from 10:00-17:00 and from 14:00-16:00 “The Suzanne Savage Band” will perform Jazz in the gardens of Farmleigh House. Farmleigh House is at the north-western end of Phoenix Park. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerProgramme2010/Title,13534,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 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops is 26 Sep: Medieval Life – includes a visit to Ashtown Castle. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 26 Sept from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to seel your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. A few months ago the Flea Market extended to outdoors and features now 20 additional outdoor stands.

Escape the hustle and bustle of the present day and go “Back to the Future” with Dad’s Day Off on 26 September in Cabinteely Park, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown. Remember growing up in the 80s when Pacman, the A Team and roller skates were cool!? The 1980s brought us awesome pop music, great teen movies, and some of the weirdest fashion trends: leg warmers, Miami Vice jackets and acid washed jeans.
DLR Events is getting ready take you back to the decade of mixed tapes, crimped hair and neon spandex for a day of nostalgia for modern world weary dads in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown.
There will be free screenings of classic 80s movies on the big screen at 14:00 (Big), 17:00 (Footloose) and 19:30 (The Blues Brothers). There’ll be plenty of 80s fun and novelty treats to amuse big and small kids alike, including a display of the coolest classic cars and bikes. This fun filled flashback welcomes all of the family, especially Dad. The backing track for the day will be packed full of eighties hits from The Cure, Prince, The Police, Duran Duran, Madonna, AHA, Billy Idol, Tiffany, The Go Go’s, Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackon, The Clash, Jesus and the Mary Chain and many more!
Between movies you can try your hand at the Pacman challenge and play pacman on the big screen and the winner of the challenge will take away a special prize! Bring a picnic and a picnic blanket or buy some food from the catering area and settle in for the day. Have a go on some of the games that will bring you back to your childhood! Games like It’s a knock out, the bucking bull, Monopoly, rubix cubes, Mario Brothers, Donkey kong and many more will bring back colorful memories.
There will be loads of games and activities from 13:00-18:00 and movies until 21:30. Cabinteely Park is in Cabinteely, just off the N11 dual carriageway in South County Dublin. www.dlrevents.ie/dadsdayoff_10.html

The Stitch Knitting Cafe in 74 Shantalla Road, Beaumont, Dublin 9, are hosting their Autumn/Winter Tea Party on Sun 26 Sept and are inviting you to it. From 13:00-18:00 there will be free knitting lessons, a discount on selected lines of wool, help with unfinished pieces and finishing techniques, tea and cakes for all! And if you have unwanted balls of Wool, please bring them along as they will be donated to the Kaiso Women’s Group in Uganda. www.stitch.ie/stitch-tea-party-sunday-26-september-2/ and www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000568927120.

As part of the active citizenship and volunteering week Dublin City South & Fingal Volunteer Centres are hosting a Volunteer Fair on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin 2 on Sun 26 Sept from 13:00-17:00. Find out about the many ways in which you can volunteer with not-for-profit organisations in the city. Lively entertainment and food vendors promise a fun and family-friendly atmosphere. For further information ring 01 473 7482, email info@volunteerdublin.ie or check out www.volunteerdublincitysouth.ie

Trad for Trócaire is a new national fundraising initiative that will launch for the first time in September 2010. Musicians and venues around the country will be encouraged to hold a traditional Irish or folk music session during the week of 23-29 September in aid of Trócaire. O’Byrne’s Beverage House (Corner of Capel Street & Bolton Street) is joining in and will run the event on Sun 26 Sept from 13:00 with Sean Og McKenna and very special guests all day. Voluntary Contributions very welcome.

The next event in the Lavery, Passion and Politics Lecture Series is on Sun 26 Sept at 13:30 in the Hugh Lane Gallery: The title is ” Visual Culture in Ireland: The Revival and After” with Lecturer Luke Gibbons. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=519

+ The My Museum Workshop “Become a Scribe!” is taking place on Sun 26 Sept from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street for families with children 7-12 yrs. “Try your hand at the ancient art of calligraphy with artist and calligrapher, Josephine Hardiman, taking inspiration from early Christian manuscripts. No booking required. Places are limited to 20 and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1522

On Sunday 26 Sept at 15:00 the Lecture Gerard ter Borch in the context of Dutch
17th-century painting” with Lecturer William Gallagher, Freelance Art Historian, will take place in the National Gallery in Clare Street/Merrion Square. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year Olds is back after the summer break and the next event with the title “What is Irish? Create your own national identity picture.” will be on 26 Sept from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended.

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 a few weeks ago and experienced a very interesting and fun evening. The comedians where a mixed bag: From good, via ok to the, ahem, other side of the spectrum ;-), they 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 26 Sept. 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
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* 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
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “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
* 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.

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The Fingal Enterprise Week is taking place from Mon 27 Sept – Fri 01 Oct. Fingal is the complete area of North County Dublin. If you own a business or start-up in Fingal, then all events are free for you. There are The Business Panels, Finance and Funding Symposiums, Green Business & Innovation and E-Business events, Business Information Seminars, Mentoring Clinics, Business Networking events and lots more. Have a look at www.fingalenterpriseweek.ie/ for all details. Booking for the different events is essential and you can do that on the website as well.

Aidan Killian is running a weekly Comedy Open Mic Night in Anseo, Camden Street. Admission is normally EUR 5. Aidan had a great idea and exclusively on Mon 27 Sept, he is offering all Dublin Event Guide Readers free entry if you say the password “I Love to Laugh Lots” at the door. Eight comedians will come along on that evening and try out new material. I won’t be able to make it – unfortunately – but I would definitely go if I could fit it in! If you have time make it over to Camden Street! Doors is at 20:30. www.aidankillian.com/

On Mon 27 Sept from 19:00-21:00 the Irish Small Business Group is inviting to a Networking Event in the Mint Bar of the Westin Hotel, Westmoreland Street, College Green, Dublin 2. The event is informal and admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=126538790729787

* 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 28 Sept at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “Some Masters of the Dutch Golden Age” with Lecturer Isabella Evangelisti, Trinity College Dublin. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

On the last Tuesday of every month (28 Sept) a 20:30 the Tongue Box takes place at The Cobblestone, 77 North King St., Smithfield. “The most exciting performance poetry and other forms of spoken word in Dublin will be presented” and admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Tongue-Box/118230894865908

* 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
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


The Book Launch for ‘The Lamp and the Lullaby’ by Bill Long will take place in the Gutter Bookshop on Wed 29 Sept from 18:00-19:30. The book is a memoir by the late Bill Long of his experiences growing up in County Waterford during the 1930s and 1940s. Bill’s son, Harry, will launch his book. Free and everyone welcome. gutterbookshop.com/

On Wed 29 Sept at 19:30 Seven Towers invites to the Last Wednesday Open Mic night for poetry and prose at Chaplin’s Pub, Hawkins Street. Admission is free. www.seventowers.ie

“Space Science in Europe: What’s Ahead?” is the title of a public lecture by Prof. Brian McBreen on Wed 29 Sept at 20:00 in the Dublin Castle Conference Centre, Dublin 2. Admission is free, but advance booking of tickets is essential (ssmr.ucd.ie/astrolecture/Southwood_lecture.html). The event is organised by the UCD School of Physics. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.64769&sd=Wednesday,29September2010

On Wed 29 Sept at 19:00 the “Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions” will take place in the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a popular monthly short story competition and the September reading will take place on Wed 29 Sept. The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions will take place on the last Wednesday of every month. Up to four short story writers will be selected and invited to read their work at the event. This is particularly intended for emerging writers, who previously may not have had the opportunity to read their work in public. The deadline for the October reading is Thurs 30 Sept and the event itself will take place on Wed 27 Oct at 19:00 at the Irish Writers’ Centre. The event is free, so come along to hear the very best of this month’s submissions. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

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 29 Sept at 20:30 and the theme of the night is “Secrets”. Performers are: Music: Rook and The Ravens (www.rookandtheravens.com/); Spoken Word: Colm Liddy (www.colmliddy.com); Comedy: The Lonely Schizophrenic (www.myspace.com/thelonelyschizophrenic), The Brownbread Players. Host Kalle Ryan will be in place to deliver some additional comedy during the proceedings. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=140355392674742 and

* 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
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.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.


On Thurs 30 Sept the free workshop “Introduction to Memoir Writing” will take place in the National Library. Irene Graham is a writer and the creator of the Creative Writer’s Workshop and founder of the Memoir Writing Club. Her book, The Memoir Writing Workbook, is the basis for this workshop and throughout the workshop Irene will guide the participants through the elements of memoir writing using her innovative Memoir Map from The Memoir Writing Workbook. You will engage with numerous right-brain/left-brain exercises and visual writing techniques from the workbook and learn how to use them on an ongoing basis to evoke and enhance memory recall. You will also learn the importance of structure and engage in discussions on truth and how to incorporate the retrospective voice into your memoir.
The Memoir Writing Workbook is available from the Library bookshopThe Memoir Writing Workbook is available from the Library bookshop
There is no charge for this workshop BUT participants are required to purchase their personal copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook prior to the workshop which will be used throughout the workshop. The workbook is available in the National Library’s bookshop for EUR 39.95. The workshop will run from 11:00-16:00 and to book your place, call (01) 6030277. A series of talks on the theme of ‘memoir’ will take place in conjunction with this workshop. For more information, check

The weekly UCD Earth Sciences Institute lecture took a break in July and August and is back now. From March to June the lecture took place on Fridays, but from 16 Sept-December it will take place on Thursdays from 12:30-14:00. Unfortunately the organisers do not have a publicly available list of talks issued and do send their weekly update much too late for including it in this Event Guide. So, if you are interested in this weekly seminar you should contact esi.admin@ucd.ie to receive the weekly mails.

“Laundry Life: living and working in a British Barracks” is a free guided tour for adults with young children in the National Museum, Collins Barracks on Thurs 20 Sept from 11:30-12:15. “Find out more about the lives of women and children living in an Army barracks on a tour through the Soldiers & Chiefs exhibition. Buggies are welcome, the tour is free and no booking is necessary, but places are allocated on a first come first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1525

“The History of Broadway and the Broadway Musical” is the title of a talk by Michael Grant in the Central Library (Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1) on Thurs 30 Sept at 13:00. Admission is free, but booking is essential via 01 873 4333 or openlearning@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/history_of_broadway.aspx

On Thurs 30 Sept at 13:10 the Public Lecture “Jewelled Arts of the Mughal Emperors” with Susan Strong, Senior Curator, Asian Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London will take place in the Chester Beatty Library.

i-to-i TEFL are hosting a free drop-in information session in the Clifton Court Hotel (on Eden Quay, just off O’Connell Street) in Dublin on 30 Sept from 17:30-19:30. Find out more about jobs in Asia, Europe and South America teaching English as a foreign Language. No experience necessary for jobs and information and advice about how to become TEFL qualified and how to find paid work teaching English abroad will be provided. Free tea and coffee and information packs are available. www.onlinetefl.com/tefl-course/ and www.i-to-i.com/travel-events/

The Supermodel Twins will be in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Thurs 30 Sept from 18:00 for an in-store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Buyers Broker are hosting a home buyers event on Thurs 30 Sept from 18:00-20:30 in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8. In addition to looking at the current market and recent achieved sales, it will be discussed how to secure a bargain at auction as there is an increase in auction activity for lower value houses. The event is free, but you need to register here buyersbroker.eventbrite.com/ www.buyersbroker.ie

“Up, Up and Away – Meteorology for Hot Air and Gas Balloons” by Claude Sales, Director of the Luxembourg Met Service is a free talk by the Irish Met Society on Thurs 30 Sept at 18:15 in Customs House Dublin. Admission is free, but booking is essential on info@irishmetsociety.org www.irishmetsociety.org/cms/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=185

The Book Launch for ‘Noah Barleywater Runs Away’ by John Boyne is taking place in the Gutter Bookshop on Thurs 30 Sept from 18:30-20:00. It is a children’s book by bestselling Irish author John Boyne, with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. Admission is free. gutterbookshop.com/

Kurt Lanthaler will be in the Goethe Institut, 37 Merrion Sq, Dublin 2 on Thurs 30 Sept from 18:30 for a book reading in German. Admission is free. In his novel “Das Delta” Kurt Lanthaler achieves a fascinating and humorous development novel in which nature and science clash while the protagonist is struggling for a life between individual freedom and social conformity. Fifty years of civilisation pass by, an Italian life full of lus t and sorrow. Presented by the Austrian Embassy Dublin.

The next talk in the RDS Energy Lecture Series is “The Future of Transport in Dublin” by Michael Philips. The face of transportation in Dublin is set to change dramatically over the next number of years after the government recently confirmed that some €5.7 billion will be provided for two critical infrastructure projects; the Metro North and the Dart Underground. It is hoped that these two projects will finally enable people to shift from private to public transport and free future generations from the gridlock that cripples the greater Dublin area today.
Michael Philips will discuss the impact of these projects along with the continued work that is being carried out on the capital’s road and rail network in the RDS on Thurs 30 Sept at 19:00 in the RDS Minerva Suite.
Mr Michael Philips has been Dublin City Engineer since 1998 and also Director of Traffic since 2006. These roles involve the development and implementation of strategies for all engineering infrastructure to meet the needs of the city and the region. Some projects undertaken during this period include the Dublin Port Tunnel, Dublin Bay Wastewater Treatment Works and Quality Bus Corridors. Currently coordination of Transport 21 projects and the promotion of sustainable modes of transport are the main focus to achieving a successful mobility policy in the Dublin Region.
Admission to this interesting lecture is free. To book and for more information contact Paul Farrelly at industry@rds.ie. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=583174

Fernando Arrabal will lecture at the conference “Art made tongue-tied by authority. Theatre Censorship around the World”. This international conference brings together playwrights, directors and academics to discuss theatre censorship in a global context, from the restrictions imposed by authoritarian regimes in twentieth-century Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America, to the challenges to freedom of expression still present in democratic societies today.
The Spanish author Fernando Arrabal was born in Melilla (Spain) in 1932 and lives on France since 1955. His plays were banned from Spanish stages from 1968 until the end of dictatorship. Although he is one of Spain’s most controversial writers, he has received many international prizes and awards. Fernando Arrabal has published 12 novels, 6 collections of poems, 16 essays and epistles (among which the famous Letter to General Franco, published during the dictator’s lifetime), nearly 150 books for bibliophiles, and poems illustrated by Dalí, Picasso and Saura. He has also directed 7 full-length films and has worked in the visual arts. He is probably best-known for his dramatic production, which features nearly 70 plays. To date his complete dramatic works has been published in 19 volumes in France and has been translated into many languages and performed throughout the world. However, he remained a problem for the Franco regime and his plays were banned from the Spanish stages altogether from 1968 until the dictatorship came to an end.
The event will take place on Thurs 30 Sept at 19:00 in the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha65333_16_2.htm

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event 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.

On Thurs 30 Sept from 20:00-23:00 Astronomy Ireland will have a “Jupiter Watch” night at the Papal Cross in Phoenix Park. I couldn’t find any further detail, but I assume that admission is free and people that are not equipped with telescopes (or whatever you call it) will get a chance to use equipment form Astronomy Ireland.

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 “Dancing Queens” and the films are 30 Sept: Rocky Horror Picture Show. 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.


Fashion and beauty retailers in the Grafton Street and Henry Street area are getting together to offer a mix of special offers, live fashion events and in-store activities for the Dublin Fashion Festival from Fri 01 Oct – Sun 03 Oct. Over the Festival weekend, retailers will parade season’s trends on Dublin’s first ever outdoor catwalks. Both Grafton St. and Henry St. will host a number of fashion shows, exhibiting emerging Autumn collections from a variety of Dublin retailers. These shows will take place daily at the following times and locations;
Fri 01 Oct Fashion Show: Henry St. at 13:30 / Grafton St. at 14:30
Sat 02 Oct Fashion Show: Henry St at 13:30+15:30 / Grafton St at 14:30+16:30
Sun 03 Oct Fashion Show: Henry St at 13:30+15:30 / Grafton St at 14:30+16:30
For the Festival weekend the Fashion HQ will be in the Old Habitat Building on College Green. There will be a vintage pop-up store from Barnardos, Rimmel will be giving make up master classes with Ken Boylan and Sarah Wai O’Flynn and Griffith College will have a fashion exhibition with a selection of outfits displayed on mannequins and designed by their fashion graduates.
Fashion HQ opening hours are Fri 12:30-17:30, Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun 12:00-17:30.
Rimmel Master classes with Ken Boylan and Sarah Wai O’Flynn will take place on Fri: 12:30 & 15:00, Sat 11.00, 12.30, 14.00 & 16.00, Sun 11.00, 12.30, 14.00 & 16.00. At 12:00 on Fri 01 Oct the Dublin Fashion Festival Flash Mob will get the models to bring the fashion closer to the people. 2 groups of ladies with giant pink fashion festival balloons will make their way from Stephens Green and Henry Street across the city where they will finish at both fashion hub catwalks just in time to take to the catwalks for the first on street catwalk shows.
The event is organised by the Dublin City Business Improvement District. The website is full of special offers in lots of different shops etc and also contains a list of the designers and celebrities involved www.dff.ie


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

In the twentieth year, the Children’s Book Festival will take place from 01-31 October. At the moment it is very difficult to identify if some of the advertised events are free or not, but I hope when the programme brochure is released this will be clearer. In the meantime you can find some information here www.childrensbooksireland.ie/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35&Itemid=108

______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. ;-)

It is the duty of the opposition to point out mistakes, failures and inadequacies of the government and it is the job of the government to defend everything and not to admit even the most obvious screw-ups. So the Irish political parties perfectly fulfil their job description in that respect.
However, only making it worse and worse and seeing it darker and darker does not help anybody unless you want it to go worse. Michael Noonan, the Fine Gael (opposition) finance spokesman predicted that the Irish economy is getting even worse and the Taoiseach Brian Cowen (government) said this is wrong but admitted that the figures that the Central Statistics Office has provided are disappointing. (www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0923/breaking19.html)
Both politicians do what they have to do, but does it help ANYBODY? I don’t think it does. In my opinion no party, no government, no politician will manage to pull Ireland out of the hole. The white knight(s), the people that can save the country and rebuild it are NOT in political positions but are YOU and ME! Sure certain conditions need to be provided (loans need to be available etc) but only through initiatives of companies and individuals we will get the country back on track. However for this SUPPORTIVE and POSITIVE comments are needed, because let’s be clear on that, there are definitely lots of opportunities out there but would anybody be brave enough to risk anything when EVERY piece of news is negative?
The thinking needs to change, then we will have a chance again, but by looking further down and down and down, will stay in the mess.
What can YOU do to change the thinking? Can you change the way YOU talk about the challenges to others?

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I hope you will all get a chance to enjoy Culture Night this evening. I will be mad busy between 17:00 and 23:00 and will try to fit as much as I can into the few hours. ;-)

Take care,


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