Event Guide 187: Dalkey Good Health Fair, Career Zoo, The Ratzingers, Inn Jokes, Gooseberry Awards

January 14th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 187
| 14 Jan 2011 Subscribers: 7749

Hi all!

Thanks for all the positive feedback for last week’s introduction to this newsletter. Every now and then I spend a bit of time talking about other things than just events etc. Last week (in case you didn’t read it) I was talking about how we give things meaning and therefore have a big impact on feeling happy or unhappy AND on achieving our goals or failing. I suggested as well that I would maybe run a workshop/seminar that will teach you how to set Goals correctly so that you will achieve them successfully. A number of people did send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject GOALS and if you are interested as well, please send a mail too. The number is just at the edge between YES, I will run the course now and NOT YET, i.e. I will run it another time.


Despite all the good news that we prefer, there was some seriously bad news last week for any Event Fan: The Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Culture 2011 is cancelled and will definitely not take place this year. MAYBE a significantly downscaled festival will take place again in 2012, but I wouldn’t put money on that! In the Dublin Event Guide Facebook group (we are nearly 3000 people there!) I promised that I would tell you a lot more details about this development and would reveal some background information that you otherwise won’t find. Go to the “This is Odd” Section for my analysis and all the details of this bad event news!

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Today’s Feel Good Slot is a YouTube clip full of very meaningful quotes about Success. Take a few minutes and watch it and take at least one of the quotes, write it down and bring it with you into next week! www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Ui-g2rPgxA …and if that is a good experience, then tell me about it, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com

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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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…work part-time or full-time? …pay your GP or dentist? …rent property in the last 4 years? …pay tuition fees? …pay bin charges? …been on maternity leave?

We are getting back into full swing with the events, there are a lot more taking place this week. A few that I want to point out particularly are the Dalkey Good Health Fair on Sat+Sun and the Career Zoo on Sat+Sun (if you are looking for a career change). I will definitely go to one of the two.
In addition I will be most likely in the Mint Bar on Sat evening to hear the brilliant Ratzingers, one of my most favourite bands. On Wednesday I recommend the Inn Jokes in Kilmainham, a great comedy night. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it myself, but I expect it will be good.
On Thursday I will probably be at the Gooseberry Awards and if you are there, find me! ;-) How? You will find a way if you want. Last night I was in Cactus Jacks in the Italian Quarter and Emily, who works there, asks me out of the blue: “Are you Joerg who writes the Dublin Event Guide!?”. ;-) She definitely caught me by surprise, but it was a nice surprise! :-)


I am working on getting more competitions for the new year, I know how much you like them. :-) If you work in a company that would like to let the readers know about your products or events through this competition section, just contact me on dublineventguide@gmail.com

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Hurray, we have our first competition in 2011! And who better than A1Computers, a big supporter and sponsor of this Dublin Event Guide! A1Computers in Dun Laoghaire repair computers, look after networks+servers, do Emergency Data recovery and sell over 22,000 computer & office products. And they are now celebrating their 20th birthday, but they need your help with the celebrations: Whoever posts the most useful suggestion on how they should celebrate their 20th year in business on the facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/A1-Computers-Sales-Services-Ltd-Ireland/136450665858 will receive a EUR 100 voucher for computer repairs at A1 Computers. Your suggestion has to be posted before 10 Feb! The A1 Computers website is www.a1computers.ie/

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Have you ever lost something and desperately wanted it back? OR maybe you have found something are a very honest and considerate person, but had no clue how to get it back to the rightful owner? Have a look at www.lost.ie It is a Lost&Found website that should help both sides. There are many more LOST messages on it, but that doesn’t mean that it is hopeless. It just is a fact that the person who lost something realises it a lot faster than someone finding the item and once a match is made, then the person who found it doesn’t have to post a message anymore. So, when you find something OR when you lose something, make sure that you go to www.lost.ie!
And while I am on this topic, I wonder if you can help: A friend of mine left his iPhone 3GS (white) in Cineworld on Mon (10 Jan) night after the 20:10 screening of The King’s Speech. Somebody picked it up and took it with them. He would really really like it back. Have you maybe found it OR have you heard from someone who found such a phone in Cineworld and maybe you could ask that person to do something good for their Karma and give the phone back? Send me a mail (dublineventguide@gmail.com) if you know anything. Thanks!

Are you bothered, bewildered or just bogged down with life at the moment? – Mary Keating, MA, trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is available for appointments in Custom House Medical Centre, IFSC or at 20 Lower Baggot Street. Please phone 01-6776253 or 0868783086 or email mkeating@iol.ie for enquiries or to make an appointment. Her fees are appropriate to circumstances, so talk to her if you could do with some help and support. www.agalma.ie/therapists/mary-keating

Another restaurant is seemingly closing. The Luigi Malones chain with five outlets country-wide in Cork, Dublin and Limerick had receiver appointed following a meeting with creditors on 06 Jan. Luigi Malones Temple Bar was located just behind the Central Bank and seemed to focus on tourists in Temple Bar. I have to admit that I was surprised for a long time that they were able to survive. I ate there once many years ago, so I can’t judge the quality of the food, but it certainly was in the upper price category, considering that an EARLY BIRD menu charged EUR 19.95 for 2 courses and EUR 24.95 for 3. You can imagine what the non-early bird price was. Once again a clear signal to other restaurants that affordable good food is required to stay alive. www.luigimalones.com/index.php?page=home

Lean Arabic from a Native Arabic speaker with teaching experience. Preferrably in the City Centre or South Dublin, you can learn spoken/Conversational and written Arabic on afternoons, evenings and weekends. All age groups and levels are catered for. Conversational Arabic is EUR 25 per hour and written Arabic is EUR 35 per hour. For more information, email: arabictuitiondublin@gmail.com

The Dublin News are often not too cheerful and positive. That is not because there is only bad stuff to report, but it is because if I rely on other media to find the news, then the news will always be bad (bad news make money, good news don’t). So if I want to lift the spirit in this section, I need YOU! If you come across any good news about things happening in Dublin, please send the information to me (preferably with a Web link) and I will make sure that I tell the whole Dublin Event Guide Community the good news as well. You can just send your information to dublineventguide@gmail.com with GOOD NEWS in the subject of the mail. I am looking forward to your mails and to all the good news!


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 7500+ 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! New companies that will be mentioned here soon are a Car Sharing Scheme and a Nutritionist. Watch this space.


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.

The Children’s development charity Plan Ireland, with whom hundreds of Irish people sponsor children in Haiti is commemorating the one year anniversary of the disaster in Haiti with the photo exhibition “Through Our Own Eyes”. Haitian teenagers have taken the photographs themselves, documenting their nation and their story. The exhibition will take place in the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, South William Street, Dublin 2 from 10-24 Jan and opening hours are Mon-Fri: 10:00-18:00, Thurs: 10:00-20:00, Sat: 09:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-18:00. Admission is free.
In addition, a song, “What You Cannot Leave Behind”, written especially for the Haiti Emergency Appeal is now available for download for EUR 2 by CDWorld.ie. www.plan.ie

The Balla Bán Art Gallery in Unit 10, Westbury Mall, Dublin 2 will host an exhibition called “Sepia & Roses” by Dublin artist Pervaneh Matthews and German
artist Marion A. Böckmann from the 18-22 Jan. Opening hours are Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00. ballaban.net/

The RPA-Luas Art Competition is a yearly exhibition which is taking place since 2007. This year’s competition invited artists aged 16 years or over to submit artwork based on the theme of “Luas taking you to the Heart of Dublin”. Submissions were accepted in any art form from visual or written work, digital reproductions of paintings, sculpture, graphic design, comic design, photography, poetry, short stories and comedy writing. The exhibition in Rua Red (Civic Square Tallaght Dublin 24) displays the winning entry and eleven runners-up from this year’s competition using a range of mediums. The winning entry is displayed on all Luas Stops and Luas trams, and is the cover and a month image in the RPA-Luas 2011 Calendar. The exhibition will be on show from 21-29 Jan (10:00-18:00). www.ruared.ie and www.luas.ie


Simona Zaino, a fully certified Sivananda Yoga Instructor, is launching her 2011 yoga courses on Fri 14 Jan and she is inviting to a free taster/introductory class to the Olive Tree Studio, 15 Grantham Street (off Camden street) from 17:30-18:45. All details are at www.yogikula.com. If you want to be part of it you have to pre-book by sending a mail to complete.yoga@yahoo.com

Fri 14 Jan: 20:00, Sandymount at the Martello Tower Car Park
The Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers invite to a Public Observing evening (weather permitting). Telescopes and expert help & advise are available. This is a free event, all are welcome. If the weather is bad they will be there from 20:00-21:00. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Fri 14 Jan: 21:00, Slattery’s Pub in Rathmines.
An Acoustic Gig with with Donna Dunne will take place. Admission free. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/20/71829120.html

Throughout January the Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 14 The Usual Suspects
Sat 15 Full Circle
Fri 21 Three’s Comapny
Sat 22 Superfly
Fri 28 Who’s Eddie
Sat 29 Bree Harris Band
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:30. In addition on Sundays at 21:00 Mick Harvey & Guests will be on stage.

* 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.


The next Temple Bar Food Market will take place on Sat 15 Jan, however the Temple Bar Designer Mart in Cow’s Lane will be on holidays until 12 March.

Sat 15 Jan: 10:00, Phoenix Park
The Aware Christmas 10k Run was meant to take place on 11 Dec, but had to be postponed due to the snow. It is now taking place this weekend. Last year 2,000 people took part and Aware is hoping for lots more people. Participation is not free, but watching the event and supporting the runners is free. All details including the route for the run are here: www.aware.ie/get_involved/fundraising/christmas_10k/
If you had planned to drive through Phoenix Park, be aware that a number of streets and gates will be closed from 09:00-12:30.

Sat 15 + Sun 16 Jan: 11:00-17:00 – Dalkey Town Hall, Castle Street
The Dalkey Good Health Fair is in its 7th year and continues to go strong. Get the best tips and advice available to improve or maintain your health in the coming year by coming to this free event. Therapists, free information talks, demonstrations and something for the whole family will be at this Health Fair. And you can find the full timetable of talks etc here
www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/DHF%20Timetable%20of%20Talks%2007.01.11.pdf and more details are here www.dlrevents.ie/dalkeyhealth2011.html From Pilates, via Ayurveda, Amatsu and Reiki, to Salt Therapy, Hot Yoga and Qi Energy, you can learn and try a lot!

Sat 15 + Sun 16 Jan: 11:00-18:00 on Sat, 11:00-17:00 on Sun. Round Room in Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.
The organisers describe it as “THE career event of 2011”: The Career Zoo will provide help and information for all experienced professionals and graduates who are considering upskilling, retraining or exploring new career opportunities. You can meet leading employers with real career opportunities; explore thousands of courses including cert, diploma, degree, postgrad and masters: talk to leading course providers and get clear information in an accessible and friendly environment; find out what the Employment growth sectors are; Discover work placements, internships and volunteering positions; Get free advice from recruitment experts (click here) and get advise on how to Start Your Own Business. All details, including a list of exhibitors and a list of the free seminars is here: www.careerzoo.ie/ Admission is free.

Sat 15 Jan: 12:00. County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire.
As part of the Irish Sports Council’s National Walking Event, a new Irish Heart Foundation Slí na Sláinte walking route, ‘The Metals’, will be launched in Dún Laoghaire. On this day every County in Ireland will have a similar walking event to cater for all levels of fitness, but in particular those looking to start exercising again. The Metals Slí na Sláinte route is 3km in length (6km return) from Dún Laoghaire Pier to Dalkey. The new Slí na Sláinte will be launched by a walk along the route and the unveiling of the route map board, followed by light refreshments. Trained walking leaders will be available and the event will include information on the history of The Metals. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. www.dlrevents.ie/metals.html

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 15 Jan. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

First Fortnight is an arts-based mental health awareness project that happens in the first two weeks of every year. In the second year of this event, Amnesty International Ireland is involved as well and on Sat 15 Jan at 13:30 a panel discussion on mental health prejudice and discrimination will take place in the Button Factory (Temple Bar). Panellists are Colm O’Gorman (Executive Director, Amnesty International Ireland), Liam Hayes (GAA star, journalist and author), Dr Siobhán Barry (College of Psychiatry, Ireland), Colm Tobin (Author) plus special guests. The question that will be discussed is “Have attitudes and behaviours towards people with mental health
problems really changed?” Admission is free.
At 19:30 on that evening the Button Factory will be the venue for a gig with “And So I Watch You From Afar”, “Codes”, “Dark Room Notes” and “Le Galaxie”. More details on the bands here: firstfortnight.com/bands/ Admission for the evening event is EUR 10. www.firstfortnight.com

Sat 15 Jan: 14:00-18:00. Culture Box, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Flamenco Indalo, sponsors of this Event Guide and Flamenco enthusiasts, who intend to spread the word about Flamenco, will have their first monthly meet-up of 2011 and everyone is invited to join. Admission is free (donations are appreciated).
A series of short Flamenco videos, there will be coffee, tea and good company and at 15:00, 16:00 and 17:00 you can join in at flamenco tasters. Culture Box is the former public offices of the Temple Bar Information Centre, just opposite the main entrance to Meeting House Square. www.flamencoindalo.com

+ There won’t be any special events in any of the National Museums on Sat 15 Jan.

Sat 15 Jan: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square.
The Richard Tuttle Family Day in the Hugh Lane Gallery is a free event for all the Family. Join artist Michelle Phelan in creating a wall relief, collage or 3D object like that of Richard Tuttle by using everyday materials. To book contact the Gallery Reception on 01-2225564 www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=597

Sat 15 Jan: 22:30-00:30, Mint Bar, Westin Hotel
The Ratzingers, a brilliant Soul & Cover Band, will be in the Mint Bar (basement of the Westin). If you have no other plans, don’t miss their performance, I guarantee that you will enjoy it and will come back again and again for more! :-) Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184926698204083

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a new event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* 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 in 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 on a break until spring (or possibly forever, says the cynic in me). 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
* 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.
* 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
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.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.

See Saturday for details.

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 are 16 Jan: Climate change – Make wind chimes, 23 Jan: Medieval Life – Includes visit to Ashtown Castle, 30 Jan: Pond Life. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) to make sure that it takes place. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The Brocante Furniture Market will take place on Sun 16 Jan from 11:00-17:00 in the Dublin Co-op Building, Newmarket Square, (Off Cork Street), Dublin 8. Admission is free. The Brocante market is a collection of antiques, furniture, collectables and curios from the past and present. This is the first market of its kind in Dublin, giving the opportunity for everyday people as well as collectors and new enterprises an affordable outlet in an up and coming business. If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. Cafe on premises serving hot food as well as cakes etc. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. www.thebrocantemarket.com/

The Sunday Concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery, formerly called “Sunday at Noon”, are free concerts of mostly classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Before the summer these concerts took place from 12:00-13:00, but the gallery’s website still doesn’t tell us the starting time. Assume it is again 12:00-13:00! The concert on the 16 Jan is entitled “Trilogue”. Sarah Buechi (voice), Ronan Guilfoyle (bass) and Izumi Kimura (piano) perform contemporary creative music. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=454

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street now has a Swop Shop included and is now a weekly market. The next Crafty Market will take place on Sun 16 Jan Dec from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there’s live music all day. Expect 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.facebook.com/craftymarket?ref=ts

Sun 16 Jan: 13:30. Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square.
The public lecture “Curatorial conversation on Richard Tuttle, Triumphs” by lecturers Barbara Dawson, Director and Michael Dempsey, Head of Exhibitions is a free event. Early arrival is recommended as places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=599

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On 09 Jan it will run from 16:30-21:30 with a line up of musicians from all round the country. The line up is Shadows Holding Shapes. Jezzebelle, Digital Disorder, IT Love, Cashier No9, Misterebby, Mike Bartlett. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

+ The My Museum event “Marvellous Minerals” will take place on Sun 16 Jan from 15:00-16:00 in the Natural History Museum (Merrion Street). The event is suitable for families. Join Stephen Callaghan, geologist, in the Discovery Zone to look at some of the striking minerals from the Natural History collection. No booking required. Due to popular demand you may have to return later to take part. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2016
+ The My Museum event “Make Art Not War” will take place on Sun 16 Jan from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). It is a workshop for Families with children aged 6+. Musical instruments carved from wood, caps made from artillery shells, lighters made from bullet shells. It’s hard to believe that these were all made by soldiers living in the trenches during World War One…. See some of these objects in the galleries and then make your own trench art with archaeological historian Niamh Keating. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2017
+ The My Museum event “Winter Challenge” will take place on Sun 16 Jan from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). The Family event is suitable for an audience of 7+ years. “Take a trail to discover how Stone Age farmers, Viking children and Medieval ladies passed the time and celebrated feasts in winters past. No booking required. Places limited to 20 on a first come basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2018

On Sun 16 Jan at 15:00 the talk “Painter of Light – Turner’s Late Works” with Niamh MacNally, National Gallery of Ireland will take place. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Conceptual Drawing” and will take place on 16 Jan from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=632

* 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
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* 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.
* Shazwanda Show – Dragon Bar. Each Sunday the ‘The Shazwanda Show’ takes place in the Dragon in Sth Great Georges Street from 20:00 to watch X Factor followed by a cabaret and comedy show from 21:00. Admission is free www.facebook.com/Shazwanda www.sharynhayden.com
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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.

______Next Week_______________


Mon 17 Jan: 14:30. 2/3 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.
Guest curator Dr Catherine Morris takes you on a personal tour of the Discover exhibition Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival. Admission is free and all are welcome. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

A free Tai Chi taster classes will take place on Mon 17 Jan at 20:00. The classes are run by Alda Gomez from the “House if Movement” and will take place in the new Swan Leisure Centre (new swimming pool) in Rathmines, opposite Aldi in Lower Rathmines Road. There are limited places available, so you have to book in advance. Contact Alda at 087 7750782. houseofmovement.com/tai-chi-dublin/tai-chi-rathmines/ and www.facebook.com/pages/House-of-movement-Tai-chi-qi-gong/107309812669036?v=wall

* 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
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* 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 18 Jan at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “Turner and Romantic Nature” with Dr Philip Cottrell, University College Dublin. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 18 Jan: 12:30-14:00. National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dubin 2
The RTE National Symphony Orchestra Horizons events are free concerts that feature contemporary composers. The free lunchtime concert on 18 Jan will feature David Fennessy. From 12:30 David Fennessy will talk to Evonne Ferguson (Director of the Contemporary Music Centre). The concert will then take place from 13:05-14:00. Admission is free, but the event is ticketed. Tickets are available through the National Concert Hall box office in advance. Booking via 01-417 0000.

Tues 18 Jan: 13:00-14:00. Central Hotel, Exchequer St, Dublin 2
Author and activist Susan George will lead a discussion about ‘Global Crises Coming Home: Whose Crisis Whose Future?’. “The discussion will focus on exploring the current multi-faceted global crises – social, economic, financial, ecological – including the impacts of debt and the IMF, which have ruined the lives of millions of women and men in countries of the Global South, the lessons from which are now hugely relevant to Ireland.” You are invited to bring your lunch with you and there will be tea and coffee available at the event. Organised is the event by the Bloom Movement (A movement of people working for radical change for a more just world. Bloom is comprised of the membership based organisations: the Africa Centre, Comhlámh, Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign and the Latin America Solidarity Centre.) and the Feminist Open Forum. www.indymedia.ie/article/98615

Tues 18 Jan: 14:30. Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle
A film screening of Rick Steves’ “Iran” will take place in the CBL. “Discover the splendid monuments of Iran’s rich and glorious past, learn more about its 20th century story, and experience Iranian life today in its historic capital and a countryside village (60 mins).” www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Fernanda Parente runs a weekly film evening in Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It takes place on Tues from 19:30. The next one is on Tues 18 Jan and the films will be the short film “Questions” (2008) by Mark Noonan, who will introduce the screening of his 6 min film. This will be followed by “The Fading Light” (2010) by Ivan Kavanagh (71 min). The screening will be followed by a Q&A with director Ivan Kavanagh (tbc). www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?v=wall

The Crackity Jones’ Tuesday Movie event takes place every Tuesday in the downstairs room of The Grand Social (formerly Pravda) in Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1. The screening starts at 19:30 (sharp) and will be followed by a themed DJ set. Admission is free and you are invited to bring your own cushions. The film on 18 Jan is not announced yet, but you will find all information here www.facebook.com/crackityjonespromo

* 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


Wed 19 Jan: 18:00, National Library Seminar Room, Kildare Street
The Magic Lantern Show by Cois Tine is an opportunity to experience the enchantment of a bygone age, as you listen to storyteller Little John Nee read the stories of Seumas MacManus, accompanied by a magic lantern display. Admission is free and no booking is necessary. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Wed 19 Jan: 20:00. Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24.
Jesse Jones will present a double bill screening of ‘The Spectre and the Sphere’ 2008 and a new work, ‘The Predicament of Man’ 2010, completed whilst on the Digital Artist Residency in Rua Red. Admission is free, but booking here is required: www.ruared.ie/jessejones.html

The next Inn Jokes – Stand up Comedy Night at the Patriot’s Inn, Kilmainham will take place on Wed 19 Jan. Inn Jokes is a free monthly comedy club hosted by comedian Colm O’Regan. The show is on the third Wednesday of every month in the Patriots Inn Pub, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. This month’s line up are well known comedians Karl Spain, Paul Tylak and Ian Perth.

* 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.


iYoga (the Iyengar Yoga Centre of North Dublin) is inviting you to their Thursday Sweeteners. On 20 Jan the theme is “Yoga & your health” and on 27 Jan it will be “Yoga Gala with iYoga teachers”. In addition there are free Yoga classes for Level 1 from 18:15-19:15 and for Intro 2 Yoga from 19:20-20:20. iYoga is at 1st Floor, 365 – 367 North Circular Road, Phibsborough, Ireland, Dublin 7. www.facebook.com/pages/iYoga-Dublin/139103919452651?v=wall www.iyoga.ie/

Thurs 20 Jan; 18:30. Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7.
Peter Kieran, a members of Dublin Toastmaster will give a talk on public speaking, speaking with confidence, presenting yourself well in group situations particularly with job interviews in mind, good communication skills etc. Admission is free, but please register via Contact Cabra Library at 01 8691414 or cabralibrary@dublincity.ie

Thurs 20 Jan: 18:30-19:30, Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1.
“Native Tree’s and Invasive Species” is the title of a lecture by Professor Mary Forrest of UCD. Admission is free, but booking is essential via dublinbranch AT iwt.ie iwt.ie/index.php?option=com_jcalpro&Itemid=75&extmode=view&extid=117

Thurs 20 Jan: 19:00, Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square
Mairide Woods launches her poetry collection “Unobserved Moments of Change”. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

“Solar Disinfection of Drinking Water: Saving Lives with Sunlight” is the title of an Irish Met Society lecture by Dr Kevin McGuigan on Thurs 20 Jan at 19:00 in the Royal College of Surgeons (opposite St. Stephen’s Green Luas stop). In this lecture Dr. Kevin McGuigan will discuss how something as simple as sunlight could help solve the problem of contaminated drinking water in developing countries. Admission is free, but booking is required at www.irishmetsociety.org/index.php?option=com_civicrm&view=Events&layout=register&Itemid=128 and if you are interested in becoming a member of the Irish Met Society, check it out here

“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.

Thurs 20 Jan: 19:30, Sugar Club, Leeson Street.
The Gooseberry Awards is the tongue-in-cheek awards ceremony of Ireland’s worst: The worst Irish Radio DJ, the worst Irish TV Host, the worst Irish TV Programme the worst Irish journalist and so on. Unsurprisingly most winners of the awards will not be present, but the organisers are doing their best to keep the “ceremony” light and humorous and now in the 4th year, there are improvements year after year. You are invited to come to this free event (no tickets required), but before that, you are needed to vote for the nominated “worst” here www.thegooseberries.com/voting2010/

The first evening was already last week, but you can still join on the second night on 20 Jan, I guess: A 6 week Personal Finance Course in the Exchange, 50 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 takes place every week at 20:00. The course instructors are David McCabe and George Bertram of St. Mark’s Church. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=190488850965554

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme for January is “Comedy” and the movies are 20 Jan: The Life of Brian, 27 Jan: Some Like it Hot. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

The music duo R.E.D. are hosting a free Open Mic Night for musicians every Thursday in Darky Kellys pub on Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8. Would you like to play music in front of a live audience or hear undiscovered stars? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. For details check:

* 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.


More to come!


More to come!

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I got the news last weekend. A friend (Alicia) found out from her friend (Edith) and told me. This was the initial article uk.news.yahoo.com/21/20110107/tuk-too-successful-festival-scrapped-e1cd776.html I have to admit that I was shocked! The Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Culture is, no WAS the absolute highlight of my “Event Year” and it is one of the biggest influences that got me to write this Event Guide. For the last 7 or 8 years out of the 10 festival years, I made sure that I have NOTHING else planned for that weekend and I have brilliant memories. Last year the odd move from end of August to end of July happened and I sensed that something was up. There was absolutely no good justification for the move of the Festival date. Then at the end of the Sunday last year, the Artistic Director of the last 10 years, Jody Ackland, declared from the stage that she was leaving the team, which surprised me and later I found out that at the same time the “General Manager” Olga Barry and other people were leaving as well.
Now that the sh*t hit the fan, more and more news is emerging and it seems that the team managing this event had absolutely no clue how to manage an event. Because allegedly the money situation was like this:
2007 Budget: EUR 400,000 with a deficit of EUR 300,000
2008 Budget: EUR 550,000 with a deficit of EUR 400,000
2009 Budget: EUR 500,000 with a deficit of EUR 90,000
2010 Budget: EUR 500,000 with a deficit of EUR 500,000
If someone consistently overspends so significantly, they have not much clue about “managing”, I guess. :-(
10 years go the then county manager Derek Brady was approached by Jody Ackland with the idea and she was given a budget of EUR 20,000. Derek Brady is long gone, but Jody Ackland seemingly got more and more budget and the festival was a success, a HUGE success. However, it seems that the people that should be in charge of the money (the county manager and the councillors) were incapable of reigning the Event Team in and to control them.
I heard that in June 2010 a review group was formed (finally) to check the operation and the same Derek Brady was heading this review group and in the end recommended that it should be cancelled.
I can see the financial problems, but the part that I don’t get is how Dun Laoghaire. Rathdown could wait so long until they took action AND how it was possible to overrun so disastrously. It seems to me that the councillors of Dun Laoghaire entirely disliked the same festival that put Dun Laoghaire on the international culture map and possibly were more than happy to end it. What an ignorance! Yes, it seems that apart from through the pubs there was not much money generated for Dun Laoghaire and with councillors being typically very very shortsighted, it was the easiest to stop all. But that could have been changed!
They claim that there will be smaller events in 2011 and that in 2012 a new smaller and more sustainable will take place, but I have my doubts about that.
Oddly it seems that the same people that made the festival so successful (more than 200,000 people came to Dun Laoghaire last year) killed it with their incompetence and when they departed, the councillors not only saw the debts but as well panicked because nobody had a clue how to run a festival. – There was a time when I thought Jody Ackland was brilliant. But I am not too sure anymore about that. How could she not see that the Festival just got out of proportion? But as I said the ULTIMATE responsibility lies with the County Manager Owen Keegan who wasn’t asble to control and with the councillors.
What should they have done this year? Stop everything APART from the main stage at Newtownsmith Green. Run the festival smaller in 2011 and review what can be done for 2012, but under no circumstances they should have cancelled the festival. Running only the main stage would have been relatively cheap and controllable in cost AND crowd. Here are some more reports:
And the proud farewell note of Jody Ackland: www.festivalofworldcultures.com/a-message-from-the-artistic-director
I have to admit that I would LOVE to organise a small, controllable and not very expensive Festival of Wold Culture in Dublin, NOT in Dun Laoghaire. If any of you have time and energy and would want to join me, we could check the feasibility. Contact me!!!

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