Event Guide 218: Heritage Week, People’s Festival, Ukulele Hooley, Romeo&Juliet (Unplugged)

August 19th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 218
| 19 August 2011 Subscribers: 9453

* Important Update:
* Please note that the People’s Festival in Dun Laoghaire has been cancelled!
* On Fri evening (21:58), the organisers have issued a statement cancelling festival + all events.
* This is very disappointing and sad, but nothing can be done.
* The Chalk Festival and Ukulele Hooley and the weekly Farmers Market in the People’s Park
* will take place as planned, so there is still plenty to do!
* The statement can be found here: on.fb.me/peopfest

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

______Joerg’s Picks______________

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

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This week, I totally lost the overview of all the events. With Heritage Week taking place, there is just toooo much on. In addition Dun Laoghaire is mad busy.

What will I do? Currently I have no clue to be honest. I am slightly overwhelmed! Once I have found my senses again ;-) I will probably decide to go to the People’s Festival in Dun Laoghaire on Saturday and/or Sunday and to the Ukulele Hooley and the Chalk Festival (both in Dun Laoghaire as well) on Sunday. On Saturday I will go to the People’s Art Exhibition.

But the Herbert Park Festival and the Big Bang Drumming Festival performance and the World Music Festival in the Lantern Centre and Ballyfermot Rocks and the last performance of Romeo & Juliet (Unplugged) all take place on Sunday as well, so how do I squeeze them in??? :-o

During the week? I need to recover from the weekend! :-D But watch out for the mad National Potato Day on Thursday! ;-)


From 18-21 August the International Tango Festival in Ireland will take place in Dublin. The 9th International Tango Festival is dedicated to all lovers of Argentine dance, music and culture. It provides a wonderful opportunity to learn tango with top class teachers, enjoy Argentine music and theatre, taste traditional food, sing Tango songs and learn Spanish!
Compadrito Tango, the wonderful tango teachers Simona & Hernan and their teams have made a pair of tickets available for the main event of the International Tango Festival. The event is called Tango Querido and will take place on Saturday 20 August at 20:30 in the Garda Club, Harrington Street, Dublin 8. The guest orchestra “Quinteto Tango Extremo” will play Tango music for you and later DJ Johan Steyn will keep the party going while you can dance Tango for 5 hours (non-stop if you wish!). There will be performances of guest and resident teachers as well and if you are a Tango fan, then you know that this is for you. Tickets are EUR 35 (some discount packages are available if bundled with workshops). Check out all festival details on www.tangofever.net/Festival%20Programme%202011.htm I was meant to do a draw, but for these tickets, but didn’t get a chance yet. I will do it immediately when I have sent this week’s newsletter and will inform the winner then. www.tangofever.net

The Wright Venue in Swords is bringing back the popular Laidback Luke for a night of unrivalled entertainment on 26 August. Following his sell out event in October 2010, they have decided to invite him back to entertain the masses once more with support on the night from renowned DJ’s David De Valera, Steven Cooper & DUB’D OUT! Tickets are EUR 20 plus booking fee and are available online from www.thewrightvenue.ie and www.ticketmaster.ie and from all ticketmaster outlets. The Wright Venue is in the South Quarter at Airside, Swords, Co. Dublin. www.thewrightvenue.ie As with the Tango competition, I will do the draw as soon as this week’s newsletter is sent, I had a BUSY week!

______Dublin News______________

20-28 August: All over Ireland
Heritage Week is a week long celebration of Irish Heritage and there is something taking place in every county and most activities are free of charge. Everyone is encouraged to get involved and activities range from fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife tours and lectures to music recitals, historical re-enactments, and outdoor activities. Many heritage sites and stately homes will offer free admission or special concessions. The aim of National Heritage Week is to build awareness and education about our heritage thereby encouraging its conservation and preservation.
A big booklet with more than 280 pages lists all events and as you can imagine, there are HUNDREDS of events. I did include a good few this week, but you should either get the booklet (e.g in the Dublin Tourism Office in Suffolk Street) or should check the programme out online at www.heritageweek.ie/ There is sooo much to do!
Oh and one other remarks regarding the booklet: I would have expected LESS of a waste of resources from the Heritage Council! To put all nationwide events in one book is just a waste of money. The guys from the Culture Night have a separate brochure for each County and that makes a lot more sense.

Drop off unwanted clothes, introduce your children to the joy of growing flowers, take part in fairytale dance and sing-along workshops, learn CPR and therapeutic hand massage and meet some cuddly four legged friends. All this and more await families who visit the Free weeklong European Year of Volunteering (EYV2011) Roadshow which will stop-off in Dublin from Monday 22 – Friday 26 August.
The interactive Roadshow hopes to encourage families and individuals to get involved in volunteering and to showcase and celebrate Irish voluntary work in all its forms. The Roadshow is touring European capitals and has already been in Paris, Vienna, Lisbon, Athens and Stockholm. It will run events in Dublin each day from 11:00 to 16:00 in the European Commission House, Dawson St, Dublin 2.
Here are some highlights:
+ Meet Some Cuddly Four Legged Friends, Irish Therapy Dogs, 11:00-16:00 on Mon 22 Aug. (Come along and get a cuddle from the friendliest four legged friends from Irish Therapy Dogs. These hard working dogs provide physical, therapeutic and educational benefits to people, young and old in hospitals, nursing homes, day care centres and schools.)
+ CPR and Therapeutic Hand Message from the Irish Red Cross 11:00-16:00 on Tues 23 Aug (The Irish Red Cross will demonstrate basic first aid and life saving CPR techniques. For those looking to relax or learn how to help others relax, the Irish Red Cross team will also be demonstrating therapeutic hand massage.)
+ Imaginosity Fairy Tail Dance and Drama Workshop, 11:00-13:00 on Wed 24 August (The Children’s Museum will host a fairy tale workshop inviting children into the world of Goldilocks & The Three Bears and the Three Little Pigs, expect improvised song and dance performance, fun for all the family.)
+ Plant Your Own Seeds with Grow it Yourself, 11:00-16:00 on Fri 26 August (From small acorns grown tall trees, join Grow it Yourself for a children’s seed sewing session. Kids will be given the opportunity to sew flower seeds in little pots which they can take home.) For a full programme of events visit www.eyv2011.ie

Krav Maga Ireland (www.kravmagaireland.com) is the main sponsor of the Dublin Event Guide. Patrick Cumiskey, helps with the cost for sending this weekly newsletter and his help is much appreciated.
Today Patrick informed me that there are a number of new self-defence classes for beginners starting soon (12-week or 2-day courses) and everyone who books a 12-week course in August or September will get 12 weeks of fitness classes for free. So, if you want to be able to protect yourself or your loved ones and if you want to increase your fitness at the same time, give Patrick a call on 087-2390398. And if you are lucky ;-) it will be me teaching you for part of it, because I often help Patrick teaching the classes. The training is suitable for everybody, independent from your level of fitness and I think EVERYBODY should do it! It’s a lot of fun too, by the way! www.kravmagaireland.com


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Don’t miss the sand sculptures in Dublin Castle. You can see them until 28 August. The theme this year is Compass. Just walk towards the entrance of Dublin Castle and you will see them big and impressive in the courtyard. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001217556672&sk=wall

20-28 August: National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
+ All week: Heritage Trail Activity Sheet – Look out for the Heritage Trail for families, take this self guided trail around the Museum. All Ages
+ Sun 21 Aug: 14:30-16:30 Craft Demonstration
Watch and be inspired by the skilled craftspeople from the Irish Felt Makers.
(Education Resource Room)
+ Sun 21 Aug: 15:00-16:00 Summer Postcard Mystery Trail
Become a Museum Detective by solving a mystery postcard puzzle and tracking down characters in history (Main Reception)
+ Wed 24 Aug: 12:30-13:15 Special Lunchtime Tour
Join Mary Greene on a special tour of the Museum’s highlights of Irish Craft pieces
(Adult event, Main Reception)
+ Thurs 25 Aug: 11:30-12:15 Babies on Board Walking Tour
Explore the history of Collin’s Barracks and its environs with Edith Andrees, bring rain gear if necessary (Families with young children – Main Reception)
+ Sat 27 Aug: 12:30-13:15 Special Saturday Talk: 21st Century Irish Craft at the National Museum. Join Dr Audrey Whitty for a talk during Heritage Week, looking at the exhibition of contemporary craft pieces on display. (Adults, Main Reception)
+ Sun 28 Aug: 14:30 Public Tour
This public tour will focus on the highlights of Irish heritage in the Museum. Places allocated 15 minutes prior to tour. (Adults, Main Reception)
+ Sun 28 Aug: 15:00-16:00 The Magic of Wood
Be bowled over by the craft of wood-turning through a demonstration by Irish Artist Roger Bennett (All Ages, AV Theatre)

Mary Davis is one of the candidates for the Presidential election and a long time supporter of this Dublin Event Guide is on her campaign team and is trying to get more volunteers to help. If you want to be involved in this campaign and if Mary Davis inspires you as a candidate for the presidency and if you would like to help, contact Pól Ó Murchú on 087-1262850. www.marydavis.ie/

A friend of mine and supporter of this Event Guide from very early on is writing a thesis about diamonds and jewellery and she needs you to help her a little by answering a few questions regarding you and diamonds. So if you are in the age group that appreciates diamonds 5 minutes of your time would be much appreciated. Thanks! Go here: www.kwiksurveys.com?s=NLLDNL_ae52d25e

A warm Hello! to all people celebrating the Irish Fest in Milwaukee this weekend! We are thinking of you! :-) www.facebook.com/irishfest.milwaukee


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. 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. Being mentioned here and being seen by the 9000+ readers of the Dublin Event Guide should help to 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 much 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.

I was at an event of the Dublin Investment Summit last week, where start-up companies could present their idea to get some feedback and possibly to be then invited to the “Dublin Investment Summit” in September to look for investment capital. If you are working on an idea and have a good idea what your business needs in money and what it will deliver, then contact me. It is not certain if there will be another of these events, but if there is some interest, I would expect that the guys at the DIS will run another one. You don’t need to tell me details about your idea/project, just let me know if you are prepared to tell a panel for a couple of minutes what your idea or start-up is about. Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with START-UP in the subject line. Please contact me as soon as possible! My role in this will be to connect you with the people who ran that event, but if you need some advise about what and how to present, I am more than happy to help. (I have some experience in that area.)


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.

Sat 20 – Wed 31 Aug: National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
“A City and it’s Gardens” is the title of Tommy Clancy’s black and white collection of photographs, which captures the richness and timeless charm of Dublin’s Botanic Gardens. Tommy is a professional photographer and his work has appeared in many publications, including Newsday New York, La Liberation Paris and the London Times. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm


Sat 20 Aug: 11:00 – Railings around St. Stephen’s Green
People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. This year there are four art exhibitions were everybody and anybody can rent a stall/slot and offer their art. The third exhibition this year will take place from 19-21 August. Have a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green and enjoy …or buy some art.

Fri 19 Aug: 12:00-16:30 – No. 8 Berth at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2
The Norwegian Tall Ship “S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl” will be in Dublin from 18-20 Aug and you can visit the ship for free on Fri from 12:00-16:30 and on Sat from 10:00-12:00. Admission is free and there will be some information about the ship and a souvenir shop. The ship is a three masted bark with 22 sails, was built in 1914 and is one of the world’s largest and most beautiful sailing ships. It is owned and operated by the Statsraad Lehmkuhl foundation and is in active use as a sail training ship.

Fri 19 Aug: 13:00 + 14:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“Pugwash” are in Tower Records for an In-store event (live performance and signing of their album) at 13:00 and “Boy Lights Fire” will be there at 14:00.

Fri 19 Aug: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. Sarah Griffin will be hosting the Ink Slingers throughout June.

Fri 19 Aug: 15:00-03:00 – Sweeney’s Mongrel, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Two separate or not so separate gigs will take place on Friday in Sweeney’s Mongrel and both are organised by “Love Music Hate Racism (LMHR)”. The event is a fundraiser for LMHR and while the first event is free (but at a not so accessible time),
the second event has an admission fee (donation incl. entry to raffle) of EUR 5.
From 15:00-18:00, the following bands and performers will be on stage:
Frank, Fool the Joker, Dwelling for Jackals, Love Notes and Ashes, Airline, Mr. Grieves, Zero All details are here: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=225740774134497
The second gig (from 17:00) features: House of Dolls, Martin Ansbro, The Whipround, The 9 Bar’s, Champagne Animal, The Fusion Family, 24 Broken Amps, Autumn Long, Fred & Bob, Elavator, Maggie Hildrick & the Hunt, The Difference Engine, Chemical Addiction, Morgan Le Fay, Sive, Barri Cassidy, Bob Glynn, Dirty Fist, Ryan Harvey, Gypsy Rebel Rabble. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=152822264794695
Distributed over the 3 floors of Sweeney’s Mongrel, a total of 24 acts will perform on Friday, sounds like a great event! Put it in your diary! All the starting times are (in slightly cryptic notation) on the facebook page too.

This is one of your last opportunities to see the brilliant open-air performance of Romeo & Juliet (Unplugged) before the end of the run on Sunday. Don’t miss out, go to Iveagh Gardens and indulge for approx. 2 hours in Shakespeare and the drama that he and his times had in store for us. The performance is completely free and is definitely worth a visit. I was in Ranelagh Gardens were a number of performances took place before the production moved to Iveagh Gardens and I was sooo impressed.
Cracked Light Productions (www.facebook.com/crackedlightproductions) is the theatre company behind this free performance and they deserve LOTS of visitors to their performances. Bring a blanket to sit on and don’t let even rain stop you (plastic ponchos are available or bring your umbrella). The last few performances in Iveagh Gardens are 19 August: 19:00-21:00 and then 20+ 21 August: 15:00-17:00. Iveagh Gardens is just off Harcourt Street and in the gardens, I am sure it is easy to find.

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 19 Aug Santoria
Sat 20 Aug 20th Century Gold
Sun 21 Aug Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:00
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html www.facebook.com/thestillorganorchard?sk=wall

Fri 19 Aug: 21:30 – Kobra Bar, The Leeson Hotel, 27 Lower Leeson St, Dublin 2
The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm 2011 takes place from Wed 17-Sun 21 Aug and all details are here www.bigbangfestival.com. I found a few more free events for you: Canta Brasil are playing popular songs from Brasil in a friendly & lively atmosphere from 21:30 on Fri in the Kobra Bar.
And then there is a performance with 100 drummers in St. Stephen’s Green from 15:00-17:00 on Sun 21 Aug. The great drumming group Morro 16 and the new “Bloco de Dublin” with over 50 drummers will be part of it.

Fri 19 Aug: 21:30 – Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum. – Ruairi Maguires’ has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday. But the guys are getting slower and slower in announcing who is performing. No information this week and I will move them into the Regular Events section if it doesn’t change. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall

Jose Dominguez tell me that himself and Pia Dunne will perform as the duet “Què Pezón!” every Friday in Stoney’s Bar, Hill Street, off Parnell street. The Show starts at 21:30. www.myspace.com/quepezon and www.quepezon.com

* 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 Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). 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.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


Sat 20 Aug: 10:00-12:00 – No. 8 Berth at Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2
Last chance to see the Norwegian Tall Ship “S/S Statsraad Lehmkuhl”. Admission is free and there will be some information about the ship and a souvenir shop. Find some more information about the ship in the Friday section here and on www.visitdublin.com/event/Statsraad_Lehmkuhl

Sat 20 Aug: 10:00 – Phoenix Park
The Frank Duffy Memorial 10 Mile Road Race is taking place on Sat. This is not a free event and it probably not tooo exciting to watch it, but be aware that lots of gates into Phoenix Park will be closed between 09:30 and 12:30 and a number of streets will be closed as well.

Sat 20 Aug: 11:00 – Railings around St. Stephen’s Green
People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. This year there are four art exhibitions were everybody and anybody can rent a stall/slot and offer their art. The third exhibition this year will take place from 19-21 August. Have a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green and enjoy …or buy some art.

20 Aug-10 Sept: Jervis Shopping Centre, Jervis Street/Henry Street, Dublin 1
Each Saturday there will be four fashion shows (12:00, 13:30, 15:00 and 16:30) throughout the day showing the hottest trends from Forever 21, New Look and Topshop bringing to the cat walk the best Autumn / Winter looks in Urban Cool, Fast Fashion, Looks from the Catwalk for less and City Chic Tailoring for those who like to dress to impress for work.
Brendan Courtney will carry out mini style makeovers and share his top tips on how to wear your wardrobe this season and for anyone who ever had a love affair with a pair of denims a drop into the ‘Jean-ius Jean’ style centre will give you personal advice on what pair of jeans are suitable for your individual shape or size. See www.jervis.ie for more details.

Sat 20 Aug: 11:00-12:30 – St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Description: As part of the National Heritage Week, the Irish Wildlife Trust’s Dublin Branch has organised a tour of St Stephen’s Green Park, focusing on the biodiversity and history of this iconic green space. Join the tour to learn about life in the center of our city. The Stephens Green Biodiversity and Heritage Walk takes place on Saturday and is suitable for children. Participation is free, but booking is requested via enquiries@iwt.ie or 01-8602839. iwt.ie/events/

Fiona Moloney’s (and Tine Schnell’s) Yoga in the Park to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community is continuing. Each Saturday at 11:00-12:00 until September, Fiona and Tine will be taking turns to lead the classes. Meeting point is the Bandstand near the Zoo and near the Tea Rooms. Classes will be suitable for all levels and are donation based. That means you can give what you can afford, but please be fair.
Wear some loose clothes, preferably layers to be prepared for all type of weather and bring a mat (or a big beach towel). For contact details, directions and to find out who is teaching when, go to www.twopalmsyoga.com

Sat 20 + Sun 21 Aug: Dun Laoghaire
+ Please note, this festival has been cancelled just 14 hours before its
+ start. So there will be NO People’s Festival in Dun Laoghaire.
+ But all pubs and all other planned festivals will operate as planned.
The People’s Festival is what came out of the shock, surprise and disappointment that followed the cancellation of the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures. When Dun Laoghaire Council made the (bad) decision to cancel the FOWC, a number of volunteers decided that they would not just take this lying down, but they would put all their energy in to provide an alternative People’s Festival. After a lot of work, this weekend is the weekend of the first ever People’s Festival, a music festival with a huge amount of bands in quite a number of venues in Dun Laoghaire. And all is for free. On the website at www.dlrpeoplesfestival.com/ you can find all the details and the programme is at www.dlrpeoplesfestival.com/whatson.html www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=240261979330685
There are six gig stages (in the 40ft, Scotts Bar and the Harbour Bar) and because there are no big budgets to print programmes and flood the place with them, I will include the lineup and the schedule her ein the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”.In addition to all types of music (rock, indie, reggae, jazz, folk, electro, trad, world music, fusion,grunge, punk and more), there will be carious shows including dance, poetry, fire performance, film, comedy and more. These schedule is subjet to changes!
40ft Pavillion Stage
+ SATURDAY: 12:00 Wicker Bones, 13:00 Ro Byrne (tbc), 14:00 Colm Lynch
15:00 Gypsy Rebble Rabble, 16:00 Pete and the Purehearts, 17:00 Bionic Rats
18:00 9 Bar Blues Band, 19:00 Karma Parking
+ SUNDAY 13:00 Dem Fools, 14:00 Dylan Walshe, 15:00 fusion family
16:00 The Raglans, 17:00 Dubtown Vibration, 18:00 The Hot Sprockets
19:00 The Barley Mob
40ft Loft Stage
+ SATURDAY 15:30 TBA, 16:30 Crossing the Thundra, 17:30 Lonley Schizophrenic
18:30 Retarded Cop, 19:30 Control Freak, 20:30 Cube, 21:20 Veroa
22:10 Radical Picnic, 23:00 My Dance Radio, 23:50 D – Sonik
00:45 Roots Corner, 01:30 Dub Dr.s
+ SUNDAY 17:00 The Statics, 18:00 The Unmarked, 19:00 Boy Lights Fire,
20:00 Dubtones, 21:00 on/off, 21:45 The Odd Socks Revival, 22:30 TBC
The Harbour Bar – Main Stage
+ SATURDAY 16:00 Goulash Disco, 17:00 PowderHorse,
18:00 Jonny and the Beeps, 19:00 Gavin James & The Problematic, 20:00 TBC,
21:00 Tea Tronik 22:00 Sincop Hat, 23:00 Captain Magic
+ SUNDAY 16:00 You, Tim & Bob Glynn!, 17:00 Jack & The Band,
18:00 Dylan Walshe,19:00 Corner Kids, 20:00 Wicker Bones, 21:00 Present Arms,
22:00 Fox E. And The good Hands, 23:00 The Whipround
The Harbour Bar- Function Room
+ SATURDAY Film 13:00-14:30 Spare Room, Deadline, Mirrorman
+ SATURDAY/SUNDAY 15:00-20:00 Spoken Work, Comedy Improv, Art Display
Scotts – Main Stage
+ SATURDAY 19:00 Lost Ramones, 20:00 Lynched, 21:00 24 Broken Amps
22:00 Chelsea Carnes, 22:40 Ryan Harvey, 23:20 Droppin Bombs
00:20 Paranoid Visions
+ SUNDAY 20:00 The Wayward, 20:45 My Mind Races, 21:30 Triple Drop
22:15 Barry Krishna, 23:00 Noise Complex, 23:45 Electronic Intervals
Scotts – Acoustic/Solo Stage
+ SATURDAY19:00 Christine Odonnell, 19:40 Ria, 20:20 Loman,
20:50 Sean Laming, 21:10 Gstar (Solo Set), 21:40 Jimmy Cinders,
22:30 Glenn Cullen, 23:00 Sive, 23:30 Andy Earley, 00:00 Dylan Walshe
+ SUNDAY 20:00 Ger Bro Gorilla, 20:35 Ozzy, 21:10 Brian Keary(Tbc),
21:45 Clarence Goose 22:20 Harbour Master, 22:55 Temper-Mental MissElayneous, 23:30 TBC

Sat 20 + Sun 21 Aug: 10:00-17:00 – Harbour Plaza, Dun Laoghaire.
Dun Laoghaire will host the first ever Chalk Festival in Ireland, where international artists like Leon Keer, Vera Bugatti and Jennifer Chaparro come to Ireland to perform their art. Over the weekend the Harbour Plaza will be adorned by an eclectic and colourful mix of art. The event is family & earth friendly attracting visitors who love and support the arts. The audience will be able to interact with the “performers” or artists in a unique way that makes the arts more accessible to all.
The visiting artists will work on large installations on Saturday and Sunday around Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plaza and can be observed by the public as they work. Leon & Jennifer will produce 3D pieces in chalk while Vera will work to create something in the traditional Madonnari style. In addition some local artists will be working on some pieces of artwork with a particular local flavour.
A children’s participation zone will run daily from 12:00-17:00. It features hands-on-crafts for the whole family throughout the afternoon. Artists will lead children in drawing a giant Aquatic themed chalk mural. Come along and draw your favorite fish or sea creature, add a sandy bottom and some seaweed to help create an expansive chalk drawing during the event. There will also be a space for children to individually experiment in chalk drawing with the opportunity to submit their pieces a competition judged by our visiting artists and there will be some cool prizes up for grabs to be won. I have seen AMAZING 3D chalk art work and I am looking forward seeing the work the three artists will bring us. Let’s hope it won’t rain!

Sat 20 Aug: 12:00-13:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Heritage Week 2011 kicks off with National Tell Tale Day, when all age groups join together in the great Irish tradition of story telling. Come to the national Library and listen to author Tom McCaughren read from his award winning fox books including Run with the Wind and Run Swift, Run Free.

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. 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 thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea

Sat 20 Aug: 12:30 – 16:30 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. A Storytelling playschool with the “most notorious professional liar”, story-teller The Oh-Aissieux is taking place on Saturday. This playschool is for adults, though, so that we can have some fun too. You will play “A street in Rome”, a collective visualisation game, “Once Upon a Time”, storytelling card gamesa dna few other games. Admission is free. Donations are welcome and will be used to support Exchange Dublin and to promote innovative storytelling on a non-profit basis. To book a place at the playschool, send your contact details to narrativearts@gmail.com or by text to 086 060 3818. www.narrativeartsclub.com/page2.htm

Sat 20 Aug: 13:00-16:00 – RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
“Share a Dream” are hosting a free Dream Concert for all the sick and disabled children in Ireland as part of their 21st Anniversary celebrations in the RDS Concert hall on Saturday. The Concert is hosted by Glenda Gilson (TV3 Expose) and includes a whole line up of stars: X-factor finalists Girlband Belle Amie and Eoin Quigg, Boyband “Boulevard”, new Girlband “Halo” Pop sensation “Beauella” and “Elle D”, Keith Cullen, New Uk artist James Bellamy, Miracle Bell, Got to Dance finalists “Raw Edge” Dance Crew plus a whole load more!
The Irish Army will be there gun displays, tanks et, the fire brigade will have Fire Engines and the Gardai will display garda bikes and cars. There will be face painters, balloon modelling, puppet and magic shows and some goodies on the day.
If you have a special child or work with special children and you want to attend this Free Concert then you need to apply for free tickets, but keep in mind that so close to the date there is a high risk that all tickets are gone already. Check out www.shareadream.ie/the-foundation/dream-concert-rds-dublin/ for more details and to find out about the ticket application.

Sat 20 Aug: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Daily in August: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Archive at Lunchtime films remain to be popular and the daily screening of Archive material is continuing. The two programmes that alternate every day this month are www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7472&Date=15/08/2011&PageID=15

Sat 20 Aug: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The guided walk “Trees: A living Heritage” will take place. It is a walk through the plant collections in the Botanic Garden to discover the many rare and old trees that grow there. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sat 20 + Sun 21 Aug: Dun Laoghaire
The 2nd Irish Ukulele Festival is taking place in Dun Laoghaire.
On Saturday the Festival will kick off with a moving Ukulele Busk at the bandstand on the East Pier from 15:00. Later, from 20:00 there will be a Ukulele Evening in the Martello Room in the Kingston Hotel (Admission: EUR 5) with live performances followed by a festival club.
On Sunday the main location for the Festival will be The People’s Park. There will be free workshops for beginners (12:30 for adults and 14:00 for kids) and intermediate players (EUR 10 at 11:00-13:00), an Open Mic Competition and a big Ukulele Raffle. The main event is a free concert: Among the Ukulele Hooley line-up will be Belgian rag-timers The Winin Boys; Dutch virtuoso Ukulelezaza and Scottish ‘punk’ duo Gus and Fin. Also on show on the day will be the home grown talent of the Dun Laoghaire based Ukuhooleys as well as the musical finery of The Ukuristic Congress.
13.30: Paul Moore, Ha’Penny Mariachi, Aisling Out Walking, Gerry O’Beirne, Helena & Nora, Ukeristic Congress, Peter Delaney.
16:15: West Cork Ukulele Orchestra, Ukulelezaza, Betty’s Boys.
17:40: Minnie and the Illywhackers, Gus & Fin, Winin’ Boys
More details about the festival are on www.ukulelehooley.com.

This is one of your last opportunities to see the brilliant open-air performance of Romeo & Juliet (Unplugged) before the end of the run on Sunday. Don’t miss out, go to Iveagh Gardens and indulge for approx. 2 hours in Shakespeare and the drama that he and his times had in store for us. The performance is completely free and is definitely worth a visit. I was in Ranelagh Gardens were a number of performances took place before the production moved to Iveagh Gardens and I was sooo impressed.
Cracked Light Productions (www.facebook.com/crackedlightproductions) is the theatre company behind this free performance and they deserve LOTS of visitors to their performances. Bring a blanket to sit on and don’t let even rain stop you (plastic ponchos are available or bring your umbrella). The last few performances in Iveagh Gardens are 19 August: 19:00-21:00 and then 20+ 21 August: 15:00-17:00. Iveagh Gardens is just off Harcourt Street and in the gardens, I am sure it is easy to find.

Sat 20 Aug: 15:00 – Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
The book launch of Rathmines: An Illustrated History by Dr Maurice Curtis, Historian and Writer take place in Rathmines Library on Saturday. Dr. Maurice Curtis’ book charts the nationally historic and culturally significant changes in the Dublin suburb of Rathmines which mirror the changes in Ireland itself over these centuries. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/heritage_2011_rathmines_book_launch.aspx

Sat 20 Aug: 18:00-21:00 – South King Street, Dublin 2.
“The Boys Are Back in Town” is a procession of music and dance through the City Centre that has been commissioned by Dublin City Council Events Department to celebrate the life and work of Phil Lynott and Thin Lizzy. The MaSamba Samba School will use Music, Dance, Movement and colourful costumes to animate some of the classic Thin Lizzy songs. The event will take place on Sat 20 August (Phil Lynott’s birthday). Starting on South King Street (outside Gaiety Theatre), processing down Grafton Street, and finishing at the Phil Lynott statue on Harry Street. More than 100 musicians and dancers will be involved and you are invited to join in.
www.masamba.com/events/dublin-dublin-082011-south-king-street-boys-are-back-in-town-pageant/ www.masamba.com

Sat 20 Aug: 19:30 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Riptorns are an Irish alternative rock band formed in 2009 and is made up of Alex Montemor, Colin Nugent, Keith Nugent and Mark Beirne. Admission is free.

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly 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 Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* 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
* 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 09:30-16:00. 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, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, 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 22:00 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 latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* Salsa/Latin Party in the Merchant Arch Bar, opposite the Ha’Penny Bridge from 23:00-02:30. Admission free.

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Sun 21 August, 04 + 18 Sept: Palmers Golden Ball Tavern, Carpark, Kilternan, Dublin 18. Every second week a Car Boot Sale, which is a fundraiser for the Niall Melon Township Trust, will take place until the middle of September. That means the next one is on 21 August. The Car Boot Sales runs from 09:00-16:00 (Traders arrive at 08:00). EUR 15 for traders, free admission for potential buyers. dublincity.olx.ie/niall-melon-township-trust-fundraiser-iid-216570807

Sun 21 Aug: 10:00-17:00 – Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park
A plant fair takes place in Farmleigh House this week. A wide variety of artisan growers from all over Ireland will have an extensive range of special and exotic plants on sale. Special guest gardener Dermot O’Neill will be holding gardening advice clinics to answer and solve all of your gardening problems. There will be a childrens’ garden for the up and coming gardeners where they can plant flowers as well as a childrens’ art centre, where the children can draw all types of gardening plants. A plant creche will be available where you can leave your plants while you enjoy the food markets and music of the St. James Brass and Reed Band.
In the Farmyard of Farmleigh House a Food Market will take place. Admission to all events is free. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerEvents2011/Title,16067,en.html

Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 21 Aug Monuments in the Park; 28 Aug Become a Viking. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095.

Sun 21 Aug: 11:00 – Railings around St. Stephen’s Green
People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. This year there are four art exhibitions were everybody and anybody can rent a stall/slot and offer their art. The third exhibition this year will take place from 19-21 August. Have a stroll around St. Stephen’s Green and enjoy …or buy some art.

Sun 21 Aug – 11:00-12:30 – Meet at Sandycove Beach.
This event is for children: Come along to this workshop and decorate your own picture frame using natural shells found along the beach. Admission is free, but booking is required with workshop leader Andrew Fleming of ‘OWLS’ The
Children’s Nature Club: 087 3299936 or info@owls.ie www.dlrevents.ie/biodiversityevents.html

Sun 21 Aug: 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The Brocante Furniture Market will take place on Sun it is a collection of antiques, furniture, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. This is the only 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. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. www.thebrocantemarket.com/

Sun 21 Aug: 12:00 – Meet outside The Horseshow House Pub, 34 Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Entitled “Making Exhibitions of themselves” this Let’s Talk and Walk event will bring you to many sights Ballsbridge has to offer including the Royal Dublin Showgrounds and Herbert Park, site of the great Dublin International Exhibition of 1907. Herbert Park opened as a public park in 1911 and following the tour you’ll have a chance to participate in a host of enjoyable activities that will be taking place there as part of the Herbert Park Centenary Celebrations. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Sun 21 Aug: 13:00-17:00 – Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The Herbert Park was used first in 1907 as the site of the Dublin International Exhibition and was then converted into a public park in 1911. So this year is the Centenary Celebration and for that reason there will be a Family Day in the park. The event is not widely promoted, but I came across a flyer that lists:
Boxing, Children’s Train, Pillow Fight, Art Display, Clowns, Face Painting, Punch & Judy, Cycling Stand, Street Olympics, Tai Chi, History Exhibition, Volleyball, Chess, BBQ, Fun&Games, Live Music, Vintage Cars, Garden Dance, Climbing Wall, Tag Rugby, Athletics, Hot Air Balloon, Ultimate Frisbee, Carousel.
Wow, that is a long list. Pity that there is to schedule available, but if you are in the area, pop in and have a look what is happening.

Sun 21 Aug: 13:00-16:00 – Jervis Street Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
On Sunday the last “Children’s Summer Entertainment” event will take place in Jervis Street Shopping Centre. A Juggling skills worksop, a Clown and Balloon Modeller and Facepainter will be there. www.jervis.ie/home/summer_entertainment

Sun 21 Aug: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A special tour focusing on the history of Charlemont House and the Gallery’s permanent collection and exhibitions will take place on Sunday. Booking is not required and admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/404-focusing-on-the-history-of-charlemont-house-and-the-gallerys-permanent-collection

Sun 21 Aug: 13:00-21:00 – Lantern Centre, Synge Street, Dublin 8
A Festival of World Music will be taking place at the Lantern Centre this Sunday, featuring professional music and dance acts from Ireland and around the world, with Special Guests “Emerald Singers of Monserrat (West Indies).
The Lantern Centre was created in Autumn 2007 to facilitate the emergence of a truly multicultural society by bridging the current cultural and religious differences. The Centre hosts immigrants from up to thirty countries and for many the Centre is the only special social space outside of the family or workplace where they can find hospitality and get the opportunity to meet and share their native language, culture, tradition and faith. The Lantern Centre got his name from Nano Nagle’s search every evening in the back lanes of Cork with her lantern seeking those who lacked food and shelter.
The Emerald Community Singers of Montserrat perform Caribbean folk songs that they have collected. In addition, gospel music, calypso and reggae have been added to their repertoire as well as sea shanties and songs from the Broadway stage.
The complete list of performers is
+ Ostroha Slovakian Folk Group (Music and Dance)
+ Martin Healy Trad Band (Ireland)
+ Emerald Singers (Monserrat, West Indies)
+ Passarim Latin Jazz Trio (Ireland/Brazil): Joan Shields, Robson Rocha, Dave Mooney, with guest Robson Jamaica on berimbau and traditional percussion.
+ El David Y El Jorge (Mexico)
+ Robert Doyle: Fingerstyle Guitarist & Song Writer. (Ireland)
+ Marie Bougeard (France): Songs of France & Spain
+ Robson Jamaica (Brazil): Introduction to Capoeira: martial art and music (with short workshop)
+ Skelly B (UK/ Caribbean) DJ, Hip Hop artist and poet (Flavour Radio)
+ Allison Sleator (Irish folk singer and song writer)
+ T- Flava (Venezuelan Dancers)
Admission is free and there will be international Food and Drink available and since it is a fundraising events for the Lantern Centre, donations (of all sizes) are very welcome. lanterncentre.org

Sun 21 Aug: 13:00-20:00 – Ballyfermot Road Park beside the Ballyfermot Community Civic Centre. – Ballyfermot Rocks is a concert which has been put together by the Ballyfermot RAPID Area Programme and by the local community radio station West Dublin Access Radio. It is taking place on Sunday and will showcase local talent, community spirit and create a positive atmosphere in the area. There will be two stages running, one for bands and one for acoustic acts. More than 30 acts are set to play with many of these who have been interviewed by presenters in the radio station. There will be fun and games for the kids with spot prizes to be won and also a BBQ. The performers on the Acoustic Stage are
Cathryn Green, Ciaran Lenehan, Dave Morrissey, Dem Fools, Donna Dunne, Eva Porter, Jessica Pritzel, James O’Connor and Audrey Trainor, Klara McDonnell, Lora&Amy, Lou McMahon, Mairead Farrell, Peter Fitzpatrick, Rachael McCormack, Rob Hughes, Robert O’Connor, Sara Lou, Seanie Vaughan, Sharon Reid, Sinead McNally.
On the Band Stage you will enjoy:
The Beer Mats, The Barley Mob, Fox E and The Good Hands, Medz, Swords, 24 Broken Amps, Soldiers Can’t Dance, The RadioActive Grandma, The FritzaFrenic, The Irish Rolling Stones Hot Licks, Niall O’Shea, Third Smoke, Blue Choir

Sun 21 Aug: 14:00-17:00 – Howth Head (Balscadden Car Park, Howth, Dublin) or Bray Head (Pitch & Putt Car Park, Bray Head, Bray, Co. Wicklow).
You might have taken part in Whale Watching trips while on holidays, but it is not something that many consider while in Dublin: On Sun 21 Aug an All-Ireland whale watch day will take place. And two of the 13 land-based whale watches, organised by the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG), take place in the Greater Dublin area.
The purpose of national whale watch day is to raise awareness of the 24 species of cetaceans (porpoises, dolphins and whales) that can be seen around the Irish coast, by giving you an opportunity to observe these marine mammals in their natural environment. All whale watches will be led by experienced IWDG personnel, who will show you how to observe and identify some of the more commonly observed cetacean species seen in Irish waters. You should bring binoculars or a spotting scope and dress appropriately for outdoor conditions. There are no boat trips involved, and there are of course no guarantees that you will see whales or dolphins during the event. Please contact Brian Glanville (087-1390665) for details about the Howth Head event and Debbi Pedreschi (087-9455302) for the Bray Head event. Participation is free. ien.ie/2011/08/08/whale-watch-ireland-2011-sunday-21st-august-2/

The Dublin Sketchers Group is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. Collins Barracks, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for an hour or so, and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/ Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. Meeting time is usually around 14:00.

Sun 21 Aug: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The guided walk “Trees: A living Heritage” will take place. It is a walk through the plant collections in the Botanic Garden to discover the many rare and old trees that grow there. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

This is the VERY last chance to see the brilliant open-air performance of Romeo & Juliet (Unplugged) before the end of the run on Sunday. You will regret it if you miss out! So, go to Iveagh Gardens and indulge for approx. 2 hours in Shakespeare and the drama that he and his times had in store for us. The performance is completely free and is definitely worth a visit. I was in Ranelagh Gardens were a number of performances took place before the production moved to Iveagh Gardens and I was sooo impressed.
Cracked Light Productions (www.facebook.com/crackedlightproductions) is the theatre company behind this free performance and they deserve LOTS of visitors to their performances. Bring a blanket to sit on and don’t let even rain stop you (plastic ponchos are available or bring your umbrella). The last performance in Iveagh Gardens is on Sun 21 August: 15:00-17:00. Iveagh Gardens is just off Harcourt Street and in the gardens, I am sure it is easy to find.

Sun 21 Aug: 15:00-17:00 – St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
The Big Bang Festival of Rhythm 2011 takes place from Wed 17-Sun 21 Aug and all details are here www.bigbangfestival.com. On Sunday from 15:00, Stephen’s Green will be the venue for a performance with 100 drummers in St. Stephen’s Green from 15:00-17:00 on Sun 21 Aug. The great drumming group Morro 16 and the new “Bloco de Dublin” with over 50 drummers will be part of it.

Sun 15:00-17:00 – St. Enda’s National Historic Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16. An OPW sponsored Summer Music Fest 2011 in Rathfarnham brings a whole range of performers to St. Enda’s Park.
+ 21 Aug: Avondale (Ballads and Folk)
+ 28 Aug: Murphy’s Law (Irish Music and Ballads)

Due to the school holidays and the holiday season there are National Gallery taking place near daily throughout the week. Some are for children, but the majority are adults. Because the list is so long, please check nationalgallery.ie/whatson Admission is free to nearly all events.

Sun 21 Aug: 16:00-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the The Grand Social. This week an all acoustic gig will take place downstairs in the Grand Social and the line up is Sarah “Red” McQuillan, Lisa McLaughlin, Rhiannon Clarke, Stray Birds (USA), Graham “G Star” Sharpe, Hugh Taggart, Bob Glynn, Andy Earley. For all details including links to the bands, go to www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

Sun 21 Aug: 18:30-21:30 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. An Anime screening is taking place in Temple Bar on Sunday. Admission is free with a suggested donation of 2-3 Euro. There is not a lot of detail available, but check this www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=183805898351448 to find out a little more.

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown 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. www.jamestownmarket.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
* 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.
* 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/
* 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass is on a summer break until 11 September and will be back from that date 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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Mon 22-Fri 26 Aug: 11:00 – Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
A daily Guided Tours visiting and discussing “Medieval Irish manuscript treasures of the RIA” will take place in the Royal Irish Academy for Heritage Week. www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Heritage-Week-Guided-Tour-of-Exhibition.aspx

Mon 22 Aug: 13:00 – Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
A very positive new development: Ireland is unique in that the museums are free, but the churches request an admission fee. In most other countries this is the other way around. But now, St. Patrick’s Cathedral has decided to provide a number of educational events for free and I think it is a great new direction. The neighbouring Christ Church Cathedral is stubbornly refusing to consider free events, so show your appreciation to St. Patrick’s Cathedral by attending the events in this week.
On Monday a talk on “Jonathon Swift as Dean of the Cathedral” with Albert Fenton will take place in the Lady Chapel in the Cathedral. Admission is free and you will get access to the Cathedral for free as well if you attend the talk.
An Organ Recital and the re-enactment of a medieval fight from Wednesday until Friday will follow and further detail can be found in this newsletter/e-zine. www.stpatrickscathedral.ie

Mon 22 Aug: 13:10-14:00: National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The National Museum will screen the Art Documentary “Caravaggio: The Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece” numerous times during the week, not only on Monday. Admission is free and no booking is required. Check www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson for dates and times of the other screenings.

Mon 22 Aug: 18:30 – Outside Dolphin’s Barn Library, Parnell Road, Dublin 12
The Let’s Walk & Talk event “Bridges Over Quiet Waters” with historian Pat Liddy will take place on Monday evening. Join Pat Liddy for a gentle stroll along the banks of the Grand Canal from Dolphins Barn to Portobello while he explains the history and functions of the canal and its bridges as well as telling noteworthy facts about some of the neighbouring side streets. The tour will last 90 minutes and will finish at Portobello. For more information contact Dolphins Barn Library at 01 4540681 or dolphinsbarnlibrary@dublincity.ie

Mon 22 Aug: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
From June-September 2011, “What the folk?” will showcase some of the country’s finest acts. “This artist showcase is calling for the country’s finest musicians to rock their folking socks off and in a bid to win a prized slot in the esteemed Spirit of Folk festival in September 2011.”
Every Monday night three acts will battle it out to win the public vote and get through to the final heat at the end of each month. The final will take place in early September in front of a live panel of guest judges. Folk acts of all shapes, sizes and sounds are invited to enter and try for their chance to feature in one of the country’s most unique and valued folk festival “Spirit of Folk” (www.spiritoffolk.com)
The line up on 22 Aug is Alan Tully, Cormac O’Caoimh, The Crayon Set. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/07/29/what-the-folk-220811/

Mon 22 + Tues 23 Aug: On your TV!
On Monday and Tuesday the final rounds of the Rose of Tralee selection will take place in Tralee and you can follow it live on TV. If you are Irish or grew up in Ireland, you know all about this event. If you are not in Ireland for long and come across this TV programme by coincidence you might think you are in a parallel world. At the Rose of Tralee festival 32 girls/young women compete for the position of the Rose of Tralee for the next year. However, this is neither a talent competition (the talents on display are typically highly questionable) nor is it a beauty competition (if you watch it you will understand why). All the girls from all over the world have some sort of Irish heritage and often it is a big mystery why the winner was chosen. To most outsiders the event is totally anachronistic and outdated, but it has a strangely firm place in the hearts and minds of the older generation in Ireland and is clearly hugely attractive to 100s of competition entrants.
Some other oddities: The event takes place in the “Dome”, which is just a big marquee/tent. Every girl has a male “esc ort”, who is chaperoning the girl. More than 700 girls entered the earlier rounds. The festival took place the first time in 1959 and it seems not much has changed since. www.roseoftralee.ie

* 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. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* 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
* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every Monday. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* 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 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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.


Tues 23 Aug: 11:00-20:00 – Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. – As part of National Heritage Week, visitors are welcome to visit the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland’s (RCPI) historic building at 6 Kildare Street.
Situated on Kildare Street since 1864, RCPI is the oldest surviving medical institution in Ireland. The RCPI Heritage Day is an opportunity to explore this elegant building, which houses an extensive collection of rare and valuable paintings, silverware, artefacts, archive material and books. A number of guided tours, exhibitions and events will take place throughout the day, including The Lost Portrait Gallery, an installation of 36 portraits of individuals lost to suicide, created by Seamus McGuinness and Kevin Malone. A documentary on Dr Kathleen Lynn, the pioneering doctor and political activist, will be screened at 13:00 and 18:00. Guided tours of the building and exhibitions will take place at 11:30, 13:00, 14:30, 16:00 and 17:30. Numbers on the tours are limited and places can be booked by contacting Andy Holly at andyholly@rcpi.ie or 01 8639 779. www.rcpi.ie

Tues 23 Aug: 15:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The lecture “If Trees Could Talk – Wicklow’s Trees and Woodlands over Four Centuries” by Michael Carey will take place. The illustrated talk is about Michael Carey’s recently published book. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Tues 23 Aug: 18:30 – Dubray Books, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The launch of Conor O’Cleary’s book “Moscow, December 25th 1991”, will take place in Dubray Books. The book is a detailed reconstruction of the fall of the Soviet Union. Admission is free. www.dubraybooks.ie/news.asp?

Tues 23 Aug: 18:30 – Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Patrick’s Street, Dublin 2
An Organ recital with organist David Leigh will take place in St Patrick’s Cathedral. You are asked to be seated by 18.30! Admission is free and no booking necessary.

Tues 23 Aug: 20:00 – The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2.
Mutefish, a brilliant Irish band which often has the biggest crowds when they perform in Temple Bar, has a regular gig in the Mercantile. www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

Tues: 20:30 – La Dolce Vita Winebar, 5 Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar
Travel through Latin America with the Latin American Solidarity Centre (LASC) this summer with their Latin American film screenings. Every Tuesday LASC will be showing a film or documentary in La Dolce Vita. The films will take you through the whole continent, beginning in Mexico and completing the journey in the Southern Cone. The first screening will be on 05 July, the last on 30 Aug. The upcoming programme is
23 Aug – Chile: Machuca
30 Aug – Patagonia: Colours at the End of the World

Tue 16 Aug: 21:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Every Tuesday there will be a busker night whereby people are invited to come in and play songs from their favourite artists whether they be Radiohead, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Suede. It’s an opportunity for anyone to perform and have fun. The night is hosted by songwriter Shane O Reilly. Bring your own instruments! Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/08/10/acoustic-covers-night-with-shane-oreilly-230811/

* 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 24 Aug: 11:00 – Kevin Street Library, 18 Lower Kevin Street, Dublin 8
This Heritage Week event in Kevin Street Library explores the history of the Cork Street Fever Hospital from its establishment in 1804 up until the Famine. This talk by Ciaran McCabe will cover the emergence of voluntarily-funded hospitals in Dublin in the eighteenth-century, the construction of Cork Street Fever Hospital, typhus epidemics, their impact on the running of the hospital and its patient base in the Liberties, and the patient’s experience while in the hospital. The old fever hospital, which closed in the 1950s and moved out to Cherry Orchard, is now used as a residential home for the elderly and is run by the HSE. Admission is free and all are welcome. For more information and to book contact Kevin Street Library at 01 4753794 or kevinstreetlibrary@dublincity.ie

Wed 24 – Fri 26 Aug: 12:00 + 15:00 – St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin 8
A historical re-enactment of a fight in 1492 between two medieval knights in the Cathedral is taking place. This fight gave us the phrase “Chancing your Arm”. The re-enactment will take place at 12:00 and at 15:00 and throughout the day you have a chance to meet the costumed soldiers and handle objects and ask questions. She show lasts approx 15 min. Admission is free. www.stpatrickscathedral.ie/index.aspx

Wed 24 Aug: 13:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
“Memory Lane – Recollections of Dublin in the ‘Rare Oul’ Times’”
Enjoy a nostalgic hour sharing your memories of the City through old photographs from the collections of Dublin City Public Libraries. The photographs illustrate many aspects of Dublin life in the second half of the twentieth century including streets, buildings, shops, pubs, community events and most importantly Dubliners. In many cases all that remains of these times, people and places are photographs and your memories. Admission is free and booking is recommended. The event will take place in four libraries and will be in the Central Library on Wed 24 Aug:
* Monday, 22nd August in Kevin Street Library at 11:00
* Tuesday, 23rd August in Drumcondra Library at 14:00
* Wednesday, 24th August in The Central Library at 13:00
* Thursday, 25th August in Finglas Library at 11:00 www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/heritage_2011_memory_lane.aspx

Wed 24 Aug: 18:00 – Town Square Bandstand, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum
A Summer Gala Concert with The Vard Sisters and vocal harmony group The Keynotes will take place in Dundrum. (Should the weather be bad, the concert will be relocated.) Find out more about the performers here www.dundrum.ie/events/closing-summer-gala-concert/

Wed 24 Aug: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The book “Bound For Home” by Nell Regan will be launched on Wed. “Bound For Home” is a collection of Poetry. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney – trumpet, Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland – drums) will be playing Jazz in O’Reilly’s Pub in Sandymount, D4. Admission is free.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “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 Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


Thurs 25 Aug: 12:00-17:00 – Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Only in Ireland you can celebrate a National Potato Day! Mad! ;-) Of course, you guessed it already, it is not the government that declared the 25 Aug to be the National Potato Day, but it is “Keogh’s Potatoes”, a farming family who grow potatoes for four generations in North County Dublin. But, hey, why not! ;-)
So to celebrate this first National Potato Day you are encouraged to eat …. Potatoes on the day and on top of that you can join the “Spud Games” in Merrion Square on Thursday. (“Spud” means potato, in case you have never heard that word.)
On their facebook page the Keogh Family writes: “There will be plenty of “smashin” potato games in Merrion Square with adaptations of traditional favourites to introduce such games as, the spud sack and the spud n’ spoon races or even make your own Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head, competitions and yummy potato dishes and goodies for all the family.” www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=243203399045515
P.S. After writing this, I researched a bit further and found that there are LOTS of National Potato Days in other countries as well. ;-) I still think it is mad (in a good way), but we are not alone! :-O

Dublin City Council’s Arts Office invites to “Opera in the Open 2011”, a series of lunchtime performances every Thursday in August at 13:00-14:00 in The Amphitheatre between Christ Church and the Civic Offices. This is the last chance to see an Opera in the Open performance this year:
To download the poster, please click here

Thurs: 25 Aug: 13:00 – Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The Lunchtime Lecture “Quills, inks and vellums: practical aspects of manuscript production” by Tim O’Neill will take place on Thursday. Admission is free and no booking required. www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Heritage-Week-Events.aspx

Thurs 25 Aug: 14:00 + 15:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 – Dr Noeleen Smyth, Conservation Botanist, of the National Botanic Gardens will give an illustrated talk entitled “The Great Escape”, on the control of plants that have escaped from gardens and are now causing serious problems in the wild. This talk will feature control of Gunnera tinctoria (Giant rhubarb) on Clare Island and Carpobrotus edulis (Hottentot Fig) on Howth Head. These control projects of invasive species are being carried out by the National Botanic Gardens in conjunction with Fingal and Mayo County Councils. The talk will start at 14:00 and a field trip at 15:00 will follow. Admission is free, but booking for the field trip is essential. Find all details on www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Thurs 25 Aug: 14:30-15:30 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Have you ever asked ‘What happened on the day I was born?’ or ‘Who were my great grandparents and what did they do?’. Learn how to research your family history, record your family story and create a family tree in this interactive workshop.
This event is suitable for children 8-12 years. The event is free but booking is required. To book email learning@nli.ie or call 01-6030346. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Thurs 25 Aug: 18:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“J-Walkers” are in Tower Records for an In-store event (live performance and signing of their album). www.towerrecords.ie/viewnews.asp?id=215

Thu 25 Aug: 18:30-21:00 – TBC (City Centre)
The Dublin Inve stment Summit will take place on 16 Sept and will bring together a wide group of Venture Ca pitalists, Angel Investors, financial advisers and others who make investment decisions. A selection of pre-screened investment opportunities will be presented to them and if you/your company is looking for money then this is a perfect opportunity to mix with the people that have money. A number of entrepreneurs will even get the opportunity to present their idea at the Summit and to pre-qualify their ideas, an Elevator Pitch Night will take place on 25 Aug. An Elevator Pitch is a short (duration of an elevator trip) presentation of your business idea to a potential investor to get their interest and hopefully some investment.
If you are interested in presenting your idea and get some feedback from the three judges, contact the organisers as soon as possible on contact@dublininvestmentsummit.com. If you are not there yet and only want to see how others do it, you are welcome as well. The venue is not confirmed yet, so check www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=246868928670621 regularly to find out where it will take place. www.dublininvestmentsummit.com

Thurs 25 Aug: 18:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
Prof. Brian J Ford is the world’s leading expert on microscope research and he will talk about the amazing quality of the earliest microscopes even back in the 1600s. The talk is entitled “Recreating the Dawn of Microscopy” and it shows that the pioneers were actually able to obtain remarkably detailed views, with instruments even from the 1600s providing sub-micron resolution. Admission is free, but booking is essential on the website www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/08/recreating-dawn-microscopy-prof-brian-j-ford

Thurs 25 Aug: 18:30 – Bull and Castle Pub, Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2
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Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reilly’s Rock Bar, underneath Tara Street DART Station, Dublin 2
If you are a Singer, Songwriter, play an Instrument or just want to jam then come to the Railway Sessions in O’Reilly’s every Thurs at 20:00 and showcase maybe a new song or a cover. All performing musicians will receive a complimentary drink. The event starts at 20:30. To contact the organisers: info@dublinsocialtv.ie An Indie-Rock Club starts immediately afterwards at 23:00. Admission free.

Thurs 25 Aug: 20:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Tom Hingley is a solo acoustic singer songwriter, with 2 classic albums ‘Keep Britain Untidy’ 2000 and ‘Thames Valley Delta Blues’ 2009. Tom is the ex lead singer of Manchester band Inspiral Carpets who were one of the three big “Madchester”
bands who along with Happy Mondays and the Stone Roses defined the sound desires and dreams of a Pop generation. Tom plays a mixture of Blues standards and originals and Inspiral Carpets classics. Check out www.reverbnation.com/TomHingley

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. There is no cover charge. The theme for August will be Classic 80 with 25 Aug: Risky Business. This will be followed in September by the theme “Gangsters”. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 25 Aug: 20:45 – Marlay Park; meet outside Marlay House.
At this Evening Bat Walk you will walk around the park to observe bats flying and feeding in the area. The leader is Tina Aughney (Bat Conservation Ireland) and to book you have to contact her on 086 4049468 or info@batconservationireland.org

Thurs 18 Aug: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
In February the pub Sin È was closed down due to high rents, but just about 4 weeks later it opened up again and is doing well since. The new owners (?) are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* 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.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 26 + Sat 27 Aug: Kilmainham Venues
The second Kilmainham Arts Festival kicks off on Friday evening at 21:00 and will continue on Sat (11:00-late). There will be lots of activities: from workshops in drum and dance, performances of dance, drama and comedy, exhibitions, music, movie screening and much more. The programme can be found here www.kilmainhamartsclub.com/festival/kilmainham_arts_festival_programme.pdf Have a look at the programme and I will tell you more about the festival next week. www.kilmainhamartsclub.com

Fri 26 Aug: 18:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
“Stoney Broke” are in Tower Records for an In-store event (live performance and signing of their album) at 18:00. www.towerrecords.ie/viewnews.asp?id=215

Fri 26 Aug: 20:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Eleven Eleven presents: Lorem Ipsum, Overhead the Albatross, FriendQuestionMark, Lotus Eater, DJ Colin & Merro. Admission is free. Overhead the Albatross is a Post Rock outfit combining piano and violin with driven, inspirational post rock songs. FriendQuestionMark is a five piece instrumental outfit from Dublin, rhythmically driven math / post-rock accompanied with electronic samples, and led by expressive, haunting violin lines. LotusEater is haunting melancholy, stomping groove rock with a blend of jazz. …and then there is DJ Lorem Ipsum (breakingtunes.com/loremipsum) www.theworkmansclub.com/listings/


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Tues 06 Sept: 11:00-18:00 – Croke Park Stadium, Hogan Suite, Jones Road, Dublin 3
This is a tradeshow and therefore not an event that is suitable for everyone, but I know that a good few of you will be interested. Have a look at the exhibitor list and find via this link as well the vast amount of free seminars: www.forwardevents.co.uk/roadshows/dublin/exhibitors-list.html Tickets are free for trade visitors, but you should register now!

______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. ;-)

The week was FULL of “This is odd” stories and it was difficult to decide which one I would choose. There was the one about the Government cancelling the Metro North and Underground DART plans (jrnl.ie/200225), which is not totally wrong in the current economic landscape, but is at the same time very short-sighted as well. Then the story about “Interest rate hikes” at Bank of Ireland (jrnl.ie/200396), about a very moderate and unavoidable 0.5 % increase in line with ECB rates and FAR from the dramatic developments that the word “hike” suggests. But in the end I decided to go for the most recent story. One that was reported just yesterday about some odd situation in Connemara:
An Bord Pleanála, who are in control of planning permissions throughout Ireland, has refused planning permission for a large windfarm in east Connemara, overturning an earlier decision by Galway County Council. The development would have been spread out over an area that is 1000 hectare (3 km x 3 km if it is a square) big and just 27 wind turbines (139 metres tall) were planned. The windfarm would have had the potential to produce enough electricity to supply almost 40,000 households with power each year, the equivalent of three quarters of households in Co Galway!!
Because An Bord Pleanála thinks that this development would be an “excessively dominant feature and visually obtrusive development” in an area that depends on the tourism industry they refused the application.
Yes, I agree that wind turbines are not the prettiest monument and don’t necessarily enhance the beauty of a landscape, but supplying 40,000 households with CLEAN-produced electricity is a VERY strong argument. I don’t think we can ignore that argument anymore. It can’t be that we try to protect the environment by refusing clean energy, which forces us to harvest natural resources that destroy the environment.
An Bord Pleanála’s job is not to assess the bigger picture, so we need the Government to take control of this situation and to decide what is more important and then make the ultimate decision. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0818/energy-business.html

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Will I see you in Dun Laoghaire this weekend? Whatever you do, free or not free, in (Greater) Dublin or further afield, ENJOY the culture that is made available.

Take care,



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