Event Guide 241: Temple Bar Tradfest, Closet Clear-Out, Dublin Flea Market

January 27th, 2012

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| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 241
| 27 January 2012 Subscribers: 10332
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Hi all!

In recent weeks I have mentioned a couple of times that big news about the Dublin Event Guide are on their way and it left a number of you so impatient that they are pestering me (in a nice way!) to tell them what the big news are! I see that as a good thing: Many of you do feel a belonging to the Dublin Event Guide Community and are very interested in all the changes and news. Thanks for that support! A LOT of work has been done and all is on track, but I can still not tell you what the big news is. You have to be patient for another little bit. ;-)
However, I don’t want to cruel, so I will reveal one little bit and at the same time I am asking you to help me a little further: The big news will be about a SIGNIFICANT improvement of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. The content will not change too much, but a lot will look and “feel” MUCH better! – That is not revealing much, you are saying? Well, then help me! Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject BETTER and tell me ALL the things you would like to see changed or improved. Don’t hold back, just tell me everything you would like to see changed. What would have to be done to the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” so that you would tell at least 5 more people about it and would ask them to subscribe too? Every mail will be entered in a draw for a pair of tickets for an upcoming BIG event. So it is definitely worth sending me a mail with your suggestions! :-)

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Now back to the weekly events! ;-) This week the main event in Dublin is the Tradfest which has grown substantially over the last few years and growing into a proper fully fledged festival with outdoor stages and family entertainment etc. Enjoy the festival!

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The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-zine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and this section is for the people that want to remind that despite all, life is great and it is important to be alive!
This week I have a picture for you. Just a picture of two letters. The first letter was sent by a 3.5 year old and the second letter is Sainsbury’s reply to the letter. What if all customer service was like this? What if all your suppliers would deal with you like that? And what if you dealt in such a nice manner with all your clients? And did you consider that “clients” of some sort are your colleagues, family members, friends, parents etc, not only the clients/customers in your day job?
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This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

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The main event this week is the Temple Bar Trad Festival. It started as a small music festival that took place mainly in a few pubs and has grown so much in the last few years. This year there is family entertainment and there are outdoor stages etc. Great development!

Apart from the TradFest there is not too much taking place. The Dublin Flea Market is always worth a visit and this week you can buy lots of second hand clothes at the Closet Clear-out on Saturday.

I will be busy the whole weekend with other “stuff” ;-) so I won’t be able to do much. But will try to go the Temple Bar Trad Festival and hopefully to the Flea Market.

Have a look as well at the competitions this week! The Beatles show is great!

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GET BACK – BEATLES STORY – TIVOLI THEATRE
A brilliant event is currently taking place in the Tivoli Theatre (www.facebook.com/pages/Tivoli-Theatre-Dublin/120319968080952) in 135-138 Francis Street! Get Back is a Beatles Tribute show, telling the story of the Beatles through their songs and audio visuals. The performing band is the absolutely outstanding Beatles Tribute Band “The Classic Beatles” and you really feel as if a Time Machine has transported you back to the REAL Beatles gigs. I saw the show last week and was blown away. Get Back will be in the Tivoli Theatre until 14 Feb nearly every night (not on Mondays) and I can wholeheartedly recommend this gig! Tickets are between EUR 20-28.50 and there is a special EUR 21 offer for Tues-Thurs tickets on www.tivoli.ie/ at the moment. The Tivoli Theatre is a perfect venue for such a gig and – I have to say it again – the band is amazing! I was able to organise two pairs of tickets for a competition for you! The tickets are for Tuesday (31 Jan) evening (19:30) and please don’t enter the competition if you can’t make it on Tuesday evening. If you haven’t heard from me by Monday afternoon, you were not the winner in this instance, so just go ahead and book your tickets on www.tivoli.ie/ or by ringing 01-454 4472. Did I mention that I totally loved the show?! I am not easily move to so much praise for an event, but Get Back deserves it! :-) So, to take enter your name in the hat for a pair of tickets, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with GET BACK in the subject and with your name and your mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 30 Jan! www.tivoli.ie/get-back-the-story-of-the-beatles/ and www.facebook.com/getbackshow

LAUGHTER YOGA – RANELAGH
Sharyn Cunneen and Niall Mac Giolla Rua run Laughter Yoga Dublin and they want to give you a chance to giggle and laugh :-) by making two pairs of tickets available for their Laughter Yoga class on Wed 01 Feb at 18:30 in the Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Main Street, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. The classes cost normally EUR 6 per person and class and you can pay on the night if you decide to laugh your head off (in a good way, obviously!). Check out www.facebook.com/laughteryogadublin and
www.laughteryogadublin.ie To enter the competition for a pair of tickets send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject LAUGHTER and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 30 Jan.

COMEDY HAHA – MERCANTILE – TICKETS
Sammy contacted me with a ticket offer that I immediately accepted: ComedyHaHa is a Comedy night in Mercantile (Dame Street) on Wednesday nights. ComedyHaHa now has new management and will re-launch on Wed 25 Jan. Sammy, together with the comedy Improvisation troupe ‘The Princes of Lagos’, are now running the show and have lots up their sleeve for you. Admission is EUR 5 and tickets are available at the door. The Comedy Night will take place every week, so can go too. For the opening night Sammy might five pairs of tickets available (THANKS!) and the winners were Brian O’Murchu, Elaine Kennedy, Marion Finnegan, Mel Cronin and Alina Radko. Congrats! www.facebook.com/Comedyhaha

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INTERNET CENSORSHIP IN IRELAND
When I started writing about this here, it was Tuesday of this week and not many had heard about this whole issue. The stopSOPAIreland.com campaign had about 2000 signatures and hardly any of the media had reported about it. Since Tuesday a lot has happened! At 12:00 on Friday 27 Jan, the campaign has 58,000 signatures and a mini success has been achieved.
But let me go a big step back in case you don’t know what this is all about:
On 10 January 2012, EMI has sued the Irish state and therefore all its citizens for alleged failure to implement aspects of EU copyright law. (www.tjmcintyre.com/2012/01/music-industry-sues-irish-state.html) This goes back to a High Court decision that came to the conclusion that a (copyright-infringing) website can not get legally blocked in Ireland because the required laws were not available. The government panicked immediately and decided to create a law through the back door without any democratic debate about it. Junior Minister (remember that name!) Sean Sherlock wanted to use something called “statutory instrument” to quickly create that law and bypass all democratic routes.
This is bad enough as it is totally undemocratic, but even worse is that EMI has only sued Ireland and no other country, that Ireland is not resisting the record industry as other countries have done it and that all this will create censorship in Ireland because the record industry could get courts to block websites that they feel are interfering with their rights. Just to make that clear, I am not saying that copyright infringement is justifiable. But what the record industry is trying to do is similar to forbidding Brown Thomas to open their doors because they sell knives and these knives COULD be used to harm someone. And then Brown Thomas would have to go to court (and pay for it) to prove that they are not murdering anyone and nobody can murder anybody with the knives that were bought in their shop. Ridiculous isn’t it?
What should you do? First inform yourself here jrnl.ie/335983 and then sign the online petition here www.stopsopaireland.com if you agree with the outrageousness of the Irish Government’s actions.
The immediate reactions of thousands of people meant that a small success was achieved: There will be debate in the Dail next week before the law will be signed, but you hear from that wording, that this is not yet enough. Some TDs will talk about it for a while and then the law will still be enacted. jrnl.ie/338435 So lots more people need to voice their opposition!
Some people seem to plan a protest at the Garden of Remembrance next week, in case you are interested: www.facebook.com/events/284626631593223/
jrnl.ie/338435

DUBLIN PUBS – MISS THE POINT
A few days ago I received a Press Release from the Licensed Vintners Association (LVA), the trade association and representative body for the publicans of Dublin. The LVA came up with the amazing idea to launch “Dublin Does Fridays”, a “new campaign to celebrate he sociability of Dublin pubs”. Dublin Does Fridays is launched today (27 Jan) and runs until 30 March. You and I now would expect a list of events that will take place in the participating pubs, maybe even the announcement of a lower price for some non-alcoholic drinks to get people back into the pub, or some activities, gigs, gimmicks that will be the focal point of this campaign. But there is NOTHING of that type. This “campaign” is just an “invitation to give our world-class pub scene a boost by filling it with people”. WTF?
And then the LVA boss puts it words that he has no clue how to improve the declining fate of the pubs: Donall O Keeffe, Chief Executive of the LVA, said: “Dublin Does Fridays is focused on getting people out on a Friday evening and re-energising Dublin. The campaign is about making the pubs an even better experience by connecting with people in a more relevant way through social media and making it work for what it the ultimate social network – the Dublin pub. Whatever you’re looking for there’s a pub for you – the perfect pint, a little people watching or searching for the best snug. We all know the pub is a great place to unwind after a long working week so why not get some friends together and pop into your local pub to experience all that Dublin Does Fridays has to offer.”
This man certainly has his finger on the pulse! Yawn! I am sure you agree with me that he fully understands the reasons for the declining pub sales! Oh, I heard somewhere else that the LVA is spending the whopping amount of EUR 1 mio (!!) to promote this silly campaign!

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DUBLIN CITY OF SCIENCE (???) LAUNCH
The formal launch of Dublin as the City of Science took place on Thursday. www.thejournal.ie/dublin-launches-year-as-european-city-of-science-337781-Jan2012/
I looked a bit more in to significance of that title, especially because in a variety of places it is referred to as the “European City of Science” and found some interesting facts. No EU-related organisation is selecting the City of Science and it is not certain if it is a special award to be called “City of Science” and if a city has to prove suitability in scientific terms. Instead the “City of Science” seems to be just the place that hosts the two-yearly Euroscience Open Forum. “Euroscience” is a “pan-European association of individuals interested in constructing scientific Europe ‘from the bottom-up’.” It has 2100 members from 40 countries and Prof. Patrick Cunningham (Chief Scientific Adviser to the Government of Ireland) is one of 17 board members.
So whoever wins the bid for running that event can call itself “City of Science”. Maybe it is just the fact that we have the Convention Centre Dublin here and the CCD was the cheaper venue in comparison to the main competitor Vienna?
The CCD is also this year’s venue for the 16th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders with 3,000 delegates. Should we then call Dublin “International City of Parkinson Disease”?? :-O
So, the title might be a bit (or VERY) flimsy, BUT I can’t see anything wrong in having lots of science related events in Dublin this year!
Not sure if St. Patrick’s Day qualifies as a City of Science event – it is listed as a “highlight” on the (badly structured) event calendar here: www.dublinscience2012.ie/highlights
But I hope for some proper science related events among the promised 160 events.

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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 HOLOCAUST IN EUROPE – THE ATRIUM
23 Jan-10 Feb – The Atrium, 51 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
The Holocaust Education Trust Ireland is inviting to an exhibition about “The Holocaust in Europe”. The exhibition is open from Mon-Fri during office hours and it is on show in the building that once was the OPW headquarter and now is used by OPW and the Department of Justice on the Eastern side of St. Stephen’s Green. Admission is free. www.hetireland.org

JOHN THOMSON – CHINESE PHOTOGRAPHY – CHESTER BEATTY LIBRARY
17 Nov-26 Feb – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
“China through the Lens of John Thomson: 1868-1872” is the title of a Photographic Exhibition in the Chester Beatty Library. The exhibition already started in November, but I was told it is really good and worth mentioning again and it fits perfectly with the recent Chinese New Year celebrations. I will try to visit it in the next week or two.
On loan from the Wellcome Library in London, this exhibition consists of images of China, taken by Scottish photographer John Thomson (1837-1921). From 1868 to 1872, Thomson made extensive trips to Guangdong, Fujian, Beijing, China’s north-east and down the Yangtze River and the more than 50 images on display are from his time in these regions. cbl.ie

TURNER EXHIBITION – NATIONAL GALLERY
01-31 Jan: 12:00-17:30 – National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2
The exhibition “Turner: A Light in the Darkness” is coming to an end next week already. Every year for one month in January, the National Gallery exhibits watercolour paintings by Joseph Mallord William (JMW) Turner. Featuring the artist’s most striking views painted during his European travels, the exhibition consists of works that were given to the National Gallery as the “Vaughan Bequest”. Turner: A Light in the Darkness will be complemented by a display of silhouettes and miniatures from the Mary A. McNeill Bequest (1984) which includes works by John Comerford, Richard Crosse, Henry Bone and Nathaniel Hone the Elder. Admission is free. web: www.nationalgallery.ie

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TEMPLE BAR TRADFEST
(see Saturday for details)

FUNDRAISING SEMINAR – RADISSON GOLDEN LANE
Fri 27 Jan: 08:30-11:30 – Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2
Leman Solicitors are hosting a seminar for early stage technology companie with leading stakeholders in the technology sector who provide or arrange financing for technology companies. The seminar is bringing together leading Venture Capitalists, Corporate Finance Advisors and Successful Entrepreneurs to share their practical experiences and thoughts on the fund raising process and the key issues that entrepreneurs need to consider throughout the process. The seminar will consist of presentations followed by panel discussions and Q&A sessions. There will be an opportunity to network with the panel participants and other attendees following the seminar. Admission is free and more information is here www.leman.ie/news_items/18 On the website you will also find out how to register.

FEROCIOUS MINGLE MARKET
The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-Permanent flea market with live music and a very good café! I like it! I was there last week and it is a great venue with a good number of sellers. You should visit it! From next week, the Ferocious Mingle Market will be listed as a Regular Event. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

LITERARY WEEKEND – IMMA
27+29 Jan: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – To mark the closing weekend of the exhibition Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, in the New Galleries, IMMA invites you to a weekend of literary events including a rendition of Samuel Beckett’s novella First Love and of Arabian Nights. On Fri 27 Jan at 18:00, the IMMA Chapel is the venue for a reading by actor Conor Lovett, who will read an excerpt from Samuel Beckett’s novella First Love in response to Neuenschwander’s artwork of the same title. This takes the form of a short reading selected and performed by Lovett involving a dramatic narration and closes with a chaired discussion with Nicholas Johnson exploring the interpretation, translation and adaption of Beckett’s work in the performing and visual arts. www.imma.ie/en/page_212468.htm

LIVE MUSIC – CORNUCOPIA RESTAURANT
Cornucopia Café & Restaurant (19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2) host live music three evenings a week (Thurs, Fri and Sat). The restaurant is a Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant and is open until 22:15.
+ Every second Thursday N.C Lawlor, a songwriter, session player and troubadour plays a mix of country, bluegrass & blues from 19:30-21:30.
+ Every Friday (19:30-21:30) Junshi Murakami plays Irish Harp.
+ Every Saturday (19:30-21:30) Nollaig Mann plays a collection of popular and jazz classics that often have customers singing along and requesting their favourites.
www.cornucopia.ie

JAZZ MUSIC – BIANCONI’S BISTRO & RESTAURANT
Fri 27 Dec: 19:00-21:00 – Bianconi’s Bistro, 232 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4
Bianconi’s Bistro & Restaurant in Dublin 4 is providing Jazz every Friday night from this week until the end of January. Bianconi’s is an Italian restaurant with delicious food and, while a little outside the City Centre, it is worth the trip into Merrion Road. There is no cover charge. www.bianconisbistro.ie www.facebook.com/pages/Bianconis-Bistro/271041702925005?sk=wall

SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY – SANDYMOUNT
Fri 27 Jan: 20:00 – Martello Tower Car Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4
The Sidewalk Astronomers, a grouping of the Irish Astronomical Society, is inviting everybody to find out more about Astronomy, to ask questions and to come to their next moon watch to observe the moon and other astronomical objects. The Sidewalk Astronomers will be there from 20:00-22:00 if the weather is good and only until 21:00 if it is cloudy. If you received a telescope for christmas and would like to know how to use it, bring it along and they will be delighted to help. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=59

LIVE MUSIC – STILLORGAN ORCHARD
The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 27 Jan: Country Rock with “The Colonials” or Irish Music with “Murphy’s Law”
Sat 28 Jan: Donal Kirk Band
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html
www.facebook.com/thestillorganorchard?sk=wall

REGULAR EVENTS – FRIDAY
* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*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.
* Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday at 21:30. Sometimes the line-up is listed here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall often not.
* 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

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TEMPLE BAR TRADFEST 2012
Wed 25 – Sun 29 Jan: Temple Bar
For 5 days the Temple Bar Tradfest will take place in Temple Bar. Year after year the festival is getting bigger and better and this year there will be lot of family events and even outdoor stages with entertainment. The website is at www.templebartrad.com Unfortunately the organisers decided to use the awkward and clumsy issuu reader to display the programmes instead of listing them in an easier readable way, so I had to jump through some hoops to get you a proper usable and downloadable pdf format. The Family Programme is exclusively available for you at www.dublineventguide.com/media/TradFest_Family_Prog.pdf and the full programme is here www.dublineventguide.com/media/TradFest2012_Main_Prog.pdf The files are BIG (Family Prog: 8 MByte and Main Programme: 23 (!!) Mbyte), but at least you can download them and bring them with you. The Main Programme has hardly any free events in it, so if you want to focus on free events, I suggest you just look at the Family Programme, it contains nearly 200 free events!
On Sat and Sun two outdoor stages will feature all sorts of Irish Music and performances from 12:00-19:00. The main stage is at the Porterhouse at the junction Parliament Street with Essex Street and the second Outdoor Stage is at Fownes Street, which is next to the Central Bank.
There is also a Tudor Exhibition in Christ Church and a TradFest Indoor Market (on Sat). On Sat and Sun there will be Street Entertainment in Temple Bar from 12:00-18:30. And on Saturday the normal Temple Bar Food Market is extended and expanded for the Festival.
Have a look at the Family Programme either on the website www.templebartrad.com or by downloading it here www.dublineventguide.com/media/TradFest_Family_Prog.pdf and unless you really dislike traditional Irish Music, you will have a lot of fun on Sat and Sun.

MALTHOUSE DESIGN CENTRE – OPEN DAY
26-29 Jan: 10:00-17:00 – Malthouse Design Centre, Distillery Court, 537 North Circular Road, Dublin 1. – The Malthouse Design Centre is inviting to an Open Day. Designers and Makers will be working in their studios this weekend and will talk about their work and what happens at The Malthouse. In addition there will be discounts on their products with a story to go with it. www.themalthousedesigncentre.com

CAR BOOT SALES – TALLAGHT STADIUM
Sat 28 Jan: 09:00-13:00 – Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
In case you got lots of unwanted Christmas presents or if you got new replacements for older, but still sellable goods, you need to find people that want to buy it from you. Perfect place: A Car Boot Sale! Unfortunately there are not many car boot sales left, so the Tallaght Car Boot Sales is unique and it is (normally) big. Over 200 cars sell their goods. The Tallaght Stadium Car Boot Sale takes place every Saturday and is very popular. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line terminal and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 07:00 for buyers from 09:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie If you want to buy goods, just come after 09:00.

FEROCIOUS MINGLE MARKET RE-OPENED
The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-Permanent flea market with live music and a very good café! I like it! I was there last week and it is a great venue with a good number of sellers. You should visit it! From next week, the Ferocious Mingle Market will be listed as a Regular Event. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

CLOSET CLEAR-OUT – FASHION MARKET
Sat 28 Jan: 12:00-18:00 – St. Andrews Lane Theatre, 9 St Andrews Lane (off South William Street), Dublin 2, Dublin 2. – Is your wardrobe fit to burst? Full of pre-loved, high-street, designer or vintage finds, that you’d love for them to find a new home? Want to make a little more room in your closet? Have some fun, clear out your closet and make a few bob at the same time at the Closet Clear-out, a unique, fashion market. Or maybe you want to bag a fashion find? Or pick up a designer bargain? Or just have fun browsing the many rails, listening to great music, at the Closet Clear-out in the middle of the city-centre.
You will find handbags, jewellery, shoes, dresses, tops, t-shirts….everything from your closet and if you want to sell your own closet content, then check out www.facebook.com/events/358696760812211/ Admission for buyers/browsers is free.

CREATIVE WRITING HOUR – IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE
Sat 28 Jan: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour now takes place every Saturday 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. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

JANUARY BLUES BUSTER – BRAY
Sat 28 Jan: 14:00 – Bray Promenade, Bray, Co. Dublin
Jana Weldon from Stop.in.4T.com is organising a January Blues Buster event in Bray. On the facebook event page www.facebook.com/events/242864852449548/ you will find a video that will explain the details, but let me give you an overview: Christmas is over and some are in the midst of January Blues. To go back to the nice Christmas feeling, Jana suggest that you take one or more presents, either unwanted presents or just gifts that you are happy to give away to strangers, wrap them and bring them to Bray Promenade to swap them with other January Blues Buster participants. Have a look at her video and then go to Bray to get rid of any January Blues by feeling good when you make others feel good.

DON’T STOP MOTORS – OPEN DAY
Sat 28 Jan: 14:00 – Don’t Stop Motors, Unit 107, Castleforbes Business Park, Castleforbes Road, Dublin 1. The bikes & cars repair business “Don’t Stop Motors” invites to an Open Day. The event starts at 14:00 with music, stunt show, barbeque and drinks and from 19:00 the rock band Aztaria will perform with Special Guests “Hello Jackie”.

NATIONAL MUSEUM EVENT
+ The Saturday Talk “Roar, Belch, Whistle, Bark” is taking place on Sat 28 Feb from 12:00-12:30 in Merrion Street (Natural History). It is suitable for adults. “Join wildlife expert Dr. Ruth Carden to discover more about Irish deer populations, including their distinctive calls! No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2607

NATIONAL GALLERY – FAMILY PROGRAMME
Sat 28 Jan: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “A Voyage of Discovery” with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

TELESCOPE WATCHES – ASTRONOMY IRELAND
Mon-Sat 16:00-18:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8, Airside Enterprise Centre, Swords, Co Dublin. Until the end of January, Astronomy Ireland will do Stargazing Telescope Watches every day. Powerful telescopes are available for you to use. Of all the stunning sights you will see, the most amazing one will be the huge planet Jupiter. Through the telescopes you will get to see its thick cloud belts and Great Red Spot, a storm which has been raging for centuries. Not only that, but you will also be able to easily see its four largest moons, known as the Galilean Moons, named after Galileo who saw them first over 400 years ago. For more information on the Telescope Watches please click her www.astronomy.ie/moonjupiter1201.php or call (01) 890 11 11.

ARAB SPRING – DISCUSSION – LIBERTY HALL
Sat 28 Jan: 16:00-18:00 – Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
On the 1st anniversary of 25th January Revolution the Irish Anti-War Movement, in conjunction with the Islamic Foundation in Ireland (South Circular Mosque) and the Islamic Cultural Centre (Clonskeagh Mosque) is co-hosting a “Forum on the Arab Spring: One Year On”. Speakers are Anas Al Tikriti, Dr Faheen Bukhata, Prof. Philip Marfleet and Judith Orr. The event is chaired by Richard Boyd Barrett. Admission is free. www.indymedia.ie/article/101052

URBAN MOJO BLUES BAND – OIL CAN HARRY’S
Saturdays: 22:00-00:00 – Oil Can Harry’s, 31 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
“The Urban Mojo Blues Band, a Dublin based five piece band drawing influences from electric Chicago blues and rock to produce a lively uptempo grooving blues will be performing every Saturday.” www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Mojo-Blues-Band/87569518524 www.urbanmojobluesband.com

REGULAR SATURDAY EVENTS
* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. (Update: The Designer Mart is on a Winter Break until 04 Feb 2012.)
* 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
* 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
* Nearly every day and especially at the weekend, the Porterhouse in Temple Bar is hosting live bands that are always worth a visit. www.porterhousebrewco.com/livetemplebar.html
* 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

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TEMPLE BAR TRADFEST
(see Saturday for details)

FEROCIOUS MINGLE MARKET RE-OPENED
The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-Permanent flea market with live music and a very good café! I like it! I was there last week and it is a great venue with a good number of sellers. You should visit it! From next week, the Ferocious Mingle Market will be listed as a Regular Event. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

DUBLIN FLEA MARKET – DUBLIN FOOD CO-OP
Sun 29 Jan: 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 this weekend from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. In addition to the stands inddor there are up to 20 outdoor stands.

SUNDAY AT NOON – HUGH LANE GALLERY
Sun 05 Feb: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Sundays at Noon Concert Series takes place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Now in its 36th year, this series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June. The next concert will be on 05 February, for some reason there will be NO Sunday at Noon concert this week. On 05 Feb Maria Ryan (violin) and Úna Hunt (piano) will perform Mozart’s Violin Sonata K301, Pärt’s Fratres, Szymanovski’s Violin Sonata Op. 9
www.hughlane.ie/forthcoming-sunday-concerts/527-maria-ryan-violin-and-una-hunt-piano

IMMA LITERARY WEEKEND – FAMILY EVENT
Sun 29 Jan: 13:00 – The Chapel, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hopsital Kilmainham, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – To mark the closing weekend of the exhibition Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, in the New Galleries; IMMA invites you to a weekend of literary events including a rendition of Samuel Beckett’s novella First Love, and of Arabian Nights. Distinguished figures in the literary and performing arts present a range of responses catering for adults and families.
Sunday 29 January 2012, 1.00pm, the Chapel, IMMA
The Launch and Reading “Look, No Cows” by Siobhan Parkinson is a Family Event on Sunday in the IMMA.
To Launch IMMA’s newly commissioned tour for children of outdoor art, Siobhán Parkinson (novelist and editor) will read from her trail Look, No Cows which visits her favourite artworks from IMMA’s Collection in the museum grounds. Everybody is welcome and the new trail is available free of charge. Explorer, a regular Sunday family programme for children aged 4-10will also take place from 14:00-16:00 in the New Galleries, IMMA. Book here www.imma.ie/en/page_212469.htm

HEDGEROW WALK – GARDEN TOUR – BALLYBOUGHAL
Sun 29 Jan: 14:00 – Meeting point: O’Connors Pub, Ballyboughal, North County Dublin (north of Swords). Peter Donegan, a landscape gardener and a really nice and knowledgeable guy is organising a Hedgerow Walk on Sunday. Admission is free, but you are invited to donate some money to the Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Find out more about this garden Tour at
blog.doneganlandscaping.com/2012/01/23/garden-tour-hedgerow-walk-sunday-29th-january/
Peter Donegan will bring his Garden Group on Sunday 05 Feb to the Rathbeggan Lakes near Dunshauglin, Co. Meath. It doesn’t perfectly fit in the cookie cutter of “Greater Dublin Area events”, but I am mentioning it this week anyway because some of you might be interested. Remember if or next week if this is something for you. More information can be found here
blog.doneganlandscaping.com/2012/01/24/garden-group-tour-rathbeggan-lakes/

DUBLIN SKETCHERS – SUNDAY MEET-UP
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.

NATIONAL MUSEUM EVENT
+ The My Museum family event “Make your own Prehistoric Pot!” is taking place on Sun 29 Feb from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street (Archaeology) and is suitable for age 6-12. “Join Mary-Jane Fitzsimons, National Museum of Ireland, to examine prehistoric pottery in the Museum followed by a handling session with replicas, then make your own clay pot to take home! No booking required. 15 places, first-come basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2609

NATIONAL GALLERY LECTURE
Sun 29 Jan: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Images of Europe in the Work of Turner” with Dr Philip McEvansoneya, Trinity College Dublin will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

SUNDAY SKETCHING – HUGH LANE GALLERY
Sun 29 Jan: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “People and Portraits”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

SAUCY SUNDAYS – THE GRAND SOCIAL
Sun 29 Jan: 17:00-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week’s line up is: She’s A Beauty, The P Affection, Ciara Ashmore, Bairbre Munnis, Juicy Bits, Ruairi de Leaster plus special guests. Details and links to the performing bands and artists are here: www.facebook.com/events/135460379906921/
www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

HOMEBREW & THE BAD EXAMPLES – THE MEZZ
Sun 29 Jan: 21:00 – The Mezz Bar, 23/24 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Country & Rockabilly band “Homebrew & The Bad Examples” will perform in the Mezz on Sunday. www.facebook.com/events/342717745752549/

SUNDAY ROAST – MERCANTILE
Sun 29 Jan: 21:30 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The weekly Sunday Roast is an event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast The next Sunday Roast has this line up: Daniel Ring, Project Needle Mouse, The Black Pitts, Capture and Cíara Ashmore. Links to the band sites and more information can be found here: www.facebook.com/events/187971907965680/

COMEDY CRUNCH – STAG’S HEAD
Sun 29 Dec: 21:00 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. This Sunday’s line up is Damon Blake, Carl Cullinane, Chris Kent, Will Lynch and headliner Neil Hickey. Crunch MC for the night is Colm McGlinchey. www.facebook.com/events/111720265617846/
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

RHYTHM ROCKER – THE GLOBE
“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with alternating (week by week) live bands Pavement Kings, Donna & The Sazzy Catz, The Mosquitoes and The Pacifics from 21:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie/events.php

MOB FANDANGO – THE MEZZ
Sun 29 Jan: 22:30-01:00 – The Mezz, 23/24 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The great Soul / Funk / Rock/ Reggae band “Mob Fandango” is every Sunday in the Mezz for a late night gig, but I am not sure if that will start again on 08 Jan or already this week. Their facebook page doesn’t give it away either. www.facebook.com/mobfandango

REGULAR SUNDAY EVENTS
* 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/thesundayroast
* 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 (from 18:00) will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane 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 invites to a 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

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

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ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME – FILM SCREENING – IFI
Mon, Wed, Sat in Jan: 13:10 – Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. A number of free programmes will be shown at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. The details and the relevant dates when the programme will be screened are:
2, 4, 7 January: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-1/
9, 11, 14 January: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-2/
16, 18, 21: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-3/
23, 25, 28, 30 January: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-radharc-programme-4/
This month the Archive at Lunchtime films celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment by Fr. Joe Dunn of Radharc Films, a company which between 1962 and 1996 produced a range of provocative, sometimes humorous and always informative films on social, political and religious issues. Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.
Unfortunately the IFI websites is not yet updated and therefore I can’t tell you about the February programme of “Archive at Lunchtime”.

MORGAN MCINTYRE – WORKMAN’S CLUB
Mon 30 Jan: 20:00 – Workman’ Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Morgan MacIntyre, the 19 year old singer songwriter from Belfast, has been described as ‘extraordinary’ by Snow Patrol’s Gary Lightbody. She will be in the Workman’s Club morganmacintyre.bandcamp.com/ soundcloud.com/shomo92
Ryan Annett will support Morgan. www.facebook.com/pages/Ryan-Annett-Music/ www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/01/18/morgan-mcintyre-300112/

COMEDY CRUNCH
Mon 30 Jan: 21:00-23:00 – Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. This Monday’s line up is Jim Elliott, Trevor Browne with support from Emmett Quinn & Danny O’Brien (MC). www.facebook.com/events/238208849586821/
www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

REGULAR MONDAY EVENTS
* 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 month. 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 – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy in the Stag’s Head, Dame Lane 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 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.

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NATIONAL GALLERY LECTURE
Tues 31 Jan: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “The Watercolour Society of Ireland” with Pauline Doyle, Chairperson, the Watercolour Society of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA – LUNCHTIME CONCERTS
Tues 31 Jan: 12:30-13:00 + 13:05-14:00 – National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 – The RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra’s Horizons 2012 Contemporary Music Series will take place over four Tuesday lunchtimes in January and is a free concert which showcases the work of emerging (‘Green Shoot’) and established composers as well as works by other figures who have influenced some of the featured composers. Karen Power and Garrett Sholdice feature as ‘Green Shoot’ composers; Ronan Guilfoyle and Kevin Volans feature as established figures. Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, another voice from the younger generation of Irish composers, will also feature as will Michael Alcorn, Morton Feldman, James Tenney and Giacinto Scelsi.
Each of the featured composers can also be heard in conversation at 12:30 before his/her concert in Composers in Conversation with Contemporary Music Centre Director, Evonne Ferguson. Admission to all concerts is free, but advance booking is advised. The last featured composer is 31 January: Garrett Sholdice.
More on the concerts, the composers and the programmes can be found here www.rte.ie/performinggroups/nationalsymphonyorchestra//horizons2012concertscomposersprogrammes.html

GOOGLE TECHNOLOGY USER GROUP MEETING
Tues 31 Jan: 18:30 – Google HQ, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Sam Dutton from Google DevRel will give a talk on Chrome/HTML5 at the next Google Technology User Group Meeting in Dublin. Admission is free and all details are here www.gtugs.org/chapter.jsp?id=444002

THE CRITICAL TAKE – IFI FILM CLUB
Tues 31 Jan: 18:40-19:30 – Irish Film Institute (IFI), 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – The Critical Take is a free film club at the IFI where three films from the current IFI programme will be discussed. At the next event on Tuesday, the discussion will be about Surviving Life, The Artist and Shame. The panellists will include Irish Times Film Critic Donald Clarke and Dr. Catherine Morris, Cultural Coordinator at National Library of Ireland and Trinity College, Dublin. Book your free seat with the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 or when visiting. www.ifi.ie/film/the-critical-take-8/

REGULAR TUESDAY EVENTS
* 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

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FIRST WEDNESDAY – OPW SITES
Entry charges at nearly all OPW sites are waived once a month. Since the Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched an initiative to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages, this is only the second First Wednesday. Most sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will now be free as well on every first Wednesday. The original plan was to time limit this offer until 31 Dec 2011 and it has not FORMALLY been extended, but Dublin Castle confirmed to me that the First Wednesday is continuing.
In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this will affect the following sites:
+ The Casino, Marino (as far as I know, the Casino is closed in Winter)
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
Expect a large amount of people at these sites, so be early. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage.html The list of all sites that are included nationwide is here www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage1.pdf

ST BRIGID’S CROSS MAKING – WORKSHOP
Wed 01 Feb: 13:00-15:00 – Connolly Books, 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 1
A Celebration of Imbolg and Brigid’s Day will take place on Wed with a bilingual Workshop on making Brigid’s Crosses. Admission is free.
It was a customer in Ireland to make crosses out of rushes and to hang these crosses above the entrances of houses to invoke the help of St. Brigid in protecting against diseases. www.ionad.org www.indymedia.ie/article/101200

FIRST WEDNESDAY – LUNCHTIME READING – TWISTED PEPPER
Wed 01 Feb: 13:05-14:00 – Loft Bookshop, Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Seven Towers Agency begins its cycle of events in 2012 with a lunchtime reading with three writers reading from their work (poetry and prose). The authors are Ross Hathaway, Anamaria Crowe Serrano and Noel Duffy. www.seventowers.ie

FILM SCREENING – INSTITUTO CERVANTES
Wed 01 Feb: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – ” Pa Negre (2010)” is the title of the next film in the film series “Goya Awards”. The director is Agustí Villaronga. The film will be in Spanish with subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha78811_16_2.htm

BOOK LAUNCH – IRISH WRITERS’ CENTRE
Wed 01 Feb: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Deadalus Press invites you to join them celebrating the publication of four new titles Different Kinds of Love by Leland Bardwell (a reissue of her 1987 short story collection), My Lord Buddha of Carraig Eanna by Paddy Bushe, The Shadow Owner’s Companion by Eleanor Hooker, Before You by Leanne Quinn.
www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

JUPITER WATCHES – ASTRONOMY IRELAND
Wed 01 Feb: 20:00 – Papal Cross, Phoenix Park, Dublin
On 01 Feb Astronomy Ireland will be hosting Jupiter Telescope Watches in various locations around the country and the Dublin location will be at tha Papal Cross in Phoenix Park. At the Public Watches you will get to see through some of Ireland’s most powerful telescopes. astronomy.ie/jupwatchfeb11.php

BAD BOY JAKE – MOTHER REILLY’S, RATHMINES
Wednesdays: Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Bad Boy Jake, a band from Dublin that draws influences from all over the music spectrum including Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, blues rock and classic rock, is playing every Wednesday in Mother Reilly’s.
www.myspace.com/patcannonnmusic

JAZZ – O’REILLY’S PUB – SANDYMOUNT
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.

REGULAR WEDNESDAY EVENTS
* 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/
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.

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SINO-IRISH SCIENCE SEMINARS
Thurs 02 Feb: 09:00-13:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
There is a good chance that this Sino-Irish Science Seminar is booked out, but I couldn’t find any indication, so here is the information so that you can check yourself. This is the last free event of this year’s Dublin Chinese New Year Festival.
The DCNYF will host a Sino-Irish Science Seminar on Astronomy and Sino-Irish links in TCD Science Gallery. Speakers will include The Earl of Rosse, Brendan Parsons on ‘Telescopes and Stars at Birr Castle’ and Brian Harvey on ‘The Chinese Space Exploration Programme’. Booking is required: Send an e-mail to dcnyf@dublin.ie stating clearly the event you wish to attend. cny.ie/headlines/7603CC354E2EE918ADAA13842B30C6B6

OPEN COFFEE – WEB&BUSINESS MEETUP
Thurs 02 Feb: 10:00 – KC Peaches, Nassau Street, Dublin 2
OpenCoffee Dublin is an informal event for web / business people to get together and chat about anything and everything. People typically talk about their work or what’s going on at the moment on the Internet. Everybody is welcome and there is no charge. opencoffeedublin.com

FEROCIOUS MINGLE MARKET RE-OPENED
The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. The location of the new indoor market is 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) an opening hours are 11:00-18:00. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. A near-Permanent flea market with live music and a very good café! I like it! I was there last week and it is a great venue with a good number of sellers. You should visit it! From next week, the Ferocious Mingle Market will be listed as a Regular Event. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

MESOLITHIC AND NEOLITHIC RELIGIONS – SEMINAR – UCD
Thurs 02 Feb: 17:00 – A109, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield Campus
Organised by the UCD School of Archaeology this talk is entitled “Mesolithic and Neolithic religious perceptions – examples from Scandinavia”. All are welcome and admission is free. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.114149&f=week&d=02/02/2012&sd=Thursday,%2002%20February%202012&ac=*

DIET IN POST-FAMINE IRELAND – UCD
Thurs 02 Feb: 17:00 – K114, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield Campus
‘Reforming Diet in Post-Famine Ireland’ by Dr Ian Miller (University College Dublin) is a lecture in the “Centre for the History of Medicine In Ireland Seminar Series 2011-2012”. All are welcome and admission is free. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.113194&f=week&d=02/02/2012&sd=Thursday,%2002%20February%202012&ac=*

REALISING IRELAND’S GROWTH POTENTIAL – RDS LECTURE
Thurs 02 Feb: 18:00 – RDS Minerva Suite, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The free public lecture “Realising Ireland’s Growth Potential” by Danny McCoy, Director General, IBEC is taking place on Thursday.
“Recent years have been dominated by the need to correct the public finances and sort out the banks. Business meanwhile has got on with the task of cutting costs, restoring competitiveness and adjusting to the new economic realities. Austerity alone will not solve our problems; Ireland needs new ideas and a strategy for growth. Danny McCoy, Director General at the Irish Business & Employers Confederation (IBEC) will discuss where this growth will come from and how Ireland can realise this potential. Admission to this lecture is free and open to the public. For bookings & information contact Paul Farrelly (industry@rds.ie or 01-240 7215
www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099521

TEMPLE BAR FIRST THURSDAY
Thurs 02 Feb: 18:00-20:00 – Temple Bar
First Thursdays Dublin is the name given to cultural spaces opening their doors after hours and offering an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues from 18:00-20:00 on the first Thursday of every month. It is like a mini-culture night that is limited to Galleries and venues in Temple Bar. ;-) The 19 participating Cultural Spaces are Block T, Clyne Gallery, Centre for Creative Practices, Debbie Paul Studio & Gallery, Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin Civic Trust, Fishbowl Gallery /Exchange Dublin, Gallery of Photography, Gallery Zozimus, Graphic Studio Gallery, Mad Art Gallery & Studio, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, NGG – No Grants Gallery, Project Arts Centre, The Green Gallery, The Green On Red Gallery, The Lab, Jam Art Factory, The Doorway Gallery. www.templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin

CECILIA DANELL – TALBOT GALLERY
Thurs 02 Feb: 18:00 – Talbot Gallery & Studios, 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1
This talk will coincide with the remaining days of Cecila Danell’s exhibition ‘The Consoling Dream Necessity’ in the Talbot Gallery and Studios. The event will be a conversation between Swedish artist Cecilia Danell and Irish visual artist and sculptor Jennie Moran. Admission is free, but there are limited seats, so you might want to book via info@talbotgallery.com or 01 8556559
Cecilia Danell’s exhibition will close on 04 Feb. Opening Hours are Tue-Fri: 10:30-17:00, Sat: 11:00-16:00. www.talbotgallery.com

JAMES JOYCE BIRTHDAY LECTURE – JAMES JOYCE CENTRE
Thurs 02 Feb: 18:30 – James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great George’s St., Dublin 1
The James Joyce Birthday Lecture “Joyce, Exiles, Suffragism and the Summer of 1912” with Professor Andrew Gibson will take place in the James Joyce Centre. Andrew Gibson is Professor of Modern Literature and Theory, Royal Holloway, University of London. The website at www.jamesjoyce.ie/detail.asp?ID=373 doesn’t request it but it might be advisable to reserve a place via info AT jamesjoyce.ie

PADDY FINNEGAN – CD LAUNCH – IRISH WRITER’S CENTRE
02 Feb: 18:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Poetry Ireland in association with the Irish Writers’ Centre and Limited Edition present the launch of two CDs: Fíon Ceol agus Filíoct – a selection of original and favourite poems read by Paddy Finnegan and an interview with poet Paddy Finnegan conducted by Aidan O’Dowd. www.writerscentre.ie

EMPLOYMENT LAW – UCD
Thurs 02 Feb: 19:00-21:30 – NovaUCD, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
“The UCD Commercial Law Centre will run the 16th “Handling Employment Law Issues” course that started on 26 Jan and will run for ten weeks in total, every Thursday evening until 29 March. The course is designed to take delegates through the important legal issues arising in the employer/employee relationship in its totality from the formation of the contract of employment to its termination whether by agreement or in conflict. The course is aimed at professionals in the human resource, personnel and management sectors, as well as professional advisors and trade union officials. More information is on www.ucd.ie/law/events/title,112826,en.html This website and the UCD site at www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.113580&f=week&d=27/01/2012&sd=Thursday,26January2012 doesn’t indicate if there is a charge for this course or not, so you might want to check.

DUBLIN WRITERS’ FORUM
Thurs 02 Feb: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper Café (Loft Bookstore), 54, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Dublin Writers’ Forum is back after the Christmas break and welcomes writers of all genres, of all ages and all levels of experience. Founded and facilitated by writers Liz McSkeane and Anne Tannam, DWF is an open group of writers who share a common passion for all things literary. It is a safe ‘working space’ where on a weekly basis writers can bring their work to be critiqued by other writers. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/DublinWritersForum

ODEON MOVIE CLUB
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 February will be “Arthouse” and the films are: 02 Feb: The Lives of Others; 09 Feb: Good-bye Lenin; 16 Feb: The Wave; 23 Feb: The Class. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

RAILWAY SESSIONS – OPEN MIC – O’REILLY’S ROCK BAR
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.
entertainment.ie/event/gigs/O%27Reilly%27s-Rock-Bar/Railway-Sessions/2575255.htm

BANDA BAQUE SOUL BAND – SIN E
Thursdays: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Sin È 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

LEFT RIGHT & CENTRE – FRANK RYAN’S BAR
Thursdays: 21:30 – Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” plays a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll. www.frankryans.com/2011/10/10/left-right-centre-the-homecoming/

REGULAR THURSDAY EVENTS
* 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
* Songs from a Café is a Dublin singer-songwriter showcase session, dedicated to the art of contemporary songwriting. 20:00-22:00 at Brick Alley Cafe. www.facebook.com/songsfromacafe
* The Max Zaska group and the Patrick Groenland group will perform on alternating Thursdays from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street.
* “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
www.myspace.com/redmusic11
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN

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NATIONAL MUSEUM EVENT
The Curator’s Talk: “Witnesses to War – The Irish War of Independence in Their Own Words” will take place on Fri 03 Feb from 12:30-13:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). It is suitable for adults. “Hear about the War of Independence in the words of those who were there. Curator Brenda Malone recounts the witness statements collected by the Bureau of Military History between 1913 and 1921. Places limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before event starts.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2612

GRAFFITI – ART OR VANDALISM? – CITY LIBRARY
Fri 03 Feb: Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
“Graffiti – Art or Vandalism?” is a programme of events presented by the Dublin City Libraries. A number of events took place in 2011 and a few more will take place now. Using a variety of drama and visual arts programmes, young people from many areas of Dublin City will work with professional artists and writers to explore the question ‘Graffiti – Art or Vandalism?’. This programme of activities is aimed at educating children, whilst encouraging them to comment creatively on the social conditions in which they find themselves
In January and February 2012, Garbo Productions will present the performances of a specially commissioned play, Rudy in nine libraries.
Rudy by Margaret Callan-Bergin will be both lively and fun whilst also delivering an educational message; concentrating on the consequences of our actions and how our behaviour can affect those around us.
In addition to the performance in the Central Library on 03 Feb, other performances take place in
-Ballymun Library – Tuesday 31st January
-Charleville Mall Library – Wednesday 1st February
-Walkinstown Library – Thursday 2nd February
-Pearse St. Library – Monday 6th February
-Ballyfermot Library – Tuesday 7th February
-Coolock Library – Wednesday 8th February
-Cabra Library – Thursday 9th February
-Rathmines Library – Friday 10th February
The event is free, but booking is essential via library.development@dublincity.ie or 01 6744842 and further detail can be found here www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/Graffiti_mainpage.aspx

PIPEWORKS CONCERT – NATIONAL CONCERT HALL
Fri 03 Feb: 18:15-19:00 – National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin, 2
“Pipeworks presents two dramatically different aspects of the passacaglia, separated by a work combining galant charm and contrapuntal bravura.” Admission is free and the pieces performed by David Leigh (organ) are
Shostakovich: Passacaglia from Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk
Mozart: Fantasia in F minor K608
J.S. Bach: Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582
www.pipeworksfestival.com
Book here
www.nch.ie/online/seatSelect.asp?BOset::WSmap::seatmap::performance_ids=9DCA19EC-162A-47A1-9E1B-D2115AA80DC4

CHAPERONES, JUNAH, THE STRYPES – WORKMAN’S CLUB
Fri 03 Feb: 20:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Workman’s Club presents Chaperones, Junah and The Strypes at a show on Friday. Admission is free, so come a long and enjoy a great night of rock ‘n’ roll music. The Chaperones are playing ahead of the release of their explosive first single Fuego en la Sangre while Junah will be promoting their latest music video. The Strypes are a young beat group from Cavan who play 60?s inspired sets.
www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/01/24/chaperones-junah-and-the-strypes-030212/

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

DUBLIN CASTLE TOURS
This year the 90th anniversary of the handover of Dublin Castle will be celebrated and the Office of Public Works (OPW) is running a number of free specialised tours. The tours are listed on www.dublincastle.ie/NewsEvents/Title,17535,en.htm and are extremely popular. The first tour on 16 Jan “Anniversary of Handover – The Last Years of British Rule in Dublin Castle” was booked out in no time and the tour that is planned for this weekend “A Piece of Make-do and Mend – An architectural tour with William Derham” is full as well. However it will be repeated on Sun 05 Feb and if you are interested (Admission is free) you should book as soon as possible by contacting jenny.papassotiriou@opw.ie or even better, by ringing 01 645 8812.
And another upcoming tour is:
+ Sat 04 Feb: 12:00 “The Pawn and the Castle: Anne Devlin and Dublin Castle 1803 – 1851” Talk and special access tour by Míchaél Ó Doibhilín, author of ‘Anne Devlin… The Bravest of the Brave’. There are limited places available and you have to book soon. The website doesn’t specify if the tour is free, but there is a good chance that it is. More information on the handover of the Castle can be found here. www.dublincastle.ie/NewsEvents/Title,17535,en.htm

DHAMMA DESANA & BHAVANA – RANELAGH
Sun 05 Feb: 09:30-16:30 – Appletree Health and Wellness, 126 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6.
A Dhamma Desana & Bhavana, will take place (in Sinhalese!) with Ven. Bhante Punnaratana Thero from the Pagoda Path Hue Buddhist Monastery in Frankfurt. This program is funded by the Irish Sangha Trust. The aim of the Irish Sangha Trust is to foster Theravada Buddhist teaching and meditation practice within Ireland. You are welcome to attend for the whole day or half of the day. Admission is free, but donations for the teaching are accepted. Places are limited, early booking is essential.
www.irishsanghatrust.ie/news.php?id=20
On Sat 04 Feb a Loving Kindness and Forgiveness Meditation retreat with Ven. Bhante Punnaratana Thero will take place from 10:00-17:00. The event on Saturday is not free, though. (EUR 10). www.irishsanghatrust.ie/news.php?id=21

GOD AND SEKS: WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY SAYS – RIA
Thurs 16 Feb: 18:00 – Royal Irish Academy (Academy House), Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Apologies that I have to misspell the main word in the title of the talk. Where I wrote “seks”, there should be a three letter word starting with an “s” and ending with a “x”, that sounds like “seks”. If I properly spelled that word, you yould most likely not get this e-zine because all sorts of Spam-Filters would ruthlessly catch it.
This Academy Discourse in the Royal Irish Academy is entitled “God and Seks: what the Bible really says” by Michael Coogan. Coogan is one of the leading biblical scholars in the United States, Michael Coogan is Director of Publications for the Harvard Semitic Museum and Lecturer on Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at Harvard Divinity School.
Coogan has written many books about the bible and his newsest has the same title as he talk. Tthe Bible speaks with many voices, not one, and some of its values are no longer ours. A close look at the story of David and Bathsheba, one of the most famous and most ambiguous biblical narratives, will illustrate these issues.
It is another while until this talk will take place on 16 Feb, however Royal Irish Academy events are usually very popular and “sell out fast”. Admission is free, but you have to book your place for this event, so do it as soon as possible here
www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing.aspx

NOISE SOUND MUSIC FESTIVAL – CLONDALKIN
Sat 18 Feb: Áras Chrónáin Irish Cultural Centre, Watery Lane, Orchard Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. Creative Young Musicians have the chance to perform on stage with true professionals: Irish musicians Colm Quearney, The Kane Sisters and The North Strand Kontra Band will work with and perform alongside young musicians (Age 13-25) at the NOISE Sounds Music Festival on 18 Feb.
From 15:30-18:30 free workshops will take place:
* Songwriting Masterclass with Colm Quearney (aka Q)
* Trad Session with The Kane Sisters
* Brass Masterclass with The North Strand Kontra Band
NOISE South Dublin are opening their doors to all musicians from all music genres, aged 13-25 to take part in the first year of this unique Music Festival.
From 19:00-21:00 a performance featuring The North Strand Kontra Band, The Kane Sisters, Colm Quearney and festival participants will take place. There is an admission fee of EUR 5 for this gig.
To apply to take part in the Music Festival, check out www.noisesouthdublin.com for the application form and full terms and conditions or send an email to aduffy@sdublincoco.ie or ring 01 4149270 for application and details. The deadline for submissions is 03 February at 17:00. www.facebook.com/noisesoundsmusicfestival

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PRISON VS. NURSING HOMES – PUT ME IN PRISON!
Last week I found a news update on the Facebook Page of a friend that made me think about the odd world we create. He wrote:
“We should place the elderly in prisons. They will get a shower a day, video surveillance in case of problems, three meals a day, access to a library, computer, TV, gym, doctors on-site, free medication if needed.
And we should put criminals in nursing homes. They have cold meals, lights off at 7pm, two showers a week, live in a smaller room and pay rent at EUR 4,000 a month!!! It’s pretty sad that we treat prisoners better than the elderly.”
Bad enough that the service is so shockingly bad as a normal standard, but then some nursing home managers make it even worse: “reckless abandonment of residents and theft of money from clients. (www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/frontpage/2012/0126/1224310759210.html)

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