Event Guide 254: Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, Happy? – Science Gallery, Dublin Flea Market, Green Drinks

April 27th, 2012

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 254
| 27 April 2012 Subscribers: 10749

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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!
“Life is like a cup of Coffee!” is the title of today’s Feel Good video, which tells a stor about a professor and his student and the relationship between the coffee and the cup! Have a look at it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogweL4E24ok

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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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The biggest and undoubtedly busiest event this week will be the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth. I was there last year and plan to go again this year (if the weather is ok). In addition on Saturday the Reclaim The Street – Street Party will take place. Not many details are known about the where and what, but maybe that mystery adds to the attraction. The Science Gallery opened a new exhibition called “Happy?” yesterday. It is less an exhibition where you watch things, but one where you become part of it because it is a Lab in the Gallery. So you contribute to research by helping with computer based tests etc.

On Sunday I will go to the Dublin Flea Market, where I haven’t been for months and will later have a look at the Dublin City Nightrun, a new interesting idea.

On Tuesday the Green Drinks and a talk in context with the Science Gallery’s exhibition sound both interesting and on Wednesday there is another Science Gallery talk that looks at how and if we get happy if we contribute to others.


If you are interested in Gospel Music and especially if you are or would like to get involved actively, this is a Must Go event! The Gospel Rising Music Festival (www.gospelrising.com) is taking place for the third years and after Ennis oand Portlaoise, this year it is taking place in our neighbourhood in Bray.
From Fri 11 – Sun 13 May Bray is the Gospel Capital of Ireland and Gospel Rising is one of the first music festivals of the season.
“Gospel Rising” is a combination of free gospel choir gigs and non-free high quality workshops, giving everyone the chance to experience gospel choir singing.
This years workshops are all listed on www.gospelrising.com/workshop-details.html and even if you have never sung before or are not in a Gospel Choir you can take part and enjoy. Topics and areas that are covered are to improve your soloist skills and styles, join in with large group workshops, experience gospel styles like Contemporary Gospel or Barbershop, and the choreography style this year will be based on the TV show, Glee. You can choose the workshops you like.
A weekend ticket for Gospel Rising is EUR 60 and includes access to all workshops and concerts and tickets can be bought on www.gospelrising.com For the Dublin Event Guide, the organisers have made 2 Weekend Tickets available for a competition, so that two of you can join the hundreds of Gospel aficionados that will come to Bray from all over Ireland.
I do the sound engineering for the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir and sing in a Gospel Choir as a backing choir to Kevin Doyle’s Elvis Tribute Show, so Gospel Music is one of my (many) musical Likes and I will definitely be in Bray for the festival! My ticket is already booked. ;-)
If you want to win one of the ticket, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with GOSPEL RISING in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Thursday 03 May.
For more details check the website www.gospelrising.com and www.facebook.com/groups/361605296569 to keep up-to-date and to support this festival.

On Thurs 03 May from 19:00-21:00 Don Luis Molinar, an international teacher of Toltec Mastery, will be in Dublin for an introductory talk on Toltec Self Mastery.
Don Luis Molinar is a Master teacher in the Toltec tradition, an ancient path of self awareness and knowledge from Mexico. This teaching has been around for centuries in Mexico and went underground on the arrival of the Spanish into Mexico. It has subsequently been passed down from generation to generation until emerging in the late sixties with the writings of Carlos Castaneda and more recently with Don Miguel Ruiz who received the teaching from his mother and grandmother. Don Luis was apprenticed by Don Miguel for many years and in 1992 Don Miguel initiated him to carry the ancient teaching of the Toltecs.
The Toltec teaching is not a religion but a system of self awareness, of living life from a place of heart and love and getting past the limited patterns and conditionings we all hold. The Toltecs believe that we are dreaming all the time, whether asleep or awake, and that we have the power to change that dream from fear to love in any moment, to create a new dream of happiness and fulfilment for ourselves, our families and our communities. Contact 087 6899211 or visit www.ToltecHeartWisdom.com for further details.
His talk “Stalking the Emotional Self” will take place in the South William Space, 27 South William Street (next door to the Holistic Centre) on 03 May from 19:00-21:00 and admission is EUR 10. The organisers is offering a pair of tickets to you for a competition and if you would like to win this pair of tickets, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject TOLTEC and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Please make sure that you are available on 03 May before you enter the competition. Your e-mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Monday 30 April.

This Sat 28 Apr, Trócaire is inviting to a “Gig with a Difference” in the Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street, Dublin 1 at 19:30. While showcasing new Irish music it is also shining a spotlight on music from around the world, and in particular many of the countries that Trócaire works with in the developing world. The Irish headline acts are Fred, The Hot Sprockets and Katie Kim and they will be joined by the Dembe Troupe dancers from Uganda; Talking Drums, a Nigerian drumming duo and Manila Rhythm, a Filipinoacoustic band. Admission is EUR 10 and are available on the door.
I was able to get two pairs of tickets for you and if you want to win you have to hurry a LOT. I need to have received your mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com by 21:00 tonight. The subject of the mail has to say TROCAIRE and the body of the mail needs to contain your name and mobile phone number.

______Dublin News______________

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place. It is a full month of events for the older age group. A few years ago the age group was defined as 55 and up, but it seems that this definition has been removed and instead the new subtitle is “celebrating creativity as we age”. Sounds a little clumsy maybe, but age limits always come with problems, so it is most likely the better solution: Let people decide if they feel part of the ageing group or not. :-) Estimates are that over 120,000 people now take part in Bealtaine. “From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. It is a chance for people to make new and challenging work, a chance to communicate traditions between the generations. It is a chance for the novice to discover a talent until then unseen and a chance for a long-dormant skill to find a new outlet. Each year, Age & Opportunity invites local authorities, arts centres, libraries, Active Retirement groups, care settings, community groups and clubs, associations from every part of the country to run Bealtaine events that celebrate creativity in older age.”
There is a vast amount of events and the big contribution of the Public Libraries makes this event even a bigger success.
I will include a number of free events in the Dublin Event Guide over the next 5 weeks, but there are too many events to list them all, so please check out bealtaine.com/ and www.dublincitypubiclibraries.ie

The Sunday Times Outdoor Film Festival will take place from 10 May-14 June on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar in cooperation with the Temple Bar Cultural Trust. Every Thursday from 22:15 a popular film (from musicals and romantic comedies to action and sci-fi) will be screened on Meeting House Square and to get free tickets you need to go to www.entertainment.ie/mhs from 29 April. templebar.ie/Event/OutDoorFilmFest

A music event that was meant to take place in Iveagh Gardens over the bank holiday weekend has been cancelled about 10 days ago. Bands that were meant to perform were The Stranglers, The Human League, Razorlight, The High Kings, Sharon Shannon, Paddy Casey and many more. But it seems Human League and the Stranglers pulled out because they were not paid and this is due to poor ticket sales. Full ticket refunds will be provided. [Oh, and it is an unconfirmed rumour that claims that “Summer” has been cancelled! At the moment only the “Summer Sessions” (in Spring!) have been cancelled.] www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2012/0418/1224314875343.html

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In a surprise development, some of the Peats electronics stores will re-open. Reading between the lines, it seems that the accountant that recommended closing all shops with immediate effect was talking nonsense and better advice was found after the closure a few weeks ago. As always in a situation like this, the high rents seem to be part of the problem, so only the shops were a rent-free usage can be agreed will re-opening. The shop in Tallaght is already open again, the Parnell Street shop will be next and after that others MIGHT be re-opened. An extension of the online activities of Peats is planned as well.

The Loft Bookshop at the Twisted Pepper will be closing in mid May and until then all the stock is being sold for half price. theloftbookshop.com/


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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/dublin/
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.

28 Apr-22 May: Balla Bán Art Gallery, Westbury Mall, Clarendon Street, Dublin 2.
The Balla Bán Art Gallery will show Norman Teeling’s work in a new exhibition. The
Official opening is on Thurs 03 May (17:30-19:00).
Norman Teeling’s ten painting suite, ‘The 1916 Rising’, can be seen on permanent display in the General Post Office, Dublin. Acquired by An Post in 1998, the oil paintings depict events surrounding the Easter Rising.
The current exhibition in the Balla Ban Art Gallery is described as “His human subject, usually a solitary female, graceful and elegant, seems also fragile and vulnerable. Often sens ually depicted in sunlit rooms, they have about them an air of expectation and yearning and they seem devoid of any smugness.” www.ballaban.net


Fri 27 – Sat 28 Apr: RDS, Hall 3, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The Irish Franchise Assocation Expo & Awards 2012 will take place on Fri and Sat in the RDS and admission is free if you download the ticket from the website www.irishfranchiseassociation.com otherwise the fee is EUR 10.
Opening hours seem to be on Fri 10:00-18:00 and on Sat 10:00-16:00.

Fri 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Fri 27 Apr: 13:00-14:00: Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
Tierney is an ocean scientist, conservationist, media producer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer and as Director of Research at Sea Studios Foundation in California, she made films for National Geographic Television for more than ten years. Her film and outreach projects included the 8 hour Shape of Life series, and 6 hour Strange Days on Planet Earth project which garnered the environmental Oscar at the Wildscreen Festival in Bristol, England.
She will be in the Science Gallery for a talk on Friday. Admission is free, but booking is required on the website. www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/04/talk-tierney-thys

Fri 27 – Sun 29 April: Howth
The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth takes place from 27-29 Apr and there is not too many free things happening on Friday evening. Just some In-House entertainment in the pubs of Howth. The main Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday and you will read about it in next week’s Dublin Event Guide. www.fingaldublin.ie/interior-pages/about-fingal/culture/cultural-events/dublin-bay-prawn-festival-programme/

Fri 27 Apr: 18:30 – LASC, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
This Friday is the second anniversary of the assassinations of Bety Cariño and Jyri Jaakkola who were killed when their caravan carrying humanitarian aid to the men,
women, and children of the autonomous municipality of San Juan Copala,
Oaxacan was ambushed. Bety was a member of the “Working Together”
Community Support Centre, CACTUS and Jyri belonged to the Finnish collective and also worked with the Oaxacan Voices Constructing Autonomy and Freedom (VOCAL) in Oaxaca. This event in LASC will include updates about the situation in San Juan Copala. Some videos in Spanish and other short videos in English,
followed by a discussion. www.lasc.ie

Fridays 18:30-21:00 – Radisson, Golden Lane, Dublin 2.
Radisson Hotel in Golden Lane’s new weekly Jazz Evening will feature on 27 Apr: Cary Posavitz, 04 May: Lucille Blue, 11 May: Kristina G., 18 May Stella Bass, 25 May Michael Lennan. www.facebook.com/pages/Sure-Bar/106148898601

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. www.cornucopia.ie

Fri 27 Apr: 20:00-22:00 – Martello Tower, Sandymount, Dublin 4
The Sidewalk Astronomers of the Irish Astronomical Society are inviting to their next monthly star gazing session at the Martello tower car park in Sandymount. They will be from 20:00-22:00 if the weather is good and until 21:00 if the weather is cloudy. If you want to see Jupiter, Mars and the Moon just come along and if you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, bring it along and you will get help. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Fri 27 Apr: 20:00 – Unitarian Church, St Stephens Green, Dublin 2
“Improve Your Life Now with Higher Consciousness” is the title of a free Public Talk with a Yogi of the Himalayan Yogic Tradition. Discover techniques to remove obstacles to happiness, as taught by the sages of the Himalayas. The talk will allow you to reach a state of awareness in which tension, worries and depression are released. Experience a gateway to Self-Realization. For more information check

Fri 27 Apr: 20:30 – The Mezz, Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The next Love Music Hate Racism gig will take place on Friday. It kicks off at 20:30 and features The Whipround, Machine Gun Baby, Morgan la Faye and Jack & The Band. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/events/368953199815336/

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 27 April: Eades & Redmond
Sat 28 April: 20th Century Gold
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Fridays 22:00 – La Caverna Restaurant, 12 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
A new Jazz Club with Live Jazz Music by Lucille Blue (vocals) and Cormac McCann (piano/vocals) has been launched in the basement of the La Caverna Restaurant. Doors at 22:00 and the performance starts at 22:30 every Friday night. There are only about 50 seats, so you might want to book on 087 6739315

* 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


Sat 28 April: 10:00-23:00 – Howth
The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth takes place from 27-29 Apr and on Saturday there will be guided walks (registration required), a Farmers’ & Food Producers’ Market (12:00-17:00), a Festival Food Fair (13:00-16:00), Cooking Demonstrations, Art on the Pier, Children’s Beach Activities and trad and other music throughout Howth. And at 22:00 a Fireworks display will take place.
The focal point throughout the weekend will be the Dublin Prawn and the restaurants and pubs of Howth will have special festival dishes. All details and the day’s schedule are on www.fingaldublin.ie/interior-pages/about-fingal/culture/cultural-events/dublin-bay-prawn-festival-programme/

Sat 28 Apr: 08:00-12:00 – Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, gets up to 200 cars to sell goods from. 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 06:30 for buyers from 08:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie

Thurs-Sun (Thurs-Sat 10:00-17:30, Sun 12:00-17:30) – Unit 95, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17. – A new-ish indoor market is open in Coolock. Over 40 traders offer a wide range of goods and a café is on site as well. www.facebook.com/MotherRedcaps.Market

Sat 28 Apr: 11:00-15:15 – National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7.
“Understanding 1916 – Approaching 2016” is this day long event in Collins Barracks. Lectures during the day deal with
+ The difficulties in commemorating the Easter Rising
+ Documents of the 1916 Rising
+ Stories behind the 1916 Proclamation
In addition a number of panel discussions and Q&A sessions will be run.
All events are free and no booking is required. All events will operate on a first come, first served basis.
This sounds like an interesting event!!

Sat 28 Apr: 11:00-17:00 – Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1. The weekly Ha’penny Flea Indoor Market takes place on Saturdays and stalls offer Vintage Men and Women’s Clothes, Contemporary Crafts, Books, Vinyl Records, Vintage and Handmade Jewellery, Vintage Hair Styles, Art, Photography and lots more. For more details, check www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea-indoor-market

Sat 28 Apr: 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) – The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

27 Apr – 03 June: Tues-Sun 12:00-20:00 (-18:00 on Sat+Sun): Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2.
Happy? is a “Lab in the Gallery” event, which explores your happiness through real experiments that will be used for scientific research at TCD’s School of Psychology. There are 11 different experiments in which you can take part and contribute to the research. In addition there will be a whole range of events accompanying the exhibition. Many will be free, others won’t be. Check out www.sciencegallery.com

Sat 28 Apr: 12:15 – New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Dublin 2
The Progressive Film Club is a voluntary organisation dedicated to showing progressive films from all over the world. Struggles for people’s rights, for the rights of workers, of immigrants, of women, for national liberation and for social justice are some of the themes of the films. On Saturday four films will be screened from different countries:
12:15: Venezuela Bolivariana: People and the Struggle of the Fourth World War
13:40: Sneakers (2008)
14:00: The Take (2004)
15:35: Aisheen: Still Alive in Gaza (2009)
The website provides details about all films: www.progressivefilmclub.ie/

Sat 28 Apr: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Park, Swords, Co Dublin. – Astronomy Ireland are continuing their weekly Sun Shows at the Astronomy Ireland Shop in Swords. Each Saturday, the staff of the Astronomy Ireland Shop will be showing you amazing views of our nearest star. Using special filters and some of the largest telescopes in Ireland you will get to see sunspots bigger than Earth and huge solar flare bursting from our nearest star. If it’s cloudy, there will be a telescope demonstration and you will find out how you can safely observe the Sun and undertake some daytime astronomy using your own telescope. astronomy.ie/sunwatch2011.php

Sat 28 Apr: 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

Sat 28 Apr: 14:00 – Meeting Point: Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
“Dublin: Reclaim the Streets – Free Street Party” is the title of this event and details are sparse. The location of the party will be disclosed on the day at the meeting point at the Spire (14:00) where cyclists and pedestrians will converge before heading to the party. So you can assume that the location is not toooooo far away from the Spire, but is probably somewhere where it is not totally kosher to have a Street Party. The organisers continue “The party is open to all ages and will have Djs, bands, buskers and drummers, free food, free face painting, live performance art.” They are talking about a carnival of hope, resistance and creativity.
It sounds interesting and if we take out the political protest element, then the event sounds like a lot of fun and something that could/should be done regularly.
Typically events like that have a political element, but the organisers ask at least not to bring any party political banners, placards or flags, so it should be a happy and positive event! www.facebook.com/events/222929457813487/

Sat 28 Apr: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Mary had a Little Lamb” with Melissa Corish. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 28 Apr: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s Front Bar, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Ukulele Band “Ukerisitic Congress” are playing in Whelan’s every second Saturday. I heard them at the Ukulele Festival and Dun Laoghaire and they are really good! www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/10935

Sat 28 Apr: 20:00-22:30 – KC Peaches (Wine Cave), 28/29 Nassau St., Dublin 2
This is a new weekly Saturday night residency of a Jazz Quartet, featuring Michael Nielsen (guitar), Sam Comerford (sax), Cormac O Brien (bass), James Mackin (drums) in the basement Wine Cave of KC Peaches wholefood restaurant/café. Food will be served until 22:00 and wine, minerals & music will be available until later. Admission is free and a donation into a hat at the end of the evening is appreciated. www.facebook.com/KCPeaches

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

* 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 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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10 May – 14 June: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Sunday Times Outdoor Film Festival will take place from May until June and every Thursday at 22:15 it will feature a popular film (from musicals and romantic comedies to action and sci-fi). The reason why it is listed here as an event on Sun 29 Apr is because from today free tickets can be booked on www.entertainment.ie/mhs I expect that the tickets will be gone in no time, so don’t waste any time! templebar.ie/Event/OutDoorFilmFest

Sun 29 April: 10:00-23:00 – Howth
The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival in Howth takes place from 27-29 Apr and there will be guided walks (registration required), a Farmers’ & Food Producers’ Market (12:00-17:00), a Festival Food Fair (13:00-16:00), Cooking Demonstrations, Art on the Pier, Children’s Beach Activities and trad and other music throughout Howth. The focal point will be the Dublin Prawn and the restaurants and pubs of Howth will have special festival dishes. All details and the day’s schedule are on www.fingaldublin.ie/interior-pages/about-fingal/culture/cultural-events/dublin-bay-prawn-festival-programme/

Sun 29 Apr: 10:00-14:00 – The Factory, 35a Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Again a free fencing class, run by Fence Fit, will take place on Sunday. I still haven’t managed to go to it, despite some previous attempts. Maybe it will work this week! www.facebook.com/FencingFit

Sun 29 Apr: 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 on Sun 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. There are now up to 20 additional outdoor stands as well.

Sun 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. On Sundays the Ferocious Mingle MARKET is a fancy dress market: In addition to stalls/tables for sellers, there are some “chalets” in the venue where regular sellers have set up. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sun 29 Apr: 12:00-18:00 – Shopping World (Statoil House), Deansgrange Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.
“Back to Health” in the new-concept Pop-Up Shop Shopping Centre “Shopping World” is a day for you to experience a selection of holistic treatments and complementary therapy through free tasters and reduced price treatments. www.shoppingworld.ie

Sun 29 Apr: 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 feature “Italian Opera: The Great Season of Bel Canto” with Angela Papale (Soprano) and Fabio Marra (piano) performing pieces by Verdi, Mascagni, Puccini, Martucci and Tosti. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/615-sundaysnoon-italian-opera-the-great-season-of-bel-canto

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 29 Apr: 15:00-16:00 – National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2
The My Museum workshop “Make your own Medieval Coat of Arms!” will take place on Sunday and is suitable for Ages 7-13. “Join archaeologist, David Landers, for a trip back in time to the Middle Ages. Learn about life as a Medieval warrior and make your very own ‘coat of arms’! No booking required. 18 places only, so arrive early.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2817

Sun 29 Apr: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “The Literary Scene in Dublin in the Early 20th Century” with Dr Malcolm Sen, Department of English, University College Galway will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 29 Apr: 15:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The public lecture “The Gallery as Subject: Institutional Critique and Contemporary Practices” with lecturer Michelle Browne will take place.
The gallery and museum over the course of the last 200 years have changed considerably and their use and function have been brought into question. Join artist Michelle Browne as she discusses how the Gallery has become both context and subject for artworks. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/597-the-gallery-as-subject

Sun 29 Apr: 15:00-16:30 – National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4.
Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but from now for the coming weeks (excluding bank holiday weekends), there will be a free public tour every Sunday (29 Apr, 13+20+27 May). Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html

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

Sun 29 Apr: 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 The Strypes, ODI, Oisin McCole, She Speaks, Lute Miranda Al-Raad, Peter James Doran, Aisling Quinn, Cathryn Green.

Sun 29 Apr: 18:00-21:00 – Sweney’s Pharmacy, 1 Lincoln Place (top of Westland Row), Dublin 2. A one Day art exhibition by Aniz Duran and Nina Tanis is taking place.

Sun 29 Apr: 20:00 – The Village, 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Italian Rock Music with Anima Libera, Dirty Jezabel and support from the Bloody Quills will be in the Village. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/events/329682650425404/

Sun 29 Apr: 20:30-22:00 – City Centre
A 10 km run with approx. 5,000 participants will take place on Sunday in the City Centre of Dublin. Start is at College Green, then the run will go on a mad zick-zack through the City Centre. O’Connell Street (up and down), Eden Quay, North Wall Quay, Mayor Street, Samuel Beckett Bridge, Hanover Quay, Macken Strett, Pearse Street, Shelbourne Road, Northumberland Road, Gratan Street, Clare Street and a good few more streets in between are on the course. The race will finish Westland Row. A number of streets in the area will be closed from 18:15-23:00. The run was not free and is booked out now, but you can watch it and cheer the participants on if you want. All details including a detailed route description is on samsungnightrun.com

Sun 29 Apr: 21:00-00:00 – 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 Foil Arms & Hog, Danny Dowling, Edwin Sammon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

“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

Sundays: 21:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys are playing a weekly gig in Whelan’s Front Bar on Sundays. Their music is swing, blues, bebop and doo wop. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com www.facebook.com/jaimenanciandtheblueboys

Sun 29 Apr: 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. The next Sunday Roast line up is Red Sail, Black Gold Gamble, Kevin Casey, Groundburst. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast

* 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
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Stella Bass Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. A video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8aKqtOB5S8 www.stellabass.com
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/thesundayroast
* “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 4 Dame Lane in Dame Lane 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.facebook.com/events/225904860831469/
* 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

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, Wed, Sat in May: 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 first film is www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-come-aboard/ and it will be screened sometimes on Mondays other times on Wednesday. The second film is www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-friendly-ireland/ and www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog2-dublin-of-the-welcomes/and it will be screened alternating between Mon and Wed as well. I am not sure if the Saturday double-bill will continue. At the moment it has not yet been announced, but you can check the site below for an overview. Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk. www.ifi.ie/2012/05/?post_type=film

Mon 30 Apr: 18:15 – Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6
Michelle Fagan (Architect and President of the RIAI) will talk about “Village Architect” and a Q&A session will follow. The Rathmines Discourses are a “series of public conversations on matters of national importance.” Admission is free.
Unfortunately the title of the talk is so vague that I have difficulties recognising the national importance of the topic, which is a pity. I do expect however, that something meaningful is hidden behind this short title.

Mon 30 Apr: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“All the living and the dead: Death in Joyce’s Dubliners” by Dr Gerard Dineen is the last of this years One City, One Book events about James Joyce’s Dubliners. The lecture will explore the pervasive theme of death in Joyce’s Dubliners. Admission is free. No booking required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Mon 30 Apr: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
A singer songwriter showcase will take in Whelan’s Front Bar. Three to four acts will be playing 30 minutes. The line-up is not announced, but you might be lucky closer to the event. Check the website. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/10635

Mon 30 Apr: 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 Matt Sadler and Colm McGlinchey. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Mondays 21:45-02:30 – Fibber Magee’s, Parnell Street, Dublin 1
Every Monday, a mix of musicians from bands like The Seven Deadly Skins / Animal Cracker / Upbeat Generation / Crete Boom & more come together to play a free night of Rock & Reggae. www.facebook.com/TheHangoverClub

* 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.
* 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
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from 23:30. Admission is free.


Tues 01 May: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “The World of Harry Kernoff” with Katy Milligan, Trinity College will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 01 May: 15:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – This year the Cine Café will contribute again to the Bealtaine Festival with screenings of appropriate films. The first screening is on Tuesday and details and all other upcoming screenings can be found here: www.facebook.com/pages/CINE-CAFEPintPicPintaPictureShowPictureShow/145568615502560 If you have made a short film that has to do with creativity at the older age in the widest sense, you can contact Howard, who runs the screenings, via the facebook page or if you can’t reach him, get back to me. Howards is still looking for some shorts for the Bealtaine festival.

Tues 01 May: 19:00 (Doors 18:00) – Top Floor of Messrs Maguire, 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2. On 01 May, and after that again every first Tuesday of the month, “Green Drinks” will take place. Green Drinks is a once monthly meeting of people with an interest in green issues to get together, to chat, share ideas and raise a glass. Green Drinks is an initiative that takes place in 797 cities around the world and the Diblin event is organised by www.leafliving.com and www.iwt.ie.
Book your place via greendrinks@leafliving.com
This month come and hear Mindy O’Brien from VOICE speak about the establishment of an National Food Bank to eliminate food waste and provide relief for those in need. Food waste has a major impact on the environment through lost energy, CO2 and Methane emissions and water consumption, with tonnes of good edible food discarded by food shops, supermarkets and catering establishments daily.
www.leafliving.com & www.iwt.ie

Tue 01 May: 18:00-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
The curators of the new Science Gallery “Happy?”, Ian Robertson and Macolm MacLachlan talk about their work in the field of psychology, the experiments they are leading in the current exhibition, and the science of happiness. Admission is free, but booking is required via the website. www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/05/happy-curators-talk-ian-robertson-and-malcolm-mac-lachlan-sfi-speaker-series

Tues 01 May: 18:00-19:00 – RDS (Minerva Suite), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge Dublin 4. – The next lecture in the RDS Energy Lecture Series is entitled “Space and Water Heating Solutions for the New Age of Zero Carbon Electricity” with Sean O’Driscoll, Chairman and Chief Executive of the Glen Dimplex Group.
The European Union has set 20% targets for the reduction in CO2 emissions, improved energy efficiency and the amount of energy to come from renewables by 2020. The efficient management of decarbonised electricity for space and water heating will be essential to the achievement of these targets.
O’Driscoll will discuss how his company has developed Smart Energy Storage Technology for the Space and Water Heating systems of the future at their Research and Development Facilities in Ireland.
Admission is free but advance booking is essential via 01-240 7215 or industry@rds.ie. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099609

Tues 01 May: 18:30-19:45 – Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin 2
The public lecture “Referendums: Past and Present” with Prof. Michael Marsh, TCD will take place. With the referendum on the European Stability treaty scheduled to take place on 31 May, Marsh will explore the topic of Referendums: Past and Present. He has published a number of books and about 100 professional papers and book chapters on parties and elections in Ireland and Europe. Admission is free. And to register contact: policy.institute@tcd.ie www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/22086.html

Tues 01 May: 19:00 – Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Climate.Culture.Change is a series of provocative films and discussions which highlight the social dimension of climate change. The films in Climate.Culture.Change are from six European countries giving an international perspective on the issues around climate change.
On 01 May the film is “Birdwatchers” (2008) about a tribe of Guarani Indians, near the border of Brazil and Paraguay, who attempt to re-inhabit their ancestral land, in an area where thousands of hectares of sugarcane have been planted on their land by multinational companies.
The film screening is followed by a panel discussion with Peadar Kirby (Professor of International Politics and Public Policy at the University of Limerick), Colette Spears (former coordinator in the Latin America Solidarity Centre, where she worked on Guaraní-Kaiowá land rights) and Barbara Tomasella (Managing Director of Sustainable Tourism Ireland).
The full programme of all films is listed on the website.

* 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
* 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
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


Wed 02 May: 09:00-18:00 – RDS, Hall 4, Merrion Road, Dublin 4
The Irish Charities Expo 2012 will be a one day first of its kind exhibition to be held in Irelandand the description goes like this: “The Exhibition will get charities and businesses, along with members of the public, together in the same venue so that they can network, develop partnerships and share best practice. The Irish Charities Expo is free to attend and over 5,000 company representatives will be invited to attend the event to engage and communicate with up to 100 charities that will be showcasing and promoting themselves to the key charity related personnel in Irish businesses.” A whole range of free seminars is available as well.
Maybe it is just me, but I don’t like the fact that charities are not much different from businesses and I don’t like that charities compete with each other instead of working with each other. So that event is a bit odd, I’d say. www.irishcharitiesexpo.ie/

Entry charges at nearly all OPW sites are waived once a month. The Office of Public Works (OPW) launched an initiative last year to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages and there was a question mark over the continuation of the First Wednesday in 2012, but it seems that the free day once a month is continuing. Most sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will now be free every first Wednesday from now until the end of the year.
In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this will affect the following sites:
+ The Casino, Marino
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage.html The list of all sites that are effected nationwide is here www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage1.pdf

Wed 02 May: 17:00 – School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2
“The Eclipse of Medical and Psychiatric Care” is the title of a public lecture by Prof David Healy on Wednesday. Further information can be found here nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/events-conferences/events-schedule/index.php Admission is free, but booking is required: Contact Jeni Ryan (ryanjen@tcd.ie / 01 8963860) to book. www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/22000.html

Wed 02 May: 18:00-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
“Happy to Help?” with Prof Stuart Carr is a lecture as part of the new Science Gallery exhibition “Happy?”. Ireland has high levels of social capital, as indexed via our charitable giving. However, aid may not always make people happy – in fact, some of the research Stuart presents will suggest that people may not be happy to be helped – so how you help matters as well. Admission is free, but booking on the website is required. www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/05/happy-help-prof-stuart-carr

Wed 02 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “El perro del hortelano” (1996) by director Pilar Miró is the next film in the film series “One Book, One Film” in the Instituto Cervantes. The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80189_16_2.htm

Wed 02 May: 18:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The new novel “A Sudden Sun” by Dave Duggan will be launched by Guildhall Press (Derry) at the Irish Writers Centre with guest speaker John Fairleigh, honorary director of The Stewart Parker Trust. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Wednesdays 12:00: 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.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:00-19:00 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.havana.ie/opening%202009.htm 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.


Thurs 03 May: 10:00-12:00 – National Gallery (NGI Atrium), Clare Street, Dublin 2
The National Gallery Curators appraise the paintings, prints and drawings you bring into the Gallery. This is a free service and wil be provided on the first Thursday of every month. No appointments necessary. www.nationalgallery.ie

Thurs 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market is a flea-market type permanent market with stalls and “chalets” for traders. The Oscar Verne Café and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Thurs 03 May: 13:00-15:00 + 17:00-19:00 – Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2
The screening of contemporary Italian films takes place over four weeks and you are invited to discover them with a glass of wine. Two screenings will take on each day. The first one at 13:00-15:00 and the second one at 17:00-19:00.
The film line up is
+ Thurs 03 May: Si può fare (2009) by Giulio Manfredonia
All films are in Italian with English subtitles. After the evening screening a Q&A with Monica Insinga will take place. Admission is free. On the website you find a link to “Click here to download brochure”. In that brochure you can find more details about the movies. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=409&citta=Dublino

Thurs 03 May: 13:00 – Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. A Lunchtime Recital with Stephen O’Sullivan (Violinist) in association with NUI, Maynooth. Admission is free, but booking is recommended at 01 8734333 or musiclibrary@dublincity.ie.

Thurs 03 May: 14:30 – St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Sanja Romic (principal oboe of the Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra) and Irish pianist Fionnuala Moynihan come together to perform well-known works and new compositions from their native countries. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
stann.dublin.anglican.org/concerts/index.php www.dublinevents.com/events/concert/sanja-romic-oboe-and-fionnuala-moynihan-piano-.php

Thurs 03 May: 18:00-20:00 – Temple Bar
Inspired by First Thursdays carried out in London, 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. 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. templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin

19 Apr-24 May: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Libraries in association with the Dublin City Enterprise Board are announcing a series of lectures entitled “Start and Grow Your Own Business”, aimed at current small business owners/managers or people that want to start a new business. The third lecture is
03 May Financing Your Business
Find all subsequent lectures here www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks or in the Upcoming events section in this e-zine. Admission to the lectures is free, but you have to book and to to reserve a place for the complete programme or for an individual lecture, contact the Business Information Centre in the Central Library on 01 873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie

Thurs 03 May: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Stinging Fly invites you to the launch of The China Factory, a collection of short stories by Mary Costello. “In these twelve haunting stories Mary Costello carefully examines the passions and perils of everyday life and relationships and, with startling insight, casts a light on the darkest corners of the human heart.” www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs 03 May: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper Café (Loft Bookstore), 54, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Dublin Writers’ Forum welcomes writers of all genres, of all ages and all levels of experience. 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

Thurs: 20:00 – 4 Dame Lane Pub, 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The 4 Dame Lane Movie Club will feature a movie every Thursday from 20:00. The upcoming movies are: 03 May: Reservoir Dogs, 10 May: Pulp Fiction, 17 May: Fight Club, 24 May: Shawshank Redemption, 31 May: The Wrestler. Admission is free. www.4damelane.ie/movieclub.html

Thursdays: 21:00 – Mercantile Hotel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys are playing a weekly gig in the Mercantile Hotel on Thursdays. Their music is swing, blues, bebop and doo wop. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/jaimenanciandtheblueboys

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

* 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
* 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 04 May: 13:00-13:30 – National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), Dublin 7. – The Curator’s Talk “Witnesses to War – The Irish War of Independence in Their Own Words” will take place and is suitable for adults. Admission is free, but booking is required on 01 6777444.
“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.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2814

Fri 04 May: 19:00 – Clinton Auditorium, Global Irish Institute, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. A free UCD/Abbey Theatre Shakespeare Lecture takes place with Professor Mark Thornton Burnett (Queen’s University Belfast) and is entitled “Shakespeare and World Cinema: Romeo and Juliet”. Book online at www.ucd.ie/alumni/events


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:

Sun 06 May: 13:00-15:00 – The Bernard Shaw Pub, 11 – 12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2. – Yelp is a great and very popular review and recommendation website and their events in Dublin are the type of events people talk about for years. I well remember every single one of them and am already looking forward to the Backyard Bazaar. At these Yelp events you meet lots of nice people and – here comes the extra bonus – you can sample free food and drink. The goal is to celebrate local businesses in Dublin and encourage people to support them and get the word out there about them. To get on the guest list you have to register via the website and that is why I already list it here, so don’t waste any time! …And on the day you better be early, because there have been looong queues at previous events. www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelps-backyard-bazaar

Thurs 19 Apr-24 May: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Libraries in association with the Dublin City Enterprise Board are announcing a series of lectures entitled “Start and Grow Your Own Business”, aimed at current small business owners/managers or people that want to start a new business. The six lectures are
19 April An Introduction to Self Employment
26 April Ideas Generation & Market Research
03 May Financing Your Business
10 May Digital Marketing and Social Media
17 May Ethnic Entrepreneurship
24 May Business Planning Structure
Admission to the lectures is free, but you have to book and to to reserve a place for the complete programme or for an individual lecture, contact the Business Information Centre in the Central Library on 01 873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie
www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/Events/Documents/SYOBposter.pdf www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks

Tues 08 May: 18:00-21:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2
‘Hack your bank’ a workshop by Derivart about creativity, technology and economy.
Derivart is an interdisciplinary art group located in Barcelona composed of Jesús Rodríguez (artist and independent curator), Mar Canet (creative engineer) and Daniel Beunza (sociologist of finance). They build installations that engage, narrate and question existing practices in the financial markets. “Hack your Bank” is a Firefox add-on which aim is to create an artistic intervention in the bank websites. The project was created to unveil the irregularities and scandals in which Spanish banks were involved. Admission is free, but booking is required via reservas.dublin@cervantes.es
The website doesn’t list this event yet, but I expect it to be listed soon. dublin.cervantes.es/en/culture_spanish/culture_spanish.htm

______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 Drinks Industry Group of Ireland (DIGI) announced that last year the sales of drinks remained more or less unchanged “due to the to the deep recession and changing consumption patterns”. I understand that DIGI would prefer an increased sales, but I think we found finally some great and positive effect of the economic challenges.
DIGI’s members are manufacturers, distributors and the retail sectors (including pubs, hotels, nightclubs, restaurants and off-licences). So the organisation can’t really complain too loudly about the near 6% decline in bar and pub sales because on the flip side, the sales in off-licenses (who are also DIGI members) went up by 5%. But between the lines you can read that they are unhappy about the shift.
Everybody who ever bought a Vodka with tonic water for EUR 7 or more or a glass of mediocre wine for EUR 5 or more fully knows that this shift is just the start of an increasing trend. www.drinksindustry.ie/news.php?intPageID=4&intSectionID=99
The odd bit in this piece of news is that the same figures were used by the vintners to request that the government will rescue them: www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/vintners-call-for-clarity-on-what-taxes-are-coming-down-the-road-549217.html Yes, there many people employed in pubs etc but if we see that the customers go from an expensive place to consume the same amount of product from a legal cheaper source, then I can’t see why the government should get involved at all. This is like the (non-existent) Association of Expensive Restaurants asking the government to do something against cheaper Take Aways because the expensive restaurants are losing business.


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Just a few more days until May and while we can’t be sure that we will see a summer this year, at least there is now a SLIGHTLY less likelihood that we will have snow in the next few weeks. ;-) However, I wouldn’t rule it out! It is Irish weather after all! Either way, I hope you won’t get snowed in May even if it is still MUCH to chilly outside.

Have a great weekend,



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