Dublin Event Guide 285: Christmas on Merrion Square, Farmleigh House Christmas, People’s Art Exhibition, Festive First Thursday

November 30th, 2012
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 285 | 30 November 2012

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Hi all!

It is cold outside, it is dark early and people talk a lot about parties, so Christmas MUST be around the corner. :-) Isn’t it interesting how we all have just a few memories and parameters that make Christmas really good. Is it the Toy Show for you, which is on tonight? If you don’t know what the Toy Show is, what the Late Late Show tonight on RTE and you will not understand, but see! :-) Or is it the partying? Or the coldness or the trees or the Gluehwein or the buying of presents or the Christmas Markets?

I definitely love a good Christmas market! But we are still served badly in that respect! Sometimes I wonder if I should organise a Christmas Market, but then who would write the Dublin Event Guide! :-) So I better remain a passionate Christmas Market customer instead of an organiser.

What would you love to do if you were daring enough? Have you ever thought about that? maybe you have started something at some point and then gave up? Check the Feel Good Slot today if you need a bit of a push to achieve something that you want! It is good!

My short term goal is to get this Dublin Event Guide to you soon. :-) Then I want to get 13,000 subscribers by the end of this year and lots more in 2013. But another bit issue is to work on a better financing model for the Dublin Event Guide. Hoping from month to month that some great people among you will put their hand in their pocket to help with another bit to gather the EUR 170 is not the best way. Your input and ideas with these plans is much appreciated!

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Feel good slot

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.

Sometimes I find quotes, sometimes video clips and often these clips or quotes are making the rounds on Facebook or Twitter when I pick them up. This week’s video clip is one that I found on Facebook, so maybe you have seen it already. But make sure you check it out, because if you h ave NOT seen it, you do not want to miss it! It is about an American war veteran who had nearly given up until one person believed in him and gave him the self-belief back that he needed to achieve OUTSTANDING results! He did NOT give up and the video clip shows what you can achieve if you not give up! www.youtube.com/watch?v=j2laIPeiMtE

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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.

Joergs 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

This week it is obviously lots of Christmas related events that make the cut. But there is an odd one to start the Saturday. I am not sure if I will make it, but I would love to see the Deutsch fuer Anfaenger exhibition in Dun Laoghaire. Then it is definitely Christmas on the Square the 1-day pop-up market on Merrion Square. The Christchurch Christmas Market, the Farmleigh House Christmas events and the Hungarian Culture Festival compete with each other then. In the evening, I recommend you go to the Mint Bar to see The Ratzingers.

On Sunday the Pure Vintage Christmas Market and the Christmas Events in the National Museum in Collins Barracks are on my list before I can be found at the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass again.

During the week I will definitely go to the RDS Library Book Sale. Then in Thursday the National Print Museum Christmas Fair will start and on Friday the Docklands Christmas Festival will begin. Have a look at the Festive First Thursday on Thursday and the Damn Fine Print event on the same day.

I think that is definitely enough to do for one week!! ;-)

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Competitions

Bean Bag Cinema – Ticket Competition

Bean Bag Cinema, are a new company, who will bring movie screenings to venues around Dublin in November and December. They will also bring Bean Bags (you guessed it!) and Popcorn and the first movie is Anchorman. It will be screened in the Hampton Hotel, 19-29 Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin 4. Anchorman will be screened on Sun 25, Mon 26, Tues 27 and Wed 28 Nov and all proceeds from Tuesday will go to the Movember Charity.A single bean bag is EUR 10 and a double bean bag (2 people) is EUR 15. You can book on www.thebeanbagcinema.com/ and you will see there that the next movies after Anchorman are Elf and Scrooged.

The winner of the Bean Bag Competition was Rebecca Ellis! Congratulations!

More films will be screened in the coming weeks, so check their website if you are interested.

Raffle for Scuba Diving and Phone

I don’t usually do that, but a few good friends will go to Haiti soon to stay in tents without water and electricity for two weeks to build houses with the Haven Partnership for people that are STILL living in temporary huts after the earthquake in Haiti more than 2 years ago. In addition to a week of hard work, everybody who is prepared to help, has to bring EUR 4,500 for building materials. So my friends have to raise funds and one of the ideas is a raffle. You buy a ticket for EUR 5 and have a very good chance to win a Scuba Diving course or a high-quality Nokia phone. Click on the yellow-ish banner below to enter! www.dalkeyscubadivers.com/scuba_competition/scuba_competition.html

More competitions

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Dublin news

Christmas FM back on air

Great news for all fans of Christmas and Christmas Music! Christmas FM is back on air. They will be broadcasting from 28 Nov until 26 Dec and this year’s charity is the children’s charity ISPCC / Childline. The programmes are done by well known radio DJs from all the other radio stations who volunteer for Christmas FM. You can listen online at www.christmasfm.com or on your radio on 94.3 in Dublin City & County or on 88.1 in the Dublin Commuter Belt (wherever that is!).

No “Winter Wonderland” and no “Christmas on Ice” in Dublin

After a big entrance into the Christmas Market world, last year, it already came to a crashing end: The Winter Wonderland at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham will NOT take place this year or ever again! Originally planned for 5 years, the organiser Anschuetz Entertainemnt Group (AEG), who are the second largest concert promoters in the world decided to pull the plug and to cancel the next four years of events. Last year they invested EUR 2 mio in the event, that had a small Christmas Market and a big ice rink, fun fair and circus, but they didn’t get the expected revnue from it. 7Up was the naming sponsor and the event was called “7UP WinterWonderland”.

Christmas on Ice, which took place in the RDS in Ballsbridge for 8 years and who also had ice rinks in Smithfield, Liffey Valley and a dry (i.e. plastic) “ice” rink on the roof of Arnotts, is also gone. It seems the operating company “Sage Creek”, which traded as “Synergy Project Management” when running the ice rinks, has been closed down. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2012/0405/1224314387603.html ON top of all that, it seems also that the organisers of the (not so great) Christmas Market at the Square in Tallaght, who ran the unsuccessful Fitzwilliam Square Christmas Market in 2010, also gave up.

That leaves two big (and one small) gaps in the Christmas events list! Do you want to organise a market for 2013? There is a need for it! ;-) Luckily the Docklands Christmas Market will take place again and there will also be events at Merrion Square this weekend and in Farmleigh House every weekend until Christmas. A different ice skating rink organiser at the RDS is running “I Skate” and Dun Laoghaire is running an impressive Christmas events programme.

Spar-Pest in Dame Street

The Spars and Centras in Dublin are even worse than the mobile phone shops and the pest/disease has claimed another life. Do you remember the Philips shop at the corner of Dame Street and George’s Street? It didn’t close too long ago. The building is really a very pretty building when you have a closer look and the shop had some impressive features. Guess who has moved in there? Yep! With regret I have to report that Spar, the blight of Dublin’s shop premises has taken it over now.

I know, some of you might say that it is better to have Spar in there than to have the place vacant and the rental for that location must be mad high so that it could have stayed empty for quite some time. I accept that point, but I wonder if Spar is helping if they are prepared to pay very high rents.

New Nightclub in Harcourt Street

On Fri 07 Dec at 23:00 a new nightclub, called Everleigh Garden, will open at 33 Harcourt Street and will compete with Copper Face Jacks and Krystle. The facebook page of the club went live only 9 days ago and they already have more than 2300 Likes. I have to admit that I am a little envious on that. The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) Facebook Page is currently still ahead with more than 11,100 Likes, but I can’t offer free launch party invites (“Like our page and we’ll invite you to the opening.”) to people that like the Dublin Event Guide page, so Everleigh will probably win. However, do the people that like a nightclub that hasn’t even opened the door realise that there is NO way that 2300 people will get an invite to the launch, but that instead everyone is invited?? Just wondering. ;-) www.facebook.com/everleigh.garden Interestingly, 70% of the nightclub will be outdoors with a “Mediterranean atmosphere”!! Ireland and outdoors? Nightclub noise levels and outdoors?

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Opportunities

I have some small technical problems with this section, so there will be a bit of a further delay, but the next company introductions will be here soon!

Exhibitions

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.

Better – Janet Williams

08-12 Dec – 12:00-18:00 (Tues-Sun)

Avenue Road Gallery, 30 Avenue Road, Portobello, Dublin 8

Janet Williams, Dublin based artist and photographer is inviting to her first solo exhibition. Two photo series make up the exhibition. The first series, Better City contains fifteen photo montages of Dublin city-scapes with surreal modifications made to them. The second series, Better Faces, is made up of of fifty portraits of people from Janet’s generation whom she feels are making things better for themselves and better for the society they live in.

There is participatory element to it: All visitors are invited to have their portraits taken on the opening night (07 Dec from 18:00) to be part of an optimistic group who are energized to make life better in this city. www.blackbirdboulevard.com/

Debbie Chapman – New Work at ‘Tamp & Stitch’

06 Dec – end of Dec

Tamp & Stitch, Unit 3, Scarlet Row, Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Boutique café gallery,‘Tamp & Stitch’ exhibits Debbie Chapman’s new body of work.

These paintings have been inspired by her recent period of time spent away from home. The often stark and brutal paintings suggest a gradual loss of identity and are informed by a hugely personal narrative. The opening event will take place on Thursday from 18:00-20:00 htp://www.facebook.com/events/133856533431916/

Trinity Exhibition

04-06 Dec

Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The Trinity Exhibition 2012 is the largest exhibition of its kind in Trinity College Dublin and attracts submissions from students and staff of all disciplines. This year, out of all the submissions, 28 works have been chosen to be displayed in Twisted Pepper.

Trinity Exhibition 2012 will be launched on Tues 04 Dec at 19:30 by renowned visual artist and photographer Kevin Abosch. Abosch is known for his ‘Faces’ series and also for his portraits of Stephen Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Aung San Suu Kyi, Seamus Heaney and Yoko Ono and others. www.facebook.com/TCDVisartsSociety

Saturday 03 Nov

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Mafia: Fiction and Reality

19:15, Sat 03 Nov

Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Room 2037, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

Antonio Nicaso will talk about “Mafia: Fiction and Reality”. He is an award-winning journalist, a bestselling author and an internationally recognized expert on organized crime. He has written 23 books and he is a regular consultant and lecturer to universities, governments and law-enforcement agencies around the world.

Admission is free and all are welcome. The talk will be in English. The event is organised by the Italian Department of the School of Languages, Literatures & Cultural Studies in TCD.

www.tcd.ie/Italian/

Friday 30 Nov

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Christmas Craft Fair

10:00 – 16:00, Fri 30 Nov

South County Dublin Library, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24

A Christmas Craft Fair at the County Library is takin gplace this weekend with over 35 stalls/tables.

Among others, the craft tables include: homemade ice-cream, fresh cakes, beauty products, on site manicures, patchwork, crochet & knitted items, pixie pots, woodturning, jewellery, framing, fresh flowers and hand painted glassware.

www.southdublinlibraries.ie/news/2012/11/christmas-craft-fair-county-library

The Ferocious Mingle Market

11:00 – 18:00, Fri 30 Nov

72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto), Dublin 8

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. It’s 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.

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.

www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 30 Nov

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Friday Night Game Social

18:00 – 20:00, Fri 30 Nov

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

A series of Friday-night GAME socials will take place in the Science Gallery with some old-school analogue games, plus a few new ones you’ve probably never heard of. Come along and learn new tricks with new friends in the Science Gallery cafe over some drinks or food, every Friday up to Christmas. This games at this Friday’s event will be:

Settlers of Catan, Carcassone, Forbidden Isle, Talisman, Munchkin Quest, 7 Wonders, Small World, Race for the Galaxy. And there will be some quick games like “Hey, That’s my fish!”, “Ark”, “Bang!” and “King of Tokyo”

Admission is free, but booking is recommended.

sciencegallery.com/events/2012/11/friday-night-game-social-analogue-games-spirit-adventure

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

19:30, Fri 30 Nov

4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3)

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)

A drop in class, with newcomers welcome.

www.sahajayoga.ie

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 30 Nov

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant, 19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant 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

Dublin City FM 20th Anniversary

19:30, Fri 30 Nov

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City FM is celebrating their birthday in the Mercantile and admission to the event is free. The line-up is The Young Folk, Saint John the Gambler, Roisin O and more. The Facebook Page asks for e-mails to request tickets, but it is a little late for that, so you might want to see if they have some space and let you in. Just be nice and accept it if you are not let in. ;-)

www.facebook.com/events/434496653265648/

Jazz at Cucina Restaurant

19:30 – 22:00, Fri 30 Nov

Cucina Italian Restaurant, Kings Court, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

A weekly Jazz gig takes place on Fridays and on Saturdays in the Italian Restaurant Cucina. Cucina has only 35 seats, so table bookings are advisable. This Friday: Declan Murray

www.cucinarestaurant.ie/

Jazz at the Radisson

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 30 Nov

Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2

A Jazz Session will take place in the in the Radisson Hotel. This Friday: KEvin Morrow Duo

Astronomy Ireland Telescope Nights

20:00, Fri 30 Nov

Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Park, Swords, Co Dublin

Astronomy Ireland’s weekly free telescope nights are beginning again, and will take place each Friday night at 20:00 if the weather permits. Check the website below for a weather forecast and to find out what you will be able to see at the telescope night. The focus will be on Jupiter and Moon.

astronomy.ie/scopenight.php

Hotclub of Dublin

21:00, Fri 30 Nov

Patriot’s Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

A Django Reinhardt-style band

patriotsinn.com/extcal/calendar.php#

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 30 Nov

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard provides regular live music. The upcoming gigs are: Fri 30 Nov: Eades & Redmond, Sat 01 Dec: Dead Ringer.

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

The Bionic Rats

21:00, Fri 30 Nov

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Friday in Sin É. Admission is free.

thebionicrats.bandcamp.com/

Saturday 01 Dec

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 01 Dec

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, has up to 200 cars/sellers. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line stop 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 their website.

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Deutschland für Anfänger / Germany for Beginners

09:00 – 17:00, Sat 01 Dec

County Hall, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

This is a exhibition for students learning German at schools and universities. The exhibition is structured around the 26 letters of the alphabet with each of them representing something typical from Germany. During the week the exhibition is available for students and there are only two public viewing dates, this Sat and again on 08 Dec.

www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en10142191v.htm

Dublin Food Co-op

09:30 – 16:30, Sat 01 Dec

Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

The Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday at Newmarket 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. The Co-op is also open on Thursdays 12:00-20:00.

www.dublinfood.coop

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 01 Dec

Honest2goodness, 136 Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

The weekly Honest2goodness food market in Glasnevin has fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, and wines. It 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

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 01 Dec

St. Andrews Resource Centre, 114 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

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

Christmas Craft Fair

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 01 Dec

South County Dublin Library, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24

A Christmas Craft Fair at the County Library is takin gplace this weekend with over 35 stalls/tables.

Among others, the craft tables include: homemade ice-cream, fresh cakes, beauty products, on site manicures, patchwork, crochet & knitted items, pixie pots, woodturning, jewellery, framing, fresh flowers and hand painted glassware.

www.southdublinlibraries.ie/news/2012/11/christmas-craft-fair-county-library

Christmas on the Square

10:00 – 18:00, Sat 01 Dec

Irish Architectural Archives, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

The Irish Architectural Archive will be the venue for the “Christmas on the Square” Pop-up market, which will be run for one day only. More than 25 stalls will sell gifts, seasonal treats and artisan food. Admission is free.

merrionsquare.ie/index.php/merrion-square-pop-up-shop/

Farmleigh House Christmas Events

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 01 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Farmleigh House is celebrating Christmas with a whole range of events at every weekend in December.

This Saturday the Food Market will take place from 10:00-17:00 and there is a Festive Crib. In addition there are Muppet Shows (12:00+13:45+15:30) and Storytelling events (12:45+14:30+16:15) for children and Carol Singing with the choir of the Alliance Francaise (13:30-15:30) and Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords (14:00-16:00) for the whole family.

Admission to all events is free.

www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,22813,en.html

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 01 Dec

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com/

Merchants Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 01 Dec

Merchants Yard, East Wall Road, Dublin 3

The Merchants Market on East Wall Road is a relatively new weekly market on Saturdays and Sundays with more than 80 stalls. There is everything from furniture and antiques to paintings and mirrors, electronics and hot food to bicycles and buns. Sounds interesting and I will check it out over the coming weeks. It is just a few minutes walk away from the Point Theatre/O2 (walk in the direction of the Port Tunnel). www.facebook.com/merchantsindoormarket

www.merchantsmarket.ie/

Mother Redcap’s Indoor Market

10:00 – 17:30, Sat 01 Dec

Unit 95, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

An indoor market in Coolock with over 40 traders with a wide range of goods and a café on site as well.

www.facebook.com/MotherRedcaps.Market

Temple Bar Food Market

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 01 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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.

www.templebar.ie

“My Favourites” – Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Sat 01 Dec

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher will run every Saturday. It will be an Alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

Meeting point is at the Spire. The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is recommended via egaldog@gmail.com or 085-2725095

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 01 Dec

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, and Sundays: 12:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Brent Pope – Book Signing

11:00, Sat 01 Dec

Dubray Books, 36 Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Brent Pope will be signing copies of his new autobiography “If You Really Knew Me” at Dubray Books. All are welcome.

www.dubraybooks.ie/news.asp?

Christ Church Christmas Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 01 Dec

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

The crypt of Christ Church will be the venue for the probably smallest Christmas market in Dublin again. But nevertheless there is something special about this market. It is a cool venue and if you have a few minutes, give it a go.There will be craft produce and presents and the crypt also has the Christ Church Cafe where you can warm up between your different Christmas Market visits. Admission is free. The Christmas market will take place on the four Saturdays before Christmas.

www.christchurchdublin.ie/News—Events/Christmas-Market-2012.htm

Dublin Art Book Fair

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 01 Dec

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has invited 30 of the most exciting publishers of art books from around the world to take part in the second edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair. The Fair will feature Irish and internationally based art book publishers, including publishers from Germany, Norway, UK, USA, Canada, Korea and Luxembourg.

The fair presents a chance for art book lovers to find unusual ‘zines, catalogues and artist books that are not normally found in Ireland. A special section of artists’ books will feature self-published texts, catalogues and projects including handmade books, alongside a programme of daily readings and talks by invited speakers and publishers.

www.templebargallery.com/gallery/exhibition/dublin-art-book-fair-2012

Jingle Bells 5k Run

11:00, Sat 01 Dec

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Like all runs, the Jingle Bell Run is not a free event, but it might be a spectacle that you want to watch. Expect 1,500 runners, many of them in Santa gear or with Santa hats.The race starts on Acres Road and finishes very near Chapelizod Gates. Start and Finish are very close to each other. There don’t seem to be any other events around the race. All sponsorship from this charity run goes to Debra Ireland.

There will be road closures in Phoenix Park between 10:00 and 12:30.

www.donoreharriers.com/home_nav_9.html

People’s Art Exhibition

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 01 Dec

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Five times this year the “People’s Art 2012″ exhibition will take place. It is an art exhibition on the rails/fence of St. Stephen’s Green. If you want to exhibit at one of the events in the future, check the website for cost and conditions. Visiting the People’s Art Exhibition is free. Specific start and end times are not defined, but exhibition space has to be occupied by 11:00, so 11:00 is the latest start time. The event runs from Friday until Sunday, but Sat+Sun will most likely be the main days. THis exhibition is the last for the year and is specifically targetting the Christmas customer. There will be all kinds or paintings and other “hangable” art for sale.

People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. A huge variety of art/paintings are displayed and if the weather is nice it is a great art-filled stroll around Stephen’s Green. Definitely recommended!

www.peoplesart.ie/

The Ferocious Mingle Market

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 01 Dec

72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto), Dublin 8

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. It’s 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.

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.

www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sat 01 Dec

Saint Martin’s Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate has fascinated generations of children from Dublin and all over Ireland and 50 years after it first began, it still draws the crowds. The Moving Crib is like an expanded Nativity Play going back to Adam and Eve and finishing after the crib scene with the young Jesus teaching the Doctors in the Temple. There are over 100 figures in the Crib arranged in 14 different tableaux. They cover various episodes of the Old and New Testament. The figures are about a metre high, moulded in papier-mache and dressed in miniature clothes. Concealed motors control the movements of the arms, head and legs. All figures, motors, clothing etc. come from a firm in Germany.

Four events take place each day, running for 30 minutes. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out yet when these four events take place. The opening hours are Weekdays: 14:00-18:00 and Weekends: 11:30-18:00 from 26 Nov-06 Jan. Admission is free.

www.stmartin.ie

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 01 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Christmas Market – Alliance Francaise

12:00 – 17:00, Sat 01 Dec

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The 5th French Christmas Market will take place at the Alliance Française this Saturday. Stands will be selling an array of Christmas presents: wine, chocolates, foie gras, biscuits from Brittany, Bûche de Noël – the traditional yule log, French delicatessen, jewellery, cosmetics, accessories, books, magazines and more. And the Alliance Francaise cafe “La Cocotte” will serve vin chaud and a special Christmas menu.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival – Fireworks

12:00, Sat 01 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival will run from Sat 01 Dec until 01 Jan. It starts on Saturday at 12:00 with the opening of “Santa’s Arctic Kingdom” in the Dun Laoghaire Shopping Centre. The Arctic Kingodm (EUR 10 per child – includes gift and photo) is an adventure trip for children from the South Pole to the North Pole to help Santa in his workshop.

At 17:15 the Christmas Festival will be launched officially on the Harbour Plaza (Santa will arrive on a Harley Davidson) and this will be followed by a Fireworks display. (no admission charge)

Other events over the next weeks: On 07 Dec a huge Ice Slide opens at the Harbour Plaza, on Sun 08 Dec Ice Sculptures will be carved live and on 13 Dec the Christmas Market opens. There will be numerous other events (FOUR fireworks display in total) and I will include them all here in the next few weeks when they happen!

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Festive Family Fun Day

12:00 – 16:00, Sat 01 Dec

Pembroke Cricket Club, Park Avenue, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Dublin 4 Educate Together have received confirmation that a new primary school will be provided by the Department of Education and they are inviting to a Family Fun Day to spread the word and to allow parents to pre-enrol their children and to learn about the campaign for a an opening day of September 2014.

At the Fun Day there will be Live Music, Kids Arts & Crafts, Santa, Creative Dance, Raffle, Food and Drink, Face Painting and you can buy your Christmas Tree there. Admission is free.

dublin4educatetogether.ie/

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 01 Dec

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

The weekly Ha’penny Flea Market is an indoor market in the Grand Social Pub, which offers vintage Men and Women’s clothing, contemporary crafts, books, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage and handmade jewellery, vintage hair styles, art, photography and much more. Dux & Co will offer food and the Grand Social’s Bar and Gourmet Coffee options are available.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/

Hungarian Cultural Festival

12:00 – 20:00, Sat 01 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A celebration of Hungarian Culture takes place in the Exchange Dublin on Saturday and Sunday.

Have a look at the detailed programme here www.facebook.com/events/190682557734689/

www.hungarianculturedays.com

Santa’s Arrival at Powerscourt Townhouse

12:00, Sat 01 Dec

Powerscourt Centre, 59 South William Street, Dublin 2

Santa will arrive at Powercourt Town House Centre and will move into his 18th century style workshop. You are invited to come to celebrate the opening and this celebration seems free. A visit to the workshop, however is not free (EUR 12) and the other Christmas related events for children in the Powerscourt Town House Centre are not free either. A number of choirs will make an appearance in the shopping centre over the next 24 days.

Only the choir performances 01 Dec: School choir and 08 Dec (14:00-16:00): Il Coro Italiano di Dublino seem to be free. There are a lot of other promises on the website, but no times seem to be available.

www.powerscourtcentre.ie/2012/11/powerscourt-townhouse-centre-welcomes-father-christmas-2/

Nobuko Imai + RTE Vanbrugh Quartet

12:30 – 14:00, Sat 01 Dec

Royal Irish Academy of Music, 38 Westland Row, Dublin 2

The Royal Irish Academy of Music invite to a Public Masterclass and workshop with Nobuko Imai and the RTÉ Vanbrugh Quartet. Admission is free and all are welcome.

www.riam.ie/workshop-with-nobuko-imai-and-the-rte-vanbrugh-quartet/

Santa’s City Centre Roadshow

12:30 – 14:30, Sat 01 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over the next two weekends, Santa and entourage will visit different parts of Dublin. There will be music, giant games, on-street entertainers, face painters and local businesses will be getting involved

Sat 01 Dec: North Earl St & Talbot St Area
Sun 02 Dec: Wolfe Tone Sq & Mary St Area
Sat 08 Dec: Chatham St Area
Sun 09 Dec: George’s Arcade area & Sth Anne St

www.dublinatchristmas.ie/events/santa-roadshow/

Junior/Intermediate Orchestras & Prelude Winds Concert

13:00, Sat 01 Dec

Gleeson Theatre, DIT Kevin Street, Kevin Street, Dublin 8

The DIT Conservatory’s Junior Ensembles Concert, featuring: Junior Strings, Intermediate Orchestra and Prelude Winds

www.dit.ie/conservatory/

Palestinian Film Festival

13:00 – 16:30, Sat 01 Dec

New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

To mark International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People (29 November), and to coincide with the ‘World Social Forum – Free Palestine’ in Brazil, the Progressive Film Club and the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign bring you a one-day Palestinian film festival.

Three films will be screened at 13:00, 14:30 and 15:05 and admission is free. The film titles and descriptions acan be found on the website below.

www.progressivefilmclub.ie/

Archive at Lunchtime – December – IFI

13:10, Sat 01 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings on three days every week in December.

The Double Bill on Saturdays is described here: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-dbl-bill-dec-2012/
The Monday/Wednesday programme is here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-1-dec-2012/ and here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog-2-dec-2012/

www.ifi.ie/

Creative Writing Hour

13:30, Sat 01 Dec

Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour 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

Castles and Catapults

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 01 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Join historian Caoimhe Leppard to learn how catapults were used to conquer castles and make your own mini catapult. Suitable for Ages 6+. Admission is free and no booking required.

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=3568

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama – Open Day

14:00 – 16:30, Sat 01 Dec

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, Chatham Row, Dublin 2

A Third Level Open Day will take place in the DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama. It will feature performances, demonstration lessons, information sessions and opportunities to meet students and ask questions.

www.dit.ie/conservatory

Eco Christmas Crafts

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 01 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

At the Children’s event “Eco Christmas Crafts” children can make Christmas Decorations from recycled bits and pieces (old card, paper, string and plant material from the garden). Admission is free, but advance booking is required via 01 857 0909.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Gloria Christmas Family Party

14:00, Sat 01 Dec

Rotunda Hospital, 1 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Gloria, Dublin’s LBGTQ choir, are holding their 2nd Children’s party following the success of the event last year. Parents, grandparents, uncles and aunties can bring their young ones to an informal gathering which will involve the choir singing a few songs, getting the young people involved and having a special visit from Santa Claus. You are asked to bring a wrapped gift for each child you are bringing along and Santa will hand it to them.

You are also invited to give time, refreshments, home baking or sponsorship if you can help out in any way. The Gloria website is currently down because the bandwidth limit has been exceeded. Seems to be a busy period! ;-) so I am linking to an alternative site

www.marriagequality.ie/events/2012/12/01/gloria-christmas-family-party/

CND: The Story of a Peace Movement

14:30, Sat 01 Dec

Ireland Institute, Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Dr. Kate Hudson CND General Secretary and author of ‘CND Now More than Ever: The Story of a Peace Movement’ will be for a public talk in the Ireland Institute. Kate Hudson was chair of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament from 2003 to September 2010 when she became General Secretary. She is a leading anti-nuclear and anti-war campaigner nationally and internationally.

Goblin Market: Book & Exhibition Launch

18:00 – 22:30, Sat 01 Dec

White Lady Art, 14 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Goblin Market is the first publication from White Lady Art Books, featuring work from 35 of Ireland’s finest New Contemporary artists. These artists are working and exhibiting in Ireland, and their artwork will be displayed in the White Lady Art gallery for two week from 01-15 Dec.

The Book & Exhibition launch will take place from 18:00 Admission is free. Bring your own beer.

www.facebook.com/events/381813395234376/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Sat 01 Dec

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant, 19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant 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

Jazz at Cucina Restaurant

19:30 – 22:00, Sat 01 Dec

Cucina Italian Restaurant, Kings Court, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

A weekly Jazz gig takes place on Fridays and on Saturdays in the Italian Restaurant Cucina. Cucina has only 35 seats, so table bookings are advisable. This Saturday: Kevin Morrow

www.cucinarestaurant.ie/

Saturday Night Live Jazz

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 01 Dec

KC Peaches (Wine Cave), 28/29 Nassau St., Dublin 2

This is a weekly Saturday night jazz event 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

Thought Fox

20:00 – 23:00, Sat 01 Dec

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

The Jazz Quintet “Thought Fox” will perform in the Grand Social to launch their debut CD. Admission is free.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/thought-fox

Faerylights & Faerytales

20:30 – 22:00, Sat 01 Dec

Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2

Singer Shaz Oye will be in the CFCP for a concert. Admission is free.

cfcp.ie/events/377

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 01 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard provides regular live music. The upcoming gigs are: Fri 30 Nov: Eades & Redmond, Sat 01 Dec: Dead Ringer.

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

The Ratzingers

22:30, Sat 01 Dec

Mint Bar, Westin Hotel, 35-39 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2

The Ratzingers, one of the best, if not THE best party, wedding and soul band I have ever heard, will be in Mint Bar for a free gig. If you like good music performed superbly, you will like this band!

www.facebook.com/events/247973165329810/

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Farmleigh House Christmas Events

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 02 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Farmleigh House is celebrating Christmas with a whole range of events at every weekend in December.

This Sunday the Food Market will take place from 10:00-17:00 and there is a Festive Crib. In addition there is “Mr Punch’s Christmas Carol” (12:00+13:45+15:30) and Storytelling events (12:45+14:30+16:15) for children and Carol Singing with the Portmarnock Singers (14:30-15:15) and Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords (12:00-16:00) for the whole family. Horse and Carriage Rides will take place between 13:00 and 16:00.

Admission to all events is free.

www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,22813,en.html

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 02 Dec

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com

Longmile Road Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 02 Dec

Wigoders, Long Mile Road, Dublin 12

The Long Mile Road Market behind Wigoders on Long Mile Road (across the road from Aldi) hosts more than 50 stalls and there is also a Cafe on site.

www.gumtree.ie/cp-events-gigs-nightlife-in-dublin/longmile-road-market-433320933

Merchants Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 02 Dec

Merchants Yard, East Wall Road, Dublin 3

The Merchants Market on East Wall Road is a relatively new weekly market on Saturdays and Sundays with more than 80 stalls. There is everything from furniture and antiques to paintings and mirrors, electronics and hot food to bicycles and buns. Sounds interesting and I will check it out over the coming weeks. It is just a few minutes walk away from the Point Theatre/O2 (walk in the direction of the Port Tunnel). www.facebook.com/merchantsindoormarket

www.merchantsmarket.ie/

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 02 Dec

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Every Sunday, the Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery takes place. Up to 200 artists exhibit their paintings on the railings on three sides (West, North and East) of Merrion Square and you can just enjoy the exhibition or even buy.

www.merrionsquareart.com/

Dublin Art Book Fair

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 02 Dec

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios has invited 30 of the most exciting publishers of art books from around the world to take part in the second edition of the Dublin Art Book Fair. The Fair will feature Irish and internationally based art book publishers, including publishers from Germany, Norway, UK, USA, Canada, Korea and Luxembourg.

The fair presents a chance for art book lovers to find unusual ‘zines, catalogues and artist books that are not normally found in Ireland. A special section of artists’ books will feature self-published texts, catalogues and projects including handmade books, alongside a programme of daily readings and talks by invited speakers and publishers.

www.templebargallery.com/gallery/exhibition/dublin-art-book-fair-2012

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 02 Dec

St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

The well known Palestrina Choir sing every Sunday at the mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. They sing complete masterworks by Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak, Palestrina, de Victoria, usually accompanied by Prof. Gerard Gillen on the organ, who often also plays a solo piece.

www.procathedral.ie/music/this-week

People’s Art Exhibition

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 02 Dec

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Five times this year the “People’s Art 2012″ exhibition will take place. It is an art exhibition on the rails/fence of St. Stephen’s Green. If you want to exhibit at one of the events in the future, check the website for cost and conditions. Visiting the People’s Art Exhibition is free. Specific start and end times are not defined, but exhibition space has to be occupied by 11:00, so 11:00 is the latest start time. The event runs from Friday until Sunday, but Sat+Sun will most likely be the main days. THis exhibition is the last for the year and is specifically targetting the Christmas customer. There will be all kinds or paintings and other “hangable” art for sale.

People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. A huge variety of art/paintings are displayed and if the weather is nice it is a great art-filled stroll around Stephen’s Green. Definitely recommended!

www.peoplesart.ie/

Pure Vintage Fair

11:00 – 17:30, Sun 02 Dec

Dublin Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

The next Pure Vintage Fair “A Vintage Christmas” will take place this week and it is what it says on the tin. A market/flea market for vintage items, which will take place on the first Sunday of every month. There will be vintage clothes, furniture, collectibles, jewellery and many more vintage items. Sounds interesting and with 30 stalls, it is well worth a visit. There will also be food, hot drinks and a DJ.

www.facebook.com/purevintagefair

The Ferocious Mingle Market

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 02 Dec

72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto), Dublin 8

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. It’s 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.

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.

www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sun 02 Dec

Saint Martin’s Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate has fascinated generations of children from Dublin and all over Ireland and 50 years after it first began, it still draws the crowds. The Moving Crib is like an expanded Nativity Play going back to Adam and Eve and finishing after the crib scene with the young Jesus teaching the Doctors in the Temple. There are over 100 figures in the Crib arranged in 14 different tableaux. They cover various episodes of the Old and New Testament. The figures are about a metre high, moulded in papier-mache and dressed in miniature clothes. Concealed motors control the movements of the arms, head and legs. All figures, motors, clothing etc. come from a firm in Germany.

Four events take place each day, running for 30 minutes. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out yet when these four events take place. The opening hours are Weekdays: 14:00-18:00 and Weekends: 11:30-18:00 from 26 Nov-06 Jan. Admission is free.

www.stmartin.ie

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 02 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 02 Dec

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Sundays: 12:00-17:30. Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Hungarian Cultural Festival

12:00 – 19:00, Sun 02 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A celebration of Hungarian Culture takes place in the Exchange Dublin on Saturday and Sunday.

Have a look at the detailed programme here www.facebook.com/events/190682557734689/

www.hungarianculturedays.com

Mother Redcap’s Indoor Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 02 Dec

Unit 95, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17

An indoor market in Coolock with over 40 traders with a wide range of goods and a café on site as well.

www.facebook.com/MotherRedcaps.Market

Sunday at Noon

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 02 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Sundays at Noon Concert Series is back after the summer break and takes place again in the 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 Peter Tuite, piano with the next installment of Haydn’s piano sonatas: The Complete Haydn Piano Sonatas Concert VI

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/735-sundaysnoon-complete-haydn-sonatas-vi

Christmas Market – Gaelscoil Lucan

13:00 – 18:00, Sun 02 Dec

Gaelscoil Eiscir Riada, Lucan

The Christmas Fair will have professional stall holders selling products including homemade cakes, jams and fudges and also flowers, bikes. For the kids there will be Santa, face painting and other fun stalls. There will also be a raffle with great prizes. Admission is free.

Christmas Open Day – National Museum

14:00 – 17:00, Sun 02 Dec

National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), 7 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Christmas starts at Collins Barracks with the Christmas Open Day on Sunday. Listen to carol-singing with Latvian choir Elve, make a Christmas candle, or take a Christmassy trail around the Museum.The deailed programme is at www.museum.ie/en/list/featuredevents.aspx

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=3571

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 02 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for one to two hours and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. There are some hugely talented people among them and it is a great idea to meet up with others who have the same hobby. Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. I know that the Dublin Sketchers often use the Dublin Event Guide to find interesting free events and I am delighted to be able to help!

www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 02 Dec

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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

Family Drawing Sundays

14:30 – 16:30, Sun 02 Dec

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

Come to the Family Drawing Sundays in the RHA. All children are welcome to use the RHA Art Cart, in the RHA Atrium. Admission is free. For further information, contact Ruth Carroll on 01 6612558 or via ruth@rhagallery.ie

www.rhagallery.ie/html/educate/educate_family.html

Casimir Dunin Markievicz – Talk & Song Recital

15:00, Sun 02 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Irish Polish Society invites to a celebration of Casimir Dunin Markievicz, husband to Countess Markievicz, on the 80th anniversary of his death. A lecture by Patrick Quigley, author of ‘The Polish Irishman – the life and times of Count Casimir Markievicz.’ and a song recital by Professor Maciej Smolenski who will sing Irish and Polish songs of the period with Rosemary Hill on piano will take place. Admission is free, but places are limited.

www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/705-irish-polish-society

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 02 Dec

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but every Sunday there is a free public tour for the next few weeks. 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

Sunday Sketching – Hugh Lane

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 02 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Bronze Horses”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended.

www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Christmas Carols – Dublin Welsh Male Choir

16:00, Sun 02 Dec

Adam and Eve’s Church, 4 Merchant’s Quay, Dublin 8

A Celebration of Christmas Carols & Readings with the Dublin Welsh Male Choir will take place. Admission is free.

www.mqi.ie

Jazz at 37 Dawson Street

16:00 – 18:30, Sun 02 Dec

37, 37 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

37 Dawson Street is still one of the newsest pubs in Dublin and for the month of December, they are adding a weekly vocal jazz gig to their Sunday attractions.
The upcoming gigs are 02 Dec: Cary Posavitz Quartet, 09 Dec: Karen Cowley Trio, 16 Dec: Clare Finegan Quartet, 23 Dec: Emilie Conway Quartet, 30 Dec: Anne Marie Williams Quartet.

www.37dawsonstreet.ie/

Saucy Sundays

16:00 – 22:00, Sun 02 Dec

Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

Saucy Sundays is a weekly free live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week’s line up is The Lazy Band, The Blood Red Mountain Band, The Prairie Dawgs, The Tim HartBand, Elder Roche, Herons, Enda Reilly, The Gospel Project and Mossy Nolan.

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

Christmas Karaoke with Dublin Simon Community

16:30 – 18:00, Sun 02 Dec

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Meeting House Square will be the venue for a Christmas Carol charity event for the Dublin Simon Community. Admission is free.

templebar.ie/EventsDetail/SimonChoir

Exchange Words – Scriptwriting Workshop

17:30 – 19:30, Sun 02 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

This is the next meeting of Exchange Words, a new scriptwriting (film and theatre) group. A safe space where writers and actors can come together to collaborate, create and have fun. It will feature drama games, writing discussion and script readthroughs. Writers can bring a few copies of script, 1-4 pages in length, for the actors to perform as part of the workshop. The workshop is free and open to all.

www.exchangedublin.ie/calendar

Big Smoke Writing Factory’s Winter Literary Café

18:00 – 21:00, Sun 02 Dec

La Catedral Studios, 7-11 St. Augustine Street, Dublin 8

Big Smoke Writing Factory’s Winter Literary Café with readings from the Big Smoke Students and guests, live music, mulled wine etc will take place this Sunday in the Back Loft in La Cathedral Studios.

www.bigsmokewritingfactory.com/

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 02 Dec

St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass invites to a Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, one of the best known choirs in Ireland will sing during the mass and everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness.

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

Latin Ireland

20:00 – 02:00, Sun 02 Dec

4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Every Sunday a band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes (from 18:00) are additional features. Admission is free.

www.4damelane.ie/

World Art and Music Club – Jazz

20:00 – 21:30, Sun 02 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A free performance by 12 year old jazz sax player Denny Stupakov.

www.exchangedublin.ie/ai1ec_event/world-art-and-music-club-studio-eire-jazz-set-strolling-in-dublin?instance_id=330810

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 02 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), 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 Paul Currie as the headliner with Kevin McGahern.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Forro de Lampiao – Brazilian Dance

21:00 – 02:30, Sun 02 Dec

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

Rogério from the Brazilian dance project “Forró de Lampião” in Dublin tells me: Forró de Lampião is Brazilian music that has the same roots as Samba and there is a whole culture that has developed around “forro”. Every Sunday, free dance classes take place in the Grand Social (new loation!) and if you are interested, just turn up one Sunday.

www.facebook.com/groups/forrodelampiaodublin/

Rhythm Rocker

21:00, Sun 02 Dec

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“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

Billy Treacy & The Ha’Penny Heads

21:30, Sun 02 Dec

Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Billy Treacy & The Ha’Penny Heads are playing Ballads, Folk, Trad and Classic Country every Sunday. Featuring Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle and Banjo.

www.billytreacy.com/

Sunday Roast

21:45 – 01:00, Sun 02 Dec

Mercantile, 28 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 Nella Dwyer, The Statics, Franko Franko, River City Public.

www.facebook.com/thesundayroast

Cool Hand Dukes

22:00, Sun 02 Dec

Porterhouse Central, 45-47 Nassau Street, Dublin 2

Every Sunday (except at Bank Holiday weekends), the Ragtime, Roots and Country Blues Band “Cool Hand Dukes” play in the Porterhouse near Grafton Street.

www.facebook.com/coolhand.dukes.1

Monday 03 Dec

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RDS Library Book Sale

10:00 – 17:00, Mon 03 Dec

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The 6th yearly RDS Library Book Sale will take place in the RDS Library from 03-07 December. The Library will be selling duplicate copies and out of date books. RDS Members have also donated books for the sale. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.

www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1100038

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 03 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

RDS Rising Stars Recital Series – Autumn 2012

13:00 – 14:00, Mon 03 Dec

RDS (Concert Hall), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The next Rising Stars Recital takes place on Monday, but the website doesn’t reveal yet who the rising star is. Admission is free.

www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099948

Archive at Lunchtime – December – IFI

13:10, Mon 03 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings on three days every week in December.

The Double Bill on Saturdays is described here: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-dbl-bill-dec-2012/
The Monday/Wednesday programme is here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-1-dec-2012/ and here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog-2-dec-2012/

www.ifi.ie/

First Monday Literary Reading

15:00 – 18:00, Mon 03 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

This regular open-mic literary event is held on the first Monday of every month and anyone can come along to read aloud one or more of your favourite pieces from literature at the event or you can even request that someone else reads your favourite piece, if you don’t want to. The literary pieces don’t have to be in English or in Irish. Recently an extract from Dante’s ‘Inferno’ was read in the original Italian and some piece from Lorca was first read in Spanish and then translated into English. Admission is free.

For further information contact Howard, who organises the event, on 085 2350530.

www.facebook.com/CINECAFE.PictureShow

Babylon Sisters – EP Launch

18:00 – 23:00, Mon 03 Dec

Wilde Venue, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Babylon Sisters are launching their new EP in the Wilde Venue. Lynn Hilary, Lisa Nolan and Rebecca Winckworth will showcase songs from musical legends such as Frank Sinatra, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, the Foo Fighters and Metallica. Doors will open at 18:00 and admission is free. The Babylon Sisters will perform from 21:00-23:00 www.babylonsisters.net/

www.facebook.com/BabylonSistersMusic

Sean Moncrieff – Book Launch

18:30, Mon 03 Dec

Hughes & Hughes, St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2

Sean Moncrieff, known to many through his Newstalk radio show “Moncrieff”, is launching his new book “Angel of the Streetlamps” about a economically devastated Ireland. Admission is free, but you need to download your invitation via the website below.

www.hughesandhughes.ie/content/book-launch-sean-moncrieff

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

19:00, Mon 03 Dec

Blakestown Community Resource Centre (next to Lidl), Blakestown Way, Dublin 15

Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Monday from 19:00 in Blakestown Community Resource Centre (next to Lidl).

This is a drop in class, with newcomers are welcome.

www.sahajayoga.ie

Irish Astronomical Society – Christmas Party

20:00, Mon 03 Dec

Gonzaga College, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

The Irish Astronomical Society is celebrating their Christmas Party and will show a video by the European Space Organisation (ESO) about its first 50 years. Admission is free and all are welcome.

www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Exchange Focus – Photography Workshop

20:30 – 23:00, Mon 03 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Exchange Focus is a collective photography group. They act as a forum and meeting point for Dublin photographers to share techniques and collaborate on projects and they regularly exhibit their work and run free workshops in all aspects of photography. The group meets every second week on Monday nights and is open to everyone. All levels of experience are catered for.

www.exchangedublin.ie/calendar

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 03 Dec

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 & Derek Ryan with support from Eve Darcy & Elaine Gallgher.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Rock & Reggae Night – Hangover Club

21:45 – 02:30, Mon 03 Dec

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

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RDS Library Book Sale

10:00 – 17:00, Tue 04 Dec

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The 6th yearly RDS Library Book Sale will take place in the RDS Library from 03-07 December. The Library will be selling duplicate copies and out of date books. RDS Members have also donated books for the sale. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.

www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1100038

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 04 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sackville Place Bombing Anniversary

11:30, Tue 04 Dec

Sackville Place, Dublin 1

The 40th Anniversary of the Dublin Bombings in Dec 1972 and Jan 1973 is on Tuesday and a wreath-laying ceremony to honour and remember the three bus men who were killed will take place in Sackville Place at the site of the pavement memorial: ‘A Fallen Bouquet’. The Lord Mayor of Dublin, the CEO of Dublin Bus, Justice for the Forgotten and family members will lay wreaths. The oration will be given by Mr. Jack O’Connor, General President of SIPTU.

The CIE Male Voice Choir and Ms Grace Bradshaw, grand-daughter of the late Tommy Duffy (killed on 1st December 1972) will provide the music. Everyone is welcome at this event.

www.indymedia.ie/article/102793

Royal Irish Academy of Music – Open Day

15:00 – 18:00, Tue 04 Dec

Royal Irish Academy of Music, 38 Westland Row, Dublin 2

A Third Level Open Day will take place in the RIAM. There will be musical performances, advice and tips from staff and students, in addition to a variety of consultation lessons.

www.riam.ie/third-level-open-day/

Irish Convict Life in Australia

16:00 – 17:00, Tue 04 Dec

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart is an expert on convict life in Australia. He will discuss the political and social significance of the life of the Irish Australian bushranger Ned Kelly executed in Melbourne in 1880. He will conclude by looking at the way in which Sidney Nolan and other Australians have chosen to interpret the Kelly legend.

Admission is free, but booking is required.

www.imma.ie/en/page_212715.htm

When Christians Were Jews

17:00, Tue 04 Dec

Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellows’ Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2

“When Christians Were Jews: The New Jewish Annotated New Testament and its Goal” is a talk in the Long Room Hub by Prof Paula Frederiksen. Admission is free and all are welcome.

www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/24594.html

DIT Choral Society/Opera Ensemble – Christmas Concert

18:00, Tue 04 Dec

Aughrim Street Parish Church (Holy Family), 34 Aughrim Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7

The DIT Choral Society and Opera Ensemble are inviting to their Christmas Concert which consits of two parts. The first part is Part I of Handel’s Messiah and the second part is American composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. It tells the story of a boy visited one night by three kings, on a long journey to visit the Christ child.

The concert will be performed twice. The first time on 04 Dec in Aughrim Street Church and the second time on 06 Dec in Rathmines Church. Admission is free.

www.dit.ie/conservatory/events/

Green Drinks Dublin

19:00, Tue 04 Dec

Messrs Maguire, 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) continues to bring you Dublin Green Drinks on the first Tuesday of every month in Messrs Maguire. Green Drinks is a monthly event in 711 cities around the world to bring people with an interest in green issues together.

This month hear about green, ethical, sustainable and wildlife friendly gifts and options for Christmas, and even have a chance to purchase some of the items. “Who says is aint easy being Green?”

Meet up on the top floor of Messrs Maguire. Doors open at 18:30 and the talk is at 19:00. Admission is free.

iwt.ie/events/

The Accused

19:00, Tue 04 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

“The Accused” will perform in the Front Bar of Whelan’s. Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/16431

Why don’t the people decide state policy?

19:00, Tue 04 Dec

Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

A public meeting of the People Convention (An Chomhdháil Phobail – The People’s Convention (CPPC)) will take place and the topic “Why don’t the people decide state policy?” will be discussed. The CPPC is of the opinion that every Irish citizen should be asked for their opinion about issues like the national budget and therefore they run this event on the evening before Budget Day.

The People Convention invites everybody “regardless of policy preferences, regardless of ideological differences, regardless of party allegiance” to come. Admission is free.

Imagine, if every decision of the parliament would first have to get checked with every citizen in Ireland. Could that work? I can see how that would work in a small organisation with maybe 100 members, but in a country with 4.8 mio people?

www.cppc.ie/

Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory – Film Screening

19:30, Tue 04 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Workman’s Club will screen the original Willy Wonka film and you are invited to this free event.

www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/11/09/the-workmans-den-presents-willy-wonka-and-the-chocolate-factory-041212/

Fracking: fact and friction

20:00, Tue 04 Dec

Room 4, Museum Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

A free lecture “Fracking: fact and friction” wiht David Chew will take place in TCD.

The Last Tycoons (open mic)

20:00, Tue 04 Dec

O’Donoghue’s, Suffolk Street, Dublin 2

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

Joan Shields Trio & Allison Sleator

20:30, Tue 04 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

Joan Shields Trio (Classic & Latin Jazz) & Allison Sleator (Folk and Contemporary) will perfrom in the Pizza Bus in the backyard of the Bernard Shaw Pub. Admission is free, but a donation of EUR 5 is suggested.

Plateau Sessions – Biggles Flys Again & Gillian Tuite

20:30, Tue 04 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Plateau Sessions is an open mic night that features acts from all over Ireland. This week’s guest acts are Biggles Flys Again and Gillian Tuite. Admission is free.

www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/11/26/the-plateau-sessions-with-biggles-flys-again-and-gillian-tuite-041212/

White Chocolate

23:30, Tue 04 Dec

The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 23:30 in The Mezz in Temple Bar.

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Budget Day

09:00, Wed 05 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Today is Budget Day, which means that the Irish Government will announce the budget for 2013. It won’t be pretty and we all can look forward to having less after the announcement. Some taxes will increase by midnight on Wednesday, so if you are a smoker, drink alcohol or drive a car, make sure that you either buy a supply in the days before Budget Day or immediately after the announcement. Other taxes and cost will increase only by 01 January so you have a few weeks to get ready for it.

The speeches in the Dail will start at 14:30 and there will be two speeches that outline everything. Around 16:00 all will be said and newspapers and websites will analyse the impact of all the changes.

Some websites to follow or to check for announcements and analysis are:
www.irishtimes.com/topics/budget-2013/
www.independent.ie/national-news/budget/
www.kpmg.ie/budget2013/overview/index.htm
www.deloitte.com/view/en_IE/ie/insights

First Wednesday – Free Entrance to OPW Sites

09:00, Wed 05 Dec

Various OPW locations in Dublin

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 this initiative is continuing on all First Wednesdays in 2012. Most sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will now be free every first Wednesday 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.heritageireland.ie/en/media/Free%20Wednesdays.pdf

Foot In The Door To Finance – Jobseeker event

09:30 – 13:30, Wed 05 Dec

National College of Ireland, IFSC, Mayor Street, Dublin 1

National College of Ireland has partnered with The Summit Finuas Network to hold this free event for jobseekers who wish to break into the world of financial services. The aim is to give practical help in the current employment market and provide advice and information about getting your “foot in the door”. Find all further details on the website and makes sure that you book your place as soon as possible. Admission is free, but booking is required.

www.ncirl.ie/Events/Foot_In_The_Door_To_Finance

RDS Library Book Sale

10:00 – 17:00, Wed 05 Dec

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The 6th yearly RDS Library Book Sale will take place in the RDS Library from 03-07 December. The Library will be selling duplicate copies and out of date books. RDS Members have also donated books for the sale. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.

www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1100038

Carol Bone – Christmas From the Garden

10:30 – 12:00, Wed 05 Dec

Powerscourt Garden, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

A Christmas decoration demo with floral artist Carol Bone is taking place in Powerscourt Gardens in Wicklow. Carol will create Christmas floral arrangements so that you can get some great ideas for your home and for Christmas gifts. Admission is free.

www.powerscourt.ie/events

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 05 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Archive at Lunchtime – December – IFI

13:10, Wed 05 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings on three days every week in December.

The Double Bill on Saturdays is described here: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-dbl-bill-dec-2012/
The Monday/Wednesday programme is here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-1-dec-2012/ and here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog-2-dec-2012/

www.ifi.ie/

Robert Dean Vocal Masterclass

13:30 – 17:30, Wed 05 Dec

DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, 163-67 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama International Masterclass Series will run a vocal masterclass with baritone and choral conductor Robert Dean.

www.dit.ie/conservatory

ecofilmfest

14:00, Wed 05 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The ecofilmfest is a Cine-Cafe film screening that focuses exclusively on environmental themes and consists of a selection of Irish short films.

www.facebook.com/CINECAFE.PictureShow

Cottage Gardens & Allotments in Ireland since 1750

15:00, Wed 05 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Jonathan Bell & Mervyn Watson will talk about “Rooted in the soil: Cottage Gardens & Allotments in Ireland since 1750”. In this lecture they will discuss the cultivation of vegetables and fruit and keeping of livestock in Irish cottage gardens and urban allotments since the mid-eighteenth century.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

The Cinema of Striking Back

16:00, Wed 05 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Dr. Harvey O’Brien, of the UCD School of English, Drama, and Film, and author of the new book Action Movies: The Cinema of Striking Back (Columbia University Press, 2012), will discuss the genre of action movies.

Admission is free, but tickets are required: Contact the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477 to book.

www.ifi.ie/film/afternoon-talk-the-cinema-of-striking-back/

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 05 Dec

Havana Tapas Bar, Georges St, Dublin 2

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

Barry Kennerk – Book Signing

18:00 – 20:00, Wed 05 Dec

Hughes & Hughes, Omni Park Shopping Centre, Santry, Dublin 9

A “Christmas Customer Evening” with 20% off on all books, toys, games and stationary is taking place in Hughes & Hughes in Santry.

Barry Kennerk will sign his book “Moore Street – The Story of Dublin’s Market District”.

www.hughesandhughes.ie/content/customer-evening-santry

Film Screening – Instituto Cervantes

18:00, Wed 05 Dec

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2

You are the one (Una historia de entonces) is the next José Luis Garci film that will be screened in the Instituto Cervantes. Admission is free. The film is in Spanish with English subtitles.

dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha85496_16_2.htm

Guitar Masterclass – Nicholas Goluses

18:00 – 21:00, Wed 05 Dec

Royal Irish Academy of Music, 38 Westland Row, Dublin 2

Nicholas Goluses will conduct a Guitar Masterclass in the Recital Room of the RIAM. Admission is free.

www.riam.ie/guitar-masterclass-with-nicholas-goluses/

Nuala Lyons – Book Launch

18:00 – 19:30, Wed 05 Dec

Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8

Nuala Lyons will launch her book “Movie Fan” in the Gutter Bookshop. Admission is free and all are welcome.

gutterbookshop.com/events.html

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 05 Dec

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesday.

www.hamletsweeney.com/events/

The Zodiac Sessions (open mic)

20:30, Wed 05 Dec

Bruxelles, Harry Street, Dublin 2

“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/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 05 Dec

Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru), 4 Prospect Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 11

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).

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Picture Clinic

10:00 – 12:00, Thu 06 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

Once a month National Gallery Curators appraise paintings, prints and drawings brought into the Gallery. No appointment is necessary and you can just turn up with your piece of art and get an estimate for it.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

RDS Library Book Sale

10:00 – 17:00, Thu 06 Dec

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The 6th yearly RDS Library Book Sale will take place in the RDS Library from 03-07 December. The Library will be selling duplicate copies and out of date books. RDS Members have also donated books for the sale. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.

www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1100038

The Ferocious Mingle Market

11:00 – 18:00, Thu 06 Dec

72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto), Dublin 8

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday AND Sunday. On Sunday it is a fancy dress market. It’s 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.

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.

www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 06 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Dublin Food Co-op

12:00 – 20:00, Thu 06 Dec

Dublin Food Co-op, Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Dublin Food Co-op is open every Thursday at Newmarket 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.
The Co-op is also opened on Saturdays 09:30 – 16:30. 12:00-20:00.

www.dublinfood.coop

Lunchtime Market

12:00 – 15:00, Thu 06 Dec

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00.

www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php

Christmas Fair – Print Museum

16:00 – 20:00, Thu 06 Dec

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

The mezzanine level of the Print Museum is turned into a Christmas Market with stalls selling crafts and gifts. There will also be a number of self-guided arts and crafts activities for families and the Gutenberg Cafe will be open.

The market will continue on Fri, Sat and Sun. Admission is free.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/

Carols by Candlelight: Words and Music for the Season of Advent

17:15, Thu 06 Dec

Trinity College Chapel, Trinity College, Dublin 2

The yearly service ‘Carols by Candlelight: Words and Music for the Season of Advent’ will be held in College Chapel on Thursday

www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/24571.html

Festive First Thursday

17:30 – 20:30, Thu 06 Dec

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The First Thursday is normally a monthly event when lots of galleries in and around Temple Bar stay open late on a Thursday night. In December the First Thursday gets a whole other dimension.

At 17:30 the Christmas Light sin Temple Bar’s Old City will be switched on and mulled wine and mince pies are available. A special outdoor projection by Melimage on to the Smock Alley Theatre building on West Essex Street in the Old City will be something to look at.

From 18:00 the normal First Thursday Programme will take place in 49 (!) galleries and the full programme of the Tour is described here: www.templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin

Then from 20:30 an outdoor film screening of Elf will take place. However this is a free, but ticketed event and all tickets are gone.

blog.templebar.ie/?p=6777

Damn Fine Dublin – Mega Screen-Print

18:00 – 23:30, Thu 06 Dec

Block T, 1/6 Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Brand new Damn Fine Print Studio is showcasing a mega screen-print spectacular featuring Dublin’s hottest artists and musicians. The exhibition, themed ‘Damn Fine Dublin’ will take place on 06 December at Block T, Smithfield, Dublin 7 to launch their new screen printing facility. It will be an affordable, accessible and creative print hub for people living and working in the City – a place to create, collaborate and learn.

There’ll be music from DJs, visuals from VJ Slip Draft and some beverages and nibbles. Admission is free.

The show will feature 30 hand-pulled screen prints inspired by the phrase ‘Damn Fine Dublin’ from artists including Jim Fitzpatrick, Chris Judge, Steve Simpson, Alan Clarke, Fergal Brennan, Mick Minogue, Alan Hynes, Ursula Celano, Brian Coldrick, Fuchsia Macare and many more.

www.damnfineprintstudio.com/

DIT Choral Society/Opera Ensemble – Christmas Concert

18:00, Thu 06 Dec

Rathmines Church, Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The DIT Choral Society and Opera Ensemble are inviting to their Christmas Concert which consits of two parts. The first part is Part I of Handel’s Messiah and the second part is American composer Gian Carlo Menotti’s one-act opera “Amahl and the Night Visitors”. It tells the story of a boy visited one night by three kings, on a long journey to visit the Christ child.

The concert will be performed twice. The first time on 04 Dec in Aughrim Street Church and the second time on 06 Dec in Rathmines Church. Admission is free.

www.dit.ie/conservatory/events/

Film Screening – Instituto Cervantes

18:00, Thu 06 Dec

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2

“Ninette” is the next film by Director José Luis Garci that will be screened in the Instituto Cervantes. Admission is free and film will be in Spanish with English subtitles.

dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha85497_16_2.htm

Meet the Sportswriters

19:15, Thu 06 Dec

dlr Leisure Services, Meadowbrook, Ballinteer, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

This free event is organised as part of the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Writer in Residence Programme. The event will be hosted by Katy Hayes, dlr County Council Writer in Residence 2012-2013, and will give the audience the opportunity to hear authors and journalists John Breen, Declan Lynch and Johnny Watterson read from their work and talk about their relationship with sport as writers.

Further information or to reserve your place, contact Ciara King on cking@dlrcoco.ie or on 01-271 9529.

www.dlrcoco.ie/library/sportswriters.pdf

Dublin Writers’ Forum

19:30, Thu 06 Dec

Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle 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.

www.facebook.com/DublinWritersForum

Toastmasters Meeting

19:30, Thu 06 Dec

Freemason’s Hall, 17 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

The Eblana Toastmasters are holding a joint Toastmasters meeting with the Dublin Club in the Freemasons Hall. Everyone is welcome in particular anyone interested in developing public speaking skills.

Dimestore Recordings presents

20:00, Thu 06 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

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, follow the link for the line up.

www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall

Sanctuary Gardens

20:00, Thu 06 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

“Sanctuary Gardens” by Patrick Quigley is a lecture in the Botanic Gardens. This talk looks at the need we have to create a garden, how it is a refuge, a place where we connect with the natural world with increasing emphasis on organic gardening and ecological balance.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

War, Media and WikiLeaks

20:00, Thu 06 Dec

Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

A public meeting about “War, Media and Wikileaks” is taking place on Thursday. Find all details about the event on the website below. Event Organisers are AfrI: Action from Ireland.

www.facebook.com/events/273178662805281/

Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys

21:00, Thu 06 Dec

Mercantile, 28 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

Max Zaska / Patrick Groenland

21:00, Thu 06 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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)

21:00, Thu 06 Dec

The Bridge Inn, 22 Temple Hill, Chapelizod, Dublin 20

“Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Thu 06 Dec

Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” play a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll.

www.frankryans.com

Banda Baque Sol

22:00, Thu 06 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Banda Baque Sol play every Thursday funl, soul and samba.

www.facebook.com/BaqueSoul

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RDS Library Book Sale

10:00 – 17:00, Fri 07 Dec

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The 6th yearly RDS Library Book Sale will take place in the RDS Library from 03-07 December. The Library will be selling duplicate copies and out of date books. RDS Members have also donated books for the sale. Admission is free and everybody is welcome.

www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1100038

Christmas Fair – Print Museum

11:00 – 16:00, Fri 07 Dec

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

The mezzanine level of the Print Museum is turned into a Christmas Market with stalls selling crafts and gifts. There will also be a number of self-guided arts and crafts activities for families and the Gutenberg Cafe will be open.

The market will continue on Sat and Sun. Admission is free.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/

Ice Slide Launch – Dun Laoghaire

11:00 – 19:00, Fri 07 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

A 60-metre ice slide is being set up in Dun Laoghaire for a fun experience for adults and children alike on Dún Laoghaire Harbour Plaza. There will be hot chocolate and crepe stalls, an inflatable village and carousel and children’s entertainment.

The ice slide is EUR 2 per go, but I expect that access to the Christmas Viallg around it is free.

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Docklands Christmas Festival

12:00 – 20:00, Fri 07 Dec

George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1

The Docklands Christmas Festival will start on Friday 07 Dec and will continue until 23 Dec. The Festival is in its 8th year and while it is the best and most “christmassy” market in Dublin it still could do with some significant improvements. Or at least that was the case in previous years. This year there will be improvements claim the organisers, so let’s see! And let’s hope that the ugly white plastic tents have been replaced with something that has more of a Christmas-feel.

80 traders are selling their goods and there will be stalls with food and mulled wine, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts etc. A carousel and “Vitorian fairground attractions” will also be there. The market is open until 20:00 on weekdays and until 22:00 on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission is free.

I love Christmas markets and am looking forward to the Docklands Christmas Market!

On Friday from 16:00-18:00 the Christmas Lighting celebration will take place and from Saturday 08 Dec, Santa will meet children every Sat+Sun from 12:00-19:00 for free.

www.dublindocklandschristmasfestival.ie/

Surrealism – Lunchtime Lecture

13:15, Fri 07 Dec

IMMA at National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2

Fiona Loughnane (Associate Lecturer, NCAD) discusses the legacy and lineage of Surrealism in the visual arts from forebearers such as artists Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel to the French Surrealist movement.

Admission is free, but booking is required.

www.imma.ie/en/page_212708.htm

Socialists grappling with the Shoah

13:30, Fri 07 Dec

Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellows’ Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2

The next lecture in the Hertzog Centre Jewish Studies Lecture Seriesis Dr Lars Fischer who will talk about “Socialists grappling with the Shoah: Early Post-War Responses”.

www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

Greek Folk Dance

18:00 – 20:00, Fri 07 Dec

Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A free Greek Folk Dance class open to all. Contact Katerini Papathanasiou on papath.kat@gmail.com

www.exchangedublin.ie/calendar

Bernard Shaw Christmas Exhibition

18:30, Fri 07 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

The Sixth Bernard Shaw Xmas Exhibition featuring a host of Irish artists, designers, photographers and creatives will launch on Fri with a drinks reception and music from ‘Orlando & Cait’.

www.bodytonicmusic.com/thebernardshaw/xmas-exhibition-2012/

Jazz at the Radisson

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 07 Dec

Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2

A Jazz Session will take place in the in the Radisson Hotel.

Astronomy Ireland Telescope Nights

20:00, Fri 07 Dec

Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Park, Swords, Co Dublin

Astronomy Ireland’s weekly free telescope nights are beginning again, and will take place each Friday night at 20:00 if the weather permits. Check the website below for a weather forecast and to find out what you will be able to see at the telescope night. The focus will be on Jupiter and Moon.

astronomy.ie/scopenight.php

Gravity and the Cosmos

20:00, Fri 07 Dec

MacNeill Lecture Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2

“From Here To Infinity: Gravity and the Cosmos” by Prof Lord Martin J. Rees is the 11th John Lighton Synge Public Lecture in TCD.

www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/24598.html

Events Coming Up

Farmleigh Writer In Residence

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Writer in Residence at Farmleigh this Autumn will be Dublin-born novelist, broadcaster and playwright Joseph O’Connor. He will be organising and participating in a series of events at Farmleigh, including an evening of live music and readings and a workshop for writers. He is the author of the novels ‘Star of the Sea’, and ‘Ghost Light’, and his stage version of Daphne Du Maurier’s novel ‘My Cousin Rachel’ recently played at Dublin’s Gate Theatre.

The upcoming event is
+ Thurs 13 Dec -19:30: Words and Music of Hope for Christmas: Jospeh O’Connor and Friends.
In this uplifting and special evening of poetry, storytelling, prose and live music for the season of hope, writer in residence, Joseph O’Connor, is joined on stage by a range of musical guests, including Philip King, Scullion, Eimear Quinn and Ciara Sidine. Admission is free, but early booking is strongly advised. Send a mail to farmleighinfo@opw.ie with the subject “Thursday December 13th event”
www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,18587,en.html

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