Dublin Event Guide 289: New Year’s Eve Festival, Fireworks, Big Brunch in Temple Bar

December 28th, 2012
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 289 | 28 December 2012

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Hi all!

I hope you had a great Christmas, got either lots or just the right amount of presents and had a good time with family, friends or other loved ones. Having been in Germany to visit my parents in the run up to Christmas, I stayed in Dublin and had a great time. Thanks for the nice Christmas wishes from many of you and thanks also for the wonderful Christmas presents I got from some of you! (Thanks Emma L, Caroline M + Guy T and a yet unknown donor!)

Today’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) is a good bit shorter than usually, but that is no surprise. Between Christmas and New Year not much is happening and many Regular events will not take place. However, there are a number of events and it would be a pity not to tell you about them, so unlike most websites and other event listing publications, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) is there to help you! :-)

Last week I mentioned that Tourism Ireland should warn tourists about the fact that Ireland virtually closes down on Christmas Day and I was amazed how many tourists were in the City Centre with map in hand and nowhere to go on 25 Dec. In most (all??) other European countries the 25 Dec is a normal day with restaurants open as normal. Only in Ireland, the UK and the US it seems that you are LUCKY if a shop is open and if you as a tourist can find some food somewhere. Tourism Ireland, I think you neglect your duty of care!!!

Now to the money again:
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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.

If you are receiving and reading the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) for more than a year already, then you will know that I don’t beleive in New Year’s Resolutions, but ver ymuch believe in Goal Setting. I will focus a little more next week on that here. This week just a reminder:

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” –Eleanor Roosevelt

…and then a challenge for you for the next few days. Dream big! Dream beautiful! And write down your dreams! More about the next steps to realise the dreams, next week!

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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.

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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

There is not toooo much to choose from, but keep in mind that the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival is still running until 01 Jan and that it will finish with a massive Fireworks. On the same evening there is a Fireworks at St. Stephen’s Green at 20:00, but expect the whole area to be totally swamped with people. If you are looking for a very much out of the ordinary NYE party, have a look at the Little Green Gallery NYE event!

And finally I can recommend the Big Brunch at Meeting House Square on New Year’s Day if you either like dancing or like watching dancing OR like listening to music (Electric Ceili and Swing/Charleston etc).

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Dublin Castle closed until July

Because of Ireland’s EU presidency, Dublin Castle will be completely closed to visitor tours from January until the end of June. Warn your visiting friends so that they won’t be disappointed. The website doesn’t confirm that yet, but the notification will go up there in the next few days. As it happens so often, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) tells you first! ;-) www.dublincastle.ie/

At times the entrance gate to the Castle grounds will be closed as well and if you want to get to the Chester Beatty Library during that time you have to take the long walk and get there through the access route behind Dublin Castle. The Chester Beatty Library has a map on their website that shows the alternative access routes. www.cbl.ie/

Farmleigh House closed until July 2013

Farmleigh House announces that the house will be closed from January until June 2013 “due to official Government and State business associated with the EU Presidency.” The building, which serves as the government’s B&B, is normally open for (free) tours if there are no official visitors booked in. But for the full six months of the Irish EU Presidency it will be closed now. The grounds of Farmleigh estate, the gardens, gallery and Boathouse Cafe will be open as normal.

Farmleigh Estate is at the north-western end of Pheonix Park and was bought by the Irish Government from the Guinness family in 1999. The Office of Public Works (OPW) looks after the estate and the house and they regularly run very well-organised and interesting free events there to use the house/estate when it is not needed for official business.

If you always wanted to visit Farmleigh House, you have to be a little patient as you will have to wait until after June. But in the meantime you can have a look at a few pictures at www.farmleigh.ie/TourofFarmleigh/

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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.

Paddy Campbell – Wax figures: Once upon a Thumb

until 06 Jan

Bewley’s, Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Again this year, Paddy Campbell is exhibiting his wax figure creations in Bewley’s in Grafton Street. The exhibition entitled “Once Upon a Thumb” features Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs as well as six other scenarios, comprising of over 100 wax figures made in Paddy’s studio in Florence, Italy. Entrance is free with all donations and funds raised going directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. www.dublinatchristmas.ie/events/artist-paddy-campbell-at-bewleys-end-of-nov-6-jan/

Thursday 06 Dec

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First Thursday Dublin

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 06 Dec

Temple Bar

Inspired by First Thursdays carried out in London, First Thursdays Dublin is the name given to cultural spaces opening their doors after hours and offering an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues from 18:00-20:00 on the first Thursday of every month. In the meantime 47 galleries and venue are taking part and it is getting bigger and bigger. It is like a Culture Night for Galleries! ;-)

templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin

Friday 28 Dec

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Regular Events might NOT take place

08:59, Fri 28 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and at least until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will not or might not take place, so to be sure, please check before you go to one of the regular events.

Archaeology for Everyone

11:00 – 13:00, Fri 28 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

“Can You Dig it?” is the title title of an event in the National Museum in Kildare Street: Become an archaeologist for the day and see what it feels like to discover some exciting artefacts.

Admission is free and bo booking is required. The event is suitable for all ages, but there might be a bit of a closer focus on younger ages.

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=3592

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Fri 28 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival will continue until 19:00 on 01 Jan.

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up the Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar). There is a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

And there is also a 60m Ice Slide on Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plaza open until 01 Jan from 11:00-19:00 every day. You can watch the spectacle for free and/or you can slide down yourself for EUR 2 (for 3 slides).

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival-2012/

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Fri 28 Dec

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

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade (Market and Arcade) 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 on site and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ferocious-Mingle-Marcade/232446616822953

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Fri 28 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, Fri 28 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

The Science of Sleep – Natural History Museum

14:00 – 16:00, Fri 28 Dec

National Museum, Merrion Street (Natural History), Dublin 2

At the Winter Inspectorium: The Science of Sleep you will learn more about hibernation and why animals choose to sleep the winter away. Then you can make your own hibernation den.

Admission is free and no booking is required. The event is suitable for all ages.

This event is listed here www.culturefox.ie/event/winter-inspectorium-the-science-of-sleep/13804.aspx but not on the Museum’s website here www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx So you better check if it is taking place or not. Ring 01-6777444.

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

19:30, Fri 28 Dec

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 28 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

Astronomy Ireland Telescope Nights

20:00, Fri 28 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

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 28 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard provides regular live music. The upcoming gigs are: Fri 28 Dec: Tow the Line, Sat 29 Dec: Who’s Eddie, Mon 31 Dec: Dead Ringer

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

The Bionic Rats

21:00, Fri 28 Dec

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 29 Dec

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08:59, Sat 29 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and at least until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will not or might not take place, so to be sure, please check before you go to one of the regular events.

Dublin Food Co-op

09:30 – 16:30, Sat 29 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 29 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 29 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

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 29 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 29 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 29 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 29 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

Ultimate Frisbee Charity Tournament

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 29 Dec

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

The Ultimate Frisbee Charity Hat Tournament willt ake for the 5th time this year. It is a charity event of the Ultimate Frisbee community where they play Ultimate Frisbee and do some Frisbee Skills Challenges on Saturday. Participation is not free and is only for Ultimate Frisbee Players, but Ultimate Frisbee is an interesting sport to watch and maybe that is something for you. Ultimate Frisbee is a frisbee team sport with 7 members per team, who pass the frisbee to achieve goals. Find out more here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_%28sport%29 The Facebook Event Page for the event on Sunday is here www.facebook.com/events/171216343024190 and the webpage with some more information is at www.charityhat2012.wordpress.com/

www.charityhat2012.wordpress.com/

“My Favourites” – Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Sat 29 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 29 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/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Sat 29 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival will continue until 19:00 on 01 Jan.

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up the Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar). There is a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

And there is also a 60m Ice Slide on Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plaza open until 01 Jan from 11:00-19:00 every day. You can watch the spectacle for free and/or you can slide down yourself for EUR 2 (for 3 slides).

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival-2012/

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 29 Dec

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

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade (Market and Arcade) 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 on site and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ferocious-Mingle-Marcade/232446616822953

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sat 29 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 29 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

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 29 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/

Sun Show

13:00, Sat 29 Dec

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

Astronomy Ireland are continuing their weekly Sun Shows at the Astronomy Ireland Shop in Swords. Each Saturday, the staff of the Astronomy Ireland Shop will be showing you amazing views of our nearest star. Using special filters and some of the largest telescopes in Ireland you will get to see sunspots bigger than Earth and huge solar flare bursting from our nearest star. If it’s cloudy, there will be a telescope demonstration and you will find out how you can safely observe the Sun and undertake some daytime astronomy using your own telescope.

astronomy.ie/sunwatch2011.php

Archive at Lunchtime – December – IFI

13:10, Sat 29 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/

Polar Antics – Family Tour

15:00 – 16:00, Sat 29 Dec

National Museum, Merrion Street (Natural History), Dublin 2

Find out how animals in polar regions survive the cold, like the Arctic Fox who can survive temperatures of -50 degrees at this free Family Tour. No booking required.

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=3594

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Sat 29 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

Saturday Night Live Jazz

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 29 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

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 29 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard provides regular live music. The upcoming gigs are: Fri 28 Dec: Tow the Line, Sat 29 Dec: Who’s Eddie, Mon 31 Dec: Dead Ringer

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Sunday 30 Dec

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Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and at least until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will not or might not take place, so to be sure, please check before you go to one of the regular events.

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 30 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 30 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 30 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 30 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/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 30 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival will continue until 19:00 on 01 Jan.

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up the Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar). There is a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

And there is also a 60m Ice Slide on Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plaza open until 01 Jan from 11:00-19:00 every day. You can watch the spectacle for free and/or you can slide down yourself for EUR 2 (for 3 slides).

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival-2012/

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 30 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

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 30 Dec

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

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade (Market and Arcade) 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 on site and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ferocious-Mingle-Marcade/232446616822953

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sun 30 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 30 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 30 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/

Mother Redcap’s Indoor Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 30 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 – …on a break

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 30 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Sundays at Noon Concert Series is a series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June, but are currently on a Christmas Break until 20 Jan.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/798-christmas-break

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 30 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 30 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 30 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

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 30 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

Jazz at 37 Dawson Street

16:00 – 18:30, Sun 30 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 gig is 30 Dec: Anne Marie Williams Quartet.

www.37dawsonstreet.ie/

Long John Jump Band

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 30 Dec

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The wedding and party band The Long John Jump Band play every Sunday evening in Café en Seine. Admission is free.

www.longjohnjumpband.com/

Latin Ireland

20:00 – 02:00, Sun 30 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/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 30 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 George Fox (Headliner) with Aideen McQueen, Eric Shantz and Tom O’Mahony.

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

Forro de Lampiao – Brazilian Dance

21:00 – 02:30, Sun 30 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 30 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 30 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

21:30, Sun 30 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 Tom Shaner (New York), Mr Sands, Sample Answer, Let’s Set Sail, Last Second Magic.

www.facebook.com/thesundayroast

Cool Hand Dukes

22:00, Sun 30 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 31 Dec

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Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and at least until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will not or might not take place, so to be sure, please check before you go to one of the regular events.

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Mon 31 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival will continue until 19:00 on 01 Jan.

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up the Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar). There is a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

And there is also a 60m Ice Slide on Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plaza open until 01 Jan from 11:00-19:00 every day. You can watch the spectacle for free and/or you can slide down yourself for EUR 2 (for 3 slides).

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival-2012/

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Mon 31 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, Mon 31 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, Mon 31 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/

Family Fireworks – Dun Laoghaire

18:00, Mon 31 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

A huge fireworks display will take place at midnight on New Year’s Eve and there is more information a bit further down about it.

However, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Events hasn’t forgotten about the younger ones and is pulling out all stops. Extra for the kids a Family Fireworks will take place at 18:00.

www.dlrevents.ie/nye.html

Little Green Gallery NYE Party

18:00 – 01:00, Mon 31 Dec

Little Green Gallery Cafe & Bar, 13 High Street, Dublin 8

The Little Green Gallery is inviting to two interesting events. The first one is free and takes place in the Little Green Gallery Cafe & Bar. It is a a Woodstock-like 60s Summer Festival from 18:00-01:00. The Little Green will be transformed from a Café/Gallery, Bar into a charming Woodstock like festival site equipped with Tee Pee’s, Bunting, Fairy Lights & all things beautifully retro and festival like. And you are expected to transform yourself from your 2012 self to your 1960s self (60s dress is essential!).

But it doesn’t stop there. After 01:00 the party will move to a secret location somewhere in the City Centre (Admission: EUR 20) where it continues until 06:00 in the morning with more Soul, Northern Soul, Funk, Rock N’ Roll & Motown.

I won’t be able to go myself, but it sounds like a cool event and I expect that it will be extremely popular, so you better check the details on how to reserve tickets on the Facebook page below.

www.facebook.com/pages/Little-green-street-gallery/205343356172814

New Years Eve Festival

18:00, Mon 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The New Years Eve Festival this year is the opening to the infamous Gathering (More about the scam the Gathering is and also about the many surprisingly positive sides of it in the next few weeks in one of the upcoming Dublin Event Guides.) for this reason Dublin City is having a slightly bigger NYE Festival than last year.

The festival consists of the main event, the New Year’s Eve Count Down Concert, a Fireworks Spectacular at St. Stephen’s Green at 20:00 and the People’s Procession of Light at 18:30.

Count Down Concert:
Last year a concert took place at College Green for the first time. The concert featured a range or performers and the ticket price was low-ish (EUR 10). This year only two main acts (Bell X1 and Imelday May) and supporting act “Ham Sandwich” will perform and the tickets for the concert are a much less reasonable EUR 20 (+ booking fee). The concert will run from 20:30-01:00 and there will be some pyrotechnics (no fireworks in the usual sense). It seems that there are still tickets available on www.nyedublin.ie/festival-schedule/countdown-concert but make sure you have bought tickets before you go! There will be a bar/food service in the concert area, but be aware that your bags are most likely searched on the way in.

Fireworks:
The Big Bang Fireworks Spectacular (from 20:00) over St Stephen’s Green is a free, family friendly event and everyone, young and old is invited to come along. This is the first time ever for a fireworks display to be held in Dublin’s historic Georgian Centre. Streets on the four sides of St. Stephen’s Green will be closed off to traffic for the duration of the fireworks display and you can expect a massive amount of people and some seriously overwhelmed security staff/stewards. Make sure that you come early if you want to get close to St. Stephen’s Green. Leave the car at home if possible or keep it far away from St. Stephen’s Green and College Green.

Procession of Light:
The People’s Procession of Light will start the NYE Festival at 18:30. It will begin at College Green and will take its route to St. Stephen’s Green and participants are asked to bring lanterns and LED lights (proper torches are not allowed). The procession is meant to remind us of the traditional Irish torch-lit (with real torches) processions through the centuries and it is a free family-friiendly event. Registration to this event is required and has to happen between 12:00 and 18:00 on 31 Dec, however it seems that the pre-registration is closed and no other participants will be allowed.

www.nyedublin.ie/festival-schedule

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

19:00, Mon 31 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

Howl at the Moon NYE Party

20:00, Mon 31 Dec

Howl at the Moon, 7 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2

Many pubs/clubs are charging an admission charge on New Year’s Eve even if they are usually free. One perfect example is Cafe en Seine who unexpectedly charge EUR 10.

I don’t have a list of all pubs/clubs that describes their NYE policy, but I did come across a few that do not charge and Howl at the Moon is one of them. Doors open at 20:00 and admission is free until 22:00. After 22:00 the admission charge is EUR 10. And even when you get in for free, you will get a complimentary champagne cocktail.

dublintown.ie/whatson/new-years-eve-at-howl-at-the-moon/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 31 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. Because this is New Year’s Eve, I have doubts that the Comedy Crunch will take place on Monday. Check the Facebook Page to find out!

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

Mercantile NYE Party with Gypsy Rebel Rabble

21:00, Mon 31 Dec

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Gypsy Rebel Rabble will perform a free gig in the Mercantile on New Year’s Eve. No tickets are required, but you can imagine that it will be very busy (especially because the Dublin NYE Festival takes place just outside the Mercantile) so if you want to get in, you better go early.

www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

Rock & Reggae Night – Hangover Club

21:45 – 02:30, Mon 31 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

New Year’s Eve Fireworks – Dun Laoghaire

23:59, Mon 31 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

For the first time ever, a Fireworks display will be shown on New Year’s Eve at midnight in Dun Laoghaire. Over two tonnes of fireworks will be launched from the East Pier. The display will be visible from many areas in Dun Laoghaire and even from further away along Dublin Bay. But the best viewing will be at Newtownsmith Green between Dun Laoghaire Pier and Sandycove.

If the New Year’s Eve Fireworks is too late for your children, there will even be a Family Fireworks at 18:00 on the same day.

Admission to both Fireworks Displays is free.

www.dlrevents.ie/nye.html

Tuesday 01 Jan

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08:59, Tue 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and at least until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will not or might not take place, so to be sure, please check before you go to one of the regular events.

Big Brunch – Temple Bar

11:00 – 17:00, Tue 01 Jan

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The first day of the new year will be filled with entertainment for children AND adults at Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. From 11:00 the children entertainment zone will provide face painting, games, puppet and magic shows and an all singing all dancing children’s disco.

An Electric Ceili on the outdoor stage will follow from 13:00. Audience participation is encouraged and you will be able to learn some Irish dancing. From 15:00 a Vintage Tea Dance with Swing, Charleston and Twist will take place and again you can participate or just watch.

I was at the Big Brunch a year ago and it was a great afternoon. Dancing is not my biggest strength and to avoid injuring any bystanders or participants, I decided to stick to the watching, but especially the Swing/Charleston segment from 15:00, was great fun. ;-)

www.templebar.ie/Event/MHS_The_Big_Brunch

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Tue 01 Jan

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival will continue until 19:00 on 01 Jan.

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up the Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar). There is a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

And there is also a 60m Ice Slide on Dun Laoghaire Harbour Plaza open until 01 Jan from 11:00-19:00 every day. You can watch the spectacle for free and/or you can slide down yourself for EUR 2 (for 3 slides).

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival-2012/

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Tue 01 Jan

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, Tue 01 Jan

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

The Last Tycoons (open mic)

20:00, Tue 01 Jan

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

The Grand Folk Club

21:00, Tue 01 Jan

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

The weekly “Grand Folk Club” will feature Trad, Ballads, Americana, Folk, World Music & More. There is a high probability that the Grand Folk Club will NOT take place this Tuesday, despite the fact that the Grand Social website seems to claim that it will take plac.e. To be sure, check the facebook page below. Admission is always free.

www.facebook.com/TheGrandFolkClub

White Chocolate

23:30, Tue 01 Jan

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.

Wednesday 02 Jan

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08:59, Wed 02 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and at least until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will not or might not take place, so to be sure, please check before you go to one of the regular events.

First Wednesday – Free Entrance to OPW Sites

09:00, Wed 02 Jan

Various OPW locations in Dublin

Entry charges at nearly all OPW sites are waived once a month. The Office of Public Works (OPW) launched that initiative in 2011 to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages and continued it on all First Wednesdays in 2012. It seems that it will also continue in 2013.

Most sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee are 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 (the Casino is usually closed during the Winter months)
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments (this site is closed until July 2013!)
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow

www.heritageireland.ie/en/media/Free%20Wednesdays.pdf

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Wed 02 Jan

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, Wed 02 Jan

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 – January – IFI

13:10, Wed 02 Jan

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-double-bill-jan-2013/
The Monday/Wednesday programme is here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-1-jan-2013/ and here www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-2-jan-2013/

www.ifi.ie/

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 02 Jan

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

Kory Quinn

20:00, Wed 02 Jan

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Folk and Roots-based singer songwriter Kory Quinn from Portland, Oregon will perform in the Front Bar. Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/16830

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 02 Jan

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 02 Jan

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/

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Wed 02 Jan

Gypsy Rose Blues & Rock Bar, 5 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Bad Boy Jake are every Wednesday in the Gypsy Rose Rock & Blues Bar playing their rock, blues and American.

www.dublinsessions.ie/gypsy.html

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 02 Jan

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).

Thursday 03 Jan

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Regular Events might NOT take place

08:59, Thu 03 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and at least until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will not or might not take place, so to be sure, please check before you go to one of the regular events.

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Thu 03 Jan

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

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade (Market and Arcade) 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 on site and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ferocious-Mingle-Marcade/232446616822953

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Thu 03 Jan

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, Thu 03 Jan

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 03 Jan

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 03 Jan

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

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

www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php

Dublin Writers’ Forum

19:30, Thu 03 Jan

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

Dimestore Recordings presents

20:00, Thu 03 Jan

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

Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys

21:00, Thu 03 Jan

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 03 Jan

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 03 Jan

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 03 Jan

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 03 Jan

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

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

www.facebook.com/BaqueSoul

Friday 04 Jan

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Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Fri 04 Jan

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

Events Coming Up

Dublin Mountain Partnership – Guided Walks

The Dublin Mountain Partnership runs guided walks in the Dublin mountains every month. They are at times quite strenous and only for very experienced walkers, but some other walks have only a moderate degree of diffculty. For all walks you have to pre-register on the Friday before the walk this doesn’t fit perfectly into the publishing schedule of the Dublin Event Guide, so I am only listing their walks in this section. The next walks are on 27 Dec (15km, 5hrs, Strenuous) and on New Year’s Day (01 Jan) (12km, 3.5 hrs, moderate). Find all information at www.dublinmountains.ie/news/upcoming_events/?no_cache=1 and remember that you will have to pre-book well in advance!

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This is it for 2012! You will get the next Dublin Event Guide next year ;-)

I will continue to tell you about all the free events that take place in Greater Dublin and I expect it will be a busy year. I am not sure if the Gathering will have any impact on the number or quality of events, but in the last 5.5 years we didn’t need a Gathering to keep ourselves busy will all the free events, so it doesn’t matter either way. :-)

All that remains is to wish you a good start of the new year and a Very Very Happy 2013. If you want to contact me with your suggestions for the Dublin Event Guide in 2013, just send me a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com

Have an event-full weekend and start of 2013,

–Joerg

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