Dublin Event Guide 288: Christmas, Christmas Markets, Father Ted Day

December 21st, 2012
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 288 | 21 December 2012

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Hi all!

Only a few more sleeps until Christmas! The events are fizzling out now the closer we get to Christmas, so this Dublin Event Guide will be a little “thinner” than at other times. There is always something happening in Dublin and many many things are free as you know if you are a regular Dublin Event Guide Reader. But Christmas Day is a total exception. It is impossible to find a restaurant that is open on Christmas Day and only in recent years some Spar/Centra-type shops open if they have employees that are not to pushed about Christmas (usually because it is not part of their religion/culture). Coming to Ireland for holidays over Christmas is definitely not a good idea if you don’t have family here. Maybe Tourism Ireland should have warning messages on their Facebook Page.

Speaking of warning messages: In a few days Santa’s Grottos soon will get closed again for another year and the Christmas Markets will disappear again. I am not sure who to blame, but in case Santa was involved with the planning and running of the Christmas Markets in Dublin in any way, he did NOT a good job this year! Maybe we need warning messages as well that say “The name Christmas Market at an assembly of trading stalls doesn’t imply ANYTHING:” Have a look at the Dublin News section to find out more about this rather sad chapter!

Thanks for the people that used the links in the Dublin News section or the ads in the recent Dublin Event Guides to order goods and buy their Christmas presents. As I explained before, if you buy goods immediately after clicking on a link/ad (Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon, Book Depository, LastMinute.com etc) that you find in this e-zine/newsletter, you help the Dublin Event Guide because the trader gives a small commission to the advertiser (i.e. the Dublin Event Guide). Use these links as often as possible in the Sales as well!! Please!!

And a huge thanks to Emma L who was the Dublin Event Guide reader ever that got me a Christmas present! I am looking forward to reading that book Emma! If you wanted to get me something as well, but didn’t get around to it or wanted to wait for the Sales, that’s all fine with me. ;-) Just stroll over to www.perfectresults.info/wishlist.htm and select what you would like to get me.

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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.

This week I invite you to a walk on a tightrope. It is a balancing act between ultimate Christmas atmosphere and total commercialism. For most, certain movies (e.g. Home Alone), TV programmes (e.g. Late Late Toy Show), songs (e.g. Fairytale of New York) or foods (e.g. Turkey) epitomise (means: “embody the essential characteristics of…”) Christmas. But for others Christmas has arrived when they see certain ads on TV. Sure these ads are commercial, but the feeling of Christmas that YOU feel can not be bought! :-) Here are the two ads that many people would list as THE Christmas ads. The first one is a Guinness ad and if you have lived in Ireland for a good few years or if you even grew up here, you will definitely know it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWfdbYbDVzg

The second ad is the famous Coca-Cola ad www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogetBqMgau0

Enjoy Christmas! (No matter how commercial it might be!)

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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

This week I suggest that you try out the Chocolate Factory Christmas Market and the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market and do not forget Farmleigh House, especially if you have children. The market there is no Christmas Market, but the children’s events are great.

And apart from this? Enjoy Christmas!!!! :-)

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Christmas Markets in Dublin

The Good, The bad and The Ugly! Yes, I had planned to tell you all the good and the bad things about Christmas Markets and then I had to find out that there is nothing good. It is a shocking and seriously disappointing state of affairs. There are lots of markets this year, but none of them really deserve the name Christmas Market. I admit, that I am a bit of a Christmas Market purist and having been in Germany at two markets just in the beginning of this month, raises the expectations. But come on! Can they not at least try??

The worst is the Docklands Market, not because it is awful, not it is just about ok, but the shocking aspect is that it is getting worse and worse since the current organising company took over. It seems they have never seen a Christmas Market. Actually that would probably apply to all organisers in Dublin.

At a whopping 8 years, the Docklands Christmas Market, this is the grand father of Christmas Markets in Dublin. For 6 years the market improved continually and then 2011 happened. The Christmas Market 2010 was run by a German events company (Go GmbH) and was the closest it ever got to a proper Christmas market. But then in 2011 a new organiser took over and it all went downhill.

The Dame Court Market is no Christmas Market, it is just a market at Christmas. The Francis Street Christmas Art Fair seemingly didn’t even take place (I was there last Sunday and not a single stall or sign!). The Chocolate Factory Market is the first year this year, so I will let it off and will assess it next year. Farmleigh House doesn’t compete as it is a farmers market and separately lots of Christmas related events take place for kids.

That leaves the only one that got the idea about Christmas markets at least partially and that is the Christmas Market in Dun Laoghaire!

Maybe I should offer Christmas Market Consultancy Services! :-P

Krav Maga in the Irish Independent

Some of you know that another one of my spare time activities apart from teh Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) is teaching self-defence at www.kravmagaireland.com We teach 2-day courses or 12 week courses and in my opinion, everybody should do some sort of self-defence course in the same way as every one has to know the basic rules of the road. In my somewhat biased opinion our courses are the best and I can’t recommend them more, but if you want to do your course somewhere else, then go ahead. Just make sure that you learn how to deal with potentially dangerous situations.

The reason why I mention the Krav Maga Ireland courses today is because the Irish Independent wrote about them: See the article here www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=466324143424917 and more details are here www.kravmagaireland.com/

Santa does NOT travel in a sleigh! No way! It is worse!

For the geeks among us, this description is a must read: www.snopes.com/holidays/christmas/santa/physics.asp It describes the “Physics of Santa and his Reindeer”. Don’t let the kids read this, because the conclusion will not please them! I got this interesting and highly scientific description as an e-mail around 1990 (!), so keep in mind that since then the world population grew a lot further, which increases the number of Santa’s clients by quite a lot. So if it was difficult then, it is even worse now! ;-)

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Santa’s Flight Path

If you want to check where Santa is on Monday evening, you can follow him on www.noradsanta.org/en/
NORAD, the North American Aerospace Defense Command is tracking Santa’s movements and I was told by friends that the NORAD website can be a huge help to get the children to bed on Christmas Eve. The son of a friend, who we shall call Lucas (not his real name), kept checking NORAD’s website to follow the flight path. When he checked first, Santa was far away, but then he came closer and closer to Ireland and a few hours later when the discovered that Santa was in Scotland, Lucas got seriously alarmed. He immediately insisted to go to bed and when his mother suggested to read him a story, he declared with huge terror in his voice: “Mom, there is no time for that!! Santa is already in Scotland!”. :-)

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/

Friday 21 Dec

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Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Fri 21 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up this Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar) The market is open until 1st January. There is also a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

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

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Fri 21 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

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 21 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

Dame District Christmas Market

12:00 – 23:00, Fri 21 Dec

Dame Court, Dublin 2

The Dame District Christmas Market is taking place the second time this year. There are a few stalls in white plastic tents with a few fir tree branches attached to them. If it was called Dame District Market, I would agree. But don’t expect any Christmas atmosphere. The promise of “bigger and shinier” does not materialise, but there is one significantl advantage of this market over other markets: The entertainment in the adjacent pubs and from a (VERY small) stage does make it a good bit more interesting. The stalls are selling handmade crafts, jewelry, toys and food. So, give it a go, just don’t expect to much Christmas atmosphere.

The linteresting and impressive line up for the next few days will be:

Fri 21 Dec: 17:00 CrowBlackChicken, 18:00 Rocher, 20:00 The young Folk, 21:00 Juliet’s Rescue, 22:00 The Hot Sprockets
Sat 22 Dec: 20:00 Happy Hour, 22:00 Created by Comets
Sun 23 Dec: 17:00 Rachel McCormack, 18:00 Simon Fagan, 20:00 Third Smoke, 21:00 Dem Fools

www.damedistrict.com/entertainment/

www.facebook.com/events/259556457501112/

Docklands Christmas Festival

12:00 – 20:00, Fri 21 Dec

George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1

The Docklands Christmas Festival will start on Friday 07 Dec and will continue until 23 Dec.

The market is very disappointing. Where in previous years up to 80 traders offered their goods, it seems to be less than 20 this year. There will also be food stalls and a carousel and “Victorian fairground attractions”. The market is open until 20:00. Admission is free.

www.dublindocklandschristmasfestival.ie/

GPO An Post Carol Singing

13:00 – 14:00, Fri 21 Dec

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

The lunchtime carol singing of An Post staff at the GPO is a tradition in Dublin that many people are not aware of. Until 21 Dec, An Post staff will sing every weekday from 13:00-14:00 and everybody is invited to join in. The singing is accompanies by Noel Carroll on violin and Lillian O’Connor on piano.

And if you can’t make it to the weekday lunchtime singing you can come to the GPO on Sat 08, 15 and 22 from 13:00-14:00 to listen to the Cameron singers.

Friday Night Game Social: Khet

18:00 – 20:00, Fri 21 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Come to this “Friday Night Game Social: Khet” and and join in for an evening of combining strategy games with lasers.

Khet is an abstract strategy board game in which two players fire lasers to strike and remove Egyptian-themed game pieces from the board. Most of the pieces are mirrored on one or more sides, allowing players to alter the trajectory of the laser beam each time it is fired by changing the position of the playing pieces. When a piece is struck by a laser on a non-mirrored side, it is eliminated from the game. The object is to hit your opponent’s pharaoh with a laser, thereby claiming victory, all the while protecting your own king.

Admission is free, but booking is required.

sciencegallery.com/events/2012/12/friday-night-game-social-khet

Crow Black Chicken

19:00, Fri 21 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

“Crow Black Chicken” will perform in Whelan’s in the Front Bar. Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/17103

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

19:30, Fri 21 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 21 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 the Radisson

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 21 Dec

Radisson Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 2

A Jazz Session will take place in the in the Radisson Hotel. This will be the last session for 2012. James Mullen will perform.

Astronomy Ireland Telescope Nights

20:00, Fri 21 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

The Last Rave on Earth

20:00, Fri 21 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

I normally don’t include DJ events, simply because there are too many. Every pub and club has a DJ and I wouldn’t be able to differntiate between an outstanding DJ and a guy who plays MP3s from his iPOD … some would say there is no difference, but that would be a little harsh. ;-)

Anyway, the reason why I include this event is because it is meant to be the last rave on earth IF and only IF the interpretation of the Mayan calender comes true that claims the earth will come to an end next Friday. I’d say the Mayans just had no space on their calender anymore and decided to add the years after 2012 in the next “print” run!

Anyway (2!), here is what is taking place at the last rave: The Zombie Circus presents
+ 1st Floor: Lex Woo – Dj Mog-Y – Ras Tinny with Reggae/Funk/Soul/Hip-Hop/Breakbeat/Afrobeat/Jazz/Electro
+ Ground Floor: Kurt Coca ine – Claire Meow Catt with Rock & Roll / Funk / Soul / Disco/ 80’s Cheese/ 90’s Classics
and lots of home-grown stuff

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/461106397285264/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 21 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard provides regular live music. The upcoming gigs are: Fri 21 Dec Bree Harris, Sat 22 Dec: 20th Century Gold

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

The Bionic Rats

21:00, Fri 21 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 22 Dec

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 22 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/

Dublin Food Co-op

09:30 – 16:30, Sat 22 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 22 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 22 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

Farmleigh House Christmas Events

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 22 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 “Rudolf & the Ice Queen Puppet Show with the Custard Pie Puppet Company” (12:00+13:45+15:30) and Storytelling events (12:45+14:30+16:15) for children and Carol Singing with Il Cora Italiano (13:30-15:30) and Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords (14:00-16:00) for the whole family.

Admission to all events is free.

Have a wonderful Christmas and enjoy the good food, the time off and the time with your family or friends! Spread some love to others if you have plenty! And if you are alone over Christmas think of the people that do care about you even if they are not around over the next few days. And in the unlikely event that you can’t think of anyone that does care about you, let me tell you that I care about each of the 10,000+ readers of this Dublin Event Guide soo much that I have spent more than 1300 hours this year on writing and publishing this e-zine every week.

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

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 22 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/

Live Animal Crib

10:00, Sat 22 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Established in 1956 by Fr. Louis Coffey, the Live Crib at the Mansion House has entertained generations. The Live Crib consists of a traditional nativity scene set among live animals in a specially constructed stable. The animals are brought to the crib every morning and are returned to a farm on the south of the city in the evening. Admission is free and donations are welcome. The crib will be outside Mansion House until 24 Dec.

www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib

Merchants Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 22 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 22 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 22 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 22 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

Art + Craft Market – Exchange Dublin

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 22 Dec

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

A monhtly art market in the Exchange is this month taking place one week earlier to help with your last minute Christmas present purchases. Admission is free.

www.exchangedublin.ie/calendar

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 22 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/

Christ Church Christmas Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 22 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

Christmas Boutique

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 22 Dec

Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

A Christmas Gift Boutique will be popping up in the Ranelagh Arts Centre for 12 days before Christmas, selling affordable Irish design and craft gifts from 30 Irish designers. On Thursday 13 Dec from 17:00-20:00 there will be wine and mince pies and you can meet the makers.

www.klickity.ie/about-events.html

Christmas Readings for Children

11:00, Sat 22 Dec

Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Actor and author Karl O’Neill will read from a selection of his work for children at the Ranelagh Arts Centre.

11:00 + 14:00: The Most Beautiful Letter In The World
12:00: READY, STEADY, FLY!
15:00: Poppy’s Wish – A Christmas Story.

Admission is free, but booking is recommended on 085-7437212

dublintown.ie/whatson/christmas-readings-for-children-at-ranelagh-arts-centre/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Sat 22 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up this Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar) The market is open until 1st January. There is also a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

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

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Mart Christmas Market

11:00, Sat 22 Dec

Old Fire Station, 190a Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Old Fire Station in Rathmines is home for a new Christmas Market, whcih will take place on 15+16 and 22+23 Dec. The market will be host to Art, Fashion, Crafts, Jewellery, Antiques and Christmas Goodies. The Old Fire Station is directly next to Cafe Moda in the centre of Rathmines, quite near to the Clock Tower. There will be 20 stalls at the weekend. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the starting time on the website, so I use the arbitrary time of 11:00

www.mart.ie/the-mart

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 22 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 22 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 22 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

Chocolate Factory Christmas Fair

12:00 – 19:00, Sat 22 Dec

Chocolate Factory, 26 King’s Inn Street, Dublin 1

The new and developing creative space “Chocolate Factory” will host a Christmas Fair with crafts and home made produce. There will be stalls selling Food, Crafts, Photography, Art and Jewellery. There will also be live music and entertainment. Hot food will be for sale as well as traditional mulled wine and mince pies and you can even get your Christmas Tree there.

I was at the Chocolate Factory Christmas Market last Sunday and stood in front of locked doors. I interpreted the Facebook information (seemingly wrongly – but I wasn’t the only one!) that the market would take place on Sat AND Sun, but it seems only to take place on Saturday! You are warned! :-)

www.facebook.com/events/469241906452101/

Dame District Christmas Market

12:00 – 23:00, Sat 22 Dec

Dame Court, Dublin 2

The Dame District Christmas Market is taking place the second time this year. There are a few stalls in white plastic tents with a few fir tree branches attached to them. If it was called Dame District Market, I would agree. But don’t expect any Christmas atmosphere. The promise of “bigger and shinier” does not materialise, but there is one significantl advantage of this market over other markets: The entertainment in the adjacent pubs and from a (VERY small) stage does make it a good bit more interesting. The stalls are selling handmade crafts, jewelry, toys and food. So, give it a go, just don’t expect to much Christmas atmosphere.

The linteresting and impressive line up for the next few days will be:

Fri 21 Dec: 17:00 CrowBlackChicken, 18:00 Rocher, 20:00 The young Folk, 21:00 Juliet’s Rescue, 22:00 The Hot Sprockets
Sat 22 Dec: 20:00 Happy Hour, 22:00 Created by Comets
Sun 23 Dec: 17:00 Rachel McCormack, 18:00 Simon Fagan, 20:00 Third Smoke, 21:00 Dem Fools

www.damedistrict.com/entertainment/

www.facebook.com/events/259556457501112/

Docklands Christmas Festival

12:00 – 20:00, Sat 22 Dec

George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1

The Docklands Christmas Festival will start on Friday 07 Dec and will continue until 23 Dec.

The market is very disappointing. Where in previous years up to 80 traders offered their goods, it seems to be less than 20 this year. There will also be food stalls and a carousel and “Victorian fairground attractions”. The market is open until 20:00. Admission is free.

www.dublindocklandschristmasfestival.ie/

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 22 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 22 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 22 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/

Winter Solstice Fireworks – Dun Laoghaire

16:00, Sat 22 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

A Winter Solstice Fireworks Display will take place on Sat at 16:00. Admission is free. The fireworks will be launched from Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Gypsy Rebel Rabel

19:00, Sat 22 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Gypsy Rebel Rabel will perform in Whelan’s Bar on Sat. Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/15709

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Sat 22 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 22 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 22 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard provides regular live music. The upcoming gigs are: Fri 21 Dec Bree Harris, Sat 22 Dec: 20th Century Gold

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Bianca Fachel Quintet

23:30, Sat 22 Dec

The Turk’s Head, Parliament Street, Dublin 2

The Bianca Fachel Quintet will be performing their mix of Jazz with Samba/Bossa and traditional Irish influences. Admission is free and you find more details on the Facebook Event Page.

www.facebook.com/events/140557222763295/

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Farmleigh House Christmas Events

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 23 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 Rudolf & the Ice Queen Puppet Show with the Custard Pie Puppet Company (12:00+13:45+15:30) and Storytelling events (12:45+14:30+16:15) for children and Carol Singing with the Ballinteer Male Voice Choir (13:30-15:30) 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 23 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

Live Animal Crib

10:00, Sun 23 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Established in 1956 by Fr. Louis Coffey, the Live Crib at the Mansion House has entertained generations. The Live Crib consists of a traditional nativity scene set among live animals in a specially constructed stable. The animals are brought to the crib every morning and are returned to a farm on the south of the city in the evening. Admission is free and donations are welcome. The crib will be outside Mansion House until 24 Dec.

www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib

Longmile Road Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 23 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 23 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 23 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/

Christmas Boutique

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 23 Dec

Ranelagh Arts Centre, 26 Ranelagh Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

A Christmas Gift Boutique will be popping up in the Ranelagh Arts Centre for 12 days before Christmas, selling affordable Irish design and craft gifts from 30 Irish designers. On Thursday 13 Dec from 17:00-20:00 there will be wine and mince pies and you can meet the makers.

www.klickity.ie/about-events.html

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 23 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up this Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar) The market is open until 1st January. There is also a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

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

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Mart Christmas Market

11:00, Sun 23 Dec

Old Fire Station, 190a Lower Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Old Fire Station in Rathmines is home for a new Christmas Market, whcih will take place on 15+16 and 22+23 Dec. The market will be host to Art, Fashion, Crafts, Jewellery, Antiques and Christmas Goodies. The Old Fire Station is directly next to Cafe Moda in the centre of Rathmines, quite near to the Clock Tower. There will be 20 stalls at the weekend. Unfortunately I couldn’t find the starting time on the website, so I use the arbitrary time of 11:00

www.mart.ie/the-mart

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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/

Dame District Christmas Market

12:00 – 23:00, Sun 23 Dec

Dame Court, Dublin 2

The Dame District Christmas Market is taking place the second time this year. There are a few stalls in white plastic tents with a few fir tree branches attached to them. If it was called Dame District Market, I would agree. But don’t expect any Christmas atmosphere. The promise of “bigger and shinier” does not materialise, but there is one significantl advantage of this market over other markets: The entertainment in the adjacent pubs and from a (VERY small) stage does make it a good bit more interesting. The stalls are selling handmade crafts, jewelry, toys and food. So, give it a go, just don’t expect to much Christmas atmosphere.

The linteresting and impressive line up for the next few days will be:

Fri 21 Dec: 17:00 CrowBlackChicken, 18:00 Rocher, 20:00 The young Folk, 21:00 Juliet’s Rescue, 22:00 The Hot Sprockets
Sat 22 Dec: 20:00 Happy Hour, 22:00 Created by Comets
Sun 23 Dec: 17:00 Rachel McCormack, 18:00 Simon Fagan, 20:00 Third Smoke, 21:00 Dem Fools

www.damedistrict.com/entertainment/

www.facebook.com/events/259556457501112/

Docklands Christmas Festival

12:00 – 20:00, Sun 23 Dec

George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1

The Docklands Christmas Festival will start on Friday 07 Dec and will continue until 23 Dec.

The market is very disappointing. Where in previous years up to 80 traders offered their goods, it seems to be less than 20 this year. There will also be food stalls and a carousel and “Victorian fairground attractions”. The market is open until 20:00. Admission is free.

www.dublindocklandschristmasfestival.ie/

Mother Redcap’s Indoor Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 23 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

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 23 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 23 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 23 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

Dorothy Cross – Film Screening

15:00, Sun 23 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The screening of the film “About Beauty: Dorothy Cross” will take place on Sunday. Admission is free and no booking is required. However, places are limited.

www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/772-film-screening-about-beauty-dorothy-cross-2012

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 23 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 23 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 23 Dec: Emilie Conway Quartet, 30 Dec: Anne Marie Williams Quartet.

www.37dawsonstreet.ie/

Saucy Sundays

17:00 – 02:00, Sun 23 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 Fox.E & The Good Hands, St. John The Gambler, The Hassle Merchants, The Eskies, You Kiss By The Book, Shes a Beauty, The Young Folk, Red Sail, Lisa McLaughlin, Simon Fagan, DJ Claire Miaow Catt. This will be the Saucy Sundays Christmas Celebration and the event runs a lot later/longer than usual.

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

Long John Jump Band

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 23 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/

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 23 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

CWU Christmas Concert

20:00, Sun 23 Dec

Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2

The Christmas Concert of the Communications Workers Union is taking place on Sat. Admission is free.

www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events/

Latin Ireland

20:00 – 02:00, Sun 23 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 23 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 at the Comdey Crunch Christmas Party is Edwin Sammon, Rory O’Hanlon, Danny O’Brien, Colm McGlinchey, Trevor Browne.

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

Forro de Lampiao – Brazilian Dance

21:00 – 02:30, Sun 23 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 23 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 23 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, Sun 23 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 The Stoney Brokes, Lauren Guillery, Toy Soldier, Heavy Soul.

www.facebook.com/thesundayroast

Cool Hand Dukes

22:00, Sun 23 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

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08:59, Mon 24 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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

Live Animal Crib

10:00, Mon 24 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Established in 1956 by Fr. Louis Coffey, the Live Crib at the Mansion House has entertained generations. The Live Crib consists of a traditional nativity scene set among live animals in a specially constructed stable. The animals are brought to the crib every morning and are returned to a farm on the south of the city in the evening. Admission is free and donations are welcome. The crib will be outside Mansion House until 24 Dec.

www.visitdublin.com/event/Live_Animal_Crib

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Mon 24 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up this Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar) The market is open until 1st January. There is also a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

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

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Mon 24 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 24 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 24 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/

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

19:00, Mon 24 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

Gardiner Street Christmas Eve Mass with Gospel Choir

19:30, Mon 24 Dec

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

The 20:00 Christmas Eve Mass in Gardiner Street Church will be accompanied by the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir. Before the mass from 19:30 there will be some Christmas carols sung with the community. If you want to come to that mass, be early, the church will be packed!

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

Tuesday 25 Dec

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

08:58, Tue 25 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Have a great Christmas!! Enjoy the presents and the good food.

If your Christmas this year is a little scaled down because you can’t afford excesses from previous years, just make sure that you enjoy it in whatever way you celebrate it. It doesn’t have to be a turkey!

If you know people that are on their own, check in with them and if they feel alone/loneley maybe you have a bit of time for them. But be aware that not everyone who celebrates Christmas on his/her own is feeling alone. So, try to find the right balance.

Regular Events might NOT take place

08:59, Tue 25 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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

Christmas Day Swim

09:00, Tue 25 Dec

Forty Foot, Sandycove, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

At this yearly (self-organised) event, hundreds of brave/crazy/tough (you choose the appropriate word) dive into the shockingly cold Irish Sea at the Forty Foot in Sandycove and leave the water soon after lobster pink due to the low temperatures.

The Forty Foor was once a Gentlemen’s Bathing place were clothing was not required, but nowadays everybody is welcome and the surprisingly liberal approach from the past is not the done thing anymore.

www.visitdublin.com/event/Christmas_Day_Swim

Wednesday 26 Dec

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St. Stephen’s Day

08:58, Wed 26 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Today is the second Christmas holiday. It is called St. Stephen’s Day and don’t call it Boxing Day (which is the UK name for that day). :-) Most office based companies are still off today, but some shops are back open and many restaurants and pubs open today also.

Regular Events might NOT take place

08:59, Wed 26 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Wed 26 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up this Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar) The market is open until 1st January. There is also a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

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

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Fr Ted Day

18:00, Wed 26 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

In its 5th year now, the Fr Ted Day is taking place again in the Bernard Shaw Pub on St. Stephen’s Day. Details are still very sparse on the website and even on the facebook page (www.facebook.com/events/210533892416191/?ref=22 ), but in previous years there were Lovely Girls Competitions and people arrived dressed as priests and there was lots more Father Ted related fun at this popular event.

www.bodytonicmusic.com/events/3424/

King Kong Club

20:00, Wed 26 Dec

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The King Kong Club is a weekly music game-show in the Mercantile. Each week 6-7 bands/solo artists play three songs each. At the end of all the performances a clap-off with the King Kong Club Clap-o-Meter takes place and the winner goes through to a semi-final and it all culminates after six months of competition with The Grand Final, held in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

The list of performers is not yet announced on their Facebook Page and I am not sure if it will be put up there, but check it anyway.

www.facebook.com/TheKingKongClubDublin

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 26 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/

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Wed 26 Dec

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 26 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).

Dilligaf – Baggot Inn

22:00, Wed 26 Dec

Baggot Inn, 143 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2

On St. Stephen’s Green the resident band “Dilligaf” will perform from 22:00 in the Baggot Inn.

www.facebook.com/baggotinnbar

The Mutts

22:00, Wed 26 Dec

Clonsilla Inn, Weavers Road, Clonsilla, Dublin 15

The Mutts, a Dublin rock n’ roll band, are playing in the Clonsilla Inn on Wednesday and admission isfree.

If you like them you can see them again in Navan (O’Flaherty’s) on New Years Eve from 21:30.

www.themuttsband.com/

Thursday 27 Dec

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Christmas is over!

08:58, Thu 27 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The 27 Dec is for most a normal work day again. Your company might be closed, but as far as public holidays are concerned, today is NOT a public holiday. For many it is back to work, but the good news is that this week has only two days! ;-)

Regular Events might NOT take place

08:59, Thu 27 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Thu 27 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up this Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar) The market is open until 1st January. There is also a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

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

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Thu 27 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

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 27 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 27 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 27 Dec

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 27 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

Dimestore Recordings presents

20:00, Thu 27 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

Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys

21:00, Thu 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

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

www.facebook.com/BaqueSoul

Dilligaf – Baggot Inn

22:00, Thu 27 Dec

Baggot Inn, 143 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2

Every Thursday the resident band “Dilligaf” is performing from 22:00 in the Baggot Inn.

www.facebook.com/baggotinnbar

Friday 28 Dec

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08:59, Fri 28 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and really until the 03 Jan many of the normally regular events will 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 Market

11:00 – 19:00, Fri 28 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

Over forty market stalls in chalets make up this Christmas Market in the Dun Laoghaire Town Centre and the Metals (near the Seafront underneath the Forty Foot Bar) The market is open until 1st January. There is also a Life-size crib with live animals open at St. Michael’s Church.

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

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

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.

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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Now, at the end of the last pre-Christmas Dublin Event Guide, let me wish you a wonderful Christmas with lots of nice experiences, good food, nice presents and some quiet time (if you wish!). I will send you another Dublin Event Guide before the year is out, but I know that some of you will not see it because you are just having too good at time. Have a good start of the new year if you are not checking in next week, for all others. I will be in touch on the other side of Christmas! There is stuff happening as well in the week after Christmas!
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