Dublin Event Guide 341: Love Dublin Day: Music Trail + Dublin Genius, Dun Laoghaire Fireworks, The Big Brunch

December 27th, 2013
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 341 | 27 December 2013

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Hi all!

The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) helps you through the WHOLE year, not just during some conveniently placed weeks outside summer holidays and Christmas holidays etc. ;-) And for that reason, you are receiving today the Dublin Event Guide No. 341. The last two days (Christmas Day and St. Stephen’s Day) were very quiet as far as free events are concerned and some regular free event venues will be closed for another bit (e.g. the Science Gallery won’t re-open until 07 Jan). However, Dublin hardly ever sleeps. :-) From today there are lots of events taking place again and while in a minority over New Year, there are plenty of free events among them.

I hope you had a great Christmas, maybe with nice people, cool presents and delicious food. And whenever you have to go back to work, it will hopefully be after some rest and recovery. I realise, however, that a good few of the Dublin Event Guide readers are a mothers (or fathers) that might or might not have additional employment. In that case, you most likely didn’t get ANY time off, but I hope the excitement in your kids eyes on Christmas morning made up for all the work at home over Christmas.

For me the day job continues without any further holidays, but we are lucky this year that there are plenty of free days followed by a weekend then only two work days and another free day. I like it when the week is broken up like that. :-)

It is possibly the completely wrong time of the year to mention the following, but I have to. As you know, I don’t get any money for compiling the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) week after week. One day, I hope that my work every week and for the last 340 weeks now, will be rewarded somehow, but until then I will happily work 35 hours per week for free. However, I do need your help to pay the bills for sending this weekly e-mail magazine. The bill is a relatively low EUR 170 every month and I am looking for donations and sponsorship to over this cost. This month, I am still EUR 72 away from reaching the full bill amount and to ensure that I can continue sending the Dublin Event Guide to you every week, I need your help. ANY amount is appreciated, but I suggest a donation of between EUR 12 and EUR 20. At EUR 12, that’s just EUR 1 per month! Please help at www.perfectresults.info/donate.htm Thanks!

And finally: Please help spreading the word about the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). Your friends can easily subscribe at www.dublineventguide.com and they will get a weekly e-mail magazine with all the free events in Dublin if they subscribe. They don’t have to pay a cent for that and their e-mail address is completely safe with me! More than 19,000 people receive the Dublin Event Guide every week and we are more than 40,000 people at the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide Check it out and click on LIKE when you are there.

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Have a great start of the New Year!

–Joerg

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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-mail magazine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and there could be more in the coming week and this section is for the people that want to overcome the hurdles, achieve more and remember that despite all, life is great!

In a few days the biggest “Dream Killer” takes place. New Year’s Eve with the list of New Year’s resolutions is not helping us to create something great for us, but the way many do it, it destroys our dreams. Why? Because we don’t properly define our goals. If you want to achieve something you have to clearly specify what it is, and you have to give it a realistic time scale. It is not good enough to have the New Year’s resolution “In 2014 I want to loose weight”, or “I want to be fitter.” The risk is huge that you give up within days.

What can you do instead? Specify: “By 31 June, I will have lost 8 kg.” Ideally also have some intermediate steps. With that you have regular check-points and you can experience the exhilaration of successfully achieving intermediary goals one after another.

And apart from the proper wording of Goals, remember what Walt Disney said:

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them!”

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This part is important to “keep the show on the road”:

Last week Caroline S, Patrick O’C, Gudrun S and Christian K were the great people who helped with a crucial donation! Thanks! Can you help too? Your help is absolutely needed too to ensure that you – and everyone else – will continue to get the Dublin Event Guide every week. The cost for sending the weekly newsletter is approx. EUR 170 per month and a donation from you of just EUR 12 per year will ensure that I will be able to pay the bills.
Has the Dublin Event Guide helped you to find events that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about, or have you saved money by finding great free events? Then go to www.perfectresults.info/donate.htm and give something back!

I appreciate ANY help: EUR 12 would be great (that’s just 25 cent per week!), but even if it is just the price of 2 pints it will help.

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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.

This week, I spent more time checking Regular Events than adding once-off events. A good few things will only re-start next week, but there are some good events, that you should definitely check out this week.

You have a few last days for the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival, but last year many stalls didn’t re-open after Christmas, so you might not get the full enjoyment.

On Monday the “Love Dublin Day” takes place with a 2 Day Music Trail and – under the title “Dublin Genius” – a day off talks, readings and performances. On Tuesday evening, I then would suggest to go to the Dun Laoghaire Fireworks at midnight if you have no party plans. And on New Year’s Day the Big Brunch has been an entertaining event in previous years. This year, however, the Big Brunch seems to have either a different plan (or no plan yet??), so it might be good or not!

Have a great start of the New Year and I wills ee you on the other side!

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Competitions

Daddyo – New Dad iPhone App

If you are a new dad or will be a new dad soon, this iPhone app will interest you!

To learn all the things you have to know about becoming and being a dad, you had to read through piles and piles of books until now. The time from conception to the babies age of 6 months can be full of interesting, daunting, unexpected, shocking but also wonderful experiences and Tom Cunningham, who works for iQ Content and who developed the wonderful Dublin Event Guide logo and the graphics used for the Dublin Event Guide, just recently became a first time dad and went through all this.

For your benefit, he developed – together with the talented people in iQ Content – the survival kit for first time dads in the form of an iPhone app. The app is available for EUR 1.79 at itunes.apple.com/us/app/daddyo/id775136760 and iQ Content have provided an app for 5 Dublin Event Guide readers for free. If more than five people want it we will do a draw OR might decide on who needs it most. So, to enter the competition send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject DADDYO and with your full name AND the reason why you need it in the body of the mail. You should also mention when your child is expected to be born. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Wednesday 08 Jan.

Promote your product or (non-free) event with a competition in the Dublin Event Guide!

The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) focuses on free events, but we all fully understand that not everything can be free in life and if you run a non-free event (or sell a cool product), I am sure it would help you if you could let the 19,000+ Dublin Event Guide readers know about your event or product. If you can make a few tickets (product samples) available for the Dublin Event Guide readers, I can help you and promote your event (product) in the context of a competition. Cost to you? In most cases not a cent! Just contact me on dublineventguide@gmail.com and we can discuss the details. It is all very simple! ;-)

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Giving money for free!?

Do you happily receive the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) every week? And do you make use of it at least sometimes? And would you like to help to keep it going? If you read this, then the answer is probably three times YES!

But I understand that giving a donation is not everybody’s thing. I can assure you that it will only be used to cover the cost for the Dublin Event Guide, but wouldn’t it be even neater if you could give money without having to use your own?

This is indeed possible! When you buy books online, buy them from Book Depository or from Amazon and use these links to go to the website:

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You can also copy these links and send them to your friends. When you click on the link you books cost exactly the same as if you went to the Amazon or Book Depository website directly. But if you go via my links above, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will get 5-8%. That’s not a lot, but if you and lots of other people used that link every time, it still would amount to a fair amount.

And if you want to buy from
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Giving money for free! That’s how easy it is. ;-) Thanks!

Daniel O’Connell Round Tower will get stairs again

Have you ever been on Glasnevin cemetery or even just passed by? Then you will have seen the big round tower in the cemetery. Surprisingly it is not a historical watch tower, but was built from 1855-1869 on the crypt that houses Daniel O’Connell’s sarcophagus. The round tower had astaricase that went to the top, but a bomb in the base of the round tower in 1971 destroyed the stair case completely.

I learned about the plan to re-build the staircase at a recent visit to the cemetery for online media people, but according to an article in The Journal.ie, it seems that planning permission has been granted now.

The round tower will be accessible by visitors to the cemetery (possibly for participants of the guided tour) and the view from it should be spectacular because of the height of the tower and the height of the land it is built on.

The cost of the whole project of 500k seem high to me, but I am certainly no expert on stair cases for round towers!

The construction will begin in about 2 months and when I find out about its completion, I will let you know.

Tours at Glasnevin Cemetery take place twice daily and are really interesting. The admission charge of EUR 12 for the tour is higher than many would prefer, but at least I can confirm that the quality is very high. www.glasnevintrust.ie/visit-glasnevin/tours-of-glasnevin/

Starbucks will open cafe in former Anglo Irish Bank building

The headquarters of the Anglo Irish Bank at St. Stephen’s Green was the infamous location of dodgy deals and the offices of dubious bankers. Many still feel ripped off by the Anglo Irish Bank’s behaviour and the subsequent bank guarantee that lead to the bank bailout and the incredibly high debt that Ireland has due to the bank bailout.

Starbucks, a coffee shop that many connect to “rip-off” more than other coffee shops, will now allegedly take over part of the Anglo Irish Building. www.rte.ie/news/business/2013/1223/494542-anglo-starbucks-dublin/ The planning application was granted by Dublin City in August, but it seems no work in the building has been carried out yet.

Opportunities

This section is intended to feature new startup companies and projects. Opportunities that people saw and that they chose not to ignore. I am, however, experiencing a little technical problem with this section, so for now I won’t be able to use it. I will keep you posted.

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 www.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.

Alliance Francaise Photo Award

12 Dec – 31 Jan

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

This year’s theme for the Alliance Francaise Photo Award is “Play” and the works chosen for the exhibition showcase a remarkable variety of perspectives on this universal human pastime, ranging from the (appropriately) playful to the strikingly serious, without ever compromising on aesthetic appeal. The Irish winner can enter the international contest and win a private exhibition in Paris organised by the Fondation Alliance française. Admission is free. www.alliance-francaise.ie/

Please note: The Alliance Francaise is closed until 04 Jan, so to see this exhibition you have to wait until after that date.

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Regular Events might not take place!

08:00, Fri 27 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 18:00, Fri 27 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Christmas Festival in Dun Laoghaire runs from 30 Nov until 01 Jan. There will be a Christmas Market, a.k.a. “Enchanting Christmas Market” ;-) every Thurs-Sun from 11:00-18:00 and at the weekends other events will also take place.

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 27 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

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 27 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

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Regular Events might not take place!

08:00, Sat 28 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

Malahide Park Run (free)

09:30, Sat 28 Dec

Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Parkrun Ireland is organising free weekly runs in parks. It is a timed run over 5km and participation is completely free, but registration before your first parkrun is required.

www.parkrun.ie/malahide/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 28 Dec

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

The Belgard Weekend Market is an indoor market with stalls with handcraft (incl. designer jewellery, aran jumpers and wool, christening robes and shawls, cards and cross stitch), household items, bric and brac, furniture, flowers, make-up, clothes, shoes, showers, upholstery, toys, kitchens, cafe, army memorabilia, collectors items, sweets, handbags books, blinds, party shop, tools and more.

It is open every Saturday and Sunday and is located in the Glen Abbey complex (opposite Jacobs) on Belgard Road.

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 28 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 28 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 28 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 28 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

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 28 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 – 18:00, Sat 28 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Christmas Festival in Dun Laoghaire runs from 30 Nov until 01 Jan. There will be a Christmas Market, a.k.a. “Enchanting Christmas Market” ;-) every Thurs-Sun from 11:00-18:00 and at the weekends other events will also take place.

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 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

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 28 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/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 28 Dec

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

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

“My Favourites” – Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:30, Sat 28 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 required via egaldog@gmail.com or 085-2725095

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Sat 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

Saturday Night Live Jazz

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 28 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/KCPeachesWineCave

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 28 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard provides regular live music. The upcoming gigs are listed on the website below.

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Let Loose Band – Mint Bar

22:30, Sat 28 Dec

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

The Let Loose Band, a brilliant Party & Wedding Band will be in the Mint Bar for a free gig. You will enjoy it!

www.facebook.com/letloose.bandireland

The Lightning Kids – Gig

23:55, Sat 28 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Lightning Kids are a 4-piece cover band and they will perform in Sweeney’s from midnight. Admission is free.

www.dublinsessions.ie/sweeneys.html

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08:00, Sun 29 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 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, Sun 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/

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 29 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 – 18:00, Sun 29 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

The Christmas Festival in Dun Laoghaire runs from 30 Nov until 01 Jan. There will be a Christmas Market, a.k.a. “Enchanting Christmas Market” ;-) every Thurs-Sun from 11:00-18:00 and at the weekends other events will also take place.

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/

Longmile Road Markets

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 29 Dec

Long Mile Road, Dublin 12

There seem to be TWO weekly markets on Long Mile Road and both are very close to each other. One is behind Wigoders on Long Mile Road (across the road from Aldi). It hosts more than 50 stalls and there is also a Cafe on site. www.facebook.com/WigodersLongmileMarket And the other one is just on the other side of the road, next to Aldi. www.facebook.com/TheLongMileRdMarket

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 29 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 29 Dec

60 Camden Street, Dublin 2

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade (Market and Arcade) is back in a new location. The Marcade is now in Camden Street next to Daintree Paper and opposite the Centra and off-license there. It takes place every Thurs-Sun and is a flea-market-type permanent market with stalls and “chalets” for traders.

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

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 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

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 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 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 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

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 29 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 29 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

Gallery Talk: Neapolitan crib figures

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 29 Dec

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

Join Museum conservator Nieves Fernandez for an illustrated talk on the history of the Christmas Crib from its 13th century origins, focusing on the Neapolitan crib, 1850, on display at the Museum during Christmas. Admission is free. No booking required, but places are limited and are allocated on a first come first served basis 30 minutes before the event starts. For adults.

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=3954

Guitar Heaven – Gigs

16:00, Sun 29 Dec

The Beerhouse, 84.5 Capel Street, Dublin 1

Three different guitar acts, including bluegrass and “The Aqualights” will perform all evening in the Beerhouse in Capel Street. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/beerhousedublin

LJJ Band – Cafe en Seine

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 29 Dec

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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

www.longjohnjumpband.com/

Saucy Sundays

19:00 – 22:00, Sun 29 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. The line-up and links to all bands/performers are available via the Saucy Sundays Facebook Page (see link below).

Saucy Sundays will definitely take place on Sunday and the line-up is Fox.E & The Good Hands, John Byrne, Tom Kitt, Ger Kelly, Duncan Maitland, Dave McGuinness.

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

Sunday Roast

20:00, Sun 29 Dec

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The weekly Sunday Roast is a free event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes. The line-up for the upcoming Sunday Roast is available via the Sunday Roast Facebook Page (see link below).

It is not certain if the Sunday Roast takes place, please check the Facebook Page before you go and if there is no information about an event on 29 Dec then assume it is NOT taking place!

www.facebook.com/thesundayroast

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 29 Dec

Bleeding Horse, 24 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2

Every Sunday this singer-songwriter night takes place in the Bleeding Horse in Camden St. from 8.30pm. It is an Open mic night and performers can just turn up and put their name on the list for that night.

www.facebook.com/apollosessions

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 29 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. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below). This Sunday it is Rory O’Hanlon who headlines, with Ryan Cullen, Cormac Moore & more.

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

Forro de Lampiao – Brazilian Dance

21:00 – 23:00, Sun 29 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 29 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 29 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/

Cool Hand Dukes

22:00, Sun 29 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 30 Dec

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08:00, Mon 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

Love Dublin Day

09:00, Mon 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The Love Dublin Day is a day created to “show your affection for Dublin and discover reasons to love it even more”. On Monday there will be free arts, culture and music events at a whole range of venues.

The two main components are

+a 2-day music trail organised by the people behind the Hard Working Class Heroes festival. It will showcase some of the best new bands in Ireland and will feature 30+ acts in the city’s coffee shops, restaurants, book shops and other venues. Even Dublin Airport is covered.
+ “Dublin Genius – A Day of Ideas”, which will celebrate some of the best known talents or Dubliners: literature, comedy, and non-stop talking!

I will list the details for these two different event groups separately below.

nye.visitdublin.com/explore-dublin-day/

Christmas Family Art Holiday – National Gallery

11:00 – 16:30, Mon 30 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

On Mon 30 and Tues 31 Dec the National Gallery runs a Christmas Art Holiday event for the whole family. There will be workshops with artists, Michelle Boyle (15:00 on 30 Dec) and Don Conroy (15:00 on 31 Dec); guided tours (11:00 and 15:30) and music by Musical Trio (16:00).

Admission is free and booking is not required, but bring sketch books and colours. Children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 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

Love Dublin Day – Music Trail – Day 1

12:00 – 18:00, Mon 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

More than 30 bands and performers will be featured over the two day Music Trail festival all over Dublin and here is a list of all free events. All gigs are free.

Mon 30 Dec
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Dublin Airport Terminal 1
+ 12:00 Blades Club
+ 12:45 Silences
+ 13:30 Ana Gog

Dublin Airport Terminal 2
+ 12:00 Little Xs for Eyes
+ 12:45 Maud in Cahoots
+ 13:30 Come on Live Long

Dublin City Centre
+ 12:00 Elaine May @ Brioche Cafe
+ 12:25 Tandem Felix @ Kaph
+ 12:50 I’m Your Vinyl @ Powerscourt Centre
+ 13:15 Bouts @ Oxfam George’s Street
+ 13:40 Little Rivers @ Fallon & Byrne
+ 14:05 Jet Setter @ The Church
+ 14:30 Maria Sommerville @ Chapters Bookshop
+ 14:55 Dylan Tighe @ Gutter Bookshop
+ 15:20 Windings @ Exchange
+ 15:45 Cfit @ Dublin Ink
+ 16:10 Liza Flume @ Brother Hubbard
+ 16:35 Lie Ins @ Twisted Pepper
+ 17:00 Wild Promises @ Oxfam Parliament Street
+ 17:25 Cat Dowling @ Stag’s Head

Extensive programme and in case you wanted to catch all gigs, you would definitely work off all turkey and ham from over Christmas. And don’t forget to check out the second day of the Music Trail tomorrow (31 Dec). The full programme can be downloaded here nye.visitdublin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/nyemap.pdf

nye.visitdublin.com/explore-dublin-day/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 30 Dec

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

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Love Dublin Day – Dublin Genius

14:00 – 23:00, Mon 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin Genius – A Day of Ideas” is a packed programme of cultural events, from poetry slams and literary readings to science exhibitions and comedy. And all is free! The full programme is on the website below or can be downloaded here www.leviathan.ie/nye-dublin-genius.pdf But watch out for some discrepancies in specified venues and even in whole events! The pdf file seems newer and more accurate than the website, but I can’t guarantee that.

SOME of the events are (pls check the pdf brochure for the rest):

+ 14:00+15:30+17:00+18:30 Dublin Genius Literary Salon @Smock Alley
+ 15:00 History Ireland Hedge School: Dublin’s Literary past and Present @ The Little Museum of Dublin
+ 15:00 Philip Lynch: Readings and Poetry @ The Church
+ 15:00 Dublin Genius Parliament @ City Assembly House
+ 17;00 Come Here To Me Live @ P Macs Bar
+ 18:00 Storymap Live @ Liquor Rooms at the Clarence Hotel
+ 19:00 Milk and Cookies Stories @ Liquor Rooms at the Clarence Hotel
+ 20:00 Leviathan Political Cabaret @ Twisted Pepper
+ 20:30 Nighthawks @ Cobalt Cafe
+ 21:00 Dublin’s Underground Beat @ Liquor Rooms at the Clarence Hotel

nye.visitdublin.com/dublin-genius/

Nighthawks

20:00 – 23:15, Mon 30 Dec

Cobalt Cafe, North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1

Normally charged at EUR 14, this Nighthawks event is part of the Love Dublin Day Events on 30 Dec (Dublin Genius – A Day of Ideas) and is therefore free. But the Cobalt Cafe is tiny (if I remember it right) and I am surprised that there are events like this taking place there. So if you want to attend, you have to be super early! Doors open at 20:00 and the event starts at 20:30.

The line-up is:

ELEVENS Band
CLAIRE KILROY Literary Fiction
EMILIE CONWAY Jazz Singer
TOTALLY WIRED Music Comedy
SIAN COLMAN-BLACK Opera
MARTY MULLIGAN Performance Poetry
EDWIN SAMMON Stand-up Comedy

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find a Facebook Page or website for the Nighthawks event, but you can check the information in the Love Dublin Day brochure here www.leviathan.ie/nye-dublin-genius.pdf

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 30 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Song Cycle is a weekly Singer/Songriter showcase. The line-up is not always easily findable on the Whelan’s website, but admission is always free.

www.whelanslive.com

The Monday Echo

20:00 – 22:30, Mon 30 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

The Monday Echo is a weekly songwriter and poetry live showcase held on Mondays in the basement of The International Bar. Usually, the show has 3 songwriters and 3 poets who perform for roughly 20 minutes each. Admission is free.
The weekly line-up can be found via the Facebook Page below.

www.facebook.com/themondayecho

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 30 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. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

The Comedy Crunch on Monday will feature Chris Kent and others.

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

Loose – Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 30 Dec

Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The 4-piece band Loose Trad are performing every Monday in Mother Reilly’s. www.loosetrad.com/ Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/motherreillysADMIN

Tuesday 31 Dec

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Regular Events might not take place!

08:00, Tue 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

Watch Out: Unexpected Admission Charges!

09:00, Tue 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) focuses on free cultural events in the Greater Dublin area because there are great free events taking place that need help to get the audience they deserve and because there are many people who appreciate free events, but need to find out what is taking place. The intention is not at all a crusade against admission charges!

However, there is one night of the year when I tend to warn people about admission charges:

New Year’s eve seems to be THE night to fleece customers. If a club, pub or venue provides a great event with some special and interesting spectaculars or live music, then admission charges are absolutely ok.

But if a pub or club normally doesn’t have an admission charge, doesn’t do ANYTHING different on New Year’s even than any other Saturday night, but suddenly expects you to pay EUR 15 or EUR 20 to get in, then we should “reward” them by going to another place.

I don’t have a list of venues that you should stay away from, but if you come across a place that charges but doesn’t offer any additional value for the admission charge, I suggest you walk away.

“My Favourites” – Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Tue 31 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 on Tuesday now as well. 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 required via egaldog@gmail.com or 085-2725095

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 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

Love Dublin Day – Music Trail – Day 2

12:00 – 18:00, Tue 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The second day of the Love Dublin Day Music Trail takes place and if you went to some of the gigs yesterday, you will recognise the venues. Again, all gigs are free.

Tues 31 Dec
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Dublin City Centre
+ 12:00 The Boxing Plot @ Brioche Cafe
+ 12:25 Buffalo Sunn @ Kaph
+ 12:50 I Have a Tribe @ Powerscourt Centre
+ 13:15 Leanne Harte @ Oxfam George’s Street
+ 13:40 Sleep Thieves @ Fallon & Byrne
+ 14:05 Death in the Sickroom @ The Church
+ 14:30 Inni-K @ Chapters Bookshop
+ 14:55 The Late David Turpin @ Gutter Bookshop
+ 15:20 The Notas @ Exchange
+ 15:45 Grim @ Dublin Ink
+ 16:10 Myles Manley @ Brother Hubbard
+ 16:35 Spies @ Twisted Pepper
+ 17:00 Fears @ Oxfam Parliament Street
+ 17:25 Let’s Set Sail @ Stag’s Head

The full programme for both days is here nye.visitdublin.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/nyemap.pdf

nye.visitdublin.com/explore-dublin-day/

Workman’s Club New Year’s Eve Party

17:00 – 04:00, Tue 31 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Admission to the Workman’s Club New Year’s Eve Party is free. There will be DJs entertaining on both floors. Disco, House and later Indie.

However, if you want to attend the live event with the Hot Sprockets, Cold Comfort and RedKid, the admission charge is EUR 15 and you need to book in advance via Ticketmaster.

theworkmansclub.com/index.php/events/

Dun Laoghaire Family Fireworks

18:00, Tue 31 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

A big fireworks display will take place at midnight on New Year’s eve, but Dun Laoghaire also caters for young families: A special smaller fireworks display for young families takes place at 18:00 on Carlisle Pier and the best viewing position is probably from or near the East Pier. Admission is free.

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/programme-of-events/

People’s Procession of Light

18:00, Tue 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The People’s Procession of Light is a walk from St. Stephen’s Green (between Grafton Street and Dawson Street), via South William Street and Grafton Street back to St. Stephen’s Green. Assemble at 18:00 for the parade to start at 18:30 and be back at 19:45. (1 hour and 15 minutes seems very long for that relatively short walk, doesn’t it.) At the end of last year’s parade was a big firework display win St. Stephen’s Green. No word about that this year! I guess the Gathering is firmly over, so scrap the fireworks! :-/

I was at the Procession of Light last year and I’d say, the walk is mainly for families with children and not so much for anybody else. Every one is invited to bring a battery operated light/light-stick/torch/lantern and kids like that.

There are free workshops for lantern making on 29, 30 and 31 December. A total of 11 workshops, each with 25 places are available and it seems there is still plenty of availability. You have to book the workshop via the website below.

Participation in the Procession of Light also needs to be pre-booked, but it was pretty small last year and I don’t expect that it will “sell out” this year. Nevertheless, don’t leave it to the last minute and book also on the website below.

There will be some street performers/dancers leading the procession and you will walk behind them from St. Stephen’s Green to St. Stephen’s Green. ;-) Participating means that you will be behind the performers and might never seen them. The other alternative is to watch the procession walking by, then you see the performers passing by.

When I was around 12 years of age, events like that thrilled me, because we had big wax and cloth torches that were burning brightly with big flames for about 2 hours. Neither the organisers nor our parents were concerned about that. …and nobody ever got injured or hurt. But times have changed and fire/flames etc is not allowed at the Procession of Light.

www.3nyedublin.ie/festival-schedule/peoples-procession-of-light

Ukulele Tuesday

19:45 – 22:00, Tue 31 Dec

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday an informal sing along with Ukulele and Toy Musical Instruments takes place in the Stag’s Head. Just bring your instrument and come along. Beginners are welcome. Admission is free and further details (and a big book of songs) are available on the Facebook Page below. The get-together meets in the “snug” in Stag’s Head.

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Ben Prevos Blue Tuesdays

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 31 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Ben Prevo & friends play saucy Blues & soul every Tuesday

www.sweeneysdublin.ie

Sweeney’s New Year’s Eve Party

20:00 – 02:30, Tue 31 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Sweeney’s invite to a New Year’s Eve party and importantly, admission is free. Considering so many others charge that evening, this is a positive example. Not the only one, but one that makes it very clear and easy to check.

www.dublinsessions.ie/sweeneys.html

New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert – NOT free!

20:30, Tue 31 Dec

Bank of Ireland, College Green, Dublin 2

I mention this event explicitly, because lots of people asked me if it is a free event. The New Year’s Eve Countdown Concert is NOT a free event, though. After an admission charge of approx. EUR 10 last year, this year’s event is EUR 27.50 and unless you are there quite early, you could end up seeing not much and getting bad sound as well. The nature of the location at College Green with a stage in front of the Bank of Ireland (opposite of the entrance into TCD) is that only a relatively small amount of people can squeeze in the space in front ot the stage. The rest will be somewhere further away in Dame Street.

Performers are ska band Madness, singer-songwriter Ryan Sheridan, MKS (formerly Sugarbabes), rockers The Strypes and Irish-language band Seo Linn.

“Magical 3D projections” (instead of Fireworks?) is promised for midnight.

www.3nyedublin.ie/festival-schedule/countdown-concert

Dun Laoghaire Fireworks

23:55, Tue 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

A spectacular Fireworks display fired from the East and West Pier in Dun Laoghaire will take place at midnight. It is the first time that both piers will be used simultaneously as firing sites. The best viewing point is from Newtownsmith Green in Dun Laoghaire, but you will also see it from all around Dublin Bay.

www.dunlaoghaire.ie/christmas-festival/programme-of-events/

Wednesday 01 Jan

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Happy New Year!

07:00, Wed 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

I am wishing you all a Happy New Year full of Health, Happiness and Success!!

Be aware that some shops will be closed today, so make sure that you plan your day by checking if the shops, venues etc that you plan to go to are there for you today.

Regular Events might not take place!

08:00, Wed 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

The Big Brunch

11:00 – 18:00, Wed 01 Jan

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Live Music (unfortunately the performers are not listed, but I heard that the Irish-language band Seo Linn will perform), a Vintage Tea Dance, a group Ceili, children’s entertainment and theatrical performances will entertain you on New Year’s Day on Meeting House Square. Food stalls will also be there,

Admission is free.

www.3nyedublin.ie/festival-schedule/the-big-brunch

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 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

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 01 Jan

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

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 01 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

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 01 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.theglobe.ie/events

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Wed 01 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 01 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 02 Jan

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08:00, Thu 02 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Thu 02 Jan

60 Camden Street, Dublin 2

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade (Market and Arcade) is back in a new location. The Marcade is now in Camden Street next to Daintree Paper and opposite the Centra and off-license there. It takes place every Thurs-Sun and is a flea-market-type permanent market with stalls and “chalets” for traders.

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

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 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

First Fortnight

13:00, Thu 02 Jan

Grafton Street, Dublin 2

First Fortnight is a charity organisation that wants to challenge mental health prejudice through creative arts. Every year since 2009, early January is the time for their multifacetted event. And in 2014 the programme includes music, film, theatre, spoken word, debate and visual art events between 02-11 January. The First Fortnight charity is run entirely by a core group of eight volunteers and understandably a large number of events are not free, but there are a few events and this week I can tell you about two art installation events this week and a few more next week:

Stuart Semple’s Happy Clouds takes place on
02 Jan – 13:00 at Grafton St, Dublin
03 Jan – 12:00 at People’s Park, Dún Laoghaire
04 Jan – 12:00 at North Earl St, Dublin
06 Jan – 12:00 at CHQ Building, Dublin
11 Jan – 12:00 at Temple Bar, Dublin

Contemporary British artist Stuart Semple brings his world-renowned Happy Clouds to Ireland for the first time. Having enthralled audiences in London, Milan, Holland and Australia, Semple will unleash his smiley-faced helium clouds in five locations across Dublin.

As I mentiomed. there are many other interesting (but not free) events taking place, so check out the whole event listing at www.firstfortnight.ie/whats-on/2014-event-calendar/

www.firstfortnight.ie

“My Favourites” – Walking Tour – Night Walk

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 02 Jan

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 next Thursday. 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 required via egaldog@gmail.com or 085-2725095

Dimestore Recordings presents

20:00, Thu 02 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

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Thu 02 Jan

Rathmines Inn, 82 Lower Rathmines Road Dublin 6

Bad Boy Jake are every Thursday until the end of February in the newly re-opened Rathmines Inn, playing their rock, blues and Americana.

Max Zaska / Patrick Groenland

21:00, Thu 02 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.

www.international-bar.com/music.html

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Thu 02 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

McNeills Trad Music Pub Sessions

21:30, Thu 02 Jan

J. McNeills, 140 Capel Street, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free Trad Session takes place in McNeills and often there are high profile Trad musicians performing. Until the end of August, that Thursday Session is part of the Steeple Sessions programme (www.steeplesessions.com )

www.facebook.com/McNeillsPubSessions

Friday 03 Jan

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08:00, Fri 03 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Over Christmas and New Year is “Silly Season” as far as Regular Events are concerned. This means that many Regular Events do not take place, but you never know. Wherever I was able to check and find out that an event was NOT taking place, I removed it. But many of the Regular Events don’t update Facebook Pages often enough. So, if you want to go to a Regular Event, it is advisable to check before on the Facebook Page or website or ring the venue to make sure that it does take place.

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade

11:00 – 18:00, Fri 03 Jan

60 Camden Street, Dublin 2

The Ferocious Mingle Marcade (Market and Arcade) is back in a new location. The Marcade is now in Camden Street next to Daintree Paper and opposite the Centra and off-license there. It takes place every Thurs-Sun and is a flea-market-type permanent market with stalls and “chalets” for traders.

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

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 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

Artefact Detective

14:30 – 15:30, Fri 03 Jan

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Drop-in, learn how to think like an archaeologist for an afternoon and try to solve the puzzle of some mystery objects! Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. Admissxion is free and no booking required. For ages 6+

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=4122

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 03 Jan

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

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant host live music three evenings a week (Thurs, Fri and Sat). The restaurant is a Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant and is open until 22:15.
+ Every second Thursday N.C Lawlor, a songwriter, session player and troubadour plays a mix of country, bluegrass & blues from 19:30-21:30.
+ Every Friday (19:30-21:30) Junshi Murakami plays Irish Harp.
+ Every Saturday (19:30-21:30) Nollaig Mann plays a collection of popular and jazz classics.

www.cornucopia.ie

Dublin Tribal Spirit – Drumming Circle

20:00 – 22:00, Fri 03 Jan

Lantern Centre, 17 Synge Street, Dublin 8

“Dublin Tribal Spirit” is a weekly event that gives you the great experience of a drumming circle with african drums and authentic tribal rhythms. Tom and Sinead, who run that event are providing lots of drums for it and teach you the rhythms.

There is no formal admission charge for this event, but donations are expected. The organisers bring their own 20-30 drums to it every week, so they are looking for donations to keep the event going.

www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Tribal-Spirit/201639663203598

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 03 Jan

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Events Coming Up

Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer – Play

Thurs, 16 Jan: 20:00

Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park

Tom Crean, the Antarctic explorer and one of Ireland’s unsung heroes, is brought to life in this dramatic and humorous solo performance by Aidan Dooley. Hear the riveting true stories of Crean’s Antarctic explorations as one of the few men to serve with both Scott and Shackleton and survive three famous expeditions.

This event will take place in Farmleigh House on Thurs 16 Jan. Tickets are free of charge, but are distributed via a lottery and are limited to two per applicant. Only successful applicants will be notified. The closing date and time for ticket applications is Monday 06 Jan at 17:00. To apply send a mail to farmleighinfo@opw.ie with the subject “Tom Crean: Antarctic Explorer”

www.farmleigh.ie/events/Title,28351,en.html

Modern biology and gender conflicts – Talk

Mon 13 Jan – 18:00

Royal Irish Academy, Academy House, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Royal Irish Academy Academy Discourse: “Can modern biology help in understanding gender conflicts in the 21st century home and workplace?” with Prof. Paul Seabright will take place in the Academy House in Mon 13 Jan and you need to book tickets for it if you are interested. www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Academy-Discourse-%281%29

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

01 Jan

Two walks organised by the Dublin Mountain Partnership have already been announced for January, but there might be more. The first one on New Year’s Day is a moderate 12km hike. And the second one ALSO on New Year’s Day is a moderate 6-8km walk. All details can be found on the website www.dublinmountains.ie/news/upcoming_events/?no_cache=1 All walks are free, but pre-registration is required.

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