Dublin Event Guide 392: Final Weekend of Christmas Markets, Winter Solstice Celebrations + MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

December 20th, 2014
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 392 | 19 December 2014

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Hi all!

This is the last “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” before Christmas, so it is now time to wish you a
MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!
And if Christmas is not your thing, then I am wishing you a “Merry *whatever_you_are_having*”! ;-)

Yes there are events taking place before Christmas, but understandably not much at all on Christmas Day and only a few on St. Stephen’s Day. So the total is down a good bit, but well over 100 free events in Dublin in Christmas week is still amazing! If you are a longterm reader of the Dublin Event Guide, you know that there hasn’t been a single week in 7.5 years when you didn’t get the weekly e-mail magazine and I will keep it up! So, you will definitely get a Dublin Event Guide next week as well so that you know what is happening between Christmas and New Year! A lot less people will open it, but I hope it will help some of you!

If you are still looking for a high-value Christmas present for a friend or a loved one and ordering anything online is too late now and the shops don’t have the right thing. then give a subscription for the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. I should really charge at least EUR 2 for each edition, so the value is over 100 Euro! You know I don’t charge anything, but you don’t need to tell that to your friend right away! In addition: It is the thought that counts. ;-) If you want to give a subscription as a present, send a mail with your friends e-mail address to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject XMAS SUBS and I will send your friend a nice welcome message and praise you for being a great person. Can’t do any harm!!!

Last chance to join the group of passionate Dublin Event Guide subscribers who want to be a) the first to know about news about the Dublin Event Guide and b) be part of the Inner Circle of supporters, you can join that Inner Circle at www.DublinEventGuide.com/InnerCircle.htm

I am still hoping for Santa to be good to me and I continue holding my Wish List in my little hands in front of me. If there is a Santa out there, feel free to choose whatever you think is appropriate! I was really good during the whole year!! Promise! ;-)

I know it’s Christmas, but the bills don’t stop, so my two appeals have to be included this week as well:

The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) only exists because you told other people about it and because a few generous people support it with donations. Keep doing exactly that, please! Tell all your friends and family and colleagues about it and – if you can – please also help with a donation.

The Sponsorship I was able to get helps hugely to take a certain amount of financial pressure off me, but it is not enough! I need to make some urgent changes to the system that I use and need someone who is good at CakePHP programming and SQL databases. That will cost! So please continue your financial support. You can help here: www.perfectresults.info/donate.htm I am also looking for some additional corporate sponsors as well, if you know someone, send them my way. :-)
Regarding your donation, I am suggesting the super low amount of just EUR 1 per month. These EUR 12 is just 2 pints and for the equivalent of 2 pints you get 52 issues full of information about free cultural events. That’s DEFINITELY worth 2 pints, isn’t it!? Please…and Thanks! :-)

And finally – I can’t say it often enough: 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 22,000 people receive the Dublin Event Guide every week and we are more than 53,000 people at the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide Check it out and click on LIKE when you are there.

And this is a great opportunity to help the Dublin Event Guide for absolutely no cost to you:

Without putting your hand in your pocket (for the Dublin Event Guide) at all you can help by ALWAYS using the ad links in the Dublin News Section and the ads in the Dublin Event Guides when you buy/order goods. If you buy goods immediately (in the same session) after clicking on a link/ad that you find in this e-zine/newsletter (Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon, Book Depository, LastMinute etc), you help the Dublin Event Guide everytime. This is how it works: The company you buy from (Groupon, Amazon, Living Social, Book Depository etc) registers that you came to them via a link from the Dublin Event Guide and they show their appreciation by giving a small commission (5-8%) to the Dublin Event Guide. This might only be 30 cent a go, but if you did that for all online purchases and if lots of people used it, then it could make a big dent into the EUR 170 needed. Use these links as often as possible it doesn’t cost you a cent and you help big time!

Have an event-full weekend and week,

–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!

This week’s Feel Good is about giving and it is Tony Robbins telling his story when he was 11 years of age and a generous person wanted to help his family, but his dad couldn’t accept it. Have a look at this video clip, it is just the first 3 minutes here

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There are two important messages in it. Firstly it is about the giving is living. By giving you give more than you might think. The second message is about the meaning we give to events. Tony Robbins’ dad gave it the meaning that he was poor and that he failed and he therefore walked out. YOU can choose what meaning you give to events, make use of that power!!

I was at Tony Robbins’ “Unleash the Power Within” event a few years ago and it was an amazing experience that I recommend to everyone. He will be in London again this year in March and if you are still looking for a Christmas present for yourself, here is an idea: www.amiando.com/e/wxombj

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

To cover the cost for the Dublin Event Guide I need your help and every week generous and nice Dublin Event Guide readers help with a donation.

Last week Shona F and Serena F supported the Dublin Event Guide with a donation. I really really really appreciate all the help! Without donations there won’t be a Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events): Your donation will ensure that the Dublin Event Guide will continue arriving in your Inbox every week and every donation will benefit EVERY Dublin Event Guide reader!

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.
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EventbriteThe main sponsor is Eventbrite and their support is hugely appreciated! Eventbrite enables people all over the world to plan, promote, and sell out any event, and has sold over 200 million tickets and registrations worldwide, totalling more than $3 billion in gross ticket sales. Eventbrite is free for free events. The online event registration service makes it easy for everyone to discover events, and to share the events they are attending with the people they know. In this way, Eventbrite brings communities together by encouraging people to connect through live experiences.

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 weekend you have the last chance to enjoy the different Christmas/Craft/Festive Markets. In addition watch out for the Christ Church Christmas Festival on Saturday, and the Winter Solstice viewing opportunity in Sandymount on Saturday and Sunday morning.

On Sunday evening a Winter Solstice Festival takes place at the National Museum and Smithfield.

And from Monday we are on the home stretch to Christmas. Have a great time and Merry Christmas to you and your families!

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Competitions

SpeedFriending – Ticket Competition

Sun 21 Dec – 18:45
J.W. Sweetman, 1-2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

SpeedFriending is a new way to meet new people and to make long-lasting friendships and connections. It works like this: You get 4 minutes with each participant to see if you like them and if they are someone you would like to hang out with.
Make new friends, expand your social circle and have an entertaining evening at SpeedFriending.

Admission is EUR 10 and you can get your ticket at the door. Please RSVP on the website below.

Dereck, the organiser of the meet-ups, has made a number of tickets available for Dublin Event Guide readers and the lucky winners are: Marco Novara, Caroline O’Connor, Eadaoin O’Reilly and Amna Hakim. Congratulations!

www.meetup.com/Speedfriending-Ireland/events/219157998/

Promote your product or event through a competition!

If you want to reach more than 23,000 people with a product promotion or an event promotion for a non-free event, contact me on dublineventguide@gmail.com and we can discuss the options. You provide the prize for the competition and the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) runs the competition for you. It couldn’t be simpler.

And if you want me to use/test a product you are selling and then share my assessment here in the Dublin Event Guide, we can talk about that too. I like testing out gear. ;-) [Currently I am looking to buy a high spec Android mobile phone and an action camera and would happily “test drive” some candidates.]

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Do you enjoy free events? Does it help you to find out about all these free events simply in one e-mail magazine or on one website? Does the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) deliver all this for you and maybe even more? In that case, you probably also would want it to continue forever, right?

To achieve that some money is needed. Donations are a great help, but not everyone feels they can donate at the moment. So here is the solution: If you could help with a donation without having to pay a cent from your own money wouldn’t that be cool? You can!!

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The “Metro Herald” is gone…and that is BIG news!

It is already nearly 10 years when back in 2005 the free newspaper “Metro” launched in Dublin. Free daily newspapers were popular in London, but for Dublin it was a significant event. Independent News & Media (INM), the owners of the Irish Independent, immediately reacted with the launch of their own free daily newspaper “Herald AM”.

This was great for the customers and probably also for advertisement clients, but financially the competition didn’t help the two newspapers and in 2010, Metro and Herald AM were merged to the “Metro Herald” and lost in 2013 “only” EUR 280k. But the EUR 15.5 mio of accumulated losses meant that it had to come to an end at some stage. Last Monday was that day when Metro Herald announced that they will cease publication this Friday. (The many street distributors and 13 editorial staff lost their jobs.)

It is not the first and won’t be the last newspaper that will close down, so why is the news BIG? Well, Metro Herald was put together as a “quick” newspaper: Short, attention grabbing articles that can be read quickly. Lots of advertisement and daily competitions. And ensure that people will browse even to pages further back, the Metro Herald was also spreading the news about lots of events to the level that some of the free events in Dublin were only promoted by the Metro Herald (and obviously the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” ;-) ), so event organisers have lost a channel to reach a section of their potential audience and the readers have lost a source of information about events.

What needs to happen next is that LOTS of people should now join the mailing list of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”, so that they at least find out about the free events. But YOU need to help them, because they might have never heard about this weekly event magazine. People can subscribe at www.dublineventguide.com

Some articles about the closure of the Metro Herald are here and here.

Trinity College is rebranding – See the shocking images!

I couldn’t resist the Buzzfeed/Upworthy type headline that you see everywhere on Facebook. (It’s called Clickbait and is meant to decrease significantly in January.)

But if you came here to see the shocking images of the new Trinty College brand, I won’t disappoint you. But maybe TCD will. Have a look at the article in TheJournal.ie from Thursday that broke the disturbing news: www.thejournal.ie/ireland-trinity-college-dublin-new-logo-development-1840428-Dec2014/

For many months the deliberations went on and you can imagine that itprobably got messy (up to 40 interest groups had to be consulted) and then the whole change is…. taking the gold-colour out of the crest and fiddling a little with the fonts. TCD, you have lost it!

What a waste of time and money!! It allegedly will cost to EUR 100k to carry out this nonsensical rebranding.

An Post Museum – Free Admission

To celebrate the 200 years since the foundation stone of the GPO was laid in 1814, the An Post Museum in the GPO, will let you in for free from 08 December until Christmas.

Have a look at look at the exhibition “Letters, Lives & Liberty” and if you come at lunch-time, you will also be able to join in with the traditional carol singing in the Public Office (or you can just listen to them).

The An Post museum is closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now Eventbrite’s section to highlight some of the events they – as the main sponsor of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) would particularly like to bring to your attention. The vast majority of the events listed here will be free, but if it is a really good event, there might sometimes be a non-free event in the list as well. (It will be properly tagged!)

== EVENTBRITE PICKS =

DISCOTEKKEN ON ICE
Like a roller disco, except on ice! No need to say more. Tickets are EUR 5, get them here.
DIFFERENCE XMAS SPECIAL
The hangar is putting on a Christmas special, headlined by Mark Gill and supported by the Difference Djs. Tickets are EUR 6, available here.
Find more events at www.eventbrite.ie or download the Eventbrite app to find events around you.
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.

Greetings From Ireland

27-31 December

The Library Project, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2

View an array of unique interpretations of Irish tourism with The Library Project’s new exhibition “Greetings From Ireland”. This PhotoIreland project seeks to reinterpret Ireland’s image for the tourism industry with the work of 36 artists.

This contemporary reimagining of Ireland by inviting local and international artists to present their personal interpretation of what the country is today should be very intriguing.

Admission is free.

Home is Where One Starts From – Aoife Cox Solo Exhibition

20 Dec – 31 Jan

The Helix, DCU., Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Home is Where One Starts From is solo exhibition of new work by Cork based artist Aoife Cox.

Exploring personal perspectives, her work redefines her relationship with past and present home places. Her vividly detailed paintings, drawings and sculptures explore and highlight the idiosyncrasies and characteristics of localities.

Opening Night is in Saturday 20 Dec from 19:00. Admission is free.

aoifecoxart@gmail.com

Duke Street Gallery Christmas Exhibition

04-31 December

Duke Street Gallery, 17 Duke Street, Dublin 2

The Duek Street Gallery Christmas Show will feature works from artists such as Graham Knuttel, Clare Hartigan, Joby Hickey, Marie Carroll, Tom Byrne, Alex McKennaand others.

The opening will take place on Thurs 04 Dec at 17:00 and there will be a wine reception, music and some complimentary gift vouchers on the opening night.

Admission is free. www.dukestreetgallery.ie/

Studies on Shivering

21 Nov – 24 Jan

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

“Studies on Shivering” is a part of a wider project by the artist Damir O?ko (HR). In this project, the artist creates a dialogue between film, poetry, musical scores, objects and drawing to explore a central theme; the shivering body as a metaphor for resistance and unrest. The title of the film in this exhibition, “TK”, comes from the phonetic description of the sound of teeth or stones clashing together. These types of sounds create a visceral, psycho-acoustic response in the listener and the effect is one of O?ko’s central concerns.

“Studies on Shivering” combines elements such as scores, collages, architectural intervention and collaborations to extend the normal cinematic space and to create a hybrid work in which film, research and poetry are equally weighted.

www.templebar.ie/calendar/event/studies-on-shivering

Shaped by History

01 Aug – 05 Jan (Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:00, Sun: 12:00-17:00)

National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Dublin 2

Shaped by History features 95 black and white photographs of Limerick Milk Market taken between 1971 and 1978 by Limerick social documentary photographer Gerry Andrews.

Limerick Milk Market was founded in 1852, as the west of Ireland was emerging from the famines of the 1840s. In the 1970s, Limerick Milk Market was at a crossroads in its long history, as the Shannon/Limerick region began transforming into a national and international model for development.

www.nli.ie/en/national-photographic-archive.aspx

Saturday 20 Dec

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 20 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/

Winter Solstice in Sandymount

08:30, Sat 20 Dec

Sean Moore Park, Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4

The Winter Solstice takes place on Sunday and this is a really big event in Newgrange. Thousands of people hope every year that they are the lucky ones who will get a spot in the Newgrange monument to witness the sun shining through the roof box and crawling towards the centre of the tomb. For the 2014 ticket draw 30,532 (!!) applications were submitted and only a total of 100 people will be invited, 20 each day from 18-23 December.

If you are not one of the 100, you still have a chance to experience the dramatic sunrise on this important day, albeit in a somewhat less spectacular way:

In Sean Moore Park in Sandymount, a standing stone is lined up with the James Joyce monument to point to the Winter sunrise. The sun will appear from 08:38 on 21 Dec, but – like in Newgrange – you can also go there from the 18-23 Dec and still see more or less the same.

Christ Church Cathedral Christmas Festival

09:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 Dec

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

A Christmas Festival will take place at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday.

Christ Church Cathedral will be opening its doors to visitors completely free of charge at the festival. What better time to visit this wonderful historic monument than at Christmas?

The crypt and grounds will be filled with Irish food and craft stalls. Santa Claus is back in his 12th century crypt grotto and will welcome children and will give them a gift (Visit to Santa: EUR 12.50). And music will be performed: Live samba music in aid of the Simon Community and a very special Christmas lunchtime concert given by the Young Dublin Symphonia (13:15-14:15).

The cathedral and crypt will be decorated with traditional trees, candles, garlands and a crib.

If you want, you can upgrade your visit by doing a guided tour of cathedral and belfry (including a bell ringing experience) for EUR 4.

christchurchcathedral.ie/events/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 20 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

Malahide Park Run (free)

09:30, Sat 20 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/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 20 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

The Green Door Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 20 Dec

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 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

Christmas at Farmleigh – Family Events

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

The yearly Christmas Family events at Farmleigh House continue for another weekend:

10:00-17:00 Christmas Food & Craft Market > Farmyard
10:00-17:00 Festive Crib > Outdoors
12:00-12:30 + 13:45-14:15 + 15:30-16:00 Christmas Puppet Show featuring Frosty the Snowman & Rudolf the Reindeer
12:45-13:30 + 14:30-15:15 + 16:15-17:00 Storytelling for Children with Niall De Burca > The Old Kitchen
13:30-15:30 Christmas Carol Singing with Ulysses Chamber Choir > Ballroom
14:00-16:00 Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords > Outdoors

Admission is free.

www.farmleigh.ie/media/Christmas%20at%20Farmleigh%202014.pdf

Christmas Kingdom – St. Anne’s Park

10:00 – 20:00, Sat 20 Dec

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Christmas Kingdom is a new Christmas event by Dublin City Council.

There is lots of entertainment for kids, but most attractions are not free (e.g. a Christmas circus, the North Pole play area, a festive train, face painters, balloons and children entertainments.

The free element of Christmas Kindom is a Live Crib and a market area consisting of 14 stalls selling food and crafts.

Initially it will open every weekend Fri 14:00-20:00 & Sat/Sun from 10:00 to 20:00. From 19-23 Dec the market will be open daily from 10:00-20:00 and will then continue until 04 Jan.

Drumcondra Village Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 Dec

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

The Drumcondra Village Market is an arts and crafts fair in the centre of Drumcondra. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DrumcondraVillageMarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 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 – 16:30, Sat 20 Dec

Merchants Yard, East Wall Road, Dublin 3

The Merchants Market on East Wall Road is a weekly indoors flea market on Saturdays and Sundays with more than 80 stalls in a big industrial hall. There is everything from furniture and antiques to paintings and mirrors, electronics and hot food to bicycles and buns. It is just a few minutes walk away from the Point Theatre/O2 (walk in the direction of the Port Tunnel).

www.merchantsmarket.ie/

Stables Market

10:00 – 18:00, Sat 20 Dec

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

A new market (flea/vintage/etc) with two cafés has opened in the same location in Thomas Street where the Ferocious Mingle Market was before their move to Camden Street.

The new market in 72 Thomas Street is called Stable Market and it is open from Thursday until Sunday from 10:00-18:00 every day. It seems there is neither a website nor a Facebook Page yet.

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 20 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

Live Animal Crib

10:15, Sat 20 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Every year there is a crib with live animals outside Mansion House and this institution supported by the Irish Farmers Association is returning to Dawson Street again. It will run from 09-23 Dec.

Dawson Street doesn’t look very pretty this year due to the LUAS works there, but if you focus on the crib and ignore the street behind you you can nearly get into a Christmassy mood. ;-)

The animals don’t stay there for the whole time, but they will be brought back to the farm every evening and then back to the City Centre in the morning.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 20 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/

Block T Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Sat 20 Dec

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

The BLOCK T Weekend Christmas Markets returns and will run from Fri-Sun for three weekends from 05 Dec-21Dec.

Located in Smithfield right beside the Red LUAS, you will find there affordable and unique art, handmade crafts & jewellery, records, posters and much more. Artists, designers and creative people from in and around Dublin will be selling their wide range of unique, ‘arty’ and creative gift ideas.

DJs and live entertainers will distract you at times and caoffe and other supplies are also available.

The Opening Hours are Fri 17:00-21:00, Sat+Sun 11:00-19:00

www.facebook.com/events/727987317255405

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Sat 20 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

After a super long Christmas Market in Dun Laoghaire last year that reached into January, this year the market is significantly shorter and also only open at weekends. A dramatic change from 2013!

The opening times are every day from 11:00-19:00 and the market is open on these 13 days

Sat+Sun 29-30 Nov / Fri-Sun 05-07 Dec / Fri-Sun 12-14 Dec / Fri-Tues 19-23 Dec

The special events during the Christmas Period are
+ Sat 20 Dec: Lantern Procession & Festival Fireworks

www.dlrevents.ie/dlcf14_main.html

Made in Stoneybatter – Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 20 Dec

The Work & Welders, 53 Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter

Liliput Stores and their friends run a Christmas Market in a workshop premises on Arbour Hill. The market runs on Sat+Sun from 11:00-17:00 and you can expect an array of independently crafted food & design.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/553431201460534

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 20 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

Blood – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 20 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

BLOOD is the title of the new Science Gallery exhibition that will run from 24 Oct – 25 Jan.

25 exhibits explore the symbolic, scientific and strange nature of blood and there are certainly some “out there” contributions. For example the video and relics from a bio-art performance where an artist had a blood transfusion form a horse. Or a spoof brand that uses bloodstain-formed fashion accessories addressing the stigma about men strual blood.

But there are quirky things as well, like the Jukebox that will guess your age by taking your pulse rate and playing a song from your teenage years. And there are some practical aspects: You can take a test that will determine your blood type and you can find out what happens to to donated blood in Ireland.

An interesting exhibition, but different than what you have seen before in the Science Gallery and that is reflected by the recommendation that the exhibition is only suitable for over 15 year olds.

If you are ok with the focus on this red substance that makes some of us a bit queasy when we think about it, you should definitely go to the exhibition (and bring an open mind ;-) ). But if blood makes your knees wobbly, then it might not be for you.

Admission to the exhibition is free

dublin.sciencegallery.com/blood

Festive Family Fun Fair – Wolfe Tone Square

12:00, Sat 20 Dec

Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

Every day until 22 December a Festive Family Fun Fair will take place on Wolfe Tone Square.

There will be vintage amusement rides like a vintage style chairoplane, a mini carousel, a helter skelter slide and game stalls. Food stalls with crepes, grilled food, a chocolate fountain, hot drinks, sweets and steak sandwiches will keep the parents happy.

Admission to the Fun Fair is free, but I would expect that the amusements/rides are not free. Can someone please check and let me know (dublineventguide@gmail.com). Thanks! It also doesn’t say until what time in the evening that Fun Fair is open. Maybe it’s a secret. so be careful when you ask! :-D

www.dublinatchristmas.ie/whats-on-events/festive-family-fun-fair-wolfe-tone-square/

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 20 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. Grand Social’s Bar and Gourmet Coffee options are available.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/

Intercultural Tour in Mandarin – Chester Beatty Library

12:00, Sat 20 Dec

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

A Mandarin Language tour takes place in the Chester Beatty Library, but they didn’t share the starting time on their website!!! So, that means that tour might or might not take place. I only used 12:00 as a random-ish time place holder. Please check with the Library on 01-4070750 if you want to go to this intercultural tour.

www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

MART Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Sat 20 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

At the MART Christmas Market you will be able to buy Art, Design, Craft, Knits/Fashion, Jewellery (all made by seller) and more. And you will also get Mulled Wine.

The market will run for thirteen days: On 06-07 December and then every day from 11 Dec until 21 Dec. Operning hours are 12:00-19:00

www.mart.ie/christmas-market/

www.facebook.com/events/303820619821284

St Stephen’s Green Christmas Market

12:00 – 20:00, Sat 20 Dec

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

From 13 November until 23 December Dublin’s first ever City Centre Christmas Market takes place on one side of St. Stephen’s Green in the form of a lon row of wooden huts. Approx. 60 traders will be at the market selling handcrafted items, art, Christmas presents, food products etc. and there will also be food and drinks stands.

Admission is free.

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 20 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 – 16:00, Sat 20 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

Qigong – Drop-in class – Chester Beatty Library

14:30 – 15:00, Sat 20 Dec

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

A Drop-in Qigong session will take place on the Roof Top Garden of Chester Beatty Library with Ching Xu.

“With views of Dublin Castle and the city skyline the roof garden of the Chester Beatty Library provides an oasis of peace, a place to rest for a while and enjoy its tranquillity. Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm state of mind. Join us for a gentle 30 minute Qigong practice outdoors (weather permitting) or indoors in the third floor lobby. These are drop-in sessions and do not require booking. Suitable for all ages. Limited to 15, first-come, first-served.”

www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival – Lanterns + Fireworks

16:00, Sat 20 Dec

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The final event of the Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival is a Lantern Procession, followed by Festival Fireworks.

The Lantern Procession starts at 16:00 at People’s Park and the route is Park Road, Upr. Georges Street, Marine Road, Queens Road, ending on the East Pier.

At 17:00 the Fireworks display will start. It will be seen from all points near the seafront in Dun Laoghaire, but probably the best spots are on the East Pier or on Newtownsmith Green.

Admission is free and for more information check the website below.

(Please note, that lanterns are not allowed to be proper lanterns! Which means that they can’t be “lit by a candle or made of flammable material”. Yes, the second part of that sentence doesn’t make sense at all because paper is flammable material. I guess what they are trying to say is that any fire risk has to be avoided. But an LED light in a paper Lantern would most likely be totally acceptable.)

[I remember when I grew up and we had yearly processions and us kids had long open fire torches (a stick with parafin soaked cloth wrapped around it) that had at least 40cm long flames. Nobody ever got hurt and no adult ever freaked out. Awww, good old times!]

www.dlrevents.ie/dlcf14_lantern.html

Winter Solstice Celebration – Food Co-op

19:00 – 23:00, Sat 20 Dec

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

The Dublin Food Co-op is inviting their friends to a Winter Solstice Celebration with Dancing, Storytelling and Vegetarian Potluck. Admission is free. (This is an alcohol-free event.)

www.facebook.com/events/763967823651136

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Sat 20 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

CWU Brass Band Christmas Concert

20:00, Sat 20 Dec

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

The Brass Band of the trade union “Communications and Workers Union” will perform their Christmas Concert in the Unitarian Church. Admission is free. Donations for the Dublin Unitarian Church Organ Restoration Fund are welcome.

www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events/

Robert Coyle’s is feeling Numinous

20:00 – 21:30, Sat 20 Dec

Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge, 23 Stephen Street Lower, Dublin 2

Robert Coyle will bring his One-man Comedy show to Accents Cafe. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/682042308558554/

Saturday Night Live

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 20 Dec

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

This is a weekly Saturday night live music event 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

The Devils Jukebox – Gigs + DJs

20:00, Sat 20 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Devils Jukebox is live music from 20:00-23:00 and DJs with Alternative, Punk, Rock, Metal & Garage after that. Every Saturday! Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Youth Mass – Gig

20:00, Sat 20 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Youth Mass will play in Whelan’s and admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/youth-mass/

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:00, Sat 20 Dec

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

Blues & Soul Band “Left, Right & Centre” will play in Arthur’s Pub and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 20 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

Deja Boo – Gig

22:00, Sat 20 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Deja Boo will play in Whelan’s and admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-deja-boo-2/

Night Owl with Dogs and Voxx – Gig Night

22:30, Sat 20 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The two bands Dogs and Voxx are performing in the Night Owl slot in Whelan’s and admission is free if you arrive before 22:30 or if you sign up for the guest list.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/night-howl-w-dogs-voxx/

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Winter Solstice in Sandymount

08:30, Sun 21 Dec

Sean Moore Park, Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4

The Winter Solstice takes place on Sunday and this is a really big event in Newgrange. Thousands of people hope every year that they are the lucky ones who will get a spot in the Newgrange monument to witness the sun shining through the roof box and crawling towards the centre of the tomb. For the 2014 ticket draw 30,532 (!!) applications were submitted and only a total of 100 people will be invited, 20 each day from 18-23 December.

If you are not one of the 100, you still have a chance to experience the dramatic sunrise on this important day, albeit in a somewhat less spectacular way:

In Sean Moore Park in Sandymount, a standing stone is lined up with the James Joyce monument to point to the Winter sunrise. The sun will appear from 08:38 on 21 Dec, but – like in Newgrange – you can also go there from the 18-23 Dec and still see more or less the same.

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 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

Christmas at Farmleigh – Family Events

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

The yearly Christmas Family events at Farmleigh House finish with this:

10:00-17:00 Christmas Food & Craft Market > Farmyard
10:00-17:00 Festive Crib > Outdoors
12:00-16:00 Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords > Outdoors
12:00-12:30 + 13:45-14:15 + 15:30-16:00 Christmas Puppet Show featuring Frosty the Snowman & Rudolf the Reindeer
12:45-13:30 + 14:30-15:15 + 16:15-17:00 Storytelling for Children with Niall De Burca > The Old Kitchen
13:00-16:00 Horse & Carriage Rides > Outdoors
13:30-15:30 Christmas Carol Singing with Capella > Ballroom

Admission is free.

www.farmleigh.ie/media/Christmas%20at%20Farmleigh%202014.pdf

Christmas Kingdom – St. Anne’s Park

10:00 – 20:00, Sun 21 Dec

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Christmas Kingdom is a new Christmas event by Dublin City Council.

There is lots of entertainment for kids, but most attractions are not free (e.g. a Christmas circus, the North Pole play area, a festive train, face painters, balloons and children entertainments.

The free element of Christmas Kindom is a Live Crib and a market area consisting of 14 stalls selling food and crafts.

Initially it will open every weekend Fri 14:00-20:00 & Sat/Sun from 10:00 to 20:00. From 19-23 Dec the market will be open daily from 10:00-20:00 and will then continue until 04 Jan.

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 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 – 16:30, Sun 21 Dec

Merchants Yard, East Wall Road, Dublin 3

The Merchants Market on East Wall Road is a weekly indoors flea market on Saturdays and Sundays with more than 80 stalls in a big industrial hall. There is everything from furniture and antiques to paintings and mirrors, electronics and hot food to bicycles and buns. It is just a few minutes walk away from the Point Theatre/O2 (walk in the direction of the Port Tunnel).

www.merchantsmarket.ie/

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 21 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/

Stables Market

10:00 – 18:00, Sun 21 Dec

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

A new market (flea/vintage/etc) with two cafés has opened in the same location in Thomas Street where the Ferocious Mingle Market was before their move to Camden Street.

The new market in 72 Thomas Street is called Stable Market and it is open from Thursday until Sunday from 10:00-18:00 every day. It seems there is neither a website nor a Facebook Page yet.

Live Animal Crib

10:15, Sun 21 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Every year there is a crib with live animals outside Mansion House and this institution supported by the Irish Farmers Association is returning to Dawson Street again. It will run from 09-23 Dec.

Dawson Street doesn’t look very pretty this year due to the LUAS works there, but if you focus on the crib and ignore the street behind you you can nearly get into a Christmassy mood. ;-)

The animals don’t stay there for the whole time, but they will be brought back to the farm every evening and then back to the City Centre in the morning.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Block T Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 21 Dec

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

The BLOCK T Weekend Christmas Markets returns and will run from Fri-Sun for three weekends from 05 Dec-21Dec.

Located in Smithfield right beside the Red LUAS, you will find there affordable and unique art, handmade crafts & jewellery, records, posters and much more. Artists, designers and creative people from in and around Dublin will be selling their wide range of unique, ‘arty’ and creative gift ideas.

DJs and live entertainers will distract you at times and caoffe and other supplies are also available.

The Opening Hours are Fri 17:00-21:00, Sat+Sun 11:00-19:00

www.facebook.com/events/727987317255405

Brocante Furniture & Vintage Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 Dec

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

The Brocante Market will take place on Sunday and will be Christmas themed.

It is a collection of antiques, furniture, vintage jewellery, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden.

If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month.

www.facebook.com/thebrocantemarket

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 21 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

After a super long Christmas Market in Dun Laoghaire last year that reached into January, this year the market is significantly shorter and also only open at weekends. A dramatic change from 2013!

The opening times are every day from 11:00-19:00 and the market is open on these 13 days

Sat+Sun 29-30 Nov / Fri-Sun 05-07 Dec / Fri-Sun 12-14 Dec / Fri-Tues 19-23 Dec

www.dlrevents.ie/dlcf14_main.html

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 21 Dec

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

A weekly market with lots of food, but also many other products (art & crafts, books, etc) takes place every Sunday in the beautiful People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It is a very popular market and with around 50 vendors also one of the bigger markets.

www.dlrcoco.ie/aboutus/councildepartments/environment/findit/markets/

Made in Stoneybatter – Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 Dec

The Work & Welders, 53 Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter

Liliput Stores and their friends run a Christmas Market in a workshop premises on Arbour Hill. The market runs on Sat+Sun from 11:00-17:00 and you can expect an array of independently crafted food & design.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/553431201460534

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 21 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

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 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

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 21 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/

Blood – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 21 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

BLOOD is the title of the new Science Gallery exhibition that will run from 24 Oct – 25 Jan.

25 exhibits explore the symbolic, scientific and strange nature of blood and there are certainly some “out there” contributions. For example the video and relics from a bio-art performance where an artist had a blood transfusion form a horse. Or a spoof brand that uses bloodstain-formed fashion accessories addressing the stigma about men strual blood.

But there are quirky things as well, like the Jukebox that will guess your age by taking your pulse rate and playing a song from your teenage years. And there are some practical aspects: You can take a test that will determine your blood type and you can find out what happens to to donated blood in Ireland.

An interesting exhibition, but different than what you have seen before in the Science Gallery and that is reflected by the recommendation that the exhibition is only suitable for over 15 year olds.

If you are ok with the focus on this red substance that makes some of us a bit queasy when we think about it, you should definitely go to the exhibition (and bring an open mind ;-) ). But if blood makes your knees wobbly, then it might not be for you.

Admission to the exhibition is free

dublin.sciencegallery.com/blood

Festive Family Fun Fair – Wolfe Tone Square

12:00, Sun 21 Dec

Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

Every day until 22 December a Festive Family Fun Fair will take place on Wolfe Tone Square.

There will be vintage amusement rides like a vintage style chairoplane, a mini carousel, a helter skelter slide and game stalls. Food stalls with crepes, grilled food, a chocolate fountain, hot drinks, sweets and steak sandwiches will keep the parents happy.

Admission to the Fun Fair is free, but I would expect that the amusements/rides are not free. Can someone please check and let me know (dublineventguide@gmail.com). Thanks! It also doesn’t say until what time in the evening that Fun Fair is open. Maybe it’s a secret. so be careful when you ask! :-D

www.dublinatchristmas.ie/whats-on-events/festive-family-fun-fair-wolfe-tone-square/

MART Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Sun 21 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

At the MART Christmas Market you will be able to buy Art, Design, Craft, Knits/Fashion, Jewellery (all made by seller) and more. And you will also get Mulled Wine.

The market will run for thirteen days: On 06-07 December and then every day from 11 Dec until 21 Dec. Operning hours are 12:00-19:00

www.mart.ie/christmas-market/

www.facebook.com/events/303820619821284

Mother Redcap’s Indoor Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 21 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

St Stephen’s Green Christmas Market

12:00 – 20:00, Sun 21 Dec

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

From 13 November until 23 December Dublin’s first ever City Centre Christmas Market takes place on one side of St. Stephen’s Green in the form of a lon row of wooden huts. Approx. 60 traders will be at the market selling handcrafted items, art, Christmas presents, food products etc. and there will also be food and drinks stands.

Admission is free.

Sunday at Noon

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 21 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Sundays at Noon Concert Series continues in the Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. This series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June.

The next concert will feature a “Bach Celebration” with Alison Browner, mezzo soprano and Players from Orchestra of St Cecilia. Directed by Therese Timoney.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/1251-sundaysnoon-bach-celebration

Yoga Class for Dublin Simon

12:00 – 14:00, Sun 21 Dec

The Complex, 41-52 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

Fiona Moloney, an experienced Yoga teacher, who ran for years the weekly “Yoga in the Park” classes in Phoenix Park is back and again, she is doing a great job for Dublin Simon.

On Sunday a Yoga class will take place. Admission is free but donations for Dublin Simon are very much appreciated.

Bring your Yoga mat and a towel and some water and join in. If you can’t or don’t want to stay for the two hours, that’s no problem, just join whenever you can for how long you can.

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13:00, Sun 21 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 21 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of (hobby) artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle, Science Gallery, …), 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 below or on their Facebook Page 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 21 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

Sunday Family Sketching – Hugh Lane Gallery

14:00 – 15:00, Sun 21 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Sunday Sketching for the whole family takes place every Sunday and admission is free.

During these workshops we explore paintings, sculpture and some of the architectural features of Charlemont House through discussion and drawing.

No booking is required although numbers may be limited.

www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/1253-sundaysketchs

Winter Solstice Special Tour

14:30 – 15:30, Sun 21 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Explore how ancient people marked the mid-winter solstice, the shortest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere with a tour of the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition. View grave goods from the Neolithic passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth Co. Meath and discover the skills used to create some of our most famous monuments and artefacts.

Admission is free and no booking required, but places are limited to the first 20 people. Suitable for ages 12+

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=4538

Family Drawing Sundays

14:30 – 16:30, Sun 21 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

Christmas / Hanukkah Light Installation

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 21 Dec

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

A light installation at Clarke Square in Collins Barracks will illuminate the “Pebbledash House” in the square for just one hour with a Christmas and Hanukkah ‘Living Room’ Light installation. Keren Rosenberg will perform contemporary dance.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=4539

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 21 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

Palestrina Choir – Christmas Carol Service

15:30, Sun 21 Dec

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

A Christmas Carol Service with the Palestrina Choir and St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girls’ Choir will take place in the St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral (Director is Blánaid Murphy. Organist is Professor Gerard Gillen)

Admission is free.

www.procathedral.ie/christmas-timetable-2011/christmas-carol-service

Brian Keary plays Classical Guitar

16:00 – 17:00, Sun 21 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Brian Keary is a classically trained guitar player who also has experience of different styles / genres of music ranging from ragtime and folk to baroque and contemporary. He will perform in Sweeney’s (Ground Floor) on Sunday afternoon.

www.sweeneysdublin.ie/gigs.php

Nova Collective – House Dublin

17:00 – 19:00, Sun 21 Dec

House Dublin, 27 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2

House Dublin is a restaurant and bar in Leeson Street. On Sundays the Nova Collective is playing in their Glass House from 17:00-19:00. Expect Jazz and Latin Bossa Nova. Admission is free.

housedublin.ie/

Winter Solstice Celebration Festival 2014

17:00 – 19:30, Sun 21 Dec

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

The “City Of Dublin Winter Solstice Celebration Festival 2014” takes place on Sunday and is a family friendly event, bringing together traditional storytelling, poetry and céilí, as well as craft making and it culminates in a parade and Winter Solstice Fire Ceremony on Smithfield Square.

The event starts at 17:00 Collins Barracks’ Riding School Hall. Then the Winter Solstice Fire will be lit at 18:00 on Clarke Square in Collins Barracks. And the parade assembles there at 18:15.

The parade then goes from the Museum via Ellis Quay and Arran Quay to Smithfield Square, where the Fire Ceremony will be from 18:45-19:15.

www.facebook.com/events/1521425301440679/

LJJ Band – Cafe en Seine

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 21 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/

Sweeney’s Dixieland Jazzmen

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 21 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Sweeney’s Dixeland Jazzmen play their weekly gig on the ground floor in Sweeney’s. Admission is free.

www.dublinsessions.ie/sweeneys.html

Saucy Sundays

19:00 – 23:00, Sun 21 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).

This week’s Saucy Sundays is going ahead and is the Saucy Sunday Christmas party. The line-up is

Greg Clifford, Sign A, Tommy Moore, Sample Answer, Megacone, Warehouse

www.facebook.com/events/305520772977922/

www.facebook.com/saucy.sundays

Trinity Latino Party

19:00, Sun 21 Dec

Trinity Bar, 46-49 Dame Street, Dublin 2

This weekly Latin Music event will take place every Sunday. You will be able to dance salsa, bachata, merengue, cumbia and reggeaton. Live music, food tasting and free admission, what more could you want?

www.facebook.com/TrinityLatino

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 21 Dec

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

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass is back after the summer break and invites you 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 gospel choirs in Ireland will give you a chance to experience a mass with a difference. It is uplifting and inspiring and everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness.

Disclaimer: I am involved with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, so the description above MIGHT not be totally unbiased. But just take it from me, they are brilliant! ;-)

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

Dublin Gospel Choir Christmas Concert

20:00, Sun 21 Dec

St. Mary of the Angels Church, Church Street, Dublin 7

The Dublin Gospel Choir will sing at a concert in aid of the Capuchin Day Centre on Sunday. The concert will start at 20:00 after the 19:00 mass in the same church.

Admission is free and no tickets are required. Donations are very much appreciated and will go directly to the Capuchin Day Centre.

www.facebook.com/events/1589853847894803/

Me In The Park – Gig

20:00, Sun 21 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

3-piece rock band “Me In The Park” are playing in Whelan’s and admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/me-in-the-park/

NO Sunday Roast

20:00, Sun 21 Dec

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

NOT TAKING PLACE TONIGHT!

The weekly Sunday Roast is a free event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes.

The last one for 2014 took place on 14 Dec and you will now have to wait until next year to the next Sunday Roast. 2 weeks without will be tough ;-), but I am sure Kieron and team will make up for it in early January.

www.facebook.com/thesundayroast

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 21 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

Jawbone – Accoustic Folk & Blues Night

20:30, Sun 21 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

At the Jawbone Gig night in Sin É, Acoustic Folk & Blues will be performed every Sunday. Admission is free. For the line-up check here www.facebook.com/pages/Jawbone-Dublin-Acoustic-Folk-Blues-Commune/724102984268967

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 21 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).

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

Forro de Lampiao – Brazilian Dance

21:00 – 23:00, Sun 21 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 21 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. Admission is free.

The Pavement Kings play Rockabilly from 21:00 and
DJs Popocorn Peete and Little Dakota follow from 23:00-01:30 with a white variety of styles (Rockabilly, Calypso, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, etc).

www.facebook.com/rhythmrocker

Billy Treacy & The Ha’Penny Heads

21:30, Sun 21 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 21 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

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 21 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The Dublin Blues Cartel will be in Whelan’s again and will perform mostly a version of New Orleans R’n’B with a classic rock twist, sandwiched with swing, Rock’n’Roll, Soul, Funk, Blues and rap of all eras. Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-the-dublin-blues-cartel-30/

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Christmas Kingdom – St. Anne’s Park

10:00 – 20:00, Mon 22 Dec

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Christmas Kingdom is a new Christmas event by Dublin City Council.

There is lots of entertainment for kids, but most attractions are not free (e.g. a Christmas circus, the North Pole play area, a festive train, face painters, balloons and children entertainments.

The free element of Christmas Kindom is a Live Crib and a market area consisting of 14 stalls selling food and crafts.

Initially it will open every weekend Fri 14:00-20:00 & Sat/Sun from 10:00 to 20:00. From 19-23 Dec the market will be open daily from 10:00-20:00 and will then continue until 04 Jan.

Live Animal Crib

10:15, Mon 22 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Every year there is a crib with live animals outside Mansion House and this institution supported by the Irish Farmers Association is returning to Dawson Street again. It will run from 09-23 Dec.

Dawson Street doesn’t look very pretty this year due to the LUAS works there, but if you focus on the crib and ignore the street behind you you can nearly get into a Christmassy mood. ;-)

The animals don’t stay there for the whole time, but they will be brought back to the farm every evening and then back to the City Centre in the morning.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Mon 22 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

After a super long Christmas Market in Dun Laoghaire last year that reached into January, this year the market is significantly shorter and also only open at weekends. A dramatic change from 2013!

The opening times are every day from 11:00-19:00 and the market is open on these 13 days

Sat+Sun 29-30 Nov / Fri-Sun 05-07 Dec / Fri-Sun 12-14 Dec / Fri-Tues 19-23 Dec

www.dlrevents.ie/dlcf14_main.html

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 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

Festive Family Fun Fair – Wolfe Tone Square

12:00, Mon 22 Dec

Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

Every day until 22 December a Festive Family Fun Fair will take place on Wolfe Tone Square.

There will be vintage amusement rides like a vintage style chairoplane, a mini carousel, a helter skelter slide and game stalls. Food stalls with crepes, grilled food, a chocolate fountain, hot drinks, sweets and steak sandwiches will keep the parents happy.

Admission to the Fun Fair is free, but I would expect that the amusements/rides are not free. Can someone please check and let me know (dublineventguide@gmail.com). Thanks! It also doesn’t say until what time in the evening that Fun Fair is open. Maybe it’s a secret. so be careful when you ask! :-D

www.dublinatchristmas.ie/whats-on-events/festive-family-fun-fair-wolfe-tone-square/

St Stephen’s Green Christmas Market

12:00 – 20:00, Mon 22 Dec

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

From 13 November until 23 December Dublin’s first ever City Centre Christmas Market takes place on one side of St. Stephen’s Green in the form of a lon row of wooden huts. Approx. 60 traders will be at the market selling handcrafted items, art, Christmas presents, food products etc. and there will also be food and drinks stands.

Admission is free.

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 22 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/

Block T Christmas Midnight Market

19:00 – 01:00, Mon 22 Dec

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

The BLOCK T Christmas Markets opoens the doors for a last time on Monday evening until 01:00.

Located in Smithfield right beside the Red LUAS, you will find there affordable and unique art, handmade crafts & jewellery, records, posters and much more. Artists, designers and creative people from in and around Dublin will be selling their wide range of unique, ‘arty’ and creative gift ideas.

DJs and Santa will be there and Mulled Wine and Chocolate Soup will feed you (what else do you need! :-) )

www.facebook.com/events/833038586739527

Pleasing Features Xmas Party

19:30, Mon 22 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Pleasing Features Christmas Paerty will be back in the Workman’s Club with the following line-up:

+ Cloud Culture
+ Spines
+ Fangclub
+Modify

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/769857049716111/

Back Door Sessions – Open Mic Night

20:00, Mon 22 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

This is an open mic night with Special Guests every Monday. Arrive, sign in (from 19:00) and play. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/sweeneysbar

Hvmmingbyrd – Gig

20:00, Mon 22 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Hvmmingbyrd and support Sive and The Evertides will be in Whelan’s for a night of music. Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/hvmmingbyrd-2/

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 22 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 22 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 22 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).

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

Crafty Mondays – Open Mic

21:00, Mon 22 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Crafty Monday Sessions is an Open Mic night for acoustic singer/songwriters and original bands. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheCraftyMondaySessions

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

21:00, Mon 22 Dec

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

Every Monday a Jazz Jam Session will take place in the Grand Social and you are invited to listen or even to participate. Admission is free for musicians and audience.

Instruments are supplied (drums (no cymbals), double bass, guitar amp, bass amp, PA system) and ideas and themes will be proposed prior to the session to the musicians who join the event on Facebook (see Facebook Page below).

www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Jam-Session-at-The-Grand-Social/224553674385198

Loose – Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 22 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

Patrick Mahony sings Nostalgia

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 22 Dec

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Patrick Mahony sings songs from Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Matt Monro and many more every Monday in the Cafe en Seine. Admission is free.

The Pyro Blues Executive – Gig

21:00, Mon 22 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The Pyro Blues Executive play in the Leeson Lounge every Monday and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leeson-Lounge/114810058553792

Tuesday 23 Dec

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Christmas Kingdom – St. Anne’s Park

10:00 – 20:00, Tue 23 Dec

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Christmas Kingdom is a new Christmas event by Dublin City Council.

There is lots of entertainment for kids, but most attractions are not free (e.g. a Christmas circus, the North Pole play area, a festive train, face painters, balloons and children entertainments.

The free element of Christmas Kindom is a Live Crib and a market area consisting of 14 stalls selling food and crafts.

Initially it will open every weekend Fri 14:00-20:00 & Sat/Sun from 10:00 to 20:00. From 19-23 Dec the market will be open daily from 10:00-20:00 and will then continue until 04 Jan.

Live Animal Crib

10:15, Tue 23 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

Every year there is a crib with live animals outside Mansion House and this institution supported by the Irish Farmers Association is returning to Dawson Street again. It will run from 09-23 Dec.

Dawson Street doesn’t look very pretty this year due to the LUAS works there, but if you focus on the crib and ignore the street behind you you can nearly get into a Christmassy mood. ;-)

The animals don’t stay there for the whole time, but they will be brought back to the farm every evening and then back to the City Centre in the morning.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

“My Favourites” – Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Tue 23 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 runs on Tuesdays 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

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival

11:00 – 19:00, Tue 23 Dec

Dun Laoghaire (various locations)

After a super long Christmas Market in Dun Laoghaire last year that reached into January, this year the market is significantly shorter and also only open at weekends. A dramatic change from 2013!

The opening times are every day from 11:00-19:00 and the market is open on these 13 days

Sat+Sun 29-30 Nov / Fri-Sun 05-07 Dec / Fri-Sun 12-14 Dec / Fri-Tues 19-23 Dec

www.dlrevents.ie/dlcf14_main.html

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 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

St Stephen’s Green Christmas Market

12:00 – 20:00, Tue 23 Dec

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

From 13 November until 23 December Dublin’s first ever City Centre Christmas Market takes place on one side of St. Stephen’s Green in the form of a lon row of wooden huts. Approx. 60 traders will be at the market selling handcrafted items, art, Christmas presents, food products etc. and there will also be food and drinks stands.

Admission is free.

Ukulele Tuesday

19:45 – 22:00, Tue 23 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 23 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Ben Prevo & friends play saucy Blues & soul every Tuesday

www.sweeneysdublin.ie

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 23 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Rumours have it that the Bluegrass Collective will perform in Sin É on Tuesday and there might even be an open Bluegrass Jam! Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

State Magazine’s Midnight Mass – Gig Night

20:00, Tue 23 Dec

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

At “State Magazine’s Midnight Mass” a gig night in aid of Marriage Equality, the line-up is Nanu Nanu, Planet Parade, Slow Skies, Aoife Underwater and special guests.

Admission is free

www.dublinsessions.ie/mercantile.html

The Folk Club

20:30, Tue 23 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The Folk Club in Whelan’s will bring you the best in Trad, Ballads, Americana & World Music every Tuesday. The line-up this week is on the Facebook Page below. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheGrandFolkClub

Phoenix Big Band

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 23 Dec

Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

The Phoenix Big Band is a 16 piece band playing songs of the 1930s, 1940s and other big band arrangements and they are playing every Tuesday in the Tara Tower Hotel (since 2012!) for adult dancing. If you like to waltz, cha cha or foxtrot, come and enjoy their performance.

Admission is free.

The band plays in the main function room which is occasionally booked, so to confirm that they are playing, please ring the hotel on the day: Phone 01-2694666

Camden Sessions – Singer/Songwriter Night

21:30, Tue 23 Dec

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

A totally unplugged Singer/Songwriter night (no PA, no microphones) with original music is taking place upstairs in Anseo every Tuesday from 21:30.

Please check on the Facebook Page below if the event is going ahead as it seems to get cancelled every now and then and if you want to play a 15-30 min set or just want to play one song make yourself heard via the same Facebook Page.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheCamdenSessions

Wednesday 24 Dec

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Christmas Eve

08:00, Wed 24 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Christmas Eve in Dublin means that the shops in the City Centre are packed with last minute buyers (many many men! ;-) ) from early on. Some families have the custom to go to Bewley’s for breakfast and the queues are usually long at Bewley’s in Grafton Street, Others just get their last minute purchases before they go home. Many shops already close around 16:00 and then an eerie calm falls over the city.Some of the shopping centres push it a bit further, but even Dundrum closes already at 18:00 on Christmas eve.

In the evening there are Christmas Eve masses and the pubs are open for a last night before Christmas, but that’s it then. Now Christmas is around the corner and the famous Guinness Christmas ad ( www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVudFaYSjq0 ) captures the atmosphere of the late hours on Christmas eve perfectly.

Many of the regular events will not take place on Christmas eve, so please check before you go to make sure that the event you wanted to enjoy is definitely going ahead.

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 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 – IFI

13:00, Wed 24 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/

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 24 Dec

Havana Tapas Bar, Georges St, Dublin 2

The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.

www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Christmas Eve Mass

20:00 – 21:00, Wed 24 Dec

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

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir sings at the Christmas Eve Mass at 20:00 on Wednesday. It is strongly recommended to come extremely early (not after 19:30) as the church will fill up completely, with standing room only, if you come too late.

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

King Kong Club

20:00, Wed 24 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.

Check the Facebook Page below for the line-up.

www.facebook.com/TheKingKongClubDublin

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 24 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.theglobe.ie/events

The Zodiac Sessions (open mic)

20:30, Wed 24 Dec

Bruxelles, Harry Street, Dublin 2

“The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week.

www.facebook.com/zodiacsessions

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Wed 24 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

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Wed 24 Dec

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

Every Wednesday a Singer Songwriter Night will take place in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines. This is YOUR chance to show everyone what you can do, alternatively you can just listen to the talented Singer/Songwriters. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/motherreillysADMIN

Jazz Pigs – Gig

21:30, Wed 24 Dec

4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Jazz Pigs with a classic multi-brass front line play a mix of Lounge, lively sixties Jazz and driving Funk. Every Wednesday downstairs in 4 Dame Lane. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/dublinjazzpigs

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 24 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).

Thursday 25 Dec

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Christmas Day

08:00, Thu 25 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

In most families Christmas Day is very much a family day. The children are up really early because Santa (hopefully) left some presents for them during the night and the kids get up at the earliest possible time to look for them. Since adults are really just bigger kids, many also exchange presents in the morning.

If there weather is ok and you want to get some bit of exercise before the big dinner, go for a walk or even go for the traditional Christmas Swim in the (cold!) sea at the FortyFoot in Sandycove (South of Dun Laoghaire). See some pictures here and a video clip here.

Then there might be visits to friends or relatives, but then in the early (or late) afternoon the traditional Christmas dinner, usually with Turkey, ham and (often hated, but nevertheless regularly served) Brussels Sprouts, will take place in most families. Too much is eaten, too much alcohol is consumed and then some Christmas movies are “consumed”.

For visitors in Dublin, this is a horrible day and I think it’s unforgivable that the Irish Tourism Organisations don’t warn tourists: Visitors in Dublin will not find a single open restaurant (apart from restaurants in some hotels, see below), there is absolutely nothing to do on that day because all sites are closed and only because we are lucky to have a multicultural society that includes people that don’t celebrate Christmas, you will at least find a small number of Spar Shops or Centras that are open and that can sell you some food. All pubs are closed.

If you would like – or need – to have your Christmas dinner in a restaurant, you hopefully checked early: There are SOME hotel restaurants that will serve food on Christmas Day, but they might be booked out or only limit their service to residents or are very expensive. So hopefully you did your homework.

And what to do as a tourist on this day? A looooong walk and a really good book afterwards might be the best suggestion. ;-)

GOAL Mile Run

10:30 – 12:00, Thu 25 Dec

Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Every year on Chrsitmas Day a Mile Run for the charity GOAL takes place in Phoenix Park, near the Papal Cross. The run is just for fun without official timing or prizes. Bring your friends, run a mile and donate to GOAL before you have your Christmas Dinner.

It seems that you don’t have to register, but just turn up on the day.

www.goalglobal.org/events/event/goal-mile

Friday 26 Dec

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St. Stephen’s Day

08:00, Fri 26 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

On St. Stephen’s Day (NOT Boxing Day!!), the second Christmas Holiday, live goes (nearly) back to normality. Many shops are open again and in some the Sales already start. Pubs and Restaurants do open and even some museums/sites are back open again, others wait one more day until they re-open.

Regular events in Dublin, however, might not be back yet, so please check all regular events you are interested in to see if they take place.

Christmas Kingdom – St. Anne’s Park

10:00 – 20:00, Fri 26 Dec

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Christmas Kingdom is a new Christmas event by Dublin City Council.

There is lots of entertainment for kids, but most attractions are not free (e.g. a Christmas circus, the North Pole play area, a festive train, face painters, balloons and children entertainments.

The free element of Christmas Kindom is a Live Crib and a market area consisting of 14 stalls selling food and crafts.

Initially it will open every weekend Fri 14:00-20:00 & Sat/Sun from 10:00 to 20:00. From 19-23 Dec the market will be open daily from 10:00-20:00 and will then continue until 04 Jan.

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13:00, Fri 26 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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Father Ted Day

18:00, Fri 26 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

Father Ted Day on St. Stephen’s Day is a long-running Bernard Shaw Pub tradition. If you want to see a bit of the Lovely Girls competition, get lost down the tunnel of goats, or simply have a bit of a laugh… and speak to priests.., come to this event.

Admission is free.

www.bodytonicmusic.com/events/stephens-day-special/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 26 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

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

20:00, Fri 26 Dec

Tap Bar, 44 North King Street, Dublin 7

The weekly European Folk Dance Workshop/Session takes place in the Tap Bar every Friday.

The dances are French, Greek, Italian, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese folk and traditional dances and everybody interested to join in or to learn is welcome. Admission is free, but donations (suggested: EUR 3) are very welcome

www.facebook.com/pages/Njoy-Dancing-Dublin/251213698276941

Electric Fridays – Open Mic

21:00, Fri 26 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

“Electric Fridays with DUB” is a weekly gig/open mic night in the basement of The International Bar. Admission is free.

Musicians, artists, bands who want to play a 25 min set should contact the organisers via the Facebook page below. A PA and some equipment is available.

www.facebook.com/dubgoeselectric

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 26 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.

The line-up:
26 Dec: Dead Ringer
27 Dec: Who’s Eddie

www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Ska ‘n’ Reggae with The Bionic Rats

21:00 – 02:30, Fri 26 Dec

Turks Head, 27 Parliament St, Dublin 2

“Ska ‘n’ Reggae” is the theme in the Dive Bar (downstairs in Turks Head) every Friday. The Bionic Rats play live and the DJs Tommy Rash and Fukszy are on the decks until late. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN

Events Coming Up

New Year’s Festival – Spoken Word Events

30 Dec

various locations in Dublin

Part of this year’s 3-day long New Year’s Festival in Dublin are a number of Spoken Word events on Tue 30 Dec. There are two free events, four events for EUR 5 and one costs EUR 10. All events require tickets and one of the free events is already booked out. Go to nyfdublin.com/category/multiple/love-dublin/spoken-word-festival/30th-spoken-word-festival/ to find all details.

The free events are:

+ Righteous Verse (The Stags Head at 15:00-16:00):
Youth Poetry Performance – Group of teenage poets from across Dublin featuring Bonny Tsang, Genevieve Healy, Caoimhe Donnelly, Bernard O’Rourke, Andrew Cummins, Roisin Darby and Mellisa Ridge. Admission is free and tickets are still available
+ BOOKED OUT: Listen Live @ RHA (13:00-14:00): Music and spoken word collaboration at the RHA with Twin Headed Wolfe.

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

21+26 December

Every month the Dublin Mountain Partnership runs free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains on some Saturdays or Sundays (or this month on St. Stephen’s Day) during the month. In December there will be 2 walks. The walks have varying difficulty and duration and the details can be found on the Dublin Mountain Partnership website: www.dublinmountains.ie/news/upcoming_events/?no_cache=1

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required.

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

TBA

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This is odd

Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. ;-) If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section and I am VERY serious about that!

Two languages for every thing or not? English vs Irish

How is your Irish? Mine is atrocious, I learned a few sentences, but that is all. Many many years ago I bought a book and a cassette tape language course to learn Irish, but then I realised that it is a bad use of my limited spare time and learned Spanish instead. I have used Spanish a good bit, but never really needed Irish.

Easy for me as a foreigner, if you are Irish and went through the school system here, you didn’t have any option and it seems to me that Ireland didn’t yet manage to sell the “coolness” of the language as Wales seems to do much more successfully.

It always intrigues me when I get my electricity or gas bill and there is a pamphlet included that is not only in English, but also in Irish, because my service-providers are part owned by the Irish state. I don’t need it and it immediately goes in the (recycling) bin, but is it a good use of resources? We all are used to laws and official forms and papers being in both languages (and the majority just ignores the Irish version), and we are also used to the fact that all major newspapers have only English versions of their publication, despite the fact that it might entice a few more people to read a news article in Irish rather then the text of a legal document. But that unbalanced co-existence is not really questioned.

It did strike me odd, however, when I found that the Taoiseach’s Christmas wishes to the nation – as published by the state run MerrionStreet.ie website – did NOT get translated. They are ONLY in Irish (headline and video context) and not a sign of an English translation. Not so much two-languaged at Christmas?

See here: www.merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/News/Teachtaireacht_Nollag_%C3%B3n_Taoiseach_-_Nollaig_Shona_.html

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