Dublin Event Guide 445: Father Ted Day, NYF Dublin Festival: Procession of Light, Bodhran World Record Attempt

December 26th, 2015
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 445 | 25 December 2015

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Hi all!

This is the last Dublin Event Guide for 2015! In total it is the 445th edition and since the start in June 2007, there has not been a single week when you had to miss the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)! So, I won’t start with that this week either and have produced another one for you. There will be some events listed that won’t take place because I was not able to check all regular events regarding their status between Christmas and New Year.

I Hope you had a great Christmas and are now getting ready for 2016! Have a great start of the new year!!

If you want the Dublin Event Guide to be there for you in 2016 also, please consider to help. In December we are short by EUR 100, so that means I will have to find EUR 290 in January to pay the bills. Any help with that is appreciated.

And this is my regular appeal:

Please don’t forget that there are two areas the Dublin Event Guide needs your continued help with every week: Your donations help paying the bills for sending the Dublin Event Guide every week, so please help if you can. Just 1 Euro per month (12 Euro per year) would be great. Unfortunately not many subscribers are prepared to or able to help, so please don’t rely on others!

And secondly: without you spreading the word we would have never reached 24,000 subscribers and 60,000 Facebook Likes. But it is just the start!! The goals are MUCH bigger than that! :-) Imagine if everyone just got ONE additional person to subscribe to the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). That would be an immediate increase by a few thousand subscribers. Can you help?

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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, LivingSocial, 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 190 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!

Today’s feel good slot is a simple wish from me to you!

May 2016 be a good year for you and the people around you. Make sure that you work hard on achieving what you really want and hold yourself and others accountable to these goals. Forget about New Years resolutions that you will break before January is out, but instead set goals that are inline with what you are passionate about and then work super hard on them!

I am grateful for your support in 2015 and am really looking forward in providing you with more information about free events in 2016!

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With December being a short month as far as events are concerned, there usually is a shortage of funds at the end of the month, so please consider if you could help with a donation of any size!

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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.

There are not too many events to pick from this week, but a few NYF Dublin events are free and the Art events in the National Gallery are worth a look. Apart from that, have a great time at home and gather energy for 2016.

Have a great time and a good start of the new year!

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New Year’s Eve

Christmas Markets are over and now we should celebrate New Year’s Eve, but there are limited opportunities. Even th NYF Dublin Festival has been shrunk to size and there is no music event at Meeting House Square on 01 Jan this year. There is also no Fireworks this year, not even in Dun Laoghaire, so the options very limited.

Nevertheless, I hope you will have a good time and start the new year well.

Your Christmas Present for the Dublin Event Guide?

The donations before Christmas took a serious drop and there were no “Christmas Presents” in the form of donations that made up for it. So, if with the new year starting you think about all the new free events that will come up in 2016 and you wonder if the Dublin Event Guide will still be around to tell you about all of them, maybe consider giving a hand to ensure that the Dublin Event Guide will be able to pay the bills!

Thanks!

Sign up for a subscription here or give a once-off donation also here. It will help guaranteeing the further existence of the Dublin Event Guide so that you will continue to hear about all the free events in Dublin.

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. Many events listed here will be free, but there will be a non-free event in the list as well and they will be marked as non-free. All information is supplied by Eventbrite.

== EVENTBRITE PICKS ==

ANOTHER NEW YEAR’S EVE – Thurs 31 Dec (from 17:30)
Promoter “Happenings & Homebeat” are returning to the majestic Killyon Manor in Co Meath for “Another New Year’s Eve 2015”. Go with your friends out of the city into the warm heart of the misty Irish countryside to celebrate all the joy, happiness, friendship and indeed sorrows of 2015.
The ticket cost of EUR 48 plus booking fee includes a bus to the house, dinner by Keith Coleman of The Fumbally, a DJ set after dinner. There also will be music by Nova Collective in the drawing room by the fire. There also be spoken word in the library plus more exciting celebrations. You can BYOB and dress code is disco tweed.
Admission is EUR 48 and tickets can be bought here.

DISCOTEKKEN NYE PARTY – Thurs 31Dec (from 21:00)
This is a basement nightclub party in Wigwam, formerly known as The Twisted Pepper. Discotekken have had an amazing 2015 and they want to celebrate that! ‘It’s a very special thing when our harebrained schemes are supported by the people of Dublin. 2016 is going to be one hell of a year’. They’ve rounded up some of our favourite DJs to usher in 2016:
Platinumray (Front End Synthetics), Eoin Cody (Discotekken), Papa Lou (The RnB Club), DIP DJs
Expect soul, rnb, disco, ’80s electro, house music & more. (Note: Wigwam’s door policy is age 23+)
Tickets from EUR 5 can be bought here.

And more ideas on how to celebrate New Year’s Eve are here: www.eventbrite.ie/blog/5-ways-to-celebrate-new-years/

And you can find lots of 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.

“Stoneymollan Trail” by Charlotte Prodger

04 Dec – 06 Feb

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

Charlotte Prodger will present her recent Margaret Tait award winning work, Stoneymollan Trail. This feature length single-screen video revolves around the idea of screens and how they measure and mediate subjectivity. Comprising material from multiple formats that includes an archive of miniDV tapes that Prodger shot between 1999 and 2004, recent footage shot on her iPhone and HD camera, recorded voiceover and screenprinted graphic forms, Stoneymollan Trailtraces a history of recent video formats as well as the artist’s personal history.

Admission is free.

www.templebargallery.com/

A lonely impulse of delight

until 30 Jan (Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat 11:00-17:00)

SO Fine Art Editions, 10 South Anne Street, Dublin 2

SO Fine Art Editions marks the 150th anniversary of Yeats’ birth with a prestigious exhibition entitled ‘A lonely impulse of delight’ featuring works from Ireland’s top writers and artists.
This exhibition is part of the official ‘Yeats 2015’ celebrations and incorporates the works of 32 visual artists, writers and sculptors.

Admission is free.

www.sofinearteditions.com/

Saturday 26 Dec

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08:45, Sat 26 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Between Christmas and New Year (and in some cases even a little into the first week in January) the regular events that take place every week, are on a break. So if you see an event that NORMALLY takes place every week, this week it might NOT take place or be at a different time.

Unfortunately event organisers are not very good at telling me and there are too many events to check them all individually, so for that reason I will leave events where I am not 100% sure in the list for the repective day, but need you to check before you put your hopes up. Where I got confirmation that the gig is definitely going ahead, I have this week added a little “*” in front of the gig title!

I hope that helps!

Park Runs: Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 26 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.

A whole range of Parkruns take place every week (and if you know some more, please tell me):
+ Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin
+ Cabinteely Park, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
+ Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co. Dublin
+ Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Co. Dublin

www.parkrun.ie/

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 26 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/

Yoga Union – Yoga in Dublin 8

11:00 – 14:00, Sat 26 Dec

MVP, 29 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 2

Three free Yoga sessions take place in MVP in Dublin 8 every Saturday and every Sunday. The times are 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 and the duration is 1 hour. At every session only 8 places are available, so get your bookings in early (you can book weeks in advance).

The sessions can be booked following these links:

+ 11:00-12:00
+ 12:00-13:00
+ 13:00-14:00

Classes are open level, so everyone is welcome. The Yoga Union is run by Love8.

www.facebook.com/theyogaunion

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sat 26 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 26 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 myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Countdown to 2016 – Waterscreen Screening

16:45, Sat 26 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

Before Christmas, the Dundrum Town Centre did screen a (personalisable) 5 min Christmas Short Film on their unique waterscreen (the screen on which the projection is made is “made” of flowing water). Now that Christmas is over and the screen is still there, they made the good decision to give it a new purpose and from 26 Dec until 31 Dec, a “Countdown to 2016” film will be screened.

The screenings start every day at 16:40 and will continue until closing time of the Dundrum Centre. It will take place outdoors and the screen is standing in the Mill Pond.

Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/countdown-to-2016-with-our-magical-water-screen

Father Ted Day

18:00, Sat 26 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

Father Ted Day is a Bernard Shaw Pub tradition on St Stephen’s Day.

You can see a bit of the Lovely Girls competition, get lost down the tunnel of goats, or simply have a bit of a laugh.

Admission is free.

bodytonicmusic.com/events/st-stephens-day-father-ted-day-/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 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 for the next few gigs is:
Sat 26 Dec: Motor City
Sun 27 Dec: The Groove
Thu 31 Dec: Big Digger
Fri 01 Jan: Donal Kirk

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Treasure Beach Reggae Special

22:00, Sat 26 Dec

The Turk’s Head, Parliament Street, Dublin 2

A party with Ska, Reggae and Treasure Beach Caribbean Vibes will take place on Saturday. The bar opens at 16:00, the party starts at 22:00.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1527481014234481/

Sunday 27 Dec

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08:45, Sun 27 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Between Christmas and New Year (and in some cases even a little into the first week in January) the regular events that take place every week, are on a break. So if you see an event that NORMALLY takes place every week, this week it might NOT take place or be at a different time.

Unfortunately event organisers are not very good at telling me and there are too many events to check them all individually, so for that reason I will leave events where I am not 100% sure in the list for the repective day, but need you to check before you put your hopes up. Where I got confirmation that the gig is definitely going ahead, I have this week added a little “*” in front of the gig title!

I hope that helps!

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 27 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/

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 27 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

Yoga Union – Yoga in Dublin 8

11:00 – 14:00, Sun 27 Dec

MVP, 29 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 2

Three free Yoga sessions take place in MVP in Dublin 8 every Saturday and every Sunday. The times are 12:00, 13:00 and 14:00 and the duration is 1 hour. At every session only 8 places are available, so get your bookings in early (you can book weeks in advance).

The sessions can be booked following these links:

+ 11:00-12:00
+ 12:00-13:00
+ 13:00-14:00

Classes are open level, so everyone is welcome. The Yoga Union is run by Love8.

www.facebook.com/theyogaunion

Moving Crib

11:30 – 18:00, Sun 27 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 27 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 27 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/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 27 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Every Sunday, the National Botanic Gardens invite to two guided walks. The first one is at 12:00 and the second one at 14:30.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/educ/info.htm

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 27 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 27 Dec

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Stella Bass Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. A video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8aKqtOB5S8

www.stellabass.com

Family Drawing Sundays

14:30 – 16:30, Sun 27 Dec

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

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

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

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 27 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

Brian Keary plays Classical Guitar

16:00 – 17:00, Sun 27 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

Countdown to 2016 – Waterscreen Screening

16:45, Sun 27 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

Before Christmas, the Dundrum Town Centre did screen a (personalisable) 5 min Christmas Short Film on their unique waterscreen (the screen on which the projection is made is “made” of flowing water). Now that Christmas is over and the screen is still there, they made the good decision to give it a new purpose and from 26 Dec until 31 Dec, a “Countdown to 2016” film will be screened.

The screenings start every day at 16:40 and will continue until closing time of the Dundrum Centre. It will take place outdoors and the screen is standing in the Mill Pond.

Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/countdown-to-2016-with-our-magical-water-screen

Wiley Fox Trad Session

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 27 Dec

Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Every Sunday evening from 18:00-20:00, the Wiley Fox is hosting a trad session, where Ireland’s finest traditional musicians will play for you.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thewileyfox

Sweeney’s Dixieland Jazzmen

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 27 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

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 27 Dec

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

At the Jawbone Gig night in Arthur’s Pub, Acoustic Folk & Blues will be performed every Sunday. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/Jawbone-Dublin-Acoustic-Folk-Blues-Commune/724102984268967

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 27 Dec

Bleeding Horse, 24 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/apollosessions

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 27 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

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sun 27 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

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

The line-up for the next few gigs is:
Sat 26 Dec: Motor City
Sun 27 Dec: The Groove
Thu 31 Dec: Big Digger
Fri 01 Jan: Donal Kirk

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Rhythm Rocker

21:00, Sun 27 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 27 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 27 Dec

Porterhouse Central, 45-47 Nassau Street, Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/coolhand.dukes.1

Monday 28 Dec

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08:45, Mon 28 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Between Christmas and New Year (and in some cases even a little into the first week in January) the regular events that take place every week, are on a break. So if you see an event that NORMALLY takes place every week, this week it might NOT take place or be at a different time.

Unfortunately event organisers are not very good at telling me and there are too many events to check them all individually, so for that reason I will leave events where I am not 100% sure in the list for the repective day, but need you to check before you put your hopes up. Where I got confirmation that the gig is definitely going ahead, I have this week added a little “*” in front of the gig title!

I hope that helps!

‘Choose Your Own Tracks’ – Photo Trail

11:00 – 13:00, Mon 28 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Emily Gallagher will run a weekly “just for fun” photo trail where you get instructions to hunt for specific snaps around the city centre. Afterwards the symbolic significance to the snaps will be shared. The overall theme is “Get a glimpse of directions you may wish your life to take and discover decisions you may desire to make.”

Meeting point is the Meeting House Square.

Participation in the photo trails is free but donations are welcome and booking is required via egaldog@gmail.com or 0852725095

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 28 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 28 Dec

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

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

www.ifi.ie/

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Mon 28 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Mon 28 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

Family Workshop – National Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Mon 28 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

A number of Family Art Workshops will take place this week:

+ Mon 28: “Santa’s Holidays” with artist Fala Buggy
+ Tues 29: “Designing a Winter Palace” with artist Jane Bowe
+ Wed 30: “Land of the Midnight Sun” with artist Louise McGrath

The Gallery’s Christmas Family Art Holiday is the longest running museum activity in Ireland and is now firmly part of the tradition of Christmas in Dublin.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Countdown to 2016 – Waterscreen Screening

16:45, Mon 28 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

Before Christmas, the Dundrum Town Centre did screen a (personalisable) 5 min Christmas Short Film on their unique waterscreen (the screen on which the projection is made is “made” of flowing water). Now that Christmas is over and the screen is still there, they made the good decision to give it a new purpose and from 26 Dec until 31 Dec, a “Countdown to 2016” film will be screened.

The screenings start every day at 16:40 and will continue until closing time of the Dundrum Centre. It will take place outdoors and the screen is standing in the Mill Pond.

Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/countdown-to-2016-with-our-magical-water-screen

Samyel – Gig

20:00, Mon 28 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Singer Songwriter Samyel (aka Sam Vas-Y) “mixes the innovative genres of freak-folk, alternative and tropicália, with the story-telling qualities of traditional Irish music, featuring a healthy balance of the serious and the silly.”

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/samyel-aka-sam-vas-y

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 28 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

Al Porter’s Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 28 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Monday the Woolshed Bad hosts “Al Porter’s Comedy Shed”. Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 28 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

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

21:00, Mon 28 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

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 28 Dec

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

An Open Trad Music Session is taking place every Monday in Mother Reilly’s. Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

Donal Kirk & Anto Drennan – Gig

21:30, Mon 28 Dec

JJ Smith’s Jazz & Blues Club, 12 Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Donal Kirk and Anto Drennan are playing music from Lowell George Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Free, Bad Company, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Beatles, Bobby Bland, Vince Gill, Ray Charles, Etta James, Elvis, Ry Cooder, Dobie Gray, Guy Clarke, early ZZ Top, Dave Edmunds, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Willie Nelson.

Admission is free.

www.jjsmyths.com/gigs/mondays/844-donal-kirk-band-feat-anto-drennan-2.html?month=12&year=2015

Tuesday 29 Dec

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08:45, Tue 29 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Between Christmas and New Year (and in some cases even a little into the first week in January) the regular events that take place every week, are on a break. So if you see an event that NORMALLY takes place every week, this week it might NOT take place or be at a different time.

Unfortunately event organisers are not very good at telling me and there are too many events to check them all individually, so for that reason I will leave events where I am not 100% sure in the list for the repective day, but need you to check before you put your hopes up. Where I got confirmation that the gig is definitely going ahead, I have this week added a little “*” in front of the gig title!

I hope that helps!

National Gallery Tuesday Lecture

10:30 – 11:15, Tue 29 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“The wider context of emigration in the nineteenth century” with Dr Fariha Shaikh, University College Dublin.

Part of a free lecture series throughout the month of December themed around the current exhibition, Pathos of Distance, and visualising the Irish diaspora.

nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Talks/Tuesday_Talks/Tues_29Dec.aspx

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Tue 29 Dec

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher 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 myfavouritesdublincitywalktour@gmail.com or 085-2725095

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 29 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Tue 29 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

Family Workshop – National Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Tue 29 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

A number of Family Art Workshops will take place this week:

+ Mon 28: “Santa’s Holidays” with artist Fala Buggy
+ Tues 29: “Designing a Winter Palace” with artist Jane Bowe
+ Wed 30: “Land of the Midnight Sun” with artist Louise McGrath

The Gallery’s Christmas Family Art Holiday is the longest running museum activity in Ireland and is now firmly part of the tradition of Christmas in Dublin.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Countdown to 2016 – Waterscreen Screening

16:45, Tue 29 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

Before Christmas, the Dundrum Town Centre did screen a (personalisable) 5 min Christmas Short Film on their unique waterscreen (the screen on which the projection is made is “made” of flowing water). Now that Christmas is over and the screen is still there, they made the good decision to give it a new purpose and from 26 Dec until 31 Dec, a “Countdown to 2016” film will be screened.

The screenings start every day at 16:40 and will continue until closing time of the Dundrum Centre. It will take place outdoors and the screen is standing in the Mill Pond.

Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/countdown-to-2016-with-our-magical-water-screen

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 29 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

The Burning Effigies

20:00, Tue 29 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Influenced by a mixture of 60s & 70s New Orleans funk, Motown with additional inspiration from African artists such as Fela Kuti, Franco Le and various West African highlife artists, The Burning Effigies are playing a gig in th Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-burning-effigies-event3

Ukulele Tuesday

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 29 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

Blue Moon Folk and Blues – Gig

20:30, Tue 29 Dec

The Beerhouse, 84.5 Capel Street, Dublin 1

Live sessions with the Blue Moon Folk and Blues Collective are taking place every Tuesday at the Beerhouse. Admission is free.

www.beerhousedublin.com/

The Folk Club

20:30, Tue 29 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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 29 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday AND Tuesday. 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

Pete Cummins – Gig

21:00, Tue 29 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Pete Cummins, Grammy award winning songwriter will play songs from his album “Crooked Highways”. Every Monday he and his band will be in the Leeson Lounge. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

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

Phoenix Big Band

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 29 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

Sober Lane Pub Quiz

21:00, Tue 29 Dec

Sober Lane D4, 82 Irishtown Road, Dublin 4

Every week there is a free pub quiz in Sober Lane, the new-ish pub in Irishtown. There are lots of other weekly events happening there too, check them out here.

www.soberlane.com/

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 29 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The Lounge Quintet plays this gig every Tuesday: Jazz Standards, Latin and Bebop. Often guest musicians and singers join them. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

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

Camden Sessions – Singer/Songwriter Night

21:30, Tue 29 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

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Tue 29 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Wednesday 30 Dec

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08:45, Wed 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Between Christmas and New Year (and in some cases even a little into the first week in January) the regular events that take place every week, are on a break. So if you see an event that NORMALLY takes place every week, this week it might NOT take place or be at a different time.

Unfortunately event organisers are not very good at telling me and there are too many events to check them all individually, so for that reason I will leave events where I am not 100% sure in the list for the repective day, but need you to check before you put your hopes up. Where I got confirmation that the gig is definitely going ahead, I have this week added a little “*” in front of the gig title!

I hope that helps!

New Year’s Festival Dublin

09:00, Wed 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Dublin’s New Year’s Festival “NYF Dublin” is made up of many components and spans three days from Wednesday 30 December until Friday 01 January. There will be a Spoken Word Festival, a Music Trail, Love Dublin (Fringe + Cultural events), 3D Light Projections, a Light Procession, a Street Fest, a Count Down Concert, Storytelling, a performance of Händel’s Messiah, a “Resolution Day” and a 5k Run.

When you read through the list, you wonder if there are too many components, but it makes a change from a few years ago, when NOTHING happened in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

A number of components are not free and the Count Down Concert does this year NOT take place at College Green, instead it will be in the Point Depot/3 Arena. This move might be because College Green is really not suitable for a big concert, but it is also possible that it was only moved because of the Luas works at Trinity College.

In this Dublin Event Guide, you will find the free elements of the festival individually listed.

The Count Down Concert, for example is EUR 34 and the smaller NYF Street Fest at St. Stephen’s Green is EUR 7.50. All in all, the NYF Dublin seems at odds with the usual Dublin City Events strategy of providing free all-inclusive events.

Disappointingly, there will be NO Fireworks Display or any other free NYF Dublin special event on the streets of Dublin at midnight on 31 December.

nyfdublin.com/

Cafe Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 30 Dec

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Did you ever want to give drawing a go? Or maybe you are a budding artist looking for like-minded people to draw with? The Creative Den in Rua Red runs free weekly drawing sessions on Wednesdays at 11:00.

ruared.ie/

It’s Cold Outside – Drop-in Activity

11:00 – 13:00, Wed 30 Dec

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

In the Discovery Zone of the Natural Museum meet some of our old furry favourites and also meet some brand new ones too.

Admission is free and no booking required. Suitable for all ages.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2768

NYF Dublin: Music Trail

11:00 – 17:00, Wed 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The NYF Music Trail takes place on Wednesday and Thursday: Fifteen venues across the city will host live music pop-up gigs from the best new artists Ireland, selected from Dublin’s Hard Working Class Heroes line up. Admission is free to all gigs.

Some of the venues are Dublin Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, GPO, The Church, Gutter Bookshop, Oxfam, Honest to Goodness, Urban Picnic, Powerscourt Centre, Mansion House, Little Museum, Tourist Office Suffolk Street.

The full list of locations, together with the timings and the relevant performers can be found via the website below.

nyfdublin.com/nyf-music-trail/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 30 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

NYF Dublin: Love Dublin events

12:00, Wed 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Love Dublin is the title for a series of fringe and cultural events on 30+31 Dec and some more on 01 Jan.

There is a total of 11 event groups and 3 are free:

+ Free NYF Walking Tour on 30 Dec at 12:30-15:00 + 15:00-17:00 and on 31 Dec at 12:30-15:00 + 15:00-16:00. Tickets required.
+ NYF Street Performances on 30+31 Dec from 14:00-17:00 near the Spire in O’Connell Street with Circus, Buskers and Trad music.
+ Irish Design Exhibitions and Drop-in events on 30 Dec at the Coach House at Dublin Castle.

nyfdublin.com/love-dublin/

NYF Dublin: Spoken Word Festival

12:00, Wed 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Out of five different events, two seem to be free:
+ Ashoka – Yes Inclusion in Smock Alley Theatre at 13:00-14:30 – a panel discussion with Irish social entrepreneurs (free but ticketed)
+ Lingo Brunch – Poets of the City in The Meeting House (Temple Bar) at 12:00-13:45 – poems if you buy your lunch there.

nyfdublin.com/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 30 Dec

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

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

www.ifi.ie/

Knot again! Take a closer look at the Ardagh Chalice – Workshop

14:00 – 15:00, Wed 30 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

“Knot Again! Take a closer look at the Ardagh Chalice” is a workshop from Age 6+.

Have you ever taken a really close look at the Ardagh Chalice, or wondered how it was made? Explore the beautiful interlaced knot designs on the Ardagh Chalice and have a go at making your own design to take home.

Admission is free, no booking is required but limited places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2764

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Wed 30 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

Family Workshop – National Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Wed 30 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

A number of Family Art Workshops will take place this week:

+ Mon 28: “Santa’s Holidays” with artist Fala Buggy
+ Tues 29: “Designing a Winter Palace” with artist Jane Bowe
+ Wed 30: “Land of the Midnight Sun” with artist Louise McGrath

The Gallery’s Christmas Family Art Holiday is the longest running museum activity in Ireland and is now firmly part of the tradition of Christmas in Dublin.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

National Museum – Collins Barracks – Public Tour

15:00 – 15:45, Wed 30 Dec

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

Take a stroll through the Museum at this public tour with educator Holly Furlong. She will take you on a fascinating tour of some of the highlights of the history galleries.

Admission is free and no booking required, places allocated on a first-come first served basis 15 minutes before tour starts. Suitable for adults.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2770

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 30 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

Countdown to 2016 – Waterscreen Screening

16:45, Wed 30 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

Before Christmas, the Dundrum Town Centre did screen a (personalisable) 5 min Christmas Short Film on their unique waterscreen (the screen on which the projection is made is “made” of flowing water). Now that Christmas is over and the screen is still there, they made the good decision to give it a new purpose and from 26 Dec until 31 Dec, a “Countdown to 2016” film will be screened.

The screenings start every day at 16:40 and will continue until closing time of the Dundrum Centre. It will take place outdoors and the screen is standing in the Mill Pond.

Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/countdown-to-2016-with-our-magical-water-screen

NYF Dublin: Luminosity

17:00, Wed 30 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Iveagh House at St. Stephen’s Green (which is the Department of Foreign Affairs) will become a canvass for a 3D projection from 17:00 on 30+31 Dec and 01 Jan.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/luminosity/

Back Door Sessions – Open Mic Night

19:00, Wed 30 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

This is an open mic night every Wednesday. Arrive, sign up and play. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/sweeneysbar

King Kong Club

20:00, Wed 30 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

Mick Pyro Trio – Blues Gig

20:00, Wed 30 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Republic of loose front man Mick Pyro is playing a Blues gig in Trio formation.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/mick-pyro-trio-event1

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 30 Dec

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

The Anseo Comedy Club, run by comedian Aidan Killian, takes place every Wednesday in Anseo (upstairs).

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 30 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 30 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 30 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

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 30 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Los Paradiso are playing Rockabilly, Tex Mex, Western Swing, Surf in the Leeson Lounge. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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

Jazz Pigs – Gig

21:30, Wed 30 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

Tetratonic Quartet – Jazz Gig

21:30, Wed 30 Dec

Mother Reilly’s, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Every Wednesday the Tetratonic Quartet will perform Jazz in Mother Reilly’s. Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 30 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 31 Dec

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New Year’s Eve Robbery?!

08:45, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

On New Year’s Eve there are always some pubs and venues that think this is the day to “gouge” their customers. If a venue charges an admission free during the year, you should expect the same on New Year’s Eve, but if they normally don’t charge and suddenly on New Year’s Eve there is a EUR 10 (or even higher) charge, I think you should walk way … UNLESS the entertainment provided is different/better than normally during the year.

Possibly NO regular events!

08:45, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Between Christmas and New Year (and in some cases even a little into the first week in January) the regular events that take place every week, are on a break. So if you see an event that NORMALLY takes place every week, this week it might NOT take place or be at a different time.

Unfortunately event organisers are not very good at telling me and there are too many events to check them all individually, so for that reason I will leave events where I am not 100% sure in the list for the repective day, but need you to check before you put your hopes up. Where I got confirmation that the gig is definitely going ahead, I have this week added a little “*” in front of the gig title!

I hope that helps!

New Year’s Festival Dublin

09:00, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Dublin’s New Year’s Festival “NYF Dublin” is made up of many components and spans three days from Wednesday 30 December until Friday 01 January. There will be a Spoken Word Festival, a Music Trail, Love Dublin (Fringe + Cultural events), 3D Light Projections, a Light Procession, a Street Fest, a Count Down Concert, Storytelling, a performance of Händel’s Messiah, a “Resolution Day” and a 5k Run.

When you read through the list, you wonder if there are too many components, but it makes a change from a few years ago, when NOTHING happened in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

A number of components are not free and the Count Down Concert does this year NOT take place at College Green, instead it will be in the Point Depot/3 Arena. This move might be because College Green is really not suitable for a big concert, but it is also possible that it was only moved because of the Luas works at Trinity College.

In this Dublin Event Guide, you will find the free elements of the festival individually listed.

The Count Down Concert, for example is EUR 34 and the smaller NYF Street Fest at St. Stephen’s Green is EUR 7.50. All in all, the NYF Dublin seems at odds with the usual Dublin City Events strategy of providing free all-inclusive events.

Disappointingly, there will be NO Fireworks Display or any other free NYF Dublin special event on the streets of Dublin at midnight on 31 December.

nyfdublin.com/

NYF Dublin: Music Trail

11:00 – 17:00, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The NYF Music Trail takes place on Wednesday and Thursday: Fifteen venues across the city will host live music pop-up gigs from the best new artists Ireland, selected from Dublin’s Hard Working Class Heroes line up. Admission is free to all gigs.

Some of the venues are Dublin Airport Terminal 1 and Terminal 2, GPO, The Church, Gutter Bookshop, Oxfam, Honest to Goodness, Urban Picnic, Powerscourt Centre, Mansion House, Little Museum, Tourist Office Suffolk Street.

The full list of locations, together with the timings and the relevant performers can be found via the website below.

nyfdublin.com/nyf-music-trail/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 31 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

NYF Dublin: Love Dublin events

12:00, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Love Dublin is the title for a series of fringe and cultural events on 30+31 Dec and some more on 01 Jan.

There is a total of 11 event groups and 3 are free:

+ Free NYF Walking Tour on 30 Dec at 12:30-15:00 + 15:00-17:00 and on 31 Dec at 12:30-15:00 + 15:00-16:00. Tickets required.
+ NYF Street Performances on 30+31 Dec from 14:00-17:00 near the Spire in O’Connell Street with Circus, Buskers and Trad music.
+ Irish Design Exhibitions and Drop-in events on 30 Dec at the Coach House at Dublin Castle.

nyfdublin.com/love-dublin/

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 16:00, Thu 31 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

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

New Year’s Eve Gallery Tour

13:30 – 14:00, Thu 31 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

A special tour of the National Gallery’s collection willt ake place.

Admission is free and no booking necessary. Meet at the Information Desk in the Millennium Wing.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson/Tours/NYE_Tour.aspx

Moving Crib

14:00 – 18:00, Thu 31 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children (and some adults!)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 23 Nov-10 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00.

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

NYF Dublin: Spoken Word Festival

14:00 – 15:15, Thu 31 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Out of two Spoken Word events on 31 Dec, only one is free:

+Lingo Poetry Bingo – Open Mic Poetry event in the Workman’s Club. Admission is free, non ticketed.

nyfdublin.com/spoken-word-festival-31/

Countdown to 2016 – Waterscreen Screening

16:45, Thu 31 Dec

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

Before Christmas, the Dundrum Town Centre did screen a (personalisable) 5 min Christmas Short Film on their unique waterscreen (the screen on which the projection is made is “made” of flowing water). Now that Christmas is over and the screen is still there, they made the good decision to give it a new purpose and from 26 Dec until 31 Dec, a “Countdown to 2016” film will be screened.

The screenings start every day at 16:40 and will continue until closing time of the Dundrum Centre. It will take place outdoors and the screen is standing in the Mill Pond.

Admission is free.

www.dundrum.ie/news-events/countdown-to-2016-with-our-magical-water-screen

NYF Dublin: Luminosity

17:00, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Iveagh House at St. Stephen’s Green (which is the Department of Foreign Affairs) will become a canvass for a 3D projection from 17:00 on 30+31 Dec and 01 Jan.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/luminosity/

Brazilian Dance – Forró

18:00, Thu 31 Dec

D-One Bar, 89 Capel Street, Dublin 1

A weekly Forro Night (Brazilian Dance) with a Forro Live Band takes place in the D-One Bar & Brazilian Grill every Thursday.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/donebardublin

NYF Dublin: Procession of Light

18:00 – 19:30, Thu 31 Dec

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

The Procession of light will start at St. Stephen’s Green near the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and will then go down South King Street, Clarendon Street, South William Street, Suffolk Street, Grafton Street and it will finish on St. Stephen’s Green near Iveagh House, where the Luminosity Light Projection will take place and where a Bodhran World Record attempe will also take place. The map of the route is here.

Admission is free and no registration is required for the Procession of Light.

nyfdublin.com/procession-of-light/

Bodhrán World Record Attempt

18:30, Thu 31 Dec

Iveagh House, St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

A Bodhrán World Record Attempt will take place near Iveagh House on St. Stephen’s Green. More than 980 Bodhran players are needed to break the record. Admission is free, but registration is required. Have a look at the website below for all details!

nyfdublin.com/procession-of-light/

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour – Night Walk

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 31 Dec

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

The Xchange – Language Exchange

19:00, Thu 31 Dec

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Every Thursday, the Xchange invites to a Language Exchange (19:00-20:30). Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Xchange/1472043553072435

* J.W. Sweetman NYE: Masquerade Ball

20:00, Thu 31 Dec

J.W. Sweetman, 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

A Masquerade Ball will take place in J.W. Sweetman on New Year’s Eve with Cocktail Reception, DJs, Best of 80s, 90s, & 00s Music and Prizes for Best Dressed.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/871697816284836/

Cult Called Man – Gig

20:00, Thu 31 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

“Cult Called Man” is bringing their show, which is more an artistic event than a standard musical performance, to the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/cult-called-man-event

Dimestore Recordings presents

20:00, Thu 31 Dec

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00, follow the link for the line up.

www.facebook.com/DimeStoreRecords

* Sin É NYE: Bitch Falcon / Wolff – Gigs

21:00, Thu 31 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The New Years Eve gigs in Sin E are with Bitch Falcon, supported by Wolff (a.k.a Johnny Stewart) .

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1666813670261704/

* The Drays – Gig

21:00, Thu 31 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The guitar rock/pop band “The Drays”, headed by Stephen Ryan, will play a gig on New Year’s Eve.

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

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

* Workman’s Club NYE: Kid Karate / Wounds

21:00, Thu 31 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Workman’s CLub New Year’s Eve Party will feature live performances by “Karate Kid” and “Wounds” and three rooms with a variety of DJs.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1104370056270512/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Thu 31 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 for the next few gigs is:
Sat 26 Dec: Motor City
Sun 27 Dec: The Groove
Thu 31 Dec: Big Digger
Fri 01 Jan: Donal Kirk

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 31 Dec

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

Every Thursday 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

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 31 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Thu 31 Dec

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

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

www.frankryans.com

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 31 Dec

McLoughlin’s Bar, 73 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire

A weekly Trad Music Night is taking place in McLoughlin’s in Dun Laoghaire. It is an acoustic night and all musicians are welcome. Admission is free.

www.mcloughlinsbar.ie

McNeills Trad Music Pub Sessions

21:30, Thu 31 Dec

J. McNeills, 140 Capel Street, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free Trad Session takes place in McNeills and often there are high profile Trad musicians performing.

www.facebook.com/McNeillsPubSessions

Woolshed Karaoke

21:30, Thu 31 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

The Woolshed Karaoke is happening every Thursday from 21:30. Anyone can participate! Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Christchurch Bells at Midnight

23:55, Thu 31 Dec

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

The only bit of an outdoors gathering that usually takes place on New Year’s eve is around Christchurch when the bells ring in the new year at midnight.

NO New Year’s Eve Fireworks in Dublin

23:55, Thu 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

It is the most remarkable and most talked about event in Sydney, Dubai, London, San Francisco and in many many other places around the world. Unfortunately though, Dublin misses out nearly every year. There were a few weak attempts to bring fireworks to Dublin in previous years, but the glimmer of hope never lasted long. Dun Laoghaire, who was always more reliable in the past, also gave up now and therefore there will be NO fireworks in Dublin this year!

Friday 01 Jan

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

08:00, Fri 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

A HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and your families!!

Let’s hope that 2016 will be a cracker of a year for all the right reasons and may you continue to have or find happiness, health and a smile on your face! ;-)

Have a great year and if you can continue to support the Dublin Event Guide by telling your friends about it, this will be much appreciated!

Possibly NO regular events!

08:45, Fri 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Between Christmas and New Year (and in some cases even a little into the first week in January) the regular events that take place every week, are on a break. So if you see an event that NORMALLY takes place every week, this week it might NOT take place or be at a different time.

Unfortunately event organisers are not very good at telling me and there are too many events to check them all individually, so for that reason I will leave events where I am not 100% sure in the list for the repective day, but need you to check before you put your hopes up. Where I got confirmation that the gig is definitely going ahead, I have this week added a little “*” in front of the gig title!

I hope that helps!

New Year’s Festival Dublin

09:00, Fri 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Dublin’s New Year’s Festival “NYF Dublin” is made up of many components and spans three days from Wednesday 30 December until Friday 01 January. There will be a Spoken Word Festival, a Music Trail, Love Dublin (Fringe + Cultural events), 3D Light Projections, a Light Procession, a Street Fest, a Count Down Concert, Storytelling, a performance of Händel’s Messiah, a “Resolution Day” and a 5k Run.

When you read through the list, you wonder if there are too many components, but it makes a change from a few years ago, when NOTHING happened in Dublin on New Year’s Eve.

A number of components are not free and the Count Down Concert does this year NOT take place at College Green, instead it will be in the Point Depot/3 Arena. This move might be because College Green is really not suitable for a big concert, but it is also possible that it was only moved because of the Luas works at Trinity College.

In this Dublin Event Guide, you will find the free elements of the festival individually listed.

The Count Down Concert, for example is EUR 34 and the smaller NYF Street Fest at St. Stephen’s Green is EUR 7.50. All in all, the NYF Dublin seems at odds with the usual Dublin City Events strategy of providing free all-inclusive events.

Disappointingly, there will be NO Fireworks Display or any other free NYF Dublin special event on the streets of Dublin at midnight on 31 December.

nyfdublin.com/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 01 Jan

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 01 Jan

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

NYF Dublin: Handel’s Messiah

14:30, Fri 01 Jan

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

This is an on-street performance of Händel’s Messiah outside the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Up to 120 singers from Our Lady’s Choral Society will join The Dublin Handelian Orchestra for this free performance of Handel’s Messiah and other works in Dublin’s City Centre on New Year’s Day.

nyfdublin.com/handels-messiah/

NYF Dublin: Luminosity

17:00, Fri 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Iveagh House at St. Stephen’s Green (which is the Department of Foreign Affairs) will become a canvass for a 3D projection from 17:00 on 30+31 Dec and 01 Jan.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/luminosity/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 01 Jan

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

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

www.cornucopia.ie

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 01 Jan

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

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

The line-up for the next few gigs is:
Sat 26 Dec: Motor City
Sun 27 Dec: The Groove
Thu 31 Dec: Big Digger
Fri 01 Jan: Donal Kirk

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Ska ‘n’ Reggae with The Bionic Rats

21:00 – 02:30, Fri 01 Jan

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. followed by DJs until late. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN

Cabin Sessions – Dundrum – Gig

21:30, Fri 01 Jan

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Rosemount, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14

A Cabin Crew Christmas Special with Spats Davenport (voc, gtr), Con Butler (bs), Gerry Fitz (dob), Aisling Davenport (voc), Cathy McEvoy (fid), Christian Volkmann (hca), Richard Hawkins (bjo), Enda O’Connor (cajon) will take place. The Cabin Crew will play their usual mix of Folk, Trad, Americana, Roots, Special guests are Michael Lawlor (folk) and Lynda Lucas (Americana).

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cabin-Sessions-Acoustic-Music-at-its-Finest/172602396180287

The Last Band in the World – Gig

21:30, Fri 01 Jan

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

“The Last Band in the World” is playing a R&B, Funk, soul gig in the Patriot Inn.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-patriots-inn/

Events Coming Up

Temple Bar Trad Fest

At the end of January, the Temple Bar Trad Fest takes place and there is a whole range of free gigs, but you need to get tickets for them and the free ticket “sales” has been launched already. Hurry, if you are interested in Trad or Folk! The important link is here:

frontrowsessions.tickets.ie/

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

13+19+20+27 December / 03+10 January

Every month the Dublin Mountain Partnership runs free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains on some Saturdays or Sundays during the month. 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

In December there will be 4 walks/hikes on 13+19+20+27 December. And in early January on 03+10 January, two more will follow.

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

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

NYF 2016: 31 Dec – 01 Jan

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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!

The Randomness of Life…and Religion!

Due to some random coincidences, you were created by your parents. It could have easily happened that no child or a different child had been created at that time, but it was you! Wherever you are born/frew up is also random! Sure, there might be logical or explainable conditions that influenced it, but in the bigger picture it was a coincidence and that’s why I would call “random”.

Depending where you grew up, you might or might not celebrate Christmas and even if you celebrate Christmas, depending on where you (or your parents) grew up, you might or might not believe that there is a Santa Claus.

I never knew about Santa Claus until I was at least 15 years of age and he never brought me any presents. Instead it was the Christchild (Christkindel) that brought the presents! Like most of you I celebrate the start of the new year on 01 January and the next year is the 2016th in my world. But if you are Chinese or Russian or many other nationalities, then the year starts on a completely different day or has a different number. How random!

They are all relatively harmless randomnesses, but think about this:

Due to coincindences both of my parents are catholic and as a consequence of them, I also became a catholic. Neither me not my parents decided to chose one religion over another because we thought it is “better” or “righter”, no, it was total randomness. If I had been born to Indian parents, I might be Hindu or if I had been born to Arab parents, I probably would be a Muslim.

So with that in mind, it is a total coincidence what religion you belong to (if you still “belong” to the religion of your parents and haven’t changed it on the way). Yet, people of some religions feel superior or “righter” when they compare themselves to people of another religion. We even judge other human beings based on such a random coincidence? For example: “Christian good? Muslim bad?”

For 2016, we should all become more aware of the randmoness in life and base our judgement on acts/deeds/decisions that a person takes, not on the coincidential religion of their parents or grandparents!

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–Joerg

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