Dublin Event Guide 519: Rugby Zone Family Day, OneFamily Family Day, Baltic Day Festival, Dublin Flea Market

May 27th, 2017
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 519 | 26 May 2017

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Hi all!

Great news! This week you will get the Dublin Event Guide early than most weeks again. Why? I am at a seminar and had to start working early again on this edition. I hope you will make good use of the Dublin Event Guide this week again. Plenty of events!!

Just a reminder that I have launched a Dublin Event Guide Facebook Group so that you can communicate directly with each other (Group Pages are open discussion forums.) It is not certain yet if the Group will be a success, it depends totally on the Group members, but it is worth giving a go. If you want to join the Group, go to www.facebook.com/groups/DublinEventGuide/

Thanks so much to the four great people who helped with donations this week. We are still well behind, but at least the SERIOUS danger has been averted. Please don’t stop helping if you can at PayPal here !

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The Dublin Event Guide needs your continued help in two areas: Your donations help paying the bills for sending the Dublin Event Guide every week. Just 1 Euro per month (12 Euro per year) would be great, more would be even better. Unfortunately not many subscribers are prepared (or able) to help, so please don’t rely on others! Your money will be used to pay the monthly EUR 190 bill for sending the newsletter using MailChimp, for web hosting and domain names. I am happy to work 35 hours on the Dublin Event Guide every week without making anything from it, but for the bills I need your help. You can make your donation at www.perfectresults.info/donate.htm using Paypal or CreditCard or send me a mail at dublineventguide@gmail.com if you prefer to pay by bank transfer. Corporate or enterprise sponsors are very welcome too and will get a bundle of benefits as a thank you for their donation, contact me on sponsorship@dublineventguide.com to discuss the details.

And here is the second area where you can help: Without you spreading the word we would have never reached 24,000 subscribers and 70,000 Facebook Likes. Send your friends to www.dublineventguide.com where they can subscribe as well.

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

Without putting your hand in your pocket at all you can help the Dublin Event Guide! Just use the ad links in the Dublin News Section and the banner ads in other sections as often as possible 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 publication (for example for Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon, Book Depository, LastMinute etc), then you help the Dublin Event Guide everytime.
This is how it works: The company you buy from will give a small commission (5-8%) to the Dublin Event Guide as a thanks for pointing you in their direction. This might only be 30 cent a go, but if many of you did it every time you buy something online, then it could make a big dent into the EUR 190 needed. Importantly, you do not pay more, but the merchant accepts a slightly smaller profit. So clicking on these ads is helping everybody! Thanks!

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 I selected a quote by T Harv Eker. T Harv Eker is the creator of the Millionaire Mind Intensive weekend seminar that is listed below. It is a great course that will teach you how to handle your money better and how to sort out your Financial Life. The seminar is free if you book via the link here. It will take place from Friday 09 June until Sunday 11 June. You might wonder why it is free? Well the organisers will sell their other courses during the weekend and therefore offer this event for free. But I can guarantee you that you a) will not have to buy anything b) shouldn’t consider buying anything unless it is right for you and c) you will get LOTS of really good content over the three days that will make it worth your while to go to a free event. I will be there. Drop me a mail if you will also go! (dublineventguide@gmail.com)

T Harv Eker said:

If you want to make a permanent change, stop focusing on the size of your problems ans tart focusing on the size of you. – T Harv Eker

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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.

This week Mark C, Deidre M, Howard L and Paul R were the great people that helped! Thank you! Your help is much needed and VERY much appreciated.

All the The Big 500 Share donors from early January are:
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Thanks a LOT for all your help and please keep helping. Find out more in the Dublin News.

I really appreciate your help and donations 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 190 per month and a donation from you of just EUR 12 per year will ensure that I will be able to pay the bills.
Has the Dublin Event Guide helped you to find events that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about, or have you saved money by finding great free events? Then please go to here and give something back if you can!

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

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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 there is the Rugby Zone on Saturday, the One Family Family Day also on Saturday and then on Sunday I suggest you go to the Dublin Flea Market and the Baltic Day Festival. Let’s hope the weather stays nice! :-)

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Competitions

Bloom in the Park 2017 – Ticket Competition – LAST CHANCE!

Thurs 01 June – Mon 05 June (09:00-18:00)
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

One of the most popular yearly events is Bord Bia’s Bloom festival in Phoenix Park and it is back over the June Bank Holiday weekend! Whether you want inspiration, education or entertainment, the place to be this June Bank Holiday weekend is the colourful Bloom Garden Festival in the Phoenix Park. This year’s event is five days long and packed with activities and things to see and experience. Kids go free and adults can buy their tickets on the website www.bloominthepark.com (use the promo code DEG17 and you can save some money).

Bord Bia has 5 sets of 2 Bloom tickets to give away to Dublin Event Guide readers and if you would like to win a pair of tickets, send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BLOOM2017 in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body of the mail and importantly, also send your address, because the tickets will be sent to you. Your mail has to be with me by Monday 29 May at 12:00. Originally I set the deadline for 24 May but there was soooo much interest, that I am re-opening for another few days, but on Monday at 12:00 all will be over.

In addition, Bord Bia is pleased to offer you all a very special ticket offer for 2017. Book on-line only on www.bloominthepark.com before the event and use the promotional code DEG17 to get an extra EUR 2 discount off the advance ticket price to Bloom. (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)

Bloom promises to be a great day out with something planned for all ages; it is a truly unique show, showcasing the finest Irish food, drink and of course horticulture. For any budding gardeners it will provide lots of inspiration and opportunities to pick up some beautiful plants, flowers, seeds and shrubs. Or if you want to explore growing your own fruit and vegetables then you’ll get lots of tips on how to start growing at the show. But if gardening isn’t your thing then you’ll still have plenty to keep you busy including the Superb Food Village with plenty of artisan producers; the Best in Season marquees featuring growers of seasonal fruit and vegetables; the Chef’s Quality Kitchen will host cookery demonstrations from some of Ireland’s much loved chefs including Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Fiona Uyema and Brian McDermott.

With an outdoor music stage, picnic area, engaging spaces, kids playground and lots more besides, the Bloom festival really is the place to be this June bank holiday weekend. Have a wonderful day out and make sure you visit the Bord Bia Food Village which celebrates the best of Irish food, showcasing numerous aspects of horticulture and agriculture!
And If you don’t fancy driving into the park, use the train or LUAS and then take the courtesy shuttle bus from Heuston station to the 70 acre Bloom site.

The Sophisticats – Jazz & Swing Gig – Ticket Competition

Wed 31 May – 21:00
Arthur’s Blues ‘n’ Jazz Club (formerly Arthur’s Pub), 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The great Jazz singer and singing coach Joan Shields is fronting the Jazz & Swing band “The Sophisticats” and their next gig is on 31 May in Arthur’s Blues ‘n’ Jazz Club in Dublin 8. It’s a great band made up of only supremely talented musicians and if you have the slightest interest in Jazz and Swing, you will love this gig.

Tickets are EUR 10/8 and can be booked via the Eventbrite page here.

Joan has made a pair of tickets available for their gig for a competition among the Dublin Event Guide readers and if you would like to win that pair of tickets, send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with VINTAGE in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 29 May.

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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!!

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

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When you click on the link and then buy, your books/products/holidays etc cost exactly the same as if you went to the website directly. But if you go via the links above, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will get 5-8% of what you spend as a commission. That’s not a lot, but if you and lots of other people used that link every time, it would amount to a fair amount of crucially important money. Use the links often, actually EVERY time you buy from the relevant site, not just once!

Giving money for free! That’s how easy it is. ;-) THANK YOU!!!

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The Big 500 Share is closing!

This is the last week in this attempt to raise money for the Dublin Event Guide after the 500th edition a few weeks ago. Next week I will announce the final results. But if you still want to help this week, this is how it goes: It is a fundraising campaign for the Dublin Event Guide (70%) and for two charities (30%) and everyone who donates will also get a gift (My new “Secret Dublin” Guide Book which will be completed very soon and will contain information about TEN near-secret destinations in Dublin.)

You can now donate via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide but keep reading for more details if you have time.

The amount needed for the Dublin Event Guide in 2014 is EUR 3400 (EUR 2400 to send the weekly e-mail magazine and at least EUR 1000 to fix parts of the smartphone app and to improve the website.) So the closer we come to this, the better, but until today, we managed to raise EUR 1200. 400 Euro of that will go to the charities and the rest will just cover the Dublin Event Guide cost for 4 months. So your help is STILL needed!!!

You can donate now via this link: www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide and if PayPal doesn’t work for you send me a mail (dublineventguide@gmail.com with subject “The Big 500 Share”) and I will suggest alternatives. Thanks for your support!!!!

The two charities that you have chosen in a public vote are the Alzheimer’s Association and the Homeless charity “Peter McVerry Trust”.

In the next few weeks I will also tell you a new attempt to ensure the continued financing of the Dublin Event Guide because without at least being able to cover the cost, I will not be able to continue. If you have ideas for fundraisers, let me know, please. I will consider every (nearly every!!!! ;-) ) suggestion!

PhotoIreland Festival 2017

The PhotoIreland Festival (01-31 May) consists of exhibitions, workshops, photobook launches and talks. This year, the festival explores how Photography is used to share accounts of personal experiences related to conflict: The Recount of Conflict. Many events are free, but the website doesn’t make it easy to identify what is free and what isn’t. For that reason I wasn’t able to include a comprehensive list of events and instead have to ask you to check the website yourself.

On the Programme Page here, you will find lots of nice pictures that represent individual events, but you will have to check them all to find out what is free and when it is happening.

By buying through the ads in this Dublin Event Guide, you help the Dublin Event Guide! Thanks!

Spring into Heritage 2017 – Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown event programme

The “Spring into Heritage” programme in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown is back and will consist of a series of free guided tours between 24 April and 18 June in a a whole range of heritage sites.

The sites included are The Oratory, James Joyce Tower and Museum, Dalkey Castle & Heritage Center, Marlay House, National Maritime Museum, Cabinteely House, Seapoint Martello Tower, Dun Laoghaire Harbour, Dublin Bay Biosphere Tour. Most tours happen on weekdays and at most venues there are two tours per week.

The full programme can be downloaded here in PDF format. Or you can find some information on this website: events.dlrcoco.ie/event/spring-heritage-2017

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now Eventbrite’s section to give recommendations, tips & tricks on how to organise and run good events. Eventbrite is the main sponsor of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and their support is very much appreciated!

If you are regularly or occasionally organising events, keep an eye on the Eventbrite blog. It covers a wide variety of event-related and event-relevant topics that can help you hugely! Read more here.

And if you are looking for free or non-free events, you can find them at www.eventbrite.ie

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.

Hot Press Covers Exhibition

20 April – 08 September (Mon-Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun 12:00-17:00)

National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Hot Press Magazine is celebrating its 40st birthday in June of this year and this exhibition in the National Photographic Archive will show every single Hot Press Cover from the last 40 years. A piece of music history of Ireland from 1977 until today.

Admission is free.

Oddly, the end date of this exhibition can not be found anywhere.

www.hotpress.com/coversexhibition/

Insect Exhibition – Lica B Browne

22 May – 03 July (Mon-Fri: 13:00-21:30, Sat: 13:00-17:30)

Outhouse, 105 Capel Street, Dublin 2

Lica B Browne invites to an “Insect Exhibition”, where our lives are compared with the lives of insects. And where our human civilisation and our ability for future survival is investigated.

Admission is free,

www.meeting-bbrowne.com/

Kilmacud Art Group

Fri 26 – Sun 28 May

St. Laurence Parish Centre, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan

The Kilmacud Art Group is inviting to their 22nd exhibition where they will exhibit all their work form the year.

The exhibition will be launched by journalist and author Patricia O’Reilly and will be open from 20:00 on Friday from 10:30-19:30 on Saturday and from 10:30-18:00 on Sunday.

Admission is free.

School Portraits – Exhibition

Fri 19 May – Sat 24 June (Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00)

Draiocht Blanchardstown, Blanchardstown Centre, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

“School Portraits” takes the viewer into the world of school to see contemporary artists’ representations of young people, school buildings and the wide range of activities and experiences that go on during a school day. The exhibition presents work by sculptor John Ahearn, photographer Mandy O’Neill and painter Blaise Smith who have immersed themselves, often for extended periods of time, to create bodies of work that capture the rich and varied moods and lived experiences of Irish school life. The exhibition will also include new work produced in a collaborative project between filmmaker Kilian Waters, Draíocht Curator-in-Residence, Sharon Murphy and Room 13 Dublin 15.

Admission is free.

www.draiocht.ie/events/school_portraits

Saturday 27 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Sat 27 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

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Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 27 May

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

Park Runs: Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay, Raheny

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 27 May

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
+ St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
+ Father Collins Park, Donaghmeade/Clongriffin, Dublin 13
+ Tymon Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24
+ Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 27 May

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 27 May

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 27 May

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

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

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

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 27 May

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/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 27 May

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 27 May

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

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Sat 27 May

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition that you should definitely check out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2017.

Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-cityhall/exhibition

Budding Botanist – Children’s Workshop

11:00, Sat 27 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The Children’s Workshop “Budding Botanist – Collecting and Pressing Flowers” will take place and will teach kids how to start their own dried plant collection. Join our guides on an expedition through the Botanic Gardens identifying and collecting suitable plants for pressing before constructing your own flower press. If you like, you can also create some beautiful botanical designs with our pre-dried plants.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-8040319

botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#27May

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 27 May

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/

Polish Family Day – Polska Eire Festival

11:00 – 14:00, Sat 27 May

St. Benildus College, Upper Kilmacud Rd, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Polish School at the Embassy of Poland are inviting you and your friends to a family day at St. Benildus College in Stillorgan. There will be sports competitions, Hare & Hounds chase for families and group of friends in English or in Polish, a prize draw, talent show, face painting, bouncy castle, BBQ and more.

Admission is free.

polskaeirefestival.org/events/the-family-day-come-with-your-friend/

Terenure Bushy Park Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sat 27 May

Bushy Park, Tempelogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

The Terenure Bushy Park Market is taking place every weekk. The market has more than 30 stalls, offering a whole variety of foods and crafts.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 27 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 27 May

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/

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

12:00, Sat 27 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

The last two free events of the festival are:

Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Qigong – Drop-in class – Chester Beatty Library

12:00, Sat 27 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Qigong is a traditional Chinese form of meditation coordinating slow flowing movement, deep rhythmic breathing, and a calm state of mind.

Come to this gentle Qigong practice outdoors on the Roof Top Garden of the Library (weather permitting) or indoors with a view of the roof garden. Suitable for all ages.

Admission is free and no booking required, but numbers are limited.

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

Rugby Zone – Family Day

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 27 May

Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

On the afternoon of the Guinness PRO12 Final in the Aviva Stadium, a family day will take place in Herbert Park.

Test your rugby skills at the Skills Zone, take part in interactive, fun activities such as speed cages, reaction boards and skills based tests. Irish Village Markets will provide food stands and there will be live music on the Rugby Zone stage.

It’s a free event for families and groups with children who may be going to the match or who just want to enjoy a great rugby-inspired afternoon.

The entertainment on on the Rugby Zone Stage will be:

12:00 DJ Dave McDonnell
13:00 Live music from Jungle Boogie
14:00 DJ Dave McDonnell
15:15 Live music from Jungle Boogie
16:30 Live music from Graham Mills
17:30 DJ Dave McDonnell

Admission is free.

www.pro12rugby.com/2017/05/17/rugby-zone-herbert-park/

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market

12:00 – 17:00, Sat 27 May

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market is a weekly market (every Saturday) with approx 16 stalls, music, pizzas from the Big Blue Bus and the Bernard Shaw Garden Bar. Expect vintage clothes, shoes, jewellery, art, records, bric-a-brac and more and DJs will provide the entertainment.

This Saturday is the 2nd Birthday of the Bernard Shaw Flea Market.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/bernardshawfleamarket/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 27 May

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/

Family Day 2017 – One Family

13:00 – 17:00, Sat 27 May

Smithfield Plaza, Dublin 7

One Family, the national organisation for one-parent families, is inviting to their 7th Family Day and this year it will take place on Smithfield Plaza. There will be music, dance, games, arts and crafts, fun workshops and more for all ages. Magician Brian Daly will entertain as well.

Admission is free and this event is not just for one-parent families, instead everybody is welcome.

www.familyday.ie/family-day-2015/

Petit Poisson – Play in French & Irish for children

13:00, Sat 27 May

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Enter the magical underwater world of Sélène la sirène (Sélène the mermaid) and her friend Tortue. Listen to her tales and enchanting poems and dance along with her. Through storytelling, dance and music, in French and in Irish, children are invited to discover and learn throughout this charming sea world adventure. Bring along your masks and diving suits. (Written & performed by Orna Ní Choileáin & Léa Wéber.)

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below. Suitable for children from 18 months to 4 years. Must be accompanied by an adult.

afdublin.extranet-aec.com/events/detail/203

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 27 May

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 every Saturday. It is 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!”

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Eason Story Time for children

14:00, Sat 27 May

Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Every Saturday a kid’s book will be read in 27 Eason’s stores all over Ireland. In O’Connell Street the reading takes place at 14:00. In the other Eason Stores, the times vary between 11:00 and 15:00 (see website below). Suitable for age 0-6 with their parents.

Admission is free.

www.easonedition.com/event/eason-story-time/?instance_id=8176

La Maleta Mexicana – Documentary Screening – Bealtaine

14:00, Sat 27 May

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

La Maleta Mexicana (Mexican Suitcase) is the story of 4,500 negatives of a film taken during the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) which were discovered 70 years later in Mexico City. The film will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.

Admission is free. Refreshments will be available from 13:30.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-17

National War Memorial Gardens – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 27 May

Irish National War Memorial Gardens, off South Circular Road, Dublin, Islandbridge, Dublin 8

A weekly tour of the National War Memorial Gardens will take every Saturday from March until the end of October.

Admission is free. “Meet inside the gates” it says here.

The Fontaines – In Store Gig

14:00, Sat 27 May

Tower Records Ireland, 7 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Fontaines will launch their debut single with an In-Store gig in Tower Records.

Admission is free.

www.towerrecords.ie/

Poland’s leading writer Zygmunt Mi?oszewski – Talk

15:00 – 17:00, Sat 27 May

Irish Writers’ Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

During the Polsake Eire festival, Zygmunt Mi?oszewski, Poland’s leading novelist and the author of crime fiction bestsellers, will meet the festival audience to talk about his work. The event (conducted in English language) will be moderated by Zbyszek Zalinski, RTE journalist & presenter.

Admission is free.

polskaeirefestival.org/events/meeting-with-polands-leading-writer-zygmunt-miloszewski/

Progressive Film Club – Documentary Screenings

15:00 – 17:00, Sat 27 May

New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Progressive Film Club will be screening two shorts and two longer documentaries.

The documentaries are about the privatisation of water in Greece and the lives of Pakistani porters and Nepalese sherpas at the K2 mountain expeditions.

The full programme can be found on the website below.

Admission is free, but donations are welcome

progressivefilmclub.ie/event/something-water-k2-invisible-footmen/

Street Thymer – Street Party

18:00, Sat 27 May

Zozimus Bar, Anne’s Lane, Dublin 2

The Zozimus Bar is taking over the street for a street party with live music, DJs and Cocktails.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1544376958915283/

Free Sunshine Acid / Sun Machene – Gig

21:00, Sat 27 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The New Love & Terror Cult is a new music collective set up by the Irish psychedelic and experimental artists “Magic Moogle’s Vintage Psycho Arrangement”, “Free Sunshine Acid”, ”The Black Temple Shrines” and “Tuath”.

On Saturday the collective will present the bands Free Sunshine Acid and Sun Machene.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/new-love-terror-cult-presents-free-sunshine-acid-death-in-the-sickroom/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 27 May

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/specials/

PopLife – Gig

21:00, Sat 27 May

Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Poplife are a pop cover band and they will play hits from thr 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s in the Liquor Rooms.

Admission is free.

theliquorrooms.com/calendar/

Retrofix – Gig

21:00, Sat 27 May

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

Retrofix are playing Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rock and will be for a gig in Bray.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/retrofix

Solely Blues Club – Gig

21:00, Sat 27 May

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The Solely Blues Club is back in Arthur’s Pub. It is a night of pre 1960 acoustic blues hosted by Slidin PK plus a variety of musicians.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1662512270723794

Let It Be-Atles – Beatles Tribute Night

21:30, Sat 27 May

Ollie’s Bar & Lounge, Balally Shopping Centre, Sandyford, Dublin 18

Let it Be-atles will play a Beatles Tribute Gig in Sandyford.

www.facebook.com/events/1471815489548712

Silverbacks / Slouch – Gig

22:30, Sat 27 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Alt Rock band Silverbacks (with support from Slouch) will perform gigs in the Midnight Hour at Whelan’s.

Admission is free before 22:30 or if you sign up for the guest list.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/midnight-hour-w-silverbacks/

Tongue in Chic – Gig

23:00, Sat 27 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Tongue in Chic will play Disco classics, House, Funk and Hip Hop at this gig.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 28 May

Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School, Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9

In addition to the Saturday Car Boot Sale in Tallaght, Irish Car Boot Sales run a weekly Sunday Car Boot Sales in Ballymun.

Admission for buyers is free.

www.facebook.com/irishcarboot

Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Sun 28 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 28 May

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

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

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

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 28 May

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

Magazine Fort – FOUR Guided Tours

10:00 – 16:30, Sun 28 May

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

The Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park is unusually neglected and at the same time unusually rich in history. Many have seen it as a barred off concrete fortress in a corner of Phoenix Park and even more don’t even know or have forgotten that it exists. The old Phoenix House, the home of the British Viceroy, was on the site where the fort was built from the early 17th century and then in 1734 the Fort was built and extended in 1801.

In 1916 the Fort was raided by the rebels who expected to find a lot of explosives there, but found the Fort nearly empty. In 1939 the IRA raided the Fort and stole more than a million rounds of ammunition, but most of it was recovered over the following weeks.

Since 1988, the Irish Army doesn’t use the Fort anymore and gave it back to the Office of Public Works (OPW), but not much good has happened to the Fort in the last 28 years (!!) and there were numerous speculations about the reasons for that.

Finally since last year, guided tours were provided and were meant to run for three months until end of October 2016. But the interest was so great that the OPW decided to continue the tours with a reduced schedule over the winter. And since 02 April there will be tours again every Friday and Sunday at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 + 15:00 and only 20 places are available on each tour.

Tickets are available at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis and can not be pre-booked. A shuttle bus will bring the ticket holders to the Fort.

There will be no Magazine Fort Tours on Friday 02 June and Sunday 04 June!!

www.phoenixpark.ie/visitorinformation/magazinefort/#d.en.36668

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 28 May

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 28 May

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/

Children’s Art Cart – Workshop – Phoenix Park

11:00 – 12:30, Sun 28 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Every Sunday (with a few exceptions) an art workshop takes place for children from 6-11 years of age. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The themes for the workshop are:
28 May Farmer Ann
11 June Medieval Life
25 June Farmer Ann
09 July Felt Making with Gabi
16 July Explore the Walled Garden
23 July Draw Flowers from the Walled Garden
30 July Farmer Ann

The full list can be found here phoenixpark.ie/media/phoenix-park-programme-of-events-2017.pdf

Dublin Flea Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 28 May

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

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Co-op, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month and admission is free. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie

“A bizarre bazaar of vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and what nots, old and new. Stalls include hand-made goods, art, jewelry, furniture, records and lots more unwanted items that may just be your treasure!”

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Dublin-Flea-Market/144081015625205

Dublin Psychic & Holistic Fair

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 28 May

Hilton Airport Hotel, Northern Cross, Malahide Road, Dublin 13

A Psychic & Holistic Fair takes place at the Hilton Airport Hotel. More than 35 stands offer their products and service and you will find Mediums, Psychics, Tarot and Angel card readers, a wide range treatments, advice and information by holistic therapists, natural skincare & cosmetics product lines, herbal remedies, oils and essences, holistic health products, specialist books, crystals, hand crafted jewellery, angelic gifts and more.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/245113375962104

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 28 May

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/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Jazz + Bluegrass for Brunch on Sundays

11:00 – 16:30, Sun 28 May

Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

The Kilkenny Shop Cafe is inviting to a Jazz Brunch Sunday every Sunday from 11:00-14:00 and from 14:30-16:30 a Bluegrass Band is taking over. Unfortuantely they don’t specify who the bands are.

Admission is free.

www.kilkennyshop.com/restaurant-jazzsundays

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 28 May

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 28 May

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

Baltic Day Festival

12:00 – 17:00, Sun 28 May

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

On Sunday the Baltic Day Festival will take place which will celebrate the independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

It is a day full of Baltic music and food and culture with performances of folk dances, songs, contemporary life music, food and a craft fair.

Unfortunately the event is badly promoted and you will probably only find out about it in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). Most other websites and event publications in Dublin are completely unaware of it. So tell your friends and experience some Baltic culture together. Luckily the temperatures are not baltic anymore (bad joke, I know, but I couldn’t resist! ;-) ).

www.facebook.com/Baltic-DAY-Festival-1713426362254104/

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 28 May

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 28 May

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

Sunday at Noon – Classical Concerts

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 28 May

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 the Francesco Turrisi Trio with Francesco Turrisi (piano), Nick Roth (saxophone), Kate Ellis (cello), performing improvised music and new compositions.

www.hughlane.ie

Family Tour: Highlights of the Collection

12:30, Sun 28 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

A family tour of the permanent collection takes place and the tour route is suitable for prams and strollers.

Admission is free and no booking required. Meet in the Millennium Wing.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Tours/Sunday/May28_1230.aspx

Mortgage Overpaid? – Seminar

13:00, Sun 28 May

Clayton Hotel (former Bewley’s), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The “International Banking Investigation Group” is inviting to a 1 hour long seminar at 13:00, 15:00 and 17:00 on Sunday to inform you about how you can get checked if you have overpaid for your mortage. They claim that 800k people have mortgages in Ireland and many people can get money back from the banks. The mortgage checks are free and only a percentage of the money paid back to you is kept as a fee if you do get money back.

Find the details of this event via the Facebook page below. Admission to the seminar is free.

www.facebook.com/IBIG-International-Banking-Investigation-Group-261883280923809/

Save Hellfire Club and Massey’s Wood – Protest

13:00 – 15:00, Sun 28 May

Hell Fire Club Car Park, Monpelier Hill, R115, Dublin Mountains

A big new development of a sort of tourist centre is planned at the Hellfire Club and the Friends of Massey’s Wood and Residents Associations and Community Groups are joining forces to protect this natural wilderness from the development.

A protest will take place on Sunday. More information about the event and the planned development can be found via this site: www.savethehellfire.com/take-a-stand

www.facebook.com/events/1370433989705557

Family Day at Irish National War Memorial Gardens

13:30 – 16:30, Sun 28 May

Irish National War Memorial Gardens, off South Circular Road, Dublin, Islandbridge, Dublin 8

On Sunday a Family Day will take place at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens in Islandbridge.

There will be guided tours, poetry readings, Workd War I re-enactments, face painters and story telling for kids.

Admission is free.

phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,37904,en.html

Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

14:00, Sun 28 May

Arbour Hill Cemetery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

The cemetery at Arbour Hill is the last resting place of 14 of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Among those buried there are Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Thomas Clarke. This tour every Sunday will focus on the context of the Rising and explore in detail the wording of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

No booking necessary. The meeting point is inside the cemetery gates.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,36143,en.html

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 28 May

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/

Hugh Lane Gallery – Guided Tour

14:00, Sun 28 May

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Every Sunday a free tour takes place in the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Admission is free and booking is not required, but places are limited, so early arrival is recommended.

www.hughlane.ie/lectures/current/1431-free-sunday-tours-at-2pm-2016

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 28 May

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

Eileen Gray – Tour

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 28 May

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

Join this public tour of the Eileen Gray gallery, exploring one of the most influential designers and architects of the 20th century.

Admission is free and no booking required, places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis 15 minutes before the tour starts.Suitable for Adults & Children 7.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3300

Bark in the Park – Dog Walk

15:00, Sun 28 May

St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5

Bark in the Park events are really at the borderline of “free events”. Participation is free, BUT you are expected to have collected some donations or instead donate on the day. So it will cost you something to take part. All funds raised will go to the The Irish Blue Cross animal welfare charity.

The walk is approx 3-4km long and every registered particpant will receive a doggy bag at the finish line.

You will be able to register at the event and donate there as well.

www.barkinthepark.ie/

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 28 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Every Sunday two free guided tours will take place in the Chester Betty Library. The first one is at 15:00 and the second one at 16:00.

In addition there is another free tour every Wednesday at 13:00.

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

Deer Folklore – Talk

15:00, Sun 28 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

A talk about “Deer Folklore” will take place in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on Sunday.

Admission is free.

phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,37953,en.html

Margaret Clarke: A Private Perspective – Talk

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 28 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“Margaret Clarke: A Private Perspective” is a talk with Fiana Griffin (Freelance Writer and Lecturer) in association with the exhibition “Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit” open from 13 May 2017.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Talks/Sunday_Talks2017/Sunday_May28.aspx

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 28 May

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

Blues Got Soul – Gig

17:00 – 20:15, Sun 28 May

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Blues Got Soul, a four-piece blues band from Dublin is performing the music of the founding fathers of blues and blues masters in the International Bar every Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are welcome.

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

18:00 – 21:00, Sun 28 May

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

The next Bal Folk Dance Session will be an outdoor session in St. Stephen’s Green at the “summerhouse” next to the lake.

Come and learn how to dance European folk dances and take part in the Social Dancing. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/412250495840681

The New Breadwinners – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 28 May

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The New Breadwinners are a 3-piece Bluegrass band and they are playing every Sunday in the Leeson Longe.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

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

Wiley Fox Trad Session

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 28 May

Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thewileyfox

Dixieland Jazzmen – Gig

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 28 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Dixeland Jazzmen play a weekly gig in Sin E. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub/

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 28 May

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

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 28 May

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

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir sings every Sunday from September to June at their “Gig in God’s Gaff”, a Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street.

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 or your relationship with the Catholic Church in other contexts.

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

Tea with Musical Passion – Polska Eire Festival

20:00 – 22:00, Sun 28 May

St. Saviours Priory, 9-11 Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1

“Herbatka z Pasj? / Tea with Passion: Music combines traditions” is an event in St. Saviours Priory where guests will share their stories about their musical passion and life experiences. Irish and Polish musicians will present various musical pieces and you will be able to learn some Irish dances.

Admission is free.

polskaeirefestival.org/events/herbatka-z-pasja-tea-with-passion/

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 28 May

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 28 May

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 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. 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

Max Garcia Conover – Gig

21:00, Sun 28 May

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

Max Garcia Conover from Portland, Maine is playing a modern folk gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free,

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/max-garcia-conover

Rhythm Rocker

21:00, Sun 28 May

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 with live music (Rockabilly) and DJs. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/rhythmrocker

Sunday Blues Gig – Bowery

21:30, Sun 28 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Every Sunday a Blues Band will play in the Bowery and admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

The Jive Cats – Gig

22:00, Sun 28 May

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Rock ‘n’ Rock and Swing Band “The Jive Cats” will perform in the Mercantile every Sunday from 22:00.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-mercantile-hotel/

Monday 29 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Mon 29 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 29 May

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

Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours

12:00, Mon 29 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

“Conversations on Art: Dementia-friendly tours” is one of a selection of interactive tours specially designed for people living with dementia and their loved ones. Take a break from the everyday and enjoy an afternoon of conversations on art and life in general.

The tour is limited to 10 Participants. Admission is free, but booking is required via Heidi Campbell on 01 4070766.

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) 2017

12:00, Mon 29 May

Dublin (various locations)

The International Literature Festival Dublin (ILFD) will run from 20-29 May. There will be readings, discussions, debates, workshops, performance and screenings and poetry, fiction and non-fiction will be represented.

About half of the events Some events have an admission charge and the other half a free. The programme is here www.ilfdublin.com/events or you can download the full programme here.

The last two free events of the festival are:

Sat 27 May – 12:00: Korea Focus: Han Yujoo
Mon 29 May – 12:00: Stories from the City: Culture and Identity – The Unspoken African

www.ilfdublin.com/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 29 May

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 29 May

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

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3D Printing including CAD – Drop in

15:00 – 17:00, Mon 29 May

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Do you have a 3D design which you’d like to print off? The 3D printing expert at dlr LexIcon will assist and answer your 3D printing and CAD queries. Admission is free, but for 3D printing, the printing costs will have to be paid.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/3d-printing-including-cad-drop

Bilingualism – Polska Eire Festival

18:00, Mon 29 May

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

“Dwuj?zyczno?? – Bilingualism” is a Question&Answer Session in English and Polish about bilingualism, its benefits, the affects on family life and on the developing child.

Find out more details on the website below.

Admission is free.

polskaeirefestival.org/events/dwujezycznosc-bilingualism-a-questionsanswers-session-by-mother-tongues/

Introduction to 3D printing

18:00 – 20:00, Mon 29 May

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

This is a workshop in the LexIcon Library that will give a basic introduction to 3D printing and will get you started with your first 3D printed object.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the Eventbrite site below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/introduction-to-3d-printing-adult-dlr-lexicon-tickets-33059477788?ref=devg

Italian Film Screening: La meglio gioventu

18:30, Mon 29 May

Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2

The third and last part of the film “La meglio gioventù – The Best of Youth” will be screened in Italian with English (I hope!) subtitles.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below.

www.iicdublino.esteri.it/iic_dublino/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2017/05/lunedi-al-cinema-la-meglio-gioventu.html

JFK in Summer 1963 – Talk

18:30, Mon 29 May

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

“JFK in the Summer of 1963: Civil Rights, Cold War Politics and an Irish Homecoming” is a talk by Historian Cecilia Hartsell. Monday 29 May 2017 marks the centenary of the birth of John F. Kennedy and this talk looks at his troubled summer of 1963 dealing with major political issues in America before he embarked upon a joyful homecoming to Ireland. The talk will be followed by a screening of the documentary “JFK in Ireland”.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-4973539

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-12

Drunkard’s Hiccups – Old Time String Band Music

20:00, Mon 29 May

Thomas House, 88 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

This is a weekly gig with authentic old-time fiddle tunes and Appalachian music.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/drunkardshiccups/

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 29 May

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 Circle Sessions – Open Mic

20:00 – 23:30, Mon 29 May

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

The Circle Sessions is an “Open Mic” that provides an opportunity for up and coming musicians, spoken word artists, poets and comedians to perform.

Come to this weekly show to perform or to simply watch a great mix of music, poetry, spoken word and comedy.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 29 May

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Monday the Woolshed Bar hosts “The Comedy Shed”, usually with 3 headline acts.

Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 29 May

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

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday, 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

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

21:00, Mon 29 May

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 29 May

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/

That’s It Recordings – Open Mic

22:00, Mon 29 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

That’s It Recordings is an open mic every Monday at Sin E. Just turn up and play. Sign up before 22:00 to ensure you get a slot. Bring a USB stick along and you will get a recording of your music to take home.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/thats-it-open-mic-5/

Tuesday 30 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Tue 30 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

Traditional Printing Workshop – Bealtaine

10:15, Tue 30 May

Finglas Library, Finglas Viallage Centre, Jamestowm Road, Finglas

At this Traditional Printing Workshop you will learn how to incorporate reuse materials into creative printing practice. The workshop will focus on using a variety of materials as printing plates and how to create a variety of backgrounds and layers using a selection of unusual objects and simple printing processes.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-8344906

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-13

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 30 May

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

World Music for two guitars

13:00, Tue 30 May

Ballyfermot Library, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10

Ballyfermot Library will host the Tobin Boyle Guitar Duo for a “World Music for Two Guitars” performance.

Admission is free.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/bealtaine-4

The Gleaners by Jules Breton – National Gallery Pop-up Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Tue 30 May

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

This short in-focus talk will look at ‘The Gleaners’ by Jules Breton and give a brief insight into the work. The talk will be given by Rosary Cox and will take place in front of the painting.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Talks/Pop-up_Talks2017/May_30.aspx

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Tue 30 May

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 Tuesday and Saturday. It is 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!”

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Russian Film Screening – Rathmines Library

15:00, Tue 30 May

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

A Russian Film will be screened (in Russian with English subtitles). Ring 01-4973539 to find out which film it will be.

Admission is free.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/films

Spring Storytime (Age 3-6)

15:00 – 15:30, Tue 30 May

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

From April until June a weekly Storytime session will take every Tuesday in the LexIcon Library. It is suitable for Ages 3-6. The event will be in the Children’s Library on Level 4.

Admission is free and no booking necessary.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/spring-storytime-library-staff

Drop in Maker Evening

18:00, Tue 30 May

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Do you have an idea but need some help figuring out where to get started or what creative technologies might help bring the idea to life? Maybe you just want to bounce your idea off someone else?

Drop in to the Dún Laoghaire LexIcon Lab where Creative Technology Curator, Dr. Jake Rowan Byrne, other “makers” and
members of the community will be there and keen to help out.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below.

www.meetup.com/lexicon-maker/

Tuesday Night Table Tennis

18:00 – 00:00, Tue 30 May

Buskers on the Ball, Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

This is a weekly event in Buskers on the Ball. They have 5 table tennis table and are now running a social league on Tuesdays. Free play at the tables and drinks specials are available.

www.facebook.com/BuskersOnTheBall/

French Touch – French Web Series Night

18:30, Tue 30 May

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Dublin Web Fest is a celebration of online storytelling and this special screening at the Alliance Française is part of it. The creme de la creme of French web series will be shown, selections will include “Authentik”, “Surf Therapy”, “Kill Skills” and “Gabriel” among others.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below. A reception will start at 18:30 and the screening will follow at 19:30.

afdublin.extranet-aec.com/events/detail/195

Call the Dancers – Trad Gig

19:00 – 21:00, Tue 30 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Whelan’s never had a regular Trad Session, but this is about to change:

From 04 April until 27 June a new Trad Session called “Call the Dancers” will take place and no other than well known musicians Ronan Ó Snodaigh, Eoin Dillon & friends will perform.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/call-the-dancers/

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 30 May

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

EveryTuesday at 19:00, The Dublin Language Exchange takes place in the Czech Inn. It is the biggest free meeting of people from all around Dublin that are interested in learning languages and communicate with speakers of other languages.

Admission is free and the meetup is completely informal. No booking required.

www.facebook.com/Dublin-Language-Exchange-131803433533696/

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 30 May

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

Shipstern Open Session – Open Mic

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 30 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Shipstern Open Session is the Open Mic night in the Bowery in Rathmines. A weekly event where everyone is invited to take part, sing, play an instrument of even tell some jokes. And anybody who will perform on stage will get a cocktail voucher. Sometimes even big names come in to try out their new material.

The night is hosted by Cian from the tband MKAI.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 30 May

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.

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 30 May

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

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday, 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

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 30 May

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

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Tue 30 May

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/

Woolshed Pub Quiz

21:30, Tue 30 May

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Tuesday, a pub quiz is taking place in the Woolshed.

Admission is free. Max team size is 6 people.

www.woolshedbaa.com

Wednesday 31 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Wed 31 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”. This is a difficult description as everybody ages, but the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not much and nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared. In addition most 55-60 years olds wouldn’t appreciate it being classified as “older age”. ;-)

Where does that leave us? We don’t know but, I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-)

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website doesn’t have the best search facility, but you can also download the brochure via this page (look for the Download link at the bottom). To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website, but then you will have to click on “SEARCH FOR EVENT” otherwise, you will get a seemingly random list of events. (Very non-intuitive and totally unsuitable for elderly computer users!)

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 60 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events that you find are not sorted by date, but seem to be in random order.

Over the coming 4 weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but with such a tricky search facility, I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

National Fish & Chips Day

09:00, Wed 31 May

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Wednesday is ITICA Day and ITICA stands for “Irish Traditional Italian Chipper Association” and on that day you get your fish & chips for half price in all takeaways of ITICA members. It’s not really a free event, BUT your second portion of fish & chips is indeed free. ;-) And because you will benefit from that day (if you so wish), I decided to include it here.

www.itica.ie/news/view/itica_announces_date_for_the_8th_annual_itica_national_fish_chips_day

Retreat from Globalisation? Brexit, Trump and the New Populism – Conference

09:00, Wed 31 May

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

“Retreat from Globalisation? Brexit, Trump and the New Populism” is a Conference of the Royal Irish Academy Standing Committee on International Affairs.

Are Trump, Brexit and populism symptoms of broader phenomena associated with globalisation? Will the elections in France, the Netherlands and Germany in 2017 force globalisation to retreat in the face of authoritarian, right-wing and anti-immigration politics? Is this process simply occurring in western democracies or is it a global occurrence?

This conference will consider recent landmark events and the uncertainties that arise from them in wider, deeper and longer frameworks of analysis.

Admission is free, but registration is required via the Eventbrite website below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/retreat-from-globalisation-brexit-trump-and-the-new-populism-tickets-34103106309?ref=devg

Tech Connect Live

09:00 – 17:00, Wed 31 May

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

A big technology conference with 3000 expected attendees and 200 speakers and around 20 sub-conferences (FinTech, HealthTech, IOT, SportsTech, etc) will take place in the RDS.

There will be lots of talks and seminars throughout the day on a main stage and smaller stages and there will also be an exhibition.

Admission is free, which is great for such a big event. The biggest challenge is to find your way through the jungle of talks and events. The website below has all the information but it will still take a long time to put an action plan together if you plan to attend and try to make most of it.

Registration is required via the website.

techconnect-live.com/

Creative Den Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 31 May

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/

Phoenix Park Walk

11:00 – 12:30, Wed 31 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

This week’s Phoenix Park Walk is entitled “Skyline tour from the Pope’s Cross”. and the description says “Bay to the East, mountains to the South and buildings in between”.

Admission is free.

The full list of all walks for the next few months is here: phoenixpark.ie/media/phoenix-park-programme-of-events-2017.pdf

Bull Island – Let’s Walk and Talk

11:30, Wed 31 May

Bull Island, Dublin 3

Bull Island is part of Dublin’s designated Unesco Biosphere with a feast of skylarks and orchids in late May. Eanna Ní Lamhna, wildlife expert on TV3’s Six O’Clock Show and RTE Radio 1’s Mooney Goes Wild, will bring you on a walk through Bull Island sand dunes with the song of the lark, lots of butterflies and colourful wildflowers.

Meet “at the built causeway at the Howth end of St. Anne’s Park (not the wooden bridge)”. Don’t ask me where exactly that is!! ;-)

Admission is free.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-community-community-and-social-development-service/lets-walk-and-talk

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 31 May

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 31 May

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/

From Fishing Tours to Eco-tours – Talk

13:00, Wed 31 May

Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellows’ Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2

“From Fishing Tours to Eco-tours: Recent Major Changes in the Western Australian Charter Boat Industry” is a public lecture in collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Humanities.

“The lecture examines the recent history of the Charter Boat industry in Western Australia, showing how an industry that developed to provide access to offshore fishing grounds has diversified against a backdrop of declining demersal fish stocks, changing regulatory frameworks, and shifting social values towards the exploitation and conservation of the marine environment.”

Admission is free, but registration is required via the Eventbrite link below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/professor-malcolm-tull-32nd-irish-environmental-history-network-meeting-tickets-34884448324?ref=devg

Over 55s Open Day – Bealtaine

13:00 – 17:00, Wed 31 May

Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

On the last day of this year’s Bealtaine festival, the Central Library invites to an Over 55s Day. There will be information stands about volunteering opportunities, self development courses and recreational activities for the older population living in Dublin. Short health and fitness assessments including measurements of height, weight, BMI, Blood Pressure and a few quick fitness tests to assess strength, flexibility and balance will be offered.

And the entertainment programme will include:

13:00 Blue Haven Barbershop Chorus
14:00 Opening Ceremony
14;15 Refreshments
15:00 Yoga and mindfulness – taster session
16:10 Closing event and Guest Speaker (to be confirmed)

Admission is free.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/bealtaine-7

Temple Bar “Night” Market

14:00 – 20:00, Wed 31 May

Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar “Night” Market is more an afternoon and evening market (14:00-20:00) and it takes place every Wednesday until September.

You can buy Arts & Crafts at this market.

In previous years the missing food and drink stalls (probably to protect the pubs and restaurants in Temple Bar) was mentioned by visitors as a critique.

templebarnightmarket.com/

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 31 May

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

Dublin Port in late Victorian Time – Talk

18:15 – 20:15, Wed 31 May

The Lab, 1 Foley Street, Dublin 1

Silvia Loeffler’s Transit Gateway is a series of seminars that map the changing shape of Dublin Port over the centuries, from its beginnings as a medieval shoreline to present day. The upcoming seminars will explore the following themes:

31 May: Late Victorians
25 June: Monto Heyday- Labour Relations- Joycean Chronicles
26 July: ‘Congress’ Shipping
30 Aug: Post War Reconstruction Machine Aesthetic

Admission is free but booking is required via 01 222 5455

www.dublincityartsoffice.ie/the-lab/events

Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing Home from the Great War – Talk

19:00, Wed 31 May

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

This event is based Tom Burke’s forthcoming book “Messines to Carrick Hill: Writing Home from the Great War”. The book is structured around a collection of letters written by a nineteen year old Irish officer, 2nd Lieutenant Michael Wall from Carrick Hill, near Malahide/Partmarnock from the entrenched battle zone of the Messines Ridge.

The event will include readings of the letters from Michael to his mother and from his mother to Michael interwoven with music and poetry.

Admission is free.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Alliance Française Choir – Concert

19:30, Wed 31 May

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Alliance Francaise Choir will invite to their yearly concert.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below.

afdublin.extranet-aec.com/events/detail/204

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

19:30 – 22:30, Wed 31 May

Tivoli Backstage, 18/19 Francis Street, Dublin 8

The Dublin Jam Session is an open Jam with full back line. It is open to all levels of musicians and singers and all genres of music and the only rule is that you must jam with others (not all your own band).

It takes place every Wednesday and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DublinJamSessions/

Dwarf Jar Wednesday Jazz

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 31 May

The Dwarf Jar Cafe, 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Dwarf Jar House Trio (Daniel Rorke (sax), Cormac O’Brien (bass) and Matthew Jacobson(drums)) will play a weekly Jazz gig every Wednesday in Dwarf Jar Cafe and they usually have one or more guest musicians or singers supporting them.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/satumusikk/

Jesters Open Mic Comedy Night

19:45 – 22:00, Wed 31 May

The Front Door, 15 Dame Street, Dublin 2

Jesters is a weekly open mic comedy event where a lot of comedians do 5 minutes of material.

Admission is free. If you would like to perform then send a message to the Jesters Facebook Page via the link below.

www.facebook.com/jesterscomedy/

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 31 May

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

The Anseo Comedy Club 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 31 May

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/Gig

20:30, Wed 31 May

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 31 May

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

Inn Jokes – Comedy Club

21:00, Wed 31 May

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

The May Inn Jokes Comedy night is coming up on 31 May. MC and organiser is comedian Colm O’Regan and he usually has a great line-up. I haven’t the line up for the next event yet, but I am sure it will be good again. Check the website in a few days!

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

innjokes.com/

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 31 May

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

Resident Open Mic – Mercantile

21:00, Wed 31 May

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Resident Open Mic is a new weekly open mic on Wednesdays with a bit of a difference: Each week a different established artist will go back to their roots by not just playing at the open mic but by hosting it. This gives the artists a chance to try out new songs, play some of their classics and most importantly it gives a chance for new songwriters to play their music in front of some of their favorite songwriters.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-mercantile-hotel/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 31 May

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).

Paul McCartney – RockShow – Concert Film Screening

22:00, Wed 31 May

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Rockshow is a 1980 concert film by Paul McCartney and Wings, filmed during the band’s 1976 North American tour. The film features 30 songs from four concerts of the tour.

Admission to this screening is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

The Harleys – Gig

23:55, Wed 31 May

The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Harleys are a popular coverband and they will be in the Mezz every Wednesday at midnight.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

Thursday 01 Jun

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Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 01 Jun

Grangegorman Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free tour of Grangegorman Military Cemetery on Blackhorse Avenue takes place. Meet inside the cemetery gates.

Admission is free and everybody is welcome. Ring 01-6770095 for more information.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,24861,en.html

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 01 Jun

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, Thu 01 Jun

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 01 Jun

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!

Dublin Bach Singers – Concert

13:15, Thu 01 Jun

St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Dublin Bach Singers with Bogdan Sofei violin will perform a lunchtime recital in St. Ann’s Church.

Admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

stann.dublin.anglican.org/concerts/index.php

Yeats 2017: Public Tour of the Yeats Exhibition

14:00, Thu 01 Jun

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Come to this tour of the exhibition “Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats” on the first Thursday of each month. The tour introduces William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) – one of the great poets of the twentieth century – and his many interests, including literature, folklore, theatre, politics, the occult and Irish cultural identity. After the tour, you can listen to a selection of voices speaking some of his best loved poems, including Easter 1916.

Admission is free.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Migrant Workers in Ireland – Seminar

16:00 – 18:00, Thu 01 Jun

Liberty Hall, 33 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

The seminar “Migrant workers in Ireland – integration, contribution and challenges” will take place in Liberty Hall and it will be followed by a Polish Culture Night from 18:00-21:00.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/871638876326485/

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 01 Jun

Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Every Thursday the Little Museum of Dublin waives their admission charges for two guided tours thanks to sponsorship from Guinness. The first tour is at 18:00 and the second tour is at 19:00. Make sure that you are there at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour to get one of the limited places.

The Little Museum of Dublin has a fascinating collection of artefacts from the last 100 years Dublin’s history.

On other days and other times, admission is EUR 7 for adults and admission is by guided tour only.

www.littlemuseum.ie/

Polish Culture Night – Polska Eire Festival

18:00 – 21:00, Thu 01 Jun

Liberty Hall, 33 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

In conjunction with Forum Polonia, SIPTU is organising a seminar “Migrant workers in Ireland – contribution, integration and challenges” on 01 of June at 16:00 which will focus on the experience of migrant workers in Ireland and their contribution to Irish labour market.

And this seminar will be followed by a Polish Culture Night with Polish Band “Kapela na Wesela” which plays Polish highland folk music and Polish re-enactment performers “Slavics and Vikings Historical Group” who will give you an insight into medieval times in Eastern Europe and Ireland. There will also be Polish food to taste.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/871638876326485/

Billinghurst Choral Society – Concert

18:30, Thu 01 Jun

St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Billinghurst Choral Society from the UK will be in St. Ann’s Church for a concert on Thursday. Admission is free.

stann.dublin.anglican.org/concerts/index.php

Organ Plus – Organ Recital

18:30, Thu 01 Jun

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

“Organ Plus” is a Organ Recital Series presented by pipeworks and the Unitarian Church. The next event is on Thursday when Siobhán Kilkelly: organ and Ciarán O’Connell: flute will perform works by Libermann, Langlais , Widor, Hiller, Bach and Roth.

Admission is free.

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

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 01 Jun

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/

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 01 Jun

Living Room Pub, Cathal Brugha Street (off O’Connell Street), Dublin 1

An expatriate or expat is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship.

And this is a weekly meeting for all Expats in Dublin (new and old!). If you are new to the city, this is an excellent way to meet people.

Admission is free (no booking required!), but you are asked to give the same kind of welcoming to new members as is given to you.

www.eventbrite.com/e/dublin-expats-thursday-7pm-tickets-24745493437?ref=devg

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 01 Jun

Robert Read Bar, 19 Store Street, Dublin 1

THe Thursday Night Board Gaming event is running for more than 10 years already and it is a weekly event for all Board Game enthusiasts. But even if you are a Board Game newbie, you are welcome. Just come along!

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/IGAGamesNights/

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 01 Jun

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

A Table Quiz takes place in the Grand Social. On Thursdays teams of 4 people (or at least 2 people) will compete against each other over questions from the areas of General Knowledge, Music, Film, Sports & Entertainment.

Admission is free.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/events/table-quiz-thursdays-7/2017-05-11/

Crystal Skull Sessions – Heat 4

21:00, Thu 01 Jun

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Crystal Skull Sessions is a band competition in Sin É. On Thursday “Heat 4” takes place and on Friday it is Winners night.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/crystal-skull-sessions-heat-3/

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 01 Jun

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

The Luna Boys – Gig

21:00, Thu 01 Jun

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Luna Boys are in the Mercantile for a gig every Thursday night.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-mercantile-hotel/

Track Dogs – Gig

21:00, Thu 01 Jun

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

Track Dogs are an acoustic four piece from Madrid featuring cajón (flamenco box drum), guitar, banjo, piano, ukulele, bass and trumpet with four-part harmonies.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/track-dogs

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 01 Jun

Brady’s Pub, 5 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin 6

A Fun Pub Quiz takes place in Brady’s in Terenure on Thurs. The quiz will be on every Thursday night in the Lounge at Brady’s. Keith McLoughlin is the Quiz Master.

There will be six rounds of the quiz with picture questions, audio questions and general knowledge questions. Admission to the quiz is free and therr will be free drink vouchers for the winning and runner up teams. (No phones to get answers allowed.)

www.facebook.com/pages/Bradys-Pub-Terenure/138965189474826

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 01 Jun

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 01 Jun

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.

Admission is free.

www.frankryans.com

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 01 Jun

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 01 Jun

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 01 Jun

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/

Dreaming of Jupiter – Gig

23:55, Thu 01 Jun

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Dreaming of Jupiter will play a gig in Whelan’s.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/midnight-hour-w-dreaming-of-jupiter/

Friday 02 Jun

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The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 02 Jun

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition about Dublin’s History and you should definitely check it out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2017.

Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-cityhall/exhibition

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 02 Jun

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 02 Jun

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

The North Docklands – Let’s Walk and Talk

13:00, Fri 02 Jun

Conolly Station LUAS Stop, Amiens Street, Dublin 1

The North Docklands Walking Tour will tell you the hidden histories and the arrival of the tall ships in that area. In preparation for the Dublin Port River Fest (3-5 June 2017), Pat Liddy, Historian, Writer and Artist will bring you on an intriguing walk around the secluded docks to discover a rich and unexpected history. The tour will finish to witness the arrival of the tall ships fleet (scheduled for 15:00 but subject to change).

Meet at Connolly Station Luas Stop.

Admission is free.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-community-community-and-social-development-service/lets-walk-and-talk

Brewtonic Presents: Gin Fusion

14:00, Fri 02 Jun

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

“Brewtonic present Gin Fusion” aka “The Dublin Gin Festival” is back and will take place in The Bernard Shaw including the Eatyard and Shawyard spaces.

Over 4 days & nights across the June Bank Holiday WeekOver there will be tastings, workshops, pop up markets, classes, cocktail bars, pairings, food, DJs, live music and more.

Find out more details on www.brew-tonic.com/ginfusion/ or via the Facebook Event Page below.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/202737396868151/

YouBloom – Music Conference + Festival

18:00, Fri 02 Jun

Dublin (various locations)

YouBloom is a Musical Conference/Summit and Festival in Dublin from 01-05 June. The conference is not free, but all gigs from 02-04 June are free and there are lots of them in seven venues (4 Dame Lane, Dame Tavern, JT Pims, Mercantile, The George, The Globe, Whelan’s) around the Dame Court area.

All information is available via the website below but not all is obvious, so here I am drilling down a little more and will give you the exact links to the details. The Friday schedule of gigs is here: www.youbloom.com/youbloomdublin-2017-gigs/#friybD

www.youbloom.com/dublin-2017/

Polska Eire Ladies Night

19:00 – 22:00, Fri 02 Jun

In-Spire Galerie, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

The Polska Eire Ladies Night will take place in the In-spire Galerie on Friday. It is a fun-filled evening for the girls with a celebration of local arts & crafts, food and women-owned small businesses making a difference in the society. There will be Polish food & drink, Irish music, Polish Art and more.

Admission is free, but booking is required via this link here.

www.facebook.com/events/199296817254810/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 02 Jun

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

Crystal Skull Sessions – Winners Night

21:00, Fri 02 Jun

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Crystal Skull Sessions is a band competition in Sin É and it is finishing with the big Winners Night on Friday.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/the-crystal-skull-sessions/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 02 Jun

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/specials/

Gavin Povey and the Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops

22:00, Fri 02 Jun

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

“Gavin Povey and The Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops” will play New Orleans style Piano Rhythm & Blues, Boogie Woogie and Rock’n’ Roll.

Gavin Povey has played piano with Van Morrison, Finbar Wright, Kirsty MacColl, Steve Cropper, Shakin’ Stevens and many more.

Admission is free.

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

The Afters – Gig

23:00, Fri 02 Jun

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Afters are a covers/party band and they will play a gig in the Bowery on Friday.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Events Coming Up

Millionaire Mind Intensive

09-11 June

Citywest Hotel, Saggart, Dublin 24

Millionaire Mind Intensive is a weekend seminar that will teach you how to handle your money better and how to sort out your Financial Life. It will take place from Friday 09 June until Sunday 11 June in the CityWest Hotel and you can reach that either by car or by LUAS (Red Line). The seminar is free if you book via the link here.

You might wonder why it is free? Well, the organisers will sell their other courses during the weekend and therefore offer this event for free. But I can guarantee you that you a) will not have to buy anything b) shouldn’t consider buying anything unless it is right for you and c) you will get LOTS of really good content over the three days that will make it worth your while to go to a free event. I will be there! Drop me a mail if you will also go! (dublineventguide@gmail.com)

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

14+27 May

Every month the Dublin Mountain Partnership runs free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains often on some Saturdays or Sundays, but also on other days 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

The list of May walks is unusually short and only lists walks on 14+27 May.

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required (details are on the website).

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

Dublin Dance Festival 18-28 May

International Literature Festival: 20-28 May

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College Green Plaza – The Good and the Bad

Already more than 2 weeks ago the Irish Times reported about the new layout and timescales of the creation of the College Green plaza. I had planned to write about it here before, but only now got the time. Anyway, the creation will take at least another 5 months until it has planning permission and then another 18 months until it is finished. So there is still plenty of time to discuss it’s good and bad sides.

As a car driver I am not completely thrilled with the increasing pedestrianisation of Dublin, but as a Dublin Bike cyclist, pedestrian and as an Electric Unicycle user (ask if you want to know! ;-) ), more car free areas make sense to me. So I am always a little conflicted when it comes to changes like that.

However, as long as the changes are good, we will all get used to it and will gain from it. So, are the changes good?

1) I think having a central civil plaza in Dublin is a great development and much needed.

2) It will HAVE to be available for events (e.g. regular flea or food market, gigs, street performance and busking). Unfortunately Dublin City has in the past been more a spoil sport than a supporter, but here is an opportunity to do better!

3) Ban ALL cars from the plaza! Obviously the LUAS will have to go through it and that’s not a problem and as long as they use the same lane, Busses could also go through, but MAKE SURE that there will be NO taxis! It just doesn’t make sense to have a pedestrianised plaza and then allow taxis to compete with each other for business or to have a situation where they suddenly stop to pick up people and therefore interfere with LUAS and busses.

4) I read about “32 water jets” and was concerned that a fountain will be built there. This would immediately reduce the flexibility the plaza will provide. But on closer inspection it looks like 32 water jets built into the street level surface. So there is no fountain, but the water will come directly out of the “floor”. Nothing new or unique, many cities have similar fountains, but there is nothing wrong with that.

5) Unfortunately the existing trees will all be cut down. Not something I like the idea of. Yes, new trees will be planted, but that doesn’t replace 1:1 an existing tree. I do understand though why the current trees are in the way. To make maximum use of the plaza you have to get rid of use-limiting features in the wrong places.

6) 18 months of more digging in Dublin doesn’t sound great, but hopefully the result will be worth it

7) If there is a nice civil plaza, it would be great to sit there and enjoy the place during weather like we had this week. But benches or concrete blocks or other street furniture to sit on will automatically reduce the versatility of the plaza. So as a result, you can’t really provide anything that will make the plaza more “homely”.

So all in all, it seems to be a good idea, that makes a lot of sense. But my non-negotiable requirement would be that the car ban is absolute and includes taxis and my other requirement would be that use of the plaza will be regulated already now and will explicitly permit all types of busking and street performance.

What do you think about the proposed design?

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–Joerg

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