Dublin Event Guide 563: Happy Easter!! – Dublinia Viking Festival, Farmleigh House Easter Events, Mad Hatter Party.

March 31st, 2018
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

No. 563 | 30 March 2018

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Hi all!

Happy Easter! For many this is a super long weekend from (Good) Friday until Easter Monday, others at least have three days off, but I always feel for people in jobs that don’t take breaks. Sure they also get time off (hopefully!), but it’s often then not a big block like Friday until Monday.

An important question at Easter is always “How will be the weather?” Nothing nicer than a sunny Spring Easter weekend, but we are not there yet. Still winter!! Temperatures will stay below 7 degrees! There will be a bit of sun on Saturday morning and clouds for the rest of the day. Cloudy on Sunday, but at least dry until 19:00 and on Monday? A lot of rain, the whole day! Still no Spring! Enjoy the Easter weekend anyway!

I am super late again, so I had to push the events list out on Facebook. If you don’t follow the Dublin Event Guide Page on Facebook, you should definitely do that. Now that I have added another 40 (!) events for during the week, finally the mail goes out. Sorry for the delay again.

On the donation bad news last week turned into amazing news thanks to one donation via the GoFundMe platform. For the March bill we still needed EUR 120 last week and that went down to EUR 70, but the great news is that the whole bill for April is already paid thanks to Eamonn McG. Thanks a lot! Please help me with the EUR 70 and then I will shut up about donations until the last week in April. :-) To help, I am suggesting a very fair EUR 12 for the year, that’s just 23 cent per Dublin Event Guide Edition or less than 3 pints for the whole year! That’s not much if you think about how much value the Dublin Event Guide brings you every week! ;-) Higher and lower donations are also appreciated! Every Euro counts!

If you are a great and helpful person, you can help via PayPal here or if you don’t like PayPal too much and prefer to use your credit card go to GoFundMe here. THANK YOU!!

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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 240 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’s Feel Good Slot quote is about your belief in what you want to achieve in your life:

The thing always happens that you really believe in – and the belief in a thing makes it happen. -Frank Lloyd Wright

Some people think that this is the Law of Attraction, but that is a misconception. There is no automatic “Law of Attraction”. That idea is nonsense that you just have to believe that you will win the lotto and then you will win it. No, you will AT LEAST have to buy a ticket. And it is similar with all the other things you want in life: If you don’t work towards it, not much will happen, BUT if you don’t really believe in something it will ALSO not happen. Why? Because you won’t really work towards it!!

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Support

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

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

Last week Debbie C, Karen McG, Eric C, Irish Family Names, Tom McM, Aishling B, Ana RT and – with a separate mention for a BIG donation – Eamonn McG were so great to help with a donation. Thanks a lot!! You and all the other donors throughout the year are keeping the Dublin Event Guide alive! Without you, there would be no Dublin Event Guide!!

The cost for sending the weekly newsletter is EUR 240 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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EnergiaThe main sponsor is Energia and their support is hugely appreciated! Energia provides cost efficient electricity and gas to Irish homes and businesses. The company is committed to developing renewable energy sources in Ireland and over 25% of the country’s wind power is supplied through Energia. Energia‘s power plants in North Dublin are capable of providing enough energy to power 1.2 million homes.

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 guarantee 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, the Farmleigh House Easter event, the Dublinia Viking Festival and the Mad Hatter Tea Party in Deer Park are probably the highlights! Have a great Easter weekend!

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Competitions

Lica B Browne’s Meditation Workout – Ticket Competition

Workout 1 > Sunday 08 April 18 – National Gallery of Ireland. Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from 11:30 – 13:30
Workout 2 > Sunday 22 April 18 – National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin from 11:00-13:00

Lica B Browne, Entrepreneur, Artist, Writer, DJ, Healer and Teacher, is running a Meditation Workout on Sunday 08 and 22 April. Tickets to the event are EUR 15, but Lica is making one place available for Dublin Event Guide Readers and to win a place you have to go to her booking form here and put one place in the basket. Then you go to Checkout and enter the Coupon Code DEGLBBmedapril to enter the competition. Please note: Your contact details will be passed on to Lica in this procedure.

Lica sent me this description for the event:
“This is where we make you sweat like a honourable mindfulness learner.
1) No hiding behind closed doors.
2) Meditation group games & art therapy.
3) Smack bang in the middle of life’s hustle and bustle (2 hours in a pub, a library, a gallery, you get the idea).
4) No practice mysteries. We meditate, discuss, meditate and on we go.
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Sugar Tax Postponed

The (totally nonsensical!) Sugar Tax on sparkling drinks with added sugar was planned to kick in on 06 April and maybe you had already planned to buy LOTS of bottles before that day? ;-)

Since a 2 litre bottle will experience a price increase of 60 cent, you can indeed save some money if if you fill the spare room with bottles in the run up to the tax introduction. Only problem is that all these drinks have a best before date and they really change their taste and the level of fizziness after that date. If you have ever tasted expired Coca Cola, you know what I am talking about.

The good news is that you can postpone “The Big Bottle Buy” for a little. The tax will now get introduced on 01 May instead of 06 April. The Department of Finance has decided to check if the tax doesn’t break EU rules and that will take another bit of time.

[You might wonder why I am saying it is “totally nonsensical”? And if you care, here are some of the reasons, but there are too many reasons to go in detail for all of them, so just a list: 1) Unless all sweets are taxed (and maybe fast food as well?) it doesn’t make sense to single out ONE food type. 2) It is very unlikely that a 60cent increase will dramatically change buying behaviour. We have the most expensive price for cigarettes in the whole EU and there are still PLENTY of smokers buying cigarettes completely independent from their financial means. 3) Adding a tax is NEVER a good way to get people to understand what the problem is and to be interested in changing it. Education is the RIGHT way. 4) If you try to “educate” through a price increase, you have to make sure that that increase is felt by the customers. Manufacturers, however, decrease the bottle size to 1.75 or 1.25 litres at the moment so that the consumer THINKS that the price has not increased. The sugar tax increase should have come with an obligation to keep the bottle size at 2 litres as before. 5) Did you know that a sparkling drink with added sugar will NOT experience a tax increase if it is an alcoholic drink? It clearly shows how serious the government is to keep people healthy. Sugar is cool when in alcohol, but sugar in a non-alcoholic drink makes you obese. Dohhh! 6) The final argument for me is that someone who eats an otherwise reasonably balanced diet but occasionally likes a sugary sparkling drink should not be punished by any state for this. Nanny-state is the term that is often used in this context. And if you think the Irish state really cares, then check out the quality of the drinking water in Ireland. ALL countries in Europe accept now that Fluoride in the drinking water is a BAD decision and in some countries a Fluoride-addition is totally forbidden. In Ireland the State still claims that it is healthy. Not true!
Totally nonsensical tax!!]

Dublin Bikes extension & Dublin Bikes competition coming soon

The Dublin Bikes Scheme announced an expansion to the scheme by four additional stations (one at Smithfield and three at the DIT campus in Grangegorman) and another 11 are planned to open in the next few months. In total the number of bikes will increase from 1500 to 1600. That’s definitely good news, but the news of an expansion outside the canals is still LONG overdue.

The next news will put the Dublin Bikes scheme under severe pressure. Dublin City tried to delay it as long as possible, but it seems that they can’t put their head in the sand (or aggressively refuse permissions) too much longer.

Dublin City has announced that stationless rental bike operators can now apply for a license. You might have seen these new bikes in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and in South Dublin County already and it was just a matter of time when Dublin City would also have to allow them in. The first company that tried to put bikes out a few months ago was dramatically “kicked out” with a threat of cutting the locks of their bikes and removing the bikes.

The stationless bikes don’t need elaborate bike stations like the Dublin Bikes, but strictly speaking they are not as free moving as the bike rental companies would like. Instead the “stationless bikes” will need to be stored at designated bike racks and stands. That takes a little away from the ideal situation because you still will have to find/get near the pickup and drop-off location. Also the new bike companies will not give you a free first 30 minutes of usage with your membership. They will charge right from the beginning of usage, but because there is no membership charge the new companies will attract people that use bikes not so frequently.

I will tell you more when the new companies launch.

Science Gallery’s Make Shop is closing

The Science Gallery is a really cool place and if you are a long term Dublin Event Guide reader you know how much I love the gallery and the exhibitions. About 5 years ago, they opened a Make Shop in Lincoln Place, next to the Dental Clinic and kind of opposite of the Clare Street entrance of the National Gallery. The Make Shop is a great space for learning how to craft electrical toys and usable items for a very very low price. You can build a radio or a torch with a small number of components and learn how to solder and lots of other things. Ideal for kids, but also suitable for adults.

An initial buzz kept the place busy for a while, but since then it became a nearly ignored cousin of the Science Gallery. There were hardly any promotions for it lately and I would imagine it is relatively quiet there week after week.

Unsurprisingly, but still sadly, the Make Shop will close now on 07 April. It will be a loss! Here are some further details.

LAST chance to do discover your technical creativity and make that radio or torch etc. Don’t miss that final opportunity.

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now the place where the weekly nationwide clever event map from our sponsor Energia will be featured. Full details about the events on the map are on the Energia blog: gturl.eu/Energia18_wk14

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.

Art & The Great Hunger

08 March-30 June (Daily: 10:00-17:00)

The Coach House, Dublin Castle Gardens, Dublin 2

“Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum” at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is sending its art collection to Ireland for the first time. The exhibition documents the scale of the famine, the horror of it, how it permeated and changed Ireland and the people that escaped it forever. The museum’s collection, the only one of its kind in the world, constitutes an incomparable direct link to the past of almost 6.5 million Irish and 40 million Irish-American people.

Admission is free.

Hi! Fashion

01 Dec 2017-29 Apr 2018 (Open: Tue-Sun+Bank Holiday: 10:00-13:00+14:00-17:00)

Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Hi! Fashion is an exhibition of garments from the collections of Issey Miyake, John Rocha, Noritaka Tatehana and Úna Burke.

Hi! Fashion presents womenswear garments and accessories, which explore visual correlations and contrasts between Japan and Ireland over the last 60 years.

Find more information on the website here: www.farmleigh.ie/hi-fashion-at-farmleigh-gallery/

Three threads – of the orchid tapestry created by Frederick William Moore

Thursday 29 March – Wednesday 25 April

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Sir Frederick William Moore (1857-1949 – Curator of the National Botanic Gardens) has had nine species of orchids named in his honour due to his specialist approach to these flowers. Inspired by Moore’s ties to the orchidologist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, botanic artist Margareta Pertl will exhibit paintings of all of the plants named after Sir Frederick Moore.

Alongside Pertl’s works, Deborah Lambkin, currently the official artist to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Orchid Committee, will showcase her illustrations of recently award-winning plants.

Orchid associated material from the National Botanic Gardens archives will also accompany the exhibition along with a fine art print catalogue and elaboration on the tales of the depicted orchids by Brendan Sayers.

The exhibition will be on show in the Gallery Space of the Visitor Centre. Admission is free.

botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#29Mar

Sunday 04 Mar

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Contemporary Irish Literature Talk Series

13:00, Sun 04 Mar

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

Join Irish author Liz Nugent as she chats with Declan Burke (Dublin City Writer in Residence) about her third novel Skin Deep, to be published in March 2018. Liz’s first novel Unravelling Oliver won the Crime Novel of the Year (2014) at the Irish Book Awards. Her second novel Lying in Wait, released in July 2016 went straight to number 1 in the Irish Bestseller lists and won the RTE Ryan Tubridy Show Listener’s Choice Award at the Bord Gais Energy Irish Book Awards.

Admission is free, but booking is requried via 01-8734333

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events-5

Saturday 31 Mar

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 31 Mar

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, has up to 200 cars/sellers. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line stop and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 06:30 for buyers from 08:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on their website.

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 31 Mar

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 31 Mar

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
+ Corcagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
+ Tolka Valley Park, Finglas South, Dublin 11
+ Porterstown Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 31 Mar

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 31 Mar

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 31 Mar

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

Dublinia Viking Fest 2018

10:00 – 18:30, Sat 31 Mar

Dublinia, St. Michael’s Hill, Dublin 8

Dublinia, Dublin’s Viking Museum, is running a Viking Fest over the Easter weekend. It starts on Friday and runs until Monday. There will be a number of events in Dublinia and admission tickets are required for that, but some events will be outside where no tickets and no booking is necessary. An audio visual and theatrical performance at the Wood Quay amphitheatre is also free, but all tickets are gone already.

So the “no ticket + no booking” events are:

+ Swords, shields, spears, bows axes and the skills and tactics of Viking weaponry will be on display in the Dublinia courtyard. Viking coin minting will also be demonstrated as well as Viking crafts like tablet weaving. Re-enactors will demonstrate how to use a quern-stone and how to play some Viking games.
+ Two Viking longships will be moored at Wood Quay on the Liffey and a full size longship will be on the ground on Wine Tavern Street with lots of Viking Warriors to tell you all about the ship and life for them as it would have been a thousand years ago.

www.dublinia.ie/events_news/dublinia-viking-fest-2018/

Easter Events for kids in Shopping Centres

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 31 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

Most Shopping Centres in Dublin run some sort of Easter events. Sometimes it is just face painting and ballon modelling, but a good few shopping centres also have Easter Egg Trails or some games.

And here are a few examples:
In the Square in Tallaght, it will be a Willy Wonka event from 13:00-16:00.
In Jervis Shopping Centre there will be Easter themed craft and arts workshops from 13:00-17:00.
In Nutgrove Shopping Centre a Mad Hatter & Alice in Wonderland event will happen from 12:00-16:00

All Shopping Centre Easter events are typically free.

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 31 Mar

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 31 Mar

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 31 Mar

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 31 Mar

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 2018.

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

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

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sat 31 Mar

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

The Drumcondra Village Market is now the “Art, Bites, Crafts Drumcondra Market”. And as you guessed it, it is an arts and crafts fair in the centre of Drumcondra. :-) There will also be some food and music.

The market is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-15:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/abcdrumcondramarket

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 31 Mar

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/

Terenure Bushy Park Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sat 31 Mar

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

Treasures of the National Museum – Family Tour

11:00 – 11:45, Sat 31 Mar

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

“Treasures of the National Museum” is a tour of the iconic treasures in the National Museum, including the ‘Tara’ Brooch and the Ardagh Chalice.

Admission is free. Suitable from Age 7.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3589

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 31 Mar

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

FAKE – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 31 Mar

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “FAKE” and it will run from 08 March until 03 June.

The exhibition is looking at everything Fake from fake meat and fake cheese to fake emotions. In both the natural world and human society, faking, mimicking and copying can be a reliable strategy for success, a fake may be just as valuable as the real thing. But what about replicating taste, emotions, chemical signatures, facts and trademarks? When is authenticity essential and when is copying cool?

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ synthHAsizer will let you record your own fake laugh and use sonic filters to remix it from fake to real.
+ Mississippi Swan: Daybew! will create fake music: A new album of songs every fifteen minutes or around 700 unique songs every day. You can trigger the creation of a unique album at any time.
+ Altered historic figures from the Daily Herald show the beginning of fake news
+ There is even a deli where you can buy fake food samples for EUR 2. For example they have fake cheese, fake meat or “Dubliner Red Cheddar” cheese that is neither manufactured in Dublin nor is it Red Cheddar, it is coloured white cheddar manufactured in Cork.

The website below lists all exhibits and provides some explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. Some of the exhibits need a bit more of an age-appropriate explanation for younger kids than others, but nearly everything can be simplified for kids.

I strongly suggest to use the help of the amazing mediators, who can explain everything you see, especially if you don’t want to read all the explanations that are next to every exhibit.

The Science Gallery has very visitor friendly opening hours of Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00.

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/fake

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 17:00, Sat 31 Mar

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/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 31 Mar

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/

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 31 Mar

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Every Saturday a free guided tour will take place in the Chester Betty Library. The tour starts at 14:00.

In addition there is another free tour every Wednesday at 13:00 and one on Sundays at 15:00

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

We stand with her – Protest March

14:00, Sat 31 Mar

Barnardos Square, Dame Street, Dublin 2

This protest “against gender based violence” is a direct result of the trial against the Irish and Ulster Rugby low lifes who got acquitted of all charges last week in Belfast.

The protest will take place on Barnardos Square, which is directly next to City Hall.

www.facebook.com/events/153733735322631/

Ben Prevo Band / Supafreak – Gig

20:00, Sat 31 Mar

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

The Ben Prevo Band and the band Supafreak will play a gig in the Bowery.

Admission is free before 22:00.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 31 Mar

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/

Point Break – Gig

21:00, Sat 31 Mar

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

Point Break will play a gig in the Harbour Bar in Bray.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/point-break

The Solely Blues Club

21:00, Sat 31 Mar

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

Pre 1960 acoustic Blues will be played in the Solely Blues Club on Saturday.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/ArthursMusicVenue/

Vulpynes / Bayonets / Kiss My Acid – Gig

21:00, Sat 31 Mar

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Vulypnes will play a gig in Sin E and they will be supported by Bayonets and also Kiss my Acid.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/vulpynes-2/

Revolver – Gig

23:30, Sat 31 Mar

Porterhouse Temple Bar, 16-18 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

Revolver are back for a gig in the Porterhouse.

Admission is free.

www.theporterhouse.ie/bars-dublin-temple.php

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 01 Apr

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

April Fool’s Day

09:00, Sun 01 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Warning:
As a principle don’t believe anything you read today in a newspaper or online. Once you read it, analyse it and if it sounds slightly farfetched then there is a high April Fool’s risk. ;-)

Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Sun 01 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Dun Laoghaire Car Boot Sale

09:00 – 15:00, Sun 01 Apr

Dun Laoghaire Harbour, St. Michael’s Pier, Harbour Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

A new weekly Car Boot Sale will take place in Dun Laoghaire just at the fromer Ferry Terminal. It is a huge car park and there will be a Carboot Sale and a Gourmet Market with spaces for small businesses, antiques & collectibles, gourmet food vendors and people clearing out their home and selling things from their car.

Admission is free (for buyers).

www.facebook.com/events/170017540285134/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 01 Apr

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

Dublinia Viking Fest 2018

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 01 Apr

Dublinia, St. Michael’s Hill, Dublin 8

Dublinia, Dublin’s Viking Museum, is running a Viking Fest over the Easter weekend. It starts on Friday and runs until Monday. There will be a number of events in Dublinia and admission tickets are required for that, but some events will be outside where no tickets and no booking is necessary. An audio visual and theatrical performance at the Wood Quay amphitheatre is also free, but all tickets are gone already.

So the “no ticket + no booking” events are:

+ Swords, shields, spears, bows axes and the skills and tactics of Viking weaponry will be on display in the Dublinia courtyard. Viking coin minting will also be demonstrated as well as Viking crafts like tablet weaving. Re-enactors will demonstrate how to use a quern-stone and how to play some Viking games.
+ Two Viking longships will be moored at Wood Quay on the Liffey and a full size longship will be on the ground on Wine Tavern Street with lots of Viking Warriors to tell you all about the ship and life for them as it would have been a thousand years ago.

www.dublinia.ie/events_news/dublinia-viking-fest-2018/

Farmleigh House Easter Programme

10:00 – 17:15, Sun 01 Apr

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

After a long closure in the first three months of this year, Farmleigh House is inviting for their Easter celebration this Sunday and Monday.

There will be
+ Food & Farmers Market on the Farmyard on both days from 10:00-17:15
+ Plant Fair 10:00-17:15 near the Gallery
+ Easter family games (run by Early Childhood Creativity Co.) in a Marquee near the Pleasure Grounds from 11:00-16:00.
+ Puppet Shows (30 minute) at 12:00, 13:15, 14:15 and 15:15 in the Cowshed (Admission is free. First-come first served).
+ Easter Egg Challenge with explorations, games & challenges from 14:30-16:15 (Challenge entry sheets: Easter Wonderland Art Tent)
+ Blanchardstown Brass Band will play from 14:00-16:00 in the bandstand.

Admission is free.

farmleigh.ie/calendar-of-events/

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 01 Apr

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, Sun 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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/

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sun 01 Apr

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

The Drumcondra Village Market is now the “Art, Bites, Crafts Drumcondra Market”. And as you guessed it, it is an arts and crafts fair in the centre of Drumcondra. :-) There will also be some food and music.

The market is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-15:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/abcdrumcondramarket

Botanic Gardens Drop-in Activities for Children

11:00, Sun 01 Apr

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The National Botanic Gardens run “Kids Drop by Activities” on Sunday and Tuesday of this week.

There will be fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Garden. Sow seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels and re-use everyday items to create your own piece of eco art. Suitable from age 4. All children must bring their own grown up.

The event times are:
Sunday 01 April: 11:00, 11:30, 15:00, 15:30
Tuesday 03 April: 11:00, 11:30, 15:00, 15:30

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#1Apr

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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

The well known Palestrina Choir sing every Sunday at the mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. They sing complete masterworks by Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak, Palestrina, de Victoria, usually accompanied by Prof. Gerard Gillen on the organ, who often also plays a solo piece.

www.procathedral.ie/music/this-week

The New Market Collective

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 01 Apr

Green Door Market, 18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The New Market Collective is a warehouse market on the first Sunday of each month. You will find there Clothes, Accessories, Vintage, Home-Decor, Craft. Irish Design, Art, Vinyl Records, Jewellery, Food & Coffee and Live Music. There is also a Craft Corner.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thenewmarketcollective

Drop-in family session: Easter

11:30 – 13:30, Sun 01 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This is an art-making workshop where children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish.

Admission is free. Suitable for children of all ages.

www.nationalgallery.ie/drop-family-session-3

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 01 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 01 Apr

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/

Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony

12:00, Sun 01 Apr

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

An Easter Sunday Commemoration Ceremony takes place at the GPO and the President will be at this event. The Defence Forces Brass Band and a pipe band will play. Lots of army, naval service and air corps personnel will be there. The 1916 proclamation will be read and a wreath will be laid. The public is invited, but you have to be there super early. Oddly I couldn’t find any details, but usually when the president arrives the great unwashed have to be there at least an hour to 1.5 hours before him.

O’Connel Street will be closed from 05:00 until 15:00, so avoid the area. I would expect that the Luas will also not operate on O’Connell Street until well after the ceremony.

Should you go to it? I would say NO. It seems more like a “box ticking exercise” year after year with not much more going into it than what has to be. Even RTE has decided not to broadcast the event anymore, it seems.

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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 Francesco Turrisi on piano performing “Northern Migrations”. Composed and improvised piano music from Turrisi’s new recording.

Admission is free

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/2050-sundaysnoon-fturrisi-april-1

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Sun 01 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This Family Tour is specially designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers to make the works on display in the National Gallery fun and engaging for kids.

Admission is free. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.

www.nationalgallery.ie/family-friendly-tour-0

Private Life of a Masterpiece: The Taking of Christ – Screening

12:30 – 13:30, Sun 01 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This is the screening of a documentary exploring “The Taking of Christ” by Caravaggio. It is part of the BBC series “The Private Life of an Easter Masterpiece”.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/private-life-easter-masterpiece-taking-christ

Mad Hatters Tea Party

13:00 – 17:00, Sun 01 Apr

Deerpark, Mount Merrion (near Stillorgan), Co. Dublin

The yearly “Mad Hatters Tea Party” organised by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown will happen this Sunday in Deerpark, Mount Merrion.

There will be lots of activities: an Easter Trail (solve the clues spread across Deerpark to win one of the hundreds of Easter treats that the Easter Bunny delivered), make your own Mad Hat and get a chance to win the Grand Prize for the Maddest Hat at the Tea Party Hatwalk Fashion Show, The Teacup Ride, Bouncy Castle and other Inflatables, Facepainting and more.

And all the favourite Tea Party characters will also be there in their Easter finery including Alice, the White Rabbit and the Mad Hatter.

You can bring your own picnic, if you want.

Admission is free

events.dlrcoco.ie/

Puppet Theatre – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre

13:30, Sun 01 Apr

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

A puppet theatre performance suitable for all ages by the Moon & Sixpence Theatre Company will take place at 13:30 and at 15:00.

Admission is free.

phoenixpark.ie/event/puppet-theatre-by-moon-sixpence-puppet-theatre/?instance_id=3746

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 01 Apr

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Every Sunday a free guided tour will take place in the Chester Betty Library. The tour starts at 15:00.

In addition there is another free tour every Wednesday at 13:00 and one on Saturdays at 14:00

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

Sunday Sketching – Hugh Lane Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 01 Apr

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

During these workshops for 4 to 12 year olds, they will explore paintings, sculpture and architectural features through discussion and drawing.

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

www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/1998-sundaysketchingblooming-clouds

Blues Got Soul – Gig

17:00 – 20:15, Sun 01 Apr

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.

The High Leeson – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 01 Apr

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The High Leeson is a Bluegrass band that plays every Sunday in the Leeson Longe.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

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

Dixieland Jazzmen – Gig

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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 01 Apr

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

For Jaysis Sake! – Bank Holiday Party – Workman’s Club

20:30, Sun 01 Apr

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Bank Holiday Easter Sunday Party at The Workman’s Club will feature Montauk Hotel and Bicurious with Special Guest Daniel John Paxton. The gigs will be followed by The Karaoke Club and DJs.

Admission is free.

theworkmansclub.com/events/for-jaysis-sake-2/

Pete Cummins – Gig

20:30, Sun 01 Apr

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Pete Cummins, Grammy award winning songwriter will play a gig in the Leeson Lounge.

Admission is free.

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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 01 Apr

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

Le Boom / Mix & Fairbanks – Gig

21:00, Sun 01 Apr

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

“Le Boom” and “Mix & Fairbanks” will play a gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/theharbourbarbray

The Night Before Larry Got Stretched – Singing Session

21:00, Sun 01 Apr

The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

This is a traditional singing meet up and singing session that happens on the first Sunday of the month. At most events a guest singer will perform as well. This month the guest singer is Eugene McEldowney.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1634487249976051/

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 01 Apr

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

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

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-the-dublin-blues-cartel-28/

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Easter Monday

08:00, Mon 02 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Another bank and public holiday! Hurray!

But different from 2015, 2016 and 2017 there is NO special big event happening this year that has to do with the Easter Rising. In 2015 it was a “Year before the Rising” event in O’Connell Street, in 2016 then was the massive commemoration organised by RTE and in 2017 there was the brilliant Cruinniu na Casca that brought a big buzz and lots of people to Dublin. I was hoping that this series would continue, but unfortunately it already stopped and I guess the Easter Rising is going back into its box.

Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Mon 02 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Dublinia Viking Fest 2018

10:00 – 18:30, Mon 02 Apr

Dublinia, St. Michael’s Hill, Dublin 8

Dublinia, Dublin’s Viking Museum, is running a Viking Fest over the Easter weekend. It starts on Friday and runs until Monday. There will be a number of events in Dublinia and admission tickets are required for that, but some events will be outside where no tickets and no booking is necessary. An audio visual and theatrical performance at the Wood Quay amphitheatre is also free, but all tickets are gone already.

So the “no ticket + no booking” events are:

+ Swords, shields, spears, bows axes and the skills and tactics of Viking weaponry will be on display in the Dublinia courtyard. Viking coin minting will also be demonstrated as well as Viking crafts like tablet weaving. Re-enactors will demonstrate how to use a quern-stone and how to play some Viking games.
+ Two Viking longships will be moored at Wood Quay on the Liffey and a full size longship will be on the ground on Wine Tavern Street with lots of Viking Warriors to tell you all about the ship and life for them as it would have been a thousand years ago.

www.dublinia.ie/events_news/dublinia-viking-fest-2018/

Farmleigh House Easter Programme

10:00 – 17:15, Mon 02 Apr

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

After a long closure in the first three months of this year, Farmleigh House is inviting for their Easter celebration this Sunday and Monday.

There will be
+ Food & Farmers Market on the Farmyard on both days from 10:00-17:15
+ Plant Fair 10:00-17:15 near the Gallery
+ Easter family games (run by Early Childhood Creativity Co.) in a Marquee near the Pleasure Grounds from 11:00-16:00.
+ Puppet Shows (30 minute) at 12:00, 13:15, 14:15 and 15:15 in the Cowshed (Admission is free. First-come first served).
+ Easter Egg Challenge with explorations, games & challenges from 14:30-16:15 (Challenge entry sheets: Easter Wonderland Art Tent)
+ Some music in the bandstand from 14:00-16:00 is very likely.

Admission is free.

The programme for Monday is most likely he same or very similar to the Sunday programme, but the website doesn’t list the Puppet Shows and the Easter Egg Challenge and also doesn’t tell us if there might be another band in the bandstand.

farmleigh.ie/calendar-of-events/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 02 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Mon 02 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This Family Tour is specially designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers to make the works on display in the National Gallery fun and engaging for kids.

Admission is free. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.

www.nationalgallery.ie/family-friendly-tour

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 02 Apr

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/

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13:00, Mon 02 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

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Song Cycle – Singer/Songwriter Showcase

20:00, Mon 02 Apr

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Song Cycle is a weekly Singer/Songriter showcase in Wheelan’s.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com

The Circle Sessions – Open Mic

20:00 – 23:30, Mon 02 Apr

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/

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

20:30, Mon 02 Apr

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

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 02 Apr

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 02 Apr

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

Jimmy Smyth’s Organised – Gig

21:00, Mon 02 Apr

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Guitarist Jimmy Smyth will play a regular gig on Mondays in the Leeson Lounge with band Organised and occasional guests.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1188397997977188/

The Remedy Club – Gig

21:00, Mon 02 Apr

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

The Remedy Club will play the bank holiday gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pg/theharbourbarbray/events/

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 02 Apr

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 02 Apr

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/

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Tue 03 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Botanic Gardens Drop-in Activities for Children

11:00, Tue 03 Apr

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The National Botanic Gardens run “Kids Drop by Activities” on Sunday and Tuesday of this week.

There will be fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Garden. Sow seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels and re-use everyday items to create your own piece of eco art. Suitable from age 4. All children must bring their own grown up.

The event times are:
Sunday 01 April: 11:00, 11:30, 15:00, 15:30
Tuesday 03 April: 11:00, 11:30, 15:00, 15:30

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#1Apr

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 03 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Censorship and the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ – Talk

12:00 – 13:30, Tue 03 Apr

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

Professor Rob Savage (Boston College) is a Visiting Research Fellow (in collaboration with the School of Histories and Humanities). He is currently writing a book about censorship and the Northern Irish ‘Troubles’ and will speak about how censorship of the broadcast media was pervasive throughout the island of Ireland in the 20th century.

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/event.php?eventid=127344178

Irish Women and the First World War – Lecture Series

13:10, Tue 03 Apr

Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

The lecture series “Irish Women and the First World War” explores different aspects of Irish women from anti-enlistment activism to working in munition factories and war-time nursing. The final lecture assesses the legacy and long-term impact of the war on the role of women in Irish society. In parallel there is also the exhibition “Doing their Bit: Irish Women and the First World War” on display at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 until 28 April 2018.

Admission to the talks is free and on first-come, first-served basis. The Council Chamber seats 110 people and you can bring earphones for enhanced sound. Doors open at 12:30.

The lectures are:
03 April Dr. Bernard Kelly: “Enlistment, conscription and Irish women during the First World War”
10 April Dr Yvonne McEwen. “Irish Nurses and the Politics of Casualty Care in World War 1”
17 April Hugh McGuinness “Women and the Munitions Industry in Ireland during World War I”
24 April Dr. Fionnuala Walsh “Impact of the First World War on women in Ireland”

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

Donybrook Fair – Pop-up Art Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Tue 03 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Rita Brown will talk about Erskine Nicol’s painting “Donnybrook Fair”.

Admission is free. Meet in front of the painting in Room 19.

www.nationalgallery.ie/donnybrook-fair

Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising – Tour

14:30, Tue 03 Apr

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

A family friendly tour of the “Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising” exhibition will explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection. There will be tours at 14:30 and 15:30 and places will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis 15 minutes before the tour starts.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3638

Beyond the Book of Kells: The Book of Leinster – Talk

18:30 – 20:00, Tue 03 Apr

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

This lecture is part of a series entitled “Beyond the Book of Kells: The stories of eight other medieval manuscripts from the library of Trinity College Dublin.”

Professor Pádraig Ó Macháin from University College Cork will discuss TCD MS 1339: The Book of Leinster. The Book of Leinster contains the largest collections of Irish myth and history from before the twelfth century, including one of three surviving copies of the Táin and the earliest personal letter in Irish.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/e/beyond-the-book-of-kells-the-book-of-leinster-tickets-44445683235?ref=devg

Green Drinks Dublin – Talk and Meetup

19:00, Tue 03 Apr

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

The Irish Wildlife Trust (IWT) continues to bring you Dublin Green Drinks on the first Tuesday of every month in J.W. Sweetman’s. Green Drinks is a monthly event in 711 cities around the world to bring people with an interest in green issues together.

The topic this month is: “RTI: a new idea for sustainable fisheries management”

At this month’s Dublin event Debbi Pedreschi of the Marine Institute will talk about ‘Real-time incentives fisheries management’ . Debbi is working to develop a new way of managing fisheries, that takes the ecosystem into account, and would use smart technologies to improve the information coming from fishing activity to help make the science more accurate, while keeping the system simple to use and understand and provide incentives for sustainable activities and methods.

Meet up on the top floor of J.W. Sweetman’s. Doors open at 18:30 and the talk is at 19:00. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/Green-Drinks-Dublin/73308564711

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 03 Apr

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 03 Apr

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

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 03 Apr

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

Ben Prevo – Gig

20:30, Tue 03 Apr

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

Ben Prevo will be for his weekly gig in the Bowery. Expect Blues, Funk, Jazz and even Country.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 03 Apr

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 03 Apr

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 03 Apr

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 03 Apr

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 04 Apr

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Wed 04 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

The Rediscovery Centre Ballymun – Tour

10:00 – 11:00, Wed 04 Apr

The Rediscovery Centre. Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9

The Rediscovery Centre is a new eco destination for Dublin. It is based in the old Boiler House in Ballymun and hosts courses in Furniture Upcycling, Fashion Upcycling, Childrens Workshops and Bike Maintenance Workshops.

On the first Wednesday of each month, they invite to a information tour of the revamped Boiler House.

“The Centre is a unique educational space and an innovative experience that will demonstrate excellence in reuse for Ireland. It challenges conventional thinking about how we live, stimulates positive behavioural change and highlights how we can use our resources wisely to achieve a low carbon, sustainable society.”

Admission is free.

www.rediscoverycentre.ie/events/information-tour-of-the-boiler-house-2/

Creative Den Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 04 Apr

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/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 04 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Idea Translation Lab: Showcase

12:00 – 13:30, Wed 04 Apr

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

For the Idea Translation Lab, Trinity College students use the Science Gallery as a lab to explore “LEDGES: LIFE AT THE EDGES”, tying in with Science Gallery’s upcoming exhibition of the same name. In the Idea Translation Lab (ITL) course, students will work at the boundaries of art, science & engineering to develop original ideas and projects where these disciplines meet. ITL is a cross-disciplinary undergraduate course stimulating the development of entrepreneurial, creative and critical thinking skills through collaborative group projects.

On Wednesday the Idea Translation Lab students will showcase their projects in an exhibition from 12:00 and from 12:30 the presentations and price giving will happen.

Admission is free. Find out more details about the projects on the website below.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2018/03/ideatranslationlabclass2018showcase

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 04 Apr

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/

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – Film Screening

14:00, Wed 04 Apr

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The Chester Beatty Library will screen the film “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” (English, 1968, G, 144min)

Admission is free.

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

Easter Family Art Workshop

14:00 – 15:30, Wed 04 Apr

Invent, Dublin City University, Collins Avenue, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

An Easter Family Art Workshop will take place in Collins Barracks on Wednesday for families with children aged 5-12.

You can create your own colourful Easter egg window decoration. Inspired by the Museum’s large Decorative Arts collection this workshop will focus on creating a fun Easter artwork that incorporates pattern, line, colour and shape.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 6777444

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3667

Great Easter Egg Run – Rathmines Library

14:30, Wed 04 Apr

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

Rathmines Library will do an “Great Easter Egg Hunt” with Bernie the Easter Bunny on Wednesday.

Admission is free.

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

Easter in the Library: Teddy Bear Picnic

15:00, Wed 04 Apr

Ballyfermot Library, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10

A Teddy Bear Picnic for children under 7 years will take place on Wednesday in Ballyfermot Library.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-6269324

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

Hugh Shearman, Theosophy and Ulster Unionism – Talk

16:00 – 17:30, Wed 04 Apr

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

“Great angels in Antrim: Hugh Shearman, Theosophy and Ulster Unionism” is a lecture by Dr Patrick Maume, Dictionary of Irish Biography, Royal Irish Academy as part of the Trinity Research Centre for Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series 2017-2018.

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/event.php?eventid=127290112

50 years since assassination of Martin Luther King Jr –

17:30 – 18:30, Wed 04 Apr

Famine Memorial, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

On 4 April 1968 at 18:01, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, USA. At the time he was supporting the strike of the Memphis Sanitation Workers for a decent wage and preparing the momentum of the ‘poor peoples campaign’, a huge non-violent march on Washington DC and the Capitol.

All Together in Dignity Ireland (ATD) and the Irish End Poverty Day Committee invite you to come to the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay on to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King and to remember his legacy and to commit together to make the dream of social justice come true.

There will be songs and speeches. Guest speakers are Peter McVerry sj and Dublin’s Mayor.

www.facebook.com/events/2004139536492027/

Georgian Dublin: The Forces That Shaped The City – Talk

18:30 – 19:30, Wed 04 Apr

RDS Library, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Diarmuid Ó Gráda is a Dublin planning consultant and he will talk about “Georgian Dublin: The Forces That Shaped The City” in the RDS Library Speaker Series.

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

www.rds.ie/Whats-On/Event/33723

Dwarf Jar Wednesday Jazz

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 04 Apr

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 04 Apr

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

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/

Brand New Switcharoo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 04 Apr

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

The Roots Band “Brand New Switcharoo” will perform in the Harbour Bar. Admission is free.

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

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

20:00 – 23:00, Wed 04 Apr

Drop Dead Twice, 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/

The Wow Signal Sessions

20:00, Wed 04 Apr

Bagots Hutton Bar & Restaurant, 6 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7

The Wow Wignal Sessions is a weekly gig night in Bagots Hutton. The line up is usually announced just a few days before on the Facebook Page below.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/wowsignalsessions

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 04 Apr

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

Saints & Sinners – Candlelit Storytelling

20:30, Wed 04 Apr

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

The Candlelit Storytellers will be in the Harbour Bar telling stories about St. Patrick converting the pagan Irish and what the Pagans gave up to become Christians.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/197640684334763/

The Zodiac Sessions – Open Mic/Gig

20:30, Wed 04 Apr

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

Forro Wednesday

21:00, Wed 04 Apr

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Dance Forro every week at this “Forro Wednesday” in the Woolshed for free.

www.facebook.com/events/137957730197202/

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 04 Apr

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

Shipwrecked – Open Mic Night

21:30, Wed 04 Apr

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

“Shipwrecked” is the name of the Bowery’s Open Mic on Wednesdays.

Each week there will be an array of music, comedy, spoken word and all things in between.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 04 Apr

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).

Wednesday Night Jazz

21:30, Wed 04 Apr

Chambers Pub, 13 Merrion Row, Dublin 2

This is a weekly Jazz gig in the Chambers Pub.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1973708379312745/

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Thu 05 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure – Family Drop-in Activity

11:30 – 13:30, Thu 05 Apr

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

“Ancient Egyptian Animal Adventure” is a Family Drop-in activity where you will explore two Museums in one day! Begin and collect the trail at the Museum of Natural History on Merrion Street and come face to face with African animals, and complete the trail at the Museum of Archaeology on Kildare Street where you will discover the ancient Egyptian animal gods

Admission is free. Located in the Learning Resource Room, 1st Floor.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3590

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 05 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Storytelling for kids

12:00 – 13:00, Thu 05 Apr

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

This drop in event is a storytelling and trail session for kids aged 4+.

Admission is free.

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

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Thu 05 Apr

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

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13:00, Thu 05 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

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Coyping the masters – Showcase

14:00 – 17:00, Thu 05 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

“Copying the Masters” is the revival of an old Gallery tradition of copying part, or all, of a painting as way of learning about past artists. 16 students from the National College of Art and Design, together with NCAD Lecturer in Drawing and Painting, Kenneth Donfield, will be working from 14:00-17:00 in the Grand Gallery as part of a four week collaboration.

And we are invited to come and see them at work and see how they interpret the artists they are studying.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on/copying-masters-0

Hands on Design: Hold on to your Hats – Drop-in Activity

14:00 – 15:00, Thu 05 Apr

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

“Hands on Design: Hold on to your Hats” is a Drop-in Activity where you will explore the design of hats, helmets and headwear from the Museum’s collection for handling.

Admission is free. Suitable for all ages.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3640

Yeats 2018: Public Tour of the Yeats Exhibition

14:00, Thu 05 Apr

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

This event is a 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

Easter in the Library: Storytelling in Ballyfermot

15:00, Thu 05 Apr

Ballyfermot Library, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10

The Storytelling of “Horrid Henry and the Tooth Fairy” for children aged 5-8 years will be in Ballyfermot Library on Thursday.

Admission is free.

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

Citizen Science and Brain Mapping – Neurohumanities Lecture

17:00 – 18:00, Thu 05 Apr

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The Neurohumanities talk series at TCD will continue with Amy Sterling who will speak about “Citizen Science and Brain Mapping”.

Amy Sterling is the Executive Director of EyeWire and Neo, games to map the brain. EyeWire crowdsources neuroscience, challenging hundreds of thousands of players around the world to solve 3D puzzles and map out neurons, allowing neuroscientists to chart synaptic connections and model circuitry.

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

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2018/03/AmySterling

Jazz Club at Sweetman’s – Gig

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 05 Apr

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

A weekly Jazz Club event with live band is taking place at J.W. Sweetman’s.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/jwsweetman/

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 05 Apr

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 10 for adults and admission is by guided tour only.

www.littlemuseum.ie/

Evening Tour – National Gallery

18:30 – 19:15, Thu 05 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Explore some of the highlights of the National Gallery exhibitons at this evening tour.

Admission is free. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.

www.nationalgallery.ie/evening-tour-24

Start or Grow your Business – Business Lectures

18:30 – 20:00, Thu 05 Apr

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

Twice every year, the Central Library together with the Local Enterprise Office in Dublin City are running a series of six free Business Lectures for everybody who wants to start or grow a business. The lectures will cover subjects such as the characteristics needed to run and fund your business. Digital marketing strategies and writing business plans will also be included.

The next series will take place on Thursdays from 18:30-20:00 between 05 April and 10 May.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-8733996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie. All topics and speakers are listed on the website below and to make it easier for you, they are also here:

05 Apr: Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur – How You Can Create and Produce Ideas
12 Apr: Creating the best Business Plan for your Business
19 Apr: Market Research Skills – What You Need To Do To Be Successful
26 Apr: Managing your Online Presence – Having A Digital Plan To Help You Increase Sales
03 May: Financial Support and Grants for Entrepreneurs
10 May: Essential Supports and Services for Entrepreneurs – Who’s Out There To Help You

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

Tour for the hard of hearing

18:30 – 19:15, Thu 05 Apr

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

A “Tour for the hard of hearing” where listening devices will be used to increase enjoyment and engagement with the Gallery and the national collection, will take place.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/tour-hard-hearing-3

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 05 Apr

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 05 Apr

Ryan’s, 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! More information can be found here: www.meetup.com/IrishGamesAssociation/

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/IGAGamesNights/

Shogunz Of Stank – Gig

20:00, Thu 05 Apr

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

The Shogunz of Stank with Mik Pyro and Pete Pamf among others will be in the Bowery every Thursday for a gig. They will play Funk, Hip Hop and Groove.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 05 Apr

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/event/table-quiz-3/2018-04-05/

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 05 Apr

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

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 05 Apr

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 05 Apr

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/

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 05 Apr

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 05 Apr

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 05 Apr

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/

BIMM Dublin Midnight Hour – Gig

23:30, Thu 05 Apr

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The BIMM Music College is organising the Midnight Hour on Thursdays in Whelan’s. The line-up has not yet been announced.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/bimm-dublin-midnight-hour-11/

Friday 06 Apr

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Fri 06 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 06 Apr

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 2018.

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

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

Hugh Lane Gallery First Friday Culture Club

10:30, Fri 06 Apr

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The “Hugh Lane First Friday Culture Club” offers the opportunity for engaging with the Gallery’s education, collection, conservation and temporary exhibitions programmes in a fun and relaxed way. There will be talks and they will be followed by tea/coffee and further discussion.

Admission is free, but booking is required via cultureclub@dublinscultureconnects.ie

This Fridday, the artist Ashleigh Downey will deliver an introduction to Sean Scully’s paintings, mindful observation and meditative walking with insights drawn from her own practice.

www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/2047-hughlanecultureclub

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 06 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 06 Apr

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

Irish Glass Tradition – Family Tour

13:00 – 13:30, Fri 06 Apr

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

The Family Tour “CAUTION! Fragile – Irish Glass Tradition in Transition” will have you experience Glass like you’ve never seen or heard it before. It is a chance to take a tour of this new exhibition with Artist in Residence Róisín de Buitléar and explore glass swords, bells and musical instruments on display in this diverse and family-friendly exhibition.

Admission is free. Places will be allocated on a first-come first served basis 15 minutes before the tour starts.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3679

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 06 Apr

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

Ben Prevo Band – Gig

21:00, Fri 06 Apr

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

The Ben Prevo Band will play a gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pg/theharbourbarbray/events/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 06 Apr

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/

Mongrel State / Leila Jane & The Healers – Gig

21:00, Fri 06 Apr

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Mongrel State will play from Rockabilly to Rock, Latin-American grooves and Cinematic Western Scores. Support will come from Leila Jane & The Healers.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/174150129890506/

Gavin Povey and the Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops

22:00, Fri 06 Apr

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 Soul Foolishness / Bunoscionn – Gig

22:00, Fri 06 Apr

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

Bunoscionn and The Soul Foolishness will play a gig in the Bowery on Friday.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Events Coming Up

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

31 March + 01+02 April

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 walks over Easter are on 31 March + 01+02 April

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

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

TBA

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This is odd

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

The Belfast Trial and the Consequences

First of all, please note that I can’t risk using the word ra pe in its proper spelling, because otherwise spam filters will not let this mail through, so instead I will use “Rp” wherever that word should appear. I am sure you will be able to work with that.

I have to admit that writing about the Rp Trial in Belfast is not a cheery subject in the slightest and you could say that it has nothing to do with events or with Dublin, but first of all the “This is Odd!” section in the Dublin Event Guide is an opinion section where I don’t just stick to Dublin or event themes and secondly, I think what happened and the emotional response to it is just to huge to ignore it.

BUT, I don’t intend to discuss the trial and its outcomes. Instead there is something much more important and that is what will we take from it and how will we change our attitudes going forward.

A quick reprise: Two years ago at a sort of party, a then 19 year old women experienced something that she called Rp (see first paragraph to understand what “Rp” means). The four men that were involved – and yes there was more than one – claimed all was consensual. The trial was done in front of a jury and after 8 days that jury decided that the men were not guilty and at the same time they implied with that that the women was telling lies.

The result is that the men walk free, the women involved not get any form of emotional “compensation” for having to go through the trial and the majority of women observing feel (rightly) that not much is done to protect or support them if they every had to experience Rp and therefore many women would probably never report it. A really bad outcome.

I didn’t follow the trial in detail and therefore don’t know all that was said by all sides, but I did read the What’s App and text message exchange between the four men and just based on that, I judge them as chauvinistic low lifes who definitely are capable of what they were accused of. There should be consequences for them, but unfortunately I can also see why the trial did result in an acquittal.

We have heaps of examples where very clear trials came to very unexpected results. OJ Simpson’s murder trial in 1994 is a perfect example. Everyone expected that he would be found to be the murder of his wife, but he was acquitted by a jury. Another example is the trial against Oscar Pistorius in South Africa. He shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in 2014 and claimed that he thought she was an intruder. Nearly everyone was convinced that he is guilty of murder, but a judge sentenced him to just 5 years in prison. And there are lots more cases as shocking and surprising as these. A lawyer friend of mine always said that “in court and at sea you are in god’s hand”. I would say “in court and at sea everything and anything can happen” and very very often it is not justice that is the result of a trial.

Many think that a trial in front of a jury is fairer, I totally disagree! I would rather have some professionals to decide my fate if I am innocent, but if I am guilty I would love to have a jury. Jury’s are randomly selected, but heavily influenced and influencable individuals with no expertise in assessing evidence and judging a difficult scenario. And if they have the SLIGHTEST doubt they will judge against the accusation. This is what happened here, in my opinion.

The outcome might have acquitted the men, but there is a HUGE difference between “not guilty” and “innocent”. The jury might have decided that they are not guilty of Rp, but that doesn’t mean AT ALL that they are innocent. Their Social Media/mobile phone exchanges shows that they are despicable chauvinistic low lifes and unfortunately the acquittal will turn them worse. I read that they now will sue people of libel (damaging their reputation).

The trial outcome is what it is, but what should we do now? How should we react to it?

In my opinion, the four men should be kicked out of the Irish and Ulster Rugby team with immediate effect just based on the Social Media/mobile phone exchange alone. This is not the way men should be allowed to talk about women and the sports teams have a responsibility to make that VERY VERY clear. We can’t have young people looking up to scum like that.

Secondly, we have to make clear that this one case does not mean that all other cases will be decided in the same way. Rosa Parks who – as a black woman – refused to give up her seating in the white section of a bus was the trigger for a societal change. Maybe or hopefully the victim from the Belfast Rp Trial will influence today’s society’s attitude to chauvinists and male low lifes as well!

And thirdly, I think we have to make a significant change in the current education of society. In the context with the #MeToo campaign and for education going forward, the “No means No” principle emerged and is quoted in many places also in connection with this trial. I feel this is a totally inappropriate principle. Sure it is better than what many women have experienced until now, but the only principle we should base our education (for all ages!) on is “Only YES gives you the right”.

It’s like this: It is not just a RED light that tells you to stop at a traffic light. A yellow light also doesn’t give you the automatic right to race ahead. ONLY the green light allows you to proceed. Our focus has to be on making clear that only a clear YES will give the right to proceed. And if it is not a CLEAR “Yes”, for example because alcohol is involved, then there can’t be a “I assumed it was ok to go ahead”.

Oh and two other things: I know one man, a Rugby fan, who celebrated the acquittal of the four and who wrote on Facebook that he knew they were innocent and he can’t wait until they are “in the green jersey again”. Sorry, Sir, you have NO clue how people that you don’t know personally behave behind closed doors and your ignorance and arrogance is disgusting.
And lastly: There are good guys out there who would NEVER talk like that about women and who would never treat them in a disrespectful way. I know PLENTY of them! Ladies, please don’t assume that we all are scum! But also, guys, if you hear other guys talk about women like the four from Belfast OR if you come across any disrespectful behaviour towards women or anybody else, please be a man and stand up for the badly treated person!

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