Dublin Event Guide 584: Heritage Week, Ukulele Hooley, Bray Harbour Roots Festival, Howth Jazz & Blues Festival, Dalkey Lobster Festival

August 25th, 2018
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

No. 584 | 24 August 2018

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Hi all!

This week is slightly mental in Dublin. With the Pope taking over the City Centre and Croke Park and Phoenix Park, there is a good argument for staying AWAY from the City Centre. Luckily there are great events in Howth, Bray and Dalkey! Far enough away if you want to get out. If you are going to Croke Park or Phoenix Park, enjoy!! The pre-event organisation was a shambles, let’s hope that the actual events will be good for you!

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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 intended as a kick in your backside (a GENTLE kick! :-) ) The quote is attributed to Buddha and he said

The trouble is, you think you have time. – Buddha

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no 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 week there is the National Heritage Week for another two days and there are also these great events:

People’s Art Exhibition, Ukulele Hooley, Dalkey Lobster Festival, Howth Jazz & Blues Festival, Harbour Roots Festival in Bray

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Papal Visit and Mass in Phoenix Park & Croke Park

If you are not going to the biggest event in Ireland in the last 39 years, the Papal Mass in Phoenix Park, but you live in Dublin, I would strongly recommend that you avoid ALL areas that are in 5-8km radius around Phoenix Park on Sunday. Up to 500,000 people are expected in Dublin and they ALL have to somehow get to Phoenix Park. Walks of between 2 and 7 km are required to reach the location for the mass, but since there will be a huge amount of road closures and also a take over of all public transport resources (trains & busses) to bring people to Dublin and then as close as feasible to Phoenix Park and Croke Park, I would really suggest you stay at home on Saturday and even more so on Sunday.

There will be 52 road closures on Saturday in Dublin and 86 on Sunday, so renew your Netflix subscription, get a good book or restart that knitting project, make sure you have enough food and drink at home and then lock yourself in!

The Irish Times gives some warnings about the traffic situation including the list of closed streets in their article here. Don’t think that the streets will be just closed for a little while! On Sunday Dublin will be closed from 06:00-23:00!! :-O

And here is another interesting article about the logistics: www.rte.ie/news/the-pope-in-ireland/2018/0814/985058-logistics-of-popes-visit/ The article says that 25,000 slices of sliced pan are expected to be used for sandwiches and 31,000 litres of milk for your tea! Tea and sandwiches! I see, we have made huge culinary steps forward since 1979! :-O

The long-term forecast at the moment predicts a cloudy day with some sun on both Saturday and Sunday, but it is quite cold at 16 degrees!

Ryanair does hate you!

It must be hate for its customers, there is no other way I could explain the constant messing around with the rules for baggage. I can’t even keep up with it anymore and to keep it that way, I have to admit that I am going out of my way to avoid flying with Ryanair. Oddly, I like Ryanair – or at least what it had wanted to and did achieve. Without Ryanair we would still pay super high ticket prices for highly inefficient airlines. Ryanair got others to tighten their ship (or plane) to get more efficient and to reduce the profit margins. Thank you, Ryanair!

But now they are changing the baggage rules again and it is ALWAYS getting worse for their customers. We never wanted to bring a huge suitcase on board, we would all prefer to check in our luggage, but Ryanair forced us to re-think. They thought that it would reduce cost for them because baggage handling at the airport is expensive. But people continually increased their bags (despite the bag size checker at the gate) to bring on board and that delayed planes.

Then the told us that Priority customers can still bring their 10kg bag on board, but the rest had to hand it over at the boarding gate (initially they wanted you to check it hand luggage at check in – the contradiction! – , but that was changed) and only a Laptop-sized bag was allowed on board. But the handed over hand-luggage that was to be carried in the hold of the plane was not charged extra.

Now the new change is that UNLESS you pay for priority boarding you will now have to pay for your hand luggage as well. Ryanair claims that they are making this change because planes are getting delayed because people bring too much hand luggage. This is TOTAL nonsense. Since there was a definite 10kg limit for ONE bag only, they can’t bring more than 10kg in one bag. So NO the planes are not delayed because of too much hand luggage. And the ONLY reason why we bring lots of hand luggage anyway is because Ryanair pushed us in the direction of the check-in-luggage-free flight.

You really could get the impression that Ryanair hates their employees (especially pilots and flight attendants) and even more so, they seem to hate us so much that they even lie to us. :-O

www.rte.ie/news/2018/0823/987129-ryanair-hand-luggage/

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Summer of Heritage 2018 in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is the leading example in the whole Greater Dublin area of top class historical events for everybody and Dublin City really could learn from them!

The Summer of Heritage programme of events is a series of more than 30 free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from 25 June until 02 September. The tours are suitable for families, groups and individuals interested in local history and some of the locations/tours are The Oratory, Seapoint Martello Tower, Holy Trinity Church Kiliney, Historic Dundrum, Kill Abbey, Obelisk Stillorgan, James Joyce Tower, Historic Blackrock, The Metals, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Walk, National Maritime Museum, Dalkey Castle, Monkstown Castle.
Most tours happen a number of times during the week and the full programme can be downloaded here. (Some of the tours require pre-booking.)

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_wk35

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 visualartists.ie/whats-on/events-in-leinster-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.

Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday – Illustrations

09 June – 31 August (Mon-Sat 11:00-17:00)

Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Eva Kelly is a Dublin based free­lance illustrator, educator and arts facilitator and her exhibition “Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday” is an illustrated journey through the north and south of inner city Dublin. Inspired by Ulysses, James Joyce, it traces part of the journey Leopold Bloom makes through the streets.

Admission is free.

www.milltheatre.ie/exhibition/everyone-everywhere-everyday/

Face to Face: Anthony Palliser’s Irish Portraits

01 June – 02 Sept (Tue-Sun 10:00-13:00+14:00-17:00)

Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Over eighty portraits of more than thirty renowned Irish cultural figures, completed over a sixteen-year period by the Anglo-Belgian painter Anthony Palliser, will be on display at Farmleigh Gallery.

The “models” include Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Paddy Moloney, Siobhán Armstrong, Thomas Kinsella, Edna O’Brien, John Boorman, Colm Tóibín, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Brian Friel, Bill Whelan, John Banville, Sinéad Cusack, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, John Hurt and Garech Browne.

Admission is free. Find more information here.

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 25 Aug

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/

Irish Mammals and the Ice Age – Exhibition & Talks

09:00 – 17:00, Sat 25 Aug

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

This is a family-friendly exhibition of Irish mammals on Level 3 of DLR Lexicon. The Ice Age landscape comes back to life with animal models, paintings and 3D maps including the mammoth, brown bear, giant Irish deer and arctic fox. (Presented by Jim Martin of Wildlife Exhibitions.)

The exhibition is open from 09:00-17:00 and there will be talks at 11:00, 13:30 and 15:00.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1700193610075755/

National Heritage Week 2018

09:00, Sat 25 Aug

Dublin (various locations)

From 18 August until 26 August the National Heritage Week 2018 will take place in Ireland. The intention is to create awareness and to educate about heritage in Ireland trough walks, talks, performances, exhibitions and workshops.

In Dublin City there will be about 210 events, in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown about 60, in South County Dublin about 55 and in Fingal (North County Dublin) about 30. (It will never makes sense in my head why these four areas are separated in search engines for evens like this. With the small size of Dublin this is totally unnecessary!)

Many events are repeated numerous times throughout the week and a large amount of events are free. Unfortunately, though you can’t filter out free events. (Another wrong decision!).

Even with these little hiccups on the website, the Heritage Week is a brilliant event and there is something on the list for everyone. I will mention a number of Heritage Week events in separately in this Dublin Event Guide, but with 350 events in Dublin, you can imagine that I will not be able to mention all, but will just scratch the surface. So you will have to search for yourself here:

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/events

One of the slightly quirkier events that runs for the whole week is the “Totally Terrific Tomato Festival” in the National Botanic Gardens. There will be exhibition of tomato cultivars and their relatives (tobacco, potatoes, chillies, petunias and even deadly nightshade) and there will be a series of talks, Tomato Tales, with tomato addict Nicky Kyle, and Director of the Gardens Matthew Jebb.

www.heritageweek.ie/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 25 Aug

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 25 Aug

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:
+ 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
+ Bricksfield Park, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

www.parkrun.ie/

St. Audeon’s Church – Guided Tour

09:30 – 16:30, Sat 25 Aug

St. Audeon’s Church, Cornmarket, Dublin 8

Come to this guided tour of one of Dublin’s oldest buildings and find out more about its place in the history of medieval Dublin. Discover the hidden Portlester Chapel. the remains of a 13th century laneway and a monument to a Knight and his Lady.

Admission is free (suitable from Age 12+). The tours take place throughout the day (Sunday 12:00-16:30, all other days 09:30-16:30)

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/guided-tour-of-st-audoens-church

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 25 Aug

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 – Food/Farmer’s Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 25 Aug

A1 Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

The Green Door Market is an indoor food/Farmer’s Market that many know from when it was located at Newmarket Square. Due to the redevelopment at Newmarket Square it had to move and is now on the Old Naas Road, opposite the entrance to the Royal Liver Retail Park. At the new location they are also open on Sundays.

Opening hours are Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat 09:30-16:00 and also Sunday 11:00-17:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 25 Aug

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

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

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

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 25 Aug

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 25 Aug

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 25 Aug

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

Terenure Bushy Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 25 Aug

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

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Sat 25 Aug

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 25 Aug

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 25 Aug

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/

Growing Tomatoes – Workshop for kids

11:00 – 14:00, Sat 25 Aug

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The Children’s Workshop “Growing Tomatoes” will take place at 11:00 and again at 13:00.

Deirdre Doyle of the The Cool Food School will host this interactive workshop for children aged 8-11 years old, exploring tomatoes and how they are grown.

Admission is free, but booking is required via (01) 804 0319

www.facebook.com/events/219113385611880/

Irish Railway Record Society – Open Day

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 25 Aug

Irish Railway Record Society, Dublin Heuston Station, Dublin 8

As part of Heritage Week, there is an Open Day at the Irish Railway Record Society (IRRS) Library, Archives and Small Exhibits Museum of railway memorabilia in the former goods offices at Dublin Heuston Station.

The IRRS was founded in 1946. It is a voluntary organisation dedicated to the study of the history and operations of Irish Railways.

Admission is free.

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/library-and-archives-open-day

People’s Art Exhibition

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 25 Aug

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Six times this year the “People’s Art 2018″ exhibition will take place. It is an art exhibition on the rails/fence of St. Stephen’s Green.

(If you want to exhibit at one of the events in the future, check the website for cost and conditions.)

Visiting the People’s Art Exhibition is free and you will be able to admire (and buy) a huge amount of great art works from the artists themselves. The event starts close to 11:00 and typically finishes around 17:00, it runs from Friday until Sunday with the main activity on Saturday and Sunday.

People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. A huge variety of art/paintings are displayed and if the weather is nice it is a great art-filled stroll around Stephen’s Green. Definitely recommended!

www.peoplesart.ie/

Dalkey Lobster Festival 2018

11:30 – 00:00, Sat 25 Aug

Dalkey (Various locations)

The Dalkey Lobster Festival will run from Fri 24 – Sun 26 August. There is food (Lobster and more) and a Music Trail and other entertainment. The fact that they have no proper website and only pictures of the programme on the Facebook Page is big pain, because it makes my work much harder than it should, but I typed it all in and the line-up on Saturday is on these two pages (Page1 and Page 2)

11:30-13:00 Mugs: Drazen Derek & Tibor Bana
13:30-16:00 Writer’s Corner: Flaming Strawberries & Eabha Morrison
13:30-16:30 1909: Paino Jazz with Evan
14:00-16:30 Corner Note Cafe: Paddy Sherlock Trio
14:00-16:00 Castle Street: Lunaboys
15:00-17:00 The Dalkey Duck: Fin Divilly
16:30-17:30 Castle Street: Ukulele Session
18:00-20:00 The Dalkey Duck: Skin the Goat
18:30-21:00 1909: Piano Jazz with Evan
20:00-22:00 The Queens: Mac Fleetwood
20:00-22:00 The Grapevine: Lobfest Allstars with Paddy Sherlock
21:00-00:00 The Dalkey Duck: The Metabollix
21:00-00:00 The King’s Inn: Blue Grass & Trad Session
22:00-00:00 Benitos: The Swing Bratz
22:00-00:00 Tha Magpie Inn: Ian & Janet

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DalkeyLobsterFest/

LGBTQ+-themed National Gallery Tour

11:30 – 12:30, Sat 25 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

An LGBTQ+-themed tour will happen in the National Gallery. Join art historian Kate Drinane for a tour with a new perspective. Spend one hour exploring the history of gender identity through a selection of works from the collection that are connected to the LGBT community.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/lgbtq-themed-tour-4

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 25 Aug

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

Life at the Edges – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 25 Aug

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “Life at the Edges” and it will run from 22 June until 30 September,

The exhibition is looking at space travel, Mars exploration and it also looks at other hostile or difficult environments like antarctica, volcanoes and living in a floating city.

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ Habitat of a simluated Mars mission
+ Creating souvenirs from Lava
+ Process of creating an iron ring from grass that grew on iron polluted soil
+ Animals that travelled to space
+ A plant growing in Mars atmophere
+ A planet to be built from dead bodies

It is a fascinating exhibition, but take your time to understand the exhibits and think a little more about some of them! It is worth it!

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/ledges/

Dinosaur Day Live – Kids’s Entertainment

12:30 – 16:30, Sat 25 Aug

Stillorgan Shopping Centre, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Meet Trixie the giant T-Rex, Terry the Triceratops & Vinny the Velciraptor at this Dinosaur day out for all the family.

There will be shows at: 12:30 / 14:30 / 16:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/258090711582022/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 25 Aug

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/

Brazil Meets Bray 2018 – Festival

13:00, Sat 25 Aug

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

Brazil Meets Bray 2018 is an afternoon of Brazilian and Irish food, song, dance & festival fun.

Brazilians are now the largest immigrant group in Bray and to celebrate their culture and support their integration, The Brazilian Cultural Centre is running the Brazil Meets Bray Festival.

There will be Irish dancing, a Brazilian “Forro” dance demonstration, a language exchange with Portuguese, English and Irish and the band Celtic Grace (13:00-15:00) and Samba Band Morro 16 will perform. A Brazilian Short Film Competition will be from 15:00-17:00.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/1363/brazil-meets-bray-2018/

Walking Tours of Medieval Dublin

13:00 – 14:00, Sat 25 Aug

Barnardos Square, Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Friends of Medieval Dublin invite to four “Walking Tours of Medieval Dublin” during Heritage Week. They will take place on 18+21+22+25 Aug. On the two Saturdays 18+25 Aug it is from 13:00-14:00 and during the week from 18:00-19:00.

Admission is free, but booking is required via heritageweekfmd@gmail.com Meet at Barnardo Square, next to City Hall in Dame Street.

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/walking-tours-of-medieval-dublin

Enchanted Garden Jungle Shows – Reptile Show

13:30 – 16:30, Sat 25 Aug

Jervis Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

Jungle animals (reptiles and snakes) will be on show in the Jervis Shopping Centre. Shows will take place at 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/214547675877115/

In Defense of Horror – Talk

13:30 – 14:30, Sat 25 Aug

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

‘In Defense of Horror’ is a lecture by Darryl Jones.

Professor Darryl Jones’s main area of research and expertise lies in the area of popular literature, particularly in the fields of horror fiction and film, and of Victorian and Edwardian adventure fiction. He has published and edited many studies in these areas, including his ‘Collected Ghost Stories of M. R. James’ (2011), and his ‘Horror Stories: Classic Tales from Hoffmann to Hodgson’ (2014).

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

ti.to/tcdAlumni/in-defence-of-horror-a-lecture-by-darryl-jones

Sketching Tour – National Gallery

13:30 – 14:30, Sat 25 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Explore the Gallery’s collection and beautiful architecture on this free sketching tour. “Sketching is an intense and surprisingly relaxing way of appreciating all that the Gallery has to offer.”

Admission is free. No artistic ability required. All materials provided.

www.nationalgallery.ie/sketching-tour-2

Blackhall Place – Guided Tour

14:00 – 15:00, Sat 25 Aug

Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

This will be a tour of the building and grounds of the Headquarter of the Law Society. You will be shown how the vision of the original Architect Thomas Ivory was realised and how the building has been adapted for modern use.

Admission is free. The tour will take place on 22 Aug (17:00), 24 Aug (13:00), 25 Aug (14:00) and 26 Aug (15:00)

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/guided-tour-of-blackhall-place

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 25 Aug

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

Treasures of the Bog Trail

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 25 Aug

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

The Treasures of the Bog Trail is a Drop-in activity for children aged 8+. Admission is free.

Bogs are fascinating places for archaeologists. Take part in the Treasures of the Bog trail to learn more about the unusual artefacts found in bogs, from butter, to books and even an entire boat! Uncover the secrets of Ireland’s wetlands then make a bog armlet treasure of your own to take home.

Located in Kildare Room Ground Floor.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3767

Howth Jazz & Blues Festival 2018

16:00, Sat 25 Aug

Howth (various locations)

The Howth Jazz & Blues Festival takes place from Fri 24 – Sun 26 August. Admission is free for all Music Trail events and the line-up for Saturday is here:

16:00 The Abbey Tavern: Dance Event with Des Hopkins Dixieland Jazz Band (Jazz)
18:00 McNeills The Top House: Leila Jane Band (Folk/Blues)
20:30 The Abbey Tavern: Dance Event with Gavin Povey & The Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops (Boogie Woogie)
21:00 The Harbour Bar: Square Pegs (Blues)
22:00 O’Connells: Blues HQ (Blues)
22:00 The Waterside: The Urban Mojo Blues Band (Blues)
22:00 The Summit Inn: Los Paradiso (Blues)
22:30 Wrights Findlaters: Raimonda Jazz Quartet (Jazz/swing)
22:30 The Bloody Stream: Jesse John Heffernan (Soul/Jazz)
23:00 McNeills The Top House: The Roadhouse Doors (tribute)

www.facebook.com/events/503734263421932/

Pope on Tour – Popemobile in Dublin

16:15, Sat 25 Aug

Dublin (various locations)

The Pope will be driven in the Popemobile from Marlborough Street (St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral) to Church Street (to the Capuchin Centre) on a “scenic route” throughout Dublin to greet up to 100,000 people that are expected to line the street. But you have to be there on time, because he is finishing the 3km trip in expected 15-25 minutes.

The route will go south on O’Connell Street, across O’Connell Bridge, then into Westmoreland Street and Dame Street to pass by Christchurch Cathedral, then down Bridge Street and across the Liffey into Church Street to the Capuchin Centre. A route map can be found here.

Pope Francis will meet with homeless families there.

www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/pope-s-visit-to-ireland-route-of-popemobile-tour-through-dublin-on-saturday-revealed-1.3604168

Harbour Roots Festival – Gigs

17:00, Sat 25 Aug

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

The Harbour Roots Festival this weekend in the Harbour Bar in Bray features some of the best Americana, Roots and Blues bands on Saturday and Sunday. The line-up for Saturday is

17:00 The Remedy Club (Americana/Roots)
19:00 Old Hannah (Americana / Roots)
21:00 David Bellew (Blues)
23:00 Mutefish (Americana/Roots/Modern Irish Trad)

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/festival/roots-festival/

Separate Church and State – Discussion

18:00 – 20:00, Sat 25 Aug

Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

A meeting entitled “A message to the Pope: We are going to Separate Church and State” organised by People Beore Profit will take place.

The panel is Clodagh Malone (Mother and Baby Homes Survivor); Jane Donnelly (Human Rights Officer, Atheist Ireland); Carron McKinney (Catholics for Choice); Vincent Browne (Journalist); Eamonn McCann (Journalist)

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1848212811937905/

Boom Child – Gig

21:00, Sat 25 Aug

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Teenage Rock band “Boom Child” will play a gig in Sin E.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/boom-child-tpm-vs-the-pope/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 25 Aug

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/

Mute Fish – Gig – Harbour Roots Festival

23:00, Sat 25 Aug

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

The outstanding Mutefish will play a gig in the Harbour Bar as part of the Harbour Roots Festival.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/1340/mutefish/

Rock Tribunal – Gig

23:30, Sat 25 Aug

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

Rock Tribunal are playing a weekly 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 26 Aug

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

National Heritage Week 2018

09:00, Sun 26 Aug

Dublin (various locations)

From 18 August until 26 August the National Heritage Week 2018 will take place in Ireland. The intention is to create awareness and to educate about heritage in Ireland trough walks, talks, performances, exhibitions and workshops.

In Dublin City there will be about 210 events, in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown about 60, in South County Dublin about 55 and in Fingal (North County Dublin) about 30. (It will never makes sense in my head why these four areas are separated in search engines for evens like this. With the small size of Dublin this is totally unnecessary!)

Many events are repeated numerous times throughout the week and a large amount of events are free. Unfortunately, though you can’t filter out free events. (Another wrong decision!).

Even with these little hiccups on the website, the Heritage Week is a brilliant event and there is something on the list for everyone. I will mention a number of Heritage Week events in separately in this Dublin Event Guide, but with 350 events in Dublin, you can imagine that I will not be able to mention all, but will just scratch the surface. So you will have to search for yourself here:

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/events

One of the slightly quirkier events that runs for the whole week is the “Totally Terrific Tomato Festival” in the National Botanic Gardens. There will be exhibition of tomato cultivars and their relatives (tobacco, potatoes, chillies, petunias and even deadly nightshade) and there will be a series of talks, Tomato Tales, with tomato addict Nicky Kyle, and Director of the Gardens Matthew Jebb.

www.heritageweek.ie/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 26 Aug

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

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

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

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 26 Aug

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

Leaf Art – Children’s Nature Workshops

10:00 – 11:30, Sun 26 Aug

Tolka Valley Park, Finglas, Dublin 11

“Leaf Art” is a workshop organised by OWLS, the Children’s Nature Charity. It is a short nature walk to “collect some of your favourite leaves which have fallen onto the ground. Discover the different shapes, textures and colours leaves from different trees have. Use them to create a picture on the ground or try out making your own leaf tile to bring home.”

The event will happen twice:
10:00-11:30 Tolka Valley Park – Supported by Dublin City Council and admission is free.
12:30-14:00 Dodder Valley Park – Supported by South Dublin County Council and admission is EUR 2

Contact Turtle at education@owls.ie to book a place.

www.owls.ie/events/j5icc9vt11/Leaf-Art

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 26 Aug

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 26 Aug

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 26 Aug

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

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 26 Aug

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 26 Aug

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 26 Aug

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

People’s Art Exhibition

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 26 Aug

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Six times this year the “People’s Art 2018″ exhibition will take place. It is an art exhibition on the rails/fence of St. Stephen’s Green.

(If you want to exhibit at one of the events in the future, check the website for cost and conditions.)

Visiting the People’s Art Exhibition is free and you will be able to admire (and buy) a huge amount of great art works from the artists themselves. The event starts close to 11:00 and typically finishes around 17:00, it runs from Friday until Sunday with the main activity on Saturday and Sunday.

People’s Art Dublin is a voluntary, part time, non profit making group, brought together by Dublin City Council to promote the visual arts to the public of Dublin. A huge variety of art/paintings are displayed and if the weather is nice it is a great art-filled stroll around Stephen’s Green. Definitely recommended!

www.peoplesart.ie/

The Green Door Market – Food/Farmer’s Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 26 Aug

A1 Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

The Green Door Market is an indoor food/Farmer’s Market that many know from when it was located at Newmarket Square. Due to the redevelopment at Newmarket Square it had to move and is now on the Old Naas Road, opposite the entrance to the Royal Liver Retail Park. At the new location they are also open on Sundays.

Opening hours are Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat 09:30-16:00 and also Sunday 11:00-17:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Dalkey Lobster Festival 2018

11:30 – 00:00, Sun 26 Aug

Dalkey (Various locations)

The Dalkey Lobster Festival will run from Fri 24 – Sun 26 August. There is food (Lobster and more) and a Music Trail and other entertainment. The fact that they have no proper website and only pictures of the programme on the Facebook Page is big pain, because it makes my work much harder than it should, but I typed it all in and the line-up on Sunday is:

11:30-13:00 Mugs: Drazen Derek with Pat Collins
13:30-16:00 Writers Corner: Jamie Duff
13:30-15:00 1908: Piano Jazz with Evan
14:00-16:00 The Queens: Cafe Orchestra
15:00-17:00 The Dalkey Duck: Fin Divilly
15:30-17:30 The Corner Note: Paddy Sherlock Trio
16:00-20:00 Castle Street: Sean Whelan & Lucie Azconaga
17:00-19:00 The Dalkey Duck: The Camembert Quartet
18:00-20:00 Grapevine: Hot Club of Dalkey
18:00-20:00 Magpie Inn: Aaron Rowe
19:00-00:00 The King’s Inn: Shobey
21:00-23:00 Finnegans: Paddy Sherlock Band (Festival Closing)

www.facebook.com/DalkeyLobsterFest/

Intergenerational drop-in Workshop

11:30 – 13:30, Sun 26 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Come to this special creative workshop organised to complement the exhibition “Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns – Between Paris and Pont-Aven”. Work together to creatively respond to the exhibition.

Inspired by the exchange of ideas and practices at the artists’ colony of Pont-Aven, artist Fiona Harrington will lead this intergenerational strand of programming at the Gallery.

Admission is free.

All welcome!

www.nationalgallery.ie/drop-intergenerational-workshop

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 26 Aug

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

Best Little Market – Irishtown

12:00 – 17:00, Sun 26 Aug

The Vintage Inn, 74 Irishtown Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4

The “Best Little Market” with creative wares, bric-a-brac and vintage goods etc will be back in Irishtown.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2227943717436372/

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 26 Aug

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Sundays: 12:00-17:30. Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 26 Aug

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

Life at the Edges – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 26 Aug

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “Life at the Edges” and it will run from 22 June until 30 September,

The exhibition is looking at space travel, Mars exploration and it also looks at other hostile or difficult environments like antarctica, volcanoes and living in a floating city.

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ Habitat of a simluated Mars mission
+ Creating souvenirs from Lava
+ Process of creating an iron ring from grass that grew on iron polluted soil
+ Animals that travelled to space
+ A plant growing in Mars atmophere
+ A planet to be built from dead bodies

It is a fascinating exhibition, but take your time to understand the exhibits and think a little more about some of them! It is worth it!

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/ledges/

St. Audeon’s Church – Guided Tour

12:00 – 16:30, Sun 26 Aug

St. Audeon’s Church, Cornmarket, Dublin 8

Come to this guided tour of one of Dublin’s oldest buildings and find out more about its place in the history of medieval Dublin. Discover the hidden Portlester Chapel. the remains of a 13th century laneway and a monument to a Knight and his Lady.

Admission is free (suitable from Age 12+). The tours take place throughout the day (Sunday 12:00-16:30, all other days 09:30-16:30)

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/guided-tour-of-st-audoens-church

Ukulele Hooley 2018

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 26 Aug

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The yearly Ukulele Hooley will take place again in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It is a great, goot atmosphere, family-friendly festival that focuses on Ukulele music. Unfortunately the festival has been very unfortunate with the weather in numerous years before, so let’s hope it will be better this year.

There will be a 6 hour long concert with international Ukulele performers and this will incorporate the “Big Jungle Ukulele Jam” from 15:00-16:00 where everybody in the audience is explicitly invited to play along. The organisers would love to have 1000 Ukulele players in the park for this jam, so tune your Ukulele, practise a few chords and come along.

At 15:00 there will also be a Children’s Workshop in People’s Park, which is free.

Admission to the Ukulele Hooley is free.

The line-up on the main stage for the day is:
12:00 Ukuhooligans & Dalkey Ukulele Groups / Arklow Ukulele Players
13:00 George Elmes / Minnie & the Illiwhackers / Ukulele Tuesday / Rita Braga
14:00 RUGS / Trackdogs / Winin’ Boys / Jive Aces
15:00 The Big Jungle Jam
16:00 Casey McGill / Les Poupees Gonflees / Ukulele Uff Trio / Dublin Ukulele Collective

The organisers got a little mixed up with the times, so after 16:00 the detail got completely lost (and maybe already before). Check out the website here, maybe the programme will be corrected there,

I will definitely be at the Ukulele Hooley again this year as I have been for 7 out of the last 8 years. It is a real feel good event. Could you imagine anybody mean spirited who is involved with playing such a quirky, fun instrument? ;-)

www.facebook.com/events/312310316013411/

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Sun 26 Aug

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-22

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Sun 26 Aug

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

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

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

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

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Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 26 Aug

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 26 Aug

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

Latin Jazz Brunch

14:00 – 16:30, Sun 26 Aug

TramCafe, Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

Brazilica will perform Jazz, Soul, Latin & Bossa Nova in the Tram Cafe. Brazilica are Luisa Moreira (Vocals) and Jonathan Batista (Guitar/Vocals).

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/203852483821299/

Say No To The Pope – Protest

14:00, Sun 26 Aug

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Another protest against the Pope’s visit has been announced for Sunday and it seems that this is now a meet-up and march from the GPO to the Garden of Remembrance where the “Stand for Truth” protest will take place.

The protest at the GPO has a significantly longer list of issues they protest against, but you have to scroll by a loooong justification for why this group suggested people should get tickets to the Phoenix Park mass but not use them. At the bottom of the Facebook events page is the list of issues they are protesting against.

As for all protests, admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/621070581595296/

Blackhall Place – Guided Tour

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 26 Aug

Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7

This will be a tour of the building and grounds of the Headquarter of the Law Society. You will be shown how the vision of the original Architect Thomas Ivory was realised and how the building has been adapted for modern use.

Admission is free. The tour will take place on 22 Aug (17:00), 24 Aug (13:00), 25 Aug (14:00) and 26 Aug (15:00)

www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/guided-tour-of-blackhall-place

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 26 Aug

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

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 26 Aug

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but every Sunday there is a free public tour for the next few weeks. Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html

Recovered Voices – Ireland and World War I – Tour

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 26 Aug

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

The “Recovered Voices” Tour will explore the experience of Irish men and women during World War I.

Admission is free and places will be allocated on a first-come first served basis 15 minutes before the tour starts. Suitable for Adults & Children aged 12+

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3779

Stand for Truth – Protest

15:00 – 17:00, Sun 26 Aug

Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin 1

“Stand for Truth” is protest for everybody harmed or abused by the Catholic Church and for people who support the people that have been abused.

Admission is free, but I guess that is clear.

www.facebook.com/events/274808289995193/

Harbour Roots Festival – Gigs

15:30, Sun 26 Aug

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

The Harbour Roots Festival in the Harbour Bar this weekend in Bray has a great line-up and admission to all gigs is free.

The line-up for Sunday is:

15:30 Rye River Band (Americana / Roots)
17:30 Black Bank Folk (Americana / Roots)
19:30 Moon Looks On (Americana / Roots)
23:00 The Four of Us (Americana / Roots)

theharbourbar.ie/events/festival/roots-festival/

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

16:00 – 19:00, Sun 26 Aug

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

Travel around European traditional dancing culture without a ticket at the weekly Bal Folk Dance Sessions.

And if you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry! Workshops are provided and admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

The event takes place every Sunday in the Cobblestone Pub.

www.facebook.com/events/685767181789669/

The High Leeson – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 26 Aug

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 26 Aug

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 26 Aug

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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 26 Aug

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

Monday 27 Aug

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National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 27 Aug

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

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 27 Aug

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/

Humans of Dublin – Talk

18:15, Mon 27 Aug

Walkinstown Library, Percy French Road, Walkinstown, Dublin 12

Two years ago, Peter Varga began to walk the streets of Dublin interviewing and photographing the peole he met along the way, uncovering powerful and stories that often hide in plain sight. Humans of Dublin’s social media pages have over 175,000 followers. Peter will share his story of the social media phenomenon that is Humans of Dublin.

Admission is free. Booking is recommended via 01-4558159

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/humans-0

Electronics, Microcontroller and IOT Evening – Meet-up

19:00 – 21:00, Mon 27 Aug

TOG Hackerspace, 22 Blackpitts, Dublin 8

A meetup for everybody interested in “Electronics, Microcontroller and IOT” will take place in the TOG Hackerspace. Everyone from absolute beginner to experienced is welcome to this informal evening.

Come in with your Pi, Arduino, Galileo or whatever you have. Bring your laptop. Maybe you want to make something, solder, breadboard or use our electronic gear. Maybe you have some vague ideas and just want to get started, but you’re not sure how to. Or maybe you’re just curious……if so, it’s fine to come along and just see what others are doing.

Admission is free.

www.meetup.com/Tog-Dublin-Hackerspace/events/252822432/

Song Cycle – Singer/Songwriter Showcase

20:00, Mon 27 Aug

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 27 Aug

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 27 Aug

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 27 Aug

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 27 Aug

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 Urban Mojo Blues Band – Gig

21:00, Mon 27 Aug

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The Leeson Lounge will feature the Urban Mojo Blues Band on Monday.

Admission is free.

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

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 27 Aug

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 27 Aug

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/

Tuesday 28 Aug

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Botanic Gardens Drop-in Activities for Children

11:00, Tue 28 Aug

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The National Botanic Gardens run “Kids Drop by Activities” every Tuesday until 28 August.

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: 11:00, 11:30, 15:00, 15:30

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/982816088548254/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 28 Aug

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

Grief – Pop-up talk

13:15 – 13:45, Tue 28 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Rosary Cox will give a pop-up talk about Jack B. Yeats’s painting “Grief”. Meet in front of the painting in Room 14.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/grief

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 28 Aug

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 28 Aug

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

Jesters Open Mic Comedy Night

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 28 Aug

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/

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 28 Aug

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 – Bourbon & Blues – Gig

20:30, Tue 28 Aug

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

Ben Provo will play his regular “Bourbon & Blues” gig.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 28 Aug

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 28 Aug

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 28 Aug

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 28 Aug

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 29 Aug

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Drawing Group for Adults – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 29 Aug

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 Drawing Group for Adults in Rua Red runs free weekly drawing sessions on Wednesdays from 11:00-12:00. Materials are provided.

www.ruared.ie/whats-on/event/drawing-group-for-adults

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 29 Aug

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

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 29 Aug

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/

Pop-up sketching: Stella in a Flowered Hat

13:00 – 14:00, Wed 29 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

A Pop-up sketching session, inspired by Kees van Dongen’s painting “Stella in a Flowered Hat”. In this session you will explore chalk pastels and all materials will be provided.

Admission is free. Meet in front of the painting, in Room 5. Limited to 15 participants and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

www.nationalgallery.ie/pop-sketching-stella-flowered-hat

Irish National War Memorial Gardens – Guided Tour

14:00, Wed 29 Aug

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

A free guided tour will take place at the National War Memorial at Islandbridge every Wednesday at 14:00 from March until the end of October.

The tour will focus on World War I, in which nearly 50,000 Irish soldiers died. You will also hear about the main features of the gardens at this tour.

Meeting point is the car park at 14:00 (next to the Trinity College Boat Club). For further information and to check that it is taking place, contact 01-6770095 (Phoenix Park Visitor Centre).

opwdublincommemorative.ie/war-memorial/plan-a-visit/

Wikipedia Editing and Pizza

19:00 – 21:00, Wed 29 Aug

TOG Hackerspace, 22 Blackpitts, Dublin 8

Have you ever wondered how to get started editing Wikipedia?
Come along and you will get to add to the world’s largest open collaborative knowledge project. All are welcome, no editing experience is necessary and the event is free, just turn up with a laptop to start editing. Pizza and WiFi will be provided. This is not a formal workshop, but an informal evening with an experienced Wikimedia editor on hand to help.
You can also learn how to edit the huge linked database Wikidata, or add images to Wikimedia Commons.

Admission is free.

www.meetup.com/Tog-Dublin-Hackerspace/events/252636344/

Wednesday Jazz – Music Cafe

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 29 Aug

The Music Cafe, 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Music Cafe House Trio (Daniel Rorke (sax), Cormac O’Brien (bass) and Matthew Jacobson(drums)) will play a weekly Jazz gig every Wednesday 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 29 Aug

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 29 Aug

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 City FM Social Sessions – Gigs

20:00, Wed 29 Aug

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

Dublin City FM invite to their first ever Social Sessions with three live bands in the Grand Social. The bands are

+ Lucky Bones
+ The Finns
+ Chase Nova Band

Details are on the website below and admission is free.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/dublin-city-fm-social-sessions/

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

20:00 – 23:00, Wed 29 Aug

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/

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 29 Aug

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

The Anseo Comedy Club takes place every Wednesday in Anseo (upstairs).

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Zodiac Sessions – Open Mic/Gig

20:30, Wed 29 Aug

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 29 Aug

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/

Inn Jokes – Comedy Club

21:00, Wed 29 Aug

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

The August Inn Jokes Comedy night will _most likely_ happen tonight. I wasn’t able to find an announcement but since it usually takes place on the last Wednesday, it should be today. MC and organiser is comedian Colm O’Regan.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/PatriotsInnDublin/

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 29 Aug

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

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 29 Aug

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).

The Harleys – Gig

23:55, Wed 29 Aug

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

Thursday 30 Aug

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Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 30 Aug

Grangegorman Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7

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

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

Grangegorman Military Cemetery is in Blackhorse Avenue just outside Phoenix Park. It is the largest military cemetery in Ireland. It was first opened in 1876 to serve as a graveyard for the soldiers of what was then Marlborough Barracks, now McKee Barracks, and their families. Specific zones were laid out for English, Canadian, New Zealand, and Australian service men. The cemetery’s pedestrian gate is open from 10:00-16:00 seven days a week.

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

Celebrating Seamus Heaney – Guided Tour

11:30 – 15:00, Thu 30 Aug

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The guided tour “Celebrating Seamus Heaney” will take place at 11:30 and at 14:00 and will last 1 hour.

It will commemorate the anniversary of Seamus Heaney’s death by exploring Heaney’s life, work and legacy.

Admission is free but booking is required via heaneyexhibition@nli.ie

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

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 30 Aug

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

Miniature Masterpiece – In Focus Tour

13:10, Thu 30 Aug

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The In Focus Tour “Miniature Masterpiece: The Coëtivy Hours” will take place in the Chester Beatty Library with Dr Jill Unkel, Curator of Western Collections, Chester Beatty Library.

Admission is free. Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library.

cbl.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173587994

La Montagne Sainte-Victoire – Pop-up Art Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Thu 30 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The Pop-up talk “La Montagne Sainte-Victoire” will be about Paul Cézanne’s watercolour “La Montagne Sainte-Victoire from Les Lauves, near Aix-en-Provence”. Mary Dowling will give the talk. Meet in the Atrium.

Admission is free. Limited to 15 people. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first served basis.

www.nationalgallery.ie/la-montagne-sainte-victoire

Temple Bar Craft Market

14:00 – 20:00, Thu 30 Aug

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar Craft Market during the week is back and it has moved to Thursdays in 2018. Organised by the Temple Bar Company the market will bring handcrafted jewellery, wood design, handmade soaps, original art, photography, fashion, specialised cards and stained-glass crafts.

The market starts at 14:00 and finishes at 20:00, but is still carrying the totally nonsensical and completely misleading name “Temple Bar NIGHT Market”. I will just ignore this unsuitable and incorrect name and will rename it to “Temple Bar Craft Market”. ;-)

templebarnightmarket.com/

Young Adult Band in Residence Wanted – Taster Afternoon

16:30, Thu 30 Aug

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

Ríona Sally Hartman is the first Musician in Residence with Dublin City Public Libraries. Ríona and The Music Library are looking for young adults who want to make music. Over the course of a few months Ríona will guide them from start to finish in writing, playing, recording and performing their own songs. Whether you like to sing, play an instrument, rap, write lyrics or produce you are invited to meet Ríona, find out more about the project and see if you would like to sign up for more. The Young Adults Band in Residence will meet weekly, some music experience would be great but not necessary, if you do play an instrument please bring it along.

Admission is free.

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

Jazz Club at Sweetman’s – Gig

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 30 Aug

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 Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 30 Aug

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/

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 30 Aug

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

The House of Oscar Wilde – Art Project

19:00 – 20:00, Thu 30 Aug

21 Westland Row, Dublin 2

“The House of Oscar Wilde (as imagined by Arthur Cravan)” is an art project presented by the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing in Dublin. It is a mise en scène based on Cravan’s description of Wilde’s House in London and the exhibition venue is 21 Westland Row, where Wilde was born.

The space in the building is very limited, therefore you need to book your entrance via the booking system here. The exhibition is accessible on weekdays from 30 Aug – 06 Sep. If you want to see the art project on the day of the opening, you have to book your tickets here.

Admission is free. Access to 21 Westland Row is through the Panoz Institute on the TCD Campus.

www.facebook.com/events/280731662504069/

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 30 Aug

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/

Rake the Ashes – Trad Gig

20:00, Thu 30 Aug

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

Rake The Ashes will play a Trad Music gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/1254/rake-the-ashes-7/

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 30 Aug

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

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

Admission is free.

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

Hugh Buckley & Dave Whyte Jazz Duo

20:30, Thu 30 Aug

Neary’s Pub, 1 Chatham Street, Dublin 2

Hugh Buckley and Dave Whyte, two of Ireland’s best guitarists are playing a gig in the upstairs bar of Neary’s Pub. They will play a mix of jazz, pop and originals.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/270813876852410/

Scott Maher – Gig

21:00, Thu 30 Aug

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

Scott Maher will play a Roots/Americana gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/1212/scott-maher/

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 30 Aug

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 30 Aug

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 30 Aug

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 30 Aug

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 30 Aug

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 30 Aug

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/

Friday 31 Aug

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The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 31 Aug

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

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 31 Aug

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

Silver in Georgian Ireland – Culture Club

11:30 – 13:00, Fri 31 Aug

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

At the next Culture Club event in Collins Barracks Dr. Alison FitzGerald will talk about the making and selling of silverware in Georgian Ireland. The tour will examine what these objects meant to those who bought, sold and coveted them during that period and will investigate how changing fashions in dress, dining and elite sociability influenced the types of silver objects that were in demand.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-6777444

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3812

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Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

14:00, Fri 31 Aug

Arbour Hill Cemetery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

The Cemetery at Arbour Hill is the last resting place of 14 of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Among those buried there are Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Thomas Clarke. This tour every Friday introduce the Cemetery and will also explain the background and the event of the Easter Rising.

Admission is free and no booking necessary. The meeting point is inside the cemetery gates.

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

The House of Oscar Wilde – Art Project

14:00 – 18:00, Fri 31 Aug

21 Westland Row, Dublin 2

“The House of Oscar Wilde (as imagined by Arthur Cravan)” is an art project presented by the Trinity Oscar Wilde Centre for Irish Writing in Dublin. It is a mise en scène based on Cravan’s description of Wilde’s House in London and the exhibition venue is 21 Westland Row, where Wilde was born.

The space in the building is very limited, therefore you need to book your entrance via the booking system here. The exhibition is accessible on weekdays from 30 Aug – 06 Sep.

Admission is free. Access to 21 Westland Row is through the Panoz Institute on the TCD Campus.

www.facebook.com/events/280731662504069/

Lulu Kumama – Jazz in TramCafe

17:30 – 20:00, Fri 31 Aug

TramCafe, Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

The TramCafe is the venue for Dublin’s only after work Jazz event on a Friday. Lulu Kumama will perform Jazz & Soul Standards wth a Funky Twist.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/219671525381327/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 31 Aug

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

Crooked Jack – Trad Gig

20:00, Fri 31 Aug

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

Crooked jack will play a Trad music gig.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/1336/crooked-jack-9/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 31 Aug

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/

Markas Carcas & The Trail Gang – Gig

21:00, Fri 31 Aug

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Markas Carcas & The Trail Gang will play a gig in Sin E.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/markas-carcas-the-trail-gang/

Gavin Povey and the Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops

22:00, Fri 31 Aug

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

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Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

05+06+12+18+19+25+26 August

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 or on www.facebook.com/pg/dmpvr/events/

The walks for August are on 05+06+12+18+19+25+26 August

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required (details are on the website) and it sometimes is also worth checking the Facebook Page for even more timely updates.

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

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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!

Misguided Pope Outrage! Focus on the real issues!

Interesting, these complaints about the Pope’s visit! There is a level of outrage on Facebook that starts getting overboard. I don’t have a problem with people not being keen on the Pope or the Catholic Church or this event. I myself am not a big Pope fan and I won’t go to Phoenix Park or Croke Park, but I have an issue with lies and half-truths, just to justify a bigger “amount” of outrage.

Here are some of the arguments:
1) The horrible pope is costing us 32 mio. taxpayers money.
2) Nobody wants to see the Pope, but he will cost us lots of money.
3) Because of the Pope homeless people will have to stay off the streets over the weekend
4) It is the Pope’s fault that I can’t get out of my house on Sunday

Let’s do a fact check on these reasons for outrage:

1) The horrible pope is costing us 32 mio. taxpayers money.
It is indeed estimated that the visit might cost 32 mio, although nobody really knows yet the exact amount. Of the 32 mio I read that 20mio, the Catholic church is paying and the rest is paid by the state. So then it is 12mio instead of 32mio! In addition, the 32mio is not that huge in comparison to recent state visits: When Obama and the Queen where in Ireland, the combined visit did cost 36mio and of that amount about 15mio were paid DIRECTLY to the Gardai.
Interestingly, most of the 32mio will be paid to people and for services or products in Ireland, so that means the money is staying in the economy and then cycling money is often an important process to stimulate the economy. And why is the whole thing costing that much, well because close to 600,000 people have to be accommodated and a international guest has to be protected.
Look at it this way: The promoter of a big “popstar” has discovered that there is an audience that wants to see that performer. The promoter is certainly keen to run the gig and bring the performer to the country. If no one had requested tickets, there would be no gig in Phoenix Park!

2) Nobody wants to see the Pope, but he will cost us lots of money.
When the invite went out at least 500,000 tickets were requested and this is a lot more than “nobody”. Now protesters will tell you that they all have requested 12 or 24 or thousands of tickets and have no intention to use them. You could argue that this is not very tolerant and open minded, but let’s look at it from a different angle. If we assume that the cost of the visit is 32 mio and 600,000 tickets have been given out, then the 24 tickets a protester might have secured will cost 24 x 53 Euro. So complaining about the cost and sitting on tickets sounds a little hypocritical.
If the fans buy up all the (free) tickets, then the promoter has to prepare for a BIG gig. He can not assume that half of the fans won’t appear.

3) Because of the Pope homeless people will have to stay off the streets over the weekend.
Actually I would be surprised if the Pope had requested or even demanded that!! But maybe it is our government who doesn’t want to seem to have nothing done in that area. So why are people criticising the Pope over the homeless situation this weekend and not the government?
Yes, I know, the 32 mio could have helped a few homeless, but it is not that we would provide housing for everyone if these 32 mio hadn’t been spent. Last year we didn’t know yet that the Pope would come and we still didn’t spend 32mio or even 2 additional mio. It is not the Pope’s fault that the money is not spent where it is needed.

4) It is the Pope’s fault that I can’t get out of my house on Sunday.
Ohh, did he make the plans for traffic diversions and restrictions? Sure if he didn’t come, there would be no traffic restrictions, but the traffic restrictions are caused by the large amount of people that MIGHT come (including the unused protester tickets!) and also by the Gardai in Ireland. Not by the Pope or by the Church! Oh and by the way, the Phoenix Park neighbours who complain so loudly should just for a GAA weekend swap with people around Croke Park to realise how good they have it ALL year every year apart from the odd Pope visit every 40 years or so.

There are LOTs of things you can have a serious issue with the Catholic Church over, but people should stick to the real issues like child abuse and hypocrisy and the attitude to women and LGBTs etc. Yes you can get outraged about all that and you have every right to be. But getting outraged with a person or an organisation over nonsense like road closures etc is just weakening the correct and important discussion about all the other issues.

On Monday the Pope is gone again, I wonder what will cause the next wave of outrage. :-O

So, that’s my outrage sorted! LOL

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