Dublin Event Guide 647: More than just an Event Guide! How do we get through the next few weeks?

March 14th, 2020
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

  14 March 2020 – No 647

Subscribers: 24,000

More than just an Event Guide!
How do we get through the next few weeks?



Hi all!

Sooo, this week I had planned to tell you all about the St. Patrick’s Day Festival and all the many events that were planned to happen in the coming week. But it all changed! Instead it will be the most unusual Dublin Event Guide ever. :-O

An event guide without events!? ;-) Not exactly! There are a very small number of events. I was considering not to send/post anything at all, but you are 24,000 e-mail subscribers and 84,000 Facebook Followers with a LOT of available time this weekend. And maybe I can help a little with a) providing some distraction and b) making some suggestions.

But let me start with the elephant in the room, the Corona Virus!

There is a LOT of panic and concern around and I have summarised some bits that I learned over the last few weeks on my blog here www.joergsteegmueller.com/2020/03/13/the-corona-files-an-explainer/

In this Dublin Event Guide, I would like to help you getting over this period of time that will be full of restrictions and limitations. Hopefully you won’t loose your mind, but please also remember your neighbours and friends, especially if they are elderly and I will explain all below (in the FINALLY section).

If any of these suggestions are helpful, please leave your opinion below (If you read this on Facebook) or go to www.fb.com/DublinEventGuide and add there what you think.

Before I give you some suggestions for activities and how to occupy yourself, I need to remind you that the bills for hosting and sending the Dublin Event Guide need to be paid (no matter if there are events or not) and your help is needed. It is very simple but VERY essential! And importantly, you can help with the bills WITHOUT having to pay a single cent.

And this is how easy it is:
Just go to www.DublinEventGuide.com and at the top you will find the sentence “Is this what you were looking for?”. Right below that sentence you should find a rectangular ad. Please click on it!
The ad might change every time you open/refresh the page, so I can’t tell you what it is promoting. If you don’t see an ad there, please turn your Ad Blocker off and refresh the page and then do the clicking. ;-) Thanks, it REALLY helps!

If you click on the ad, I get between 5 and 20 cent. That is not much, but if enough people help, it will do the job to cover the cost to keep the Dublin Event Guide going.

And here are three other ways to help if they work better for you, they are not free, but help even more:
First: You can donate directly via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide (any amount is appreciated!!)
Second: You can “Buy Me a Coffee” here www.buymeacoffee.com/DublinEventG
Third: For the Revolut people among you it is super easy via 0872931571.



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Which venues are closed?

Nearly all cultural institutions that are not private and some more.
Closed venues that are free or often run free events: National Museum (all branches), National Gallery, Hugh Lane Gallery, Science Gallery, Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, IMMA, all Libraries, National Print Museum
Many markets: Bushy Park Market, Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Market, Marley Park Market


What main events are not happening?

The one main event that has to be mentioned here is St. Patrick’s Day: All 42 St. Patrick’s Day events that were organised by the stpatricksfestival.ie, the offical festival organiser, have been cancelled. That obviously includes the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
All concerts in venues with more than 100 people have been cancelled. Some concerts in smaller venues have also been cancelled.
Many Comedy events will not take place.
All masses and musical performances in churches have been cancelled.


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Are there any free events happening?

Yes, there are some!
+ Honest2Goodness Market: Sat 09:00-15:00 in Dublin Ind. Estate, Glasnevin www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
+ The Super Natural Food Market: Sat 09:00-15:00 at St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street www.facebook.com/thesupernaturalfoodmarket
+ Dun Laoghaire Record and CD Fair Sat 10:00-17:00 Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/events/648872645941694/
+ Mexican Art and Music Night (Mexico + Me Art exhibition and live music with Charro de Dublin) Sat 19:00-22:00 In-spire Gallerie Dublin, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/events/646136476199398/
+ Bloody Mary’s Sunday Sessions Sun 18:00-21:00 Bloody Mary’s, 7 South William Street, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/640197530090786/
+ Marvin & The Grooves – Gig Sun 21:00-23:30 McNeill’s of Howth, 19 Main Street, Howth, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/events/187848542543126/




Next week (and some of these events could still get cancelled)

+ King Kong Club: The Home of Enthusiasm (with 7 bands) Mon 19:30-22:30 Grand Social, Liffey Street, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/events/808150159691611/
+ St. Patrick’s Two Nighter (with Live Bands) Mon 19:30-03:30 Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/191429068828602/
+ Grand Social Paddy’s Day Tue 14:00-22:00 Grand Social, Liffey Street, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/events/603208337202220/ (with 14:00-15:00 Paddy’s Mackers – Live trad, 18:00-20:00 Brian Brody, 20:00-22:00 TBL8 – Brass band)
+ St. Patrick’s Two Nighter (with Live Bands) Tue 19:30-03:30 Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/191429068828602/

What else is open?

  • Most shops will stay open (and need your support!)
  • Most restaurants will stay open (and need your support!)
  • Many pubs will stay open (but you need to decide if you want to go there in busy/crowded periods!)
  • All parks and the National Botanic Gardens. 

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What can I do if there are no events to go to?

I am glad you asked, because I thought of a whole list of things. Obviously you could just watch TV/Netflix, but that is not soooo exciting, so let’s have a look at alternatives:
The parks are open and also the National Botanic Garden is open and it has been proven that fresh air and exercise will help to strengthen your immune system. So go outside and go for a walk on your own or with friends.
Importantly you do NOT need to avoid friends! Just keep a healthy distance from them, but do spend time with them. If you want to go out, preferably meet them in your or their home instead of going to a pub. Make SURE that you have social contacts to avoid the feeling of locked in.
If you have a Library Card from Dublin’s Libraries, you can get e-books and audio books for free by signing up to “Borrowbox” on this page www.dublincity.ie/library-eresources You can read newspapers using “PressReader” on the same page; and magazines are available through “RBdigital” also on the same page. If your Library Number has expired, you can reset it following the instructions here librariesireland.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/19000012731-how-do-i-login-to-my-library-account- or by ringing your library on a weekday. If you don’t have a library card, you will have to wait until the libraries open again to get one.You can listen to book summaries using the free StoryShots smartphone app (www.getstoryshots.com/) or you can order books with no delivery charge using this link www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=dubevg Two books that I would definitely recommend are Atomic Habits and Start with Why.If you want to learn something, check out Udemy for really good online courses about nearly any subject!



FINALLY (Please read this!)

To close this week’s list, here is one big concern of mine:
Many of us will experience stress and maybe even panic over the next few weeks until the end of the social distancing phase. Currently this will last until 29 March, but there is a high probability that it will take longer. During this time, care about friends, family and neighbours or colleagues that might need your help. Call each other using phone calls, but also video calls on WhatsApp or Duo or Facetime or Hangout or Skype.

And this is critical: Some elderly people will feel the isolation even more. They might be even more worried about leaving their home due to the much higher risk to them and they might feel they can’t just go to a shop to get food and being safe at the same time. If you know someone that needs help, offer to buy their food for them. Call them regularly and provide support. If you can’t do it yourself, send me a mail on dublineventguide@gmail.com and I will see what we can organise. If you want to help if we get some pointers to people that need help, also send me a mail via that e-mail address. If you are elderly and you need help, send a mail to the same address.

We are a community of more than 95,000 people that enjoys free events in Dublin, but first and foremost we are a COMMUNITY! And in a community people help and support each other! Let’s do that and let’s get through these challenges together!

Be strong! Be confident! And know that we will get through this!





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