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Dublin Event Guide 457: St. Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt, Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, Earth Hour, Big Day Out

DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 457 | 18 March 2016

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Hi all!

With super weather on St. Patrick’s Day we were spoiled and no matter if you did go to the parade or if you had better things to do, it was a great day. The St. Patrick’s Festival will continue this weekend with the Treasure Hunt and the Big Day Out. They are good events and entirely family friendly!

Looking at the whole programme of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, some might wonder if the organisers just adjusted the dates a little and essentially re-cycled the programme from the last few years and it is indeed becoming a little “same old, same old”. None of the events are bad events (some details could be improved, but in general the events are ok), but having exactly the same events every year with no significant change would suggest that maybe some new ideas could be helpful to rejuvenate the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. What do you think? Stick to the current programme or renovate and rejuvenate it? Send your opinion to dublineventguide@gmail.com

And again I have to do a two-stage posting of this Dublin Event Guide this week. A early version is going out now on the website and on the smart phone app and when more events are added, the e-magazine will be updated on both platform and the final version will be sent by e-mail to all subscribers. The information in the brackets below will be changed to “final” when it is completed:

[This is the FINAL version of this week’s Dublin Event Guide.]

Don’t forget that next week is Easter and that there will be lots of events in Dublin on Easter Monday!

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Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-mail magazine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and there could be more in the coming week and this section is for the people that want to overcome the hurdles, achieve more and remember that despite all, life is great!

Today’s Feel Good Slot is a strangely funny video clip of a Magpie who is hanging upside down off a towel.

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But why is it a Feel Good Slot clip? Well, that upside down Magpie wanted to try something new and he or she just did it instead of sticking to rules and conventions. Too often we stop ourselves from achieving our goals because of (non-existing) rules and conventions. If you want to hang upside down for a bit, just go right ahead and enjoy it!!

And there is another lesson in this short video clip. The other Magpie is clearly disturbed about the foolishness of the hanging Magpie, but if you are the upside down Magpie, don’t let others stop you from having fun or go after your goals just because THEY think that you should stick to rules or conventions!

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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 the picking of some events that I will go to/recommend is relatively easy. I love the St. Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt and strongly recommend it. Discover parts of Dublin that you probably have not visited/seen for a long time! The weather won’t be as good as on St. Patrick’s Day, but no rain is forecasted.

And on Sunday, you will definitely find me at the Big Day Out on the streets around Merrion Square and in the park. The sun will come out on Sunday, so that’s great! :-)

The weak is a little quieter in general. After St. Patrick’s Day and before Easter, that is not overly surprising, but you won’t have to be bored. There is still plenty happening!

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Reflecting the Rising – Huge Easter Rising Event – Registration required

On Easter Monday (28 March), Dublin will be buzzing with more than 300 events to commemorate the Easter Rising. There will be talks, workshops, gigs & concerts, performances, children activities, a parade and lots more all over Dublin’s City Centre.

The events are free, but registration is required for most events and you should register as soon as possible, because tickets will go very fast.

Go to www.rte.ie/1916 to find out all details and get to the registration links.

Spring into Heritage – Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

The “Spring into Heritage 2016” programme, is a series of free guided tours over the next 10 weeks from 21 March until 29 May in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown. It is a great programme that gives you a chance to learn more about the history of this part of greater Dublin. The National Maritime Museum, the Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre and a 1916 Graves tour in Deansgrange Cemetery were added new this year and there are also tours of the Oratory on Library Road in Dun Laoghaire, Cabinteely House and Marlay House.

If you are interested in history/heritage, check it out! A brochure with the tours can be downloaded here.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/spring-heritage-2016

Wild Postcard Project – Children’s Art Competition

The Wild Postcard Project is a competition for kids and teens (Age 5-18) whereby the participants create artwork depicting Ireland’s biodiversity.

Biodiversity is all living things on Earth, including animals, plants, micro-organisms, and genes; and the environments and ecosystems within which they are found. A survey several years ago in the UK found that the general public is largely unfamiliar with the term ‘biodiversity’ (with many respondents thinking it to be a type of washing powder). So something has to be done about it and the Wild Postcard Project took the initiative!

Entries (on size A4 paper or smaller) have to be sent before 15 April to Wild Postcard Project, c/o Botany Department, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. Full competition details are available at www.wildpostcardproject.com

A jury will select the top 10 pieces of art, which will then be converted into postcards so that they can be shared around the world easily. The purpose of the competition is to help Irish kids engage and better understand the vastness of Ireland’s biodiversity and then to spread the word around the globe through the postcards.

Opportunities

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

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In the next few weeks this section will be filled with information and help from Eventbrite that focuses on organisers of events. So if you are an event organiser for big or small events, watch this space!

And you can find lots of events at www.eventbrite.ie … or download the Eventbrite app to find events around you.

Exhibitions

Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie . For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is www.visualartists.ie/category/listings/dublin/

On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

Little Stories, Little Prints – Exhibition

see below

Libraries in Dublin

Fifty Printmakers from eight printmaking studios around Ireland were invited by The Leinster Printmaking Studio, Clane, Co. Kildare to create ‘little prints’ on ‘little known events or incidents’ during or around the time of the 1916 Rising and the exhibition will tour the Dublin Libraries in 2016.

Each library displaying the exhibition will host a workshop in basic printmaking. Participants will be invited to illustrate an incident/artefact of their choice. A small selection of the resulting work may be added to the website and may be included in the display in the library. Please check with the library for date and time of their respective workshop.

The schedule for 2016 is

+ January 2016 – Coolock Library
+ February 2016 – Charleville Mall Library
+ March and April 2016 – Central Library
+ May 2016 – Rathmines Library
+ June 2016 – Walkinstown Library
+ November 2016 – Dublin City Library and Archive
+ December 2016 -Finglas Library

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

Troika Fiscal Disobedience Consultancy – Exhibition by Nuria Guell

15 January – 19 March (Mon-Sat: 11:00-20:00)

Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Artist Nuria Guell (in collaboration with Catalan activist Enric Duran) has created an international fiscal disobedience consultancy against the Troika that will be the subject of her solo exhibition.

The exhibition will include continuous screenings of the films Debtocracy (2011), Castroika (2012), Everyday Rebellion (2013) and How To Start A Revolution (2011).

Admission is free. projectartscentre.ie/event/nuria-guell/

Bonsai at the Botanic Gardens

27 Feb – 17 April

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

A beautiful exhibition of bonsai from Andrew J. Murray’s collection will be on display in the Teak House of the Botanic Gardens. Watch the Bonsai burst back into life, displaying its spring foliage of maples, flowering quince, cherries, as well as many other interesting trees.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Saturday 19 Mar

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 19 Mar

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

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

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

Honest2goodness, 136 Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

The weekly Honest2goodness food market in Glasnevin has fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, and wines. It is open from 09:30-16:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre.

www.honest2goodness.ie

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

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 19 Mar

Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Parkrun Ireland is organising free weekly runs in parks. It is a timed run over 5km and participation is completely free, but registration before your first parkrun is required.

A whole range of Parkruns take place every week (and if you know some more, please tell me):
+ Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin
+ Cabinteely Park, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
+ Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co. Dublin
+ Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Co. Dublin
+ St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
+ Father Collins Park, Donaghmeade/Clongriffin, Dublin 13
+ Tymon Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 19 Mar

St. Andrews Resource Centre, 114 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

www.supernatural.ie

The Green Door Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Mar

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

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

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

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Dogs Microchipping Clinic

10:00 – 13:00, Sat 19 Mar

Dogs Trust Ireland, Ashbourne Road, Finglas, Dublin 11

All dogs have to be microchipped by 01 April and Dogs Trust Ireland is doing it for free for you at this Dog Microchipping Clinic. Come to the Dog Rehoming Centre with your dog and bring photo ID and proof of address.

www.facebook.com/events/612572495559481/

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 19 Mar

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

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

www.dlrcoco.ie/markets

St Patrick’s Treasure Hunt

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

The St. Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt is an enjoyable family-friendly event that gives you chance to explore the city following an easy trail. On the way you will visit historical locations and find answers to questions that help you to discover new aspects of Dublin.

Registration is between 10:00 and 13:00 in City Hall and – if you hurry – the trail can be completed in approx. 2 hours. But it is not a race against the clock, so if you want to take it easy on your Saturday in Dublin City, then you have until later in the afternoon (approx. 16:00) to complete the trail. There is also a shorter trail available for families with younger children.

Admission is free. You can register via the website below or register in City Hall on the day.

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/festival_treasure_hunt

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 19 Mar

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.

www.templebar.ie

UpDog Yoga – Free Classes

10:00 – 14:00, Sat 19 Mar

MVP, 29 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 2

Four free Yoga sessions take place in MVP in Dublin 8 every Saturday and every Sunday. The times are 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00 and the duration is 1 hour. At every session only 8 places are available, so get your bookings in early (you can book weeks in advance).

The sessions can be booked following these links:

+ 10:00-11:00 Beginner
+ 11:00-12:00 Intermediate
+ 12:00-13:00 Beginner
+ 13:00-14:00 Advanced

Classes are open level, so everyone is welcome.

www.facebook.com/freeyogaireland

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 19 Mar

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

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

www.blackrockmarket.com/

City at Play – St. Patrick’s Festival Funfairs

11:00 – 21:00, Sat 19 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

There will be two Funfairs in Dublin for the St. Patrick’s Festival. Both won’t be too impressive, but will nevertheless provide a good bit of entertainment. Entering the Funfairs is free, but rides are understandably not.

The locations are at Merrion Square, Dublin 2 & Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 and the opening hours are

11:00-21:00 on Thurs 17 & Sat 19 March
11:00-20:00 on Sun 20 March

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/city_at_play_funfairs12

Terenure Village Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

Bushy Park, Tempelogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

The Terenure Village Market has moved to Bushy Park and is from now on a weekly market.

The market has now grown to 40 stalls offering a whole variety of foods and crafts.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/terenurevillagemarket

The BQTrio – Music in the City – St. Patrick’s Festival

11:00, Sat 19 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The BQ Trio is performing as part of the Music In The City programme in the National Gallery.

Admission is free.

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/music_in_the_city

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 19 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Mar

Howth (various locations)

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is back from Friday 18 March until Sunday 20 March and you might be surprised to read about it already.

It indeed is more than a month earlier than in previous years AND it overlaps with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. So this is either an inspired move or a really bad decision. Maybe the St. Patrick’s Day Festival doesn’t interfere too much, but for me the the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is definitely a good weather festival. With March being still a good bit colder, I am not sure if bringing it forward is scuh a great idea. But at least Sunday is meant to be sunny, so maybe the organisers were really lucky.

The festival starts every day at 12:00 and there will be cooking demonstrations and live music among many other (free and non-free) events. The full programme is here:

Saturday: dublinbayprawnfestival.ie/saturday-26th-april/
Sunday: dublinbayprawnfestival.ie/sunday-27th-april/

The RNLI Lifeboat Station is also open from 12:00-18:00 every day (on the Middle Pier) and the Howth Coastguard Station is open from 12:00-18:00 on the West Pier.

dublinbayprawnfestival.ie/

Family Drawing Weekend – Royal Hibernian Gallery

12:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

Come to the Family Drawing every weekend (Sat+Sun) in the RHA Gallery. All children are welcome to use the RHA Art Cart, in the RHA Atrium. Find out all details via the link below.

Admission is free.

www.rhagallery.ie/learn/rha-kids-2/

FIELD TEST – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Mar

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The exhibition “Field Test – Radical Adventures in Future Farming” (11 Mar – 05 Jun 2016) in the Science Gallery is exploring how farming will look like in the future and what new developments will change farming so that we can deal with the global food challenges.

From Farm Cyborgs (for example a Virtual Reality environment for chicken so that they can think they are free range), via odd, unique and forward looking foods (e.g. insects for improving your protein intake); growth houses for your home; very different seeds (e.g. beans that taste like beef) to the “LOCI Food Lab” (outside near the entrance to the Science Gallery) where you can get a customised snack, the exhibition has a lot of interesting exhibits that revealing, intriguing or surprising.

Like all Science Gallery exhibitions, FIELD TEST is suitable for all ages with a particular focus on the age group of 15-25, but I would say that chilren from 10 years of age can understand the whole exhibition if they get some additional explanations and there are even some exhibits that would work for younger children.

When you go to see the exhibition, get help from the Science Gallery mediators! They are helpers (usually students or graduates) that know the whole exhibition inside out and are very happy to help with a lot more information than the little labels at the exhibits can provide. Use their excellent service!

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/fieldtest/

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Mar

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

The weekly Ha’penny Flea Market is an indoor market in the Grand Social Pub, which offers vintage Men and Women’s clothing, contemporary crafts, books, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage and handmade jewellery, vintage hair styles, art, photography and much more. Grand Social’s Bar and Gourmet Coffee options are available.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/

Qigong – Drop-in class – Chester Beatty Library

12:00, Sat 19 Mar

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

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

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

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

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

Street Theatre – St. Patrick’s Weekend

12:00 – 17:30, Sat 19 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

On Thursday, Friday and Saturday Street Theatre will be performed in various locations in Dublin.

+ Sat 19 March:
Colaiste Tayto will be on Barnardo’s Square (12:00-15:40)
The 4 Handed Guitarist will be in South King Street (12:30-17:30)
The Dinner Table will be at the top of Grafton Street (12:45. 14:15, 15:45)
Lords of Strut will also be at the top of Grafton Street (12:00, 13:30, 15:00)
Chapeau Magique will be at St. Stephen’s Green North (12:00-17:00)

Admission is free. More details about the performances are on the website below.

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/street_theatre_2016

Workers’ Republic Conference

12:00 – 19:15, Sat 19 Mar

Liberty Hall, 33 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

The Workers’ Republic Conference is the launch event of an Irish edition of the Jacobin Magazine. It will be a day of talks and discussions in Liberty Hall.

The magazine will explore Ireland’s revolutionary period from a socialist perspective, looking at the role played by workers and women who challenged the social order.

Topics during the day are (further details on the Facebook Page below):

+ Why #Jacobin1916
+ Ireland’s Revolution
+ Art of Rebellion
+ The Republic in the 21st Century

Admission is free and no tickets required.

www.facebook.com/events/178496802531353/

Bionic Rats / Mad Hatters – Music in the City – St. Patrick’s Festival

12:30, Sat 19 Mar

Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The line-up for Saturday’s Music In The City in Temple Bar programme is: The Bionic Rats, The Mad Hatters

+ The Mad Hatters will play Samba grooves at 12:30 + 14:00
+ The Bionic Rats will play Ska & Reggae at 13:15 + 14:45

Admission is free.

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/music_in_the_city

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 19 Mar

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

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

www.ifi.ie/

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market

13:00 – 18:00, Sat 19 Mar

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market is now a weekly market! Every Saturday there will be 16 stalls, music, pizzas from the Big Blue Bus and the Bernard Shaw Garden Bar. Expect vintage clothes, shoes, jewellery, art, records, bric-a-brac and more and DJs will provide the entertainment.

Admission is free.

bodytonicmusic.com/events/the-bernard-shaw-flea-market-1/

The Past is Present: Lunchtime Talk Series

13:00, Sat 19 Mar

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

A series of lunchtime lectures during the St. Patrick’s Festival will explore topics connected with the 1916 Easter Rising.

The lectures are
17 March – 13:00 The Unmanageable Revolutionary
18 March – 13:00 Guinness and 1916
19 March – 13:00 Making 1916

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website here: www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/love-my-city-events

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/the_past_is_present_lunchtime_talk_series

Reconstructing 1916 – Drop-in Activity

13:30 – 16:30, Sat 19 Mar

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

This is an opportunity to see and handle the material culture of the Easter Rising 1916. Replica uniforms and paraphernalia of the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army will be presented alongside artefacts relating to the British Army and the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). Weaponry from the period will be demonstrated and there will also be a focus on daily life items.

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

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2845

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Carriages – Folk Gig

14:00 – 14:30, Sat 19 Mar

Thirty Four Cafe, 34 Lennox St, Portobello, Dublin 8

Folk & Electronica 2-piece Carriages will play a gig in Thirty Four.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/978882935535566/

Eason Story Time for children

14:00, Sat 19 Mar

Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free.

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

End Circus Cruelty – Protest

14:00, Sat 19 Mar

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Organised by “Not For Your Entertainment”, a youth organisation that fights the exploitation of animals under the false pretence of entertainment, this is a protest against the use and abuse of animals in circuses.

Find out more on their Facebook Event Page below.

www.facebook.com/events/972871606124298/

March Against Racism – Protest

14:00, Sat 19 Mar

Central Bank, Dame Street, Dublin 2

It is called “March” against Racism, but it seems to be a rather static march: An event will take place on the Central Bank Plaza as the Irish contribution to the International Day of Action Against Racism on Saturday.

Admission is free.

An “Anti War Cultural Night” will take place in the evening in the Workman’s Club from 19:30 and it says “Donations accepted”, but since this seems like a donation on the way in, it might be more “Donations expected” than “Donation suggested”, so it doesn’t fit the criteria for full listing in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events).

www.facebook.com/events/960563427315732/

Older than Ireland Screening + Q&A with stars from the film

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“Older than Ireland is a landmark documentary that tells the story of a hundred years of a life as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians. Older than Ireland features thirty men and women aged 100 years and over. Often funny and at times poignant, the film explores each centenarian’s journey, from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life as a centenarian in modern day Ireland. These centenarians truly are older than Ireland, they are our living history and these are their extraordinary stories.”

Come to this special screening and interview with some of the stars of the documentary.

Admission is free, but booking is required via www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/love-my-city-events

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/older_than_ireland_plus_qa_with_stars_from_the_film

Ireland’s Saints and their Relics – Tour

14:30 – 15:30, Sat 19 Mar

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Museum educator Trisha Ryan will bring you on a specialised tour exploring the relics of the Patron Saints of Ireland. See the St. Patrick’s Bell Shrine, St. Brigid’s Shoe Shrine and the Crozier of St. Columba, among many other treasures and learn about the Cult of the Relics in Ireland.

Admission is free and the tour is suitable from Age 12. No booking required, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet at the Reception.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2868

Family Workshop – National Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Sat 19 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“Sowing the Seeds for Summer” with Frances Coghlan is the Family Workshop in the National Gallery this Saturday.

The free Saturday Family Workshops encourage families to enjoy creating and learning together as they explore the Gallery collection and exhibitions through drawing, crafts and storytelling.

All materials are provided. The workshops are most suitable for families with children aged 4-10.

nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Families/Family_Programme/Family_19Mar.aspx

12 Angry Jurors – Play

20:00, Sat 19 Mar

All Hallows College, Church Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

12 Angry Men is probably one of the best films I have ever seen. The movie version is from 1957 and Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon.

12 Angry Jurors by the Clontarf Players is based on the same play the film was based on and if they perform it only half as good as the cast in the movie, you have to see it!

The Clontarf Players have three performances planned on 18, 19 and 20 March in different churches in the area. The second one is on Saturday in the Main Chapel of the All Hallows College in Gracepark Road. And the third performance is on Sunday in St. Anthony’s Church in Clontarf.

Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/events/466429396886992/

Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers – Star Gazing

20:00, Sat 19 Mar

Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club, Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

The Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers meet in Clontarf on the seafront car park, on Clontarf Road, opposite the Clontarf Bus Garage for a public star-gazing. Members bring along their telescopes and share the wonders of the night-sky with you. Admission is free.

The event is weather dependent, so check www.irishastrosoc.org/events/events.htm after 18:00 on the night in the case of poor weather, to check if it is going ahead.

www.irishastrosoc.org/events/events.htm

Jazz at Barker’s Bistro

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 19 Mar

Barker’s Bistro, Blackrock Shopping Centre, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

Live Jazz, Blues and Soul will be provided in Barker’s Bistro every Saturday.

On Sat 19+26 March Olesya Zdorovetska (vocals) and Leopoldo Osio (piano) will perform.

Admission is free.

www.barkersofblackrock.ie/

Saturday Night Live – The Wine Cave

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 19 Mar

KC Peaches (Wine Cave), 28/29 Nassau St., Dublin 2

This is a weekly Saturday night live music event event downstairs in the Wine Cave of KC Peaches Cafe. Food will be served until 21:30 and wine, minerals & music will be available until later. Admission is free and a donation into a hat at the end of the evening is appreciated.

www.facebook.com/KCPeachesWineCave

The Jazz Cafe – Live Jazz, Blues and Soul

20:00 – 22:30, Sat 19 Mar

The Jazz Cafe, 17b Asdills Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Jazz Cafe has live Jazz, Blues and Soul music performances every Friday and Saturday from 20:00-22:30 and every Sunday from 13:00-16:00.

The line-up for the next gigs is:
+ Sat 19 March: Stella Bass (vocals) + band
+ Sun 20 March: Edel Meade (vocals) + Scott Flanagan (piano)

Admission is free.

www.thejazzcafedublin.ie/

Cult Called Man – Gig

20:30, Sat 19 Mar

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

Cult Called Man will play a gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/cult-called-man-event1

Earth Hour

20:30 – 21:30, Sat 19 Mar

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Earth Hour is a worldwide movement that is organised by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). To remind ourselves and each other that we must care more about our planet, you are asked to switch your lights off for one hour. Many public buildings and tourist sites are taking part and also switch their illumination off. Even Times Square in New York and the Las Vegas strip will be dark for one hour.

www.earthhour.org/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 19 Mar

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

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

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

One Horse Pony – Gig

22:00, Sat 19 Mar

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Acoustic Blues Band “One Horse Pony” is performing in Whelan’s.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-one-horse-pony-3/

Santoria – Soul Gig

22:00, Sat 19 Mar

The Step Inn, Enniskerry Road, Stepaside Village, Dublin 18

Soul & Party Band Santoria will play in Stepaside.

Admission is free.

www.santoria.ie/

Tetris – Gig

23:55, Sat 19 Mar

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

The band Tetris will play a gig in the Mezz. Unfortunately I have no idea what style of music and I couldn’t find a website either.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Mar

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

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

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

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Mar

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Mar

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

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

www.dlrcoco.ie/markets

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 20 Mar

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/

The Edible Garden – dlr Biodiversity Event

10:00, Sun 20 Mar

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

Meet in Marlay Park’s walled garden (beside the cafe) and come to a walk and talk on the different types of veg that grow well in the Marley veg plot. Hints and tips offered and all your grow-it-yourself questions answered. Receive a free biodegradable pot with choice of vegetable seed of all participants to take home.

This event is particularly suitable for young adults.

Admission is free. It is not requested that you book, but if you need to find out any details contact event leader Aoife Munn on 087 985 2858

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/edible-garden

UpDog Yoga – Free classes

10:00 – 14:00, Sun 20 Mar

MVP, 29 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 2

Three free Yoga sessions take place in MVP in Dublin 8 every Saturday and every Sunday. The times are 10:00, 11:00, 12:00 and 13:00 and the duration is 1 hour. At every session only 8 places are available, so get your bookings in early (you can book weeks in advance).

The sessions can be booked following these links:

+ 10:00-11:00 Beginner
+ 11:00-12:00 Intermediate
+ 12:00-13:00 Beginner
+ 13:00-14:00 Advanced

Classes are open level, so everyone is welcome.

www.facebook.com/freeyogaireland

Irish Record Fairs – Market

10:30 – 18:00, Sun 20 Mar

Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The first BIG music, CD & Record Fair is taking place this weekend in Filmbase (Sat; 10:30-19:00 / Sun 10:30-18:00). There will be 45 tables with dealers from the UK and all over Ireland. You will find CDs, DVDs, Vinyl, memorabilia and more.

Admission is normally EUR 2, but exclusively for all Dublin Event Guide Readers there is a free Sunday pass. Just go to www.irishrecordfairs.com/concession%20page.htm and either print the page or take a picture or show it (on your phone) at the door and you will get in for free!

www.facebook.com/pages/Irish-Record-Fairs/1592331521038541

Children’s Art Cart – Phoenix Park

11:00 – 12:30, Sun 20 Mar

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Every Sunday a free Children’s Art Cart Workshop will take place in the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. They are for kids aged 6-11 and the children must be accompanied by an adult.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,35961,en.html

City at Play – St. Patrick’s Festival Funfairs

11:00 – 20:00, Sun 20 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

There will be two Funfairs in Dublin for the St. Patrick’s Festival. Both won’t be too impressive, but will nevertheless provide a good bit of entertainment. Entering the Funfairs is free, but rides are understandably not.

The locations are at Merrion Square, Dublin 2 & Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 and the opening hours are

11:00-21:00 on Thurs 17 & Sat 19 March
11:00-20:00 on Sun 20 March

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/city_at_play_funfairs12

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Mar

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/aboutus/councildepartments/environment/findit/markets/

Easter/Spring Family Market Dublin – Food Co-op

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

An Easter/Spring Family Market will take place in the Food Co-op with more than 40 stalls selling ahdn crafted goods. And there will be lots of activities planned for children: art and music workshops, free face painting, free kids corner, free story reading. There will also be a workshop for the parents on communication with children and potty training.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/754363264707248/

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

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

www.procathedral.ie/music/this-week

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 20 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Big Day Out – St. Patrick’s Festival

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Mar

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

The Big Day Out is a great family day in and around Merrion Square. There will be shows and performances with acrobatics and juggling and magic, workshops, a Science Zone for Children, a petting zoo, a Children’s Garden experience, an archaeology dig, an Irish language circus and more. In addition there will be food stalls and the FunFair is also nearby.

Admission is free.

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/big_day_out

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 20 Mar

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

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

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Mar

Howth (various locations)

The Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is back from Friday 18 March until Sunday 20 March and you might be surprised to read about it already.

It indeed is more than a month earlier than in previous years AND it overlaps with the St. Patrick’s Day Festival. So this is either an inspired move or a really bad decision. Maybe the St. Patrick’s Day Festival doesn’t interfere too much, but for me the the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival is definitely a good weather festival. With March being still a good bit colder, I am not sure if bringing it forward is scuh a great idea. But at least Sunday is meant to be sunny, so maybe the organisers were really lucky.

The festival starts every day at 12:00 and there will be cooking demonstrations and live music among many other (free and non-free) events. The full programme is here:

Saturday: dublinbayprawnfestival.ie/saturday-26th-april/
Sunday: dublinbayprawnfestival.ie/sunday-27th-april/

The RNLI Lifeboat Station is also open from 12:00-18:00 every day (on the Middle Pier) and the Howth Coastguard Station is open from 12:00-18:00 on the West Pier.

dublinbayprawnfestival.ie/

Family Drawing Weekend – Royal Hibernian Gallery

12:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Mar

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

Come to the Family Drawing every weekend (Sat+Sun) in the RHA. All children are welcome to use the RHA Art Cart, in the RHA Atrium. Find out all details via the link below.

Admission is free.

www.rhagallery.ie/learn/rha-kids-2/

FIELD TEST – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 20 Mar

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The exhibition “Field Test – Radical Adventures in Future Farming” (11 Mar – 05 Jun 2016) in the Science Gallery is exploring how farming will look like in the future and what new developments will change farming so that we can deal with the global food challenges.

From Farm Cyborgs (for example a Virtual Reality environment for chicken so that they can think they are free range), via odd, unique and forward looking foods (e.g. insects for improving your protein intake); growth houses for your home; very different seeds (e.g. beans that taste like beef) to the “LOCI Food Lab” (outside near the entrance to the Science Gallery) where you can get a customised snack, the exhibition has a lot of interesting exhibits that revealing, intriguing or surprising.

Like all Science Gallery exhibitions, FIELD TEST is suitable for all ages with a particular focus on the age group of 15-25, but I would say that chilren from 10 years of age can understand the whole exhibition if they get some additional explanations and there are even some exhibits that would work for younger children.

When you go to see the exhibition, get help from the Science Gallery mediators! They are helpers (usually students or graduates) that know the whole exhibition inside out and are very happy to help with a lot more information than the little labels at the exhibits can provide. Use their excellent service!

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/fieldtest/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 20 Mar

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

St. Patrick’s Festival 5k Race

12:00, Sun 20 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

The 5k St. Patrick’s Festival Race is not a free event, BUT you can watch it and cheer the participants and that will cost you not a single cent.

Start and Finish is at St. Stephen’s Green and the route will go from St. Stephen’s Green to Merrion Row, Baggot Street, Fitzwilliam Square, Herbert Street, Herbert Place, Leeson Street Bridge, Adelaide Road, Earlsfort Terrace and back to Stephen’s Green.

www.stpatricksfestival.ie/events/event/festival5k

Sunday at Noon – Classical Concerts

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 20 Mar

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Sundays at Noon Concert Series continues in the Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. This series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June.

The next concert will feature French Chamber Music with Duo Chagall and François Zeitouni, piano

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/1467-sundaysnoon-french-chamber-music-3

The Jazz Cafe – Live Jazz, Blues and Soul

13:00, Sun 20 Mar

The Jazz Cafe, 17b Asdills Row, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Jazz Cafe has live Jazz, Blues and Soul music performances every Friday and Saturday from 20:00-22:30 and every Sunday from 13:00-16:00.

The line-up for the next gigs is:
+ Sat 19 March: Stella Bass (vocals) + band
+ Sun 20 March: Edel Meade (vocals) + Scott Flanagan (piano)

Admission is free.

www.thejazzcafedublin.ie/

Persian New Year – Storytelling for families

13:30, Sun 20 Mar

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year, by taking a journey back in time with storyteller Róisín Murphy, as she recounts tales from thousands of years of Persian culture. Suitable for all ages.

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

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

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 20 Mar

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 20 Mar

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/lectures-past/1395-free-sunday-tours-at-2pm

Reconstructing 1916 – Drop-in Activity

14:00 – 16:30, Sun 20 Mar

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

This is an opportunity to see and handle the material culture of the Easter Rising 1916. Replica uniforms and paraphernalia of the Irish Volunteers, Cumann na mBan and the Irish Citizen Army will be presented alongside artefacts relating to the British Army and the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC). Weaponry from the period will be demonstrated and there will also be a focus on daily life items.

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

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2846

Royal Hibernian Gallery Children’s Art Cart

14:00 – 16:30, Sun 20 Mar

Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

Come to the Family Drawing every Sunday in the RHA Gallery. All children are welcome to use the RHA Art Cart, in the RHA Atrium. Find out all details via the link below.

Admission is free.

www.rhagallery.ie/visit/art-cart/

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Mar

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

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

www.stellabass.com

Excellent Equinox with Mysterious Megalithic Art – Workshop

14:30 – 15:30, Sun 20 Mar

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Archaeologist Siobhán Rheinisch will explain the strange shapes to you that appear on ancient Stone Age passage tombs such as Loughcrew, Co. Meath. Hear what stories the experts think the carvings might reveal and be inspired to create your own megalithic art to take home.

This workshop is suitable for Ages 7+ and admission is free. Booking is required via 01 6486332. It will take place in the Learning Resource Room on the first floor.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2861

Irish Legends and Folklore – Storytelling for families

14:30, Sun 20 Mar

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

To celebrate Saint Patrick’s Festival, storyteller Róisín Murphy will tell popular Irish stories that have been passed down through the generations, ó lámh go lámh, ó glúin go ghlúin. This event will be in English and Irish. Suitable for all ages.

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

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

1916 – its impact on drama and literature – Lecture

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 20 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“1916 – its impact on drama and literature” with Professor Margaret Kelleher (University College Dublin) is a free lecture and is part of a series of lectures that is looking at the theme of war and revolution in art.

nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Families/Family_Programme/Family_19Mar.aspx

John Sheahan (The Dubliners) in Conversation with Dermot Bolger

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

Dermot Bolger commences his term as Writer in Residence at the National Museum with a conversation with John Sheahan, Irish violinist, tin whistle player and folk musician and the last surviving member of the original line-up of The Dubliners. He is also a composer of classics like The Marino Waltz and in recent years he has acquired a reputation as a poet, enhanced by the recent appearance of his debut collection of poems “Fiddle Dreams”.

John Sheahan will perform his latest musical composition “Lament for Michael Mallen” written in memory of one of executed leaders of the Easter Rising. He will remember friends like Luke Kelly, read from his poetry, reminisce about the many famous musicians with whom he embarked on a life-long journey through music and play some of his most beloved tunes.

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

www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/john-sheahan-in-conversation-with-dermot-bolger

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 20 Mar

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

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

16:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

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

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

The event takes place every Sunday in the Cobblestone Pub. The time alternates a little: On 1st+2nd Sunday of the month it is from 16:00-19:00 and on 3rd and 4th Sunday from 18:00-22:00. And on every 4th Sunday there is also a Breton session from 15:00.

www.facebook.com/groups/674963209289378/

Wiley Fox Trad Session

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 20 Mar

Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thewileyfox

Sweeney’s Dixieland Jazzmen

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 20 Mar

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The Sweeney’s Dixeland Jazzmen play their weekly gig on the ground floor in Sweeney’s. Admission is free.

www.dublinsessions.ie/sweeneys.html

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

A-Musing – Comedy Club

19:30, Sun 20 Mar

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

“A-Musing” is a new Comedy Club in the Mercantile. It will feature some of Ireland’s best up and coming comedians every Sunday night.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/A-Musing-Comedy-The-Mercantile-430072177188008/

Easter Rising Stories – Film Screening

19:30 – 22:00, Sun 20 Mar

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Four documentaries based on the Easter Rising will be screened on Meeting House Square. Film maker Marcus Howard has included stories about Padraig Pearse, James Connolly, Stephen Pollard and Captain Frank Henderson.

Admission is free. More details via the link below.

www.facebook.com/events/245240359143799/

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 20 Mar

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

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

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, one of the best known gospel choirs in Ireland will give you a chance to experience a mass with a difference. It is uplifting and inspiring and everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness or your relationship with the Catholic Church in other contexts.

Disclaimer: I am involved with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, so the description above MIGHT not be totally unbiased. But just take it from me, they are brilliant! ;-)

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

12 Angry Jurors – Play

20:00, Sun 20 Mar

St. Anthony’s Church, Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

12 Angry Men is probably one of the best films I have ever seen. The movie version is from 1957 and Henry Fonda and Jack Lemmon.

12 Angry Jurors by the Clontarf Players is based on the same play the film was based on and if they perform it only half as good as the cast in the movie, you have to see it!

The Clontarf Players have three performances planned on 18, 19 and 20 March in different churches in the area. The second one is on Saturday in the Main Chapel of the All Hallows College in Gracepark Road. And the third performance is on Sunday in St. Anthony’s Church in Clontarf.

Admission is free and donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/events/466429396886992/

East Coast Jazz Band – Gig

20:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

The East Coast Jazz Band will play a mix of Dixieland, Ragtime, Swing, Bossa Nova and Blues.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/east-coast-jazz-band-event5

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 20 Mar

Bleeding Horse, 24 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/apollosessions

Chandelier / Boppers – Gig

21:00, Sun 20 Mar

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Argh Sin É doesn’t help much! There is something happening on Sunday and it is free and it is labelled “Chandelier / Boppers”, but there are no further details. No Event Page, no link, no description. I don’t even know if it is a gig, but I assume so. And they don’t tell us either when it starts, but I guess, it will happen from around 21:00.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

Rhythm Rocker

21:00, Sun 20 Mar

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe. Admission is free.

The Pavement Kings play Rockabilly from 21:00 and
DJs Popocorn Peete and Little Dakota follow from 23:00-01:30 with a white variety of styles (Rockabilly, Calypso, Soul, Rock ‘n’ Roll, etc).

www.facebook.com/rhythmrocker

Billy Treacy & The Ha’Penny Heads

21:30, Sun 20 Mar

Ha’Penny Bridge Inn, 42 Wellington Quay Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Billy Treacy & The Ha’Penny Heads are playing Ballads, Folk, Trad and Classic Country every Sunday. Featuring Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle and Banjo.

www.billytreacy.com/

Cool Hand Dukes

22:00, Sun 20 Mar

Porterhouse Central, 45-47 Nassau Street, Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/coolhand.dukes.1

Pete Pamf Party Band – Gig

23:00, Sun 20 Mar

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

Pete Pamf and band will play a gig in the Mezz on Sunday night.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

Monday 21 Mar

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National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 21 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

World Down Syndrome Day Carnival

12:00 – 17:00, Mon 21 Mar

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

A Carnival will take place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre to celebrate Worls Down Syndrome Day.

Admission is free and everybody is welcome.

www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,35985,en.html

Anti-Racism Day – Lunchtime Rally

13:00 – 14:00, Mon 21 Mar

GPO, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Monday 21 March is Anti-Racism Day and ENAR Ireland (European Network Against Racism) has organised a lunchtime rally at the GPO to mark this day.

Admission is obviously free.

www.facebook.com/events/566063286894539/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 21 Mar

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

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

www.ifi.ie/

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Mon 21 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

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

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

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

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

‘Choose Your Own Tracks’ – Photo Trail

14:00 – 16:00, Mon 21 Mar

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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

Meeting point is the Meeting House Square.

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

Marriage in Ireland, c. 1660-1800 – Lecture

16:00, Mon 21 Mar

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

At the next lecture in the Centre for Early Modern History Seminar Series 2015-16, Mary O’Dowd (Queen’s University Belfast) will talk about “Marriage in Ireland, c. 1660-1800”.

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/events/details/2016/centreforearlymodernhistory2015_16.php

Introduction to 3D printing

18:00 – 20:00, Mon 21 Mar

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

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

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

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/introduction-3d-printing

Introducing TRINITY 360 – Talk

18:15, Mon 21 Mar

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

Enda Bates (MMT composer) talks about “Introducing TRINITY 360”.

The Trinity 360 Project consists of a newly commissioned work of spatial music for Trinity Orchestra, the Cue Quartet and an eight-channel loudspeaker array, to be performed on campus on 08 April 2016. In this talk, composer Enda Bates discussed the inspiration behind this multi-movement work, the 360 audio and video recording techniques which will be used to record the performance, and how the commencements bell in the Trinity campanile (which will also be used in the concert) influenced the harmonic language of the piece.

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/Music/news/

Making ‘race’: the work of the slave-owners – Lecture

19:00, Mon 21 Mar

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

“Making ‘race’: the work of the slave-owners” is a public lecture organised by the Irish Association of Professional Historians (IAPH). Guest speaker is Professor Catherine Hall (UCL) and Professor Joe Cleary (Maynooth University) will provide a response.

Admission is free.

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

An Emerging Cosmic Perspective – Talk

20:00, Mon 21 Mar

Ely House, 8 Ely Place, Dublin 2

“An Emerging Cosmic Perspective” by Kevin Nolan (Planetary Society) will look at how the likes of Hubble Space Telescope and the ESO Very Large Telescope are affecting our perspective in the Cosmos. It will be a visually stunning talk including the latest HST and ESO multi-gigapixel images.

Admission is free.

www.irishastrosoc.org/events/events.htm

Moon and Jupiter Watch – Astronomy Ireland

20:00, Mon 21 Mar

Astronomy Ireland, Unit H4 Centrepoint, Rosemount Business Park, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

Astronomy Ireland is inviting to a Moon & Jupiter watch, where powerful telescopes will be available for you to watch Moon, Jupiter and lots of other night sky objects.

If cloudy, a telescope exhibition and workshop will be held demonstrating how to use telescopes.

Admission is free.

www.astronomy.ie/moonwatchmarch2016.php

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 21 Mar

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Song Cycle is a weekly Singer/Songriter showcase. The line-up is not always easily findable on the Whelan’s website, but admission is always free.

www.whelanslive.com

The Circle Sessions – Open Mic

20:00 – 23:30, Mon 21 Mar

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

The Lazy Band / The Prairie Dawgs – Gig

20:00, Mon 21 Mar

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

The Lazy Band will play americana, folk, roots, trad, country and even a bit of soul from time to time. They will be in Arthur’s Pub for a gig on Monday and admission is free.

The Prairie Dawgs, a 1 7-piece folk/roots band will be their guests on Monday.

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 21 Mar

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 21 Mar

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

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

21:00, Mon 21 Mar

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

Every Monday a Jazz Jam Session will take place in the Grand Social and you are invited to listen or even to participate. Admission is free for musicians and audience.

Instruments are supplied (drums (no cymbals), double bass, guitar amp, bass amp, PA system) and ideas and themes will be proposed prior to the session to the musicians who join the event on Facebook (see Facebook Page below).

www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Jam-Session-at-The-Grand-Social/224553674385198

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 21 Mar

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

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

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

Donal Kirk & Anto Drennan – Gig

21:30, Mon 21 Mar

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

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

Admission is free.

www.jjsmyths.com/gigs/mondays/767-donal-kirk-and-anto-drennan-11.html

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WW I – The Arras Belfry – Lecture

10:30 – 11:15, Tue 22 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“WW I – The Arras Belfry (1916), 1917” with Andrew Moore, National Gallery of Ireland is – I assume – about a painting with the same name. It is part of a free lecture series throughout the month of March looking at the theme of war and revolution in art.

Admission is free.

nationalgallery.ie/whatson/Talks/Tuesday_Talks/Tues_22March.aspx

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Tue 22 Mar

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Inspectorium: The Giant Egg – Drop-in Activity

11:00 – 13:00, Tue 22 Mar

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

Easter is around the corner and the Natural History Museum will show you the largest egg in the world and tell you stories about different extinct birds.

Admission is free and suitable for all ages. No booking required.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2838

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 22 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914-1916 – Book Launch

17:30 – 19:30, Tue 22 Mar

Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Merrion Press invites you to a reception to celebrate the publication of “One Bold Deed of Open Treason – The Berlin Diary of Roger Casement 1914 – 1916”, edited by Angus Mitchell.

Guest speaker Tommy Graham editor of History Ireland will talk at 17:30 and the book launch will follow at 18:15.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/511140355738087/

Drop in Maker Evening

18:00, Tue 22 Mar

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

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

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

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

Snap, Crackle and Pop – Talk by food writer Nicola Twilley

18:00 – 19:30, Tue 22 Mar

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Journalist Nicola Twilley is a co-host of theGastropod podcast, author of the blog Edible Geography and a contributing writer at The New Yorker. She has made a career of telling all sorts of curious food and farming stories – from the history of the calorie to the science behind how the sound of food affects its flavour – online, in audio format and in print.

In this informal talk, Nicola will take you behind the scenes on three of her favourite stories, sharing the scoop on how she comes up with ideas, tracks down sources, gets inside meat lockers and seed vaults and then, typically after much procrastination, turns all of that reporting into a compelling narrative.

Admission is free, but booking is required on the Eventbrite site here.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2016/03/snapcrackleandpopnicolatwilley

Table Top Tuesdays – Board Game Night

18:30, Tue 22 Mar

Black Sheep, 61 Capel Street, Dublin 1

A new weekly Board Games night is taking place in the Black Sheep Pub. Lots of games are available and you can also bring your own.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/GirlsGetGaming/

Irish Literature from 1700 onwards – Lecture

19:00, Tue 22 Mar

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Irish Texts Society Breandán Ó Buachalla Memorial Lecture this year is “Constructing the canon of Irish Literature from 1700 onwards” with Professor Alan Titley, UCC.

Admission is free.

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

Lives of the 1916 Leaders – Talk

19:00, Tue 22 Mar

Tallaght Library, Library Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24

Sean O’Gorman will talk about “Lives of the 1916 Leaders”.

Admission is free.

www.southdublinlibraries.ie/events/tallaght-historical-society-lives-th-1916-leaders

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 22 Mar

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Rumours have it that the Bluegrass Collective will perform in Sin É on Tuesday and there might even be an open Bluegrass Jam! Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Ukulele Tuesday

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 22 Mar

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday an informal sing along with Ukulele and Toy Musical Instruments takes place in the Stag’s Head. Just bring your instrument and come along. Beginners are welcome. Admission is free and further details (and a big book of songs) are available on the Facebook Page below. The get-together meets in the “snug” in Stag’s Head.

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Blue Moon Folk and Blues – Gig

20:30, Tue 22 Mar

The Beerhouse, 84.5 Capel Street, Dublin 1

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

www.beerhousedublin.com/

The Folk Club

20:30, Tue 22 Mar

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The Folk Club in Whelan’s will bring you the best in Trad, Ballads, Americana & World Music every Tuesday. The line-up this week is on the Facebook Page below. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheGrandFolkClub

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 22 Mar

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

Phoenix Big Band

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 22 Mar

Tara Towers Hotel, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

The Phoenix Big Band is a 16 piece band playing songs of the 1930s, 1940s and other big band arrangements and they are playing every Tuesday in the Tara Tower Hotel (since 2012!) for adult dancing. If you like to waltz, cha cha or foxtrot, come and enjoy their performance.

Admission is free.

The band plays in the main function room which is occasionally booked, so to confirm that they are playing, please ring the hotel on the day: Phone 01-2694666

Sober Lane Pub Quiz

21:00, Tue 22 Mar

Sober Lane D4, 82 Irishtown Road, Dublin 4

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

www.soberlane.com/

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 22 Mar

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

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

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

Camden Sessions – Singer/Songwriter Night

21:30, Tue 22 Mar

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

A totally unplugged Singer/Songwriter night (no PA, no microphones) with original music is taking place upstairs in Anseo every Tuesday from 21:30.

Please check on the Facebook Page below if the event is going ahead as it seems to get cancelled every now and then and if you want to play a 15-30 min set or just want to play one song make yourself heard via the same Facebook Page.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheCamdenSessions

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Tue 22 Mar

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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

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

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

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Tue 22 Mar

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

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

Admission is free.

www.jjsmyths.com/gigs/tuesdays/912-left-right-and-centre.html?month=3&year=2016

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Energy Storage in Electricity Grids – Workshop

09:00, Wed 23 Mar

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The open workshop “Energy Storage in Electricity Grids” will take place in the Royal Irish Academy.

Admission is free, but places are limited and booking is required via the Eventbrite site here, where you also will find more details about the topic.

www.ria.ie/events/open-workshop-energy-storage-electricity-grids

Family Event: Garden Bird Safari

10:00, Wed 23 Mar

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Join author and Botanic Gardens Head Guide Glynn Anderson for a guided bird walk, uncovering the rich bird life of the Gardens. Bring binoculars, if you have them, to take a closer look.

Admission is free, but booking is required via (01) 8040319/ 8570909 or via botanicgardens@opw.ie

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Cafe Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 23 Mar

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

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

ruared.ie/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 23 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 23 Mar

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

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

www.ifi.ie/

St Patrick’s Staff and the Mystery of the Irish Crosier – Lecture

13:00 – 13:45, Wed 23 Mar

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Destroyed as an object of superstition during the Reformation, St Patrick’s staff was one of the most revered objects in medieval Ireland. Recent research on early Irish crosiers has led to new discoveries, which have vastly improved our understanding of these mysterious objects.

Dr Griffin Murray from UCC will give a lecture about this topic.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 6486334 or email educationarch@museum.ie. The event will take place in the Ceramics Room on the first floor.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2857

Statues and Sculptures in Dublin – Talk

13:00, Wed 23 Mar

Pembroke Library, Anglesea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Neal Doherty (Author and Historical City Guide) will talk about “Statues and Sculptures in Dublin” at this event.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-6689575

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

Problems in Irish women’s magazines in the 1950s and 60s – Lecture

16:00, Wed 23 Mar

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

The next lecture in the Centre for Contemporary Irish History Seminar Series 2015-16 is entitled “Problems in Irish women’s magazines in the 1950s and 60s” with Dr. Caitriona Clear (NUI Galway).

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/events/details/2015/centreforcontemporaryirishhist2015_16.php

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 23 Mar

Havana Tapas Bar, Georges St, Dublin 2

The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.

www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

Francophonie Night: Benda Bilili Screening & Buffet

18:00, Wed 23 Mar

Lighthouse Cinema, Market Square, Smithfield Plaza, Dublin 7

A Francophonie Night will take place in the Lighthouse Cinema. The event will start with the screening of Benda Bilili! a 2010 musical documentary by Renaud Barret and Florent de La Tullaye that follows the Kinshasa street musician band Staff Benda Bilili, whose core members of the group are disabled due to polio. Charting the group’s progress across several years, Benda Bilili! tells a real-life story spanning humble beginnings in Kinshasa and a triumphant European tour. (with English subtitles)

A Francophone Buffet, organised by the members of the Francophonie in Ireland will wrap up the evening.

Admission is free, but places are limited and have to booked via the Eventbrite site here.

UPDATE: This event is now booked out.

alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Lord Rosse and the Deep-Sky Astronomy at Birr Castle – Talk

18:30 – 20:00, Wed 23 Mar

RDS (Concert Hall), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

In the next lecture of the RDS Speaker Series, Wolfgang Steinicke will talk about “Lord Rosse and the Deep-Sky Astronomy at Birr Castle – An Imortant Step in the History of Science”.

From 1845 to 1878, Birr Castle was among the most important centres for visual observations of nebulae and star clusters. Its main instrument was the 72-inch reflector, built by William Parsons (Lord Rosse). This talk will show how the construction of the telescope opened a new window to the universe.

After the lecture, the launch of the book “William Parsons, 3rd Earl of Rosse – Astronomy and the castle in nineteenth–century Ireland” will take place. The book is edited by Charles Mollan and provides the first comprehensive biographical account of the 3rd Earl of Rosse.

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

www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1103978

Back Door Sessions – Open Mic Night

19:00, Wed 23 Mar

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/sweeneysbar

Brand New Switcheroo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 23 Mar

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/

Just Words – Poetry & Spoken Word

20:00 – 23:00, Wed 23 Mar

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

You are invited to this belated celebration of International Women’s Day through poetry and spoken word. You will hear some of Ireland’s best poetic and spoken word voices, both male and female, celebrating women in literature and life in most original and progressive ways.

There will be complimentary drinks and Be Bop Jazz Music. The event is hosted by Dharma Rain Jazz (Jasmina Susic).

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/239539299721333/

Scenes from Judith – Opera Recital

20:00 – 22:00, Wed 23 Mar

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

Join soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and composer Gráinne Mulvey in the first performance of part of the freshly-created opera Judith. The recital will be followed by a discussion, where you will find out how the show was conceived and brought to life.

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

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/elizabeth-hilliard-and-gr%C3%A1inne-mulvey-scenes-judith

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 23 Mar

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

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

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 23 Mar

The Globe, 11 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

“The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesday.

www.theglobe.ie/events

The Zodiac Sessions – Open mic/Gig

20:30, Wed 23 Mar

Bruxelles, Harry Street, Dublin 2

“The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week.

www.facebook.com/zodiacsessions

Bad Boy Jake

21:00, Wed 23 Mar

Gypsy Rose Blues & Rock Bar, 5 Aston Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Bad Boy Jake are every Wednesday in the Gypsy Rose Rock & Blues Bar playing their rock, blues and American.

www.dublinsessions.ie/gypsy.html

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 23 Mar

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

Inn Jokes – Comedy Club

21:15, Wed 23 Mar

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

The next Comedy Club will take place on Wednesday with the line-up Al Porter, Colum McDonnell, Peter Flanagan and Emma Doran. MC and organiser is comedian Colm O’Regan.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

innjokes.com/

Badge – Gig

21:30, Wed 23 Mar

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

Badge will play a gig in JJ Smyth’s. Badge play an eclectic mix of 70s rock and blues, including Cream, Free, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, etc.

Admission is free.

www.jjsmyths.com/gigs/wednesdays/913-badge.html?month=3&year=2016

Jazz Pigs – Gig

21:30, Wed 23 Mar

4 Dame Lane, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Jazz Pigs with a classic multi-brass front line play a mix of Lounge, lively sixties Jazz and driving Funk. Every Wednesday downstairs in 4 Dame Lane. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/dublinjazzpigs

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 23 Mar

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).

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Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 24 Mar

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 and to check if the tour is going ahead.

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

Toad in the Hole – Drop-in Activity

11:00 – 13:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

The Natterjack Toad is Ireland’s rarest amphibian and at this Drop-in activity in the Discovery Zone of the Natural History Museum, you will find out more and create your very own toad with arts and crafts.

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

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2854

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 24 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 16:00, Thu 24 Mar

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Austerity and Divergent Recovery in the Eurozone – Talk

12:45 – 14:15, Thu 24 Mar

TASC, 14 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

TASC, the Think Tank for Action on Social Change, is inviting to the lunchtime seminar “These Little PIIGS Went to Market: Austerity and Divergent Recovery in the Eurozone” with Dr. Aidan Regan (Lecturer at the School of Politics and International Relations, UCD).

The idea of the lunchtime seminars is that you are invited to bring your own ‘brown bag’ lunch to eat during the seminar. Tea and coffee will be available.

Admission is free, but registration via Sylvia Byrne on 01 6169050 or sbyrne@tasc.ie is required.

www.tasc.ie/events/2016/03/24/lunchtime-seminar-dr-aidan-regan-these-little-piig/

Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising – Talk

13:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

In the “Political & Social Life In Dublin In 1916 Lunchtime Talks Series” the fourth and final talk will be “Dublin Protestants and the 1916 Rising” with Martin Maguire.

This talk will consider the reaction of Dublin Protestants to the Easter Rising. While for most of them the Rising only served to confirm them in their strong unionism and loyalty to the Crown, a small number of young Protestant men and women (e.g. Harry Nicholls and Kathleen Lynn), who saw themselves as bearers of a radical dissenting tradition, participated as republican rebels.

Dr Martin Maguire is a historian and senior lecturer in the Department of Humanities, Dundalk Institute of Technology. He has published many articles and book essays on the history of Irish Protestantism, with a particular focus on the workings of social class identities within Irish Protestant culture.

Admission is free.

www.dublinunitarianchurch.org/events/

Remembering 1916 with Bradogue music group – Recital

13:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

Duet “Bradogue” are giving a lunchtime concert to commemorate the Easter Rising 1916 through some popular songs and poetry of the era and also some written at a later date in remembrance of the Rising. Bradogue are Gerard Bradshaw (guitar, harmonica, voice) and Kenneth Cronin (banjo, tin whistle, voice).

Admission is free, but booking is required. Contact the Music Library on 01-8734333 or musiclibrary@dublincity.ie

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

Chester Beatty’s Biblical Papyri – Tour

13:10, Thu 24 Mar

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Kurt Kullman (Guide in the Chester Beatty Library) will bring you on this tour and will explain all about Chester Beatty’s Biblical Papyri.

Admission is free and no booking required.

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

Tour of Conservation Studios – National Museum

14:30 – 16:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

Get behind the scenes at the National Museum and take a tour of the conservation studios. This is a great opportunity to see the work behind the scenes at the Museum and meet Museum conservators and look at some of their current conservation projects.

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

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=2817

Brazilian Dance – Forró

18:00, Thu 24 Mar

D-One Bar, 89 Capel Street, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/donebardublin

Free Raif Badawi – Demonstration

18:00, Thu 24 Mar

Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia, 6-7 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2

In May 2014, Raif Badawi was sentenced to 10 years behind bars, 1,000 lashes, a 10-year travel ban and a lifetime ban from appearing in the media. Raif Badawi is a prisoner of conscience; his only ‘crime’ was to set up a website for public discussion.

Amnesty International Ireland is supporting Raif Badawi for over a year and they will continue to protest outside the embassy of Saudi Arabia. Support the protest!

www.facebook.com/events/256760651321656/

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

On Thursdays from 18:00-20:00, the Little Museum of Dublin waives all admission charges thanks to sponsor Guinness.

Visit the museum and find out lots more about Dublin.

www.littlemuseum.ie/

Easter 1916: Irishmen in the British Army – Talk

18:30, Thu 24 Mar

Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

It is a little-known fact that in Dublin during the Easter Rising thousands of the British Army soldiers that the rebels found themselves fighting against were Irish. Although they enlisted to fight in France, Flanders and beyond, by a twist of fate, these soldiers found themselves fighting against fellow Irishmen and women on the streets of Dublin.

Historian Neil Richardson will tell the story of these soldiers who ultimately became a forgotten part of their country’s history.

Admission is free and no booking required.

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

Easter Rising in Cabra and Phibsborough – Talk

18:30, Thu 24 Mar

Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7

Historian Dr Brian Hanley will profile some of the participants in the Irish Revolution from Cabra and Phibsborough. The talk looks at those involved as Volunteers, families from the area with connections and details of incidents and activities that occurred in the area during Easter Week 1916.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-8691414 E: cabralibrary@dublincity.ie

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

In Conversation: The Evolving Contemporary Music Culture

18:30, Thu 24 Mar

Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Association of Irish Composers presents “In Conversation: the Evolving Contemporary Culture”, which is part of their dedication to creating new media for discussion and presentation of new music.

This first In Conversation event will be a panel discussion on the Evolving Contemporary Culture, covering questions about how we present new music. Does the environment and culture of a concert hall best reflect the current interests of composers, performers and audiences today? Is the practise of programming classical music alongside other genres outside the concert hall merely a fad, or a gimmick?

Panel members are Sebastian Adams (RTÉ lyric fm Composer in Residence, founder/director Kirkos Ensemble) and composer Raymond Deane and the AIC’s Peter Moran. Audience members are welcome to join the debate.

Admission is free. The event will take place in the Roasted Brown Cafe in Filmbase.

www.facebook.com/events/478295899045878/

Start or Grow your Business – Business Lectures

18:30 – 20:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

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

They will take place on Thursdays from 18:30-20:00 between 24 March and 28 April.

Admission is free, but booking is required here. All topics and speakers are listed on that same website, but to make it easier for you, they are also here:

24 March: Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur – How You Can Create and Produce Ideas
31 March: Creating the best Business Plan for your Business
07 April: Market Research Skills – What You Need To Do To Be Successful
14 April: Business Online – Having A Digital Plan To Help You Increase Sales
21 April: Essential Supports and Services for Entrepreneurs – Who’s Out There To Help You
28 April: Financial Support and Grants for Entrepreneurs

www.localenterprise.ie/DublinCity/Start-or-Grow-your-Business/Starting-a-Business/Library-Talks/

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

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 24 Mar

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Major John MacBride – Lecture

19:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

Historian Donal Fallon will talk about Major John MacBride, soldier in the Boer War, who left his home in Glasthule on Easter Monday 1916 morning to meet his brother at the train station in Dublin. However, when he saw that a Rising was about to start he joined the Volunteers and although he did not play a key role in the Rising he was executed in Kilmainham Jail.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/major-john-mcbride-talk-donal-fallon-0

The Xchange – Language Exchange

19:00, Thu 24 Mar

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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

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

Bionic Rats – Gig

20:00, Thu 24 Mar

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

The Bionic Rats will play their mix of Ska, Reggea and Rocksteady at this gig in Bray.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-bionic-rats-event3

Dimestore Recordings presents

20:00, Thu 24 Mar

Sweeney Mongrel’s, 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/DimeStoreRecords

King Kong Club – Band Competition

20:00, Thu 24 Mar

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The King Kong Club has left the Mercantile and will from now on take place in Whelan’s. It is a weekly music game-show where each week 6-7 bands/solo artists play three songs each. At the end of all the performances a clap-off with the King Kong Club Clap-o-Meter takes place and the winner goes through to a semi-final and it all culminates after six months of competition with The Grand Final, held in front of a panel of celebrity judges.

Check the Facebook Page below for the line-up.

Normally the King Kong Club is on Wednesdays, but either this is also changing or it is only this week that it will take place on Thursday according to the Facebook page here: www.facebook.com/events/1708352872721614

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheKingKongClubDublin

Plant exploring in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan – Lecture

20:00, Thu 24 Mar

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

“The Stans – Plant exploring in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan” is a talk by John Mitchell, of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. He will introduce you to the rare and beautiful plants of these parts of the world. John has spent a great deal of time in these areas training students in the Hindu Kush, exploring the Wakhan Corridor and the valleys near Dushanbe while seeking out rare plants.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 24 Mar

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 24 Mar

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 24 Mar

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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

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

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

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Thu 24 Mar

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

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

www.frankryans.com

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 24 Mar

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 24 Mar

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 24 Mar

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 25 Mar

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Good Friday in Ireland

09:00, Fri 25 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

Good Friday is a very important day in Ireland. It is SO important that it even has its own laws. It is also a confusing day.

It is confusing because it is a bank holiday, but NOT a public holiday, so most companies work normally, but banks don’t. Why it wasn’t declared a public holiday is surprising, considering that the day was made so “special” through other laws. “Catholic Ireland” still reigns, as long as these old laws (from 1927) that were totally influenced by the catholic church are still in effect.

The laws forbid the sale of alcohol on Good Friday and therefore all pubs and many restaurants close on that day. The restaurants could stay open, because there are exceptions to the law and these exceptions are as stupid as the law itself.

If you are travelling, you are allowed to buy alcohol, so the restaurants in Irish Trains, in airports, railway stations, on ferries and in hotels (only with food) can sell beer and wine etc. So, you can get alcohol in Connolly Station if you are travelling, but not if you stay put! So to be allowed to drink you need a ticket that is for a minimum distance of 40km. How stupid!

If you are on a ship in Ireland (even on the canals), you are also allowed to buy alcohol. Why? Nobody knows!

More silly loopholes? Sure! Go to a play in a theatre and you are allowed to drink your pint. But go to a reading/gig/concert and you are not allowed! Nonsensical! And the last one: If you gamble you are allowed to drink, but seemingly only at the dog races.

Don’t get me wrong, I am NOT of the opinion that alcohol is a basic food item and a day (or more) without alcohol is definitely a good thing for everybody, but I am also totally against stupid laws. And I am against the influence of any religious organisation on a state. If someone wants to follow rules of a religious organisation in their own life, they should have the freedom to do so, but nobody else should be forced to follow these same rules.

Mind you the reaction by the people to the laws is as nonsensical as the laws themselves: There will be long queues in Off license shops on Thursday night because panic sets in if the pubs are closed for one day. A societal addiction to alcohol

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 25 Mar

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 25 Mar

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

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13:00, Fri 25 Mar

Dublin (various locations)

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Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 25 Mar

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

Ireland vs Switzerland – Football

19:45, Fri 25 Mar

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

An international football match is on, but all pubs are closed because of Good Friday. Well, not all of them are closed: I found that the Woolshed Baa and Grill (Parnell Street) is open from 12:00-22:00 with live music from 15:00 and they will show the Ireland vs Switzerland match from 19:45.

Imagine all the football fans that are coming over from Switzerland and want to enjoy Dublin a bit before and after the match and they find pubs and restaurants closed. Odd! And the other odd thing: In the Lansdowne Road Stadium (Aviva) the crowd will be able to buy alcohol, but nowhere else near the stadium.

Events Coming Up

Alliance Francaise Family Day

Thurs 31 March – 13:00-17:00

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Children and their parents are invited to an afternoon of fun and entertainment for the whole family. Discover the children’s section in the library, enjoy a French goûter with a complimentary French pastry & beverage, workshops, readings and a free children puppet show by professional puppeteer Julie-Rose McCormick.

Admission is free, but booking is required BEFORE the 23 MARCH via rsvp@alliance-francaise.ie with subject FAMILY DAY.

www.alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

06+12+13+17+20 March

Every month the Dublin Mountain Partnership runs free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains on some Saturdays or Sundays during the month. The walks have varying difficulty and duration and the details can be found on the Dublin Mountain Partnership website: www.dublinmountains.ie/news/upcoming_events/?no_cache=1

In March there will be 5 walks/hikes on 06+12+13+17+20 March.

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

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

TBA

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This is odd

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

Easter Rising: Selective Storytelling?

“Hagiography” is a biography that idolises its subjects and having written about a LOT of Easter Rising talks and events in the last few weeks, I am wondering lately if there is a bit of “hagiographing” going on in all these talks. The largest amount of talks was about the role of women in the Easter Rising and the other section of talks is about the leaders of the Rising. Unfortunately I didn’t get a chance to go to any of the talks yet, but reading the descriptions, it seems that (nearly) every speaker feels obliged to paint a heroic-ish picture of the participants in the Rising.

For a historic treatment of an event it would be good to look at ALL aspects. And unfortunately, the immediate outcome of the Easter Rising was an unmitigated disaster. The surrender can’t have been the planned or preferred end of the Rising and it can’t have been the intention either to get so many of the leaders killed after the events. So where did they fail and why did they fail and who would have to take the responsibility for the failure of the Easter Rising? Bad planning? Bad execution? Too much idealism? Wrong assessment/expectation of the British reaction? What could have been done differently to successfully achieve the goals that they had? Was it even possible to achieve them?

I know all these questions could criticise the leaders of the Rising and that seems to be inappropriate this year. In hindsight, but only in hindsight!!!, we know that the sacrifice of the volunteers involved in 1916 achieved Ireland’s independence some years later, but that does not turn the Easter Rising itself into a success. The events in 1916 were an important trigger that lead to the the successful separation from Britain and it posthumously justified the Easter Rising, but it was still a failed operation if you look at the events in 1916 only.

Discussing this wouldn’t have to dirty the reputation of the volunteers, but ignoring it unfortunately turns many of the talks into blinkered hagiographies.

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–Joerg

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