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Dublin Event Guide 498: NYF Dublin, First Fortnight Festival, Live Music Trail, Free Wednesday, Green Drinks Dublin

DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 498 | 30 December 2016

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Hi all!

Happy New Year!! I hope you had a great Christmas and will have a brilliant 2017!

This is the 498th edition of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and have a look in the Dublin News for a suggestion how we could celebrate the 500 editions soon. And also have a look in the Feel Good Slot section for some great advise on how to create good and successful goals for 2017.

In this edition many “Regular Events” are listed again but I am not 100% sure if they will all be back already. Some organisers wait until the second week in January before the re-start their events. So be prepared that a few of these “Regular Events” are not yet up and running in 2017.

Now have a great, smooth and trouble-free transition into the first day of 2017 and then continue it as you have started! :-)

Thanks to some very helpful Dublin Event Guide supporters, the EUR 190 monthly bill for January was already helped to the tune of EUR 50, so we only need to gather EUR 140 in January to pay all the bills. Thanks a lot to all helpers! If YOU also can help in any way, I would appreciate it very much! Make a difference here!

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

And here is the second area where you can help: Without you spreading the word we would have never reached 24,000 subscribers and 65,000 Facebook Likes. Send your friends to www.dublineventguide.com where they can subscribe as well.

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

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

Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

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

2016 is nearly done and I wonder if around this time last year you promised yourself that you would be in a different by the end of this year? Have you said or might you say the words “2017 will be different!” or “This time next year….” when it comes to New Year’s Eve? Many will and you are not alone! So what will make the difference? What will ensure that you hit all of your goals and end up exactly where you want his time next year?

To achieve that, you YOU NEED TO TAKE ACTION! A goal without action is just a dream.

So every year, the Feel Good Slot around the change of the year deals with setting and achieving goals.

This time it is a chapter from a Personal Power training course by Tony Robbins. It is a full workshop and is therefore quite loooooong (1hr 8 min!!), but it is DEFINITELY worth that time if you really want to know how to set goals effectively. Check it out here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcF_JcO5ss4

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

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

Last week Shai C, Margo C, Majella M and Tania Z were the wonderful people who helped the Dublin Event Guide with a donation! Thanks soooo much! I really appreciate your help and donations will ensure that the Dublin Event Guide will continue arriving in your Inbox every week and every donation will benefit EVERY Dublin Event Guide reader!

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

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

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

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Joergs Picks

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

This week, my pick is the NYF Dublin with plenty of free events throughout the city to keep you busy on Saturday and Sunday.

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Competitions

More competitions to come soon! Watch this space!!

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If you want to reach more than 24,000 people with a product promotion or an event promotion for a non-free event, contact me on dublineventguide@gmail.com and we can discuss the options. You provide the prize for the competition and the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) runs the competition for you. It couldn’t be simpler.

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The Big 500!!

This week’s edition of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) is No 498! So we are only two editions away from 500 editions and some people have suggested to me that this big occasion has to be celebrated with something special. I think this is a great idea and the great Liz D had a suggestion that I paticularly like. A name for it has not been decided yet, but let’s call it “The Big 500 Dublin Event Guide Share” for now.

The idea is that we help each other and others to ensure that everybody benefits! It would look like this: You donate some money to the Dublin Event Guide, to enusre that the online versions can be fixed and the newsletter will continue throughout 2017. As a thank you for your donation, you will get a “Secret Dublin” Visitor Guide that will tell you about some of the lesser known and near-secret locations for really interesting free family visits in Dublin (it will be finished in early March) and you will help the Dublin Event Guide to continue to bring you all the great free events news that you love. You will also be able to help me decide which charity will get a percentage of all the donated money.

So, you get the “Secret Dublin” Visitor Guide, you continue to get the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and a Dulin-based charity that we choose together will get some much needed help. And in addition you help me making the Dublin Event Guide better and bigger!

This is just an early heads-up! so that you can think about it AND make suggestions for how to run it and what to call it and anything else you would like to contribute. We have two weeks to get everything sorted and then will launch it with the 500th edition of the Dublin Event Guide on 13/14 January.

Send me your comments and suggestions via dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject “Big500”. Thanks!!!

New Years Festival

Unlike in previous years, there will be no main event/concert at College Green this year on New Year’s Eve, instead that event has moved to St. Stephen’s Green South. It is not a free event, but tickets are still available (EUR 27.90). Walking on Cars and The Blizzards are the headline performers.

There is no fire works display in Dublin and there is no (free) mass get together anywhere to start the new year. Look at Sydney or London or Berlin or New York to see how New Year’s Eve could (and should) be celebrated.

There are however a whole range of events during the NYF (New Years’s Festival) in Dublin on 30+31 December and 01 January and a number of them are free: www.nyfdublin.com/

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

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

Exhibitions

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

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

Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016 – Exhibition

26 November – 26 March

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

Nearly 400 artists took part in the Hennessy Portrait Prize and the 14 finalists will be shown in the National Gallery. Portraits can be paintings or photographs and you will see one among the 14 that will absolutely amaze you (Catherine Creaney’s Oil on Canvas) and one that will shock you (You will find that yourself!).

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/Exhibitions/Upcoming/Hennessy.aspx
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The Wild – Collaborative Group Show

11 Nov – 28 Jan (Mon-Sat 11:00-20:00)

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

“The Wild is a celebration of the networks and communities, friends and co-conspirators, memories and visions of Project Arts Centre by the creatives and artists at the heart of the organisation. It is a collaborative group show that will change, evolve and develop over time, as practices and art forms collide, collaborate, push and pull together and apart. Experiences and artworks will accumulate, and the show will shape-shift, grow and shrink at will.”

www.projectartscentre.ie/event/wild/

Saturday 31 Dec

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New Year’s Eve

08:45, Sat 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

If you are visiting Ireland from abroad or if you are here for your first New Year’s Eve, you will probably get disappointed. There will be NO fireworks display and there will be no central event. We have to watch the amazing Fireworks in Sydney, London, Berlin and New York if we want to see a spectacle like that.

So what is there to do? There is an outdoor gig at St. Stephen’s Green with live bands and it seems that tickets are still available for it for approx. EUR 27. Apart from that, it is the usual: Pubs and clubs! But watch out: There are a good few venues that provide exactly the same entertainment as every weekend throughout the year, but on New Year’s Eve they think a whopping admission charge is justified that they wouldn’t dare charging during the year. Avoid these venues! There are plenty others that don’t charge an admission charge.

New Year’s Festival Dublin (NYF Dublin)

09:00, Sat 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The New Year Festival will be again a 3 day event in 2016. It will run from Friday (30 Dec) until Sunday (01 Jan) and will consist of non-free events and a few free events. Many of the free events required booking and are already booked out, but where I found still some available tickets for an event, it is mentioned in this Dublin Event Guide.

The main event New Year’s Eve, a gig with “Walking on Cars”, “The Blizzards”, Brian Deady and “Little Hours” is not on College Green this year, but at St. Stephen’s Green. Admission is not free, though.

Check out all details at nyfdublin.com/

nyfdublin.com/

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

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 31 Dec

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/

The Green Door Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 31 Dec

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

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

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

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 31 Dec

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

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

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

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 31 Dec

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/

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 31 Dec

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/

Sean-Nós Dancing Workshops

11:00 – 16:00, Sat 31 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

One of Ireland’s oldest traditional styles of dance is the Sean Nós. At this year’s NYF Dublin there will be two hour long dancing classes, one at 11:00 and the other at 15:00.

Admission is free and no tickets are required.

nyfdublin.com/airt-presents-sean-nos-dancing-workshops/

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:30 – 18:00, Sat 31 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids could be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 21 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00. (Closed on 24+25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 31 Dec

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

A Wish for Dublin – NYF Dublin

12:00 – 17:00, Sat 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

A wish for Dublin is an art installation that will take place on O’Connell Street and in other locations across the City Centre. Visual Artist Deirdre Robb will discuss the great things that Dublin has to offer and invite people to make a wish for the future of the city. When the wish is made it will be hung on a tree with other wishes to create a collective voice of how Dublin could be shaped for the future.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/a-wish-for-dublin/

Dublin City Buskers – NYF Dublin

12:00 – 15:00, Sat 31 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Dublin City Buskers are taking over Meeting House Square on Saturday.

Dublin City Buskers is an association of the street performers of Dublin. They are singers, dancers, actors, poets, puppeteers, jugglers, magicians, circus acts, clowns, human statues, mime artists, balloon modellers, pavements artists, sculptors and buskers.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/dublin-city-buskers/

Dublin Live Music Trail – NYF

12:00 – 17:30, Sat 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Hard Working Class Heroes and First Music Contact have organised six weekends of “Dublin Live Music Trails” this year and the last one is at the New Years’s bank holiday weekend. The performances will be 20 minutes long and will be acoustic in all sorts of usual and unusual venues. It is feasible to see & hear ALL gigs because they are all in walking distance and consecutive.

Admission is free.

Line up and schedule for Saturday are:

12:00 National Gallery: Participant
12:40 The Little Museum of Dublin: New Pope
13:10 Visit Dublin Centre: Half of me
13:40 Irish Whiskey Museum: Paul Creane
14:10 Natural History Museum: Naoise Roo
14:45 Epic Ireland: Davina and the Messengers
15:20 GPO Witness History: Vulpynes
16:00 Custom House: Peppy
16:40 Hugh Lane: Wastefellow
17:10 Esquires Coffee Shop: Chris Kabs

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The second day will be on Sunday 01 Jan.

A map with all venues can be found on the website below.

firstmusiccontact.com/fmctrails/

NYF Pop Up Events

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

During the New Year’s Festival on Saturday and Sunday there will be various pop-up events in Dublin. Fire Performances by “Those Fire Guys”, shows by the Dublin Circus Project and a variety of buskers will be on our streets (O’Connell Street, Henry Street, Grafton Street, Custom House, St. Stephen’s Green, Meeting House Square).

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/pop-up-events-31st/

Highlights of the Collection – National Gallery Family Tour

12:30 – 13:00, Sat 31 Dec

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

A free family tour of the collection will take place in the National Gallery. The route is suitable for prams and strollers.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Tours/Saturday/Saturday_31December.aspx

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 31 Dec

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/

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 31 Dec

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Eason Story Time for children

14:00, Sat 31 Dec

Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free.

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

The Counsel of Owls – Aerial Circus – NYF Dublin

14:00 – 15:00, Sat 31 Dec

St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8

In St. Patrick’s Park, next to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an aerial and contemporary circus performance will take place. Aerialist Emily Aoibheann will dance, move and glide through the air to the sounds of Mickey Kenney’s “The Counsel of Owls”.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/the-counsel-of-owls/

Luminosity – 3D Light Projection

17:00 – 00:00, Sat 31 Dec

Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Many know the Luminosity light projections from the previous New Year’s Eve Festival at College Green when the “canvas” is the Trinity College. This year, the projection will take place at Custom House.

There will be Motion, graphics and 3D animation and at 17:00 and 19:15 on Saturday there will be the Sky Dance spectacle when Luminosity will turn into a 4D performance. Admission is free but tickets are required for that 1 hour show.

All tickets for the 17:00 show are gone, but there are still tickets for the 19:15 show and after the 1 hour show you can see Luminosity again without tickets. Tickets for the 19:15 show are available here.

nyfdublin.com/luminosity-31st/

NYE at The Bernard Shaw

18:00, Sat 31 Dec

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

A whole range of DJs will be in the Bernard Shaw on New Year’s Eve.

The list is Wino Wagon (Isle O’Man & Dark Delight), Repeater, Rory Bowens (NTS), DIP (Cait, Robbie Kitt and Enda Rowan), Sage & Daire, Fio n Jio,Calum Kennedy

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1155404967840514/

Guilty Pleasures – NYE Party in MVP

19:00, Sat 31 Dec

MVP, 29 Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 2

Melodic will play your “guilty pleasure” songs at their New Year’s Evening Extravaganza. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1166067670173441/

New Year’s Eve Party in Dakota Bar

19:00, Sat 31 Dec

Dakota, 8-9 South William Street, Dublin 2

Another free party venue with DJs on New Year’s Eve is Dakota Bar.

www.facebook.com/events/230522390709083/

Odeon Masquerade Party

19:00, Sat 31 Dec

Odeon Bar, 57 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2

The Odeon invites to a Masquerade Ball on New Year’s Eve. Admission is free and the masks will be provided. DJs will entertain you.

www.facebook.com/events/1747252362265036/

Silverbird – Thin Lizzy Tribute Gig

19:00, Sat 31 Dec

Fibber Magee’s, 80 Parnell Street, Dublin 1

The Thin Lizzy Tribute Band “Silverbird” will play the NYE gig in Fibbers Magee. Admission is free.

Support will be provided by Lugosi who will cover MIsfits, CLutch and more.

www.facebook.com/events/1345242288842283/

Sky Dance – 4D Light Spectacle

19:15 – 20:15, Sat 31 Dec

Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

The Luminosity light projection that has been at College Green on previous New Year’s Eves will take place at Custom House this year and at 17:00 and 19:15 a special Sky Dance spectacle will turn Luminosity into a 4D performance.

Admission for Sky Dance is free but ticketed. All tickets for the 17:00 show are gone, but there are still tickets for the 19:15 show and after the 1 hour show you can see Luminosity again without tickets. Tickets for the 19:15 show are available here.

There will be aerial acrobatics in combination with light projections.

nyfdublin.com/sky-dance-at-the-custom-house-7-15pm/

Christmas at The Martello in Bray – Live Gigs

20:00, Sat 31 Dec

The Martello, Strand Road, Bray, Co. Dublin

The Martello in Bray has a great line-up of live gigs for the whole Christmas period, much better than many other bars and pubs, so check it out. The remaining gigs are:

Sat 31 Dec: Derek Quigley
Sun 01 Jan: Jamie Duff
Mon 02 Jan: Derek Quigley

Admission seems to be free.

www.facebook.com/themartellobray

New Year’s Eve Party

20:00, Sat 31 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Workman’s Club is inviting to a New Year’s eve party upstairs with 6 DJ sets. Admission is free.

They also have the Hot Sprockets there with support from The Fontaines, but admission for that gig is EUR 15.

theworkmansclub.com/events/free-new-years-eve-party/

The Luna Boys – Gig

20:00, Sat 31 Dec

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Luna Boys will play a gig in the Stag’s Head on NYE and it seems that admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/341665979537621/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 31 Dec

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/

Vernon Jane – Gig

21:00, Sat 31 Dec

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

VERNON JANE are a collection of talented musicians with influences like Jazz, Blues and Psychedelia. They’ve toured extensively in Ireland and will be in the Harbour Bar for New Year’s Eve.

Admission is free.

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

Leo O’Kelly & Anton Drennan

21:30, Sat 31 Dec

McLoughlin’s Bar, 73 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire

Leo O’Kelly & Anton Drennan will play the New Year’s Eve gig in McLoughlin’s.

Admission seems to be free.

www.facebook.com/events/227212171023101

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 01 Jan

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

New Year’s Day

08:45, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

You have arrived in 2017! Well done ;-) HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Now you have to fill it with life and ideally make it better than 2016. Check the Feel Good Slot Section for some advise on how to set and achieve goals for 2017, it might help! :-)

First Fortnight – Mental Health Art Festival

09:00, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

First Fortnight is a great arts festival that wants to raise awareness for mental health issues. At the perfect time at the beginning of the year, First Fortnight will invite to a large variety of events and most of them are free (tickets are usually required, though).

On Sunday 01 Jan, the events are part of the NYF Dublin calendar of events. The festival will then continue until 20 January and all events can be found at www.firstfortnight.ie/2017-event-calendar/

www.firstfortnight.ie

New Year’s Festival Dublin (NYF Dublin)

09:00, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

The New Year Festival will be again a 3 day event in 2016. It will run from Friday (30 Dec) until Sunday (01 Jan) and will consist of non-free events and a few free events. Many of the free events required booking and are already booked out, but where I found still some available tickets for an event, it is mentioned in this Dublin Event Guide.

The main event New Year’s Eve, a gig with “Walking on Cars”, “The Blizzards”, Brian Deady and “Little Hours” is not on College Green this year, but at St. Stephen’s Green. Admission is not free, though.

Check out all details at nyfdublin.com/

nyfdublin.com/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 01 Jan

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 01 Jan

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

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 01 Jan

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/

Drumcondra Village Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 01 Jan

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

The Drumcondra Village Market is an arts and crafts fair in the centre of Drumcondra. There will be Food Stalls, Flea Market, Vintage Clothing, Arts&Crafts and a Pop-Up Record Store.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DrumcondraVillageMarket

Hello Myself – Storytelling Workshop for Ages 6-12 – First Fortnight

11:00 – 14:30, Sun 01 Jan

Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Paul Timoney, storyteller, artist and workshop facilitator, will run this workshop for children aged 6-12.

It is about “Stressed Out Steve” and “Anxious Anita”. They have made a New Year’s Resolution to try to stop worrying, but unfortunately they have already started to worry that it will be too difficult to stop worrying.

Admission to this worrying workshop will be free, but tickets are required via the link below. There are still tickets available for the two events at 11:00 and at 13:00. The 15:00 event is booked out.

(Parents must accompany children during the workshop.)

firstfortnight.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873565665

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 01 Jan

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 01 Jan

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

A Wish for Dublin – NYF Dublin

12:00 – 17:00, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

A wish for Dublin is an art installation that will take place on O’Connell Street and in other locations across the City Centre. Visual Artist Deirdre Robb will discuss the great things that Dublin has to offer and invite people to make a wish for the future of the city. When the wish is made it will be hung on a tree with other wishes to create a collective voice of how Dublin could be shaped for the future.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/a-wish-for-dublin/

Beoga Family Trad Gig – NYF Dublin

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 01 Jan

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Beoga will be on the Meeting House Square stage for a Family Trad Gig. Find out more via the link below.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/beoga-family-trad-gig/

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 01 Jan

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/

Co-Motion – Uplifting Walking Event

12:00 – 15:00, Sun 01 Jan

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Co-Motion is a great idea for an outdoors walking event that will uplift you and it will happen at 12:00 and again at 14:00 on Sunday.

Everyone has songs that lift us up when we’re feeling down. However, plugging in our headphones often isolates us from the world around us. At Co-Motion the opportunities is created to break down the barriers created by our headphones.

Come with your playlist of uplifting songs to St. Stephen’s Green. You will then be randomly assigned a walking partner and given a headphone splitter so that you both can enjoy each others playlist during a stroll around St Stephen’s Green.

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

firstfortnight.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873565663

Dublin Live Music Trail – NYF

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Hard Working Class Heroes and First Music Contact have organised six weekends of “Dublin Live Music Trails” this year and the last one is at the New Years’s bank holiday weekend. The performances will be 20 minutes long and will be acoustic in all sorts of usual and unusual venues. It is feasible to see & hear ALL gigs because they are all in walking distance and consecutive.

Admission is free.

Line up and schedule for Sunday are:

12:00 National Gallery: Cult Called Man
12:40 The Little Museum of Dublin: The Ocelots
13:10 Visit Dublin Centre: Train Room
13:40 Irish Whiskey Museum: Miles Graham
14:10 Natural History Museum: The Fontaines
14:45 Epic Ireland: SARAMAI
15:20 GPO Witness History: Maria Kelly
16:00 Custom House: BARQ
16:40 Hugh Lane: Maija Sofia
17:10 Esquires Coffee Shop: Paddy Dennehy & The Red Herring

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A map with all venues can be found on the website below.

firstmusiccontact.com/fmctrails/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 01 Jan

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

NYF Pop Up Events

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

During the New Year’s Festival on Saturday and Sunday there will be various pop-up events in Dublin. Fire Performances by “Those Fire Guys”, shows by the Dublin Circus Project and a variety of buskers will be on our streets (O’Connell Street, Henry Street, Grafton Street, Custom House, St. Stephen’s Green, Meeting House Square).

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/pop-up-events-31st/

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

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

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

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

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

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of (hobby) artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle, Science Gallery, …), sketch for one to two hours and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches.

There are some hugely talented people among them and it is a great idea to meet up with others who have the same hobby. Find out on their website below or on their Facebook Page where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. I know that the Dublin Sketchers often use the Dublin Event Guide to find interesting free events and I am delighted to be able to help!

www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/

Hugh Lane Gallery – Guided Tour

14:00, Sun 01 Jan

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

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

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

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

New Year’s Day Concert – NYF Dublin

14:00, Sun 01 Jan

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

The Dublin Gospel Choir and the gard Band are the main performers at this afternoon of family entertainment in St. Stephen’s Green. This New Year’s Day concert is a new addition to the NYF Dublin event and it is a great idea! Show the organisers by attending the event.

Admission is free.

nyfdublin.com/3-new-years-day-concert/

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 01 Jan

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

Sunday Jazz Brunch

14:00 – 16:30, Sun 01 Jan

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

The Bagots Hutton Jazz Brunch takes place on Sundays from 12:00 with Jazz music from 14:30. The Noel Dumont Trio will perform a mix of jazz, soul and lounge music.

Admission is free.

www.bagotshutton.com/

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 01 Jan

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

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

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

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

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 01 Jan

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

The Mummers Play – Folk Theatre

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 01 Jan

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

The Armagh Rhymers are a folk theatre ensemble and they will perform “The Mummers Play”. They are musicians, singers, dancers and storytellers.

Admission is free and no booking required. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3169

Turner’s inspiration from music and theatre – Talk

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 01 Jan

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“Turner’s inspiration from music and theatre” with Adrian Le Harivel (Curator of British Art, National Gallery of Ireland) is the next Sunday Talk in the National Gallery.

Admission is free and no booking necessary.

www.nationalgallery.ie/en/whatson/Talks/Sunday_Talks2016/Sunday_Jan1.aspx

Inside Out – Film Screening – First Fortnight

16:30, Sun 01 Jan

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Disney Pixar movie “Inside Out” is an animated cartoon that brings you inside our mind.

The main character Riley is uprooted when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. She and her emotions struggle to adjust to the new life.

Admission to this outdoor film screening is free, but booking is required. Bring a blanket!!

firstfortnight.ticketsolve.com/#/shows/873565664

Luminosity – 3D Light Projection

17:00 – 00:00, Sun 01 Jan

Custom House, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Many know the Luminosity light projections from the previous New Year’s Eve Festival at College Green when the “canvas” is the Trinity College. This year, the projection will take place at Custom House.

There will be Motion, graphics and 3D animation.

“Admission” is free.

nyfdublin.com/luminosity-1st/

Wiley Fox Trad Session

18:00 – 20:00, Sun 01 Jan

Wiley Fox, 28 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thewileyfox

Dixieland Jazzmen – Gig

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 01 Jan

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

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

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

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 01 Jan

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

At the Jawbone Gig night in Arthur’s Pub, Acoustic Folk & Blues will be performed every Sunday. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/Jawbone-Dublin-Acoustic-Folk-Blues-Commune/724102984268967

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 01 Jan

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

Christmas at The Martello in Bray – Live Gigs

20:00, Sun 01 Jan

The Martello, Strand Road, Bray, Co. Dublin

The Martello in Bray has a great line-up of live gigs for the whole Christmas period, much better than many other bars and pubs, so check it out. The remaining gigs are:

Sat 31 Dec: Derek Quigley
Sun 01 Jan: Jamie Duff
Mon 02 Jan: Derek Quigley

Admission seems to be free.

www.facebook.com/themartellobray

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 01 Jan

Bleeding Horse, 24 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/apollosessions

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 01 Jan

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).

The first show in 2017 will feature:

Headlining Act Rory O Hanlon, Paul Marsh, Peter Flanagan, Padraig Mac Liam and host Danny O’ Brien

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

Gin ‘n’ Juice – Hip Hop Gig

21:00, Sun 01 Jan

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

Gin ‘n’ Juice play Hip Hop, Funk, Dance and cover the cream of Hip Hop from Snoop to Chic to Azealia Banks.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/gin-n-juice

Rhythm Rocker

21:00, Sun 01 Jan

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

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe with live music (Rockabilly) and DJs. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/rhythmrocker

The Jive Cats – Gig

22:00, Sun 01 Jan

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

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

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-mercantile-hotel/

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 01 Jan

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

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

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-the-dublin-blues-cartel-31/

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New Year’s Day No.2

08:45, Mon 02 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

Because New Year’s Day fell on a Sunday and because we have so few public holidays in Ireland that we can’t afford to waste them, the public holiday that should have been yesterday will be observed/celebrated today.

So office workers have another day off, but unfortuantely people working in shops (and hospitals and many other sectors) never get the same good treatment. You should get a day in lieu, though!

I expect that nearly all shops will be open today and from tomorrow, life will be back to “normality”.

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:30 – 18:00, Mon 02 Jan

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids could be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 21 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00. (Closed on 24+25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 02 Jan

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, Mon 02 Jan

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/

Christmas at The Martello in Bray – Live Gigs

20:00, Mon 02 Jan

The Martello, Strand Road, Bray, Co. Dublin

The Martello in Bray has a great line-up of live gigs for the whole Christmas period, much better than many other bars and pubs, so check it out. The remaining gigs are:

Sat 31 Dec: Derek Quigley
Sun 01 Jan: Jamie Duff
Mon 02 Jan: Derek Quigley

Admission seems to be free.

www.facebook.com/themartellobray

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 02 Jan

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 02 Jan

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 02 Jan

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 02 Jan

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 02 Jan

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

Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley – Gig

21:00, Mon 02 Jan

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

Lee Meehan & Hugh Buckley will play Jazz and Soul in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/lee-meehan-hugh-buckley1

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 02 Jan

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 Band & Anto Drennan – Gig

21:30, Mon 02 Jan

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

Donal Kirk with band, including 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/1107-donal-kirk-and-anto-drennan-100.html?month=11&year=2016

Tuesday 03 Jan

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Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:30 – 18:00, Tue 03 Jan

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids could be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 21 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00. (Closed on 24+25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 03 Jan

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

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Tue 03 Jan

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!

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour

14:00 – 16:00, Tue 03 Jan

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

Tuesday Night Table Tennis

18:00 – 00:00, Tue 03 Jan

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

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

www.facebook.com/BuskersOnTheBall

Green Drinks Dublin – Irish Grey Partridge Conservation

19:00, Tue 03 Jan

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

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

This month’s topic is “Irish Grey Partridge Conservation Trust”

Kieran Buckley will talk about this Trust, which was established to promote the conservation of Ireland’s native game birds so that they remain an intrinsic part of Ireland’s Natural & Sporting heritage. Ireland’s two native game birds, grey partridge and red grouse are now classified as red listed birds of conservation concern, and the Trust is working to preserve them.

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

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

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 03 Jan

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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

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

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

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 03 Jan

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

King Kong Club – Band Competition

20:00, Tue 03 Jan

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The King Kong Club is a weekly music game-show in Whelan’s.

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. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TheKingKongClubDublin

Roots ‘n’ Blues – Gig

20:00 – 23:00, Tue 03 Jan

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

This is a weelly acoustic roots and blues session every Tuesday in Arthur’s Pub.

Admision is free.

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 03 Jan

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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 03 Jan

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

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

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

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 03 Jan

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

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

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

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Tue 03 Jan

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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

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

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

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Woolshed Pub Quiz

21:30, Tue 03 Jan

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

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

Admission is free. Max team size is 6 people.

www.woolshedbaa.com

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Free Wednesday – Free Entrance to OPW Heritage Sites

09:00, Wed 04 Jan

Various heritage locations in Dublin

Entry charges at some OPW Heritage sites are waived once a month, on the “Free Wednesday”, the first Wednesday of the month. The Office of Public Works (OPW), who looks after the state owned heritage sites, wants to encourage people to visit the historic sites that it manages and has therefore started this great initiative in 2011.

Most OPW managed sites can already be visited for free (e.g. Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, National Botanic Gardens, Pearse Museum, etc), but some sites that normally charge a fee will be free every first Wednesday as well. In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this means you can visit the following sites for free:
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ The Casino, Marino (currently closed for Winter)
+ Rathfarnham Castle
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow

In the past Kilmainham Gaol (the most popular site) was also on that list, but it was removed some months ago and is sorely missed. There is a high risk that the Free Wednesday will be restricted further in coming months. Use it as long as it lasts.

As you can imagine, this event is very popular and therefore it is strongly recommended to arrive early at the venues. Once the day’s tickets are given out, you will not get access anymore.

www.heritageireland.ie/

Creative Den Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 04 Jan

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/

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:30 – 18:00, Wed 04 Jan

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids could be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 21 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00. (Closed on 24+25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 04 Jan

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

Design and Violence – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 20:00, Wed 04 Jan

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

From today, the Science Gallery will be open again after their Christmas break.

The exhibition “Design and Violence” (14 Oct – 22 Jan) in the Science Gallery is an exhibition of objects and systems at the intersection of design and violence. Violence in this context has different faces. It is deliberate harm caused to a person or thing, but also an unintended consequence in other scenarios. Design is the intended creation of things, but also the unintended consequence.

It is a very very interesting exhibition! A good bit darker than other Science Gallery exhibitions because every exhibit has some form of threat inherent in it, but definitely an exhibition I recommend. Some exhibits are self-explanatory, but all come with descriptive and explanatory labels. In addition there are the amazing mediators, who explain and help through the exhibition. I was so lucky to get a guided tour of the whole exhibition by lead mediator Ryan and he is absolutely outstanding. Hugely knowledgeable, interested and interesting and extremely friendly and helpful. Don’t hesitate to ask the mediators they are there to help!

Like all Science Gallery exhibitions, “Design and Violence” is suitable for all ages with a particular focus on the age group of 15-25, but due to the topic, I would say that younger children need parental guidance and you could decide to go into less detail about some objects.

From a chair that has to be created by the buyer through bashing a steel cube into shape with a sledgehammer, via all sort of violence that was shown in children’s cartoons “Looney Toons” or pressure sensitive clothing for wheel-chair users to show injury and trauma to an AK-47 rifle and instructions how to torture, the ground floor area sets the scene for a varied way of looking at violence and design. But it gets even more interesting upstairs: A printed gun, a drone survival guide, hacked protest objects, an interesting race and skin colour photo archive, Desert War simulation, a virtual reality installation about the threats refugees need to navigate through and a landmine display….are just some of the exhibits

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/designandviolence/exhibits/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 04 Jan

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/

Kingly Attire – Drop-in Activity

14:00 – 16:00, Wed 04 Jan

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Explore Ireland at the time of Celtic Kings, find out more about the mysterious bog bodies and what they may have worn to special ceremonies and make your own leather armlet to take home.

Admission is free and no booking required. Located in the Learning Resource Room, first floor. Suitable for Ages 8+

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3076

Irish Invertebrates – Tour

14:15 – 16:30, Wed 04 Jan

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

Jellyfish, butterflies and lobsters are some examples of Irish invertebrates. Come to this tour to find out what they share in common and what other invertebrates live in Ireland.

Admission is free and no booking required but places are limited. Suitable for ages 8+

There will be two tours: At 14:15 and at 15:30.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3085

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 04 Jan

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

Brand New Switcheroo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 04 Jan

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

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

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

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 04 Jan

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

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

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Song Room (open mic)

20:30, Wed 04 Jan

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 04 Jan

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 04 Jan

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 04 Jan

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Los Paradiso are playing Rockabilly, Tex Mex, Western Swing, Surf in the Leeson Lounge. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 04 Jan

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).

Thursday 05 Jan

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Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:30 – 18:00, Thu 05 Jan

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids could be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 21 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00. (Closed on 24+25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 05 Jan

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

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

nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Thu 05 Jan

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

Yeats 2017: Public Tour of the Yeats Exhibition

14:00, Thu 05 Jan

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Come to this free tour of the exhibition “Yeats: The Life and Works of William Butler Yeats” on the first Thursday of each month. The tour introduces William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) – one of the great poets of the twentieth century – and his many interests, including literature, folklore, theatre, politics, the occult and Irish cultural identity.

After the tour, you can listen to a selection of voices speaking some of his best loved poems, including Easter 1916.

Admission is free and booking is not required.

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

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 05 Jan

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

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

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

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

This is the last opportunity to visit the Little Museum before its 2 weeks closing in January (08-21 January).

www.littlemuseum.ie/

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

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 05 Jan

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

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

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

www.dublincitywalkingtours.com/

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 05 Jan

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

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

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

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

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

Pin Ups – Exhibition Launch – David Bowie Festival

19:00, Thu 05 Jan

Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Curated by Irish illustrator Peter Donnelly and festival organiser John Brereton, ‘PIN UPS’ will showcase six contemporary visual artists interpreting 12 David Bowie songs in A1 poster format.

The artists are Annie Mac, Ian Dempsey, Cathal Murray, Tony Clayton Lea, Aine Lawlor, Eamon Carr, Tom Dunne, Dan Hegarty, Roisin Dwyer, Scott Williams and former Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey.

The exhibition will be launched at 19:00 on 05 Jan and will then run until 12 January.

Admission is free.

www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/pin-ups

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 05 Jan

Robert Read Bar, 19 Store Street, Dublin 1

And this is the third (!) Board Gaming night in Dublin! They are taking over! ;-)

It is a weekly event and on Thursday the focus is on Introductory Board Games, so if you haven’t for a while (or ever) played Board Games, this is for you.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/IGAGamesNights/

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

19:30 – 22:30, Thu 05 Jan

Tivoli Backstage, 18/19 Francis Street, Dublin 8

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

It takes place every Thursday and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DublinJamSessions/

Schulz’s Singing Session

20:00, Thu 05 Jan

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

Andreas Schulz is inviting to the “Schulz’s Savage Singing Session Sensation”, a singing session with lots of singers and musicians in the Cobblestone.

Admission is free, but you are asked for a donation for the Capuchin Day Centre.

www.facebook.com/events/1864724520478117/

Gavin Glass – Gig

21:00, Thu 05 Jan

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

Gavin Glass will play Americana in Bray.

Admission is free.

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

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 05 Jan

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

Every Thursday a Singer Songwriter Night will take place in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines. This is YOUR chance to show everyone what you can do, alternatively you can just listen to the talented Singer/Songwriters. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/motherreillysADMIN

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 05 Jan

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

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

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

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

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 05 Jan

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 05 Jan

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

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

Admission is free.

www.frankryans.com

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 05 Jan

McLoughlin’s Bar, 73 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire

A weekly Trad Music Night is taking place in McLoughlin’s in Dun Laoghaire. It is an acoustic night and all musicians are welcome. Admission is free.

www.mcloughlinsbar.ie

McNeills Trad Music Pub Sessions

21:30, Thu 05 Jan

J. McNeills, 140 Capel Street, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free Trad Session takes place in McNeills and often there are high profile Trad musicians performing.

www.facebook.com/McNeillsPubSessions

Woolshed Karaoke

21:30, Thu 05 Jan

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/

Dublin Bowie Festival – Festival Club

22:00, Thu 05 Jan

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The second Dublin Bowie Festival takes place from 05-10 January (10 Jan is the first anniversary of David Bowies death.)

There will be live music, film screenings, discussions, literary event, fine art, pub quiz and many other events. The majority events is not free, but the daily Festival Club in the Mercantile from 05-10 Jan is one of the free events.

www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/new-page-1

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Little Christmas + Women’s Christmas

08:45, Fri 06 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

The 6th of January is the main Christmas Day in the Russian Orthodox Church and in Spain, where the three wise men (Reyes Magos) bring the presents. In Ireland it is the feast of Epiphany. the day of the three wise kings, and also Little Christmas and Women’s Christmas or “Nollaig na mBan”.

And Women’s Christmas (Nollaig na mBan) is the most intriguing of them all: The tradition is (or was) that on that day the women who have worked all over Christmas will get a day off and the men will look after the household duties for one day. The women go out and celebrate on that day with parties.

Interesting tradition! I am not sure if a one day party makes up for working hard over the whole Christmas period, but I guess one day off is better than no day off. Do you know if that is still properly observed anywhere?

CHQ Market

11:00, Fri 06 Jan

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

Every Friday the chq will run a market in the building with a whole range of stalls. There will be food and arts & craft. Some stalls are there every week, others change regularly.

Admission is free.

chq.ie/chq-market-every-friday/

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:30 – 18:00, Fri 06 Jan

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids could be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation of EUR 1.50 per person is suggested.

The opening times are 21 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:30-18:00. (Closed on 24+25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/visiting-crib/

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 06 Jan

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 06 Jan

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

Angela Bourke talks about Maeve Brennan

13:00, Fri 06 Jan

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

Maeve Brennan (1917 –1993) was an Irish short story writer and journalist. She moved to the United States in 1934 and established herself as an important figure in both Irish diaspora writing and in Irish writing itself.

Author and retired UCD Professor Angela Bourke wrote the biography “Maeve Brennan: Homesick at the New Yorker” in 2004. She will talk about Maeve Brennan at this event.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 8734333 or centrallibrary@dublincity.ie

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

Just a few more hours to the weekend! – Ad

13:00, Fri 06 Jan

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Get a cup of tea, gather the last bit of energy and then bring this work week over the line! And for next week, get some special teas via the ad below and help the Dublin Event Guide while you are doing that. ;-)

Click on the picture below or use this link and if you order any teas that way, you help the Dublin Event Guide because Twinings will pay a small reward if you order after clicking on the picture or link above.

Orders over GBP 35 are free in the UK and if you use Parcelmotel’s Belfast to Dublin service, you can get it delivered for just EUR 3.95 of postage.

www.awin1.com/cread.php?s=304874&v=3578&q=143760&r=140544

Winter Trail Family Tour

14:30 – 15:30, Fri 06 Jan

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Discover how Medieval lords, Viking children and Stone Age farmers passed the time and celebrated feasts in the winter.

Admission is free and no booking required. Meet at Reception. Places are allocated on a first come first served basis.

Suitable for families with kids Age 7+

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3198

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 06 Jan

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

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 06 Jan

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/

Ska ‘n’ Reggae with The Bionic Rats

21:00 – 02:30, Fri 06 Jan

Turks Head, 27 Parliament St, Dublin 2

“Ska ‘n’ Reggae” is the theme in the Dive Bar (downstairs in Turks Head) every Friday. The Bionic Rats play live. followed by DJs until late. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN

PJ Salmon Band – Gig

21:30, Fri 06 Jan

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

The PJ Salmon Band will play classic Blues and Rock in the Patriot’s Inn.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-patriots-inn/

Dublin Bowie Festival – Festival Club

22:00, Fri 06 Jan

Mercantile, 28 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The second Dublin Bowie Festival takes place from 05-10 January (10 Jan is the first anniversary of David Bowies death.)

There will be live music, film screenings, discussions, literary event, fine art, pub quiz and many other events. The majority events is not free, but the daily Festival Club in the Mercantile from 05-10 Jan is one of the free events.

www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/new-page-1

Events Coming Up

Temple Bar Tradfest 2017

25-29 January 2017

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Temple Bar Tradfest won’t happen until the end of January, so there is still plenty of time to talk about it, right? Well, yes, we can talk about it again in a few weeks, but I want to make sure that the “talking about it” is: “Imagine what great tickets I got”, not “Aww, all booked out, I didn’t get tickets for the gig I wanted to go to.”.

So, the Temple Bar Trad Fest is made up of lots of gigs that are not free, but there are also lots of gigs that are free! Tickets are already available and for the free gigs, you should go here: frontrowsessions.tickets.ie/

The website that contains all non-free gigs but currently doesn’t seem to have a link to the free gigs (!) is here: www.templebartrad.com/

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

10+11+17+18+29 December

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

The December walks will take place on 10+11+17+18+29 December.

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!

Bad bad 2016!? – Celebrity Deaths

In 2016 a relatively large amount of celebrities died. There was David Bowie, Prince, Alan Rickman, George Michael, Muhammad Ali, Gene Wilder, Leonard Cohen, Carrie Fisher and many others that unfortunately left us in this year. Some died of illnesses other of other health reasons and others again because they had reached the age where their bodies decided to pack it in.

Importantly there was absolutely no link between the deaths, but oddly many Twitter and Facebook users and even some “news websites” tried to “blame” 2016 on it. With common statements after another death like “2016 you can f*ck right off” and similar.

Yes, it was a relatively large amount and there are good reasons for it, but the reactions were just nonsensical bordering on stupid.

If people switched their brains on and thought for a second, they would realise a number of things:
+ We know a much higher number of “celebrities” than any generations before us. That has to do with the Internet, with our global media outlets and with the fact that it is a lot easier to become a “celebrity” in the last 20-40 years than ever before.
+ Many of the celebrities we grew up with are – surprisingly – ageing like us. So if we get older then they also get older. With increasing age the risk of illnesses increases and – oddly – the risk of death is much higher for old people than for young people.

What does that mean? It means that the dying will continue! 2017 will probably see a similar high number of deaths. When will it end? When the end has reached us! I know that sounds brutal, but I see it happening with my parents, for example. They are at a funeral for people that they knew well during their life nearly every week and bit by bit, the friends and family get thinned out and you feel the unavoidable end coming closer and closer.

A very morbid tone for the last This is Odd in 2016? Yes, it is dealing with death, but it is something we will all need to deal with at some stage and stupid statements like “Stop that 2016!” are not facing up to facts about life.

So how should we react? The best approach is always to appreciate the fact that the people that pass away have been with us. To remind ourselves what nice memories we have and to accept that life is terminal. Only that way you can properly deal with it. Grieving is fine, even for someone that you have never met. Some celebrities, like George Michael, really were part of some of our lives. So keep the memories and stop the blaming on a year or other non-related entities and circumstances.

www.nbcnews.com/storyline/2016-year-in-review/look-back-all-famous-figures-who-died-2016-n698791

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–Joerg

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