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Dublin Event Guide 550: New Year’s Events & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

DEG Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

No. 550 | 29 December 2017

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Hi all!

HAVE A GREAT NEW YEAR! :-)

Another year is over and – even if it is tough – we will have to ask ourselves what we have achieved in 2017 and what direction we are taking for 2018. Some call the latter “New Year’s Resolutions”, but I want to tell you that before you make any New Year’s Resolutions, you should read the “Feel Good Slot” section this week!

To be honest, the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” didn’t perform as well in 2017 as I had hoped! The number of subscribers to the weekly e-mail magazine is staying more or less the same and only the Facebook Followers is still experiencing a constant increase. Getting donations to cover the cost is not getting easier. Luckily the engagement on Facebook has recovered and is at 8,000-15,000 every day. That’s a very good engagement level.

With all these things in mind, 2018 will be a crucial year for the Dublin Event Guide and it is possible that there will be some big changes. What exactly, will be announced well before it happens!! Promise! ;-)

I can report with gratitude that a low-ish but consistent level of donations continued even over Christmas, so that we are now missing “just” 70 Euro of the December bill. Two days from the last day of the month, that is still a sizeable amount, but it is looking MUCH better than at the beginning of this month. Can we bring it to ZERO before the new bill will arrive? I suggest that you – if you can afford it – pay EUR 12 for the year, that’s just 23 cent per Dublin Event Guide Edition or just 2.5 pints per year. But I appreciate higher and lower donations as well very much! Every Euro counts!

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

And don’t forget that you can also help without spending a cent of your own money, if you buy through the advertisement links that are in the Dublin Event Guide or that are on the Dublin Event Guide Shopping Page at www.DublinEventGuide/shop If you want to buy from Groupon or LivingSocial or Amazon or Bookdepository or eBay or Asos or New Look or PrettyLittleThing or SportsDirect, just go to that website and click on the relevant link and it will bring you to the right place. The company you buy from will take 5-8% out of their profit (depending on the company) and will reward the Dublin Event Guide for promoting that company. But importantly you don’t pay more! Here are the links: www.dublineventguide.com/shop Thanks for using this page!

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The Dublin Event Guide needs your continued help in two areas: Your donations help paying the bills. Just 1 Euro per month (12 Euro per year) would be great, more would be even better. 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 240 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 73,000 Facebook Likes. Send your friends to www.dublineventguide.com where they can subscribe as well.

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And here 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 240 needed. Importantly, you do not pay more, but the merchant accepts a slightly smaller profit. So clicking on these ads is helping everybody! Thanks!

Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

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

At this stage of the year, the Feel Good Slot has to be about New Year’s Resolutions and the fact that they don’t work! So, the best advise is DON’T MAKE ANY! :-O But that doesn’t give you the freedom to drift direction-less through life – even if that is sometimes incredibly tempting. No, the right advise is to replace New Year’s Resolutions with well formed GOALS.

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This week Marguerite D, Shai C and Susan K were so great to help with a donation! Thanks a lot!! You and all the other donors throughout the year are keeping the Dublin Event Guide alive! Without you, there would be no Dublin Event Guide!!

The cost for sending the weekly newsletter is EUR 240 per month and a donation from you of just EUR 12 per year will ensure that I will be able to pay the bills.
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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no guarantee for correctness can be given.

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Joergs Picks

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

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Don’t miss the New Year’s Day celebrations at Custom House Quay, apart from that it is a relatively quiet week. Not because there are no events, but because due to the holidays people didn’t update their websites yet and therefore we don’t know about the events.

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New Year’s Celebrations in Dublin

All tickets for the official event at Custom House Quay on New Year’s Eve are gone, but there is a New Year’s Day celebration at the same location that is free and doesn’t require tickets. For more details have a look at the events for Sunday and Monday and you will find everything.

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BUT this plan ONLY work if you don’t use adblockers when you look at the Dublin Event Guide.

So, please, give ads a chance HERE. Free services are NEVER free, but they are ad funded. And if you don’t help funding them then soon they won’t be free anymore.

Opportunities

The Energia Map of Free events in Ireland will be back in March.

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.

Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History

December 2017-March 2018 (Mon-Sat: 10:00-17:15)

Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

The extensive Jacob Biscuit Factory Archive held at Dublin City Library and Archive is thge basis of this exhibition that explores all aspects of the factory’s twentieth century history and its impact on lives of Dubliners. On panels the history of the factory, the workers, the products it produced and its role in Irish life are described.

Find out the history of the Jacobs cream-cracker, who was the marketing genius to develop the concept of Jim Figgerty, and how did major national and international events from World Wars to 1916 Rising impact the business, customers and staff.

The exhibition is in the Vaults of Dublin City Hall and will run from December until March. It will be closed from 22 December until 03 January 2018.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/jacob%E2%80%99s

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Events that are still on Christmas Break

08:45, Sat 30 Dec

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Nearly all markets are taking Christmas Breaks until the first weekend in January, so the events list is a good bit shorter this week, but all will be back to normality from next Saturday.

In addition the week “between the years” is a week full of “secret” events. Because of the Christmas holidays, event organisers didn’t update their websites and Facebook Pages, so events will happen in pubs and other places, but we don’t necessarily know about them. The following venues didn’t update their online presence:

Sin E, Leeson Lounge, Liquor Rooms, The Mezz, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park,

And the markets on a break are listed below with the date when they will restart:

Green Door Market: 02 Jan
Honest2Goodness Market: 06 Jan
SuperNatural Food Market: 06 Jan
Marlay Park Market: 06 Jan
Ha’Penny Market: 06 Jan
Belgard Weekend Market: 06 Jan
Jamestown Market: 06 Jan
Car Boot Sales in Tallaght: 13 Jan
Car Boot Sales Ballymun: 14 Jan

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

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 30 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
+ Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6
+ Corcagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

www.parkrun.ie/

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 30 Dec

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

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sat 30 Dec

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/abcdrumcondramarket

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 30 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/

Space Rocks: Fireballs and Crystals – Drop-in Activity

11:00 – 13:00, Sat 30 Dec

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

Space Rocks: Fireballs and Crystals is a Drop-in Activity in the Natural History Museum.

Have you ever seen inside a space rock or meteorite? At this event will get a chance to touch a real meteorite, feel how heavy it is and see up close its crystal structure.

Admission is free. Suitable from Age 8.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3517

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 30 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 30 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/

Shine Through 2018 – Family Workshop

13:00 – 15:00, Sat 30 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Shine through 2018 is a drop-in family workshop with Janine Davidson. Get ready to start a New Year and experiment with reflections of light and shadows.

Admission is free.

www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/1817-newyears2018

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 30 Dec

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

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

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

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

Eason Story Time for children

14:00, Sat 30 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/events/

Precious Gifts and Where to find them – Drop-in Activity

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 30 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

Archaeologists often find precious objects under the ground but is everything found at the same depth? Come to this drop-in activity to find out. Create a special bookmark, decorate it with precious objects and decide if they should be close to the surface, or deep underground.

Admission is free. Suitable for Families with children 7+

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3441

Recovered Voices – Ireland and World War I – Tour

14:15 – 15:00, Sat 30 Dec

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

The Public Tour “Recovered Voices – Ireland and World War I” explores the experience of Irish men and women during World War I.

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

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3492

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 30 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/

RobotRock – Gig

21:00, Sat 30 Dec

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

Robot Rock are playing Dance Anthems in Bray.

Admission is free.

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

World Binary Christmas Tour – Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Sat 30 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Los paradiso are playing a gig on Saturday in the Leeson Lounge.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/135544810455776/

The Cosmic Funk Band – Gig

23:00, Sat 30 Dec

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

The Cosmic Funk Band from Cork will play a gig.

Admission is free before 23:00. (EUR 5 after 23:00.)

thebowery.ie/calander/

Sunday 31 Dec

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New Year’s Eve Celebrations

08:00, Sun 31 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

New Year’s Eve is usually a hugely disappointing event in Dublin if you are used to New Year’s Eve celebrations elsewhere. There will be no fireworks, no central event for everyone and someone answered recently to the question on Facebook “What would you recommend to do at New Year’s Eve in Dublin?” by writing “The only recommendation can be to take a plane and go somewhere else.”

Yes, there will be an event at Custom House, but only a relatively small amount of people will be accommodated and all tickets are long gone for the free event and also for the (relatively expensive!) non-free concert on that evening. Apart from this event at Custom House Quay there is only the inoffical event of the midnight bells at Christ Church where some people accumulate to wish each other a Happy New Year.

And some other super exciting and breath taking event (I am joking!!!!) is a light show at the spire from midnight until midnight on New Year’s Day. Well, if that won’t blow you way, I don’t know what else would! :-O

Pubs and restaurants are open, but some pubs seem to think that for offering the SAME entertainment as on other (free) nights throughout the year, it is ok to charge crazy admission charges on New Year’s Eve. Make sure that you check what you get in return for your hard earned money and if you feel the entertainment is not good enough, then I strongly recommend that you go to another venue.

One event I would recommend is the Comedy Crunch, but be there VERY early, because it is always full and on New Year’s Eve it might even be busier.

Surprisingly, a number of pubs have not yet announced their live music acts on New Year’s Eve. This is most likely because of the Christmas holidays, but it it is indicative of importance that is given to New Year’s Eve.

Events that are still on Christmas Break

08:45, Sun 31 Dec

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Nearly all markets are taking Christmas Breaks until the first weekend in January, so the events list is a good bit shorter this week, but all will be back to normality from next Saturday.

In addition the week “between the years” is a week full of “secret” events. Because of the Christmas holidays, event organisers didn’t update their websites and Facebook Pages, so events will happen in pubs and other places, but we don’t necessarily know about them. The following venues didn’t update their online presence:

Sin E, Leeson Lounge, Liquor Rooms, The Mezz, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park,

And the markets on a break are listed below with the date when they will restart:

Green Door Market: 02 Jan
Honest2Goodness Market: 06 Jan
SuperNatural Food Market: 06 Jan
Marlay Park Market: 06 Jan
Ha’Penny Market: 06 Jan
Belgard Weekend Market: 06 Jan
Jamestown Market: 06 Jan
Car Boot Sales in Tallaght: 13 Jan
Car Boot Sales Ballymun: 14 Jan

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 31 Dec

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/

Jazz + Bluegrass for Brunch on Sundays

11:00 – 16:30, Sun 31 Dec

Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

The Kilkenny Shop Cafe is inviting to a Jazz Brunch Sunday every Sunday from 11:00-14:00 and from 14:30-16:30 a Bluegrass Band is taking over. Unfortuantely they don’t specify who the bands are.

Admission is free.

www.kilkennyshop.com/restaurant-jazzsundays

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 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 is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 28 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 31 Dec

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

Christmas Family Art Holiday Workshop

11:30 – 13:30, Sun 31 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This is a Christmas Family Art Holiday Workshop in the National Gallery, where children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on the creative project. Suitable for children of all ages. You can stay as long and as short as you like.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

www.nationalgallery.ie/christmas-family-art-holiday-workshop

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 31 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 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 Sundays: 12:00-17:30. Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 31 Dec

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

Magazine Fort – Guided Tour

12:00, Sun 31 Dec

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

The Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park is unusually neglected and at the same time unusually rich in history. Many have seen it as a barred off concrete fortress in a corner of Phoenix Park and even more don’t even know or have forgotten that it exists. The old Phoenix House, the home of the British Viceroy, was on the site where the fort was built from the early 17th century and then in 1734 the Fort was built and extended in 1801.

In 1916 the Fort was raided by the rebels who expected to find a lot of explosives there, but found the Fort nearly empty. In 1939 the IRA raided the Fort and stole more than a million rounds of ammunition, but most of it was recovered over the following weeks.

Since 1988, the Irish Army doesn’t use the Fort anymore and gave it back to the Office of Public Works (OPW), but not much good has happened to the Fort in the last 28 years (!!) and there were numerous speculations about the reasons for that.

Finally since last year, guided tours are provided with four tours on Friday and Sunday over the Summer and a reduced schedule in the winter. From 01 October until March 2018, the only tour is on Sundays from 12:00 and 20 places are available on that tour.

Tickets are available at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis and can not be pre-booked. A shuttle bus will bring the ticket holders to the Fort.

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Sun 31 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This free Family Tour is specially designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers to make the works on display fun and engaging for kids and to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the gallery rooms

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/family-tour-13

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 31 Dec

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 31 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

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

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

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

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 31 Dec

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 Family Sketching – Hugh Lane Gallery

14:00 – 15:00, Sun 31 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Sunday Sketching for the whole family takes place every Sunday in the Hugh Lane Gallery and admission is free.

Families are invited to explore and respond together the gallery’s collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing. Bring your own sketchbook along or use the drawing materials provided. There will be a different topic every week and all topics until 28 Jan are listed on the website below.

Admission is free and no booking required, although numbers may be limited. Suited for ages 6+.

www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/1787-sunday-sketching-sept-jankidsclub

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 31 Dec

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

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

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

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

Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising – Tour

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 31 Dec

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

This is a family friendly tour of “Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising” exhibition. Explore some of the highlights of the Museum’s extensive Easter Week collection.

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

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3493

The High Leeson – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 31 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

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

Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

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

Dixieland Jazzmen – Gig

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 31 Dec

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/

NYF Dublin 2017 – Booked out

18:30, Sun 31 Dec

Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

Dublin’s New Year’s Festival will consist of three events on New Year’s Eve. Two of them are free but tickets and the third is not free, but all three are booked out now.

I mention them here despite the fact that you can’t go (unless you have tickets) so that you at least know what is happening in the City:
+ Liffey Lights Midnight Moment Mattinee
This is the family-friendly version of the midnight event and already takes place form 18:30-19:00 at Custom House Quay. There will be colourful aerial and aquatic acrobatic performanced on the streets, in the sky and on the Liffey by Heliosphere’s high flying acrobats and Flyboarders. A video screen will be on George’s Quay, but all tickets for that location are also gone.

+ Countdown Concert
A concert from 20:00 will take place at Custom House Quay with Kodaline, Hudson Taylor and Keywest. Tickets were EUR 45.05 and are sold out.

+ Liffey Lights Midnight Moment
At 23:30 the acrobatics event at Custom House Quay will be performed for the grown ups, but ticket holders will only be able to see it from the other side of the Liffey because of the concert at Custom House Quay. Up to 100 Aquabeams will illuminate the night sky and Heliosphere acrobats and Flyboarders will perform. The event is ticketed and all tickets are gone.

nyfdublin.com/category/events/31st/

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 31 Dec

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

Sweetman’s New Years Eve Masquerade Ball

19:00, Sun 31 Dec

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

Sweetman’s is inviting to their New Year’s Eve Masquerade Ball. There will be a Live Jazz Band from 19:00 and a DJ from 22:00. Admission is free and early arrivers will get a complimentary Masquerade Masks.

www.facebook.com/events/319810908517465/

Workman’s Club New Year’s Eve Party

19:00 – 03:00, Sun 31 Dec

Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Four live bands, 10 DJ sets, 6 bars and free entry will await you at the Workman’s Club New Year’s Eve Party.

The bands are Thumper, Bicurious, James McGovern, Inhaler.

www.facebook.com/events/797019793831695/

Apollo Sessions

20:30, Sun 31 Dec

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

Bunoscionn – Trad & Folk Gig

21:00, Sun 31 Dec

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

Bunoscionn are playing a gig in Bray on New Year’s Eve. Trad & Folk with a twist is their style.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/bunoscionn-new-years-eve

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 01:00, Sun 31 Dec

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).

I can confirm that this Comedy Crunch takes place on New Year’s Eve!! It is an extended event until 01:00 with a great line-up of

Frank Cronin
Ger Staunton
Danny O’Brien
Colm McGlinchey
Peter Flanagan
Kevin O’Sullivan
Cillein Farrell

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

Monday 01 Jan

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New Year’s Day 2018

08:00, Mon 01 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Let’s hope that 2018 will be a super year with lots of successes, happiness and smiles AND with lots of free events!! ;-)

New Year’s Day is a bank holiday in Dublin and most (if not all) offices are closed. Many shops on the other hand are open on that day. Some supermarkets are closed, but shopping centres do open their doors.

Pay and Display Parking is free on that Bank Holiday, but please keep in mind that Loading Bays, Bus Lanes and Wheelchair Car Parks are NOT to be used!

Events that are still on Christmas Break

08:45, Mon 01 Jan

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Nearly all markets are taking Christmas Breaks until the first weekend in January, so the events list is a good bit shorter this week, but all will be back to normality from next Saturday.

In addition the week “between the years” is a week full of “secret” events. Because of the Christmas holidays, event organisers didn’t update their websites and Facebook Pages, so events will happen in pubs and other places, but we don’t necessarily know about them. The following venues didn’t update their online presence:

Sin E, Leeson Lounge, Liquor Rooms, The Mezz, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park,

And the markets on a break are listed below with the date when they will restart:

Green Door Market: 02 Jan
Honest2Goodness Market: 06 Jan
SuperNatural Food Market: 06 Jan
Marlay Park Market: 06 Jan
Ha’Penny Market: 06 Jan
Belgard Weekend Market: 06 Jan
Jamestown Market: 06 Jan
Car Boot Sales in Tallaght: 13 Jan
Car Boot Sales Ballymun: 14 Jan

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Mon 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 Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, and Sundays: 12:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 01 Jan

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

NYF Dublin 2017 – New Year’s Day

12:00 – 16:00, Mon 01 Jan

Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

A free family-friendly New Year’s Day Celebration with the Garda Band, the Line Up Choir, Hit Machine Drummers and more. In addition there will be pop up performances from jugglers, mime artists, stilt walkers and face painting. And Flyboarders will perform their aquatic and aerial stunts on the Liffey.

Admission is free and tickets are not required.

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

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Mon 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!

Song Cycle

20:00, Mon 01 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 01 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 01 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 01 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

Donal Kirk & Anto Drennan – Gig

21:00, Mon 01 Jan

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Donal Kirk and Anto Drennan will perform in the Leeson Lounge.

They will play 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.facebook.com/The-Leeson-Lounge-114810058553792/

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

21:00, Mon 01 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

Montauk Hotel – Gig

21:00, Mon 01 Jan

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

Montauk Hotel are playing a gig in Bray.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/montauk-hotel-new-years-day

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 01 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/

Tuesday 02 Jan

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Events that are still on Christmas Break

08:45, Tue 02 Jan

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Nearly all markets are taking Christmas Breaks until the first weekend in January, so the events list is a good bit shorter this week, but all will be back to normality from next Saturday.

In addition the week “between the years” is a week full of “secret” events. Because of the Christmas holidays, event organisers didn’t update their websites and Facebook Pages, so events will happen in pubs and other places, but we don’t necessarily know about them. The following venues didn’t update their online presence:

Sin E, Leeson Lounge, Liquor Rooms, The Mezz, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park,

And the markets on a break are listed below with the date when they will restart:

Green Door Market: 02 Jan
Honest2Goodness Market: 06 Jan
SuperNatural Food Market: 06 Jan
Marlay Park Market: 06 Jan
Ha’Penny Market: 06 Jan
Belgard Weekend Market: 06 Jan
Jamestown Market: 06 Jan
Car Boot Sales in Tallaght: 13 Jan
Car Boot Sales Ballymun: 14 Jan

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 02 Jan

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

January Film Screenings for Kids – Pearse Street

14:00, Tue 02 Jan

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The Pearse Street Library Junior Film Club is screening a series of Christmassy films for children every day during the first week in January (02-06 January). Children under 8 must be accompanied by adult.

To find out what film will be screened, you unfortunately will have to ring the library on 01-674 4999. Is making that information available online a little to modern for the library?

Admission is free.

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

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

14:00 – 18:00, Tue 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 is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 28 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

The Armagh Rhymers – Folk Theatre

14:00 – 15:30, Tue 02 Jan

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

The Armagh Rhymers, one of Ireland’s most celebrated folk theatre ensembles, will be in Collins Barracks for their traditional seasonal performance.

Take part in this yearly tradition and see them sing, act, make music, dance, tell stories and act the clown, dressed in costume and beautifully crafted masks of flax, willow and straw. This January they will once again give voice to a tradition that dates back to 2,500 years. Suitable for all ages.

Admission is free and no Booking required, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first-served basis.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3554

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 02 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/

Camden Comedy

20:00 – 22:30, Tue 02 Jan

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

Camden Comedy is a weekly comedy night.

Every Tuesday they have a whole range of comedians – and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/CamdenComedyDublin/

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 02 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

Georgia Canto Choir – Concert

20:00 – 21:00, Tue 02 Jan

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

The Georgia Canto Choir from the Alexander High School in Douglasville, Georgia, USA will be in Christ Church to perform a concert with pieces from “A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass”, a collection of folk-hymn arrangements originating from Irish-Scottish migration into the Appalachian areas of the American south.

The choir will be supported by their own musicians and by four Irish bluegrass musicians.

Admission is free.

www.christchurchtickets.com/events1/free-concert-by-the-georgia-canto-choir-from-georgia-with-folk-inspired-music-from-the-american-south/

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 02 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.

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Light House Sessions – Open Mic Night

20:30, Tue 02 Jan

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

The Light House Sessions is an Open Mic Night in the Bowery. There will be music, comedy and spoken word and admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 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

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 02 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 02 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 02 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

Wednesday 03 Jan

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Events that are still on Christmas Break

08:45, Wed 03 Jan

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Nearly all markets are taking Christmas Breaks until the first weekend in January, so the events list is a good bit shorter this week, but all will be back to normality from next Saturday.

In addition the week “between the years” is a week full of “secret” events. Because of the Christmas holidays, event organisers didn’t update their websites and Facebook Pages, so events will happen in pubs and other places, but we don’t necessarily know about them. The following venues didn’t update their online presence:

Sin E, Leeson Lounge, Liquor Rooms, The Mezz, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park,

And the markets on a break are listed below with the date when they will restart:

Green Door Market: 02 Jan
Honest2Goodness Market: 06 Jan
SuperNatural Food Market: 06 Jan
Marlay Park Market: 06 Jan
Ha’Penny Market: 06 Jan
Belgard Weekend Market: 06 Jan
Jamestown Market: 06 Jan
Car Boot Sales in Tallaght: 13 Jan
Car Boot Sales Ballymun: 14 Jan

Free Wednesday – Free Entrance to some OPW Heritage Sites

09:00, Wed 03 Jan

Various heritage locations in Dublin

For years, this event was one of the most popular monthly events with a HUGE amount of people taking part. But since June, it was more or less terminated for all of us in Dublin.

The Free Wednesday (currently) still continues outside of Dublin, but the interesting heritage sites in Dublin have been removed from the list. “Free Wednesday” is the first Wednesday every month when entry charges at some state-owned heritage sites are waived.

The sites are all owned by the state and managed by the Office of Public Works (OPW). Many 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.

Regrettably Kilmainham Gaol and Dublin Castle were removed from this great initiative and The Casino in Marino is still closed for an indefinite period of time, so the only site in Dublin that is still taking part (for another bit!?) is Rathfarnham Castle.

Outside but near to Dublin, you can visit
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
free of charge. The full list of sites in Ireland is here.

However, 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/

Budding Scribes Calligraphy – Family Workshop

11:00 – 12:00, Wed 03 Jan

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

The Budding Scribes Calligraphy Family Workshop is a one hour workshop at 11:00 and at 14:30.

Did you know that there is a book in the Museum which was preserved in a bog for over 1,000 years? Find out more about this amazing book, learn about the skills of the scribe in Medieval Ireland and then create your own example of calligraphy to take home.

Admission is free, but booking is required via educationarch@museum.ie or 01 6486 334. (Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor.) Suitable for families with children aged 10+.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3469

Creative Den Drawing Session – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 03 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

11:00 – 18:00, Wed 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 is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 28 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 03 Jan

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 20:00, Wed 03 Jan

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” and it will run from 12 October until 11 January. The exhibition looks at doomsday and emergency scenarios. How can we prepare for such a worst case situation? It is a very interesting exhibition that I recommend. Some exhibits need you to think/reflect a little, but that is a good thing! :-)

Exhibits are for example
+ 22 Doomsday Clocks that show how close we got to the end of the world in the period from 1945-2017
+ a series of drawings teaching basic skills for challenging situations
+ Pandemic Spreading patterns in a globalised world
+ Microbiome Ark (a small satellite that carries human microbiome on board to kickstart life on earth again after a disaster)
+ a selection of Manuals for Civilisation
The website below lists all exhibits and provides their explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

There is also a Situation Room where you can partake in a Catastrophe Citizen Assembly to decide on complex questions that could affect the survival of humanity. The Situation Room assembly will convene every hour. Check with the mediators how you can take part.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. For this exhibition, though, younger kids might need your help to understand some of the context.

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

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

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/icoe/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 03 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/

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Wed 03 Jan

Dublin (various locations)

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

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

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

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January Film Screenings for Kids – Pearse Street

14:00, Wed 03 Jan

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The Pearse Street Library Junior Film Club is screening a series of Christmassy films for children every day during the first week in January (02-06 January). Children under 8 must be accompanied by adult.

To find out what film will be screened, you unfortunately will have to ring the library on 01-674 4999. Is making that information available online a little to modern for the library?

Admission is free.

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

Budding Scribes Calligraphy – Family Workshop

14:30 – 15:30, Wed 03 Jan

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

The Budding Scribes Calligraphy Family Workshop is a one hour workshop at 11:00 and at 14:30.

Did you know that there is a book in the Museum which was preserved in a bog for over 1,000 years? Find out more about this amazing book, learn about the skills of the scribe in Medieval Ireland and then create your own example of calligraphy to take home.

Admission is free, but booking is required via educationarch@museum.ie or 01 6486 334. (Located in the Learning Resource Room, First Floor.) Suitable for families with children aged 10+.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3442

Conversation Salon – First Fortnight Festival

15:00, Wed 03 Jan

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival will take place again from 01-15 January this year. While in previous years the majority of events was free, this has changed significantly. There will be less than 10 events free this year and all the other events are not free anymore. I still recommend this festival because the topic of Mental Health is a very important one that should have a prominent position in our conversations, so check out the downloadable programme here.

I will mention all free events in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), the rest you have to check out in the programme.

A series of Conversation Salons are taking place and they are all free (registration is required!)

The first one and only one in Dublin this week is in Wed 03 Jan at 15:00 in the Oak Room of Mansion House.

Conversation Salons are hosted by Life Coach Heather Bourke and bring all different kinds of people together for an uplifting conversation in a relaxed cafe style setting.

You can register via the website below.

www.firstfortnight.ie/event/conversation-salon/

Feature Creature Films for Kids – Rathmines

15:00, Wed 03 Jan

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

Rathmines Library are screening Feature Creatures Films for children with talking animals on 03, 04, 05 and 06 January.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The film titles have unfortunately not been revealed on the website, so you will have to ring to find out: 01-4973539.

Admission is free.

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

Havana International Language Exchange

16:30 – 19:30, Wed 03 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

Dwarf Jar Wednesday Jazz

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 03 Jan

The Dwarf Jar Cafe, 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Dwarf Jar House Trio (Daniel Rorke (sax), Cormac O’Brien (bass) and Matthew Jacobson(drums)) will play a weekly Jazz gig every Wednesday in Dwarf Jar Cafe and they usually have one or more guest musicians or singers supporting them.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/satumusikk/

Brand New Switcharoo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 03 Jan

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/

The Champion’s Portion – Candlelit Tales

20:00, Wed 03 Jan

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

Storytellers Candlelit Tales will shed some light on one of the greatest quarrels in Irish mythology and they will tell you about Irish Mythology’s own Scrooge. Doors open at 19:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/188694111682397/

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 03 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 03 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 03 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

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 03 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 03 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).

Wednesday Night Jazz

21:30, Wed 03 Jan

Chambers Pub, 13 Merrion Row, Dublin 2

This is a weekly Jazz gig in the Chambers Pub.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1973708379312745/

The Harleys – Gig

23:55, Wed 03 Jan

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

Thursday 04 Jan

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Events that are still on Christmas Break

08:45, Thu 04 Jan

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Nearly all markets are taking Christmas Breaks until the first weekend in January, so the events list is a good bit shorter this week, but all will be back to normality from next Saturday.

In addition the week “between the years” is a week full of “secret” events. Because of the Christmas holidays, event organisers didn’t update their websites and Facebook Pages, so events will happen in pubs and other places, but we don’t necessarily know about them. The following venues didn’t update their online presence:

Sin E, Leeson Lounge, Liquor Rooms, The Mezz, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park,

And the markets on a break are listed below with the date when they will restart:

Green Door Market: 02 Jan
Honest2Goodness Market: 06 Jan
SuperNatural Food Market: 06 Jan
Marlay Park Market: 06 Jan
Ha’Penny Market: 06 Jan
Belgard Weekend Market: 06 Jan
Jamestown Market: 06 Jan
Car Boot Sales in Tallaght: 13 Jan
Car Boot Sales Ballymun: 14 Jan

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 04 Jan

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 20:00, Thu 04 Jan

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” and it will run from 12 October until 11 January. The exhibition looks at doomsday and emergency scenarios. How can we prepare for such a worst case situation? It is a very interesting exhibition that I recommend. Some exhibits need you to think/reflect a little, but that is a good thing! :-)

Exhibits are for example
+ 22 Doomsday Clocks that show how close we got to the end of the world in the period from 1945-2017
+ a series of drawings teaching basic skills for challenging situations
+ Pandemic Spreading patterns in a globalised world
+ Microbiome Ark (a small satellite that carries human microbiome on board to kickstart life on earth again after a disaster)
+ a selection of Manuals for Civilisation
The website below lists all exhibits and provides their explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

There is also a Situation Room where you can partake in a Catastrophe Citizen Assembly to decide on complex questions that could affect the survival of humanity. The Situation Room assembly will convene every hour. Check with the mediators how you can take part.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. For this exhibition, though, younger kids might need your help to understand some of the context.

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

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

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/icoe/

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Thu 04 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

Discovering Bronze Age Ireland – Tour

13:00 – 13:45, Thu 04 Jan

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

“Gold, Amber and Bronze – Discovering Bronze Age Ireland” is a Museum Tour in the National Museum in Kildare Street.

Join Museum educator Trisha Ryan to take a look at the newly refurbished exhibition, Ór – Ireland’s Gold. Learn about the raw materials used by the Bronze Age people of Ireland and how objects, such as the Lunula, Sun Discs and Gorgets, were made and the special meanings and properties they held for people.

Admission is free and no booking required. Meet at Reception where places will be allocated on a first come first-served basis. Suitable from Age 12+.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3479

January Film Screenings for Kids – Pearse Street

14:00, Thu 04 Jan

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The Pearse Street Library Junior Film Club is screening a series of Christmassy films for children every day during the first week in January (02-06 January). Children under 8 must be accompanied by adult.

To find out what film will be screened, you unfortunately will have to ring the library on 01-674 4999. Is making that information available online a little to modern for the library?

Admission is free.

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

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

14:00 – 18:00, Thu 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 is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 28 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

Yeats 2018: Public Tour of the Yeats Exhibition

14:00, Thu 04 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.

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

Feature Creature Films for Kids – Rathmines

15:00, Thu 04 Jan

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

Rathmines Library are screening Feature Creatures Films for children with talking animals on 03, 04, 05 and 06 January.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The film titles have unfortunately not been revealed on the website, so you will have to ring to find out: 01-4973539.

Admission is free.

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

Feature Creature Films for Kids – Rathmines

15:00, Thu 04 Jan

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

Rathmines Library are screening Feature Creatures Films for children with talking animals on 03, 04, 05 and 06 January.
Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The film titles have unfortunately not been revealed on the website, so you will have to ring to find out: 01-4973539.

Admission is free.

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

Big Screen Quiz Night

18:00 – 21:00, Thu 04 Jan

Sinnott’s Bar, South King Street, Dublin 2

The Big Screen Quiz Night takes place in Sinnott’s. Admission is free and you can win amazing prizes. You can play in a group or on your own.

www.facebook.com/events/689476054583147/

Jazz Club at Sweetman’s – Gig

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 04 Jan

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/jwsweetman/

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 04 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 10 for adults and admission is by guided tour only.

www.littlemuseum.ie/

Evening Tour – National Gallery

18:30 – 19:15, Thu 04 Jan

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Come to this evening tour in the National Gallery.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/evening-tour-14

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 04 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

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 04 Jan

Ryan’s, 19 Store Street, Dublin 1

The Thursday Night Board Gaming event is running for more than 10 years already and it is a weekly event for all Board Game enthusiasts. But even if you are a Board Game newbie, you are welcome. Just come along! More information can be found here: www.meetup.com/IrishGamesAssociation/

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/IGAGamesNights/

The Elephant Room / Silverbacks – Gig

20:30, Thu 04 Jan

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The New Love & Terror Cult Present is a music collective set up by a number of Irish psychedelic and experimental artists to support and strengthen the Irish psych scene. At their next gig night, the line up is:

+ The Elephant Room 22:45 – 23:45
+ Silverbacks 21:45 – 22:30
+ Madra 20:45 – 21:30

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/302955263536036/

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 04 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 04 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 04 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/

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 04 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 04 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 04 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/

Friday 05 Jan

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Events that are still on Christmas Break

08:45, Fri 05 Jan

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Nearly all markets are taking Christmas Breaks until the first weekend in January, so the events list is a good bit shorter this week, but all will be back to normality from next Saturday.

In addition the week “between the years” is a week full of “secret” events. Because of the Christmas holidays, event organisers didn’t update their websites and Facebook Pages, so events will happen in pubs and other places, but we don’t necessarily know about them. The following venues didn’t update their online presence:

Sin E, Leeson Lounge, Liquor Rooms, The Mezz, Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park,

And the markets on a break are listed below with the date when they will restart:

Green Door Market: 02 Jan
Honest2Goodness Market: 06 Jan
SuperNatural Food Market: 06 Jan
Marlay Park Market: 06 Jan
Ha’Penny Market: 06 Jan
Belgard Weekend Market: 06 Jan
Jamestown Market: 06 Jan
Car Boot Sales in Tallaght: 13 Jan
Car Boot Sales Ballymun: 14 Jan

Pin Ups – David Bowie Art Exhibition

10:00 – 16:00, Fri 05 Jan

Light House Cinema. Smithfield Plaza, Dublin 7

As part of the David Bowie Festival in Dublin, the Light House Cinema shows the work from six contemporary visual artists and how they interpret 10 David Bowie songs. The song titles have been chosen by some of Ireland’s leading media stars/Bowie superfans.

Admission is free.

www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/pin-ups-2018

The Shadow of Sodeisha-How it’s Made – Workshop

10:00 – 13:00, Fri 05 Jan

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

“The Shadow of Sodeisha-How it’s Made” is a workshop with ceramic artist Michael Moore, co-curator and Irish artist in the Shadow of Sodeisha exhibition. It is a special three-dimensional art workshop using clay, before the exhibition closes on 08 January 2018. Participants will be introduced to the exhibition and the Sodeisha movement, focusing on the making techniques used, followed by a practical session where participants will have an opportunity to create their own artwork inspired by Sodeisha.

Admission is free but there is a 5 Euro contribution to art materials required. No prior experience is necessary. Booking is required,

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3555

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 05 Jan

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition about Dublin’s History and you should definitely check it out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2017.

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

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

A Portrait in Flesh – David Bowie Art Exhibition

10:30 – 18:00, Fri 05 Jan

Duke Street Gallery, 17 Duke Street, Dublin 2

As part of the David Bowie Festival in Dublin, the Duke Street Gallery will show an exhibition of how visual art has captured David Bowie’s facial expressions over the decades, called “A Portrait in Flesh”.

Admission is free.

www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/a-portrait-2018

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 05 Jan

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 20:00, Fri 05 Jan

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “IN CASE OF EMERGENCY” and it will run from 12 October until 11 January. The exhibition looks at doomsday and emergency scenarios. How can we prepare for such a worst case situation? It is a very interesting exhibition that I recommend. Some exhibits need you to think/reflect a little, but that is a good thing! :-)

Exhibits are for example
+ 22 Doomsday Clocks that show how close we got to the end of the world in the period from 1945-2017
+ a series of drawings teaching basic skills for challenging situations
+ Pandemic Spreading patterns in a globalised world
+ Microbiome Ark (a small satellite that carries human microbiome on board to kickstart life on earth again after a disaster)
+ a selection of Manuals for Civilisation
The website below lists all exhibits and provides their explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

There is also a Situation Room where you can partake in a Catastrophe Citizen Assembly to decide on complex questions that could affect the survival of humanity. The Situation Room assembly will convene every hour. Check with the mediators how you can take part.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. For this exhibition, though, younger kids might need your help to understand some of the context.

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

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

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/icoe/

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 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

January Film Screenings for Kids – Pearse Street

14:00, Fri 05 Jan

Pearse Street Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The Pearse Street Library Junior Film Club is screening a series of Christmassy films for children every day during the first week in January (02-06 January). Children under 8 must be accompanied by adult.

To find out what film will be screened, you unfortunately will have to ring the library on 01-674 4999. Is making that information available online a little to modern for the library?

Admission is free.

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

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

14:00 – 18:00, Fri 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 is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 28 Nov-08 January: Mon-Fri 14:00-18:00 and Sat+Sun: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

Meditation and the pursuit of happiness – Talk

19:00 – 20:30, Fri 05 Jan

Tara Kadampa Buddhist Centre, 47 Terenure Rd East, Rathgar, Dublin 6

The Tara Kadampa Buddhist Center is inviting to the talk and guided meditation “Meditation and the Pursuit of Happiness”.

Admission is free.

meditateinireland.com/?page_id=3207

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 05 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

David Keenan – Gig

21:00, Fri 05 Jan

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

David Keenen, talented singer/songwriter from Dundalk, will play this gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

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

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 05 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/

D-Riculous Allstars – Gig

22:00, Fri 05 Jan

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

D-Riculous is an All Star band with lots of band members who also play in other bands,

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/d-riculous-allstars/

Gavin Povey and the Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops

22:00, Fri 05 Jan

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

It is not completely clear if this event is still continuing or if Gavin Povey’s stint in the Leeson Lounge has ended:

“Gavin Povey and The Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops” will play New Orleans style Piano Rhythm & Blues, Boogie Woogie and Rock’n’ Roll. Gavin Povey has played piano with Van Morrison, Finbar Wright, Kirsty MacColl, Steve Cropper, Shakin’ Stevens and many more.

Admission is free.

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

Events Coming Up

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

30 December & 01+07 January

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 next few walks will be on 30 December & 01+07 January.

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

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

NYF Dublin: 31 Dec – 01 Jan

First Fortnight: 01-15 Jan

Dublin Bowie Festival: 05-10 January

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

80st Birthday!! Ignore it or celebrate it?

Imagine your granddad or grandma had their 80st Birthday today! What would you do? Would you ignore it or celebrate? Would you at least ring them? Buy them (or make them) a cake? Or get a Birthday Card for them?

Interestingly, this week as Ireland’s 80st birthday and it was duly IGNORED! :-O That’s odd isn’t it? Maybe we will have to wait another 20 years until it is worth celebrating? Or maybe what happened 80 years ago wasn’t …..hmmmm…. “juicy” enough to talk about it today?

On 29 December 1937, the Irish Free State became “Ireland” or “Eire” and the Irish constitution from 1922 was replaced by a brand new constitution. There was a referendum about that new constitution on 01 July 1937 and after a majority voted in favour of it, the new constitution came into effect on 29 December.

This means that formally, the Ireland we live in today was born on 29 December 1937 and consequently celebrates its 80st birthday this year. But who is celebrating?

If you want to find out what celebrations there are, you ring some family members, right? Well, I did that! On 29 December, I rang Dail Eireann, but they seemingly weren’t even aware of the birthday and the PR person had left already and won’t be back until next year. Then I rang the Fianna Fail Headquarter and they are all on holidays until 02 January. Then I tried to reach Fine Gael and they are also on holidays until 03 January. I also couldn’t find a newspaper that wrote about this birthday. :-O

So, I guess grandma/grandpa is just unlucky to have a birthday at the wrong time of the year!?

Or could this birthday “ignorance” have something to do with the fact that the current government is from Fine Gael and Fine Gael was the party that campaigned for a NO at the 1937 referendum? They were totally opposed to the new constitution, which was promoted by Fianna Fail??

Let’s ignore any possible reasons and wish: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Ireland! ;-)

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