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Dublin Event Guide 569: Love Your Home Expo, People’s Art Exhibition, Fusion Sundays, Baldoyle Mayfest

DEG Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

No. 569 | 11 May 2018

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Hi all!

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This is the final version of the newsletter and I just added this paragraph. I had some technical problems earlier and therefore the mail is being sent to you EVEN later than usually. I apologise! If I could take the Saturday events out of this e-mail I would because you won’t be able to use them anymore unfortunately. But I can’t do that. Sorry!
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The weather is looking good the events are plentiful but the Dublin Event Guide is late again. I will put the most up to date version on the website and post also on Facebook the events list for today and will then add another 20 or so events. Sooo much work and I don’t get out at all on Saturdays anymore. Something needs to change! :-O

The bill situation is now getting tighter. Only a 12 Euro donation last week, so we now still need EUR 123 before the end of the month to pay the bill. If the level of donation stays as it was the last two weeks, we will not make it. :-O If you could support the Dublin Event Guide, I am suggesting a very fair EUR 12 for the year, that’s just 23 cent per Dublin Event Guide Edition or less than 3 pints for the whole year! That’s not much if you think about how much value the Dublin Event Guide brings you every week! ;-) Higher and lower donations are also appreciated! Every Euro counts!

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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!

This week’s Feel Good Slot is a quote again. I found it during the week by coincidence (or was it maybe not a coincidence!?!?). It is allegedly a quote by Confucius, who seemingly was a VERY busy creator of quotes OR maybe got a lot of credit for quotes that may not have been from him. :-)

He or someone else said

To reach the source, one must swim against the stream.

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Support

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 Emmet R was so wonderful to help with a donation. Thank you very much! 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.
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 guarantee for correctness can be given.

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Joergs Picks

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

This weekend there is “Love Your Home, Dublin” Expo on Saturday and Sunday, then there is the People’s Art exhibition and the (probably disappointing) Portobello Harbour Festival. All these events are on both days. On Sunday you should definitely go to the Fusion Sundays World Culture Market because it will be most likely the last time that this market will happen at Newmarket Square. The Baldoyle Mayfest is also happening on Sunday. Busy busy weekend!

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Dublin Dance Festival + Photo Ireland

The Dublin Dance Festival and Photo Ireland are both happening in May.

Photo Ireland is a photography festival with lots of exhibitions and the detailed programme can be found at 2018.photoireland.org

The Dublin Dance Festival is – what a surprise!! – a Dance Festival. :-) Most events are not free, but there are some free events happening as well. The full schedule can be found at www.dublindancefestival.ie/

Newmarket Markets are now kicked out!

It has come to the point when all the markets at Newmarket Square in Dublin 8 will have to get out of the premises.

The affected markets are the Dublin Flea Market, the Brocante Market, the Pure Vintage Market, the Fusion Sundays World Culture Market, the Newmaket Collective and the Rumble in the Jumble Market. These are all very popular once-a month markets that have been in existence for – in some cases – nearly 10 years.

The near daily Green Door Market will also be gone when the market hall will be knocked down. And then there is the Dublin Food Co-op, which also will have to move. Recently their market hall had become unusable due to a collapsed side wall which was not repaired anymore as it seems.

Newmarket Square needs to get modernised, there is no question about it and the redevelopping will create apartments, a hotel, offices, shops and a micro brewery. There will possibly a market hall in the new development but it will be much smaller and it will take a looong time until that all will be finished.

So the markets are on the search for a new home and it will be very difficult to find something in the city area. So we might have a situation whereby we will have to go to a industrial estate on the outskirts of Dublin to enjoy these great markets again. Let’s hope they will find something soon!

In case you have a good place/idea, you can contact the markets or contact me and I will put you in touch.

12 June is the deadline for getting out

Busy concert week

It is a busy and high-profile concert/gig week this week. They are not free concerts, but just so that you know what is happening and because it will have an impact on traffic, I want to mention that

Ed Sheeran will be in Phoenix Park from Wed 16 – Sat 19 May.
The Rolling Stones will be in Croke Park on Thurs 17 May
The Marlay Walled Garden Music Festival with Karen Underwood on Fri 18 May and Frankie Gavin&The Provenance on Sat 19 May

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now the place where the weekly nationwide clever event map from our sponsor Energia will be featured. Full details about the events on the map are on the Energia blog: gturl.eu/Energia18_wk20

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.

Art & The Great Hunger

08 March-30 June (Daily: 10:00-17:00)

The Coach House, Dublin Castle Gardens, Dublin 2

“Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum” at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is sending its art collection to Ireland for the first time. The exhibition documents the scale of the famine, the horror of it, how it permeated and changed Ireland and the people that escaped it forever. The museum’s collection, the only one of its kind in the world, constitutes an incomparable direct link to the past of almost 6.5 million Irish and 40 million Irish-American people.

Admission is free.

Graduate Exhibition – St. Kevins College of Photography

10-13 May

Steambox Gallery, School Street, Dublin 8

The final work of nineteen photographers from St. Kevins College of Photography, Dublin 8 will be on show int eh Steambox Gallery from Thursday until Sunday. Admission is free.

STREAM

10-14 May (Opening: 10 May at 18:00)

The Complex Dublin, 15 Little Green Street, Dublin 7

“STREAM is a practitioner founded group of Dublin based artists. The idea for STREAM stemmed from a curiosity to curate their own shows and support emerging artists. The aim of STREAM is to create and curate innovative and unique shows, promoting recent graduates and emerging artists, both regional and national. STREAM has developed a distinct curatorial style, harnessing the impulses of innovative exhibitions and collaborative thinking, bringing a new momentum to the concept of the exhibition.”

Opening Reception 10 May 2018 from 18:00-20:30

www.facebook.com/events/374362216399178/

Éireannach – A Worldwide Exhibition linking people with plants through Botanical art

05-27 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

“Éireannach – A Worldwide Exhibition linking people with plants through Botanical art” is a new exhibition in the National Botanic Gardens.

Botanical Art Worldwide is a collaboration between botanical artists, organizations and institutions worldwide. Twenty-three artists are creating and exhibiting botanical artworks of native plants found in each of their countries to create a record of today’s botanical diversity. Digital slide shows of up to forty works, with all other countries’ images will be shown at each venue during the run of each exhibition. The Irish Society of Botanical Artists will be hosting an open day on the 18th of May which will include a tour of the exhibition, demonstrations and a chance to meet the artists involved.

The exhibition will be on show daily in the Gallery Space in the Visitor Centr.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Saturday 12 May

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 12 May

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

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

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Sat 12 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”.

This is a difficult description as everybody ages and therefore the tagline doesn’t make THAT much sense. In essence, the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not too much either as nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared and in all honesty most 55-60 year olds wouldn’t be close to insulted if they were classified as “older age”. ;-)

So where does that leave us? We don’t know really know!! So I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-) I hope that explanation helps a little.

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website has a good enough search facility, although I never understand why event organisers subdivide Dublin into four or five “territories”. You can see the full programme here but I will also never understand why organisers will not make programmes downloadable.

To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website.

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 72 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events are sorted in reverse order, starting with the 30 May. Talk about confusing “older” users!?

Over the coming weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

3×3 Hoops Basketball Competition

09:30, Sat 12 May

Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin

The Pembroke Square at the Dundrum “Town Centre” Shopping Complex will host a 3×3 hoops Basketball competition. Unfortuantely I wasn’t able to find out until when the competition runs. Some further details about the event can be found via the link below.

www.balls.ie/basketball/like-basketball-equivalent-beach-volleyball-watch-hulahoops3x3-387301

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 12 May

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

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

www.honest2goodness.ie

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

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 12 May

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
+ Tolka Valley Park, Finglas South, Dublin 11
+ Porterstown Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 12 May

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

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

www.supernatural.ie

The Green Door Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 12 May

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 12 May

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 12 May

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/

Love Your Home, Dublin – Expo

10:00 – 18:00, Sat 12 May

CityWest Hotel Conference & Event Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin

The Love Your Home Show/Expo is an established event in Belfast, but will happen for the first time in Dublin this weekend (saturday + Sunday).

Over 160 exhibitors will sell products and help with advice, ideas and inspiration for your home and there will also be a Artists & Makers Village and food stalls.

Admission is free if you register via the link on the Facebook Event Page.

www.facebook.com/events/2070271963196538/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 12 May

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

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

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 12 May

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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

www.templebar.ie

Terenure Bushy Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 12 May

Bushy Park, Tempelogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

The Terenure Bushy Park Market is taking place every weekk. The market has more than 30 stalls, offering a whole variety of foods and crafts.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Sat 12 May

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

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

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2018.

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

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

Áras an Uachtaráin – Tour

10:15, Sat 12 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Áras an Uachtaráin is the residence of the President of Ireland in the middle of Phoenix Park. It started as a modest brick house for the Phoenix Park Chief Ranger in 1751, was then turned into th ‘occasional residence’ for the Lords-Lieutenant and gradually evolved into a huge mansion. After Ireland gained independence it was turned after 1937 into the residence of the Irish president.

Every Saturday a number of public tours take place and admission is free. Tickets will be issued at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on the day, on a first come, first served basis. Group and/or advance booking is not possible.

The tours will be at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 14:00 and 15:15 and take approx. 1 hour.

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sat 12 May

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 12 May

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/

People’s Art Exhibition

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 12 May

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

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

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

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

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

www.peoplesart.ie/

Pond Dipping – Children’s Event

11:00, Sat 12 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Explore the weird and wonderful diversity of insects and minibeasts living in and around the pond at the National Botanic Gardens. Perfect your technique with guidance from the experts and learn how to identify the amazing creatures you have captured. Once you have discovered the hidden pond life you will never look at ponds the same way again!
This workshop is suitable for children age 8 and upwards.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 804 0319. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Organised with the Irish Wildlife Trust.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#12May

Portobello Harbour Festival

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 12 May

Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8

This is one of these events that have sooooo much potential but is badly promoted and seemingly managed. Imagine, the only reference to what is happening and a schedule is a picture on the Facebook Page of Waterways Ireland. There is not even a Facebook Event Page (it would have taken 10 minutes to set it up!!) Odd if the website of a TD from the area is the place where you find the only readable version of the programme: www.eoghanmurphy.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Porto-harbour.pdf

Waterways Ireland will run their yearly Dublin Rally and last year or for the last TWO years the Canalaphonic festival happened at this weekend. This year it is a very poor cousin of the great Canalaphonic Festival. There will be some Rathimnes Library events on Saturday and some walks, boat trips on the barge Dubh Linn and a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) demonstration and trial opportunities.

On Sunday talks and demonstrations about biodiversity and recycling will happen. In addition there is kids storytelling and music on the Cadhla Canal Boat, SUP Lessons, barge trips and face painting, No word of music for either day and it is not certain either if there will be any food stalls or,

www.facebook.com/WaterwaysIre/photos/987576598083810

The Secret Life of Birds with BirdWatch Ireland – Activity

11:00 – 13:00, Sat 12 May

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

“The Secret Life of Birds with BirdWatch Ireland” is a Drop-in Activity in the Natural History Museum on Saturday.

Drop into the Discovery Zone and meet the team from Birdwatch Ireland. During this hands-on session, learn about the dawn chorus and why it is such an important time of year for all the different birds living in Ireland.

Admission is free. Suitable for all ages.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3664

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 12 May

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

Shop Story Time – National Gallery

11:30 – 12:30, Sat 12 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

“Shop Story Time” in the Gallery Shop is a themed story time once a month for children aged 5+. Professional story teller Ruth Concannon will lead the session which will then be followed by some colouring in! The theme for May is ‘Colours and Seasons’.

For more information call 01 6633518 or email shop@ngi.ie

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/shop-story-time

FAKE – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 12 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “FAKE” and it will run from 08 March until 03 June.

The exhibition is looking at everything Fake from fake meat and fake cheese to fake emotions. In both the natural world and human society, faking, mimicking and copying can be a reliable strategy for success, a fake may be just as valuable as the real thing. But what about replicating taste, emotions, chemical signatures, facts and trademarks? When is authenticity essential and when is copying cool?

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ synthHAsizer will let you record your own fake laugh and use sonic filters to remix it from fake to real.
+ Mississippi Swan: Daybew! will create fake music: A new album of songs every fifteen minutes or around 700 unique songs every day. You can trigger the creation of a unique album at any time.
+ Altered historic figures from the Daily Herald show the beginning of fake news
+ There is even a deli where you can buy fake food samples for EUR 2. For example they have fake cheese, fake meat or “Dubliner Red Cheddar” cheese that is neither manufactured in Dublin nor is it Red Cheddar, it is coloured white cheddar manufactured in Cork.

The website below lists all exhibits and provides some explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. Some of the exhibits need a bit more of an age-appropriate explanation for younger kids than others, but nearly everything can be simplified for kids.

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

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

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/fake

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 17:00, Sat 12 May

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

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

www.thegrandsocial.ie/

World Buckfast Day – Bernard Shaw Pub

12:00, Sat 12 May

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

This is a celebration of the Buckfast drink and the Bernard Shaw pub will have Buckfast inspired food (Buckfast 99 ice creams, Buckfast Chicken Lunch), a Buckfast beer, a Buckfast Quiz and Djs.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/439824073139202/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 12 May

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/

Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

13:00, Sat 12 May

Oscar’s Cafe Bar, 16-18 Fishamble Street, Dublin 8

Fibromyalgia Support Ireland run a support, advice and advocacy group for sufferers of Fibromyalgia and they are inviting you to a Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on Saturday. There will be guest speakers, raffles, music, fun and more.

Admission is free.

www.fibromyalgiasupportireland.eu/

The National Library’s History & Heritage – Tour

13:00, Sat 12 May

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Come to explore the Library’s rich architectural history and heritage. The tour begins in the main hall of the Library and includes a visit to the Library’s iconic reading room.

Admission is free.

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

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 12 May

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

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner – Film – Bealtaine

14:00, Sat 12 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The Bealtaine Film Screening of “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” will take place in the CBL.

During the period of strong racial tensions across the USA happy go lucky Joanna brings her new fiancé (Sidney Poitier) to meet her family. Despite being a charming and highly successful doctor, the family’s attitudes are challenged with his age, race and being a widower. (1967, PG (108 min)).

Admission is free.

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

The Silk Road – Guided Tour

14:30, Sat 12 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The Silk Road was an ancient network of trade routes that wound through China to the Mediterranean Sea. Though silk was the major trade item, many other plant-derived goods were exported along this route, such as cotton and wine. Hear the fascinating tales surrounding the uses and folklore of these plants while also catching some of our most beautiful Chinese plants at their best.

Admission is free. Meet in the Visitor Centre.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#12May

Dahlias Dahlias Dahlias – Showing and Growing Them

15:00, Sat 12 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Father and son team Ian and Liam Ledger both serve on the Northern Committee of the Dahlia Society in the UK. Both are also qualifed judges of the dahlia, border carnation and garden pinks judging at UK local and national level and Ian is also a member of the National Executive Council of the Dahlia Society. Their main growing interest in dahlias are giant decoratives and miniature cactus/semi-cactus, also dabbling with pompoms, waterlilies and collarette dahlias. Like many growers they diversified into different plants, including border carnations, garden pinks and gladioli.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#12May

The National Library’s History & Heritage – Tour in Irish

15:00, Sat 12 May

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

I have no clue what the headline or the event description means, but my guess is that it is the History & Heritage Tour in Irish Language: Turas Poiblí: Stair agus Oidhreacht na Leabharlainne Náisiúnta

Find the description on the website below (also in Irish).

Admission is free.

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

Community Supported Agriculture Pot Luck

16:00 – 18:00, Sat 12 May

Third Space Cafe, Unit 14, Block C, Smithfield Plaza, Dublin 7

Dublin Community Supported Agriculture (Dublin CSA) is inviting to a Pot Luck event, where you bring a dish and get a (random) dish. You will also lean about getting local food with zero waste and you will meet a community of like minded people.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DublinCSA

Joe’s Garage – Gig

19:00, Sat 12 May

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

Joe’s Garage will play Alternative Rock, Grunge and 90s at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin/

Eurovsion Song Contest 2018

20:00, Sat 12 May

Dublin (various locations)

Since Ireland made it to the final for the first time since 2013, maybe there will be a huge appetite for the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday night.

It seems that the songs are getting better if easy-listening pop is what you describe as good. But there are definitely less “weird” songs that we don’t understand because they are from another culture. So now it is all more or less the same with some exceptions.

The chances were very low that the Irish entry will win, but I heard that they have increases now. Let’s just hope for Ireland’s sake that he won’t win because the cost of running this event are HUGE,

The final starts at 20:00 and will take at least 2 hours. 26 songs will be performed and then there is the “douze points” voting procedure afterwards.

RTE2 will broadcast the event.

Marcus Woods ‘shibui’ Tape Launch Party

20:00, Sat 12 May

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

Marcus Woods will play a hip hop DJ Set that is based on a Japanese concept and is released through District Records. He will be supported by live performers FYNCH, Arbu and Sick Nanley & Jake Hurley.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/307618743099317/

Farah Elle – Gig

21:00, Sat 12 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Farah Elle is a songwriter with an alternative pop sound influenced by anything from hiphop to R&B and ska, while featuring Arabian echoes from her Libyan background.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/farah-elle-full-band-show-o-brother-summer-series/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 12 May

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/

The Rockets – Gig

21:00, Sat 12 May

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

The Rockets are playing 50s Rock n Roll at this gig in Bray.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-rockets6

Shakalak – Gig

22:30, Sat 12 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Shakalak is playing a gig in Whelan’s on Saturday.

Admission is free before 22:30.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/midnight-hour-w-shakalak/

Revolver – Gig

23:30, Sat 12 May

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

Revolver is playing in the Saturday night slot in the Porterhouse Temple Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theporterhouse.ie/bars-dublin-temple.php

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 13 May

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

Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Sun 13 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”.

This is a difficult description as everybody ages and therefore the tagline doesn’t make THAT much sense. In essence, the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not too much either as nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared and in all honesty most 55-60 year olds wouldn’t be close to insulted if they were classified as “older age”. ;-)

So where does that leave us? We don’t know really know!! So I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-) I hope that explanation helps a little.

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website has a good enough search facility, although I never understand why event organisers subdivide Dublin into four or five “territories”. You can see the full programme here but I will also never understand why organisers will not make programmes downloadable.

To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website.

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 72 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events are sorted in reverse order, starting with the 30 May. Talk about confusing “older” users!?

Over the coming weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 13 May

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 13 May

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

Love Your Home, Dublin – Expo

10:00 – 18:00, Sun 13 May

CityWest Hotel Conference & Event Centre, Saggart, Co. Dublin

The Love Your Home Show/Expo is an established event in Belfast, but will happen for the first time in Dublin this weekend (saturday + Sunday).

Over 160 exhibitors will sell products and help with advice, ideas and inspiration for your home and there will also be a Artists & Makers Village and food stalls.

Admission is free if you register via the link on the Facebook Event Page.

www.facebook.com/events/2070271963196538/

Magazine Fort – Guided Tour

10:00, Sun 13 May

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

The Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park was for a long time completely neglected, but it is hugely 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 30 years (!!) and there were numerous speculations about the reasons for that.

Finally since 2016, guided tours are provided and this year from April until end of October there will be three tours every Sunday at 10:00, 12:00 and 14:00. Only 20 places are available on each tour and if there is a big event in Phoenix Park the tour will be cancelled.

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/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 13 May

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

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

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 13 May

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/

Nature Detectives – Kids Workshop

10:00, Sun 13 May

Tolka Valley Park, Finglas, Dublin 11

“Nature Detectives” is the workshop that is organised by the Children’s’ Nature Charity OWLS on Sunday.

The event is upported by Dublin City Council and is therefore free.

Put your detective hat on as we go for a wander around the park looking for clues as to who has been feeding on what! Can we work out the food chains that are living in the park without seeing all the animals in it?!

Admission is free, but booking is required via an e-mail to “”Turtle” at education@owls.ie

www.owls.ie/events/j5icc9vt11/Nature-Detectives

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sun 13 May

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

Kids Guide Summer Camp Fair 2018

10:30 – 17:00, Sun 13 May

Royal Marine Hotel, Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Kids Guide Dublin is inviting to their second (and last) Kids Guide Summer Camp Fair in 2018.

Come to this event and find out about all the great summer camps for your kids in 2018. Summer camps for the age category 4-16 will be featured.

Over 50 Summer Camp organisers will showcase their programmes, so you should definitely find something suitable for children and you can book it immediately at the event. Camps for Sports, Art, Music, Kayaking, Languages, Animals, Academic, Legos, Coding and more will be available. And while you are checking out the summer camp options, your kids can have some fun in the Kids’ area.

Admission to the event is free, but the organisers recommend that you register via the link below, That way you will have a chance to win one of several prizes, like free camps for the kids and prizes for mum and dad!

More info can be found at www.kidsguide.ie/summer-camp-fair
and on the Facebook Page here www.facebook.com/events/706531032838104/

and to register, go to the Eventbrite page via the link below the banner.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/kids-guide-summer-camp-fair-2018-dun-laoghaire-tickets-39890118418

Botanic Gardens Drop-in Activities for Children

11:00, Sun 13 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The National Botanic Gardens run “Kids Drop by Activities” on Sunday.

There will be fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Garden. Sow seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels and re-use everyday items to create your own piece of eco art. Suitable from age 4. All children must bring their own grown up.

The event times are: 11:00, 11:30, 15:00, 15:30

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#12May

Children’s Art Cart – Workshop – Phoenix Park

11:00 – 12:30, Sun 13 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Every Sunday (with a few exceptions) an art workshop takes place for children from 6-11 years of age. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The theme this week is “Music with Tanya”.

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 13 May

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

A weekly market with lots of food, but also many other products (art & crafts, books, etc) takes place every Sunday in the beautiful People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It is a very popular market and with around 50 vendors also one of the bigger markets.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Fusion Sunday World Culture Market – Food Co-Op

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 13 May

Green Door Market, 18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The next Fusion Sundays Market will take place this Sunday at Newmarket Square and it will possibly be the last Sunday Fusion Market at this great location, so don’t miss it!

It is a world culture market, an ethnic Bazaar, that focuses on the diverse ethnic culture present in Ireland today. The Market features a huge array of International stalls, ethnic food, live music and entertainment for kids. You can buy handmade goods, arts and crafts, recycled products, jewellery, clothes and food. The market is held every second Sunday of the month.

There is always a great atmosphere and I definitely recommend this monthly market.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/fusionsundaysmarket

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 13 May

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

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

www.procathedral.ie/music/this-week

People’s Art Exhibition

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 13 May

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

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

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

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

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

www.peoplesart.ie/

Portobello Harbour Festival

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 13 May

Portobello Harbour, Dublin 8

This is one of these events that have sooooo much potential but is badly promoted and seemingly managed. Imagine, the only reference to what is happening and a schedule is a picture on the Facebook Page of Waterways Ireland. There is not even a Facebook Event Page (it would have taken 10 minutes to set it up!!) Odd if the website of a TD from the area is the place where you find the only readable version of the programme: www.eoghanmurphy.ie/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/Porto-harbour.pdf

Waterways Ireland will run their yearly Dublin Rally and last year or for the last TWO years the Canalaphonic festival happened at this weekend. This year it is a very poor cousin of the great Canalaphonic Festival. There will be some Rathimnes Library events on Saturday and some walks, boat trips on the barge Dubh Linn and a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) demonstration and trial opportunities.

On Sunday talks and demonstrations about biodiversity and recycling will happen. In addition there is kids storytelling and music on the Cadhla Canal Boat, SUP Lessons, barge trips and face painting, No word of music for either day and it is not certain either if there will be any food stalls or,

www.facebook.com/WaterwaysIre/photos/987576598083810

Drop-in family session – National Gallery

11:30 – 13:30, Sun 13 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This Drop-in family session is entitled “Share your garden” and will happen in the Maples and Calder Creative Space.

Admission is free.

Looking at gardens in the collection, artist Serena Alberigo will encourage participants to create a ‘jigsaw piece’ of garden, so that everyone can contribute to a huge garden in the Gallery. These art-making workshops take place every Sunday and are an opportunity for children and their parents/guardians/carers to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish! Suitable for children of all ages.

www.nationalgallery.ie/drop-family-session-share-your-garden

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 13 May

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 13 May

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/

Dogs for Choice Repeal Walkies

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 13 May

Martello Tower Car Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4

This event is a dog walk at Sandymount Strand (but you are also welcome if you do not have a dog!) in support of “Together for Yes”. Meeting point is the car park north of the Martello Tower.) The event might ot take place if the weather is bad, so check on the Facebook Page below if it will happen.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2108937546019404/

FAKE – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 13 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “FAKE” and it will run from 08 March until 03 June.

The exhibition is looking at everything Fake from fake meat and fake cheese to fake emotions. In both the natural world and human society, faking, mimicking and copying can be a reliable strategy for success, a fake may be just as valuable as the real thing. But what about replicating taste, emotions, chemical signatures, facts and trademarks? When is authenticity essential and when is copying cool?

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ synthHAsizer will let you record your own fake laugh and use sonic filters to remix it from fake to real.
+ Mississippi Swan: Daybew! will create fake music: A new album of songs every fifteen minutes or around 700 unique songs every day. You can trigger the creation of a unique album at any time.
+ Altered historic figures from the Daily Herald show the beginning of fake news
+ There is even a deli where you can buy fake food samples for EUR 2. For example they have fake cheese, fake meat or “Dubliner Red Cheddar” cheese that is neither manufactured in Dublin nor is it Red Cheddar, it is coloured white cheddar manufactured in Cork.

The website below lists all exhibits and provides some explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. Some of the exhibits need a bit more of an age-appropriate explanation for younger kids than others, but nearly everything can be simplified for kids.

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

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

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/fake

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 13 May

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

Sunday at Noon – Classical Concerts

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 13 May

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

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

The next concert will feature Elisaveta Blumina on piano performing her programme “Levant Without Borders”. For more details see the website below.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/2062-elisaveta-blumina-piano

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Sun 13 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This Family Tour is specially designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers to make the works on display in the National Gallery fun and engaging for kids.

Admission is free. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.

www.nationalgallery.ie/family-friendly-tour-6

Baldoyle Mayfest – Family Fun Day

13:00 – 18:00, Sun 13 May

Baldoyle Racecourse Park, Baldoyle Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13

At the Baldoyle Mayfest there will be Live Music & Dance, Entertainment, Bouncy Castles, Crazy Golf, Tug-of-War and Art in the Park. It is a Family Fun Day and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/BaldoyleMayfest/

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 13 May

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/

Explorer – Family Workshop

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 13 May

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8

The Irish Museum of Moden Art is running an “EXPLORER Family Workshop” for the whole family. Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff and enjoy a hands-on workshop in the galleries.

Admission is free.

www.imma.ie/en/subnav_8.htm#family

Hugh Lane Gallery – Guided Tour

14:00, Sun 13 May

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

Music in the Courtyard – Ain’t Saint John

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 13 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Ain’t Saint John will be performing in the Courtyard of the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. They are a five-piece folk / chamber-pop act and their music features lyrics and imagery inspired by the natural world.

Admission is free.

phoenixpark.ie/event/music-in-the-courtyard-at-the-visitor-centre-2/?instance_id=3749

Oliver – Film Screening

14:00, Sun 13 May

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

On Sunday the film “Oliver” from 1968 will be screened in the Chester Beatty Library.

The boy who wanted more is brought to life in this multi-Oscar-winning version of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist. Sing along with classic like ‘Food Glorious Food’, ‘Consider Yourself’ and ‘You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two’. (1968, G (153 min)).

Admission is free.

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

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 13 May

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 13 May

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.

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

www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/2008-sunday-sketching-my-portrait

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 13 May

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

Hands on History: School days – Drop-in Activity

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 13 May

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

The event “Hands on History: School days” is a drop-in handling session with Museum educators. It is suitable for all ages. Using the Museum’s collection of objects for handling, you will explore and learn about the history of education and discover key objects used in the classroom during specific time periods.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3675

Making of Tenement Museum – Talk

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 13 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

“The making of the Tenement Museum on Dublin’s Henrietta Street” is a talk in the Lecture Theatre of the National Gallery. Join Charles Duggan, Dublin City Council, as he shares stories about the making of the new Tenement Museum on Henrietta Street, Dublin.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/making-tenement-museum-dublins-henrietta-street

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 13 May

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

Sunday at Three – Classical Concert

15:00, Sun 13 May

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

In addition to the Sunday at Noon concert, there is a Sunday at Three concert this week. It will feature Lina Andonovska on flute and Alex Rainieri on piano. Find more details on the website below.

Admission is free.

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/2065-sundaysthree-lina-andonovska-flute-and-alex-rainieri-piano

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

16:00 – 19:00, Sun 13 May

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

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

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

This week the Bal Folk event will take place in St Stephen’s Green in the Pavilion, that’s the little house next to the lake. The theme will be “Bulgarian Folk Dances“.

www.facebook.com/events/2251229441771139/

Evolution and Humanism – Talk

16:00, Sun 13 May

Ashling Hotel, 8 Parkgate St, Dublin 8

Dr. Alan Tuffery will give a presentation on ‘Evolution and Humanism’ at the next meeting of the Humanist Association of Ireland.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/169777003732066/

The High Leeson – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 13 May

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 13 May

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 13 May

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

The 8th is Bollocks – Gig Night

19:00, Sun 13 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

“The 8th is Bollocks” is a fundraising night organised by Men For Repeal with a whole range or performers:

Gavin Glass, Pine the Pilcrow, For Foresters, Markas Carcas and the Trail Gang, Mongrel State, Tadgh, Aaron Smyth, JaXson, Chancer, Rob Walsh and the Panik Attaks, Baba

Admission is free, but a donation of EUR 5 is suggested.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/the-8th-is-bollocks/

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 13 May

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

Pete Cummins – Gig

20:30, Sun 13 May

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Pete Cummins, Grammy award winning songwriter will play a gig in the Leeson Lounge.

Admission is free.

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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 13 May

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

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

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

Square Pegs – Blues Gig

21:00, Sun 13 May

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

The Square Pegs will play Goodtime Blues in Bray at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/square-pegs4

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 13 May

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-3/

Monday 14 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Mon 14 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”.

This is a difficult description as everybody ages and therefore the tagline doesn’t make THAT much sense. In essence, the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not too much either as nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared and in all honesty most 55-60 year olds wouldn’t be close to insulted if they were classified as “older age”. ;-)

So where does that leave us? We don’t know really know!! So I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-) I hope that explanation helps a little.

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website has a good enough search facility, although I never understand why event organisers subdivide Dublin into four or five “territories”. You can see the full programme here but I will also never understand why organisers will not make programmes downloadable.

To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website.

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 72 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events are sorted in reverse order, starting with the 30 May. Talk about confusing “older” users!?

Over the coming weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

Who needs your Yes? – Referendum Event

10:00 – 12:00, Mon 14 May

Wood Quay Venue, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

“Who needs your Yes?” is a Referendum Event organised by the National Women’s Council of Ireland.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/e/nwci-who-needs-your-yes-referendum-event-tickets-45427585130

Forgotten Voices – Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Mon 14 May

Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 7

“Forgotten Voices” is a 2-hour walking tour that will explore the lives of the people who lived in Dublin’s inner city from the Georgian Period to the middle of the last century.

Meeting point is at the entrance of the Four Courts Dublin. The tour is free but donations are welcome and booking is required via email to forgottenvoiceswalkingtour@gmail.com or – if you can’t book beforehand – just show up on the day.

Private group bookings off up to 25 people can be accommodated at a different time and or day on request.

www.facebook.com/Tennements/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 14 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 14 May

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/

Sean-Nós Singing Workshop

13:00, Mon 14 May

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

This is a Sean-Nós singing workshop with Antaine Ó Faracháin. It is a bilingual (Irish/English) workshop and is suitable for all levels from complete beginner to experienced.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 8734333

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

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Mon 14 May

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!

New Parents’ Tour – National Gallery

14:00 – 14:45, Mon 14 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The New parents’ tours are for parents, guardians and carers of young children and will focus on a selection of highlights in the permanent collection. The aim is to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery rooms. The route is suitable for prams and strollers, and all are welcome.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/new-parents-tour-7

Song Cycle – Singer/Songwriter Showcase

20:00, Mon 14 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Song Cycle is a weekly Singer/Songriter showcase in Wheelan’s.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com

The Circle Sessions – Open Mic

20:00 – 23:30, Mon 14 May

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

20:30, Mon 14 May

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

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

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

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

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 14 May

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 14 May

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

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 14 May

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

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

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

That’s It Recordings – Open Mic

22:00, Mon 14 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

That’s It Recordings is an open mic every Monday at Sin E. Just turn up and play. Sign up before 22:00 to ensure you get a slot. Bring a USB stick along and you will get a recording of your music to take home.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/

Tuesday 15 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Tue 15 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”.

This is a difficult description as everybody ages and therefore the tagline doesn’t make THAT much sense. In essence, the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not too much either as nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared and in all honesty most 55-60 year olds wouldn’t be close to insulted if they were classified as “older age”. ;-)

So where does that leave us? We don’t know really know!! So I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-) I hope that explanation helps a little.

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website has a good enough search facility, although I never understand why event organisers subdivide Dublin into four or five “territories”. You can see the full programme here but I will also never understand why organisers will not make programmes downloadable.

To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website.

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 72 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events are sorted in reverse order, starting with the 30 May. Talk about confusing “older” users!?

Over the coming weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 15 May

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

The Doge wedding the Adriatic – Pop-up Art Talk

13:15, Tue 15 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The Pop- UP Art Talk “The Doge wedding the Adriatic” will take place in Room 45 of the National Gallery. Gráinne Finn will talk about this painting by Francesco Guardi.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/doge-wedding-adriatic

How to Choose a Career Path when you are Multi Talented

13:30, Tue 15 May

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

The talk “How to Choose a Career Path when you are Multi Talented.” in the Business Information Centre, of the Central Library with Maite Lopez (Career Change and Pathfinding Coach) will assist with “Finding Your Own Career Path and Exploring Your Potential”.

Admission is free.

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

Let’s get Talking Mental Health – Talk

18:00, Tue 15 May

Ballyfermot Library, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10

Let’s get Talking Mental Health with Angela Amirault (Psychologist and Counsellor) will be a talk about how you can be happier in your life (once you realise the only person you can change is yourself).

The event will take place on
Tuesday 15 May in Ballyfermot Library at 10:30 Phone 01-6269324
Monday 14 May in Walkinstown Library at 18:00 Phone 01-4558159
Thursday 31 May in Walkinstown Library at 13:00 Phone 01-4558159

Admission is free, but booking is required via the phone numbers above.

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

Women in Tech – Meet Up

18:30 – 21:00, Tue 15 May

Workday, May Lane, Dublin 7

This seems to be the meetup of all Meet Ups! It is also called “Women in Tech Meet Up Summit”, but it is not clear if that means you have to be a Meet Up leader (or something similar) to come to the summit. Admission is free, so it seems that everyone is welcome.

“The summit will provide a platform for the tech meet up community in Dublin to come together under one unified event. This will be a jam packed evening full of technical discussions and content from some of Dublin’s most talented women in the tech space.”

Find all details about speakers and topics on the website below where you also have to register for this free event.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/women-in-tech-meet-up-summit-tickets-45231650083

Dublin Life In 1818 – Mendicity Institution

19:00, Tue 15 May

St. James’ Church, 53 James’ Street, Dublin 8

This is a historical lecture celebrating The Mendicity Institution’s 200 year anniversary. The lecture will be based on life in Dublin in the year 1818, the year Mendicity was established. There will be 2 speakers delivering the lecture on the following topics:

Dr Elaine Sisson, “Everyday Life in 1818”
Lar Joye, “Dublin as a Military City in 1818”

The event will take place in the Parochial Hall of St. James’s Church. Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/dublin-life-in-1818-tickets-45349621940

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 15 May

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 15 May

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

Camden Comedy is a weekly comedy night on a Tuesday that I only found recently.

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

www.facebook.com/CamdenComedyDublin/

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 15 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

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

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Jesters Open Mic Comedy Night

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 15 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Jesters is a weekly open mic comedy event where a lot of comedians do 5 minutes of material.

Admission is free. If you would like to perform then send a message to the Jesters Facebook Page via the link below.

www.facebook.com/jesterscomedy/

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 15 May

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

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

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Ben Prevo – Gig

21:00, Tue 15 May

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

Ben Prevo will be for his weekly gig in the Bowery. Expect Blues, Funk, Jazz and even Country.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 15 May

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 15 May

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 15 May

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 15 May

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 16 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Wed 16 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”.

This is a difficult description as everybody ages and therefore the tagline doesn’t make THAT much sense. In essence, the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not too much either as nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared and in all honesty most 55-60 year olds wouldn’t be close to insulted if they were classified as “older age”. ;-)

So where does that leave us? We don’t know really know!! So I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-) I hope that explanation helps a little.

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website has a good enough search facility, although I never understand why event organisers subdivide Dublin into four or five “territories”. You can see the full programme here but I will also never understand why organisers will not make programmes downloadable.

To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website.

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 72 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events are sorted in reverse order, starting with the 30 May. Talk about confusing “older” users!?

Over the coming weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

Drawing Group for Adults – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 16 May

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Did you ever want to give drawing a go? Or maybe you are a budding artist looking for like-minded people to draw with? The Drawing Group for Adults in Rua Red runs free weekly drawing sessions on Wednesdays from 11:00-12:00. Materials are provided.

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

Phoenix Park Walk

11:00 – 12:30, Wed 16 May

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

This week’s Phoenix Park Walk is entitled “Celtic Tree Trail”. The Celts believed each tree had its own personality and meaning. Learn
about their uses through history and why trees are so important

Admission is free.

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 16 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

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

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 16 May

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/

Irish National War Memorial Gardens – Guided Tour

14:00, Wed 16 May

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

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

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

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

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

Emerging Meadows – Talk

15:00, Wed 16 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Paul Fitters will talk about managing flower-rich meadows. He will explain the best plants and approaches to develop and maintain a meadow that will delight the eye year round. Paul lectures in the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture based at the National Botanic Gardens.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#12May

Local Enterprise Office Support for New+ Growing Businesses

18:30 – 20:00, Wed 16 May

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

Steven O’Gara, Senior Economic Development Officer for Dublin City Council and part of the management team for the Economic Development & Enterprise Department will talk about what support eh Local Enterprise Office will be able to provide fore new or growing businesses.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-8733996

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/may-business-library

The Eighth Amendment: The Medical Facts – Talk

18:30 – 20:00, Wed 16 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Rhona Mahony (Master of the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street) will talk about the medical facts around the eighth amendment, and the impact if it is retained or repealed, as well as her insight on it as a practitioner working in Irish women’s healthcare. Rhona will be joined by Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin for further discussion on the topic.

Doors will open at 18:00 and the talk begins at 18:30.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below. However, be aware that the Science Gallery does overbook events based on the experience that usually a percentage of people will not come to free events despite their booking. If the topic is a hotly discussed topic it could however happen that less no-shows will happen and then overbooking will mean that if you are too late you might not get a seat EVEN if you have a ticket. So arrive early!!

dublin.sciencegallery.com/8thTheMedicalFacts

Dwarf Jar Wednesday Jazz

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 16 May

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 16 May

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

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

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

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

20:00 – 23:00, Wed 16 May

Drop Dead Twice, 18/19 Francis Street, Dublin 8

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

It takes place every Wednesday and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DublinJamSessions/

Rare and Scarce Birds of Cape Clear – Talk

20:00, Wed 16 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Peter Phillips, curator of Birds and Small Mammals at Dublin Zoo, will talk about the famous West Cork birding hotspot Cape Clear Island.
Admission is free. Organised with Birdwatch Ireland

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#12May

The Wow Signal Sessions

20:00, Wed 16 May

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

The Wow Wignal Sessions is a weekly gig night in Bagots Hutton. The line up is usually announced just a few days before on the Facebook Page below.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/wowsignalsessions

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 16 May

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

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

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Zodiac Sessions – Open Mic/Gig

20:30, Wed 16 May

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

BIMM – Open Mic Competition

21:00, Wed 16 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Music College BIMM will bring 10 talented songwriters to Sin E to compete against each other.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/bimm-open-mic-comp-2/

Forro Wednesday

21:00, Wed 16 May

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Dance Forro every week at this “Forro Wednesday” in the Woolshed for free.

www.facebook.com/events/137957730197202/

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 16 May

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 16 May

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).

Watson Junior – Gig

22:00, Wed 16 May

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

Watson Junior play on Wednesday in the Porterhouse in Temple Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theporterhouse.ie/bars-dublin-temple.php

The Harleys – Gig

23:55, Wed 16 May

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 17 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Thu 17 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”.

This is a difficult description as everybody ages and therefore the tagline doesn’t make THAT much sense. In essence, the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not too much either as nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared and in all honesty most 55-60 year olds wouldn’t be close to insulted if they were classified as “older age”. ;-)

So where does that leave us? We don’t know really know!! So I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-) I hope that explanation helps a little.

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website has a good enough search facility, although I never understand why event organisers subdivide Dublin into four or five “territories”. You can see the full programme here but I will also never understand why organisers will not make programmes downloadable.

To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website.

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 72 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events are sorted in reverse order, starting with the 30 May. Talk about confusing “older” users!?

Over the coming weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 17 May

Grangegorman Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7

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

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

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

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 17 May

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

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Thu 17 May

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

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Thu 17 May

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!

Soprano & Piano – Lunchtime Recital

13:10, Thu 17 May

St Stephen’s Church (The Pepper Canister), 2 Mount St Crescent, Dublin 2

A lunchtime recital with mezzo soprano Sarah Lutrell and pianist Modesta Gorol will take place and they will perform a mix of vocal and piano music.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/lunchtimeatthepeppercanister

Guercino’s Drawings – Pop-up Art Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Thu 17 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Guercino’s Drawings is a Pop-up Art Talk in the Prints and Drawings Study Room that will focus on three drawings by Guercino in the Gallery’s collection. The works will be examined in the context of the historical and stylistic environment of seventeenth-century Italian art, as well as that of the artist’s career. The fascinating provenance of the drawings will also be explored.

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

www.nationalgallery.ie/guercinos-drawings

Temple Bar Craft Market

14:00 – 20:00, Thu 17 May

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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

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

templebarnightmarket.com/

Tour of Conservation Studios

14:30 – 16:00, Thu 17 May

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

At this “Tour of Conservation Studios”, get behind the scenes at the Museum and meet Museum conservators.

Admission is free but booking is required. Suitable for adults and children from age 12.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3628

Guercino’s Drawings – Pop-up Art Talk

15:15 – 15:45, Thu 17 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Guercino’s Drawings is a Pop-up Art Talk in the Prints and Drawings Study Room that will focus on three drawings by Guercino in the Gallery’s collection. The works will be examined in the context of the historical and stylistic environment of seventeenth-century Italian art, as well as that of the artist’s career. The fascinating provenance of the drawings will also be explored.

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

www.nationalgallery.ie/guercinos-drawings-0

Artificial Intelligence: What if machines could sense how I feel? – Talk

17:00, Thu 17 May

UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD Campus, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

Prof. Maja Pantic will give the lecture “Artificial Intelligence: What if machines could sense how I feel?” in the O’Brien Centre for Science at UCD and admission is free.

Maja Pantic obtained her PhD degree in computer science in 2001 from Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. Until 2005, she was an Assistant/ Associate Professor at Delft University of Technology. In 2006, she joined the Imperial College London, Department of Computing, UK, where she is Professor of Affective & Behavioural Computing and the Head of the iBUG group, working on machine analysis of human non-verbal behaviour. From May 2018, she is the Director of the Samsung Artificial Intelligence Research Centre in Cambridge, UK. Prof. Pantic is one of the world’s leading experts in the research on machine understanding of human behavior including vision-based detection, tracking, and analysis of human behavioral cues like facial expressions and body gestures, and multimodal analysis of human behaviors like laughter, social signals, and affective states.

www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.408612&f=week&d=16/05/2018&sd=Thursday,%2017%20May%202018&ac=*

Consciousness – Neurohumanities Talk

17:00 – 18:00, Thu 17 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Michael Graziano (scientist and novelist, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University) will speak about ‘Consciousness’ as part of the Neurohumanities public talk series.

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

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2018/03/MichaelGraziano

Jazz Club at Sweetman’s – Gig

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 17 May

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 17 May

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 17 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Explore some of the highlights of the National Gallery exhibitons at this evening tour.

Admission is free. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.

www.nationalgallery.ie/evening-tour-29

Hungarian Culture Days 2018 – Gala

19:00, Thu 17 May

Smock Alley Theatre, 7 Exchange Street Lwr, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A Gala event for the Hungarian Culture Days will take place on Thursday in Smock Alley Theatre.

There will be Hungarian culture and tradition presented to you, inclusivea Hungarian Dance Group and a Hungarian chamber choir.

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

www.eventbrite.com/e/hungarian-culture-days-2018-gala-tickets-44178226264

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 17 May

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

Poets in Conversation: Paula Meehan & Ben McGuire

19:00, Thu 17 May

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Paula Meehan and Ben McGuire will be in conversation with Niall MacMonagle at this “The Blank Page: Poets in conversation” event.

Beginning with a general conversation about poetry and what led the participants to poetry, the discussion will move on to consider a specific work. Each poet will choose one poem from their work prior to the event.

Admission is free.

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

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 17 May

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/

Crystal Skull Sessions – Band Competition

20:00, Thu 17 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Crystal Skull Sessions is a band competition in Sin É where you will vote for your favourite act.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/the-crystal-skull-sessions-2/

Shogunz Of Stank – Gig

20:00, Thu 17 May

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

The Shogunz of Stank with Mik Pyro and Pete Pamf among others will be in the Bowery every Thursday for a gig. They will play Funk, Hip Hop and Groove.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 17 May

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

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

Admission is free.

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

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 17 May

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

The False and the Fair & Joey Gavin – Gig

21:00, Thu 17 May

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

The False and the Fair & Joey Gavin are playing Alternative Indie.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-false-and-the-fair-joey-gavin

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 17 May

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 17 May

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 17 May

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 17 May

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 17 May

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/

BIMM Dublin Midnight Hour – Gig

23:30, Thu 17 May

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The BIMM Music College is organising the Midnight Hour on Thursdays in Whelan’s. The line-up has not yet been announced.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/bimm-dublin-midnight-hour-16/

Friday 18 May

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Bealtaine Festival “for older people”

09:00, Fri 18 May

Dublin (various locations)

Every May the Bealtaine Festival takes place all over Ireland and it “Celebrates arts and creativity as we age”.

This is a difficult description as everybody ages and therefore the tagline doesn’t make THAT much sense. In essence, the organisers “Age & Opportunity” actually want to address the “older age”. Ok, that helps a little, but not too much either as nobody still really knows what the target age is. In previous years, a guidance of 55+ was given but that has disappeared and in all honesty most 55-60 year olds wouldn’t be close to insulted if they were classified as “older age”. ;-)

So where does that leave us? We don’t know really know!! So I guess if you feel older, this festival is for you and if you don’t, then the festival is not for you. ;-) I hope that explanation helps a little.

There will be many events throughout May and a good few of them are free. The website has a good enough search facility, although I never understand why event organisers subdivide Dublin into four or five “territories”. You can see the full programme here but I will also never understand why organisers will not make programmes downloadable.

To find events go to the WHAT’S ON page on the website.

In “Dublin City” there are approx. 72 events, but as I said, not all are free. Oddly, the events are sorted in reverse order, starting with the 30 May. Talk about confusing “older” users!?

Over the coming weeks, I will include a number of free Bealtaine events in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, but I won’t be able to include all events, so please check the Bealtaine website here: www.bealtaine.ie

bealtaine.ie/

Irish Young Philosopher Awards

09:00, Fri 18 May

O’Reilly Hall, UCD Campus, Donnybrook, Dublin 4

The Irish Young Philiopher Festival invited students in 3rd to 6th class of Primary School and all secondary students in Ireland to take part. The participants have to show visible thinking about a philosophical question.

On Friday the final/competition/judging will take place and it seems that the public is invited to the event.

youngphilosopherawards.ucd.ie/

Men’s Wellbeing Day

09:30 – 16:00, Fri 18 May

Clondalkin Tus Nua, New Nangor Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22

Are you in need of a Man Day? Is your head wrecked? Are you stressed? Want to learn to control your anger?

Clondalkin Tus Nua is inviting to a day full of Education, Exercise, Food and Relaxation for men only.

Admission is free. To take part text your name to 087 247 0464 to book a place. Use the message title ‘Man Day’.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/mans-wellness-day-tickets-45722234434

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 18 May

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

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

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2018.

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

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

Worldwide day of Botanical Art Open Day

10:00, Fri 18 May

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

A worldwide day of Botanical Art Open Day is happening on Friday and to mark the day, the Irish Society of Botanical artists will be hosting an open day which will include a tour of the exhibition at 14:00 with wildflower author Zoë Devlin, painting demonstrations throughout the day and a chance to meet the artists involved.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#18May

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 18 May

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

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 18 May

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

Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

14:00, Fri 18 May

Arbour Hill Cemetery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

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

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

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

Freedom by Peachy – Exhibition Launch

18:00, Fri 18 May

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

Freedom is an exhibition showcasing artistic reactions to an Ireland post “Repealing the 8th”. The launch event will be a night of Art, Music, Poetry and the exhibition will continue on Saturday (13:00-18:00).

All pieces of art will be for sale with the proceeds after cost being donated to Together for Yes.

Admission to launch and exhibition is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2103820949874243/

Finding Power – Launch, Discussion and Reception

18:30 – 21:00, Fri 18 May

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The launch event for the exhibition “Finding Power” by artist Joes Caslin will take place on Friday. It wwill be a panel discussion followed by a wine reception.

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

Joe Caslin is a street artist, illustrator, art teacher and activist from Roscommon and Finding Power is the result of Caslin’s in-depth investigation of Frederic William Burton’s work “For the Love of Art”.

Sinéad Burke, Alice Mary Higgins and Stephen Moloney will join Joe Caslin in a panel discussion, which will be chaired by project curator Sinéad K Rice (Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland).

www.nationalgallery.ie/finding-power

Signal: Live Code – Talk

18:30 – 20:00, Fri 18 May

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The SIGNAL talk series will examine upcoming trends, tech, careers and creativity in music.

SIGNAL: LIVE CODE will explore how coding is the frame on which digital music production, synthesis and live performance is created. Host Martin Clancy will be joined by M4L specialist Mark Towers, a lead developer at Isotonik Studios (UK) to discuss “under the hood” programmes such as Max, Csound and Pure Data, and how they are increasingly stepping into the light and being used by creatives in music, mixed media and the visual arts. The event will close with a live coding performance in which the audience will be invited to participate.

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

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2018/05/signallivecode

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 18 May

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

Catch 22 / Smokehouse Blues Band – Gig

21:00, Fri 18 May

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

Catch 22 will play Rock/Pop/Funk covers after midnight and before that from 21:00-23:00 the Smokehouse Blues Band will keep you entertained.

Admission is free before 22:00.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Ledz Presence – Led Zeppelin Tribute Gig

21:00, Fri 18 May

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

Ledz Presence are playing a Led Zeppelin Tribute gig in Bray.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/ledz-presence3

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 18 May

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/

Phazam Haze / LNT – Gig

21:00, Fri 18 May

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Phazam Haze and LNT will perform at this gig night organsied by The Fun Machine.

sin-e.ie/events/the-fun-machine-presents/

Gavin Povey and the Fabulous Oke She Moke She Pops

22:00, Fri 18 May

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

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

Admission is free.

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

Gin ‘n’ Juice – Gig

23:30, Fri 18 May

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

Gin ‘n’ Juice are playing a hip hop, funk and dance gig in the Grand Social.

Admission is free.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/gin-n-juice-5/

Events Coming Up

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

07+10+12+13+26+27 May

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 walks in May will happen on 07+10+12+13+26+27 May.

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

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

Dublin Dance Festival: 02-20 May

International Dublin G ay Theatre Festival: 07-20 May

Cinemagic Film Festival 10-20 May

The James Connolly Festival 09-12 May

Wellfest 2018: 12-13 May

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Eurovision and the National Pride

It is with some surprise that the Irish entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, sung by Ryan O’Shaughnessy, made it to the final on Saturday. The song was not horrible and the singer is good, so there was no explicit reason for expecting that it wouldn’t qualify. But as we know from years and years of Irish failures, the quality of a song or singer is not always the most important thing.

So on Saturday the following countries will compete:
From the second heat Serbia, Moldova, Hungary, Ukraine, Sweden, Australia, Norway, Denmark, Slovenia, Netherlands will make it to the final on Saturday and from the first heat there will be Austria, Estonia, Cyprus, Lithuania, Israel, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Albania, Finland and Ireland. These 20 will be joined by the already seated bigger countries Spain, Portugal, UK, Germany, France and Italy.

So far so good, But there was one thing that I found even more surprising than the Irish entry making it to the final: It was that suddenly and immediately a National Pride seemed to kicked in.

RTE2 showed a celebrating Ryan O’Shaughnessy holding up an Irish flag and the text read “@Ryan_Acoustic summing up how the whole country is feeling right now:” And a RTE News item on their website had the headline “Nation shares pride at Eurovision qualification”. Comedy Actor Rory Cowan wrote “… Brilliant result. … Ireland are back”. [Should that not be “Ireland IS back”??? :-O ] Musician Brendan Murray commented “Well done @Ryan_Acoustic and all the team! It’s times like this I’m proud to be Irish now bring her home son!”. He didn’t explain thought who “she” from “bring HER home” was :-P

So there were some outbursts of national pride there indeed. But is that maybe just a few people playing to their audience? Or is it a widespread feeling of National Pride triggered by the somewhat odd Eurovision event?

Let’s see how it works out on Saturday. The competition final will start at 20:00 and can be seen on RTE TV.

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