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Dublin Event Guide 582: Dog’s Day Out, Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival, Abbey Theatre First Preview

DEG Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

No. 582 | 10 August 2018

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Hi all!

Another quieter than usual August weekend. Everybody still away? Or is it just quieter for free events? Because there are plenty of non free events happening. “Quiet” doesn’t mean there is nothing going on! There are more than 180 events! BUT it means that there is not a lot of “big” events happening, I’d say you will still find something, if you want. :-)

The August bill was reduced to EUR 145 through some more donations. That is a move in the right direction, but still a junk away from zero, so please don’t stop helping. (I hate this constant begging as much as you do, but what can I do? I either need to find the money or I will have to close down the Dublin Event Guide!)
If YOU can support the Dublin Event Guide, please do so! I am suggesting a very fair EUR 12 for the year, that’s just 23 cent per Dublin Event Guide Edition or just about 2 pints for 52 (!) editions of the Dublin Event Guide! 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!

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

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

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The Dublin Event Guide needs your continued help in two areas: Your donations help paying the bills. Just 1 Euro per month (12 Euro per year) would be great, more would be even better. Not many subscribers are prepared (or able) to help, so please don’t rely on others! Your money will be used to pay the monthly EUR 240 bill for sending the newsletter using MailChimp, for web hosting and domain names. I am happy to work 35 hours on the Dublin Event Guide every week without making anything from it, but for the bills I need your help.

You can make your donation at www.perfectresults.info/donate.htm using Paypal or CreditCard or send me a mail at dublineventguide@gmail.com if you prefer to pay by bank transfer. Corporate or enterprise sponsors are very welcome too and will get a bundle of benefits as a thank you for their donation, contact me on sponsorship@dublineventguide.com to discuss the details.

And here is the second area where you can help: Without you spreading the word we would have never reached 24,000 subscribers and 75,000 Facebook Likes. Send your friends to www.dublineventguide.com where they can subscribe as well.

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

Without putting your hand in your pocket at all you can help the Dublin Event Guide! Just use the ad links in the Dublin News Section and the banner ads in other sections as often as possible when you buy/order goods. If you buy goods immediately (in the same session) after clicking on a link/ad that you find in this publication (for example for Groupon, LivingSocial, Amazon, Book Depository, LastMinute etc), then you help the Dublin Event Guide everytime.
This is how it works: The company you buy from will give a small commission (5-8%) to the Dublin Event Guide as a thanks for pointing you in their direction. This might only be 30 cent a go, but if many of you did it every time you buy something online, then it could make a big dent into the EUR 240 needed. Importantly, you do not pay more, but the merchant accepts a slightly smaller profit. So clicking on these ads is helping everybody! Thanks!

Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

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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 John F and Melanie B were so great to help with a very much needed donation. Thanks! Every cent counts and without all these contributions the Dublin Event Guide won’t continue.

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.

You can donate online by following this link to the PayPal&CreditCard donation page. If you want to transfer your donation directly to my account, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com and I will send you the details.

In the last 12 months the following wonderful people have sponsored this Dublin Event Guide:
Mark G, Joanne M, Louise F, Kathryn H, Ornaigh G, Eamonn U, Gerard Ph, Fiona F, Gabriel K, Laura C, Aislinn T, Barry M, Joan S, Nicole W, Tara R, Denise G, Ann M, Mairin M, Daire O’C, Anne H, Anne H, Comet Records, John F, Nora O’K, David O’K, Karen+Brian F, Estelle K, Ann McP, Noelle H, Pat M, Meav Ni M, Jutta B-S, Jamie C, Leigh Ph, Irene D M, Michael D, Joan S, Melanie B, Anita W, Maria F, Moira dF, Arthur D, Catherine G, Clodagh C, Elaine K, Majella M, Ann M, Clodagh O’C, Claire R, Leigh Ph, Sarah L, Mark G, Erzsebet H, Isidro G, Karen A, Sean S, Melanie M, Zelie McG, Lindsay R, Thibaut D, Pia O, James B, Marguerite D, Shai C, Susan K, Agnieszka S-S, Alice K, Ieva B, Ruth L, Ana RT, Rita B, Sueanne O’H, Rosemary M, Darragh D, Lorraine S, Helena S, Carija I, Pat McK, Jennifer R, Sophie P-L, Jenny B, Catherine F, Stephen S, Juliana A Y, Caoimhe NiM, Damien B, Shane O’B, Melanie S, Audrey H, Catherine E, Michele McN, Susan B, Sharon K, Bill G, Malachy B, Catherine O’S, Paula R, Pamela A, Eleonora P, Thomas B, Karen K, Brendan M, Eric O’F, Gale G, Daniel LG, Mark G, Margo C, Joan S, Debbie C, Karen McG, Eric C, Irish Family Names, Tom McM, Aishling B, Ana RT, Eamonn McG, Silja P, Nicola R, Jacinta O’B, Siobhan B, Orla P, Sharon G, Isidro G, Carmel C, Roisin R, Mona R, Suzanne D, Tracey O’C, Jessica G, Barbara L, Frances D, Emmet R, Irene C, Eugene McG, Stuart N, Laurie F, Joan S, Mark C, Clodagh O’C, Grace L, Peter D, Mona O’R, Maria J, Ryan M, Sharon B, Gennadii N, Tadgh C, Niamh D, Austin M, Belinda B, Brendan D, Cathie S, Margaret P, Eric C, Gerard B, Gareth G, Aine G, Lisa B, Rita B, Brendan McC, Dave H, Sarah D, Jutta B-S, Martin McN, Iulia A, Brendan, Mitzi D’A, Shay, Aideen, Sharon J, Julie O’S, Deirdre W, Leigh P, Sandra L, George K, Anita C, Anna Z, Judith B, P, Liam B, Justin M, Ross M, Daniel LG, Susan F, John F, Melanie B and Travel Agency “Project Travel” (www.project-travel.ie Ireland’s only Norway and Northern Lights Travel Experts), Arthur’s Pub (www.arthurspub.ie A classic Dublin old-style pub in 28 Thomas Street with a new and buzzing music venue that runs lots of events), the Speedfriending Ireland Meet-up Group (www.meetup.com/Events-Drinks-Talks-Dublin/) (Where you can meet lots of new people and make friends), Cycling Campaign (www.dublincycling.ie), www.oliviercornetgallery.com (An Art Gallery in 5 Cavendish Row), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, on the search for a new venue), www.cfcp.ie (The Centre for Creative Practices is the the only arts centre in Ireland dedicated to connecting, integrating and promoting immigrant, experimental and emerging artists among the local arts scene and audiences).

EnergiaThe main sponsor is Energia and their support is hugely appreciated! Energia provides cost efficient electricity and gas to Irish homes and businesses. The company is committed to developing renewable energy sources in Ireland and over 25% of the country’s wind power is supplied through Energia. Energia‘s power plants in North Dublin are capable of providing enough energy to power 1.2 million homes.

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 week there is a Dog’s Day Out on Saturday and the Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival in the evenings over the weekend. On Sunday is a gig by The Blizzards in Phoenix Park at the Finish Line of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon. If you like theatre, check out the Abbey Theatre First Preview on Friday!

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Competitions

Release Your Voice – Singing Workshop – Ticket Competition

Saturday 18 August – 11:00-17:30
The Lab, Foley Street, Dublin 1

Professional Singer and Vocal Coach Joan Shields is running a full day workshop in singing techniques entitled “Release Your Voice”. This highly enjoyable and intensive workshop will show you how to get the most out of your voice. It is suitable for all styles of music from Popular to Operatic, Jazz, Traditional, Musical Theatre etc. and all levels of singer from beginner/non-singer to professional. It will also benefit public speakers and actors in their projection and delivery.

You will learn how to develop and gain control over your voice; extend your pitch -range, improve your timbre, intonation and power; sing in a healthy way for your voice; be a more versatile and expressive singer; communicate/interpret a song and perform with confidence. And you will have the opportunity to work individually with Joan on the song of your choice.

The fee for the full day of training is a very affordable EUR 70 and if you tell Joan at the time of booking that you found out about the course in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), you will even only pay EUR 60. – Book your place via 086-3844527 or via freeyourvoice@outlook.com now!

And if you enter this competition, then one person will even get the ticket for free! But don’t wait until the competition is decided. Instead just go ahead and book with Joan and if you are the lucky winner and you have booked already, you will get your money back. The reason why I am suggesting to book NOW is because there are limited places available on the course!

To enter the competition send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with VOICE2018 in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Wednesday 15 August. You can – but you don’t have to (!) – tell me why you would love to do that course, I am very interested. :-)

www.facebook.com/events/1647783688665531/

Energy Healing & Spirit Travel – Free Service

This is not a competition, but it is the offer for a free service by Lica B Browne, so I decided to put it in this category. Lica is offering

Free Energy Healing & Spirit Travel

To book, you just have to send a mail to meetingbbrowne@gmail.com and quote “DEG-Aug18”. This is what Lica tells us about her service:

If your stomach hurts, you take a tablet or visit a doctor. If you feel constantly anxious, you go to a counsellor. Correct? But what about the part of you that’s not physical, who can help heal that? Some research even indicates that physical ailments (dis-ease) start off as energetic. Who can assist then? A competent energy healer like me will. Many of us also suffer on a daily basis, managing physical and emotional pains that can’t be cured with traditional methods. Can energy healing & Spirit Travel really help?! In many cases they can. You’ve already tried the traditional, why not explore something new, like many of my clients: www.meeting-bbrowne.com/testimonial. And you can read more about me and what I do: www.meeting-bbrowne.com/energy-healing. Thank you for giving me an opportunity to heal. T&C & disclaimers apply.

More competitions to come soon!

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Do you enjoy free events? Does it help you to find out about all these free events simply in one e-mail magazine or on one website? Does the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) deliver all this for you and maybe even more? In that case, you probably also would want it to continue forever, right?

To achieve that some money is needed. Donations are a great help, but not everyone feels they can donate at the moment. So here is the solution: If you could help with a donation without having to pay a cent from your own money wouldn’t that be cool? You can!!

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When you click on the link and then buy, your books/products/holidays etc cost exactly the same as if you went to the website directly. But if you go via the links above, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will get 5-8% of what you spend as a commission. That’s not a lot, but if you and lots of other people used that link every time, it would amount to a fair amount of crucially important money. Use the links often, actually EVERY time you buy from the relevant site, not just once!

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House of Fraser – Update

On Thursday I mentioned in the daily Dublin Event Guide Facebook Post that House of Fraser in Dundrum was in potential trouble and that they could close any time between last Thursday and the next two weeks. The reason for this unusual use of the daily post for an update like this was to warn people that maybe have gift vouchers or other unfinished business (returns, collections, etc) to hurry. 17,000 people saw the post and lots of you liked and shared it.

House of Fraser had used a legal trick to restructure the business and had planned to close 31 stores and let more than 6,000 employees go to be able to rescue the other half of the stores and another 11,000 employees. The House of Fraser Store in Dublin has a somewhat different ownership structure and was not included in either of these two halves. However the company needed additional money and a Chinese company was prepared to invest. However, they pulled out last week and that when it all seemed to be crashing down.

Now a new development has happened and it is important to let you know about that as well:

On Thursday the owner of Sports Direct bought all 65 UK stores for GBP 90mio and it looks as – at least for the moment – the stores and the employees are safe. Without a doubt the new owner will restructure the company significantly, though and that’s when stores will be closed and people will be let go in a few months.

However the situation for the Irish store is AGAIN a completely different story, because that deal with Sports Direct EXCLUDES the House of Fraser store in Dundrum, it is completely unclear what will happen to the anchor tenant of Dundrum Town Centre.

So my recommendation is STILL sort out your affairs with House of Fraser asap if they still need sorting!

And because people might wonder if they still should buy there or not, here are some considerations:
You can definitely still buy there if your product is available in store, you have checked the quality thoroughly, the price is a a good price, you are confident that you will not want to exchange it and it is not the type of item that might have to be exchanged at a later stage.
On the other hand, you should NOT buy if you have a tendency to exchange goods you have purchased or if there is a risk that the item is not of perfect and long (enough) lasting quality. If the company’s potential closure in a few days, weeks or months will cause you stress or will reduce the ability to apply usual consumer rights, do not buy there for now. The situation MIGHT be a little different if you buy from concession stores that are in House of Fraser, because your consumer rights MIGHT be transferable to another shop of the same brand somewhere else in Dublin, but I am not expert in this area, so you better ask!
Do not – under ANY circumstances – buy gift vouchers in House of Fraser until the store’s future is sorted.

Update:
On Friday afternoon news emerged that Sports Direct also want to buy the House of Fraser Store in Dublin, but that regulatory issues need to be solved first (probably because the Sports Direct owner also owns Heatons and a part of Debenhams). However, it seems as if the Dundrum store will continue to operate as normal at least for now!

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Summer of Heritage 2018 in Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is the leading example in the whole Greater Dublin area of top class historical events for everybody and Dublin City really could learn from them!

The Summer of Heritage programme of events is a series of more than 30 free guided tours run by the Heritage Office of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council from 25 June until 02 September. The tours are suitable for families, groups and individuals interested in local history and some of the locations/tours are The Oratory, Seapoint Martello Tower, Holy Trinity Church Kiliney, Historic Dundrum, Kill Abbey, Obelisk Stillorgan, James Joyce Tower, Historic Blackrock, The Metals, Dun Laoghaire Harbour Walk, National Maritime Museum, Dalkey Castle, Monkstown Castle.
Most tours happen a number of times during the week and the full programme can be downloaded here. (Some of the tours require pre-booking.)

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_wk33

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 visualartists.ie/whats-on/events-in-leinster-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.

Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday – Illustrations

09 June – 31 August (Mon-Sat 11:00-17:00)

Mill Theatre, Dundrum

Eva Kelly is a Dublin based free­lance illustrator, educator and arts facilitator and her exhibition “Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday” is an illustrated journey through the north and south of inner city Dublin. Inspired by Ulysses, James Joyce, it traces part of the journey Leopold Bloom makes through the streets.

Admission is free.

www.milltheatre.ie/exhibition/everyone-everywhere-everyday/

Devonian Plant Fossils: A window into the past

02-24 August (10:00-17:00)

National Botanic Gardens, 300 Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

This is a joint exhibition between the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland, the Geological Survey Ireland and the Natural History Museum and it will show-case the 360 million year old fossils from Kiltorcan Quarry, Co. Kilkenny.

Kiltorcan is internationally known for its rich assemblage of excavated fossils but this is their first significant public display. The fossils provide a glimpse into the plant world at the end of the Devonian Period.
The first significant adaptive radiation of life on dry land occurred during the Devonian Period. Free-sporing vascular plants began to spread across dry land, forming extensive forests which covered the continents. By the middle of the Devonian, several groups of plants had evolved leaves and true roots, and by the end of the period the first seed-bearing plants appeared.

The exhibition can be viewed daily in the Gallery, Education & Visitor Centre. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/383737158783917/

Face to Face: Anthony Palliser’s Irish Portraits

01 June – 02 Sept (Tue-Sun 10:00-13:00+14:00-17:00)

Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Over eighty portraits of more than thirty renowned Irish cultural figures, completed over a sixteen-year period by the Anglo-Belgian painter Anthony Palliser, will be on display at Farmleigh Gallery.

The “models” include Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Paddy Moloney, Siobhán Armstrong, Thomas Kinsella, Edna O’Brien, John Boorman, Colm Tóibín, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, Brian Friel, Bill Whelan, John Banville, Sinéad Cusack, John Montague, Paul Muldoon, John Hurt and Garech Browne.

Admission is free. Find more information here.

Saturday 11 Aug

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 11 Aug

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

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

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 11 Aug

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 11 Aug

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:
+ 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
+ Bricksfield Park, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 11 Aug

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 – Food/Farmer’s Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 11 Aug

A1 Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

The Green Door Market is an indoor food/Farmer’s Market that many know from when it was located at Newmarket Square. Due to the redevelopment at Newmarket Square it had to move and is now on the Old Naas Road, opposite the entrance to the Royal Liver Retail Park. At the new location they are also open on Sundays.

Opening hours are Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat 09:30-16:00 and also Sunday 11:00-17:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

Dún Laoghaire Record and CD Fair

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

At the next Record and CD Fair by Soundzpromising in Dun Laoghaire, 1000s of records and CDs new and used, rare and deleted, will be on sale, covering nearly every musical genre.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/290670858149879/

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 11 Aug

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

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

www.jamestownmarket.com/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 11 Aug

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 11 Aug

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 11 Aug

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 11 Aug

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 11 Aug

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 11 Aug

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 11 Aug

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/

Eileen Gray 140 – Curator’s Tour

11:00 – 12:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

For the Curator’s Tour “Eileen Gray 140”, join curator Dr. Jennifer Goff for a special 140th Birthday tour of the Eileen Gray exhibition.

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

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3786

Pond Dipping – Children’s Event

11:00 – 12:30, Sat 11 Aug

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Explore the weird and wonderful world of insects and mini-beasts 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!

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 804 0300. Suitable for children aged 8+.

botanicgardens.ie/event/pond-dipping/?instance_id=8

Walking Tour of Ireland’s Remarkable Women

11:00 – 12:30, Sat 11 Aug

St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

“Following Her Path: A Walking Tour of Ireland’s Remarkable Women” is a walking tour that takes you on a journey of discovery of the women who shaped Ireland through the centuries, while you casually stroll through Dublin city center.

Vasilena Vasileva will run the tour and admission is free, but tips will be welcome.

If you are interested, you can find further information on this Facebook page www.facebook.com/FollowingHerPath/ and you can book your place here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/following-her-path-17555023951

www.facebook.com/FollowingHerPath/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 11 Aug

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

Artist’s Talk: Peadar McDaid

12:00, Sat 11 Aug

Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Peadar McDaid will give a talk in Dublin Castle on Saturday. He has been a visual artist for more than 30 years and has created and tutors a unique art programme in Donegal for people recovering from mental illness. Peadar’s work ‘A Wee Book of Landscapes’ is on view in the exhibition “Derek Hill and the View from Donegal” in Dublin Castle.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/e/artists-talk-peadar-mcdaid-tickets-47985347466

Donabate-Portrane Summer Festival

12:00, Sat 11 Aug

Portrane, North County Dublin

The Donabate-Portrane Summerfest will take place this weekend and will feature craft stalls, music, dancing, spot prizes, competitions, face painting, bouncy castles, street entertainers, teddy bears picnic (Newbridge House), fun fair, treasure hunt, games and more.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the exact location or time. So I suggest you go to Portrane and ask there. ;-)

www.facebook.com/Donabate-Portrane-Summer-Festival-794684390593233/

Life at the Edges – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 11 Aug

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “Life at the Edges” and it will run from 22 June until 30 September,

The exhibition is looking at space travel, Mars exploration and it also looks at other hostile or difficult environments like antarctica, volcanoes and living in a floating city.

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ Habitat of a simluated Mars mission
+ Creating souvenirs from Lava
+ Process of creating an iron ring from grass that grew on iron polluted soil
+ Animals that travelled to space
+ A plant growing in Mars atmophere
+ A planet to be built from dead bodies

It is a fascinating exhibition, but take your time to understand the exhibits and think a little more about some of them! It is worth it!

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/ledges/

Military Guard Ceremony

12:00 – 13:00, Sat 11 Aug

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

A Ceremonial Military Guard will parade at the site of the “National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State”, at Merrion Square during July and August. Ceremonies will take place at the pyramid at Merrion Square opposite the back entrance to the Dail, every Saturday from 14 July to 18 August 2018.

Units from different sections of the Defence Forces (Army, Air Corps and Naval Service) will participate in this Military Guard Ceremony to remember their comrades. Every week different units will be involved and the details of the ceremony and the participating units are described on the website below.

www.military.ie/en/info-centre/df-ceremonial/ceremonial-military-guard/

Qi gong – Drop-in class – Chester Beatty Library

12:00, Sat 11 Aug

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

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

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

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

Oddly the start time of the class is not specified this time, but it usually is 12:00, so maybe assume that as the starting time for now.

cbl.ticketsolve.com/event-categories/426496793

Raspberry Jam: First Pi Jam – Workshop

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 11 Aug

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Do you have a WIP Pi project, or one you want to work on? Do you want to learn what a Pi is about? Or do you know what a Pi is, but wonder what can you do besides making an LED light up with a button, or make sounds with a buzzer?

This first “Raspberry Pi Jam” will have three categories/activities:

Beginners will get an intro to using Raspberry Pis before joining the rest of the Intermediate groups. Intermediates will know what Raspberry Pi is and will be shown what else it can do! Hobbyists are welcome to bring projects they’re already working on or wish to start as well as connect and share their knowledge.

Admission is free, but you will have to register via the link on the website below.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2018/07/raspberryjamfirstpijam

The Dead Zoo Tour – Natural History Museum

12:00 – 15:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

During the Dead Zoo Tour, educator Sarah Sarsfield will give you an introduction to the galleries and show you highlights from the 10,000 specimens on display at the Dead Zoo. Learn about the animal with the largest antlers in the world and hear the infamous story of how we got our polar bear.

Admission is free. Suitable for Ages 8+. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first served basis 15 minutes before the tour starts.

The tour will take place ate 12:00 and at 14:00.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3730

Wooly Wards Farm at Marlay Park

12:00 – 15:00, Sat 11 Aug

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The Wooly Wards Farm will bring all their animals to Marlay Park on Saturday.

Big and small kids will get a chance to pet, groom, lead and feed the animals and find out how to care for and treat the animals with respect.

Admission is free.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/wooly-wards-farm-0

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 11 Aug

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/

Dog’s Day Out – Dun Laoghaire

13:00 – 17:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

A “Dog’s Day Out” is happening this Saturday in Moran Park in Dun Laoghaire, that’s the small park next to the dlr Lexicon Library in Dun Laoghaire.

There will be demonstrations and question and answer sessions on dog care, grooming, training and loads more from local vets, an InstaWall where you can take a picture of your dog as a special reminder of your visit to Dog’s Day Out, Kids can have their faces painted canine style or make a customised dog collar for their favourite pet and information from the Irish Kennel Club and a pop-up pet store from Nature Nurture will be there.

Dog’s Day Out is organised by dlr Events and is an initiative by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.

Admission is free.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/dogs-day-out

The National Library’s History & Heritage – Tour

13:00, Sat 11 Aug

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Guided tour “The National Library’s History & Heritage” will give you a chance 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

Magic in the Secret Garden – Magic Show

13:30 – 16:30, Sat 11 Aug

Jervis Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

“Magic in the Secret Garden”is a magic show in the Jervis Shopping Centre. It will take place at 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/237653980188422/

Mindfulness Tour – National Gallery

13:30 – 14:15, Sat 11 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

A Mindfulness Tour will take place in the National Gallery.

“Enjoy some time out and join us for a free guided tour at a slower pace. Looking closely, and moving quietly and mindfully through the Gallery spaces, we will encounter each work with curiosity, allowing us to connect deeply with it. The tour will end with quiet reflection in silence and stillness.”

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/mindfulness-tour-2

Buddhist Religion and Art – Tour

14:00, Sat 11 Aug

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The In Focus Tour “Buddhist religion and Art” with Patricia McCabe, Guide will take place.

Admission is free. Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library.

cbl.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173587984

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

Meet the Flint-Stones – National Museum

14:00 – 16:00, Sat 11 Aug

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

“Meet the Flint-Stones” is a Drop-in activity for all ages.

Did you know that you can use flint stone not only to catch, but also to cook your dinner?! Drop into the Kildare Room to find out why flint was so important to people living in Stone Age Ireland. Meet archaeologist Dave O’Reilly to handle amazing replica stone tools and weapons to learn more about all the ways that people living in Ireland thousands of years ago used stone to their advantage.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3759

The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park – Film Screening

14:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

The DocSpot Documentary Film Club will feature the film “The Ballad of Oppenheimer Park” (2016). 71 mins at this screening on Saturday.

Director Juan Manuel Sepúlveda captures the detached existence of the Native Americans living within the Oppenheimer Park at the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver. Harley Prosper, Janet Brown and Bear Raweater, exiled from Canadian reserves, talk and share their lives transforming their drinking ritual in a daily defiance to the status quo.

English with Spanish subtitles

Admission is free.

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

A Stroll in the Dubh Linn Garden – Guided Tour

15:00 – 16:00, Sat 11 Aug

Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Explore both the plants and sculptures in the Dubh Linn garden behind Dublin Castle at this guided tour.l´

Admission is free, but booking is required and there are still tickets available at the time of writing this,. Check via the link below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/a-stroll-in-the-dubh-linn-garden-tickets-47662396511

Deepening communication in couple dances

15:00 – 17:00, Sat 11 Aug

J.T. Pim’s, 4 South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2

Michael Calo is teaching Balfolk dancers how to overcome the fear and stress of making mistakes when dancing, how to dance more confidently and how to enjoy it more.

Admission is free. All details are on the Facebook Page below.

www.facebook.com/events/212947112732982/

Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival – Gigs

19:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

The Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival will happen from Friday until Sunday (10-12 August) and it seems it has moved and shrunk in size. For the last four years it took place in 11 venues in the Dame District, this year the only venue will be the Grand Social. :-O

Australian Cherry Divine will be in the Grand Social on Friday & Sunday and California’s J P McDermott & The Western Bop will be headlining on Saturday night.

The line-up for Saturday and Sunday is here

Saturday:
19:00-21:00 The Dance Off- With Lindy Hop all levels / 21:00 Dublin City Rounders / 21:45 Louisiana 6 / 22:30 J.P. McDermott and Western Bop

Sunday:
19:30 Zodiacs / 20:45 Riley & The Moon Walkers / 22:00 Cherry Divine – Helen Bailey

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/RockabillyIreland/

Absolutely Yo – Gig

21:00, Sat 11 Aug

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Absolutely Yo will play Rock’n’Rol and Boogaloo at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/831521983684989/

Bring Out The Chimp – Gig

21:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

“Bring Out The Chimp” will play a Funk gig in Bray.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/bring-out-the-chimp1

Crystal Skull Winners Night – Gig

21:00, Sat 11 Aug

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Crystal Skull is a band competition that extends over many weeks. Last week was the final and this week a winners night takes place where the competition winners will perform.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/crystal-skull-sessions-heat-3/

Hire Love – Gig

21:00, Sat 11 Aug

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

The band “Hire Love” will play a gig in the Patriot’s Inn.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-patriots-inn/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 11 Aug

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/

Summer Mazurka Klandestina

21:00, Sat 11 Aug

Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2

A Summer Mazurka Klandestina will take place on Grand Canal Square. Bring your instruments, smiles, food and soft drinks to share and a good mood. Mazurka Klandestina is a friendly and good-atmosphere folk dancing event in public spaces.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2311111815784250/

Upbeat Generation – Gig

22:00 – 00:30, Sat 11 Aug

Mint Bar, Westin Hotel, 35-39 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2

Upbeat Generation are playing a gig of soul, funk, pop., disco and R&B.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/654989201560872/

Rock Tribunal – Gig

23:30, Sat 11 Aug

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

Rock Tribunal are back in the Porterhouse in Temple Bar for a gig on Saturday.

Admission is free.

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

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon – The Blizzards

08:30 – 12:00, Sun 12 Aug

Dublin (various locations)

The yearly Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is happening on Sunday in Dublin. Participation is not free, but along the course and at the Finish Line there are a number of gigs for everyone. The Finish Line gig is by The Blizzards from 11:00-12:00 and admission to the gig is free.

Here is the Main Stage Line Up:
Point Break 10:15-10:45
Awards Presentation: 10:45-11:00
The Blizzards 11:00-12:00
Cherry Devine 12:15-13:00

Along the course, the following bands are performing:
Dublin City Rounders, Duelling Saddles, Rachel McCormick, Roscoe Brothers, NC Lawlor, Dave McGuinness, The Rockets, Greg Clifford and all locations and times are listed on the website below.

Please note: There are a number of road closures on Sunday morning and the full list is here. A map of the full course is also available here.

www.runrocknroll.com/dublin/the-weekend/entertainment/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 12 Aug

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 12 Aug

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

Magazine Fort – Guided Tour

10:00, Sun 12 Aug

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 12 Aug

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 12 Aug

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/

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sun 12 Aug

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

Artist-in-residence Steve Simpson – Open Studio

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 12 Aug

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

An Open Studio event will give you an insight into Artist-in-residence Steve Simpson’s work in the National Gallery in the Millennium Wing Studio. Steve Simpson will be there to chat about his work and about the inspiration he has drawn from the “Circus250: Art of the Show” exhibition.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/artist-residence-steve-simpson-open-studio-2

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

The Green Door Market – Food/Farmer’s Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 12 Aug

A1 Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

The Green Door Market is an indoor food/Farmer’s Market that many know from when it was located at Newmarket Square. Due to the redevelopment at Newmarket Square it had to move and is now on the Old Naas Road, opposite the entrance to the Royal Liver Retail Park. At the new location they are also open on Sundays.

Opening hours are Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat 09:30-16:00 and also Sunday 11:00-17:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Drop-in family session – National Gallery

11:30 – 13:30, Sun 12 Aug

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

This weekly Drop-in family workshop runs from 11.30 – 13.30 in the Maples and Calder Creative Space in the Atrium.

Children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish. The workshop is suitable for children of all ages.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/drop-family-workshop-3

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 12 Aug

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 12 Aug

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/

Donabate-Portrane Summer Festival

12:00, Sun 12 Aug

Portrane, North County Dublin

The Donabate-Portrane Summerfest will take place this weekend and will feature craft stalls, music, dancing, spot prizes, competitions, face painting, bouncy castles, street entertainers, teddy bears picnic (Newbridge House), fun fair, treasure hunt, games and more.

Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the exact location or time. So I suggest you go to Portrane and ask there. ;-)

www.facebook.com/Donabate-Portrane-Summer-Festival-794684390593233/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 12 Aug

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

Life at the Edges – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 12 Aug

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “Life at the Edges” and it will run from 22 June until 30 September,

The exhibition is looking at space travel, Mars exploration and it also looks at other hostile or difficult environments like antarctica, volcanoes and living in a floating city.

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ Habitat of a simluated Mars mission
+ Creating souvenirs from Lava
+ Process of creating an iron ring from grass that grew on iron polluted soil
+ Animals that travelled to space
+ A plant growing in Mars atmophere
+ A planet to be built from dead bodies

It is a fascinating exhibition, but take your time to understand the exhibits and think a little more about some of them! It is worth it!

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/ledges/

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Sun 12 Aug

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-20

Women on Wheels – Listening Session

12:30 – 14:30, Sun 12 Aug

Waterways Ireland Visitor Centre, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

The Dublin Cycling Campaign wants to find out from women who use a bicylce in Dublin about their experiences.

The event description is a little confusing though. It starts with this paragraph

“Why do you think only 30% of cyclists in Dublin are women? What factors are holding us back? What would encourage more women to get on two wheels around the city? What sort of planning do you do when you plot a route around the city?”

But then in the second paragraph the event is described as “Join Dublin Cycling Campaign for a listening session about street harassment of women who cycle,…”

The question “What factors are holding us back” seems to be answered by the researchers in the second paragraph even before they listened to women! :-O

Read the complete description by following the link below.

Admission is free but booking is required. There will be two sessions, one at 12:30 and the other at 13:30.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/women-on-wheels-listening-session-with-women-who-cycle-in-dublin-tickets-48838901469

Atheist Ireland Meetup & Lunch

13:00 – 15:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

Atheist Ireland have their next meetup over lunch on Sunday in the IFI. Everyone is welcome to ask questions and chat about issues.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/192384338089062

Drop-In Drawing Session – Chester Beatty Library

13:00 – 15:00, Sun 12 Aug

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Learn drawing techniques at this Drop-in Drawing Session, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration during these relaxed informal sessions. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only.

Admission is free.

cbl.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173587985

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 12 Aug

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/

Freddy Walsh – Gig

14:00 – 15:30, Sun 12 Aug

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Guitarist Freddy Walsh will play a gig at the Sunday Market in People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. He performs a mix of music, taking influences from many genres including classical, blues, jazz and rock.

Admission is free.

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/freddy-walsh

Hugh Lane Gallery – Guided Tour

14:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

Intercultural Tour in Japanese – Chester Beatty Library

14:00, Sun 12 Aug

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

This is a Intercultural Tour in Japanese Language with Community Ambassador Hiromi Anzai.

Admission is free. Meeting point is in the atrium of the Library.

cbl.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173587988

Dublin Airport Police Fire Service Band – Concert

14:30 – 16:00, Sun 12 Aug

Seafront, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Dublin Airport Police Fire Service Band will play a concerton the bandstand in Bray.

www.bray.ie/pec-events/dublin-airport-police-fire-service-band-2018/

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

Dublin Castle Family Activity: Garden Quest

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 12 Aug

Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2

This is an interactive tour of the Dubh Linn garden, discovering the sculptures and plants along the way. It is suitable for families with children of all ages.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/e/family-activity-garden-quest-tickets-47662520883

Dublin Ukulele Collective Concert

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 12 Aug

Harbour Plaza, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Dublin Ukulele Collective are performing their annual concert in aid of Irish Guide Dogs on Sunday at the Harbour Plaza on the Marine Road in Dun Laoghaire.

I wasn’t able to find out if this event is free, but given the (outdoor) venue, I assume that admission is free and donations are very welcome.

www.facebook.com/events/269443843856803/

Hands on History: Dress to Impress

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

“Hands on History: Dress to Impress” is a Drop-in activity for all ages.

This is a drop-in handling session for all ages, a chance to explore the clothing and outfits from the museums collection of objects for handling and try some on for size.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3803

In conversation: Steve Simpson – National Gallery Talk

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 12 Aug

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

“In conversation: Steve Simpson” is a conversation between Steve Simpson, the gallery’s Circus250 artist-in-residence, and Sinead K. Rice (Head of Education). The talk will take place in the Millennium Wing Studio where Steve has been based for the last month, creating new work inspired by our Circus250: Art of the Show exhibition.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/conversation-steve-simpson-0

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 12 Aug

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but every Sunday there is a free public tour for the next few weeks. Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

16:00 – 19:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

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.

The event takes place every Sunday in the Cobblestone Pub.

www.facebook.com/events/190684011644531/

Life and Death at Sea – Medecins Sans Frontieres Talk

16:00 – 17:30, Sun 12 Aug

Ashling Hotel, 8 Parkgate St, Dublin 8

Donal Gorman of Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) will talk about “Life and Death at Sea” at the next event of the Humainst Association of Ireland. The talk will cover MSF’s Search & Rescue operations in the Mediterranean during his time on board of the Aquarius SAR ship. He will also be discussing the MSF operations in Libya.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2103426229931061/

Game Night – Play Board Games with great people

17:00 – 22:00, Sun 12 Aug

Fringe Lab, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Organised by ALT Events, the 32nd edition of their “Game Night” event will take place on Sunday. It is an evening of playing board games with other enthusiasts. You can bring your own games or can play some of the many that ALT Events will bring to the event.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/413036762539876/

The High Leeson – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 12 Aug

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 12 Aug

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/

Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival – Gigs

19:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

The Dublin Rock ‘n’ Roll Festival will happen from Friday until Sunday (10-12 August) and it seems it has moved and shrunk in size. For the last four years it took place in 11 venues in the Dame District, this year the only venue will be the Grand Social. :-O

Australian Cherry Divine will be in the Grand Social on Friday & Sunday and California’s J P McDermott & The Western Bop will be headlining on Saturday night.

The line-up for Saturday and Sunday is here

Saturday:
19:00-21:00 The Dance Off- With Lindy Hop all levels / 21:00 Dublin City Rounders / 21:45 Louisiana 6 / 22:30 J.P. McDermott and Western Bop

Sunday:
19:30 Zodiacs / 20:45 Riley & The Moon Walkers / 22:00 Cherry Divine – Helen Bailey

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/RockabillyIreland/

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 12 Aug

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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 12 Aug

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 12 Aug

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

The Square Pegs will play Goodtime Blues at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/square-pegs5

Fireworks – Donabate-Portrane Summer Festival

22:00, Sun 12 Aug

Portrane, North County Dublin

The Donabate-Portrane Summer Festival ends with a Fireworks on Sunday evening.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1762182957151449/

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 12 Aug

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/

Monday 13 Aug

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National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 13 Aug

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 13 Aug

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/

C. S. Lewis: One Irishman’s Enduring Fame – Talk

13:00, Mon 13 Aug

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Lunchtime talk “C. S. Lewis: One Irishman’s Enduring Fame” by speaker Dr. Stephanie L. Derrick will take place.

C. S. Lewis, best known today for “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”, has been the subject of wide interest since he first stepped-up to the BBC’s microphone during the Second World War to deliver philosophical defences of Christianity. Dr. Derrick will discuss why books by this Belfast-born literary historian have continued to be popular in the decades since, especially in America.’

Admission is free.

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

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Mon 13 Aug

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

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Yoga in the Park with Camile Thai

13:15 – 13:45, Mon 13 Aug

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Camile Thai is running a free Yoga class at 13:15 and again at 18:15 on Monday. There are 60 mats available, but in case more people come, you should bring your own mat if possible. Instructor is Ellen O’Shea.

All levels are welcome. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/845960092262502/

New Parents’ Tour – National Gallery

14:00 – 14:45, Mon 13 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The “New parents’ tour” is 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-10

Yoga in the Park with Camile Thai

18:15 – 19:00, Mon 13 Aug

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Camile Thai is running a free Yoga class at 13:15 and again at 18:15 on Monday. There are 60 mats available, but in case more people come, you should bring your own mat if possible. Instructor is Ellen O’Shea.

All levels are welcome. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/845960092262502/

Electronics, Microcontroller and IOT Evening – Meet-up

19:00 – 22:00, Mon 13 Aug

TOG Hackerspace, 22 Blackpitts, Dublin 8

The next “Electronics, Microcontroller and IOT evening” is happening this week. These evenings for members and visitors alike. No booking is necessary, just turn up. Everyone from absolute beginner to experienced is welcome. The evenings are not classes or tutorials, rather a very friendly informal evening.

Come in with your Pi, Arduino, Galileo or whatever you have. Bring your laptop. Maybe you want to make something, solder, breadboard or use our electronic gear. Maybe you have some vague ideas and just want to get started, but you’re not sure how to. Or maybe you’re just curious……if so, it’s fine to come along and just see what others are doing.

Admission is free.

www.meetup.com/Tog-Dublin-Hackerspace/events/mfnvhpyxlbrb/

Nicola Peel – Solutionist – Talk

19:30, Mon 13 Aug

Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

Nicola Peel is an environmentalist, filmmaker, speaker and solutionist. She has been working in the Ecuadorian Amazon for 18 years on a number of environmental and social projects and will be in Dublin to talk about how we can find practical solutions in nature to respond to the problems we encounter.

Admission seems to be free.

www.facebook.com/events/231365004348499/

Song Cycle – Singer/Songwriter Showcase

20:00, Mon 13 Aug

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 13 Aug

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

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

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 13 Aug

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 13 Aug

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

Jimmy Smyth’s Organised – Gig

21:00, Mon 13 Aug

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Guitarist Jimmy Smyth will play a regular gig in the Leeson Lounge with band Organised and occasional guests.

Admission is free.

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

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 13 Aug

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 13 Aug

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 14 Aug

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Culture Club: Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA)

10:30 – 12:30, Tue 14 Aug

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

This Culture Club event features the exhibition of German-American artist Andrea Geyer, called “When We”. ‘When We’ consists of several recent works by Geyer as well as the new immersive work Collective Weave (Ireland), 2018, commissioned by IMMA for this exhibition. Geyer’s work provokes a radical re-thinking of time.

Culture Club is organised by the Culture Connects Project in Dublin. Groups and individuals from all over Dublin are brought to a range of cultural venues throughout the year, including museums, galleries and libraries. Culture Club begins with a tour of an exhibition, given by a tour guide and ends with a Tea & Chats session. The Tea & Chats are facilitated discussions where people get the opportunity to reflect on their experience, learn from and connect with one another.

Culture Club is free and to become part of it, just join in via cultureclub@dublinscultureconnects.ie

www.facebook.com/events/212819649416585/

Botanic Gardens Drop-in Activities for Children

11:00, Tue 14 Aug

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The National Botanic Gardens run “Kids Drop by Activities” every Tuesday until 28 August.

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.facebook.com/events/982816088548254/

Learn and Explore with the Mobile Music School

11:00, Tue 14 Aug

Marino Library, Marino Mart, Dublin 3

Learn and Explore with the Mobile Music School will take place in Marino Library at 11:00 for children aged 4-7 and in Drumcondra Library at 14:30 for children aged 8-11.

Explore the world and sounds of music through action songs, rhythm and musical games. Participants will learn to perform songs and compose music using set sounds.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the phone numbers here: Marino Library 01-8336297 / Drumcondra Library 01-8377206.

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

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 14 Aug

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 Mother of Sorrows – Pop-up Art Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Tue 14 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Jenny Duffy will give a talk in front of Harry Clarke’s stained glass window “The Mother of Sorrows”.

Admission is free. Meet in front of the artwork in Room 20.

www.nationalgallery.ie/mother-sorrows

Learn and Explore with the Mobile Music School

14:30, Tue 14 Aug

Drumcondra Library, Millmount Avenue, Drumcondra, Dublin 9

Learn and Explore with the Mobile Music School will take place in Marino Library at 11:00 for children aged 4-7 and in Drumcondra Library at 14:30 for children aged 8-11.

Explore the world and sounds of music through action songs, rhythm and musical games. Participants will learn to perform songs and compose music using set sounds.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the phone numbers here: Marino Library 01-8336297 / Drumcondra Library 01-8377206.

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

The Boy Who Cried Wolf – Puppet Show

14:30, Tue 14 Aug

Ballyfermot Library, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10

Presented by Marting Cahill from No Strings Theatre Company, the unique performance of this classic tale is for families with children aged 3-7.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-6269324

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

Goodnight Stories + Make some slime for Rebel Girls and Boys

15:30 – 17:00, Tue 14 Aug

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

“Goodnight Stories and make some slime for Rebel Girls and Boys!” is an event in Room 1, Level 3 of the dlr Lexicon Library for children aged 8-12. Admission is free, but booking is required via dlrlexiconlib@dlrcoco.ie (Only 15 places are available.)

“Have you read Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls yet? If you haven’t, read it as part of Summer Reading. If you have read it, you will know it’s packed full of fascinating women who have made history for all kinds of reasons. For this session take a look at the amazing contributions women have made to science, then do your own science experiments by making your own slime!
Please wear old clothes for this event.”

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/goodnight-stories-and-making-slime-rebel-girls-and-boys

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 14 Aug

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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

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

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

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 14 Aug

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 14 Aug

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 14 Aug

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 – Bourbon & Blues – Gig

20:30, Tue 14 Aug

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

Ben Prevo plays his Bourbon & Blues gig in the Bowery.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

20:30, Tue 14 Aug

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

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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 14 Aug

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 14 Aug

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 14 Aug

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 14 Aug

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 15 Aug

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Drawing Group for Adults – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 15 Aug

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

Summer Storytime in Raheny Library

11:00, Wed 15 Aug

Raheny Library, Howth Road, Dublin 5

Summer Storytime in Raheny Library will take place on Wednesday and is suitable for 3-6 year olds.

Admission is free and booking is not required.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/summer-2

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 15 Aug

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

Prehistory Mysteries – Precious Pots

12:00 – 13:30, Wed 15 Aug

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

“Prehistory Mysteries – Precious Pots” is a Drop-in activity for all ages.

See and handle some replica pots form the Stone and Bronze Ages, ask the museums educators questions and discover how people in the past achieved beautiful decoration and incredible shapes using their bare hands and even their fingernails.

Admission is free. Located in the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition, Ground Floor.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3760

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 15 Aug

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/

Looking for Loved Ones after the Holocaust – Talk

13:00 – 14:00, Wed 15 Aug

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

Debórah Dwork is the Rose Professor of Holocaust History and Founding Director of the Strassler Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Clark University. She will be in the Long Room Hub to give the talk “”Where are you?” Looking for Loved Ones after the Holocaust”

Admission is free.

www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/whats-on/details/event.php?eventid=128923309

Pop-up sketching: Drawing en plein air

13:00 – 14:00, Wed 15 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The Workshop “Pop-up sketching: Drawing en plein air” will take place on Wednesday. This is a pop-up sketching session inspired by Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns exhibition. In this session you will explore drawing en plein air, using mixed media. All materials provided.

Admission is free. Limited to 15 people. Places allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.

www.nationalgallery.ie/pop-sketching-drawing-en-plein-air-0

Irish National War Memorial Gardens – Guided Tour

14:00, Wed 15 Aug

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/

Spanish Language Film: La Isla Minima

17:30, Wed 15 Aug

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

The next Film Screening in the Spanish Film Club will be “La Isla Mínima” (Marshland), Director: Alberto Rodríguez Librero, (2014) 105 min.

At the beginning of the 80s, two teenage girls are murdered in a small Andalusian town. Two policemen, ideologically opposed, are sent from Madrid to investigate the disappearance. In a community anchored in the past, they will have to face not only a cruel murderer, but also their own ghosts.

The Spanish Film Club show a selection of Spanish language films on the third Wednesday of the month. Films are in Spanish with English language subtitles. (In association with the Instituto Cervantes Dublin.)

Admission is free.

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

Atmospheric Railway Talk – Summer Talks

19:00, Wed 15 Aug

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

As part of the “Summer Talks at Marlay House” programme, the talk “The Kingstown/Dalkey Atmospheric Train 1844-1854 – a marvel of Victorian engineering.” with Tom Conlon will take place.

This was the world’s first commercial vacuum-driven train. A steam-driven vacuum pump located in Dalkey evacuated air from a pipe between the rails of a train. A piston in the pipe pulled the train uphill all the way to Dalkey, a distance of 1800 metres. At its peak, it ran 35 trains a day. In 1854, the line was leased by the Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow and Dublin Railway Company and quickly converted for conventional locomotive trains. The talk will feature original engineering plans which have rarely been seen in the past 100 years.

Admission is free, but booking is required via email dlrheritageevents@dlrcoco.ie

events.dlrcoco.ie/event/summer-talks-marlay-house-atomospheric-railway-talk

Wednesday Jazz – Music Cafe

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 15 Aug

The Music Cafe, 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/satumusikk/

Jesters Open Mic Comedy Night

19:45 – 22:00, Wed 15 Aug

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/

Brand New Switcharoo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 15 Aug

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 15 Aug

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/

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 15 Aug

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 15 Aug

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

Forro Wednesday

21:00, Wed 15 Aug

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 15 Aug

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 15 Aug

Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru), 4 Prospect Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 11

Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).

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Culture Club: Richmond Barracks

11:00 – 13:00, Thu 16 Aug

Richmond Barracks, St. Michael’s Estate, Inchicore, Dublin 8

This Culture Club event at Richmond Barracks will bring you music to travel back in time. The history of Richmond Barracks is told with the help of music. Topics include British Military History, Events of 1916, Francis Ledwidge, St Michael’s CBS and Social History. Local musicians Bernie Tynan and Tony Casey will perform.

Culture Club is organised by the Culture Connects Project in Dublin. Groups and individuals from all over Dublin are brought to a range of cultural venues throughout the year, including museums, galleries and libraries. Culture Club begins with a tour of an exhibition, given by a tour guide and ends with a Tea & Chats session. The Tea & Chats are facilitated discussions where people get the opportunity to reflect on their experience, learn from and connect with one another.

Culture Club is free and to become part of it, just join in via cultureclub@dublinscultureconnects.ie

www.facebook.com/events/2074234889507657/

Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 16 Aug

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/

Irish Wildlife Trust Talk and Walk

11:00, Thu 16 Aug

Phibsboro Library, Blacquiere Bridge, Off North Circular Road, Phibsboro, Dublin 7

The Irish Wildlife Trust host this family friendly event which features a brief wildlife talk in the library followed by a walk in the local park, exploring the wildlife found there.

The talk in the library will be followed by a walk in Blessington Basin Park to explore the wildlife.

The Talk and Walks are free and all are welcome. Booking is recommended via 01-8304341

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

Irish Women in Science: Maude and the Jellyfish – Drop-in Activity

11:00 – 13:00, Thu 16 Aug

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

“Irish Women in Science: Maude and the Jellyfish” is a drop-in activity for ages 8+.

What does a baby jellyfish look like and why was Irishwoman Maude Delap keeping them in her house over 100 years ago? To celebrate her pioneering scientific work, drop into the Discovery Zone at the Museum to learn more about Maude and her homemade aquarium.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3731

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 16 Aug

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

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13:00, Thu 16 Aug

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Opera in the Open – Amphitheatre

13:00 – 14:00, Thu 16 Aug

Amphitheatre, Dublin City Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8

August is the month for the yearly “Opera in the Open” at the Amphitheatre behind Dublin City Offices and not far from Christ Church Cathedral. For the first four Thursdays a lunchtime performance of an opera will take place. This year the performances are:

+ 02 Aug: Don Giovanni – Amadeus Mozart
+ 09 Aug: Hansel & Gretel – Engelbert Humperdinck
+ 16 Aug: L’Heure Espagnol – Maurice Ravel
+ 23 Aug: Lucia di Lammermoor – Gaetano Donizetti

Admission is free. In very bad weather it can happen that the event will get cancelled. In that case notifications should be on the Facebook Page below.

www.facebook.com/operaintheopen/

Two Ballet Dancers in a Dressing Room – Pop-up Art Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Thu 16 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

At this Pop-up talk Jessica Fahy will talk about Edgar Degas’ pastel on paper “Two Ballet Dancers in a Dressing Room”.

Admission is free. Meet in the Atrium. Limited to 15 people. Spaces are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

www.nationalgallery.ie/two-ballet-dancers-dressing-room

Temple Bar Craft Market

14:00 – 20:00, Thu 16 Aug

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/

Batty about Bats – Family Workshop

15:00 – 17:00, Thu 16 Aug

The Rediscovery Centre. Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9

Batty about Bats is an interactive hands-on workshop for the whole family: Learn all about bat species, their natural history and where to find them. The workshop includes a variety of hands-on activities exploring echolocation, bat detectors and investigating what you can do to support bat populations in your area as well as tips on bat conservation.

Admission is free, the event is funded by Bat Conservation Ireland. Registration is required via the link below.

www.rediscoverycentre.ie/events/batty-about-bats-free-fun-family-friendly-workshop/

Jazz Club at Sweetman’s – Gig

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 16 Aug

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

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 16 Aug

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/

From Ireland to the Final Frontier – Talks

18:30 – 20:00, Thu 16 Aug

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The panel discussion “From Ireland to the Final Frontier: Entrepreneurs at the Edge” will take place on Thursday. Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below,

“The space industry generates an estimated EUR300 mio each year for Irish companies. In this panel discussion, we ask about Ireland’s contribution to the space race and question if there is room to grow it even more. From innovative technology aboard the International Space Station to point-of-care diagnostic technology used to assess the impact of space travel on the health of astronauts, we look at the companies who are making the leap toward space exploration and realising Ireland’s potential in space.”

Contributors to the discussion will be David McKeown (Assistant professor of Dynamics and Control Systems in the UCD School of Mechanical & Materials Engineering), Norah Patten (Faculty member at the International Space University) and Barry Twomey (Mechanical engineer and the technical officer of ENBIO, an Irish company that has teamed up with the European Space Agency to work on a heat shield for the Solar Orbiter spacecraft).

www.eventbrite.ie/e/from-ireland-to-the-final-frontier-entrepreneurs-at-the-edge-tickets-47268289727

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 16 Aug

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 16 Aug

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/

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 16 Aug

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/

Des Hopkins – Dixieland Jazz Gig

21:00, Thu 16 Aug

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

Des Hopkins and band will play Dixieland Jazz at this gig.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/des-hopkins2

Pyramania presents: Nix Moon

21:00, Thu 16 Aug

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Fusion bands Nix Moon (Eastern Psychedelic Folk Jazz) and Joyce & the Sonic Gypsies (Ethnic Prog) will play a gig in Sin E. It all will be presented by “Pyramania Sessions”.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/pyramania-presents-nix-moon-and-guests/

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 16 Aug

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

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 16 Aug

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 16 Aug

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 16 Aug

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

Movies on the Beach: The Greatest Showman – Bray

21:30, Thu 16 Aug

Seafront, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The movie “The Greatest Showman” with Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron will be screened at this last Movie on the Beach event in Bray. The screen will be located at the Bray harbour wall and the screening will start when it is dark, shortly after 22:00. Screenings are subject to change without notice and are dependant on weather.

Admission is free.

www.bray.ie/outdoor-movies-beach-screenings-confirmed/

Woolshed Karaoke

21:30, Thu 16 Aug

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/

The Harleys – Gig

23:55, Thu 16 Aug

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

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The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 17 Aug

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

Drawing Dublin: The changing face of a city – Talk

11:00 – 11:45, Fri 17 Aug

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The Pop-up talk “Drawing Dublin: The changing face of a city” will take place in the Print Gallery of the National Gallery at 11:15 on Friday.

Join Niamh MacNally, co-curator of the Drawing Dublin exhibition, for a free pop-up talk about the scenes of Dublin that are on display.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/drawing-dublin-changing-face-city

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 17 Aug

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

Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

14:00, Fri 17 Aug

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/

The Cafe Duo – Jazz in TramCafe

17:30 – 20:00, Fri 17 Aug

TramCafe, Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

The TramCafe is the venue for Dublin’s only after work Jazz event on a Friday. The Cafe Duo will play every Friday Jazz, Soul and Bossa Nova.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thetramcafedublin

FRNKNSTN – Free First Preview – Abbey Theatre

18:30, Fri 17 Aug

Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1

The next play in the Abbey Theatre (on the Peackock Theatre Stage) will be “FRNKNSTN”, a daring adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic. It will run from 17 August – 01 September. And the Free First Preview will be on Friday.

The Free First Preview events of the Abbey are previews of plays for which free tickets are available. Tickets will only be available on the night and can not be pre-booked. Only max. one ticket is given out per person in the queue and tickets are given out on a first come, first served basis.

Tickets will be handed out from 18:30, but the queue will form well before that time, so be early!! The show will be on the Peacock Theatre Stage and will start at 20:00. All rules are here.

www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats-on/frankenstein/

Dublin Blues, Roots & Brass Festival – Gigs

19:00, Fri 17 Aug

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Whelan’s are lately doing a great job of organising high-quality 3-day weekender festivals and most of them are free.

From 17-19 August (Fri-Sun) the Dublin Blues, Roots & Brass Festival will take place and the line-up is listed below.

Friday 17 Aug
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SQUARE PEGS
MARY STOKES BAND
GRAEME JAMES
MULES & MEN
THE TIPSY SCHOLARS
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Saturday 18 Aug
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DIRTY BLUEPRINT
UKULELE DEATH SQUAD
MIKE BROOKFIELD BAND
DESERT ACES
THE 502’S
ONE HORSE PONY
DUBLIN CITY ROUNDERS
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Sunday 19 Aug
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GRAEME JAMES
UKULELE DEATH SQUAD
BRONAGH GALLAGHER
DUBLIN BLUES CARTEL
BEN PREVO
CATFISH BLUES ORCHESTRA

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/the-dublin-blues-roots-brass-festival-4/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 17 Aug

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

Barq – Gig

21:00, Fri 17 Aug

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

Barq will play “Agro Soul” in Bray.

Admission is free.

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

Leo O’Kelly – Gig

21:00, Fri 17 Aug

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

Leo O’Kelly will play a gig in the Patriot’s Inn on Friday.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-patriots-inn/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 17 Aug

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/

Events Coming Up

Bat Walk in Phoenix Park

Wed 22 August – 20:00

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Bat Walks are super popular and Birdwatch Ireland is running a great events on 22 August on Phoenix Park.

It is a guided bat walk to seek out one of our most mysterious Irish mammals, the Bat. Experts help with bat detectors, to find bats in the parklands and woods of the Phoenix Park. This event is suitable for families. Bring torches.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-6770095. Meeting at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre. The event is listed in the brochure here.

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

05+06+12+18+19+25+26 August

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 or on www.facebook.com/pg/dmpvr/events/

The walks for August are on 05+06+12+18+19+25+26 August

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required (details are on the website) and it sometimes is also worth checking the Facebook Page for even more timely updates.

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

Dublin Horse Show: 08-12 August

Playstival: 11+12 Aug

Dublin Comic Con: 11+12 Aug

We’ve Only Just Began: 10-12 August

Big Grill Festival: 16-19 August

International Tattoo Convention: 17-19 Aug

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This is odd

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

Weather Shambles in Ireland!?

Before I start into this article, let me state – for the avoidance of any doubt – that neither the Irish government nor Irish Water can be made responsible for the weather. Irish politicians would probably love to lay claim to organising the most suitable weather for their constituents and Irish Water is never at fault about anything at all anyway, but we will have to let them off the hook regarding their weather responsibility. :-)

The question that I came across during the week does, however, have something to do with Irish authorities and with their ability (or not!) to forward plan and to do what we need them to do when it comes to weather challenges.

Weather is an important topic in Ireland! We love to talk about it and even more to complain about it. We don’t really have any weather extremes, but you wouldn’t know that if you listen to weather news or read just a normal newspaper.

Oddly, though, we seriously struggle as soon as something out of the ordinary (i.e. 13 degrees and scattered showers) happens. If we have 2 cm of snow, the country comes to a stand still. Traffic collapses, schools close and the country stops operating. On the other end: Give us around 20 degrees for a few weeks with no significant rain fall and we are (nearly) running out of drinking water.

Is this normal? Well, there are countries in Europe that regularly have significant snow fall and just keep going. And there are other countries where they know they will have hardly any drop of rain from Spring until end of Autumn and still, people will water their lawn and drinking water is plentifully available.

We claim that we are not used to it and therefore we struggle dealing with it. Hmmmm, Middle Europe (around Germany) had temperatures of above 35 degrees for well over a week and they are also not used to it, but life continues. Water is still there despite very little rain this year. Mallorca, Fuerteventura and the south of Spain (just to mention a few popular places) have no rain at all in the summer, but there doesn’t seem to be a hosepipe ban. And if we look at the other end of the year: Snow is never guaranteed in parts of Middle Europe. But if there is snow, then they deal with it and continue!

When will we start to prepare for increasing temperatures, lack of rain and occasional snow? The holes in the water pipes need to be plugged asap, we need more deep wells to get better water than surface water and we need to think about water desalination.

But what about winter time? We now do have salt and we have snow ploughs and still there is panic and mayhem. Do we need new rules? Make Winter tyres compulsory? Make it compulsory that house owners clean the footpath?

What do you think would fix the problems in summer and in winter?

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