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Dublin Event Guide 654: Now we know a lot more! – Events, suggestions and more

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  02 May 2020 – No 654

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Now we know a lot more! – Events, suggestions and more



Hi all!

We were hoping and hoping and hoping! But the signs were bad and last night it was confirmed that our government is taking the super super super slow road to opening our society again to an operating society.

The announced plan is surprisingly fearful and it clearly has been made by medics. I said recently that to a man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail and in the same way maybe the people that are currently making the decisions are not the best to lift restrictions.

One thing that was mentioned a lot in recent weeks is the importance of hairdressers to some. Funny on one side, but clearly a serious issue for others. (Someone claimed cheekily: Covid-19 will wipe out 87% of the blondes of this country within 4 weeks. :-D )

Looking through the government’s plan for getting out of lockdown, the hairdressers will be allowed to open again from 20 July! That is 2.5 months or even more than in Germany, Austria, Denmark, Switzerland and as it looks at the moment even Spain, Italy and France might open hairdressers before Ireland.

Are we on a completely different Covid trajectory than the MUCH more affected countries?

And for the things that are specifically interesting to us culture lovers: “Museums, art galleries and other cultural outlets” will be allowed to open again from 20 July and festivals, events and pubs will not re-start until 10 August according to the current plan.

But the most important thing to note is this: All this will happen exactly as described unless it will all be changed again! Which is highly likely! ;-)

Well, we asked for a plan, now we got one. And the next step is to make clear to the people in power that modifications might, not WILL be required.

Because it is a LONG time until we will be able to enjoy events again, I need to check with you if you want me to take a pause with the Dublin Event Guide. You can let me know on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page already and I will see if I can set up a voting mechanism for next week.
In my blog post this week, I am looking at the “new normality” post lockdown. Covid-19 will stay for good! So what if “safety” will never return? It is very possible that a vaccine will never be found. What then? If you are interested, read my assessment here: www.joergsteegmueller.com/2020/05/01/the-corona-files-covid-is-staying-get-used-to-it/

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The Lockdown

Different than in seemingly ALL other countries in Europe, in Ireland we still have the medics and the NPHET (National Public Health Emergency Team) running the country, instead of our elected government. And on top of that the elected politicians are MUCH less prepared to chose a slightly riskier approach than the ultra conservative route out of lockdown.

As a result we will be stuck where we currently are for MUCH longer than people in even the much more affected countries. (I have to admit that I find it difficult to suppress my frustration about this announcement, not because I am unhappy with it, but because it is out of sync with the current development in Ireland and with the expert-informed decisions that other countries are making.)

The 23-page long “Roadmap for Reopening Society & Business” that was issued by the government can be found here static.rasset.ie/documents/news/2020/05/roadmap-for-reopening-society-business.pdf
And a shorter summary is here: www.rte.ie/news/2020/0501/1136167-road-map-details/

So let me summarise the Very limited immediate changes:
1) The lockdown will be extended until 18 May!
2) Schools will stay closed until September.
3) Your new permitted exercise area range is from Tuesday 5km from home, instead of 2km. Use this website again to check how far you can go: 2kmfromhome.com/5km/ Move the pin to where you live and it will show you a 5km radius.
4) The oddest announcement is that “For people who are cocooning the public health advise to continue to do so. However, from Tuesday it will be possible to go for a walk or a drive within 5km from your home if you avoid all contact with other people.”
This is so odd, because the cocooning was never a MUST, but only a recommendation. Leo Varadkar’s announcement today made it out as if now people are PERMITTED again to go out. They were permitted all along!



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The Countdown has started!

If all will go according to plan or better than the current plan, then your countdown has started! This could be the last time in your life that you get two weeks to stay at home without having to take precious holidays. So if you had ANY plans to read or learn something new, then you should start NOW!

Have you thought about it if there is something you want to learn or read or listen to or practise or do more of? Had you planned to create a vision board? Or go over your nearly forgotten Spanish studies again? Or maybe try your hand at web design? Or create an online store? Or start writing that book that you have in you?

Start in this coming week! One tiny step will be enough to start. The next day you will take another tiny step! And so on!

Here are some free events for you!!


+ Daily Pilates 08:00-08:30 www.facebook.com/quantumflowperformance/ (not sure if this class will continue)
+ Virtual Serene Saturdays – Guided Relaxation 08:30-09:00 www.facebook.com/events/3054758454580330
+ Earth Day Schools Competition – National Museum 10:00-17:00 www.facebook.com/events/670743490448240/
+ Alan Keane’s Family Art Class 10:00-10:30 www.facebook.com/AlanKeaneArt
+ Rainbow Phil presents Dinosaurs 10:00-10:30 www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Yoga Flow Balance and Twists 10:00-11:00 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Mindfulness during the Madness – Online Family Event 11:00-12:30 www.facebook.com/events/2875922919161461
+ Live Storytime for kids with Wee Bookworms 11:30-12:00 www.facebook.com/events/212447123315441
+ Latin Fit 11:30-12:30 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Ireland Performs: Caitríona O’Leary 12:30 events.cultureireland.ie/events/
+ Online Social Games: Jackbox and Werewolf 12:30-16:00 www.facebook.com/events/529035287769968/
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782

+ Live Pizza Lesson via Zoom 14:00-15:00 www.facebook.com/events/531736581050212/
+ Understanding the Socio-economic Impact of Covid-19 on Vulnerable Families 14:00-16:30 www.facebook.com/events/945234905895685/
+ 1sqm Online Karate Seminar 15:00-16:30 www.facebook.com/events/699383157535794/
+ Neil Russell – Gig – Finglas Maypole Festival 17:00-17:40 www.facebook.com/events/2993413624030455/
+ Rave to Save Virtual Festival Sat+Sun 17:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/1253954644812341 (Donations for Mater Hospital appreciated)
+ Ireland Performs: Cathy Jordan 17:00 events.cultureireland.ie/events/
+ Shaft Reunion Live Stream House Party 18:00-00:00 www.facebook.com/events/577812762855864/
++ Premiere of Anam from the National Folk Theatre of Ireland – Traf Music and Step Dancing 19:00 youtu.be/IKOAXt1a_3w
+ Indigo Sessions + Canopy – Alternative Music Livestream with Indie / Outsider / Electronic Punk and more 19:00-00:00 www.facebook.com/events/924993174609014/
+ Killian Donnelly – Gig – Finglas Maypole Festival 19:30-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/191431801839261/
++ Jack Lukeman sings “Johnny Cash Americana Special” 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/589734295230002
+ Guitar Night Live – Ultimate School of Music – Webinar 20:00-21:00 www.eventbrite.ie/e/103626471566 (Registration required)
+ Eurovision : A Celebration 20:00-23:00 www.facebook.com/events/235595091023102/
+ Ferg Nolan (Piano) – Black Door Live Sessions 21:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/events/231182021311568/ (Instagram Live Session)
+ Ireland Performs: Tebi Rex 21: events.cultureireland.ie/events/
++ June Caress – Gig – Finglas Maypole Festival 21:30-23:30 www.facebook.com/events/241804537127514/


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+ Daily Pilates 08:00-08:30 www.facebook.com/quantumflowperformance/
+ Yoga Flow for Neck and Shoulders 10:00-11:00 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Rapunzel live for kids 11:00-11:30 www.facebook.com/events/271094240592108/
+ Stretch and Relax / Chair Yoga 11:30-12:30 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Ireland Performs: Niall De Burca 12:30 events.cultureireland.ie/events/
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782
+ Earth Day Schools Competition – National Museum 13:00-17:00 www.facebook.com/events/670743490448240/
+ Bachafitness – Free Dance Workout 14:00-15:00 www.facebook.com/events/680080122778270/
+ 1sqm Online Karate Seminar 15:00-16:30 www.facebook.com/events/602733166987753/
+ Ireland Performs: Niall Hanna 15:30 events.cultureireland.ie/events/
+ Rave to Save Virtual Festival Sat+Sun 17:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/1253954651479007 (Donations for Mater Hospital appreciated)
+ Alan Bird (Novelist) Talk & Book Reading – Finglas Maypole Festival 17:30-18:30 www.facebook.com/events/540379743319791/
+ Songs of Support with Brian Murphy, Paul Hannon, Jamie Stanton 18:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/274029347090258 (Donations for Cork University Hospital appreciated)
+ Zar Acoustic Live 18:00-19:00 www.facebook.com/events/2581933795428438
The Sicknotes – Gig – Finglas Maypole Festival 18:30-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/166996791319584/
+ Ireland Performs: Tommy Fleming 18:30 events.cultureireland.ie/events/
+ Anchor Within – Reiki Distance Healing & Meditation 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/617362488987581/ (Registration via the ticket link required)
++ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass 19:30-20:30 www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/
+ Brendan O’Shea & Jenna Nicholls – Sunday Night Show via CraicFest New York 21:00 www.facebook.com/events/828768767621891/
+ Book Launch: Conor Kostick’s medieval adventure “The Retreat” 21:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/events/628310321077841/
+ Kenan Flannery – Gig – Finglas Maypole Festival 21:15-23:30 www.facebook.com/events/654290805434510/



Next Week

+ Monday Morning Mindfulness 08:30-09:00 www.facebook.com/events/1339161129615607/
+ Fitness for parents and kids – Marcin’s Monkeys – every day 13:00-13:30 www.facebook.com/events/284420185894782/
+ + Earth Day Schools Competition – National Museum 10:00-17:00 (Mon: 13:00-17:00) www.facebook.com/events/670743490448240/
+ Yoga or Zumba classes every evening Mon-Fri 19:30-20:30 www.yogafitness.ie
+ Zumba with Thomas Creighton Mon 04 May 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/225717865427859/
+ Ukulele Jam Session Mon 04 May 19:30-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/1146639549003851
+ Cabin Fever Virtual Dance Class Wed 06 May 15:00-16:00 www.eventbrite.ie/e/103945740508
+ First Wednesday: Green New Deal, Just Transition and Covid19 Wed 06 May 19:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/830162764142012/
+ The Future of Food – Panel Discussion – Friends of the Earth Wed 06 May 19:00-20:30 www.facebook.com/events/1462434313928763/
+  Introduction to Facebook and Instagram – Facebook Seminar Thu 07 May 12:00-12:45 www.facebook.com/business/boost/webinars/ire
+ Friday Night with Mikey Smyth – Online Gig for a charity Fri 08 May 20:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/mikey.smyth.37



What can I do while being locked in?

Here are some suggestions for activities that are NOT watching TV. ;-)

1) Virtual Museum Tour
This week I will bring you to Aras an Uachterain, the President’s Residency in Phoenix Park, for your weekly Interactive Tour. The President lived upstairs and downstairs are the state rooms that you can visit. At the moment only virtually on this mini-tour, but once the world opens up again, you can visit Aras an Uachterain on Saturdays for free. president.ie/en/explore-visit/interactive-tour

2) Help for Parents
With the lockdown taking even longer and playgrounds not opening up for quite some time, I’d say, some more help might be welcome. Here are a few more suggestion about what to do with kids:

3) Philosophy Classes
Practical Philosophy Ireland regularly runs 10 week long “Introductory Course in Practical Philosophy”. These courses cost normally EUR 140, but now for the first time (and possibly the only time) the course is offered as an online course and is free! :-O There is a 10 Euro registration fee, but that should definitely be affordable.
If you are interested, follow this link for the Monday course (if you prefer to do the course on another day, just change the “Choose class” field). There are only a very small number of places left:
The first class will be in the week beginning on Monday.

4) Online Courses – Lowest price
You might have seen in previous weeks that I like Udemy courses. Not all are great, but there are many really good ones. The problem with Udemy is, though, that they always fiddle with their prices and I was hoping that we would get the lowest price special offer soon and finally it is here! From Tuesday (05 May at 22:00) until 14 May, all courses are just EUR 9.99
You have lifetime access to the courses, so if you ever wanted to buy anything, do it from Tuesday. If you use this link here, then you also help the Dublin Event Guide (for no cost to you!): click.linksynergy.com/fs-bin/click?id=/WFVYmx8raQ&offerid=624447.12811&type=3&subid=0

5) Books
In the “books” category, I like listening to book summaries to then decide if I want to get a book or if maybe the summary is enough. I use two book summary services. The first one is readitfor.me/91927 and the second is the app “Story Shots”. Both are free in the basic version.
To buy your eBooks (or paper books) I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include delivery for free (and by using this link you help the Dublin Event Guide): www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=dubevg

And I looked for two books again for you this week as a recommendation:
+ The first one is “You Can Heal Your Life” by Louise Hay. It is an inspirational and educational self-help book, that will change the way you look at your life and especially at your challenges in life. (www.bookdepository.com/book/9780937611012/?a_aid=dubevg)
+ The second book that i will mention today goes in the same direction (you probably have detected a bit of a pattern in the type of books I recommend ;-) ). It is “Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway” by Susan Jeffers. Another life changer, that deals with the fears that hold you back. (www.bookdepository.com/book/9780091907075/?a_aid=dubevg)

6) Physical Exercise
Now that the radius around your home is extended to 5km, you can go for a 41km walk if you can just walk along the circle at the furthest point. That is nearly a marathon! No more complaints about limitations.
And speaking of Marathon, there are two mad (in a good way!) guys who have decided to do a Triathlon at home and indoors! They are a little luckier than some, because they have a endless training pool that will let them do the swim of 3.8 km without leaving the relatively small training room. Then they will cycle 180 km on a stationary bike and finally the 42.2 km marathon run will happen on a treadmill.
And you can watch them while they do all this! The Triathlon will be live streamed on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/571648496805888/ Kevin Ryan will start at 05:30 and Ian Purcell will swim from 07:00. They are collecting money for the Children Hospital in Crumlin.

7) Gospel Music and the coolest online mass!
You will have to endure me going on about this for another while: We have moved our weekly Gospel Choir Mass online and are reaching thousands of people every week.
Pop in and have a listen. It is a mass and if you hate that, it might not be for you. But you don’t need to be religious or catholic to get a bit of an emotional lift from the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass. It will be at 19:30 every Sunday and will be live streamed at www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/

8) Mikey Smyth’s Charity Gig
Mikey collected nearly EUR 1000 for Pieta House on Friday and as far as I know, he is continuing his weekly gigs where he is playing guitar and is singing. The event is free, but you are invited to give a donation to the charity he selects. Join Mikey next Friday (20:00-21:30) at www.facebook.com/mikey.smyth.37

9) Dublin in the olden times
I love looking at historic video clips to learn how our “forefathers” lived and for the “British Isles” the British Pathé film archive is one of the best sources. The full range of available videos is here www.youtube.com/user/britishpathe If you go to that page and then look for the magnifying glass under the red subscribe button (on laptop) to search within the channel and then type in “Dublin”, you will find some fascinating clips!

10) Life Imitating Art
RTE wrote about a Dublin family that is imitating historic paintings and they are doing an amazing job! Look for their work under #parentalpandemicportraits on Instagram and read the article at www.rte.ie/news/2020/0430/1135918-life-imitating-art-in-lockdown/

And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week. Stay sane and safe and smile, laugh and stay in contact with your friends!Take care,–Joerg


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