How are you? And how is your mental state? These are tough times. After 9 months of restrictions to to our normal lives, now we see infection numbers that seemingly get more and more worrying by the day. For some of us, this causes a serious amount of anxiety and stress. Others are frustrated or upset and others again are just fed up with it all.
Everyone deals differently with it. If you feel a certain way, you can be absolutely certain that there are other people that also feel that way. That might not be much help at first, but you are not alone!!
As individuals we can not fix the situation on our own, but as a community of people we can! Some people claim that we need to stop having contact with others, but that is not correct. We only need to stop having bad contacts. The virus doesn’t spread between non-infected people, only from infected to non-infected people.
There are a number of ways to avoid risky contacts and one (But only one of a few!) is to have Antigen tests available. In Germany you can get them now for EUR 11 in a pharmacy and it gives you a significantly higher chance to avoid others if you test yourself and are found positive. The result only “lasts” one day and it is not a 100% guarantee (“only” about 90%), but neither the PCR nor the vaccination is a 100% guarantee. So why don’t we increase our chances with quick Antigen tests? I would love to know!
With mid February being mentioned as an end of the current restrictions we have another minimum of 5 weeks of lockdown. But quickly some politicians mentioned END of February or beginning of March. That would be another 7 weeks and EVEN end of MARCH was mentioned. :-O
We will HAVE to find a way to keep our sanity!! The Dublin Event Guide will NOT be able to keep you sane, but I am trying to help as much as possible to tell you about things you can do, so that the ceiling in your cell doesn’t collapse on top of you. But you will HAVE to take action!
Go to virtual events! Go out for walks or runs or cycles. Talk to others. Meet up virtually on Zoom or Google Meet or Facebook Rooms etc. And do learn something new every day. Imagine just 15 minutes of learning something new per day, amounts to nearly a full 8 hours of learning at the end of the month. That’s a SIGNIFICANT amount of learning!
So, this Dublin Event Guide is again full of suggestions and ideas for things you can do in January. Enjoy and if you want to tell me what you did and how you enjoyed it, just reply to this mail.
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+++ First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival (01-31 Jan) with a whole variety of events www.firstfortnight.ie/events
+ UNCERTAIN: Dun Laoghaire People’s Park Market 11:00-16:00 People’s Park, Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin www.dlrcoco.ie/en/markets/d%C3%BAn-laoghaire-coco-market
+ UNCERTAIN: Marlay Park Market 11:00-16:00 Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 www.dlrcoco.ie/en/markets/marlay-park-coco-market
+ UNCONFIRMED: Herbert Park Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Dublin 4 www.facebook.com/Herbert-Park-Market-405930226496273/
+ CONFIRMED: Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Qigong Online – Chester Beatty Library 12:00-13:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/qigong-on-the-roof-garden/
+ Five Years – Vigil for David – Dublin Bowie Festival 19:00-20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1048311442347966/ (Booking required)
+ Piper Sunday Seminar with Jarlath Henderson – Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club 19:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/671588040206713/
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/
+ Turn & Face The Strange – Hunky Dory: Reimagined by Shobsy – Dublin Bowie Festival 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/137148571504131/ (Booking required – Donations welcome)
+ David Bowie’s 74th Birthday Celebration with Feeling Gloomy 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/803116027204550/
+ Joe & Steve Wall – The Stunning / The Walls – Gig – Livestream from Cyprus Avenue, Cork 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/230423541996978/
+ Tim’s Twitter Listening Party with The Charlatans lead singer/songwriter Tim Burgess – Dublin Bowie Festival 21:00-22:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/221775732722763/
++++ First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival (01-31 Jan) with a whole variety of events www.firstfortnight.ie/events
+ Online Language Exchange for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, Irish Mon 11 Jan 18:15-20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2967097466900180/
+ Academy Discourse: Northern Ireland after Brexit – Royal Irish Academy Mon 11 Jan 19:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/363513104738781/
+ Monday Club with Conor McLaughlin – Gig Mon 11 Jan 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2762852027266699/
+ Leadership & Development – Managing Change and Transition During Uncertain Times – Webinar Tue 12 Jan 17:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/851888172326509/
+ Yoga for Peace – Live Webinar Tue 12 Jan 18:00-19:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ Online Meditation on Twin Hearts with Colm Scanlon Tue 12 Jan 18:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/770819297014087
+ Alex Sharpe presents “Authenticity – What a Drag!” – Talk – Dublin Bowie Festival Tue 12 Jan 20:30 Online www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/authenticity-what-a-drag
+ Coffee Conversation – Niall’s Pony by Basil Blackshaw – Talk – High Lane Gallery Wed 13 Jan 11:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/all/3029-coffee-conversation-13-january-2021
+ New year, new you: Prioritising our mental health – 3-speaker Webinar by Aware Wed 13 Jan 12:00-13:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3794553043924701/ (Booking required)
+ Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) Sculpture Club – Talk – Hugh Lane Gallery Wed 13 Jan 13:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/all/3079-sculpture-club-13-january-2021
+ How to Craft an Impressive CV – Webinar – Engage Life Coaching Wed 13 Jan 19:00-19:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/1891316901010724/
+ Dublin BlaBla Language Exchange Wed 13 Jan 19:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/513272675855312/ (Booking required)
+ Past Panto Wednesdays: Robin Hood – Panto Screening by An Nuadha Players Wed 13 Jan 19:00-22:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/2453581608269601/ (Booking required)
+ Is There Life On Mars? – Dr Niamh Shaw – Talk – Dublin Bowie Festival Wed 13 Jan 19:30 Online www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/dr-niamh-shaw (Booking required)
+ Vision from Vicar street, presented by Tommy Tiernan – Episode 4 with Bell X1, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Soda Blonde and Foil Arms and Hog Wed 13 Jan 21:00 – www.youtube.com/user/AikenPromotions
+ WWI: Exploring the Irish Experience – Virtual Exhibition Tour Thu 14 Jan 11:00-12:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx
+ New Horizons “Business in 2021 – Business & Finance – Talks & Panel Discussion Thu 14 Jan 15:00-16:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/486272669007977/
+ Covid 19 and the new year’s challenges: vaccines, variants & critical care – Royal Irish Academy Thu 14 Jan 16:00-17:00 www.facebook.com/events/1334601846891798/ (Booking required)
+ Worlds Without End: Stories Around Borders – Video Premiere of “The Archive of Disappearance” – Hugh Lane Gallery Thu 14 Jan 17:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/all/3014-wwe-14-january-2021
+ U.S./ Ireland Taxes for Expats – Webinar – International Tax & Accounting Services HTJ Tax Thu 14 Jan 17:00-18:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3397263677020822/
+ Stage Management and Technical Theatre Q&A – The Lir Academy Thu 14 Jan 17:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/4057247210969524/
+ Make 2021 Your Most Powerful Year Yet! with Fiona Brennan & Dermot Whelan – Meditation & Hypnotherapy Thu 14 Jan 20:00-21:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/132248208953
+ Worlds Without End:Stories Around Borders – Hugh Lane Culture Club – Talk – Hugh Lane Culture Club Fri 15 Jan 10:30 Online www.hughlane.ie/all/3011-culture-club-15-january-2020 (Booking required)
+ Chance to Dance with Jess Rowell – – Dance Film – Draiocht Blanchardstown Fri 15 Jan 15:00-18:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/889176898294118/
+ Change Minds’ Archives, Art and Mental Health – Discussion about UK ‘Change Minds’ project – First Fortnight Mental Health Arts Festival Fri 15 Jan 18:00-19:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/510318056561843/
+ Piece By Piece: Chris Guilfoyle (guitar) – Live Fri 15 Jan 20:00 www.improvisedmusic.ie/events/details/piece-by-piece-14-chris-guilfoyle
+ I Heart Bowie – live from Whelans – Dublin Bowie Festival Fri 15 Jan 21:30-23:00 Online www.dublinbowiefestival.ie/i-heart-bowie-1 (Booking required)
You want for more events and suggestions?
I found a few more things to keep you going or that you might find interesting:
1) Marlay Park Lights Stay Up!
Christmas is NOT over yet! All over Dublin I see brave people who resisted the push by the guilt-tripers and left their Christmas lights up on their houses for another bit. There is NOTHING wrong with it. The 06 Jan deadline for Christmas decoration is totally arbitrary (Mammies of old needed to have order and Christmas decoration after 06 Jan was not order enough!) and in Winter we certainly can do with a bit if cheery lights. So “leave them up” is my motto, especially this year!
It is great to see that Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council is agreeing and joining in!
They had a great “illuminated forest walk” in Marlay Park for Christmas and have decided to leave the lights up until Fri 29 Jan. It is a one-kilometer trail through the trees (fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies) and is an oasis of calm beneath the twinkling lights. The lights are on from Monday to Friday from 16:00-20:00. (Grange Road car park will be open until 8pm).
Bring your family and enjoy another bit of Christmas sparkle!
2) Magical Castle Neuschwanstein – Virtual Tour
Have you heard of or seen the most magical castle in Germany? It is called “Neuschwanstein” and is in the South of Germany in Bavaria. Have a look here www.airpano.com/360photo/neuschwanstein-germany-virtual-tour/
The castle is closed at the moment like, but if you want to plan a trip (The waiting time for tickets can be long), thn you will find all necessary details here www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/
Last night it was -13 degrees cold at Neuschwanstein, so if you plan to go there, WRAP UP! ;-)
3) London Tour
Now that the UK moved soooo much further from us and we still don’t know for certain what we will have to declare when we enter next, it might make sense to visit the city just virtually!? Here is a 360 degree tour of London. Check it out: 360.visitlondon.com/#
4) LEARN A NEW SKILL WITH ONLINE COURSES – Special Offer
Is learning a new skill part of your plans for the new year? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available.
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at shor.by/GqCk And if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)
5) READ MORE BOOKS WHILE IN LOCKDOWN
For physical books and e-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 when you purchase a book and it doesn’t cost you a cent: shor.by/BookDepository .
And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week.
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