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Event Guide 196: St. Patrick’s Festival, Literary Treasure Hunt, Big Day Out, World Water Day, Lectures+Talks

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 196
| 18 Mar 2011 Subscribers: 8204

Hi all!

Did you have a wonderful day off yesterday? The weather was great and the St. Patrick’s Day parade has improved again. However, I think it should go along a much longer route because most people can’t see anything at all. Check my comments in the “This is Odd!!” section at the bottom of this newsletter!


We are rapidly approaching issue 200 of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” and as I had promised before, a good few things will change and will get improved during this year. To do that, I can either do whatever I want and hope that you like it OR I can ask you, but asking more than 8000 people is a little complicated. Instead I am looking for a small group of passionate Event Guide readers and supporters, who I can ask for their opinion and who will act as advisors. The group has to be small and to be part of it, you have to be very interested and passionate about the Event Guide. I haven’t decided if it will be 3 or 5 or 10 people, but I don’t expect a bigger panel than 10. If you want to be on that panel, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject ADVISOR. I would appreciate if you could give me an idea why you are the one I should select as an advisor. Maybe you just LOVE the Event Guide, or it is your background that makes you suitable or maybe you always wanted to help. Just tell me what drives you. BTW: You won’t have to do any work yourself (unless you want to), but you have to share your opinion with me regarding the further development of the Event Guide.

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I have to admit that I love Flash Mobs. They make me smile and create a warm feeling. Seeing so many people working together to surprise a few random people. Lately more and more Flash Mobs are co-ordinated as advertisement, but it doesn’t take away from the magic, so today I have two VERY diverse Flash Mobs. The first one is an Irish one in Sydney and the second one is an Arabic flash mob in Beirut. Great stuff!
Irish in Sydney: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxEB48jY3F8
Arabic in Beirut: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEp29GS1VXI


The National Achievers Congress in London from 02-04 July will bring three of the most inspiring achievers and speakers together on one stage. Anthony Robbins, Richard Branson and Alan Sugar will speak at this 3-day congress. The standard ticket will be GBP 297+VAT soon, but from tomorrow a number of early bird tickets are available for GBP 147+VAT. And if you are super fast and can decide right NOW, then you will still get a ticket today (Fri 11 Mar) for GBP 127 + VAT. You can book at successr.infusionsoft.com/go/72/ranger2285/ and you will find out more information there as well.
I plan to go to this event in July because I always wanted to see and hear Richard Branson and Anthony Robbins.

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s 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.


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Three more days of this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival. Today is unfortunately a normal working day for most, but tomorrow the Literary Treasure Hunt will take place and on Sunday the first proper outdoor festival of the year will take place when the “Big Day Out” will hit Merrion Square.
I will definitely be at the Big Day Out on Sunday, but before that, on Saturday, I will go to the Open Night of the nice Flamenco enthusiasts at Pena Flamenco el Indalo and will later go to the brilliant Ratzinger’s gig in the Mint Bar in Westin Hotel. I never get tired of this band! ;-)

After the Big Day Out on Sunday, another BIG gig is on my schedule:
I sing in an Elvis Tribute Band (in the backing choir) and on Sunday we are part of the “Tribute for the Coombe” gig in the Olympia Theatre. Three tribute bands are coming together in this unique and once-off event to raise money for the Neo-Natal unit of the Coombe Hospital. Abbaesque, the Classic Beatles and Elvis The Way It Was with Kevin Doyle as Elvis will be together on one stage. It will be a great concert and there are still a few tickets (EUR 25) available: www.ticketmaster.ie/A-Tribute-To-The-Coombe-tickets/artist/1090985 Make sure that you finish the St. Patrick’s weekend on a high and come to the gig! :-)

For the rest of the week a number of lectures and talks sound really interesting. I know this is not everybody’s thing, but it is amazing how interesting many of the talks are! Try them out, they don’t cost you anything!
On Tuesday the World Water Day event in the Science Gallery and the “Vanishing of the Bees” film screening sound interesting, on Wednesday the National Library lecture about the Guillotine and the UCD lecture about our Memories tempt me and on Thursday it is the Light Pollution lecture of the Astronomical Society. Yes, I know, I have a very wide range of interests. ;-)


On Sat 12 March Dublin’s first ever Gingerfest took place and Mike Maguire, who organised the festival, made a pair of tickets available for a competition. The lucky winner was Wendy Flynn. Congrats! www.facebook.com/gingerfest

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The Dublin City Soul Festival is on a mission to promote the very best emerging artists from Ireland and around the world and to do this Chris Maher and his team want to build you a stage, put you in the spotlight and let the world hear your music. Since they launched Rising Stars in 2009 they have done exactly that. I have found out about brilliant bands and performers just because of Rising Stars and if you or someone you know is an emerging artist, creating great original music then make sure to check out www.risingstars.ie and submit a song for your chance to play at one of the main stage events at the 5th Dublin City Soul Festival from 26-29 May.
Entries are flying in from all over the world so keep an eye on www.risingstars.ie where you can listen, download and share your favourite songs with your Facebook friends. And don’t forget to visit the Soul Festival Blog at www.blog.soul.ie/ The Dublin City Soul Festival is coming closer and closer and you will hear all about it here in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”.

The Millrace Gallery has launched an essay competition called “Word-of-ART”. It is open to professionals and amateurs alike, encouraging everybody to have your say about the visual arts, Irish galleries and your understanding of contemporary art in general. The Millrace Gallery is an independent art gallery in Blackrock and the competition is a competition with a difference because everybody art enthusiasts, art writers, critics, amateur and professional art-lovers and even art-haters are invited to take part. Check the details here and take part to win a nice price: millracegallery.com/post/25c1f923936661ce75da1c6c156e92492c6249f8)
The deadline for entries is 30 April.

I wrote about Farmleigh House last week, because it was re-opening after having been closed over winter, but the Link I had included had a typo. You probably guessed it, but here is the correct link: www.farmleigh.ie

At midnight on 16 Mar suddenly and without warning all three Total Fitness gyms (in Castleknock, Malahide and Sandyford) closed. The company behind the chain, Centre Operators Limited, blamed the high level of rent on the properties for the closure and declared that a liquidator would be appointed. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0317/totalfitness-business.html

Not at all “Dublin News”, but the picture impressed me so much, that I had to share it with you. You see the part of the world that was affected by Tsunami waves. You can clearly see how they spread from the Epicentre in Japan thousands of kilometres to New Zealand. An impressive picture that shows the power nature has


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 8000+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

Are you feeling a bit stuck and life is a bit challenging at the moment? Alliance Counselling, a recently founded team of male and female therapists will help you and no problem is too big or too small. Counselling is an opportunity to explore ourselves, our lives, the challenges we face and our feelings and the team at Alliance Counselling consists of fully qualified Psychologists who have completed the postgraduate MSc in Counselling Psychology at Trinity College Dublin. Sessions are available Monday to Saturday, in English or Italian. If you are considering it but have questions you can call 01-295 11 49 or contact Alliance Counselling at info@alliancecounselling.ie for further information. www.alliancecounselling.ie


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/category/listings/exhib-lein/
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.

24-31 March: MadArt Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
“Street Life” is the title of this photography exhibition by Liam Murray. The pictures are street scenes as they really happened, strong in light-shadow and with rich colours.
Opening reception: Thurs 24 March from 18:00-21:00. www.madartstudio.com www.liammurrayphotography.com

Rosemarie Trockel will exhibit paintings and drawings, photographs, sculptures and video installations in the Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2 from 17 March – 25 April. Opening hours are Mon+Tue 11:00-17:00, Wed-Sat: 11:00-19:00, Sun 14:00-17:00. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en7212005v.htm and www.rhagallery.ie


At three different locations fun fairs with carousels to roller coasters, family attractions to ferris wheels are set up. The rides are not free, but you can watch them for free. ;-) The locations are at Merrion Square and on Wolfe Tone Square in Jervis Street and opening hours are:
+ Merrion Square 16-20 March – Wed 18:00-23:00, Thurs-Sun 11:00-23:00
+ Wolfe Tone Square: 16-20 March – Wed 17:00-20:00, Thurs-Sun 11:00-20:00

Fr 18 Mar: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 18 Mar: 13:15-14:15 – Business Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. “Fluency in Irish opens up a wide variety of career options, not only in more traditional areas such as teaching and translation, but also in the media, the arts and cultural sector, in public sector organisations and in the professions such as healthcare, ICT and marketing.” www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Fri 18 Mar: 22:00-02:00 – Basement of Ormond Wine Bar, 6 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. “Swing and sway to the charming and disarming sounds of the 1920s, 30s, 40s and 50s with DJs from the Boudoir Sessions (Ollie Moore) and the Gramophone Disco. Featuring jump blues, swing, boogie woogie, mento, calypso, township jive, rockabilly, and more oddball moments and musical meanders than you could shake a (walking) stick at.” Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=197914323565678

On Fri 04 Feb, La Dolce Vita, the Italian Wine Bar and Restaurant in Cow’s Lane, Old City, Temple Bar, launched their new weekly Live Jazz every Friday from 21:00-23:30. There will be no cover charge and tables can be booked on 01 7079786. www.ladolcevita.ie The band line up for the Jazz evenings is: 18 Mar: Midnight Blue; 25 Mar: Emilie Conway Duo.

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 18 Mar Who’s Eddie
Sat 19 Mar Beatclub
Sun 20 Mar Alan Sommerville Band @ 18:30
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Jose Dominguez tell me that himself and Pia Dunne will perform as the duet “Què Pezón!” every Friday in Stoney’s Bar, Hill Street, off Parnell street. The Show starts at 21:30. www.myspace.com/quepezon and www.quepezon.com

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


Sat 19 Mar: 10:00-13:00 (Registration) – 17:00 (Finish) – City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2. The St Patrick’s Festival Treasure Hunt will take place at City Hall on Sat with crowds of 2,600 people expected throughout the day. (To accommodate this event Castle St will be closed from 09:00-17:00.) The Literary Treasure Hunt is a fun-filled family/team interactive literary trail through the City. Unravel the riddles and reveal the mysteries that each venue holds. A great opportunity to discover Dublin’s rich literary culture and to get to know the city. Prizes and goodies can be won. You can still register (in teams of four). www.stpatricksfestival.ie/event-treasure_hunt.html

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 05 Mar. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

+ There are no SPECIAL events taking place this Sat in the National Museums. www.museum.ie

Sat 19 Mar: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a special Daytime Planet Watch at their headquarters in Artane where you will get to see Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system. While the sun is blazing in the south, you will train gigantic telescopes to the east to hope to get an elusive daytime view of Jupiter. There will also be an opportunity to see our closest star (The Sun) in incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This will be a free event and is suitable for all the family. www.astronomy.ie/jupwatchfeb.php
In addition to the Planet Watch, there will be a whole day (10:00-17:30) of Telescope Workshops on the same day and in the same place. Get some expert advice on how to set up your equipment, when to observe and how to find certain things in the night (or daytime!) sky. At the Astronomy Ireland Shop you will get a walk through setting up your telescope and locating celestial objects using your piece of equipment.

In 2007 a car bomb destroyed Al-Mutanabbi Street, Baghdad, the street of printers, bookshops and coffee shops, a place of ‘luminous distinction’ for all who visited. It had been the street of intellectual confab for hundreds of years. A group of American and European artists responded to this by producing a number of posters. These posters will be exhibited in the Central Library, ILAC Centre, Dublin from 14-28 March.
As part of the exhibition a panel discussion will take place in the Central Library, ILAC Centre, on Sat 19 March at 15:00, titled “Art as Reply”. It will be chaired by Professor Michael Cronin, DCU, and will include Helen Carey, curator of 1913 Forum on public art and Sean O’Reilly, novelist, reading work from Iraq. Other speakers are to be confirmed.
To book a place at the panel discussion, contact: The Open Learning Centre, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1. Admission is free, but booking is essential. Further information on the exhibition contact: Evelyn Conlon evelynconlon@eircom.net www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Sat 19 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Climb every Mountain” with Kate Dick. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 19 Mar: Pubs
The Six Nations Rugby game Ireland vs England takes place on Sat and you can watch the game on the cinema screen in the Sugar Club in Leeson Street (Doors at 16:00 – Free Admission) or on the many LCD screens in pubs all over Dublin. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on-details.jsp?id_whaton=634

Sat 19 Mar: 19:00 – Culture Box (former Temple Bar Information Centre) opposite the entrance to Meeting House Square. In Spain, and especially in Andalucía, a peña flamenca is a club of people who regularly meet up to cultivate their shared interest in flamenco. In November 2010, Peña Flamenca El Indalo inaugurated its club at The Culture Box in Temple Bar, introducing flamenco to Dublin’s Cultural Quarter. The next Open Door event will be on Sat from 19:00. Come to this exciting evening of flamenco with professional Spanish dancer Felipe de Algeciras, singer Olayo Jiménez and guitarist & percussionist Lucas González. Join in and learn all about flamenco dance, clapping and singing! A short performance will close the evening. Adm is free, but you have to register here www.flamencoindalo.com/en/component/content/article/49/149-pena-open-door-day-at-the-culture-box

Every Sat live bands will perform in the Harp Bar in the Carnegie Court Hotel
North St., Swords, Co Dublin. Unfortunately the starting time is not specified, but maybe we will find out. ;-) The bands are 19 Mar: I Cant Believe its Not Lizzy; 26 Mar: Ruffus. www.carnegiecourt.com

The brilliant Soul and Cover band “The Ratzingers” will be in the Mint Bar in the Westin Hotel, 35-39 Westmoreland Street on Sat 19 Mar from 22:30-01:00. They are REALLY good and you will definitely enjoy this gig. I will be there and maybe I will meet you! :-) www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117783288296701

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* Don’t forget that 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. The Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* 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 Point Village Market is on a break until spring (or possibly forever, says the cynic in me). www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.com/
* The Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

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The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 15 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops 20 Mar: Medieval Life – Includes visit to Ashtown Castle; 27 Mar: Tracing & Drawing “Sporting themes”. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) to make sure that it takes place. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The Brocante Furniture Market will take place on Sun 20 Mar from 11:00-17:00 in the Dublin Food-Coop building. Admission is free. The Brocante market is a collection of antiques, furniture, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. This is the first market of its kind in Dublin, giving the opportunity for everyday people as well as collectors and new enterprises an affordable outlet in an up and coming business. If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. Coffee and food will be available as well. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. www.thebrocantemarket.com/

The Big Day Out will take place in the streets around Merrion Square and in Merrion Square on Sunday 20 March from 12:00-18:00. It is a festival within a festival, featuring street theatre, performance and music in the heart of Georgian Dublin. Merrion Square will become an oversized playground for both children and adults. Approx 50,000 people are expected to attend the event throughout the day and it is a great event. Lots of entertainment is provided and there is something for everybody and for every age. Street performers, craft workshops in the park, games and storytellers, a Discover Science & Engineering area and a GaelSpraoi area ‘An Puball Gaeilge’ will be there for your entertainment. A number of streets around Merrion Square will be closed, so if you come by car, park a little further away. www.stpatricksfestival.ie/event-bigdayout.html

Sun 20 Mar – 12:00 – Starting at Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The 5km Road Race is the St. Patricks Festival highlight for all the sporty people. It is not a free event to participate (EUR 20 for last minute registration), but you can watch the up to 3000 runners on their short route through Georgian Dublin. Hosted by the Metropolitan Harriers & St. Brigid’s Athletic Club the route will be: start on Dawson St, before continuing onto St Stephen’s Green North, Merrion Row, Baggot St, around Fitzwilliam Square, back onto Baggot St, Herbert St, Herbert Place, Leeson St Bridge, over Grand Canal and onto Adelaide Rd, Earlsfort Terrace, around St Stephen’s Green and finishing up again on Dawson St. www.patricksrun.com/

Sun 20 Mar; 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Sq North, Dublin 1
The Hugh Lane Gallery’s website got a make over. And while it looks more or less the same as before, it is a lot WORSE to navigate. Strange what is seen as progress! But luckily the high quality and good amount of events remains. The next event is a public lecture by Gary Boyd, entitled “Labour in a Landscape of Pleasure: the Origins of Parnell Square”. The lecture is free, but places are limited.
The Sunday at Noon concert series is taking a short break in March and will return in April. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures

Sun 20 Mar: 14:00 – Skerries Harbour next to RNLI), Co.Dublin
Selkies or grey seals hold special reverence in Irish folklore. Believed to carry the souls of drowned fishermen to the other side, they were revered and it was considered very bad luck to harm them in any way. Now considering they are probably the no 1 indicator species in regards to climate change, this protection is still an important part of our conservation plans in Ireland. – When Frank O’Brien took a wander around Red Island in Skerries early last December he found ‘Finn’, a bedraggled, starving and wounded grey seal pup aged about 10 weeks, which was on the beach, cold and starving, her wounds infected and she could no longer forage for food. The Irish Seal Sanctuary’s cared for her at the Irish Seal Sanctuary (ISS) and after months of loving care and attention at the ISS by the volunteers and staff she is ready to head north from Courtown and back to her family home around St Patricks island in Skerries.
for more information contact the Irish Seal Sanctuary 0539424980 or our Balbriggan office 018354370 www.ien.ie/events/seal-release-in-skerries-dublin/

+ The My Museum event “What Rhymes with Museum?” for Families with children aged 8 yrs+ will take place on Sun 20 Mar from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Discover the secret lives of objects in the Museum with poet Seamus Cashman. Let Seamus lead you through the Museum on a trail of words to uncover stories and poems in improbable places. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2128
+ The My Museum event “Meet a Dublin Viking!” for Families with children aged 7yrs+ will take on Sun 20 Mar from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). “Come face to face with Ragnar Olafson, from the year 1008 AD. See a map of Medieval Europe made from animal fur or handle a Viking sword as you listen to stories of Viking history and migration to Ireland up to time of the Battle of Clontarf. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2232

Sun 20 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Ireland at Venice 2010 focus on the architectural features in the gallery”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 20 Mar: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The lecture “Nicholl’s ‘The 16th, 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) and 18th March’ (1856)” with Sara Donaldson, Art Historian. Free public lecture will take place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

The earthquake that hit Christchurch in New Zealand on 22 Feb killed over 166 people and hundreds more were injured, many are still missing and many homes were destroyed. The New Zealand Ireland Association is now working with the Red Cross in Ireland to raise money for those affected. Money can be donated on www.redcross.ie/help/donate_now.php On Sun 20 March a service of remembrance for the victims of the earthquake will be held in Christchurch Cathedral at 15:30. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=199685423383242

Saucy Sundays is a live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On 20 Mar it will run from 16:30 with the line up: Ash Amraoui, The Altered Hours, John the Elephant, The Town Criers, Ross Breen, Andy Sheridan, Shay Cotter and Mob Fandango. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall and all Myspace etc links for the performers are here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=209807295695990

Sun 20 Mar: 20:00-23:00: Grand Social, Liffey Street, near Ha’Penny Bridge, Dublin 1. The brilliant 10 piece band Mob Fandango will play as part of the “Saucy Sunday” event in the Grand Social. Great entertainment! www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125880344151423&index=1

“Moo” is a rockabilly/country/western band from Dublin (www.myspace.com/moodublin and (www.youtube.com/user/lopsymoo?feature=mhum) and they will perform on
+ 20 March: 20:00 in the Village, 26 Wexford Street – Dublin 2
Admission is free. www.facebook.com/moo.dublin

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. www.jamestownmarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* Shazwanda Show – Dragon Bar. Each Sunday the ‘The Shazwanda Show’ takes place in the Dragon in Sth Great Georges Street from 20:00 to watch X Factor followed by a cabaret and comedy show from 21:00. Admission is free www.facebook.com/Shazwanda www.sharynhayden.com
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

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Mon 21 Mar: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“Come Get Yer Act Together” is a band showcase that takes place every Monday in the Workman’s Club, a relatively new live music venue on Wellington Quay. On Mon the band line up is No Pillars On Neptune (www.myspace.com/nopillarsonneptune),
Mackerel The Cat (www.myspace.com/mackerelthecat),
The Year the Monkeys Landed (www.myspace.com/tytml). Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/listings/

Mon: 21:00 – Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin 2
The first three Mondays of every month the Solar Trio with guests, host a free improvised music gig upstairs in Anseo on Camden st. Creating their own unique takes on old jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams. Expect swing and hard, deep grooves meshed together with post progressive and contemporary meandering sections.

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelan’s is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


Tues 22 Mar: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The free public lecture “The range and variety in the work of Grace Henry 1886-1953” with Catherine Marshall. Co-editor, Vol. 5, Art & Architecture of Ireland, RIA takes place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 22 Mar: 13:00-17:00 – Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2
As part of UN World Water Day, a number of organisations will be showcasing/presenting in the Science Gallery throughout the afternoon on 22 March. There will be a number of booths and presentations and you will find the up-to-date schedule on

22-26 March – Alliance Francaise, Kidlare Street, Dublin 2
The Alliance Française is taking part in Climate Week in partnership with Eco-Créations Co. The artist Emmanuelle Marion will meet students to tell them more about this special event and to take the opportunity to show samples of ecological crafts that she will be teaching during the new session of workshops from 4 April.
Adults will have the chance to meet Emmanuelle Marion on Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23 from 12:00, Teenagers on Friday 25 March from 16:30, while children will meet her on Saturday 26 March at 12:00. All students will be invited to vote for their favourite creations. The workshops will be based on the two most popular crafts.

Tues 22 Mar: 17:15 – Neill / Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin.”The Bohuns and their Books: Illuminated Manuscripts for Aristocrats in Fourteenth-Century England” is a lecture by Professor Lucy Sandler (Helen Gould Sheppard Professor of Art History, emerita, New York University). Admission is free. This event has been sponsored by the International Center of Medieval Art, New York. www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

Tues 22 Mar: 17:00-18:00 – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. The American painter PhilipTaaffe’s work has been celebrated for its rich fusion of abstraction Islamic architecture, Op Art, Eastern European textile design, calligraphy and botanical illustration. To mark the occasion of Taaffe’s survey exhibition Anima Mundi at IMMA, Enrique Juncosa presents questions to the artist Philip Taaffe. Booking is required: www.imma.ie/en/page_212352.htm

Tues 22 Mar: 18:00 – RDS, Library, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The new RDS Back to Business Series starts with “Road to Recovery”, a networking event that will allow business professionals to expand their marketing network, grow their industry knowledge and develop new business opportunities. The evening will include both structured round table introductions followed by general networking. The guest speaker on the evening will be Mr David Harvey, founder of the City Channel. Mr Harvey will be sharing his experiences and providing insight as to how television and media can benefit SMEs in Ireland. Admission is free, but booking is essential: www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1064836

Tues 22 Mar: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
Teresa Solana will speak, together with the translator, Peter Bush, about her latest book “Atajo al paraíso – A Shortcut to Paradise”. Barcelona-born Teresa Solana is something of a cult figure in the world of Spanish crime fiction. She arrived on the scene just five years ago and since then has picked up many prestigious literary prizes.

Tues 22 Mar: 19:30-21:30 – Scoil Mhuire, Gilford Road, Sandymount.
Transition Sandymount will screen the film “Vanishing of the Bees”. Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives. Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.

Tues 22 Mar: 19:30-21:00 – Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
At the next Shebeen Flick event the screened films will be the drama “Crossing Salween” (2010) by Brian O’Malley (21min – The screening will be introduced by Director Brian O’Malley) and the documentary “A Prayer for the Windhorse” by John Murray (75min) www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?v=wall

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


Wed 23 Mar: 15:00 – Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.
The lecture “Softwoods, Hardwoods and Evergreens: what’s the difference?” by Matthew Jebb will take place in the Education and Visitor Centre of the Botanic Gardens.Why do some trees hold their leaves all winter, while others don’t? Why are pine leaves needlelike, but those of the maple hand-shaped? And what is the difference between a soft wood and a hardwood? Some of these peculiarities in the way different trees grow and respond to winter will be explained. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Wed 23 Mar: 17:00 – Neill / Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. ‘The Engagement/Function/Role of the Intellectual in Contemporary Italian Society’, a dialogue between the writer Professor Marcello Fois and the academic Dr Gigliola Sulis of Leeds University on language, style and the role of contemporary Italian writers.. The talk will be in Italian: “Un intellettuale al lavoro nell’Italia contemporanea: conversazione dello scrittore Marcello Fois con Gigliola Sulis” Admission is free and all are welcome. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=356&citta=Dublino

Wed 23 Mar: 17:30-19:30 – Lasc Office, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
The Latin America Solidarity Centre is inviting to an open evening for members and friends to show their appreciation for your continued support. The LASC staff will update you on their role in Lasc and you will have the chance to find out what LASC is currently doing, ask questions and give suggestions. www.lasc.ie www.indymedia.ie/article/99263 A talk about Ecuador will follow this event (see further down in this section).

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 23 Mar at 18:00 the film “Lo que sé de Lola” (2006) by Javier Rebollo (in Spanish with English subtitles) will be shown. The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha69761_16_2.htm

Wed 23 Mar: 18:00 – RDS, Minerva Suite, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The artist Derek Hill who was born in England in 1916 had a long association with Ireland eventually becoming an honorary Irish citizen in 1999. During his career he enjoyed success as a portrait painter with portraits of noteworthy politicians and numerous individuals from the world of Arts and Entertainment. He was also an accomplished landscape painter. In the course of his frequent travels he built up a personal art collection which included works by Picasso. In the 1980s he donated his home and a substantial collection of art to the Irish state.
Author and journalist Bruce Arnold who has spoken at the Society previously on the artist William Orpen, has recently published an important book about Hill. He will give a talk about this unique artist and bring an insight into aspects of his life and work. Admission is free, but booking is essential. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=959933

Wed 23 Mar: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Death by a Single Cut – the Guillotine and Capital Punishment in Modern France” is a lecture by Professor Hugh Gough. Admission is free and all are welcome. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Wed 23 Mar, 19:30 – Lasc Office, 5 Merrion Row, Dublin 2
The LASC Open Evening will be followed by a talk and debate on Ecuador entitled “Political and social changes”. Ecuador has been going through enormous political and social changes for the last decade, with powerful movements frequently taking to the streets and a charismatic president, Rafael Correa, pushing forward his “Citizens’ Revolution”. The debate will be led by the inputs of Nessa Ní Chasaide (Debt and Development Coalition) and Nick Jones (Latin American Solidarity Centre). There will also be a screening of a short 12 min documentary on the process of the debt audit -“Who owes who?”- which is quite relevant for Ireland’s current crisis.
Related Link: www.lasc.ie www.indymedia.ie/article/99264

Wed 23 Mar: 19:00-23:30 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The monthly band showcase “Where the Mugic Happens” is back for the March event. A great line up promises an entertaining evening: Noise Machine (www.myspace.com/noisemachinemusic), The Barley Mob (thebarleymob.weebly.com/), The Amazing Few (www.myspace.com/theamazingfew), Arrow In The Sky (www.myspace.com/arrowinthesky) plus DJs. For more information: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=185637604806235

Wed 23 Mar: 19:30 – UCD, Belfield (Theatre C004, Health Sciences Building)
“Memories are made of this” by Professor Eleanor Maguire will explore our ability to recollect the past and to plan future actions. This lecture will draw on the latest advances in neuroimaging technology as well as on recent evidence gathered from patients with brain damage. This free public lecture inaugurates the annual Distinguished Scholar award series by the School of Psychology, UCD which aims to identify the current and future key thinkers and researchers in world psychology.

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney trpt., Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland drs) will be playing Jazz in O’Reilly’s Pub in Sandymount, D4. Admission is free.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “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.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 every Wednesdays. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* 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).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


Thurs 24 Mar: 13:05-14:00 – Neill / Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Building, TCD. “The Old Library: Politics, Architecture, Books – and more books” is a lunchtime lecture by Mr Peter Fox (Selwyn College, Cambridge and current Visiting Research fellow at the Trinity Long Room Hub). Admission is free and all are welcome. www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

24-27 Mar – Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire
One of Ireland’s biggest festivals of poetry, “Poetry Now” in Dub Laoghaire, reaches its sixteenth year in 2011. It is a weekend of readings, workshops, talks and events, as well as The Irish Times and the Rupert and Eithne Strong Award presentations and the majority of events is not free. However, there are a few free events:
Thurs 24 Mar 13:00 – Lecture by Belinda McKeon “The Eye of the Poem”
Fri 25 Mar 14:00 – The Ireland Literature Exchange Seminar
Sat 26 Mar 13:00 – Irish Times Poetry Now Award
www.poetrynow.ie/readings.html The DLR Poetry Now 2011 festival takes place in the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire and the full programme is here

Thurs 24 Mar: 16:00-17:30 – Printing House, Trinity College Dublin
“The development and use of measurements of health related quality of life in dementia” is a free seminar by Prof. Sube Banerjee.
For further information and map of location see:
For bookings contact: caroline.forsyth@tcd.ie or phone 01 8962914 www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/18595.html

Thurs 24 Mar: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
“More than Poetry” is a round table discussion between Luis García Montero + Almudena Grandes. A poet, Luis García Montero, and a great narrator Almudena Grandes, will sit together at a roundtable and talk about their literary worlds. In Spanish with translation. Admission is free. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha69745_16_2.htm

Thurs 24 Mar: 18:30-20:30 – Cultivate, The Greenhouse, 17 St. Andrew St., Dublin 2
The Debt and Development Coalition Ireland invite you to an open evening. This social event will feature discussion, lively debate and film screenings highlighting the issues of tax and debt justice. Questions will be raised about how this adversely affects the development of southern countries and the role played by rich countries, including Ireland, will be examined. You will also have the opportunity to find out more on how to get involved in the Debt and Development Coalition’s campaign group. Everyone is welcome. Light refreshments and cake will be provided!
Confirm attendance to:communication@debtireland.org
Cultivate is situated on the corner of St. Andrew’s Street and Suffolk Street. www.indymedia.ie/article/99252

Thurs 24 Mar: 19:00 – RDS, Minerva Suite, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The free lecture “Securing Our Energy Future – the Role of Corrib Gas” by Terry Nolan (Managing Director of Shell Ireland) is part of the RDS Energy Lecture Series. It will update you about the role the Corrib Gas can play in securing Ireland’s energy future. Advance booking is essential through the contact listed here

Thurs 19:00-01:00 – Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2
“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. Beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. Different theme and treatments every week.

Thurs 24 Mar: 20:00 – Gonzaga College, Ranelagh (www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=179)
Albert White of the Irish Light Pollution Awareness Campaign will give a talk on the impact of light pollution on both astronomy and wildlife in general at this monthly talk of the Irish Astronomical Society www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Thurs 24 Mar: 20:00 – Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin
The lecture “Trilliums & associated flora of Southeast USA” by Kevin Hughes will take place in the Education and Visitor Centre of the Botanic Gardens. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reillys Rock Bar, underneath Tara Street DART Station, Dublin 2
If you are a Singer, Songwriter, play an Instrument or just want to jam then come to the Railway Sessions in O’Reilly’s every Thurs at 20:00 and showcase maybe a new song or a cover. All performing musicians will receive a complimentary drink. The event starts at 20:30. To contact the organisers: info@dublinsocialtv.ie An Indie-Rock Club starts immediately afterwards at 23:00. Admission free.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. No cover charge. The theme for February is “Romantics” and the movies are 24 Mar: In Bruges; 31 Mar The Van. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 24 Mar:21:00 – Cafe En Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The Soul band “Santoria” will gig in Café en Seine with a 4-piece band configuration. www.santoria.ie/santorialive.html

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 25 Mar – 09:30-14:00 – European Commission Representation, 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. The Challenge Europe International Showcase Event “Climate Inspirations” aims to energise the climate debate and inspire action towards a low carbon future. Speakers include:
* Professor John Mitchell, Chief Scientist, UK Met Office
* Dr Tara Shine, Head of Research and Development, Mary Robinson Foundation
* Dick Strawbridge, Television Presenter, Writer and Eco-Engineer
European champions from the British Council’s climate project, Challenge Europe will also share their experiences and present their final projects that aim to reduce CO2 emissions across Europe.
This is a ticket only event and to request tickets contact challengeeurope@britishcouncil.org For details check www.britishcouncil.org/ireland

Fr 25 Mar: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 18:00-20:30 – La Cuvee, Custom House Square, IFSC, Dublin 1
From 25 Mar, every Friday live jazz will be provided in La Cuvee. The line up is
25 Mar Midnight Blue; 01 Apr Emily Cole Duo; 08 Apr Midnight Blue; 15 Apr Joan Shields Duo; 22 Apr CLOSED, 29 Apr Kevin Morrow Duo; 06 May Anne Marie Kelly Duo, 13 May Midnight Blue, 20 May Kristina G. Duo. www.lacuvee.ie

Fri 25 Mar: 22:00-02:30 – The Sweeney Mongrel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The band “Zealots” (www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdYh5SyDerg) will perform supported by “The Gold Standard” (breakingtunes.com/goldstandardband) and “Swords” (www.facebook.com/swordsband). Adm free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=109474405797975


This section contains events that will happen in the future. Some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

Mon 28 Mar: 19:00 – Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
The lecture “Barack Obama and the American Democratic Tradition” by Professor James Kloppenberg (Charles Warren Professor of History at Harvard University) will take place on Monday. There will be a reception after the event in the Ideas Space on the 3rd floor of the Trinity Long Room Hub Building. This lecture is the first in a new Annual Lecture Series in U.S. History funded by Trinity alumni. Admission free. All welcome. www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

The Contemporary Music Centre and the Irish Composers’ Collective have joined forces again to present a second Nights of New Music in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall on 30 March. Each night begins with The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon series, followed by the Irish Composers’ Collective monthly concert, with a special offer on wine and tapas in the National Concert Hall during the break. The new music::new Ireland salon (18:00-19:00) on 30 March is a feast of contemporary piano works presented by Therese Fahy in advance of a US tour in April/May of this year. This event is free, but booking is required.
The Irish Composers’ Collective concert, later on the same evening (20:30-21:30) begins with a pre-concert talk at 20:15. It features Manuela Meier, Accordion and Nick Roth, Saxophone performing works by Irish composers Amanda Feery, Piaras Hoban, Donal Mac Erlaine, Emma O Halloran and Matthew Whiteside. The later event is not free (EUR 10) and tickets and bookings for both events are available through 01-417000 l or info@nch.ie For more information see www.nch.ie/Box-Office/Performance-Listing.aspx?date=30/03/2011

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+ Yesterdays St. Patrick’s Day was great, the parade was this year based on a short story by Roddy Doyle called “Brilliant” and while I felt there were significantly less marching bands than in previous years, the other contributors nicely told the stories of the different chapters in the short story. But, be honest, did you get the story? If you had read it before, you probably did, but if you only heard about it, a lot of the meaning would have gone over your head, so for next year, it would be great to share it in all medias. If you would like to read the short story even after the event, check it out here: www.roddydoyle.ie/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/BrilliantbyRoddyDoyle.pdf
+ The usual estimates for the parade attendance is in the region of 500,000 people and the festival route is about 2.5km long (www.dublin.info/st-patricks-day/). That means that on both sides approx 5km are available for people. 5000m means that there must have been 100 people per metre!!!! If you squeeze them a bit, up to 3 people can watch the parade in the first row and another three in the second row per metre. More than 3 rows can’t SEE the parade. And the remaining 91 people? They saw NOTHING or not much! SO would it not make sense to increase the parade route so that people can actually see the parade? I saw some bits, but not too much and I would have loved to see more! How was it for you? Were you among the 9 or among the 91?
+ Every year there is the same problem after the parade: Tens of Thousands of people roam the city and don’t know what to do and where to go, so they go drinking in pubs or empty the off-licence shops. It would be great if some other event was provided AFTER the parade that would run from 15:00-17:00 to give people a place to go to!
+ It is amazing that the National Lottery, who sponsor the St. Patrick’s Day Fireworks, called “Skyfest” keep ignoring Dublin. The last time the Skyfest took place in Dublin was 2006, so despite the fact that a third of the population livers in Dublin, we haven’t seen the Skyfest in the capital for 5 years. Visiting the country is ok, but every two or three years it should be back in Dublin! (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyfest)

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