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Event Guide 228: Halloween events, Thrill the World – Record Attempt, Ideal Home exhibition

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 228
| 28 October 2011 Subscribers: 9986

Hi all!

After all these weeks of canvassing and debates, revelations and real or perceived scandals, we now have a new president in Ireland that most likely will only be with us for the next 7. I was hoping for a different winner, but it seems that Michael D Higgins won the election. I am sure he will do an ok job and while he might not overly impress us, the limited influence he will have means that hardly anything can go wrong.
Now that the election is over, you will most likely hear and read about the “Budget” nonstop for the next 5 weeks until 06 December. One horror news will chase the next and the only way to escape, is to hide in a cave.

Speaking of horror, the main theme this week is obviously Halloween, an originally very Irish (celtic) festival, called Samhain, that was brought to the USA and then came back again with a vengeance. Lots of events are taking place for the kids and a number of pubs invite to Haloween themed parties, but I wasn’t able to find a good list of pubs that run free Halloween parties, so you might have to search a little. Or just check with your usual pub/club, there is a good chance that they would like to see you dressed up.

Next Saturday I will go to the Health Explosion event in Dublin that Gareth Stubbs and Jeroen Coenen are running. They asked me to advertise their events here and you can find the rough information here and more detail on their website. If you are interested, you can find out more about them directly on their website www.egoinvenio.com or you can contact me.

On 05 November a unique event will take place in Dublin. Ego Invenio – two men on a mission to make the world a healthier place – will be in Dublin to bring their event “Health Explosion” to Ireland. Being healthy, losing weight, feeling fulfilled and balanced is nowhere near as difficult, boring or expensive as some people make it out to be. At this 1-day event you will learn how to maximise your health and vitality and how to get more energy and life out of your body. Will you end the year with a big change in your life? Go to
www.egoinvenio.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=24&Itemid=23 and register for this event. The full day training course will take place in the City Centre of Dublin. The investment in your health is only EUR 49.

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The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-zine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and this section is for the people that want to remind that despite all, life is great and it is important to be alive! This week I will remind you of a saying that you might have heard before: “It is not about resources, it is about resourcefulness.” We all have excuses for when we don’t achieve our goals or perform at our best. We tell others that we don’t have enough time or enough money or are not smart or educated enough or that we are too old or too young. There are all resource limitations. Consistently successful people don’t worry about what they have or what they not have, they do their best with what is available to them. That is called resourcefulness. Think about it and drop me a line at dublineventguide@gmail.com if you want to find out more or if you are not fully clear on what I mean.

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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.

Are you bothered, bewildered or just bogged down with life at the moment? – Mary Keating, MA, trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is available for appointments in Custom House Medical Centre, IFSC or at 20 Lower Baggot Street. Please phone 01-6776253 or 0868783086 or email mkeating@iol.ie for enquiries or to make an appointment. Her fees are appropriate to circumstances, so talk to her if you could do with some help and support. www.agalma.ie/therapists/mary-keating

The overriding events this week are Halloween events and they are not really my cup of tea, so I will take a week off. ;-) I will only go to few events. On Saturday you will find me at the Ideal Homes Exhibition and on Saturday evening I will go to the “Get Back – The Stories of the Beatles” gig in the Tivoli. I know it will be great.

“My” Gardiner Street Gospel Choir will not sing at the Gospel Mass this week on Sunday evening, but we will be back next week!

So, have a look this week what you find and I will try to give you some recommendations again next week.


The Leprechaun Museum in Jervis Street is inviting you to DARK STORIES, their Halloween celebration. Dark nights at the National Leprechaun Museum are filled with haunting stories from Ireland’s ancient festival of Samhain. Suitable for an adult only audience! In ancient Ireland, Halloween (originally Samhain) is the beginning of the new year, when the veil between our world and the otherworld of the sí (Irish fairies/spirits) is at its thinnest. A time of reckoning when debts are settled and spirits move among us. Take a journey, if you dare, to the dark otherworld of Ireland… through time and space, light and dark, superstition and frightening reality. Through the stories that inspired a world-wide obsession with Halloween frights. Through an old city morgue, beside a disturbed cemetery.
The “Dark Stories” only run until 05 Nov, so you better hurry if you are interested, you find all details and can book on www.leprechaunmuseum.ie/to-celebrate-samhain/ Two people will be lucky and will be able to win tickets for the performance on Tues 01 Nov at 19:30! If you want to win this pair of tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with SAMHAIN in the subject and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 14:00 on Monday 31 Oct!

The Baldonnel Singers from Dublin with special guest the Millennium Choir and Tenor Paul Linehan will perform in the St Mary’s Church of Ireland in Blessington (on the No 65 bus route from/to Dublin) in aid of KARE a charity organisation that provides services to people with intellectual disabilities and their families. The concert is n Fri 04 Nov at 20:00. Tickets are EUR 20 and are available from the Parish Centre, Cottage Garden in Blessington or from KARE Blessington on 045-891414. The Baldonnel Singers have made a pair of tickets available for a competition and if you would like to win the tickets send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BALDONNEL in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 15:00 on Tues 01 Nov.

On Fri 28 + Sat 29 Oct the Beatles will be in Dublin! ..and if you have doubts that it will be the real thing, then you HAVE to go to this gig. :-) Obviously it is a Beatles Tribute Band that is performing the “Get Back Show” in the Tivoli Theatre in Francis Street, but you will be so impressed and it will sound totally like the real thing. I was at the most recent concert of the same guys in the Olympia Theatre and they are really great. The concert tells the story of the Beatles in songs and the two day run in October is a preview for a longer run that will start in late January. You have the opportunity to see it first! Tickets (EUR 29.50) are available on www.tivoli.ie/ttsite/Tivoli_Theatre/Beatles.html and more details can be found on www.getbackshow.com/
I was told that there are some tickets still available at the door. The event starts at 20:00. I ran a competition last week for five pairs of tickets and all winners have been notified. You know who you are. ;-)

The Jeanie Johnston Tallship is hosting a Halloween fun day for children and families on the 31 October. There will be party games onboard, costume competitions and a story telling session. Sweets and drinks will be provided for all kids attending. Tickets can be bought or booked by phoning 01-4730111 or emailing info@jeaniejohnston.ie. More information can be found on our facebook page www.facebook/jeaniejohnstontallship. The ticket prices are EUR 5 per child (age irrelevant) or EUR 17.50 for a family of 4 children and any accompanying adults are free. The winners of the Dublin Event Guide competition are Brian Callaghan, Debra Farrell, Deirdre Gill, Tanya Hunter. www.jeaniejohnston.ie

On Saturday 29 Oct (22:00-23:30) a great event will take place in Bewley’s Theatre in Grafton Street: Julyo will perform music from his down-tempo / ambient release ‘LiMEN’ along with Italian saxophone player Antonello d’Orazio and Mauritian percussion player Khalile Vial. This event is a must for all the lovers of Ryuichi Sakamoto, Ludovico Einaudi, William Orbit and Vangelis.
The event is already sold out so you won’t be able to go to this one anymore. The winner of the competition have been notified and I will list them here next week. But check out Julyo’s bandcamp site where you can download 2 free tracks from the “LiMEN” album at limen.bandcamp.com/

______Dublin News______________

New drink driving limits come into effect today. Ireland was one of the last countries in the EU to hold on to the 80mg (per 100 ml blood) alcohol limit. Most Western European countries have reduced that years ago to 50mg and a good few Eastern European countries have a limit of just 20mg or a total ban. (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drunk_driving_law_by_country#Europe)
The new rules specify that if caught with between 50mg and 80mg, the driver will get penalty points and a fine, but not a ban. Above 80mg penalty points, fine AND a ban will be the reward for drunken driving. For the first time learner and professional drivers will be subject to a lower limit (20mg) than other drivers. Interestingly, if you don’t have your license with you when stopped, the lower limit will automatically apply to you. www.rte.ie/news/2011/1026/drinkdriving.html

In a EUR 4.5 mio advertisement deal, the Grand Canal Theatre will be renamed next year and will get the silly name “Bord Gáis Energy Theatre”. I see the attraction of these sponsorship/advertisement deals for the Point Theatre (O2), the Lansdown Road Stadium (Aviva Stadium) and the Grand Canal Theatre (Bord Gais Energy Theatre), but one thing that is common to all these venues is that they all KEEP the old name because the new name is only temporarily (for the duration of the contract) overlaid. So the Point Theatre is still called the Point Theatre and will always stay the Point Theatre for many people. So it is up to you what you call the theatre. For me it will probably stay the “Grand Canal Theatre”. The deal with Bord Gais is only for 6 years, so we might as well stick with “Grand Canal Theatre”. ;-)

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A great initiative is taking place this weekend in Dublin. 21 people (three teams of seven) will come together in an empty space in Barrow Street to work 24 hours on designing websites for charities. Nearly 40 charities applied to get their website re-done and I haven’t found out yet which charities were selected. It is a great idea to get expert volunteers to provide their skills and time for this and as you can imagine a number of supporters are needed to make this initiative viable. Have a look at 24theweb.com to find out more about the project.

November is National Novel Writing Month where participants begin writing on 01 Nov and have the goal to write a 50,000 word, (approximately 175 page) novel by 30 Nov. Valuing enthusiasm and perseverance over painstaking craft, NaNoWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. www.nanowrimo.org/ www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html


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Seabrook Homemade Food is the name of a new deli/bakery in Portmarnock. Angel Rom, a qualified chef who was working in the Merrion Hotel and Roly’s Bistro for many years, focuses on authentic flavour of traditional baking and cooking. Together with his wife Sarah, they offer a wide range of homemade tarts, cakes and hot savouries, using fresh local produce with no artificial ingredients. A selection of what they offer can be found on their website and orders can be placed through the site, by phone, email or at the shop. Angel and Sarah are offering for all Event Guide readers a 5% discount on your first order, just mention that you heard about Seabrook Home Made Food in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” and that you want to make use of the 5% discount offer. Seabrook Homemade Foods is at Seabrook Manor, Station Road, Portmarnock, Dublin 13 (next to Links Creche). You can reach them on 089-4439066 and by e-mail seabrookhomemadefoods@gmail.com www.wix.com/seabrookhomemadefood/cakesandeli


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.

Until 11 Nov: Tues-Fri 12:00-17:30 – Fumbally Court, Dublin 8
‘Unused & Unloved’ is a group exhibition examining concepts of neglect, abandonment or disuse, featuring haunting images of Chernobyl, an exploration of Ireland’s faded religious icons, and also an interactive Smartphone Gallery. So bring your smartphones for a more interactive experience.

03-10 November – MadArt Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
A-Z of Unusual Words is an exhibition of 26 graphic works by design and illustration studio The Project Twins. They use bold graphics and visual wit to interpret and represent a collection of strange, unusual and lost words. This exhibition is part of Design Week 2011. The launch will take place on Thurs 03 Nov from 18:00. www.madartstudio.com/index.php/a-z-of-unusual-words-by-james-fi

Showcases the work of PRINT BLOCK members collectively for the first time.
Opening on 03 November, this three week project also offers the public the opportunity to engage in textile printing workshops and help create the longest textile print in Dublin. PRINT BLOCK are inviting you to join on the opening night and welcome everyone to participate in any of the scheduled workshops.
+ 03 November, 18:00-20:00 Opening of “Crossroads and Journeys”
Opening guest speaker, Helen McAllister, Head of Fashion & Textiles at NCAD.
The No Grants Gallery, The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
+ 03-17 November, Crossroads and Journeys exhibition and scheduled workshops.
+ 19 November, 12:00-16:00 Family friendly opening for Dublin’s Longest Textile Print.
+ 19-23 November, Dublin’s Longest Textile Print exhibited in the gallery.
Visit www.printblock.tumblr.com for more details and for the information about the workshops.


Fri 28 Oct – Thurs 03 Nov: all over Dublin
The National Recreation Week is a collection of events organised for or by young people to show the range of activities available and the positive contribution made by young people in our country. It is the initiative of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs. Dublin City Council will organise over 40 activities across Dublin City during Recreation Week. These activities will include Halloween activities (discos, haunted treasure hunts, sports sessions – incl tag rugby and ultimate frisbee, music events etc.). www.dublin.ie/neighbourhood/national-recreation-week-2011.htm The full programme with a long list of events is here www.dublin.ie/uploadedFiles/Neighbourhoods/Recreation%20Week%20details%20(2).pdf

Fri-Mon: 28-31 Oct – RDS Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Twice yearly the Ideal Home Show takes place. The spring show was – in comparison to previous years – tiny. Many exhibitors seemingly stayed away and if the trend continues, it is possible that the life time of this exhibition comes to an end. The organisers are combining the Autumn show with a new Ideal Woman show and tickets are valid for access to both exhibitions. By registering on www.idealhome.ie/free-ticket-3/ you can get free tickets for Friday or Saturday or a 2-for-1 discount for Sunday or Monday tickets. The opening hours on the two free days are Fri 28 Oct: 14:00-21:30, Sat 29 Oct: 10:30-18:00. All other details can be found here www.idealhome.ie

Fri 28 Oct: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Poet Richard Halperin will be in the Irish Writers’ Centre for a lunchtime reading on Friday. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 28 Oct: 18:00 – The 51 Bar, 51 Haddington Road Ballsbridge Dublin 4
The “scariest Halloween party ever” is – according to the organisers – taking place in The 51 Bar. www.the51bar.com Fancy Dress Best Dressed Prizes and complimentary Finger Food will be available.

Fri 28 Oct: 20:00 – Project Arts Centre, East Essex St., Dublin 2
Co-ordinated by Eamonn Doyle & David Donohoe, String Machine is a collaborative music project which focuses on the composition, development and recording of new work. Celebrating 50 years in Ireland, the Goethe Institut in Dublin commissioned an Irish/German String Machine project. The project entailed the commissioning of new recorded works for solo stringed instruments by Donal Lunny (IRL bouzouki) and Leopold Hurt (GER Zither). These works were then used as sole source material for two recompositions by electronic artists, Eamonn Doyle/ David Donohoe (IRL) collobarating with Leopold Hurt and Stephan Mathieu (GER) with Donal Lunny.
The four new works are released on CD and form the basis for a night of collaborative improvisations between Lunny, Hurt, Mathieu and Doyle/Donohoe.

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant (19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2) 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 (06 Oct, 20 Oct, 03 Nov) 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 that often have customers singing along and requesting their favourites.

Fri 28 Oct: Bianconi’s Bistro, 232 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4
Bianconi’s Bistro & Restaurant in Dublin 4 is providing Jazz every Friday night from this week until the end of January. Bianconi’s is an Italian restaurant with delicious food and while a little outside the City Centre, it is worth the trip into Merrion Road. There is no cover charge. www.bianconisbistro.ie www.facebook.com/pages/Bianconis-Bistro/271041702925005?sk=wall

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 28 Oct Santoria
Sat 29 Oct Halloween Fancy Dress Party with 20thCentury Gold
Sun 30 Oct Live Music 18:00-20:30
Sun 30 Oct The Hustlers (from 21:00)
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html www.facebook.com/thestillorganorchard?sk=wall

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

Fri+Sat: 22:30-01:00 – 1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Cajun/Creole Restaurant “Tante Zoe’s” is under new management and will now offer Late Night Jazz every Friday and Saturday night
The line up for the next few weeks is
Fri 28 Oct: Sandra Melo (Brazil)
Sat 29 Oct: Joan Shields
Fri 04 Nov: Cocktail Corner Band
Sat 05 Nov: Petra Odlozilikova
Fri 11 Nov: Emilie Conway
Sat 12 Nov: Anne Marie Kelly
Fri 18 Nov: Dorota Konczewska (Poland)
Sat 19 Nov: Pia Dunne
Fri 25 Nov: Stella Bass
Sat 26 Nov: Colette Henry
There is no cover charge.

Fri 28 Oct: 23:00-02:00 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Mighty Stef (full band) will perform in the Button Factory. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=291218670903337 www.myspace.com/themightystefband

* 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 Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday at 21:30. Sometimes the line-up is listed here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall often not.
* 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.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


The Dublin Marathon Expo takes place in the RDS Main Hall on Sat 29 and Sun 30 Oct from 12:00-18:00. The Marathon Expo is taking place in the same hall where the Dublin Marathon participants have to register and consequently the equipment and food products on sale are all very much targeted at marathon and other long distance runners. Admission is free. www.dublinmarathonexpo.com

Sat 29 Oct – Mon 31 Oct: 12:00-16:00 – Killakee (Opposite Helfire Club) Rathfarnham Dublin 16. The wood product manufacturer and supplier Timbertrove is inviting to a free Family Fun Event for Halloween. All details can be found here www.timbertrove.com You need to pre-book online.

Sat 29 Oct – Mon 31 Oct: Hughes & Hughes, Dundrum + Jervis Street + St. Stephen’s Green. The Hughes and Hughes stores are getting geared up for some spooky events over the weekend:
+ Dundrum: Story sessions on Sat+Sun+Mon from 12:00-13:00 with an added dose of the spooky scary stuff. The staff will be dressing up for an extra scary story time and there will be Halloween treats for the kids.
+ Jervis: Story time on Saturday from 13:00-14:00. There will also be Halloween activities to enjoy.
+ St Stephen’s Green: Halloween stories and scary activities on Sat from 14:00-15:00 and the kids who come along are invited to dress up for the occasion.
+ Swords Pavilions will be opening up Halloween Cottage to host story time with the Phantom Storyteller. Sessions will run on Sat, Sun and Monday at 14:00 and 16:00.

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 11:00-17:00. 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 thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea www.facebook.com/pages/Hapenny-Flea-Market-at-The-Grand-Social/155979801107323

Sat 29 Oct: 12:00-17:00 – Powerscourt Gallery, Powerscourt Townhouse, South William St, Dublin 2 – The Halloween “Last Weekend Market” will take place this weekend. Fancy dress welcome. The Market aims to showcase the best of Irelands Artists and Crafts people. Any Artists or crafts people interested in trading at one of the upcoming markets, email info@powerscourtgallery.com Admission is free.

Sat 29 Octt: 14:00 – Hilfiger Denim Store, 13 Trinity Street (between Dame Street & Andrews Street), Dublin 2. – On the last Saturday of every month a new acoustic performance event will take place in the Tommy Hilfiger store in the City Centre. The first “Hilfiger Denim free Music Days” will take on Sat 24 Sept. See acoustic performances by up-and-coming Irish bands Jonny and the Beep Beeps, HoBo Chic and Black GOLD Gamble. There will be goodie bags and refreshments throughout the day. www.tommy.ie

+ The Family Tour “Natural Mystery” will take place on Sat 29 Oct from 15:00-16:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History). “Learn some curious facts about rare and elusive animals that science has yet to explain, such as why the Giant Panda is black and white. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2509

Sat 29 Oct: 12:30 – Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Michael Connelly will be signing copies of his new Harry Bosch novel ‘The Drop’

Sat 29 Oct: 13:00-14:00 – Unit A8, Airside Enterprise Centre, Swords, Co. Dublin
Astronomy Ireland invites to a number of one hour events over the coming weeks, introducing you to Astrophotography, Imaging, the Universe, Halloween and Astronomy and more.
+ 29 Oct: “The Astronomy of Halloween” Presentation by Oisín Creaner.
Admission is free. www.astronomyireland.ie

Sat 29 Oct: 13:30-15:30 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
Kids are invited to the Gutter Bookshop to make a scary Halloween Mask. Suitable for ages 5-12, young children may need some help.

Sat 29 Oct: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour now takes place every Saturday (instead of Fridays) 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

Sat 29 Oct: 14:00 – Eason Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, Co. Dublin
Crime journalist Paul Williams will be signing copies of his new book ‘Badfellas’ www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2011101817151464

Sat 29 Oct: 15:00 – Point Village, next to the Point Depot / O2
Next Saturday the Careers Association of Ireland needs your help to break the world record for the most people dancing simultaneously to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, being dressed as zombies. “Thrill The World Dublin 2011” is the name of the international event and it celebrates the joy of Michael Jackson’s music and dance while raising money for good causes all around the world. The Carers Association of Ireland hopes to raise money for people who care in the home for loved-ones who are elderly & frail, seriously ill, people with disabilities and children with special needs. Even if dancing like Michael Jackson is not your thing, come along to this event and watch the spectacle! If you would like to be a part of the record attempt register on www.facebook.com/pages/Thrill-the-World-Dublin-2011/147012645382796 or send a mail to rhondadunphy@live.ie www.carersireland.com/

Sat 29 Oct: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Trolls, Ogres and Spooky Sprites!” with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 29 Oct: 19:00-22:00 – Polish Social & Cultural Association, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. On 29 October Polish Social & Cultural Association in Dublin invites everyone to an art exhibition of polish photographer and artist Jacek Szwic “THE BALLET”. The “SUITCASE GALLERY” is a selection of arranged photographs of tissue-made ballet dancers. – During the open evening guests will be also invited to attend a performance of ballet dancing group from the class of Miss Eileene and piano concert of Anna ?ozowska. Additionally, as a guest, Polish artist, Julita Jaroszuk will present her ballet-theme art work. The exhibition lasts until 05 November 2011 www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=300450143299672 www.facebook.com/poskdublin

Sat 29 Oct: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
The great Ukulele group “Ukeristic Congress” will perform in Whelan’s. I had the pleasure recently to hear the Ukerisitic Congress at the Ukulele Hooley in Dun Laoghaire and if you like Ukulele music, then this band is for you. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/5569

Sat 29 Oct: 21:00 – Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Love Music Hate Racism presents “LaFaro – The Easy Meat Tour” with support from
Axis Of, 24 Broken Amps and Ciaran Lenehan.
Punk rock, alternative hard core, grunge/punk and as a complete contrast a singer songwriter will perform. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=145520312212623

“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

(see Friday for details)

* 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
* 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 09:30-16:00. 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 22:00 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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Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 30 Oct: Halloween Masks. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095.

Sun 30 Oct: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Sundays at Noon Concert Series takes place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Now in its 35th year, this series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June. The next concert is “J.S. Bach’s Partitas for Harpsichord I” with Malcolm Proud (Harpsichord) and David Ledbetter (Lecturer). www.hughlane.ie/sunday-concerts

Sun 30 Oct: 12:30-14:30 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange St. Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Knowledge is an open collective group that aims to bring education and learning to everyone. “Our public spaces, parks, streets corners – in fact anywhere we can gather – should be places where we share everything we know with each other.” This Sunday’s talk is “Education, Indoctrination and Training” with Gwen Murphy. “There is a growing movement within education towards the idea that the present system of education is failing our children and thus destroying our chance of even having a future. The catastrophes we are facing mean that these views are now starting to be taken seriously. The push behind progressive education is towards creativity. The aim is to create free, independently thinking individuals, who can come up with new and innovative ways to save us socially and ecologically.” Interesting topic!! www.facebook.com/KnowledgeExchange knowledge.exchangedublin.ie/

Sun 30 Oct: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The screening of the film “Louis le Brocquy: The Inner Human Reality” will take place. Made in 2006, the artist’s 90th year, this insightful and engaging documentary sees the painter talk about his life and work. (Dir. Joe Mulholland, RTE, 2006, 59mins). Admission is free, but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/466-screening-innerhumanreality

The Dublin Sketchers Group is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. Collins Barracks, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for an hour or so, and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/ Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. Meeting time is usually around 14:00.

+ The My Museum event “Dem Bones, Dem Bones!” for Ages 7+ is taking place on Sun 30 Oct from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street (Archaeology). “Join artist Sinead Mc Geeney on the eve of Samhain to have a spooky look at some skeletons and recreate your own using black clothing and fluorescent lights. Bring long-sleeved, black clothing! No booking required. Places limited to 20, first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2511

Sun 30 Oct: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “The Emerging Global Landscape of Irish Architecture” with Sandra O’Connell, Editor, Architecture Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 30 Oct: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Looking at Still Life in paintings”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 30 Oct: 16:00-21:00 – Marlay Park
The Halloween celebrations of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown take place in Marlay Park and some relevant information about how to get to the event can be found in this PDF: www.dlrevents.ie/pdf/Samhain%202011%20Public%20Information%20Notice.pdf All activities are outside, so make sure that you dress accordingly.
In previous years there was fireworks at the end of the event, but this years it is stated in big letters that there will be no fireworks. From what I can see, the only attraction is a 1.2km haunted forest walk. And maybe the fireworks has been cancelled so that people will leave as soon as they have completed the haunted walk. The traffic situation will be challenging, so check the PDF that I linked to further up.
All details are here www.dlrevents.ie/samhain11.html

Sun 06 Nov: 16:00-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week the Saucy Sunday is taking a break due to the bank holiday, but the event will be back on 06 Nov. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

Sun 30 Oct: 18:00-00:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Halloween Bank Holiday All Dayer will feature
+ I am a Car Crash 18:40
+ New Town Disaster 19:30
+ Women’s Murder Club 20:15
+ Hellfire Club 20:55
+ Tandem Felix 21:35
+ Fallen Rule 22:25
+ Admiral Black 23:30
Admission is free and doors open at 18:00. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/10/06/bank-holiday-all-dayer-301011/

* 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
* 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.
* 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/
* 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass invites to a 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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This is the last Bank Holiday before Christmas, so make the most of it. ;-) Nearly all shops are expected to be open, but keep in mind that the Dublin City Marathon takes place, so the City Centre is full with approx. 12,000 additional people and access to some streets is limited. Pay&Display rules are not enforced on a bank holiday, which means that you can park for free, but because of the Marathon it might be a good idea to leave the car at home.

The Dublin Marathon will take place on Mon 31 Oct. The start will take place at 10:00 at Fitzwilliam Square and the finish is at Merrion Square. From 12:00-17:00 people will arrive at the finish. So it is an all day event. Approx. 12,000 participants are expected and it is a big spectacle that engulfs the complete city. Surprisingly little additional entertainment is taking place. It is purely a marathon. However, you can cheer on the runners (or walkers) – and be glad that it is them enduring all that and not you! ;-) The course map and all the extensive traffic restrictions are listed here: dublinmarathon.ie/general_course.php and all other details can be found on dublinmarathon.ie/

Mon 31 Oct: 12:00-17:00 – Tallaght
A community bonfire will take place in Fettercairn, Tallaght at Drumcairn Ave/drive.
At 14:00 a fancy dress disco takes place at Fettercairn Community centre and up to 300 children are expected. As well as balloon makers and face painters, there will be goodie bags for all kids – all organised by the staff of Fettercairn Community Centre and local residents. During the hours of 12:00 to 17:00, local residents are invited to donate wood for the bonfire. The bonfire will be lit at 17:30 and entertainment at the bonfire will be provided by drummers and tom, tom players. www.hallowfest.ie/

A Clondalkin Bonfire at Lett’s Field off Neilstown Road will take place from 17:30-19:30. Goodie bags will be given out on the night and there will be spot prizes for the best costumes also. Untreated wood for burning is accepted in the field from 14:30. Laminate or treated wood can not be accepted.

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. A number of free programmes will be shown during the week and the details can be found here ifi.ie/cinema/upcoming_special_events.asp Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.

Mon 31 Oct: 17:30-21:00 – Ballymun Plaza, Civic Plaza Ballymun Dublin 9
The Otherworld Ballymun Halloween Festival is a free family friendly event and the organisers describe:
“The Ballymun Plaza will again be transformed into Hallowmun – a town where extraordinary talent and haunting fun is showcased for all the family to experience. What’s new this year? Have you ever wanted to see inside a Ghost Bus? Well this year you can! We are delighted to have Dublin Bus Ghost Bus with us for the evening. Dublin’s famous Ghost Bus will lead out the parade and later will take its place on the festival site – so be sure to hop on board to hear some ghost stories
Make your way along Haunted Avenue, pass the spooky graveyard and enter the haunted house. The HIP HOP HOUSE will showcase Ballymuns’ champion hip hop dancers. Listen out for the new sounds of funky jazz and creepy blues this year.
Hallowe’en Hiphop Scene: Local Rappers from Ballymun present their Hallowe’en themed show supported by artist and Emcee, “Temper-Mental MissElayneous” with DJ set provided by Barry Krishna. Original lyrics delivered by a zombie crew, back from the dead for one horrifying, haunting night only. Witness, if you dare, the hair-rising rhymes from the Otherworld.
MunTV will be out on location during the day reporting from Finglas and Ballymun, catching up on parade preparations, interviewing organisers and meeting local people hooked on all things Halloween.”
Events will include a parade at 17:30 from Danes Rd, Ballymun through to the Main Plaza in Ballymun for 18:00 and large crowds are expected for a fireworks display at 20:45 before the festival finishes up at 21:00. www.otherworldfestival.com

Mon 31 Oct: 18:00-21:00 – Finglas Civic Centre, Mellowes Road Finglas Dublin 11
The Finglas Fright Night Halloween Festival will take place on Monday with the following highlights:
* Local Bands
* Tunnel of Terror
* Haunted Graveyard
* Fancy Dress Competition
* Fireworks Spectacular
* Halloween Games
* Storytime
* Puppet Show
* Slide and Pillow Fight
* Life Size Zombie Skittles Competiton
* Zombie Parade @ 5pm (meet at Barry Shops)

Mon: 31 Oct: 18:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
An evening with the Bulgarian translator of James Joyce and John Banville, Iglika Vassileva, will take place in the Writers’ Centre. The many major international writers she has translated include Neil Jordan and Iris Murdoch as well as Banville and Joyce. She will talk about the reception of Irish writers in Bulgaria. Reception courtesy of the Bulgarian Embassy. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Mon: 20:00 – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle is a weekly singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. This week’s line up is not announced yet. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/5973

* 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
* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every Monday. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* 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 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 on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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.


Innovation Dublin continues until 18 Nov. This year the events have been extended to run over a month to meet the scale of Dublin’s passion to innovate and promises to be better than ever. Activities will be concentrated in key venues spanning the entire Dublin city and county. The principal aim of the festival is to provide Dubliners with an opportunity to discuss, promote and celebrate innovation in the city. There will be seminars, workshops, discussions, tours, exhibitions, performances and competitions and more detail can be found on www.innovationdublin.ie

Tues 01 Nov: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Innovation Dublin Talk – ‘Life and Art: Saint Catherine of Alexandria'” with Audrey Nicholls, University College Dublin will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 01 Nov: 11:00-12:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
This is a mid-term event for children and teenagers at the Hugh Lane Gallery. “Discover more about artworks in the Hugh Lane during this sketching tour of the Gallery for 6-10 year olds with artists Sarah O’Brien and Mary Noonan.” This is a free workshop and numbers may be limited. Contact the Gallery Reception on 01 2225565 to book your place www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/433-1-11-2011

Tues 01 Nov: 14:30 – Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
“A Tale of Terror in the Crypt” is taking place. Eithne Massey’s medieval tale of ghosts and witchcraft “Where the Stones Sing” is brought to life in the scary, spooky surrounds of the crypt. Admission is free. Recommended for children aged 10+ www.cccdub.ie

Tues 01 Nov: 15:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Irish Writers’ Centre welcomes a second delegation of writers from China, this time from Beijing. On Tues they will be holding a round-table conference in the Centre with these writers to discuss matters of mutual interest. China is displaying an upsurge of interest in contemporary Irish writing, so it is opportune to meet with the Chinese delegation and establish a basis for international cultural exchange, translation, and collaboration across continents. All are welcome to this open session. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Tues 01 Nov: 17:00 – Douglas Hyde Gallery, TCD
The Douglas Hyde Gallery presents a series of ten weekly discussion groups focusing on key elements in the Gallery’s recent exhibition programme, taking into account films, music, and texts relating to the proposed themes. The groups will be introduced by John Hutchinson and discussions led by Kathy Tynan.
The discussion groups will take place each Tuesday from 13 September 2011. Interested participants should ideally be available for all ten sessions. Numbers are very limited so please confirm your attendance with the Gallery in advance.

Tues 01 Nov: 18:00 – 537 North Circular Road, Dublin 1
The Malthouse Design Centre invites to an event where you will see and experience Work from 30 Irish Designers; The Launch of 10 New Irish Products; Greenwood Working Demonstration from James Carroll; An Outdoor Lighting Installation; Live Music; Cocktails & Canapes. Admission is free. The exhibition will run daily until Sunday 06 November from 10:00-18:00. www.themalthousedesigncentre.com

Tues 01 Nov: 19:30 – Trinity College Dublin, Robert Emmet Theatre
The talk “Italy: Myths and Memories of Unification” by Professor Lucy Riall (Birkbeck College, Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, London)
will take place in TCD. “Italy celebrates its 150th anniversary this year. It has been a spectacular occasion, marked by official celebrations, publications and public events, but it has also provoked much soul-searching and criticism and led to a widespread perception that Italy is in some sense a failure, or in some way less of a nation than its European partners. What are the problems of the Italian nation and to what extent do these reflect difficulties with its ‘Risorgimento’ and unification, as is often claimed? Why is the past the subject of intense debate and disagreement in Italy? What myths of Italian nationalism remain 150 years later, and is Italy really that different from other European nations? Prof. Riall’s lecture will attempt to answer these questions.” www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=384&citta=Dublino

Tue 01 Nov: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Leland Bardwell, Lee Dunne and Fred Johnston will read at the Irish Writers’ Centre as part of a series of prose readings, the Peregrine Readings. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Tues 01 Nov: 20:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
An Acoustic Covers Night with Shane O’Reilly will take place. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/10/21/acoustic-covers-night-with-shane-oreilly-011111/

* 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


Entry charges at nearly all OPW sites are waived once a month. Since the Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched an initiative to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages, this is only the second First Wednesday. Most sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will now be free as well on every first Wednesday until the end of the year.
In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this will affect the following sites:
+ The Casino, Marino
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
Expect a huge amount of people on 02 Nov at these sites, so be early. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage.html The list of all sites that are affected nationwide is here www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage1.pdf

Wed 02 Nov: 13:00 – Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. – COlm O’Regan will perform pieces by Debussy. Liszt, Ginastera and Paganini at this Piano Recital. Admission is free, booking is recommended:
Contact the Music Library at 01 8734333 or musiclibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/nov_2011_Piano.aspx

Wed 02 Nov: 14:00-16:30 – Finglas Civic Centre, Mellowes Road, Finglas, Dublin 11
Dublin City Council is organising a cycling safety challenge and obstacle course at the Finglas Civic Centre, Mellowes Road on Wednesday. There will be a mega bicycle skills and obstacle course with some onsite training. Prizes can be won, different types of bikes will be on display and High Visibility jackets will be distributed to children. www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=3356

19 Oct – 14 Dec: Wed 15:00-17:00 – Room C124, Henry Grattan Building, Dublin City University, Dublin. – The School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies (SALIS) of Dublin City University presents the film series “Discovering Relation(ship)s” in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. This year’s SALIS Film Series features nine films (Chinese, French and German) which revolve around the topic of relationships – those towards one’s family, towards romantic partners and especially oneself. All films are in original language with subtitles and Admsission is free. The German programme will take place on 02 Nov, 23 Nov and 14 Nov.
All details about the films can be found here: www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en8214785v.htm

Wed 02 Nov: 16:00-19:00 – National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
FRKelly is a leading specialist in intellectual property law. As part of the Innovation Dublin 2011 festival the company are hosting a free information clinic about Irish, European and International patent, trademark, design and copyright protection and licensing. So if you have made a technical invention, designed a product, or created a brand for your products or services, you can find out about the best way of protecting those ideas. www.frkelly.com

Wed 02 Nov: 18:15-19:45 – Bewley’s Café, Grafton Street, Dublin2
The topic at the Comhlamh First Wednesday Debate in November is “Can social media cause social change?”. Malachy Brown from Politico.ie will chair the debate. Well known social bloggers, tweeters and social campaigners, Darragh Doyle and Suzy Byrne will be speaking for and against this. This will be followed by an open Q&A session in which the audience is encouraged to get involved.
Entrance is free but space is limited so admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis on the night. I have to admit that I can’t see how anyone can say that social media does NOT cause social change. So I expect Darragh has a relatively easy job at this debate. ;-) www.comhlamh.org/bewleys-debates-are-back.html

Wed 02 Nov: 19:30 – Glasnevin Museum, Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road, Dublin 11. “Matters of Grave Importance” is the title of a reading on Wednesday. “Historian Catriona Crowe and actor Fergus Cronin bring to life the work of some of the writers buried in Glasnevin in an evening of reading and song.” www.dublincityofliterature.ie
It isn’t explicitly stated, but it seems that admission is free, but booking is essential via 01 882 6500 or museum@glasnevintrust.ie www.glasnevintrust.ie

Wed 02 Nov: 20:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2
The Lazy Band is back every Wednesday in Whelan’s.

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney – trumpet, Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland – drums) 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 Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* 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 03 Nov: 13:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1.
A city provides an environment where people work, live and relax. To achieve this requires a range of infrastructure and Michael Philips (Dublin City Engineer) will talk about “Knowing Dublin”. Admission is free, but booking is essential. Contact the Central Library at 01 8691414 or centrallibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/nov_2011_knowing_dublin.aspx

Thus 03 Nov: 14:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
A Children’s Story Telling event entitled “Irish Goblins and Fairies” will take place.
Come to the National Library of Ireland to hear ancient Irish tales about goblins and faries. Make your own woodland goblin or fairy using leaves and craft. All ages welcome, no booking required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx I am reliably informed that Michael D Higgins will not feature in the stories despite the misleading title. :-)

Thurs 03 Nov: 18:00 – Royal Irish Academy, Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. – The Academy Discourse “Molecules that changed the world” by Professor K.C. Nicolaou will take place. This event, at which Professor Nicolaou will outline a brief history of the art and science of synthesis and its impact on society, is part of the International Year of Chemistry 2011. Professor K.C. Nicolaou is a Cypriot-American chemist known for the total synthesis of natural products.
“His research is focused on a specialized field of organic chemistry called total synthesis, which involves the creation of organic molecules from scratch in the laboratory. This process allows rare molecules found in nature to be made in great numbers for study or to serve as the basis for drugs. Or, completely new types of complex organic molecules can be made from simpler precursor molecules. Through his work Nicolaou is developing new synthetic technologies and strategies that will advance the fields of biology and medicine.” www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Academy-Discourse–Molecules-that-changed-the-worl.aspx

Thurs 03 Nov: 18:00-20:00 – Temple Bar
Inspired by First Thursdays carried out in London, First Thursdays Dublin is the name given to cultural spaces opening their doors after hours and offering an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues from 18:00-20:00 on the first Thursday of every month. It is like a mini-culture night that is limited to Galleries and venues in Temple Bar. ;-) The 19 participating Cultural Spaces are Block T, Clyne Gallery, Centre for Creative Practices, Debbie Paul Studio & Gallery, Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin Civic Trust, Fishbowl Gallery /Exchange Dublin, Gallery of Photography, Gallery Zozimus, Graphic Studio Gallery, Mad Art Gallery & Studio, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, NGG – No Grants Gallery, Project Arts Centre, The Green Gallery, The Green On Red Gallery, The Lab, Jam Art Factory, The Doorway Gallery. templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin

Thurs 03 Nov: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
The Dublin City Public Libraries Career Direction and Development Programme 2011 continues with the talk “Live your life well: Stay positive in challenging times”. This talk will be presented by Psychotherapist and Counsellor Anne Burke MIACP MAHIP from the Johnstown Therapy Centre (www.johnstowntherapy.com). Admission is free, but booking is recommended. To book, contact 01-873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Thurs 03 Nov: 19:00 – Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2. – Patrick Geoghegan, Senior Lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, interviews Kevin B. Nowlan, Emeritus Professor of History at University College Dublin and contributor to the volume “Ireland and the Italian Risorgimento”. The interview will be followed by two talks: “Ireland, Garibaldi and Italian Unification” by Anne O’Connor, Lecturer in Italian at National University of Ireland, Galway and “Women’s Places in a United Italy” by Emer Delaney, IRCHSS scholar at Trinity College Dublin. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=383&citta=Dublino

Thurs 03 Nov: 19:00-22:00 – Seomra Spraoi, 10 Belvidere Court, Dublin 1
Dublin Community Growers, Food Action, and Latin American Solidarity Centre are hosting a night of coming together and conversation in Seomra Spraoi. A vegan meal will be provided, followed by a film about seed-saving and biodiversity. Later there will be discussion on food sovereignty in Europe and Ireland. This event is open to everyone. It is not explicitly stated that this event is free and since there will be food provided, it might not be, so please be aware of that. www.lasc.ie/content/lets-liberate-biodiversity-screening

Thurs 03 Nov: 19:30 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
A film screening of the movie “Luther” (Dir.: Eric Till, colour, 121 min., Germany 2002/03) will take place followed by a discussion.
Eric Till’s film tells the story of the church-sceptic theologian Martin Luther, who caused furor among the catholic leaders when spreading his theses. Excommunicated by Pope Leo X and outlawed by Emperor Karl V, Luther is being declared a heretic. He finds refuge with Friedrich der Weise on the Wartburg. In the meantime, his theses are becoming more and more popular among the ordinary people. This leads to an up-rising, which is neither what Luther wanted, nor does it have any chance to be successful. The ready for battle peasants are being brutally defeated by the sovereigns. Despite these set-backs the peaceful fight for Protestant Reformation continues for Luther. The film will be introduced by a short lecture and discussion about freedom and faith in modern societies led by Irish philosopher Dr. Dermot Moran, UCD.

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reilly’s 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. There is no cover charge. The theme for November will be “Buddies” and the films are: 03 Nov: Lethal Weapon, 10 Nov: 48 Hours, 17 Nov: Beverly Hills Cops. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Thurs 03 Nov: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
In February the pub Sin È was closed down due to high rents, but just about 4 weeks later it opened up again and is doing well since. The new owners (?) are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* 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
* Songs from a Café is a Dublin singer-songwriter showcase session, dedicated to the art of contemporary songwriting. 20:00-22:00 at Brick Alley Cafe. www.facebook.com/songsfromacafe
* The Max Zaska group (06+20 Oct, 03 Nov) and the Patrick Groenland (13 + 27 Oct, 10 Nov) group will perform on alternating Thursdays from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street.
* “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


04 Nov: 20:00-22:00 – Martello Tower car park, Sandymount
The Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers will meet to observe the first quarter Moon. If you have a telescope you would like help with or just have general queries about the IAS or astronomy you are more than welcome to come along. If the weather is bad the astronomers will be there from 20:00-21:00. Admission is free, all are welcome and feel free to bring a scope along if you can/wish. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Fri 04 Nov: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Author Karen Gillece Richard Halperin will be in the Irish Writers’ Centre for a lunchtime reading on Friday. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

04 Nov: Grand Social, Liffey Street, Dublin 1
On Friday the band Caruso (www.caruso.ie) will perform in the Grand Social. “Freak”, their new single was launched in October and I will tell you next week at what time they will be on stage!


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:

Sat 05 Nov: 11:00-15:00 – Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
This Social Enterprise Workshop & Networking Event will be facilitated by Experts in social enterprise, micro finance, small business networks & other support services for start-ups and the event is open to all aspiring entrepreneurs, business owners & unemployed members of migrant communities. If you want to take part you need to book by Wed 02 November via info@newcommunities.ie and further information can be found here www.newcommunities.ie/events/2011/11/05/social-enterprise-workshop-networking-event/

Tue 08 Nov: 18:00 – Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The Life Sciences Lecture entitled “Cancer Prevention: A View from The Cliff” by Professor Colm O’Morain, MRIA will take place in RIA’s Acadeny House. Admission is free, but booking is essential on www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Life-Sciences-Lecture-%281%29.aspx

______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. ;-)

You probably have heard about the “scandal” around Priory Hall, a housing complex in Donaghmeade. It turns out that wooden walls were used and these have been declared a fire hazard (fire could spread very fast) and the moment a judge heard about it, he got all residents evacuated immediately. The residents are now all staying in hotels and Dublin City is paying for their hotel stay. The builder/developer was told that he has to fix the problems, but there are huge question marks over his financial ability to get it fixed. The whole thing is a mess! The people that bought apartments were never able to check the quality and had to rely on other people’s judgement. Bank valuations could have MAYBE discovered the problem, but I am not sure if a valuer can really assess the fire hazard in a building complex. He is focused on different aspects. The problem is probably more caused by architects and builders, who should have right from the beginning used the right materials. So, a big big mess with a clear victim but no clear guilty party.
However, when you analyse the whole story, there is a completely different VERY odd and baffling aspect:
I am not sure when the buildings were completed, but already in 2009 the fire risk was identified as a local councillor reports ( naoise.ie/?p=145). Some repairs happened, but nobody was evacuated and nobody made a fire engine (a very rare resource) stay on site around the clock. But as soon as the whole case came in front of a court and Judge Nicholas Kearns, people had to get out of their apartments IMMEDIATELY (www.rte.ie/news/2011/1014/prioryhall.html). What was suddenly different. Why did the Fire Service leave them in their apartments for 2 years without panic and now there was panic. And the same Judge ordered a fire engine to stay outside the building around the clock (www.independent.ie/national-news/council-funds-mcfeelys-fire-cover-2915303.html). Imagine we find (which is likely!) that more buildings in Ireland have similar problems. Where will we get all the fire engines to park next to there buildings. Ohh, and maybe we need a fire engine at every furniture shop as well because there is wood in it that could burn suddenly and damage the shop. VERY odd!

If you are interested in more This is Odd! And other stories, check out my blog at www.joergsteegmueller.com


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Enjoy the bank holiday on Monday and don’t forget to change the clock on Sunday morning. Imagine if you forgot BOTH! Arriving on Monday in work an hour too early (or is it an hour later?? – these clock changes do my head in! ;-) ).
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