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Event Guide 246: Double Eagle Coin Exhibition, Print Museum, International Women’s Day events

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 246
| 02 March 2012 Subscribers: 10501

Hi all!

Six shows in the Tivoli are behind us and there are seven more to come. If you don’t know what I am talking about, then let me fill you in briefly: I am part of the backing choir of the Elvis Tribute show “Return of the King” (www.facebook.com/events/302163716505338/) with Kevin Doyle as Elvis and the brilliant The Way it Was Orchestra. We will be in the Tivoli until the 10 March and I hope you will come and see our show. The gigs go really well and the critiques are very good. Have a look here, for example: www.dublinculture.ie/2012/02/return-of-king.html Tickets for weekend shows sell really well and at some mid-week shows there are still more tickets available. On Wednesday night we had a CRAZY (in the very good meaning of the word!) audience. :-) A whole group of women who probably well remember Elvis from when they were young were there and had a brilliant time. And that got me to think: Mothers Day in Ireland is on 18 March and wouldn’t it be great to come to this gig with your mother and you might as well bring your dad! And if your parents are not in Ireland or not around us anymore, then just bring yourself and enjoy the music they would have enjoyed when they were younger. Tickets are available here www.tivoli.ie/elvis-the-return-of-the-king/ And there is another chance to win some tickets if you are lucky: Check the Competition section!
What else is new? Spring weather is here! Wasn’t that a wonderful day yesterday? Well, the outdoor event season is not too far away and it would be great if we had a nice spring and summer. I know, I am long enough in Dublin to be so optimistic, but, hey, you never know. ;-) One year, we will have a REAL great summer again! :-P

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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, the video clip here is a little less WOW!, but nevertheless a good one. It is just a little “slower” but contains an important message. In it Peter Diamandis, a philanthropist and a key figure in the development of the personal spaceflight industry talks about how the media tells us only distorted and bad stories and how our real future will be a World of Abundance. So, some of us might feel bad about the future, but when you look at the full and real picture, we should be very confident about the bright future ahead. www.youtube.com/watch?v=BltRufe5kkI

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______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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I am still most nights on stage in the Tivoli Theater – expecting to see YOU in the audience. ;-) So there are not too many events I can go to. But we take a break from the shows on Sunday and Monday and during the day at the weekdays I have time as well.

So this week the following events are on my to do list or on my “would like to do” list:

On Sunday I will be at tha Ha’Penny Indoor Market at the Grand Social and will probably have a look at the Demo day at the Print Museum. In the evening I hope you help us sell out the Tivoli Theatre!

On Sunday I might go to the Botanic Garden to see the new growth which clearly indicates that a) spring is near and b) there is chance that temperatures will soon increase! Chance! Not Guarantee! In the evening you should come to the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass, it is a great event.

On Monday the Al Mutanabbi Street event sounds interesting and Comedy Crunch in Stag’s Head is something everyone should at least try once!

On Tuesday or on Wednesday you have the VERY rare opportunity to see the most expensive coin in the world. It will be on show in the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Check out the Double Eagle Coin! Another event that sounds interesting is the Ingenious Irish Women talk. There are a number of women-focused events this week because the International Women’s Day is coming up.

On Thursday the talks in the Central Library about the Irish Economy sound intriguing, but the timing of the talks will not allow me to go there.


Last week and this week I mentioned that I am currently on stage for 13 weeks singing in the backing choir of Kevin Doyle’s fabulous “The Return of the King” Elvis Tribute show. We are performing from 23 Feb – 10 March in the Tivoli Theatre and you can find all details here www.facebook.com/events/302163716505338/ Last week I gave out a few pairs of tickets through a competition and one of the winners wrote to me afterwards: “What a great show! I am too young to remember Elvis Presley and thought I liked just some of his songs, but the show in the Tivoli blew me away. It was so much fun and Kevin Doyle is brilliant. I will tell all my friends to go. Thanks so so much for the tickets!”
Tickets are EUR 20-28.50 (depending on the day) and are available from www.tivoli.ie/elvis-the-return-of-the-king/ It would be great if many of you could buy tickets and see us! And this week two Dublin Event Guide readers will win a pair of tickets to our show on Wednesday 07 March. To win a pair of tickets, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with RETURN OF THE KING in the subject of your mail and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your e-mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Monday 05 March. www.facebook.com/KevinDoyleElvis

Malvern House English School is a brand new English school in Dublin and the school is opening its doors in Dublin city on Dame Street in March. To celebrate this and to help Dublin Event Guide readers who do not have English as their first language, Malvern House English School is making two free places available on a 2 week English course (20 lessons per week). This prize had a value of EUR 440(!!) per person and I all entries have been checked and now Malvern House will talk to the lucky winners of the draw to see if their level of English is suitable for the currently available classes. I will announce the winners next week here, once Malvern House has confirmed their names. A big thanks to Malvern House for this super prize! www.malvernhouse.ie

“Zombies: Are we dead yet?” is the name of a night o talks, clips and music on the undead, organised by Dublintellectual. It will take place on Fri 02 March in the The Back Loft, Augustine Street off Thomas St, Dublin 8. The director of zombie flick Dead Meat, Conor McMahon, will be joined by Sarah Cleary talking about the seks (Spam Filter Divert: replace “ks” with “x”) lives of zombies, Sorcha Ni Fhlainn on zombie soldiers, and Emma Radley on zombies in Irish cinema. Admission to the event is EUR 5 per person (or free for zombies). Last week you could win a pair of tickets here and the winner is …. I wasn’t able to confirm if the winner will be able to make it, so I am holding back with the name this week. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublintellectual/171421632924002

______Dublin News______________

The Dublin City Soul Festival and the Musical Youth Foundation are directly linked and are both organised and managed by the energetic Chris Maher, who leaves no stone unturned to keep the Soul Festival going year after year. The Musical Youth Foundation is a children’s charity that has as its mission to provide every child in Ireland with access to a musical education and its many associated life changing benefits. For a very very special project that will be unveiled soon, the Musical Youth Foundation is asking you now to give them any old, unused, unloved or even broken guitars that you might have at home. I was privileged enough to be given a glimpse of what is planned and I can tell you that your guitar will definitely be put to good use. So if you have a guitar at home that you don’t want or need anymore contact saoirse@soul.ie to arrange delivery/collection of your donated guitar. And as a bonus, everyone who donates will be invited to the launch of this very special project, which will happen in association with the Dublin City Soul Festival. So, de-clutter your home, help the Musical Youth Foundation and put your name on the guest list for this great event! www.musicalyouthfoundation.org

For many many years “Fan’s” has been a Chinese restaurant in 60 Dame Street. I have been in the Chinese restaurants on the other side of the street, but never made it into Fan’s: www.flickr.com/photos/infomatique/6629543499/ A few weeks ago, Fan’s suddenly disappeared and Crackbird opened. But what happened to Crackbird in South William Street? Well, it seems that “Bear” is in there now and Crackbird moved lock-stock and barrel to Dame Street. I love Crackbird and it is great to see that while other places close all over the place, there are restaurant businesses and owners that are clued in enough to see what people want and to provide that. But I am a bit puzzled by the contant moving of Crackbird. It originally emerged from a Pop-up Restaurant in 19 Crane Lane before moving to South William Street and now to Dame Street. The food is – you guessed it – chicken. Fried chicken to be accurate and I recommend the Soy Garlic Chicken. Soo Yummy! Oh and if you could forward this endorsement to Joe Macken, who owns Jo’Burger, Crackbird, Skinflint and Bear. I would be more than happy to test his other restaurants as well. Repeatedly if required. :-P

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The Bad Ass Café in Temple Bar, just around the corner from Temple Bar Square had years of stability followed by lots of turmoil and it now was finally re-opened. Originally it started in 1983 before Temple Bar was what it is now. 28 (!!) years later, around March 2011 it had to close. (www.broadsheet.ie/2011/05/04/has-the-bad-ass-cafe-closed/) The reaction to that news was very mixed. Some thought it was time that the meanwhile deteriorated place had closed shop. Others thought the Bad Ass Café was a Dublin landmark and regretted the closure.
Interestingly, a few months later – and probably under new ownership – it re-opened and was ripped apart by an Irish Times critique in October 2011 at www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/magazine/2011/1015/1224305610752.html What happened next is not clear. Based on a Facebook Page the Bad Ass Comedy Café was opened on 18 November but this Thursday (01 March) was another re-opening of the Bad Ass Café. Was that just the official opening four month after the actual re-opening? Or had it been closed AGAIN? The Irish Times critique didn’t sound good at all, but it was written in October 2011? Was the Café open at that time if it only re-opened on 18 November? Confusion all around! And the website at www.badassdublin.com only confirms that the new design really is a rather uninspired airport-type pub look.


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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.

01-08 March: FIlmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
PIVOT Dublin aims to promote design as a driver of innovation and to communicate, demonstrate and celebrate design’s role in Dublin’s social, cultural and economic development. PIVOT Dublin originally started out as Dublin’s bid to be designated World Design Capital 2014 and this involved putting together a comprehensive survey of the creative design work going on the city today.
From 01-08 March this creative work will be showcased and future directions for design in Dublin will be explored. The exhibition will opened at 18:30 on Friday 02 March and during the exhibition there will be a number of interesting and free events:
There will be a film screening on Sunday 04 March. Primary School workshops on the mornings of the 05, 06 and 07 March will take place and daily lunchtime discussions at 13:00 which will pick apart the opportunities and challenges in Dublin in which design can play a role. They’ll be chaired in turn by Aibhlin McCrann, Nathalie Weadick, Alan Mee, Ré Dubhthaigh and Ray Yeates and will include guest speakers from every walk of life:
+ Thurs 01 March ‘RE-MAKING’ – designing sustainable products
+ Fri 02 March ‘RE-HOUSE’ – designing the private world
+ Mon 05 March ‘RE-PUBLIC’ – designing the public world
+ Tues 06 March ‘RE-FORM’ – designing systems which enable not curb
+ Wed 07 March ‘RE-PRESENT’ – designing positive states of mind
+ Thurs 08 March ‘RE-PLAY’ – designing the virtual world
Find more details here www.facebook.com/events/113599658764638/

The new Olivier Cornet Gallery is at 1 The Wooden Building, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 and the gallery’s first show was launched on Thursday. It will feature the work of gallery artists Annika Berglund, Mark Doherty, John Fitzsimons, Jordi Forniés, Yanny Petters, Martha Quinn, Seán Mulcahy, Adrienne Symes, Hanneke van Ryswyk and a few invited artists. Gallery opening hours are Tues-Sat: 11:00-18:00 and Sun 12:00-17:00. www.oliviercornetgallery.com

St. Brigids Photography Group is showing their annual photo exhibition in the foyer of the Blanchardstown Library. The exhibition will run until 10 March and the library opening times are Mon-Thurs 10:00-20:00, Fri+Sat: 10:00-17:00. Details about the Blanchardstown Library can be found at www.fingalcoco.ie/CommunityRecreationandAmenitiesDepartment/Library/LibraryBranches/BlanchardstownLibrary/ and details about St.Brigids Photography Group are at stbrigidsphotogroup.blogspot.com/


Fri 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Fri 02 March: 13:05 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A lunch time reading with Geraldine Mitchell will take place. The Lunchtime Readings will run on Fridays throughout February and March in the Irish Writers’ Centre and are organised in association with Poetry Ireland. The readings will be alternating between prose and poetry, offering audiences the chance to experience a wide-range of literary talent. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 02 March: 18:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Cold 100 will be playing an in-store show in Tower Records on Friday to celebrate the release of their new EP “Into The Parlour”. And if you miss that or if you like The Cold 100 a lot (I really like their music!), then you can enjoy another In-Store event at Freebird records (secret Book and Record Store) on Wicklow St. on 03 March at 13:00. The lead single from the EP is ‘Mr. Westcoast Man’, and the video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9uS9C5cCts www.thecold100.com

Fri 02 Mar: 18:00-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
A Dublin City of Science 2012 Meetup will take place in the Science Gallery. Meet with like-minded fans, organisers and participants in Dublin City of Science 2012. “At this metup, we’ll be chatting about Dublin Mini Maker Faire, organised by Science Gallery and happening on 14 July, and which also has an open call for makers until 15 March. Come meet the organisers, other makers, and hackerspaces, and get a taste of what’s going to happen.” The Science Gallery will host City-of-Science themed meetups on the first Friday of each month throughout 2012. www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/03/dublin-city-science-2012-meetup

Fridays 18:30-21:00 – Radisson, Golden Lane, Dublin 2.
On 02 March the Radisson Hotel in Golden Lane is starting a new Jazz Evening every Friday and the first performer will be Collette Henry (voc) and Leopoldo Osio (piano). They will perform a mixture of Latin tunes and blues Blues songs. Admission is free. Subsequent performers will be 09 Mar: Joan Shields, 16 Mar: Emilie Conway, 23 Mar: Michael MacLennan, 30 Mar: Dorota Konczewska, 06 Apr: Closed, 13 Apr: Johnny Taylor, 20 Apr: Michael MacLennan, 27 Apr: Cary Posavitz, 04 May: Shabela Rabaza, 11 May: Kristina G, 18 May: Stella Bass

Fri 02 March: 19:00 – The Back Loft, Augustine Street off Thomas St, Dublin 2
“Zombies: Are we dead yet?” is the name of a night o talks, clips and music on the undead, organised by Dublintellectual. The director of zombie flick Dead Meat, Conor McMahon, will be joined by Sarah Cleary talking about the seks (Spam Filter Divert: replace “ks” with “x”) lives of zombies, Sorcha Ni Fhlainn on zombie soldiers, and Emma Radley on zombies in Irish cinema. Admission to the event is EUR 5 per person but you can get in for free if you dress up like a zombie… or if you win tickets at the competition here in the Dublin Event Guide. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublintellectual/171421632924002

Fri 02 March: 19:00-22:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
The Western, Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll band “Moo!” will perform in Whelan’s and admission is free. www.mooband.com www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8389

Fri 02 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Three weeks ago I informed you about a taster workshop in Sacred Harp Singing and it seems that this workshop was so successful that a group has formed in Dublin who will from now on meet every Friday evening in the Exchange Dublin. Find out more details here corksacredharp.com/post/17337848698/dublinsing

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 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 02 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – 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

Fri 02 March: 20:00-22:00 – Sandymount Martello Tower Car Park.
The Sidewalk Astronomers of the Irish Astronomical Society are inviting to their monthly star gazing session at the Martello tower in Sandymount. If the weather is good the event will run from 20:00-22:00 and if it is cloudy it will go until 21:00. You can bring your own telescope or try out one of the telescopes that will be made available there. The viewing will focus on Jupiter and Moon. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Fri: 20:30 – Ormond Wine, Restaurant & Cafe Bar, 6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7. Swing from Paris in the Thirties performed by a duo of Guitar and Vocal will entertain you every Friday in the Ormond Wine Bar. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ormond-Wine-Bar/181985853298

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 02 March: Colonials
Sat 03 March Superfly
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Fri 21:45-02:30 – Fibber Magees, Parnell Street, Dublin 1
Every Monday, a mix of musicians from bands like The Seven Deadly Skins / Animal Cracker / Upbeat Generation / Crete Boom & more come together to play a free night of Rock & Reggae. www.facebook.com/TheHangoverClub

* 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


Sat 03 Mar – Thurs 19 April: National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. – The exhibition “In celebration of trees – An exhibition of Bonsai” will take place in the National Botanic Gardens. National Tree Week marks the opening of this exhibition of Bonsai in the Conservatory of the Botanic Gardens. Watch the Bonsai burst back to life displaying the splendid spring foliage of maples, cherries and many other interesting plants. A series of free re-potting demonstrations will be held during the course of the exhibition. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sat 03 Mar: 09:00-13:00 – Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, gets up to 200 cars to sell goods from. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line terminal and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 07:00 for buyers from 09:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie

Sat 03 Mar: 10:00 – Musicmaker, 29 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2
I know this is not really the type of event that I normally include here. It is a sale of equipment and if I wanted to start including all sales this e-mail would be completely blown out of proportion. No worries, I don’t plan to! ;-) The reason why I include the “Musicmaker Mil lion Euro Sale” is because it is more a spectacular than a normal sale. Firstly the price reductions are really good. It is not the type of sale where after the reduction the price is where you would have expected it in the first place. But the other reason for mentioning it here is that in previous years a party atmosphere was created by camping and queuing bands in Exchequer Street and Musicmaker got some other businesses to use the advertisement opportunity and to provide free coffee and Pizza and McDonalds discounts. I might go to Exchequer Street on Friday evening, just to see if the street party atmosphere that Musicmaker expects and promises will really be there. ;-) www.facebook.com/musicmakereire.

Sat 03: 110:00-18:00 – Sweeney’s Mongrel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
A monthly PopUp Record Fair is taking place and Admission is free. There will be 10 stands of music from dealers and private sellers and the market is very popular.

Thurs-Sun (Thurs-Sat 10:00-17:30, Sun 12:00-17:30) – Unit 95, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17. – A new-ish indoor market is open in Coolock. Over 40 traders offer a wide range of goods and a café is on site as well. www.facebook.com/MotherRedcaps.Market

Sat 03 Mar: 11:00-15:00 – DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, DIT Chatham Row, Dublin 2. – The DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama is the largest provider of music and drama education in Ireland, providing quality music education in Dublin for over 120 years. The music courses, from pre-Junior (3-7 years) right through to doctoral study, are delivered by the finest teachers in Ireland, in an inspirational environment. Junior and Continuing Education students receive individual instrument lessons and group classes. Pre-Junior children receive group lessons to prepare them for studying an instrument. During this Open Day, you find out more about the part-time music programmes for 2012/13. Pre-Junior, Junior and Continuing Education classes take place from September until June and are held on weekday evenings and/or Saturdays. www.dit.ie/conservatory

Sat 03 Mar: 11:00-17:00 – Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1. The weekly Ha’penny Flea Indoor Market takes place on Saturdays and stalls offer Vintage Men and Womens Clothes, Contemporary Crafts, Books, Vinyl Records, Vintage and Handmade Jewellery, Vintage Hair Styles, Art, Photography and lots more. For more details, check www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea-indoor-market

Sat 03 Mar: 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) – The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sat 03 Mar: 12:00-16:00 – National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. – Witness a tradition that has virtually disappeared. Active retired typesetters and printers will bring the Museum to life through practical demonstrations of highlights from the collection. I have been at a similar event before and it is really to great to see the printing presses etc in the museum alive and in action. The evnt is part of the Engineers Week events. Admission is free. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

Sat 03 Mar: 12:00 – Civil Service GAA Club, Islandbridge. Dublin
Australian Rules Football is a mixture between Gaelic Football and Rugby, a contact ball sport with an elliptical ball on an elliptical playing field where you are allowed to move the ball either with your hand or your feet. (Find more details here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_rules_football). If you always wanted to try Aussie Rules football, come to this lesson. Qualified AFL coaches are ready to show you how to play it. Learn how to handpass, kick, tackle, specky and mark. There is a Guys team and a Girls Team recruiting players for the summer league. The Dublin Demons and the Dublin Angels invite you to attend this free training session. No experience needed and all levels of fitness and all nationalities accepted. More information about the teams and a map of the location is on www.dublin-demons.com/ www.arfli.com

Sat 03 Mar: 12:00-13:00 – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – The IMMA talk “What is Photography?” by Fiona Loughnane will take place. The talk provides an overview of photography and its role as medium and mode of documentation in contemporary arts practice. This is accompanied by an essay by Fiona Loughnane, Art Historian and Lecturer, titled Image of Reality / Image not Reality: What is Photography? The talk is supported by an information leaflet which includes summary information about the topic, an essay and supplementary resource material including bibliography, resources and a glossary of terms. www.imma.ie/en/subnav_50.htm

Sat 03 Mar: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour now takes place every Saturday 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 03+10 March: 14:00 – Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park. – A Series of Talks and Reminiscence Days will take place at Farmleigh House over the next 5 weeks. Admission is free and if you would like to attend, you should come to Farmleigh House reception 15 minutes before the start time. The topics are:
+ 03 Mar: Evelyn Roche of Guinness Archives will present a talk on working life and conditions at the Brewery in times past.
+ 10 Mar: Georgina Davis (House Manager at Farmleigh) will give an insight into the State Visits at Farmleigh and the running of the house during such a visit. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,17891,en.html

Sat 03 Mar: 14:00 – Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. – The Tenth Annual Emmet Spring Lecture will take place on Sat. The title is “Women in the Era of the American Civil War – Movers and Diarists” by Aidan O’Hara. This annual lecture, held close to Robert Emmet’s birthday on 04 March, is organised by the Emmet and Devlin Committee in association with Dublin City Public Libraries. Admission is free. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/emmet_and_devlin.aspx

+ The Family Tour “Zoo-ology Expedition” will take place on Sat 03 March from 15:00-16:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History). “Take an expedition through the “Dead Zoo” and learn more about the exotic animals from all over the world that are on display.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2639

Sat 03 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Bring a picture to Life” with Mary Broderick. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 03 Mar: 15:00 – The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The New Writing Play Reading for “Not While There’s Work To Be Done” by Thomas Quain, a Dark Comedy set in Connemara, will take place on Sat. Admission is free, but a suggested donation of EUR 2 is appreciated.

Sat 03 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s Front Bar, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Ukulele Band “Ukeristic Congress” are playing in Whelan’s every second Saturday. I heard them at the Ukulele Festival and Dun Laoghaire and they are really good! www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8440

Sat 03 Mar: 19:30 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The next Dublin Skeptics event will take place in the Exchange on Saturday. Ronald Green will talk about “Nothing Matters”. “Why should nothing matter? If anything matters, why should nothing matter? And yet it does, for there isn’t anything, it seems, that nothing does not touch, or anything that does not touch nothing. History, philosophy, religion, science, art, literature, music – all look towards nothing at some point, stimulating questions that would otherwise not be asked.” Admission is free. skepticireland.com/archives/862

Sat: 19:30 – Ormond Wine, Restaurant & Cafe Bar, 6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7. Saturday nights “Wax Lyrical” is a lively Swing and Bossanova performance of a guitar, trombone and vocal trio. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ormond-Wine-Bar/181985853298

Saturdays: 22:00-00:00 – Oil Can Harry’s, 31 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
“The Urban Mojo Blues Band, a Dublin based five piece band drawing influences from electric Chicago blues and rock to produce a lively uptempo grooving blues will be performing every Saturday.” www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Mojo-Blues-Band/87569518524 www.urbanmojobluesband.com

* 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 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
* 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
* Nearly every day and especially at the weekend, the Porterhouse in Temple Bar is hosting live bands that are always worth a visit. www.porterhousebrewco.com/livetemplebar.html
* 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 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. On Sundays the Ferocious Mingle MARKET is a fancy dress market: In addition to stalls/tables for sellers, there are some “chalets” in the venue where regular sellers have set up. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sun 04 Mar: 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 36th 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 will feature “Music for Solo Bassoon” with Pascal Gallois (Bassoon). www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/535-pascal-gallois-bassoon

Sun 04 Mar: 13:00 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Knowledge is an open collective group that aims to bring education and learning to everyone. Knowledge runs series of free public lectures. These short courses will be presented by volunteers with a background in and a passion for the given area. There are no barriers to taking part and the lectures will be free form, shaped as much by those who come as by those giving them. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. The next series begins this Sunday with a big topic: “Orion’s Sword, and other things that are above your head right now”, a lecture on astronomy and the greatest light show going. knowledge.exchangedublin.ie/ www.facebook.com/KnowledgeExchange

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.

Sun 04 + 11 Mar: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. To mark National Tree Week a special guided walk will introduce some of the more beautiful and interesting trees of the National Botanic Gardens. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

+ The “Hands on History” event will take place on Sun 04 Mar from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects; a handling session.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2642

Sun 04 Mar: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “The Yeats Archive: The Work of the Yeats Sisters” with Pauline Swords, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 04 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “The fantastic figures of Harry Clarke”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 04 Mar: 17:00-23:00 – 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’s line up is: Garrett Baker, Kaleido Folk, Veer Left, Loco Swing, Rachel Austin, Tom Cooney, Fear of Folk, Junah. Details and links to the performing bands and artists are here: www.facebook.com/events/251172281634065/

Sun 04 Mar: 18:00-22:00 – Block T, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
On Sunday Block T in Smithfield will be home to an exciting and engaging night of live performance including established & emerging artists from all over Ireland and beyond. You have the opportunity to see durational performances develop over the night, spectacular and engaging short performances and pieces designed for a very small audience (between 1-5 people). This event is free and open to anyone who would like to come along. Find out more here
www.performanceartnetwork.ie or here

Sun 04 Mar: 20:00 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The weekly Sunday Roast is an event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes. The next Sunday Roast has this line up: Autonomous, Milk Man, Sal Vitro, Red Empire, Modern India, Jonathan Kluth. The start time is this week a bit earlier than usual. Links to the band sites and more information can be found here: www.facebook.com/thesundayroast www.facebook.com/events/176151375822420/

Sun 04 Mar: 21:00-00:00 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. This Sunday’s line up is Edwin Sammon, Christiane O’Mahony, John Brennan, Ken Rogan and headliner George Fox. MOC will be Colm McGlinchey. www.facebook.com/events/401633929853976/

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with alternating (week by week) live bands Pavement Kings, Donna & The Sazzy Catz, The Mosquitoes and The Pacifics from 21:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie/events.php

Sun 04 Mar: 22:30-01:00 – The Mezz, 23/24 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The great Soul / Funk / Rock/ Reggae band “Mob Fandango” is every Sunday in the Mezz for a late night gig. www.facebook.com/mobfandango

* 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
* 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/thesundayroast
* “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 4 Dame Lane in Dame Lane from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes (from 18:00) will be additional features. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/events/225904860831469/
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane 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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Mon 05 Mar: 13:00-14:00 – RDS Concert Hall, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The RDS continues its series of lunchtime recitals in the RDS Concert Hall called “Rising Stars Music Recital”. The Spring Series features music from three young Irish pianists chosen to participate in the Dublin International Piano Competition 2012, as well as musicians from the CIT Cork School of Music. On Monday both David Keating and Aengus Kirakowski will perform on guitars and their performance will include:
Carlo Domeniconi (1947-): Koyunbaba
Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909): Asturias from Suite Espanola No. 1, op. 47
Brian Head (1964-): Brookland Boogie from Sketches For Friends
Fernando Bustamante (1947-): Misionera arr. Jorge Morel
Mario Castelnuovo –Tedesco (1895-1968): Sonatina Canonica op. 196
Admission is free and no advance booking is required. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099529

Mon 05+12+26 Mar: 13:00 – Rathmines Library, Rathmines Road, Rathmines
A weekly Traditional Irish Music concert will take place in March. Admission is free and while it says booking is essential, I would even risk it if I was near and had unexpectedly time. Rathmines Library host Dublin Institute of Technology’s Traditional Irish Music Ensemble’s series of lunchtime concerts in the Exhibition Room. To book contact Rathmines Library at 01-4973539 or rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/rathmines_traditional_music.aspx

Mon, Wed, Sat in March: 13:10 – 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 at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. The details and the relevant dates when the programme will be screened are:
5, 14, 19, 28 March: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-1-20/
7, 12, 21, 26 March: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-2-kieron-j-walsh/
A double-bill of both Programme 1 and Programme 2 will be screened on the Saturdays: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March February: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-double-bill-orla-walsh-kieron-j-walsh/
Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.

Mon 05 Mar: 15:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. The Inaugural National Tree Week Lecture “Trees – Our Past, Our Present, Our Future” by Dr. John Feehan, Author and Environmentalist, will take place on Monday. The official opening of the exhibition of entries to the National Tree Week 2012 poster competition and prize-giving ceremony for the winning entries will follow the lecture. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Mon 05 Mar: 15:00 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – A new poetry event will take place from Monday. Every first Monday of a month a poetry reading for anybody who likes poems read aloud will take place. You can listen to poems being read or you can read good poems to the audience. Howard Linnane is running the event and he says that the term “Poem” is not meant in a restrictive of exclusive way, so there is a LOT of flexibility and who knows where the collective culture experience brings you.

Mon 05 Mar: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
The book launch for ‘Valentina’ by Kevin McDermott and ‘Large Mammals, Stick Insects and Other Social Misfits’ by Felicity McCall will take place in the Gutter Bookshop. The two books are both young adult books. Admission is free. wwww.gutterbookshop.com

Mon 05 Mar: 19:00 – The Winding Stair Bookshop, 40 Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1. – On 5 March 2007 a bomb was exploded on Baghdad’s Al-Mutanabbi Street, located in a mixed Shia-Sunni area. More than 30 people were killed and 100 wounded. Al-Mutanabbi Street, the historic centre of bookselling in Baghdad, holds bookstores and outdoor bookstalls, cafes, stationery shops, tea & tobacco stores. It has been the core of Baghdad’s literary and intellectual community for many centuries. The Al-Mutanabbi Street coalition was formed in response to the bombing by poet and bookseller Beau Beausoleil in San Francisco. It initiated and completed a project with contributions of 130 broadsides from 130 letterpress printers, some of which were exhibited at the Market House in Monaghan and the Central Library in Dublin last March. It’s now in the process of compiling ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’, a project for which over 250 writers and artists worldwide have committed to producing three books each in a symbolic attempt to “re-assemble” the “inventory” of what was lost in the bombing.
Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts in Dublin is the Dublin edition of a series of events taking place around the globe on 5 March 2012 to mark the 5th anniversary of the bombing, and will feature readings, performances and exhibitions by the Ireland-based participants in ‘An Inventory of Al-Mutanabbi Street’ and other friends of these projects. The event will include a short play, a poetry reading with musical accompaniment, a performance of poetry in translation, a short talk on the significance of the project, and exhibitions of images from books produced for the project. The writers, performers and artists contributing to the evening are Alansary, Cah-44, Evelyn Conlon, Sue Cosgrave, Djeribi, Kit Fryatt, Judy Kravis and Sarah Lewtas. The event is co-ordinated and will be introduced by Christodoulos Makris.

Mon 05 Mar: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St, Dublin 1
In addition to the regular Dublin Writers’ Forum events on Thursdays, this week there is a Monday event as well. It is a special event as it is the first public reading to share the work that is done by members of the group. If you want to hear what they have been up to in the alst few months come on Monday to Twisted Pepper. Admission is free. The line up will be Jonathan Armas McGlinn, Fióna Bolger, Yasmina Ferguson, Alvy Carragher, Kevin Dwan, Delta O’Hara, Eddie Hearne, Liz McSkeane, Anne Tannam. www.facebook.com/DublinWritersForum

Mon 05 Mar: 21:00-23:00 – Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. This Monday’s line up is David Reilly and Kevin Lockard, with support from Alan Hurley, Steve Elliott and MC Danny O’Brien.

* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every month. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy in the Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from 23:30. Admission is free.


Tues 06 Mar – Thurs 08 Mar: RDS (Hall 4), Merion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Choices Expo is Ireland’s largest education and careers expo. Whether you are considering your next step in higher or further education, looking to learn new or improve upon existing skills, seeking a career with one of Ireland’s most successful employers or even researching the options available to you both at home and abroad; Choices 2012 provides the setting to speak with education and career experts as well as enjoying a range of seminars and career talks.
Importantly, this is NOT a job fair like the one in the Round Room of Mansion House recently, where the queue to get in was at times more than 100 metres long. In the RDS you mainly find educational and training organisations. Check the website (especially the exhibitors list) before you go, so that you know what to expect. Admission is free. Opening hours are Tues 06 March: 09:00-15:30, Wed 07 Mar: 09:00-15:30, Thurs 08 Mar: 11:00-20:00. www.choicesexpo.com

Tues 06 Mar: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Telling Tales – Illustrations from the Collection” with Niamh MacNally, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

06-07 Mar: (Tues: 12:00-20:00, Wed: 10:00-16:00) – Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. – For two days only the 1933 Double Eagle Gold Coin will be displayed alongside a collection of other notable US coins. These include the 1907 high relief 20 dollar gold coin; the Capped Bust to left 5 dollar gold coin (1807-1812) and the Liberty gold 20 dollar coin (1849-1866). The 1933 Double Eagle will be the world’s most expensive gold coin ever to come to auction. In 2002, a 1933 Double Eagle sold for 7.59 million dollars!! Nearly half a million of these twenty-dollar gold coins were originally minted in 1933 in the midst of the Great Depression, but only 13 are known today. The rest were melted down before they ever left the United States Mint, sacrificed as part of a strategy to remove the United States from the gold standard and stabilise the American economy. The exhibition will be open tat the Baroque Chapel of the Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) between 12:00-20:00 on Tuesday 06 March and 10:00-16:00 on Wednesday 07 March. www.1933doubleeagle.ie and www.imma.ie

Tues 06 Mar: 13:00-14:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
This special International Women’s Day talk with Mary Mulvihill is entitled “Ingenious Irish Women” and will feature Maude Delap who solved the puzzle of jellyfish, Annie Maunder who travelled the world chasing solar eclipses, Kathleen Lonsdale who discovered a new form of diamond and Alicia Boole Stott who created shapes in four dimensions. These are just some of the historic Irish women scientists – you can learn a little of their lives and legacies at this talk. Admision is free. Booking is recommended via centrallibrary@dublincity.ie or on 01-8734333 www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/iwd_2011_telescopes_taffeta.aspx

Tues 06 Mar: 18:00 – Hughes&Hughes, St. Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, Dublin 2. – Aifric’s novel “On The Floor” will be launched in Hughes&Hughes on Tuesday. Admission is free and no booking is required. On the Floor is about making money and taking risks; it’s about getting away with it, and what happens when you’re no longer one step ahead; ultimately, though, it’s a reminder to never, ever underestimate the personal cost of success. www.hughesandhughes.ie/content/book-launch

Tues 06 Mar: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
At this Peregrine Readings event Tom MacIntyre, Eoin McNamee, Orflaith Foyle will read at the Irish Writers’ Centre, as part of a series of prose readings, Peregrine Readings. The readings will commence in the Centre and be taken afterwards to the George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Carlow and the Church of Ireland, Portumna , Galway. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Tue 06 Mar: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
Joel Kachel with guests Eoin O’Donnell and Peter Johnson will perform this free gig in Whelan’s. Joel Kacherl is a original singer-songwriter/performer playing new Acoustic Pop Rock and this is his last gig before he flies home to Minneapolis. http//www.joelkachel.com www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/9205

* 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
* 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
* 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. Last year the the Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched an initiative to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages. This initiative was originally limited until the end of the year and it is not fully clear if it was extended, but at least in the beginning of February I was told that it would continue until further notice. Most OPW sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will now be free every first Wednesday until the end of the initiative. In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this will affect the following sites:
+ The Casino, Marino (still closed for Winter)
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage.html The list of all sites that are effected nationwide is here www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage1.pdf

Wed 07 Mar: 12:45 – UCD School of Law (Boardroom), Belfield Campus, Dublin 4
The Research talk “Governing pandemic influenza (1889-2009): A Socio-legal Analysis of how Law and Disease Interact” will take place on Wed. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.116593&f=week&d=09/03/2012&sd=Wed07March2012&ac=*

Wed 07 Mar: 13:00-14:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
The talk “Dr Dorothy Price: Tackling Tuberculosis” will focus on the work of Dr Dorothy Price, a Dublin-based paediatrician and international expert on childhood tuberculosis. Dr Price was an advocate of the use of the tuberculin test for diagnosis of tuberculosis and the use of the B.C.G. vaccine to prevent the disease. She was the first person to use the vaccine in Ireland and her work, which has largely been overlooked, was of significance. Admission is free, but booking is recommended via centrallibrary@dublincity.ie or 01-8734333 www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/iwd_2011_tackling_tuberculosis.aspx

Wed 07 Mar: 13:00 – Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The Library Lunchtime Lecture Series of the Royal Irish Academy continues. The lectures are in conjunction with the Libraries’ current exhibition ‘From Cromwell to Cholera: A history of Ireland from the Pamphlet Collection of Charles Haliday’. Come along and learn more about this collection and the role of pamphlets in Irish history. This week’s lecture is entitled “As wild as anything in romance: Robert Emmet and radical responses to the Union, 1800-1803” by Patrick Geoghegan, Trinity College Dublin www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Library-Lunchtime-Lecture-Series-%283%29.aspx

Wed 07 Mar: 15:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
The lecture “Science of Plants: How Ireland got its Trees” with Colin Kelleher will describe what we know about the arrival of trees in Ireland since the last Ice Age. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Wed 07 March: 18:00 – RDS (Minerva Suite), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The next event in the RDS Speaker Series will be with RTE broadcaster and historian Dr John Bowman. The subject of his illustrated lecture will be his recently published book “Window and Mirror RTÉ Television 1961–2011” on the history of RTE Television from its commencement in 1961. His talk as in his book will draw on archival material, interviews and private papers to tell the story of the first 50 years of RTE television. Admission is free, but advance booking is required via 01-240 7254 or lectures@rds.ie And when you book, it would be great if you could mention that you heard about the event in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099420

Wed 07 Mar: 18:00 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The book launch of “Poor Green Erin” by Eoin Bourke and a conversation of Eoin Bourke with Vincent Woods will take place. Admission free. Poor Green Erin is a compilation of travel writings about Ireland, written by German and Austrian authors of the 18th and 19th century. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en8862936v.htm

Wed 07 Mar: 18:15-19:45 – Bewley’s Café, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The March 2012 First Wednesday Debate of Comhlamh is entitled “Trade in Land? A Fair Trade for Development?”. Dr Edward Lahiff, lecturer in International Development at UCC, and anthropology PhD candidate Anne Fitzgerald will discuss the question. Kimmage Development Studies Centre graduate, Annig Barrett will chair the debate. Audience participation is encouraged. Comhlámh (pronounced ‘co-law-ve’, Irish for ‘solidarity’) is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues.

Wed 07 Mar: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Answering the sick call: Medical dispensaries and doctors in nineteenth-century Ireland” by Dr Catherine Cox, Director of the Centre for History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD is the next lecture in the Particles of the Past Lecture Series. Admission is free and booking is not required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=78075e8f-c025-4505-bdfb-ac473e3601cc

Thurs 08 March: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The International Womens’ Day 2012 Lunchtime reading by Catch the Moon will take place in the Writers’ Centre. Catch the Moon is a poetry ensemble of four contemporary poets – Jane Clarke, Kathy D’Arcy, Shirley McClure and Tina Pisco – and one talented traditional harper, Anja Bakker. They present a performance of poetry and music which flows between their unique voices, addressing a range of themes: from love and se x to loss and death; from yoga and shopping to food and sensuality. Admission is free and donations to Ruhama are appreciated. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Wednesdays: Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Bad Boy Jake, a band from Dublin that draws influences from all over the music spectrum including Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, blues rock and classic rock, is playing every Wednesday in Mother Reilly’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 16:00-19:00 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.havana.ie/opening%202009.htm 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.


I have included a number of events that are taking place during the week to celebrate Women’s Day, but there are a few more and you can find the details here: www.dublincity.ie/internationalwomensday

Thurs 08 Mar: 11:00 – Meet at Fusiliers’ Arch, St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2.
This Let’s Walk and Talk event is a free 90 min guided walk where you can learn something about Dublin while doing something healthy. “Join us on International Women’s Day to hear about many remarkable women from past centuries who against the odds, made notable contributions in the fields of arts and sciences.” www.dublincity.ie/internationalwomensday www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Thurs 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market is a flea-market type permanent market with stalls and “chalets” for traders. The Oscar Verne Café and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Thurs 1+8+15+22+29 March: 13:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. – “The Irish Economy. What happened? What next?” is a series of lunchtime talks taking place each Thursday in March. The series addresses questions around the Irish Economy. How we have reached the point we are now at, what the policy of successive governments has been and what effect these policies have had. Contributors include economists, journalists and historians.
The talks are
+ 08 March: Austerity; time for a Plan B? with Michael Taft
+ 15 March: Ireland’s Property Market – How did it come to this? And where to next? with Ronan Lyons
22 March: ‘The Irish banks and Eurozone stability: Learning from the past, looking to the future’ with Gregory Connor
29 March: “Anglo Irish Bank and the part it played in Ireland’s economic collapse” with Simon Carswell
Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-873 4333 or centrallibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/the_irish_economy.aspx

Thurs 08/15/22/29 March: 15:30-17:30 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – Would you like to practise your Spanish through songs? This interactive workshop will enable you to improve your Spanish through music. The sessions will offer you the opportunity to work with Spanish songs, listen to the music and explore the author and his/her style in context. You will work on translation and lyrics comprehension, discussion, exploration of sayings and phrases and song interpretation! Learn and practise your Spanish in a relaxed and fun environment. Designed for students of any level who want to have fun while learning, participating and, of course, ‘singing’. The workshop is free, but there is a very limited number of spaces, so you need to register as soon as possible via reservas.dublin@cervantes.es or 01 63115 33. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha79956_16_2.htm

Thurs 08 Mar: 18:30 – Eason, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
Come and meet Irish Childrens authors and illustrators Chris Haughton (Oh No, George) and Chris Judge (Great Expolorer) who will be in Eason O’Connell Street on Thursday. www.easons.com/events_display.asp?K=e2012022712060677

Thu 08 March: 19:00-22:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
The Western, Rockabilly, Rock n’ Roll band “Moo!” will perform in Whelan’s and admission is free. www.mooband.com www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8393

Thurs 08 Mar: 19:30-20:30 – RDS (Minerva Suite), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. – The next RDS Augustine Henry Lecture will be with Seamus O’Brien who will talk about “In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry”. Augustine Henry is one of the most famous of the pioneering plant hunters who travelled to China during the latter part of the 19th century. Henry played a key role in establishing the basis for our present knowledge of the Chinese flora. ‘In the Footsteps of Augustine Henry’ is the first detailed account of Augustine Henry’s time in China. It tells the fascinating story of his life and work and documents the three expeditions undertaken by Séamus O’Brien and his dedicated team of botanists and horticulturalists to retrace Henry’s routes, many of which were in danger of being flooded with the construction of the Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze River. Plant Hunter and Author, Mr Séamus O’Brien, is the head gardener in the National Botanic Gardens. Admission is free of charge and open to all but advance booking is essential via 01-240 7215 or agriculture@rds.ie www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099559

Thurs 01 March: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper Café (Loft Bookstore), 54, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Dublin Writers’ Forum welcomes writers of all genres, of all ages and all levels of experience. Founded and facilitated by writers Liz McSkeane and Anne Tannam, DWF is an open group of writers who share a common passion for all things literary. It is a safe ‘working space’ where on a weekly basis writers can bring their work to be critiqued by other writers. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/DublinWritersForum

Thurs: 20:00 – 4 Dame Lane Pub, 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The 4 Dame Lane Movie Club will feature a movie every Thursday from 20:00. The upcoming movies are: 08 Mar: Fargo, 15 Mar: American History X, 22 Mar: Raging Bull, 29 Mar: Seksy Beast (/replace the “ks” with a “x” to get the proper spelling). Admission is free. www.facebook.com/events/338051012884510/

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.

Thurs 08 Mar: 21:00 – Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson St, Dublin 4
The Irish Blues Rock group “Badge”, featuring Greg Boland, Tommy Moore, Kevin Malone and Gerry Hendrick, are playing a mix of 70s rock and blues, including Cream, Free, Fleetwood Mac, Jeff Beck, etc.

Thursdays: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Sin È 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

Thursdays: 21:30 – Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” plays a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll. www.frankryans.com/2011/10/10/left-right-centre-the-homecoming/

* 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 and the Patrick Groenland 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
* 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 09 March: 10:30-18:30 – DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama, 163-67 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. – The Contemporary Music Centre presents its annual student New Music Marathon in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama
Numerous concerts of new music take place throughout the day, programmed by Glen Austin, composer and PhD candidate at DIT and Dr Kerry Houston, Head of Department of Academic Studies, DIT. A panel discussion on developing relationships between composers and performers, featuring members of the Conservatory teaching faculty and chaired by Jonathan Grimes, Information and Digital Services Manager, the Contemporary Music Centre, will take place at 14:00. The concert programmes for the day will be an eclectic mix of new instrumental, electroacoustic/acousmatic, mixed-media and live electronic pieces. The Contemporary Music Centre will document the marathon throughout the day with video coverage and a special video podcast will be on the Centre’s web site www.cmc.ie after the event. All details about this event are here www.dit.ie/conservatory/events/archive2012/cmcnewmusicmarathon2012/

Fri 09 March: 13:05 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A lunch time reading with Anne Sharpe will take place. The Lunchtime Readings will run on Fridays throughout February and March in the Irish Writers’ Centre and are organised in association with Poetry Ireland. The readings will be alternating between prose and poetry, offering audiences the chance to experience a wide-range of literary talent. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fridays 18:30-21:00 – Radisson, Golden Lane, Dublin 2.
On 09 March the Radisson Hotel in Golden Lane’s new weekly Jazz Evening will feature Joan Shields. Subsequent dates are: 16 Mar: Emilie Conway, 23 Mar: Michael MacLennan, 30 Mar: Dorota Konczewska, 06 Apr: Closed, 13 Apr: Johnny Taylor, 20 Apr: Michael MacLennan, 27 Apr: Cary Posavitz, 04 May: Shabela Rabaza, 11 May: Kristina G, 18 May: Stella Bass


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 10 March: 14:30-15:30 – Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. – At this event entitled “Today’s Women in Science”, a panel of women scientists discuss their work and experiences working in the science community in Ireland. Chaired by Dr. Fiona Blighe (TCD) and with guests Professor Maire Cassidy, (State Pathologist), Professor Tia Keyes (DCU), Anne Graham, (NTA), Anne MacLellan, (History of Science) and Eleanor Holmes (recent graduate in Theoretical Physics). Admission is free, but booking is required at dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie or 01-6744806. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/IWD_2012_Forum.aspx

Sat 10 Mar: 10:00-17:00 – Croke Park Stadium, Jones’ Road, Dublin 3
The company “Bilingual People” is organising an International Language Recruitment Fair in Croke Park on 10 Mar. If you are bilingual or multilingual, especially with the languages German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Danish or Norwegian, then you are in great demand. “The fair will offer opportunities from blue-chip and large international companies all over Ireland and Europe who are specifically looking to recruit professionals with language skills seeking positions in employment sectors such as Customer Service, Shared Service & Finance, IT, Sales, Marketing, Administration, HR, Translation, and many more. Exhibiting companies are Microsoft – Ireland, BASF – Germany, Top Language Jobs – European wide, Paypal – Ireland, Culture Translate – Germany, Arvato Finance services – Ireland, Allianz Worldwide Care – Ireland, Club Med – France, EMC² – Ireland, Covidien – Ireland. There will also be International Recruitment Agencies which will be looking to recruit bilingual and/ or multilingual professionals all throughout Ireland and Europe. There is a limited amount of free tickets available and if you want to get in for free, you need to pre-register here: www.bilingualpeople.ie/candidate/register/

______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. ;-)

Last week all media outlets reported the incredible story of Sinn Fein’s TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh wasting EUR 50,000 on ink cartridges for his printer. Over a two year period (2007 and 2008) he used the amazing number of 434 ink cartridges, which means that on average every 1.2 days a new cartridge was used. Either someone has to be extremely ignorant or just outright stupid to print huge quantities of leaflets on a ink jet printer and not to realise at some stage that something must be wrong if a new ink cartridge is needed every 1.2 days. The most outrageous aspect of this, however, is that Aengus Ó Snodaigh tried to defend his waste of EUR 50,000 worth of ink cartridges. www.rte.ie/news/2012/0228/osnodaigha.html
It is good news that the situation occurred a few years ago and was not repeated, but all these scenarios are only the tip of the iceberg and the monumental waste in the Dail must have criminal proportions.

Last week after the Garda had announced that “Operation Focus” (www.thejournal.ie/operation-focus-targets-high-risk-areas-in-push-for-safer-driving-365507-Feb2012/) was implemented to increase road safety, they must have thought that I am the worst culprit! Over three days (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) I was stopped at a checkpoint on three occasions in totally different places and in all cases it was an alcohol check. Twice I was checked, the third time I “got away”. The odd thing is that over the last 1.5 years I wasn’t stopped once, I even think that I never saw a checkpoint in that time. Would it not make more sense to show a presence all the time instead of going mad for three days and then giving up on checks again??
Another odd thing (not in the “shocking odd” category but in the “funny odd” one) was how a garda checked a broken headlight on my car: It was night and to check if my headlight is working or not he decided to switch on his torch and point the torch at my headlight. Dooooohhhhh! :-)


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