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Event Guide 85: Facebook Party, Temple Bar TradFest, Lightwave Festival, Adult Learner’s Festival, Lectures and Workshops

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 85
| 30 Jan 2009                      Subscribers: 3276

* Apologies for the delay this week in sending this newsletter. I hope you forgive me. ;-) *

Hi all!

Flying back from Germany last Sunday it was a glorious day at the airport in Germany and – you all have experienced it – powerful and bright sunshine throughout the flight above the clouds. It wasn’t meant to last, though. On the approach we had to fly through the clouds and landed in heavy rain at Dublin airport. It was a pure coincidence, but it couldn’t have been timed better that during the flight I started reading Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of Now” and either it is described in the book (I can’t find the quote at the moment!) or reading the book reminded me of a very interesting image: “Even if the world around you looks at times grey and miserable, the sun is always there…just above the clouds.” This is the picture described in my own words, but I am sure you understand what I am trying to say! The sun is always there and it will break through the clouds again. “Grey” is not a description of the world, but only a description of the aspect that we see currently.

A few weeks ago I invited people who saw opportunities, despite the fact that the media is trying constantly to create more and more harrowing disaster scenarios, to send me a mail with a description of their venture or business idea and today I will tell you about some of them in the Dublin News section.

A few great things have happened this week:

The Event Guide Community has grown to nearly 3300 members and – with your much appreciated help – keeps growing on a daily basis. Keep spreading the word. Subscriptions are still accepted ;-) your friends just have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com.

A1 Computers (www.a1computers.ie) have offered to provide some welcome sponsorship to me for the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) but not only that, they have a present for all of you as well! A1 Computers repair Computers, Laptops, Printer and Internet problems, they sell a wide range of Computers, Laptops, Printers & Cartridges and buying Printer Cartridges from A1 Computers can save you up to 60% off the normal cost. And for the Event Guide Community the company is offering a EUR 30 voucher towards the cost of computer repairs. A1 Computers are based in 35 Johnstown Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18 (Tel: 2849715, E-Mail: info@a1computers.ie). To get the EUR 30 voucher you only have to send a mail to info@a1computers.ie with “Money Off Voucher” in the subject of the mail and your name and address in the body of the mail. Thanks A1 Computers for your support!

And finally: I mentioned last week that I was planning an Event Guide Community meeting after the previous meetings have been very successful. Last year we celebrated an “Alternative Valentine’s Day”. The idea last year was born when some people told me that they hated Valentine’s Day because couples feel obliged to spend too much money for not the best food and service in restaurants and some single people feel as if they are left on the shelf. To counter that we met on Valentine’s Day in the Porterhouse in Temple Bar and had a great evening. Singles and Couples were there, so it is NOT a match-making or speed dating evening, instead it is a chance to escape the worn-out routine of “flowers, chocolate + dinner” and to do something else interesting and fun to do. This year, Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday and if you have no other plans OR want to meet with a bunch of nice people with similar interest and leave the “romantic” part of Valentine’s Day to another day when the restaurants are less hectic, you should join me. The venue is not yet decided, but it will be in the City Centre and in walking distance from the Liffey. In order to plan the event a bit, I need to know if you intend to come to it so that I get an idea of the numbers. If you intend to come, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “14 Feb” in the subject line and please send the mail before Thursday 05 Feb. In next week’s newsletter I will tell you where and when we will meet!

A big thanks to Aoife M. and Mairin M. who sent me a donation this week and to A1 Computers (www.a1computers.ie) who joined the ranks of the exclusive corporate sponsors! Every donation is hugely appreciated and I am looking forward to YOURS! ;-)

And please read this: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Sundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.target2020.com (…a training company that focuses on personal and career development.) and www.a1computers.ie in Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and low priced printer cartridges). The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

I am grateful for all support, the sponsoring is picking up, but YOUR support is NEEDED too! Going to free events saves you a LOT of money. True? ;-) Knowing about these free events is essential, so that you then can decide if you want to go or not. True? This is at least worth 1 Euro per month, which is just 25 cent per newsletter!? Do you agree? Can I count on your 12 Euro per year? Feel free to give more if you can, but please do consider the 12 Euro.
To contribute go to “http ://url . ie/v6z” and just remove the three Spaces in the web address (I have to write it like this, otherwise Spam Checkers complain about the url .ie address.) you then can donate using PayPal or your credit card!
Alternatively you can transfer your donation directly to “Joerg Steegmueller, AIB, SortCode 93-36-78, AccountNo 03556043” or send a mail to me (dublineventguide@gmail.com) and we can arrange a different route for your donation. This Event Guide is a hobby project and NOT a commercial enterprise, so I do need donations!

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 guarantee for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Plans______________

Quite a number of you asked me to provide a digested version of the week’s events from the long list of events in this newsletter. It is quite challenging to pick and choose, so to make it a little easier for me, I am describing in this section what _I_ intend to do or what I would do if I weren’t busy with other things. ;-) Maybe that helps you. All events mentioned here are described in further detail further down.

Tonight I plan to go to the Facebook Megaparty in Purty Kitchen in Temple Bar. On Saturday, I want to have another look at the fascinating Science Gallery, then Food Market in Temple Bar, TradFest in Temple Bar and with a bit of luck the musical performance in Piedescalso Art Café are on the list. A busy day, but it will be great. ;-)
On Sunday I will probably go to the Ceili Mor in Temple Bar for a little while at least. And later to the Gardiner Street Gospel Mass again.
On Monday and Wednesday there are very interesting lectures, but unfortunately I won’t be able to make any of them


Raffa Abarca (www.raffaabarca.com) who is a welcome regular in this section because he has made tickets available for competitions a number of times, has again a pair of tickets for you to win. Thanks Raffa! This time Raffa is bringing an amazing and very unusual Bulgarian choir to Ireland. On 10 Feb the Cosmic Voices choir will perform in the National Concert Hall at 20:00 and tickets are on sale from the box office on the National Concert Hall (01-4170000) and on www.nch.ie (EUR 35/32). The choir is an a-capella all-female choir with 20 strong and impressive voices singing Bulgarian Folk Music. “The Choir Cosmic Voices singing has ethereal quality with calculated minor and major dissonances which creates an uncanny atmosphere that is impossible to resist. This is music that is exotic yet familiar, the product of a vibrant culture. A unique choir and surely one of the most appreciated export cultural projects of Bulgaria today.” If you want to win the pair of tickets, you have to send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Cosmic Voices” in the Subject line (please leave out the ” “) and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The e-mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Friday 06 Feb. If you want to hear the choir with its unique style you can read and hear more here www.youtube.com/watch?v=i94c18oQq38 and here www.cosmicvoices.net

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

______Dublin News______________

The current owners of the ex-Habitat store on College Green and Suffolk Street tried to sell the lease after Habitat closed down and it was reported that the German super market Lidl was interested, but the price of the lease was in the end so high that owners weren’t able to find a buyer. Now the owners are re-building/re-arranging the building and will turn it into a café on the College Green side and possibly a clothes store on the Suffolk Street side. However, even after that they still need to find some companies that are interested in paying a very high price for renting the shop.

A further outfall from the recently announced job and fleet cuts at Dublin Bus is now that all Nitelink busses during the week will be cancelled and will only remain at the weekend. The consequences are either that people stay at home even more, or have to pay the over-hiked (over-hiked by the regulator, I should add!) Taxi prices OR they will drive after having consumed alcohol. I HOPE the last option will NEVER be considered, but clearly the first two options are not good either. Maybe the Green Party could raise their hand to remind the government that they are still there!?
Nitelink cuts www.independent.ie/national-news/dublin-bus-cuts-290-and-slashes-services-1605207.html


A few weeks ago I suggested/invited everybody on the distribution list who has recently started a company – out of need or because they saw this great opportunity -, to send me some information about their venture and I promised to let everybody in the Dublin Event Guide Community know. I got a good few replies and am still open to receive more. Initially I had planned to list all of these business ideas here together, but to keep the size of the newsletter a little under control, I will now distribute them over a few weeks.

In the sequence in which I received the mails, I will tell you about two companies/ideas today and more will follow next week. This week’s companies are already quite well set-up, and if you are at a lot earlier stage don’t get concerned. The idea is to help you out of the starting blocks as well by spreading the word.

Mark Howell contacted me, he has opened a new sandwich bar café in the IFSC a few months ago. It is called MYO -Make Your Own and it is exactly that. As a customer you come in the shop and make your own sandwich. MYO have 14 choices of breads, wraps and rolls, 78 different fillings, salads, drinks, Lavassa Coffee and muffins from the California Market Bakery (a.k.a the Muffin Man) which are VERY popular. The website is mrbirdsmyo.com and Mark is based in the Excise Building in Lower Mayor Street in the IFSC. I hope Mark’s venture is very successful and if you are in the area check this interesting idea o making your own out! Ohh, and tell Mark that you heard about it in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). ;-)

Olivier has, together with his two business partners, taken on the distribution of Cars and Electric Bikes in Ireland with their company, www.greenaer.ie. The started at a time when things looked a lot better, about a year ago, but they took the risk because they wanted to work on a project which would bring about positive change and which could revolutionise the dirty motoring industry.
With the Government’s announcement that they want to see 250.000 Electric Vehicle’s on Irish roads by 2020 and with GreenAer’s REVA car being the most popular Electric Vehicle in the world, the company is hopeful and optimistic. However, they can do with your support. Have a look at their vehicles and if you are not in the market to buy one, then tell your friends about GreenAer. And to help it further, Olivier generously is offering a 5% discount for Dublin Event Guide subscribers in their shop, just mention that you heard about it in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. By the way test drives are free for anyone with a clean full license and you just need to book ahead by email reva@greenaer.ie or over the phone 01-6588825. GreenAer is based in 1 Sweetman’s Ave, Blackrock , Co. Dublin. The Blackrock DART station is only about 5 minutes walk from their shop. Check out www.greenaer.ie


Elementary physics and lo-fi aesthetics are the theme of “Tools and Objects” an exhibition by David Beattie at the Oonagh Young Gallery. The exhibition will run from 30 Jan until 14 March. (Gallery Details: Oonagh Young Gallery, 1 James Joyce Street, Liberty Corner, Dublin 1, www.oonaghyoung.com, Open: Thurs+Fri 12:00-18:00, Sat: 13:00-16:00)

In association with the Temple Bar TradFest, from 28 January to 1 February 2009 the Gallery of Photography on Meeting House Square will present an exhibition of photography by photo-journalist, Nutan. www.nutan.ie and www.galleryofphotography.ie

“More… Great Works” is an exhibition of landscape models, sculpture and drawing, by Wendy Judge. It will run from 29 Jan – 12 Feb. (Gallery Details: Thisisnotashop, 26 Benburb Street, Dublin 7, www.thisisnotashop.com. Open: 11:00-19:00)

Pallas Contemporary Projects is inviting to an exhibition entitled “Situation” by Peter O’Kennedy. The exhibition will open on Fri 30 Jan from 18:00-20:00 and continues until 01 March 2009. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

“Loneliness in West Germany” is the title of an exhibition by Declan Clarke which will be on show in the Goethe Institut (37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2) from 30 Jan-28 March. Admission is free. Specifically developed for the Goethe-Institut, this new body of work by artist Declan Clarke references the interrelationship between history, politics and culture, engrained in the ideology of the Institut itself. Clarke has created two new film works along with a number of interventions in the Goethe-Institut’s reading room, gallery space, library, car park and an upstairs apartment.
As part of the exhibition there will be a number of screenings:
* Mon 09 Feb at 18:00
Black Box BRD (2001) 102 mins, dir. by Andres Veiel
* Mon 23 Feb at 18:00
Fear Eats Soul (1974) 94 mins, dir. by R.W. Fassbinder
* Mon 09 Mar at 18:00
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975) 106 mins,
dir. by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta
* Mon 23 Mar at 18:00
Before Your Eyes- Vietnam (1982), 114 mins
The Words of the Chairman (1967), 3 mins, dir. by Harun Farocki

‘The Sketchbook’ is an exhibition of oil sketches on canvas by Bartosz Kolata. It will be on show from Tues 03 Feb- Sun 15 Feb. The opening reception will be on Thurs 05 Feb from 19:00-21:00. (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)


The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 30 Jan from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Making Road Transport Sustainable” by Dr. Lisa Ryan, UCD School of Geography Planning and Environmental Policy. A detailed description is here www.ucd.ie/earth/seminars/6_30jan09_lr_abstract.pdf and an overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 is here www.ucd.ie/earth

The MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies program (School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin), in association with the Trinity Immigration Initiative Migrant Networks Project are hosting a series of seminars in coming weeks:
On Fri 30 Jan from 13:00-15:00 Dr Dominic Bryann (Institute of Irish Studies Queens University, Belfast) will talk about “How Belfast got its own indigenous Carnival: Civic space in Northern Ireland”. The event will take place in College Green Room 4 in TCD.
The Seminar Series is open to all. There is no registration required in advance however the room will only accommodate 50 people so admittance is on a first come first serve basis. For more information contact Ronit Lentin (rlentin@tcd.ie) and find details on www.tcd.ie/immigration/networks/news.php

As part of the Four Gallery Dialogue Series Sarah Pierce will have a conversation with Kevin Atherton on Fri 30 Jan at 18:00 and again at 19:00 at Four, 119 Capel Street, Dublin 1. The space in the gallery is very limited, so booking is essential. Please note as well that the event will repeat at 19:00. To reserve a place contact Four Gallery and specify your preferred time: 01 8729315 and fourgallery@gmail.com.

The next Worldview Film Club screening is on Fri 30 Jan at 18:45. The film is “Little Miss Sunshine” (2006) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “Individualism vs. Collectivism”. Check worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitation (unfortunately googlepages URLs are suspicious to some spam filters, therefore you have to copy the address in your browser and then remove the space between “googlepages” and “.com”) or check www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27560436112
The Worldview Film Club is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie

Tonight the first (as far as I know) Dublin Facebook Mega Party will take place in Temple Bar and if all will happen as indicated, it definitely will be a MEGA Party. Set up by three individuals who came up with the idea after hearing about similar parties in other cities, their facebook group (www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45207820379) became rapidly popular and has more than 3100 members now. Roberto Feola, Emmanuele Angione and Daniela Sabatini initiated the whole idea and then got together with the Purty Kitchen (former Bad Bobs) in Temple Bar (34/35 East Essex Street) who were interested and tonight is the night: More than 1100 people have confirmed that they will come and 1200 have said that they might come. With the Purty Kitchen not being the biggest venue I would expect it could turn out to be a “sell-out” tonight. If you arrive before 23:00 there is no admission charge. After 23:00 you will have to pay EUR 10 (and will get a drink for that). I will try to be there around 21:30 to experience this first ever Facebook Party in Dublin. The organisers strongly suggest that you print out priority passes, but I am not sure that these priority passes will make much of a difference. Nevertheless, bring it with you if you are going. You can find a copy here: www.vivadublino.com/megaparty.jpg

On Fri 30 Jan the newly formed Traditional Irish Group “Reelan” will launch their debut album ‘The Crooked Picture’ – a collection of new and fresh original compositions (music & song) by fiddle player Sandie Purcell. The event will take place in The Cobblestone Bar, 77 North King Street, Dublin 7 near Smithfield Plaza and will start at 21:30 (Doors 21:00). Admission is free. For further information visit www.myspace.com/reelan or email reelanmusic@gmail.com

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
* Sahaja Meditation program every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar. For more information contact Seamus on SHarten@upc.ie www.templebar.ie/home_ns_9_action_view_nid_229.html


“A petits pas” is the name of this “event” and it is especially for francophile mothers (and fathers) with toddlers. The Alliance Francaise (1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2) describes the programme in this way: “Starting from February the Alliance Francaise French language immersion programme for toddlers 1-5 year old will deepen the parent-child bond through French. “People who learn a second language at a younger age are more likely to have more advanced grey matter than those who learn later” say researchers from University College London. At Alliance Française, we strongly believe this and now offer an innovative programme one toddler-one adult to enrich your child’s intellectual development and ability to be open-minded to other languages and cultures. The last open day is taking place on Sat 31 Jan from 12:00-14:00. For more information, contact: primary@alliance-francaise.ie or (01) 438 14 49.

The Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) is hosting a programme of free family-friendly events in Temple Bar as part of this years’ Temple Bar Trad Fest (www.templebartrad.com). On Meeting House Square every evening from Thurs 29 Jan to Sun 01 Feb you can see free outdoor movies including Yu Ming is Ainm Dom and Fluent Dysphasia (starring festival patron and award-winning actor Stephen Rea).
On Cow’s Lane in the Old City part of Temple Bar there will be a special craft market on Saturday 31 Jan 11:00-15:00.
And a free outdoor céilí mór (Irish Dancing for everyone) with the famous Tulla Céilí Band will take place on Meeting House Square on Sunday 01 Feb from 14:30-17:30.
Pipe bands will be playing all around Temple Bar throughout the Festival so can hear great music for free in the most unexpected places.
For more information visit www.templebartrad.com
The participating Pubs are The Auld Dubliner, Farrington’s, Fitzgerald’s Pub, Fitzsimon’s, The Foggy Dew, Gallagher’s Boxty House, Oliver St. John Gogarty, The Purty Kitchen, The Porterhouse, The Quays, The Palace Bar, The Temple Bar Pub, The VAThouse, The Clarence Hotel. In these pubs traditional music performances will take place from 28 Jan-01 Feb from 13:00-21:00 and it will all be free. Check the website for more information and to find out who is playing where and when in pubs, you can find all here: www.templebartrad.com/wp-content/themes/tradfest/img/Pubtrail.pdf

On Sat 31 Jan, the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar will be screening Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebren de Haan’s works ‘I Frenatori’, ‘Call of the Wild’, ‘Monument of Sugar’, and the ‘Runaway Films’ from 13:30. The screenings will be followed by a lecture entitled ‘The Politics of Landscape’ by French curator and critic Christophe Gallois.
At 17:00 on Sat 31 Jan, Project Arts centre will be launching two new publications. The first, ‘Permaculture’, edited by Sarah Pierce and Grant Watson, is a celebration of Project Arts Centre’s visual arts program from 2001 to 2006 alongside short reflections by individuals, artists and curators, and the second publication  ‘Redrawing the Boundaries’ accompanies the current exhibition ‘Monument to Another Man’s Fatherland’ by van Brummelen and de Haan. All are welcome. Throughout the day the artists will also be in dialogue with audience participants. www.projectartscentre.ie

The hugely interesting Lightwave Festival and Exhibition in Science Gallery is continuing. The exhibition is taking place from 23 Jan – 20 Feb, but the core part of the Festival is only running until 31 Jan. During this time the artists/scientists are present every day (16:30-18:30) to explain their work to you and there will be talks and films and performances. Most events are free (some require booking). Check out www.sciencegallery.com for all the details and make sure that you check the “Events” page as well.
As the name suggests the Lightwave Festival focuses on light, light effects and experiments that have to do with light. I was at the launch and will most likely go again on Saturday. The Science Gallery is open from 16:00-21:00, so there are no excuses for not visiting the exhibition. ;-)
The Gallery is at the back of Trinity College in the Naughton Institute very near Pearse Street Dart Station. The easiest to get there is to walk from College Green along Pearse Street until you reach the church on the left. The Science Gallery is on your right behind the glass front.

* The Adult Gallery Talk: “Living in Collins Barracks in the 19th century” by Siobhán Pierce, NMI, in the Barracks Life Room is taking place in the National Museum in Collins Barracks from 12:00. The talk is free of charge and no booking is required.
* “Natural Mystery” is an event for all ages on Sat 31 Jan in Kildare Street (12:00-15:00): “Come and see the Natural History’s handling collection. See some familiar and some unfamiliar items. Put on your thinking hats and see if you can guess what they are. On the landing.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=265
* “Drawing At The Museum” is the title of an event for all ages on Sat 31 Jan in the National Museum in Kildare Street (14:00-16:00): Come and enjoy drawing and sketching artefacts at the National Museum in Kildare Street under the supervision of a professional artist.

On Saturday 31 Jan from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme will provide an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. The topic of this week’s event is “Open Sesame!” with Eva Kieran. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

Seven Towers is inviting to a poetry reading in aid of RNLI. The event is called “Sea on Stage” and includes Phantom 105.2 FM, and former Radio Caroline DJ, Steve Conway and New Zealand poet Ross Hattaway. Admission to the event is free and attendees will be invited to make a donation to the RNLI as part of the RNLI SOS Fundraising weekend. The RNLI is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland.
The reading will take place in The Gallery, Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire at 15:00 on Sat 31 Jan. Tel: 087-2283351. www.seventowers.ie

ObsessionSalsa is inviting to their Latin Club in La Vie, 1-5 Exchequer Street, on Sat  31 Jan from 22:00. Entrance is free. Best latin tunes, salsa, reggeaton, meringue, bachata will be played. Louis Nguyen is organising this event and asked me to include it again this week, from next week it will then be in the Regular Events section. If you want to find out more, contact ObsessionSalsa@live.com or ring Louis on 086-3776636 or Nina on 085 833 8558. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33256271269

On Sat 31 Jan from 18:00-20:00 Alberto Gariglio will perform in the Piedescalso Art Café. Alberto is born in Italy and is a hugely talented, self-taught pianist/musician composing classical music and film soundtracks for piano.You can listen to him here
www.myspace.com/albertogariglio or even better, come to Piedescalso on Saturday evening. I have heard Alberto before and like his playing and if possible I will go to Piedescalso on Saturday.
By the way, I had another funny “encounter” ;-) with him, which I am sure he has long forgotten: He played at the Dublin Flea Market and was so involved in his playing that he forgot that he had blocked my car with his. Only 45 minutes later I found out who owned the car that was parked right behind mine and Alberto was very apologetic when he released me. :-)
There is no admission charge for Alberto’s performance, but the Art Café is still open at that time and serving food and coffee. Unfortunately Piedescalso doesn’t have a website and therefore it is sometimes difficult to find out about all the other exhibitions and concerts they are organising in this nice place But one thing I have heard about is a weekly Art Jam. It is not free and is for mainly for artists of all types, but it sounds interesting and you can find out more here: www.artjam.ie/news-events/?tag=piedescalso-art-cafe

* Meet the Gardener in Phoenix Park. Until 03 March a gardener will be available on most Saturday mornings from 10:30-12:30 in the Victorian Walled Garden (Ashtown Demesne) in Phoenix Park to answer your questions. The service is free. To check if this Saturday is one of the “most Saturdays” contact 01 677 0095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie. www.heritageireland.ie/en/Dublin/PhoenixPark
* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and – on a long break until 14 March – the Temple Bar 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
* Enda Reilly (Acoustic/Rock/Trad – www.myspace.com/endaderoad) is playing from 19:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Fiach (Acoustic/Rock/Soul – www.myspace.com/fiachmusic) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Island of Tranquility – A meditation evening organised by the Worldview Project at 19:00. worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitationtotheislandoftranquality (Pls remove the space before the “.com” in the web address.) is taking place in 24 Burlington Road near the Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.
* 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 resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

______Sunday __________________

Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
Next Workshops:
* 01 Feb – Pond life
* 08 Feb – Make a Valentines Card
* 15 Feb – Creepie crawlies
* 22 Feb – Save the Planet! Discover Eco Art
* 01 Mar – Spring in the Walled Garden
* 08 Mar – Trees what would we do without them
* 15 Mar – St Patricks Day Cards
* 29 Mar – Medieval Life includes visit to Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

This Sunday the Sunday at Noon concert is replaced by the Public Lecture “Harry Clarke: The Eve of St Agnes” by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe, lecturer and author of The Life and Work of Harry Clarke. She will discuss the artist who has been described as a genius of his time. Particular focus will be given to his stained glass window masterpiece of 1924, The Eve of St Agnes, illustrating Keats’s poem, which was recently listed in The Guardian “1000 Artworks to see before you die”. Admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=237

* In the National Museum in Collins Barracks the My Museum Programme is entitled “Celebrating the Feast of St Brigid” for Age 8+. From 15:00-16:00 on 01 Feb you can learn more about the wonderful life of St Brigid and then make your own St Brigid’s cross, with Caomhán Mac Con Iomaire. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=342

“Sunday Sketching”, the weekly workshop for 7+ year olds from 15:00-16:00 is entitled “Building Cuts – imagine what’s beyond the Gallery walls”. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on.php?day=1&month=2&year=2009

The National Gallery is inviting to a lecture entitled “Eugène Fromentin: French Orientalist Painter and Writer” by Dr Barbara Wright (Fellow Emeritus, Trinity College Dublin). It will take place in the National Gallery on Sun 01 Feb at 15:00.
Eugène Fromentin (1820-1876) had the unusual distinction of being acclaimed as both a painter and a writer, in addition to making a major contribution to travel literature and art criticism. This lecture will focus on the paintings of Fromentin inspired by his visits to Algeria and Egypt (nineteenth-century Orientalism encompassed the Middle East and the countries of North Africa bordering on the Mediterranean).

The TradFest is coming to an end today, but there are activities and events throughout the day. Check Saturday for further information. For example: A free outdoor céilí mór (Irish Dancing for everyone) with the famous Tulla Céilí Band will take place on Meeting House Square on Sunday 01 Feb from 14:30-17:30.

*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant!
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads “The Oak” in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 19:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Virgin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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.

______Next Week_______________


From 02 Feb-06 Feb the Adult Learner’s Festival will take place throughout Ireland. In Dublin a number of free events are provided and I will list them on the respective days. On Mon 02 Feb at 19:15 a lecture is taking place in UCD. “What makes the Irish different?” by Tom Inglis (UCD) is the UCD Adult Education Centre’s contribution to the Adult Learners’ Festival. Prof Inglis’s main areas of research are identity, cultural globalisation and secularisation. As a former Director of Aontas, Professor Inglis maintains an interest in the theory and practice of adult learning. He has published, to a wide audience, and teaches courses on Contemporary Irish Society, Identity, Diversity and Social Change, Body and Soul, Sociological Theory and Cultural Theory and Analysis. The lecture will take place in Theatre M, Newman Building, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4. The event is free and everybody is welcome.
An overview over ALL events during the festival is here: www.adultlearnersfestival.com/yourarea/county.html

A series of six public lectures, supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, will take place at University College Dublin from 02 Feb – 23rd Mar. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are the seven deadly sins that were deeply rooted in Dante’s spiritual and cultural makeup. Moreover, they intensely affected the conception and composition of his Commedia. Five scholars of Italian language and Literature and one historian will speak about violence and deviancy in the late thirteen century, Giambattista Vico’s philosophy and Leon Battista Alberti’s architecture…
The lectures are:
* 02 Feb at 19:30 – John Took, Professor of Dante Studies, University College London: “Dante and Pride”
* 09 Feb at 19:30 – Daragh O’Connell, Lecturer in Italian, University College Cork: “Dante’s ‘Wanton Eyes’: Envy at the Court of Vice”.
* 16 Feb at 19:30 – Stefano Cracolici, Senior Lecturer in Italian, University of Durham: “Bizarre Spirits: Dante on Wrath”
* 23 Febat 19:30 – Hannah Skoda, Junior Research Fellow in History, Merton College, Oxford: “Anger in Inferno and Purgatorio”
02 Mar at 19:30 – Marco Dorigatti, Lecturer in Italian Literature, St Hilda’s College, Oxford: “Dante and Sloth (Accidia)”
* 23 Mar at 19:30 – Christian Moevs, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Notre Dame: “Contemplation, Deadly Sins and Dante’s Paradiso”
All lectures will take place in Lecture Theatre N, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. And more information can be found here: www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=256&citta=Dublino

The St Patrick’s College Drumcondra presents the fifth Seamus Heaney Lecture Series. The theme for this years’ series is ‘”All changed? – Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland”. The next lecture is on Mon 02 Feb and is entitled: “Cultúr na Gaeilge nó Pobal na Gaeilge? Irish Language and Identity from Douglas Hyde to Des Bishop” with Dr Máirín Nic Eoin. All lectures are open to the public. Admission is free and no booking is required. It will take place in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, D1 at 20:00. heaneylectures@spd.dcu.ie and www.spd.dcu.ie/shl

* Pint&Picture or Cine Café. From 19:30 Howard Linnane is screening short films and full-length films in his fortnightly alternating movie event in the Portobello Pub in South Richmond Street. Ring Howard (086-3614787) for more information. The film screenings are free.
* From 21:30 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.


On Tues 03 Feb the housing and homeless charity Focus Ireland will take part in the Aontas Adult Learners Festival and invite all visitors to take part in creating an interactive art piece as part of its information display. Focus Ireland’s Spokes education service will have a marquee in Temple Bar Square on the day where the theme is “Learn in Your Community.” Visitors to the marquee can find out more about the Spokes service which provides education, training and employment programmes for people who are 16 years and over who are – or have been – homeless. People will be invited to construct, draw/autograph their own cardboard brick with something to signify education/learning represents for them. These bricks will be then be used to build a house onsite linking the important role that life long learning & education plays in supporting people to secure a home and create a better future.

The AEPN Community Arts Exhibition is taking place at the Digital Exchange on Tues 03 Feb and Wed 04 Feb (10:00-17:00 each day). To celebrate the Annual Aontas Adult Learners Festival this year the Adult Education Provider’s Network are having a joint Community Arts Exhibition. The exhibition will take place in the Digital Exchange buildings on Crane St. Dublin 8 and exhibits will include work from 10 different groups from the Liberties area in a wide variety of media including paintings, ceramics, needlework, decoupage, multimedia projects, writings, local heritage and the rest! The event is free and all are welcome.

A new lecture series, entitled Blaze Away starts on Tuesday 03 February 2009 at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History in Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. This lecture series coincides with a newly opened exhibition at Collins Barracks, also called Blaze Away. The lectures will examine the history of creating and using pistols and swords in Ireland before mass manufacturing as well as the evolution of small arms technology in the twentieth century.
Professor James Kelly, St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and author of “That Damn’d Thing Called Honour” will give the first talk (Tues 03 Feb, 18:30), surveying the colourful history of dueling in Ireland.
A lecture by Dr. Patrick Geoghegan, Trinity College Dublin and author of the book, “King Dan: the Rise of Daniel O’Connell, 1775—1829” concentrates on the three duels fought by Daniel O’Connell. O’Connell infamously killed a Dublin Corporation official John D’Esterre on 02 February 1815.
Other speakers include the creator of the exhibition Blaze Away, Curator, Lar Joye, Paul Doyle, Registrar of the National Museum, Dr. Harman Murtagh, Athlone Institute of Technology and of the Military History Society of Ireland, Comdt. Gerry Shinners and Lieutenant Alan Kearney, of the Irish Defence Forces and Detective Inspector Kevin Brooks of An Garda Síochana.
The Lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings between February and March at 18:30 in the AV Lecture Theatre at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks. The lecture series is free of charge, but p0laces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For Further information on the lecture series please contact the Education and Outreach Department at Collins Barracks on tel: 01 6486 453 or e-mail: bookings@museum.ie. www.museum.ie

A free contemporary music lunchtime concert in the National Concert Hall’s Horizons series will feature composer Derek Ball on Tues 03 Feb (at 12:30). Performing are RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra, Matthew Jones (viola), Robert Houlihan (conductor). The pre-concert talk by Benjamin Dwyer will start at 12:30 and the concert begins at 13:05 in the National Concert Hall. Admission free. Booking: 01 417 0000 www.nch.ie, www.rte.ie/performinggroups/2009/0203/horizons.html

“Giulio Cesare”, Haendel’s take on the famous Roman statesman’s life focuses on his encounter with Cleopatra in Egypt. This opera continues the this semester’s cycle of opera screenings in UCD. It will take place on Tues 03 Jan at 18:00 in the Newman Building, Lecture Theatre Q in UCD. All are welcome. www.ucd.ie/events/?nd=&d=06%2F02%2F2009&f=week&dt=&k=

* 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


The AONTAS Senior Learner Network will be meeting as part of the AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival to Launch ‘Don’t Stop Me Now – Lifelong Learning Needs of Older People’. The meeting is on Wed 04 Feb between 10:00 and 15:30 and will take place in the Burlington Hotel, Lower Lesson Street, Dublin 4.
If you are a Senior Learner this is your chance to come together and learn about this piece of research, to meet other senior learners and to look at what you want for to say to Local Election candidates. You can also enjoy a few songs from the Forever Young Chorus! Places are limited and there was a booking deadline of 09 January 2009, but who knows, maybe there are a few places left. More information on 01 4068220 or

The National Museum is – in honour of World Cancer Day – providing a lecture with the title “Getting to Grips with Cancer” for adults on Wed 04 Feb. At 13:00 and a second time at 18:00, guest lecturer and cell biologist, Dr. Kay Nolan (UCD) breaks down how the group of diseases known as cancers happen.

On Wed 04 Feb students from all over the country will assemble at 13:00 in Dublin at the Garden of Remembrance (Parnell Square) to protest against university fees. www.ucd.ie/events/?dt=d.en.25337&f=week&d=06/02/2009&sd=Wednesday,%2004%20February%202009&ac=*

The Spanish Cultural Institute in Dublin invites regularly to interesting talks and film screenings. All talks and screenings are usually in Spanish but translation into English or subtitles (for films) will be provided.
The next film screening will be on Wed 04 Feb at 18:30. The film is a documentary and deals with Schizoprenia. The title is “Uno por ciento, esquizofrenia”.
dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha53639_16_2.htm The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of TCD near the National Gallery).

Comhlámh’s next First Wednesday Debate at Bewley’s Cafe Theatre
(Grafton Street) is on 04 Feb at 18:15-19:45. The title is “Fair Trade- solving problems or salving consciences?”. Everybody is welcome. Early arrival is advised as spaces are available on a first come first served basis only.
Speakers are: Alan Matthews (Professor of European Agricultural policy, Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin) and Colin Roche (Policy and Advocacy Coordinator, Oxfam Ireland). The chairman for the night is Conall O’Caoimhe, consultant in development and trade, and director of Value Added in Africa organisation. www.comhlamh.org/bewleys-debates-are-back.html

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “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 on Wednesdays as well. www.myspace.com/thesongroom


On Thurs from 11:00-19:00 the Tallaght Adult Learner’s Fair is taking place in the Tallaght Library. At 11:00 Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Marie Corr and Minister for Lifelong Learning, Sean Haughey TD will officially open the 3rd Adult Learners Fair in County Library Tallaght. The Fair is designed to help adults find out how to learn new skills, or brush up on existing skills, take a second chance course, do a higher certificate or degree, find information on education, grants, and avail of Department and Social and Family affairs Back to Education schemes. Up to 40 organisations will take part and people will have an opportunity to talk to local providers about what courses and training is on offer. Scheduled events will include Education taster sessions, IT demonstrations, Face painting for the children, Science demos and give a book a home. www.adultlearnersfestival.com/yourarea/county/1232555629122303.html

An information evening for people who are thinking about volunteering overseas is taking place on Thurs 05 Feb from 18:00-19:30 in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, O’Connell Street, Dublin.
As part of its Volunteering Options Programme, Comhlámh is holding an information evening for people who are thinking about volunteering overseas in developing countries. This short, informal event offers the opportunity to hear more about the issues you need to consider before making a decision about volunteering. It also provides an opportunity to hear first-hand about the experiences of a person who volunteered abroad and to ask any questions you might have about your options. Admission is free, but please register your interest by emailing Kate (kate@comhlamh.org) or calling 01-4783490.  For more information contact Siobhán Sleeman, Project Manager, Volunteering Options, Comhlámh Ballast House, 2nd Floor, Aston Quay, Dublin 2. Tel: 086-2265802
www.comhlamh.org and www.volunteeringoptions.org

“A Light Above the Head” by Dimitré Dinev is the work of a migrant to Austria from Bulgaria. In cooperation with the Austrian Embassy in Ireland, the Goethe Institut (37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2) is inviting to a reading on Thurs 05 Feb at 18:30. Admission is free. The reading will be in German. More information about the event is here: www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en4129833v.htm

Trinity College is running a lecture series about Christian Origins. The lectures will take place on Thursday evenings from 29 Jan at 19:30 in the Walton Theatre, Arts Building
05 Feb – Dr Helen Bond, acclaimed author currently writing a book for T&T Clark on the Historical Jesus.
12 Feb – Professor James Dunn, Durham University Emeritus, ground breaking scholar in studies on the Apostle Paul.
19 Feb – Professor Loren Stuckenbruck, Durham University.

Conradh na Gaeilge is running an Information evening for Irish classes on Thurs 05 Feb from 19:00-20:00 followed by tea&coffee at 20:00. You can talk to courses coordinator, teachers & students. Conradh na Gaeilge is in 6 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2.  www.cnag.ie. The event is free. www.adultlearnersfestival.com/yourarea/county/12326319901576264.html

The Lecture “My garden – squeezing a quart into a pint pot” by Tony Rymer
is taking place on Thurs 05 Feb. Tony Rymer will talk about a wide range of alpines, perennials, bulbs and hardy orchids. He has made trips to montane areas of Europe, Turkey and North America in search of wild flowers. The event is taking place at 20:00 in the Education and Visitor Centre of the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. (Venue Details: National Botanic Garden, Glasnevin, Dublin 9, www.botanicgardens.ie, Open: Winter (mid-Nov to 16 Feb): Mon-Sun 09:00-16:30, Summer (17 Feb to mid-Nov): Mon-Sun 09:00-18:00, Admission is free)


The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 06 Feb from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Making markets work for the environment – the role of the carbon market in Europe” by Professor Frank J. Convery, UCD School of Geography Planning and Environmental Policy. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 is here www.ucd.ie/earth.

The next Lunch-Time Recital in the Music Library in the Central Library in Ilac Centre will be on Fri 06 Feb at 13:00. It will feature 3 students from Maynooth College, Jennifer Abe (Pianist) who will play 2 pieces by Chopin & Debussy, Rachel Byrne (Soprano) who will sing 4 pieces by Schumann, Chausson, Faure & Duparc, Emer Prendergast (Pianist) who will play 3 pieces by Grieg, Debussy, Kabalevsky. Admission is free and all are welcome, but booking is essential. The event will take place in the Central Library in ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. openlearning@dublincity.ie or 01-8734333.
It should soon be listed here: www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/all_events.aspx

The MPhil in Ethnic and Racial Studies program (School of Social Sciences and Philosophy, Trinity College Dublin), in association with the Trinity Immigration Initiative Migrant Networks Project are hosting a series of seminars in coming weeks:
The next event will, however not be on 06 Feb, but on 13 Feb.


The National Museum is running a number of workshop in the mide-term break for students. These workshops are free and all materials are provided and due to popular demand the workshops are run twice a day, one at 11:00-12:00 and the second at 14:00-15:00. Places are limited to 15. Booking is essential. To book a place please ring  the Bookings Office on  01 6486453. The workshops will be taking place at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts, located in Collins Barracks.
Mid-Term Programme:
* Wednesday 18 February 2009 – Sliotars of Love
Make traditional Irish Hurling balls and learn how they were used as love tokens.
Age 8+. Places are limited to 15. Booking is essential.
* Thursday 19 February 2009 – Explore our new Barracks Life Room
We will have two sessions showing you the galleries letting you handle the objects and try on the uniforms in our Barracks Life Room
Session 1   11.00am – 12.00pm: Come along and examine the equipment and uniforms of soldiers who lived in this Barracks in the 1880’s, find out just how unhealthy the Barracks was and see what the soldier learnt.
Session 2    2.00pm – 3.00pm: Explore life in Ireland during the Emergency in the early 1940’s, look at our crashed plane engine, bomb shelter and see what the soldiers wore and used in their daily life in the Barracks.
Age 9+. Places are limited to 20. Booking is essential.
* Every Day at the Activity Area
The Activity Area is situated between the Out of Storage and Silver Galleries on the first floor of the Museum. Activities are free and don’t need to be booked, which means you can stay for as long as you like. Activities will follow a monthly theme relating to the Museum’s collections. Age 4+
www.museum.ie The booking line is open from 10:00-14:00 Monday to Friday.
Please note tours & workshops must be booked 2 weeks in advance

‘An Evening With Paul Hourican at Gallery Number One’ is a Valentine’s Night Saturday event. On 14 Feb you are invited to Gallery Number One for ‘An Evening with Paul Hourican’. Admission is free and there will be even some free beer. The talented up and coming songer/singwriter Rob Walsh will be special guest on the evening. Because places are limited, you are advised to reserve your place by sending an e-mail to info@paulhourican.net. The event will start at 20:00 and will go until late. (Gallery Details: Gallery Number One, 1 Castle Street, Dublin 2, www.gallerynumberone.com) www.myspace.com/robneoin and www.myspace.com/paulhouricansoloartist

______This is odd!!______________

Do you usually crack open the bottle of wine on the way home after you bought it in Tesco’s? Or do you normally empty your cans of beer right after getting them in a supermarket? This seems to be what you are all doing and what you have to be prevented from doing! And a brown paper bag (with a sticker on it…no wait…it is called a “seal”) is meant to stop you from doing it!
The Centra shop on Wellington Quay, near Temple Bar is “sealing” bought alcohol in a paper (!!) bag to stop you from drinking it on the street:
While I agree that alcohol consumption could be/should be reduced, especially where it leads to antisocial behaviour, I doubt that a paper bag with a sticker on it will in ANY way prevent the person that is in urgent “need” of alcohol in the middle of Temple Bar from shredding the sticker, tearing open the paper bag and inebriating (means: getting drunk) himself/herself with reckless disregard for the sealed and secure paper bag packaging. This idea is just odd!

Will you come to the Dublin Event Guide Community Meeting on 14 Feb? If you can come, please drop me a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “14 Feb” in the subject line so that I can estimate the numbers!

Unfortunately no sleep again for me this week. For some reason it took a loooong time to write this week’s newsletter…nearly 12 hours and now the night is over. :-O

Enjoy the weekend!


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