Dublin Event Guide 599: Lots of Christmas Markets, Dublin Flea Christmas Market, National Football Exhibition

December 8th, 2018
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

No. 599 | 07 December 2018

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Hi all!

I can’t believe that this is the second last Dublin Event Guide! :-O After 11.5 years the Dublin Event Guide has so much become part of my life that will feel very odd not to run this project anymore. But, as I said before, I won’t go away completely and so I am preparing for retirement when I can’t expect any financial support from you wonderful people anymore. For that reason I have changed E-Mail service providers from this week. I hope it won’t come with tooo many hiccups. BUT they have warned me that the first 500 will be sent immediately and the rest only after 1-3 hours to see if the mailing list is dodgy or not. :-O Let’s hope it won’t be 3 hours!

This weekend and next weekend are the main Christmas Market weekends, so check out all the markets in this Dublin Event Guide and at www.DublinChristmasMarkets.com

I am so impressed and chuffed! I expected that I would end up with a big bill on 14 December and I really did not your amazing generosity. With your super help, it looks as if there is a real possibility to bring the bill amount to ZERO by 14 December! Thank you soooo much! The outstanding bill has been now reduced to EUR 115 and I really really really appreciate your help! You are so great! ;-) Another little bit to go, but it is looking really good. If you have never helped with a donation but got GREAT benefit from the Dublin Event Guide over the years, NOW might be the best time to help! ;-) I will appreciate every cent! :-)

If you are a great and helpful person, you can help via PayPal here or if you don’t like PayPal too much you can also go to GoFundMe here. THANK YOU!!

And don’t forget that you can also help without spending a cent of your own money, if you buy through the advertisement links that are in the Dublin Event Guide or that are on the Dublin Event Guide Shopping Page at www.DublinEventGuide.com/shop If you want to buy from Groupon or LivingSocial or Amazon or Bookdepository or eBay or Asos or PrettyLittleThing or SportsDirect, just go to that website and click on the relevant link and it will bring you to the right place. The company you buy from will take 5-8% out of their profit (depending on the company) and will reward the Dublin Event Guide for promoting that company. But importantly you don’t pay more! Here are the links: www.dublineventguide.com/shop Thanks for using this page!

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Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

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-mail magazine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and there could be more in the coming week and this section is for the people that want to overcome the hurdles, achieve more and remember that despite all, life is great!

This week’s Feel Good Slot is for everyone who would like to achieve something new or different, or to be or become someone else, or just in general to NOT stand still and get somewhere in life. It has been expressed in lots of different ways, but Indian Poet Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941) found a great comparison or metaphor:

You can’t cross the sea merely by standing and staring at the water. – Rabindranath Tagore

By the way, since this is the second last Dublin Event Guide, there might be a few people that like and would like to continue to get selected Feel Good Slot quotes and video clips and oaccasionally some motivational other posts. I do regularly get mails from people that tell me they read the Dublin Event Guide mainly for the Feel Good Slot. :-O If you want to continue getting posts from me every now and then that deal with motivation, life, feeling good etc, then send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject FEEL GOOD. I have not made a plan for a new newsletter ;-) , BUT I come across cool and interesting quotes and content regularly and I could easily just share it with you if you are interested.

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This part is important to “keep the show on the road”:

To cover the cost for the Dublin Event Guide I need your help and every week generous and nice Dublin Event Guide readers help with a donation.

Last week Mark G, Brendan R, Clodagh O’C, Helen C, Elaine M, Aoife G, Bilingual Cultural Services and Ann M were so great to help with a very much needed donation. Thanks! Every cent counts and without all these contributions the Dublin Event Guide won’t continue.

The cost for sending the weekly newsletter is EUR 240 per month and a donation from you of just EUR 12 per year will ensure that I will be able to pay the bills.
Has the Dublin Event Guide helped you to find events that you otherwise wouldn’t have known about, or have you saved money by finding great free events? Then please go to here and give something back if you can!

I appreciate ANY help: EUR 12 would be great (that’s just 25 cent per week!), but even if it is just the price of 2 pints it will help.

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In the last 12 months the following wonderful people have sponsored this Dublin Event Guide:
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EnergiaThe main sponsor is Energia and their support is hugely appreciated! Energia provides cost efficient electricity and gas to Irish homes and businesses. The company is committed to developing renewable energy sources in Ireland and over 25% of the country’s wind power is supplied through Energia. Energia‘s power plants in North Dublin are capable of providing enough energy to power 1.2 million homes.

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.

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Joergs 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.

This week I can only say two words: Christmas Markets! If you don’t go this week and next week, Christmas is over! So, indulge in Christmas Markets NOW! :-)

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Competitions

The Casablanca Club – New Jazz Venue in Dublin – Dinner for 2 Competition – NEW Chance

Prize: Dinner for 2 + wine in the Casablanca Club.

And the organisers have made a THIRD dinner for two (incl wine) available, because you guys are sooo responsive to this competition and the Casablanca Club and “Marrakesh by Mindo” want to spready more Christmas Cheer! So if you would like to win, you can enter again! Last week’s winner is Siobhan Borgo! Congratulations!

And here is the competition again:

To launch and promote the brand new Casablanca Club, a Jazz venue in the Moroccan restaurant “Marrakesh by Mindo”, the organisers have made a Dinner for 2 + wine available for a competition in the Dublin Event Guide.

Marrakesh by Mindo is in 121-122 Capel Street, Dublin 1 and the Casablanca Club will be open every Thursday to Saturday from 20:00-22:30 and on Sunday from 17:00-19:30.

The Club is Dublin’s only Piano & Cocktail Bar for Jazz, Soul & Lounge Music and there will be live music every weekend. The design is themed around the iconic Casablanca movie and you are invited to come in your vintage dress.

To book a table, ring 01 878 8988 and the Jazz Hotline is 087 287 8755

Also in the same restaurant (in the basement) are some Karaoke Rooms. So you can start your evening with a great dinner of delicious Moroccan Food while listening to cool, live Jazz and Soul music and afterwards you can let your inner Pop Star make an appearance in the Karaoke part of the same restaurant. There is something for everyone!

If you want to enter the competition and win an amazing 3 course meal for 2 and a bottle of house wine on a weekend night of your choosing, you just have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with CASABLANCA2 in the subject line of the mail and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 15:00 on Wednesday 12 December!

www.facebook.com/marrakeshmindo/

Cinderella Panto – Ticket Competition

Sunday 06 January – 14:30
Liberty Hall Theatre, 1 Eden Quay, Dublin 1

Tempus Productions is bringing the Cinderella Panto to the Liberty Hall Theatre. There will be 12 performances from 19 December until 06 January and the list of all performances is below. Tickets will be available on www.libertypanto.com and they are prices at EUR 19.50.

And this is what the organisers told me:
“It’s that time of year. Dublin City is rammed, there are fewer choccies left in your advent calendar, and you’ve already lost your granny twice in Arnotts. But, this Christmas, the Liberty Hall Theatre has got its tinsel back. Yep, there’s a panto coming to the Liberty Hall Theatre Dublin 2018. It’s ‘Cinderella’. Praise be to Santa!
Pantomime factory Tempus Productions has splashed out. Their production pulls out all the stops, boasting a star-studded cast this year including John Lovett (Red Rock, The Tudors & Panto Dame extraordinaire) and Eric Lalor (Comedian & Fair City Bad Guy)
But is this a triumphant return to the North-side of the Liffey to one of the best venues in town? You’ll have to wait and see.
Join us this year to see if poor old Cinders will get to the ball. That’s if her two ugly stepsisters Whitney & Britney are not up to their usual tricks. But, with the help of her faithful friend Buttons and the Magical Fairy G, it can only be fantastic.
What more could a panto ask for I hear you say?
Well get your tickets soon for the Fairy Godmother of all pantomimes to find out!
“Where will we go?…to the Liberty Panto! See you there!!!”

And for two Dublin Event Guide reader families there is a super price available: Each winner gets 2 Adult + 2 Children tickets for the performance on Sunday 06 January at 14:30.

To enter the competition, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail and with CINDERELLA in the subject line. Your entry has to be with me by 15:00 on 19 December. The winner will be announced on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook page.

www.libertypanto.com

List of Performances:

Preview – December 19th 7.30pm
Preview – December 20th 7.30pm

Opening Night – Friday 21st December 7.30pm
Saturday 22nd December 2.30pm
Saturday 22nd December 7.30pm
Sunday 23rd December 2.30pm
Wednesday 2nd January 7.30pm
Thursday 3rd January 7.30pm
Friday 4th January 7.30pm
Saturday 5th January 2.30pm
Saturday 5th January 7.30pm

Sunday 6th January 2.30pm

More competitions to come soon!

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Dublin Event Guide retirement!

I will leave that message here, because it seems that not everyone has seen it yet. :-O

I hope you saw the mail that I sent to you last week, in which I announced that after 11.5 years and 600 editions, I will retire the Dublin Event Guide on 14 December. It hasn’t been an easy decision, but it is the right decision. I have spent many many hours and literally sleepless nights on it and it was a great experience and a great time. But now it is time to focus on other things.

I will not terminate the Dublin Event Guide, only retire it. That means that you will still hear from me and I will still tell you about events, but not through a weekly e-mail or daily Facebook messages anymore, instead it will be less scheduled and only when big(is) events are coming up. But I won’t go away and I hope you will stick around as well. ;-)

For some more details, go to mailchi.mp/dublineventguide/dublin-event-guide-important-news to find my announcement and explanation.

Online Christmas Shopping for the future of the Dublin Event Guide

Before Christmas most of us do some amount of online shopping and if you could help a good cause without spending a cent more, most of us would be happy to do that, right?

The Dublin Event Guide is retiring in its current form, but there will be a future in a scaled down version with less frequent mails and I plan to fund that purely from my pocket with a bit of help from you if you use ads that I have on the Dublin Event Guide website and on the Dublin Event Guide Shopping site at www.dublineventguide/shop So if you do your Christmas Shopping online, for example with Amazon or Book Depository or Groupon or Living Social or eBay or Asos or PrettyLittleThing or Schuh or AllBeauty, go to www,dublineventguide.com/shop and click on the ads there before you do your shopping.

The online shops will pay a small referral reward to the Dublin Event Guide, which funds the future after 14 December! Thanks!!!!

Dublin Christmasmarkets Website

To help you and your friends and families find your way around the Christmas Markets in Dublin, I created a few years ago a website at www.DublinChristmasMarkets.com and this website is again updated for 2018, so you can check out there what markets are coming up in the run up to Christmas.

You might know that I am a bit of a Christmas Market purist and am extremely disappointed with what Dublin manages to put together. With that in mind, I would say that most (if not all) of the “Christmas Markets” on that list are actually “Markets at Christmas”, but not real Christmas Markets. But decide for yourself!

And if you wonder which markets I would recommend: I have heard good things about Winterval in Waterford but was never there myself. So the only market that I would definitely recommend is the one in Belfast! :-O

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Christmas FM is back!

Christmas FM returned to the airwaves last Wednesday!

The popular Christmas radio station that broadcasts from the Ballsbridge Hotel throughout the whole pre-Christmas time is back for the 11th year. It started on 28 November and will be broadcasting until 27 December.

Christmas FM has raised almost EUR 1.5million for a range of charities over these 11 years and this year they will be raising awareness and funds for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. The radio station’s goal is to raise over EUR 200,000.

The station is available online at www.christmasfm.com and also on your radio on frequency 105.2FM in Dublin.

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now the place where the weekly event map from Energia was featured, but this map is now going into hibernation until spring.

Exhibitions

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/whats-on/events-in-leinster-dublin/

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.

Prix Pictet Space – Photography Exhibition

16 Nov – 20 Jan (Tue-Sat: 11:00-18:00, Sun+Mon: 13:00-18:00)

Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The theme for the seventh cycle of the Prix Pictet is Space. Prix Pictet is a global photography prize and the 12 shortlisted photographers explore marine pollution, migration, overpopulation and the planet’s great wilderness.

Admission is free. The launch is happening on Thurs 15 Nov from 17:00-22:00 and you are invited to that as well.

www.facebook.com/events/164517484228340/

Lustre & InFlux

27 Sept – 08 Jan (10:00-17:00)

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Lustre & InFlux is an exhibition of innovative work of Ireland’s newest goldsmithing and ceramic graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Centres of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing and in Ceramics in Kilkenny.

Lustre showcases beautiful pieces designed and made by the most recent graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Centre of Excellence in Jewellery & Goldsmithing, work in gold, silver, platinum and gemstones. A highlight of the exhibition is an exquisite collection of ten Fabergé-style eggs.

InFlux shows the results of two years of training in all aspects of ceramics skills and design at DCCoI’s Centre of Excellence in Ceramics which is based in Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. ‘Flux’ in ceramics describes a material that will cause silica, which has a natural melting point of 1700°C, to melt at a lower temperature thus forming ceramic glazes. In general terms, the word ‘flux’ also means continuous change and movement and can be applied to the development of ideas and designs and best describes the diversity of this work.

Admission is free.

farmleigh.ie/event/lustre-and-influx/?instance_id=173

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 08 Dec

Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin

A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, has up to 200 cars/sellers. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line stop and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 06:30 for buyers from 08:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on their website.

www.irishcarboot.ie/

Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Sat 08 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

If you are involved with any Christmas Market that is not listed there, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject XMAS and I will look at your event and include it in the list if it fits.

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 08 Dec

Honest2goodness, 136 Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11

The weekly Honest2goodness food market in Glasnevin has fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, and wines. It 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

Park Runs: Malahide, Cabinteely, Shanganah, Marlay, Raheny

09:30 – 13:00, Sat 08 Dec

Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin

Parkrun Ireland is organising free weekly runs in parks. It is a timed run over 5km and participation is completely free, but registration before your first parkrun is required.

A whole range of Parkruns take place every week:
+ Malahide Park, Dublin Road, Malahide, Co. Dublin
+ Cabinteely Park, Old Bray Road, Cabinteely, Dublin 18
+ Shanganagh Park, Shankill, Co. Dublin
+ Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, Co. Dublin
+ St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5
+ Father Collins Park, Donaghmeade/Clongriffin, Dublin 13
+ Tymon Park, Tallaght, Dublin 24
+ Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6
+ Corcagh Park, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
+ Tolka Valley Park, Finglas South, Dublin 11
+ Porterstown Park, Castleknock, Dublin 15
+ Bricksfield Park, Crumlin Road, Dublin 12

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 08 Dec

St. Andrews Resource Centre, 114 Pearse Street, Dublin 2

The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

www.supernatural.ie

The Green Door Market – Food/Farmer’s Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 08 Dec

A1 Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

The Green Door Market is an indoor food/Farmer’s Market that many know from when it was located at Newmarket Square. Due to the redevelopment at Newmarket Square it had to move and is now on the Old Naas Road, opposite the entrance to the Royal Liver Retail Park. At the new location they are also open on Sundays.

Opening hours are Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat 09:30-16:00 and also Sunday 11:00-17:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 08 Dec

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

The Belgard Weekend Market is an indoor market with stalls with handcraft (incl. designer jewellery, aran jumpers and wool, christening robes and shawls, cards and cross stitch), household items, bric and brac, furniture, flowers, make-up, clothes, shoes, showers, upholstery, toys, kitchens, cafe, army memorabilia, collectors items, sweets, handbags books, blinds, party shop, tools and more.

It is open every Saturday and Sunday and is located in the Glen Abbey complex (opposite Jacobs) on Belgard Road.

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Christmas at Farmleigh House

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 08 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Over three weekends (01+02 / 08+09 / 15+16 December) Farmleigh House will invite you and your children to their Christmas Programme.

There will be lots of activities for children and adults, including a Christmas Food & Craft Market, Puppet Shows, Carol Singing etc. The schedule for Saturday is here:

+ Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard 10:00-17:00
+ Festive Crib, Outdoors 10:00-17:00
+ Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors 14:00-16:00
+ Christmas Puppet Show in The Cowshed Theatre (30 min) at 12:00+13:45+15:30
+ Storytelling for Children in The Old Kitchen (45 min) at 12:45+14:30+16:15
+ Christmas Carol Singing with The Ranelagh Singers, in The Ballroom at 13:30+14:00+14:30+15:00

The Puppet Show, the Storytelling and the Christmas Carol Singing are free but ticketed and tickets will be available in the Motor House on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free.

farmleigh.ie/event/christmas-programme/?instance_id=181

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 08 Dec

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-16:00. (Come early, though! It seems that traders already start packing up around 15:30.) You can reach the market from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com/

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sat 08 Dec

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Spirit of Dublin Christmas Craft Fair

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 08 Dec

Teeling Whiskey Distillery, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8

The Teeling Whiskey Distillery will host a Christmas Craft Fair on 08 December.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2134164436623172/

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 08 Dec

Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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.

www.templebar.ie

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Sat 08 Dec

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition that you should definitely check out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2018.

Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-cityhall/exhibition

Áras an Uachtaráin – Tour

10:15, Sat 08 Dec

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Áras an Uachtaráin is the residence of the President of Ireland in the middle of Phoenix Park. It started as a modest brick house for the Phoenix Park Chief Ranger in 1751, was then turned into th ‘occasional residence’ for the Lords-Lieutenant and gradually evolved into a huge mansion. After Ireland gained independence it was turned after 1937 into the residence of the Irish president.

Every Saturday a number of public tours take place and admission is free. Tickets will be issued at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on the day, on a first come, first served basis. Group and/or advance booking is not possible.

The tours will be at 10:15, 11:30, 12:45, 14:00 and 15:15 and take approx. 1 hour.

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sat 08 Dec

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

The Drumcondra Village Market is now the “Art, Bites, Crafts Drumcondra Market”. And as you guessed it, it is an arts and crafts fair in the centre of Drumcondra. :-) There will also be some food and music.

The market is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-15:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/abcdrumcondramarket

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 08 Dec

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, and Sundays: 12:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Curators’ talks about Lustre + InFLUX Exhibitions

11:00 – 13:00, Sat 08 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

There will be two curators’ talks about the exhibitions Lustre + InFLUX at Farmleigh House.

The exhibitions show the innovative work of Ireland’s newest goldsmithing and ceramic graduates of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland’s Centres of Excellence in Jewellery and Goldsmithing and in Ceramics in Kilkenny.

At the talks, learn the ins and outs of what is involved in making these intricate pieces and get the opportunity to have your questions answered by the exhibition curators and course managers during this informal talk.

11:00-12:00 Talk about Ceramics In Flux Exhibition
12:00-13:00 Talk about Jewellery Lustre exhibition

Admission is free.

farmleigh.ie/event/curators-talks-on-lustre-influx/?instance_id=186

Dublin Flea Christmas Market

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 08 Dec

Point Village, East Wall Road, Dublin 1

The Dublin Flea Christmas Market is back and this year it will run over two weekends and again from Thursday until Sunday. It will happen again at the Point Village, in the same building where the cinema is. Admission is free and the opening hours are Thurs + Fri 13:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 11:00-18:00. The two market weekends are 06-09 December and 13-16 December.

At each weekend there will be approx. 140 stalls at the market, but the second weekend will have DIFFERENT stalls than the first, so don’t just go on once weekend and think you are done. You have to come the second weekend as well. ;-)

This is the biggest Christmas Market in Dublin this year. It is an indoor market in a modern building, so not really comparable to the Christmas Markets I keep raving about (and which we don’t have in Ireland), but at least it is a “big market at Christmas”.

Parking is a problem in the area. There is a multistorey car park, but it is pricey and limited in space. So if possible come by LUAS.

www.dublinchristmasflea.ie/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Sat 08 Dec

Pavilion Quarter, The Metals, Seafront, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market will open on 24 November and run until 23 December every Friday from 12:30-19:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-19:00. The market area is not huge, it goes along the “Metals”, which is from the Dun Laoghaire’s MarineRoad near the City Hall (40 Foot Pub) towards the LexiCon library along the Queen’s Road, along the harbour.

There will be a number of stalls with art and craft and seasonal food. A Vintage Funfair with Ferris Wheel will run in parallel with the Christmas Market.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/dlrevents/

Greystones Harbour Christmas Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 08 Dec

Greystones, Co. Wicklow

The “Greystones Art & Photography Exhibition” is inviting to a Christmas Market on 01+02+08+09+15+16+22+23 Dec from 11:00-17:00

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/504816563366486/

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 08 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids will probably be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 27 Nov-06 January: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

National Football Exhibition

11:00 – 21:00, Sat 08 Dec

Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2

The National Foodball Exhibition has been launched in Dublin and will be on show from 02-09 December and will then travel to seven other venues around Ireland until 2020 and will finally be in Dublin again in June 2020.

“The Exhibition is made up of six zones, with each zone designed to give you an overview of the various different aspects of football in Ireland, the impact this has around the country, some of your favourite and most memorable National and International moments and a look at some of the most iconic moments over the last 60 years of the EUROs. The zones will be made up of memorabilia displays and interactive stations with videos, quizzes and an opportunity to step up to the mic and record your own commentary.”

There is also an app for Android and iOS that will serve as an audio guide when you are at the exhibition.

I’d say this is a MUST GO exhibition for every fan of Irish Football!

Opening hours for the exhibition are

+ Sun 02 Dec-Wed 05 Dec: 11:00-19:00
+ Thu 06 Dec: 11:00-17:00
+ Fri 07 Dec-Sat 08 Dec: 11:00-21:00
+ Sun 09 Dec: 11:00-19:00

Admission is free.

www.fai.ie/ireland/news/national-football-exhibition-coming-soon

St. Anne’s City Farm – Open Day

11:00 – 14:00, Sat 08 Dec

Dublin City Farm, 67 All Saints Rd, Clontarf, Dublin 5

St. Anne’s City Farm invites you to take a peek at the new city farm in St. Annes Park. There will be lots of festive fun and treats.

Admission is free. But please note that the farm is a small space and for the safety of the public and animals that when it is busy there may be a wait time to enter the farm. Dogs are not allowed on the farm with the exception of Guide dogs. Children must be supervised at all times. Feeding the animals is not allowed unless approved by a member of staff or part of a planned activity.

The Farm Entrance is just off All Saints Road (service entrace gate).

www.facebook.com/events/341723156618809/

Finnish Christmas Carols and Bazaar

11:30 – 15:00, Sat 08 Dec

Lutheran Church, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2

The Irish Finish Society is inviting to Finnish Christmas Carols and Bazaar in St. Finian’s Church.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1312119138952885/

Maria Edgeworth’s Private and Public Lives – Talk

11:30, Sat 08 Dec

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Lecture “Maria Edgeworth’s Private and Public Lives” with Dr Susan Manly will mark the 250 anniversary of Maria Edgeworth’s birth (1768-1849). Maria Edgeworth was one of the first writers to publish novels centring on Irish lives and social realities and her letters (around 1500 of which are archived in the NLI) give a vivid sense of her personal ambitions and motivations for her work.

Dr Susan Manly is the author of a forthcoming political biography of Maria Edgeworth.

Admission is free.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 08 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Inti macy – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 08 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “Inti macy” and it will run from 19 October until 24 February. (You probably see that there is a space in the middle of the exhibition title. That is to trick any spam filter that doesn’t like too private or personal words. In the following text I will use “Personal Connection” as a replacement title.)

The exhibition is looking at Personal Space and Personal Connection. What does it mean to be connected? And what really is connection? Can we connect virtually or does it have to be real?

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ Companion Cat and Robot Flatmate
+ Hello Machine, a phone system for spontaneous conversations with strangers
+ Measure your Personal Space
+ A virtual reality system that allows visitors to experience the world through the eyes and body of another person.

The website below lists all exhibits and provides some explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. Some of the exhibits need a bit more of an age-appropriate explanation for younger kids than others, but nearly everything can be simplified for kids.

I strongly suggest to use the help of the amazing mediators, who can explain everything you see, especially if you don’t want to read all the explanations that are next to every exhibit.

The Science Gallery has very visitor friendly opening hours of Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00.

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/intimacy/

Mart’s Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Sat 08 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The MART Gallery Christmas Market will be in the Old Fire Station in Rathmines on 08+09 and from 13-16 December.

Admission is free.

www.mart.ie/market/

Oh Golly! It’s a Christmas Market!

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 08 Dec

The Underground, 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2

The “Oh Golly! It’s a Christmas Market” Christmas Market will happen at the Underground on 08 December only.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/272707856748619/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 08 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Sat 08 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

The National Library’s History & Heritage – Tour

13:00, Sat 08 Dec

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Come to explore the Library’s rich architectural history and heritage. The tour begins in the main hall of the Library and includes a visit to the Library’s iconic reading room.

Admission is free.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Mindfulness Tour – National Gallery

13:30 – 14:30, Sat 08 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Come to this Mindfulness Tour and enjoy some time out on a guided tour at a slower pace.

Looking closely and moving quietly and mindfully through the Gallery spaces, you will encounter each work with curiosity, allowing you to connect deeply with it. The tour will end with quiet reflection in silence and stillness.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/mindfulness-tour-10

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 08 Dec

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Every Saturday a free guided tour will take place in the Chester Betty Library. The tour starts at 14:00.

In addition there is another free tour every Wednesday at 13:00 and one on Sundays at 15:00

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again Exhibition – Tour

14:30, Sat 08 Dec

Bank of Ireland Cultural & Heritage Centre, College Green (entrance via Westmoreland Street), Dublin 2

A Guided Tour of the “Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again” Exhibition will take place

+ Every Tuesday from 2 October to 11 December: 13:00-14:00
+ Every Thursday from 04 October in Irish language (the time was oddly not mentioned!)
+ Every Saturday from 6 October to 15 December: 14:30- 15:30

Booking is required via heaneyexhibition@nli.ie because space is limited.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Simon House of Light

17:00 – 22:00, Sat 08 Dec

Powerscourt Townhouse, South William Street, Dublin 2

The House of Light, a yearly event of the Simon Community, will happen again at Powerscourt Townhouse. There will also be well known musical performers there, but the event started in Thursday and will go until Saturday and the organisers only provide a list of all performers who will be there over the three days instead of telling who will be there when.

www.facebook.com/DublinSimonCommunity/

St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Girl’s Choir

18:00, Sat 08 Dec

St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

The St. Mary’s Pro Cathedral not only has a boys choir, but also a girls choir. The girls perform every Saturday evening in the vigil mass at 18:00.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/St-Marys-Pro-Cathedral-Girls-Choir-251523458258455/

Dublin LGBT Carol Service

20:00, Sat 08 Dec

Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2

This is an evening of readings and carols, sung by the Dublin G ay Men’s Chorus.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/890779717787519/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 08 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Paddy Dennehy & Band – Gig

21:00, Sat 08 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Paddy Dennehy & Band will play a gig with Folk and Jazz elements. The Harbour Bar says Bluegrass and Roots, but Paddy Dennehy’s Facebook Profile doesn’t confirm that.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/2044/paddy-dennehy-band/

Pointbreak – Gig

21:00, Sat 08 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Pointbreak are a Surf Rock band from Dublin and they will play a gig in Sin E.

Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 afterwards.

sin-e.ie/events/point-break/

The Ratzingers – Gig

22:00, Sat 08 Dec

Mint Bar, Westin Hotel, 35-39 Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2

The brilliant Soul and Cover Band The Ratzingers will play a gig in the Mint Bar. Super music and a great band! I know them well!

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/482851758790304/

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 09 Dec

Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School, Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9

In addition to the Saturday Car Boot Sale in Tallaght, Irish Car Boot Sales run a weekly Sunday Car Boot Sales in Ballymun.

Admission for buyers is free.

www.facebook.com/irishcarboot

Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Sun 09 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

If you are involved with any Christmas Market that is not listed there, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject XMAS and I will look at your event and include it in the list if it fits.

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 09 Dec

Belgard Road, Dublin 24

The Belgard Weekend Market is an indoor market with stalls with handcraft (incl. designer jewellery, aran jumpers and wool, christening robes and shawls, cards and cross stitch), household items, bric and brac, furniture, flowers, make-up, clothes, shoes, showers, upholstery, toys, kitchens, cafe, army memorabilia, collectors items, sweets, handbags books, blinds, party shop, tools and more.

It is open every Saturday and Sunday and is located in the Glen Abbey complex (opposite Jacobs) on Belgard Road.

www.facebook.com/belgardmarket

Christmas at Farmleigh House

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 09 Dec

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Over three weekends (01+02 / 08+09 / 15+16 December) Farmleigh House will invite you and your children to their Christmas Programme.

There will be lots of activities for children and adults, including a Christmas Food & Craft Market, Puppet Shows, Carol Singing etc. The schedule for Sunday is here:

+ Christmas Food & Craft Markets, Farmyard 10:00-17:00
+ Festive Crib, Outdoors 10:00-17:00
+ Festive Barbershop Melodies with The Mellowchords, Outdoors 14:00-16:00
+ Christmas Puppet Show in The Cowshed Theatre (30 min) at 12:00+13:45+15:30
+ Storytelling for Children in The Old Kitchen (45 min) at 12:45+14:30+16:15
+ Christmas Carol Singing with Dolce in The Ballroom at 13:30+14:00+14:30+15:00

In addition there will be Horse & Carriage Rides (Outdoors) from 13:00-16:00

The Puppet Show, the Storytelling and the Christmas Carol Singing are free but ticketed and tickets will be available in the Motor House on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission is free.

farmleigh.ie/event/christmas-programme-2018-2/?instance_id=182

Christmas at Glasnevin (Botanic Garden)

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 09 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Celebrate Christmas in Glasnevin at the Botanic Gardens with a Christmas Market, Santa and more.

Santa is coming to the Botanic Gardens and your kids are invited to experience the magic of Christmas with a free visit to Santa and his helpers. Savour the festive atmosphere as you listen to a live choir and view the giant Christmas tree and handmade wreaths. There will also be a Christmas Craft Market with nearly 50 stalls with treats and gift ideas.

Admission is free. Santa visits are ticketed and free tickets can be picked up at the Visitor Centre until they are all handed out. Visits to Santa start at 13:30. The Christmas Market is open from 10:00-16:15.

botanicgardens.ie/event/celebrating-christmas-at-glasnevin-santa-christmas-market-and-more/?instance_id=162

Christmas Country Market and Craft Fair

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 09 Dec

Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare

A Christmas Country Market and Craft Fair will take place at Castletown House. In addition to a live crib and plenty of stalls, there will be live music and singing:

+ 12:30-13:30 Bogdan Rusin
+ 14:00-15:00 Lucan One Voice Choir

Admission is free.

castletown.ie/event/christmas-country-market-craft-fair/?instance_id=941

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 09 Dec

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-16:00. (Come early, though! It seems that traders already start packing up around 15:30.) You can reach the market from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on the red Luas line. There is free parking.

www.jamestownmarket.com

Marlay Park Market

10:00 – 16:00, Sun 09 Dec

Marlay Park, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16

The County Council Market (CoCo) in Marlay Park is taking place every Saturday and Sunday. You will find a wide range of products. There will be food to eat there and food to cook at home but also crafts and arts and books and lots more.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Merrion Square Open Air Gallery

10:00 – 18:30, Sun 09 Dec

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Every Sunday, the Merrion Square Open Air Art Gallery takes place. Up to 200 artists exhibit their paintings on the railings on three sides (West, North and East) of Merrion Square and you can just enjoy the exhibition or even buy.

www.merrionsquareart.com/

Tallaght Xmas Fair

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 09 Dec

Tallaght Sports Complex, Balrothery, Tallaght, Dublin 24

A Xmas Fair will take place at the Tallaght Sports Complex, which is at the National Basketball Stadium. There will be a large selection of stands selling crafts, gifts. Bouncy castles and a Santa will be there was well.

Admission is free to the market.

www.facebook.com/events/263645257672617/

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sun 09 Dec

Arts and Business Campus, 40 Drumcondra Road Lower

The Drumcondra Village Market is now the “Art, Bites, Crafts Drumcondra Market”. And as you guessed it, it is an arts and crafts fair in the centre of Drumcondra. :-) There will also be some food and music.

The market is open on Saturday and Sunday from 10:30-15:30.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/abcdrumcondramarket

Dublin Flea Christmas Market

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 09 Dec

Point Village, East Wall Road, Dublin 1

The Dublin Flea Christmas Market is back and this year it will run over two weekends and again from Thursday until Sunday. It will happen again at the Point Village, in the same building where the cinema is. Admission is free and the opening hours are Thurs + Fri 13:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 11:00-18:00. The two market weekends are 06-09 December and 13-16 December.

At each weekend there will be approx. 140 stalls at the market, but the second weekend will have DIFFERENT stalls than the first, so don’t just go on once weekend and think you are done. You have to come the second weekend as well. ;-)

This is the biggest Christmas Market in Dublin this year. It is an indoor market in a modern building, so not really comparable to the Christmas Markets I keep raving about (and which we don’t have in Ireland), but at least it is a “big market at Christmas”.

Parking is a problem in the area. There is a multistorey car park, but it is pricey and limited in space. So if possible come by LUAS.

www.dublinchristmasflea.ie/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 09 Dec

Pavilion Quarter, The Metals, Seafront, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market will open on 24 November and run until 23 December every Friday from 12:30-19:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-19:00. The market area is not huge, it goes along the “Metals”, which is from the Dun Laoghaire’s MarineRoad near the City Hall (40 Foot Pub) towards the LexiCon library along the Queen’s Road, along the harbour.

There will be a number of stalls with art and craft and seasonal food. A Vintage Funfair with Ferris Wheel will run in parallel with the Christmas Market.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/dlrevents/

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 09 Dec

People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

A weekly market with lots of food, but also many other products (art & crafts, books, etc) takes place every Sunday in the beautiful People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It is a very popular market and with around 50 vendors also one of the bigger markets.

www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/markets

Greystones Harbour Christmas Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 09 Dec

Greystones, Co. Wicklow

The “Greystones Art & Photography Exhibition” is inviting to a Christmas Market on 01+02+08+09+15+16+22+23 Dec from 11:00-17:00

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/504816563366486/

Jazz + Bluegrass for Brunch on Sundays

11:00 – 16:30, Sun 09 Dec

Kilkenny Shop, Nassau Street, Dublin 2

The Kilkenny Shop Cafe is inviting to a Jazz Brunch Sunday every Sunday from 11:00-14:00 and from 14:30-16:30 a Bluegrass Band is taking over. Unfortuantely they don’t specify who the bands are.

Admission is free.

www.kilkennyshop.com/restaurant-jazzsundays

Liffey Cycle – Protest

11:00 – 13:00, Sun 09 Dec

Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2

The next Liffey Cycle will happen on Sunday and will be followed directly afterwards by a workshop about BusConnects. The cycle is to protest against the lack of progress that has been made on the long promised Liffey Cycle Route. The cycle will start in front of the Grand Canal Theatre and will also end there again.

The cycle will take approximately one hour and will be followed directly by a BusConnects workshop in a nearby venue. Everyone is welcome to come to the workshop where you will get some insights into the latest BusConnects designs and their potential impact on cycling in Dublin. Tea & Coffee will be provided.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/561485470967211/

Mendicity Christmas Market

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 09 Dec

Mendicity Institution, 9 Island Street, Dublin 8

The Mendicity Institution will run a Christmas market where they will sell handmade gifts and crafts made by Dublin’s homeless in the Mendicity workshop. All proceeds will go towards the provision of the Mendicity workshop.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/345354326026464

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:00 – 18:00, Sun 09 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids will probably be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 27 Nov-06 January: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

National Football Exhibition

11:00 – 19:00, Sun 09 Dec

Printworks Conference Centre, Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2

The National Foodball Exhibition has been launched in Dublin and will be on show from 02-09 December and will then travel to seven other venues around Ireland until 2020 and will finally be in Dublin again in June 2020.

“The Exhibition is made up of six zones, with each zone designed to give you an overview of the various different aspects of football in Ireland, the impact this has around the country, some of your favourite and most memorable National and International moments and a look at some of the most iconic moments over the last 60 years of the EUROs. The zones will be made up of memorabilia displays and interactive stations with videos, quizzes and an opportunity to step up to the mic and record your own commentary.”

There is also an app for Android and iOS that will serve as an audio guide when you are at the exhibition.

I’d say this is a MUST GO exhibition for every fan of Irish Football!

Opening hours for the exhibition are

+ Sun 02 Dec-Wed 05 Dec: 11:00-19:00
+ Thu 06 Dec: 11:00-17:00
+ Fri 07 Dec-Sat 08 Dec: 11:00-21:00
+ Sun 09 Dec: 11:00-19:00

Admission is free.

www.fai.ie/ireland/news/national-football-exhibition-coming-soon

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 09 Dec

St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, 83 Marlborough Street, Dublin 1

The well known Palestrina Choir sing every Sunday at the mass in St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral. They sing complete masterworks by Mozart, Haydn, Dvorak, Palestrina, de Victoria, usually accompanied by Prof. Gerard Gillen on the organ, who often also plays a solo piece.

www.procathedral.ie/music/this-week

The Green Door Market – Food/Farmer’s Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 09 Dec

A1 Bluebell Business Centre, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

The Green Door Market is an indoor food/Farmer’s Market that many know from when it was located at Newmarket Square. Due to the redevelopment at Newmarket Square it had to move and is now on the Old Naas Road, opposite the entrance to the Royal Liver Retail Park. At the new location they are also open on Sundays.

Opening hours are Tue-Fri 12:00-19:00, Sat 09:30-16:00 and also Sunday 11:00-17:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Vintage Kilo Sale

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 09 Dec

Smock Alley Theatre, 7 Exchange Street Lwr, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A Vintage Kilo Sale will take place in Smock Alley Theatre and admission is free. Clothes will cost EUR 25 per kilo and all other instructions are on the Facebook Page below.

www.facebook.com/events/791778571162021/

Drop-in family session – National Gallery

11:30 – 13:30, Sun 09 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The theme of this Drop-in family worksthis is “Amazonian Adventures”.

Join artist Louise McGrath for this special family workshop inspired by the “Curious Creatures: Frans Post and Brazil” exhibition.

At this weekly drop-in workshop, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish.

Admission is free. Suitable for children of all ages.

www.nationalgallery.ie/drop-family-workshop-amazonian-adventures

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 09 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Blackrock Market

12:00 – 17:30, Sun 09 Dec

Blackrock Market, 19 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin

At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock, you’ll find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food & there’s free popcorn, ballons & facepainting for the kids.
Open on Sundays: 12:00-17:30. Open on Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30.

www.blackrockmarket.com/

Festive Family Fun – Kids Workshop

12:00 – 13:30, Sun 09 Dec

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 14

This is a Christmas Craft workshop for children aged 7 – 11 years. Make your very own Christmas wreath and enjoy the castle’s cosy reading corner too.

Admission is free but places are limited and booking is required via 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

www.facebook.com/events/195091268079497/

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 09 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Every Sunday, the National Botanic Gardens invite to two guided walks. The first one is at 12:00 and the second one at 14:30.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/educ/info.htm

Inti macy – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 09 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “Inti macy” and it will run from 19 October until 24 February. (You probably see that there is a space in the middle of the exhibition title. That is to trick any spam filter that doesn’t like too private or personal words. In the following text I will use “Personal Connection” as a replacement title.)

The exhibition is looking at Personal Space and Personal Connection. What does it mean to be connected? And what really is connection? Can we connect virtually or does it have to be real?

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ Companion Cat and Robot Flatmate
+ Hello Machine, a phone system for spontaneous conversations with strangers
+ Measure your Personal Space
+ A virtual reality system that allows visitors to experience the world through the eyes and body of another person.

The website below lists all exhibits and provides some explanation so that you can either before or after your visit check further details.

All Science Gallery exhibitions are suitable for ALL ages, even younger children will be able to take part/follow. Some of the exhibits need a bit more of an age-appropriate explanation for younger kids than others, but nearly everything can be simplified for kids.

I strongly suggest to use the help of the amazing mediators, who can explain everything you see, especially if you don’t want to read all the explanations that are next to every exhibit.

The Science Gallery has very visitor friendly opening hours of Tue-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00.

Admission is free.

dublin.sciencegallery.com/intimacy/

Mart’s Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Sun 09 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The MART Gallery Christmas Market will be in the Old Fire Station in Rathmines on 08+09 and from 13-16 December.

Admission is free.

www.mart.ie/market/

Sunday at Noon – Classical Concerts

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 09 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Sundays at Noon Concert Series continues in the Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. 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 the Crash Ensemble with Deirdre O’Leary clarinet, Kate Ellis cello, Barry O’Halpin electric guitar. They will play new music

+ Barry O’Halpin: new solo piece [world premiere]
+ Unsuk Chin: Advice from a Caterpillar
+ Anna Clyne: Fits + Starts
+ Barry O’Halpin: Lipids

www.hughlane.ie/all/2317-sundaysnoon-crash-ensemble-2

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Sun 09 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

This Family Tour is specially designed for children and their guardians, parents and carers to make the works on display in the National Gallery fun and engaging for kids.

Admission is free. Meet at the Merrion Square information desk.

www.nationalgallery.ie/family-friendly-tour-38

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Sun 09 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

A Medieval Christmas Pilgrimage – Open Day

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 09 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

The National Museum of Archaeology in Kildare Street invites you to a Medieval Pilgrimage. As you roam through the galleries, discover how people passed the time on dark evenings, feasted in winters past and kept themselves safe on long and dangerous journeys. Pick up a trail, make an amulet to take with you on your pilgrimage and chat with medieval craftsmen from Irish Arms.

Admission is free. Suitable for all ages.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3897

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 09 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of (hobby) artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle, Science Gallery, …), sketch for one to two hours and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches.

There are some hugely talented people among them and it is a great idea to meet up with others who have the same hobby. Find out on their website below or on their Facebook Page where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. I know that the Dublin Sketchers often use the Dublin Event Guide to find interesting free events and I am delighted to be able to help!

www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/

Hugh Lane Gallery – Guided Tour

14:00, Sun 09 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Every Sunday a free tour takes place in the Hugh Lane Gallery.

Admission is free and booking is not required, but places are limited, so early arrival is recommended.

www.hughlane.ie/lectures/current/1431-free-sunday-tours-at-2pm-2016

Latin Jazz Brunch

14:30 – 17:00, Sun 09 Dec

TramCafe, Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

Brazilica will perform Jazz, Soul, Latin & Bossa Nova in the Tram Cafe. Brazilica are Luisa Moreira (Vocals) and Jonathan Batista (Guitar/Vocals).

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thetramcafedublin

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 09 Dec

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Every Sunday a free guided tour will take place in the Chester Betty Library. The tour starts at 15:00.

In addition there is another free tour every Wednesday at 13:00 and one on Saturdays at 14:00

www.cbl.ie/Plan-A-Visit/What-s-On.aspx

Festive Family Fun – Kids Workshop

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 09 Dec

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 14

This is a Christmas Craft workshop for children aged 7 – 11 years. Make your very own Christmas wreath and enjoy the castle’s cosy reading corner too.

Admission is free but places are limited and booking is required via 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

www.facebook.com/events/195091268079497/

From Barracks to Museum – Tour

15:00 – 15:45, Sun 09 Dec

National Museum, Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History), 7 Benburb Street, Dublin 7

“From Barracks to Museum” is a tour to learn about the history of Collins Barracks, from the 1700s to the present day and its transition from Barracks to Museum, taking in some of the highlights from the military history or decorative arts exhibitions.

Admission is free and places will be allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before the tour starts. Suitable for all ages.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3857

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 09 Dec

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4

Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but every Sunday there is a free public tour for the next few weeks. Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection.

www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html

Sunday Sketching – Hugh Lane Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 09 Dec

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

During these workshops for 6+ year olds, they will explore paintings, sculpture and architectural features through discussion and drawing.

Admission is free and no booking is required, but numbers are limited.

www.hughlane.ie/all/2299-sunday-sketching-perspective-in-painting

Christmas Light Ceremony – Lucan

15:30 – 17:30, Sun 09 Dec

Lucan (various locations)

Lucan invites you to come to their Christmas Light Switch-on ceremony.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/789224474750921/

Game Night – Play Board Games with great people

17:00 – 22:00, Sun 09 Dec

Fringe Lab, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Game Night is a monthly board game meetup hosted by The ALT Community. Newcomers and experienced Board Gamers are equally welcome and you can play one of the many many games that the organisers will bring or you can brign your own games.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/1892771270760363/

The High Leeson – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 09 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The High Leeson is a Bluegrass band that plays every Sunday in the Leeson Longe.

Admission is free, donations are appreciated.

www.facebook.com/The-Leeson-Lounge-114810058553792

Dixieland Jazzmen – Gig

18:30 – 20:30, Sun 09 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

The Dixeland Jazzmen play a weekly gig in Sin E. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub/

Jawbone – Acoustic Folk & Blues Night

19:00 – 21:00, Sun 09 Dec

Arthur’s Pub, 28 Thomas Street, Dublin 8

At the Jawbone Gig night in Arthur’s Pub, Acoustic Folk & Blues will be performed every Sunday. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pages/Jawbone-Dublin-Acoustic-Folk-Blues-Commune/724102984268967

www.facebook.com/ArthursPub

Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass

19:30 – 20:30, Sun 09 Dec

St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street, Dublin 1

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir sings every Sunday from September to June at their “Gig in God’s Gaff”, a Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street.

The Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, one of the best known gospel choirs in Ireland will give you a chance to experience a mass with a difference. It is uplifting and inspiring and everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness or your relationship with the Catholic Church in other contexts.

Disclaimer: I am involved with the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, so the description above MIGHT not be totally unbiased. But just take it from me, they are brilliant! ;-)

www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 09 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), 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 Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Glittering Things – Gig

21:00, Sun 09 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Rock, Folk, Country, Soul will be the styles at this gig. Glittering Things is the songwriting collaboration of Niall K Donnelly and Esa Taponen.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/2065/glittering-things-2/

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 09 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The Dublin Blues Cartel will be in Whelan’s again and will perform mostly a version of New Orleans R’n’B with a classic Rock twist, sandwiched with Swing, Rock’n’Roll, Soul, Funk, Blues and Rap of all eras.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/live-from-the-window-w-the-dublin-blues-cartel-6/

Monday 10 Dec

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Mon 10 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

If you are involved with any Christmas Market that is not listed there, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject XMAS and I will look at your event and include it in the list if it fits.

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Christmas Vinyl Market

11:00 – 19:00, Mon 10 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

A Christmas Vinyl Market will take place at the Mart in Rathmines on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this and of next week (10-12 + 17-19 Dec). There will be lots of Vinyl Records and CDs. Organised by Irish Record Fairs.

Admission is free.

www.irishrecordfairs.com/

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:00 – 18:00, Mon 10 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids will probably be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 27 Nov-06 January: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 10 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 10 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Mon 10 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

UCD Conference on Basic Income

13:00 – 17:00, Mon 10 Dec

UCD Lochlann Quinn School of Business, UCD, Belfield Campus, Dublin 4

This half-day conference is an opportunity to have an in-depth discussion of the context, attitudes, options and challenges around the adoption of a Basic Income in Ireland.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/ireland-and-a-universal-basic-income-tickets-53116282230

New Parents’ Tour – National Gallery

14:00 – 14:45, Mon 10 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

A “New parents’ tour” will take place on Monday. These tours are for parents, guardians and carers of young children and will focus on a selection of highlights in the permanent collection to welcome families and visitors of all ages and encourage them to feel comfortable in the Gallery rooms. The route is suitable for prams and strollers.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/new-parents-tour-11

Carols by Candlelight

18:00, Mon 10 Dec

St Stephen’s Church (The Pepper Canister), 2 Mount St Crescent, Dublin 2

Carols by Candlelight returns to the Pepper Canister Church on Monday.

It will be an Ecumenical service of the Nine Lessons and Carols with the Cuore Chamber Choir, directed by Amy Ryan and the Classicus Boys Esemble and Octavia directed By Máire Ledwith.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Mince pies and mulled wine will be served following the service, provided by the Merrion Hotel.

merrionsquare.ie

Sandymount Burn – Circus Practice with Fire

20:00, Mon 10 Dec

Beach Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4

Circus Performers and Hobbyists who like to play with Fire Wheels, juggle with Fire and otherwise use Fire for their performances will come together on Sandymount Beach to practice and enjoy the light spectacle.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/760877514262016/

Song Cycle – Singer/Songwriter Showcase

20:00, Mon 10 Dec

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

Song Cycle is a weekly Singer/Songriter showcase in Wheelan’s.

Admission is free.

www.whelanslive.com

The Circle Sessions – Open Mic

20:00 – 23:30, Mon 10 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

The Circle Sessions is an “Open Mic” that provides an opportunity for up and coming musicians, spoken word artists, poets and comedians to perform.

Come to this weekly show to perform or to simply watch a great mix of music, poetry, spoken word and comedy.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thecirclesessions/

Jazz Jam Session – Grand Social

20:30, Mon 10 Dec

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

Every Monday a Jazz Jam Session will take place in the Grand Social and you are invited to listen or even to participate. Admission is free for musicians and audience.

Instruments are supplied (drums (no cymbals), double bass, guitar amp, bass amp, PA system) and ideas and themes will be proposed prior to the session to the musicians who join the event on Facebook (see Facebook Page below).

www.facebook.com/pages/Jazz-Jam-Session-at-The-Grand-Social/224553674385198

The Comedy Shed

20:30, Mon 10 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Monday the Woolshed Bar hosts “The Comedy Shed”, usually with 3 headline acts.

Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Mon 10 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Trad Sessions

21:00 – 23:30, Mon 10 Dec

Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

An Open Trad Music Session is taking place every Monday in Mother Reilly’s. Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/mother-reillys/

That’s It Recordings – Open Mic

22:00, Mon 10 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

That’s It Recordings is an open mic every Monday at Sin E. Just turn up and play. Sign up before 22:00 to ensure you get a slot. Bring a USB stick along and you will get a recording of your music to take home.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/

Tuesday 11 Dec

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Tue 11 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

If you are involved with any Christmas Market that is not listed there, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject XMAS and I will look at your event and include it in the list if it fits.

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Christmas Vinyl Market

11:00 – 19:00, Tue 11 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

A Christmas Vinyl Market will take place at the Mart in Rathmines on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this and of next week (10-12 + 17-19 Dec). There will be lots of Vinyl Records and CDs. Organised by Irish Record Fairs.

Admission is free.

www.irishrecordfairs.com/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 11 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again Exhibition – Tour

13:00, Tue 11 Dec

Bank of Ireland Cultural & Heritage Centre, College Green (entrance via Westmoreland Street), Dublin 2

A Guided Tour of the “Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again” Exhibition will take place

+ Every Tuesday from 2 October to 11 December: 13:00-14:00
+ Every Thursday from 04 October in Irish language (the time was oddly not mentioned!)
+ Every Saturday from 6 October to 15 December: 14:30- 15:30

Booking is required via heaneyexhibition@nli.ie because space is limited.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Tue 11 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

Women in Film & TV Ireland – Talk

13:00 – 14:00, Tue 11 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Vanessa Gildea, Women in Film & Television Board Member (WFTi), will give a talk about breaking in to the industry and sustaining a career for emerging filmmakers, she will also speak about the work WFTi has been undertaking since inception, what progress and ground has been gained, if any, towards gender equality in the Film & Television industries. She will incorporate her own working life in to the talk and how art and industry weave throughout her twenty years working in the industry.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/smart-talk-women-in-film-tv-ireland-with-vanessa-gildea-tickets-52389588670

Temptation of Saint Anthony – Art Talk

13:15, Tue 11 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The Pop-up talk “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” with Fergus Byrne will be a talk about Domenicus van Wijnen’s seventeenth-century painting of “The Temptation of Saint Anthony” in Room 40.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/temptation-saint-anthony

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 11 Dec

Czech Inn, Essex Gate, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

EveryTuesday at 19:00, The Dublin Language Exchange takes place in the Czech Inn. It is the biggest free meeting of people from all around Dublin that are interested in learning languages and communicate with speakers of other languages.

Admission is free and the meetup is completely informal. No booking required.

www.facebook.com/Dublin-Language-Exchange-131803433533696/

The Harbour Ukuleles – Jam

19:00, Tue 11 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

“The Harbour Ukuleles” is a group of ukulele enthusiasts and they meet every Tuesday in The Harbour Bar in Bray to jam and learn new songs.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/theharbourukuleles/

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 11 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Rumours have it that the Bluegrass Collective will perform in Sin É on Tuesday and there might even be an open Bluegrass Jam! Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/Sin.E.Pub

Jesters Open Mic Comedy Night

20:00 – 22:00, Tue 11 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Jesters is a weekly open mic comedy event where a lot of comedians do 5 minutes of material.

Admission is free. If you would like to perform then send a message to the Jesters Facebook Page via the link below.

www.facebook.com/jesterscomedy/

Ukulele Tuesday – Jam&Gig

20:00 – 23:30, Tue 11 Dec

Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday an informal sing along with Ukulele and Toy Musical Instruments takes place in the Stag’s Head. Just bring your instrument and come along. Beginners are welcome. Admission is free and further details (and a big book of songs) are available on the Facebook Page below.

www.facebook.com/UkuleleTuesday

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 11 Dec

Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. The line-up can be found via the Comedy Crunch Facebook Page (see link below).

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

The Lounge Quintet – Jazz Gig

21:00, Tue 11 Dec

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

The Lounge Quintet plays this gig every Tuesday: Jazz Standards, Latin and Bebop. Often guest musicians and singers join them. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Leeson-Lounge/114810058553792

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Tue 11 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

Woolshed Pub Quiz

21:30, Tue 11 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Every Tuesday, a pub quiz is taking place in the Woolshed.

Admission is free. Max team size is 6 people.

www.woolshedbaa.com

Wednesday 12 Dec

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Wed 12 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

If you are involved with any Christmas Market that is not listed there, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject XMAS and I will look at your event and include it in the list if it fits.

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Christmas Vinyl Market

11:00 – 19:00, Wed 12 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

A Christmas Vinyl Market will take place at the Mart in Rathmines on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this and of next week (10-12 + 17-19 Dec). There will be lots of Vinyl Records and CDs. Organised by Irish Record Fairs.

Admission is free.

www.irishrecordfairs.com/

Drawing Group for Adults – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 12 Dec

Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, D24

Did you ever want to give drawing a go? Or maybe you are a budding artist looking for like-minded people to draw with? The Drawing Group for Adults in Rua Red runs free weekly drawing sessions on Wednesdays from 11:00-12:00. Materials are provided.

www.ruared.ie/whats-on/event/drawing-group-for-adults

Live Animal Crib @ Mansion House

11:00 – 17:00, Wed 12 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The crib will be open from Wed 12 Dec until Sun 23 Dec from 11:00-17:00 and on 24 Dec from 11:00-13:00.

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 12 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Wed 12 Dec

Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Archive at Lunchtime screenings take place Saturdays (Double Bill), Mondays and Wednesdays. The programme is changing weekly now (instead of monthly as in the past). To find out what film(s) will be screened go to www.ifi.ie/whatson/now-showing-coming-soon/ and look for “Archive at Lunchtime” on the right. Admission is free.

www.ifi.ie/

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Wed 12 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

National Gallery of Ireland Choir – Performance

13:30 – 14:00, Wed 12 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery of Ireland Choir is inviting to a Pop-up performance of some Christmas songs on Wednesday in the Shaw Room.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/pop-performance-national-gallery-ireland-choir-0

Wild plants in trade – Sustainable or exploitation?

15:00 – 16:00, Wed 12 Dec

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The lecture “Wild plants in trade – Sustainable use or over exploitation?” will happen on Wednesday.

Thousands of plant species are traded internationally and used by people in their daily lives for food, health care, housing,
cosmetics or fashion. For the past three years, Dr Noeleen Smyth has been trying to determine which plants are being sustainably and legally harvested. Come and learn about how your purchasing decisions can help these plants survive.

Admission is free. The event will be in the Education & Visitor Centre.

botanicgardens.ie/event/lecture-sustainable-use-or-over-exploitation-wild-plants-in-trade/?instance_id=163

Wednesday Jazz – Music Cafe

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 12 Dec

The Music Cafe, 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

The Music Cafe House Trio (Daniel Rorke (sax), Cormac O’Brien (bass) and Matthew Jacobson(drums)) will play a weekly Jazz gig every Wednesday and they usually have one or more guest musicians or singers supporting them.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/satumusikk/

Jesters Open Mic Comedy Night

19:45 – 22:00, Wed 12 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Jesters is a weekly open mic comedy event where a lot of comedians do 5 minutes of material.

Admission is free. If you would like to perform then send a message to the Jesters Facebook Page via the link below.

www.facebook.com/jesterscomedy/

Brand New Switcharoo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 12 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The Roots Band “Brand New Switcharoo” will perform in the Harbour Bar. Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

20:00 – 23:00, Wed 12 Dec

Drop Dead Twice, 18/19 Francis Street, Dublin 8

The Dublin Jam Session is an open Jam with full back line. It is open to all levels of musicians and singers and all genres of music and the only rule is that you must jam with others (not all your own band).

It takes place every Wednesday and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DublinJamSessions/

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 12 Dec

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

The Anseo Comedy Club takes place every Wednesday in Anseo (upstairs).

Admission is free, donations are welcome.

www.facebook.com/StandUpComedyClub

The Zodiac Sessions – Open Mic/Gig

20:30, Wed 12 Dec

Bruxelles, Harry Street, Dublin 2

“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.facebook.com/zodiacsessions

Forro Wednesday

21:00, Wed 12 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

Dance Forro every week at this “Forro Wednesday” in the Woolshed for free.

www.facebook.com/events/137957730197202/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 12 Dec

Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru), 4 Prospect Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 11

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).

Thursday 13 Dec

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08:45, Thu 13 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

If you are involved with any Christmas Market that is not listed there, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject XMAS and I will look at your event and include it in the list if it fits.

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

Live Animal Crib @ Mansion House

11:00 – 17:00, Thu 13 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The crib will be open from Wed 12 Dec until Sun 23 Dec from 11:00-17:00 and on 24 Dec from 11:00-13:00.

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:00 – 18:00, Thu 13 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids will probably be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 27 Nov-06 January: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 13 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Mart’s Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Thu 13 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The MART Gallery Christmas Market will be in the Old Fire Station in Rathmines on 08+09 and from 13-16 December.

Admission is free.

www.mart.ie/market/

Temple Bar Christmas Market

12:30 – 18:30, Thu 13 Dec

Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A Christmas Craft Market is taking place in Temple Bar during the week (Thursday and Friday).

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2002639996493389/

Dublin Flea Christmas Market

13:00 – 20:00, Thu 13 Dec

Point Village, East Wall Road, Dublin 1

The Dublin Flea Christmas Market is back and this year it will run over two weekends and again from Thursday until Sunday. It will happen again at the Point Village, in the same building where the cinema is. Admission is free and the opening hours are Thurs + Fri 13:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 11:00-18:00. The two market weekends are 06-09 December and 13-16 December.

At each weekend there will be approx. 140 stalls at the market, but the second weekend will have DIFFERENT stalls than the first, so don’t just go on once weekend and think you are done. You have to come the second weekend as well. ;-)

This is the biggest Christmas Market in Dublin this year. It is an indoor market in a modern building, so not really comparable to the Christmas Markets I keep raving about (and which we don’t have in Ireland), but at least it is a “big market at Christmas”.

Parking is a problem in the area. There is a multistorey car park, but it is pricey and limited in space. So if possible come by LUAS.

www.dublinchristmasflea.ie/

Floats in the Aether – Amanda Coogan – Performance

13:00 – 13:45, Thu 13 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Floats in the Aether is a performance by Amanda Coogan in the National Gallery. The performance moves through the Gallery. The National Gallery of Ireland choir will also be part of this performance.

The performance will take place at three different times:

+ 13 Dec: 13:00-13:40
+ 13 Dec: 16:00-17:00
+ 14 Dec: 12:30-13:10

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/floats-aether-amanda-coogan-2

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Thu 13 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

Free Delivery on all Books at the Book Depository

If you regularly or occasionally buy books online, you can help the Dublin Event Guide hugely even without having to pay cent directly. In fact you even save money this way:

Buy your books from The Book Depository and get better prices and free (!!) delivery for all orders independent from the volume and when you click on the picture here before you buy, then 5% of what normally The Book Depository would get, they give back to the Dublin Event Guide. Everybody wins!

www.bookdepository.com?a_aid=dubevg

If you prefer Amazon to buy your books (for free postage you need to order a minimum of GBP 25), then use this Amazon link to help the Dublin Event Guide. Thanks!

WWI Ireland: Public Tour

14:00, Thu 13 Dec

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

This is a tour of the exhibition “World War Ireland: Exploring the Irish Experience”. Find out about the Irish experience ‘over there’ and on the home front during WWI through the collections of letters, diaries, recruiting posters, newspaper reports, cartoons and leaflets.

WWIreland is at 2/3 Kildare Street, just next to the Alliance Francaise.

www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Floats in the Aether – Amanda Coogan – Performance

16:00 – 17:00, Thu 13 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Floats in the Aether is a performance by Amanda Coogan in the National Gallery. The performance moves through the Gallery. The National Gallery of Ireland choir will also be part of this performance.

The performance will take place at three different times:

+ 13 Dec: 13:00-13:40
+ 13 Dec: 16:00-17:00
+ 14 Dec: 12:30-13:10

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/floats-aether-amanda-coogan-3

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 13 Dec

Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Every Thursday the Little Museum of Dublin waives their admission charges for two guided tours thanks to sponsorship from Guinness. The first tour is at 18:00 and the second tour is at 19:00. Make sure that you are there at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour to get one of the limited places.

The Little Museum of Dublin has a fascinating collection of artefacts from the last 100 years Dublin’s history.

On other days and other times, admission is EUR 10 for adults and admission is by guided tour only.

www.littlemuseum.ie/

Masculinities Anonymous – Performance

18:00, Thu 13 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Masculinities Anonymous is a sort of self-help space for everybody with tricky relationships with maleness – a room with chairs, juice, biscuits, people listening, asking questions, critiquing, thinking about men and their actions, responsibilities and futures.

The event is more a performance than a real self help service.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below. Suitable from Age15+

www.eventbrite.com/event/52353976152

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 13 Dec

Ryan’s, 19 Store Street, Dublin 1

The Thursday Night Board Gaming event is running for more than 10 years already and it is a weekly event for all Board Game enthusiasts. But even if you are a Board Game newbie, you are welcome. Just come along! More information can be found here: www.meetup.com/IrishGamesAssociation/

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/IGAGamesNights/

Christmas Concert – Rathfarnham Castle

19:30 – 20:45, Thu 13 Dec

Rathfarnham Castle, Rathfarnham Road, Dublin 14

A Christmas Concert with the Firhouse Singers take place at Rathfarnham Castle.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 493 9462 or rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie.

www.facebook.com/events/553512695087564/

Crystal Skull Sessions – Band Competition

21:00, Thu 13 Dec

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

At the Crystal Skull Session, a variety of acts perform at each heat and are randomly selected from an ancient skull who determines their faith. The crowd gets to vote for their favourite act to get through to the final with an epic grand prize to be won.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/the-crystal-skull-sessions-2/

Declan O’Rourke – Gig

21:00, Thu 13 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Singer/Songwriter Declan O’Rourke will be in Bray for a gig.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/2039/declan-orourke/

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 13 Dec

Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Every Thursday a Singer Songwriter/Open Mic Night will take place in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines. This is YOUR chance to show everyone what you can do, alternatively you can just listen to the talented Singer/Songwriters. Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/pg/motherreillys

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 13 Dec

Brady’s Pub, 5 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin 6

A Fun Pub Quiz takes place in Brady’s in Terenure on Thurs. The quiz will be on every Thursday night in the Lounge at Brady’s. Keith McLoughlin is the Quiz Master.

There will be six rounds of the quiz with picture questions, audio questions and general knowledge questions. Admission to the quiz is free and therr will be free drink vouchers for the winning and runner up teams. (No phones to get answers allowed.)

www.facebook.com/pages/Bradys-Pub-Terenure/138965189474826

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 13 Dec

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

www.international-bar.com/jazz/

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 13 Dec

McLoughlin’s Bar, 73 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire

A weekly Trad Music Night is taking place in McLoughlin’s in Dun Laoghaire. It is an acoustic night and all musicians are welcome. Admission is free.

www.mcloughlinsbar.ie

McNeills Trad Music Pub Sessions

21:30, Thu 13 Dec

J. McNeills, 140 Capel Street, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free Trad Session takes place in McNeills and often there are high profile Trad musicians performing.

www.facebook.com/McNeillsPubSessions

Woolshed Karaoke

21:30, Thu 13 Dec

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

The Woolshed Karaoke is happening every Thursday from 21:30. Anyone can participate! Admission is free.

www.woolshedbaa.com/dublin/

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Christmas Markets in Dublin – Comprehensive List

08:45, Fri 14 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

To help you with your Christmas entertainment and Christmas shopping, the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has a comprehensive list of all (free) Christmas Markets in Greater Dublin for you!

Check it out at www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com and tell all your friends!

If you are involved with any Christmas Market that is not listed there, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject XMAS and I will look at your event and include it in the list if it fits.

www.dublinchristmasmarkets.com/

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 14 Dec

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition about Dublin’s History and you should definitely check it out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon was free in 2016, but lucky for us, Dublin City decided to also waive the admission charge for 2018.

Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-recreation-culture-cityhall/exhibition

Live Animal Crib @ Mansion House

11:00 – 17:00, Fri 14 Dec

Mansion House, Dawson St, Dublin 2

The Live Animal Crib at Mansion House is a yearly Christmas feature. It will be open until Christmas Eve and is brought to you in association with the Irish Farmers Association.

And just in case you are worried: The animals in the crib are brought there in the morning and brought back home in the evening, so they are looked after well.

Admission is free, but donations for the charity “Mansion House Fuel Fund” are appreciated.

The crib will be open from Wed 12 Dec until Sun 23 Dec from 11:00-17:00 and on 24 Dec from 11:00-13:00.

Moving Crib in St. Martin Apostolate

11:00 – 18:00, Fri 14 Dec

St. Martin Apostolate, 42 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1

The Moving Crib of the St. Martin Apostolate is a whole basement full of handcrafted figures in front of painted backgrounds of nativity related scenes. There are 14 scenes, beginning with Adam and Eve and finishing with Christmas. Nearly all figures are moving and this historic crib, which was created in 1956, still fascinates children and even adults.

I was there two years ago and it is indeed fascinating. It won’t blow you away, but your kids will probably be a lot more impressed than you!! ;-)

Admission is free, but for the upkeep of the crib, a donation is very much appreciated.

The opening times are 27 Nov-06 January: 11:00-18:00. (Closed on 25+26 Dec and 01 Jan)

www.stmartin.ie/crib/

Ardagh 150th Anniversary Tour

11:30 – 12:15, Fri 14 Dec

National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2

To celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the finding of the Ardagh Chalice, join this special tour exploring Ireland’s most famous and iconic object. Learn about the people of early medieval Ireland, the influence of the coming of Christianity to Ireland in the 5th century and how the Ardagh Chalice, among other fine metal objects, were made and designed.

Admission is free. Meet at Reception. Places allocated on a first come basis. Suitable for ages 7+.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3898

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 14 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings every day of the week. Currently there is at least one free tour every day. Check their website for details. Some special events will be listed separately.

Admission to the gallery and to most events is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on

Mart’s Christmas Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 14 Dec

The MART, 190a Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The MART Gallery Christmas Market will be in the Old Fire Station in Rathmines on 08+09 and from 13-16 December.

Admission is free.

www.mart.ie/market/

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

12:30 – 19:00, Fri 14 Dec

Pavilion Quarter, The Metals, Seafront, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market will open on 24 November and run until 23 December every Friday from 12:30-19:00 and on Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-19:00. The market area is not huge, it goes along the “Metals”, which is from the Dun Laoghaire’s MarineRoad near the City Hall (40 Foot Pub) towards the LexiCon library along the Queen’s Road, along the harbour.

There will be a number of stalls with art and craft and seasonal food. A Vintage Funfair with Ferris Wheel will run in parallel with the Christmas Market.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/dlrevents/

Floats in the Aether – Amanda Coogan – Performance

12:30 – 13:15, Fri 14 Dec

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Floats in the Aether is a performance by Amanda Coogan in the National Gallery. The performance moves through the Gallery. The National Gallery of Ireland choir will also be part of this performance.

The performance will take place at three different times:

+ 13 Dec: 13:00-13:40
+ 13 Dec: 16:00-17:00
+ 14 Dec: 12:30-13:10

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/floats-aether-amanda-coogan-9

Temple Bar Christmas Market

12:30 – 18:30, Fri 14 Dec

Temple Bar Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

A Christmas Craft Market is taking place in Temple Bar during the week (Thursday and Friday).

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2002639996493389/

Dublin Flea Christmas Market

13:00 – 20:00, Fri 14 Dec

Point Village, East Wall Road, Dublin 1

The Dublin Flea Christmas Market is back and this year it will run over two weekends and again from Thursday until Sunday. It will happen again at the Point Village, in the same building where the cinema is. Admission is free and the opening hours are Thurs + Fri 13:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 11:00-18:00. The two market weekends are 06-09 December and 13-16 December.

At each weekend there will be approx. 140 stalls at the market, but the second weekend will have DIFFERENT stalls than the first, so don’t just go on once weekend and think you are done. You have to come the second weekend as well. ;-)

This is the biggest Christmas Market in Dublin this year. It is an indoor market in a modern building, so not really comparable to the Christmas Markets I keep raving about (and which we don’t have in Ireland), but at least it is a “big market at Christmas”.

Parking is a problem in the area. There is a multistorey car park, but it is pricey and limited in space. So if possible come by LUAS.

www.dublinchristmasflea.ie/

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Fri 14 Dec

Dublin (various locations)

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The Inti macy of Analogue – Workshop

13:30 – 15:00, Fri 14 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Do you remember the days of exchanging self-made mixtapes with your friends and loved one? Maybe you never even experienced these DIY gifts. So this workshop will delve into the warm and fuzzy depths of this int imate sonic exchange. Bring your favorite noise maker, some special images and a sense of adventure.

Admission is free, but registration is required via the link below.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/the-intimacy-of-analogue-tickets-53438124870

Lulu Kumama – Jazz in TramCafe

17:30 – 20:00, Fri 14 Dec

TramCafe, Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1

The TramCafe is the venue for Dublin’s only after work Jazz event on a Friday. Lulu Kumama will perform Jazz & Soul Standards wth a Funky Twist.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/thetramcafedublin

Masculinities Anonymous – Performance

18:00, Fri 14 Dec

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

Masculinities Anonymous is a sort of self-help space for everybody with tricky relationships with maleness – a room with chairs, juice, biscuits, people listening, asking questions, critiquing, thinking about men and their actions, responsibilities and futures.

The event is more a performance than a real self help service.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the link below. Suitable from Age15+

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2018/11/masculinitiesanonymous14Dec

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 14 Dec

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant, 19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant 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.

www.cornucopia.ie

Bunoscionn – Trad & Folk Gig

21:00, Fri 14 Dec

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Bunoscionn will play Trad&Folk with a Twist.

Admission is free.

theharbourbar.ie/events/2070/bunoscionn-2/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 14 Dec

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

www.stillorganorchard.com/specials/

Events Coming Up

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

01+02+08+16+23+30 Dec

Every month the Dublin Mountain Partnership runs free guided walks in the Dublin Mountains often on some Saturdays or Sundays, but also on other days during the month. The walks have varying difficulty and duration and the details can be found on the Dublin Mountain Partnership website: www.dublinmountains.ie/news/upcoming_events/?no_cache=1 or on www.facebook.com/pg/dmpvr/events/

The following next dates have been announced: 01+02+08+16+23+30 Dec. More will be announced later,

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required (details are on the website) and it sometimes is also worth checking the Facebook Page for even more timely updates.

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

TBA

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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 and I am VERY serious about that

Less customers in Grafton Street due to LUAS

This is interesting! I had never thought of this or considered it, but after reading an article in the Irish Times about footfall in Grafton Street, I can see how it might make sense. Dublintown, the trader organisation for the City Centre, have identified that there was a drop in footfall by approx. 5.2% and they think the LUAS is the reason.

At first I thought: NONSENSE! The reduction in customer numbers if probably a general and global trend away from retail shops and towards online shopping. The prices retail shops charge are often to hideously high in comparison to online retailers that it really is difficult to keep shopping in the bricks & mortar shops.

But then I thought about how I would use the LUAS (if I could from where I live). If you come from the southern part of Dublin on the Green LUAS line and you work on the North side of the Liffey, then before the Cross City Luas was there, you would have left the LUAS at St. Stephen’s Green and then you would have had to walk from St. Stephen’s Green through Grafton Street to cross the Liffey to get to the Northside. Now, since the Cross City Luas is there, you change Luas trains at St. Stephen’s Green and then go across to the Northside in Luas, without ever putting a foot into Grafton Street.

Not much that can be done about it, but interesting how this new LUAS connection hurts businesses directly but very unintentionally. :-O

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