Dublin Event Guide 566: Orchid Fair, Comic Arts Fest, Japan Festival, Fusion Sunday, Science on Tap

April 21st, 2018
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

No. 566 | 20 April 2018

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Hi all!

We did have the long awaited summer! On Thursday it was sunny and warm, a wonderful day. So, that one day should make up for all the 109 bad days in 2018. :-) And as you know, this might be it for th rest of the year. :-D

Great news is as well that the outdoor gigs are starting this week. Check Farmleigh House, where the Japan Festival 2018 will happen.

And even more great news! The March bill is paid and the April bill is also already paid and the first EUR 40 of the May bill also are covered. So fpr May we only need another EUR 200. Thanks sooo much to all helpers! If you also want to support the Dublin Event Guide, I am suggesting a very fair EUR 12 for the year, that’s just 23 cent per Dublin Event Guide Edition or less than 3 pints for the whole year! That’s not much if you think about how much value the Dublin Event Guide brings you every week! ;-) Higher and lower donations are also appreciated! Every Euro counts!

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Have an event-full weekend and week,

–Joerg

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Feel good slot

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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 Siobhan B, Orla P, Sharon G, Isidro G and Carmel C were so wonderful to help with a donations. Thank you very much! You and all the other donors throughout the year are keeping the Dublin Event Guide alive! Without you, there would be no Dublin Event Guide!!

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.
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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.

The outdoor events are starting in perfect alignment with the weather improving: The Experience Japan Day at Farmleigh House is my outdoor festival recommendation this week. And if you are into Poetry, check out the events on Thursday, on Poetry Day Ireland.

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Competitions

Lica B Browne’s Meditation Workout – Ticket Competition

Sunday 22 April 18 – National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin from 11:00-13:00

Lica B Browne, Entrepreneur, Artist, Writer, DJ, Healer and Teacher, is running a Meditation Workout on Sunday 08 and 22 April. Tickets to the event are EUR 15, but Lica is making one place available for Dublin Event Guide Readers and to win a place you have to go to her booking form here and put one place in the basket. Then you go to Checkout and enter the Coupon Code DEGLBBmedapril to enter the competition. Please note: Your contact details will be passed on to Lica in this procedure.

Lica sent me this description for the event:
“This is where we make you sweat like a honourable mindfulness learner.
1) No hiding behind closed doors.
2) Meditation group games & art therapy.
3) Smack bang in the middle of life’s hustle and bustle (2 hours in a pub, a library, a gallery, you get the idea).
4) No practice mysteries. We meditate, discuss, meditate and on we go.”

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Newstalk contributor Child Psychologist Dr David Carey has died

If you are a parent you know that children can create unsurmountable-seeming challenges and problems and since parenting is not a trainable trade, good help is needed more often than not. Many parents in Dublin and later Ireland liked listening to Dr David Carey’s advise that he gave weekly on the Sean Moncrieff radio show on Newstalk. He was a very insightful and knowledgeable and seemingly also very likeable person. Unfortunately Carey was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago and sadly died this week. For 10 years he was on the Moncrieff show week after week!

This is not the first time that Sean Moncrieff has to mourn a regular contributor to his radio show. Paolo Tullio, restaurant critic and food expert, who was a Sean Moncrieff show contributor for 5 years with also a weekly slot, died in 2015 – also of cancer.

Long closed Shoe Outlet and Jaipur Restaurant site will be new hotel

Dublin is FULL of hotels and there are more being built left, right and centre. I think there are about 4 hotels currently being developed and there seems no end to it. Pity that they are not building apartments on these sites to help calming the apartment market!!

Another hotel will be built in George’s Street and it will replace the building that was home of a long closed shoe outlet store and more recently (but still some years back) was also home to the Indian restaurant Jaipur when it was in George’s Street until 2015. (Jaipur is still present in Dalkey and Greystones.)

100 bed rooms will be created in this very good and central city centre location.

Project Arts Centre: Get two cans of paint and achieve a BIG impact!

Some people are skilled in using minimalist means to get max. effect and the Project Arts Centre is definitely good at that!

They tried it in 2016 and were very successful with it and they just copied the same recipe again and seemingly will get a similar maximised effect. Others would have to pay THOUSANDS for it, the Project Arts Centre just had to pay for two cans of paint.

So what is this clever recipe? Here it goes: Get a recognised artist, give him a can of white paint and a can of red paint and get him to paint a controversial message on the wall of your building. The artist can get help to speed up the process by the way. And don’t worry about the fact that not tooo many people will actually see the painted on message. Just make sure that the “authorities” will find out about it. (In 2016 it was Dublin City who had a problem with the missing planning permission for the “advertisement message”, this time it is the Charities’ Regulator.)

Hope and pray that the authorities have a big problem with that controversial message on the wall and tell you off and DEMAND that it will be removed. Now you get the press involved and tell them about it. Because it is a “sensational” thing that you are told off, they will hopefully write about it. And bingo! You didn’t have to hang a single poster of pay for expensive ad space online or on lamp posts and you reach more people than anyone else.

When you are told off, don’t fight it, but declare immediately that you will be happy to remove the international respected artists’ piece of art work. Then turn the removal of the message into an event by giving a date and time when you will remove it and with a bit of luck you might get the press to queue up to get a cool picture of the destroying of public art and if that goes into the newspapers and TV news, you get a second BIG exposure.

And if EVER again there is another message you feel passionate about, just rinse and repeat! The recipe works as long as there are authorities that complain. And in case there is no complaining authorities anymore. don’t worry, the message just stays where it is and that way still has some effect.

Sooo smart! :-) The controversial message was “Repeal the 8th!” and the Charities’ Regulator says it breaks the rule that forbids charities to engage in political activities. The artist is Maser and the removal will happen on Monday morning at 11:00.

Opportunities

The former “Opportunities” section is now the place where the weekly nationwide clever event map from our sponsor Energia will be featured. Full details about the events on the map are on the Energia blog: gturl.eu/Energia18_wk17

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 www.visualartists.ie/category/listings/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.

Art & The Great Hunger

08 March-30 June (Daily: 10:00-17:00)

The Coach House, Dublin Castle Gardens, Dublin 2

“Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum” at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut, is sending its art collection to Ireland for the first time. The exhibition documents the scale of the famine, the horror of it, how it permeated and changed Ireland and the people that escaped it forever. The museum’s collection, the only one of its kind in the world, constitutes an incomparable direct link to the past of almost 6.5 million Irish and 40 million Irish-American people.

Admission is free.

Dublin Painting & Sketching Club Exhibition

15 – 29 April (10:00-17:00)

CHQ, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1

The Dublin Painting and Sketching Club is inviting to their 140th yearly exhibition in the CHQ in the IFSC. 170 paintings from the clubs more than 70 members will be on show.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/DublinPaintingAndSketchingClub

Hi! Fashion

01 Dec 2017-29 Apr 2018 (Open: Tue-Sun+Bank Holiday: 10:00-13:00+14:00-17:00)

Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Hi! Fashion is an exhibition of garments from the collections of Issey Miyake, John Rocha, Noritaka Tatehana and Úna Burke.

Hi! Fashion presents womenswear garments and accessories, which explore visual correlations and contrasts between Japan and Ireland over the last 60 years.

Find more information on the website here: www.farmleigh.ie/hi-fashion-at-farmleigh-gallery/

Three threads – of the orchid tapestry created by Frederick William Moore

Thursday 29 March – Wednesday 25 April

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

Sir Frederick William Moore (1857-1949 – Curator of the National Botanic Gardens) has had nine species of orchids named in his honour due to his specialist approach to these flowers. Inspired by Moore’s ties to the orchidologist Heinrich Gustav Reichenbach, botanic artist Margareta Pertl will exhibit paintings of all of the plants named after Sir Frederick Moore.

Alongside Pertl’s works, Deborah Lambkin, currently the official artist to the Royal Horticultural Society’s Orchid Committee, will showcase her illustrations of recently award-winning plants.

Orchid associated material from the National Botanic Gardens archives will also accompany the exhibition along with a fine art print catalogue and elaboration on the tales of the depicted orchids by Brendan Sayers.

The exhibition will be on show in the Gallery Space of the Visitor Centre. Admission is free.

botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#29Mar

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Car Boot Sales – Tallaght

08:00 – 12:00, Sat 21 Apr

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/

Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Sat 21 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Honest2Goodness Food Market

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 21 Apr

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 21 Apr

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 (and if you know some more, please tell me):
+ 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

www.parkrun.ie/

SuperNatural Food Market

09:30 – 15:30, Sat 21 Apr

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

09:30 – 16:00, Sat 21 Apr

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 21 Apr

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

Cherry Blossom Festival @ Asia Market

10:00 – 18:00, Sat 21 Apr

Asia Market, 18 Drury Street, Dublin 2

The Asia Market in Drury Street are inviting to their first “Cherry Blossom Festival” event on Saturday.

This all day in-store free family event will be a celebration of all things Japanese with exciting food sampling, cooking demonstrations, a competition to win 2 amazing family tickets including a VIP tour of the Japanese Gardens in Kildare. There will be culture talks on Japanese Pop Culture, tips for travelling in Japan and all you need to know about Bonsai Trees.

www.asiamarket.ie/blog/asia-market-upcoming-events/cherry-blossom-festival-at-asia-market.html

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sat 21 Apr

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it 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 21 Apr

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

Orchid Fair – National Botanic Gardens

10:00 – 18:00, Sat 21 Apr

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The yearly Orchid Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday in the National Botanic Gardens.

A wide variety of orchids will be on display during the Orchid Fair in the Teak House. This event is of interest to both beginner and accomplished growers and will provide an opportunity to buy orchids, sundries and books. As part of the fair there will be talks on growing orchids and a tour of the Glasnevin orchid collection.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#21Apr

Temple Bar Markets

10:00 – 16:30, Sat 21 Apr

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 21 Apr

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

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sat 21 Apr

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

Arts & Craft Fair

10:30 – 17:30, Sat 21 Apr

Kilmainham Hilton Hotel, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

An Art & Craft Fair takes place in Kilmainham today.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/2079611555650323/

Blackrock Market

11:00 – 17:30, Sat 21 Apr

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/

Dublin Clean Up Action Day

11:00 – 13:00, Sat 21 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

On Saturday a big clean up is happening all over Ireland. In Dublin this event is being run in conjunction with the Dublin Canal groups, the Dodder Action, Team Dublin Clean Up and Dublin City Council.

Cleanups are happening at the following locations:

On the coasts the meeting points are at the following:
+ Sutton Creek (Meeting at 11:00 on the grass opposite St Fintans Church)
+ Bull Island (Meeting at 11:00 beside the Happy Out Café)
+ Shelly Banks Poolbeg (Meeting at 11:00 beside the Shelly Banks carpark near the beach)

+ Royal and Grand Canal, see this website for meeting points: dublincanalsactionday.ie/

+ Dodder river, see this website for meeting points: www.dodderaction.org/

+ Tolka river (meeting point at Our Lady of Dolours Church on Botanic Road)

The cleanups will be followed by an event at Portobello Harbour from 15:00-17:00. The event will be hosted by Cre8 Sustainability and will consist of a series of creative recycling workshops.

If you want to help at the clean ups, just turn up at the meeting point and cleaning kits that include gloves and collection bags etc will be provided. And if you have any question in relation to the cleanups, you can contact Richard on 01 4002202.

www.facebook.com/events/1773129066079085/

Dublin Comic Arts Festival

11:00 – 17:00, Sat 21 Apr

Generator Hostel, Smithfield Square, Dublin 7

The next Comic Arts Festival in Dublin will be in the Generator Hostel this Saturday. There will be workshops, comic reading, talks and a range of exhibitors and a comic swap.

Admission is free. Check out the website below for additional information.

dublincomicarts.ie/

Terenure Bushy Park Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sat 21 Apr

Bushy Park, Tempelogue Road, Terenure, Dublin 6W

The Terenure Bushy Park Market is taking place every weekk. The market has more than 30 stalls, offering a whole variety of foods and crafts.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/bushyparkmarket

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market

11:00 – 18:00, Sat 21 Apr

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

The Bernard Shaw Flea Market is taking place today. The theme this week is “The Shaw Book + Record Market”.

Admission is free.

thebernardshaw.com/flea/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sat 21 Apr

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

FAKE – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sat 21 Apr

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “FAKE” and it will run from 08 March until 03 June.

The exhibition is looking at everything Fake from fake meat and fake cheese to fake emotions. In both the natural world and human society, faking, mimicking and copying can be a reliable strategy for success, a fake may be just as valuable as the real thing. But what about replicating taste, emotions, chemical signatures, facts and trademarks? When is authenticity essential and when is copying cool?

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ synthHAsizer will let you record your own fake laugh and use sonic filters to remix it from fake to real.
+ Mississippi Swan: Daybew! will create fake music: A new album of songs every fifteen minutes or around 700 unique songs every day. You can trigger the creation of a unique album at any time.
+ Altered historic figures from the Daily Herald show the beginning of fake news
+ There is even a deli where you can buy fake food samples for EUR 2. For example they have fake cheese, fake meat or “Dubliner Red Cheddar” cheese that is neither manufactured in Dublin nor is it Red Cheddar, it is coloured white cheddar manufactured in Cork.

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/fake

Ha’penny Flea Market

12:00 – 17:00, Sat 21 Apr

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

The weekly Ha’penny Flea Market is an indoor market in the Grand Social Pub, which offers vintage Men and Women’s clothing, contemporary crafts, books, DVDs, vinyl records, vintage and handmade jewellery, vintage hair styles, art, photography and much more. Grand Social’s Bar and Gourmet Coffee options are available.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Sat 21 Apr

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/

Looking Forward and Gazing Back – Panel Discussion – One City, One Book

13:00, Sat 21 Apr

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

“looking forward and gazing back” is a panel discussion featuring writers June Caldwell and Sinéad Gleeson and theatre maker and campaigner Lian Bell of #WakingTheFeminists movement, chaired by Garrett Fagan. The event is part of the “Dublin: One City, One Book” event programme. The focus of the discussion will be on the practices, processes and contexts of Irish women’s writing today.

Admission is free and booking is not required.

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

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

14:00, Sat 21 Apr

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

Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers – Star Gazing

20:00, Sat 21 Apr

Clontarf Bus Depot, Clontarf Road, Clontarf, Dublin 3

The Dublin Sidewalk Astronomers meet in Clontarf on the seafront car park, on Clontarf Road, opposite the Clontarf Bus Depot for a public star-gazing. Members bring along their telescopes and share the wonders of the night-sky with you. Admission is free.

The event is weather dependent, so check www.irishastrosoc.org/events/events.htm after 18:00 on the night in the case of poor weather, to see if it is going ahead.

www.irishastrosoc.org/events/events.htm

Lebanon High School Concert Band – Concert

20:00, Sat 21 Apr

Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8

Lebanon High School Concert Band from Lebanon in New Hampshire, USA will be in Dublin for a concert in Christ Church.

Admission is free. Check the website below to find more details.

www.facebook.com/events/192148741402254/

Smokehouse Blues Band – Gig

20:00, Sat 21 Apr

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Smokehouse Blues Band is performing in the Bowery. Smokehouse Blues Band consists of Irish Rock Legend Noel Bridgeman of Skid Row and Gary Moore on drums and vocals, Tommy Moore on bass and vocals and Lee Meehan on guitar and vocals.

Admission is free before 22:00.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Sat 21 Apr

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/

My Fellow Sponges – Gig

21:00, Sat 21 Apr

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

My Fellow Sponges is a band from Galway that writes and plays music based on Minimalism, Folk, Bossa and synth-heavy electro.

They will be in Sin E on Saturday and admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/my-fellow-sponges/

The HardChargers – Gig

21:00, Sat 21 Apr

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

The Hardchargers will play a gig in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

www.theharbourbar.ie/whats-on/event/the-hardchargers6

The Clandestinos – Gig

22:00, Sat 21 Apr

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Clandestinos are playing a gig in the Bowery. They will start at midnight and admission is free before 22:00.

thebowery.ie/calander/

No More Questions / CAZ9 – Gig

22:30, Sat 21 Apr

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

“No More Questions” will play a gig in Whelan’s and they will be supported by CAZ9.

Admission is free before 22:30

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/midnight-hour-w-no-more-questions-caz9/

Nothing Compares 2 Prince – Tribute Night

23:30, Sat 21 Apr

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

Djs will play Prince’s songs on the second anniversary of his death.

Admission is free.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/nothing-compares-prince/

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Car Boot Sales – Ballymun

08:00 – 13:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Sun 22 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Dun Laoghaire Car Boot Sale

09:00 – 15:00, Sun 22 Apr

Dun Laoghaire Harbour, St. Michael’s Pier, Harbour Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

A new weekly Car Boot Sale will take place in Dun Laoghaire just at the fromer Ferry Terminal. It is a huge car park and there will be a Carboot Sale and a Gourmet Market with spaces for small businesses, antiques & collectibles, gourmet food vendors and people clearing out their home and selling things from their car.

Admission is free (for buyers).

www.facebook.com/events/170017540285134/

Tech Week 2018

09:00, Sun 22 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology for students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland in libraries, schools, community centres and many other locations.

The activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and have a lot of fun.

The event is organised by the Irish Computer Society.

There are surprisingly few events and I will list them all as separate events in this Dublin Event Guide, but if you want to get an overview of all events in Dublin, you can find them at www.techweek.ie/app/event/index/county/6

www.techweek.ie

Belgard Weekend Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Jamestown Market

10:00 – 17:00, Sun 22 Apr

Jamestown Market, 90 Jamestown Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8

Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale takes place every Sat+Sun from 10:00-17:00. You can reach it 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 22 Apr

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 22 Apr

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/

Orchid Fair – National Botanic Gardens

10:00 – 18:00, Sun 22 Apr

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The yearly Orchid Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday in the National Botanic Gardens.

A wide variety of orchids will be on display during the Orchid Fair in the Teak House. This event is of interest to both beginner and accomplished growers and will provide an opportunity to buy orchids, sundries and books. As part of the fair there will be talks on growing orchids and a tour of the Glasnevin orchid collection.

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#21Apr

Primary Times Family Fair

10:00 – 17:30, Sun 22 Apr

RDS, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

The Family Exhibition “Primary Times Family Fair” will take place in the RDS and focuses on parents of 4-18 year olds. There will be parenting and lifestyle experts and education specialiststo talk to and a host of approx. 50 exhibitors from entertainment, learning and leisure businesses will be in the Serpentine Hall of the RDS. In the neighbouring Clyde Hall a Kid Zone with inflatables, entertainers and other interactive entertainment will await the kids.

Admission is free.

www.primarytimesfamilyfair.ie

Art, Bites, Crafts – Drumcondra Market

10:30 – 15:30, Sun 22 Apr

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

Botanic Gardens Drop-in Activities for Children

11:00, Sun 22 Apr

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The National Botanic Gardens run “Kids Drop by Activities” on Sunday.

There will be fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Garden. Sow seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels and re-use everyday items to create your own piece of eco art. Suitable from age 4. All children must bring their own grown up.

The event times are:
11:00, 11:30, 15:00, 15:30

Admission is free.

www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#22Apr

Children’s Art Cart – Workshop – Phoenix Park

11:00 – 12:30, Sun 22 Apr

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Every Sunday (with a few exceptions) an art workshop takes place for children from 6-11 years of age. Admission is free and children must be accompanied by an adult.

The themes for the workshop are listed in this brochure.

phoenixpark.ie/

Dun Laoghaire Market

11:00 – 16:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Forgotten Voices – Walking Tour

11:00 – 13:00, Sun 22 Apr

Four Courts, Inns Quay, Dublin 7

“Forgotten Voices” is a 2-hour walking tour that will explore the lives of the people who lived in Dublin’s inner city from the Georgian Period to the middle of the last century.

Meeting point is at the entrance of the Four Courts Dublin. The tour is free but donations are welcome and booking is required via email to forgottenvoiceswalkingtour@gmail.com or – if you can’t book beforehand – just show up on the day.

Private group bookings off up to 25 people can be accommodated at a different time and or day on request.

www.facebook.com/Tennements/

Fusion Sunday World Culture Market

11:00 – 17:00, Sun 22 Apr

Green Door Market, 18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The next Fusion Sundays Market will take place this Sunday, but not in the Dublin Food Co-op, instead it will be on the other side of the Teelings Distillery, in the Green Door Market.

It is a world culture market, an ethnic Bazaar, that focuses on the diverse ethnic culture present in Ireland today. The Market features a huge array of International stalls, ethnic food, live music and entertainment for kids. You can buy handmade goods, arts and crafts, recycled products, jewellery, clothes and food. The market is held every second Sunday of the month.

There is always a great atmosphere and I definitely recommend this monthly market.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/377409049407860/

Jazz + Bluegrass for Brunch on Sundays

11:00 – 16:30, Sun 22 Apr

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

Palestrina Choir

11:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Drop-in family session – National Gallery

11:30 – 13:30, Sun 22 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The weekly Drop-in family session in the National Gallery is a art-making workshop where 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! The workshop is suitable for children of all ages.

Admission is free and no booking is required.

www.nationalgallery.ie/drop-family-session-5

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Sun 22 Apr

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 22 Apr

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/

Experience Japan Festival 2018

12:00 – 16:00, Sun 22 Apr

Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park, Dublin 15

Celebrate the Cherry Blossom Festival (Hanami) at the Experience Japan Festival at Farmleigh House. Hanami is a yearly event in Japan where friends and family come together for outdoor parties to welcome spring and celebrate nature. Activities at the Dublin version of this festival are

+ Taiko drum performances
+ Martial Arts demonstrations
+ Music and Dance with a fusion of Japanese and Irish performances
+ Origami and craft workshops
+ Yo-Yo fishing and other fun activities for children
+ Cosplay fashions framed with traditional Kimono displays
+ Soran Bushi dancing
+ Japanese food stalls

Schedule of events on the main stage (Check the website below for an updated schedule):
12:00: Introduction to Experience Japan 2018 with Taiko and J-Pop dance
13:00: Children’s performance / Japanese traditional dance / Irish modern music band / Cosplay
14:30: Performance with EJ & Kids Taiko fusion of Bodhran & dance / Bodhran music / Soranbushi
15:45: Japanese Matsuri Grand Finale

There will be free shuttle buses from 11:30-18:00 (approx. every 30 minutes) between the bus stop on Parkgate Street and the Chesterfield Roundabout near Farmleigh House.

Admission is free.

experiencejapan.ie/events/2018-festival-day/

FAKE – Science Gallery Exhibition

12:00 – 18:00, Sun 22 Apr

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

The current exhibition in the Science Gallery is called “FAKE” and it will run from 08 March until 03 June.

The exhibition is looking at everything Fake from fake meat and fake cheese to fake emotions. In both the natural world and human society, faking, mimicking and copying can be a reliable strategy for success, a fake may be just as valuable as the real thing. But what about replicating taste, emotions, chemical signatures, facts and trademarks? When is authenticity essential and when is copying cool?

Some of the most interesting exhibits are:

+ synthHAsizer will let you record your own fake laugh and use sonic filters to remix it from fake to real.
+ Mississippi Swan: Daybew! will create fake music: A new album of songs every fifteen minutes or around 700 unique songs every day. You can trigger the creation of a unique album at any time.
+ Altered historic figures from the Daily Herald show the beginning of fake news
+ There is even a deli where you can buy fake food samples for EUR 2. For example they have fake cheese, fake meat or “Dubliner Red Cheddar” cheese that is neither manufactured in Dublin nor is it Red Cheddar, it is coloured white cheddar manufactured in Cork.

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/fake

Guided Walks – Botanic Gardens

12:00 – 15:30, Sun 22 Apr

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

Sunday at Noon – Classical Concerts

12:00 – 13:00, Sun 22 Apr

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 Sharon Carty soprano, Marja Gaynor violin, Aoife Nic Athlaoich cello and Malcom Proud harpsichord. They will play works from J.S. Bach, Handel, Muffat, Triemer

www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/2057-sundaysnoon-sharon-carty-marja-gaynor-malcom-proud-aoife-nic-athlaoith

Family Tour – National Gallery

12:30 – 13:15, Sun 22 Apr

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-3

Drop-In Drawing Session – Chester Beatty Library

13:00 – 15:00, Sun 22 Apr

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Come to this Drop in Drawing Session and learn drawing techniques, including line drawing, shading perspective and decoration.

Admission is free. Suitable for ages 13+. Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook; dry materials only.

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

Film Screening: Monuments

13:30, Sun 22 Apr

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

The Film “Monuments” (2010, Dir. Redmond Entwistle, 25 min) will be screened in the Hugh Lane Gallery.

it “re-enacts the narrative subtext of Post-Minimalism with some of the crude poetry of the American B-movie, drawing on the treatment of the figure in the landscape in North American cinema. The artists Robert Smithson and Gordon Matta-Clark are revived from the dead and ejected from their makeshift mausoleums in New York by the forces of redevelopment. …..” For the full description check the website below.

Admission is free.

www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/1953-film-screening-monuments

Dublin Sketchers – Sunday Meet-up

14:00, Sun 22 Apr

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/

Explorer – Family Workshop

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 22 Apr

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8

The “EXPLORER Family Workshops” happen every Sunday until 27 May 2018. Get creative together as a family, explore artworks with IMMA staff and enjoy this hands-on drop-in workshop in the IMMA.

www.imma.ie/en/subnav_8.htm#family

GUM Collective: Open Studio

14:00 – 15:00, Sun 22 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

As part of the public programme for the exhibition “Emil Nolde: Colour is Life”, the GUM Collective, a group of Dublin based visual artists, is engaging with and respond to the exhibition. They will be based in the Millennium Wing Studio and will investigate the life and work of Emil Nolde through their individual art practices and via an evolving programme of education and public engagement activities.

On Sunday they will run an Open Studio event. You are invited in to take a look around their work space in the Millennium Wing Studio and to chat to the artists about their work.

Admission is free

www.nationalgallery.ie/gum-collective-open-studio-2

Hugh Lane Gallery – Guided Tour

14:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Stella Bass Jazz Trio

14:00 – 16:00, Sun 22 Apr

Café en Seine, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Stella Bass Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. A video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8aKqtOB5S8

www.stellabass.com

Chester Beatty Library – Guided Tour

15:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Destruction of Memory – Film Screening

15:00 – 17:00, Sun 22 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The documentary “The Destruction of Memory” will be screened, followed by a Q&A with the director of the film, Tim Slade.

Over the past century, cultural destruction has wrought catastrophic results across the globe. In Syria and Iraq, the ‘cradle of civilization’, millennia of culture are being destroyed. The push to protect, salvage and rebuild has moved in step with the destruction. Legislation and policy have played a role, but heroic individuals have fought back, risking and losing their lives to protect not just other human beings, but our cultural identity – to save the record of who we are.

Based on the book of the same name by Robert Bevan, The Destruction of Memory tells the whole story – looking not just at the ongoing actions of Daesh (ISIS) and at other contemporary situations, but revealing the decisions of the past that allowed the issue to remain hidden in the shadows for so many years.

Admission free, no booking necessary.

www.nationalgallery.ie/destruction-memory

Museum Tour – National Print Museum

15:00 – 16:30, Sun 22 Apr

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 Family Sketching – Hugh Lane Gallery

15:00 – 16:00, Sun 22 Apr

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

Sunday Sketching for the whole family takes place every Sunday in the Hugh Lane Gallery and admission is free.

Families are invited to explore and respond together the gallery’s collection and temporary exhibitions through discussion and drawing. Bring your own sketchbook along or use the drawing materials provided.

Admission is free and no booking required, although numbers may be limited. Suited for ages 6+.

www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/2005-sunday-sketching-bridge-city

Bal Folk – European Folk Dance Session

16:00 – 19:00, Sun 22 Apr

The Cobblestone, 77 North King Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Travel around European traditional dancing culture without a ticket at the weekly Bal Folk Dance Sessions.

And if you don’t know how to dance, don’t worry! Workshops are provided and admission is free. Donations are appreciated.

The event takes place every Sunday in the Cobblestone Pub.

www.facebook.com/events/1390244637788210/

The High Leeson – Bluegrass Gig

18:00, Sun 22 Apr

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 22 Apr

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 22 Apr

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 22 Apr

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

Pete Cummins – Gig

20:30, Sun 22 Apr

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Pete Cummins, Grammy award winning songwriter will play a gig in the Leeson Lounge.

Admission is free.

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

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 00:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Mules & Men – Bluegrass Gig

21:00, Sun 22 Apr

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

Mules & Men will play Bluegrass in Bray.

Admission is free.

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

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

22:30, Sun 22 Apr

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-32/

Monday 23 Apr

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Mon 23 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Tech Week 2018

09:00, Mon 23 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology for students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland in libraries, schools, community centres and many other locations.

The activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and have a lot of fun.

The event is organised by the Irish Computer Society.

There are surprisingly few events and I will list them all as separate events in this Dublin Event Guide, but if you want to get an overview of all events in Dublin, you can find them at www.techweek.ie/app/event/index/county/6

www.techweek.ie

Portraits of Women Writers, Activists and Artists in Early 20th Century

11:00, Mon 23 Apr

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

This history of art talk “Portraits of Women Writers, Activists and Artists in Early 20th Century” with Jessica Fahy will look at the choices made in the portrayal of significant women from Irish history by leading artists of the day and how these images may still inform our opinions today.

Admission is free. The event is part of the One City, One Book events programme.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/whats-on/2018-04-23/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Mon 23 Apr

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

Spanish, Galician and English Poetry Reading

12:00 – 13:00, Mon 23 Apr

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2

To celebrate World Book Day and Spanish Language Day, the Instituto Cervantes invites to a reading of poetry in Galician, Spanish and English, with poets Olga Novo (Spain) and Moya Cannon (Ireland).

Admission is free and all details are on the website below.

hermes.cervantes.es/FichaWeb/117960/80

Archive at Lunchtime – IFI

13:00, Mon 23 Apr

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/

Musical Tales – One City, One Book

13:00, Mon 23 Apr

Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

At this lunchtime concert works ranging from the songs of Ina Boyle almost 130 years ago to some of today’s leading young composers from Ireland will be performed to mirror the chronological survey of the Long Gaze Back, this year’s One City, One Book choice. There will be solo and ensemble pieces and short interviews with some of the composers about the pieces being performed.

Admission is free, but booking is required via musiclibrary@dublincity.ie

The concert will be repeated in Rathmines Library at 18:00.

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/musical

Musical Tales – One City, One Book

18:00, Mon 23 Apr

Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6

At this lunchtime concert works ranging from the songs of Ina Boyle almost 130 years ago to some of today’s leading young composers from Ireland will be performed to mirror the chronological survey of the Long Gaze Back, this year’s One City, One Book choice. There will be solo and ensemble pieces and short interviews with some of the composers about the pieces being performed.

Admission is free, but booking is required via rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/musical

A Feast of Female Voices – One City, One Book Stories

18:30, Mon 23 Apr

Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7

Authors Susan Stairs, Nuala O’Connor and Eimear Ryan discuss their short stories in The Long Gaze Back. Chaired by Sinéad Gleeson.

Part of the One City One Book Programme.

Admission is free, but booking is required 01 8691414

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/feast-0

Italian Film: Padroni di casa

18:30, Mon 23 Apr

Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2

The Italian film “Padroni di casa” will be screened with English sutbtitles. Admission is free, but booking is required. To book and for further details go to the website below.

iicdublino.esteri.it/iic_dublino/en/gli_eventi/calendario/2018/04/lunedi-al-cinema-padroni-di-casa_0.html?modulo=1

Science on Tap – Science talks in Pubs

19:00, Mon 23 Apr

Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Science on Tap is a series of science talks in pubs and the series in this week is about conspiracy theories, food technology and smart technology.

The talks are
+ Mon 23 Apr: Technology and Conspiracy Theories in The 21st Century
+ Tue 24 Apr: Got Beef? The Future of Food
+ Wed 25 Apr: Can Facebook Track Me on Mars? Space exploration and Smart Technology

The first two are in the Liquor Rooms and the last talk is in Kennedy’s.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/o/science-on-tap-15297088271

Song Cycle – Singer/Songwriter Showcase

20:00, Mon 23 Apr

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 23 Apr

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 23 Apr

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 23 Apr

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 23 Apr

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 23 Apr

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 23 Apr

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 24 Apr

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Tue 24 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Tech Week 2018

09:00, Tue 24 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology for students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland in libraries, schools, community centres and many other locations.

The activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and have a lot of fun.

The event is organised by the Irish Computer Society.

There are surprisingly few events and I will list them all as separate events in this Dublin Event Guide, but if you want to get an overview of all events in Dublin, you can find them at www.techweek.ie/app/event/index/county/6

www.techweek.ie

IT Training Seminar – Tech Week 2018

09:30 – 13:00, Tue 24 Apr

Irish Computer Society, 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

This IT Training Seminar during Tech Week 2018 is for educational organisations and IT training professionals and the topic is “What does it take for educational and training organisations to be digitally capable?”

“The event will explore issues of concern for training and development professionals and educational organisations involved in teaching with and through technology.”

Admission is free, but booking is required through the website below.

www.ics.ie/events/it-training-seminar-1632

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Tue 24 Apr

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

Support the Dublin Event Guide – Buy your books here!

13:00, Tue 24 Apr

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!

Irish Women and the First World War – Lecture Series

13:10, Tue 24 Apr

Council Chamber, City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

The lecture series “Irish Women and the First World War” explores different aspects of Irish women from anti-enlistment activism to working in munition factories and war-time nursing. The final lecture assesses the legacy and long-term impact of the war on the role of women in Irish society. In parallel there is also the exhibition “Doing their Bit: Irish Women and the First World War” on display at Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 until 28 April 2018.

Admission to the talks is free and on first-come, first-served basis. The Council Chamber seats 110 people and you can bring earphones for enhanced sound. Doors open at 12:30.

The lectures are:
03 April Dr. Bernard Kelly: “Enlistment, conscription and Irish women during the First World War”
10 April Dr Yvonne McEwen. “Irish Nurses and the Politics of Casualty Care in World War 1”
17 April Hugh McGuinness “Women and the Munitions Industry in Ireland during World War I”
24 April Dr. Fionnuala Walsh “Impact of the First World War on women in Ireland”

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/city-hall

Dive into the craft of coding – Taster Workshop- Tech Week 2018

17:30, Tue 24 Apr

iSkill Training, Bluebell Unit 12, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

During Tech Week 2018, iSkill is running a Taster Workshop entitled “Dive into the craft of coding”.

It is for everyone who considers a career in IT. There will be a short talk about the different pathways and options available. And then a 45 min workshop will teach some basic coding in programming language Python.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below. The event will take place on Tuesday from 17:30 and on Wednesday from 16:00.

www.eventbrite.com/e/dive-in-to-the-craft-of-coding-techweek-tickets-45138047114

Science on Tap – Science talks in Pubs

19:00, Tue 24 Apr

Liquor Rooms, 7 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Science on Tap is a series of science talks in pubs and the series in this week is about conspiracy theories, food technology and smart technology.

The talks are
+ Mon 23 Apr: Technology and Conspiracy Theories in The 21st Century
+ Tue 24 Apr: Got Beef? The Future of Food
+ Wed 25 Apr: Can Facebook Track Me on Mars? Space exploration and Smart Technology

The first two are in the Liquor Rooms and the last talk is in Kennedy’s.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/o/science-on-tap-15297088271

The Dublin Language Exchange – Meetup

19:00, Tue 24 Apr

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/

Camden Comedy

20:00 – 22:30, Tue 24 Apr

Anseo, 18 Camden Street Lower, Dublin 2

Camden Comedy is a weekly comedy night on a Tuesday that I only found recently.

Every Tuesday they have a whole range of comedians and admission is free.

www.facebook.com/CamdenComedyDublin/

Dublin Bluegrass Collective – Gig

20:00, Tue 24 Apr

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 24 Apr

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 24 Apr

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

Ben Prevo – Gig

20:30, Tue 24 Apr

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Ben Prevo will play a solo acoustic gig on Tuesday. Expect Blues, Folk & Country, Originals, Covers and Jams.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Comedy Crunch

21:00 – 23:00, Tue 24 Apr

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 24 Apr

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 24 Apr

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 24 Apr

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 25 Apr

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Wed 25 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Tech Week 2018

09:00, Wed 25 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology for students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland in libraries, schools, community centres and many other locations.

The activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and have a lot of fun.

The event is organised by the Irish Computer Society.

There are surprisingly few events and I will list them all as separate events in this Dublin Event Guide, but if you want to get an overview of all events in Dublin, you can find them at www.techweek.ie/app/event/index/county/6

www.techweek.ie

Celtic Tree Trail – Phoenix Park Walk

11:00 – 12:30, Wed 25 Apr

Phoenix Park Visitor Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

“Celtic Tree Trail” is the next Wednesday Walk in Phoenix Park. The Celts believed each tree had its own personality & meaning.
Learn about their uses through history and why trees are so import.

Admission is free.

phoenixpark.ie/

Drawing Group for Adults – Rua Red

11:00, Wed 25 Apr

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

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Wed 25 Apr

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 25 Apr

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/

Dublin’s Culture Connects: The National Neighbourhood

13:00 – 14:00, Wed 25 Apr

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

‘People of the Tolka River Valley’ is a performance of songs and artwork created by communities in Cabra and Finglas including a celebration of Irish Sign Language. The project is the culmination of a partnership project with Dublin City Council’s Dublin’s Culture Connects, The Deaf Village, and local communities and schools working with artists Susan McKeown, Jane Groves and Claire Halpin.

Come to Clarke Square at Collins Barracks to see sights and sounds inspired by local treasures of Dublin 7.

Admission is free.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3678

Photo Detectives – Guided tour

13:00, Wed 25 Apr

National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

“Photo Detectives” is a 30 minute lunchtime exhibition tour at the Photographic Archive in Temple Bar.

Delve into this exhibition that celebrates the work and play of the lively, online community who investigate the archive’s photographs on Flickr. Who are the Photo Detectives? What do they find out? How does it all work? Join Seán Mulligan, onethe Flickr experts for this tour as he reveals the stories behind the images.

Admission is free.

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

Dive into the craft of coding – Taster Workshop – Tech Week 2018

16:00, Wed 25 Apr

iSkill Training, Bluebell Unit 12, Old Naas Road, Dublin 12

During Tech Week 2018, iSkill is running a Taster Workshop entitled “Dive into the craft of coding”.

It is for everyone who considers a career in IT. There will be a short talk about the different pathways and options available. And then a 45 min workshop will teach some basic coding in programming language Python.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below. The event will take place on Tuesday from 17:30 and on Wednesday from 16:00.

www.eventbrite.com/e/dive-in-to-the-craft-of-coding-techweek-tickets-45138047114

Dublin Design Night 2018

18:00 – 21:00, Wed 25 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

The Dublin Design Night is like a Culture Night for people interested in design. There will be photography, street art, illustration, interiors, graphic design, food, fashion and mixology events in about 20 venues in Dublin with workshops, talks, discussions and meet the maker events. More details via the links below.

Admission is free, but tickets are required via this link.

www.facebook.com/events/423422141438885/

French Poet and Novelist Hédi Kaddour – In conversation

18:30, Wed 25 Apr

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Hédi Kaddour is a French poet and novelist who teaches creative writing at the Gallimard Literary Workshop in Paris. Some of his novels are Waltenberg and Les Prépondérants and he is Editor-in-Chief of the magazine Po&Sie. He will be interviewed by Prof. Michael Cronin, Chair of French in Trinity College. The interview will be followed by book signing and wine reception.

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

afdublin.extranet-aec.com/events/detail/321

Maria Edgeworth’s original letters (1782 – 1849) – Reading

18:30 – 19:30, Wed 25 Apr

RDS Library, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

This is an event in connection with the One City One Book programme. The Anglo-Irish writer Maria Edgeworth features in the this year’s One City One Book anthology with a short story called, ‘The Purple Jar’.

The RDS Library has invited Valarie Pakenham to bring insight to the life of Maria Edgeworth as part of the RDS Library Speaker Series, with a talk entitled: ‘The Real Maria: Reading and selecting from Maria Edgeworth’s original letters, 1782-1849’.

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

www.rds.ie/Whats-On/Event/33721

Science on Tap – Science talks in Pubs

19:00, Wed 25 Apr

Kennedy’s, 31-32 Westland Row, Dublin 2

Science on Tap is a series of science talks in pubs and the series in this week is about conspiracy theories, food technology and smart technology.

The talks are
+ Mon 23 Apr: Technology and Conspiracy Theories in The 21st Century
+ Tue 24 Apr: Got Beef? The Future of Food
+ Wed 25 Apr: Can Facebook Track Me on Mars? Space exploration and Smart Technology

The first two are in the Liquor Rooms and the last talk is in Kennedy’s.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/o/science-on-tap-15297088271

Dwarf Jar Wednesday Jazz

19:30 – 22:00, Wed 25 Apr

The Dwarf Jar Cafe, 1 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

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

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/satumusikk/

Brand New Switcharoo – Roots Gig

20:00, Wed 25 Apr

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 25 Apr

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/

The Wow Signal Sessions

20:00, Wed 25 Apr

Bagots Hutton Bar & Restaurant, 6 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 7

The Wow Wignal Sessions is a weekly gig night in Bagots Hutton. The line up is usually announced just a few days before on the Facebook Page below.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/wowsignalsessions

Anseo Comedy Club

20:30, Wed 25 Apr

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 25 Apr

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 25 Apr

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/

Inn Jokes – Comedy Club

21:00, Wed 25 Apr

Patriot’s Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

The April edition of the Inn Jokes Comedy night will take place this week. MC and organiser is comedian Colm O’Regan.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

innjokes.com/

Los Paradiso – Gig

21:00, Wed 25 Apr

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Los Paradiso are playing Rockabilly, Tex Mex, Western Swing, Surf in the Leeson Lounge. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

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

Shipwrecked – Open Mic Night

21:30, Wed 25 Apr

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

“Shipwrecked” is the name of the Bowery’s Open Mic on Wednesdays.

Each week there will be an array of music, comedy, spoken word and all things in between.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Trad Session

21:30, Wed 25 Apr

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).

The Harleys – Gig

23:55, Wed 25 Apr

The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

The Harleys are a popular coverband and they will be in the Mezz every Wednesday at midnight.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/mezzdublin

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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Thu 26 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Poetry Day Ireland

09:00, Thu 26 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

On Poetry Day Ireland, there are more than 100 events happening all around the country and the full and downloadable brochure is here.

In Dublin, Poetry Ireland at 11 Parnell Square will run free events the whole day and DCU, the Goethe Institut, the Instituto Cervantes, the Irish Writers’ Centre, dlr Lexicon and a number of Libraries will also run free events. There is even a (free) Poetry Day Ireland 5km Run. Get the programme brochure or check all events for Dublin (and the rest of Leinster) here.

www.poetryireland.ie/poetry-day/

Tech Week 2018

09:00, Thu 26 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology for students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland in libraries, schools, community centres and many other locations.

The activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and have a lot of fun.

The event is organised by the Irish Computer Society.

There are surprisingly few events and I will list them all as separate events in this Dublin Event Guide, but if you want to get an overview of all events in Dublin, you can find them at www.techweek.ie/app/event/index/county/6

www.techweek.ie

Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 26 Apr

Grangegorman Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free tour of Grangegorman Military Cemetery on Blackhorse Avenue takes place. Meet inside the cemetery gates.

Admission is free and everybody is welcome. Ring 01-6770095 for more information.

Grangegorman Military Cemetery is in Blackhorse Avenue just outside Phoenix Park. It is the largest military cemetery in Ireland. It was first opened in 1876 to serve as a graveyard for the soldiers of what was then Marlborough Barracks, now McKee Barracks, and their families. Specific zones were laid out for English, Canadian, New Zealand, and Australian service men. The cemetery’s pedestrian gate is open from 10:00-16:00 seven days a week.

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

Live Readings for Adults from The Long Gaze Back

11:00, Thu 26 Apr

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

At these “Live Readings for Adults from The Long Gaze Back”, which is the One City One Book selection for this year, four stories from the collection will be read during the day. Performed by actor and voice artist Michelle Read, an advocate of reading aloud for adults.

The readings will be at 11:00-12:00, 12:15-13:15, 15:30-16:30 and 16:45-17:45.

Admission is free,

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/whats-on/2018-04-26/

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 26 Apr

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

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Thu 26 Apr

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

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13:00, Thu 26 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

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Islam and Christianity: Divinity Shared or Divided – Talk

13:10, Thu 26 Apr

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The talk “Islam and Christianity: Divinity Shared or Divided” with Diana Darke, author, Middle East cultural expert, Arabist, and BBC broadcaster will take place in the Chester Beatty Library.

Admission is free.

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

Health Tech Day – Tech Week 2018

14:00 – 16:30, Thu 26 Apr

Irish Computer Society, 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4

On Health Tech Day during Tech Week 2018, there will be two events:

+ Mending Legends documentary followed by a Q&A with researchers
In ‘Mending Legends’ Jessie Barr explains who she missed out on the Rio 2016 Olympics due to tendon injury and her brother reaching fourth placing in the 400m hurdles at the same Olympics. Pádraic Joyce, Galway footballer, recounts playing through the
pain of injury for the love of the game. And you will find out about the research led by Dr. Dimitrios Zeugolis that will build the world’s first 3D cell assembled tendon prototype, at CÚRAM, in NUI Galway, and how it could make huge differences to sports people of the future.
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+ Bittersweet documentary followed by a Q&A with researchers
“Bittersweet” is a half-hour documentary that captures the health system’s fight to treat the rising number of diabetic patients, and warns against this epidemic facing our population. It follows the stories of young people who are living with diabetes and their
daily struggle to manage it. You will also discover ground breaking research and development in pharmacology and biomedical science, capturing the important work of CÚRAM’s Prof David Brayden and his team at UCD’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where they are developing new ways of delivering insulin to the body.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website here.

www.techweek.ie/news/register-now-to-attend-health-tech-day/

Ridiculous! – Poetry Day Performance

15:30, Thu 26 Apr

Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

“Ridiculous! – a performance” is the Poetry Day programme in the Central Library.

“RIDICULOUS! is a show full of crazy poems, silly songs and nonsense verse from some of the best loved children’s poets. Whether you’re as big as a house or as small as a shoe, strap on your custard wings and tune your gnu!
We have 40 RIDICULOUS minutes for you! Performers Darina Gallagher and Sinead Murphy will take you on a journey featuring work from Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, James Joyce, Pat Ingoldsby and others.”

This is a family show and will be suitable for children from age 6+ and adults.

Admission is free, but booking is recommended via 01-8734333

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/ridiculous

Evolution of Music and Biology – Neurohumanities Talk

17:00 – 18:00, Thu 26 Apr

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

In the Neurohumanities Talk Series, Armand Leroi (Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London) will speak about “Evolution of Music and Biology”.

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

dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/2018/03/ArmandLeroi

GUM Collective: Open Studio

18:00 – 19:00, Thu 26 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

As part of the public programme for the exhibition “Emil Nolde: Colour is Life”, the GUM Collective, a group of Dublin based visual artists, is engaging with and respond to the exhibition. They will be based in the Millennium Wing Studio and will investigate the life and work of Emil Nolde through their individual art practices and via an evolving programme of education and public engagement activities.

On Thursday they will run an Open Studio event. You are invited in to take a look around their work space in the Millennium Wing Studio and to chat to the artists about their work.

Admission is free

www.nationalgallery.ie/gum-collective-open-studio-3

Jazz Club at Sweetman’s – Gig

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 26 Apr

J.W. Sweetman’s, 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2

A weekly Jazz Club event with live band is taking place at J.W. Sweetman’s.

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/jwsweetman/

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 26 Apr

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/

Spanish Film Screening: El verdugo

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 26 Apr

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2

The Spanish Film “El verdugo / The Executioner” will be screened in Spanish with English subtitles.

Find more information via the website below.

Admission is free.

hermes.cervantes.es/FichaWeb/118081/80

The Blue Angel – Film Screening

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 26 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The film “The Blue Angel” (Germany, 1930, 108min, in English) will be screened to complement the current exhibition “Emil Nolde: Colour is Life”.

The film will be preceded by a 10-minute talk by Dr Sarah Wilson on the theme of Metropolis.

About the film: Shot simultaneously in German and English language versions, The Blue Angel, or Der Blaue Engel is the film that brought Marlene Dietrich to widespread international attention. Loosely based on Heinrich Mann’s 1905 novel, it is set in Weimar Germany, and tells the tragic, and sometimes comedic, story of a respectable older professor (played by Emil Jannings) and his descent into madness as a result of his infatuation with nightclub singer Lola Lola (Dietrich).

Admission is free, but booking is required via this link here.

www.nationalgallery.ie/blue-angel

Evening Tour – National Gallery

18:30 – 19:15, Thu 26 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

Explore some of the highlights of the National Gallery exhibitons at this evening tour.

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

www.nationalgallery.ie/evening-tour-27

Let’s Make A Scene – Acting “Open Mic”

18:30, Thu 26 Apr

Momentum Acting Studio, 19 Lombard Street East, Dublin 2

Let’s Make a Scene is similar to an “Open Mic” event for musicians and spoken word artists, just for actors, comedians and imrovisers.

It is a live platform to actors, comedians, improvisers, slammers, etc… for free to present, test, showcase or display their work to an audience (scene, monologue, sketch, reading, new material or in production, etc…) and create a momentum prompting exchange & collaboration in between artists of different media sharing a passion.

Admission is free, but booking is required via TakeTheStage2MakeAScene AT gmail.com or via the website below.

The event is a monthly open platform and on Thursday you will discover the work of Amy Coleman, Barry O’Donnell, Clodagh Swords, Elaine McGuinness, Elaine Purdue, Emma Cooke, Janet Little, Lynelle Colleran, Megan Day, Michelle Audrey, Padraic Mc Ginley and Rory O’ Flynn with new writing by Megan Day, who are presenting their work or favourite monologues, scenes, improv’, reading, in preview or in production.

www.eventbrite.ie/e/lets-make-a-scene-our-stage-is-yours-tickets-44720770027

Start or Grow your Business – Business Lectures

18:30 – 20:00, Thu 26 Apr

Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

Twice every year, the Central Library together with the Local Enterprise Office in Dublin City are running a series of six free Business Lectures for everybody who wants to start or grow a business. The lectures will cover subjects such as the characteristics needed to run and fund your business. Digital marketing strategies and writing business plans will also be included.

The next series will take place on Thursdays from 18:30-20:00 between 05 April and 10 May.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-8733996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie. All topics and speakers are listed on the website below and to make it easier for you, they are also here:

05 Apr: Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur – How You Can Create and Produce Ideas
12 Apr: Creating the best Business Plan for your Business
19 Apr: Market Research Skills – What You Need To Do To Be Successful
26 Apr: Managing your Online Presence – Having A Digital Plan To Help You Increase Sales
03 May: Financial Support and Grants for Entrepreneurs
10 May: Essential Supports and Services for Entrepreneurs – Who’s Out There To Help You

www.dublincity.ie/main-menu-services-culture-and-amenities-dublin-city-public-libraries-and-archive-events/start-your

From Lecturer to Prisoner – Talk

19:00, Thu 26 Apr

Kilmainham Gaol, Inchicore Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

“From Lecturer to Prisoner” is a talk by Dr. Leeann Lane (DCU) about the Civil War prison experience of writer Dorothy Macardle. Macardle was incarcerated from November 1922 until May 1923 in Mountjoy and Kilmainham Gaols, where she wrote many of the stories that would be published as Earthbound in 1924.

This event is part of the One City One Book event programme. Admission is free, but booking is required via kilmainhamgaol@opw.ie

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/whats-on/2018-04-26/

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 26 Apr

Living Room Pub, Cathal Brugha Street (off O’Connell Street), Dublin 1

An expatriate or expat is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship.

And this is a weekly meeting for all Expats in Dublin (new and old!). If you are new to the city, this is an excellent way to meet people.

Admission is free (no booking required!), but you are asked to give the same kind of welcoming to new members as is given to you.

www.eventbrite.com/e/dublin-expats-thursday-7pm-tickets-24745493437?ref=devg

Poets in Conversation: Martin Dyar & Clodagh Beresford Dunne

19:00, Thu 26 Apr

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

“Martin Dyar & Clodagh Beresford Dunne: Poets in Conversation”

“Poets from WB Yeats to Seamus Heaney have used the National Library’s reading rooms, and the literary papers of many poets are part of the library’s manuscripts collections. As we look forward to the opening of the exhibition “Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again” in summer 2018, join us for The Blank Page – a series in which poets will discuss their work with critic, editor and broadcaster, Niall MacMonagle.”

Join poets Clodagh Beresford Dunne and Martin Dyar for the first conversation which takes place on Poetry Day Ireland.

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

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 26 Apr

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/

Rhythm & Brew – Craft Beer Meetup

20:00, Thu 26 Apr

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

“Rhythm and Brews Craft Beer Club” is a monthly meet-up and beer review in Sin E. The next event is on Thursday and you will be able to try the beer of the month, talk about it with other beer enthusiasts and listen to live music.

For more info contact: gerard AT mentorpitch.com

sin-e.ie/events/rhythm-brews/

Shogunz Of Stank – Gig

20:00, Thu 26 Apr

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

The Shogunz of Stank with Mik Pyro and Pete Pamf among others will be in the Bowery every Thursday for a gig. They will play Funk, Hip Hop and Groove.

Admission is free.

thebowery.ie/calander/

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 26 Apr

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

A Table Quiz takes place in the Grand Social. On Thursdays teams of 4 people (or at least 2 people) will compete against each other over questions from the areas of General Knowledge, Music, Film, Sports & Entertainment.

Admission is free.

www.thegrandsocial.ie/events/table-quiz-thursdays-7/2017-05-11/

Danny Tobin – Blues Gig

21:00, Thu 26 Apr

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

Danny Tobin will play Delta Blues in Bray.

Admission is free.

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

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 26 Apr

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

Every Thursday a Singer Songwriter 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/motherreillysADMIN

WRIOT – Spoken Word

21:00, Thu 26 Apr

Leeson Lounge, 148 Upper Leeson Street, Dublin 4

Word benders and shapers with Kevin Barrington, John Cummins, Davina and the Messngers, Two Mad Stunts and more.

It is not 100% certain if admission is free, but there is a good chance that it is.

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

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 26 Apr

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 26 Apr

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 26 Apr

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 26 Apr

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 26 Apr

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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Dublin: One City, One Book

09:00, Fri 27 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

“Dublin: One City, One Book” is an initiative by Dublin City Council that encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year.

The One City, One Book choice for 2018 is “The Long Gaze Back” edited by Sinéad Gleeson has the subtitle “An Anthology of Irish Women Writers”. The book is a collection of thirty stories from writers from the 18th Century to now.

Throughout April there will be numerous events in connection with this literature event. The website is below and if you want to download the programme, you can do that here.

A good number of events are free, but often booking is required and the tickets will go faster than you think, so don’t delay.

www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

Tech Week 2018

09:00, Fri 27 Apr

Dublin (various locations)

Tech Week is Ireland’s nationwide festival of technology for students, parents and the public. Tech Week is made up of a range of classroom and community activities taking place across Ireland in libraries, schools, community centres and many other locations.

The activities give students a chance to develop their interest in technology subjects, examine potential career prospects, learn new skills, be creative and have a lot of fun.

The event is organised by the Irish Computer Society.

There are surprisingly few events and I will list them all as separate events in this Dublin Event Guide, but if you want to get an overview of all events in Dublin, you can find them at www.techweek.ie/app/event/index/county/6

www.techweek.ie

Study Morning at exhibition “Keeper”

09:45 – 13:00, Fri 27 Apr

Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

A Study Morning at the exhibition “Keeper” will take place to explore themes arising from the exhibition by Amanda Dunsmore including the politics of memory, history, archive and the role of the artist. Speakers will include the artist Amanda Dunsmore, Fionna Barber and Dr Cillian McGrattan.

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

www.eventbrite.ie/e/hugh-lane-study-morning-in-tandem-with-the-exhibition-keeper-tickets-41945448967

The Story of the Capital – Exhibition in Dublin City Hall

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 27 Apr

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

Irish artist, writer and critic: Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland – Talk

11:00 – 12:00, Fri 27 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

“Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland: Word, Image and Institutional Critique” is the title of a talk by Prof. Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Professor and Chair of Modern and Contemporary Art History, University of Amsterdam, to mark the 90th birthday of the celebrated Irish artist, writer and critic Brian O’Doherty (b.1928), who, for a period during the Troubles in Northern Ireland, adopted the artistic alias Patrick Ireland (1972-2008).

The lecture will be followed by a discussion and Q&A with Brian O’Doherty and Dr Brenda Moore-McCann, Assistant Professor (Adjunct), Trinity College Dublin, art historian and author of Brian O’Doherty/Patrick Ireland: Between Categories.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/brian-odoherty-patrick-ireland-word-image-and-institutional-critique

Culture Club: Caution! Fragile

11:30 – 13:00, Fri 27 Apr

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

Culture Club invites members to explore and enjoy the collections at Collins Barracks through a series of specially arranged guided tours and activities in the company of museum staff followed by ’Tea & Chat’ and an opportunity to mingle. The Clubs take place on the last Friday of each month. April’s Culture Club will be a tour of CAUTION! Fragile: Irish Glass Tradition in Transition by Artist in Residence Róisín de Buitléar.

Admission is free, but booking is required via 01 6777444.

www.museum.ie/Visit-Us/Events?id=3631

National Gallery Talks & Tour

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 27 Apr

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

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 27 Apr

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

www.facebook.com/thegreendoordublin

Death masks – Pop-up Art Talk

13:15 – 13:45, Fri 27 Apr

National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2

The Pop-up talk “Death masks in the National Gallery of Ireland” will take place in Room 23 of the gallery. Emily Glynn-Farrell will explain the death masks.

Admission is free.

www.nationalgallery.ie/death-masks-national-gallery-ireland

Arbour Hill Cemetery Tour

14:00, Fri 27 Apr

Arbour Hill Cemetery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7

The Cemetery at Arbour Hill is the last resting place of 14 of the leaders of the 1916 Rising. Among those buried there are Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Thomas Clarke. This tour every Friday introduce the Cemetery and will also explain the background and the event of the Easter Rising.

Admission is free and no booking necessary. The meeting point is inside the cemetery gates.

phoenixpark.ie/tours/

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 27 Apr

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

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 27 Apr

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/

Russell & The Glory Hoggs – Gig

21:00, Fri 27 Apr

Sin É, 14 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Russell Hogg is the resident sound engineer in Sin E and he also is a singer/songwriter and band leader. He will play a gig in Sin E with his band on Friday.

Admission is free.

sin-e.ie/events/russell-the-glory-hoggs/

Supafreak – Gig

21:00, Fri 27 Apr

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

Supafreak will play Funk in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

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

The Brady’s Session – Gig Night

21:00, Fri 27 Apr

Gub Dandy’s in Bradys Pub, 5 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin 6

The next Brady’s Sessions, an acoustic singer/songwriter night will take place on Friday.

The line-up is Clarksville, Denise Brennan, Áine & Olivia, Jim Loughran, Aaron Cumiskey, Katie Gallagher

Admission is free.

www.facebook.com/events/173048833322275/

Upbeat Generation / Soul Foolishness – Gig

21:00, Fri 27 Apr

The Bowery, 196 Rathmines Road Lower, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Upbeat Generation will play from midnight and Soul Foolishness will do the support from 21:00

Admission is free until 22:00.

thebowery.ie/calander/

The Heavyweights – Gig

21:30, Fri 27 Apr

Patriot’s Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

The Heavyweights are playing a gig in the Patriot’s Inn.

Admission is free.

dublinsessions.ie/the-patriots-inn/

Squarehead – Gig – SOMA Clubnight

22:30, Fri 27 Apr

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The band “Squarehead” will play a gig at the SOMA 17 event in Whelan’s.

SOMA originated as a series of house parties in Dublin hosting bands and DJs. The SOMA clubnight carries on the house party tradition, showcasing Dublins best up and coming bands followed by a DJ playing indie and alternative.

Admission is free before 22:30.

www.whelanslive.com/index.php/soma-017-ft-squarehead/

Events Coming Up

Dublin Mountains Partnership – Guided Walks

08+14+15+21+28+29 April

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

The walks in April will happen on 08+14+15+21+28+29 April.

All walks are free, but pre-registration is required (details are on the website).

Not free, but interesting nevertheless:

Dublin: One City, One Book 01-30 April

MusicTown 13-22 April

Dublin Sci-Fi Film Festival: 26-29 April

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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!

Bad news for us – TD Kevin Moran will remain in his job

Kevin Moran is an Irish politician and TD from Longford-Westmeath. He usually and oddly is referred to as “Kevin “Boxer” Moran” and it seems that the “Boxer” nickname – which he personally seems to love – is based on a story from when he was 8 years of age and punched another child on the football field. twitter.com/SineadHus/status/703728764564467712 It is quite odd that a grown up would use a nickname he got as a child (even worse that it is about punching another child) and with his website constantly referring to him as “Boxer”, you definitely get the impression that this guy is – let’s say “different”! From his website: “Boxer lives in Cornamagh, Athlone, is married to…… Boxer has been a keen angler all his life…” Boxer this and Boxer that! kevinboxermoran.com/about-kevin/

But back to his role in society! He is a politician and once was a Fianna Fail member until 2011, when he left the party NOT in a disagreement over some relevant party principle, but because he was unhappy that his party didn’t want to chose him as a candidate. IN 2016 he got elected to the Dail as an independent candidate and when Fine Gael needed to strike a deal with the Independent Alliance to get into government, Sean Canney and Kevin Moran were offered a shared role as the junior minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW).

As you would expect it from responsible politicians working in the interest of the Irish public, the two decided to toss a coin to decide who will take on the role first. :-O

Sean Canney won and took over the first term (he really lost, as you will see in the next sentence). One year later, in May 2017 then Kevin Moran took over the role and this week it has been confirmed that unfortunately he will remain as junior minister for the OPW as long as the Fine Gael government is in place and will not swap the role again with Sean Canney.

You might wonder why that affects us. So let me tell you what the OPW does. The Office of Public Works is responsible for all properties in state ownership. This includes all buildings that are owned or rented by the state, for example for offices for departments or semi-state agencies and it also includes historical and cultural sites like Newgrange, Dublin Castle, Kilmainham Gaol, Phoenix Park, all National Museums, Farmleigh House etc

We have a great situation in Ireland with free admission to the National Museums and the National Gallery, but other historic buildings usually charge admission charges. There is nothing wrong with that, after all the maintenance of these buildings and staff costs etc are very expensive and money either needs to come from the visitors OR from tax payers.

But in 2011 a great idea was implemented that brought the historic sites so much closer to the population in Ireland and not just visitors: While Brian Hayes was Junior Minister for the OPW and Clare McGrath was Chairman of the OPW the “First Free Wednesday” scheme was introduced. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/303306-heritage/ Every first Wednesday of the month all OPW properties were free to visit for everyone and it was a HUGE success. People in Dublin visited Kilmainham Gaol or Dublin Castle or the Casino in Marino often for the first time and there was a great buzz every first Wednesday.

But as soon as Sean Canney became Junior Minister and Maurice Buckley became OPW chairman in 2016 things changed. First Kilmainham Gaol was removed from the First Wednesday scheme, then Dublin Castle and recently Newgrange also is not free anymore on that one day every month.

But this April things even went one step further. For as long as I can remember, the guided tours in Farmleigh House were free, but in April when Farmleigh House re-opened after a long winter closure suddenly and completely quietly an admission charge was introduced for the guided tours there. The tour is just about 45 minutes long but the charge is bigger than you might expect: EUR 8 is the price of this tour that last year was completely free.

There is no doubt that “free programmes” cost money and in the end we all pay for it, but the justification for offering it for free (at least one day per month) is to bring the local touristic sites attractive and appealing to non-tourists in Dublin. We travel around the world and wherever we go we go to museums and visit monuments, but back on our home patch we seem to think that museums and historic buildings are only for visitors. The free programmes can – as we have seen from 2011 until 2015 – change that around and it is a big mistake to cancel this programme.

I can’t say for certain if the Junior Minister is the person responsible for cancelling the free programmes or if it is the OPW Chairman, but ultimately the responsibility lies with the Junior Minister and Kevin Moran (or Sean Canney) certainly hasn’t impressed with ANY great initiatives. So it is bad news that he will stay in the job for another while!

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