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The "Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)" is Dublin's most popular event magazine that focuses on the vast amount of cultural events for no admission charges. For more than 11 years it was a weekly e-mail magazine that listed, described and recommended 170-200 free cultural events in Dublin City and in the Greater Dublin area. Gigs, Festivals, Talks, Lectures, Exhibitions and much more for all age groups were included. After 600 editions, the Dublin Event Guide was semi-retired and now continues in a new format.

The Dublin Event Guide is a non commercial initiative and is published by Joerg Steegmueller, it has more than 24,000 readers. Instead of a weekly e-mail, there is now an e-mail only when significant events happen and you can subscribe for free on the right here -->>

This site contains the newest edition below and is updated as soon as it is completed (check the date!). But even if there is no new edition here, you probably find some event information on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide!

The newest Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) below was posted on 04 December 2021:


Dublin Event Guide 735: Christmas planning can start now – Lots of Christmas Markets

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

Christmas planning can start now

Lots of Christmas Markets

Hi all!

Last night it was announced that nightclubs will close again from Tuesday until 09 Jan (At least! So expect a MAD busy city centre at night time this coming weekend!) and that more new restrictions will be (re-)introduced. Most of us will not lose too much sleep over the nightclub closure, but the businesses and the nightclub-going age group will be hit hard again! And the signal is also not a welcome one: Nobody wanted to go back to the pre-October situation.

I still don’t get how “1 metre between tables” and “There can be no multiple table bookings” in a restaurant will help, but clearly I am not smart enough to understand how aerosols can be controlled when the government says so.

With event venues having to reduce the number of attendees again to 50%, it is likely that the last few Christmas concert events that have not yet been cancelled will also re-consider their options, so if you have booked something before Christmas, you should check in a few days to see if it is still happening.

Looking at online events, it doesn’t seem that the organisers of online events who were active in the pre-Christmas period last year are rushing back again, so this Christmas could even be quieter than last Christmas. :-O

Considering that it is 04 December now and Christmas is just 3 weeks away, it is somewhat unlikely that there will be an even stricter lockdown again over Christmas this year, so you should be able to start planning your Christmas now.

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(By the end of the month, this number has to reach or exceed EUR 200 to guarantee the continuation of the Dublin Event Guide.)

If the Dublin Event Guide helps you to find out about free events in Dublin, please help with a donation.

The counter on the left shows the current donation status. By the end of the month EUR 200 will be subtracted to pay the bills. If more money has been donated, the rest will be carried forward. If donations have stopped below the EUR 200, the missing amount will be carried over.

Last week the wonderful people that helped with a donation were Elena, Natalia, Thomas, Kate, Ann, Patrizia, Peter, Ann, Ian and Marta! Thank you very much! You are appreciated and your donation is as well!

With the above counter you know at all times where we stand and when donating is needed. Donations keep the Dublin Event Guide alive and all donors will also get some additional bonuses. The first of those bonuses is described above.

Here are some more details about donations:
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Thank you!!

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EPIC and CHQ are delighted to be one of 21 locations for the Dublin Winter Lights festivities. Check out the other 20 locations and the wintry walking trails around the city dublin.ie/whats-on/winter-lights/

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EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum is open from 10:00-17:00, seven days a week. Come and discover 1500 years of Irish history in the stunning interactive galleries, located in the historic vaults of CHQ Dublin. epicchq.com/

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 04 December

+ Irish Car Boot Sales – Market 06:00-12:00 Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Dublin 24 irishcarboot.ie/
++ Rediscover Christmas Fair 09:00-17:00 Rediscovery Centre, The Boiler House, Ballymun Road, Ballymun, Dublin 9 www.rediscoverycentre.ie/rediscover-christmas-fair-2021/ (Indoor event!)
+ Airfield Estate Farmers’ Market 09:00-14:30 Airfield Estate, Overend Ave, Dundrum, Dublin 14 (lower car park) www.airfield.ie/farmers-market-at-airfield-estate
++ Glasnevin Indoor Outdoor Christmas Fair 09:00-14:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/events/411684980416946/
+ Supernatural Food Market – Food & Farmer’s Market 09:00-15:00 St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St., Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/thesupernaturalfoodmarket
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food & Farmers’ Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
++ Terenure Christmas Bumper Village Market 10:00-16:00 St. Joseph’s Church Car Park, Terenure Road East, Terenure, Dublin 6W www.facebook.com/events/251113073673326
+ Red Stables Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5 www.facebook.com/RedStablesMarket
++ Blanchardstown Christmas Market 11:00-17:00 Scoil Bhríde Cailíní, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 www.facebook.com/EventsinFingal/photos/a.616298258552352/1923882144460617/
+ Vinyl Market 11:00-16:00 MeMa’s, 155 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/events/468618977928944
++ Swords Christmas Market 11:00-18:00 Swords Castle, Swords, Co Dublin www.facebook.com/EventsinFingal/posts/1930496570465841
+ Dublin Art Book Fair 2021: Manual – Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 11:00-18:00 Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/3134386713510666
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ BIAS: Built this way – Digital exhibition about data equity, privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition, class and artificial intelligence – Science Gallery 12:00-17:00 Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 dublin.sciencegallery.com/bias
+ Qigong at the Rooftop Garden – Chester Beatty Museum 12:00 Chester Beatty Museum, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/onsite-qigong-at-the-rooftop-garden/

+ Ladies Night – Christmas Market 2021 – Fibber Magees 13:00-17:00 Fibber Magees, 80 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/events/603054464073975/
+ Children’s History Workshop: The End of British Rule in Dublin – Richmond Barracks 16:00 Online richmondbarracks.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173618619 (Booking required)
+ International Ballad Session in Hartigans – Open session every Saturday 18:00-23:00 Hartigan’s, 100 Leeson Street Lower, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/InternationalBalladGroup
+ Paddy Smith Band  – Blues 21:00-23:00 Tolka House, Glasnevin Hill, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 www.facebook.com/TolkaHousePubOfficial
+ Groove Machine Band (formerly Vintage Vibes) 21:00 Quinlan’s Black Lion, Orchard Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 www.facebook.com/events/1514453372265981
+ Fanning at Whelan’s – Episode 1 featuring Inhaler, Allie Sherlock, The Zen Arcade, A Smyth, Kynsy, Tolu Makay 22:00 Virgin Media Two www.whelanslive.com/event/fanning-at-whelans/

Sunday 05 December

+ Irish Car Boot Sales – Market 08:00-13:00 Trinity Comprehensive Secondary School, Ballymun Rd, Ballymun, Dublin 9 irishcarboot.ie/
++ Glasnevin Indoor Outdoor Christmas Fair 09:00-14:00 Brooks Timber & Building Supplies Ltd, Ballyboggan Rd, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/events/411684980416946/
++ Art Cafe Dublin Christmas Market 10:00-17:00 Art Cafe Dublin, 58 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/events/2105753576243232
++ Christmas Craft Fair & Tree Lighting 10:00-17:00 Baldoyle Community Hall, Main Road, Baldoyle, Dublin 13 www.facebook.com/events/643480896817175
++ Balbriggan Christmas Market 10:00-16:00 Bremore Castle, Balbriggan, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/EventsinFingal/photos/a.616298258552352/1920974734751358
+ CLOSED: Marlay Park Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 Marlay Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 www.dlrcoco.ie/en/parks-outdoors/parks/marlay-park
+ CLOSED: People’s Park Food & Farmers’ Market 10:00-16:00 People’s Park, Park Road, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin www.dlrcoco.ie/en/markets/d%C3%BAn-laoghaire-coco-market
++ Blanchardstown Christmas Market 11:00-17:00 Scoil Bhríde Cailíní, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15 www.facebook.com/EventsinFingal/photos/a.616298258552352/1923882144460617/
++ Swords Christmas Market 11:00-18:00 Swords Castle, Swords, Co Dublin www.facebook.com/EventsinFingal/posts/1930496570465841
+ Herbert Park Market – Food & Farmers’ Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 www.facebook.com/Herbert-Park-Market-405930226496273
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
++ Dandelion Christmas Market 12:00-17:00 The Well, 130 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/614580249575362
+ Dublin Art Book Fair 2021: Manual – Temple Bar Gallery + Studios 11:00-18:00 Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/events/3134386730177331
+ BIAS: Built this way – Digital exhibition about data equity, privacy, surveillance culture, facial recognition, class and artificial intelligence – Science Gallery 12:00-17:00 Science Gallery, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 dublin.sciencegallery.com/bias

+ Portraits in oil and ink: Debatable depictions of Arthur Griffith, chairman of Sinn Féin’s Treaty team 1921 and President of Dáil Éireann – Lecture – Hugh Lane Gallery 13:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3367-5-december
+ Sunday Public Tour – Hugh Lane Gallery 14:15 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3350-sundays5
+ Sunday Sketching – Family Workshop (Age: 6+) – Hugh Lane Gallery 15:00-16:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3379-sunday-ins
+ Organ Freeman – Weekly Jazz Sundays 18:00-20:00 The Big Romance, 98 Parnell Street, Dublin 1 www.jazzireland.ie/jazz-events/residency/4141-organ-freeman-weekly-jazz-sundays.html
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Mass – Gardiner Street Church 19:30-20:30 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 www.facebook.com/TheGSGC
+ Comedy Crunch – Comedy with Johnny Candon, Paul Marsh, Grace Mulvey 20:15 Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/thecomedycrunch

And lots of free events next week….

Monday 06 December

+ Mondays at the Mess: The Anglo-Irish Treaty – Talk – Richmond Barracks 19:00 Online richmondbarracks.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173618310 (Booking required)

Tuesday 07 December

+ Your Digital Journey – The Impact and How to Start – Webinar – Enterprise Ireland 14:30 Online globalambition.ie/webinar-your-digital-journey-the-impact-and-how-to-start/ (Booking required)
+ Pilates: Detoxifying & Revitalising Winter Class – Webinar – Iconic Offices & CoreState Pilates 18:30-19:45 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/pilates-detoxifying-revitalising-winter-class/ (Booking required)

Wednesday 08 December

+ Listening & Empathic Communication – Webinar – Iconic Offices & Speak Up Club 11:00-11:40 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/listening-empathic-communication/ (Booking required)
+ Colmcille 1500 Lecture Series: St Columba’s crosier: power and devotion in medieval Ireland – National Museum 13:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Archaeology/Events/1221/Colmcille-1500-Lecture-Series-St-Columbas-crosier (Booking required)
+ Hugh Lane Sculpture Club – Talk about artworks in the Hiwa-K exhibition 13:00-14:00 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3391-sculptureclub (Booking required)
++ Christmas at the Castle – Christmas Market 08-21 Dec 14:00-21:30 Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 www.dublincastle.ie/christmas-at-the-castle-2021/ (Booking required)
+ Istanbul in the Ottoman Age – Culture Club – Chester Beatty Museum 17:30 Online cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873629639 (Booking required)
+ Online Teens Lab: Be Happy, Stay Healthy – Art and Nature – Chester Beatty Museum 18:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/online-teens-lab-be-happy-stay-healthy-art-and-nature/ (Booking required)
+ Three Men Talking Ten Years On – Spoken Word Play – Axis Ballymun 19:30 Axis Ballymun, Mainstreet, Ballymun, Dublin 9 axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173618158 (Booking required)
+ Unmanageable Revolutionaries : Women and Irish Nationalism 1880-1980 – Talk – Trasna na Tire 21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/397498182077411

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 09 December

+ Multicultural Women’s Bazaar – by women4women Network and the Women’s Programme of Southside Partnership DLR 10:00-13:00 Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, 32 Belgrave Square South, Monkstown, Co. Dublin www.eventbrite.ie/e/217427671017 (Booking required)

+ From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence – Tour – National Library 11:00 Online nli.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173606169
++ Christmas at the Castle – Christmas Market 08-21 Dec 14:00-21:30 Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 www.dublincastle.ie/christmas-at-the-castle-2021/ (Booking required)

Friday 10 December

+ Free Fitness for all! – Group Session 07:00 Grand Canal Dock, Pearse Street, Dublin 2 www.meetup.com/project-awesome-dublin
+ Hugh Lane Culture Club – Talk: Highlights of the Collection 10:30 Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1 cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/ticketbooth/shows/873629674 (Booking required)
++ Christmas at the Castle – Christmas Market 08-21 Dec 14:00-21:30 Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2 www.dublincastle.ie/christmas-at-the-castle-2021/ (Booking required)

And there is more…

+++ Christmas at the Castle – Dublin Castle Christmas Market
The Christmas Market in the Courtyard of Dublin Castle is back from 08-21 December daily from 14:00-21:30. It is a market with a LOT of potential, but it disappointed a lot in 2019. Then in 2020 it was cancelled and is – somewhat unexpectedly – back this year. Some disappointments in 2019 where the small number of stalls and the selection of stalls. This year the market is called a Boutique Market, which suggests that this aspect did not get changed. However the overcrowding last time (because it was the only Christmas Market in Dublin!) might be reduced because this year you have to book tickets for a timeslot to enter the market. If you want to go, I would recommend that you book really soon! www.dublincastle.ie/christmas-at-the-castle-2021/ (Booking required)

+++ Dublin Arabic Film Festival 2021
Established by female Moroccan film maker Zahara Moufid, who lives in Ireland, and film maker Jim Sheridan, the Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) will take place again this year as an online festival from 08-12 December on www.dublinarabicfilmfestivalonline.com Most of the content is not free, but one film “Chaibia” is free. It is the true store of Chaibia Talal, the famous Moroccan painter who spends her childhood and adolescence in poverty. She was married and widowed with a child by the age of 15 after her family forced her to marry a 70-year-old man and she became one of the greatest Moroccan painters of the 20th century.

+++ The Moving Crib is back
For the 65th year the moving crib is back at the St Martin Apostolate at Parnell Square. It is a whole basement floor of a crib installation and many other scenes from the bible and many of the figures and installation have moving parts. Definitely something for kids, but I enjoyed it as well when I visited the Moving Crib a few years ago. Opening hours are 11:00-18:00 every day of the week from 23 Nov-09 Jan (closed on Christmas Day, St. Stephen’s Day and New Year’s Day). Admission is free, but booking is required. www.stmartin.ie/crib/

+++ Illuminated Forest Walks
Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, have their Christmas programme paired down to an illuminated forest walk at Marlay Park and also at Cabinteely Park. Both are open from 16:00-20:00 from Monday to Friday. There will be NO Christmas Market in Dun Laoghaire.

+++ Visit Dublin Castle for free
Time is running out! Only until the end of 2021, entry to Dublin Castle is free for all visitors. You will be able to visit the State Apartments on a self-guided tour. There are currently no guided tours and therefore the Medieval Undercroft and Chapel Royal are not accessible. Opening hours are Mon-Sun & Bank Holidays: 09:45-17:45 (last admission 17:15). Tickets can be booked at dublincastle.admit-one.eu/?p=calendar&ev=SELFGUIDE for free there will also a limited number of tickets available at the ticket desk.

+++ Low Priced Books with free delivery
Book Depository is the place where you can buy low priced books, usually for better prices than on Amazon and Book Depository always delivers for free. And by buying books from Book Depository you will also help the Dublin Event Guide for no additional cost to you. Use this link: shor.by/BookDepository
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+++ National Gallery tickets available here
The National Gallery is usually free anyway, but in current times you will have to book tickets to get access and you have to enter the building on the Merrion Street side. Tickets are available here: www.nationalgallery.ie/visit-us/book-your-ticket The National Gallery also is running events again and because the events have limited number of spaces, they can book out relatively fast, at least before I can write about the events, so check out the events 1-2 weeks in advance here www.nationalgallery.ie/whats-on and then book tickets for them.

+++ LEARN A NEW SKILL WITH ONLINE COURSES
Is there ever a wrong time for learning a new skill or enhancing what you are already interested in? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available. Nearly all the courses are REALLY affordable!
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at shor.by/GqCk And if you buy through that link, you also help the Dublin Event Guide! :-)

And this is it for another week! Have a great weekend and good new week.

Take care,

–Joerg (dublineventguide@gmail.com)

 


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