Event Guide 88: ICTU Protest, Dublin Flea Market, Work in Australia, French Friday, EYP Launch Party

February 20th, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 88
| 20 Feb 2009                      Subscribers: 3443

Hi all!

We are still in Winter, but there is definitely some Spring in the air, so this is the perfect time to start looking forward to a great outdoor season for festivals etc. Everybody is needed, however, to pray to your respective (weather) god to increase the chance of having summer this year around. So start early and pray a lot. :-)

Speaking of “good times” can I say a special Hi! and a huge Thanks! to all the people that came to our Alternative Valentine’s Day Party/Meet-up in The Lotts Café Bar last Saturday? It was a huge success, if I may say so myself. ;-) Nearly 100 (!!) Dublin Event Guide Community Members came and everybody had a great time. The venue was perfect and Frank, the manager of The Lotts Café Bar (www.thelottscafebar.com), even had some canapés for us to taste the culinary delights available in The Lotts. Coincidentally a Jameson promotion in The Lotts that night meant that there were some free Jameson Whiskey’s going around as well. :-) I had hoped for around 30 people to come and we were more than three times as many – so I am definitely impressed. I think/hope I was talking to everybody on that evening even if it was just a brief chat with some and my voice was gone at the end of the evening, but it was great to meet so many of you in person! The opinion all around was that we should meet more frequently and we will definitely do that! So the next meeting will be in approx 2 months. If you want to see a few pictures, you can find them here picasaweb.google.com/dublineventguide/DublinEventGuideMeetingFeb09#. And another interesting fact: A quick count of all the nationalities that were represented arrived at the amazing number of 15!! :-)

If you are reading this Event Guide for a while, you will remember that I had mentioned before, that at some point I will have to include a LIMITED amount of advertisement. Writing this newsletter currently takes about 12 hours every Thursday night and that doesn’t include the many hours collecting events, exchanging e-mails with Event Organisers and with you, doing the competitions and the manual adding of new subscribers to the distribution list. I enjoy it and like with every hobby, I am not complaining at all, but in addition to covering the cost for sending (I have to use a commercial e-mail sender to limit the Spam classification problems I would encounter otherwise.) and some other Internet related cost, it would be great if I could invest some money in equipment that would help me to do the work in an easier way (I am looking at a Netbook at the moment: www.komplett.ie/k/ki.aspx?sku=428224) AND eventually to provide a well-designed website as well that enhances the way I can provide all this information to readers.
So, the new “thing” is a bit of advertisement in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, however, I promise that it will be a very limited amount and that it I will never let it to interfere too much with your enjoyment of this newsletter. If you have an issue with a little bit of advertisement sprinkled in, let me know and – in that case – please make some suggestions how else I can raise some needed funds. ;-)
Please spend some time to look at the advertisement (this week in the “Joerg’s Picks” section) and if you would like to advertise in the Event Guide, just send me a mail: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

A big thanks to Ciara D who sent me a donation this week. Every donation is hugely appreciated and I am looking forward to YOURS! ;-) (And if I get enough donations, I could even leave advertisement out completely!!)

And please read this: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Saundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, Fionán O’L, Maeve L, Blaithin O’D, Ciara D, www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.target2020.com (…a training company that focuses on personal and career development.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and low priced printer cartridges). The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

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

All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges or at least appear to be free unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no guarantee for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “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, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

Beautiful top floor apartment in Chapelizod for sale!
Due to overseas move of Dublin Event Guide Community Member a spacious and bright 1-bedroom + study apartment will be available for sale. Lots of storage space, two convertible attics in Chapelizod Village, overlooking Phoenix Park. Fast Sale- visit www.daft.ie/1431422 and contact Melanie on 087 906 8113

This weekend I will spend 3 days in the D4 Hotels (former Jury’s) in Ballsbridge at the brilliant “Breakthrough to Success” Seminar. If you have never heard of it, I will tell you a bit more about it in the weeks to come and if Chris Howard is running another course in Ireland. But this course means that I will not be able to attend any other events this weekend.

If I were around, I would definitely go to the Flea Market on Sunday, Next week I would like to go to the “Eine heikle Sache” Theatre on Monday, the Instituto Cervantes Film Screening on Wednesday and the EYP Launch on Thursday, but I have some doubts that I will be able to.


The people from Arambe Productions, an Irish/African theatre company, are organising a concert that sounds very very interesting and to let you know about it – hopefully many will come to the concert – they are making a pair of tickets available to the readers of this newsletter.
“An Evening party of intercultural music” is the description and contributors are the 7-piece traditional group De Jimbe and a number of solo acts on the Irish circuit, including renowned Irish whistle player Cormac Breathnach, flautist Emer Mayock and singer Donna Anita Nikolaisen, better known when performing as Little Bird Song. Expect brilliant performances from a long list of performers!
The event is taking place this Saturday, 21 Feb 09 from 19:30 in the O’Reilly Theatre in Belvedere College, 6 Great Denmark St, Dublin 1. Tickets are EUR 18/EUR 15 and will be available at the door or from www.centralticketbureau.com.
And if you are looking for more information you can find it here www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=65688720567
If you want to win the pair of tickets that Arambe has made available for this competition, just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Arambe” in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Because the event is already this Saturday (tomorrow!!), the mail has to be with me by 17:00 TODAY (Friday). You will then hear from me before 21:00 if you won the pair of tickets. Please only enter this competition if you have time to go to the event tomorrow evening.

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

______Dublin News______________

Music and DVD retailers in Ireland are in some trouble and the end result is not predictable. This week it was announced (www.rte.ie/business/2009/0218/zavvi.html)
that Zavvi, the former Virgin Megastore, a UK music and DVD retailer that only recently had opened a new shop in Dundrum, is now completely finished. Another 18 UK stores will close and 13 will be be sold. In Ireland, the Zavvi branch in Blanchardstown closed in Jan and another 5 of its 11 stores in Ireland were sold to HMV. The 110 workers at the stores in Dundalk, Dundrum, Liffey Valley, Limerick and Newbridge were transfered to HMV. The company went into administration because it was affected by the collapse of Woolworths’ Entertainment UK wholesaling division.
Five days earlier it was announced (www.rte.ie/news/2009/0213/goldendiscs.html)
that an examiner has been appointed for Golden Disc, which has 20 stores around Ireland. The group is insolvent and needs to close the loss-making stores to have a chance of survival.
And in January it was announced that Road Records, on Fade Street Dublin, is to close within the next two to three weeks. As an independent record store in Dublin, Road Records continually supported unestablished Irish artists, but dropping sales were cited as reason for the closure. www.irishtimes.com/blogs/ontherecord/2009/01/16/state-goes-online-only-and-dublins-road-records-shuts-up-shop In most recent news, however, it seems that a group of members of the Irish Music industry were trying to save Road Records. (www.irishtimes.com/theticket/articles/2009/0213/1233867934175.html).
So lots happening in this sector and while it all happens in parallel to all other recession disaster announcements, it seems that at least a big share of the problems in all three cases are not direct results of the economic crisis, but maybe just sign of the times?

Another closure! AYA, the Japanese Sushi Restaurant behind Brown&Thomas, has closed. With a looong history and many years of successful operation, it is a surprise that now the economy is used as an explanation for the closure (well, they say that it is “partially” due to economic circumstances). But if such an established restaurant like Aya closes from one day to the next, you do have to wonder if the economic situation might be the main reason. Aya has an 11 year history and it would surprise me if the owners hadn’t weathered bigger storms before.

For a TV programme people who came to Ireland to work here and met their current partner in Ireland are needed. The couples should not be of the same nationality and should not be from Ireland. They will be asked to tell their story; cultural backgrounds, etc. For more information ring 01-4250245 or contact cleonanic@gmail.com


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

Sheila Keegan offers a childminding service in the Wicklow area, which also offers Wedding Weekends, overnights for a reasonable cost. Sheila is fully insured and trained and caters for the age group of 6 months and upwards. She describes “For those that do not have a support system nearby and live in the Wicklow area I mind their child/children, giving them the chance to attend adult functions, spend a bit of time in grown up company or simply just to catch up on their life. I also provide traditional childminding both full and part-time.” You can contact Sheila on 087-2898354, and please mention the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events if you talk to her. Oh, and another nice thing Sheila does: Every day she posts some positive message or thoughts or ideas on her website simplybesheilakeegan.wordpress.com Have a look it is really nice to read her messages.

Melanie Ardoine and her husband Gianluca Brusotti are offering a wedding planning service for events along the Italian and French Rivera’s. They got married in Camogli at the Ligurian Riviera and with their experience from their own wedding and with their Italian and French backgrounds they definitely know what they are talking about when it comes to the planning of a romantic wedding. Maybe you always had planned to get married in Italy or France or maybe events on recent Valentine’s Day have catapulted you firmly in the wedding planning process and you could so with some help and advise? Either way, have a look at www.rivieraweddingsonline.com/ and contact Melanie and Gianluca through the website. By the way, the website is in the middle of a big improvement process, so visit it a few times over the coming days and weeks.

Next week I will describe two more opportunities that Event Guide readers saw to fight against recession and doom&gloom. Support the small start-up companies if you can!


‘AS if’, an exhibition of new paintings by Seán Shanahan will be on show in the Kerlin Gallery from 20 Feb – 21 Mar. The opening will be on Friday 20 February 2009 from 18:00-20:00. (Gallery Details: Kerlin Gallery, Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, Dublin 2, www.kerlin.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:45, Sat 11:00-16:30)

Solomon Fine Art is presenting ‘Memory and Promise’, an exhibition of recent paintings and the launch of a box-set of prints by Charlie Whisker. Since Solomon is a premise-less gallery, the event will take place from 19 Feb –  22 Feb in the Merrion Hotel. www.merrionhotel.com/page.php?pid=74

‘Purlieu’ by Niamh McCann at Green On Red Gallery will run from 19 Feb – 21 Mar
(Gallery Details: Green On Red Gallery, 26-28 Lombard St. East, Dublin 2, www.greenonredgallery.com, Open: Mon- Fri 10:00 – 18:00, Sat 11.00 – 17.00)

‘The light of which I speak’ is a collaborative exhibition featuring paintings by Padraig McCaul and words and music by Will Merriman, singer/songwriter with Irish band The Harvest Ministers. The exhibition will run from 19 Feb – 19 Mar with live performances in the gallery every Saturday from 13:00-14:00 for the duration of the exhibition. (Gallery Details: Bad Art Gallery, 79 Francis Street, Dublin 8, www.thebadartgallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 10:30-18:00)

‘Big City Life’ is the exhibition by photographer Kathrin Baumbach at the No Grants Gallery in Temple Bar. It will will open with an official launch on Friday 20 February 2009 and will be on show until 04 March 2009. www.kathrinbaumbach.com
(Gallery Details: NGG (No Grants Gallery) in Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2)

‘bing bang bong’ is an exhibition by Oisin Byrne, Emma Roche, Liam Ryan and Ben Mullen. The show will run from 19 Feb – 21 Mar. (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Thurs 10:0-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:30)

‘Bean Town’ is an exhibition of new paintings by Erik Johansson. It will open with a reception at The Mill Theatre Gallery in Dundrum on Sat 21 Feb 2009 from 17:30-19:00 and will run until 26 Mar. (Venue Details: Mill Theatre Gallery, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum, www.milltheatre.com, Open: during theatre opening hours)

OTIS invite you to the opening of their exhibition, ‘Sugar’, a group show featuring work by Hazel Begley, Erica Hoyne, Laura Williams, Lisa Shaughnessy, Laura Sweeney and Vita Ryan. ‘Sugar’ will open at The Market Studios on Friday 20 February 2009 at 18:00 and will run until Fri 27 Feb. (Gallery Details: The Market Studios, corner of Mary’s Lane & Halston St, Dublin 7, www.themarketstudios.wordpress.com))

An exhibition by 3rd year Visual Arts Practice students from IADT Dun Laoghaire will be on show on Sat+Sun 21+22 Feb 2009 from 12:00-15:00 each day at Unit 69, Cookstown Industrial Estate, Belgard Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. LUAS: Red Line – Belgard stop.

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


The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 20 Feb from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Climate change and mass extinction: What can we learn from 200 million year old plants?” by Dr. Jenny McElwain, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science
An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth.

Bell X1 will be performing a live acoustic set in HMV on Grafton Street and will be signing copies of their new album ‘Blue Lights On The Runway’ on Fri 20 Feb at 18:00.

On Fri 20 Feb at 18:30 the Italian Cultural Institue will host the book launch of the result of a competition “Ireland in the heart/ L’Irlanda nel cuore”. The book contains the best of the 2008 competition and with an English translation it may be read by Irish and Italians alike, rendering its tales, poems, and sensations accessible to two different cultural sensibilities. Complimentary copies of the book will be offered to the public on the night. The Istituto Italiano di Cultura is in 11 Fitzwilliam Square East. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=249&citta=Dublino

The next Worldview Film Club screening is on Fri 20 Jan at 18:45. The film is “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “Hope”. Check worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitation (unfortunately googlepages URLs are suspicious to some spam filters, therefore you have to copy the address in your browser and then remove the space between “googlepages” and “.com”) or check www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27560436112
The Worldview Film Club is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie. The event takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

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


The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) has called a National Day of Action for Saturday 21 Feb 09 over the Government’s Pension Levy, the lack of protection for Private Sector Pensions and the Cuts Generally. A March Assembles at the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square, Dublin at 14:00.

* The Adult Gallery Talk: “Eierland: Dublin Jewry a Century Ago” by Professor Cormac O’Grada, School of Economics, UCD, in Albert Bender in Collins Barracks on 21 Feb from 12:00. The talk is free of charge and no booking is required.
* Our Museums: Linking Archaeology and Natural History Talk: “Iron Age Oddity” for all ages is taking place on Kildare Street from 13:00-13:45. “Whether on their own or with human remains, sometimes, in the Celtic World, animal remains were found in unusual contexts.” In the Ceramics Room.

On Saturday 21 Jan from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme will provide an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. The topic of this week’s event is “Faster than Fairies, Faster than Witches…” with Mary Noonan. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years.

* Meet the Gardener in Phoenix Park. Until 03 March a gardener will be available on most Saturday mornings from 10:30-12:30 in the Victorian Walled Garden (Ashtown Demesne) in Phoenix Park to answer your questions. The service is free. To check if this Saturday is one of the “most Saturdays” contact 01 677 0095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie. www.heritageireland.ie/en/Dublin/PhoenixPark
* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and – on a long break until 14 March – the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.
* The SuperNatural Food Market is taking place every Saturday from 09:30-15:30 in St. Andrews Resource Centre in Pearse Street, Dublin 2. www.supernatural.ie
* Enda Reilly (Acoustic/Rock/Trad – www.myspace.com/endaderoad) is playing from 19:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Fiach (Acoustic/Rock/Soul – www.myspace.com/fiachmusic) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Island of Tranquility – A meditation evening organised by the Worldview Project at 19:00. worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitationtotheislandoftranquality (Pls remove the space before the “.com” in the web address.) is taking place in 24 Burlington Road near the Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.
* La Vie Latin Club – ObsessionSalsa are running this event every Sat in La Vie, 1-5 Exchequer Street from 22:00. Entrance is free. Best latin tunes, salsa, reggeaton, meringue, bachata will be played. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33256271269
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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

The next Dublin Flea Market this year is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 22 Jan from 11:00-17:00. “It promises to be another eclectic mix of funky second hand wares. There is something for all the family whether it’s an old-school chopper bicycle, a retro lamp, a handmade card, quirky gift or a second-hand jacket, you can find it and afford it at The Flea Market!” The flea market will take place very last Sunday of the month. For more information check out www.dublinflea.blogspot.com. If you have items to sell contact dublinflea@gmail.com to find out if there is space available etc. The Coop hal is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door.
And if you have a quirky selection of odds and ends hidden away in your attic and fancy taking a stall at a future market contact them at dublinflea@gmail.com

The Toys Of Yesterday event is taking place again. As always the venue is the Sandyford Community Centre, Lamb’s Cross, Dublin 18. The event is not completely free, but since admission is only EUR 1 and that money goes to Multiple Sclerosis Ireland, I am happy to include their Toy Fair for collectors/enthusiasts. For more information ring 01-2959149. Everybody interested in collectable toys & models, lead soldiers, dinky trains, tinplate and doll houses it encouraged to come along. Unfortunately the start and end time is no-where specified!!

Every Sunday a free concert is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square. From 12:00-13:00 typically classical music will be performed for you. No booking is required. This Sunday the Ensemble Avalon will play Liszt, Rachmaninov and Turina. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=266

The Westbury Hotel off Grafton Street, Dublin 2 is the venue for a “Work in Australia” Event on Sun 22 Feb from 13:00-17:30. The organisers are describing:
“The Work in Australia event is the ultimate A-Z of Living and Working in Australia. Dedicated to showcasing the employment, travel and lifestyle opportunities in Australia, this event is your chance to see what’s on offer in the land down under. Consultants will be on hand in the Westbury Hotel off Grafton Street from 1pm-6pm, and with them is all the information, brochures, discounts and deals that you need for that perfect trip to Oz. As well as that, we’ll have professional recruitment consultants on hand to give you advice on securing your dream job in Australia, free seminars on what to see and where to go, details on job sponsorship and migration visas, accommodation advice and much much more. So whether you’re off to Australia for a month, a year…or even longer, our Work in Australia Event will have all the information you need to make the most of the land down under.”
events.workinaustralia.ie/events_dublin.asp Admission is free.

* In the National Museum in Kildare Street a “My Museum” Family Event will take place. Entitled “Animal Art Workshop”, it is for Age 7-12 and will take place on 22 Feb, 14:00-15:00. “Enjoy a mystery art workshop with Japanese artist Atsushi Kaga. You have to come to find out what it is about.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=269
* A free-themed family tour will take place in Collins Barrack at 14:30.

“Sunday Sketching”, the weekly workshop in Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square) for 7+ year olds from 15:00-16:00 is NOT taking place this week but will be back again on 08 March. www.hughlane.ie

The National Gallery is inviting to a lecture entitled “Carel Fabritius (1622-54) and Painting in Delft” by Dr John Loughman, UCD. It will take place in the National Gallery on Sun 22 Feb at 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

Prof. As’ad Abdul Rahman (PLO Executive Member) speaks on the aftermath of Gaza and the Israeli Elections on Sun 22 Feb from 18:00 in Connolly Books, Essex St, Temple Bar. Prof. Rahman’s talk will begin at 18:00 and he will speak about the latest political developments in Palestine in the aftermath of the onslaught on Gaza and the recent Israeli elections. This will be followed, at 19:30, by a screening of the film Jerusalem: East Side Story (dir. Mohammad Alatar), which looks at the situation of Palestinians living in Occupied East Jerusalem. The film will be introduced by Freda Hughes of the IPSC. It seems that the film screening is NOT free: www.indymedia.ie/article/90790 and consequently I am wondering of the talk is free www.indymedia.ie/article/91162
Related Link: www.ipsc.ie

The next “French Friday – on Sunday”, a party for all French and Francophiles, is on 22 Feb in the Bia Bar, 28/30 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2. The evening starts at 20:00 and includes a Pub Quiz with food and drinks prizes. french-friday.com

*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! I understand that the Mary Stoke Band will play this week and next week (15+22 Feb) after that they will either only be in Bruxelles every 2 weeks OR only once a month. Nobody seems to know for certain! :-( Tnx Francois G. for pointing out a change!
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads “The Oak” in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 21:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* A Brazilian Band is playing on Sunday evenings in the Odeon and I am told that admission is free until 22:00.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* Gardiner Street Gospel Mass in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street every Sunday at 19:30. Everybody is welcome independent from your level of religiousness. www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Virgin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

If you are just looking for Sunday events, please check the event list for Saturday as well. A good few events are taking place on Saturday AND Sunday, but it wouldn’t make sense to list them twice.

______Next Week_______________


“Eine heikle Sache, die Seele” is the title of a play by Bulgarian-Austrian writer Dimitré Dinev. The theatre group of the Germanic Languages Department of Trinity College Dublin is performing this play in German with English subtitles this week. The play is a tragicomedy about death, alcohol and migration. The performances will take place in the Deutsche Schule St. Kilians, Clonskeagh, Roebuck Road, Dublin 14 and admission is free.
You can see the play on Mon 23 Feb, Wed 25 Feb and Thurs 26 Feb from 19:00.
Thanks to Johanna Oettl, for telling me about this event and if you need further information about the event you can contact her here ottij@tcd.ie. The venue can be found here www.kilians.com.

Nobel Peace Prize-winning medical aid agency, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF), is inviting you to the next MSF Information Evening. This MSF Information Evening will include an informal presentation by a returned volunteer who has worked with MSF in many countries, a short film and a question and answer session to learn more about MSF. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required.
MSF recruits medical and non-medical professionals from a wide range of backgrounds to fill key roles in our humanitarian programmes. During the evening you will hear firsthand stories of “life in the field” and the MSF Ireland Recruitment Officer, Deirdre Mangaoang, will be on hand to discuss the recruitment process and how you can become involved in MSF’s work.
The event will take place on Mon 23 Feb from 19:00-20:30 in the The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, St Stephen’s Green Dublin 2. You can contact MSF via Deirdre.Mangaoang@dublin.msf.org, 01- 6603337 or www.msf.ie

The Department of Film Studies and Department of Germanic Studies, Trinity College Dublin is inviting you to an illustrated talk entitled: ‘The Many Faces of Weimar Cinema’ by Noah Isenberg, The New School, New York City. The event will take place on Mon 23 Feb 09 from 18:00-20:00 in Room 3126, Arts Building, TCD
Date: Monday 23 February 2009. All are welcome and for more information, please contact Dr Ruth Barton (ruth.barton@tcd.ie) or Dr Stuart Smith (smiths8@tcd.ie)

St Patrick’s College Drumcondra presents the fifth Seamus Heaney Lecture Series. The theme for the this years series is “All changed? – Culture and identity in contemporary Ireland”. The lecture on Mon 23 Feb at 20:00 is entitled: “Globalisation and Identity: Reflections from the Irish Experience” by Prof Peadar Kirby. It will take place in St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, D1. www.spd.dcu.ie/shl

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

* Pint&Picture or Cine Café. Howard Linnane’s film screenings are homeless again and he is looking for a new venue. Ring him on 085-1351822 (new number) to check on his plans and when the screenings will resume.
* From 21:30 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.


Margaret G. reminds me that Rathmines Library in cooperation with the DIT Conservatory of Music is inviting to Lunchtime Trad sessions again. The concerts are
* Feb 24 Irish Traditional Music Group DIT
* Mar 03 Mairéad Ní Fhlatharta sean nos
All events take place on Tuesdays in Rathmines Public Library and start at 13:15.
Admission is free. www.dit.ie/conservatory/Events/IrishTraditionalMusicConcerts/#d.en.19364

Sli Eile (www.sli-eile.com) the Jesuit Youth Organisation in Gardiner Street and Ballymun is inviting to a pancake afternoon/evening. In Ballymun (Sli Eile, 125 Shangan Road, Ballymun, Dublin 6) the event will take place from 13:00-14:30. In Gardiner Street (20 Upper Gardiner Street, Dublin 1) it will take place from 17:00-19:00.

Il barbiere di Siviglia – Rossini’s “Barber” (1816) is one of the most successful musical comedies of all times – not just because of Figaro. It will be screened on Tues 24 Feb from 18:00 in the Newman Building, Lecture Theatre Q, UCD. The event is organised by the UCD School of Music, Dr Wolfgang Marx, 01-7168563

The Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies in TCD is inviting to a public lecture on Tues 24 Feb from 19:00 in the Swift Theatre in TCD. The author and historian, Alison Weir, will talk about her latest book:
Katherine Swynford: The Story of John of Gaunt and his Scandalous Duchess’.

A new lecture series, entitled “Blaze Away – A History of Duelling in Ireland” started on 03 Feb at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History in Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. This lecture series coincides with a newly opened exhibition at Collins Barracks, also called Blaze Away. The lectures will examine the history of creating and using pistols and swords in Ireland before mass manufacturing as well as the evolution of small arms technology in the twentieth century.
“The Three Duels of Daniel O’Connell” by Dr. Patrick Geoghegan.is the next lecture in this series. It will take place on 24 Feb at 18:30.
The Lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings between February and March at 18:30 in the AV Lecture Theatre at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks. The lecture series is free of charge, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For further information on the lecture series please contact the Education and Outreach Department at Collins Barracks on tel: 01 6486 453 or e-mail: bookings@museum.ie. www.museum.ie

* In the Bankers Inn on Trinity Street (off Dame Street) at 21:30: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Dave Murphy. A contribution is requested but not required. This is a listening club so is very quiet and features a lot of experienced songwriters trying out new material. www.myspace.com/davemurphyandfriends


In the “Legends in your lunchtime” of the National College of Ireland the next event on 25 Feb 09 from 13:00-14:00 will feature Maria Mahon. It is “a series of free public interviews that lift the lid on how great modern leaders think, and what has made them the people they are today” and Maria Mahon, owner of a Management Consultantcy, who was previously CEO of saongroup.com, and Marketing Director for 98FM among numerous other responsibilities and engangements. There is no attendance fee for these events but you must register online to attend: www.ncirl.ie

On Wed 25 Feb 09 from 13:00-14:00 poet Michael O’Loughlin will be reading at the National Gallery. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The DIT Conservatory of Music is providing Classical Music Recitals at your lunchtime. The concerts are:
* 25 Feb – Eoin Hynes (Tenor) & Trudi Carberry (Piano)
* 04 Mar – John Quigley (Piano)
* 11 Mar – Gráinne Stafford (Soprano) & Trudi Carberry (Piano)
* 18 Mar – Stefan Ionut-Corlade (Baritone) & Trudi Carberry(Piano)
All recitals will take place in he Theatre in DIT Conservatory Music and Drama, 163-7 Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6 from 13:10-13:50. Admission is free.

“Death and the Ancestors in Irish Prehistory” is the next talk in the seminar series ‘Death, Burial and the Afterlife’, which focuses on the role death has played in past and present societies. The seminars are presented on the last Wednesday of the month during UCD term time, from Jan 2009 until Apr 2010. This week’s speaker will be Professor Gabriel Cooney (UCD School of Archaeology). The event is taking place on Wed 25 Feb from 17:30 in the Newman Building, Lecture Theatre P in UCD: Organiser is the UCD College of Arts & Celtic Studies (Dr Wolfgang Marx, 01-7168563) www.ucd.ie/events/?nd=&d=26%2F02%2F2009&f=week&dt=&k=

The Spanish Cultural Institute in Dublin invites regularly to interesting talks and film screenings. All talks and screenings are usually in Spanish but translation into English or subtitles (for films) will be provided.
The next film screening will be on Wed 25 Feb at 18:30. The film is a documentary about the Antonio, a 94 year old man, who has promised he would walk every day to the local church in order to keep himself active. Antonio, almost blind, has been walking forty five minutes a day for the last fifteen years. The title is “Los pasos de Antonio”.
dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha53642_16_2.htm The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of TCD near the National Gallery).

The ‘Last Wednesday Series Reading And Open Mic’ will take place on Wed 25 Feb from 19:30-21:30. Seven Towers Open Mic Nights feature readings from Writers and guests, including you! For more information ring Sarah 087-2283351 or sarah@seventowers.ie. The event is taking place at Cassidy’s of Westmoreland St. Contributors are Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among others.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on Wednesdays as well. www.myspace.com/thesongroom


In the series “Bearing Words” this week Dr Melissa Sihra, Trinity College Dublin, considers the work of Marina Carr. The event with the title “The Eye of the Dream” is taking place on Thurs 26 Feb from 18:00-18:45 at the Peacock Theatre (next to the Abbey Theatre) Admission is free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

Poetry Ireland in association with the Astrolabe presents the launch of “Vinegar and Spit” by Ivy Bannister & “Trick the Lock” by Clairr O’Connor on 26 Feb 09 at 18:30. The venue is the Unitarian Church, 112 St Stephen’s Green West, D2. Admission is free and for more information about the authors and the event, please check

The Latin America Solidarity Centre is inviting to their Thursday Night Talk about the “Referendum in Venezuela” on 26 Feb 09 from 19:00. The venue is the Irish Aid Volunteering & Information Centre, Upper O’Connell St. The event is organised by the Venezuela Ireland Network www.lasc.ie/Venezuela/index.html

“Race and Recession – the struggle to live in an intercultural society within the climate of recession” is the title of a public panel discussion on Thurs 26 Feb 09 form 19:00-21:30 in the Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
Speakers will be
– Reginald Inya, NCP Dublin Development Worker: Migrants … don’t bank on a caring, sharing recession
– Alicja Bobek, Researcher, Trinity Immigration Initiative: Polish migrants in Ireland at times of recession
– Jacques Lobe, NCP Limerick: Living in Limerick, from poverty to opportunity to rat race
– Ehis Homina: Driving through a recession
The event is organised and supported by the Department of  Sociology in Trinity College Dublin. www.tcd.ie/immigration/networks/news.php

On Thur 26 Feb from 19:30, Jürgen Mayer H. is in the MacNeil Theatre, Hamilton Bldg., Trinity College Dublin for a lecture in English.
In Berlin since 1996, Germany, J. MAYER H. focuses on works at the intersection of architecture, communication and new technology. Recent projects include the Town Hall in Ostfildern, Germany, a student center at Karlsruhe University and the redevelopment of the Plaza de la Encarnacion in Sevilla, Spain. From urban planning schemes and buildings to installation work and objects with new materials, the relationship between the human body, technology and nature form the background for a new production of space. The event is organised by the Architectural Association of Ireland, supported by the Goethe-Institut Dublin

A public lecture by Professor Richard Kearney is taking place on 26 Feb at 20:00. The title is “The God who May Be” and the event will take place in St Mary’s Church, Haddington Road, Dublin 4. Prof.Richard Kearney holds the Charles B.Seeling Chair of Philosophy at Boston College USA. He is the author of over 20 books on European Philosophy. Admission is free. Tel: 01 – 6600075.

The Ear-Plugged Festival of New Music is taking place from 26-28 Feb and admission to all concerts and events is free. The venue is The Lab in Foley Street and you can find out about all the events here: ear.ie/future_events.htm
Electro Acoustic Revue (EAR) is a Dublin-based collective of composers and performers who specialise in the electroacoustic medium and its interactions with instrumental music.

The European Young Professionals (EYP) will be launched in Dublin on Thur 26 Feb at 20:30. The event will take place in the Westbury Hotel, off Grafton Street and everybody is invited. Check out this group on facebook: www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=50745540422 The plan for the evening is this:
20:30- 00:00 Guest Reception:
20:45 Welcome Address
21:00 Speed Networking
21:30 Carbon Voyage Intro
22:00 Door prizes
I plan to go to this event, so I might see you there! :-)


Megan McDonald is signing copies of “Judy Moody Goes to College” in Eason’s  O’Connell St, Dublin on Fri 27 Feb from 11:00. www.eason.ie/events

The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 27 Feb from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Down to Earth – soils and climate change” by Professor Christoph Mueller & Dr. Thomas Cummins, UCD School of Biology and Environmental Science
An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth.

Botany Seminar on the 27 Feb 09 with the title “Influence of the Gulf Stream position on lake nitrate concentrations in SW Ireland” by Dr Norman Allott, Centre for the Environment & Dept. of Zoology, School of Natural Sciences, TCD will take place on Fri 27 Feb from 14:00 in the Botany Lecture Theatre, Botany Building. All are welcome. www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/ls_notices.html#12700


An interesting free symposium for everyone with an interest in literature will be taking place on Sat 28 Feb in Dun Laoghaire.
“Europe in Popular Literature” – Symposium is organised by the National Association of English Studies. It will take place on Sat 28 Feb in the IADT in Dun Laoghaire, Room A019. The event starts at 09:30 and you can contact aoife.leahy@ireland.com for more information. There will be discussions about “Irish Writers and Travel Literature”, “Nineteenth Century Popular Literature” and “Twentieth Century Gothic and Science-Fiction”. The symposium is absolutely free and everyone is welcome.
You can get to IADT by bus (46A) or by DART. Map: www.iadt.ie/en/Visitors/MapsDirections www.indymedia.ie/article/91161

The St. Patrick’s Day Festival website and was launched (with some hiccups) yesterday and the programme was announced for this year. The two surprises for me are a) the Fireworks Display is still not back in Dublin, it will be in Waterford and b) the HUGELY popular Ceili Mor has been cancelled completely. The Denny’s Big Day Out at Merrion Square will take place again and that was a great event last year. In addition there will be a performance on Grand Canal Square and this is the areason why I am already writing about the St. Patrick’s Festival. Co-presented  by St Patrick’s Festival and the Docklands Authority “The Spheres” is a unique spectacle performance which has broad family appeal. Creation, exultation, liberation, life, the universe and everything. The show takes a whimsical look at physics, the miracle of birth and humanity’s existential relationship to our planet. Performed by Strange Fruit a Melbourne-based performing arts company that produces and performs a remarkable style of work that fuses theatre, dance and circus, using a unique elevated medium. Perched atop 4 metre high flexible poles of original design, the troupe delivers a sublime performance, bending and swaying in the air, captivating and engaging the audience in absolute fascination.
The performance will take place on Fri 13 March at 18:30 and at 20:00 and on Sat 14 March at 18:30 and 20:00 on Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 1. The event is free but ticketed and you need to request your tickets here: www.dublindocklands.ie/spheres/index.jsp The duration of the show is 40 minutes. If you want to go, I suggest that you book soon!

______This is odd!!______________

Did you hear this story about the Garda in Ireland? Allegedly the garda were searching for a person that broke the law and escaped because he had 50 different addresses. The story is quite hilarious and you better read it here
news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/7899171.stm?lss before I ruin it by transcribing it. :-) But if you are Polish and you have seen Mr. Prawo Jazdy, the Garda Siochana might give you a reward. :-P

I am off to three long days of an inspiring seminar again this week, so I will be all energised again by Sunday evening. :-)

Enjoy the weekend!


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