Event Guide 114: National Heritage Week, Circus Skills Workshops, DubArtsFest, Opera in the Open

August 21st, 2009

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 114
| 21 August 2009                      Subscribers: 4705

Hi all!

The weeks are just flying and as soon as one Event Guide is finished, the next one needs to be written. I can hardly keep up with all the other spare time activities I am pursuing, but when it comes to the Thursday night the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) gets highest priority again.

I have to admit that sometimes I wonder if I shouldn’t spend my time differently because approx. 25 hours per week is a lot. But then I get a few supportive mails and a few donations again and that drives me on again. ;-) I am still looking for this big sponsor that allows me to look after the Event Guide in a bit more professional way, but until I have found him/her, I will continue as well as possible for a hobby.

Somewhere I recently read “A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle… What do you do to bring light to the lives of others?” I hope you will enjoy this 114th issue of my little bit of light. ;-)

After I mentioned the free 3-day seminar “Breakthrough to Success” I got a number of mails from people who were hugely interested in this seminar. So it is probably a good idea to explain it briefly here, because more of you might wonder:
About 1.5 years ago I was searching for free events and by coincidence came across this seminar. I had no clue what it was and the claims sounded a little dubious. A free 3-day seminar where I am taught things that have the potential to change my life? I thought “There must be a catch!” But I went to the seminar and can certainly say that my life was influenced in a big and positive way. The seminar was attended by approx. 400 people and the atmosphere was hugely uplifting. In the beginning it takes a little while until I got comfortable with the American way of positivity and keeping the energy up. It certainly is different to the European ways ;-) but I can certainly say that there was not a boring moment over these three days. You learn how to set goals and how to pursue your goals in a better way. You identify the things that stop you from achieving the goals and are going through lots of exercises to overcome the limitations and to achieve your goals in a more effective way. All is based on and around NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and I find the whole area hugely interesting.
The seminar is completely free and there is no catch, but obviously there “ain’t such thing as a totally free lunch” so the price you have to pay is the same that you are prepared to pay when you watch TV: To get lots of good and free content, you have to live with some advertisement. The 3-day seminar is a promotional event where many courses are promoted. Chris Howard is the person running the “Breakthrough to Success” seminar and he is impressive himself, but after going through the 3-day seminar twice, I decided that I want to learn more and did one of the non-free courses. BRILLIANT stuff! No, it is not cheap, but I entirely enjoyed it the first half of the course and will do the second half in October. At the end of the course I will be qualified as a NLP Master Practitioner and will have a Master qualification in Ericksonian Hypnosis (that’s conversational hypnosis, not the stuff that you see at stage shows).
Is the free seminar for everyone? Hmmm, that is a question for which there are LOTS of answers. I think it is for everyone, but not everyone is ready to go through it. If there are things that you want to achieve and you just can’t get there, then it is for you. In the 3-days you will learn so much that you can continue working on your goals with a totally different motivation and energy. But you have to take part properly. If you are not sure if something that is a little challenging will agree with you, then don’t go, but wait until you literally are prepared to do ANYTHING to achieve your goals. The seminar will be in Dublin again from 11-13 September (Friday-Sunday) and the question I am asked most of the time is if you HAVE to go on the Friday (i.e. take a day off work). I learned a number of languages and missing the first third of the language course wouldn’t have been a good start to learn a language well, so if you can’t go to the course on Friday, maybe leave it and go when you can attend all three days. If you are interested you can register here www.breakthroughtosuccess.eu/?af=CLA1035324 The (free) “Ultimate Marketing Seminar” on 2-4 Sept is done by the same organisation (www.ultimatemarketingseminar.eu/?af=CLA1035324) but I don’t know anything about it, so can’t recommend or advise against it. But will attend it this time and should be able to tell you more afterwards.
For more questions drop me a mail (dublineventguide@gmail.com) with Subject BTS.

For this week’s “Feel Good” slot I found a nice video clip that asks you to lead and to inspire. Have a look www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQVPR71QdHA – I like the message of it! Have a look! Smile and show everybody that you are a winner! ;-)
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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, Mike G, Andrej G, Deirdre R, Vanessa O’L, Chris McK, Frank B, Dolores P, Cornelia K, Cathy A, Orla C, Kevin McC, Steph G, Wanda J, Siv M-J, Niamh niS, Gwen H, Jasmin T, Ian O, Eva C, Will P, Gráinne P, Caroline R, Elizabeth F, Suzanne B, Adele G, Jack C, Keeva H, Mairead MacM, Niamh G, Siobhan C, Jackie B, Penny O’D, Kathryn K, Aidan G, Ciara G, Deirdre L, Stephen D, Mary Q, Donald P, Aidan C, Julia Sch, Isak R-B, Sharon O’S, Brajan V, Nancy O’D, Zelie McG and www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.flamencoindalo.com (A group that supports and promotes the art of Flamenco in Ireland.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Dun Laoghaire/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 regular 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

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.

– Join Irish Adventurers on Expedition Cruise – Special Price Offer-
New Horizon Expeditions, an Irish company, are inviting you to travel to Antarctica in January 2010 on a fantastic trip. Travelling via Buenos Aires and Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, you will board our ship the M/V Plancius to sail to Antarctica!
Stunning landscapes, wonderful wildlife, visiting colonies of tens of thousands of penguins, watching whales as they feed in the rich waters, seeing Leopard, Fur, Crabeater, Weddell and Elephant Seals as they bask on the shores and ice floes are just SOME of the amazing experiences on this trip. You will also visit one of Antarctica’s Research Stations and there may be the opportunity to visit Port Lockroy, the first British Research Station in Antarctica which was established in 1944 AND you’ll also have the opportunity to camp on Antarctica or kayak while you are there! How many people get to say they have done that!
Guided by experts, this is a trip of a lifetime! The expedition is suitable for all ages and fitness levels and all you need is a sense of adventure. We are offering this trip at a one off special price for 2009.  For more detail about the trip and pricing just send a mail to info@newhorizon.ie and include ANTARCTICA 2010 in the subject line. www.newhorizon.ie/EG/index.htm
Know of someone else who might be interested?  Why not forward on this mail and also get them to sign up to the Dublin Event Guide too!

Next week will be extremely busy, so this week is a little be less busy, BUT Heritage Week is taking place from Sat 22 until Sun 30 Aug and there are nearly 200 events in Dublin, so if you want you can be swept of your feet this week. :-) I tried to pick a few events from the Heritage Week list, but I strongly recommend that you check their website and select from the long list. (see Saturday section).
I will take part in a few Heritage Week events on Saturday, will probably go to the Refunct09 event and in the evening you will probably find me in Dun Laoghaire at the Mary Stokes Blues Band Gig. On Sunday I will go to the DubArtsFest on Temple Bar Meeting House Square.
On Monday I would love to go to the Open Day of the Royal College of Physicians and on Wednesday the film screening on Dartmouth Square sounds really interesting, but I will have to go to some other event to which I got an invitation.
Lately I use Twitter a bit more to spread the word about events, so if you are interested, “follow me” on Twitter or check my tweets on www.twitter.com/JoergSt


You have one very last chance to enter this book competition:
The book competition that New Horizon Expeditions ran two/three weeks ago was so successful that Tom McManamon from New Horizons Expedition spontaneously decided to make another copy of this great explorer’s book available.
You can win a copy of “Tom Crean, an Illustrated Life” by Michael Smith. The book details the life Ireland’s polar explorer, Tom Crean from Kerry. He was instrumental in several historical attempts to conquer the South Pole with names such as Captain Robert Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. This pictorial anthology celebrates the exploits of Tom Crean through a series of outstanding photographs charting his life from his early days on a Kerry farm, through decades of heroism in the Antarctic and back to retirement in Ireland. To be in with a chance to win this book, go to www.newhorizon.ie/EG/index.htm. The closing date for this competition is 25 August. Oh, and have a look at New Horizon Expeditions’ advertisement in the “Joerg’s Picks” section!

The European Young Professionals (EYP) networking group regularly organises interesting events. Some are standard meet-ups and some are events that have a learning element or introduce you to different, new, exciting experiences. Most events are free, but for some – the ones with the learning experienced and with the name “The Academy” – an admission charge is unavoidable. Claire from EYP contacted me this week to tell me about their next event. It is an “EYP -The Academy” event called “Latin Quarter” and is an evening of Latin dance, food and drink, on Thursday 27 August 2009 at the Button Factory in Temple Bar. Stunning salsa & tango shows by professional dance groups “Afrimania” and “Tango Ireland”, followed by a fun introductory dance class, and lots of free tasty tapas courtesy of Pintxos, Temple Bar will be available. Admission is EUR 15 for EYP members (membership is free) if you book in advance (instructions are on www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=133748396907 ) and EUR 20 at the door. The event goes from 19:30-22:00 and there is a Button Factory club night afterwards and you will have free admission to it if you attended the EYP event.
Claire has two pairs of tickets to give away to members of the Dublin Event Guide Community! Thank you EYP!! If you want to be in with a chance to win a pair of tickets you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with LATIN QUARTER in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 14:00 on Tue 25 Aug and you will be notified on that day or on Wednesday if you won. If you don’t have time to go on Thursday, please don’t enter the competition!

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______________

Does the widespread censorship in China upset you? I believe very much in right to express your opinion and to share information freely and it does upset me what happens in China. Censorship of any sort is a hugely disturbing antidemocratic process. I am not suggesting that all types of content should be readily available, illegal content should not be available but it has to be stopped by pursuing the source and should never be done by an intermediary that is not qualified to assess the legality of the content.
The bad news: Eircom is not much better than the Chinese government! It emerged this week that from 01 Sept Eircom will (without a court order!) block Internet access to www.thepiratebay.org, the world’s biggest torrent website. The Pirate Bay does not contain any illegal content, but information on the website can be used to find content that is copyright protected but as well non-protected content. It is a sad day for Irish civil liberties when censorship creeps in again!
If you are still an Eircom user and censorship is a problem for you, you should consider what the next appropriate steps are for you! And maybe have a look at this: torrentfreak.com/danish-pirate-bay-block-breaks-eu-law-080213/

www.dublinbikes.ie had some teething problems: If you tried to register and got a “Technical Problem” error message, then you might have used an MBNA credit card? There was a problem with some credit cards, but it should be working now. So just try again if you didn’t get the registration confirmation the last time. Yesterday afternoon more than 1500 subscribers had registered. 3 weeks before the service starts this is a good number. www.dublinbikes.

Vodafone has started listening to customers! :-O A discussion forum on their website was the first step, the www.missionred.ie initiative followed where customers can vote for new features (a good idea but Vodafone are approaching not in the best way, but that is a different story. :-) ) And now there will even be a Vodafone Customer Forum on 27 Aug.
I have been invited to this customer forum and I would be happy to bring your suggestions for improvements with me. If there is something you always wanted to tell Vodafone about a problem/complaint with a service or a suggestion for a new offering, you can let me know and I will do my best to tell the people in Vodafone. Send your mails to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject VODAFONE. As you can imagine, I won’t be able to help with issues that concern your account or your own relationship with Vodafone, so please only send me general ideas and suggestions.

A very much under-promoted event is the Dublin Sand Sculpture Exhibition. I only cam across by coincidence in a blog and didn’t see it myself yet. From 07-27 August, Dublin Castle will be the temporary home for a number of sand sculptures themed “Irish Literature”. dublin.metblogs.com/2009/08/05/dublin-sand-sculpture-exhibition-2009/

I can’t keep up with the pub closures. The next one has shut the doors according to a comment on boards.ie (www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=61611389). Ruaille Buaille in South King Street (underneath the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre), better known by the previous names Major Tom’s or Down Under, has closed after the parent company went into liquidation. The website is still up www.ruaillebuaille.net/

Aishling M sent me a link to a site that links to lots of freebies. Thanks Aishling, I appreciate any information about free things. :-)
Unfortunately the site doesn’t say when a freebie was listed there first and some of the offers are seemingly long expired, but have a look for yourself: www.couponmaster.ie/freebies/index.php

Would you like to be in the audience for the fourth series of ‘Glas Vegas’, a TG4 talent show to be recorded this September in RTÉ studios in Donnybrook, Dublin? Tickets are free and each show promises to be both weird and wonderful! There are six shows in total available so there’s bound to be one that suits – check the dates and times below for further information, you’ll be well looked after in the RTÉ studios! The organisers say “It’s not just something for Irish speakers, this is a great outing for everyone – it’s definitely going to be “something different”!”
Program Dates are 21+22+23 Sept every day there are two shows at 13:15 and 19:15. To get tickets ring James on 01 284 3877 or send a mail to GlasVegasAudience@gmail.com More information: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glas_Vegas

On Sat 12 Sept (11:00-15:00) there will be a Car Boot Sale in aid of Crosscare (www.crosscare.ie) in the Mater Dei Institute Car Park, Clonliffe Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 3. The organisers Monica (8371892) or Olivia (8360011) are looking for sellers (gates open from 09:00) and you should contact them if you are interested: Option 1: Free entry and donate your takings or Option 2: Pay EUR 25 and pocket your takings. Admission for buyers will be free and there will be Face Painting on the day and a Refreshment Stall.


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. If you are one of the courageous people who has recently taken the risk and has started a company and if you could do with spreading the word, I am happy to help you! My contribution will be to let the 4600+ readers of the Event Guide know about your new business and hopefully that will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide – not a demanding task, I would think. :-) (Please note that this offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages, not for established companies/enterprises. If you are established and you want to reach the readers of this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) I will be happy to discuss the (very affordable) advertisement options with you. :-) )

If you are looking to inject some exercise into your autumn routine, D4 Pilates can help. Started not too long ago by Christie Taylor Seaver, a former ballet dancer from America, the Pilates classes provide a fun, relaxed atmosphere while still offering a good workout. Learn stretching and breathing exercises to do anywhere, as well as ways to improve posture, balance and core strength. New sessions begin on 03 Sept at Exhale in Sandymount (Thursdays) and St. Brigid’s Resource Centre, Killester (Mondays and Tuesdays.) For more information go to www.d4pilates.com Oh, and if you don’t live or work in that area, just tell your friends/colleagues that might be interested!

If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.


‘Inert’, an exhibition of new works by Aidan Crotty, will be on show at the Paul Kane Gallery from Friday 21 August to Saturday 12 September 2009. (Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square North, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

“de Light box”, a Fine Art Print Installation  by Tomasz Knapik, will be on show from 20 to 23 August 2009. Fri: 13:00-19:00, Sat 13:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-17:00. (Gallery Details: Independent Studio Artists, Studio 4, 16 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 (opposite the Ark)). www.wix.com/tomaszknapik/delightbox

‘Sleeping Fields’, is an outdoor visual art installation comprising of a field of paper poppies designed by artist Sinéad McGeeney will be on show at Marlay Park Walled Garden from 23 to 30 August 2009. Children’s workshops to help make poppies will take place on Sun August at 1pm (3-5yrs), 2pm (5-7yrs) & 3pm (7-9yrs). Through workshops Sinéad will show participants how to make and plant their own paper poppies which will be added to the artwork. Later that night look online to see the field of poppies glow in the dark. www.dlrcoco.ie/arts/Sleeping_Fields_Flyer.pdf
www.dlrevents.ie/sleepingfields.html Call (01) 271 9532 to book your free place on the workshops.

‘The Gatekeeper Project’ will take place at St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, on 21, 22 and 23 August 2009. Participating artists include Cormac Browne, John Graham, Sinead McCann, Margaret O’Brien and Naomi S ex. This event reflects the psychology of a modern professional artist and the multiplicity of roles inherent in operating as a visual artist. Through experimentation it analyses typical activities necessary to disseminate artworks to an audience. These include proposal making, profile emphasis, C.V. building and professional codes of conduct. Traditionally the keeper of a museum, this project examines the curators’ role and relationship to the artist as a creator of opportunity.

‘The Red Thread’ by Paki Smith and ‘Drawings from India’, a collection of anonymous Indian drawings comprising yantras, spiritual diagrams, sketches of mythological birds and figures, and astrological charts will be on show. Smiths’s exhibition in Gallery 1 includes a new film work, ’Colossus or Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream?’, alongside a series of paintings and drawings. Both exhibitions run from 20-30 September 2009.
On 9 September 2009 at 13:15 Barry White will present a talk entitled ‘On both sides of the door: The work of Paki Smith’ and as part of ‘Drawings from India’ Sheena Malone will present ‘The Meaning of Yantras’ at 13:15 on 23 September 2009. Michael Hill will give a tour of the exhibitions on 16 September 2009 at 13:15.

‘Play’, an exhibition by Emer Bermingham, Aoife Doolin, Niamh Dunphy, Fiona O’Keefe, Moya Revins, Emma Rowe and Neil Ryan, will be open from 19-22 August (12:00-18:00 daily). (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

Paintings by Mick Turner and photographs by Donal Dineen will be on show at The Joinery in Arbour Hill from 20-25 Aug (12:00-18:00 daily). (Gallery Details: The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7, www.thejoinery.org)

Margaret Conran I exhibiting in the Intercultural Centre, 15 Tower Road, Clondalkin. Her paintings will be on show from 12-26 August.

‘In pursuit of a state of uncertainty’ by Barbara Knezevic shows her art, utilising fabric, stone, magnets, weather balloons and wax. The exhibition will open with a preview on Wednesday 26 August 2009. The show then continues from 27 to 30 August 2009. (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00)

‘Shades of Introspection’ is an exhibition of drawings by French artist Christophe Calleja and it will be on show from 18-30 Aug 2009. An opening reception will take place on Friday 21 August 2009 from 19:00-21:00. (Gallery Details: Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray, Co. Wicklow, www.signalartscentre.ie, Open: Tue – Fri: 10:00-13:00 & 14:00-17:00, Sat – Sun: 12:00-17:00)


Until Sat 22 Aug the Fashion Pop-Up-Boutique which is part of the Fashion Breakthrough Event, is open daily from 10:00-18:00 in 4 Pudding Row,
Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The Boutique features the new Autumn/Winter 2009 Collections. www.fashionbreakthrough.com/events/pop-up-boutique/

On Fri 21 Aug at 17:00, The Red Labels will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Jervis Street Shopping Centre and Arnotts Project in the shopping centre are inviting you to live band performances every Thurs, Fri, Sat in August. The bands and times this week are
21 Aug: Heritage Centre (13:00) + Autoban (14:30)
22 Aug: The Minutes (13:00) + Myp Jeep (14:30)

The former “Worldview Film Club” is now called “Inspirational Film Club Dublin (IFCD)” and the next film screening is on Fri 21 Aug at 18:45. The film is “The Bucket List” (2007) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “The Power of Now”. Check sites.google.com/site/inspirationalfilmclub The IFCD 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.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes in Temple Bar every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information email info@sahajayoga.ie or check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie. Classes are also on Mondays at 19:00 in Blanchardstown Library.


The National Heritage Week is a “week long celebration of who we are and where we’ve come from. Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. In Ireland Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council with support from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
There is something taking place in every county and most activities are free of charge or offer great value for money. Everyone is encouraged to get involved and activities range from fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife tours and lectures to music recitals, historical re-enactments, and outdoor activities. Many heritage sites and stately homes will offer free admission or special concessions.”
Heritage Week starts on Sat 22 August and continues until 30 Aug. The full programme is on www.heritageweek.ie/ and the Dublin programme is here www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchResults.aspx?loc=Dublin. There are too many events taking place (nearly 200 in greater Dublin alone!) to mention them all here. But I will pick a few that I think a worth a visit:
+ The National Gallery has daily tours and events: www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#heritage
+ Medieval Walking Tours: 24+26+28 Aug 17:30-19:00: www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3029
+ St. Helen’s Radisson Hotel, Booterstown: Historic Tour on 23 Aug at 14:30:
+ Motor Racing Exhibition in Phoenix Park: 22-30 Aug:
+ A Series Of Lunchtime Talks At The Guinness Archive 24-28 Aug at 13:00-14:00: www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3214
+ Afternoon & Evening Guided Tours of Glasnevin Cemetery from 22-30 Aug from 14:30-16:00. This is a brilliant tour that normally costs EUR 5 and is free in the Heritage Week! Definitely worth a visit if you are interested in Irish History: www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3309
+ Heritage on Board the Spirit of the Docklands with Pat Liddy on 29 Aug at 14:45 – 16:45. Admission Free but Booking essential. Ph: 01-6744873. A boat trip along by the changing Liffey Landscape with commentary by writer and historian Pat Liddy. Meeting Point: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Dublin City. www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3321
+ Variety of free Dublin Castle Tours: www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3375 on 22 Aug
www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3376 on 23 Aug
www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3377 on 23 Aug
+ I could just continue! You better check the website to see if there is something that interests you in addition to the events I listed here. All libraries invite to lots of events during the week, so please check with them or on the Heritage Week website.

A “Super Car Boot Sale” for the suicide prevention agency “Suicide or Survive” will take place on Sat 22 Aug from 09:00-14:00 at St. Anne’s Church, Dublin Road, Shankill, Co.Dublin. All proceeds go towards suicide prevention in Ireland.
If you want to sell your wares: Selling costs EUR 10 per car and EUR 15 for a van,
www.suicideorsurvive.ie/pdf/carbootsale.pdf Thanks to Sue S. for letting me know about this event.

On Sat 22 Aug from 10:00-13:00 Marlay Park together with the Irish Wildlife Trust invite to a morning of exploration of the surroundings of Marlay Park. Take part in a mini-beast hunt, catching butterflies, insect theatre, and then make and take home
an Insect Hibernation House. www.visitdublin.com/events/alldublinevents/Detail.aspx?id=241&mid=6232

Francesca Brown will be in Eason’s in Blanchardstown Shopping Centre, Dublin on Sat 22 Aug from 11:00 to sign her book “My Whispering Angels”. www.eason.ie/events

A free Yoga class is taking at Dartmouth Square in Ranelagh, D6 on Sat 22 Aug from 11:00-12:30. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117364057004&ref=mf

(Please see Friday for details.)

(See Sunday for details.)

Dun Laoghaire – Rathdown is inviting to a number of sites and locations in their “Summer of Heritage” between 15 June and mid September, free guided tours are provided in Cabinteely House, Marlay House, Deansgrange Cemetery, the Obelisk on Killiney Hill and the Oratory on Library Road in Dún Laoghaire. Many guided tours will take place on Saturdays and Thursdays. The brochure with all the information is here: www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/HeritageBooklet.pdf

# Heritage Week Inspectorium: “Irish Biodiversity- Past & Present” on Sat 22 Aug from 14:00-16:00 is a Family Event in Collins Barrack. “Come and inspect several Irish species – some of which you may not have realised were Irish….” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=559
# Heritage Week: “Curator’s Talk” on Sat 22 Aug from 14:00 is a talk for adults in Collins Barracks. “Join Audrey Whitty for a unique insight into the exhibition, ‘Albert Bender: A Dubliner’s Collection of Asian Art’”
# Adult Gallery Talk: “Artefacts from Monuments: Introduction to Bronze Age cemeteries” on Sat 22 Aug from 12:00-14:30, is a talk for all ages 14+ in Kildare Street. “Join Museum archaeologist Padraig Clancy to discover aspects of the burial traditions of people in the Bronze Age in Ireland. No booking required. Limited to 30 people. First come, first served.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=461

If you missed the Urban Circus on Sat 01 Aug don’t worry, the Dublin City Business Improvement District (Dublin City BID) is giving your children another opportunity to improve their circus skills with a host of Free Urban Circus Skills Workshops!
As part of the ‘BIDs for Kids’ Summer Programme Circus Skills Workshops are taking place on Wolfe Tone Square, next to Jervis Street in Dublin 1, on the weekends of 22&23 and 29&30 August. From 14:00-17:00.
Kids will get the chance to learn how to juggle, stilt walk, perform the ancient Chinese circus skill of Diablo or even learn how to walk the tight wire. Face painters will also join in the fun on the day and if you’re hungry after all the excitement and practice an array of market stalls trading in all manner of delicious goodies will also offer their delicacies on the square. www.dublincitybid.ie .

On Sat 15 Aug at 15:00 a “European Highlights” Tour will take place in the National Galley on Merrion Square. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

It is a little confusing what events are taking place and what is free, but I can explain so much. ReFunct09 is part of a Symposium that takes place in Belfast and spills over to Dublin a little bit. One of the ReFunct09 events is a performance on Sat 22 Aug from 18:00-22:30. It is entitled “Event: Live Performance by Gijs Gieskes – August 22” on www.imoca.ie/refunct09.php The event is free and will take place in the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art in Lad Lane at the junction with Pembroke Row, Dublin 2.

Recently returned from the USA, The Mary Stokes Band will perform their high energy take on the blues in Walter’s Bar in Dun Laoghaire on 22 Aug from 22:00. Admission is free. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Walter%27s-Bar/35663.htm

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and 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
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. sundaymarket.ie/
* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Saturday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* The Art Walk on the Liffey Boardwalk between the Ha’penny Bridge and O’Connell Bridge will feature 18 different artists every week from June until September. It runs every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00-17:00.
* 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. The upcoming themes are:
23 Aug – Bark and leaf rubbings
30 Aug – Kings and Queens of Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

The final event under the temporary roof over Meeting House Square in Temple Bar will be the DubArtFest on Sun 23 Aug. There will be a non-free DJ/music component from 18:00-01:00 but before that from 11:00-17:00, Meeting House Square will be devoted to a family-friendly free-admission ‘Fairground Attraction’, featuring a buzzing mix of live music, storytelling, circus performers, interactive art projects and stalls selling food, drink and craft products from the city’s independent small traders.

On Sat or Sun there will be no entertainment in St. Stephen’s Green! But next week this is taking place:
Wed 26: 13:00-14:00 Avondale – Ballads and Folk Music
Thur 27: 13:00-14:00 Al O Donnell – Popular Ballads and Folk Music
Fri 28: 13:00-14:00 The Niall Toner Band – The Best of Country
Most other days of the month, there is music on the bandstand as well. The following link provides the details: www.phoenixpark.ie/media/St%20Stephen%27s%20Green%20Bandstand%20Summerfest%20August%202009.pdf

(See Saturday for details!)

# Family Tour on Sun 23 Aug from 15:00 in Collins Barracks is a tour for all ages 7+. “Free themed tour for family groups. Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=469
# My Museum: “All Kinds of Everything!” on Sun 23 Aug from 13:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks is a family event for ages 5+. “Zoologist Eimear Walsh will help you investigate the fascinating world of animals. Make a picture of your favourite creature to take home with you! No Booking Needed: drop-in event.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=470

* The Picture This! Kids Art Workshop will look at “The Double Jockey Act” by Jack B. Yeats, with Aisling Crowe (Room 13). The workshop will start at 15:00 on Sunday. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

Open-air concert of dixieland jazz by the New Orleans Sound on 23 Aug from 15:00-17:00 in the courtyard of St. Enda’s Park, Grange Road, Rathfarnham Dublin 16. www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3337

The Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin invite to a Poetry reading entitled “A Person I once knew well” on Sun 23 Aug from 15:30 in the Visitor Centre. Admission is free and no booking is necessary. Mary Melvin Geoghegan’s third collection “When They Come Home” will be launched by poet Michael O’Dea, followed by the author reading a selection of her poems.

* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-18:00 the Blackhorse Market is taking place. You can reach it from Tyrconnell Road and from Kylemore Road and it is within 3 min from Black Horse stop on red Luas line. theblackhorsemarket.com
* Gigs in The Mezz. Every Sunday 5 acts ranging from Soul to Funk, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop and Alternative/Indie music will perform between 15:00-21:00 in The Mezz, Eustace Street, Dublin 2 (in Temple Bar near Dame Street) Admission is free.
* The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) will be back in Bruxelles, Harry Street near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel from 30 Aug. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! The start time is advertised as 18:00, but the actual start is usually significantly later. The next gigs are 30 Aug, 06+13+20 Sept. Admission is free.
* Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Globe in Sth George’s Street from 20:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.myspace.com/sundayroast1
* “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.
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* 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
* The Burning Effigies are playing afrobeat, jazz, funk and soul every Sunday from 23:00 in Turk’s Head in Parliament Street. www.turkshead.ie

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.

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An Open Day at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland on Mon 24 Aug from 12:00-20:00 gives you an opportunity to see Ireland’s distinguished medical history displayed within the architectural splendour of the College’s magnificent home. Admission free. The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchDetails.aspx?EventID=3367

A Let’s Walk & Talk event entitled “Meeting of Jew & Gentile (Along the South Circular to the Jewish Cemetry)” is taking place with historian Pat Liddy on Mon 24 Aug from 18:00-19:30. Admission: Free. A walk with historian Pat Liddy followed by the screening of the short film “Blind Eye” at Dolphins Barn Library afterwards. Booking not essential for walk. Meeting point is Rialto Luas Station,D8.

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the recently-formed music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America and anything else they like. Admission is free and the bar serves during the show. Some people order up pizzas from downstairs. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal.
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (formerly Ba Mizu in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.myspace.com/hughcooneycomotions
* 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.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelans is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643?ref=ts


On Tues 25 Aug from 21:00, Rá, the spoken word & music showcase, will take place in the Cobblestone Pub, Cobblestone Pub, 77 North King St Smithfield Dublin 7. “Rá is Dublin’s premier monthly spoken word showcase, featuring the best in performing spoken word — poetry, hip hop, monologue, storytelling, diatribes, rants and more from Dublin and beyond. Each showcase features new set pieces by award-winning house wordsmiths & joined by guest musicians, and a featured guest performer. Ra maintains the most high-spirited and intense atmosphere of the Dublin spoken word scene and the house credo is one of experimentation, so expect anything. This is the spot for not only fans of the word, but even those who say: “Poetry? I don’t like that stuff…” . They like this stuff; it’s on the menu the last Tuesday of every month & it’s absolutely free.” www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=283

Mark K tells me that on a Tuesday the the band The Last Tycoons do an Open Mic night in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street, it’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844

* 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


Patrick Kelly, Irish born & raised and now an engineer based in England, is a 20 year researcher of the free energy field. He will be coming to Dublin on Wed 26 Aug to lecture on the subject. The event will be from 19:00-22:00. He will be explaining the concept of water fuel cell (hydrogen gas for a fraction of conventional electrolysis) also he will also be explaining in detail motor generators that consume no fuel. Finally he will be giving a beginners course into how all of these devices tie together and get there energy from “The Zero point Energy field”. For more information contact Stephen on 086 4059558 or stephenkells@gmail.com. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/22/43327322.html

Incredible, it is already the last Wednesday again and consequently Seven Towers invites to this event in Cassidy’s Bar, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2. It is an Open Mic Night with readings from featured Writers and guests, including you (if you want). With Steve Conway, Ross Hattaway, Eamon Lynskey, Donal Moloney, Noel O Briain, Oran Ryan among others. It takes place on Wed 26 Aug from 19:30-21:30. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=274

The film “Sunrise” with live musical accompaniment by 3epkano (original score) will be shown/performed at Dartmouth Square, Ranelagh, D6 on Wed 26 Aug from 20:45. Admission is free. This is an outdoor screening of FW Murnau’s classic silent movie, Sunrise. It will incorporate a live musical accompaniment by the internationally renowned collective, 3epkano. www.facebook.com/pages/Dartmouth-Sq/55506430889

On 26 Aug from 21:00 a free screening of the Depeche Mode concert in the London Wembley Arena which was part of the Black Celebration Tour will take place in Pravda, 35 Lower Liffey Street, D1. www.myspace.com/delectromovement and www.gumtree.ie/dublin/11/43999911.html

* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* 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 SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday until July. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).


The National Library is inviting children (7-13) to a “Young Collectors’ Workshop: Match Attax to Manuscripts”. It will be on Thurs 27 Aug, 11:30-13:00 and it is free but booking is essential. The event will take place in National Library of Ireland, Kildare St, Dublin 2. If your child is a collector of ANYTHING, then the workshop is for him/her. The National Library says: “Are you aged between 7 and 13? Are you a collector? Are you mad about marbles, medals or model cars? Or do you have an awesome array or autographs or sensational selection of stickers?
Places are limited so early booking is advised. Contact (01) 6030277 to reserve your place now.” www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=02fd921e-aafb-41a7-966d-13e35e74fadc

“Opera in the Open”, the free lunchtime operas return to Dublin city. Now in its tenth year, ‘Opera in the Open’ returns with five free performances of well-known operas each Thursday at 13:00 from 06 Aug – 03 Sept. Do something different at lunchtime this summer and listen to opera in the informal and intimate setting of the grounds of Civic Offices on Wood Quay in the city centre. ‘Opera in the Open’ is an initiative of Dublin City Council Arts Office as part of its remit to make the best of art and culture accessible to all in the city.
27 August: ‘Hansel und Gretel’ by Humperdinck
03 September: ‘Idomeneo’ by Mozart
The performances feature Janyce Condon, Stephen Fennelly, Mary Flaherty, Victoria Massey, Simon Morgan, Niall Morris, Sandra Oman, Donna Gallagher and Liz Ryan. Musical direction is by David Wray, stage direction by Niall Morris and narration is by Ted Courtney. www.visitdublin.com/events/AllDublinEvents/Detail.aspx?id=237&mid=6152

Jervis Street Shopping Centre and Arnotts Project in the shopping centre are inviting you to live band performances every Thurs, Fri, Sat in August. The bands and times are
27 Aug: Junah (13:00) + The Eskies (14:30) + The Mighty Stef (18:00)
28 Aug: The Last Remaining Lights (13:00) + Identity Parade (14:30)
29 Aug: Reemo (13:00) + Carose (14:30)l

On Thurs 27 Aug at 17:00, Codes in the Clouds will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street, Dublin 2. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

SoulPower, a really great funk soul tribute band, is a must see! I know them well and I can’t recommend them highly enough. Thursdays are bad for me because I am writing this Event Guide on Thursday nights, but I will definitely try to go to this gig next Thursday. This 8 piece band play the music of all the great soul artists, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, Charles Wright and many more. The lead singer is amazing and all the band members are hugely talented and experienced. So if you are feeling funky, get yourself down to the Living Room (formerly the Bleu Note) every Thursday from 21:30. Admission is free. The Living Room is at the corner where Parnell Street (the street that passes by the Cineworld Cinema) meets Capel Street. www.soulpowertheband.com

* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie


On Fri 28 August the next French Friday will take place in Bia Bar, 28 Lower Stephen’s Street, Dublin 2. From 21:00-02:30 the monthly party for and with everything French or Francophile will fill the Biar Bar.  french-friday.com/


This section contains lots of events this week that happen in the future some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

Finally it is around the corner: Next weekend the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures, the highlight of the festival season every year (at least for me, that is!), will take place. The programme is announced and in some locations you can find a small brochure that contains all events. The brochure has the picture of a bollywood-type dancer on the front and the colour is a kind of turquoise. I picked up mine in the Dublin Tourism office in Suffolk Street. There are some workshops and if you want to take part in them you might have to pre-book, so have a look at the programme. The festival will take place on 29+30 August and I am already looking forward to it. festivalofworldcultures.com/

It is still another bit, but Culture Night, a brilliant cultural event in September, is approaching and there are SOME events that are ticketed and are VERY popular. I suggest you have a look at www.culturenight.ie and make a preliminary plan to see if you want to go to ticketed events. One of the events that will be booked out in no time is a visit of the Parliament and buildings and you can find out more and book here:

Albert White from www.LightPollution2009.eu alerted me to a lecture that is taking place in September but for which you need to book one of only approx. 120 tickets, so you better decide soon and book early. The lecture is part of the 9th European Symposium for the Protection of the Night Sky and is entitled “What is Light?” Lecturer is Leo Enright. Leo Enright, a broadcaster on Space Exploration and Science, explores the history of Ireland’s sometimes tenuous connection with luminosity
– while naming and shaming some modern big wicks. He will focus on the importance of continuing public access to dark skies, especially during the present ‘Golden Age’ of astronomy, whilst noting that historically Ireland has sometimes been defined by the absence of light – why else would the Romans have called it Hibernia?
The event will take place on Wed 16 September 2009 at 19:00 in the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free but places are limited. For booking please visit shop.ria.ie/shop/shopdisplayproducts.asp?id=22&cat=Event%2BRegistration

______This is odd!!______________

Traditionally Ireland is biggest greeting card sending nations in the world. I remember years ago how some people were nearly able to wall paper all the walls in the living room with Christmas Cards. It always amazed me how many cards were sent (and how little often was written on the cards :-) ). In recent years, it seems that text messages and e-mails have replaced the sending of cards in many cases. This week I found out why the greeting card manufacturers and shops need a lot worse economic times to wake up. I was in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre (and it seemed that even more units were abandoned than last time I was there!) and since I needed a Greeting Card where an e-mail was not appropriate, I went to the Greeting Card Shop near the Ticket Master outlet at the Grafton Street entrance of the shopping centre. The cards were not great and I didn’t find any pricing codes – I thought! One card – not very spectacular had the pricing code 7.20 on the back and I was wondering what the code meant when I realised that 7.20 meant that the unimpressive card was priced at EUR 7.20 !!! This is MADNESS! We are talking here about a lousy piece of cardboard that has some unimaginative message printed on it, which will be read once and then the card will be thrown away and they want to charge me EUR 7.20??? Not a chance! I am not sure if that is a “special” price in this shop or if I didn’t buy a card for such a long time that I didn’t realise the massive price hike, but I rather make the card myself or maybe instead have a look at www.cardshop.ie/ I found this website by chance when writing this piece and it seems to offer an interesting service: You can customise the two pages in the inner section of the card and you can even include a picture. The cards are typically EUR 2.00 and postage to you costs EUR 0.52. Clever idea!

I don’t know about you, but the fact that August is already coming to an end again, is slightly shocking. If you feel the same just make sure you make the most of every weekend and enjoy Dublin and its events. ;-) Next week will be a Super busy weekend, so keep a little bit of energy!

Have a great weekend,


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