Event Guide 153: National Drawing Day, Medieval Dublin, Biodiversity Day, Ethical Fashion Week, Dublin City Soul Festival

May 21st, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 153
| 21 May 2010 Subscribers: 6486

Hi all!

Did you enjoy the Africa Day? I hope you went!! ;-) Unfortunately I couldn’t go because I had to prepare for our Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Concert. It was a brilliant concert and it was nice to see a number of you there! If you follow my recommendations you will experience great events! :-P

The next big event coming up is one of my favourites and one of the reasons for the existence of this Event Guide. Three years ago the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir sang at the Dublin City Soul Festival and when I realised that the majority of my friends hadn’t heard about the festival, I made the decision to send them the occasional mail about other events in Dublin. Last year the Dublin City Soul Festival was well advertised, but with all the economic challenges, the organising team around Chris Maher has huge financial challenges this year. Nevertheless they found a way to make it possible to have the third Dublin City Soul Festival, but they urgently need you!! Because there is no advertisement in the normal way, you are needed to spread the word. I will tell all my 6400 friends ;-) about the Dublin City Soul Festival from 27-30 May and especially about the free outdoor festival, the Soul Picnic, in Merrion Square on Sunday 30 May. Can you tell yours? The website is www.soul.ie and the facebook group is here www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=45930903698 Invite your friends to join!
It is a pure coincidence that on the same weekend another event takes place that had a huge impact on the existence of this Event Guide. Searching for free events just about 4 months after sending the first “Event Guide” mail to a few friends, I found out about a free seminar called “Breakthrough to Success”. The first one in Dublin took place in February 2008 and I went to it. I have to say, it blew me away. It had a sizeable impact on my life, career and outlook on life and some aspects of it are the reasons why I STILL write this Event Guide three years later. The seminar helps you to understand how goals should be set effectively and what things in your head might hold you back from achieving what you always wanted to achieve but haven’t reached yet. The training is done by a hugely charismatic American, Chris Howard, who you might have heard of if NLP (Neuro-lingustic Programming) is something that interests you. It is fascinating stuff! Chris Howard is back in Dublin from 28-30 May for a seminar that focuses on achieving Wealth (not only in the money sense!). The 2.5 day seminar is called “Wealth Propulsion Intensive” and has the potential to change your life! The seminar is completely free, but Chris Howard’s team and his company live from running other (not free) courses, so they run this free seminar to give you a good idea about how good their courses are. So the free seminar is there to promote and sell additional courses. But even if you have not the slightest intention to sign up for anything else you will benefit from it. Just look at the promotional part as something like TV advertisement: To get free TV programmes we just have to live with it! The free seminar will be in the Crowne Plaza in Santry (old Airport Road) from Friday evening until Sunday evening. I will definitely be there for a large part of it! And you can register for it here: www.wealthpropulsion.co.uk/?af=CLA1035324
If you have any questions just drop me a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com.

This week I have to say a special “Bem-vindo a Dublin Event Guide” to many of our Brazilian neighbours in Dublin who have joined our wonderful Dublin Event Guide Community! You are all very welcome! And if you want to invite more people, you can use this: www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_mini_flyers.pdf

The “Feel Good Slot” at this point in the newsletter has the intention to make you feel positive and good, but in a lot of cases the intention is as well to get you to think a little. This week I want you to think about this: Where and when in your life did you let other people stop you from achieving things because you are something (in their eyes) or are not something? Maybe someone said you are not good at maths or that you are not good at sales? Or you are too heavy or too thin or too tall or too small? Or maybe someone said you are too old or too young? Don’t believe people that want to hold you back and follow what you enjoy. Follow your passion. Watch this amazing video of a 3 year old drummer: uk.video.yahoo.com/watch/7501380/19871724

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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, Niamh K, Jennie R, Semin S, Gavin H, David G, Becky B, Emer niB, Niamh N, Esme E, Ciaran H, Louis M, Gerard Ph, Monika E, Mark K, James O’H, Pere SC, Marsha D, Sarah McC, Patrick O’C, Sandra R, Christoph Sch, Deirdre O’B, Ellen C, Eimear O’F, Luna B, Leslie C, Elaine McH, Elva O’G, Deirdre G, Martin O’M, Maeve C, Ciara O’C, Sarah D, Patrick C, John O’R, Brian C, Brian R, Caroline C, Elaina O’N, Eilis C, Sandra R, Geraldine D, Nora W, Rachel M, Renata V, Carine S, Ruairi O’G, Donna D, Clare D, Tuna Y, Lisa S-O’G, Aga G, Anna B, Ian S, Joan W, Brian R, Bear N, Sebastian B, Tina M, Will McA, Siobhan H, Soeren G, Sheila McC, Regina Q, Marc F, Kieran O’C, Alan S, Orla K, Mike G, David N, Atri B, Damian L, Orna McE, Colm K, Grainne+Kieran C, Paul A, Cathy A, Damien McK, Sharon O’S, Malachy B, Eily O’C, Bridin McI, George K, Fergus O’C, Caitriona F. 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 promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. This is not a “best of…” list and if an event is not listed here, it by no means implies that the event is not interesting. Instead my “picks” are just based on my personal preferences. All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.


Chris Howard will – probably for the first and last time this year – be in Dublin from 28-30 May. You will learn how to use the thought processes and strategies of the super rich to create wealth in your own life. If you want learn how to be rich, happy and successful you must attend this free 2.5 day seminar. Register for free tickets here: www.wealthpropulsion.co.uk/?af=CLA1035324

There are sooo many things happening again this week. They are not all my “cup of tea”, but they might be for you. Drawing is not my best talent, so the National Drawing Day doesn’t tempt me that much, but have a look anyway at what is on offer! You shouldn’t be bored! In addition the weather is promising so just spending time outside could be great fun. ;-)
So, let me tell you what my plans are for the week. Actually, I will take it easy on Sat and Sun. The next few weekends will be busy and I need to finish a project that I had started a long time ago, so I will spend some time on that. On Monday and Wednesday I will do my Krav Maga (www.kravmagaireland.com) and on Tuesday I have a rehearsal for a gig on Thursday in Leixlip. The Valley Gospel Singers are doing a concert in the Leixlip church for an African Priest who is going back home. It is outside of Dublin, so it is not mentioned here. ;-) But the other thing that I will do on Thursday is to try to spend as much time as possible at the Dublin City Soul Festival events. Check Thursday for all details!


Hurray, another Dublin City Soul Festival! It is starting on Thursday, so make sure you check the Thursday section to find out all about this wonderful free festival in Dublin. It is not only a great event AND free, no, on top of that the organisers have made some tickets for the single only non-free event available AND – separately – are inviting one of you to win a meal for two! Brilliant stuff! :-) I wish I could take part in the competition! :-P The Dublin City Soul Festival will take place from 27-30 May this year and will culminate in the Soul Picnic on 30 May. You should have a look at www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/ for the festival information and at www.soul.ie to see the full range of events and a cool competition for a trip to the USA!
The nice people from the Soul Festival are making 5 (!!) pairs of tickets available for a Soul Festival related “Laugh Yer’ Soul Off” event in the Laughter Lounge, 4-8 Eden Quay, near O’Connell Bridge on Thurs 27 May (19:00). Tickets are normally EUR 26 and can be bought at the Laughter Lounge. If you win you get a price to the value of EUR 52 courtesy of the Dublin City Soul Festival. To be in with a chance all you have to do is send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject SOUL AND LAUGHTER and your mobile phone number and your name in the body of the mail. In addition you have to tell me the destination of the trip to the USA that you can win on www.soul.ie. The mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tues 25 May.
If you want to win a meal for two on the Soul Food Restaurant Trail, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject SOULFOOD and your mobile phone number and your name in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me as well by 13:00 on Tues 25 May.

The Ethical Fashion Week in Dublin will run from 24-29 May and one of the main events is about “Fashioning Entrepreneurship”. Fashion Editor Constance Harris in conversation with designer Katharine Hamnett. Hear Katharine’s story of her journey from one of the world’s most prolific designers to becoming the green godmother of the industry. The event takes place on Wed 26 at 21:00 (sharp!) in The Sugar Club, Lesson Street, Dublin 2. Tickets are EUR 10 and can be bought here www.re-dress.ie/fashionevolution.html There are some free events as well. A film screening, an exhibition and a meeting of the Clean Clothes Campaign and you should definitely have a look at the website if you are interested in clothes: www.re-dress.ie/fashionevolution.html
The generous organisers have some special for the readers of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and are providing 5 pairs of tickets for the “Fashioning Entrepreneurship” event for 5 winners. All you have to do is send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject ETHICAL FASHION and your mobile phone number and your name in the body of the mail. In addition you have to tell me the words or the abbreviation that is written on the fingers of the model on www.re-dress.ie/fashionevolution.html The mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Mon 24 May.

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!

If you work in a company or have your own company where running a competition in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) would help to reach the 6000 readers of the Event Guide, just drop me a mail and we can discuss the details: dublineventguide@gmail.com If you organise a non-free event and want to have it listed in this Event Guide then through a competition you have the opportunity to do that.

______Dublin News______________

Samuel B., a supportive and enthusiastic Dublin Event Guide Community Member, told me during the week about a new and very interesting initiative: A group of volunteers is working on the great idea of having nationwide Get-Togethers in our local streets on a day in July. The name of the initiative is “Street Feast” and it will be a national event to celebrate community. Attempted for the first time this year, the plan is to run this festival every year from now on. The neighbourhood street parties are hosted by you and your neighbours, and communities across Ireland on 18 July and the Street Fest Team is providing ideas and resources. The parties can be anywhere really – out on the street, in a local park or in your front garden.
There are many good reasons to have a Street Feast, but most of all it’s a great opportunity to meet new people who live near you and have a good time together. Importantly, Street Feast is people-powered and can’t happen without individuals like you taking getting involved. Find out more on www.streetfeast.ie and talk to your friends and neighbours about how you can be part of it.

Just in time for this issue a mail arrived from Lisa C telling me about a free ticket offer for the Maritime Festival. The Festival takes place over the bank holiday weekend and the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) has announced that Luas is partnering with the Docklands Maritime Festival and is offering 10,000 free Luas Tickets over the June Bank Holiday weekend to those who wish to travel to the seventh Maritime Festival. The announcement is here and you can request your tickets here www.dublindocklands.ie/maritimefestival/luas_tickets.jsp When they are gone, they are gone. ;-) So don’t wait!

When I read about this suggestion/proposal I had to check the calendar to see if it is April Fool’s Day again and I still wonder if it maybe should be in the “This Is Odd!!” section instead in the Dublin News. Micheal Martin, who is currently Ireland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (!!) and therefore the political representative of Ireland to the outside world, suggested that the 70 million or so people in the world that claim they have Irish roots should get a credit card-style card that confirms their roots and with this card they should then get discounts at tourist sites in Ireland. If that idea came from Tourism Ireland you could maybe understand it, but if the Minister of Foreign Affairs suggests this and if you then find out that it was seemingly one odea that was generated at a 3-day Think Tank last year that was looking at solving Ireland’s financial problems, the idea suddenly looks different. Does he really think that if people get a credit card-size card that confirms that someone’s great-great-grandmother was Irish and if that person then gets a bit of a discount at the Guinness Storehouse, this will sort out Ireland’s financial challenges?

I sent you the new video with Aline Barros, two weeks ago, the wonderful Brazilian who is full of energy and optimism despite the fact that the doctors tell her she will stay in a wheelchair for the rest of her life after the hit-and-run accident. Last Tues Aline got some good news on another front: Her mother is here on a holiday visa and was nearly getting deported because her 3 months were over. But in the end the Department of Justice allowed her to stay until Aline’s court case (end of June) is over. www.independent.ie/national-news/crash-victims-mum-can-stay-2183486.html Here is Aline’s video once more, in case you haven’t seen it yet: www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-7velObi5Y I

Hughes&Hughes, the chain of book shops that closed down a few months ago and was in receivership, might be resurrected. A brand new company by the name of Sivota Ltd. bought some assets of Hughes&Hughes and apparently plans to continue to trade as Hughes&Hughes in the coming weeks. Sivota was founded on 14 April 2010 and is registered at the address of a solicitor in Lower Fitzwilliam Street. www.cro.ie/search/CompanyDetails.aspx?id=483215&type=C


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. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 6000+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

More to come!


It is probably no surprise to you ;-) that no matter what time I have to write the Event Guide it just disappears and in the end it is a mad rush to get it out to you at a half decent time. But again something had to get dropped today and unfortunately it is our artists again. However, today I have something to make up for it. It is a link to a great resource of all types of listings of exhibitions. Let me know what you think of it, because I am considering dropping the Exhibitions and just pointing you in the direction of the people at www.visualartists.ie. They do a good job and it is their main job. Would you have a problem if I reduced or left out the exhibition notices and only pointed to visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/ Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with EXHIBITIONS in the subject if you want to tell me your opinion.


The Embassy of the Republic of Turkey invites you to an exhibition entitled “Old Istanbul: Modern Miniatures, Maps and Engravings”. The exhibition will be on show in the European Union House in 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2 and can be viewed during business hours on Fri 21 May and then from Mon 24-Thur 27 May. The exhibition is about old Istanbul. Through old map illustrations, engravings and miniatures the exhibition will tell you how Istanbul looked and how it was and how the people of Istanbul lived in old days. Admission is free. ec.europa.eu/ireland/events/index_en.htm

Simon Fagan will be playing live and signing copies of his debut album, ‘Outside Looking In’ in HMV in Grafton Street on Fri 21 May at 12:30. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

The Irish Countrywomen’s Association Panel Discussion will present President Anne Maria Dennison, Elizabeth Wall, Honorary National Secretary Kitty Harlin, Former National President and Ina Broughal, former National President, who will discuss the role that creative arts have played in the organisation and the influence of the ICA on Irish society. This event is part of the Bealtaine Festival. It will take place on Fri 21 May from 13:00-14:00 in the National Library in Kildare Street, Dublin 2. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The UCD Earth Sciences Institute is running a series of seminars that began in March and will take place on most Fridays until December. The next lecture will be on Fri 21 May (12:30-14:00): Claire Penny, IBM will talk about ‘Energy Management for Smarter Buildings’ and Greg O’Hare, Clarity UCD & Gary Carroll, EpiSensor will discuss ‘Sensors for a Smarter Building’. The event will take place in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No.6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. To find out more about upcoming lectures, contact esi.admin@ucd.ie

The Delorentos will be in Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 on Fri 21 May at 13:00 for an In-Store Event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

As part of the Irish Internet Association’s ‘Digitize the Nation’ campaign, Connector.ie will be giving free consultations on Fri 21 May between 14:00-18:00. They will help you to diagnose digital marketing problems and prescribe solutions based on the Connector 10Cs strategy. Request an appointment via training AT connector.ie. www.connector.ie/2010/05/connector-clinic-event/

“Shake Down” in Pacino’s Restaurant in Suffolk Street will feature “Triple Drop” and “The Vagabonds” on Fri 21 May. Shake Down is entertainment by a live band and DJ from 23:00-02:30, while you can enjoy pizza and a cocktail in Pacino’s. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870

* 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 (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.
* “Shake Down” in Pacino’s restaurant, Suffolk Street is a weekly Friday event from 23:00. Live Bands a DJ, Pizza and Cocktails and free admission make this event hugely attractive. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870


The friends of Medieval Dublin are hosting a free symposium about the history and archaeology of Medieval Dublin on Sat 22 May. This 12th Medieval Dublin Symposium is a free, one day event which will feature papers from historians and archaeologists exploring the subject of medieval Dublin. It begins at 09:30 in the Robert Emmet Theatre in the Arts Building in Trinity College and ends around 17:00.
There is no pre-registration required, and the website for the friends of Medieval
Dublin is www.fmd.ie. All are welcome! Details about the event are here fmd.ie/symposia/symposium-2010.html Thanks to Anne B. for letting me know!

On Sat 22 and Sun 23 May the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin will host a Sustainable Environment Fair. Visit the stands in the Visitor Centre presented by leading environmental and conservation organisations, including information and products on conservation, environmental education, fair trade, ethically produced goods and much more. Outdoor farmers market on Sunday 23 May with organic vegetables and much more. From 10:30 each day. Admission is free. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

On Sat 22 May the Food Cycle will take place. Starting at 11:00, four cycling routes will simultaneously bring the participants via some community gardens to Iveagh Gardens in Harcourt Street. Cycles start from (a) Finglas, (b) St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, (c) Cherry Orchard, and (d) Crumlin and each cycle takes in between 4 and 6 gardens before they converge in the Iveagh Gardens for a big cycle picnic. Details are on www.dublincycling.ie/foodcycle and on: www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=125535590794180&ref=mf Thanks to Tommy H for telling me about this event.

For the national Drawing Day, Farmleigh House has a range of events planned:
+ Childrens Art Workshops (5-7 years): The Donkey Pastel
The children will be exploring and developing the use of shape and colour through the medium of wax crayon and ink. They will also gain an understanding of texture in the subject matter (The Donkeys). Workshop times are 12:00-13:00, 13:20-14:20, 14:40-15:40, 16:00-17:00. (in the Arkle Room)
+ Childrens Art Workshops (8-12 years): The Sunflowers & the Daffodils
Through observational drawings of flora and fauna the children shall learn linear, tonal and shading drawing techniques. This will be developed in paint and pastel mediums. Workshop times are 12:00-13:00, 13:20-14:20, 14:40-15:40, 16:00-17:00. (in the Motorhouse)

# An International Biodiversity Day Tour will take place on Sat 22 May from 14:00-15:00 in the Natural History Museum at Merrion Square. Learn more about Irish fauna and how it has changed over the ages. No booking required. Places limited to 30, so come early. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1215
# On the Drawing Day 2010, the Natural Museum invites to “Draw with Don” on Sat 22 May from 11:00-12:00. It is International Biodiversity Day AND Drawing Day, so join Don Conroy to practice drawing animals! No booking required, this is a drop-in event. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1216
# The National Drawing Day event “Archaeological Illustration Special” with Aoife Patterson for Adults will take place on Sat 22 May from 14:00-16:00 in Kildare Street. Join Aoife Patterson, Archaeological Illustrator, who will guide and inspire your own drawings of artefacts that are on display in the National Museum. No experience is needed. Materials will be provided. No booking required but places are limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1217
# The workshop “Make a Big Mark: Drawing Day at the Museum” will take place on Sat 22 May from 10:00-17:00 in Collins Barracks. Make your mark at the Museum on Drawing Day and make it big! Drawing packs and materials provided for artists of all ages. No booking required. Drop-in event. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1219
# The Bealtaine Festival event “Trace your relatives from the Great War” will take place in Collins Barracks from 10:30-14:00 on Sat 22 May. Hear valuable advice from members of the Royal Dublin Fusiliers Association on how to find records of those who served during the First World War 1914-18. No booking required. Drop-in event for adults. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1220

Sat 22 May is International Biodiversity Day and the Science Gallery and Coastwatch celebrate the day with a programme packed with mollusk identification workshops, salmon songs and research training sessions.
The events during the day are
+ 13:00 BIODIVERSITY AROUND DUBLIN BAY – A SNAPSHOT SURVEY Create your own exhibition of Dublin Bay! You are asked to bring in materials collected around Dublin Bay which will be arranged by geographic location of their place of discovery.
+ 13:00-15:00 WORKSHOPS
Learn how to contribute to the National Biodiversity Databank! Scientists and Science Gallery mediators will be on hand to show you how to input data into the Coastwatch biodiversity data base and be a part of the information collection process for Ireland’s National Biodiversity Databank. Only a limited number of records and images can be added during the workshop.
The Mollusc Identification Workshop will be led by Linda Daniels, TCD Zoology Department and Coastwatch member, and will teach you how to identify Ireland’s native molluscs from snails to scallops. Suitable for all ages.
+ 14:30 BIODIVERSITY IN MUSIC – Led by Professor Deborah Kelleher, Head of Music at Ireland’s Royal Academy of Music, musicians Ian Calder and Tanya Turner will serenade songs about Ireland’s biological diversity in the Maths Chapel at Science Gallery.
An exploration of the iconographic image of the salmon in Irish culture from music and poems to a scientific evaluation of the current population and what actions are needed to make sure the salmon stick around. Check for all the details: www.sciencegallery.com/events/2010/05/international-biodiversity-day

On Sat 22 May a Guided walk for International Day of Biodiversity will take place.
Saturday 22nd May. This guided tour of native plants in the Botanic Gardens will show and explain the range of native plants in the collections and will show the developing new Native Plant Conservation Area being constructed. It will start at 15:00 at the Visitor Centre in the Botanic Garden in Glasnevin. Admission is free. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

The Family Programme in the National Gallery in Clare Street & Merrion Square on Sat 22 May runs from 10:30-16:30 and is all about the National Drawing Day. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Designer Mart is on winter break and will return from 13 March!
* 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
* Car Boot Sale in Tallaght – Every Saturday from 09:00-15:00 a car boot sale is taking place at the Victory Centre, Firhouse Road, Tallaght. Ring 086-3394009 / 086-1961815 for more information. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/01/58061901.html
* 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 Black Sheep play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later Dj Glenn Brown (Dublin Calling). Admission is free.
* 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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On Sun 23 May, a National Youth Angling Expo will take place at the Howth Sea Angling Club on the West pier in Howth, County Dublin from 10:00-17:30. This event will launch ‘Fisheries Awareness Week’ in the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board and also mark the Howth Sea Angling club’ 40th anniversary celebration. The event will be run by the Dublin Angling Initiative in association with the angling federations with the aim of bringing children and teenagers into the sport of angling. Many of Ireland’s most experienced and well known anglers will be present on the day and will be giving freely their time, knowledge and expertise.
Workshops and demonstrations will be taking place, there will be a rod clinic where young people can try casting and can learn about the equipment involved and outdoor demonstrations will be taking place as well. Admission is free. www.fishingireland.net

The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 15 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops are
23 May: Make a Surprise
30 May: Medieval Life – includes a visit to Ashtown Castle
Phoenix Park Visitor Centre: 01-6770095.

Nearly every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for free. No booking is required. This week (Sun 23 May) Fionnuala Moynihan (piano) will play “Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas IV”. This is the 4th in a five concert series featuring the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas performed in chronological order by Irish pianist Fionnuala Moynihan. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=507

On Sat 22 May from 14:00-16:00 the Hugh Lane Gallery at Parnell Square invites to a Family Drawing Day. Join artist Joe Coveney to create string drawings on the Gallery’s forecourt. Participants will be sent aerial photos of the drawings by email after the event. To book contact 01 2225564.

If you are close to saying YES, then maybe this will interest you: Seba Long (Wedding Designer) and the Burlington Hotel invite you on Sun 23 May from 14:30 to their wedding show in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin 4. For more information check www.sebalong.com

# The Family Event “My Museum: Fairy Folk-Finger Puppets” will take place on Sun 23 May from 15:00-16:00 in Kildare Street and is for Families with children 8 yrs+. “Traditionally May is the month when fairies were thought to be most active throughout the Irish countryside. If you can’t spot one yourself take part in our tactile finger puppet workshop with artist Sinead McGeeney. Make your own finger puppet fairies and sprites from felt and other bits n’ bobs or make some that resemble your friends and family so you can take them with you wherever you go! No booking required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.”
# At 15:00-15:45 a Public Tour of the Decorative Arts and History part in Collins Barracks will take place.

The Sunday Lecture on 23 May at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Clare Street & Merrion Square is: “Drawings and other Highlights at the Hunt Museum” by Lecturer Dr Hugh Maguire, Director, The Hunt Museum. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (13:00+15:00), major international sporting events on the other big screen plus kids under 3 eat for free are the main attractions of this offer. Upcoming Movies are on 23 May: Robots, 29-30 May: The Lady and the Tramp. www.odeon.ie/

Free comedy + free ice-cream! The Comedy Crunch is a brilliant free Stand Up comedy which is downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street every week. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is changing but always impressive. The next performance is on Sun 23 May. Check here before you go: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* 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
* 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.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* 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.
* 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
* 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 Holy Spirit Church, Silloge, 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_______________


From Mon 24 May until Sat 29 May the 3rd Ethical Fashion Week will take place in Dublin. “Fashion Evolution aims to re-vitalise the spirit of the Irish fashion industry, with a schedule of exciting events catering for consumers, producers, retailers and supporters of fashion alike.” There are a number of free events taking place during the week and the full programme is here: www.re-dress.ie/fashionevolution.html
The free events are
+ EJF COTTON T-SHIRT EXHIBIT from 24-29 May in the Greenhouse, Andrew Street, Dublin 2: Exclusive designs from John Rocha, Alice Temperley, Christian Lacroix, Giles Deacon amongst many others encapsulate the ideals of the Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) campaign on child labour in the cotton industry.
+ CLEAN CLOTHES CAMPAIGN (CCC) IRELAND – GENERAL MEETING on Tues 25 May from 20:00-21:00 in The Greenhouse, St. Andrew Street, Dublin2: The Clean Clothes Campaign is an alliance of organisations in 13 European countries who are dedicated to improving working conditions and supporting workers in the global garment industry. The CLEANING UP FASHION open meeting is the next step in the establishment of an Irish CCC.
+ HOME THE MOVIE – FREE SCREENING PUBLIC FILM NIGHT on Thurs at 18:30 in the Light House Cinema, Smithfield: HOME aims to help people understand and share the issues facing our planet and to provoke a general raising of awareness on the stakes of social and environmental responsibility. This is a free event but you need to book tickets via the website: www.re-dress.ie/fashionevolution.html
Tickets are limited to 2 per person

St John of God Hospital, one of the leading providers of mental health treatment and care services in Ireland, is running a public lecture series “Minding the Mind” and the next lecture, entitled “Understanding Eating Disorders” by Fiona Flynn is taking place on Mon 10 May from 20:00-21:30 in the St. John of God Hospital Campus on Stillorgan Road, Dublin. Admission is free and Pre-registration is not required.
Further talks are
+ 24 May – Dr Ahmed Errasoul “When the Mundane becomes the Dream / Treatment of Bipolar Disorder”

Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening night Cine-Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) will take place on Mon 24 May at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). Check with Howard 085-1351822.which films he will show.

* 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. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* ‘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 21:00 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html
* 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
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


On Tues 25 May the lecture “The Model Reveals Fresh Drawings and Paintings” by Lecturer Séamus Kealy, Director, The Model, Arts Centre and Gallery, Sligo will take place in the National Gallery at 10:30. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#4

On Tues 25 May from 19:00, the Alliance Francaise celebrates its 50th anniversary in Ireland. Since 1960m the Alliance Francaise is teaching French in Dublin and you are invited to take your hat off to the Alliance Francaise. To do that you have to come with a hat! So the party in Crawdaddy, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 is free for people that come with hat. For the rest a charge of EUR 5 will apply.

Hugo Hamilton will give a talk on Tue 25 May from 19:30 about the diaries kept by his German mother throughout her life in Ireland and how they form a template for his latest novel “Hand in the Fire”. The diaries, which have now been acquired by the National Library of Ireland, offer an intriguing view into the life of an immigrant woman living in Ireland and the shaping of the writer’s own life and work. The event will be in English and will take place in the Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. Admission is free. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5980566v.htm

The Tuesday Evening Protests at the Dail in Kildare Street are continuing. On Tuesday 25 May at 19:30 another demonstration will take place. The declared goal is to “Stop the bank bailout” and to get rid of the current government. While the goal of replacing an incapable government definitely justifies the protests, the nature of the organising groups makes you wonder if they can get the mass support that such an initiative needs. “Right to Work Campaign”, Unite Trade Union, Socialist Worker Party, Anti-Capitalists? The organisations appear to be more the type of left-wing fringe organisations, than organisations that could get the “middle of the road” tax payer to support the protests. To remove a government a mass protest is needed and there are serious doubts that the groups involved will manage this.

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street every Tueas from 20:00. 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
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


In addition to Biodiversity Day, Drawing Day, the Ethical Fashion Week and Bealtaine Festival, another Festival is taking place this week: The Sustainable Living Festival is spearheaded by www.cultivate.ie and brings us a number of free events. On Wed 26 May from 13:30-16:30 “Convergence – Global Communities” is taking place. “Technology transfer has been traditionally focused on what the South can learn from the North yet it is time we appreciated the wealth of knowledge and techniques accumulated in the South in relation to coping and adaptation strategies. The particular focus will be cultivating reciprocal learning exchanges to build local resilience and adapt to climate change through the use of appropriate technologies and community organisation techniques.” The event is free but spaces are limited so you have to book at 01 674 5773. It takes place in The Greenhouse, St. Andrew Street,
Dublin 2. Details on www.cultivate.ie/convergence/Global_Communities.pdf

“To the Winds Our Sails: Irish Writers Translate Galician Poetry” Co-edited by Irish poet Mary O’Donnell and Galician scholar Manuela Palacios, this anthology offers a unique insight into the imaginative, social, ecological and personal preoccupations with which Galician poets have engaged in recent decades. Ten poets ranging in age, experience and style, are represented with five translations each. The book will be launched by Michael Cronin, Director of the Centre for Translation and Textual Studies, Dublin City University, and Mary O’Donnell, poet, short-story writer, novelist and co-editor of the anthology. After the official launch there will be readings of poems by Galician poets Chus Pato, Marilar Aleixandre and by Irish writers Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill, Catherine Phil MacCarthy, Maurice Harmon and Caitriona O’Reilly.
During the evening there will be a break on the proceedings for a live performance of Galician music by Eimear Dempsey. The event will take place in the Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 on Wed 26 May at 18:30. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha60903_16_2.htm

Organised by the International Peace Studies Programme at the Irish School of Ecumenics at Trinity College, the lecture “Hamas and the Future of Political Islam in the Middle East” by Stephen Farrell from the New York Times will take place on Wed 26 May from 19:00-21:00 in the Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin. Everybody is welcome. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=106584566052429&ref=nf

Playwright and film writer Mark O’Rowe will be in conversation in the National Library in Kildare Street. Admission is free but booking is essential. Call 01 603 0317 to reserve your place. O’Rowe will be interviewed by Sophie Gorman, Arts Editor of the Irish Independent. Mark O’Rowe is an award-winning playwright and film writer. The event will take place on Wed 26 May from 20:00-21:00. www.nli.ie

The “brownbread mixtape” is a free monthly gig upstairs in the Stag’s Head pub. Each gig is themed and the best contemporary musicians, poets and comedians are invited to perform a short set of thematically related material. This month’s brownbread mixtape is on Wed 26 May at 20:30 and the theme of the night is “Things that are cool”. Performers are Muisc: Fiach and Garry O’Brien; Comedy: Foil, Arms and Hog and Trevor Brown; Poetry: Erin Fornoff. Host Kalle Ryan will be in place to deliver some additional laugh-out-loud interludes during the proceedings. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com

* 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
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


On Thurs 27 May from 13:30-17:00 a free event – part of the Sustainable Living Festival – will take place in The Greenhouse, St. Andrew St., D2. Organised by Cultivate.ie, this half day session will bring together community and environmental initiatives from around Ireland to enquire into what it means to be a ‘green community’ and explore strategies for our communities, in the broadest sense, to become green, smart and sustainable. The Green Communities Network is a joint initiative of the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the EPA and An Taisce to encourage the growth of green communities in Ireland.
Reserve your place at this workshop with Alice Ryan (alice AT cultivate.ie). More details are here: www.cultivate.ie/convergence/Greening_Our_Communities.pdf

The 4th Dublin City Soul Festival is starting on Thurs 27 May. From Thurs 27 May to Sun 30 May hundreds of musicians will take to the streets, bars, cafes and public spaces to celebrate all that is good about Ireland and share their Soul with you.
This year’s line up of events includes the “Rising Stars” event which will see Meeting House Square in the heart of Temple Bar transformed into an urban picnic space from 17:00 on Thurs 27 – Sat 29 May. While the final line-up is a closely guarded secret, already confirmed are Mob Fandango, Fiach, Jezzebelle, Jupe, Mark Conway and The Ratzingers – and that’s just the Opening Night Party, with special guests yet to be revealed. And if you are reading the Event Guide for a while then you know that I am a big fan of The Ratzingers AND that I was blown away by Mob Fandango as well. So if there is a brilliant free gig, then this is the one! ;-) Admission is free as always and organisers are promising a relaxed, friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all.
There’s lots more free events and things to see and do including the City Soul Trail – free live music & DJs in bars and venues, an Icons of Soul Photographic exhibition, Secret Soul Parties, Soul Cinema screenings and the Soul Food Restaurant Trail which will offer people a chance to enjoy some mouth-watering soul food from 17 May in selected venues. Here is a list of the events and I will tell you more next week! Soul Festival Weekend Highlights:
+ Thurs 27 May from 17:00: Opening Night Urban Picnic Party @ Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. Free Admission
+ Thurs 27 May from 22:00: Groovalizacion DJs present an evening of eclectic Afro Funk, Brazilian Samba & 70’s Blaxploitation anthems at Solas Bar on Wexford Street. Free Admission.
• Fri 28 May from 17:00: Rising Stars Showcase & Urban Picnic Party @ Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. Free Admission.
• Sat 29 May from 12:00: Soul Festival DJs & Bands on the Gig Rig Stage to launch Point Village Market at the Point Depot. Free Admission.
• Sat 29 May from 19:00: Soul Jam Party @ Meeting House Square, Temple Bar – Free Admission.
• Sun 30 May from 12:00-18:00: Soul Picnic in Merrion Square, broadcast live on 103.2 Dublin City FM

Since Thurs 20 May and until Thurs 17 June, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, in association with GradCAM – The Graduate School of Creative Arts & Media at IADT (Institute of Art, Design & Technology, Dún Laoghaire) are running a new weekly, Dún Laoghaire-based music and arts programme, DL5-8. The programme runs every Thursday evening 20 May to 17 June and features film screenings with live performances, temporary art works, traditional and improvised music gigs featuring local and international artists, public talks with artists and creatives. A typical Thursday evening will begin with film screenings and live performances at 17:00 in the Pavilion Theatre Gallery followed by an artist talk at 18:00 at the Sunshine Café on Georges Street. At 19:00 in Weirs of Dún Laoghaire, the Damian Evans Mixed Ground Jazz Series will be running, offering attendees the opportunity to hear both local and international jazz artists in a fun and informal setting. Meanwhile, art projects and performances by Naomi S. and Sinéad Mc Cann will be underway every Thursday evening (and at other days during
the week) at the artists’ studios on Lr. Georges’ St. In addition, a late events programme of live gigs, from 22:00 to late at the Purty Kitchen, Dún Laoghaire, showcases a series of live, world music bands with the Drazen Derek Improvised Company; featuring Koshka, Passer Bem, Cafe Orchestra, the North Strand Kontra Band and the tradfutures collective with invited guests.
The full programme details are on www.creativepolicies.com

The Pulpit will be in Tower Records on Thur 27 May at 18:00 for an in-store event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Thur 27 May at 19:30 the Argentinean film “Quién dice que es fácil?” (2007) by Juan Taratuto (in Spanish with English subtitles) will be shown. The Instituto Cervantes is on Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha64152_16_2.htm

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event that was launched on 13 May. It runs on Thursdays from 19:00-01:00 in the Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. It is a new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. “Featuring at the Beauty Spot will be regular beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. The weekly Beauty Bar will have a different theme and treatments every week. Check out www.stylenation.ie for more info on The Beauty Spot and keep an eye on the twitter pages at www.twitter.com/stylenationshow and www.twitter.com/beautyspotlive

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme this month is “Cops&Robber” and the films are 27 May: The French Connection. For Seat/Table reservations call 478 2088 or mail hello@odeon.iewww.odeon.ie/gallery.html

Live Music with the bands Wounds, We Cut Corners and Patrick Kelleher will take place from 20:30-00:30 on Thurs 27 May in Shebeen Chic. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118461574841059

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Mullingar House in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111621257112
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


The UCD Earth Sciences Institute is running a series of seminars that began in March and will take place on most Fridays until December. The next lecture will be on Fri 28 May (12:30-14:00): Dermot Honan, Intel Ireland will talk about ‘Green Information Technology – Data Centres of the Future’ & John Campion, ESB will discuss ‘Transforming Electricity for a Future Ireland’. The event will take place in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, No.6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. To find out more about upcoming lectures, contact esi.admin@ucd.ie

The “Yeh Deadlies” will be in Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2 on Fri 28 May at 13:00 for an In-Store Event. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

A public interview with Handel Wright (David Lam Chair of Multicultural Education and Director of the Centre for Culture, Identity and Education, University of British Columbia, Canada) is taking place in the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle on Fri 28 May from 13:00-14:00. Handel Wright is visiting Dublin to participate in a FOMACS/British Council public education project, entitled Learning Lab: Identities and Social Justice. www.learninglab.ie. Originally from Sierra Leone, West Africa, Handel Wright did his graduate studies in Canada and then moved to the United States where he taught courses in cultural studies, multicultural education, qualitative research and service learning at the University of Tennessee. To register for this event, please contact Ann Nolan or Maeve Burke at info.fomacs@dit.ie or 01 4023006 by 12:00 Thurs 27 May. dev.pbmailer.com/template_v2.php?draftid=309

A public lecture on Ramakrishna and Spirituality by Swami Dayatmanada (Ramakrishna Vedanta Centre UK) will take place on Fri 28 May at 16:00 in the Synge Lecture Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin. Admission is free. edanta is a philosophy of the ancient Indian Vedas. Its basic message is that our real nature is divine and that different paths for realising this truth for ourselves exist. The Vedanta teaches respect for all religions.

Raffael A, a Dublin Event Guide Community Member, tells me about Latin Music Upstairs in Murray’s Bar on Upper O’Connell Street on Fr 28 May from 22:00 until late. Admission is free until 00:00.

Shebeen Chic in South Great George’s Street will be the venue of the “Dublin Reggae Special” with live band Madu (www.myspace.com/madumusic) and DJ iZem (Groovalizacion Dj’s – www.groovalizacion.com). The event will take place downstairs in Shebeen Chic on Fri 28 May from 22:00-02:00. Admission is free.


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:

During this free 2.5 day seminar you will learn strategies and principles to build your wealth. Chris Howard, an international speaker and trainer of the calibre of Anthony Robbins explains: “Just turn on your TV or surf the Internet, and you’ll be bombarded with reasons why the economy is so bad and why it’s so difficult to build riches today. You may not realise it, but you’re being programmed, conditioned, and robbed of your opportunity to build wealth and riches today. You’re also being programmed to believe you can’t follow your passions and still be rich. Or that you have to join the corporate world or suffer in a dead-end job you despise. So instead of following your passion, you end up taking that job to meet your obligations, and you feel as if you’re living a mediocre life.” The event will start on Friday evening at 18:00 and will continue on Saturday and Sunday. It is a promotional event for other non-free courses, for example a full NLP qualification, but the 2.5 days are packed with valuable information that will help you even if additional courses are currently not the right thing for you. Register here: www.wealthpropulsion.co.uk/?af=CLA1035324 The seminar will take place in the Crowne Plaza in Santry.

The bombing of Dublin’s North Strand by German aircraft by mistake during the war left 28 dead and 90 injured, with 300 houses damaged or destroyed. The seminar will include talks about various aspects of the bombing including censorship, compensation, and the role of the emergency services. It will take place on Sat 29 May from 10:00-16:00 in the Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The event is free, but booking is essential. (cityarchives@dublincity.ie or 01-6744873) www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=2167

Eileen Battersby, Literary Correspondent of The Irish Times, will be discussing her book “Second Readings” and her column series in the Times on Tues 01 June at 18:00at the Royal Irish Academy in Dawson Street. This is a free ticketed event. Tickets for the event can be obtained from ria@libertiespress.com

Anjelica Huston will talk about her relationship with Yeats’ work with broadcaster John Kelly on Wed 02 June from 19:30 in the National Library in Kildare Street. Admission is free, but booking is essential: To reserve up to two places, phone (01) 6030277.

______This is odd!!______________

Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section. ;-)

I guess by now everybody has been affected directly or indirectly or knows friends that have directly been affected by the ash spitting icelandic volcano with the near-unpronounceable name. When the volcano started letting between 50 and 400 tonnes of ash in the air per SECOND (!!), initially all flights were grounded because the “safe limit” was ZERO. However, this caused a lot of disruptions as we know and after a while the safe limit was increased to 2mg per cubic metre of air. But when even that caused flight cancellations, the limit was further increased to 4 mg per cubic metre and a new category of restricted air space was created. (www.nats.co.uk/updates.html). I know that the plane engine manufacturers and the airlines analysed and tested and checked and thought a lot about these safe limits, but we have to realise as well that the commercial pressures were HUGE! So, can we be certain that the safe limits are really SAFE limits? Or could it be that they were introduced and increased to a level that was less defined by safety than by the need of having as little disruptions as possible? Unfortunately I don’t have a conclusive answer to this question, but it is a little concerning that the time and therefore the research into this was so limited. In other areas the introduction of safe limits follows years of research and still could be completely wrong (See Asbestos, Dioxine, CFCs) for the ash related safe limits just about one months was used to analyse the available information. This is odd and quite worrying! Let’s hope and pray that now accident happens that is caused by a failing jet engine due to ash damage. Check as well the section ” Jet Engine Tolerance to Airborne Particles” in en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_travel_disruption_after_the_2010_Eyjafjallajökull_eruption

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This week you will get the Event Guide at the “normal” time again and hopefully with all or nearly all events. ;-) I realised that I numbered last week’s newsletter wrong as well. It was a slightly mad day and a BIG rush to get it finished last Friday morning. Apologies.
The weather promises to be WONDERFUL this weekend! Make the most out of it, you never know how many nice weekends there will be! ;-)


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