Event Guide 158: Dublin Pride Festival, Zombie Walk, Dublin Flea Market, Dundrum Arts Festival, PhotoIreland Festival

June 25th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 158
| 25 June 2010 Subscribers: 6786

Hi all!

What a brilliant Street Performance World Championship last weekend! And on top of a great festival that was extremely well organised the weather could not have been better! I had a super weekend, thanks to all the volunteers and to the organisers of the event and certainly to all the performers. I know that there was a bit of upset with some people because the Space Hopper event was oversubscribed and consequently not everybody could take part in the Guinness World Record Event. It is very annoying if you look forward to it and then are told that you can’t take part. But I can understand why it was a bit oversubscribed (to make sure that 1500 people will be there) and can understand as well why at some point the doors had to be closed. Maybe it would have been better to officially target 1500 but prepare for 2000. I am convinced that if some similar event will take place again, the hiccups will not re-occur!

The voting process for the best Street Performer is a little unclear to me and not for the first time I have been very surprised about the selected winner, but as I see it, the “world championship” part is only a brilliant public relations trick, so it doesn’t really matter if anybody wins and who wins.

One thing never ceases to amaze me: Even in the 4th year of the Street Performance World Championship (SPWC) I find people that have never heard about it AND people that have heard about it but never went to the event. I just don’t get that. ;-) But then I AM infected by the SPWC bug! :-)


By the way, commiserations to all the people whose national team failed to qualify at the World Cup final rounds. I am lucky that “my” team is still in, it was tight enough. If your team had to leave, feel free to support the German team! :-) Any support is welcome.

Another thing I want to mention to you already: In early July I will be away – for the first time in many many years – for more than a long weekend (on short holidays and a training course). I will do my best to provide you with some form of an Event Guide newsletter on the weekend of 10/11 July, but the newsletter will be not as comprehensive as you are used to. I am not sure yet how expansive the newsletter will be, but I thought I better mention it to you early. ;-)

I met a number of people at the Street Performance World Championship weekend who told me how much they like the Event Guide. Martin and Patricia are two of them and you know who you are. :-) It is great to hear this and probably your friends would think that too. So, just tell them that they only need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com to subscribe. This might help www.perfectresults.info/event_guide_mini_flyers.pdf

Last week Marc, friend or mine sent me a mail telling me a dramatic story and – with his ok – I will tell you his story in this week’s “Feel Good Slot”:
“Last night my little girl almost died. She went into a seizure. I watched the light leave her eyes, she stopped breathing and her eyes closed. I’ve never experienced anything like it. I would have traded places with her right then and there. I thought she was gone. An ambulance arrived 15 min later and by this time she was back and screaming and kicking. She stopped breathing for maybe 10-15 seconds and came back to consciousness slowly with murmurs and shaking and then crying. The ambulance crew from Navan Hospital were fantastic and took care of her right away stabilising her. We got her to Temple Street Children’s Hospital where she was taken care of better than we could have hoped for. The staff in there are amazing and they are consistent and reassuring. They told us she had a seizure which can be quite common with a high temperature in small babies and children. We were there for 5 hours or so before we were given the ok to go home, meanwhile the staff continued on into another long Friday night shift, taking care of many children and doing it excellently.
As I write this my little girl is asleep and has improved greatly and I’m so thankful to have her home safe and sound.
I hope everyone can take a moment to think about or reach out to someone they love and really appreciate that you have them in your life. We can very often take the people in our lives for granted and only realise it when it’s too late. Nothing is more important that your loved ones and friends. And please consider donating money to Temple Street www.templestreet.ie/ the people in there do great work.”
I am glad that Marc’s little daughter had a lucky escape, but it as not only luck, it was the work that was done in the ambulance and the hospital as well, so let’s be grateful to all the people that look after us when we can’t do it ourselves!

This week, Susan D. and Patricia O’N. sent me a donation and I appreciate their support hugely. If you want to support my weekly work too and want to make me smile or just realise that you still have to send this belated Event Guide birthday present, you can donate here: www.perfectresults.info/donation.htm

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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, Marie N, Sarah M, Kalle R, Mervyn M, Thomas D, Anna-Lena F, Veronica F, Filippo G, Eimear McG, Marion K, Susan D, Patricia O’N 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 lo w 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.

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My plan for this weekend is to got to the Point Village Market on Saturday, then to the Joycean Street Theatre and then maybe to have a look at the – good natured – madness that the Pride Parade is. Zombie Walk is next on the list but between all this I will have to fit one quite relevant World Cup match. ;-)
On Sunday I will either take some time off or I will join Patrick Cumiskey at a 2-day training course with www.kravmagaireland.com.
Next week will be very busy with day job and with some hobbies, so I will probably not go to any events during the week, but check this newsletter, maybe you will find something for you!


I am working on getting more competitions for you. If you work in a company that wants to promote an event, a product (incl. books) or a service, then you should contact me to talk about how this could be done through the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). Just send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com and tell me what non-free event or product you would like to promote through a 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______________

The Luas link between the existing Luas lines has been proposed and a planning application has been submitted. All details including a very detailed map are here
I am totally in favour of an extension of the public transport system in Dublin, but I am concerned about two things a) more streets will be completely taken over by the Luas, which soon will make it virtually impossible to reach any of the shops in the City Centre to collect larger goods etc and b) the construction period is expected to take EIGHT (!!!!) years! And with the typical delays that is more like 10 years. 10 years of excavations in Dublin? 10 years of chaos? Can you remember the area around Harcourt Street when the Luas was built? Or more recently the IFSC area? And can you imagine that mess and inconvenience for 10 years? Definitely a high price to pay for the undoubtedly necessary public transport.

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The Dail has decided (not voted (!) because all were in favour) on a new Road Traffic Bill that contains a number of relevant changes that affect every driver. As the next step the Seanad has to agree to it and then it will be published and will be a law a couple of weeks after. So all will probably be in place in or even before August.
The biggest change is that with the new law the permissible alcohol limit for drivers of “mechanically propelled vehicles” will be lowered from 80mg to 50mg and for driving novices on a learner licence and for drivers with full licence in the first two years since getting their licence from 80mg to 20mg! For new drivers this is virtually a total alcohol ban and for the rest, it limits the alcohol intake to one glass of wine or even less. This reduction is long overdue if you compare it with the rest of Europe where only the UK and tiny Malta have the 80mg limit. The organisation that represents the pub owners says this is the end of the pubs, but their argument is just not very strong if you look at people killed by drunken drivers on the other side.
Another relevant change for everybody with a non-irish drivers licence is that with the new law, penalty points can be given to these drivers as well. Until now that was not possible. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0624/breaking8.html If you want to check out the bill and see all other changes, you can find it here:

Last year thousands of people visited various heritage sites across South County Dublin and this year promises to be even better with an ever expanding programme featuring a range of events for adults and children alike, all of which are free to attend. The schedule will again include tours and living history performances at the two stately homes, Cabinteely House and Marlay House. In addition tours of the Celtic Oratory on Library Road, the Obelisk on Killiney Hill, the Dun Laoghaire Memorials Tour, which is a coastal visit to the numerous memorials around the town, including the Queen Victoria Fountain and the Crimean War Cannon and a sightseeing tour along The Metals, a historic pathway that linked the quarry in Dalkey to the harbour in Dun Laoghaire, are part of the programme. Sea Bird Viewing, Nature Walks and Bat Walks complement the 2010 schedule. The programme will run from 28 June – 05 September and all details can be found in the brochure at www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/Leaflet.pdf. All events are free and no pre-booking is required. However many tours have limited capacity. www.dlrevents.ie/heritage_10.html

Unfortunately I only found out too late about an interesting free Bollywood dance event that took place last night, so I could not include it last week. The event was part of a Indian Film Festival and the film festival is starting today. There are no free film screenings, but if you are interested nevertheless, check out www.cfcp.ie/iffi/


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 6500+ 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.

Alda Gomez, a strong supporter of the Event Guide for years, informed me about a new Tai Chi training business she is starting. Her first course will start in Portobello on Tuesday (29 June) at 20:00 and more courses are planned from September, including courses in the morning for those who do not have a 9-5 job. Have a look at www.taichi-southcity.com and contact Alda if you are interested in Tai Chi!


Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie. For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/
On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

The summer exhibition “NOT the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition” will be on show in the Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 from Fri 02 July-Sat 24 July. It is a group summer show of work by gallery artists inspired by the Royal Academy (London) hanging style. Works by the gallery’s artists will be hung from floor to ceiling to afford an opportunity to see a wide range of styles and works by the gallery’s prize winning artists in the one show.
Included will be works by Marc Reilly, winner of the watercolour prize at RHA annual exhibition 2009. Eoin Mac Lochlainn, winner of this year’s Keating McLoughlin Medal and Prize at the RHA annual and the Golden Fleece Award 2008. Tom Hammick, winner of The Royal Academy print prize 2005, the Nexus prize 2009 and prizewinner in the Jerwood drawing prize 2004. As well as works of emerging artists such as Wesley Triggs, Mary Clancy and Aidan Crotty.
(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)


(Check Saturday for details.)

‘Solus’ present highlights from their recent touring programmes and a taster of upcoming international collaborations with new films and videos from Ireland, England, France, Germany, Mali, Mauritania, Iraq, Egypt, Lebanon, Japan, Russia, Korea, and Chile. Throughout the Filmbase building in Temple Bar these programmes will be screening on an ongoing basis from 24 June to 06 July. The website claims that the programme and event details will be posted on it soon, but I guess it would have been a good idea to do that BEFORE the event started. They probably forgot it! :-/ www.soluscollective.org/index.html

The UCD Earth Sciences Institute is running a series of seminars on most Fridays between March and December. The next lecture will be on Fri 25 June (12:30-14:00):
Prof. Igor Chvets, TCD will talk about “Wind and Hydro – Spirit of 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

Brian Fallon will be in the National Library in Kildare Street on Fri 25 June from 13:00 for a Reading and Reflection. Admission is free; no booking required. Born in Cootehill, Co. Cavan, Brian Fallon is the second son of the Irish poet Padraic Fallon (1905 – 1974). He is one of Ireland’s foremost art critics and was chief art critic of The Irish Times for 35 years and its literary editor for 11 years. He was Chairman of the Arts Council, founder board member of the Irish Museum of Modern Art and recipient of a RHA Gold Medal for his outstanding contribution to the arts in Ireland. Brian Fallon has edited his father’s poetry collection Poems and Versions. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

On Fri 25 June the FIFA World Cup 2010 game Brazil vs Portugal will be shown in the Sugar Club, Leeson Street. Doors at 14:00 and Admission is free.
On the same day, a few hours later at 19:00 (Doors at 18:00), the game Spain vs Chile will take place and will be screened in the Sugar Club. Admission is free. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on.html

Calling an event “Critical Mass” is a little silly because it just describes absolutely nothing about the event and giving that name to a Cycling Event makes even less sense. However, since this cycling event was intended as a protest, the name had some meaning a long long time ago: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass
It is a cycling event that takes place every last Friday of a month in over 300 cities around the world. They are free mass participatory events, with no leaders or fixed agendas. However, the broad aim is to celebrate cycling and sustainable transport, and to give cyclists safety in numbers. The next Critical Mass Cycling Event in Dublin will take place on Fri 25 June from 18:00 and is entitled “Bicycle Pride Parade”. The event starts at 18:00 at St. Stpehen’s Green. www.facebook.com/pages/Critical-mass-Dublin/373043873053

* 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. Check www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000604976870 to find out which band will be there this week.


The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival will take place from 18-27 June and includes the annual Dublin Pride Parade on Sat 26 June. If you are not sure what LGBTQ means, then there is a good chance that this festival is not perfectly suited got you, but to understand it for the next time, you can find a definition here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGBT. All events – a good few of them are free – are listed in www.dublinpride.ie/docs/pride_programme_2010.pdf
The headline event today will be the Dublin Pride Parade. It will start at the Garden of Remembrance at 14:00 (Meeting there at 13:00) and will go down O’Connell Street, then through Dame Street and will end at the Amphitheatre at Dublin Civic Offices.

Every weekend on Sat and Sun the Point Village Market is taking place. It is an outdoor food market with a flea market-like add-on. The market is next to the Point Depot (O2), right beside the last Luas stop “The Point” on the Red Line. In addition to the market, there is outdoor entertainment every week on the Gig Rig stage and this week you can enjoy:
+ Sat 26 June
12:30: Chris Kaprys: Country bluegrass banjo with plenty of vocal harmony
13:00-15:00: Storytellers of Milk & Cookies at The Chatter Chair. The ‘Chair’, a giant oversized armchair, was created as the perfect place for people to come and tell their stories. This chair will be at the Point Village Market every Sat+Sun and you are invited to use it to share a tale or whatever you please. The idea is that people will have the opportunity to regale a tale (whatever that might be!) to an audience in an informal, fun environment. chatterchair@gmail.com
14:00: Banter: Banjos, Ballads & Irish Trad all rolled in to one.
15:00: Mike & Dusty – Michael Jackson Tribute: On the weekend of his first anniversary since his death on 25 June. Mike & Dusty will perform a special RIP mix: www.youtube.com/watch?v=sfxUQ4Antds
+ Sun 27 June
12:30: Audio Kiss: “Independent Dublin based Audiokiss write timeless, snappy pop/rock tunes with a hard edge.” www.myspace.com/audiokissmusic
14:00: Spirit Riders: “A Dublin based alternative country/urban 6 piece band. The band’s sound is unique, definitely country but with elements of rock, blues and rock & roll that make it very different from the ‘& Western’ or ‘& Irish’ we normally find on this side of the Atlantic.” www.myspace.com/spiritriderband

The Dundrum Arts and Cultural Festival is taking place this weekend on Sat+Sun with many free events. Dundrum Main Street will be closed for traffic and you can find the event list here www.freewebtown.com/dundrumfestival/events.htm All the events are listed on this page, so have a look!

The Metropolitan Church in 57 Irishtown Road, Dublin 4 is the venue for a new Car Boot Sale. It takes place on Sat 26 June from 09:00-14:00. Admission for buyers is free (EUR 15 for sellers). The subsequent dates are 03+17 July. dublincity.olx.ie/car-boot-sales-irishtown-dublin-4-iid-93754493

On Sat 26 June the GLOW Magazine is inviting to a “Feel Good Day” in the Burlington Hotel, Dublin 4. From 10:00-17:30 this free fun day out where you can meet a host of experts who will advise you on everything from how to improve your diet and wellbeing to how you can kick start your beauty and skincare regime, will take place. With eleven dedicated feature areas, hair and beauty makeovers, free health checks, make-up master classes and lots more is provided. www.feelgooddays.ie

Once again the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) has some exclusive information for you about a free event in Dublin! ;-) Tell all your friends that Dublin Event Guide subscribers are always a step ahead of the rest. :-)
Alive-O Productions presents “Exiles on Dame St”, a lively, interactive, educational and free street theatre show featuring various Joycean works, including Exiles (Joyce’s only play), The Dead (from Dubliners) and various quotations and poetry. Suitable for all the family. The performance will take place on Barnardo Square, which is the square on the left beside City Hall in Dame Street. The duration of the show is 30 min and the show times are 12:30, 13:30 and 14:30 on both Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 June. aliveoproductions.ie/

On Sat the Dublin Zombie Walk will take place. The walk will begin at St. Stephens Green (Leeson Street Entrance) at 14:00 and after the walk there will be a concert to celebrate Ireland’s biggest Zombie walk in the Mezz. Downstairs in the Mezz will be a Kiddies Disco that is open to all ages, so you can bring the children along. The walk is only about 3 km long and will be at a leisurely speed. During the walk money will be collected for the Irish Cancer Society and for Irish Lifeboats. If you can come looking like a Zombie it is a bonus! Admission to walk and to the concert in The Mezz are free. The lineup for the gig in The Mezz are Bebop & Rocksteady, Johnny Rage and DJs. www.dublinzombiewalk.com/ www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=124114800958248&ref=mf

# The Adult Gallery Talk “The Role of Museums in Conservation Biology” is taking place on Sat 26 June from 12:00-12:30 in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. Join Robert Gandola of the Irish Herpetological Society in a discussion on the importance of museums in the protection of species. No booking required. Places limited to 30 and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1385

The Appalachian Children’s Choir from Charleston, West Virginia is on tour and will perform a summer concert in Dublin in the Abbey Church (Findlaters) on Parnell Square, Dublin 1. This is the church next to the Writer’s Museum and near the Hugh Lane Gallery. On Sat 26 June at 20:00 the choir will sing pieces from Vivaldi, Byrd, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Irish selections. Admission is free, voluntary contributions for the Abbey building restoration are appreciated.

* 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 Point Village Market is taking place every Sat+Sun from 08:30-17:30 next to the Point Depot (a.k.a. The O2) at the final LUAS stop in the Docklands. There are more than 100 stalls every week and you can find out more here www.pointvillagemarket.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
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* 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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(Check Friday for details.)

(Check Saturday for details)

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
27 Jun: Deer of the Park
04 Jul: Summer flowers of the Park
11 Jul: Badges to wear

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 27 June from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to you’re your goods check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. A few months ago the Flea Market extended to outdoors and features now 20 additional outdoor stands.

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 27 Jun) Fionnuala Moynihan (piano) will play “Mozart: The Complete Piano Sonatas V”. The 5th in a five concert series featuring the complete Mozart Piano Sonatas performed in chronological order. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=516

# This week’s “My Museum” Family event is entitled “Uncover Buried Stories with Storybear!” and will take place in Sun 27 June from 15:00-16:00 in the National Museum in Kildare Street. It is for families with children 7-10 years. “Join Storybear on his magic rug to explore and uncover the exciting delights that are to be found in the Museum and in your own imagination. No booking required. Places are limited to 25 and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1386

The Sunday Lecture on 27 June at 15:00 in the National Gallery in Clare Street & Merrion Square is: “Exhibitions Promoting Local and International Artists” by Lecturer Carissa Farrell, Visual Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

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 26+27 June: Monsters Inc. 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 Comedy Crunch is on Sun 13 June. 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
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* 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_______________


The InterTradeIreland 2010 Innovation Conference “Building Collaborative Networks for Innovation” will be hosted by UCD and is being organised by NovaUCD and UCD’s Innovation Research Unit. It will take place on Mon+Tues 28+29 June in the William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
“There is a critical need to create innovation networks at a national level and to invest in their evolution in order to optimise collaboration and facilitate engagement between all relevant stakeholders. These stakeholders include industrial partners, state agencies and policy makers, venture capitalists, universities, researchers and SMEs. The conference’s objective is to provide a view from key stakeholders and leading academic experts on the benefits and successes of collaborative networks as drivers and facilitators of innovation.
Day 1 (28 June) of the conference will focus on the theme of Building Collaborative Networks for Innovation in a Knowledge Economy. It will blend contemporary thinking on collaborative networks with lessons learnt from key stakeholders. An expert panel, chaired by Bernie Cullinan, CEO, Clarigen, will deliver short presentations on this theme and discuss this topic in detail via a questions and answers session.
Day 2 (29 June) will focus on Creating Innovation Communities. It will bring together researchers from Ireland and internationally from various research disciplines. The speakers will explore and examine current research on the topic of innovation networks including the role that multi-national companies have to play in innovation networks. This will assist in strengthening innovation studies in Ireland and contribute of relevant strategy and policy formation and innovation best practice.
All are welcome to attend on either or both days of the conference and attending is free. The audience for the conference will include industry and business leaders, researchers and academics, policy-makers, venture capitalists, SME and business leaders and students from across Ireland and internationally.
For more information and to register go to www.ucd.ie/nova/intertradeireland2010innovationconference/

A UCD Electricity Research Centre Seminar entitled “Drivers of Wind Capacity Credit Results in the 5 GW Irish and 60 GW British Systems” by Dr Chris Dent will take place from 12:00-13:00 on Mon 28 June in Room 326, UCD Engineering Building. If you are interested ask for more details and register with magdalena.szczepanska@ucd.ie

Eileen Dunne will be in the National Library in Kildare Street on Mon 28 June from 13:00 for a Reading and Reflection. Admission is free; no booking required. A native of Dublin, Eileen Dunne is an Irish newscaster and radio presenter. She currently presents the RTÉ Nine O’Clock News and Sunday Melodies on RTÉ Lyric FM. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The X Factor is back, and this year, for the first time ever, the judges open the doors of the Dublin Convention Centre in the Docklands for the auditions. You can be in the 2000 strong live audience when Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and a guest 4th Judge will be in Dublin on 28 June 2010 for two X Factor recordings. Tickets ae free and can be requested by following this link www.applausestore.com/applausestore-book-show.php?id=150&bid=1 You have to be 16 or older and need to bring some ID if you are lucky enough to look young. The two recordings take place at 13:15 and at 16:15 and you can select one of the times and apply for tickets. Most newspapers and event listings haven’t found out about this opportunity yet, so hurry up if you are interested and tell everybody that you found out about it in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” :-)

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the 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. 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.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 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 www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* 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 Whelan’s 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 29 June a National Gallery lecture will take place at 10:30. The topic is “Highlanes and the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection” by Lecturer Aoife Ruane, Highlanes Art Gallery, Drogheda. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html.

Annie West will be in the National Library in Kildare Street on Tues 29 June from 13:00 for a Reading and Reflection. Admission is free; no booking required. Based in Sligo, Annie West is a highly regarded illustrator. Her detailed ink and line drawings illustrate figures from history, literature and science with mischief in mind. In addition to over a dozen children’s books published both in Ireland, the UK and the United States, she has recently completed work on a series of illustrations for Children’s BBC. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

The St. Bartholomew’s Church on Clyde Road in Dublin 4 is the venue for a concert of the Washington Women’s Chorus on 29 June at 19:30. The concert features the breadth of choral repertoire for women’s voices – from sacred to gospel to folk to modern settings of beloved poetry and lyrics and beyond. Admission is free and details are on www.stbartholomews.ie/node/261

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues 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


The public forum “Memory and Uses of the Past: Ireland and Australia” brings together scholars from different disciplines from both Ireland and Australia to address the different ways in which the past is used in the present. Areas covered include WWI, 1916 Easter Rising, child abuse, the politics of apologies, Aboriginal stolen generations, film and literature. This public forum is the final event in a three day workshop where contributing scholars will have been workshopping the many ways in which the past is uses – and abused – in the present. All are welcome to this public forum and attending is free. The event will take place on Wed 20 June at 15:00 in the Newman Building K114 and is organised by the UCD Centre for Australian studies (School of History and Archives). www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.58835&f=week&d=02/07/2010&sd=Wed30June2010

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 30 Jun at 19:00 the film “Cría cuervos” (1976) by Carlos Saura (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/Ficha64379_16_2.htm

“Come and discover the wonders of the Aveyron region at a very special evening. Discover the secrets of the aligot and try some of the local cuisine: charcuterie and cheeses including the famous Roquefort, along with a glass of wine and you will be transported to this beautiful region of France and meet some young entrepreneurs, members of the Jeune Chambre Economique, who will talk to you about their lovely area and the places that you really must visit if you are tempted to travel there.” This event is free and will take place on Wed 30 June from 18:30. Register via info@alliance-francaise.ie if you want to attend. The venue is the Alliance Française
1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

An Academy Discourse entitled “The Role of the University in a Changing World” is taking place on 20 June from 18:45 in Trinity College. Dr Drew Gilpin Faust is the President of Harvard University since 2007. She is a historian of the Civil War and the American South and is also the Lincoln Professor of History in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It is not clear where exactly the event will take place, but you have to register on the Royal Irish Academy website www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Academy-Discourse–The-Role-of-the-University-in-a.aspx and I hope after registration the location will be sent to you.

The Irish book publisher, Coiscéim, invite to the launch of the publication of the new book – Catullus Gaelach – which will take place in the hall at Foras na Gaeilge, 7 Merrion Square on Wednesday 30 June at 20:00. All are welcome and refreshments will be provided.
Cuireann COISCÉIM, an chomhlacht foilsitheoireacht leabhair Gaeilge, fáilte romhaibh uilig chuig mór-ócáid speisialta i halla Foras na Gaeilge ar an Céadaoin, an 30ú lá de mí Meitheamh ar a h-ocht a chlog sa tráthnóna. Ann san a seolfaí an Dochtúir Liam Mac Amhlaigh an leabhar mór nua – Catullus Gaelach – curtha in eagar ag Pádraig B. Ó Laighin. Seo iad leaganacha de dhánta Catullus ó fhilí na Gaeilge a mbeidh ar láthair don oíche leis an leabhar a shíniú – Les poémes de Catulle en Gaéilque. Beidh soláistí curtha ar fáil don ócáid.

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 30 June at 20:30 and the theme of the night is “Love Stinks”. Performers are Music: The Guilty Folk and Herm; Comedy: Gerry McBride, The Brownbread Players; Poetry: Dave Lordan. 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 every Wednesdays. 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.


PhotoIreland, Ireland’s International Festival of Photography and Visual Culture, is taking place from 01-11 July throughout Dublin. In the last years there has been an increase in the number of photographic exhibitions held in Ireland, and many museums and galleries have already planned very important exhibitions for the coming months. However, there is no single event in Ireland that unifies, strengthen or celebrates their effort in the cultivation of a photographic literacy. Although there is a strong support for other artistic practices, there has never been an International Photographic Festival held in Ireland.
PhotoIreland aims to become Ireland’s International Festival for Photography. It will showcase the work of those photographers and artists, national and international, whose critical practice goes from a traditional approach to the medium, to those who question its technical and ideological boundaries, but whose work help us to understand this ever present medium.
An exciting programme of more than 25 exhibitions from Irish and International photographers and many talks, discussions and workshops will be part of the festival and most of the events are free. If you are interested in photography, this is definitely an event for you. Have a look at the website www.photoireland.org/2010 or check the overview of events first www.photoireland.org/pr/Programme_Flyer/PhotoIreland_2010_Programme_print.pdf

The National Library invites to the public lecture “Is there a history of medicine?” by Professor Rosenberg (Harvard University), followed by a response from Professor Greta Jones (University of Ulster). All are welcome, Admission is free but booking is essential. The event will take place on 01 July at 11:00 in the National Library in Kildare Street and is supported by the Royal Irish Academy, History of Science sub-committee and the National Library of Ireland To register go to www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Is-there-a-history-of-medicine-.aspx

The Chester Beatty Library in the Gardens of Dublin Castle is inviting to a public lecture on Thurs 01 July at 13:30. The lecture is entitled “Indian Plants Depicted: Drawings for Scottish Surgeons (1774-1868)” and will be given by Dr Henry J. Noltie, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

“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

A Memoir Reading is taking place in the Winding Stair Bookshop, 40 Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 on Thurs 01 July. Admission is free. Liam Carson, author of Call Mother a Lonely Field and Eibhear Walsh, author of Cissie’s Abbatoir will read from their books. www.winding-stair.com/

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 “Girls” and the films are 01 July: Dirty Dancing, 08 July: When Harry Met Sally, 15 July: Pretty Woman, 22 July: Thelma&Louise, 29 July: Notting Hill. For Seat/Table reservations call 478 2088 or mail hello@odeon.iewww.odeon.ie/gallery.html

* 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 Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* 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.


Dr. Kristina Johnson, U.S. Under Secretary of Energy and former Provost of John Hopkins University will talk at the TCD-UCD Innovation Academy (The Innovation Academy, Foster Place, College Green, Dublin 2) on Fri 02 July from 11:00 – 12:00. At the U.S. Department of Energy, she is responsible for promoting energy efficiency and coordinating research with commercial development and use. As an academic, Dr. Johnson is an expert in liquid crystal electro-optics, and her best known research involves “smart pixel arrays.” Her reputation is distinguished at the intersection of academic engineering and real-market entrepreneurship. Register your seat by Mon 28 June with Catherine.obrien@tcd.ie

On Fri 02 July at 14:00 a Garden Walking Tour with Guest Speaker Carmel Duignan is taking place at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerProgramme2010/Title,13450,en.html


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:

“Independence Weekend” on 03-04 July will be the launch of a new live music and entertainment venue in Blanchardstown, called Captain’s Live and will also take place in Captain’s Live in Tallaght. The two day celebration will feature well known bands and performers. In Blanchardstown Declan O’Rourke, Codes, The Mighty Stef, The Chapters, The Rags, The Urges, Bipolar Empire and many more will perform on 03+04 July. In Tallaght on 04 July only, The Mighty Stef, The Hot Sprockets, Leopold, The Strutts and others will be on stage during the event. Radio and club DJs will take over when the live music is finished. Both evenings kick off at 18:00. Free tickets can be requested on www.captainslive.com/

______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. ;-)

Have you heard about the Civil Partnership Bill? The original idea behind it was seemingly to allow gay couples to have a civil marriage so that in committed relationships the partners have some rights as well despite the fact that a “full” wedding is not possible. I wasn’t too concerned about this new but much delayed law, but then I heard about the Irish Catholic Bishops making a big thing out of it and subsequent heard a discussion on the radio station Q102 and I get more and more confused by it.
I am catholic, but coming from a country that nicely and – in my opinion – appropriately separates the religious and the civil aspect of a marriage, I don’t really see why the church’s opinion should get considered for this. The civil side should not interfere with the church rules, but the church should then not interfere with the civil laws either. The arguments the catholic church uses make sense in the context of the church rules and believes, but people that don’t subscribe to these rules or believes should not be affected or implicated by it. (www.catholicbishops.ie/images/stories/features/Marriage_Matters/why_marriage_matters_eng.pdf)
But there is more I don’t understand: The gay community is unhappy about the Civil Partnership someone told me, but why? In the grown-up country where state and church are two separate co-existing but independent entities, only the civil rule should be relevant to the two people that want to get married and if you call it civil partnership or call it wedding there is not much of a difference. Yes, there are some strange rules in the Civil Partnership Bill, for example, you have to live together for 5 years before you have the full rights? (www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0519/1224270654973.html) That doesn’t make sense!
In a radio interview someone claimed that cohabiting couples (man+ woman) would be affected as well because they automatically would be declared as a couple? But I can’t see that in the bill (www.oireachtas.ie/documents/bills28/bills/2009/4409/b4409d.pdf) where it seems to say that a) you have to DECLARE your partnership, i.e. sign the wedding contract in front of a registrar and in addition it says in the bill that a civil partnership can be nullified if the two partners are not the same gender. That surprised me!
Somewhere I had read as well that the Bill is there to help siblings who live together for their whole live to have a legal right to each others possessions when one dies, but civil partnerships between siblings are explicitly excluded if the siblings are the same gender, but seemingly NOT if the siblings are a man and a woman. That appears to be very strange as well!
Today I have no answers, only questions! But what is odd is that there are soooo many weird things in that law. My suggestion to all of you is to inform yourself, because if you are not married but live with someone it COULD affect you! And on the other hand, if you want to use the new law, it could turn out that you are NOT eligible! So don’t just let the politicians do their thing, but get involved or at least get informed!


Have a wonderful weekend and make sure that you make this weekend the best June weekend in the whole year! It is the last one! So you better make an effort! :-)


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