Event Guide 169: Phizzfest, Sari Soccer Fest, Liffey Swim, Fringe Festival, Print Fest, Imram Irish Literature Festival

September 10th, 2010

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 169
| 10 Sept 2010 Subscribers: 7252

Hi all!

Another week over, and another Event Guide in your Inbox. Some while ago the Fridays were separated by a whole week, but in the last few months, it seems that there is just a weekend between two Fridays. ;-) The moment I recover from writing one Event Guide, the next one already needs to be done.
What keeps me going are the nice people in our ever growing Dublin Event Guide Community. Especially the ones that support this weekly newsletter, either by telling me that you get great benefit from it, or by promoting it to your friends or by helping me with some money to defray the cost. And on the other hand there are the Event Organisers, who occasionally invite me to their events (Thanks to Shauna and team from the Dublin Theatre Festival. They invited me to an “online media event” on Wednesday evening for www.dublintheatrefestival.com), which is a nice gesture as well. But the most exciting thing, to be honest, is to see the subscriber numbers climb and climb and climb! ;-)

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This Feel Good Slot was originally a space where I wanted to OCCASIONALLY share some inspirational message with you, jus tin case anybody needed a bit of an uplift. But the response was and is so huge that “occasional” became “permanent” and the pressure is on every week to find something good and significant for this slot. I feel the pressure, believe me! I can’t promise something as good as last week’s “Validation” film, but this section will always contain some good message or at least something to think about! This week the video is about “Work Life Balance”. If you are a stressed out hard working person that hardly has time to live, then have a look at this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=SXM7MpoVAD0 And if you are even slightly stressed sometimes due to the side of your life that you feel you HAVE to do (some call it “job” :-) ) then definitely watch this clip as well! It is interesting AND funny.

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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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Wow, what a busy week! Last week was sooo quiet and this week I am not sure if I can squeeze everything in! :-)
On Saturday I would like to go to the Phizzfest, then watch the Liffey Swim, then go to the Print Fest and in the evening the Fringefest event (Macnas Nocturnal Ballad) in Collins Barracks is on my plan. On Sunday I will go to the Convention Centre Open Day and have a good look, then to the Point Village Market and after that to the Phizzfest Community Day. In the evening, I will meet some friends.
Next week I have to work early on the Event Guide, because I won’t have much time towards the end of the week, so no events during the week!


Network Dublin, the Organisation for Women in Business, the Professions and the Arts are working closely with RTE broadcaster Marian Finucane and her charity Friends in Ireland, a charity caring for orphans in South Africa affected by HIV/AIDS. To raise funds for the charity, Network Dublin got the award winning chef Neven Maguire to help. Next Wed 15 September at 20:00, Neven Maguire will use his talent to in the D4 Berkley Hotel in Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. Maguire will do a cookery demonstration and the food will then be raffled. Together with the food raffle, lots of other raffle prizes (Top price is a Cruise for 9 nights from Dublin from 09 October) and the admission fee, hopefully lots of money will be raised for the children in South Africa. Tickets are EUR 25 per person and you can book by clicking on the event poster on www.friendsinireland.ie/friendsinireland/Main/Home.htm
To spread the word the organisers have made one pair of tickets available for a competition in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). If you would like to win the tickets, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject MAGUIRE and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Mon 13 Sept.

The Theatre Company “La Touche Players” is currently preparing for their next production and they have offered a pair of tickets for an Event Guide reader to let you know about their next project. From Tues 21 Sept – Sat 25 Sept, the will perform Brian Friel’s “Dancing At Lughnasa” every evening at 20:00 in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. “It is Brian Friel’s celebrated tale of a memorable harvest time in remote Donegal as seen through the eyes of a 7 year old boy. Spellbound by his mysterious uncle, a returned missionary, fleeting glimpses of his father and the magic of a Marconi wireless, Michael also senses foreboding and a time of change for his mother and four doting aunts. This modern classic is filled with love, humour, realisation and a telling insight into 1930s Ireland.” Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketoffice.ie/latouche for EUR 15/EUR 12 (plus booking fee).
If you would like to win the pair of tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject FRIEL and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me at 13:00 on Wed 15 Sept. The pair of tickets is for the performance on Tues 21 Sept, so make sure that you have no other plans before you enter. www.facebook.com/latoucheplayers

Inkwell Writers Workshops are preparing for their next big event, The One Stop Self Publishing Conference on 16 October and they have offered TWO tickets for Dublin Event Guide readers for this conference.
The One Stop Self Publishing Conference is aimed at both fiction and non-fiction writers – anyone who wants to see their book in print. Publishing industry experts will present alongside two really successful self published authors, AJ Healy and Benji Bennett, to show writers how to ensure that their book competes on the book shelves. Writers will find out all they need to know to make informed decisions about how to self publish, and how to market and distribute their book – all in one day. Digital publishing will also be covered, showing writers how to bring their books to a worldwide market. The conference runs from 09:00-16:30 on 16 October at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney, Co. Dublin. The earlybird and concession price is EUR 95 and after the 17 Sept, the price will be EUR 125 per person. You can buy your tickets and find more information on www.onestopselfpublishing.com
If you want to win a ticket for this conference you have to send a mail to info@onestopselfpublishing.com with the subject EVENT GUIDE and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with the organisers by 13:00 on 30 Sept and if you enter the competition but don’t win, you can still buy the ticket after the draw on 01 October for the earlybird price. onestopselfpublishing.com/

The Irish Writers’ Centre is a base for established and aspiring writers and is offering a whole variety of courses for everybody who is interested in writing. To celebrate the launch of the Autumn semester of Creative Writing Courses at the Irish Writers’ Centre, made a place available on the weekend workshop “Writing Short Fiction” with Nuala Ní Chonchúir on 11+12 September (www.writerscentre.ie/html/courses/shortfictionnuala.html) for one Event Guide reader. This course has a value of EUR 150 and the lucky winner of the ticket is Fiona Doris! Enjoy the training! www.writerscentre.ie

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______________

On Thursdays in September you can bring your Dublin Bus prepaid ticket into any of 27 city retail, food and cultural venues to get special offers and discounts! Participants are Clery’s, Tie Rack, Benetton, Pacino’s, Wagamama, Murphy’s IceCream, Dublin Zoo, The National Wax Museum Plus, Dublin Bus City and many more. A full list of discounts and further information on the initiative is available on www.dublinbus.ie/ticket-thursdays and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ticketthursdays
By the way: Prepaid tickets include all annual and monthly tickets including Annual Bus Travelwide, Annual Bus & Rail Short Hop, Annual Bus & Luas, Travelwide Adult Monthly, Bus & Luas Adult Monthly and all Rambler tickets including Rambler Adult tickets (1day, 3day, 5day & 30 day), 10 Journey Travel 90 Adult tickets.

The brand new Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) in the docklands, between the IFSC and the Point Depot, has officially been opened on Tuesday. There was already at least one big event (the Irish X-Factor Auditions) in it before the official opening, but now all is even formally ready to go. It is an interesting building from the outside and I found it interesting that the architect of the Convention Centre was involved in the design of the Busaras between 1945 and 1953 and has lots of other high profile buildings created in his long career. Kevin Roche is his name and you can guess that he is a little older by now. He is 88 but still active and working, it seems.
The Convention Centre is one of these strange Public Private Partnerships. In most cases they are hugely advantageous for the private company and hugely disadvantageous for the taxpayers, but let’s hope it is different with the CCD. The building is owned by the state (it did cost EUR 380m to build) but will be used for 25 years by the developers, which means that they get the money and they got the same management company to run it that runs the NEC centres in the UK. Allegedly there are already lots of really big conferences with up to 8000 delegates booked so it could be a great new addition to Dublin’s cultural life.
If you wan to have a look at it, then you can do so! On Sunday it is available for all of us to visit. Ohh and maybe I should ask how much it costs to use it because 8000 people is very close to the size of the Dublin Event Guide Community! :-)

Last week I went to a marketing seminar and Open Day of the Junior Chamber Dublin. JCI (Junior Chamber International) is a Chamber of Commerce Organisation for the younger generation. The group in Dublin is small, but very active and they are currently looking for more people to join them. Junior Chamber Dublin provides young people in their 20s and 30s with the opportunity to develop new skills while working on business and community projects, attending local, national and international high-impact events. You can learn or improve leadership skills, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and will do that together with like-minded people. Some of the flagship projects of JCI Dublin are Friendly Business awards, Active Citizenship projects (As part of the upcoming JCI Ireland Active Citizenship week.) and organising conferences and training events like the recent ‘How to be a Marketing Guru’ training. Check out www.jcidublin.com and if you are interested send a mail to info [AT] jcidublin.com

Anna S told me about a newly established Polish Folk Dance Group that is looking for more members. All nationalities are very welcome. You have to be over 18 to join and the programme includes polish national and regional dances. No previous experience is required and all members will be insured (this is the reason for the minimum age). The rehearsals will be taking place in the basement of St. Saviour’s Priory in Upper Dorset Street, Dublin 1. If you are interested, you can contact Anna on 085-1340909 (between 10:00-18:00 or per e-mail to zespoltanca [AT] yahoo.ie.


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 7000+ 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.

At a recent event I met Rob from LadyUmbrella, a very young company in the trendy clothing sector. LadyUmbrella is a new Irish company which makes designer ladies t-shirts. The name came about as a direct result of the wet Irish weather meeting head on with some Spanish inspiration. Elena Montes Casado, the Spanish designer behind the brand, moved to Dublin a few years ago during a typically wet Irish winter. She saw more umbrellas in a day than she would have seen in a year in Spain which gave her the idea for LadyUmbrella, a lady with an umbrella for a head. Since launching earlier this year, the company have sent their unique and quirky t-shirts all over the world from their online shop at www.ladyumbrella.com and just this week have launched their second collection of t-shirts. As a special offer for all Event Guide readers, Elena and Rob are giving you a 15% discount of your order. Just use the coupon code “deg15” (without the “”) when you order.


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.

“Between Heaven and Earth” is the new exhibition by Roisin McGuigan in the Paul Kane Gallery. The Exhibition runs from Fri 10 Sept – Sat 02 Oct. (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)

“Beyond The Visible” is an exhibition of rare art from Pakistan. This exhibition of Pakistani paintings will take place at the RDS, Minerva Suite from 14-17 Sept (09:00-17:00). This special exhibition is being held in response to the devastating floods in Pakistan which have resulted in the greatest humanitarian disaster in recent times. This disaster has eclipsed the scale of devastation caused by the Indian Ocean tsunami, the earthquake in Pakistan and Haiti put together. One fifth of the country is inundated. The size of the area affected is equivalent to the area of Austria, Switzerland and Belgium combined or four times the size of Ireland. The Exhibition will be opened by Dr. John Scott, President of RDS on 13 September 2010. Admission is free, but donations are more than welcome and will be used to help the people affected by the floodings in Pakistan. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=586006

‘Art Against Stigma’ is a national project aimed at art centres linked to mental health units throughout Ireland. People who use these facilities are encouraged to enter the Lundbeck Art Against Stigma Exhibitions where their work is displayed in public exhibitions around the country. The Dublin Exhibition will be held in the ‘Cowshed Gallery’ of Farmleigh House from 04-16 September from 10:00-16:00 each day. Admission is free. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/Title,13763,en.html

Red Bull Illume is a unique, high energy photographic competition and focuses exclusively on the world of action, adventure and sports and from 01 Sept until 11 Sept this free exhibition in Trinity College will be open from 20:00-22:00 every day. All photos are illuminated and it sounds as if this exhibition is a must-see exhibition, which is the reason why I mention it again here. www.redbullillume.com

And another repeat from last week, just in case you see odd rubbish bins on street corners: Artist C. Finley will be wallpapering a rubbish bin located at the intersection of College Green and Grafton Street. The project will be visible from 16:00-18:00 every Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat until the paper peels away. wallpapereddumpsters.blogspot.com/


The Cannonball Run was a movie in 1981 with Burt Reynolds, Roger Moore, Dom DeLuise and Farrah Fawcett. It was about a cross-country outlaw road race from New York to California with high performance cars. The Irish Cannonball Run is quite different, but has some similar foundations. Instead of Burt Reynolds and Roger Moore etc it is only Shane Lynch from Boyzone, former Miss World Rosanna Davison and boyfriend Wes Quirke, No Frontiers Presenter Kathryn Thomas, TV3’s Sinead Desmond from Ireland AM and Elaine Crowley, Models Georgia Salpa, Emma Quinlan and Hazel O Sullivan, and Lord Mayor of Dublin Gerry Breen who are taking part. And instead of a race against police and time from New York to California, the Irish version will be a 3-day convoy that visits places like Westport, Donegal, Clarinbridge, Killarney, Cork City and Cashel. But the great thing is that it is a very successful fundraiser for Barretstown, a therapeutic recreation place for children with serious illnesses. The first Irish Cannonball run last year raised over EUR 100,000 for the children. And for cars enthusiasts this is a great opportunity to see cars such as Lamborghini, Ferrarri, Aston Marin, Porches, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley. Some of the unique cars already registered for the cannonball are SL Mc Laren, Ford GT 40, KTM XPO, American NYP Police Car, some new and classic mustangs, not forgetting the notorious General Lee’s car from the movie “Dukes of Hazard” the dodge charger.
The first leg starts at Merrion Square in Dublin at 09:30 on Fri 10 Sept.. If you want to admire the 160 cars (or maybe even the drivers) make sure that you are there early).
(If you read in any other publication that the event is running from 09:30-17:00, then this is nonsense! Just read the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) and you get all and correct information. ;-) )

“Awake Young Soldiers” will be performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 10 September from 13:00. Admission is free. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

This is not the typical event I usually come across, but it is free (donations are welcome) and it is something VERY different to what we normal experience in Ireland. Joan Hunter is a teacher/healer/minister of the 4 Corners Church, some type of Christian Church and she is in Dublin to teach and to heal people. Her website is www.joanhunter.org/ and the healing masses will take place in the amazing Victory Centre, a little known, but massive 1000 people church in Firhouse. Joan Hunters events will take place on Fri and Sat:
10 Sept: Seminars 10:00 + 14:00 and Healing Service 20:00.
11 Sept: Seminars 10:00 + 14:00 and Healing Service 20:00
She was interviews on Newstalk and she says that she heals all sorts of problems during the Healing Service. victory.ie/news.php

* 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.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* 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.


Every weekend on Sat and Sun the Point Village Market is taking place from 09:00-17:00. 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 you can find out the programme here: www.pointvillagemarket.ie/events On Saturday Petty Needs, Roy Shiels and Elder Roche will perform and on Sunday it will be She’s a Beauty, Mark Conway and The Reggulators.

“Sport and The City” is the title of a seminar that will take place from 09:30-17:00 on Sat 11 Sept in the Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free, but booking is essential via Tel. 01-674 996 or cityarchives@dublincity.ie
To launch the Dublin City Sports Archive a full-day seminar titled Sport and the City will take place in Dublin City Library & Archive, in association with the Sports History Ireland Association and the Sport & Recreation Unit, Dublin City Council. The seminar will celebrate Dublin’s rich sporting heritage with talks on Maids of the Mountain Hockey Club; Dublin’s historic playing fields and stadiums; Bohemians Football Club; the GAA and the Irish Revolution in Dublin; How Dublin saved hurling: the 1880s and the making of a modern game. Key-note speaker will be commentating legend Jimmy McGee whose talk is titled My life in Sport.
Following the Sport and the City Seminar, the Dublin City Sports Archive will be officially launched by Lord Mayor of Dublin, Gerry Breen at Dublin City Library & Archive at 15:00. Special guest speaker will be Ronnie Delany, Ireland’s Olympic Gold Medallist in 1500m in Melbourne in 1956.
The detailed programme is here: www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/Heritage_2010_SportandCitySeminar.aspx

Sport Against Racism Ireland (SARI) are running their 14th SARI Intercultural Soccerfest in Phoenix Park on Sat 11 and Sun 12 September at the Garda and Camogie Sports Grounds from 10:00-18:00. Music, Capoeira, African games, FAI skills training, Clowns, Global Village Marquee, GAA Have A Go, Concern’s Global Post Office, lots of football and much more are on offer, all are welcome with free admission. The Soccerfest brings together over 40 men and women’s teams from a wide range of nationalities now living in Ireland, making it the largest intercultural football tournament in Ireland.
An All Star game with Irish rugby legend Malcolm O’Kelly, Olympic and European boxing champions Kenny Egan, Martin Rogan and Eric Donovan, Irish soccer internationals Aine O’Gorman and Stephanie Roche, ex Nigerian internationals James Igwilo and Zuby Ufoh, captain Dessie Farrell, Senan Connell and Kildare’s All Ireland camogie winner Ciara Tallon all under the watchful eye of referee Brian Kerr will be another headline. www.sari.ie/ss/sari-soccerfest-2/
Sounds like a good festival, but a BIG pity that there is no schedule/timetable available for the different events!

“Phizzfest”, the Phibsborough Community Arts Festival takes place from 09-12 September and is packed with events – most of them are free! With Phizzfest the community,local businesses and traders in Phibsborough want to promote their area and invite everybody to celebrate with them. Some of the contributors are Robert Ballagh, and Gavin Friday and contributions from Booker Prizewinner, Anne Enright, Comedian Kevin McAleer, Fishamble Theatre Company, The Editors of the Dictionary of Irish Biography, Pat Liddy, author Eamon Delaney, The Palestrina Choir, Mountjoy Education Complex, Bohemians Football Club and Waterways Ireland.
The programme features gigs, childrens activities, workshops, plays and films. There are walking tours, literary talks, yoga, art trails, choral choirs, dances, discos, a celebrity chef, Joycean celebrations and a Community Fun day.
There are 52 events of which 48 are free, so you should definitely have a look at the programme brochure to see what you like phizzfest.ie/docs/phizzfest_2010_programme_A5.pdf
The website is phizzfest.ie The facebook website has some updates as well:
A few events: On Sunday there is a Community Day on Villa Bank from 13:00-18:00 with Live music on Festival Stage, Belly Dancing, Workshops, Bouncy Castles, Face Painting, Food Market, Craft Stalls, ‘Rothar’ Bike Exchange and lots more.
The Butterfly Workshop and the Environmental Workshop are both mentioned in the Sunday section.

The Fringe Festival starts on 11 Sept and continuous until 26 Sept. Somebody asked me recently how I would describe the Fringefest, especially in comparison to the Dublin Theatre Festival that is starting on 30 Sept. I said that I see the Fringe Festival as the Festival that deals with and accepts all the things that are too crazy and zany to fit into a traditional Theatre context. So at the Fringe Festival you NEVER know what you will get/experience/see/hear. Be prepared for the most surreal experiences, but be prepared as well to see stuff that is amazing and really good. I guess an open mind
helps and a certain playfulness in your thinking. :-)
Let me mention some free events:
Expect fire, light and odd creatures: www.fringefest.com/event/macnas
Expect plastic houses in the Liffey: www.fringefest.com/event/liffeytown
Expect a lot of waiting: www.fringefest.com/event/anybody-waitin-2
And in general don’t expect too many free events. As a rule of thumb you can say that only outdoor events are free and there are not tooo many ourdoor events.

On Sat and Sun from 11:00-17:00 a Family Activity Weekend is taking place in Farmleigh House at the Northern End of Phoenix Park. “Come along and Experience a range of outdoor pursuits in the heart of natural woodland at Farmleigh House. A full weekend of Excitement and challenges starts here, in the heart the beautiful grounds of Farmleigh. Challenge the mind and body with our exciting Adventure activities on offer. Bring the Family, Bring the kids, and leave with a smile and passion for adventure and thrills. There is something for everybody. Try your hand at a spot of Robin Hood Style Archery, challenge yourself and the kids on our artificial mountain biking course with top spec instruction and bikes. Climb to the highest point and enjoy the scenery on our mobile rock-climbing wall while getting a birds eye view of your next activity. Will it be a timed orienteering challenge around the spectacular grounds using maps and clues, a exciting few laps of our Go- Karting Course or maybe an afternoon of brain teasers and mind boggling games, its your choice, its your day, its your challenge.”

On Sat 11 Sept at 12:00 and at 14:30 the film “Mughal-e-Azam (The Greatest of the Mughals)” will be screened in the Chester Beatty Library in the Gardens of Dublin Castle. It is an Indian epic film made in 1960 and was one of the biggest box office hits of Indian cinema. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Two environmental events will take place as part of the Phizzfest this weekend. The Dublin Community Growers Butterfly Project is inviting to a Butterfly Workshop on Sat 11 Sept from 12:00-14:00. And just an hour later on Sat from 15:00-18:00 there will be an Environmental Seminar.
The Butterfly Workshop will be in the Phibsborough (Great Western Villas) Community Garden, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. The Workshop aims to provide a practical hands on experience, and knowledge, of the butterflies that coexist with us amongst the urban landscape of Dublin. A talk and demonstration will serve to reveal butterfly life cycle and habits, while gardening methods for encouraging and supporting their presence will also be described. It is suitable for adults and children.
The Environmental Seminar will take place in the All Saints Church Hall, Phibsborough Road, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. It will showcase a number of different social and environmental projects within Dublin. This should prove to be a useful event to promote these projects, and environmental activities, to new audiences. www.cultivate.ie/

Tai Chi Instructor Nicola Jones invites you to come to an introduction to Tai Chi workshop on Sat 11 Sept from 12:15-12:45. Tai Chi is a powerful internal martial art combining graceful flowing movement with structure, breathe and awareness. And this free workshop is a chance for you if you have never practiced Tai Chi before to try it out. Booking is essential and more information is here: taichi-dublinsouth.com/2010/07/29/tai-chi-open-day-dundrum/
The event is part of a whole sequence of free evens being held at the Yoga Dublin Studio on Saturday 11 September 2010. Check out all the other taster classes here www.yogadublin.com/about/open-day-dundrum/
(And if you make it to the class, tell the people that you found out about them in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events). ;-) )

The Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown “Mountains to Sea” Book Festival is taking place from Tues 07 – Sun 12 Sept. Most events are not free, but there were a number of free Children or School events during the week and on Sat 11 Sept there are two free events: At 14:00 “Telemachus at The Tower” (Staging of Joyce’s Ulysses at the James Joyce Tower near the 40 Foot, Sandycove) and at 14:00 at the East Pier Bandstand the “Winners Gala Reading” of the Prose Writing Competition. The event list is here

On Sat 11 Sept the Liffey Swim takes place. This is the famous Liffey Swim that was captured on Jack Butler Yeats’ painting (www.briansewell.com/artist/y-artist/jack-butler-yeats.html) The first Liffey Swim took place in 1920, so this year is the 91st event. The swim counts as an Open Water Race and it will start at Watling Street Bridge (near the Guinness Factory) and will end at Custom House Quay. More than 350 people will take place, 237 men and 114 women ranging in age from 12 to 70 will swim the 2200 meters. The men’s race will start at 13:30 and the women’s race at 14:15. www.swimireland.ie/

On Sat 11 Sept from 14:00-16:00 a Lavery Family Day is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Join print artist Janine Davidson in creating Sir John Lavery inspired printed portraits. You may choose to create costumes of rich textures and fabrics, with bright colours or more formal portraits with a more sombre palette.
Admission is free, but booking is required. To book please contact the Gallery Reception on 01 2225564. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=543

The Adult Gallery Talk “A History of Collins Barracks – walking tour” will take place in Collins Barrack on Sat 11 Sept from 12:00-13:00. “Take a walk back in time to explore the history of Collins Barracks and its environs with Eamonn McLoughlin. As most of the tour takes place out of doors, please bring rain gear if necessary. No booking required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1505

The National Print Museum invites to the Print Fest 2010, where you can witness a tradition that has virtually disappeared. Printers from around the country will demonstrate different aspects of the hot metal era. Type will be set by hand alongside practical demonstrations of the Linotype and Monotype and many other machines in the collection. This is a unique occasion to see how newspapers, books and all kinds of literature were designed and printed before the computer revolution. Expert advice will be on hand to answer any questions and people will be able to do some printing for themselves. The Museum will be brought to life on this unique afternoon and visitors will get a rare glimpse of what a printing house was like 100 years ago. It will be a very enjoyable day for anyone interested in printing, bookbinding, design, newspapers, books etc. It will also be a chance for printers who now work with computers to relive their old printing days.
The event will take place from 14:00-18:00 on Sat 11 Sept in the National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4. The have a website www.nationalprintmuseum.ie but that website is only updated once a year it seems and is never up to date. The only reference to the Print Fest is here www.dublin.ie/calendar_details.aspx?eventid=2407

On Sat 11 Sept at 15:00 the National Gallery Family Programme will take place, this week’s event is entitled “Busy Squirrels!” with Mary Noonan. The National Gallery has an entrance on Merrion Square and on Clare Street. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

“Threads” will take place on Sat 11 Sept at 15:30 in the Phibsborough Shopping Centre (Phibsborough Tower). The dancer/performer Michael Cooney is performing a piece that has been devised and choreographed by Peter Duffy. After the performance a short feedback session will take place where your opinion is appreciated. www.phizzfest.ie

On Sat 11 Sept at 20:00 the Fringefest starts with a bang. One of the first events and a free one to boot is the “Macnas – The wild Hunt and the Sleepwalker – A Nocturnal Ballad” that will take place in Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 on Saturday. It will go on for 60 minutes and is free (no tickets required). So, I will be there! ;-) But don’t ask me what it is about. I think many Fringefest events are of the type that you have to experience because you can’t express the event with words. For the Macnas Ballad, I expect a lot of fire and light effects, lots of people, lots of creatures and maybe we get the plot afterwards, but maybe not. ;-) Hey, it is the Fringefest! It is not traditional theatre. :-) By the way, come a bit earlier if you drive. Or even better, just walk or take the Luas.

* 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/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Yoga in Phoenix Park with Fiona from www.twopalmsyoga.com from 11:00-12:00 near the Wellington Memorial (11:30 near the Bandstand if it’s raining). Donation based class for the Simon Community. Suitable for all levels. Details: www.twopalmsyoga.com/Park_Yoga.html or contact Fiona 085 8147402.
* 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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The Farmleigh Food Market will take place on Sun 12 Sept from 10:00-17:00 and from 14:00-16:00 the Aoife Doyle Quintet will perform Jazz in the gardens of Farmleigh House. Farmleigh House is at the north-western end of Phoenix Park. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerProgramme2010/Title,13534,en.html
All this is accompanying the Farmleigh House Family Activity Weekend (see Saturday section for details).

On Sunday 12 Sept a Bookfair will take place in the Tara Towers Hotel on Merrion Road in Booterstown (Dublin 4). This book fair seems to be a regular event going by their website: www.dublincitybookfair.com/
You might wonder when it starts and ends, or if it is free (It might not be!) and amazingly the organisers don’t reveal this crucial information. I find it quite unbelievable who bad some organisers are organised! Can they not even provide the most basic information about their event? You might think it could be an oversight or they are not good at doing websites, but even on a notice on Gumtree www.gumtree.ie/dublin/94/65114694.html the decided to leave out the most important information. Is it just me who expects to find at least the start and end time of an event together with the date and location?

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 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops are 12 Sep: Animals in the Park, 19 Sep: Tracing fun, 26 Sep: Medieval Life – includes a visit to Ashtown Castle. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The Convention Centre Dublin has opened its doors during the week and will give us all a chance to have a look at it on Sun 12 Sept. The CCD Open Day runs from 11:00-15:00 and you can have a look around the big and impressive building. The CCD is the building at the Liffey between IFSC and Point Depot that looks as if a ton fell into it. ;-) www.facebook.com/pages/The-Convention-Centre-Dublin/146676795360422

The next Crafty Market is taking place on 12 Sept in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. Check out www.thecraftymarket.com

The Ferocious Mingle Market takes place from 12:00-17:00 every 2nd Sunday of the month in the Dublin Food Co-op building on Newmarket Square in Dublin 8. It is difficult to describe what this market is, but I guess the best description would be “Fancy Dress Flea Market”. There are approx. 35 stalls with art, crafts, antiques, vintage clothes, jewellery and lots more. The fancy dress part is mainly for the stallholders, but all visitors are invited too. www.thejosiebaggleycompany.com/pages/FerociousMingleMarket-info.htm and www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ferocious-Mingle-Market/119919821374353

The next event in the Lavery, Passion and Politics Lecture Series is on Sun 12 Sept at 13:30 in the Hugh Lane Gallery: The title is “The Tale of Two Collections: Sir John Lavery and his generous donations to the Belfast Museum and Art Gallery and The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art” with Lecturers Anne Stewart, Ulster Museum and Barbara Dawson, Hugh Lane Gallery. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=519

+ The Family Event “Hands on History” is taking place in Collins Barracks on Sun 12 Sept from 15:00-16:00 and is suitable for families with children 6yrs+. “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling.” Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
+ The My Museum Family Event “Stones and Bones” is taking place in the Natural Museum in Merrion Street on Sun 12 Sept from 15:00-16:00. “Join palaeontologist Dr. Adam Smith and discover more about some of the fossil collection in the museum. No booking required. Please note drop-in events are not limited in number but can get busy- you may have to return later to take part in any activities.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1507

On Sunday 12 Sept at 15:00 the Lecture “The socio-historical background to the Dutch Golden Age” with Lecturer Dr Graeme Murdock, Trinity College Dublin will take place in the National Gallery in Clare Street/Merrion Square. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year Olds is back after the summer break and the next event with the title “The Madonna of the Lakes” will be on 12 Sept from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended.

The Comedy Crunch is a 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 and I was at the Comedy Crunch a few weeks ago and experienced a very interesting and fun evening. The comedians where a mixed bag: From good, via ok to the, ahem, other side of the spectrum ;-), they spanned the whole range. I was there with some friends and all in all we had a really good laugh. The next Comedy Crunch is on Sun 05 Sept. 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
* 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 (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “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
* Please note, that this event is not taking place until 19 Sept: 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

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

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John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801-1890) was the founding rector in 1854 of the Catholic University of Ireland, the predecessor of University College Dublin (UCD). He lived in Dublin from 1851-58 and in those years delivered the lectures and wrote the articles which were later published together as The Idea of a University, one of the most enduring texts ever written about university education.
In September 2010 John Henry Newman becomes the first English non-martyr to be beatified (one step away from being declared “holy”) since the reformation.
In this context Newman House and UCD will host an exhibition of Newman artworks and artefacts from UCD Archives. Tours of Newman House at 85-86 St Stephen’s Green will be available on Mon 13, Tues 14 and Wed 15 September at 13:30. To book a place on the tour please contact Newman House on 01 4779810. The exhibition runs daily from 10:00-17:00. Admission is free. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?nd=&d=16%2F09%2F2010&f=week

Joseph O’Leary, Professor of English Literature, Sophia University, Tokyo delivers his lecture “Modernity and Metaphysics: Between Newman’s Grammar of Assent (1870) and Leo XIII’s Aeterni Patris (1879)” as part of the UCD Remembering Newman series of events on Mon 13 Sept at 18:00 in Newman House, 85-86 St Stephen’s Green. Admission is free. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?nd=&d=16%2F09%2F2010&f=week

* Suspended until September, but resuming after that: 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
* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘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 (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
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* 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 14 Sept at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “Interiors in Dutch genre painting” with Lecturer Louise Kelly, University College Dublin. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

Imram, the Irish Language Literature Festival is taking place from Tues 14 Sept – Wed 29 Sept in a variety of venues across Dublin. The word “imram” means a ‘voyage of discovery’ and the festival takes its audiences on a journey that reveals the depth and diversity of modern literature in Irish, through eclectic and imaginative events that fuse poetry, prose and music in lively venues. Imram also includes film, drama, puppetry, debates, lectures, and writing workshops for both adults and children. All events are in Irish and because of that, only a relatively small proportion of the Irish people and hardly any of us foreigners are targeted. The majority of events are free and you can find the complete list here imram.ie/en/imram-2010/imram-2010-events.html or you can download the brochure here www.imram.ie/images/stories/imram/FestivalBrochures/IMRAM2010.pdf

The next Storytelling Open Mic Night “Milk and Cookies” is taking place on Tues 14 Sept from 18:30-22:00 in Exchange Dublin in Temple Bar. Milk and Cookie Stories is for anyone who has a story to tell, or wants to hear a tale told well, in a relaxed, friendly environment – a place with tea, cushions, cookies and friends. The event is free, everyone is welcome and stories of all kinds are welcome.

Book Launch for ‘Derek Hill’ by Bruce Arnold will launch his book “Derek Hill” on Tues 14 Sept from 18:30-20:00 in the Gutter Bookshop in Cow’s Lane in Temple Bar.
“Written with the full support of his estate, and with access to over 40,000 letters and other documents, Bruce Arnold has written a definitive life of the artist, Derek Hill.” Admission is free and everyone is welcome. gutterbookshop.com/

Somebody (I would guess, it is a guy, but am not sure) posted a message on Gumtree to invite people to a “Randomer’s Night” on Tues 14 Sept to make new friends. He wrote “Are you new in town? Sick of hanging out with the same people? Looking to make new friends? Or maybe just up for something different? Whatever the reason, let’s get a group of randomers together for a few drinks and have some fun. Myself and one of my friends have often had ‘randomers nights’, usually meeting people off the website Couch Surfing, and always had a great time, and made some good friends out of it too..” The event will take place in Dicey’s on Harcourt Street. To find out the details you have to contact the poster on GumTree: www.gumtree.ie/dublin/53/65264753.html

* 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
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* 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


Seven Towers invites to a “Chapter and Verse” poetry reading in Chapters Bookstore, Parnell St, Dublin 1 at 13:15 on Wed 15 Sept. Poets Anamaria Crowe Serrano and Raven will be reading from their works. Admission Free. www.indymedia.ie/article/97549

Derek Landy will be signing copies of “Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil”in Eason’s on Marine Road, Dun Laoghaire Wed on 15 Sept at 16:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

Prof. David Hiley, University of Regensburg is a well known chant experts and will in UCD Humanities Institute (seminar room H 204b) examine the chant traditions of Normandy, England and Sicily. The advent of Norman rule in England and Sicily is reflected in the chant traditions of those regions in surprising and manifold ways: reform, assimilation, transformation and fusion. The event will take place on Wed 15 Sept from 17:00 in the UCD Humanities Institute.
On Thurs 16 Sept at 15:00 David Hiley will talk about the “Musical Relics of Medieval Saints: Chanting in different ways across the centuries and across Europe” in the School of Music – Larchet Seminar Room – J 307m, UCD School of Music. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?nd=&d=16%2F09%2F2010&f=week

Barbara and Stephanie Keating are launching their book ‘In Borrowed Light’ on Wed 15 Sept from 18:30-20:00 in The Gutter Bookshop. This is the fourth novel from the collaborative pen of sisters Barbara and Stephanie Keating. Based on their own childhood experiences of growing up in Kenya, they write their fictional Langani trilogy. Admission is free. gutterbookshop.com/

On Wed 15 Sept at 19:00, the RTE newscaster, psychotherapist and bestselling author Michael Murphy will read from his book “At Five in the Afternoon”. The book is a unique, courageous and moving memoir about the experience of male cancer. Michael Murphy will then take part in an open interview with Eamonn Lawlor, of Lyric Fm, discussing some of the themes examined in his book; the masculine quest for the father, the necessity of freedom, what it means to be a real man, the value and strength of women, and of how to cope with adversity, topics which are narrated against the background of a changing Ireland. Admission is free.

* 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
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* 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 16 Sept at 13:10 the lecture “Mughal Carpets and Textile, Decorative Arts in Mughal Paintings” by Steven Cohen, Indian textile specialist and historian, will take place in the Chester Beatty Library. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Ivan St. John will be performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Thur 16 September from 18:00. Admission is free. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

From 16 Sept-21 Oct the Business Information Centre of the Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1 is running a series of lectures that will help you to start your own business. The lectures will take place on Thursdays from 18:30-20:00 are free. Because elsewhere you will have to pay approx. EUR 200 for a similar course, the Central Library event is always booked out rapidly. If you are interested, contact them as soon as possible. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/syob_2010.aspx

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event 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.

On Thurs 16 Sept from 18:00-20:30, the Gant Store in the Dundrum Town Centre is hosting a VIP Customer Event in conjunction with Jameson Reserves. The Gant Store invites customers to view the new Autumn/Winter collection and join Jameson’s whiskey expert in a toast while being guided through the key characteristics of the Jameson Reserves collection. You will try Irish whiskey and finger food from Siam Thai and will have the opportunity to enter a draw to win a Jameson Reserves Gift Pack and Gant Voucher worth EU 500 on the night. If you want to attend, you have to register via info@gantstore.ie.http://www.dundrum.ie/events/shop-with-gant-vip-style/

On Thurs 16 Sept the brilliant band Mob Fandango will play in the Bernard Shaw Pub for the “Forward/Slashed” event. The event starts at 20:00 and goes until midnight and I would expect Mob Fandango to be on stage in the second half of the evening.
Admission is free and if you have never heard Mob Fandango (www.mobfandango.com/)you have to go! :-)

On Thurs 16 Sept at 20:00, Phillip Cribb will talk about ‘Shangri-la, a Botanist in the Tibetan Marches’ in the Education Centre of the Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin. Phillip Cribb, is a renowned botanist and former Keeper of the Herbarium and Curator of the Orchid Herbarium at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, UK. He has specialised in the taxonomy of Old World tropical orchids, participated in many expeditions to study orchids in the field and is the author of several books and over 370 papers on orchids. Phillip will be talking about a region which has been a Mecca for plant hunters for over 150 years. Its flora contains a wealth of hardy garden-worthy plants, including many of the choicest. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

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 “Dancing Queens” and the films are 16 Sept: Moulin Rouge, 23 Sept: NO Movie Club! 30 Sept: Rocky Horror Picture Show. 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.


On Fri 17 Sept the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) will have a National Day of Action during which the organisation will demand that the current arts funding will not be reduced and that more funds will be made available. In Dublin the Irish Writers’ Centre is planning an event and you can find all the details on
I have to admit that I find it difficult to support the NCFA’s demands fully. I am VERY much supportive and in favour of all sorts of arts and I do know that funding is required in a lot of areas. But I think that ALL spending areas need to be checked and some tough decisions are needed to get back on track again. Sure the banks should not have been bailed out, but once cuts need to made it can’t be that one or some areas will stay completely unaffected.

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra will be performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 17 September from 13:00. Admission is free. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Polish Embassy in Dublin is inviting to an event with Prof. Norman Davies. He will talk about ‘The Roots and the Legacy of Solidarity’, commemorating the 30 years of Solidarity the hugely influential and important anti-government movement. The event in Dublin will take place on Fri 17 Sept at 18:30 and will be in the European House in 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free, but prior registration required (please send your name and email address to: dublin.culture@msz.gov.pl. Early registration is recommended as the venue capacity is limited)

“The Formation of Molecular Clouds in our Galaxy” by Speaker Professor Michael Burton, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia is a lecture in the Dunsink Observatory on Fri 17 Sept at 20:00 that as been organised by the Irish Astronomical Society. It is not stated if there any admission charges, but in the past similar events were free, so I hope it will be the same this time. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to observe using the South telescope. A lot more details about the topic of the talk are provided here www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=203


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:

The next BIG event in this years cultural calendar will take place on Fri 24 September and you should have it already marked in your calendar so that you won’t miss it. For one night only Culture Night gives you free access to many venues that normally are not free and in many other venues special entertainment will be provided on that night only. I will tell you a lot more about Culture Night in next week’s Event Guide, but if you already want to find out the details, check culturenight.ie/

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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. ;-)

Not the most exciting subject, you might think, but it affects all of us directly or indirectly: During the week the National Irish Bank’s payments report told us that we use too much cash and cheques and that switching to card payments would save a total of EUR 1 billon. The report continues to tell us that the saving would be EUR 680 per household (I assume this is per year.) Can anyone see the logic in this argument? Sure, cash transports are very expensive and the handling of cheques is an unnecessary nuisance, but let’s face it: Even IF the society saved all that money, I wouldn’t get my EUR 680 from anybody. Instead, the banks would be happy to save all this and then quickly pocket it in their own pockets. For many people card payments are an unnecessary spending risk that they don’t need. So, I am in favour of having both options. Card payments for everybody who wants it and cash payments for everybody else. But I do agree with the opinion that cheques should be gone a long time ago. When I came to Ireland many years ago, I didn’t even know what cheques were and how they worked. Other European countries got rid of cheques decades ago! BUT in these countries you were able to giro transfer money within 2-3 days. It amazed me that until very recently it was easier to transfer money from Ireland to Germany, France or Spain than transferring money from your AIB account to a Bank of Ireland account etc. Ironic that it is a bank that demands the change!

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Lots happening this week in Dublin! Make use of all the free offers and show organisers that you appreciate and like their events by attending them!

Take care,


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