Event Guide 193: Exchange Market, McSwim Event, Dublin Flea Market, Russian Culture Festival, Dublin Book Festival

February 25th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 193
| 25 Feb 2011 Subscribers: 8104

Hi all!

I hope to send the newsletter a little earlier this week, last week was extremely late because I had some technical challenges again, but I am glad that sooo many of you were still eager to get it. I regularly compare the content of this Dublin Event Guide with the other publications I know of and again and again find that all the interesting events that I find tend to be ignored by others. That’s why we are more than 8000 people in the Dublin Event Guide Community. But you know that we have to make it to 10,000 by the end of the year, so I need you! If you see any opportunity to let many people know about the Event Guide, contact me to discuss how I can help!


Tomorrow afternoon, we will know who will govern the country for the next few years and going by the pre-election experience, it won’t be all good, BUT there is hope and if we work together on ideas and opportunities, we will be able to turn things around. I said it before and even before the new government is appointed I will say it again: Don’t rely on the government to sort anything out. The situation is much more complex and no government can use magic to get the boom back. In the end the government will hopefully provide us with the conditions so that we normal people can use our imagination and innovative ideas and make a difference that way.

Let’s hope for a wise and open-minded new government!

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Today’s Feel Good Slot is a beautiful story about a tiger that grew up in England, then was brought back into the wild, but even a year later and in America, he still remembered the guys who brought him up. If that level of friendship is possible between a Tiger and human beings, then we should be able to experience with our friends as well. Do you agree? www.youtube.com/watch?v=oiGKWoJi5qM


Last opportunity, the event is taking place this weekend: This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn, from a true expert, how to build the business and the life of your dreams, using a concrete system for success. Brian Tracy, the World’s Number One Business Expert and Personal Growth Authority, will be in Dublin (D4 Hotels in Ballsbridge) on Sun 27 Feb for a full day interactive seminar. Book here: briantracydublin.perfectresults.info

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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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My weekends are so busy that I have hardly time to go to all the events myself. This weekend I will be at a Krav Maga Ireland (www.kravmagaireland.com) training seminar with probably 60 other people on Saturday, then I will have a look at the Irish Motorshow in the late afternoon. If I am not completely wrecked in the evening, then the Ratzingers Gig in the Westin Hotel is what I would love to go to.

On Sunday I will be at the seminar with Brian Tracy (see advert under the Feel Good Section). I am really looking forward to it. He is one of the best known business speakers and I have read a good few of his books. I expect a VERY interesting day. (It is not free and not even cheap (EUR 147), but I hear there are a few more tickets left and you can still book on briantracydublin.perfectresults.info).

On Monday the Festival of Russian Culture starts and on Wednesday the Dublin Book Festival begins with the World Book Day taking place on Thursday. A very bookish week, but there are always a number of film screenings and many gigs taking place as well! And have a look at the upcoming events, you might be interested in one of the talks.


Compadrito Tango have a price for you if you can decide swiftly and if you have time tomorrow. They are running an Argentine Tango workshop for Absolute Beginners tomorrow (Saturday 26 Feb) and have made two tickets (single tickets) available for two Event Guide readers. The workshop takes place at the Fitness Dock, Camden Street from 13:00-17:00. Please do NOT enter Iif you don’t have time tomorrow. But if you do have time and want to learn some Tango, then send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject TANGO11 (that is the word Tango and the number). In the body of the mail you have to write your name and your mobile phone number. Your entry has to be with me by 18:30 this evening already! You will hear from me this evening if you have won!
For more information about Compadrito Tango go to www.tangofever.net or
Go to: www.facebook.com/pages/Compadrito-Tango-dance/35770664511

The exhibition “Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures” was launched yesterday and it is really good. Guided by Audio Guides and with two introductory films you hear all the details and can then see the life size replicas of his tomb, coffin, the famous mask and 1,000 burial artefacts. I spent about 2.5 hours there and the time just flew. The exhibition will run from 18 Feb until 23 July and it is in the Industries Hall in the RDS. Tickets are EUR 16 for adults during the week and EUR 18 at the weekend and tickets are for a specific time-slot (once you are in, you can take as much time as you need). The organisers made two pairs of tickets available and I would definitely enter this competition if I was allowed. ;-) To win the tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with EGYPT in the subject line and with your name and phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tues 01 Mar, so you have another few days to enter. www.kingtutdublin.ie

The Irish National Motorshow is taking place this weekend in the RDS in Ballsbridge. From Fri 25 – Sun 27 Feb this event will be showcasing the newest, most exciting car models the Irish Motor Industry has to offer. In addition there are activities for children, so that you can come with the whole family. Prices are from EUR 12 for adults and you can find all details on www.irishmotorshow.ie Last week, the organisers have made a pair of tickets available for a reader of the Dublin Event Guide and one of you should have been notified by now. The competition was run by the organisers and I didn’t get the name of the winner yet, so I will let the rest of you know next week who was the lucky one.

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Dublinia, the Viking and Medieval heritage centre at Christ Church, have and had a special Family Mid-Term programme for you to learn what life was like in Medieval Dublin, what weapons Vikings used in their bloody battles or why archaeologists dig for artefacts? There is another weekend left and you can still discover all this and more during fun packed, educational trips back in time. Children learn how to make their own Medieval shield, discover the secrets of life in Viking and Medieval Dublin, hunt for hidden treasure and unearth buried artefacts, like a real archaeologist and much more. Mid-Term ‘Mayhem’ takes over Dublinia, each weekend during the February mid-term on 19/20 Feb and 26/27 Feb. Tickets are EUR 4.05 for children and EUR 6.95 for adults. Family Tickets are available at EUR 20 for two adults and two children. Check the event details and a full time table on dublinia.ie/events-page.html
Dublinia was so generous to make 5 (!!!) family passes available (for 2 adults and 2 children) and they will be valid for a while after the Mid-Term Mayhem. The winners are Tom Murphy, Emer Breen, Clodagh Heagney, Qudsiya Saldulker, Gráinne O’Reilly. www.dublinia.ie

______Dublin News______________

For weeks I could only find information about closing shops, but now there are some positive news.
+ “Abercrombie & Fitch” are opening a 3-storey Dublin Store in the beautiful former Habitat building on College Green, across from the historic Bank of Ireland building. It will take until December until the shop opens and with a rent of EUR 750,000 per year, let’s hope that it will stay a while. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/commercialproperty/2011/0209/1224289333752.html
+ A Disney Store is opening in Grafton Street. I am not 100% sure where, but expect that it will be in the former Laura Ashley store opposite Captain America/Burger King at the top of Grafton Street. The strange thing is, though, that they are talking about that since the beginning of 2009 (!!) and not much has happened yet. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/commercialproperty/2009/0114/1231738221315.html
+ Already at the end of January a new “Custom built Burger place” has opened in Suffolk Street. The restaurant is called “The Counter”. www.irishpressreleases.ie/2011/01/27/the-counter-custom-built-burgers-opens-its-first-dublin-city-premises-in-suffolk-street-dublin/
+ A new Tesco was opened in Temple Bar about 2 weeks ago. It is a small Tesco in a former ESB shop/show room, opposite the Hard Rock Café, but I’d say they could be VERY busy in the evening if the opening hours were until VERY late.

It might be the solution of the high rent challenge: Only open for a few weeks or months and then move on. During that time heavily use Social Media to spread the word. I tried to find out a bit more for you, but unfortunately the people running the new pop-up restaurant in Temple Bar didn’t get back to me after I tried reaching them on Twitter. Try the place and try to understand how #tweatseats odder works (a number of seats/lunches every day are going for free to Twitteres if you have requested a seat with the Twitter Tag #tweatseats). The restaurant is called CrackBirdDublin and what you get there is variations of slow fried chicken etc. You only have until 22 May to try the place, after that it will close again. Crackbird, is on Crane Lane in Temple Bar. www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2011/0222/1224290514559.html

Mary, one of the new readers of the Event Guide told me during the week that if you join the “ToteGoRacingclub” (for free), then you will be eligible to go to the Leopardstown Horse Races this Sunday for free and you will get a free race card too. I searched for the website and if you are into Horse Racing and want to go to a free meeting, then on Sun 27 Feb you could be in Leopardstown. Races start at 13:50.
Go to this page totegoracingclub.com/Content/club/tgrclubinfo.aspx?id=14215
There is a relevant note as well: Obviously you won’t be able to get anything sent to you before Sunday and it says on the site “If you have already signed up but haven’t received your card you will still be able to go racing on the dedicated Tote Go Racing Club Racedays. Go to the dedicated Tote Go Racing Club turnstile and provide the staff with some personal details and they will grant you entry.” Thanks Mary! ?

Wallace Huey, speaker, coach and author of “Unfold Your Wings and Watch Life Take Off” is inviting you to his inspiring and enlightening talks every Thursday until 21 April. His talks are supported by full screen digital projection with power point, audio, video and Internet. They take place in the Lantern Centre, 17 Synge Street, Dublin 8 and cost EUR 8 waged (and EUR 5 unwaged). Find more details on www.trans4mind.com/peace-talks/

The Temple Bar Cultural Trust is recruiting a group oif dynamic young people from 15-19 to become part of SCENEnotHERD, an independent collective of young adults that will delve into what is on offer in the arts and cultural sector in Dublin. If you are n that age group or have children, friends, relatives that are in the age group and are interested in all things cultural, then send them to this page to find out more: blog.templebar.ie/?p=1964 SCENEnotHERD is free to join. www.templebar.ie

Are you getting married soon or at some stage? No matter if you are getting ready early OR if you have already turned into a bridezilla, you might find a package that Google bundled together useful. The products are not new, but are bundled and extended with appropriate templates for everyone who is planning a wedding.

A number of you know Nathan Kingerlee, an adventurer from Kerry. Nathan runs hiking tours, adventure holidays and lots of other outdoor activities. Inspired by the books ‘Around Ireland With A Fridge’ and ‘McCarthy’s Bar’ and aware that there are some reports that the “Irish welcome”, renown throughout the world, is disappearing, Natahn decided to continue his journey. Some while ago he hiked the 168km Blackwater Way from Kerry to Tipperary and now he will continue and will bring Lucy the Goat and Cara the Dog on a 304km trek across country from Tipperary to Dublin. Their journey will follow way-marked trails, including the Mid Leinster Way and Wicklow Way and is expected to take just over two weeks. Nathan will be blogging daily about the people they meet and incidents they encounter on www.outdoorsireland.com Nathan provided some prices for competitions in the Dublin Event Guide before and there could be some other opportunities in the future. ;-)


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 8000+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

More to come! New companies that will be mentioned here soon are a Car Sharing Scheme. Watch this space.


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.

02-07 March: 11:00-18:00 – The Joinery, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7
John Jones’ exhibition “Waiting for something/ Waiting for nothing” brings together a number of drawings from an ongoing series (2008-Present). The works chosen for the exhibition are both directly and indirectly influenced by the recent upsets of the global downturn and the bank bailouts, while also dealing with issues ranging from religion, war, animal cruelty and globalization. The Opening reception will take place on Wed 02 Mar from 18:00-20:00. www.thejoinery.org


(see Saturday for details)

Fr 25 Feb: 13:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 25 Feb: 14:00 – Deansgrange Library
Magnificently U (psychologists Deirdre Ryan and Deirdre Cowman) have teamed up with Bodywhys to launch a book suitable for primary school children that tackles the issues if low self-esteem and negative body image. ‘The Magnificent Toby Plum’ aims to promote self-acceptance and encourages young people to embrace and appreciate differences. The book will be launched during Eating Disorder Awareness Week on Fri 25 Feb and everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations in Deansgrange Library. The launch will be a fun family day with face painting, workshops, treats and surprises. RTE Broadcaster Miriam O’Callaghan will launch the book. www.magnificentlyu.com

Fr 25 Feb: 20:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The launch of the book “The Philosopher King” by Domhnall Rooney will take place on Friday. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

On Fri 04 Feb, La Dolce Vita, the Italian Wine Bar and Restaurant in Cow’s Lane, Old City, Temple Bar, launched their new weekly Live Jazz every Friday from 21:00-23:30. There will be no cover charge and tables can be booked on 01 7079786. www.ladolcevita.ie The band line up for the Jazz evenings is: 25 Feb: Milla Clynes Duo; 04 Mar: Colette Henry Duo; 11 Mar: Kristina G Duo; 18 Mar: Midnight Blue; 25 Mar: Emilie Conway Duo.

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 25 Feb Superfly
Sat 26 Feb Santoria
Sun 27 Feb The Hustlers
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

“Moo” is a rockabilly/country/western band from Dublin (www.myspace.com/moodublin and (www.youtube.com/user/lopsymoo?feature=mhum) and they will perform on Fri 25 Feb in Fibbers Rock Bar, 27 Upper Ormond Quay, Dublin 1 at 22:00. Admission is free. (And it is a little while to another of their free gigs, but you can note it down already Sun 20 Mar in Village, 26 Wexford Street, Dublin 2 from 20:30.)

Fridays: 00:00-02:30 – Pacino’s, 18 Suffolk Street, Dublin 2.
Pacino’s run a new weekly live music night every Friday. There will be Funk / Soul in the Main Bar and a Jazz Trio in the Basement. Admission is free. The band line up is:
25 Feb: Moog 69s in Main Bar. (A private Function in basement)
04 Mar: Deadly Nightshades (Main Bar), Dorota Konczewska Trio (Poland) (Basement)
11 Mar: White Magic (Main Bar), Sandra Melo Trio (Brazil) (Basement)
18 Mar: Streetlife (Main Bar), Joan Shields Trio (Basement)
25 Mar: Shake your brass (Main Bar), Clare Dunne Trio (Basement)

* 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.


The Irish Franchise Expo & Awards event takes place on Fri 25 + Sat 26 Feb in Croke Park. To get free access print this ticket and bring it to the event: secure.go2.ie/irishfranchiseassociation/Files/IFA_EXPO_Ticket2011.pdf
Opening hours are on Fri 10:00-18:00 and Sat 10:00-16:00. There will be free seminars, free advice and you can park for free as well. All details are here irishfranchiseassociation.com/irishfranchiseassociation/Main/Expo_Awards_2011_01.htm

Sat 26 Feb: 10:00-18:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. This is a monthly Market at Exchange Dublin. Pictures, crafts, and all sorts of likable things to buy from all sorts of lovely people! exchangedublin.ie/news/exchange-monthly-markets

Sat 26 Feb: 11:00-17:00 – Rua Red, Tallaght
A Scriptwriting Workshop with Irish writer/director Cecilia McAllister will take place in Rua Red South Dublin Arts Centre in Tallaght. The workshop is for ages 14 – 25 and it is not completely free, but at EUR 2 it is nearly free. Spaces are limited and you should book before hand.

Sat 26 Feb: 12:00-16:00 – Makeupfablicious, 36 Dame St, Dublin 2
The Makeupfablicious Open Day 2011 will take place on Saturday. On that day you can join the Make-up Academy to check out the students work and see how a normal day there goes. Having a look around, you could decide to start the career you always wanted to have or the hobby you’ve always promised yourself. There will be Goodie Bags and a EUR 1000 discount on the ITEC Fashion, Theatre and Media Makeup Diploma Course. Makeupfablicious is offering full and part time courses in Makeup Artistry, Fashion Styling, Digital fashion Photography and also holding a range of different weekend and midweek workshops. www.makeupfablicious.com www.facebook.com/MakeupFabLiciousAcademy

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 26 Feb. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

Sat 26 Feb: 12:00 – Community Garden at Great Western Villas, Phibsborough, Dublin 7. “Get off the fence and start planting hedgerows!” is the title of this Willow Hedge Making Workshop in Phibsborough. A living willow fence will be planted around the perimeter of the Great Western Square and District Community Garden site, which is located at the end of Great Western Villas. This one day workshop will explain hedge planting and its history, willow usage and its ecology, and a more general introduction to ecological gardening and biodiversity. www.cultivate.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1014&Itemid=88889024

+ A Gallery Talk “Irish Birds in the Natural History Museum” will take place on Sat 26 Feb from 12:00-12:30 in the Natural History Museum in Merrion Street. Suitable for adults. “Join Niall Hatch from Birdwatch Ireland to learn more about our native birds.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2060
+ The Gallery Talk “The Secrets of Bones” will take place on Sat 26 Feb from 12:00-12:40 in the National Museum (Archaeology) in Kildare Street. Suitable for adults. “Join Dr Ruth Carden, Zoologist, to hear about animal bone discoveries from archaeological sites and what they tell us about the relationship between humans and animals over the last 9,000 years in Ireland.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2061

On Sat 26 Feb from 14:30 the Pinocchio Restaurant at the LUAS stop in Ranelagh will show the Rugby Six Nations Game “Italy vs. France” on a big screen.
On Sun 27 Feb from 20:30 the Pinocchio Cineforum will take place and the film “La Vita e´ Bella” with Roberto Benigni will be screened. www.flavourofitaly.ie

Sat 26 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “The Circus is coming to town!” with Melissa Cornish. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 26 Feb: 15:00 – Meeting Point at the Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1
A demo in solidarity with the people of the Revolutions in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Bahrain, Algeria and Yemen, will take place. Find all detail on

Sat 26 Feb: County Bar, Lucan Spa Complex, M4, Lucan.
The monthly gig night “Lucan Live” will take place in the County Bar in Lucan, which is on the same site as the Lucan Spa Hotel on the M4, promoting local bands. This month “The Shoos” will perform + Chris Maher + DJ NFTY will provide the music before and after the live band. The evening starts at 20:00 and the Shoos will perform from 21:30. lucanlive.com/index.php

Sat 26 Feb: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Daithí uses loopstations, kaoss Pads, synthesizers, effects pedals and drum machines to create a unique and exceptional sound all centered around one instrument: the Fiddle. Some people call it post trad, others say it’s Indie traditional electro math rock looped with a twist, whatever the genre the end result is energetic, loud and a damn good time. Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/listings/

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

Sat 26 Feb: 22:00 – Stillorgan Orchard, Stillorgan Co. Dublin
A great band will be in the Stillorgan Orchard. The Soul Band Santorai will perform there with a 7 piece band. www.santoria.ie/santorialive.html

Sat 26 Feb: 22:30-01:30: Mint Bar, Westin Hotel, College Green, Dublin 2.
The amazing and outstanding Soul, Funk + Cover Band “The Ratzingers” will be in the Mint Bar of the Westin Hotel and if you have never heard them, all I can sax is Go! Go! Go! …to the Westin. If you have already heard them, I don’t need to say anything because you will be there. ;-) They will be there in the big 7-piece band configuration with a bag full of funk, soul, pop, hip-hop, swing, rock, jives, disco and god knows what else. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=181438375230952

* 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 in 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 on a break until spring (or possibly forever, says the cynic in me). 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, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-17:30
* 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.
* 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
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.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 latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821

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Sun 27 Feb: 09:00-18:00 – National Aquatic Centre (NAC), Snugborough Road, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15. The NAC McSwim, organised by the NAC Swim Club, is a charity aquatics event organised to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House. Since 2004, the charity has provided accommodation, care and support for families from all over Ireland when their children are seriously ill in Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. The NAC McSwim will showcase many aquatic disciplines including a “Mini Minnows” gala for novices, a short course gala for more experienced swimmers, a synchronised swimming and diving display as well as a water polo match. Ronald McDonald and leading international athlete, Derval O’Rourke will conduct the medal ceremony. Entry to the event is free. And if you can’t make it to the NAC, the entire day’s proceedings will be streamed live to the club’s website at www.nacswimclub.com , where online donations are also invited. www.nacswimclub.com

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 27 Feb Tracing Fun; 06 Mar: Trees – what would we do without them? (Tree Week); 13 Mar: St Patrick’s Day Cards and decorations; 20 Mar: Medieval Life – Includes visit to Ashtown Castle; 27 Mar: Tracing & Drawing “Sporting themes”. You can check with the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre (Phone 01-6770095) to make sure that it takes place. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sun 27 Feb from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, 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.

The Sunday Concerts in the Hugh Lane Gallery, formerly called “Sunday at Noon”, are free concerts of mostly classical music in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Before the summer these concerts took place from 12:00-13:00, but the gallery’s website still doesn’t tell us the starting time. Assume it is again 12:00-13:00! The concert on the 27 Feb is entitled “New Notes for Flute from Ireland and New Zealand 1978-2010 – Part 2” with William Dowdall (flutes and electronics). www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=672

Sun 27 Feb: 13:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
The film “A Revel in Blue” will be screened in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Using enhanced special effects and copious interviews, this documentary captures the life and work of Harry Clarke in all its uniqueness and colour. Many of Clarke’s stained-glass windows are featured in the Hugh Lane collection. The film is narrated by Rory Mullen (Hunger, Anton). Duration 72 mins. Adm is free, places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=616

It seems the Crafty Market is on hold. The Facebook Page doesn’t indicate anything, but the website www.thecraftymarket.com/ says the next market is “to be confirmed”. So, please keep an eye out for me regarding this market and let me know when it will be back. It was a market for Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls and live acoustic music in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street. www.facebook.com/craftymarket?ref=ts

Sun 27 Feb: 14:00 – Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
The Sugar Club will screen the Six Nations Rugby game of Ireland vs Scotland on their big cinema screen. 150 people will find seats and admission is free. www.thesugarclub.com/whatson.html

+ Some months ago, the National Museum started charging for Public Tours. It is a small charge (EUR 2), but on Sun 27 Feb you have a chance to take part in a tour for free. From 15:00-15:45 this tour in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) will provide an introduction to the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History. Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2063

Sun 27 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Books and Catalogues”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=638

Sun 27 Feb: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The lecture “A historical image by Diego Rivera with an Irish link” with Dr Matthew Stout, St Patrick’s College, DCU will take place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Saucy Sundays is a new live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On 27 Feb it will run from 16:30-23:00 with a line up of musicians from all round the country. The line up is P Affection, Palko, Emma Quearney, Longtails, Jezzebelle, St. John The Gambler and Ragmen. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall

* 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 site seems to be gone and I am checking it!
* 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
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place 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. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* 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.
* Shazwanda Show – Dragon Bar. Each Sunday the ‘The Shazwanda Show’ takes place in the Dragon in Sth Great Georges Street from 20:00 to watch X Factor followed by a cabaret and comedy show from 21:00. Admission is free www.facebook.com/Shazwanda www.sharynhayden.com
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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

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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From Mon 28 Feb – Mon 07 March the Russian Cultural Festival will take place. It will include photographic exhibitions in the Wood Quay Venue and in the Central Libray in Ilac Centre. There will be lunchtime lectures on Russian topics at Trinity College. Music events will take place throughout the week and on the Russian Pancake Day on Sun 06 March, there will be family entertainment in Temple Bar (Cows Lane + Essex Street) with music, Russian storytelling and food stalls.
Find all details here www.dublinrussianfestival.webs.com/ and here www.facebook.com/FestivalofRussianCulture

Mon 28 Feb: 18:00 – Royal Irish Academy, Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The RIA Presidential Discourse “The Atlantic World c 1450-c 1830: A plausible narrative for a relatively new subject” by Prof Nicholas Canny will explain how the interactions that developed between the peoples, plants, pathogens, products and cultural practices of three continents – America, Europe and Africa – over the course of three centuries had resulted in the creation of new peoples, economies, societies, polities and cultures that constituted an Atlantic World. Admission is free, but booking is essential on www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Presidential-Discourse.aspx

Mon 28 Feb: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“Come Get Yer Act Together” is a band showcase that takes place every Monday in the Workman’s Club, a relatively new live music venue on Wellington Quay. On 28 Feb the band line up is Palko (www.myspace.com/palkotheband), Mishap (www.myspace.com/wearemishap) and Y-F-O (breakingtunes.com/y-f-o)
Admission is free to this event. www.theworkmansclub.com/listings/

* 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. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* 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
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* 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.


Tues 01 Mar: 10:30-11:15: National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The lecture “British and Irish Watercolours presented to the Gallery by George Archibald Taylor in 1855” with Anne Hodge, National Gallery of Ireland will take place. Admission free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 01 Mar: 14:30. Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle
A film screening of “Across the Hindu Kush, episode 3” of “In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great” with Michael Wood, Maya Vision International, 326-327BC, follow Alexander into the mountains of Afghanistan and Uzbekistan (60 mins) will take place in the CBL. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 01 Mar at 18:00 the film “La colmena” (1982) by Mario Camus (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/Ficha69710_16_2.htm

Tues 01 Mar: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. The first novel by new Irish writer Shirley Benton-Bailey, “Looking for Leon”, is the romantic story of a woman determined to hunt down her one true love. Admission to the launch of this book in the Gutter Bookshop is free. gutterbookshop.com/

Tues 01 Mar: 19:30-22:30 – Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
At the next Shebeen Flick event the films will be two films looking at Art, politics and conflict: The short documentary “Untitled (Revolution 89)” by Istvan Laslo and the feature-length documentary “Art/Conflict y 2 Zones” (2005 – 80min) by Aisling Crudden. The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Aisling Crudden. www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?v=wall

The New Volta Film Club is a monthly screening of new short films and animations. It normally takes place on the first Tuesday of the month and should therefore ebe on 01 Mar from 20:00-23:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton Street (Upstairs). The websites, however, don’t confirm this yet. I suggest you double check on Monday:
newvoltafilmclub.wordpress.com/ and www.facebook.com/pages/New-Volta/127768761573?v=wall

* 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
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* 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


Wed 02 – Sun 06 Mar: Dublin City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The Dublin Book Festival will take place from Wed-Sun. Over 60 of Ireland’s leading authors, poets and journalists will gather in Dublin and the festival has been extended this year from three to five days. The core events will be in City Hall in Dame Street, with other events taking place in many other venues, including the National Library of Ireland and the Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar. The programme will feature over 50 readings, debates, book launches, workshops and events for children. Coffee company Insomnia will be operating a Festival Café at City Hall and there will also be a Festival Bookshop offering books from over 100 Irish publishers. www.dublinbookfestival.com or www.facebook.com/DublinBookFestival The complete programme can be downloaded here www.dublinbookfestival.com/DBF2011.pdf There is an impressive amount of talks and discussions and if you are interested you should definitely download the full programme. All events in City Hall are free, but some require booking. Check the last few pages of the programme for the booking details. I will mention a few events here in the Event Guide, but all City Hall events are well described and listed on the website and in the programme and you will hopefully be able to check there.

Wed 02 Mar: 07:30 – Institute of Bankers, IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1.
The UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School is offering potential MBA students the chance to attend a series of free breakfast lectures designed to give a Taste of an MBA. The second breakfast lecture of the series is on the topic of Corporate Governance and is entitled: ‘Greek Chorus, Posse or Lynch Mob? The Role of Accountants in Corporate Governance’ It will be presented by by Professor Niamh Brennan, Michael MacCormac Professor of Management and Academic Director of the Centre for Corporate Governance at UCD School of Business. Register at www.smurfitschool.ie/tasteofanmba

To celebrate the Dublin Book Festival the Libraries throughout Ireland invite to a variety of events. I am only including three today, please check your local library to see if there is more for you.
+ Don Conroy will be in the Central Library on Wed 02 Mar at 10:30. Don Conroy is a writer, a television presenter, a naturalist, an environmentalist and a working artist who has had many exhibitions. He is best known for his appearances as Uncle Don to Dustin, Socky and Zig & Zag on RTE’s The Den and he is the author of many books for children and young adults.
+ Fighting Words Project – Writing Workshop for 7-8 year olds. This will take place in Pearse Street Library on Thurs 03 March from 10:30. Fighting Words is a creative writing centre, established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. It helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing.
+ Gabriel Fitzmaurice (Author) will read to 6-7 year olds as Gaeilge in Cabra Library on Fri 04 Mar at 10:30.

Wed 02 Mar: 13:05-13:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Special Lecture “Russian Cultural Festival – Creating the Russkii: Images of Russian Identity and the Imagined West.” will take place in the gallery. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Wed 02 Mar: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
A Lunchtime Lecture Series Dr Jerusha McCormack and Dr John G Blair is organised as part of the Library’s celebrations of the Chinese New Year. The remaining events are on 02 & 09 March and the series is entitled “Old China, New China – and Us”.
The lectures are free and open to all, no booking required.
On Wed 02 Mar the topic is “Health: East and West – In China food is medicine; in the West it is fuel. Can these two radically different traditions ever combine?” www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Wed 02 Mar: 13:15 – 3FE @ The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1. The Café at the Twisted Pepper is the venue for a lunchtime reading with Catherine Ann Cullen, Richard Halperin and Anne Tannam. www.seventowers.ie

Wed 02 Mar: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
With Luis Alberto de Cuenca (poet) being a guest at this event, students of the Instituto Cervantes Dublin are invited to participate in this contest reciting poems by the Spanish author Luis Alberto de Cuenca, who will be one of the members of the jury. The most inspired presentations will be awarded with a trip to Madrid and a 30 hours summer course. All participants will receive a gift. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha69289_16_2.htm

Wed 02 Mar: 18:15-19:45 – Bewley’s Cafe Bar Theatre, Grafton Street. Dublin 2
Dan O’Brien (Economics editor, Irish Times) and David Korowicz (Director, Risk/Resilience and Feasta) will speak for and against ‘Is continuing economic growth possibe?’ at the next Comhlámh First Wednesday Debate. This will be followed by an open Q&A session where the audience are encouraged to get involved. Admission is free and on a first-come, first-served basis. www.comhlamh.org/bewleys-debates-are-back.html

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney trpt., Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland drs) will be playing Jazz in O’Reilly’s Pub in Sandymount, D4. Admission is free.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “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
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.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 03 March the World Book Day is taking place and most book shops, Libraries and other book and publishing related businesses run special events. www.worldbookday.com/world_book_day_in_ireland.asp

Thurs 03 Mar: Rathmines & Grafton Street
Dubray Books is inviting to a number of events in their book shops in Dublin:
+ 10:00 Dubray Books, Swan Shopping Centre, Rathmines: Marilyn Taylor, author Faraway Home giving an author reading and in the afternoon “Storytelling with Vivienne & Treasure Hunt” will take place.
+ 11:00 Dubray Books, Grafton Street will have Brendan O’Brien, author of “The Story of Ireland” for a reading. www.dubraybooks.ie/news.asp?

Thurs 03 Mar: 12:00-21:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Irish Writers’ Centre has an array of free events and activities for an Open House. + 12:00: Inkslingers creative writing session led by Andrew McEneff. This is a structured hour where participants will be given a series of writing prompts and critique. Suitable for all levels of experience and an excellent way to meet other writers.
+ 13:00: Lunchtime Poetry Readings with poets Peter Sirr, Jean O’ Brien, Gerald Dawe, Richard Halperin, Aifric Mac Aodha and Paul Perry.
+ 15:00: Film screening of James Joyce’s “The Dead” followed by a discussion of the short story and film. This will be the first of a series of Madaptations which will be held at the Centre, showcasing films that have been based on books and discussing how the two compare.
+ 19:00: A dramatic performance by Peter Duffy of The Great Hunger by Patrick Kavanagh. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/worldbookday.html

Thurs 03 Mar: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
True crime writers John Mooney, Barry Cummins, Abigail Rieley and Emer Connolly will be in the Gutter Bookshop for a ‘Up for Discussion’ event, to talk about their work and genre. Refreshments will be served. Adm is free. No booking required

Thurs 03 Feb: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The Lecture “The Persian Epic Cycle and the Shahnama of Firdawsi” by Dr Gabrielle van den Berg, Lecturer in Persian, School of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Leiden will take place on Thursday. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 10 Mar: 16:30 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Richard Tuttle Lecture and Seminar Series “Points of Departure, Lines of Flight” will take place from 03 Feb-08 Apr in the Hugh Lane Gallery. Over the course of 5 weeks artists, critics, and curators will respond to the Richard Tuttle exhibition and take a point of departure to discuss current arts practice. A free public lecture will take place on Thursdays at 16:30 followed by (non-free) seminar on Fridays from 11:00.
Check the website www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=652 for an update on the topic for the next talk. This week (03 Mar) the lecture series takes a break, probably due to the World Book Day.

Thurs 03 Mar: 17:00 – Irish Museum of Modern Art, (IMMA), Lecture Room, Royal Hopsital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. “In Conversation 1: The Critics” This discussion will be about the life and work of key practitioners, exploring modern ideas shared between critics, journalists, artists and curators during early 20th Century Ireland. Vera Ryan (historian and author) will discuss this with Brian Fallon (Chief critic of the Irish Times for 35 years and its literary editor for 11 years) and Roisin Kennedy (art historian and lecturer). www.imma.ie/en/page_212348.htm

Thurs 03 Mar: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2.
A round table discussion with Participants Jorge Edwards Valdés, Luis Alberto de Cuenca and Alicia Mariño will take place. Jorge Edwards Valdés, Chilean novelist and journalist who was diplomat during the presidency of Salvador Allende, meets Luis Alberto de Cuenca, one of the most celebrated Spanish living poets, famous for his ironic elegance and his scepticism, and Alicia Mariño, who has worked on the fantasy genre and on comparative literature, to reveal and discuss their literary creation. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha69408_16_2.htm

“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.

Thurs 03 Mar: 21:00 – Bernard Shaw, South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2
The brilliant 10 piece band “Mob Fandango” will be in the Bernard Shaw pub on Thurs. Don’t miss it! www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151723551547498

Thur 24 Feb: 20:00 – Hard Rock Cafe, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Hard Rock Cafe Dublin will host the local round of Hard Rock’s Battle of The Bands and is giving one of them the opportunity to perform at London’s Hyde Park at Hard Rock Calling 2011. All artists will compete live and be evaluated by a panel of local celebrities and music professionals. Admission is free and your support for the competing bands is be appreciated. The performances are
03 Mar: Aztaria; Sal Vitro; Lace Weeper; Dispatch
10 Mar: Final Battle

Thurs: 20:00 – Sweeney Mongrel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Dimestore Recordings is a weekly gig with a whole variety of bands and performers. It takes place every Thursday in Sweeney Mongrel in Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk). The line up for the upcoming week can usually be found here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. No cover charge. The theme for February is “Romantics” and the movies are 03 Mar: The Snapper; 10 Mar: Intermission; 17 Mar: In America; 24 Mar: In Bruges; 31 Mar The Van. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

The music duo R.E.D. are hosting a free Open Mic Night for musicians every Thursday in Darky Kellys pub on Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8. Would you like to play music in front of a live audience or hear undiscovered stars? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. For details check:

* 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.


Fri 04 Mar: 13:00-15:00 – Arnott’s, 12 Henry Street, Dublin 1
On Fri 04 Mar and Sat 05 Mar this year’s Lollipop Day will take place and the Dublin Gospel Choir will sing outside Arnott’s on Henry Street on Friday from 13:00-15:00. Lollipo Day is a fundraising day for the Oesophageal Cancer Fund. lollipopday.ie/

Fri 04 Feb: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The Lecture “The Sisters of Sinai: How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels” by Janet Soskice, Professor of Philosophical Theology, Jesus College, Cambridge will take place on Friday. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Fri 04 Mar: 18:00 – Swan Leisure, Rathmines (new Rathmines swimming pool).
Come to a free trial Tai Chi class by Alda Gomez to see if it is for you. Book in advance at 087 7750782 or houseofmovement@gmail.com


This section contains events that will 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:

Sat 05 Mar: 09:30-? – Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Offices, Wood Quay.
The Dublin Community Forum – Environmental Focus Group is running an event called “Growing Our Green Communities” and if you are interested you have to register Tel: 01 222 3259 by Friday 25 Feb. If you won’t see this notice today (Fri), I would still ring on Monday and try to register and if there are still some places available, you might be lucky, but don’t delay, there is a huge amount of interest.
“A diverse environmental seminar will showcase 6 different environmental and social initiatives within Dublin. The seminar will also involve a cafe style discussion workshop. The Dublin City Community Forum, set up in 2000, provides a platform where all community, voluntary groups, and organisations can come together to promote a shared vision of how Dublin City should be planned, developed and managed. (It is not specified until when the seminar will run, but I assume it will at least last until lunch time, possibly the whole day.) www.cultivate.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1015&Itemid=88889024

Mon 07 Mar: 12:00-14:00 – RIA, Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Dr Di McCarthy will talk about “R&D – The New Zealand Way: Funding & Prioritisation in Higher Education”. She is the Chief Executive of the Royal Society of New Zealand, a national academy promoting, investing in and celebrating excellence in the sciences and the humanities with head office in Wellington. Admission is free, but booking isessential via www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing.aspx A light lunch will be served.

Tues 08 Mar: 19:30 – RDS, Minerva Suite, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The next free RDS lecture is entitled “Authentic Leadership – The Genius of Consciousness” by Dr Tony Humphreys. “Leadership is a critical business skill and the ability to motivate a group of people towards a common goal is more important than ever in these challenging economic times. The process of changing subconscious into conscious behaviour to become a more effective leader will be the main theme of this lecture. Dr Tony Humphreys is a renowned author and has become one of Ireland’s most influential psychologists. Advance booking is essential. www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1042174

Thurs 10 Mar: 19:30 – RDS, Dodder B Room, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The 2011 RDS Augustine Henry Forestry Lecture is “The Environmental Challenges Facing the Irish Forestry Industry” by Prof. John O’Halloran. It will review how our knowledge of environmental matters relating to forestry has changed over the past 20 years. The Lecture will also outline the challenges and opportunities currently facing the forestry and biodiversity industry in Ireland. Advance booking is essential.

______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. ;-)

Yes, it is election day and the broadcasting media (TV + radio) are adhering to a moratorium that originally banned them from election reporting on election day and on the day before (www.bai.ie/pdfs/201012_electionconslt_english_vfinal.pdf). This year, that ban was reduced and they were allowed to report until 14:00 yesterday (www.thejournal.ie/broadcasting-authority-revises-election-moratorium-rules-2011-1/). The ban is there to allow voters “to reflect on their choice” and to increase fairness, but it doesn’t really make sense to me. The print and online media is not included anyway and I don’t think a TV report on Thursday evening about the election would have influenced heap loads of voters against their will. Odd! Getting a break from the election blah blah (as many call it) is not a terrible thing, though. From the moment the voting finishes all news hell will break loose anyway.
I will mention a few other oddities here, nevertheless:
+ FINE GAEL INTERNET TAX: It wasn’t reported too well, but interestingly and amazingly, Fine Gael and the Greens have said that they would introduce an Internet tax. Don’t worry about the Greens! But the Fine Gael plan worries me a bit. Imagine there was a tax like that!? Even if you only have Smartphone but not even a TV or radio, you would have to pay it. The Fine Gael programme says: “We will change the TV licence to a household-based Public Broadcasting Charge applied to all households and applicable businesses regardless of the device they use to access content.” This would probably mean EVERY business would have to pay it if there is a smart phone or a PC/Laptop used. Watch out for that and let’s make sure that Fine Gael will NOT implement that. newswhip.ie/national-2/fine-gael-propose-content-tax-to-replace-tv-license
+ ANARCHISTS VOTE FIANNA FAIL: A brilliant YouTube video appeared a few days ago. In it a man, apparently from Sligo, explains with a totally serious face, that he is an Anarchist and will therefore vote for Fianna Fail. Hilarious! www.youtube.com/watch?v=yieS7jWWdB8

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I hope you have voted or will vote. If you hadn’t plan to go, do it for me and/or for all the Irish people that can’t vote today because they are on holidays or work abroad. I am not allowed to vote in Ireland and imagine – even all the employees of Tourism Ireland, Bord Bia etc who work abroad to promote Ireland, are excluded from this democratic process. Thinks have to change in Ireland!!

Take care,


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