Event Guide 192: Cafe Madrid, Print Museum, Adult Learners Festival, Science Gallery

February 18th, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 192
| 18 Feb 2011 Subscribers: 8051

Hi all!

Last Thursday, when I wrote the previous Event Guide, was seemingly not my bestest day. It turned out that I made two sizeable mistakes. I listed an event that will take this Saturday wrongly as taking place last Saturday and when prepared the final e-mail I accidentally forgot to copy the Wednesday events in. As a result the e-mail contained outdated Wednesday events. Argh!! It doesn’t happen often :-) , but sometimes I make a mistake. The good thing is that you are on your toes and tell me! Thanks! In a situation like that I will do my best to put the corrections on the Dublin Event Guide facebook page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide so make sure that you click on LIKE on this page. 3500 people already like the page and it would make sense if you ALL did the same!


This week I will try to be more alert. ;-) But it took me a LOT longer than usual to write the newsletter! Lots is happening again this week and we haven’t even reached Spring. As for the last 191 weeks, I will continue to keep you informed about all free events that I can find out about. I am checking approx. 400 web pages for you every week and get lots of mails with event information. In addition there are always interesting competitions and your chances to win are significantly better than when you play lotto. ;-)

By the way, a number of people were wondering why my analysis of the political situation in Ireland was missing in recent weeks. I can promise/guarantee that I will comment again on the “odd-nesses” in the political world, but I guess most of us suffer a bit of politics overload at the moment, so I am giving you a break. This time next week, I hope you will use your democratic right to vote if you are Irish or British (Yes, that IS odd!) and are living in Ireland. If you are not allowed to vote, beg your friends who are allowed to use their vote and to vote well!

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Today’s Feel Good Slot video clip you might want to listen to twice. It is what is said that is relevant and the speaker is inspirational speaker Esther Hicks. The first part of the video clip asks you to wake up to who you are and to search for the teachers that you need. The second part talks to the teachers, coaches, parents and supporters in us and tells us that we are to be an “uplifter”. Are you a teacher or coach? I would say each and everyone of you is a teacher in some shape or form to someone! Think about it and your role and importance! Listen to it a few times: www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfIEQKtt61s


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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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Sooo many events, I am trying to keep it short every week, and then I find more and more and more. This weekend I will be at a seminar for part of the time, so I won’t be able to go to many events, but if I could, I would go to Café Madrid on Saturday morning and afterwards to the Flamenco workshop in Talbot Gallery. Then I would definitely go to the Print Museum Demonstration Day after having had a great time there before. And if you haven’t been, this weekend is your last chance to go to the Science Gallery to see the current exhibition.

On Sunday the Bird Watching in Booterstown is something I never did before but it could be interesting for a change. ;-) From Monday the Adult Learners Festival gives lots of opportunities for interesting events and the Reform Card event in the Sugarclub on the same day is tempting me a bit. On Tuesday I like the sound of the Green Learning Day, on Wed the HR Master Class is something for me and on Thursday the Visceral Funeral in the Science Gallery.

But to make sure that you get the Event Guide significantly earlier next week, I probably have to stay at home most evenings next week to work on it a bit earlier. :-)


I am working on getting more competitions for the new year, I know how much you like them. :-) If you work in a company that would like to let the readers know about your products or events through this competition section, just contact me on dublineventguide@gmail.com

The exhibition “Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures” was launched yesterday and it is really good (Check the Dublin News a little further down for more information!). 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. Check my report from the exhibition in the Dublin News and then enter the competition. ;-) www.kingtutdublin.ie


It took 20 years for the Irish National Motorshow to take place again. The last National Motorshow took place in 1991 and next week from 25-27 Feb it will be back. This Event Extravaganza is showcasing the newest, most exciting car models the Irish Motor Industry has to offer. For all you car and motor lovers this is THE event to be. It will take place in the RDS in Ballsbridge and you will find all details, exhibitor lists, opening hours and how you can buy tickets (from EUR 12) on www.irishmotorshow.ie The organisers have made a pair of tickets available (Thanks!) for a reader of the Dublin Event Guide and to be in with a chance to win you have to go to www.irishmotorshow.ie/competition before Thurs 24 Feb. It sounds like a good event and I will probably check it out myself.

I forgot to mention that your entry has to be with me by 23 February, so you have another opportunity to enter this competition! Dublinia, the Viking and Medieval heritage centre at Christ Church, have a host of events to keep families entertained this February Mid-Term. If you ever wanted to learn what life was like in Medieval Dublin, what weapons Vikings used in their bloody battles or why archaeologists dig for artefacts? Discover all this and more this February mid-term, as part of Dublinia Mid-Term ‘Mayhem’. A fun packed, educational trip back in time, Mid–Term ‘Mayhem’ keeps you and your little history hunters entertained this mid-term break. 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), so if you want to visit Dublinia with your kids either during the mid-term break or after, enter this competition and you might win the tickets. Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with DUBLINIA in the subject and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. IN ADDITION, you have to tell me the name of the Hill on which Dublinia is. You easily find that if you go to www.dublinia.ie and then click on LOCATION.

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Tesco Mobile (www.tescomobile.ie) made Nokia 2690 phone available for a competition to celebrate their sponsorship of the Chinese New Year Festival. As you can imagine I got LOTS of entries, so I hope that you won’t be disappointed if you didn’t win. The winner of the phone is Regina Koller. Congrats!

Rev. Jesse Jackson, the American civil rights activist and Baptist minister was in Dublin and TASC (www.tascnet.ie), the think tank for action on social change, made pair of tickets available for a competition. The winner was Fiona Donegan. Congratulations!

______Dublin News______________

Tutankhamun had a busy and very short life. He is one of the most famous Pharaohs of Egypt but there were a lot of challengers in Egypt at that time and he didn’t have a long life as he died when he was only 18 or 19. Still most of us have heard about him because some lucky coincidences meant that his grave was the only one untouched by robbers and when it was opened by archaeologist Howard Carter in 1924 all the 3000 year old treasures where still there. The exhibition “Tutankhamun – His Tomb and His Treasures” now is on show in Dublin and I had the privilege to be at the launch yesterday and to do the tour. And it is BRILLIANT! 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. So on the “interesting” scale, I would give it 10 out of 10. These type of exhibitions are not cheap, though, and an adult price of EUR 16 during the week and EUR 18 is a bit higher than many would prefer, but you do get a good value. Tickets are for a specific time-slot, and once you are in, you can take as much time as you need. The exhibition will run from 18 Feb until 23 July and it is in the Industries Hall in the RDS. All details can be found here www.kingtutdublin.ie

On Wednesday the Dublin Culture Trail, complete with impressive website and iPhone app was launched. The result is brilliant and will help us locals and visitors to make even better use of our city. Extensive information, videos and very nice pictures help us and visitors when visiting Dublin. The iPhone app is free and uses the iPhone’s GPS functionality to guide the user even better. Have a look at dublinculturetrail.ie/ and get the app – if you have an iPhone. I like the look and feel of the website and the feature richness of the whole package. There are a few niggles that need to be sorted, but it is a great and impressive start. The niggles for me are the fact that iPhone apps are useless to me and – much more relevant – the fact that the 16 sites that have been chosen for the launch are only a small subset of the complete Dublin Culture Trail. It is surprising that Christ Church is there but St. Patrick’s Cathedral is not included or that the Temple Bar Gallery & Studios is included but the National Gallery, National Library, Natural History Museum and Science Gallery are all missing. Let’s hope that the project will continue and will soon extend to ALL relevant sites! Have a look and make use of it dublinculturetrail.ie/

The Dublin Culture Trail is a perfect example how culture and technology are far closer than they were ever before and a diverse group of Twitterers came up with the idea to build on that and to see how far it can be taken. They are now working on the idea of running CultureHackIE, a day of cultural orgs/artists and techie people coming together, to explore and co-operate. Details are on culturehackie.posterous.com/#!/ and if you are interested (40 people already joined up!), then put your name on the list. The idea is based on a similar event held in the UK In January ‘Culture Hack Day UK’, check out this video which gives a good idea vimeo.com/19385257


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/

A few weeks ago I mentioned that his advertisement www.youtube.com/watch?v=wdjLBXlieI0 did cost approx. EUR 500,000 according to newspaper reports and that it was a total waste of money because no single passenger can choose which terminal he/she wants to use. And if there is no choice advertisement is a waste. But now the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) ad’s existence was justified: If we DAA hadn’t wasted the 500k, we would have never got this brilliant “p*sstake”: www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JPT3feipJ8

During the week the bad news broke that the St. Patrick’s Day SkyFest was AGAIN not taking place in Dublin. It wasn’t very probably anyway, but when you consider that the Skyfest only reached a max of about 100,000 viewers per year while away from Dublin and how many it would reach if it were to take place in Dublin, it is hugely disappointing. Skyfest 2011 will be in Wexford on Sat 19 March (www.stpatricksfestival.ie/index.php/events/event/skyfest). The last time the Skyfest took place in Dublin was in 2005! In 2006 it was cancelled because no sponsor could be found. In 2007 it was meant to take place in Dublin but had to be cancelled due to seriously bad weather, then 2008 it was in Cashel (Tipperary), 2009 in Waterford, 2010 in Limerick. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skyfest


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 7500+ 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.

17 Feb – 24 Apr: “Worlds of Colour” a photography exhibition by Steve McCurry. Steve McCurry images capture the essence of human struggle and joy. His work focuses on the human condition and the documentation of cultures around the world. McCurry has covered many international conflicts in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. The exhibition opens at 11:00 on Thurs 17 Feb and on 03 March at 12:00 an Artist’s Talk will take place. Booking essential is essential for the talk via www.galleryofphotography.ie

19 Feb – 27 Mar: Sat+Sun 12:00-17:00 – The Ark, 11a Eustace Street Temple Bar Dublin 2. The Ark is a cultural centre for children and runs lots of interesting (but non-free) events for children all the time. The results of the workshops will be displayed and the exhibition of the crafted creatures is free until the end of March. Discover a world of beautifully made beasts. – The Ark is preparing for an invasion of Crafted Creatures, when every floor of its award-winning building will come to life with a captivating free exhibition of animal-themed craft for children and families. Running alongside the Crafted Creatures exhibition, a programme of weekend and mid-term break craft workshops will give children a unique opportunity to work with expert craftspeople to explore animal themes using materials like clay, wire, fabric, rubber and plastic. www.ark.ie

“Motion Pictures” is Frank Hagues’s collection of new figurative paintings, which will be on show in the Mad Art Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1. The exhibition will run from Tues 22 Feb – Sat 26 Feb (11:00-18:00). The opening will be on 22 Feb from 18:00-20:00. www.madartstudio.com


14-20 Feb: Just another few days till the end of this week. Engineers Week 2011 is a week long programme of nationwide events with the aim of celebrating the world of engineering in Ireland. Events are for primary, post-primary students and families and last year 17,000 people and over 140 organisations took part. www.engineersweek.ie All events in Dublin can be found by following this link www.engineersweek.ie/events/?countyid=13 Nearly all events are free and if you play around with the filters on the right hand side you can find the right events for you.

Fri 18 Feb: 11:00-13:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Memoires into Memoir” is a lecture by Irene Graham where you learn how to creatively translate your life experience into memoir. Places are free but must be booked in advance at learning@nli.ie www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Fri 18 Feb: 13:00-14:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
“Bridges over the Liffey” is a talk by Michael Phillips, Dublin City Engineer, focussing on the history of Dublin’s bridges right up to the “installation” of the City’s newest addition, the Samuel Beckett Bridge. The talk is part of the Egineers Week and Admission is free. www.dublincitypubliclibraries.ie

Fr 18 Feb: 18:00-21:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange St Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. “For a night of alternative, experimental and thrilling comedy come to The Silly Beggar Comedy Freak Show, The biggest night in town! With resident freaks, Mark Baldwin, Brian Maher and Sean Fitzgerald. You may laugh, you may howl, you may roar or you may not get it at all but you’ll still appreciate the harmless fun. Expect stand up, special guests and cartoons.” Admission free. exchangedublin.ie/news/silly-beggar-comedy-freak-show

Fri 18 Feb: 18:30: Royal College of Surgeons, Albert Theatre, 123 St Stephens Green, Dublin 2. The debate “The God Delusion or Solution?” between Hamza Andreas Tzortzis, an international public speaker on Islam, and Michael Nugent, an Irish writer, activist and chairperson of Atheist Ireland, is part of the Ireland Islam Awareness Month. The 2 Biggest Student Societies (Islamic society & debate society) in the RCSI go head to head in this debate. More information here:

Fri 18 Feb: 19:00-23:00: Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The “Peña Flamenca El Indalo” is inviting to an Open Doors Day – Día Puertas Abiertas on Friday. In Spain, a peña flamenca is a club of aficionados who regularly meet up to cultivate their shared interest in flamenco.
Dublin’s own peña, Peña Flamenca El Indalo, opens its doors once a month to its club members and the general public for an afternoon/evening of flamenco in Temple Bar. The next Open Doors is a special evening with guest artist Felipe de Algeciras who will offer short tasters in dance and flamenco clapping. A performance by Felipe accompanied by guitarist & percussionist Lucas González will close the evening. Admission is free, but donations are welcome. Spaces are limited and you need to register here flamencoindalo.com/en/activities/open-doors
I have been at a previous event where Felipe and Lucas performed and if you are the slightest bit interested in Spanish music, culture or even Flamenco, you should be at this event! Felipe and Lucas are outstanding!

On Fri 04 Feb, La Dolce Vita, the Italian Wine Bar and Restaurant in Cow’s Lane, Old City, Temple Bar, will launch 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: 18 Feb: Anne Marie Kelly Duo, 25 Feb: Milla Clynes Duo.

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 18 Beatclub
Sat 19 Who’s Eddie
Sun 20 Feb Three’s Company
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

* 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.


28 Jan-25 Feb: Science Gallery, Naughton Institute, Trinity College, Pearse Street, D2
This exhibition is already closing next Friday, so if you haven’t seen it yet, make sure that you don’t miss it! The title is “Visceral – The Living Art Experiment” and the artwork falls in the unusual area of “bio art”, which is art made of living things like living tissue, blood cells and other biotechnology-related life forms. It is a fascinating theme and while maybe not stomachable for everybody, it will be a unique experience for most. The exhibits are described in this brochure www.sciencegallery.com/files/VISCERAL_THE%20LIVING%20ART%20EXPERIMENT.pdf but it won’t beat seeing the exhibition in reality. You have from 28 Jan until 25 Feb and the opening times are Tues-Fri 12:00-20:00 and Sat+Sun 12:00-18:00 (closed on Mondays). Admission is free (with a suggested donation of EUR5) and the exhibition is suitable over the age of 15..

Sat 19 Feb: 10:00 – Phoenix Park
This big event with 5000 participants will take place on Saturday. The distance is 5 km and running, jogging, walking or crawling is all allowed. It is a free event, but registration is closed, so you can only watch the spectacle this year. A number of streets in Phoenix Park will be closed, so you better avoid the area if you can. If, however, you want to take part and have registered before, then please note that parking will be restricted in Phoenix Park, but Dublin Bus are organising a shuttle bus for the day of the fun run. The bus will run from 08:30-09:45 from the bus stop at Parkgate St to the Phoenix monument. And at 10:45 buses will be bringing people from the monument back to Parkgate Street. www.rte.ie/ot/events.html

Fri 18 Feb + Sat 19 Feb: Level 1, beside Inglot in Dundrum Town Centre.
On Friday 18th and Saturday 19th February the Peter Mark team in Dundrum Town Centre will have a hair styling station on Level 1 beside Inglot. Two hairdressers and two home care consultants will be on hand to sort out your hair care issues. They will discuss the condition of your hair, what colour and cut is right for you and what products will work best for your hair needs. And they will then send you on your way with a quick hair fix – all for free. www.dundrum.ie/events/the-perfect-pick-up-with-peter-mark/

19 Feb: 10:00-13:00 – Paramount Hotel, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
On 19 Feb the Irish Kitchen and Bathroom Association will hold a design seminar in the Paramount Hotel for homeowners who are wishing to upgrade their bathroom and/or kitchen. Prebooking at info@ikba.ie is essential. www.ikba.ie

I got the weeks mixed up and incorrectly listed this event already last week. It is taking place this week on Sat 19 Feb:
“Events… On The Corner” are running to Spanish flavoured events and I like the sound of it. :-) On Sat from 11:00, Grainger’s pub on 51 Talbot Street, Dublin 1 will be turned into a “Café Madrid”: ‘Churros con chocolate’ will be available and this is accompanied by the good sounds of Spanish singer & guitarist Myriam Leon Barrena and Irish singer & guitarist Stuart Doyle (They will be performing music and songs from their respective bands Annoying Cloud and Yukina.) Spanish newspapers and ‘real’ Spanish people will also be there if you feel like practising your Spanish.
And once you had your breakfast, you should be sufficiently nourished to continue from 13:00 in Talbot Gallery: Learn to dance Sevillanas with Peña Flamenca El Indalo. Sevillanas is a traditional Andalusian folk dance and is a good introduction to flamenco. From 13:00-14:00 learn how to clap along with the rhythm and try a few steps. You don’t need to be a dancer to join in.
For more information check eventsonthecorner.blogspot.com

Sat 19 Feb: 12:00-16:00 – National Print Museum, Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4. “The National Print Museum will host a Demonstration Day in celebration of Engineers Week 2011. Practical demonstrations of the Linotype, Monotype, Wharfedale Stop Cylinder Press, Heidelberg and many other machines will be given by active retired typesetters and printers.” Experts will answer your questions and you may be able to try some printing yourself. Admission is free. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie
I was at a similar event some while ago where a visitor, who worked as a printer when he was younger, explained one of the machines and all its tricks and problems to me. It was the most interesting hour in a long time. So, I definitely recommend the event if you are in the slightest interested in the printing process and the old equipment that was used for it.

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 19 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

+ A Family Activity sheet is available in Collins Barracks and a non-free tour about Viking Ireland (EUR 2) will take place in Kidalre Street. All details can be found here: www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx

Sat 19 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “A walk in the park” with Caroline Donohue. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 19 Feb: 15:30-17:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1 “Screenwriters in conversation” is a panel discussion with some of the writers of the short films and features included in this years Jameson Dublin International Film Festival. Admission is free, but booking is essential: www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/screen_writing.aspx

Sat 19 Feb: 16:00-18:00 – Morrison Hotel, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1.
The “Festival Directors Panel – Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Film” is a panel of festival directors and programmers from around the world. Primarily an opportunity for the Film Festival Guests guests to outline their individual festivals and the different submission policies, it is hoped that this event will also provide a welcome opportunity for Irish filmmakers to meet these influential decision makers.
Eugene Downes, Chief Executive Officer, Culture Ireland will chair the panel which includes Thom Powers (Toronto International Film Festival), Dominique Green (Berlin International Film Festival), Sergio Wolf (Buenos Aires International Independent Film Festival), Ania Trzebiatowska (Off Plus Camera, Krakow).
Admission is free, but booking is essential on jdiff.ticketsolve.com/shows/126512602/events

Sat 19 Feb: 14:00-22:00 – Exhange Dublin, Exhange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. “Never Never and Elsewhere Vol II, Memoirs of Youth” is an exhibition and a booklaunch. The exhibition will run from 14-20 Feb and the book launch will take place on Sat 19 Feb at 19:00. “Volume II of the Irish literary journal, Never Never and Elsewhere will be launched at Exchange Dublin. The volume is entitled ‘Memoirs of Youth’ and includes writings from Senator David Norris, Ailbhe Smyth, Ciarán Rua, Stephen Quinn, among others. Curator and artist Áine Macken, has collected imagery from seven artists which are included in the volume and exhibited in Exchange throughout the week. Artists include Peter Fingleton, Catherine Harty, Gerry Lee, Kieran McBride, Katherine Nolan and Tu Me Tues, along with a new body of work from Áine Macken’s own practice. The night of Saturday 19th February will see the performance artist Katherine Nolan performing a brand new live performance piece along with selected readings from the journal from 19:00. All profits from sales of Memoirs of Youth will be donated to BeLonG To. Admission is free. exchangedublin.ie/news/never-never-and-elsewhere-vol-ii-memoirs-of-youth-book-launch

“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

* 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 20 Feb: 10:00 – DART car park at Booterstown Station
Part of the Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown Biodiversity Plan are a number of events from February until May. On Sunday a Beginners Event “Beginning Bird Watching” will take place at Booterstown Marsh. BirdWatch Ireland, South Dublin Branch hope to
hold these trips monthly on Sunday mornings from January to March on dates when the tides are optimal for viewing the birds of the Marsh and the South Bay. As these are designed for the absolute beginner, numbers are restricted so you have to book by ringing the leader Sean Hogan (BirdWatch Ireland) on 086-820666 or via southdublinbwi@gmail.com. The complete leaflet with all events is here

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 20 Feb: Save the Planet! Discover Eco-Art; 27 Feb Tracing Fun. 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 Brocante Furniture Market will take place on Sun 20 Feb from 11:00-17:00 in the. Admission is free. The Brocante market is a collection of antiques, furniture, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. This is the first market of its kind in Dublin, giving the opportunity for everyday people as well as collectors and new enterprises an affordable outlet in an up and coming business. If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. Cafe on premises serving hot food as well as cakes etc. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. www.thebrocantemarket.com/

+ Sun 20 Feb: 12:00 – Speakers Corner in Temple Bar.
The event “Free Speech” is taking place as part of the “Beyond the Vote” series of events of the Catholic Worker Organisation. Speakers will talk about the war, the economy, elections, Irish culture and living beyond the Celtic Tiger.
Another free event in the “Beyond the Vote” Election Campaign is
+ Sun 20 Feb – 17:00: Ready for Victory Celebration in the Met Bar, Clifton Court, Eden Quay. Musicians Eoin Dilon (of Kila), Paul O’Toole and Joe Black will perform. Excerpts from John Pilger’s documentary “The War You Don’t See” will be screened and Harry Browne will speak about “WTF is going on?” and Ciaron O’Reilly will give an eyewitness report from the London trial of Julian Assange of WikiLeaks.
Other events are listed here www.indymedia.ie/article/98966

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 20 Feb is Jonathan Plowright (piano) performing pieces by Chopin and Paderewski. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=670

Sun 20 Feb: 12:30-16:30 – Powerscourt Gallery – Top Floor, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, 59 South William Street Dublin 2. – Powerscourt Gallery invites to the Kildare Visual Artists Fine Art Market. Included artists are Brid Ní Rinn, Bríd óg Norrby, Eileen Keane and Pamela de Brí, Pauline Keena. Admission is free. www.powerscourtgallery.com

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street will run from 13:00-18:30 and admission is free. Expect 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.facebook.com/craftymarket?ref=ts

+ The My Museum event “The Sounds of the Barracks” will take place on Sun 20 Feb from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). It is suitable for Families with children aged 5+. “Boom! Crash! Quick-March! Recreate the sound of the Barracks using percussion and other instruments with musician and composer Peter Morrow.” Places are limited and allocated on a first come basis. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2054

Sun 20 Feb: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Focus on Village V 2004”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=637

Sun 20 Feb: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The lecture “An Ejected Family, 1853” with Dr Emily Mark Fitzgerald, University College Dublin 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 20 Feb it will run from 16:30-23:00 with a line up of musicians from all round the country. The line up is Luois Barrabos, Albatron, Fox E & The Good Hands, Sarah Barry, Baum (Switzerland), David Hope, Bit Stu (Hip Hop). 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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21-25 Feb: The AONTAS Adult Learners Festival takes place nationwide from 21-25 Feb and almost 300 free events will take place. Some examples of events are: taster workshops on Skype and Facebook, gardening and cooking demonstrations, free tours of galleries and museums, exhibitions of work carried out by learners at adult education centres, information sessions about returning to learning as an adult, tips on writing a good CV, tips on managing your money better, etc. The full list of events by county can be found at www.adultlearnersfestival.com/yourarea/county.html. A massive 108 events are taking place in Dublin (not all, but most are free) and organisations participating in the Festival include VECs, community education groups, third level institutes, libraries, environmental groups, museums and galleries. www.adultlearnersfestival.com.
Niamh from AONTAS informed me just in time and my research showed that not too many websites tell you about this event. Luckily YOU get the Dublin Event Guide that informs you about all the free events. Your friends, colleagues and parents might not have heard about this great Festival, so please spread the word. Two Learners Festival Events are listed elsewhere in this Event Guide.

Mon 21 Feb: 13:00 – Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
Reformcard.com is a website that compares the political reform promises of the different parties and on Monday a live event will take place in the Sugar Club. Pat Leahy (Sunday Business Post) will moderate a forum with senior politicians of the main parties. Representatives of scorecarded political parties: Phil Hogan, FG; Averil Power, FF; Mary Lou McDonald, SF; Pat Rabbitte, Lab; Eamon Ryan, Green. For more details check www.reformcard.com/realreform and register here if you will attend www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198142726878511

Mon 21 Feb: 14:30 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
A Curator’s Tour “Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival” will take place. Join guest curator Dr Catherine Morris as she takes you on a personal tour of the Discover exhibition Alice Milligan and the Irish Cultural Revival. Admission is free. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Mon 21 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 21 Feb the band line up is “Father’s of Western Thought” (www.fathersofwesternthought.com), “Little Hut” (www.myspace.com/littlehut09) and “The Sound Treaty” (www.myspace.com/thesoundtreaty). Admission is free to this event. www.theworkmansclub.com/listings/

Mon 21 Feb: 22:00 – Gibney’s, New Street, Malahide, Co. Dublin
The duo Jezzebelle is performing. Adm is free. Find out more about them on www.jezzebellemusic.com

* 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 22 Feb: 10:30-11:15: National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The lecture “Portrait of the Edgeworth Family” with Valerie Moffat, Freelance Art Historian will take place. Admission free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 21 Feb: 11:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
As part of the Adult Learners Festival a workshop on “National Library Collections and Services” will take place. It is free and all are welcome. “Ever wondered how to use your National Library? Join us at these free workshops where we will show you how to get a reader’s ticket, how to search the catalogues, how to order materials and much more.” The workshop begins in the main hall of the Library and will last approximately 45 minutes. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx
The same workshop will take place as well on Thurs 24 Fen at 11:00

Tues 22 Feb: 11:00-16:00 – Cultivate, The Greenhouse, St Andrew St, Dublin 2
Green Works Dublin Hub is hosting a “Green Learning Day – Exploring Opportunities in the Green Economy” with short film screenings and talks as their contribution to the Aontas Adult Learner’s Festival. Come to Cultivate in St. Andrews Street for an afternoon of films and presentations, exploring Ireland’s green future and share ideas over tea, coffee and biscuits. Presentations in building, business and permaculture will give participants an introduction to the range of learning available at Green Works. Green Works is a nationwide education programme, offering free courses to jobseekers, with a focus on upskilling the workforce for the growing opportunities within Ireland’s Green Economy. www.cultivate.ie/ www.green-works.ie/

Tues 22 Feb: 12:30-14:00. National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
The RTE National Symphony Orchestra Horizons events are free concerts that feature contemporary composers. The free lunchtime concert on 22 Feb will feature Piers Hellawell David Fennessy. From 12:30 Piers Hellawell David Fennessy will talk to Evonne Ferguson (Director of the Contemporary Music Centre). The concert will then take place from 13:05-14:00. Admission is free, but the event is ticketed. Tickets are available through the National Concert Hall box office in advance. Booking via 01-417 0000. www.rte.ie/performinggroups/2011/0222/horizons2011hellawell.html

Tues 22 Feb: 14:30. Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle
A film screening of “Lord of Asia, episode 2” of “In the Footsteps of Alexander the Great” with Michael Wood, Maya Vision International, 334-331BC, follow Alexander from Damascus to Persia (modern Iraq and Iran) (60 mins) will take place in the CBL. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Tues 22 Feb: 18:30 – Mater Hospital’s Freeman Auditorium (Main entrance, Eccles Street), Dublin 1. – Dublin Central constituency election candidates will face the voters at a public meeting on ‘Your Vote and the Future of Health Care’ on Tuesday. Sara Burke, author of ‘Irish Apartheid: Healthcare Inequality in Ireland,’ will also speak at the meeting, which is organised by the Dublin Central group of the national movement Claiming Our Future. For more information check out www.claimingourfuture.ie and www.indymedia.ie/article/98950

Tues 22 Feb: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The lecture by architecture and garden historian Patrick Bowe on “The Irish Country House Garden” is part of the series of events associated with the photographic exhibition Power and Privilege: Photographs of the Big House in Ireland, 1858-1922. Admission is free. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Tues 22 Feb: 19:30 – Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
At the next Shebeen Flick event the films will be: “Two Peas” (2010), a drama by Aoife Crehan (7min) and “Swansong: Story of Occi Byrne” (2009), a drama by Conor McDermottroe (91min). The screening will be followed by Q&A with director Conor McDermottroe. www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?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 23 Feb: 13:05-13:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
A poetry reading with Bernard O’Donoghue will take place in the gallery. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Wed 23 Feb: 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 23 Feb and 02 & 09 March and is entitled “Old China, New China – and Us”.
The lectures are free and open to all, no booking required.
On Wed 23 Feb the topic is “How ‘Red’ is China Today? – Mao Zedong is dead. Does that improve the prospects for Western-style democracy in China?” www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

The National College of Ireland in the IFSC is inviting to another event in its event series “Innovation Unplugged”. On Wed 23 Feb from 14:00-17:00 a Human Resources Master Class will take place. ‘Getting your HR right’ is of extreme importance to startup companies yet it is often the last area that founding entrepreneurs focus on. A panel of experts will focus on the following topics in an informative way and will engage with attendees to answer any queries presented at the session: Recruiting great people, Managing bad hires, Investing in the employee life cycle, Legal compliance, Communication, Role of the founding Entrepreneur. You need to pre-book here: www.ncirl.ie/Events/Innovation_Unplugged_Series-_Human_Resources_Master_Class

Wed 23 Feb: 14:30.16:30 – Henry Jones Room, The Old Library, Trinity College ‘Edizione Tradizionale ed Edizione Digitalizzata: Accenni a Problematiche Metodologiche’ by Professor Marco Santoro (University La Sapienza, Rome) is a lecture about “Early Printed Books and their Contemporary Digitalized Editions: methodological considerations”. Organised by the Italian Institute of Culture and the Trinity College Dublin. www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/

The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to a film screening. On Wed 23 Feb at 18:00 the film “El verdugo” (1964) by Luis García Berlanga (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/Ficha69015_16_2.htm

Wed 23 Feb: 18:00-21:30 – National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
The Contemporary Music Centre and the Irish Composers’ Collective have joined forces and invite to Nights of New Music in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall on 23 Feb and 30 March. The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon on 23 Feb (18:00-19:00) is entitled “Ich ruf’ zu Dir” and will feature Ergodos performing works by Irish composers. Admission is free for this part of the night, but booking is strongly recommended. To book contact the National Concert Hall on 01-4170000 or email: info@nch.ie.
The Irish Composers’ Collective concert from 20:30-21:30 on Wed 23 Feb begins with a pre-concert talk at 20:00. It features soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and cellist Kate Ellis performing works by Irish composers Alyson Barbder, Joanna Heraty, Gráinne Mulvey, Natasa Paterson, Dylan Rynhart and Matthew Whiteside. Admission to the Irish Composers’ Collective concert costs EUR10 / EUR5. Tickets can be bought from the National Concert Hall Box Office at www.nch.ie 01-4170000. www.irishcomposerscollective.com

Wed 23 Feb: 18:30 – Science Gallery, Naughton Institute, TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) was formed in March 2002 with the intention of promoting, exploring, discussing, and exhibiting art and technology in Ireland and the world. DATA is dedicated to both showcasing the work of technologists, musicians, and artists using technology as well as providing a meeting point for the intersection of these disciplines.
The next event will take place on Wed and features
+ Filip Visnjic, an architect, lecturer, writer and a new media technologist born in Belgrade currently living in London.
+ Chris Sugrue, an artist and programmer whose works experiment with the magical and illusory possibilities of digital technology.
+ Niklas Roy, a Berlin based artist, who mainly works on mechatronic installations and devices.

Wed 23 Feb: 19:45-21:00 – Room E114 Newman Building, UCD Campus, Dublin 4
The Special Interest Group in Child and Adolescent Psychology (SIGCAP) are hosting an evening lecture where Siobhán Keegan (DIT) and Dr. Tara Murphy (CDI) will present a joint lecture entitled “Designing, Implementing and Evaluating a Community-Based Early Childhood Care and Education Programme in Tallaght West.” Admission is free and the lecture is open to everyone. www.psihq.ie/C&AHomepage2.asp

* 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.


(See Tuesday for details)

Thurs 24 Feb: 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The Lecture “The Shahnama and the Iranian Identity” by Dr Vesta Sarkhosh Curtis, Curator of Iranian and Islamic Coins, The British Museum will take place on Thursday. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 24 Feb: 14:15-16:45 – Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. Dublin City Library and Archive will run a Family History Beginners’ Course. It is a half-day course for people beginning to trace their family history and you will learn Where to start? What information should you collect? Organising your information Taking it further and Online assistance. Admission is free, but booking is essential. For further information and booking:Ring 6744806 or send a mail to dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/family_history_workshop.aspx

Thurs 24 Feb: 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.

Thurs 24 Feb: 18:00-20:00 – Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2. – The Italian Institute of Culture and Trinity College Dublin invite to the lecture “The crime novel in Italy: a rainbow of genres” by Professor Marco Santoro in cooperation with Università degli Studi di Roma. Admission is free. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=354&citta=Dublino

Thurs 24 Feb: 18:30-20:00: Science Gallery, Naughton Inst., TCD, Pearse Street, Dublin 2. – The Science Gallery exhibition “Visceral” is coming to an end already and now the live tissue and bio-reactors need to be “disposed off”. So the Science Gallery asks the question “What happens when the bio-reactor gets switched off? How do you dispose of art if it’s still alive?” Join the curators at this funeral event marking the end of the month-long living art experiment. Admission is free, but booking is essential on www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/02/visceral-funeral

Thurs 24 Feb: 18:30-20:00 – Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1 – Dublin City Public Libraries continues its 2011 Career Direction and Development Programme with a free workshop on the topic of CVs entitled “Your CV – getting beyond the 45 seconds rejection – how to make it stand out from the rest”. This session will be delivered by career expert Sinéad English. The majority of employers will decide whether to reject or continue to read a CV within 30-45 seconds. Many job seekers end their chances of an interview with poorly constructed CVs, application forms not completed correctly or sub standard cover letters. Sinéad will advise you how to improve your preparation of the key tools for your job search. Admission is free, but booking is recommended on 01-873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/career_directions.aspx

Thurs 24 Feb: 18:30 – Buswells Hotel, 26 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
The LGBT Lawyers Association of Ireland, in conjunction with:the Equal Jus Project – Network for the Legal Support of the LGBT Community in Europe invite you to hear about the emerging trends in European and ECHR law in the area of LGBT rights. Speakers are Dr. Fiona De Londras, Lecturer in Law, University College Dublin who will talk about “The Domestic Significance of European Court of Human Rights Decisions on Family Diversity” and Justine Quinn BL.”Emerging Trends in European Union Law on the Protection of Se x ual Minorities”. A drinks reception will follow the event, but spaces are limited, so book early to attent: lgbtlawyers@ireland.com www.marriagequality.ie/events/2011/02/24/lgbt-rights-litigation-emerging-trends-in-european-union-law-and-the-echr/

Thurs 24 Feb: 18:45 – Blanchardstown Public Library
Seven Towers invites to a Poetry Reading with Alma Brayden, Eamonn Lynskey and Ross Hattaway. www.indymedia.ie/article/98928

“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 24 Feb: 19:00 – Centre for Creative Practices (CFCP), 15 Pembroke St Lower, Dublin 2. “Photobase – Darkness, territory and the city – talk and exhibition of selected photographs by Fergus Jordan” is taking place in the CFCP. Admission is free. The talk will take place at 19:00 and the exhibition will be launched at 20:00. It will run until 06 March. For more information check www.fergusjordan.com and www.cfcp.ie

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
24 Feb: Pyramid Hill; Indigo Plain; Leaving Las Vegas; Sub Audio
03 Mar: Aztaria; Sal Vitro; Lace Weeper; Dispatch
10 Mar: Final Battle

Thurs 24 Feb: 20:00 – National Botanical Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 7
Paddy Tobin is very keen gardener with a special interest in Snowdrops. He will talk about Alpine Flowers and about his travels in the Swiss Alps, in the shadow of the Eiger. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm#24Feb

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. Admission is free. The theme for February is “Romantics” and the movies are 24 Feb Moulin Rouge. 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 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


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:

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 take place. In the course of his lecture, 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, by the middle of the eighteenth centuries, resulted in the creation of new peoples, economies, societies, polities and cultures that were so distinctive that they might collectively be said to have constituted an Atlantic World. Admission is free, but booking is essential on www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Presidential-Discourse.aspx

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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. ;-)

Last Tuesday it was the 40th anniversary of decimalisation in Ireland. This means that 40 years ago the currency went from the imperial British system of shillings and sixpence etc to a decimal system. Before that there were twelve pennies in a shilling and twenty shillings in a pound! And there were coins with a value of two shillings and sixpence and let’s not even think about adding 17/6 to 1Pound, 11s, 10d. :-S Nobody would convert currencies into the old system anymore. Well, 40 years is a long time, isn’t it? I agree, but now think about this: While the decimalisation happened on 15 Feb 1971, the metrication took place just two years later in 1973 when Ireland joined the predecessor of the European Union.
So 38 years ago stones (as weight) and feet and inches were replaced by kilogram and centimetres and metres. If you are Irish, tell me how tall and how heavy you are! And if you are not Irish, ask the nearest Irish person how tall he/she is. (Don’t ask for the weight if you don’t want to upset the other person. ;-) ) I bet that more than 80% of Irish people still use stones and feet and inches. …and guys, 38 years after these measurements were replaced, THIS IS ODD!!!! :-) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_Day

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