Event Guide 201: Easter at Farmleigh House, Mad Hatters Tea Party, Brown Bread Mixtape, Mindfield

April 22nd, 2011

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 201
| 22 April 2011 Subscribers: 8390

Hi all!

I expected to find a few less events this week, because of Easter, but unlike other bank holiday weekends, the Easter weekend is definitely not a quiet one. And there are some really good events. Have a look at “Joerg’s Picks” to find out what I will do or would like to do.
It has been a time since I said something about the length and the look of this e-zine/newsletter. I know that many feel overwhelmed when they get this super long mail and when you realise that you can’t read the whole thing, some might even consider giving up reading it on a regular basis, but think about it this way: This e-zine is a resource of information, like a newspaper or a encyclopaedia. A newspaper of encyclopaedia you wouldn’t necessarily read from the first to the last word, but you would use the headlines to find what interest you and would only read that. That’s the way you should do it with this Dublin Event Guide. It is toooo long to read the whole thing, I know that! I am writing it! :-P So pick and chose and enjoy bits.
I know that some only read the Dublin News or only the “This is ODD” section and that is fine as well.
The reason for this mail being so long, is that I don’t want to tell you what you should like. I am giving you the choice that is really out there.
By the way, it makes it MUCH easier if you see the headlines over the day sections, but I realise that some of you do NOT have pictures enabled in your hotmail or Gmail account. Make sure that you see the graphics in this mail, it makes it a lot easier to read. And if you don’t know how to get to see the pictures, drop me a mail and I will try to help!

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This week’s Feel Good Slot video clip was suggested to me, by a very supportive and helpful person. (It sometimes is difficult to find GOOD videos.) I know that last week’s video clip was just amazing, so don’t compare. This week’s clip is home grown and just asks lots of people “What makes you happy?”. Enjoy!


The National Achievers Congress in London from 02-04 July will bring three of the most inspiring achievers and speakers together on one stage. Anthony Robbins, Richard Branson and Alan Sugar will speak at this 3-day congress. The standard ticket will be GBP 297+VAT soon, but a few more tickets are available for GBP 197+VAT. You can book at successr.infusionsoft.com/go/72/ranger2285/ and you will find out more information there as well.
I have booked my ticket for this event in July. Richard Branson, Anthony Robbins AND Alan Sugar at one event is worth the money, I think.

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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.


Eason’s don’t just sell books of all sorts and for all areas of interest, they sell many other things as well and run regular book signings and readings, so whatever you’re into, get into eason! ad-emea.doubleclick.net/clk;239778697;62611533;y

On Sat I plan to do some of the good old regular things, like going to the Temple Bar Food Market, or to the HaPenny Flea Market. Saturday is a little quieter than usual, so it gives me time to do that.
On Sunday I will probably go to Farmleigh House (or on Monday) for a while, then there is the Dublin Flea Market and the Mad Hatters Tea Party (not really made for me, but I just want to see HOW mad it is. ;-) ). The Brazilian Carnaval Party sounds good as well. Maybe I will find time! And in the evening I will – as every week – help the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir to sound good.
On Monday I will try to go to the IFI Archive at Lunchtime show if I can make it in time on this day off.
On Tuesday you have the last chance to go tot Shebeen Flick and an interesting documentary will be shown, so give it a go. The other event is the strange and odd sounding event by Gavin Friday, called “Catholic”.
On Wednesday the Swiss Men’s Choir could be good, and definitely the Brown Bread Mixtape, which regularly gets rave reviews.
Then on Friday get ready for the weekend with a number of interesting events, one of them is a big event in Merrion Square, called “Mindfield”. Check it out!


The band Sanzkrit from Monaghan will be in the Workman’s Club in Dublin on 04 May and they contacted me. Many of you would have heard them or of them before. They performed at the Electric Picnic 2008 and have lots of other impressive accolades as you can see here www.breakingtunes.com/sanzkrit For their Dublin gig in May, they decided to make two pairs of tickets available for a competition and if you want to win a pair, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with SANZKRIT in the subject and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on 03 May. I had a listen to some of their songs and I really like it: www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmUct2Omud8 So, you might decide that you don’t want to rely on Lady Luck and instead just go to the gig directly. You can do that too, tickets will be available at the door (EUR 8/6), but here is something that will interest you the: The nice guys from Sanzkrit will do a draw on the night of the gig from the list of the Event Guide Readers that will be present on the night and two winners will get the Sanzkrit album as a thank you for coming. How will you make sure your name is in the hat for the album draw on the night? Just enter the ticket competition (you might even win!) and when you arrive at the Workman’s Club on the night, tell them that you heard about it from the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”.

JCI (Junior Chamber International) gives young people in their 20s and 30s the opportunity to develop new skills while working on business and community projects, attending local, national and international high-impact events. I was at a few JCI events and that is definitely a switched on group of people! JCI Dublin is organising an international event on 29-30 April. The event is the “Green Light Weekend” which will focus on promoting Ireland and economic opportunities of the “renewable” sector and JCI Dublin has made one conference ticket available for a Dublin Event Guide reader. If the conference interests you and you can find out a bit more here jcidublin.com/news/2010/jci-dublin-organises-the-green-light-weekend.html then send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with JCI in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. I normally don’t do first past the post competitions, but because it is so soon, I will do it this time, so the FIRST person sending me a mail with JCI in the subject will get the ticket!
For more information about this event, feel free to contact info@jcidublin.com

The Colour Team, a new Hair Management company in the Crescent Shopping Centre, Mulhuddart, Dublin 15 (near Blanchardstown) made three sets of free Wash & Blow Dry treatments (including Complimentary Conditioning Treatment) available for a competition to celebrate their new opening. However, I didn’t get a chance to do the draw yet, so I will let you know next week who the winners are.
The Colour Team in Mulhuddart can be reached on (01) 8218595 and by sending a FREETEXT “INFO” to 50015. Website etc is in the making and will be available soon.

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Bass-Station Ireland have their launch night party on Sat 23 April in The Mezz Venue in Temple Bar and there will be German House, Techno, Elektro producer/ dj legend Tomkraft (producer of ‘loneliness’ the club dance smash hit UK number 1 in 2003) responsible for the groove. Tickets will be EUR 14/12 and doors will be at 22:00 on 23 April and you can book your tickets here www.eventelephant.com/tomcraft
The guys from Bass Station have made a pair of tickets available for a fan of top quality underground House, Electro, Teck-Elek, Trance, Tech-House and Techno music from Ireland and across the world and the lucky winner is John Higgins. www.facebook.com/bass.station.clubnight

The UCD Alumni Relations ‘Characters in Conversation’ is a series of talks and for the one with legendary racehorse trainer Dermot Weld and interviewer Tracy Piggott, the organisers made a number of tickets available. The lucky winners were Rebecca Towers and Lynda Tonery. Congrats!

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Last year was the first year for the SoGo Festival, which took place between South William Street and South Great George’s Street. It was a nice little festival with HUGE potential and I won’t forget it because I saw for the first time a performance of Shadaan Felfeli, a writer, actor and performer, who is absolutely outstanding. I was looking forward to more arts and culture this year, but it seems the SoGo Festival is following the Martime Festival and the Dun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures onto the graveyard of festivals. What a pity! Interestingly, it seems that the organisers were able to secure a good bit of money, but they still decided to cancel it.
I wonder if there is a fundamental problem in the approach of festival organisers in Ireland: At least for three events or festivals I heard the explanation that they decided not to run an event because they didn’t see the possibility to make it bigger and better than last year’s event. Why does it always have to bigger and better? I’d say most us would be happy with “as good” or even with “smaller, but at least it is taking place” I would be VERY happy with a significantly smaller Maritime Festival or Festival of World Cultures. Anything is better than NOT having these festivals or events. Maybe we have to point out to organisers that we are a lot less demanding than they seem to think.
As I had predicted, the Lighthouse Cinema was not able to stop the termination of the company. The landlord did whatever he could to finish the business and I would say he certainly will benefit from that somehow. Yes, the location wasn’t great and maybe the cinema owners were a bit overoptimistic when they signed the contract that finished them, but it certainly is a pity to see another cultural aspect of Dublin to disappear due to unrealistic rents. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0415/lighthouse-business.html

With cinemas and festivals having to give up, I was concerned that our cultural richness would get damaged, but when I read this article about the recent Fire Sale of houses, I realised that we just have to redefine culture and all is good again: www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/bargain-prices-at-fire-sale-house-auction-501497.html :-) See where one of the keen buyers says “This is as good as being at a play, it’s as good as the Abbey Theatre”. Not sure if that will be appreciated by the people in the Abbey Theatre, but this guy might be on to something! ;-)

Seamus Brady from www.thriftypages.ie informed me about a new book that Emma Kennedy, a personal finance journalist with the Sunday Business Post, has just written. The book is for kids and intends to help your children understand the importance of their relationship with money. I don’t have any children, but I will definitely have a look at this book, because there is a massive need of educating children about money a lot earlier and in a more constructive way. Here is some information about the new book:

One of the iconic signs in our streetscape will disappear soon, so have a look at it again while it is still there, it could be gone in a couple of week.
I am not talking about the sign for the Anglo Irish Bank, which was taken down already last week (www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0420/breaking17.html) and the smart people ;-) at www.broadsheet.ie already had a suggestion what could follow the Anglo Irish Bank in their offices at St. Stephen’s Green: www.broadsheet.ie/2011/04/20/that-didnt-take-long-2/
No, the sign I am talking about is that one of an other bankrupt bank: The Irish Nationwide Sign is next to O’Connell Bridge on the Northside of the Liffey and because all Irish Nationwide offices will close down and will then be sold, the sign will go. It is not the prettiest sign, but it was there for nearly 40 years! Here you can see it the way it still is www.rogerwendell.com/images/ireland/roger_and_tami_wendell_dublin_14_october_2006.jpg The bank was formed in 1973, so before that (this picture is from before 1967) it wasn’t there yet travel.webshots.com/photo/1074032095014803628TOGTgs but then after 1973 it was mounted travel.webshots.com/photo/1071556844014803628KrLaQB Have a look at the cars on O’Connell Street! Postcards from the past are interesting. And here is another one, fairly new. ;-) travel.webshots.com/photo/1071456195014803628Vjnpko The sign is clearly visible.


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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.

16 Apr-02 May: RUA RED South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24
Jonathan Stokes displays his photography capturing motion In Rua Red until 02 May. His dance photography documents the work that took place during the residency of Dance Artist Louise Costelloe in South Dublin County from 2008 – 2010.
Jonathan Stokes is an international documentary photographer and focuses his artistic vision on capturing real situations and creating a story from capturing movement, emotion and environment. On display at RUA RED will be his collection of dance images, each capturing the energy, shapes and movements of the dancers and the true passion dancers have for their art. www.ruared.ie


On Fri 22 April is Good Friday this year. This is the Friday before Easter in the Catholic (and Christian) Calendar. It is quite a big church holiday and many think that therefore it is a bank holiday. And you are right, it IS a BANK holiday and all schools have a day off. BUT strangely and surprisingly it is NOT a public holiday, which means that you don’t have a right to take the day off. Some employers give a day off, others don’t. All pubs are closed and some museums as well. This means that as far as culture and entertainment is concerned, this day is definitely not very eventful.

Fri 22 Apr: 12:30-14:30 – Wellington Monument, Phoenix Park
“Communion and Liberation”, an international catholic group for lay people is doing a Good Friday “Way of the Cross” in Phoenix Park with Archbishop Diarmuid Martin. The ninth yearly “Way of the Cross” procession starts at the Wellington Monument at 12:30 and then stops at five stations before reaching the Papal Cross. . This increasingly popular Good Friday event, which Dr Martin has taken part in every year since his return to Dublin, continues to the Papal Cross, stopping at five “stations” along the way. www.clonline.org/ie

Fri 22 Apr: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
An in-store event with “Stephen Young & The Union” is taking place.

Ikea in Ballymun has lots of activities and treats for children around Easter, Arts Workshops, Easter Egg Hunts, Face Painting, Magicians, it’s a paradise for children. Check here to find out all the details www.ikea.com/ie/en/store/dublin/activities

Because of Good Friday, I am not sure if this event will take place:
Fr 22 Apr: 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

The Urban Outfitters Good Friday Bash is becoming an odd Irish institution. Because it is not permitted to sell alcohol on Good Friday, but you are allowed to give it away for free, Urban Outfitters had a party for the last two years where music, free beer and discounts were available. It seems that this year the party is longer 10:00-20:00 and the discounts (20%) are available again, but there is definitely less emphasis on the free beer. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1491398321&sk=wall

2. We are organising a special music + meditation program, a mention on you website will be great and the wordings could be something like:

Sat 23 Apr: 19:00 – Radisson Blu Royal Hotel, Golden Lane, Dublin 8.
The people from Sahaja Yoga, who run weekly free yoga meditation sessions, are today inviting to a free introduction to meditation with live music (band from Ireland and the UK) to elevate your spirit and enjoy your true self. The event is free and open for all ages. For more information visit www.sahajayoga.ie

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 22 Apr – CLOSED
Sat 23 Apr – Alan Sommerville Band
Sun 24 Apr – The Hustlers
Fri 29 Apr – Rob Strong
Sat 30 Apr – Santoria
Sun 01 May – Big Band Music (start of the Summer Sundays Big Bands)
Fri 06 May – Donal Kirk
Sat 07 May – Dead Ringer
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Any Pub-based events will NOT take place on Good Friday:
* 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 Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). 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.


16-23 April: Jervis Street Shopping Centre
The Jervis Shopping Centre in Dublin will be home to the characters of the Easter movie ‘HOP’ this Easter, signalling the launch of the Jervis Shopping Centre Kids Club. ‘EB’ the Easter Bunny will be in the Jervis Shopping Centre’s Easter Garden from Sat 16 April until Sat 23 April where children can meet the characters from the Easter Film ‘HOP’ and have their picture taken with them for free. ‘HOP’ themed arts & crafts activities as well as storytelling with the Mad Hatter will also take place daily. The activities kick start the ‘Jervis Shopping Centre Kids Club’ and a year of children’s entertainment, which will provide free family entertainment during the school holidays. The Easter Garden at Jervis Shopping Centre is supporting leading children’s charity ‘Make-A-Wish Foundation’. To find out more about the Jervis Kids Club you can visit www.jervis.ie/kidsclub or on www.facebook.com/jervisshoppingcentre .
For the next week the Easter Bunny is in the shopping centre every weekday from 11:00-18:00 (from 10:00 on Sat and from 13:00 on Sun). Arts and crafts events will take place from 11:00-15:00 and Storytelling will take place from 11:00-15:00.

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 16 Apr. 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

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is back on Sat 23 Apr (12:00-17:00). Admission is free and there’s live music all day. 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. Check out www.thecraftymarket.com

Sat 23 Apr: 12:15 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
Shop Visits by Irish playwright John Millington Synge
This year’s Dublin One City, One Book is ‘Ghost Light’ by Joseph O’Connor. The Irish playwright, and lead character of ‘Ghost Light’, John Millington Synge will visit the Gutter Bookshop each Saturday during April and read from both his own work and from ‘Ghost Light’. For more information on events surrounding One City, One Book please visit www.dublinonecityonebook.ie. (Please note: the actual J.M.Synge passed away in 1909 and the visiting J.M.Synge should therefore be viewed as an homage.) Free and everyone welcome. gutterbookshop.com/

+ The Big Barracks Egg Hunt will take place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) on Sat 23 Apr from 14:00-15:00. (Family Event) Can you follow the map and test your knowledge to find the golden egg? The highest scores win edible prizes. No booking required. Places allocated on a first-come basis.
+ An Easter Choir Performance with a Latvian Choir will take place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) on Sat 23 Apr from 15:00-15:45. “Celebrate Easter Saturday by joining us to hear the Latvian choir ’Elve’ perform their extraordinary and beautiful Easter songs in the main reception. Don’t miss the choir in their fabulous traditional costume. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2283

Sat 23 Apr: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Sat 16 Apr: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “I spy the Easter Bunny!” with Beth O’Halloran. Admission free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

“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 Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* 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
* 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 09:30-16:00. 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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Year after Year, the Office of Public Works (OPW) reliably puts a good Easter programme together for Farmleigh House. On Sunday and Monday a whole range of events will take place for all the family and admission is free. Farmleigh House is in the North Western corner of Phoenix Park and unfortunately there is no easy way to get there by public transport. Car or bike or after a VERY long walk through Phoenix Park are the ways to get there. The programme on Sunday is:
+ 10:00-17:15 Farmleigh Food Market
+ 10:00-17:15 Farmleigh Plant Fair ‘Garden plants for the Springtime’
+ 12:00-17:00 Birds of Prey – Falconry Display with Hawks, Falcons and Owls
+ 12:00 + 14:00 Magic Show
+ 13:00, 15:00, 16:15 Storytelling for Children with Billy Teare & Kathleen O Sullivan
+ 14:00-16:00 Music in the Bandstand with Lorcan James
+ 15:00-17:00 Easter Egg Treasure Quiz Hunt with Fluffy the Farmleigh Rabbit
+ 17:15 Easter Egg Draw for Quiz participants

At Easter 1916 the Easter Rising, took place in Ireland. It was a revolution against the British occupants and it all started with the Proclamation of the Irish Republic. Go to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proclamation_of_the_Irish_Republic and to en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Rising to find out more. The attempt failed and after 7 days of fighting, the leaders of the Easter Rising were arrested and later executed. Despite the failure of the insurrection, it was a hugely important event in Irish history because it started events that lead to the Irish Independence in 1948. In comparison to other revolutions, it was a very small effort with only approx. 1,250 participants on the Irish side in Dublin (facing up to 17,000) on the other side and with “only” a total of around 430 casualties. But the leaders of the Easter Rising and their comrades are celebrated again since 2006 (due to the conflict in Northern Ireland, commemorations were avoided until then). Oddly (and you can read more in the “This is ODD” section at the end of this Dublin Event Guide) the commemoration has a hugely anachronistic military parade as its central event.
Considering how Easter moves depending on the moon, it is a big coincidence that this year Easter Sunday is exactly on the same date as the beginning of the Easter Rising in 1916, which was the Easter Monday in 1916. But oddly the celebration in previous years took always place on Easter Sunday and never on 24 April.
The 1916 Easter Rising Commemoration Event this year will take place on Sun 24 April outside the GPO on O’Connell St. President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Enda Kenny will be in O’Connell Street and the event starts at 12:00. At noon on Sunday, the Irish flag will be lowered on the GPO and then the 1916 Proclamation will be read by Lt Paul O’Brien of the Naval Service. President McAleese will lay a wreath in memory of those who died in 1916 and a minute’s silence will be observed. 300 soldiers of the Irish Defence Forces are taking part and marched in previous years behind tanks etc. The 30-minute ceremony will end with a flypast by the Air Corps. If you plan to attend the event, you are asked to “be in position” by 11:30. www.rte.ie/news/2011/0420/rising.html
If you plan to drive into the City Centre or through the City Centre (or had planned to take the Aircoach in O’Connell Street) be aware that O’Connell Street will be closed from 05:00-15:00. In addition there will be matches on in Croke Park, with the first match starting at 14:00. So, the City Centre will be VERY busy.

Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshops are 24 Apr: Painting Easter Bunnies, Eggs, Chicks etc. To confirm that it takes place ring 01-6770095. 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 24 Apr from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to seel 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.

Sun 24 Apr: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell St North, Dublin 1
The weekly “Sunday at Noon” concerts are back. Admission is free and no booking is required. This week Thérèse Fahy (piano) will perform “inter-changes: Irish piano music in the 21st century”. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/343-therese-fahy-piano

Sun 24 Apr: 13:00-17:00 – Deerpark, Mount Merrion, near Stillorgan
On Easter Sunday 24 Apr in Deerpark, all is not quite what it seems as a white rabbit, a mad Hatter and a little girl called Alice host a most unusual tea party complete with a tea cup ride, giant chess, croquet, a hat walk, balloons, an Easter trail and a host of surprises on picnic tables under a tree.
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is one of the most famous scenes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. To celebrate Easter and the full bloom of spring, DLR Events invite young and old to put on their maddest hat and come to the Mad Hatters Tea Party. Characters in costume from that famous scene in Alice in Wonderland such as the White Rabbit, Alice, and the Mad Hatter himself will be there to greet ‘guests’ to their very special tea party on long wooden tables with pretty red and white check table cloths under a tree.
Take a ride in a teacup or be a pawn in a giant chess game, have a game of croquet or hear the story of Alice in Wonderland from a special storyteller and with ‘Make & Do’ for the little ones, a great free day out for all the family. Visitors will be encouraged to dress up as one of the Alice in Wonderland characters, and wear the maddest hat possible. Throughout the day there will be opportunities to show off hats and costumes on the purpose built “Hat walk” – strut your stuff to the sounds of the dlr Events DJ.
Bring a picnic or buy some tea and cakes from the tuck shop and dine at the picnic tables. This year the Mad Hatters Tea Party falls on Easter Sunday so a highlight will be the new Easter trail. Follow the signs around the park, collect the code words from the back of the signs, get them all right and collect an Easter treat.

Sun 25 Apr: 13:00-03:00: Southwilliam Bar, 52 South William Street, Dublin 2
On Easter Sunday a Brazilian “Resacca do Carnaval” Party, a Carnaval Hangover Party will take place in the Southwilliam Bar. Live Samba + Brazilian BBQ Lunch by ‘FEIJOADAO’ from 13:00, Barbeque out front by DYLAN from 19:00 and from 20:00 ‘GLOBAL’, a world of beats, with with Scribble DJs: Michael Black & Tom Beary plus Live performance of Robson Jamaica on percussion (Berimbau).

Not on Easter Sunday! – The Documentary Screenings: Rivera + Kahlo will take place from 10 April – 15 May. Two documentaries are screened: Diego Rivera, Revolutionary Artist (BBC, 60 minutes 1987) + The Life and Death of Frida Kahlo (Karen and David Crommie, 40 minutes, 1966). The screenings are taking place on Sundays only at 13:00-14:40 and 15:00-16:40 in the Lecture Room if the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. (on Easter Sunday 24 April 2011 no screenings will take place). Admission is free and no booking is required. www.imma.ie/en/page_212363.htm

Sun 24 Apr: 14:00 – The Workman’ Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
A day of Rock and Roll will take place on Sunday. Doors will open at 14:00 and the brna dnew roof terrace bar will be unveiled. During the day the following bands will play House of Dolls, The Mighty Stef, Leaders of Men, The Urges, The Year the Monkeys Landed. And from 23:00-03:00 DJs will provide the entertainment. Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/04/19/for-jaysis-sake-an-easter-sunday-rock-and-roll-all-dayer-240411/

+ The My Museum-Event “Take a Trail – Write like an Egyptian” will take place on Sun 24 Apr in Kildare Street (Archaeology) from 15:00-16:00 and is suitable for Ages 7+. Marvel at ancient mummies and write your name in hieroglyphs in this fascinating family event. No booking required. Limited to 20. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2285
+ The Gallery Tour “The Easter Rising, 1916” will take place on Sun 24 Apr in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) from 14:30-15:15 and 16:00-16:45 and is suitable for Adults with children 12 yrs +. “Join Edith Andrees on a tour encompassing both the ’Understanding 1916’ exhibition and the ’Soldiers and Chiefs’ 1916 gallery. No booking required, but places are limited. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2286

Sun 24 Apr: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Shiny surfaces & creating reflections”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 24 Apr: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The free lecture “Easter and other festivals in 18th century Venice” with Adrian le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland Free public lecture. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Saucy Sundays is a live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. On Sun 24 Apr the event will take a one week break and will be back on 01 May. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall and all

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown 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. www.jamestownmarket.com
* The Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* 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.
* 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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Easter Monday is a bank holiday in Ireland, however nearly all shops are open. Some Museums are closed, but that is because of Monday, not because of Easter. If you want to park in the City Centre, you can do so in Pay&Display areas without having to pay. However, bus lanes, loading bays, Taxi Stands and disabled parking spaces are to be adhered to as on any weekday.

Year after Year, the Office of Public Works (OPW) reliably puts a good Easter programme together for Farmleigh House. On Sunday and Monday a whole range of events will take place for all the family and admission is free. Farmleigh House is in the North Western corner of Phoenix Park and unfortunately there is no easy way to get there by public transport. Car or bike or after a VERY long walk through Phoenix Park are the ways to get there. The programme on Monday is:
+ 10:00-17:15 Farmleigh Food Market
+ 10:00-17:15 Farmleigh Plant Fair ‘Garden plants for the Springtime’
+ 11:00-16:00 Meet John Millington Synge as he recites the love story of ‘Ghost Light’
+ 12:00-17:00 Birds of Prey – Falconry Display with Hawks, Falcons and Owls
+ 12:00 + 14:00 Magic Show
+ 13:00, 15:00, 16:15 Storytelling for Children with Billy Teare & Kathleen O Sullivan
+ 14:00-16:00 Music in the Bandstand with Blanchardstown Brass Band
+ 14:00-16:00 Dancing Workshop with the Astral String Quartet
+ 15:00-17:00 Easter Egg Treasure Quiz Hunt with Jingles the Farmleigh Rabbit
+ 17:15 Easter Egg Draw for Quiz participants

The chosen book for ‘Dublin: One City, One Book’, a festival that takes place every years in April, is “Ghost Light” by Joseph O’Connor and everyone is encouraged to read this book. which encourages everyone to read the same book during the month of April each year. Ghost Light is a fictionalisation of the real love affair between J.M. Synge and Abbey actress Molly Allgood.
On Easter Monday 25 Apr actor Stephen Holland performs a staged reading of Ghost Light at Farmleigh. The performances are taking place at 11:45-12:30, 13:00-13:.45 and 14:15-15:00 in the Courtyard Motorhouse with the final performance at 15:30 in the Ballroom
An exhibition of rare books and manuscripts from the Benjamin Iveagh Library at Farmleigh can be viewed Thursday to Sunday and on Bank Holidays during April between the hours of 10:00 and 16:30, part of the Guided Tour through Farmleigh House.
“Dancing to the tune of J.M. Synge and Molly Allgood’s Dublin” is another event on Easter Monday 25 April, which is part of the One City One Book Festival. From 14:00-16:00, an informal dance workshop with a string quartet playing music enjoyed in Edwardian Dublin will take place in the Ballroom of Farmleigh House. All Levels welcome. www.farmleigh.ie

Mon 25 Apr: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Mon is “Tide on the Turn” (1963, 16min). – In this markedly upbeat little film designed to attract foreign industry to Ireland, credit is given to Taoiseach Sean Lemass for selling Ireland abroad and making it attractive to overseas industrialists. A wealth of industrial footage includes production lines at Volkswagen, Jacob’s and Erin factories where “the standard of intelligence of Irish workers is comfortably above the world average”! www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7307&Date=25/04/2011&PageID=15

Mon 25 Apr: 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. On 25 Apr the lineup is The OBCD (www.myspace.com/obcd),
Radiomen (www.myspace.com/radiomen), Filthy Geeks. (www.myspace.com/filthygeeks). Admission is free. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/03/31/come-get-yer-act-together-250411/

Mon: 21:00 – Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin 2
The first three Mondays of every month the Solar Trio with guests, host a free improvised music gig upstairs in Anseo on Camden st. Creating their own unique takes on old jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams. Expect swing and hard, deep grooves meshed together with post progressive and contemporary meandering sections.

* 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
* This event is currently on hold: 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 26 Apr: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The free public lecture “The diversity of holdings at the Linen Hall Library, Belfast (1788)” with John Killen, Linen Hall Library takes place. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 26 Apr: 12:00-00:00: Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Gavin Friday and graphic designer Pete Reddy commissioned one writer and three photographers to work on the presentation of Gavin’s latest album ‘catholic’. With “‘catholic’ – An Exposition”, Gavin Friday is making an art intervention, with a one day only gallery installation which will be punctuated by live performances at undisclosed times.
If you have read these lines and have still not the slightest clue what the whole thing is about, then you know how I feel. Descriptions from artists are indecipherable pieces of “art” themselves, but since Gavin Friday is involved, I expect “outrageous” and “controversial” and the album cover might give an indication: www.galleryofphotography.ie/events/catholic.html
This exposition is a one-day event only, so if you have some time, pop your head in the door of the gallery and tell me about what you experienced. ;-)

Tues 26 Apr: 19:00 – Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Last Security Man is a new online comedy series vying for votes in the semi-final of RTE’s StoryLand Competition. It comes from the creators of musical satire Gerry and the Peace Process and Channel 4’s anarchic sketch show iCandy for Comedy Lab, a series that has seen the launch of such stars as Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Carr.
The series follows the exploits of the unlikely pairing of a college drop-out and a psychotic security man and stars Liam Hourican (IT Crowd, The Tonightly Show, The Savage Eye, iCandy), Jim Roche (iCandy, Killanascully, When Harvey Met Bob), Ciaran O’Brien and Lynette Callaghan. Episode 3 sees Fair City stars Gemma Doorly and Enda Oates joining the cast as they navigate the unhinged world of Dirk de Smet.
To celebrate the online premiere of Episode 3 the cast and crew are throwing a sneak preview bash at The Workman’s Club, Dublin 2 at 19:00 on Tuesday. Also on the cards that night is the premier of Dirk’s new music video SECURITY MAN, a hot tip for this year’s Belgium entry to the Eurovision Song Contest!
To watch Episodes 1 & 2 and for more information about the screening check out www.thelastsecurityman.com or www.facebook.com/TLSM.RTEStoryland2011
It is not totally clear if this event is free, but it seem that is is!

Tues 26 Apr: 19:30-21:00 – Shebeen Chic, 4 Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2.
This week sees the last Shebeen Flick screening. The event might be back in autumn or winter, but until then it will be on hold. On Tuesday Shebeen Flick presents two films featuring one of Ireland’s main passions: Chips! Rachael O’Kane’s comic short ‘Chips’ opens for Nino Tropiano’s documentary ‘Chippers’, which tells the story of Dublin’s well-established community of four thousand Italians who have owned chip shops in the city since the 1900’s. www.facebook.com/shebeenflick?v=wall www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=215589308467326

Tues 26 Apr: 21:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
Every Tuesday a busker Night with Shane O’Reilly is taking place upstairs in the Workman Club. It’s an opportunity for anyone to perform (Bring your own instrument!) and have fun and people are invited to come in and play songs from their favourite artists whether they. be Radiohead, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or Suede The night will be hosted by songwriter Shane O Reilly.

Every Tuesday at 21:30, Pete Cummins will perform in the new Gypsy Rose Rock and Blues Bar, Aston Quay, Dublin. Admission is free. It’s a solo gig with music from the genre Americana, Roots and original material. Check out www.myspace.com/petecumminsfleadhcowboy and www.dublinsessions.ie/gypsyrose.html

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* 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 27 Apr: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Wed is “Honeymoon in Ireland” (1963, 28min). – Ireland is an enticing honeymoon destination for a young American and his new Irish wife. They visit historic Dublin locations – Moore Street, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Bird Market and Trinity College – before taking off to Waterford, Wicklow, Galway and Cork where they happen upon a road bowling competition and a spot of dancing at the crossroads. www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7306&Date=27/04/2011&PageID=15

Nicola Jones a certified Tai Chi instructor is inviting to a free Tai Chi event on Wed 27 Apr in Terenure, Dublin 6. The course is open to beginners of Tai Chi (no matter what age or physical condition) and runs from 18:00-19:00. The class will introduce the Chen style of Tai Chi, covering Qi Gong breathing and silk reeling energy. Booking is essential as spaces are limited an all details are here earthbalance-taichi.com/2011/04/free-tai-chi-session/

Wed 27 Apr: 18:00-19:00 – Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall, Earlfort Terrace, Dublin 2. The Contemporary Music Centre and Irish Composers’ Collective Irish composers collective are joining forces again for a third “Nights of New Music” on 27 April.
The Contemporary Music Centre and the join forces to present a third Nights of New Music in the, 27 April 2011. Following on from the other highly successful Nights of New Music, this
The night begins with The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon series, a free event from 18:00-19:00. Followed by the Irish Composers’ Collective monthly concert from 20:30-21:30 with a pre-concert talk at 20:15. All details are here www.cmc.ie/calendar/index.cfm?firstday=04/27/2011#27

Wed 27 Apr: 18:00-19:00 – Pearse St Library, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2.
The “Orchids of Ireland” is a talk by the Irish Wildlife Trust about the 30 native species of orchids in Ireland.Admission is free, but booking via dublinbranch@iwt.ie is required. www.iwt.ie

Wed 27 Apr: 18:30-19:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
Refresh Dublin is a free event that promotes design, technology, usability and standards. This month Tady Walsh will talk about “Let’s get accessible!”
He will talk about website accessibility, starting at the very beginning and will continue up to and including today’s technologies. He will discuss, not only how to cater for the various types of disabilities website visitors may have, but also the way developers and designers should be thinking about website accessibility. Admission is free, but pre-booking via www.sciencegallery.com/events/2011/04/refresh-dublin essential.

Wed 27 Apr: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8
The Book Launch for the young adults books ‘Flick’ by Geraldine Meade & ‘Thin Ice’ by Mikael Engstrom. Admission is free. gutterbookshop.com/

Wed 27 Apr: 19:00 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
This is not a free event, but it is so inexpensive (EUR 3), that I Decided to include it. Re:Public 2011 Democratic Forum is back. David McWilliams, Vincent Browne and Orla Barry will interrogate a whole bunch of coulourful TD and Councillors: Peter Mathews FG TD, Joanna Tuffy LAB TD, Aodhan O’Riordain LAB TD, Mary Lou McDonald SF TD, Richard Boyd Barrett PBP TD, Mick Wallace IND TD, Andrew Doyle FG TD, Paul McAuliffe FF Councillor, Andrew Montague LAB Councillor, Ray McAdams FG Councillor, Rebecca Moynihan LAB Councillor. In addition Comedy will be provided by Abie Philbin Bowman and Music by The Mighty Stef and Paul Gogarty. If you want to reserve tickets (EUR 3) email republic2011@gmail.com generalelection.ie/republic2011/

Wed 27 Apr: 19:30 – St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
“Männerstimmen Basel” is a young men’s choir from Basel, Switzerland, consisting of 26 singers aged between 20 and 30. It was formed in 2008 by former singers of the “Knabenkantorei Basel” (boys choir Basel). The choir is coming to Ireland to participate in the Cork International Choral Festival and on the way to Cork, they are performing in Dublin in St. Ann’s Church. Admission is free. www.maennerstimmen.ch www.eda.admin.ch/etc/medialib/downloads/edactr/irl.Par.0080.File.tmp/Flyer.pdf

Wed 27 Apr – 20:30 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2.
Another month over and another Brownbread Mixtape coming up. This time it is No. 19 and the theme is “things that are not cool”. MC will be as always Kalle Ryan who together with Enda Roche is running this brilliant event. It became so popular that now overcrowding is becoming an issue and you will have to register for free tickets if you want to attend. Go to www.eventelephant.com/BBMT19thingsthatarenotcool to request tickets and then make sure that you arrive by 20:00.
This week the performers are: Music: Deaf Joe, Justin Grounds; Spoken Word: Sweatshop Jesus, Aiden O’Reilly; Comedy: Katie Compa, The Brownbread Players. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com/ www.facebook.com/thebrownbreadmixtape

Wed 27 Apr: 20:30 – Shebeen Chic, Sth Great George’s Street, Dublin 2.
Dublintellectual is an organisation that “seeks to champion Arts and Humanities in the public sphere”. They run bi-monthly events in Shebeen Chic with cultural figures and other speakers. Each speaker has just 15 minutes to present their ideas with a further 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Admission to the events is free. Dublintellectual has a facebook group (but doesn’t make it openly available) and they have a website (which doesn’t work on Firefox and doesn’t allow me to copy information from it for you) at www.dublintellectual.ie/ So, there is still some room for improvement, but the idea is a good one. The speakers on Wednesday are Dr. Darryl Jones, School of English, TCD talking about “Ghost Stories”, Dr. Harvey O’Brien, Film Studies, UCD talking about “Never to old for this …..: Old Guys in Action Movies” and Michael McDermott, Publisher, Le Cool talking about “New Media & Culture”.

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney – trumpet, Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland – drums) 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 Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* Traditional Irish Music Session in Hedigan’s (The Brian Boru) in Phibsborough from 21:30 every Wednesday. If you play an instrument you are especially welcome (all levels are welcome).
* Seven Deadly Skins are playing Reggae/Ska Covers from 22:00 with DJ Dotsie later. The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Admission is free.


Thurs 28 Apr: 15:00 – Meet outside the Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. The Dublin City Council initiative “Dublin: One City One Book” is now in its 6th year and the chosen book for 2011 is Joe O’Connor’s “Ghost Light”. The Walk & Talk tour on Thurs, entitled “Ghost Light – Edwardian Dublin; The Lives and Times of J.M Synge & Molly Allgood”, takes a look at Dublin and the characters which formed the backdrop to the romance between playwright, John Millington Synge and actress, Molly Allgood. This free historical walking tour is led by historian Pat Liddy and will last about 90 minutes. www.dublinonecityonebook.ie www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Thur 28 Apr: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
An in-store event with the “Tarantella Fall” is taking place.

Thurs 28 Apr: 18:00 – Eason, O’Connell St., Dublin 1
Readings, Chats, Q&A and Meet & Greet with the Skulduggery Pleasant and Hells Bells authors Derek Landy in conversation with John Connoll will take place in Eason’s in O’Connell Street. This is a free but ticketed event. Contact 01-8583815 for details and to request tickets. www.eason.ie/events

Thurs 21 Apr-26 May: 18:30-20:00 – Business Information Centre, Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry St., Dublin 1
A series of free lectures on hot to “Start and Grow Your Own Business” starts on 21 April. The lectures are
* 21st Apr An Introduction to Self Employment
* 28th Apr Ideas Generation & Market Research
* 05th May Ethnic Entrepreneurship
* 12th May Marketing on a Shoestring
* 19th May Financing your Business
* 26th May Business Planning Structure
Admission is free but booking is essential. To book and fro more information check www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/syob_2011.aspx and www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks

Thurs 19:00-01:00 – Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2
“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. Beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. Different theme and treatments every week.

Thurs 28 Apr: 20:00-23:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Inspired by the work of the Long Now Foundation, an organization that promotes long term thinking, the Long Now Dublin Meetup takes place monthly to discuss technology, the environment, interesting ideas, and the future of humanity and the planet in the near and deep future. The event is open to everyone who’s got an opinion to share, regardless of education, religion or background and healthy, respectful debate is encouraged. exchangedublin.ie/news/long-now-dublin

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reillys Rock Bar, underneath Tara Street DART Station, Dublin 2
If you are a Singer, Songwriter, play an Instrument or just want to jam then come to the Railway Sessions in O’Reilly’s every Thurs at 20:00 and showcase maybe a new song or a cover. All performing musicians will receive a complimentary drink. The event starts at 20:30. To contact the organisers: info@dublinsocialtv.ie An Indie-Rock Club starts immediately afterwards at 23:00. Admission free.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. No cover charge. The theme for April is “April Fools” and the movies are 28 Apr: Bill Hicks: Relentless. www.odeon.ie/gallery.html

* Quiz Night in The Lotts Cafe Bar, 9 Lower Liffey St, Dublin 1. Every Thurs a quiz night with great prizes is taking place at 20:00/20:30 depending on football. Participation is free.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday (and Bank Holiday Sunday) from 22:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 29 Apr – Sun 01 May – Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The Mindfield International Festival of Ideas will take place for the first time this year and Merrion Square is the chosen location. A good few events are not free, but there are plenty of free events available as well. Individual events are EUR 10 and the whole lot is included in the festival ticket for EUR 69.
The event’s mission is to “promote Ireland’s development as an international powerhouse for thought leadership by creating new ideas and innovation”. Mindfield will offer talks, debates, workshops and ideas generation spaces, sparking big thinking on everything from architecture to sport; economics to climate change, technology to politics; media to fashion.
The festival schedule is here mindfield.ie/festival-schedule/ and the free events on Friday are (the rest will be in next week’s Dublin Event Guide):
## Fri 29 Apr
+ 20:00-21:30: Remix: Culture Hacking
with Michel Bauwens philosopher (P2P Foundation), Benjamin Gaulon artist (Recyclism) and Darius Whelan (Creative Commons Ireland) and others. Chaired by Kevin Flanagan.
+ 18:00-19:30: HackerSpace – The Icelandic Modern Media Initiative: A presentation by Smari McCarthy (www.immi.is).
+ 19:45-21:45: Workshop: DIY BIO with Cathal Garvey (Nexus Hackerspace, Cork)

The Irish Writers’ Centre claimed for a long time that this event “takes place every Friday” but their website doesn’t confirm it anymore, so you better check beforehand:
Fr 28 Apr: 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

Two events on 29+30 Apr to celebrate the work of playwright Thomas Kilroy in the event series “Across The Boundaries: Talking about Thomas Kilroy” (www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/Kilroy.php)
Fri 29 Apr: 18:00-19:30 – Neill / Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Building, TCD. “The Modernism of Thomas Kilroy”, a public lecture by Professor Nicholas Grene (TCD). Admission free, but it is essential to book tickets with Lillian Foley: lifoley@tcd.ie
Sat 30 Apr: 14:00-18:00 – Neill / Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Building, TCD. Two panel discussions to discuss the work and influence of Thomas Kilroy. Admission free, but you have to book with Lillian Foley: lifoley@tcd.ie

Thur 29 Apr – Sun 01 May: Bray, Co. Dublin
In 2011, the Bray Jazz Festival is in its 11th year and this year nearly 40 concerts, recitals and jazz trail shows at various events will take place. Admission is not free for the main events (i.e. concerts), but in parallel to the official programme a whole range if pubs is providing Jazz in the evenings and most are free. The complete programme is here www.brayjazz.com/brayjazz/Main/Programme.htm and if you check this page you will see the main concerts on the left and the Festival Trail on the right. The two lunchtime concerts in the Royal Hotel on Sat and Sun are free:
Sat 30 Apr: 14:00 – Royal Hotel: Andreas Varady Quartet (Slovakia/Irl)
Sun 01 May: 14:00 – Royal Hotel: Prime Collective – Showcase of Irish jazz
In addition, it appears that all the pub gigs on the Festival Trail are free events and you can choose from an impressive number of 22 events.

Fri 29 Apr: 22:00 – Sing Sing Club, 28 Dame Street (Basement of the Mercantile Pub), Dublin 2. Ridgewalkers will perform a live set at BiZARRO 2.0 in the Sing Sing night club, DJ Fassman (Spain) will also be on the night and more DJ’s to be announced. www.ridgewalkersmusic.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:

Sun 01 May: 16:00-18:00 – Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street.
The review website Yelp, which has 1.5 million unique visitors worldwide per month is throwing a free party on 01 May. It’s to celebrate local & independent business and welcome in a new era for local businesses. Admission is free and everything on offer will be free too. You can watch chefs make sushi and try authentic Mexican food and more in between. It is a 18+ event and all you have to do is reply through this link:
www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelps-secret-party or you can save your spot by e-mailing dublin@yelp.ie. Per person up to 4 tickets can be requested. GoCar, the car-sharing initiative, will also collect and drop people to the venue from posts in Ranelagh and Smithfield and if you want to avail of this mail dublin@yelp.ie for more info. Featured sponsors are Manilla Café, Burrito & Blues, Corner Bakery, Hanley’s Cornish Pasties, Di Fontaine Pizza, Café Azetca, Cornucopia, Cooley Distillery Whiskey, Trouble Brewing, Metalman, Barefoot wines, Eliane Kennedy Eye Make up, Cabaret from Rose Lawless and Career Coach Greg Fry.

04 May: 19:30 – Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
See Change is a partnership of organisations working to change minds about mental health problems and they will run “Make a Ripple”.
The launch of the “Make a Ripple” Campaign, a campaign to tell stories and build a community of voices to tackle mental health stigma, takes place 04 May. There will be stories from people who have experienced mental health problems, a short introduction to the campaign and music from the Dublin Gospel Choir. The campaign will be launched by Minister for Disability, Equality and Mental Health, Kathleen Lynch TD. Tickets are free but numbers are limited. To reserve a ticket and for more information visit www.seechange.ie/index.php/blog/195-invitation-to-launch-of-see-change-make-a-ripple

Thurs 05 May: 19:00 – Minerva Suite, RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Josephine Maguire, the Programme Manager of the newly introduced National Retrofit Programme and Joe Durkan, a mechanical engineer and a qualified building energy rating (BER) assessor will talk about “Energy Efficiency in the House” in this lecture of the RDS Energy Lecture Series.
The average house consumes about 14,000 units of gas per year or 2,000 litres of oil; through energy efficiency and simple insulation measures this figure can be reduce by 50%. In 2010 alone, over 70,000 homes were upgraded through the retrofit programme, which in turn has helped support more than 5,000 Irish jobs. To date the Government has provided incentives of €70m which will result in energy savings worth €250m over the lifetime of the retrofitted houses.
This lecture will provide an outline of the national retrofit programme and the types of energy efficiency measures that are funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI).
Admission is free but booking is essential on www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1096043

Fri 06 May: 07:00-08:45 – National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, Dublin 1.
Business executives are invited to start their day with a new event series “Corn Flakes & Commerce” from National College of Ireland, in association with Metro Herald and Kellogg’s Ireland. The free events offer the chance to gain insight on the latest thinking while mixing and mingling with other professionals from all walks of business life. The series features outstanding, innovative speakers on a range of thought-provoking topics in the areas of management, marketing and human resource management.
It kicks off with Norah Casey, CEO and owner of Harmonia and the most recent Dragon in the Irish version of Dragons’ Den, on the topic of Creativity & Innovation. Registration will be open from 07:00 with the event starting at 07:30 and finishing up by 08:45. A free continental breakfast will be served. Places are limited and to reserve your seat, book your place online here www.ncirl.ie/News_&_Events/Events

______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. ;-)

Rolling Tanks, marching soldiers and military plane fly pasts is something we remember from the cold war period in Russia and are memories of the Red Square in Moscow (i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/01625/parade_1625891c.jpg), but an odd yearly spectacle in Dublin is not much different. The Easter Rising Parade every Easter Monday reminds of the anachronistic army displays in communist countries. Oddly the Irish Government decided in 2006 that this is an appropriate way of remembering the people that died for Irish Independence and it hasn’t been changed since. I am all in favour of a commemoration that recognises the importance of this event in Irish history, but tanks and army battalions in O’Connell Street on Easter Sunday?
Another aspect that strikes me odd is the fact that the day is not celebrated when it happened, but on a different day every year. Yes, it was Easter 1916, but it would be strange if the Bastille Day or the Independence Day were celebrated on a different day every year. Commemorations typically happen in the day the event took place. Imagine your birthday was moving with the moon and was on a different day every year!? The anniversary of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic is on 24 April and it is a big coincidence that this year Easter is exactly again on 24 April, so for the first time since 1916 the commemoration is on the correct day!
The facebook page “Republic Day Ireland” lobbies for the introduction of a celebration on 24 April every year.

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Have a wonderful Easter, enjoy the eggs, don’t get too bored by the oh-so-unique word plays of “eggs-travaganza”, “egg-cellent” etc. in the run up to Easter and have a great day off on Monday.

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