Event Guide 250: Love Dublin Festival, Pure Vintage Fair, Experience Japan, Green Drinks

March 30th, 2012

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 250
| 30 March 2012 Subscribers: 10633

Hi all!

Here at “Dublin Event Guide HQ” I celebrate a big anniversary this week. In front of me is a cake with 250 candles on it, but I hope you are behind me when I turn around any moment. ;-) The cake+candles are as virtual as you behind me, but I feel your support when I get wonderful e-mails every week, when the reader numbers continually grow and when I see that on Facebook we are just a small hop away from 8000 Likes.


Anniversaries are often the reason to celebrate and to party and I will get back to that in the coming weeks! ;-) They are also the reason for giving presents and if you feel like giving a gift to the Dublin Event Guide, you can do that here www.perfectresults.info/donate.htm The Dublin Event Guide urgently needs you!! In return for your nice presents, the Dublin Event Guide, myself and my wonderful helpers at iQ Content have a present for you. It is a BIG present and it is only the first of a number of presents.

You wonder what you will get? Well, I can tell you that much: If all goes well, then next week the Dublin Event Guide will look all pretty and shiny. Your weekly e-zine/newsletter will look much much nicer and I am sure that you will all like it. So, the present for you is on its way and it will be revealed next week! Until then, have a last look at the current Dublin Event Guide and enjoy all the events. (By the way: The content will not change, but will stay as good as always. And nooo, I am not at all biased!:-) The change will be about Look & Feel of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”.

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The “Feel Good Slot” at this place in the Dublin Event Guide is to share some inspirational, motivational or thought provoking quotes, stories or video clips. You wonder why I added this section to this e-zine? If your week was great, you might not need it, but most of us had some challenging moments in the last week and this section is for the people that want to remind that despite all, life is great and it is important to be alive!
Often video clips, sometimes quotes and today something new. Today, I have a picture for you. It is a cute picture of a baby that I found on a facebook posting. The title of it is “Wish Hard! Dream Big! Make it Happen!” The “Go for it!” attitude is what gets you to achieve things that transform your life. Most of us dream too small or stop after the dreaming…we don’t make it happen! Do you have big dreams? Or should you dream bigger? And what are you doing to make it happen?

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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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It is not the busiest week, but when you start looking at the details of the events, you find an amazing richness of events again.

On Saturday the Love Dublin Festival looks very interesting. It is the first time this takes place, but it has huge potential, so give it your support. For Writers the Open Day at the Irish Writer’s Centre is interesting. I will go to Love Dublin and then will go to the Science Gallery, because I still haven’t seen all of the “Edible” exhibition which will come to an end already next week.

On Sunday I am tempted by the Fencing Taster class and plan to go to the Pure Vintage Fair and afterwards to the Experience Japan Festival. The Knowledge Exchange is very interesting as well, but I can’t go to all events…unfortunately. ;-)

On Tuesday I would go to Green Drinks and maybe to the City Hall History Lectures and if you are interested in dance, then definitely have a look at the “Out of Time” event on Thursday! Rare opportunity to experience something like that!


Sat 07 – Mon 09 April: 07:00-19:00 – Castle Grounds, Trim Castle, Trim, Co. Meath
A great event that is taking place a bit outside of Dublin, but the organisers offered some tickets and it is a big spectacular that can’t happen just everywhere, so I know that some of you are interested in that and therefore I am today even including a Co. Meath event. The Trim Hot Air Balloon Fiesta 2012 is Ireland’s biggest Hot Air Balloon Festival. Over 20 gigantic balloons including Sonic, Darth Vadar and Action Man, will be the main focus and in addition there are many other events: Skydiving, Paramotoring, 3D Kites & Model Balloons. A Magical Night Glow where balloons are lit in time with choreographed music and complimented by fire-jugglers, a light show and LED robots. And on the ground there will be an artisan food markets, Falconry, Old McDonalds’ Petting Farm, Top Gear Bugatti Veyron Experience, Jet Fighter Simulator, Face-painting, Inflatable Wonderland, Vintage Carousel and lots more. You can certainly see the balloons from a distance, but if you want to get the full festival experience, there is an admission charge of EUR 10 per day (EUR 7.50 for students and under 12s are free). The event takes place over the Easter Weekend and more information can be found here www.trimfiesta.com and www.facebook.com/trimfiesta The organisers were so generous to make 5 pairs of tickets available and if you want to win a pair of tickets, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BALLOON 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 14:00 on Mon 02 April.

The 5th Wee Adventure Film Festival will take place on Fri 30 March in Vicar Street. The festival is the home of short films with a sense of adventure and this year there will be 20 adventurous films. Get your tickets on www.ticketmaster.ie for EUR 15 (+ booking fee). Vote for your favourite film at the festival and be in with a chance to win great outdoor gear. The films will cover Climbing, Mountain Biking and Kitesurfing as well as newcomers Ocean rowing, paragliding and Free Running. The event runs from 20:00-22:00 with doors opening at 19:00. Tickets will be available at the door as well. The organisers made two pairs of tickets available and the lucky winners are Orlaith Daly and Aideen Healy. Congratulations! www.waff.ie

There are a few competitions in the pipeline, so there will be more next week, but if you know someone who would like to get the word out about a product they are selling, put them in contact with me. Ticket competitions are great, but it would be nice to have a few more product competitions too. You can reach me on dublineventguide@gmail.com

______Dublin News______________

For the seventh year, Dublin celebrates a book that is connected to Dublin through the “One City, One Book 2012” festival. The festival takes place in April every year and is accompanied by a series of events. The chosen book for April 2012 is “Dubliners” by James Joyce and is designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during April. The event website will list a number of events and when I come across additional free events, I will add them to the Dublin Event Guide. www.dublinonecityonebook.ie/

After months and months of extremely slow road works in Phoenix Park at a construction site where it seems as if most of the time nobody was working, we slowly find out that maybe the extremely long duration was on purpose. It seems that the Office of Public Works is trying to do everything to make Chesterfield Avenue unavailable for normal traffic. I can see where they are coming from, it would be great to use the park more as a park instead of as a main traffic artery, but if they want that, then they should at least cars get in and park somewhere. Phoenix Park is just too big to get everywhere easily on foot and since there are no more buses in Phoenix Park your own transport is the only way to get (in a reasonable time) to locations like Farmleigh House.
From 06 April (until 30 Sept) a part of the main road (Chesterfield Avenue) will be closed to traffic at weekends until the end of the summer. From Easter weekend a 1km stretch of Chesterfield Avenue from the roundabout at Áras an Uachtaráin to the roundabout near the Castleknock gate will close every weekend from 10:00 Friday until 22:00 Sunday. Officially this closer is to allow for the celebrations of the 350th anniversary of the park, but the Office of Public Works says it will monitor how people respond and might make the closure permanent. A number of events are taking place to mark the 350th anniversary of the park, including a map exhibition and a Mad Hatters Tea Party on Easter Saturday.
Very odd, though was the statement of Junior Minister Brian Hayes: He said that the recent closure of another part of Chesterfield Avenue for roadworks allowed people to discover different parts of the park. Does anybody get what he is trying to say?

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I found this on Broadsheet: www.broadsheet.ie/2012/03/30/good-nights-1975/ It is an ad for a hotel in Stillorgan from 1975 and in it, it says that a 5.course table d’hote dinner with all inclusive was available for 2 Pounds and 50 cent. I wasn’t able to find out what the value of 2.50 would be today. Does anybody know? Was it still Sterling in 1975? Then it could have been equivalent to approx 5 Euro. But considering that a house that was bought in 1975 for 15,000 Pound was sold in 1997 for 350,000 and at its peak would have been more than 600,000, the 2.50 could be a LOT of money in relation to house prices.


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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.

05-12 Apr: MadArt Gallery, 56 Lower Gardiner Street, Dublin 1
MadArt Gallery is inviting to Estonian artist Ulla Juske’s first personal show in Dublin. Gatecrasher is a thought provoking story about unknown figure invading the artist’s personal space. She describes “I received a postcard, it was addressed to me, but was sent anonymously. It had a picture of me walking on the street in the front and a philosophical text (later learned to be a quote by Ludwig Wittgenstein) in the back. I received a similar postcard every day for a month. There was no harm done to in any way. Yet somebody was watching, following and photographing me. Somebody was gatecrashing my life…” Eeeek!
www.facebook.com/pages/Gatecrasher/340978515943853 Portfolio


Fri 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There is also a Café, the Oscar Verne Café, open for business at the market. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Fri 30 March: 13:05 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A lunch time reading with Denise Blake will take place. The Lunchtime Readings will run on Fridays throughout February and March in the Irish Writers’ Centre and are organised in association with Poetry Ireland. The readings will be alternating between prose and poetry, offering audiences the chance to experience a wide-range of literary talent. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 30 Mar: 16:00-16:45 – Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2. – The theatre performance “Arlecchino Invisibile” (in Italian) will take place for children from 4-10 and parents. Find more details here: www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=400&citta=Dublino

Fri 30 Mar: 17:30 – Global Lounge, UCD Restaurant Building, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4. The UCD Innovation Academy launches a CoderDojo at UCD. CoderDojo is an Irish movement of free coding clubs for children and young people where learning to code is made into a “fun, sociable experience”. At CoderDojo, members, some as young as five and six, learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games and more. They meet like-minded people, show off what they have been working on, pass on what they know and generally learn that it is cool to be clever and to share. Dojos are set up, run by and taught entirely by volunteers, with some help from the kids. Admission is free. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.116676&f=week&d=30/03/2012&sd=Friday,%2030%20March%202012&ac=*

Fri 30 Mar: 20:00-22:00 – Martello Tower Car Park, Sandymount
The next monthly star gazing session by the Sidewalk Astronomers will take place on Friday. Come along to see Jupiter, Mars and the Moon. If you have a telescope and would like to know how to use it, bring it along and you will be helped. If you don’t have one, come along and use one that is available on the night.

30 Mar: 22:30-02:30 – Grand Social, Lwr Liffey Street, Dublin 1
French Friday is an evening for French and Francophile people with an emphasis on French music. Admission is free and more information is here www.facebook.com/events/274787052600924/

Fridays 18:30-21:00 – Radisson, Golden Lane, Dublin 2.
On 16 March the Radisson Hotel in Golden Lane’s new weekly Jazz Evening will feature on 30 Mar: Dorota Konczewska, 06 Apr: Closed, 13 Apr: Johnny Taylor, 20 Apr: Michael MacLennan, 27 Apr: Cary Posavitz, 04 May: Shabela Rabaza, 11 May: Kristina G, 18 May: Stella Bass

Fri 30 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Three weeks ago I informed you about a taster workshop in Sacred Harp Singing and it seems that this workshop was so successful that a group has formed in Dublin who will from now on meet every Friday evening in the Exchange Dublin. Find out more details here corksacredharp.com/post/17337848698/dublinsing

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant (19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2) host live music three evenings a week (Thurs, Fri and Sat). The restaurant is a Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant and is open until 22:15.
+ Every second Thursday N.C Lawlor, a songwriter, session player and troubadour plays a mix of country, bluegrass & blues from 19:30-21:30.
+ Every Friday (19:30-21:30) Junshi Murakami plays Irish Harp.
+ Every Saturday (19:30-21:30) Nollaig Mann plays a collection of popular and jazz classics that often have customers singing along and requesting their favourites.

Fri 30 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Bianconi’s Bistro, 232 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4
Bianconi’s Bistro & Restaurant in Dublin 4 is providing Jazz every Friday night from this week until the end of January. Bianconi’s is an Italian restaurant with delicious food and, while a little outside the City Centre, it is worth the trip into Merrion Road. There is no cover charge. www.bianconisbistro.ie www.facebook.com/pages/Bianconis-Bistro/271041702925005?sk=wall

Fri 20 Mar: 20:00 – The Mezz, Eustace Street, Dublin 2
Liveordead runs an event called “In Your Area” once a month in The Mezz to showcase new, up and coming talent from around the area. This month there are 3 bands and 1 singer song writer showcasing their tunes. The line up is Colour Me Pink, You Tell Me, Bennett vs Matrix and Lorcan Reidy. www.liveordeadmusic.com

Fri: 20:30 – Ormond Wine, Restaurant & Cafe Bar, 6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7. Swing from Paris in the Thirties performed by a duo of Guitar and Vocal will entertain you every Friday in the Ormond Wine Bar. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ormond-Wine-Bar/181985853298

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 30 March The Colonials
Sat 31 March Superfly
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00 unless otherwise stated. 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 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.
* Ruairi Maguires Bar & Organic Kitchen, Pembroke District, Dundrum Town Centre, Dundrum has every weekend live music from Friday until Sunday at 21:30. Sometimes the line-up is listed here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000462805646&sk=wall often not.
* 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.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


Sat 31 Mar: 09:00-13:00 – Tallaght Stadium, Whitestown Way, Tallaght, Co. Dublin
A weekly car boot sale, one of less than a handful that is still reliably taking place, gets up to 200 cars to sell goods from. The stadium is just a few minutes walk from the Red LUAS line terminal and numerous bus stops. For traders the Car Boot Sale opens at 07:00 for buyers from 09:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie

Sat 31 Mar: 10:00-23:00 – Various locations in the City Centre
Organised by a young St. Vincent de Paul conference, Love Dublin is about celebrating our city..loving where we live. The central location is Club M/Bloom’s Hotel Bar at the corner of Anglesea Street and Cope Street in Temple Bar. The day will start with a scavenger hunt through Dublin. Collect a map between 10:30 and 17:00 in Club M/Bloom’s Hotel Bar and then follow the map to find exhibitions, unique shops and markets, live music, museums, galleries, monuments and quirks of the city.
Then there will be a free drama class from 12:00-13:00 and a free group singing class from 15:00-16:00. Ring 01 6799277 to book your place for the drama class and send an e-mail to amredmond@newschool.ie to register for the singing class. From 17:00-19:30 food will be available in Club M for EUR 5.
And then from 19:00 the after-party will take place with swing dance lesson, raffle, live music and céilí in Club M. Admission is free if you have collected a map earlier in the day. Sounds like an interesting event and I will definitely try to pick up a map and go for the scavenger hunt. sites.google.com/site/lovedublinfestival/

Thurs-Sun (Thurs-Sat 10:00-17:30, Sun 12:00-17:30) – Unit 95, Malahide Road Industrial Park, Malahide Road, Coolock, Dublin 17. – A new-ish indoor market is open in Coolock. Over 40 traders offer a wide range of goods and a café is on site as well. www.facebook.com/MotherRedcaps.Market

Sat 31 Mar: 11:00-17:00 – Grand Social, Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1. The weekly Ha’penny Flea Indoor Market takes place on Saturdays and stalls offer Vintage Men and Women’s Clothes, Contemporary Crafts, Books, Vinyl Records, Vintage and Handmade Jewellery, Vintage Hair Styles, Art, Photography and lots more. For more details, check www.thegrandsocial.ie/event/hapenny-flea-indoor-market

Sat 31 Mar: 11:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. – In conjunction with the current Bonsai exhibition in the Botanic Gardens, a free Gardening Workshop about Bonsai re-potting and care will take place in the Conservatory. No booking required. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sat 31 Mar: 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto) – The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sat 31 Mar: 11:30-12:30 – People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire
A free and open yoga class is taken place in the People’s Park in Dun Laoghaire. It will be run by Claudia Gutierrez of Yoga Fitness. Claudia says: “Come along with family and friends to enjoy an hour of pure bliss!” Bring your own mat or a blanket if you don’t have a mat. (If it rains, the class will take place in the Boylan Centre, Dun Laoghaire.) www.yogafitness.ie

Sat 31 Mar: 11:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The A.G.M. of the Irish Writers Union will be held in the Irish Writers’ Centre on Saturday 11:30-13:00 and this year the Union is offering a free ‘Open Day’ for writers at 14:00. Beginning with a talk by novelist and lawyer Ronan Sheehan entitled “Downloading the Book of Kells: A View of Irish Copyright Law”, this will be followed by facilitated workshops from 15:00-16:00 on different kinds of writing. You can choose between a workshop on Children’s Literature with Conor Kostick, Pros and Cons of Internet Publishing with Chris Murray, Performance Poetry with Maighréad Medbh, or Writing in Irish with Alan Titley. The workshops will report back to the plenary session between 16:00-16:30. All writers in any medium are welcome to attend no matter if you are a member of the IWU or not. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

10 Feb-05 Apr: Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
The Science Gallery’s exhibition “Edible – Would you Eat an Exhibit?” is already coming to an end. The exhibition is about eating, digestion, food technology and has something interesting for everyone. Even a bouncy castle-type digestive tract for children! As with every Science Gallery exhibition, I can fully recommend it and if you haven’t been, make sure that you don’t miss out. Admission is free (donations are appreciated) and the exhibition is open Tuesday-Friday 12:00-20:00 and Saturday-Sunday 12:00-18:00. Find out more on www.sciencegallery.com/edible

Sat 31 Mar: 13:00 – Tower Records, 6-8 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Gandhis will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event.

Sat 31 Mar: 13:00-17:00 – Tommy Hilfiger, 13 Trinity Street (between Dame Street & Andrews Street), Dublin 2. – The next monthly Hilfiger Music Day will take place on Saturday. There will be Live acoustic performances by Nation of the State, Morgan La Faye, Kaleido-folk, She’s a Beauty, The Ambertones & Junah. Admission is free and booking is not required. www.facebook.com/events/271236216288601/

A new choir in Dublin, exclusively for g ay men, the Dublin G ay Men’s Chorus, is looking for singers and will hold open and informal auditions on Sat 31 March at 12:00-14:00 in The Central Hotel, Exchequer Street, Dublin 2.
For more details, please see www.facebook.com/dublingaymenschorus or email dublingaymenschorus@gmail.com

Sat 31 March: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Park, Swords, Co Dublin. – Astronomy Ireland are continuing their weekly Sun Shows at the Astronomy Ireland Shop in Swords. Each Saturday, the staff of the Astronomy Ireland Shop will be showing you amazing views of our nearest star. Using special filters and some of the largest telescopes in Ireland you will get to see sunspots bigger than Earth and huge solar flare bursting from our nearest star. If it’s cloudy, there will be a telescope demonstration and you will find out how you can safely observe the Sun and undertake some daytime astronomy using your own telescope. astronomy.ie/sunwatch2011.php

Sat 31 Mar: 13:00 + 15:00 – Omni Park Shopping Centre, Santry
Flutterby Fashion Styling are putting on a fashion show in the Omni Park Shopping Centre at 13:00 and another one at 15:00. The fashion show will feature many fab clothes from the stores in the Omni Park Shopping Centre, which will be styled by the Flutterby Team. fashionshopaholicstylist.wordpress.com/2012/03/28/events-and-lauches-flutterby-fashion-styling-fashion-show/

Sat 31 Mar: 13:00-16:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
This is a weekly meetup for young (10-18 years) coder, designer, Internet enthusiasts. Every week there is a hands-on session with technologies like HTML5, PHP or Python. For more details visit coderdojo.com/ or contact the Coder Dojo team at dublin@coderdojo.com. Bring your laptop if possible and participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent. Parents do not need to register, only attendees. Book here www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/03/coder-dojo-march-31st-free-coding-club

Sat 31 Mar: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour now takes place every Saturday 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 Family Tour “Animal Lottery” will take place on Sat 31 Mar from 15:00-16:00 in Merrion Street (Natural History). “You decide the route of the tour by having an animal lottery – be prepared for a lot of walking! No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2737

Sat 31 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Bugs under the microscope” with Emma Finucane. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 31 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Summer Row Garden, Summer St North, Dublin 1
Trócaire and Summer Row Garden have teamed up for a family evening exploring community gardening and overseas development. This Trócaire Lenten Campaign Event is called “The Global Garden: linking land and livelihoods in Dublin and Uganda” and it will include Indoor screenings & guest speakers, Photo exhibition, Kids corner and ‘grow your own garden’, Tea, coffee & snacks. The event is suitable for the whole family (bring some warm clothes) and admission is free, but donations warmly welcomed on the night. Because space is limited you need to book on rsvp.globalgarden@gmail.com More information is at www.summerrowgarden.com/the-global-garden

Sat: 19:30 – Ormond Wine, Restaurant & Cafe Bar, 6 Ormond Quay Upper, Dublin 7. Saturday nights “Wax Lyrical” is a lively Swing and Bossanova performance of a guitar, trombone and vocal trio. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Ormond-Wine-Bar/181985853298

Sat 31 Mar: 20:00-22:30 – KC Peaches (Wine Cave), 28/29 Nassau St., Dublin 2
This is a new weekly Saturday night residency of a Jazz Quartet, featuring Michael Nielsen (guitar), Sam Comerford (sax), Cormac O Brien (bass), James Mackin (drums) in the basement Wine Cave of KC Peaches wholefood restaurant/café. Food will be served until 22:00 and wine, minerals & music will be available until later. Admission is free and a donation into a hat at the end of the evening is appreciated. www.facebook.com/KCPeaches

Sat 31 Mar: 20:30-21:30 – everywhere
Earth Hour is a worldwide event that is organized by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and is held on the last Saturday of March annually, encouraging households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour to raise awareness about the need to take action on climate change. www.earthhour.org

Saturdays: 22:00-00:00 – Oil Can Harry’s, 31 Lower Mount Street, Dublin 2
“The Urban Mojo Blues Band, a Dublin based five piece band drawing influences from electric Chicago blues and rock to produce a lively uptempo grooving blues will be performing every Saturday.” www.facebook.com/pages/The-Urban-Mojo-Blues-Band/87569518524 www.urbanmojobluesband.com

* 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 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
* 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
* Nearly every day and especially at the weekend, the Porterhouse in Temple Bar is hosting live bands that are always worth a visit. www.porterhousebrewco.com/livetemplebar.html
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 22:00 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 01 Apr: 10:00-14:00 – Factory, 35a Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Fence Fit is inviting to free fencing lessons this Sunday where you can test your skills with a sword. All equipment will be provided. You can contact Doug from Fence Fit via their facebook page: www.facebook.com/FencingFit

Sun 01 Apr: 10:00 – Phoenix Park
The National Council for the Blind of Ireland (NCBI) is running their first 10 km fundraising run in Phoenix Park. Participation is not free, but you can watch the event for free if you are interested. The run will start at 10:00 and you will find all details including the route map here www.ncbi.ie/support-us/fundraising-events/ncbi-10km-run-phoenix-park

Sun 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market, a permanent indoor flea market, takes place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Oscar Verne Café and live music at the weekends are further attractions. On Sundays the Ferocious Mingle MARKET is a fancy dress market: In addition to stalls/tables for sellers, there are some “chalets” in the venue where regular sellers have set up. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Sun 01 Apr: 11:00-17:30 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
A brand new market is opening up this week for the first time in the Dublin Food Coop. It is called “Pure Vintage Fair” and it is what it says on the tin. A market/flea market for vintage items, which will take place on the first Sunday of every month. There will be vintage clothes, furniture, collectibles, jewellery and many more vintage items. Sounds interesting and with 30 stalls, it is well worth a visit.

Sun 01 Apr: 12:00-16:00 – Farmleigh House, Castleknock end of Phoenix Park
In Japan the cherry blossoms are celebrated with the special Hanami Celebration. This year is the third years of this festival in Dublin. It is called Experience Japan Festival and the main event takes place on Sunday in Farmleigh House. The event brings together groups interested in Japan and Japanese culture and all activities are free with stage performances as well as demonstrations and workshops. The activities in Farmleigh House are: Taiko drum performances, Martial Arts demonstrations, Fusion of Japanese shakuhachi music and the Irish harp, Irish music with a Japanese influence, Origami and kite making craft workshops for children, Yo-Yo fishing and other fun activities for children, Cosplay fashions framed with traditional Kimono displays, Fashion show and competition, Photographic competition, Japanese art workshop, Soran Bushi dancing, Japanese food stalls, Seminars on Anime, Cosplay, Japanese Art and the Samurai warrior.
A variety of other events will also run during first two weeks of April and more information can be found on the Experience Japan website.

Sun 01 Apr: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Sundays at Noon Concert Series takes place in the beautiful Sculpture Gallery at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Now in its 36th year, this series of free (mainly classical) concerts continues to present the best of Irish and International music and musicians. Concerts run from September to June. The next concert will feature “Duos for Harp & Cello” with musicians Andreja Malir, harp and Martin Johnson, cello performing works from Ravi Shankar, Jane O’Leary and Tedeschi

Sun 25 Mar: 13:00-15:00 – Exchange Dublin, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Knowledge is an open collective group that aims to bring education and learning to everyone. Knowledge runs series of free public lectures. These short courses will be presented by volunteers with a background in and a passion for the given area. There are no barriers to taking part and the lectures will be free form, shaped as much by those who come as by those giving them. Everyone is welcome and admission is free. The next series continues on Sunday and the topic is “Scambaiting: Ethics, Techniques, and Trophies” and will be about trickery and deception on the 1st of April. www.facebook.com/events/351988328175823/ knowledge.exchangedublin.ie/ www.facebook.com/KnowledgeExchange

The Dublin Sketchers Group is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. Collins Barracks, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for an hour or so, and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/ Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. Meeting time is usually around 14:00.

+ The “Hands on History” event is taking place on Sun 01 Apr from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) and is suitable for the whole family. “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects; a handling session. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2789

Sun 01 Apr: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “An Introduction to James Joyce” with Terence Killeen, Research Scholar, James Joyce Centre will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 01 Apr: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “A Time to Rhyme”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 01 Apr: 17:00-23:00 – Grand Social (former Pravda), Liffey Street, Dublin 1 (near Ha’Penny Bridge). Saucy Sundays is a weekly live music afternoon and evening in the Grand Social. This week’s line up is The Cold 100, Lotus Eater, Sarah Red & Band, Mikey & The Scallywags, Sal Vitro, Cal Folger Day, Peter Pureheart, Noisey Coincidence. Links to the bands are at

Sun 01 Apr: 20:00 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The weekly Sunday Roast is an event in the Mercantile where live music is combined with free roast potatoes. The next Sunday Roast line up is Common Wolf, Future Phantoms, The Ourz, Big Priest, Tanny Barbarino. www.facebook.com/events/354830351228857/

Sun 01 Apr: 21:00-00:00 – Stag’s Head, Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of that there is some free ice cream. This Sunday’s line up is according to the Facebook page “an amazing Special Guest Headliner plus Guests”.

Sundays: 21:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys are playing a weekly gig in Whelan’s Front Bar on Sundays. Their music is swing, blues, bebop and doo wop. On 01 April they are performing with a full brass section . Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/9883https://www.facebook.com/jaimenanciandtheblueboys

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event on Sunday night in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with alternating (week by week) live bands Pavement Kings, Donna & The Sazzy Catz, The Mosquitoes and The Pacifics from 21:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie/events.php

* 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
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Stella Bass Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. A video is here www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8aKqtOB5S8 www.stellabass.com
* 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/thesundayroast
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in 4 Dame Lane in Dame Lane from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes (from 18:00) will be additional features. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/events/225904860831469/
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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
* The Gardiner Street Gospel Mass invites to a 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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Mon, Wed, Sat in April: 13:10 – Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 – The IFI continues with its free Archive at Lunchtime screenings. A number of free programmes will be shown at lunchtime on Mondays, Wednesday and Saturdays. The first film is www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog-1-top-of-the-morning/ and it will be screened sometimes on Mondays other times on Wednesday. The second film is www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog2-dublin-of-the-welcomes/ and it will be screened alternating between Mon and Wed as well. On Saturdays a double-bill will be screened: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-double-bill-7/ Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk. www.ifi.ie/2012/04/?post_type=film

Mon 02 Apr: 21:00-23:00 – Stag’s Head (downstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy event every Sunday and Monday. Every week different comedians entertain and on top of good comedy you will get free ice cream. Admission is free. This Monday’s line up is Matt Sadlier, Totally Wired, and guests. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

Mondays 21:45-02:30 – Fibber Magee’s, Parnell Street, Dublin 1
Every Monday, a mix of musicians from bands like The Seven Deadly Skins / Animal Cracker / Upbeat Generation / Crete Boom & more come together to play a free night of Rock & Reggae. www.facebook.com/TheHangoverClub

* Solar Trio Gig in Anseo (Camden Street, D2) on the first three Mondays of every month. Jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams.
* Comedy Crunch – The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy in the Stag’s Head, Dame Lane from 21:00 every week on Sun+Mon. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from 23:30. Admission is free.


Tues 03 Apr: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Drawings of Dublin Architecture at the Turn of the 20th Century” with Simon Lincoln, Exhibitions Officer, Irish Architectural Archive will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 03, 10, 17, 24 April: 13:10-13:50 – Council Chamber, City Hall, Dublin 2
City Hall History Lectures
Historic lunchtime lectures will run each Tuesday in April as part of the “One City, One Book” festival. The theme is “Dubliners – in their own words” and topics are the Dublin tenements, the North Strand Bombing and the Liberties.
+ Tues 03 Apr: “Talking Well and Telling Tales: Dubliners and Or al History” with John Heuston
+ Tues 10 Apr: “Tales from the Tenements: The Urban Folklore Project” with Dr. Cristoir MacCarthaigh
+ Tues 17 Apr: ” Stories from Dublin’s Blitz: The North Strand Bombing” with Ellen Murphy
+ Tues 24 Apr: “Heirlooms and Hand-Me-Downs: Tales from Dublin’s Liberties” with Chris Reid.
For more information and details about the speakers, go to www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/city_hall_lecture_series.aspx

Tues 03 Apr: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – The lecture and short film “Pilgrim Shadows in Joyce’s Work” with Antonio R. de Toro will take place on Tuesday.
Connections between Galicia and Ireland are plentiful and varied. In his two major works, “Ulysses” and “Finnegans Wake”, James Joyce mentioned St. James’ pilgrims and the lecture will uncover this. In addition the short film “Dedalus in Compostela” will be screened. This film is inspired in Vicente Risco’s work by the same name, where the author has an imaginary conversation with Stephen Dedalus, one of the characters of Joyce’s work. Antonio R. de Toro is professor of English Philology at the Universidade da Coruña. Admission is free and the lecture will be in English.

Tues 03 Apr: 18:00 – Top floor of Messrs Maguire, 2 Burgh Quay, Dublin 2
Leafliving.com and the Irish Welfare Trust invite to the monthly Green Drinks event. Come and hear a variety of speakers and chat to people who share an interest in green issues: Kaethe Burt O’Dea, an independent healthcare design consultant, will speak about LifeLine project and the influence of environment and behaviour on health in the urban context. There will be free vegetarian hot food platters. Admission is free, but booking is required via greendrinks@leafliving.com More details are here www.facebook.com/events/273383372744610/

Tues 03 Apr: 18:30 – Long Stone Pub, 10 Townsend Street, Dublin 2
Vegan Ireland is inviting to a Meet-Up in Dublin on Tuesday. If you are interested in the Meet-up or if you would like to become active with Vegan Ireland, send a mail to vegansireland@gmail.com. Admission is free. www.veganireland.org

* 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
* 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
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


Entry charges at nearly all OPW sites are waived once a month, as the announcement last year. The initiative was meant to go until the end of the year, but it seems it is still continuing. The Office of Public Works (OPW) has launched this initiative to encourage more people to visit the historic sites that it manages. Most OPW sites can already be visited for free, but the sites that normally charge a fee will be free on the First Wednesday as well.
In the (extended) Greater Dublin Area this will affect the following sites:
+ The Casino, Marino (Still closed until 26 April.)
+ Dublin Castle, State Apartments
+ Kilmainham Gaol
+ Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange
+ Glendalough Visitor Centre in Wicklow
www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage.html The list of all sites that are effected nationwide is here www.rte.ie/news/2011/0706/heritage1.pdf

Wed 04 Apr: 18:00 – Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub,
Fellows’ Square, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. – Thomas Meinecke, German
author, musician and DJ will read from his newly published translation “Tomboy” in German and English. A reception will follow the reading. www.dublin.diplo.de/contentblob/3485920/Daten/2169817/Meinecke_Poster.pdf www.dublin.diplo.de/Vertretung/dublin/en/Startseite.html

Wed 04 Apr: 18:00 – UCD William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, UCD; Belfield Campus, Dublin 4. – The InterTradeIreland 2012 Innovation Lecture at UCD is entitled “Managing Technological Change Through Innovation: What’s an Incumbent to Do ?”. During his innovation lecture Professor Tucci will explore how industry can manage technological change to gain competitive advantage, and will summarise the latest research on ‘creative destruction’ in business. Professor Tucci’s innovation lecture will also look at the distinction between radical and incremental innovation, and will discuss incumbent innovation response strategies, with several examples from current research projects in the energy, military, entertainment, and ICT sectors. Admission is free and everybody is welcome. www.ucd.ie/nova/intertradeireland2012innovationlecture/

Wed 04 Apr: 18:15-19:45 – Bewley’s Café, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The Comhlamh First Wednesday Debate in April will discuss “To debrief, or not to debrief, that is the question.”. It will cover the issue surrounding the need (or not) for debriefing volunteers and development workers after they have completed a placement. Speakers and chair person to be confirmed. Admission is free and booking is typically not required. Comhlámh (pronounced ‘co-law-ve’, Irish for ‘solidarity’) is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues. www.comhlamh.org/firstwed-debates-are-back.html

Wednesdays: Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6
Bad Boy Jake, a band from Dublin that draws influences from all over the music spectrum including Rory Gallagher, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, Deep Purple, blues rock and classic rock, is playing every Wednesday in Mother Reilly’s.

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 16:00-19:00 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.havana.ie/opening%202009.htm 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/
* 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 11:00-18:00 – 72 Thomas Street (between the Vicar St venue & Cafe Notto)
The Ferocious Mingle Market is a flea-market type permanent market with stalls and “chalets” for traders. The Oscar Verne Café and (at least at the weekends) live music adds even more character. www.facebook.com/mingle.mkt

Thurs 05 Apr: 13:00 – Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. – “Songs from Dubliners and Joyce’s Dublin” is the title of this event on Thursday. Admission is free, but booking is essential. This 45 minute musical event with James Barry (baritone) and Margaret Doherty (piano) will bring you back to Joyce’s Dublin. To book contact the Music Library at 01 8734333 or musiclibrary@dublincity.ie. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/songs_from_dubliners_and_joyce%27s_dublin.aspx

Thurs 05 Apr: 17:00 – A109, Newman Building, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
“The Barrow and the Cross: Landscapes of Belief in Anglo-Saxon England” is the title of a Dublin City of Science 2012 event. Prof. John Moreland, University of Sheffield presents the latest lecture in the UCD School of Archaeology/UCD Archaeological Society’s Spring Seminar Series. All welcome. Admission is free. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.114156&f=week&d=06/04/2012&sd=Thursday,05April2012&ac=*

Thurs 05 Apr: 17:00 – K114, Newman Building, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
“The Concept of “Fever” in Pre-Famine Ireland” by Professor Christopher Hamlin, University of Notre Dame, is the lecture of the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland Seminar Series 2011-2012. All are welcome and admission is free. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?lang=en&dt=d.en.113196&f=week&d=06/04/2012&sd=Thursday,05April2012&ac=*

Thurs 05 Apr: 18:00 – Irish Association of Art Historians, Newman House, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. – “Associations promoting art in the public sphere: new exhibiting spaces in the Enlightenment and Romanticism” with Jesus Pedro Lorente will review the development of new instances of intermediation between artists and the public in the late eighteenth century and the first half of the nineteenth century.
We cannot understand the rise of new professions like the art critics or the merchants of art, without considering the vogue for art as a public leisure. This not only concerned the affluent families of polite society with means to buy art regularly, but the broad public as well. Entrance to auction houses and shops was free of charge, and everybody was welcome in public exhibitions organized by the State or other official bodies. But the main focus of this paper will be art societies.
Jesús Pedro Lorente is a professor at the Art History Department of the University of Zaragoza.

Thurs 05 Apr: 16:00-18:00 – Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinty College, Dublin 2
The Music Composition Centre at Trinity College is inviting to an event with Musicologist and Deputy Head of the School of Music at UCD Wolfgang Marx, who visits Trinity College, as part of the current series of events. I wasn’t able to find a clear statement regarding admission charges, but there is a good chance that the event is free. Just contact Claire Hefferon at compcent@tcd.ie to confirm if you are interested. www.tcd.ie/music-composition

Thurs 05 Apr: 18:00-20:00 – Temple Bar
Inspired by First Thursdays carried out in London, First Thursdays Dublin is the name given to cultural spaces opening their doors after hours and offering an extra chance to see art, culture and events in a number of venues from 18:00-20:00 on the first Thursday of every month. The 19 participating Cultural Spaces are Block T, Clyne Gallery, Centre for Creative Practices, Debbie Paul Studio & Gallery, Draíocht Arts Centre, Dublin Civic Trust, Fishbowl Gallery /Exchange Dublin, Gallery of Photography, Gallery Zozimus, Graphic Studio Gallery, Mad Art Gallery & Studio, Monster Truck Gallery & Studios, NGG – No Grants Gallery, Project Arts Centre, The Green Gallery, The Green On Red Gallery, The Lab, Jam Art Factory, The Doorway Gallery. templebar.ie/Event/First_Thursdays_Dublin

Thurs 05 Apr: 18:00 – Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Little Island is inviting to the book launch of “Grounded”, the new novel by Sheena Wilkinson. The book will be launched at Hodges Figgis by Dr Pádraic Whyte, co-Director of the MPhil in Children’s Literature at Trinity College Dublin. Grounded is the follow-up to Sheena’s award-winning debut, Taking Flight, which was the winner of the Children’s Books Ireland Honour Award for Fiction and Children’s Choice Award and an International Youth Library White Raven Award. Admission is free, but booking is required via elaina.oneill@littleisland.ie and tell Elaina that you heard about if in the Dublin Event Guide. ;-)

Thurs 05 Apr: 18:30-19:15 – Carolan Room, National Concert Hall, Earlfort Terrace, Dublin 2. – This Pre-show discussion is free. Evonne Ferguson, Director of the Contemporary Music Centre will be in conversation with Free State 7 composers Alex Dowling, Jonathan Nangle, Emma O’Halloran, Enda Bates and Garret Sholdice with guest curator Andrew Hamilton.
Afterwards the Free State 7 Concert takes place in the National Concert Hall, but that event is not free (EUR 20/ EUR 15). More information is here: www.nch.ie

Thurs 05 Apr: 19:30 – Twisted Pepper Café (Loft Bookstore), 54, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1. – The Dublin Writers’ Forum welcomes writers of all genres, of all ages and all levels of experience. Founded and facilitated by writers Liz McSkeane and Anne Tannam, DWF is an open group of writers who share a common passion for all things literary. It is a safe ‘working space’ where on a weekly basis writers can bring their work to be critiqued by other writers. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/DublinWritersForum

Thur 05 Apr: 20:00-21:30 – O’Reilly Theatre, Belvedere College, 6 Great Denmark Street, Dublin 1. – Catherine Owens co-director of the award winning 3D documentary film U23D and Colin Dunne award winning choreographer, dancer and creator of OUT OF TIME invite you to join them on Thurs for the live filming of his show in 3D. The show will run for approx an hour and 15 and unless due to some unforeseen event will run straight through without any pause. In this multi-media show he seamlessly integrates movement, text. film and sound design with the step tradition for which he is internationally acclaimed, to offer a contemporary perspective on the art form. He is joined onstage by projected archival images of dancers from the 1930’s onwards. Movement, sound and image come together to create a provocative dialogue between past and present. The event will also provide an opportunity for those studying film to find out more about live 3D filming. To reserve free tickets, send a mail to outoftime@colindunne.com filmbase.ie/news/index.php/2012/03/29/out-of-time-invite-you-to-join-them-on-thursday-april-5th/

Thurs: 20:00 – 4 Dame Lane Pub, 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The 4 Dame Lane Movie Club will feature a movie every Thursday from 20:00. The upcoming movies are: 05 Apr: Eternal Sunshine of the spotless mind, 12 Apr: Leaving Las Vegas, 19 Apr: American Beauty, 26 Apr: Casino. Admission is free. www.4damelane.ie/movieclub.html

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reilly’s 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.

Thursdays: 21:00 – Mercantile Hotel, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Jaime Nanci & The Blue Boys are playing a weekly gig in the Mercantile Hotel on Thursdays. Their music is swing, blues, bebop and doo wop. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/jaimenanciandtheblueboys

Thursdays: 21:00 – Sin É, Ormond Quay, Dublin 1
Sin È are running regular live music events and one regular event is with the Brazilian Soul + Funk Band “Banda Baque Soul” on Thursdays. www.facebook.com/sin.e.dublin?sk=wall

Thursdays: 21:30 – Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7
Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” plays a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll. www.frankryans.com/2011/10/10/left-right-centre-the-homecoming/

* Lunchtime Market at Christ Church Cathedral from 12:00-15:00. www.irishvillagemarkets.ie/christchurch.php
* 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
* Songs from a Café is a Dublin singer-songwriter showcase session, dedicated to the art of contemporary songwriting. 20:00-22:00 at Brick Alley Cafe. www.facebook.com/songsfromacafe
* The Max Zaska group and the Patrick Groenland group will perform on alternating Thursdays from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street.
* “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.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Easter is coming up and Friday is “Good Friday”. Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus and in Ireland this is an odd day. Odd because it is the one d ay of the year when shops and pubs are not allowed to sell alcohol. In recent years more and more loop holes are tested and one of them is that it is permitted to sell alcohol with food and last year I saw a situation where 12 bottles of beer were sold with half a chicken.
Important for employees is the fact that Good Friday is, surprisingly in predominantly Catholic Ireland, not a public holiday. So formally it is a normal working day. Nevertheless there are a number of companies that give the day off.
Because the pubs are closed, the entertainment options on that day are very limited.


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:

A whole range of events as part of the One City, One Book 2012 month will take place in Farmleigh House and all events are free, but require the booking of tickets. Because these events are usually quite popular, I will include here the whole list of events and if you are interested in any of the events, make sure that you request your tickets as soon as possible. The chosen book for April 2012 is Dubliners by James Joyce. Farmleigh House are hosting the following events:
++ Thurs 12 Apr: 19:30 – Musical Theatre Performance of The Dead
Balloonatics Theatre Company presents ‘The Dead’: the premiere of a new dramatic adaptation and an original musical score based on Joyce’s story and featuring Paul O ‘ Hanrahan, actor, Michael Holohan, composer and Niamh Browne, soprano.
++ Sat 21 Apr: 15:00 – Joyce and His Ramblings in the Phoenix Park
Dr. John McCullen, Chief Park Superintendent discusses Joyce’s connections with the Phoenix Park.
++ Sat 28 Apr: 15:00 – Dublin, Distilleries and ‘The Dead’
A talk by Frank Shovlin, Senior Lecturer of Irish Literature in English at the Institute of Irish Studies, University of Liverpool and author of Journey Westward: Joyce, Dubliners and the Literary Revival, to be published this spring by Liverpool University Press.
++ Sun 29 Apr: 15:00 – ‘Joyce and Chapelizod’
Actor Barry McGovern, a resident of Chapelizod, will discuss the Joyce family’s association with the Chapelizod area and will discuss ‘A Painful Case’, ‘Finnegans Wake’ and Joyce’s reference to the Phoenix Park Murders.
For all four events admission free, but booking via farmleighinfo@opw.ie is required. For further information telephone 01 815 5900

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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. ;-)

The Irish Media is going crazy at the moment about the Household Charge and with the deadline being just around the corner on Sunday 31 Mar, it will come to a peak over this weekend. At the same time the protestors are more determined than ever to see this succeed in this stand-off, despite the fact that it is unquestionable that they will lose!
Why am I so convinced? Well, think about it: The government has, rightly or wrongly, identified that there is a need for these 16.8mio and they chose to introduce a tax on home ownership. They labelled it “charge” and claim (dishonestly!) that the tax is needed to pay local services (All services were paid before the charge from other monies, so “local services” is just a convenient excuse to justify the tax.) but without a doubt, they are convinced that the money is needed. The protesters are refusing to pay because it is a tax? Dohh! …because it is unfair? Dohh again! All taxes are perceived as unfair! …because it could help financing the bank debt? Dohh a third time! All money taking in by a government – and keep in mind that a state has no other significant source of income than through taxes – will be used for what the state has to pay. If a government has chosen to pay the debt of banks, than that money has to come from you and me!
The confusion, though, though is this: People seem to think that not paying the household charge will stop the government from paying the bank debt. This is totally wrong. Not paying just means that the money has to be raised somewhere else. Maybe another increase in Motor Tax. Or another increase in VAT. Or an income tax increase.
Nobody wants to pay more taxes, but not paying the household charge is like refusing to pay your income tax or your motor tax and people have to be penalised accordingly.
The protest should be against the cause not against the symptom! I can’t tell you what to do, but make sure that you challenge the protest leaders on their reason for the protest. Is it just a convenient opportunity for socialists and some Independent TDs to raise their own profile? Why are they not protesting against recent Motor Tax increases? Or recent VAT increases? Or recent VHI+other health insurance increases? All of us have paid well over EUR 100 more in increase charges against which not a single person protested. Isn’t that odd?

What do you think of when you hear China? Maybe you think of “huge” or “masses of people” or “human rights issues” or “extreme poverty” or “non-democratic” or “comm unism”? Hmmm, interesting what Enda Kenny said before he went to China for a 1 week visit: “Our similarities are greater than our differences and we have in many respects a surprisingly similar business culture, centred on enterprise and innovation.” Has he completely lost it? Or is it maybe the three other important terms that come to mind when you think of China: “corruption”, “censorship” and “dodgy politicians”? Very similar to Ireland, indeed! www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/taoiseach-begins-china-visit-544863.html


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