Event Guide 249: Fire Juggling, Dublin Flea Market, Stop Superbugs – Play, Mornington Singers

March 23rd, 2012

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 249
| 23 March 2012 Subscribers: 10582

Hi all!

I hope you had a good bank holiday weekend and enjoyed the festivities around St. Patrick’s Day. I had a great time. On Saturday I went to the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and to the band performances afterwards. The parade was great with good marching bands and colourful parade contributions. But year after year it is very disappointing, that most people can’t see the parade. Something should be done about that! The band performances afterwards were a great new idea. I saw the North Strand Kontra Band and Kila. Two outstanding performances. The Big Day Out on Sunday was better than in previous years but the Treasure Hunt, which I did the first time ever, wasn’t really what I had expected. I don’t know why, but I had expected at least a small challenge. Instead there were just 8 questions, which anybody could have answered. Because it is a family event this might make sense … for families! But maybe there should be a grown-ups version of the Treasure Hunt!?


With Easter just two weeks away, there won’t be any big events until then, but the weather allows for good outdoor events from now on, so let’s look forward to that.

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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!
A slightly unusual combination of Feel Good content this week: I found a video that shows amazing views of the Grand Canyon and I find looking at it awe-inspiring: www.wimp.com/canyonviews/
Maybe it is the perfect backdrop for your reflection on a quote that I found as well. The quote says “A person does not have to be behind bars to be a prisoner. People can be prisoners or “slaves” of their own concepts and ideas.” (Maharaji) Do you sometimes imprison YOURSELF in your own concepts and ideas? Maybe about yourself? Or about the economy? Or about live in general? How can you break out? Remember it is your OWN believes that hold you back!

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______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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After St. Patrick’s Festival last week, this week is naturally not one with any big event, but there are plenty of interesting small events that I can recommend.

It all starts on Friday evening with the Fire Juggling Show at Trinity College (part of the Dublin Circus Convention). Then on Saturday have a look at “Awaken Dublin”, a new event with a few interesting topics. And if you don’t want to sit inside, go to one of the many markets from Temple Bar Markets to Ferocious Mingle Market and a few inbetween, I hope you will find something.

On Sunday the Dublin Flea Market and the Knowledge Exchange interest me, but I will probably do a Tourism Day and do the Viking Splash Tour. Every now and then you have to be a tourist in your own town to re-discover it. ;-)

On Monday (and Tuesday) a very interesting event about an earthquake in Italy takes place in the Italian Cultural Institute. If you speak some Italian, check it out. Most of it is in English, so even if your Italian is not the greatest, it might be for you. The badly named “Monthly General Meeting” is not a boring office based event, but looks like an interesting comedy/music/entertainment event.

On Wednesday, you should have a look at the “Stopping the Spread of Superbugs” event in the Convention Centre. It is a unusual and untypical event, but if you have anything to do with hospitals or if you know people that work in, are patients in or visit sometimes hospitals, have a look at this. The Robert Boyle Lecture around the same time is looking at different aspect of medicine-related topics and for the musical people, the Campanile Consort concert could be the thing..

On Thursday the choir theme is continued with an open rehearsal for the Mornington Singers and in the morning there is an interesting talk in the Central Library about the Anglo Irish Bank’s involvement in the economic troubles.


The Dalkey School Project National School are running a Ceili Mor in Comhaltas,
Belgrave Square, Monkstown next Wed 28 March to raise funds for the school. Music on the evening will be provided by the Sean Norman Ceili Band. Doors open at 20:30 and tickets are EUR 12. A Ceilí Mor is a Big Irish Dance event, where you will get a chance to try out and learn the Irish Dance classics and hear great traditional Irish music. For advance ticket bookings email dalkeypta@gmail.com For readers of the Dublin Event Guide, the organisers have made 2 pairs of tickets available and if you want to have a chance to win the tickets, you need to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with CEILI in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Monday 26 March.

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. For the adventurous readers of the Dublin Event Guide, the organisers have a nice price: They made 2 pairs of tickets available for a competition and that is where your chance lies. To enter the competition for a pair of tickets, send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with WAFF in the subject line and with you rname and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by 12:00 on Tues 27 March. And check out all the event details on 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______________

The AIB has announced that from 28 May, they will make it virtually impossible for people to get free banking. www.rte.ie/news/2012/0321/aib.html The AIB is owned by the government and consequently whatever they do is or can be influenced by the government as the owner of the bank. Well before the Celtic Tiger years, banking in the AIB was free. Then in the Celtic Tiger years banking charges were introduced but if you jumped through a burning hoop and threw some rats tails over your left shoulder (actually it was “make one transfer per quarter and pay with your bank card at least once”, a totally random criteria) you still could get free banking. The new rule says that you can get free banking only if you maintain a credit balance of at least EUR 2,500 for the whole quarter. This is essentially a termination of free banking. For the majority of AIB customers it means that there will be banking and transaction charges from 28 May and the only thing that can be recommended is that AIB customers should close their accounts with AIB and move to banks that don’t have any bank charges. Currently this seems to be only the Ulster Bank. You can find out more about how to avoid banking charges here www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/pricewatch/2012/0123/1224310621668.html and expect a few more articles in the next few days. Unfortunately the National Irish Bank is now charging as well www.independent.ie/business/irish/national-irish-bank-ends-feefree-banking-on-all-current-accounts-3038435.html

“Game” the UK computer games retailer, which has 14 stores in Ireland of which 8 are in Dublin has appointed an administrator. Game employs over 10,000 people at 1,270 stores in nine European countries and in Australia. The company will continue to trade, but if you have a voucher from them maybe from Christmas, you better look into that soon, because Game’s situation looks serious: www.rte.ie/news/2012/0321/game.html

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Liberty Hall is one of the buildings in the City Centre that is loved and hated at the same time. At an Open House event a few years ago I learned what the original intentions were for the building and it was definitely not planned to build an eyesore and there are elements of the building (especially the mosaic) on the “wavey” roof at the top, that are really pretty. But the building is old and inefficient and SIPTU the trade union that owns the building would prefer to have a newer building. Plans to demolish Liberty Hall and to replace it with a 22-storey building on the historic site have now been appealed after Dublin City Council granted a planning permission. The new building would be 35% higher than the current Liberty Hall and it seems that one of two objections came from Irish Life, who have their building next to Liberty Hall. Part of the proposals for the site include a four-storey heritage centre at the top of the building, with a public skydeck accessible by a glass-fronted lift. This site shows an interesting picture of the new building and it looks HUGE! But if it will be built soon even if the objections are rejected depends very much on the economic situation of SIPTU. www.rte.ie/news/2012/0321/libertyhall.html


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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.

01-31 March: Tue-Sat 11:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-18:00 – Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Only when I was on Meeting House Square last week and saw the posters, I found out about this exhibition. It sounds really interesting! It is an exhibition in Aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue with photographs by Sebastião Salgado and Per-Anders Pettersson. Sky, WWF and the Gallery of Photography present the Irish premiere of ‘AMAZON’, an exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue, featuring the work of two award-winning photographers – Sebastião Salgado and Per-Anders Pettersson.
The exhibition, brings together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography, highlighting the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it and showcasing the efforts of Sky Rainforest Rescue, a three year partnership between Sky and WWF, that began in 2009 and aims to help save one billion trees in the state of Acre, north-west Brazil. www.galleryofphotography.ie/exhibitions/amazon.html


Fri 23 Mar: 11:00-15:00 – Hard Rock Café, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Hard Rock Cafe Dublin brings to you the first ever “Antiques Rock Show”. On Friday Bonhams Auction House will be valuing genuine musical memorabilia for free as part of the Antiques Rock Show. If you like the price valued you have the option to sell through the entertainment memorabilia auction. Interesting event and you might see lots of music art and memorabilia from other people. www.hardrock.com/locations/cafes3/events.aspx?LocationID=392&MIBenumID=3

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 23 March: 13:00-14:15 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. The Chester Beatty Library and the Embassy of Iran present a traditional Iranian music performance celebrating the Iranian New Year Norouz. The traditional band of Bamdad will perform a number of traditional pieces of music played in the ney, tambour, tar, setar and oud to name but a few.
The representative band of five members from a larger group of fifteen, have studied music at the Iranian Music Conservatory and Art University of Iran. Admission is free and no booking is required. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Fri 23 March: 13:05 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
A lunch time reading with Mary Costello 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 23 March: 15:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. – Howard Linnane is running this film screening and he will screen a number of recent (Irish) short films and an (Irish) feature film. The film titles will soon be available on the facebook page www.facebook.com/pages/CINE-CAFEPintPicPintaPictureShowPictureShow/145568615502560

Fri 23 Mar: 16:00 – HMV Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The Original Rudeboys will be performing live and signing copies of their debut album ‘This Life’ in HMV in Grafton Street. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

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 Michael MacLennan. 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 23 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St., Dublin 2
“Radioactive Grandma” will perform in the Front Bar at Whelan’s and admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/9972

Fri 23 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 23 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: 20:30 – 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

Fri 23 March: 21:00 – Front Square, Trinity College
The Dublin Circus Convention 2012 will take place this weekend from Fri 23 – Sun 25 Mar and weekend passes cost EUR 15 for students and EUR 20 for adults. You can buy tickets in the Larkin Hall of the Larkin Community College in Champions Avenue, Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1, which is the main venue for the Convention. The convention starts on Friday at 17:00 in the Larkin Hall.
The reason why I mention this event are two free events:
+ On Friday from 21:00 a Fire Show will take place on the Front Square of Trinity College. You will see Fire Poi, Fire Dancing, Fire Hoops and Fire Staff. Admission is free to this event.
+ The second free event is on Sat from 23:00 in the Woolshed Pub on Parnell Street. It is called “The Renegade” and is a “Open Mic Juggling Extravaganza”. Don’t ask me how “Open Mic” and “Juggling” are connected, though.
The website is at www.dublincircusconvention.com but it was surprisingly skimpy with details. A bit more about the weekend and the non-free events can be found on www.facebook.com/events/295450237139531/

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 23 March: Duvet
Sat 24 March: 20th Century Gold
Sun 25 March: The Hustlers
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 24 Mar: 09:00-18:00 – Hilton Hotel, Charlemont Place, Dublin2
SQL Saturday #105 is a one day free training event for SQL Server professionals and those wanting to learn about SQL Server. High profile local and international speakers will give their time and expertise to make sure that this is a high value event. Numbers are capped at 240, so register soon. sqlsaturday.com/105/eventhome.aspx

Sat 24 Mar: 09:00-17:30 – Microsoft Ireland, Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin 18
A full day about coding for Windows 8 is taking place in Microsoft. Admission is free and you will find more information and need to register here win8camp-eorg.eventbrite.co.uk/

Sat 24 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 24 Mar: 09:30-16:30 – Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. – A Family History Day will take place this weekend. Admission is free, but booking is required: on 01-674 4806 or 01-674 4800. The objective of the annual Family History Day is to invite experts and experienced researchers in genealogy to speak on topics of interest to those starting family research and to generate discussion and the exchange of ideas with members of the audience. Topics covered will include:
+ “The Yidiot’s Guide to Irish Jewish Ancestry” – Stuart Rosenblatt
+ “The Bank of Ireland Stock Book, 1783-1800: A Possible Census Substitute?” – Marie Oxx
+ “The Shoemaker’s Daughters, 1867 – 1972, or, how I found my Great Grand Aunt Eliza” – Pól Ó Duibhir
+ “Twenty years researching the Fitzpatricks of Clonturk (Drumcondra)” – Ronan Fitzpatrick
+ “Adoption records: where to start?” – Anna Austin and Susan Lohan
For more information and a detailed schedule check www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/family_history_day.aspx

Sat 24 Mar: 10:00-16:00 – Collins Barracks
The seminar “The Secrets of Stone – Ireland’s Geoheritage” will take place. It is a public seminar on Irish geology and landscapes as part of Dublin City of Science 2012. It is a Natural History Museum event, but will take place in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History) and booking is required. Contact the Education Department at 01 6486316 or educationnh@museum.ie. Full programme on www.museum.ie www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2732

Sat 24 Mar: 10:00-12:00 – Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Room 2037, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2. The undemocratic introduction of the new Internet censorship law, the Junior Minister for Research and Innovation Sean Sherlock has announced that a consultation for the work of the Copyright Review Committee will be carried out. The Copyright Review Committee is examining the current legislation to identify areas that might be deemed to be barriers to innovation (and they might find that Sean Sherlock is a barrier to innovation if they look properly).
On Saturday a public meeting on the Committee’s Consultation Paper will be held and Dáithí O’Ceallaigh (Director General of the Institute of International and European Affairs and Chairman of the Press Council of Ireland) will chair the meeting. Attendance is free and open to anyone interested in the work of the Committee, but registration is necessary. All details can be found here and if you are actively interested in Copyright laws, this might be a relevant event for you. www.djei.ie/press/2012/20120320.htm

Sat 24 Mar: 11:00-15:00 – Hampton Hotel, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook, Dublin
Awaken Dublin is having its first event this Saturday. The organisers explain: “No agendas, no politics, no profit, just concerned people coming together to create
a better future with positive solutions. You are invited to join a free information day/participatory forum focussing on positive steps for a better Ireland. – All age groups welcome.”
There will be four speakers from around the country who will give solution based presentations on
+Energy: Reducing energy bills to EUR100 per year! What is Cold Fusion – how can it help us?
+ Debt: Freedom from debt – how to deal with banks and courts.
+ Water: Making our water safe – what is Flouridation and what can be done about it?
+ Sovereignty: What does it actually mean and what you need to know?
Group participation and Q&A’s will be welcome. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003615410527&sk=wall

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 24 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 24+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 24 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 24 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 24 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-24th-free-coding-club

Sat 24 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

+ After lots of activities last weekend, there is no special event on Saturday in any of the National Museums.

Sat 24 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Let’s draw animals” with Janine Davidson. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 24 Mar: 17:30 – Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
At the free “Young People’s Tiny Plays for Ireland” event you can hear selected readings from the many contributions from young people to the ‘Tiny Plays for Ireland’ project. For more information about the project and to book go to www.projectartscentre.ie/programme/whats-on/1517-young-peoples-tiny-plays-for-ireland

Sat 24 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s Front Bar, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Ukulele Band “Ukerisitic Congress” are playing in Whelan’s every second Saturday. I heard them at the Ukulele Festival and Dun Laoghaire and they are really good! www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/8436

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 24 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

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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Last night the clocks were put one hour forward, did you chance all your clocks? We will now be on GMT+1 until October. Make the most of the longer evenings! I think we should stay on “Summer Time” permanently as it is being considered at the moment. An article from last year describes: www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2011/0326/1224293121730.html And another interesting thing about timezones: We have lots and lots of timezones in Europe and claim that that is needed. The HUGE country of China only has one single timezone! Are we overdoing it a bit in Europe?

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 25 Mar: 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The next Dublin Flea Market is taking place in the Food Coop, 12 Newmarket, just off Cork Street, Dublin 8 on Sunday. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. There are about 20 additional outdoor stands as well. www.facebook.com/events/114835775313308/

Sun 25 Mar: 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 “Ensemble Avalon” performing works from Ravel, Laoibhse Griffin, Haydn. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/604-sundaysnoon-ensemble-avalon

Sun 25 Mar: 13:00 – 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 “Science: The Day Job” and speakers and topics are listed here www.facebook.com/events/300186856717070/ knowledge.exchangedublin.ie/ www.facebook.com/KnowledgeExchange

Sun 25 Mar: 14:00-16:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. – The Family Event “Leaf Watch”, a Family Phenology Day Launch will take place in the Botanic Gardens. Phenology is the science of seasonal changes in the lives of plants and animals – bud burst on trees, flowering seasons, migration or nest-building by birds. By completing the ‘family phenology trail’ children record on what dates the buds or flowers of certain trees and shrubs open, as well as the date when butterflies are on the wing. The trail will take you to a selection of trees to observe and record your findings. The trail will be launched this weekend and scientists are there to help and explain. After the launch, the trail can be done any time and as often as you like throughout the year. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

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.

Sun 25 Mar: 14:00 – Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. In connection with the current Amazon exhibition in the Gallery of Photography workshops take place for children from 5-11. (One adult must accompany each family/friends group (max 4 children per adult).) The workshops take place from 14:00-15:00 or 15:00-16:00 or 16:00-17:00. Places are limited, so you have to book via 01-6714654. All materials are provided and participation is free.

+ A Public Tour for adults is taking place on Sun 25 Mar from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). “Whet your appetite for history on a short stroll through the galleries, learning more about the fascinating objects along the way.” Places are limited and allocated on a first-come basis 15 minutes before event starts. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2734
+ The My Museum event “Hair-Raising History!” is taking place on Sun 25 Mar from 15:00-16:00 in the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street. “Join Debbie Thomas for a fun storytelling session involving a treasure hunt to find the kind of objects an archaeologist might put into a museum of hair! No booking required for this family event suitable for children aged over 8. 30 places, first come basis.”

Sun 25 Mar: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Moynan’s ‘Military Manoeuvres'” with Maureen Beary Ryan, Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 25 Mar: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Waterloo Bridge by Claude Monet”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 25 Mar: 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 Michael McLennan, Autonomous I, Explosions on the Runway, Allie Bradley, Fun With Ropes, The Crayon Set, Rhiannon And The Face Collectors, Re Soul and links to the bands are at

Sun 25 Mar: 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 Elk, Radio Room, Back and to the Left, Barleyjuice, The Aftermath. www.facebook.com/events/305239106202621/

Sun 25 Mar: 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 Kevin Lockard, Ryan Hand, Aidan Greene, Pat McDonagh, headliners Foil Arms & Hog and MC Danny O’Brien. www.facebook.com/events/166914023430164/

“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

Sun 25 Mar: 22:30-01:00 – The Mezz, 23/24 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The great Soul / Funk / Rock/ Reggae band “Mob Fandango” is every Sunday in the Mezz for a late night gig. www.facebook.com/mobfandango

* 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 26 Mar: 09:30-13:00 – Axis Theatre, Ballymun
The Ballymun School Attendance Initiative is inviting to their event “Miss School – Miss Out 2012”. In just two years, the gap in whole school attendance between Ballymun and the national average has almost halved. Over 14,000 less days have been missed from school over the two years of the Initiative. Junior Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald is coming to Ballymun to hear results of an independent report commissioned by the Partnership which shows significant improvement in school attendance. She will speak on Mon 26 March at the Axis Theatre. The Lord Mayor of Dublin Councillor Andrew Montague who lives in Ballymun and is a director of the Partnership will give a video address at the event.
All details are at www.ballymun.org/Miss_School_Miss_Out2012_Invite_Prog.pdf www.ballymun.org/educat_home.html

Mon 12+26 Mar: 13:00 – Rathmines Library, Rathmines Road, Rathmines
A weekly Traditional Irish Music concert will take place in March. Admission is free and while it says booking is essential, I would even risk it if I was near and had unexpectedly time. Rathmines Library host Dublin Institute of Technology’s Traditional Irish Music Ensemble’s series of lunchtime concerts in the Exhibition Room. To book contact Rathmines Library at 01-4973539 or rathmineslibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/rathmines_traditional_music.aspx

Mon, Wed, Sat in March: 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 details and the relevant dates when the programme will be screened are:
5, 14, 19, 28 March: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-1-20/
7, 12, 21, 26 March: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-programme-2-kieron-j-walsh/
A double-bill of both Programme 1 and Programme 2 will be screened on the Saturdays: 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 March February: www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-double-bill-orla-walsh-kieron-j-walsh/
Admission is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk.

Mon 26 + Tues 27 Mar: 17:00 on Mon / 19:30 on Tues
This event is dedicated to the memory of Giulia, one of many students who died on 06 April 2009 in the earthquake that struck the city of L’Aquila and killed 309 people. On Monday 6 videos will be screened (2x in Italian and 4x in English). All videos have to do with the earthquake and the titles are listed here: www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=405&citta=Dublino The screenings will take place in the Italian Institute of Culture in Fitzwilliam Street.
On Tuesday, the theatrical dialogue of a play will be performed in the LIR Theatre, in Pearse Street, near the Grand Canal Square. This event starts at 19:30. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=405&citta=Dublino Both events seem to be free, but no specific statement about any admission charges can be found.

Mon 26 Mar: 18:30-21:30 – Cafe Rothar, 16 Fade Street, Dublin 2
This is the first meeting of the WOW group (Women On Wheels). 80% of cyclists in Dublin are men, and WOW would like to change this. If you are a female cyclist or an aspiring cyclist you are invited to this event. The evening will be divided between a workshop and the projection of “Beauty and the Bike”, a documentary following a group of girls in Darlington promoting cycling.

Mon 26 Mar: 20:00 – Dublin Conservative Club, 20 Camden Row, Dublin 2
Shane Langan from the Comedy Team “Diet of Worms” and Níal C (@Kneelsea) invite to the second “Monthly General Meeting”, their nomadic night of creativity. It will take place in the Dublin Conservative Club, which is in the little lane beside Whelan’s on Wexford Street. Admission is free. This month’s theme is ‘It’s All Politics’ and there will be a whole range of contributors (including comedians, musicians and storytellers), who will explore how politics can rear its sometimes ugly head in every part of our lives. But don’t expect a serious discussion, it will all be done in a light hearted, engaging and entertaining way.
If the guys asked me, I would suggest to change the name of the event to something more outstanding and I would provide more detail about the event and the contributors. But for now it all sounds interesting and promising, so give the event a go. ;-) puffincat.blogspot.com/2012/03/monthly-general-meeting.html

Mon 26 Mar: 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 Edwin Sammon and Magic George Quinn with support from Gary White, Jake Bourke & Colm McGlinchey (MC). www.facebook.com/events/416692725013821/

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 27 Mar: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Barry’s ‘The Baptism of the King of Cashel by St Patrick’, c.1800-01” with Donal Maguire, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 27 Mar: 18:00-20:00 – Rathmines Library, 157 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. iBbY Ireland is inviting you to an evening celebrating children’s creative writing and children’s literature with special guest Seán Love, from the Fighting Words Centre. This is followed by iBbY Ireland’s Annual General Meeting.
Seán Love is Executive Director of Fighting Words, a free creative writing centre co-founded with author Roddy Doyle in January 2009. He will be talking about the importance of creativity, creative writing and children’s literature. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. For more information and to book a place, contact Elaina O’Neill via eoneill@gmail.com www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/ibby_ireland_event.aspx

Tue 27 Mar: 18:30-20:30 – Google HQ, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4
The next Google Technical User Group Meeting will take place on Tuesday and all details are here groups.google.com/group/dublin-gtug/browse_thread/thread/100ac1a347514476

Tue 27 Mar: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
You wonder who they are and what style of music they play? Well, read the event description and then probably all is clear: “Flavored by progressive rock, vibrations in stones, Daoism, James Joyce, Rumi, Japanese poetry, acrobatic tongue twisters and fingerpickings and harmonies at 3 am when the beer, the tea, and the cigarettes have all run out. The Bambir have gathered their childhood appreciation for hard rock and smuggled vinyl, Armenian traditional music and poetry, pulsing beats and whirling trances, ancient tales and pagan wails and pumped it into their own unique sound.” Are you wiser now? I Definitely am not! Maybe it has to be heard to undertand. ;-) www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/10074

Tues 27 Mar: 19:00 – 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2
The Cogito Toastmasters International Club is having an open house meeting. Toastmasters, is a non-profit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide for the purpose of helping members improve their communication, public speaking and leadership skills. On Tues, Cogito, a club with an international flavour with members from Ireland, Spain, Poland, France, you can find out about public speaking being fun and what toastmasters can do for you. If you can’t make that day, then you can come to Cogito every second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 19:00. www.facebook.com/events/321160347931399/ and www.facebook.com/cogitotoastmasterdublin

Tue 27 Mar: 19:00 – Newman Building, UCD Campus, Belfield, Dublin 4
The UCD Philosophy Society is hosting a talk with famous philosopher Simon Critchley. The event is free and is open to all. More information about Simon Critchley is here en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simon_Critchley but the UCD Philosohy Society unfortunately has neither working website nor facebook group, but I guess the information above is sufficient (and comes from a reliable source). ;-)

Tues 27 Mar: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
At this Peregrine Readings event Glenn Patterson, Lucille Redmond, James Ryan will read at the Irish Writers’ Centre, as part of a series of prose readings, Peregrine Readings. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.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
* 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


28 March-04 Apr: Ballymun
This is a local festival that seems to specifically target youths in Ballymun. For that reason, I won’t post the whole information here, but will just direct you to the PDF that describes the full (and sizeable) list of events: axis-ballymun.ie/_fileupload/LiFT%20Programme%202012%20FINAL.pdf

Wed 28 Mar: 15:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
In the lecture series “Science of Plants” the next lecture is “An Introduction to Lichens” with Howard Fox. Howard Fox will describe the remarkable symbiosis between fungi and microscopic plants that has given rise to Lichens, one of the most succesful organisms, albeit hugely overlooked. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Wed 28 Mar: 18:00-19:00 – National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
The Contemporary Music Centre’s new music::new Ireland salon series 2012 continues on 28 March with with composer/performer Simon Mawhinney (piano). It will take place in the Kevin Barry Room of the National Concert Hall. Works on the night include Simon Mawhinney – Flux from Reflux; Eduard Zatriqi – Selections from Ten Pieces for Piano; Ryan Molloy – Sliabh Geal gCua and a premiere of a new work by Simon Mawhinney Tirsogue.
The salon series aims to encourage newcomers and enthusiasts alike to engage with the music of Irish composers. Each performance takes place in an informal atmosphere with dialogue encouraged between composers, performers and audience. Salons will take place across the year on the last Wednesday of each month, apart from the summer months (June, July and August).
Admission is free for the new music::new Ireland salons but booking is strongly recommended. To book contact the National Concert Hall on 01-417 0000 www.nch.ie . cmcireland.wordpress.com/2012/03/22/march-salon/

Wed 28 Mar: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “Carreteras secundarias” (1997) by director Emilio Martínez-Lázaro is the next film in the “One book, One film” film series in the Instituto Cervantes. The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles and will be followed by a discussion. Admission is free. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80173_16_2.htm

Wed 28 Mar: 18:30-20:00 – Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay Dublin 1. – This is an interesting and unconventional event! It is a theatre performance that has been organised by the British Society for General Microbiology. The Convention Centre Dublin is a very prestigious (and expensive) and very big venue for it, so the goal is definitely to reach as many people as possible and since superbugs become more and more a problem, it is definitely a relevant topic.
“Stopping the Spread of Superbugs” is a fast-moving, hospital-based drama where you can get involved by questioning the experts. The play investigates how two cleaners deal both personally and professionally with the outbreak of a superbug. Dr Anthony Hilton will guide you through the scientific and ethical issues faced by infection control professionals and patients alike. The play is aimed at a general public audience (age 16+). Free tickets will be available on the door or from superbugs.eventbrite.com.

Wed 28 mar: 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8.
The book launch for ‘Shelter of Neighbours’ by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne will take place on Wednesday. The book is a new collection of short stories. Admission is free and everyone is welcome. gutterbookshop.com/events.html

Wed 28 Mar: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The next lecture in the “Particles of the Past” lecture series is entitled “Robert Boyle: Step-father to modern evidence-based medicine” by Professor Jim Malone, Director of the Robert Boyle Foundation. It discusses Robert Boyle’s contribution to medicine. All are welcome and admission is free. No booking required. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=8c911595-920a-498e-985c-bfeeb5c38237

Wed 28 Mar: 20:00-21:00 – Trinity College Chapel, Trinity College, Dublin 2
The Campanile Consort invites to the concert “O My People” on Wednesday. Conducted by Judith Lyons, “O My People” will be an exploration of the extremes of human experience that unite us: beauty, grief, doubt, difficult questions and beautiful answers. This programme will feature music by Mealor, Stanford, Sanders, Martin and many more and is in aid of the Dublin Simon Community. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/events/365857923447752/ www.facebook.com/thecampanileconsort

Wed 28 Mar: 20:00 – Whelan’s, 25 Wexford St, Dublin 2
Three bands will perform in Whelan’s on Wednesday: Womens Murder Club, The Notas, Jetsetter and admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/10049

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 29 Mar: 11:00-16:00 – DanceHouse, Foley Street, Dublin 1
The Irish Street Arts, Circus & Spectacle Network (ISACS) is a collaborative enterprise between professionals from the Street Arts, Circus and Spectacle art forms in Ireland. The idea for this network arose from a number of informal conversations between organisations and individuals from the sector who felt that an umbrella organisation would benefit practitioners. On Thursday an Open Meeting will take place for anyone interested in the direction and structure which they feel the ISACS network should take. www.isacs.ie

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 1+8+15+22+29 March: 13:00 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. – “The Irish Economy. What happened? What next?” is a series of lunchtime talks taking place each Thursday in March. The series addresses questions around the Irish Economy. How we have reached the point we are now at, what the policy of successive governments has been and what effect these policies have had. Contributors include economists, journalists and historians.
The talks are
29 March: “Anglo Irish Bank and the part it played in Ireland’s economic collapse” with Simon Carswell
Admission is free, but booking is required via 01-873 4333 or centrallibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/the_irish_economy.aspx

Thurs 08/15/22/29 March: 15:30-17:30 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – Would you like to practise your Spanish through songs? This interactive workshop will enable you to improve your Spanish through music. The sessions will offer you the opportunity to work with Spanish songs, listen to the music and explore the author and his/her style in context. You will work on translation and lyrics comprehension, discussion, exploration of sayings and phrases and song interpretation! Learn and practise your Spanish in a relaxed and fun environment. Designed for students of any level who want to have fun while learning, participating and, of course, ‘singing’. The workshop is free, but there is a very limited number of spaces, so you need to register as soon as possible via reservas.dublin@cervantes.es or 01 63115 33. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha79956_16_2.htm

Thurs 29 Mar: 17:00-18:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. This is a new monthly DVD Club in the Central Library. The first meeting is on Thurs and you can come along for a cup of tea and a chat about movies. This is the first in a series of DVD club meetings to take place in the Central Library, and the films will all be world cinema, which means that they are all subtitled. This month’s film is Gainsbourg (copies will be available to borrow from the library and also from many branch libraries). The film, by director Joann Sfar, is based on his graphic novel and is a glimpse at the life of French singer Serge Gainsbourg, from his growing up in 1940s Nazi-occupied Paris through his successful song-writing years in the 1960s to his death in 1991 at the age of 62.
Places are limited so please book your place via centrallibrary@dublincity.ie or 01-8734333. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/cc_world_cinema_club.aspx

Thurs 29 March: 18:00-20:30 – Brennan Hall, Royal Irish Academy of Music, 38 Westland Row, Dublin 2. The Music Composition Centre at Trinity College will host a free open rehearsal with The Mornington Singers. The open rehearsal will give participants an opportunity to observe the choir’s approach to learning new music, with an emphasis upon the rehearsal techniques employed to meet the challenges presented by these works. The event will be followed by an open Q&A with the choir. The event is free, but tickets must be reserved by emailing Claire Hefferon at compcent@tcd.ie. Please note: I received a mail that specified 19:00 as the starting time, but elsewhere I find a starting time of 18:00, so you best check with Claire when you reserve tickets! www.tcd.ie/music-composition

Thurs 29 Mar: 18:00-19:00 – RDS (Minerva Suite), Merrion Road, Dublin 2
“Irelands Economic Recovery in a European Context” with Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton is the next RDS lecture. Admission to this lecture is free but booking is required via industry@rds.ie More details are at www.rds.ie/cat_event_detail.jsp?itemID=1099572

Thurs 29 Mar: 18:00-19:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
I can’t describe it better than the organisers: “Do you track personal information, hoping to gain insights into yourself or your surrounding world? Are you curious about people who do? The Dublin Quantified Self group (#QSelfDublin) is for anyone interested in self-tracking. Whether you record your jogging times, how often you communicate with friends or how you are feeling – we would love to hear from you! We meet regularly & light-heartedly to hear from people who are self-tracking, discuss other areas of self-tracking and even possibly for collaborations between members on self-tracking projects.” A whole range of topics/self-tracking methods are listed on www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/02/quantified-self-0 Admission is free, but you are asked to register on www.meetup.com/Quantified-Self-Dublin/

Thurs 29 March: 18:30 – The Bull & Castle, 5-7 Lord Edward Street, Dublin 2
This month’s WordPress Meetup will take place on Thursday in the upstairs beer hall of Bull & Castle. www.meetup.com/Dublin-WordPress/

Thurs 29 Mar: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Lonely Voice: Short Story Introductions will take place on Thursday. Up to four short story writers will be selected and invited to read their work at the event. Especially emerging writers, who previously may not have had the opportunity to read their work in public, will get a chance. All details are here:
lonelyvoiceiwc.wordpress.com/blog/ Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs 29 Mar: 19:30 – Room 3126, Arts Building, Trinity College, Dublin 2
The lecture “Science and the Spiritual World” by Nick Thomas will take place on Thursday. Nick Thomas has spent many years working as a scientist in which he explore the interface between science and the spiritual. Admission is free.

Thurs 29 March: 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

Thurs 29 Mar: 20:00 – Papal Cross Carpark, Phoenix Park, Dublin 7
Astronomy Ireland is running Public Watches where you will get to see Mars through some of Ireland’s most powerful telescopes. The Mars Watch on 29 Mar will take place on the Papal Cross Carpark in Phoenix Park. Come along with friends and family. All watches will go ahead regardless of weather. www.astronomy.ie/marswatch2012.php

Thurs 29 Mar: 20:00 – Bleeding Horse, 24 Upper Camden St., Dublin 2
The Bleeding Horse is the venue for a free dating event. “Single + One” is for age 30+. Not much is organised about this event, there are no name badges, no speedy introductions and no ice breakers. Instead it is up to you to do your thing in a “relaxing atmosphere”. If you go to the event, you have to bring a single friend of the opposite gender and this guarantees that there is an equal number of guys and girls. You have to register to take part: singleplusone.weebly.com/register.html

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: 29 Mar: Seksy Beast (/replace the “ks” with a “x” to get the proper spelling). Admission is free. www.facebook.com/4damelane/

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 – 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

Thurs 29 Mar: 21:30-23:30 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Rosemount Terrace, Dundrum Road, Dundrum, Dublin 14. The Cabin Sessions with the McGrane Family, Cathy McEvoy (fiddle), Con Butler (bass), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dobro) and special guests Brian Dowling & Billy Byrne (folk); Elga Fox (Folk/Jazz); Lynda Lucas & the Natural Born Heathens (Country). Admission is free. bluegrassireland.blogspot.com/2006/02/calendar.html

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


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/


This section contains events that will happen in the future. Some of them require free tickets and it is mentioned where this is the case. Put the events in your diary and for the ticketed events hurry to request your tickets:

Sat 31 Mar: 18:00-20:00 – 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.facebook.com/trocaireireland/app_292791297446847

______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. ;-)

Irish journalism largely consists of re-printing press releases or even copying from each other and just re-printing what another newspaper already had said. Last week I wrote about the incorrect numbers about parade attendees that every year are spread. 500,000 is the claim, which is actually impossible because the streets of Dublin are not wide enough. And again the same lies were repeated this year: www.rte.ie/news/2012/0317/stpatricksday_ireland.html
This year, I checked myself and found a few interesting facts:
+ Even if you are tall, you can hardly see any pedestrian parade participants if you are further back than 7 people from the parade route boundary.
+ People at the front arrived at 08:00. That is 4 hours before the parade started!
+ While there are LOTS of people in O’Connell Street, the crowds are not more than 5 deep between Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
+ On average there are significantly less than 30 people (15 on each side of the street) along the parade route. And only about a third of them can see the parade.
And the result? If you can fit a generous 2.5 people per metre and with a depth of 15 people on each side. The 2.7km parade route were lined by a max of 202,500 people and less than half of them (approx. 94500) actually SAW the parade! This is a lot lower than I generously calculated last week: www.joergsteegmueller.com/2012/03/15/st-patricks-parade-lies-and-statistics/
500,000 is impressive, but the realistic 94,500 is not so much!! By the way, there were certainly another thousands of people searching for a suitable viewing position, but they never saw anything, so something should be done! Or is it maybe not a high priority to get people to SEE the parade? Maybe luring thousands into the City Centre and claiming that lots were there is more important?


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After St. Patrick’s Day, the yearly train moves on with rapid speed and it is only two more weeks until Easter. (And just 275 days until Christmas. :-) ) Ohh, and don’t forget to change your clocks on Saturday night or Sunday morning!!

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