Event Guide 258: Dublin City Soul Festival, Africa Day, Docklands Summer Festival, Link CultureFest

May 25th, 2012

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 258
| 25 May 2012 Subscribers: 10860

Hi all!

“Ebb and flow” or “ebb and flood” is a term used to describe the movement of water, often in relation to natural tides. But not only the tides experience “ebb and flow”, the “Event World” in Dublin experiences the same. Last week, there was not much happening and just 7 days later, this weekend is sooo packed that you will not be able to go to all the great events. Maybe we need an Event Regulator, who assigns dates and times to event organisers to avoid overlaps and other conflicts. ;-)


Dublin City Soul Festival in Merrion Square, Africa Day celebrations in the CHQ Building, Docklands Summer Festival near Grand Canal Square, Link Culturefest around Smithfield Plaza and the Battle for the Bay on Dollymount Strand are five really interesting events and all take place on Saturday and Sunday.

I had soo much information to gather that this newsletter is super super late today, but I couldn’t leave anything out, could I? :-)

I hope you will enjoy the weekend and get a chance to go to a number of different events. But make sure that you do spend some time in Merrion Square where you can bring your Picnic, sit on your blanket on the grass, enjoy the sun and listen to the great music of the Dublin City Soul Festival. The Musical Youth Foundation, who run the Soul Festival need your help and support and it is important that as many people as possible come to the Soul Festival. Demonstrate that you want that festival to survive for many years to come!

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This week’s theme for the Feel Good Slot is: SMILE! If you smile as much as the sun does, you will feel better. I know some people have not much to smile about. But look around. See a cute animal or a child that gives you this warm feeling around the heart. Smile about some little things and the big burdens will be a little easier to carry. Enjoy life a much as you can!

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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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What can I say this week? There is just tooo much to make some good and balanced recommendations. I think I need you to choose yourself!

I will definitely be at the Soul Festival in Merrion Square, but I might spend a short while at the Africa Day as well. It is a pity that I can’t be in a number of places at the same time, but with 5 events on at the same weekend, it is difficult to be everywhere.

I hope to see you at the Soul Festival at some time, and then divide the other time wisely between other events. ;-)

So for this weekend, my top 5 would be:
1) Dublin City Soul Festival
2) Africa Day
3) Dockland’s Summer Festival
4) Battle for the Bay


Every Monday from 20:00-21:15, Karolina Guzek, a yoga enthusiast and certified and experienced yoga teacher is running a Yoga class in the Markievicz Leisure Centre, Townsend Street, Dublin 2, which is only about a 4 minutes walk away from College Green and very near Tara Street.
Karolina would like to share her passion about Yoga with you to show you all the benefits of it and her approach to yoga is a friendly, peaceful and down to earth one, making her classes accessible to people of all ages and abilities. You don’t have to be strong and flexible, instead her classes are designed so that Yoga can be enjoyed by everyone. Her Yoga classes are EUR 10 if you just want to drop in, but if you book 6 classes you only pay EUR 50 and if you mention the “Dublin Event Guide Discount” you will only have to invest EUR 45 for 6 weeks of a complete workout for your mind, body and soul! Classes are suitable for Beginners and Improvers! To book your place directly, send a mail to yogakarolina@gmail.com or call 087-7955175.
To get the word out to you and to hopefully entice many Dublin Event Guide readers to come to her weekly classes, Karolina has made two free places available for her Monday class on 28 May and two more for her class on Monday 11 June. To win one of the places, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with YOGAKAROLINA as the subject of the mail and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. In addition you have to tell me when you would like to go to her class. If either of the classes would suit you, just write EITHER in your mail. Your mail has to be with me by 17:00 on Saturday 26 May if you want to go to the class on 28 May and by 17:00 on Tues 29 May if you want to go to the class on 04 June. www.facebook.com/YogaClassesDublin

Bord Bia’s Bloom Festival is taking place from Thurs 31 May – 04 June in Phoenix Park. Bloom is Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event and last year 90,000 people visited the event. Tickets for the Festival cost from EUR 15 (when bought online) for adults and can be bought on www.ticketmaster.ie/bloomdiscount Importantly and positively, children get in for free, which is great news, but read-on for even better news. For the Dublin Event Guide Readers Bord Bia is making some tickets available for a competition, but even if you are not the ticket winner, you will get something from Bord Bia. There is a discount code to get a reduced admission charge: Book online before the event and use the promotional code DEG12 to get an extra EUR 2 discount off the advance ticket price. (This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.)
Bloom has something to offer for all ages. It is showcasing the finest Irish food, drink and of course horticulture. Budding gardeners will get lots of inspiration and opportunities to pick up some beautiful plants, flowers, seeds and shrubs. Or if you want to explore growing your own fruit and vegetables then you’ll get lots of tips on how to start at the show. But if gardening isn’t your thing then you’ll still have plenty to keep you busy including the extensive Food Village with plenty of artisan producers; the “Best in Season” tent features growers of seasonal fruit and vegetables; the Chef’s Summer Kitchen will host live cooking demonstrations from some of Ireland’s much best known chefs such as Neven Maguire, Catherine Fulvio, Donal Skehan and Rozanne Stevens.
With an outdoor music stage, picnic area, engaging spaces, kids playground and lots more, the Bloom Festival is a great way to spend the bank holiday weekend. Find out all details on www.bloominthepark.com
The winners of tickets from last week’s competition are Eric O’Flynn, Rachael Kilgallon, Vicky Moore, Nadia Macari, Karen Sutton. Congratulations! I will be in touch!
Please note, if you don’t buy your tickets online, they will be more expensive. Check the website www.bloominthepark.com for all details regarding pricing and opening hours.

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Check out the downloadable programme for the Dublin City Soul Festival at www.dublineventguide.com/media/SoulFestival2012.pdf

In a time when many pubs and restaurants are closer to closure than ever before, it is great to find out that some people take the risk and open up new venues. During the week it was reported that Jamie Oliver will open a restaurant in Dundrum in autumn and last night I saw that the place that was formerly Ron Black’s in Dawson Street has reopened (last night!) and is called “37” (because it is at 37 Dawson Street). Because the opening was only last night and because I have not been invited (Unbelievable, I know! ;-) ), I don’t know anything about the place yet, but I heard that it is more a Restaurant & Bar than a pub. The website will be at 37dawsonstreet.ie/ that doesn’t give much away either. (Obviously I don’t know much about Marketing, but it might help to let the world know!?)

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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/dublin/
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.

24 May-end of June – Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre (top floor), Dublin 2
Don’t miss this opportunity to see many of Ireland’s best known artists, musicians and creatives as never before. Guitars, violins and drums are the canvasses used to create the world’s first Instrumental Art Exhibition featuring over 100 unique pieces. Opening Hours are Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00.Thurs 11:00-21:00. Sun 11:00-18:00


(see Saturday for details)

Fri+Sat 25-26 May: National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
A 2-day conference/seminar entitled “The Third Home Rule Crisis: Centenary Perspectives” will take place in the National Library on Friday (09:30-17:45) and Saturday (10:00-13:15). It will look back 100 years to the introduction of the Third Home Rule Bill in 1912. Here is some background: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_of_Ireland_Act_1914 The programme looks really interesting and if you are interested in history this event is for you. Admission is free, but booking is essential via 01-6030200. The full programme can be found via the NLI event page www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Fri 25 May: 11:00-17:00 – Leinster Gallery, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2
At “Bloom Fringe at The Leinster Gallery”, a one-stop garden event, you can get free garden advice from garden designers Elma Fenton and Sheena Vernon, there will be an exhibition of sculpture for the garden, Gardenworld will have a pop-up plant stand, the Rathgar Book Shop will have a pop-up book stall and the Musical entertainment will be provided by the Music Department of St Columbas’ College.

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 25 May: 12:00 – Large Conference Room, O’Reilly Institute, Trinity College, Dublin 2. – The public lecture “Speaking the Language of Molecules” by Prof. Luca Cardelli from Microsoft Research Cambridge is a lecture organised by the TCD School of Computer Science & Statistics.
Computing has progressed through its history by relying on ever smaller programmable structures, inevitably leading us to devices assembled from individual molecules. We need to engineer the molecular devices themselves and our ability to program them. www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/22095.html

Fri 25 May: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6 – 8 Wicklow St, Dublin 2
“Elavator” will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event.

Fri 25 May: 19:00-21:00 – Whelan’s (Front Bar), 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
The Bambir, an Armenian band that combines hard rock, Armenian traditional music and poetry, pulsing beats and whirling trances, ancient tales and pagan wails into their own unique sound will play. Admission is free. www.youtube.com/TheBambir www.whelanslive.com/index.php/archives/10803

Fri 25 May: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
“The One We Left Behind”, a one-man play by Daniel Seery, will be performed in the Irish Writers’ Centre. Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

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. www.cornucopia.ie

Fridays 18:30-21:00 – Radisson, Golden Lane, Dublin 2.
Radisson Hotel in Golden Lane’s new weekly Jazz Evening will feature on 18 May Stella Bass + Peter Roycroft, 25 May Niall Cahill. www.facebook.com/pages/Sure-Bar/106148898601

Fri 25 May: 21:00 – Marlay Park. Meet in the Main Car Park
An Evening Bat Walk with Tina Aughney from Bat Conservation Ireland will take place. At this dlr Biodiversity event, you will walk around the park to observe bats
flying and feeding in the area. Admission is free, but booking is required. Contact Tina on 086 4049468 or info@batconservationireland.org. www.dlrevents.ie/pdf/2333-DLR%20Bio%20leaflet-Feb-May%202012_01%2013a.pdf

Fri 25 May: 21:30 – Abbey Theatre, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
A talk with Divya Kasturi will take place. Divya Kasturi trained in two styles of classical Indian dance – Bharatanatyam and Kathak – and in Carnatic singing and continues to perform regularly in India.
From a background in electronic engineering, via television anchoring, she is now pursuing further studies in South Asian Dance while developing her own dance practice and choreographic work in the UK. Audiences can look forward to discovering more about classical Indian dance and how traditional boundaries are being pushed by current trends and new technologies.
Admission is free, but booking is required: www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/dublin_dance_festival_2012_divya_kasturi_talk/

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

Fridays 22:00 – La Caverna Restaurant, 12 Fownes Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
A new Jazz Club with Live Jazz Music by Lucille Blue (vocals) and Cormac McCann (piano/vocals) has been launched in the basement of the La Caverna Restaurant. Doors at 22:00 and the performance starts at 22:30 every Friday night. There are only about 50 seats, so you might want to book on 087 6739315

* 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.


Sat 26 May: 08:00-12:00 – 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 06:30 for buyers from 08:00. If you are interested in selling, check the details and register on www.irishcarboot.ie

Sat 26 May: 09:00-13:00 – Robert Emmet Lecture Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
“Legal Issues in Mental Health: Emerging Themes” is the title of Presentations and a panel discussion that will address a range of questions including:
“What practical lessons have been learnt from a decades experience of the Mental Health Act 2001?”, “How effective have the Mental Health Tribunals been from the different perspectives of law, rights protection and health care?”, “How can an inclusive approach towards family members be reconciled with the requirements of confidentiality and consent?” and more. Find more details at www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/22405.html or at

Fri – Sun 25-27 May: 09:00 – Smithfield Plaza, Dublin 7
BLOCK T, a multi-arts organisation on Smithfield Plaza is inviting to an intercultural festival called Link Culturefest. The three day programme will feature Art Exhibitions, Live Concerts, Open Studios, Artist Talks, Screenings and Performances. This year’s festival will bring together a number of creative enterprises located between Stoneybatter and Capel St. and includes over 100 participating artists. The festival will be hosted in up to 20 different buildings around these areas, encompassing the gallery and studio spaces of participating organisations, as well as breathing life into a number of vacant properties. There are also three international partners, Château de Servières in Marseille, Castelo d’If and Platafórma Revolver in Lisbon from which eighteen selected artists will be hosted by locally based artists and studio spaces in Dublin. www.linkculturefest.ie
Participating art spaces are New Art Studios, Market Studios, d.ploy / bio.space 033, Ormond Studios, Brunswick Mill Studios, Sun Studios, The Chancery Studios, Visual Arts Centre (studios), The Joinery, The Little Green Street Gallery, Supafast Building and Block T. The full schedule for the whole weekend is here www.blockt.ie/BLOCK_T/L_I_N_K_CULTUREFEST/Entries/2012/5/27_Map_-_Programme_&_Timetable.html and it is packed with events.

Sat+Sun 26+27 May: 10:00-17:00 – Grand Canal Basin, Docklands (near Grand Canal Square), Dublin 2. The Dockland’s Summer Festival is taking place this weekend. There will be children’s events, Workshops, an Irish Village Market, Wakeboard Demonstrations, Street Performance, Face painting and more. The detailed schedule and map is at docklandssummerfestival.com/map-programme and the downloadable brochure is at www.docklandssummerfestival.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Dock-Fest-Brochure.pdf

Thurs 24 – Sat 26 May: National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, IFSC, Dublin 1
The National College of Ireland in the IFSC will again host a 3-day Book Sale for the benefit of older people living in the Docklands. If you have books you want to get rid of for a charitable cause, you can bring them there. And if you want to buy books (every book is just EUR 1!), then this is the event to go to. Last year I found a whole pile of books that I bought! Brilliant stuff! The opening hours on Saturday are 10:00-16:00. Books could be brought by people at any time over these three days, so you don’t HAVE to be there on Thursday to get the good stuff. You never know when they will arrive, so just go there when you have time and see if you find a few books. The plan is to sell over 30,000 books over these three days! www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=109&n=341&i=392

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

Sat 26 May: 10:00 – Croke Park, Jones’ Road, Dublin 3
Claiming Our Future, a progressive movement for an equal, sustainable and thriving Ireland, is inviting to a national discussion on Sat.
“Individuals and organizations from the full breadth of civil society will explore new ideas on democracy and share their thinking with each other on how to reinvent our democracy. Register now and join the discussion in Croke Park.
We need a ‘high energy’ democracy if we are to emerge from crisis and flourish as a society. We need a democracy that can raise the temperature of politics, develop alternative social and economic models, and embrace both representative and participative forms of democracy.” Register and find more information on www.claimingourfuture.ie/

Sat 26 May: 10:00-13:00 – Dublin City Library and Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. With the end of May approaching, this also means that this year’s Bealtaine festival is coming to an end soon. But there are a few more events: “Memory Lane – Drawing on Memories” is an art class inspired by old photographs of Dublin.
“At this special ‘two-for-one’ event, starting with Memory Lane, a nostalgic look at old photographs from the Dublin City Public Library Photographic Collection and continuing with a drawing session led by artist Frances Coghlan. Participants will get a chance to create their own artistic response to the memories evoked by the photographs.” Admission is free, but booking is required at 01-6744806 www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/bealtaine_2012_memorylane_art.aspx

Sat 26 May: 10:00 – Liberty Hall, Eden Quay, Dublin 1
The Dublin Anarchist Bookfair No 7 is taking place this Saturday. In addition to the selling of radical books there will be talks, documentary screenings and discussions. Details can be found here www.wsm.ie/bookfair

Sat 26 May: 10:15-11:45 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – Writer and storyteller Cristina Herreros will conduct a specially designed workshop to introduce parents and teachers at Instituto Cervantes in the wonderful and complex world of storytelling for children: techniques, tips, tricks… to amaze the youngest audience. Admission is free, but booking is required via reservas.dublin@cervantes.es The workshop will be in Spanish. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80743_16_2.htm

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 26 May: 11:00 – Iveagh Gardens, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
Experienced Chen style tai chi instructor Alda Gomez of “House of Movement” will be bringing her tai chi practice outdoors, like in previous years and she is inviting you to join her on Saturday. It is not a class, more like having fun connecting to ourselves, to nature and following some tai chi & qi gong movements. Admission is free. The event may be cancelled if it’s raining, so you might want to check with Alda by ringing or texting her on 087 7750782. More information about this event and about her indoor training courses can be found at www.houseofmovement.com

Sat + Sun 26+27 May: 11:00-17:00 (on Sat) – 16:00 (on Sun) – Dollymount Strand, Clontarf, Dublin 3. THE Kite Surfing event of the year is taking place this weekend on Dollymount Strand and spectators are very welcome. It is the yearly Kite Surfing and “Stand-Up Paddle Board (SUP)” Competition. The event starts at 11:00 on Sat and Sun and there will be competitions throughout the day until 17:00 on Saturday. On Sunday the Price giving will start at around 16:00, so the competition will finish before that. Admission is free and you can’t miss it on Dollymount Strand. It is the strand that is on a bit of an island between Clontarf and Howth. Take the Dublin Bus 130 to get there from the City Centre. Lots of information, but relatively little detail can be found here www.battleforthebay.com/

Sat 26 May: 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 26 May: 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 26-Sun27 May: Drimnagh, Dublin 12
The Drimnagh Festival 2012 will take place this weekend and all events can be found here drimnaghforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/36740-Bosco-A4-4pp-2012.pdf and www.drimnaghisgood.com/

Sat+Sun 26+27 May: Church Bar & Restaurant and Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre
The Soul Festival is a whole weekend festival that takes place in a number of venues and with a number of different types of events.
+ The Gospel Brunch is entertainment by a Gospel Choir in the Church Pub in Jervis Street on Saturday and Sunday from 12:00-14:00. You can dine or have a drink in the Church Pub and listen to feel-good music. On Sat the Maynooth Gospel Choir will perform and on Sun the Halleluia Gospel Choir will be in the Church. www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/music/gospel-brunch
+ Instrumental Art Exhibition: A brilliant exhibition of musical instruments (mainly guitars and violins) who have been “artified”, some are painted and others are modified in other amazingly artistic ways. The exhibition is on the top floor of the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre and will be there for about a month, so make sure you don’t miss it. www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/art/instrumental-art-exhibition

Sat+Sun 26+27 May: 12:00-16:00 – Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The main event of the Dublin City Soul Festival takes place on Saturday and Sunday in Merrion Square and the great news is that the weather will be really good, so make sure you come to Merrion Square! Soul Picnic is outdoor music entertainment of good music and you can bring your picnic and just have a wonderful day in Merrion Square. The line up for the two days is:
+ Sat: Rachael McCormack, Dem Fools, Susan Tomelty Band, a surprise guest, Gavin James, The Bionic Rats, Fox E & The Good Hands, The Hot Sprockets
+ Sun: Denny Stupakova, She’s A Beauty, The Fitzafrenic, The Barley Mob, El Hombre Jokes, GMiley & The Sunshine Puppets, The Fibbs, Wyvern Lingo, The Goods v’s Soul Power – Soul Festival Special.
A great line up of high-quality Irish bands and performers. It will be a super day! Admission is free and all you need to bring is a good vib rations and smile. I can’t wait for these two wonderful days. Ohh, bring your sun cream as well, you will need it this weekend. (and please leave the alcohol at home, this is a Family Festival in a public place). www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/music/soul-picnic

Sat+Sun 26+27 May: 12:00-19:00 – George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin 1
Africa Day 2012 will be celebrated with a free family festival at George’s Dock this weekend. Stalls from over 20 different African countries will provide free food samples and showcase traditional costumes, arts and crafts. A range of workshops on trade, travel and the contribution of the African Diaspora will be on offer, as well as a book club discussion on the novel ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. There will be drumming and DJing sessions and photography, art and craft exhibitions.
Children of all ages will be entertained at the kids’ corner, featuring face-painting; art activities; storytelling sessions with traditional African fables; and the African board game, Oware. Representatives from Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, and various NGOs will host a range of fun, interactive activities designed to inform families about their work in Africa.
Music performance will include Congolese singer-songwriter Niwel Tsumbu, the Discovery Gospel Choir, Bambir (Armenian band), Q (Colm Quearney), The Amazing Few; Katie and the Carnival (Jazz and Soul), Gypsy Rebel Rabble (bluegrass), Fox.E and the Good Hands (funk and soul), The Radioactive Grandma, The Cold 100, Witchseason, The Urges and a range of choirs, traditional African dance troupes, and drumming performances.
There will also be a dedicated rap / hip-hop / r’n’b stage, featuring sets from DJ iZem, DJ Wax, ShoBiz, TimDogg, DJ V-King, and a host of other African and Irish artists.

Sat 26 May: 12:00 – Blackhall Place to Phoenix Park and back
Every year the Law Society of Ireland organises a 10 km run, called “Calcutta Run”. I It starts at 12:00 at The Law Society’s headquarters at Blackhall Place in Dublin and is in aid of Goal and the Peter McVerry Trust. Last year 1,000 runners took part and raised money for homeless children at home and abroad. Festivities after the run include a massive barbecue, live music and activities for families. This year’s target is to raise over EUR 160k. Radio station 98fm’s Broadcasting Truck will be there along with entertainment from the Guinness jazz band, samba drummers and a variety of children’s entertainment.
You can’t participate in the run unless you are part of the Law Society and have registered already, but the BBQ (understandably not free) and the music on the massive lawn of Blackhall Place is available to every one. www.calcuttarun.com/display.php?id=8

Sun 27 May: 12:00-20:00 – ChildVision, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra. Dublin 9
The Rockin’ Road Music Festival will take place on Sunday in the grounds of ChildVision on Grace Park Road, Dublin. Featuring Irish Rock n Roll bands, vintage vehicles and entertainment for the kids, this family-friendly day is conducted to raise funds for ChildVision, Ireland’s National Education Centre for Blind Children.
The performing bands are The Sabre Jets, Clash Jam Wallop, Liz is Evil, The Laneways, Resoul, Will Nolan & The Wayward Sinner Boys, Un4seen and DJs Beep Beep and Mark Sherlock.
The Strawberry Hall Motorcycle Reunion, the Vespa Club of Ireland and the Goonz Car Club will be have their vintage and classic vehicles on display throughout the day. There will be a huge bouncy castle, face painting, a petting zoo and sensory garden. Throughout the day, food will be available for old and young including Eddie Rockets, of course, an Ice Cream and Candy Floss van, posh coffee from Java the Hut and a sweet shop. entertainment.ie/festival/display.asp?ID=3396

Sat 26 May: 12:00 – Meet at Drimnagh LUAS Station, Davitt Road, Dublin 12.
Absorb the atmosphere of the Drimnagh Community Festival as you take a tour uncovering Drimnagh’s ancient history, concluding with a visit to Drimnagh Castle, one of the most important legacies of its kind in Ireland. The tour has a duration of approx. 90 minutes and will be led by historian Pad Liddy. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Sat 26 May: 12:00-16:00 – National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4. At this Community Day, an interactive entertainment experience from practical demonstrations to crafty creations will be provided. In addition the new Education Area in the Museum will be launched.

Sat 26 May: 12:00-12:45 – National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2
The Saturday Talk “Hidden in Plain Sight-Prehistoric Rock Art” will take place and is for Ages 14+. “Talk by Clíodhna Ni Lionain, UCD on the open-air rock art of Ireland, Britain and Northwest Spain. Hear some theories regarding its significance, issues arising from tourism and options for preservation. Located in the Viking AV room. No booking required.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2840

Sat 26 May: 12:15 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2
A cultural day with storytelling around the animated film “El bosque animado” (2001) by director Manolo Gómez will take place in the Instituto Cervantes. It is a family event for children over 9 years old. Admission is free, but booking via reservas.dublin@cervantes.es is required. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80624_16_2.htm

Sat 26 May: 13:00-14:00 – South William Space, 27 South William Street, Dublin 2
The free talk “Life Lessons from the Bhagavad Gita” by Swami Purnananda will take place on Sat. “The Bhagavad Gita is an ancient book of the Hindu tradition, that contains practical teachings that are extremely relevant in our times of great economic and social uncertainty. Many of experience anxiety, stress and the feeling of being out of tune with both ourselves and our surroundings. How do we regain our calm and serenity in such turbulent times? How do we achieve happiness and contentment despite the struggle? How can we turn our negative thinking into ‘productive’ thinking? This talk will provide simple tools to help face everyday’s life challenges in a way that eventually leads to personal growth, strength and harmony. www.facebook.com/events/449003375113638/ The event is organised by Sivananda Yoga (www.yogikula.com).

Sat 26 May: 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 26 May: 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

Sat 26 May: 14:00-23:00 – The Chocolate Factory, 26 Kings Inn Street, Dublin 1
This one-day market, entitled “Painting Ladies” will have an emphasis on urban and street culture made by women. The organisers want to give artists who work in this genre a chance to show the public what they can do and show together in a celebration of alternative art in one room. There will be Art, Music, Jewellery, Clothes, Cup Cakes, Furniture, Photography, Crafts, Greeting Cards, Theatre and Short Films.
The market will be on mainly during the day, but there will be some music and dancing in the evening. The music line-up is Baque Soul Band, Dj Mojo, Dj Niamh ni Shuilleabhain, Princess Siwela.
The venue is called the Chocolate Factory, and is a four-storey warehouse that will be opening officially during the summer. It will be a restaurant and hostel, as well as a creative space for artists to use as a venue and studio. It is located on Kings Inn Street, around the corner from Cineworld on Parnell Street. www.facebook.com/events/375172549182661/

Sat 26 May: 14:00-17:00 – Fairview Park, Fairview, Dublin 3
Dublin City and the Fairview Businesses invite to a Family Fun Day in Fairview Park, with music, dancing, children’s activities etc.

Sat 26 May: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The Family Programme on Sat is entitled “Heroes, Villains, and Friendly Giants!” with Joseph Coveney. Admission is free, no booking required. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sat 26 May: 19:00-19:45 – Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The Dublin Dance Festival will come to a close with this last free event. “Encounter Indian Dance: Sacred Geometry” is a free event on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. Discover the sights and sounds of classical Indian dance style Bharatanatyam. Divya Kasturi, renowned as a performer in the UK and India, weaves together the traditional imagery, gestures and powerful rhythms of this temple dance to evoke the emotions and stories at the heart of India. No tickets required. www.dublindancefestival.ie/festival-performances/ddf-off-stage-on-street-encounter-indian-dance-sacred-geomoetry/

Sat 26 May: 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 26 May: 21:00 – Sean Mac D’s, 69 Harold’s Cross Rd, 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, will be performing on Saturday. www.facebook.com/seanmacds/info

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 27 May: 10:00-13:00 – The Factory, 35a Barrow Street, Dublin 4
Again a free fencing class, run by Fence Fit, will take place on Sunday. Be challenged in the art of sword fighting! www.facebook.com/FencingFit

Sun 27 May: 11:00-16:00 – Central Remedial Clinic, Vernon Avenue, Clontarf, Dublin 3. The Central Remedial Clinic is hosting their annual Sale of Work. Pick your way through a selection of jewellery, accessories, art, household goods, toys & games, books, bric-a-brac and much more. www.crc.ie

Sun 27 May: 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 Sun from 11:00-17:00. The flea market takes place every last Sunday of the month. For more information or if you want to sell your own stuff, check out www.dublinflea.ie. The Coop Hall is wheelchair accessible and lots of free parking spaces are right outside the door. There are now up to 20 additional outdoor stands as well.

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 27 May: 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 the German Jazz Duo “Duo Schiefel / Daerr”: Michael Schiefel (Voc, Electronics) & Carsten Daerr (Piano, Organ). www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/623-sundaysnoon-german-jazz-duo

Sundays 14:00 – Meeting point announced on website every week.
The “Dublin Sketchers” is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. National Museum, Maritime Museum, Dublin Flea Market, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for one to two hours and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. There are some hugely talented people among them and it is a great idea to meet up with others who have the same hobby. Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. In June they will run an exhibition of their works and I will list the details when I find out. I know that the Dublin Sketchers often use the Dublin Event Guide to find interesting free events and I am delighted to be able to help! www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/

Sun 27 May: 12.30-14:30 – Costa Coffee, Dame Street, Dublin 2
SVP 1833 is inviting to a Coffee “Morning” on Sunday. SVP 1833 is a volunteer group made up of people in their 20’s and 30’s and on the last Sunday of every month they meet up for chats and to give out info about what they do. Everybody is invited to come along. Just look out for people in Blue SVP t-shirts! For any more info just email svp1833dublin@gmail.com
SVP 1833 started in 2007 as a voluntary group for young adults (18 – 30+) to come together to help people in need and is part of the international Christian voluntary organisation called the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVP).

Sat 27 May: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
A guided walk entitled “Fascinating Plants” with Felicity Gaffney will take place. How do plants survive in the desert? What plants trap their own food? Why do trees have thorns? What’s the fastest growing plant in the world? Find out the answers to these questions and more interesting plant facts. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sun 27 May: 15:00-16:00 – National Museum (Archaeology), Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The workshop “My Museum: Sacred Scarabs from Ancient Egypt!” will take place and I suitable for ages 6+. “Ancient Egyptians believed scarab beetles represented their sun god Ra on earth. See a sacred scarab beetle on a real Egyptian mummy and make aclay beetle to take home. No booking required. 15 places, first come basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2844

Sun 27 May: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Portraits in Print” with Dr Angela Griffith, Trinity College Dublin will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 27 May: 15:00-16:30 – National Print Museum, Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4.
Unlike the three branches of the National Museum, the National Print Museum is normally not free, but until the end of May there will be a free public tour every Sunday (13+20+27 May). Every visit begins with a short audio-visual presentation where the audience can observe active retired printers providing practical demonstrations of machines from the Museum’s collection. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/guided-tours.html

Sun 27 May: 15:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The public lecture “Young Ireland 1912: Artists, Writers, Actresses and Activists” with Sinead McCoole will take place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. “Exploring the themes arising from the exhibition “Revolutionary States: Home Rule and Modern Ireland”, Sinead McCoole, Author and Historian, will discuss the seminal figures of Irish cultural life at this time including Maud Gonne, Countess de Markievicz, Helena Molony, Marie Walker, Grace Gifford, Nellie Gifford and many more.” Admission is free. No booking required, but places are limited. www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/598-young-ireland-1912

Sun 20 May: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Francis Bacon’s Studio”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. Materials are provided. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 27 May: 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 Lennon Family Project, Re Soul, Ana Gog, Princess, She’s a Beauty, Brady, The Wilde (Larss Wilde), Robb Murphy, www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795

Sun 27 May: 19:00 – Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8
The University of St.Thomas Festival Choir from St. Paul, Minnesota with the Show’d Up Band will perform and also the Cantóirí Choir from Dublin (www.cantoiri.com). The choirs will sing individually and together. Admission is free, but there will be a collection after the event for the Dublin City North Volunteer Centre. www.volunteerdublincitynorth.ie

Sundays: 21:00-02:30 – Sweeney’s Bar, Dame Street, Dublin 1
Rogério from the Brazilian dance project “Forró de Lampião” here in Dublin contacted me with information about this event. Forró de Lampião is Brazilian music that has the same roots as Samba and there is a whole culture that has developed around “forro”. Every Sunday free dance classes take place in Sweeney’s Bar on Dame Street and if you are interested, just turn up one Sunday.

Sun 27 May: 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 not yet announced, so check the Facebook page over the next few days. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

“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

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. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com www.facebook.com/jaimenanciandtheblueboys

Sun 27 May: 21:00 – The Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2
The weekly Sunday Roast is an event in the Mercantile where good live music is combined with free roast potatoes. The next Sunday Roast line up is Hypergiants, Jupiter Forest, Madra, Rufus Coates and the Blackened Trees.

* 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 28 – Thurs 31 May: Royal College of Physicians, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The “National Seksual Health Awareness Week (SHAW)” is taking place this week and YES, I know that “Seksual” should be spelled differently, but if I used the proper spelling most of you would not get this week’s Event Guide because your Spam Checker would block the mail, so I need to apply tricks. But back to the event:
The Royal College of Physicians (RCPI) is hosting Ireland’s first ever SHAW. There will be public meetings, debates and interactive workshops taking place in RCPI, all of which are free and open to the public. For the full list of SHAW events see the programme of activity: www.rcpi.ie/News/Documents/SHAW%20Programme%202012.pdf
The three main public meetings all take place in the Corrigan Hall of the RCPI:
Mon 28 May: 18:30-20:30: Seksual health is everyone’s affair
Tues 29 May: 18:30-20:30: HIV: 30 years on
Thurs 31 May: 18:30-20:40: The age of consent for seksual activity – Have we got it right?

Mon, Wed, Sat in May: 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-come-aboard/ and it will be screened sometimes on Mondays other times on Wednesday. The second film is www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-friendly-ireland/ and www.ifi.ie/film/archive-at-lunchtime-prog2-dublin-of-the-welcomes/and it will be screened alternating between Mon and Wed as well. The Saturday double-bill will continue as well, but at the moment the IFI website seems broken, so find out the details through the site below and hopefully it will work again soon. (Currently only a mobile version is shown, not the desktop version!) Admission to all lunchtime screenings is free, just collect your ticket at the ticket desk. www.ifi.ie/2012/05/?post_type=film

Mon 28 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2
The book “La Roja: A journey through spanish football” by Jimmy Burns Marañon will be launched on Monday in the Instituto Cervantes. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha81377_16_2.htm

Mon 28 May: 19:00-20:30 – Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
The IFI’s free monthly film club, The Critical Take, will take place again on Monday. The films for May are Whit Stillman’s “Damsels in Distress”, “Café de Flore” starring Vanessa Paradis and the re-issue of the 1943 classic “The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp”. Join the discussion with panellists film scholar Daniel Fitzpatrick, film and television producer Rebecca O’Flanagan and IFI Marketing Officer Deirdre O’Reilly about these films. Admission is free, but booking is required via the IFI Box Office on 01 679 3477. www.ifi.ie/film/the-critical-take-may-2012/

Mon 28 May: 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 features Neil Hickey plus Andrea Farrell & Aedin McQueen, with support from Ronan Grace, Linda Meehan.
Danny O’ Brien will be your host. 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 29 May: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “George Bernard Shaw and the National Gallery” with Dr Marie Bourke, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 29 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2
A Round Table discussion as a tribute to Spanish Writer Félix Romeo (1968-2011) will take place. Five guests: Miguel Aguilar, Luis Alegre, Ignacio Martínez de Pisón, Malcolm Barral and David Trueba will discuss their relationship with this prolific author. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80446_16_2.htm

Tuesd 29 May: 18:15-19:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
Does Pilates make you Happy? Well, the Happy exhibition in the Science Gallery (until 03 June) considers that: “Exercise is one of the things experimentally proven to boost happiness, so we’ve teamed up with the Trinity College Dublin Sports Centre to bring you a special pilates class right here in Science Gallery. We will have one of the Sports Centre’s finest instructors take you through a beginners’ class, and some Science Gallery mediators on-hand to explain how it’s benefitting your brain.” Admission is free (with a suggested donation of EUR 5) For more information and to book go to here: www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/05/pilates-gallery

Tues 29 Apr: 19:00 – Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Climate.Culture.Change is a series of provocative films and discussions which highlight the social dimension of climate change. Designed to challenge, illuminate and inspire, the series presents a panorama of interconnections from the causes of climate change to the roles of individuals and societies in addressing the issues. The films in Climate.Culture.Change are from six European countries giving an international perspective on the issues around climate change.
On Tuesday, Paul Lindsay’s film “Before the Flood: Tuvalu” (2004) will be screened. “Tuvalu, an Island in the Pacific Ocean, may seem like paradise, but it will sink beneath the waves within a few decades as a result of climate change. Paul Lindsay’s film describes the impact of the modern Western lifestyle in a thoughtful and melancholic way.” It will be followed by a panel discussion with Gavin Harte (Corporate responsibility Consultant at Business in the Community of Ireland) and Dr Emmanuel Reynaud (founder of NGO Adéquation et Dévelopement).
The full programme of all films is listed on the website. Admission is free, but booking is required via bookings@cultivate.ie cultivate.ie/learning-cultivatecentre-88889030/20-energy-a-climate/1165-climate-culture-change-film-series

Tues 29 May: 19:30 – O’Brien’s Bar, The Mercantile, Dame St, Dublin 2
This month’s Alchemist Café will discuss Bioengineering and in particular “Tissue Engineering”. “Every day thousands of surgical procedures are performed to replace or repair tissue that has been damaged through disease or trauma. There is now a developing field of tissue engineering that aims to regenerate damaged tissues by using cells from the body with biomaterials to promote and guide the growth of the new tissue. Prof. Fergal O’Brien from the Trinity Centre for Bioengineering and the Dept. of Anatomy, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland will be discussing the state of play and where the field is going in the future and what he hopes will be areas that will help the field flourish.” The Alchemist Café is part of the Cafe Scientifique idea and is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues that is much more informal and accessible than a public lecture. Admission is free and complimentary finger food will be provided. www.alchemistcafedublin.com/?page_id=8

* 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


Wed 30 May: 14:00 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The screening of the Japanese film “Howl’s Moving Castle ” (119 min) will take place. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Wed 30 May: 14:30-15:30 – National Museum (Decorative Arts & History), Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.
The Conservation Tour (suitable for adults) is taking place. “An opportunity to get behind the scenes at the Museum to see how artefacts are conserved for the future. Includes a look at furniture and textile conservation and archaeological conservation. Adult event, booking essential.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2845

Wed 30 Apr: 18:00-19:00 – Kevin Barry Room, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. – The Contemporary Music Centre continues its 2012 Salon series with an evening with the Dublin Laptop Orchestra. The Dublin Laptop Orchestra will present 4 works by members David Collier, Saramai Leech, Rachel Ní Chuinn, Jenn Kirby. Admission is free. Booking is recommended via 01-417 0000 or info@nch.ie

CMC closes its pre-Summer 2012 Salon series with the Dublin Laptop Orchestra

Wed 30 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “La silla de Fernando” (2006) by director Luis Alegre, David Trueba is the next film to be screened in the Instituto Cervantes. The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. There will be a Q&A with directors David Trueba and Luis Alegre after the screening. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80911_16_2.htm

Wed 30 May – Sat 02 June: 19:30 – Throughout Dublin
The fourth yearly Indie Week festival takes place in Dublin and showcases the best in unsigned talent, both local and international. 24 gigs will take place in 4 locations and apart from the final on Sat 02 June (which is EUR 10), all gigs are free. The purpose of the event is to find the best band/performer of the festival, who will then travel to Canada to headline Indie Week Canada in October. This year Indie Week Ireland features acts from Canada, Poland, United Kingdom, Austria, the United States, and Italy.
The complete list of performers is here ireland.indieweek.com/category/artists/ and some of the better known artists are The Hot Sprockets, Moo, The Suburbians, and many more. The venues in Dublin are the Grand Social, The Mezz and Sweeney’s Mongrel and for the full schedule go to ireland.indieweek.com/schedule-2/

Wed 30 May: 20:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“‘As I roved out’: A performance of new traditional songs” is the last Bealtine Festival 2012 event in the National Library. A concert of new songs on the theme of travelling performed by a group of traditional singers who have been working on a research and song composition project in the NLI and the ITMA. Singers in the project are: Jerry O’Reilly, John Tunney, Brigid Tunney, Clíona Ni Shuilleabhán, Brendan Kennedy, Larry Joy, Roisín Gaffney and Dick Hogan. Admission free, but booking is required via 01 6030259. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Wed 30 May: 20:30 – Stag’s Head (upstairs), Dame Lane, Dublin 2
This month’s Brownbread Mixtape is taking place on Wed and has the theme “This is where I draw the line”. Organised by Kalle Ryan (MC) and Enda Roche (sound), the following artists will perform on the night:
MUSIC: Robin James Hurt, Myles Manley, Lisa McLaughlin
SKETCH COMED: The Brownbread Players
The Brownbread Mixtape is a very popular event, so you should arrive early to get a space. Admission is free. brownbreadmixtape.wordpress.com/

Wednesdays: 20:00 – 4 Dame Lane Pub, 4 Dame Lane, Dublin 2
The 4 Dame Lane Movie Club h as been moved from Thurs to Wed. It will feature a movie every Wed from 20:00. The upcoming movies are: 30 May: The WrestlerNo Movie Club!. 06 June: The Goonies, 13 June: Seven Pounds, 20 June: Coming to America, 27 June: The Money Pit. Admission is free. www.4damelane.ie/movieclub.html

Wednesdays: 20:00 – Green Room Bar, Liffey Trust Centre, 117-126 Upper Sherriff Street, Dublin 1.
Terry James tells me that he is organising a weekly poker tournament in the Green Room Bar. If you like to play Poker for fun and even if you are new to it, but want to learn more about it, you are welcome. There is an admission fee of EUR 2, but Terry tells me, this includes a free drink of your choice and free finger food. So in the end you get more than you have to pay. However, there is another charge – if I understand it right – if you want to play Poker. …and if you lose, it could cost you even more. ;-) www.facebook.com/PokerAtTheGreenRoom

Wed 30 May: 21:00 – Czech Inn, Essex Gate (near Parliament Street), Temple Bar, Dublin 8. The Czech Inn Bar & Restaurant is celebrating its 6th birthday on Wed with two live bands. From 21:00 Mutefish, a really good band that plays upbeat, Irish-influenced, rock-trad, will perform downstairs and from 22:00 the Almond Blues Band will take over the upstairs stage. A DJ will entertain from 23:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/CzechInn

Wednesdays 21:00: 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.

* 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 31 May: 11:30-12:15 – National Museum (Decorative Arts & History), Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. The “Babies on Board: Divine Beauty” tour for adults with toddlers and babies will take place. “Be inspired by the Tibetan Buddhist Thangka paintings; engage all your senses in the workshop with artists from Feltmakers Ireland. Booking required: 01 6777444.

Thurs 31 May 13:10 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The public lecture “Kozo – traditional paper making in Japan” with Richard Gorman, contemporary artist, will take place in the Chester Beatty Library. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Thurs 31 May: 13:00-15:00 + 18:00-20:00 – Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2
The screening of contemporary Italian films takes place over four weeks and you are invited to discover them with a glass of wine. Two screenings will take on each day. The first one at 13:00-15:00 and the second one at 18:00-20:00.
The film line up is
+ Thurs 31 May: “Giulia non esce la sera” by Giuseppe Piccioni (2009)
+ Thurs 07 June: “Lo spazio bianco” by Francesca Comencini (2009)
+ Tues 12 June: “Baciami Ancora” by Gabriele Muccino (2010)
+ Thurs 14 June: “La Passione” by Carlo Mazzacurati (2010)
All films are in Italian with English subtitles. After the evening screening a Q&A with Monica Insinga will take place. Admission is free. On the website you find a link to “Click here to download brochure”. In that brochure you can find more details about the movies. www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=420&citta=Dublino

Thurs 31 May: 17:00+18:00 – Tower Records, 6 – 8 Wicklow St, Dublin 2
“Little x’s for Eyes” will be in Tower Records at 17:00 for an In-Store event and at 18:00 “Redwoods” will take over. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

Thurs 31 May: 18:30-20:30 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
The Dublin Art and Technology Association (DATA) was formed in March 2002 with the intention of promoting, exploring, discussing, and exhibiting art and technology in Ireland and the world. DATA is dedicated to both showcasing the work of technologists, musicians, and artists using technology as well as providing a meeting point for the intersection of these disciplines.
In Spring 2012, after ten years in operation, DATA would like to take the opportunity to showcase emerging talent and provide a public platform for innovative projects happening across Art, Digital Media, Technology and Interactive Design. DATA 53.0 will showcase the work of recent graduates across Fine Art, Digital Media, Interactive Media, Design, Gaming, Music & Audio Technology, HCI and Ubiquitous Computing . Each of the selected presenters will be given a ten minute slot to speak about and demonstrate their work. www.data.ie/

Thurs 31 May: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Lonely Voice Short Story readings will take place on Thurs, where the four short-listed writers, will read from their winning stories. The readers will be selected anonymously by a guest judge. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs 31 May: 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. 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 31 May: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Sleep Thieves will perform in the Workman’s Club and are supported by Kid Karate & Garrett Moore. The Sleep Thieves are “Sorcha Brennan, Wayne Fahy & Keith Byre; a 3 piece electro-pop band from Dublin who write songs that are awash with lush synths, alternative beats and ethereal vocals.” www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/05/09/sleep-thieves-w-kid-karate-garrett-moore-310512/

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

Thurs 31 May: 21:30-23:30 – Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dundrum Road, Dundrum Dublin 14. The next Bluegrass/Americana influenced Cabin Sessions in Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Dundrum, Co. Dublin take place with the McGrane Family, Cathy McEvoy (fiddle), Con Butler (bass), Gerry Fitzpatrick (dobro); special guests Tom Horan (folk/country), Jo Ryan (folk), Andrew Basquille (singer/songwriter); Asylum Creek Boys (bluegrass: Cathal Cusack, guitar; Richard Hawkins, banjo; Martin McWhorter, mandolin). Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Cabin-Sessions-Acoustic-Music-at-its-Finest/172602396180287

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

* 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 01 June: 21:15 – Cabinteely Park. Meet in the Main Car Park
An Evening Bat Walk with Paul Scott from Bat Conservation Ireland will take place. At this dlr Biodiversity event, you will walk around the park to observe bats
flying and feeding in the area. Admission is free, but booking is required. Contact Paul on 086 3849967 or dublinbatgroup@gmail.com

Fri 01 June: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6 – 8 Wicklow St, Dublin 2
“Funeral Suits” will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event.


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:

The Temple Bar Cultural Trust (TBCT) in co-operation with the Sunday Times have put together a great Outdoor Film Festival on Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. It will run from 10 May until 14 June and will see a popular movie being screened every Thursday night (Gates 21:45, Film Starts: 22:15). All tickets are free and can be booked online, but you can imagine that they are hot! ;-) The list of movies and the dates when the tickets come available is listed below.
31 May: The Maltese Falcon (tickets available from Sunday 20 May)
07 June: Aliens (tickets available from Sunday 27 May)
14 June: Raiders of the Lost Ark (tickets available from Sunday 03 June)
More information can be found here templebar.ie/Event/OutDoorFilmFesta nd you can book tickets directly on entertainment.ie/tickets/meeting-house-square.asp

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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. ;-)

When you get next week’s Dublin Event Guide, the Fiscal Compact Referendum has been decided. Many of you will not be part of that decision making because, like myself, we have no vote. Yes, we pay taxes and as long as we live in Ireland, the decision will affect us too, but it is just that only citizens of a country are invited to vote on Referendums that impact the constitution.
Nevertheless, we all have an opinion too. I am very interested in politics and have in a previous life been very active in politics too, so I will share my assessment of the upcoming referendum with you. If you don’t like that, please stop reading immediately! If you continue reading, and before you send me a mail complaining about my opinion, just assume that I have no clue anyway and therefore am anyway talking nonsense. :-)
As long as I lived in Germany I wasn’t the keenest European, I felt that the European context would hinder Germany economically, but that was a looong time ago. Since I am in Ireland and since I have experienced the expertise (or lack thereof) of the majority of Irish politicians, I am often glad that there is an external influence on politics. In addition it is blatantly obvious that the size of Ireland doesn’t equip it with a huge influence economically or politically in the world. All this taken into account, I am convinced that Ireland ABSOLUTELY needs the Eurozone and that a departure from it or an exit from the Euro currency would be an economic disaster for Ireland.
The polarised opinions on the YES and the NO side for this referendum give me the impression that the discussion is not about the Fiscal Compact, but about Ireland’s relationship to the EU. So the Yes side is in favour of Ireland staying in the EU and in the Eurozone and the NO side wants to get rid of the Euro and possibly leave the EU or sit on the fence like the UK does.
If that was the case then a NO in the referendum would be a seriously bad Omen for the economic future of Ireland and I would immediately move my bit of savings out of Ireland. This is my personal opinion and you do not have to agree, but imagine people with lots more money than me felt the same.
I know the referendum is not about the membership in the EU, but there will be consequences from it (short- and long-term) and we can’t say yet what the consequences will be.
So, I appeal to you to make a decision and to express it in a vote if you have the right to. Don’t let other people, who are more motivated than you, influence your future maybe against your will. If you need some help to vote YES, you can check this plaintalking.ie/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/Spoofers-guide-to-the-Fiscal-Treaty.pdf If your opinion is NO, then I am sure you have found good reasons for it already.

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The weather will be perfect, the events are plentiful, what more could we want! ;-) Come to the Soul Picnic and if you see me, feel free to say Hi!

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