Event Guide 257: National Drawing Day, Dawn Chrous Day, Brocante Market, Poetry events

May 18th, 2012

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 257
| 18 May 2012 Subscribers: 10831

Hi all!

Sometimes people ask me why I only write about free events in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Do I dislike non-free events? Or am I maybe on a crusade trying to eradicate non-free events? Noooo! I focus on free events only, because I like free events; because I like culture and education and I think it is great if it is accessible for everyone; because it is necessary to do a bit of match-making between event organisers and their audience, especially if they have no funds to advertise their event AND because nobody else offers the service I am offering. ;-) I fully understand that many events can not be free, but where it is possible, the organisers deserve that we all show them our support!


The Dublin City Soul Festival is one of those events that could easily have been terminated a number of years ago, but Chris Maher and his team are creating magic year after year by making a festival happen with very little financial support and no big sponsorship. This year is the sixth year and I have to be honest with you: This year is the most crucial year of them all. If you show your support for the festival and come in big numbers to Merrion Square on 26+27 May, there is a good chance that there will be a Soul Festival 2013. But if the response is not so warm, then Chris Maher and team will have to consider the other option and the Dublin City Soul Festival 2012 might be the last one. Why am I telling you all this? And why this week, one week early? So that you can plan for next week! And tell your friends! And your family and colleagues!

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This week’s theme for the Feel Good Slot is: Believe! Based on the concept “The start to a better world or a better live or a better future, is our believe that it is possible.” If you don’t believe in a better future, then it will definitely not happen, because you will either sabotage it yourself or let other people sabotage it for you. If on the other hand you believe firmly in a better future, you will do what ever it takes to work towards a better future. www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8aYDfpcxbc

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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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A surprisingly quiet week! There are many events taking place, but again I am missing one outstanding headline event, that captures the attention.

If drawing is your thing then the National Drawing Day on Saturday will certainly interest you. If you are sports mad, you will probably not be interested in much else than the two important games in the afternoon/evening in Rugby and soccer. For the non-drawing, non-sports mad people it will be a little trickier.

I will do a bit of Dublin City Tourism tomorrow by going on a tourist walking tour. Every few weeks I do a tourist day to discover the bits and pieces of Dublin that are so easy to ignore because they are around all the time. Like the museums, or the markets or as this week, a walking tour. (A few weeks ago I did the Viking Splash Tour and have to say that it was lots of fun.)

Do something DIFFERENT this week! And make it fun! :-)


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 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.)
For the competition, Bord Bia has given me 5 sets of 2 Bloom tickets for you and if you want to have a chance to win send an e-mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with BLOOM12 in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with me by Mon 21 May. If you have entered the competition last week, please do not enter a second time!
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

Joan Shields is a Jazz singer who is a big supporter of the Dublin Event Guide and who regularly performs at free Jazz gigs. On 23 May (20:00) she is in Bewleys Cafe Theatre, Grafton St., Dublin with her band to run their own concert and due to the cost for venue etc, there will have to be an admission charge of EUR 7. To let you all know, Joan now offered a pair of tickets for a competition. So if you want to hear Joan Shields (vocals), Leopoldo Osio (piano), Barry Donohue (bass) and Tommy Gray (drums) you can get your ticket via www.bewleyscafetheatre.com or at the door or if you feel lucky, then enter the competition and send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with JOAN in the subject line and your name and mobile phone number in the body of your mail. Your mail has to be with me by Fri 18 May.
Joan Shields and her Band interpret music ranging from Charlie Parker to Cuban Salsa to Radiohead. With support act: Brazilian MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) Duo: Sandra Melo /Robson Rocha www.joanshields.com

The Irish Cycling Show 2012 will take place on Sat 19 + Sun 20 May in the Simmonscourt Hall of the RDS in Ballsbridge. (Opening Hours: Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun: 10:00-17:00.) Be a part of The Irish Cycling Show and experience every facet of Irish cycling from road cycling, BMX, mountain biking, competition, urban street cycling, all under the one roof. Meet and greet the top names in Irish cycling, get the insider tips from the experts, shop among from best brands, manufacturers and distributors in the country, watch captivating demonstrations and challenge yourself on our indoor test tracks. Tickets are available from ticketmaster or at the door and are EUR 15 for adults and EUR 5 for Under-16s.
The organisers made 3 pairs of tickets available and the winners are Conor Reid, Clodagh O’Connor and Sunny Meng. Congrats! www.irishcylingshow.com/

______Dublin News______________

I now have the programme for you to download. The main events are the Soul Picnic on Saturday and Sunday, it is a two day affair this year. In addition there will be a really interesting exhibition of painted and “artified” musical instruments (mainly guitars) in the exhibition area upstairs in Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre. Then there is a Restaurant Trail and the Gospel Brunch (on Sat+Sun).
So make sure you come to the Soul Picnic and have a look at the other events too. The Soul Picnic in Merrion Square is free and so is the Instrument Art exhibition.
Download this years programme here: www.dublineventguide.com/media/SoulFestival2012.pdf

The Bealtaine Festival continues still. It is a full month of events for the older age group and uses the theme “celebrating creativity as we age” this year. Estimates are that over 120,000 people will take part in Bealtaine. “From dance to cinema, painting to theatre, Bealtaine showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. …” There is a vast amount of events and the big contribution of the Public Libraries makes this event even a bigger success.
I have some event included again this week, but for more details you should check bealtaine.com/ and www.dublincitypubiclibraries.ie or have a look at the schedule here

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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 – 02 June: Moxie Studios, Pembroke Row, Dublin 2
The exhibition “Raw 25” features the diverse photographic projects of 25 final year students. The exhibition showcases emerging talents in contemporary photography with works ranging from social, political and economic topics to themes investigating personal tragedies, fairy tales and alter egos. www.raw25.com

Wed 17 May: Malthouse Design Centre, 537 North Circular Road, Dublin 1
18 Irish Lighting Designers will showcase their work in “Light Fantastic”, an exhibition at the Malthouse from 17-31 May.

The Prospect Art Group are exhibiting their paintings in oils, water colours and pastels for over 40 years and I am told that they are well known on the north side of the city. They will have an exhibition in Red Stables, St.Anne’s Park, Raheny from Mon 21 – Sun 27 May (11:00-18:00) each day. Admission is free.


Fri 18 May: Dublin
Every year since 1977 International Museum Day is organised worldwide around May 18 and will have this year nearly 30,000 participating museums in 100 countries. The day is an occasion to raise awareness on how important museums are in the development of society. The International Council of Museum’s Advisory Committee organises the theme of the event and th theme for 2012 is ‘Museums in a Changing World – New challenges, New inspirations’.
Several events to celebrate International Museum Day are taking place across museums in Dublin:
+ Dublin Castle: A tour of Unexpected Artworks in Dublin Castle will take place at 15:00 on Friday. Email dublincastle@opw.ie or call 01 645 8812 for bookings. Admission is free.
+ National Gallery of Ireland: A special free tour (14:00-14:45) of some masterpieces of European paintings to mark this year’s International Museum Day.
+ An Post Museum: The An Post Museum will be opening for free. There will be two tours during the day. Tour 1 will take place at 11:00 and Tour 2 at 15:00. The meeting point will be under the portico of the GPO at the Cuchulain window. Spaces are limited and you have to book on 01-7057420
+ Little Museum of Dublin:The Little Museum of Dublin at St Stephen’s Green are offering half price entry at EUR 2.50. www.visitdublin.com/event/International_Museum_Day_2012

Fri 18 May: 10:30+14:00 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. – A “Fascination of Plants Day” with two guided walks “Fascinating Plant Molecules” will take place on Friday. Plants are fascinating. From one little seed, planted into soil, many green lives can arise – from small herbs up to big trees, or from ornamental flowers to substantial crops which all animals and mankind need to survive on this planet. To do this, plants use some remarkable molecules to harvest sunlight, capture carbon dioxide, store food and pass on this inheritance to future generations of plants. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Fri 18 May: 11:00+14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9. The 18 May is also Plant Conservation Day and to mark the event, the National Botanic Gardens will be conducting guided tours entitled “Saving plants can save the planet”, through the developing Wild Ireland display, where the conservation work of the Gardens will be highlighted. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

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 18 May: 13:00-13:30 – National Museum (Decorative Arts & History), Collins Barracks, Dublin 7
The Curator’s Talk “Irish Victorian Jewellery” will take place and is suitable for adults. “Ornamentation can reveal a lot about a person or a society. Join curator Alex Ward and discover the Victorians through their jewellery. This talk takes place in the Museum galleries.” Booking required: 01 6777444 www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2833

Fri 18 May: 18:30-20:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
The Digital Rights Forum is a public debate on the important issues surrounding digital rights, with each event designed around the general over-arching topic of digital rights, plus a more narrowly focused subject. On Fri the forum will discuss the issue of Online Privacy.
More information is available here www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/05/digital-rights-forum-online-privacy Admission is free, but registration on the website is required.

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 18 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/10804

Fri 18 May: 19:00-22:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled!!
Café Joly, in the National Library is inviting to a literary evening on Fri. Café Joly hosts an evening of informal talks, new writers showcasing excerpts of their work, music and poetry readings, along with good food and wine. All welcome. Booking not essential but you can reserve a table on 01-6030 257. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Fri 18 May: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Spoke is the a open mic night at the Irish Writers Centre, taking place on the third Friday of every month. Writers, spoken word artists and musicians are all welcome to perform.Admission is free. If you would like to perform, you have to be early to register your interest. writerscentre.ie/spoke/ Every Spoke will feature a guest performer and on 18 May it is conceptual poet, performance poet, musician and public artist Ira Lightman. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Fri 18 May: 21:00-23:00 – The Globe, South Great George’s Street, Dublin 2
Sincop’Hat will play “Bionic Gypsy Swing” in the Globe.

Fri 18 May: 21:15 – Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1
In the context with the Dublin Dance Festival, the Abbey Theatre is inviting to an Abbey Talks “Meet the Makers” event. This is a post-show talk with Trisha Brown Dance Company members about their experiences of working with the company. In its 40th anniversary year, Trisha Brown Dance Company remains one of the most influential contemporary dance companies in the world. This post-show talk offers a unique opportunity to gain an insight into the life of the company, into Trisha Brown’s process of making dance and to ask questions of the company members about their experiences of working with one of the most important choreographers of the 20th century. Admission is free to the talk, but booking is required. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/dublin_dance_festival_2012_meet_the_makers_trisha_brown_dance_company/

Fri 18 May: 21:30 – The Patriot’s Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. A Double Bill of music with Reverend JM’s Panic Worship and The Poison Hearts will take place. With country meeting gothic for this pairing, it is Dublin’s most unlikely and astounding double bill. www.reverendjm.com

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

Fri 18 May: 20:00 – Sweeney’s Bar (Basement), 32 Dame Street, Dublin 2
Know Thing is a series of events dealing with everyday products and the absurd side of advertising. It’s about knowing the things we buy and how to turn the leftovers of these products into interesting works of art. I have to admit that I find it difficult to understand what this event is really about, but it seems to be some sort of art project that is accompanied by music. Find some more details here: www.facebook.com/events/264175390348534/ Admission is free.

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 18 May Cutbacks
Sat 19 May Jungle Boogie
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 19 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 19 May: 09:00 – Killiney Hill, Meeting point at the main car park.
The Killiney Hill Bird Walk will take place as part of the dlr Biodiversity events in 2012. Lead by members of BirdWatch Ireland (South Dublin Branch), you will walk around Killiney Hill to listen to and observe birds living in the park. Admission is free and no booking required. www.dlrevents.ie/pdf/2333-DLR%20Bio%20leaflet-Feb-May%202012_01%2013a.pdf

Sat 19 May: 10:00-17:00 – National Museum, Kildare Street (Archaeology), Dublin 2
The national Drawing Day event “My Favourite Object” is taking place for Ages 6+. The Viking boat? The Tara Brooch? Drop in and sketch your favourite ancient treasure with the help of our ‘My Favourite Object’ worksheet on National Drawing Day organised with the National Gallery of Ireland. Pencils and worksheets avaliable at the reception desk. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2836

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 19 May: 11:00-14:00 – Alexandra College Dublin, Milltown, Dublin 6
Alexandra College is having a farmers market in the school selling home grown organic and delicious produce. Students in transition year have set up four companies selling artisan products. alexartisans2012.wordpress.com/about/

Sat 19 May: 11:00-13:00 – 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The National Drawing Day provides an ideal opportunity to encourage people to try their hand at drawing and sketching under the guidance of professional tutors. The National Gallery ‘Drawing Day’ will take place on Saturday 19 May led by Una Sealy, ARHA. Over 35 museums, art centres, galleries and libraries will be taking part in Nationwide Drawing Day on Saturday 19 May 2012.
The aim of Drawing Day, now in its 8th year, is to provide an opportunity for people of all ages to try their hand at drawing under the guidance of professional tutors.
Drawing Day at the National Gallery will start at 11:00 in the Milltown Wing with a life drawing session for adults, launched by artist Una Sealy ARHA. It will include drawing demonstrations in the galleries between 11:00 and 12:30 with artists, Alan Daly, Oliver Comerford and Eamon Coleman.
The afternoon session from 15:00-16:00 is for children and families with a drawing project in the Milltown Rooms on the theme, ‘Animal Olympics 2012 at the National Gallery of Ireland’ led by Fintan Mahon and tutors, together with drawing demonstrations with Alan Daly, Oliver Comerford and Eamon Coleman.
Admission is free (no booking required). Please bring sketchpads, pencils or charcoal.

Sat 19 May: 11:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
On Saturday, the National Drawing Day 2012, join artist Felicity Clear in this drop-in family art drawing-contsruction workshop. Admission is free and no booking is required, however numbers are limited. Parents must stay with their children for this workshop.
A free intergenerational self-guided art trail designed by artist Joe Coveney is also available throughout the day from the Gallery Reception. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming/602-drawing-day-2012

Sat 19 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 19 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 19 May: 12:00-16:00 – National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4.
At a National Drawing Day event at the Print Museum, grab a pencil and discover a new a perspective of the Museum. Admission is free. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

Sat 19 May: 12:15 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2
The animated film “El bosque animado” (2001) by director Manolo Gómez will be screened in the Instituto and the whole family is invited. Admission is free and the film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80772_16_2.htm

Sat 19 May: 13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Elizabeth Pitcairn (violin) plays on the legendary “Red Mendelssohn” Stradivarius from 1720 and is accompanied by Louise Thomas (piano).
The program will include Saint-Saens Sonata and Kreisler virtuoso pieces. An opportunity to hear the story of the Red Violin, featured in the 1999 movie of the same name and which won the Oscar for Best Original Score. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/618-the-red-violin

Sat 19 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 19 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 19 May: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
A guided walk, entitled “Blossoms from China” will take place. “Many of our common garden plants are Chinese in origin. May is the best time to see Paeonies, the Handkerchief Tree, Wisteria and many other flowering plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sat 19 May: 14:30 + 15:30 – Central Library, Ilac Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1.
The Central Library invites all parents and their children to a Intercultural Workshop on Sat. This one hour fun workshop, based on enchanting stories from Poland, will engage children in a number of games and art activities. The workshop, for children aged 4-7, starts at 14.30. The second workshop, for 8-12 year olds, starts at 15.30.
The event is free of charge, but booking is required on 01-8734333.

Sat 19 May: 18:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Lithuanian Poetry Festival “Poezijos Pavasaris” (Poetry Spring) organised by the Lithuanian Association of Writers, the Lithuanian Club of Writers, and the Lithuanian Association in Ireland invites you to an evening of readings and talks at the Irish Writers’ Centre. These meetings will be bilingual: Lithuanian and English and all are welcome. More details are here: www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Sat 19 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

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 20 May: 10:00-14:00 – 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 20 May: 04:00 – Cabinteely Park, Meet in the main car park.
This is an event exclusively for early birds of the human variety: “Come and meet the dawn and the chorus of birds that will greet it as we go for a walk around the park.” This is a dlr Biodiversity event with leaders from BirdWatch Ireland (South Dublin Branch). Admission is free and no booking required. www.dlrevents.ie/pdf/2333-DLR%20Bio%20leaflet-Feb-May%202012_01%2013a.pdf

Sun 20 May: 10:00-17:00 – Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire
The Irish Craft Festival will take place in Dun Laoghaire. This festival is for all things creative, whether you are a supplier, a teacher or a designer/craft person this Festival will showcase all disciplines of creativity. This Festival is to allow suppliers, teachers and designers to have one platform to showcase their wares, sell their products and get new customers. There will also be Workshops, Classes and Courses. Check out www.irishcraftfestival.com and www.facebook.com/craftfestival Admission is free.

Sun 20 May: 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The Brocante Market will take place on Sun it is a collection of antiques, furniture, collectables and curiosities from the past and present, second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. If you are an interior designer or just have and eye for style and are looking for a special piece or maybe a bargain then this is the market for you. The market is held every 3rd Sunday of the month. www.facebook.com/thebrocantemarket

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 12:00-19:00 – Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The Couchsurfing Community is inviting all Couch Surfers, friends and families and everyone else who is interested, to a picnic in Merrion Square. Bring food and drink (no alcohol) – to share if you wish. Bring a blanket, cups, plates and some entertainment (frisbee, soccer/volleyball, other balls, hurleys, kites, cards, games, instruments, etc) and come to the near-weekly picnic. Check facebook.com/PicnicFun

Sun 20 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 “L’heure exquise – A recital of French song” with Catherine Redding (soprano) and Michael Quinn (piano).
Experience an enchanting journey through the world of French song, from the belle époque to the 1930s. Featuring exquisite melodies by Fauré, Ravel, Poulenc and Chausson, as well as Gounod’s charming aria ‘Je veux vivre’, L’heure exquise will transport you to a realm of moonlit terraces and smoky Parisian cafés, passionate encounters and imagined landscapes. www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/620-sundaysnoon-french-song

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/

Sat 20 May: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9
A guided walk, entitled “Blossoms from China” will take place. “Many of our common garden plants are Chinese in origin. May is the best time to see Paeonies, the Handkerchief Tree, Wisteria and many other flowering plants in full bloom. Come and see the Chinese plants at their best. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sun 20 May: 15:00-16:00 – National Museum (Decorative Arts & History), Collins Barracks, Dublin 7.
The My Museum event “Storytelling for Bealtaine” is suitable for all ages. “A story told is a gift for life. In an event especially for Bealtaine, we invite story-lovers of all ages to come along and hear the wonderful Nuala Hayes and Kate Corkery tell tales as part of their ‘Brewery of Eggshells’ Bealtaine Tour. Booking required on 01 6777444. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2837

Sun 20 May: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Breton’s ‘The Gleaners'” with Lynn McGrane, Freelance Art Historian will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 20 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 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 “Homage to the Square (Aglow) by Josef Albers”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 20 May: 16:00-16:30 – Grafton Street, Dublin 2
The Dublin Dance Festival presents the (In)Visible Dancing Finale. This is a free event in Grafton Street. “Discover the vivid colours of our celebration of dance in Dublin city. Luca Silvestrini’s distinctive company Protein is joined by a host of musicians and local dancers, young and not so young, who will sweep you away from your daily cares with a spectacular street show. You might even learn the moves and join in yourself…” www.dublindancefestival.ie/festival-performances/invisible-dancing-finale/

Sun 20 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 Twin Headed Wolf, The Koubas, The Velourias, C Fit, The Dominican Affair, Robert Jordan, Rachel McCormack, Samuel Arnold, Ryan Spendlove. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795

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 20 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 includes Eric Lawlor and Damian Clark. 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 20 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 The Milgram Device, Superblondes, Junah, The Mill Rats

* 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.

______Next Week_______________


Mon 21 May: 13:10 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
A Poetry Reading with Paul Hetherington and Petra White will take place as part of the Bealtaine Festival. Admission is free and booking is not required.
“Australian Poetry Ltd., Bealtaine Festival and the NLI invite you to a reading by poets Paul Hetherington, Assistant Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra and former Director of Publishing at the National Library of Australia.
Paul has published eight collections of poetry and is currently Chair of the ACT Cultural Council.” www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

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

Tues 22 May: 18:00 – Olympia Theatre, Dame Street, Dublin 2
World Heavyweight Champion Bobby Roode will be in the Olympia Theatre for a Meet & Greet on Tues. He will be answering questions, signing autographs and posing for photos. Every person attending this event will receive a limited edition signing card (while stocks last). www.facebook.com/tnawrestlinguk

Mon 21 May: 18:00 – Goethe-Institut, 37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The lecture “Bauhaus: Art as Life” with Kathleen James-Chakraborty will take place and admission is free. The Bauhaus was the twentieth-century’s most important and influential experiment in design education. Founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, by Walter Gropius, it moved to Dessau in 1926, and to Berlin in 1933, where it closed within months of the establishment of the Third Reich. Its faculty included many of the most important abstract artists of the day.
This lecture will focus on new themes in Bauhaus scholarship, including the increasing recognition being accorded the work of the women who taught and studied there. It will also refer to the exhibition with the same title which is currently on show at London’s Barbican. This exhibition is supported by the Goethe-Institut London.
Kathleen James-Chakraborty is Professor of Art History at University College Dublin. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/ver/en9268511v.htm

Mon 21 May: 18:30 – Alliance Francaise, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Anne Pépin is a senior researcher at CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique), specialized in nanotechnology and micro-fluidics. She will talk women in science and engineering. In collaboration with the Cultural and Scientific Service of the French Embassy in Ireland Anne Pépin will present her research at the Alliance Française with a talk entitled” Gender and Science: is the French CNRS a front runner ?” The talk will be in French, the slides are in English and the Q&A will be in French and English. Admission is free, but registration is required via info@alliance-francaise.ie alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Mon 21 May: 18:30 – James Joyce Centre, 35 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1.
The Joyce Centre’s IGNITE seminar is an opportunity for you to see short talks by eight postgraduate students from Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast, and the National University of Ireland, Galway. An IGNITE presentation is a five-minute talk based on 20 slides – the speaker has only a few seconds before the next slide appears – with the result being a quick, engaging and highly-visual presentation.
On Monday Ireland’s budding Joyce scholars showcase their new research. Admission is free, but booking is recommended on 01-8788547. www.jamesjoyce.ie/detail.asp?ID=389

Mon 21 May: 19:00 – Tcube, 32-34 Castle Street, Dublin 2
The next “Dublin SEO and Internet Marketing Meetup” will take place on Monday. “The topic for this meetup is white hat Link Building. We are going to take a closer look on why link building is important, what is a good link, and the different methods to create and build up a healthy link profile for your domains.” After the presentation there will be a Q&A. www.meetup.com/Dublin-SEO-internet-marketing/events/60841912/
Mon 21 May: 20:00 – St Vincent’s Private Hospital, Merrion Road, Dublin 4
This is not your usual type of event that you find in the Dublin Event Guide, but it is a free event and for the people that are affected, I’d say it is a very relevant event, so there is no reason why I shouldn’t include it. This public lecture about bre ast reconstruction with Catriona Lawlor and Colin Morrison (Consultant Plastic Surgeons) will take place in St Vincent’s. To book a free place send an email to publiclectures@svph.ie or ring 087 7958723.

Mon 21 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 includes Gerry McBride and George Fox. 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.


Tue-Fri 22-25 May: 11:00-13:00 – National Museum (Archaeology), Kildare Street, Dublin 2. – The Bealtaine Festival event “Make a Mosaic!” will take place from Tuesday until Friday. “Mosaic making with ceramic artist Laura O’Hagan who worked on the conservation of the 19th century mosaics in the National Museum. Beginners welcome. Free of charge. Not wheelchair accessible. Limited to 15, first come basis. Booking essential with the Education Department at 01 6486332.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2839

Tue-Wed 22+23 May: Tues: 11:00-16:00/ Wed:12:00-17:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2
“Today is so Yesterday – Intel Sponsors of Tomorrow” is the title of an exhibition in the Science Galley. Intel are “a move-society-forward-by-quantum-leaps company and they’re already working on the next century’s innovations. Come to this exhibition and you can experience and learn about Intel technology through interactive demos and hands-on “play” with products.
Touch and play with their latest products and winning designs, and experience the intelligence and vision their future holds. Also experience, touch and feel demonstrations of research and development carried out at Intel Ireland.” www.sciencegallery.com/events/2012/05/today-so-yesterday-%E2%80%93-intel-sponsors-tomorrow

Tues 15 May: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The talk “Le Brocquy’s ‘A Family’, 1951” with Catherine Coughlan, National Gallery of Ireland will take place and admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 22 May: 16:00 – Abbey Theatre (Peacock), Abbey Street Lower, Dublin 1
The Dublin Dance Festival talk: “Jonathan Burrows & Matteo Fargion in conversation with Conor McPherson” will take place. Jonathan Burrows, originally a dancer with the Royal Ballet, and Matteo Fargion, a composer, have created five duets together since 2002. Completely collaborative, they have conceived, composed, choreographed, performed and administered the five projects and performed across 28 countries. Admission is free, but booking is required on: www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/dublin_dance_festival_2012_jonathan_burrows_matteo_fargion_talk/

Tue 22 May: 18:00 – RDS (Merrion Room), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
In celebration of Physics and Dublin’s status as European City of Science 2012, UCD School of Physics has teamed up with the RDS to bring some of the world’s leading physicists to speak in Dublin about their research in their “Distinguished Speaker Series”. The final lecture in the series is entitled “The Biological Physics of Sickle Cell Anemia” and will be given by Dr. William A. Eaton, National Institutes of Health, USA. Admission is free, but booking is required here ssmr.ucd.ie/speakerseries2012

Wed 23 May: 19:00 – National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
“Sweet Memories from Irish Childhood” is the title of this Bealtaine Festival event. Admission is free and all are welcome. No booking required.
“Join Damian Corless, author of ‘You’ll Ruin Your Dinner: Sweet Memories from Irish Childhood’ as he takes us from the heyday of Cleeve’s toffee to the birth of the Tayto Cheese & Onion crisp, and transports us back to the days when sweet shop windows across the country boasted tempting confectionery displays, when summer was heralded with a visit from the ice-cream cart, and when Grafton Street was the sweet shop capital of Ireland.” www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

Tue 22 May: 19:45 – Docklands (North and South of the Liffey)
The Docklands 5km Fun Run with 3000 participants takes place in Dublin City on Tuesday. The run will start on Sir Rogerson’s Quay, will then go to Hannover Quay, then to the Liffey again, crossing at the Sammuel Beckett Bridge, then onwards to the Point Theatre where it will turn. Along the Northside Quays back until the pedestrian bridge opposite the CHQ building. Crossing the Liffey again and back to the Start/Finish line. Registration for the vent is closed, but you can still watch the spectacle. www.docklandsrun.ie/

Tues 22 May: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
The Plateau Sessions is an open mic night that features some special guest acts from all over Ireland. Taking place every second week, you are explicitly invited to join in. An acoustic guitar will be on hand but if you want to bring your own that’s cool, violin, keyboard, harmonica, whatever aslong as its in tune bring it!
The night also features late night DJ Shane O’Reilly (Bipolar Empire) playing some of Rock’n’Rolls finest tunes. The special guest acts this week are Resoul and Empire Saints. www.theworkmansclub.com/2012/05/16/the-plateau-sessions-w-resoul-empire-saints-220512-2/

* 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 23 May: 13:00-14:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
A Poetry Reading and Workshop with Australian Poets takes place on Wednesday.
As part of our Bealtaine Festival programme in Dublin City Libraries, join us for a poetry reading with two established Australian poets, Paul Hetherington and Petra White, who have been selected from a competitive field of outstanding candidates to represent Australia and the peak body, Australian Poetry, to participate in a range of literary/poetry events and festivals throughout Ireland in the next few months.
To book contact 01-8734333 or centrallibrary@dublincity.ie

Wed 23 May: 14:00 – Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
The screening of the Japanese film “Ponyo” will take place (101 minutes). The story centres around a 5-year-old human boy, named Sosuke, and his friendship with a goldfish named Ponyo who wants to become a human girl. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx

Wed 23 May: 16:00-18:00 – Neill/Hoey Lecture Theatre, Long Room Hub, Trinity College, Dublin 2. – Professor Michael Wintle (University of Amsterdam) will talk about “The Image of Europe: Visualizing a Continent”. It is based on a study of the concept of Europe from the earliest times to the present day, but with a difference: it examines the visual representation, the graphic image of Europe. Maps of Europe and the world are the most important sources, but drawings, engravings, paintings, sculptures, the applied arts, flags, buildings, coins, stamps and banknotes are also extensively examined. Reaching from the Ancient Greeks to the European Union, this talk covers the history over three millennia of Europe with its self-images and identities. www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/data/22488.html

Wed 23 May: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. – “El secreto de sus ojos” (2009) by director Juan José Campanella is the next film to be screened in the Instituto Cervantes. The film will be in Spanish with English subtitles. Admission is free. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha80911_16_2.htm

Wed 23 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. There will be another performance on 25 May. Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Wed 23 May: 20:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit A8 Airside Enterprise Park, Swords, Co Dublin. On its way to the historic transit of the Sun in June, Venus will swell up into a huge crescent as it blazes in the evening skies every night in May .
For one night only, Astronomy Ireland will set up telescopes at its Shop in Dublin and around Ireland to show you Venus as it comes spectacularly close to Earth. Note that this event is in daylight, but Venus is so bright you can see it with the naked eye while the Sun is still shining, showing just how spectacular an event this is!
More information is available here astronomy.ie/venus1205.php

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: 23 May: Shawshank Redemption, 30 May: No 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

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.


The Dublin City Soul Festival starts today, however, the main events will be the two Soul Picnic days in Merrion Square on Saturday and Sunday. Before that you can check out the Instrument Art exhibition and the Restaurant Trail. Check out www.soul.ie I will tell you more detail in next week’s Dublin Event Guide.

Thurs 24 May: 09:00 – Academy House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
The conference “Africa Day: Environment, Society and Space” will take place in the Royal Irish Academy. Africa Day is the international commemoration of the founding of the African Union. The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, addresses the challenges the continent has faced, such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty.
In collaboration with the Africa Day celebrations by Irish Aid, this conference brings Geographers working on African issues to speak at the RIA on their contribution to understanding current events in Africa and the relationships between Africa and Ireland. Focus is placed on the work around environment, space and society. The conference provides a new platform for collaboration in this growing area of the Geographical Sciences.
The full programme can be found on the website. Admission is free but booking is essential: www.ria.ie/Events/Events-Listing/Africa-Day–Environment–Society-and-Space.aspx

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 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 are Thurs: 13:00-19:00, Fri 10:00-19:00 and Sat 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

Thurs 24 May: 13:00 – Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
“Dublin: Ten Journeys, One Destination” is a collection of short stories centred around the atmospheric irreplaceable chaos of Dublin. As part of the Bealtaine Festival at Dublin City Libraries, authors featured in the book will read from their stories and discuss their work. Admission is free, but booking is advised. For booking contact the Central Library, 01-8734333 or centrallibrary@dublincity.ie www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/bealtaine_2012_ten_journeys.aspx

Thurs 24 May: 18:00 – Phoenix Park
This race is only for registered relay teams, but there will be up to 5000 people at it, so expect a busy Phoenix Park and as there will be some gates and streets closed as well (Chapelizod Gate and parts of Military Rd) avoid the area between 17:00 and 21:30. www.dublinstaffrelay.com/the-event

Thurs 24 May: 18:00 – Tower Records, 6 – 8 Wicklow St, Dublin 2
“C O’Neill & Co.” will be in Tower Records for an In-Store event.

19 Apr-24 May: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Libraries in association with the Dublin City Enterprise Board are announcing a series of lectures entitled “Start and Grow Your Own Business”, aimed at current small business owners/managers or people that want to start a new business. The fifth lecture is
24 May Business Planning Structure
Find all subsequent lectures here www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks or in the Upcoming events section in this e-zine. Admission to the lectures is free, but you have to book and to to reserve a place for the complete programme or for an individual lecture, contact the Business Information Centre in the Central Library on 01 873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie

Thurs 24 May: 18:30 – National Print Museum, Old Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Road, Dublin 4
The lecture “The Night Prayer Book Project” by Mary Plunkett will take place. Mary Plunkett is a graphic designer and print-maker who completed an MA in Visual Communication at NCAD last year, for which she produced a limited edition book ‘Night Prayer: a contemporary Book of Hours by letterpress and print’. Mary will present a talk on this project, her time with Hand & Eye Letterpress in London and her more recent work. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie

Thurs 24 May: 18:30 – Alliance Francaise, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The Alliance Française is inviting to the launch of “La mer et le silence”, a translation of the original book (The Sea And The Silence) by Peter Cunningham. Eilis Ni Duibhne, the Irish novelist and writer, will introduce the book and Peter Cunningham will also read some extracts. Admission is free, but booking is required. Check the details on alliance-francaise.ie/culture/

Thurs 24 May: 19:00-21:00 – Burke Theatre, Trinity College, Dublin 2
The public meeting “The Geopolitics of Peace & Conflict: Colombia, Kurdistan, Northern Ireland and Sri Lanka” will take place in TCD. Key experts and activists from the conflict zones will address the meeting. Organised by the Irish School of Ecumenics – Trinity College Dublin, Grupo Raices (Grupa Fréamhacha)- Colombia Solidarity in Ireland, Irish Forum for Peace in Sri Lanka, Kurdish Association of Ireland, Latin American Solidarity Centre in Ireland

Thurs 24 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 24 May: 20:00 – Pepper Canister Church, Upper Mount Street, Dublin 2
At this DIT Composers’ Society Concert Student composers in DIT Conservatory of Music and Drama present an evening of newly composed music. The concert will feature performances from the renowned Dublin String Quartet whose accomplished members have played and toured with a variety of artists ranging from the RTE National Symphony and Concert Orchestras to Sinéad O’Connor to Pavarotti.
It will be a concert of new music showcasing the variety among the students of the conservatory and featuring new compositions from Patrick Egan, Victoria Johnson, Julia Mahon, Niall Preston and Norah Walsh.

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

Thursdays: 21:30 – 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

Thurs 24 May: 22:00 – Q Bar, O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 2
Santoria, a great soul band will perform in Dublin in the 7 piece configuration. I am not 100% sure if admission is free, but indications are that it is free. www.santoria.ie/santorialive.html

* 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+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: 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

Wed 23 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. There will be another performance on 25 May. Admission is free. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

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/

Fri – Sun 25-27 May: 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. We are delighted to welcome 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. To prepare yourself for this festival have a look here www.facebook.com/LINKCulturefest and here
www.blockt.ie/BLOCK_T/L_I_N_K_CULTUREFEST/L_I_N_K_CULTUREFEST.html and I will try to provide you with some more detail next week.


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 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

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/

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.
24 May: Amelie (tickets available from Sunday 13 May)
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

Thurs 19 Apr-24 May: 18:30-20:00 – Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1
Dublin City Libraries in association with the Dublin City Enterprise Board are announcing a series of lectures entitled “Start and Grow Your Own Business”, aimed at current small business owners/managers or people that want to start a new business. The six lectures are
19 April An Introduction to Self Employment
26 April Ideas Generation & Market Research
03 May Financing Your Business
10 May Digital Marketing and Social Media
17 May Ethnic Entrepreneurship
24 May Business Planning Structure
Admission to the lectures is free, but you have to book and to to reserve a place for the complete programme or for an individual lecture, contact the Business Information Centre in the Central Library on 01 873 3996 or businesslibrary@dublincity.ie
www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/Events/Documents/SYOBposter.pdf www.dceb.ie/starting-a-business/library-talks

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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. ;-)

During the week the print media and radio all ran the story of the green taxi lights and it definitely got out of hand! I saw the green taxi lights (mounted above the taxi sign) appearing on many many taxis over the last few weeks and was wondering what their meaning was. Then on Monday the journal.ie had investigated the issue and reported about it here www.thejournal.ie/dublin-taxi-drivers-using-covert-signal-of-irishness-444694-May2012 Some sources claimed that the green light was used by taxi drivers to indicate that they are Irish, others said that the (very strong and easily visible) green light was there to tell customer that the taxi was available and that the yellow taxi sign was not strong enough during the day.
I definitely thought the green light was easier to see, but it had never occurred to me that it might only be used by Irish drivers. Now many have concluded that it is racist and the taxi drivers refute this suggestion and the discussion on journal.ie is as heated as it gets.
I have witnessed the huge tension between black and white taxi drivers at Dublin’s taxi ranks and I find it disgusting how the white taxi drivers fight against the black drivers. And it the green light was to differentiate the Irish taxi drivers from the others, I wouldn’t agree with that idea, BUT do we really have to get so worked up about it? Would the simplest solution not be that every taxi driver who feels like it (no matter what skin colour) would mount the green light? As soon as that happens, there is no differentiation possible anymore and all potentially racist intentions are coming to nothing. – Well, the story has moved on and it turns out that the green light is illegal and will have to get removed again. However the discussion about it, much more than the green light by itself, has shown that there are worrying and very odd discriminatory opinions around and it is our duty to make sure that these odd opinions don’t win any ground.

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This week is slightly quieter and it is therefore a week to get ready! Use the time to move all the obstacles out of the way, so that you can entirely enjoy next weekend. The main event obviously will be the Soul Picnic, but you see in the Upcoming events, that there are a good few other things taking place as well. If you have made room for all these events, you can enjoy them next weekend. :-)

Have an event-ful weekend,



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