Dublin Event Guide 661: Dublin is re-opening and it will be good! – Stoneybatter Festival, Summer Solstice, European Day of Music

June 20th, 2020
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

  20 June 2020 – No 661

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Dublin is re-opening and it will be good! – Stoneybatter Festival, Summer Solstice, European Day of Music



Hi all!

Dublin is definitely re-opening! Shops are back and restaurants will open on 29 June. And as we have found out this week, gyms cinemas, churches and all sports will be back in a bit more than a week as well.

Yes, some shops and venues will probably never be back again, some examples of Covid casualties are Aldo, Oasis, Warehouse, Debenhams, Mothercare, Monsoon, Accessorize, Cath Kidston, Laura Ashley and Bewley’s (and regrettably there will be more), but maybe a purge like that will create new opportunities for companies that otherwise would not have had a chance. Importantly, though we all need to decide if we want shops, restaurants and pubs in our main streets and then we need to support them or if we prefer the online business (and collection and delivery for restaurants and food outlets) that we had to get used to over the last three months.

I put a lot of hope in the resiliency of our event venues and event organisers so that after another little while our cultural lives can thrive again.

Even in the badly burned-out lands and forests that where totally destroyed by the Australian wildfires, there is now new growth. Trees have started to grow again and I see that as a sign of hope also for our lives and our economy.

So, hold out for another bit and and make the most out of the continuing online events and the few green shoots of offline/live activities.

As soon as live events will return, you will hear it here, in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), first! :-)

And before we move on to this weekend’s events, I will have to appeal to you again:
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Hairdressers WILL re-open!


The country has waited with bated breath and finally it has been announced that on 29 June, hairdressers will be allowed to open again!

That means that blonde population of Ireland will be able to return (they were allegedly “wiped out” by Covid ;-) ), the Beatles hairstyles will be tamed again and you will finally recognise your friends and family members again.

Gyms, cinemas, leisure facilities and churches will also re-open as is outlined here www.gov.ie/en/press-release/143e6-government-approves-revised-roadmap-for-reopening-society-and-business/

I couldn’t help it but pick some of the rules for the pub opening apart and write a cheeky post about it that was read by more than 43,000 people and was shared 145 times. If you have missed it, check it out here www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide/posts/3537496479611845


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And here are some free events for you:


++ Stoneybatter Festival Online www.stoneybatterfestival.ie/schedule
+ Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2020 Wonderland Festival Sat 08:00 – Sun 23:30 www.facebook.com/events/621930601824810/
+ Rainbow Phil Songs and Stories for kids 10:00-10:30 www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Stoneybatter Online Short Film Festival – all day – www.stoneybatterfestival.ie/schedule
+ Fitness Class by YMCA – Abs & Core 10:00-11:00 www.facebook.com/ymcafitnessdublin
+ ZoomArt.live – Interview with Irish gallerist and philanthropist Dr Noelle Campbell-Sharp 10:00 www.facebook.com/AlanKeaneArt/photos/a.1421262388130584/2660470227543121/ (Registration required)
+ International Day of Yoga 2020 in Dun Laoghaire and Online 10:30-11:15 www.facebook.com/events/283515049675152/
++ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Weaving Demonstration with Niki Collier 11:00-11:30 www.facebook.com/events/700190177424828/
+ Basic Income Ireland – Monthly Meeting 11:00-12:30 www.facebook.com/events/809930812871378/
+ Introduction to Meditation 11:00-12:30 www.facebook.com/events/265342378214080/ (Registration required)
+ Summer Solstice 2020 Open Floor Dance Gathering 11:00-12:30 www.facebook.com/events/278217993540554/
+ Live Storytime for kids with Wee Bookworms 11:30-12:00 www.facebook.com/WeeBookwormsClub/
+ Fitness Class by YMCA – Cardio Attack 13:00-14:00 www.facebook.com/ymcafitnessdublin
+ Ballet Class with Saor Dance and Fitness 13:00-14:00 www.facebook.com/events/1048596808870755/
+ Playful Puppetry Workshop – Cruinniu na nOg – Draiocht (Age: 0-4 years) 13:00-16:00 www.facebook.com/events/644570496131043
+ The Drama Challenge – Cruinniu na nOg – Draiocht (Age: 13+) www.facebook.com/events/555589338484665
+ A Mindful Journey – Cruinniu na nOg – Draiocht (Age: 10+) 13:00-18:00 www.facebook.com/events/275186537011631
+ Movement and Dance – Cruinniu na nOg – Draiocht (Age: 5-8 / 9-12) 13:00-18:00 www.facebook.com/events/589066578388338
+ Dance Fitness Class with Saor Dance and Fitness 14:00-15:00 www.facebook.com/events/254472512298610/
+ Lemon Meringue Pie Workshop 14:00-15:00 www.facebook.com/events/683617522418149/
+ Paddy Sherlock – Daily Mini-Gig 15:00 www.facebook.com/paddysherlockmusic/
+ Billy Treacy & The Scope – Summer Solstice Gig 16:00-18:00 www.facebook.com/events/340893513563654/
+ Enda Reilly – Live Stream 17:00-18:30 www.facebook.com/events/917287912065585/
+ Authentic Yoga In Its Pure Form 18:00-19:00 www.facebook.com/events/400335090884296/
+ Pipeworks From The Organ Loft: David Grealy, St Mary’s Pro Cathedral performing Charles Tournemire: Office for Corpus Christi (L’Orgue Mystique no. XVII) 18:00 www.facebook.com/events/245249913400525/
+ Best of Barretstown Inspirations Virtual Concert Live 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/963435920784159/
+ Online Karaoke 19:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/2444425815856493/
+ Folkestone Pagans Virtual Summer Solstice Ceremony 19:20-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/261949671825802/
+ A midsummer’s day Bach concert – European Music Day 20:00 www.facebook.com/events/491208864985437/
+ Jack Lukeman sings David Bowie + Lou Reed 20:00 www.facebook.com/events/310328343697097/
+ Fête de la Musique Irlande – DJ Session 20:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/events/300930444254241/
+ The Living Room Sessions – Live Acoustic Music with Niall McCarney 20:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/niallmccarneymusic/
++ Summer Solstice at Stonehenge – Live 20:30-05:30 www.facebook.com/events/959045074538243/
+ Danny Byrne live on Irishgigs 21:00-23:00 www.facebook.com/events/474056843415774/
+ Paddy Sherlock – DeBarras Sitting Room to Sitting Room Session 21:30 www.facebook.com/events/1150376632008282/
+ N.O.C. Band – Live Deckin’ Session 21:30 www.facebook.com/events/923383538170970/




+ Stonehenge Summer Solstice 2020 Wonderland Festival 03:45 – 23:30 www.facebook.com/events/621930601824810/
+ Father’s Day Cooking Class for kids: Spice-rubbed Steak & sides and Rocky Road 10:00-11:30 www.facebook.com/events/269227164154308/
+ Dancing and Singing for kids with Jojo 11:00-11:30 www.facebook.com/events/1145261952518057/
+ Sundays@Noon – Concert with Clarinets / Uilleann pipes & whistles and Poetry 12:00-13:00 www.hughlane.ie/past-sunday-concerts/2799-sundaysnoon-paul-roe-mick-obrien-paula-meehan
+ Bagpipes on the Street – Stoneybatter Festival 12:00-12:30 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 www.stoneybatterfestival.ie/schedule
+ How to lose lots of weight with no diet or exercise fast – Talk 13:00-14:00 www.facebook.com/events/258745385190119/

+ Pride Pet Parade 14:00-15:00 www.facebook.com/events/583276938838137/
+ Paddy Sherlock – Daily Mini-Gig 15:00 www.facebook.com/paddysherlockmusic/
+ Sarah Elaine Live – Stoneybatter Festival 16:00-17:00 www.facebook.com/events/1358545011011699/
++ Ode to Joy – A Nation Performs with Irish Association of Youth Orchestras 18:00-19:00 www.facebook.com/events/705089620327305/
+ Pipeworks From The Organ Loft: David Leigh, St. Patrick’s Cathedral  performing Kenneth Leighton Missa di Gloria 18:00 www.facebook.com/events/245249913400525/
+ INVISIBLE LATE: A Midsummer Night In – Science Gallery 18:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/3529723443757359/ (Registration required)
+ Summer Solstice Celebration 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/659906901518997/
+ Solstice New Moon Meditation 19:00-20:15 www.facebook.com/events/282056926253015/
+ Glória LGBT Choir Virtual Pride Concert 19:15-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/1095515080833598/
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir Mass 19:30-20:30 www.facebook.com/TheGSGC/
+ Sean Coffey live on Irishgigs 20:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/events/927534057720892/
++ Stoneybatter Festival Concert 20:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/events/295186531890807/
+ SOUL WOMAN — A Sunday Embodied Ritual 20:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/events/714505392655385/ (Registration required)
+ Tuatha Deas Virtual Smoky Mt Pub Crawl 00:00-01:00 www.facebook.com/events/260082581759309/


Next Week

++ Zumba with Thomas Creighton Mon 22 Jun 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/225717865427859/
+ Cumann na mBan and the Military Service Pensions Collection – History Lecture Mon 22 June 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/194938581568375/
+ Mick Dunne live on Irishgigs Mon 22 June 20:00-22:00 www.facebook.com/events/864568044030971/

+ Science Show Live: Leaves (for kids) Tue 23 June 13:30-14:30 www.facebook.com/events/722871131798427/
+ Digital tools to individualise medicine – UCD Discovery Zoom for Thought Tue 23 Jun 17:30-17:45 www.ucd.ie/discovery/zoomforthought/digitaltoolstoindividualisemedicine.html
+ Other Voices: Courage – James Vincent McMorrow and Maija Sofia – Live 20:00 www.facebook.com/OtherVoices/posts/10158275902385428
+ A Forgotten Order: the Orange Order in Ireland – History Lecture Tue 23 June 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/917966855338327/
+ Ruby Sessions at Home Tue 23 Jun 20:30-23:00 www.facebook.com/events/2411359412411716

+  Starting an Online Shop – Google Webinar Wed 24 Jun 11:00-12:00 learndigital.withgoogle.com/digitalgarage-ie/f2f
+ The Limerick Soviet: Forgotten Revolution of 1919 – History Lecture Wed 24 June 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/283775609344027/

+ Wild About Owls – Q&A with the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust (for all ages!) Thu 25 June 14:00-15:00 www.facebook.com/events/272069497329326/
+ Chambre 212 – Online Cinéclub Alliance Francaise Thu 25 June 18:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/2716288141940651/
+ Mercosur-EU Deal and its Impacts – Talk – Latin America Solidarity Centre (LASC) Thu 25 June 19:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/591754678418242/
+ The WW1 Ex-Servicemen’s Cottages in Callan – History Lecture Thu 25 June 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/1334419750280818/
+ Robin James Hurt & Mick Morris live on Irishgigs Thu 25 June 21:00-23:00 www.facebook.com/events/650799912172756/

+ Glasthomebury Festival 2020 Fri 26 June 10:00 (??) – Sun 28 June 13:00 (??) www.facebook.com/events/4223734790971860/
+ Ex-Servicemen’s Cottages of Northern Ireland Fri 26 June 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/2592145784333939/
+ Friday Night with Mikey Smyth – Online Gig for a charity Fri 26 Jun 20:00-21:30 www.facebook.com/mikey.smyth.37
+ FÉILE – Comhaltas in Britain – Virtual Weekend Fri 26 June 20:00 – Sun 28 June 22:00 www.facebook.com/events/561737931404811/



What can I do while waiting to go back to work?

I know that you will all soon not have time anymore to be interested in all these ADDITIONAL suggestions for keeping busy that I started adding here when the Lockdown started, but for another week or two I will add them. (And if you want them to be here even longer than that, you will have to tell me! You MIGHT be able to twist my arm. ;-) )

1) Virtual Tour of the week
Today I have two slightly more unusual museum tours for you that Cornelia, a friend from Germany, found and sent me. The first is the Canadian Museum for Human Rights humanrights.ca/visit/explore-the-museum-from-home an interesting museum that I had not known about and that looks at a topic that in the times of Black Lives Matter and at the beginning of this year’s Pride Festival is a fitting suggestion.

The second museum that you can visit from home this week is the even more unusual “Museum Of Broken Relationships, LA, US, and Zagreb, Croatia”. It is not a 3D/Virtual Reality Tour, but still interesting: brokenships.com/explore

2) European Day of Music
This Sunday 21 June is the European Day of Music and in Dublin the central event will be the performance of the “Ode to Joy” in a variety of locations. www.facebook.com/events/705089620327305/ It will be performed life, but streamed online.
Already a day earlier the French Fête de la Musique will bring you a DJ set www.facebook.com/events/300930444254241/
And the “Pipeworks Festival 2020: Pipeworks from The Organ Loft” that comes with two performances (Sat and Sun) is also part of the European Day of Music.

3) Stoneybatter Festival
As the first post (-ish)-Covid festival, the Stoneybatter Festival chose the online route with an interesting sprinkle of some live (offline) events added. Looks like we might have to get used to that type of cultural festivals for another while: www.stoneybatterfestival.ie/schedule

4) Summer Solstice
Astronomically it is just the BEGINNING of summer (the meteorological summer started on 01 June), but the Celts had divided the year differently and were not aligned with our seasons. For that reason the modern Celts today call the Summer Solstice incorrectly the MID-summer solstice. It will take on Saturday night, so Saturday is the longest day and shortest night of the year.
A big event for the modern Celts, for me it is always a day that is coming much too soon because from now the days will get shorter again and I don’t really like that. ;-)
There are LOTS of Summer Solstice events this year. Check the listing above.

5) Online Courses
Some of the Udemy courses are down to 10.99 again. Quick grab them while it lasts! ;-) If possible, always use this link shor.by/GqCk because if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)
There are more than 100,000 online courses on Udemy, so you find nearly every subject on Udemy. There are short previews for all courses, so that you can find out if the course suits you and there are also reviews that help to find which course is good.

6) Book Summaries
There are FOUR free book summaries on “Read it for me” this week. They are here readitfor.me/91927 and here readitfor.me/#video and here readitfor.me/coach and finally here readitfor.me/team
Scroll down about half-way and find the video. There will be a short sales pitch in the beginning of the video, but after that you can listen/watch a book summary on each of the pages.
If you are interested in a lifetime deal, they currently run a special offer of $99 for life. Most other book summary sites charge on a monthly basis, so this option at readitfor.me/91927 is quite interesting.
Yes, you help the Dublin Event Guide as well if you buy following the link above with the 91927 number in it. ;-)

7) E-Books and Printed Books
To buy your eBooks (or paper books) I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include delivery for free (and by using this link you help the Dublin Event Guide): www.bookdepository.com/?a_aid=dubevg
Some of you have asked me to continue with the weekly book suggestions, so here is another one. I have to admit, though, that I didn’t keep a log of what books I have suggested in the last few weeks, so until I get a chance to do that, I could repeat myself. I hope not, though. ;-)
This week the book is “The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F+ck” by Mark Manson and it might be a suitable book for the current times. Manson suggests that we should stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people. An interesting different way of looking at things. ;-) Find more information here: www.bookdepository.com/book/9780062641540/?a_aid=dubevg

And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week. Stay sane and safe and smile, laugh and stay in contact with your friends!Take care,



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