Dublin Event Guide 683: Will NPHET steal our Christmas? – …and 40 weekend events: HistoryCon, Mind Body Experience, Drink&Draw, Christmas Market …

November 21st, 2020
DEG Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

  21 November 2020 – No 683

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Will NPHET steal our Christmas? – …and 40 weekend events: HistoryCon, Mind Body Experience, Christmas Market …

Hi all!

Christmas is definitely coming and no silly suggestion of postponing Christmas will change that. But apart from the fact that 25 December and therefore Christmas is less than 30 days away, we really have NO clue about what will happen this year on this important day for kids and families.

I expect that we will move on 01 December from Level 5 to Level 3 (but maybe via an intermediate Level 4 for another 2 weeks :-O ). And I also expect that we will be back at Level 5 in January after families got together. The problem is that the government has lost the support of the people, the Level 5 restrictions are not enforced in the slightest and some are not even enforceable.

Separately the only advisors to the government, NPHET, has only ONE single and totally inadequate strategy: “Stop people from meeting until a vaccine is available” and that will lead to a Stop and Go mess until eventually a vaccine might be available in sufficient numbers, but that won’t be until late summer or autumn of 2021. :-O

The right strategy would focus on rapid Antigen tests for a super low price (EUR 5-10) that would allow us to do test ourselves every time we plan to go to a place where other people are.

With a rapid test, we could have events again, could better protect the vulnerable people and could even start to travel again. Yes, the Antigen tests have “only” a 80% reliability, but 80% is a LOT more than NO test at all and since an exposure to the Corona virus does not have a 100% risk of getting infected, a 80% reliability is damn good if you could test yourself 4-8 times every month, instead of NEVER!

What stops us from using Antigen tests? The availability is not guaranteed yet, but that is improving. The biggest hurdle, though is that the “experts” in NPHET keep dismissing Antigen tests while in other countries the virologists and epidemiologists have recognised that rapid tests are essential until a vaccine might be available.

Let’s hope that the government changes its advisors soon or that NPHET will see the light eventually.

And what should WE do? We HAVE to take responsibility for our actions. Our government and the “experts” are not the people we can rely on, so we have to be better. And what does that mean for Christmas? Start thinking more about how to reduce the risk, instead of plotting how we could rebel against the restrictions!

If we all had risk-reduction as out highest goal and if we worked together on it, we could have museums open, we could have live gigs, plays, exhibitions, talks and we even could have open cafes and restaurants. I really miss all this! :-O

There are a few more days until the Level 5 restrictions will hopefully be lifted:



But since not a single ICU bed was added during the TWO lockdowns and no better strategy was developed in all that time that was available, we know that even on 01 December not much will have changed.
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And here are as many free events for you as I could find:

I hope everybody knows that all events in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) are actually free. The name does give it away ;-) but it seems not everyone is totally aware of that!



Farmers Markets and other food markets are allowed to go ahead according to the Covid Level 5 rules, but nevertheless Dun Laoghaire Rathdown has decided to close the People’s Park Market and Marlay Park Market. And during the week the Bushy Park Market organisers announced separately that they will have to close for the rest of 2020 and won’t be back until March 2021.

++ Virtual Trinity HistoryCon 3.0 – Easy understandable / Popular Media History Conference Fri+Sat 20+21 Nov 09:30-18:30 duhistorycon.wordpress.com/
+ The SuperNatural Food Market 09:00-15:00 St Andrew’s Resource Centre, 114-116 Pearse St., Dublin 2 www.facebook.com/thesupernaturalfoodmarket
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
++ Dublin Mind Body Experience 2020 – Online 10:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/2669333683158070/ (with 120 online Talks & Workshops over two days and 120 online Exhibitors)
+ Jobs Expo Dublin 10:00-16:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/456395798415012/
+ St Anne’s Park Market – Farmer’s Market 10:00-16:00 St. Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 5 www.facebook.com/RedStablesMarket/
+ Kids Yoga Online: Have Fun, Be Active – Chester Beatty Library 11:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/back-to-school-yoga-online/
+ Yoga for Families with Jo Quinn – Draiocht Blanchardstown 11:00-12:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/405462247306051/
+ Ukulele Licence – Play Along – Rock Jam School 11:00-11:30 Online rockjam.ie
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ “Spiritual Insights – Attachments/Addictions during Covid” with Fr. Eddie Cosgrove SJ – Gardiner Street Parish Online Coffee Morning 11:30-13:00 www.facebook.com/events/396331785122542/ (Booking required)

+ Forum on Basic Income – Conference 14:00-16:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/127571926065
+ Belgian Bun Baking Workshop – Boozy Bakers 14:00-15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1283790821975317/
+ Wonderful Winter Nature Hunt and Crafts – Workshop for kids 14:00-15:30 www.facebook.com/events/798270781006632/ (Registration required)
+ Food for Wellbeing – Live Webinar with Isha Online 16:00-17:00  Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ Stoicism – Philosophy Talk about Marcus Aurelius & Seneca – New Acropolis Ireland 16:00-18:00 www.facebook.com/events/1029633684218496/
+ Drink & Draw Event: Paint Michael D Higgins – Online Drawing Event 18:00-19:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/128882865119 (Registration required)
+ Irelands last traditional rabbit catcher – History Lecture 19:00-19:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/668197687403612/
+ Karaoke Party Online 19:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/965254547331988/
+ Amersfoort Jazz Online – Jazz Festival in Netherlands – Live Stream 19:30-00:00 Online www.amersfoortjazz.nl
+ Jack Lukeman Lockdown Special – Live Gig – Children of The 80s 20:00-21:00 www.facebook.com/events/384595802690454/
+ The Finns Live on Irishgigs 21:00-22:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/375972070316941/





++ Dublin Mind Body Experience 2020 – Online 10:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/2669333683158070/ (with 120 online Talks & Workshops over two days and 120 online Exhibitors)
++ Christmas Market at the Glasnevin Indoor Market 11:00-17:00 Glasnevin Indoor Market, Brooks Timber & Building Supplies, Ballyboggan Rd, Glasnevin Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/events/637907620195736
+ Herbert Park Market 11:00-16:00 Herbert Park, Dublin 4 www.facebook.com/Herbert-Park-Market-405930226496273/
+ Blackrock Market 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ Sundays@Noon Online: Marja Gaynor violin, David Power uilleann pipes – Concert 12:00-13:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/all/3062-sundaysnoon-online-marja-gaynor-violin-david-power-uilleann-pipes
+ Sunday Organ Recitals in Dublin’s Pro-Cathedral 12:15-12:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/1107360316362294/

+ Amersfoort Jazz Online – Jazz Festival in Netherlands – Live Stream 13:00-19:30 Online www.amersfoortjazz.nl
+ Christmas Cake Virtual Bake Along 15:00-16:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/126639830141 (Registration required)
+ Yoga Classes During Lockdown with Pop Up Yoga Concepts Brussels 18:00-18:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/384016459313634/
+ Piper Sunday Seminar with Jerry O’Sullivan – Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club 19:00-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/458234751831460/
+ Drink & Draw Event: Paint Your Pet – Online Drawing Event 19:00-21:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/128885131899 (Registration required)
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/618767912076311/
+ TheAxisChats with actor Tom Vaughan-Lawlor – Axis Ballymun 21:00 Online axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173605995


Next Week

+ Ask the Conservator with National Archives of Ireland – Culture Club Dublin Mon 23 Nov 11:00 cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873620498 (Registration required)
+ Online Language Exchange for English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Mandarin, Russian, Korean, Irish Mon 23 Nov 18:15-20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/390838438633791/
+ Open Yoga Samkhya Class (Traditional Yoga) with Unmani Ananda Mon 23 Nov 19:00-20:00 Online meet.google.com/nsc-oarh-pxv
+ Aidan Doyle Songs & Stories on Irishgigs Mon 23 Nov 19:30-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/2152870948176827/
+ The O’Hannigan brothers of Angleboro, Co. Limerick – An Irish band of brothers, living for the cause – History Lecture Mon 23 Nov 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1926899004134685/
+ Nature Live: The Artistic Cannibals of the British Isles – Live Talk with Natural History Museum London Scientist – Nature Live Online Tue 24 Nov 11:55-13:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/710103982944521/
+ Yoga for Yoga for Health – Live Webinar Tue 24 Nov 18:00-19:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ TheAxisChats with theatre maker and axis Playground artist Áine O’Hara – Axis Ballymun Tue 24 Nov Time: TBA Online axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173605996
+ Our City Our Books Monthly Book Club: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Culture Club Dublin Tue 24 Nov 20:00 cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873622062

+ Coffee Conversation: Worlds Without End – Stories Around Borders Wed 25 Nov 11:00-12:00 Online www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3047-coffee-conversation-25-november-2020
+ The Rise of the Valkyrie: Mythical and Real Women of the Viking World – University of York Open Lecture Wed 25 Nov 18:30-19:30 Online www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/122708162417
+ The King Killers of Pill Lane: the hidden origins of the United Irishmen – History Lecture Wed 25 Nov 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/250304106420984/

+ Virtual exhibition tour: ‘From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence’ Thu 26 Nov 11:00-12:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/127020444569 (Registration required)
+ Ukulele Licence – Play Along – Rock Jam School Thu 26 Nov 11:00-11:30 Online rockjam.ie
+ National Concert Hall Master Class Series: Jean Kelly, harp Thu 26 Nov 14:30-15:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/729632084563861/
+ “Never Mind the B#ll*cks, Here’s the Science” by Prof. Luke O’Neill – Book Discussion – Dublin Book Festival Thu 26 Nov 18:00-19:00 dublin.sciencegallery.com/events/dublin-book-festival-heres-the-science-with-professor-luke-oneill-wamnp (Registration required)
+ Our City Our Books Monthly Book Club: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier – Culture Club Dublin Thu 26 Nov 20:00 cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873622062

+++ Dublin Book Festival – Online Fri 27 Nov-Sun 06 Dec www.dublinbookfestival.com/
+ Shaping the Future of Irish Mental Healthcare – Conference Fri 27 Nov 09:15-14:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1264578210569844/ (Registration required)
+ Nature Live: Ancient Trees – Nature Live Online Talks Fri 27 Nov 10:30-11:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1475710029485869/
+ Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again – Bookclub: Electric Light Fri 27 Nov 13:00-14:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/121506518267 (Registration required)
+ ‘Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising’ Virtual Tour Viewing Party by National Museum of Ireland Fri 27 Nov 14:30-15:30 cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows/873622583
+ RTE National Symphony Orchestra: Operatic and Neopolitan Favourites Fri 27 Nov 19:00 Online orchestras.rte.ie/events/3329/operatic-and-neopolitan-favourites/
+ Duo Chagall and The Fingal Ensemble – Beethoven Concert – Autumn Sounds 2020 – Draiocht Fri 27 Nov 19:00-20:00 www.facebook.com/events/2748484238752192/
+ Leper + Chip – Play – Axis Ballymun Fri 27 Nov 20:00 Online axisballymun.ticketsolve.com/shows/1173605922 (Booking required)


You want for more events and suggestions?

I found a few more things to keep you going or that you might find interesting:

Do you have any Dinosaur Fans in your family? The Natural History Museum in London has THE website for your resident Dinosaur expert: Discover facts, figures and images for more than 300 dinosaurs in the Dino Directory: www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/dino-directory.html

Dublin City Council is celebrating World Children’s Day by hosting a virtual “Jump In Puddles Challenge”. To join the challenge, send a video of your child (Age 1-18) jumping in a puddle (20 seconds max) to play@dublincity.ie and confirm consent to use the video, location and/or name of the park. Your video has to arrive on or before Friday 11 December. Find all details on www.dublincity.ie/news/jump-puddles-challenge

The “Dublin City Council Culture Company” is running a range of events every week under the headline “Culture Club”. Every week I check the list of events to tell you about them and every week all events are booked out.

Since all events are online and are virtual tours or talks, you would think that someone could have realised by now that the events don’t have enough capacity and could have upgraded the Zoom license!!? But no such luck, unfortunately.

So for this reason, I will suggest to you to check the website cultureclubdublin.ticketsolve.com/shows for events that are a little further away and book it as soon as you see that tickets are available.

Hopefully someone will fix that problem soon!

I just bought two new Udemy courses last week, how about you? What skills are you adding during lockdown? Udemy courses are still super popular because as long as we still spend a lot of time at home, it makes sense to use some of that time to learn something new.
Did you learn a new skill in the last few months? In November most Udemy courses will cost between EUR 10.99 and 12.99 again. There are no 9.99 discounts planned this month, so you better get the courses when you see them for between 10.99 and 12.99. Please use this link shor.by/GqCk because if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)

A new free Book summary can be found here every week: readitfor.me/91927 Readitfor.me actually provides a number of weekly free book summaries and they also have a special offer at the moment still that will expire soon: For $99 you will get Lifetime access to ALL book summaries! This is a great price if you consider that their normal monthly charge is EUR 10, so in just 10 month you would have spent more than with the lifetime access.

To buy physical books and e-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). Please don’t use any other links than the one below!! (Book Depository changed all their links and with the old one you don’t help the Dublin Event Guide.) With this link you do help the Dublin Event Guide when you purchase a book and it doesn’t cost you a cent: shor.by/BookDepository

6) Open Water Swimming – Warning
With our normal spare time activities not being available, more people than before try something new and one thing that can’t be taken away easily is swimming in the sea, which is also called “Open Water Swimming”. But Open Water Swimming is no walk in the park ;-) and if you give it a go, you should be extra careful. There are unexpected risks and in the last week alone EIGHT times swimmers needed to be rescued.
The Irish Coast Guards and RNLI appeal to everyone who is not an experienced Open Water Swimmer to be careful and they give some advise: www.gov.ie/en/press-release/5cdc3-irish-coast-guard-and-rnli-issue-water-safety-plea-as-callouts-to-open-water-swimmers-increase/


And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week.
Take care,



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