Dublin Event Guide 700: 700th Dublin Event Guide!! – Birthday Edition, Summer Time Starts, OUTing the Past

March 27th, 2021

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

700th Dublin Event Guide!!

Birthday Edition, Summertime Starts, OUTing the Past

Hi all!

This is the 700th Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)!! What a crazy number. ;-) Crazy, because it means that for 700 weeks I am creating this list of free events. It started very very humble with an e-mail to about 10 friends close to 14 years ago, in June 2007. By Christmas of that year I had told 180 people and then it was a sloooow, overnight success :-D when the subscriber numbers kept climbing and climbing.

The original plan was just to let some friends know about great free events that were poorly promoted, so that I could meet up with them. But more and more people saw the merit in that idea and the growth was something that I had never anticipated or planned. If it had been planned, I would have tried to compile a business plan and find a way to make money with it and – to be honest – I would have seen that it is a bad idea. :-D

Today, 700 weeks later and after nearly giving up in 2018, but emerging from a 3 months break with new energy, I am still spending toooo many hours on searching for free events week after week and am still not making ANY money from the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”, BUT I have managed to help 1 or 2 people to find some cool events and 1 or 2 organisers to find a very appreciative audience. So it is all worth it! ….I Hope! :-)The Dublin Event Guide now has 24,000 subscribers and more than 80,000 Facebook Followers and a loyal following even during the last 12 months of nearly NO real-life events. And as long as I have your support, I will add a few more editions to the 700.

If you want to send birthday wishes, you can do that below this week’s post on Facebook or to dublineventguide@gmail.com and for any Birthday presents (you NEVER know, there might be some lovely generous people!) I will leave the link to the Dublin Event Guide Donation Page right here. 

This coming week has two really important days in it.
On Thursday is April Fool’s Day so watch out for any announcements from the government on that day ;-) and don’t fall for any other jokes, hoaxes and pranks.
And speaking of which (I think the “which” refers to government announcements! ;-) ). The other big day is on Tuesday, when we probably find out about the changes to the Level 5 restrictions. I would love to be able to tell you with conviction that we can look forward to a significant improvement, but the strategically placed comments by government representatives in the last 2 weeks unfortunately don’t give much hope! Let’s keep our fingers crossed!!

This week, the hat above is a birthday hat!

If you like free cultural events and enjoy the great content in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”, please help by donating a small amount. (The next big project is a very much needed update of the Dublin Event Guide website to be able to offer more services.) Any amount will help, but if you are looking for a recommendation, then I would suggest a donation of 12 Euro per year. That’s just one Euro per month. Where else can you get so much value for so little money?

I have created a brand new Dublin Event Guide Donation Page here. It is really easy to use and uses Stripe’s trustworthy payment processing. In case it doesn’t work for you, the “old” links are still below for another little while. On this new page, you can also choose to sign up for a yearly subscription, yearly subscriptions will give some financial stability and reliability and would be great to have! (Look for the RED subscription buttons at the bottom.)

If the new page above doesn’t work, just use these links and donate via www.paypal.me/DublinEventGuide
or for Revolut users among you just use @joergbrb (Revolut is moving away from phone numbers and to addresses like this one.)

If PayPal or Revolut don’t work for you, you can buy one or two or even three virtual coffees (or Hot Chocolates!) for the Dublin Event Guide and you can do that on the “Buy Me a Coffee” page here www.buymeacoffee.com/DublinEventG  .

And if you come to www.DublinEventGuide.com and check out some of the ads and click on the ones that you find interesting, that also helps with a few cent!

Thank you!!

The EPIC Zone


“EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum” (www.epicchq.com) are currently sponsoring the Dublin Event Guide and this section of the weekly newsletter will contain relevant information about events in general or about EPIC-related news and happenings.

++ Celebrate Easter at home with EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum’s Easter Imagination Camp
30 Mar-01 Apr + 06-08 Apr – 10:30-11:30 – Online – Adm: From EUR 9
Looking for fun, virtual Easter activities for the whole family? Travel around the world with EPIC’s Imagination Camp! Suitable for children aged 6-12 years, the 3 day camp has sessions dedicated to Female, Space and Antarctic explorers. Join Nellie Bly as she travels the world in 72 days; follow Ernest Shackleton to the South Pole and train alongside Neil Armstrong to see have you got what it takes to explore space. (EUR 9 for 1 Day Pass, EUR 20 for 3 Day Pass) epicchq.com/whats-on/easter-at-epic/

++ Shop Local this Easter at EPIC Museum Gift Shop
From kid’s adventure books to delicious sweet treats, choose from fun and unique Irish-made Easter gifts for the whole family at EPIC Museum Gift Shop. shop.epicchq.com/collections/easter-packs

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 27 March

+ “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” (L’extraordinaire voyage de Marona) by Anca Damian – Animated Film (French with English subtitles) – Suitable for children –
Francophonie Festival in Ireland – every day until 30 March – 08:00-00:00 www.facebook.com/events/2926426410922454 (Booking required) Duration: 90min
+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 www.facebook.com/GlasnevinMarket/
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 www.templebarmarkets.com/foodmarket
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only)11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/

+ OUTing the Past Dublin 2021 – LGBT+ – Events at 14:00 / 16:00 / 18:00 find the details here:

+ Hot Cross Bun Baking Workshop – Boozin Bakers UK 14:00-15:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/1362824920741979
+ Virtual walking tour through Swords – German Tour 15:00-16:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/1057547695067937
+ The Benefits and Importance of Trees in the International Year of Plant Health – Talk – National Tree Week 15:30 Online www.treecouncil.ie/nationaltreeweek2021
+ Yoga for Mental Health – Live Webinar with Isha Online 16:00-17:00 Online www.ishayoga.eu/index.php/live-webinars/
+ Fia Rua (Singer/Songwriter) – Album Launch “Behind The Grey” 19:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3628924927236955
+ John Garrity – Gig – Irish Music Magazine 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/893149128194545
+ Richard Farrell Live from “The Forest” – “Shapes and Shadows” Album Launch – Gig 20:00-21:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/467706821020135/
+ Joe & Nic – Irishgigs Live 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3859011150848430/
+ Acoustic Tunes with Aoife and Lenny from Vintage Vibes Band 20:30 Online www.facebook.com/vintagevibesband
+ Introduction to SKY Breath Meditation Workshop – Art of Living Foundation 20:30-21:30 Online www.eventbrite.com/e/58096834195 (Booking required)

Sunday 28 March

Clock change!!! Once again we are in Irish Summer Time since 02:00 last night!! That means the clock was set one hour forward. Do NOT adjust your mobile phone or your computer before you have checked them. They are smart enough to do it themselves normally.

+ “Marona’s Fantastic Tale” (L’extraordinaire voyage de Marona) by Anca Damian – Animated Film (French with English subtitles) – Suitable for children – Francophonie Festival in Ireland – every day until 30 March – 08:00-00:00 www.facebook.com/events/2926426410922454 (Booking required) Duration: 90min
+ The Science of Komodo Dragons (Age 6-14) – Theatre of Science UK 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/events/774520386822129
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only) 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin www.facebook.com/BlackrockMarket/
+ OUTing the Past Dublin 2021 – Fashion Activism Workshop 12:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/032021/OUTing-the-Past-Dublin-2021-Fashion-Activism-Works
+ Sunday @ Noon – Classical Concerts – Hugh Lane Gallery: Banbha Quartet performing Haydn and Tchaikovsky 12:00-13:00 www.facebook.com/events/300303211509787

+ OUTing the Past Dublin 2021 – It’s What You Wear – Talk 15:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Decorative-Arts-History/Events/032021/OUTing-the-Past-Dublin-2021-Its-What-You-Wear
+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/282549013241761
+ Jim & James – Irishgigs Live 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/126579569362627/

What’s on and free next week….

Monday 29 Mar

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Surviving or Thriving? Supporting wellbeing in the arts sector: Music – Panel Discussion – Waterford Healing Arts Trust 10:30-11:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/142635774441
+ Jumbo Crime Quiz #1 – Dublin Libraries 19:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/442726463454532
+ Having no use for men at all: The Political & Private Lives of Irish Revolutionary Female Couples – History Talk – Irish American Heritage Museum (Albany, New York) 00:00-01:30 Online www.facebook.com/events/473525086987121

Tuesday 30 Mar

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 5: Music: Nurturing the Creative Mindset: Time & tools to support resilience and forward thinking – Workshop – Waterford Healing Arts 10:30-11:30 Online waterfordhealingarts.com/surviving-or-thriving-workshop-5-music/ (Booking required)
+ Get Stuffed! – Family Event – Natural History Museum 11:00-12:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Natural-History/Events/202103/Family-Event-Get-Stuffed!
+ What Is Blockchain & Why Does It Matter – Webinar – Iconic Offices with Lory Kehoe 12:00-13:00 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/what-is-blockchain-why-does-it-matter/ (Booking required)
+ The Final Six Months of the War of Independence – Talk – Raheny Library 19:00-20:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/145040675565 (Booking required)
+ “That demesne belonged to me before you came over with Cromwell” – Agrarianism and the burning of Big Houses in the War of Independence, 1920-21 – Lecture – National Library 19:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx (Booking required)

Wednesday 31 Mar

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Coffee Conversation: The Birth of Venus by Lady Beatrice Glenavy – Talk – Hugh Lane Gallery 11:00 www.hughlane.ie/lectures/forthcoming-lectures/3091-coffee-conversation-31-march-2021
+ “Trans PRIDE” at Work 11:00-13:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/144192773467
+ Representation in Adult Learning and its Impact – Discussion – Léargas 12:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/144218488381
+ Lecture: Glendalough – Making places with objects – National Museum 13:00 Online www.museum.ie/en-IE/Museums/Archaeology/Events/Lecture-Glendalough;-Making-places-with-objects
+ Having a whale of a time at Dublin’s Dead Zoo – Talk – National Botanic Gardens 15:00-16:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/142251001575 (Booking required)
+ Working Remotely to Design the Lifestyle of Your Dreams – Talk – Grow Remote 18:00-19:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/146962383445 (Booking required)
+ Pilates – Move, Mobilise & Manifest – Iconic Offices and Audrey O’Connor – Live 18:30-19:30 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/pilates/
+ How to prepare effectively for your next interview – Seminar – Caterpillar Career Coaching 19:00-20:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/146778533545 (Booking required)
+ Adult Drama Meet Up – Weekly – ADHD Ireland 19:00-20:00 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/147876900791 (Booking required)
+ Wikipedia Editing Evening – TOG Dublin Hackerspace 19:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/213374853899025
+ Adults living with Type 2 Diabetes – Webinar – Diabetes Ireland 19:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/3643958689059758/
+ Lived lives: The Irish Queer Archive – Talk – National Library 19:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx (Booking required)
+ Legacies of Madness; Jonathan Swift, Irish Writing and Mental Health – History Talk – Trasna na Tire 20:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/137610054900630

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 01 Apr

April Fool’s Day!!!

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ Surviving or Thriving? Supporting wellbeing in the arts sector: Theatre – Panel Discussion – Waterford Healing Arts Trust 10:30-11:30 Online www.eventbrite.ie/e/142662333881
+ Virtual exhibition tour of ‘WWI: Exploring the Irish Experience’ – National Library 11:00 Online www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx (Booking required)
+ Online Midterm Special for Teens: Potato Print Patterns – Chester Beatty Library 12:00 Online chesterbeatty.ie/whats-on/online-midterm-special-for-teens-potato-print-patterns/
+ How to Talk to People When you’re Self-Conscious or Socially Awkward – Webinar – Iconic Offices with Anis Qizilbash 12:30-13:10 Online iconicoffices.ie/events/how-to-talk-to-people/ (Booking required)
+ Surviving or Thriving? Workshop 6: Theatre – Working in the arts: How to live on the edge of chaos – Workshop – Waterford Healing Arts 12:30-13:30 Online waterfordhealingarts.com/surviving-or-thriving-workshop-6-theatre/ (Booking required)
+ Mark Clare, The Unavoidable Interconnectedness of Everything by UCD Environmental Humanities – Talk 16:00-17:00 Online www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/139622728339
+ Dublin, Friendship and Outsiders: Rónán Hession and Fíona Scarlet – Little Museum Talks 18:00 Online www.onedublinonebook.ie/whats-on/ (Booking required)
+ AI and Ethics. Moral Machines – Model Behaviour – Digital Cultures Webinar Series 2021 – NCAD 19:00-20:00 Online www.ncad.ie/gallery-event/view/digital-cultures-webinar-series-2021
+ Lime Square Poets featuring Daniel Galvin – Online Poetry Event 19:45-21:!5 Online www.facebook.com/events/130837602297540

Friday 02 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online www.facebook.com/RainbowMusicPhil/
+ RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra: Gluck, Barber, Haydn with Robert Houlihan – Concert – National Concert Hall 19:00 Online orchestras.rte.ie/events/3472/gluck-barber-haydn-with-robert-houlihan/?ticketID=1617390000
+ Gavin Carroll live on Irishgigs 20:00-21:00 Online www.facebook.com/events/272574024399869/

And there is more…

Science Gallery – In These Strange Times
On 12 March 2021 – exactly one year after COVID closed the doors of the Science Gallery for the first time – a new programme was launched called “IN THESE STRANGE TIMES”. It is an evolving series created in response to the global pandemic and it consists of a new exhibit and a number of Podcasts at the moment. dublin.sciencegallery.com/whats-on-2

I remember the 12 March 2020 very very well! I was in the Science Gallery in the morning for the media launch of the newest exhibition and while the two great lead mediators showed me around and explained all the exhibits to me, we found out that the government just had announced that all museums and galleries would have to close from that evening. The public launch was planned for the evening and had to be cancelled and we couldn’t it when we found out. If anyone had said at that time that a whole year later we are still in lockdown, we definitely would have declared that person as insane! :-O

End “Direct Provisioning” for Asylum Seekers
On 10 April 2021 the “Direct Provisioning” system for asylum seekers in Ireland will be 21 years old! It is an inhuman and degrading system where genuine asylum seekers are forced to live in camps, often are not allowed to work and get very little “pocket money”. It is degrading because their whole independence as adults is taken away from the asylum seekers and from a country like Ireland, that “exported” millions of economic migrants to countries all over the world, we should demand a different treatment of migrants no matter for what reason they came to Ireland.

The “Say No to Direct Provisioning” initiative is running 21 nights of online protest with short Zoom events every evening at 21:00. Find out more details on the event page here www.facebook.com/events/120711176663109 and their Facebook profile here www.facebook.com/AbolishDirectProvisionIreland/ And if you are not too sure what Direct Provisioning really means and why it is a bad system, check this out en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Direct_provision

Facebook is still not able to provide an events list that does not require you to specify the category of the events AND to use a search term. That means it is impossible to search for all cultural events in Dublin on a Saturday and a Sunday, for example. This has the effect that people can not search effectively for events and then event organisers will put up less event notices.
If anybody of the dear Dublin Event Guide readers has a TINY bit (or even more) of influence on Facebook people in charge, PLEASE get them to fix their search engine. And if you need more detail, I am more than happy to help!

Is learning a new skill part of your plans for the new year? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available.
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at shor.by/GqCk And if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)

For 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 when you purchase a book and it doesn’t cost you a cent: shor.by/BookDepository  .

Hotel Quarantine starts…but NOTHING will change!
You probably have heard about the brand new Hotel Quarantine system that will lock away arrival at the airport and ports for 12 days if they come from the wrong country or don’t have a PCR test.

It is a complex and expensive system that will ot make the slightest difference on our infection rates. Read here in my blog why:


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

Take care,

–Joerg (dublineventguide@gmail.com)



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