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Event Guide 130: More Christmas Markets and Fairs, ToeJam Carboot Sale, Gloria Choir, Piano Recital

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 130
| 11 December 2009 Subscribers: 5479

Hi all!

Christmas time meant in the past that there would be lots of Christmas Parties/Drinks but this has changed in the last two years and this year it seems that more parties were cancelled than did take place. For me there is only one Christmas party this year in the context of my day job and guess when it took place. Yes, last night (Thursday)! Don’t they know that this is “Event Guide Night”?? Well, actually they didn’t mind too much. ;-) But I did go to the party and starting this Event Guide it is 01:00 on Friday morning. Hmmm, not so great, I know. I have to admit that I considered the possibility of skipping this week’s Event Guide. Writing for another 12 hours after a Christmas party doesn’t sound like lots of fun. But, hey, you know that you can rely on me and I wouldn’t want to disappoint you. So, here it is! Some sections are a little shorter than usual, but I am sure you forgive me. ;-)
Please help letting lots more people know about the Event Guide by printing out the flyers that I have put together some while ago and by hanging them up at your work place or in your university or school or sports club/gym/church:
If you have another idea how to spread the word, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with “Spread the word” in the subject line. All serious ;-) suggestions will be mentioned in one of the next issues and you will get credit for it!

For this week’s “Feel Good Slot” I have a suggestion for you: The pre-Christmas time is for many people not the easiest time. If they have no loved ones around or nearby, if they lost an important person or just because they are not feeling their best currently. If you know someone that is a little “under the weather”, i.e. someone that doesn’t feel his or her best. Do something nice for them. Maybe just listen to them or invite them for a coffee or buy them a tiny present or just say something nice to them. If you give love, you will receive love! Try it and allow yourself to feel good when you do something nice.
And if you need a little musical support AND want to have a good laugh about music, clothes and dancing guys from 1986, have a look at this video clip: www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JOhdTDeGZw Too funny! :-)

A big thanks to Caroline C. from www.irishdeafkids.ie and to Brian R. from www.irishcoincufflinks.com (Have a look at Caroline’s and at Brian’s websites if you are looking for nice Christmas presents!!) I very much appreciate their and every other donation without which this Event Guide wouldn’t be able to survive. Do you have the relatively small amount of EUR 12 or maybe even EUR 20 (or more if you wish) available that you could spend for the up-keep of this newsletter?

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Currently more than 5000 people are receiving this Event Guide every week and the wonderful people that have helped financially to get this newsletter to you every week are listed in the section above. To keep this newsletter going in its current form and to improve the layout and readability your help is needed! You can donate as much as you want or can, but if you need some guidance, maybe consider just ONE Euro per month i.e. 12 Euro per year (that is just 25 cent per newsletter) as a fair donation. (A once-yearly payment is better for you and me than a monthly payment.) — I know, some of you multiply 5000 x 12 and come up with huge numbers. ;-) I like your positive thinking, but over the last two years only about 2% of the subscribers have donated anything, so I am definitely not enriching myself ;-), your donation is really only used to ensure the survivability of this newsletter.

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges (or at least appear to be free) unless otherwise stated. I try to find confirmation in all cases and do my best to double-check the information. However errors can happen and therefore no promise for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

This section is intended to provide some help in picking and choosing from the huge number of events by sharing with you what I will/might or would do. Let me know if it is helpful, otherwise I might remove this section again to shorten the newsletter. 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.

Vistaprint are offering 250 free Business Cards PLUS a free holder to everybody if you click on the banner above or the link below. Maybe you have just started a new business or you have a serious ;-) hobby that could do with being properly and professionally promoted? You can design your business cards, they will be printed for you and all you pay is the postage to get them sent to you. Unfortunately the link last week was not entirely correct, here is the correct one:

Next week will be a short week for me. Hurray! On Thursday I will go to Germany for a few days. I haven’t been there for many months, so it is time again. But it will be only a short visit and SOMEHOW I need to see how I can get an Event Guide out to you before I go. Not sure yet how I will manage, but you will be first to know. ;-)
This weekend I recommend that you go to the 12 Days of Christmas Market in the Docklands and to the ToeJam Car Boot Sale (Saturday). I will go to both. The Christmas Events at Farmleigh House sound great as well. They are a bit more tailored for children, but there is some good music performances. And then you should have a look at the x-Arts Market of the Centre for Creative Practices (see Saturday for more detail).
With the hot Christmas Phase approaching, the number of events during the week is not that huge anymore, but it would be a very odd time when Dublin wouldn’t offer any free cultural activities. :-)


This week, I have no Competition for you, but if you work in a company that would be prepared to give a few items away for getting mentioned in this section, please contact me. I am always open for new ideas. If you have tickets for non-free gigs that normally wouldn’t make it in the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), let me know and I will explain to you how the competitions work. Send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with Competitions in the subject line.

All events in this Competition Section are non-free events, but the organisers are making free tickets available for you to win. I usually get lots of competition entries and unfortunately not everybody can win, so even if you are not the winner, please consider going to an event to support the organisers. :-) If you don’t win, and will go to the event, please help showing the organisers that promoting their event in the Dublin Event Guide is beneficial and mention to them that you heard about the event through “Joerg’s Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”. Thanks!

______Dublin News______________

I mentioned in the SATURDAY section, but obviously this Christmas market is on every day from now until 23 December. Temple Bar didn’t bother to offer any Christmas activities, I didn’t even hear about the lighting of the Christmas lights in Temple Bar, which was a special occasion last year.
So, go to the Docklands and drink the Gluehwein and enjoy the atmosphere.

The Samuel Beckett Bridge that will connect Sir Rogerson’s Quay on the southisde of the Liffey with the IFSC area on the northside has been opened during the week. It will be one of the most important bridges across the Liffey, but with four lanes it is not particularly large…O’Connell Bridge has six lanes.


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and to create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. The banks don’t help anymore, the government doesn’t want to help, so we have to help ourselves! The Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will help you if you have recently started a company and if you could do with spreading the word. I hope being mentioned here and being seen by the 5400+ readers of the Event Guide will kick start something big for you. In return I expect you to tell your clients and friends about the Event Guide and once you have made a nice bit of money, a donation would be very appreciated. ;-) (This offer is for start-ups in relatively early stages only. Established companies can contact me regarding very affordable advertisement options in the Dublin Event Guide.) If you want to promote your start-up/young company here for free, let me know: dublineventguide@gmail.com.

Does your expertise sometimes go unrecognized because your English is not at the level you would like it to be? Then the new Association of World-Class English Speakers could be exactly what you need. Marie Mahon is a linguist, entrepreneur and second language expert with a huge amount of experience teaching languages and studying the challenges we second language speakers have. With that in mind he has decided to support second language speakers through a new online community & resource for world-class professionals in business through English as a Second language, which will be focused around a membership website for speakers of other languages doing business through English. If you would like to get her tips, techniques and strategies to help you take your English language to a world-class level, sign up today for a free weekly newsletter and a free World-class English Speaker’s starter pack. www.totalbusinesssystem.com/app/?af=1105396
On Tues 15 Dec at 20:00 a free inspirational teleseminar series will start and is entitled “Secrets of Successful English Speakers”. If you are interested in learning lots on this call, register via the link above and get all information about the call via e-mail.

Caitriona Ellis, the mother of a one year old boy realised a few months ago that she absolutely does not want to go back to work. However losing the income was not really a viable option. So as a consequence she worked hard on finding a way that she could stay at home with her son and still have an income. In these six months she has transformed herself from being a corporate employee of 10+ years to being a stay at home Mum with 5 new streams of income and she is now ready to share that with you. The Assocation of Moms On Maternity mission is to enable Moms to live their dreamlifestyle. A.M.O.M. is an online membership community which guides you step-by-step through achieving your dreamlifestlye as a Mum.
Register here to get some free reports and over time get a lot more information: www.amomwithoptions.com/cmdx.php?af=1105293
On Monday 14 Dec at 20:00 there will be a free telecall, where you can learn all about affiliate marketing (one of Caitriona’s new income streams) from Paul Evans, Multi-Millionaire Affiliate Marketer and if you register using the link above you will get an invitation to the telecall.


‘The Land’, an exhibition of fine art photography by Ed Gordon and Peter Gordon of ExploreLight, will be on show at Smock Alley Theatre on West Sussex Street from 09-23 Dec (Mon-Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 10:00-16:00).. www.explorelight.com

After four years and over 80 exhibitions and events, thisisnotashop on Benburb Street is closing its door and for a last time invites you. The group show is called ‘The Long Goodbye’ and contains of work by past thisisnotashop artists. The show will run from 10-13 Dec only. The artists are Wendy Judge, Robert Carr, Marta Fernandez Calvo, Gordon Matta-Clark, Chequerboard, Kathryn Maguire, Jessica Foley, Aine Ivers, Clive Murphy, Patricia McKenna, Fiona Larkin, Terry Markey and Will St Leger.
The 3rd Annual Christmas (Art) Fair will then take place from 17-19 Dec. Artists can submit work for the fair by bringing work along to the gallery and claiming their wall space from 14:00-20:00 on Wed 16 Dec. No commission will be charged.

Patrick Donald , a specialist Black and White Photographer, will exhibit (and sell) his work from 10-24 Dec in a dedicated gallery space in 10, Hibernian Way (near the Dawson Street entrance). www.blackandwhiteireland.com

‘The Great Redundant’ is a group show at the Sebastian Guinness Gallery in Temple Bar. It will run from 10 Dec – 23 Jan and exhibits work by Sean O Sullivan, Peter Cabocky, Nuala Clarke, Darragh Hughes, Audrey Reilly, Meabh Redmond, Enda MacNally, Meadhbh O’Connor, David Eager Maher, Jason Dunne, Nicolas Feldmeyer, Bryan Keane, Sam Keogh and Vanessa Donoso Lopez.

‘Bouvard et Pécuchet’, a group exhibition featuring work by Ella Burke, Cayetana H. Cuyás, Carla Debs, Eleanor Duffin, Gerard Erraught, Michelle Hall, Tracy Hanna, Nicola Kirkaldy, Kevin Kirwan, Roos Mascini, James Merrigan, Sharon Murphy, Joseph Noonan Ganley, Magnhild Opdøl, Bennie Reilly, Jenny Spain, Nicky Teegan, Serena Teehan and Ivan Twohig will be on show in the Light House Cinema from 09 Dec – 10 Jan. www.lighthousecinema.ie

A solo exhibition by Frank O’Dea is taking place in the Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar from 07-20 Dec (11:00-18:00). www.frankodea.net

An exhibition of recent works by Emily Robyn Archer at The Master Thief’s Secret Lair at 11 South William Street will be on show from 10-17 Dec. www.emilyrobynarcher.com


The Twisted Pepper in Middle Abbey Street, will be hosting a new series of one night basement galleries and the first up features the work of talented Dundalk graffiti artists Kube & Omin. This one-night-only event takes place on Fri 11 Dec in The Twisted Pepper Basement from 18:00-22:00.Admission is free and all work is for sale. bodytonicmusic.com/events/other/2009/dec/04/exhibition-fresh-every-surface/

The Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA) invites to the opening of ‘Échantillons: Encastrable’, work by Antoine Jolivet and Paul Souviron, who carry out short-lived actions in food, gardening and DIY chain stores. The show opens on Fri 11 Dec from 18:00-21:00. www.encastrable.net and www.imoca.ie

The travel agency “The Travel Department” is inviting to a Christmas Choral Evening on Fri 11 Dec (19:00-21:00) in the Pepper Canister Church in Mount Street Crescent, Dublin 2. It will be am evening of carols and song with the Kathyrn Smith Singers Choir. The night will begin with a drinks reception and The Travel Department will be collecting donations for the Palna Orphanage in India.Admission is free, but a ticket will be required for entry. Please reserve a place by calling (01) 637 1600 or email info@thetraveldepartment.ie specifying the number of tickets required. Places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis.

The 4 Top Show is a new monthly live house music night in the Sugar Club (Leeson Street, Dublin 2) on the second Friday of each month from 23:00. The next event will take place on Fri 11 Dec 09. The main features will be resident dj’s Mad Lime and Greg with accompanyment from Giovani Viskardi and Jason Williams on drums, Wooke on sax and Barry McAlister on Irish Flute. There will also be photography and graphic art from up and coming as well as established Irish artists on show. Admission is free. www.thesugarclub.com/what-is-on.html

* 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.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation classes in Temple Bar every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3). These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information email info@sahajayoga.ie or check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie. Classes are also on Mondays at 19:00 in Blanchardstown Library.
* The Covers play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Carlos Irie. Admission is free.


The “12 Day of Christmas” is the only proper Christmas Market in Dublin, so if you want to experience the flair of a proper Christmas Market at least to a certain degree, you have to come to the Docklands. The market is next to the chq building at George’s Dock in the IFSC. It will run until 23 Dec and is open every day from 10:00-20:00 at the weekend and from 12:00-20:00 during the week. www.dublindocklands.ie/12daysofchristmas/index.jsp

On Sat 12 Dec the Christmas Events at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park are
10:00-17:00 Christmas Food Market, Courtyard/Farmyard;
10:00-17:00 Festive Crib & Children’s Christmas Room, Outdoors/Arkle Room;
12:30-13:15 Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, The Old Kitchen;
14:15-15:00 Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, The Old Kitchen;
16:00-16:45 Storytelling for Children with Aideen McBride, The Old Kitchen;
13:30-14:30 Captain Ho Ho’s Christmas Magic Show, Cowshed Theatre
13:30-15:30 Carol Singing with Discovery Gospel Choir, Ballroom;

The registration deadline for this 10k Christmas Fun Run in Phoenix Park is over, but you can still watch the race and cheer the runners on. It will take place in Phoenix Park on Sat 12 Dec from 10:00. www.aware.ie/fundraisingPAges/fundraisingItem.asp?strPageID=63

The annual Christmas Carol Singing for the Peter McVerry Trust is taking place on Sat 12 Dec at 10:30 in front of the GPO and your contribution is needed. Check the details here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=184123037309 Singers of all sizes and skills level and instrumentalist are more than welcome to join in and help out.

A Christmas crafts fair is taking place in Mt Tabor Hall, Sandymount Green in Sandymount on Sat 12 Dec from 10:30-14:30. Admission is free. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/41/50808841.html Don’t get confused by the wrong month in the event notice, it is quite unlikely that on 12 November a Christmas Crafts Fair would take place. ;-)

On Sat 12 Dec the NCAD 20×20 Art Sale will take place at the former Cultivate centre on West Essex Street in the Temple Bar Old Town (near Cow’s Lane). Paintings on 20 x 20cm panels by 3rd and some 2nd Year Fine Art Painting undergraduates from NCAD will be available to purchase for a special price. All proceeds from the sale will go towards funding the end-of-year 3rd Year Painting exhibition in April 2010.

x-Arts Market at the Centre for Creative Practices is described as ” a creative alternative to ”traditional” Christmas shopping for the entire family”. It strated on 04 Dec and will continue until 20 Dec, daily from 11:00-22:00. You will find original Paintings, Prints, Photographs, Textiles, Fine Art and Sculpture by outstanding Irish and international artists, you can take part in a series of creative workshops and events for both kids and adults. And you can make your own Christmas Cards, Illustrate Stories by Hans Christian Andersen, Origami, Ikebana, Calligraphy, or just listen/watch/eat/drink Readings, Storytelling, Short Films, Music, Performances, Hot Punch and Christmas Specialities. The workshops are not free, but visiting the market is free. The x-Arts Market is at the Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2. www.cfcp.ie/xart.htm

# A Christmas Open Day is taking place all day on Sat 12 Dec in Collins Barracks:
Festive day of carol singing with the Lassus Scholars and Piccolo Lasso. Family Workshops, Seasonal Gallery Talk and a Christmas Trail. A day for everyone. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=858
# “Inspectorium: Winter Woollies” is taking place on Sat 12 Dec from 14:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks for all ages. Visit the Discovery Den and find out how animals keep themselves warm during the winter months. Drop-in event. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=893

The weird and wonderful Toejam Xmas Carboot Sale is taking place on Sat 12 Dec from 13:00-19:00 in the car park (access through smoking area of pub) of the Bernard Shaw Pub, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2. As usual the yard is full of cars and stalls and there will be Pizzas from the “Big Blue Bus-Pizza Kitchen”, Ice Cream, Gammy Christmas Jumpers, Christmas Trees, Warm Apple Cider, Crepes,
Dutch Tubs, Mulled Buckfast, Hooka Pipes (Arabian pipes on the bus).
bodytonicmusic.com/events/toejam/2009/nov/06/toe-jam-christmas-carboot-sale/ Last year I bought a Yule Log there from the most charming Yule Log seller. In the new year I silly-ly and unfortunately dropped the Yule Log, which was a pity. That won’t happen to me again, dear Yule Log seller! ;-)

The Central Library in Ilac Centre is inviting children to a workshop “Making Snowflakes” with artist Kitty Rogers. A Christmas crafts session for children of all ages. Transform humble newsprint into a beautiful snowflake, with a chance to make a Christmas card or two – glitter absolutely essential! Saturday 12 Dec 14:00-16:00.

# “Highlights of the Collection” is the Saturday Tour in the National Gallery on Sat 12 Dec from 14:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The Embassy of the Philippines in cooperation with The Filipino Community Network (FCN) invites you to the “Paskong Pinoy sa Dublin” Christmas Concert featuring various Filipino Community Choral Groups on Sat 12 Dec at 16:00. The event takes place in Trinity Church Network, The Exchange, 50 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1. Admission is free and you are meant to register your place by sending a mail to dublin.philembassy@gmail.com, but they might let you in even if you didn’t register. expatpinoy.blogspot.com/2009/11/embassy-invitation-paskong-pinoy-sa.html (Thanks to Cornelia who found this event.)

Red Stables is an artist studio space in St. Anne’s Park. On Sat 12 Dec at 16:30 there will be a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. More information about it and about some workshops that are happening during Sat and Sun can be found here: www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/ArtsOffice/TheRedStables/Documents/Red_Stables_Christmas_flyer.pdf

Readings from the works of Emily Bronte, Angela Carter, T.S. Eliot and others will take place in Abbey Theatre on Saturday 12 Dec and “delve into the most eerie and atmospheric aspects of wintertime.” Directed by Andrea Ainsworth with the cast of Caoilfhionn Dunne, Bosco Hogan, Ruth McGill, this event will start at 18:00 and will take place on the Abbey Stage. Admission is free but booking is essential. (01-8787222 or email boxoffice@abbeytheatre.ie). Peter Bodie found this event! Thanks!

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar 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
* The Dublin Food Coop runs a food market every Saturday (09:30-16:30) and Thursday (14:00-20:00) at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Fresh local and artisan produce, mainly organic, and other products for sustainable living are on sale. www.dublinfood.coop
* Sunday Market & Car Boot Sale at Kart City
Old Airport Road, Santry, Dublin 9. The Kart City Weekend Market is open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 08:00-16:00 and until the end of May all car boot sellers can sell for free. sundaymarket.ie/
* 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
* 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 resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

______Sunday __________________

See Saturday for details.

From Sun 29 Nov – Sun 20 Dec, every Sunday this market will take place at Village Green. There will be stalls each with different goods: Giftware, Jewellery, Candles, Toys, Clothing, Food, Crafts, Flowers and many more. In addition there will be free entertainment provided (Santa, Face-painting, Choirs, Lighting, etc) and free parking is available. dublincity.olx.ie/village-green-christmas-market-tallaght-iid-56695990

The 16th European Cross Country Championships 2009 will be held in Dublin on 13 Dec in Santry Park from 10:00-16:00. This is the first European Athletics Championship event ever to be held in Ireland and it would be great to celebrate that by getting as many people as possible to see it. But unfortunately this is not the case. Instead tickets are sold for EUR 20. So, if it wasn’t the first event of that sort ever in Ireland, I wouldn’t even mention it. www.dublin2009.ie

On Sun 13 Dec the Christmas Events at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park are
10:00-17:00 Christmas Food Market, Courtyard/Farmyard;
10:00-17:00 Festive Crib & Children’s Christmas Room, Outdoors/Arkle Room;
12:00-12:30, 13:45-14:15, 15:30-16:00 The Witch in the Wood with special guest ‘Rudolf’ Christmas Puppet show with Anne Fitzpatrick, Cowshed Theatre
12:00-16:00 Barbershop Melodies with the Mellowchords, Outdoors;
13:00-16:00 Horse & Carriage Rides, Outdoors;
12:45-13:30, 14:30-15:15, 15:15-17:00 13:00-14:00 Storytelling for Children with Aideen Mc Bride, The Old Kitchen
13:30-15:30 Carol Singing with New Dublin Voices, Ballroom

“Ignite your child’s imagination this Christmas with a host of free seasonal entertainment, including hilarious puppet shows and festive storytelling sessions, as part of the “BIDs for Kids” Winter programme.” (BID stands for Dublin City Business Improvement District.) Each weekend from the 15 Nov-12 Dec this unique way for kids and families to experience the magical atmosphere of Dublin City Centre this Christmas will take place in a number of city centre locations including Powerscourt Town House Shopping Centre, Ilac Shopping Centre, St Stephens Green Shopping Centre and Jervis Shopping Centre.
Each weekend, Conor Lambert’s Custard Pie Puppet Company will entertain and create a drama with live interactive puppet shows in the Ilac Centre and St Stephens Green Shopping Centres. They will perform stories like ‘Christmas Crackers’, which will bring lots of sing-a-long fun for all the family. Puppeteer Anne Fitzpatrick will perform the story of ‘The Witch in the Wood’. Story teller Susie Minto will take children on magical, mysterious and mythical journeys to other lands and times with her Christmas and Winter themed stories from many traditions – Irish, Russian, North American and European. She will be in the Powerscourt Town Centre and Jervis Street Shopping Centre.
There will be four events taking place each day, running for 30 minutes. Children aged two to ten years old, accompanied by an adult, are welcome. The sessions are free but pre-booking is essential as spaces are limited.
Puppet Shows:
St Stephens Green Shopping Centre: Sat+Sun 11:00-12:00
Ilac Shopping Centre: Sat+Sun 14:00-15:00
Storytelling Sessions:
Jervis Shopping Centre: Sat+Sun 11:00-12:00
Powerscourt Town Centre: Sat+Sun 14:00-15:00
To reserve your place, contact bidsforkids@dublincitybid.ie or ring 01 8994015.

The Botanic Garden in Glasnevin is inviting to a Christmas Farmers Market from 12:00 on Sun 13 Dec and to a visit of Santa Claus at the Gardens from 14:00. Activities in the Gardens on the day will include a traditional Storyteller, who will have you on the edge of your seats with his magical storytelling. Special Christmas music will also be performed. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

It is Storytime in Hughes & Hughes in Dundrum! Every Sunday from 12:00 you should bring all the family for storytelling and cookies plus extra fun activities, including crafts & face painting. All ages welcome. www.hughesbooks.com/

Nearly every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place in the Hugh Lane Gallery. From 12:00-13:00 classical music will be performed for free. No booking is required. This week’s concert on 13 Dec is with John Finucane, clarinet Gabriela Istoc, soprano and Dearbhla Collins, piano. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=399

‘Bah Humbug’ is a day of ephemeral visual art and performance salons that will take place in The Back Loft from 14:00 to late on Sun 13 Dec. Work by 25 artists, complemented by an ephemeral cafe with live piano music from 14:00-19:00. Mamuska Dublin will present the audience with a series of short live art performances in an atmospheric and informal setting from 20:00 till late. (Gallery Details: Back Loft, 7/11 Augustine Street, Dublin 8, www.lacatedralstudios.org and www.thebackloft.blogspot.com)

The Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square is running a “Sunday Sketching for 7+ year olds” programme. The title this week (13 Dec 15:00-16:00) is “Stranded in a snowstorm!” Admission is free. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=356

# “Hands on History” is taking place in Collins Barracks on Sun 13 Dec from 15:00 and is suitable for Age 5+. Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling. Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=859

# “The Holy Family (Room 29)” by Lecturer Carla Marrinan, Irish Museums Association is the weekly Sunday lecture on 13 Dec from 15:00. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

Nearly every Sun from 16:00-21:00 “Holy Joes Infernal Cabaret” takes place in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Admission is free. The next event is on Sun 13 Dec with The Reggaelators, Superkasanova, David Clarke. The event will be recorded for the GigEvent Live Video Podcast on www.mixtape.ie. www.myspace.com/gigevent

Free comedy, free ice-cream. What more do you want? :-) The Comedy Crunch is a brilliant free Stand Up comedy, currently every fortnight downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Georges Street. It starts at 21:00 (sharp!) and the line-up is impressive. This week Gerry McBride and Rory O’Hanlon will perform. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* Blackhorse Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday 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
* The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) will be back in Bruxelles, Harry Street near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel from 30 Aug. The start time is advertised as 18:00, but the actual start is usually significantly later. The gigs are not EVERY week, but most weeks. Admission is free.
* Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Globe in Sth George’s Street from 20:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.myspace.com/sundayroast1
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The great Funk/Soul/Reggae/Jazz band Mob Fandango are playing in the newly renovated Camden Street Palace every Sunday evening from 20:00-22:00. Admission is free. www.myspace.com/mobfandango
* 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
* The Brazilian Samba Rock Band +55 is playing every Sunday at the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-22:00, followed by a DJ playing Forro, Axe, and a mixture of Brazilian rhythms and salsa beats. Admission is free before 21:00 and EUR 5 after that.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* 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
* Gardiner Street 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
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Vir gin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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_______________


Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening night Cine-Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are back. These two programmes take place on alternating weeks with the next event taking place on Mon 14 Dec at 19:00. The venue is Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). Because there can be changes to the start time depending on other events in the pub, it would does make sense to ring Howard on 085-1351822 to confirm the start time.

Mickey Harte will be in the National Library on Mon 14 Dec at 20:00. Admission is free but booking is essential. “Mickey Harte is the current and most successful manager of the Tyrone Senior Football team and has so far led them to three All-Ireland titles, three Ulster titles, one National League and four Dr McKenna Cups. Harte is well known as one of the shrewdest tacticians in the game today. Growing up in the townland of Glencull, Mickey Harte’s philosophy and faith lie at the core of Tyrone’s success. He is a quiet, humble and deeply spiritual man, which brings its own set of ethics to bear on his outlook.” Booking for this event will open on Wednesday 24 November. Call (01) 6030277 to reserve up to two places.

Gloria is Dublin’s choir of the LBGT community and every year at Christmas the Gloria Choir has to very very popular concerts that usually “sell out” rapidly. The concerts are free and you can get tickets from 18:00 on the day for a 20:00 start of the concert. It takes place in St. Ann’s Church in Dawson Street on Mon 14 Dec and on Tues 15 Dec (that’s how popular it is!) If you are interested in this concert, make sure that you are there at 18:00 to get the tickets for the night! www.gloria.ie/

The free telecall that is mentioned in the Opportunities section of this newsletter for mothers that would prefer to stay at home AND continue getting an income is taking place on Mon 14 Dec at 20:00. Register via www.amomwithoptions.com/cmdx.php?af=1105293 to get the invitation to that free telecall.

* Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the recently-formed music collective the ‘Lazy Band’ is playing roots, trad and folk songs from Ireland, England, America and anything else they like. Admission is free and the bar serves during the show. Some people order up pizzas from downstairs. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* ‘Hugh Cooney Don’t Like Monday’, a cabaret and live visual performance by Hugh Cooney, will take place every Monday night from 20:30 at The Pygmalion, South William Street, Dublin 2 (formerly Ba Mizu in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.myspace.com/hughcooneycomotions
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, Wicklow Street: The Glór Sessions feature acoustic singer-songwriters, comedy, spoken word and poetry hosted by Stephen James Smith. Entry is free. www.stephenjamessmith.com/Glor.html
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.
* From 22:00, the front bar of Whelans is the venue for the Open Mic event “Acoustic Nightmares Night”, organised by the band The Mighty Stef and some members from The Last Tycoons. This is a free event. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* Upbeat Generation is playing Soul/Funk/Rock Covers in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2 from 22:00. Later: DJ Rasheed. Admission is free.


12 embroidery students from NCAD will be holding an exhibition on Tues 15 Dec in Shebeen Chic, 4 Georges Street. The show will run from 17:30-21:30. A huge variety of work will be available and the idea is to challenge the very definition of embroidery – and to set your heart racing! ;-) Admission is free and exhibited art will be for sale. www.shebeenchic.ie/ (Thanks to Ciara for letting me know!)

The Embassy of Brazil in Ireland is inviting to a piano recital by Eduardo Monteiro on Tues 15 Dec at 18:00 in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. Admission is free, but you should register your interest here 01-411 0870 or cultural@brazil.ie. Born in Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Monteiro is considered to be one of the most prominent Brazilian piano player.

The National College of Art and Design/Gallery presents ‘Instruments of mass persuasion: Recruiting in 20th Century Ireland: War posters in the 1930s and 40s.’, a public lecture by Wendy Williams (NCAD). It will take place in the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD on Tuesday 15 Dec at 18:30. “The poster became an increasingly eloquent means of engendering a proactive mindset for recruiting to both the British Army and subsequently Óglaigh na hÉireann during the first half of the 20th century. In this talk selected works, with reference to the work of Abram Games, are examined in terms of motivations, ideologies and responses.” Admission is free, but spaces are limited, so come early. boothr@ncad.ie ncadnews.u123.hosting365.ie/news/

The first of a series of teleseminars for people that use English in business as their second language will be on Tues 15 Dec at 20:00 as described in the Opportunities section in this newsletter. During this call Marie Mahon will interview Frederique Murphy, a successful communication consultant, entrepreneur and mindset expert who was born in France and who now lives in North County Dublin. Frederique runs her own consultancy business, serving clients across the globe through English as her second language. She will be sharing her tips and techniques as a successful English speaker in business on the first call in this inspirational series. To get invited to the call register via www.totalbusinesssystem.com/app/?af=1105396

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghues on Suffolk Street every Tueas 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
* 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


From 07 Oct -16 Dec, the German Department of the (SALIS) at Dublin City University (DCU) presents a film series about the “Berlin Wall 1961-1989” in co-operation with the Goethe-Institut Irland. All films will be screened in Original language with English subtitles. The venue is DCU in Glasnevin in the School of Applied Language and Intercultural Studies, Room C124. www.goethe.de/ins/ie/dub/kue/en5067693v.htm
The last films in the series is on Wed 16 Dec 15:00: Das deutsche Kettensägenmassaker/The German Chainsaw Massacre

The Royal Hibernian Academy is inviting to a series of lectures by the RHA’s artist Members and Honorary Members. There are a limited number of spaces available on selected lectures before Christmas. The lectures still with availability are:
+ Louis Marcus HRHA on 16 December
There is no admission fee and the remaining spaces will be offered on a first come, first serve basis. Lectures will begin at 17:30 in the Friends Room of the RHA, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. For further information or to see the full lecture series listings, check www.royalhibernianacademy.ie/html/educate/educate_lecture.html

The Instituto Cervantes will screen the film “El perro del hortelano” by Pilar Miró (1996) (Spanish with English subtitles) on Wed 16 Dec. Admission is free and the screening starts at 18:30 in the Instituto Cervantes in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, near the Nassau Street entrance of the National Gallery. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha59938_16_2.htm

* CoCo Markets at Docklands. Every Wed from 15 Apr-28 Aug from 12:00-14:30 a CoCo food market is taking place at Excise Walk in the IFSC. www.dublindocklands.ie/index.jsp?p=94&n=341&i=26
* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “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 on SOME Wednesdays. The frequency got less predictable in recent weeks/months and you should check the website before going. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* 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.


* A weekly pub quiz is taking place in Peadar Kearneys, Dame Street every Thursday. Register from 19:00. There is no charge.
* Open Mic Night – Lucan County Bar. Set-up and run by Ian Smith, who is a friend of mine, this event will take place every last Thursday in the month at 20:00. The venue is the 1st floor of the Lucan County Bar (on the grounds of the Lucan Spa Hotel on the N4). www.lucanspahotel.ie/ENG/map.html
* 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.
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Mullingar House in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=111621257112
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.turkshead.ie
* The Poor Boys play Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2. Later: DJ Tim. Admission is free.


“A Christmas Evening with the Celtic Tenors” is the theme of an event that takes place on Fri 18 and Sat 19 Dec at 20:00 in Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park. Celebrate Christmas at Farmleigh by joining Matthew, Daryl and James as they serenade you with a mixture of tenor classics and a selection of their favourite Christmas songs. Admission is by ticket only and all applications must be received by 12:00 on Fri 11 Dec. To apply for entry to the draw please go to www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/christmas2009/celtictenors/#d.en.12466 (Due to demand only winners will be notified by e-mail.)


This section contains lots of events this week that 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:

Yes, you wouldn’t believe it, but Christmas is sooo close that I will add it today to the pre-announcements. ;-) Good news, though, you don’t need any tickets for it. :-)
But seriously, there are two great events that I can strongly recommend: If you want to listen to a great radio programme on the 24 Dec in the morning, listen to Dublin’s 98. We, the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, will entertain you from 08:00-10:00.
And if you are still looking for a place where you will go to a Christmas Eve mass with a difference, join us in Gardiner Street Church, we will sing at that mass.

______This is odd!!______________

Do you agree that if you check for alcohol it is relevant to choose the right timing for it? What do you think is the right time? Maybe between 01:00 and 03:00 in the night? Or maybe even early in the morning? Yep, that’s probably the time when you would be able to catch offenders. But why, oh why, was I in an alcohol control check point twice in the last two weeks between 19:00 and 20:00 on the way INTO the City Centre? Is that not much too early and in the wrong direction?
Yes, I do realise that there will be SOME effect of such early tests in the wrong direction. It MIGHT frighten a few people and they might stay away from alcohol for the night. But since we have warnings and appeals against driving with alcohol everywhere, I guess the real fright will come with getting tested after having had some or too much alcohol.
And I still find it odd, that the police is not allowed to randomly check anybody at any point in any place, but only as official Garda checkpoints.
www.citizensinformation.ie/categories/travel-and-recreation/motoring-1/ the click on “Driving Offences” and now on “Drink Driving Offences”.

Vistaprint are offering 250 free Business Cards PLUS a free holder to everybody if you click on the banner above or the link below. Maybe you have just started a new business or you have a serious ;-) hobby that could do with being properly and professionally promoted? You can design your business cards, they will be printed for you and all you pay is the postage to get them sent to you. Unfortunately the link last week was no entirely correct, here is the correct one:

Yippee, I did get it finished. It didn’t look good at times during the night. ;-) Have a great weekend and a wonderful coming week. Only 2 more weeks to Christmas!


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