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Event Guide 170: Dublin Port Open Day. Moonwatch, Lucan Festival, Living Streets Festival, Culture Night

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 170
| 17 Sept 2010 Subscribers: 7294

Hi all!

I went to the Convention Centre Dublin for last Sunday’s Open Day and since it can take 2500 people in the auditorium and 4000 in another room, I was wondering what event for the Dublin Event Guide Community we could run there! :-) I am sure renting the venue is really really expensive, but lets dream for a moment. What could we do in a room that takes 2500 people and would we be able to fill that room? Do you have any suggestions? Let me know at dublineventguide@gmail.com
For quite some time I had a “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)” Facebook group, but groups are a little clumsy and while it was great some years ago when facebook ranked my group as the most popular in Ireland and lots of people found the Event Guide that way, it is now time to re-assess. The group has over 4000 members, so many of you are in it, but it makes a lot more sense to use a Facebook PAGE now. So, please come over and join me on the brand new Facebook page here www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Event-Guide-for-Free-Events/140170612677799 And after you clicked on LIKE at the top, tell all your friends about it! ;-) I will post regularly event updates on that page and they should then appear in your Facebook Newsfeed. Let’s see how fast we can make it to 1000 people who like the page?

This week you should get the Event Guide a good bit before the more recent release time. Because there is so much to write about AND to research (I am searching through hundreds of websites every Thursday night to find all the free events!) the time when I finish the Event Guide is now relatively late. I am trying to improve on it, but it is not easy! This week I pre-wrote a lot already on Tuesday and Wednesday because today and tomorrow I will be at The Business Summit in the K Club in Kildare. (If you want to follow the event, you can do so on Fri and Sat on twitter.com/TheBizSummit). Maybe this will work better. The big downside is, though, that instead of writing the Event Guide in one night, I will have to work nearly EVERY night of the week on it. Hmmm, that’s a high price to pay! :-P

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This week’s Feel Good Slot reminds you of some inspirational quotes. Some rules of life that we keep forgetting or sometimes even chose to ignore. :-o These Inspirational Quotes are just a tiny subset of the vast amount of uplifting and inspirational quotes, but sometimes it is better to get the good things in small dosage! www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPUc2eW9kr4

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This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Saundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, Fionán O’L, Maeve L, Blaithin O’D, Ciara D, Mike G, Andrej G, Deirdre R, Vanessa O’L, Chris McK, Frank B, Dolores P, Cornelia K, Cathy A, Orla C, Kevin McC, Steph G, Wanda J, Siv M-J, Niamh niS, Gwen H, Jasmin T, Ian O, Eva C, Will P, Gráinne P, Caroline R, Elizabeth F, Suzanne B, Adele G, Jack C, Keeva H, Mairead MacM, Niamh G, Siobhan C, Jackie B, Penny O’D, Kathryn K, Aidan G, Ciara G, Deirdre L, Stephen D, Mary Q, Donald P, Aidan C, Julia Sch, Isak R-B, Sharon O’S, Brajan V, Nancy O’D, Zelie McG, Niamh K, Jennie R, Semin S, Gavin H, David G, Becky B, Emer niB, Niamh N, Ciaran H, Louis M, Gerard Ph, Monika E, Mark K, James O’H, Pere SC, Marsha D, Sarah McC, Patrick O’C, Sandra R, Christoph Sch, Deirdre O’B, Ellen C, Eimear O’F, Luna B, Leslie C, Elaine McH, Elva O’G, Deirdre G, Martin O’M, Maeve C, Ciara O’C, Sarah D, Patrick C, John O’R, Brian C, Brian R, Caroline C, Elaina O’N, Eilis C, Sandra R, Geraldine D, Nora W, Rachel M, Renata V, Carine S, Ruairi O’G, Donna D, Clare D, Tuna Y, Lisa S-O’G, Aga G, Anna B, Ian S, Joan W, Brian R, Bear N, Sebastian B, Tina M, Will McA, Siobhan H, Soeren G, Sheila McC, Regina Q, Marc F, Kieran O’C, Alan S, Orla K, Mike G, David N, Atri B, Damian L, Orna McE, Colm K, Grainne+Kieran C, Paul A, Cathy A, Damien McK, Sharon O’S, Malachy B, Eily O’C, Bridin McI, George K, Fergus O’C, Caitriona F, Marie N, Sarah M, Kalle R, Mervyn M, Thomas D, Anna-Lena F, Veronica F, Filippo G, Eimear McG, Marion K, Susan D, Patricia O’N, Darren B, Jekaterina O, Fergus G, Ailbhe H, Rainey D-G, Johan S, Gareth S, Evan P, Therese O’R, Rebecca M, Eva C, Ming-jia Y, Niamh S, Nikodem R, Padraig K, Stephanie W, Sarah Ann H, Ailis F, Fiona M, Nazim MG, Maureen P, Alda G, Pia O, Pauline R, Patrick Th, Brendan McC, Deirdre C, Patricia F and Aine G and www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.flamencoindalo.com (A group that supports and promotes the art of Flamenco in Ireland.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Dun Laoghaire/Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and lo w priced printer cartridges). The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides regular 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

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. 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.

Are you bothered, bewildered or just bogged down with life at the moment? – Mary Keating, MA, trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, is available for appointments in Custom House Medical Centre, IFSC or at 20 Lower Baggot Street. Please phone 01-6776253 or 0868783086 or email mkeating@iol.ie for enquiries or to make an appointment. Her fees are appropriate to circumstances, so talk to her if you could do with some help and support. www.agalma.ie/therapists/mary-keating

This Friday and Saturday I will be at The Business Summit (www.thebusinesssummit.com) in Kildare, so I will unfortunately miss the Dublin Port Open Day on Saturday and the different, but still interesting sounding “Moonwatch” in Bray. On Sunday I will catch up with some friends and in the evening the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, who I do sound engineering for, will be back after a long summer break. Come to experience this unique and uplifting weekly mass. Even if church is normally not your thing you are more than welcome to spend an hour reflecting about your life while enjoying inspirational Gospel Music throughout the mass. On Wednesday I will try to go to the Living Streets Festival and then on Friday I will be busy from 17:00-23:00 with the Culture Night. Looking forward to it!


Pete Courtney, who was known in Ireland between 2001 and 2006 and had international success too, started recording “karma biscuits” in 2007 and has waited until now to release it “as he believes a socially fresh and positive cycle has returned and the music industries dynamics have favourably shifted. It is an album about one particular soul’s journey and how it maintains its spiritual strength and application of unconditional love to all relationship idioms, and to do it all with a contented smile on its face.” Karma biscuits will be available for download from September 24th onwards on iTunes, Napster, Nokia, Amazon, etc and on Thurs 30 Sept Peter will launch it in the Odessa Club in 13 Dame Court. The launch starts at 20:30 and tickets are EUR 10 and can be requested through bookings@petecourtney.com.
For the readers of the Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events), Pete has made 5 pairs of tickets available and if you would like to be there when he launches his new album, enter the competition by sending a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject KARMA and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your tickets have to be with me by 13:00 on Mon 27 Sept.
music.petecourtney.com/album/karma-biscuits www.myspace.com/petecourtney

Another chance to enter this competition: Inkwell Writers Workshops are preparing for their next big event, The One Stop Self Publishing Conference on 16 October and they have offered TWO tickets for Dublin Event Guide readers for this conference.
The One Stop Self Publishing Conference is aimed at both fiction and non-fiction writers – anyone who wants to see their book in print. Publishing industry experts will present alongside two really successful self published authors, AJ Healy and Benji Bennett, to show writers how to ensure that their book competes on the book shelves. Writers will find out all they need to know to make informed decisions about how to self publish, and how to market and distribute their book – all in one day. Digital publishing will also be covered, showing writers how to bring their books to a worldwide market. The conference runs from 09:00-16:30 on 16 October at the Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel in Killiney, Co. Dublin. The earlybird and concession price is EUR 95 and after the 17 Sept, the price will be EUR 125 per person. You can buy your tickets and find more information on www.onestopselfpublishing.com
If you want to win a ticket for this conference you have to send a mail to info@onestopselfpublishing.com with the subject EVENT GUIDE and your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with the organisers by 13:00 on 30 Sept and if you enter the competition but don’t win, you can still buy the ticket after the draw on 01 October for the earlybird price. onestopselfpublishing.com/

The Theatre Company “La Touche Players” is currently preparing for their next production and they have offered a pair of tickets for an Event Guide reader to let you know about their next project. From Tues 21 Sept – Sat 25 Sept, the will perform Brian Friel’s “Dancing At Lughnasa” every evening at 20:00 in the Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1. “It is Brian Friel’s celebrated tale of a memorable harvest time in remote Donegal as seen through the eyes of a 7 year old boy. Spellbound by his mysterious uncle, a returned missionary, fleeting glimpses of his father and the magic of a Marconi wireless, Michael also senses foreboding and a time of change for his mother and four doting aunts. This modern classic is filled with love, humour, realisation and a telling insight into 1930s Ireland.” Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketoffice.ie/latouche for EUR 15/EUR 12 (plus booking fee).
The deadline for competition entries has passed and I will et you know next week who won the pair of tickets for the performance on Tues 21 Sept. The winner will be notified on Sunday. www.facebook.com/latoucheplayers

Network Dublin, the Organisation for Women in Business, the Professions and the Arts were raising funds for the charity Friends in Ireland, a charity caring for orphans in South Africa affected by HIV/AIDS, with the help of award winning chef Neven Maguire. The event took place in the D4 Berkley Hotel in Ballsbridge on Wed 15 Sept and the pair of tickets was won by Orla Lehane. Congrats! www.friendsinireland.ie/friendsinireland/Main/Home.htm

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______________

The Dublin Bikes, the odd looking blue-ish bikes that are available for everyone, are celebrating their first birthday and it comes with great news. The 450 bikes were used for an impressive total of 1,101,877 journeys in the last 12 months and 28,200 users have signed up for a 12 month subscription. This is hugely more successful than what was initially expected. Imagine, before the scheme started the planners were HOPING to get between 1,500 and 2,000 people to sign up in the first year…and it is actually 28,200!
Being such a success, now it is time to expand. The first step will be 100 more bikes and 4 more bike stations (Smithfield, Eccles Street, Harcourt Terrace, Charlemont Mall). And after that I hope that the scheme will expand further to the periphery of Dublin: Grand Canal Dock, Heuston Station, IFSC, Ballsbridge, Rathmines, Parnell Square are a number of locations that immediately come to mind. But that is just the start!
If you don’t have a Dublin Bike Card yet, have a look at www.dublinbikes.ie and remember that a Dublin Bike Card for one year is just EUR 10. You can use a bike as often as you want and the first 30 minutes every time are completely free. 95% of the 1 mio bike trips were free trips.

For years Ireland was at the top of the wrong league tables. Whenever “expensive” was part of the survey, Ireland made it into the Top 10 or even Top 5. So it is great to be at the bottom of the table now when it comes to Hotel prices: Ireland is among the few countries that have the lowest hotel prices. I know that the hotels are not happy about it, but for the new average price of EUR 79 it finally becomes affordable again. Interestingly even the high season price at the D4 Hotels was EUR 49.10 for a room, so shop around if you have visitors coming.

The Vintners Federation (the organisation of the pub owners) will probably cry into their cornflakes after reading this, but it seems the message is clear: Pub sales fell by 14% while at the same time the drink sales in off-licenses rose by 6.4% and the message is that people are not consuming less, they are just not accepting the crazy prices in pubs anymore. Will the pubs get the message? Doubtful! www.rte.ie/news/2010/0913/drinks.html

Some of you might have seen it, but if you are living in Ireland, have some interest in Irish economics and want to know what went wrong with the Irish economy, you have to watch the two parts of “Freefall” a documentary about the banking crisis in Ireland. The episodes are currently available on RTE Player, but that is a time limited availability so you better watch it soon. The first part is here www.rte.ie/player/#v=1079867 and the second part here www.rte.ie/player/#v=1080357

There is the concept of one single bad apple infecting the whole lot. I am not sure if this is the same in the Irish tax evasion world, bit it seems that certain families or individuals appear again and again:


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 7000+ 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.

More to come!


Based on your feedback, I have decided to do the following with the Exhibition section in this newsletter from now on: I will provide you with a link to a near-comprehensive listing of exhibitions provided by www.visualartists.ie. For me to list all exhibitions would only be doubling their good work and would be an inefficient use of my resources. The link is visualartists.ie/category/listings/exhib-lein/
On top of that I will every now and then include here a small selection of exhibitions that either are not mentioned in the Visual Artist listing or are note-worthy to be mentioned separately.

Cuba mía (My Cuba) shows 80 black-and-white photographs taken in 1964 by the Mexican photographer Rodrigo Moya and exhibited for the first time to mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution. They present the hopes and dreams of the revolution during the early years of the Cuban revolution and include a dozen rare photographs of Ernesto Che Guevara during his time as Cuban Minister of Industry. The exhibition will be on show from 23 Sept-13 Nov in the Instituto Cervantes, in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (quite near the Kildare Street entrance to the National Gallery).dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha63967_16_2.htm

“The Flow of Time” is the exhibition by Kenneth Lambert in the Jamestown Studios, Inchicore. It will be on show from 20 Sept-03 Oct (Mon-Sat 12:00-17:00) and the opening will be on Sat 18 Sept from 18:00-20:00 with guest speaker Mick O’Dea of the RHA. The exhibition shows over 60 drawings, sculptures & animations created over the past eight years. This work is at times autobiographical, and at other times more concerned with the textural finish and creative process itself. www.kennethlambert.ie.

“Island Space” is an exhibition of oil paintings by Susanne Keane in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. The exhibition will be opened at 18:30 on Thurs 23 Sept and will then run until Thurs 30 Sept (Open Mon-Fri 12:00-17:00). “The abstract paintings of Susanne Keane are inspired by her love of the sea and her intimate knowledge of a small island in Connemara. Her atmospheric seascapes are explorations of the transitory nature by the seashore with its shifting lights, moody skies, tidal rhythms, wind and weather.” susannekeane@hotmail.com and www.theirelandinstitute.com

The ‘pint sized’ gallery, Balla Bán Art Gallery in the Westbury Mall, is showcasing works by a number of emerging artists on the theme of “Arthur’s Day – Guinness
on Canvas” from 21-25 Sept. Artists exhibiting at this themed exhibition include: Dearbhla, David Hennessy, Thomas J Byrne, Ann Marie Hayes, Frank O’Dea, Rod Coyne, Mario Sughi, Pauline Murphy, Pervaneh Matthews, Sandra Corrigan, Kelly Hood, Andrew Manson, Catherine Mann, Daneil Geary, Gary Bradlye, Ray Sherlock,
Roy Wallace and FINK. There are rumours that there might even be the complimentary Guinness on 23 Sept. ballaban.net/


On Fri 17 Sept the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA) will have a National Day of Action during which the organisation will demand that the current arts funding will not be reduced and that more funds will be made available. In Dublin the Irish Writers’ Centre is planning an event and you can find all the details on
I have to admit that I find it difficult to support the NCFA’s demands fully. I am VERY much supportive and in favour of all sorts of arts and I do know that funding is required in a lot of areas. But I think that ALL spending areas need to be checked and some tough decisions are needed to get back on track again. Sure the banks should not have been bailed out, but once cuts need to made it can’t be that one or some areas will stay completely unaffected.

Imram, the Irish Language Literature Festival is taking place from Tues 14 Sept – Wed 29 Sept in a variety of venues across Dublin. The word “imram” means a ‘voyage of discovery’ and the festival takes its audiences on a journey that reveals the depth and diversity of modern literature in Irish, through eclectic and imaginative events that fuse poetry, prose and music in lively venues. Imram also includes film, drama, puppetry, debates, lectures, and writing workshops for both adults and children. All events are in Irish and because of that, only a relatively small proportion of the Irish people and hardly any of us foreigners are targeted. The majority of events are free and you can find the complete list here imram.ie/en/imram-2010/imram-2010-events.html or you can download the brochure here www.imram.ie/images/stories/imram/FestivalBrochures/IMRAM2010.pdf

The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra will be performing in Tower Records in Wicklow Street on Fri 17 September from 13:00. Admission is free. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Polish Embassy in Dublin is inviting to an event with Prof. Norman Davies. He will talk about ‘The Roots and the Legacy of Solidarity’, commemorating the 30 years of Solidarity the hugely influential and important anti-government movement. The event in Dublin will take place on Fri 17 Sept at 18:30 and will be in the European House in 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free, but prior registration is required (please send your name and email address to: dublin.culture@msz.gov.pl. Early registration is recommended as the venue capacity is limited)

“The Formation of Molecular Clouds in our Galaxy” by Speaker Professor Michael Burton, School of Physics, University of New South Wales, Australia is a lecture in the Dunsink Observatory on Fri 17 Sept at 20:00 that as been organised by the Irish Astronomical Society. It is not stated if there any admission charges, but in the past similar events were free, so I hope it will be the same this time. Weather permitting, there will be the opportunity to observe using the South telescope. A lot more details about the topic of the talk are provided here www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/?page_id=203

* James Sheeran (Acoustic/Rock/Trad) is playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. And The Eastern Harps (Trad) are playing there from 20:00. Admission is free.
*Graeme McKenna is playing an acoustic gig (Trad to contemporary) every Friday in the Maldron Hotel, Kingswood near CityWest from 19:00.
* Need to wind down after a tiring week? Free Sahaja Yoga Meditation (not physical yoga, but “yoga meditation”!) classes every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street, Temple Bar (next to IFI, ring bell no. 3) and every Monday from 19:00 in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15. These are drop in classes, newcomers are welcome. For more information check www.coolspirit.info or www.sahajayoga.ie.
* 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.


Every weekend on Sat and Sun the Point Village Market is taking place from 09:00-17:00. It is an outdoor food market with a flea market-like add-on. The market is next to the Point Depot (O2), right beside the last Luas stop “The Point” on the Red Line. In addition to the market, there is outdoor entertainment every week on the Gig Rig stage and you can find out the programme here: www.pointvillagemarket.ie/events

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 From this week, two new stalls – who both specialise in high quality organic beauty, body and baby care – are joining in. EO is from California and Cattier from Paris. This week is Organic Week and to celebrate you will get a 20% discount on their prices and free sample testing, advice and treatments will be available as well. The Supernatural market also has a new fresh source for fish. Donegal Fresh Fish is at the market from 11:00 every week. www.supernatural.ie

The Local History Day with the 1-day seminar/conference “Dublin: History, Heritage and Sport” is taking place on Sat 18 Sept. from 09:30-15:30. Admission is free, but booking is essential (01-674 4873 or dublinpubliclibraries@dublincity.ie). All details are here www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/local_history_day_2010.aspx and the lectures are about the Fadden Moore Psalter, Balloon Flights, Kilmainham Jail, the History of Drumcondra and the Shelbourne Football Club. The venue for this event is the Dublin City Library and Archive in 138-144 PearseStreet
Dublin 2.

On Sat 18 Sept from 10:00-16:00 the Dublin Port Company is inviting to an Open Day in Dublin Port. Balloon makers, video installations, face-painters and interactive games, free coach tours around the port all day, to show you how the port operates and even free tours of the port area by sea throughout the day for adults and children (height restriction of 3’9” or 114cm applies) which will offer all our visitors the opportunity to see the port from the perspective of Captains of ferries and ocean liners as they arrive at Dublin Port. Admission is free. www.dublinport.ie

From 10:00-16:30 a Half Marathon is taking place in Phoenix Park. You can’t take part anymore (and it wouldn’t have been free anyway), but you can watch the spectacle. More than 8000 runners will be on their way at 10:00. dublinmarathon.ie/

The Irish Museum of Modern Art is inviting to Talk and Workshops entitled “Introduction to Printmaking” from 11:00-16:00 on Sat 18 Sept. There will be an introductory talk and demonstration of printmaking techniques which will be followed by a series of printmaking workshops for all ages. Find out all details here and make sure that you register if you are interested IMMA’s online booking system works only to register your place/s for the talk and demonstration. To reserve your place/s for a workshop ring Jen Phelan tel: 01 612 9919 or email: jen.phelan@imma.ie

The Dublin Basque Festival organised by the Dublin Irish Basque Solidarity Committee, is taking place on Sat 18 Sept from 12:00-00:00 in the Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 (next to Trinity Capital Hotel). Basque food, music, an exhibition, short videos and feature films are part of the programme for the day. The evening will end with a Basque/ Irish music concert. Unfortunately no timestable/schedule is provided and amazingly only left-wing publications and the highly political indymedia.ie mention the festival. www.indymedia.ie/article/97233

The Fringe Festival starts on 11 Sept and continuous until 26 Sept. The free launch event was brilliant and there are just a few more free (outdoor) events. None of the indoor events are free. Have a look at www.fringefest.com/ for details. Two of the free outdoor events are
Plastic houses in the Liffey: www.fringefest.com/event/liffeytown
Waiting: www.fringefest.com/event/anybody-waitin-2

On Sat 18 Sept from 12:00, the Saw Doctors are meeting fans and signing copies of their new album ‘The Further Adventures Of The Saw Doctors’ in HMV Grafton Street. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

Lorna Byrne will be in Easons’s in O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 to sign her book “Stairway to Heaven” on Sat 18 Sept from 12:00. www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

+ The Adult Gallery Talk “An Early Bronze Age – Detective Story from Strokestown, Co. Roscommon” will take place on Sat 18 Sept from 12:00-12:30 in Kildare Street. Join Mary Cahill, Assistant Keeper, Irish Antiquities Division NMI, on this talk about the recently discovered Early Bronze Age gold hoard from Co. Roscommon and discover why this find is so important. No booking required. Places are limited to 30 and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1512
+ A Family Tour ” Cabinet of Curiosities” is taking place on Sat 18th from 15:00-15:45 in the Natural Museum. Natural History museums first started out as Cabinets of Curiosities. Join this family tour and have a look at some of our weird and wonderful specimens like the fox with cat’s eyes! No Booking required. Places limited to 20. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1511

A Book Signing for ‘Shadow of the Brotherhood – The Temple Bar Shootings’ by Barry Kennerk is taking place in the Gutter Bookshop on Sat 18 Sept at 13:30. gutterbookshop.com/ This event follows the 12:30 unveiling of a plaque at Farrington’s Pub in Temple Bar where two constables were shot by Fenians in the struggle for Irish freedom.

Have you ever heard of Udo’s Choice? It is an organic blend of unrefined oils, that is meant to give you the Omega 3 levels you should have. If you have heard of this product, you might be interested that Udo Erasmus will be in the Health Store in Dundrum Town Centre on Sat 18 Sept from 14:30.

On Sat 18 Sept at 15:00 the National Gallery Family Programme will take place. This week’s event is entitled “Long ago in a Viking Town” with Alex Davis. Admission is free. The National Gallery has an entrance on Merrion Square and on Clare Street. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The Irish Astronomical Society will be holding a Moon watch on Sat 18 Sept to mark International Observe the Moon Night (InOMN). The meeting point for the moon watch is on the Promenade/Seafront in Bray close to The Boat House Cafe at 19:30. Everybody is welcome. The event follows NASA’s first celebration of these historic missions as part of the International Year of Astronomy 2009.
International Observe the Moon home page observethemoonnight.org/

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Food Market on Meeting House Square, Book Market on Temple Bar Square and the Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30. The Designer Mart is on winter break and will return from 13 March!
* 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 Point Village Market is taking place every Sat+Sun from 08:30-17:30 next to the Point Depot (a.k.a. The O2) at the final LUAS stop in the Docklands. There are more than 100 stalls every week and you can find out more here www.pointvillagemarket.ie/
* Dublin Food Co-op is open every Saturday (09:30-16:30) at Newmarket, Dublin 8 for organic wholefoods and sustainable household products, plus over a dozen producer stalls offering organic fruit and veg., baked goods, dairy produce, wines, hot and cold food, etc. Additional Co-op opening Thursdays 12:00-20:00. www.dublinfood.coop
* The weekly Honest2goodness food market with fresh meat, vegetables, fish, baked goods, wines in Glasnevin is open from 09:30-12:00. It is behind Lidl in the Industrial Estate just after the Glasnevin Cemetary coming from the City Centre. (www.honest2goodness.ie)
* At the Blackrock Market in the centre of Blackrock and you can find just everything. The 50 stalls sell collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening hours are Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30 and Sun: 12:00-17:30
* Yoga in Phoenix Park with Fiona from www.twopalmsyoga.com from 11:00-12:00 near the Wellington Memorial (11:30 near the Bandstand if it’s raining). Donation based class for the Simon Community. Suitable for all levels. Details: www.twopalmsyoga.com/Park_Yoga.html or contact Fiona 085 8147402.
* Meditation through Breathing: Every Saturday from 11:00-12:00 this event will take place in Iveagh Gardens (at the back, near fountains). The event is free of charge, but since it is weather dependent, you are asked to call beforehand to ensure the class is on (087 2045168). Suitable for all. No previous experience required. Wear comfortable warm clothes and bring a yoga mat/light blanket.
* Car Boot Sale in Tallaght – Every Saturday from 09:00-15:00 a car boot sale is taking place at the Victory Centre, Firhouse Road, Tallaght. Ring 086-3394009 / 086-1961815 for more information. www.gumtree.ie/dublin/01/58061901.html
* 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.

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The Farmleigh Food Market will take place on Sun 19 Sept from 10:00-17:00 and from 14:00-16:00 “Carnivale” will perform Jazz in the gardens of Farmleigh House. Farmleigh House is at the north-western end of Phoenix Park. www.farmleigh.ie/Events/SummerProgramme2010/Title,13534,en.html

The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre is taking place every Sun from 10:30-12:30. Up to 20 children can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. Children 5 years & over. The next workshops are 19 Sep: Tracing fun, 26 Sep: Medieval Life – includes a visit to Ashtown Castle. www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html

The next Newmarket Brocante, the flea market for 2nd hand furniture – is staking place on Sun 19 Sept. in the market hall of the Dublin Food Co-op. At this event you will find a selection of second-hand, refurbished, antique and hand-crafted stuff for your house and garden. There will be bargains, freebies, café, good wholesome food and chilled out tunes all under the one roof. The market will be open from 11:00-17:00. You can find more information here: www.thebrocantemarket.com/

The next event in the Lavery, Passion and Politics Lecture Series is on Sun 19 Sept at 13:30 in the Hugh Lane Gallery: The title is “Before the WAGS: Hazel Lavery as Proto-Fashion Icon” with Lecturer: Robert O’Byrne. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=519

Shane O’B reminded me of a free (!) Fringe Festival event on Sund 19 Sept at 15:00. It is called “The Dead Zoo” and takes place in the park of Merrion Square. “Re-opened and revitalised, Dublin’s own Dead Zoo has once again come to life. Find a safe spot to watch as the animals break free to roam the grasslands of Merrion Square. Large and small scale puppetry bring the creatures to life in this incredible spectacle of physical theatre. Inspired by the Natural History Museum and based on tales from within, this is for anyone who has marvelled and gasped in this fabulous place and are intrigued by its facts and taxidermied delights. Suitable for all ages, especially those who enjoy the animal kingdom.”

+ The My Museum Workshop “Once upon a Time at the Museum” takes place on Sun 19 Sept from 15:00-16:00. The Museum is full of stories waiting to be discovered! Join Edith Andrees in a book-making workshop – imagine a story inspired by a journey through the ’What’s in Store?’ galleries and then design and make a book in the Education Resource Room. Art materials provided. No booking required. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. For families with children 6+ years. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=1513

On Sunday 19 Sept at 15:00 the Lecture ” The sound of music in Gabriel Metsu’s paintings” with Lecturer Adrian Le Harivel, National Gallery of Ireland will take place in the National Gallery in Clare Street/Merrion Square. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

The Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year Olds is back after the summer break and the next event with the title “Re-create and re-imagine the signing of the Treaty” will be on 19 Sept from 15:00-16:00. No booking necessary. Early arrival is recommended.

After a nearly 3 month long summer break, the weekly Gardiner Street Gospel Mass will start again on Sun 19 Sept at 19:30. Every Sunday the brilliant Gardiner Street Gospel Choir, lead by Aidan Greene, will sing during the evening mass at 19:30. The songs are a combination of modern gospel songs and pop songs from singers and bands such as U2, Jewel, Bob Marley, Elvis Presley. It is a catholic mass, but everybody is welcome! www.gardinerstreetgospelchoir.com

The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy which is downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street every week. It starts at 21:00 and the line-up is changing and I was at the Comedy Crunch a few weeks ago and experienced a very interesting and fun evening. The comedians where a mixed bag: From good, via ok to the, ahem, other side of the spectrum ;-), they spanned the whole range. I was there with some friends and all in all we had a really good laugh. The next Comedy Crunch is on Sun 05 Sept. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* 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 Odeon Bar & Grill (Old Harcourt Street Station, Dublin 2) are inviting all families on Sat+Sun from 12:00-18:00 to a “Matinee Brunch Club”. Good Food, Kids movies (14:00) and kids under 3 eat for free. www.odeon.ie/matinee.html
* The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street is taking place from 13:00-18:30. Admission is free and there are Art and Crafts, Vintage clothes and bric a brac stalls, live acoustic music upstairs and downstairs – ranging from Singer song writers via Trad bands to Jazz. www.thecraftymarket.com
* Sunday Roast is a weekly event in the Mercantile in 28 Dame Street from 21:00-01:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes. www.facebook.com/pages/Dublin-Ireland/Sunday-Roast/57594006610
* Graeme McKenna plays an acoustic gig (from trad to contemporary) every Sun at 18:00 in Number6 on Smithfield Square. www.number6.ie/
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* From 21:00 in The Bleeding Horse on Camden Street “The Apollo Sessions” is a free show featuring multiple styles of original music from local and international musicians and songwriters www.myspace.com/thebleedinghorsesessions
* Every Sunday “The Latin Beat” will take place in the Odeon in Harcourt Street from 20:00-02:00. A band will play from 21:00-22:30, a Latin Beat Club, Brazilian DJs and Salsa Classes will be additional features. Admission is free. www.odeon.ie/
* 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

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.

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The Lucan Festival is taking place from 20-26 Sept. The Lucan Festival is a community festival for the people of the Lucan/Adamstown area highlight the wide range of hotels, restaurants, bars and café’s and the many historical and tourist attractions in and surrounding Lucan. There are a number of free events during the week-long festival and you can find all the details here lucanfestival.wordpress.com/845-2/

Hefty Horse Presents the bands French Suspense, Hipster Youth, You kiss by the Book and Western Homes and all this will be followed by Hefty DJs. The event takes place upstairs in Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street on Mon 20 Sept (doors at 20:00). Admission is free. www.myspace.com/heftyhorse and www.whelanslive.com/listings/

On Mon 20 Sep at 22:30, WeedWay, the six piece Roots Rock Reggae band from Dublin’s Northside will perform in Turk’s Head, 30 Parliament Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/turks-head-dublin/7748609247?v=wall&ref=ts

* Suspended until September, but resuming after that: Every Mon from 20:00-22:00 in Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 78 Grafton Street, the 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. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.myspace.com/thelazyband
* Cine Café (an evening of short films) and Pint & Picture (full feature film screening) are Howard Linnane’s Irish movie screening nights at 20:00 in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines, Dublin 6 (Uppercross House Hotel, 30 Upr Rathmines Road (opposite Tesco)). To make sure that it is still continuing, check with Howard 085-1351822.
* ‘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 (in Powerscourt Shopping Centre). Admission free. www.facebook.com/pygmaliondublin
* From 21:00 in the International Bar, 23 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 www.facebook.com/TheGlorSessions
* In O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) a live music session “Jam with Karmann Reeves” will take place. Musicians are welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* 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 Whelan’s 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.


On Tues 21 Sept at 10:30 a lecture in the National Gallery on Merrion Square/Clare Street will take place. The title is “Reproduction prints after Dutch 17th-century paintings” with Lecturer Anne Hodge, National Gallery of Ireland. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html

Udo Erasmus will be in Eason’s in O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 to sign copies of his book “Omega-3 Cuisine” on Tues 21 Sept at 12:31. (Yes that is the time that is given on the website. :-) ) www.eason.ie/events/upcoming

Tales of Medieval Dublin, a series of monthly lunchtime lectures at the Wood Quay Venue by the Friends of Medieval Dublin and Dublin City Council is continuing with “The Outlaw’s Tale HENRY TYREL (died c. 1308 AD)” with lecturer Áine Foley. It will take place on Tues 21 Sept from 13:05-13:45. The Wood Quay venue is near the Amphitheatre at the Dublin City Council Offices behind Christ Church. www.fmd.ie

On Tues 21 Sept from 19:00-21:00 Cultivate in the Greenhouse, St Andrew St, Dublin 2 is the venue for an event that is part of the World Green Building Week. The title is “Update on Progress and Options for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technology in Buildings”. The EU are currently recasting the Environmental Performance of Buildings Directive which will require improvements in how the building regulations are implemented in Ireland. This event provides all information and gives room for a discussion. www.cultivate.ie/

The Book Launch for “Memoirs of a Medical Maverick” by Risteárd Mulcahy will take place on Tues 21 Sept from 18:30-20:00 in the Gutter Bookshop. Admission is free. gutterbookshop.com/

* Open Mic Night with The Last Tycoons in O’Donoghue’s on Suffolk Street every Tues from 20:00. It’s free and anyone can get up, sing a song or do whatever they like. www.facebook.com/pages/ODonoghues-Open-Mic/71834618844
* O’Byrne’s Beverage House at 199 King St North (Corner of Capel Street and Bolton Street) has a live music session with Sean Og McKenna and Friends every Tue at 21:00. Musicians welcome to participate. www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001158421465
* 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
* From 21:30, O’Briens on Dame Street (next to the Mercantile Pub) is the venue for a further Open Mic event of acoustic rock’n’roll organised by the band The Mighty Stef. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/pages/THE-MIGHTY-STEF/17575454643
* White Chocolate is playing Rock Covers from 22:00 in The Mezz, 24/25 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, D2


On Wed 22 Sept from 12:00-22:00 the Living Streets Festival will take place on South William Street, Drury Street, Fade Street, Coppinger Row and Castle Market, this is the area between Powerscourt Townhouse and South Great George’s Street. The festival is a day long event as part of the European Mobility Week 2010 and is sponsored (and kept secret!) by Dublin City Council. The festival is “a celebration of sustainable travel and the positive use of our urban spaces”, it is traffic free and the roads will be closed to vehicles all day to allow you to enjoy the city streets.
I was not able to find a schedule/timetable and considering that it is a weekday, you might want to know if you can catch any of the events in your lunchbreak or after work. I wish I could tell you!
There will be free entertainment including live music, live stand up comedy and an on street exhibition of cargo bikes and other innovative methods of urban transport for people and goods, we just don’t know when.
The music will be by Rory Faithfield, the Niall Toner Band (Bluegrass) and the Hot Club of Dublin (Jazz) on the main stage on Drury Street. A live stand up session featuring Andrew Stanley, Damien Clark, Eric Lalor and Fred Cooke will take place an and outdoor exhibition of “Bikes as Urban Transport” will be somewhere. At 20:00 a free outdoor movie (WHICH film??) will be shown on Fade Street (Where the Market Bar is) and eco friendly seats for you to take away after the show will be provided.
Sounds like an interesting event but a lot more information is required to make it an audience-attracting event. alchemyevents.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/the-living-streets-festival-wedensday-sept-22nd-2010/ Have a look as well at the “This is Odd!” section about this event!
Update: I made further investigations and found a very very young facebook group with more information and even a schedule: www.facebook.com/pages/Living-Streets-Festival/139430229435787?v=wall&ref=mf

The “Youth for Sustainable Development Conference 2010 – Learning to Change our World” will take place in Cultivate at the Greenhouse, 17 St Andrew St, Dublin 2 on Wed 22 Sept from 10:00-16:00. It is a conference for Youth Workers, Youth Leaders, Teachers and Educators from Community Organisations and NGOs. Young people aged 15-18 are also warmly invited to attend with their adult support workers. You are invited to a day of learning and reflection through workshops, keynote speeches, exhibition of projects and interactive activities. Share your ideas and experience, and learn from others
Environment, development, economics, sustainability, inclusion, justice, cultural diversity will be explored. Check www.cultivate.ie for more information and to find out how to register, the deadline for registration was the 14 Sept, but maybe you can convince them to let you in still. Admission is free.

Refresh Dublin is a community of designers & developers working to refresh the creative, technical & professional culture of New Media in Dublin. And Refresh Dublin is an event that promotes design, technology, usability and standards. The intent of Refresh Dublin is to provide a cross-discipline insight into all things design, interactive, creative and technical, so that different disciplines can learn from each other. The next event takes place on Wed 22 Sept at 18:30 in the Science Gallery at the back of Trinity College, near to Pease Street DART station. Alexis Bouckaert will talk about “Goodvertising, or How To Stay Sane In Advertising” and Rowan Manahan will talk about “If Powerpoint Is The Answer, It Must Have Been A Stupid Question”. refreshingcitiesdublin.org/ Normally you need to register for this event and this can be done on the Science Gallery website, but this time there is no link. So I am not sure if it is booked out already. Check www.sciencegallery.com/events/2010/09/refresh-dublin if you are interested.

The Viaduct Bards presents the launch of Emer Davis’s poetry collection “Kill Your Television” on Wed 22 Sept at 19:00 in Grogan’, The Castle Lounge, South William St, Dublin 2. www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/index.php?year=2010&month=9&day=22

* 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 every Wednesdays. www.myspace.com/thesongroom
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Wednesday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* Rhythm ‘n’ Booze in Sin É, Ormond Quay takes place every Wed from 21:00. Live music with DJ afterwards is the weekly programme and the details are here www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001171626567
* 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.


I am reluctant using this term because it is a pure marketing stunt of Guinness. Arthur Guinness was not born on that day nor did he die on that day nor did anything else remarkable happen on 23 September 1759. It is all just a marketing gimmick, and unfortunately there is not even a single free event coming from this. All events are EUR 10 and some of the music gigs are cheap at that price. However some venues that normally provide free live entertainment will charge EUR 10 as well on that day, so I can’t see the greatness of this day at all.

On Thurs 23 Sept at 13:30 the Public Lecture “Indian Miniature Painting in the 21st Century” with Samantha Buckley, miniature painter, designer and graduate of The Prince’s School of Traditional Art. Will take place on the Chester Beatty Library.

Judith Zander will be for a book reading in German in the Goethe Institut, 37 Merriosn Sq, Dublin 2 on Thurs 23 Sept from 18:30. Admission is free. In her first novel “Dinge, die wir heute sagten” (Shortlist for the German Book Prize) Judith Zander continues the great narrative power of Northern Germany represented by names like Uwe Johnson and Wolfgang Koeppen. The young author writes about Bresekow, a quiet village in Vorpommern, about home and hell: old Mrs. Hanske has died and her daughter Ingrid is coming back from far away Ireland to attend the funeral. Her visit changes a lot in the village, it makes the people talk and generates questions about their current lives and previous complications.

On Thurs 23 Sept at 19:30 the Australian ambassador Bruce Davis will introduce an evening of Australian poetry with Elizabeth Campbell and Geoff Page. The event is entitled “Downunder Verses” and refreshments will be served, courtesy of the Australian Embassy. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly event on Thursdays from 19:00-01:00 in the Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2. It is a new night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. “Featuring at the Beauty Spot will be regular beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. The weekly Beauty Bar will have a different theme and treatments every week.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. Admission is free. The theme this month is “Dancing Queens” and the films are 16 Sept: Moulin Rouge, 23 Sept: NO Movie Club! 30 Sept: Rocky Horror Picture Show. For Seat/Table reservations call 478 2088 or mail hello@odeon.iewww.odeon.ie/gallery.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 Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.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.


The Forum on Migration and Communications is inviting to an event on Fri 24 Sept from 12:30-14:00 in the Chester Beatty Library in the garden of Dublin Castle. At this Public Interview with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, Susan McKay, Director of the National Women’s Council will conduct the interview with Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, UK based broadcast journalist, writer and public speaker on race and cultural identities. Yasmin came to the UK in 1972 from Uganda and is now a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and is a regular columnist on The Independent and London’s Evening Standard. She is also a radio and television broadcaster and author of No Place Like Home, an autobiographical account of a twice-removed immigrant. In 2000 she published Who Do We Think We Are? – an acclaimed book on the state of the British nation, in addition to After Multiculturalism which looks at the globalised future. Lots more TV programmes and books followed and you can read more details here www.fomacs.org/events.php
To register for this event contact: Ann Nolan or Maeve Burke at email: info.fomacs@dit.ie or tel: 01 4023006 by 12:00 on Thursday, 23 September 2010

One of the biggest and most interesting events every year is the Culture Night, when hundreds of free events take place in and around Dublin. For one night only Culture Night gives you free access to many venues that normally are not free and in many other venues special entertainment will be provided on that night only. Most events start after normal working hours and continue until late and most museums, galleries etc are open until late. There are so many events that it is just too much to list them here, but you can download the programme here culturenight.ie/docs/Programme2010.pdf. I have to admit that I strategically plan that evening because otherwise you will not see much. So, get the brochure and start planning your Culture Night. There are even free Culture Night buses interconnecting areas with events. So make sure that you don’t miss this event! If I get a chance I will list a few event highlights in next week’s Event Guide with Cutlure Night running from 17:00-23:00, the Event Guide will reach you before you set out, but I strongly recommend that you have a look at the brochure before that! culturenight.ie/


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:

Starting on Fri 24 Sept with the Culture Night, the Ranelagh Arts Festival will continue until 03 October. A day-by-day overview of events I here www.ranelagharts.org/raf2010_daybyday_web.pdf and you will see that this year many events are not free. Nevertheless, there are still a good few free events and I will try to tell you more about this festival next week. On www.ranelagharts.org/ you find a link to the full programme as well.

On Sat 25 Sept the first Dublin International Gospel Music Festival will take place in the Convention Centre Dublin and during the day a number of free workshops are provided. The workshops are
Religion & Education 10:00-12:00
Singing & Voice training, & Digital production 10:00-12:00
Gospel Music – a history 10:00-11:30
Faith and Race 11:30-13:00
Music and integration 12:00-13:30
Choreography 12:00-13:30
Online Marketing & Promotion of Gospel Music 12:00-13:30
If you are interested you have to book in advance by email to gospelmusic@metroeireann.com. The website still needs some more information to be useful, but you can find it here www.dublingospelmusicfestival.com There is a Gospel Concert (not free: EUR 28) in the evening with a number of Gospel Choirs (Discovery Gospel Choir, Dublin Gospel Choir, etc) but the website doesn’t provide too many details yet.

YELP is a review website, which only relatively recently came to Ireland. Unlike Tripadvisor or some hotel sites, you can’t just review one area, but you can review virtually everything on Yelp. To write reviews you have to be a member of the website and for all the members Yelp is now organising a party. If you are a member or want to become a member and want to be part of this party on Sat 25 Sept from 18:00-20:00 in the Science Gallery go to www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelp-goes-back-to-the-future and click on the RSVP button at the top on the right hand side. All the details about the party are on the same website.
There will be a dance room, a taste room where you can taste food and drink, a chill out room, an elbow room where you can do Yoga and a Beauty Room. The programme seems quite full for just a 2 hour event, but all is free, so if you are a Yelp member, you can try it out.

On Thurs 30 Sept the free workshop “Introduction to Memoir Writing” will take place in the National Library. Irene Graham is a writer and the creator of the Creative Writer’s Workshop and founder of the Memoir Writing Club. Her book, The Memoir Writing Workbook, is the basis for this workshop and throughout the workshop Irene will guide the participants through the elements of memoir writing using her innovative Memoir Map from The Memoir Writing Workbook. You will engage with numerous right-brain/left-brain exercises and visual writing techniques from the workbook and learn how to use them on an ongoing basis to evoke and enhance memory recall. You will also learn the importance of structure and engage in discussions on truth and how to incorporate the retrospective voice into your memoir.
The Memoir Writing Workbook is available from the Library bookshopThe Memoir Writing Workbook is available from the Library bookshop
There is no charge for this workshop BUT participants are required to purchase their personal copy of The Memoir Writing Workbook prior to the workshop which will be used throughout the workshop. The workbook is available in the National Library’s bookshop for EUR 39.95. The workshop will run from 11:00-16:00 and to book your place, call (01) 6030277. A series of talks on the theme of ‘memoir’ will take place in conjunction with this workshop. For more information, check

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Please note: This section contains observations taken from the world I live in that strike me as odd. I express my personal opinion and you might not share it. If you are easily offended by opinions that are not identical with your own, please don’t read this section. ;-)

It was Wednesday night and by a pure coincidence I am driving through South Great Georges Street. Suddenly I spot some signs on poles that announce a street closure on 22 Sept and these signs are headlined with “Living Streets Festival”. A festival in Dublin and I hadn’t heard about it? Me who is trawling through nearly 300 webpages every Thursday night? :-O A friend of mine was in the car with me and she realised that I was distracted by this sign. And I asked her – she lives in the street – if she had heard about the “Living Streets Festival”. She hadn’t! So if neither the person living locally nor the person constantly SEARCHING for events knows about an event, then what chance does the rest of the population have???
Well later on I investigated further and found out that it is an event in the context of the European car free day – a day which for years got the worst possible treatment in Dublin. And I found out that the event is run by Dublin City (Now I knew why nobody heard about it!) and that an external event management company is paid to organise and run it.
So, Dublin City is spending money on running an event that they don’t tell us about? Ok, I know this is not an unheard of situation, but when will it stop? When will they realise that TELLING people is IMPORTANT!?!?!?! Incredible!
To find out more about the day, have a look here alchemyevents.wordpress.com/2010/09/13/the-living-streets-festival-wedensday-sept-22nd-2010/

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