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Event Guide 207: Dublin Shakespeare Festival, Movies in the Park, Women’s Mini-Marathon, Clown Coop

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 207
| 03 June 2011 Subscribers: 8612

Hi all!

The Soul Festival is over for another year and it was a great success. On Friday evening, Mirenda Rosenberg was brilliant at her gig in the Workman’s Club. What a performer and singer! She is not very often in Dublin, so when you get a chance to see her and her band, go for it! At the Gospel Brunch in the Church Café Bar on Sunday, the Gardiner Street Gospel Choir left a very positive and lasting impression and we might be back for more gigs in the Church Café Bar, which would be great. And then the main event, the Soul Picnic, was good fun with lovely weather and great music. I MIGHT ;-) have mentioned that I like the Dublin City Soul Festival and if you had a look at the list of Soul Festival supporters you will have seen that the new Dublin Event Guide logo was prominently displayed here www.dublincitysoulfestival.ie/partners and in the printed Soul Festival brochure.


When you read this, I am in the UK at a training course from Thursday (yesterday) until next Wednesday. I took the ship & train from Dublin and was working on this Dublin Event Guide edition throughout the trip to make sure that you won’t miss out this week. :-) It was my first trip on the train from Dublin to London and I have to say, it was a pleasant experience. Try it out. Return to London is EUR 80 with virtually unlimited luggage and while it takes a little longer than flying, the time can be used in a very productive way. A lot detail about this way to get to the UK is explained on seat61.com/Ireland.htm

Because I did my search for free events a slight bit earlier this week, it is possible that I missed the odd event. But I am quite certain that I have more than 95% percent covered, so you will have plenty of options to spend your weekend or week with.

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This week’s Feel Good Slot video clip is kind of unexpected. A young boy was able to cycle his bike for the first time and prompted by his dad starts a little motivational speech. Hey, if a young kid like that manages to motivate himself like this, then I am sure you can do that too! www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaIvk1cSyG8

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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. 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.

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This weekend and nearly the full next week I am away from Dublin and when I am writing this it is quite late 04:00 and in just a couple of hours I need to be at a training seminar again fully alert and ready to learn, so forgive me for taking a short cut this week and not giving much of a recommendation.

Only a couple of thinks: Check out the Shakespeare Festival, it really sounds good. It is free, so try it even if you are not the biggest Shakespeare fan. On Sunday the Movie in the Park in Dun Laoghaire is a bit of fun, especially if the weather is good. On Monday, cheer on the women at the Mini-Marathon. And on Thursday, I would love to go to the Clown’s Coop in the Exchange.


Fri 17 June: 20:00 – Sugar Club, Leeson Street, Dublin 2
The Shazwanda ‘Up The Duff’ Comedy & Music Show will take place on 17 June. “Pregnant? Sober? In need of a Johnny Blue? Then this night of comedy and music is for you!” With Special Guests: Dem Fools – Mrs Nellie Murphy – Christian Talbot And Musical Director – Liz Seaver. If this comedy show by Shazwanda id for you, then check out www.omfj.ie/omfj/?page_id=783&regevent_action=register&event_id=1 where you can buy tickets (EUR 15) for this show. Shazwanda made one pair of tickets available for a competition and you can win the tickets by entering the draw. Send your mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with SHAZWANDA in the subject line and your name and mobile phone number in the subject line. Your mail has to be with me by Mon 13 June at 17:00. www.omfj.ie

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Leading Dutch paediatrician, Dr Gavin ten Tusscher and others associated with Amsterdam University and the NGO Ecobaby have alerted EU diplomacies in Dublin to the risks from tap water in Ireland which contains untrialled, falsified medicinal products (fluorosilicates) that are unsafe for bottle-fed babies.
Many campaigners have tried for years to stop the government to unnecessarily fluoridate the drinking water in Ireland, a practice that is illegal in nearly all other European countries, but the Irish government still insists on mixing a waste product from the fertiliser into the drinking water to fluoridate it. Now the EU Ambassadors have been warned and hopefully the new Irish government will finally take the right steps! www.eutimes.net/2011/06/eu-ambassadors-in-ireland-warned-that-tap-water-is-not-safe-for-baby-bottles/

‘Researchers at Trinity College Dublin are currently undertaking a large survey about the Polish community in Dublin. For this, they are looking for Polish citizens in the Greater Dublin area who have arrived to Ireland in the last 18 months, who would be prepared to meet the researchers for an interview. Some compensation will be paid for their time and effort. If your friends are Polish and have only arrived within the last 18 months and you refer them to the researchers, you can get a reward for this as well if the people you refer complete the interview. So, think about all your Polish friends and if they fit the profile, make sure that you refer them or that the contact the researchers directly. Contact the research team by texting ‘Event’ to 087 9450980 or send an a email to scip@tcd.ie.’ www.tcd.ie/immigration/scip.php

Take part in a free Definitive Dublin Walking Tour and experience the literary, historical and musical side of Dublin through the ages, taking in sights and sounds from that of the 1916 rebellion to Joyce, U2 and Trinity College. See the website for a full list of sites visited on the tour. Starting times are 12:30 and 15:30 from Thursday to Sunday. Meeting point is at the Spire in O’Connell Street and the tour has a duration of 2 hours. Participation is free. www.dublinwalkingtour.com


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More new company introductions 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.

From 04-26 June, the 2011 Dublin Institute of Technology BA Photography Graduate Exhibition features the diverse photographic projects of 23 final year students from DIT’s School of Media, showcasing the best of emerging talent in Irish contemporary photography.
The exhibition will be launched with a reception on Tues 07 June at 18:30 at the Gallery of Photography and the National Photographic Archive in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar. The National Photographic Archive at Meeting House Square, Temple Bar is open Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:00 and Sunday 12:00-17:00. www.nli.ie/en/national-photographic-archive.aspx


01-11 June: In various locations throughout Dublin.
The Shakespeare Festival is continuing! The Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival will return for a third year this summer following the success of the previous two festivals and will run from 01-11 June. The Shakespeare Festival is an amazing Festival for Shakespeare enthusiasts and all lovers of free culture. In addition to the (non-free) headline events “Romeo and Juliet” and “Twelfth Night” (performed by internationally renowned GB Theatre Company), there is a huge number of free outdoor performances, lectures and master-classes. The grounds of Trinity College and many other venues of Dublin City will be brought to life as the backdrop for Shakespeare’s work. More than 300 performers, an expected number of more than 10,000 spectators and a total of 50 free outdoor events promise a great festival. The Festival Hub is in Trinity’s Front Square. The festival is free for Outdoor Performances, workshops and masterclasses. For the headline performances, ticket prices vary between EUR 10 and EUR 25.
Some of the outdoor venues are St. Stephen’s Green, Iveagh Gardens, Temple Bar, Merrion Square and Christchurch Cathedral.
Schedules for all other days can be found here: www.dublinshakespeare.com/

03 June: 10:00-15:00 – Humanities Institute, back of the Arts Block, UCD, Belfield, Dublin. The UCD Humanities Institute Symposium is taking place on Friday from 10:00. The event is free and all are welcome. The Symposium is entitled “Anglo-Irish orientalists, travellers, Dilletanti and architects: Ireland, the Mediterranean and book culture 1607-1810” and it explores the theme of Ireland, the Mediterranean and book culture in the early modern period, exploring the prescience of Anglo-Irish travellers who were directly engaged with recording Mediterranean culture, and with its dissemination through print media. All details incl a programme you will find here:

Fri-Sun 03-06 June: RDS, Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Woman’s World one of Irelands largest retail event is back for its 14th year in the RDS this June Bank Holiday weekend. You can still get free tickets, but you better hurry! Go to www.womansworldshow.com/ as soon as possible. Once the free tickets are gone it will cost EUR 12 per person. Womans World will have areas dedicated to Fashion & Accessories, Food & Drink, Health Checks, Beauty & Hair, Health & Fitness and Holistic Lifestyles so your bound to leave feeling inspired, rejuvenated & pampered from head to toe.

Wed 25 May – 03 June: Griffith College, South Circular Road, Dublin 8
Griffith College will once again celebrate their Creative Fortnight. The event will start on Wed 25 May with a Farmers’ Market at 16:00 on the College Campus. At 18:00 the “Exhibition of Interior Design, Fashion and Digital Media” will be opened and then at 20:00 the (non-free; EUR 15) “Creative show with Live Fashion Show and Audio-Visual presentation from photography, interior architecture and design, TV & Video and Digital Media” will begin. For more information check: www.gcd.ie/creativeshow2011
Creative Fortnight 2011 culminates in a graduate photography exhibition on Friday 03 June, with a special screening of graduate video work and the official launch of a new website: GCD Digital. The best work of media and photography students will also be on display.

Fri 03 June: 13:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Ink Slingers Creative Writing Hour takes place every Friday at the Irish Writers’ Centre. It is a free creative writing session that is organised and led by the Centre’s voluntary arts administrators. The hour includes writing exercises and prompts to get ideas flowing. It is open to everyone and is suitable for all levels of experience. Sarah Griffin will be hosting the Ink Slingers throughout June.

Fri 03 June: 20:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
This Friday night Howard Linnane’s regular PictureShow screening takes place in the Exchange. The 1954 feature film ‘The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp’ (dir Alan Bromly) will be screened. The evening starts with a selection of short films. The film is not yet mentioned on the brand new Picture Show Facebook Page, but I guess it will be included there soon: www.facebook.com/pages/CINE-CAFEPintPicPintaPictureShowPictureShow/145568615502560

Fri 03 June: 21:00 – Stags Head, Dame Court, Dublin 2
The Glory Days Tour will not be about headliners and support acts. It will be a group event, a collaborative concert, everyone on-stage together, playing each other’s songs.
June 2011 will see the launch of this on a small scale. For the Dublin leg of the June 2011 Irish tour, the performers will be:
Tony Wright (Verse Chorus Verse/And So I Watch You From Afar)
Chris Campbell
Johnny Black (Skip Moses/LaFaro)
Dave Clark (Lights Over Phoenix)
Admission is free

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 03 June Donal Kirk Band
Sat 04 June Take it Easy
Sun 05 June – Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:30
Fri 10 June Bree Harris
Sat 11 June Dead Ringer
Admission is free and the gigs start at 21:00. www.stillorganorchard.com/live_music.html

Jose Dominguez tell me that himself and Pia Dunne will perform as the duet “Què Pezón!” every Friday in Stoney’s Bar, Hill Street, off Parnell street. The Show starts at 21:30. www.myspace.com/quepezon and www.quepezon.com

Fri 03 June: 23:00-03:00 – The Mercantile Basement Club, Dame Lane, Dublin 2.
This is a brand new event that has its background/origin in Japan. To give you a full and comprehensive explanation, I just quote the organisers here: “The Racket Club combines micro-clubbing & micro-Blogging in a new free pop-up event for Dublin. Creating a uniquely personal and totally customisable experience.
“micro-clubs” evolved in Tokyo around 2008 often specialising in niche dance music genres and only entertaining up to 50 clubbers at a time. They were a creative response to the reality of many large night clubs closing down. Recent times have seen a similar trend here with several Irish clubs and venues closing their doors. It seems many Dublin clubbers have become tired of generic unfriendly warehouse like venues that aim to satisfy only the lowest common denominator.
This is the inspiration behind The Racket Club. Even though its capacity is larger than its Japanese counterparts,(estimated at approx 100 people), the spirit is still the same. This creative pop-up event adds a twist to its predecessor’s winning formula by incorporating a free open WiFi network into the mix. Encouraging party goers to participate through the innovative use of social networks.
The Racket Club aims to turn bystanders into active participants and virtual curators of their own event. Clued in clubbers packing smartphones are invited to #tweetrequest songs directly to the DJs via their twitter account. The interaction doesn’t stop there attendees weary of invasive “club photographers” now choose to tag their own individual snaps and share them on the clubs facebook page. The possibilities are endless and the refreshing two-way communication creates a personal feel blurring the lines between social networks & social lives!
Another strange by-product of all this connectivity is that the event is not confined within the 4 walls of its boutique surroundings.
This collection of veteran and fresh faced DJs stream a live video feed on Ustream leaking their party vibes to practically anyone who wants to take part anywhere in the world. The other major difference is the “music policy” although mainly based on a healthy mix of indie, rock, grunge and Britpop artists. The DJ’s seamlessly weave the #tweetrequest driven musical desires of the collective into an endless playlist of possibilities.
This weekly event (until 30 Sept) will take place in the basement of the Mercantile Pub in Dame Street and access is from the rear entrance on Dame Lane. Admission is free. twitter.com/RacketClub and www.facebook.com/theracketclubdublin

* 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 Blakestown Community Resource Center, Blakestown Way, Dublin 15 (next to Lidl). 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.


Throughout the summer last year Fiona Moloney was running weekly Yoga classes to raise money for The Dublin Simon Community. It was a successful effort with EUR 1,600 being raised for homeless people in Dublin. Yoga in the Park is now back and will be run by Fiona and Tine Schnell.
Each Saturday at 11:00-12:00 until September, Fiona and Tine will be taking turns to lead the classes. Meeting point is the Bandstand near the Zoo and near the Tea Rooms. Classes will be suitable for all levels and are donation based. That means you can give what you can afford, but please be fair. Fiona and Tine are doing a great job for the Simon Community and they need your support.
Wear some loose clothes, preferably layers to be prepared for all type of weather and bring a mat (or a big beach towel). For contact details, directions and to find out who is teaching when, go to www.twopalmsyoga.com ..and when you go to the Yoga, say HI to Fiona and Tine from me, please! ;-)

Sat 04 June: 12:00-21:00 – Phoenix Park, Chesterfield Avenue, Dublin
The Couchsurfing Community in Dublin is inviting to a picnic in Phoenix Park and everyone is welcome. Bring your own food and drink (to share if you wish), bring your own cups, plates etc and a blanket/sheet, etc. and bring your friends. :-) In addition you might want to bring frisbee, soccer/volleyball, other balls, hurleys, kites, cards, games, instruments. All details including exact location is here

The extremely active and buzzing Grand Social (formerly Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge is running a Flea Market in the pub every Sat from 12:00-17:00. The next Flea Market is on Sat 04 June. Vintage, Retro, Clothes, Music, Books, Furniture, Crafts, Bric-a-Brac, Food, Stalls, Live Performances, Vinyl Dj’s. And if you want to sell something yourself, just contact hapennyflea@thegrandsocial.ie

The Crafty Market in Shebeen Chic on South Great Georges Street will be back on Sat 11 June (12:00-17:00), there won’t be a Crafty Market on 04 June. Admission is free and there’s live music all day. Expect 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. Check out www.thecraftymarket.com

There are no special National Museum events on Sat 04 June. www.museum.ie

Sat 28 May: 13:00 – Astronomy Ireland, Unit 75, Butterly Business Park, Kilmore Road. Artane, Dublin 5. Astronomy Ireland will host a Daytime Sun Watch at their headquarters in Artane every Saturday over the summer, where you will get to see the Sun in a way that very few people have ever seen before. Our closest star will show incredible detail using special filters that will reveal intricate detail on its surface. Activity on the sun has been hotting up as we approach a solar maximum and massive sunspots are visible most days. This is a free event and is suitable for all the family and all attendees will receive a European Space Agency DVD. www.astronomy.ie

Sat 04 – Mon 06 June: 15:00/17:30/20:30 – People’s Park, Dun Laoghaire
DLR Events presents 3 days of Outdoor Movies in the Park in the Peoples Park, Dun Laoghaire from Sat-Mon. Movies start at 15:00, 17:30, 20:30 daily and the series, which presents free screenings of popular classics and blockbuster movies, transforms the glorious Peoples Park into an outdoor cinema for the bank holiday weekend with an eclectic mix of animated movies, action adventures, popular comedies and all time favourites. Filmgoers can bring picnics and blankets for a great family day out.
The weekend programme is here:
+ SATURDAY 04 June
15:00 How to Train your Dragon – 98 mins, PG
17:30 Step up – 104 mins, PG
20:30 Inception – 148 mins, 12A
+ SUNDAY 05 June
15:00 Despicable Me – 95 mins, G
17:30 Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory – 100 mins, G
20:30 Singing in the Rain – 103mins, PG
+ MONDAY 06 June
15:00 Toy Story 3 – 109 mins, G
17:30 The Karate Kid – 140 mins, 12A
20:30 It’s Complicated – 120 mins, 15A

Sat 04 June: 14:00 – The New Theatre, 43 East Essex St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The New Theatre presents a playreading by an emerging or established writer on the first Saturday of each month. Admission is free with a suggested donation of EUR 2.
This month, the playreading will be “An Island’s Lament” by Mary Hoey. Find all details here: www.thenewtheatre.com/tnt_php/scripts/page/spare8.php?gi_sn=4de6994d391e7%7C0

“Rhythm Rocker at The Globe” is a weekly event in The Globe in Sth Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. It is a Rockabilly, R’n’R, Roots night with live bands Pavement Kings and The Wayward Sinner Boys (in alternating weeks, it seems) from 20:00 and with DJs from 23:00-01:30. Admission is free. www.globe.ie

* 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 Food Market is – until June – divided in parts and distributed in different locations in Temple Bar.
* 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
* 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 09:30-16:00. 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, you find 50 stalls selling collectibles, antiques, handmade goods, books, food + there’s free popcorn and ballons&facepainting for the kids. www.blackrockmarket.com/ Opening: Sat+Bank Holidays: 11:00-17:30, Sun: 12:00-17:30
* 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.
* 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
* Trad Session – Schoolhouse Pub in 2-8 Northumberland Road, Ballsbridge. Every Saturday from 20:30 singers, guitar, fiddle, banjo, accordion, whistle, pipers, bodhran etc are all welcome to join in. www.schoolhousehotel.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 latin DJs. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing and you are invited to add your own percussion. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* Salsa/Latin Party in the Merchant Arch Bar, opposite the Ha’Penny Bridge from 23:00-02:30. Admission free.

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(See Saturday for details)

Sun 10:30-12:30 – Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
The weekly Children’s Art Cart Workshops is taking place every Sun. Up to 15 children (5yrs+) can participate but they must be supervised by an adult. The next workshop is on 05 June. The schedule at www.phoenixpark.ie/newsevents/title,12181,en.html doesn’t tell us what the topic is, but I am told that the workshop nevertheless continues. To confirm that it takes place and to find out this week’s title ring 01-6770095.

Sun 05 June: 12:00-13:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell St North, Dublin 1
The weekly “Sunday at Noon” concerts are free and no booking is required. This week the Duo Chagall (Gillian Williams, violin
Arun Rao, cello) will perform pieces from Arthur Honegger (1892-1955), Rheinhold Gliere (1875-1956), Zoltan Kodaly (1882-1967).

Sun 05 May – 14:00-18:00: Shankill Tennis Club, Shankill
An Intercultural Family Day for Romanian and Irish Families is taking place. Some more details are provided here and you are meant to RSVP to someone, but I have difficulties reading the tiny poster here www.newcommunities.ie/events/2011/06/05/intercultural-family-day-with-romanian-community-of-ireland-integration-through-sport-shankill-tennis-club/

The Dublin Sketchers Group is an informal group of typically hobby artists who go somewhere different in Dublin every Sunday (e.g. Collins Barracks, Farmleigh, Botanic Gardens, Dublin Castle), sketch for an hour or so, and then meet up for coffee afterwards and discuss their sketches. www.dublinsketchers.blogspot.com/ Find out on their website where they will meet and join them if you do some sketching/drawing yourself. Meeting time is usually around 14:00.

+ A “Hands-on History” event takes place on Sun 05 June from 15:00-16:00 in Collins Barracks (Decorative Arts & History). It is suitable for Families and children 5 years +. “Fun family learning with the Museum’s collection of objects especially for handling. Drop-in event.” No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2328

Sun 05 June: 15:00-19:00 – D4 Ballsbridge Inn (former Jury’s Hotel), Pembroke Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. A “Prince and Princess Ball” will take place on Sunday. This is a Charity event for the “Children to Lappland Appeal”. Despite that, admission is free and there will be a free magic show, a DJ and lots of suprises. More details are on the event poster:
Also note, other dates for the Prince and Princess Ball are: Sunday 19 June-The Royal Hotel Bray. Sunday 10 July- The Clarion Hotel, Dublin Airport Sunday 07 August- Dunboyne Castle Hotel www.childrentolaplandappeal.ie/images/ball_poster.jpg

Sun 05 June: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Exploring Shiny Surfaces and Reflections”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 05 June: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The free “Picture This! Workshop” with the topic “Portraits” with Valerie Moffat will take place. Admission is free and no booking required. nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 05 June: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The free lecture “An Introduction to the Year of Craft” with Louise Allen, Education and Awareness Manager, The Crafts Council of Ireland will take place. Free public lecture. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Saucy Sundays is a live music session happening in the The Grand Social (former Pravda) near Ha’Penny Bridge. The next event will be on 05 June from 16:30-22:30, the line up is: Reverend JM Band, Grace Wild, Soldiers Can’t Dance, GDC, The Brazen Lungs, Wyvern Lingo, Samuel Arnold and Neptune City. Admission is free. Check www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall to find out all details.

Sun 05 June: 17:00-02:00 – The Workman’s Club, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
“A Midsummer Nights Dream – 9hr Bank Holiday Rock and Roll Spectacular” is the event on Sun in the Workman’s Club. Admission is free and the line up in the main room is Steven McCann (19:00-19:30), The Cold 100 (19:40-20:10), The Syndicate (20:30-21:00), This Other Kingdom (21:20-21:55), Howlin’ Dowlin’ (22:15-22:55) and the Cheap Freaks (23:15-00:00). Doors open at 18:00. On the first floor there will be “Mass vs Somewhere?” from 10:00-15:00 feat Dj’s Lisa Marie and Trev Radiator. www.theworkmansclub.com/2011/05/24/a-midsummer-nights-dream-9hr-bank-holiday-rock-and-roll-spectacular-050611/

* The Temple Bar Book Market is taking place every Sat+Sun on Temple Bar Square from 11:00-18:00.
* Jamestown Flea Market + Car Boot Sale. Every Sunday from 10:00-17:00 the Jamestown 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. www.jamestownmarket.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
* Afternoon Jazz in Café en Seine. The Sweet & Lowdown Jazz Trio play every Sunday from 14:00-16:00 in Café en Seine in Dawson Street. Admission is free. www.stellabass.com and a video is here gush.ie/clients/sweetlow/video/
* 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.
* Comedy Crunch – Shebeen Chic. The Comedy Crunch is a free Stand Up comedy downstairs in Shebeen Chic, Sth Great Georges Street from 21:00 every week. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Comedy-Crunch/83791357330
* 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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Monday is the last pre-Summer bank holiday and is traditionally the day of the Woman’s Mini Marathon. This is a huge event and it will affect the traffic in the City Centre in many places. Most Shop’s are open on the June Bank Holiday. Public Transport operates a weekend schedule and Pay&Display Parking is not enforced, so parking in Pay&Display zones is free.
Please note as well that some of the Regular Monday events don’t take place on a Bank Holiday.

The Women’s Mini Marathon will take place in Dublin City on Monday 06 June with the race starting at 15:00 at Fitzwilliam St Upr, before travelling onto Mount St Lwr, Northumberland Rd, Shelbourne Rd, Merrion Rd, Nutley Lane, up and over the UCD Flyover, onto N11/Donnybrook Rd inbound, Morehampton Rd, Leeson St and finishing up at St Stephen’s Green East.
Up to 40,000 participants are expected and registration is now closed. You can watch the race, support the runners and cheer them on and – in case you plan to drive/travel in the City Centre of Dublin, make sure that road closures are considered in your plans.
St. Stephen’s Green East and Earlsfort Terrace are closed from 06:00-18:30 and there will be many other road closures in the same area for slightly shorter periods.

Mon 06 June: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Monday is “A Sense of Poetry: The Poem As Irony” (1975, 12min) This unusual short film, part of a Canadian educational series, is a visual illustration of the poem, The Beggars of Dublin, by renowned Canadian poet Alden Nowlan. It follows a visitor to Dublin as he disembarks from a plane and wanders the streets of Dublin encountering beggars and homeless people along the way. www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7373&Date=06/06/2011&PageID=15

(See Saturday for details)

Mon 06 June: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
A Bank Holiday Family Workshop will take place. It is suitable for 4-10 year olds. All materials provided. nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Mon 06 June: 20:00 – The Workmansclub, 10 Wellington Quay, Dublin 2
From June-September 2011, “What the folk?” will showcase some of the country’s finest acts. For the past four months The Workman’s Club has hosted a series of rip-roaring, foot stomping, blood pumping Monday night battles, where over 50 bands strived for ultimate victory in ‘Come Get Yer Act Together’. Now that this legendary competition is drawing to a close, it is only fitting that another competition, of equal calibre, take its place.
On 06 June ‘What The Folk?’ is coming to The Workman’s Club. This brand new, artist showcase is calling for the country’s finest musicians to rock their folking socks off and in a bid to win a prized slot in the esteemed Spirit of Folk festival in September 2011.
Every Monday night three acts will battle it out to win the public vote and get through to the final heat at the end of each month. The final will take place in early September in front of a live panel of guest judges. Folk acts of all shapes, sizes and sounds are invited to enter and try for their chance to feature in one of the country’s most unique and valued folk festival “Spirit of Folk” (www.spiritoffolk.com)
The line up on 06 June is Miriam Donaghue, SJ McArdle and Sweet Gun Molly.

Mondays (starting 30 May): 20:00 – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Song Cycle is a new weekly singer songwriter showcase every Monday, upstairs in Whelan’s. This week’s line up is not yet announced, so check the website. Admission is free. www.whelanslive.com/

Mon: 21:00 – Anseo, Camden Street, Dublin 2
The first three Mondays of every month the Solar Trio with guests, host a free improvised music gig upstairs in Anseo on Camden st. Creating their own unique takes on old jazz standards along with totally improvised on the spot jams. Expect swing and hard, deep grooves meshed together with post progressive and contemporary meandering sections.

* 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. Admission is free. Laid-back atmosphere, unplugged and informal. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Lazy-Band/137845161717
* ‘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
+ Comedy Night in Panti Bar. A new free Comedy Night with comedy improv, stand up and sketch every Monday night in Panti Bar on Capel St from 21:00. entertainment.ie/event/Comedy/Pantibar/A-Bear-A-Bull-And-A-Chicken-Walk-Into-A-Bar/2563419.htm
* 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.


Tues 07 June: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The free public lecture is entitled “Embroidery Storytelling: The Ros Tapestry” with Countess Ann Griffin Bernstorff. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tuesdays in June: 12:00-13:00 – RDS Concert Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
The RDS continues its series of lunchtime recitals by some of the most exciting young musical talent in Ireland today. This summer series features top chamber music groups with performers from the graduate classes of the DIT Music Conservatory and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Featured groups include: DIT Chatham Saxophone Quartet, The Brontë Ensemble, The DIT Violin and Piano Duo, and The DIT Guitar Quartet. Admission is free and advance booking is not required.

07 June: 16:00-17:30 – Neill / Hoey Lecture Theatre, Trinity Long Room Hub Building, Trinity College Dublin, Dublin 2
The full title of this talk is “Building Democracy in India after British Rule” by Professor Aditya Mukherjee and Professor Mridula Mukherjee. Admission is free.

Tues 07 June – 18:00-19:30 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
‘Down These Green Streets’ writers is an outstanding collection of short fiction, essays and interviews that brings together 28 of Ireland’s most talented crime writers including Arlene Hunt, Brian McGilloway, Declan Hughes, Gene Kerrigan, John Banville, John Connolly, Stuart Neville and Tana French. At this book launch many of the contributors will be present. Admission is free.

Tues 07 June: 18:00-21:00 – 7 Smithfield, Dublin.
From 07-11 June, the DIT Design Graduate Exhibition will take place in the Complex in Smithfield (www.thecomplex.ie) and on Tuesday is the opening of the show. Find out all the details about this show on www.ditgradshow2011.com and on

Tues 07 June: 20:00 – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, Grafton Street, Dublin 2
New Volta Film Club is a monthly exhibition of new short film and animation in the Bewley’s Theatre in Grafton Street on the first Tuesday of every months. However, the Facebook Page hasn’t been updated since April, so I am not sure if that event is still taking place. www.bewleyscafetheatre.com www.facebook.com/pages/New-Volta/127768761573

Tue 07 June: 20:00 – Green Room Bar, 117 Upper Sheriff Street, Dublin 1, adjacent to The O2 in Dublin’s Docklands.” Sing? Play Guitar? Play Piano? Comedian? If you have talent, then we want to see it! Join us on 07 June from 20:00 to showcase your talent and enjoy a few other acts along the way! Contact us if you would like any more information!” www.thegreenroombar.ie

* 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
* Live Jazz and Blues from 21:00 every Tuesday in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2.
* 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


Wed 08 May: 13:10: Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI invites to free screenings of films from the IFI Irish Film Archive. Simply collect your free tickets at the IFI Box Office when you get there. (You might have to pay a 1 Euro membership for the day.) The film on Wed is “See You At The Pillar” (1968, 18 min). An entertaining British-produced tourist film which uses quotations from Dublin’s literary notables (Joyce, O’Casey and Wilde among them) to illuminate the character of the city. The film features a dialogue between an English visitor and a native Dubliner while old rebel songs giving the film a humorous punchy tone.

Wed 08 June: 18:00-19:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
“You Can Heal Your Life: The Teachings of Louise L. Hay” is the title of a talk by Grainne O’Kane in the Gutter Bookshop. Louise L. Hay is one of the world’s most popular practitioners of self-empowerment. Grainne O’Kane is a licensed teacher of the Heal Your Life workshops and has offered to give a free introductory talk at The Gutter Bookshop to explain how learning this method has enriched her life. This event is free but places are limited so please contact us to book a seat. gutterbookshop.com/

Wed 08 June: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2, quite near the National Gallery. – The Spanish Cultural Institute, Instituto Cervantes, is inviting to the film screening of “Todos estamos invitados” by director Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón
(2008). Manuel Gutiérrez Aragón will attend the screening and following the film screening there will be a Q&A session with the director. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha72941_16_2.htm

Wed 08 June: 19:00 – 23:30 – Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
This month’s “Where the Mugic Happens” line up is More Tiny Giants, The Hundred Flower Campaign, The Young Folk, Rhiannon & The Face Collectors. Find out more details and links to the bands’ websites here www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=200177736694092

Every Wed from 21:00-23:00, The Swing Factory (Paul Sweeney – trumpet, Neil McMahon sax, Bob Whelan vocals/keys Dave Fleming bass, Ian Hyland – drums) will be playing Jazz in O’Reilly’s Pub in Sandymount, D4. Admission is free.

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 16:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. There are many Spanish speakers and English-speakers are explicitly invited, but everyone else is certainly very welcome too, to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English. www.facebook.com/pages/Havana-Tapas-Bar/10503361821
* “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 Wednesday. www.hamletsweeney.com/events/
* The Alex Mathias Jazz Quartet will perform every Thursday from 21:00 in the International Bar on 23 Wicklow Street. www.alexmathias.com/
* 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.


09-10 June 2011: The Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin. “Reconstructions of the Gothic Past” is a Colloquium exploring the perceptions, reception and uses of gothic architecture from the Thirteenth Century to the present day. There is no fee for attending but places must be reserved by returning the registration form available at www.tcd.ie/History_of_Art/rgp/coll/index.php A full programme was meant to be available as well. Not sure what happened there. For further information, contact Caroline McGee mcgeecm@tcd.ie.

The fifth Summer’s Wreath programme, which will take place in June, will celebrate the creativity and legacy of William Butler Yeats. Many Irish and international guests will grace us with their personal reflections and readings from Yeats’s poetry, plays and stories. We look forward to welcoming you to share in this universal love of Yeats’s creativity.
+ Reading & Reflection with Fergal Keane
Thurs 09 June: 13:00-13:30 – National Library Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Fergal Keane is an Irish writer, broadcaster and presenter of the recent groundbreaking series The Story of Ireland – a five-part series on the history of Ireland. For many years, he worked as the BBC’s Southern Africa Correspondent. He has won numerous awards for his radio and television reports.
Free Admission and no booking required. www.nli.ie

Thurs 09 June: 17:00 – The Chapel, IMMA, Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin 8
For “A Conversation with Images: Les Levine” artist and founder of media art, Les Levine will present images of his art dating back to 1960. This presentation will cover the full range of the artist’s development with media and is followed by a dialogue with Christina Kennedy, Head of Collections, IMMA.

Thurs 09 June – 18:30 – Chapter’s Bookstore, Parnell Street, Dublin1
This is a regular literary even run by the Seven Towers Agency, a small publishing house and event host. They invite to this themed reading with the theme “Dublin”. The following poets and writers will contribute: Eamonn Lynskey, Roger Hudson, Michael Farry, Anne Tannam, Karl Parkinson, Ross Phil Lynch.

Thurs 09 June: 18:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
Poetry Ireland presents a reading by Poet Laureate of the State of Iowa Mary Swander, Seamus Cashman & Joan McBreen with classical guitarist Redmond O’ Toole. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Thurs: 18:30-22:00 – Twisted Pepper, Basement, Abbey Street, Dublin 1
The Yelp Ping Pong Social Club is a free weekly event at the Twisted Pepper in Abbey Street. Each week on a Thursday from 18:30-22:00 you can come along to prove your ping pong potential and be crowned ‘King Pong’ or just sit back, watch balls fly. www.yelp.ie/events/dublin-yelp-ping-pong-social-club

Thurs 19:00-01:00 – Dakota Bar, 8/9 South William Street, Dublin 2
“The Beauty Spot at Dakota” is a weekly night of Fashion, Beauty, Shopping and Drinks in association with Style Nation. Beauty tips and advice given by Top Make Up Artists, Hair Stylists, alongside a ‘Pop Up Shop’ hosting vintage & contemporary fashion and accessories. Different theme and treatments every week.

Thurs 09 June: 20:00-22:00: The Exchange, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The Clown Coop is inviting to their first ever night of work in progress performances by… Kidding Ensemble (Marie Genevieve Linotte & Angelica Santander), Ita Fitzmahony and Carol Walsh. The organisers describe “We’ve played, devised, tried, simplified, complicated, gone round in circles, gone round the bend, gone back to where we started, started where we went back to, had wow moments, had nooooo moments, drove ourselves mad, drove others mad an…d now… before we go any further… we need to know what works. So, we need YOU. Clown only exists with an audience and we hope that by showing you our initial ideas you will help make them come alive and play a part in their development.
On the night, we will show three, short, original pieces, each a solo, and we want to know what you think – by your response and your feedback. The pieces are beginnings, seeds, some are a part of bigger pictures and we’re very excited to share them for the first time. Afterwards, you can stick around, talk to us, write a comment, have a biscuit….” Admission is free. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=212828008749507

Thurs: 20:30 – O’Reillys Rock Bar, underneath Tara Street DART Station, Dublin 2
If you are a Singer, Songwriter, play an Instrument or just want to jam then come to the Railway Sessions in O’Reilly’s every Thurs at 20:00 and showcase maybe a new song or a cover. All performing musicians will receive a complimentary drink. The event starts at 20:30. To contact the organisers: info@dublinsocialtv.ie An Indie-Rock Club starts immediately afterwards at 23:00. Admission free.

Every Thursday the Odeon Pub in Harcourt Street is running a Classic Movies Club from 20:00. No cover charge. The theme for June is “Sci-Fi Season” and the movies are 02 June: No Movie (private party), 09 June: 2011: A Space Odyssey; 16 June: Alien; 23 June: Planet of the Apes; 30 June: Metropolis. www.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.
* Dimestore Recordings run a weekly event in Sweeney Mongrel’s, Dame Street (formerly Le Cirk) with a variety of bands and performers. It starts at 20:00 and the line up is here: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000163463304&sk=wall
* “Thirsty Thursday” Open Mic Night from 21:00 in the Bridge Inn in Chapelizod Village. www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bridge-Inn-Chapelizod/350005960758
* Open Music Night in Darky Kellys pub in Fishamble Street, Christ Church, Dublin 8 organised by the music duo R.E.D.. Would you like to perform or just listen? Names of contributors are taken from 21:30 and the gig starts at 22:00. www.facebook.com/pages/Open-Mic-Night-Dublin/121048244620948
* The Bionic Rats play live Reggae and Ska every Thursday in Turk’s Head from 22:00. Admission is free. www.facebook.com/TURKSHEADDUBLIN


Fri 10 June: 14:00-15:30 – Meeting point: Outside the Alliance Française, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. – Let’s Walk & Talk turns French. Every Friday from 10 June – 15 July the Dublin City Council’s community initiative “Let’s Walk & Talk” will provide an opportunity to walk for 90 minutes and have a chat in French. Participation is free. www.letswalkandtalk.ie

Fri 10 June: 17:00-20:00 – City Center
Design studios and craft workshops are opening their doors to the public, as part of a plan to put the capital’s artisans and designers into the spotlight. The Designer Dublin ‘Craft Studio Trail’ is made up of 21 studios and workshops, dotted along both sides of the city centre. With sculpture, fashion, jewellery, millinery, accessories and homeware craft studios all taking part, you are invited to take a ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the designers at work. 10,000 maps of the Craft Studio Trail have been distributed through city hotels and tourist offices and the trail map is also available to download from the Designer Dublin website www.designerdublin.ie

Fri 10 June: 19:00 – Backloft Studio, La Catedral Studios, 7-11 St. Augustine Street, Dublin 8 – Soprano Frances Marshall (Anuna) and classical guitarist John Feeley present Italian Baroque and Celtic music in the Back Loft venue. This will be followed at 20:00 by “Mamuska Dublin” a packed line-up of exploratory dance, performance art, mime, storytelling and film to challenge and inspire. A raffle and complimentary drinks are other features of this event. Entry is free, with a recommended but optional donation of EUR 5 for RawClassico. www.lacatedralstudios.org

Fri 10 June: 19:00 – Hughes&Hughes, Dundrum
Brian Conaghan, who was born in Scotland and is now a Secondary School Teacher in a school in Dublin, will launch his book ‘The Boy Who Made It Rain’, a novel that deals with bullying, class discrimination and social prejudice. Admission is free and you are invited to come along and meet the author. www.hughesandhughes.ie/content/events

Fri 10 June: 19:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
Salmon Poetry invite you to the launch of new poetry collections by:
Joseph Lennon – Fell Hunger
Padraig O’Morain – The Blue Guitar

From Fri 10 June the weekly Rock & Roll Karaoke event in Dublin has a new home. After a long time in The Village, Songs of Praise have now moved to the Mercantile in Dame Street. And the new day for the Karaoke night will be Fridays from 23:00. Admission is free.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Friday from 23:00 in the Mercantile, Dame Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com


This section contains events that will 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:

There are no such events this week.

______This is odd!!______________

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. ;-)

Senator David Norris is an Irish idiosyncrasy. Well educated, very entertaining, very british sounding, loves James Joyce, loud, gay, often an effective senator and with the ambition to become President of Ireland.
Last week the media aimed for David Norris and criticised him heavily for something he said an interview. (jrnl.ie/146335). I had to read the sentence three times before I realised what the media was implying and I have to say that I do think he is unfairly attacked. The statement that he made was not very smart, but how some newspapers interpreted things into the statement that definitely didn’t seem to be implied is quite disturbing. I agree with David Norris when he speculates that the overexaggeration is meant to damage his chances as a presidential candidate.
So, do I think he should be become the next president? No, absolutely not!
I don’t care about this recent statement, but what I do care about is his track record with regard to social and community spirit. And on that aspect there are some very black marks. It has been a good few years ago, but back then David Norris was the chairman of some residents organisation in North Great George’s Street, where he lives. The street is a well kept street of impressive houses and the people living there wanted to get special treatment. Shockingly the street was used by other people! There were buses going up and down and sometimes police cars with sirens drove through to chase stolen cars etc. And even worse, people that did not live in the street parked there. What impertinence! The residents association had enough of this and decided that they are better than the rest and deserve special treatment. The street must have gates installed so that the low-lifes like you and me can’t park there anymore or drive through. David Norris was using all his influence to push this through and when he (luckily) failed to achieve ALL their demands, then he stepped down as a chairman. Streets belong to ALL taxpayers and I would prefer a president that has the interest of ALL people at his heart, not just the interests of some small upper-class interest group. When Norris thought that he should be treated better than the rest, he disqualified himself as a future president of all the people. www.archeire.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=280

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I won’t be around in Dublin this bank holiday, so don’t wreck the place :-D but have fun and enjoy this great city we live in. If the weather turns out as forecasted, you won’t have anything to complain. ;-)

Have a great weekend!

Take care,



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