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Event Guide 208: IFI Open Day, Blooms Festival, Liberties Festival, Lunar Eclipse, Street Performance World Championship

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 208
| 10 June 2011 Subscribers: 8653

Hi all!

Apologies for the VERY late sending today. I came back to Dublin only yesterday evening and had seriousl logisitical challenges today. I am glad that this Event Guide made it at all to you. It didn’t look good at some stage. There are a few other bits missing this week, but next week it will be back to the normal Event Guide that you know and love. ;-) Thanks for your understanding!
Today you receive issue No 208 of the Dublin Event Guide For Free events and while this might appear to be an odd number, it definitely has some significance. Because it was in the beginning of June 2007 that the first issue of this newsletter was sent out. At the time it went to only 10 friends, but they spread the word and their friends spread the word further and the list of readers grew and grew. Initially I only mentioned the MOST important one or two events on Saturday or Sunday, but soon it became clear that this was not enough. Because “Dublin – the City of Free Culture” :-) did not limit the interesting free events to the weekend.

Well you all know where we are now. More than 8600 readers, 208 issues (I never missed a week for 4 years!) and more really really exciting things are there to come. I can’t tell you too much about the new developments yet, but I already know that you will like them! Watch this space AND watch the Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/DublinEventGuide to find out all the news.

The Dublin Event Guide For Free Events is the ONLY publication of this type in Dublin and – as long as all of you support me – it will keep coming every week.

Not missing a week is sometimes challenging! For the last 10 days I was in the UK for a training course and the Event Guide last week and part of it this week were written on the ferry and in the train going over and coming back. The training course was about NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and about Presentation and Platform Skills (Speaking from a Stage) and it was VERY intensive. I learned loads and am now a certified NLP Trainer, one aspect was seriously neglected, though. Since last Wednesday, I received 751 e-mails (!!!!!) and they all need to be checked, read etc. I hope your most important event announcement is not part of it. But if it is and I will forget to include your event, I hope you will forgive me. I don’t expect that many will be affected. I will work extra hard to limit the risk, but it could happen despite my best efforts.

Now my weekly call to action: The Dublin Event Guide needs YOU to spread the word. With the new website www.dublineventguide.com it is now even easier to tell your friends and to give them a chance to check it out.
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This week’s Feel Good Slot video clip is of the X-Factor Talent type and it is a moving and heart warming story from Korea! Have a look here www.youtube.com/watch?v=BewknNW2b8Y

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This week a number of people donated again, but I wasn’t able to collate the names yet, so they will all be listed here next week! To cover the cost for this Event Guide, I need about 4 donations every week and to improve the Event Guide I need another bit more. My part is to give 25 hours per week for no pay to make sure that YOU get the Dublin Event Guide every week. Could you help with just 25 cent per week or EUR 12 per year? That’s a bargain! It is to cover the cost, but even if it was pay for me, imagine it would be 1 cent per hour. Maybe I should ask for a LOT more??? ;-)
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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.

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 week I will or will try to go to the following events:
On Sat the IFI Open Day (15 movies for free), the Flamenco Taster Event (lots of fun) and the Neuromarketing Talk in the Science Gallery (sounds VERY interesting). Then on Sunday it would be the Point Village Car Boot Sale. On Tuesday the talk about Hollywood (bad time during the day, though) and on Wednesday definitely the Lunar Eclipse events. Thursday is Blooms Day and the Street performance World Championship starts already!


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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From 20-25 June the International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, will present “The Zoo Story” at 19:00-20:00 (Sat 18:00-19:00). Admission is EUR 4.50. Edward Albee’s masterpiece ‘The Zoo Story’ is based in Central Park in 1960 on a sunny Sunday summer afternoon.
The play opens on the eve of the Summer Solstice and celebrates the 50th year anniversary of the very first performance of this much loved play.
‘The Zoo Story’ deals with topics such as human contact, companionship, materialism, communication, spiritualism, loneliness and inter-personal relationships. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=134399549968546 If you want to win the pair of tickets the organisers made available, send a ,ail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with ZOO in the subject and your name and mobile phone number in the body. The tickets are for the opening show on 20 June and your mail has to be with me by Wed 15 June.

______Dublin News______________

Running great events is one thing, letting people know effectively is another and unfortunately many organisations really shoot themselves in the foot when they “embrace progress”. Yes, I know very well that a un-pretty website doesn’t leave you very proud, so often organisations try to make their website prettier or more up-to-date, but they seem to completely forget the user in the process. Two good examples are the website for the Hugh Lane Gallery and for Milk and Cookie Stories. The Hugh Lane Gallery website looked ok and was very simple to use. You were able to find all upcoming events easily and without any problems. The design looked a little older, but I care a lot more about the usability than the looks. The Hugh Lane Gallery thought differently: They updated the website, it doesn’t really look much better, but it is now a pain to use. You can not find the events easily anymore, but the whole site is a mess. (www.hughlane.ie)
Another example is www.milkandcookiestories.com/. It had a good design and all information was there and easily available. The site was probably not very easy to use because it didn’t seem to use a Content Management System, but the user experience was great. Now the site has been upgraded, it is debatable if it looks better, but it is sooo much harder to use. Check, for example, when the next event will take place. Only after a search you will find that is it this Tuesday (14 June), but NO details is given about the Where and When. That was never a problem on the old page.
If you are involved in web pages, PLEASE make sure that the whole focus is on the user experience not the look. Otherwise you will have something pretty that nobody wants to use. Not good! Once you get the user experience right, you can improve the look, but not the other way.

If you haven’t seen this yet, please read it, your help is needed:
‘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


In order to beat an economic downturn not governments can help, but individuals are needed that take the initiative and create new markets and new opportunities for themselves and for their customers and hopefully employees. 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. Being mentioned here and being seen by the 8000+ readers of the Dublin Event Guide should help to 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 much 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 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.

A group of amateur artists brought together by a common passion for sketching and painting are exploring every corner of Dublin every Sunday, including its streets, galleries and beaches – resulting in a collaborative exhibition in the Sol Art Gallery, Dawson Street, Dublin 2 from 03-13 June. On show in the gallery will be a diverse range of work in a variety of mediums, showing how collective experiences are interpreted and expressed by individuals. The exhibition illustrates the results of artists engaging with their city and its inhabitants – reinforcing the abundance of affordable arts and culture available in Dublin today. www.dublinsketchers.com
The Gallery is open Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:30 and Sunday 13:00-17:30.

A free exhibition and demonstration of calligraphy with work from some of the finest Irish and international calligraphic artists will take place in the Wood Quay Venue at the Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8. The event will run drom Tues 07 June at 10:00 until Wed 15 June at 16:00. www.designerdublin.ie/


“LOVE: Donegal” and Arts and Crafts Showcase will kick off on Friday June 10th and run until June 24th 2011. During this time the Powerscourt Gallery will host an exhibition of high quality work from artists and craftspeople from all around Donegal. For the duration of the exhibition there will be various Donegal-themed events such as music, theatre, dance and workshops: Check out www.powerscourtgallery.com and www.facebook.com/Powerscourt1

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

Storyfold will be playing live and signing copies of their debut album ‘Rocket Science’ in HMV Henry Street on Fri 10 June at 17:00. hmv.com/hmvweb/navigate.do?pPageID=1080

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

The Stillorgan Orchard at The Hill in Stillorgan, Co. Dublin has a full programme of live music. The upcoming gigs are:
Fri 10 June Bree Harris
Sat 11 June Dead Ringer
Sun 12 June – Minus Seven (12 piece Big Band Jazz) 18:00-20:30
Fri 17 June Cornerstone
Sat 18 June Full Circle
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

* 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.


Sat 11 June: IFI, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
The IFI Open Day is taking place on Saturday. 15 free screenings are taking place in all three cinemas, as well as some special guests to introduce films over the course of the day, it promises to be an event to remember. Tickets for all films will become available at 11:00 on 11 June at the IFI. Tickets will not be available online or by phone. www.ifi.ie/cinema/season2_07.asp?PageID=59&SID=229

On Sat 11 June, the Next Model Search comes to Dundrum Town Centre. In association with Storm Model Management, Next are searching for the hottest new modelling talent and Dundrum Town Centre is the only Irish stop on the scouting tour. The search is open to girls and guys aged 18 years and over and a public vote will select the top 250 entrants, with the winner walking away with a Next shopping spree and an introduction to Storm Model Management who represent famous faces like Kate Moss and Lily Cole. The event will take place on Level 1 outside House of Fraser between 09:00-19:00. www.dundrum.ie/events/are-you-the-next-model-2011/

Sat 11 June: 10:00-13:00 – The Culture Box, 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Peña Flamenca El Indalo, an interest group that wants to share and spread the word about the beauty of Flamenco is inviting to a Flamenco Taster Morning in the Culture Box. They will be showing a series of short flamenco videos and there will be taster activities around flamenco clapping, rhythm and dance. Admission is free. www.flamencoindalo.com

Sat+Sun: 11-12 June – 10:00-18:00: Gresham Hotel, O Connell St, Dublin 1
At the Islamic Cultural Exhibition in the Gresham, you have an opportunity to meet, learn, share, question and experience the beliefs and views of Irish Muslims. www.newcommunities.ie/events/2011/06/11/islamic-cu/

Sat 11 June: 11:00& 15:00-17:00 – Lucan Village Green, Lucan, Co. Dublin
Closing the Ruaille Buaille festival in Lucan are two free events this weekend. South Dublin County Council Arts and Library Services ran this festival together with the Irish Chamber Orchestra and an Opera for children is now the final event on Sat. at 11:00 a Pre-Opera Workshop will take place in Lucan Library and then from 15:00-17:00 “Hansel & Gretel – The Opera for children” will be performed open air on the Lucan Village Green. Bring your picnics, rugs, opera mask or comfortable seating,
sit back and enjoy the afternoon or come early for children to take part in pre-opera events and activities. Other entertainment on the day will include: Lucan Concert Band, Opera Faces, Opera Crafts and Characters, Opera Masks, Badgemaking, Finding your Voice, Meet Hansel and Gretel, Find the Gingerbread Men and more

Sat 11 June: 12:00-19:00 – Phoenix Park, Chesterfield Avenue, Dublin
This is not a just a déjà-vu experience, the Couchsurfing Picnic is actually happening again: 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

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! ;-)

11-16 June: Throughout Dublin
The James Joyce Centre’s Bloomsday Festival will run from 11-16 June 2011 with a series of entertaining programmes. The main day is Blooms Day on 16 June. It is a big day for James Joyce Fans despite the fact that the whole event is based on a fictional account of a day in the life of a fictional character in Joyce’s book “Ulysses”. But since even the Simpsons and U2 refer to it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bloomsday, the day is growing in popularity. This year a whole week will be dedicated to it with a mixture of free and non-free events. The complete programme is here www.jamesjoyce.ie/docs/Compressed.pdf in a nice compressed format and it will be too long to list all events here. If you are interested in James Joyce and his celebration check out the programme or here www.jamesjoyce.ie/detail.asp?ID=289

Sat 1 June: 12:00-18:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. This is a monthly Market at Exchange Dublin. Pictures, crafts and all sorts of likable things to buy from all sorts of lovely people. www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=159405930791126

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 11 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). 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

+ “The Craft of Aviation: The Vampire Jet” is a lecture for adults in Collins Barracks on Sat 11 June from 12:00-12:30. “Focus on flight with Major General Ralph James who will be talking about his experiences of flying the amazing Vampire Jet on display in the ’Soldiers and Chiefs’ exhibition. Places are limited and allocated on a first-come basis.” www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2333

Sat 11 June: 13:00-16:00 – Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2. “Neuromarketing – Mind for sale” is the title of a talk and discussion in the Science Gallery. Explore how scientific applications are used for business purpose such as “Neuromarketing”, using brain scans for product design and evaluation. Dr Arun Bodke, neuroscientist and lecturer at Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Dónal Mathúna, bioethicist and lecturer at Dublin City University, will talk about scientific and ethical issue of neuromaketing. Participants have the opportunity to express their opinion, views and thoughts in the following discussion aiming to improve future policy on emerging technologies for daily life. This event is free, but you have to book via raphaela.kaisler2@mail.dcu.ie

Sat 11 June: 13:00-15:00 – Pearse Street Library- Pearse Street, Dublin 4
The Irish Wildlife Trust is organising the Irish events for the first ever European Fish Week. Dana Miller (UCD) will give a talk on the mismatch between living resources and market trends, Johnny Woodlock (ISS) will speak of his experiences on a prawn trawler in the Irish Sea and Victor Kutischev will talk on his experiences photographing underwater wildlife (www.underwater-ireland.com). Attendance is free, but you are asked to book via dublinbranch@iwt.ie. iwt.ie/events/

Sat 11 June: 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

On Sat+Sun 11-12 June this year’s Sun Flower Day will take place, a fundraising weekend for Our Lady’s Hospice & Care Services in Blackrock and Harold’s Cross. A variety of events will take place in (South) Dublin and many might only be promoted regionally. One that I found is the first ever Foxrock Village Fete on Sat 11 June from 14:00-18:00 in Foxrock Village & Village Green. It is a Family Day with live bands, face painting, flower arranging, children’s party, Barbeque and lots more. Proceeds are in aid of the Blackrock Hospice. Admission is free. To find out more you can contact Mairead Dillon at 01-2064043 for further details. www.dun-laoghaire.com/eventcal.html

“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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12-19 June: Liberties, Dublin 8
The Liberties is one of the oldest festivals in Dublin and this year is the 41st year of the festival. There are lots of events planned and many of them are free.
The Official Launch is taking place on Sun 12 June at 14:00 in 90 Meath Street. There are a variety of events and next weekend it will all culminate in a Family Day on Sun 19 June. Check out the nicely done programme here:

Sun 12 June: 09:00-13:00 – Point Village (next to the Big Wheel) at the Point Theatre. The Point Village Market didn’t succeed and was terminated at the end of last year, now the new “Point Village Car Boot Sale and Sunday Market” is attempting to take over. From 29 May – 29 Sept every Sunday morning this market will take place. Up to 200 cars and 20 pop-up style marquees will offer their wares. About 2 years ago MANY car boot sales and flea markets appeared all over Dublin and most were closed down again seemingly by Dublin City because of a lack of planning permission. Let’s hope the same won’t happen to this market. The fact that it is in the Dublin Docklands, where normal laws don’t seem to apply (www.examiner.ie/ireland/docklands-plan-will-destroy-forgotten-paradise-meps-told-151526.html) could in this case be an advantage. www.irishcarboot.ie

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 12 June – 11:00-17:00 – Dublin Food Coop, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8
The Peas and Pods Family Market for babies, toddlers, children (and their parents) is taking place again. More than 30 stalls will sell their products.
Check all details on www.peasandpods.ie/

Sun 12 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 Philip Martin (piano) will play pieces from Mozart, Liszt and Philip Martin.

Sun 12 June: 13:00-16:00 – Carlton Hotel, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15
At the Yummy Mummy Market parents can buy and sell new and pre-owned mother, baby and toddler goods. The market is normally made up of 5-6 trade stalls and 20 preowned stalls. I was not able to find a clear statement, but I assume admission to the market is free. www.yummymummymarket.com/

Sun 12 June: 14:00-17:00 – Clondalkin Village
The Clondalkin Village Festival + Clondalkin Garda Intercultural Day will offer the following displays and activities: Tours of the Garda Station, Mounted Unit, Water Unit, Air Support, Regional & Divisional Traffic Unit, Drugs Unit, Garda School Programme, Finger Printing, Fire Brigade, Face Painting, Garda Band, Intercultural Choir, Local Live Bands, Reptile Zoo, Lamberts Puppet Theatre, Traditional Irish Music and Song, Kavanagh School of Dance, Irish Step Dancing, Clondalkin Youth Theatre, The Hunters. In addition there will be a free Traditional Irish Music Session from 21:30 in Áras Chrónáin/Irish Cultural Centre.

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 12 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=2336
+ The My Museum event “Tall Tales” is taking place in Merrion Street (Natural History) on Sun 12 June from 13:00-16:00 and is suited for families. “One tour, two tour guides – but one of them isn’t telling the truth! See if you can spot animal facts from animal fiction. No booking required. www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=2335

Sun 12 June: 15:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The Public Lecture “Judy Chicago in Conversation with Barbara Dawson and Bruce Swansey” will take place and is free (but places are limited). www.hughlane.ie/lectures/lectures-past/359-public-lecture-judy-chicago-in-conversation

Sun 12 June: 14:30 – National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9.
People and plants are inextricably linked. Plants not only provide us with food, shelter, medicines and a host of other things but also the very air that we breathe. Discover some replace fascinating with remarkable plants and their uses. There is even a ‘lipstick’ tree! This guided walk by Felicity Gaffney will introduce plants and their link to people. www.botanicgardens.ie/news/events.htm

Sun 12 June: 15:00-16:00 – Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1
The next Sunday Sketching for 7+ Year olds has the title “Looking at the Sea”. No booking necessary. Admission is free and early arrival is recommended. www.hughlane.ie/childrens-workshops/forthcoming

Sun 12 June: 15:00-16:00 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2
The free “Picture This! Workshop” with the topic “Abstract Art” with Libby Simmington will take place. Admission is free and no booking required. nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Sun 12 June: 15:00-15:45 – National Gallery, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.
The free lecture “The Traditional Crafts of Ireland” with David Shaw Smith, Documentary Film Maker 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 12 June from 16:30-22:30, the line up is: Enda Reilly, Aaron Shanley, Danielle Harrison, Birdthistle, Dead School, The J Walkers, Broken Glass on Broadway, James Guilmartin. Admission is free. Check www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001494016795&v=wall to find out all details.

Wonderland will be meeting fans and signing copies of their debut album ‘Wonderland’ in HMV Grafton Street on Sun 12 June at 16:00.

* 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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Mon 13 June: 13:00 – Meet at The Point LUAS Stop, Dublin 1.
Explore an area on foot that boasts a proud heritage connected to the railways and port going back many generations. The Let’s Walk&Talk event is free, takes about 90 minutes and will finish at St. Josephs Co-ed Primary School on East Wall Road. The tour is led by historian Pat Liddy. www.dublincity.ie/Community/LetsWalkandTalk/Pages/WalkandTalk.aspx

Mon 13 June: 13:00-13:30 – Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. This Lunchtime Reading & Reflection with Tamasin Day-Lewis is part of the Summer’s Wreath programme, which celebrates the creativity and legacy of William Butler Yeats. Daughter of Irish poet Cecil Day-Lewis, Tamasin Day-Lewis has worked as a documentary film-maker for 15 years, directing and producing over two dozen films for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. She has written a dozen cookery books, appeared in two television series and gives masterclasses and talks all over the world. Admission is free. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx?article=a20ae597-0fa8-455d-8930-3a7760acaec8

Mon 13 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 “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. www.irishfilm.ie/cinema/dispfilm_07.asp?filmID=7374&Date=13/06/2011&PageID=15

Mon 13 June: 18:45-21:00 – The Mansion House, Oak Room , Dawson Street, Dublin 2. This Dublin City Enterprise Network Event is open to non-members. It is entitled “The Secrets to Design Success” and is part of the Designer Dublin sequence of events. Admission is free but booking is required via network@dceb.ie Liz Quin will tell the ’Quin & Donnelly Story’ about her and her partner starting the Quin & Donnelly designer label 30 years ago. Agata Stoinska (D-Light Studios, Blow Magazine) will talk about ‘Growing a Design Business in Dublin’. Agata Stoinksa is a Photographer, Studio Owner, Magazine Editor and Entrepreneur. designerdublin.ie/2011/06/13/

Mon 13 June: 19:30 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
The launch of “A Little Circle of Kindred Minds: Joyce in Paris” by Conor Fennell will take place on Monday. The book looks at Joyce’s relationship with his friends: the hard-drinking Robert McAlmon, the gentle James Stephens, the artist Arthur Power, Padraic and Mary Colum, Thomas MacGreevy and Samuel Beckett. www.writerscentre.ie/html/events/atthecentre.html

Mon 13 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. “This 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 13 June is Gavin Mulhall, Apalaca Jamboree, Eric McGrath.

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 14 June: 10:30-11:15 – National Gallery, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The free public lecture is entitled “The importance of showcasing Irish Crafts worldwide” with Laura Magahy, Chairwoman, Crafts Council of Ireland. Admission is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/whatson

Tues 14 June: 14:00-15:30 The Seminar Room, Trinity Long Room Hub Building, Trinity College Dublin. Entitled ‘Inventing the Myth of Hollywood’, this talk by Professor Charlie Keil (University of Toronto) is organised by the School of Drama, Film and Music. Admission is free and for further information contact Dr Ruth Barton (ruth.barton@tcd.ie) www.tcd.ie/longroomhub/events/forthcoming/index.php

Tues 14 June: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. During his visit to Dublin, Juan Cruz will introduce El sueño del celta (The Dream of the Celt), the most recent novel by Mario Vargas Llosa, the 2011 Nobel Prize in Literature. Juan Cruz Ruiz is Assistant Director at El País. The lecture is in Spanish with simultaneous translation available. Find more detail about the book and the lecturer on dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha72233_16_2.htm

Tues 14 June: 19:00 – Exchange Dublin, Exchange Street Upper, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. The details on this event are very thin, but going by previous events I assume it will start at 19:00 and will take place in the Exchange Dublin. The theme for the night can not (yet) be found on the website, but hopefully the information on the website will be updated before the event. www.milkandcookiestories.com/

Tues 14 June: 18:30 – Eason’s O’Connell St., Dublin 1.
“Lynda La Plante in conversation with Niamh O’Connor” is the title of this ticketed event. Call 01-8583815 to request tickets. www.eason.ie/events

Tues 14 June: 18:30-20:00 – Central Public Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. “Crafting Your Future – Three Designers Share Their Stories” is part of the ‘Designer Dublin’ programme. This is an interactive talk with 3 internationally successful designers: James Ennis, Maggie Cashman and Douglas Carson & Rosaleen Crushell. Short presentations will be followed by questions and answers. Places limited and booking is required. www.dceb.ie/event-calendar/designer-dublin:-year-of-craft-2011 www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/crafting_your_future.aspx

* 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 15 June: 11:00/12:10 – Kevin Street Library, 18 Lower Kevin Street, Dublin 8
Kevin Street Library is inviting to
+”The Battle for Dublin – Civil War stories” with Liz Gillis at 11:00 and
+ “Dublin Songs and Stories” – a song recital with Martin Black at 12:10.

Wed 15 June: 13:00-13:30 – Seminar Room, National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2. This Lunchtime Reading & Reflection with Hugo Hamilton is part of the Summer’s Wreath Programme, which celebrates the creativity and legacy of William Butler Yeats. Hugo Hamilton’s acclaimed memoir The Speckled People has been called an ‘instant classic’ and has become an international best-seller. He is the acclaimed author of two memoirs, seven novels and one collection of short stories. www.nli.ie/en/list/current-events.aspx

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 “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=15/06/2011&PageID=15

Wed 15 June – 15:00 – Eason’s Dundrum
Joseph Delaney will be signing his latest book in the Spooks series for fans ‘Spooks Destiny’. www.eason.ie/events

Wed 15 June: 18:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. Carlos Gamerro meets Juan Cruz at the Instituto Cervantes Dublin to talk about the impact of two most inspiring writers: James Joyce and Jorge Luis Borges. More detail can be found here: dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha73657_16_2.htm The event will be in English.

Wed 15 June – 18:30-20:00 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. “Brother’s Lot” by Kevin Holohan, a Brooklyn-based Irish writer Kevin Holohan will take place. The satirical novel explores the hypocrisy of old-school Catholic education in a down-at-heel Dublin school. gutterbookshop.com/

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.

Wed 15 June: 21:15 – Sandymount, Martello Tower
This is a Public Lunar Eclipse Watch, organised by the Irish Astronomical Society. They will be in Sandymount from 21:15 to watch the fully eclipsed moon rise. Moonrise is at 21:40 and totality ends at 22:00. www.irishastrosoc.org/wordpress/

Wed 15 June: Sunset (Meet at 21:15 or 21:30) Papal Cross, Phoenix Park.
This is a big night for everybody who likes start gazing and Astronomy Ireland is running Public Watches where you will get to see through some powerful telescopes.
On 15 June from 22:00 Astronomy Ireland will be hosting Nationwide Moon Watches in various locations all around the country.
At the Watches you will join other skywatchers and watch the Moon rise over the eastern horizon. Observers towards the east of the country will see the Moon rise covered in a deep red colour, while observer to the west will see moost of the Moon obscured by the darkness of Earth’s shadow.
On their website Astronomy Ireland provides further information and a time table. www.astronomy.ie/lunareclipse2011.php

* 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.


Today is Bloomday, the 16 June. If you don’t know what this means, check the description in the Monday section of this newsletter. Find the list of many events here www.jamesjoyce.ie/detail.asp?ID=289

Thur 16 June: NovaUCD, Belfield Innovation Park, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
The Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre NovaUCD is inviting to a number of Masterclasses on Thursday and Friday. Three Master Classes will be delivered by Professor Thomas C. Lawton (Professor of Strategy and International Business, EMLYON Business School, France and Visiting Professor, The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, USA) at NovaUCD as part of the InterTradeIreland All-island Innovation Programme.
Master Class 1: Articulating a Strategic Vision on Thurs 16 June (09:30-11:30)
Master Class 2: Aligning Your Value Proposition on Thurs 16 June (14:00-16:00)
Master Class 3: Assembling Your Business Model on Fri 17 June (10:00-12:00)
Audience: SME owners and senior managers, early stage entrepreneurs, researchers involved in commercialisation activities and business students
To register to attend any of the above master classes contact karina.king@ucd.ie and indicate the name of the master class(es) you wish to attend. www.ucd.ie/nova/intertradeirelandjune2011masterclasses/

Thurs 16 June: 12:00-15:00 – Irish Writers’ Centre, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
A traditional Irish wake celebrating life, death and everything in between will take place as part of Blooms Day with Music, poetry, stories and song.

Thurs 16 June – 13:00 – Music Library, Central Library, ILAC Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1. The Central Library presents “Bloomsongs” a selection of songs associated with the life & works of James Joyce with James Barry (Baritone) & Margot Doherty on piano. www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/libraries/Events/Pages/bloomsong.aspx

Thurs 16 June: 16:30 – O’Reilly Hall, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4
At this Bloomsday Special Event Professor Declan Kiberd and artist Robert Ballagh will be discussing Joyce, art, literature, Dublin and all things Bloomsday. The event takes place in O’Reilly.You will need to register your attendance with communications@ucd.ie by Monday 13 June. www.ucd.ie/events/calendar?dt=d.en.87877&f=week&d=16/06/2011&sd=Thursday,16June2011

16-19 June: Merrion Square, Dublin 2
The Street Performance World Championship already starts on Thursday this year. On Thursday and Friday there will be two performances in parallel throughout the day, on Saturday and Sunday this will rise to 8 performance spaces in and around Merrion Square that are the platforms for the most amazing shows. Make sure that you don’t miss the Street Performance World Championship it is one of the best events of the year!! I will tell you more about it in next week’s Dublin Event Guide! Admission is free, but you are strongly invited to donate directly to the performers after their performance. spwc.ie/city_dublin_timetables.html

Thurs 16 June: 18:00-21:00 – Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2. The cartoonist and illustrator, Alfonso Zapico, ‘revelation cartoonist’ prize at the Salón Internacional del Cómic 2010 in Barcelona will host a workshop on comic scripting at the Instituto Cervantes Dublin. To book a place send a mail to adx1dub@cervantes.es (or 01 631 15 33). The workshop is in Spanish! Admission is free, but places are limited. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha73491_16_2.htm

Thurs 16 June: 18:00 – Eason, O Connell Street, Dublin
Reading, Chat, Q&A and Meet & Greet with Jospeh Delaney, the author of the Spooks Series. For tickets contact 01-8583815. www.eason.ie/events

Thurs 16 June: 18:00 – Fishbowl Gallery, Exchange Dublin, Temple Bar, Dublin
Following his Giveaway Art exhibition which stopped traffic in the City of London in March Pete Dunne’s current exhibition in the Fishbowl Gallery from 05-15 June has the potential to end similarly sensational because all of the works on view will be given away free to interested members of the public, from 18:00 on Thurs 16 June. The author says it is all part of the Dublin artist’s illustrative invective against what he calls ‘bankers greed’ and gives practical expression to his mantra that: “The opposite of Greed is Generosity – giving away 300 original works is my way of declaiming the activity that has provoked widespread punishment on masses of blameless people in Europe, the Uk and Ireland.” www.indymedia.ie/article/99949

Thurs 16 June: 18:00-19:15 – Gutter Bookshop, Cow’s Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 8. If you enjoy reading, listening to, or writing your own poetry come along to this Poetry Night. Attendees can read from their own work or from poets they admire or can simply come along to listen. Free and everyone welcome. gutterbookshop.com/

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: 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 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 17 June 13:00 – Tower Records, Wicklow Street, Dublin 2
The Blanks will perform in Tower Records. entertainment.ie/venue_information/Tower-Records/32057.htm

The Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival starts on Fri 17 June and culminates in the Dublin Pride Parade on 25 June. Find out all the details at www.dublinpride.ie

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:

Sat 18 June 11:00-12:00: Chester Beatty Library, Garden of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
A Cooking demonstration in the Silk Road Café in Chester Beatty Library will take place. Learn how to make French crepes with Abraham Phelan. The event is limited to 15 places and admission is free. You need to book online after Monday 13 June at 09:30 on www.cbl.ie under Online Booking. www.cbl.ie/Programme—Events/Events-Schedule.aspx
______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. ;-)

The last 8 days I spent in Guildford in Surrey, UK. Guildford is a pretty little city and apart from the fact that parts of the city have ZERO mobile phone coverage, the other interesting aspect is that Guildford is FULL of estate agents. And the prices that they display are – for a small-ish place 40minutes away from London – relatively high. Most houses are priced at above GBP 350,000, which is in the region of EUR 385,000. At the same weekend I read that the rental prices in London are going up and up and up, leaving lower earners with no place to live. We all remember this in Dublin, but interestingly, the restaurant prices are still quite moderate. A main course in an amazingly good Thai Restaurant for GBP 9, which is still less than EUR 10 is something that Dublin hasn’t seen for a LONG time! (Pizza + starter for GBP 10!) If all was expensive like here, or was well affordable, I would get it, but I don’t get why the prices just ran away so much in Dublin. And if you ever go to Guildford, make sure you go to the Thai restaurant Rumwong! (www.rumwong.co.uk/restaurant.html)

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Because I was away for the whole week, the This is Odd section and the Dublin News section were not as juicy as normally. I expect all will be back to normal next week!

Have a great weekend!

Take care,



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