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Event Guide 62: Festival of World Culture, Heritage Week, Northside Music Festival, Print Museum Family Day

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Hi all!

What have we done wrong???? Why are the weather gods soooo angry with us? Do we not deserve at least a couple of rays of sun. I like living in Ireland, but summers like that make me wonder how much longer I can stand it. It nearly makes you hope for Global Warming IF that results in a dryer climate! :-O Last week I asked for suggestions to improve the weather and I received an interesting suggestion. I mentioned rain dances and somebody suggested doing a rain dance backwards! Do we have any experienced rain dancers among us? We should definitely try it to stop the Monsoon!;-) Some older Irish people still talk about the summer of 1995 as the one summer when the weather was really good. That is 13 (!!!) years ago! It is about time that there will be another one to talk about!

This weekend, the most important Festival of the year (in my calendar!) will take place and I soooo hope for at least some dry hours (How modest the wishes get!).

The Festival of World Culture in 2002 was where the idea to this Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) was originally born (the trigger to turn the idea into reality was the Street Performance World Championship 2006 and the Dublin City Soul Festival 2007) and this year sees the 8th Festival of World Culture. From initially a few hundred people, the festival now attracts more than 200,000 people (according to the organisers) and it is definitely my favourite event every year. Unless you have really important plans already OR planned your holidays badly and are away ;-), you should definitely try to come to Dun Laoghaire either on Saturday or on Sunday OR – even better – on both days. I will be there both days and if you want to meet up contact me on 087-2931571. I will be most of the time at or near Newtownsmith Green, where the main stage is.

Thanks to everyone who contacts me expressing their thanks and appreciation for getting the Event Guide. I am glad that you enjoy the Event Guide! If you too want to send me a mail with positive comments or with suggestions for improvements, feel free to send it to dublineventguide@gmail.com. I can’t always reply to all mails, but always TRY to!

By the way, the work on renaming the Event Guide (due to the objections to the name of another publication ;-) ) is still ongoing. In addition I am working on getting more sponsorship for this Event Guide and on the possibility of including a small amount of advertisement in order to finance the outlays I have, but as well – let me be totally honest – to generate some money that allows me to invest more of my time (or to justify the investment of even more time) to expand and improve this Event Guide further. I have a number of ideas and will share them with you over time.

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All events listed in this Event Guide are free of any admission charges or at least appear to be free. I try to find confirmation in all cases, however, there are occasionally events that did appear to be free while writing this newsletter but later it turns out that some admission is charged. Apologies in that case! All information about events is checked as much as possible, however since I mostly relay information from other people or from websites etc, errors can happen and no guarantee for correctness can be given. (What a nuisance to have to add disclaimers like that!)


Going by the number of entries I get, it seems that you all really like book competitions and we are lucky to have such a great supporter in Liberties Press who regularly make books available. I did get a chance this week to read some parts of “Unstoppable Brilliance” and it is a really interesting book. If you haven’t entered the competition yet, you have another few days! Alternatively you can buy the book straight away here for EUR 25 or you can get it in your local bookshop. www.libertiespress.com/index.php?option=com_cartage&main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=25
Here is what I wrote last week about the book and the competition: Liberties Press, the independent Irish publisher, who has an impressive catalogue of good books, has launched a new book. The book is called “Unstoppable Brilliance – Irish Geniuses and Asperger’s Syndrome” by Antoinette Walker and Prof. Michael Fitzgerald and is hugely interesting and controversial at the same time.
The book is described as “This fascinating and controversial book suggests that many of the most notable people in Irish politics, the arts and sciences may have exhibited traits of Asperger’s syndrome (a variant of autism) – and asserts that much of their drive and success may in some way be connected to this condition. The book is aimed at the general reader and features an introduction by MEP and rights activist Kathy Sinnott. Figures covered in the book include Robert Emmet, Pádraig Pearse, Éamon de Valera, Robert Boyle: scientist, William Rowan Hamilton: mathematician, Daisy Bates: ethnographer, WB Yeats, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett.
Very often people who are affected by Asperger’s exhibit high-level abilities in certain areas, other physical or behavioural traits may also be apparent. In Unstoppable Brilliance, the authors seek to demonstrate the particular facts, foibles and attributes of many well-known Irish historical figures, and show that in many ways their drive, focus and considerable achievements were almost inevitable given their high-level aptitude in particular fields – an aptitude not entirely of their own making or volition.” Michael Fitzgerald is a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Trinity College, Dublin and is the leading expert on Asperger’s and autism in Ireland today. Antoinette Walker is a freelance editor and writer.
The nice and generous people from Liberties Press have made two books available for a competition and if you want to win a book, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the word “Brilliance” in the subject line and your name, address and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. The mail has to be with me by 13:00 on 27 August 2008.
More information about the book on www.libertiespress.com.

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

______Dublin News______________

Barry Hand has founded the Dublin Movie Club and describes it here:
“For those who love to go to the cinema, but don’t always have a buddy to go along with. The aim of the group is to meet up during the week and go see a movie together in one of Dublin’s central cinemas (Cineworld, Savoy & Screen – for now) The group meet a few minutes before screening and then after the film have a bit of a chinwag over a drink/coffee.” Joining the club is free (but when you go to the cinema you obviously have to pay for the ticket). To find out more go to www.dublinmovieclub.com/

For some of you the 30 Aug will bring a simplification of your daily trip to work, but it is not all rosy. From that day the Westlink M50 Toll Bridge will use a barrier-free tolling system and the aim is to eliminate the daily traffic jams at the toll bridge (it is doubtful that that will be achieved until the M50 upgrade is completed in 2010, though). The toll should – in my opinion – be removed totally since our taxes already paid for the bridge and for the purchase of the tolling rights from the private company NTR. However, the government has not only decided to keep the toll system in place, but as well decided to increase the charges again.
In order to pay your toll you need to buy and attach a tag to the inside of your windscreen if you use the bridge regularly. If you are an infrequent user, you have two options: You can either register using “video registration” or you can “pay as you go”. For the eflow tag you pay an administration fee of EUR 1 per month and you pay EUR 2 every time you cross the bridge. If you use video registration you pay EUR 2.50 for crossing the bridge and no administration charge. If you use the “pay as you go” method you need to pay before 20:00 on the day after you crossed the bridge otherwise penalties will be added to your bill. You can pay online www.eflow.ie or through their call centre. The “pay as you go” price is EUR 3 per bridge crossing. A LOT of money if you are forced to use the bridge.
Only one group of drivers seems to potentially benefit substantially and probably will get a “free ride”. If your car is registered abroad and therefore doesn’t have an Irish number plate, it seems that you can’t be forced to pay because there are no agreements with foreign authorities to get the money from you. The eflow website says differently in the FAQ section, but there are grounds to speculate that the information given there is currently not fully based on facts. Officially you are NOT exempt from having to pay and it is an offence not to pay. But in reality it seems that the toll payment can not be enforced outside Ireland. (I read that in some newspaper and it is your responsibility to make sure that this information is correct! I won’t take any responsibility and am not suggesting that you should break the law. I am only relaying information from a newspaper article.)

The Solomon Gallery which for 27 years (!!) was on the top floor of the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre will cease operation on 01 October. The newly formed “Solomon Fine Art” will continue providing services to customers, but there won’t be a Gallery anymore.


From 22 Aug – 13 Sept, the Paul Kane Gallery at Merrion Square shows “By Invitation”. “By Invitation” is an exhibition where three gallery artists have invited three artists-not associated with the gallery- whose work they admire – to show alongside them in a small group show. Jackie Nickerson has invited Simon Burch, Marc Reilly has invited Anthony Little, Philippa Sutherland has invited Fiona Murray. (Gallery Details: The Paul Kane Gallery, 6 Merrion Square North, www.thepaulkanegallery.com, Open: Tues-Fri 11:00-18:00 and Sat 12:00-17:00)

‘Presents’ is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Jan de Groot. He exhibits in the Signal Arts Centre in Bray from 22 Aug – 31 Aug. The Opening Reception is on Friday 22 Aug from 19:00 to 21:00.

“Futurology” is a graduate show in the Stone Gallery and can be visited from 22 Aug – 20 Sept. The featured artists are Claire Byrne DLIADT, Eoin Williams DLIADT, Edia Connole NCAD, Kathleen Tynan NCAD, Francis Hayes DIT, Holly Dungan DIT, Gayle Anderson DIT and Sinead Carey DIT. This exhibition will contain works of photography, installation, drawing, video and painting. (Gallery Detail: Stone Gallery, 70 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, www.stonegallery.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Thurs 10:0-19:00, Sat 11:00-17:30)

“Private-Public” is an exhibition of works by artists of the Red Stables Artists’ Studios in St Anne’s Park, Dublin 3. The exhibition will be on show from 21 Aug – 07 Sept and the participating artists are: Catherine Barragry, Edel Campbell, Gerard Dunne, Florence Harmelin, Niamh Jackman, Colleen Lambe, Paul McKinley, Owen O’Connor, and Magnhild Opdoel. (Venue Details: Red Stables, St. Anne’s Park, off Mount Prospect Avenue, Dublin 3, www.redstables.ie, Open: Mon-Fri: 12:00-16:00, Sat+Sun: 11:00-17:00) This exhibition, however, seems to be only open from Wednesdays to Sundays 11:00-16:00. For further information you can contact Liz Coman, Dublin City Council Arts Office, 01-2227841 or liz.coman@dublincity.ie

“3 Days Left in 1 Room” is the title of the final exhibition in the White Noise Series, a programme of summer exhibitions by the IADT MaVis. The exhibiting artists are Beth O’Halloran, Paul Murnaghan, Brian Duggan, Mark Garry and Monica Flynn, Aileen Lambert, Roisin Cunningham and Sarah Lincoln, Padraic E Moore, Helen Carey, Elaine Byrne, Fiona Fullam, Sinead Curran, Dan Chester, Kitty Rogers, Susan Thomson, Linda Shevlin, Denise McDonagh, Celine Sheridan, Elaine Hurley, Roisin Ni Maoilearca, Sarah Lincoln, Terry Markey, Stephen Blayds, Aileen Lambert, Helen Hughes, Bea McMahon, Sally Timmons, Claire Behan, Monica Flynn, Sinead Halkett, Orla Whelan, Deirdre Morrisey, Dee Ambrose, Colleen Lambe, Hilary Williams, Tom Flanagan, Sarah Hurl, Jennie Guy,Vanessa Marsh, Dara McGrath, Dawn Williams, Brian Duggan, Mark Garry and Mark Cullen. The opening is on Fri 22 Aug from 18:00-21:00. Access to Studio 6 is through the Fownes Street Entrance. (Gallery Details: Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, 5-9 Temple Bar, www.templebargallery.com, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00 (19:00 on Thursday))

Imelda Barnard, Laura Carey, Fiona Chambers, Rachael Gilbourne, Michelle Hall, Tracy Hanna and Sharon Murphy will exhibit at Pallas Comtemporary Projects from 22 Aug – 30 Aug. The opening will take place on Fri 22 August from 18:00-21:00. Live Music will follow the official part. The exhibition is “a site-specific installation that combines light with structure and shape, directing human responses to spatial presence. Using the gallery space as a temporary darkroom, low-tech photographic works signify this active engagement with the making-process.” (Gallery Details: Pallas Contemporary Projects, 111 Grangegorman Road Lower, Dublin 7, www.pallasprojects.org, Open: Mon-Sat: 12:00-18:00) www.pallasades.blogspot.com


On Fri 22 Aug from 09:00-16:00 Michelin’s “Fill Up With Air” roadshow will visit the car park of Total Fitness Gym, Blackglen Rd, Sandyford, Dublin 18. The roadshow offers drivers a free tyre safety check, advice on tyre care and tips on how to save fuel. www.michelin.co.uk/uk/front/affich.jsp?&codePage=1_01072008235854&lang=EN&codeRubrique=1

Let me quote Dublin City Council: “Summer of Sports is a series of 3 vs 3 games of GAA, Soccer, Basketball and Rugby. The venues are Cabra Parkside, Irishtown Stadium and Clogher Road Community Sports Centre. The competitions are open for 12-15 year olds and run from 18:00-20:00 on Tues 05, 12 and 19 Aug 2008 and for 16-18 year olds from 19:00-21:00 on Fri 08, 15 and 22 Aug. For details contact Dublin City Council – Sports and Leisure on 01 222 2270.”

Shane Whelan from baskteballireland.ie contacted me and offered a pair of tickets for a competition but unfortunately his mail got caught in a Spam filter and reached me too late. So due to now fault of his, I couldn’t give his event the space it did deserve. Because of this, I will list it know here, despite the fact that it is not free. He tried to give something free and am grateful for it.
On 21/22/23 Aug an international basketball tournament called “Emerald Hoops” is taking place in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght. The US College Giants Notre Dame together with the senior international men’s teams from Ireland, Poland and Iceland are taking part. For the international teams the Emerald Hoops International Series will be a key component in their preparation for the 2008/09 European Championships. The two year qualifying tournament leads to the Championship Finals which take place in Poland in late 2009.
The Polish/Irish Family Day will be running in tandem with the International Series and will take place on Saturday 23 Aug.
Emerald Hoops Tournament Dates 2008:
Thursday August 21st: 18:00 Poland Vs Iceland and 20:00 Ireland Vs Notre Dame
Friday 22 Aug: 18:00 Ireland Vs Iceland and 20:00 Notre Dame Vs Poland
Saturday 23 Aug: 14:00 Notre Dame Vs Iceland and 16:00 Ireland Vs Poland
Please visit www.emeraldhoops.com to purchase tickets.

The summer season in Temple Bar is coming to an end and this is the last movie screening on Meeting House Square for this season. It is a Closing Gala and the film shown will be the hugely funny “Life of Brian”. The screening on 22 August (This week on Friday instead of the Saturday!!) will start at 22:00. You need to get free tickets before and you can get them from the Temple Bar Information Office (they are available since 16 Aug and could be all gone, but it is worth trying). Tickets can be collected from the Temple Bar Cultural Information Centre at 12 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Open Mon-Fri 09:00-17:30, Sat 10:00-18:00, Sun 12:00-15:00. www.templebar.ie/home_nav_2_t_13.html. On the night a small number of people without tickets will be let in if ticket holders don’t show up. So, you could try getting in that way, even if you don’t have tickets.

The Northside Music Festival comes to a close this week and there are 6 events from this Friday until Thursday for you to enjoy. Admission is free to all events.
On Fri 22 Aug an Opera Gala will take place at 19:00 in Marino in Carleton Hall (53a Shelmartin Ave). The gala contains opera favourites, including magical songs from the musicals. Led by musical director David Wray, singers will include highly acclaimed opera singers Sandra Oman, Declan Kelly, Liz Ryan and Simon Morgan, among others.

The Diamond Way Buddhism Centre is offering a Public Meditation every Tuesday and Friday at 19:30 in 334 North Circular Road. For booking and information: 01 8423306.

A free Sahaja Yoga Meditation program is available every Friday at 19:30 at 4/5 Eustace Street (bell 3, next to the IFI), Temple Bar. For more information on these yoga meetings contact Seamus Harten on SHarten@upc.ie www.templebar.ie/home_ns_9_action_view_nid_229.html

Since July, Phantom 105.2 have been running the “Phantom First Friday” event at ALT (Andrews Lane Theatre) on the first Friday of the month. The event consists of live performances from two up-and-coming Irish bands, with a headline set by a more established Irish band. At the next “Phantom First Friday” Autamata, New Amusement and guests will perform followed by a DJ set with Sinister Pete. Doors are at 20:00 and admission is free before 22:30 (EUR 7 after 22:30). So if you turn up early it is a free event. Tune into Phantom 105.2 or visit www.phantom.ie for more details. The next event is on the 05 Sep and that is still another few weeks, but you can already put it in your calendar. (Thanks to Padraig O’B for the updates.)


I really find it difficult to write about this festival, because I just don’t know where to start and where to stop. It is the most varied festival in Ireland, I think. Music, Dance, Markets, Art and 250,000 people! How can I capture that in a few paragraphs? Well, I guess the ONLY way you can find out what the Festival of World Culture is, is by going there. Words don’t do it justice. When you go, make sure that you visit the Fairs and Markets (International & Gourmet Food Traders, Oxfam Global Village, Cool Earth Environmental Market). Then visit the People’s Park (Solo Flamenco will perform there on Sat 13:45-14:25) and after that go to the main stage at Newtownsmith Green (picking up some food on the way). In the evening go to one of the pubs in buzzing Dun Laoghaire where you will hear more brilliant bands! There are a number of non-free events, but you will be able to have a brilliant day, hearing loads of good music, without having to pay for anything. The main stage programme is here:
Sat 23 August
13:30 Samba de Rua & O’Neill Pipe Band
14:15 Bridgy
15:15 Liam O’Maonlai
16:15 Senses
17:45 Tiken Jah Fakoly (until 19:15)

Sun 24 August
13:30 Samba de Rua & O’Neill Pipe Band
14:15 Motema
15:15 Norh Strand Klezmer Band
16:15 DakhaBrakha
17:45 Sergent Garcia
And a few more things you must not miss: Dun Laoghaire South Asian Mela in the Pavillion Theatre (Sat 10:30-16:00), Carnival of Colour Parade (Sun 16:45 along Coast Road) and DEFINITELY have a look at the 3D Pavement Art on the East Pier and at the Sand Sculptures on Newtown Smith Green.
Do you wonder if I gave you a good overview? No, I didn’t really, I just skimmed the surface. But what I explained is what I will do and if you want to join me, just ring me (087-2931571). I will be in Dun Laoghaire from around 12:00 until late on both days. Programmes will be available in Dun Laoghaire, but if you want to have a more detailed look at the line-up and the many aspects of the festival go to www.festivalofworldculture.com
By the way: Dublin Bus has an extended service for the festival, there will be additional DARTs including late services and Pay and Display Parking will not be enforced over the weekend in Dun Laoghaire (but expect that all parking spaces are gone by mid afternoon). In the Blackrock area this exemption does not apply!
I think I will leave it at that! Just make sure that you go to Dun Laoghaire, ESPECIALLY if this is the first time you have the chance! :-)

“Large Mound” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 13:00 on 23 Aug. www.myspace.com/tower_records

The Visual Arts Workshop “Fairy Kingdoms” will take place in the Cowshed Theatre or – if the weather is good – outdoors in Farmleigh House on Sat 23 Aug at 13:30 for 4-6 year olds and at 15:30 for 7-9 year olds. “Create miniature kingdoms for the elves and fairies outdoors amongst the trees and flowers in Farmleigh gardens. Clay workshop: using clay sticks and found organic matter from the gardens.”
Spaces for the workshops are limited. www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/summer2008/august2008/

The Northside Music Festival comes to a close this week and there are 6 events from this Friday until Thursday for you to enjoy. Admission is free to all events.
On Sat 23 Aug “THE SESSION – Music Show for all in the family With Robbie Harris and Emer Mayock plus guests” will take place from 18:00 in the Finglas Youth Centre (The Den, St. Helena’s Road). “The Session presents a concert of traditional Irish music, song and dance in a relaxed environment, during which an audience of children and adults are taken on a journey of traditional music. The show is interactive and the audience participates throughout the concert, learning rhythm patterns to clap along to the music, learning vocal parts to join in the songs and getting on their feet to dance to reels, jogs and polkas.”

A Candle light protest for the a free Tibet will take place on 23 Aug at 21:00 at 40 Ailesbury Road in Dublin 4. www.indymedia.ie/article/88728 and www.candle4tibet.org/en/

Please note, that it seems from the Farmleigh House website that there is NO Food Market in Farmleigh House until 31 August!! www.farmleigh.ie

And as always: Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.

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Heritage Week will run in Ireland from 24-31 Aug 2008. It’s a week long celebration of who we are and where we’ve come from. Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days, a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. In Ireland Heritage Week is co-ordinated by the Heritage Council with support from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.
There is something taking place in every county and most activities are free of charge or offer great value for money. Everyone is encouraged to get involved and activities range from fairs, night-time bat walks, wildlife tours and lectures to music recitals, historical re-enactments, and outdoor activities. Many heritage sites and stately homes will offer free admission or special concessions. You can contact the Heritage Council on 1850 200 878 or via mail to events@heritagecouncil.com. Further information can be found as well on www.heritageweek.ie.
In the Dublin Area alone there are more than 200 (!!!!!!) events during that week and unfortunately it is not easy to gather them so that I can list them here in this Event Guide.
I will give you a few examples and hopefully it will wet your appetite enough to have a look at the website and at the event listing for Dublin: www.heritageweek.ie/en/HomeSearchResults.aspx?loc=Dublin
Some examples for free events are:
– Tours of St Andrew’s Church in Main Street, Lucan
– “The Way We Were” 60 Years of Liberties Photographic History 1940 to 2000 in St Nicholas of Myra Resource Centre, Carmans Hall, Francis Street, Dublin 8
– Lectures, Talks and Tours in National Gallery of Ireland
– Guided Tour of Arbour Hill Church & Cemetry, Dublin 7
– Guided Tour of Chester Beatty Library Collection
– Whale Watch Ireland 2008 – Guided land based whale watch from Howth Head.
– Local Placename Secrets of Dublin, a talk by Cathy Scuffil, Drumcondra
– The history of Cabra and Phibsboro, a talk by Bernard Neary
– Pembroke Area In Pictures, a talk by author and historian Brian Siggins.
– The Tyrel Brothers: Outlaws in 14th Century Dublin, talk by Aine Foley, Rathmines
– The History of the Phoenix Park, a talk by Aoife O’Tierney, Finglas Library
– St.Anne’s: the Story of a Guinness Estate, a talk by Joan Sharkey, Raheny Library
– The Role of Inchicore Works in Irish Railway History
– The History of Terenure House, a talk by Brendan McCauley
– Heritage on board The Spirit of The Docklands, with Pat Liddy
– Early Modern Dubliners, an illustrated talk by Maighread Ni Mhurchadha
– The Restoration of the Royal Canal, a talk by John McKeown
– The Big Birthday Bash – The GAA Museum celebrates its 10th birthday with a special day of free activities, stadium tours and two performances by Punch & Judy.
– A guided tour of St. Helen’s House and Victorian Gardens Booterstown Co. Dublin
– Talk on the National War Memorial Gardens
– The Pirate Queen from Ranelagh: Maureen O’Hara in Hollywood. Talk by R. Barton
– Guided Tours in different sections of the National Museums
– Exhibition on Spa Hotel, Lucan, Co. Dublin, Lucan Library
– Tours of Glasnevin Cemetery
– The North Strand Bombing 1941, a commemorative exhibition
– The State Apartments And Their Refurbishment, Dublin Castle
– Free guided tours of Dublinia & The Viking World.
– Walk About Historic Swords
– Themed Tours with guides in Medieval Costume, St. Audeon’s Church
– The Story of Irish Food – Walking Tour
An amazing and impressive programme!! I better stop here. I could list another few pages of events and I wish I could go to most of the events. However, this weekend I will be in Dun Laoghaire and during the week I will have to work, so I will try to do a good few things next Saturday and Sunday. :-)
Have a look at the website and see if there is anything that interests you. I am sure you find something!!!

The Dublin City Triathlon is taking place on Sunday in Phoenix Park. The 1.5km swim will be in the Liffey at the Garda Boat Club in Chapelizod Road, Transition is at the UCD Boat Club, the 40km cycling will then be in Phoenix Park (5 laps) and the final 10 km run will be in Phoenix park as well. 602 athletes will take part in the Triathlon and it is a really interesting spectacle to watch as well. The race will start at 08:30 and all will be over at 12:00. If you want to watch the race, get up early! All the details, including the course description are in this document:
www.dublincitytriathlon.com/downloads/2008%20Gatorade%20DCT%20Race%20Briefing.doc.PDF Expect serious traffic restrictions in and around Phoenix Park for the duration of the race.

Save A Life in Ethiopia is the beneficiary of a 1 Day Fashion sale on Sunday 24 August in the Stillorgan Park Hotel from 09:00 to 18:00. Women’s designer labels at heavily discounted prices will be sold with all proceeds going to Concern. The event seems to be organised by Tara Corristine and she can be reached on 087- 9502721 or on tcorristine@yahoo.com.

On Sun 17, 24 and 31 Aug the National Print Museum is inviting to workshops and training and – rather unusual for the National Print Museum – all is free. The Museum is in Haddington Road in Dublin 4 and the entrance is to the left from the Beggar’s Buh pub. The museum is open from 11:00-17:00.
On arrival at the museum you will receive an Action Pack filled with activity sheets to keep you busy as you look around the Museum. Throughout the museum there are Action stations where you can try your hand at a traditional method of printing or make your very own printer’s hat.
Workshops throughout the day are
Illustration Session from 12:00-13:00: Join our expert Illustrators including P.J. Lynch, Adrienne Geoghegan & Orla Roche.
Origami Session from 14:00-17:00: Discover the ancient art of paper folding with Origami expert Naomi Fleury.
Unfortunately the web site does not contain ANY information about this event at all: www.nationalprintmuseum.ie. But you can find some information here: www.visitdublin.com/Events/AllDublinEvents/Detail.aspx?id=241&mid=4880

The Hugh Lane Gallery at Parnell Square invites to a film screening on Sun 24 Aug at 13:30. The film is called “Art in the Making – Impressionism” and it explores how the Impressionists worked, using detailed examinations of original paintings by artists such as Manet and Monet as examples. Running time approx 47 min. The screening is free.

The Northside Music Festival comes to a close this week and there are 6 events from this Friday until Thursday for you to enjoy. Admission is free to all events.

On Sun 24 Aug “Prey” will perform outdoors from 15:00 in St. Anne’s Park at the Red Stables. Earlier, from 13:30, a family percussion workshop will be provided indoors. Phone 01-2227377 for workshop bookings. Places are limited. “Prey is a trio of women, creating a different type of wind ensemble. A charming performance of medieval to contemporary music, idiosyncratically arranged for bass clarinet, alto flute, oboe d’amore and others is Prey’s contribution to the Festival. They perform a vibrant mix of contemporary, classical, medieval, and world music.”

On Sun 24 Aug the “No Crows” will perform outdoors in Albert College Park in Glasnevin (access via Hampstead Avenue) from 15:00. The No Crows Quartet from Sligo is led by Felip Carbonell, a magnificent Mallorcan guitarist with his Flamenco/Manouche style guitar. Steve Wickhman of ‘The Waterboys’ is the violinist, Anna Houston plays Cello and Mandolin and Eddie Lee provides the hot grooves on his double bass. Their repertoire is truly global as their music ranges from China to Moldova, to Russia, to Greece and beyond.

The Ardee Concert Band will perform on the Bandstand in the Pleasure Grounds of Farmleigh House on Sun 24 Aug from 14:00-16:00.

On Sunday 24 Aug from 15:00 an Arts Workshop for children from 4-10 years will take place at the National Gallery on Merrion Square West. The Kids Sunday Art Workshop is entitled “Landscape with a Flight of Stairs” by Chaim Soutine and with Mary Noonan. It takes place in Room 23 and is free. www.nationalgallery.ie/html/programevents2.html#3

The national Museum has a brand new website and it is much improved in comparison to the old website. BUT many areas don’t work (yet) properly, so it is a bit of a pain to navigate it. For the moment I will therefore only provide links to the Family events provided by the museum:

Please note, that it seems from the Farmleigh House website that there is NO Food Market in Farmleigh House until 31 August!! www.farmleigh.ie

I am not totally sure if the Rollerblading “Meet&Train” is taking place this week. I will definitely not be there because I will be at the Festival of World Cultures. Bu tit could well be that some people will meet at 13:00 on Sunday at the Papal Cross. The site www.skatetraindublin.blogspot.com is unfortunately no reliable source of information anymore and unfortunately Frances went missing. :-)

There are a number of regular live events every week and over the coming weeks I will try to gather more of them and include them as a regular feature:
*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them last Sunday and they are brilliant!
*Sunday Jazz in The Globe in George’s Street every Sunday from 17:30-19:30.
*Jazz in The George in George’s Street from 16:30-18:00: Jazz Band Zrazy.
*Sunday Roast is the event in Thomas Reads The Oak in Dame Street/Parliament Street every Sunday from 19:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.

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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* From 21:30 in the International Bar in Wicklow Street: An acoustic singer-songwriter session hosted by Jacqueline Tuck. Entry is free. The music styles vary from pop to folk to traditional. www.myspace.com/jacquelinetuck
Thanks to Peter F. for this information!


Let me quote Dublin City Council: “Summer of Sports is a series of 3 vs 3 games of GAA, Soccer, Basketball and Rugby. The venues are Cabra Parkside, Irishtown Stadium and Clogher Road Community Sports Centre. The competitions are open for 12-15 year olds and run from 18:00-20:00 on Tues 05, 12 and 19 Aug 2008 and for 16-18 year olds from 19:00-21:00 on Fri 08, 15 and 22 Aug. For details contact Dublin City Council – Sports and Leisure on 01 222 2270.”

A series of guest speakers reflect on “An Ideal Husband”. On Fri 29 Aug at 18:15-19:00, Justin Bond, New York queer icon, Tony nominee and stylish half of legendary cabaret duo Kiki and Herb will talk. The event will take place in the Abbey Theatre. Admission is free but booking is essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

* 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
Thanks to Peter F. who provided this information as well!
* Cassidy’s on Westmoreland Street has an open-mic night every Tuesday from 21:30. It is hosted by Fiach and Ro and entry is free. The performers vary more than at the usual acoustic session as they have a small PA system. Although the myspace address says ‘Monday’ it is definitely Tuesdays. www.myspace.com/openmicmonday
A third event thanks to information from Peter F.! Thanks Peter!
I double checked that last one and the website of Cassidy’s seems to suggest that this Singer Songwriter Night is taking place on Wednesdays!!!! :-O How confusing! I will try to find out for next week.


On Wed 27 Aug the first stage of the Tour of Ireland Cycling Race will take place. 112 Cyclists will cycle over 900km. The race will start at 10:15 in the Docklands in Dublin and will then progress to Enniskerry where the cyclists are expected at approx. 11:00. You can see them cycle by in the Dublin area on this course: Grand Canal Quay, Pearse Street, Macken Street, Grand Canal Street Lower, Clanwilliam Place, Warrington Place, Herbert Place, Wilton Terrace, Leeson Street Lower, Leeson Street Upper, Morehampton Road, Donnybrook Road, Stillorgan Road, Fosters Avenue, Mount Anvil Road, left at Goat Public House, Lower Kilmacud Road, Upper Kilmacud Road, Ballinteer Road, direction Sandyford, left at Beacon Hotel onto Blackthorn Drive, left onto Enniskerry Road and past the National Mint, Dundrum.
They will NOT race in Dublin because the first 10km are neutralised. Not sure what the purpose of a neutralised race is (it certainly is not exciting to watch), but I am sure someone sees some sense in it. www.tourofireland.ie/stages.html

Last chance in the coming week: Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown are offering you a chance to hear great music from Wed-Fri on the bandstand in Blackrock Park. The concerts will run from 13:00-14:00 and are free.
27 Aug Slovak Ensemble (Classical)
28 Aug The Folksmen (Trad/Folk)
29 Aug Karen Egan (Cabaret)

As part of this Last Wednesday Series Reading and Open Mic, five poets will read poems on 27 Aug in Cassidy’s of Westmoreland St, Dublin 2. The poets are Steve Conway, Donal Moloney, Ross Hattaway, Noel Ó Briain and Oran Ryan. The event starts at 19:30 and more imformation can be found here www.seventowers.ie or from Sarah (087 2283351, sarah@seventowers.ie).

Howard Linnane (086 3614787) is – in co-operation with the pub “Russells of Ranelagh” – running a film club. The film club shows screenings of Irish short films and feature films for free on the big screen in “Russells” in Ranelagh.
For a while the film club took place on Wednesdays. The next event, however, is NOT on 27 August, but instead it will move to a Monday slot from 01 Sept and will – good news for employed people – move to the evening time again. I will tell you more about this next week.
(Russells of Ranelagh is on the main street, just down from the Luas station and across from the Triangle, it is the pub with the nice balcony at the front).

On Wed 27 Aug at 19:30 a 2 mile race will start in Irishtown. I couldn’t find any further information about the race, though.

* “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. Check the website for more information: www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on Wednesdays as well. www.myspace.com/thesongroom


From Thurs 07 August until Thurs 04 Sept., every Thursday Dublin City Council is presenting an open-air opera performance at the amphitheatre at Civic Offices (behind Christchurch Cathedral). The performance this week on 28 Aug will be “L’Heure Espagnole” by Revel and it will start at 13:00.

The Northside Music Festival comes to a close this week and there are 6 events from this Friday until Thursday for you to enjoy. Admission is free to all events.

On Thurs 28 Aug from 13:00 Yurodny will perform outdoors on Ballymun Plaza (Main Street). “Yurodny is where rich folk music of the East creates the context for jazz improvisation and composition. Together, this septet drawn from the growing cohort of exceptional young European players based here will take you down the road less travelled, borrowing freely from the rich traditions of Eastern Europe’s gypsy and Jewish diasporas with their own Irish jazz flavour.”

On Thurs 28 Aug “Prey” will perform indoors from 20:00 Santry in St. Pappins Church (Church Lane). “Prey is a trio of women, creating a different type of wind ensemble. A charming performance of medieval to contemporary music, idiosyncratically arranged for bass clarinet, alto flute, oboe d’amore and others is Prey’s contribution to the Festival. They perform a vibrant mix of contemporary, classical, medieval, and world music.”

“Saville” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 17:30 on 28 Aug. www.myspace.com/tower_records

Ronan O’D asked me to include this event: On Thur 28 Aug at 20:00, the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campain is inviting to a free film screening in the New Theatre, Connolly Books, Essex St, Temple Bar Dublin 2. The film shown is “Memory of the Cactus – A Story of Three Palestinian Villages” (plus Q&A session with John Reynolds of the al-Has human rights organisation). The film is a documentary about the story of three villages in the area occupied by Israel. For more information please check cosmos.ucc.ie/cs1064/jabowen/IPSC/ipsc/displayEvent.php?eventID=451


The Irish Writers’ Centre (19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1, next to the Hugh Lane Gallery) is inviting to a free “Out To Lunch” Reading on 29 Aug at 13:15. Poet and librarian Thomas McCarthy is reading from his Merchant Prince. The event is hosted by poet and impressario John McNamee. For more information, contact 0-8721302 or info@writerscentre.ie. www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/index.php


And some pre-announcements, so that you can get (free) tickets in time:

The Church Soloist, Stella Bass, and the Wedding Band, The Best Men, are inviting to a wedding music showcase in Dunboyne Castle Hotel (Dunboyne, Co. Meath) on the 02 Sept from 20:30-22:00. I know that this is another bit away, but if you are thinking about wedding plans, you probably appreciate an earlier notification. Admission is free and there are complimentary refreshments. Please let Stella Bass (stellabass@eircom.net) know if you are coming so that she can plan the numbers for refreshments better. For further information go to www.thebestmen.ie and www.stellabass.com.

An ad that I found reads like this: “Vision Independent Productions, creators of hit television shows Showhouse and The Restaurant, are looking for Audience participants for a brand new RTE entertainment quiz show.
This highly-innovative, highly-original game show gives contestants the opportunity to walk away with EUR 25,000 without answering a single question! And you get to be a part of it, with audience interaction and prizes to be won, it’s the audience ticket you’ve been waiting for!
Dates for recording are Fri 26th, Sat 27th & Sun 28th September.
For more information and to request your tickets please get in touch. Over 18’s need only apply. Location: Draiocht, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.” Please contact Melissa on 01 864 1444

Not free, but organised by the nice people from Solo Flamenco who have many times made free tickets for competitions available to me, so this time I will be happy to mention their workshop even without free tickets.
On Sun 31 Aug a workshop with Cristina Hall will take place from 12:00-16:00 in Studio 2 in the DanceHouse in Foley Street. The classes are 12:00-13:00 for Beginners (EUR 15), 13:00-14:00 for Technique (EUR 15) and 14:00-16:00 for Intermediate (EUR 30). For more details about the classes and how to book a place, please check www.flamencoyalegria.net/?cat=8

At this time of the year, the outdoor events start disappearing from the calendar bit by bit. The Fringe Festival and Culture Night in September will be some of the final outdoor events for the year. So if you get a chance, then use the opportunity to go to the Festival of World Culture or to the Northside Music Festival this weekend or to one of the brilliant events in the context of the Heritage Week.
Remember: Try to do every week at least ONE thing that is out of your normal behaviour patterns (doesn’t have to be in the context of events!). That way you expand your horizon, you might experience something really great that you otherwise would have never given a chance and you stay young – at least in your mind. :-)

Enjoy the weekend!


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