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Event Guide 63: Ensemble ICC Competition, Peoples Photography Exhibition, Heritage Week, Farmleigh Plant Fair, Print Museum Family Day, Hurling Cubed

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 63
| 29 Aug 2008 ……………Subscribers: 1879

Hi all!

As Cliodhna D. put it last weekend: You/We all must have done a LOT of “backward raindancing” (as suggested last week to stop the rain) to get such a gorgeous Sunday. I hope many of you went to Dun Laoghaire because it was a super Sunday! The Saturday was a bit wetter, but hey, if you let the rain stop you in Dublin, then you are doomed! ;-) Thousands of people thought the same and Saturday was therefore quite busy as well at the festival. I entirely enjoyed the two days at my most favourite festival of the year (closely followed by the Street Performance World Championship and the Dublin City Soul Festival! ;-) )

Last year, when I wrote this Event Guide for the first year, I thought that probably with the end of August the free events will disappear for the autumn and winter and won’t be back until St. Patrick’s Day. But, with a bit more research, I was still able to report about a surprisingly large number of events, so don’t despair! Keep reading the weekly newsletter and I will make sure that you will find out about (nearly) everything that will be on.

Coming up are the September Fest, the Fringe Festival, the Opera Festival, the Theatre Festival, the Festival of World Food, Culture Night, Open House Dublin and then we are already quite close to the Christmas Markets. Not all are free (e.g. Theatre Festival, Fringe Festival and Opera Festival), but in previous years there have been free events as part of these festivals and I expect (and hope) the same will happen this year.

This weekend MANY of you will be in Stradbally at the Electric Picnic, so many might not even look at this Event Guide this week. But if you get a chance and even if you are away over the weekend, have a quick browse through the sections that are not for Fri/Sat/Sun, I am sure you will find some interesting stuff to read. :-)

And now to some “internal” things: My mail backlog is growing! If you have sent me a mail recently and I haven’t replied yet, please be patient. I am trying to reply to as many mails as possible, but my hours are limited and it takes a while to get through the many mails I get. Still, keep sending your comments and opinions, EVERYTHING will be read and all suggestions will be considered.

Hey, did you see the subscriber number at the top of this mail? And did you know that a Ryanair flight has typically 185 passengers? We can now fill more than 10 planes with the members of the Dublin Event Guide Community! Cool! :-P

At the Festival of World Cultures in Jef B. surprised me with a donation for the running of this Event Guide! Thanks Jef! I like surprises. :-)

Please note: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E., Cliodhna D., Brian L., Padraig S., Kathie S., Orla niF and Jef B. Thanks for the support! If you too want to provide some financial help and want to see your name in this list, you can donate here: tinyurl.com/68dmlq or contact me to arrange another route for your donation (Remember this Event Guide is a hobby project and NOT a commercial enterprise…and there is NO minimum amount for donations! ;-) )

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!)



Ensemble ICC is a new music band that consists of hugely talented and very accomplished young musicians who are focused on performing new works (they have premiered over 35 new works in just a few months) from composers of the Irish Composers’ Collective. The Irish Composers’ Collective (formerly the Young Composers’ Collective) was founded in 2003 and is committed to producing high-quality performances of music by its composer-members. An entirely democratic group, the ICC has over 35 members from backgrounds as diverse as jazz, electronica and traditional music. The ICC is a true community, providing support structures for composers and is, in particular, devoted to the professional development of those composers at the earlier stages in their careers. www.irishcomposerscollective.org
The Ensemble ICC is the performing wing of the Irish Composer’s Collective and with such a wide range of musical styles among the composers, you can imagine that the Ensemble ICC has to be incredibly flexible and adaptable. So from the sophisticated elegance of a classical chamber orchestra to the energetic and driven style of a rock band, the Ensemble is well able to impress across musical boundaries. The Ensemble consists of Cora Venus Lunny (Viola), Kate Ellis(Cello & Musical Director), Daniel Bodwell (Bass), Karl Rooney (Saxophone), Roger Moffat (Percussion).
On Thur 04 Sept the Ensemble ICC is performing from 20:00 in the Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2 (www.unitarianchurchdublin.org). The Esnemble will perform compositions from Amanda Feery, Scott McLaughlin, Benedict Schlepper-Connolly, Francis Heery, Laura Kilty, Simon O’Connor, Dónal Adams & Brian Bolger on the evening. Tickets are EUR 12/8 and can be bought on www.tickets.ie.
As a member of the Dublin Event Guide community you are privileged and have the opportunity to win a pair of tickets. Benedict Schlepper-Connolly was so nice and made two pairs of tickets available for a competition. Thanks, Benedict!
If you want to win and attend this impressive sounding event, you have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the subject “Ensemble”. The body of your mail has to contain your mobile phone number and your name. Your mail has to be with me by 13:00 on Tuesday 02 Sept already so, don’t delay!! Out of all entries two winners will be drawn randomly and will be notified by phone.

Liberties Press offered two copies of the book “Unstoppable Brilliance – Irish Geniuses and Asperger’s Syndrome” by Antoinette Walker and Prof. Michael Fitzgerald for a competition. The 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 that much of their drive and success may in some way be connected to this condition. The competition is now closed and the winners of the books are Sara Gonzalez and Paul Allen. Congratulations!
If you want to find out more about it, you can look it up (and buy it) here:
www.libertiespress.com/index.php?option=com_cartage&main_page=product_info&cPath=1&products_id=25 or in your local book store.
More information about all Liberties Press Books 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______________

Not really “Dublin News”, but it does fit in this newsletter and better than under the headline of a day of the week, it fits here:

Have you ever wondered how you could tell a TV station if you liked a programme or if not without sending letters about everything you saw? In order to provide feed back you need to be on a viewer/media panel and such a viewer panel is a group of people who regularly (ideally on a near daily basis) tell a research organisation what they watched or listened to and what they thought of it. The research organisation makes this information available to TV or Radio stations and they can then use that as intelligence about viewer/listener preferences etc. With the Internet such feedback is relatively easily possible and for a number of months I am part of such a media panel. If you want to voice your opinions AND have a chance to win some money? Keep reading! :-)
In September 2007 I came across the Irish Media Survey, a media panel which is not only interested in TV viewers’, but as well in radio listeners’ opinion. The “Irish Media Survey” is run by the market research company GfK and the survey helps media organisations to understand how much people like the programmes that are shown on TV and played on Radio. As a member of this media panel, your opinion is heard AND you have the chance to win some prizes. Every day you can (but are not obliged to!) voice your opinion and I have it set so that I get a daily reminder mail. (It takes about 3 – 5 minutes per day to complete the survey.) Every month GfK does a draw for one prize of EUR 1000 and 400 prizes of EUR 5. Every time you fill in the information on their website you will get one point and when you have gathered a minimum of 10 points you will automatically take part in the draw. For every point after that you will get an additional entry into the prize draw. So the more often you do take part in the survey, the higher your chances are to win a price. I have won three times 5 Euro in the last few months. :-) It is not a huge amount, but the chances are significantly higher than for the lotto AND I feel that it gives me a chance to let TV and Radio Stations know my positive or negative opinion about programmes. :-P If you are interested in joining this media panel, you can do so by following this link:
www.surveyireland.net/sign.php?Sr=30&Subsid=30 and by registering online. Oh, and when you win the EUR 1000, I hope you will buy me a pint! ;-)

Last week I mentioned the new barrier-free tolling system for the Westlink M50 Toll Bridge. I mentioned some of the payment options, but Colm S. found more very interesting information for infrequent but regular users of the toll bridge and I would like to share this and his summary with you:
Colm explained to me that for infrequent M50 users (less than 5 trips a month) the cheapest option is to register for a “pay as you toll plus” tag at www.tolltag.ie (bookings.parkmagic.net/tolltag/#3). This is a free tag with a 10% admin fee and a cost of EUR 2 per bridge crossing. For people using the M50 once a week – the admin fee would work out at just EUR 0.80 a month. But if you are going to use the M50 more than 5 times a month – the 10% admin fee will come to more than the other provider’s EUR 1 fee. The initial top up on www.tolltag.ie is, however, EUR 40.
The eflow.ie video recognition account is next best for low volume users. This account has no admin fee but the toll fee is EUR 2.50 per journey. The slight advantage of this is you can pay after you use it – you don’t have to pre load a balance into the account. You can pay monthly by Credit Card, Laser or Direct Debit. Register at eflow.ie: 1890 50 10 50
If you are going to use the M50 more than five times a month – the cheapest option is to register for a free tag with a EUR 1 a month fee and a cost of EUR 2 per bridge crossing. Eflow.ie, Eazypass.ie, Directroute.ie and Etrip.ie all offer free tags and a EUR 1/month admin fee.
If you don’t register for a tag or a video recognition account – you will be charged EUR 3 per trip. Beware – you will have to pay by 20:00 the next day or you will incur hefty penalties of up to EUR 143. Payments can be made via credit card or laser over the phone or online. Also payments are accepted at Payzone outlets in many shops.
See the following link tagcompare.ie/t_and_c_account_charges.html for a full brake down on tags.
I still think it is outrageous that we taxpayers have to pay twice for this bridge, but that is a different story!


There are surprisingly few exhibition launches this week and I am not sure if this is just a coincidence or if I was not smart enough finding them while writing this Event Guide? If I missed something, I will tell you next week and you will probably still have a chance to visit the exhibitions that slipped through my fingers today.

“Night Ward” is the exhibition of paintings by Fionna Murray. Using photographs, film stills and memories as source material, her drawings and paintings are an accumulation of small truths that negotiate borders between separated realities. The exhibition runs from 29 Aug-27 Sept. The Mermaid Arts Centre is in Main Street, Bray, Co. Wicklow (www.mermaidartscentre.ie) and the Mermaid Gallery is open Monday – Saturday 10:00 – 18:00. Admission is free.

“Photo-art meets Bronze Sculptures” is the underlying theme for this joint exhibition.
Ruby & Pin and David McGlynn will jointly exhibit a collection of their work from the 25-31 August in the Dame Street Gallery. Ruby & Pin, a photographic & pop-art combo, will display colourful and moody images to create something altogether new, exciting and different for your wall. Complementing this, Dublin-born sculptor David McGlynn presents a new work captured beautifully in bronze. The inspiration for these pieces is varied yet connected by the coastal environment where he lives.
(Gallery Details: Dame Street Gallery, 36 Dame Street, Dublin 2, www.damestreetgallery.com, Open: 11:00-20:00??)


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 impresario John McNamee. For more information, contact 0-8721302 or info@writerscentre.ie. www.poetryireland.ie/whats-on/index.php

A series of guest speakers reflect on Oscar Wilde’s “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 01 878 7222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

The French Community in Dublin is meeting sometimes. Initially planned as a very regular meeting, it seems that it didn’t happen as often as planned in recent months. However, this week you have a chance again to meet with your French or Francophile friends: French Friday is back on SUNDAY 31 Aug at the Bia bar 28/30 Lower Stephens Street, Dublin 2 (near Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre). Admission is free and the meeting will run from 18:30-23:00. french-friday.com/

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


The 21st Annual Peoples Photography photographic exhibition will take place this year on 30 and 31 August 2008 from 10:00-18:00 each day. The exhibition is open to all photographers, professional, amateur, groups etc. The event is run on a non profit making basis with a charge of EUR15 being levied for each exhibitor to cover insurance and other expenses. Naturally the open-air exhibition is free for all visitors. The professional and amateur photographers will show their works on the railings of the North, East and South sides of St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. You can see a huge amount of very varied types of photos and you have a chance to talk to the photographers directly about their work. In 2007 the impressive amount of 200 photographers took part and if you have ANY interest in photography you have to go to this event! A few pictures from previous years can be seen here www.flickr.com/photos/29346711@N07/ and more information is available on
Thanks to Eddie M. for informing me about this event! I will definitely go to it and I hope to meet many of you there! ;-)

The Tibetan Community in Ireland is holding a fasting & prayer service on Sat 30 August, 2008 for World Peace & Tibetans who died in Tibet recently. Fasting from 07:00-19:00 and Prayers from 10:00 at the Dublin Shambhala Centre, 19 Herbert Street, Dublin are the main components of the day. All are welcome. And more information can be found here www.indymedia.ie/article/88869 or here

From Sat 30 Aug – Sun 07 Sept the Dundrum Town Centre is inviting children and their parents to “Kids @ Dundrum”. Featuring seminars from experts including child nutritionist and author Annabel Karmel, child psychologist and presenter of ‘Families in Trouble’, David Coleman, and presenter of RTE series ‘Baby on Board’, Grainne Ryan, Dundrum Town Centre is helping parents to prepare the family for the dreaded “Back to School”!
David Coleman, clinical psychologist and presenter of RTE series ‘Families in Trouble’ will host a seminar in Frangos World Cuisine, located on Level 3 on 04 Sept at 11:00 and will help parents devise strategies to deal with problems at home.
On Fri 05 September author and child nutrition expert Annabel Karmel will launch her new book, ‘Baby and Toddler Food Diary’. A busy mum herself, Annabel will then host a seminar in Frangos World Cuisine, located on Level 3 at 12:00, where she will share imaginative and useful tips and tricks to ensure even the fussiest child eats a balanced and healthy diet.
“First Aid for Infants” by Alice Walsh is taking place at 11:00 on Mon 01 Sept; and Leticia Merin’s “Baby Massage” on Wed 03 Sept at 11:00.
Throughout the week ‘Monkey Music’ workshops will introduce music to young children in a way they can understand and enjoy, ‘Clap Handies’ will encourage you and your child to have interactive play and floor-time, while Yoga Bug demonstrations will keep you and your children on your toes!
Children’s entertainment will be provided in the centre every day throughout the week, including learning games such as Leapster; handheld entertainment games including Spiderman, Madagascar; books and colouring materials; facepainters, balloon modellers, Funky Nails and Dundrum Town Centre story time.
All events are free and available on a first come and first serve basis. Ticket requests can be made by emailing info@dundrum.ie

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 30 Aug at 13:30 for 10-12 year olds and at 15:30 for 4-6 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/

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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See Saturday for details!

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.
Last week I had planned to “build” my agenda for the weekend and to pack it full of Heritage Week events and I had intended to share this list of MY plans with you. However, the week was too busy on the day-job front and I didn’t get a chance yet to work out my weekend schedule. For this reason I unfortunately will have to leave you do your own research. Have a look at the website and choose at least ONE of the many events! :-)
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!!!

Not free, but organised by the nice people from Solo Flamenco who have many times made free tickets for competitions available to you. And therefore I am happy to mention their workshop despite even if there are no free tickets available.
On Sun 31 Aug a Flamenco 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
In addition you should check out the new Flamenco Courses which are starting soon and again all information is on the website of Solo Flamenco: www.flamencoalegria.net

On Sun 31 Aug from 10:00-17:15 the Farmleigh Plant Fair is taking place in Farmleigh House at the northern end of Phoenix Park. The description of the event goes like that: “Farmleigh are delighted to host their late summer plant fair as part of the gardening programme for 2008. In an outdoor designed gardening village 35 of the most prominent plant exhibitors from all over Ireland will have a potpourri of rare and unusual plants for sale. This is an unique opportunity for seasoned and fledgling gardeners to get expert advice on all types of plants and shrubs. An expert gardening panel has been assembled to advise and answer any queries that you might have about plants or gardening. The panel includes celebrity television gardener John Cushnie regular panellist on BBC 4 Gardeners Question Time and presenter of BBC 1 The Greenmount Garden, Carmel Duighnam gardening writer and lecturer, Elizabeth Morgan landscape conservationist within the OPW and a selection of tree experts from the Tree Council of Ireland. Gardening Panel Times: 12:00-12:30, 13:00-13:30, 14:00-14:30 and 15:00-15:30. There will be a plant creche in operation throughout the day where you can leave your plants for collection on your way out.

Tree walking tours of Farmleigh will be take place from 12:00 on Sun 31 Aug. The tours are conducted by experts from the Tree Council of Ireland and they will start at the “Crossroads” near Farmleigh House on the Farmleigh Estate.

The food market at Farmleigh House is taking place as well on Sun 31 Aug from 10:00-17:15. www.farmleigh.ie

The Children’s Relief Fund (www.crfinternational.org) is organising a charity car boot sale. On Sun 31 Aug in St- Joseph’s on Tivoli Road in Dun Laoghaire you can sell what ever you want to get rid off and all profit will go to the street children of Manila. Alternatively you can buy plentifully and help that way.
If you have things to sell, just contact Genny (gennycarraro@crfinternational.org or genny.carraro@gmail.com or 086-3383828) and the items possibly can be collected from you. Now, a car boot sales is not much use if there are no people interested in buying the goods. So if you have nothing to sell, come along and have a look if you need something. The event starts at 07:00 (!!) and runs until the early afternoon.
Thanks to Niamh N, for telling me about this event!

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 Bush 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 museum’s web site does not contain ANY information about this event at all, which I find absolutely amazing: www.nationalprintmuseum.ie. But you can find some information here: www.visitdublin.com/Events/AllDublinEvents/Detail.aspx?id=241&mid=4880

The Arklow Silver Shipping Band will perform on the Bandstand in the Pleasure Grounds of Farmleigh House on Sun 31 Aug from 14:00-16:00.

On Sunday 31 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 “Peasant Wedding” by Pieter Brueghel the Younger and with Mary Broderick. It takes place in Room 37 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:
www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=81 www.museum.ie/en/list/calendar-of-events.aspx?eventID=117

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.

______Next Week_______________


Howard Linnane (086 3614787) is running a film club, in co-operation with the pub “Russells of Ranelagh”. The film club screens Irish short films at the beginning of the evening and usually a feature film after the short films. The event takes place upstairs in “Russells” in Ranelagh and is free.
The next screening will be on Mon 01 Sept. Howard hasn’t fully decided on a starting time yet and I know that this makes it difficult to arrive on time. ;-) But I suggest that you go there for a 19:15 or 19:30 start and I am sure you won’t miss too much. The main film on the 01 Sept are actually TWO films, or rather two documentaries:
The first one is ‘Yellow Gate Women’ (dir Margaretta D’Arcy (2006)), an hour-long documentary on the Greenham Common Women and their protest against the siting of Cruise missiles at USAF Greenham Common in England from the early 1980s on to very recent times. The second documentary is ‘Happiness’ (dir Conor Horgan (2005)), a 27-minutes-long documentary short, in which the director travelled around Ireland asking a wide variety of people for their definitions of the word “Happiness” which they all give to camera.
(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).

* 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


Following the July exhibition “A European Glance at France”, the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France in Ireland now presents an exhibition entitled “A French Glance at Europe”. For the first exhibition 27 photographers from the 27 EU countries photographed France, now 27 French photographers took pictures of the EU countries to show us the cultural diversity and richness of today’s Europe. The exhibition will run from 02-17 Sept in the European Union House in 18 Dawson Street, Dublin 2. Admission is free and the opening times are Mon-Fri: 09:30 – 17:00 (Closed on Saturday and Sunday). For more information, including the list of the 27 photographers: www.ambafrance.ie/article.php3?id_article=988

As part of the free Abbey Talks series, Author Robert O’Byrne will talk about Dublin’s astonishing Hugh Lane Gallery and its relationship with the Abbey. The event will run from 18:15-19:00 om Tues 02 Sept. and 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

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 Tues 02 Sept from 20:30-22:00. 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.

* 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


“Metaphors” is an exhibition of new works by the Dublin-based Catalan abstract artist Jordi Forniés. The exhibition will be on show in Dame Street Gallery from 03 Sept-14 Sept and is curated by Olivier Cornet. Visit www.olliart.com/artists/jordifornies.htm to view some of Jordi’s new work and find out more about the artist. (Gallery Details: Dame Street Gallery, 36 Dame Street, Dublin 2, www.damestreetgallery.com, Open: Mon-Sun 11:00-20:00)

“Based on our Current Science…” is a group show in the Gallery of Photography with works from the artists Ulrika Ferm, Martin Healy, Seán Hillen, Paul Murnaghan, Lee Welch, a television interview between JZ Knight and Merv Griffin and Wright & Griffiths.The show will run from 14 Aug – 21 Sept. and I have listed this show before. However this week a further component will take place: The exhibition will be accompanied by three September video screenings in Temple Bar in the first week of September. The screened videos/films are ‘Latoon’ by Sean Lynch, ‘Explaining Magic to Mercer’ by Susan MacWilliam and ‘The Carriage’ by Diego Guiterrez. The screening will take place after dark on Meeting House Square on Wed, Thurs and Fri 4, 5 and 6 September 2008. The opening reception and in parallel the launch of a limited edition catalogue will take place on Wed 13 September 2008 at 18:30. (Gallery Details: Gallery of Photography, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, wwww.galleryofphotography.ie, Open: Tues-Sat 11:00-18:00, Sun 13:00-18:00)

The Spanish Cultural Institute “Instituto Cervantes” is showing a series of films exploring the notions of documentary, video-art and avant-garde cinema. The films do look interesting, but the translation from Spanish is not very helpful! So, you have to take a bit of a gamble if you don’t understand the Spanish description here
The English translation is a little too literal in some aspects and I find it hard to understand: dublin.cervantes.es/en/culture_spanish/upcoming_activities_culture_spanish.shtm. The films will be shown on 02, 10, 11, 17, 18 + 24 Sept at 18:30 in the Instituto Cervantes in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (just opposite the Dental Clinic at the back of TCD). All films are in Spanish with English subtitle. The films are presented by Esperanza Collado, the director of the contemporary art and cinema publication “Spectrum”.

At 13:15 on Wed 03 Sept, www.seventowers.ie is inviting to a Lunchtime Reading on Chapters and Verse in Parnell Street (Dublin 1). The reading poets are Patrick Chapman and Anamaria Crowe Serrano. The event finishes at 13:55. More information can be found here www.seventowers.ie or from Sarah (087 2283351, sarah@seventowers.ie).

Poetry Ireland in association with Salmon Poetry invite to the Dublin launch of
‘Big Pink Umbrella’ by Susan Millar DuMars
‘Torching The Brown River’ by Lorna Shaughnessy
‘Time Gentlemen, Please’ by Kevin Higgins
On Wed 03 Sept from 18:30 in the Unitarian Church, 112 St. Stephen’s Green West.
For more about these three poetry collections see www.salmonpoetry.com

* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on 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 last performance for this year on 04 Sept will be “Don Pasquale” by Donizetti and it will start at 13:00.

A Garden Walking Tour of the Walled Garden in Farmleigh House is taking place on Thurs 04 Sept at 14:30. The Speaker/Guide will be Elizabeth Morgan from the Office of Public Works (OPW). www.farmleigh.ie/culturalevents/currentevents/september2008/

Please check the competition section for details.

Do you play Hurling or are fascinated about it? Then this is event is for you. If you have never heard about Hurling, then you should check this out first: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurling. Guinness is the Hurling sponsor in Ireland and they have invented the “Hurling Cubed” tournament, which is totally different than a normal hurling game but promises to be interesting: In a plexiglas “cage”, 3 players per team play for a total of 3 minutes. They use a shorter than normal hurley (hurling stick/club) and a soft sliotar (hurling ball) and have to achieve three goals to win. Hurling is an amazingly fast game with impressive playing and ball control skills and I am sure that it will be interesting to watch the tournament, which will take place in Dublin Castle from Thurs until Sat.
Originally it was planned that the Dublin tournament will take place from Wednesday until Friday, but for some reasons all events on Wednesday have been cancelled, so that only Thursday + Friday are left for the Dublin tournament.
The schedule for Thursday (04 Sept) is:
17:00-19:00 Come and try (all four courts are open to try it out)
19:00-19:30 Administration and registration of teams
19:30-21:30 Hurling Cubed Round 1 (League Format)
22:00-23:00 Hurling Cubed Round 2 (Knockout Format)
On Friday (05 Sept) this will take place:
17:00-18:00 Come and try
18:00-18:30 Administration and registration of teams
18:30-20:30 Hurling Cubed Round 1 (League Format)
20:30-21:00 Celebrity / Expert exhibition match
21:00-22:00 Hurling Cubed Round 2 (Knockout Format)
22:00-23:00 Dublin Final
Galway, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Waterford had already their tournaments and therefore the Irish Hurling Cubed final will take place on Saturday (06 Sept) in Dublin Castle as well. The schedule is:
16:00-17:00 Come and try
17:00-17:30 Administration and registration of teams
17:30-18:30 Hurling Cubed Round 1 (League Format)
18:30-20:00 Celebrity / Expert exhibition match
20:00-21:00 Hurling Cubed Round 2 (Knockout Format)
21:00-22:00 Grand Final
Please note that unfortunately even as a spectator you must at least be 18 years of age. Pity! It would have been a great way of promoting Hurling to young people.
More information: www.guinness.com/ie_en/hurlingcubed/#

“A new wave of reform in Latin America…From Allende to Morales and Lugo.” is the title of a talk by Hugh O’Shaugnessy, who is a reporter with four decades of experience covering Latin American issues. He has corresponded regularly to The Observer and the Financial Times. The event will take place on Thurs 04 Sept in Wynn’s Hotel, 35/39 Lwr. Abbey Street, Dublin 1 and it will start at 19:00. And some more detail: “After the bloody US-sponsored crush of democratic alternatives of social reform in Latin America during the ’70s and the following decades of dictatorship and military rule, a new wave of reform has swept the continent in the wake of the 21st Century challenging Neoliberal orthodoxy and the so-called “End of History”. How much room for social reform have the Latin American “progressive” regimes? What are the continuities of social reform for the last half a century? What is the novelty if there is any- on the new wave of reform?” www.lasc.ie/activities/publicDebates.html


“The gorgeous colours” will perform in Tower Records in Wicklow Street at 17:00 on Fri 05 Sept. www.myspace.com/tower_records

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 next event is on Fri 05 Sep. 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.


I hope that the weekend weather won’t turn the Electric Picnic visitors into Bog Snorkeler (www.youtube.com/watch?v=k19QGds3-KA) but that hopefully we all will have nice weather. I will indulge this weekend in the Heritage Week and will go to the Peoples Photography Exhibition. So, it won’t be a boring weekend, but, hey, it has been a LOOONG time since the last time that I was bored. :-)

Enjoy the weekend!


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