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Event Guide 90: Dublin Book Festival, Intern. Women’s Day, Active8 and On Yer Bike, Brain Awareness Week

| DUBLIN EVENT GUIDE (for Free Events) No. 90
| 06 Mar 2009                      Subscribers: 3527

Hi all!

Only one more week to the first really big event of the year: The St. Patrick’s Day Weekend runs from 13-17 March. It won’t be non-stop celebrations for 5 days, because there is a disrupting working day in between (the Monday), but having a bank holiday on the Tuesday is breaking the week up nicely. I won’t write too much about St. Patrick’s Day Events this week but will rather leave it to next weekend, however, it seems that one of the free but ticketed events is not yet booked out and if you hurry, you should still be able to get tickets. The event is the outdoor “The Spheres” performance on Grand Canal Square near Pearse Street (about 15 min walk from Trinity College). The show is a theatre/dance/circus performance and will take place on Friday 13 March (18:30+20:00) and on Saturday 14 March (18:30+20:00). If you are interested, you can still request free tickets here: www.dublindocklands.ie/spheres/

But, hey, before that, we better focus on this weekend, because it as well is full of events!

Did you check the size of our Event Guide Community recently? (It is always listed in the header of this mail.) This week we exceeded 3500 people!!!! I don’t know what you think about that, but I am absolutely thrilled with it. When I started writing this Event Guide and had arrived at 200 readers around Christmas 2007, I thought it was a great achievement. I had never dreamt to reach 3500!! But now the goals are a lot more optimistic. The goal of 5000 readers by October is still achievable, BUT I need your help. If you get this newsletter because a nice colleague forwards it to you every week, please think about subscribing directly. Just a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com and you are getting the mail directly. And if you have friends who are not receiving this newsletter every week, you can either go to the very bottom of this mail and click on the FORWARD link so that your friends get a chance to read it and then can subscribe themselves OR you should recommend to your friends that they subscribe. I know MANY of you have supported me brilliantly by letting all your friends and colleagues know, but I get the impression that some of you are still keeping this great newsletter a secret from your friends. ;-) Be nice and share the knowledge with them, they will be grateful forever. :-P To subscribe your friends only have to send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com.
Please help! Reward my hard work by letting as many people know as possible! :-)
A big thanks to Deirdre R., Vanessa O’L. and Chris McK., who sent me a donation this week. Every donation is hugely appreciated and I am looking forward to YOURS! ;-)

And please read this: This Event Guide is sponsored by Esme E, Cliodhna D, Brian L, Padraig S, Kathie S, Orla niF, Jef B, Susanna N, Kate C, Nicola J, Claus Sch, Gordon S, Jeanne M, Fiona O’C, Marta M, Angela C, Isabelle F, Saundra S, Meisoon N, Ruth F, Valerie McN, Estelle O, Aoife M, Mairin M, Fionán O’L, Maeve L, Blaithin O’D, Ciara D, Mike G, Andrej G, Deirdre R, Vanessa O’L, Chris McK, www.stickyfingerstravel.com (The travel guide for parents travelling with their children.), www.target2020.com (…a training company that focuses on personal and career development.), www.thepaulkanegallery.com (A great Art Gallery, located at 6 Merrion Square, which supports contemporary Irish artists.) and www.a1computers.ie in Dun Laoghaire/Cabinteely (…who repair computers, printers and sort out Internet problems fast and who sell computers, laptops and low priced printer cartridges). The main sponsor is www.kravmagaireland.com, the self-defence training centre for everyone, which provides 12-week or 2-day self-defence training courses for beginners.

I am grateful for all support, the sponsoring is picking up, but YOUR support is NEEDED too! Going to free events saves you a LOT of money. True? ;-) Knowing about these free events is essential, so that you then can decide if you want to go or not. True? This is at least worth 1 Euro per month, which is just 25 cent per newsletter!? Do you agree? Can I count on your 12 Euro per year? Feel free to give more if you can, but please do seriously consider the 12 Euro.
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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 guarantee for correctness can be given.

______Joerg’s Picks______________

Since this newsletter is getting longer and longer with all the free events available, this section is meant to provide some help in picking and choosing the events I will or would go to. This is not the “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, so if it helps you I am glad, but feel free to ignore this section completely! :-) All events mentioned here are described in detail further down.

Here could be your advertisement!!!!!!!!!!!
If you want to advertise in this Dublin Event Guide for Free Events, please contact Joerg via dublineventguide@gmail.com to find out the conditions/parameters. Short advertisements can be placed at virtually any point in this newsletter, but are limited to 5 ads per newsletter with a max of 5 lines. Banner ads are a possibility as well, just contact me for details.

This weekend will definitely try to go to the Dublin Book Festival (probably on Saturday). If you have children you should consider the Active8 event in Shankill and if I was a woman, I definitely would go to some events on Sunday and in the coming week in the context of the International Women’s Day. Very interesting are as well the events around the National Brain Awareness Week, but they might not be everybody’s “cup of tea”.


Dancing just for the fun of it? No hang-over the day after a great night out? Having fun without alcohol? Have you ever heard about “Funky Seomra”? It is a club/disco event where you can dance to funky world music in an alcohol-free and drug-free atmosphere. David Mooney started Funky Seomra in September 2008 in the Cultivate Centre in Temple Bar and it was immediately so popular that in January he moved the event to the RDS Concert Hall. (The RDS is a big concert and exhibition centre in Ballsbridge.) Funky Seomra usually takes place on the last weekend of each month, but special events are occasionally sprinkled in and such a special Funky Seomra will take place on the 14 March, for the St. Patrick’s Day Weekend. Funky Seomra made 3 pairs of tickets available for this event on 14 March and if you want to win a pair of tickets, please send a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with FUNKY SEOMRA in the subject line and with your name and mobile phone number in the body of the mail. Your mail has to be with my by 17:00 on Wed 11 March. Admission is normally EUR 15 per person and tickets are available at the door. and more information can be found here: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=34897260145 and here

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

______Dublin News______________

I get lots of mails from you and about two weeks ago, there was a disappointed sounding mail saying that I hadn’t included any events for 3 year old children. It is true, I hadn’t, because museum events require that little extra manageability and interaction with children and usually specify 4+ as an age limit. But there ARE events for 3 year olds and younger. Unfortunately, however, they are mostly not free. This week I am including some information here specifically for parents so that you can keep yourself informed about everything that is taking place:
I hope you parents out there all know www.stickyfingerstravel.com, the travel guide for parents travelling with their children. It is a hugely interesting website full of information about everything that has to do with travel and holidays with children. It is not a travel agent, but you can book through the website. And, don’t forget, www.stickyfingerstravel.com is a much appreciated sponsor of this Event Guide! :-) Via an article on www.stickyfingerstravel.com I found out about www.mykidstime.ie, a website that contains lots of listings of events and activities for families and children. Currently only Dublin South is covered by www.mykidstime.ie, but other areas might follow in the future.
During week Roisin K mentioned www.familyfun.ie to me, another family entertainment website and a quick search revealed that there is a fourth website www.fundays.ie.
Wow, so much information for parents! With so many websites, I guess I should ask the question to all parents if the listing of children events here in the Dublin Event Guide for Free Events is superfluous and if I should stop listing children and family events. Let me know what you think by sending a mail to dublineventguide@gmail.com with the Subject CHILDREN.

You probably have heard that according to the government the current economic situation in Ireland makes it necessary to have a “mini”-budget in April. Normally Ireland only has one Budget announcement per year. In the past this in the beginning of December, but last year the announcement was brought forward to mid October due to the economic challenges (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fallout_of_the_Irish_government_budget,_2008). However, the tax increases were not enough and an additional budget announcement will be made in the first week of April.
Unfortunately the news is not good and you can expect additional tax increases or even new taxes. One component that could easily be added is the removal of the tax exemption for low paid workers. The result would be that even if you only earn the minimum wage, you would have to pay taxes. Be prepared that it will be painful for everyone and make sure that you already check if and where you can reduce your outgoings/spending in case the new announcements will affect you significantly. So, a budget announcement it will be, but it doubt that it will be “mini”!! www.rte.ie/business/2009/0304/budget2.html


A few weeks ago I suggested/invited everybody on the distribution list who has recently started a company – out of need or because they saw this great opportunity -, to send me some information about their venture and I promised to let everybody in the Dublin Event Guide Community know. I got a good few replies and am still open to receive more. Initially I had planned to list all of these business ideas here together, but to keep the size of the newsletter a little under control, I will now distribute them over a few weeks.

I still have a few opportunities to write about but will continue next week with it.


‘Different Silences’ by Ann Quinn will run in the Ashford Gallery in the RHA from 05 Mar-26 Mar. The show features new paintings inspired by time spent in southern Spain, Eastern Europe and Donegal. www.annquinn.ie
www.royalhibernianacademy.ie/html/exhibitions/exhibit_ashford.html (Gallery Details: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, www.rhagallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00 Sun 14:00-17:00)

‘I am from where I am” is the title of Michelle Rogers’s exhibition in the Paul Kane Gallery. The exhibition will run from 13 Mar – 04 Apr. (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)

A large exhibition of work by artist James Coleman will be presented at three venues across Dublin from 07 March – 26 Apr. The Irish Museum of Modern Art, Project Arts Centre, and Royal Hibernian Academy will host a range of audio-visual installations by Coleman, including the works ‘Charon’ (1989), ‘Seeing for Oneself’ (1987-88) and Untitled (1998-2002).
(Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)
(Gallery Details: Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, www.rhagallery.ie, Open: Mon-Sat 11:00-19:00 Sun 14:00-17:00)
(Venue Details: Project Art Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.project.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-18:00)

The Hugh Lane Gallery has opened a series of new exhibitions on 26 Feb 2009:
** ‘Egg Fight’, a sculptural installation based on themes in Jonathan Swift’s ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ commissioned by the gallery, by Yinka Shonibare (until 30 August 2009).
** ‘Frequency’, painting, sculpture and film by Mark Garry, Pádraig Timoney and Hayley Tompkins (until 17 May 2009).
** ‘The Golden Bough: Grace Weir’, an exhibition centred on Weir’s film, ‘In my own time’, which explores philosophical, scientific and cross-cultural attitudes to perceptions of time (until 24 May 2009).
** ‘The collection revealed: Nathaniel Hone (1831-1917)’, rare paintings by Nathaniel Hone from the Hugh Lane Collection (until 30 August 2009).
(Gallery Details: Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North, Dublin 1, www.hughlane.ie, Open: Tues-Thurs 10:00-18:00, Fri+Sat 10:00-17:00, Sun: 11:00-17:00)

Ulrich Vogl from Berlin will present ‘Gipfelstürmer’, drawings of the mountains, clouds and seas from 05 – 28 March 2009. (Gallery Details: Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Chancery Lane, Dublin 8, www.kevinkavanaghgallery.ie, Open: ???)

‘TRESPASS’, a collaborative art project by Aoife Desmond and Seoidín O’Sullivan that engages research and action with forgotten urban landscapes. The exhibition will run from 05 March – 18 April 2009.
A Gallery Talk will be held in association with the exhibition on Tuesday 7 April 2009, in which Francesco Careri and Lorenzo Romito, an architectural collective based in Rome who explore nomadic possibilities within the urban environment, will present Stalker/Observatorie Nomade, guided by Aoife Desmond and Seoidín O’Sullivan. The intention is to create an engaged discussion into the functions and potentials of wasteland sites in cities. For more information see:
(Gallery Details: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/ArtsOffice/TheLAB/Pages/TheLAB.aspx, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

‘FANTOPIA – A state of impossible perfection. Or, how to live with perfect people (and not kill them)’, is an exhibition featuring Ian Burns, Ruth Claxton, Aleana Egan, Rodney Graham, Locky Morris, Mairead O’Heocha, Francesco Simeti and Boyd Webb. It will run from 04 Mar – 11 April. (Gallery Details: Mother’s Tankstation. 41-43 Watling Street, Ushers Island, Dublin 8, www.motherstankstation.com, Open: Thurs- Sat: 12:00-18:00)

‘Mains d’écrivains’ (‘Worker’s Hands’) is an exhibition of photographs by French press photographer Annie Assouline which will open on Friday 6 March 2009 at 17:30 and will run until 21 March 2009. (Venue Details: Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, D2. www.alliance-francaise.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 09:00-19:30 and Sat 09:00 to 13:00)

The first exhibition of 2009 at Gallery Zozimus will be a two-man show with work by Painter Dermot O’Hara and Czech ceramic sculpturist Ivan Panov wil show their workd from 05 March – 21 March. (Gallery Details: Gallery Zozimus, 56 Francis St, Dublin 8, www.galleryzozimus.ie, Open: ??)

A drawings exhibition of a large group of artists will take place at The United Arts Club, 3 Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2 from 05 – 29 March 2009. Featured artists are Tom J. Byrne, Patricia Brennan, Patrick Brocklebank, Comhghall Casey, Brian Gallagher, Una Gildea, Alwyn Gillespie, Ries Hoek, PJ Lynch, Paul McCormaic, Hugh Maguire, Michael McWilliams, Krzysztof Mierzejewski, Padhraig Nolan, Sean O’Keeffe, Oisin Roche, Nichola Sedgwick, Carole Shubotham, Paul Stewart and Gerry Wardell. www.dublinarts.com/

‘Stillness’ by Roisin Sheridan and Fidelma Sheridan runs at the Crow Gallery, upstairs at 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar from 05 Mar – 15 Mar. www.fidelmasheridan.com
(Gallery Details: Crow Gallery, 6 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2, www.crowgallery.net, Open: 12:00-18:00)

‘Future Projects’, an exhibition of photography by Robert O’Connor, runs from 05 Mar – 28 Mar. (Gallery Details: Cross Gallery, 59 Francis Street, Dublin 8, www.crossgallery.ie, Open: Tues-Fri: 10:00-17:30, Sat: 11:00-15:00)

‘Dense Mouth’, an installation of three works by Lyndsey Mann, including the film ‘Twenty Four More Hours of Progress…’ and audio work ‘Greater Than’, will run from 05 March – 05 May 2009. (Gallery Details: Four Gallery, 119 Capel Street, Dublin 1, www.fourdublin.com, Open: Tues+Wed+Fri: 11:00-17:00, Thurs: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 12:00-17:00)

‘Invisible Cities’ by Taiwanese artist Tsui Kuang Yu runs from 05 Mar – 18 Apr. The exhibition includes four films made on residencies in Amsterdam, Liverpool and Taipei. (Gallery Details: The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1, www.dublincity.ie/RecreationandCulture/ArtsOffice/TheLAB/Pages/TheLAB.aspx, Open: Mon-Sat: 10:00-18:00)

The Phoenix Park Visitors’ Centre Gallery is showing ‘Ways of Looking – Ways of Seeing’ by Barry Molumby. The exhibition runs from 01 Mar – 31 Mar.

‘SHARK’, paintings from the ‘Art and Extinction’ Series by Diarmuid Delargy will be on show from 05 Mar – 21 Mar. www.diarmuiddelargy.com (Gallery Details: Taylor Galleries, 16 Kildare Street, Dublin 2, www.taylorgalleries.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:30, Sat 11:00-15:00)

Colm Desmond’s photographic works will be on show in the Front Lounge on Parliament Street, Dublin 2, from 01 – 31 March 2009.

‘Dragon Eyes Black’ by Eve Parnell will run at Café Moda, Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 from 04 Mar – 04 Jul.

“Loneliness in West Germany” is the title of an exhibition by Declan Clarke which will be on show in the Goethe Institut (37 Merrion Square, Dublin 2) from 30 Jan-28 March. Admission is free. Clarke has created two new film works along with a number of interventions in the Goethe-Institut’s reading room, gallery space, library, car park and an upstairs apartment.
As part of the exhibition there will be a number of screenings:
* Mon 09 Mar at 18:00
The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum (1975) 106 mins,
dir. by Volker Schlöndorff and Margarethe von Trotta
* Mon 23 Mar at 18:00
Before Your Eyes- Vietnam (1982), 114 mins
The Words of the Chairman (1967), 3 mins, dir. by Harun Farocki

Stano will exhibit a collection of paintings entitled ‘Day is Curious – outer reaches’ at axis in Ballymun from 05 – 28 March 2009. www.axis-ballymun.ie


Dublin’s Book Festival is taking place from 06 to 08 March 2009. The City Hall in Dame Street will be transformed into a book lover’s paradise for the second annual Dublin Book Festival. “Come and meet some of Ireland’s greatest writers, poets, children’s authors, thinkers and media personalities in a relaxed atmosphere; immerse yourself dozens of free readings, interviews, debates and book launches; or just grab a book from the festival’s bookshop, and enjoy a cup of coffee while you admire the grandeur of one of Ireland’s most magnificent Georgian buildings.” Entry is free and the whole family is welcome. The event starts at 10:00 on Fri 06 March and finishes on Sun, 08 Mar at 18:00. www.dublinbookfestival.com and here is the FULL schedule of events www.dublinbookfestival.com/DBF2009Programme.pdf

TACTIC (Ralph Borland and Seoidín O’Sullivan), the cross-national laboratory for tactical art making, invites you to the launch of TACTIC’s March 2009 series of events in their residency space at The LAB, Foley Street, which will be held on Friday 6 March 2009 from 6 to 9pm in Workshop 4 on the 4th Floor. At the opening TACTIC will distribute their schedule of events, introduce the artists they are hosting, and a variety of workshops, debates, presentations, interventions and actions that will be developed over the month. www.tacticproject.blogspot.com

From 20 Feb 2009 to 1 May 2009 the Department of Music in TCD is running a series of public lectures on Irish Traditional Music. The background, forms instruments, practices and aesthetics of Traditional music in Ireland will be explored. The event is taking place from 11:00-13:00 in the Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5, College. Further details from Gráinne at musicsec@tcd.ie or 8961120.

The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 06 Mar from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “Towards Zero Carbon Building” by Vivienne Brophy, MArchSc, MRIAI, UCD Energy Research Group, UCD School of Architecture, Landscape & Civil Engineering. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth.

A Botany Seminar with the title “Controlling alien invasive aquatic plants using biological control” by Dr Jan-Robert Baars, School of Biology & Environmental Science, UCD will take place on Fri 06 Mar from 14:00 in the Botany Lecture Theatre, Botany Building. All are welcome. www.tcd.ie/Secretary/Communications/Noticeboard/ls_notices.html#12701

Heritage Centre will perform in Tower Records on Fri 06 March at 17:00.

‘Open Forum: James Coleman’ will be held on Friday 06 March at 16:00 in the Chapel at the IMMA in Kilmainham, Dublin 8, to mark the launch of the collaborative exhibition of works by James Coleman in three Dublin venues: IMMA, the RHA and Project Art Centre.
As part of the event Christine van Assche, Senior Curator, New Media, Centre Pompidou, Paris, will present an opening address, followed by a presentation by Prof. Luke Gibbons, University of Notre Dame, who will discuss how James Coleman’s work ‘Connemara Landscape’ addresses not only imaginary projections of Irish landscape but also projections of perception itself, and the relation of sight to questions of representation in Western painting. The evening will then conclude with an open forum moderated and chaired by Dr. Mick Wilson, Dean and Fellow of GradCAM at NCAD, Dublin.
The open forum is followed by the exhibition preview and wine reception. At 19:00 a bus will depart from IMMA to the RHA, and at 20:30 a bus will depart the RHA to Project Arts Centre. Booking for the Open Forum event is essential. To reserve your place please complete the online booking form or for more information contact Sophie Byrne, Assistant Curator Talks & Lectures at:sophie.byrne@imma.ie.
(Museum Detail: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8, www.imma.ie, Tues-Sat: 10:00-17:30, Sun+Bank Holidays: 12:00-17:30. from 05 June-18 Sept: Thurs: 10:00-20:00)

The next Worldview Film Club screening is on Fri 06 Mar at 18:45. The film is “The Visitor” (2008) and the theme of the discussion afterwards is “Open Mindedness”. Check worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitation (Googlepages URLs are suspicious to some spam filters, therefore you have to copy the address in your browser and then remove the space between “googlepages” and “.com”) or check www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=27560436112
The Worldview Film Club is inspired by the Bahá’í Religion: www.bahai.ie. The event takes place in the National Bahá’í Centre, 24 Burlington Rd, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

* 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.
* Sahaja Meditation program 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


See Friday for details about this event! www.dublinbookfestival.com/

Shining Eyes Theatre Company, in association with Project Brand New and in support of MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians), present “Seven Jewish Children – A Play for Gaza”. This play was written by Caryl Churchill in Jan 2009 and produced at the Royal Court Theatre in London in Feb 2009. Each of the seven scenes in the play involve various Jewish family and community members at different times in Jewish history, gathering to work out the best thing to tell an unnamed female child about the situation at hand. The ten-minute play will be performed at Piedescalso Arts Cafe, Thomas Street at 18:30 and 19:30 on Sat 07 March by Sophie Campbell, Hilary Cotter, Mark Gordon and Lorna Quinn and directed by Hilary Cotter.
Entrance to the show is free and there will be a collection taken up after the performance in support of Medical Aid for Palestinians.
The play will also be performed a number of times between 14:00 and 16:00 on Sat 07 March, mingled in with the book lovers in the Temple Bar Square Book Market. Rather than being a conventional staged performance, this version will be an “overheard conversation” for whoever is lucky enough to be within earshot.
The Shining Eyes Theatre Company will be interviewed on Phantom FM’s arts show, The Kiosk, from 11:00-12:00 on Sat and will perform extracts from the play.
If you want to donate money to Medical Aid for Palestinians go to www.bmycharity.com/PlayforGaza.

The fourth Anarchist Book Fair is taking place today in Liberty Hall from 10:30. All details can be found here: www.wsm.ie/blogs/bookfair09/

For a trial period, the Chester Beatty Library will offer family activity with hands-on activities exploring the collections. The backpacks are provided on Sat 07 March from 13:00-16:00 and are suitable for the Age 12+. Admission and participation is free.
(Library Details: Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, www.cbl.ie, Open: Mon-Fri 10:00-17:00 from 01 May-30 Sept, Tue-Fri 10:00-17:00 from 01 Oct – 30 Apr, Sat 11:00-17:00, Sun 13:00-17:00)

Raymond E Feist will be signing copies of Rides a Dread Legion in O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 on Sat 14 March 2009 at 13:00.

* Saturday Club: ‘Become a Scribe!’ Age 9–12 on Sat 07 Feb from 14:00-15:00 in Kildare Street. “Explore the ancient art of calligraphy and create your very own illuminated manuscript. Booking essential: 01 6777444. Limit of 15 children.”
* Adult Gallery Talk: “The Irish who fought in the Spanish Civil War” on 07 Mar from 12:00 in Collins Barrack, in Soldiers and Chiefs Soldiering in the 20th Century. Talk by Manus O’Riordan, Head of Research at SIPTU.

Nearly every Saturday from 15:00-16:00 a National Gallery Family Programme will provide an opportunity for adults and children to enjoy the excitement of learning about the arts through a wide range of free Gallery-based activities including exploring storytelling, music, art, poetry and drama. The topic of this week’s event is “Every Picture Tells a Story” with Marie Bourke. The programme takes place in the Baroque Gallery and is suitable for children from 4-10 years.

“It’s Happening” is taking place in the Bernard Shaw Pub in South Richmond Street this Saturday 07 March. Jane Cassidy is organising this event and she told me about it. She said “There’ll be live music, visuals, art, installations and dancing. The aim of the day is to get everyone involved so come down and draw some doodles and take part in some live performance pieces. Check out www.bodytonicmusic.com/events/other/2008/dec/29/its-happening/ for a full line-up.” The event starts at 16:00 and admission is free.

* Don’t forget that the Temple Bar Markets (Temple Bar Food Market on Meeting House Square and – on a long break until 14 March – the Temple Bar Designer Mart near Cow’s Lane) are taking place every Saturday from 10:00-16:30.
* 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
* Enda Reilly (Acoustic/Rock/Trad – www.myspace.com/endaderoad) is playing from 19:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Fiach (Acoustic/Rock/Soul – www.myspace.com/fiachmusic) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* Island of Tranquility – A meditation evening organised by the Worldview Project at 19:00. worldview.project.googlepages .com/invitationtotheislandoftranquality (Pls remove the space before the “.com” in the web address.) is taking place in 24 Burlington Road near the Burlington Hotel in Dublin 4.
* La Vie Latin Club – ObsessionSalsa are running this event every Sat in La Vie, 1-5 Exchequer Street from 22:00. Entrance is free. Best latin tunes, salsa, reggeaton, meringue, bachata will be played. www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=33256271269
* Havana Tapas Bar is inviting to a Salsa Night with afro-latin percussion every Sat night 22:30-02:00. Bachata, salsa, merengue, reggeaton with resident DJ Papi Chulo. Food is available until 00:30 and usually there is plenty of room to get dancing.

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See Friday for details about this event! www.dublinbookfestival.com/

Today is International Women’s Day and in the coming week numerous events will take place. I was looking for a list of all the events, but then received a mail from Delwen B and Gisela B, who both sent me an Event Newsletter that Linda Kelly from the Union of Students in Ireland has compiled. It is an impressive list and a lot of work went into it and luckily I was able to find it on a website so that I can just pass the link on to you. Please have a look at www.whc.ie/documents/42_IWD_Event_Newsletter.pdf for this great newsletter. It seems to contain all or nearly all events related to the International Women’s Day.

See Friday for details about this event! www.dublinbookfestival.com/

Until December 2009 an impressive programme of workshops for children will be provided in Phoenix Park every Sunday from 10:30-12:30. Participation is free. The max number is 20 and the workshops are suitable for ages 5+ (Parental supervision required.) The children’s workshops combine art, nature awareness, history and heritage and are taking place at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.
Next Workshops:
* 08 Mar – Trees what would we do without them
* 15 Mar – St Patricks Day Cards
* 22 Mar – Easter Cards and Decorations
* 29 Mar – Medieval Life includes visit to Ashtown Castle
Bookings & Further Info: 01 6770095 or phoenixparkvisitorcentre@opw.ie

Every Sunday a free “Sunday at Noon” concert is taking place. Until recently that concert always took place in the Hugh Lane Gallery on Parnell Square but it has now been moved to City Hall for a while. From 12:00-13:00 typically classical music will be performed for you. No booking is required. This Sunday the Dublin Book Festival is taking over the City Hall, so Sunday at Noon will have to wait until the 15 Mar again. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=270

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown have for the last few years impressed with their great line up of events and this year they are continuing this great service (www.dlrevents.ie/pdfs/DLR-Calendar-2009_download.pdf). The next event will be on Sunday 08 Mar in the refurbished Shanganagh Park (www.dlrcoco.ie/PressReleases/shanganagh_house_june08.html) in Shankill and if you have one or more cycling-capable children, you just HAVE to go. I am not sure if accompanying parents are invited to cycle there as well on the day and I don’t know if BIG kids (Ann McD!? ;-) ) are, for example, eligible to take part in the unicycle workshop, But nevertheless it sounds like a great event! Here is the official description:”Active8 will be a hive of health and fitness in Shanganagh Park. This free event is to encourage kids to get on their bicycle, get out and get fit. This afternoon of cycling events includes a cycle safety training and proficiency course with the cycle safety school, bicycle maintenance checks, and a cycle trail around the park. New for this year event is the Unicycle workshops where kids can learn how to unicycle and also new for 2009 is a Mountain Bike Skills Course from championship mountain bikers and International Mountain Bike leaders, Tarja Owens and Niall Davis
There to entertain the kids on the day will be Unicycle entertainers along with the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown events DJ and balloons will set the scene for an afternoon of bicycle fun and there are medals for all those who complete the trail. The idea behind Active 8 is to build a habit of regular exercise in a safe environment for children and bring back the bike in anticipation of long bright spring and summer days! Like all DLR Events, Active8 is an initiative by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council and is a family friendly event. The event will run from 13:00-17:00 on Sunday 08 March.” www.dlrevents.ie/active809.htm (Please note: Bicycle Helmets are compulsory!)

* In Collins Barracks a free themed guided Family Tour will start at 14:30. Please note that places are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

The closing event of the National Tree Week on Sun 08 March at 15:00 is a tree walk and talk in the arboretum beside Ashtown Castle and the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre with John McLoughin from the Tree Council of Ireland. Phoenix Park Visitor Centre 01 6770095.

“Sunday Sketching”, the weekly workshop in Hugh Lane Gallery (Parnell Square) for 7+ year olds from 15:00-16:00 is this week entitled “The minor details – zoom in on artworks”. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=223

*The Mary Stokes Band (Blues) from 18:30 in Bruxelles near Grafton Street and near the Westbury Hotel. I listened to them a few times and they are brilliant! It is not clear to me if the band is currently playing every two weeks or only once a month. I will try to find out.
*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 21:00. Provided are free live music, games & roast potatoes.
* “Loose Change” play in Gibneys Pub, New St., Malahide every Sunday from 18:00-20:00.
* The Tangenteers (Rock/Reggae) are playing from 18:00 in Peadar Kearney’s in 64 Dame Street, Dublin 2. Francois G reported that this 18:00 performance is not taking place. I am trying to find out more.
Ro Byrne (Acoustic/Rock/Indie – www.myspace.com/earthquakehair) is playing there from 21:00. Admission is free.
* A Brazilian Band is playing on Sunday evenings in the Odeon and I am told that admission is free until 21:00.
* Songs of Praise, a Rock Karaoke is taking place every Sunday from 21:00 in The Village in Wexford Street, Dublin 2. www.getpraise.com
* 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
* Ballymun Gospel Choir Mass at 19:00 in Virgin Mary Church, Shangan Road, Ballymun.

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_______________


The Neurological Alliance of Ireland is holding a series of events Nationwide to mark the National Brain Awareness Week from 09-15 March. There are many events about all types of brain related issues and if you are interested, please check this www.nai.ie/Ease/servlet/DynamicPageBuild;jsessionid=5xpwjxvq54?siteID=1842&categoryID=123 or check the standard website www.nai.ie/ and find more events here www.neuroscience.tcd.ie/news/

The DIT Conservatory of Music is providing Jazz Recitals at your lunchtime. The concerts are:
* 09 Mar – Linley Hamilton (Trumpet), Hugh Buckley (Guitar)
* 16 Mar – Cormac Kenevey (Voice), Cian Boylan (Piano), Linley Hamilton (Trumpet), Damian Evans (Double Bass)
* 23 Mar – Sean Mac Erlaine (Alto Saxophone), Pawel Szumilo(Guitar), Pawel Wysota (Double Bass)
* 30 Mar – Cian Boylan (Piano), Hugh Buckley (Guitar), Damian Evans (Double Bass)
All recitals will take place in the Theatre in DIT Conservatory Music and Drama, 163-7 Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6 from 13:10-13:50. Admission is free.

The Alliance Française in Dublin and the Department of French in Trinity College are inviting to a screening of “Rêver le Français”, a TV5 MONDE documentary written and produced by Jean-Michel Djian and Philippe Lavalette. To illustrate how the French Language is perceived, Jean-Michel Djian takes to the streets, mixing with those in both the arts and the political arenas, collecting testimonies from people as diverse as Michel Serres, Max Gallo, Fatou Diome, Gérard Depardieu, Denys Arcand, Philippe Delerm, Louise Baudouin, Tahar Ben Jelloun, and many more. A post screening discussion with Jean-Michel Djian will be chaired by Professor Johnnie Gratton. The event will take place on Mon 09 March in the Ernest Walton Theatre in Trinity College and it will start at 18:00. Admission is free, but you are asked to register your attendance by e-mailing info@alliance-francaise.ie

To mark International Women’s Day 2009, EIL Intercultural Learning will be holding a free event Mon 09 March, starting at 18:15 and continuing until 19:45, in the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre, 27-31 Upper O’Connell St. Dublin 1.
The two speakers are Salome Mbugua (director of AkiDwA (the African Women’s Network Ireland) an organisation aiming to empower African women living in Ireland). and Tendai Madondo (a specialist on HIV and gender-based violence for Christian Aid, originally from Zimbabwe and running for the Green Party in Tallaght South, her home for the past six years.). There will also be a short video presentation and photo exhibition. Fairtrade Tea & Coffee will be served
Thanks to Anna M, Daira H and a few others who told me about this event.
Note: The Dublin Aid Centre is near the Gresham Hotel in the building once called “Findlater House”. www.eilireland.org/development-education/events/1/february/2009/women-for-a-just-and-equal-world-eil-invites-you-to-cel

This year is the International Year of Astronomy (UN and IAU declaration) and the Irish Astronomical Society is therefore providing lots of events throughout the year.
On Mon 09 March from 20:00 a talk about “Binary Stars – Double the Fun” will take place in Dunskink Observatory. Admission is free. John Flannery from the Irish Astronomical Society will give the talk. www.irishastrosoc.org/

An evening lecture series focusing on the themes covered in the exhibition Strangers to Citizens will take place in the National Library from January to March. On Mon 09 March from 19:00 Dr Diego Téllez Alarcia, Universidad de la Rioja, Spain, will talk about “The Irish in the Spanish Empire 1602 – 1821”. The venue is The National Library of Ireland in Kildare Street Dublin 2, Phone 01-603 02 00, www.nli.ie/en/homepage.aspx

A series of six public lectures, supported by the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, will take place at University College Dublin from 02 Feb – 23 Mar. Lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride are the seven deadly sins that were deeply rooted in Dante’s spiritual and cultural makeup and affected the conception and composition of his Commedia. Five scholars of Italian language and Literature and one historian will speak about violence and deviancy in the late thirteen century, Giambattista Vico’s philosophy and Leon Battista Alberti’s architecture…
The last lecture is on:
* 23 Mar at 19:30 – Christian Moevs, Associate Professor of Italian, University of Notre Dame: “Contemplation, Deadly Sins and Dante’s Paradiso”
All lectures will take place in Lecture Theatre N, Newman Building, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4. And more information can be found here: www.iicdublino.esteri.it/IIC_Dublino/webform/SchedaEvento.aspx?id=256&citta=Dublino

* Pint&Picture or Cine Café. Howard Linnane’s film screenings are homeless again and he is looking for a new venue. Ring him on 085-1351822 (new number) to check on his plans and when the screenings will resume.
* From 21:30 in the International Bar, 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
* From 21:30 a traditional Irish music session is taking place in Kennedy’s Pub in Drumcondra. Admission is free.


A new lecture series, entitled “Blaze Away – A History of Duelling in Ireland” started on 03 Feb at the National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts and History in Collins Barracks, Dublin 7. This lecture series coincides with a newly opened exhibition at Collins Barracks, also called Blaze Away. The lectures will examine the history of creating and using pistols and swords in Ireland before mass manufacturing as well as the evolution of small arms technology in the twentieth century.
“Dublin’s gun making tradition and three generations of the Rigby family”. Lecture with Paul Doyle, NMI. It will take place on 10 Mar at 18:30.
The Lectures will take place on Tuesday evenings between February and March at 18:30 in the AV Lecture Theatre at the National Museum of Decorative Arts and History, Collins Barracks. The lecture series is free of charge, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
For further information on the lecture series please contact the Education and Outreach Department at Collins Barracks on tel: 01 6486 453 or e-mail: bookings@museum.ie. www.museum.ie

* 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


The DIT Conservatory of Music is providing Classical Music Recitals at your lunchtime. The concerts are:
* 11 Mar – Gráinne Stafford (Soprano) & Trudi Carberry (Piano)
* 18 Mar – Stefan Ionut-Corlade (Baritone) & Trudi Carberry(Piano)
All recitals will take place in he Theatre in DIT Conservatory Music and Drama, 163-7 Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6 from 13:10-13:50. Admission is free.

The National Museum in Kildare Street is running a Medieval Music Lecture Series on the next few Wednesdays. The upcoming talks are listed here:
** Wed 11 Mar at 18:30: Schola Gregoriana Maynooth Adult Lecture
Giovanna Feeley will direct the Schola Gregoriana Maynooth. Experience the beauty of this ancient music form. No booking required.
** Wed 18 Mar 13:00 & 18:30 “… the sound so Melting and Prolonged …”
A brief look at the Early Irish Harp Adult Lecture Siobhan Armstrong, of the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, one of Europe’s best known early harpists, will give a lecture/recital, which traces the development of the Early Irish harp.
** Wed 18 Mar 14:30-15:30 Adult Workshop: Beginner’s Taster Workshop with the Historical Harp Society of Ireland Adult Lecture
Having heard about the illustrious history of the early Irish harp, a limited number of participants will have the opportunity to try out this extraordinary instrument themselves. Booking is essential. www.museum.ie

* The “Havana International Language Exchange” is taking place every Wed from 17:30-19:30 in Havana Tapas Bar in George’s Street. The majority of people there are Spanish or English-speaking, but French, Italians, Polish and Chinese are sometimes coming to and everybody is welcome to meet for a chat to improve your Spanish or English.
* “The Zodiac Sessions” is a regular open mic event from 20:30 in Bruxelles (between Grafton Street and Westbury Hotel) for unsigned musicians. Admission is free and there is a different line-up every week. www.thezodiacsessions.com/
* “The Song Room” is another open mic event. It takes place in The Globe in George’s Street at 20:30 on Wednesdays as well. www.myspace.com/thesongroom


The Central Music Library in the Central Library in ILAC Centre, Henry Street is inviting to a Lunch-Time Recital of Traditional Irish Music & Song on Thur 12 March at 13:00. It will feature Mairead O’Donnell (fiddle & Vocalist) + Danny Moran (guitar & Vocalist).

‘Sufi Soul – The Mystic Music of Islam’ will be screened in the Douglas Hyde Gallery on Thurs 12 March 2009 at 17:00.(Gallery Details: Douglas Hyde Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin 2, www.douglashydegallery.ie , Open: Mon-Fri: 11:00-18:00, Thurs: 11:00-19:00, Sat: 11:00-16:45)

In the Artists in Conversation series, Mark Garry & Hayley Tompkins will discuss their current group exhibition Frequency; their responses to the exhibition, each other’s work and their own practices. The discussion will take place on 12 March from 17:00 and Admission is free. Arrive early. www.hughlane.ie/whats_on_detail.php?id=247

In the series “Bearing Words” this week Aideen Howard, Literary Director at the Abbey Theatre, joins Selina Cartmell, director, Caroline Williams, writer and Professor Anna McMullan to ask, where are the plays by Irish women? The event is taking place on Thurs 12 March from 18:00-18:45 at the Abbey Theatre. Admission is free but booking essential on 01 87 87 222. www.abbeytheatre.ie/whatson/talks.html

The Centre for Transcultural Research and Media Practice (CTMP), which is part of the Faculty of Applied Arts in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) offers an interdisciplinary research environment, dedicated to understandings of migration and globalization, post-conflict/border zones and transcultural identity formations in Ireland and beyond. The CTMP invites now to a series of public conversations and the first one will take place on Thurs 12 March from 18:00. Katherine Goodnow, University of Bergen, Norway, will talk about “Museums and Participatory Practice”
This presentation will address work focused on forms of migrant, refugee and minority participation within museums and galleries, alongside issues surrounding access and participation with special attention to online gaming and interactive documentaries. The talk will take place in the Irish Film Institute, Meeting Room, 6 Eustace Street, Temple Bar Further information: Dr Rashmi Sawhney, CTMP. email: rashmi.sawhney@dit.ie; tel: 402 3108. www.ctmp.ie/event_detail.php?id=191

On Thurs 12 March from 18:30 the writers Enrique Vila-Matas from Barcelona and Julio Trujillo from Mexico will discuss their literary geographies in the Instituto Cervantes. The discussion is in Spanish with simultaneous translation into English. Admission is free. dublin.cervantes.es/FichasCultura/Ficha54414_16_2.htm
The Instituto Cervantes is in Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2 (at the back of TCD near the National Gallery).

On Thurs 12 March at 18:30 the next Chapters and Verse Themed Reading will take place in Chapters of Parnell Street, Dublin 1. The Theme is “Machines and Computers” and the writers who will read from their work about machines and computers are Phantom 105.2 FM and former Radio Caroline DJ, Steve Conway; Dublin Poet, playwright Patrick Chapman; New Zealand poet Ross Hattaway; Kildare novelist and short story writer Eileen Keane; Dublin poet Éamonn Lynskey; Wexford based poet, playwright and director  Noel Ó Briain; Dublin poet, novelist, playwright and screenwriter Oran Ryan. www.seventowers.ie/cms/index.php?option=com_extcalendar&Itemid=27&extmode=view&extid=264

‘The Louvain and Rome Irish Types of the Irish Franciscans’ by Dr. Dermot McGuinne is the first of a series of lectures provided by the National Print Museum in Beggars Bush, Haddington Road, Dublin 4. This talk is an illustrated account of the 17th century printing types prepared for use in the Irish language publications of the early Irish Franciscans working in exile in Europe and their influence on later designs.
The talk takes place on Thursday 12 March  at 19:30. www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/mg1258/lectures/index.html


From 20 Feb 2009 to 1 May 2009 the Department of Music in TCD is running a series of public lectures on Irish Traditional Music. The background, forms instruments, practices and aesthetics of Traditional music in Ireland will be explored. The event is taking place from 11:00-13:00 in the Boydell Recital Room, Music Department, House 5, College. Further details from Gráinne at musicsec@tcd.ie or 8961120.

The UCD Earth Systems Institute is inviting to a weekly seminar about climate change. The next public lecture will take place on Fri 13 Mar from 12:30-13:30 in The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2. The topic is “A behind-the-science look at predictions of species extinction from climate change” by Dr. Jon Yearsley, UCD School of Biological and Environmental Science. An overview over the whole seminar programme until June 2009 including links to abstracts is here www.ucd.ie/earth.

Imelda May will be performing a live acoustic set and signing copies of her debut album ‘Love Tattoo’ in HMV in Grafton Street on Friday 13 March at 13:00.

Sli-Eile, the Jesuit Youth Organisation together with the Irish Council for Christian Meditation invite to an introductory talk for young adults by world renowned Benedictine monk Laurence Freeman, on Christian meditation in the John Main
tradition. www.sli-eile.com www.wccm.org/wccmireland.org and www.thespiritualsolution.com for more information. The talk will take place in St. Francis Xavier Church at the top of Gardiner Street near the junction with Dorset Street. The event will start at 20:00 on 13 March. Admission is free.

Stig, who manages the Dublin band Funzo (myspace.com/listentofunzo) contacted me during the week to tell me that they are playing a free gig in The Thomas House (on Thomas Street, just opposite Vicar St. venue) on Fri 13 March. The show starts at 21:00. They will also be giving away free CDs and other surprises on the night. If you have some time on that Friday, go to see Funzo! Here are some video clips with Funzo www.youtube.com/watch?v=ExXuf2jpngw and Funzo performing with Shane MacGowan from the Pogues www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkOt28YZkwo


Norman Doidge, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and the author of the bestselling book “The Brain that changes itself” (www.normandoidge.com/normandoidge/MAIN.html) will be in Dublin to talk in Trinity College. Twice he will be available for a talk. The first one will take place in Trinity College Institute of NeuroScience, Lloyd Building Room 11 on Thurs 19 March from 18:00-19:30. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, contact John Kerins, Neuron Learning Ltd., www.neuronlearning.eu, email: john@neuron.ie, tel + 353 (0) 21 455 4449
Norman Doidge’s second talk will be in the Trinity College Institute of NeuroScience
Lloyd Building Room 11 on Friday 20 March from 11:30am-1pm. This event is free as well, but is by invitation only. If you would like an invitation please contact the same John Kerins as listed above.

______This is odd!!______________

The Drinks Industry Group – an umbrella group that includes the guys who PRODUCE the drinks and the guys who sell the drinks and therefore have a HUGE amount of all aspects of the price apart from taxes, have asked the government to lower the tax rate on alcohol so that ten thousands of jobs in the restaurant and pubs trade will be saved and that people will stop going to Northern Ireland to buy their alcohol. www.breakingnews.ie/business/eyaukfausnid/rss2/ and for the full Press Release check here
Ok, it is pre-budget time, so posturing and fighting for your own interests is a normal thing and all organisations that could be affected by the additional budget in April will voice their concerns and put their demands in in the coming weeks. However, the drinks industry who consistently increased the drinks prices over the last few years with no apparent justification, have some cheek to ask for a tax reduction at a time when everyone is taxed more. Last week in the Westbury Hotel a glass of white wine was EUR 7.25!! Now, if a really good bottle of wine can be bought from the vintner for EUR 5-6 www.vinopan.de/weissweine/ and I am not talking about Blu Nun or Liebfrauenmilch! ;-) then even with transport and taxes and salaries etc and profit the prices here are outrageous. I know this is nothing new, but isn’t it odd that the Drinks Industry is asking for tax reductions but isn’t considering reducing the prices they charge to stimulate the pub and off-licence trade?

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