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Free events on in Dublin – Today, Friday the 28th of October

Celebrating the Saints: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars – Symposium

09:00 – 17:00, Fri 28 Oct

Trinity Long Room Hub, Fellows’ Square, Trinity College, Dublin 2

The 2-day symposium “Celebrating the Saints: A Focus on Martyrologies and Calendars” will take in the Long Room Hub. Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below (where you can find the full programme and all other information).

Dublin City Hall – Free Admission

10:00 – 17:15, Fri 28 Oct

City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2

Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called “The Story of the Capital”, it is an exhibition that you should definitely check out at some stage.

To celebrate the Easter Rising Anniversary, admission to that exhibititon is free for the whole year!!

Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.

Halloween Customs & Folklore – Seminar

10:00 – 16:30, Fri 28 Oct

National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

“Vizzards and Collicks” is the title of a day long seminar exploring the folklore and customs surrounding Halloween in Ireland.

Four different talks (Death Customs / Apparitions and Visitations / Meals and Mischief / Role Play and Disguise), a Panel Discussion and DVD Launch will take place.

Admission is free, but booking via is required.

Magazine Fort – Guided Tour

10:00 – 16:30, Fri 28 Oct

Magazine Fort, Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

The Magazine Fort in Phoenix Park is unusually neglected and at the same time unusually rich in history. Many have seen it as a barred off concrete fortress in a corner of Phoenix Park and even more don’t even know or have forgotten that it exists. The old Phoenix House, the home of the British Viceroy, was on the site where the fort was built from the early 17th century and then in 1734 the Fort was built and extended in 1801.

In 1916 the Fort was raided by the rebels who expected to find a lot of explosives there, but found the Fort nearly empty. In 1939 the IRA raided the Fort and stole more than a million rounds of ammunition, but most of it was recovered over the following weeks.

Since 1988, the Irish Army doesn’t use the Fort anymore and gave it back to the Office of Public Works (OPW), but not much good has happened to the Fort in the last 28 years (!!) and there were numerous speculations about the reasons for that.

Finally, this year, there will be guided tours at the Fort for three months from 31 July until the end of October. The tours take place on Sundays and Fridays at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 15:30 and only 20 places are available on each tour.

Tickets are available at the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre on a first come, first served basis and can not be pre-booked. A shuttle bus will bring the ticket holders to the Fort.

I definitely want to visit the Magazine Fort, so you will find me in the queue at some stage.

CHQ Market

11:00, Fri 28 Oct

CHQ Building, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1

Every Friday the chq will run a market in the building with a whole range of stalls. There will be food and arts & craft. Some stalls are there every week, others change regularly.

Admission is free.

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Fri 28 Oct

National Gallery, Clare Street, Dublin 2

The National Gallery has an extensive programme of free talks, public tours and Art Documentary screenings focusing on highlights of the European and Irish Collection every day of the week. Check their website for details.

The Green Door Market

12:00 – 19:00, Fri 28 Oct

18 Newmarket, Dublin 8

The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer’s Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8. Admission is free.

Opening hours are Thu-Fri 12:00-19:00 and Sat 09:30-16:00.

Just a few more hours to the weekend! – Ad

13:00, Fri 28 Oct

Various locations in Dublin and Dun Laoghaire

Get a cup of tea, gather the last bit of energy and then bring this work week over the line! And for next week, get some special teas via the ad below and help the Dublin Event Guide while you are doing that. 😉

Click on the picture below or use this link and if you order any teas that way, you help the Dublin Event Guide because Twinings will pay a small reward if you order after clicking on the picture or link above.

Orders over GBP 35 are free in the UK and if you use Parcelmotel’s Belfast to Dublin service, you can get it delivered for just EUR 3.95 of postage.

Herbert Park Halloween Hootenanny

15:30 – 20:30, Fri 28 Oct

Herbert Park, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Lolly and Cooks operate the Cafe in Herbert Park and they are inviting to a day time Halloween Party for all ages. There will be games and storytelling and a prize for the best dressed.

Admission is free.

Cornucopia – Live Music

19:30 – 21:30, Fri 28 Oct

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant, 19/20 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Cornucopia Café & Restaurant host live music three evenings a week (Thurs, Fri and Sat). The restaurant is a Wholefood & Vegetarian Restaurant and is open until 22:15.
+ Every second Thursday N.C Lawlor, a songwriter, session player and troubadour plays a mix of country, bluegrass & blues from 19:30-21:30.
+ Every Friday (19:30-21:30) Junshi Murakami plays Irish Harp.
+ Every Saturday (19:30-21:30) Nollaig Mann plays a collection of popular and jazz classics.

Historical Magazine Launch

19:30, Fri 28 Oct

Capuchin Day Centre, Bow Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

The publication/magazine “Peasants, Prost itutes, King-Killers and Rebels” will be launched on Friday.

The magazine includes articles on: Daily Life in Medieval Dublin; The Cattle Market during the Famine years in Dublin; Oliver Bond and the Workers of Pill Lane in the 1790s; Working Life in Smithfiled, Stoneybatter and the Markets at the turn of the 20th century; Prostitution in Dublin in the early 20th century; The Moore Street Kerryman ‘who ended the 1916 Rising’; North King Street’s 1916 Commandant, Seán McLoughlin; and the 1935 Bus and Tram Strike in Dublin.

Guest speaker will be Frankie Gaffney, author of the novel ‘Dublin Seven’ about Dublin’s underworld.

Admission is free. The event is part of the Street Stories Festival 2016 at Smithfield.

Isaac Butler – Gig

20:00 – 21:30, Fri 28 Oct

Hard Rock Café, 12 Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Isaac Butler, the Buskers Battle Winner in the Hard Rock Cafe, will play a gig there.

Admission is free.

Weedway – Gig

20:00, Fri 28 Oct

Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow

Reggae Band “Weedway” will be in the Harbour Bar in Bray for a gig.

Admission is free.

Dia de Los Muertos Halloween Party

21:00, Fri 28 Oct

O’Connell Bridge House, D’Olier Street, Dublin 2

Latin Fiver invites to their Dia de los Muertos (Day of the dead) Halloween party. Admission is free.

Live Music – Stillorgan Orchard

21:00, Fri 28 Oct

Stillorgan Orchard, The Hill, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

The Stillorgan Orchard has live music every Friday and Saturday. Many of the performers are established and very good bands. The upcoming gigs are detailed on the website below. Admission is always free.

Ska ‘n’ Reggae with The Bionic Rats

21:00 – 02:30, Fri 28 Oct

Turks Head, 27 Parliament St, Dublin 2

“Ska ‘n’ Reggae” is the theme in the Dive Bar (downstairs in Turks Head) every Friday. The Bionic Rats play live. followed by DJs until late. Admission is free.

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Gig

21:30, Fri 28 Oct

Patriot’s Inn, 760 South Circular Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

The Dublin Blues Cartel will play a gig in the Patriot’s Inn. They will perform a version of New Orleans R’n’B with a classic rock twist, sandwiched with swing, Rock’n’Roll, Soul, Funk, Blues and rap of all eras. Admission is free.


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