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Free events on in Dublin – Today, Thursday the 20th of October

Enfranchising Ireland? Identity, citizenship and state – Conference

09:00 – 17:00, Thu 20 Oct

Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

This is a multi-disciplinary all day conference on the theme of citizenshipon citizenship. Opening address will be by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald.

There will be contributions from classicists, historians and social scientists. The origins and evolution of the concept of citizenship and identity will be explored from classical times, through the medieval period up to partition in Ireland focusing on the implications for Ireland’s citizens. Finally, contemporary issues such as Brexit, migration and integration will be discussed.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the Eventbrite link below.

Maths Week 2016

10:00, Thu 20 Oct

Dublin (various locations)

Mathsweek 2016 is running from 15-23 October this year and there are lots of free events taking place.

The first challenge is, though, to find the suitable events for you, because the website does make life more difficult than it should. You can select “Events for the General Public”, but that covers events in the whole of Ireland. So I would like “Events in Dublin” that are for the General Public, but there is no way to combine two searches. The “Events in Dublin” also contain all events for kids.

What did I do? I chickened out and instead am just posting the link for you so that you can get your head around this:

Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 20 Oct

Grangegorman Cemetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free tour of Grangegorman Military Cemetery on Blackhorse Avenue takes place. Meet inside the Cemetery Gates. Admission is free and everybody is welcome. Ring 01-6770095 for more information and to check if the tour is going ahead.,24861,en.html

National Gallery Talks

11:30 – 16:50, Thu 20 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, Thu 20 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.

Bell X1 – In Store event

13:00, Thu 20 Oct

Tower Records Ireland, 7 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Bell X1 will be in Tower Records for an In-store gig to celebrate the launch of their new album.

Considering Bell X1’s popularity, it could get busy in Dawson Street.

Admission is free, I am told!

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Thu 20 Oct

Dublin (various locations)

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Celebrating Goodman: Seminar and Launch

14:00, Thu 20 Oct

Irish Traditional Music Archive, 73 Merrion Square, Dublin 2

James Goodman (1828–1896) from Dingle, Co. Kerry, was a canon of the Church of Ireland and Professor of Irish in Trinity College Dublin and he compiled an outstanding Irish traditional music manuscript collection containing more than 2,300 tunes.

To mark the occasion of the reprint of Tunes of the Munster Pipers Volume 1 and the announcement of the ITMA/TCD Goodman Digital Project, you are invited to an afternoon (14:00-16:00) of short presentations about Canon James Goodman and his collection. Guest speakers will be Lisa Shields (co-editor of Tunes of the Munster Pipers Volume 2), Roy Stanley (Music Librarian, TCD), Nicholas Carolan (Director Emeritus ITMA) and Emer Mayock (member of the Goodman Trio).

At 16:00, Grace Toland (ITMA Director) will formally launch both the Tunes of the Munster Pipers Volume 1 reprint and the ITMA/TCD Goodman Digital Project.

Admission to both events is free.

Later on the same day (19:00), a non-free concert with the Goodman Trio (Mick O’Brien, uilleann pipes, Emer Mayock, flute & Aoife Ní Bhriain, fiddle) will take place. Tickets are EUR 10 and can be booked here.

Rising Exhibition – Public Tour

14:00, Thu 20 Oct

National Photographic Archive, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Rising is a major photographic exhibition which showcases the National Library’s rich imagery of the events and locations of 1916.

It consists of 60 photographs, including a number of large scale photographs which emphasise the Rising’s impact on Dublin’s city centre. These images are enhanced by audio recordings of actors reading from selected letters and diaries detailing first-hand accounts of the Rising.

Admission to this Walk & Talk tour is free, but you can also visit the exhibition for free outside of the tour.

Instrument Masterclasses: Piano – Royal Academy of Music

17:00, Thu 20 Oct

Royal Irish Academy of Music, 38 Westland Row, Dublin 2

The Royal Academy of Music is running a number of Instrument Masterclasses next week. Admission is free to all of them, but registration is required.

+ Mon 17 Oct – 16:00-19:00: Violin Masterclass with Ulf Hoelscher
+ Tue 18 Oct – 10:00-13:00: Violin Masterclass with Ulf Hoelscher
+ Tue 18 Oct – 10:30-13:30: Guitar Masterclass with Berta Rojas
+ Thu 20 Oct – 17:00-19:00: Piano Masterclass with Stephen Hough
+ Fri 21 Oct – 10:00-17:00: Opera Aria Masterclass with Brenda Hurley

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 20 Oct

Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Every Thursday the Little Museum of Dublin waives their admission charges for two guided tours thanks to sponsorship from Guinness. The first tour is at 18:00 and the second tour is at 19:00. Make sure that you are there at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour to get one of the limited places.

The Little Museum of Dublin has a fascinating collection of artefacts from the last 100 years Dublin’s history.

On other days and other times, admission is EUR 7 for adults and admission is by guided tour only.

The Riptide Movement – InStore event

18:00, Thu 20 Oct

Tower Records Ireland, 7 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

The Riptide Movement are playing a gig in Tower Records to celebrate the launch of their newest album.

Admission is free.

Start or Grow your Business – Business Lectures

18:30 – 20:00, Thu 20 Oct

Central Library, Ilac Shopping Centre, Henry Street, Dublin 1

Twice every year, the Central Library together with the Local Enterprise Office in Dublin City are running a series of six free Business Lectures for everybody who wants to start or grow a business. The lectures will cover subjects such as the characteristics needed to run and fund your business. Digital marketing strategies and writing business plans will also be included.

The next series will take place on Thursdays from 18:30-20:00 between 15 September and 20 October.

Admission is free, but booking is required here. All topics and speakers are listed on that same website, but to make it easier for you, they are also here:

15 Sept: Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur – How You Can Create and Produce Ideas
22 Sept: Creating the best Business Plan for your Business
29 Sept: Market Research Skills – What You Need To Do To Be Successful
06 Oct: Managing your Online Presence – Having A Digital Plan To Help You Increase Sales
13 Oct: Essential Supports and Services for Entrepreneurs – Who’s Out There To Help You
20 Oct: Financial Support and Grants for Entrepreneurs

“My Favourites” – Dublin City Walking Tour – Night Walk

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 20 Oct

Spire, O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

“These Are a Few of My Favourite Things” is the title of a Walking Tour that Emily Gallagher will run next Thursday. It will be an Alternative Arts and Culture Trail and she will bring you to “Dublin’s Best Cafes, Bars, Markets, Unusual Stores, Galleries, Theatres, Arts Spaces, and more! And hear some tales you’ve never heard before!”

Meeting point is at the Spire. The tours are free but donations are welcome and booking is required via or 085-2725095

Irish Spanish Latin American Literary Festival 2016

19:00, Thu 20 Oct

Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place (near National Gallery), Dublin 2

The Irish Spanish Latin American Literary Festival is back in the Instituto Cervantes from 20-22 October. All events are listed on the website below and are also individually listed here.

+ 20 Oct – 19:00: Understanding Borders – Round table discussion
+ 21 Oct – 18:10: Words without Borders – Round table discussion
+ 21 Oct – 19:30: Interview with Kevin Barry
+ 22 Oct – 12:10: Migration, Displacement and Literature – Round table discussion
+ 22 Oct – 15:00: Interview with Charles Powell – Iinterview
+ 22 Oct – 16:00: Closing Themes – Round table discussion

Admission to all events is free and the events are in Spanish and English with simultaneous interpreting.

Le Diner de cons – French Film Screening

19:00, Thu 20 Oct

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

To celebrate the European Day of Languages, the European Commission and the Alliance Française are organising a screening of the French cult movie “Le Dîner de cons” subtitled in Irish, an adaptation of the play by Francis Veber.

Admission is free, but booking is required via

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 20 Oct

Living Room Pub, Cathal Brugha Street (off O’Connell Street), Dublin 1

An expatriate or expat is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of their citizenship.

And this is a weekly meeting for all Expats in Dublin (new and old!). If you are new to the city, this is an excellent way to meet people.

Admission is free (no booking required!), but you are asked to give the same kind of welcoming to new members as is given to you.

Thursday Night Board Gaming

19:00, Thu 20 Oct

Robert Read Bar, 19 Store Street, Dublin 1

And this is the third (!) Board Gaming night in Dublin! They are taking over! 😉

It is a weekly event and on Thursday the focus is on Introductory Board Games, so if you haven’t for a while (or ever) played Board Games, this is for you.

Admission is free.

Dublin Jam Session – Open Jam

19:30 – 22:30, Thu 20 Oct

Tivoli Backstage, 18/19 Francis Street, Dublin 8

The Dublin Jam Session is an open Jam with full back line. It is open to all levels of musicians and singers and all genres of music and the only rule is that you must jam with others (not all your own band).

It takes place every Thursday and admission is free.

David King – Gig

20:00 – 21:30, Thu 20 Oct

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

David King will play Acoustic Blues in the Hard Rock Cafe. Admission is free.

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 20 Oct

Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey Street (near Ha’Penny Bridge), Dublin 1

A new weekly Table Quiz takes place in the Grand Social. Every Thursdayteams of 4 people (or at least 2 people) will compete against each other over questions from the areas of General Knowledge, Music, Film, Sports & Entertainment.

Admission is free.

The Whipperwills – Gig

20:00, Thu 20 Oct

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

The Whipperwills will play Blues, Americana and Country in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

Unusual Bulbs for your Garden – Talk

20:00, Thu 20 Oct

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

John Amand from Jacques Amand International Flower Bulb Specialists, which began as a flower shop in London in 1927 and has grown to become a major supplier of bulbs, talks about the commercial growing of bulbs and plants some of which are thought to be rare.

Admission is free.

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 20 Oct

Mother Reillys, 26/28 Upper Rathmines Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6

Every Thursday a Singer Songwriter Night will take place in Mother Reilly’s in Rathmines. This is YOUR chance to show everyone what you can do, alternatively you can just listen to the talented Singer/Songwriters. Admission is free.

The Receipts – Tom Petty Tribute Gig

21:00, Thu 20 Oct

Blue Light Pub, Barnacullia, Stepaside. Co. Dublin

The Receipts will play Tom Pettys’ classic 1989 first solo album “Full Moon Fever” and other Tom Petty hits.

Admission is free.

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 20 Oct

Brady’s Pub, 5 Terenure Place, Terenure, Dublin 6

A Fun Pub Quiz takes place in Brady’s in Terenure on Thurs. The quiz will be on every Thursday night in the Lounge at Brady’s. Keith McLoughlin is the Quiz Master.

There will be six rounds of the quiz with picture questions, audio questions and general knowledge questions. Admission to the quiz is free and therr will be free drink vouchers for the winning and runner up teams. (No phones to get answers allowed.)

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 20 Oct

The International Bar, 23 Wicklow Street, Dublin 2

Every Tuesday and Thursday the International Bar invites to a Jazz night in the Lounge.

Groups led by Cote Calmet, Sean Maynard Smith, Dominic Mullan, Paddy Groenland, Georgia Cusack & Alex Mathias are performing regularly with occasional guest players, but there are also other bands from all over.

Admission is free, with a suggested donation of EUR 5. The website clearly says that there is no entry fee, but – and that makes a lot of sense – that your donations are very much appreciated (Musicians need to pay for rent and food too!) Be generous after the gig if you liked it, but if someone wants to charge an admission charge, please point out that the “rules” as described on their website are like I have explained.

Keep on Trucking – Open Mic Session

21:30, Thu 20 Oct

Peadar Brown’s, 1a Lower Clanbrasil Street, Dublin 8

A live music open mic session, called “Keep on Trucking” takes place every Thursday in Peadar Brown’s Pub, it is presented by Joey Magic.

Admission is free.

Left, Right & Centre – Blues+Soul

21:30, Thu 20 Oct

Frank Ryan’s Bar, Queen Street, Smithfield, Dublin 7

Every Thursday “Left Right & Centre” play a mix of blues & soul with a bit of rock&roll.

Admission is free.

McLoughlin’s Trad Night

21:30, Thu 20 Oct

McLoughlin’s Bar, 73 Upper George’s Street, Dun Laoghaire

A weekly Trad Music Night is taking place in McLoughlin’s in Dun Laoghaire. It is an acoustic night and all musicians are welcome. Admission is free.

McNeills Trad Music Pub Sessions

21:30, Thu 20 Oct

J. McNeills, 140 Capel Street, Dublin 7

Every Thursday a free Trad Session takes place in McNeills and often there are high profile Trad musicians performing.

Woolshed Karaoke

21:30, Thu 20 Oct

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

The Woolshed Karaoke is happening every Thursday from 21:30. Anyone can participate! Admission is free.


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