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Free events on in Dublin – Today, Thursday the 27th of October

Grangegorman Military Cemetery – Tour

11:00, Thu 27 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 27 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 27 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.

Michael Taft – Unite Union – Lunchtime Seminar

12:45 – 14:15, Thu 27 Oct

TASC, 14 Parliament Street, Dublin 2

The Think-tank for Action on Social Change (TASC) is inviting to a lunchtime talk with Michael Taft from the Unite Union. He will talk about “A low wage economy: implications for strategy”.

You are invited to bring your lunch to thie semonar and eat it there. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Admission is free, but booking is required via Sylvia Byrne on 01 6169050 or by email to

Low priced books with free delivery!

13:00, Thu 27 Oct

Dublin (various locations)

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In Focus Tour: The Arts of Imperial China

13:10, Thu 27 Oct

Chester Beatty Library, Gardens of Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

The In Focus Tour “The Arts of Imperial China” with Joan Barnewell will take place.

Admission is free.

AFterwork – Alliance Francaise

17:30 – 20:30, Thu 27 Oct

Alliance Francaise, 1 Kildare Street, Dublin 2

The Alliance Francasie Cafe “La Cocotte” invites to a special evening where you can eat and drink in the Cafe-Restaurant while listening to music by Emma O’Reilly. There is no admission charge (but you obviously have to pay for the food and drink you consume).

Fashion Show & Pop-Up Shop

17:30 – 20:00, Thu 27 Oct

dlr LexIcon – Library and Cultural Centre, Haigh Terrace, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

The LexIcon library in Dub Laoghaire invites to a Fashion Show and Pop-up shop of re-used and upcycled outfits from casual to occasional wear from Barnardos Charity Shop in Dun Laoghaire. Fashion Blogger Lorna Duffy (“Fashion Boss”) will be the MC.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the Eventbrite site below. All proceeds from clothes sales and raffle will go to Barnardos.

Toxic Access: Artistic License in Ireland – Discussion

17:45 – 19:15, Thu 27 Oct

Science Gallery, Pearse Street, TCD, Dublin 2

How should cultural institutions like museums, galleries, and libraries treat material that is culturally toxic but socially significant? When freedom of speech clashes with controversy or hatred, who decides the boundaries of censorship?

A panel of experts will debate the different approaches to extremist material taken by museums, search engines, religions, academia, counter-extremist researchers and more. Find the list of panel participants on the website below.

Admission is free, but booking is required via the same website below.

Good Name Presents Math+Math=Maths – #shawis10

18:00, Thu 27 Oct

The Bernard Shaw, 12 Richmond Street South, Dublin 8

“Made up of members of Girl Band, Meltybrains, Beach, Heroes in Hiding and Vameel the Krautrock supergroup take over the Bernard Shaw stage for some improv genius.”

That’s what it says on the Bernard Shaw website. I interpret “improv genius” as improv comedy. Would you agree? But considering that troupe is made up of band members from music bands, could they mean “improvisation” in a musical context? No idea!

Admission is free,

Little Museum of Dublin – Free Admission Thursday

18:00 – 20:00, Thu 27 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.

Sherry & the Mystery of Palo Cortado – Documentary Screening

18:00, Thu 27 Oct

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

“Sherry & the Mystery of Palo Cortado” is a documentary screening about the Sherry production in Jerez in Andalucia. (In Spanish with English subtitles.)

A reception with Sherry wines and tapas will follow the screening.

Admission is free, but booking is required via

Alice Maher – RDS Library Speaker Series:

18:30, Thu 27 Oct

RDS Library, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

Alice Maher will speak in the RDS Library about mutability and metamorphosis in her multi-media approach, as well as her relationship to space, memory and materials. The talk will be followed by an opportunity to view the 2016 RDS Visual Art Awards Exhibition curated by Alice in the adjacent RDS Concert Hall.

Admission is free, but registration is required via the website below.

Objects in Italian Life and Culture – Book launch

18:30, Thu 27 Oct

Italian Institute of Culture, 11 Fitzwilliam Square East, Dublin 2

This is one of those events, where you just have to leave the original event description. Not because it is so great, but because it is so artificially complex that only a rare breed of people can think it is helpful to promote a cultural event:

“Italian life and culture are filled with objects that cross, accompany, facilitate or disrupt experience, desires, and dreams. Yet in spite of their ubiquity, theoretical engagement in the Italian context is still underdeveloped.

Paolo Bartoloni investigates four typologies – the fictional, migrant, multicultural/transnational, and the artificial – to hypothesise that the ability to treat things as partners of emotional and creative expression creates a sense of identity predicated on inclusivity, openness, care, and attention.”

Admission is free, but booking is required via the website below.

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

19:00 – 21:00, Thu 27 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

Modern Irish Music – CMC Salon Series

19:00, Thu 27 Oct

Lutheran Hall, 24 Adelaide Road, Dublin 2

The Contemporary Music Centre continues the 2016 Salon Series at the Lutheran Hall.

This concert features a programme of modern Irish music by musicians Gavin Brennan (saxophone), Aileen Cahill (piano), Adrian Mantu (cello) and Andreea Banciu (viola).

Admission is free, but booking is required via e-mail to

New to Dublin? Dublin Expats Meeting

19:00, Thu 27 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 27 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 27 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.

Highly Strung / Two Men & Their Guitars – Gig

20:00 – 21:30, Thu 27 Oct

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

Highly Strung and Two Men & Their Guitars will play a gig in the Hard Rock Cafe.

Admission is free.

Human Genetic Differences – Which ones matter? – Talk

20:00, Thu 27 Oct

National Botanic Gardens, Botanic Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 9

The “Human Genetic Differences; Unravelling which ones Matter” with Dr. Anne Parle-McDermott (Senior lecturer in genetics and principal investigator of the Nutritional Genomics Group at DCU) will look at our journey and fascination with the human genome to date and describe some of the latest findings and provide a glimpse of what the future might hold.

Admission is free.

Table Quiz Thursday – Grand Social

20:00 – 23:00, Thu 27 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 Lee Mehan Band – Gig

20:00, Thu 27 Oct

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

The Lee Meehan Band will play Blues in the Harbour Bar.

Admission is free.

Singer Songwriter Night – Mother Reilly’s

21:00, Thu 27 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.

Brady’s Fun Pub Quiz

21:30, Thu 27 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.)

Cabin Sessions – Dundrum – Gig

21:30, Thu 27 Oct

Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Rosemount, Dundrum Road, Dublin 14

The Cabin Crew are playing a gig and will bring special guests Angel Hannigan (contemporary), Sacre Blues Band (French), New Breadwinners (bluegrass) and the Gram International Dublin All-Stars.

Admission is free.

International Bar Jazz Night

21:30, Thu 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 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 27 Oct

Woolshed Bar & Grill, Parnell Street, Dublin 1

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

Thumper / Wolff – Gig

22:30, Thu 27 Oct

Whelan’s, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2

The first SOMA Indie Club will take place with live bands Thumper and Wolff and with Otherkind DJs.

Admission is free.


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