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issue 20 april 2013

ONE CITY, ONE BOOK

YOUR INVALUABLE GUIDE TO DUBLIN WITH CITY CENTRE MAP INSIDE

April 1st - 26th


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It’s one of those essential things which makes a holiday experience reach another level. If you don’t know where to go, or what’s on the menu, you will struggle to get the best out of your precious time. That’s why we have compiled The Dublin Tourist Guide, a comprehensive and useful insiders-guide for all things Dublin. As Dublin’s premier tourist guide the aim is to reveal Dublin’s little secrets alongside covering the more well-known landmarks. Now into April, Dublin is finally beginning to show glimpses of its great summer self. The city is starting to come alive with a plethora of intriguing festivals and events - all of which are detailed in our listings section. If you are here to take in the joys of traditional Irish music, we are happy to provide a guide to the city’s main Folk Clubs and Singer’s Circles – so you have an insightful alternative if you ever get bored by the regular trad sessions.

4 - What to see, what to do Telling you where to go

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38 - Listings What to do this month

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Enjoy the craic!

44 - Mountain Songs Dublin’s top ten folk clubs

Distribution Kamil Zok 01 6870695 / kamil@hkm.ie

46 - Trad The best pubs for ceoil agus craic.

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12 - Where to Drink Traditional landmarks and hidden gems 18 - One City, One Book Your guide to this year’s festivities 22 - Where to Shop Plenty to choose from 28 - Where to Eat Dublin’s culinary treats 36 - Museum Guide What’s on

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Houricans is a well known family run pub. Showing all live sporting All Sporting live onarethe Big Screen events on our bigevents screen. Lunches served from 12pm to 2.30pm daily call in and sample our homemade menu. This served untilfor2pm Daily traditional Food establishment is a must pre and post drinks if your attending the National Concert Hall. Whatever your request drop Call nowa great to book your Christmas party by have pint and one of our famous toasties.

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what to see and do

The Old Jameson Distillery

Christchurch Cathedral

The Old Jameson Distillery is the fount of the real ‘water of life’ in Dublin. An important and fascinating landmark in the history of the city, the old Distillery will give you a chance to put your taste buds to the test and prove you know your whiskey from your scotch. Offering guided tours daily with a choice of bars to sample a Jemmie, lunch is also served from the mezzanine restaurant.

Step back into history with a visit to Christ Church Cathedral, one of the city’s oldest and most loved buildings. It has been at the centre of Dublin life for nearly 1000 years, first established by Norse King, Sitriuc Silkenbeard c. 1030, rebuilt by the Normans. The stunning gothic naves sits on top of its twelfth century crypt, one of Dublin’s oldest structures, which also houses the exhibitions, a must see for visitors with guided tours, belfry tours and a beautiful café and gift shop.

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Gallery of Photography

Guinness Storehouse

Since its inception in 1978 the Gallery of Photography has become Ireland’s premier venue for photography. It has staged exhibitions with many of the major names in contemporary photography. The Gallery moved to its new location, a purpose built space with fully fitted darkrooms and digital imaging facilities in Meeting House Square in 1995. The Gallery, which is non-profit making, is funded by the Arts Council and Dublin Corporation.

It’s been in St. James Gate since 1759, and potential natural disasters aside, it’ll be there for the rest of eternity. The cheapest lease in town, you’ll smell the country’s alcoholbrewing institution a mile off - you can see the black stuff being born yourself in the tourist-friendly Storehouse.

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Wax Museum

Bagots Hutton

Fitzwilliam Card Club

On a leafy cul de sac in the dead centre of town, Dublin’s wandering Wax Museum finally found its new home a few years ago. Over four stories of a beautiful Georgian building on Foster Place, visitors can take a stroll through scenes from Irish heritage, discover our scientific history or simply ogle some never aging celebs. A healthy mixture of cool and kitsch ensures that the Wax Museum will keep both the young and not so young entertained of an afternoon.

This is Dublin’s oldest wine emporium; it has a historic underground cellar which first housed wine way-back in the 1800’s, and has been kept in extraordinary condition ever since. This newly reopened venue has, in the front area, a welcoming, open, spacious cafe bar area and towards the back, a comfortable and stylish rustic wine lounge - where you can taste a selection of over 30 old world wines, each available by the glass, bottle or as take-out. There is a comprehensive European menu - the food is always fresh and fun. Wine tasting sessions are available, and the friendly staff are delighted to show-andtell of the old wine cellar’s history. Expect a subtle blend of historic-old and funky-new. Open Mon-Sun 11am till midnight. 28 South William Street, Dublin 2 d4

Dublin’s favourite casino and card club, the Fitz, as members know it as, is the home of poker in Dublin. For adults membership is free with a photo ID, leaving them free to wheel away the night chancing their arm for a dance with that most elusive of mistresses Lady Luck. The Fitz runs large poker tournaments for afficianados but also offers casual players an opportunity to while away the wee wee hours at blackjack, roulette or craps.

Dublin Zoo

Stephen’s Green

Archbishop Marsh’s Library

Dublin Zoo is much more than a fun-filled, stimulating day out for all the family... it’s a place to learn about wild animals, especially those which are endangered. The Zoo is a registered charity – your visit will help maintain Dublin Zoo to a high standard, improve the Zoo and contribute to conservation programmes. Located in the Phoenix Park in the heart of Dublin city, Dublin Zoo is Ireland’s most popular family attraction, and welcomed over one million visitors last year.

Ireland’s best known Victorian public park. Re-opened by Lord Ardilaun in 1880 for the citizens of Dublin. This 9 hectare / 22 acre park has been maintained in the original Victorian layout with extensive perimeter tree and shrub planting, spectacular spring and summer Victorian bedding. The herbaceous border also provides colour from early spring to late autumn. Sanctuary from inclement weather can be obtained in the Victorian lakeside shelter or in the Victorian Swiss shelters in the center of the park.

Marsh’s Library, built in 1701 by Archbishop Narcissus Marsh (1638-1713), was the first public library in Ireland. It was designed by Sir William Robinson (d.1712) the Surveyor General of Ireland, and is one of the very few 18th century buildings left in Dublin that is still being used for its original purpose. Many of the collections in the Library are still kept on the shelves allocated to them by Marsh and by Elias Bouhéreau, the first librarian, when the Library was opened. It is a magnificent example of a 17th century scholars’ library.

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what to see and do

War Memorial Garden

Phoenix Park

These gardens are one of the most famous memorial gardens in Europe. They are dedicated to the memory of 49,400 Irish soldiers who died in the 1914 – 1918 war.  The names of all the soldiers are contained in the beautifully illustrated Harry Clarke manuscripts in the granite bookrooms in the gardens. These gardens are not only a place of remembrance but are also of great architectural interest and beauty.

The Phoenix Park at 707 hectares (1752 acres) is one of the largest enclosed recreational spaces within any European capital city. About 30% of the Phoenix Park is covered by trees, which are mainly broadleaf parkland species such as oak, ash, lime, beech, sycamore and horsechestnut.  A more ornamental selection of trees is grown in the various enclosures.  A herd of Fallow Deer has lived in the Park since the 1660’s when they were introduced by the Duke of Ormond.  The Phoenix Park is a sanctuary for many mammals and birds and a wide range of wildlife habitats are to be found in the park.  One such area is the Furry Glen, which is managed as a conservation area. Áras an Uachtaráin, the residence of the President of Ireland dates from 1750 and is located in the centre of the park adjacent to the United States Ambassador’s residence, which was built in 1774.  Many other historic buildings and monuments are located in the Park. Dublin 8

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National Botanic Gardens

Chester Beatty Library

The National Botanic Gardens is noted for its fine plant collections holding over 15,000 plant species and cultivars from a variety of habitats from all around the world. Famous for its exquisitely restored and planted glasshouses, notably the Turner Curvilinear Range and the Great Palm House, both recipients of the Europa Nostra award for excellence in conservation architecture. Visitors can enjoy such features as the Herbaceous borders, rose garden, the alpine yard, the pond area, rock garden and arboretum.

The Chester Beatty Library, Dublin is an art museum and library which houses the great collection of manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints, drawings, rare books and some decorative arts assembled by Sir Alfred Chester Beatty (1875-1968). Its rich collections from countries across Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe open a window on the artistic treasures of the great cultures and religions of the world. Chester Beatty Library was named Irish Museum of the year in 2000 and was awarded the title European Museum of the Year in 2002.

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what to see and do

Ethiad Skyline Croke Park

The Ark

Smock Alley

Etihad Skyline includes stops at five viewing platforms along Croke Park’s 0.6km rooftop walkway. Each stop gives visitors the opportunity to learn about the highlighted buildings and sites in their line of vision through multi-lingual audio guides. The audio guides include historical information, quirky anecdotes and interviews with key figures working at some of Dublin’s most famous locations

The Ark introduces children to the joy, wonder and creativity of the arts, and plays a vital role in raising the standard of culture for children. Here, in a unique building designed specifically for them, children aged two to 12 explore everything from theatre, music and literature to painting, film, dance and more. They discover what it means to be an artist, from respected professional artists. There’s no better way to nurture hungry young imaginations, or to inspire a lifelong journey through culture.

Smock Alley Theatre is a resource for Dublin, Ireland and the world. Respecting its extraordinary history and heritage of its original 1662 site, Smock Alley Theatre provides artists and audiences with a unique opportunity to create and experience work that challenges, inspires and entertains. The past, the present and the future of theatre in Ireland come to life in Smock Alley.

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National Museum (Collins Barracks)

Iveagh Gardens

The Hugh Lane Gallery

Collins Barracks is home to the Decorative Arts & History leg of the National Museum. Featuring a wide range of objects, which include weaponry, furniture, silver, ceramics and glassware as well as examples of Folklife and costume in one of Dublin’s most historically important buildings, Collins Barracks is an essential spot for any visit to the city.

The Iveagh Gardens are among the finest and least known of Dublin’s parks and gardens. They were designed by Ninian Niven, in 1865, as an intermediate design between the ‘French Formal’ and the ‘English Landscape’ styles.  They demonstrated the artistic skills of the landscape Architect of the mid 19th century and display a unique collection of landscape features. The conservation and restoration of the Gardens commenced in 1995 and to date most of the features have been restored, for example the Maze in Box hedging with a Sundial as a centrepiece.  Hatch Street Upper, Dublin 2

Located in Dublin’s city centre, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, originally called The Municipal Gallery of Modern Art, houses one of Ireland’s foremost collections of modern and contemporary art. The original collection, donated by the Gallery’s founder Sir Hugh Lane in 1908, has now grown to include over 2000 artworks, ranging from the Impressionist masterpieces of Manet, Monet, Renoir and Degas to works by leading national and international contemporary artists. Also houses the wonderful Francis Bacon Studio - which was transported in its entirely in 1998, from London to the Gallery in Dublin. Parnell Square North, Dublin 1

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Walk your way around the Irish National Stud Half price Family Passes available for the month of March

Classic French cuisine with an Irish twist. Using locally sourced ingredients, ~ Christmas Parties ~ from the best suppliers, our menus cater Private Room (Groups 20-25) for allAvailable tastes and budgets. 33 Exchequer Street - www.thegreenhen.com - 016707238

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Guided tours of the Stud • Horse Museum • Newborn foals to see in spring Meet our Living Legends; Beef or Salmon, Kicking King, Moscow Flyer & Vintage Crop World Famous Japanese Gardens • Walk St. Fiachra’s Garden • Children’s Playground Gift Shop and Restaurant • Picnic Area • Free Coach / Car Park Open 7 Days a week 9.30am - 5pm from Friday 1st February to 17th November Located 30 miles south of Dublin in Kildare. Off the M7, Exit 13 onto the R415

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where to drink

The Porterhouse The Porterhouse in Temple Bar opened in 1996 as Dublin’s first microbrewery. Brewing three stouts, three lagers and three ales in the tiny brewery created much demand for the brews and lead to the growth of the craft beer market. The Porterhouse are widely recognised as having pioneered the craft brew scene in Ireland which has led to the opening of several craft breweries around the country. The Porterhouse is proud to announce that their Plain Porter has been awarded the gold medal by the Brewing Industry International Awards in 2012, the second time it has received this prestigious accolade. 16-18 Parliament Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 01 679 8847 porterhousebrewco.com Fb: Porterhouse-Brewing-Company @Porterhousebars

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The Duke

Mulligans

The Foggy Dew

A classic post-office haunt if ever there was one, barely hidden just between Grafton Street and Nassau Street, the Duke is one of the best places in Dublin to indulge yourself with that well-earned pint of a Friday (or indeed any) evening. Combining a prime location with all the fundamentals - plenty of comfy seats, wholesome carvery grub and honest pints - let The Duke be the recipient of your blown-off steam.

One of the city’s most adored watering holes, Mulligans of Poolbeg Street was originally a shebeen before it went legit all the way back in 1782, making it amongst the oldest licensed premises in Dublin city and just a few years younger than Arthur Guinness’ famous brewery. Inside, the walls creak with the weight history and a thousand forgotten conversations long lost to the passage of time. But aside from that, it has a reputation for two things - great Guinness and great barmen. No music, no television, none of yer fancy stuff, only the essentials are present in this landmark establishment.

Situated overlooking Central Bank Square in Temple Bar (Dame Street), the Foggy Dew fuses the best aspects of a traditional Irish bar with some modern twists. This historical bar is the perfect spot for a quiet afternoon pint or alternatively a great meeting place for a night on the town. Enjoy a cool rock vibe, with the Foggy DJ (‘til late) on Saturdays and Sundays. Or check out the now famous “Live Session” with top Dublin bands from 5pm Sundays. Oh... and see the memorabilia collection... The Who, The Stones, The Beatles, Hendrix, Queen et al, it’s excellent! (Est’d 1901).

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where to drink Ashtons Ashtons is an iconic gastropub situated on the banks of the river Dodder in Clonskeagh, Dublin 6. A beautiful building with public bar and 80-seater bistro-style restaurant upstairs and a 30-seater function area downstairs. Ashtons is synonymous with excellent food and drink and enjoys a great reputation. Using only the freshest ingredients from local producers to give patrons the best experience possible. With food available 7 days a week, from brunch to carvery, a la carte or great value set menus. You can chill outside with a cocktail or in the garden by the river, or enjoy a beer from their extensive selection of Irish Craft Beers available on draft & bottle. 11 Verge Mount, Clonskeagh, Dublin 6 01 2830187 ashtonsgastropub.ie facebook: Ashtonsgastropub @BarAshtons

McDaids

The Brazen Head

Neary’s

McDaids is, if we’re honest, the kind of place where you’d call yourself lucky if you’ve nabbed a seat early in the night. Its much cosier, shoulder-to-shoulder affair where an unbeatable Guinness is only a quick shuffle away and commenting on overheard banter is de rigeur. The perfect place for whiling a night away righting the world’s wrongs with a few close friends or quiet pint in Brendan Behan’s memory.

A pub this old is bound to have a rich and storied history - officially Ireland’s oldest pub, dating back to 1198, it can lay claim to pulling pints for Irish rebels Wolf Tone, Robert Emmet, Daniel O’Connell and Michael Collins and literary giants Joyce, Behan and Swift over the course of its life. Come and hear storytelling of old Dublin (Tues – Sun) and enjoy fine Irish music every night of the week. The Sunday Sessions of live music (3.30 – 6.30pm) are popular with tourists and locals alike!

There’s a reason that Nearys has remained so consistent over the decades - the formula works. Housed in an elegant slice of Edwardian Dublin with its old-world interior still in pride of place, the early evening buzz in Nearys is a rare sight to behold. With a crowd ranging from theatregoers and thespians from the nearby Gaiety to local suits and Grafton shoppers, Dave and his team of old-school barmen will take care of all your needs.

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where to drink

The Hole In The Wall One of Dublin’s most iconic pubs, McCaffrey’s The Hole in the Wall on Blackhorse Avenue has been a source of refuge as far back as 1651. In what might be seen as a departure for such a long established “traditional” bar The Hole in the Wall has been an early adopter when it comes to premium and craft beers and boasts an outstanding selection of brews which can be purchased in their off licence and consumed in the bar or restaurant for a corkage fee. As we move into spring what could be better than a stroll through the Phoenix Park and on to The Hole in the Wall for great beers and excellent food. AddressBlackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7 01 838 9491 facebook.com/pages/The-Hole-In-The-Wall

The Twelfth Lock

The Palace Bar

Hogans

The Twelfth Lock is a pioneering example of European café and hotel culture in Ireland, inspired by the hotels, café’s and bars of Paris and Amsterdam. A cosmopolitan space positioned in a unique environment at Castleknock Marina on the banks of the Royal Canal. The Twelfth Lock is a feast for the senses. Award winning bar food and a wide range of traditional, and craft, beers and wines are on offer in the bar, making this one of Dublin 15’s true gems. If you’re looking for a truly distinctive location to enjoy those crisp winter days then The Twelfth Lock Hotel is a find boasting a winning combination of quality affordable comfort, combined with a high quality service, all in a tranquil setting overlooking the Royal Canal. 01 860 7400 twelfthlock.com

Famous for its literary heritage, the Palace Bar is an unspoiled slice of Dublin’s erudite history. Frequented by Irish Times writers since the dawn of time, and some of the city’s most well-respected authors, the Palace is the thinking-man’s spot for a jar. Despite changes all around, the Palace remains untarnished and popular as ever.

Hogans could easily be located somewhere in the East Village of Manhattan but to say that would be an injustice to its typically Dublin crowd. The large windows look out onto flower sellers and cycle chic passersby whilst inside remains the home to the laid back people watchers, good time seekers and newspaper readers. Brunch served 1pm-4pm Sat and Sun. Relax, chill and feast in your own time at this authentic Dublin imbibing emporium situated at the heart of Dublin’s Creative Quarter. Thursday to Saturday nights you can enjoy an eclectic mix of Live DJs till late downstairs at Hogans International Beat Basement.

27 Fleet Street, Dublin 2 01 679 9290

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ONE CITY, ONE BOOK STRUMPET CITY FOR 2013 by Aaron Purcell

For such a compact city, Dublin’s literary heritage has had an international impact, influencing, enlightening and educating readers from London to Lagos. Whether on the reading lists of renowned academic institutions such as Oxford and Harvard, or in hands of commuters travelling to and from work, the city’s literary exports have made deep connections with a vast audience and have often acted as a catalyst for people to visit the Irish capital. Dublin is a city that proudly waves its literary flag on the global stage and draws attention to its commitment to promoting the integral role that literature plays in a society’s culture and development. With an abundance of libraries, exhibitions, museums, theatres and even pubs that celebrate this heritage, it comes as no surprise that literary tourism is becoming an increasingly popular draw here. This commitment was recognised in 2010 when Dublin became the fourth UNESCO City of Literature joining the ranks of other prestigious literary hubs including Edinburgh and Melbourne. One initiative that surely facilitated this lauded status is the One City, One Book project, which began in 2006. Instigated by Dublin City Council and Dublin City Public Libraries, it encourages people to collectively explore and engage with a book connected with the city in April of every year. In previous years the city has celebrated the works of contemporary and historic writers including Oscar Wilde, Flann O’Brien, Sebastian Barry, Bram Stoker, Jonathan Swift and James Joyce. James Plunkett’s Strumpet City is this year’s choice to revel in. Published in 1969, this historical novel gives a depiction of life in the city during the 1913 Dublin Lock-out and is veiled in Plunkett’s deep social conscience throughout. A long serving member of The Worker’s Union of Ireland, the Sandymount native served under Big Jim Larkin, a key figure in the Irish trade union movement and co-founder of the Labour Party, and whose ideology features strongly. The Irish national broadcaster, RTÉ, adapted the novel for television in 1980 with the late David Kelly’s wonderful performance as the amusing but profoundly vulnerable Rashers Tierney achieving critical acclaim.


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Monday 2nd – Thursday at, sweeping Irish 30th April (Mon-Thurs) century.

Venue: Dublin City Library & Archive, 138-144 Pearse Street. 10am-8pm. Fri & Sat: 10am5pm. Admission free Contact: cityarchives@dublincity. ie Telephone: +353 1 6744999

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Infernos of Degradation’: Life in the Dublin Slums With Dr. Enda Leaney, Dublin City Public Libraries

Front cover images: Reproduced by permission of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland © (street scene); Courtesy of Dublin City Public Libraries (children).

Monday 8th April 2:30pm Venue: Ballymun Library, Ballymun Road. Admission free. Available as an ebook Booking essential. Contact: ballymunlibrary@dublincity.ie Tel: 01 8421890 Lockout A new play from writer Ann Matthews. Hear the story of working class wives and mothers of Dublin during the Lockout. Monday 15th April until Saturday 20th April 7.30pm Venue: The New Theatre, 43 East Essex Street, Contact: Email: info@thenewtheatre.com, 01 670 3361

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Thursday 18th April 6pm (other dates available) Venue: The Church Café & Bar, junction of Mary Street & Jervis Street.Admission free.  Booking not necessary Contact: reservations@thechurch. ie Telephone: (+353) 01 828 0102

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Wednesday 24th April 6:30pm Venue: National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street. Admission free. Booking not necessary Contact: info@nli.ie Telephone: +353 (0)1 603 0213 An Evening with Rashers Tierney Readings and songs from James Plunkett’s  “Strumpet City”.  The classic novel of Dublin city life in the early 1900’s through the words of the irrepressible Rashers Tierney. Thursday 25th April 6:30pm Venue: Waterways Ireland Visitors Centre, Grand Canal Quay. Admission free. Booking advisable. Email: Visitorcentre@waterwaysireland.org Tel: 01 6777510

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where to shop

Brown Thomas A landmark on Grafton Street with its highly creative window displays, Brown Thomas is home to an unparalleled range of designer brands – in menswear, womenswear, accessories, beauty and homewares. The luxury retailer located at the heart of the capital’s premier shopping district hosts a range of international and indigenous brands within its opulent surroundings, guaranteed to satisfy your inner fashionista. Have a wander round The Luxury Hall for that special gift or enjoy a coffee and relax in the comfort of Domini and Peaches Kemp at The Restaurant. 88-95 Grafton Street, Dublin 2, Ireland t. +353 (0)1 605 6666 www.brownthomas.com

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Djinn Contemporary Irish Jewellery

Rhinestones

Project 51

Designer/maker, Simon Phelan has spent 15 years working and training in India with metalsmiths, gem designers and enamalists, and his work can be seen exclusively at his studio on Wexford Street in Dublin (near Sy Stephen’s Green), alongside hand picked collections by other innovative jewellers. You’ll find some of Dublin’s finest blue and black star Sapphires, assorted fine gems and goldwork together with primitive and ethnic pieces. And for the perfect gift, Djinn is famous among all of Dublin’s social circles for their one-off commissions.

Rhinestones is a jewellery and antiques store with a unique collection of all things sparkling and wonderful, with a special penchant for early 20th century styles such as Art Deco and Victorian-era pieces. They also stock a range of imported American jewellery. Rhinestones is a treasure trove for jewellery fans. Open 9am – 6.30pm and until 9pm on Thursdays.

Although offering the facade of a boutique, Project 51 is, above anything else, a creative space for Irish designers. Upstairs is a designing loft, where you might find an upcoming Irish designer sketching away at their latest work. In the main shop, the stunning bespoke pieces are suspended from the ceiling with wire, giving the store an industrial yet modern feel. Project 51 concentrates solely on Irish fashion, with store assistants who know their stuff. Prices range on the more expensive end of the scale, but if you are shopping for a special occasion then this is the place to go.

15a Wexford Street, Dublin 2 t: 01-4759919

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Mackintosh Rainwear Ltd. Mackintosh Rainwear, owned and run by designer Francis Campelli have been in the rainwear business for nearly 30 years, producing and selling high-quality garments right here in Dublin. Their shop on South William St offers a variety of classic jackets and rainwear that are never out of fashion and will never leave you wet. 46 South William Street, Dublin 2 t: 01 6088608 www.franciscampelli.com

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Debbie Paul Studio + Gallery

Cocoa Atelier

Debbie Paul, which doubles as a studio and gallery, opened in 2008. The space promotes contemporary conceptdriven objects and provides insight into the thought and art practice behind them - here contemporary jewelry is the artist’s practice. In the same way as a painter expresses themselves through their brush strokes, Debbie Paul expresses herself through manipulation of metals. When first engaging with Paul’s work, it is clear that the artist has a recusant attitude to common jewelry manufacture and an individual take on jewelry as a whole. Debbie Paul Studio + Gallery is open Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 12-6 pm and Thursday 12-8pm, or at other times by appointment. 1 Cow’s Lane, Old City, Dublin 8 01 6751814 debbie@debbiepaul.com, www.debbiepaul.com

Stepping into Drury Street’s Cocoa Atelier is like slipping into a melted chocolate dream. One in which brightly coloured and indulgently delicious macaroons embrace, and hot chocolate pastes drench the senses. Whether it’s yourself or another on the receiving end of the spoiling, there’s no better way than Cocoa Atelier!

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Susan Hunter Susan Hunter Lingerie is a small shop with a big welcome. Offering a full fitting Bra service, sizes 30” to 42”, A to I cup. Susan Hunter Lingerie is old fashioned in a 21st century way offering personal service with personal care. Some of the high quality labels carried include La Perla, Aubade, La Maison Lejaby, Prima Donna, Marie Jo, Hanro, Celestine and Rapture (an Irish designer specialising in pure silk). 13 Westbury Mall, (beside the Westbury Hotel), just off Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Tel/Fax 679 1271. susanhunterlingerie@gmail.com www.susanhunter.ie

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where to shop

Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre At the foot of Grafton Street lies the Stephen’s Green Shopping Centre, one of the most popular shopping centres in the city centre that is also handily serviced by both the Luas green line and a huge variety of buses to the city centre. The centre was developed from the old Dandelion Market in the mid 80s into the familiar façade we know today, along with a host of independent Irish shops and eateries. A perfect meeting spot for a day rambling in the city centre. St. Stephen’s Green West, Dublin 2 T: 01-4780888

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Celtic Whiskey Shop

Pen Corner

Kilkenny Design

Think you know your scotch from your sour mash from your single grain? The Celtic Whiskey shop has a practically complete selection of whiskey brands from Ireland, Scotland and all around the world. Nestled in the heart of the city, the Celtic Whiskey Shop is a connoiseur’s paradise and indeed has become a mecca for whiskey lovers in Ireland and for visitors looking to take a slice of Ireland away with them. The staff have an encyclopaedic knowledge of whiskey and visitors will be invited to taste different whiskeys each day. The shop also provides a bumper selection of international spirits and liquers, and the sister shop next door specializes in wine.

Still stocking Dublin with the most sumptuous stationery in town, the Pen Corner’s continued existence after so many years and so many changes is a victory for romance. The Pen Corner is not only the city’s premier stockist of pens, paper, ink quills, etc but is very much a slice of older Dublin that warrants a visit (or five!).

The medieval city of Kilkenny is renowned worldwide for its heritage in the crafts industry. Over the last fifty years the family-owned Kilkenny Group currently lead by sisters Marian O'Gorman and Bernadette Kelleher Nolan, has championed Irish design and excellence throughout its ten outlets nationwide showcasing the best of Irish talent. Kilkenny stocks a range of pottery, jewellery, silverware, crystal, homewares and cosmetics that will appeal to the discerning customer searching for both originality and quality – the perfect place to pick up a memorable gift for any occasion.

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Early Doors Dining 6.00-7.30pm 2 course 19.50 - 3 course 24.50 All dishes marked with * are included in the Early Doors Dining Menu Supplements may apply.

To Start *Jerusalem artichoke cream soup with quince jelly and crisp shallots 6 (v)

The Mains

Sides

Pan roasted venison, spiced red cabbage, buttered spaetzle with speck, fig and juniper jus 24

All side dishes are 3.50

*Marinated grilled chicken, Morteau sausage, cepe mushroom and Tuscan bean stew 21

Westin Greek salad with kalamata olives

*Baked fillet of halibut, potato puree, creamed leeks and baby spinach, clam vinaigrette 25 (early doors 3.00 supp)

Rocket, peashoot, oven dried tomato salad, ranch or balsamic dressing

Oysters Rockefeller, sautéed spinach, bacon, hollandaise or natural with lemon 9

*Risotto of porcini mushrooms with tarragon, truffle and aged parmesan cheese 16 (v)

Buttered baby potato and parsley crush

Warm confit duck salad with cranberries, toasted pecans, tarragon and mandarin vinaigrette 9

Tart of caramelised shallot confit, poached pear, mission fig and goat’s cheese 14.50 (v)

Green beans with smoked bacon and shallot butter

Homemade potato gnocchi with ricotta, thyme and roasted squash 14.50 (v)

Chunky chips - with truffle parmesan aioli 1.00 supp

*Crisp pork belly with caramelised apples, celeriac and cider butter 9 *Pan roasted king scallops, crisp pancetta, chive potato puree, clam and tomato velouté 12 (early doors 2.00 supp) *Marinated beetroot salad, Boilie goat’s cheese fritter, sherry tomato vinaigrette 8.50 (v)

*Carlingford lough crab cakes, shaved fennel and orange salad, homemade tartar sauce 12 (early doors 2.00 supp) Bacon and cabbage soup, grain mustard cream 6 Seafood plate, crab roll, buttered prawns, oak smoked salmon, oysters 10.50 Carpaccio of Irish beef fillet, fried capers, lemon aioli 11

Basmati rice pilaff with toasted pine nuts, spinach and garlic Scallion mashed potato

Fish Menu Three delicious Catch of the Day, landed this morning and fresh to your plate with your choice of sides (market price)

To Finish White chocolate fondant with homemade mocha ice cream 6.50 *Banana and toffee parfait, buttered pecan ice cream 6.50

SHARING PLATES

*Poached pears with crushed amaretto biscuits and mascarpone cream 6.50

Prime cuts of Irish Beef, dry aged and sealed in our homemade signature rub for exceptional flavour

Seafood plate, crab roll, buttered prawns, oak smoked salmon, oysters 17.50

*Coconut macaroon mousse, lemongrass and lime sorbet 6.50

Oysters Rockefeller sautéed spinach, bacon, hollandaise or natural with lemon 16

Warm apple strudel, chestnut honey ice cream, vanilla custard (allow 12 minutes) 6.50

Fillet of beef 8 oz 27

Spicy Merguez sausage and Dublin Bay prawns, with smoked cocktail sauce, parmesan aioli and toasted sourdough 16

FROM THE GRILL

*Lemon curd tart with Italian meringue, raspberry puree 6.50

Irish artisan cheese plate, Exchange chutney 9 Please note that some of our cheeses are unpasteurised

*Rib eye 10 oz 25 (early doors 3.00 supp) *Sirloin 10 oz 26 (early doors 3.00 supp) Veal cutlet 10 oz 27 Served with grilled vine tomatoes, crispy onions and chunky chips Choice of green peppercorn and brandy cream, prawn butter, béarnaise sauce, bordelaise, or lemon caper butter

W.O.W ‘It’s on your house’

Sip - Savour - Socialize

Wine on Wednesdays. We do the cooking, you bring the wine, no corkage will apply. Excludes beer and soft drinks.

Creative classic and signature cocktails, with an Exchange twist!

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where to shop

Powerscourt Centre Situated in an elegant Georgian townhouse just yards from Grafton Street, the Powerscourt Centre offers a very different type of environment for shoppers, given it’s resplendent neo-classical style and old world feel. Inside there are fashion boutiques such as All Saints, 2nd Skin and Covet while the Pygmalion Café and the Lost Society offer shoppers a chance to take the load of their feet and relax over a coffee or glass of wine. Open 10-6 during the week and until 8 on Thursdays. 59 South William Street, Dublin 2 t: 01-6794144

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Greene’s Jewellers In 1908 Greene’s Jewellers opened on Aungier St and the business is now in the hands of a third generation of the Green family. In 1971 decided to create their own workshop where they started designing and manufacturing their own collections in store. Today they continue to design and make all their own jewellery. In July they transformed their shop, opening up their workshop, so that now when you visit you can see where the magic happens. Their focus still remains providing top quality jewellery at great prices, all manufactured in-house. 9 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 t: .01-4758008/ 01-4751973

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Contemporary Indonesian Restaurant in the heart of Temple Bar. Early Bird menu €16.95 available all night Tue-Thur.

Bagots Hutton Wine Emporium Serving Fine Wine, Tea & Coffee Since 1829 BH Café Wine Bar, home to Dublin’s oldest wine cellar, is located on Dublin’s funky South William Street. This relaxed and cool wine emporium houses 30+ old world wines, all by the glass or bottle. Enjoy lunch in the spacious café area, check out the cellars or relax in the classically fitted wine lounge. The food menu is fresh & fun, and there are cellar tours each day. phone: +353 1 534 3956 mail: info@bagotshutton.ie tweet: @bagotshutton

01 671 0362 www.chameleonrestaurant.com 1 Lower Fownes St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

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where to eat

The Rathmines Inn

Avoca

The Winding Stair

The Rathmines Inn is a relative new-comer on the Dublin Gastropub scene, set on the Lower Rathmines Road, a stone throw from the Grand Canal. What you’ll find is a bright, clean and spacious pub which is the epitome of comfort - lots of classic, dark-wood and leather fittings, paired with some nice quiet corners. The food is exemplary, wholesome and well prepared, and there is a passionately developed range of craft and world beers, which are available in taster sets. Tied in with the friendly and educated staff, The Rathmines Inn is a serious new destination in Dublin.

Having produced numerous cookbooks in response to consistent requests for recipes, Avoca’s cafés and food halls have gone from strength to strength. Attention to detail and care is evident in the preparation of everything including freshly-made Avoca salads, soups, gourmet sandwiches and tarts which are all to be savoured in a relaxed and homely atmosphere. Avoca has a reputation for only using the best of natural ingredients, many of which they themselves grow. The food hall is a treasure trove of delicious and quirky produce which also offers delicious food to go.

The Winding Stair is characterised by its timeless charm and lack of pretension. A favourite among artists and writers, the focus here is always on produce of the highest calibre. Artisanal operators utilising traditional practices and techniques have found a friend in this Dublin eatery as it aims to promote indigenous wares from throughout the country. The ethos is simple focusing on home-cooked and old fashioned honest to goodness food with a carefully curated wine and craft beer list. The independent book store attached is worth a visit to source unusual and lesser known titles.

82 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. 01 412 5031 info@therathminesinn.ie facebook.com/therathminesinn www.therathminesinn.ie

11-13 Suffolk St

40 Lower Ormond Quay

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Bay Clontarf

Chez Max

Kinara Kitchen specialises in Pakistani and Eastern cuisine. They are recent winners of Best Ethnic Restaurant 2012 National Hospitality Awards, offering great value lunch with ethnic naan wraps and thali style meals. Kinara is open 7 days a week from 12-11pm and offers an early bird deal from Monday to Thursday 4-8pm of €19.95 for a three course dinner. Also, their award-winning bar manager Paul Lambert will introduce you to a varied and cool selection of drinks and cocktails!

Bay believe that healthy lifestyle anchors wellbeing, boosts energy & vitality. Their philosophy is to create seasonal, daily delivered fresh & affordable cuisine. Their menu design is intended to offer an experience so you can have a healthy guide that caters for all dietary needs & conscious eating, while still maintaining full flavored dishes. There are discounts of 20% available when you use Voucher Cloud, free to download on iPhone and Android.

Feel the spirit of France here in Dublin! Chez Max on Palace St (at the gates of Dublin castle) is very much a traditional French café, particularly well-known for its charming back garden. Expect frogs legs and boeuf bourguignon and a wait staff speaking fluent French. The sister restaurant on Baggot St is renowned for its outside seating, smart garden at restaurant level and sizable terrace on the upper level. In tune with the ‘everything French’ philosophy, the Epicerie serves freshly-baked filled baguettes, pastries and lunchtime salads.

17 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 @kinarakitchen t: 01-4060066 kinarakitchen.ie

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367/368 Clontarf Road, Dublin 3 t: 01-8532406. www.bay.ie

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Isabel’s Restaurant & Wine Bar After months of work, Isabel’s finally opened it’s doors in January 2012. The aim in Isabel’s is to provide the very highest standards in both their food and wine offerings in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Using locally sourced ingredients, the menu changes regularly to keep their special’s just that. Their range of meals cater for those who wish to graze on light bites to those who want a full meal, while the extensive selection of wines from around the world caters for every budget.

1 Palace Street, D2 & 133 Lwr. Baggot St., D2 www.chezmax.ie @ChezMaxDublin 01-6337215 // 01-6618899

112 Baggot Street Lower, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 t: 01-6619000 www.isabels.ie @IsabelsDublin

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Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud

Shanahan’s on the Green

Chapter One

Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud began its dedication to the pursuit of excellence in 1981 and brings two highly coveted Michelin Stars to the city with its contemporary Irish cuisine and classical roots. French decorum and Irish charm are balanced to facilitate this faultless culinary awakening. Experience the height of fine dining with immaculately presented dishes as you luxuriate in the surroundings of the restaurant with views overlooking the Merrion Hotel’s delightful gardens. The impeccable service guarantees an unforgettable sense of occasion to savour.

Situated in the splendour of a historic Georgian building over 250 years old, Shanahan’s is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant that fuses Irish and American culture. Succulent steaks of Angus Beef are served alongside the celebrated bounty of the North Atlantic in a relaxed and attentive atmosphere. Hearty sides including creamed sweet corn and sautéed wild mushrooms provide the perfect accompaniment to the prime cuts on offer. The Oval Office Bar provides an ideal setting to enjoy a tipple whilst investigating the impressive collection of memorabilia on display including John F. Kennedy’s rocking chair.

Chapter One is a beacon of modern Irish cooking and hospitality located in the basement of the Dublin Writers Museum. Within these elegant surroundings, head chef and proprietor Ross Lewis has maintained Michelin Star status since 2007, a testament to his consistent standards of excellence in the culinary sphere. Taking artisanal Irish produce and refining these with a signature French technique, this highly accomplished gastronomy was served to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her recent state visit in Dublin Castle. Menus are varied including pre-theatre and tasting options.

21 Upper Merrion Street

119 St. Stephen’s Green

18-19 Parnell Square

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Kafka Kafka offers affordable, wholesome, and well-made brasserie fare at a reassuringly reasonable cost. The sparse, minimal décor goes hand in hand with the delicious diner-style food; free of pretence and fuss. A varied but not overstretched menu touches enough bases to cover most tastes offering up anything from bangers and mash to porcini mushroom risotto. While their prices are easy on the pocket, Kafka cuts no corners with quality of their food. 236 Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin 6 01-4977057

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Rendezvous Room @ Skylon Hotel

Acapulco

Odessa

The Rendezvous Room Restaurant is open for both breakfast and dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal in the relaxing surroundings, with both A La Carte and Table d’Hote Menus available. The Skylon also boasts a superb selection of wines. Enjoy a drink or a meal in the Cosmopolitan Bar, newly decorated in traditional Irish style. This is the ideal meeting point for any occasion and is a favourite with locals and visitors alike.

Acapulco is an authentic and colourful Mexican restaurant situated on Georges Street. With an invigorating atmosphere and friendly staff, the memorable dining experience offers something out of the ordinary. Not only do they offer authentic Mexican cuisine, they also offer a wide range of desserts, including their deep fried ice cream, and drinks, including their famous margaritas. Open 7 days a week, Acapulco welcomes patrons for lunch or dinner specials.

Odessa is Dublin’s original dining lounge, a mesh of style and substance. Thanks to its newly-popular Fivers menu, its defining quality has become offering affordable sophistication. The restaurant offers a mouth-watering menu renowned for its tapas-style offerings and an unparalleled cocktail menu, all in a chilled-out atmosphere.

Upper Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 01-8084418 www.dublinskylonhotel.com

7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 01-6771085 www.acapulco.ie

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where to eat

Coppinger Row

Dax

Leo Burdocks

Coppinger Row, named after the lane off South William Street where the restaurant is located is in the heart of the city centre’s shopping district and is known for it’s Mediterranean cuisine, it’s relaxed, funky chic and also it’s cocktails. The menu relies on simple values of quality taste and seasonal change to keep the dishes fresh and appropriate. Between the food and ambience, Coppinger Row is an ideal spot in which to start a night out in the city centre.

Ideally located in the heart of Dublin City, Dax is an award-winning restaurant that is now one of Ireland’s premier food destinations. Lunch is served from 12.30pm to 2.15pm. At Dax they understand that many of you are under time constraints, so they guarantee fast service without compromising the quality of the food. Dinner is served from 6pm to 10.30pm. They offer Pre-Theatre and A La Carte Menus and guarantee to use only the freshest of seasonal produce, ensuring a healthy fine dining experience.

If you like some history with your chips, Leo Burdocks has as much backstory as it does salt and vinegar. Its Werburgh St. branch has been chopping potatoes for almost a hundred years now, and the chips are only getting better. Pay a visit, and ask about their celebrity fans.

Coppinger Row, South William Street, Dublin 2 01-6729884 www.coppingerrow.com

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Seagrass

Rigby’s

Boulevard Café

The Port House Pintxo

Seagrass has a simple philosophy: to offer great food and service at affordable prices. A passionate and progressive restaurant in what they do and also offer a genuine and friendly atmosphere while sourcing the best local and international produce available. Now offering an early evening menu until 10pm from Sunday to Thursday and 5pm-7pm Friday and Saturday at €21 for 3 courses and also a group menu for 2 courses (€30) or 3 courses (€35) – both BYOW with no corkage fee charged.

Rigby’s on Leeson Street serves freshly baked pies and seriously sizeable sambos at lunchtime, boasting the “best chicken sandwich in Dublin.” In the evening time, Rigby’s operates with an idiosyncratic no-menu policy, where diners have a choice of two starters, mains and deserts conjured on the day by the irrepressible head chef James.

A stalwart of the Dublin restaurant scene since 1996, Boulevard has been offering quality Mediterranean fare in beautiful, warm, vibrant setting. Boulevard is open 7 days a week and has the reputation of having one of the best Early Birds in town served, which is served from 5pm to 7pm Sunday to Thursday. Above all, a really fun setting at weekends for that special celebration with friends or family.

The Port House Pintxo in Temple Bar serves an array of authentic Spanish Tapas and Pintxos plus a wide and varied selection of wines from Spain, Portugal and the Basque Region. With an impressive garden terrace overlooking Meeting House Square the soft candle light creates a romantic and relaxed atmosphere. Does not take bookings.

30 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2 01-4789595 www.seagrassdublin.com // @seagrassdublin

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12 Eustace Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 t: 01-6728950 www.porthouse.ie/pintxos

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Welcome to bay’s Healthy Eating Menu STARTERS Soup of the Moment

on bay’s Fennel Seed Brown, Coeliac or White Bread

47 kcal / 67 Kcal

half €4.00 full €6.00

Chermoula Tiger Prawns

Mixed Roasted Peppers, Lemon Couscous in our Spicy Chermoula Sauce

194 Kcal / 343 Kcal

half €7.95 full €14.95

Howth Chowder

on bay’s Fennel Seed Brown, Coeliac or White Bread

391 Kcal / 681 Kcal

half €6.00 full €8.00

Wild Mushroom Bruchette

Pistachio & Orange Chicken Liver Pate

Calamari

with Lime & Sweet Chilli Dipping Sauce

With Cranberry Sauce & Green Leaves on bay’s Fennel Seed Brown, Coeliac or White Bread

half €7.95 full €12.95

391 Kcal / 681 Kcal

401 Kcal / 555 Kcal

half €7.95 full €14.95

Sticky Chicken Wings

with Shaved Parmesan on bay’s Fennel Seed Brown, Coeliac or White Bread

€7.95

265 Kcal

with Tangy Barbeque Sauce & Blue Cheese Dip

bay’s March Specials 418 Kcal / 722 Kcal

2 Courses €19.95/3 Courses €22.95/Mon-Wed 4 till Close/Thur-Sat 4pm-7pm

half €7.95 full €14.95

SALADS Oven Baked Goats Cheese

Warm Chicken Classic Caesar

with Carmelised Walnuts, baked with Shaved Parmesan, Bacon, Beetroot, Rocket Salad & Dry Boiled Egg & Garlic Crostini Aged Balsamic Dressing with bay’s Fennel Seed Brown, Coeliac or White Bread

344 Kcal / 569 Kcal

half €8.95 full €13.95

507 Kcal / 907 Kcal

half €8.95 full €13.95

Starters

Honey Sesame Chicken

Honey Sesame Fillet Beef Salad

with Pumpkin seeds, mint, roasted Hazelnuts,Red Onion & Local Mixed Green Shoots

382 kcal/751 kcal

with Pumpkin seeds, Mint, roasted Hazelnuts, Red Onion & Local Mixed Green Shoots

half €8.95 full €13.95

444 kcal/681kcal

half €8.95 full €13.95

Thinnly sliced Beef Fillet & Liver Pate on Puff Pastry & Wild Mushroom Stew 481 kcal

Ricotta Bruchetta

With Roasted Red Peppers & Basil & Rocket Salad with bay’s Fennel Seed Brown, Coeliac or White Bread 380 kcal

Soup of the Moment

with bay’s Fennel Seed Brown, Coeliac or White Bread

Mains

Braised Short Beef Ribs

941 kcal

Savoury Baked Cheese Cake

with Spiced Chutney, Sauteed Baby Spinach, Semi Sun Dried Tomatos & Green Beans

MEAT

584 kcal

Cajun Marinated Chicken Fillet

Brandy Black Pepper Raisin Pouring Brandy Black Pepper Raisin Pouring &with Cowboy Rub Brandy Black Nutrition Exercise Specialists Sauce Sauce Pepper Raisin Pouring Sauce

€7.95

€4.00

€15.95

with Onion Gravy, Green Beans & Champ Mash Potato

All food at bay is cooked daily fresh for you

Hereford Irish Fillet Hereford Irish Sirloin Steak 8oz Steak 6oz This menu is endorsed by healthpro:

€7.95

47 kcal

Mohamed Foued Belabbas Head Chef at bay

Hereford Irish Fillet Steak 6oz

Beef Wellington

Hereford Irish Sirloin Steak 10oz Cowboy Rub Brandy Black Pepper Raisin Pouring Sauce

with Balsamic Caramelised Onions, Roasted Baby Potatos & Brandy Peppercorn Sauce 555 kcal

Honey Melon Wrapped Cocktail Tiger Prawns

€15.95

€15.95

€15.95

with Guacamole, Lamb Leaf Salad & Saffron Yoghurt 223 kcal

310 Kcal

€22.95

498 Kcal

€25.95

310 Kcal

€16.95

468 Kcal

€22.95

FISH Fish & Chips

Dill Battered Fillet with Red Pepper Tartar, Chips* & Baby Leaf Salad

Baked Hake Fillet with Sauteed Baby Spinach, Green Beans & Semi Sun Dried Tomatoes

€15.95

bay’s House Salad

Baby Leaves, Mung Beans & Alfalfa, Drizzled in bay’s Strawberry Dressing 20 Kcal

Herb Mash

€3.50

With crushed Peas, Mint, Micro Tomato Salsa & Creamy Potato Gratin

Fraiche

Add your Side

Please Choose Chips*: Regular or Coeliac

707 Kcal

Tiger Prawn Skewers Pan Fried Basil Crusted Seabass Fillet with Spicy Harrissa Creme

271 Kcal

€15.95

Rocket, Cherry Tomato, Pine Nut & Parmesan Salad

292 Kcal

€13.95

€18.95

Dry aged Balsamic Dressing

Mixed Roasted Peppers & Lemon Couscous

€3.50 87 Kcal €3.50 94 Kcal €3.50 Creamy Potato Gratin Chips (Regular) Chips (Coeliac)

203 Kcal

€21.95

455 kcal

 This menu is endorsed by healthpro: Nutrition  & Exercise Specialists   

Service Charge 10% on 6 or more people

Stir Fry Mixed Vegetables

129 Kcal

273 Kcal €3.50 €3.50 143 Kcal €3.50 227 Kcal Baby Spinach, Green Sauteed Mushrooms Sauteed Onions Beans & Semi Sun Dried Tomatoes

€3.50

Pan Fried Venison Steak

With Tiger Prawns, Sweet Potato Rosti & Cranbery & Raspberry Chutney

SIDES

Layered Creamy Potato with Onion & Nutmeg

Infused with Rosemary

317 Kcal

433 Kcal

Chef’s Special Supplement €8.00

€3.50

€3.50

227 Kcal

€3.50

Homemade Breads to Take Home €3.50 / Loaf

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This menu is endorsed by healthpro: Nutrition & Exercise Specialists


where to eat

Pasta Fresca

ely bar & brasserie, IFSC

777

New restaurants come and go, but Pasta Fresca has remained more than a neighbourhood favourite for 27 years. Just off Grafton Street, directly behind the Gaiety - an ideal spot for a speedy or leisurely lunch, pre- or posttheatre supper, dinner with friends or lazy Sunday dining. Real, delicious Italian food (with fresh pasta a speciality) can be enjoyed in a disarmingly sophisticated environment, where professionals and families dine without fuss and budgets can be kept with ease. A reputation for genuine hospitality with a commitment to superior service has earned Pasta Fresca its position as Dublin’s leading Italian restaurant and with the addition of their new Prosecco and Cocktail Bar, word is spreading amongst those in the know that this is the new spot for a fashionable cocktail.

A stunning destination for lovers of food, wine and beer. In a 200 year old tobacco and wine warehouse, ely bar & brasserie offers everything from a relaxed family dinner, pre-theatre menus, private dining rooms and after work drinks. The classic bar and brasserie menu reflects the best of seasonal Irish produce – organic where possible, with all meats sourced through the family farm in The Burren, Co Clare.

Run by the same folks who operate two of Ranelaghs favourite foodie haunts, Dillingers and Butcher’s Grill, 777 is a new skinny jeans wearing kid of the scene, thriving on Ireland’s new found love of Mexican food. That said, this is no simple burrito bar (not that we turn our nose up a good burrito) but boasts a menu that runs the full gamut of Central American treats from spicy guava pork to dulce de leche bread and butter pudding.

IFSC, Dublin 1 01 672 0010 www.elywinebar.com

7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2 01-4254052 www.777.ie

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Bloom Brasserie

Darwins

Bang Restaurant

A new venture by one of Ireland’s best known and most successful chefs, Dylan McGrath - Fade St Social has 3 carnations under one roof. The Restaurant is comfortable and bright – open for lunch and dinner each night. The food is based around the ethos of home-grown and super fresh produce. The Gastro Bar takes a less formal approach. There is a tapas menu available and an extensive wine and cocktail list. The last part of Fade St Social is the Bar & Wintergarden. Here you will find a relaxed atmosphere, and extensive list of world beers, ciders and ales. Cocktails and wine are also available. This is an exciting addition for socialisers in the city, and only 2 minutes from Grafton St.

Bloom Brasserie is a restaurant with lofty ambitions. Well versed in the traditions of French cuisine, Bloom’s offers up accessible cuisine that accentuates their quality local ingredients. Head chef Pól Ó hÉannraich has lovingly assembled a menu that sees Angus Beef carpaccio alongside Caramelised King Scallops, and Roast Seabass. All dishes are freshly prepared and cooked to perfection.

Winning the Best Steak In Dublin Award is no mean feat - Darwins in-house butchers guarantee the high quality and freshness of its meat, the backbone of its reputation as one of Dublin’s best restaurants. On top of an also exemplary seafood menu, there is variety for vegetarians in Darwins intimate Aungier Street premises.

Newly refurbished, Bang restaurant is stylish and relaxed with a great city centre buzz. Passionate about food, menus are changed regularly and always reflect what is freshest and seasonal. There’s lots of choice available at Bang – from the good value pre-theatre menu to Taste of Bang, a popular seven course, tasting menu and Afternoon Tea at Bang. With a fabulous private room that seats up to 40 guests, it remains one of the city’s favourite Private Dining venues. Open 7 days a week.

Fade Street, Dublin 2 01 604 0066 info@fadestreetsocial.com

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80 Aungier Street, Dublin 2 01-4757511 www.darwins.ie

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DINGLE - MY KINGDOM FOR A DONKEY Words // John Carey Photos // Nichola Thomas

It takes four and a half hours of driving from Dublin, but well worth every minute as the scenery is spectacular. The first thing that spreads across the horizon is the sheer gargantuan of beauty that is the Magillacuddy Reeks, a mountain range that stretches into the Kerry terrain like a swan stretching out its wings upon a sleepy landscape. Every bend in the road heralds a new breathtaking scene change. We arrive in Dingle about tea time and promptly proceed to our lodgings, the popular Dingle Skellig Hotel on the edge of town and only a five minute walk to the Harbour. The view from the spacious room out on to the bay is nothing short of spectacular. After a nice relaxing jacuzzi in the leisure centre we put on our glad rags and head for the dining room. Dinner in hotels at the best of times is not quite up to scratch in my opinion but we are pleasantly surprised by the quality fare. In Dingle there is a bar every ten yards you walk in any direction and they are no ordinary bars as they double up as grocery stores so you can go do your food shopping and have a pint at the same time. After a nice leisurely stroll we happen upon Dick Macks pub, a quaint little watering hole with pictures of Charles Haughey on the wall and old fiddles hanging from the old wood book cases. There is a guy on a tin whistle and another with an accordian belting out old gaelic tunes while in the corner

there are a group of Americans munching on pizza from one of the local take aways and quaffing down creamy pints. The next day we head for the Slea Head Drive a ring road beginning and ending in Dingle. Taking the R559 south we arrive at Ventry harbour, a beautiful horse shoe enclave with fantastic views and a long stretch of sandy beach very popular with windsurfers. Moving on from there we head west past Dunbeg Fort,with a steep cliff on one side and the roaring Atlantic on the other. We arrive at Slea Head peninsula which is marked by a stone crucifix and beautiful views of the Blasket Islands. We drive northwards passing Coumenoole Strand where part of the famous David Lean epic Ryans Daughter was filmed. At Dun Chaoin you can get the ferry to the Great Blasket but we decide to continue on to Ballyferriter. After a nice lunch in the Ceann Sibeal Hotel we head east taking in a number of neolitic sites including the early Christian site at Reasc. Dingle is famous for its pottery and when on the Slea Head drive do pop in to Louis Mulcahy Pottery on Clogher Strand where you will find little gems at afforable prices. Another great place along the drive is Ballydavid as it leads out to a cliff top drive with dramatic views and crashing waves with beautiful seabirds hovering below. Turning south we head past the base of Mount Brandon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; the second largest mountain in Ireland. If you are a keen rambler you can find a pil-

grimage route to the mountain summit. We now turn onto the main road back to Dingle and a well earned drink in the town before dinner. Restaurants are aplenty in Dingle and the only place for seafood has to be Out of The Blue at Dingle Harbour. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. On my visit there I had the freshest Grilled Lemon Sole. It was practically jumping off the plate as all fish is caught daily and landed at the harbour just across from the Restaurant. The highlight of this trip for me was undoubtedly the 8th wonder of the world - Conor Pass. The Conor Pass is the highest mountain pass in all of Ireland and is a must visit for anybody visiting the area. Driving up to the pass from Dingle you know you are in the lap of the Gods - you might pass the odd cloud meandering around its many bends in the road. The views on the way up are simply amazing - watch out for a few dozen sheep feeding off the mossy hillsides as they sometimes tend to cross the road. When reaching the pass itself you are greeted with the most spectacular views of the corrie lakes and the glaciated landscapes. On a clear day you can see the Aran Islands off the coast of County Galway. Upon decsending the other side of the pass you are greeted with a road so narrow that you can barely fit one car through and the sheer drop on the left hand side and cliff base on the other makes for a truely awesome adrenalin filled car journey you will never forget.


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museum watch

Jeanie Johnston Museum Jeanie Johnston Museum

The Jewish Museum

Dalkey Castle and Heritage Centre

Jeanie Johnston is docked at Custom House Quay in Dublin’s city centre and is an accurate replica of the original ship which sailed between Tralee in Co. Kerry and North America between 1847 and 1855. The ship is open for visitors with guided tours being conducted daily. A step aboard the Jeanie Johnston is a step towards understanding the daunting experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic seeking survival and hope in the “New World” of North America. Custom House Quay, Dublin 1, 01 4730111, www.jeaniejohnston.ie

The Irish Jewish Museum stands on the site of Dublin’s Walworth Road Synagogue, which was once in the heartland of “Little Jerusalem,” the densely populated Jewish enclave off the South Circular Road. The Museum represents not just cultural, historical and sentimental importance for the Jewish Community and the Irish public, but plays an important educational role by being a window for the wider public into the Jewish life. 3 Walworth Road , South Circular Road, Dublin 8. 085 706 7357, www.jewishireland.org.

Explore the early Church & Graveyard, dedicated to St Begnet, examine the features of the fortified town house/castle: barrel vaulted ceiling, machicolation, murder hole, garderobe, warder’s walk & battlements, experience live theatre or examine Dalkey’s literary connections in the Writers’ Gallery. Castle Street, Dalkey, Co. Dublin 01 2858366, www.dalkeycastle.com

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The National Transport Museum Located in the Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, 60 out of the 100 vehicles currently in Howth are on display, and others can be inspected by prior arrangement. The oldest items date from 1883, the newest 1984, Heritage Depot, Howth Demesne, Howth, Dublin 13. 01 832 0427, www.nationaltransportmuseum.org


The Museum of Vintage Radio The ‘Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy’ Museum of vintage radio, located in the Martello Tower houses a fine collection of exhibits chronicling the history of telecommunications from the 1840s to date. There are many examples of early Morse equipment, gramophones, crystal sets, valve radios and other pieces of equipment. Martello Tower, Howth 086 815 4189

The Dublin Writers Museum At the Writers Museum, Dublin’s literary celebrities from the past three hundred years are brought to life through their books, letters, portraits and personal items. Temporary exhibitions, lunchtime theatre, and a specialist bookshop explore Dublin’s rich literary festival. 18 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 01 872 2077, www.writersmuseum.com

The Little Museum of Dublin

d3 The National Leprechaun Museum Based in the heart of Dublin, the museum is a national cultural entertainment centre that will take you deep into Irish and Celtic culture to discover what really lies behind the well-known tales of Irish cultural icons - leprechauns, rainbows and pots of gold. Jervis Street, Dublin 1, Ireland. 01 873 3899, www.leprechaunmuseum.ie

National Museum of Decorative Arts and History Irish haute couture garments, furniture, silver, jewellery, ceramics, and exhibitions exploring Irish military history, including the 1916 Easter Rising. Benburb Street Dublin 7 01 677 7444, www.museum.ie

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The Little Museum of Dublin

Dublinia: Viking and Medieval Dublin

The Little Museum of Dublin tells the story of Ireland’s capital city in the 20th Century. This new non-profit museum was formally opened by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Andrew Montague, in October 2011. The collection boasts over 400 artefacts, reflecting the generosity of ordinary Dubliners, as well as many cultural institutions and local luminaries. 15 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2 01 661 1000, www.littlemuseum.ie

James Joyce House of The Dead Located in the city centre, this is where Joyce set his famous story, “The Dead”. Director John Huston located his film of the story here. You can take one of the daily tours or rent the house for any event, party, business meeting, wedding, dinner or wake. 15 Usher’s Island, Dublin 8 086 1579546, www.jamesjoycehouse.com

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There are three exhibitions in Dublinia where you will see Dublin city from a new perspective. Come away knowing more about the citizens of Dublin throughout the ages and share in their experiences. These exhibitions based on Dublin allow the visitor to interact with the exhibition itself allowing all ages to engage, learn and share. St. Michael’s Hill, Christchurch, Dublin 8 01 679 4611, www.dublinia.ie

The James Joyce Centre is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the work of James Joyce, perhaps the greatest writer in English literature. With the generous support of the National Library of Ireland, the Joyce Centre is the permanent home to highlights from the Library’s 2004-2006 landmark James Joyce and Ulysses exhibition. 35 North Great George’s Street, Dublin 1 01 878 8547, www.jamesjoyce.ie

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National Museum of Archaeology and History

The Pearse Museum

The archaeological collection is the primary repository of ancient Irish artefacts and an indispensable source for researchers into the development of Irish civilization from prehistoric times until the end of the Middle Ages and beyond. The period covered by the exhibitions extends from the Mesolithic through to the end of the medieval period, and includes internationally known treasures such as the Ardagh Chalice, Tara Brooch and Derrynaflan Hoard.  Kildare St  Dublin 2, Co. Dublin 01 677 7444, www.museum.ie

The House played a central role in the Irish language movement and Pearse was a significant figure within the literary revival. Much of the planning for the 1916 Rising took place within its walls and Pearse left the house on Easter Monday 1916 to lead the Rising. The Museum gives a sense of the wider context in which the turbulent events of the early 20th Century in Ireland unfolded. Heritage Island, 27 Merrion Square, Dublin 2 01 775 3870, www.heritageisland.com

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LIVE MUSIC Wednesday 3rd Apr Soak Little Museum of Dublin €14, 7.30pm Derry airs Thursday 4th Apr Hudson Taylor Whelans €13, 8.00pm Brothers with East End names Friday 5th Apr Gabrielle Aplin The Academy €13, 6.30pm YouTube star Dennis Loccorriere Vicar Street €28, 7.30pm The doctor in Dr Hook Young Wonder Workman’s Club €13, 8.00pm Electro Corkers The Mighty Stef & Wounds Whelans €9.75, 7.30pm City lads Saturday 6th Apr The Fureys and Davey Arthur Vicar Street €30, 7.30pm World champion balladeers Everclear The Academy €23.90, 6.00pm Alternative rock b-list Cian Nugent and the Cosmos Whelans €8, 7.30pm Starring guitarist Brendan Jenkinson Sunday 7th Apr Ellie Goulding Olympia Theatre €33-37, 7.00pm Songstress/chanteuse/etc Tiny Ruins Workman’s Club €8, 8.00pm Fringe folk Monday 8th Apr The Vaccines Olympia Theatre €23-25, 7.30pm Ongoing month-flavour Tuesday 9th Apr Mick Hucknall Olympia Theatre €40, 8.00pm Red hair convention Thursday Apr 11th Magda and Lee Kelly Twisted Pepper €18, 11.00pm Detroit drama Friends of Emmet Sugar Club €10, 8.00pm Irish-American cultural appropriation Friday Apr 12th Pink The O2 €60-70, 8.00pm Yes, Pink Matchbox Twenty Vicar Street €40, 8.00pm Bud Light rock Dada Life The Wright Venue €25, 11.00pm Swedish house yakuza Konono No. 1 Whelans €25, 8.00pm Likembe licks Saturday Apr 13th Virtuosity Ad Absurdum RDS €10-20, 8.00pm

FESTIVALS/COMEDY Chamber orchestra chops Dancing Suns Peppercanister €15, 8.00pm Nina Hynes’s newie Andy Stott Twisted Pepper €14-15, 11.00pm Double dub in Dublin Mark Geary The Grand Social €13, 8.00pm Strum and Coke Grand Pocket Orchestra et al Whelans €5, 8.00pm Popical party Sunday Apr 14th Fun. Olympia Theatre €22.50, 7.30pm Lena Dunham enjoys this Josephine Sugar Club €15, 8.00pm Northerner soul Rachel Zeffira Unitarian Church €16.50, 8.00pm Girl soprano Lower Than Atlantis The Academy €15, 6.30pm Emo’s not dead Tuesday Apr 16th Paul Kelly Unitarian Church €23, 8.00pm Aussie genre tourism Wednesday Apr 17th John Smith Whelans €10, 8.00pm Impeccably bearded strummer Thursday Apr 18th Veronica Falls Whelans €15, 8.00pm Slumberland indie pop Friday Apr 19th Nights Beds Workman’s Club €13, 8.00pm Vocal gymnast Saturday Apr 20th Archive The Village €16.50, 8.00pm Trip hop troubadours The Twilight Sad Workman’s Club €14, 8.00pm Taciturn Scotsmen Little Comets The Academy 2 €12, 7.30pm Jarrow jangle Record Store Day: Overhead, The Albatross Twisted Pepper €8, 7.30pm Well-groomed post-rock Record Store Day: I Am The Cosmos Bernard Shaw €0, 2.00pm Free beats Sunday Apr 21st Il Divo The O2 €49.65, 8.00pm Popera Three Tenors Public Enemy Button Factory €32.50, 7.30pm Elvis was a racist Monday Apr 22nd Michael Shenker Vicar Street €30, 8.30pm I thought we were Ratt?

Tuesday Apr 23rd A Hawk And A Hacksaw Workman’s Club €12, 8.00pm Elephant two Wednesday Apr 24th Matt Cardle Whelans €25, 8.00pm Reality survivor Birds of Chicago Whelans upstairs €13.50, 8.00pm Not motts Thursday Apr 25th Angelika Kirchschlager National Concert Hall €25-€60, 8.00pm Mezzo melodies Thinguma*jigsaw The Joinery €8, 8.30pm Banjo and saw hauntology Friday April 26th Klangkarussell The Grand Social €22.50, 10.00pm Austrian noise Kreator The Academy €27.50, 6.00pm German thrash Rocket From The Crypt Button Factory €25, 8.00pm Tony Hawk’s jams Egyptian Lover and Jamie Jupiter Sugar Club €15, 10.00pm Future sex love sounds Saturday Apr 27th Art Department Button Factory €17-20, 11.00pm Grim house Big Country The Academy €28.50, 7.00pm Scots Celtic rock King Charles Whelans €13, 8.00pm Classically trained indie Donall Dineen et al The Grand Social €10, 5.00pm Spiritual guru at work Monday Apr 29th OneRepublic Olympia Theatre €25.40, 7.30pm Radio stars Michael Rother The Village €23.50, 8.00pm Hello Neu man Wednesday May 1st Saxon The Academy €24, 7.30pm Rockumentary and roll Capucon Trio National Concert Hall €20-40, 8.00pm Hello cello Thursday May 2nd Dexy’s Olympia Theatre €33.90, 8.00pm Come on already, Eileen Hudson Mohawke Twisted Pepper €22.90, 10.00pm Beats with gigantism

Comedy Loose Women Chat show with Hugh Cooney, Jack Olohan, Greg Spring and Joe Burke. Warm up by Enda McNally. Djs Rocky and Lil Dave to follow. All proceeds to Fighting Words. Thursday 18th April Sugar Club, €10, 8.00pm Karl Spain plus guests April 4th – 6th Laughter Lounge, 8.30pm, €26 Richard Herring April 6th The Sugar Club, 8.30pm, €18.50 Billy Connolly April 9th-13th The Gaiety, 8pm, €54.25 (€49.25) April 16th-18th Bórd Gáis Energy Theatre, €54.25 (€45.25) Aidan Bishop plus guests April 11th – 13th Laughter Lounger, 8.30pm, €26 Micky Flanagan April 12th Olympia, 8pm, €30 Milton Jones April 13th Olympia, 8pm, €25 Rob Delaney April 14th Vicar Street, 7.30pm, €23 Addy Van Der Borgh plus guests April 18th – 20th Laughter Lounge, 8.30pm, €26 Fred Cooke – Ready Steady Cooke April 20th Vicar Street, 7.30pm, €23 Chris Kent plus guests April 25th-27th Laughter Lounger, 8.30pm, €26

Festivals Dublin: One City, One Book Citywide An award-winning Dublin City Council initiative which encourages everyone to read a book connected with the capital city during the month of April every year. Strumpet City is this year’s choice and activities include everything from tenement tours to dramatic readings. See www.dublinonecityonebook.ie Mon 1st April – Tues 30th April Offset Bord Gáis Energy Theatre A weekend of presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates live on stage, with the very best of Irish and International designers, animators, illustrators, advertisers, artists, photographers and more. Tickets € 70 - 195 Fri 5th April – Sun 7th April Future Shorts Film Festival Freemason’s Grand Lodge, Molesworth St Future Shorts Festival continues to be the world’s largest and boldest pop-up film festival. This global community of film lovers, explorers and adventurers comes to town with Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner “Fishing Without Nets” set to be a highlight. €10 Thurs 11th April World Record Store Day The Twisted Pepper Celebrating record stores all over the world and the art of vinyl. This is a daylong event, bringing you bands, records and a screening. This year’s choice is the Last Shop Standing based on the book of the same name by Graham Jones. The documentary highlights the glory days of record stores, it’s decline in popularity and the slow comeback globally. €8 Sat 12th April

Dublin Bay Prawn Festival Howth The Prawn festival returns with food stalls and tasting sessions with everything from top quality seafood to freshly sourced produce from local artisans. Other events include cookery demonstrations, winetasting and prawn shelling competitions. See www.fingaldublin.ie Thurs 25th April – Sunday 28th April The Dublin Dance Festival Citywide The Dublin Dance Festival aims to present an inspirational, international dance festival that promotes the best of contemporary choreography, support artists and develop audiences. Highlights include Stravinksy Evening. See www.dublindancefestival.ie Tues 14th May – Sun May 26th Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Citywide The programme is packed with new writing, drama, comedy, music and events celebrating the positive gay identity today and making some amends for those whose history was never fully written. Keep an eye out for the lunch time opera with the Francis Bacon Opera. See www.gaytheatre.ie Monday May 7th – Monday May 20th The Body and Soul Festival Ballinlough Castle, Co.Westmeath Guests can expect a particularly colourful celebration for this June weekend with a selection of some of the most ground breaking artists of the last three decades performing alongside alternative icons, revolutionary game changers and a hybrid of bright new talent. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds feature.  €55-139 Fri 21st June – Sun 23rd June The Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Championship Merrion Square, Dublin 16 of the most talented street artists in the world gather to compete for the title of the Laya Healthcare Street Performance World Champion. Everything from acrobats to jugglers. Free Friday 12th July- Sunday 14th July Design Stories The Culture Box, Dublin Showcasing the work of 9 artists comprising jewellery makers, sculptors, a glass artist, furniture, designers, textile & designers – all of whom are based in and around Dublin. Free Thursday the 4th April - 25rd of April Forbidden Fruit Festival Royal Hospital Kilmainham Stellar line up including Kasabian, Le Galexie, Primal Scream, Chic and Fourtet over four stages on the June Bank Holiday. €54.50-€99.50 Sat 1st June- Sun 2nd June Longitude Marlay Park, Dublin €54.50-149.50 Following rave reviews from their performance at the Tate Modern, Kraftwerk headline this three day festival with support from Vampire Weekend, Foals and Jake Bugg. Fri 19th July- Sun 21st July Fingal Film Festival Odeon Cinema, Blanchardstown An international, eclectic mix of short films, feature films, animations and documentaries in the heart of the suburbs. Wednesday May 8th - Friday May 10th

POKER Poker Tournaments @ The Fitzwilliam Casino & Card Club, Dublin 2

Monday 8:30pm: €75 + €5 Freezeout. Tuesday 8:30pm: €50 + €5 Double Chance. Wednesday 8:30pm: €20 + €5 Hold’em Rebuy. Thursday 8:30pm: €95 + €5 Double Chance. Thursday End of Month €250 + €20 Freezeout. Friday 8:30pm: €70 + €5 Freezeout. Saturday 8:30pm: €120 + €5 Freezeout. 9:00pm: €20 + €5 Freezeout. Sunday Afternoon 5:00pm: €30 + 5 Freezeout. 8:30pm: €50 + €5 Freezeout.


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UPSTAGE All That Fall Project Arts Centre €10, various Thurs 11th April- Sat 12th April An atmospheric, intimate and multilayered installation performance of Beckett’s radio play Body Duet Project Arts Centre €10, 8.30pm Fri 12th April and Sat 13th April Two witty and gifted dancers attempting to create one body using breath to generate Fast Portraits Project Arts Centre €10, 6.30pm Fri 12th April and Sat 13th April Inspired by the observations on a human experience in video artist Bill Viola’s The Passions. Digging For Fire Project Arts Centre €25, 8pm Thurs 18th April- Sat 4th May Seven college friends on the brink of turning 30 get together for a reunion. Text Messages 3 Project Arts Centre €5, 8.15pm Thurs 25th April-Sat 27th April Eight directors tackle 160 lines of a Shakespeare play Broadening Project Arts Centre €14, 8.15pm Tues 30th April-Sat 4th May, Tues 7th May-Sat 11th May Based on the Stanford Prison Experiments of the 1970’s Richard ll The Abbey Theatre €25, 8pm Wed 17th April-Sat 4th May A timely examination of the nature of kingship, power and corruptionHello, Dolly! The Gaiety Theatre €25-40, 7.30pm Wed 17th April- Sat 27th April New York at the turn of the century and the city is abuzz: Conversations on a Homecoming The Gaiety Theatre €25-40, 7.30pm Tues 7th May- Sat 11th May Galway in the 1970s and even the humble small-town pub can be a magnet for dreamers. A Whistle in the Dark The Gaiety Theatre €25-40, 7.30pm Tues 30th April- Sat 4th May Michael has integrated into English society; the same can’t be said of his brothers who are lodging with him Mrs. Warren’s Profession The Gate Theatre €20, 7.30pm Thurs 4th April-Sat 11th May Examination of the complex relationship between mother and daughter The Wool Gatherer The New Theatre €15, 7.30pm Mon 1st April- Sat 13th April Two neurotic people searching for love Lockout The New Theatre €15, 7.30pm Mon 15th April-Sat 20th The 1913 Lockout from the the point of view of the working class wives and mothers of Dublin Bankers The New Theatre €15, 7.30pm Mon 29th April- Sat 11th May Modern take on the financial crisis Footloose

The Pavilion Theatre €15, 7.30pm Wed 10th, Thurs 11th April Life in small-town Bomont is peaceful until City boy, Ren, arrives. Blaze Away! The Incredible Story of Josef Locke The Pavilion Theatre €22, 8pm Sat 13th April Chronicles the scandalous life of the Derry born singing legend  Sylvia The Pavilion Theatre €16, various Thurs 18th April- Sun 21st April The Goode School adaptation of the Greek mythological ballet, Sylvia, Oliver Reed Wild Thing The Pavilion Theatre €18, 8pm Wed 24th April Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering, brilliant evening The Factory Girls The Pavilion Theatre €20, 8pm Wed 1st May-Thurs 2nd May The story of five women facing the threat of redundancy Calendar Girls The Mermaid Arts Centre €16, 8pm Tues 16th April-Sat 20th April Members of a Women’s Institute decide to create an ‘alternative’ calendar Are There More of You? The Mermaid Arts Centre €15, 8pm Fri 26th April A hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking one woman show Break a Leg The Civic Theatre €18, 8pm Wed 10th April-Sat 13th April Based on Peter Sheridan’s memoir and his life in theatre Debbie Allen Dance Display The Civic Theatre €18, various Tues 16th April-Sat 20th Dance performance with the acclaimed school Solpadeine is my Boyfriend The Civic Theatre €16, 8.15pm Wed 17th April-Sat 20th April A new Irish generation who were promised everything Wired to the Moon The Civic Theatre €16, 8.15pm Wed 17th April-Sat 20th April From stories written by Maeve Binchy, adapted for the stage by Jim Culleton Eternal Rising of the Sun The Civic Theatre €18, 8pm Wed 24th April One woman show telling the story of Gina Devine Oliver Reed Wild Thing The Civic Theatre €18, 8pm Thurs 25th April Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering, brilliant evening Cinderella- After the Ball The Civic Theatre €14,8pm Fri 26th April-Sat 27th April Cinderella and Prince Charming return from their honeymoon Tuesdays with Morrie The Civic Theatre €20, 8pm Wed 1st May-Sat 4th May Autobiographical story of Mitch Albom, an accomplished journalist driven by his career

Animal The Civic Theatre €10, 8.15pm Wed 1st May-Sat 4th May Follows a diverse group of teenagers and the challenges they face Waiting For Elvis Ballymun Axis Theatre €12, 8pm Wed 3rd April- Sat 13th April Lisa Marie lives her life sitting on a park bench, happily waiting for The King himself The Hijabi Monologues Ballymun Axis Theatre Free, 2pm and 8pm Thurs 18th April-Sat 20th April The Hijabi Monologues is poignant and heartwarming theatre production by and about Muslim women For Love Ballymun Axis Theatre €15,8pm Wed 24th April-Thurs 25th April A romp through the urban sexual experiences of three women in modern day Dublin Eternal Rising of the Sun Ballymun Axis Theatre €15, 8pm Wed 1st-Thurs 2nd April An inspiring story of salvation and deliverance Wired to the Moon Draíocht €16, 8.15pm Fri 12th April-Sat 13th April From stories written by Maeve Binchy, adapted for the stage by Jim Culleton Big Maggie Draíocht €15, 8.15pm Thurs 18th April A classic from one of Ireland’s best loved playwrights, John B. Keane Man of Valour Draíocht €18, 8pm Fri 19th April- Sun 21st April A breathtaking virtuosic performance by Paul Reid Are There More of You? Draíocht €15, 8.15pm Tues 23rd April A hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking one woman show

Break a Leg Draíocht €17, 8pm Sat 27th April Based on Peter Sheridan’s memoir and his life in theatre Oliver Reed Wild Thing Draíocht €18, 8pm Wed 1st May Rob Crouch brings Reed back to vivid life in this swaggering, brilliant evening The Deal Draíocht €18, 8pm Fri 3rd May –Sat 4th May The Deal is a Black Comedy/Rural Farce based around the lives of the McQurk brothers Dublin Gay Theatre Festival Various Mon 6th May- Sun 19th May Celebrating the contribution of gay people to theatre, past and present

Mon, April 1st Olly Murs After-Party The Dragon, Georges St 10pm, Free DJ Lee on music duties with all your favourite pop tunes and a few oldies Wed, 3rd April Gay Book Club Outhouse, Capel St 8pm, Free Gay-friendly book club Mon, April 15th Crush Girl Club The Grand Social, 35 Lower Liffey St €5 before 12 am, €10 after Ladies night Sat, 20th April Filmqlub New Theatre, Essex St. 2.30pm, €8 Screening of Young Man with a Horm Sat, 27th April Dining Out Club Tea Room Restaurant, The Clarence Hotel, 6-8 Wellington Quay 7pm, €65 Celebrating its 11th birthday with a 4 course meal Mondays All Spirits and Long Necks €4 The George, Georges St Open from 2pm, Free Drink promotions Dolly Does Dragon The Dragon, Georges St 10pm, Free Hot Boys, Hot Tunes and a Luke Warm Drag Queen. Tuesdays Camp Classics The George, Georges St Until 2.30am, Free Playing all the camp classics from 60’s 70’s 80’s and 90’s Tuesday Karaoke The Front Lounge, 33-34 Parliament St 10.30pm, DJ from 9pm, Free Karaoke with Aprils Casting Couch Glitz Sin Nightclub, Templebar 10.30pm, Free With host Regina and DJs Wednesdays BeLonG To Parliament House, 13 Parliament St 7.30pm-9.30pm A social space for LGBT young people aged 18 - 23 Pints and Chats The Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St 8pm, Free Relax and unwind over a drink Thursday ThurstyThursdays The George, Georges St From 9pm, Free Nonstop pop hits from all the great decades past and present Two for One Cocktails. The Front Lounge, 33-34 Parliament St 8pm, Free Drinks promotions Friday Glitterbomb The George, Georges St Free before 10pm, €5 from10-12 With host David ‘D-pole’ War Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane 11pm, €5 until 12am, €10 after DJs and plenty of war paint Front Lounge DJ The Front Lounge, 33-34 Parlia-

ment St 10pm, Free Funktastic disco DJ Steobear The Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St 10pm, Free Eclectic mix of weekend sounds and drinks promotions Saturday Saturgays and Beauty Spot Karaoke The George, Georges St Free before 11pm, €10 after Veda hosts a weekly karaoke contest The Panti Show The Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St 10pm, Free A show involving high drama and low humour Dragged Up The Dragon, 64/65 South Great Georges St 10pm, Free Drinks promotions before 11pm Front Lounge DJ The Front Lounge, 33-34 Parliament St 10pm, Free Funktastic disco Mother, Copper Alley, Exchange St 11pm, €10 Back to basics with a retro and modern synth-pop dancefloor Sunday Bingo with Shirley Templebar The George, Georges St Free before 10pm, €5 after The original, longest-running and best-known show on the Irish gay scene. Popcorn Panti’s Tea Dance The Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St 3pm, Free A gay ole “tea dance” with Panti on the decks


ART Axis Ballymun Main Street, Ballymun, D9 Capture This exhibition of work takes its inspiration from axis Dance Artist in Residence Philip Connaughton who will allow access to young people from across Ballymun to his rehearsal space. They will get the opportunity to see him in action and to capture this process in a variety of artistic media – photography, film, drawing and paint. March 20 – April 20 Chester Beatty Library Dublin Castle, D2 Chester Beatty: The Paintings For the first time, a selection of thirty paintings that once belonged to Chester Beatty will be on display in the Chester Beatty Library. The paintings are among some ninety works presented by Beatty to the Irish nation in 1950, shortly after his move to Ireland from London. Over the following years, he gifted a total of almost 400 paintings, drawings, miniatures and sculptures which today form part of the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Ireland. Until August 31 The Copper House Gallery Synge Street, D8 Antropocene Anthropocene examines global landscapes that have been transformed by the actions and activities humanity. Smith has created these images using a unique and groundbreaking technique. Each image is composited from thousands and thousands of thumbnails extracted as screen grabs from Google Maps, which are then reconstructed piece by piece using Photoshop to produce such incredibly detailed images, a level of detail one can only really experience in person. March 21 - April 16 Cross Gallery Francis Street, D8 Simon Synge The images projected and contained within the vitrines of these new paintings act as objects found in the “Museum of Memory”. Other works in the series are a reconstruction of half recollected moments. The true and the false fuse into a new reality that then becomes the “actual recollection, or the preferable recollection of a long distant event”. The projectors in the paintings and the constructed diorama, which are themselves almost inoperable, attempt to capture and project these images truthfully. March 14 – April 13 Douglas Hyde Gallery Nassau Street, D2 Ben Rivers: Ah, Liberty! April 12 - May 22 Simone Kappeler: Darkened Days April 12 - May 22 Draiocht Blanchardstown, D15 Vincent Sheridan Vincent Sheridan studied at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin and the Dublin Institute of Technology. He has been working as a full-time artist since 1981. Birds (especially crows and starlings) continue to feature largely in Sheridan’s work. He is concerned with the social behaviour, flight dynamics and subliminal ‘brushstroke’ patterns of birds in flight. His images often mirror human group dynamics, modes of communication and social interactions. March 15 – May 25 Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Parnell Square North, D1

Sean Scully: Doric This exhibition presents Sean Scully’s Doric paintings, a series of works he has produced since 2008. The title references one of the three orders of ancient Greek architecture, the least ornate Doric order, and the paintings were conceived as a celebration of the contribution of classic Greek culture to humanity. The Doric order impressed Sean Scully for its simplicity and force, “the spaces between the columns are space for thought, for light, for questioning and growth.” March 28 – June 9 Gallery of Photography Meeting House Square, D2 Prix Pictet: Power The Prix Pictet is the world’s largest photography prize in the field of sustainability, and the theme for the fourth Prix Pictet is Power. At times a paradoxical topic, Power has the ability to portray both negative and positive aspects of human impact on the planet. Political power affects millions including future generations, while power of the natural world is awesome, beautiful and destructive. The exhibition features the work of twelve shortlisted photographers. March 22 - April 18 Gormley’s Fine Art South Frederick Street, D2 Sculpture Exhibition April 18 - May 9 Green on Red Gallery Lombard Street, D2 Material Fact Group show by Silvia Bächli, Gerard Byrne, Paul Doran, Dennis McNulty. February 28 – April 13 Philomene Pirecki April 18 - May 26 Hillsboro Fine Art Parnell Square West, D1 Iron and Steel An exhibition of international sculpture, including Anthony Caro. February 21 - April 25 IMMA Royal Hospital Kilmainham, D8 Analysing Cubism The term Analytic Cubism has been used to describe work made by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque in Paris between 1909-1912 and includes iconic paintings such as Picasso’s Ma Jolie (1911-1912). Analysing Cubism takes as its point of origin the principles of early or analytic cubism and outlines the various directions that were taken by different artists, with particular focus on the Irish artists Mainie Jellett and Evie Hone. February 21 - May 19 IMMA at NCH Earlsfort Terrace, D2 Tino Sehgal: This Situation The showing of This Situation will mark the first occasion in which the British born German artist Tino Sehgal’s work will be seen in Ireland. Sehgal studied both Political Economics and Choreography, working in dance before focusing on his ‘constructed situations’ which are composed using the human voice, language, movement, and interaction. Revealed only as experiences in the time and space they occupy, his works exist for those who encounter them and in their memories, but not as physical objects. Seghal’s practice explores definitions of materiality, authenticity, owner, consumer, producer and value both in art making and in society in general. April 12 - May 24 I knOw yoU I knOw yoU examines the idea of

cultural capital; what it means to be European; and ideas at the core of the financial heart of Europe. It represents the exciting diversity of approach which is representative of contemporary art practice today. I knOw yoU is co-curated by artist Tobias Rehberger, architect Nikolaus Hirsch and Rachael Thomas, Senior Curator: Head of Exhibitions, IMMA. April 19 - September 1 The Ivy House Upper Drumcondra Road Denis Dunne Denis’ practice is multi layered. In it he seeks to represent and explore innocence, light, change and the transformation of the human spirit. His subjects are collaborators in his practice: they are the force which inspires his imagination. Much of the work is autobiographical, the models play out fragments from the artists’ life, he also encourages the models to incorporate some of their own experiences from the past and present. January 29 – April 28 Kerlin Gallery Anne’s Lane, D2 Mark Francis: Calibrate Mark Francis belongs to a generation of primarily non-objective painters whose formal repertoire nevertheless draws considerable sustenance from a wide range of previously unavailable images now in general circulation due to the invention of the electron microscope as well as notable advances in telescopic technology. In Francis’ case the obvious associations between microscopic images of spores and sperm and the fundamentals of creation, allied to an avid personal interest in mycology, clearly informed the paintings for which he first gained recognition in the early 1990s. March 1 – April 13 Aleana Egan Aleana Egan’s art is predominantly intuitive and subjective; she uses simple materials, assembled or barely transformed, to create enigmatic works that have a restrained tone and structure. She groups these pieces into installations that are oddly ambivalent; on the one hand she draws our attention to the way things look, how they settle, sag, curve, or hang; on the other, her forms and shapes act as traces or memories, and as a tentative articulation of shifting responses to remembered places or everyday moments. April 19 - June 1 The LAB Foley St, D1 Exiles As part of the Five Lamps Arts Festival theme commemorating the centenary of the Dublin Lockout of 1913, artist Alison Pilkington has brought together a diverse group of artists to consider the idea of being ‘locked out’ as a metaphor for the human condition. Featuring Rhona Byrne, Mark Garry, James Hanley, Stephen Loughman, Ronan McCrea, Ruby Wallis. March 15 - April 20 Mermaid Arts Centre Bray The Sovereigns Artists Anne Ffrench and Brian Harte will present an installation of their work together as the collaberative outfit Ffrench/Harte. Inspired by two uninhabited islands 8km off the south coast of Ireland, the artists built a 22 metre rope bridge that temporarily linked the gap between the rocky outcrop locally known as “The Sovereigns”.

March 7 – April 11 Monster Truck Temple Bar, D2 They all came down from the mountain when they heard the good news. A presention of the works of four artists from the residency programme at Cow House Studios, Wexford. Featuring Colin Matthes, Lois Patino, Marc Horowitz, and Sisie Tarnowicz. March 29 - April 28 Mothers Tankstation Watling Street, D8 Built With Love Group exhibition by Ai Weiwei, Declan Clarke, Kevin Cosgrove, Daniel Tuomey. February 27 - 6 April National Photographic Archive Meeting House Square, D2 Taking Stock The first retrospective exhibition by the NPA, this exhibition will look back at what and how they’ve exhibited since opening in 1998. October 5 - Summer 2013 Olivier Sears Gallery Molesworth Street, D2 Donald Teskey, Ocean Frequency Ocean Frequency is a cycle of new paintings that allows the viewer to examine the natural world with its all-encompassing vigour through the eyes of an artist who has spent twenty years making this his primary concern. March 7 – April 18 Pallas Projects The Coombe, D8 ROTATOR ROTATOR emerged from Clinton and Moriarty’s collaborative investigation of the architecture and surroundings of Pallas Projects/Studios. The works will connect the gallery to the city and emphasise the physical and historical depth of place through engagement with some of Dublin’s hidden topographies. The site is located on an island that is perched between two strands of the living, breathing waterway: the river Poddle. Here, viewers are invited to steal a glance at an otherwise hidden artificial lake, a disembodied tour (transported from the crypt of St. Michan’s Church) and an endlessly descending red-brick wall. March 2 – April 5 Project Arts Centre East Essex Street, D2 Niamh O’Malley Garden is a newly commissioned exhibition by Dublin-based artist Niamh O’Malley. Known for her painting and sculptural interventions, and more recently for her explorations of monumental sites, O’Malley will take us into a personal landscape using video and sculpture – the garden which she and her family shape and create with the changing seasons. Featuring a new video installation and a large painting on glass, this landscape will be revealed through screens, mirrors and windows. April 26 - June 22 RHA Ely Place, D2 Vivienne Roche, Spirit and Light Three works by sculptor Vivienne Roche, on show in the gallery’s Atrium. January 11 - April 28 Anita Groener - State The drawing installation State conceived for the RHA foyer space shows monumental circular grid made up of around 1800+ minuscule black silhouette figures pinned to the large wall and, on opposite walls, two black clouds are painted as a framework to drawings, a pin flag and a small video

Aleana Egan,The sky looks down on almost as many things as the ceiling, 2013. Courtesy of the Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Aleana Egan.

projection. The entire space is cast in a pink glow. January 11 - April 28 SKIN, an artistic altas Introducing the Irish Skin Foundation to the public through the medium of art has been motivated by a number of factors. Skin is the most painted, the most photographed and the most sculpted organ of the body. But perhaps the most remarkable function of skin is its fundamental role in shaping how we feel about ourselves and others, its role in the making of our personalities. Our skin not only moulds our bodies, it shapes our personas. Diseased skin can act as an inhibitory barrier, whereas beautiful skin can be an enticing interface between the microcosm of self and the macrocosm of the world. March 14 - April 28 Billy Foley, Recent Papers In these paintings Foley is searching for that moment where on canvas painted line, space and substance come into existence as form and structure. The paintings are reduced to the essences of gesture, line, white space and primary colour to investigate the structural fabric of space and form. These works are concerned with how the figure and space are seen as binary experiences in a singular struggle. March 14 - April 28 RUA RED Tallaght The Modelled Conscious is a new development by RUA RED to engage contemporary artists in response to a unified theme. The first in this series is

artist Lucy Andrews. Through the active engagement of artists in the creation of a new commission for the expansive space of Gallery 1, the artists chosen for The Modelled Conscious can express their own personal response to the idea of form and consciousness as well as the space itself. March 23 – May 11 Talbot Gallery Talbot Street, D1 Genieve Figgis: Fictitious Possibilities Artist Genieve Figgis has been painting portraits for over 12 years and holds a Masters and Bachelor Degree in Fine Art Painting from NCAD. The artist has a fascination with people and is interested in how they present themselves. Her work has always been about the façade of people. April 11 - May 4 Temple Bar Gallery Temple Bar, D2 Seamus Nolan: 10th President 10th President examines and expands upon ideas of statehood and the formation of public and political will, addressing latent issues of consensus and collective representation. The project proposes that the office of the President be handed over for a nominal period, be it a minute, an hour, or a day, to a child who died whilst under the care of the State. The project will culminate in an exhibition, publication and an event to coincide with the anniversary of the publishing of the Ryan report and the proposed day of coronation. April 12 - June 8


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MOUNTAIN SONGS DUBLIN’S TOP TEN FOLK CLUBS by Jonny Tennant Popular during the 1950s and 1960s when Bert Jansch, Anne Briggs and co strutted their stuff in the smoky, subterranean dungeons of London, the phenomenon of the Folk Club has been enjoying somewhat of a resurgence in Dublin’s fair City over the the last number of years. Though the image of the scribbling, beret-bonced artist pondering their existence in a 1960’s London basement is now invalid, surprisingly large numbers of young folksters are re-discovering these old songs. What’s the fascination with this music that could have your grandad rockin’ his armchair after a few stouts and whiskies? Could it simply be the spellbinding stories of forgotten times and places that the words transport one to? Or is it the plaintive, mesmerizing melodies? It’s hard to tell. One thing is sure, they sure love their American music, indeed a large group of under 30s meets religiously every Friday night to chant quasi religious roots music in four part harmony a la ‘Cold Mountain’.

An Goilin Generally considered to be slightly higher up on the seriousness scale of Dublin singing clubs, An Goilin takes place in the Teacher’s Club. No surprise then to find out that the place is full of teachers! Don’t worry though, they’re not all strict! The Teachers Club, 36 Parnell Sq West, Dublin 1 Fridays, Sept to July. 9.30pm 3 Euros

Black Letters and Ballads BLAB’s a firm favourite among Dublin’s younger folky crowd. The only rule is that songs have to be more than 70 years old. This mercifully precludes a Dylan fest. Themes have included Revenge and Murder and Drugs and Alcohol so there’s always a good story to be heard. Where else can one get down to the mellow strains of the auto harp mixed with harmonium and jews harp? The Joinery, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7 Every few months, 8pm Five euros. BYOB


Bray Singer’s Circle From the Victorian grandeur of this once resplendent holiday hotspot resonates a fine bit of music and banter every third Saturday of the month. Singers such as Barry Gleeson, Al O’Donnell and Phil Callery will have you thinking they were out eating stones on the beach all day with their wonderful, gravelly voices.

Howth Singing Circle A northside home to the stars, Howth also has a rich folkloric legacy, being one of these towns sticking out in to the water where one can’t help but be inextricably tied to nature. The Singing Circle was started in memory of local singing fisherman Brendan ‘Bull’ Moore. Sandwiches are provided halfway through the night.

The Strand Hotel, Bray 3rd Saturday of the month 9.00pm Free

Howth Sea Angling Club 1st Thursday of the month, 9pm free/donation

Come Down From The Mountain With all the checked shirts, turned up jeans and quiffs The Thomas House isn’t a pub one would normally associate with folk music. Dublin vocal and guitar powerhouse Jem Mitchell is on hand, however, to rattle ones bones with his blend of folk/country/blues and rock n’ roll. There’s a loose attidude towards those musical perimeters though. “We once had a Portugese girl doing ‘Fado’” Mitchell recalls. The Thomas House, 86 Thomas St, Dublin 8 2nd and 3rd Sunday of the month, 6pm Free Dublin Central Song Session What fuels this friendly, musically diverse session is Stout. Alan Stout to be precise. It’s the kind of scene where one is just as likely to hear Jimi Hendrix as Jimmy O’Brien-Moran so guitars at the ready. Chaplins, Hawkins St, Dublin 2. 2nd Sunday of the month, 6pm Free

The Cle Club You’ll be warmly welcomed at this easy going topically themed night and there’s a nice house band to get things swinging. Past guests include Andy Irvine, Damien Dempsey, John Sheehan, the late Barney Mc Kenna. Expect good craic! The Stag’s Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2 Wednesdays, Sept-June, 8.00pm 5 euros The Grand Folk Club This club welcomes a weekly stream of wandering troubadours as they go about their intercontinental bardic business. As it’s miked up the ‘folk’ who run this night aren’t overly strict about audience members having a wee chat in between the acapella numbers. ‘Urban folk’ outfit Lynced are regular performers. Other highlights include appearances by Niamh Parsons, Alison O’Donnell and the vocal/bouzouki wizardy of Daoiri Farrell. The Grand Social, 35 lr Liffey St, Dublin 1 Tuesdays, 8.30pm Free

The Night Before Larry Got Stretched A monthly meeting with ‘an emphasis on younger singers’. Founder and fine singer herself Sinéad Ni Lionsigh explains, “There are loads of brilliant young singers who are very much wanting to keep these traditions alive’’ Older singers are of course welcome and local legends such as Nelly Weldon have been known to pop in for a song. The Cobblestone, 77 King St North, Smithfield, Dublin 7 1st Sunday of each month, 8.30pm Free The Poor Mouth Folk Club Dublin artist and musician Luke Deignan started The Poor Mouth Folk Club to satiate the purely selfish desire of ‘‘wanting to see folk heroes play live’’ and a fine success he’s made of it. Legends such as Johnny Moynihan, Jimmy Crowley, Lena Ulman and Tim Lyons have been guests. The International, The Stags Head, The Grand Social Monthly 5-8 euros Other singing clubs... Fingal Singer’s Club O’Conners, Ballyboughal, Co. Dublin 8.30pm, every Tuesday 8pm Free Malahide Singing Circle, Taylor’s, Malahide The last Thursday in the month. 8.30pm Free

DO’S AND DONT’S Distinct from and usually a bit slower paced than a regular trad session, Folk Clubs or Singer’s Circles as they are also known are often completely bereft of instruments. In many cases, attendeees have been present every single week since the year dot and a sort of pecking order is in existence whereby if you want to sing a song then you have to actually make it known that you’re not just there to listen. Performers are invariably treated with great respect. Singers mostly sing from where they sit. There’s no pressure to perform but for those that do it can be a rewarding experience. Playing on stage from behind an instrument and a mic-stand to a faceless crowd obscured by massive lights shining in your face is one thing but when it comes around to your turn to sing at the folk club, you’re sitting on your stool, the room goes quiet, everyone’s looking at you, well the weak fall by the wayside but the brave will flourish. If that won’t make any budding Subos out there want to participate, what will? Oh yeah, don’t forget the words!!


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O’Donoghues

TAC at the Grand Social

Music is a huge part of Dublin’s History and traditional Irish music has its home in O’Donoghue’s famous bar. A favourite of Christy Moore and the Dubliners amongst its illustrious past, it has been an attraction not only for tourists from all over the world but is also a favourite haunt of local Dubliners.The whole bar is adorned with drawings and and photographs of some of Irelands finest musicians young and old alike who have all played their part in adding to what has become the unique musical heritage of Dublin at O’Donoghue’s. 15 Merrion Row, Dublin 4 t: 01 6607194 odonoghuesdublin@eircom.net

If you’re lucky enough to be around town at the time, a must see is TAC (Traditional Arts Collective) This band have come from the fringes and taken the world of traditional music and dance by storm. The difference between TAC and your average Ceili band is that they have added a drum kit and bass guitar to the mix, this makes for a rocking sound! At TAC gigs an MC calls out lively set-dances and everyone in the room ends up dancing-a great opportunity to meet people and have ‘the craic’!upcoming Ceilis at The Grand Social; March 13th and May 1st. www.traditionalartscollective.com The Grand Social, 35 Lr Liffey St, D1 www.traditionalartscollective.com www.thegrandsocial.com

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Le Bon Crubeen and The Celt Bar

Blarney Inn

Come and enjoy the finest of contemporary Irish cuisine and a special evening of Traditional Irish music. Winner in 2010 and shortlisted as finalist in 2012 of the Irish Restaurant Awards’ Best Casual Dining Restaurant and winner of Best Value Restaurant in The Dubliner Top 100 restaurants 2012. Le Bon Crubeen’s brasserie menu delivers a realistic, consistent, grass-roots experience sourcing ingredients from the very finest Irish producers delivering quality and value for money. Our menus include vegetarian, coeliac, gluten-free and healthy low-calorie options. The Celt Bar is an authentic Irish bar located in the north of Dublin’s city centre, just a few minutes walk from O’Connell Street and The Spire. A regular haunt for locals and visitors alike looking for a real taste of Irish culture, the Celt Bar offers up live traditional Irish music, good food and great craic every day. The rustic interior belies its city centre location and the welcome is as warm as Kerry rain and the black stuff never ceases to flow. A great place for a quick lunch or a bite to eat in the evening while listening to the superb traditional music. 81-82 Talbot Street, Dublin 1 Le Bon Crubeen: 01 704 0126 The Celt: 01 878 8655

There’s a twist toThe Blarney Inn. It’s is a traditional Irish bar (with live Irish music and dancing), with a restaurant; renowned for their variety of speciality steaks, and a spectacular Irish nightclub - Club Nassau (home of the slow-set). It also has The Stella Lieu bar, a mult-purpose room, free for groups of up to 100 people. Very popular indeed. Located only minutes from Dublin city centre on Nassau Street the Blarney delivers a variety of entertainment and foods for every taste - authentic local dishes rub shoulders with European fare to satisfy all. Try the Beef and Guinness stew, it’s amazing - you are sure to get a feel for the best of Irish cooking, dancing and music. Kildare Street Hotel, 47-49 Kildare St, Dublin 2 t: 01 679 4388

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Devitts Pub

O’Shea’s Merchant Bar

A family run pub for over 35 years unique is the perfect word to describe this pub. Every Thursday,Friday and Saturday night some of the most talented musicians in Dublin come to play in Devitts. Located right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Camden St, Devitts provides excellent traditional music to both tourists and dubliners alike. The upstairs lounge is the perfect venue for an intimate session. The Friday night session in particular led by the mighty Gerry Quinn is a must see. 78 Lwr Camden St t: 014753414 devittspub@gmail.com

O’Shea’s Merchant is located in the heart of Ireland’s captial, just minutes from the city’s cultural quarter, Temple Bar. O’Shea’s Merchant is renowned for it’s live Irish music, traditional set dancing and unique atmosphere. One of the city’s few remaining traditional pubs is a firm favourite with visitors to the city. O’Shea’s Merchant has an extensive menu each day with a selection of award winning Irish and international dishes. O’Shea’s Merchant is one of Dublin’s few remaining Traditional Irish Pubs and is a firm favourite with visitors to the City. In addition to the traditional bar, O’Shea’s Merchant has 25 spacious guest rooms available, offering excellent value for money in a city centre location. O’Shea’s Merchant Serves from an extensive menu each day offering a selection of award winning Irish & International Dishes. 12 Bridge Street, Dublin 8 t: 01 679 3797

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Ned Keenan’s

J. McNeill’s

The Merry Ploughboy

Ned Keenan’s pub, which is connected to the Maple Hotel on Gardiner Street, Dublin 1 is a cosy, relaxing bar; the perfect place to sit back after a busy day exploring Dublin. Their friendly staff make Ned’s the most popular place for tourists and locals alike. Guests in our pub will enjoy a fresh pint of the finest Guinness in Ireland. Come along on a Friday or Saturday evening for their 11pm traditional music session with some of Dublin’s finest musicians. These sessions are always packed and go well into the night. Just like down the country! The Maple Hotel, 74 – 75 Lwr Gardiner St, Dublin 1 t: 01 855 5442

In a former life, McNeill’s plied its trade as a one of Dublin’s most famed musical instrument shops, and a window full of banjos, bazoukis and bodhrán’s still belies that image to the world outside on Capel Street. Inside however, the place has been reborn as the home of some of Dublin most highly-regarded trad sessions with music on a nightly basis, as well as a daycent pint of plain to go with it, as you’d rightly expect.

Awarded Ireland’s best Traditional Dinner/Show event, 2010- 2012, this night of authentic traditional Irish music, singing and dancing is a must-see. The high energy show is suitable for all ages, with a nightly shuttle bus departing the city centre. The pub itself dates back to the 1780s and is owned and run by renowned Dublin folk group The Merry Ploughboys - whose performance tops and tails the 2hr show. An excellent four-course traditional Irish meal is served from 7pm. €49.50pp Dinner & Show. Shuttle transfer €5.50pp round trip. Kids under 16yrs €29.70pp and free shuttle seat. Book everything, including shuttle bus securely online. Edmondstown Rd, Rathfarnham, D16 01 493 1495 www.mpbpub.com

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140 Capel Street 01874 7679

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