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When he’s not stripping down to his last sports-sock or cultivating a frankly appalling moustache, our ex-pat Conor Creighton is working his facial hair off creating eyegasmic new print enterprises. The latest is Dear John, which is, in short, a magazine for men written by women. A biannual publication devoted to showcasing the visual and literary work of smart women, stylish women, funny women, and generally inspired dames, Dear John is available from the middle of the month in Indigo + Cloth (Basement 27 on South William Street), or through the really vast internet.



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Gallery Number One are doing their bit for Castle Street cool quota this Christmas time. GN1 is the new home for FUSE, a dynamic pop-up retail project which will house their mid-century interior knicks and knacks for discerning shoppers. Some of the sweeter deals include a coffee table made from a salvaged London Underground sign (₏650), some slick revamped dining chairs at ₏115 a pop, and a trunkload of classic Anglepoise lamps - even if you’re the voucher-reliant type, the space is an aesthete’s must before it pops down at the end of the month. Keep your eye out for future retail creativity in the New Year too. 10am-6pm on Monday-Friday (late opening until 8pm on Thursday), 11am6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

HJEEZVQ HJEEZVQ  HJEEZVQ MFU˜THP Young’uns, budding toffs and urban horsemen will be thrilled by Canter Canter, a Dublin company bringing home-made hobby horses back. The wooden creatures are upholstered in any fabric of your choice; find them at upcoming Christmas markets this month, or commission one via Facebook for a personal touch (we like the sound of gold lamĂŠ with a blinged-out brocade mane). Gift them to kids, then have a go yourself when no-one’s looking. Available to order from



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Everyone remembers that crazy neighbour down the street with the front garden filled with gnomes (what, you’re street didn’t have one of these? Try living in Ranelagh...). The kitschy folklore heroes are making a comeback at craftster queen CutesyPoo’s Etsy shop, a Vancouver-based toymaker with a fondness for folksy bad taste. The original canvas gnomes deserve a home for Christmas, though we’re especially partial to the more unusual ‘Vampire Gnome’, who comes with canvas fangs and even more demented eyes than usual. Scarier than your average festive decor; order your gnome early to avoid disappointment.


Should a craving for Crozier blue cheese, fresh-made mango salsa and rocket and almond pesto seize you (sandwiched, of course, between enormously moreish half-loaves of newly-baked bread), then this is your late-night helpline. Already known as everyones favourite burger-plus hotspot (and doing roaring trade with the addition of DJs on weekend nights), JoBurger Rathmines take to the road this month with a delivery crew of hi-top, hipster hatwearing drivers. They’re only too happy to deliver your gourmet nosh in record time, lovingly boxed up with tissue paper inside what is effectively a recycled-cardboard Burger House. Ronald McDonald never loved his disciples this much. Call 01 4913731 to get yours.



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Copan Rathmines is the latest feather in the D6 village’s cap. A late night cafe bar designed with a Mayan touch, the establishment nevertheless is very much 21st century, boasting phat speakers, phat visual equipment, and a phatload of new jobs upon opening. The venue is subject of an augmented reality treasure hunt as a pre-opening hype-building campaign you might also want to check out over at


Barely an issue goes by without some bike-chat, and this month we have our beady eyes and bike-to-work allowance on GreenAer’s range of electric bikes. Electric bikes. From the future. The Irish company’s Promovec range has a kicking motor running on Panasonic batteries for extra whizz-factor. The deal-sealer is that GreenAer offer trial runs on their leckywheels to, eh, help you ‘make the switch’. Pick one up at the GreenAer showrooms at 12a Magennis Place, Pearse Street, or visit


After the success of Pygmalion and Spy in the Powerscourt Centre, it appears the Georgians built their mansions with serious party infrastructure in mind. The Lost Society is the newest venue to open up in Lord Powerscourt’s old gaff, a classy re-up of Spy’s old interior glory. There’s a rather suitable masquerade party booked in for New Year’s Eve (with Hed Kandi, for better or worse), plus regular nights with Rococo/Ivano Cafolla on Fridays, Conor G on Saturdays, and Retox on Sundays. Lost Society will also feature food par excellence, and they’ve even gone to the bother of concocting some vintage Georgian drinks to set off the atmosphere nicely.



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Since the middle of last Summer, Kiehl’s have brought their unique brand of unshowy New York chic to Wicklow Street, offering luxurious little skincare necessities such as the legendary Creme de Corps, Creme Abyssine and their ridiculously good #1 Lip Balm. The brand itself is going since 1851, meaning they really do know their stuff in world of beauty-industry babble. You can even arrange an in-store skincare consultation, or call up ahead to arrange a custom-made giftbox. A practical but gorgeously indulgent gift for beauty buffs. 34 Wicklow Street, or call 016706667



‘They’re kids toys, but not really meant for kids...’ LuckyBoySunday is an eerie, home-spun knitted toy brand started in 2007 by two Danish women named Camilla and Camilla. As if this weren’t charmed providence enough, their exquisitely detailed soft toys walk the line between ornaments, toys and furniture, big enough to be cushions, but warm and fuzzy and crying out to be loved. We’re particularly drawn to the Tim Burton-ish ‘Lou Lou’ doll, a one-eyed dysfunctional harlequin with a sour face but a soft and squishable exterior. Available at Smock, Drury Street

We’re coming over all bad taste this month (blame it on the festive season) but we dare you not to want a bit of Galibardy’s gold bling on your Christmas list. The celeb-endorsed online boutique stock a dazzling array of jewelled swag, from crystallized ox-head pendants to skull-shaped knuckle dusters, to a lifesize golden stethescope worn on a chain round the neck. But our festive favourite is the balloon dog, a miniature piece of Jeff Koons-lite, priced at £16 (€18.50). Wear it and let the compliments (and looks of puzzlement) pour in.



These shoes are as beautiful as they are terrifying; beaded faux-leather ballet pumps embellished with faces on the toes. Confuse foot fetishists and small children. Give them names and make them talk to each other when you get bored. Priced at a wallet-friendly €30, these are the kind of slippers that fairytales are made of.



Amish guys seem to get all the hot chicks, and we can see why with their sharp old-fashioned tailoring and natty collarless shirts. Grab some of their fundamentalist charms for yourself with these tailored shirts by Arms, a Dublin-based design studio producing thoughtful everyday staples with a meticulous attention to detail (when was the last time you saw a check shirt with wooden buttons?). The neat non-collar might leave you vulnerable to Winter breezes, so we advise you to snap up one of their wool and corduroypanelled scarves while you’re at it, to protect ya neck further while supporting local industry. Available from Dolls Boutique, or from

Step into the typical shopping centre or department store in the week before Christmas and you won’t find all that much seasonal cheer – it’s more likely that you’ll get trampled underfoot by parents as they scramble to pick up presents for little Fintan, or be eyed with cold malice by till staff who’ve been bled dry of any goodwill they may have had by crushing boredom and stress. Of course, there’s at least one man in every centre who’s been putting in long hours since mid-November and, once Christmas passes, has to find work elsewhere. Still, he’s jolly, patient, and (hopefully) charming to all manner of kids and adults – as the big guy in the red suit, he has to be. “Santa doesn’t get cross, Santa doesn’t argue. He’s supposed to be Mr. Wonderful,” explains Brian Begley, who donned the boots and beard for Brown Thomas in 2009. Begley’s route into Santa-ing, like most people’s, seems almost strangely conventional – a straightforward application and an interview, followed by a one-day seminar on playing Father Christmas. “It was an opportunity at the time – it suited me, the money came in handy, and I had the time,” he says today. Kevin Shiels, who’s now in his third year as Santa for Dundrum Town Centre, simply spotted an ad in the paper. “They asked me to




TOTALLY DUBLIN LEARNS ABOUT THE SECRETS OF PLAYING SANTA words // DEREK OWENS pictures // RENATO GHIAZZA come over on the Sunday and do it for half an hour at ten o’clock to see what it’d be like. The half an hour lasted until six o’clock in the evening!” he recalls. Still other stores outsource the job to one of several entertainment agencies that round up prospective Santas in groups of ten or more. However, for some, the gig comes around a little less conventionally. Sean Timmons began his involvement with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland’s popular steam train Santa ride serving drinks at the bar. A decade ago, though, the society’s Santa called it a day, and he stepped up to the plate. The role of Santa for Crumlin Children’s Hospital also fell into Francis Murphy’s lap. The fact that anyone who got the job needed to be vetted by Gardaí made picking a staff member a no-brainer, and the hospital’s Quality and Safety Manager had the right look. “I think they chose me because I’m portly,” he laughs. Looking the part is just one of the things that a Santa needs to do if he wants to win kids over, and each man has his own approach. One thing that comes up in talking to any Santa, however, is patience. “You have to go with the child – you’re not going to get a child running up to Santa, you need to have the patience until the child is ready. You have to always be on the ball for different questions, because you’re asked all kinds of things, and you have to give an answer the child wants to hear. It’s hard work too,” says Shiels. “But, no matter how the day goes, you cannot be rude. You have to be nice and keep smiling the whole day.” That’s not to say that Santa can’t privately prepare for – and think dark thoughts about – the true brats or



overly doting parents. “I had one or two pups in that were smart-alecky, but I just laughed at them really. They thought they were being funny, and I suppose they were really. They were 12 or 13 like. Parents were making them believe, still, when they knew bloody well,” says Begley, who believes, himself, in staying unnaturally calm and kind until – presumably rather spooked – even the most troublesome kid will calm down. “Some children... you wonder why their parents bring them,” admits Timmons, recalling his early days on the Santa express. “On the very first day I was doing it, some little bugger got a hold of my beard and pulled it. I learned from that – since then, the beard I wear is attached to my hat, so the only way they can get my beard off is to pull the hat off me. The other thing is that you have to bite your tongue, because you come across parents that think their little Conor or their little Susan is the only child on the train, and they try to monopolise you. You give everybody time, you let them take as many photographs as they like, but you have to move on, you have to get down through the train. You just bite your tongue and smile – It’s a public relations exercise you do as well.” Indeed, some Santas and their handlers seem all-too-conscious of the PR aspect to their role. Several shopping centres treated Totally Dublin’s request for some face-time with their Santa as though we’d decided to single-handedly spoil Christmas, while talking to Richard



Duggan – who works with a well-known Dublin animal charity, and steadfastly referred to Santa in the third person – was a surreal experience. After hearing how one of Santa’s reindeer was healed by a dog with some magic dust (!), and having a question about handling bold children batted away with a reference to the ‘naughty and nice’ list, we gamely enquired whether Santa had any kids of his own. “Well he’s loads of elves, doesn’t he?” was the reply. “But Mrs. Claus is lovely, and she looks after him very well. He’s used to dealing with boys and girls now at Christmas. Maybe after Christmas, he needs a rest. But he’s well used to kids.” Even when the Santas themselves are a little more open about their work, they take it remarkably seriously, with few treating the job as the short-term nixer that, practically speaking, it is. Many happily discuss their advantages and disadvantages compared to their peers - Shiels, for example, is proud of how his noticeable Donegal accent helps win over some parents, while Begley speaks almost wistfully of his Brown Thomas colleague’s natural beard. And no Santa is enamoured with a lazy helper – after all, if an elf isn’t on the ball, they can miss the ideal moment to take a kid’s picture. Despite the fact that they’re the stars of the show, few of the men imagine that they’re the only part of the experience that matters, and most credit the supporting cast and setting with a lot. Shiels, for example, is quick to explain

how Crumlin Children’s Hospital gets everyone involved in the action. “Santa’s only one aspect of the day and the whole Christmas time in Crumlin. You’ve all the staff dressing up, you’ve all the decorations. For Christmas there, every staff member has a role, whether it’s dressing up as the elves and delivering around the presents with Santa or helping to visit Santa at the grotto.” And in addition to patience, Begley is able to list the many little things that a good Santa needs. “The outfit has to be top class I think, because there’s so much doubt out there now. When I was a kid, I believed until I was 11 or 12. Now, it seems to go at seven or eight. You really need to keep the magic there,” he says. “Make sure that your outfit and your surroundings are right, and that you get some enthusiastic elves. Just be as gentle as you can with the kids and, certainly, if they’re scared, let them go away. A few parents did try to force their kids, and dragged them – I’d say ‘no, come back another time’. You can’t really train someone to be Santa: It’s in you or it’s not. You’d want to have had kids yourself, and you’d want to be a true Santa buff. But I didn’t go out to be Santa. It just happened for me.” Begley – a father of four grown-up children who happily set out the traditional carrots and glass of Guinness on Christmas Eve and trampled around his living room with sooty wellies while they were younger – might be as surprised as we were to learn that veteran Santas like Shiels, Murphy and Timmons don’t


The Railway Preservation Society of Ireland organises a special chartered train taking kids from Pearse Street Station to a special location and back. “We load up in Connolly Station and go across to Grand Canal Dock, turn the engine around and get ready. And as we come into Pearse Street, just before we hit the platform, the driver lets off a burst of steam and I stick my head out through the window. All of a sudden, Santy’s appeared, and is going along the platform roaring at them,” says Timmons. Over the course of a train ride, Santa and his helpers move through the carriage chatting to the children. The trains are typically booked out months in advance.


Ever since Santa had an injured reindeer healed by the good folks at this charity, we’re told, he drops in once a year. In exchange for a donation to the DSPCA’s work, kids can play and pet the animals, chat with a very charming (and enthusiastic) Santa and enjoy cookies and a drink at a story time. The experience was voted Best Santa in Dublin for 2009 by


Already a pretty sweet destination for youngfellas and youngones, Glenroe’s Open Farm gets a makeover for the month of December, where Santa and Mrs. Claus preside in a homely little kitchen with a living nativity stable next door. Farm animals, pets, and the obligatory reindeer are on hand, and there’s a nature walk too. Tickets for kids cost €15 (which includes a present) and adults get in for €5.

DUBLIN ZOO actually have kids of their own. It’s also interesting to note that only one Santa we spoke to had any acting experience to speak of. All of them, however, had an obvious love of children and a fulfilling life away from the beard and boots. Timmons, for example, got involved with the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland through his interest in steam – it sounds odd, but he’s a trained engineer – and met his future wife there. Begley now manages Camac Valley Park, a quietbut-pleasant caravan and parking centre in south Dublin. Murphy is happily married and Shiels worked in Dublin for 11 years as a construction site foreman: after getting let go this year, he spent an extra four weeks helping to set up Dundrum Centre’s grotto. The money Santas earn (when they’re paid) is solid but not spectacular – and, though they’re well looked after with

food and breaks, the hours are long. It’s also a gig that requires people to be switched on all the time, even when they’re not battling children who pull at their beard or (in the case of Kevin Shiels in his rounds at the hospital) faced with a child who just wants a sick brother or sister home for Christmas. But ultimately, it’s one of very few jobs in this world where the whole focus of the working day is trying to make kids happy: none of our Santas planned to give that up any time soon, and we don’t blame them. Maybe that sounds corny to you. But then, maybe you shouldn’t be such a Grinch. Photos - Renato Ghiazza Styling - Roisin Kiberd Santas - Hugh Cooney and Simon Acres Check out for an exclusive Hugh Cooney Chrimbo video.

Dublin Zoo hosts a popular ‘breakfast with Santa’ every year which includes a buffet brekkie in their Meerkat Restaurant, a meet and greet with Santa Claus in his new grotto, a ‘zoovenir’ picture key ring and a surprise for each child. Kids can also explore the zoo after Santa packs up. Tickets at €25 a kid (€20 for passholders) are pricey.


Ok, it’s way up in County Down (Kilbroney, to be precise) and, at £18 a kid, it’s another expensive trip. But the hour-long experience with Santa includes real-live reindeer and other animals, a chance to see the elves at work, and the big man himself coming down the chimney to meet the kids individually. The setting in a 19th Century cottage is also impressive.



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Director, writer, producer, photographer, editor, actor, artist, dancer, this man has so many roles he can’t even pin himself down. Spike Jonze is one of the most prolific people in the visual art business today. He’s 41 years old but has a trendy youthful veneer that belies the age. The highly ambitious and emotionally distant photographer in Lost in Translation is rumoured to be based on him. He had a well-publicised marriage to its director, Sofia Coppola, who still remains a close friend. Once reported to have jumped out of the backseat of a moving car, just because - according to a pal - “he felt like it,” his predilections to becoming a stuntman started early in life. An addiction to BMX and skateboarding brought him vaulted acclaim from many magazines, and the expert trick-style magician was making a name for himself not only as a fearless champion skater/biker, but also as a cameraman willing to get anywhere in the line of fire to get the perfect shot. Publications like Freestylin’ and Transworld Skateboarding were witnessing the evolution of a board punk into a respected photographer. His work progressed into film, and he is credited with pioneering a form of skateboard video that coupled a daring new method of camera technique alongside a whiplash editing style. He also subverted the music soundtrack that let sail the old standard punk rock tracks and welcomed more reflective sounds that morphed the antics from mere stunts into an art form. Since then, Spike Jonze (real name Adam Spiegel – the nickname was born from work colleagues taken with his gravity defying hair) has cultivated

the realm of bona-fide filmmaker. He has directed music videos for acts like Sonic Youth, Weezer, Bjork, R.E.M., Beck, Daft Punk, but most notably the Beastie Boys (his award-winning video for Sabotage would have cost peanuts if he didn’t insist on wrecking two $85,000 cameras; one dropped from a moving van, the other in an underwater shot using only a Ziploc bag as protection). His video for Fatboy Slim’s Weapon of Choice featuring a dancing Christopher Walken was voted the greatest ever in a VH1 poll. Other notches on Jonze’s bedpost include big budget campaigns for Adidas, Nike, Gap, Absolut, and Ikea, and receiving an Outstanding Achievement in Commercials Award from the Director’s Guild in 2005 for his ad work. Further critical endorsement came for his first full-length feature Being John Malkovich in 1999, then in 2002 with Adaptation, and most recently with Where The Wild Things Are. In between all this Jonze still had time to produce and direct numerous short films, documentaries, skateboard videos, and put together a retrospective exhibition at the prestigious New York Museum of Modern Art for Outstanding Contribution to the art of video. And then there’s Spike’s work as a producer on the hugely successful Jackass franchise. As we spoke he revealed that the Irish people are the real inspiration for Jackass. I’m not sure whether he’s referring to our innate sense of fun, or just the fact that Wee Man is dressed as a Leprechaun, but what is agreed is that most Irish people would pay money to see Brian Cowen forced to sit in a poofilled portaloo and bungeed 100 feet into the air.



How are you enjoying your trip to the Emerald Isle? In Dublin they really like to drink a lot and stay out (exhales slumping back in sofa). I love the people. I have friends that are Irish so I knew what to expect when I got here. Why do you think the Jackass franchise has been so successful? We grew up watching The Three Stooges, Tom and Jerry, and Roadrunner. These are things that we really enjoyed and influenced us so we wanted to share that fun. We would be doing that stuff anyway so we started filming it. We thought it would last six months or be taken off air. Here we are ten years later, it’s amazing. What inspires the Jackass challenges? I think you guys are the real inspiration for Jackass. You have the same sense of camaraderie that we try to capture in the movies. We have Knoxville and Jeff (Tremaine, director) who are like excited children when they get ideas. So, what madness is going on in Knoxville’s head? Knoxville watches Tom and Jerry and often quotes scenes verbatim. He sees life like a cartoon and when he comes with ideas like firing out of a rocket or something we say man you can’t do that, but then he arrives with a rocket and proves us wrong! How does your creative process work? There’s got to be an answer here! Well, I suppose I have to be more specific. When



I was working on Where the Wild Things Are I wanted to portray what it was like inside the mind of a nine-year-old child. When I get an idea, it’s a feeling, an instinct. At some point something clicks and I know exactly what it is and what I want to do. That gives me permission to do it. It always starts with a feeling. We have an idea, turn up on set and see if it works something might spark and then it works. I have to feel it’s an organic process. Where The Wild Things Are, at $100m, is the largest budget you have had in your career to date. 300 people were involved in the post-production and there was a battle with the studio over final cut - but you won. Well, yeah. It is so different from working with Warner Bros. on a project like Where The Wild Things Are, which was a big, long project. A movie like that is a huge commitment from my life. There is far more spontaneity working on a production like Jackass, a skate movie, or a short. How do you flip from fart to art? From Jackass to John Malkovich. It’s just things that excite different parts of me. We don’t analyse what we do. That’s for other people. Future projects? I had a small cameo in David Cross’ show The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret. I got stuff with Arcade Fire and am working on a book adaptation. So I hope to get that turned into a movie soon. I got stuff to keep me busy!

SPIKE ON CHARLIE KAUFMAN We love working together - it would be great to get a project together again with him. After directing Synecdoche, New York I think he’s focusing on doing more movies like that. Next thing he writes he’ll probably direct again.

SPIKE ON MICHEL GONDRY The first video I saw of his was Bjork’s Human Behaviour, and I recognized something special. I wanted to know who he was. A lot of the language he used I recognized. His work is so organic, but so complicated at the same time. I’ve been on set when I produced his first film Human Nature. His stuff is so geometrically and physically complicated but he can see it and he tries to help everyone else see what is in his head and how to transfer that to a feasible shot... We were staying in London for a while and we did an ‘exquisite corpse’ on film. He would do the first scene and would show me the last frame from that. It could be a bottle being grabbed and then it would be my job to create the next scene, which could end with someone screaming, and then HE would pick it up from there - like movie tennis. The tape is somewhere in my house, I’ll find it sometime!

he Dublin City Development Plan sets out a five-year strategy for the future of your city. From transport hubs and building heights to off licences, it’ll decide what gets built in your neighbourhood. But who foresaw this vision? At a café in East Wall Joe Mooney, a community activist and residents association member, is preparing for an oral hearing into the €2bn Dart Underground project. While we share a pot of tea on Church Street breaking news of the EU and IMF’s €90bn bailout is being repeated on the radio ad nauseam. Mooney’s neighbourhood sits on the fringe of the Docklands. The grey sky outside the window is framed by a seven-storey block of flats, in the foreground an empty building site sits across the street from a row of terraced houses. The residents association Mooney is part of galvanised around the Spencer Dock protests back in 1999. Now its meetings draw a 100-strong crowd and recently defeated a bid to build a 12-storey tower block on the site we are looking at. During ten years of rampant development residents have become deeply involved in planning issues. And, when it came to the formulation of the development plan they were out in force. Over 1,200 individual submissions – 40% more than the previous edition – were made to the Planning Department during the drafting stages and the document has been the subject of hours of debate in the council’s chambers. Everyone hopes the construction slowdown will provide an opportunity to take stock and better gauge the long-term needs of the city. Jim Keogan, Executive Manager of the Council’s Planning Department, who has played an integral part in the development of the city’s strategy, said: “During the height of the build there were huge levels of development. The accusation was that the developers were leading the development of us. The way things have gone now they have slowed down, we are taking a deep breath.” Cieran Perry, independent Councillor for the Cabra and Glasnevin ward, is part of a 24-strong network of residents associations which includes the East Wall group. This network has allowed communities to share resources, examine the plan and understand its effects. Perry’s primary concerns are over saturation of off-licences, rezoning of land previously set aside for education and recreation, and building height. During the drafting stages of the plan he helped constituents make more than 50 submissions, motions and amendments. The debate over building height has been a heated one. Three years ago before work on the plan had begun the council





released a document called Maximising the City’s Potential which envisaged a city skyline punctuated by a series of glittering 12–storey-plus office buildings. Councillors who support this stance think that the alternative would “fossilise” Dublin. In a recent op-ed Bill Tormey, Fine Gael City Councillor for Dublin North West, asked councillors in favour of restricting heights and density in the city if they wanted to “make Dublin a Mausoleum for the Ulysses Era where James Joyce could wander around his theme park forever”. Residents have a different view. They want building height restricted, calling for an end to the “Mickey Mouse” developments of the boom era. The argument is not only about the character of these buildings, but the transient populations that they attract. The draft version of the plan – which works as a handy doorstop – is 369 pages long and over an inch think. The Planning Department has had a 14-person team working on the plan for the last two years. Roughly put, and hopefully jargon free, it sets out six main aims: promoting Dublin as the centre of the region and the focus of the Irish economy; creat-

ing mixed-tenure neighbourhoods which encourage social inclusion; improving cultural facilities; connecting the city’s public spaces; better integrating transport; and a series of environmental strategies. And, in the midst of economic turmoil, the city’s role in the national economy is not being understated. “I think a lot of people have now realised that the only show in town for the next while is Dublin. Why? Because the Dublin economy is the regional economy and the national economy, if you have a strong economy in Dublin the country will benefit,” said Keogan. The plan sets out a Core Strategy to define the overall shape of the city and attempt to encourage economic development. It defines nine new Key Development Areas, including Pelletstown and Heuston, connected by three ‘Economic Corridors’. At the cusp of the northern corridor is the 73-acre Grangegorman site, which stretches from the North Circular to the edge of Smithfield Market. The project will bring all of Dublin Institute of Technology’s (DIT) 39 sites on one campus, consolidating 10% of the country’s higher-education sector. It also provides facilities for the Health Services Executive

(HSE) and between the two should create more than 5,000 jobs. It’s a fantastic idea. The developments in the Smithfield area have served to revitalise the community and this will encourage more people to the area, which will become a major thoroughfare. Business will benefit and a huge tract of walled off no-go land will be opened up to the city. However, the planning stages for the project have already endured two years of delays, a setback attributed to the economic crisis. And each DIT building is being funded by the sale of one of the current sites, which will be leased back during construction, opening it up to the whims of the ever-fickle property market. Economic issues also serve to tie up improvements in amenities, which are often funded by development levies. Such as the Euston ‘Key Development Area’ which has had its new pedestrian and cyclist friendly infrastructure delayed. The most contentious issues in the plan were whittled down to 117 motions. And, as the deadline for completion was drawing to a close, councillors squabbled over a series of amendments on height and density issues. In the final vote it was decided that

building height in the inner city should be restricted to six stories for residential and seven for office buildings. The limit outside of the inner-city area is four stories for both however, within 500m of mainline, DART and Metro stations an additional two stories will be allowed. All of this is defined as low rise. It’s worth noting that a number of specific areas within the inner city have been permitted mid and high-rise buildings including the Docklands Cluster which has no height cap. Voting on the final two nights also decided that the LUAS Line won’t go through Brighton Square and that the façade on Fitzwilliam Street will be preserved, among a plethora of other issues that were at the heart of communities’ concerns. Councillor Perry was also successful in carrying Motion 3027 which effectively bans new off-licences except where a compelling case can be made. The final document strikes a balance of sorts. The plan facilities height and density, but puts strict restrictions on where it is permitted. And Joe Mooney’s neighbourhood has secured a Local Area Plan, increasing the community’s impact on land use and long-term planning, and maintaining the area’s low-rise status.





where do you think you’re going?

festivals words // CAOMHAN KEANE


Christmas is just around the corner and what better way to mark the gayest of seasons than to stuff the Project Arts Centre full of some yuletide queer. Queer Notions is a festival of specifically-curated homosexual ideas and performances, multi-disciplinary and more aggressive in its outlook than its predecessors. Coming off the back of the Dublin Gay Theatre Festival and the Absolut Gay Theatre Festival (where the organisers of each took a stab at theatrical spot the difference) the Queer Notions Festival is the brainchild of Thisispopbaby founder Philly McMahon. You need three points for a triangle, three wise men for your manger, and three goals for a hat-trick. But tell us Philly, why does Dublin need a third gay theatre festival? “We explore the idea of queer beyond

sexuality,” he says. “It’s built as a platform for outsiders. We’ve got so many friends who have grown up in the city and lived their life on the outside who are not gay who suddenly go ‘Wait a minute. I’m an outsider. I’m a Queer as well. Include me.’” Notions showcases an entire culture not just stories of gay life, by gay people. “It’s politicised by the very nature of the issues it covers. What it is to be a citizen in this country. As the Celtic Tiger crap is washed away people are becoming more creative in their everyday lives. Challenging the status quo.” From the get go it was clear to Philly that Queer Notions had to encourage and promote Irish performers to make up for the fact that there is no real gay theatre scene in this country. “A lot of it is just drag and it is confined to the bars. So with our first festival last year we took Panti out of the bar context and put her in a theatre so we could really hear for the first time everything that she had to say. We gave her a platform and a context.” This year the festival has gathered an array of talent at the forefront of the emerging Irish queer theatre. Marc O’Halloran breaks a ten year playwrighting silence with his play Trade, an exploration of the relationship between a 50-year old business man and a rent boy he picks up on Gardiner Street; Una McKevitt continues to expound her preferred documentary theatre format with Big Deal which is based on an email correspondence between two pre-op transsexuals while Neil Watkins presents his Year of Magical Wanking which explores the uniquely Irish guilt that comes with being an Irish gay. Among the international highlights are Peggy Shaw, a 63 year old grandmother who has spent her whole life walking the streets of New York coming up against obstacles because of her appearance, and Eddie Ladd, a Welsh drag lesbian who will helm a show about Bobby Sands, telling the 66 days of his hunger strike while running on a treadmill. “These are real Irish stories that people haven’t wanted to hear. Now they do want to hear them. There is a hunger for this type of work in the city. When you go to the UK and America you see lot of these performers who are living on the outside and showing through their work how they live. In Ireland we have similar artists and we want to do the same thing.” Queer Notions 7-11 December 2010 Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2. 01-8819613 Tickets €4-€14 // Festival Pass €60



clubbing words // PADDY O’MAHONEY pictures // JAMES CULLEN

The “beats” scene in LA seems to be thriving, how closely knit is the community there? Very. We’re all homies, no egos, no set trippin. How did your relationship with Dam Funk and J-1 come about? Before Master Blazter we were all just friends. We decided to do a freestyle jam session at our friend Ty-G’s Gallery called Hvw8. It ended up being a 120-minute podcast of original music. From that point on we knew that we were on to something and began nurturing Master Blazter. It’s a beautiful balance. I love working on my own cause I can really dig in and try anything I want... be the master of my own world. On the other hand I love playing with Master Blazter and bouncing off Dam and J-1’s energy. It pushes me to play styles and feels I might not be able to do on my own.

Dublin’s All City Records’ relationship with the city of Los Angeles is an unlikely one. Their ten part “L.A Series” of 7 inch releases has earned the label a place of importance in the city’s thriving ‘beats’ scene. With artists like Ras G and Daedulus already having contributed to the series, the 7th instalment is in the hands of Master Blazter band members Dam Funk and Computer Jay. Representing one third of Master Blazter, Computer Jay is a relative newcomer, fresh from his first release last year on Ramp Records. The synth fiend is, nevertheless, already turning heads with his crunchy analogue jams. He answered a few of our questions, touching on hardware, the city of angels, and Funkadelic.


Can you tell us a little bit about your background with music? Music has always played a major role in my life. My father worked for Motown as a youth. So you always heard that Motown sound coming out of our house. They were also huge on funk so I grew up with a lot of that as well. As far as playing, I was trained with jazz... but for the most part I’m self-taught. Are you a Los Angeles native or did you migrate? How much inspiration do you draw from the city around you? I’m a native of Los Angeles. It’s definitely helped shape who I am, and what I do. Fortunately L.A is a huge artistic hub. Throw a rock in any direction and you’ll find someone talented. When you hang around talented people it’s easy to be inspired.



You guys played at the Electric Picnic this year, any more trips to Ireland on the horizon? Ahh yes, Electric Picnic was incredible. Great experience. It was actually my birthday when we performed and Ireland most definitely celebrated it with me. I don’t think we have anything on the calendar at the moment but I know we plan on coming back in 2011. For all the tech heads out there would you mind giving us a run down on your studio/live equipment? Well I’m really big on Moogs. Currently I have a Moog Voyager and an Opus. I also have a keyboard I built called the “Moogodore 2600”. It’s part Moog, part Commodore 64, and part Atari. I even threw a touch screen on it. I use that, the Voyager, and a Rhodes for my live set up usually. I come from an MPC background for the most part as far as drum machines and sequencers... but I also use Pro Tools and Ableton. Other things I have are an Optigan, Omnichord, Compurhythm, Rhythm Ace, and of coarse Technics 1200. There’s a mix you made in tribute to Robert Moog kicking around the Internet. There are a lot of old gems on there. Are you a big record collector? Most definitely. My collection started by inheriting a crate or two from my parents. This turned into a life long obsession. It’s broadened my musical horizons a 1000 fold. Your music belies a wide musical taste, which album/ep have you listened to more than any other? Whew. I just don’t know how one could answer this question. I can say I played these records till they wouldn’t play anymore: Maggot Brain (Funkadelic), Fantastic Vol. 2 (Slum Village), and The Pleasure Principle (Gary Numan).

monitor words // IAN LAMONT picture // KEITH KLENOWSKI the-cuff, the way that some of the bands we love, like the Pixies, do. You got the feeling that those records were made really quickly. On the one hand we had more time, some songs went through so many different versions to finally get to what we were happy with, but then like I said there was a looser feel, a grungier sonic, especially in the guitar. On Boxer, there’s a lot of finger picking and subtle acoustic playing whereas High Violet is thicker, almost a My Bloody Valentine atmosphere to it. I think the plan is usually just to not repeat ourselves. We don’t need to make another Alligator or another Boxer. Especially Matt, I would say, whether it would be in writing his lyrics or the range he’s singing in, or the types of melodies or even some of the rhythms he’s singing on this record are far more adventurous than anything he’s done before.

arrangements if they really help push the song to a place that feels more interesting or even more subversive. Sometimes an arrangement can help put it on its edge a little bit. But that said we often over-arrange our songs, we’ve had huge arrangements that we ended up pulling layer and layer away from. Nico did a few arrangements for the record, which were amazing, but we didn’t feel like some of the others were the right vibe, so Vanderlyle was the one that we really used. Nico’s also someone that I work with on other [projects], we’re actually co-writing some music together for a concert in February in Brooklyn.

Are you going to be playing any new songs for the gigs coming up in December? We are actually writing new songs, which we’ve never done before on the road. It’s been exciting. There’s some new stuff on the expanded edition of High Violet, Wake Up Your Saints and You Were A Kindness, that I think are as good as anything on the album so it’s possible we’ll play either of those. I’m not sure if we’re ready to unveil the new songs quite yet. They go through all kinds of changes before we’re ready to play them. There’ll be a bunch of stuff that we haven’t played in Dublin before. New versions of older songs and some stuff from the back catalogue that people haven’t heard in a long time. Dublin is, if not the greatest, then in the top three places in the entire world for us to play. Across Europe we’re playing venues that are usually twice the size of the Olympia so it’s really nice to come back and play that theatre which we know really well and is just so beautiful.

With the National do you think pretty clearly about what you have in mind for what the album is going to be, or is it more that all the writers come in with different pieces and it forms itself? We’re not a concept-driven band the way some of our peers might be. The biggest change on this record was that we built our own recording studio. I think that the songs are sonically more developed and then also, we’ve always aspired to make records that sound looser and more off-

It’s not a coincidence that you’re back playing three nights there again. In Dublin, the choice of the next room up would be more like a sports centre. We don’t want to put our audience in that situation! It certainly happens in some places, but in London you can play the Brixton Academy, which people seem to really like going to. For Dublin it made more sense for us to play multiple nights at the Olympia and just to keep doing that because we love it there.

/FX:PSL$BSFT 5IF/BUJPOBM Aside from playing guitar with the National, Bryce Dessner has made his name by dipping his talented fingers into a variety of different pies. In between organizing Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival, playing guitar with Steve Reich, Bang on a Can All-Stars and Clogs, curating last year’s Dark Was The Night charity compilation with his twin brother Aaron and composing for Kronos Quartet (amongst others), it’s a wonder he has enough time to be playing Ireland for the second, third and fourth times this year with the National. These concerts in the Olympia Theatre represent a reprise of a three-night stint from May 2008, this time promoting this year’s brooding High Violet record, which was recently re-issued with a disc of bonus cuts. On Dark Was The Night, you worked with Nico Muhly. Would you go down the route of expansive orchestration on future records or do you try and keep it in-house? Vanderlyle on High Violet is arranged by Nico as well and you can kind of tell. He’s a close friend and I expect that we’ll be working with him again. We only do


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Juggling the responsibilities of artistic director, producer, acting trainer and head of fundraising for Focus Theatre, Joe Devlin is the epitome of a proficient multi-tasker. The small but highly influential theatre in the heart of Dublin is rapidly regaining ground since it reopened its doors after a four year hiatus. Rather than having the strings of economic success and artistic satisfaction constantly pulling at the work produced in the theatre, the ethos of The Focus allows Joe to cover highly experimental ground in Irish and international theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve re-invented the space in terms of incubating small-scale arthouse projects that can then be toured economically throughout Ireland and internationally.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; The theatre doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily have the same fight to get bums on seats as the larger theatres do purely because they can never compete with the theatres which exist only because of their profit making ability. Due to the financial restrictions on the theatre, it is run quite differently to any other theatre in the city, both artistically in terms of production and economically. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you come from general mainstream theatre what you get is a very clean, intellectual and cold production,â&#x20AC;? he explains. The locus of the theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s aim is based around the Stanislavski method of acting, brought to Ireland by the theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s founder Deirdre Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell. Joe incorporates an integrated version of this training method to his acting direction to provide his students with a heightened sense of reality within a role. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This method brings a level of emotional and imaginative connection to the work so that the audience have more of a human contact with the work as opposed to just receiving information,â&#x20AC;? he says. Devlinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s own training and teaching experience, ranging from the Uniter Theatre Union in Bucharest to extensive work with Irish institutions, brings about â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a

)PDVT'PDVT UIFSFCJSUIPG GPDVTUIFBUSF bigger palette and more experimental workâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; with a strong emphasis on new writing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;New, young writing is something we feel very strongly about because where do we get the new Brian Friels from? We can take that risk because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re an Art house and maybe the bigger venues canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do so just yet. So we would be the first step for new experimental work.â&#x20AC;? The theatre acts an incubator for new experimental writing. Here it can be road tested before its mainstream unveiling. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We build the profile of the artist and with the momentum created they may premiere their plays on the main stage in the Abbey.â&#x20AC;? The experimental nature of the theatre allows the focus to churn out an impressive quantity of productions throughout the year on a shoe string budget. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not commercial, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t compete, and we work with very small budgets,â&#x20AC;? he says. Nevertheless, being a community based theatre, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;we would generate 12 to 15 shows a year which can tour and we also have an outreach project that works with young people.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Rather than producing only economically viable, internationally renowned plays, the theatre gives a platform to budding home-grown talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We focus on building links with indigenous Dublin audiences.â&#x20AC;? With an emphasis on attracting a Dublin based clientele, The Focus draws creatively from a broad spectrum of Irish society by creating interactive opportunities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We provide a training program which runs for 20-30 weeks of the year, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just had a drugs awareness program, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve an outreach project for people over 50 to develop their creativity. We also work with a disa-

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bled group of actors and people with learning difficulties.â&#x20AC;? Although the theatre itself only seats 60 people Devlin is not worried about this as a limitation to Focusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability to produce work. The physical boundaries of the theatre are an accepted fact and one with which established links can lend a hand to broadly distribute work and income. â&#x20AC;&#x153;At the moment we work closely with the Tivoli. The idea with this is that we incubate the projects in The Focus, we get our packages together and then we bring in live producers to take those projects and produce them on the road, generating income for everybody involved, when they go into larger venues.â&#x20AC;? Being the only full time employee of the Focus, Devlin relies on the goodwill of volunteers, who in turn get intensive hands on experience and an all rounded education of the cogs and gears of the theatre. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not ideal, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t pay a large amount of money out, but we give a lot of young people training who then eventually go out to front of house, administration, box office and marketing. So theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re getting a lot of work experience, in turn making them very employable in the industry.â&#x20AC;? The lack of personnel and funding has not stifled the Focusâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; ability to rack up the awards and achievements. With internationally acclaimed actors such as Gabriel Byrne, Tom Hickey and Joan Bergin (now a world leading costume designer) having come through the ranks, the theatre is not short of prestige and recognition. After picking up The Writers Guild of Great Britain Award for The Encouragement of New Work in 2008 and having worked as advisors on Pantakinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s award winning production of Lâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Utima Casa at the Biennale, Venice, the future looks bright for the little theatre with the big voice.

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Funk 9pm ■ 1957 The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Blues, Ska Free ■ Soup Bitchin’ Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay student night ■ The Song Room The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Live music 8.30pm, Free

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■ Songs of Praise The Village, 26 Wexford St., D2 The city’s rock and roll karaoke institution enters its fifth year. 9pm, Free

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■ Control/Delete Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 Indie and Electro 11pm, €3/4 ■ Davina’s House Party The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Drinks Promos, Killer Tunes and Hardcore Glamour 9pm, Free before 11pm, €4 with flyer ■ After Work Party The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Live Rock with Totally Wired. 6pm, Free before 11pm ■ Big Time! The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 You Tube nights, hat partys... make and do for grown ups! With a DJ. ■ The Panti Show Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Gay cabaret. 10pm ■ Mofo + One By One + DJ

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10.30pm ■ Disco Not Disco Shine Bar, 40 Wexford St, D2 Disco, house, funk & soul 9.30pm ■ Fridays @ The Turk’s Head The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Live guest bands and DJs 11pm, Free ■ Rotate Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Oliver T Cunningham mixes it up for the weekend! 8pm, Free ■ Friday Tea-Time Club Break for the Border, Johnston’s Place, Lower Stephens St, D2 Karaoke with Cormac and Stevo from 6pm. Budweiser promotions. DJs until late. ■ Fridays @ Café En Seine Café En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJS and dancing until 3am. Cocktail promotions 8pm, Free ■ Cosmopolitan Club M, Anglesea St, Temple Bar, D1 Chart, Dance, R&B 11pm, €9 with flyer

■ Tanked-Up Tramco Nightclub, Rathmines Student Night, Drinks From €2 10:30pm, €5

■ Afrobass South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Dub, Ska, Afrobeat 9pm, Free

■ Jugs Rock O’Reillys, Tara St. Late Rock Bar, All Pints €3.20, Pitchers €8 9pm, €5

■ Foreplay Friday The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2 R ‘n’ B, Hip Hop, Garage 10.30pm, €10 after 11pm

■ Thirsty Student Purty Loft, Dun Laoghaire Student Night, All Drinks €3.50 10pm, €5 entry

■ Hells Kitchen The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Funk and Soul classics Free

■ Davina’s Club Party The George, George’s St., D2 Free, 11pm Davina Divine hosts with Peaches Queen, Bare Buff Butlers & Special Guests

Fridays ■ Housemusicweekends Pygmalion, Sth. William St., D2 House music magnet with special guests each week 12pm, Free ■ NoDisko Pravda, Lower Liffey Street, D1 Indie/Rock N Roll/ Dance 10pm – 2.30pm.

■ Friday Night Globe DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 DJ Eamonn Barrett plays an eclectic mix 11pm, Free ■ Ri-Ra Guest Night Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 International and home-grown DJ talent 11pm, €10 from 11.30pm ■ Late Night Fridays The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Residents include The Burlesque and Cabaret Social Club & Choice Cuts 11pm

Jenny T Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 9pm – 1.30am ■ The Bionic Rats The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Dance, Jump and Skii to Reggae and Ska Free, 10pm ■ DJ Dexy Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Energetic blend of dancefloor fillers Free, 11pm ■ Eamonn Barrett

■ T.P.I. Fridays Pygmalion, South William St, D2 Pyg residents Beanstalk, Larry David Jr. + guests play an eclectic warm-up leading up to a guest house set every week. 9pm, Free ■ Hustle The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Dance floor Disco, Funk and favourites. All Cocktails €5/. Pints, Shorts & Shots €4 10pm, Free ■ Friday Hi-Fi Alchemy, 12-14 Fleet St, D2 Rock, Funky House and Disco

■ War Andrew’s Lane Theatre Indie, Electro and Pop 10pm, Free before 11pm, €7/€10 ■ Al Redmond Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 R’n’B, House, Chart 9pm ■ Fridays @ V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 Progressive Tribal, Techno and Trance 10pm, €5 before 11pm, €10 after

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■ Sticky Disco The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 A gay techno electro disco in the club and indie, rock, pop, mash and gravy in the main room 10pm, Free til 11pm, €7 after ■ Sub Zero Transformer (below The Oak), Parliment St, D2 Indie, Rock, Mod 11pm, Free ■ Stephens Street Social Club Bia Bar, 28/30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Funk, Soul, Timeless Classics ■ Panticlub Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 DJ Paddy Scahill Free before 11pm, €5 with flyer, €8 without ■ Music with Words The Grand Social, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 Indie, Ska, Soul, Electro 9.30pm, Free ■ Processed Beats Searsons, 42-44 Baggot St. Upper, D4 Indie, Rock, Electro 9pm, Free ■ Late Night Live Gaiety Theatre Live music 11pm, €TBC ■ The Bodega Social Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Soul and Disco with Eamonn Barrett 11pm, €10 (ladies free before midnight) ■ Scribble The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, House, Dubstep, Hip Hop 8pm, Free ■ Room Service Feile, Wexford St., D2 Latin, Funk, Disco, uplifting Choons and Classics 9pm, Free ■ Frat Fridays Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 Student night with drinks promos and DJ Karen 10pm ■ John Fitz + The K9s + DJ

Marina play House and Latino Breaks and Beats in the club 10pm, Free ■ Basement Traxx Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Freestyle club with DJ’s Half Dutch and Dejackulate spinning funk breaks, hip hop, ska, reggae and party nuggets 10pm, Free ■ Let’s Make Party The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 With DJ Mikki Dee 10pm, Free ■ DJ Barry Dunne Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm ■ Anto’s X Factor The George, George’s St., D2 Free, 9pm The search for Dublin’s singing sensation is back! Prize €1,000 & Professsional Recording Session followed by DJ Karen

Saturdays ■ Shindig Shebeen Chic, Georges St, D2 Each and every Saturday you’ll find the Shindig Crew rocking Shebeen Chic’s quirky Bar with an eclectic mix of music to move to. Free, 8pm

■ DJ Ronan M and DJ Ross Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Funky Friday and music mayhem Free, 11pm ■ Green Sunrise The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Funky club house, Elektronika and Disco with some guilty pleasures Free ■ Fridays @ 4 Dame Lane 4 Dame Lane, D2 Rock n Roll with Rory Montae in the bar while Aoife Nicanna and



■ Saturday with Resident DJ Club M, Blooms Hotel, D2 Chart, Dance and R&B 10:30PM, €15/€12 with flyer ■ Viva! Saturdays The Turk’s Head, Parliament St & Essex Gate, Temple Bar, D1 Retro club with house, electro and 80s 11pm, free ■ Saturdays @ Café En Seine Café En Seine, 39 Dawson St, D2 DJs and dancing until 2.30pm. Cocktail promotions 10pm, Free

DJ Keith P Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 New live band plays every Saturday night 8pm, Free ■ DJ Dexy and DJ Aido Fitzsimons Club, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Dublin’s biggest party night 11pm, Free ■ Saturdays @ Break for the

Border Lower Stephen’s St, D2 Current chart favourites from DJ Eric Dunne and DJ Mark McGreer. 1pm, Free

■ Konstrukt The Grand Social, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 DJ Eamonn Barrett. Indie/ Electro/Party Anthems. 10pm - 2.30a.

■ Transmission The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Indie and dance with international guests 11pm, varies

■ Propaganda The Academy, Middle Abbey St. D2 British indie disco conglomerate 11pm, €5

■ Pogo The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 House, Funk, Techno 11pm, €10 (varies if guest)

■ Solar The Bull and Castle, 5 Lord Edward St., D2 Soul, Funk, Disco 11pm, Free

■ Pentagon POD and Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Access all areas at the Pod complex with local residents and special guest DJ slots over five rooms 11pm, €12

■ Squeeze Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St., D2 Aidan Kelly does his thing. Expect the unexpected. 8pm, Free ■ A Jam Named Saturday Anseo, Camden St., D2 DJs Lex Woo, Mr. Whippy, Matjazz, Warm DJ & friends. Jazz, disco, breaks, latin, hip-hop, house, afrobeat, funk, breakbeat, soul, reggae, brazilian, jungle. 7pm, Free ■ The Matinee Brunch Club The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Super family friendly brunch club. Kids movies on the big screen at 3PM. 12pm – 6pm, Free ■ Dizzy Disko, Andrews Lane Theatre, Andrews Lane, D2 11pm, €10

Commercial Electro 10:30pm, €5 before 12, €8 after

9pm, Free before 10pm, €10 after

■ Saturday Night Globe DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 DJ Dave Cleary plays an eclectic mix 11pm, Free

■ Basement Club Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Pop and Electro

■ Space... The Vinyl Frontier Ri-Ra, Dame Court, D2 Soul, Funk, Disco, Electro with DJ’s Glen and Gary from Beatfinder Records 11pm, Free

The Wright Venue, South Quarter, Airside Business Park, Swords, Co Dublin Rock, Pop, Hip-hop, Dance 10pm

■ Flirt Alchemy, 12-14 Fleet St, D2 Sultry, Funky and Sexy Beat alongside Chart Hits 10.30pm ■ The Weird Scientist Eamonn Doran’s, 3a Crown Alley, Temple Bar, D2 11pm, €8/5 ■ Laundry Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Bumpin House, Techno, Disco, Nu Disco 10pm, Free ■ Sugar Club Saturdays The Sugar Club, 8 Lwr. Leeson St, D2 Salsa, Swing, Ska, Latin 11pm, €15 ■ Reloaded The Academy, Middle Abbey St, D2

■ Dancehall Styles The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 International dance hall style 11pm, €5 ■ The Workers Party Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 With DJ Ilk 9pm

■ Saturday @ The Wright


■ Irish Reggae Dance Peader Kearney’s, 64 Dame St, D2 Reggae 10pm, €5 ■ The Promised Land The Dice Bar, Queen St, Smithfield, D7 Soul, Funk, Disco Free

■ Guest band + DJ KK and

■ Late Night Live Gaiety Theatre Live music 11pm, €TBC

Darren C and DJ Mick B Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 Free, 8pm – 2.30am

■ KISS Twentyone Club and Lounge, D’Olier St, D2 Keep It Sexy Saturdays with DJ Robbie Dunbar 10pm, Free before 11pm, €8 after

■ Saturdays @ V1 The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, D1 R ‘n’ B, Soul and Hip Hop with regular guest DJs ■ Wes Darcy Sin, Sycamore St, Temple Bar, D2 R’n’B 9pm ■ Basement Traxx Transformer (below The Oak), Parliment St, D2 Indie, Rock 11pm, Free ■ Downtown Searsons, 42-44 Baggot St. Upper, D4 Indie, Soul, Chart 10pm, Free ■ Strictly Handbag Bodega Club, Pavilion Centre, Marine Rd, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin 80s with DJ Mark Kelly 10pm, €10 ■ Toejam The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Afternoon: Car boot sales, film clubs, music lectures, t-shirt making etc. Later on: Resident DJs playing Soul, Funk, House, Electro ■ Sidesteppin’ Bia Bar, 28/30 Lwr Stephens St, D2 Old School Hip Hop, Funk 45s, Reggae 8pm, Free ■ Saturday @ The Village The Village, 26 Wexford St, D2 Pete Pamf, Morgan, Dave Redsetta & Special Guests 11pm ■ Whigfield Pygmalion, Sth. William St., D2 House and techno til late, with special guests each week 10pm, Free ■ DJ Karen @ The Dragon The Dragon, Sth Great Georges St, D2 House music 10pm ■ Beauty Spot Karaoke The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Karaoke and DJ Miguel Gonzelez playing super sexy Spanish House.

■ Session Pygmalion, Powerscourt Centre, D2 Cheap drink and Hilary Rose on the decks Free before 4pm, €5 after

■ Punch The Good Bits Indie/Disco in one room and Techno/House and Electro in the main room 11pm, €2 between 11-11:30

■ Hang the DJ The Globe, 11 Sth Great Georges St, D2 Rock, Indie, Funk, Soul 9pm, Free

■ Saturdays @ 4 Dame Lane 4 Dame Lane, D2 Goldy mixes beats/breaks/ hip hop and funk in the bar and Gaviscon plays everything under the sun in the club 10pm, Free

■ Gay Cabaret The Purty Kitchen, 34/35 East Essex St, Temple Bar, D2 Gay cabaret show 9pm, Free before 11pm ■ 12 Sundays The Bernard Shaw, 11 - 12 Sth Richmond St, Portobello, D2 Funk, Disco, House 6pm – 12am, Free

■ Eardrum Buzz Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 House party vibes with Thatboytim playing mix of dance floor classics with of hip hop, reggae, ska, rock, electro and teenage memories. 10pm, Free

■ DJ Karen The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Pop Commercial and Funky House Free before 11pm, €5 with flyer, €8 without

■ DJ Stephen James Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm

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Shirley Temple Bar The George, Sth Great Georges St, D2 Bingo & Cabaret with Shirley Temple Bar 8.30pm, Free

■ Rocked O Reillys, Tara St. Launching 9th October with LLUTHER, Rock DJ,All pints €3.20, Pitchers €9 9pm, €5

■ Elbow Room South William, 52 Sth William St, D2 Jazz, Soul, Disc & Latin 8pm, Free

■ Saturdays @ Purty Loft Purty Loft Nightclub, Dun Laoghaire Funky House & RnB DJs, 10pm, €10

■ Alan Keegan + One By

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Fitzsimons Bar, 21-22 Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 9pm, Free

■ Ear Candy Solas Bar, 31 Wexford St, D2 Disco tunes and Funk Classics to finish the weekend. 8pm, Free

■ M.A.S.S (music/arts/sights/


■ Jitterbop The Grand Social, Lwr. Liffey St, D1 DJ Oona Fortune. Rockabilly/ Swinging Sounds. 8pm - 11pm

Hogans, 35 Sth Gt Georges St, D2 Power FM curates a night of sights & sounds with Dublin based Arts collective Tinderbox providing visuals and Power FM’s DJ’s playing Soul to Rock n Roll to Punk 7pm, Free

■ The Matinee Brunch Club The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Super family friendly brunch club. Kids movies on the big screen 3PM. 12pm – 6pm, Free

■ Get Over Your Weekend Panti Bar, 7-8 Capel St, D1 Lounge around with Penny the Hound. All drinks half plrice all day. 1pm, Free

■ Sundown Bia Bar, Lwr. Stephen’s St., D2 Chill-out house, funk, electronics and acoustic 10pm, Free

■ DJ Paul Manning Buskers, Temple Bar, D2 Chart Pop, Current Indie and Rock Music 10pm

■ The Latin Beat The Odeon, Old Harcourt St. Station, D2 Learn to dance Salsa & Samba from some of the best instructors in Ireland. Classes from 6pm, club from 8pm - late, Free

■ Sunday Roast The Globe, Georges St, D2 9pm, Free ■ Magnificent 7’s 4 Dame Lane, D2 The Ultimate Single’s Night Free, 7pm

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Clubbing once-offs December Friday Dec 4th ■ Nightflight: Donal Dineen,

Sarsparilla, Laser Tom & The Blast Crew The Grand Social (formerly Pravda) Liffey St, D1 A triple- header of outstanding local talent. Allegedly this will be Sarsparilla’s last ever performance. A sad day if the rumours are true. 9pm, 10€

Thurs Dec 9th ■ Caribou The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 After his swashbuckling Electric Picnic performance, Dan Snaith’s return to Dublin is possibly the most anticipated gig of the year. Lucky you if you’ve got a ticket. 7.30pm, €16 ■ South William 4th

Birthday Party South William, Sth William St., D2 With M*A*S*H DJs Matjazz, Baby Dave, and Lex Woo 9pm, Free

Fri Dec 10th ■ Matthias Tannzman Crawdaddy, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 German producer’s return date with the DITBH crew. 11pm, €15 ■ Family South William, Sth William St., D2 With Dave Salacious and Friends 8.30pm, Free ■ Drumbeats South William, Sth William St., D2 With Keith O’Reilly and Bongo Jason 11pm, Free

Sat Dec 11th ■ Daniel Wang & Space

Dimension Controller The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey St, D2 Tasty double bill from Diskotekken and Bodytonic.

Daniel Wang’s uber camp disco, offset by Belfast wonderboy SDC. 10pm, €10 ■ Leftfield Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Take a trip down nostalgia lane. Sold out. 7.30pm, €38.50

Thurs Dec 16th ■Q South William, Sth William St., D2 With Godsendmedia 9pm, €TBA

■ Bookashade Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Germany’s premiere adlib-crazy producers.” Hello Dublin” 11pm, €25

■ Go 4 It! South William, Sth William St., D2 With Matjazz and Jazzbin Hip-hop, breakbeat, jungle, and jazz 10pm, Free

■ Surgeon and Rob Hall The Button Factory, Curved St, Temple Bar, D2 Hard as nails techno with a classy touch. 11pm, €15

■ Soft Rocks & Automatic

■ Juice Box South William, Sth William St., D2 With Chewy and friends 8.30pm, Free

The Sugar Club, 8 Lower Leeson St Wicklow lad Automatic Tasty has a live show that is not to be missed. Bristol based disco quartet Soft Rocks and the Fatty Fatty DJs round out the bill.

Sat Dec 18th

■ Leftfield Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Bumper date due to nostalgic demand. 7.30pm, €38.50

■ Robert Hood The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, D2 The infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano spoiled this for everyone last time around. Raw, sinewy, techno. 11pm, €12

Tues Dec 14th ■ Deadmau5 ,Steve Aoki and

Calvin Harris The O2, Northwall Quay, D1 Holy trinity of complete and utter saps. 6.30pm, €49.20

■ The Japanese Popstars,

The Subs, Kormac’s Big Band 10 euro 17.50

■ Christmas Wrap Party South William, Sth William St., D2 Christmas tunes, mulled wine, mince pies, and free wrapping paper 2pm, Free

Tripod, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Total mixed bag for this NYE bash. Kormac’s Big Band should steal the show.

Sun Dec 26th

10pm, €17.50

■ Bizaro 2.0 South William, Sth William St., D2 DJ Fassman plays electroswing 10.30pm, Free

Sun Dec 12th

■ Jimmy B & Lil Dave Bernard Shaw, Sth Richmond Street, Portobello Bastardo and Diddlefingers take their annual BS bow. Good times 4pm, Free

■ 12 Christmas party Bernard Shaw, Sth Richmond Street, Portobello Annual Bernard Shaw Christmas bash; In their words” Our trusty residents train-

Fri Dec 24th

Fri Dec 17th

■ Pow Wow South William, Sth William St., D2 With DJs Mark Kelly and Brian Cuddy 9pm, Free


Sun Dec 19th

■ 2000&One Crawdaddy, Old Harcourt Station, Harcourt St, D2 Dutch tech house dj debuts at Pod’s new Saturday night Podium. 11pm, €10 ■ Best Foot Forward South William, Sth William St., D2 DJs Rizm and Colm K 9pm, Free ■ Jampot South William, Sth William St., D2 Greg and Lime spin Saturday night house 10.30pm, Free

wrecking and sipping on egg nog.” 4pm, Free

Wed Dec 22nd

■ Subculture Tripod With John O’Callaghan, John Askew and Ummet Ozcan 10pm, €24.50

■ Scott McNaughton’s Xmas

Funktion South William, Sth William St., D2 Disco and house 9pm, Free ■ Don’t Like Wednesday

with Hugh Cooney Pygmalion, Powerscourt Centre, D2 A special Christmas performance from our very own cover Santa. 8pm, Free

Tues Dec 23rd ■ DJ Mydas and Friends South William, Sth William St., D2 Reggae/dancehall 9pm, Free

■ Heartthrob & Paco Osuna Pygmalion, Powerscourt Centre, D2 Pyg’s Will Fly presents two of the best producers come Djs around, with support from Fratboy Babe-Stealer & Johnmantis 9pm, €TBC

■ Shock NYE Twisted Pepper, 11 Middle Abbey St, D1 Ewan Pearson plus a bevy of top drawer local talent: Mark Allton, Diamond Dagger (formerly Sarsparilla), Jon Averill, All City DJs and more. 9pm, 15€ ■ New Years Countdown

Getdown South William, Sth William St., D2 SW DJs ring in the new year 9pm, Free

Thurs Dec 30th

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■ Funk 45s South William, Sth William St., D2 Funk, soul, latin, hip-hop, dancefloor-jazz, afrobeat, disco and breaks 8.45pm, Free

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Fri Dec 31st

Visual Art December Bad Art Gallery 79 Francis Street, D8

■ The Bad Art Gallery

Christmas Show Everything on an 8x10 inch canvas and all paintings under €500 December 1 - January 14

in the mid-seventh century. This epic poem of some 60,000 verses was completed in the year 1010 by the poet Firdawsi and to mark the 1000th anniversary of this great event, the Chester Beatty Library is presenting a major exhibition of some 150 paintings, all drawn from it own important Shahnama collection. November 19 - March 20

Chester Beatty Dublin Castle, D2

■ Heroes and Kings of the

Douglas Hyde Gallery Trinity College, D2

Shahnama The Shahnama (Book of Kings) is one of the great classics of world literature. Frequently referred to as the Iranian national epic, it relates the glorious tales of the heroes and kings of Iran, from the dawn of time until the Islamic conquest



■ Jockum Nordstrom: While

the Mortar Dries Jockum Nordstrom’s drawings and collages tell dreamy stories that are strangely brittle; they may look like illustrations for children’s books, but this is mis-

leading, because they have a tough adult edge. His work, which also has a strong kinship with folk and outsider art, succeeds in avoiding pastiche and cuteness. November 12 - January 12 ■ Boucherouite Rag Rugs

from Morocco The boucherouite is a Moroccan ‘rag rug’ made by hand from all kinds of recycled materials, including plastic, nylon, and lurex. Made for local use, these extraordinary weavings break away from traditional North African conventions of design, texture, and colour; they also raise many intriguing questions about changes in socio-economic conditions and the impact of western culture on traditional societies. November 12 - January 12


Blanchardstown Centre, D15 ■ Amharc Fhine Gall VII Annual exhibition is showcasing the work of Fingal artists, particularly recent graduates. November 12 - January 22 ■ Home Graphic Studio Dublin rounds off its 50th Anniversary with a Members’ Exhibition on the theme of ‘Home’. The title refers to our notions of belonging and family and is particularly relevant at this time of year, a time when we return to the places and people that create our own sense of home. All the feature prints showcase the finest skills in fine art printmaking techniques, including etching,

lithography, woodblock print, linocut and a variety of mixed media techniques. All works are priced under €250. November 12 - January 22

The Green Gallery

Colaiste Bride, New Road, Clondalkin, D22 ■ This Land Again by Peter

Murray This Land Again is a series of landscape images that has been evolving over the last two years. The locations depicted within the images span all four provinces. From the northern point of the Giant’s Causeway to the opposite extreme of Dursey Island off the Beara peninsula, there’s a wide

range of locations and it’s interesting to see just how much variety is offered by the landscape of this small Island. It offers a series of images mapping a unique and modern vision representing the entire country. This vision does not necessarily depict Irish landscape in picturesque grandeur; instead it offers a realist view of how Ireland is being shaped by the current population. In documenting this impermanence the series attempts to present an archival snapshot of Irish landscape in the early 21st century. November 17 - December 14

Green on Red Gallery Lombard Street, D2

■ Two-fold by Bea

McMahon Bea McMahon mostly uses video, sculptures and drawings to articulate her ideas, which weave a strange and boundless path between an inner reality of thought and the ordinary outside world. Although her practice does not subscribe to an obvious visual lexicon of science, it does rely on thought processes she learnt through the study of mathematics – one that exists in a state before logic and before language. November 11 - December 11

Hillsboro Fine Art Gallery ■ Annual Christmas

Exhibition Gallery and invited artists. December 2 - December 22

will configure his artworks in new forms that have emblematic meaning to his interest the Augustan era and its polysemous aesthetics. November 19 - April 10


Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, D8

■ Graphic Studio: 50 Years

in Dublin Graphic Studio marks the gift of more than 30 fine art prints to the collection of the Irish Museum of Modern Art on the occasion of Graphic Studio Dublin’s 50th anniversary, which IMMA is delighted to receive to add to its holding of modern and contemporary prints as part of the National Collections of Ireland. September 8 – January 3 ■ Post-War American Art:

Hugh Lane Gallery

Charlemont House, Parnell Square North, D1 ■ The Golden Bough: Gavin

Murphy Gavin Murphy makes works through an assemblage of unique fabricated elements, sourced and found objects, video, sound and photography. Using cultural matter as his material-medium, he references art, history and theory to form a spatial and temporal narrative arc made up of intercommunicating texts, combined with an interest in the sculptural possibilities of cinematic structures and mise en scène. November 4 - January 16 ■ Richard Tuttle Richard Tuttle ‘Triumphs’ at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is a site specific exhibition and collaboration with the artist. Responding to the local as encountered in the early Georgian architecture of the main gallery Charelmont House (designed by Sir William Chambers in 1765) and to the Hugh Lane collection (established in 1908), Richard Tuttle will install a Polysemous multipart horizontal installation in the galley’s new wing (2006). In works such as the shaped plywood wall reliefs of the 1990’s to recent handmade printed paper assemblages, Richard Tuttle

The Novak/O’Doherty Collection This exhibition marks the generous gift of works by art historian Barbara Novak and artist Brian O’Doherty / Patrick Ireland to the IMMA Collection. September 8 – January 30 ■ The Moderns In celebration of the 20th anniversary of IMMA’s foundation in 2011 the Museum is presenting The Moderns, a major exhibition from its Collection which occupies almost the entire Museum. October 20 - April 3

Jorgensen Fine Art Gallery 16 Herbert Street

■ Christmas Fair The ultimate in Christmas gifts of exceptional value. Paintings, antique furniture, china, glass, lamps, candlesticks, tea caddies & other collectibles. November 29 - December 24

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery

3a Chancery Lane, D8 ■ Geraldine O’Neill December 2 – 23

The LAB Foley St, D1

■ Short Answers to Long,

Complicated Questions The LAB has brought together the work of three artists whose interest in the appropriation of imagery binds them together. Their use of the everyday imagery that clutters our minds results in both ordered and chaotic creations that align familiar objects and images in re-contextualised environments. The works utilise the abundance of material and information we absorb in daily life, arranging and organising them in creations which present new, often fantastical, representations of the world from which they were sourced. The exhibition features painting, drawing and sculpture from Irish artist Mark McGreevy and American artists Matthew Northridge and John J. O’Connor. November 5 - January 8

Mother’s Tankstation

41-43 Watling Street, Usher’s Island, D8 ■ Laura Buckley: Waterlilies Waterlilies, as an on-going example of Buckley’s practice, pushes and tests collected fragments of her everyday reality through the exteriorizing constructs or machinations of movement, the fragmentation of mirrors and motors. This objectification provides the viewer with glanced insights into the idea of another’s ordinariness, to which the viewer is posited ambiguously between privileged confidant and voyeur. November 3 - December 11

National Gallery Ireland Merrion Square, D2

■ Colour and Light: Caring

For Turner’s Watercolours The annual exhibition of Turner’s watercolours returns for the month of January again. This year, the theme is ‘care of the collection, past and present’. Henry Vaughan, the English collector who bequeathed the collection to the Gallery in 1900, was very aware of how delicate and light sensitive watercolours are. This is one of the reasons he stipulated that the watercolours be displayed in January only, when the natural light levels are at their lowest. Due to modern lighting technology, it is now possible to show the works

in a controlled environment suited to the display of works on paper, however, the National Gallery continues to adhere to the tradition of showing the Turner watercolours in January. The exhibition will be complemented by a display of silhouettes and miniatures from the Mary A. McNeill Bequest. January 1 - 31

NCAD Gallery Thomas Street, D8

■ A Space For Learning An innovative exhibition from the Irish Architecture Foundation, showcasing a unique collaborative project between architects/ architectural graduates and transition-year students. Ten architect-student teams created films, installations, models and drawings to illustrate their ideas about learning environments. This exhibition opens up a new discussion on school-building design, highlighting issues such as sustainability, light, shape and colour in educational spaces. November 5 - January 29

Oisin Gallery Westland Row, D2

■ DU Visual Arts Society 2nd

Annual Student & Staff Art Exhibition In keeping with the success of last year’s exhibition the DU Visual Arts Society will host their second exhibition of artworks by both the staff and students of Trinity College in the Oisin Gallery on Westland Row. The exhibition will be open to public viewing on the 8th and 9th of December, with a special preview on the evening of Tuesday 7th December from 6.30pm. DU Visual Arts were voted Best Small Society in 2010 due to the dedication of both committee and society members. The Society is a longstanding student-run body in Trinity College that encourages engagement with, and the discourse of, the visual arts. December 8-9

Project Arts Centre Temple Bar, D2

■ The Repetition Festival

Show Exhibition bringing together four film installations and a selection of artworks by Clemens von

Wedemeyer. In his films Clemens von Wedemeyer addresses the critical issues that form our daily realities – migration, diaspora, social isolation – whilst constantly probing the relationship between film and its consumers. Von Wedemeyer often employs the conventions of documentary filmmaking (although his films are not documentaries), and includes a behind the scenes component to some of his films to underscore the fictional or subjective realities of the moving image. November 25 - February 19 ■ Liliquoi Blue: God Made

Me a Boy In 2009, Qasim Riza Shaheen, a Manchester-based British visual artist was invited to develop work that responded to the changing demographics of Dublin City Centre, where an abundance of hair dressers, beauty parlors, restaurants and karaoke bars have emerged over the past ten years, created by and catering largely for the new immigrant populations. Qasim connected with members of the transgendered Filipino community in Dublin through the north inner city hair salon they frequent, and through these connections developed Liliquoi Blue: God Made Me a Boy. The piece consists of three video adaptations titled Father I have sinned I, II and III that explore ideas around beautification, gender, memories and fantasies, while also telling very personal stories of longing and transformation. December 7 - 11


RHA Members’ Drawing November 19 - December 19 George Dawson HRHA November 19 - Decmeber 19

Severed Head 16 Lower Mount St, D2

■ Dallas Seitz Shot is an exhibition of works that bring together video, sculpture, and photography spanning the last five years. The exhibition includes photographs taken of museum archives and dioramas in Alberta and Arizona. Video and sculptural work documenting the hunting and skinning of a coyote in Canada, an installation built from objects and illustrations from the book, ‘Guns and how to use them’ and three new photographic works; ‘Artemis’, ‘Daphne’ and ‘Persophone’ which use still life’s as symbolic representations of Roman mythological characters. November 19 - December 10

Science Gallery Trinity College, Pearse Street, D2

■ Green Machines An exhibition about sustainable designs from around the world, putting the visitor in the role of an investor, choosing the design that they feel has the strongest merit and tracking the designs on the Science Gallery stock exchange. Green Machines also aims to inspire and spot the next ecoentrepreneur and breakthrough sustainable designer. October 15 - December 17

15 Ely Place, D2

Stone Gallery

■ Clare Langan, ‘The

Pearse Street, D2

Wildernness, Part I’ The Wilderness. Part 1, surveys a landscape of abandon, darkened by uncertain catastrophe. A requiem for a vanishing planet, The Wilderness, Part 1 is an examination of an extinct world that strangely resembles our own. Shot in infrared HD video and with the use of hand-made filters, the images of the Irish landscape echo graphite drawings. Movement in the film is subtle and minimal with the drama set by Jurgen Simpson’s music composition. Sepember 3 – December 19 Janet Mullarney November 19 - December 19 Artur Zmijewski November 19 - December 19

■ Winter Exhibition Stone Gallery and invited artists November 25 – 2011

Taylor Galleries

16 Kildare Street, D2 ■ Janet Mullarney - Things

Done November 19 - December 12 Christmas Group Show December 16 – January

Jazz December Sundays ■ The Merrion Gates Fitzpatricks Castle, Killiney 12.30pm, Free ■ Stella Bass Trio Cafe en Seine, Dawson St. 2pm, Free ■ Louis Stewart Trio Stags Head, Dame Court 6pm, e8 ■ Jazz Globetrotters Purty Kitchen, Temple Bar

6pm, Free ■ The Hot Club The Queens, Dalkey 6.30pm, Free ■ Gypsy Jazz Max Greenwood Town Bar and Grill, Kildare St 7pm, Free ■ Globetrotter Quartet Shebeen Chic, South Great Georges St 10.30pm, Free MONDAY ■ Hot House Big Band

The Mercantile Bar, Dame St. 9.15pm, e8 18 Piece Big Band

■ Essential Big Band Grainger’s Pub, Malahide Rd. 9.30pm, e5 17 Piece Swing Orchestra

Wednesdays ■ Jam Session Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Lwr. Pembroke St. 8pm, e7

THURSDAY ■ Isotope JJ Smyths, Aungier St. 9pm, e10 Alex Mathias Quartet International Bar, Wicklow St. 9pm, Free ■ Live Jazz Dax Cafe Bar, 23 Upper Pembroke St. 7pm, Free

Fridays ■ Live Jazz

Dax Cafe Bar, 23 Upper Pembroke St. 7pm, Free

Saturdays ■ Kevin Morrow Quartet Mespil Bar, Burlington Hotel, D4 7.30pm, Free ■ Live Jazz The Queens, Dalkey 9.30pm, e10 ■ Live Jazz Dax Cafe Bar, 23 Upper Pem-

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Theatre December ■ IFA Teen and Adult

Showcase: Casting Call The New Theatre A showcasing of Irish Film Academy talent in two productions of “Casting Call” Teen Show: 7 pm / Matinee: 1 pm. Adult Shows: 8pm Teen show: Matinee Sat 11th: 1pm Tickets: €10 / €8 (concs) Dec 7th - Dec 11th ■ Arrah-na-Pogue The Abbey Theatre By Mikel Murfi Arrah-na-Pogue is a rollicking misadventure involving roguish rebels, evil villains, starry-eyed young lovers, and sheep. Sign language interpreted performance: Jan 27th Audio described and captioned performance: Jan 29th 2pm Tickets: €13 – €38 Dec 16th – Feb 5th

Magic Book of Wishes in order to save Christmas. Tickets: €12.50(€10 schools) Family of 5 €40 Mon - Fri 10am,11.15am, 12.30pm Sat 18th & Sun 19th 12.30, 2.30pm Thurs 23rd 12.30, 3pm ■ The Bobby Sands

Memorial Race Project Arts Centre By Eddie Ladd Welsh artist Eddie Ladd performs on a12ft X 6ft running machine to explore Sands’ hunger strike as a “longdistance” goal of resistance. Presented as part of Queer Notions 2010 For a festival pass or more details, see Tickets €12/8 Dec 7th, 7.30pm ■ The Year of Magical

■ Noises Off The Mill Theatre By Michael Frayn An on-stage “director” is desperately trying to get his production together, despite the best efforts of cast and crew, and the problems which arise with a taste for whiskey. 8pm €18/€15 Dec 8th – 12th ■ A Wish For Santa The Mill Theatre By Shay Healey & Michael Scott Santa has to find who stole his

By Dublin Youth Theatre Batsh*t explores the lives of a group of young people and the challenges they face, exploring themes of mental illness, social hierarchy and violence as a response to social pressures Dec 13th – 18th 8.15pm Theatre Cube Tickets €15/12/10

Wanking Project Arts Centre By Neil Watkins On orders from heaven, this is Neil’s story through the wilderness of queerness: from Catholic Ireland to the cruising bars of the world; from Finglas head shops to Native American ceremonies. And lots of wanking. Presented as part of Queer Notions 2010 Dec 10th and 11th, 9.30pm Tickets €12/8 ■ BATSH*T Project Arts Centre

■ The Great Big Gilbert &

Sullivan Show Draiocht Arts Centre Presented by Tano Rea Productions Fully costumed gala performance of highlights from many of the favourite Gilbert and Sullivan Operas, highlights include selections from The Mikado, The Gondoliers, The Pirates Of Penzance, Iolanthe, Ruddigore, Princess Ida and The Grand Duke. Almost certain to resemble that scene when Bart made Sideshow Bob sing HMS Pinafore. 4th Dec 8pm Main Auditorium Tickets €20/16 (conc) ■ Outsiders with David

McWilliams Draiocht Arts Centre Presented by The Abbey Theatre Economist David McWilliams takes to the stage with a vivid, humorous and uncompromising take on Ireland’s boom and bust. The divide in Ireland is not between rich and poor, young and old, urban and rural, but

about insiders and outsiders. Insiders preserve today’s status quo at all costs. Outsiders realise that the status quo is the problem. Every time there is a crisis, the insiders get stronger. This is what happened in the 1950s and the 1980s and again now. But there is an alternative. Outsiders is about that alternative. 14th Dec, 8pm Main Auditorium Tickets €18/14 (conc) ■ The Wizard of Oz – The

Pantomime Draiocht Arts Centre Presented by Coolmine Panto Group Join Dorothy, Strawman, Tinman and the Lion as they travel to Oz in pursuit of their dreams. Hot on their tails are Dorothy’s Aunt, Molly Madcap and a variety of funny and colourful characters that will delight and entertain you. But will the Wicked Witch of Cabra West stop them? 7th Dec - 16th Jan, 7.30pm (2pm matinee @ weekends) Main Auditorium Tickets €20/15 (conc)

■ Twas The Night Before

Christmas Presented by Performers Theatre School Mermaid Arts Centre Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse! Join this wonderfully talented cast, as they take you on a musical journey through the traditional and well-loved poem by Clement C. Moore. 7th – 8th Dec, 7:30pm Tickets €12/15

College Musical

■ Junior Musicals Mermaid Arts Centre Junior Musicals together with The Hallelujah Choir present a vibrant variety show packed with dance, drama, song and festive favourites. The show includes dazzling dance routines, theatrical numbers and haunting singing. 11th Dec, 8pm, 12th Dec, 2pm, 5pm, 8pm Tickets €17

Mermaid Arts Centre Loreto and Pres Transition Years return this year with another show that guarantees to have you dancing in the aisles. The school’s musi-

■ Gulliver’s Travels Mermaid Arts Centre Presented by Wonderland Productions A brand new adaptation of

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Jonathan Swift’s fantastical adventure Gulliver’s Travel made for a family audience. Six actor-musicians will use original song, puppetry, dance and video projection to bring the amazing voyages of Lemeul Gulliver to life. 15th Dec, 11am, 16th Dec, 7pm 17th Dec, 11am 18th Dec, 3pm Tickets €15

cals have become an annual fixture over the last years and this is another opportunity to spot some of the stars of the future. Dec 1st – 4th, 8pm Tickets €18

■ Aladdin The Gaiety Theatre Starring Boyzone’s Mikey Graham as Abanazar and plenty of other panto faves. Most creepily, Louis Walsh plays Master Of The World. How will Simon Cowell react to this news? 28th Nov – 30th Jan (Mon Closed, Tue – Thu 6:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2.30pm, 7.30pm, Sun 1.30pm, 6.30pm) Tickets €25-35 ■ Jane Eyre Gate Theatre Charlotte Bronte’s novel adapted for the stage by Alan Stanford. Starring Andrea Corras in a tale of defiance and desire about young woman who survives a wretched childhood, unbroken in spirit and integrity, to eventually fall in love with the troubled Mr. Rochester (Stephen Brennan). 4th Nov – 15th Jan, 7.30pm, 2.30pm (Matinees) Tickets €32-35 / 25 (conc)

Events / Festivals December ■ IN THIS MOMENT 26th November Project Arts Centre 8pm €10.00-15.00 Video artist/director Charles Atlas and choreographer John Scott have created a performance dance which unites dance with film and technology to great effect. Featuring seven exceptional performers, Atlas and Scott have put together a musical soundscape set to five different languages, with the use of giant projections to be filmed live. ■ Top Gear Festival 2010 26th-28th November CityWest Hotel, Conference Centre and Golf Resort €59.00 The first ever Top Gear Festival. Following on from the huge success of the last two years of Top Gear Live in Dublin, a three-day motoring extravaganza has been arranged. The programme will feature super car sprints, classic car rallies, manufacturer collections, superbikes live, and drifting. Tickets include entry to the Top Gear Live show, access to the Top Gear Festival Track, and access to the Prestige and Performance Motor Arena.



■ American Thanksgiving

Dinner 25th November Beaufield Mews 6.30pm – late €30 + 12.5% service charge Calling all Americans away from home. A traditional four course Thanksgiving dinner, with complementary Egg Nog on arrival. Bookings: 01-2880375 ■ Discover Irish Film 25th November Bewley’s Café Theatre 3-4.30pm (Session 1) 5-6.30pm (Session 2) Free For more information: www.

Flannery’s current projects include work on Henry James and Ireland, on the Dutch Theatre Company Toneelgroep Amsterdam and, via Facebook, a collection of near-daily dispatches about the sky.

■ Exploring the Exhibition –

One Day Printing Workshop 21st November Draiocht 12-4pm €30.00 Running in conjunction with Graphic Studio Dublin’s 50th Anniversary Members’ Exhibition on the theme of ‘Home’. A one day printing workshop for adults, in which participants can explore the printing process and learn how to make prints of their own.

Triang, Trix, Wrenn, and Marklin. Also available to browse and buy will be antique dolls, teddy bears, and film annuals from the 1940s-1960s. ■ Innovation Dublin Festival 10th-21st November TBC For 11 days venues throughout Dublin will be opening their doors to showcase and promote innovation in the city. Conceived by the Creative Dublin Alliance, and coordinated by Dublin City Council, this years Innovation Fest sees a vast number of workshops, exhibitions, tours, performances, and conferences taking place all over Dublin. For more information and the festival map, see www.

solo by Scott during the Yeats International Festival at the Abbey Theatre in the 1990s, this is the first time all the songs will be performed. Yeats’ lesserknown works, such as Mad As The Mist And Snow, News For The Delphic Oracle, and The Song Of Wandering Aengus, will be performed alongside the classic romantic, rustic, and mythological poetry. ■ Swap Till You Drop 7th November Dublin City Centre 3pm €15.00 In aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. Bring a selection of clothes, shoes, and accessories that haven’t been getting the attention they deserve.

■ The Book and the Lake:

Preface to a Collaborative Memoir 23rd November National Library of Ireland 7pm TBC The second in a series of talks on memoir. Writer and academic Denis Flannery will be discussing the process through which he and his father wrote a collaborative memoir. Along with a collaborative memoir composed with his father,

■ Dublin Toy & Train Fair 14th November Clontarf Castle Hotel 10am-4pm €5 Adults, €3 Children In their 11th year running, the Dublin Toy and Train Fair runs a day-long celebration of collectible toys of all kinds, including Diecast models by Corgi and Dinky, construction sets by Meccano and Bayko, lead soldiers by Britains and Cresent, and trains by Hornby,

■ An Appointment With Mr

Yeats 7th November Grand Canal Theatre €44.50 A fusion of the poetic power of W.B. Yeats with the music of The Waterboys. Singer Mike Scott, who set The Stolen Child to music, has been working on an abundant collection of songs using Yeats’ poems as lyrics. Apart from some being performed

■ Festival of Lights 6th November RDS 10am-8pm TBC Diwali, the Festival of Lights, is a five-day festival celebrated by Hindus, Sikhs, and Jainists. Traditionally, it involves the lighting of small clay lamps filled with oil to signify the triumph of good over evil. Supported by Dublin City Council and Department of

Integration, “Ireland Celebrates Diwali 2010” is making its debut.

■ Moving Worlds: Cinemas

of Migration 8th – 11th December 2010 Irish Film Institute Eustace Street A film festival highlighting migrant youth cultures; intergenerational family relationships and the lived tensions between secular and religious identities through a contemporary programme of documentary and drama films from Austria, France, Germany, Spain, UK and the USA. ■ The Ha’penny Flea @ The

Grand Social. 12 – 5pm. Free admission. A new indoor & outdoor flea market every Saturday right in the heart of Dublin’s busiest shopping district. The Ha’penny Flea is choc-a-bloc with brica-brac, vintage clothing, vinyl & cd’s, dvds, books, quirky product stalls, a vinyl dj to set the mood and some special live performances. Email: hapennyflea@ for stall enquiries Every Saturday

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Comedy weekly December The Wool Shed Baa & Grill Parnell Street, D1 ■ Mondays The Comedy Shed Comedy night with MC Damo Clarke 9.00pm, €5.00


Thomas Read’s

■ Tuesdays The Comedy Dublin troupe perform with a night of improv and stand-up

■ Thursdays The Underground Comedy Club Dublins anything goes alternative comedy ginch, full bar all night and DJ 9.00pm, €5.00/€8.00

Catham St., D2

Hedigans, The Brian Boru Prospect Road, Glasnevin, D9

Ha’penny Bridge Inn

Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, D2 ■ Tuesdays & Thursdays Battle of the Axe at Capital Comedy Club Dublin’s long standing open mic night 9.00pm, €9.00 ■ Wednesdays & Sundays Capital Comedy Club The club’s flagship night 9.30pm, €7/€5

■ Tuesdays Hedigan’s comedy features some of the best improv and comedy talent Dublin has to offer.


Camden St., D2 ■ Wednesdays ‘Laugh out loud’ comedy night with Aidan Killian 8.30pm, €5.00/€7.00

Parliament St., D2


Lower Rathmines Road ■ Farlmeister’s comedy box 9pm, €5/€2

The International Bar Wicklow St., D2

■ Mondays Comedy Improv night 8.30pm, €8/€10 ■ Tuesdays Andrew Stanley’s Comedy Mish Mash

8.30pm, €8/€10 ■ Wednesdays The Comedy Cellar with Andrew Stanley Ireland’s longest running comedy night 9.30pm, €8/€10 ■ Thursdays & Fridays Resident MC Aidan Bishop takes to the stage 8.45pm, €8/€10 ■ Saturday The International Comedy Club Early and late shows 8pm and 10.30pm, € ■ Sunday What’s New at the International New material night

The Bankers Trinity St., D2

Comedy improve with The Craic Pack 9pm, €8/€10 ■ Saturdays Stand Up @ The Bankers 9pm, €8/€10

The Flowing Tide Lower Abbey St., D1

■ Fridays Neptune Comedy Night

Peader Kearneys 64, Dame St., D2

■ Fridays ‘The Comedy Galf’ boasts international comedians and drink specials 9.00pm, €10/€8/€5

Twisted Pepper 54 Middle Abbey Street

■ Fridays Comedy Ireland holds their weekly Voice Box, Zocorro and Street Justice Showdown nights 8pm, Free

Shebeen Chic South Great George’s St., D2 ■ Sundays Comedy Crunch Stand-up comedy 9.00pm, Free

The Belvedere Great Denmark St., D1

■ Sundays Comedy Dublin host Sunday improv sessions. 8pm, €5/€6/€8

■ Thursdays & Fridays

Comedy once-offs December ■ Ed Byrne & Friends in aid

of Console Vicar Street 6th December 8.00pm, €28 ■ Paul Foot - ‘Ash in the

Attic’ Directed by Noel Fielding Players’ Theatre Trinity College 6th December

7.00pm, €3

7th December 9.00pm, €5

■ Des Bishop ‘My Dad Was Nearly James Bond’ Draiocht Arts Centre Blanchardstown 7th – 11th December 8.00pm, €20

Keith Farnan ‘Sex Traffic’ Swift Theatre Trinity College 8th December 7.00pm, €3

■ Dead Cat Bounce Players’ Theatre Trinity College

■ Roisin Conaty Best Newcomer, Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Players’ Theatre Trinity College 9th December 7.00pm, €3 ■ Frisky & Mannish ‘The College Years’ Players’ Theatre Trinity College 10th December 9.00pm, €5 ■ PJ Gallagher

Vicar Street 16th December 8.30pm, €28 ■ David O’Doherty With support from Pappy’s Whelan’s Wicklow St., D2 17th – 19th December 8.00pm, €15 Matinee show, 12+ 18th December 3.30pm, €10

■ Neil Delamere ‘Implement of Divilment’ Vicar Street 17th December 8.00pm, €25 ■ Jason Byrne Vicar Street 18th December 9.00pm, €28

Classical music December Mon Dec 6th ■ Goethe-Institut Choir

Christmas Concert National Concert Hall €25/22, 8pm Joined by the Orchestra of St. Cecilia

Tue Dec 7th ■ Christmas Concert with

Clare Teal & RTÉ Concert Orchestra National Concert Hall €11/€22/€27/€33/€38, 8pm Presented by BBC Radio 2 host ■ “Ludwig van” National Concert Hall, Kevin Barry Room €5, 8.30pm Presentation of a film by Mauricio Kagel ■ Kaleidoscope: A Night Of

Music Odessa Club €8, 8.30pm Curated by Cliodhna Ryan & Kate Ellis first Tueday of each month

Wed Dec 8th ■ The “Great” Christmas

Concert National Concert Hall €20/€25/€30, 8pm Featuring the Lassus Scholars, Piccolo Lasso and guest soloists



Thu Dec 9th ■ A Glorious Choral Christmas National Concert Hall €15/€20/€25, 8pm Presented by the Culwick Choral Society

Fri Dec 10th ■ Christmas with New Dublin Voices The National Concert Hall, John Field Room €16, 1.05pm A blend of old and new Christmas music ■ A Christmas Gal Evening

with Celina Byrne The National Concert Hall €15/€20/€40 Opera singer performing with RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Sat Dec 11th ■ White Christmas The National Concert Hall €24.50/€35.50/€47.50, 3.15pm Nostalgic show of Christmas songs

■ Bedtime Stories and other

■ Family Christmas

■ Family Christmas


Show: The Snowman with Orchestra

National Concert Hall, Kevin Barry Room €10, 8.30pm

Show: The Snowman with Orchestra

Mon Dec 27th – Thu Dec 30th

National Concert Hall €20/€15 (children), 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm & 7pm

■ Disney’s Beauty & The

National Concert Hall €20/€15 (children), 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm, 7pm Four showings of the perennial Xmas favourite

Mon Dec 13th ■ A Viennese Christmas National Concert Hall €35/39.50, 8pm Vladimir Jabokov with Slovak Festival Musicians and guests ■ Dublin String Quartet National Concert Hall, Kevin Barry Room €10, 8.30pm Presented by the Irish Composers Collective playing local composers

Tue Dec 14th ■ December Lunchtime

Concert National Concert Hall €10, 1.05pm With RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Wed Dec 15th ■ Family Christmas

Show: The Snowman with Orchestra National Concert Hall €10 (school children), 10.15am & 12.30pm ■ Handel’s Messiah National Concert Hall €28/€32.50, 8pm Our Lady’s Choral Society with RTE Concert Orchestra

Thu Dec 16th ■ Handel’s Messiah National Concert Hall €28/€32.50, 8pm

Fri Dec 17th ■ Handel’s Messiah National Concert Hall €28/€32.50, 8pm ■ December Lunchtime

Concert ■ Don Carlo’s Verdi Movies@Dundrum €45, 4.30pm Filmed presentation of Metropolitan Opera

Sun Dec 12th

■ Aled Jones National Concert Hall €30/€45, 8pm Popular Welsh singer with RTÉ Cór na nÓg & Concert Orchestra

National Concert Hall €10, 1.05pm With RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra

Sat Dec 18th

Sun Dec 19th ■ Christmas Carol Singalong National Concert Hall €24.50/€35.50/€44.50/€47.50, 3.15pm & 8pm Hosted by Martin King, feel free to join in

Beast National Concert Hall €18/€24/€27/€30/€34 shows at 2 & 7pm Full staged performance of children’s classic

Mon Dec 20th ■ The Glory of Christmas National Concert Hall €24.50/€35.50/€44.50/€47.50, 3.15pm & 8pm Presented by Carlow Choral Society

Tue Dec 21st ■ Carols by Candlelight National Concert Hall €24.50/€35.50/€44.50/€47.50, 3.15pm & 8pm Presented by Mozart Festival Orchestra

Wed Dec 22nd ■ Family Christmas

Show: The Snowman with Orchestra National Concert Hall €20/€15 (children), 11.30am, 2pm, 4.30pm & 7pm

jazz words // OLLIE DOWLING picture // MATT KAVANAGH

Another year has come to an end for jazz in Dublin, and the year has surely had its fair share of ups and downs. On the downside, we have seen the axing of the regular jazz column in the Sunday Tribune after ten years due to budget cutbacks, now leaving you with only this column and the Sunday Independent jazz piece to keep you informed with what is happening jazz wise around the city. It doesn’t get any easier when most media dismiss jazz music even in their entertainment listings, and when I see the amount of emails and phone calls I get from people looking for jazz every week, it can be frustrating to say the least. One publication which I contacted this year to submit jazz listings to, told me that “it is the policy of the paper not to list ‘live’ music in restaurants, as this is a situation where music is primarily a background to the main activity, which is dining”. This is an absurd rule - it does not matter if a jazz gig happens at a bar, club, hotel or a restaurant, as, at the end of the day, it’s all about the music. Can they not understand that this is affecting the livelihoods of many musicians? As we are all aware we are in a very deep recession with everyone cutting costs in their businesses, and I know that many restaurants are struggling to stay open and so will do anything to get custom-

ers through their doors for much needed custom and revenue, and that’s why I know of many restaurants putting live jazz into their premises and dinner is but an option only now, as they are just glad to see customers (whether it’s 50 or 150) coming to their tables to wine or dine and listen to jazz. Also, we had the axing of all jazz programmes on 4Fm, even though jazz music was part of their original remit to the BAI in helping get their license in the first place, so I wonder how they are going to explain that to the powers to be? And you can safely say that any jazz fans that they had, are not now listening to the station, and they could do with every listener as the recent JNRL figures have shown from their small audience numbers recorded. Yes, we still have the old favourites to tune into at RTE, Lyric and Dublin City Fm but there is always room for more programming and new jazz music to be heard on the airwaves. There is a rumour going about that Jazz Fm will be back on air next year, and all I will say it could be more than just a rumour... And lastly, The Pendulum jazz night (Sundays at JJ Smyth’s, Aungier Street) closed its doors after nearly 14 years running due to low numbers attending and blaming the downturn for the demise of this night.

On a more positive note, it’s great to see the likes of venues like Renards, on South Frederick Street and DAX café bar, Pembroke Street opening their doors to jazz and another subterranean venue just off Grafton street, also putting on live jazz before Christmas, and possibly The Pink, Dawson Street too. Jazz is a large market to be tapped into for an older and more discerning audience to appreciate, and there are now some who are looking at it with open eyes and mind, which is all good in the long term as I know of four or five new jazz projects currently in the pipeline, and what’s even more interesting is that other nationalities (French, Italian, Polish, Portuguese) are now coming forward and getting involved with our own home grown talent, and so sharing cultures, influences and musical experiences together. Look out for an Italian swing/jazz outfit called the Marco Contessi Trio (double bass/violin/guitar) who are in Dublin from December 2nd-9th for a number of low key and intimate gigs around town, check for how they sound. Finally, I would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and I think 2011 is going to be a very interesting year for jazz in Dublin.




What makes Dublin Dublin? TD’s new guide to the best bits of the city...

The Shelbourne Hotel


Shelbourne Park


Once home to the migratory Shelbourne FC, Shelbourne Park has since, quite literally, gone to the dogs. A Ringsend institution, the greyhound track’s environs have changed over time from working class core to Dublin’s tech quarter - its adapted suitably, but there’s still few more old school Dublin thrills. South Lotts Road, Dublin 4

Kilmainham’s Royal Hospital has been the home of Irish modern art since 1991, but it stands as the country’s most spectacular 17th century building. Indebted Paris Les Invalides, IMMA’s sprawling grounds and super-maintained cloisters and courtyard are as fascinating as the art contained within. Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8

One of the city’s classiest hotels, the Shelbourne has been puffing up pillows since 1824. Home to the drafting of the Irish constitution, the Shelbourne also boasts some non-historical attractions in its Horseshoe and Oyster bars, and steak-lovers paradise The Saddle Room. Or just go and stare at the building from Stephen’s Green. 27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

Leo Burdocks


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. 2 Werburgh Street, Christchurch, Dublin 8

A magnet for both tourist and native, traditional pub and sometime Bachelor’s Walk set Mulligans is as renowned as watering holes in town come. Mulligans perfects the basics and in the grand Irish tradition avoids ‘yer fancy stuff’. It’s nonetheless a welcoming refuge for all patrons. 8 Poolbeg Street, Dublin 2

Dublin Zoo

Bewley’s Grafton St.

Teddy’s Ice-Cream

With components as old as its founding in 1831 (though probably no venerable animals quite so ancient), the Phoenix Park’s zoological gardens are steeped in stories as tall as giraffes. Easily the most worthy day out in Dublin. Phoenix Park, Dublin 8

Not the first Bewley’s built, but certainly the most famous, the tea dynasty’s Grafton St. branch is an architectural polyglot, with Parisian, Viennese, Egyptian and Oriental influences to match the company’s far-reaching range of teas. 78/79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2

Satisfying the sweet teeth of South Dublin since 1950, Teddy’s Ice Cream hasn’t had to change its formula an iota. A red, white, and blue must for ice-cream eaters of all seasons. 1a Windsor Terrace, Dún Laoghaire


MCDOWELLS JEWELLERS Putting rings on fingers since 1870, the Happy Ring House is responsible for more marriages than your most overactive priest. You’ll spot it several streets off from its neon shopfront, drop in for a lesson in dazzlement. 3 Upper O’Connell Street, Dublin 1



I’m tugging my trusted granny trolley down Aungier Street; it jerks and jostles over the concrete path, up and down curbs, each time threatening to come entirely undone. I approach Whitefriar Street church and the bells ring out suddenly and ominously, accentuating our close proximity to the house of God. I can see the huge bell hanging in the darkening sky, the wind and ice-rain coming down spitter spatter on the old brown case and the black bin bag I have stretched over my Nana’s painting, bound in red and blue bungee cords. I say to the Jesus it portrays, “They knew we were coming, My Lord”. Inside the case is a weighty custom-designed tunic and a white wimple stitched to a dark blue veil - a nun’s habit. There is also hemp rope, used in the art of Shibari or as it is commonly known, Japanese Rope Bondage, which I wear as a belt, spike heeled brown sandles with four gold buckles, two generous bunches of budding pink and magenta roses, a zentai suit and bespoke ecclesiastical nipple tassels – the focal point being two beautifully heavy crosses at the end of a generous stream of blue crystal rosary beads. Mary’s face and identifying halo is stitched into the blue satin circumference of my burlesque modesty. Double doses of double sided tape are required to have faith that these carefully created breast decorations will maintain my semi-nude dignity. The bells chime out behind me, strolling as I am to the centre of the city where I will perform tonight. ‘I found myself dying of the desire to see God, and I knew no way of seeking that other life except through death. This love came to me in mighty impulses which, although less unbearable and less valuable than those that I have described before, robbed me of all power of action. Nothing gave me satisfaction, and I could not contain myself; I really felt as if my soul were being torn from me. O supreme cunning of the Lord, with what delicate skill did You work on Your miserable slave! You hid Yourself from me, and out of Your love You afflicted me with so delectable a death that my soul desired it never to cease!’ The Passion of St. Blackbird is an homage to St. Teresa Of Ávila, my favourite of all female mystics. The performance is an ecstatic and comical interpretation of scripture penned by St. Teresa in the 15th Century. It is a demonstration of Catholic Glitch; the magical mixture of Catholic guilt and kitsch value resulting in urgent and colourful sadomasochism. Christianity’s kinky and erotic history is not known to most people who find that religion impacts on their lives; the image of a devoted wife and mother, whose house hosts iconic images of the handsome Jesus, with his person nailed to the various walls, is more familiar to us. I hadn’t noticed before how beautiful Jesus is, all brown eyed and naked, lush and long haired, his chest ripped open to reveal a



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brilliant glowing heart of red and absolute love. Or a hand extended with the organ illuminated in his palm, for me, for her. For, my Grandmother? The one who is forcibly repressed in her own sexuality can draw pleasure from the faith she has for Him. Her saviour, her Lord and protector. Her beautiful human Jesus. It is easy to make Catholic Glitch sound beautiful, it can be, but it’s usually just another false image of religious reverie. My Granddad once told his daughter, ‘your mother was a very passionate woman; she never let the fear of pregnancy inhibit her’. Now my Mother reminds me that Nana set out to have a big family, her family was her pride and joy, having children was the collaborative pathway out of oppression; “You’re telling me if I have sex I’ll have to have babies? Well, by God I’ll have babies! I’ll show you big families!” My Mother comes from a family of twelve children, but one died as a baby. My Nana, she says, only stopped having children when she was given a hysterectomy. There was no choice in the matter. My Mother was educated by nuns, first boarding school and then at third level. My Father became a Novice with the Carmelites for almost one year when he was 19. Several months of prayer, meditation, study and work in the garden when he realised it probably wasn’t a good idea and left. He was the first of his peers to go, but not the last. He says that he had to make sure he hadn’t a vocation; what if he had been chosen and never fulfilled the calling? He’s a non-practicing agnostic Catholic now who, along with my Mother, sent his children to a multi-dominational primary school. The icons of Christianity and the Catholic paraphenalia which pop-

ulated the environment of my maternal grandparents blended in with the plethora of other curiousities in their house, a stately home bought by my great-grandfather in the 1920s. The parlour was a menagerie of fur and taxidermy, good china and an ivory keyed piano; the ballroom full of old newspapers and packed with furniture, disused; cases full of glamourous hats, drawers full of letters and images of the Christian royal family placed unmoving throughout the big house. I made my communion for the money and a day of dressing up in a white satin body suit which I designed myself. Yes, I wore trousers for my communion. Much later, I discovered God, not in the way my sister did in faith and religious belief or bible reading, but as a phenomenon which has moulded Irish culture and therefore has played its hand in who I am, has inspired art, literature, music, politics, social dynamics, life, death and more; has played a usually negative role in the sexual development of entire cultures, from the very dynamics of relationships and the politics of procreation, to the nascent explorings of a curious child, or teenager, or young couple, or homosexual. All the while, figures celebrated in sainthood had their very own obscure kinks with God and enjoyed the exploration of a very particular sexual experience. A charismatic philosophy lecturer I once knew proclaimed that like Communisim, Christianity has never been tried, since it is the practice of absolute love. Insofar as I believe ideas can liberate me, I try Christianity all the time but I will have defected by Christmas.





'3*%":/*()5-*()54 5)&-*7*/(300. words // OISÍN MURPHY picture // EMMA BRERETON “Do they show UFC?” “I don’t think they do, Anton. I don’t think many places show the UFC.” Anton sighs as we pass the weird shop on O’Connell Street that sells Roman Catholic memorabilia, though in response to my speculations regarding the televised sports in The Living Room, our destination for the evening, rather than at the row of model Virgin Marys gazing out at us, from the warmth behind the glass. A sports bar would be a nice opportunity to kick back, watch the match and have a chat, I thought. Continuing on, we arrive to the disappointment of there being no free tables with a view of the screens, so we settle for one beside the fish-tank. Anton isn’t interested in the fish and spends the next twenty minutes lustily detailing his (lusty) appreciation of Fade Street, having seen the first episode the previous evening, and I tune out. There is nothing outlandish about The Living Room for the contemporary patron. A sports bar with a wide selection of beers on draught and select ten euro pitchers is a perfectly reasonable and unremarkable venue for watching the match or basking in the lively but comfortable ambience that straddles both



disco-bar and northside faux-dega. And, of course, if one is watching the match, an unremarkable venue in which to do it is ideal. It’s very busy (this being Friday night) and space is at a premium. There are pool tables on one side of the bar and a dancefloor on the other, with the hetero-normative gender roles associated with each being observed in both corners, with a few small exceptions. The pool table cartel has established itself for the evening, requiring confidence greater than mine to attempt break the unreasonably extensive playing sequence set down at the outset, while on the other side of the room, a variety of people dance with varying degrees of success to a selection of crowd-pleasing hits which amuse and irritate the individual in equal measure. The bar itself is of the “island” variety, occupying in the middle of the room in an imposing style reminiscent of (what I perceive to be) the quintessential American sports bar. Said imposing presence is benefited, perhaps, by the fact that the surrounding room is disproportionately small, and moving around (especially given how busy the place is) becomes something of a chore as the night progresses. In that sense, echoing our port tunnel, The Living Room might

be said to give an “Irish flavour” to an American institution. There is a heated, sheltered smoking area at the rear of the pub (adjacent to the smoking areas of Fibber Magees and Murrays) with comprehensive seating and a couple of screens. Unfortunately, said seating is all occupied, so we are resigned to smoking while standing, which is distinctly less comfortable than the alternative. The patio heaters, suspended from the ceiling, leave one with the sensation of being a human döner stack, such is their intensity, and as a result, the majority of my time outside is spent gingerly cupping the back of my neck to shield it from burning. Reaching the bathrooms presents another logistical challenge, due to the aforementioned crowding, and on my arrival, I am greeted with the unhygienic sight of a ‘bathroom attendant’, which is unhygienic in as much as it presents to one a financial deterrent (only exacerbated in ‘these times’) to using the sink. He turns out to be quite nice though, and, on the balance of play, one saves a reasonable amount of money by buying pitchers in the first place. It would have been nice to get a better seat though. “Thanks for the beers, man, I’ll get you back,” Anton slaps me lightly on my sore neck as we step out into the cold, “I’ll definitely get you back.” It’s unlikely that I’ll be ‘gotten back’, unless he ‘finds’ another coat somewhere that’d fit me, but he’s been significantly better company this evening than he normally is, even if he was forced to look at those ‘gay fish’ for the duration of our stay in the pub. “D’you want to come back and watch UFC maybe?” he enquires, seemingly with sincerity. I’m a bit taken aback. “Eh, yeah, sure!” I reply, tentatively. “Savage,” his face lights up, “we’ll just about catch the offo. Will you pick up cans? I’ve no cash on me.” “Sure.” I answer, making little attempt to disguise my disappointment. Checking my pockets for notes, I can only imagine that this night is going to get progressively longer. “I’ll get you back, man.” Inevitably. Cathal Brugha Street Dublin 1 t: 01 8727169

You’d hardly imagine that Jack Kerouac, even at his Benzedrine-swilling best, could offer an insight into the Dublin clubbing scene of 2010. But during a celebrated TV interview, the visibly-refreshed author of On The Road once rounded on the younger William F. Buckley, exclaiming “you think your generation invented fucking”. To anyone on the wrong side of 25, the barb could be aimed at the regulars of Spy on South William Street, who seemed to attach a strange import to the business of drinking, dancing and maybe getting laid. Along with the ‘out there’ events that were genuinely fun – a weekly screening of The Room rocked – there were plenty of gimmicks (a flashmob to decree the death of flashmobs anyone?) that smacked of smug hipsterdom. Still, the club was usually hopping, so its abrupt closure was a surprise. According to Anthony Remedy, a promoter at Spy, the downfall was a straightforward cock-up. “The guy who owned the leasehold on the club had some financial problems and, even though he had virtually nothing to do with the venue, the bank took over,” he explains. “There was nothing wrong with the club – we were paying our bills, all that sort of stuff. They put in this guy to run it and see if he wanted to buy it in a month. He had no interest in what we would like to do, promoters, DJs, anything like that. Inside four weeks, business went down 80 or 90 per cent.” The interloper, Remedy adds, lasted less than a month before being shut down. However, the original Spy crew has moved down the road to Andrew’s Lane Theatre (ALT) on a short-term lease, giving the aging venue a tune-up. First impressions in the entranceway and main bar aren’t overwhelming – the DIY-chic remains, with patchy black paint on the walls, the odd mural and mixed seating – but it gets gradually snappier the deeper we get into the venue. Another area boasts leather couches, while the main room has been majorly revamped, with a podium in the centre, massive silver stars hanging from the ceiling and picnic tables (yeah, we’re just as confused as you). The

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design, Remedy reveals, is to make the dancefloor seem more packed. “I ran a couple of shows there before, and three hundred people [on the floor] seemed like nobody. Now, with three hundred people, it’s ok, because it fills up the space,” he says. We find the usual suspects on draught behind the bar, including a good pint of Bavaria (€5.30 a pop on Saturdays, with a two-for-one deal to take the sting out of the price). Spirits are the kind you’d buy with a few extra quid in your pocket – Captain Morgan rather than, say, Aldi’s Old Hopking – but the Vodka is an obscure brand and we spot Dunnes juice cartons being used for mixers. If ALT has gone for a more roughand-ready feel, it doesn’t show in the club nights and DJs, many of whom are refugees from South William Street. Vogue every Wednesday crams in students with pints from €3.50, Thursday’s Party Animal sees a fifteen-foot T-rex and gorilla-suited promoters with vodka guns, while WAR is back running on a Friday night. Gossip, the over-21s night, is another holdover from the Spy days, with the aforementioned two-for-one deal on all drinks pulling us through the door. The crowd itself is a mix of the Spy partisans and relative noobies. It’s reassuring to notice that young men wearing shortsleeved shirts and unsubtly eyeing up everything in a figure-hugging skirt still get in, though there are ample opportunities to play ‘spot the tosser’. Our night’s honourable mentions go to a gent who wore a jacket at all times but, inexplicably, had the three middle buttons of his shirt open, and another whose t-shirt had a civil war confederate flag: it’s still not cool to wear, even (perhaps especially) in an ironic way. Andrew’s Lane Theatre Andrew’s Lane Dublin 2

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HVOTCMB[JOH CBOHDBGc Safe from the brumal rigours of winter, Bang Café is the elected spot for a mid-week catch-up with my old pal from Architecture, Johanna. Although in the past few years our lives have dichotomised in polar directions, when we do get together, a fast-paced conversational marathon ensues, leaping from Grand Designs to Gossip Girl in a nanosecond like an annoying sibling in control of the remote. Tune out briefly and you’ll think Kevin McCloud and Blair Waldorf are constructing an eco-friendly building out of Prada mules on the Upper East Side of Scotland. We’ve barely sat down and our waiter already looks exasperated. Bang’s interior is first on the snag list. The explosion of cobalt blue paint on the walls and ceiling looks cheap, loud and garish. Apart from the white table linen (which no longer seems necessary) and ambient candles, there is little to reassure you that you haven’t just sleepwalked your way into your nearest branch of Insomnia, coincidentally also owned by business magnate Bobby Kerr. That might be a slight exaggeration but Mr. Kerr obviously likes his primary colours pointed a shade north of nice and evidently, when he runs out of wall, he moves on to the ceiling. Décor may not be the Dragon’s strong suit but we won’t bang on about it, as long as he’s paying the PRSI. Besides the colour, it’s a pleasant room with a view of the coolest building on Merrion Row – the house of the Department of Finance which is as imposing in the dark as it is in daylight. We take a break from our verbal jack hammering to order from the pre-theatre menu that offers three courses for €27 daily until 7pm. This price is inclusive of a glass of Prosecco on Sundays. Comprised of multiple hunks of the white stuff mixed amongst a bevy of fragrant rocket, purple basil and house-dried tomatoes, my buffalo mozzarella starter will be getting a virtual thumbs up on the Facebook later. Johanna’s cured Clare Island salmon is as good as one would expect from the organic fish farm whose high standards have earned it a reputable name at home and overseas. Mild in flavour and delicately accented with a sea herb salad, my friend is smitten with her pale pink swimmer. As if on cue, with our main courses the conversation gets juicy. In the past week, one of us has been on three dates, got her hair figuratively ripped out in a cat fight and locked eyes with the latest



addition to the Irish sex offender’s list in Amsterdam’s Red Light District. But the tabloid fodder can’t possibly distract from the food before us. I hadn’t a bone to pick with my roast Fermanagh chicken (apart from the fact that I couldn’t eat the bone). Its well seasoned crispy skin prompted onomatopoeic crunch sounds on meeting my molars. Rice-shaped orzo pasta and sliced mushrooms soaked up the delicious cream and herb pesto and contributed to the dish’s overall winter-warming charm. Also of merit was the hake. Stacked upon a foundation of baby potatoes and vibrantly sweet red peppers, the parmesan encrusted fish pleased Johanna in both aesthetics and taste. She imbibed a fruity Sauvignon from the Touraine region of France (€7.50) while I stuck my nose into a glassful of Alsatian pride, an elegantly

aromatic and apple-y Riesling (€8.50). Dessert was served with a side of poignancy. The meal was drawing to an end and so too our marathon catch-up. We found consolation in two fantastic puddings - a zingy lemon tart with a soft biscuit base drizzled in tangy passion fruit that catered to our exotic sides while a smooth, rich chocolate mousse served in a glass satisfied the want for decadence. Two professionally-made cappuccinos were a fitting finish to a highly professional meal and having settled our bill of €76 before tip we parted ways with the overriding feeling that we certainly had got bang for our buck. 11 Merrion Row Dublin 2 t: 01 4004229



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HSFFOQBTUVSFT 5IFDMJGG UPXOIPVTF The fortune teller had said there’d be romance this month but failed to mention anything about a missing coat. I had entered through the velvet curtain and placed my twenty quid on the table expecting that if something as dear to me as my brand new military frock coat from Zara should go AWOL before it was thrice worn, I’d at least get advanced warning from one who can see into the future. So you can imagine my shock when after a meal best described as mediocre at the Cliff Townhouse on Stephen’s Green, I returned to the grand entrance lobby to fetch my coat only to discover that it was gone. On the advice of the concierge, I scribbled my contact details on a piece of paper and headed home to begin the grieving process. Before the coat fiasco, we had had a lovely time. The evening commenced with an aperitif upstairs in the Aviator Lounge where we sat on stools at the bar, admiring the corniced ceilings and model aeroplanes angling overhead. When our

table was ready we were led to a comfortable booth with prime views of the entire dining hall. Little has changed in terms of décor since Corrigan’s short-lived tenure but already I notice a shift in atmosphere. We are hopeful that under the guidance of executive chef Martijn Kajuiter of the Michelin Star sister restaurant in Ardmore, this will be a better experience than our last time at Bentley’s. Our starters are exquisite. All three of them. From the dinner menu that offers three courses for €40 we opt for the Ardsallagh goat’s cheese tart in addition to the Glenarm organic salmon and, in the interest of a varied review, we boldly pick out a third from the a la carte menu - West Cork scallops with black pudding. Atop a thin pastry base, the smooth and creamy goat’s cheese is crowned with a cluster of walnuts. A sequence of ball shaped scoops of butternut squash decorate the plate like baubles on a seasonal conifer. Shallot vinegar and organic honey provide the necessary sweet and sour kick

to the dish while on a nearby plate and cured in beetroot, the oak smoked salmon is presented in glossy, purple strips and accompanied by a pungent horseradish sauce. As if these weren’t good enough, the a la carte option secures the hat trick. Firm but juicy, the scallops are cooked perfectly and the apple segments caramelized and sweet. And then mediocrity sets in with an anaemic strip of duck breast, a tired looking potato rosti and washed out savoy cabbage that all feel and taste like they’ve been reheated at 900 Watts and bundled onto a plate for our consumption. The other main course is worse, a busy medley of vegetables including artichoke, carrots and mushrooms tossed in a sharp sherry vinaigrette with a few polenta fries thrown in to appease the chef’s morphed view of the vegetarian status quo. Unfortunately with the dessert, said chef stands accused of over-egging the pudding and our chocolate fondant failed to evoke love at first bite. Instead of erupting with goo, the centre was rock solid having been removed from the oven prematurely. It seemed fitting that despite an auspicious beginning, the night should snowball in swift decline and end with the disappearance of my lovely coat. With four glasses of wine including a dessert wine, the bill came to €126.20. 22 St. Stephen’s Green Dublin 2 t: 01 6383939

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5BTUF5FBDIFST &MZ˜T8JOF"QQSFDJBUJPO$PVSTF flagship Sauvignon Blanc, his Sweet Gewurztraminer and a sneak preview to his new Pinot Noir. Emerging styles from the New Zealand market will be highlighted, and guests will also taste Matt’s Tinpot Hut Gruner Veltliner and Pinot Gris, amongst others. Each wine tasting evening (to take place each Thursday of January and February 2011) will feature a guest speaker, be it a winemaker, importer or wine specialist. Most evenings costs €30 and include a supper dish to complement the wines. Tastings will include Bordeaux, Riesling, Rhone, Languedoc-Roussillon, and Italian wines. The ely wine bar are to be congratu-

lated on their winning combination of excellent food, all sourced from the family farm in the Burren, Co. Clare, and their extensive wine list. Both are complemented by elegant surroundings – go upstairs for a more ritzy glamour, and downstairs for a more intimate setting. Whether you’re pining for a slatey Sauterne or antsy for a Gavi, the well-informed staff are always eager and excited to use their expertise and help you find what you’re looking for. The course costs €245 per person and is held at ely winebar, Ely Place. For further details contact Michelle or (01) 676 8986.




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Ranelagh Village is the new dining destination for ravenous meat eaters since the Butcher Grill opened in Burritos n’ Blues’ old spot last month. Sister restaurant of Dillinger’s located just up the way, the Grill offers the same dose of cool as its older sibling only with a more meat focused menu. In the run up to Christmas, carnivores can sink their teeth into a €30 set lunch featuring rabbit ballotine with celeriac and grain mustard to start, a pork chop main course served with roasties and apple and cinnamon butter topped off with pecan pie amongst other tempting treats for dessert. Dinner during the holidays includes a hunger busting oxtail hot pot, wood-fired New York strip with hand cut chips and succulent venison haunch, €45 for three courses. There are a number of fish options available too and a vast and varied selection of wines to choose from. Here’s to a Meaty Christmas and a Choppy New Year… 92 Ranelagh Village Dublin 6 t: 01 4981805


Headed by Olivier Messionave, Dax Café Bar on Pembroke Street exudes all the style and sophistication of his fine dining room below (Dax Restaurant) only this place is more sneaker friendly. The warm and elegant Georgian space open from 7.30am until midnight Mon-Sat is the perfect spot for a freshly baked pastry and coffee before work or something to set you up for the day like a boiled egg and soldiers with a side of Twitter action courtesy of the free WIFI. Lunch fodder includes ever changing daily specials like chicken and penne pasta with creamy mushroom and wholegrain mustard sauce (€10.50) and you can’t go wrong with a French baguette sambo and soup of the day deal for €9.50. Sautéed shrimps and chicken liver pate are Dax Tapas staples



and the charcuterie and cheese boards are excellent value at €12-€15. Now with a selection of twenty beers from across the globe, sixty Old World wines to choose from and live jazz music nightly from 8-11pm, it’s worth reshuffling your extra curriculars to make room for a new one. 23 Upper Pembroke Street Dublin 2 t: 01 6629381


Taking place in Knox Memorial Hall, Monkstown, every Saturday until 18th December is Christmas Knox, a seasonal market that not only supports women in business but will showcase a number of products of distinct quality and originality. Organised by Sally Stone who produces her own sauces and relishes under the name of the Red Apron Co. and Adrienne Byron who makes crumbles and granola with her company Mumble Crumble Food, the fair which is in its inaugural year is a must for foodies as well as shoppers in need of lovely gifts and stocking fillers. Traders include purveyors of specialist tea and coffee Clement & Pekoe, Dolfin Belgian Chocolates and Urbun who will be selling a range of buns, bakes and hampers bursting with homemade jams, chutneys and a selection of other locally sourced goodies. Handmade Christmas decorations from Dressed for Christmas might be the thing to add bling to your tree this year while the Unique Flower & Interiors collection could spruce up your home in time for the party season. Find Christmas Knox on Facebook to learn more.


One sure way of staying warm this winter is by enjoying a selection of Christmas cocktails in Sure Bar at the Radisson Blu Royal Hotel. Inspired by all the flavours of the festive season including spicy cinnamon and cloves, sweet vanilla and warming brandy, Sure Bar’s new selection of tipples for just €8 will provide plenty of merriness and high spirits during the holidays. If one of your favourite parts of the season is the delectable desserts, the Christmas Pudding cocktail - a smooth mix of Drambuie, Southern Comfort topped off with Guinness allows you to skip straight to your sweet. The Apple Strudel is a fruity concoction of whiskey, traditional Polish honey vodka liqueur and apple syrup while the Eggnog keeps things classic with a spicy blend of cloves and rum mixed with egg yolk, milk, cream and vanilla. The ads may have been on the telly since October, but you know the festive season has truly arrived when your lips taste of cinnamon and your blood is made up of 95% alcohol. I’ll drink to that! Golden Lane Dublin 8 t: 01 8982900


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What are you hoping to find in your stocking this year? A new iPod would be nice. I dropped my last one in a pot of water in Pablo’s kitchen so I’ve been tune-less these last few months. Having said that (cue some self-promotion), Pablo and I are looking forward to getting our hands on the gold “El Burrito de Oro” trophy we won for Dublin’s best burrito. What festive tunes might we find on your iPod? This year, I’ve been influenced by Pablo so Feliz Navidad would be on the iTunes playlist along with Merry Christmas (I don’t want to fight tonight) by Los Ramones. Other than that I get my Christmas tune fix from wandering in and out of shops in town. It’s usually a bombardment from every angle so I don’t need to have any of the usuals on the iPod (that I’ll be getting for Christmas).

If you ask Colm McNamara what his highlights of the past ten months have been since opening Pablo Picante, his Californian burrito bar on Baggot Street, he’d probably cite the accumulation of 1700 friends on Facebook as being one of them along with inspiring the off-shoot fan page ‘Pablo McCante’ (who only has 42 friends), not to mention Pablo’s catalyst role in the burrito revolution that has swept the city since then. With queues always out the door at lunchtime, it was clear that Pablo needed more space. And now he’s got it. Clarendon Market beside Peter’s Pub in Dublin 2 is the lucky location that not only boasts enough room to swing a squealing cat but space to sit down, stick the elbows out and tuck into one beast of a burrito. Ahead of opening the new place, Colm McNamara tells us what he’ll be getting up to this Christmas. Presuming you don’t eat burritos on Christmas day, what’s your favourite part of Christmas dinner? I actually prefer Christmas dinner on St Stephen’s Day. The flavours have had time to sit a little longer and tastes so much better with the extra 24 hours. I quite like sprouts in fact… I think they get unfairly criticized every year.




What’s your position on geansai Nollaigs? There’s no greater satisfaction than wearing a geansai Nollaig, tracksuit bottoms and (probably) odd socks on the 25th. I usually do midnight mass so there’s no need to dress up on the day itself. I do get hit by cabin fever around 7 or 8 and might head off to visit friends or go for a run. As someone with a marketing background, which seasonal ads do you look forward to each year? Typically the festive season has been dominated by American brands. My own belief is that Americans do Christmas better than anyone else so it’s no surprise that their movies (National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Bad Santa, Elf to name a few) and their ads (Coca-Cola and Budweiser in particular) actually contribute to that warm Christmas feeling. Lately I think Guinness have managed to join this group. The Kellogg’s Cornflakes ad with the little blonde kid seeing Santa Claus is a schmaltzy classic, although the cornflake he eats at the end looks more like a potato crisp… That’s the type of ‘product portrayal’ stuff I think about (sad). How will Pablo be spending the holidays? Pablo will return to Baja California to spend Christmas with his 16 brothers and sisters. Dinner will be cooked by Aunt Conchita and afterwards the extended family will smash reindeer-shaped piñatas filled with cinnamon candies and casino chips (por los adultos).


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On the doorstep of the Swan Centre lies one of Rathmines’ best kept secrets. 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. With a varied but not overstretched menu, Kafka touches enough bases to cover most tastes. Appetizers range from delicious chicken wings to golden breaded brie, while the main menu offers up anything from hearty bangers and mash, to porcini mushroom risotto. While their prices are easy on the pocket, Kafka cuts no corners with quality of their food.

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.

A relative new comer to Dublin’s restaurant scene, Le Bon Crubeen is a refined yet unpretentious brasserie. With food quality at the forefront of their philosophy, the people behind this Talbot Street establishment serve up honest, well sourced, brasserie fare. Impressive rotations of weekly specials accompany a menu that offers up among other things, pork belly, and Steak frite, the benchmarks of any brasserie worth its salt.

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33 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Upper Drumcondra Road

Open for lunch, dinner, brunch, and snacks, Exchequer Street’s Green Hen offers one of Dublin’s most idiosyncratic menus - with mains ranging from fresh sea trout to tartlet of St. Agur cheese, and duck and mushroom pie amongst the daily specials, the Green Hen’s platters are unparalleled. Traditionalists, fear not - ribeye steak, and duck confit all offer equally delicious options for the less adventurous.

The Rendezvous Room Restaurant is open for both breakfast and dinner. Enjoy a delicious meal in the relaxing and pleasant surroundings, with both A La Carte and Table d’Hote Menus available. The Skylon also boasts a superb selection of wines to choose from. 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. Evening menu is also available.

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Teddy’s Ice-Cream & Grill

A bright addition to Dublin’s growing ‘gastro pub’ scene, The Exchequer abides by its mission to provide fresh, simple, and wholesome food to accompany its impressive selection of cocktails, wine, and imported beers. The stylish and plush surroundings encourage relaxation, but their approach to cuisine is anything but lax. Their well thought out lunch and dinner menus are outdone only by the Sunday roast, which is fast becoming a weekly institution.

99-cone institution for nearly 60 years in Dun Laoghaire, Teddy’s Dundrum Grill offers another side to one of Dublin’s most-loved establishments – Teddy’s offers steak, spare ribs, and burgers par excellence, without destroying your wallet in the run-up to Christmas. And yes, they still do the best ice cream in town.

3-5 Exchequer Street, Dublin 2

Dundrum Town Centre

t: 01 2964799 t: 01 670 6856


Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 The acclaimed, award-winning Eden restaurant serves contemporary food with a distinctive Irish flavour, overlooking the vibrant Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. With a set of mouthwatering dishes available for mains, from mushroom tarts to duck confit, and a stunning location, Eden is one of Dublin’s must-eat experiences.

t: 01 670 5372




Café Carlo

Anne’s Lane, off South Anne St, Dublin 2

63 - 64 O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

Venu has enjoyed a loyal following since it opened in 2006 and it has been renowned for its well-executed, varied food menu and for its award-winning cocktail bar. If you are looking for a vibrant place that serves great cocktails and quality ‘home-made’ dishes at reasonable prices it is hard to look much further than Venu Brasserie. Tues - Sat: Dinner 5.30 til late Saturday Brunch: 12pm til 4pm

The relaxed and intimate setting of Café Carlo, coupled with its high-quality, reasonably priced food and friendly, attentive staff has made this restaurant a huge favourite with Dublin diners. Not only is it a popular choice with visitors to our fair city, it's also found a place in the hearts of the discerning locals, who return time and again to soak up the Cafe Carlo atmosphere and enjoy some genuinely delicious food. Free glass of wine with every main course when mentioning this ad!

t: 01 67 06755

t: 01 888 0856

The Butcher Grill

Coppinger Row

Bloom Brasserie

A new venture from the successful Dillinger’s of Ranelagh, the butcher Grill is a more meaty affair than its sister restaurant. The Butcher Grill offers a wide spread of carnivorous meals cooked on wood-smoked grills, from veal striploin to grilled halibut. With an excellent starters menu featuring oysters, beef carpaccio and Irish rabbit, the Butcher Grill excels in its variety - but don’t worry, the dessert menu is decidedly meat-free. A new jewel in the Ranelagh culinary crown.

The Bereen brothers from the South William Urban Lounge have created an exciting new option for dining out in Dublin: fresh, simple Mediterranean dishes, perfect for diving in and sharing with friends, family and work colleagues alie, in the funky laid-back atmosphere of Coppinger Row, slap-bang in the middle of the coolest quarter of south city Dublin

Bloom Brasserie is a restaurant with lofty ambitions. With an excellent head chef 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.

92 Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6

t: 01 498 1805

Off South William St, Dublin 2

Mon - Sat Lunch Menu 12 - 3pm Afternoon Menu 3 - 6pm Dinner 6 - 11pm Sunday Brunch 12.30 - 4pm Evening 6 -9pm

11 Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4


Unit 1 Old Orchard Inn, Butterfield Ave, Rathfarnham, Dublin 14 Attached to the Old Orchard Inn, this Chinese restaurant on Rathfarnham’s Butterfield Avenue has an extensive menu, which couples traditional Chinese cuisine with several house specialties. Cantonese style fillet of beef and black pepper spring lamb head a thoroughly enticing menu.

t: 01 493 4938 t: 01 668 7170

t: 01 672 9884

Tante Zoe’s

Diep Noodle Bar

1 Crow Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Ranelagh Village, Dublin 6 Thai and Vietnamese food experts, Diep, offer a great value noodle-based menu with an exciting and exotic range of dishes including soups, salads and stir-fries. Diep Noodle Bar’s Bangkok Street Food menu is a steal and includes three courses of soup, appetiser and main course for €16 available Monday to Sunday until 7pm. With it’s fresh and genuine approach to cooking alongside it’s popular cocktail bar, warm hospitality and it’s releaxed but vibrant atmosphere. Diep Noodle Bar is a firm local favourite.

Temple Bar, Dublin’s own French Quarter - is an appropriate home for this lively Cajun/Creole restaurant where great music meets great food. Try the gumbos, Jambalayas and blackened dishes... You won’t find better this side of the Mississippi. Originated from Louisiana, and is a combination of American Indian, African, French and Spanish cuisines - and it’s Tante Zoe’s speciality. Tante Zoe’s also has private rooms to cater for parties of 20, 40 and 100 people.

t: 01 6794407

t: 01 497 6550

The Chili Club

Yo Thai

1 Anne’s Lane, South Anne Street, D2

Deerpark Road, Mount Merrion, Dublin 18

Just shy of its 20th birthday Dublin’s Chili Club has had a welcome restyling and is now under new management. Quietly hidden away in Anne’s Lane opposite Kehoe’s Pub, the Chili Club was Dublin’s first Thai restaurant and has since its heyday been consistently serving, delicious, authentic Thai food. A recent makeover of cool greens and vibrant fuschia, along with a new bar breathes fresh life into the premises. It has long been a popular spot with local stockbrokers and visiting celebrities and continues to draw an eclectic clientele. A two course lunch is €9.95, three course €12.95 and a recessionary early bird menu is priced at a tempting €14.95. Combine these reasonable prices with cool tunes, friendly staff and a carefully selected wine list, this makes the Chili Club an ideal place for after work supper or a great night out.

This much loved fusion restaurant marries traditional Thai food with the energy of Japanese Teppanyaki tables. Whether you want their highly skilled chefs to put on a show cooking at the table, or simply order food to you table, Yo Thai is a reliable source of good quality East Asian cuisine.

t: 01 288 8994

t: 01 677 3721


Il Primo

The Farm

Chai Yo

For over 15 years Pacino’s has been a family-run restaurant known for its delicious ‘Classic & Gourmet’ pizzas and pastas, steaks and salads. It serves traditional, fresh, quality Italian cuisine. Its beef is 100% Irish, and sourced from reputable suppliers, and its pizza dough made fresh, inhouse, daily. Pacino’s offers a modern dining experience, with an old world vibe – stylish brickwork, wooden floors and soft lighting all combine to create a relaxed, rustic, informal atmosphere.

Il Primo is one of the longest-established Italian restaurants in Dublin’s city centre. For over a decade, Il Primo has been serving rustic Italian food paired with some of the best wines that Tuscany has to offer. Most of its wines are imported directly to Il Primo and cannot be found anywhere else in Ireland. The restaurant is located in a romantic period house, which has been converted into a lively, homely bar area and a cosy and intimate dining room, located five minutes from St. Stephen’s Green. The emphasis throughout Il Primo is on providing some of the finest wines from Tuscany with a range of simple and delicious Italian dishes in the heart of Dublin.

The Farm is about tasty homemade locally sourced free range, organic and fresh food. Healthy vegetables and fresh herbs. All their food is freshly prepared and cooked to order.

Famed for their Teppenyaki tables creating a unique and interactive eating experience, as well as meals made from the freshest, highest quality ingredients and a great party opportunity, Chai Yo perfects the balance between fun and food. For the less party-inclined of visitors, there is a quieter downstairs section. Something for everyone!

18 Suffolk St., Dublin 2

t: 01 677 5651

16 Montague Street, Dublin 2

t: 01 478 3373 Email:

3 Dawson St, Dublin 2

11 am to 11 pm 7 days a week

t: 01 671 8654

100 Lower Baggot St, Dublin 2

Mon-Fri:12.30-3pm, 6pm-11.30pm Sat: 5.30pm-midnight Sun: 3pm-10pm

t: 01 676 7652 TOTALLY DUBLIN



Vogue Russia/India/Paris Monthly [Condé Nast] There’s a gorgeously dreamy chapter in Jeffrey Eugenides The Virgin Suicides in which the bored, house-grounded heroines order travel catalogues, building fantasies of trips abroad as an escape from their reality. Surely the latterday equivalent is hitting up Eason’s for farflung Vogues, international editions plastered with unfamiliar faces. Russian Vogue is exactly the fur-fest you’d expect. The Cyrillic letters are all Greek to me, so I abandon the articles in favour of visual content. Heavy on the mink, diamonds and casino chic, this Vogue is the stuff of Bond Girls cliché. We head East instead, where this month Vogue India celebrates the Sari Issue. It’s handily written in English, with an eye to the kind of international reader who jets to London for a visit to the Selfridges shoe-hall. This edition is worryingly obsessed with marriage - wedding makeup, saris, parties and invariably wedding jewellery are featured - but if you get past the bridal-mania there are idiosyncratic gems like a shoot involving a life-sized Humpty Dumpty. It’s a conservative yet dubious cultural signifier; Western editions barely reflect economic reality, so perhaps Vogue’s take on Indian life is as misleadingly rose-tinted as Bollywood cinema. Subject of fantasy, fashion takes on the role of art in Vogue Paris, very much the baby of editor Carine Roitfield, who confidently takes the reigns of at least five editorial shoots within. Roitfield serves up music and cultural coverage for starters but it’s in editorial that French Vogue really bares its teeth. Where UK Vogue covers long-haired horsey hotties, the French edition features the Burning Man festival, a debauched geisha story by Terry Richardson, a pierced nipple close-up by Hedi Slimane, and the piece de resistance, a deranged portrayal of age and violated youth styled shot by Steven Klein. It stars an oiled-up S&M Adonis opposite an older lady, gilded and cackling in a fur coat. She might well embody the average Vogue reader; hysterically rich and frustrated by the smorgasbord of youth that fashion shoves in her face. - RK

ZJ - Zoe Jellicoe RA - Rosa Abbott RK - Roisín Kiberd



Orla Kiely Pattern [Conran Octopus] Though its title is ‘Pattern’, Orla Kiely’s book covers much more ground than this. The weighty tome is at once a brief history of mid-century design, a guide to colour theory, an autobiography and a visual archive of patterns and products created by the successful Irish fashion designer. What sets ‘Pattern’ apart from more academic design texts is not so much a lack of factual information, but the personal tone in which this information is presented. When Kiely talks you through even the most mundane design processes, you feel as if you’re sat in the lap of a wizened sage, offering you indispensable words of wisdom that will allow you to overcome the fearsome demon of bad design... Following a brief introduction, Kiely gives us an overview of her childhood, training and road to success - punctuated entertainingly by photographs of the 70s Dublin suburbia of her youth and, later, 80s London. She then moves on to discuss the finer points of her design practice: influences, colour, print, homeware and the bi-annual creation and presentation of collections. Woven throughout the text are images of the clothes, patterns and products designed by Kiely over the years, providing sufficient visual stimulation for fans of her wares. Orla Kiely’s debut book provides warm, entertaining and well-informed reading material for anyone with an interest in fashion or design. - RA

Tony Morgan Window Display – New Visual Merchandising [Laurence King] Those of us that live or work in the city walk past them nigh on every day. But even if we stop and marvel at them for a few seconds, or are inspired to enter the store they embellish, few of us consider or appreciate the creative flair of window dressers. Perhaps it’s because their creations are so transient – most shops change their window displays constantly, to keep things fresh – or perhaps the majority of places just don’t invest much time or effort into their displays; instead shoving a few mannequins in the window and hoping for the best. But when it’s done right, window dressing can be an art form. It’s this underappreciated creative medium that Tony Morgan explores herein. Morgan, an ex-Creative Manager at Selfridges

and lecturer at London College of Fashion, talks us through his passion for window dressing and gives a quick overview of key topics (Colour, Graphics & Photography and Lighting & Technology). But the beauty of this book is how fun it is to flick through. Lazer shows, mock Renaissance portraits, bewitching fairytale woodlands, ice caverns, giant meteorites and even a woman about to be snatched up by a T-Rex can be found within the glossy pages of Window Display. Don’t expect to acquire an in-depth knowledge of marketing or ‘Visual Merchandising’, as it’s known to business-types. But do prepare to marvel at the fantastical ideas, creative vision and attention to detail seen in the windows of the likes of Printemps, Selfridges, Ralph Lauren and Harvey Nick’s. It will provide you with oodles of window-shopping delights long after the epic Christmas displays of Arnotts and Brown Thomas have been and gone. - RA

Gary Shteyngart Super Sad True Love Story [Random House] Following up his impressive first novel The Russian Debutantes Handbook (named debut of the year by the Guardian), Shteyngart tells the story of two ill-fated lovers, Lenny Abramov and Eunice Park. Documented through his journal entries and her instant messages, the reader is plunged into a world on the brink of shattering, a society ripe for a revolution which Shteyngart does not indulge his readers with. Shteyngart creates a world which is simultaneously entrancing in the vividness of its portrayal and horrifying in its superficiality and thinly-veiled violence. His satirical voice insidiously takes apart the vulnerable characters within his world, playing out their small and ineffectual existences. This is an engrossing piece of work; a truly impressive depiction of a dystopian future in which books are regarded as obsolete and smelly, and self worth and “happiness” are measured entirely by technology. Shteyngart manages to hold on to the sustained poignancy of the novel even at the end: though all except some of Lenny’s friends and lovers come to their own bitter ends, there is no respite, no real change. Science fiction at its best, striving for a harsh window into humanity’s potential for chaotic waste. - ZJ

(MBTOFWJO.VTFVN Glasnevin Museum is a wonderful introduction to the wealth of national history within Irelandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Necropolis and insights onto many renowned figures that shaped the country we live in today. Glasnevin Museum also offers guided tours of the cemetery, which include a viewing of the Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Connell crypt (for Groups over 10 advance booking is required).

%FDFNCFSBU (MBTOFWJO.VTFVN December at Glasnevin Museum begins with the launch of Institute of Designers in Ireland, Graduate Design Awards Exhibition. Open to the public on December 03rd and continuing in the Prospect Gallery until the end of January 2011, this is a diverse collection of creative talent from textiles, multimedia, and graphic design. This is a great opportunity to see the next generation of Irish innovators, in such outstanding surroundings. Glasnevin Trust Shop will also become a Christmas Shopping destination, with a new range of seasonal crafts and gift ideas. Glasnevin Trust will also have their own range of Christmas Cards; by purchasing your cards and gifts here you are supporting our restoration and sustainability programme. Glasnevin Trust is a not for profit organisation, charity number 5849.

Glasnevin Trust Shop and The Tower Cafe will be open at 9am on weekends in the run up to Christmas to facilitate cemetery visitors. The hard working ladies at Glasnevin Florist will be hosting workshops on how to create great floral wreaths and table displays in the Tower Cafe at 2pm on 4th and 11th December, to find out more and book your free place contact / 01 8826510 Our Florist Shops in Glasnevin and Dardistown Cemetery will be open on Christmas day December 25th 2010.

Glasnevin Museum will close on December 24th at 2pm and reopen on December 27th at 11am, we have a full activity programme for December â&#x20AC;&#x201C; sign up for our newsletter Glasnevin Cemetery, Finglas Road Dublin 11 Tel: 00353 1 8826550 Email: Web:

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