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Friday 2 December 2016

10 things to do in Dublin this weekend

Robbie Brady, centre, is backing Aiden McGeady to shine against Scotland
Robbie Brady, centre, is backing Aiden McGeady to shine against Scotland
Dublin Kite Festival
William Butler Yeats
Amanda Palmer in concert
Stylish guests at Taste of Dublin 2014
Emear McNally and Peter McNally with their son Myles yesterday at the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch on North Great George Street. Photo: Conor McCabe photography

There's a big game on this Saturday but if you've no interest in the football, there's plenty more to do in the city

It'sall happening under the sun (we hope) in Dublin this weekend. So, grab your shades and stick on the jerseys, folks. We’ve got everything else covered…

 

The Football Party

Olé Olé: A Pitchside Day Party in Dalymount Park

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Republic of Ireland take on Scotland on Saturday evening

The Republic of Ireland take on Scotland this weekend in a crucial European Cup qualifier, so how about we do things in style and head on over to Phibsborough for the mother of all footie shindigs, eh? Basically, there’s an eight-hour outdoor pitchside party taking place at the home of Bohemian FC this Saturday, spread across two areas and featuring a full BBQ courtesy of The Big Smoke, a fine selection of craft beers and drink promos, a smashing host of DJS dishing out the best in disco, house and pop (DJ Deece, Kelly-Anne Byrne, White Collar Boy and more) and, of course, the match itself will be screened in the Players Bar from 5pm.

Oh, and if you happen to have a vintage Ireland jersey stashed away in the attic, we suggest you dust it off, stick it on and do things properly. It’s only right. Here’s hoping we get a good result…

Saturday from 2pm. Tickets: €10 from www.eventbrite.ie / €15 on the door. For more, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1460352180945004/.

 

Fun with Kites

Dublin Kite Festival, Clontarf

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Dublin Kite Festival

Gas, isn’t it? This is probably the one day of the year that some of us we’ll actually welcome unsettled conditions. You know, windy weather and that (just so long as it stays dry, thank you very much). Yep, the third annual Dublin Kite Festival is happening over in North Bull Island, Clontarf on Sunday. What do you need to know? It’s a free event, for a start, attracting kite fliers and spectators from Ireland and beyond. Kite enthusiasts will compete for a number of prizes, too (“most aerodynamic, most beautiful, and funniest” included). There will also be a number of displays, kite-building workshops and demonstrations. The little ones will love this. Big kids, too…

Sunday 11am – 5pm. For more, visit www.dublinkitefestival.ie.

 

Carnival Fun

HOPE Summer Carnival, The Green Door Market

The Hope Foundation launches its first ever summer carnival event in NewMarket, Dublin 8 this weekend. Various stall bargains, baked goodies, carnival games – it’s all up for grabs this Sunday. It’s a free event, too, and another perfect day out for the kids. Put it this way, the games include ‘hook a duck’, ‘skittles and hoopla’ and ‘coconut shy’. Deadly buzz.

Sunday, 2pm – 6pm. For more, visit www.hopefoundation.ie.

 

A Poet’s Birthday

Yeats 2015

William Butler Yeats would have been 150 this weekend. Now there’s a sentence and a half. Why not hop aboard a train from Connolly to Sligo on Saturday morning and immerse yourself in a special ‘poetry carriage’? Or, you could just stay in the city and head over to the IFI, Temple Bar for Alan Gilsenan’s “experimental film-poem”, ‘A Vision: A Life of WB Yeats’. Or, there’s always the Yeats Day party out in Sandymount Green, featuring poetry, prose and music, also on Saturday.

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WB Yeats

Yeah, you had better check out the website, for there’s a whole lotta Yeats-themed fun happening around the country this weekend…

Saturday. For more, visit www.yeatsday.com.

 

The Gig

An Evening with Amanda Palmer, The Academy

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Amanda Palmer in concert

The First Lady of Crowdfunding (it’s a touchy subject, but she was actually the first to raise more than a million quid online to record and release an album in 2012… the word you’re looking for is ‘wow’), the artist occasionally known as Amanda F***ing Palmer touches down in the capital this Saturday night for what promises to be a delightful evening of storytelling and music. Seriously, Palmer (formerly one half of the Dresden Dolls) is quite the talent, what with the performing artist and musician currently touring on the back of a New York Times bestseller (The Art Of Asking), which itself was written on the back of her famous 2013 TEDTalk (a YouTube favourite). Expect original tunes and cover versions, spoken-word pieces, questions and answers with the fans and much, much more...

Saturday. Tickets priced €28 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

 

The (Literary) Festival

Dalkey Book Festival

Have a guess where it’s taking place. Established by Sian Smyth and David McWilliams in 2010, the Dalkey Book Festival returns to one of our favourite seaside towns today, with events taking place in pubs, cafes, shops and schools throughout the village. Who or what is on the bill this year? Well, there’s ‘An Evening with Michael Murphy and Friends’ tonight, Paul McGuinness discusses ‘The Business of Music’ on Saturday and Diarmuid Gavin will be talking gardens with Vandra Costello on Sunday. Something for everybody, then.

Ends Sunday. For a full list of events and ticket prices, visit www.dalkeybookfestival.org.

 

The Comedy Show

Laugh Out Loud for Temple Street Children’s Hospital at Vicar Street

Having raised more than €115,000 for sick children since the event started, a stellar line-up of Irish comedic talent reunites to raise funds for Temple Street Children’s University Hospital at Vicar Street this weekend. Al Porter, Colm O’Regan, Chris Kent, David O’Doherty, Eric Lalor and Karl Spain are just some of the fine names on the bill. Funds raised from the gig will go towards the redevelopment of the hospital’s Renal and Neurology Outpatients Unit. Yep, it’s for a terrific cause, folks. Get out there and do your bit. Laughter guaranteed on the night.

Saturday at 8pm. Tickets priced €21 available at www.ticketmaster.ie.

 

The Music Conference

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It’s actually something of a festival, too, set over three days (Friday – Sunday), and offering musicians across Ireland the chance to learn from and connect with industry veterans and pros. Essentially, what you have here is an event about the music business, featuring various speed sessions, industry panels and keynote speakers included as part of the ‘how to succeed as an artist’ conference program at the Central Hotel on Exchequer Street from 9.30am – 6pm on the Saturday (tickets are €20) and an insane amount of Irish and international bands occupying the five stages at Sweeney’s Bar and the Mercantile on Dame Street across the weekend. It might get loud. Maybe bring a notebook.

For more, visit http://www.youbloom.com/dublin-2015/.

 

The (Food) Festival

Taste of Dublin 2015

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Guests at last year's Taste of Dublin

Now in its tenth year, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all familiar with the city’s favourite ‘foodie’ festival (a “celebration of Dublin's unique and progressive dining scene”, would you believe) at the Iveagh Gardens each summer, right? Oh yes, it’s all happening off Harcourt Street over the next four days, and we are going to eat EVERYTHING IN SIGHT. We might just head on over to the Taste Theatre, too, for some neat demonstrations and tips. Oh, and we love the sound of this new Barry’s Tea Dessert Bar …

Ends Sunday. For more, visit http://dublin.tastefestivals.com/.

 

The Brunch

The Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch, North Great George’s Street

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Emear McNally and Peter McNally with their son Myles yesterday at the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch on North Great George Street last year

We have no idea how this one will work out, but it sounds positively fabulous, what with the kind folks over at Happenings joining forces with Dublin Popup and the Bloomsday Festival and ‘reimagining Bloomsday’ with a street feast celebrating “the wackiest side to Edwardian Dublin”. Look, there are cupcakes, cream buns, juices, games, prizes to be won at the lucky potato sports day and dancing. Always dancing. Brunch will take place over three settings between 12pm and 2pm, and hey, they also want us to dress the part. You know what to do. Oh, and it’s an alcohol-free event – and please remember to tidy up after yourselves. Enjoy!

Sunday, 12pm – 5pm. Tickets: €10. For more, visit www.happenings.ie. For more Joycean fun, check out the entire Bloomsday Festival itinerary at http://bloomsdayfestival.ie.

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