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My top picks of events happening in Dublin this week:


Event- Passing On

Location- The Teachers’ Club, 36 Parnell Square

Description- Brian and Tom, together for ten years, would like to have a child, to be as Tom says, ‘a proper family, with two dads‘.  When their friend, Jane, agrees to act as a surrogate, it really seems they can have it all. But after Tom is very reluctantly pressed into finding out about his biological parents, what he discovers will turn their dream of a family, into their worst nightmare.

This gripping and thought-provoking play explores genetics, ethics, surrogacy, and the complicated  dynamics of a family, all within the context of a moving love story

Cost- €15

Time- 19.30

Event- Are You Lonesome Tonight? by Robert Downes (more dates)

Location- Teachers’ Club (main), 36 Parnell Square West

Description- SQUAD Productions are so excited to announce their brand spanking new play! Premiering this year at the 15th International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival!

No life, no prospects, just a Granda to care for and longing to escape. Or at least someone to keep you company.

Colin and his Granda are trying to get on as they live in their tiny, claustrophobic apartment. Their only respite is when Granda visits the pub and Colin can drag it up for the Graham Norton show. When Colin meets James online, things begin to boil over.

Are You Lonesome Tonight is about friendship, love and how to cope when you seem stuck in the seemingly boring circle that is life.

Cost- €15

Time- 21.00


Event- Éireannach: A worldwide exhibition of botanical art (more dates)

Location- National Botanic Gardens, Dublin 9

Description- Botanical Art Worldwide is a ground-breaking collaboration between botanical artists, organisations and institutions worldwide. Twenty three artists are creating and exhibiting botanical artworks of native plants found in each of their countries to create a record of today’s botanical diversity. Digital slide shows of up to forty works, with all other countries’ images will be shown at each venue during the run of each exhibition.
The Irish Society of Botanical Artists will be hosting an open day on the 18th of May which will include a tour of the exhibition, demonstrations, and a chance to meet the artists involved.

Cost- Free

Time- 10.00

Event- Civil Rights, Street Protest and Resistance in Northern Ireland (more dates)

Location- Gallery Of Photography, Meeting House Square

Description- The exhibition features dramatic images by Steve Shapiro of the famous Selma to Montgomery civil rights march in 1965, alongside work from three renowned Magnum photographers: David Hurn, Josef Koudelka and Ian Berry.

The Northern Irish civil rights struggle, from the first march in August 1968 to the Battle of the Bogside in 1969, is captured though the work of Gilles Caron, Clive Limpkin, David Newell Smith, Buzz Logan, Barney McMonagle, Eamon Melaugh, Larry Dickinson and Tony McGrath. The exhibition also includes projections, video installations, contemporary political posters and a wealth of other ephemera from the time.

Cost- Free

Time- 11.00-18.00


Event- Feminist Swearing Night

Location- Chaplins Comedy Club, Hawkins Street

Description- Do you ever feel like society isn’t exactly what it should be? Are you tired or pissed off with certain aspects of it? Do you just feel like cursing and smashing the patriarchy? If you answered yes to any of the above, you need to be at the Feminist Swearing Night!
This is an opportunity to sound off about the patriarchy, politics, inequality and injustice through stand-up comedy, rhyme, song, swearing, ranting or any other means of expression. The event will be moderated by one of the founders of Feministinen ajatushautomo Hattu, unshakeable feminist Rosa Meriläinen.
She will be joined by Dublin’s very own stand up comedienne Aine Gallagher and other special guests.

Take part or come or support those taking to the stage, and discover that you are not alone in your thoughts. Receive feminism’s warm embrace, the floor is yours!

Feminist Swearing Night is a concept created by Hattu, and brought to Dublin by the Finnish Institute in London in partnership with Funny Women.

Profits from ticket sales go to Women’s Aid Ireland.

Cost- €6

Time- 19.00

Event- Lunchtime Concerts-St. Ann’s/St. Stephens ‘The Pepper Canister’

Location- St Ann’s Church, Dawson Street

Description- Sarah Luttrell Mezzo-Soprano, Aoife Masterson Soprano, Richard Mc Grath, Una Hunt Accompanists, Music by Purcell, Handel, Menotti, Faure, Debussy and many more

Cost- Free

Time- 13.00


Event- Temple Bar Summer Night Markets (more dates)

Location- Temple Bar

Description- Dublin’s only art & craft night market brings artists and craft makers onto the streets of Temple Bar; Dublin’s Cultural Quarter.  Brought to you by the Temple Bar Company, Temple Bar Summer Night Markets are back and will run Thursdays from May until September.

The markets will feature the work of artists & craft makers in a relaxed atmosphere in Dublin City Center.

Cost- Free

Time- 14.00-20.00

Event- Tai Chi and Tea for all (weekly event)

Location- Scouts Den Derrynane, Bath Avenue

Description- Tai Chi and Tea – Thursday mornings. Scouts Den Derrynane Gdns. DONT BE SHY COME ALONG AND GIVE IT A TRY

Cost- €21 for a year’s subscription

Time- 11.00


Event- Dublin Dance Festival: Philippa Donnellan’s Body of Work | What’s the story?

Location- Axis: Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun

Description- Created in collaboration with and performed by dancer Lee Clayden and members of the local community, body of work / What’s the story? is a dance theatre performance which reveals a world of dark mornings, long hours, aching feet and occasional triumphs. Amid the grit and glare, different characters take centre stage. Whether they live to work or work to live, their difficulties, desires and celebrations gradually emerge.

Cost- €10

Time- 20.00

Event- The Rollin Stoned play The Academy Dublin this May

Location- The Academy Dublin, 57 Abbey Street Middle

Description- A Rock’n’Roll Circus is coming to town.. …everything seems to be ready…. …is everyone ready?

Revered by Stones fans for their authenticity this is the best tribute to the greatest rock n roll band in the world. Join them for a spectacular 2 hour show.
It’s not just enthusiastic fans who rate The Rollin Stoned so highly, it’s the people in the know and those from the Stones’ inner circle; even booking the band for a band member’s birthday party.
For those who witnessed the Stones – Brian Jones et al – in their hey day, this is a chance to revisit lost youth, for the rest of you, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss was about.
“…. the nearest thing to the real article”  The Times
“…. about as true to the originals as you can get” and “Just like the real thing” enthused rock star photographer Gered Mankowitz.
Keith Richards’ own mother, Doris, described the band as “outstanding” and fit to “stand in for the Stones” which is about as good an endorsement as any could wish.

Cost- €29.50

Time- 19.30


Event- Freedom by Peachy Dublin

Location- MART, 190a Rathmines Road

Description- Freedom is an exhibition showcasing artistic reactions to an Ireland post Repealing the 8th. We want to keep this a really positive space and environment as it is so close to the referendum and give everyone a night of Art, Music, Poetry and a place to chill out before the Referendum. Instead of Artists responding to why we should repeal the 8th, we wanted the Artists to help us visualize what the future in Ireland could look or feel like if it is.

We have an amazing line up of Artists showcasing the responses in Mart Dublin who have kindly donated the space to us for the two days.
We also have some top class musicians and spoken word artists performing on the opening night!

All pieces of art will be for sale with all the proceeds after cost being donated to Together for Yes.

Cost- Free

Time- 13.00

Event- Move Nourish Shine

Location- Baldonnell House & Orchards

Description- Join us in May for another Nourishing and Wholesome event, this time in the beautiful setting of Baldonnell House. (Dublin this time! Only 25 mins from the city)

**Sat 19th – Sun 20th MAY **

The place has a cozy and rustic feel to it, which will allow us to shed the busyness of our daily lives, get immersed in some beautiful activities and chill out as much as we like… 🙂

Stay for the whole day on Saturday.. or you have the option to stay overnight too.

Activities will include:

• Yoga
• Meditation
• Mandala Making – out in nature
• Nutrition Talk
• Gut Health
• Music

We will share a delicious lunch together cooked by Nicky

In the evening we will have a tasty Japanese themed meal with a sushi workshop (vegan options also).
We will explore some interesting Japanese dishes while Nicky discusses the Japanese diet and how they keep so healthy.

If you choose stay over, we will have a morning yoga class and serve a hearty breakfast.

Cost- Price for the day: €97 Or Staying over: €130

Time- 11.00


Event- Drag Story Time

Location- St, Patrick’s Park, Dublin

Description- We’re partnering up with International Literature Festival Dublin to present Dublin’s very first edition of Drag Story Time.

Embraced by public libraries, bookstores and schools in the US and UK, this form of storytelling celebrates the imagination and play of childhood, providing families with glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. The storybooks read at Drag Story Time celebrate diversity in the way that children may dress or act, and promote accepting differences in others.

We’ll be in the storytelling tent in St Patrick’s Park across the opening weekend of the festival. Bring all your little queens and kings!

Cost- Free

Time- 15.00

Event- Nigel Mooney Sunday Jazz Sessions

Location- United Arts Club, Upper Fitzwilliam Street

Description- Hailed by the B.B.C. as “Ireland’s King of the Blues”, Nigel Mooney is long-established as Ireland’s leading jazz singer/guitarist. Steeped in the blues from an early age, Mooney formed his Gripewater Blues Band in the early 1980’s, spearheading Ireland’s blues movement and working with the likes of B.B. King, Lowell Fulson, Bo Diddley, Hubert Sumlin and Louisiana Red.

Since the mid-1990’s, he has been a leading figure in Ireland’s jazz scene and his 2013 album, “The Bohemian Mooney” was awarded Jazz Album of the Year by The Irish Times and featured guest appearances by Georgie Fame and Louis Stewart. Nigel is joined at the United Arts Club by the Johnny Taylor Trio.

Cost- €10

Time- 16.00-18.00


Children’s Event- Sunday Kids Drop-By Activities

Location- National Botanic Gardens, Dublin 9

Description- Kids, Join us for fun activities in the dedicated Children’s Garden! Sow seeds, make seed bombs, design bug hotels and re-use everyday items to create your own piece of eco art.
All children must bring their own grown-up. No Bookings. First Come, First Served.

Cost- Free

Time- 11.00/ 11.30/ 15.00/ 15.30

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