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Last week, I received an e-mail from a Dublin startup called Meetingsbooker who are currently running a project called ‘My Favourite Meeting Place’ to discover the best meeting places in Dublin. One of my favourite places has to be the Chester Beatty Library.
It is in the centre of Dublin located in the grounds of Dublin Castle and listed in the Lonely Planet as “not just the best museum in Ireland, but one of the best in Europe”. In order to gain access you walk through the beautiful Dubh Linn gardens which is usually packed on a summers day. This is a lovely place to take a book and relax on a bench or have coffee on the grass with a friend. The museum is completely free and runs great events throughout the year. One of my favourite things to do lately is their monthly Qigong on the Roof Top Garden. The museum houses the collections of mining magnate, Sir Alfred Chester Beatty with a strong focus on the Orient showing his interest in Islamic, East Asian and Western Collections. They are always showing interesting exhibitions. Their beautiful Silk Road café with its middle-eastern dishes is also worth checking out.
It’s definitely worth checking out – don’t just leave it for the tourists.
What a lovely way to start the day….Rave your way into the day!
Morning Gloryville Dublin is coming to The CHQ Building on the 6th of August.
Morning Gloryville is an immersive morning dance experience for those who dare to start their day in style. Nothing wakes you up more than a soul-shaking dance, electrifying music and for those who need it, a mind blowing double espresso!
Fabulous food blogger and savvy business woman, Ketty, of French Foodie in Dublin [FFID] brings us a new night out with a twist, the Foodie Movie Club. The idea is that each month she chooses a different food themed movie screened in the private cinema in Brooks Hotel. I attended her last screening of Julie & Julia which proved so popular, I think she had to put on four separate screenings. It is the movie that inspired me to start blogging. You can read my review of the movie here. I also love Meryl Streep’s performance as Julia Child, an over-the-top, eccentric and exuberant chef and author of the best-selling cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking.
After popcorn and the movie, we headed en masse [well there were around 20 or more of us] around the corner to French restaurant, La Maison, on Castle Market. Through it’s red curtains and up the stairs to a private dining room where we dined on steaming pots of the most delicious French classic Boeuf Bourguignon. I had come on my own but quickly made friends with a fellow blogger, the lovely Marta of Cook It, Eat It, Love It. She has recently relocated to Dublin from Galway. The movie was a real talking point as was the luscious Boeuf Bourguignon complete with puff pastry surround which we demolished. Everyone was friendly and welcoming and I ended up staying way longer than I thought I would as I was enjoying myself. We happily ate and talked and laughed. I had to tear myself away reluctantly as I had work in the morning.
As Ketty says “It’s more than just watching a film, it’s about meeting people, enjoying food and building a community of those with a shared love of food and film.” Judging from the success of the night I went, it’s a concept that clearly works. I would heartily recommend it as a fun night out and going alone ensures you make some new friends.
This month FFID has selected the movie Ratatouille, the story of a little rat who dreams of becoming a French chef in Paris. The movie will be followed by an authentic ratatouille dish in French restaurant La Maison. There are two screenings on the 23rd and 28th of April – check out her website www.frenchfoodieindublin.com for further details and to make a booking.
Christmas at Dublin Castle: November 30th until December 22nd
Each Saturday and Sunday in December Dublin Castle invites you to enter the magical world of the Nutcracker. The upper courtyard is transformed into a traditional Christmas market and choirs every Saturday and Sunday will be performing under the tree from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. Enjoy a tasty treat from our Christmas vendors, including mulled wine, hot chocolate, gingerbread cookies and traditional chimney cake. The craft fair will take place on December 15th from 10.00am inside the Bedford Hall.
Check out their Christmas programme by clicking the link below:
Christmas on the Square: December 1st
This Saturday, December 1st, the second annual Merrion Square pop up shop will be taking place in Number 45 Merrion Square. To kick start your Merrion Christmas there will be a one-day pop-up shop on December 1st with leading Irish designers and irish artisan food producers bringing their beautiful irish-made products to No. 45.
Check out their website for further details:
Christmas at Farmleigh: 7th – 22nd December
Experience the magic of Christmas at Farmleigh with Christmas markets and carol singing every Saturday and Sunday. They also have Christmas Concerts. The Velvettes is a unique vocal group based on the classic swing combos of the late 1940s and early 1950s. They model their vocal blend on the style of the Andrews Sisters. A typical Velvettes set list is packed with songs from Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, and Hoagy Carmichael- to name but a few. Tickets are allocated on a lottery basis. The closing date for ticket applications is at 10am on Wednesday December 4th. 2 tickets per winner, and only successful applicants will be notified.
Check out the Christmas Programme:
The Docklands Christmas Markets: 12th – 23rd December
Everyone’s favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 9th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock. This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George’s Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa’s grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one.
Click on the link below for more information:
Dublin Port Winterfest at Point Village: 28th November to 23rd December
The Point Village will be transformed with the sights, sounds and aromas of a traditional Christmas market. You’ll find food stalls serving treats including Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Crepes, BBQ Bratwurst and Bockwurst, Hog Roast, Chinese Noodles, Chocolate Fountain and a Christmas Bakery. There is also an ice-rink, santa’s grotto and amusement rides.
Check out their website for more details:
12 Treats of Christmas Food Tour
French Foodie in Dublin brings you on her ’12 Treats of Christmas Food Tour’ this December.
Mulled wine, chocolates, mince pies and other Christmas treats will be sampled during this festive walking tour, a stop in a restaurant for lunch is also included. Join a small group of Christmas lovers to share some delicious food and good company. French Foodie will bring you around some of her favourite spots to indulge with 12 different treats.
To book click on the link below: http://frenchfoodieindublin.blogspot.ie/p/christmas-food-tour.html
From 26th – 28th October, Dublin City will celebrate the life, work and legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel ‘Dracula’.
The three-day festival will peel back the layers of the city to reveal Stoker’s Dublin. The streets will come alive with free pop-up performances of spine-chilling street theatre and sinister sounds, a city-wide Vampire Hunt for families and friends, spooky movies in the open-air, blood curdling literary happenings, terrifying theatre, haunted walking tours and a very special event will take place in the spectacular surrounds of Dublin Castle.
Whether you’re a resident vampire or visiting from further afield, the Bram Stoker Festival 2013 has something for everyone in its spooktacular programme of events!
Check out the website for details:
GET SET FOR BEWITCHING NIGHTS AT A DRIVE IN MOVIE THIS HALLOWEEN
– Have a howl of a time at the Tattersalls Drive in Movies –
The ghosts, ghouls and spirits of Halloween will once again return to Tattersalls Country House in Ratoath, Co. Meath for the “Tattersalls Drive-In Movies & Horror Happenings” from October 24th – November 2nd.
The tranquil setting of the stunning Tattersalls Country House will be transformed into a house of spooky horrors giving the most dedicated Trick-or-Treaters a Halloween to remember. Movie lovers will be treated to screenings of cult favourites including “Paranormal Activity” and “The Shining” for the grown up’s who want a good scare and “Taxi Driver” and “The Shawshank Redemption” for those that would rather sit back and enjoy a classic. There will be fun for all the family as kids will also be treated to matinee screenings of family favourites including “Shrek”, “The Incredibles”, “The Lion King” and many more.
For the more adventurous trick or treaters out there, why not take a stroll through the the Tattersalls Late Night Torture Barn – and see if you can make it through in one piece. So if you’re brave enough to park your car and experience a Halloween event with a difference then get booking now to avoid disappointment and park up to the large screen for just €22 per car. With an incredible selection of scary and family friendly movies, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
For further information and to buy tickets check out:
Granby Park, is an urban, ‘pop-up’ park in a currently vacant site in Dublin’s inner city. It is made from up-cycled, recycled, donated and found material and features some of the city’s most talented artists, architects, performers, planners etc. It will have an outdoor cinema, a theatre made by kids from palettes, an education zone, exhibitions, a play area, a café, art installations, and lots, lots more!
The park opened on Thursday 22 August and will be there until 22 Sept. During this time a whole range of events will take place in the park and nearly all of them will be free. Granby Park will be open Mon-Fri from 08:00-19:00 and Sat&Sun from 10:00-19:00 and you are invited to visit it. Food & Drink will be sold on site, but alcohol is not permitted.
Bray Summerfest was founded in 1981 and continues to be Ireland’s largest free summer festival. This year, Bray Summerfest is opening its arms to hundreds of thousands of visitors from home and abroad, calling them to to enjoy a jam packed programme running over five themed weekends. They have ever angle covered FREE Live Music performances, Family events, Food and Gardening along with our National Air Display.
There are new additions to the festival – a new Vintage FunFair, Retro Weekend with an outdoor cinema set alongside the Retro Zone, Wicklow Food and Garden Festival showcasing suppliers from the county and country. This season’s music highlights include Bressie, Sharon Shannon, Big September and two first class tribute acts – Friends in Low Places and Robbing Williams from the UK. They also welcome back the unstoppable Smash Hits with the Finale Fireworks.
This weekend is the Air Show Spectacular on the Sunday.
Click the link below to access the brochure: