Smile, it's Friday! :-)
Only a few more hours and the weekend will be here.

And there will be even a few free events today to help you slide into this weekend:
+ CHQ Market 11:00
+ The Green Door Market 12:00
+ Humans May Not Apply - Science Gallery Exhibition 12:00-20:00
+ Jack Brouwer - Gig 20:00
+ Butterscotch - Gig 21:00
+ Little One / ELE - Gig 21:00
+ PopLife - Gig 21:00
+ Acoustic...
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Do you know the song "American Pie"?
It is about "The Day the Music Died" and was written by Don McLean in 1971. ([ Youtube.com Link ] That day he sings about, happened today 58 years ago: On 03 Feb 1959 a plane crash in Iowa, USA killed the three Rock 'n' Roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J. P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson.
You might have heard of Buddy Holly, he was one of the...
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Don McLean - American Pie better quality

Don McLean - American Pie

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A pink marbled sky over Dublin.
Happy Chinese New Year!
This year is the year of the Rooster and it starts today. The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival is taking place from today with a number of free events, but the Family event won't be this weekend yet. On Sunday 05 Feb it will take place in the CHQ building.

So, let's go back to THIS weekend! :-) The newest Dublin Event Guide is updated on all online channels and will...
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Who is peeking through the trees on this wonderful afternoon?? ;-)
The Dublin Event Guide No 500 is live! It is updated on the website and on the web app and will soon be sent to you by e-mail.
To celebrate the 500th edition, we are trying to raise funds for the Dublin Event Guide, give something back to two charities AND we have a gift for every person that helps with a donation.
Support the Dublin Event Guide so that we will make it to Edition No 1000!...
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If you are still off work this week (You are soo lucky! ;-) ), you might be interested in the "Free Wednesday", a monthly day with NO admission charges at some Irish Heritage Sites.

In Dublin, you will be able to get into Dublin Castle and Rathfarnham Castle for free (Kilmainham Gaol is not on the list anymore and The Casino is closed over winter.) And further afield, a visit to Newgrange and...
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Merry Christmas everybody!

I hope you will have a wonderful day and feel the Christmas spirit.

Apart from unwrapping of presents, Christmas Dinners, Movies and maybe some games. There are only two events in the morning:
+ Sea Swim (at Forty Foot in Sandycove or in Skerries)
+ Goal Run (not free) for charity at a variety of locations

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Check this one out! You can win a Huawei mobile phone!
A really nice Christmas Market in Belfast! And LOTS of people here.

It still puzzles me that Dublin can't achieve something similar (or even better ;-) )
A tiny part of the flea market section of the Dublin Flea Christmas Market at the Point Village. Open until 19:00.
Admission is free.
Britain's Got Talent is coming to Dublin for auditions. If you have a talent, go to the Ilac Centre tomorrow (Friday) between 12:00 and 16:00.

(Thanks Darren Hill for telling us about it.)
Christmas on Merrion Square is not a market or one event, no, it is loads of events and mini-markets in the buildings around Merrion Square. The website has the full list. All events are free, but some need/needed registration.

Christmas on the Square

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Russian Ice Shows coming to Dublin! - Competition Time

"Alice in Wonderland" and "Dracula on Ice" will be performed from 24-27 November by Russian Ice Skaters on an ice rink in the National Show Centre in Swords that will only be built for these shows.
There will also be a Winter Wonderland with free visits to Santa for ticket holders and with a Fun Fair and a Christmas Market.

Tickets are...
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Last night was the pre-view and I took the picture at that show. Tonight is the main event and it is impressive...and free. No tickets required, but you need to find a gap in the clouds, which is not so easy.

The Supermoon is coming to a venue near you! :-) It has not been seen like that since 1948 and won't return until 2034.
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Happy Sunday!! And if you are just getting ready to go out there with your sports gear on: Happy Marathon!!
It is Dublin City Marathon Day and 19500 runners will take part. But even more surprising was for me that 13849 of them are from Ireland. Wow! You have my respect and I wish you a great run, jog or walk! A great achievement even to take part! You are all winners! :-)
P.S. Did everyone...
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I find it fascinating to see how Dublin was and how it developed over the decades.
If you like Dublin, you will like this clip! ;-)
One of the main events this weekend is Open House on Saturday and Sunday (from 11:00). Open House will give you an opportunity to see buildings in Dublin that you normally would not have access to. Guided tours by architects will give you an insight on why and how it was built like it is.
Check the list of participating buildings at [ Openhousedublin.com Link ]

Open House Dublin 2016

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That's where I am at the moment. And that is where - if all goes well - the next Dublin Event Guide will be compiled from tonight. :-)
The tiny village is called Montattico and it is 110km South East of Rome.
Free events? Yes numerous times every year there is a festa that is triggered by the commemoration of one of copius Saints and Madonnas.