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The "Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)" is Dublin's most popular event magazine that focuses on the vast amount of cultural events for no admission charges. For more than 11 years it was a weekly e-mail magazine that listed, described and recommended 170-200 free cultural events in Dublin City and in the Greater Dublin area. Gigs, Festivals, Talks, Lectures, Exhibitions and much more for all age groups were included. After 600 editions, the Dublin Event Guide was semi-retired and now continues in a new format.

The Dublin Event Guide is a non commercial initiative and is published by Joerg Steegmueller, it has more than 24,000 readers. Instead of a weekly e-mail, there is now an e-mail only when significant events happen and you can subscribe for free on the right here -->>

This site contains the newest edition below and is updated as soon as it is completed (check the date!). But even if there is no new edition here, you probably find some event information on the Dublin Event Guide Facebook Page at!

The newest Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) below was posted on 10 April 2021:

Dublin Event Guide 702: Going down!? — Events: One City One Book, Musictown Dublin, Franco-Irish Literary Festival, Irish Student Drama Awards

Dublin Event Guide (for free events)

Going down!?

One City One Book, Musictown Dublin, Franco-Irish Literary Festival, Irish Student Drama Awards

Hi all!

Things are still tough for most of us. Yes, there is a glimmer of light on the horizon, but right now we are still locked away. Most of us haven’t experienced a cultural event live event since last March and Zoom events are just not the same.

So with all that in mind, I get why the interest in the events that I am trying to tell you about is weak – to put it mildly.

On Facebook the response and feedback is worryingly low. The opening rate for the e-mails has dropped further and last week we didn’t manage to get one single cent of a donation. Maybe it is a sign of the times, but the problem is that things like Facebook reach is not something that can be turned off and on like a light bulb, but once the reach is gone, then it is super hard to get the numbers up again. “Reach” is achieved by people – that is you! – engaging with the weekly post. Writing some feedback, clicking on the button that confirms that you appreciate a post and telling others about a post are the three “currencies” that tells Facebook that more people should see this post. If Facebook gets the impression that you are not interested, it will not show the post.

On the other end is me, who writes the Dublin Event Guide and – for a change – I want to be completely open with you about this: The only thrill I get out of spending hours searching for content and putting it together in this newsletter, is the feedback I get from you! If I get the impression that you are happy about what the Dublin Event Guide gives you, I love giving more. If I feel that there is nobody out there anymore, then I drag my heels to the keyboard and am wondering if all this is worth it.

Maybe it will change again when real life events start again, but right now it all looks as dim as our social life! So I am looking at all the options that are there and if you want to contribute to my pondering and weighing up of options for the future of the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”, drop me a mail at or give me some feedback on Facebook.

With a big zero on the sheet for last week’s donations, I am hopeful that this week will be like the start of a new spring morning. Happy, shiny, optimistic and full of possibilities and opportunities. :-)

If you like free cultural events and enjoy the great content in the “Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)”, please help by donating a small amount.

(The next big project is a very much needed update of the Dublin Event Guide website to be able to offer more services.) Any amount will help, but if you are looking for a recommendation, then I would suggest a donation of 12 Euro per year. That’s just one Euro per month. Where else can you get so much value for so little money?

Use the Dublin Event Guide Donation Page here. It is really easy to use and uses Stripe’s trustworthy payment processing. In case it doesn’t work for you, the “old” links are still below for another little while. On this new page, you can also choose to sign up for a yearly subscription! Yearly subscriptions will give some important financial stability and reliability to the Dublin Event Guide and would be great to have! (Look for the RED subscription buttons at the bottom.)

If the new page above doesn’t work, just use these links and donate via
or for Revolut users among you just use @joergbrb (Revolut is moving away from phone numbers and to addresses like this one.)

Or you can buy one or two or even three virtual coffees (or Hot Chocolates!) for the Dublin Event Guide and you can do that on the “Buy Me a Coffee” page here

And another way to help is this free way: If you come to and check out some of the ads and click on the ones that you find interesting, that also helps with a few cent!

Thank you!!

The EPIC Zone


“EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum” ( are currently sponsoring the Dublin Event Guide and this section of the weekly newsletter will contain relevant information about events in general or about EPIC-related news and happenings.

++ Open Call to commission artwork for upcoming exhibition “Out in the World”
Are you an artist? Would you like to be involved in an exciting upcoming exhibition? EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, together with the Department of Foreign Affairs, is running a worldwide open call to commission original artwork for a new exhibition “Out In The World: Ireland’s LGBTQ+ Diaspora”. Deadline 15 April. Find out more:

++ Irish Traveller Communities Abroad – Hidden Histories of the Irish Abroad
Thu 22 Apr – 18:30-19:30 – Online – Adm: Free (Donation suggested)
Looking for online talks? Tune in on Thursday 22 April to discover the fascinating and little-known history of the Irish Traveller community abroad, particularly in the US and Britain. Register for free, with donations welcomed:

++ EPIC Museum Gift Shop – Brona Chocolate sale
Enjoy a selection of delicious chocolate from Brona, a family-run artisan chocolate maker based in Kerry. Sample a wide range of tastes and flavours with our special offer, with 3 bars for EUR 9, saving you EUR 1.50! Browse at EPIC Museum Gift Shop

Free events in Dublin this weekend…

Saturday 10 April

+ Honest2Goodness Market – Food Market – 09:30-15:00 – 136a Slaney Close, Dublin Industrial Estate, Glasnevin, Dublin 11
+ Toastmasters Area 22 International Speech and Evaluation Contest 09:30 Online
+ Temple Bar Food Market 11:00-16:00 Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only)11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
+ Stages of Grief – MU – Irish Student Drama Awards – Play 13:00 Online (Booking required)

+ Blueberry Muffins – Baking Workshop – Boozy Bakers, UK 14:00-15:00 Online
+ Infinity Guided Meditation  – Live Webinar with Isha Online 16:00-17:00 Online
+ Murder at The Paradise Hotel – QUB – Irish Student Drama Awards – Play 19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Brian Kennedy live on Facebook – Gig 20:00 Online
+ Jack Lukeman: Dylan & The Doors – Gig 20:00 Online
+ United Irishmen Emigres of Erin – History Book Launch – Trasna na Tire 20:00 Online
+ Fire As A Weapon in the Decade of Revolution – Burning of the Custom House 1921 – History Lecture 20:00-22:00 Online
+ Joe & Nic live on Irishgigs – Live 20:00 Online
+ Saturday Unplugged with Aoife and Lenny from Vintage Vibes Band 20:30 Online
+ Karlos (McDermott) from The Receipts – Live Gig – Blue Light Pub 21:30 Online
+ Introduction to SKY Breath Meditation Workshop – Art of Living Foundation 21:00-22:00 Online (Booking required)

Sunday 11 April

+ Blackrock Market (Food Traders only) 11:00-17:30 Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
+ Sundays@Noon – Classical Music Concert – Billy O’Brien piano – Hugh Lane Gallery 12:00-13:00 Online

+ Gardiner Street Gospel Choir – Online Mass 19:30-20:30 Online
+ Paddy Brown – Live on Irishgigs – Gig 20:00-21:00 Online

What’s on and free next week….

Monday 12 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ Coffee Break Movements II: Hips and Back – Exercise Session – Chester Beatty Library 11:00 Online
+ Yeats & Theatre: Online exhibition Tour – National Library of Ireland 11:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Irish Student Drama Awards – Play 13:00 + 19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Colorful Creations in Joyce and Bosch – Lecture – James Joyce Centre 18:30 Online
+ Commemoration of first East to West Transatlantic Flight 1928 – Talks & Video 19:00-20:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Mick ‘Citern’ Walsh – Gig – Irish Music Magazine 21:30 Online
+ War of Independence Centenary Series – Talk – Irish American Heritage Museum (Albany, New York) 00:00 Online

Tuesday 13 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ Eliminate Stress & Anxiety – Lunch & Learn – Iconic Offices and Zestivo 12:30-13:10 Online
+ Irish Student Drama Awards – Play 13:00 + 19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Ballymun Library Book Club discusses Leonard and Hungry Paul by Rónán Hession 13:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Exploring grief and depression – Aware Webinar 14:00-15:00 Online
+ Yoga for Wellbeing -Webinar with Isha Ireland 18:00-19:00 Online
+ Trans Healthcare and an All Ireland NHS – Talks 19:00-21:30 Online

Wednesday 14 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ Digital Marketing Masterclass for Small Business Owners & Startups – LEO Dublin City Women in Business Network – Talk 11:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Thoroughbred Horse Walking by Edgar Degas – Art Discussion – Coffee Conversation – Hugh Lane Gallery 11:00 Online
+ Irish Student Drama Awards – Play 13:00 + 19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ April Showers Bring May Flowers – Culture Club – Exhibition Tour – Chester Beatty Library 18:00 Online (Booking required)
+ Voluntary Assisted Dying – Talk – Humanist Association of Ireland 19:30-21:00 Online
+ Stevie McElvogue live on Irishgigs – Gig 20:00 Online
+ The Long View: Derry From Partition to Civil Rights – History Talk – Trasna na Tire 20:00 Online
+ The Irish in Washington: The Swampoodle Trilogy – History Book Launch – Irish American Heritage Museum (Albany, New York) 00:00 Online

Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events)

Thursday 15 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ From Turmoil to Truce: Photographs of the War of Independence – Exhibition Tour – National Library 11:00 Online
+ The role of Irish Bioethics – Symposium – Royal Irish Academy 11:25-17:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Irish Student Drama Awards – Play 13:00 + 19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Sleep, Diet and Exercise – Impact on Inflammation Talk – Arthritis Ireland 15:00-17:00 Online
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – Musictown Dublin 18:00-00:00 Online
+ Literary Recital – Franco-Irish Literary Festival 18:00 Online
+ April’s Art + Science Salon: Explore The Genetics of Music – Talk – Science Gallery 18:30-19:30 Online (Registration required)
+ Aquinas and John Paul II on Human Action: Passions, Self-Determination and the Will – Lecture – Thomistic Institute 19:00 Online
+ AI and Creativity – Speculative Futures – Digital Cultures Webinar Series – NCAD & Digital Hub 19:00-20:00 Online
+ Creating A Pollinator Paradise – Talk – Carlow Beekeepers 19:30 Online
+ Live Webinar with Rónán Hession – One Dublin One Book Fingal County Libraries 19:30-20:15 Online (Booking required)
+ Cathy Davey – Live Gig – Pepper Canister Church – Musictown Dublin 20:00 Online
+ Stories, Songs, and Shenanigans with Aindrias de Staic – Storytelling – – Irish American Heritage Museum (Albany, New York) 00:00 Online

Friday 16 Apr

+ Rainbow Phil – Daily Lockdown Live Show 10:00-10:45 Online
+ Hugh Lane Culture Club – The Colour Blue – Talk – Hugh Lane Gallery 10:30 Online
+ Chocolate Workshop (16+17 April) by RT CHOCOS 12:30 Online
+ Irish Student Drama Awards – Play 13:00 + 19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Franco-Irish Literary Festival 13:30-18:00 Online
+ Girls Get Active Hackathon – Sport Ireland 16-18 + 30 April Online
+ Crash Ensemble present REACTIONS – Gig – Musictown Dublin 18:00-00:00 Online
+ RTE National Symphony Orchestra: Copland, Barber, Adams with Gavin Maloney – Concert – National Concert Hall 19:00 Online
+ Music, Writing and Creativity – Rónán Hesssion, aka Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, in conversation with Leagues O’Toole – One Dublin One Book 19:30 Online (Booking required)
+ Fiona Kennedy – Gig – Irish Music Magazine 20:00 Online
+ David Kitt & Kevin Barry present CORNALEENA – Gig – Musictown Dublin 21:00 Online

And there is more…

+++ 100 Free Classes
Connections Arts Centre is a Social Enterprise and they will launch their website on 12 April. To celebrate this they will make 100 free classes available over a period of two weeks.
The clases are for adults with disabilities and the wider disability community and are in the areas of Music, Art, Yoga or Cookery.
If you know somebody who could benefit from this great intiative, tell them that the website is at

+++ One Dublin One Book 2021: Leonard and Hungry Paul by Ronan Hession
Every year the Dublin City Libraries select a book that has a connection with Dublin either through its content or its author as the “One Dublin One Book” selection. The libraries encourage everyone to read that book and there are lots of events during April in connection with the chosen book.

In 2021, the selected book is “Leonard and Hungry Paul”. Leonard and Hungry Paul are two quiet friends who see the world differently. They use humour, board games and silence to steer their way through the maelstrom that is the 21st century. The book author is Ronan Hession, an Irish writer based in Dublin and “Leonard and Hungry Paul” is his debut novel.

Is learning a new skill part of your plans for the new year? Maybe it is a language or an instrument or some technical skills? Or NLP or some Business related “soft skills”? Check out Udemy via the link below, they have thousands of courses and there is good chance that what you are looking for is available.
The lowest cost for courses this month will be around 12.99. Check out the website at And if you buy through that link, you help the Dublin Event Guide! ;-)

For physical books and e-books I recommend Book Depository because they are usually cheaper than others and they always include delivery for free and by using this link you help the Dublin Event Guide when you purchase a book and it doesn’t cost you a cent:  .

And this is it for another week! Have a good weekend and new week.

Take care,

–Joerg (


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