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HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

Tuesday, 21st November, 2017 6:00pm
HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

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HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

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Festival of Politics

Dublin’s inaugural Festival of Politics will take place from November 22-26. Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and former Ulster Unionist Party leader Mike Nesbitt will take to the stage at Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane, Dublin 8, on Saturday November 25 at 8.30pm to cast their political eyes over Ireland in the aftermath of Brexit. ‘A United People – A Divided Island?’ will see these two accomplished politicians consider issues such as new borders, the free movement between the UK and Ireland, and Northern Ireland’s suspended parliament post-Brexit.

Other highlights include executive editor of Breitbart News, James Delingpole, analysing Donald Trump a year on from his surprise election and to add to the mix, there will also be Muslim satirists from Silicon Valley and protest songs with leading folk singer, Peggy Seegar.

Festival information and tickets can be found online at


Cuban Film Festival

The Cuban Film Festival takes place in The Pearse Centre, 27 Pearse Street, Dublin 2, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 24, 25 and 26.

This year the event will pay homage to the historic leader of the Cuban Revolution, Fidel Castro, on the first anniversary of his passing away.

The opening movie on Friday at 7pm is Fidel es Fidel (43mins) a warm, emotional documentary by renowned Cuban director Roberto Chile. Admission to the festival is free, courtesy of the Embassy of Cuba.


Smithfield Christmas Lights

The 2017 Smithfield Lights will be turned on during a free family event on Sunday, November 26 from 3-9pm.

Families can enjoy a wide range of festive entertainment including face paints, workshops, a vintage carousel and an outdoor screening of classic Christmas movie The Snowman. There will also be market stalls with a range of delicious foods, arts and crafts.

The main tree lighting event will take place at 7.10pm, with VIP Santa himself in attendance.


Festive Fair

The Royal Society of Antiquaries is hosting a wonderfully curated Festive Fair full of the finest antiques and Irish gifts, jewellery, silver, fine china and pottery, flowers, cakes and handmade chocolates. ‘A Collection of Curiosities’ will feature in the new Festive Antiques Fair on November 25 from 10am to 5pm as part of the Christmas on the Square festival in Merrion Square.


And Then There Were None

Rathfarnham Theatre Group presents Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’, directed by Anne O’Connell, in the dlr Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre, from November 28 to December 2 with an 8pm showtime.

It is 1930s England and 10 strangers arrive on a remote island off the coast of Devon for a relaxing weekend. When their mysterious hosts fail to appear, and long buried secrets are shockingly revealed, it soon becomes clear that this is to be no ordinary house party. 

Agatha Christie’s best loved book, of mystery and murder, is vividly brought to life in a stage play that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as ten guests become nine suspects, then eight … then seven … then six…    

Admission is €15/€12.


Drama in Kilbarrack

Riverside Drama Circle presents two one-act plays - ‘Two Sisters’, by Caroline Harding and ‘There’s something about Bernard’, by Richard James - at Naomh Barróg GAA Club, Kilbarrack Road (opposite Denis Mahony’s) Kilbarrack, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, November 21 , 22 and 23 at 8pm nightly. The cost is €10 at the door or €8 for groups of 10 or more. For group bookings contact Nellie at 018476807/0872030321.


Art Book Fair 

Dublin Art Book Fair, Ireland’s only art book fair, returns to Temple Bar Gallery + Studios from November 23-26, sponsored by Henry J Lyons. With the theme of Art and Architecture Interwoven, the gallery will be filled with books on art, architecture and related subjects from select Irish and international publishers, limited editions and more unusual and difficult-to-find artists’ and architects’ books.

The opening times are Thursday and Friday, November 23 and 24: 11am-9pm; and Saturday and Sunday, November 25 and 26: 11am-6pm.


Dublin Gallery Weekend 

The third edition of Dublin Gallery Weekend taking place at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane features a dynamic programme of more than 85 talks, tours and workshops over four days from November 23 to 26.

Visitors are invited to explore new and old art spaces and discover the city’s wealth of visual arts with the handy Dublin Gallery Map and event guide.

Select highlights of the weekend include the launch of Rodney Graham’s much anticipated exhibition ‘That’s Not me’ at IMMA; a special music event inspired by Detroit electronic music duo Drexciya at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane; a series of artist talks at the new talks space upstairs at AIB Grafton Street; and a family art workshop at the LAB gallery inspired by their exhibition ‘Futureproof’.

For the full list of over 80 events during Dublin Gallery Weekend, see


The Big Ireland Quiz

DTwo Hotel on Harcourt Street will host Dublin’s final heat of the Big Ireland Quiz on Wednesday, November 22. This is a nationwide table quiz fundraiser organized by Muscular Dystrophy Ireland (MDI) and the Irish Quiz Organisation (IQO). 

The event will feature regional quiz events across the country in the coming weeks, with winners and runners-up qualifying for a Grand Final event in early 2018. Over €3,000 in prizes will be won, with a €1,000 going to the Big Ireland Quiz champions.

Go to for more information on where you can attend.

Read the digital editions of the Dublin People Northside East, Northside West & Southside here