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Can we call you into the corner for a minute as we sway under the mistletoe, slur our words and tell you about the year that was.

 We kicked it off with a special Spike Jonze screening in the Lighthouse (returning in 2012), we launched a fundit campaign for our walking tours, we had a cracking second birthday party in the RHA as well as hosting a magical night at Dublin Contemporary not to mention attempting a VJ set at Darklight.

However, it was the people who got up and out there and made things happen who made our 2011. From the UpStart crew who blew our mind with their poster campaign (look out for their 2012 public park) to new culinary delights and those who took a plunge and thought beyond their initial confines.

To everyone who kept Dublin a wonderful young, vibrant and creative city to live in, we salute you!

Finally in the words of Samuel Johnson: "What is written without effort is in general read without pleasure..." and to this extent we thank all our contributors but also our photographers, advertisers, interns and friends.

Who's rocking around the Christmas Tree? Michael, Ciaran, Kate, Sarah or Camille? We return January 19th. Happy Christmas!

'...the 4 most important pillars of any Christmas Day...' - Gav Beattie
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December 15 2011


where
42 Parnell Square,
Dublin 1

when
Weekdays 2pm - 6pm, Sat & Sun 11:30am - 6pm

how much
Free

le other
Moving Crib

Away in a manger, no crib for a bed, the little lord Jesus laid down his sweet head next to his Mam, his stepdad Joseph (who was kind enough to turn a blind eye to Mary's sexy dalliances with God), and a stuffed dog called Fred. Welcome to the Parnell Square version of the Nativity. The Moving Crib is a stalwart amongst Dublin's Christmas traditions. It's now over 50 years old and hosts a display of motorised figures that illustrate bible stories from Adam and Eve to Noah's Ark. Most endearingly though, it is home to Fred, a legendary canine creature who holds the heroic status of having rescued three people from the Liffey in his short life. Fred paid a visit to the taxidermist and now sits proudly in the midst of biblical characters, a monument to bravery and courage. / Alice Burke

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December 15 2011


where
The Back Loft, La Catedral Art Studios, 7-11 St Augustine St, Dublin 8


when
Dec 16th - 21st

how much
Depends, but most of shows are free

party
Lady Windemere’s Caffeinated Art Salon

Dublin decadence is not dead. It’s in the Back Loft, sipping coffee and smoking cigars, shielded from the crispy winter air by the velvet atmosphere of Lady Windermere's Art Salon. Bringing back the belle époque fashion of elegant gatherings, this project invites artists, musicians, dancers, cinema and coffee lovers to a pre-Christmas rendezvous. Thursday is a heady mix of Amoon’s eclectic tunes and tribal fusion dancers. Friday is devoted to world beats with the Groovement & Soul DJs. Saturday is for cabaret and dark performances, clowning and sultry singing by Rose Lawless. Saturday's Family Christmas cracker is full of games, carols, cartoons, mulled wine and mince pies, topped by a Wizard of Oz screening. On Wednesday the Salon bids adieu with an art auction and a screening of It’s a Wonderful Life.  / Nadia Gativa

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December 15 2011


where
Anseo, 18 Lower Camden St, Dublin 2
01 4751321‎
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when
8pm

how much
€6

gig
Carol Keogh

In a just world Carol Keogh would be a household name by now. Her unmistakable, haunting vocals with the Plague Monkeys should have made the world sit up and listen in the mid-90s but mostly went under the radar. When she brought that otherworldly sound to her next project, the Tycho Brahe, stardom should surely have beckoned, but alas it did not. Keogh has since worked with Autamata and The Natural History Museum but is now making a solo album and - judging by the unmastered versions on her Soundcloud - it might just do the job. Less electronica, more stripped back guitars, beautiful melodies and, of course, that stunning voice. Tonight’s gig with backing band the City Fathers will preview the record and raise funds for its recording. You might not always get the chance to see Keogh in such an intimate setting. / Anne Hayden

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December 15 2011


where
The Lab, Dublin City Council Arts Office, Foley Street, Dublin 1
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when
10am-5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
In Paint; In Teeth; In Mountains; In Stars

Building on her recent solo exhibition at Roscommon Arts Centre, Orla Whelan brings her paintings to the Lab for further inspection. Every lab needs good technicians, and the abgc boys have donned white coats to present some works in an installation of lofty ambition. At 6.2 metres high and boasting 81 lengths of untreated white deal all connected in Gerrit Rietveld's dowelled joint detail, their ambition has paid off. Keeping with the whale theme of the exhibition's title (In Paint... refers to a passage in Moby Dick) and doubling up the wow factor is the work of new NCAD graduate Aoibheann Grennan, whose Rodeo Oracle deals with the debate surrounding indigenous whaling in the Pacific. But you don't need to know that to be impressed with its scale and presence. / Luke Weston

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December 16 2011


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
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when
8pm

how much
€15

comedy
David O'Doherty is looking up

The DOD has had a humdinger of a year, after the tear-inducing, mirth-stuffed triumph of his Rory Sheridan based one-man play - or as I called it, David O'Doherty grows a beard and wears a onesie,  and the super success of his straight stand up show - if you can call singing about Shakira trying to move in with her George Foreman grill 'straight'. Also, he's been representin' in the UK - rescuing our reputation as a funny nation while the BBC insists on buying a certain top'o'te'mornin't'ye' sitcom (Mrs Brown, ahem). He still has a collection of keyboards in varying sizes, like someone who wishes they could collect Russian dolls, but thinks that's a bit samey. He still inspires joy through his sharp observations which are couched in whimsical language and bizarre imagery. It's shambolic and shamelessly charming. / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 16 2011


where
CrawDaddy, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2
01 676 5445
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when
7.30pm

how much
€16

gig
Ulrich Schnauss

A producer synonymous with the early Noughties IDM scene, Ulrich Schnauss rose to prominence with his first three albums, concocting smooth-edged soundscapes influenced by his love for electronica and classic-shoegaze bands, before melting away from view. Far from being inactive, Schnauss has been busy contributing remixes and serving stints as keyboard player for indie-gazers Engineers and the Coldplay-lite Longview. Earlier this year the German-born, London-based musician re-emerged from the shadows, firstly with a collaboration with Jonas Munk (better known for his dreamy releases as Manual) as well as putting the finishing touches on his fourth album. Schnauss has admitted to a crisis in musical direction and, unwilling to retread old ground, his new material forms the basis of current live shows. / Brian Keane

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December 16 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
December 16th and 17th

how much
€12/10

comedy
Dislike!

Given Colm O'Regan's talent for wryly communicating what we already know in a very droll yet charming and engaging manner, it's not difficult to see why the man from Dripsey is as popular as he is. The articles on his website should give you an indication as to his humour, and, while the description of this gig is accurate in that "he pokes the profile of our greatest economic disaster to try and explain where it all went wrong" it's also completely misrepresentative and sterile given how genuinely funny and well communicated his thoughts on what's going on with Ireland are. This is more than just a PowerPoint; it's part love story, part nostalgic trip, part ode to Ireland, part prophecy, and totally funny. It's a refreshing take on a year that has taught the world about Ireland and the Irish about themselves. / Darragh Doyle

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December 16 2011


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
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when
17 showings today alone.

how much
€8.30-€10.60

cinema
Sherlock Holmes, A Game of Shadows

A proper jolly folly this one. Robert Downey Junior once more delights as Holmes, the louche, charismatic genius who is on a collision course with his nemesis, the comb-toothed master of  cunning, Moriarty (Jared Harris). From the outset and the first slow motion punch, to the rip-roaring, cliff hanger ending, this movie delivers fast-paced, humour riddled eye candy. Part rollicking Victorian caper, part steampunk orgy of flashing gun powder and heaving gypsie breasts, this follow up to 2009's Sherlock Holmes does not stray far from the Richie's first offering, except to raise the laughter and action quotients. It's fair to say it does stray (miles) from the writings of Arthur Conan Doyle, but what it lacks in authenticity, it makes up for in sheer swashbuckling spirit. / Vernon Steel

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December 16 2011


where
National Concert Hall, 2 Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2,
01 417 0077‎
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when
1.05pm

how much
€10

concert
The Flavour of Christmas

Following the popular backlash against overly-enthusiastic retailers who tried to subject us all to Christmas music way back in October - breaking the cardinal rule of beginning Christmas pre-Halloween - now in post-Budget December, the Christmas spirit really and truly needs to be kick-started. If you have the opportunity to pop into the NCH at lunchtime, the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will be soundtracking Christmas as it's meant to be, featuring excerpts from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker. With a slice of Christmas cake promised as an extra treat to audience members, after leaving this performance you'll be a real-life Buddy the Elf, and there'll be no more hesitating in cracking out the Home Alone box set and making a guilt-free start on the three-for-two stack of selection boxes already waiting for you at home. / Lucy Watts

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December 17 2011


where
Grafton Street


when
10am – 7pm

how much
Whatever you can spare

charity
Buskathon

As you battle the crowds, shopping lists and credit card guilt on Grafton St. this Saturday, stop for a moment and listen... Amidst the hustle and bustle, you will be lucky enough to hear some of the finest traditional musicians and singers in the country and buckets being festively shaken as family and friends come together to help a very special little boy. Since the birth of himself and his twin brother Tadhg in March 2011, Sergio O’Connor has spent the majority of his young life in the ICU of Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin battling a rare oesophageal condition. His family are trying to raise funds to get him to a specialist unit in Boston where it is hoped that he can undergo ground-breaking and life-changing surgery. The price of that pint you were going to have on the way home could help make one family’s Christmas. / Paula Hanley

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December 17 2011


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€5

screening
Singing in the Rain

So, the space-age rain-sensitive self-closing giant umbrellas of Meeting House Square are completed - just in time for a their Christmas screening of Singing In The Rain to sell out. But fear not, for it will be screened also in the Sugar Club, such is the popularity of this ever-loving classic. A spectacle of a musical, with Kelly's feet at their finest and Donald O'Connor at his most sidekicky. Live performances and Film Fatale’s resident DJs, The Andrews Sisters’ Brothers, playing music from the era. And, to quote everyone's favourite suspected paedophile R Kelly: "after the show is the after party", featuring live post-film 1920s music. The ladies of Film Fatale always go all out with their events to genuinely evoke the semblance of an era. Feel free slash encouraged to dress and speak the part. / Karl Watson

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December 17 2011


where
The Bernard Shaw, 11-12 South Richmond Street, Portobello, Dublin 2.
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when
2pm-7pm

how much
5 prints for €5

le other
Xmas Cards Screenprinting

Get your squeegees at the ready to demonstrate your artistic talents. Is anyone else feeling an Andy Warhol moment coming on? So it may not be the factory, (it’s the Bernard Shaw) and your subject matter may not be Marilyn Monroe (more likely prancing reindeer), and you probably aren’t wearing a silver wig (unless it’s made of tinsel) so it is actually really nothing like Andy Warhol at all, except it involves screen printing. Get into the Christmas spirit and release your inner Blue Peter because handmade cards are all the rage this year. Roji Designs has teamed up with The Black Church Print Studio to supply everything you need to get crafty and creative. Inspiration will be provided by Christmas biscuits and mulled wine (depends on amount of mulled wine consumed). / Sarah Maguire

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December 17 2011


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
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when
Run ends today, 8pm

how much
€18-€25

performance
...'Tis Pity She's a Whore

David Fincher once said “the best analogy for movie making is you're doing a watercolour from three blocks away through a telescope, with 40 people holding the brush, and you have a walkie-talkie." A play about making a film, based on the 17th century script set in Italy, in Jacobean language, spoken with a Dublin accent, with the whole crew on stage, gives you exactly that kind of feeling. Taking you inside the crazy director’s head or showing some comical moment of film production, it is beautifully choreographed and uses all the innovative techniques possible. However, some of the actors' approach to drama seems to come from, what my companion called “the Billy Barry school of shouting,” making it difficult to believe the emotion. That said, it’s worth seeing at least for the brilliant duet of Bergetto and his servant. / Nadia Gativa

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December 17 2011


where
Bottom of Cow's Lane,
Temple Bar,
Dublin 2

when
12pm

how much
Free

workshop
Photography Street Shoot

Have you ever been insanely jealous of those people (who admittedly probably have problematic Tumblr or Blogspot addictions) who capture the everyday because they have a camera? Or more to the point, because they know how to use their camera? Also, where better to do some street photography than in Temple Bar? From the kitsch to the beautiful and right back again, Temple Bar has it all. Including an Occupy movement (which has forced former emo occupiers to occupy Stephen's Green), Russian lady glamazons in high heels on slippery cobbles and a queue outside the Focus Ireland on Eustace Stree that the 1980s would be proud of. There's so much to see and so much to record. So get clicking. / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 17 2011


where
U Bar, 13 High Street Christchurch Dublin 7


when
8pm

how much
Depends

pop-up
Little Green Threads

I have fallen in love with Little Green Threads' t-shirts. I may have only seen pictures, but I'm quite willing to abandon those Corkonians with their Plain White T-Shirts for Little Green Threads' ethically produced, hand dyed and locally and internationally designed t-shirts that will be flying off the rails in U Bar from Saturday. It's a perfectly timed venture, as we all panic with the realisation that there isn't a novelty t-shirt in Urban Outfitters that our friends don't already own. The product is pretty ace, with an androgynous, slouchy but slim cut (kind on the arms as well as the morals) that you can steal from a loved one, perhaps after a sufficient period of time has passed. Which, of course is immoral, but heck, the t-shirt's basically a saint! Which leaves you free to enjoy some booze, music and art in the name of sartorial excellence. / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 18 2011


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
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when
Until December 18th

how much
Free

exhibition
The Alchemist’s Chamber

What does an alchemist do? He works on a recipe for the elixir of life, and when he has some spare time, he turns ordinary metal into gold. Curator Olivier Cornet has invited several artists to step into an alchemist’s shoes in order to extend the lifetime of quaint, old-fashioned objects by transcending them into pieces of art. The result, a merry bric-a-brac and a true alchemist’s chamber is displayed on the ground floor of Filmbase. Beyond the visual pleasure, the exhibition invites us to ponder on recycling and on how disused objects can find a second life in a consumerist world, where built-in obsolescence is almost the norm. I’ve bored my friends to death by telling them how much I’d love to live in Ikea. Well, I’ve changed my mind, I’d love to live in the Alchemist’s Chamber on Curve Street. / Marine Wong Kwok Chuen

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December 18 2011


where
Ranelagh Arts Centre,
Ranelagh,
Dublin 6

when
11am-6pm

how much
depends

market
Ranelagh Market

I hear Ranelagh is the Notting Hill of Dublin. No surprises then, that a decorative murmuration of home grown designers will be displaying their collective creative plumage for your delectation and purchasing power at this Christmas Boutique. It's an intimate shopping experience that lets you meet creative talent and unfurl the stories behind the beautiful objects. Ranelagh was also the scene of skirmishes in the Irish Confederate wars, so do your patriotic duty, and save the economy one stocking filler at a time with Irish made gifts starting at €10 on those historical battle grounds. The focus is on contemporary, affordable, locally made products by the best of Irish design talent under one roof. The ever popular and endlessly entertaining Keep Going Sure it’s Grand prints and cards will also be on sale too. / Elish Bul-Godley

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December 19 2011


where
Dame Court,
Dublin 2

when
Dec 17-23, 12pm-10:30pm daily

how much
free

market
Dame Christmas Market

Christmas street markets are popping up around the city faster than the speed of Santa's sleigh. This inaugural one, located on Dame Court, promises to pack more of a punch than many of the rest however. Alongside the ubiquitous bratwurst and mulled wine stalls, there's a free live performance by Mundy scheduled for 4pm outside The Mercantile on the Sunday. The Dutch Bike Shop purveys imported city bikes from Holland and they, alongside Thomastown-based Gorgeous Gifts & Interiors, are among the more fresh, unusual hawkers. Christmas choirs, theatre, puppetry, fashion shows, a Santa grotto and more live music will all be jostling for space among the craft, gift and food stalls. And if the excitement, cold and crowds all become too much, there's plenty of scope for taking refuge in Dame Court's warm and welcoming bars and restaurants. / Maisie

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December 19 2011


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
7:10pm

how much
€5.60-€8.90

documentary
Ballymun Lullaby

Nobody wanted to come to Ballymun Lullaby with me. And not because I'm a Norman No Mates. They were worried that it would be a paternalistic cringe fest wearing a knuckle-duster and a baseball cap. So their loss, because it really wasn't (unless that talking beard Glen Hansard was on screen; did you know he got an Oscar?) Revel in the naive philosophies of young people who just happen to be from Ballymun. This documentary is ocular proof that all environment really has to influence is your accent and what bus you get into town. My favourite was the lyricist - like an even angrier Morrissey in a tracksuit, but that's unfair, because everyone's pretty exceptional, whether they're schoolmums, kids in the choir, the future of Irish music, or the highly motivated organisers behind inner-city music projects. / Kate Frances Coleman

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December 20 2011


where
The O2, Northwall Quay, Dublin 1.
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when
6.30pm

how much
€44.20-€70.70

gig
Duran Duran

Nostalgia is big business at the moment, but Duran Duran are more than a bunch of comeback kids riding the waves of past glories, as they have consistently and successfully been releasing new material and touring since their 80s heyday. Their last album All You Need is Now, a collaboration with uber producer Mark Ronson, saw them get some of the best reviews of their career, and buoyed by this they hit the road again. Unfortunately lead singer Simon le Bon fell victim to vocal issues and they were forced to cancel many dates – including a March outing in Dublin. He’s now fully recovered thankfully and they’ve resumed the tour. Playing hits from each decade of their career alongside newer material, the feedback from their latest live shows have been hugely positive, and we expect nothing less when they hit our shores. / Frances Winston

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December 20 2011


where
Workman's Club, 10 Wellington Quay D2
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when
8pm

how much
€12

dj set
BP Fallon

BP Fallon (Beep) is the 'Where's Wally?' vibe dude of this nation. Did you see him on Top of The Pops in 1970 miming bass guitar on John Lennon's Instant Karma? Or maybe you didn't know he was once a publicist for Thin Lizzy of T-Rex? That he DJ'ed on U2's Zoo TV tour or set up Death Disco with Alan McGee (manager of Oasis)? Or that he released a collaboration with Jack White? The Beep is a constant glue who cements an age and attitude that slips away from us in the egg-timer of life. He was given a well justified presence in the city this year courtesy of a beautiful mural by Maser in Temple Bar. The Beep is a talented broadcaster and photographer and one who really deserves a doff of all our bowler hats In a city of shrinking heroes. Tonight he DJs along with The Hot Sprockets. So this is Christmas..... / Michael McDermott

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December 21 2011


where
The Talbot Gallery & Studios
51 Talbot Street,
Dublin 1

when
Until December 22nd

how much
Free

exhibition
Wrapping Up For Xmas

The Talbot Gallery is not easy to find; located as it is above Graingers pub. It can be difficult to spot, especially when you're short and don’t raise your head up, but it is most definitely worth checking out. The Wrapping Up for Christmas exhibition features small quirky artworks by over thirty artists and presents the collections of six Irish designers. Their productions come on various materials and take different forms: felt necklaces, geometrically improbable metal rings, sunflowery baked clay vases…The most impressive collection probably is Meabh de Burca’s, as she manages, in a tour de force, to turn plastic bottles into gracious and crystal-like LED light mobiles. / Marine Wong Kwok Chuen 

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December 21 2011


where
Venue tbc (see link)


when
7pm-9.30pm (presentations) followed by Sonic Pop-Up

how much
Presentation donations to Pieta House. €10 (sonic pop-up)

event
Trailblazers and Aha Moments

Back in October at the tail-end of Dublin Contemporary, twelve people grabbed a microphone in the Office of Non-Compliance in Earlsfort Terrace and for six minutes told a snapshot of their lives. They shared their histories, dreams and embarrassing tidbits which fuel their respective passions. They told of moments of insecurity and realisation. What they shared with the eager audience was how trailblazing can be an all consuming, life-changing, force but it can also manifest itself in tweaks of attitude, outlook and responsibility which spark that eventual blaze. And while that Aha moment can be a Newtonesque apple fall, it often follows an 'Aha, Uh-Oh, Shit, Mmm' pattern too. Tonight 12 people gather to inspire and untangle wondrous webs they've woven. Catch the flame and ignite your own 2012. / Michael McDermott

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December 21 2011


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
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when
8pm

how much
€12.50

screening
Sing-along cinema : Dirty Dancing

Nobody puts Baby in the corner. But they'd want to because my mate has smashed fishbowls in dancing incidents, and she's one of the more graceful of my acquaintances. Bar stools have also been harmed when recreating (or faking) that legendary lift. But those groovy kids at Sing-Along-Cinema care not. They positively encourage the kind of noise and chaos that would usually soundtrack the 'cat in a bin' youtube video... All they want to do is have the time of their lives, disobey their mothers and snog a beefcake. It's also a rare excuse to wear pastels, pumps, and ankle socks in ice cream hues while hanging on to a fella in a wifebeater and Levis while not having to scream 'Don't hit him, he's not worth it.' Reason enough, surely? / Kate Frances Coleman

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where
18 Castle Street,
Dalkey,
Co.Dublin


when
normal opening times

how much
depends

le other
J Hick & Sons

During the crusade to find the perfect sausage I have experienced the stomach churning lows of sausage existence and now, thankfully, the glorious highs. This pinnacle of pork product is best found after a good trek around Killiney Hill, as in the centre of Dalkey Village you will find Hick's pork butchers. Don't get me wrong, these sausages are not cheap, but they are worth every IMF-minted cent. For those among you who don't eat pork, there is a flirty venison number to try. For vegetarians among you, well the people of Hicks have little to offer you, but should you wish to engage in carnivorhood in the future, this would be a rather stylish way to do so. Proven to have a medicinal effect on those experiencing overindulgence in alcohol, they are perfect post-festivity fodder. Merry Sausagemas! / Jessica Hayden

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Terry Moore - Rein Man

Terry Moore is a Park Ranger with the OPW who looks after the Eastside stags and Westend does in the Phoenix Park.

Deer keeping is my responsibility. Presently there’s 500 in the park. They are all fallow deer which were introduced into the Park in 1662 so next year is the 350th anniversary.

The males occupy the Eastside and the females occupy the Westside. They live separately all year round except for the rut in September/October when they come together in the middle of the park around the Pope’s Cross.

The males have a prominent Adam’s Apple. It drops around 6cm and this enables them to make a belching groaning sound. It’s a constant noise. Normally the males with the best antlers, the best bodyweight and those who can groan the loudest will get the female. About 5% of the males will be responsible for 85% of all the mating. The most dominant ones pass on their stronger gene.

If you had carrots they might come up but we don’t recommend people feeding them.

PHOTO: seanandyvette