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Once upon a time, our diaspora was just a few dudes in the IRA. In a way, we were well shot of 'em. At least they'd finished blowing up our own bridges.

But these days, we're sending off people with degrees and diplomas and cycling proficiency test passes. So what will our diaspora be like in a few years time? 

Full of hokum stories about meeting David Hasselhof? Definitely. Less pasty, probably. More cultured? Probably not. The world keeps turning, and Dublin's pretty awesome. We even have coffee now. Panini toasters in our kitchens as standard. And we have those modern boons without as much stress as other nations...

You can buy art at the Sebastian Guinness, pick up a print in Zozimus or you can consume free street art all over the city. The George's street to Camden street stretch is a gastronome's wet dream as of two weeks ago. People are doing, making, creating... changing our world into a more beautiful thing every day.

And in this issue, for this St Patrick's Day, we've recommended a host of alternative events to do....not an inflatable shamrock in sight. 

So who is more Knik knack than Paddy Whack this week? Kate, Ciaran, Michael, or Roisin

"The day is usually one monster piss-up with people in a heap..." - James Earley
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March 15 2012


where
The Sugar Club, Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
01 678 7188
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
Free

exhibition
le cool presents FULL SCREEN

We found Paul Mahon on the doorstep of South Studios one day in 2010, he was a little big for the moses basket he lay foetal in, but we couldn't resist those dimples and that bandana. It wasn't long before he was making videos for us. Really good videos. We first came across Albert Hooi when he was shooting for The Small Print and their Absolut Visions project. A man of few words but immense talent. James Cooper was next. We forgave his Australian background when we started watching his Amongst Inspiration series. Then we realised, not unlike Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music, that these kids had talent that deserved a bigger audience. Tonight, we showcase the talents of these film makers. Each visual artist has 20 minutes to show you why we like them, and their work, so much. Come down and bathe in their deadliness. / le cool Dublin

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March 15 2012


where
161 Lower Rathmines Road
Dublin 6


when
Starts 10am (viewing Weds 2pm - 630pm)

how much
Depends on your lot

le other
Herman Wilkinson

Euphemistically titled 'house clearances', sometimes Herman Wilkinson feels more like a time machine than auction house. It’s sort of a tardis effect; a really small shed filled with 58 living rooms dating from 1950 - 1980. Everything including the kitchen sink. So more Jeffrey Archers, Jane Fonda work out videos and trouser presses than you could ever believe existed. Resellers from all over come for these weekly auctions and the discerning eye will find all sorts of entertainment, from taxidermy to tailor's dummies, flower pots to film projectors. We've bid on everything from mahogany display cases to lady's five-speed racers at the Thursday morning auctions. It can be a great place to find a 'project', though our Victorian spoon-back bought for a €1  unfortunately still requires repair! / andróid

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March 15 2012


where
The Little Museum, 15 St. Stephen's Green Dublin 2


when
6:30pm

how much
€9

talk
Catholicism on show

Dublin was sprinkled in bunting, little girls were milling about in snowy white, starchy communion dresses, mothers spat on their hankerchiefs and scrubbed on their little boys' grubby cheeks as Count John McCormack sang Panis Angelicus and the Papal Nuncio celebrated mass with the new (and to all intents and purposes, excommunicated) Fianna Fail government. People who had never left their villages hit the bright lights of the capital...But today, when the Catholic church has been chastened by numerous reports of its less christian behaviour, and in an Ireland secularised and probably healthier for it, how will the Eucharistic Congress 2012 go down? It's sure no Olympics, and the glamour that might be bestowed by a papal visit is somewhat lacking...Go and balk at the spectacle that was the 1932 congress...g'wan! / Kate Coleman

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March 15 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
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when
4:20pm, 8:50pm

how much
€5.20 - €8.90

cinema
Carancho

A young doctor addicted to heroin meets an ambulance chaser at the scene of a car crash in the middle of the night... Pablo Trapero’s new hard-hitting noir follows the unlikely romance that ensues between these two star-crossed lovers with corrupt Buenos Aires as the backdrop. Caught up in the flourishing business of exploiting car crashes, down-on-luck lawyer Sosa (Ricardo Darin) and tormented doctor Lujen (Martina Gusman) strive to disentangle themselves from the dangers that are closing in on them. Car accidents cause the death of more than 8,000 people in Argentina every year - never once are we allowed to forget it here. The tight shots that move from smash to hospital, to more scenes of violence, create a touchlike palpability that holds one captive, leaving you with a taste of blood and gasoline in your mouth. / Roisin Agnew

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March 16 2012


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

how much
€16.50

gig
Jape

Jape's reaction on Twitter to last week’s Choice prize victory may have been a succinct “Fuck me” but, given a day or two to mull over his achievement Richie Egan shouldn't have been surprised. It's been a steady and hard-earned rise to the top for the Crumlin native, and while Ritual's similar Choice success flattered to deceive, Ocean of Frequency has the brains and balls to last the duration. The album, a dazzling collection of electro-pop, gets a UK release in May and deserves to reach a much wider audience. In the meantime, this show was meant to be a low-key goodbye before Egan's temporary move to Sweden, but has now taken on an altogether different complection. If ever you wanted a celebratory, long-weekend, party-starting gig, Jape's yer man. Support comes from Dublin band Ships and one-to-watch Cork-based producer Reid. / Brian Keane

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March 16 2012


where
The Twisted Pepper, 54 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
9pm

how much
€12- €15

club night
Goulash Disco 1st Birthday

On the eve of St.Paddy’s day, just before green clad tourists flock from all over the world and local people hide from the zombie parade of drunks, Goulash Disco offers a different musical experience to a standard Irish night out. Celebrating their first birthday by occupying all three floors of the Twisted Pepper with; music, dancing, abundant amounts of rakia, free food - it is like a college party where everyone is welcome. Special guests include an 8 piece Balkan band Gypsy Hill from London, supported by DJ Kobayashi, Captain Steel and Junonia tribal fusion bellydancers. And if you get tired of dancing on stage, you can go up to the Loft for some Swing, Jazz, Charleston and Lindy Hop, or descend into the basement for the first ever Motion Censor Soundclash and prove that you got the groove. Win Tickets / Nadia Gativa

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March 16 2012


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
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when
8pm

how much
€21.50

gig
The Beat

One of the better products of the late 70s 2 Tone explosion, The Beat, had a string of great singles starting with a skanked up cover of Smokey Robinson's Tears of a Clown - you'll know Mirror in the Bathroom from Grosse Point Blank if nothing else. First album I Just Can't Stop It was a work of genius, but second and third records delivered the diminishing returns and experiments with ethnic percussion associated with bands on a creative slide. Original guitarist Andy Cox and bass player David  Steele went on to big commercial success with Fine Young Cannibals, while the rest of the band fragmented into two competing groups – The Beat  in the UK and The English Beat in the States. It's not abundantly clear who's left of the original line-up for this show, but as long as they knock out the hits who cares. / Martin Bradley

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March 16 2012


where
Screen Cinema, D'Olier Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8:45pm

how much
€5-€8.60

screening
Trashfest - Leprechaun

In the light of this country's recent economic past, Leprechaun - unfairly dismissed on its release in 1993 as a shoddy, unscary and downright ridiculous take on Irish mythology - acquires a chilling contemporary resonance. On the surface a rather ordinary slasher film with an unusually lame villain, the film is actually an astonishingly prescient critique of the madness of the Celtic Tiger era. Warwick Davis' performance as the titular homunculus is a corporeal manifestation of the greed that sent the country under, all teeth and claws, consumed with avarice and obsessed with nothing more than finding his "pot of gold".  Much like the bankers who looked after their own interests while those around them lost everything, the diminutive imp failed to get his comeuppance, going on to star in a further five sequels. Ahead of its time. Win Tickets / Conor McDevitt

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March 16 2012


where
The Academy, 57 Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€29.90

gig
Simian Mobile Disco

Rising from the ashes of four-piece Simian in the mid 00s, Simian Mobile Disco's early indie electro tinged sounds were a welcome hangover from their indie pop origins. Since then they have successfully veered further into the world of dirty techno, first toying with it on 2009's guest vocalist laden Temporary Pleasures before diving in headfirst with 2010 EP Delicacies. It is from this varied back catalogue that they have mined inspiration for their DJ sets as they take in electro, nu disco and tech house to deliver an always eclectic set marrying the vocal heavy influences of their past with the menacing techno of their present. With their unmatchable live stage presence, one can only surmise that they deliver their DJ sets with the same forceful intensity as they do their live shows. / Colin McMahon

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March 17 2012


where
SubGround43, 43 Gardiner Street (near Parnell Street)


when
Exhibition all day, party from 10pm

how much
€1.50 donation

exhibition
Red Eye - The Visual Rhythm Expo

Sssssh. This one's on the 'Down(get down)Low'. Except one can't keep one's mouth shut, so here's the skinny. There's a party on Paddy's Day - I know, predictable, right? Well, I challenge you to find it. It's on the north side for starters, and it's on Gardiner lane. Not Gardiner street, Gardiner lane. Turn on the GPS, maybe. Now I will paraphrase the bizarre, top secret e-mail I got about this fun fest of street art craic starring Fink, ADW, Solus and the laaads...it's BYOB, but 'no large amounts, we don't want to see it'. There'll be a raving soundtrack courtesy of the Renegade Noize crew. Rupit, the dreaded lady love of Temple Bar fame, will also be livin' it large and there'll also be food and drink promos and a BBQ. Street art, food, booze, dance and dubstep. What a bang for a buck and a half. / Cora Burke

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March 17 2012


where
Howth Harbour OR
Dun Laoghaire Harbour

when
10.30am

how much
€20 per person/€30 for two

charity
Harbour to Harbour Walk

If you’re willing to eschew the traditional parade and/or all day piss-up options this March 17th, get those walking shoes laced up for the annual Harbour 2 Harbour walk in aid of Aware. Follow the route from Howth to Dun Laoghaire or vice versa and take in the many splendours of Dublin Bay while arguing over the merits of Northside versus Southside beaches (always a contentious, if sadly ignored subject in my humble opinion). Even if the 16.2 miles sounds a little too strenuous, you're never too far from a DART station or public house where you can, erm, “rest your legs”. Pack a few sambos, a flask of your preferred poison (tea, right?), set a relaxed pace and you’ll still finish with plenty of time to spare before the Big Game kicks off. See you at The Forty Foot. / Brian Keane

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March 17 2012


where
The Laughter Longue, The Basement 4-8 Eden Quay, O'Connell Bridge, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
15th, 16th, 17th - 7pm

how much
€26

comedy
Father Ted Weekend

So, he's got no willy. That doesn't stop him from having a mass of adoring female fans, a hit with My Lovely Mayo Mammy and a jumper most hipsters would give their lenseless glasses for...For those of you who missed out on last month's TedFest, this is your chance to get your dose of priestliness and get into the Paddy's Day spirit with the epitome of Irish comedy. Joining the comic icon Patrick McDonnell (Eoin "this one here smells of wee" McLove) is the hilarious Joe Rooney (the whistle thieving Father Damo) and the man who will give hecklers a run for their money - Steve Cummins. So lock up your whistles, blare Oasis and get ready to work off the bank holiday booze with a stomach crunching blowout. And remember, no swearing you fupping baxtards. / Sarah Maguire

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March 17 2012


where
The Vaults, Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
8pm - 3am

how much
€13/€17/€20

rave
The Asylum

Put on your nostalgia boots, The Asylum have a time machine. They've cranked it up again, gone back to '92, and  grabbed Mark Kavanagh, François, Dave McDonnell, Liam Dollard and Pat Hyland to name just a few. They've  nabbed the crowd too. A herd of ravers have been squashed into the Tardis since last Wednesday, surviving only on the anticipation of the big night, and by licking Vicks Vapo Rub off each other's foreheads. Raring to go! That's the best thing about these Asylum nights; the crowd really makes them what they are. The original nuttahs are back in town; sweaty boys with their tops off, steam rising from shoulders, jaws hitting the floor, and smiles all 'round. Everyone's up for it. You'll be left feeling warm and gooey, with a smile on your face for the rest of week. Proper old skool. Watch yer bassbins. Win Tickets / John Braine

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March 18 2012


where
Hogan's, 35-37 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2.


when
From 2pm

how much
Free in

event
Sundae Best

Tip from the top. Prevention is better than the cure. So when you feel the tiredness beckoning at six a.m Sunday morning, take your most self-absorbed, perpetually on the rack of love friend to McDonalds for a reinvigorating 'Mccongealed meat in carbohydrate fat' snack, ditch the mate, shower, eat more goods high in saturated fats, resort to lynx to cover the smell of the alcohol sweats and head to Hogans for hair of the dog. With good music, other headachey people who really understand, and the therapeutic effects of carbonated bevvies, you'll be right as rain within an hour or two. You have Monday to sleep it off, so make the most of an old fashioned bender, albeit a classier one than the devil's bit/tequila shockers a generation of T.Y students will be embarking on this festive weekend. / Cora Burke

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March 18 2012


where
See links

when
10pm - late

how much
Varies

party
Post AMI XVIII Parties

Achtung Denizens of Dublin! Achtung! The glittering constellations are colliding in the form of the final Alternative Miss Ireland pageant falling on a bank holiday. Expect rainbow riots and joyous stampedes around the pink triangle. Bar Pride, this is the next biggest date on the calendar. As the curtain falls in the Olympia on the wonderful achievements of AMI and Mangina Jones crowns the final victor, consider your options and bear in mind the spectacle of making it through to the potluck trio of the house party/early house/Boilerhouse. The first and obvious port of call is Panti Bar, home to sassy host and superglue of all things wonderful. After that expect the horny herd to make their way to Bukkake as it flings its finesse across five floors. This is before one even catches wind as to where the official after party for AMI. Keep your phone on and in credit. It's going to be a late one! / Zach Joyce

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March 18 2012


where
Leprechaun Museum, Twilfit House, Jervis Street, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
10am-5:45pm (entry)

how much
€10

museum
The Leprechaun Museum

If you're looking for something that's both Irish and a little different this week than this tour might be the one. The National Leprechaun museum has been going strong since it opened and is one of those places that sounds like one thing... but is something else entirely. I think they must get a kick out of the name - I certainly did, looking at some other reviews and finding handfuls of tourists raging their little Johnny didn't get to see a REAL leprechaun. That's rip off Ireland for you eh? The museum is all about preserving Irish history and folklore in its purest form - through the tradition of word of mouth - a wonderful concept in itself. Worth the visit if you're bringing little people out for the day or have some foreign friends coming over that need to get some 'real Irish' into their weekend. Win Tickets / Rachel Ray

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March 19 2012


where
The Gaiety Theatre, 46 King St S, D2
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€25 - €49.50

theatre
Improbable Frequency

Dubliners were not always seen as suit wearing celtic-tigers. They were once characters of enigmatic proportions. Improbable Frequency reminds us of the days when to be a Dubliner meant that you were witty and could tell a good story, but you were also completely bonkers. After all, eight hundred years of oppression was bound to leave you more than a little loopy. Rough Magic’s production is what we would all know as historical fact if Dubliners were left to their storytelling ways. That’s what makes it so fantastic; the production is almost like listening to a good storyteller, you almost envy the cleverness of it all whilst being left hanging on to every word. The fact that it is almost entirely sung just ads to the craziness of the whole night, after all we all know every good story needs to be accompanied by a song. It’s pub law. Win Tickets / Jonny McCully

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March 19 2012


where
Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex St, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€18-€22

theatre
Tiny Plays for Ireland

Drama be a form of truth they say and so how very Bard-like it is of Fishamble to hold a mirror up to Irish society by encouraging members of the public to write 600 word plays about the times and the happenings that surround us. Tiny Plays for Ireland strives to capture this moment in Ireland; whether that be trauma, love, hardship or decadence. With contributions from household names like Ardal O'Hanlon and from completely unknown members of the public, some varied and perhaps opposing truths will likely be shown through these perspectives. I'm interested to see what type of shambles of a place it will reveal Ireland to be. Whether there'll be answers to glean from this exercise is anybody's guess, but sure at least we'll know the truth about where we live and what we're doing with ourselves, right? Win Tickets / Jessica Hayden

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March 19 2012


where
Down the IFSC

when
March 16-19th, 12pm

how much
Free Thurs/Fri. Weekend €10

festival
Irish Craft Beer Festival

Longing for for some sunny Liffey life and pining the cool crisp beers of Oktoberfest? Fear not, for your first world problems are over! The IFSC are hosting the Irish Craft Beer Festival from this week. Brews from around the country will be on tap all day. In fact, you'll be able to toast St. Patrick in over 25 varieties of Irish beer. The event runs from 12pm daily and will also have lots of nommy food and traditional music. For families, there will be workshops, street performers and face painting. Wrap up though - it gets a bit chilly round there. If you're one of the six rich people still left in Ireland you can reserve a table for €250 (includes 10 seats and a beer each). Slainte. Win Tickets / Rachel Ray

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March 20 2012


where
Irish Film Institute, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 679 3477
Location Map

when
4.30pm & 8.50pm

how much
€7.50 / €8.90

cinema
The Other Side of Sleep

Rebecca Daly’s The Other Side of Sleep is a slow-paced and stylish piece of work. In lingering colour drained shots, it follows the reclusive Arlene who has the unusual habit of sleepwalking. This peculiarity bizarrely involves her in the murder of a young girl that disturbs the quiet of the local Offaly community. Antonia Campbell-Hughes is mesmerizing - her birdlike frame and unusual features give Arlene an unnerving beauty and vulnerability that keep a tension running throughout the movie. The cast of Cathy Belton, Olwen Foure, Gina Moxley, and Aaron Monaghan give immaculate performances. Its white-washed look, along with its monosyllabic dialogues and eerie sexuality remind me of how close Irish cinema could be to Scandinavian cinema. The Other Side of Sleep demonstrates how Irish movies can and do have an edge. / Roisin Agnew

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March 20 2012


where
Unit 3,
James Joyce St.
Dublin 1

when
Open Tues - Sat, 12 - 5pm, until March 31st

how much
Free

exhibition
Shoot The Tiger

"Thirty spokes of a wheel converge upon a single hub, but it is upon this vacant space: the central axel, that the usefulness of a wheel hinges." - says The Tao Te Ching. PrettyVacant Dublin also brings utility to a new empty space in their next urban installment: Shoot the Tiger. Several artists converge reflecting on the decline, collapse, failure and despair that ensue as the economic cycle of boom to bust takes its toll. Drop in and re-imagine the disused and the derelict,  visualise voices of the marginalised and listen to the city's industrial landscape - and just maybe, catch a glimpse of the optimism and hope that can emerge as the wheels of commerce roll on and this fair city finds itself again. / Elish Bul-Godley

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where
51 South William St 
Dublin 2


when
Regular Opening hours

how much
Depends on your pick...

le other
Irish Design @ Project 51

If you ever think that the inhabitants of this little isle are a bunch of ugly, boozy, spud heads, as I often do, then the antidote is a quick visit to Project 51. Having just had a revamp and girded its loins up for the annual celebration of Irish design (which starts this Friday), it is now looking particularly attractive. The downstairs holds clothing designed and made in Ireland by les Irish. Sinead Doyle’s silk designs are particularly well conceived ready-to-wear pieces, at affordable prices in neutral colours. Upstairs, jewellery and furniture are exhibited. Daniela Cardillo’s designs are rather interesting - inspired by Victorian mourning jewellery and made out of horse-hair and gold-dipped mouse bones! But Cillian Ó Súilleabháin wins for me, his furniture designs are so sleek they make me want to take my clothes off. / Roisin Agnew

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March 21 2012


where
Vicar Street, 58-59 Thomas Street, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
7:30pm

how much
€15-€20

fashion show
DIT Fashion Final

Last Wednesday, in the gothic setting of the Smock Alley Theatre, some fashion forward Irish youth gathered over wine, candles and nibblies to watch 'the end of the world'.  Well, OK maybe not the actual end of the world, but rather the collection of pieces designed under this years' theme for DIT Fashion Show. Eight finalists were chosen - though it must have been tough to pick amongst a large group of young craftspeople with genuine original talent. So get your best gladrags out (seriously, 'underdressed' did not even describe the state of me at the semis) and head along to the finals for some fashiony-speak over a few glasses of wine and to meet some of Ireland's future designers for yourself. My money's on the unique chain-mail cape or the androgynous trouser suit to win. / Rachel Ray

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March 21 2012


where
Solomon Fine Art, 15 St Stephen's Green, Dublin 2


when
Until 30 March

how much
Free

exhibition
Keep Going Sure It's Grand

Sculpture never lures me into a gallery quite the same way paintings do. Perhaps it’s because they are so dependent on their surroundings for expression, or perhaps it’s because they always seems to be less accessible, like poetry -  if I may say so without sounding sappy. But the point of Keep Going Sure It’s Grand is to reverse that feeling around sculpture and glass work, to render it both affordable and enjoyable. Their slogan is the quote “We’re not looking for money for Monet or Manet!” highlighting the intention to give a platform to emerging Irish artists. All the pieces are priced under €1200, and many of them from known artists such as Patrick O’Reilly. Ann Duncan has some particularly beautiful fluid and round sculptures inspired by the sea. Keep your eyes peeled for Sarah McEvoy’s sharp glass designs a lá Mondrian. / Roisin Agnew

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Dublin Roller Girls - Bout Time!

le cool talks jammers, blockers and fresh meat with (l-r) Miss Anne Trippy, Zola Blood, Cleoraptor and Jessica Rammit from the Dublin Roller Girls

It's the fastest growing sport in the world. Every girl has do go through an eight week 'freshmeat' course to learn the minimum skills. It's a full contact sport. You hit each other with shoulders and hips, you cant use elbows or hands. 

The reception has been really good, we've been getting good crowds...a couple of weeks ago we had 500 people. We don't have any big rivalries, it's more about promoting the sport. The last match we were talking to the opposition on the sidelines, telling them 'nice tights' and then two minutes later we were putting them on the floor. 

There are about 40 people on our panel at the moment. Anyone of any age, fitness or background can come to us. We are currently around 30th in Europe in Division 2 (up from 60 last year) but we'd like to be in Division 1 this time next year. We've come an awful long way and we are very fucking thrilled with ourselves!

Dublin Roller Girls play Team Unicorn (Winsconsin, US) Sunday, March 18th in Tallaght Basketball Arena. Doors 2pm. PHOTO: seanandyvette