Dublin Selected *143

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This week's issue is pedal powered. We're wheelie excited.

We've created a bespoke edition that taps into Dublin's healthy cycle culture. From cover to interview, we've flavoured *143 with all things two-wheels.

The Dublin cycle calendar has two big events this week also; Yestival and Dublin Bike Week, both showing the appetite Dubliners have for getting on the saddle. We love our bikes, even if it seems sometimes that the city doesn't.

We are not Copenhagen or Amsterdam when it comes to bike friendliness but we can take ideas from other cities, whether it's Bogota, who close over 70 miles of streets to vehicle traffic once a week, allowing bikes to take over, or Basel's left-hand turn lanes that are unique to riders, or the cycle lifts in Trondheim, allowing cyclists to glide up a hill without having to pedal.

We are getting better though, and we are doing it with #saddlestyle. Ride on, Dublin.

Who has taken off his stabilisers this week? Ciaran, Michael, Kate Frances, Camille or Amy.

"I thought a stylised shop front might be fun to draw." - Stephen Maurice Graham
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June 14 2012


where
Maxwell Lane, Rathmines, Dublin 6.

when
10am-7pm

how much
From €50

le other
Dublin Bicycle Depot

We all like to get things for cheap. It just so happens that the Dublin Bicycle Depot likes to sell us things for cheap; namely bicycles, of all shapes and sizes. Their workshop is based on the Fiets factory in Amsterdam, but evidently operates on a much smaller scale. With no funding and very little help from the government (or any other source), they go about collecting used and abandoned bicycles and turning them into functioning modes of transportation once again. Pick your model from the rows of castaways, and it will be serviced and refitted on site by one of the two gracious and professional mechanics. If, like me, your budget prevents you from even entering a store full of shiny new brands, it is a great alternative that promotes cycling culture for everyone and lends a hand to recycling pre-loved goods. / Jerath Head

 

June 14 2012


where
NCAD, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8


when
Mon - Fri: 10am - 8pm, Sat 10am - 5pm, Sun 2 - 5pm

how much
Free

exhibition
NCAD Grad Shows

There is a kaleidoscopic array of works from this year’s NCAD graduates. As usual, the exhibition runs the gamut and features everything from steampunk-inspired metalwork to a set of Dublin Tarot Cards aptly entitled, C’mere Til I Tell Ya. Don't forget to walk towards St John's Lane which currently contains the Fine Art Media student's degree show. The first piece you'll come across is Jump by Hannah Moon. Little known fact - her pool was developed with the help of the same water design team who created Jedward's Eurovision fountain. I also recommend Yvonne Reynold's fascinating and shockingly real money display, Louise Kavanagh's gorgeous rows of layered wire forms, Katie Lilga Mooney Shepard's serene photo installation and Sarah Devereux's search for a sugar daddy, which ended up on Broadsheet. / Amy O'Connor & Georgia

 

June 14 2012


where
IADT, Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, South Co. Dublin


when
11am - 2pm

how much
Free

exhibition
IADT Student Showcase

Not to be left out of the loop, IADT, too, is hosting its annual graduate exhibition. Presenting projects from the class of 2012, the show encompasses a wide range of artistic endeavours, from animation and photography to visual art and visual communications. Of particular note is the photography exhibit, which features a number of impressive works, such as Dominique Beyens’ stunning portraits of Dublin’s cityscape or Jason Lowe’s infrared representations of vast Irish landscapes. Additionally, the exhibition is screening a number of short films from the National Film School’s current crop of tyro filmmakers. With myriad installations and art pieces populating the interior of IADT’s Quadrangle, this show cements IADT’s status as one of the country’s leading creative institutions. / Amy O'Connor

 

June 14 2012


where
Down a laneway by The Bottle Tower Pub,
Churchtown


when
When you can find it

how much
Depends on service/bike

le other
Fix A Bike / Seamus McNulty

Seamus McNulty is the Dr. Frankenstein of the cycle world (complete with Igor assisting on a Saturday). You have to hunt a bit for his lair, but once there you’ll find a museum, graveyard and shop floor all in the one corrugated shed. Move past the tangled pile of frames, duck to avoid the Russian Gas Mask hanging from a rafter, and you find an immaculate refurbished postman’s bike, just finished and ready to cycle away. It’s a swan in amongst the ugly ducklings, but not the only one, and you can cycle most of its aesthetically challenged sisters away for less than €100-200. For 17 years now Seamus has been fixing up bikes, he does repairs as well – he even does a collect and return service to your door! [Truly] Hidden Dublin at it’s best! / andróid

 

June 14 2012


where
Button Factory, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
01 670 9202
Location Map

when
10pm - late

how much
€10

gig
Gonjasufi

We'll all need a break after the match tonight and there's few better artists to facilitate such an escape than Gonjasufi. Gonjasufi (WARP) brings his revolutionary brand of Mujave desert inspired hip hop to Dublin. Making waves since the mid 00s, Gonjasufi has collaborated with, amongst others, Flying Lotus and the partnership of Gaslamp Killer and Flylo, the latter resulting in his trippy debut LP, A Sufi and a Killer. He followed that up with, MU.ZZ.LE, released in January of this year, a more concentrated piece that has spawned an entirely new live set, said to be more engaging and enjoyable than anything he's put together before. He is flanked by Irish beat-making word artists Melodica Deathship and Mark Murphy (Choice Cuts), playing before and after respectively. Here's a Bibio remix of Gonjasufi track Candy Lane / Eoin Carrigan

   
 

June 15 2012


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

when
1.40pm/6.30pm

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Woody Allen: A Documentary

It must be awful being Woody Allen. Even now, with his commercial and critical standing being higher than ever in the wake of the unexpectedly huge success of Midnight In Paris, the man remains as steadfastly pessimistic about his life and career as ever. Director Robert Weide clearly disagrees however, and he's gathered an all-star cast of contributors (from Chris Rock to Martin Scorcese) for this comprehensive and affectionate look back at the neurotic genius's half century in the movies. This documentary isn't going to give you much insight into the real Woody (that's what the films are for after all) but the enthusiastic interviewees and expertly selected clips from the Allen oeuvre will have fans debating the merits of this or that period of his career all over again. Match Point is still crap, by the way. / Conor McDevitt

 

June 15 2012


where
Filmbase, Curved Street Building, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.
Location Map

when
5.30pm (until June 17)

how much
Free

photo exhibition
We Love You Oakland

I was in Oakland once. I interviewed the then Mayor Jerry Brown. I can't remember anything he told me and I never wrote the article. Thankfully Welsh photographer Annie Atkins made more use of her time there. We Love You Oakland is a series of street life shots culled from a trip she made there as part of the video being shot for Cornershop's single Milkin' It. Oakland is San Francisco's sad downbeat sister tagged with crazy crime rates. Scratching beneath the surface, Annie pointed her lens at children, parents, dancers, street workers, residents and homeless to offer an insight into the people behind the statistics. There's an unflinchingly honesty in her portraits. These are mostly decent folk on some mean streets. Annie instills some pride and dignity into a fascinating and heartfelt interpretation of a t-shirt slogan. / Michael McDermott

 

June 15 2012


where
Steambox on School St, Dublin 8

when
Fri 12-7pm), Sat 12-5pm and Sun 2-5pm, Until June 17th

how much
Free

exhibition
NCAD MFA show

I really liked loads of this show, and it was fun to be in the Steambox building. Very Earlsfort Terrace-y. I believe it too was a school, there were aged crucifixes lying about the smoking area cleared out from the rooms. Two of my favourite works were both video pieces. You'll understand more my particular attraction to them both when I tell you I was quite hungover the day I looked around. One was of a lady snaking her yoga body meditatively back and forth in sync with an image of her, the other was HUGE, of feet being massaged. Both were by Tanya O'Keeffe. Look out too for a subtle Frank Wasser (who also has work in the NCAD gallery's Recent Graduates show, Work Head) and the first piece up the stairs, Paul O'Neill's, also exciting. Watch it from the start to the finish and feel intensely pumped. / Georgia

   
 

June 15 2012


where
Irish Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square North, Dublin 1.
01 872 2077
Location Map

when
10am - 2pm Saturday

how much
Free

competition
Read for the World!

Our chances of Euro 2012 glory may have taken a serious battering this week, but we can take solace in knowing that another opportunity to prove ourselves as world-beaters is coming our way courtesy of the Irish Writers' Centre. Over 28 hours, 111 writers will read for stints of 15 minutes in an effort to set a Guinness World Record for 'Most Authors Reading Consecutively From Their Own Books'. Seamus Heaney, Kevin Barry and Roddy Doyle are among the notables who will take up the baton over the course of this literary marathon, which concludes at lunchtime on Saturday with Irish Writers' Union founder Jack Harte. Those who can't make it along in person to cheer on the valiant endeavour (people to see, bunting to dispose of, you know yourself) can tune in to a live stream of the event here. / Joey Kavanagh

 

June 15 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8.30pm

how much
€20

gig
The Low Anthem

There are a handful of modern bands that handle the canon of mid-twentieth century folk and Americana with finesse, none quite as earnestly as The Low Anthem. It often leads to them being branded with the term ‘sepia-toned’, but for me that conjures images of a band trying to imitate something it is not. Rather, theirs is a genuine sound that carves it’s own niche in a long-established musical tradition. For example, they recorded their last album in an abandoned pasta sauce factory to effectively lend huge volumes of natural reverb to their arrangements. Their live shows are an impassioned affair, where the band members readily switch between an array of instruments and employ four-part harmonies to generate an atmosphere that while painfully poignant and wistful at times, is never short of captivating. / Jerath Head

 

June 15 2012


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

when
see link

how much
€5.20-€8.90

cinema
Joyce adaptation screenings

The IFI are celebrating Bloomsday this weekend by running a selection of James Joyce flavoured films. John Huston’s The Dead will play all week, starring Donal McCann and Angelica Huston in this 1987 adaptation of the final story in Joyce’s Dubliners. There will also be a once-off screening of experimental film pioneer Mary Ellen Bute’s Passages from James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake on June 16th at 14:00. This film, which was awarded best debut at Cannes in 1965, is straight from the archives at the IFI and represents the first attempt at adapting Joyce’s work as a feature film. Also running this month are a series of short films and documentaries inspired by Joyce’s work, which will be screened on alternating Mondays and Wednesdays at 13:10, with a double-bill on Saturdays. / Dave Desmond

   
 

June 16 2012


where
Fade Street

when
12 midday

how much
Free

festival
Yestival!

Apparently there are nine million bicycles in Beijing. Not sure how many there are in Dublin but I have a feeling we will see plenty of them this weekend. The upcoming Yestival will revive the atmosphere of The Triplets of Belleville to celebrate everything bike-related. Apart from the traditional vintage bike and fashion show, cycle lovers will enjoy pedal-generated smoothies, DIY fixing workshops and bicycle movies on their saddles. What’s more, there will be music by Luka Bloom and other musically gifted performing artists from a cycle-powered stage. As a keen cyclist, I love the idea of creating the positive buzz of the bicycle-charged Copenhagen. It is time to cycle, baby. / Anna P

 

June 16 2012


where
The Joinery, 6 Rosemount Terrace, Arbour Hill
Location Map

when
7.30pm

how much
€10 BYOB

gig
James Ferraro

Two words best describe James Ferraro’s burgeoning creative output - eclectic and prolific. Yet neither of these truly describe what it is he does. Perhaps, new words need to be formed to illustrate his body of work. What about prolectically ecolific? Or eclectifically prolitic? Either way, with nearly two baker’s dozen albums released since 2008, he’s a pretty dense dude to get a handle on. Recent LP, Farside Virtual, is as accessible as Ferraro gets, both paying homage to Brian Eno’s Windows 95 theme and the mysterious and hypnotic allure of muzak and MIDI. His pop cultural references have been described as Brett Easton Ellis’s prose transmogrified into musical form, although in the case of Farside Virtual, more like Douglas Coupland’s Microserfs. This is some ludicrously whimsical next-level genius stuff. Win Tickets / Simon Judge

 

June 16 2012


where
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8.
Location Map

when
11:00am

how much
Free

event
Food Cycle 2012

Growing your own food is the new sexy. If you know this already: relax, put your boots up and pop one of your fresh-from-the-windowsill cherry tomatoes into your deservedly smug mouth. If not - fear not. The good folks of the annual Food Cycle will take you on a pedal-powered tour of Dublin's best community gardens, with three different routes all converging at a Phoenix park picnic. Gardeners at each stop will ply you with goodies - they are always looking for people like YOU to see the light, and save the world, one parsnip at a time. Because we all know what's coming... the oil crash, followed swiftly by the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Ask yourself where you want to be when that happens: eating strawberries from your balcony or lurching around after grey matter? It's a no-brainer. / Shauna Gillan

   
 

June 16 2012


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


when
6pm - 9pm

how much
€50

event
Bloomsday Drinks

New kid on the old block; The Little Museum of Dublin will be hosting an inaugural Bloomsday soiree and fundraiser, where one is likely to sip from the chalice of Dublin’s creamiest. I'd do it just to bask in the warm, entertaining stream of consciousness that is Sen. David Norris, go all Leopold Bloom and dig into Gorgonzola sambos with red wine or just nibble daintily on canapés prepped by the Michelin starred fingers of Kevin Thornton. Time to dust off granny’s vintage gear. Perhaps Foursquare will let one collect literary badge points at such a designation? And don’t worry if you have not read the book - inside sources tell me you won’t be the only one. The free raffle tickets with every ticket bought also make me wonder if I would like a tasty artifact from any one of their posh sponsors. "Yes I said yes I will Yes." / Elish Bul-Godly

 

June 16 2012


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

when
8pm

how much
€5

gig
The Three Weekends of Champion Jim

Champion Jim has been steadily building a name for himself amongst live music aficionados for some time now. With his debut album due for imminent release, it’s fitting that this singer/songwriter should be playing one of the city’s premiere venues over not one, not two but three weekends! This Saturday marks the second week of his residency and the bill also includes Pattanga, Robb Murphy and Sean Riddick. Anyone who’s been to the Loft before knows that it is a fabulously intimate venue which is ideally suited to his music, and if last week is anything to go by this promises to be a truly cracking gig. A must for those who like to check out the “next big thing” before they actually become the “next big thing”. / Frances Winston 

 

June 16 2012


where
Earlsfort Terrace,


when
8pm

how much
€10/€4 concession

celebration
We had an idea about the future

The more we traverse the linear path of Time the more cyclical our journey seems. UCD School of Architecture traces several temporal circles by marking the closing of its centenary celebrations with an exhibition at its original Dublin city home. It will be marking new beginnings with 13 exhibitors comprising architecture students, graduates and collaborators providing mind broadening content. The week long exhibition kicks off with an onsite party and launch of an audio documentary on the School’s first 100 years. Artist-architect Blaithin Quinn will also run a free collaborative drawing workshop to feed their 100 year time capsule. Fancy the challenge? Then bring an image or object that represents contemporary design. Oh! and Mr Whippy’s Sound System will be there with canapés and booze to ease the transition. / Elish Bul-Godly

   
 

June 17 2012


where
Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.


when
2pm-5pm

how much
Bring a dish!

food
le cool Streetfeast

Eating outdoors is one of our favorite things to do. Breaking bread with friends is pretty high on that list too. This Sunday we'll be doing both at the le cool hosted Street Feast at Meeting House Square. Other groups will gather all over Ireland in public spaces, front gardens and cul-de-sacs, to do the same. Samuel Bishop's hungry brainchild has been bringing folk together since 2009, celebrating our neighbourhoods, communities and local food. This will be our first and we're agonising over what to bring. One thing we don't have to worry about is the weather. The magnificent retractable umbrellas will ensure that whatever we bring will have no added water. So, right now slow cooked pork belly, asian brined & roasted chicken and potato anchovy gratin are all on the shortlist. This is competitive, right? / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 17 2012


where
Sitric Road, Stoneybatter

when
1-6pm

how much
Free

food
Sitric Picnic

Not many people these days are actively involved with their neighbours beyond a polite nod, or a sleepy grimace in the morning. Things are different with the residents of Sitric Road in the Batter. In 2005, they came over all green fingered and decided to put their household waste to good use with communal compost bins. Showcasing the fruits of their labour later that year at the first Sitric Picnic, they managed to turn home grown organic vegetables into a bit of a party. People from streets nearby started poking their heads around the corner, and sheepishly edging over with a cushion and a plate pretending they lived there - luckily on Sitric Road they're the welcoming sort. Since then it's grown to include many stalls of food, clothes and music all with the aim of promoting sustainable urban restoration and green infrastructure. / Hayley Reynolds

 

June 17 2012


where
See link

when
Daylight hours

how much
Free

sport
Ballinastoe - Coillte cycle trail

If pedalling on the flat leaves you wistfully looking south to the mountains yearning for some dirt, some skidding and potential death, then let me tell you that this can be found not a stones throw away in a Coillte managed forest mountainbiking park at Ballinastoe. Re-affirm your satisfaction with being alive by careering around this purpose built track which the good people at Coillte rank as 'severe' in mountainbiking terms. Suspension and mudguards are a must, and maybe also a liver-protector. The long haul up to the top is worth it, and hopefully your thigh muscles won't be too shaky to handle the narrow corners and surprising switchbacks. If you survive, you will be glad you did, and if you don't at least it'd make for an interesting headstone. / Jessica Hayden

 

June 17 2012


where
Whelan's, 25 Wexford Street, Dublin 2
Location Map

when
8.00pm

how much
€17.50

comedy
Greg Proops

Whose line is it anyway? Some say Phill Jupitus', but he also does a line in outdated Ian Paisley jokes, so he's out of the running. Josie Lawrence? EastEnders kind of dented her street cred. So, apologies to the sisterhood and all, but you're out. Belatedly watching the Proops years on Dave (don't diss it, this isn't Mock the Week) I was hit smack bang between the eyes with his wit, sharper than a butcher's knife. I was also mildly disgusted by his language, which must have pleased my parents. I mean, I still find it perturbing that a man should describe bacon as 'like smoking and taking a shit at the same time.' Despite the puritanical judgements of 14-year-old me, I've grown to love him, even if he did lie about having a pet Ocelot. For a raucous and irreverent night, you can't do better... Win tickets / Kate Frances Coleman

   
 

June 18 2012


where
Abbey Theatre, 26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin 1.
Location Map

when
7.30pm, Until July 14th

how much
€13 – €40

theatre
The House

It’s ironic that this Tom Murphy penned play was first produced back in 2000 at the height of the Celtic Tiger since it’s themes of property and the effects of emigration are completely relevant to 2012 audiences. Set in a small town in 1950s Ireland during the summer months, when all the emigrants have returned for the holidays, it follows the de Burca family as they make preparations to sell their home and land in order to relieve financial strain and the effects that the return of old friend Christy Cavanagh has on their lives. With well rounded characters that you really care about and a script that is both funny and touching this is a good story well told. All the performances are excellent and Paul O’Mahony’s set is simply stunning and really sets the tone. Win Tickets / Frances Winston

 

June 18 2012


where
12a Magennis Place, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

when
9.30am - 6.30pm

how much
Depends


Greenaer

Call me lazy, but sometimes you need a bit of oomph when in a red faced battle with a steep, prolonged incline. Sorry God, legs are not enough. There's an answer, cyclists, and it is an electric bike. They're eco friendly and they're stylin'. For long-ish journeys on densely delineated OS map territory, they are economical alternatives to the car. Greenaer is the place to go if you're in the market for a cool ride for a cool rider that won't burn you through and through. Although you're looking at paying over a grand (phwoar!), they're invaluable. We bought one for my Glamour-Gran, after she'd abandoned the High Nelly at the age of 70, and tired of her Vespa at 80, and at 88 she's doing an average of six miles a day. Mental. / Kate Frances Coleman

 

June 18 2012


where
96 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. 

when
9.30am-7pm

how much
Depends


Freewheeling

I'm a bicycle addict. Dutch, lowriderfixie, needs fixie...I am to bikes, what Jordan is to men. I'll ride them all. Freewheeling is like a sweet shop. They're all coloured-y and shiny. You wanna lick the paintwork, it's as appealing as a giant lollipop from Disneyland. There's a bit of fantasy, but not too much, because the shop doesn't just offer a wide range of bikes, but the price ranges are also equitable. You can as easily find a quality starter-bike as a luxury splurge. They also stock clothing and accessories by stylin' brands, like MotionFox, who add a bit of pizazz and urban street cred to the humble hi-vis, a staple in the safety conscious cyclist's wardrobe. It's a dream world on Pearse Street. Freewheel down there sometime. / Cora Burke

   
 

June 19 2012


where
Rothar, Fade Street, Dublin 2.

when
See link

how much
€5

workshop
Fix your own bike at Rothar

Last year I bought a second-hand bike for myself. I genuinely had every intention of becoming a regular cyclist. I got my mitts on a giant hi-vis, lights, a pricey lock, and thought I was ready to go. From the first time I ventured out, however, it was obvious that there was something very wrong. My bike changes gear of its own accord. It makes even the most straightforward of journeys unpredictably strenuous and, at times, mortifying. Reluctance to repeat this incident has led to my bike being banished to the side of my house for several months now. My bike’s time in limbo may have finally come to an end, however. Rothar are offering an hour’s use of their tools, supervised instructions on how to repair your various bicycle-related ailments, and tea to sustain you all the while, for a mere €5. / Lucy Watts

 


where
5 South Richmond Street,
Dublin 2


when
Sun - Wednesday: 12pm - 11pm. Thurs, Fri & Sat 12pm - 5am

how much
Depends

le other
Aussie BBQ

Often celebrated as sports enthusiasts and for their casual approach to sexism, our antipodean cousins are also rightly feted for their prowess around the barbecue. Toiling in obscurity for some weeks now, the Aussie BBQ is fast becoming a temple to all three. These guys are doing it legit, roasting whole hogs in-house and breaking them down for pulled pork sandwiches and tender racks of ribs. Burgers are cooked to order over charcoal, though you may wish to think twice about the 1lb 'Great White' - it should come with a side of colonic irrigation. There are booths at the back, big TVs and aussie beers on tap, making this the perfect spot to avoid the Bernard Shaw dilettantes. Service was quite charming, they are obviously still working on the sexism angle. / Mr & Mrs Stevens

 

June 19 2012


where
Cineworld, Parnell Street, D1
Location Map

when
Check Cineworld website

how much
€5.40 - €9.70

cinema
Rock of Ages

Back when hair was big, make up was garish and clothes were tight (and that was just the boys) bands like Foreigner, Poison, Def Leppard, Van Halen,  and Journey ruled the charts. Fast forward a decade or so and someone said: “These were great songs. Let’s put them in a musical,” and Rock of Ages was born. Telling the story of a “small town girl” who heads to Hollywood in search of fame and fortune, finds love with a similarly ambitious guy, loses that love and does time at the school of hard knocks before landing back on her feet, this toe tapping feelgood tale has already been a huge hit on stage and is sure to do the same in the cinema. Bromance of the year award must surely go to Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin, who have to be seen to be believed, and Tom Cruise isn’t bad either! Dig out your leathers, backcomb your hair and sing along. / Frances Winston

   
 

June 20 2012


where
Everywhere!

when
All day

how much
Free

event
National Cycle to Work Day

Put down the keys. I said, PUT DOWN THE KEYS. Leave the gas guzzler at home, even if just for one day, dust off that old Raleigh, find the code for your combination lock (folded into a centimetre square and lodged into the corner of your t-shirt drawer) and get going. The reasons for abandoning the car, luas and bus are pretty convincing. Why be a slave to the 'real time' (plus ten minutes) Dublin Bus timetable? Cycling wakes you up in the morning, boosts your metabolism, gets the little grey matter floating about. If you've cycled to work, you can legitimately dodge the gym on a Friday night, or discount the dramatic effect of that extra biscuit you dipped in your tea. Bicycles don't need to be taxed, and they only cost a pittance to insure. Join us. / Rayne Moon Shyne

 

June 20 2012


where
Pavilion Theatre , Marine Road, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
01 231 2929‎
Location Map

when
8pm

how much
€25/€22

theatre
Travesties

Much like St Patrick’s Day, which has become so epic that it now spans several days of festivities, Bloomsday has broken out of the confines of its annual celebrations to become a far bigger event – in Dun Laoghaire anyway. Not content with celebrating the literary landmark with the rest of us mere mortals they are celebrating Bloomsweek with a multitude of happenings organised to mark the occasion. One of the definite highlights is this play by Oscar winning writer Tom Stoppard. Pants wettingly funny, it sees James Joyce in Zurich in 1917 as he writes Ulysses. However he is not the only artist to have taken refuge from the Great War in the neutral Utopia and, as in all the best comedies, mistaken identities lead to great hilarity. A modern classic and a fabulous way to celebrate one of our greatest authors everyone should see this. / Frances Winston

   
 
Hardcourt Bike Polo

Kropa, Alex and Johnny (not pictured) take le cool through Bike Polo.

Cycle polo actually started in Ireland in 1891 as a team sport to be played on grass. It was a demonstration sport at the 1908 London Olympics with Ireland winning the gold, beating Germany.

About 20 years ago bike messengers in Seattle started playing the game on hardcourt. It was faster paced and more technical people started to really get involved.

We are a small enough scene compared to other cities like London, but we do well. We've qualified for European Championships which take place next week in Paris. The top four teams at Paris will qualify for the World Championships in Geneva.

Contact in the game is 'like for like'; you can reach for someone's mallet with your mallet, you can hit your bike off their bike and you can shoulder to shoulder.

We generally play two days a week, Wednesdays at 6.30pm, Saturdays from 1pm, in Eamon Ceannt Park, Crumlin. It's a good spectator sport.

PHOTO: Eoin Kirwan