Get your gardening on at Dublin Garden Festival 2014

dublin garden festival

Granted, this isn’t your standard Culch post but there’s one of us involved and it’s the first ever Dublin Garden Festival, so listen up! ‘Bringing the outside inside’ takes place this weekend from Friday 13 – Sunday 15 June 2014 at Christ Church Cathedral Dublin. It features the best of Irish Gardening talent including Diarmuid Gavin, Dermot O’Neill, Helen Dillon, Gerry Daly and our very own Peter Donegan. Peter is speaking on Friday afternoon at 2pm and there’s lots on the entire weekend. Times: Open Fri 13 and Sat 14th from 9am – 9pm and Sunday 15th 12.30pm – 7pm. Tickets: Admission – €12 / €10 conc. 2 Day Pass – €20/€16 conc. 3 Day Pass – 30/€25 conc. Groups of 10 or more: €8.50. Children u12 free. Tickets available on the door or by visit We’re reliably informed that this is the equivalent of Electric Picnic for anyone … There’s more

Gig: Songs in the Key of D at the NCH

Photo credit: Tommy Walker heads singing in a choir? Yep and not just any choir, it’s Songs in the Key of D. Following on from sell out shows at the Dublin Fringe Festival, the SitKoD choir bring you their expanded look at the songs of Dublin City. A musical journey from Handel to Hansard, Lynott to Drew. Performed by a choir of real Dubliners, rehearsals have been under way for the past fortnight with the gig taking place on the evening of February 3rd at 8pm in the John Field room at the National Concert Hall. Tickets are €18 (€16 concession) and can be purchased directly from the NCH box office or online at this link (use promo code ‘KeyofD10′ to get 10% off if booking this week). The idea of the choir came from producer, Mr Eoin Kilkenny and our musical directors are Chris O’Sullivan and Killian Grumley Traynor. There’s a lot … There’s more

Congregation 2013

Congregation 2013

  November 30th and cities & towns around Ireland will have tumble weed blowing through them as the social media brigade heads down to sleepy west of Ireland village Cong.  Remember the John Wayne movie, the Quiet Man – well that, Ashford Castle and now are putting Cong back on the must visit map.   Congregation is kinda different to your normal pile ‘em high in hotel rooms with a high flying oil snake salesman selling social media kool-aid. Not in Cong.  First you cannot buy a ticket (although I am now thinking I could probably find a buyer for mine on eBay) – no sir you have to write a blog post and send it to them and if they upload it to the site - then you’re in.  At least this means you get to do your home work in advance.  On the day you get to present … There’s more

Irish Blog Awards 2013 – Winners

blog awards ireland 2013

Who said blogging was dead ? So very far from it seems, if you take a look at the nominations list. Anyhow and for the now, these are the best that are Irish blogs for 2013. Go forth. Pick one. Read one. Leave a comment on one. Wish ‘em well done. Well done all. Best Great Outdoors – Greenside Up Best Music Blog – Dublin Concerts Best Popculture Blog – Brand New Retro Best Food / Drink Blog – One Man’s Meat Best Health and Wellbeing Blog – Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer Best Technology Blog – The Sociable Best Photography Blog – Foxglove Lane Studio Best Eco/Green Blog – Greenside Up Best Sport/Recreation Blog – Sports News Ireland Best Blog of a SME business – One Fab Day Best Arts and Culture Blog – The Irish Aesthete Best Designed Blog – Molly Moo Best Mobile Compatible Blog – Squidgy Moments … There’s more

100 Years After The 1913 Lock Out @ Glasnevin Cemetery

glasnevin cemetery, peter donegan pic

First Up, This From The Press Release: It is 100 years this year since the start of the great Dublin Lockout, when members of ‘Big’ Jim Larkin’s Transport Union walked off the trams of the Dublin United Tramway Company (DUTC) over the refusal of then DUTC chairman (and leading shareholder) William Martin ‘Tramway’ Murphy to allow some workers to join the Irish Transport and General Workers’ Union. Glasnevin Cemetery is the final resting place of many of the men and women who were to witness this great event in Irish Labour history. The Lockout saw 20,000 Irish workers being locked out of their workplaces, due to industrial conflict between them and their employers. The bit that you might like – note the last day is tomorrow – yeah I know it’s late an’ all, I was in a garden:  Re-enactments will be daily 26th – 31st Aug at 2.30pm. To … There’s more

Live Music: Spirit of Folk Festival Awards Semi-Final @ Whelans

It’s plain how much love we have for the Spirit of Folk eh…folks, and we’ll be in Whelans of Wexford St on Saturday for the SOF Festival Awards Semi-Finals. Doors open at 3.30pm for a day of great bands, storytellers from all over Ireland and a craft market. An impressive 100 bands applied and nine have made it through to the semi-finals. They are: Moxie, Miriam Donohue, Mossy Nolan & Colm McGowan, My Fellow Sponges, Garr Cleary, Laura Ann Brady, The Cujo Family, Vickers Vimy and A Band Called Wanda. Carl Corcoran of RTE Lyric FM’s Blue of the Night said of judging the awards: ‘Participating in the Spirit of Folk Talent search has been a real pleasure and has provided further proof to me that there is a very healthy and thriving community of music makers and creative artists out there. This SOFF initiative provides a great platform for … There’s more

Ukulele Hooley Festival 2013

Ukulele Hooley

Ireland’s 4th International Ukulele Hooley takes place this weekend (24th/25th August) in Dun Laoghaire. We were there for the first one in Temple Bar and it’s just gotten better with age. So what’s on? The Ukulele Hooley Bus Busk gets under way from The Pavilion at 3.30pm on Saturday and will feature a bus full of players stop off at various places along the south Dublin coast to place impromptu gigs. Grab your ukulele and join ‘em. Later in the evening there’s an Open Mic Night from 8pm to 10pm at Pavilion Quarter. It’s a chance for aspiring ukulele performers to contact their ‘inner uke’ and have the opportunity to perform in front of a public audience. There are also workshops running across the weekend so if you’d like to start or learn more complex tunes, you can check out the list here. The main event takes place on Sunday … There’s more

BIG HOUSE Festival 2013

Big House Festival

Taking place at Castletown House in Celbridge over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (3rd – 5th August), the first BIG HOUSE Festival features over 50 events happening each day covering the worlds of music, theatre, visual arts and dance. There’s an additional special guest each day in: Jerry Fish and his Carnivale Show will perform on Saturday 3rd, Jack Lukeman (Jack L) presents his 27 Club show on Sunday 4th and trad legends LAPD [AKA Liam O’Flynn, Andy Irvine, Paddy Glackin & Dónal Lunny] will take to the stage on Monday 5th. We’ve picked out a couple of events we’re interested in below but you can book tickets and view the full programme at Full day tickets are now available from €22.50 with family value tickets on sale for €45. Julie Feeney: Julie has devised a new show especially for the BIG HOUSE Festival, the perfect setting for the … There’s more

Competition: Tickets to Gardiner St Gospel Choir in concert

GSGC - Lift Your Voice

Peter posted about Gardiner St Gospel Choir’s upcoming gig in the O’Reilly Theatre and they’ve been in touch to offer us a pair of tickets to Friday’s gig (8pm, €15 with tickets here). As you know, the choir are launching their album Raise Your Voice, and raising much needed funds for Headway and Temple Street Children’s Hospital. They’ve also got some fantastic raffle prizes including; tickets to Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Delorentos, Robbie Williams, a digital camera, dinner vouchers, craft goods and lots more. COMPETITION CLOSED: Congrats to Hugh Fahey! Enjoy So, how do you win tickets? All you need to do is send us an email to competitions[at] with the name of one of the album tracks (you’ll find them here) and make sure to include your name. We’ll choose a random winner tomorrow (23rd May) at 7pm. Best of luck!

After hours at Dublin Zoo


Myself, Darren, Micheál and a few other selected Internet types got the opportunity to tour Dublin Zoo after hours last week. Led by Ciaran MacMahon, Dublin Zoo’s head keeper, we kicked off the tour by visiting the Asian lions, Suri and Sita. Suri took a particular interest in Darren and he probably would have been on the menu but for the glass separating them. Asian lions are critically endangered with only 400 remaining in the wild and entire population can be found in one place – the Gir Forest in India. From there we wandered over to the sea lion enclosure where the keepers introduced us to Flo. They described how the zoo’s harem are Californian Sea Lions whose main predator is the killer whale. We had been briefed at the start of the tour that the planned trip to see the elephants couldn’t go ahead as mating was in … There’s more

Theatre: Singlehood @ The Absolut Fringe


I have to admit I’m not really one for theatre stuff. I am. But I am-ish, not. It’s a bit like, The Strokes are playing The O2. Yeah ? I’ll think about it. As versus Led Zep are playing. Yeah ? Mee meep. Roadrunner. I’m already there. Theatre, does that to me. Sometimes however you get a wee little kick in the wotsits. A good kick. A metaphorical one, so to speak and you think could this be the next example of hindsight I may use in a pub quiz ? Like the time The White stripes came to Ireland just after I saw them on Jools Holland and I never went and regretted it ever since ? What kind of play makes me say that ? One with comedian and actor legend Eric Lalor in it. Well, that’s how I cocked an eye and then watched this video below … There’s more

Euro 2012, The Grand Social, Dublin City Fm and The Scoop

Yeah blah, blaggedy, blerk it’s football. Well ? It’s a little more than that and I can legally get away with it because this post contains a pic of Eric Lalor, involves a radio station and a cracking music venue. Story Rory ? Dublin City fm have teamed up with The SCOOP foundation and The Grand Social venue on Liffey Street and for the duration of the Euro 2012 not only will they be showing ALL of the games live in the Grand Social from 4.30pm each day….. there’s also this going on: They’ll have live music in between games as well as competitions & prizes.  How do you do The Scoop charity bit ? Easy, chalky, cheezy peezy  – You can contribute to the SCOOP foundation by buying a burger and a pint for €5.00….. what a deal. Almost a whopper ! There will be special events on the … There’s more

Event: Dr. Sketchy’s Dublin and Molly Crabapple

Molly Crabapple is an award-winning New York artist, author and all round kickass lady whose Victoriana-steampunk-Rococo work has appeared in places like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Marvel comics. Forever finding ways to fund and create personally fulfilling art projects, in September of last year she locked herself into a hotel room for a week, covered the walls in paper and filled every available square foot with her gorgeous, intricate brand of art. The project was called Molly Crabapple’s Week In Hell, it was funded by myriad backers on Kickstarter, and has since been turned into a book. Not one to stay idle for long, right now she’s in the middle of Shell Game, another Kickstarter-funded project, this time an art show inspired by Occupy Wall Street and the assorted global economic disasters, which will result in nine huge paintings that will deal with themes such … There’s more

Festival: Spirit of Folk launch 2012

Myself and Peter popped along to the Spirit of Folk festival launch last week in Whelans. We were treated to a brilliants night of entertainment with TRAZ, Bunoscionn, The Young Folk and The Hot Sprockets. We had a chat to Martin & Natasha Duffy who are behind the festival on what they have in store for 2012: listen to ‘The @spirit_of_folk 2012 Launch #sof12’ on Audioboo Tickets are on sale now with day tickets for €35 and a weekend one for €65/family €120. You can find them at, on Facebook here and Twitter at: @spirit_of_folk

The Format: Sea Sessions Launch 2012

We recently headed down to the Workman’s Club for the launch of this year’s Sea Sessions Surf & Music festival. The Bundoran beach fest takes place from June 29th to July 1st and this year features one of its best line-up’s to date. Complete with must-see recommendations from the likes of Phantom’s Derek Byrne, Goldenplec‘s Aidan Cuffe and the Indo’s Aidan Coughlan, here’s our festival preview.