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Culture Night-Just the Tonic


martino

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Has anybody been out and about enjoying the various events up and down the country for Culture Night. I was out in Cork City and saw some art, heard some music, watched a film and listened to some poetry. All very enjoyable, but more rewarding, I thought, was seeing and meeting different people, young and old, all enjoying positive aspects of Irish cultural life; everybody sharing something that was made very accessible and inclusive.

It was encouraging to see, and a good tonic against all the doom and gloom about right now. Well done to the organisers and the artists involved. There was so much to see I think next year they should try and make a Culture Weekend of it. In fact, as Van Morrison said at the end of that song about Coney Island, "wouldn't it be great if it could be like this all the time?"
 


taxman58

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Yes very enjyable, but it's a pity that the venues do not stay open later, say until 2.00am. Also it is a perfect oppurtunity to ban all motor vehicles from city centres from 5.00 pm and have all public transpoert free all day. Would help to change peoples mindsets and would definetly be a tourist attraction.
 

White Horse

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I was in Inchicore watching Dundalk take on St. Pats.

Well it's my culture anyway.
 

bananarepublic.ie

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i made 3 events to night in dublin, GPO museum, Custom house, Jameson brewery, TCD (library) and writers museum. My god never realised custom house has so much history. On regular day this may cost at least 30 yoyo. Its free and good family fun day. Why can't we do it twice yearly across the country so many families out to night...
 

corelli

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Given that we are bereft of the likes of Pavel Lisitsian, "culture nights" mean very little to me.
 

redzer

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I went in to Leinster House.
I was in the Dáil chamber, went "through the lobbies", as they say, then went down to the Seanad chamber and sat in one of the seats (we all did) - not allowed sit in the Dáil though :)

Afterwards, down to Leinster House 2000 (the new wing) for a nice cup of coffee and some rather odd singing from a womens choir.

Olivia Mitchell was with some of her constituents and I saw a rather grumpy looking Paul Gogarty as well. He looked pressured, it has to be said!
 

evercloserunion

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I missed it unfortunately. But I think it's a very good idea. These have been going on for a while now, but they seem to be getting more popular. Let's hope it continues.
 

JCR

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Its a great idea and should be on all weekend. Following that Arthurs Day thing it would generate millions every year.
 

oggy

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What a great evening in Dublin City and I trust it was equally good around the country. More ! More ! More I say
Born and grew up within easy walking distance of city centre and roamed the streets as a real inner city gurrier. Never had much interest in the culture then and as a porter said to me last night, " Most Dubliners your age were the same" Anyway, maturity is a great thing at times and earlier this year we went to Christchurch and Dublina. Last night her and meself saw inside Dublin Castle and City Hall for first time. Then an hour listening to big band music at Central Bank. For 2nd time this year tried to get into Trinity Library to see Book of Kells but queue was too long. Same with the GPO. Finished up with a treat of fish & chips in Burdocks and a promise we would visit the city centre more often and seek out the huge amount of attractions we have as a very old city. Know for certain G/grandfather was an Alderman on Dublin Corporation and rumours he was Lord Mayor so must make a point of checking this out, as good a reason to have civic pride as any one could say.

Organisers of Culture Night have my full praise
 

ne0ica

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Great evening. I saw the Book of Kells and was at other events for free. I tought there was a great atmosphere at all the events I went to.
 

splashy

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The Mason's hall was interesting. The seem to have had a more prominent position in Irish history than I was aware of: O'Connell, Grattan and the Duke were members; and they played an important part within the Volunteers (18th C.).
The poor guides were pestered by people (especially by one smug git -"in this day and age...") asking why women weren't allowed in. As it turns out, women just don't care for the Masons.

The RIC had a couple of nice books on show, including one lovely, artisan produced prayer book; also the Cathach was on display.
 
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Fantastic event... I was at the Readings from the Pallet event in Banagher in Offaly(which I won!!!) and its great to see the love of culture alive in the heart of the people as opposed to the high polite.

To see this culture every week and for free bar the few pints you buy yourself, drop on down to the Glór Sessions every monday night in the International Bar in Wicklow Street in Dublin. Class night... also on Ustream after 8pm
 

gatsbygirl20

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It was wonderful. Dublin looked really beautiful by night. Well done to whoever thought up this great idea and, even more importantly, organised it
 

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