Wednesday was our annual table quiz, a big thank you to our members who came out to support on the night and brought friends and family, this is our biggest fundraising event and your support is appreciated.
I’d also like to thank our host Sinéad Burke who has hosted our quiz for the last 3 years, The George Bar for having us and all the help they provided on the night, the volunteers from the club, Martha, Anne Maire, Claire, Siobhan, John K, John C and Eithne, along with the committee especially Gregory for all his work and fab questions 🙂
Finally a thank you to those who donated prizes, Kevin, Leo, Jacqui, Steve Boylan, Gareth, The Garden Powerscourt, Nancy Hands, The George Bar and the Phoenix Cafe.
We raised €670 for our club and thanks to the winning team generously donating their winnings, we raised €1,100 for our Pride Run Charity the LGBT Helpline.
Out and About hiking group is pleased to organise a hike Dublin Frontrunners on Sunday, 13 September 2015. Hike leaders Grant and Chris will guide a trail walk in the Wicklow Mountains. The walk will give runners an active break from marathon training and races, and a chance to enjoy some nature and meet members of Out and About. It promises to be a fun and sociable day.
Hike Description This year the hike will start from Ballinastoe Woods in the centre of the Wicklow Mountains – on the slopes of Djouce mountain. This area offers many great forest trails as well as access to open mountain trails, including one of the most scenic sections of the Wicklow Way. We’ll choose the exact route on the day depending on the conditions. After the hike we’ll stop at a local pub before returning to the city.
What you need to bring No specialised gear is required for this walk. If you have hiking boots bring them, but we have specifically chosen a route that does not require boots, so if you don’t have hiking boots or fell runners, your old runners will be fine for this hike. However, as this walk is in a remote area and weather in the mountains is often very changeable, please bring the following:
Warm layer (fleece or jumper)
1.5 litres of water
Change of clothes , which you can leave in the car
Please don’t wear jeans. If there is rain it will make the hike very uncomfortable and you’ll get very cold. We advise you not to leave any valuables in your car and put your change of clothes bag into the boot.
Getting there We encourage you to carpool as parking is limited. Furthermore carpooling is sociable and better for the environment. For carpooling we will meet in the city centre, outside the gates of the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 at 10:00. Parking is free at this location on Sundays so extra cars can be left here. Alternatively you can meet us at the hike start at 10:45.
Directions from the National Concert: First drive to Adelaide Road than then turn right at Leeson Street (N11). Follow the N11/M11 south. After passing Bray, turn at the flyover onto the R755. Follow signs for Glendalough/Roundwood. Follow this road for approximately 10km until you come to a cross roads. Here take a right turn onto L5036, follow this to the end (1.5km) you will come to a T-Junction. Turn left here to arrive at Ballinastoe Woords after about 100m.
Our annual summer BBQ kicks off on Sunday from 6pm, it’s in the Radisson Blu on Golden Lane. We have an outside area booked until 10pm when we need to head back inside so as not to cause a noise nusance for neighnours. But we’ll probably be on our way to Bingo at that stage 🙂
There are still some tickets left if you want to grab one;
If you’re doing the 5 Mile in the park this morning, the meeting point is the bag drop area at 9:30am, good luck to everyone running.
Instead of scones after the run (I hear a sign of disappointment) we’ll be having a fabulous brunch and some bubbles in Bleaker St on Dorset St for anyone marching with the club today. Meet there from 11:30am before we move to Parnell Square to assemble for the march.
We’re meeting outside the Hugh Lane Gallery at 12:30pm to assemble for the March, don’t forget to wear a DFR t-shirt for the march either your singlet, running top, Pride Run or Yes Equality t-shirt.
I’ve also emptied the DFR safety deposit box and will have all our good jewellry so share around.
As part of the Gay Theatre Festival we are planning a night out on Saturday 16 May. There is a double bill in the Players Theatre in Trinity College, The Astonished Heart by Noel Coward @ 19:30 followed by St. Joan @ 21:00. We will be meeting up in the Front Lounge afterwards, around 22:00 to discuss the merits of both plays in great detail. If you are interested in coming along please book your tickets.
Hopefully see you on the night.
THE ASTONISHED HEART
BEHIND THE MOON PRODUCTIONS, IRELAND
Gay playwright Noel Coward when asked why he didn’t ‘come out’ replied: ‘I didn’t want to offend other people’s prejudices’. He wrote sexually ambiguous plays. ‘The Astonished Heart’ stars a tormented psychiatrist, his wife, her friend in a toxic love affair that splinters their very existence. A raw and emotional journey through the landscape of repressed love and shattered illusions.
Behind the Moon Productions reveals the now eighty year old play, reclaiming Coward’s queer sensibilities in a stripped down, visually engaging and theatrically inventive presentation.
Contains scenes of a sexual nature.
Written by Noel Coward | Directed by Geoff O’Keeffe
PASCAL THEATRE COMPANY/MANYTRACKS/ADD2PRODUCTIONS
Three women are Joan. All trying to save history from itself. This is a highly physical, darkly funny and entrancing work of theatre.
An exhilarating delve into the heady themes of national identity, purity of race, women as victims and makers of history asks – ‘would Joan the girl fighter, with the voices of God in her head, really boot out the foreigners today’? She challenges the view that only a dead saint is a useful saint and dreams of going back in time to stop history’s atrocities. Can she overturn its course? Can she save one life?
Written by Julia Pascal | Directed by Katrin Hilbe