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Free event: Data Protection Day: What Does the Internet Say About You?

Science Gallery Dublin

To mark Data Protection Day and to celebrate the upcoming launch of LIFELOGGING, Trinity College Dublin’s Information Compliance Office has teamed up with Science Gallery Dublin and Information Systems Services to find out WHAT THE INTERNET SAYS ABOUT YOU.

Join us for a panel discussion with Ireland’s leading voices on online privacy. Hosted by Newstalk’s Jessica Kelly, with special guest speaker Sinead McSweeney, Director of Public Policy at Twitter

For those of us working online this could be an interesting discussion to attend or get involved with. It’s a free event in JM Synge Theatre in the Trinity College Arts building tomorrow evening.

What: Panel discussion, What the internet says about you
When: Wednesday 28th January 2015, 6pm-7.30pm.
Where: JM Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin.
Tickets: FREE but you must register here.

Found via Dublin Event Guide for Free Events.


August in Blanchardstown Library

Libraries – I think when most of us think of a library we think firstly (and maybe only) of books. But these days the library is a focal point for many groups, a community hub, an information point and a refuge from outside life.

You can now borrow cds, dvds, computer games and paintings to hang temporarily in your home. You can read the daily papers. You can look up local historical archives in the reference section or practice your language skills in the language room. Maybe these services are not available in all libraries but a selection of them certainly are.

Aside from these facilities, there are many other group meetings going on from day to day in the library.

For August, this is what will be happening in my local, Blanchardstown Library:

Children’s Events: Tuesday 3rd August at 7pm : Beginners Hip Hop (9 to 12 Years). Second session Tuesday 10th August 7pm.  Please book at desk.

Friday 13th August at 3pm : Puppet show with Julie-Rose McCormick (Ages 3-10 Yrs.)  All welcome.

Monday 16th August (10am to 12pm) : Party-time  with Mr. Podzo (arts & crafts, magic dress-up box, storytelling,  party games & much more (Ages 4-13 Yrs). Please book at desk.

Monday 16th August at 2 to 4pm: Party-time with Mr Podzo (arts & crafts, magic dress-up box, storytelling, party games & much more) (Ages 4 to 13 Yrs) Please book at desk

Wednesday 25th August at 7pm: Animal Magic Show (All ages) All welcome

Friday 27th August at 10am to 12pm: Party Time with Mr Podzo (arts & crafts, magic dress-up box, storytelling, party games  & much more) (ages 4 to 13 Yrs) Please book at desk

Friday 27th August at 2 to 4pm: Party Time with Mr Podzo (arts & crafts, magic dress-up box, storytelling, party games & much more) (Ages 4 to 13 Yrs) Please book at desk

The Last Airbender Movie : Look for details in your local Library in early/mid August about “The Last Airbender” competition!

Adult Events:

Heritage Week: Monday 23rd August at 11.30am:

Your Story, Your Place’ : Story – telling with Brenda Nolan

Wednesday 25th August at 7pm: Old Photographs of the Dublin 15 area : a talk by Jim Lacey

Tuesday 31st August at 7pm: Grow it Yourself: The Co-operative Group to support growing your own food meets. All welcome

Readers Groups: Adults

Readers Groups: The Morning Book-Club meets again on the 19th August at 11am. A selection from the shortlist of the Impac Award will be discussed. The evening  Book-Club meets again on the 9th of September and the book choice is The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Grow it Yourself: The Co-operative Group to support growing your own food meets on Tuesday 31st August at 7pm. All welcome.

Book Crossing

Feel free to avail of our free selection of books at the entrance to the Library and help to track the book’s journey around the globe as well as its variety of readers

Europe Direct presents Travelling in Europe”

This helpful exhibition about travelling in Europe will be on display in the Reference Section during  August.

Questions about Europe? Visit the Library’s Europe Direct Centre – your local link to Europe.

Local History

South-West Fingal Heritage Society / Cumann Oidhreachta Fhine Gall Thiar-Theas meets once a month on the last Saturday of each month from 2pm to 3.30pm. Enquiries to Aingeal on 0868438812.

Conversation exchanges:

New Conversation Groups in Spanish and French have been set up in the Library: (i) Spanish Conversation meets each Monday at 7pm and (ii) French Conversation meets each Tuesday at 7pm. All are welcome to practice their language skills.

The Irish Conversation group meets every Saturday at 12 noon and the English Conversation Group meet on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. All are welcome.

African Literature

Our dedicated collection of African Literature includes fiction and non-fiction by African writers and also subject-matter on  Africa. Art, poetry, memoirs, biographies, travel writing and fiction are all included


St. Brigid’s Photography Group meets every Wednesday in the Library at 7 p.m. New members welcome.

Parent & Toddler Group

The parent and toddler group  meets each Tuesday from 11am to 12 noon and each Wednesday from 11am to 12 noon.

Also, the Irish Multiple Births Association meets each Thursday from 10.30am to 12 noon as a venue for twins, triplets and other multiples

Support Groups

GROW – mental health movement in Ireland.

Are you feeling depressed, anxious, lonely, panicky or just fed up? GROW is here to help. The group meets every Wednesday at 11 a.m. All are welcome. For more information phone 873 4029 or 087 229 1718 or log on to www.grow.ie

Library on the Radio

The Blanchardstown Library Show is broadcast every Friday evening at 7.30pm on Phoenix 92.5 FM, with a new edition on the last Friday of every month.

Do you know?

Borrowers can now renew and reserve their books online. Ask at Desk for your Pin Number to avail of these services. Also if you wish to be on our monthly listing of events please add your name at the Information Desk or e-mail charlie.quinn@fingalcoco.ie

Follow our events on Twitter:http://twitter.com/fingallibraries

Oh and the most important part of all this? It’s all FREE.

Booze and Schmooze is back

Booze and Schmooze logoAfter a bit of a break, the Booze and Schmooze networking events will make a return next week. Booze and Schmooze is run by Alan Duncan and they are primarily aimed at those in the media and PR industry though this net is now widening to include marketing folk this time round. I have yet to attend a Booze and Schmooze event so perhaps next weeks will be my perfect opportunity.

So what’s changed?
Much like a caterpillar becoming a butterfly (or for my fellow nerds, Gandalf the Grey becoming Gandalf the White), we’ve changed a few things with the aim of making these events even more worthwhile.
1) No longer will our events be confined to just one venue. Unlike the Government we’re here by the people, for the people. The democratic state of Booze ‘n’ Schmooze (more commonly known as Inebriationland) will vote on venues and we’ll do our damnedest to organise them there.
2) There are no more presentations – these interfere with the boozing and the schmoozing. We will strongly encourage as much mingling as possible though.
3) While Booze ‘n’ Schmooze is primarily for the media sector, we’re going to open our doors up to those from the land of marketing too, as we believe they’ve got something to bring to our proverbial table.
What’s the same?
The reason for Booze ‘n’ Schmooze’s existence has not changed. Below are a few key points about us.
  • Free monthly networking event for young journalists, PRs, other media workers (and now marketing folk).
  • The aim of Booze ‘n’ Schmooze is to provide a relaxed environment in which to make useful and interesting contacts – essential to their success in the industry – without the awkwardness involved in formal networking.
  • Targeted at professionals, who are starting out or about to start out in their chosen industry and, of course, anyone who can employ them.
  • Lots of free finger food and great drinks promos.

So what are the need to know details?

Booze and Schmooze will take place next Thursday at 6.30pm in The Sycamore Club on Sycamore Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

All you need do to attend is RSVP to Alan, letting him know how many friends or colleagues you are bringing with you (if any) at booze.n.schmoozelives@gmail.com

I might see you there 🙂

Media Contact 2020

Last week I was a lucky attendee at ‘Media 2020-A Vision For The Future’.

Organised by Media Contact, the conference was to take a look at the future of media and of communication and the expected changes over the next five to ten years in technology, marketing, the internet, newspapers and television. In the interest of keeping abreast of new methods of communication, Media Contact had to foresight to invite a few people, myself included, to come along to the event as a guest and to tweet the proceedings.

Media Contact had a great line up of speakers at the event:

Eamon Ryan – TD

Maeve Donovan – Chairperson, National Newspapers of Ireland and former editor of The Irish Times

Jonathan Moore – Mobile Product Manager, The Guardian

Fiach MacConghail –  Director of the Abbey Theatre

Matt Locke – Commissioning Editor, Education and Mew Media, Channel 4

Katarina Skoberne – Co-founder, Open-Ad Group

Ciarán ÓGaora – founder of Zero-G

Carolyn Odgers – Director of Strategy, Chemistry

Damien Mulleyhttp://www.mulley.net

Ronan Higginshttp://www.locle.com

Cillian Barry – Feep Marketing

Natalie Bagnall – Head of Acquisition, Google

Mark Little – Storyful.com

John Healy – Founder, Digital Edge

Colm Lyon – Chief Executive, Realex Payments

Ian Forrester – Senior Backstage Producer, BBC

Múirne Laffan – Exectuive Director, RTÉ Publishing

Overall it was a very interesting and informative day. The speakers come from a wide variety of backgrounds and the overall messages of the day seemed to be to keep moving with the times and don’t be afraid to try new things. While there was a fast and furious Twitter stream flowing on the day – which you can read by searching for the hashtag #med2020 – a few of the attendees and even non attendees, had something to say about the day.

From Hugh Linehan (@hlinehan), online editor of The Irish TimesFuture shock in Croke Park

From @finoreilly: Hurling Irish Media into the 21st century- no?

From @blathnaidhealy: Media 2020 conference Twitter stream highlights

From Media Contact themselves:  Media 2020-A Great Success

I’d really like to thank Media Contact for inviting me along to the event and for being clever enough to do so to ensure a Twitter stream that kept many people at home or at work up to date with what was being said and discussed at the event. Also thanks in particular to Jack Murray, Managing Director of Media Contact. To my surprise and delight I came home to a shiny red envelope on Friday. And when I opened it, this is what I found:

Thanks folks, I genuinely appreciate that! The book has been on my To Read list for quite a while and the hand written Thank You card was a lovely touch. I’ll be eagerly watching out for the next big Media Contact event – Content is King – later this year.

By the way, Croke Park as a venue for a conference was pretty great. Wifi that worked and was easy to access – check, plenty of power points for laptops – check, lots of screens round the room so even those seated at the back could see the speakers and/or their presentations properly- check, friendly and helpful staff – check, nice food, tea and coffee, check, check, check. It’s not a venue I had been to before but certainly one I’d look forward to going to  being in again 🙂