Evening events will start at 8 pm on
the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of each month
and will be held in the
UNITED ARTS CLUB
3 Upper FitzWilliam Street
(very near Baggot Street)
But please note that
December is different!
The United Arts Club is right beside
Baggot Street, and a five-minute walk from Leeson Street or Mount
Street, so it is well served by buses. Parking is abundant and
free (after 7.00 p.m., which is ideal for our meetings at 8.00
The talks generally last about an hour and we allow time
afterwards for questions and / or discussions.
The United Arts Club welcomes us to their facilities for a chat to
round off the evening.
Sunday 10th September, 2.30 pm
Annual Barbecue 2017
Centenary Methodist Church/ Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin 6.
Our Annual Barbecue will be held at same venue as last year. We
should like to thank the authorities of the Centenary Methodist
Church who have generously provided the facilities of Wesley House
for us, at this very convenient location.
(Dartmouth Rd. end, beside Christ Church)
There is shelter in case of rain, some chairs, and we have
permission to make tea or coffee on the premises.
The society will provide charcoal and some cooking stoves, but
additional barbecue cookers are welcome, as are additional folding
(camp) chairs or folding tables. Please contact Denis Mullen at
0868117258 if you intend to bring a cooker.
Members are welcome to bring friends. Members must bring their own
food and drinks. We will be inviting the Chinese Ambassador and the
staff of the Embassy and members of the Chinese Students and
Scholars Association, so this should again provide an enjoyable
social occasion, relaxed and informal.
Wednesday 25th October, 8.00 pm
The Belt and Road Initiative
a talk by Paul Gillespie
Paul Gillespie, former Foreign Policy Editor and regular columnist
for the Irish Times. The Belt and Road Initiative is a colossal
plan to open up land links between China and Europe through
central and west Asia, Iran, Turkey, the Levant and the Balkans.
Alongside that will be a maritime route through the South China
Sea, the Indian Ocean, African ports, the Red Sea and the
Mediterranean. In his talk Paul will explore concerns raised and
also the potential for positive change which Xi Jingping’s New
Silk Road initiative brings with it, as China seeks to become a
middle-income power by 2021, the communist party’s 100th
anniversary year, and by 2049 a wealthy one, 100 years on from the
revolution that brought it to power.
Following Paul's talk I notice that the Belt and Road Initiative
is gathering force in Ireland as Kazakhstan will be opening an
embassy in Dublin in the New Year, with a view to expanding trade
and attracting investment. A particular area of interest to them
is that of the financial services sector as they hope to learn
from the expertise in Dublin's IFSC in furthering their ambitions
to make Astana a regional financial hub. All part of their avowed
intention to join China's New Silk Road!
Wednesday 29th November, 8.00 pm
The Role of Drama in Early Childhood Education
a talk by Dr. Carmel O’Sullivan
Dr Carmel O Sullivan, TCD School of Education Carmel is a former
Head of the School of Education in Trinity College and an
international educational consultant. She will discuss recent
reform in Early Childhood Education and the role that a Drama in
Education pedagogical approach can play in enhancing the quality
of teaching and learning in early years classrooms.
Friday 10th November, 7.00 pm
A Painterly Return to my Hong Kong Childhood
a talk and slideshow by Veronica Heywood
The intimate setting of the upstairs book room at
Piggybank(Eduventure), National Museum of Childhood Fundraising,94
Lower George's St, Dún Laoghaire provides the venue for this very
special evening of unique reminiscences.
Wednesday 6th December, 8.00 pm
Christmas Food Fest
by Yanyi Blake and Shu Rong
Our Christmas Party will be, like the last 3 years, a FoodFest –
demonstrations and tasting of Chinese dishes prepared and cooked
for us by Yanyi and Shu.
Please note we will be inside downstairs in our regular Barbeque
Centenary Methodist Church/Wesley House,