Our venue is the UNITED ARTS CLUB


Our Programme is on FOURTH WEDNESDAYS


Evening meetings will start at 8 pm on the FOURTH WEDNESDAY of each month, and will be held in the

3 Upper FitzWilliam Street
Dublin 2.
(very near Baggot Street)

This venue is very convenient . It 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 p.m.).


Wednesday 27th  


Chinese Year of the Tiger and Symbolism Associated with New Year

by  Anita Tatlow

Anita is an internationally recognised expert in conductive education, having worked in this field during her 31 years in Hong Kong. This led her to an interest in Chinese folk toys and art. This evening she introduces us to a wall-hanging showing important tales and symbolism associated with Chinese New Year, especially that of the Year of the Tiger.


Monday 15th


New Zealand Year of the Tiger stamps

Chinese New Year Dinner

This year, the Year of the Tiger, our Chinese New Year Celebrations will again be held in

Wong's Restaurant,
7 Sandford Road,
Dublin 6
at 7.15 p.m.

Members will receive details and booking forms by post.
Numbers are limited so early booking is advisable.


Wednesday 24th


We regret that the advertised talk by Clifford Coonan has been cancelled, due to an unexpected and unavoidable change in his travel plans. However, we are very fortunate that Dr Jerusha McCormack has most kindly agreed, at very short notice, to speak to us instead.


 Looking at Ireland from China

by Dr Jerusha McCormack

The subject of this talk, which Dr McCormack gave in Beijing last May (this will be the first opportunity to hear it outside China), is “Looking at Ireland from China”; it describes how being in China changes the way we Irish see ourselves. It includes references to Robert Hart, a most trusted Northern Irish administrator of the 19th century.

Jerusha McCormack is a Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University. Members will remember the outstanding talk "Five Key Words for Unlocking Chinese Culture" which she gave to the Society in April 2007.

Members will be very interested to know that, in addition to the series of talks, mentioned BELOW , which she and John G Blair (also Visiting Professor at Beijing Foreign Studies University) are presenting in the Chester Beatty Library (NB the first one is on Thursday 11 February at 1.10 pm!), she will be giving a talk in the National Library as part of the "Year of the Tiger" New Year celebrations. The talk is entitled “W.B. Yeats: The Poem on the Mountain”, and is about a mysterious gift which the poet received from China. It will be on Wednesday the 17th February at 7pm. Details can be found


Wednesday 24th


Looking at Chinese Characters

by David Judge

A block of Chinese characters is a featureless jumble to most Western people. This talk aims to change that a bit for the audience. At the end, they should be able to recognise a few often-seen characters, and know about the building-blocks that recur in many; to distinguish Chinese from Japanese, Mainland from Taiwan; and be aware of the steps in using a Chinese dictionary.

There will be some historical background, some computer animations, and at least one Joke: David hopes to make the talk both entertaining and interesting. (Of course, he may fail miserably in this endeavour, and members are earnestly advised to bring a crossword, Sudoku, knitting, or the like, as a precaution.)

Wednesday 28th



The Cuisine of South-East China

by Sarah Leahy

Sarah, Secretary of the United Arts Club where we meet, spent two years living as an expat in Hong Kong. Working for an international money brokerage firm enabled her to travel around Asia and mainland China. Sarah has a fascination with South-East China, its people and Chinese cuisine, to which she will introduce us!



From Chinese New Year's Day until the beginning of May the Chester Beatty Library is hosting a major exhibition of thirty eight paintings from the Shanghai Museum. Scrolls and paintings from the Ming and Ching dynasties are included as well as some from the early Republican period. During the exhibition there will be lectures on Chinese Figure Painting (by Prof. Craig Clunas of Oxford) and on comparative Chinese culture studies by our friends Drs Jerusha McCormack and John Blair.

Members of the Chinese community in Ireland and Britain have also been invited share with us their skills in lunchtime and afternoon workshops on calligraphy (19 and 20 February), woodblock printmaking (27 and 28 February), Chinese tea (1 April) and Sichuan cuisine (17 April). We look forward to an exciting few months of Chinese culture at the library.

For information on the Chester Beatty Library programme, see HERE