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 25th  

John Thomson and His Photographs taken in China 1868-72

by  Professors Jerusha McCormack and John Blair

In December, John Blair and Jerusha McCormack gave a talk on this fascinating man and his subjects (mostly people, though he also took many landscape photographs), as part of the programme of events connected with the current Exhibition “China Through the Lens of John Thomson” at the Chester Beatty Library.
Tonight will give to all those who missed it then the opportunity to hear a wonderful talk!


Monday 30th


Chinese New Year Dinner

This year, the Year of the Dragont, 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 22nd


Chinese Chippendale chair

 The Influence of the Orient in Ireland in the 18th Century

by Patricia Rafter

We can now welcome Patricia after her accident in April which prevented her from speaking to us last year. She works for Dublin City Council and is renowned for architectural conservation and restoration of period properties, particularly where Oriental Features are concerned! She won the prestigious Rachel McRory Memorial Award in 2008.

We are very sorry to learn that Patricia Rafter, for reasons beyond her control, is unable to give the above talk, to which we had been looking forward greatly.

Instead, we will bring along

a selection of DVDs related to China,

and those present will choose democratically which one(s) they would like to see.

While this cannot make up for Patricia's talk, we hope that it will nevertheless provide an enjoyable evening.


Wednesday 28th

Chinese Music and the Cello

by Yue Tang

Yue Tang is Sub-Principal cellist of the RTE Concert Orchestra. Born in Beijing,China, Yue studied cello at the renowned Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where he graduated with the highest student award - Excellent Student Scholarship. During his year at the school, he performed in recitals and chamber concerts in all the major concert halls of Beijing. At the time, his playing was broadcast on both China Central Radio and China Central TV. Since becoming a member of the RTE Concert Orchestra he has performed in many recitals in Dublin, and teaches at the Greystones School of Music and Drama.

(You can hear some beautiful examples of his playing – including two versions of Pastoral by Sha Hankun, and his own cello duet arrangement of the Butterfly Lovers Concerto – on YouTube.)

Wednesday 25th

The Confucius Institute

by Dr Liming Wang

Dr Wang is the Director of the UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. He was appointed at the beginning of 2006 to establish and run the Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD. He has written several books, including one Doing Business in China: The Irish Experience, which he co-authored with Prof. Cathal Brugha, a recent speaker to the ICCS.

This evening he will tell us of his work at UCD and the Confucius Institute.