What to do… part 2 05/11/2013

November, its here, the slippery, icey slope to three hours of daylight and permanent runny nose is beneath our feet. Who else but a sadist would care to be anywhere but in front of a large fire, drinking brandy and developing gout. But sadists there are so here are some free events you and your evil minded, cold worshipping friends can do this week as an alternative to staying inside in the warmth.

Monday

Rock and Raggae Night

Fibber Magees

Rock (Hooray) and Raggae(eh…) night in Dublins most popular metal bar. Im surprised about the reggae element. Anybody not in boot cut jeans and faded Norwegian death metal t-shirts may feel a little unwanted.

Tuesday

Star Trek 2, The Wrath of Khan Screening

Workmans Club

This is the second movie from the original series, a load of tripe that has developed cult status.

Wednesday

National Gallery Talks

National Gallery

Starting from 11:30 the National Gallery will provide a serried of free talks , public tours and documentary screenings. A nice way to spend the afternoon while waiting for the Viking pub Crawl to begin.

Thursday

My Favorites, Walking Tour, Night Walk

19:00 The Spire

An alternative arts and culture trail presented by Emily Gallagher. She’ll bring you to Dublins best cafes, bars, markets and art spaces with a few interesting little stories along the way.

Friday

Thank Goth Its Friday! Horror short film screening 15:00

Bleeding Horse,

Camden Street

Just up from our Avalon Hostel is the Bleeding Horse. There is an art space somewhere inside the Dali-esque design of their interior (a labyrinth of stairs to nowhere). This art space will be showing a range of short horror films from three o’clock till about five. Something different.

What to do, what to do… 28/10/2013

Its pretty quiet here today, both in the hostel and on the streets. But for a single solitary pidgeon bobbing its head on York street my commute to work resembled a stroll through some empty, 28 days later, post apocalyptic metropolis. I know why, its because its a bank holiday Monday and everyone is in bed. In an hour or so people will rise, placing their hands on their head to stop it from crumbling to tiny alcohol filled pieces. Slowly making their way to the bathroom the shame of polluting their body will be magnified and intensified by the confusion staring back at them in the mirror. Why am i covered in glitter and dressed as a pirate? The real horror kicks in when they look towards their bed and they realise they’ve spent the night with a smurf who has also ruined the good sheets. Halloween is fun. A blog was done last week on the five things you could and should have done for the final days of October, a touch premature perhaps as now im left with absolutely nothing to write about this week.  As a result i’m just going to list five events that are on around the city for you to indulge in that will cost you cheapskates absolutely nothing!

Monday

The Comedy Crunch 21:00

Stags Head

Located in the basement of The Stags Head in Dame Court, the Comedy Crunch is a weekly night that shows off some of the up and coming comedic acts Dublin has to offer. At times brilliant, more often teeth clenchingly cringey, its just as much fun to laugh at the terrible acts than laugh with the fun ones.

Tuesday

Doolin 19:00

Whelans

A load of lads from France! Playing Irish Trad! Sexy yet racked with guilt about it.

Wednesday

Crime Writing Workshop 10:00-16:00

This is included just for its sheer uniqueness. A rake of famous best-selling crime authors are providing free workshops around the city in the afternoon in various locations.

Thursday

Phoenix Park by lamplight 16:00

A stroll around the park illuminated by faint lamplight. You’ll be told about the more sinister side of Dublins major grrenspace.

Friday

The Dub Liners 19:00

Whelans

Im gonna confess, i have no idea about these lads. They could be a tribute act to the beard kings or they could be a reggae band fond of puns they mightn’t even be lads! Either way its free so what do you care?

Five things to do in Dublin this Halloween 22/10/2013

 

I remember when i was a young fella Halloween was a period of great celebration, you were on your mid-terms and borderline diabetic as your liver struggled to digest the four kilos of sugar coursing through your veins. This later progressed to drinking in fields and trying to get off with the girl from the school down the road before she or her friend had to go to hospital for alcohol poisoning. Looking back now it seems as if the end of October is just another excuse to attack our bile producing buddy, except this time you’re in fancy dress!

5. The Gravedigger Ghost Tour

Join your guide as he takes you through the weird and wonderful events that have taken place in times gone by, unearthing legends and ghosts from Dublin’s past. The Ghost Tour Costs €25 Per person . The duration of the bus tour is approximately 2 hours. They also throw a free pint in from the pub with the best Guinness in the city so happy days i suppose.

4. The Northside Ghostwalk

With more than a thousand years of history, Dublin is one of the most haunted cities in the world. Hidden Dublin Walks will take you through some of the oldest parts of Dublin city centre. This is another good way to get your barings of the city and it sounds like a bit of a laugh also.

3. The Dublin City Halloween Pub Crawl

Its a pub crawl, you’re traveling so no doubt you’ve already been on one. This one is different as people are dressed up in provocative clothing. You’ll mingle better because you have something to talk about. Have a good time.

2. Halloween Hellfire Excursion

Generating more myths than the sex life of Louis Walsh and quite like the man himself, the Hellfire Club exudes an eerie presence. This excursion will involve you hopping on a bus in the city centre from which you’ll be dropped off and given a guided tour of the ruins. This may genuinely be the most eerie experience you can have in Dublin this Halloween and potentially the most violent if the hordes of knackers who like to drink up there every second weekend take an umbrage to you disturbing their session.

1. Samhain Festival

This is basically a Halloween music festival in the depths of Marley Park woods. Everybody will be dressed up, the bands are deadly and tickets are relatively cheap. Go see Solar Bears and dance your banshee booty baby…

5 things to see at Open House Dublin 04/10/2013

 

Continuing in the same vein as Culture Night a few weeks back, the Open House Festival allows visitors to explore buildings ranging from public, residential and commercial importance. It’s sponsored by the Irish Architecture Foundation and its premise is a celebration of Dublins rich architectural history. The queues aren’t as hectic as the ones seen on culture night because the demand isn’t as high even though the venues available are just as fascinating. Here is five recommendations to occupy you over the weekend:

Etihad Skyline at Croke Park Stadium

This architectural tour will take place on the Etihad Skyline, a 2012 addition by Shane Santry Architects. The Etihad Skyline is a walkway around the roof of the Cusack, Hogan and Davin stands, offering unparalleled panoramic views over Dublin from a series of platforms 44m above the city.

Farmleigh House

Located on 78 acres northwest of the Phoenix Park, Farmleigh was originally a small Georgian house, extended and renovated for Edward Cecil Guinness between 1881 and 1884. Among the many fine rooms for entertainment, highlights include the timber-panelled dining room, the ballroom’s Louis XVI-style decoration, and the elegant conservatory. The building’s great appeal may be found in its eclectic and numerous styles of interior decoration, as well as its careful restoration. Farmleigh was purchased by the Government in 1999, and refurbished by the Office of Public Works as accommodation for visiting dignitaries and high-level meetings.

National Library of Ireland

The National Library and its sibling, the National Museum, face one another across the forecourt of Leinster House, with simple facades to Kildare Street and more attention to the courtyard elevations. The library’s interior is in magnificent condition, from the handrails to the bathroom tiles, and the main reading room is a highlight, top-lit and rich with detail including the carved bookcases, plasterwork frieze and coffered ceiling.

Freemason Hall

One of the more popular spots to visit on culture night even though many were turned away due to the size of the queue on Molesworth Street this weekend would be a perfect chance for you to explore one of the more controversial buildings in Dublin. Home to the Masonic Order since 1866, the building occupies a long, narrow site and was the subject of an architectural competition. Each of the building’s meeting rooms is decorated in a different style: the Grand Lodge Room in the Corinthian order, the Royal Arch Chapter Room in the Egyptian Style, and the Gothic interiors of the Prince Mason’s Room and the Knights Templar Chapel. With memorable details and fittings throughout, the building is a uniquely rich, theatrical experience.

 

Aras an Uachtaráin

Originally a brick lodge built for Park Ranger Nathaniel Clements between 1752 and 1757, the house was acquired as an occasional residence for the Lord Lieutenant, and has been the official residence of the Irish president since 1938. The President!!! Deadly…

A few things to do on Aurthurs Day… 26/09/2013


A few things to do on Aurthur’s Day

 1.Eat Breakfast

The most important meal of the day they say. Considering you’ll be in the pub all day you may want to line the stomach a little. Get yourself over to Dublin City Food for a big breakfast sandwich that’ll keep you going till the afternoon.

 2. A quiet one first

 Head into town and plonk yourself in Nearys for a quiet one to catch your barings and plan the day ahead.

 3. Avoid Templebar

 Goes without saying.

 4. Flip a coin for 17:59

 The two best spots for the main event i think are outside Grogans on South William Street or in Dame Court by the Stags head. Flip a coin to choose where.

 5. Moderation is key.

 Moving onto cans may save you money, pick up some Stout in your local Centra so the funds remain acceptable.

 6. Catch a gig

Guinness have sponsored a haype of bands to come over and play in secret venues across the city and country. Them folkers from Mumford and Sons played Toners last year while Primal Scream played some god forsaken place in Waterford or something. If you happen to know where Bobby Womack or Janelle Monae will be, please let me know.

Five Things to see at this years Fringe Festival 13/09/2013


 

Songs in the Key of D

Smock Alley Theatre

Dublin City has given the world some of the most moving, articulate and passionate songs ever written. This choral exploration aims to explore this tradition of song-making by paying homage to these musical experiences while rooting them in the present day tone of the city. The performances will recognise musicians from Handel to Hansard, Lynott to Drew as well as exploring the physical city itself. Performed by a choir of real Dubliners, this show will use the voice of Dublin to honour its musical sons and daughters.

Cuomo

The Pearse Centre

Pinkerton is a record that reaches well beyond a diaristic look at Cuomo‘s perversions, and instead asks something more universal: Do we really grow out of our teenage feelings, or do we need something like Pinkerton to expose them as merely being repressed to the point where they mutate?” Weezer’s Pinkerton is an album packed with earnest terrified feeling concerning masculinity, the hypocritical struggle between your thoughts and actions, and clashes of east and west. This is a concert/documentary about that album and what happens when you pour your soul into something everyone despises… until they call it your masterpiece.

Lambo

The New Theatre

1987: a story hits the headlines that sends an unsuspecting Irish nation reeling in shock and disgust. A story of brutality and bloodshed, of depravity and gross deception. A story of murder. Gerry Ryan has killed a lamb. Kind of. Maybe. What starts as a radio slot about survival guides on the Gay Byrne Show quickly descends into media frenzy. With blood on his hands, Gerry must face police investigation, political scandal and somehow save his career. Come witness the extraordinary story of the birth of a modern Irish icon.

Thirteen

The Art Park

The closest thing Ireland has ever had to a socialist revolution, the Dublin Lockout provides us with a glimpse of an alternative Ireland. The current economic collapse and the resulting national distress pulls the issues of one hundred years ago sharply into focus. Echoes of mass meetings and marches, industrial unrest and the very rights of the citizen reverberate today as it did then. Building incrementally day by day over thirteen days of the festival, ANU presents a series of thirteen interconnecting works combining performance, installation and digital technology allowing audiences to immerse themselves in the tumultuous events of 1913 as they unfold in present day Dublin. A co-production with Dublin Fringe Festival, with the support of the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon, Dublin City Council, The LAB and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, DCTV and Fishamble; The New Play Company’s New Play Clinic.

David O’Doherty

Project Arts Centre

David O’Doherty, the Ryanair James Bond, the Kevin McCloud of the tiny keyboard, former Miss Ireland, the offspring of Shannon/Pete Doherty, his new look is ‘Jaws era Steven Spielberg’, recipient of the 2008 Edinburgh Comedy Award and inventor of the last remaining swimming stroke ‘the squid’ (on back, feet first), has written a new comedy show with both talking and songs. NO SCRUBS.

Three Things To See on Culture Night 06/09/2013

Every year buildings of cultural importance open their doors to the public for one night free of charge. On Friday the 20th of September you will have the chance to explore and understand what exactly goes on behind the scenes with guided tours and employees available to answer whatever questions you may have. Here are three places you’ve got to get too. Why only three? Because with the whole city out and about you’ll only have time for three…

Block T

Smithfield Chambers, Dublin 7

Perhaps the largest artist space in the city centre, the guys in Block T have made a huge dent on the Irish culture scene over the last three years. Having moved space from the old textile factory they once called home to a disused office block around the corner Block T is the creative home to dozens of the cities upcoming artists ranging from media to fine art.

Dublin Castle

The State Apartments, Dublin 2

Dublin castle occupies a huge space in the city centre and had been at the heart of British Rule in Ireland for centuries. At times it was the seat of the Kings representative in Ireland before evolving into a barracks that housed British soldiers.  Since gaining independence Dublin castle has been used for a number of state orientated events from the inauguration of the president to the visit of the Queen. A great place to walk around and marvel at the spacious banquet rooms and relics from British rule.

Freemasons Hall

17 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Arguably the most popular destination on culture night the centre of Freemasonary in Ireland aims to put to bed whatever shady rumours you may have had about the groups role in society. With detailed tours on every floor and a spectacular number of artifacts from the orders history there is little wonder why ques develop past the passport office come six o’clock.

5 Things to do in Dublin (before the 2pm check in) 23/08/2013

You’ve traveled and you’re tired. You want to drop off your bags, relax and get settled, maybe have a nap. We get it. However in order for your time with us to be as comfortable and pleasurable as possible we’ve got to make sure that the room you’ll be staying in is military commando, full metal jacket style clean. This takes time, ages in fact, thats why we dont let people into their rooms before 2pm.

So now you have some time to kill. Here’s a list of potential things you can get up to while waiting for 2 o’clock to swing by.

1: Breakfast

The most important meal of the day they say. A line I first heard in Sylvester Stallone’s seminal classic “Stop or my mom will shoot”. I have no other memories of this film except that even at the inquisitive age of 6 my mind was upset and confused while watching it, refusing outright to process the information on screen. Anyway Dublin has about a million cafes and about 50 of them do a nice breakfast. For sandwiches i’d go to the Dublin Food Company on Andrew Street and The Metro Cafe on South William Street has a nice sit down atmosphere for a more substantial feed.

2: Museum

Go to a museum stupid and get ler-ned-ed.

3. Pint

Grab a lovely, lovely pint. Why not save some time by combining pint drinking with museuming (i think i may have made up a word/pastime, how cromulent of me). The Guinness Store House over in St James’s Gate is the birthplace of the beautiful blackstuff that has been at the heart of all things romantic and tragic about Ireland. Its influence has formed relationships and its aftermath destroyed them. The tour is great by all accounts and afterwards you can have a free pint in the upstairs bar which has a spectacular view of the city.

2. Relax in our common room

Both our hostels have a common room with a selection of DVDS’s and computer consoles. We also have pool and foosball tables where you and your travelling companions can hustle some other guests out of some extra spending money like Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson in White Men can’t Jump. Its also a good way to get a get a feel for the hostels environment.  Have a chat with whoever is working reception and please feel free to ask them any questions you have whether its about our Viking Pub Crawl, can you charge your phone, will Arsenal finish in the champions league spaces this season, who killed Kennedy, or what year it is…

1. Free Walking Tour

We provide a FREE! Yes free 2 and a half hour walking tour around the city. It begins at 11 am by the central bank and after it you’ll know more about the city than most Dubliners do…

That should keep you occupied, if your not into any of them just lock yourself in the toilet and play Candy Crush Saga or something…

All the best now!

Ben

The Top 7 (yes, 7) Best Pubs in Dublin for a Guinness. 16/08/2013

Happy Friday first off.

Now we have the small talk out of the way lets get down to the issue at hand. Pints are delicious. Lovely lovely pints. I can’t get enough of them. If it wasn’t for work, monetary issues or family concerns about health, id be in a pub from open till close gulping down on over 500 milliliters
of hopsy goodness.

Dublin City has over 1000 pubs, some great, some borderline dangerous. I’ve compiled a quick list of some of my favorite drinking establishments in the city that you may drop into if the thirst takes.

7) Grogans

15 South William St  Dublin 2

The great thing about Grogans is its location. On the corner where South William Street and Castle Market meet, Grogans is a great spot to plonk outside and mimic that scene in Annie Hall where Woody Allen and Diane Keaton slag all those people in the park. An exceptional people watching perch which is of a major benefit if you run out of things to say to your drinking partner.

6) Stags Head

1 Dame Court, Dublin 2

Stags Head is the pub my Dad and his mates used to drink in when they were only young fellas. He says that its not as good as it was back in the day but he says that about marrowfat peas, Gaelic football, public transport and Sundays. I like it because the staff are friendly, you never have to wait too long to be served and the spill over from the other pubs in the area into Dame Court creates a pretty buzzing atmosphere.

5) The Long Hall

51 South Great George’s Street

The Long Hall is on the list because of its exterior and interior. Visually it has so much battered character that if it were a sentient being it would take the shape of Steve Buscemi on 80 Major a day. I once met Ray Darcy in there and i tried to introduce him to my then girlfriend. Her embarrassment at meeting her child crush manifested in anger towards myself and our relationship broke up soon after. She lives abroad now. Nice pints.

4) Nearys

1 Chatham St,  Dublin 2

Nearys has one of the best drinking sections in the city. As soon as you enter take a left into the lounge. Then around the corner is a small section of bar that offers privacy, comfort and a great view of other customers which if you are a voyeur or perhaps a gangster with a bounty on their head for unpaid drug debts is ideal. As far as i know it is one of the few remaining pubs in the city with unionised bar man from way back when it was an esteemed trade to partake in such a profession and a mixologist was a cement turner from France.

3) Toners

139 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2

Easily the best smoking area in the city and backed up with some exceptional Guinness and great service.

 

2) Mulligans

8 Poolbeg St, Dublin 2

I first stepped foot in Mulligans when i went with my Dad to see Dublin lose to Meath in the 1996 Leinster Football Final. It was a roastin afternoon in July and i remember us getting kicked out at some stage because they did that thing where they close for a few hours in the name of God to have lunch or get scuttered themselves. Another example of religion based abuse administered upon the Irish public not even two decades ago. Mulligans insides look like that of a man who has been drinking his whole life, off colour red walls with the organs beginning to rot.  They (much like 42 other pubs in the city) claim it was James Joyces favorite bar and Brendan Behan regularly drank there. Any bar that would serve Brendan Behan became a regular spot for him. I love it for the memories it holds for me and that you can buy Derry’s finest McCardles and Sierra Nevada on tap.

1) Kavanaghs or The Grave Diggers

1 Prospect Square, Dublin 9

The Guinness in this place has reached mythical standards. While debates about the best kebab in the city can tear lifelong friendships apart the drinkers of the city are united in proclaiming this spot to have the best pint in Dublin.  A pilgrimage from the city centre is needed to reach this mecca of drinking dens but each stride brings your tastebuds a meter closer to paradise. Its located within a housing estate square beside Glasnevin cemetary so if your out that direction for a bit of sight seeing you really have no excuse.

 

Thats me done, im off for a lemonade…

 

 

 

That didn’t go to plan… 09/08/2013

GOOD EVENING DUUUUUUBLIN!

How are ya?

How was the weekend?

Grand? Good man.

Meself? Sure let me tell ya…

Moving onto things Avalon and Kinlay related, which is really what this blog should be about (i am blog tyrant, Benny Amin), we have a ramshackle bunch inside our doors this weekend with the Liverpool and Celtic match on in Lansdowne. Who cares says you, well nobody i suppose, its just a friendly but sure isnt it the taking part that counts. At the desk right now in Avalon we have the female dream team of Elena and Katarina who are drowning in cider edged compliments from the lads just off the ferry. Town will be an interesting social cocktail tonight with these boys and the quality from the horse show in the RDS brushing off each others elbows at the bar.

If you are not going to the match then the one and only place you need to be tomorrow is in the National Concert Hall to see Spiritualized play their Ladies and Gentleman album in full with a feckin orchestra! Tonight there is a Bob Dylan appreciation gig going on over in the Academy with two of the lads from the Strokes playing. That could be hit or miss to be honest.

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Right, im off to mass… G’luck!

Ben

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What to do this August Bank Holiday… 02/08/2013

Crazy busy weekend here both in Avalon in Kinlay. This morning was like the Brit awards in 1995 with wave upon wave of bleary eyed, fringe covered faces trudging off into the Dublin labyrinth after a night of Blur infused antics. Here’s how my experience of the night went… Arrived, avoided the 40 minute wait at the bar, danced like it was 1999, Leo Burdocks, then home to bed like a good lad. The boys themselves must have been wrecked this morning with the amount of after parties going on in the various venues about town. A rather enjoyable way to kick-start a four day party it must be said. And yourselves? Just what does one do on a bank holiday in Dublin?

Well, those who haven’t hopped on the bus to my mothers very own Tullamore for the Castlepalooza festival have a few options to keep themselves adequately entertained. Shes not really from Tullamore to be exact you know, but a little town on the outskirts called Mount Bolus. Great drinking in that town and if you bump into a Mahon there tell them you know me, sure you might get a free one out of it. However the chances of you ever, ever ending up in the time warp that is Mount Bolus are about as likely as Da Vinchi re-animating to do some tile work on our third floor toilets.

Anyway, all the way from New Orleans come the Hot 8 Brass Band mixing a big bowl of funky, sexy, good time jazz gumbo in the Sugar Club tonight from 8pm. There’s a lot of hype around this gig so get yourself there early to grab tickets. If your sick of the city, pop on a DART out to Bray for the Summerfest which has loads of live music and a funfair to keep the kids entertained while you neck Bulmers from the beer garden with the other parentals. Heading further south by about 4 kilometers is my hometown of Greystones which has its own Americana and Roots festival in the Beach House pub by the harbour. Its safe to say i’ll be well ensconced behind its doors shouting that my baby done left me on the last train from the crossroads and sipping on sweet, sweet bourbon. The Cujo Family at 10pm Saturday will be the weekends highlight id say.

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Lovely talking to you as always…

Ben

Water!!! From The Skies!!! 26/07/2013

Hello from a Dublin doing its best impression of the Bangladesh wet season. I’ve been trying to dry my clothes for three days now resulting in a almost famine like shortage of clean underpants. In true catholic guilt sty-lee this can only be punishment for the heady, sweaty, beery garden-y like times we’ve been having. We were caught off guard in Avalon on Wednesday night with the initial monsoon and our basement looked like third class steerage in that movie with your man and your one on the boat that hit something in the water and sank. “The ship  that couldn’t sink but did” i believe it was called. Anyway no major damage was done and were all snug and warm and laughing at Gods wrath with steaming coffees in our hands.

The city seems quiet despite the fact we are fully booked out again this weekend. Its definitely less hairy than usual with the Knockanstockan festival on down in Blessington (great craic altogether). The big event this weekend is the arrival of Ennio Morricone and his orchestra to Kilmainham. If you dont have a ticket to this its not gonna happen and shame on you for not trying harder. The comedy festival is also on in the Iveagh Gardens which is meant to be great and it never sells out so stroll over there for some lol-bombs (sorry) courtsey of David Doherty. Riverdance is breaking floorboards over in the Gaiety, which if you have lots of money and zero taste might be one to take a look at. Alternatively you could just look at this clip from 1994 when Ireland were to Eurovision what Brazil was to international football. This clip is rendered unsuitable for epileptics due to Michael Flatleys shirt.

Chat soon and enjoy your weekend,

Ben

Festival fatigue 19/07/2013

If Avalon and Kinlay house were living entities the object they would have most resembled last Monday morning was Oliver Reed’s liver. Bloodshot eyes, sunburnt skin, cidery breath of shame, all were all in abundance come 10:00 a.m check out time. I felt their pain in abundance for i too have been in such predicaments, like the time i fell asleep on the Dart from Pearse to Greystones and was woken up by a ticket inspector in Booterstown. Not much of a distance on paper, however i had been there and back with not one fellow passenger deciding to wake me upon arrival in North Wicklow. I imagine i looked peaceful. One round trip later i was awoken with a firm shoulder shake and loud demands for a ticket from a bright orange figure. Confused, tearfully hungover and with a breath that could knock bison, i tried to explain what had happened. Holding his nose he spoke quickly in that crackled Irish Rail tannoy voice that if i didn’t have a valid ticket i was to get the (naughty word begins with F) off the (naughty word begins with F)ing train. Needless to say i managed to navigate my way home through the public transport labyrinth eventually, a broken man but a slightly wiser man. Now i only drink alcohol without bubbles unless there’s nothing else going. Anyway, in Avalon our guests pain was my pain last Monday morning for i knew only too well that if i was stuck in a field to a soundtrack of a few banjo playing English schoolboys with fake beards and Aran sweaters i would have hit the sauce with gusto, only breaking the gaze from glass to plot my way to the nearest exit.

This weekend in Avalon and Kinlay we are gearing up for another festival party as the three day Longitude event in Marley Park opens its doors this afternoon. The lovely lads from the Cast of Cheers are kicking the whole thing off after which everybody will wait around for FOALS before heading home early. Saturday is the day our barista buddy next door to Avalon is most looking forward to. You can find him going nuts at Le Galaxie and Trent Moller. You can also find him in work at 10 am on Sunday morning so come in and get your coffee but be kind and most importantly, patient. If you ask for a latte and he gives you a bagel just smile and walk away. For me, Sunday has the most to offer with Hot Chip, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kraftwerk and the brilliant Mark Lanegan all making an appearence. If you are completely festival fatigued and you want something relaxed, classical guitarist Eoin “Maestro” Flood is playing a farewell gig in the Pepper Canister Church near Merrion Square. He’s off to Manhatten on a scolarship so he’ll be a bit deeaycent.

Failing all that and you have to work the whole weekend wallowing in sadness perhaps this one from Edwyn Collins will help you get through the next 72 approximate hours.

Right im off, have a good one.

Ben

Strictly no weather talk… 12/07/2013

Right no weather talk this time. Im under high pressure to shower you guys with legitimate information on both fronts (Avalon and Kinlay). Dreadful. Showers and water from the skies lead me nicely into the news that we’ve had a little cosmetic surgery in Avalon. Each floor has now been kitted out with some mega stylish, top of the range showers that are guaranteed to scrape away the blood, sweat, sadness and shame you will no doubt be basted in following one of our viking pub crawls.

This weekend in Dublin brings Brandon Flowers and his entourage of oddly shape headed musicians, that includes an Art Garfunkel/Matt Gatiss hybrid on guitar, to Europe’s biggest city green space the Phoenix Park. With support from retarded Irish folk singers (not my words but that of perpetually 90 year old faced Mark E Smith, no.25 http://flavorwire.com/200333/the-30-harshest-musician-on-musician-insults-in-history) Mumford and Sons this will no doubt be one of the most anticipated and sought after boring gigs of the year. On the beige scale this one is cream.

There is a real buzz around the city and its all attributed to a dry Irish summer. In reality, the next few days are looking like they can only be spent in either a park stuffing your face with various cold cuts of meat and drinking cheap wine or sitting outside a pub for some scantily clad people watching. Walking down South William St at 10.30pm in shorts with a t-shirt and still being absolutely roasting is something i can get used to, as is seeing everyone having the time of their lives in newly christened Ibiza Square outside Pygmallion.

In Kinlay this Thursday we are having a BBQ which is an ideal way to a) get full on delicious meats b) mingle with fellow guests c) obliterate yourself with alcohol. If any of you guys are stuck for anything to do this week just pop down to reception and ask one of the staff of the goings on in the city and they’ll be able to direct you towards a bit of craic.

Thats me done, enjoy your weekend and chat soon.

Ben.

Here comes the sun doo do doooh its gone again 21/06/2013

Well that was nice wasnt it? Since we last spoke we had one glorious week of sun. Ice creams and sunstroke for all. I managed to catch the tail end of it which i spent prancing around with my top off and laughing in the face of harmful UV rays while my sizziling skin screamed for sunscreen. In Avalon and Kinlay some of our more sun-cultured guests merely looked at the sky then back to our sweaty, sunburnt faces with an expression that sighed “is this what you call heat?”. Now the skies have crept back to their dishwater dullness and we can get back to wearing jumpers in mid-June.

Tonight Rhianna is shouting her head off in the Aviva and we are completely booked out with girls attempting to do the same to Avalon and Kinlay. We provide free earplugs at the desk if it all gets a bit much.

Today also marks the opening of the fabulous weeklong Dublin Pride Festival. The obvious highlights will be the parade next Saturday and Shirley Templebar’s 16th anniversary bingo session in The George this Sunday. There’s loads going on at this so have a look at their website for further details http://www.dublinpride.ie/.

So thats that really. I promise i wont be away so long next time. If you cant wait till the next post sure book yourself into Avalon or Kinlay and we’ll have a chat about nothing and everything.

 

Where the hell have you been? 22/05/2013

Months! Months since we’ve talked… Hows it goin? You’re lookin well sure. Any news? Ourselves? Ah ya know yourself…

After a weekend in which we welcomed a Napoleonic army of rugby fans to our hostels we are beginning to return to normal. This is not to say our Gallic friends left the place looking like a 21st century Waterloo, in fact quite the opposite with not a single reported case of Sacre Bleeeurrrrghh reported throughout the buildings. Au revoir nos amis!

This week has a much quieter vibe to it around town. Its the Writers Festival here in Dublin so gone are the line outs and scrums and in with the alliteration and assonance. Tracey Thorn (Everything but the Girl) is around to speak about her time in the arts and there are loads of other workshops and lectures in various locations throughout the city. Ask at reception and the guys will help you out with directions for wherever you need to be.

June bank holiday weekend is on its way and brings with it one of the more unique music festivals of the summer. Forbidden Fruit is located in the grounds of the old Royal Hospital which now plays host to IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art). I spent the last one working in a cramped take away van throwing noodles at hungry sunburnt drunks who seemed to be having a great time altogether, if thats not a ringing endorsement for craic you need to get your brain checked for depleted levels of vitamin fun.

This years line-up welcomes acts like Kasabian and Primal Scream as well as up and coming Irish duo Solar Bears. There’s no camping at this so why not stay with us in Kinlay or Avalon? You can walk there, party till it all dies down then stumble back into town for severial nightcaps and a conversation with the night staff that you’ll feel embarrassed about in the morning.

Dont forget to check our hostels websites for accommodation at:

http://www.avalon-house.ie/

http://www.kinlaydublin.ie/

 

All the best now!

 

 

 

 

 

Fun, Tricks, Tours and more fun! 15/11/2012

Hola!

What a jam packed week of activities we have in Dublin this week.

It is Science Week everybody. There are many events taking place all over the city this week from the 11th November – 18th November. Make sure to get involved! For all events please see http://www.scienceweek.ie

As if that wasn’t enough to keep you busy, it is also Dublin Book Festival this week for all you literati. For all the events, you can head straight to http://www.dublinbookfestival.com

We are still offering 10% off to all concert goers this month in Avalon. Just present your concert ticket at reception when checking in and we will apply the discount automatically. Here are November’s list of concerts:

Also our daily tours to various destinations such as Wicklow & Glendalough and The Cliffs of Moher are all still running. We would be happy to help you book any tours you wish to go on at reception!

Until next time amiggoooosss

November’s Special Offers 31/10/2012

So feast your eyes on this folks;

No not that!! THIS:

We’ve decided to offer all of our concert goers this season a 10% reduction off their night’s stay in Avalon House

So all you need to do is go ahead and book your stay at Avalon House here then simply present your ticket at reception when you check in and voila – 10% off your stay with us here. We can also give you all the information on buses, taxies etc. to get to and from your venue!

Here are the list of shows the offer applies to;

Nicki Minaj 5th November BOOK HERE

Andrea Bocelli 6th November BOOK HERE

Dara O’Briain 7th November BOOK HERE

Bon Iver 12th November BOOK HERE

2 Many DJs 16th November BOOK HERE

Keane 21st November BOOK HERE

Mick Flannery 22nd November BOOK HERE

O Emperor 23rd November BOOK HERE

The Script 24th November SOLD OUT! Plenty more dates for these guys in 2013 – early booking essential!

Happy Halloween 28/10/2012

First and foremost, Happy Halloween to all of our beloved guests past, present and future! We’re in full spooky mood after the resurrection of our Halloween decorations from the haunted Avalon basement! Check out Milan’s themed board. Let’s just say the street; Aungier Street, has a history in the weird and wonderful! See some proposed reading here!

Even Mister Skeleton popped in to show his appreciation for Avalon House, as many a backpacker have this year so far (just sayin’! ;-) )

It’s also Autumn again and the leaves are falling and yada yada…BUT the good news is we’re feeling generous and coming into low season which means we are now drafting up all the special offers we are going to give you this season. Brace yourselves, it’s going to be AWESOME!

In other news, we hosted all of our wonderful athletes again this year for the Dublin Marathon 2012. You can see all the wonderful snaps on our facebook page. Here is this year’s proud winner with an astounding time of 3 hours and 5 minutes;

It’s not too early to book your spot in the Avalon for 2013 Dublin Marathon and it’s certainly not too early to start training!!! GOOD LUCK and WELL DONE to all those involved.

Summer is Upon us Again! 31/05/2012
Happy May Everybody!

 

Here at Avalon, the cherry blossoms are in bloom! Well actually, we don’t have any cherry blossoms, this is a metaphor for just how energised and excited we feel about new growth and the summer sunshine all just around the corner!

Are you a good table tennis player? Fancy taking on our resident Champion; Jerzy Jozef Stacharski?  He loves a challenge….Why not try your hand at Fuseball either

And if table tennis or fuseball aren’t your thing, we have big new comfy couches to watch the action from a safe distance!

So a lot has happened since we last wrote to you wonderful people. Dermot has fled the coop (again) and is now somewhere in Detroit living it up with his own car and probably a new hoodie/hairstyle. Our French Beurre Yoann has also left us. He will soon be based in Valencia, Spain doing what he does best for Europe’s Famous Hostels. Not only that, but our long time hero Ronan Brady has decided to take on a new project of Glamping in Wicklow. Ronan was awarded the last Avalon Clock, a fitting tribute to a great manager. Here are the three boyos having a few pints. We miss them all very much!

 We have welcomed two new members to the Avalon Squad; Jennifer and Larry. We hope they will be happy amongst us crazies. Also a quick shout out to our two work experience members Louis and Thomas…team French helping keep all of our French guests at ease in their native tongue.
There’s lot’s happening in Dublin at the moment. You can subscribe to Free Dublin Guide here: http://www.dublineventguide.com/
Till next time, take her handy.


To Arthur 21/09/2011
As the days get shorter and the nights get colder what better way can you spend an evening than by downing a few pints of the black stuff?

And what better way can you spend a Thursday evening other than toasting to the man himself along with 4 million of your closest friends at 17.59!

So grab your friends, find a pub and roar at that barman to get your Guinness ready to toast to the legendary Arthur onthe 22nd … To Arthur!!!
Temple Bar, Foggy Dew, Fitzsimons or anywhere they sell Guinness really… see you there!

So long Summer! 15/09/2011

 

As we swap sunburn for wind-burn and raid the wardrobes for our long coats and grandad-cardigans (JP) we cant help but look back on a a truly magnificent summer!
True it was the wettest in irish history and true again we haven’t seen the sunshine since early April but Ireland has way more to offer than the sun!

It was a summer of fun, frolics and festivals and as it winds to a close we have the impending winter months to look forward to… Think Arthur’s Day…think Octoberfest/Halloween… Think the countdown to Christmas which starts November 1st!

Here at Avalon we like Guinness so were all getting ready for next Thursday to toast Ireland’s other patron Saint … ARTHUR!

Been a while chaps… 25/08/2011

We are still here….On est toujours ici……

It’s been a jam packed, marmalade squashed, butter mashed July and August for all here in Avalon. August always brings a lot of people from the continent where it gets far too hot and they get to enjoy cooler climates and refreshing showers in a misty magical Ireland…..For us it’s just another summer where we get to enjoy one or two days of sunshine amidst many pints of guinness and mild chuckling.In other news our best and boldest James Anthony Foley is leaving us for a classroom of snotty nosed teenagers…personally I think snotty nosed receptionists are nicer but whatever floats your ducky in the bath ya know?

I think he’ll be missed…

Alessandro is going to study in Trinity….Trinners for winners and all that jazz.

Mathilde came and went, she was great! Merci!

Yoann will be back soon from France.

Nicola is going to Asia soon for 2 months.

JP is a tit.

Electric Picnic next week…..YES!

Come love our city and us of course! See you soon!

Bundle of sticks…I mean tricks! 07/07/2011

 

Hullo hullo hullo!

Summer Claus here….bringing bouts of glorious sunshine and intermittent scattered showers by the belly full everyday.

I will be around this weekend for Oxegen too….so get your wellies and rain gear and your sunscreen and sunglasses ready.

Oxegen shuttle bus available from Avalon’s Door return for €20 – available to book at reception.
Camping gear and all the essentials only a short walk to Penney’s- supplier of all things cheap and cheerful.

If you’re not going to Oxegen…you can stay dry and clean in Dublin City and still enjoy the nice sights and scenes all only a few paces from Avalon and some good music!!

Claire is doing a Free Travel Ireland Challenge for Independent Holiday Hostels of Ireland next week. Catch all the info and updates on this blog and follow the girls on twitter…and while you’re at it you might as well friend on Facebook…

http://freetravelireland.blogspot.com/

Also if you’re free this Monday 11th July you can get involved in this free and fun activitiy;
Click here to be invited

Voila Bon weekend!!!

Summer Time Hurrah Hurrah 20/06/2011

 

The story so far:

Well! we are ST -20 (Summer Time minus twenty days), and to date we have had a grand total of two days of sunshine. This may not sound impressive (and it’s not), but! well there is no but. Listen to me you’ve got to remember where you are you know; reality check please. The last time I checked we were somewhere between freezing and frozen. Irish men never sweat, we THAW OUT.

We have long ago adopted to the miserable conditions of our environment, signs of which can be seen in almost any pub worthy of its name. Sunshine indoors is created by a unique blend of intoxicating liquor and mind altering melodies that would warm the cockles of your heart.

And this is it! This is exactly what we have to offer you guys in summer 2011: “sunshine
indoors”.

YOU KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO…

Outings 31/05/2011

Outings…Outdoor…..Outstanding!

Well as the title of this post suggests we’re feeling very adventurous in Avalon at the moment and wanted to draw your attention to some outdoor activities that you could do while visiting Ireland.

Wicklow; The garden of Ireland is only short distance by bus from Avalon. As well as tours to Glendalough available to book at reception we think you should know about this:

Once again it’s festival season so we’re getting psyched up for Body and Soul andForbidden Fruit

And our very own James and Alessandro got caught up in the mayhem of Slane Castle 2011. We were tempted to post a picture of them in the height of their enjoyment but instead we decided to show this lovely picture which captures the suitable attire for Irish festivals….get your wellies, 2 for a euuurrrro.


Oh and this weird ritual that Irish men engage in on the way to a festival!

Is Feidir Linn!! 26/05/2011

 




In the wise words of Barack Seamus O’Bama, Is Feidir Linn! And yes we can!
Himself and Michelle had a whirlwind visit to Moneygall for a quick pint of the black stuff (Michelle loooves the stuff) the up to Dublin to give us a good aul talk. Some called it a bit condescending others thought it was complete American arrogancy however Jedwards performance afterwards made up for it!

For the past 2 weeks Ireland, mainly Dublin, has been on lockdown as we welcomed the President of the US of A to our Emereld Isle and mere few days after Ireland’s long lost cousin Lizzy O’Windsor popped over to work on her tan!
After her free breakfast in Avalon she darted off to Bray for a splash around with Prince Phillip then apent hours on the dance machine in the local amusements!

Most of us hailed the hostoric visits, others cried in frustaration at parking restrictions and not being able to cross the feckin river however the general mood was high in a time of depression.

However the best was yet to come! This saturday sees the arrival of…even more famous/sexier than Queen Liz…The Kings of Leon!! The Followill brothers and co will headline this years Slane Castle concert to an already sold-out crowd of 120,000 fans!
Better hope the weather picks up!

Eurovision Fever! 07/05/2011

 


Its that time of year again folks… As the sun hides behind those big grey clouds mocking us as we sing along to Germans singing in bad English, transsexual Israelis shaking things they shouldnt be shaking and drunken Irish people dacning the Riverdance it can only mean one thing…EUROVISION IS BACK!
As the world knows Ireland is the most talented country ever and were looking to up the anty this year with our lads from Lucan, Jedward with their annoyingly catchy Lipstick! Can Ireland bring it home for an 8th time?!?! Tune in and see Ireland rip up Dusseldorf!

festival season 12/04/2011

 

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Ireland may not have invented the festival, but we certainly took to it in a big way. back in 2000 ireland had its first major festival with WITNNESS, i was only 16, and not even old enough to drink, we tried to get drinks at the bar, but they weren’t having any of it. luckily witnness was sponsered by guinness, and at the bars they only served guinness, and as guinness is an aquired taste, there was plenty of unwanted pints circulating. i had my very first pint at that festival, and my second and my third. it tasted awful but that didn’t stop me. that year beck, paul weller, happy mondays, death and vegas, leftfield, the undertones all played, all my favorite bands, of course i didn’t know then. i was only 16.

since then i’ve gone to at least 2 or 3 festivals a year EVERY year. there are 70 festivals in ireland this summer, all of them are totally unique and well worth investigating. but here are my top 5

5. MINDFIELD – MindField will bring Dublin’s Merrion Square alive with talk, thoughts and more over the weekend of 29th April to 1st May. Developed from an annual festival-within-a-festival at the Electric Picnic, the now renowned MindField will present a vibrant programme of fully-interactive talks, readings, debates, workshops and much more.

4.SIBIN FESTIVAL – Set to take place on Saturday the 30th of April, and now in its fourth year, our one-day eclectic mini-festival is set to kick off the festival season once again over the May Bank holiday weekend. Encompassing everything from roots and reggae to live bands, drum and bass and dubstep to techno, funk and electro to house

3.SEA SESSIONS – Sea Sessions is based on the Main beach in the centre of Bundoran – you can’t miss it, just follow the sound of the music and the waves. Apart from music, there will be photography, tag rugby, ultimate frisbee and other events. Sea Sessons 2011 will be held on the 24th to 26th June.

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2.SPRAOI INTERNATIONAL STREET PERFORMERS FESTIVAL. It is presented in Waterford, a medieval city located in the South East of Ireland. Spraoi (pronounced Spree) is the gaelic word for fun and celebration. The festival programme presents performances by street arts artists from around the world. The streets and squares of Waterford become a series of outdoor stage for three days and most performances are free. The programme includes; spectacle, music, acrobatics, visual-comedy and plenty of surprises
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ELECTRIC PICNIC – this is the mother of all festivals in ireland, a 3 day extravaganza!! and my personal favorite. Electric Picnic has established itself as a truly unique Irish festival, set amid the rolling lawns of Stradbally Hall, Co Laois, a beautiful 600 acre estate just 50 mins from Dublin. It takes place on Fri-Sun 2nd, 3rd & 4th September.
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LISTINGS FOR ALL FESTIVALS CAN BE FOUND HEREhttp://entertainment.ie/festival/

Free cultural events in Dublin 26/02/2011

 


Hello all,

Spring is finally here and we’re enjoying some dry weather along with patches of glorious sunshine!

There are lots of free cultural events taking place in Dublin these days. With the current economic climate, many people are channelling their energies into creativity!

Here is a very worthwhile project taking place this weekend. You can register on the site to participate!

irelandicelandproject

There are lots of free film screenings taking place also. If you would like to sign up to a weekly mailing list for free events in Dublin please email Joerg at dublineventguide@gmail.com or check out the facebook page; Dublin Event Guide

Voila!

Valentine’s Day 09/02/2011

Valentine’s Day – Come to Dublin and more importantly to AVALON HOUSE!

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Also this brilliant local show is taking place which you should all go and see;

Click Here for more info!

WE ARE DRESSED UP 31/10/2010

Always crazy hours in Avalon during halloween, these are a sample of what’s happening …





More pics on Avalon House facebook …

http://www.facebook.com/people/Avalon-House/728847145

Dublin’s Marathon 2010 : The best Team


Our Avalon Team did great during the Marathon 2010, from all over the world, Germans, Dutch, French, Kiwis, Americans, Australians… all together to kill the time !! And they Did great !! Congrats

Adios agus slan go foill! 13/10/2010

 

So as the wind rips your skin off and you cant see straight as your eyes are frozen to the top of their sockets what better way to warm yourself to the cockles of your heart that a few free Sols from the local pub! As the Avalon staff all snuggled around, downing anything that was put on the table in front of them, we heard the heart-breaking news that we were to lose two…yes DOS! of our ridiculously amazing staff – Stephen and Carolina!

Stephen, originally from a tiny little village in Wexford somewhere recently graduated from DCU and is not taking his amazing skills to the New York. He has been a loyal member of staff for a whopping 5ive years .. He will be sadly missed :(

Carolina, originally from Sombrero Falls, Madrid has been called home by her president Julio to teach Spanish people how to lose that nasty flemmy sound when they say Hello! But of course thats not all she’s leaving for, there was some talk about a masters etc… She will also be sadly missed but will be rockin’ around the Avalon Christmas tree in December :)

Arthur’s Day 24/09/2010

To Arthur!


After a night of pure drunken debauchery Im sure there are many heads cursing Arthur Guinness and his bloody black stuff..At exactly 17:59 last night thousands of punters across Dublin, Ireland and the world no doubt toasted the legend himself and as we all forgot about the prospects of work at 9am the next morning we sang, drank and danced our merry little ways into the night!

So if you overdid it last night why not relax, chill and pretend you were the drunken loudmouth fool downing pints of Guinness and tequilas, screaming Galway Girl at the top of your voice and take a trip to your local museum.
As part of this years Fringe Festival, Culture Night will see all museums and galleries open until late free of charge. So if youre feeling like a total braindead lout a night of admiring paintings, taking a trip round the Leprechaun museum or even seeing where it all started with Arthur 251 years ago..

Summer is officially over folks! 17/09/2010

 

As the fabulous summer/the 3 days of sun-shine we had are a distant memory from the skies of Dublin we are now resorting to digging out our old woollies from under the bed or the back of the wardrobe! Or even better, hitting the sales of Grafton street to make sure your only stylin’ as you strut your stuff through Temple Bar!

The one good thing about September is the lack of spotty, smelly little kids getting under your feet in town as all schools get back into the swing of things but another brilliant thing is this year’s Absolut Fringe Festival (http://www.fringefest.com), over 2 weeks of street performances and live shows and even more amazingly it’s all FREE!!!

Incorporated in this years festival is Dublin’s Culture night, Friday 24th September, in which all those museums and shows you’ve been putting off discovering are all..yeah you guessed it ..FREEEEEE!

So as you’ll now be saving all these extra few euros in the month of September we here at Avalon House have thought of a few ways of off-loading all those funds..

1. The Avalon receptionists never EVER decline a Bald Barista espresso/sausage roll!
2. Jp, receptionist extraordinaire, needs a new surround sound system for his 50 inch tv!
3. Carolina hasn’t been on a holiday in precisely 5.8 days, some one get her some Ryanair vouchers for the love of jaysus!

However one perfectly acceptable way of getting rid of a few quid is getting to the bar early on 23rd September to toast a pint of the black stuff to our legendary brother, Saint Arthur (Guinness)!!
At 17:59, exactly 251 years after Ireland’s first ever bender we will chant “To Arthur/ToMartha/To Farmers/To Martians or To your bleedin Granny”.. so make sure you have your tickets and wallets ready for the hundreds of pubs particpating in the nights festivities! Check outguinness.com/arthursday for a full listing of gigs around the country. Its gonna be a good one!!

So however you decide to spend your September, wrap up warm and pop into the Avalon for some good company and a nice hot cup of the good stuff!

PS A special congratulations to Mary and Michael on their big day. We lost our camera after all that free champagne.. but Im pretty sure she looked exactly like a princess!

Paul the Octopus 25/08/2010

 

Avalon’s answer to the World Cup octopus ‘Paul’?

Recently at Avalon we have discovered a new invention that is not only similar to Paul the octopus and his match predictions but may even rival him for sheer ingenuity. We have named it ‘Avalon’s weather prediciton paper’.
This invention consists of a piece of A4 paper hanging freely from a string at the front of our reception desk. On one side the paper reads ‘its raining’ and on the other ‘its not raining’. Each day the paper sways until it finally rests. Which ever side of the paper is facing North this is the paper’s forecast for the day. Simple? yes. Wrong? Never. Since our invention has been put into practice the ‘weather prediction paper’ has yet to deliver a wrong weather forecast.
An argument was brought up against our forecast system by a cynical guest who seems to be wary of change within the weather forcasting methods.

“How can a business organisation rely solely on a piece of paper for the weather predicition each day? And considering it has only two outcomes, raining and not raining, it is not an accurate forecast” he stated with a condescending smile.

So this is our case against him.
You see our guest must not have realised that in Ireland it genuinly either rains or it doesn’t. So it is 50/50 for our ‘weather prediction paper’ to get it correct. Now, one might think eventually the paper will get it wrong. Well, considering our in-depth analysis of its predictions over the past Summer months, the ‘predidcition paper’ has proved to be very reliable.
So if you are coming to Dublin, the weather prediction paper will give you an idea of the attire you must bring.

A clean, friendly and cheap hostel with its very own answer to Paul the octopus, be sure to choose Avalon House as your place of residence in Dublin.

Farewell backpackers!

PS. If the paper brakes down or decides to retire. We always have the not-so-reliable world wide web to fall back on…

UPCOMING EVENTS

Free Stuff to do In Dublin 30/04/2010

Having been the tour guide for two of my friends for the last 10 days, I’ve picked up some handy hints and tips on trying to fill your time in Dublin with things that don’t involve re-mortgaging the house!! So I thought I would share with you all I have learned in the hope that it will make your stay more enjoyable here at the best hostel inDublin..of course Avalon House

 

  1. Archaeology Museum- Kildare street. Entry Free

This place has some of the famous bog people found thousands of years ago, and one of the most impressive celtic jewellery collections around. If your interested inDublin’s Viking beginnings, this is also a must see! It’s within 5 min walking distance from the hostel. www.museum.ie

 

 

  1. National Museum of Ireland . Collins Barracks. Entry Free

Set in the old Royal barracks of Dublin, the last place surrendered to the British Army once the republic was formed, the building itself is impressive enough. The collection of silver antiquities from all over the world spans the entire museum. There is also a military wing dedicated to the tumultuous times during the Irish battle for independence. Uniforms and memorabilia from the days of Michael Collins, (from which the Barracks gets its name) are present througout. You can get there from the hostel via the luas stop from Jervis street, getting off at the Museum stop.www.museum.ie

 

  1. National Gallery -Nassau st. Entry Free

This gallery has all that a renaissance enthusiast will need, works from Monet and Picasso are on show, you can spend an entire day here and still not have seen all the beautiful paintings on show . …and best of all its free. www.nationalgallery.ie

 

 

  1. Chester Beatty Library- Behind Dublin Castle.

The private collection of ancient asian artefacts accumulated by spy Chester Beatty during his time in asia is very much worth a look. With a whole floor dedicated to all of the worlds main religions, describing the beliefs of hindu’s muslims and Christians alike. There is also various artefacts from each of the different religions, with for example pieces of the dead sea scrolls themselves. The first floor is constantly changing every few months, currently on show are the telling images of china, screens and intricate hand drawn scrolls. www.cbl.ie

little known fact 26/04/2010

 


Meet Herman Gooble, he invented the cat in 1961, having already had moderate success with the pet rock, and tamagotchi. he decided people would enjoy having a small hairy animal, that they would be forced to take care of day and night, for up to ten years. he thought that this would be popular with Japanese business men and cosmopolitan types. and gosh he was right, the “cat” was a huge success, to date more than 1000 cats have been sold worldwide making them almost as successful as the “dog” phenomenon. scientists reckon that one day in the future cats may actually replace computers in the home, becoming a must-have modern comfort.till then you can enjoy all the wonders a cat has to offer at dublins premier cat expo.

Top winning pedigree cats in Ireland (North and South) competing for the overall title of Supreme Cat 2010, plus some handsome non pedigree cats.
Open to the public from 12MD, admission adults €5.00, junior/senior €3.00
A variety of stalls selling everything for your cat plus guest speakers during the day speaking on a variety of cat related topics.
The venue is opposite the Maldron Hotel City West and has excellent catering facilities with free parking.The 69 bus from Dublin stops outside and venue is 5 min from the Luas.

I Love Avalon 02/04/2010


I LOVE AVALON!!

Here’s the lucky winner of the March ‘I Love Avalon’ competition. Lucia Hudson-Evans won a free night for 2 in the luxurious double ensuite room at Avalon after she took this photo in her garden with the lifesize replica of the Taj Mahal built from matchsticks.
The Taj Mahal, which pales in comparison to the architectural grandeur of Avalon House, was built after an Indian King stayed at Avalon in 1992 and was so impressed by his stay he built a replica in Agra when he got home.
feeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeestival 24/03/2010

 

if your planning a trip to dublin this summer, it’d be worth your while to book one of many many many festivals. its a well known fact that the first festival was invented by accident by dave o’brien in 1948, in his shed in co. mayo. it is said he was attempting to cure children afflicted with profound deafness and blindness, but in his experiments he stumbled apon a method of applying extreme ammounts of noise and visuals to the general public.dave was considerably deppressed at his failure and promptly emmigrated to soviet russia where he is now the owner of a unsuccesful novelty underwear shop.

but we irish took to this ‘festival’ like nobody else. now were the only country in the world legally allowed to have ‘festivals’ everyone else can only have crap parties (which they call festivals, but they’re not fooling anyone)

here is a list of some of the only festivals in the whole world


The South Great George’s Street District, Dublin, wish to set up a modern and inclusive Arts Festival this May Bank Holiday weekend.

This page is the place to share ideas, photos and whatever else you’d like to see at the festival.


Electric Picnic extends another warm invitation to all lovers of music, art, culture and general frivolity to their annual little get-together in Stradbally, Co Laois on 3 – 5 September. A tantalizing world to entice and enthrall you, tickle and tease you. Now in it’s seventh year the ship’s sails are fully hoisted and the journey Electric Picnic annually embark on is becoming more of a home-coming than a new exploration, although taking unknown and adventurous paths along the way is compulsory. How else would we discover the treasures and riches the festival will be offering to stimulate the senses. All six.

Music is just one of such offerings and it is here that Electric Picnic shall begin…

Roxy Music; Leftfield; Massive Attack; LCD Soundsystem; The Frames; Public Image Ltd; The National; Mumford &Sons; Seasick Steve; Modest Mouse; Hot Chip; Gil Scott Heron; Fever Ray; Jonsi (Sigur Ros); Fat Freddys Drop; Bad Lieutenant; Crystal Castles; Afro Celt Soundsystem; Bookashade; Bloody Beetroots Death Crew77; Steve Earle; Beach House; The Big Pink; Low Anthem; Redneck Manifesto; The Horrors; Monotonix; Liquid Liquid; Here We Go Magic; Field Music; Cymande; Messiah J & The Expert; Dublin Gospel Choir; Caribou; Adrian Crowley; Villagers; New Pornographers; Beakestra & Chalie 2 Na; Mr Scruff; Memory Tapes; and more to be announced.

Body & Soul - Summer Solstice Gathering A MODERN CELEBRATION OF AN AGE OLD TRADITION JUNE 19th & 20th, 2010
We’re Spreading our Wings.

Body & Soul is more about atmospheric engineering than main attractions and hype. We want our festival goers to enjoy an “experience” rather than just a gig – we’re sustainability conscious, without being too-in-your-face, unique rather than boutique: An independent festival with a heart-shaped mind and a cutting-edge soul.

This year, we’re staging our very own festival, bringing together a collaboration of artists, musicians, poets and performers in a chilled-out, enchanted environment – an eclectic, conscious cabaret of electronic and visual arts, featuring homegrown talent, emerging artists and a selection of international guests.

Our Weekend will take place across the labyrinth of stone-walled gardens and woodlands in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Meath as a celebration of the Summer Solstice, the 19th and 20th June.

Avalon Mosaic 16/03/2010

Avalon Mosaic

ITS A WOOOOORLD RECORD!!! 22/01/2010

 

or it will be!, avalon in assosiation with DUBLIN BEST HOSTELS will be attempting the world record for most people in one bunk bed. because thats us, we live on edge, we push the limits. we don’t wanna be some run of the mill check you in check you out kind of hostel, we wanna be the blow your mind, psych you out kind of hostel, the cool hostel all the other hostels wanna hang out with. this hostel gets the girls… or guys?, or equally attractive and popular lady hostels???

hostel out

BLIZZARD OF THE CENTURY!! 08/01/2010

 

The Avalon team here, contacting you via the wonder of wireless intercommunications technology. Buses have been cancelled, airports closed, all transport has been reduced to polar bear and/or dog sleigh. Although every inch of Dublin is now covered in ice, and many people have been left trapped in their homes, or worse the hostel they’re staying in, there has been room for fun.

Dubliners have taken to leaving their cars at home, and simply sneezing in the opposite direction to where they need to travel, using simply the force of a single sneeze, the average chartered accountant can travel up to 25mph sliding on the ice.
This saves on petrol and is much kinder to the environment than the rocket packs generally used by commuting businessmen in the Dublin financial district.

Christmas madness 15/12/2009

Christmas madness coming soon: Piggy flu interruptus

Well, the much anticipated Christmas party shenanigans footage is currently under production; and boy, we have a hell of a story to tell. Though you are going to have to wait a little while longer, as our master teller of tales has been struck down with piggy flu and is currently in quarantine. On a more blithesome note however, the rest of the staff are doing just fine, and if truth be told, we are rather enjoyoing not having the “word-smith” around for a while. We have been somewhat peeved lately at our impoverished monosyllabic articulations being constantly criticised by our resident, loose-lipped, garrulous drivel speaking devil of a ship-mate.

It’s time I brought this tirade of abuse to a close, before I say too much. Needless to say, our babbling, chatterbox of a monkey, will be in touch soon.

Adieu

MOVEMBER 08/11/2009

remember remember the ….. something of ….. eh something????

HAPPY MOVEMBER EVERYBODY – yes if your lucky enough to be traveling to Ireland, specifically Dublin in the coming weeks, prepare your self for a national obsession. the misplaced eyebrow the fabled face furniture, the lip tickler or moustache, yes here in dublin the mens cancer awareness month is celebrated with every grown man in Dublin attempting to grow the manliest of man plumage, moustaches of all shapes and sizes will be worn with pride, culminating in several gala events at the end of the month. i my self will be joining the ranks of FACEHAWKS the avalon receptions movember team. i’m putting many man-hours into man-stache growing on my man face, here’s proof of an earlyer attempt.

in other news, not content with simply being the greatest hostel in Dublin, we decided to bribe several prominent leaders of the hospitality underworld so we could receive the highly coveted IHH (independent hostels Ireland) best city hostel award 2009( i’m kidding of course… we only bribed one person!!)

we are so awesome.

Birthday celebrations 28/08/2009


Our Birthday celebrations

We celebrated both Avalon and hostelworld’s birthday by drinking copious amounts of alcohol – 50 litres of Mary’s Magic Mixture punch, hundreds of beers and a magnum of champagne were consumed in the confusion. Thanks to everyone for helping us get rid of the vast alcohol surplus.
We are now 18 and feeling all grown up…..

On another note, our ever adventurous receptionist, Claire, has just returned from theFree Travel Ireland challenge completing a week’s holiday around Ireland without spending a cent.

Here’s one of the videos documenting the trip


IHH Free travel Ireland – Cork and Kerry
Avalon Challenge 08/08/2009

18 years have passed since the hallowed doors of Avalon House opened. Those who were in nappies (diapers for our American friends) when we opened are now of legal drinking age (in Ireland anyway). We will be celebrating our long awaited birthday next Friday 14th August in the true Irish 18th birthday fashion – by drinking large amounts of alcohol. Ours is not the only birthday this year - Hostelworld hit the big 10 years old this year. Avalon House was one of the very first hostels to work with them all those years ago and they haven’t forgotten us so they are joining us for the party (but we won’t let them drink….)
If you’re staying with us on the night ask at reception whats happening and join in the celebrations.
In other news; we launched our new website a couple of weeks ago – we hope you like it. If you’ve any thoughts or recommendations on the site please let us know. A big thanks to Lisa Haran who designed the site – she’s awesome – check out more of her work on www.lisaharan.com
We’ve introduced video to the website and our talented, banana loving receptionists have made a charming little video guide of how to get to Avalon from the airport. Check it out on out our homepage. We hope to have more banana adventures soon. Keep watching this space for more.

As you all may or may not know, we have various ways for guests to have a free night at Avalon. If you are a performer you can get a free night for entertaining our guests. We’ve had singers, dancers, masseurs, jugglers, choirs, statues, magicians, and even a transvestite Kate Bush impresario. Now there is something for those without such marvellous talents -
THE AVALON CHALLENGE
If you are brave, bored or just daft you can take up the gauntlet and perform the various tasks in the challenge to earn a free bed for the night.
We have a monthly photography competition – enter your best shot – a winner is picked each month and wins a free night at the Avalon. The photos are also printed, framed and hung in the hostel guaranteeing you fame and fortune…… Email your entries to info@avalon-house.ie
Last but not least you could also win a tweet bed. Keep an eye on the Tweets on our homepage as we regularly give away prizes from the tweet box. This week we are giving away free beds every day to celebrate so keep watching.
We’re working on more ways to keep it cheap for you so keep checking for more freebies.

The road to Avalon 09/07/2009

The road to Avalon

The Irish heatwave 22/06/2009

 

As we write this, we struggle to breathe…We’re baking here in the reception. Thank god we’re not outside…people are crisping up like rashers on an oily pan….well not really… but it is pretty warm for Dublin.

Lots of people took to the streets this weekend to celebrate the glorious weather and many enjoyed the festivities of the world street performers festival in merrion gardens and that’s not all that’s going on Dublin these days. Summer 2009 is playing host to a lot of new music and cultural festivals in the city and around the country. Or as we’d say “the craic is mighty”.

Sadly this week, two members of our team depart. First Yoann, our hairy french co-worker goes back to la France for the summer and secondly our brave companion Rob, who has put up with the crazy antics of the staff during his very successful internship in reception, leaves us for the homeland. They will be missed a lot.

When you arrive it’s recommended to already have your fill of potassium as there’s a giant banana on the loose…he looks somewhat like this;

Looking forward to seeing you all soon!!!

besos!!!

DARE 18/05/2009

do you DARE challange the AVALON

you may have heard the phrase “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” unless of course you stay at the avalon house, ok there’s no free lunch, but we do have free breakfast, and free internet, AND free wifi on every floor, we even have free table tennis AAAAND! a free nights stay for those talented enough to entertain our guests for 45 mins. so still no free lunch but we’ve got nearly everything else covered!

but what if your not talented, what if you can’t play the guitar, juggle, dance or sing you say??

well you have an option!

are you fearless? do you have nerves of steal?

do you have rather loose morals?

well then we challenge you!!!! complete an avalon challenge and stay one night for free.(ask reception for details)

here’s some of our previous fearless challenge winners.

DO YOU DARE!!!???

Word Art 06/05/2009

This is the entire Avalon blog summarised in Word art form.
Thanks and congrats to the Wordle team who just won a Webby

aaaagh march madness 02/04/2009

so many new appearances in the Avalon! you might not even recognize it, you might even walk right by us without saying hello!? but you’d be missing out though, and here’s why! thanks to state of the art technology we’ve managed to splice together a trendy little cafe, a cinema and a world class hostel into one building… creating some kind of multi-sensory extravaganza!!!

our cinema is showing films every night at 9pm aaaand we sell popcorn! here’s cool hand luke eating 46 eggs in a recent screening….

and our new cafe the bald barista is getting nice and settled in, run by our very own omnipresent and all knowing chrome domed kiwi, buzz….

new art work adorning the gateway to the bald barister cafe…

im also very sad to report that we have lost one of our greatest employees!! dermot”clark kent”byrne has finally flown the coop, and by flown i mean actually hopped on a plane to Canada of all places??

also, because were so darn with it, avalon house is now on facebook, why not find us add us, and enter our caption competition to win a free t-shirt and mug….

here’s the pic….

now you fill in the caption to win …………………………….?

your pal,

avalon.

p.s. your hair looks fantastic today.

January News 24/01/2009

The daffodil buds of Spring are starting to stir under the soil as the crisp sunshine of February waits to break through the clouds of winter and illuminate the city of Dublin to welcome all you weary travellers here to Ireland.

Here at Avalon the sun seems to already be shining in our spirits and the atmosphere around the hostel is buzzin…! We’re getting ready for Valentine’s day…so Dublin is not that renowned for its romantic charms like Paris and other cities but it is the city where Celine Dion first got engaged! So who knows what or who may be waiting for you down in the local pub, on a tour bus to Wicklow or in the hostel lobby!

Our artiste Steve is currently painting a Mural for the hostel featuring some funky new characters that will become part of the team here in Avalon cause Steve’s artistic talents can bring life to anything!
We’re still pining for our Spanish lassie Caro who we hope will be back to us soon here in reception.

We now have Wifi access all over the building now so you can surf the internet in the comfort of your very own bed. Also a new FREE walking tour will be leaving from the hostel reception every morning at 10:30am and lasts about 3 hours. It’s a great way to meet new people and explore the city with an experienced guide and it doesn’t stop there as we’ve also drafted up our very own Avalon Pub crawl that takes you around 10 of our favourite pubs in the city and offers a reward of an exclusive EFH Avalon t-shirt to anyone who completes the crawl!

In the meantime you can virtually meet two of the team here (two Irish specimens!) in Avalon on you tube and also get a feel for the vibe here in Dublin…sure the craic is only mighty! Until next time take care.

Merry Christmas to one and all! 13/12/2008

We are getting in the festive spirit these days in Avalon, having put up our Christmas tree and decorations ( after a long battle with three sets of lights I might add) ; we have come all Christmassy all over. This was helped on its way by the event of the year! Yes the Avalon work Christmas party was truly a special occasion. The night unfolded amongst the mountains of Wicklow, being chauffeured around several famous pubs of the county, Johnny Foxes, the supposed highest pub in Ireland. It is filled with many trinkets and interesting facts to keep you amused for hours. Then onto the next two pubs followed by a glorious hearty Christmas dinner in the wonderfully scenic Glenmalure lodge, and all this was capped off by even more drinks in Byrnes bar, as seen by the girls below, Mr Byrne looks after all his customers with a bit of TLC. It all ended at Dublin’s very own Temple Bar, What a Night!! Many thanks to Shane, our hostess with the mostess, if it wasn’t for him, many of us would be stuck in the mountains still! He runs a tour like this every week and can be booked at our reception, it is highly recommended by the Avalon bunch. Just ask.

 

 

 

The month of December has lots to do in Dublin, so why waste time in booking your stay. The “ Dublin on Ice” Skating rink is now open for visitors at Smithfield market, just beside the Jameson factory, so you can kill two birds with one stone whilst enjoying a hot whiskey! The Christmas Market is also on down in the IFSC and has all amounts of different foods and trinkets to be had from the local area.

So lets hope for a White Christmas, but not a cold one, which is hard to do I know but if anywhere can do it…it’s Dublin!

Novemberrrr 02/11/2008

Novemeber..what a month not only is it an amazing month purely for the fact that I was born in it but not only that everyone seems to be preparing themselves mentally and physically for the onslaught of Winter. The roar of a good fire warms many a soul and lucky enough we have our own fireplace to do just that. This November is absolutely Jam-Packed with events all around Dublin and Ireland, Dublin as we all know has a lot to offer, where it be from Dog races every Tuesday and Friday night in the city at Shelbourne park or Harolds Cross in early November, Kanye West is also Playing in the Royal Dublin Society. The sharp sounds of Razorlight are belting out at the end of November and all this can be capped off with comedy events throughout the week in the Laughter lounge situated at the heart of the City.

 

 

Now for a random photo of People and a lift, as promised from previous Blogs I have added our lovely photo of the opening ceremony for the New elevator !! At last we can coast to the glory of the 4th floor without breaking a sweat, so happy faces all round from guests when they hear that wonderful news.

This week also saw the return ofThibault our now infamous French ex-workmate. He graced us with his presence for a lovely week. His adventures include a 3 day road trip of the west of Ireland taking in such major attractions as the Cliffs of Moher and the Ailwee Caves, which now has a wild bird display on its grounds along with the nicest cheese ever! Thibault was really really impressed by the numerous hand built walls of the area…walls I say!! Hands and walls! The Burren with its scenic plains and windy roads gives a tourist a glimpse of the real Ireland, my advice is to go and see it for yourself, after Dublin of course!

Yes We have a lift!! 16/09/2008

The best news in the world ladies and gentlemen……yes we have a working lift or escalator depending on where you come from..In all it’s glory it hoists you from ground level all the way up to the 4th floor, Its a wonder of modern technology and its ours to share with our guests. Also this month saw the grand opening of our Barista coffee corner which serves a range of delicious coffees and muffins and other delectable treats to feast upon. Rob is now sort of our newest member to the Avalon family. He’s happy chatting to the foreigners and enjoys it so far as I can tell. Oh he also makes a mean hot chocolate!! The opening ceremony of the lift went ahead this week with our longest residents making the occasion truly magnificent, red ribbons and all were involved and I’ll be putting pictures up as soon as I get them so do not fret, you will have proof that it is real. Our ickle spanish hombre, Carolina ..Amor has returned also to the Avalon after possibly the longest holiday ever know to man, but I’m positive she had a  good time considering she came back with the best tan ever…us pale skinned Irish can only glare on in amazement and wish for the day we see 3 months of constant sun. We will just have to settle for some rain and a lush greenness, a green greener than green I was told once.. which is un-rivaled throughout the world.! So come and see all for yourself at Dublin’s most famous hostel.

September News 01/09/2008

There are many events happening in Dublin, this month of September, the Bulmer’s International Comedy Festival sees a range of talented Comedians from all over the world gracing our Dublin streets. Tickets and show times can be found on the ticketmaster website, go and grab yourself a giggle or two while you are here. James our beloved friend that deserted us earlier in the year has now returned from his short stint at St. Christopher’s Hostel Paris. He’s back with yet another language to add to his belt so Guest’s are well catered for when James is around.

The Electric Picnic Festival is on this weekend and it seems that every staff member bar a select few have gone down the country to enjoy the craic and music while the others slog away as usual…typical!

Lovely new 3D images of our bedrooms and foyer where taken this month so expect to see updated versions of the 360 panoramic views of our rooms so you can really grasp the true character of our Hostel first hand, and all before even setting foot in the door, boy the wonders of modern technology never ceases to amaze me!
Also coming soon in the Hostel is the arrival of our very own Barista, Buzz the Bald Barista will be offering a selection of top of the range coffee’s, freshly made in front of you, for our guests. So look forward to some caffeine overload to send you on your way travelling.

PHOTO COMPETITION WINNERS 29/07/2008

We’ve had a great response to our photo competition and we’ve had lots of winners. Congratulations to the latest batch – Anni Jahn, Marta Lillocco, Petra Gregoricova, Aaron Ryan and Juani Monterrey Mancera.

As well as winning a free night at Avalon their photos are immortalised in our rooms – they also get a certificate telling them which room it’s in.
The competition is still open so please send your entries in. You can e-mail them to info@avalon-house.ie or post them to us at the hostel.
The photos can be of anything so get snapping!

Anni Jahn – Oregon U.S.A. Room 401

Mid July News 12/07/2008

Hi All

Welcome back to the Avalon blog , we have plenty of new additions to the Avalon Hostel this month. We saw the return of a familiar face in Will, who came back to work for the summer. He couldn’t get enough of the place after his short stint last year as receptionist extraordinaire.

As you can see will is fond of dressing up as a French person and he also is just a little bit fond of the Rugby and Hurling, so any sports enthusiastic traveller from either New Zealand or Kilkenny will be happy to meet our Willamena. This July also sees many events happening in Dublin, We have our very own Urban beach which can be found in the heart of the city (IFSC) , Palm trees, hot dog stands, beach volleyball and sand shipped in from the tropics all arranged in the heart of Dublin’s Docklands. It is a sight to behold and also a little bit of fun if you get a chance to see it. This month also saw the return of JP from his Honeymoon, he actually managed to get hitched to none other than a previous employee of the Hostel Avalon, and yes love does blossom here after all. So congratulations to JP and Rebecca and let’s hope they both have a happy hostel filled life!! This month is also a prime month to see the beautiful countryside of Ireland in all its green Glory.

There are many many one day tours to the beautiful Wicklow/ Glendalough area, only one hour from the city. As you can see from the photo it’s none too shabby now on a good day. Just ask our friendly staff and they can assist you on anywhere you wish to visit. I also have a pic of our Nicola from Italy, purely based on the fact that he was whinging that he was never on the blog….so there you go Nicola. Hope you are Happy. Thankfully there is an Irish man in the photo to balance it out somewhat!. This month also see the Belgian beer festival starting in Dublin so get your drinking hats on….there’s a brew or two to be spilt this month in Sunny Dublin.

June News 30/06/2008

Welcome back to the Avalon Blogger..he’s been missing for a while ..Here at Avalon we said a fond farewell to James and Silvia, two characters that are surely missed by all around in their own way. James has gone and joined the competition in St. Christopher’s Paris and Silvia has started, what is sure to be a trip of a lifetime all round Asia. Their whirlwind adventures round the world keep all of us back here in good old Eire entertained.
This month also saw the arrival of the now Infamous Thibault Galan, all the way from France on 6 weeks work experience, I use that term loosely… His pearls of wisdom are priceless and his ever long battle with the English language still rolls on. As he says himself he is “Wise in the Ways of this World” …of course, if you say it in a French accent , it sounds so much better. Plato and Aristotle don’t even hold a candle to this mans thinking. The sign at Reception gives guests a glimpse of Thibaults thinking on Day to Day business. He is immersed in his “Speculative Bubble” and as you arrive you will gain a deeper understanding and enlightenment as soon as you greet us at reception. The month of June also saw our resident Tango Teacher all the way from sunny Argentina come back for yet another summer of spreading his love for Tango to all at Hostel Avalon. Every night at 7.30 he mentors many a weary traveller on the rhythm and movement of Tango…and all for free! So as June ends and July starts, prepare yourself for a month of sun .and fun at least we hope the sun part comes true, fun on the other hand is guaranteed while staying in Dublin and especially because you will be in Avalon House!
March Madness & Happy Easter… 23/03/2008

Fresh from her huge starring role in Lord of the Rings 4, Receptionista Extraordinaire Silvia Mencaraglia secretely snook into the office and stole all the staff Easter eggs! Embarrassing enough for her she was totally unaware of our newly installed CCTV and was caught red-handed! Now as punishment Silvia must, on request by any customer, put on her little pink bunny suit, dance around reception and produce a chocolate egg..from where we dont wanna know…
The days of March are flying past and the Irish sun, yes i said those 2 words in the same sentance, is finally coming out after a well deserved break of..i dunno..2 years!
Wishing all our customers a very Happy Easter and especially to one of Avalon Blogs biggest fans/ex colleagues all the way over in Canada…Happy Easter Elise!

Lá Fhéile Pádraig Everyone


Now, its commonly believed that Ireland is a land of fairytale and wonder and that we prance through the meadows with Leprechauns, singing songs about Banshees and little folk…well thats all true and on the 17th of March the whole world joins in with us…
In modern day Dublin however we have taken to having a few quiet drinks by the bar while at about lunch time an 80 year old gentleman takes his place in the corner and sings us into the wee hours with a classic set of ballads! Of course this is all complete lies as on St Patrick’s Day, the world and its dog “drown the shamrock” as they say. Masses of people dressed in Green, White and Orange stuff themselves into the nearest pub/street/park and drink Guinness til it comes out of their ears.
There then comes a certain time, around 5ish, when every Irish person remembers just what it is to be Irish, yes thats right…our amazing innate gift of Dance and Song! Comments such as “I thought that Michael Flatley fella all he knows” or “Jaysus that Celine Dion one hasn’t got a note in her head..Listen to this…” will be heard everywhere no doubt!
But at the end of the day, St Patrick’s day is all about celebrating the one most important thing in all our lives, our nationality! Its the one day of the year where not only the Irish are proud to be Irish but where anyone who sticks on a green hat and drinks 10 pints of the black stuff is officially a Paddy!
Lá Fhéile Pádraig ag gach duine!!!

March News…round 1!


Thanks be to jaysus that February is over…commonly known as the most useless month (as there are no alcoholic festivals during it).
March is finally upon us and wow what a month me have had/are having! All the new staff are settling in fine however we are to lose not one, but TWO of the Avalon’s most hottest team members, Agnes and James.(pictured above,centre).Agnes is heading off to travel the world on a camel and Jamesey is following in the footsteps of Erica – donning a beret and going to live in the land of frog’s legs and red wine, Paris! They will be sadly missed!
Paddy’s day…17th March! Lá Fhéile Pádraig ag gach duine!

March News…round 1!


Thanks be to jaysus that February is over…commonly known as the most useless month (as there are no alcoholic festivals during it).
March is finally upon us and wow what a month me have had/are having! All the new staff are settling in fine however we are to lose not one, but TWO of the Avalon’s most hottest team members, Agnes and James.(pictured above,centre).Agnes is heading off to travel the world on a camel and Jamesey is following in the footsteps of Erica – donning a beret and going to live in the land of frog’s legs and red wine, Paris! They will be sadly missed!
Paddy’s day…17th March! Lá Fhéile Pádraig ag gach duine!

February News… 29/02/2008

After a looooong January, February and all 29 days of it has finally rolled in. Here at Avalonia nothing much has changed…weve all slimmed down from our Christmas over-eating and have even welcomed two new members to our ever growing fantastic team of staff, Stephen Mac and Carolina (pictured), from the looks of it she dosn’t take too kindly to being asked where the 16a leaves from already!
Were all getting ready for the birthday celebrations of Mr Saint Patrick himself in a few days, so book your bed early and get a seat at the bar very early… BRING IT ON!!!
January Blooz! 21/01/2008

Its now truly over!!!…the festivities…the dancin round the Christmas tree…the whisky breakfast…all over for another year! So as we all feel the january-anti-climax we are coming close to the end of the winter blues!well techincally that is, we know the winter in Ireland lasts about 10 months longer than other European countries!!
This months big news is that we are to lose yet another member of the beloved Avalon team, the feisty Argentinian-Erica Quani Slopalopolis, best known for outstanding work ethics, her constant passion for the 16a and her funky dress sense!!!The newly slimmed-down Erica (see previous blog entry) and her housemate Elena have decided enough is enough with Ireland and are hitting the not-so-tropical Alpine region to work on the slopes for the foreseeable future!she will be sadly missed by staff and I’m sure one or two customers! So in the spirit of helping each other out we have compiled a list of useful phrases Erica and whoever of ye who intend on hitting a French speaking area in the distant future…

1. Ou est le bar le plus près? Where is the nearest bar?

2. Ma clef ne marche pas! My key dosn’t work

3. Aidez moi!! J’ai perdu mon passeport, chien, hotel, amis, pantalon! Help Me! I’ve lost my passport, dog, hotel, friend, trousers!

4. Non merci, Je suis marié! No thank you, I’m married

5. L’escargots?! T’es dingue! Snails?! Are you mental?!

Though these are some of the basics the keen traveller will need to know its also handy to keep a dictionary and a Lonely Planet with you at all times!
We wish Erica all the best and and were gonna miss her loads!

In more January news…nothing really happens in January so lets all hope for a really deadly February!!!Its only a short one so not long now til Paddys day folks wahoooooooo!

Its now truly over! 20/01/2008
Its now truly over!!!…the festivities…the dancin round the Christmas tree…the whisky breakfast…all over for another year! So as we all feel the january-anti-climax we are coming close to the end of the winter blues!well techincally that is, we know the winter in Ireland lasts about 10 months longer than other European countries!!
This months big news is that we are to lose yet another member of the beloved Avalon team, the feisty Argentinian-Erica Quani Slopalopolis, best known for outstanding work ethics, her constant passion for the 16a and her funky dress sense!!!Erica and her housemate have decided enough is enough with Ireland and are hitting the not-so-tropical Alpine region to work on the slopes for the foreseeable future!she will be sadly missed by staff and Im sure one or two customers! So in the spirit of helping each other out we have compiled a list of useful phrases Erica and whoever of ye who intend on hitting a French speaking area in the distant future…
Happy New Yeeeeaaarrrrrr!!!!! 06/01/2008

As we all welcome in 2008 with many a song and even more many-a-drink its hard for us nevertheless to not have the winter blues! While the temperature outside is hitting about Minus 2000 degrees all of us here at the Avalon are contently warm due to all the insulation we have recently required over the past few weeks! Im not talking about fibreglass wall stuffing or lagging jackets here folks, I refer of course to the extra layers flab that surrounds our waste lines due to us all thinking eating selection boxes for breakfast and washing them down with Whiskey will never have a downside!
Well as were all good people here at Avalon House we will give you some helpful hints to get rid of those excess holiday pounds and all this… free of charge!!! Theres no need to join any gym or buy any fancy new fangled bicycle-strider-runnery type things either…Just follow these 3 simple steps!

1 – Substitute your daily intake of Bavaria/Dutch Gold/Chianti with fruit juice, diet drinks or even water (its a mixer for whiskey)
2 – Despite what we all think, channel surfing on the couch is not actually a sport, so as demonstrated by our lovely Italian pudgy-pixie-type-receptionist Silvia (Who recently turned 24 ), cycling is the way forward!Just 1 to 2 hundred kilometres every day will have those buns of steel you’ve all dreamed of!
3 – At times we all convince oursleves that if we fork out hundreds of € on expensive training equipment then the pounds will just fall out – WRONG. All you need is a long stick,sweeping brush or pool cue and away you go! depending on how strong you feel, one can adjust the weights they lift, as Erica MacFattyFattyFatterson demonstrates by bench-pressing 2 strapping young receptionists!

I assure you all these 3 steps will change your lives, come see Silvia and Erica now! They still wear yellow but hey! at least theyre skinny!

Athbhliain faoi Daoibh, Buon Anno, próspero año nuevo, Happy New Year, Glückliches Neujahr, bonne année and feliz ano novo!

Happy New Yeeeeaaarrrrrr!!!!!


As we all welcome in 2008 with many a song and even more many-a-drink its hard for us nevertheless to not have the winter blues! While the temperature outside is hitting about Minus 2000 degrees all of us here at the Avalon are contently warm due to all the insulation we have recently required over the past few weeks! Im not talking about fibreglass wall stuffing or lagging jackets here folks, I refer of course to the extra layers flab that surrounds our waste lines due to us all thinking eating selection boxes for breakfast and washing them down with Whiskey will never have a downside!
Well as were all good people here at Avalon House we will give you some helpful hints to get rid of those excess holiday pounds and all this… free of charge!!! Theres no need to join any gym or buy any fancy new fangled bicycle-strider-runnery type things either…Just follow these 3 simple steps!

1 – Substitute your daily intake of Bavaria/Dutch Gold/Chianti with fruit juice, diet drinks or even water (its a mixer for whiskey)
2 – Despite what we all think, channel surfing on the couch is not actually a sport, so as demonstrated by our lovely Italian pudgy-pixie-type-receptionist Silvia (Who recently turned 24 ), cycling is the way forward!Just 1 to 2 hundred kilometres every day will have those buns of steel you’ve all dreamed of!
3 – At times we all convince oursleves that if we fork out hundreds of € on expensive training equipment then the pounds will just fall out – WRONG. All you need is a long stick,sweeping brush or pool cue and away you go! depending on how strong you feel, one can adjust the weights they lift, as Erica MacFattyFattyFatterson demonstrates by bench-pressing 2 strapping young receptionists!

I assure you all these 3 steps will change your lives, come see Silvia and Erica now! They still wear yellow but hey! at least theyre skinny!

Athbhliain faoi Daoibh, Buon Anno, próspero año nuevo, Happy New Year, Glückliches Neujahr, bonne année and feliz ano novo!

And so this is Christmas…. 23/12/2007

As the festive season winds down and we can all safely sit back on the couch, feet up, a glass of fine Italian chianti in one hand and half a turkey in the other we can finally say “Thank God its all over for another year”
Thats right everyone, the biggest birthday bash of the year is almost upon us and we can all keep our fingers crossed that good old Santa himself will stuff our stockings with half-decent prezzie…if not the sales are only next week and those vouchers you were cursing only days before will get you a nice pair of Manolo Blahniks or Nintendo – whatever your into!
So from all us here at the Avalon, we hope you have a greeeeat Christmas and if your too worse for wear to remember it…thats why Jaysus invented digital cameras!!

Nollaig Shona Dóibh!!!

And so this is Christmas….


As the festive season winds down and we can all safely sit back on the couch, feet up, a glass of fine Italian chianti in one hand and half a turkey in the other we can finally say “Thank God its all over for another year”
Thats right everyone, the biggest birthday bash of the year is almost upon us and we can all keep our fingers crossed that good old Santa himself will stuff our stockings with half-decent prezzie…if not the sales are only next week and those vouchers you were cursing only days before will get you a nice pair of Manolo Blahniks or Nintendo – whatever your into!
So from all us here at the Avalon, we hope you have a greeeeat Christmas and if your too worse for wear to remember it…thats why Jaysus invented digital cameras!!

Nollaig Shona Dóibh!!!

So here it iiiiis…Merry Christmas 16/12/2007

As we approach the last stretch of the yule tide season shopping frenzy all us normal people are all slowly remembering that “one” family member we forgot to buy a present for! In the case of all the staff here thats not the story, we havent bought ANY yet! Though we say this every year “Ill start shopping in November” we clearly get hit with post summer amnesia and leave it all to the last minute every fec*in year!!!
One thing we didnt forget however (despite the sambuca), was The Avalon House christmas party on Wednesday!!!After a very civilised meal, classy wine and a joyful busride to Temple Bar all the staff let their hair down and danced the night away to all those cringe-worthy Christmas songs we all love to hate! There was even a staff rendition of the nothing-to-do-with-Christmas-whatsoever classic Eidelweiss led by choir-master Paddy!

So as its only 9 days til the big day-get a move on….Most of the good stuff is already sold out and no one is going to be impressed by a pair of crinkle scissors, a christmas jumper or vouchers on Christmas Day!Trust me!

In the wise words of Ms Carey … “Santa Claus won’t make me happy with a DEODORANT SET on Christmas day” (Original Lyrics, 1994)

9 days left baby!!!!!


As we approach the last stretch of the yule tide season shopping frenzy all us normal people are all slowly remembering that “one” family member we forgot to buy a present for! In the case of all the staff here thats not the story, we havent bought ANY yet! Though we say this every year “Ill start shopping in November” we clearly get hit with post summer amnesia and leave it all to the last minute every fec*in year!!!
One thing we didnt forget however (despite the sambuca), was The Avalon House christmas party on Wednesday!!!After a very civilised meal, classy wine and a joyful busride to Temple Bar all the staff let their hair down and danced the night away to all those cringe-worthy Christmas songs we all love to hate! There was even a staff rendition of the nothing-to-do-with-Christmas-whatsoever classic Eidelweiss led by choir-master Paddy!

So as its only 9 days til the big day-get a move on….Most of the good stuff is already sold out and no one is going to be impressed by a pair of crinkle scissors, a christmas jumper or vouchers on Christmas Day!Trust me!

In the wise words of Ms Carey … “Santa Claus won’t make me happy with a DEODORANT SET on Christmas day” (Original Lyrics, 1994)

Yet more December news! 09/12/2007

Folks…as promised some festive fotos from the gang here at Avalonia! As we hit the 2 week countdown to Chrimbo, thanks to Erica, Steve and Nicola we now have a gigantic Christmas tree gracing the reception area of Avalon House, towering over all our guests! The tree, standing at more than 55 foot has officially been named by Guinness book of world records as the most beautiful and tallest tree in south County Dublin* and takes 4 whole generators to power its fleet of lights! So tall is this tree, in fact it took 2 strapping young men to haul Erica up the tree to put the Christmas Fairy in her rightful place!Check it out!!!

So as the embarrassingly great Christmas songs hit our radios and the streets of Dublin resemble Wall Street on any given morning, let me leave you with this final thought! Puppies are not just for Christmas and Argos have only 4 Nintendo Wiis left so get your skates on!!!

Happy 2 weeks til Christmas Day day to you all!!!!!!!

*not exactly true

Yet more December news…

As promised folks…some festive fotos from Avalonia! Thanks to Nicola, Erica and Steve the Avalon Christmas tree is now erect and towering over our guests in the reception! standing at over 55 feet, Guinness Book of records have officially named this as the hugest tree in South County Dublin, so massive indeed that it took not one BUT two strapping young men to haul little Erica up to place the Christmas fairy in her rightful position!

December News… 01/12/2007

Well folks its that time of year again…where we have to raid the wardrobe for those old hat and scarves and our bank accounts for gifts for all our friends, good or bad! Check our Dermots Christmas socks…very festive indeed!!!Well the Christmas season is officially in full swing in the capital with the lights having been officially last week
We have Erica and Silvia rooting out our very own Chrimbo tree as you read this, stay posted for some festive fotos!
Also in news this month the Avalon is losing yet another long-term member of our night-staff, Antonio, who is off to the Spanish capital Madrid to work as an air steward, we wish him all the best of luck with his new career!

stay posted for more news comimg soon…Nollaig Shona Dúibh

October News 09/10/2007

It’s been another busy month at Avalon. We’ve finished re-carpeting the whole building and the hostel is looking great.

We welcomed 4 new staff to reception – Sylvia, Antonio, Nicola and Dermot – and said goodbye to Ivan – good luck with your new career!

Erica and Sylvia with the EcoBiz award

We met Leslie Butler and Jerry Greenfield from Ben and Jerry’s ice cream to collect their EcoBiz of the year award. Check out their climate change initiatives athttp://www.climatechangecollege.org/

Congratulations to all who suceeded in the Flip Flop Fling during September – it wasn’t easy….

Our new look brochure is out now with our great new logo – many thanks to our patient and talented graphic designer Brendan Byrne who is also a talented artist/illustrator. Check out his site for more -
http://brenb.net/

We still need a few more entries for the photo competition so keep sending them through to ronan@avalon-house.ie

If you have anything you would like to see on the blog or any submissions just let us know
email ronan@avalon-house.ie

photo competition 11/09/2007

More entries for the photo competition

Here’s a sample of some more of the entries we’ve had for the photo competition – keep them coming – we’ll be announcing winners soon!

Sadly we’ve had to say goodbye to two of our favourite receptionists – Elise and Stefan. They are off, continuing on their travels – have fun guys!

We’re nearly finished with our carpet laying – thanks to all our guests (and staff!) for their patience with this.

Thanks last week as well to Genevieve for her amazing harp concert in the cafe, Frodo for his guitar concert and the fantastic Tower of Dudes.

LIVE AT AVALON! 29/08/2007

On Monday evening 3rd September we have a free concert for guests – The Tower of Dudes – check them out on www.myspace.com/thetowerofdudes

Watch out for future free concerts on the Blogger!

Renovations! 28/08/2007

We’ve just finished repainting all our rooms and next week we are putting down brand new carpets in all the rooms and hallways in the hostel. Work is starting on Thursday 6th Spetember and will be finished by the following Thursday. Thanks for everyone’s help and understanding while the work is going on – we are trying to keep any disruption to a minimum. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail us at info@avalon-house.ie

Keep the photographs coming for the competition – we want to get as many as possible up in the rooms and around the hostel!

Unfortunately our Tango classes have come to an end – thanks Jose for teaching them all summer and to all the guests who took part. We’ll keep you posted on upcoming entertainment and events.

Entertainment for the week! 24/08/2007

TANGO!!!
Just to let you know that our free Tango classes are on every evening in Avalon House @ 7.00pm with Jose from Argentina – classes are running until the end of August. If you’re staying with us during that time be sure to join in!

Also this Monday night(27th August) @ 8.00pm there is a free live concert with the singer/songwriter ‘Zapater’ from Spain.

Avalon’s photo competition 23/08/2007

Avalon’s photo competition
We are running a great photo competition at the moment in Avalon. You can send your entries by e-mail or post or if you are staying with us we can take them from your digital camera at reception. The prize is free accommodation for 2 people for a weekend at Avalon House. We have run the competition since March – here’s a couple of photos of previous winners:

Stanley Kollen – Mining in France – previous winner

Aaron Martin – ship wreck in Bunbeg Co Donegal – previous winner

Remember photos can be of anything at all people, places, objects – the more unusual the photo the better chance you have. Winning photos will be on display in the hostel and you may have your photo’s immortalised in one of our rooms. We will try and print and display as many entries as possible. If you want to advertise you details so other guests can contact you in relation to your photographs let us know when you send in the photos and we’ll put you in the frame. Good luck!

E-mail entries to: ronan@avalon-house.ie
Postal entries to:
Avalon House
55 Aungier Street
Dublin 2