I'm not a fan of Valentine's Day (insert generic anti-commercialism comment here), but there's no escaping the fan that plenty of people do like it and even worse, celebrate it with enthusiasm. And obviously, it's a big day for the restaurant and leisure industries. If you want to want to do something with your special half, then here's a few suggestions.
If you know of any other events that are a little different and deserve a mention, please drop me a line, or leave a comment below.
Temple Bar Cultural Trust's Date With Dublin
Temple Bar is not a spot that immediately comes to mind when romance is mentioned. However, the Temple Bar Cultural Trust has organised events designed to get you intimate with culture on February 14th. A special programme of short films, gallery tour and outdoor movies will tug those heartstrings and fire the imagination.
Events kick off at 18.30 in Meeting House Square with an outdoor screening of Brief Encounter, a romantic and bittersweet 1945 drama about two married people who meet by chance in a London railway station and carry on an intense love affair. Mini meals, soft drinks and blankets will be provided and costs just €5.
Alternatively, also at 18.30, the National Gallery of Ireland on Merrion Square will offer a free special tour of their most romantic images.
At 19.00, Filmbase will present Brief Encounters, a selection of three lovely Irish short films at the Roasted Brown Cafe on the 1st floor. The featured shorts include IFTA nominated Rhinos and Fear of Flying alongside Oscar nominated The Crush. The programme will take approximately 40 minutes, and Roasted Brown will serve wine and tapas alongside their gourmet coffee. The screening is free, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
At 21.00, there will be a screening of the specially chosen viewer's choice movie, the French classic Amelie. A shortlist of 5 films is available at www.facebook.com/templebarculturaltrust and the winning film will be screened outdoors at Meeting House Square. Again, this will cost just €5.
For more information, and links to book tickets, visit the Temple Bar Cultural Trust website.
Smutty Science Valentine's Show @ The Science Gallery
The Science Gallery brings something a little different to Valentine's night with a tongue-in-cheek exploration of the chemistry of love. Scientific Sue will take a night off from teaching kids for this special adults-only show.
The night will start with a glass of prosecco, before Sue will present some of her most playful and provocative chemistry demonstrations to date. Expect to gain a slightly tongue-in-cheek insight into the chemistry of your body, particularly the processes that might be relevant to Valentine's Day.
Further information available from the Science Gallery. Tickets cost €10, and the event will kick off at 19.00.