Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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What’s happening in Honduras? Seomra Info Evening

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 16th July / 7:30pm–9pm

Public Talk by José Antonio Gutiérrez (Research and Development Officer of the Latin American Solidarity Centre)

On June 28th the military staged a coup in Honduras. The coup was quickly sanctioned by most of the Parliament, the Church hierarchies and the Supreme Court. The reason given by them was that Zelaya was trying to perpetuate himself in power, although no serious argument to prove this has been put forward. The coup was immediately rejected by the international community and the Honduran people started bravely to mobilise in the streets of Honduras in defiance of the military: first in their hundreds, later in their thousands. The current crisis in Honduras has made people’s participation reach unprecedented levels: never before have people mobilised in such high numbers in this country.

The current crisis and the prospects of talk in order to solve it, put forward a number of relevant questions in relation to the political changes in Latin America: what was the role of the US in these events? Are we about to enter into a new era of military dictatorships? Is this the end of the possibility for democratic reform of the system?

We invite you to an open discussion on this issue and to explore ways in which we can renew our commitment of solidarity with the struggles of the Latin American people, translating our rejection of this imposition into concrete solidarity proposals.

There will be food served in Seomra Spraoi’s café as usual too.

Soup Kitchen café night with music from Caracoles, Drunken Boat & Michael Canuck

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 24th June / 7pm–11pm

Vegan Café from 7pm
Music from 8pm
Suggested Donation €5

Caracoles is a Dublin based group that have delved into various styles, including funk, reggae, and post-rock. They formed originally in 2007, when singer/guitarist/pianist Kieran started jamming with guitarist/violinist Sergio. The two started writing songs, and soon other musicians joined, including Djembe and Bass players. 2009 saw the rebirth of the band with a new line up after drummer/percussionist/trumpetist Dror and bassist/bio-dancer Richard joined. A new sound was also born, combining elements of minimalism, post-rock, and lo-fi reggae.
Drunken Boat
Dublin based two-piece band, Drunken boat is an experimental ensemble whose music is sensitivily crafted and lovingly looped.
Michael Canuck
Originally from Canada, Michael’s music has taken the Dublin singer-songwriter scene by storm. Catch him at the Seomra Spraoi in a rare low key appearance.

Queer Spraoi Presents: Culchie Queer Night

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 20th June / 8pm–1am

Come outta the sticks: Come Outta the Closet and head to Seomra Spraoi in the Big Smoke. It’s gonna be Munya…


  • Culchie Disco
  • Lovely Bois & Gurrrls
  • Confession Box
  • Culchie Queer Cabaret
  • Sexy Priest Competition
  • & more…

Tea & Sandwiches Provided
Bring Your Own Booze


Tickets available from seomra spraoi: 10 Belvidere Court, off Gardiner Street in Dublin 1. Just north of Mountjoy Square.

Suggested Donation: €5 unwaged / €10 waged
018728670 for details

Townies & Heterosexuals welcome… but remember: KEEP IT COUNTRY!

For all our lovely visitors from other countries & Dublin the links below should help you ‘pass’ as the genuine article…

Philomena Begley — Truck Drivin’ Woman
Father Ted
Culchiephobia: The Culchie Control Platform
Irish Dancing at the Regional finals for the Rose of Tralee

Parents Group Meeting

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 27th June / 7pm

The best of us, at times, can be made feel isolated or alienated for thinking outside the box on issues that affect us & our children’s lives.

Whether it’s the mass media trying to manipulate you and your kids, gender stereotyping from the moment of birth, marketers targeting your kids as evolving consumers, a domesticising education system, authoritarian parenting, whatever negatives… the landscape can seem bleak and lonely if you’re questioning issues like these and feeling alone in your thoughts & efforts.

Instead of wallowing in the negatives of modern parenting, we think it’s important to open up a space where parents from diverse backgrounds can share positive experiences of different parenting and education practises as well as offering solidarity to others of like minds.

We plan to discuss many of the possibles & impossibles of parenting, alternative means of educating, kids’ music, unschooling, homeschooling, radical parenting, alternatives to punishment, teens, anti-authoritarian parenting, noTV, natural birthing, Steiner/Waldorf education, food, surviving the toddler years…

The list is endless!

Come along to our first informal meeting and share your experience, ideas and solidarity.

Seomra Spraoi Info-day!

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 6th June / 1pm–5pm

You are Invited to an introductory talk about Seomra Spraoi this Sunday (7th) at 1pm, followed by dinner at 3pm. This will be a chance to find out more about how Seomra Sproai is run, the politics of the centre and how to particapate in the project. At 1pm there’ll be an introductory talk and questions and answers session and then a chance for further discussion over lunch.

Find out more about Seomra Spraoi with an introductory talk on the politics of social centres as well as the ins and outs of organising a grass-roots independent project. There’ll also be a chance to find out more about how to get invovled in Seomra Spraoi, use the space, organise an event or particpate in any other way.

After the discussion there’ll be a chance to chat further over dinner at Seomra’s weekly Sunday Vegan Cafe.

Queer Spraoi/RAG/Seomra Spraoi Open Workshop — Queer Politics: Mainstream or Revolutionary?

Seomra Spraoi / Wednesday 10th June / 6pm–7:30pm

6 p.m. sharp, everyone welcome.

The contemporary Euro-American LGBT movement emerged out of the gay and lesbian liberation struggles associated with the radical politics of the 1960s, which in turn were inspired by mass revolutionary movements prominent at the turn of the twentieth century. Yet today the majority of men and women active in LGBT politics seek not revolutionary social change but inclusion within the boundaries of mainstream liberal culture. They tend to organise as a single-issue interest group seeking legislative reforms (for example, amendments to marriage laws), and unlike their forebears pose no radical challenges to either capitalism or the state.

In this workshop, sponsored jointly by Queer Spraoi, RAG, and Seomra Spraoi, we will explore the controversial question of whether contemporary queer politics can and ought to pursue a more ambitious political agenda. If so, what form might such a politics take, and how would it relate to its more conservative cousin?

This is a public and free event, and everyone is welcome!
The workshop will be followed by a queer café and social night.

Seomra Spraoi Summer Sizzler

Seomra Spraoi / Saturday 6th June / 8pm–1am

a seomra spraoi fundraiser

Dress Like it’s Summer! We won’t guarantee summer… but you can expect:

Sizzling Summer Sounds
  • DJ Goldilox (elektro vocal house)
  • djane 4Q (glamourdirtydiscoboogiewoogiecountrysoulpopsicklelatinfunk…)
  • Krossfader (surf n bass)
Sizzling Summer Snacks
Hand picked from our BBQ (8pm–10pm)
A selection of other Summer Sundries
You’ve come expect from seomra spraoi…
Face painting, special guest dance performance, friendly staff…

Suggested Donation*: €10 if you can afford it/€5 if you can’t

*pay more/less as you can afford…

Bring your own Refreshments

No admittance after 11pm

Seomra Spraoi Cinema

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 24th May / 6:30pm–10pm

Open meeting for cinema group at 6:30pm. Screening at 7:30pm (‘Do The Right Thing’).

Open Meeting for Cinema Group

There will be an open meeting for people to join the cinema group this Sunday at 6:30pm. Anyone interested in showing films or in possession of good films that could be shown are welcome. Looking to recruit members for group. (Group generally shows films on Sunday evenings and sometimes helps others to show films at other times during week.)

‘Do The Right Thing’, Spike Lee, 7:30pm

Do the Right Thing is a 1989 American ensemble film produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. The film deals with issues of racial conflict in the multi-ethnic community of Bedford-Stuyvesant, a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York, during the hottest day of the summer. Director Lee also stars in the film, alongside Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, and John Turturro. The film is also notable in that it marks the feature film debuts of both Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez.

Upon its release, the film received mixed reviews and was met with much controversy, as many critics felt the film might incite riots from African-American viewers. Still, the film was a success at the box office, and received numerous accolades and awards. The film has grown in stature over time; in 1999, it was deemed “culturally significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry, one of five films to do so in its first year of eligibility. In 2007, the American Film Institute listed the film as the ninety-sixth greatest American Movie in Film History.