Seomra Spraoi

Dublin's Autonomous Social Centre

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Galician Day at Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 14th December / 4pm

Traditional food, screening, talk and ‘Queimada’

Afternoon of Galician culture in Dublin 1 this Sunday

This Sunday in Seomra Spraoi we’re having a afternoon of Galician culture, with a traditional meal followed by the ritual of ‘Queimada’, the fire drink of Galicia, videos and a talk on Galician history.

Things start at 4pm.

Seomra Spraoi is situated at 10 Belvedere Court, 10 minutes walk from O’Connell bridge. Walk north along Gardiner Street, past Mountjoy Square and it’s the next turn right.

Map/directions are on our website at

Seomra Spraoi benefit gig

GZ present a Christmas Benefit for Seomra Spraoi, featuring:

The Lower Deck, Portobello
Thursday 18 December
Doors 8.30pm, Starts 9pm sharp
Adm €6 before 9pm / €7 after

Seomra Spraoi Info

Seomra Spraoi is an autonomous social centre in Dublin city centre. It is run by a non-hierarchical collective on a not-for-profit basis. It hosts workshops, political meetings, film screenings and lots more. The centre seeks to be a hub of positive resistance, in a city and society where public spaces have been eaten away by consumerism, property speculation and the culture of the car.

After losing the Mary’s Abbey premises in December 2007, Seomra Spraoi are finally back with a new location on Belvedere Court, Dublin 1, just north of Mountjoy Square. The new Seomra Spraoi wants to be an active hub of positive action. As billions of our taxes are spent covering the bets of banks, it’s the elderly, students, those on welfare and ordinary workers that now have to bear the brunt of recession. There never has been a time in recent years where the naked ugliness of capital has been so obviously on display. You know that’s shit, but now’s your chance to do something about about it.. We want it to be a space where all can develop some of the skills and tools needed to dismantle capitalism, a space and project to help take back control of our own lives, shape our own fates and that of the city we live in. We want to turn this (for now) empty building into a hub of Do It Yourself activity.

Seomra Spraoi work day

Seomra Spraoi / Thursday 20th November / 12pm–6pm
Seomra Spraoi / Sunday 23rd November / 12pm–6pm

There’s still lots more work to be done in Seomra Spraoi, so we’re calling two more work days this week, on Thursday 20th and Sunday 23rd, from midday to 6pm. Again there’ll be lots of tasks for the experienced and inexperienced alike, but we’d like to put a special call out for people with skills (carpentry, gutters/drains, electrics, etc) and tools to come down, as there’s a couple of larger projects that will require a few people with specialised knowledge.

Talk on the Immigration Bill at Seomra Spraoi

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 2nd December / 7pm

On Tuseday the 2nd of December, David Landy will give a talk at Seomra Spraoi on the new Immigration Residency and protection Bill. The IRP bill will bring some key changes to the ‘management’ of migration, including a number of draconian elements with some very important political implications. David will talk about some of these elements but also talk about the problems with NGO sectors opposition to the Bill.

Seomra Spraoi work day

Seomra Spraoi / Tuesday 18th November / 12pm

We’re having a work day in Seomra Spraoi this Tuesday, the 18th. There’s plenty to be done with the new building before regular and open events can start taking place, so come and lend a hand.

If you possess any skills or tools, please bring them, but if not, there’ll still be lots of jobs to do. We’ll be there from midday. The address is 10 Belvedere Court, just north of Mountjoy Square. Map here:

If you have better things to be doing of a weekday afternoon, we’re hoping to have another work day next weekend, so keep your ears pealed if you’re interested.

Seomra Spraoi Fundraising Quiz

It’s the return of the
All singing all dancing Seomra Spraoi fundraiser quiz…
Lower Deck Friday 24th Oct 8pm

Your Glamorous Hosts
We Smell Like Men & Chou Chou Cixous
  • Amazing Prizes
  • Music Round
  • Dance off
  • Raffle
  • Stimulating Questions

It’s gonna be the best night of your life…

Music For Afters
  • Electronic Resistance DJ (Disco)
  • 6 Foot Apprentice (Kaboogie break core live set)

Suggested donation €5 per person
(come with a team or come & join one)

“Roll Up Your Sleeves”

[Watch this space: possible new Seomra Spraoi venue. Hopefully, there will be a callout for help and a chance for us all to get stuck in and roll up our sleeves again soon! Stay tuned.]

Hi All.

Premiere of the new documentary “Roll Up Your Sleeves” (27 mins) about Do It Yourself counterculture is taking place this Saturday 20th September at 12pm in the Irish Film Institute on Eustace Street in Temple Bar.

The event is FREE in and all are welcome.

It will also be showing on Dublin Community Television later in the year.

Hope to see you there!


Here’s the Synopsis:

Roll Up Your Sleeves: The DIY Counterculture (27 mins)

The debut film from 21 year old Dylan Haskins and a group of his friends was two years in the making. The documentary is a colourful exploration of the phenomenon of ‘Do-It-Yourself’ counterculture from the starting point of his own group of friends and their local alternative community. The journey of discovery leads Haskins to drive a US folk punk band on their European tour and looks at the relationship between DIY ideology and european autonomous social centres. This is contrasted with the Seomra Spraoi social centre project in Dublin and the problems they face. Independent music features as a thread throughout the film.

Interviewees include Ian MacKaye of legendary alternative bands Fugazi and Minor Threat, Ellen Lupton, author of DIY: Design it Yourself and Curator of Contemporary Design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, Ellie and Louise Macnamara of young irish band Heathers and members of long running Dutch experimental punk band The Ex.

Scoil Spraoi invites you to our first Social Centre gathering, on April 11th–13th!

Scoil Spraoi is the Seomra Spraoi educational working group. This is our first event. We hope you like it…

Social Centre Gathering

A space to share our experiences and knowledge about Social Centres. By sharing these things and making them collective we can sharpen our tools, develop our ideas; create new forms of non-hierarchical and anti-capitalist organisation. Through collective discussion debate & action we create communities of resistance

Social Centres

Social Centres have been an important and stable development of social movements. Social Centres create space for meetings, workshops, benefit gigs, not for profit cafes, libraries, internet access, craft activities, bicycle workshops, self-defence training: the list goes on. What more can we use them to do? What forms of collective activity do they make possible? What forms of resistance emerge form such a social space? What are their limitations?

We have part of the answers to these questions in our collective experiences. This is a chance to share, discuss and debate those experiences.

Seomra Spraoi

The Seomra Spraoi collective was started three years ago with the intention of setting up an autonomous social centre in Dublin. We reckon we’ve been pretty successful…

Since our humble beginnings we have occupied three different spaces of our own, each bigger than the previous one. Our move to 4 Mary’s Abbey in July 2007 saw a huge surge in activity and an expansion of the collective. Over 20 groups held regular meetings or events there, with hundreds of people using the space on a weekly basis. After a month of bureaucratic dealings with the landlord, fire authority & police the collective decided to terminate the lease. From this experience we learned a lot…

We keep on learning. The collective is highly organised, with around 30 people managing the social centre, via working groups, and an open meeting of the collective every Thursday.

Europe wide days of action

This gathering coincides with a European wide call for “decentralized days of action for squats and autonomous spaces” — a weekend of discussion & action in defence of free spaces.

We want to make autonomous spaces and social centres more visible as a political movement. We want to develop interconnections and solidarity between social centres and autonomous spaces. We want to keep linking our spaces with new people and new struggles, and support the creation of autonomous spaces in places where there has not been a history of this kind of action.

First things first — Friday

…will kick off around 7 and is shaping up to be a nicely chilled and fun evening.

The venue for the gathering is CASADH, 19 Newmarket Square, The Coombe.

Click on the map below for a larger graphic.

Please note that CASADH is a DRUG & ALCOHOL FREE SPACE,
it is used as a drug rehabilitation centre during the week and drugs/alcohol are not allowed on the premises at any time.


Group presentations
So far we have individuals who will tell us about their experiences of working in autonomous spaces and social centre projects in Italy, Poland, Germany and Seomra Spraoi…more presentations to be confirmed.
Dinner will be provided by the skilled ’Peoples Kitchen’ collective. If you think you’ll be arriving late let us know and we’ll try to keep food for you or if you have special dietary needs, again, do let us know. Lunch and dinner will be provided on Saturday also.
While we’re chowing down we’ll chill out watching some short movies on various international social centre projects. If you have an interesting short documentary that you think we could show feel free to bring it along.

Saturday’s discussion topics

Saturday will be broken into 3 discussion sessions — each session will deal with a variety of themes — we are currently working on the structure of the discussions to enable full participation so please mull over these topics — we wanna know what you think!

Session 1 — practical issues associated to running a social centre
  1. From shaky ground to safer spaces
    Can we make social centre spaces free from oppression? How do we deal with behaviour and language that perpetuate oppression?
  2. Decision making by consensus
    Why do it without leaders? How can we increase democratic participation in social centres?
  3. Avoiding the ghetto and increase accessibility.
    How can we broaden the appeal of social centres and not just serve the needs of the familiar activist scenes?
Session 2 — Discussion topics relating to viewing social centres as a political project
  1. From autonomy to bureaucracy and back
    Can Irish social centres remain truly autonomous in the face of bureaucratic challenges? How do we raise finances without being limited or diverted in our aims?
  2. Creating spaces of resistance
    How do we see the role of social centres in social movements and wider revolutionary currents? Are we just providing services that the government provides?
  3. Developing aims & principles
    How do social centres develop their politics?
Session 3 — Futures
  1. Creating a social centre network — developing social centres in Ireland
    What ways can we support each other in creating social centres and other spaces?
  2. Social centres as places of skill sharing and popular education?
    In what ways can we tap in to the full potential of social spaces to share and develop skills; inspire and create amongst each other?
  3. Creating spaces beyond the social centre
    How can we create temporary autonomous zones? What role can social centres play in campaigning and taking action to reclaim spaces?

Sunday’s antics

A fun and kid friendly picnic marking the privatisation of public space. We’re encouraging creative participation so get any costumes out and start making banners!


If you need somewhere to crash over the weekend please email us — — and we’ll try to sort you out. There is limited space so we can’t guarantee everyone a place but we’ll do our best to sort you out.

Over and Out!

Fundraiser for Seomra Spraoi — Saturday January 5th

A fundraiser gig for Seomra Spraoi social centre
Saturday January 5th 9pm — Lower Deck

gz present

A fundraiser for Seomra Spraoi social centre, featuring:

Running order TBC on the night

Sat 5th January 2008
The Lower Deck, Portobello
9pm. Minimum donation €6.
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