The easter weekend will see the closure of a great Dublin pub with over 100 years history. Jack Nealon's on Capel street is not just any pub, it's where we have held our monthly brick.ie meetings for the past 6 years. The interior has changed little since it first opened and according to experts the ceiling is one of the finest examples of ornate plasterwork in Dublin.
Unfortunately Nama has sold the load on the property to American vulture fun Oaktree who have now decided that they want to change function of the building to something other than a public house. So because some suits in a boardroom somewhere in America looked at a spreadsheet and decided they need some more profit we are losing a fine pub in Dublin.
While it's probably too little too late please sign this petition.
For those interested in seeing brick.ie models 'in the brick', we have two display events this autumn.
First up is a big display at the 6th Limerick Diecast Model Show in the South Court Hotel which takes place from 10.00am on Sunday 18th September only. Larger models on display at this event include MOCs of Superman's Fortress of Solitude, Clerys Department Store and the White House but there are a significant number of other models including city scenes, vehicles, including trains and tractors, mosaics and Irish buildings.
For three days over the October bank holiday weekend, a team from brick.ie will exhibit at the Model Railway Society of Ireland show in St Paul's College Raheny. The line-up for this event is still being finalised but its brick.ie's only Dublin exhibition of 2016 so it promises to be a great show.
Our largest exhibition of 2016 so far is scheduled for Naas Library on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 May. Similar to last year we hope schools will avail of the opportunity for a class visit on Friday where they can meet some the best LEGO builders in Ireland (places bookable via Naas library). From the last class on Friday to close of business on Saturday, the exhibition will then be open to the public.
This year's highlights include a very sizeable model of the 1916 Easter Rising complete with the GPO and Nelson's Pillar. We display for the first time in Ireland our very own LEGO Star Wars convention at the Dublin Convention Centre beside our version of Clerys Department store. Across the mezzanine, Superman hangs out in his Fortress of Solitude near where DC superheroes are having some difficulty with their Marvel(lous) neighbours. We again have lots of trains, trams and amazing detailed vehicles along with our latest city buildings.
A strong Irish presence was felt at the largest UK LEGO show, BRICK 2015, in the ExCeL, London, which took place the weekend of 11th-13th December.
One of the stars of the show was Jessica Farrell's fantastic model of the Royal Theatre in London. It's a stunning building, but Jessica cleverly left one side open to show the beautifully detailed interior and the performance taking place. See more photos of the model here.
Our final Irish exhibition of the year will take place over the October bank holiday weekend (24-26 October) from 11am to 5pm each day at Blackrock College as part of the South Dublin Model Railway Exhibition. This is our only Dublin based exhibition of the year and features many great models of Dublin landmark buildings, our largest LEGO train layout this year, a huge castle, aswell as other surprises including an amazingly realistic LEGO aquarium and a new Ninjago model built for this show.
On Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September we host our next event in Naas Library where you can meet some of our LEGO builders and their models up close. All are welcome although larger groups, from schools etc. will need to book in advance with the library. Admission is free.
Next weekend Sunday 12 April 2015 is our first official domestic event of 2015 which comes hot on the heels of brick.ie member Oiley's Carrickmacross Civic Centre tour de force that wraps up on 10 April.
We hope to see many of our Munster members at the Clare Die Cast Model Show at the West County Hotel in Ennis. Doors open at 10.30am til 6pm.
Congratulations to the team that built the beautiful model of O'Connell street 1949 with running trams and cars. They just beat us in the public vote for best in show at last weekends Dun Laoghaire Model Railway Show. Still, brick.ie was happy to come second with our mix of Dublin, Southern Germany and English fleet.
In October bank holiday weekend we'll show our stuff again, this time in Blackrock College at the South Dublin Model Railway Club Exhibition.
Saturday June 15th we'll gather in Kildare for the first proper Brick.ie event. Food, drinks, MOCs, games... just an afternoon of Lego-fun.
The monthly meetings are in a pub but this time it will be in a private place so bringing MOCs is safe. Of course you don't have to bring something...
For the Wacky race all you need to do is bring something on wheels, the crazier the better. We'll run it down a ramp and see whose creation gets the furthest or causes the most spectacular crash!
So clear the 15th in your agenda and come up to Kildare.
And since you're in the area for the weekend anyway, why not take part in the Kildare county show the day after?
Congratulations to the winners of our Sunday quizz, who won themselves a LEGO Monster Fighters set by spotting all the Monster Fighter characters in our layout at the Raheny Model Railway Show.
Special thanks to LEGO® for donating the prizes.