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Our busy June continues

Its a busy month for brick.ie. Some of our members have just returned from exhibiting at a fantastic fan event in Paredes de Coura in Portugal. However, we've barely time to unpack the cases before we head off to the Kildare County Show in Athy this Father's Day. With 20 exhibitors and new models again on show it promises to be a great day out.

Our models in the Arnotts 175 museum remain on display throughout June and July so if you haven't checked out the Dame Street Central Bank and Adelphi cinema buildings in particular you still have time. As part of that event we were interviewed by Ryan Tubridy for his radio show.

A brick.ie team will also be heading to Manchester's Bricktastic event organised by the fantastic charity Fairy Bricks at the end of June. In between, we have our regular Dublin and Limerick meetings. Also, we feature in the current Blocks Magazine (Issue 44).

May events on the horizon

The arrival of May signals the kick-off the busy event season for us. First up on 11 to 12 May we have our free Naas Library event. This not only features the latest creations from 20 members but also expands the building zone beyond our brick pit to include a brick wall for the first time.

At the same time as we prepared for Naas, a team of brick.ie builders has being installing models into Arnotts Department store as part of its 175th anniversary celebrations. As well as giving a chance to get a closer look at popular brick.ie models of the GPO 1916 and Arnotts itself, we've been busy clicking bricks to recreate the former Adelphi cinema and the Central Bank in Dame Street, two new builds which premier at Arnotts 175.

May also sees the launch of Brick Con, a sold-out event in Limerick run by local AFOLs at which many brick.ie members will be displaying.

And if that wasn't enough, we continue to plan for the Kildare County Show this coming Fathers Day.

February is here

January saw over a dozen members bring out their latest creations to Tayto Park as part of Brickx Fest 2018. If the high standard is anything to go by then 2018 should be a great year for brick.ie exhibitions. Check out our Facebook page for pictures of the event. A big shout out goes to our member Elkaczorro for his fantastic (and massive) new ship.

We have now set the date for our free Naas Library event, one of the highlights of our year. Our 2018 event will be held on 11 and 12 May commencing at 2pm on Friday 11th with normal library opening hours on Saturday 12th.

Meanwhile our regular meetings continue on the third Saturday of the month at the Black Sheep pub in Capel Street Dublin. The first Tuesday of the month also sees some of our Limerick members meet up. Check our forum for details.

Happy New year

Happy new year to all brick.ie members. Hopefully you will have got lots of inspiration over the Christmas and New Year period and are ready to start those wonderful new models.

January 2018 will be a busy month. For brick.ie members participating in Lugbulk the deadline for finalising your parts is Sunday 21st January with payment shortly thereafter.

On the event side the models in the Arnotts windows have been removed but you don't have to wait long for your next brick-fix. Some brick.ie members are already getting ready to participate in Brickxfest 2018 at Tayto Park in Meath from 27-28 January. For more information from the organisers about this charity event see here https://www.facebook.com/events/1573316629415272/ .

Our own brick.ie 2018 events will be announced in due course as dates and venues are confirmed.

Kildare County Show at Athy

This coming Sunday Brick.ie members will once again bring their models to the Kildare County Show for what promises to be another exciting event. With almost twenty exhibitors and the popular brick pit it is going to be a busy day. Come along to check out the new and fabulous Conor McGregor mosaic, dinosaur dioramas, Star Wars exhibit and many more.

In addition to the Brick.ie exhibit there will be a hunt chase, dog show, live music, children's entertainment KIDZONE, trade stands, bubble soccer, pets corner, vintage tractors and cars, cattle breeds display, world war display, crafts and lots lots more !!! What a great way to spend Father's Day.

The end of an era

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.

Brick.ie at the North Down Model Railway Society Exhibition

Come see our display at the North County Down Model Railway Show which will be held at Bangor Grammar School in Bangor. We are looking forward to the weekend and to meeting all the rail enthusiasts in the area. There will be lots to see and not just for train enthusiasts!
The show will be open 10am to 5pm on Saturday 22nd and 12pm to 5pm on Sunday 23rd April.

Find North County Down Model Railway Society on facebook.

Upcoming events

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 Naas Library exhibition is fast approaching

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.

Brick.ie Members take part in BRICK 2015

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.

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