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Banter is back!

The series of public interviews, conversations and discussions hosted by Jim Carroll, will present a special panel discussion, in Irish, about Irish next Wednesday at 6.30pm in The Liquor Rooms (Wellington Quay, Dublin 2).

Via Banter

Presented in association with RTÉ, this Banter ‘as Gaeilge’ event, entitled ‘Binn Béal Ina Thost: Comhráite Ciotacha’ (roughly translated as ‘Silence is golden: Difficult conversations’) will explore our often complex and difficult relationship with the Irish language with a distinguished panel made up of: Cilian Fennell, Director of Stillwater Communications; Hannah Ní Bhaoill, Organiser of Féile na Gealaí; Osgur Ó Ciardha, co-founder of the Pop Up Gaeltacht; and Sinéad Ní Uallacháin, Broadcaster with RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta. The panel will share their opinions on this engaging topic with guest-host, RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta’s, Áine Ní Bhreisleáin.

All proceeds  to the Simon Community.

Tickets here


A Daft ad in May

On Wednesday, October 22, at 6pm.

A Banter discussion at Wigwam on Abbey Street Middle, Dublin 1, will focus on the cost of rent  today.

The panel will include Eithne Shortall (The Sunday Times Home Hunter column), Sive Bresnihan (Dublin Tenants Association), Lorcan Sirr (Dublin Institute of Technology) and Mandy Meredith (Associate Director, Sherry Fitgerald Lettings)

Banter writes:

Back in October 2013, Banter held a discussion about housing in the capital. After the boom and the bust, we thought back then that it was as bad as it could get and the struggle to find an affordable house to rent or buy seemed harder than ever.

Fastforward three years and the situation now is worse than ever before. Last week, figures from the Residential Tenancies Board showed that the cost of renting a home in the capital is now at an all-time high and that the average monthly cost of renting in Dublin in June 2016 was €113 higher than a year ago.

Rents are also increasing outside Dublin so there’s no escape. Add in record numbers of homeless families and you’ve a story which doesn’t appear to be getting any better, no matter what the Government promise or plan.

This Banter discussion will focus on the situation which exists in the city right now as regards renting, the possible solutions which could be introduced, the perpetual reluctance by the relevant authorities to do anything about this, the unwillingness to tackle social housing and how the current intransigence could play out.


Banter: Generation Rent

The Only Way Is Essex


The way life used to be.

The next Banter event will take place on Wednesday, January 27 at 6pm, at MVP, Dublin 8, where Jenny Keogh (photographer, film-maker and director of Story Bud?), Aoife Dooley (Dublin Hun creator and illustrator) and Sophie Gorman (journalist and critic) will talk about the evolution of the Dublin accent.

Bodytonic writes:

Just what does Dublin sound sound like? In 2016, there’s a wide range of accents classifiable as the Dublin accent depending on which part of the city or county you happen to be in. We know the ones which are the stuff of caricature and mimic but there’s more to this than just Ross O’Carroll Kelly and Love/Hate.

Over the years, the Dublin accent – as well as the city’s slang, language and lexicon – has changed and morphed numerous times. Be it on the streets, the stage or the screen, what passes for what we hear around us in the the city in 2016 is a lot different to what it was 20 years ago or even in the rare aul’ times.

For this Banter, we’re looking at how these changes happened, the influences on accents, the unique confluence of events which have made Dublin accents turn out the way they have, the effect of various geographical divides on the dialect and just what the city might sound like a few years from now.

Tickets are €5.


Banter: Howya – The evolution of the Dublin accent (Eventbrite)


Do you enjoy Banter?

The celebrated Dublin debate and discussion nights?

Your Xmas has arrived early.

(1) TONIGHT: Banter Review of 2014

An all-star cast of newsmakers and commentators – Panti, Mick Wallace, Louise McSharry and Ann Marie Hourihane – run the rule over the stories and shenanigans, winners and loser, heroes and villians of the last 12 month. Everything from Gaza to Irish Water, Pantigate to Alan Shatter, Ukraine to Malaysian plans, the World Cup to Garth Brooks, Kanye
to Kim will probably feature.

Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1), 6.30pm

Free tickets here

(2) Wednesday: Banter In The Name Of Love

In the Name of Love (see earlier post] is a new oral history which traces the history of the movement for marriage equality in Ireland. Written by Una Mullally and published by The History Press, narrated by those who took a stand, including politicians, activists, artists, drag queens, lobbyists, feminists and those who rocked the boat.
One of the big Irish stories of 2015 is set to be the marriage equality referendum and this book tells the story of how we got from the decriminalising of homosexuality  22 years ago to today’s new brave world. Some of those who contributed to the book will join us at Banter to talk at length about the story so far, what’s to be learned from the various victories and setbacks so far in the path to marriage equality and what lies ahead in the referendum campaign in 2015.

The panel: John Lyons TD, Ailbhe Smyth, Tonie Walsh and Una Mullally

Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1), Wednesday December 10th, 6.30pm

Tickets here




The FREE Dublin talking shop where ideas get TRASHED and pummelled about is back.

Banter founder Jim Carroll writes:

“We have a very interesting Banter panel coming up next week about privacy, which I think might be of interest to the Broadsheet massive…
Who Cares About Privacy in 2014? (Banter number 88, by the way). Panel: Rick O’Shea (2fm), Fiona Hyde (The Journal), Dearbhail McDonald (Irish Independent) and Mark Smyth (clinical psychologist).
“It happens on Wednesday October 8 at the Twisted Pepper, Dublin 1. Doors open at 6pm and the Bantering gets underway at 6.30pm sharp. Limited invite list. Add YOUR name here.


Who Cares About Privacy? (Banter)


Following LIVELY discussions on cycling in the city, alternative spaces, immigration, housing and homelessness Banter’s Living for the City series on living, working and playing in Dublin in the 21st century continues next Wednesday…

…with a look at how the media covers the capital.

The panel: Ian Lamont (editor, Totally Dublin), Kate Coleman (editor, Le Cool Dublin), Niall Harbison (Lovin Dublin) and James Reddy (Rabble).


At the Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey Street, Dublin on Wednesday April 30. Doors open 6pm, FREE (invite list here).

Jim Carroll of Banter adds:

“We’ve also moved into the podcasting business with a new one every week from the back-catalogue of talks we’ve done to date. You’ll find the list of podcasts, including chats with Fr Peter McVerry, Donal Ryan, Alan McGee, Maeve O’Rourke from the Justice for Magdalenes campaign, David Gray, Eimear McBride, Paul Morley, Michael Moynihan, John Grant etc. Here”

 Covering The City (Banter)


[The pop-up playground Granby Park, Lower Dominick Street, Dublin last Summer]

The Banter/Living For The The City FIGHT discussion series is back next week.

Banter’s Jim Carroll writes:

In recent times, we’ve seen a huge growth in new venues and creative spaces in and around the city (Mabos and The Crypt, Granby Park, etc.). We’ve gathered together a number of people who are involved in these new initiatives to talk about how these spaces have come about, what they offer to creative projects, what’s the long-run prognosis for these venues, the role of NAMA and Dublin City Council and what advice they’d offer to those seeking to do their own alternatives.

The panel: Dave Smith (Mabos), Orlaith Ross (The Crypt), Laura G Dovn (Block T) and Peter O’Brien (Upstart)

Living for the City: alternative spaces Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1,  Wednesday February 26, 6pm. Invite list here. FREE.

 Banter Living In The City: Alternative Spaces (Banter)

90311671(At the citizenship Ceremony at the National Convention Centre in August)

They come here, etc.,etc.

But what do they think of us?

From Banter:

The New Dubliners will look at the city through the eyes of those who’ve moved here to make the city their home by talking a group of new Dubliners about their experience of living in the city: the good and the bad, the stuff that keeps them here and the things which make them pine for home, the ins and outs of making a home here.


Featuring Wissame Cherfi (film-maker), Monika Sapielak (Centre for Creative Practice), Hassan Lemtouni (cafe owner) and Minhee Won (financial data research specialist).

THIS Wednesday November 27 at the Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1 from 8pm.

The new Dubliners Debate (Banter)

Admission is FREE (but you may sign up here).

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

Screen-Shot-2012-10-10-at-15.33.07Why do we put up with this?

The Banter housing ding dong [part of the Living In The City series] at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1) on Wednesday October 23.

Featuring: Ronan Lyons (economist, Daft.ie and Trinity College Dublin),Colette Browne (Irish Independent columnist), Karl Deeter (adviser and analyst at Irish Mortgage Brokers and Advisors.ie) and Dr Lorcan Sirr (lecturer in housing studies and urban economics at DIT).

From Banter:

After the ridiculous boom years came the inevitable bust and now come signs of a boom again, as anyone seeking to rent or buy a home in the last few years can tell you. It all sounds very familiar – and very worrying. Here we go again. Will we ever learn? And what exactly is there to learn?



(Admission is free, but you will need to sign-up here)

Living In The City: The Gaffs (Banter)