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Cheap & Free stuff to do this weekend 25th - 27th November

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Law and the Idea of Liberty in Ireland      

Marking 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, the Irish Legal History Society will be celebrating in academic style. The Magna Carta marks the moment that a check was made on tyrannical rule in England, and then across the globe.  As a country that practises English Common Law, Ireland was profoundly affected by this piece of legislation and its effects are felt in the legal system up to this very day.  This conference will welcome a variety of entertaining and articulate speakers including Patrick Geoghegan, the Daniel O'Connell scholar, James Kelly, and Sean Duffy, all known for being electric speakers on historical subjects. Held on the historical ecclesiastic site of Christ Church Cathedral, historians and history buffs should be sharpening their pencils ahead of some furious note-making.      
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin 8              
25-26th Nov      
Free- register     

Black Friday at Jervis Shopping Centre      

The sale of the year is back!! Black Friday at Jervis Shopping Centre takes place on Friday 25th November, 2016. Doors will open at 7am and the Centre will be open until 9pm to give you plenty of time to get round all the shops and make the most of the incredible discounts on offer.       Jervis Shopping Centre and across the city also 
25th Nov            
Free      

Hennessy Portrait Prize 2016       

The Hennessy Portrait Prize has, in the three years since its inception, managed to put contemporary portraiture back in the limelight. Welcoming portraitists from all disciplines, including photography, the annual celebratory exhibition also serves as a sampling of some of Ireland's most interesting artists and creatives. Say hello to a lot of new faces, literally and figuratively, at the National Gallery of Ireland.          
National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2         
26th Nov- 26th March    
Free      

Mary Cremin in Conversation with Barbara Knezevic          

Barbara Knezevic’s new work at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios will be getting all the attention that it deserves as it coincides with Dublin Gallery Weekend. Programme curator Mary Cremin will be speaking to Barbara about her solo exhibition, Exquisite tempo sector, as well as her route to success in the art world. If you would like to hear the artist’s perspective on her new exhibition, this event is sure to enrich your experience of Exquisite tempo sector.               
Temple Bar Gallery and Studios, Dublin 2
26th Nov            
Free      

Ireland vs. Australia        

Australia made it to the final of 2015’s Rugby World Cup and one year later, they take on Ireland at the state-of-the-art Aviva Stadium on Lansdowne Road, Dublin.            Aviva Stadium, Dublin 4 / Watch at home or in the pub!        
26th Nov            
Watch on RTE   

Ha Penny Flea Market    

The Grand Social on Lower Liffey Street hosts a weekly Indoor Flea Market every Saturday from 12 noon till 6pm. The Ha Penny Flea Market has a mishmash of stalls ranging from vintage clothes to vinyl records, retro furniture, contemporary crafts, chic jewelry, books, etc. They welcome local designers and collectors selling their one-off pieces; the Flea Market has numerous vintage stalls who have amazing finds, vintage furs, bags, dresses and lots, lots more.
Grand Social, Lower Abbey Street             
26th Nov            
Free      

Kilcullen AFC 5K Fun Run & Walk

Keep November 27th free and come along to the Kilcullen AFC 5km Fun Run.  On the day you and the family can come out and support the Kilcullen AFC with their fun run and walk.  Starting at the Parish Centre.  Note: registration will increase on the day.
Kilcullen Parish Centre, New Abbey Road, Kilcullen, Kildare             
27th Nov            
€5-10 to register              

Subtitle European Film Festival 2016         

Subtitle is fast becoming one of the most talked about film festivals across the European calendar. Not only does the festival present some of the finest and most popular films from across Europe in recent years, it brings in hugely talented European actors and introduces them to influential casting directors who travel to Kilkenny from all over the world. Last year, Subtitle officially became the biggest casting event in the world (over 550 meetings set up) and the box office grew by over thirty five percent selling over 3,000 tickets.             
Various Kilkenny locations            
21-27th Nov      
€5-10    

Drogheda Bonanza Festival          

Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It’s magic. There is no other season that excites quite like Christmas. It evokes memories of eating mince pies, visiting family and the twinkling of the Christmas lights. Not to mention the excitement of Christmas Eve. There truly was not a creature stirring in our house.  
Drogheda           
25-27th Nov      
Free      

The Coffee Shop Session 

As part of the Drogheda Traditional Music Weekend there is an Open Session in our coffee shop on Friday 25th November from 4pm - 6pm.  All musicians welcome. 

Ardee Baroque Festival  

The Ardee Baroque Festival aims to bring the best of Baroque music to audiences in the north east and further afield, with top class musicians. The Irish Baroque Orchestra has been at the centre of the festival since its inception with many other ensembles and guests returning year after year. Using venues across Ardee Town including the beautiful St Mary's Abbey, Ardee Castle and Library, audiences and performers have a variety of opportunities to hear this wonderful music.          
Ardee, Louth      
25-27th Nov      
Free - various    

Christmas Floral Art Workshop    

Small fee applies, limited availability. Booking from November 1st.             
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge, Meath        
27th Nov            
Small fee.           

Wexford Winterland Festival       

The Wexford Winterland Festival lights up the town! Wexford on Ice, one of Ireland’s biggest and best ice rinks, runs for seven weeks on the beautiful Quay Front, and the Christmas Express Train captivates young and old alike! The Bull Ring marketplace is transformed into an enchanting outdoor movie venue where classic Christmas movies will be shown on the big screen while the audience enjoys hot chocolate, crepes, and mulled wine. The Bull Ring also hosts a number of free music events during the festive period. Wexford Winterland is launched in style on the last Saturday in November when the town is transformed into a riot of colour, sound and spectacle by the Christmas Parade.  Santa and Scrooge, along with 100 performers from Bui Bolg will wind their way through the streets, culminating on the Quay when Santa will officially turn on the Festive Lights.   
Wexford Town  
26th Nov to 8th Jan        
Free      

House   

Signal Arts Centre is delighted to present ‘House’, an exhibition for all lovers of ‘Doll’s houses’ and other small homes; a gentle comment on the creative potential of house and home at a time of loss, scarcity and migration, by Biddy Scott, Beatrice Stewart, Ann Dillon and Donna Coogan. This exhibition looks at the minutia and complexity of home-making in a fun way. It intends a gentle homage to all the people who still have to carry their home from place to place, recognizing what it must be like to be outside, to be searching for a place to be” – Ann Dillon, Beatrice Stewart, Donna Coogan and Biddy Scott.   
Signal Arts Centre, 1 Albert Avenue, Bray
Opening 27th Nov - 4th Dec         
Free                                                                                     

Anonymous Art Exhibition & Auction for Madra

An anonymous art exhibition and auction will be held on the 26th November at Tribeton venue, Galway. This exciting event will see the works of over 25 artists anonymously exhibited then auctioned off, only after the hammer comes down will the artist be revealed! Works from established as well as amateur artists have been donated and all proceeds will go to Galway based dog rescue charity MADRA. Paintings have been kindly donated by some big names in the art world with Margo Banks, Padraig Mc Caul, Deirdre Walsh, Marissa Weatherhead, Tomas O Maoldomhnaigh, Martina Furlong and Kate Beagan (to name a few!) all submitting work, some with values up to a thousand euro.     
1-, 3 Merchants Rd Lower, Galway           
26th Nov            
Free      

Freespeakingmonkey Album Launch         

After a series of gigs in the summer, including support to Damien Dempsey, Kila and a slot at the Electric Picnic Body and Soul, Freespeakingmonkey are proud to announce the launch of their debut CD Sirens. Freespeakingmonkey have been likened to the pixies produced by Tim Burton and reported in the national newspapers as producing a dark ethereal sound.    
The Glens Centre             
26th Nov            
€10       

Post your Letters to Santa at Horkans      

Something very special begins on Saturday the 19th of November at Horkans Turlough, Castlebar. Children can post their letters to Santa in our Special Santa Post Box which will be ready for all their Santa Letters. Santa will be making a special appearance to collect all of the letters from our Special Santa Post Box at 3pm every weekend from the 19th of November through to the 18th of December. Returning by popular demand this Christmas are our wonderful real reindeer. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted by these beautiful animals so come along and say hello before they have to take off on some very important business! We look forward to seeing you very soon to share this magical experience.        
Horkans Turlough, Castlebar       
26-27th Nov      
Free      

Watch U18 Sligo vs Creggs Rugby             

Watch the U18.5 take on Creggs at home at Hamilton Paek 12pm.              
Sligo Rugby Football Club
Hamilton Park
Strandhill, Sligo
27th Nov            
Free      

Doonbeg Trump Christmas Market           

 Following in the grand tradition of cities like Vienna, Munich, and Prague, Trump International Doonbeg host the annual Christmas Market, which is sure to be even bigger than last year with a huge variety of festive cheer in store. The courtyard at Trump Doonbeg will once again be transformed into an Old-World town square, featuring stalls stocked with retail items ranging from fine wares to handmade crafts and Christmas treats. Enjoy stress-free shopping in a traditional, festive environment where the smells of gingerbread and roasting meats from the outdoor café will entice you to stop for a nibble as you meander through the sixty stalls. The on-site live Nativity, along with a Santa station and carol singers, will offer holiday entertainment for family and friends of all ages.            
Doonbeg, Co Clare          
25-27th Nov      
Free      

Cork Chamber Choir: Songs For A Winter's Evening            

Cork Chamber Choir returns to St. Anne's Church for its third concert in this beautiful and historic church. Under the baton of the choir's new conductor, Tom Crowley, the choir will perform a programme of enjoyable music which includes works by works by Tchaikovsky, Mendelssohn, Victoria, Arvo Part, Morten Lauridsen, Desmond Early and Michael McGlynn. Cork Chamber Choir recently celebrated its 10th anniversary.  
St. Anne's Church, Shandon          
26th Nov            
€7/10   

Glow: A Cork Christmas Celebration         

Glow, A Cork Christmas Celebration, runs from 25th November to 18th December. Experience the wonder of Tír na Nollag, a mystical ‘faery’ village for kids, at Bishop Lucey Park. Stock up on luxury local produce or pick up exclusive gifts for that special someone at the Artisan Food Markets – award winning jams, chutneys and more are sure to make the perfect stocking filler. Delight in the twinkling lights of Cork city from a 30 metre Ferris Wheel, enjoy a vintage carousel ride, along with shopping and entertainment galore in the ‘real capital’ of Ireland. Make sure you visit Cork to truly feel the Glow of Christmas spirit.          
Cork City Centre              
25th Nov- 18th Dec
Free      

Limerick Printmakers Winter Members Exhibition 2016     

Limerick Printmakers (LP) are proud to announce that its annual Winter Members Exhibition will be displayed in the Belltable, 69 O’Connell Street from Friday 25th November to Saturday 17th December inclusive.  The opening night of the exhibition will take place from 6pm on Thursday 24th November with the Belltable’s programme manager Marketa Dowling featuring as opening speaker. This will be the fourteenth Limerick Printmakers Winter Members Exhibition, an event that has become an integral part of LP’s annual programming. LP is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating the scope and talent that exists among Limerick Printmakers studio members while simultaneously highlighting the multitude of printmaking techniques and processes that are in popular use today. The breadth of work on show ablely reinforces how expansive printmaking has become as an art form.
Belltable, 69 O'Connell Street, Limerick   
25th Nov - 17th Dec        
Free      

‘Elf' Screening   

Will Ferrell stars as Buddy, a human raised in the North Pole to be an elf!  After wreaking havoc in the elf community due to his size. Buddy heads to New York City to find his place in the world, and track down his father, but life in the big city is not all sugarplums and candy canes. It’s up to Buddy and his simple elf ways to win over his family and, ultimately save Christmas!        
University Concert Hall, University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick            
27th Nov            
€7.50       

Knock Tractor Run           

Knock tractor run in aid of defibrillator for the knock area, sun 29th Nov, registration €20 per tractor, 12pm in knock village, all tractors welcome!         
Knock Cross, Knock Cross Roads
27th Nov            
Free to spectate              

Waterford Winterval Festival      

A warm welcome to Winterval! 2016 is Winterval’s 5th birthday and we have made this years festival the best yet. A small group of volunteers got together in 2012 and came up with an idea to make Waterford the capital of Christmas.         
Waterford Town              
25th Nov -23rd Dec         
Number of free events   

Santa Parade

Santa arrives at Hillmount to open the grotto! Come experience Santa's very special arrival at Hillmount, along with his helpers Iron Man and Optimus Prime. Join in the festive fun with live reindeer and face painting.  Enjoy a delicious range of festive food and drink with the U105 crew there to supply the Christmas cheer! Free park and ride available from Knock Football Club!
Hillmount Nursery
56 Upper Braniel Road, Castlereagh Hill
26th Nov            
Free      

Thanksgiving Celebrations US Military Style           

Join us for an action-packed afternoon as we celebrate this popular American holiday by paying tribute to the US Rangers, an elite US Commando force established in Carrickfergus in June 1942. Explore the US Officers Field tent and try their communications equipment; taste real American Thanksgiving food based on a menu served in 1944; enjoy craft activities and WWII music and dancing for all the family.              
Museum & Civic Centre, Carrickfergus, County Antrim
26th Nov            
Free      

Armagh Georgian Day    

Enjoy Armagh in all its glory as the city retraces its steps back to its Georgian roots. On Georgian Day, a festive market will bring the city to life, with stalls offering high quality gifts and locally produced food and drink. The city streets will offer something different on every turn including period characters, demonstrations, live music, street theatre & performers, walking tours, mulled wine, mince pies, hot chestnuts and much more.            
Armagh City Centre         
26th Nov            
Free      

Santa's Arrival to Cavan & Switch on of Christmas lights    

Kicking off Christmas shopping in Cavan Saturday 26th November. FREE family fun day at Market Square, Cavan Town 2pm – 6pm.  MC Paul Cox, rides & slides, giant snowman, face painting, costume characters, music & lots more.

Donegal Craft Village     

We`re really excited about our event this year. Every craft shop will be offering special discounts on the day on all our unique handmade gifts. We are organising a magical elf hunt for children where they can follow our illustrated maps throughout the village with their parents to find a number of elf doors and receive magical reindeer food and a candy cane if they find them all. Cute!      
Donegal Town   
26th Nov            
Free      

Panasonic Roadshow     

Meet photography experts from Pansonic , try the latest cameras, have a photo portrait taken or join a photo walk at Mount Stewart. 
Mount Stewart, Co Down             
26-27th Nov      
£4-8 normal admission applies    

Enniskillen Christmas Lights Switch-On

Christmas officially starts in Enniskillen on Saturday 26 November with the Christmas lights switch-on in the town centre. The town will become a hub of live entertainment from late afternoon to mark the start of the Christmas shopping season so come along and get into the festive spirit!           
The Diamond, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
26th Nov            
Free      
                                                                          

Cinder and the Ellas        

Cinderella takes flight in this classic fairy tale, full of amazing aerial circus acts. From the company that brought you “catch me” and “Elves and Shoemaker”, “Cinder and the Ella’s” is suitable for 8yrs plus. Come and share in Cinderella’s journey and watch the thrilling and heart felt story being re-told using aerial hoops, cyr wheel, aerial triple trapeze, a specially designed set full of projections and an original music score.      
Alley Theatre Strabane
26th Nov            
£5          
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