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The perfect setting to showcase both old and new. On the music stage you will hear live performances from diverse acts such as Landless, Inni-K, Crash Ensemble and Slow Moving Clouds in the upper courtyard. With a tented village with theatre and crafting workshops plus a full day of coding workshops for all budding computer programmers.  Not forgetting lots of entertainment for all the family with outdoor games in the Dubh Linn gardens. Over sixty indoor talks will happen in venues around the city centre on themes ranging from arts and culture to creativity and inclusion.
Dublin Castle and various locations around Dublin            
17th April            
Free      
 
The Story of the Capital
Dublin City Hall has a museum/exhibition in the basement, called "The Story of the Capital", it is an exhibition that you should definitely check out at some stage. Opening hours are Monday-Saturday 10:00-17:15.    
City Hall, Dame Street, Dublin 2
14th April            
Free      

The Green Door Market
The Green Door Market is a new indoor food/Farmer's Market that takes place just a few doors down from the Dublin Food Co-op at Newmarket in Dublin 8.  
18 Newmarket, Dublin 8              
14th April            
Free      

Music Town 2017            
MusicTown celebrates the rich music heritage and contemporary artistic lifeblood of Dublin City, one of the world’s most musical cities. Over 11 days and nights in April the beat of the city will be set by the eclectic mix of musical performances and events taking place across Dublin.   Events will take place at all types of venues throughout the city of Dublin.           
7-17th April        
Free      
 
Easter Bunny At The Chocolate Warehouse        
Come and enjoy the Easter experience at The Chocolate Warehouse. For all ages young and young at heart. Feast your eyes on their unique range of Easter eggs products only available at The Chocolate Warehouse.               
Greenhills Road Walkinstown Dublin 12
14-15th April     
 
Our Shared Heritage Gallery      
The beauty and architecture of these parks will also be a major talking point at Parks: Our Shared Heritage - what do you notice in the park? What monuments and quirky planting schemes do you find yourself drawn to? This exhibition will pull together a long history before it moves to the Mall Galleries in London. Consider the social history of these parks, built as places of leisure as a result of the industrial revolution, and how they changed the world, giving people space, air, and a place to day-dream and watch the clouds go by.              
Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park               
7th April-28th May         
Free      
 
Patrick Redmond Exhibition       
This exhibition, within the gorgeous surrounds of Molesworth Gallery, which sits a stone's throw from government buildings, will be the perfect place to watch as this new talent emerges from the wings to challenge the establishment.                
16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2
April 21st - May 26th, 2017          
Free      
 
Mad Hatters Tea Party  
The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party is one of the most famous scenes from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  To celebrate Easter and the full bloom of spring, DLR Events invite young and old to put on their maddest hat and come to the Mad Hatters Tea Party. This year the Mad Hatters Tea Party falls on Easter Sunday so a highlight will be the new Easter Egg Hunt. Follow the signs around the park, collect the code words from the back of the signs, get them all right and collect an Easter treat.  
Deerpark, Mount Merrion          
16th April            
Free      

MCFADDENS FUNFAIR 
Great day out for the whole family! The attractions include dragon coaster, toy town and wave rave and many many more!               
Seasons End, Estuary Road, Swords, Co. Dublin.
14-17th April     
€10 per ride       
 
GAA Museum Tour        
The GAA Museum celebrates Ireland’s unique national games of hurling and Gaelic football. The museum's exhibition galleries vividly illustrate the rich history and development of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present, highlighting the significant contribution the GAA has made - and continues to make - to Ireland’s cultural, social and sporting heritage since its foundation in 1884. Croke Park, Dublin 3             
Jan-May              
                                                                               
Castlecomer Discovery Park Easter Activities      
There are plenty of Easter fun activities at Castlecomer Discovery Park. On Easter Sunday from 11am to 4pm there is an Easter egg hunt costing €10 per family. Also on Easter Sunday for ages 2 and over you can decorate your own Easter glove puppet from 11am to 4pm in the Visitor Centre. Booking advised.
Castlecomer Discovery Park, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny        
14th April to 27th April  
€10 per family   
                               
Easter Family Fun Day   
Why not bring the family along to our Easter Fun day at Battle of the Boyne, where children can pet animals with Wooly Wards mobile farm, watch Martin the Magician perform tricks, and see a puppet show. There will be something to entertain kids of all ages!            
Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre, Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath      
17th April            
Free      
 
Easter Egg Hunt at the Birr Castle             
The race is on to find the hidden eggs in the formal gardens and fill your bucket to get some tasty Easter treats. Easter Egg Hunt included in admission price. Egg hunt will begin at 12.00 and is open to the first 200 children to arrive on the day.   
Birr, Co. Offaly  
16th April            
Free      
                                                                               
Easter in Wexford Wildfowl Reserve      
Enjoy a guided tour at 3pm or try pond dipping and bug discovery in the picnic area.       
Wexford Wildfowl Visitor Centre, North Slob, Ardcavan
16 & 17th April  
Free      
 
Easter Fun Camp at the Rocks   
Come and join us for a some Easter fun. This camp is for all boy and girls from 5 - 12 years of age. Whether they are complete novices or play hurling/camogie, our GAA trained coaches will have something for your child. It could be a great introduction to one of our national sports or a fun camp to improve skills.            
Arklow Rocks Parnells Hurling & Camogie GAA, Emoclew Rd, Knockanrahan Upper, Arklow, Co. Wicklow              
18th-20th April 
€15        
 
Belvedere Easter Treasure Hunts            
Easter Treasure Hunts are taking place in Belvedere on Easter Saturday. Great day out for the whole family.      
Belvedere House, Mullilngar, Co. Westmeath    
15- 17th April    
Children: €5, Adults: €8 
 
Galway Food Festival    
The theme of this year’s festival is 'Food and Community'. Food is central to the stories we tell each other and is vital for forging a sense of community. Galway is home to many different communities, both local and international. In an age of increased migration, we are witness to so many new people arriving in Galway bringing with them their own food culture. It is central that we marry these global cultures with our own in order a secure a brighter future for food. Together, we can make a change and make food a central part of our daily lives. Our Breaking Bread event on Easter Monday is one of the many events that seek to bring our community together.            
Galway 13-17th April     
Entry is free       
 
EASTER WALKING FESTIVAL IN LEITRIM
Take this eggscellent opportunity to break away to Lovely Leitrim for Easter and spend time in nature. This two day festival has stunning walks on Benbulben and Truskmore mountains and a ramble in Glencar on Easter Sunday. Registration for the walks is at Glencar TeaShed beside the waterfall. With good Leitirm hospitality, there’ll be tea & scones at the start and home made soup at the finish. Sat night walkers and friends can come together for dinner at the Glens Centre and hear a talk by Manchan Magan, travel writer and documentary video maker."  Gencare, Tea shed, Glencarr Waterfall  
15-16th April     
€10-15  

Easter Parade   
The town’s Easter Sunday parade is an annual celebration of Roscommon’s legendary community spirit in action.  It is wonderful occasion where all aspects of life in Roscommon can be showcased and celebrated.  We are calling on all businesses, community groups, sports clubs, schools and voluntary organisations to put in a float to make this year’s parade one of the best yet!       
Town centre, Roscommon          
16th April            
Free      
                                                                               
Easter Egg Challenge     
Lifetime Lab in association with Bishopstown and District Lions Club have a great day organised to get the Easter weekend started ! On Good Friday 14th April a host of activities including face painting, make and do, balloon making, falconry and magic shows are on offer all centered around an eggciting Easter Egg Challenge. All completed Easter egg quiz cards will receive a prize and proceeds from the event will be distributed to local primary schools in the Bishopstown area.            
Old Cork Waterworks, Lee road, Cork    
14th April            
€5 per child with adults free
                                                                               
Tír na nÓg Festival          
IRELAND’S best children’s festival – Tír na nÓg Children’s Festival – returns to Tralee, Co Kerry this Easter with a MASSIVE list of fun events for youngsters this coming March 25th-28th. A full programme of indoor and outdoor activities are planned at various locations with – Easter Egg Hunts, Duck Races, Puppet Shows, Family Night at the Dogs, Arts and Craft Workshops, Teddy Bears & Dollies Picnics, Bonnie Baby Competition, Animal Farms and Bug Hunts! Many events are FREE and nearly all will have a nominal fee with proceeds going to various charities! Watch this space for further details.         
Various locations, Tralee, Kerry
14-16th April     
Free      
 
Alice in Wonderland      
Let your kids re-imagine Alice’s adventures in Wonderland and meet her and all of her friends in Wonderland, the Wonderland Rabbit, Queen of Hearts, Card Soldiers on Stilts, the Cheshire Cat and catch the Madhatter’s Magic Show each day.      
Crescent Shopping Centre Dooradoyle Limerick
14th April            
Free      
                               
Tipperary Vintage & Family Fun Day       
Tipperary Vintage are holding a family fun day in celebration of their 9th anniversary on Saturday 15th of April on the Tipperary Plaza. It’s one of Ireland’s biggest collection of vintage cars, tractors, motorbikes, trucks, stationary engines, dog show, and funfair           
Tipperary Plaza, Tipperary           
16th April            
Free      
 
The Copper Coast Mini Farm      
Great fun during the Easter Bank holiday weekend (Sat to Mon). Fun activities include egg hunts, Easter bunny, bouncy castles, face painting, play ground, pony rides, games and much more!
Ballyadam Fenor Tramore, Ireland
15-17th April     
Free      
                                                                               
Easter Trail
Follow the Easter bunny's clues around the Ulster Museum to find some interesting items. The Easter trail is suitable for children of all ages, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The trail takes place over all the levels, starting on level five and finishing on the ground floor. After successful completion, bring your completed sheet to the welcome desk on the ground floor where you might get an 'eggcellent' reward
Ulster Museum Botanic Gardens Belfast
15-18th April     
Free      
 
The Big Story World       
Come along, bring your friends and experience The BIG Story World. Activities, stories and games will help to tell the greatest story ever told.              
Lisburn Cathedral, 1 Market Square, Lisburn, Antrim      
14-15th April     
Free      
 
Family fun day  
Endless fun in the mall for all the family this Easter. Come along on Saturday 15th April for an annual famous Easter egg giveaway and enjoy the music of Sound functions DJ’s. The Quays kids club is offering Easter crafts from 10am to 1pm. On Monday 17th April The Funhouse Newry will have free face painting and bouncy castle 1-4pm and on Tuesday 18th there will be Kids Club crafts from 10-1pm, Face painting 1-4pm and a special show from Louis the entertainer at 3pm. Louie brings his own unique blend of comedy and magic that all the kids will love.        
The Quays Shopping Centre Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland     
16th April            
Free      
                                                                               
Adventure City Family Fun Day 
Enjoy Northern Ireland's most unique adventure activies at the best value only at The Jungle NI. Sunday 5th July. The Jungle NI will host a Family Fun Day offering over 15 unique, adventure activities.            
60 Desertmartin Road, Moneymore, Londonderry          
17th April            
£3 each or 6 activities for £15.    
 
Carndonagh Easter Monday Parade       
Carndonagh Easter Parade will take place on Easter Monday 17th April. This is a great day out for all the family. This family-friendly event will include a parade, fancy dress and a number of fun activities including Best Easter Bonnet competition.               
Inishowen, Donegal       
17th April            
Free      
 
Spring Carnival 
The town will be animated from 12.30pm with street theatre and Bang On!,  a junk percussion duo who create funky beats and rhythmic treats using a huge homemade drum kit which is made from recycled objects. The highlight of the day will be the Spring Street Carnival and the route will begin at 3pm in Regent Street, down Francis Street, to Castle Place, continuing to High Street and returning to Regent Street via Gibson's Lane.
Ards and North Down, c/o Bangor Visitor Information Centre, 34 Quay Street    
14th April            
Free      
 
Hop Aboard the Easter Eggspress            
As well as fun for the children, mums and dads also get the chance to experience rail travel at its most traditional, as passengers will be able to taste the elegance of by-gone railway travel on fifty to one hundred year old carriages through the picturesque County Down countryside along nearly two miles of restored track. 
Downpatrick & County Down Railway Market Street, Downpatrick, County Down            
15-17th April     
£7 for all ages    
                                                               
Big Family Picnic 2017    
Easter Monday 17th April sees the return of the Big Family Picnic at An Creagán. To mark the beginning of Spring the annual event invites family’s to enjoy a fun filled day out in the great outdoors. Experienced picnickers can bring their own lunch or if you prefer the easy option there will be food and snack stalls for you to put together your own packed lunch without the hassle. A magical family adventure through a journey of imagination. Every clearing and glade holds a new way to unleash your creativity. Unique workshops will allow children to create their very own artworks. We encourage everyone to dress in their finest themed costumes! Join us in our wonderous landscape and delight in the spectacular within our woodland environment.              
186 barony road, Creggan, Tyrone           
17th April            
£3          
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