Family Day Festival
Family Day is the ultimate excuse to pack up the kids and head into the city for fun family times. The cobblestones of Smithfield Square will play host to hundreds expected to gather for quality family time. A diverse event, Family Day welcomes families from all over Dublin and from all cultural backgrounds - even temporary Dubliners here on holiday will join in the fun.
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7
PhotoIreland’s international festival is focused around photography and image culture. Explore work of esteemed photographers, as well as that of young and local initiatives in Ireland, presented to you in a vibrant and friendly atmosphere.
4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2
International Literature Festival Dublin
Ireland’s premier literary event comes to Dublin this summer with the finest writers in the world gathering to debate, provoke and inspire. Children’s fiction and Irish language writers are also strongly represented at this high calibre festival so don’t miss your chance to explore why our country holds the record for winning the most Nobel Prizes for Literature in the world as the International Literature Festival Dublin takes over the capital this May.
Various Dublin Venues
Guinness PRO12 Final
Guinness PRO12 Rugby has become one of the hottest tournaments around featuring some of the sport's biggest stars from the best teams in Europe. A fantastic event for all the family on and off the pitch, with plenty of entertainment for everyone, the Aviva Stadium in Ballsbridge is the place to be this May 27th.
Landsdowne Road, Dublin 4
Free on RTE/ pubs around Dublin
Bark In The Park
The event will include a charity walk, a raffle, music, goody bags and prizes for the dog with the Best Bark, Shiniest Coat, Happiest Smileand Waggiest Tail ! All funds raised will go towards the work of The Irish Blue Cross animal welfare charity with sick and needy pets.
St Anne’s Park, Raheny, Dublin 3
Visit Phoenix Park: Our Shared Heritage
The Phoenix Park is Europe’s largest city park. Deer run free, and when the sun comes out, the city’s populus luxuriates in the sun’s rays there. However, the Phoenix Park is part of a larger culture reflected over the water in London, where the Royal Parks are abuzz with zoos, outdoor swimming, and even art pavilions.
until 28th May
Dublin Psychic & Holistic fair
Some of Ireland's top Mediums, Psychics, Tarot and Angel card readers giving One-to-One private & personal readings on the day. A wide range treatments, advice and information available on the day provided by a selection of national and local holistic therapists. Natural skincare & cosmetics product lines, herbal remedies, oils and essences.
Hilton Hotel, Malahide Road, Northern Cross, Dublin 13
Sunday 28th May - 11 am to 7 pm
Party in The Park
Kids can enjoy fun and games galore while Mam and Dad can sample cuisine from around the world and check out the trade village with plenty of shops to keep everyone interested. Sing and dance along to the open-air music, see some of the world’s most exotic supercars and of course cheer on your favourite celebrity in the first ever Ireland’s Fastest Celebrity race
Mondello Park, Donore, Naas
Kids u12 free
Bake Sale & Coffee Morning
Bring and buy your tasty treats, all are welcome, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
Tulla Macra Hall, Threecastles
11am Sat 27th May
Amanda Tapley at Caffe Latte
A collection of new Still Life work by Artist Amanda Tapley.
Tapley’s subject matter is carefully chosen, using natural objects alongside man-made items, with the intention of highlighting the beauty of the everyday and the harmony between man and nature.
Painting from life and using carefully constructed compositions and close attention to detail Amanda draws our attention to the qualities, textures and surfaces of the subject matter.
Dunamaise Art Centre, Co Laois
The Tain March 2017
For an ancient Irish queen of folklore, it must be said that Medb lived a life more resembling that of an action hero. You can join in this walking adventure if you have the true and noble heart of a warrior. The nine day route can be tackled at once or you can choose just one stage to conquer, but the journey will be broken up by readings and tales about the first march of the Táin. It will take you from Omeath to the Cooley Peninsula, through Mebh's own homeland, Rathcroghan in Co Roscommon. Feel closer to the wild days of ancient Ireland as you follow in the footsteps of one of its most impactful heroines.
Free to spectate
Football and Hurling Foundation Courses
Foundation Football and Hurling Courses are aimed at Coaches of Juvenile Players and will be a mix of theory and practical work revolving around skill development and activities appropriate to underage players.
Mulingar, Co Westmeath
Bealtaine Living Earth Festival
The Bealtaine Living Earth Festival is the perfect way to spend a little time thinking about earth in a constructive and useful way. With a public programme heaving with events across the South-East, there will be so much to do that you won't know where to start.
New Ross, Co Wexford
Mountain Bike Emeral Enduro – World Series Irish Event
The Coillte Emerald Enduro presented by Biking.ie will return to Carrick Mountain on the 26th to 28th of May for the 4th Round of the 2017 Enduro World Series. The best bike riders in the world will complete six timed technical downhill stages, in a rally style format called ‘Enduro’. The rider with the fastest combined stage times on day shall be crowned the winner. Several thousand spectators and dozens of international journalists, photographers and film crews will descend on County Wicklow, to witness the most spectacular biking event in Ireland!
Carrick Mountain, Wicklow
Conamara Bog Week
The Conamara Bog Week rekindles this spirit with a whole host of events that will bring together members of the community and visitors thanks to a programme packed with activities. If you're feeling sporty, you might want to check out the 5k run and Family Fun Day, or take a breathtaking guided walk in the Connemara National Park. Ponder spoken word at Poetry in the Park or sit under the gothic, pointed arches of Kylemore Abbey and enjoy an unforgettable concert.
Letterfrack, Co Galway
Free - €10
Children of Lír Festival
Belmullet is home to the annual Children of Lir festival, which celebrates the myth of Clann Lír, a story which is local to Erris, where Belmullet is located on the Wild Atlantic Way. This year’s fest will include a boat trip to the majestic island of Inis Gluaire, where folklore suggests that the Children of Lír are buried. If you don’t have sea legs, you can alternatively take in vistas of the island from dry land with a walk. Children will enjoy films in the local auditorium while creative types can test themselves with some arts and crafts workshops.
Erris, Co Mayo
New collection by Cróna Gallagher
This new collection of artworks 'EIKYO' by Cróna Gallagher is an investigation into the fauna and flora of the west of Ireland which has had a direct influence on the artist’s creativity.
Hyde Bridge Gallery, Sligo.
16th May-6th June
The Burren Rocks
The Burren Rocks Festival celebrates one of Ireland’s most intriguing landscapes – The Burren and Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Global Geopark. Get immersed in all that is the Burren. Discover fascinating landmarks and important geological sites in the Burren National Park. Take a stroll through time in one of Ireland’s most intriguing landscapes and learn how the Burren was formed millions of year ago and how it became a UNESCO Global Geopark. There will be fun for all ages with walks, talks and a fossil hunt taking place in the Burren National Park.
The Burren National Park, Co Clare
Fastnet Film Festival
This independent festival is dedicated to bringing together both established and first-time filmmakers to a forum in celebration of the short film. Although the element of competition is a part of the Fastnet Film Festival, the main focus is about screening the entrants’ films in the public arena.
Schull, Co Cork
Young at Art - Exhibition
Art exhibition featuring the work of The 'Young at Art' Art Group.
Blackpool Library, Redforge Road, Cork
Sat 27th May
Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare & Kids Cycle Arounf Kenmare
Ring of Beara Cycle Kenmare is an initiative undertaken by Kenmare Marketing and Events Group. The kid’s cycle will start at 10am in Kenmare Square and follow a short 2km route around Kenmare town. A team of marshals will supervise the route and ensure the safety of all children who participate. The kid’s cycle will start at 10am in Kenmare Square and follow a short 2km route around Kenmare town. A team of marshals will supervise the route and ensure the safety of all children who participate. Mums and Dads are welcome to join their children cycle this free fun event. Children participating in the events need to register from 9.15am in the marquee located in Kenmare Square.
Kenmare Square, Kenmare. Co Kerry
Free to spectate/ free for kids
The Art Escapes
The Art Escape Art Group are returning for a second exhibition in Clonmel Library from next Monday, 22nd May to 2nd June. The official opening will be held on Tuesday, 23rd at 7.30pm.
This group of paintings are the work of 40 artists who take part in weekly classes run by Ann Brennan, under the name The Art Escape.
22nd May-2nd June
Intonations Choir & Guests Summer Concert
Christchurch Cathedral, The Viking Triangle, Waterford. Saturday May 27th at 8pm. Intonations Choir & Guests Summer Concert. Tickets€10/€8 available from any Choir member or on the door on the night.
Christchurch Cathedral, The Viking Triangle, Waterford
Global Bubble Parade 2017 Belfast
The Bubble Parade is an international movement of passionate individuals who share the belief that that happiness is the journey, not the destination, by joining together in peaceful local parades of soap bubbles. Aimed at promoting resiliency, diversity, and positive interactions within communities, the Global Bubble Parade is the brainchild of the 100happydays Foundation. The bubble parade is a GLOBAL event - local bubble parades will take place in cities around the world. Last year more than 80 cities pariticapted in our event - are you ready to join us?
Belfast City Centre
Sunday 28th May
Free- must RSVP
The world is going parkrun mad, with hundreds of thousands catching on to this great free Saturday 5k run idea. For those who’ve not run before, this is an informal introduction to highlight that you’re all welcome to walk the 5k and join in the fun! Bring your walking gear with you and we’ll introduce parkrun and the Colin Glen route to you.
Meeting at the Colin Glen Car Park, Stewartstown Road.
Colin Glen Forest Park, Belfast, Co Antrim
The RNLI Portrush Raft Race
One of the most popular family fun days on the Causeway Coast. Large crowds of spectators gather to watch as the ‘home-made’ rafts race from the West Strand beach to the finishing line in Portrush Harbour. The main event, sponsored by Ramore Restaurants, is supported by many other side attractions, including the Junior Raft Race at 11:00 and speciality stalls throughout the day. With so much to see and do, come along, bring the family and support the Portrush Lifeboats.
The Harbour, Portrush, County Antrim
The Armagh Craft Fair
Armagh craft fair is bigger and better. The renowned Armagh Craft Fair returns to the City on Saturday 27th May all under the roof of the iconic Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre, Armagh. Armagh Craft Fair runs from 10:00 - 18:00.
This free event, now in its seventh year, brings high quality Craft to the heart of Armagh City and features over 45 high quality craft stalls from makers across Ireland.
Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre Market Street, County Armagh
International Flute Orchestra Performance
An amazing concert by the International Flute Orchestra from the USA comes to the Walled City on 26th May. The free performance, conducted by Dr John Bailey with music from Bach, Beethoven and Rossini, PLUS a spectacular opening performance by the accomplished Allegri choir, begins at 19:30 in Derry’s Guildhall.
The Guildhall, Guildhall Street, Derry
Coastal Clean 2017
List of locations available- everyone welcome. 1pm Ionad an Chrois Bhealaigh
The fun begins at the Front of House where you’ll be given your welcome pack full of how to get involved in the competitions and all the fishy goings on what’s happening that day, it will also include a Quiz like no “Otter” so pens and pencils at the ready….
Exploris, The Rope Walk, Castle Street, Portaferry
12noon – 6pm Lots of stands…local gourmet foods, strawberries and Pimms, balloon car, flowers and plants, book and dvd stall (residents can donate). A fantastic afternoon of games and sideshows is planned. Music by THE KNOTTY PINE STRING BAND
Put this one in the diary! Proceeds in support of NI Association for Mental Health/Inspire Learning Disability & Wellbeing
Castle Archdale, Caravan Park Rossmore, Fermanagh
Free Walking Tours of Carrickmacross
The Carrickmacross Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce the Carrickmacross Walking Tour which runs on Saturday at 11am. This tour highlights the rich heritage that Carrickmacross has to offer, including the Workhouse, the Fever Hospital, Carrickmacross Lace, St. Joseph’s Church and the Harry Clarke Stained Glass Windows, St. Finbarr's Church, Essex Castle and much more. The tour takes a little over 90 minutes to complete and is free of charge, children welcome. Carrickmacross Main Street
11am every Saturday 27th
Humpty Dumpty Big Adventure
For the first time ever The classic nursery Rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this wonderful live interactive all singing and dancing production. Humpty is going on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom, but Humpty needs your help!
ALLEY THEATRE, Railway Street, Strabane, Co. Tyrone