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Cheap & Free stuff to do this weekend 30th September - 2nd October

September 29

Cheap and Free Stuff to do this Weekend

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Carlow Autumn Bilingual Festival (Féile an Fhómhair) 2016          

Carlow’s popular Autumn  bi-lingual autumn festival with events organised in various locations throughout Carlow Town creating a great festival atmosphere on the streets of Carlow. Events are organised for every age group with drama, literature, art, music, storytelling, cinema, comedy and entertainment of every kind on offer.       
Carlow 
30th September - 7th October      

Breaking Dad    

After the sell-out success of Paul Howard’s “Between Foxrock and a Hard Place” last year, Dramsoc (UCD's drama society) are delighted to be putting on its sequel “Breaking Dad” as their flagship show this year. The flagship show is open for FREE to all members & is only €5 for the general public.        
UCD Student Centre, Dublin 4      
30th September
Free/€5

Smithfield Boxfest          

The Smithfield Boxing Club, in conjunction with the IABA and Dublin City Council, are once again organising an eagerly anticipated event, a big international tournament, the #SmithfieldBoxFest 2016.              
Aughrim Street Sports Hall, Aughrim Street, Dublin             
29th September - 1st October      
€5          

Jaki Irvine: If the Ground Should Open  

New Art at IMMA is a new programme that is helping to promote and nurture new work by Irish artists. If the Ground Should Open is a brilliant new exhibition from internationally renowned artist Jaki Irvine.               
IMMA Royal Hospital, Kilmainham            
Opens 30th September - 15th January      
Free      

Oktoberfest       

Dublin's financial quarter comes alive with German music, culture and, of course, plenty of deliciousness to eat and drink.     
George's Dock, Dublin 1 
15th September - 2nd October    
Free      

Probe Research Uncovered at Trinity College Dublin

Probe in collaboration with the Science Gallery will be hosting this free event to celebrate the EU's Researcher Night. The aim of the night is to bring the important academic research that is shaping our world to light in a unique and interesting way. There will be workshops and talks by some of the world’s leading and most influential academics, who's work will shape our lives, and will solve some of the words major social and economic problems.          
Trinity College, Dublin    
30th September
Free      

Tales from a Green Post Box: Jane Locke              

Why do Irish post boxes still bear British royal emblems? Explore the intimate and unexpected relationship between Irish society and the postal system in an enjoyable talk by artist Jane Locke. Here in Ireland, we are so comfortable with the notion of a postal system that we leave holes in our front doors for their workers to use. But do we even notice the monarchical insignia still emblazoned on the public boxes? And if so, why don’t we mind? Adroit artist Jane Locke wanted to know more about the system so many of us take for granted, so she attempted to get inside to find out what was really going on. Her tales of what she discovered - from the unexpected to the concomitant - will amaze you, and you may never look at a post box the same way again.      
The LAB, 1 Foley St, Dublin
2nd October
Free      

Marlay Park Market        

Saturdays 10 am-4 pm & Marlay Park Sundays 11 am – 4 pm.  This picturesque location in Rathfarnham, overlooked by the historic 18th Century Marlay House and within the grounds of the 247 acre park is home to a playground, a par-3 golf course, a model railway, running and walking trails and various sports facilities including tennis courts, football pitches and a cricket ground. The Marlay Park Co Co Market is nestled within the charming craft courtyard of Marlay house. Vendors are keen to build relationships with customers and share their passion for their products.
Marlay Park, Rathfarnham           
1st-2nd October              
Free      

Paddy Holton Memorial Family Fun Day

Family Fun Day in aid of Brain Tumour Ireland and the Ross Nugent Foundation. Fun activities for young and old include BBQ, raffle, dog show and many more. Entry is free! All proceeds will go to Brain Tumour Ireland and the Ross Nugent Foundation and it starts at 1pm.         
Kilglass, Broadford, Co. Kildare   
2nd October      
Free      

The Art of Looking! Butler Gallery Children's Art-Making for 8-12 years   

Invitation for children aged 8-12 to discover Michael Snow's exhibition with a professional artist - let your imagination run wild and make your own art in response!                
Kilkenny              
2nd October      
Free      

Expressions Art Photography Exhibition

Expressions Art Photography was launched on the internet in spring 2015 and quickly became and international success attracting portraits from as far afield as Israel, Mexico, Austria the USA and Canada among others. The overall winner of the inaugural exhibition was from Southern California and he received his award by satellite uplink from Longford. We are happy to say that the largest majority of our images come from Irish photographers and the blend of international and domestic photography makes for a fascinatingly diverse exhibition of portrait photography at its highest standard.
Farneyhoogan, Longford,
Co. Longford
1st October        
Free      

Visit the Hill of Tara        

The Hill of Tara has been an important site since the late Stone Age when a passage-tomb was constructed there. Tara was at the height of its power as a political and religious centre in the early centuries after Christ. Attractions include an audio-visual show and guided tours of the site.              
Navan  
All year access to walk   
€2-4      

Free Family Day               

As part of Healthy Towns Navan, there will be a FREE Family Day At Navan Advenutre Sports! Take part in all or some of our activities absolutely free! FootGolf, Golf Driving Range, Assault Course, Foot FoosBall & personal fitness training classes. Get active while having fun!    
Navan  
1st October        
FREE     

Lough Boora Parklands 

Lough Boora Parklands is located in County Offaly. On the area, at Turraun, 250 acres is being allowed to revert back to nature. Some of the area has been flooded to create a habitat for birds and native woodland.          
Boora, Co Offaly                                           

1916: History Remembered        

Athlone Communitey Radio presents 1916: History Remembered. A one day interactive exhibition.   
The Shamrock Lodge Hotel          
1st October        
Entry €5 (children under 12 free) 

Gerard Murphy Memorial           

At Enniscorthy Mart. Old Dublin Road, Enniscorthy the 6th Annual Greard Murphy Memorial car, truck and motorcycle show and road run. Live entertainment free to the public.  All monies raised go to charity.
Enniscorthy        
2nd October      
Free      

The World Archery Championships         

Taking place from the 26th September – 2nd October, the World Archery Field Championships 2016 (WAFC) will come to Ireland for the very first time, providing a showcase to highlight the international sport of Archery. The WAFC is a five day competition which will be held at Killruddery House and Gardens in County Wicklow, Ireland, a beautiful estate located just south of the nation’s capital. Over 250 top athletes from around the world will come together for this event, ending in an exciting two day final. The final days, open to the public, are Saturday 1st – Sunday 2nd October.     
Bray      
1st-2nd October              
Free/ €5-10        

The Great Fjord Swim    

The Great Fjord Swim is an open water swimming event which takes place in the deep green waters of Killary Fjord surrounded by the mountains of Mayo and Connemara.             
Leenane, Galway             
1st October        
Free to spectate              

The Great Fjord Swim    
The Great Fjord Swim is an open water swimming event which takes place in the deep green waters of Killary Fjord surrounded by the mountains of Mayo and Connemara.             
Leenane, Galway             
1st October        
Free to spectate              

Leitrim  Walk Sliabh an Iarainn Mountain            

Also known as the Iron Mountain, with breathtaking views of Lough Allen, the West, Midlands of Ireland. Walkers will stand in awe at the breathtaking panoramic views over the west and midlands of Ireland, or wonder at the amount and variety of flora and fauna encountered and foxes, hares, rabbits, badgers, ravens and peregrine falcons.

Westport Arts Festival   

A five day feast for lovers of the arts, this year's festival has a fantastic selection on offer for music, theatre and book lovers.               
Westport            
29th September - 2nd October
Free/various     

Battle for the Lake Kitesurfing and Music Festival             

Pure Magic 'Battle for the Lake' Kitesurfing & Music Festival promises a weekend full of magic and passion, on wonderful Achill Island, with music, entertainment, food and surprises!   Every year, at the same windy time, kitesurfers from Ireland and abroad come together for the big finale of the Irish Kitesurfing Tour! Achill Island is one of the best places in the world for kitesurfing.  
Achill Island        
30th September - 2nd October     
Free day event  

Boyle Abbey     

An impressive and well preserved Cistercian Monastery which was founded in the 12th century under the patronage of the local ruling family, the MacDermotts. Though mutilated during the 17th and 18th centuries when it was used to accommodate a military garrison, Boyle Abbey nevertheless retains its ability to impress the visitor as one of the most formidable of the early Cistercian foundations in Ireland. A restored gatehouse of 16th/17th century houses an exhibition. Restricted access for people with disabilities.
Boyle, Co. Roscommon                
€2-4      

Sligo Fun Palace              

The annual, free, worldwide celebration of arts, science and culture comes to Sligo for the first time. Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo will join 150+ Fun Palaces expected to pop up globally on Saturday 1st October. Fun Palaces are created by and for local people, bringing communities together with arts, science and cultural activities for all to enjoy for free, celebrating the genius in everyone – everyone an artist, everyone a scientist.          
Sligo Town         
1st October        
Free      

Chapel Gate Singers Club            

Everyone Welcome to join an evening of song and storytelling at O’Keeffe’s Bar in the heart of Cooraclare.        
Cooraclare         
30th September
9-11.30pm         
Free      

Burren Art and Craft Fair             

Burren Art & Craft is a collective of Craft workers, Photographers & Artists all based and working in the Burren region of North Clare, Ireland.  This craft fair showcases the vibrant art and craft scene in the Burren region and features many different, unique, quality handcrafted products.
Ballyvaughan Village Hall, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.            
2nd Oct from 10am         
Free      

Cork Folk Festival            

The Cork Folk Festival is a four day music event, packed with Ireland's finest traditional musicians, dancers and singers.       
Cork City locations          
29th September -2nd October      
A number of free events

Dingle Food Festival       

From food workshops and cookery demos to art trails, whiskey and wine tasting, Blás na hÉireann Food Awards and a full line up for children, the 10th annual Dingle Food Festival has something for everyone!              
Dingle   
30th September - 2nd October     
Free markets and demos              

Quest Killarney

Quest Killarney is one of the biggest adventure races in the world. It is a one day multi-adventure sport race which takes place in the spectacular Killarney National Park. The routes encompass iconic locations including the Gap of Dunloe, Black Valley, Ring of Kerry, Molls Gap, Torc Waterfall, Lakes of Killarney, Devil's Punchbowl, Mangerton Mountain and Muckross House.                  
1st October        
Free to spectate              

Style Closet Pop Up Rail Sale      

Style Closet Online Fashion presents - Pop Up Rail Sale.  A Day of Preloved & Designer Clothing Boutiques, Melliners & Individual. Are you looking to detox your wardrobe and make some money while doing so?  Do you want to inject some new outfits into your current clothing collection? Then come join us at Limerick's pop up Rail Sale for a day of fun, frolicks and fashion! All Welcome!
Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick City Centre    
2nd Oct ober
Free      

Polish Arts Festival         

The Polish Arts Festival 2016 (PAF) exists on the agenda of the local events for the past 10 years and the Polish Embassy in Dublin has always supported them with the Polish Ambassador to Ireland and the Mayor of Limerick always opening the Festival. They are proud to have been selected as one of the Made in Limerick Project by the Limerick City of Culture 2014. The PAF Kids Family Day takes place on October 1st in The Hunt Museum. During PAF Kids Family Day they will offer a wide range of workshops for children (clay, wax candles, clothes for your puppets, felt, basic drawing technique) and a chance to meet with the artists that will showcase their work in the Arts & Crafts & Food Fair on the day.         
The Hunt Museum, Custom House, Rutland Street, Limerick City
1st October        
Free                                  

Autumn Amble

Join RSPB Northern Ireland warden Chris Sturgeon for a guided tour of Belfast's Window on Wildlife (WOW). This hidden gem is home to all sorts of wonderful wildlife in autumn, including migrant species like bar-tailed godwits which come all the way from the Arctic. The event will include tea and coffee after the walk and visitors can avail of the visitor centre Belfast WOW has to offer. There are over 100 species of birds and other wildlife to be found at Belfast WOW throughout the year, but don’t worry if you’re not an ID expert - trained staff and volunteers are on hand to help you identify what you see.
100 Airport Road West, Belfast Harbour Estate, Belfast, Antrim, BT3 9ED
1st October
£5 for adults & £3 for children/ RSPB members free           

Portrush Beer and Food Festival

The Portrush Beer & Food Festival 2016 is a celebration of artisan producers brought to the North Coast by the team behind Lacada Brewery Co-Operative. The first ever Portrush Beer and Food Festival 2016 will take place at Portrush Town Hall, celebrating artisan producers brought to the North Coast by the team behind Lacada Brewery Co-operative. Admission £6.00 per head (includes a Festival Glass and Beer Menu). Entrance fees will be paid at the door and will be first come first served. If the venue reaches the capacity a one in one out system will be in operation. A token system will be in operation during the festival. Tokens can be bought on £10.00 increments.   
Portrush Town Hall, 2 Kerr Street
30th September - 1st October     
£6          

Northern Ireland Potato Festival              

A celebration of the mighty spud! The Festival showcases all that is local, fresh and seasonal. The Festival brings together members of the public and the farming community in celebration of all aspects of the local potato industry. The Potato Festival is held in a region known and respected for the strength of the local agri-food industry, world-class food and beautiful scenery, and is free to members of the public. Once again our aim is to promote this important economic sector to tourists and local visitors alike. Come and enjoy a day out for all the family. Something for everyone to enjoy including food tasting, face painting, games and lots more.
40 Causeway Road, Bushmills
1st October
Free      

Caledon Village Georgian Festival            

The beautiful Georgian village of Caledon which borders counties Tyrone, Armagh and Monaghan is to host a wonderful display of all things Georgian at its very own food, drink and craft festival which will take place on October 1. The event, which will be officially opened by The Earl of Caledon KCVO and also Tourism NI chairman Terence Brannigan, will feature a host of Georgian themed entertainment. Visitors can experience the food and drink courtyard, Georgian themed children’s activities, historical walking tours, an old courtroom re-enactment, side saddle demonstrations, blacksmith demonstrations, music, traditional Irish dancers and much more.   
Caledon Village, Armagh              
1st October
Free      

Seamus Heaney Home Place Opening Weekend

A celebratory weekend to mark the opening of Seamus Heaney Home Place with a long weekend of events, featuring music, theatre, poetry, song, readings and talks in its dedicated performance space. The weekend is also the prelude to a year-long programme of events across the art forms, responding to the poet’s twelve poetry collections in chronological order. Across two weekends each month, events at HomePlace and in the surrounding landscape will celebrate Seamus Heaney’s poetry, prose and plays.           
Bellaghy, BT45 8HT         
30th September - 3rd October     
Adult £7.00, Child £4.50, Concession, £4.50          

Letterkenny and District Pipe Band Supper Dance            

Letterkenny and District Pipe Band are hosting their annual supper dance in The Station House Hotel Letterkenny on Friday 30th September 2016. Music starts at 9.30pm. There will be a short band display at 10.30pm followed by supper and then dancing to the brilliant John Dolan and Half the Cuff. Please come along and support this talented bunch of players.     
Letterkenny       
30th September
€10       

Vintage Threshing Day  

As usual they are expecting a large turnout of vintage and classic vehicles of all types, tractors, cars, vans ,lorries, motor bikes, stationary engines and farm machinery. This is the 4th year the John Quinn trophy will be awarded to the best tractor restoration. B Company is returning with another selection of ex-military vehicles and will be displayed along the Refreshment Tent. A dog show and many food stalls will also be present!        
Moneyslane, Banbridge
1st October        
Vehicles £5         

FEAR- Fermanagh Endurance Adventure Race    

What better way to spend a Saturday morning than getting up close and personal with Fermanagh’s rugged and wild terrain. Cycle through quiet back roads that cut through the limestone landscape, carved out by Ireland’s icy past, they’re guaranteed to give you more ups than downs! Then experience the wetter side of Fermanagh as you take to the water for 2 challenging kilometres along Lough Erne’s rocky shores - and if the 304 metre, near vertical climb to the top of the Magho Cliff Challenge doesn’t take your breath away, then maybe the panoramic view it offers at the top will! So, in a county steeped in myth and folklore, are you ready to become a legend in your own lifetime?
Derrygonnelly, Co. Fermanagh
1st October
Free to spectate              

The Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend

The Annual Patrick Kavanagh Weekend is a celebration of the life and work of Patrick Kavanagh, Ireland’s best loved poet. This event has established itself as one of Ireland’s most enjoyable cultural weekends. Taking its cue from Kavanagh himself, who was always engaged with aspects of Irish society and culture in its broadest meaning. In short it is a feast of Lectures, Poetry Readings, Music, Drama, Storytelling and lots of undiluted Inniskeen craic in the poet’s native village of Inniskeen.     
Inniskeen, Co. Managhan             
30th Sept-2nd Oct           
€10 Sunday afternoon ticket        

Apple Harvest in our Orchard at the Suitor Craft Gallery

A celebration of the apple harvest with our apple Jelly jam made from our own organic apples. We will be making apple crumbles, apple scones, apple sponge, apple pies and apple and cinnamon cake. Come and see what we have made today.          
Ballygawley, Co Tyrone
1st - 31st October            
£1.50 - 4.99       
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