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Leonardo Da Vinci: Life In Drawings
26th – 27th, 10am -5pm
An exhibition which will provide an unparalleled insight into the workings of the artist's mind, 'Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing' is part of a nationwide event organised by Royal Collection Trust to mark 500 years since the Renaissance master's death. In total, 144 of Leonardo's drawings will go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK, in an initiative designed to give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist.
The Ulster Museum's exhibition will include two of Leonardo's most famous works – The Head of St Anne, made around 1510 in preparation for his famous masterpiece The Virgin and Child with St Anne, which hangs in the Louvre, and an anatomical drawing from 1489, The Skull Sectioned.
The exhibition will include examples of all the drawing materials employed by the artist, including pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metal-point.
Admission- Free

Painting the Town: 20th-Century View of Lisburn
Taken from the Museum’s extensive art collection, the exhibition depicts views of Lisburn from its recent past, and examines the town’s architectural heritage, from Georgian townhouses to long-forgotten secret gardens.  The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 9.30-5pm and entry is free.
Highlights of the exhibition include scenes of:
  • Bridge Street
  • Union Bridge
  • Piper’s Hill
  • Market Square
  • Railway Street
  • Castle Street
  • Seymour Street
And work from Jim Dunlop, Jack Calderwood, Anna Cheyne , Patrick Stevenson PPRUA, Joe O’Kane, Eric McCully, Stephen Gourley and Raymond Piper.
Admission- Free

Kilfenora Traditional Music Festival
From 26-29 April 2019, Kilfenora will stage its 11th annual traditional music festival, a series that commenced in 2009 with the 100th anniversary of the Kilfenora Céilí Band.  With great concerts, céilís, some cracking CD launches and pub sessions, it’s a great line-up.
Sessions in Kilfenora’s pubs occur from Friday to Monday, with the cream of musicians from Clare and beyond. Details of featured players will be published close to the time.
The Singers’ night on Friday evening (Linnanes pub) will gather together some of the finest and most humorous singers and storytellers, hosted by Noirin Lynch.
Our main concert (Saturday, Kilfenora Hall, 7.00pm) features Ireland’s top fiddle maestro, Frankie Gavin, and his celebrated Roaring 20s Irish Orchestra. The concert will be opened by this year’s winner of an award from the Meitheal Summer School to play at the Kilfenora Trad Festival – Naoise Kettle

Admission - Free

The English Market

Time: 09:30– 5:30

Dating back to 1788, the Cork English Market houses an array of local produce under one roof. Full of hustle and bustle it is a joy to walk around smelling the fresh goods and see what is on offer. Even if you’re not hungry, it is a feast for the eyes.

Enjoying a leisurely walk around the market with the family

Admission: Free

The Donegal Cycle Route
The Donegal Cycle Route starts in Donegal Town connecting to the North West Trail and follows a route along the local roads as much as possible through Mountcharles to Letterkenny.
The route will take the cyclists on a journey through a myriad of landscapes, sea loughs and bustling towns and tranquil villages.
Admission – Free

The National Gallery

    Time: 28th April, @11:30-13:30
    This week's workshop takes inspiration from the exhibition Shaping Ireland: Landscapes in Irish Art, with artist Ashleigh Downey leading a creative Yarn-scaping workshop
    At our drop-in workshops, children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish.
    Suitable for children of all ages.
    Admission: Free  

Yoga Dublin - Dundrum

    Time: 28th April, @2pm
    Join The Happy Circle for a Family Yoga class. Suitable for children ages 3 and up and adults of all ages and ability levels. This 60 minute class will include some yoga poses, games, relaxation and loads of fun.
    Bring your own towel/mat to practice on, and wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Your yoga trainer is a certified Rainbow Yoga kids and family yoga class instructor.
    Admission: Starts at €4

The National Botanical Gardens

    Time: 28th April, @2pm
    Join The Happy Circle for a Family Yoga class. Suitable for children ages 3 and up and adults of all ages and ability levels. This 60 minute class will include some yoga poses, games, relaxation and loads of fun.
    Bring your own towel/mat to practice on, and wear comfortable clothing that you can move in. Your yoga trainer is a certified Rainbow Yoga kids and family yoga class instructor.
    Admission: Starts at €4

Feel the Rhythm
28th April, 3pm. Town Hall Theatre
Club Shine are proud to present their 6th annual variety show – ‘Feel the Rhythm’ – an action packed hour (and a bit!) of music, dance and comedy, ideal for all the family. The show promises to be lively and entertaining with some well-known tunes & a bit of nostalgia, as well as a few original bits thrown in for good measure!
Admission - €12

Gleninchaquin Park
Gleninchaquin Park provides breath-taking landscapes and scenery in which it is a sheer delight to wander around over streams with log bridges, mountain paths with carved steps, through rock passages, along glens and lakes to higher altitude.  Marvel at the views overlooking the lakes, delicate green meadows, a spectacular rock face waterfall, it’s force dependent on the amount of rain of the previous days. This magnificent valley makes for a great day out for the experienced walker – high level routes, to those more inclined to the  gentler terrain. Ample parking facilities are provided close to the waterfall and the picnic areas. The walks around the waterfall, cascades, streams, woodlands and lakes are accessible for all ages.
Feel free to bring your own lunch basket or even a barbeque for a picnic within the park. Dogs are welcome too, just a little reminder to keep them under control when close to livestock, but there are hundreds of acres to roam freely.
Admission – Free

Limerick Writers Festival
When: Friday 12th - Saturday 20th of April, 12pm-6pm
This year meet the Easter Bunny in the magical Easter Bunny’s House which will be located in the Jetland Shopping Centre on the Ennis Road, Limerick.
Make Easter 2018 egg-stra magical by visiting the Easter Bunny in their magical house and telling them which Easter egg you want!  Children will be enchanted by the lovely Easter decorations and delighted with the egg they receive from the bunny.
Admission: Free


Bertaw Beach Walk
Bertraw Beach walk, located 12 km from Westport near the little village of Murrisk, is suitable for families, younger children and people of all ages.
It is a 4 km short walk around the peninsula and it can be shorten at any stage by crossing the narrow split of the dunes. At low and mid tide the sandy beach is wide and safe for children to play and walk; at high tide the sea will lap up to your feet and boots or wellingtons are recommended.
The walk directions are very easy to follow: from the car park walk along the beach circling the peninsula in a clockwise direction and reach Ummeraboy Strand along the Gweemore Channel.
From there you can have spectacular views of Croagh Patrick.

Admission- Free

Clonmel Farmers Market
Clonmel Farmers Market is held every Saturday from 10am-2pm in Clonmel, County Tipperary. Visitors will find a wide range of fresh local produce such as fresh fish, locally farmed meat and poultry, organic fruit and vegetables, fresh baked breads, cakes and savouries, cheeses, pate, savoury and sweet pancakes, free range chicken , garden plants, shrubs and a lot more.
Admission – Free

West-Waterford Festival of Food
Over the years the festival has been a showcase of the food of the region, as well as being host to some of our top chefs, fresh flavours, interesting influences and good ideas.  This is one festival where there is definitely something for everyone - a full children’s programme, foraging trails, bus tours, cooking demos, dining experiences from high end to very casual plus of course our markets. Taste the best of the county with our local Farmer’s Market on Thursday, our weekly Country Market on Friday, the festival’s quayside market on Saturday with a seafood theme, all culminating in our famed Festival Market on Sunday when over 100 stalls fill the town centre to bring you the best of local and Irish artisan food.
Admission: Free

Hook Lighthouse
Explore the oldest operational lighthouse in the world. Voted one of Ireland’s favourite attractions, Hook Lighthouse in Wexford is truly one of a kind. Take in the spectacular view from the balcony with miles of sea rolling out before you. Enjoy the visitor centre with gift shop, art workshop, exhibits and café. Guided tours are on offer 7 days a week sharing with visitors one of the greatest experiences on Ireland’s Ancient East.
A perfect walk for the whole family to enjoy.
Admission – Free

Powerscourt Tulip Festival

Time: 19th April – 6th of May, 09:30-17:30

What could be more beautiful than the sight of 10,000 Tulips floating in the breeze at Powerscourt Gardens? Well, how about 14,000 Tulips. This year, the tulip festival at Powerscourt is back and bigger than ever with an additional 4,000 bulbs planted. The Head Gardener Alex and his team have been working hard for months, selecting both favourite and unusual tulip varities, planning layout and colour schemes, and of course, planting and tending to the bulbs to ensure a beautiful display for you. Come for a walk through the Gardens and along the Herbaceous border. We hope you and your family enjoy them as much as we do each year.

Admission- Free

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