We are delighted to announce that the Energia Free-kend Map is BACK!! 🎉
Sadly we had to put it on hold over the last few months due to the current global climate and government restrictions, however we have carefully selected events that are outdoors and/or following safety protocols for social distancing.
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Energia Map 1st-2nd August ☀️
1. Chester Beatty Library
Described by Lonely Planet as ‘not just the best museum in Ireland but one of the best in Europe’, the Chester Beatty is the pre-eminent Irish museum promoting the appreciation and understanding of world cultures with holdings of manuscripts, rare books, and other treasures from Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia. An engaging and welcoming space, visitors from Ireland and overseas will find permanent and temporary displays, an intercultural learning programme and a broad variety of public activities for all ages and backgrounds.
2. Botanical Gardens Walking Tour
When: 1st- 2nd
Join our popular guided tour and discover the most iconic, helpful, environmentally vital, rare, and quirky plants of our collections. Our experienced guides will also tell you about the fascinating history and international significance of the National Botanic Gardens.
Please note that for now the glasshouses remain closed to the public, so our tours will take place outdoors.
3. Virtual Tour of the National Gallery of Ireland
Explore the wonders of the National Gallery of Ireland's collection, and take a leisurely stroll around our beautiful galleries from the comfort of your own home in our virtual tours.
4. Park Fit/ Park Yoga
When: Tuesday 21st July - Thursday 27th August
Park Fit / Park Yoga is a free initiative by South Dublin County Sports Partnership and is the perfect
event to dust off the cobwebs after lockdown. Get active and outdoors where you can meet people in a
socially distant environment in Corkagh Park, all the while getting active.
The Stairway to Heaven
A wooden walkway at Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh has become a social media phenomenon in its own right. Nicknamed the 'stairway to heaven,' the boardwalk opened in 2015 with an aim of conserving pristine blanket bog and restoring damaged peatland that had been eroded by people walking through it.he stepped boardwalk is 1.6 km in length and is located at the end of a 5.8 km limestone gravel track. The full trail takes about six hours to complete but trust us...the view is worth it.
6. Dursey Island Cable Car
Originally opened in 1969, the Dursey Island cable car remains, to this day, the most used means of transport across the turbulent waters of the Dursey Sound and offers a truly singular experience. Ireland's only cable car and the only cable car that traverses open seawater in all of Europe, it is one of the great attractions of the island and people travel from far and wide to give it a go!Dolphins and whales are regular visitors to the rich waters that surround Dursey, in addition to a wide range of different types of seabirds and butterflies.
Admission: €10 adult €5 children
7. Baltimore Regatta
When: Monday 3rd
‘Calves Week’ kicks off on the first Monday in August and is the perfect spectating sport for the whole
family. There is a real festival atmosphere to this event and is ideal when the sun is shining, so keep our
fingers crossed for the good weather. You can get out and admire the beautiful boats along with the
competition element that gives a real buzz to Baltimore.
8. Fota House Gardens & Arboretum Orienteering
When: Sunday 2nd
Head down to Fota House Gardens where the mid-summer league for orienteering is taking place. A
family day for the whole family, this is the perfect way to spend a Sunday. Get down and take in the
beautiful surrounding gardens where there will be a day filled with fun for all.
Admission: Adults: €8 / person / Children: €5 / child
Escape the bustle of urban life on the 42km Great Western Greenway, the longest off-road walking and cycling trail in Ireland. The World Class Great Western Greenway is a traffic free cycling and walking trail which follows the route of the renowned Westport to Achill railway which closed in 1937.
Admission: Starts at €15
Just outside Ashbourne, Co. Meath, Newbarn Farm is home to a Farm Shop selling homegrown and locally sourced fruit and vegetables alongside a selection of artisan farm produce while The Donkey Shed Restaurant serves delicious meals showcasing the best of our local fare. We also have an open farm where our visitors can meet our farm animals.
Mollie Moo’s Pet Farm
Mollie Moo’s is an award-winning family run pet farm in Mullingar, Co. Westmeath. Mollie Moo’s Pet Farm is a fantastic day out for families, groups and school tours. It’s a great opportunity to interact with animals. Children are provided with a bag of food to feed the animals. It is both an educational and fun experience. The farm is a safe place for children to roam and learn about the animals and for adults to relax. With so much to see and do, it’s easy to spend the day at Mollie Moo’s Pet Farm. From pedal cars to crazy golf, Mollie Moo’s ensures a great day out for all the family.
Inishowen Peninsula Loop
When: All year round
The Inishowen Peninsula has so much to offer all in close proximity to each other. This 8km coastal loop will take you two to three hours along bog roads, laneways and if you look closely when you make it to the coastline you can see the west of Scotland if the weather is good. This is the perfect way to spend a weekend with friends and family in the breathtaking outdoors of Donegal.
Corrib Princess River Cruise
When: 12:30pm and 2:30pm Saturday and Sunday
A 90 minute Scenic Cruise along the River Corrib and Lough Corrib departing from Steamers Quay, Woodquay in Galway City Centre. We are limiting passenger numbers and have adapted our interior to ensure your health and safety. We also have a large exterior upper deck where you can enjoy the beautiful views of the Corrib River and Lake.
Admission: starts at €15
Bunratty Castle - Folk Park
When: 1st - 2nd Aug
Set on 26 acres, the impressive park features over 30 buildings in a ‘living’ village and rural setting. Rural farmhouses, village shops and streets are recreated and furnished as they would have appeared at that time according to their social standing, from the poorest one roomed dwelling to Bunratty House a fine example of a Georgian residence built 1804 home of the Studdarts, the last family to occupy Bunratty Castle.
Few buildings in Ireland can boast a longer history of continuous occupation than Kilkenny Castle. Founded soon after the Norman conquest of Ireland, the Castle has been rebuilt, extended and adapted to suit changing circumstances and uses over a period of 800 years.
Today, Kilkenny Castle is open to visitors all year round and is largely a Victorian remodelling of the thirteenth century defensive Castle. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors come to see this grand country house and walk through its fifty acres of rolling parkland with mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. Other features include a formal terraced rose garden, woodlands and a man-made lake, which were added in the nineteenth century. There is also a tearoom, playground and several orienteering trails for visitors to enjoy.
The Award-Winning Gardens of Birr Castle Demesne in Ireland are both rich in amazing feats of science and engineering, as well as rare trees and flowers, wonderful wildlife, walks along peaceful rivers and the lake. Celebrating 400 years this year, this remarkable family have resided at the romantic and inspirational setting of Birr Castle Demesne, that is now home to the 7th Earl of Rosse. The Parsons family invite you to explore one of the most extraordinary places in Ireland. Created over generations it is an environmental and a scientific time capsule.
Wicklow Gaol Virtual Tour
This fully immersive experience will transport visitors back in time to Wicklow Gaol in the 1700’s – a grim 3-dimensional world of corruption, rebellion & dark dungeons. Some of the Gaol’s most notorious prisoners will feature & there may even be a guest appearance from one of the Haunted Gaol’s famous ghosts!
Laois Garden Trail
From top gardening speakers and leading plant specialists, to local food producers and entertainment zone, it’s all at the Laois Garden Trail. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear some of Ireland’s leading gardening experts.
Admission: Adult - €10, Student - €5, Under 12s - Free
Milk Market - Famous Saturday Food Market
When: 1st August
Every Saturday, 8am - 3pm: don't miss for locals and visitors alike, Limerick's celebrated Milk Market, the best of fresh, natural produce. Here you’ll discover the very best of fresh, natural produce from great farmhouse cheeses and chutneys, just-caught fish and artisan meats, organic fruit & vegetables, to delicious healthy breads and fresh pressed juices. You’ll also be able to snack on gourmet sandwiches, wraps, pastries, chocolates, delicious crepes, soups and freshly brewed teas & coffees or buy fresh flowers and vibrant plants. Along with almost 50 stalls and 21 shop units to tempt even the most discerning shopper, the Famous Milk Market also allows the visitor to relax, enjoy and observe the activities of this celebrated market from the vantage of the Mezzanine floor which is located above the Pavilion shops and accessible by stairs and lift.