Energia Free-kend Map 22nd-24th July ☀️
Elmer’s Big Belfast Trail
When: 20 June – 31 August.
Elmer’s big Belfast Trail is a free, family-friendly art trail which will be running between 20 June – 31 August.
The city will be brought to life by a herd of uniquely decorated elephant Sculptures, the sculptures will be positioned around key landmarks, streets, and open spaces in Belfast for 10 weeks. Each elephant is sponsored by a local business or organisation, making the trail deeply rooted in the local community.
The herd of Elmer’s will deliver a ton of fun and laughter this summer and attract local residents and visitors from far and wide to discover, and re-discover Belfast City, making art accessible to all. Each Elmer is sponsored by a local business or organisation, making the trail deeply rooted in the local community
Visitors and residents can explore the city centre, parks and open spaces while following the Trail to discover all the bold and eye-catching large Elmer’s.
Galway International Arts Festival
When: 11 July - 24 July 2022
Experience 14 days of extraordinary this July 11-24th at the multidisciplinary Galway International Arts Festival, including live music, theatre, opera, visual arts, street spectacle, dance, discussion and comedy.
Founded in 1978, Galway International Arts Festival (GIAF) is a major cultural organisation, which produces one of Europe’s leading international arts festivals; develops and produces new work that tours nationally and internationally; and presents a major discussion platform, First Thought Talks.
The festival will this year return to its traditional place in the calendar, in July (11-24), with a full multidisciplinary line-up, including theatre, opera, visual arts, live music, street and talks. The live music line-up, which includes performances from Pixies, The Flaming Lips, Kaiser Chiefs among others, has already been announced, while the full programme will be announced in mid-May.
Earagail Arts Festival
When: 9 July - 24 July 2022
6 days of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, circus and carnival on Ireland’s Northwest Atlantic seaboard in 2022.
Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual (Irish and English language), multidisciplinary summer festival which traditionally takes place each July throughout County Donegal along the Wild Atlantic Way on the north-west coast of Ireland.
The festival brings inspiring performers to this captivating European frontier, showcases artists native to the area and provides opportunities for cultural exchange, in venues from purpose-built theatres and galleries, to village halls, forests and beaches, creating a unique cultural experience in the most unlikely of magical places, with a diverse programme of events reaching out across the county.
The Ulster Fleadh 2022
When: 17 July 2022 - 24 July 2022
The Ulster Fleadh is a special event that all the family can enjoy with a mixture of free open air street events, concerts, Irish Language events, ceili's and competitions which display the best of Irish Culture. Fleadhanna have grown into huge community festivals too. Across these weekends thousands of young and not so young musicians will also be taking part in competitions and meeting up with friends to play music, share tunes and tell stories on the streets of the towns and villages alongside well established musicians.
This year the Ulster Fleadh, which is the highlight of the year for Irish music enthusiasts, will take place in the vibrant village Dromore, Co.Tyrone from the 17th – 24th of July. It is expected to draw thousands from across the island to experience the biggest cultural celebration in Ulster, returning after a 3-year hiatus post pandemic.
Markets at Solas Eco Garden Centre
Solas Eco Garden Centre's Saturday Farmers' market is located in their new container street within the spectacular new Eco Garden Shop. Enjoy a day out with families and friends exploring the exciting range of organic and natural foods including many locally grown and produced such as Muller & O'Connell Bread, Corleggy Cheeses, honey & blueberry tonic, jams, chutneys, and many more local delights.
Belfast Tradfest 2022
When: Sat 23rd & Sun 24th July
Admission: Tickets from
Belfast will be awash with the very best of traditional music, song and dance during Belfast TradFest, with world-class concerts, masterclasses, talks, CD launches & sessions taking place in the city from the 23-29 July 2022.
Belfast TradFest events will run across many of the city’s well known venues:
The Fiddle Monologues Sunday 24 July at The Black Box is a play that focuses on four women from 1679, 1789, 1889 and 1959 and their relationship with the violin.
Song and Fiddle Sunday 24 July at The John Hewitt with Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne and TG4 Gradam Ceoil / Belfast City Council bursary recipient Sinead McKenna.
Dervish frontwoman Cathy Jordan brings her trio ‘The Unwanted’ to The Black Box Sunday 24 July.
A tribute to the Belfast Harp Festival of 1792 takes place on Tuesday 26th July at Áras Mhic Reachtain and will feature world renowned harpist Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Australian guitar virtuoso Steve Cooney amongst others.
Connective 22 Exhibition
When: 9th July – 5th August
Louth Craftmark Designers Network is delighted to host their forthcoming exhibition, Connective 22, in Gallery 13, Millmount, Drogheda. The exhibition will be a showcase of the wealth of talented artists, designers and craftspeople from the region.
Connective 22 will feature 35 members from the extensive Louth Craftmark network, with a broad range of artistic disciplines on show including ceramics, glass, jewellery, painting, print, mixed media, textiles, and sculpture.
Founded in 2006, Louth Craftmark Designers Network is a collective of talented Northeast based professional makers and visual artists, who have come together to promote and support each other.
The Louth Craftmark members will be offering creative workshops to the public at weekends throughout the exhibition. Proposed workshops include silk painting, ceramics, watercolour painting, and felting. Please see website for details.
Cork City's Playful Pirate Culture Trail
When: 13 July- 1st of September
A new Playful Pirate Culture Trail has launched in Cork City. Throughout July & August, the city’s vibrant museums, galleries and visitor attractions will encourage families to explore culture, heritage and the city’s green spaces in a playful way.
Get kids to say ‘aye-aye’ to cultural adventures using a new Playful Pirate Culture Trail treasure map of Cork City. The map leads to treasure at Museums, galleries, green spaces and historic sites long with other challenges. It also lists 20 child friendly activities to do in the city from spotting pirate ships and cannons, to digging for hidden loot and searching for golden angels!
Carlow Garden Festival 2022
When: 22 July - 1 August 2022
Admission: Tickets €10
Twenty gardening gurus from the UK and Ireland headline the 20th anniversary programme of the Carlow Garden Festival. Featuring a mix of workshops, garden tours, talks and foodie options in gardens and garden centres on the Carlow Garden Trail.
This year’s programme returns to the familiar format of more recent years with an appealing line-up of UK and Irish speakers delivering a mix of workshops, garden tours, specialist talks and Q&A sessions combined with a range of great foodie options that include long table suppers, afternoon tea lunches and evening meals.
Bray Air Display
When: 23 July - 24 July 2022
The Bray Air Display is returning in triumphant fashion to the County Wicklow seaside town this summer, with some of the biggest names in the aviation world lined up to impress with their aerial acrobatics.
This year’s event will see the Bray Air Display team up with the Irish Air Corps who are celebrating 100 years of Irish military aviation.
There will also be an opportunity to see the RAF's iconic Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane planes during their Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. With a funfair, food and craft village and more also on offer, there'll be plenty to occupy families both in the air and on the ground.
It's 2-days of action & entertainment with the weekend kicking off Saturday, July 23rd with ground entertainment from 12 noon daily followed by the air show on Sunday, July 24th at 2 pm. These are approximate times and subject to change. Please note: There is no air show Saturday, July 23rd 2022.
Dublin Maker 2022
When: Sat, 23 July
Dublin Maker is a free to attend, community run event, which will be held in Merrion Square on Saturday 23rd July 2022.
Dublin Maker takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, will have an opportunity to showcase their creations in a carnival atmosphere. It is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds, coming from all over Ireland and beyond. Dublin Maker’s mission is to entertain, inform and connect the makers of Ireland, while inspiring the next generation of Ireland’s makers and inventors.
Tours of Sigginstown Castle Tower
When: 23,24th July
Admission: Tickets from €6-8
Enjoy a tour of the recently renovated rooms of the 16th century tower. We will provide some general history of the castle and tell you of our efforts to bring these rooms back to life, as they might have been in the period and with some modern concessions. You will get to see some of the Big House interior, as seen on The Great House Revival television show (Season 3, Episode 6 - available on RTE Player)
The tower has 5 levels up to the roof. There are stone circular stairs to climb with railings on each side. Please wear closed-toe shoes if possible, and you will need to sign a safety waiver. All children must be closely supervised, and no animals may enter the buildings. You do not need to climb all the levels.
On June 17-19 the 2:30 pm timeslot will be a Meet the Maker Tour featuring Martin Ruzicka, who is making a mass-masonry stove in the Big House. The focus of the 2:30 tour will be on construction methods used in our project (and you will still get a little history and to see all the tower!)
Walking Tour Dun Laoghaire
When: Sat, 23 July 2022
Take a tour around the iconic seafront town of Dun Laoghaire and learn about its 1500 year history. Home to Ireland’s most iconic literary figures James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, this fishing village-turned-Victorian town sits at the heart of Irish culture and heritage.
Discover 1500 years of Irish history, from the High Kings of Ireland and the arrival of the Vikings to the Act of Union and Irish Independence. Who invited the Normans to Ireland? What happened during the Great Famine? Who is Roger Casement and why is he honoured in Dun Laoghaire?
Killeen Kids Festival
When: Sat, 23 Jul 2022
Admission: Tickets from €5-€15
Come along to our event to watch the wonderful family friendly movie Sing 2 . Enjoy our summer disco, sweet treats and face painting after! Adults we haven't forgotten you, tea and coffee facilities will be provided by ‘’Coffee Cobs’’ a local small business on the day!
This event is for ages 5-12 years old. Maximum charge of 15 euro per family e.g. 4th and 5th siblings are free. Parents and guardians are asked to stay and supervise their children at all times. This event will be run inline with our child protection policy.
Ballybunion Arts Festival
When: July 21 to July 24.
Admission: Tickets vary from Free to paid events
All roads lead to Ballybunion next weekend when the beautiful North Kerry tourist destination debut’s the inaugural full outing of the brand new Ballybunion Arts Festival, a four day long event who’s aim it is to celebrate Irish artists with an impressive, eclectic line up of music, talks, art, theatre, workshops and comedy planned from July 21 to July 24.
Amongst the top headline acts for the weekend are Blindboy Boatclub, piper Louise Mulcahy, comedian, and Kerry native Bernard Casey, RTE’s Aedín Ní Thiarnaigh and Irish language rapper Súil Amháin, all of whom are guaranteed to draw a crowd and bring vibrant energy in a year where the summer vibe has been sorely lacking.
Foyle Maritime Festival
When: Wednesday 20th July from 12noon to Monday 25th July
Admission: Tickets from Free
Get ready for summer 2022, when the most highly anticipated maritime event in the North West of Ireland will return.
After the suspension of The Clipper 2019-20 Race last year in the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic and plans for the city to act as a Host Port Partner for the fifth time were put on hold, we are now delighted to inform you that our internationally acclaimed Foyle Maritime Festival will return to the city in July 2022 alongside the return of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race fleet.
The Foyle Maritime Festival theme for 2022 is 'What Lies Beneath' focusing on the natural beauty of our oceans, rivers and lakes, and the onus on all of us to protect and preserve marine life. Take the Pledge will be the message, with a dedicated campaign within the festival encouraging local people to sign up to being more eco-friendly.
Samuel Beckett Festival
When: 21 July 2022 - 25 July 2022
Admission: Tickets from £5-£15
Beckett Festival - image of young man reading Beckett verse by the Isle of Enniskillen Beckett Chess set.
The Happy Days Enniskillen International Beckett Festival marks its 10th anniversary this year. The five-day event celebrates the Irish literary giant's formative years at Enniskillen's Portora Royal School, now Enniskillen Royal Grammar: this year's festival marks the centenary of Beckett's attendance at Portora from 1920 to 1923.
Happy Days 2022 will see the welcome return of three 'Made in Fermanagh' productions of Beckett's plays that have become classics in its repertory; Inferno – Not I (July 21st to 23rd), Ohio Impromptu (July 22nd to 24th) and Waiting for Waiting for Godot (July 23rd & 24th) and along with several newly commissioned live performance, sound and film installations.
Admission: Tickets range from €11.50 - €15.25
Visit the acclaimed 15th iconic Bunratty Castle - the most complete and authentic castle in Ireland.
The site on which Bunratty Castle stands was in origin a Viking trading camp in 970. The present structure is the last of four castles to be built on the site. Take a tour of this iconic fortress; hear and see how the lords and ladies of this castle lived; hear stories of battles and bravery and enjoy stunning views across the idyllic Clare countryside.
The Infinite Library
When: Sat 23 Jul 2022 at 11:00 - Fri 29 Jul 2022 at 19:00
The Infinite Library’ is a new travelling installation that invites visitors to explore the future of libraries as interactive spaces that offer multisensory forms of storytelling. Using VR, holograms, 3D-printed objects, a QR code game and a series of audio-visual works, the Infinite Library seeks to share human stories.
Donabate Community Beach Clean
When: Sat 23rd July
Admission: Tickets from
Donabate Clean Coasts Group is hosting a beach clean event on the 23rd of July on Donabate beach. It will start at 11 am and finish at 1 pm.
ECO SHOWBOAT at Boyle
When: Sun 24th July
Admission: Tickets from
The Eco Showboat Mayfly expedition is a four-month arts voyage from Limerick to Enniskillen on the Mayfly, the flagship of the Eco Showboat project, and the first solar electric boat to make this journey.
On Sunday 24th July the Mayfly will dock at Boyle Harbour. You are invited to join us for this wonderful afternoon of art, workshops and talks.