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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 26-27th May

  1. Dublin
  1. The Dublin Alternative Flea Market
Sunday, 27th May, 12pm – 6pm
The Dublin Alternative Market presents, The Dublin Alternative Flea Market!!
This is your opportunity to sell all your preloved alternative treasure and barter for new pieces. Stall rental is open to one and all. Please send a private message to the below page to apply.
Admission: Free
  1. Coderdojo Coolest Projects International
Saturday, 26th May, 10am
A world leading showcase that empowers and inspires the next generation of digital creators, innovators, change makers and entrepreneurs!
Coolest Projects offers young people from the international CoderDojo, Code Club, Raspberry Jam and wider Raspberry Pi community the opportunity to present the projects they have created at their local club. The event is both a competition and an exhibition to inspire and enable innovation, creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology skills in young coders aged up to 18.
2018 sees Coolest Projects become a global celebration for more young makers and tech creators than ever before. Over 1000 young people from 15 countries including Argentina, Bulgaria, Italy, Romania, Spain, and Japan will come together in the RDS to demonstrate the apps, websites, games, and hardware projects they have designed and created.
As well as hundreds of unique projects, attendees will hear from inspirational speakers and leading educational technology experts and have the opportunity to try out the latest tech innovations and resources available.
This family and educator friendly event is free for all young people under 18 to attend.
Admission: Free - €11
  1. Battle For The Bay
Saturday, 26th May – Sunday, 27th May, 5pm
Battle for the Bay is back in 2018 and takes place on 26th and 27th May, it promises to deliver the usual fun, entertainment and aerial acrobatics which has helped it become one of the best free family weekends in the summer calendar. Battle of the Bay is an entertaining weekend for all the family, young and old, where audiences are enthralled, entertained and captivated by kite surfers from across the world as they weave across the glittering bay.Bring your friends, bring your family to Dollymount Strand to enjoy a weekend of an amazing extreme water show and have a great day at the beach. The best kite surfers from Ireland and the world will descend on the shore to showcase their spectacular skills and gravity defying moves as they skim the water surface and compete for the coveted King or Queen of the Bay crown. Growing from an audience of just 50 in 2006, Battle for the Bay now boasts an incredible 65,000 visitors over the weekend!
Admission: Free
  1. Africa Day
Sunday, 27th May 2018, 11am to 6pm
This year Irish Aid will be hosting their flagship Africa Day family event on Sunday, 27th May 2018, from 11am to 6pm, in the grounds of the Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. The family-friendly event is also FREE to attend. The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more.
Admission: Free
  1. Biomimicry Walking Tour
Saturday 26th May, 11am -12.30pm| 3pm- 4.30pm
Take a stroll through the beautiful surrounds of the National Botanic Gardens as we explore biomimicry and how nature has inspired some of the most ingenious innovations. Call it forgery or plagiarism but nature's best inventions are becoming the go-to source for companies that need to solve tough problems. This tour will be a fascinating look at how biology informed the research for some of the world’s most ingenious inventions, from satellites to wind turbines find out how the natural world inspires new technology.
The guided tours will take place in the National Botanic Gardens. Choose between the two following times:
Tour 1: 11.00 – 12.30
Tour 2: 15.00 – 16.30
Admission: €5
  1. Carlow
Carlow Parkrun
Saturday, 26th May, 9.20am – 11am
Carlow Parkrun is a free timed run that takes place every Saturday at 9.30 a.m in Carlow Town Park.
Everybody welcome!
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare
County Kildare Orchestra Summer Concert
Saturday, 26th May, 8pm – 10pm
Join the County Kildare Orchestra in their celebration of the clarinet with the award winning Christopher Moriarty as he performs Weber's Clarinet Concerto. 
Doors open at 7.30pm
Seating is limited so please book to avoid disappointment
Admission: €15
  1. Kilkenny
EXHIBITION Lasting Impressions
Saturday, 26th May, 12am
Lasting Impressions, an exhibition of extraordinary objects, designed and crafted with integrity and ingenuity that will become the heirlooms of tomorrow, will open at the National Design & Craft Gallery in Kilkenny on
Friday, 27th April. Curated by Gregory Parsons, the collection will cover a wide spectrum of practices, including ceramics, glassware, jewellery making and furniture, and will take a closer look at how these craftspeople make and the processes they use to produce an object that will last.
Admission: Free
  1. Laois
Peter Rabbit
Saturday, 26th May, 2pm
The mischievous, adventurous Peter Rabbit comes to the big screen at Dunamaise to star in his own comedy, with attitude! Peter and his sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-Tail, enjoy their days in McGregor's vegetable garden. When a new relative moves in, a battle begins between man and rabbit to control the garden, and win the affection of friendly neighbour, Bea.
Admission: €3
  1. Longford
Park walk- 6 Week Programme
Saturday, 26th May, 9.30am
On May 26th there will be 6 week park walk programme introduced at parkrun aimed at getting Longford fitter, healthier and enjoying a 5km walk.
Over the next few weeks 4500 leaflets will be delivered to all the households in Longford Town as we strive to get Longfordians out at park walk on May 26th for a 6 week block. Walkers from all over Longford are welcome of course and I’ve selected 2 amazing walk leaders in Fran Byrne and Regina Reynolds who will be there to welcome you all on May 26th as well as myself. Fran and Regina will encourage you and guide you all the way. You can even build up the kilometres as the weeks go on. Do 2k one week, 3 the next and so on or just smash the 5k each week. The health benefits will be massive and you’ll love the community aspect already built up within parkrun. The hope is after the 6 weeks you keep coming along. Register on and choose #parkwalkIRE as your club.
Admission: Free to register here
  1. Louth
Polish Mother’s & Father’s Day
Saturday, 26th May, 1am – 3pm
Children will perform a performance titled `The Ugly Duckling`.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
Full Moon Walking Tour of Tara
Sunday, 27th May, 6pm -8pm
This is a two hour guided walking tour of Tara, which includes some history, archaeology, myth and legend and also connecting with the land through nature, the elements and the archetypal energies of the Tuatha De Danann. The tour is limited to 30 participants and costs €15 per person (+ booking fee), payable in advance via Eventbrite. Let Treasa, your guide, take you back in time, forging a deep spiritual and energetic connection with the sacred landscape of Tara. Exploring our ancient past and bringing it back to life. This tour is outdoors and takes approximately two hours. A moderate level of fitness is required and suitable clothing and footwear for hill walking (and Irish weather) should be worn. Care should be taken whilst on site, as the terrain is uneven and the Tour Guide cannot be held responsible for any accidents or falls. The tour commences at 6 pm from the gate at the Hill of Tara and finishes at approximately 8 pm.
Admission: Free
  1. Offaly
Kinnitty Castle Vintage Day 2018
Sunday, 27th May
The Sunrise Vintage Club are hosting their annual vintage day in Kinnitty Castle on the 27th of May 2018. 
Promised to be a great family day out with lots of attractions & entertainment to suit all.  Music & entertainment provided by Rock on Paddy & special guests 🎸🤠
All proceeds on the day will go to local charities.
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Dzień Rodziny – Family Day – Athlone
Saturday, 26th May, 12pm – 3pm
The event aims to promote the Polish School by recognizing the superior value of the family and the integration of the local Polish-Irish community.
We anticipate numerous attractions for children and adults: artistic program performed by students (Polish dances, Irish dance, thematic theatrical performance), musical and movement animations for children, bazaar (books, crafts, regional products), artistic workshops with parents; in good weather also a traditional Polish barbecue and outdoor games and acivities.
Admission: Free
  1. Wexford
Wexford Food & Wine Festival
24th May– 27th May
The Wexford Food and Wine Festival is having its 10th Birthday, and following the huge success of the last nine festivals, the festival has established itself as a must attend premier food and drink event here in the South East.
Admission: Free
  1. Wicklow
The West Wicklow Poetry Bus Tour 2018
Saturday, 26th May, 10am -4pm
One Saturday 26 May, departing at 10 am from Blessington library, withA&J Brophy Bus hire at the wheel of the bus, we will take you on a *slightly mysterious, always magical tour of your magnificent environs, visiting a dozen or so locations dotted around West Wicklow – some predictable (the Lakes, Russborough, King's River etc.), others that will remain a mystery until you reach them. At each location one our PoulaPoetry members will introduce & read a poem for that location. On board we will have local historian Aidan Cruise to answer any historical questions we have about the locations & provide some interest facts. Also on board we will have a few local musicians to add to the entertainment. Finally, we will have a few open mic slots for anyone who wants to share a song, a poem or a tale. There'll be a few surprises on route. Bring your cameras!Also bring a packed lunch or a few euros to buy a bit to eat on the route.
We will return to Blessington library at about 3pm. And that's not it! At the library, refreshed by tea & treats compliments of the library, we will have the official launch of our 'Poetry of Our Place' exhibition: each poem displayed with accompanying photograph (sponsored byMcgreals Pharmacy Blessington) of the place it refers to. 
Admission: €5 (pre-book at Wicklow library)
  1. Clare
Fleadh Nua
20th  May – 28th May
2018 Fleadh Nua in Ennis promises to be an exciting and innovative festival, full to the brim with Concerts, Ceilis, Sessions, CD Launches, Recitals, Irish Dance competitions and Street Entertainment. Since 1974 Fleadh Nua has developed from a 3 day event to a festival spanning 8 days, with more than 120 separate events, where there is a welcome for everyone. Please check out the program
Admission: €0 - €20
  1. Cork
Polska Eire Family Picnic in Cork
Saturday 26th May, 3pm – 7pm
Togher Scout Hall, Cork
A free family event including a barbecue, a lottery of vouchers from
local businesses, games for children, face painting and many more.
Admission: Free
  1. Kerry
Killarney House and Gardens
21st May – 26th May
Biodiversity Week 2018 at Killarney National Park. Come and Enjoy, All Events are FREE, For Further Details contact: 085 8017973
Admission: Free
  1. Limerick
Irish and Polish friendship PolskaEire Limerick Park Run
Saturday, 26th May
The PolskaÉire Festival is a nationwide celebration of Irish-Polish friendship and culture. It was established to coincide with the UEFA Republic of Ireland vs. Poland qualifier in March 2015. This year we bring you the fourth edition of the Festival. Again, there will be plenty events where the Irish and Poles can celebrate together their friendship, learn from one another and most importantly: share “Dobry Craic”. Join us and celebrate this Festival with us! The craic will be dobry!
Admission: Free
  1. Tipperary
Family Picnic in the Carey’s Castle
Saturday, 26th May
Family Picnic in the Carey’s Castle Picnic with a campfire, and sports tournament for people from County Tipperary.
The event organized by dedicated Volunteers of Polish School in Clonmel includes: Camp Fire with traditional Polish “sausages and bread on the fire” making. Sport tournaments and many integrational outdoor games.
Admission free. All welcome.
Admission: Free
  1. Waterford
PolskaEire Family Fun Day
Saturday, 26th May, 10am – 2pm
The amazing event organized by Polish School in Waterford and supported by Waterford City & County Council that include a traditional barbecue, photo box, bouncy castles, face painting and other games, darts competition and many more. Come over and celebrate International Children Day with us! Free entry, some activities may be charged extra.
Admission: Free
  1. Galway
Galway Early Music Festival
Thursday, 25th May – Sunday, 27th May
The Galway Early Music Festival runs each year in the month of May, putting together a high quality programme of concerts of medieval, renaissance, and baroque music in a variety of venues around Galway City. There will be a range of both Irish and international early music groups performing, including Camerata Kilkenny, French medieval music group Alla Francesca, Italian ensemble Simone Sorini Syrenarum, and Irish group The Gregory Walkers who mix renaissance and baroque music into their rich stylistic stew. As well as that, the festival promises workshops, talks, and exhibitions exploring the fascinating traditions of what is known as early music.
Admission:€0 - €15
  1. Leitrim
Speaking of Which… Alison Pilkington
Saturday, 26th May, 2pm
Pilkington describes her art practice as exploring the idea of the psychological self and how this might be manifested through painting.  In her recent body of work she attempts to play with how familiar yet comic images have the potential to disturb or disorientate or perhaps be uncanny. She focuses on how imagery interacts with the intrinsic qualities of paint, how the paint material moves and how it can be played with. The paintings are carefully planned through several stages of drawing. The quality of paint handling, although seemingly casual, is a result of repeated attempts at getting something 'right'. Forthcoming shows in Ireland:  Ashford Gallery RHA 2018, The Dock, Leitrim 2018.
Admission: Free                            
  1. Mayo
Children of Lir Festival, Belmullet
Friday, 25th May – Sunday, 27th May
The Children of Lir Festival will celebrate the connection between the Erris region and the world-famous ‘Children of Lir’ legend. Events and activities will take place throughout Erris, where locals say that the next parish over is New York! Located along the Wild Atlantic Way, the region of Erris has recently been voted by ‘The Irish Times’ as the best place in Ireland to go wild!
It will revitalise the story of the Children of Lir through song, music, art and vision and open-up a pre-existing natural gem for the area, bring it to life for both locals and visitors to enjoy and share. It will also remind the community of its wealth of local resources and provide a focus on tourism. A full program of activities is available on request.
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Roscommon County Youth Orchestra Performance
Saturday, 26th May, 1pm  - 2pm
See Roscommon County Youth Orchestra perform at this free event at Baysports Hosdson Bay at 1pm. A nice day out for the all the Family
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
The Ary of the Spoken Word: Jessica Traynor
Saturday, 26th May, 11.30am -4.30pm
As an art form and mode of communication, spoken word is enjoying tremendous popularity and is a powerful and playful way to communicate on themes of social importance. Whether you think of yourself as a performance poet or a page poet, exploring spoken word can help you to learn how to deliver your work with verve and skill. In this workshop, we'll be generating new work and seeing how it lends itself to performance. We'll be looking at how well-known poets perform their work and responding to creative prompts in a fun and supportive atmosphere. 
Our workshop host; Jessica Traynor teaches poetry, playwriting and creative writing courses with the Irish Writers Centre and Big Smoke Writing Factory. She has worked as Literary Manager of the Abbey Theatre, where she commissioned and developed new work by established and emerging playwrights for both stages. She is currently working as a freelance dramaturg on a number of projects in Irish Theatre. This workshop is suitable for beginner writers, or poets and performers who'd like to explore their craft in more detail
Admission: Free
  1. Donegal
Let’s Talk and Walk
Sunday, 27th May, 3pm -6pm
IFA is hosting eight Let’s Talk and Walks events in May in support of the Green Ribbon campaign. The Green Ribbon campaign is a month-long campaign during May to get people talking openly about mental health and to break the stigma of silence associated with mental health. These walks will provide an opportunity for farmers and their communities to take time out for a couple of hours to look after their mental well-being and support this very worthwhile campaign.
Admission: Free
  1. Cavan
Singing Session - Ballinaglera, near Dowra, County Cavan
Sunday, 27th May, 5pm – 8pm
Ballinaglera, outside Dowra in Rynn's Pub last Sunday in the month at 5.00pm.
All local singers but Leitrim Singer's Circle support it.
Per Jackie Boyce on Facebook. Check with him...
Note to Organisers:
If you welcome visiting singers, and free Event Listings for your sessions on SongMaps, please send details/changes to [email protected] (including any Contact/Web info.)
Yours in singing,
Al Stout
Song Central
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
Free Walking Tours of Carrickmacross
Saturday, 26th May 6.30pm
The fabulous mini Moco’s are putting on another show! The mini mini Moco’ are performing 8 Little 🐧 Penguins and the older Musical is 🥣 Porridge. Both are filled with laughter and amazing acting and singing. A fabulous show not to be missed!
Admission: Free
  1. Fermanagh
Annual Country Fair
Sunday, May 27th, 12pm – 5pm
Join us for our annual Country Fair at Florence Court which is one of the most popular family-fun days in Fermanagh throughout the year. 
Enjoy live music, our craft fair, rare breeds, bouncy castles, fun outdoor activities, face painting, children's crafts, house tours, forge demonstrations, BBQ's and much more! There is something for everyone to enjoy at our annual Country Fair! National Trust members free. Normal admission applies.
Admission: Free

  1. Tyrone
New Works by Kyle Barnes
1st May – 31st May
Kyle brings a collection of large scale portraits of Veterans to the Burnavon. The work primarily considers the personal impact of each person’s experience and the ways their life has been  changed as a result. 
From Cookstown, and currently working in Southampton, Kyle has won the Towry prize at the National Open Art Competition and exhibited at the prestigious Pallant House Gallery in Chichester.  He further won the ‘Young Artist Award’ and the ‘People’s Choice’ Award at the Royal Ulster Academy Belfast in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded the Tyrone Guthrie Residency and in 2017 the Whyte’s Award at the Royal Hibernian Academy. His work is included in many private and public collections.
Admission: Free
  1. Derry
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
Saturday, 26th May, 3pm
For the first time ever, the much loved fairy-tale comes to the stage in an unforgettable live interactive production full of song and laughter. Goldilocks and the Three Bears will be joined on stage by some friends, including Ruff the Dog and Mr Bunny, for this exciting and fun-filled musical production that takes a few twists and turns along the way…
With fantastic characters and costumes, an amazing stage set and colourful lighting, this is an experience for all the family to remember and cherish!
Admission: £8/ £35 (family)

  1. Antrim
The Spring Continental Market
Thursday, 24th May –Monday, 28th May
Enjoy bratwurst and currywurst sausages fresh from the traditional German schwenkgrill. Pay a visit to the French patisserie, serving a range of freshly made sweet and savory pastries baked daily. Indulge in some Dutch pancakes or take away an ostrich or venison burger from the exotic Meats of the World traders.
In addition to these mouthwatering temptations, visitors can also browse and enjoy a selection hand crafted and bespoke local products.
Bring your friends and family along and sample some delicious treats in the sunshine! For more information, contact Belfast City Council on 028 9043 5704 or email [email protected].
Admission: Free
  1. Down
Bangor Car & Motorcycle Show 2018
Saturday, 26th May, 11am – 5.30pm
Back again for another fun filled, action packed car and bike show. Gets bigger and better every year and 2018 will be no different.
Huge Selection of Cars & Bikes
Trial Star Stunt Show
BMX Flat Lands Display Team 
Autotest Demonstration
4 The Win Gaming ‘Games Room’
Rep Tails (Reptile Exhibition)
Big Screen Motorsport Action
Coffee Shop
And much, much more
A day for all the family, don't miss it.
Admission:£5 (Adults) £3( Children) £10 (Family)
  1. Armagh
Armagh Crafts Fair
Saturday, 26th May, 10.30am – 5pm
Showcasing 45 'handpicked' designers, artists & craftspeople nationwide the Armagh Craft Fair returns to the Market Place Theatre on Sat 26 May from 10.30am - 5.00pm. Meet the makers and buy beautiful high quality handcrafted goods. FREE children's craft workshops & FREE craft demonstrations throughout the day with opportunities to ‘have-a-go’! Fantastic live music performances and great food served all day. 
Admission: Free
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