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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 29th-30th September

  1. Dublin
  1. Irish Antique Dealers Fair 2018
Thursday 27th September - Sunday 30th September
The Irish Antique Dealers Fair is back with yet another delightful array of special guests and exhibits for visitors to enjoy. Chock full of dealers, experts and aficionados alike, there will be displays, guest lectures and talks and special events aplenty. If you’re an antiques dealer or just someone who loves to hunt for beautiful pieces to enhance your home or business, you can’t miss the Irish Antique Dealers Fair 2018.
Admission: Free
  1. Dublin Festival of History 2018
24th September - 7th October
Over 140 free talks taking place across Dublin as part of this annual festival. Pulitzer-prize winning author Anne Applebaum, former Monty Python stalwart, writer and presenter Michael Palin, and best-selling author Helen Rappaport are among a host of international historians at the Dublin Festival of History this year. Now in its sixth year this ever-popular Festival takes place across the city from 24th September to 7th October and will feature over 140 FREE events including talks, walks, tours and exhibitions on a wide range of topics, including the historical impact of gaming, former slave and abolitionist Frederick Douglass’ time spent in Ireland, a queer history of Kilmainham Gaol, an evening of conversation and music with Christy Dignam, as well as numerous events marking 100 years of Irish women’s suffrage. The Festival will culminate with a ‘Big Weekend’ series of talks at City Hall and the Printworks, Dublin Castle, taking place from Friday 5th to Sunday 7th October featuring many best-selling historians. Michael Palin will bring to life the history of the ship HMS Erebus, Anne Applebaum will discuss Stalin’s war on the Ukraine in the 1930s, while Helen Rappaport will shed new light on the murder of the Russian Imperial Family 100 years after their deaths. Filmmaker Nuala O’Connor and historian Diarmaid Ferriter will showcase their new documentary on the Irish Civil War, “Keepers of the Flame”. If you love history, this is a Festival not to be missed!!
Admission: Free
  1. Dubray Storyfest
Saturday 29th September
The first Dubray StoryFest family book festival will take place at Airfield Estate on Saturday 29th September: a unique, fun-filled, creative festival for children aged 0-12 and their families. Rain or shine, if you like stories, it’s the place to be!
This will be a day of interactive author and illustrator events, storytelling and story-writing, doodling, drawing, dancing, music, art and craft, book-inspired yoga, face-painting, dressing up, events as Gaeilge and, for children with ASD or special needs, a relaxed zone. StoryFest will run from 10am to 5pm, with simultaneous events for different ages and interests taking place in sites across Airfield's urban farm and gardens.
Admission: €7-10
  1. Family SportFest
Sunday 30th September
Family SportFest returns to the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus this year, celebrating everything wonderful about sport and getting your family to experience the magic of over 20 different sports in our world class facilities.
To celebrate European Week of Sport, we are hosting an exciting family day out to encourage participation in a range of activities, to celebrate sport and promote active, healthy lifestyles. The day will be filled with demonstrations, sports personality appearances, taster sessions, a skillzone, guest speakers, educational talks and more.
On the day you and your family can experience: Meet Irish sporting heroes
Challenge each other in our skills challenge zone, try out a bunch of new sports and experience, watch some amazing demonstrations, bounce and roll in our inflatable Funzone, get coaching tips from top coaches & sport stars, listen to the stars from all different sports as they chat about their experiences and growing up with sport, find out about local sport programs in your area, join in our inclusive games for all ages and abilities, lift famous trophies like your heroes.
Admission: Adults €3, Children €3, Family €10
  1. The Terenure International Food Festival
Saturday 29th September
The Terenure International Food Festival will take place in Bushy Park, Terenure, Dublin 6W on Saturday, 29th of September 2018 from 10am- 4pm. The Food: enjoy 40 International pop-up food stalls showcasing their finest cuisine from all corners of the globe. The Main Stage: all day International music & dance entertainment. Line Up TBA shortly via Facebook. @ 11am- 4pm. The Lounge: Listen and join in the discussion, from restaurant owners, bloggers, food photographers, farmer markets’ traders, food journalists and critics! @ 12.30pm- 2.30pm. The Kids Zone: FREE face painting, trampolines, clowns, FREE family yoga. Entertainment takes place throughout the event in the big field. And so much more, it all promises to be a day not to missed...
Admission: Free
  1. Carlow
Inflatable Colour Run & BMX Stunt Show
This event specifically for teenagers!  Get messy on inflatable colour run course and enjoy a spectacular display from the mountain bike stunt team at   Savage Skills are the UK’s leading freestyle mountain bike stunt team providing interactive, jaw dropping shows suitable for audiences of all ages throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.  Flow Promotions will also be on site with interactive installations to test your speed, strength and reactions - just for fun.  We are delighted also to have local legend Paul Ward to energize the crowd and keep your eyes peeled for other special guests.  There will be free white event t-shirts for the first 100 to arrive on the night.  Gates open from 6.30pm for 7pm start.  Register on Eventbrite to guarantee entry as places are limited!
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare
Round Towers GAA 5k
Sunday 30th September
The annual Round Towers 5k Run in conjunction with Mary-Kathryn's in support of St John’s Ward, Crumlin Children's Hospital will take place on the 30th of September 2018 at 11 am. Always a great race with a big turnout, be part of it and support a very worthy charity at the same time.
Admission: €12.50 Adult, €7.50 Children
  1. Kilkenny
Saturday 29th September
Art @ the Apple Market is a spectacular open-air art exhibition with artists from all over the South East exhibiting their work during the months of June - Dec 2018. Artists of all levels are invited to submit their work and be involved in colouring the city streets by exhibiting at 'Art @ the Apple Market'.
Admission: Free

  1. Laois
Ogham Tree Festival
Saturday 29th September - Sunday 30th September
Train ride, wildlife, arts, fun, exhibitions, games, food & entertainment. The Ogham Tree Festival is a magical journey of creativity, innovation and an educational experience for all to enjoy. We’ll take you on a vintage train journey through beautiful woodland settings. You’ll experience the workings of the train station and woodland characters will perform and guide you through a magical trail full of activities and surprises.
Admission: €10.39
  1. Longford
Stylist event at Doll’s Boutique
Saturday 29th September
Join us in store for Fashion shows and stylist tips from the fantastic Cathy O Connor on Saturday 29th September 2018 from 12-3pm. Special discounts on the day.
Admission: Free
  1. Louth
Slow Sessions
Saturday 29th September
Our slow sessions are back! For players of any instrument and at any level.  A selection of easy and well-known session tunes will all be played slowly so that people in the early stages of their playing or those coming back to playing music can have an opportunity to play together in a friendly, supportive and informal setting. More experienced players who wish to refine their techniques at a slower pace are also very welcome. All players, and also singers are very welcome. And if you just want to listen, well come long, as what would music be without someone to listen to it. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included.
Admission: €5
  1. Meath

Record & CD Fair
Sunday 30th September
We return to The Spirit Store, Georges Quay, Dundalk for our autumn Record & CD Fair on Sunday September 30th from 10.30am. Come along and enjoy a great day out! Browse thousands of LP's, 7", 12" & CD's all in one place with traders from all over Ireland. All styles of music. From bargain bins to rarities and collectables, find those albums you've been searching for! Buy, Sell, Trade! FREE on-Site Parking! Wheelchair\pushchair friendly!
Admission: Free
  1. Offaly
Carrig & Riverstown Development Association Tractor Run
Sunday 30th September
Carrig and Riverstown Development Association will hold a Tractor Run in Carrig village on Sunday the 30th September 2018 at 1pm. This event is our second fundraising event towards the construction of an extension to our hall which will provide disabled toilet facilities and a new multipurpose room for the community. Please support this family fun day out. The day will commence at 12pm with tractor registration at the hall. Tractor entry is €20, and all tractor types and ages are welcome and will be categorized accordingly. The tractor run itself will commence at 1pm along a 20km local route. Our ‘Pedal Power’ event will take place at 2.30 pm. Children are encouraged to bring along their pedal tractors, trikes, etc. for some family fun in our kid’s tractor run. Hot food, sandwiches and treats will be available at the event with all proceeds going towards the hall extension. A mini Auction will be held at 3pm followed by a raffle. There will be lots of other fun and entertainment on the day and the we would like to encourage everyone to come along and support the event.
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History
Friday 28th September - Sunday 30th September
A Crackin’ New Exhibition Explores the History of Jacob’s Biscuit Factory. The exhibition Jacob’s Biscuit Factory & Dublin: An Assorted History will be on display at Athlone Castle Visitor Centre from Tuesday 18th September until Sunday 21st October, with the kind permission of Dublin City Library and Archive. Drawing on the vast 330 boxes of Jacob Biscuit Factory Archives held at Dublin City Library and Archive, and using beautifully illustrated panels, oral histories, and flags, the exhibition tells both a chronological and thematic history of Jacob’s Biscuit Factory. Members of the public are encouraged to contact Athlone Castle on Instagram (@athlonecastle) and Twitter (@AthloneAT), using #jacobsassorted if they have any Jacob’s memorabilia which they would like to add to the archive, or to share their favourite labels or memories of Jacob’s. In particular DCLA are gathering stories of the after-life of Jacob’s biscuit tins. What did you keep in the tin or box, once all the biscuits were eaten? For example; that spare parts for the first Aer Lingus plane Iolar were carried in a Jacob’s tin!
Admission: Adult €8, Children €4
  1. Wexford
Autumn Fairy Trail
Sunday 30th September
AUTUMN FAIRY TRAIL Sunday, 30th of September. The woodland colours change and amongst the ambers and golds there are treasures to behold. Join us in our search along the magical fairy trail and take home a treasure of your own. Children will collect a map and do the fairy hunt on the Fairy woodland walk where they will complete the clues and, on the way, collect various, magical leaves to make their fairy crown when they finish. A large decorated fairy mirror will be there for the children to see their crowns when finished. Our magical bubble maker Dora will be at the fountain to do giant bubbles with the kids. BBQ on the terrace and music by Donna Marie from 1-4pm. For more information contact [email protected]
Admission: €10 per car
  1. Wicklow

Bray Literary Festival
Saturday 29th September - Sunday 30th September
Join us for another weekend of readings, Q&A sessions, and creative writing workshops with many of Ireland's leading and emerging writers. Not to mention the banter and craic in the Harbour Bar!
Check out the full programme on our website:
Admission: €5
  1. Clare
Mountshannon Trad Festival
Friday 29th September - Sunday 30th September
Mountshannon,  situated on the shores of Lough Derg will host its 9th Traditional Irish Music Festival.  The weekend comprises pub sessions, workshops, singing sessions from Friday evening to Sunday night.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork

Saturday's Craft Market in Cork city
Saturday 29th September - Your Cork Craft Market
A super friendly team of traders in the HEART of Cork city, in the oldest registered building in Cork: The Unitarian Church, Princes street, Gate entry across Cummins sports. You’ll find handmade products, designed in Ireland, jewellery, fashion, accessories, photography, art, drawings paintings, origami, silver, brass, leather, fabric, ceramic, wood, glass, cork, gem stones.
Admission: Free
  1. Kerry
The Baby Market Killarney 30th September
Sunday 30th September
Join us for a buying and selling extravaganza. Expect in excess of 20 stalls brimming with all things infant, child and maternity. When : 12 noon to 2pm. Contact us now to book a stall or any further information on our Kerry Markets: [email protected]. Click GOING and SHARE this event with your friends to be in with a chance to win FREE EARLY ENTRY for you and a friend!
Admission: €3 adult, €5 for two, Kids go free
  1. Limerick
Cook Medical Women’s Mini Marathon 2018
Sunday 30th September
Now in its 20th year, Cook Medical Limerick Women’s Mini Marathon is firmly established as the premier women’s running event in Limerick and the Midwest. Over 3000 women of all ages and abilities will participate in this event on Sunday, 30th of September. This event is synonymous with charities from all over the Midwest for fundraising. Many of the women will run, walk or jog to raise much needed funds for their respective charities. This event attracts participants from all over the mid-west region with some marathon and athletic enthusiasts travelling from further afield. The route starts & finishes on the grounds of the University of Limerick. This event has become a household event as women run or walk while some push their babies in their buggies. Other family members attend on the day to support their wives, sisters, girlfriends or friends.
Admission: €5-25
  1. Tipperary
The Clonmel Antiques, Art & Vintage Fair
Sunday 30th September
The Clonmel Antiques, Art & Vintage Fair will host their Fair at the Clonmel Park Conference, Leisure & Spa Hotel. Sunday 30th September from 11AM-6PM. There will be in excess of 20 stalls on the day. For further information please contact the event organiser: Robin O'Donnell 087-6933602
[email protected]
Admission: €3.50, Children go free
  1. Waterford
Frank Snaps Exhibition
Saturday 29th September
During the 1950s/60s Frank Rolls was a street photographer, using the name Frank Snaps, all around Waterford, Tramore and places in the general hinterland, taking photographs of people on the streets, the prom and strand, during various processions and events, in dance halls and at carnivals, just to mention some of the places he covered. An exhibition of Frank Rolls’ photographs is being staged in Waterford City Library from Monday 10 September to Saturday 6 October. About 500 Frank Snaps photos will be on view and the public are invited to help in identifying people – he did not keep any records of those he photographed.
Admission: Free
  1. Galway
All Ireland Poetry Slam
Saturday 29th September
The All Ireland Poetry Slam is returning to Galway for the first time in six years! Three poets from each of the four provinces will go head to head for the title of All Ireland Champion, and the winner will go on to represent Ireland at the European Slam next year. To choose our champs the Connacht Slam will be held in the Blue Note Bar on Saturday the 29th of September. The final will be held in the Blue Note on November 3rd, and there are cash money prizes for the All Ireland winner and runners up on that night. Anyone can enter, please sign up in advance by emailing your details to [email protected] with the title 'Connacht Heat Entry'. Please have three original poems prepared, although there is a chance that we could end up doing two poems per performer depending on the numbers. The rules are simple. There is a time limit of three minutes per poem. Points begin to be docked after the three-minute mark so it's best to come in around then. Points are awarded for the lyrical content of the poem and for performance too. Memorised poems do better than pieces read from a page, but don't let that discourage you if you don't have yours off the top of your head. Please share the event with anyone who you think might be interested and send on your own details to register to perform. The time is subject to change as it is a Saturday night, please check in here again before the event. See you there!
Admission: Free
  1. Leitrim
Africa Day
Saturday 29th September
Let's celebrate Africa! Come to the Market Yard Centre and learn about African culture. Food tasting, DJ, African drummers, poetry, info and kids activities. All welcome from 1pm - 4pm at the Leitrim International Community Group.
Admission: Free
  1. Mayo

Heroes in Hiding - Other Voices Music Trail
Saturday 29th September
We are delighted to be involved in this year’s Other Voices Music Trail in Ballina. Tickets are free of charge and available from this link: . The Other Voices Ballina Music Trail will feature more than 30 free gigs taking place in various venues across Ballina over the Other Voices Festival Weekend. These will be announced in the coming weeks. While scoring tickets for the Other Voices TV recordings can be like finding hen’s teeth, Other Voices Ballina festival goers won’t miss a note from the Church, as the Other Voices Live Streaming rolls into town. Music fans will enjoy all the happenings in St. Michael’s Church, at multiple locations throughout Ballina. With huge screens, high definition audio visual and close proximity to a freshly poured pint, screening venues will be a massive hit during the Festival. Grab a stool in lieu of a pew, relax and enjoy.Beyond the chapel gates, the Other Voices Music Trail will feature an exciting and diverse line-up of performers, musicians, bands and DJs, plying their wares across the pubs and venues of Ballina on September 28th and 29th. Guaranteed quality new sounds for all ears and 100% free to enjoy.
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Douglas Hyde 30th Anniversary Conference
Saturday 29th September
The 2018 Douglas Hyde Conference takes place from the 27th - 29th September in Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon. The theme of this year's conference is People, Places & Time; Converging Histories. The conference fee is €30 with a concession price of €15 for students, senior citizens and the unwaged. Attendance of individual lectures is also available at a cost of €10 per lecture. The conference fee includes entry to the full conference programme throughout the day, lunch and tea/coffee. Accommodation is not included. Please not payment for individual lectures does not include lunch. To make a booking for the conference contact Deirdre O'Gara on 087 7823751/[email protected]
Admission: Individual Lectures €10, Conference €30, Students €15
  1. Sligo
Sligo Coast to Coast 30th
Sunday 30th September
Sligo Coast to Coast 10-mile run / walk. Plus, 5k Run / Walk.
Admission: €10-20
  1. Donegal
Urban Tri Buncrana
Sunday 30th September
A Triathalon with a bit of an urban twist. Join in, in the name of fitness, yoga and green smoothies for a great challenge, consisting of HIIT (35 mins), RUN (4k) & YOGA (35 mins). Taking place on Sunday 30th September, this one-of-a-kind triathlon we have to time slots first on kicks off at 10.30am and then 11.30am beginning in Seriously Fit and ends in The Yoga Loft . It will consist of a HIIT session from Seriously Fit Buncrana owner Billy Dowling, followed by a 4km run and a Yin Yoga session with Sabrina Friel from Yoga Loft Buncrana and finishes with a post workout smoothie from Glenda Dowling @ Gutsy World. This is a challenge suitable for everyone both men and ladies and all participants. It is about the taking part. Places are limited so get booked up asap! To Book: PM or text Billy on 085 2288304 to register and, full payment to Billy in Seriously Fit Buncrana or Sabrina The Yoga Loft will secure your place. Cancellation Policy - No refunds 7 days prior to event! This will be a quarterly event going forward. Next date will be announced for Dec 2018
Admission: €20
  1. Cavan
Souvenirs du paysage, Landscape & Memory
Sunday 30th September
An exhibition of Frank Rolls’ photographs is being staged in Waterford City Library from Monday 10 September to Saturday 6 October. About 500 Frank Snaps photos will be on view and the public are invited to help in identifying people – he did not keep any records of those he photographed
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
Model Show & Toy Fair
Sunday 30th September
This is my own first model show/toy fair showcasing agricultural, truck and car models (combined with a selection of toys) from local and national exhibitors/collectors. Come along and share memories of your childhood with family and friends over a complimentary tea/coffee (one per paid entry ticket) courtesy of Treacys Hotel. Under 12's - free admission. Proceeds donated to CancerCare Kingscourt. If you wish to participate in the show, please message as there are limited spaces.
Admission: €5, U12 Free
  1. Fermanagh
Exhibition - When the Wind Blows, A Decade of Fermanagh Photographs from the Kite
Saturday 29th September – Sunday 30th September
This exhibition highlights a selection of chosen images by Fermanagh photographer Ciarán May. For almost a decade, Ciarán has uniquely captured the beauty and charm of his native county using a Kite to lift a camera. The display showcases the beautiful idyllic settings in Fermanagh and it gives us an insight into the techniques used by Ciarán to capture the perfect image!
Admission: Adult £5, Children £3.50
  1. Tyrone
Hedgehog Day
Sunday 30th September
We look forward to welcoming you all to our fun filled family day out! Due to the popularity of Hedgehog Day last year we just couldn't resist making this a yearly event here at Lissan House! Doors will open 2pm sharp, starting in the Grand Hall.
Admission: £4 Adult, £2 Child
  1. Derry
Slow Food Festival
Saturday 29th September - Sunday 30th September
The best of local, clean, fair food is on the menu as Derry City and Strabane District Council welcome the return of the Slow Food Festival on the 29th & 30th September in the Guildhall Square. Slow Food is a global, grassroots organisation that promotes the true enjoyment of good food with the commitment to community and the environment - a major two-day celebration showcasing the best of local, clean, fair food from across the North West. Featuring Slow Food Market, talks & demos from Paula McIntyre and Aine Carlin, tours & tastings, street food, family fun…and lots more.
Admission: Free
  1. Antrim
Belfast Championship Dog Show
Saturday 29th September - Sunday 30th September
On the 29th & 30th September thousands of dogs will compete for titles at Ireland's largest dog show and CRUFTS qualifier, the Belfast Championship Dog Show. Set within the Eikon Exhibition Centre, this is the perfect opportunity to showcase man’s best friend and meet up with other enthusiasts. Whether you’re a competitor or just love dogs, this event is ideal for you! They also represent a great opportunity to get up-to-date information on caring and training for dogs.
Admission: £10.00
  1. Down
Autumn Wildlife Hunt
Sunday 30th September
A perfect chance to explore the wonderful changes of autumn and for families to become more involved in nature.
Visitors can enjoy a day filled with fun activities including wildlife walks, talks, safaris, and live animal displays. Come along to the ‘Badger’s Banquet Hall,’ for fascinating nature facts or why not build-a-birdhouse at Woody’s Workshop and even handle exotic creatures!
Admission: £11 Adult, £6 Child
  1. Armagh
Pottery Sunday
Sunday 30th September
Try your hand at making a clay pot, similar to those which the Celts would have used. The Celts would have crafted pots of differing levels of intricacy and detail based on the occasion. Use your imagination to come up with your own unique design.
Admission: Free
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