- Dublin Pride Parade
The highlight of Dublin LGBTQ Pride festival is the famous Dublin Pride Parade which will march across the city on Saturday, June 30th. Get your thinking hat on and come up with costume and float ideas which fall under the banner of this year’s theme - We Are Family. Listen to speeches and soak in the entertainment which will begin at midday at Stephen’s Green before the parade embarks on its route at 2pm. Show your pride and help make 2018’s Dublin Pride Parade an explosion of colour and music, all in celebration of the rich and diverse LGBTQ community in Dublin.
- Ireland’s A Survivor Guide Comedy Show
June - 4 August 2018
Ireland: A Survivor’s Guide is a comedy show that is suitable for the entire family. It provides a hilarious guide to Irish history, Irish culture, and Irish people using inventive slapstick physical comedy for younger members of the crowd, plenty of satire for those a little older, as well as lots of audience participation, and a crazy array of props. The International Bar has long had a reputation as the heart of the Dublin comedy scene with its nightly Comedy Club shows and its celebrated open mic nights, and now it welcomes the return of this highly rated show. A Survivor’s Guide includes sketches like The Complete History of Ireland in Seven Minutes, An Interactive Guide to Hurling, and The Secrets of the Irish Male. This show keeps packing them in and makes a welcome in to the intimate confines of the International Comedy Club this summer.
Admission: €6 - €12.50
Science Gallery, Trinity College
- Life at the Edges Science Exhibition
June – 30th September
There are over 3,000 planets out there; is there life on them? How can anything survive in outer space? Or at the bottom of the ocean... or inside a volcano? Life at the Edges brings experts from different disciplines together to explore these big questions of our time. We’re getting closer to living at the edge of what is sustainable for our planet. This exciting new exhibition looks at humanity and how we are confronted by challenges including sustainability and climate change.
National Gallery of Ireland
- Yoga at the Gallery
June @ 10.30 - 11.30 am
This June, we're pleased to offer a series of outdoor yoga classes in our beautiful Merrion Square forecourt! Join Mary Dowling, an experienced yoga instructor and Gallery guide, for an hour of relaxation and mindfulness outside in the beautiful forecourt of the Merrion Square entrance. The class will be suitable for all levels. If it is raining (or exceptionally cold!), the class will be held inside in the Grand Gallery. The front desk will be able to confirm the location of the class in the morning if you are unsure. Please bring your own mat. In the event that the yoga session is moved indoors, please be aware that liquid of any kind, including water, is not permitted inside the galleries, so please arrive hydrated!
Saint Andrew’s Resource Centre
- Live Well Dublin 2018
July @ 12pm -6pm
Live Well Dublin is a healthy living lifestyle event showcasing fun ways to increase your quality of life. Discover - Learn - Practice - Master - Teach. Chat with our ever growing range of great local exhibitors and enjoy a series of fitness, nutrition, and wellness workshops & demonstrations. Don’t miss out on our panel discussion and our line-up of inspirational talks on mind-set, goal setting, healthy habits, fitness, mental health, and happiness. Guests can expect an enjoyable day out with Live Music, Great Food and Great Activities.
Admission: €12.50 +
5678 Come on Let’s Celebrate
June 30th @ 7.30pm -10.30pm
MC Dance School returns again to Visual, Carlow for a very special show as Marie Cashin and all the students celebrate fifteen years of success. This anniversary show is packed with entertainment that is suitable for every age. Full of music and dance from various genres, this show is sure to have you smiling. Book soon to avoid disappointment.
Irish Drift Championship (Round 3)
June @ 9am - 6pm
The biggest winner-takes-all prize in the history of Irish motorsport. The biggest one-day prize in drift history. 80 drivers chasing a life-changing financial reward with international guests aiming to steal it from them. Do we really need to tell you how hard-fought this battle will be? One Event. One Winner of €20,000. Can you really miss this historic event at Mondello Park
Admission: Child: €7.50 Adult: €12.50
The Breadwinner Exhibition
May - Sunday 29th
Butler Gallery at The Castle
The Butler Gallery are collaborating with the Kilkenny based animation studio, Cartoon Saloon, to present a new exhibition which looks at their most recent film, The Breadwinner. In recent years, Cartoon Saloon have earned nominations for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards on three occasions, for each of their feature films, The Secret of Kells, Song of the Sea, and, most recently, The Breadwinner in 2017.The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey, tells the tale of Parvana, a young girl living in Kabul, Afghanistan which is under the control of Taliban, who has to disguise herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. It has been warmly received not just in Ireland but around the world. The Breadwinner exhibition has been curated by Anna O’Sullivan, and it takes a look at the movie-making process from animation to storyboards to behind the scenes materials.
June @ 2pm - 5pm
Join Miguel on this journey to the stunning and colourful Land of the Dead! To prove his talent and fulfil his dream of becoming a musician, Miguel and the charming trickster Hector, set off on an extraordinary adventure to unlock the real story behind Miguel's family history, and their baffling ban on music! Dirs: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina | 2018 | USA | 105 mins | PG | Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Gael García Bernal, Benjamin Bratt.
TED x Longford
June @ 7.30pm - 10.30pm
Six national and international speakers present their ideas on a wide variety of topics. TED x Longford is an event designed to help communities, organisations and individuals spark conversation and connection through spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. The event is being organised under licence from TED (an international organisation that believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world).
Music Memories Through the Decades
Irish Cycle Hire offers breathtaking tours around Cork and West Cork, Kerry and the Dingle Peninsula, the Burren and Connemara region.
Irish Cycle Hire operates self-guided holidays departing every week during the summer months. You are supplied with notes and information to ensure you have the best of information available to cycle from one destination to the next. Your luggage is transferred each day, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the spectacular scenery Ireland has to offer. They are located in Ardee, County Louth.
Admission: Prices Vary
Full Moon Walking Tour of Tara
June @ 7pm - 9pm
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 7 pm from the gate at the Hill of Tara and finishes at approximately 9 pm.
The Offaly Way
The Offaly Way is a linear route of some 38km linking the Slieve Bloom Way (at Cadamstown) to the Sli Mor (at Lemanaghan). En route, the route crosses the Grand Canal Way. It includes sections of riverbank, stretches of bogland, green mass paths and quiet country roadways. Although the highest point is only 120m, much of the Way commands wide views over a comparatively flat landscape. It follows a mix of forest track, riverbank, bog roadway and minor road. As the route is mainly flat, it is easy to moderate in difficulty and suitable for people of average levels of fitness or higher. A number of shorter looped walks (ranging from 1hr to 4hrs) start and finish at each of the trailheads and are more suitable for the occasional walker.
Mullaghmeen located approximately 8km west of Oldcastle, Co Meath is an isolated area of forest rising above the farm land of north Westmeath. Mullaghmeen Forest is the largest planted beech forest in Ireland. Along with beech, Mullaghmeen also has Sitka spruce, Scots pine and noble fir and a very interesting native tree collection.
Gymboree with Audrey
June @ 2pm
Join Audrey in Bunclody Library for Gymboree - Music, Movement and Fun Classes.
Suitable for babies, wobblers, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
Places limited, booking essential at 053 9375466.
Admission: Varied Prices
Taste of Wicklow
Abbey Grounds, Wicklow Town
The Taste of Wicklow Food Festival, now in its sixth year, will be held at the stunning Abbey Grounds in Wicklow Town. With its star-studded line-up of celebrity chefs, this event is sure to attract record crowds again this year. The programme will feature over 30 artisan food and craft producers, all of whom have been tweaking their delicacies for months just to share the absolute best in food that Wicklow has to offer with you. Entertainment for the whole family is guaranteed as a packed schedule of free entertainment will be running, with face painters, children's games, entertainers, puppet and circus shows and much more to enjoy. Speaking at the photo call, Wicklow Town and District Chamber President Robin Bradley said: "Now in its sixth year, The Taste of Wicklow Food Festival has become the standout social event of the year in Wicklow Town, and this year sets out to promote all the food producers in County Wicklow." A buzz is brewing in Wicklow Town, as local businesses and people get ready to show you why you'll want to keep returning to Wicklow all summer long.
Saturday 30th June - Sunday 1st July
Admission: €0 - €10
Saturday Adventure Walks
Adventure Walks will be at Lees Road every Saturday at 10:15am this summer. We will pick one of the 8 trails currently available on the Adventure Walks app at Lees Road. The starting gun will fire at 10:15am and the first adult/child partnership home is our champion for the week. Each Adventure Walk is a treasure hunt using your phones GPS. Trails are 1 - 2 km in length. Perfect for child and adult on a Saturday morning. Hope to see you there!
Cork Fun and Interactive Kids Concert
July @ 11.30 – 12.30
We are delighted to be back in Cork! Hurrah. We're also pretty excited about our new venue in the city centre, St Peter's. Lots of space for dancing - we love it!
Designed for the pre-schooler and older child up to 7 or 8, this concert is all about engaging with the music in a totally natural way. Singing along, dancing, joining in, standing completely still with mouth wide open, it’s all good with us!
We have play mats, Lego, colouring, and musical worksheets for older children. All are welcome to come and have a closer look at the instruments at the end of the concert.
Classical Kids gives children a chance to enjoy classical music in a setting that allows them to learn, feel and express themselves.
Tickets available on the door, but early booking here advisable!
Puffin Island is an Irish Wildbird Conservancy reserve on a small island to the south of Valentia Island near Portmagee, County Kerry and separated from the mainland by a narrow sound. It holds some thousands of pairs of Manx Shearwaters, Storm Petrels and Puffins and smaller numbers of other breeding seabirds. The island may only be landed up on with the consent of IWC which tends to withhold permission from all except those carrying out bona fide research on the birds. Fishing boats can be chartered in Portmagee.
The island can be seen quite well from the sea by the visitor who takes a boat trip to the Skelligs from Portmagee.
Limerick Voices Volume II - Summer Project for teenagers
June @ 10am – 4pm
HFC Night at the Dogs
Great family night out to mark the start of the summer holidays HURRAY!
Churchyard Sessions - Thank Funk (Beer & BBQ)
Thank Funk are a 7-piece band based in Waterford playing classic funk music from the likes of Chic, Earth Wind & Fire, Michael Jackson, Jamiroquai, David Bowie and many more. Supported by Waterford Council
and Waterford Viking Triangle
.Admission: €20 - €45
June – 1st
Ireland’s national maritime festival, SeaFest, returns to Galway Harbour in June and July. Taking in a multitude events, the festival covers everything to do with the sea and will have something for all ages. The line-up includes such treats as a Bord Bia seafood cookery showcase, an exhibition by flyboarders performing acrobatic stunts, tours of boats and ships of all different sorts and even some shipwrecks and creatures of the deep. One of the highlights is the Our Ocean Wealth Summit, which is a feature of each edition of the festival and examines our commercial relationship with our maritime resources, Meanwhile also on offer are historical and cultural explorations of Ireland’s seafaring history, as well as dedicated kids’ zones. Most of events taking place across the weekend are free, just some require tickets, so why not climb aboard for SeaFest 2018.
A restored plantation castle of the early 17th century, picturesquely situated on the shores of Lough Gill, once the home of Robert Parke and his family. The Courtyard grounds contain evidence of an earlier 16th century Tower House structure once owned by Sir Brian O'Rourke who subsequently was executed at Tyburn, London in 1591. The Castle has been restored using Irish oak and traditional craftsmanship. Access for visitors with disabilities to ground floor.
Uileann Pipe Session 1pm - 3pm
First Sunday of every month
Craic n’ Roll
Acoustic Rock 'N' Roll Duo - Donna Dunne & Philip Doyle will be performing in JJ Harlows in Roscommon on June 30th. Expect some rockin gypsy country music and loads of craic 😉
Yoga and Brunch
June 8am – 10am
Shells Cafe Saturday Yoga & Brunch Club with Salt & Soul Studio.
Start your Saturday with a yoga class designed to build strength, flexibility and focus in the spacious and light filled Salt & Soul studio. The class is suitable for all levels and aims to promote a healthy, strong and mindful attitude through movement, breath and awareness. Afterwards join us in Shells Cafe, facing the Atlantic for a Yogi Brunch Table filled with homemade granola, fruit salads, Greek yoghurt, pastries and a warming drink of your choice.
Yoga 8am-8.45am (at Salt & Soul Studio)
*please arrive 10 minutes before class*
Summer Festival | Abbey Live
Live music all weekend.
Arts & Craft For You & Your Child
June @ 2pm – 5pm
Art & Craft for You and Your Child.
Free Creative Workshops at the Belturbet Library
Sense and Sensibility Open Air Theatre at Hilton Park
July @ 7pm – 10pm
Sense and Sensibility Open Air Theatre on the front lawn at Hilton Park, Clones, County Monaghan, Sunday 1st July 2018. Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company this summer as Elinor and Marianne Dashwood make their first forays into the exciting world of Regency society. Adapted by award-winning writer Laura Turner, this exquisite and lively tale follows the sisters as they fall in love, make mistakes and experience heartbreak for the first time in their quest to find a balance between sense and sensibility. Picnic in the beautiful gardens of Hilton Park and enjoy a night of magical theatre under the stars. Bring your low back chairs and blankets for the lawn, sit back, relax and enjoy the show.
Admission: €60 (Family) €21 (Adult) €16 (Child)
July @ 1pm -6pm
Enjoy a fun-filled afternoon of outdoor activities celebrating the nature and beauty of wildlife at Crom. Take part in craft activities, bug hunts, woodland trails, guided walks, children's outdoor survival skills and more! There will be lots of natured themed activities taking place from other organisations such as RSPB, Butterfly Conservation, Fermanagh Red Squirrel Society and Lough Erne Heritage! National Trust Members free. Normal admission applies.
Admission: Normal admission applies
Car Boot Sale and Craft Fair
Car Boot Sale & Craft Fair in Kintore Cultural Centre on Saturday 30th June 201810am to 2pmCars /Stalls £5
In Aid of Marie Curie
Trailers/Vans £10Contact Corky at Kintore Cultural Centre for more info07810293177
Admission: £5 (Stall) £10 (Vans/ Trailers)
Celtronic 2018 Night Four: Ulster Orchestra & Phil Kieran
June @ 7pm – 9.30pm
Celtronic 2018 will feature a very special concert on Saturday June 30th at The Glassworks, Derry. For the last couple of months, Ireland's leading electronic music artist, Phil Kieran, has been working with three local musicians, Eoin O'Callaghan, Neil Burns and Leon Crockett at Celtronic Studios to create a collection of new music which will be performed by the Ulster Orchestra at Celtronic 2018.
BLUES FEST: Lunch with Kaz Hawkins
July @ 1.30pm – 3.30pm
The Belfast City Blues Festival is back with more than 60 gigs across 22 venues from June 29 to July 2. This year American Holidays returns once again as key sponsor, in partnership with Brand USA, as well as United Airlines and Belfast City Council.
Pickie Fun Park New Attraction Unveiling
Pickie Fun Park is one of Northern Ireland's most popular visitor attractions, set at Bangor's harbour and provides a fun day out for all with an 18-hole mini-golf course, giant pedal swans, Pickie Puffer train, children’s play area, children’s electric car track and splash pads.
Admission: Costs Vary
Armagh in Focus
June – 31st
The Museum holds nearly all the images taken by ‘Allison’s’ throughout the period of Scott’s ownership (1950-1982), a collection of around 350,000 negatives from commissions of local companies to studio portraits and wedding photographs.
The selection on display in this exhibition only scratches the surface of one of Northern Ireland’s largest and most important photographic archives. It gives a flavour of everyday life in Armagh and the surrounding area during a period that saw huge social change.