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At Mirrored River | Enda Bowe 

Irish-born photographer Enda Bowe’s work is concerned with storytelling and the search for light and beauty in the ordinary. He is based in London and his first book Kilburn Cherry has recently been published by J&J Books. At Mirrored River was inspired by the Gaelic word Teannalach (pron. “channah-lack”) which means awareness. In particular, it is awareness of that which is intangible and hushed; of being aware of the quietness and presence of people, places and nature. With this in mind, I sought to capture the teannalach of stories and dreams within a singular town.          
VISUAL, Carlow 
7th-16th Oct      

The Busker Fleadh          

Experience the best of independent music and performance in an electrifying atmosphere at the Busker Fleadh! Brought to you by Dublin City Council, this FREE family event will showcase some of the most exciting street performance talent in Ireland.Spectators can enjoy a variety of musicians and street performers while discovering some of Ireland’s hottest acts on this fun day out! Enjoy the street spectacle of the Dublin Circus Project, watch a special screening of Sing Street in the Light House Cinema or vote for your favourite performer in the Dublin Busker Competition. The winner of the competition will receive recording time in Windmill Lane Recording Studios with a sound engineer and a digital download of their recordings (worth €1,000), as well as an opportunity to perform live on 98FM Breakfast Show! Whether you’re a fan of rock, folk or hip hop, there’ll be something for everyone to enjoy at this FREE family event.  
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7          
Sunday 9th Oct  

Hard Working Class Heroes         

Three days, six venues, and over one hundred bands featuring the best in emerging Irish music. All in the heart of Dublin city from 6 – 8 October. With the city's best venues like The Button Factory, The Workman's Club, The Mercantile, The Grand Social and Meeting House Square, all crammed with the tunes to knock your socks off - revellers will be grooving to a beat all their own.
Various city centre locations       
6th-8th October
Single venue entry on the door €10           


A E R I E is a quintet lead by German saxophonist Ingo Hipp. He founded the band in 2013 and they have since played over 40 concerts around Europe. Expect a stimulating mix of the written and improvised in a lively performance that will leave you wanting more.
Aungier Street, Dublin    
Sunday 9th Oct  

Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art              

Established in 1864, the National Gallery of Ireland is central to our cultural heritage and this year Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art represents the gallery’s contribution to Ireland’s Decade of Centenaries. Exhibiting 50 works spanning from the arrival of St Patrick in the 17th century right up until the establishment of the Irish State in the early 20th century, Creating History: Stories of Ireland in Art offers a window into our past.             
National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square, Dublin            
8th Oct-17th January      

Viking Character Workshop        

Guided by award-winning illustrator Mark Wickham, allow your children to go on a journey into Christ Church Cathedral’s long Viking history. This 1-hour session for 6-10 year olds will bring out the creative side of your little artists as they show off their colouring and drawing skills in an original Viking church, Christ Church Cathedral.
Christ Church Cathedral, Christchurch Place, Dublin 8        
8th October       
Free ticketed     

Smithfield and Stoneybatter Food Festival             

It's not difficult to eat your way around Smithfield and Stoneybatter these days. Adventurous and entrepreneurial creatives have long been drawn to this historical, hip quarter of town and they've brought amazing food and drink with them. Food in the City host gastronomic delights in venues around the area. There will be Viking tapas in the Lilliput Stores, Oyster and Stout at the Dice Bar, and you can get a taster of the newly opened Graze, at the Elbow Room, the local yoga studio. Cotto, L Mulligan Grocer, and other favourites will also be getting in on the delectable action too.
Smithfield Square, Dublin 7          
7-9th October   

Design and Violence Exhibtion    

This exhibition about the axis where design and violence collide is a co-production between the Science Gallery, Dublin, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) New York. It began as an online curatorial experiment hosted by MoMA, aimed at examining what violence looks like in modern society, and will build further upon the original online experiment, asking scientists and artists to examine what happens when creativity and engineering fall into the wrong hands. As the world continues to be mired in war, this is a timely exhibition that will make you rethink design. It’s not as innocuous as you might think.
The Science Gallery, Dublin 2       
7th October- 15th January           

Noirins Run        

At 10:00 Tougher's restaurant. It is a 100 mile round trip motorcycle run. The name of which is "Noirin's Run or Noirin's Motorcycle Run" 
9th October

Paw Patrol & Friends      

A family friendly stage show with interactive fun and 13 of your kids favourite cartoon characters.
Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel

9th October       

World Fishing Championships      

The world’s top anglers are coming to Lanesborough and Ballyleague to compete in the 2016 Predator Boat Championships from October 5th to October 10th.  Fishermen and women from 15 countries will be here for 5 nights to fish for pike and perch on Lough Ree.  The event will bring 250 people to the area and is supported by Longford County Council, Roscommon County Council and Failte Ireland.    
5th – 10th October          
Free to spectate              

Taste of the Lakelands Food Festival        

The cream of Ireland’s food producers will be displaying their produce at an International Food Festival and business-to-business event in Lanesborough and Ballyleague on Friday October 7th and Saturday October 8th.  This fantastic festival will be staged in a giant marquee behind St. Mary’s Hall in Lanesborough and will feature chefs such as Nevan Magure, Lanesborough’s very own Patrick Guilibaud Chef Kieran Glennon and Roscommon’s award winning master baker Margaret Sexton      
7-8th October   

Humpty Dumpty's Big Eggventure           
For the first time ever the classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty is brought to the stage in this live interactive all singing and dancing production. Humpty is going on a big adventure to climb the highest wall in the Kingdom, but Humpty needs your help! Sing along; solve puzzles, and meet lots of famous children’s charters along the way, including The Three Little Pigs, Little Bo Peep, all the animals on Old MacDonald's Farm and many more!          
8th Oct 

Halloween Fun at Ballycross Apple Farm

Open from 12pm to 6pm Saturdays and Sundays and every day of the Halloween mid-term break. Enjoy great fun for all the family with pumpkins galore in every shape and size and tractor rides to the pumpkin fields to pick your own pumpkin to carving your pumpkin on the premises. See the witch's house in the forest and make sure she doesn't catch you as her big cauldron is always at the ready. Kids and adults can dress up and make the day as festive as they want. Pumpkins and tractor rides start early October or as soon as pumpkins are ready, see our Facebook page for day-to-day updates! Stock up for your Halloween party with lots of fresh Ballycross apples and our delicious Ballycross juices. Get a great edible pumpkin to make a great pumpkin soup or pumpkin pie! Select a speciality gourd to create a fantastic table display or entrance display. Paint them, cut them, decorate them however you like!
8th and 9th Oct 

Rut Watch         

Wicklow is home to a large population of wild deer. They are particularly impressive in autumn when they ‘rut’. National Park staff shall have telescopes set up on the Spinc walking trail between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Anyone walking on this route is welcome to stop by, view the deer through the telescopes and discuss the deer and their ecology with our staff. Where: The Spinc walking trail (white arrows), Glendalough. Participants are advised to visit to the Information Office (Upper Lake, Glendalough) to get directions to the telescopes before setting out. When: Saturday 8 October, between 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Practicalities: The Spinc trail takes 3 hours. All are welcome, although the hike may be too long for young children. Please note, that participants will not be escorted on the hike. Hiking boots and rain gear are recommended. Bring binoculars if you have them. All dogs must be kept on leads. This event is free of charge, but please be aware that the Upper Lake car park (Wicklow Co. Co.) has a €4 charge. Booking: Booking is not necessary. For more information, please phone 0404 45656 (Monday to Friday) or 0404 45425 (weekends).          
8th October       

Galway  Connemara Green Festival           

The Connemara Green Festival is an exciting new festival in its 2nd year which celebrates Mother Nature, aims to raise awareness of the unique ecology of Connemara and raise funds for biodiversity projects. Enjoy inspiring events including walks with local ecologists and historians, nature workshops, foraging on the seashore, bird watching, hill walks, fauna & flora, exhibitions, activities and delicious local artisan foods. Workshops led by Leave no Trace, pond dipping in the Connemara National Park, and kayaking in Barnaderg Bay. Kids and adults welcome.
Letterfrack, Connemara
7th-9th October
Free events        

The Barrelstore Blues Cruise        

The Blues Cruise is an American Muscle Car Exhibition. Accompanied by a day of craft beer drinking in the Barrelstore, where Blues musicians will be playing live until late.  Free Entry to Car exhibit from 12 Noon
8th-9th October
Carrick on Shannon         

33rd Tarmonbarry Half Marathon And 8k Run    

Both routes start and finish in the village of Tarmonbarry, Co. Roscommon, located on main N5, 5 miles west of Longford Town. View route maps by copying and pasting the following links to your browser:     
8K starts 10.45am; Half marathon starts 11am
9th Oct 
Free to spectate              

Iria: An Exhibition of Illustrations by Jole Bortoli

Iria is an exhibition of illustrations based on the book of the same name by Jole Bortoli.  It’s not so much a book to read, as a voyage of discovery undertaken between pairs of elements: word and image; dream and actuality; science and art; East and West; male and female; fire and water; Ireland and Italy; myth and history.  It’s a magical mystical story told through both pictures and words.
7th-31st Oct      

Cork Heat of the All Ireland Chowder Cook Off   

Come along and watch talented Cork chefs represent their restaurant to compete for the title Cork Chowder Champion and represent the county at the 7th All Ireland Chowder Cook Off in April 2017. 
7th Oct 

Baltimore & The Islands Walking Weekend         

Baltimore & the Islands Walking Weekend comprises guided walks along coastal areas on roads, paths, boreens and hills to celebrate the rich local history and a unique blend of people, land and seascapes. Some walks even include ferry trips to the islands. All walks are guided by historians and people with local knowledge of Baltimore and the Islands of Roaringwater Bay - a place of outstanding beauty with a long and rich history. The event is suitable for all the family, including children in buggies (except where route go onto hills and rugged terrain) and is in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation to celebrate World Heart Day Happy Hearts. Don't miss this great opportunity to enjoy the rugged West Cork scenery.              
Baltimore, Cork
7th-9th Oct        
€2-5 donation suggested

OpenHouse Limerick     

This will be Limerick’s fifth event in the worldwide family of OpenHouse locations including London, New York, Helsinki, Melbourne, Rome, Dublin, Cork and Belfast.  This architectural festival comprises a weekend of events guided by a straightforward but inspiring principle: to showcase outstanding architecture, inviting everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment—all completely free of charge! All buildings will be staffed by volunteers and tours will be guided by professional architects and historians. Many of the buildings are not normally open to the public, such as private residences and workplaces, and this is a rare opportunity for wider access.  OpenHouse is a voluntary event where building owners, architects, guides, stewards, etc. give their time for free.
Limerick City      
7th-9th October

Dromineer Literary Festival         

Exhibitions, Lectures/Readings in Dromineer. This Festival celebrates writers and writing providing opportunities for emerging writers, readings, exhibitions and writing & poetry workshops for adults and teenagers.          
6th-9th Oct        

Boru 3 Peaks     

Sports & Outdoors in Ballina/Killaloe. Walk, run or crawl the three peaks of Tountinna, Moylussa and Keeper Hill, which surround the picturesque twin towns of Ballina/Killaloe.               
8-9th Oct            
Free to spectate              

Belfast Restaurant Week

Eat and Drink Belfast Restaurant Week will celebrate the best local food and drink on offer. Running from 8-16 October, Belfast's eateries will showcase the passion that goes into making, cooking and serving up the very best of fresh local produce. Belfast's vibrant restaurant scene offers everything from Michelin Star fine dining to exciting eateries, gastro pubs and quirky restaurants. Tuck into bespoke menus, special offers and unique events, all served up from breakfast to express lunch, classic afternoon teas to sumptuous fine dining and everything in between.           
Belfast various locations              
8th-16th October

Armagh Weekly Parkrun

Weekly 5km run against the clock, free for all to join all you need to do is register. We all run for our own enjoyment. Please come along and join in whatever your pace!            
Palace Demesne Public Park
8th Oct 

Slow Food Festival          

The best of local, clean, fair food will be on the menu when Derry City and Strabane District Council hosts Northern Ireland’s first Slow Food Festival 8th & 9th October in the Guildhall Square. The Slow Food Festival will be centred in Guildhall Square from 12noon until 6pm on Saturday, October 8th and Sunday, October 9th, supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA), Northern Ireland Regional Food Programme with assistance from Slow Food NI. The free family-friendly event will incorporate a Slow Food Harvest Fayre, Slow Food Street Food Zone, Family Fun Zone and fringe events including a Made in Derry Slow Food Walking Tour and cycling tours around the city, tours of Butterlope Social Farm at Plumbridge by shuttle bus and an eco-tourism experience at St Columba’s Heritage Centre, which will bring to life stories of our forgotten and local foraged foods focusing on seaweeds and other edible, sustainable wild foods, their traditions, myths and cures.     
Guidhall Square, Derry    
8th-9th Oct        

Wainfest 2016- Arts and Book Festival for Children            

At the heart of Donegal County Council’s Cultural Services is an instinctive desire to inform, nurture and inspire. This is especially true when it comes to children who will eventually grow up to be the movers and shakers across the country and indeed the world. This year’s Wainfest, which runs from 8th - 15th of October, offers the very best in performance for children aged 4-12 years.          
County Wide      
8th-16th October            
Free - €5             

Outdoor Cinema- Finding Nemo 

The movie takes place in Solitude park, Banbridge, at the seated amphitheatre, so pack your rugs and hampers and come along with friends and family to experience these fun events in the open air. Parking available in Rathfriland Street or at Tesco.             
Banbridge, County Down              
7th October       

Model and Collectors Fayre         

After a year out last year the demand from the public and exhibitors/traders to bring the Fayre back has been huge. A fun day with lots to see for adults and children alike, with something to appeal to all interests. Whether you want to view others private collections or layouts or add to your own this is the place to be. There will be four rooms within the Bawnacre Centre filled with an array of things to see from railway layouts, farm models and homemade displays, football memorabilia, diecast cars, motorbikes, lorries, aircraft, construction displays, wooden toys and crafts to name a few. Many items will be available to purchase on the day. Traders and Exhibitors travel from all parts of Northern and Southern Ireland to attend this event. Refreshments will be available to purchase on the Saturday. A good opportunity to get a few early Christmas presents!   
County Fermanagh
7th and 8th October       
Adults £4, Children £1.50              

Taste of Monaghan Festival

Taste of Monaghan 2016 is a joyous celebration of the very best of Monaghan's produce, talent and hospitality. Now in its seventh year, the festival programme includes cookery demonstrations by internationally acclaimed and much loved local chefs, exhibits by 70+ producers, lots of tastings and a series of highly informative and entertaining competitions.
7th-9th October
U12 Free/ €3 adult per day           

Corduff Ladies 5km Colour Run   

Corduff Ladies are hosting the FIRST ever Colour Run in Monaghan. Add a splash of colour to your life and attend this exciting event. Everyone is asked to wear white t-shirts. During the run, after each Kilometre is completed the participant will be splashed with a different coloured powder.
9th Oct 
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