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Energia Map 19th -20th October



Dublin Festival of History
When: 1st-20th October
The Dublin Festival of History is an annual festival brought to you by Dublin City Council. The festival attracts best-selling Irish and international historians to Dublin for a weekend jam-packed full of history talks and debates. This festival is the perfect way to immerse yourself in a city steeped so deeply in history and culture. Events take place in a variety of locations around the city.
Admission: Free
Dublin Town Food and Drink Festival
When: 14th-20th October
The DublinTown Food and Drink Festival is a seven-day celebration of the wonderful produce that the capital has to offer. There will be many events on in Dublin’s restaurants, bars, cafes and coffee shops. With talks, workshops and masterclasses on in different locations around the city, it is a great way to celebrate the culinary delights you might not be used to. This festival is brought to you by DublinTown and is part of Taste the Island.
Admission: Many free events
The National Gallery
Zurich Portrait Prize Tour
When: 19th October
Head to The National Gallery this Saturday and check out the Zurich Portrait Prize Tour. This free event will allow you to take in the work that is in the gallery at the moment, along with The young Zurich Portrait Prize Tour. This is the perfect way to spend your Saturday afternoon.
Admission: Free

2. Mayo

Talking Walls Festival Achill Island
When: 11th-19th October
Talking Walls Festival is brand new and hosted on the gorgeous Achill Island. Visitors will explore culture through the buildings, arts, and literature of Achill. The festival includes guided walking tours around the island where people can soak in the rich history of the island. There will be art and photography exhibitions, poetry readings and architectural and archaeological explorations. There is something at this festival for all.
Admission: Free

3. Leitrim

The Boxty Festival
When:  19th October
The Leitrim Boxty Festival is back and is part of Taste the Island. This festival is not just a celebration of the wonderful dish, but also a celebration of all Leitrim has to offer. You can meet the boxty producers, sample their delicious goods and see who is going to be crowned the boxy taste champions of 2019. Celebrate the heritage of the dish through poetry, music, song and dance. There also will be exhibitions of Folklore essays, archives on show and paraphernalia relating to Boxty making.
Admission: Free

4. Waterford

Imagine Arts Festival
When: 18th-28th October
The Imagine Arts Festival is back and is three of Waterford’s finest festivals rolled into one. It includes the Waterford Writers Weekend and the John Dwyer Trad Weekend. What to expect from this 7-day event is a celebration of theatre, dance, music, visual arts and lots of discussions and debates.
Admission: Many free events

5. Limerick

Open House Limerick Weekend - A Festival of Architecture.
When: 18th-20th October
The Open House Limerick Weekend is here and is set to be a wonderful event to access buildings that are rarely open to the public. The aim of the festival is to showcase outstanding architecture and invites people to explore and understand the value of a well-designed building and space.
Admission: Free

6. Cork

The Fair Alternative Craft Market
When: 19th October
The Fair Alternative Craft Market is the perfect place to discover some beautiful crafts, jewelry, vintage boutiques and many more. The passionate crafters, makers and artists will be there to talk you through all their wonderful treasures that they have on offer. Hosted in one of Cork's Heritage buildings, it’s a wonderful market to head to.
Admission: Free

7. Mayo

Noo Chocolates - Meet the Maker Workshop
When: Saturday 19th October
This workshop gives the perfect opportunity to learn more about making and flavouring chocolates, as well as a chance to meet the maker behind Noo Chocolates.
Each participant will get to create their own truffles and bars to take home. You’ll get to choose from ingredients that have been foraged, grown and produced locally to make bespoke flavours just for you. This is a perfect way to learn how to temper chocolate at home to add that extra level to your desserts!
Admission: Free

8. Sligo

The Kilfenora Ceili Band
When: 19th October
If you think you'd like high-spirited traditional music, energetic & athletic dancing, songs with witty storytelling then the Kilfenora Ceili Band will get your heart racing and your feet tapping in a way you never expected! The Kilfenora Céilí band, together with guests will perform an uplifting, energetic and entertaining shows at the Hawkswell Theatre Sligo on Saturday October 19th at 8pm.
Admission from €14.

9. Wexford

Truffle Making Workshop
When: Saturday 19th
If you want to improve your culinary skills, this workshop will demonstrate why chocolate truffles taste better using natural ingredients. It will include a chocolate truffle making demo and recipe ideas along with rolling and creating your own chocolate truffles! Participants can then relax with a cup of hot chocolate or cold chocolate drink whilst packing your own truffles to take home!
Admission: TBC  

10. Kerry

Kerry International Film Festival
When: 17th - 21st October
Go and enjoy the outstanding short and feature films at the internationally recognised Kerry Film Festival this October. The festival also celebrates emerging filmmaking talent and creates new film experiences for audiences.
Admission from €5

11.  Donegal

Malin Head
Visit Donegal's Malin Head which is steeped in history and offers activities such as walking, fishing, swimming and bird watching. Here you can view Five Finger Strand, home to some of Europe’s largest sand dunes. For more history, follow the coast road and you’ll pass The Tower, a derelict signal station located on Banba’s Crown, the most northerly point in Ireland. It’s the perfect place to relax with a picnic and enjoy the stunning views.
Admission: Free

12. Clare

Leamaneh Castle, Ennis
Take a trip to the magnificent ruins of Leamaneh Castle on the southern fringe of the Burren. In the lonely area stands a four-storey, high gable, early 17th century mansion. Explore the castle and learn about the history behind the building.
Admission: Free

13. Limerick

Boyce’s Garden
Situated overlooking the tranquil River Shannon in Mountrenchard, Co Limerick, Boyce’s Gardens are a gardener’s paradise. Designed for year-round colour and beauty, the gardens are divided into informal rooms for the colourful plants to grow. Visitors can also relax in a studio, in a creative atmosphere to produce quality paintings or enjoy garden classes. Full details are available on request.

14. Galway

Galway Pumpkin Patch
When: 18th - 28th (selected dates)
Galway Pumpkin Patch takes place at the Whelan family farm in Ardrahan. Come along and enjoy much more than a Pumpkin Picking experience. There are Halloween themed displays, games for young and old, farm animals, and lots of new additions to the event this year!
Admission: TBA - ticket only event.

15. Wicklow

Storytelling at The Courthouse Arts Event
When: 19th October
The Courthouse Arts Event has a wonderful event for the whole family to enjoy on the 19th of October. A storytelling event where children are encouraged to come and listen to spooky stories just in time for Halloween. Allow children to immerse themselves in all things scary.
Admission: Free

16. Longford

Lough Ree
When: All year
Lough Ree is one of the great lakes of the Shannon. Running 29km in length all the way from Longford to Roscommon. It really is a feast for the eyes and is the perfect place to get out into nature and explore the beautiful surroundings of this amazing place. If you’re lucky enough you may be the first person to spot the Lough Ree monster!
Admission: Free

17. Offaly

Lough Boora Cycle
When: All year round
The Lough Boora Cycle is a relatively easy cycle for the whole family to enjoy. This route follows a network of traffic-free tracks and through the 2,000-hectare park that is home to a sculpture park and five sign-posted trails. Make sure you look up the weather before you embark on this trail. If you don’t have a bike you can rent them in the park.
Admission: Free

18. Belfast

The Belfast International Arts Festival
When: 15 Oct -3 Nov
The Belfast International Arts Festival is a wonderful event that showcases some of the world’s most talented artists here in Belfast. With many unmissable events, it is the perfect way to spend your weekend with family and friends. The festival itself features acrobatics, music, dance and theatrical events. Be sure to head down and check out this wonderful festival.
Admission: Free
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