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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 28th - 29th July

  1. Dublin
  1. Hennessy Sound Lounge | An Autobiographical Journey Through Sound
Hen's Teeth, Thursday 19th July - Sunday 29th July 2018
This July, Hennessy in partnership with Hen's Teeth bring the Hennessy Sound Lounge to the heart of Dublin city. Hen's Teeth, Fade St. Dublin 2, will be completely transformed into a lounge inspired by Japanese listening rooms of the 70s and will feature a custom crafted sound system by Toby Hatchett. Taking place over seven nights between 19 and 28 July, music lovers and the culturally curious will have the chance to meet with seven collectors including the legendary BP Fallon, singer-songwriter David Kitt and 2018 Choice Music Prize-winning band Ships. Delve a little deeper into their collections, listen to some of their favourite tracks and hear about their lives in the music industry. Tickets also include a tasting masterclass with Hennessy Brand Ambassador Paul Tuohy to learn about the world's finest cognac. The custom-built sound system has been specially created by Toby Hatchett. A boat-builder by trade, Toby has previously combined his carpentry skills with a love of music to create custom sound systems for some of the country's biggest music festivals, such as Body&Soul, Electric Picnic and Another Love Story. The Hennessy Sound Lounge will play host to an eclectic mix of collectors whose musical tastes span the genres and who each have a fascinating story to tell about their connection to the music industry.
Price: €9.25

b)Exhibiting Art In Georgian Ireland
Irish Georgian Society, Saturday 16th June - Sunday 29th July 2018
This summer the Irish Georgian Society will host a world-class exhibition of eighteenth-century Irish paintings to mark the restoration of the City Assembly House and to commemorate the Society of Artists in Ireland who erected the building over 250 years ago.
Celebrating the building’s original incarnation as the first purpose-built public gallery in Britain and Ireland, the Exhibition will re-assemble works by Society of Artists members such as Thomas Roberts, Jonathan Fisher, James Forrester, Robert Carver, Robert Healy and Hugh Douglas Hamilton, including many pieces which were first displayed in the room in the series of exhibitions the Society held there between 1766 and 1780.
The public will have free access to the exhibition, with guided tours and exclusive events to mark the completion of the restoration of the City Assembly House. This will be one of 2018’s great cultural events in Ireland, and should not be missed.
Price: Free

c)Malahide Has It | Festival
The Green, Malahide, Friday 27th July - Sunday 29th July 2018
A feast of entertainment is on the agenda at this year's Malahide Has It Festival.
There will be a Funfair on the beach, BBQ on the Green, face painting, balloon twisting, kids treasure hunt, kids storytelling, historical walk, puppet shows, tai chi, plus food stalls around the village with fun and games, demonstrations, competitions and live entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
New Street will come alive each day with live music from 2pm – 10pm. Malahide Has It!

Price: Free

d)Hotter Than July
Smithfield Square, Sunday 29th July 2018
A feel-good celebration of creativity, culture, diversity and community with high quality music performances from Irish-based and international acts.
A FREE, family-friendly world music festival, Hotter than July is back in Smithfield Square this Sunday 29th July, celebrating the cultural diversity in Dublin city through music and dance from around the world. Everybody welcome!
Now in its 5th year, Hotter than July is presented by Dublin City Council, and Improvised Music Company, in collaboration with the Big Bang Festival of Rhythm, and with the support of Creative Ireland. Dublin’s 98FM are also onboard to spread the word to Dubliners about another packed programme of feel-good rhythms and vibrant performances at this family-friendly, outdoor festival from 3pm-8pm on Sunday 29th July.
Admission: Free

Wood Quay Amphitheatre, Sunday 29th July 2018
ANONYMOUS opens with Sean, a poet and the self-proclaimed oldest homeless man in Dublin, entertaining the crowd with his poetry. Enters Dolan, fresh out on the streets, lacking shoes and judgement. He is looking for a safe place to sleep and a way out of his current predicament. While they tease and gauge each other, we find out what brought them both to the streets of Dublin. As their past comes back to haunt them, the question arises of what their futures will be…
Mark Richardson’s -ANONYMOUS engages the audience through a reflection on homelessness in today’s Dublin. It humorously navigates timeless yet current topics such as prejudice, marriage, addiction, and friendship. The play has many facets which will entertain, unnerve and enlighten the audience to the humanity hidden at every street corner.Written by Mark Richardson, -ANONYMOUS is directed by Nathalie Clement and produced by Purple Hare Theatre Company. The Cast of -ANONYMOUS includes Zeff Lawless (Sean), Joe Clinton (Dolan), Conor Duffy (Dwayne), Fiona Coughlan (Marie) and Jordan Begley (Fiachra).
Admission: Free
  1. Carlow
Carlow Garden Festival
Friday 27th July - 6 August
A busy programme of events is in store for the Carlow Garden Festival 2018 which takes place over 11 days this summer. 21 celebrated gardening experts will be heading to Carlow Garden Festival this year alongside gardening broadcasters and writers so you can expect a dynamic and vibrant festival atmosphere. There’ll be a variety of workshops with something for everyone whether you’re an expert gardener, or just a beginner seeking practical advice. Discover the latest innovations in Irish horticulture as you stroll among the many beautiful and relaxing gardens of County Carlow.
Admission: €0-35
  1. Kildare
Summer Fun Celebrations
Saturday 28th July - Sunday 29th July
There are plenty of fun activities taking place at the Irish National Stud & Gardens, Co Kildare, during the Summer months. Every Tuesday and Sunday throughout the months of July and August enjoy a wonderful experience for the whole family. Free pony rides are scheduled for 11:00am until 12:30pm and 2:00pm until 3:30pm along with face-painting and a fun and interactive Mobile Farm for all the family to enjoy and learn. It is also the perfect time to see all of the foals frolicking in their paddocks.  Tickets can be purchased on the day but to avail of discounted rates, book online!
Admission: Adult €12.50, Child €6.50
  1. Kilkenny

Kilkenny Psychic & Holistic Fair
July 29 at 11 AM - 7 PM
Free Entry to the Psychic & Holistic Fair at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde St, Gardens, Kilkenny on the 29th July - 11 am to 7 pm. Over 40 stands showcasing, Some of Ireland's top Mediums, Psychics, Tarot and Angel card readers giving One-to-One private & personal readings on the day. A wide range treatments, advice and information available on the day provided by a selection of national and local holistic therapists. Natural skincare & cosmetics product lines, herbal remedies, oils and essences. A selection of quality retailers selling a fantastic array of holistic health products, specialist books, beautiful crystals, gorgeous hand crafted jewellery, angelic gifts and much more. Holistic health & Spiritual information stands.
Admission: Free
  1. Laois
Durrow Scarecrow Festival 2018
Sunday 29th July - 6th August
The Durrow Scarecrow Festival, now in its ninth year, takes place in the picturesque village of Durrow in County Laois. Nominated twice for Best Festival in the Irish Times Ticket Awards, the festival is fast becoming one of national acclaim. The highlight of the festival is, of course, the All-Ireland Scarecrow Championship, in which hundreds of scarecrows from the four corners of Ireland and even further afield will compete to win a prize. The Scarecrow Festival is made up of loads of areas, each with its own individual spin on things. In the centre of the village, you'll find the Scarecrow Village and the food and craft fair. Further away, more sedate areas where you can kick back and chill out include the playground and Scarecrow Electric Picnic. Enter another world of vintage times at The Ranch, check out some great round bale entries, or pick up a gift at the arts and crafts fair. Throw in the wonderful Once Upon a Scarecrow interactive zone, The Old Scarecrow Who Lived in a Shoe and some action at Laserwars and you truly have something for everyone.  With many events catering for children, pre-teens, teens and adults taking place throughout the nine days, and with an emphasis on family entertainment, the Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a great place to go. It's a festival that’s truly outstanding in its field.
Admission: €2- €3
  1. Longford
Cruthu Arts Festival
Thursday 26th - Sunday 29th
Now in its fifth year, Cruthú Arts Festival is a celebration of music, visual art, film and spoken word set in the welcoming town of Longford. Focusing on the wealth of artistic talent around Ireland’s midlands, Cruthú sprung up from the Love Longford Festival in 2013. It has grown to include pop-up galleries, street art, film screenings, circus, traditional arts and crafts, theatrical performances, and community-based public art projects. Run by a group of local volunteers, Cruthú brings together the people of Longford with the local artistic community, and talents from around Ireland and even further afield. This truly is a special weekend that brings Longford to life.
Admission: €0-20
  1. Louth
Picnic Tour to County Louth
Sat, 28 Jul 2018, 09:00
Pat Murray will lead a picnic tour of County Louth visiting Balrath House, Roodstown Castle, the 'Jumping Church' at Kildemock, a picnic lunch at Shanlis House, Monasterboice high cross and a visit to Mellifont Abbey.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
Meath Heritage Cycle Tour
Saturday 28th July & Sunday 29th July
Meath Local Sports Partnership welcomes the return of the Meath Heritage Cycle Tour on Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July 2018. Please Note: There will be NO registration facility on the weekend of the event (with the exception of the 11km Family Spin on Saturday 28th July).The first cycle event of this kind in Meath was held in 2009 has run on an annual basis since; the event has been an outstanding success with in excess of 3000 cyclists of all ages and cycling abilities taking part in 2017. Please see start times and sign in times for this weekend below.
Admission: €5 per person
  1. Offaly
Petworld Tullamore Furry 5K Annual Sponsored Dog Walks
Sunday July 29th 10-12pm
Petworld are delighted to announce that their annual Furry 5K Walk is taking place at 10am on Sunday 29th July in eight locations across Ireland. The Furry 5K is a 5km sponsored walk with all proceeds going to Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI). This amazing charity provides highly trained assistance dogs for children with autism and their families. 100% of the funds raised go to Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI). Walkers will get a chance to meet representatives from AADI to see how the money they have raised will be spent. This year promises to be really enjoyable with a fun and friendly atmosphere guaranteed. It gives animal lovers (and their dogs) from all over the country the chance to come together and support a really great cause. After the walk, there will be refreshments at Petworld for both the two and four-legged participants.
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Mullingar Guided Family Cycle
Saturday July 28th
Guided 24k cycle on the Old Rail Trail with stories, games and an ice cream stop along the route. Saturday and Sundays in July and August pre booking essential.
Admission: Adults €20.00, Kids €15.00
  1. Wexford
Urban Sketching Workshop with Alvin Mark Tan
Saturday 28th July 11am
Singapore artist, Alvin Mark Tan, will present his work and show the how and why of Urban Sketching. Then it’s your turn! Be part of the 11th Wexford Art in the Open Festival. Sketchpads and pens will be provided. Fill your pad during the festival and maybe win a prize at the Festival Exhibition! Please phone Wexford Town Library on 053 9196760 to book a place. Should you require any supports to fully participate in this event, please contact the Librarian.#AITO
Admission: Free
  1. Wicklow
Bray Air Display 2018
Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th July
The skies over Bray will burst into action with at the end of July with the return of the annual Bray Air Display, one of the most popular tourist events in the whole country. Last year’s edition of the festival attracted a staggering 140,000 people to Bray to watch the amazing aerial spectacle.From noon each day activities will kick off all around the town of Bray, with a fun-fair, live music, food stalls, and even the opportunity to take a helicopter ride on offer – and that’s before you take into account the promenade, or a stroll on Bray Head. The aerial acrobats who perform gravity-defying feats come from all over the world to Wicklow, such is draw of the Bray Air Display. Recent years have seen visits from the world famous Red Arrows and the Frecce Tricolori. There will also be a huge variety of different makes of plane on display for those spotters out there. The Bray Air Display makes for a wonderful summer day out for all the family, with the whole town buzzing for the visit of these wizards of the wing.
Admission: Free
  1. Clare
North Clare Agricultural Show
Saturday 28th July
There is so much to experience at the North Clare Agricultural Show: horses, ponies, cattle, sheep, donkeys, dogs, flowers, baking and craft displays and lots of family fun activities and stalls.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
Skibbereen Arts Festival 2018
Friday 27th July - Monday August 6th
The Skibbereen Arts Festival is a celebration of the rich cultural heritage of this beautiful part of the country. This is the tenth anniversary of the festival, and the programme promises to be one of the best yet.As ever, the festival features a number of different disciplines in its line-up, with highlights this year including musical performances from Roseann Cash and Lunasa, and a staging of Declan O'Rourke's Chronicles of the Great Famine song cycle. There will also be a an exhibition exploring the Great Famine at Uillinn arts centre, and a Wild West-themed street part, as well as the usual mixture of film screenings, poetry readings, and trad sessions throughout the 11 days of celebration. This little festival really packs it all in, so why not make your way down to West Cork to soak in the culture.
Admission: €6-35
  1. Kerry
Féile Lughnasa
Thursday 26th - Monday 30th July
Come to the beautiful seaside village of Brandon in the Kerry Gaeltacht to celebrate Lughnasa, the ancient Irish festival of the harvest. Lughnasa is one of the four big traditional Celtic festivals along with Imbolc, Bealtaine, and Samhain, each of which represent the start of a season. These traditions stretch back over 2,000 years to Celtic times. Traditionally the last weekend of July is a time when people climb the most important mountains in Ireland, Croagh Patrick in Mayo, and Mount Brandon, here in Kerry.For the 2018 edition of Féile Lughnasa there is a whole four-day programme of events for you and the family to enjoy, from art classes to hillwalking, from a tug-of-war competition to table quizzes, and much, much more. Enjoy four days of fun and nature in this spectacular part of the country to celebrate the beginning of the harvest season.
Admission: €5-20
  1. Limerick
Foynes Air Show
Saturday 28th July at 12 pm
The Foynes Air Show started in 2014 with the Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum’s 75th anniversary of the first transatlantic commercial passenger flight that took place to Foynes. Foynes Air Show is a thrilling & exciting Air Show of an international standard, coupled with the rich aviation history of Foynes & its location on the Wild Atlantic Way providing a spectacular backdrop to the display. Events commence from 12 noon and include Mc Faddens Fun-Fair, Food Stands, and Free Family Street Entertainment with Free Air Show at 2pm. Park n Ride including Event Brochure, €10 per car. Please plan your route and travel early.
Admission: Free
  1. Tipperary

The Otterfox Almanac Book Launch
Saturday 28th July 2pm - 4pm
‘The Otterfox Almanac of Silly Rhymes’ by Michael John Byrne is a fun adventure in words, brightly illustrated by Michael’s brother Eamonn and will be launched at Nenagh Arts Centre on Saturday July 28th at 2pm. Michael is a comedy writer from Tipperary who lives in Nenagh with his wife and three children. He has been writing for 10 years and has already had some success with his comedy sketches. Featuring wonderful titles such as ‘Crinklecronklecrunklecrangle’ and ‘The Mystery Queen’ this book is a surreal and rare delight that encourages the enjoyment of words and imagination. ‘The Otterfox Almanac Of Silly Rhymes.’ will be launched with an exciting children’s party. There will be a reading by the author, a demonstration by the illustrator and lots more entertainment.
Admission: Free
  1. Waterford
Canada to Japan, Hearn’s Penultimate Journey
Friday 27th July
Celebrate the wonderful friendship signing between the magnificent Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens in Alberta, Canada and The Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens in Tramore. Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens are pleased to welcome H.E. Ambassador Kevin Vickers, Canadian ambassador to Ireland and a delegation from The Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens, Alberta. This event commemorates the great journey undertaken by Lafcadio Hearn across Canada on the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1890 to Vancouver, the penultimate journey taken by Hearn before setting out for Japan. A native Canadian tree will be planted in the garden to represent this link with Hearn and Waterford’s proud connection to Newfoundland and Canada. This special evening will also include a Japanese martial arts display and archery by Dragon’s Lair, Kilkenny.
Admission: Free
  1. Galway
Galway International Arts Festival
Saturday 28th July - Sunday 29th July
Vox Motus is delighted to bring our award-winning production FLIGHT to Galway International Arts Festival in July 2018.
Admission: €20-25
  1. Leitrim
Plein air Pop Up Artists Studio Painting Demonstrations
SAturday July 28th at 10.30 am
Enjoy Painting Places a series of ‘Plein Air’ painting this summer. Visit our pop up artist studio on The Dock plaza every Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm, July 14th to August 18th. See how the artists and invited guests respond to the surrounding cultural quarter. Painting Places, a Creative Ireland Programme, is a bridge between inside and outside spaces, between artist and historian, between people and places and between past and present.
Admission: Free
  1. Mayo
Furry 5K walk
Sunday 29th July at 10am
Petworld are delighted to announce that their annual Furry 5K Walk is taking place at 10am on Sunday 29th July in eight locations across Ireland including the Petworld at Horkans store in Turlough, Castlebar. The Furry 5K is a 5km sponsored walk with all proceeds going to Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland (AADI). This amazing charity provides highly trained assistance dogs for children with autism and their families.
Admission: €15
  1. Roscommon
Annual Open Family Picnic Day At Donamon Castle
Sunday 29th July
Head over to the annual Open Family Picnic Day at the stunning Donamon Castle. Starting at 12.30 with music by The Conquerors, Crazy Corner, Castlerea Brass Band plus many more all followed by Mr Jake Carter and his band! For the kids; train rides, pony rides, face painting, bouncy castles, book stalls, craft village and loads more!!
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
Sligo Jazz Project at the Sligo Jazz Festival
Saturday July 28th
Ireland's most unique, intense jazz festival with a 26 strong international panel of jazz musicians giving workshops each day and performing most of the concerts. Featuring Liane Carroll, Malcolm Edmonstone, Brian Byrne, Shannon Barnett, The Olllam featuring Joe Dart, Federico Malaman, Henrik Linder, Mike Walker, Free Trane featuring Julian Siegel, Plaza Real, Ronnie Greer, Ken Haddock and much more.
Admission: €0-20
  1. Donegal
Swell Music and Arts Festival
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th July
Swell Festival is an annual music and arts festival taking place on Arranmore Island off the coast of Donegal in North West Ireland. The milestone fifth festival will be hosted on the west side of the island at Rannagh Strand, Aphort thanks to the generosity of Arranmore United Football Club.
Admission: €20 - €35
  1. Cavan
Arva Show 2018
Sunday 29th July
A social event showing country living at it's best! The 61st Arvagh Agricultural Show takes place Sunday 29th July 2018 in Arva, County Cavan. Livestock, Dog Show, Homecrafts etc or wander through many exhibitions & displays. Cliona Hagan performs at the Show Dance in the Breffni Arms Hotel on Sunday night.
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
Walking Tours of Carrickmacross
Saturday July 28th 12-1.30pm
These walks will take place every Saturday morning departing from the Courthouse at 11am. The walk takes approximately 90 minutes. Everyone welcome and no booking is required.
Admission: Free
  1. Fermanagh
Bog Day Celebration
Sunday 29th July 1-4pm
Join us to learn more about the fascinating bog habitats that dominate the Geopark. Learn how people hand cut peat, listen to stories from days gone by and take part in some bog pool dipping activities! A great day out for all the family.
Admission: Free
  1. Tyrone
Open Park Day
Sunday July 29th
Open Park Days at Todds Leap are a perfect day out for all the family. There are 10 amazing activities on offer all day, the only trouble is you'll not know what to do first.The Park opens at 11.00am and close at 4.00pm and you can have a go on activities as many times as you like!!
We have a whole range of activities for you to enjoy including: Zipline, Giant Swing, Body Zorbing, Last One Standing, Archery, Climbing Wall, Bungee Run, Rodeo Bull, Gyroscope, Off Road Truck Run with Face Painting, Balloon Modelling & Bouncy Castle.
Admission: £2
  1. Derry
The Great Summer Holiday Fair
Sunday July 29th 12-5pm
Frock Around The Clock will be taking The Great Summer Holiday Fair to the wonderful seaside location of Portstewart for the first time on Sunday 29th July.This event will feature 20 stalls of beautiful artisan crafts, vintage & antique items, holistic therapies and much more, including fashion accessories, jewellery, homewares, collectables, textiles & decor, art and photography, health and beauty, artisan food, & much more besides!When? Sunday 29th July / 12-5pmWhere? Town Hall, The Crescent, Portstewart BT55 7AB
Admission: Adults £2, Children go free
  1. Antrim
Belfast Pride Festival
Friday 27th July - Sunday 5th August
t's here! The Official Belfast Pride Guide 2018. It's packed with events across the full ten days of the festival so it's time to get planning to come out to as many of these great events as possible as we build towards Pride Day. Come Out for Change - we want to see the biggest Belfast Parade yet, a mass mobilisation for Equality and Change. Tell you friends, your family, your colleagues why you want change and Come Out for Change. The wide range of events in the Guide reflects the strength and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community in Belfast and a Pride rooted in community. Come Out for Change to Belfast Pride, celebrate your life, be yourself and share the positivity and acceptance.
Admission: Prices Vary
  1. Down
Sunflower Fest
Friday 27th - Sunday 29th
Sunflowerfest is a three day festival of music and arts on the magical Tubby’s Farm in Hillsborough, just outside Belfast. We coordinate a broad cross-section of our creative communities to deliver Northern Ireland's only 3-Day Festival of Music and Arts with camping. It is a celebration of live music, art, food, theatre, DJs, comedy, spoken word, workshops, education and more. All set in the beautiful Co. Down countryside.
Admission: £29.50 a day
  1. Armagh
Lazy Sundays at the Argory
Sunday 29th July
Come and join us every Sunday in July for laid back tunes and relaxation. Chill in the Courtyard while the kids are entertained and feast on our summer BBQ.
Admission: Adult £6.50, Child £3.25
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