Energia Map 12th -13th October
Sculpture in Context 2019
Dublin Festival of History
When: 12th - 13th October
The National Botanic Gardens will host an impressive collection of contemporary works by over 120 Irish and international artists this weekend. Over 140 sculptures will be found throughout the gardens as well as throughout the ponds and in the visitor Centre Gallery. You can also take the opportunity to join one of the artists for a guided tour through the exhibition.
When: 1st - 20th October
The Dublin Festival of History will see over 150 walks, tours, exhibitions, seminars and talks take place across the city. The best-selling author of Wild Swans, Jung Chang, radio presenter and author Joe Duffy, and popular historian and TV presenter Tom Holland will be speaking at various talks throughout the event. If you love history, you won't want to miss this fantastic free Festival!
Open House Dublin
When: 11th-13th October
Open House Dublin is Ireland’s Largest Architecture Festival. With over 150 free tours and events, buildings that aren’t usually open to the public will welcome them into buildings with rich architecture that are aesthetically pleasing. Over the course of the weekend, workshops will be held for children of all ages which will not only provide an entertaining element but also offer a stimulating experience.
Festival of Irish Whiskey - Clonakilty Distillery
When: Sunday 13th October
Part of the ‘Taste of Island’ events, The Clonakilty Distillery invites you to their working distillery in Cork. They will be putting on mini-tours of the distillery which is only newly open. After finishing the tour, you can opt to try the optional tasting of one of Clonakilty Distillery’s award-winning whiskey’s for only €5.
Limerick Milk Market
When: 12-13th October
The Limerick Milk Market is a great event for food lovers. They will be offering cooking demos from guest chefs from across the Limerick region using only local ingredients that showcase the amazing produce of the region. They offer a relaxed setting where you can watch the demos and learn some potential new skills and gain new recipe ideas. This is a great event for the whole family to enjoy.
The Big Chisellers National Wood Sculpting Festival 2019
When: October 11th-13th 2019
The Big Chiseller is a 3-day Wood Sculpting Festival that celebrates sculptures and art.
Over this time, the Headliner Sculptors will transform salvaged deadwood trees located around Enniskerry Village, into iconic, monumental sculptures using chainsaw & chisel. Artists/Sculptors will also gather throughout Enniskerry village to demonstrate their woodcarving skills and showcase their work. Spend time wandering through the lovely historic Enniskerry Village and enjoy its beauty and heritage.
The Dingle Whiskey Distillery Tours
When: October 12th and 13th
This weekend, the Dingle Distillery welcomes visitors to enjoy a tour of their facility where the entire production process, for all products, are explained and a gin/vodka and whiskey sample is provided. The distillery tour will give you an introduction into Irish whiskey and into the Dingle Distillery itself. Dingle Gin was recently awarded the title of World's Best Gin at the World Gin Awards 2019 so if you like tasting experiences, make sure to pop along to this! Although tours during this weekend will be free to take part in, booking is essential as tour places are limited.
Please be advised that the Dingle Whiskey Distillery is a fully functioning production facility and persons under 10 years old are not permitted on site.
Connemara Green Festival
Saturday 12th and Sunday October 13th
The Connemara Green Festival aims to raise awareness and appreciation of the unique ecology of Connemara. The festival takes place from Friday October 11 to Sunday October 13 and is based in Letterfrack village, Connemara, at the foot of the majestic Connemara National Park on the Wild Atlantic Way.
The main festival highlights this year is a Connemara Green Feast at Pangur Ban Restaurant with chef John Walsh on Saturday. Grab your friends and enjoy a buffet which showcases the local artisan food produce. The all-ages programme also includes outdoor activities, including kayaking, paddle boarding and boat trips, as well as special kid’s activities. Many of the activities over the weekend are free of charge and some require booking.
Admission: free - €40
The Glen Tavern Autumn Festival
When: 2nd - 16th October
Venue: The Glen Tavern
This harvest festival will tie in with Fáilte Ireland's 'Taste the Island' initiative to promote Irish food, drink, music and hospitality with a Harvest theme in mind.
The Glen are partnering with local food producers to bring the best produce the area has to offer for their delicious food menu. The menu will feature traditional dishes and special Harvest themed options which are sure to give you the best taste of the island around! The pub features live music five nights a week and the festival will be no different. They will also be teaming up with two highly-regarded local craft breweries to promote the Irish craft-brewing scene throughout the festival.
They want to give customers a flavour of the outstanding local music scene in the area. The music will vary from classic hits to traditional Irish to really give an idea of the range of talents all around us. If you love delicious food and great music, you won’t want to miss this free event!
Carlow Big Houses Festival
Date: 05 October 2019 to 28 October 2019
The Carlow Big Houses Festival gives you a chance to peek behind the doors of some of Ireland's most lavish manor houses. It is part of this autumn's Taste the Island campaign and the festival allows visitors to enjoy authentic food and drink that is made using high quality local ingredients. Every weekend throughout October The Big Houses festival big opens its doors and allows visitors to step inside some of Ireland's grandest historic homes and immerse yourself in the food and heritage of Carlow's great estates!
Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival
06 October - Sunday 3 November 2019
Venue: Across the Boyne Valley
Halloween has roots in the Celtic Samhain festival and it is said that this tradition began on top of the ancient hill of Tlachtga, now called the Hill of Ward in Athboy, Co. Meath. Tlachtga was believed to be closely linked to the spirit world and history suggest this ancient hill was used for feasting and ceremonies. Still to this day the Boyne Valley has remained the home of Halloween.
The long-running Spirits of Meath festival offers spooky fun including Halloween hunts, fancy dress, haunted houses and pumpkins galore. With ‘Fun by Day’ events (for the kids) and ‘Fright by Night’ events there’s something for everyone!
10. Athlone, Westmeath
Dead Centre Brewery Tour - Meet the Maker
When: Saturday 12th October
Pop into the Dead Centre brewery boutique and listen to them share stories on how they brew and why. Visitors can get a unique insight into what it is that makes their beer through a fun and engaging tour. It will cover all areas of the brewing process ranging from ingredients, the brewing process, fermentation as well as packaging.
Located right on the banks of the River Shannon, go and enjoy the spectacular views across the river right from the floor of the brewery.
Admission: €5 to €15
Ballina Fringe Festival
When: 4th - 20th October
Ballina Fringe Festival is an artistic exploration of life lived on the edge of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. Come along to this festival as it brings exceptional art, musical entertainment, historical discoveries, old tales and poetry to all its visitors. A beautiful event for anyone looking for some creativity and exploration!
Admission: €0 - €25
12. Co. Kerry
Carrauntoohil and the Mc Gillycuddy Reeks
If you love getting out and being one with nature, take a guided trek up Ireland’s highest mountain. Once you’ve reached the top of Carrauntoohil, overlook Mt. Cahir and the Mc Gillycuddy reeks and enjoys the fascinating glacial artistry in this raw taste of Ireland’s map.
If you want to get out and about with nature, take a visit to Benbulben, Ireland’s most distinctive mountain. It is known in some parts as Ireland’s version of Table Mountain. Resulted from the different responses to erosion of the limestone and shale of which the mountain is formed, hard and resistant limestone forms the upper cliffs and precipices. Definitely a place to check out if you want to sightsee some of Ireland’s interesting landscapes!
Cliffs of Moher
Visit one of Ireland’s most visited natural attractions. At 702ft above the crashing Atlantic swells it’s not hard to see why who visitors travel from all over the world to see the spectacular views. With a superb visitor centre, an invigorating coastal walking route, beautiful birdlife and view after exquisite view, the Cliffs of Moher
’s hefty 8km breadth delivers at every turn. Definitely worth checking out!
Offline Film Festival
When: Sunday Oct 13th
Running in Birr County Offaly, this year’s Offline Film Festival is a celebration of locally made films but will also feature favourites like the 57 Hour Filmmaking Challenge, Fright-full Friday at Leap Castle, Educational Screenings, Mini-movies produced and made by local schools and a dedicated Offline Film Industry Day. If you love filmmaking you don’t want to miss this.