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☘️ Energia Free-kend Map 6th-8th May ☘️

  • Nationwide

Darkness Into Light

When: Sunrise on the morning of Saturday May 7th
Admission: Chilren (6-17) €5 + Adults €26
Darkness Into Light 2022 will take place at sunrise on the morning of Saturday May 7th.
This year, we are delighted that our in-person events can resume safely across Ireland and the world in most of our Darkness Into Light venues. You can check out the venues where organised events will be taking place by clicking ''register'' on the homepage. We also know that many people enjoyed taking part in Darkness Into Light in their own way last year when we could not join together in the usual way.

So, this year, we know that Darkness Into Light will take on many forms and people will come together in different and creative ways to share a sunrise moment and stand in solidarity with people impacted by suicide and self-harm.

  • Westmeath

Athlone Film Festival

When: Sun, 8 May 2022
Admission: Tickets €6.19

Athlone Film Festival, showcasing six short movies from emerging and new Irish Filmmakers of the National Film School followed by panel discussion with some of the directors/producers.

  • Dublin

Dublin Gallery Crawl

When: Sat, 7 May 2022 10:00 – 12:00
Admission: free

We will take you to several different galleries in Dublin city center to explore the art scene in Dublin. On this tour you will visit a mixture of different types of galleries from established places to smaller lesser known places and spaces.

This will be a two hour tour and end in Temple Bar.


  • Dublin

Car Boot Sale and Family Fun

When: Sun, 8 May 2022 08:30 – 13:00
Admission: Free
Car Boot Sale and Family Fun. 8th May from 8.30am to 1pm. Buyers will arrive from 10am. Skerries Educate Together NS.

  • Laois

Markets at Solas Eco Garden Centre

When: Saturdays
Admission: Tickets from
Solas Eco Garden Centre's Saturday Farmers' market is located in their new container street within the spectacular new Eco Garden Shop. Enjoy a day out with families and friends exploring the exciting range of organic and natural foods including many locally grown and produced such as Muller & O'Connell Bread, Corleggy Cheeses, honey & blueberry tonic, jams, chutneys and many more local delights.

  • Cork

Legends Hurling Game Cork v Limerick

When: Sat, 7 May 2022
Admission: Tickets from €5 – €38.22
Seánie McGrath takes on Joe Quaid as they lead out the hurling legends of their time in aid of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland. Advocate for The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and member of the Irish Dementia Working Group, Kevin Quaid is organising the legends match not to be missed.
The match is being arranged as a fundraiser for the Mallow Day Care Centre building fund.

  • Waterford

The Haven Sunday Market

When: Every Sunday from 1st May until September
Admission: Free
The Haven Sunday Craft Market is back - bigger and better for 2022!
Featuring up to 20 local crafters, designers & artists plus now food stalls on the lawns of The Haven Hotel in Dunmore East.

  • Limerick

Treasure Island

When: 6:00 pm Friday, May 6, 2022
Admission: €5
Treasure Island is Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic tale of pirates and buried treasure from Bristol to a faraway Island. “Pieces of Eight! Pieces of eight!” yells Captain Flint, the parrot. This book is also where the phrase “You ho ho and a bottle of Rum!” comes from. Meet Jim Hawkins, a young lad who gets himself caught up in an adventure across the seas. Follow the story as Jim meets Captain Smollett, Billy Bones and the most famous pirate of them all Long John Silver. Barking Dog’s two talented actors (with the help of a some puppets and children from the audience) present this exciting tale.

  • Mayo

National Museum of Country Life

When: 1 May - 31 May 2022
Admission: Free

The National Museum of Ireland – Country Life will deliver a special programme exploring aspects of Mayo’s famine and emigration history to celebrate the ‘Home to Mayo’ festival in May 2022.

  • Galway

Galway Bealtaine Festival

When: 1 - 31 May, 2022
Admission: Tickets from Free

The Bealtaine Festival 2022 will see hundreds of events for, by and featuring older people all across Ireland, offering theatre, visual arts, music and more. This year’s theme is ‘And catch the heart off guard’ from Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Postscript’. The Bealtaine Festival is Ireland’s unique nationwide celebration of creativity as we age and is an initiative of Age & Opportunity.

  • Leitrim

Glenview Folk Museum

When: Daily
Admission: Free
Owned and ran by the Kennedy Family. The Museum was set up in the year 2000 as it was identified that Ireland was losing its heritage and true identity. The Kennedys recognised the importance of preserving the past for the future.
The museum consists of many different attractions from old household & farm items to vehicles and a full street scene which has been fully reconstructed to really give you a feel for 1930s Ireland.


  • Antrim

Spring Fair at The Balance House

When: Sat, 07 May 2022 12:00 - 4:00pm
Admission: Tickets from £1-3
Come and experience a flavour of New Zealand with a fun family day out with local crafts, children’s activities and music from Lisburn Ukes.
Enjoy a fun family day out with something for everyone;
- Craft market
- Free crafting activities for the kids, face-painting, bouncy castle and outdoor games
- Kiwi sausage sizzle
- Annual Kiwi gumboot-throwing competition
- Plant and book sale
Guided tours of the Ulster-New Zealand exhibition:
Tours will be running at 1pm, 2pm and 3 pm. Book in on arrival as numbers will be limited.


  • Derry

Walled City Markets

When: 7 May 2022 Saturday 11:00    - 17:00
Admission: Free

Derry City & Strabane District Council is delighted to welcome back the Walled City Market on the first Saturday of every month. Join traders in Guildhall Square for a unique shopping in a safe, socially distanced outdoor environment.

The Guildhall Square welcomes the very best of artisan traders, offering visitors a family friendly shopping experience with a wide selection of speciality foods and handcrafted products. Tickle your taste buds with homemade jams, chutneys & sauces, artisan breads & cakes, a range organic meats and of course some sweet treats! With children’s entertainment and live music.

  • Donegal

Donegal Bealtaine Festival

When: 1st - 31st May 2022
Admission: Tickets from free
The Bealtaine Festival, Ireland’s national celebration of the arts and creativity as we age, will be celebrated throughout the month of May in Donegal. Age & Opportunity’s Bealtaine 2022 festival, will celebrate In(ter)dependence as its theme and a welcome return to live in-person events.
The festival, now in its 25th Year, will be officially launched on Sunday 1st May at 5pm by Councillor Jack Murray, Cathaoirleach of Donegal County Council at the Regional Cultural Centre (RCC). And following the official launch the Donegal Bealtaine festival will be kicked off at 6pm with a special free concert featuring Irish country music legend Brendan Quinn & Band and supported by Americana songsmith Dean Maywood. The concert will be streamed live on to mark the beginning of the month-long festivities.

  • Cavan

Foraging at Castle Saunderson

When: May 8 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Admission: free
Join Shailagh Healy of Woodland Wonders to experience a unique guided plant and tree exploration within the fascinating grounds of Castle Saunderson. Unleash your inner forager and we’ll identify plant and tree species, incorporate Irish botanical words, and learn about their Celtic mythology and the time-honoured uses associated with them.  Suitable for families (Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult)  Booking essential.  Please wear sturdy footwear and warm waterproof clothing.  Meet at Castle Saunderson carpark beside the Castle ruins.

  • Kerry

Upland Bird Walk

When: May 7 @ 10am
Admission: free
This walk will be led by Dr. Allan Mee and ornithologist with many years experience surveying bird species in the MacGillycuddy Reeks.
Recently Allan has been conducting surveys for grouse and other species in this area as part of the ongoing Birds of the Kerry Biosphere project hosted by the Kerry Biosphere Reserve and funded by the Department of Housing, local government and Heritage, Kerry County Council and Creative Ireland.

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