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Energia map of free and cheap things to do 12th-13th May

  1. Dublin
  1. The Kids Summer Camp Fair
May 13, 2018
Royal Marine Hotel- doors open from 10:30am-5pm.
The Kids Guide Summer Camp Fair is Doubling the Fun in 2018!
Dublin’s BEST and ORIGINAL Fair for Children’s activities, camps, workshops and educational entertainment! NOW 2 DATES!
‘The Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School attended the Kidsguide’s Summer Camp Fair and immediately saw a very positive effect on bookings. We consider the annual fair as an integral part of our Children’s Summer Sailing Courses promotional campaign and would highly recommend attending.’ Glyn Williams, Marketing Manager, Irish National Sailing & Powerboat School.
 Admission: Free
  1. Dublin Dance Festival
Wednesday, May 2 – Sunday, May 20
Dublin Dance Festival is a creative catalyst, bringing outstanding dance to audiences. The core reason the organisation exists is to bring the best international dance to Irish audiences of all ages and backgrounds, and to create opportunities for Irish dance artists, through programming, commissioning and partnerships.
The Festival brings together dance artists and choreographers from across the world to share vibrant contemporary dance with audiences in Ireland.
Since its inauguration in 2002, Dublin Dance Festival has presented the most influential dance companies, choreographers and artists from all over the world, and has showcased established and emerging Irish dance artists. Its audiences are growing steadily and the Festival is a major focal point in Ireland’s cultural calendar.
The current Director is Benjamin Perchet. The Festival is funded by The Arts Council of Ireland/ An Chomhairle Ealaíon and Dublin City Council.
Admission: Locations and prices vary, please check the program here

  1. Love Your Home
May 12 – May 13, 2018
For the first time the Love Your Home Show is coming to Dublin. Created for home lovers, the show has been running in Belfast for the past 8 years. In 2018 Love Your Home Show is coming to Dublin and will take place in the Citywest Convention Centre on 12th & 13th May 2018 from 10am-6pm on both days. 
With over 160 exhibitors providing products, advice, ideas and inspiration for your home, this is an event you won’t want to miss. Get advice in the HomeStyle Talks, discover unique products in the Artists & Makers Village, enjoy our hugely popular local food Artisans or discuss your house plans with one of our exhibitors.
Admission: Free
  1. Dogs For Choice Repeal Walkies
Sunday, May 13 at 12 PM - 1 PM
Let's meet up at the car park on Sandymount Strand to go for a dog walk in support of Together For Yes. We'll take pictures, post them online, show off our repeal outfits and have a grand day out.
We've posted links in the discussion area to places where you can buy Dogs For Choice merchandise. Proceeds go to the Together For Yes campaign.
You don't have to bring a dog if you'd like to come along. It's no big woof. If we're rained out, we'll try again on the following Sunday at the same time.
Admission: Free
  1. Darkness into Light
May 12, 2018
Join us once again this May 12, 2018, for our fourth, annual Darkness into Light 5km walk, in aid of Pieta House. This event - now in its fourth year - takes place on the beautiful grounds of Marlay Park in Rathfarnham. It is a poignant, special, memorable event with an amazing atmosphere created by the thousands of wonderful supporters who take part!
Admission: Register to learn more about fundraising here
  1. Carlow
Carlow Youth Orchestra in Concert
Sunday, May 13 at 4pm - 5pm
Enjoy the orchestral sounds of the Carlow Youth Orchestra with music by Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto, the rousing Marche Militaire by Schubert , to Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody & Leroy Anderson’s Favourites. A must for all the family and especially all music students.
Admission: €10 (Adult) €32 (Family of 4)
  1. Kildare
Red Hat Acoustic Music Club, Naas, County Kildare
Friday, May 11 at 9 PM - 12 AM
2nd Friday of every month;
Paul and Anne McEvoy 'curators'.
Music usually starts around 9pm, 
and a donation of €3.00 covers coffee/tea 
and sandwiches at the interval.
If you welcome visiting singers, and a free Event Listing for your sessions on SongMaps, please send details to [email protected] (including any Contact/Web info.)
Yours in singing,
Al Stout,
Song Central
Admission: €3
  1. Kilkenny
School of Food & Garden Market
May 11- May 13, 2018
Join our students for their end-of-term Food and Garden Market! Each student will have a food product of their own creation for sale. We will also host food producers from around the area. Come for lunch, take food home, check out our gardens and bring the kids for fun and games! No entry fee, all are welcome! Admission: Free
  1. Laois
Rally Launch
Saturday, May 12 at 7 PM - 2 AM
The ACESIGNS Laois Heartlands Rally Launch takes place in O'Loughlins Hotel in Portlaoise on Saturday 12th May at 7.30pm. Guest speaker on the night is Kerry's Rob Duggan plus some of our previous winners. Rally cars will be on display on the night and finger food will be served. There will also be a raffle with lots of spot prizes to be won so why not come along on the night and don't forget to bring a friend.
Admission: Free
  1. Longford
Lanesboro Traditional Horse Fair
Lanesboro Traditional Horse Fair is now taking place on Saturday 12th May 2018 on the Main Street.
Admission: Free
  1. Louth
Carlingford Sundays in Spring Concert Series 2018: Airs, Arias & Aris
May 13 , 4pm. Carlingford Heritage Centre.
Internationally renowned Musical Director and founder member of the London Armenian Opera and frequent visitor to Carlingford, baritone Aris Nadiran – in company with soprano Roisin Bradley and RTE Concert Orchestra Pianist Brian Connor.
Admission: €12( Full Price) €10(Concession)
  1. Meath
Dowth is an ancient passage tomb that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Bru Na Boinne Megalithic Cemetery. It is located in County Meath, near Drogheda. About 5,000 years old, Dowth had two burial chambers and a ritual basin.
Admission: Free
  1. Offaly
Super Foods Spring Foraging Workshop Offaly
Sunday, May 13 at 10 AM - 3 PM
Join me for a day of wild food foraging at my home and environs in Co. Offaly.
A Typical Forage Day:
You will meet other wild food enthusiasts from different walks of life. In the morning we all gather at 9:45am, aiming to make a start at 10am after meeting each other over a cuppa. Then I will lead the group on a forage, first within the grounds and then extending into surrounding woodlands, hedgerows and anywhere else we can discover hidden treasures. Once you see just how much is to be found, be sure you will have the foraging bug and those primal instincts will kick in! You’ll then be surprised, if not astonished, at just how much food is growing all around you and your new found interest in foraging.
Your Guide: I am Wild Food Mary, expert forager, chef, organic food enthusiast and author.
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Mindfulness workshop
May 12, 2018
Mindfulness with Bridget Corrigan and Ursula Meehan
Please contact the library on 044 9332199 for more details.
Admission: Free
  1. Wexford
Taste of Wexford Food & Craft Market
May 13, 10am to 4pm at the Ashdown Park Hotel, Gorey
The Taste of Wexford Farmers Market is Wexford food by Wexford Producers held in The Ashdown Park Hotel in Gorey and is on the 2nd Sunday of each month called Taste Of Wexford Farmers Market.
Browse artisan foods while sipping your coffee, choosing between fish, meats, cheese, breads, cakes, chocolates and more! 
We have listed up to 20 excellent artisan products, many of which are award winning, all of which are produced locally to the hotel and in the county of Wexford. The market will then run every 2nd Sunday monthly until October.
Admission: Free

  1. Wicklow
Kilruddery Farm Market
Every Saturday, 10am -3pm
We took a great winter break and are excited to be returning on Saturday 31st of March, with community shopping at its best! Fine foods, locally sourced produce, crafts and more. Come and meet your local food and craft heroes, every Saturday, all year round, bring the family or meet your friends and enjoy hot foods, a nice buzz and seasonal themes. Free parking and admission to the market in the sheltered Horse Yard and Grain Store of Killruddery House and Gardens.
An Tairseach Organic Farm is back with their fresh vegetables, Gourmet Grub with pies and cakes, Wild Geese Food Company with oils and spices, Day’s Kitchen with tasty bakes, Carlos with olive oil, chorizo, paprika, and more, Elaine with her hand knit matinée coats, The Birds and the Teas with chutneys and jams, and many more.
Killruddery Market shop will be open, with fresh bread, Lady Meath’s Marmalade, Cook Books, Fresh Herbs, and much more.
Hot food will be available from The Crepe Box, Flip ‘n’ Awesome, Love Falafel, and more.
Admission: Free
  1. Clare
Féile Chnoc Na Gaoithe Tulla TRAD Festival
May 11- May 13
Traditional Music Festival featuring Frankie Gavin, Noel Hill, Brian McGrath, Liz Kane, Eileen O'BrienCormac Begley, Rushad Eggleston, Ó L Nic Amhlaoibh, Paraic Mac Donnchadha, Pat O'Connor, Andrew Mac NamaraTulla CeiliBandNora Butler Swan, Briain O'Rourke, Out The Gap.
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
Cork Vegfest 2018
May 12, 10am – 6pm at Cork City Hall
Cork Vegfest is a celebration of vegan food and lifestyles. Full of vegan friendly food producers, inspiring and informative talks, food demonstrations, cruelty free products, exhibitors, info stalls, non-profits, music & lots more! You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy Cork Vegfest; you can just hang out eating great plant based foods from the best local producers in Ireland. You can’t miss our Vegan Food Hall! Learn about plant based health benefits from experts. Try natural ethical products or just enjoy a super friendly gathering. Inspiring talks and panels, demonstrations and workshops all day long. Ticket fee includes access to all talks, presentations, demonstrations and workshops. Lots of goody give aways and surprises throughout the day. 
This is a terrific opportunity for everyone interested in veganism and a vegan lifestyle to experience the best plant based vegan food Ireland has to offer, have your questions answered by experts in nutrition, diet and health. Get inspired by a talk by a leading light in the vegan world. Meet educational and advocacy groups and producers of ethical products or take in a performance and much more among a super friendly environment. 
Admission: €10.17
  1. Kerry
Kerry Expo 2018
May 13, 2018.
Pre- Registration to exhibit at the Kerry EXPO 2018 is now open. All pre-registered exhibitors will receive a registration pack with exhibit costs, terms and conditions, timing schedule and floor plan.
 Admission: Free
  1. Limerick
Bealtaine Festival
May 1– May 18, 10.30am - 3pm 
Age opportunity announce the theme for Bealtaine 2018 - 'Be Our guest'.
In response to ongoing, international, globally transformative events, Bealtaine will adopt the theme of hospitality, hosting, welcome and generosity, as a broad and multi-layered festival theme. Bealtaine is at its core an arts event which brings people all over Ireland together to share diverse and challenging cultural experiences within the public sphere. Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. 
The festival brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people and to promote the skills, experiences and exposure that can lead to a rich creative life for all older people. Bealtaine is increasingly recognized as a major innovator in the area of the arts, creativity and older people globally, and as a result is also about supporting the arts community to continue to work and to inspire and train other artists to engage in the area of creative, ageing and intergenerational work.
Admission: Free
  1. Tipperary
Darkness Into Light Cashel
May 12, 2018
A 5km walk to raise funds for Pieta House sponsored by Electric Ireland. Our vision at Pieta House is to create a world where suicide, self-harm and stigma have been replaced by hope, self-care and acceptance.
Darkness into Light is vital for our fundraising, for raising awareness and for bringing people together as we do everything we can to bring about a suicide-free world. 
Admission: Register here
  1. Waterford
Dungarvan Country Market
Every Friday, 9.30am – 1.30pm at Causeway Tennis and Bowls Club, Abbeyside.
If you love local fresh homemade cakes and wonderful fresh homegrown fruit and vegetables or if you are interested in knitting, crochet and homemade crafts why not learn more and visit one of our MARKETS and see for yourself why we have been in business for almost 70 years.
Admission: Free
  1. Galway
An Evening With the Country Leitrim Percy French Society
May 4 – May 12
Galway Theatre Festival features six days of exciting theatre, circus, spectacle, and story-telling, showcasing the vibrant performance culture of Ireland’s festival city. The goal of Galway Theatre Festival is to bring a fresh and lively program of performance to the streets and venues of Galway, evoking a raw energy and adventurous spirit in our audiences.
Now in its 10th year, Galway Theatre Festival draws on Galway’s unique theatrical heritage, and is one of Ireland’s only festivals dedicated to theatre and performance. The Festival provides a platform for national artists and artists based in the West of Ireland, bringing together a high-quality program that showcases the best and newest talents in theatre, spectacle, circus, story-telling and immersive performance.
An unmissable opportunity to experience the vibrant creativity that makes Galway the cultural capital of the West!
Admission: Free
  1. Leitrim
Dublin - Leitrim Cycle - Aughawillan GAA
May 12, 2018
20 of Aughawillan's former players are cycling from Castleknock GAA back to Aughawillan GAA club - a total of 150kms. The aim of this cycle is to raise funds to upgrade the playing surface of the playing pitch. The cyclists are as follows - Mickey Quinn, Declan Darcy, Peter Prior, Gerry Flanagan, Noel Gilheany, Martin Flanagan, Gary Deane, Damien Gilheany, Pat Flanagan, Paul Bohan, Pauric Gilheany, Thomas Quinn, Niall Bohan, John Mannion, Pat Joe McNiffe, Seamus Quinn, Barry McBrien, Martin Flynn, Des Quinn & Ollie Plunkett. 
The goal is for each cyclist to raise €1,000 to go towards the pitch upgrade - donations exceeding this will go towards the Irish Cancer Society. 
You can make a donation to the entire group, an individual or group of individuals. This can be done directly to the cyclists or online (more details on this to follow). We ask that you support and encourage the cyclists in any way possible in the coming months as they prepare for the big day!Stay tuned to the Facebook page over the next couple of months for more information on the cycle!
Admission: Free
  1. Mayo
Breda Mayock’s Dresses exhibition opens at The Courtyard Gallery
April 20 - May 22, 2018
A fascinating new exhibition of work by Mayo artist and musician Breda Mayock has just opened in The Courtyard Gallery at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.
Dresses is a unique collection of 15 works exploring how memory is weaved into the cloth of our everyday lives.
The mixed media exhibition consists mostly of fabric, thread and found objects. Some of the dresses are made by the artist while others are childhood dresses worked on with thread, feather and paint.
One of the larger pieces, called ‘School Dress’, is a giant dress covered in pages from old school books. The pages create a thought-provoking collage of signatures, notes and dates of importance to the people they once belonged to, with some pages dating as far back as 1932.
“The work is a glimpse into memory, mystery and learning, and of how we weave these threads of the past in order to keep our memories alive,” said Ms Mayock.
“It explores devotion and what gets passed down from one generation through to the next. Not unlike a museum collection, this exhibition is a trove of personal and historical importance.”
 Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Social Media for Business Training
May 11, 2018
Learning Objective:
This course is aimed at those in business who are keen to use Social Media as part of their digital Marketing Strategy. Participants will gain knowledge to plan a low cost approach to effective marketing.
Course Outline:
Introduction to Social Media Marketing
Setting SMART social media and organisational goals
Customer analysis and profiling
Content marketing and creation
Developing a sales funnel
Content planning
Publishing posts that encourage engagement
How to represent your brand on social media
Video for YouTube and Facebook
  1. Sligo
Culleenamore Beach, Strandhill
Culleenamore is a wonderful sandy beach with safe bathing, located behind Strandhill beach, 9km from Sligo town. Culleenamore is locally known as a place where, around 3000 BC, people went down to the shore to collect shellfish to eat. Culleenamore is just one of many midden site's along the Sligo coastline. The Culleenamore Annual Races takes place in June, this event is one of only a few beach races which still take place.
The sound of ponies and horses galloping on the beach recreate an exciting background to a scene which has been going on for over 100 years.
Admission: Free
  1. Donegal
Saturday Night Pop Up Pizza
May 12, 5.30pm -9pm at Scarpello & Co.
Admission: €10- €15
  1. Cavan
Cavan Walking Festival
May 4 –  May 11
Now in its eight years, Cavan Walking Festival returns with a wide variety of trails, rambles and hikes through Cavan’s breathtakingly beautiful landscapes. Including the 26km Cavan Way route spread over two days, which features Geopark sites such as Cavan Burren Park and the magical Shannon Pot, makes this festival one not to be missed!
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
Dear Arabella - New Play by Marie Jones
May 12 - May 13, 2018
A new play by Marie Jones, writer of renowned play “Stones in his Pockets’, all proceeds go to charities Pieta House and Monagahn / Cavan Palliative Care Service.
Admission: €15
  1. Fermanagh
Enniskillen ComicFest
May 11 – May 12
ComicFest returns for its third year to Enniskillen bringing the world of comicbooks and superheroes to the town to celebrate sequential art and storytelling. 
Following the programme of previous years there will be workshops aimed at students running in Enniskillen Library on Friday 11th and then Saturday 12th will be the main Convention day for the public. 
This year our venue is St Macartin's Cathedral Hall which has recently been renovated and extended- on 12th May it will be packed with comic creators, both professional and self-published, merchandise and comics will be on sale and there will be plenty of cosplayers bringing to life your favourite characters. 
Special guests include: 
*Hugely popular writer Dan Abnett with hundreds of comic stories and dozens of novels to his name. On the evening of Friday 11th we are running a special writers round table discussion with Dan and some of the artists who've worked with him in Blakes the Hollow. 
*Actress Jessica Martin, who over the past five years has created a number of award winning comics stories and graphic novels. 
*We also have the superstar artist known as Jock whose distinctive art style can be seen in Judge Dredd, Batman, Green Arrow and Wolverine. 
These are just a few of the twenty-three Guests from across Ireland and the UK who will be appearing at ComicFest. All will be available on Saturday 12th May for autographs and sketches, and if you're an aspiring writer of artist why not bring along some of your work and get some tips! 
Admission: £5
  1. Tyrone
Mark Ferguson and Band
May 12
Looking for a perfect summer’s night of beautifully performed tuneful, soulful music? Join Mark Ferguson, his superb band and special guest, Oonagh Derby, for a very special evening at Ranfurly House, Dungannon.
 Mark will delight you with classics from the Beatles, Clapton, Sinatra and even a little Disney. Oonagh Derby grew up in County Armagh surrounded by traditional music. She now writes and performs her own original contemporary songs and music that have an energetic roots/folk style to them.
Oonagh’s debut album “Harmony Street” was released to critical acclaim in both musical and commercial circles.” The Album picked up the “Best Newcomer” Award from the Live Ireland “livies” in Chicago who awarded this for the first time ever to a nontraditional album describing it as “something new and something exciting.
Admission: £10
  1. Derry
Wildflower Walk
Saturday, May 12 at 10 AM - 12 PM
Join us as we take a moment to appreciate the coming of Spring, by taking a relaxing walk around the park, enjoying the wildflowers and other signs of Springtime! Suitable for all ages. Dogs are welcome if on a lead. For more information, please contact Eliza at [email protected], or call 028 7134 3080
Admission: Free
  1. Antrim
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2018
May 3 - May 13
One of the most dynamic arts festivals on the island returns for its 19th year in Belfast's famous Cathedral Quarter from 3-13 May 2018.
The 19th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival boasts a staggering programme of live music, comedy, spoken word, theatre, literature, film and art with over 150 events for all ages taking place across 20 venues in the city.
Early bird announcements and highlights for CQAF 2018 include Ben Folds (and a Piano), The Go! Team, a book reading by Peggy Seeger, Rob Newman, Kimmie Rhodes with Bob Harris, Bridget Christie, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), Kate Rusby, Beans on Toast, Seamus Fogarty and Mary Gauthier.
Admission: Varied Prices
  1. Down
Merry May Day in Hollywood
May 6 – May 27 
Don Scott returns to WWT Castle Espie with his amazing selection of owls
Don Scott, The Owl Man returns to Castle Espie with his amazing selection of owls. Always very popular, he offers the chance to get close to these fascinating birds.
Admission: £9 (Adult) £5 (Child 4-16) Free (Child under 4) £21.63(Family)

  1. Armagh
Cahal Masterson - Lunchtime Recital
May 12, 2018
In advance of competing in the highly prestigious Dublin International Piano Competition, we are delighted to welcome Cahal Masterson to The Market Place for a free lunchtime recital.
Cahal completed an Artist Diploma at the Glenn Gould School of Music in Toronto, May 2017 and he now continues his studies at Masters level with John O'Conor at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia US as a full scholarship student.
Admission: Free
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