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The Clever Map of Free & Cheap things to do on 14-15th April

  1. Dublin
  1. Royal Irish Academy of Music Presents My First Concert
15th April at 12.00.
Join a host of very young musicians as they take their first steps onto the concert platform for their début concert performance.  A perfect opportunity for MusicTown audiences to bring their little ones to see our little ones and share this special first concert experience both on- and off-stage.
Admission: Free but booking required here
  1. Pet Lovers Meetup
14th April at 11am at Marlay Park House
Pet Lovers Meetup (Marlay Park, Dublin)Pet Sitters Ireland is hosting a free meet up at Marley Park on the 14th April for Pet Lovers in the local and surrounding area. The meet up is a fun event to meet other dog and cat owners in the area, ask questions about your pets and seek advice on new pet ownership. If you have a Puppy then feel free to bring them along as we will have a team member there to chat about Puppy Socialisation. We will also have some free goodies on the day and we welcome pet owners of all types of pets. If you intend to come please register so we have an idea of numbers.From there we can chat, walk the dogs and head to the dog park for anyone who wants to use that. For all queries please email [email protected]
Admission: Free
  1. Drop-in family session: Spring in Nolde’s garden
Join us for a free art-making workshop where children and their parents/guardians/carers are encouraged to work together on creative projects.
Today's workshop will be led by artist Fala Buggy, and will take the works of Emil Nolde as inspiration. Drop-in and stay for as long (or as little!) as you wish! These workshops are suitable for children of all ages. 
 Admission: Free

  1. Yoga in the Park
14th April at 11am
A pop-up Yoga class in conjunction with the Red Stables Farmer’s Market.
This will be weather dependent, so make sure to RSVP so I can keep you up to date with last minute changes, red light, green light etc. I’m very excited about this, as I’ve dreamt of facilitating pop-up yoga in my local community for a long time. Hopefully more to follow!!Bring a mat, water (I’d encourage everyone to use refillable bottles where possible), and warm clothes (it’s outdoors!).
 Admission: Free
  1. De-extinction Animal Re-animation at the Science Gallery
Reconstructing what extinct animals looked like has never been easy, but such depictions offer an opportunity to bring new life to something long gone. If you had the chance to reanimate the dodo or passenger pigeon, how would you interpret their behaviour, what they ate or where they lived? Join us for a very special illustration workshop in collaboration with The Natural History Museum and Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin where we will be sketching extinct animals out of extinction. The workshop will be led by Paolo Viscardi, Curator of Zoology, National Museum of Ireland and Dublin-based illustrator Chris Judge. Ages 15 - adult, all levels of ability, some materials provided, please feel free to bring your own too.
Please note this event takes place at The Natural History Museum and Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin
 Admission: €10.00
  1. Carlow

Equinox Theatre Company: The Waterboys Jim & Gary Have a Double Life
Location: Visual Centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre.Equinox Theatre Company will stage The Waterboys: Jim & Gary Have A Double Life at Visual Carlow from 2pm on Friday, April 13.
After the success of last year’s The M House, KCAT’s Equinox Theatre Company are back in residence at VISUAL. Come and join us for a sneak peek at their next show, in a work-in-progress sharing. Equinox's Jim and Gary are the Waterboys for last years All Ireland GAA Club champions, Carrickshock. Cerebral Palsy may have prevented them playing for their club, but nothing will stop them following their team.
Choreographer Cindy Cummings knows nothing about hurling.
She will teach them how to dance. In return, they’ll teach her about learning to walk, learning to run, and learning to hurl.
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare 

Clonfert Pet Farm
At Clonfert Pet Farm in Kildare they strive to ensure a fantastic fun filled day out for you and your family that is great value for money. As well as all the animals they also have 2 outdoor playground areas both with bouncy castles, an indoor play area, go karts, a football pitch, plenty of picnic areas and lots more to keep your family entertained. Clonfert Pet Farm has a huge variety of everyone’s farmyard favourites; cows, ponies, donkey, pigs, goats, sheep, ferret, peacock, puppies, ducks, turkeys, Geese, hens, bird Avery. During lambing season the children can get up close and can bottle feed the baby lambs. The pet farm is open 7 days a week from 10am – 5.30pm.
Admission: €5 (Adult) €5 (Child) €15 (Family)
  1. Kilkenny

Butler Gallery @Kilkenny Castle
Exhibition: At Some Distance in the Direction Indicated beginning 12/04/2018, 10.00am to 17.00pm.
Admission: Free
  1. Laois

The Irish Workhouse Centre
The Irish Workhouse Centre is a thought provoking place to take the kids, that may just make them realise how lucky they are in comparison to the poor families (and children!) that ended up in one of the 163 workhouses that operated in Ireland between the early 1840s to 1920s.
The tour takes about an hour, and starts in the only fancy room to be seen in the whole house, the Boardroom, where those responsible for running the workhouse held their meetings. You will also see the waiting hall, where families who were hoping to gain admission had to stand. When you visit the girl's school, you will be given a presentation, followed by a short video, both of which will tell you about different aspects of life in the workhouse, including the fact that families were often split up on entry. Open 9.30am-5.00pm
Admission: €7.00(Adult) €5.00(Students) €15.00 (Family) €3.00(Under 13s)
Free (Under 7s)
  1. Longford
Monster Auction
Saturday April 14th 2018 at 12 noon at Cloughan Inn Bar and Restaurant, 
Cloghan, Mullingar, Westmeath. Come along and grab a bargain!!
Turin Hurling Club and Turin Underage Hurling are holding a Monster Auction on Saturday 14th April.
All purchased items must be removed from the premises.
Admission: Free.
  1. Louth
Celtic Adventures
10th April -14th Apr, 20.00
This play, set in rural Ireland in 1964, takes place in the kitchen of Madge Molloy who has lived over 40 years of her life wondering why her husband Tom vanished within five months of their marriage. Madge has had to rear her only daughter Maura on her own and needless to say she has become bitter about men in general!" With love stories, a confused curate, a gormless postman and two pedigree gossips, this play is a laugh a line! 
Admission: €12.00
  1. Meath
Ancient Sites| The Hill of Tara
The Hill of Tara, known as Temair in gaeilge, was once the ancient seat of power in Ireland – 142 kings are said to have reigned there in prehistoric and historic times. In ancient Irish religion and mythology Temair was the sacred place of dwelling for the gods, and was the entrance to the otherworld. Saint Patrick is said to have come to Tara to confront the ancient religion of the pagans at its most powerful site.
Admission: Free
  1. Offaly
Walk Knockbarron Loop
All outdoor lovers will appreciate a visit to the Slieve Blooms as they offer breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside and on a clear cloud free day you can see the four highest points of each of Ireland’s four provinces. The Slieve Bloom Way is a village and heritage route that makes a circuit of The Slieve Blooms in Counties Laois and Offaly. It is 43 miles in length and ascends 5000 feet. Starting from Portlaoise, take the N80 to Mountmellick.
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Glendeer Open Pet Farm
Glendeer Pet Farm, 8km west of Athlone in County Westmeath, is an interactive experience where people can feed, pet and hold some of the animals, which include deer, pot belly pigs, llamas, emu, ostrich, goats, donkeys, sheep and lots more including the new arrivals monkeys, wallabies and tortoises. 
Glendeer is suitable for any weather as there is indoor and outdoor picnic, and play areas, along with a large section of the animal’s undercover. Relax in the coffee shop with fresh coffee, tea and homemade treats.
Admissions: €8.00
  1. Wexford
[email protected] Presents: Berliner Philharmoniker LIVE Conducted by Kirill Petrenko
Friday 13th April @ 6.30pm
The second live broadcast of the Berliner Philharmoniker 2017/18 Season is led by Kirill Petrenko, chief conductor designates of the orchestra, and features the exciting young pianist Yuja Wang performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3. The concert also includes Anatoly Lyadov’s iridescent tone poem The Enchanted Lake and Franz Schmidt’s Symphony No. 4 in C Major. The cinema broadcast features exclusive interviews and program insights.
Admission: €12.50 (Adult) €10.00 (Child)
  1. Wicklow
Square One: When we are Married
10th April – 14th April 5, 2018
A group of three couples, old friends and all married on the same day in the same chapel, gathers at the Helliwells’ home to celebrate their silver anniversary. When they discover that they are not legally married, each couple initially reacts with proper Victorian horror – what will the neighbors think? – and all three couples find themselves reevaluating their marriages; hovering closely over the proceedings is the Yorkshire Argus' alcohol-soaked photographer, keen to record the evening's events for posterity, and a wickedly destructive housekeeper who is hoping to use the couples' mortification to her own advantage.
Admission: €18.00 (full price) €16.00 (concession)
  1. Clare
Ennistymon Choral Society Presents Crazy For You
11TH April 2018 -15th April 2018 at 19.00 -21.00
High energy, high kicking and gloriously glamorous, Crazy for You is the ultimate feel-good musical. Mistaken identities, heartbreak, happiness and a wealth of memorable tunes, including I Got Rhythm, They Can’t Take That Away From Me, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Embraceable You all feature in this exhilarating celebration of the great Broadway musicals. A Great Night of Entertainment for the Whole Family.
Admission: €15.00
  1. Cork
April Coffee Morning
We are really looking forward to our April Dog Park Coffee Morning which takes place at the later than usual time of 10.30am on Sunday 15th of April.Our Coffee Mornings are a great opportunity to link up with other dog owners for an hour & a half of off leash play & socializing. Tea & Coffee will be served on the morning. All dogs attending on the morning must have completed a trial day with us in advance. Owners are responsible for their own dogs. Please ensure you clean up after your dog. Spaces are limited. Please book with Sara on 087-7478941 ASAP to avoid disappointment.
Admission: €10.00 per dog
  1. Kerry
Glanageenty is an area of mystery
Glanageenty is an area of mystery, myth and folklore, a wild and rugged landscape that was once the sanctuary to some famous heroes and bandits alike. Michael Hartnett was born on 18 September 1941 in the St. Nessan’s Maternity Hospital at Croom, County Limerick. By the time of his death at the age of fifty-eight in 1999 he had created a significant body of work, including a dozen books from The Gallery Press alone, some published posthumously. He was a scholarly man of wide reading whose literary achievement involved shapeshifting between English and Irish – two very different languages in historical collision – in addition to a rich harvest of translation, mainly from Irish, but also from Spanish, Chinese, German and Latin.
Admission: Free
  1. Limerick
Eigse Michael Hartnett Literary and Arts Festival
12th April – 14th April
In various venues around the Newcastle West town, Michael Hartnett’s ‘people’ will gather to celebrate and remember the poet and the man. In listening to readings, attending art installations, in the schools, Desmond Complex, the Library, the Red Door Gallery or drinking a few pints with old friends.
Admission: Free (depending on event)
  1. Tipperary
Nenagh Cycle Hub
The North Tipperary Cycle Network, with the town of Nenagh as its hub offers three routes varying in distance from 11km to 67km with numerous shorter alternatives. Each cycle offers pleasant views of the local countryside while loops 1 and 2 provide stunning lakeshore panoramas. Numerous picnic stops are dotted along the route as well as a number of award winning pubs and restaurants.
Admission: Free
  1. Waterford
Tramore International SKA & Reggae Festival
The magic of rails golden age has been brought to life in Kilmeadan, Co Waterford.A heritage narrow gauge railway follows the route of the abandoned Waterford – Dungarvan route, from the station at Kilmeadan into Gracedieu Junction.  
Admission: Adult €8.50, Child €4.00, Student/OAP €7.00
Family: 1 child €19.00, 2 children €21.00, 3 children €23.00, 4 children €25.00

  1. Galway
The Loves of Cass McGuire
12th April – 14th April
Directed by Lorcán Mannion, Cass McGuire has returned home to Ireland after more than fifty years of exile in New York city, where she has led a life among dead-beats and wash-outs on Skid Row.  Her dreams of living out the rest of her days with her beloved brother and his family don’t follow the romantic script, however, as we follow her lonely journey through rejection and eventual surrender to the make-believe survival of Eden House.
  1. Leitrim
Arigna Mining Experience
Arigna Mining Experience was developed to preserve the energy heritage of the Arigna Valley and to ensure that Arigna maintains its link with Energy themes: Past, Present & Future. 
This Energy Centre provides visitors with a unique insight into what coal mining life was like in the Arigna Valley, since its beginning in the 1700's until closure in 1990.
Admission: €10.00 (Adult) €8.00 ( Student)
  1. Mayo
Ballycroy National Park
The Visitor Centre is the main Information Point for Ballycroy National Park. It opened in 2009 and has welcomed visitors from all over the world to Ballycroy and County Mayo. Relax and enjoy the hospitality of Ballycroy National Park Visitor Centre which houses an interactive exhibition, experienced guides, Ginger & Wild Café and the accessible Tóchar Daithí Bán Nature Trail. We run Special Events throughout the year and regular Guided Walks and Kids Clubs during the Summer months.
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Lough Key Forest
The lake, Lough Key, one of the most beautiful lakes in Ireland, is navigable from the Shannon via the Boyle River and the jetty at Lough Key harbours pleasure cruisers from that great river. Boats are available for hire within the park. Guided tours are available for groups and school tours by arrangement.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
2 miles from Sligo Town at Half Moon Bay on the shores of Lough Gill is the Hazelwood Demesne. It has a series of outdoor sculptures by Irish and International artists. Hazelwood is one of the best places to observe woodland birds. Resident species include robin, wren, blackbird, song thrush, mistle thrush, jay, chaffinch, bullfinch, tree-creeper, blue tit, great tit and coal tit may be easily observed in the winter; with willow warbler, chiffchaff, blackcap and woodcock coming to breed in the summer. It has a picnic area and specular lakeside views. Watch the swans as they gracefully glide by.
Admission: Free
  1. Donegal
The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, A Play
12th April
An Grianán Youth Theatre follow up their well-received production of Blackadder Goes Forth with this thrilling and funny adaptation of Joan Aiken’s classic children’s novel, perfectly suited for family audiences.
Admission: €12/€8
  1. Cavan
Hawkswood Loop
The Hawkswood Loop begins just outside the village of Swanlinbar. The loop takes you uphill towards the Cuilcagh Mountains following a series of old ‘bohereens’ and laneways. From the high points here are fine views of the surrounding countryside, the bog and Cuilcagh Mountains.
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
Pat Talbot Productions Presents Mary & Me
12TH April 2018 at 20.00-22.00
Inspired by a true story. Ireland, 1986 and a fifteen-year-old girdles giving birth at a grotto. But before then there's pending maths exams, an important art project to finish. And what to do about Peter? An original and sometimes humorous imagining of a young woman’s search for understanding in a conversation with the statue of the Virgin Mary. Although inspired by a true story, this is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places and events are the product of the playwright's imagination.
Admission: €15/€13
  1. Fermanagh
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark
The Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark contains some of the finest landscapes in the north of Ireland.  Ranging from rugged uplands, lakes and forests through to gently rolling drumlins, the landscapes of the Geopark represent a complex Earth history dating back as far as 650 million years ago.  With evidence of mountain building and destruction; searing hot deserts and warm tropical oceans; and of icy wastelands and water-worn caverns, the rocks and landscapes of the Geopark are nothing short of amazing.
Admission: Free
  1. Tyrone
Parkanaur Forest Park
Four miles west of Dungannon, this forest was formerly part of the Burgess Estate. The woodland is made up of mixed conifer and broadleaved trees.
There is also an enclosed herd of white fallow deer and a wildlife pond. It is very colourful in spring with daffodils and rhododendrons.
Nature trails runs through oak and beech trees, passing a Victorian garden, wishing well and picturesque old archway.
Admission: Free
  1. Derry
The Siege Museum
Over the past five years the Apprentice Boys of Derry (ABoD) have opened the Memorial Hall to the public and also worked with schools, community associations, churches, and historical societies interested in the history of the city and the Siege commemorated by the organization.  As well as tours around the museum and exhibition rooms, the public have also guided access to all loyal order rooms within the B1 listed Memorial Hall.
Admission: £3
  1. Antrim
A Night to Remember
14th April 2018 20.30pm
Join Titanic Belfast for a commemorative evening on the anniversary of the Titanic's sinking. April 14 marks the anniversary of the sinking of one of history's most famous ships. The legend of Titanic will forever remain in the hearts and minds of those born in Belfast.
At the time of her construction the small city of Belfast and her workers had placed themselves at a level where the whole of the world was watching them. Not only were they building the largest man-made vessel in the world, they were also producing the most luxurious and opulent ship to take to the sea.
The tragedy that befell the majestic Titanic on her maiden voyage was something that can only truly and wholly be described by those who experienced it. Join Titanic Belfast on this commemorative evening and be taken on a journey of reflection, reliving the story of Titanic through the eyes of those whose lives were shaped by her journey.
Admission: £6
  1. Down
Art in the Loft Exhibition Series 'Coast' by Printmaker Diane Cowan
31ST March – 29th April 10.00-17.00
This exhibition will feature a series of monoprints of and around the coastline of County Down. The artist has been inspired by the uplifting power of her natural, beautiful surroundings which are often taken for granted.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
Craftswirl @ Armagh Visitor Information Centre are delighted to welcome Armagh Art Club for their March and April exhibition.
Armagh Art Club has been in existence since 1962 and is going from strength to strength. The club is delighted to have been awarded a grant by Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for a Spring Renew project.
Armagh Visitor Information Centre encourage all to call and see this wonderful work on display during the two-month exhibition.
All work on display will of course be for sale and you might find something fabulous to display in your own home.
Admission: Free
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