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Energia map of free and cheap things to do 19th-20th May



National Drawing Day: Storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was lost and found!-Storyboard-how-the-Ardagh-Ch

Saturday, 19 May, 11am – 12pm

To celebrate National Drawing Day, join award-winning children's illustrator Mark Wickham to storyboard how the Ardagh Chalice was discovered. The chalice and its hoard were hidden away in the 9th century, a time when the Vikings first travelled to Ireland and raided monasteries in the search for treasure and precious objects. The hoard was rediscovered 150 years ago by a boy digging potatoes at a ringfort and remains today one of Ireland's most iconic objects.

Admission: Free


Family Day Festival

Saturday, 19 May, 1pm – 5pm

Family Day will be celebrated at a day-long festival in Dublin’s Smithfield Square on Saturday 19 May from 1 to 5pm. This is the seventh annual Family Day celebration. The programme offers great entertainment, fun games and activities and useful information for all types of families and for the young and old. Come along, join in the fun and celebrate your family! All families matter, and individuals who feel cared for and supported by those around them – whether families or others in their lives – help to make stronger communities for us all. We celebrate all types of family – one-parent families, step families, the traditional married family, adoptive and foster families, blended and extended families, those with opposite and same sex parents.

Entry and all activities are, and always will be, free of charge. The aim is to keep the event as a ‘pester-power-free’ zone. You can bring your own picnic to enjoy and there is also the option of visiting the many cafés on Smithfield Square if you wish to purchase food or hot drinks.

Admission: Free

Harold’s Cross Community Festival

Monday, 14 May – Sunday, 20 May

Annual festival organised by Harold’s Cross Community Council and Harold's Cross Business Association with the support of Dublin City Council Crumlin Area Office, Dublin City Council Events, Dublin City Council Parks Department, Dublin City Council Children Services Unit, Terenure and Rathmines Gardaí, Civil Defence, the Russian Orthodox Community, Local Artists, Musicians and Local Businesses. Lots of events in a number of locations in Harold's Cross – culminating with the BIG Family Day in the Park on Sunday 20th May in the afternoon!

Admission: Free


Cinemagic Film Festival

Thursday, 10 May- Sunday, 20 May

Look forward to a programme of world cinema, film and television masterclasses, school workshops, Q&As, and young critics panels!

The annual Cinemagic Film and Television Festival for Young People returns to Dublin from 10-20 May, jam-packed with 100 events and diverse creative opportunities to inspire and motivate young people.

Learn top tips from industry professionals, take part in workshops led by experts in their fields, be part of a production crew for a short film being produced during the festival and enjoy a myriad of movies. The festival features guests from the world of film and television including Award Winning Actress and Cinemagic Patron Saoirse Ronan (Lady Bird, Brooklyn, Atonement); the new wave of Irish filmmakers is represented with Aoife McArdle (Kissing Candice) and Frank Berry (Michael Inside) and animation will be under the microscope with exciting events and screenings with award-winning studios Cartoon Saloon (The Breadwinner, Song of the Sea, The Secret of Kells) and Aardman Animations (Early Man, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep).

You can check out the festival's massive programme HERE.

Admission: €2 - €10


International Literature Festival

Saturday, 19 May– Sunday, 27 May

The International Literature Festival Dublin is Ireland’s premiere literary festival. Since its foundation in 1998, it has hosted many of the finest literary minds in the world. The festival boasts a large programme of events including readings, panel discussions, debates, workshops for aspiring writers on writing techniques, pitching and promoting their own work, as well as spoken word performances and screenings of literary films. As usual, the International Literature Festival Dublin is a broad church, so you will find fiction, journalism, theatre, poetry, children’s books and everything else in between covered at the festival. Event times TBC.

Admission: €0 - €60



The Sensational Kids Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival

Saturday, 19 May– Sunday, 20 May

For the tenth year running, fairies and elves of all ages are being summoned to Rathwood in Tullow for a magical day out to remember. Get the kids down in fancy dress to enjoy a day in the enchanted forest. You can decorate the wooden Fairy House, ride through the enchanted forest on the special Rathwood train, or stop off for some fun and games at the Fairy Barn. There’s also an Enchanted Fairy and Elf Festival Area where all the little fairies and elves can meet up, have their face-painted, and see lots of other characters in amazing fancy dress, including the Tooth Fairy. You won’t want to this special weekend to remember in Rathwood, so sign up for your magical trip now.

Admission: €7.50 - €10



North Kildare Club Open Day

Saturday, 19 May, 2pm – 6pm

North Kildare Club Open Day. Celebrating both our clubs 90th year anniversary and the completion of major new grounds work at North Kildare Club including the opening of our brand new bowls section, new tennis courts and new cricket nets. All our welcome to come down. We will have a 5 sport challenge, food and fun for all the family.

Admission: Free



BIG DRAW: National Drawing Day

Saturday, 19 May, 11am – 3pm

Join us on May 19th at the National Design & Craft Gallery and experience lots of FREE creative family fun and artistry this National Drawing Day.

Sheila Jordan will teach you how to be creative with textiles. Learn to create with felt and make your own bird drawings!
(Suitable for Children & Adults)

Try your hand at something different and learn a new skill by experiencing drawing on metal through the art of Repoussé to make coasters with Marie-Therese Walker
(Suitable for Children & Adults)

Go on a weaving journey with Carrie Lynam and build a wonderful Woven Garden. (Suitable for Children & Adults)

Learn the skill of fabric Screen-printing and create colourful textile prints to take home from the textile print workshops with Sandra McAlister.
(Separate Children & Adult workshops)

Have a go at drawing on glass and create interesting Window Doodles
(Suitable for Children and Adults)

Drop-in and get involved in the various workshops that will be happening throughout the day!

Admission: Free



Plays by Laois Youth Theatre

Saturday, 19 May, 4pm - 6pm

Laois Youth Theatre Plays coming up in the Dunamaise Arts Centre. Come and support our young actors as they take to the stage on Saturday 19th May at 4pm.

Admission: Free



National Drawing Day Free Workshop

Saturday, 20 May, 2:30pm – 4:30pm

An exhibition on the history Of Longford town through maps, on display in Academy House.  The exhibition is on loan from Longford County Library, Heritage and Archives Services and is based on Irish Historic Towns Atlas, no. 22, Longford by Sarah Gearty, Martin Morris and Fergus O’Ferrall, which was published by the Royal Irish Academy as part of the atlas series in 2010.

Admission: Free



Artist Talk – Emil Nolde: Colour is Life

Saturday, 19 May, 11.30am

An illustrated talk on Emil Nolde’s life and work delivered by Shane Morrissy, a member of the education team in the National Gallery of Ireland. This hour-long talk will give those who wish to visit the ‘Emil Nolde: Colour is Life’ exhibition in Dublin a wonderful introduction to what they’ll experience, while those who can’t make it to the exhibition will have the opportunity to see and hear about these unique works. Suitable for ages 16+

Emil Nolde: Colour is Life runs in the National Gallery of Ireland until the 10th of June 2018.

Admission: Free



Sully (2016) - Free Bealtaine Festival Screening Navan

Friday,18 May, 3pm – 5pm

On January 15, 2009, just moments after takeoff, US Airways Flight 1549 made a forced water landing in New York City’s icy cold Hudson River. The poise and skill of Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger ensured the safety of all 155 passengers and crew. Shortly after, investigators used computer simulations to charge Sullenberger and his co-pilot with having put the passengers and the plane needlessly at risk. Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which uniquely celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. The festival is run by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that promotes active and engaged living as we get older.  Age & Opportunity’s mission is to inspire and empower older people to live healthy and fulfilling lives and to influence policy to ensure the active participation of older people in ways that benefit our communities and wider society. Their arts and culture programme aims to ensure meaningful engagement for all older people in socio-cultural life in Ireland, and to influence policy and practice at local and international levels. The Bealtaine festival of the arts and creativity for older people is at the centre of Age & Opportunity’s arts and culture programme.

Admission: Free



Lough Boora Discovery Park
Experience all that Lough Boora Discovery Park has to offer outdoor enthusiasts, keen botanists, nature lovers, and arts and culture fans. With walking routes, cycling and bike hire, fairy trails, Angling, Bird Watching and the famous Sculpture Park.  Where art meets nature – Lough Boora is home to some of the most innovative land and environmental sculptures in Ireland. The artists, inspired by the rich natural and industrial legacy of the bog lands, have created a series of large-scale sculptures that are now part of the park’s permanent collection. As a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts interested in its unique flora and wildlife, the Sculpture Park’s route is enhanced by 24 innovative works of art that dramatically change the landscape with varying contrast depending on the weather, throughout the seasons and over time. Industrial materials of the bog, such as locomotives, rail line, timber and stone have been developed into magnificent sculptures. Over time, the effects of nature have altered the sculptures in colour and developed wonderful colonies of plant growth, enabling them to become part of the landscape once again.

Admission: Free (depending on activity)



Mullingar History Tour

Sunday, 20 May, 3pm

Ruth Illingworth Local Historian and Tour Guide will bring people on one of the most successful tours of Mullingar. Spanning over 7000 years of the Town history. Starting at 3 pm Sunday and the Bank Holiday Monday from the Market Square Mullingar Co. Westmeath

Admission: €5 (Adults) Free (Children)



JFK Arboretum: free entry

Saturday, 19 May – 27 May, 10am – 8pm

In addition to a selection fantastic events for all the family there is free entry to the JFK Arboretum during the Bealtaine Living Earth Festival from 19 to 27 May, 10:00 to 20:00 daily. Please note last admission is 45 min before closing time.

Admission: Free



Action Arts

Wednesday, 16 May - Saturday, 19 May

Action Arts  are proud to present a wonderfully entertaining variety show for all the family. This year’s production includes extracts from Snow White, The cat in the hat, Seussical, and Bugsy Malone as well as modern and hip hop routines along with songs from popular musicals. We hope you will enjoy watching these talented students aged 4 -12 years from Bray, Greystones, Wicklow Town and surrounding areas. 

Admission: €16 (Adults) €13(Children)



Fleadh Nua

Sunday, 20 May – Monday, 28 May

2018 Fleadh Nua in Ennis promises to be an exciting and innovative festival, full to the brim with Concerts, Ceilis, Sessions, CD Launches, Recitals, Irish Dance competitions and Street Entertainment. Since 1974 Fleadh Nua has developed from a 3 day event to a festival spanning 8 days, with more than 120 separate events, where there is a welcome for everyone.

Admission: Free


HomeBirds Music Festival

Friday, 18 May – Sunday, 20 May, at various Youghal venues.

The HomeBirds Music Festival is a brand new festival that will take place in the seaside town of Youghal in East Cork this May. Over 40 musical acts will be performing in 15 venues around the town across the weekend in total, with the programme encompassing a wide variety of musical genres from traditional Irish music sessions to the rock, and even a bit of choral music.
In what will be a celebration of local musical talent, the event will showcase not only East Cork’s and West Waterford’s fantastic musical traditions, as well as the beautiful town of Youghal itself, from its Blue Flag beaches to its historical buildings.While bars all around Youghal will host gigs as a part of the festival's music trail, St Mary’s Collegiate Church will be perhaps the most spectacular venue, and will play host to a unique concert each evening featuring the likes of The Bravehearts Choir, Roy Buckley, and Caroline Fraher. All in all, it’s an excellent way to kick off the summer

Admission: €0 - €15



National Drawing Day – Doodle a New Museum

Saturday, 19 May

Kerry County Museum would like to invite all our visitors to Doodle a New Museum as part of National Drawing Day. Simply grab a clipboard at Reception and start doodling your favourite object, exhibition or even an object or exhibition you would like to see in your Museum. Enter our doodle competition and you could win a 1-2-3 Tralee Family ticket. National Drawing Day is for everyone and takes place in Galleries, Libraries and Cultural Centres across Ireland.

Admission: Free



Exhibition: Sybil Connolly

Thursday, 19 April – Thursday, 31 May

Sybil Connolly is renowned for designing haute couture garments that promoted the use of Irish textiles & was one of the first pioneering designers to gain international prestige in America. The Hunt Museum has chosen some of its collection of Sybil Connolly clothes, sketchbooks, swatches, glass & ceramics to explore the trailblazing design career of Sybil Connolly. Her fame outside of Ireland is shown in the magazines of Vogue & Harper’s Bazaar & her entrepreneurial spirit was ground-breaking for the period. Sybil Connolly was a Dublin based fashion designer, renowned for creating haute couture from Irish textiles. She used materials such as finely pleated handkerchief linen, delicate Carrickmacross lace and durable Irish tweed to create designs inspired by Irish people, traditions & culture. Dubbed by the media as “Dublin’s Dior”, Sybil Connolly was a pioneering designer & one of the first Irish fashion designers to have international success. She surprised and delighted the international fashion world with her creations, & worked with stores such as Tiffany & Co, Bloomingdales & Lord & Taylor, in New York. Famous clients included Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Adele Astaire & Mrs. Gregory Peck. Later in her career, she reinvented herself, turning her attention to interior & garden design, creating wallpapers, fabrics, glass & ceramics for companies such as Tipperary Crystal.

Admission: Free



Protest! Memories of 1968 | Group Exhibition at South Tipperary Arts Centre, Clonmel

3 May – 16 June, 10am – 5pm

In 1968 there seemed a belief that change was possible, that power could be made to answer to conscience, that mind, heart and body could somehow achieve a harmony that would infuse and transform societies at every level from politics to the arts: Paris, Chicago, Cuba, Berlin, Kennedy and King, rock and roll, icons of possibility through events that shocked systems, dismissed as noisy, incoherent, dangerous, treacherous, young.

Admission: Free



Offsketch Waterford

Saturday, 19 May, 2:30pm - 5:30pm

A free Sketching Tour of Waterford City on National Drawing Day as part of Waterford Architecture Festival! Meet in Garter Lane Arts Centre at 2.30pm and collect your free OFFSKETCH pack with drawing pad, pencil and sketching route map. Participants are welcome to bring additional drawing materials. All ages and drawing abilities welcome- children must be accompanied by an adult. This event is in association with Bealtaine Festival, Waterford Festival of Architecture and National Drawing Day. This event is FREE but booking in advance is essential as places are limited.

Admission: Free



Gospel Rising Festival Concert

Friday, 18 May, 8pm

The Gospel Rising Music Festival presents their main festival concert as part of their gospel choir music festival weekend in Galway.

The festival concert showcases some of Ireland’s brightest and best Gospel Choirs, who guarantee you to be dancing in the aisles to contemporary hits and traditional favourites.

If Sister Act, Glee or Joyful Noise are your thing, you’re in for a great night’s entertainment!

Admission:€15 / €12



National Drawing Day

Saturday, 19 May, 11am -1pm

National Drawing Day is an opportunity for families and individuals to draw together in an interactive drawing day. The Dock will have three different workshops to let you discover, explore and experiment with materials and techniques. The workshops are free and led by artists Jessica Kelly, Melissa Doran and Wayne O Connor.

National Drawing Day is a nationwide initiative which is coordinated by the National Gallery of Ireland. 

Admission: Free



Frederic William Burton and The West of Ireland

Sunday, 20 May

This talk on the career of Frederic William Burton will examine Burton’s affection for the people and landscape of the West of Ireland and how they inspired his subjects and early portrait miniatures.  A leading water-colourist, Frederic William Burton is known for his artistic excellence. Although he is widely regarded as one of the most significant Irish cultural figures of the 19th Century, Burton’s contributions as an artist and museum director remain undervalued. Hear art and cultural historian Marie Bourke discuss this, as well as the outstanding intellectual power of this artist, at Frederic William Burton and The West of Ireland in the National Museum of Ireland’s Country Life building

Admission: Free



Star Chasers

Friday, 18 May, 10am

A modern-day adventure, Star Chasers sees Billy and Dad heading north with just a tent and a box full of Mam’s memories. On the way they pitch their tent, conjure Mam’s stories and quarrel as they seek journey’s end and a new beginning.

Star Chasers is a rich exploration of the relationship between a parent and child and their attempts to come to terms with the shared loss in their lives. One teacher remarked after the play that it is “a beautiful way to deal with a difficult subject.” Star Chasers is described as a tapestry of music, movement and magical imagery. Some of the images came from Kilkenny schools who were invited to contribute paintings and drawings of three stories that feature in the play. A wonderful array of visual art from St Canice’s Mixed NS and CBS Primary School was sent to set designer Andrew Clancy, who used a selection in video projections as part of the set design.

For children aged 4+  Writer Scott Young says that “Ultimately Star Chasers is a play about family. It does not shy away from the challenges of encountering change and loss, but it really focuses on finding and celebrating what it means to be family.”




Home – A Film Poem

Thursday, 10 May- 31 May, 10.30am – 3.30pm

May In the first Bealtaine commission of its kind, Home is a collaborative project by poet Enda Wyley & visual artist Anita Groener working with Dun Laoghaire Active Retirement Group. Employing immersive imagery interwoven with text, this film poem interprets tales of home and belonging rooted in the conversations and generous sharing from the community collaborators. The film will be premiered as part of Strokestown Poetry Festival in May 2018 and will be toured to venues nationwide throughout the month. Home is a Bealtaine Festival Commission supported by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. See web site for more details on exhibition times.

Admission: Free



Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Saturday, 19 May, 14.30 and 16.30

Goldilocks and the Three bears and Ruff the dog! perform live on stage, right before their eyes in this exciting and fun filled musical production. The popular tale takes a few twists and turn along the way with other new puppet characters and hopefully a happy ever after. Kids will learn that music can be found everywhere as they sing and dance to all their favorite songs.

Throughout the show there are interactive moments that children and parents alike can enjoy. Watch your kids take part in action songs like the “Heads shoulders knees and toes” “If you happy and you know it” and Twinkle Twinkle Little star as well as many other all-time children’s favorites.

With different adventures from every character, the show will have parents and children alike laughing playing and singing. Featuring fantastic costumes, an amazing stage set and colorful lighting, it will be an experience for all the family to remember and cherish.

Admission: €10 (single) €35 (family of four)



Cavan Burren Park

Cavan Burren Park opened to the public in May 2014. But the site itself goes back a little longer...probably around 340 million years to the Carboniferous period when this whole area was covered in a shallow tropical sea. But you can read all about that in our Geology & Archaeologysection.

Back to the park... today you can experience a wonderful interpretative centre and five amazing walking trails around Cavan Burren Park, all highlighting the spectacular prehistoric tombs, fantastic geology and special stories that make this such a unique environment.

Carefully placed interpretation throughout this site explains all the features as you take in the 360° views. Stories of Giants and moving glaciers come to life with every step you take in this breathtaking prehistoric park.

Admission: Free



Free Walking Tours of Carrickmacross

Saturday, 19 May, 12:00 – 13:30

Location: Carrickmacross Courthouse (Meeting Point)

These walks will take place every Saturday morning from May 5 to September 29, departing from the Courthouse at 11am.

The walk takes approximately 90 minutes.
Everyone welcome and no booking is required.

Admission: Free



Sean Keane in Concert

Friday, 18 May, 8pm

Sean from County Galway, is described as the ‘greatest musical finds of the 90’s’ by ‘The London Independent’. Traditional Irish, folk and even country and blues songs all lend themselves to his unique style and unforgettable voice. He will be performing songs from his new album ‘New Day Dawning’ including ‘One More Hour’, ‘Isle Of Hope Isle Of Tears’, ‘From Galway To Graceland’, ‘Home Away From Home’ and many more. His 3 CD collection continues to prove very popular with all his fans. Sean will be joined by Fergus Feely and Pat Coyne for a night of great music.  

Admission: €20



Boorin Nature Reserve

All year round, the characteristic small, pointed hills of Boorin were formed at the end of the last Ice Age. The small, pointed hills which are synonymous with Boorin Nature Reserve were formed when the melting ice sheets of the last Ice Age left behind huge amounts of sand and gravel. These hills are now covered in heather and are surrounded by peat bog. The small loughs found here are deep and are known as kettle-hole lakes.

Admission: Free



Riverwatch Visitor Centre & Aquarium, Londonderry/Derry

Opens Monday - Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Watch the fish swim about the tanks and learn about our local wildlife.

We have lobster, crabs, starfish. coalfish, blenney's and lots of other marine and freshwater fish and shellfish. We are continually changing our livestock so it's always worth another trip. There are free activity packs to keep the kids entertained and all indoors, it’s a great wet weather option too!

Riverwatch runs a range of educational programs from key stage 1 upwards.

Admission: Free



Island Walkers

Friday, May 18, at 10am

We are delighted that the first outing of our new walking group, Island Walkers, is part of Mid & East Antrim Council’s May Walks.
Walk Details: The Gobbins Café to Ballycarry Railway Halt - Friday 18 May at 10am. Walkers should meet at The Gobbins CafeA gentle, 2 mile walk from The Gobbins Café at The Gobbins Visitor Centre on Middle Road, along Reid's Road and over the causeway at Lough Road with a chance to admire the scenery and local wildlife on the way towards Ballycarry Train Halt, returning by the reverse route. A new walking group for the Islandmagee area, why not come along to this perfect introductory walk. Make sure you wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather.

Admission: Free



Latin American Dance

Friday, 4 May – Saturday, 26 May 

County Down artist Rosaleen Sanderson (N.D.D. & Post Grad Dip.) has exhibited widely and her work is in public and private collections in Ireland, the UK and internationally. At the opening, she will give a short talk about her work which will be introduced by Walter Love. “Some of the works in this exhibition are in oils, but for most I have used grey and black pastels. The immediate technique of pastel helps recreate the dynamic movements of the dancers. 

Admission: Free


Family Fever by Sam Cree

Saturday, May 19, 8pm

For the Galbraith family, Christmas is quickly approaching and Alec Galbraith is finding the stress that comes with the season more heightened than usual. The birth of his first grandchild is fast approaching and he has to evacuate a mouse before it arrives; his rather naive and innocent neighbor and buddy, Willie, is requiring assistance in the purchase of a special ‘negligent’ for his wife’s Christmas present; and, as if that isn’t enough his own wife, Sadie is putting pressure on him to finish the decorations and have the house sitting perfectly before the arrival of Myra’s stuffy in-laws and a visit from cousin Maud, who still burns a candle for Alec. All this provides for mayhem and hilarious comedy in one of Sam Cree’s gems, brought to you by Stagehands, one of Northern Ireland’s leading amateur Dramatic Societies. Book your tickets for evening you won’t want to miss - only 31 weeks to Christmas - have you started preparing yet?

Presented by one of Northern Ireland's leading amateur theatre groups.

Admission: £11.00/ £9.00 (concession)

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