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Cheap & Free stuff to do this weekend 1st to 3rd July


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We know that you're money smart, that's why you're with Energia, so we figured you'd like to see what cheap and free things are on around the country this weekend. 

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Teddy Bear Picnic   
Hop on board the Rathwood Express with the 3 Bears & your new Teddy Bear.  The Rathwood Express will take you down to the woodland to feed the Geese. After the Train journey the children will enjoy a picnic with their new friends.  The picnic will include Drink, Cookie & Fruit all supplied on the day.               
Rathwood, Rath,Tullow,Carlow                
1 - 3 July  

Ireland: A Survivor's Guide    
High Rock Productions have thoroughly researched what you need in order to survive in Ireland and they’ve even made a comedy show about it.  They’ll be arming you with a guide to Gaelic games, chatting up Irish girls, how to understand Irish directions (very important when you’re lost, you see) and most entertainingly of all, a history of Ireland in seven minutes.
The International Bar, Dublin 
July to 31 Dec            
€ 8             

Happenings Yoga   
Enjoy relaxing yoga sessions courtesy of event pioneers Happenings every Saturday morning for just €5.         
Dartmouth Square, Dublin      
July to 31 Dec            
The €5 admission price also goes towards maintaining the picturesque square, so it’s a good deed for you and for nature.
Dublin Roller Derby v Whipping Hinnies                 
Roller Derby is a whole lotta activity...on skates.  A complicated, cultish game on wheels, Roller Derby is popular among cool girls who don’t mind a bruise in the eternal search for a derby win.     
Tymon Park, Tallaght, Dublin  
2 July
Finglas Festival        
Lots of fun activities for all the family!   
Finglas Village, Dublin                
1 - 3 July  

The Battle of the Somme – Film Screening             
The St. Patrick’s Cathedral invites to a special screening commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Shot and screened in 1916, “The Battle of the Somme” was the first feature length documentary about war.   In the first three months of its release the film was seen by around 20 million people in Britain and Ireland, informing and challenging the public with its images of warfare and changing the way film was perceived.                   
St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8                   
FREE - Doors open at 19.00 and the screening will begin at 19.30.  Admission is free, but booking is required    

Inspirefest FAMILY FRINGE    
Inspirefest Family Fringe brings together the leading Irish STEAM community groups: CoderDojo, Girls Hack Ireland, GameCraft, TOG, Hardie Kids, Coding Grace, TCD Walton Club, Physics Buskers, CONNECT and Dublin Maker who will be offering a whole range of activities.  From coding and hardware hacking workshops to interactive exhibitions and games, there will be an abundance of activities for small kids (7+) and big kids too!        
Merrion Square Park                 

Absolutely Fabulous 90s         
Absolutely Fabulous hits the cinemas on July 1st and La Fête are holding a party in its honor. Dress like it’s fashion week. Think Chanel, Dior, Lagerfeld, Givenchy, Gaultier, jackets made of the tails of endangered purple tailed Lemurs or whatever is a la mode. Dance to fabulous fashion tracks from the 90's, exquisitely selected by DJ du jour Jean Paul Gaultier (DJ Shrem-SHREM'S CAROUSEL OF ÜBER NERDINESS ).            
Wigwam, 54 Middle Abbey St, 1, Ireland                  
There will be a €2 door tax (going to a fabulous charity)         

Arts & Crafts Fair    
This Arts & Crafts Fair in St.Peter's Church, set in Donadea Forest Park, is well worth a visit.  Lots of interesting handmade, unique, local craft items on offer and an opportunity to explore this beautiful historic building.  A perfect outing for all the family. Funds raised will go towards restoration work to maintain this lovely building. 
St. Peter's Church, Donadea Forest Park, Donadea, Naas, Co. Kildare                        
2 - 3 July  

Kilkenny  Soccer & Sounds     
Day long celebration of local music and soccer talent in the wide open spaces of the Fairgreen.  Plenty of food, party games and entertainment to ensure that you don’t have to go home.  Selection of special guests and music acts to satisfy every taste. The only complaint last year was it finished too soon.  Raising vital funds for Callan United AFC and Mount Carmel Nursing Home.         
Fairgreen, Callan, Kilkenny      

Festival of the Mountain        
Lots of fun activities for all the family including Queen and King of the Mountain, Bonny Babies, Glamorous Granny's, Wheel of Fortune, Dog Show, Children's Races, Tug of War, Megabounce, Sheep Shearing, Primary school art competition and much more.      
Rosenallis Co. Laois
Adults €5 Children FREE            

Wexford Irish American Fest 2016         
A weekend of Irish American Celebration with Events in New Ross, Co Wexford, Ireland from Friday 1st July to Monday 4th July. An action packed programme of events for all the family in New Ross for Ireland's official July 4 celebrations. This is the fifth year the town has celebrated the U.S. holiday in style.
New Ross, Wexford                   
1 - 4 July  
Various FREE events                  

Wicklow  One Horse Pony      
One Horse Pony combine superb musicianship, five-piece harmonies and fire 'n' brimstone lyrics with an uncompromising drive to deliver their signature form of the Blues.  
Harbour Bar, 1 Strand Road, Bray, Co. Wicklow      

SeaFest 2016 Maritime Festival               
SeaFest is a key part of Harnessing our Ocean Wealth: An Integrated Marine plan for Ireland (HOOW) and its goal of increasing participation and engagement with the sea.  As a showcase of Ireland’s abundant maritime resources SeaFest not only serves to raise awareness of the value and opportunities provided by the sea but also acts as a celebration of Ireland’s proud maritime heritage.  SeaFest 2016 runs from June 30th to July 3rd, incorporating a series of marine-related business and research events, the Annual Our Ocean Wealth Conference, as well as a maritime festival running over the weekend.                   
Galway Harbour      
2 - 3 July  

Galway Garden Festival          
Nursery suppliers from across Ireland will share a wealth of planting experience with all who browse the plant stalls’ extensive range of plants, trees, seeds, and shrubs. Garden equipment, from hoes to glasshouses to woven willow baskets, will be available.      
Claregalway Castle, Galway    
2 - 3 July  
€ 10           

Traidphicnic is a weekend event with concerts by traditional music artists along with art and cultural workshops with the backdrop of the beautiful Connemara landscape. Indulge in delicious local cuisine or just sit back and soak up the wonderful music. Traidphicnic has something for everyone and is very much a family event.
Based near to Ceardlann, Spiddal Craft and Design Studios, you can explore the shops, sneek a peek at the crafters at work, and nip to the beach or into the seaside village of An Spidéál and make your own discoveries.                                
1 - 3 July                      

Achill Heritage Centre             
Achill Heritage Centre can transport you into the early 1800’s. Learn how the bogland of Achill was turned to arable land to sustain life on a hostile barren island that once was dense with trees and where Eagles soared. See how it was transformed over the past 200 years. How outside influence slowly changed the way people lived and farmed.    
Bunnacurry, Achill, Mayo         

Feile na Mara           
Feile na Mara is a summer long festival of food, culture, entertainment and adventure and a celebration of all that Achill Island and the surrounding sea has to offer.          
Achill Island, Mayo
2 July - 28 August    
Various FREE events                  

Burren Art & Craft Fair             
Burren Art & Craft is a collective of Craft workers, Photographers & Artists all based and working in the Burren region of North Clare, Ireland.                  
Ballyvaughan Village Hall, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare.                   
Every Sunday            

Féile Brian Ború      
Féile Brian Ború is an annual festival commemorating Ireland's Greatest High King, Brian Ború, in his native place. Experience a variety of fun activities including historical guided tours on lake and land; a stunning fireworks display over the River Shannon; traditional craft experience & workshops; traditional street games; a garden party; events for the animal lover; children's art competition; art exhibitions & displays; street theatre; live music; table quiz; farmers' market; Shannon swim and water sports and much more!                  
Various venues in Killaloe, Co. Clare & Ballina, Co. Tipperary
1 - 3 July  
Various FREE events                  

Family Fun Day at Limerick Racecourse
7 National Hunt races on the card with the first going to post at 2:30pm approx.                  
Limerick Racecourse, Greenmount Park, Patrickswell             
Cost: Children under 16 are Free / Adult General admission €15 / Special Packages available - Book Online 2 adult admissions only €20 when you book online             

Rathfredagh Cheshire Garden Fete                            
Rathfredagh Cheshire Centre, Newcastle West, Co Limerick            

Thurles Sports Fest
Thurles Sports Fest is a 9 day festival taking place in Thurles, Co. Tipperary. This year the festival will include a variety of sports, music and culture. Sports include Weightlifting, polocrosse and GAA free styling.  There will also be a craft beer festival and the Garth Brooks Experience will play on the final night of the festival.              
Various Venues in Thurles, Co. Tipperary                 
1 - 9 July   Various FREE events                       
Toy Square & Grow Waterfall                   
Giant toys and games for young and old to enjoy will be located on this beautiful square every weekend of Summerval. Challenge yourselves to a game of chess with the giant chess pieces or a game of Jenga.  
Cathedral Square, Waterford                    
1 - 2 July  

The Promenade Festival         
The award-winning ’Promenade Festival’ returns to Tramore, Co Waterford, this 1-3 July. Capturing the true essence of classic seaside fun, the Promenade Festival has grown into one of the biggest seaside family festivals in Ireland.
Tramore Promenade, Waterford             
€3 Per person for the entire weekend! Family of four €10; and children under 2 go FREE! 

Summerval Express Train        
Hop on board our Summerval Express Train and take a tour around our beautiful city! Sit back, relax and enjoy the sites and sounds the city has to offer as well as our many Summerval events around the city.  Pick up and drop off are located at The Cancer Society Shop on The Quay.  
The Cancer Society Shop on The Quay, Waterford                   
Adult €8 & Child €5.
Family package available: €20 (2 Adults & 2 Children) €25 (2 Adults & 4 Children).

The Busker Corner
Calling all buskers! If you or your band would like to take the stage in the heart of the city then look no further than our Buskers Corner. The stage is open to all buskers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday to come along and avail of the stage for 1 hour. A great way to view some of the local talent that Waterford has to offer!                 
John Roberts Square, Barronstrand Street, Waterford           
Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday              
Epic Tour - Viking Triangle      
This guided tour, includes access to six national monuments and is a wonderful way for visitors to get an overview of Irish history as well as the historic and archaeological treasures of the Viking Triangle. The visit includes Reginald’ s Tower, Greyfriars Medieval Franciscan friary, Choristers’ Hall, the Mayor’s Wine Vault, the Bishop’s Palace and if there is not a church service in progress then Christ Church Cathedral is also included. It’s a fun engaging tour and includes many props to engage and entertain with numerous photo opportunities along the way. Where else would you experience an overview of Irish history in an hour!       
Bishops Palace, Waterford      
Everyday at 12, 2 & 4PM          
Adults €7 (Children under 14 free with a fee paying adult).  

Belfast Hills Partnership Heritage Festival 2016   
The Belfast Hills Partnership is running an exciting Heritage Festival from 2nd - 10th July. Come along to any of the events to celebrate the Belfast Hills’ history, wildlife and heritage. We have a variety of events to suit all interests: walks, talks, bus trips, family fun, dancing, conservation and more.                  
Various Locations    
2 - 10 July                    
Heritage Bus Tour £10
Big Challenge Walk £5    

Belfast Hills Partnership Heritage Festival 2016   
The Belfast Hills Partnership is running an exciting Heritage Festival from 2nd - 10th July. Come along to any of the events to celebrate the Belfast Hills’ history, wildlife and heritage. We have a variety of events to suit all interests: walks, talks, bus trips, family fun, dancing, conservation and more.                  
Various Locations    
2 - 10 July                    
Heritage Bus Tour £10
Big Challenge Walk £5               
Kids FREE Golf Taster Day at Down Royal Park Golf Course  
Get your kids into golf at Down Royal Park Golf Course!  Kid's Free Golf Taster Day on Saturday 2nd July 2016 from 2pm - 4pm.         
Down Royal Park Golf Course - 6 Dunygarton Road, Lisburn, BT27 5RT

Pirates off Portrush                   
On Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd July, the streets of Portrush will be transformed into a wonderland where Pirates, Vikings, Medieval Knights and Jacobean Soldiers will welcome and entertain children of all ages.   
Portrush, Co Antrim                   
2 - 3 July  
Donegal Town Summer Festival              
Donegal Town Summer Festival 2016, the Diamond Donegal Town, Fri 1st - Sun 3rd July. Nathan Carter headlines @ 6pm Sun 3rd Adm €5. Great weekend guaranteed!       
Donegal Town          
1 - 3 July
€ 5             

Fort Dunree Military Museum                  
A visit to Fort Dunree will include a video film presentation in the audio-visual theatre, access to museum displays which fully demonstrate life at Fort Dunree, showing its vital role in coastal defence, neutrality protection and a range of coastal artillery.  
Dunree, Linsfort, Buncrana, Donegal      
Adult €7 Kids €5 Seniors €5 Group of 10 €3 each    

Hillsborough Farmers Market                   
The new farmers market will bring the very best local, seasonal and artisan food to Hillsborough’s doorstep. Over 30 food producers will take up the roll of championing local food in Hillsborough Courthouse on Saturday 2nd July.     
Hillsborough, Co Down             

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