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Clever Map of cheap and free stuff to do this weekend 20th-21st May


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Battle for the Bay            
Join us for one the of the biggest Watersport & Beach festival in the world! Only 15 min away from Dublin City Centre, Dollymount Beach is THE place to be to have Fun on the sand! Watersports, Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Beach Volley, Land Yachting, Live Music Stages, Fun for the Kids, Food Village, Beach Market, Biodiversity Village, FlyeFit Fitness Village, and so much more...
Dollymount Beach, Clontarf, Dublin        
19-21st May      

Africa Day Dublin             
The event will see three stages of live music featuring well-known African and Irish musicians; children’s entertainment; traditional African drumming and dance workshops; African arts and crafts and much more. Have a look at the event listings below for detailed information and timings of performances and other activities              
Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin      
21st May             
Jac Leirner Exhibition
Considered one of Brazil’s most important contemporary artists, this solo exhibition from Jac Leirner comprises of exciting recent and new work made in response to the architecture of IMMA. Leirner works across disciplines including sculpture, painting, installation and works on paper.            
Courtyard Galleries, East Ground, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8    
14th February- 5th June               
Docklands Summer Festival        
An exciting outdoor, high energy, positive lifestyle event for all the family the Festival showcases Dublin’s regenerated Docklands. Utilising the unique urban setting of Grand Canal Dock the 2017. Good clean fun for all the family.    
Grand Canal Dock, Dublin            
20th & 21st May              
Kildare GAA Field Day  
There will be activities for all the family to enjoy from 1 O'clock: hook-a-duck, penalty shoot out, bouncy castles, golf skills, spin the wheel, hurling shoot out, sponge throwing, kids carousel, washing line game, hang tough eliminator, hot food and a cake stall.
We hope to see you all there!   
Sallins Gaa Pitch, Naas, Kildare  
21st May             
National Drawing Day    
Experience National Craft Gallery and experience lots of FREE creative family fun and artistry this National Drawing Day. Drop-in and get involved in the various workshops that will be happening throughout the day! 
National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny       
20th May            
National Leprechaun Hunt          
The Sliabh Foy Mountains will be heaving with the final dastardly leprechauns this May, and you need to come to Carlingford to be in with the chance of nabbing one. The top prize will be €500, which is a veritable pot of gold in itself. Altogether, there will be prizes worth €2000 up to be won, so you'd better put on your best optics and get searching for those little magical mites.            
Slieve Foye Mountain, Carlingford, Louth
21st May
Tickets - €6
Bambury Exhibition        
Featuring a collection of exquisite black & white photographs of the Dark Hedges, Ballintoy Harbour,  Killarney National Park, Lough Tay and the breath-taking Skellig Michael, this a must see for lovers of dramatic Irish landscape.      
The Gaslamp Galley, 46 Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co Wexford
13-31st May      
Copper Coast under the microscope      
Drop into the Geopark Visitor Centre and learn about how, why and where we look at rocks and minerals under the microscope. Have a look yourself and explore the unique exhibition in the Geopark Visitor Centre with geologist Robbie Galvin. 
Copper Coast Geopark, Knockmahon, Waterford            
20th May            
The Band of the 2nd Brigade Performance          
The band is regarded as being an integral part of the cultural life of the town and performs at numerous events within the local community such as schools, festivals, public recitals and charity events.      
Athlone Castle, Castle St, Athlone, Co. Westmeath
21st May             
Park Plant Fair  
Strokestown Park and The Irish Heritage Trust are proud to announce the inaugural Strokestown Park Plant Fair 2016. Plant sellers will be exhibiting in the sheltered and historic courtyard alongside stands from Irish Seed Savers and Crann – Trees for Ireland.        
Strokestown Park, Roscommon"
22nd May           
€ 5         
Galway Early Music Festival        
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 recognised 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.        Various locations around Galway             
19-21st May      
Various events are free               
Biodiversity week at Ballycroy National Park       
National Biodiversity Week is all about connecting people with nature. It’s about communicating the importance of biodiversity and motivating people to play their part in protecting it. It’s also about entertaining them; showing the fun and wonder that can be found in nature; and inspiring people to learn more, see more, do more.
Ballycroy Visitor Centre, Ballycroy Village, Wesport, Mayo           
19-28th May      
Tulla Traditional Music Festival  
Weekend of Music, Song, Dance, Gaeilge, Concerts, Ceílí’s, Workshops, C.D. Launches.
Fiddle Competitions including Young Fiddler of East Clare Competition.
Tulla Comhaltas Cultural Centre, Clare   
19-21st May      
Most events are free    
A Food and Drinks Literacy Festival at Ballymaloe is a weekend filled with fascinating facts, inspirational stories, intriguing discussions, incredible knowledge, fantastic music, fabulous dancing and of course, delicious food and drinks.   
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Shanagarry, Co. Cork            
19-21st May      
Many events are free   
A timed and measured 5k run which takes place at Muckross house every Saturday morning at 9.30am. Best of all it is a free event open to all, both adults and children. It is a social event which attracts everyone from the fastest runners to beginners and to those just looking for an excuse to walk 5k in the wonderful National Park. The only requirement is to register at and bring the barcode with you on the morning you wish to take part.         
Muckross House, Gardens & Traditional Farms, The National Park, Killarney, Co Kerry    
20th May            
Green Ribbon Walk        
The Green Ribbon walk is in aid of promoting positive mental health. The walk starts at 10am in the Bike Trail in Ardpatrick. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Promoting positive mental health in our communities.
Bike Trail Centre, Ardpatrick, Co. Limerick
21st May             
Music in the Parks          
Come along and enjoy performances in Belfast Parks. A great day out for all the family.
Various locations around Belfast              
21st May  - 17th Sep      
National Drawing Day
Great day out for all the family!
The Square, Enniskerry Village, Co. Wicklow
19-21st May

Ulster Herstory Salon    
You are invited to join us for an evening of song, poetry, and women’s stories and histories. We will celebrate women’s contributions to culture, the arts and public life in the past and in the present.
The Town Hall, Portrush               
20th May            
Captured Landscapes Exhibition               
A collection of landscape photographs, mostly captured in Co. Armagh but stretching all over Ireland from Malin Head to Mizen Head. Patrick Hughes photographic exhibition showcases unique and unseen before compositions, creating new perspective on our surroundings and the beauty that is around us all the time. 
The Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre              
24th March - 20th May 
Cavan Farmers Market 
Stalls at the market offer a range of organic meat, fruit and vegetables as well as home-baking, cheese and fresh fish. Visitors and locals are invited to browse, buy and soak up the market atmosphere.         
McCarren's, Farnham Road, Cavan Town             
Every Saturday 
Letterkenny Artisan Market
Quality local produce, hand crafts, art, food, live music. A place for producers to showcase their products and for the people to enjoy a great day out               
Unit 1, Carrygally Business Park (Old Quarry), Lismonaghan, Letterkenny
20th May            
Miniature Train Rides    
It is a miniature railway operating steam, petrol hydraulic, diesel hydraulic and electric locomotives. The line is the longest 71/4” gauge railway in Ireland. The layout allows a variety of routes. An interesting journey of approx 15 minutes is provided. It's a great adventure.              
Drumawhey Junction Railway, Four Road Ends, 62 Upper Gransha Road, Donaghadee, Down     
21st May             
£2.50 - Adult, £3- Child                     
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