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The Clever Map of Free & Cheap things to do on 5th - 6th May

1. Dublin 

a) Woolapalooza Festival
Airfield Estates, Dublin, Sunday 6th - Monday 7th May
Airfield Estate's Woolapalooza Festival returns to Dundrum this May 6th & 7th! Tickets will be available on the gate and are €10 per adult and €5 per child and under 3 go free! This year’s festival will be filled with family activities to keep everyone entertained including sheepdog trials with Denis Birchall (Ireland’s One Man & His Dog Champion), barber Rodney and his super sheep shears, live music and dancing at the Woolapalooza Céilí, drop-in craft sessions for kids and adults, butchery and bakery demonstrations, fire & Grill BBQ all day with Robin Gill and Luke Matthews, heritage house tours & storytelling, giant knitting bee, yarn bombing, craft stalls, brunch in Overends Kitchen, and vintage farm machinery display & so much more! Woolapalooza Farm Festival 2018 is a fantastic Bank Holiday must do!
Free admission for Airfield Estate members 
Admission: €10( Adults), €5 (Child) Free ( Under 3yr.)

b) Bealtaine @ Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Temple Bar Gallery & Studios, Dublin, Friday 4th May, 1pm-2pm
Temple Bar Gallery + Studios was founded by artists in 1983 and was borne out of a need for studio spaces for artists at that time - not unlike our current situation. This talk will see founding members, artists Joe Hanly and Robert Armstrong, and Curator Jenny Haughton reflect on their experiences in setting up the organisation, its contribution to Temple Bar and its developments over the last 35 years. A Temple Bar Gallery + Studios event for Bealtaine @ Temple Bar, organised in partnership with Age & Opportunity as part of the nationwide Bealtaine festival – celebrating the arts and creativity as we age.
Admission: Free

c) Top 8 Street Dance Battle
Meeting House Square, Dublin, Sunday 6th May, 7pm-10pm
After a storming, sold-out show at last year’s Dublin Dance Festival, the Top 8 Street Dance Battle is back. This hugely popular event, fuelled with energy, passion and attitude, will showcase the best of Irish and international street dancers as they battle it out in Meeting House Square. This celebration of street dance culture will also feature special performances by the high-profile competition judges and guest turntable and beatbox artists, with live painting by Irish graffiti artists adding to the fun and vibrant atmosphere. Contestants in the Street Dance Battle will show off their talents in Breaking, Hip-Hop and Krump, having earned their place at qualifying heats earlier in the day. This outdoor spectacle promises to be an exhilarating experience for the whole family.
Admission: €12

d) Bealtaine Dawn Chorus Premiere
Capel Street, Dublin, Sunday 6th May, 6am-6.30am
To support and celebrate the many Dawn Chorus events nationwide which take place every year, Age & Opportunity is delighted to join with the Association of Irish Choirs to commission a new work for 2018. Tom Lane, composer and performer, is the recipient of this first Dawn Chorus commission and the premiere of his new work will take place in an outdoor Dawn Chorus event as part of [email protected] Bar in a fun filled programme of music with The Line-Up Choir and conductor Roísín Savage. Tom Lane is a composer based in Dublin. He has been nominated for an Irish Times Theatre Award on five occasions, most recently for his 2017 opera Front of House. His previous compositions have been commissioned by the Abbey Theatre, Shakespeare's Globe and Pipeworks Organ Festival.
Admission: Free

e) A Life of play - Outdoor Public Event Bar, Dublin, Sunday 6th May, 2pm-3.30pm
Grandchildren, bring your Grandparents! Come and take part in 'A Life of Play' where everyone can create, anyone can dance and all can play. Use your body, move to music, dress up and explore in a playground of the imagination - a place of mischievous, magical invention where fun feels right at home. A Life of Play is a creative dance and play project for children aged 5-10 and their older family members aged 50+. No dance experience necessary. Commissioned by Bealtaine in partnership with Dublin Dance Festival. A Coscéim Broadreach project.
Admission: Free

2. Carlow
Gaolhouse Craft Fair
Carlow Shopping Centre, Saturday May 5th, 10am-5pm
Gaolhouse Craft Fair in Carlow on 5th of May. The Gaolhouse Craft Fair takes place on the first Saturday of each month in Carlow Shopping Centre, Carlow. The atmosphere is wonderful and there are around 20 craft stands, we all are looking forward to show you our locally and also not so locally (some craftspeople are traveling from Gorey, Baltinglass & Kilkenny) made crafts.
See you there!
Admission: Free

3. Kildare
Family Fun Day
Westgrove hotel & conference centre, Monday 7th May, 12pm-4pm
Family Fun Day with slides, bouncy castles, face painters, magicians , bbq and much more
Admission: Free

4. Kilkenny 
Home Improvement Show
The Hub, Cillian Hill, Kilkenny, Saturday May 5th- Sunday May 6th, 11am-6pm
Ireland's Home Improvement Show comes to Kilkenny May 5th & 6th 2018, This is a must for every Home Improver , and those who love their home. Its biggest show to date in Ireland , we have exciting features such as outdoor garden zone, design seminars and more. The one stop shop for everything for your home and garden..
Admission: €10

5. Laois
Decoupage and Crackle Workshop
Make and Create Laois, Peppers Lane, Port Laoise, Friday May 4th, 10.30am-1.30pm
Come and try Decoupage and Crackle - find out what the upcycling club is all about. 12 euro includes tissue box and materials. You must book for this workshop.
Admission: €12

6. Longford
Strokestown Poetry Festival
Strokestown, Longford, Friday May 4th - Saturday May 5th
The Hermit Collective bring their pop-up poetry and music to Strokestown
Admission: €10

7. Louth 
Oriel Harriers Point to Point Races & Food fair
Rathneestin race course, tallanstown, Dundalk, Saturday May 5th, 2.30pm
Point-to-Point racing action returns to Tallanstown this spring packed with entertainment for all the family. Our artisan food village will be offering racegoers a fantastic range of local Boyne Valley food and craft drinks throughout the day and exhibition stalls, amusements and entertainment for the children guarantee a fun filled family day at the races!
Admission: €10 (Adults) Free (Child)

8. Meath 
The Wonderful World of Weave
Sat 5 & 19 May, 11:30am
Join artist Orla O'Grady for a unique weaving and design workshop. Children will learn how to weave on a loom and create their very own tapestry using a variety of weaving techniques. Families will leave with new skills and ideas that can be easily repeated and developed at home
Admission: €5

9. Offaly
Solos and Notions
Aras an Chontae, Tullamore, Offaly, Monday May 7th, 10am-3.30pm
1.Showcasing 3 Solo artists from healthcare settings, David Boland, Maureen Dunne and John Beesley with story Quilts from Birr and 1 large collage from the IWA, alongside 2.A collaboration with Public Participation Network active retirement groups participation in 'Notions'; a sound and visual display of notions, hidden(in small jute bags)or not, from the community 3.A one off presentation from Ann Lawlor from her multidisciplinary action research project with Anam Beo on Dementia. Anam Beo, Offaly's arts in health programme is facilitating and curating this exhibit.
Admission: Free

10. Westmeath 
Uisneach Bealtaine Fire Celebration
Uisneach, Rathnew, Westmeath, Saturday May 5th, 5pm-11pm
The Hill of Uisneach in Westmeath has played a role many significant events of Irish history, with relics found there dating back as far as the Neolithic era. This hill stands over the plains of the midlands and from its peak you can see twenty different counties. In Irish mythology it serves as the burial site for Ériu and Lugh, two members of the Tuatha Dé Danann who represent Mother Earth and the Sun respectively. It is also the site where a fire is lit to mark the start of the Gaelic season of Bealtaine. The annual fire takes place this year on the evening of Saturday 5th May. Kids can go free but will still need a ticket. All attendees are requested to bring a torch or flashlight and wear the appropriate footwear and warm clothing as it can get cold when the sun goes down, even at the start of the Gaelic summer! Tickets €15
Admission: €15 (Adults) Free (Child)

11. Wexford 
Shine A Light Festival
Hook Lighthouse, Saturday May 5th - Monday May 7th, 12pm-5.30pm
Enjoy the fun-filled Shine A Light Festival for all the family this May Bank Holiday Weekend at Hook Lighthouse.
Check out the Pirate Fun and Games, entertainment from The Wobbly Circus, Demonstrations by the Irish Coastguard, the RNLI and other rescue services, enjoy free marine ecology walks and talks, a craft market, cookery demonstrations and more. 
Admission: Free

12. Wicklow
Ashford Country Fair
Bank Holiday Monday 7th May from 11-4pm. 
The Ashford Country Fair will once again take place in the iconic grounds of the Bel Air Hotel It’s a wonderful day out for the whole family, with a wide range of food, fashion, activities and country skills to watch. 
The day includes:
•         Gun Dog Handling demonstrations
•         Dogs show to cater for all shapes, sizes, breeds and colours of dogs!
•         Duck Herding
•         Falconry
•         Animals on display including  donkeys, calves, sheep, lambs and hens
•         Vintage tractors
•         Variation of stalls including  jewellery, crafts, wood turning, pottery, soaps,  bric-a-brac, books, clothes, cakes, country produce and flowers
•         Children’s entertainment including bouncy castle, bucking bronco, cactus shy and painting pottery
•         Raffle and the tombola
Admission: €5 per car- in support of Killiskey Parish Ashford

13. Clare
Lisdoonvarna Reunion Music Weekend
4th May – 6th May
The Ritz Hotel is delighted to present The Lisdoonvarna Reunion Music Weekend in Lisdoonvarna. Come join us for a weekend filled with music, dancing, craic and perhaps even a little bit of romance. Dance away the weekend on one of our two dance floors to some of Ireland's leading country bands including Sean Brennan, Eddie Keogh, Mike Condon and Country DJ Richie. Music starts Friday night at 9.30 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon. There will be 4 bands each day with FREE ENTRY to all dances. 
If you are not in the country mood, then why not join us in our newly refurbished bar where the one and only Pat Dowling will entertain you with a variety of music from ballads to rock 'n roll.
Admission: Free

14. Cork
Glenbower Talks: Botanical Walk in Glenbower Woods
Glenbower woods, Saturday May 5th, 11am
Finbarr Wallace and Edwina Cole from the Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland (BSBI) will hold a walk in Glenbower woods looking at the plants large and small, wild and cultivated to be found in this charming woodland. People with all levels of botanical interest welcome. Walk will go ahead rain or shine so please bring suitable footwear and outerwear for a walk in the woods. This event is organised by artist Carol Anne Connolly as part of her project Glenbower Talks for Creative Killeagh May Bank Holiday series of events. More information on the artist's project Glenbower Talks and Creative Killeagh can be found at
Admission: Free

15. Kerry
Cuckoo Walking Festival in Tarbert.
Feel the wind in your face and forget your cares as you ramble around the hidden gems of the Shannon Estuary. Our walks take you through natural woodland, bog land and farmland and along quiet country roads that offer spectacular scenic views.
Walks range from easy to moderate and vary in length. So whatever type of walker you are come walking in Tarbert where you are assured of a wonderful warm welcome and you’re sure to hear the elusive cuckoo!
Admission: Free

16. Limerick
SwimableLimerick @ Riverfest
Curraghgour Boat, Merchants Quay, Saturday May 5th, 9am-12pm
As part of the Riverfest Festival Weekend, SwimableLimerick have organised two social swims in the River Shannon. SwimableLimerick @Riverfest is an opportunity for people to dip their toe (and a whole lot more!) into Limerick's beautiful River Shannon. Our swims take place from the historic Curraghour Boat Club and we provide a fun, relaxed environment for anyone to enjoy the freedom of swimming in the open water. You will be swimming in the heart of medieval Limerick and will experience some stunning vistas of the city from the River Shannon. Our swims start from The historic Curraghour Boat Club which was the exact spot where The Viking landed in Limerick city! Our swims are all about having fun and enjoying the open water, not about fast times or swimming long distances so feel free to just have a bit of a splash or wade your feet into the water. For those whom would like to swim a longer distance, the swimming area will be confined to a 750 metre area and is an opportunity to see sights such as Thomond Bridge,The Treaty Stone and King Johns Castle from a truly, unique perspective. Swimmers can swim as short or far a distance in the designated area as they choose. All swimmers will receive a custom made SwimableLimerick Swimming Cap that they must wear in the water. The best of Open Water swimming is the food afterwards. Join us by The Curraghour Boat Club fire for our post swim picnicswith good food and company! SwimableLimerick have teamed up with Canteen and The Urban Co-Op for our post swim picnics. In the Boat Club we will be serving hot pittas with homemade choco-nut spread, blueberry drizzle muffins, Rigneys farm granola, The messy Apron Cookies, Ceile Kombucha…and more.
Admission: Free

17. Tipperary
Make a Wish Foundation fundraiser
Fundraising Dance on Saturday 5th May Resource Centre Cappawhite 9.30pm. Music by Peter Burke €10. Tea provided. Donations of cakes, buns etc would be appreciated. Tickets in all shops, Armshaws Bar, Aisling Armshaw and Cecilia.
Admission: €10

18. Waterford
Waterford Garden Trail
The Waterford Garden Trail boasts a range of events for both novice and experienced gardeners and includes gardens of the great old houses as well as garden centers. 
This festival, featuring 14 different garden attractions across the county of Waterford, takes place throughout the summer months so you can expect to see flowers and plants in full, colorful bloom. 

19. Galway
Galway Theatre Festival
4th May – 12th May
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

20. Leitrim
Where We Are Now Theatre Festival
2nd – 6th May
Co-founded in March 2016 by designer & director Sonia Norris and playwright & actor Treasa Nealon, The Rabbit’s Riot Theatre Company aims to create thought-provoking & emotive theatre using old & new writing.
Admission: Prices start at €5

21. Mayo
Bikes and Boards
Bikes and boards is a bicycle, boat and stand up paddle boarding rental company based in Lough Lannagh holiday village Castlebar county Mayo.
Admission: N/A

22. Roscommon 
Roscommon International Fibre Art Festival 2018
4th – 24th May
This exhibition of woven tapestries is a collaboration between Irish and Scottish artists. The exhibition will run as a biennial event with invited artists. 
2018 Irish Artists: Frances Crowe/ Roscommon Curator. Terry Dunne / Wexford. Angela Forte/Dublin. Mary Cuthbert/ Dublin.
2018 Scottish Artists: Joan Baxter Curator, John Brennan, Elizabeth Radcliffe, Amanda Gizzi.
Venue: The Long hall, King House, Boyle, County Roscommon.
Opening times: The exhibition will be open to the public from the 4th -24th May during normal King House opening hours.
Admission: Free 

23. Sligo
Bards In The Woods - The Glen, Knockranea.
slow easy nature walk, up to about 2 km
- bardic session by some oaks
- shared picnic blanket by River Unshin
- NO FEE, but bring something for picnic blanket please
- also, please bring your own poems, favorite poems, stories too
- dogs and children very welcome
Admission: Free

24. Donegal
The Donegal Rose Selection 2018 with R McCullagh Jewellers Tipperary Crystal
Fri May 4th - Mon May 7th, 2018 
The Cup of Tae Festival Committee will honor the famous Donegal fiddler Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh at the 2018 Cup of Tae Festival, which will take place here in Ardara.
Admission: Varied Prices 

25. Cavan
Cavan Walking Festival
4th May – 11th May
Now in its eight year, 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

26. Monaghan
Monaghan Youth Theatre present “High School Musical”
Thursday 3rd, Friday 4th and Saturday 5th May at 7pm
Disney Channel’s smash hit movie musical comes to life on the Garage Theatre Stage when Monaghan Youth Theatre perform Disney’s High School Musical! on Thursday 3rd Friday 4th & Saturday 5th May at 7pm. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extra-curricular activities.It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes find their cliques, recount their vacations and look forward to the New Year. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy, discovers that the brainy Gabriella, a girl he met singing 
Admission: €12/€15

27. Fermanagh
Mum Says Vote for Me Strule Arts Centre
4th – 6th May
Damon Mc Guckin (David Chisholm) returns in the hilarious new play “Mum Says: Vote For Me” written and directed by Omagh comedian, Conor Keys. This is the third full-length play to feature in the now infamous “Mum Says” series and, as the old adage goes, all bad things happen in threes.
It’s been a few months since Damon and Colleen (Leah Mc Cance) married and tragedy has trampled over the Mc Guckin household. In an attempt to rightify a perceived wrong; Damon wants to be elected as the first Councillor ever from Hunter Crescent and his main priority is to clean up the dog-poo that is plaguing the people of Omagh.
Damon, Danny Bo (Sean O’ Donnell) and Gorb (Conor Keys) set about the task of getting Damon elected to the local council. Hilarity ensues as Damon and Co prepare for the upcoming elections; where they face some fierce (and some not so fierce) opposition from fellow candidates
This Play contains strong language and themes of an adult nature. 16+ years only.
Admission: £15
28. Tyrone
Crafts in the court
Bank Holiday Monday 7th May Time: 12pm – 4pm
Inspired by the simple principle that people are fascinated when artists and craftsmen openly demonstrate their skills and discuss their work. Learn, buy and enjoy exhibitions, classes and performances by local artists.
Admission: Free

29. Derry
Derry Jazz Festival
3rd – 7th May 2018
We would love to take a coach load of Anthropologists and their pals to Derry and back for the annual Jazz Festival in May! Please respond to this event to register you're interest and availability. Hoping to leave around lunchtime and come back around 1-2am. Send us a message if you have any suggestions or if you would like to help out with the event and, as always, if you have any questions for us in general. The event is free to attend, but tickets are available for certain performances! For more information please follow the link to the official website
Admission: Free- £20

30. Antrim
East Antrim Pony Club Annual May Day Derby - **All Welcome**
East Antrim Pony Club
Invite you to join us at our annual May Day Derby
Monday 7th May 2018
*Open to everyone big or small and not just limited to Pony Club members*
Admission: £20

31. Down
Merry May Day in Hollywood
7th May 10am-4pm
This popular annual event features traditional May Day dancing by local school children, a selection of market stalls and other family fun.
Admission: Free

32. Armagh
Run Armagh
Set in the middle of our rich apple-growing county, Ardress House will be celebrating the apple blossom with apple treats and fun for the family. There will be orchard tours, local ciders and apple produce on sale, and an apple trail for the kids.
Admission: £5.50
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