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Cheap & Free stuff to do this weekend 5th - 7th August


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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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Musical Picnic with Ceol le Chéile              
Join Ceol le Chéile for a family lunchtime picnic concert filled with fun activities. Come early and meet the musicians, try out some of the instruments and even have fun with musical face painting.
Family of 4 €37 

Rock n Roll Dublin Half Marathon            
The Rock 'n' Roll Dublin Half Marathon course highlights the beauty and vibrancy of Dublin. The race starts on the corner of North Wall Quay & Castleforbes Rd., Dublin, finishing in the Phoenix Park.     
From €10 or FREE to spectate     

Dublin Live Music Trails Experience
Dublin is a thriving live music city when Dublin Live Music Trails take over. The cream of our young, bright musical talent will light up the stage at numerous venues across the city including museums, coffee shops, bookshops and many more unique venues.  
Various locations             

Dublin Rock n roll festival            
It's back but this time the Strypes are the headline act! Celebrating music, cars, hairstyles, clothing and everything Rockabilly, this festival is for lovers of all things 50's and 60's!                  
5-7th Aug           

FREE Summer Shakespeare at Irish Monuments
Fortune's Fool Productions is proud to present FREE Summer Shakespeare at Irish Monuments. This year we offer a national tour of Measure for Measure - Ireland 1916 sponsored by the British Council, as part of the Shakespeare Lives Initiative through the GREAT campaign, and OPW.

Happenings Yoga            
Enjoy relaxing yoga sessions courtesy of event pioneers Happenings every Saturday morning for just €5.  On Saturday morning at 11am you can get the weekend off to a relaxing start with some rejuvenating yoga lead by experts in simply beautiful surroundings.
Dartmouth Square, Ranelagh                     
€ 5         

Kildare  Newbridge Family Fun Day         
Giant games, face painting and family fun at St Conleths Church in aid of the Irish Cancer Society      St Conleths Church, Newbridge
FREE - donations requested         

Kilkenny Arts Festival 2016         
Since its foundation in 1974, Kilkenny Arts Festival has gathered many of the world’s finest musicians, performers, writers and artists in Ireland’s medieval city each August.  For ten days, the city’s historic churches, castle, courtyards, townhouses and gardens offer a magical setting for unique collaborations and intimate encounters between audiences and artists.  
Various locations in Kilkenny       
5 - 14 August     
Various activities from €8 (Family ticket prices available)  

Carlingford Oyster Festival          
The Carlingford Oyster Festival is a “Food & Family Enter- tainment Festival” promoting activities that enhance the existing gastronomy, fresh produce and Artisan craft & design offering in the area.
5 - 8 August        
Boyne Music Festival 2016          
The fourth Boyne Music Festival will take place August 5th to the 7th at Townley Hall in Drogheda and we couldn't be more excited about this summer's programme. The three day festival is packed with chamber music concerts, workshops, tours, readings and so much more.     Townley Hall, Drogheda 
5 - 7 August        
Various events from €5  

Gap Arts Festival             
Will be held in Ballythomas National School, Gorey, Co.Wexford. Short films, live music, art and theatre. All children go free.        
Gorey, Wexford 5 - 7 August        
Adm: Children FREE Adults Day Pass €5/€10          

Duncannon Stand Sculpting Festival       
Family fun festival for all ages with lots of free activities on the beach along with spectacular professional sand sculptures, fireworks, music and street entertainment    
Duncannon, Wexford     
5 - 7 August        
Most of the Events are free- but there is a small charge for some.   Adult €3. Children €2. Family Rate €10.     

Inis Oirr Currach Regatta             
Held annually in August; which features traditional currach racing & fun-filled family entertainment -tug o war, sandcastle competitions & much more
Inis Oirr, Aran Islands      
6-7 Aug

Former Valentine Black front man ‘Peco McLoughlin has recently released his debut single ‘Safe Haven’ on Independent label ‘Live Loud Music’.  Having previously toured all over Ireland as well as the UK, America and representing Ireland at Indie Week Canada with Valentine Black, the band we’re forced to take an hiatus due to personal commitments and emigration. Always one for a silver lining, this became the perfect opportunity for Peco to release some of the tracks he’d been keeping on the back burner as a solo musician.
€ 6         
Leitrim  Ballinamore Family Festival        
Fun events for all the family         
Ballinamore, Leitrim                      
Leitrim  Ballinamore Family Festival        
Fun events for all the family         
Ballinamore, Leitrim                      

Geesala Festival              
The very popular annual Geesala Festival, now in its 23rd year, includes: heritage and culture events, horse show-jumping & classes, a dog show, boat racing, children’s activities, a fun fair, angling competitions, live music, clay pigeon shooting, & a 10km road race. The festival is a great for experiencing toe-tapping traditional music, cutting edge culture or family-friendly fun!
Geesala, Co. Mayo          
7th Aug - 14th                  

Tubbercurry Old Fair Day Festival            
Crafts and heritage village, artisan food and bread displays, children's fun zones and live demonstrations including spinning, weaving, basket making to thatching and trashing.
Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo    
6-10 Aug             

Feakle International Trad Music Festival
Traditional music, song, dance and theatre with workshops, lectures, concerts, ceili’s, set dancing, sessions and open-air events.      
Feakle, Co. Clare             
3-8 Aug
Many events free            

Bere Island Festival        
Sport, music, theatre and family fun         
Bere Island, West Cork   
5-7 Aug

The Donkey Sanctuary                 
The Donkey Sanctuary is set in the beautiful rolling countryside of County Cork just outside the village of Liscarroll in Ireland.
Over 5,100 donkeys from all parts of Ireland have been taken into our care here in Ireland since The Donkey Sanctuary in Ireland was set up.                 
FREE (donations welcome)           

Killarney National Park
The extent of the park’s range and rugged landscape is 26,000 acres, encompassing the infamous McGillycuddy Reeks Mountain Range which includes Ireland’s highest Mountain, Carrauntoohill standing at over 1,000 meters.

These mountains have known millions of footsteps over the years; other famous mountains include Torc (Waterfall), Mangerton, Purple and Tomies Woodland along with endless exploring of looped and park walks. Nestled within the woodlands and at the foot of these glorious mountains are the three world famous Killarney Lakes; Upper, Muckross and Lough Leane. The lakes, woodlands, waterfalls and living history are the ingredients that make Killarney National Park so unique, particularly when coupled with the ever changing light and skies that share in Killarney’s breathtaking scenery.

30 Years, Artists, Places 
30 Years, Artists, Places marks 30 years since the Local Authorities embarked on providing for the arts locally, featuring 30 artists and 30 places.              
29th July - 4 Sept             

Cashel Together Week  
Friday Traditional Fair Day, Saturday Heritage Day, Sunday Pony Show        
Cashel, Co. Tipperary     
5-7 Aug

GIY Urban Garden Trail 
The GIY Summerval Food Trail will be a multi-station urban food trail around Waterford City Centre, taking visitors on a 1-hour journey through the joys of growing their own food. It will be an educational, aesthetically beautiful and fun food tourism experience that will develop a deeper understanding of how food works. This will be Ireland’s first GIY food trail, therefore presenting an opportunity to create a unique food tourism experience in the heart of Waterford.                          

Viking Country Music Concerts 
Every Saturday this summer, join some of the best country acts in Ireland for a free concert. Each act has established country credentials and the line-up has been co-ordinated by John O’Shea of WLR FM.                                            

Belfast Pride Festival      
Celebrating diversity over ten days, there's an exciting programme of events as well as the Belfast Pride Parade which will bring a rainbow of colour to Belfast City Centre on Saturday 6 August.

Go Wild With The Rangers - White Park Bay        
It’s time to go wild. We want kids to get messy, mucky, soggy. We want them to build a den out of twigs, run around in the rain, scrape their knees exploring a cave, plunge their hands into a gloopy rock pool. That’s why we’ve come up with 50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾.                  
Donations welcome        

Marconi Day Festival     
Various events throughout the day including car boot sale, line dancers, dog show, bonnie baby competition, official opening of Festival, face painting and much, much more. Live music will fill the air and radio broadcasts can be hard from the Marconi Radio Group

Armagh Food and Drink Exhibition          
Armagh Public Library has launched its next temporary exhibition to mark 2016 as the ‘Northern Ireland Year of Food and Drink’, a celebration of local food and drink, promoted by Tourism NI

Little Red Riding Hood   
Banyan’s ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ is designed for children, but if you, an adult, ever wondered why you were fascinated by the art of puppetry, go and see it, and you will be well reminded! –Animations Magazine.                                        

Killybegs Summer Festival           
Killybegs Summer Festival is fun for all the family. With music, a fun run, pub quiz, soap box derby, kayak race, car treasure hunt and fancy dress competition! All weekend visitors, locals and returning friends enjoy the atmosphere as the streets never empty and the fun never ends. Visit Killybegs Summer Festival for a weekend to remember - fish by the tonne and gallons of fun              
Killybegs, Donegal           
5 - 7 August        

Lughnasa @ Grianan     
All roads lead to Grianán Fort, Burt on Saturday 6th August to the [email protected] Grianán , a one day festival to celebrate our traditional music, song, and dance cultures. Featuring over 170 artists from USA, Scotland & Ireland.                                         
Loinneog Lunasa            
There are few areas in Ireland that can boast such a wealth of internationally renowned musical acts. Just think of Enya, Clannad, Mairead Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan to name but a few. Then Brendan de Gaillí has danced his way around the world with Riverdance.  But Gaoth Dobhair is not just about the music! It’s the place itself. There’s the sea and the coast, the islands the tradition and of course the Irish language. So come and enjoy a weekend of music, culture and craic in Gaoth Dobhair during Loinneog Lúnasa.                                           

Malin Head        
Malin Head, in County Donegal, is renowned for its rugged coastal landscape and attractive beaches. The area is steeped in history and folklore. Malin Head is an area for all tastes, including walking, fishing, swimming, photography, studying rock formations or rare flora and it is close to Inishowen’s splendid golf courses. Discover some of the largest sand dunes in Europe once you enter the Malin Head area via the coastal road, along the north of Trawbreaga Bay at Lagg.             

Donkey Day      
Held in partnership with the Donkey Breed Society, the annual Donkey Day proves that donkeys are more than just something to admire in the fields as these wonderful animals take on the donkey obstacle course, egg and spoon races and musical chairs in the BDS Championship. After the judging takes place and the rosettes awarded, a parade of donkeys will take place around the Ballycultra Town area.
Normal admission prices.                                           

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