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7-8 April 2018: Clever Map of Cheap and Free Things To Do

Posted April 5th 2018

  1. Dublin
  1. The Viking Saga Story
Meet a real (and smelly) Viking who will speak of the ancient sagas of fearless Vikings and their perilous adventures.  Hear some of the myths and mysteries of the Vikings in this special narrated story!
Happening Saturday the 7th of April.
Suitable for all ages and happening from 11am to 3.30pm.
Admission: €6 (Child) €9.50 (adult)
  1. Matilda at The Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Matilda The Musical is recommended for a general audience. As an advisory to adults who might bring young people, the show is suitable for ages 6 and up. All persons entering the theatre, regardless of age, must have a ticket. Babes-in-arms are not admitted to the auditorium. All children must be old enough to occupy their own seat. Running from the 4th April – 28th April.
Admission: €25- €73
  1. Braulio Amado Exhibition
Hen’s Teeth, a part of the This Greedy Pig empire that specialises in gorgeous prints of contemporary Irish and international artists, are hosting a new show by Portuguese graphic designer Braulio Amado. Amado’s style is bold and chaotic. His posters integrate a multitude of visual influence with playful vibrancy, without ever losing his own sense of humour or identity. Hen’s Teeth have proudly proclaimed him as their favourite designer of the moment, and he will be working on an entirely new set of prints for this show. The This Greedy Pig Shop on Fade Street will work as the exhibition space for Amado, who will also be doing a book signing during his visit. Running until the 14th of April.
Admission: Free
  1. Fake at the Science Gallery - 53.344216|-6.250497|13
Science Gallery Dublin in Trinity College will host a new exhibition called FAKE for three months this spring. The question of authenticity is one that is central to Western culture. Why does it remain important, and why is something that is considered natural, real, or genuine considered to be better than something constructed, mimicked, or copied? These are the kinds of philosophical questions that this exhibition will deal with things like DNA, chemical signatures, copyrights, patents, and forgeries all being explored by the works in the installations and exhibitions contained in FAKE. Running until the 3rd of  June.
Admission: Free
  1. One City, One Book|-6.260310|13
This award-winning Dublin City Council initiative encourages everyone to read a book connected with our capital city. This year festival organisers have chosen The Long Gaze Back, An Anthology of Irish Women Writers edited by Sinéad Gleeson, which spans four centuries and features some of Ireland’s most gifted writers. Locations to be confirmed.
Admission: Free
  1. Carlow
Water Garden Masterclass
From 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, Saturday the 7th of April.
Picture yourself relaxing in your garden listening to the gentle trickling over a beautiful designed water feature. Water is a versatile element that brings light, sound and movement into a garden and is therapeutic to the soul and mind.
Change the ambience of your garden using selected water features and plants. Our experts will show you how to create the perfect water feature for your garden or patio. Pre-booking essential so call 059 9721558.
Admission: €10
  1. Kildare 
Crookstown Craft Village
Crookstown Craft Village is a hub for Arts and Crafts in Co. Kildare as well as a Tourist Information point. The pottery, gift and chocolate outlet, art, calligraphy and card design studio at its centre.
Admission: Free
  1. Kilkenny

Kilkenny Castle Parkland
The Castle Park includes all the walled demesne parkland to the south of Kilkenny Castle and the formal terraced gardens to the north comprising a total of 50 acres. Close to the Rose Garden is a central fountain. The estate overlooks the Nore River and features mature trees and shrubs with an ornamental lake numbered among the many items of interest. It is very well maintained and presented. There is also a children’s playground located on the grounds. All areas of the castle gardens are free of charge. Open 9.00-17.30.
Admission: Free
  1. Laois

The Easter Train Experience
The eighteenth-century romantic landscape consists of gardens, lakes, woodland and architectural features. It was transferred to State ownership in November 1993 from the Salesian Fathers who had taken care of it since 1941. The formal Gardens form the centre-piece of the property and were designed by the famous architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944) and probably landscaped by Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932). It is one of four Gardens in this country designed by him, the others being in the War Memorial Park, Lambay Island and Howth Castle. The Gardens are composed of four elements linked by a terrace that ran along the front of the house which now no longer exists. Open 08.30-19.30.
Admission: Free
  1. Longford
Swan Lake
April 6th  @ 8:00 pm - April 7th @ 8:00 pm
Following a critically acclaimed international tour that included Dublin Theatre Festival; Sadler’s Wells, London and Sydney Opera
House, The winner of best production and best costume design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards 2017 comes to Backstage on Friday 6th  & Sat 7th  April as part of Nomad’s Spring 2018 tour.
  1. Louth
Celtic Adventures
Celtic Adventures offer Canoeing, Kayaking, Archery, Archery Tag, Airsoft shooting ranges, Crazy golf, climbing wall, 3D archery, bush craft skills courses, team games and challenges and much more. Pre-booking is essential.
Admission: Free
  1. Meath
Egg Hunt at the Military Museum,Collon
Egg hunt, Bouncy Castle Village Playgrounds, Food and more.
Admission: Free
  1. Offaly
Walk Knockbarron Loop
Situated close to the geographical center of Ireland, the Slieve Bloom region links the counties of Laois and Offaly and is made up of forests, blanket bog, and hidden valleys which will be of interest to lovers of archaeology and nature. The Slieve Blooms is Ireland's only designated Environment Park. Knockbarron Woods are located close to the picturesque village of Kinnitty in County Offaly is nestled in the foothills of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Pilgram Path Week
Pilgrim Paths Week provides a warm welcome for participants of all religious backgrounds and those without religious affiliations. It is planned as a unifying time emphasizing Ireland’s common Christian heritage and is designed to facilitate a deeper understanding of the country’s historic past. Every effort will be made to facilitate the participation of families, the less fit, and in so far as possible, those with special needs in a unique event aimed at rediscovering Ireland’s rich medieval and mystical inheritance. Most of the pilgrim walks will be single day events; a few will be multi-day outings, but all will   be targeted at returning a degree of deeper reflection on, and appreciation of the Irish outdoors, to the Easter period.
Admissions: Free
  1. Wexford
Easter Painting Workshops at Enniscorthy Castle
Fantastic fun at Enniscorthy castle with 'Shield Painting Workshops' and 'Paint your own Mug Workshops' and Weekend Easter Egg Hunts. Running until the 8th of April.
Admission: Free
  1. Wicklow
Free Talks on Biodiversity, Climate Change and Recycling
Greenan Maze, Rathdrum will host a morning of free talks on Saturday 7th April 2018 from 10am to 1pm. At 10am Sarah Rubalcava from Rubalcava Heritage Services will present “Biodiversity and Planting for Pollinators” followed by a short presentation by Mairead Doherty, Wicklow’s Cool Planet Champion, on “Climate Change – what it really means and what can we do about it?” at 11.30am and also a “Recycling Workshop – get your bin sorted” with Sylvia Thompson (Recycling Ambassador Program & VOICE) at 12pm.
Admission: Free
  1. Clare
Consairtín is the annual National Concertina Convention, which is returning to Ennis, Co. Clare for a very musical few days. Concertina players from all over the country and further beyond will descend on Ennis to enjoy concerts, specialist workshops, sessions, and ancillary events like walking tours and instrument maintenance tutorials. There is something for you no matter how skilled you are, or how long it has been since you last picked up an instrument. In addition, there are concerts to be enjoyed by anyone, whether you play an instrument or not, at venues around Ennis. The magic of trad really comes alive when you find this much passion for music in one town…Ennis will be the place to be if you love the session. 
Admission: Free
  1. Cork
The English Market
There are few villages in Ireland that pack such a wealth of history in to such a small area. A rough translation from its old Irish name (Gleann Iubhair) means the glen of the yew trees. Its offers a microcosm of Ireland’s history with ancient prehistoric sites, medieval buildings, old mills combined with some modern state of the art stores.  Whether your pleasure be peaceful walks and leisurely fishing or more strenuous pursuits such as horse riding of golf, Glenworth’s rural setting guarantees a visit at your pace.
Admission: Free
  1. Kerry
Torc Mountain walk
Your journey to reach the top of Torc can begin at either the lower or upper car park. For those looking to take in the Waterfall and Torc steps, parking is advised in the lower car park. After a short distance in the cobbled forestry, you will reach a beautiful open space with mountains guiding your every move. A sign on the right side of the road marks the base of the summit; the track is mostly composed of sleepers which make it a very enjoyable walk, suitable for families and those who wish to take in the sights at an easy/ moderate level.
Don’t forget to look around at every opportunity as you will be greeted with views of Killarney’s lakes, valleys, the Famine Fields where legend has it the famine potato crops are still intact and glorious panoramic views of the National Park. Suitable for all the family.
Admission: Free
  1. Limerick
Panoramic Wheel
Soar high above Limerick on a 39-meter-high Panoramic Wheel at Arthur's Quay Park. Set against the backdrop of the majestic River Shannon, the impressive wheel will offer stunning 360 degree views across Limerick’s skyline.
Height restriction: Children under 1.4 meters must be accompanied by an adult.
Running until the 15th of March.
Admission: €4.50 (Adult) €3.50 (Child)
  1. Tipperary
Brú Ború Heritage Centre, The Bolton Library and The Rock of Cashel
The Rock of Cashel is huge, it’s complex, it’s iconic, there is nothing like it anywhere else in the world and it’s right here at the heart of Tipperary. Adm: Family €11.50.5Brú Ború is a national cultural centre at the foot of the Rock of Cashel. This cultural village is designed around a village green. The centre includes a folk theatre, genealogy center, restaurant and other amenities.
The Bolton Library began as the private collection of Archbishop Theopholus Bolton. The collection covers a wide range of subjects with many rare and unusual works and maps, including some by Dante, Swift, Ortelius and Erasmus.
Admission: Free
  1. Waterford
The Copper Coast Mini Farm
This friendly little pet farm is run by Valerie and Laurence Curran and their 3 children. It is fun and educational for all the family, a safe child friendly environment where kids and animals can get up close and personal.
All weather pet handling facilities, indoor play area, plus big sandpits with diggers, buckets, spades and toy tractors to drive. Open 12pm until 6pm on all weekends.
Admission: €7 (Adult)€6.50 (Child) €5.50 (OAPs and students) €25 (family of 4)
  1. Galway
Spring Festival at Slieve Aughty Centre
March 24th – April 8th
Join us any day during the Easter holidays and capture the joy of spring at the Spring Festival Galway !Spring is a lovely time at the centre as it seems to coincide with warmer weather, emerging flowers and longer days that inspire us to shake out the dust of winter and get busy.
Take a short walk to the Enchanted Forest and see if you can spot any fairy folk. The Easter bunny leaves his rabbit foot prints along the trail.  Follow them to see if he has left anything sweet!  You can learn a bit more about the wild rabbits that live around the centre in the nature hut and visit real rabbits at the centre. There are plenty of animals around to visit, or you can go for a ride on one of our friendly horses or ponies
Admission: €7.50
  1. Leitrim
Leitrim Dance Project: The Lough Allen Dance Weekend
Join us  in the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim for dance workshops with 6 of Ireland's best know dance teachers, live music with Caitlín Nic Gabhann, Ciaran Ó Maonaigh & Jim McGrath, music & dance sessions, feature concert and ceilí.
Admission: €15(workshop) €7 (Feature event & Concert)
  1. Mayo
Westport Train Tour
The Westport Train Tour is an ideal all-weather activity with the tour lasting approximately 50 minutes and passing 46 points of interest along the route. It features an audio presentation that entertains and educates. And we will guarantee you’ll learn a thing or two about this beautiful town! Train passengers will get 10% off admission to Westport House & Pirate Adventure Park if they present their train ticket at the ticket office. Running weekends March through to May, daily July to September and weekends October to December.
Pick-ups at town centre gate to Westport House (Church Lane), the farmyard at Westport House, Westport Harbour and a new town centre train stop coming soon! Please visit for schedule and to play our trip!
Admission: €10 (Adult)€5 (Child)€24 (Family)
  1. Roscommon
In, Around & Aftereffects: Three Perspectives on the Midlands
Friday 6th  April – 1ST June | 6pm |
Photo-Ireland Festival 2018
Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to present In, Around & Aftereffects by Ciaran Og Arnold, Martin Cregg, Mark Duffy as part of Photo-Ireland Festival 2018.This exhibition explores the social, cultural and psychological landscapes of the Irish Midlands. The exhibition brings together work in three different photographic languages emerging from the region where each of the artists has explored aspects of the Midlands over the last ten years.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
Workshop with  Druid Ensemble Members
Druid perform their new production of Waiting for Godot at the Hawk's Well Theatre on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th of April. On Saturday afternoon from 2-4pm, Druid Ensemble member, Aaron Monaghan will lead a workshop at the theatre for up to ten people.  
Admission: Free event but application essential
  1. Donegal
Glenveagh National Park
Entry to Glenveagh National Park is free and the scenery is jaw-dropping and is a truly great day out for all the family.
There is an abundance of things to do and see. For example, you can wander through the beautiful gardens which are signposted and takes about an hour.
A guided tour of the castle (paid tickets) takes approximately 30 mins. There is also a Visitor’s Centre and restaurant.
Throughout the summer months, family events are organised for most weekends, these often include Children’s Story-time, bird of prey display, medieval weaponry display and more.
Admission: Free
  1. Cavan

Traditional Music Weekend
Sat 7th April
Workshops in St. Bricin’s School at 2.00pm. Uilleann Pipes, Harp, flute, Fiddle, pipe maintenance workshops in St. Bricin’s School at 5.00pm (intermediate & advanced). Concert in Belturbet Town Hall at 8pm, booking essential on 0872323428.
Admission: €10 including concert
  1. Monaghan

Sam More Open Farm
Sam More Open Farm at the Threemilehouse is a treat for all the family. It combines vintage displays and an insight into how life used to be with unusual animals and nature walks. There are stationary engines, vintage cars and a working forge for the vintage/heritage enthusiasts. Animals include alpacas, miniature donkeys, pygmy goats, different breeds of sheep, pygmy hedgehogs, geese, Black Swans to name but a few. Other facilities include a picnic area, indoor canteen, nature walk and fairy fort. Open year-round from 10am to 7pm
Admission: Free
  1. Fermanagh
Sinbad The Sailor
A Pantomime by Paul Reakes, The Ardhowen, Enniskillen 8 pm (Fri) 3 pm and 8 pm (Sat)
Join Borderline Players for a rollicking fun-filled pantomime adventure with thrills for all the family. Packed with lashings of Eastern promise, Turkish delights, swashbuckling pirates, salty sea dogs and a cheeky monkey!
When the evil magician Vazar spirits away Princess Jasmine, the fearless Sinbad the Sailor from old Baghdad along with his motley crew including Dame Semolina and the Captain of the Golden Hawk set sail on a magical journey to rescue Sinbad’s true love encountering some nefarious creatures along the way
Cost: €12
  1. Tyrone
Gortin Glen Forest Park, Omagh
A range of waymarked trails start from the finger post in the main car park. They give the visitor the chance to enjoy the Park’s natural flora and fauna at its best. All the trails are colour coded and return to the car park.
People with mobility difficulties will love the five mile long drive with breathtaking views. Aswell as walking, visitors can mountain bike and horse ride in the area although a permit is required for horse riding. Orienteering trails can be devised to suit all ages and abilities. There are also camping and BBQ facilities on site.
Admission: Free
  1. Derry
Love My Greenway
Come join us in celebrating the districts Greenways with performers, workshops, stalls, activities and a fantastic competition – take a selfie on a Greenway and post on twitter with the #LoveMyGreenway for an opportunity to win some great prizes. If you cycle into the city on the 7th April be sure to visit the Sustrans stand to pick up a voucher for use within the Walled City Market (valid on the 7th April only). Family Entertainment from 11:00 – 16:00.
Admission: Free
  1. Antrim
Rathlin West Light Seabird Centre
This Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) centre offers spectacular views of a thriving seabird colony, where every summer thousands of puffins can be seen. It's located at Rathlin's upside-down west lighthouse (the lamp is at the building's base). Built into the cliff face, the lighthouse was a feat of engineering when it was completed in 1919. The lighthouse tower now contains exhibits on Rathlin's marine life and history.
Admission: £5
  1. Down
Ultimate Strongman
This is a one day strength extravaganza which will be filmed for television.  It will consist of 5 gruelling tests and the 8 finalists will be gathered from a qualification route which takes place 6 months prior to the event.  The program will feature iconic backdrops of Bangor Castle, Abbey and Marina as well as McKee Clock.
Admission: Free
  1. Armagh
Armagh art Club Exhibition
Entry to this exhibition of wonderful local talent is of course free of charge and the staff of the Visitor Information Centre would welcome and encourage you to call in to see the work on display during the two month exhibition.  All work on display will of course be for sale and not only might you find something fabulous to display in your own home but art does make a wonderful gift for a loved one or friend.
April Opening Times: Monday - Saturday: 9.00am-5.30pm and Sunday 1.00pm-5.30pm
Admission: Free
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