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Energia map of free & cheap things to do 1st - 2nd September

  1. Dublin
  1. IFI Family Festival
Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September
The IFI Family Festival will allow you to put the back-to-school rush on the back-burner for the few days with a selection of wonderful films for all the family. On the programme over the weekend include animations like Marnie's World and Tito And The Birds, two compendiums of short films for children, international works like The Skier and Supa Moda, and much, much more. There will also be a chance to meet the IFI's young critics and some special guests including Clara Murray from RTÉJr. There's a whole weekend of fun to be enjoyed so get on down to the IFI.
Admission: €5-15
  1. National Service Day
Parnell Square, Saturday 1st September 2018
A national thank you to the brave people who keep us safe every day.
National Services Day is organised each year by FESSEF, an entirely volunteer-led effort. FESSEF's mission is to promote awareness and goodwill among the public for the role played by service personnel in protecting the safety and security of citizens and to create opportunities for the individual services to show their appreciation for the ongoing support they receive from members of the public. Skills Display – 11am-3.30pm | Dublin Castle
From abseiling to bomb disposal, watch the pro's put their skills to the test. Kids (and adults) can experience the vehicles and equipment up close. The Bands – An international line up. Bands have always been a big part of the spectacle and this year is no exception. We are proud to welcome the bands of foreign services including the Pipes and Drums of the Irish Regiment of the South African Army.The Parade – 12.00 noon | Parnell Sq to Dublin Castle. Join the crowds as they watch a thousand Services personnel and their vehicles wind their way through the city. Follow them to Dublin Castle to see the vehicles and equipment put through its paces in the exciting Skills Display.
Admission: Free
  1. India Day
Farmleigh House & Estate, Sunday 2nd September 2018
Ireland India Council with the support of Farmleigh, OPW, and the Indian Community in Ireland are proud to host India Day again this year in Farmleigh Gardens, Phoenix Park, Dublin 15. Everyone is welcome to join this fantastic day to commemorate India's Independence and Irish – Indian friendship.
There will be a number of Indian and World Cultural activities. A great day out with Family and friends. Come and enjoy delightful Indian and World cuisine with Colourful Indian Folk, Classical & Bollywood Dances, Fashion Show, Concert and Shopping of Indian Ethnic Dresses and Jewellery will be the highlights in the 4th India Day in Ireland.
We're honoured to have Mr. Seán Ó Fearghaíl the 19th Ceann Comhairle (Speaker) of Irish Parliament, Ambassador of India Mrs. Vijay Thakur Singh, Leader of Labour Party Mr. Brendan Howlin, Convenor of Ireland-India Parliamentary Friendship Group and members among many other dignitaries coming together to celebrate Irish-Indian friendship.
Admission: Free
  1. The Dublin Liffey Swim
River Liffey, Saturday 1st September 2018
There is no event like the Jones Engineering Dublin City Liffey Swim for colour, excitement
and spectacle. First run in 1920, the Liffey Swim is the oldest continuously run annual swimming race in Europe. Over 500 swimmers of all ages, abilities and nationalities compete to win the coveted Cup. Wetsuits are not allowed so these brave participants need your support as they make their way 2.2km through the tidal section of the river.
Admission: Free
  1. The Big Flute Festival
31 August - Sunday 2 September 2018
Enjoy a weekend of sweet melodies when Ireland's national celebration of the flute takes place at the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Join an impressive lineup of players and music experts, including William Bennett, Bill Dowdall, Mike Cox, Patricia Morris, Stephen Clarke, Tom Doorley, Brian Dunning for recitals, masterclasses, trade stands, lessons, concerts, and much more. The highlight of the weekend will be the launch of the National Flute Orchestra of Ireland, a cause for music and celebration that will entertain and delight visitors of all ages and musical experience levels. Formerly The Big Flute Challenge, The Big Flute Festival is one of Dublin's most exciting music events and one you won't want to miss.
Admission: €20 - €50
  1. Carlow
Gaolhouse Craft Fair September
Saturday 1st September
Our Monthly Craft Fair takes place in Carlow Shopping Centre right in the middle of beautiful Carlow town. We have a fantastic range of handmade craft available each month. Perfect for unique gift ideas. We have lots of personalised items, home baking, jams, jewellery, art, mosaics, handknits, wizardry, face painting and so much more. All of our stand holders hand make each product they sell.Gaolhouse Craft Fair is made up of a bunch of pretty unique people, each one is dedicated to their individual craft and spend long hours perfecting their work. We love nothing more than to chat about our craft, so be sure to ask if you have any questions. Why not pay us a visit and come see what we have available.
Admission: Free
  1. Kildare
5km Run/Walk
Sunday 2nd September
As part of the Kildare Sports Partnership Active Communities Programme 2018, Nurney GAA are holding a 5K run/walk on Sunday September 2nd at 10.30 am. T-shirt, Bag and Medal for first 250 to register online at
Admission: Adults €15, U-16's €10
  1. Kilkenny
I Smelled A Raw Recruit: The World War Films of Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley
Exhibition continues until October 7th
I Smelled A Raw Recruit is a multi-media exhibition centered around the World War Films by New York-based artists Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley. The two artists collaboratively create unique and heavily stylized film works with distinct political overtones. At this exhibition they will screen their most recent film, In The Body of the Sturgeon, which follows a doomed submarine crew on their final journey in the Pacific, along with three earlier films set on the Western Front of World War I. Alongside the video presentations are painted sculptural objects from the sets of the films, along with two lightbox portraits of characters from Sturgeon, which reveal the detailed painted surfaces of both performer and set. Whether set inside a submarine, hospital, or a military brothel, Mary and Pat – as they prefer to be called – create complex and unusual works which mix moral dilemmas with pitch black comedy to explore important questions about the world
Admission: Free
  1. Laois
Meditation Day
Saturday 1st September
A day of peace and tranquillity in the beautiful surroundings of Mount St. Anne's. Treat yourself to a day of relaxation away from the strains and stresses of everyday living.
Tea/Coffee and biscuits provided. Facilitated by Breda O'Shea OSU. 10am - 3.30pm. Booking essential by phoning 057-8626153. Email: [email protected]
Admission: €25
  1. Longford

Longford Autism Families Play date
September 2nd @ 10am
All welcome to a morning of play for families with children with Autisim. This is a chance for a social interaction for our children and also mammies, daddies, brothers, sisters and extended family. Tea, coffee and juice will be available. Admission is €5 per child. Please feel free to bring along anyone your child feels comfortable with also, this is open to everyone living with Autisim so we can form a network within our town for support and social dates like this. Don't forget to hit the GOING button so I have an idea of numbers and also share this event so we can reach as many families as possible for our first meeting. look forward to meeting you all.
Admission: Free
  1. Louth

Youth Work Ireland Louth Colour Run
Sun 2 September, 14:00 – 17:00
Youth Work Ireland Louth's Youth Network for Peace Programme have organised a 'Colour Run' as part of our Social Action Project. Our chosen charity is the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.
Admission:  €11.40 – €43.80
  1. Meath
Restorative Workshop
Sun 2 September, 17:00 – 19:00
Treat yourself to an afternoon of Restorative Yoga on Sunday September 02nd.
Restorative Yoga unlocks the relaxation response helping you find balance.
This practice consists of long held yoga postures supported with props such as bolsters, blocks and blankets, to fully support the body.
Benefits include: Enhances flexibility. Deeply relaxes the body. Stills the mind. Improves capacity for healing and balancing. Balances the nervous system. Develops qualities of compassion and understanding toward others and self.
Admission: €21.59
  1. Offaly
Day Tour of the Midlands
Sat, 1 Sep 2018, 09:00
Pat Murray will lead a day tour to houses in Laois and Offaly. Beginning with a visit to Ballybrittan Castle, near Edenderry, followed by a chance to see Francis Johnston's gothic revival Charleville Castle, where we will enjoy a tour and lunch. Travelling into Laois, we will visit Emo Court, a neo-classical mansion designed by James Gandon. Finally homeward bound we will visit Killadoon House in Co. Kildare, home of the Clements Family.
Admission: Free
  1. Westmeath
Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September
Following the huge success of The Jungle Book last year the talented students from Mullingar Junior Stage based in Mullingar Arts Centre present to you this year's production 'Aladdin'. The story you know and love has been given the royal treatment! Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. Come experience a whole new world this August!
Admission: €12.50
  1. Wexford
Wellness Workshop
Every Saturday from 3:00PM-5:00PM. Facilitated by Rotating MLL Teachers. Room: Meditation Hall. Learn to overcome the stress, anxiety, grief, addiction or pain that prevents you from realizing your list of dreams! MLL workshops offer the latest in mindfulness and well being techniques that inspire self-care and happiness, so you can achieve greater success in both your personal and professional life.
Admission: €20
  1. Wicklow
Sporting Proud Charity Triathlon
September 1 at 9 AM - 5 PM
The annual Sporting Proud Triathlon is taking place on the 1st September 2018 at the stunning Brittas Bay Beach, co. Wicklow. Register now to swim, cycle and run while raising vital funds for our 5 charities!
With an outstanding 1.7 million euro raised so far, we hope this year we can go above and beyond our targets for our charities. All abilities welcome from Beginner to Elite, with 2 distances available – Sprint & Olympic. Team or individual options available with everyone getting a memorable Sporting Proud T-shirt and a chance to celebrate afterwards at the sunset BBQ which participants enjoy for free. All supporters welcome to join us and give small donation to enjoy a burger and beer in the celebrations.
Admission: Free
  1. Clare
Clarecastle Show
Saturday, September 1 at 9 AM - 8 PM
Admission: Free
  1. Cork

Yoga in the Park With Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre
1st September @ 10am
Join Himalaya Yoga Valley Centre this summer for one of Cork’s most popular outdoor weekly events, Yoga in The Park for Cork Simon Community! Every Saturday, yoga enthusiasts and novices will stretch it out in aid of Cork Simon Community to help fight homelessness through yoga. We will host this weekly donation yoga class every Saturday morning at 10:00am- 11.15am in front of the bandstand at Fitzgerald's Park, Cork City. Last year, each weekly class saw up to 250 people join the Himalaya Yoga Valley team for yoga in the park and we hope to make this year an even greater success!
Admission: €5 donation
  1. Kerry

The Ring Of Kerry - Charity Ride
Saturday, September 1 at 8 AM - 5 PM
Ride the Ring of Kerry in aid of IHWT. Riders will be split into groups and each group will ride one part of the Ring of Kerry. Once you register, you will be given a start time and location. Event will begin at 8am from the Killarney Oaks Hotel Carpark and the final group will return here at 5pm.
Admission: Free
  1. Limerick
Limerick Food Tour
1st September @ 10.30am
Explore Limerick's Food Heritage:
This unique walking tour will explore Limerick’s food heritage. The tour starts the in the heart of the Georgian Quarter and continues to landmarks to experience food influences and tastes of today. This tour combines architectural, social and food trends from the Georgian Period in Limerick. Limerick enjoys some of the finest examples Georgian Architecture in Ireland. These houses allowed for large kitchens and entertaining. We will explore foods the Georgians made popular and which ones still inspire us today. We will also look at what foods were just a passing fad. We look forward to showing you all about Pigtown Limerick!
Admission: Free
  1. Tipperary
Dinosaur Day
Saturday 1st September
The 'biggest' event we've ever held here at the Centre! Come visit us on Saturday 1st September for Dinosaur Day '18.
Admission: Free
  1. Waterford
Waterford Garden Trail 2018
Saturday 1st September
The magnificent houses, gardens, garden centres and attractions along the stunning Waterford Garden Trail and the Blackwater river are bursting with life and colour and are gearing up for their annual Festival 2018, a programme which this year also includes opera, literary and historic events, drama, ceramic, art and photographic exhibitions and so much more. The Waterford Garden Trail is a magnificent and well-established tourist attraction and includes 13 different garden attractions throughout Waterford, ranging from the great old gardens of landmark houses to smaller gardens and garden centres. Several are readily accessible from the Waterford Greenway. What makes the Waterford Garden Trail extra special is that in many instances, visitors get to meet the families who live in and maintain these magnificent homes and their stunning grounds for generations. They are always eager to share helpful tips and information about gardening etc. Gardens and garden attractions on the trail include Abbey Road, Ballyin, Blackwater Garden Centre, Cappoquin House and Gardens, Curraghmore Estate, Dromana, Easter Island Garden Centre, Fairbrook House, Gardens and Museum as well as the Lafcadio Hearn Japanese Gardens. The Trail also includes Lismore Castle Gardens, Mount Congreve, Salterbridge House and Gardens as well as Tourin House and Gardens.
Admission: €5-15
  1. Galway
Yoga by the sea with Sinead
September 1 at 11:30 AM
Admission: Free         
  1. Leitrim

Tours of Homestead
1st September @ 1pm
Guided tours to Sean Mac Diarmada's homestead available free of charge. This beautiful cottage is a designated National Monument owned and maintained in its original condition by the Office of Public Works. The cottage is of considerable historic importance, not only as the single existing home place of any of the seven signatories of the 1916 proclamation but as a fine example of a traditional Irish cottage, offering an insight into what life was like over 100 years ago.
Tours are available weekdays also,to book please contact us via facebook messenger/ [email protected] or (071)9854865
Admission: TBC         
  1. Mayo
Murrisk Pattern and Family Fun Day
Sunday 2nd September
So here's a date for the diary.... The Murrisk Pattern and Family Fun Day will kick off on Sunday 2nd of September!! The day will start off with Mass in the car park at 12.30 followed by our annual sheep show at 1pm. Music will start on the main stage at 1pm with McCarrack Trad followed by Hurricane Highway! The day will be filled with music,fresh local food, children's entertainment, prizes, competitions and much much more!! Come along and visit our beautiful village!
Admission: Free
  1. Roscommon
Gateways | Fiona McDonald
Saturday 1st September
Exhibition Launch: Saturday Sept 1st | 3pm-5pm
Continues until Sept 27th, 2018 - King House, Boyle, Co Roscommon. Roscommon Arts Centre is delighted to present Gateways by Fiona McDonald. As construction of the new visual art space at the arts centre continues, Gateways is one of a series of Offsite projects presented across the county. Roscommon is no stranger to celestial enquiries and is home to Ireland’s largest telescope at Kingsland Observatory. Following a series of visits to sites in the Boyle region, artist Fiona McDonald has produced a series of works exploring live networks and the idea of making these communication/data systems more visible.
Admission: Free
  1. Sligo
Welcome back BBQ (Our Flavours)
Saturday 1st September
Thanks to the generous donations from Hawthorn Hill Farm North Roscomon, we will have some tasty, organic, rare breed lamb, hogget and goat meat (raised on wildflower pastures all year round) feast served on this day cooked by people from 4 different cultures in 4 completely different ways... Looking at the promised menu now, all i can say is SAVE THE DATE! We are most grateful to the Hawthorne Hill Farm for their contribution to our effort and will cook up a storm on the 1st. START SPREADING THE WORD, You know how we do. MENU LOADING. See you at The Northside Community Partnership Center.
Admission: Free - donations accepted
  1. Donegal
Cupcake Charity Fashion Show
Sunday 2nd September
Lough Eske Castle in association with Magee of Donegal host their annual Cupcake Fantasy Charity Fashion Show on Sunday 2nd September 2018 at 7.30pm in aid of local charities, Animals in Need Donegal and the Bill W Club - The Bluestack Foundation. MC on the evening Noel Cunningham. Participating shops include; Magee of Donegal, Zuba Boutique, Get That Tread, Peter's Man Shop and All Sports. Tickets €20 each and can be purchased from Lough Eske Castle reception, Magee of Donegal and all participating shops
Admission: €20
  1. Cavan
A Walk on Cavan’s Living Bog
Saturday 1st September
Take a walk on the wildside of Cavan! Killyconny Bog SAC in Mullagh was one of the first bogs in Ireland to be designated as an SAC and Natura 2000 site. Find out why it is one of Europe's most important peatlands with a day that celebrates its past, present and future. Organised by The Living Bog ( and St Kilain's Heritage Trust. We will have talks on the past and present as well as a display of incredible vintage machinery and turf-cutting paraphernalia at St Kilian's Heritage Centre from 2pm. There will be a FREE bus to/from the bog at 2:45 for a guided walk with Ronan Casey from The Living Bog team.
Admission: Free
  1. Monaghan
Carrickmacross Vintage All-Ireland Field Day
Sunday 2nd September
Keep free Sunday the 2nd of September. Carrickmacross Vintage Club are looking forward to hosting the Irish Vintage Society’s All-Ireland Field Day 2018. It is the first time the event has been held in the North East and the club is proud to be taking it to Monaghan. It is an honour to be chosen as this year’s hosts. The event will take place in our showgrounds on the Shercock Road. We hope to have a large range of vintage cars, tractors, lorries and bikes on display. As well as a variety of stalls and auto jumble for everyone to delve into, and hopefully find a bargain or two. The Annual Jigger Run, a Honda 50 run, in memory of club member Frank O’Connor, will leave from The Workhouse and enjoy a scenic route before returning to the show field. This run is open to bikes of all sizes. The tug-of-war competition, in memory of club member Henry Babington, will once again take place in the late afternoon. The ever-popular dog show is going to attract a large number of people and their canine companions this year. The competition is open to all who wish to partake and display their dogs. The addition of the pre-1980 tractor run has proven popular and will be taking a short route around the local area before arriving to display their vehicles at the event.
Admission: Donations at the door
  1. Fermanagh
Night of Celebration
Saturday 1st September
We are having a Night of Celebration for the successes of the 2017/18 season and a pre 2018/19 season get together. Everyone is welcome to come along and celebrate with us. All underage rowers must be accompanied by a parent. Food from Saddlers restaurant will be served at 21.00 and Malcolm Cathcart will entertain us until the small hours. Tickets are £10 each and they are available from Enniskillen Royal Grammar School (Lough Shore Site) or by contacting Gaye Conway 07860888934. You can also purchase tickets from Simon Kennedy at SD Kells Enniskillen
Admission: £10
  1. Tyrone
Bluegrass 2018
Friday 31st August - Sunday 2nd September
There’ll be strumming on the porches of the log cabins, dancing in the cobbled streets and jamming outside the General Store! This year’s line-up includes the multi award winning Bluegrass & Gospel duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge, acclaimed traditional music veterans Mike Compton and Joe Newberry, Demolition String Band, Whiskey Deaf, Fellow Pynins and Allen Family Reunion all direct from the USA and Canada. Old Salt Collective from Belgium as well as Midnight Skyracer and Old Baby Mackerel from England. With home grown talent from throughout the North and South of Ireland including among others Two Time Polka, The Henrys and Northern Exposure you’ll uncover rhythms that are sure to have your hands clapping, feet tapping and heart racing all weekend long!
Admission: Weekend pass £48, Day pass U5 Free, Child £6, Adult £26
  1. Derry
Carnival of Colours
Saturday 1st September - Sunday 2nd September
Welcome...our favorite gang-a-lang to…Carnival of Colours 2018. Brought to you by In Your Space Circus. Grab your Penny Farthing…pop on your stilts…walk a tight-wire over the Foyle…roll yourself up like a human cannonball…any which way you can, just get yourself down to the most circus-y fest in town! Here we go again…The North-West’s best Circus, Arts and Music Festival is BACK in St. Columb’s Park for the 11th year! We might not be celebrating our 10th birthday again but we are celebrating… 250 years of Circus! Yep…that’s right, it has been two-hundred-and-fifty whole years since Circus landed on the planet. How exciting is that! And WE are joining in with the Circus250 celebrations which are taking place all over Ireland and the UK, with lots of exciting surprises for you…your buddies…and your buddies’ buddies. This year promises to be the best-est, most circus-y yet with TWO Big Top Tents filled with lots of international circus shows including…wait for it…okay, here we goooo… get ready for your socks to be rocked. Tumble Circus, Two’s a Crowd, McFois, Granny Turismo, Circle of Two and our very own Fancy Pants Circus! And out in the field you will be dazzled and regaled by our troupe of Circus 250 characters alongside the incredible
Admission: £8/10
  1. Antrim
Portrush Airshow / Airwaves Portrush
Saturday 1st September - Sunday 2nd September
Organised by Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Air Waves is a flagship event in the Northern Ireland calendar, hosted in the popular seaside resort of Portrush. Air Waves Portrush has been granted Platinum status by the Royal Air Force for the 2018 event, in this their 100th year.
Admission: Free
  1. Down
Mount Stewart Conservation Festival
Saturday 1st September - Sunday 2nd September
The line-up at the festival includes an insightful talk with Labour MP, Kate Hoey and former Alliance MLA Anna Lo. Additional guest speakers including Rebecca McCabe, David Aaronovitch, Roaul Martinez and Daniel Macmillan Voskoboynik. Historians Adrian Tinniswood and Dr Diane Urquhart will be joined by Lady Rose Lauritzen. There is also a stellar line-up of acclaimed guests who will engage visitors in debates, sensory experiences and talks on a vast array of emotive and inspirational subjects.
Admission: Free, Ticketed talks £9.54 Adult, £4.77 child
  1. Armagh
Autumn Book Fair
Browse through the hundreds of second hand books in our Courtyard and stock up on your winter reads. There's sure to be something for everyone.
Admission: Adult £6.50, Child £3.25
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