Thursday, 31 July 2014

Happy August Bank Holiday Weekend! A few things to keep ye busy...

Wishing everyone a fab long weekend and a bit of sunshine on the side :)  As we know bank holiday weekends are an opportunity to relax and have a bit of fun for many people but some of us can find it rather long, and without a few things to look forward to, the long weekend can feel even longer...

So, here are a few city wide events and activities that may be of interest and worth checking out so that the weekend can be a fun and relaxing time for all of us ~ thanks to Richard M for bringing in the Urban Fleadh leaflets and to Joerg at the dublin free event guide for keeping track of all the great free things happening around the city every week.

~ enjoy and see you soon,
Fionn :)

Bank Holiday Urban Fleadh a highlight of Northside Music Festival

Dublin City Council has announced details of this year’s Northside Music Festival which is sure to energise parks and open spaces on Dublin’s Northside every weekend this August. It’s a free, family friendly music extravaganza that will showcase music from all over the world, including Irish trad, reggae, rock, and hip-hop.

The festival opens with an Urban Fleadh at Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, during the Bank Holiday Weekend ( Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August). The Fleadh will feature Sean Nos dancing exhibitions, the Tolca Ceili Band, live music session tents and headline concerts The Ronan O’Snodaigh Trio on Saturday and The Woodbines on Sunday.

Northside Music festival, now in its seventh year, is organised by Dublin City Council. It is supported by Dublin City BID, The Church Bar and Restaurant, Ceoltoiri Chluain, axis Ballymun and local groups and communities.

Admission is free to all events. Music sessions at Urban Fleadh and drumming workshops in Fairview Park and The Red Stables are available to book on the day and are subject to availability. Please come prepared for changeable weather. See DCC website for more info and facebook for the schedule of events.  Enjoy!                             

Live Carving: Monday July 29th - Sunday August 4th
Remains on display: Monday August 5th - Tuesday August 27th

"What we can be proud of/Happy with, being Irish?"

Opening times:
Entrance to see the sand sculptures is FREE, and you are free to wander around the Dublin Castle courtyards almost anytime, via the back gate. However if you like to take a peek inside some of the more splendid buildings you will need to join a guided tour. Tours are held Mondays to Friday between 10:00 and 16:45 and Saturdays and Sundays from 14:00-16:45

Getting To Dublin Castle:
Dublin Castle can be reached by an easy 10 minute walk from Temple Bar or Grafton Street.

Dublin Bus routes 77/77A, 56A and 49 from Eden Quay and the 123 from O'Connell Street all stop at Dublin Castle's Palace Street Gate.

Slovak Cultural Week - Meet Slovak Artists
18:00 to 23:00 Friday 01 Aug
Centre for Creative Practices, 15 Pembroke Street Lower, Dublin 2
Meet Slovak artists and members of the Slovak community. Integration workshop open to public followed by performance by Folklore group OSTROHA.
Other events will take place on Sat and Sun and the next Dublin Event Guide (for Free Events) will include these events.

Warsaw Uprising - Exhibition Launch
19:00 Friday 01 Aug
St. Audeon's Church, 14 High Street, Dublin 8

"The 70th Anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising" is an exhibition, organised by "Discover Poland" and the Polish Chaplaincy in Ireland, that tells the story of the Uprising and the roles of chaplains and churches involved.
The exhibition will open on 01 Aug at 19:00 and during the event Dr. Gabriel Doherty from UCC will talk about ''Warsaw Uprising in comparative context''. The exhibition will then be available from 02-04 August and again on 09+10 August in both periods from 12:00-20:00.
At the opening food from the era will be available, a souvenir shop will be on site and the film City of Ruins will be shown.
Admission is free to opening and exhibition.
See their website for details: discovering.poland

Bray Summerfest - Gigs
20:00 to 23:00 Friday 01 Aug
Seafront, Bray, Co. Wicklow

The following gigs will take place at the Bray Summerfest:
Friday 01 August
20:00-21:00 Jet Setter
21:30-23:00 The Harleys
All gigs are on the bandstand and admission is free. Check website for more info:

Digital revolution in Irish family history - Talk
13:00 Friday 01 Aug
National Library, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

"Genealogy at Lunchtime: The digital revolution in Irish family history" with Brian O'Donovan (Eneclann & FindMyPast) is a 20 min talk, followed by a Q&A.
Admission is free and no booking required.
"This August, the NLI is hosting Eneclann and Ancestor Network's programme of “Twentyx20” lunchtime talks unlocking the richness of Irish family history. Each talk is a short introduction to a key area, essential source or genealogy research method, followed by a Q&A session with the expert."

Classical Summer Music at Sandford (Dublin 6 every Friday freebie!)
13:10 Friday 01 Aug
Sandford Parish Church, Ranelagh, Dublin 6

Sandford Parish Church in Ranelagh is inviting to Classical Music Summer Concerts from every Friday from June to September.
The next concert is Tanya Sewell (mezzo-soprano) and Alsion Young (piano) - Irish songs and music by Purcell, Mozart, Ravel and others
Admission is free. musical events every Friday - check website for details here

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