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Below are a range of events happening around the country suitable for Parents and/or Families
You can view our full list of Family Events below or alternatively select your province for events in your area.


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Connaught




Irish Unschooling Conference 2015
This second Irish Unschooling Conference will take place on Saturday 16th May 2015 and is designed for all those who are interested in learning more about or are following an unschooling approach to Home Education. This is an approach where there is no set curriculum and children and young people learn through everyday life and through following their interests, all the while accompanied and supported by those around them. It is a legal and valued form of education in Ireland. We invite all those interested in rethinking education to attend. Tickets are available on our website.
Start: 16/05 Times: 9.30am - 5.15pm Admission: €17.50 irishunschoolingconference.com/
NUIG Galway
Feile na Tuaithe
Feile na Tuaithe
The biggest free family festival in the West attracting 25,000. Family activities and attractions, a craft village, music, art, food, horticulture & a host of demonstrations & displays celebrate the best of traditional & contemporary Irish life. All festival elements are a joyful celebration of the countryside. Includes The Celtic Tenors & celebrity chefs Catherine Fulvio and Domini Kemp.
Start: 23/05 End: 24/05 Times: 12 noon - 5pm Admission: FREE www.museum.ie
e: feile@museum.ie
Phone: 094 9031762
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough, Castlebar, Co. Mayo
Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 03/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
SKY ROAD TV & FILM FESTIVAL
SKY ROAD TV & FILM FESTIVAL
Sky Road TV & Film Festival 2015 festival will take place from the 9th - 11th October at the Station House Theatre, Clifden, Connemara, Co. Galway. Make sure to like us on Facebook at Sky Road TV & Film Festival, follow us on Twitter @SkyRoadFilm and go to www.skyroadfilmfestival.ie to keep up to date with the festival.
Start: 09/10 End: 11/10 www.skyroadfilmfestival.ie
e: info@skyroadfilmfestival.ie
Phone: 09533924
Station House Theatre, Clifden, Connemara, Galway

Dublin County



FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS
FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS
Irish Design 2015 is delighted to offer an exciting range of FAMILY DAY DESIGN WORKSHOPS in our Design Hub @ Dublin Castle. These fun workshops encourage creative thinking, help to build dexterity and introduce children to new design/craft skills through playful experimentation with materials, techniques and ideas. On alternate Saturdays of every month we invite young makers and their families to the ID2015 Design Hub in Dublin Castle, to take part in hands-on design and crafting workshops which begins with a tour of the gallery, specially designed to get you in the mood for creating.
Start: 28/02 End: 30/12 Times: 10.30am - 11.30am & Admission: Free www.irishdesign2015.ie
e: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie
Phone: 01 645 88 45
Design Hub at the Coach House, Dublin Castle
Book Adventurers Club
For families and children from 3 years of age who wish to enjoy reading in Spanish. What do we want? Encourage reading and out loud reading, sharing a good time among books, stories and illustrations. You are welcomed to bring your favourite book to read and share with other children. First Wednesday of the month
Start: 04/03 End: 03/06 Times: 15:30 - 16:30 Admission: Free dublin.cervantes.es
e: reservas.dublin@cervantes.es
Phone: 016311533
Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Lincoln House, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2
Scary (and Hairy) Tales from Marsh's Library
Scary (and Hairy) Tales from Marsh's Library
Marsh's library has a new comic book (€2 to purchase at the door) to guide children through the library's history. It contains nine scary, hairy & curious stories that may make you squirm! To see an electronic version of the comic see our link at:
Start: 19/03 End: 19/05 Times: 9.30am-5.00pm Admission: Children €0, Adults €3 www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 014543511
St. Patrick's Close Dublin
Hidden Heroes: The Genius of E
Hidden Heroes: The Genius of E
Irish Design 2015 hosts Hidden Heroes: The Genius of Every Things an exhibition from Vitra Design Museum at the Design Hub in Dublin Castle. Hidden Heroes presents over thirty everyday items, telling their history and demonstrating the enormous significance they have today, both conceptually and economically.
Start: 03/04 End: 14/06 Times: Monday to Saturday: Admission: FREE www.irishdesign2015.ie/design-hub
e: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie
Phone: 01 6458845
The Coach House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Family Days: Irish Design 2015
Family Days: Irish Design 2015
FAMILY DAYS Explore design ideas and processes through talking, drawing and making. Alternate Saturdays, 10.30am + 12noon [5-13yrs] To book, email us at the address below.
Start: 11/04 End: 06/06 Times: 10.30am - 1.00pm Admission: FREE www.irishdesign2015.ie
e: designhub@irishdesign2015.ie
Phone: 01 6458845
The Coah House, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Waterways Ireland Docklands Summerfest
Waterways Ireland Docklands Su
This is an international event, featuring wakeboarding displays by some of the most talented wake boarders in the world. There will be an array of markets and a whole host of entertainment, including a golf water challenge, canal barge tours, raft races, duck races and even more. So there is something for all the family to enjoy!
Start: 16/05 End: 17/05 Times: 10am - 5pm Admission: Entry into the festival is free www.docklandssummerfestival.com
Grand Canal Dock Dublin
International Literature Festival 2015
International Literature Festival
Featuring ‘Bestselling Besties’ Judi Curtin and Sarah Webb, The Really Wild Show presenter and self proclaimed ‘performance zoologist’ Nicola Davies, along with much-loved author Petr Horáček, the action packed children and family programme at International Literature Festival, programmed by Sinéad Connolly, offers some unique and interactive events such as drawing with award winning illustrator Chris Haughton and learning to translate picture books with Sarah Ardizzone. Plenty of events to entertain the whole family! Tickets to all events are available online, visit our website.
Start: 16/05 End: 24/05 Admission: Approx. €5 per event www.ilfdublin.com
e: boxoffice@ilfdublin.com
Phone: +353 (0) 1 687 7977
Curved St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Monkeyshine Theatre
International Literature Festival DublinInternational Literature Festival Dublin
Monkeyshine's Paper Princess will be making her Dublin debut, as part of the International Literature Festival, at the Ark this coming May. The company will also be bringing with them The Vagabond, their wonderful wandering venue, for a day of free story-telling activities in St Patrick's Park on Saturday 23rd May. From this magical space they will be telling tales and helping audiences tell their own stories. The 'Story Weavers' events will see audiences out foraging in the park for materials to weave their own tales out of the ingredients they've found. This will be a unique opportunity to celebrate tale-telling, community and the fascination of nature. For more information, visit the website below.
Start: 16/05 End: 23/05 ilfdublin.com
e: boxoffice@ilfdublin.com
Phone: 01 687 7977
The Ark + St Patrick's Park, Dublin
Excited Digital Learning Festival
Excited Digital Learning Festi
An independent and not for profit three day festival of workshops, talks, exhibitions and discussions on the potential of technology in education, brings together the diverse interests of over 350 teachers, students, parents, policy makers and industry leaders in one forum.
Start: 21/05 End: 23/05 Times: 9.30- 5.00pm Admission: 35 www.excited.ie
e: eoin@eoinkennedy.ie
Phone: 0868339540
Dublin Castle
Dublin Port River Festival
Dublin Port River Festival
This June Bank Holiday, North Wall Quay will once again play host to the Dublin Port's Riverfest. There will be an array of activities throughout the weekend, including the arrival of three tall ships and four schooners. There will also be amusements, tug boat dancing and kayaking, there's something for all the family to enjoy. There is a pirate theme and prizes for the best dressed.
Start: 30/05 End: 01/06 Times: 9am - 6pm Admission: Entry into the festival is free www.dublinriverfest.com
North Wall Quay Dublin
Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 03/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Aspergers Training Course
Friends of Autism and ADHD
This training course is open to all Teachers, SNA, Childcare Workers and Parents. Please phone to reserve your place.
Start: 20/06 Times: 10 am - 4 pm Admission: €60 for Professionals, €30 for Parents e: bhagan@fingalleaderpartnership.ie
Phone: 018020484
Bracken Court Hotel, Balbriggan Dublin

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Helping Children to be Resilient and
Develop Skills to Cope with the Challenges of LifeDevelop Skills to Cope with the Challenges of Life
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk explores the support and experiences our children need to develop resilience or mental strength. It will help parents develop their children’s ability to thrive despite life’s challenges e.g. growing up, bullying or living with difficult circumstances; and to bounce back from adversity.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 30/04 End: 12/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
How to Help Babies and Toddlers
Build a Sense of SecurityBuild a Sense of Security
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service. This talk is aimed at parents of children from birth to two years of age. It will explain the ideas behind attachment and bonding and include strategies and tips to help children develop a secure attachment.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 01/05 End: 21/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children Deal with Bullying
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk explores possible origins of bullying behaviour, the potential impacts of bullying such as feeling upset, hurt, rejected, afraid and isolated. It will also introduce strategies to support children to develop skills such as positive peer social interactions and enhanced assertiveness to overcome the negative impact of bullying.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 05/05 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
First Aid for Parents
by Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyoneby Siobhan Butler from First Aid for Everyone
This informative and interactive course will use lots of visual aids in the presentation and there is plenty of opportunity for the participants to ask questions. Topics covered will include: * Calling the emergency services * Meningitis * The First Aid kit * Burns * Choking * Temperature/febrile seizures
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 07/05 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Time Management for Working Parents
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Parenting Expert
Do you have too little time with too many demands? How do you manage time or does it manage you? Come and learn practical tips and skills to get more time – for you!
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 12/05 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Naas Library Kildare
Social Networking & Cyberbullying Training
Presented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward CommunicaionsPresented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward Communicaions
This training course will give a simple overview of social networking, describing current social media trends. Fiona will look at teenage behaviour online. She will examine peer pressure, privacy issues and cyberbullying: what it is, what forms it takes, how to combat it and how to prevent it.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 13/05 End: 05/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Helping Children Who Worry Too Much
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk explores many of the common factors which can cause and increase worries for children. It will include strategies to help children to manage and overcome their worries so that the worries becomes less powerful in their day-today lives.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 20/05 End: 24/09 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Yuck I’m NOT eating that!
Toddler and Childhood Nutritional ChallengesToddler and Childhood Nutritional Challenges
Presented by Paula Mee, Dietician. Paula will give an overview of our children’s common nutrition challenges and needs as they grow. She will cover food intolerances and allergies; parental feeding concerns e.g. what to feed young children and what to do if they are faddy and won’t eat fruits and veg; when to consult with a specialist. Come along and ask your questions.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 21/05 End: 24/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
Summerhill Craft Fair & Field
Summerhill Craft Fair & Field
A fantastic day out for all the family!
Start: 24/05 End: 24/05 Times: 1 pm - 6 pm Admission: €3 per adult €2 per child m.facebook.com/SummerhillFairPortlaoise
e: Summerhillcraftandfoodfair@gmail.com
Summerhill Schools Campus, Portlaoise Laois
Nature Detectives
Powerscourt WaterfallPowerscourt Waterfall
Would your family enjoy becoming nature detectives for a day? Get your senses ready for a great family day out in the beautiful surrounds of Powerscourt Waterfall. Meet your Chief Nature Detective and receive your instructions and mission map. Could you become a nature detective by using all of your senses to explore, discover and learn about the bugs, beasties and plant life at Powerscourt Waterfall? Join Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum, at Powerscourt Waterfall on a great outdoor nature trail to find out!
Start: 24/05 Times: 2pm - 4pm Admission: €5.50 per adult, €3.50 per child, Family (2 adults & 3 Children) - €16 www.powerscourt.com
e: aoife.odriscoll@powerscourt.net
Phone: 087-617 9922
Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry Wicklow
Sky Cat laughs Comedy Festival
Sky Cat laughs Comedy Festival
For the twenty-first year the picturesque medieval city of Kilkenny will play host to The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival. A festival that has hosted comedians from all over the world. And this year will be no different. And for the shorties there will be a programme of family-friendly and kids’ events at the festival. The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is jam packed with shows for comedy fans of all ages.
Start: 28/05 End: 01/06 www.thecatlaughs.com
Éigse Carlow Arts Festival
Carlow Arts Festival
Carlow Arts Festival Éigse takes place at the start of June around the county of Carlow. With an eclectic programme that include events from across a range of genres including theatre, visual arts, music, comedy, film, street & children’s entertainment and much more.
Start: 29/05 End: 07/06 carlowartsfestival.com
e: info@eigsecarlow.ie
Phone: 059 9172400
Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 03/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Body and Soul 2015
Body and Soul 2015
A playground for the imagination with magic, mystery and mystical happenings, Body&Soul today announced a programme of adventures for ‘Soul Kids’; a celebration of creativity, music, play, the magic of nature and adventures in the forest, lakeside, walled gardens and hidden pathways of Ballinlough Estate. The family camping area will be transformed into a sanctuary for sleepy little ones. In the morning there will be creative workshops, yoga and wonderful surprises while, as the sun sets, the tent will re-open for hot water bottles and story-telling sessions. For more information, visit our website below. Tickets available on Ticketmaster.ie
Start: 19/06 End: 21/06 bodyandsoul.ie
e: info@bodyandsoul.ie
Ballinlough Estate Westmeath
Hay Festival 2015
Hay Festival 2015
Hay Festival Kells is back again this summer, celebrating great writing for all, with talks, events and fabulous writers for all ages. The treats in store include a stellar line up of authors for children and young adults: Derek Landy, Erika McGann, Ann Carroll, Deirdre Sullivan and Matt Griffin, along with artists from Cartoon Saloon. This is a programme of mischief, myths and mayhem, set to entertain young audiences of all tastes.
Start: 25/06 End: 28/06 www.hayfestival.com
e: kells@hayfestival.org
Phone: 046 924 0055
Kells, Meath
Groove Music Festival
Groove Music Festival
Kids’ are set to have lots of fun at Groove Music Festival - Groove Music Festival, taking place in the magnificent Killruddery Estate, are delighted to announce the details of their children’s area for the weekend. Groove looks set to be ideal for parents bringing their children to their first festival experience. With a musical line up to entertain all music fans and now with the addition of plenty of activities to keep the younger members of the Groove audience busy, all the family can enjoy the festival.
Start: 04/07 End: 05/07 Admission: Check Website groovefestival.ie
Killruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow

Charlotte Street Festival
The Charlotte Street Festival, in Wexford Town, has grown every year since it was started in 2005. Past artists include Mundy, Jerry Fish, Paddy Casey, Hermitage Green and many many more performing each year. Family activities include a Ceili, Tug Of War and a Panto Horse Race! There is something for everyone over the weekend, with live music each day from midday – there is a great weekend guaranteed.
Start: 17/07 End: 19/07 www.thestores.ie
e: info@thestores.ie
Phone: 053 9124424
Charlotte Street, Wexford
How can I help my young child to Sleep?
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
This talk aims to outline some of the ideas around infant sleep. It will cover what sleep is and how to encourage your child to learn how to sleep as well as possible. Strategies are explored for responding to disrupted sleep and promoting better sleep routines for your child.
Other parenting talks will take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 22/09 Times: 7:00pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: Naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Naas Library Kildare
Self-harming Behaviours in Young People
Presented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology ServicePresented by HSE Primary Care Clinical Psychology Service
For some young people acts of self harming can emerge as a way of dealing with painful emotions such as loss, hurt or lack of self worth. This talk aims to briefly explore the concept of deliberate self-harming behaviour. It will offer parents some information on alternative ways of helping a young person cope with psychological distress without risk of physical harm to themselves.
Talks take place in several libraries at different times over the year. Check the schedule here
Start: 10/11 End: 26/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare

Munster



Grandparents Workshop at the Granary Library
Hunt Museum
Bring your grandparents along for a day of stories and dress-up with 800 years of fashion. Booking required, email education@huntmuseum.com or call 061 312 833
Start: 15/05 Times: 4pm Admission: Free www.huntmuseum.com
e: education@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-312833
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
National Drawing Day
Hunt Museum
Be creative this National Drawing Day! A specially prepared work from artist Maeve Clancy will be divided into sections amongst arts centres, galleries and museums across Ireland. The Hunt Museum wants you to participate by helping us complete our section before it is digitally ‘stitched’ back together into a truly unique piece of art.
Start: 16/05 Times: 11am-3pm Admission: Free www.huntmuseum.com
e: education@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-312833
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
Picnic Bealtaine do Theaghlaig
Picnic Bealtaine do Theaghlaig
Picnic do theaghlaigh Gaeilge agus dátheangach i bPáirc Fhiadhúlra Fóta, Co Chorcaigh le Ghlór na nGael. Tóg Picnic leat. Bain sult as comhluadar teaghlaigh Gaeilge eile.
Start: 17/05 End: 17/05 Times: 1.30pm - 4.30pm Admission: €5 do dhaoine fásta. €2 do pháistí www.glornangael.ie
e: cabrini@glornangael.ie
Phone: 083-4455914
Páirc Fhiadhúlra Fota Cork
Open Day!
Irish School of Horsemanship
An open day to allow everyone to come on out and see our new facility, along with all the "alternative" equestrian sports we have here! Vaulting (gymnastics and dance on horseback), horseback archery, Drill team, Horse Agility, Natural horsemanship demonstrations, lectures on horse nutrition, equestrian car boot sale, pony rides, and more!
Start: 31/05 End: 31/05 Times: 11am to 5pm Admission: Free www.irishschoolofhorsemanship.com
e: info@irishschoolofhorsemanship.com
Phone: 0851415555
The Paddocks Arena, Midleton Cork
Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 03/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Irish Aerial Creation Centre
FidgetFeet Aerial Dance TheatreFidgetFeet Aerial Dance Theatre
The Irish Aerial Creation Centre is a newly opened centre for the Aerial Arts in Limerick. This year it is introducing its first summer camps and family days, where children and adults can with skilled instructors experience all the fun that aerial arts has to offer while learning lots of new skills. Family days give parents and children a chance to have fun with an activity together.
Start: 27/06 End: 01/08 Times: 11-12.30 Admission: Saturdays 11.-12.30(tour talk
e: info@irishaerialcreationcentre.com
Phone: 0894329060
Old Burlington Estate, Gillogue, Corbally, Limerick

Ulster



Free on first Wednesdays
Free on first Wednesdays
ON THE FIRST Wednesday of every month, various heritage sites managed by the Office of Public Works that normally charge admission throw their doors open for free. So it won’t cost you anything to bring the family to the State Apartments in Dublin Castle and Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin; Charles Fort in Kinsale, Co Cork; Athenry Castle in Co Galway; Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange and Knowth) and Trim Castle in Co Meath and the Rock of Cashel in Co Tipperary – to name just a few.
Start: 03/06 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations