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Below are a range of events happening around Ireland suitable for Parents and/or Families



Connaught



SeaFest - National Maritime Festival
SeaFest - National Maritime Festival
SeaFest is Ireland’s national maritime festival and this year it will be held in the Galway Harbour area from Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd July 2016. The extensive SeaFest programme of events will include a seafood fair, seafood cookery demonstrations with celebrity chefs and seafaring family fun. Come along to discover all about our ocean from exploration methods to shipwrecks and life of deep oceans. There will be tours of Ocean going vessels, leisure craft and boats, exhibits on marine life and all manner of festival entertainment for all ages. 
Start: 02/07 End: 03/07 www.ouroceanwealth.ie/seafest
e:  MarineCoordinationGroupBureau@agriculture.gov.ie
Phone: +353-1-6072902
Galway city centre
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: 06/07 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show
Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show
The 11th Annual Roundstone Connemara Pony, Dog & Sheep Show takes place in mid-July, 2016, at the Showground. The main event, the Connemara Pony Show, consists of 20 in-hand classes showcasing all ages and varieties of Connemara Pony. A Dog Show and Sheep Show are also included in the day’s events. A great day out is assured for competitors and spectators alike. The deadline for entry is late June. 
Start: 10/07 www.roundstoneponyshow.com
e: Roundstoneponyshow@gmail.com
Phone: 087 9018290
Farrell's Field, Roundstone Galway

Dublin County



1916: Tales from the Other Side
1916: Tales from the Other Side
A new exhibition exploring minority experiences of the Irish revolution, especially stories from the Irish Protestant communities. A fact-finding activity sheet is provided for children. Includes ‘Bullet Books’, ancient texts which were machine-gunned during Easter Week and have never been repaired. Closed Tuesdays and Sundays.
Start: 23/04 End: 23/12 Times: 9.30am - 5pm; Saturd Admission: €2-€3; children free www.marshlibrary.ie
e: elaine.doyle@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: (01) 4543511
Marsh's Library, St Patrick's Close, Dublin 8
Song of the Sea: The Exhibition
Song of the Sea: The Exhibition
A beautiful exhibition that gives you a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of the Oscar® nominated film Song of the Sea by Irish animation company Cartoon Saloon. Part of our Get Animated Summer Programme. This interactive exhibition of original drawings, prints, storyboards and animation provides an imaginative and accessible insight into the movie-making process and reveals what was involved in creating an Academy Award® nominated film.Every Sat & Sun. Also open Tue – Fri (from 1 July) & Bank Holiday Mon 1 Aug. The exhibition is best suited for ages 4+. Final entry at 4.30pm.
Start: 11/06 End: 31/08 Times: 10.30am – 5pm (Final entry 4.30pm) Admission: Free entry. No advance booking required. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Early Years Workshops: Moving Pictures!
Early Years Workshops: Moving Pictures!
Dive into an underwater adventure with artist Paula Henihan for an interactive story-based session that will introduce very young children to simple animation forms. Ages 2-4. Paula will welcome participants into the workshop with an engaging animated story about a magical sea creature. This story will be followed by an interactive session where the children will participate in different activity areas exploring the sea and its amazing inhabitants. The story session and activity areas will allow children to experience the early forms of animation (pre-film), including flip books, zoetrope and thaumatrop, which were all simple ways of projecting and displaying moving images. June Sat 11, Sat 25, Tues 28 & Thurs 30. July Sat 2, Sat 9 & Tues 19. 60 mins duration.
Start: 11/06 End: 19/07 Times: 10am (Age 2) & 11.30am (Ages 3-4) Admission: €11/€8 per child. Member Discounts apply. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Story Doodles Family Workshop
Story Doodles Family Workshop
A ‘storyboard’ is a series of drawings that show the changes of scenes and actions for a movie, television show or animation. In this workshop, Marten will help you to create the storyboards for your very own story. You will work together as a family to create your story and bring it to life visually on paper. You will decide everything - who’s going to be in your story, where it is set and what’s going to happen! Marten will be on hand to share his expert tips and tell you about his own work in Brown Bag Films.Each child can make an individual storyboard or you can work on one together. Ages: 5+ (90 mins).
Start: 18/06 End: 20/08 Times: 11am & 1.30pm Admission: €11/€8 per child. Member Discounts apply. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Inspirefest - Ireland’s festival of Science, Technology and the Arts
Inspirefest - Ireland’s festival of Science, Technology and the Arts
This is a free event designed for families, with laptops and equipment provided on the day by Inspirefest. From coding and hardware workshops to interactive exhibitions and games, there will be an abundance of activities for small kids (7+) and big kids too. No experience in coding or technology required. There will be space for drop-ins on the day, but the organisers recommend that families register in advance if they have their eye on a particular workshop. You can register for workshops  online
Start: 02/07 familyfringe.eventbrite.ie
Merrion Suare Park, 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: 06/07 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Welcome to the Greatest Place on Earth, where Laya Healthcare will look after you and your family always! Get moving with the world famous, 8ft, fully animated Titan the Robot. Enjoy the performers on the looking after you always pitch. Laughter is the best medicine so share a giggle with Bosco  and enjoy fun and games in the garden all in aid of Lauralynn's Children's Hospice. For little kids, the Super Troopers tent has happy yoga and dance classes. Be a part of Summer Stage performing arts camps' Dance and Drama workshops for boys and girls aged 4-12 years. Stimulate young and old minds with creative arts & crafts workshops in the "Artzone" and get a free blood pressure check from the onsite nurse.
Start: 08/07 End: 10/07 Times: 12pm - 8pm www.cityspectacular.com
e: shell@cityspectacular.com
Phone: 086 152 2200
Merrion Square, Dublin
The Festival of Curiosity
The Festival of Curiosity
Join us for a cultural feast of science, arts, design and curious technology. From curiosity carnivals & urban escapes to night cycles and secret tours, to curiosity gardens & playful installations, to dancing in the dark and escaping to virtual realities, to immersive rooms controlled by your brainwaves to building robots and taking curious trails across Dublin. Take yourself, your friends and your family on a curious date with the city this July. Visitors can experience the PLAYFUL DAYS (family programme) to the lively and energetic CURIOUS NIGHTS (adult programme) at The Festival of Curiosity 2016.  
Start: 21/07 End: 24/07 www.festivalofcuriosity.ie
e: hello@festivalofcuriosity.ie
Film Screening: AMHRAN NA MARA
Film Screening: AMHRAN NA MARA
Screening of Song of The Sea in the Irish Film Institute in Irish with English subtitles. IFI Family in collaboration with The Ark. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with their Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben only knows from his mother’s folktales. Rating: PG (80 mins).
Start: 24/07 End: 24/07 Times: 11am Admission: €4.80 per person. €14.40 for 4 people (1 must be an adult) www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Family Gigs: Kíla
Family Gigs: Kíla
Outstanding Irish band Kíla play a gig specially for families as they bring their hip-shaking, smile-making, groovy brand of trad back to The Ark. With their roots in traditional Irish music, expect gorgeous melodies and some seriously fun rhythms! Kíla have created their own distinctive style of world music, which has won over audiences of all ages around the world through their nine recordings to date and their spectacular live performances.A gig from Kíla is always a hugely popular treat for any audience. Don't miss their wonderfully interactive and eclectic music which is brimming with energy and vitality. Suitable for all the family.
Start: 13/08 End: 14/08 Times: 2pm & 4pm Admission: €12/€9 per person / €40 for four people / 20% off for The Ark's Members. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Lego Animation Workshops
Lego Animation Workshops
The workshop involves plenty of hands on learning, combined with some simple demonstrations. You will work in small groups to create a set, storyboard and plan for your very own stop motion movie. Fine tune your production skills as you create a deadly sea-themed set and populate it with crazy sea creatures and characters. You will then film and edit it the movie using iPads. Your final masterpieces will then be shared on The Ark's YouTube channel you to share with friends and family! Ages 8-12 (2.5hrs).
Start: 17/08 End: 19/08 Times: 10.30am & 2.30pm Admission: €16/€14. Member Discounts apply. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Dublin Horse Show
Dublin Horse Show
The Dublin Horse Show has something for everyone. Whether you want to see exciting horse classes, view international show jumping or you are just looking for a fun day out with family or friends - the Dublin Horse Show is the place to be.
Start: 20/08 End: 24/08 Times: 9am - 8pm Admission: Family Of 6, max 2 adults + 4 kids aged 4-16, All other days - €60, (Sunday - €55) www.dublinhorseshow.com/
e: info@rds.ie
Phone: 00353 1 668 0866
RDS (Royal Dublin Society), Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4,

Leinster (outside 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: 06/07 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
School Books and Uniform Swap - Portlaoise
School Books and Uniform Swap
School Books and Uniform Swap Market. Exchange your old uniforms for second hand uniforms and books that you require for the coming school year. All local primary and secondary schools in and around Portlaoise area
Start: 09/07 End: 09/07 Times: 12p.m.- 4p.m. Admission: 2 Euro admission www.facebook.com/Laois-Barter
e: kar_chadwick@hotmail.com
Phone: 0871901059
St Mary's Hall, Dublin Rd, Portlaoise Laois
Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival
Enchanted Fairy & Elf Festival
Bring your fairies and elves to Palmerstown House (home of Santa's House Express)on September 11th 2016 from 11am to 6pm to experience a magical wonderland of fairies and elves – all in aid of a great cause- Sensational Kids charity, Kildare town. Kildare Village are sponsoring the event running costs and the charity's ambassador Tracy Piggott will open the event
Start: 11/09 End: 11/09 Times: 11 am- 6pm Admission: €25 family ticket up to end Ju sensationalkids.ie/events/the-enchanted-fairy-elf-festival/
e: info@sensationalkids.ie
Phone: 045 520900
Palmerstown House Estate, Johnstown Kildare

Munster



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: 06/07 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Welcome to the Greatest Place on Earth, where Laya Healthcare will look after you and your family always! Get moving with the world famous, 8ft, fully animated Titan the Robot. Enjoy the performers on the looking after you always pitch. Laughter is the best medicine so share a giggle with Bosco  and enjoy fun and games in the garden all in aid of Lauralynn's Children's Hospice. For little kids, the Super Troopers tent has happy yoga and dance classes. Be a part of Summer Stage performing arts camps' Dance and Drama workshops for boys and girls aged 4-12 years. Stimulate young and old minds with creative arts & crafts workshops in the "Artzone" and get a free blood pressure check from the onsite nurse.
Start: 16/07 End: 17/07 Times: 12pm - 8pm www.cityspectacular.com
e: shell@cityspectacular.com
Phone: 086 152 2200
Fitzgerald Park, Cork
Quarter Park Party
Quarter Park Party
Opening with an Ecological Obstacle Course around the Park at midday, entertainment will come in all sorts of packages – including an hour of Mindfulness with Darina O’Shea on the sprawling lawns of the park, followed by the hilarious Ringo: Music Bingo. The Quarter team have organised a creative Community Games programme for the energetic park-goers of all ages, including egg and spoon races and three-legged football. Bring something to share at the Story Sesh – a poem that you’ve written, a short story, or anything in between. Or simply bring your ears, to lend to the words on offer.
Start: 23/07 Times: 12pm - 6:30pm www.quarterblockparty.com
Phone: 083 145 2900
Fitzgerald Park Cork
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2016
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival 2016
A Taste of West Cork Food Festival brings together a unique mix of food markets and demonstrations, cookery competitions, special dinners, brunches and banquets, food-tastings, talks, exhibitions, children’s events and more. A jam packed ten days of workshops, walks, guest chef dinners, historical tours, food trails and so much more! A Taste of West Cork is Ireland’s longest running food festival and is the best opportunity hundreds of local producers have to get in front of people who are passionate about food.
Start: 09/09 End: 18/09 www.atasteofwestcork.com
e: info@atasteofwestcork.com
Phone: 087 665 5567
Skibbereen Cork

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: 06/07 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Killybegs Summer Festival 2016 
Killybegs Summer Festival 2016 
Killybegs is the ideal location for family fun this summer. The Killybegs Summer Festival takes place 5-7 August 2016.With a jam-packed festival schedule, stunning coastline and unforgettable scenery, everyone is sure to have a fantastic time this summer in Killybegs. Fish by the ton, gallons of fun!
Start: 05/08 End: 07/08 e: killybegsfestival@gmail.com
Phone: +353 (0)86 813 0495
Killybegs Donegal
A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2016
A Taste of Donegal Food Festival 2016
A Taste of Donegal has established itself as a must attend event in the North West. The festival brings together top restaurants, hotels and food, drink and lifestyle product providers in a beautiful tented village on the Pier. With the backdrop of the Bluestack Mountains and Donegal Bay, this is the perfect venue in which exhibitors can showcase and sell their products to customers who are passionate about food and drink. With over 100 exhibitors participating throughout the weekend, you can taste and purchase some of the finest food and drink available from all over the country.
Start: 26/08 End: 28/08 www.atasteofdonegal.com
e: development@donegaltown.ie
Phone: +353 (0)74 97 23760
The Pier, Donegal Town,