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Events Calendar

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



Exhibition: Preserving the Peace
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
From gallows, shillelagh and manacles to the hangman’s rope, this exhibition commemorate two hundred years of law and order through objects relating to policing, crime, prisons and punishment and highlights the sometimes uncomfortable reality of Ireland’s official past. All Ages
Start: 01/07 End: 31/07 Times: During Opening Hours Admission: FREE www.museum.ie
Phone: 094 9031751
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo
Exhibition: Onsight
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
On sight is an annual installation of artworks in and around the ground of Turlough Park. This year sees the installation of 15 artworks. The theme for ‘On Sight’ 2014 is ‘Traditional Farmhouse Fare – Farm to Plate’. This artist-led exhibition project is a collaboration of the National Museum of Ireland, Mayo County Council and Mayo Arts Squad. It involves a number of independent artists, the Rural Training Centre Castlebar, Luisne Arts Group Ballinrobe and the intercultural refugee group in Ballyhaunis. All Ages
Start: 01/07 End: 31/07 Times: Opening Hours Admission: FREE www.museum.ie
Phone: 094 9031751
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo
Walk the Beat
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life
Hear the stories behind the objects on a tour of ‘Preserving the Peace’ with the exhibitions curator Noel Campbell. Booking required. Adults and Children 7+
Start: 17/07 End: 17/07 Times: 2 - 3pm Admission: FREE www.museum.ie
Phone: 094 9031751
National Museum of Ireland - Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar, Mayo
Family events @ Tread Softly
Family events @ Tread Softly
The third Tread Softly festival, celebrating the link between Sligo and the Yeats family. The many dimensions of this family of famous artists will be brought to life over two weeks of theatre, exhibitions, cinema, music, literary events, talks and tours, alongside a programme of children’s events.  This year’s festival is offering events for young people of all ages from 3 months up. Come see Codladh Smith a tradional music experience for babies or for the older kids enjoy a lunchtime session of art and story telling. For more details on the rograme go to their website below.
Start: 27/07 End: 08/08 www.treadsoftly.ie
e: info@treadsoftly.com
Phone: 071 9161526
The Hawk's Well, Temple Street Sligo
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: 06/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Dublin County



Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Wildlife Photographer of the Year
The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition shows outstanding wildlife pictures from elephants and lions to birds and our underwater world. A quiz is available for the younger audience to engage them with the images. This annual world-class exhibition is organised by the Natural History Museum in London and BBC Wildlife Magazine and travels around the world. First time on display in Ireland!
Start: 27/06 End: 31/08 Times: Mon-Sun Admission: Discounted Family tickets www.wpy.ie
e: tamar@tadtam.com
The chq Building, IFSC, The Docklands, Dublin
Stand up Comedy Gigs
Stand up Comedy Gigs
Join us as the theatre becomes our very own exclusive comedy club for families & children. Inbetween dates for the Comedy club 2nd and 3rd of august and again at the end of the month where you can see comedians such as Reyben, andrew stanley or Al Porter enjoying lots of laughter.
Start: 05/07 End: 24/08 Times: 2pm ark.ie
e: bokoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustace Street, Temple bar Dublin
Queen Fionnual's Funny Bone
Queen Fionnual's Funny Bone
The Queen needs help. She has never had a giddy giggle, a chuckling chortle or snorting snicker. She doesn’t seem to have a funny bone and has never learned to laugh. You and your toddler will work together in a series of gentle activities all aimed at finding and tickling Queen Fionnuala’s Funny Bone!
Start: 10/07 End: 31/07 Times: 11/ 12.30 Admission: €11/€8 ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustace Street Dublin
Thursday Tales
Thursday Tales
Come along on Thursday afternoons to join us for some tall tales and create your own tall tale through art. Reading stories, writing stories and drawing stories. All you need is a good imagination! Ages 5 – 8 years Welcome. No booking required.
Start: 17/07 Times: 2.30pm to 4.00pm Admission: FREE www.nli.ie
Phone: 01 603 0213
The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
The IFI Family Festival 2014
The IFI Family Festival 2014
Welcome to the IFI Family Festival 2014! Join us for cinematic adventures of music, family and friendship. Our specially selected films from around the world include animations, live actions and Irish premieres. We have creative workshops running over these few days, and some special events and guests!Please see our website for more program and booking info.
Start: 17/07 End: 20/07 Times: 11 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. Admission: All films: €5, Family ticket: www.ifi.ie/famfest2014
e: info@irishfilm.ie
Phone: +353 1 679 5744
The Irish Film Institute Temple Bar Dublin
Where's me Kumpo
Where's me Kumpo
The Ark and the Big Bang Festival collaborate for the third time this year with a unique and fun concert giving you the chance to experience and participate in the excitement of an authentic African cultural event.The Kumpo lives in the bush in Senegal in West Africa and only comes out to play when he hears music and singing and sees people dancing. Chico and his friends want to show you how to sing and dance for the Kumpo. They hope if you can make him laugh, he will get over his shyness and come out to play!
Start: 19/07 Times: 3pm Admission: €12/€9 or €40 family ticket ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustace Street, temple bar, Dublin 2
Storytelling with Niall De Burca
Storytelling with Niall De Burca
Enjoy a fun filled hour in the delightful company of storyteller, Niall De Burca - prepare to be enthralled! All ages, booking not required.
Start: 26/07 Times: 1 – 2pm Admission: FREE www.nli.ie
e: learning@nli.ie
Phone: 01 603 0213
The National Library of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Draíocht Family day: Chunky Charcoal Animals
Family day: Simple Paper Maker
Getting inspiration from the Margo Banks exhibition that surrounds us, during these sessions we will experiment with charcoal and sugar paper. Our artists will help you learn about blending and contrast. We also will make charcoal rubbings and create a beautiful frame for our finished pieces.
Start: 26/07 Times: 12, 1 and 2pm Admission: FREE www.draiocht.ie
Phone: 01 8098029
Draíocht Galleries, Blanchardstown Centre, Dublin 15
Ridiculous! A comic poetry event for children
Ridiculous! A comic poetry event for children
Whether you're as big as a house or as small as a shoe, strap on your custard wings and tune your gnu! We have 40 RIDICLOUS minutes for you. Performers Sorcha Fox and Sinead Murphy will take you on a journey through some extremely silly, absurd and funny poems from the best loved childrens' poets.
Start: 26/07 End: 27/07 Times: 2 & 4pm Admission: €12/€9, Family ticket €40 ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustace Street, Temple bar Dublin
Children's Cookery Class with Natasha
Children's Cookery Class with Natasha
LITTLE CHEFS: Join Natasha from Natasha's Living Food for a cookery class at Cafe Joly in the National Library. Get your kids excited about flavours, vegetable preparation and kiddie knife skills and at the end you'll be presented with a meal cooked especially for you by your kids. FOR CHILDREN 6-8 YRS. Children must be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
Start: 27/07 End: 27/07 Times: 11am Admission: 20 euros entertainment.ie
The National Library, Kildare Street 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: 06/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Dublin Horse Show 2014
Dublin Horse Show 2014
There's something for everyone at the 141st Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, from Live Music and Entertainment, award winning Crafts and Art Exhibitions, Children’s Entertainment, Fashion, Shopping Village with 300 stands, Restaurants, Bars and Snacks to the best in National and International  show jumping, you won’t want to miss it.The Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day on Thursday, promises lots of glamour with fantastic prizes for the ‘Best-dressed Lady’, ‘Most Colourful Outfit’, ‘Most Creative Hat’ and ‘Elegance is an Attitude’, and for fashion conscious males there’s also a prize for ‘Best-dressed Man’.
Start: 06/08 End: 10/08 www.dublinhorseshow.com
RDS, Ballsbridge Dublin 4

Cracked
Join Pop Up Art for a witty and humorous theatre show with a clever twist on a well-known children’s story. Calling all Detectives! The state police are baffled, the citizens are demanding answers. Can you crack the case and be crowned Supremo Detective Extraordinaire? Particularly suitable for those who like their comedy gruesome and gory (with a surprising comic twist!).
Start: 16/08 End: 17/08 Times: 2pm, 3pm, 4pm Admission: €12/€9, Family ticket €40 ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace Street, temple bar, Dublin
WonderFest
WonderFest
WonderFest, a music and entertainment festival designed specifically for children, takes place in the grounds of Malahide Castle 16th-17th August. It offers families an authentic festival experience with music, culture, dance, theatre, animals and craft features. The festival is non-alcoholic with alcohol consumption strictly limited to the “Parents Tea-Party” area and children under 3 are free.
Start: 16/08 End: 17/08 Times: 10am-9pm Admission: €12.50 per child for weekend www.wonderfest.ie
Malahide Castle Dublin
Family fitness fun weekend
family fitness fun weekend
Family fitness fun We'd like to invite all parents with their children on Bank Holiday Monday. Parents will be able to test their abilities in classes while the children will be taken care of. Activities such as singing, dancing and even just coloring will be available to children under close eye of our staff for the whole day. Why not set an example to your children? Active Parent? Active Child
Start: 24/10 End: 27/10 Times: 9 - 6 Admission: €12 www.sportevent.ie
e: info@sportevent.ie
Phone: 0873448483
st.catherines centre,dublin 8 Dublin
Jackula
Join Jackula on a spooktacular quest to step out of his older brother's shadow and become the world’s most magical vampire. Laugh as Jackula makes his pet ghost dance. Gasp as Jackula balances five glasses of water on his face. After the show, every child gets to do a trick!
Start: 31/10 End: 31/10 Admission: 7 euro www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/jackula
e: boxoffice@paviliontheatre.ie
The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire Dublin
Gruffalo
Gruffalo
Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined? The Gruffalo is the perfect family treat with plenty of songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3+
Start: 02/11 End: 03/11 Admission: Adult €13 / Children €11 / Fam www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/the-gruffalo
The Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire Dublin

Leinster (outside Dublin)




Bray Summerfest
Bray Summerfest is the biggest free festival in Ireland, boasting the best in live music, theatre, workshops, street performance, air show, funfairs, visual arts, markets, comedy, fireworks, kiddies fun, sports, outdoor gigs,  body and soul therapies, and much much more and all over 6 weeks – the entertainment never stops!
Start: 05/07 End: 04/08 www.braysummerfest.com/
Various locations in Bray Wicklow
Coding Workshops for 11 – 12yrs
Leixlip Library
Introduction to computer programming using Scratch. Learn how to create your own games, animation, stories and interactive art. Participants must attend both weeks.
Start: 10/07 End: 17/07 Times: 12 – 1.30pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Kildare

Arklow Seabreeze Festival
Arklow Seabreeze Festival is a four-day, street festival with plenty of entertainment and has a carnival atmosphere for the children. There will plenty of entertainment and a variety of music to suit your tastes. There are also several competitions to get you really excited. You will even find some more ‘unique’ events, such as the burger eating competition, greasy pole competition, wheelbarrow obstacle race, pig derby and ice cream eating competition!
Start: 19/07 End: 21/07 visitwicklow.ie
Arklow Wicklow
Bee Sun – Catcher or Bee Mobile
Bee Sun – Catcher or Bee Mobile
As part of the ’Summer Reading Buzz’ , Laidain Butler  will help the children design and create a bee mobile. Suitable for children 6 – 10 years. Places are limited.  Booking essential. - Wednesday, 23rd  & 30th July
Start: 23/07 End: 30/07 Times: 11am – 12noon www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Kildare Library

Dundalk Youth Arts Festival
Dundalk Youth Arts Festival, will provide a mixture of high quality Music, Visual Arts, Dance and Drama. The festival is brought to you by Dundalk Youth Centre, Creative Spark, Music Generation Louth and M.A.D Youth Theatre and focuses on providing an opportunity for young people ages 12-21 years to get involved in the arts, develop their skills and to see top quality artistic talent. The festival has a mix of performances, workshops and outdoor events and brings together some of Ireland's best artistic talent to entertain all the family, throughout the weekend.
Start: 27/07 End: 29/07 www.facebook.com/DundalkYouthArtsfestival
e: infodyaf@gmail.com
Dundalk, Co. Louth
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: 06/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Abbeyshrule Airshow and Village Festival
The Abbeyshrule Airshow and Village Festival is an exciting and spectacular event regularly featuring aircraft from the Irish Air Corps, US Air Force and some of the best civilian acts in Ireland and the UK. The annual fly-in held in conjunction with the air show regularly attracts visitors from around the world in particular the UK and Europe. An exciting and fun weekend awaits all the family with model aircraft, hot air balloons and a static air craft exhibition.
Start: 15/08 End: 17/08 www.longford.ie
Abbeyshrule Airfield, Co Longford

Munster



Retrospective Exhibition
Retrospective Exhibition
The Retrospective Exhibition being held in Limerick Museum at the moment, and will run through to the end of the year, it will take you on a journey through 800 years of Limerick’s governmental history. The Exhibition is open weekdays from 10am-5pm, closed for lunch 1pm-2pm The exhibition is free, fully accessible, and worksheets are available for children.
Start: 09/07 End: 09/12 Times: 10am-1pm, 2pm-5pm Admission: Free e: archives@limerick.ie
Limerick Museum, City Hall, Merchant's Quay, Limerick

Sneem Family Festival
Sneem Family Festival – 5 days of fun for all the family on the beautiful Ring of Kerry. Events include: Wife carrying ~ ‘ChaIrity’ Auction ~ Crab fishing ~ Sneem’s Got Talent ~ Craft and country market ~ Motorised kayaking ~ Laughter Yoga ~  Guided walks ~ and much much more over the 5 days!
Start: 16/07 End: 20/07 http://www.sneemfamilyfestival.com
Sneem, Co. Kerry
Spraoi International Arts Festival
Waterford Spraoi International Street Arts Festival
Ireland’s biggest festival parade hits the streets this August bank holiday. Spraoi will offer more than 150 free shows over three days, performed by hundreds of costumed performers and musicians from around the world, ranging from the exotic to the hilarious to the visually stunning. Enjoy exotic street performers, festival parades, world music and street food in an entertainment package the whole family will enjoy. A highlight is To The Waters and the Wild, a spectacular night-time festival parade inspired by the Yeats poem and featuring 200 costumed performers, floats, special-effects and live music. 
Start: 01/08 End: 03/08 http://www.spraoi.com/
e: info@spraoi.com
Phone: 051 841808
Carrickpherish, Waterford
Drop in Arts & Crafts
Hunt Museum First Saturdays
The first Saturday of every month, the crafts will be related to the story that will be told at The Limerick City Library that day during their story-telling time!
Start: 02/08 Times: 10.15 - 11.15 Admission: €2 for one child, €3 for both www.huntmuseum.com
e: adminoffice@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-790083
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
Kids Arts & Crafts Club
Hunt Museum First Sundays
The first Sunday of every month. A different theme every session! Advance booking recommended
Start: 03/08 Times: 14.30 - 16.30 Admission: Free www.huntmuseum.com
e: joni@huntmuseum.com
Phone: 061-312833
The Custom Hse, Rutland Street, Limerick
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: 06/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Tramore Surf and Sea Festival
The Tramore Surf and Sea Festival is a festival of entertainment, events, activities, competitions, music, good food and lot’s of fun for the whole family. Join us at the 2014 festival in September at Tramore, Co. Waterford and help us celebrate the end of another great summer season.
Start: 20/09 End: 28/09 www.surfandseafestival.com
Tramore Waterford

Ulster




Earagail Arts Festival
With two weeks of music, theatre, visual arts, film, literature, childrens, circus and carnival entertainment at Donegal’s largest arts festival, the Earagail Arts Festival has a programme that honours the true creative spirit of County Donegal.
The Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual multidisciplinary arts festival. The festival takes place every July, bringing high profile contemporary and traditional arts throughout County Donegal on the North West Atlantic seaboard of Ireland.
Start: 12/07 End: 26/07 www.eaf.ie/
Phone: (0)74 9168800
Many Locations throughout Donegal

Festival of the Erne
The Festival of the Erne will host a programme of great variety for all the family. From pig racing to a bonny baby competition, the festival has something to offer everyone of all ages. Kicking off with the Lady of the Erne Competition, there will be six fun filled days for all the family including a treasure hunt and kids fancy dress, and also the Northwest’s largest adults fancy dress which this year will include street entertainment and cash prizes.
Start: 30/07 End: 04/08 www.festivaloftheerne.com
Belturbet, Co.Cavan
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: 06/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations