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Events Calendar

Below are a range of events happening around the country suitable for Parents and/or Families
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Connaught



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: 05/08 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
Guidecentral Summer Craft Party
Guidecentral Summer Craft Party
Craft, create, and learn something new! Join Guidecentral and The CHQ Building for an afternoon of summer crafting & DIY fun. Crafting stations, demonstrations, raffles, prizes, face painting, & much, much more! Book your place now through www.summercraftparty.eventbrite.ie. Visit our website for more info.
Start: 27/06 End: 27/06 Times: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Admission: €10 www.guidecentr.al/craftparty
The chq Building, Custom House Quay, IFSC Dublin
Children's Summer Workshops
Children's Summer Workshops
Styrofoam Printmaking Workshop for 8-12 yrs Mon 6 July, 14.00 - 15.00, €12.50, Max. 8 children. Easy Animal Printmaking for 4-7 yrs Wed 8 July, 14.00 - 15.00, €12.50, Max. 8 children. Bookbinding for 8-12 yrs Frid 10 July, 14.00 - 15.00, €10.00, Max. 10 children. Booking essential for all workshops. More info can be found on the museum website:
Start: 06/07 End: 10/07 Times: 2.00pm Admission: €10.00 / €12.50 www.nationalprintmuseum.ie/workshops/
e: education@nationalprintmuseum.ie
Phone: 016603770
Garrison Chapel, Beggars Bush Barracks, Haddington Rd Dublin
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Little and big kids from across the country are counting down the days to Ireland’s biggest FREE summer festival. Free workshops in art, music and theatre; kid’s court where children put their parents on trial. With over 60% of attendees being families and kids, this July’s festival puts a particular focus on children’s health and wellbeing. The Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare area will put children and their parents at the heart of the action with a focus on increasing physical activity levels in a fun and friendly environment.
Start: 10/07 End: 12/07 cityspectacular.com
e: shell@cityspectacular.com
Phone: 086 152 2200
Merrion Square Dublin
The Festival of Curiosity
The Festival of Curiosity
This July, the always-intriguing Festival of Curiosity returns to Dublin. The first of its kind, this festival features a packed programme of arts and science activities, innovative technologies and cultural performances to wow all the family.See the city transform into a carnival of wonder with plenty of free events lined up and multiple presentations to keep everybody entertained from little festival-goers to the bigger ones.
Start: 23/07 End: 26/07 festivalofcuriosity.ie/
e: hello@festivalofcuriosity.ie
Phone: 016680866
Dublin
Piano Festival 2015
Piano Festival 2015
It is a great pleasure to welcome our superb instructors, Edmund Battersby and Evelyne Brancart from Indiana University Bloomington, and Lance Coburn from the Royal Irish Academy of Music, and internationally acclaimed pianist HJ Lim, all highly regarded pianists whose credentials include prestigious university positions, prizes in international competitions, and acclaimed recordings.We are delighted our Festival is part of 2015's summer celebration of Irish culture, sport and history taking place around the island of Ireland. Many events are centred in Dublin where you can attend the Festival concerts while also exploring the rich heritage and exciting nightlife of the city. For full programme details, visit our website.
Start: 25/07 End: 02/08 www.pianofestival.ie
e: info@pianofestival.ie
The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square North 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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Leinster Fleadh
Leinster Fleadh
Tagann ceoltóirí agus cuairteoirí chuig na Fleadhanna chun sult a bhaint as an gceol agus an spraoi. Musicians from far and near come to the Fleadh to have a tune while overseas visitors come to enjoy the informal sessions of music and song and the outdoor entertainment. The Fleadh features entertainment and participation activities in addition to the competitions in traditional music, singing, dancing and Comhrá.
Start: 06/07 End: 12/07 e: craobhmaighnuaid@gmail.com
Maynooth, Kildare
Summer Reading Buzz Challenge Workshop
July Events at Kildare Library
As part of the ‘Summer Reading Buzz’ Susan Boyle will hold a ‘BEE BOOKMARK’ workshop for children aged 7 -11 years. Places are limited. Booking essential.
Start: 08/07 End: 08/07 Times: 11am - 12 noon www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 520235
Kildare Library

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
Bray Air Display
Bray Air Display
Organisers are expecting up to 80,000 spectators in Bray on July 19th. Supported by the Irish Aviation Authority, the annual Bray Air Display (#BrayAirDisplay) is part of an air display-themed weekend, with the Shannon Air Display taking place the day before at Shannon airport. The Bray Air Display is part of the Bray Summerfest festival, which runs from July 4th to August 3rd.
Start: 19/07 End: 19/07 Times: 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. Admission: Free www.brayairdisplay.com
e: director@brayairdisplay.com
Bray seafront Wicklow
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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
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: 16/09 End: 24/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in 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: 17/09 End: 05/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare
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
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: 24/09 End: 20/10 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: 24/09 End: 24/09 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@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: 20/10 End: 20/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@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: 21/10 End: 21/10 www.kildare.ie/library
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in 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
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: 12/11 End: 12/11 www.kildare.ie/library
e: kildarelib@kildarecoco.ie
Various libraries in Kildare

Munster



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
Ballyheigue Summer Festival
Ballyheigue Summer Festival
Ballyheigue Summer Festival is a week-long family festival offering something for all ages. Kids can enjoy street parties, discos, treasure hunts, pig racing, street entertainment, sand castle competitions, a fun-fair, sports competitions and more. Activities for adults include golf, running, swimming and soccer competitions. One of the festival highlights is the 'Live at the Marquee' event - four epic nights of full on entertainment live music!
Start: 05/07 End: 12/07 e: johnhealycost@gmail.com
Phone: 0872405411
Ballyheigue, Kerry
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular
Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular Cork
Little and big kids from across the country are counting down the days to Ireland’s biggest FREE summer festival. Free workshops in art, music and theatre; kid’s court where children put their parents on trial. With over 60% of attendees being families and kids, this July’s festival puts a particular focus on children’s health and wellbeing. The Super Troopers with Laya Healthcare area will put children and their parents at the heart of the action with a focus on increasing physical activity levels in a fun and friendly environment
Start: 18/07 End: 19/07 cityspectacular.com
e: shell@cityspectacular.com
Phone: 086 152 2200
Fitzgerald Park 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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations

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: 05/08 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations