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



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: 05/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
RoolaBoola Children's Arts Festival
RoolaBoola Children's Arts Festival
RoolaBoola Children's Arts Festival is a fantastic festival for families offering the very best arts experiences tailor-made for children aged 2 to 12 years. The 2016 festival will feature theatre, film, workshops, music, an exhibition, story readings and lots of fun.
Start: 28/10 End: 31/10 www.thelinenhall.com
e: linenhall@anu.ie
Phone: +353 94 9023733
Linenhall Street, Castlebar, Mayo

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
Take a 1916 Selfie!
Take a 1916 Selfie!
Take a hat, take a seat and take a selfie! At the end of our 1916 Tales from the Other Side exhibition we have a dressing up corner, where everyone can choose a hat from one of the characters from the display cases. We also have the quills & ink as always and you can take a look at some bullet wounded books from 1916 and some modern recreations!
Start: 07/07 End: 23/12 Times: 10am-5pm (excl. Tu & Admission: Children free/Adults & Concess www.marshlibrary.ie
e: julie.burke@marshlibrary.ie
Phone: 014543511
Marsh's Library, St. Patrick's Close Dublin
Fun Children's Workshops
Fun Children's Workshops
Join us for more fun workshops at Christ Church, on the second Saturday of every month. Create your own Tudor accessories, make a circular weaving, learn the art of calligraphy, design your own Viking character, felt your own bird or become a chorister for the day. Further details on our website. Please email ruth@christchurch.ie to join in.
Start: 09/07 End: 10/12 Times: 2-4pm Admission: 2 euro per child christchurchcathedral.ie
e: ruth@christchurch.ie
Phone: 016778099
Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
Richmond Barracks Exhibition Centre
Richmond Barracks Exhibition Centre
A new exhibition centre developed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. Set in the historic Richmond Barracks – within whose walls over 3,000 Irish rebels were held – the interactive, multimedia attraction will trace the story of the site from military barracks to housing estate and from school, to exhibition centre.
Start: 17/08 End: 23/12 Times: 10am - 4pm Admission: €3-€17 www.richmondbarracks.ie
e: richmondbarracks@dublincity.ie
Phone: 012228477
Off Bulfin Road, Inchicore Dublin
Birthday Cakes!
Birthday Cakes!
A very special exhibition - of cake! Some of Ireland's best cake artists have joined together to celebrate The Ark’s 21st birthday with an exhibition of spectacular birthday cakes representing The Ark and our past projects. Following our highly successful 2014 exhibition Cake Dahls, Niamh Geraghty of Perfectionist Confectionist and Paul Redmond of Purple Feather Cake Design have gathered together 30 cake artists from all over Ireland to celebrate 21 years of The Ark, all in the delicious medium of cake and sugar!
Start: 23/09 End: 25/09 Times: 10:30am - 5pm Admission: Free www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Monkstown Village Day
Monkstown Village Day
Join us for a FREE family fun day, with special guests, Wooly Ward’s Farm and Reuben The Entertainer from RTÉ. Pop down for a delicious BBQ with live music from Comhaltas and lots of entertainment!
Start: 24/09 End: 24/09 Times: 12:30pm - 4:30pm Admission: Free www.monkstown150.com/
e: monkstown150@gmail.com
Phone: 0035312802310
St Patrick's Community Centre, Carrickbrennan Road, Monkstown, Co. 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: 05/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Zeminar - National Youth Summit
Zeminar - National Youth Summit
This October Bressie, Jamie Heaslip, Lynn Ruane, Dr. Rhona Mahony, Foroige, Jigsaw, Spunout, TCD, DIT and many more will combine for a landmark event dedicated to GenerationZ, their Teachers and Parents. Focussing on 15-20 year-olds, it will provide a supportive and innovative space to highlight and address what really matters to young people in Ireland. Our mission is to recognise the importance of this demographic in society; to provide them with a space where they can inform themselves on issues of interest and come away feeling confident they can make a difference in their own lives, and in the lives of others.
Start: 11/10 End: 13/10 Admission: €5 (Earlybird).  All Teachers & Trainee Teachers go FREE. www.zeminar.ie
e: hello@zeminar.ie
Phone: +353874123378
RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin
Family Hang-Out Zone
Family Hang-Out Zone
If you’re feeling adventurous you can explore the building as you follow our special Art Trail, you can take a look at images, posters and artwork from some of our favourite events from our first 21 years, get creative in our drawing and writing stations, share your ideas for events you’d like to see over the next 21 years, or simply curl up with a book from our library!
Start: 22/10 End: 06/01 www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Tiny Tunes: Early Years Cabaret Performances
Tiny Tunes: Early Years Cabaret Performances
Cabaret queen Susannah de Wrixon faces her toughest critics yet as she sings from her charming collection of tunes for the under fives. Songs old and new, songs short and sweet, perfect for little ones to tap their feet. If you're happy and you know it then come along and show it at the coolest cabaret for little people. Featuring Derek Cronin on piano. Approx 40 minutes. For Ages 2-4
Start: 29/10 Times: 10:30am & 11.45am Admission: €12/€9 per person www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin
Dabbledoo Music Family Workshops
Dabbledoo Music Family Workshops
Let us introduce you to an exciting new way to make music together as a family using shapes, colours and animation. Using a fun easy-to-follow colour-coded system and animated music games Dabbledoo guarantees any aspiring musician young or old, will instantly be singing and playing along together. Everyone gets an instrument and everyone gets to join in. This is live music making at its most fun and a great way to enjoy music-making together that your family can continue at home! Led by Dabbledoo Music creator Shane Mc Kenna and a host of colourful musical characters. 45 mins (Ages 5-7), 60 mins (Ages 8+).
Start: 29/10 Times: 12pm (Ages 5-7) & 2pm (Ages 8+) Admission: €11 per person. All children must be accompanied by a participating adult www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@theark.ie
Phone: 01 6707788
11a Eustance Street, Temple Bar Dublin

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Girls – Friends, Frenemies & Fights
Girls – Friends, Frenemies & Fights
Parents will develop an understanding of peer aggression; the hurtful behaviours girls use in their relationships and the roles that are played out. Parents will learn assertive communication tools and healthy conflict resolution techniques that girls can use when dealing with friendships and bullying. Presented by Clare Crowley Collier, Counsellor from Family Matters.
Start: 27/09 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6285530
Maynooth Library,Main Street, Maynooth, Kildare
Speakeasy © Talking to Your Children about Growing Up
Speakeasy © Talking to Your Children about Growing Up
Many parents fear the time when their child starts reaching the years of puberty. They may also dread the time when their child starts to take an interest in others where intimacy is involved on an emotional and sexual level. This can be even more difficult for parents of children special needs or children who have issues with social skills. Anita will talk about elements of the course which is delivered by the IFPA and is designed to provide parents of any age child with an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge and confidence in talking to their child about relationships, sexuality, growing up and keeping safe.
Start: 29/09 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: leixliplib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6060050
Leixlip Library, Captain's Hill, Leixlip, Kildare
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: 05/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Self-harming Behaviours in Young People
Self-harming Behaviours in Young People
Many young people do things that they know are harmful to themselves to help them to cope with difficult emotions or experiences. This might be eating or drinking too much or taking drugs. Sometimes young people intentionally harm themselves for the same reasons. This presentation will provide information for parents in how to recognise and respond to signs of self-harming behaviours in their teens. It will also cover the issues that affect children and adolescents who access Pieta House services and the type of help they can offer. Presented by Marguerite Kiely, Clinical Director, Pieta House
Start: 24/11 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie
e: naaslib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 045 879111
Naas Library, Harbour View, Naas, 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: 05/10 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: 05/10 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations