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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: 02/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Galway Food Festival 2016
Galway Food Festival 2016
The 5th annual Galway Food Festival - celebrating Galway's culinary landscape - will take place on the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend 2016. A Seaside Foraging trip will also take place for those interested in 'digging for their dinner', and there will also be pop ups, cocktail classes, wine tastings and a comprehensive schedule of talks on a range of topical issues in the food and drinks industry.
Start: 24/03 End: 28/03 Admission: 60 € for the weekend ticket www.galwayfoodfestival.com
e: pearsedoherty@gmail.com
Phone: +353 87 1320463
Various Venues Galway City
Cowboys and Heroes Country Music Americana Festival
Cowboys and Heroes
Cowboys and Heroes is an Americana and Country Music Festival in a western themed resort in the idyllic back drop of Drumcoura Lake. We offer a camp site and amusements such as face painting, pony rides, best dressed cowboy and cowgirl competition, a fantastic line-up including Nathan Carter and many more artists. It truly is a great event for young and old.
Start: 03/06 End: 06/06 Admission: 60 € for the weekend ticket cowboysandheroes.ie
e: cowboysandheroes@gmail.com
Phone: (071) 96 45781
Drumcoura Offices, Derrygoan, Ballinamore Leitrim

Dublin County



Saturday Workshops
Saturday Workshops
Join us for a new series of workshops inspired by the Cathedral's collections, building and history, from paper and candle making to drip-drawing and tile designing. Children and adults welcome. Second Saturday of every month in the South Transept. Booking essential. Please see our website 'Education' page for more details.
Start: 09/01 End: 11/06 Times: 2-4pm Admission: Free (Cathedral admission appl http://christchurchcathedral.ie/education/workshops-2016
e: ruth@christchurch.ie
Phone: 016778099
Christ Church Cathedral Dublin
Clay Pot Making
This February it’s Clay Pot Making with the Irish School of Archaeology! Fancy getting your hands a bit dirty? Well come and learn all about how to make an ancient Clay pot, decorate it with history inspired designs and find out what they were used for!
Start: 06/02 Times: 10am to 5pm daily Admission: Adult: €7.50, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): €23.00 www.dublinia.ie
e: info@dublinia.ie
Phone: 01-6794611
Dublinia, St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch,
BEES! A Musical
BEES! A Musical
Every Saturday & Sunday. A musical show for Ages 6+ filled with buzzing and songs, dancing and flying. Oh and you’ll learn lots of important things about bees along the way! BEES! is a funny, factual foray into the lives of pollinators and their importance for us humans which will have you singing along and filling your garden with bee-friendly plants.
Start: 13/02 End: 13/03 Times: 2pm - 4pm Admission: €12/€9 per person. €40 for four people. www.ark.ie
e: boxoffice@ark.ie
Phone: 01 670 7788
11a Eustace St, Temple Bar Dublin
Dublin International Film Festival
Dublin International Film Festival
DIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe to Irish audiences. A citywide event that takes place in many of the city centre’s cinemas and venues, the festival is a veritable filmic feast for lovers of this rich medium. The majority of films shown are actual Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland.
Start: 18/02 End: 28/02 www.diff.com
e: info@diff.com
Phone: +353 1 6624260
Dublin City Centre
Spring Festival Gala
Spring Festival Gala
The UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland, in conjunction with the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, is delighted to present its Spring Festival Gala with special guest appearance by China National Opera and Dance Drama Theatre Opera Troupe, bringing together a group of outstanding performers from all parts of China. This will be their debut performance in the Convention Centre Dublin as well as a wonderful occasion for the Chinese community and Irish Friends to celebrate the year of Monkey
Start: 18/02 End: 18/02 Times: 7pm www.cii.ie
Phone: 017163000
UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland Convention Centre, Belfield, Dublin
Meet the Monkeys Workshop
Meet the Monkeys Workshop
Have you ever noticed that the animal’s habitats in Dublin Zoo occasionally have some unusual objects such as papier-mâché balls, carved pumpkins, wrapped gifts, ice sculptures or unusual cakes? This is called enrichment. Enrichment is used as a way of making the environment animals live in more stimulating and encourages their natural behaviour. Participants will learn all about the various monkeys in Dublin Zoo and get involved in preparing enrichments of their very own to deliver to the animals.Suitable for ages 8 - 12. * Please contact the Discovery and Learning department.
Start: 18/02 End: 19/02 Times: 11am - 12.30pm Admission: Tickets €10 per child (this includes entry to Dublin Zoo)* www.dublinzoo.ie
e: education@dublinzoo.ie
Phone: 01 4748932
Phoenix Park, Dublin
MID TERM one day SCIENCE CAMPS
MID TERM one day SCIENCE CAMPS
AGES 6-11 years Our Science camps are very hands-on and children get to make and take home something most days including their own SLIME, FOSSILS, MODEL GLIDERS, RAINBOW GLASSES and MORE ! They wear Lab coats and goggles !
Start: 18/02 End: 19/02 Times: 10am - 2pm Admission: €30 www.junioreinsteinsscienceclub.com
e: junioreinsteinsscienceclub@gmail.com
Phone: 0858641959
Greystones,Killiney,Dunboyne 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: 02/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
Myths, Folklore and Legends Storytelling Sessions
It’s Seachtain na Gaeilge this week and we have some dramatic storytelling sessions about myths, legends and folklore with some Irish words thrown in for the week that’s in it!
Start: 05/03 Times: 10am to 5pm daily Admission: Adult: €7.50, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): €23.00 www.dublinia.ie
e: info@dublinia.ie
Phone: 01-6794611
Dublinia, St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch,
Artefact Handling
Join archaeologists and museum professional Donna Gillian and experience the unique opportunity to take part in handling real artefacts and hearing the stories behind them. Have the chance to handle real artefacts from the past with their own stories. e.g. a simple shard of pottery - how you can date it just by looking at it and how archaeologists can find what it looked like before it was broken.
Start: 20/03 Times: 10am to 5pm daily Admission: Adult: €7.50, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): €23.00 www.dublinia.ie
e: info@dublinia.ie
Phone: 01-6794611
Dublinia, St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch,
Disney On Ice Silver Anniversary
Disney On Ice Silver Anniversary
Disney On Ice presents Silver Anniversary Celebration comes to Citywest, Dublin from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd April. Tickets from €19.50 go on sale this Thursday 28 January at 8.00am (Price includes Ticketmaster booking fee, additional charges may apply in certain circumstances) Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they commemorate 25 years of Disney On Ice
Start: 01/04 End: 03/04 Times: various times Admission: from €19.50 including booking www.ticketmaster.ie/
Citywest, Dublin
Make a Thor's Hammer necklace
This April, are you interested in making some Viking jewellery? Well come along to this special workshop and make your very own necklace or pendant shaped like Thor’s hammer!
Start: 02/04 Times: 10am to 5pm daily Admission: Adult: €7.50, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): €23.00 www.dublinia.ie
e: info@dublinia.ie
Phone: 01-6794611
Dublinia, St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch,
Viking Craft Tablet weaving/ Spinning
Come and see how Medieval spinning and Viking tablet weaving are done. See a Medieval Spinster at work using a drop spindle to turn fleece into yarn, one of the most basic skills necessary for traditional fabric making. With tablet weaving, complicated braid making is explained and demonstrated with displays of intricate designs upon the loom and tablets.
Start: 24/04 Times: 10am to 5pm daily Admission: Adult: €7.50, Family (2 Adults & 2 Children): €23.00 www.dublinia.ie
e: info@dublinia.ie
Phone: 01-6794611
Dublinia, St. Michaels Hill, Christchurch,

Leinster (outside Dublin)



Compass Club After School
Compass Club After School
Compass Club is an exciting new after school activity. We get kids into the woods, having fun and stuck into cool and useful adventure skills! There's a new Compass Club course run every term, jam-packed with tons of exciting games and activities from navigation skills to shelter building. For a full list of dates and locations check out our website.
Start: 01/02 End: 07/03 Times: 3:30pm - 5:30pm Admission: €140 for six 2hr sessions over www.compassclub.ie
e: info@compassclub.ie
Phone: 0873779263
Leinster Wicklow
Help your Baby or Young Child Sleep Better
Help your Baby or Young Child Sleep Better
Presented by Sinead Lawlor, PHN/Sleep Practitioner for HSE Kildare/West Wicklow. Sinead is a Public Health Nurse and Sleep Practitioner for HSE Kildare/West Wicklow. She runs the Pre-School Children’s Sleep Clinic for all of Kildare in the Clane Primary Care Centre. This session will look at the common sleep problems that infants and young children have. It addresses the causes of these problems and looks at ways that parents can improve the quality and quantity of their child’s sleep. The session is suitable to any parents of young children up to the age of 10.
Start: 04/02 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6272207
Celbridge Library Kildare
Happy Parent Happy Teen
Happy Parent Happy Teen
Presented by Sheila O’Malley, Relationship & Parenting Mentor. Sheila O’Malley is one of Ireland’s leading Professional Trainers/Public Speakers in the area of Well Being. Sheila holds a degree in Relationship Studies in addition to her Parent Mentoring qualification. She has been a Correspondent for Independent Newspapers and ran a TV slot on TV3 as well as on the Pat Kenny show on Newstalk Radio. Sheila will advise on how to establish a loving, trusting relationship with your teenager and negotiate the minefield of discos, alcohol, and screen time. Sheila will also look at positive relationships, peer pressure, body image and celebrity culture
Start: 09/02 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: athylib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 059 8631144
Athy Library Kildare
How to Protect Your Teen Online
How to Protect Your Teen Online
Presented by Fiona Ashe from Flashefoward Communicaions. Fiona Ashe is an award-winning digital marketing consultant and trainer. Social networks have become a more dangerous place for teenagers, with a significant rise in cyberbullying. The more parents know about the world of social networking, the more they can protect their children and teens. This training course will look at teenage behaviour online, examine the huge peer pressure on teenagers and the issues of privacy which the internet presents. It will also analyse cyberbullying: what it is, what forms it takes, how to combat it and how to prevent it.
Start: 24/02 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: maynoothlib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6285530
Maynooth Library Kildare
Mental Wellbeing and Self Care Strategies for Parents
Mental Wellbeing and Self Care Strategies for Parents
Presented by Finola Colgan from Mental Health Ireland. You cannot get water from a dry well – parents must take care of their own mental well being first. Finola will explore our understanding of mental health and wellbeing and how we can develop good coping strategies at stressful and anxious times. This presentation will include the five steps to good mental health Connect, Be Active,Take Notice, Keep Learning & Give.
Start: 25/02 Times: 7pm www.kildare.ie/library
e: celbridgelib@kildarecoco.ie
Phone: 01 6272207
Celbridge Library 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: 02/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
The International Pan Celtic Festival
The International Pan Celtic Festival
The International Pan Celtic Festival 2016 will celebrate the cultural links between the Celtic nations of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall and the Isle of Man through music, song, dance and language. Hundreds of musicians, choirs, singers and dancers will celebrate their Celtic traditions and share their language throughout this family friendly Easter event.
Start: 29/03 End: 03/04 www.panceltic.ie
e: pancelticcarlow@gmail.com
Phone: +353 59 9158105
Carlow Town
Drogheda Arts Festival
Drogheda Arts Festival
Now in its twelfth year, Drogheda Arts Festival brings an array of Irish and international artists to this historic and storied town. The dedicated arts venues are joined by some of the region's most important buildings in hosting exhibitions, concerts, readings and performances, making for memorable experiences.
Start: 26/04 End: 02/05 www.droghedaartsfestival.ie
e: droghedaartsfestival@gmail.com
Phone: +353 41 9833946
Fair Street, Drogheda Louth

Munster



Catch Me
Catch Me
Red Riding Hood takes flight in this classic fairy tail with an aerial circus spin. Come and watch this thrilling story retold as Red Riding Hood and the Wolf swing high above the audience in a forest of over 250 metres of circus ropes. Full of Fidget Feet’s trademark playfulness, Catch Me is a stunning mix of aerial feats and theatre that is suitable for children and adults aged 12 years and over. With an original score and visual projections that come alive around the performers, no two shows can ever be the same.
Start: 04/02 Admission: €8 https://www.limetreetheatre.ie
e: info@limetreetheatre.ie
Phone: 061 774774
Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue 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: 02/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations
13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival
13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival
The 13th Cork Lifelong Learning Festival features up to 500 free events citywide showcasing and celebrating learning opportunities for all ages, interests and abilities, including tours, talks, exhibitions and performances. Learn about the arts, science, sport, history and the environment. Experience a class in one of the city's colleges, listen to writers read from their work or try a few dance steps. Your only problem will be choosing which events to attend...and they are all free!
Start: 11/04 End: 17/04 www.corkcity.ie/
e: learningfestival@corkcity.ie
Phone: +353 86 6035552
Various venues in Cork City
West Waterford Festival of Food 2016
West Waterford Festival of Food 2016
There's something for everyone in West Waterford at the 2016 Festival of Food! Based in the seaside town of Dungarvan, this festival continues to grow as more and more food producers and lovers of food participate in the most relaxed and fun weekend you will have while tasting great food, hearing great stories and meeting great people! With over 100 artisan food and craft producers, this has got to be experienced!
Start: 15/04 End: 17/04 www.westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
e: info@waterfordfestivaloffood.com
Phone: +353 58 21433
The Courthouse, Dungarvan Waterford
Cork International Choral Festival
Cork International Choral Festival
Founded in 1954 to be a dynamic force in developing choral music in Ireland, the Cork International Choral Festival is held annually over the five days preceding the first Monday in May. Cork welcomes choirs from across the world for a programme of Gala concerts, schools' concerts, National and International competitions, and world-class performances, as thousands of participants bring the city to life for a celebration of choral music in all its many forms.
Start: 27/04 End: 01/05 www.corkchoral.ie
e: info@corkchoral.ie
Phone: +353 21 4215125
Cork City
Feile na Bealtaine Arts Festival
Feile na Bealtaine Arts Festival
Féile na Bealtaine, held annually on the Dingle Peninsula, has evolved from a tentative day-long event in the mid-nineties to a bursting-at-the-seams, multi-disciplinary arts festival with over 100 separate events over the course of five days in 2016. Féile na Bealtaine is rooted in the distinctive, bilingual culture of West Kerry. This vibrant festival involves the whole community appealing to locals and visitors alike.
Start: 28/04 End: 02/05 www.feilenabealtaine.ie
e: info@feilenabealtaine.ie
Phone: +353 87 3467632
Féile na Bealtaine Arts Festival, Dingle Town Kerry

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: 02/03 Admission: FREE www.heritageireland.ie
Various Locations