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Welcome to my weekly Dublin events posts, published every single Sunday sharing the best things happening around the city each week. I really hope you enjoy them.

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My top picks of events happening in Dublin this week:


EventIreland Songwriter Getaway

Location- Dublin & Galway

Description- Ireland has a musical culture that is thousands of years old, and has produced some of the most beautiful music ever written. Irish folk music can legitimately claim to be a precursor to American blues, country, rock and roll, and even hip hop. Music is still central to Irish life today, to an extent that North Americans will find surprising and delightful – it is how the Irish pass along the stories of their long and sometimes violent history. This summer, our guests will spend time in Dublin and Galway, enjoying the sights, sounds, and flavours of Ireland. Come and find new inspiration for your songwriting through workshops, one-on-one mentoring, daily visits to some of Ireland’s legendary music pubs, and exposure to the magic of one of the world’s great musical cultures.

Our Ireland Songwriter Getaway includes:

• 3 days and nights in Dublin
• 3 days and nights in Galway
• Songwriting workshops and original song feedback
• One-on-one mentoring and feedback from Murray Foster
• All meals with the exception of two lunches on your own
• A tour of the Guinness Storehouse
• Roundtrip Transportation from Dublin to Galway
• A tour of Dunguaire Castle, Aillwee Cave, Cliffs of Moher, Doolin, and Wild Atlantic Way Coastal Drive
• Evening visits to some of the best music pubs in Ireland including Doyle’s, Tig Coili and The Crane Bar.

Cost- €1200

Time- 11.30-18.00

Children’s event2nd Annual Allergy Picnic

Location- Ashtown Castle

Description- It’s that time of year again! Last year it was wonderful to see so many allergy families come together to enjoy some safe treats and chats. I’m told the allergic children particularly enjoyed meeting other children with allergies! Sound good? Then come on down to Ashtown Castle for a Dublin Allergy meet-up on Bank Holiday Monday!

This will be a casual family friendly event so bring a blanket and picnic and chat to others who also live with the daily challenge of allergies!

Ashtown Castle is located in the Phoenix Park, and has free parking, a cafe, a maze and a playground so it’s a great location!

Cost- Free to attend

Time- 12.00-14.00


EventRTÉ Concert Orchestra Summer Lunchtime Concert

Location- National Concert Hall

Description- Conor Palliser conductor ● Majella Cullagh soprano
Presented by Liz Nolan and live on RTÉ lyric fm

Showstoppers include the gorgeous ‘Ebben? Ne andrò lontana’ from La Wally and ‘My Hero’ from The Chocolate Soldier, along with a mix of orchestral favourites.

Vaughan Williams Overture The Wasps
Verdi ‘Mercè dilette amiche’ (The Sicilian Vespers)
Catalani ‘Ebben? ne andro lontana’ (La Wally)
Järnefelt Praeludium
Puccini Intermezzo (Suor Angelica)
Borodin ‘This is My Beloved’ (Kismet)
O. Strauss ‘My Hero’ (The Chocolate Soldier)
Thomas Overture Mignon

Cost- €12

Time- 13.00-14.00

Children’s eventMagical Toadstool Summer Camp

Location- Creative Genie, 190 Rathmines Road Lower

Description- Join Trisha from Creative Genie to design, build and sculpt a magical toadstool house with flickering fairy light, fairy furniture, and your very own forest fairy. Discover new painting and crafting skills with special effects that can be applied to a host of future craft projects.

Each child will take away their own special creations and a range of new skills from moulding and weaving to paint effects and much more. Places are limited to ensure each child gets plenty of help and instruction. Children under 6 are welcome with an adult to help. Old clothes, a drink, and small snack are advisable, all materials provided.

Cost- €60

Time- 11.00-13.00


EventPositive Nights Presents: Satsang With Devaji

Location- Bewley’s Cafe, Grafton Street

Description- Join the renowned mystic and spiritual teacher Devaji for an exploration of the sacred practice of satsang.

This August, join Devaji for his first visit to Ireland for a deep dive into the immaculate beauty of the one heart. His evening at Positive Nights will include satsangs beginning with a short silent meditation followed by a talk from Devaji and dialogues with participants exploring the grace of self-inquiry, the passion of devotion, and the place where divinity and humanity meet. All are welcome to fall into their hearts over the course of our time together.

Cost- €22-27

Time- 19.30-21.30

Children’s eventKidspace Summer Camp

Location- Kidspace Rathcoole

Description-  SUMMER CAMP IS BACKYou asked for it! And it’s back BIGGER and BETTER for 2019 – with lots of new activities that your little ones will love. We will have a different theme each day including: Lego- in our themed lego room Arts & Crafts – messy play, bubbles and more Baking – pizza & sweet treats Games Day – fun & games.

All activities are suitable for 4-10 year olds and run from 10:30am-2:30pm. Each day our award-winning chef will prepare a tasty hot lunch and there will also be time each to have fun in the playframes!Places are limited. €80 per child and €65 for any further siblings.

Cost- €65-80

Time- 10.30-14.30


EventWine & Cheese Festival 2019

Location- Iveagh Gardens

Description- Eatyard presents The Wine & Cheese Festival! Bigger, better AND in a brand new, leafy green, city centre location, the Iveagh Gardens!!! A stunning spot for quaffing wine and scoffing cheese

Cost- €16-20

Time- 11.00-20.00

Children’s eventEnglish Summer Camps for International Children 4 to 13 yr old

Location- Synge Street CBS

Description- Our children courses are designed in a fun and interactive way and we use different activities and resources that make the learning fun and productive. Our students learn/ improve their English while in immersion through art & craft, singing, dancing, indoor and outdoor games.

Cost- 4 days is €109/ €125 for full week

Time- 09.30-14.00


EventThe RnB Club

Location-The RnB Club, Great Strand Street

Description- Specialising in ’90s RnB, Hip Hop, Neo-Soul & G-Funk

What’s The RnB Club? it’s a monthly party celebrating all things ’90s & ’00s hip hop & rnb. We’re back this August w/ our boys Stevie G & The Main Event holding it down from 10pm–3am.

What’s Yamamori Tengu? It’s a lovely club (hidden inside a Japanese restaurant no less), the soundsystem is top class, the staff are sound, they do amazing cocktails & delish imported Asian beers. You should come check us out.

Expect to hear Biggie, Beyonce, J Dilla, D’Angelo, Outkast, TLC, Brandy, Dr Dre, Snoop Dogg, Destiny’s Child, Aaliyah, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, The Pharcyde, The Roots, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Lauryn Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, Donell Jones, Mos Def, 2PAC, LL Cool J, A Tribe Called Quest, 702, Gangstarr, Ginuwine, Montell Jordan, SWV, Junior M.A.F.I.A. and many more.

Cost- €6-10

Time- 22.00-03.00

Children’s eventAladdin Jr

Location- The Helix, DCU

“Welcome to Agrabah, City of Enchantment, where every beggar has a story and every camel has
a tail”

Discover a whole new world this August when the team that brought you High School Musical,
Hairspray Jr, Little Mermaid Jr, Annie, Grease & Oliver!, amongst others, bring Aladdin Jr to the
Helix theatre stage. Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway
show, Aladdin Jr features iconic songs such as Friend like me, Prince Ali, A Whole New World and
Proud of your boy. Join Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and friends on a magical adventure featuring a
top class cast, stunning costumes, an enchanting set design and directed by award winning

Cost- €20

Time- 19.30-22.00


EventNo More Hotels: 001

Location- Wigwam, Middle Abbey Street

Description- Too many cultural hubs in Dublin have been bulldozed to make way for just-for-profit hotels. When it comes to planning and legislation, clubbing isn’t considered culture. Or commercially viable.

The city is losing her late night soul. Prinks are taking people out of the city and we’re losing the ‘getting-ready-for-a-big-Saturday-night-out’ vibe in town.

With No More Hotels we want to get people into clubs early. We want to re-live the glory days when you were fizzin’ to get your glam on and dance into the night. We want to emphasise that clubbing is culture. We want to do all this… on the sesh.

On Saturday August 10th, No More Hotels takes over Wigwam on Middle Abbey Street for our very first party. Spread over two floors, the night will be a love affair with some of Dublin’s best foodies, DJs and entertainers.

Inspired by the dinner, drinks and a show set up of Lio in Ibiza, we’re having a cabaret from 8pm with dinner and a complimentary drink on arrival. Then we’ll be spinning the disco balls and getting sweaty with some throbbing discoteca.

Cost- €5-8

Time- 20.00-03.00

Children’s eventPlaystival

Location- Airfield Estate, Overend Avenue

Description- Returning to Airfield Estate for it’s second year this August on Saturday the 10th & Sunday the 11th, Playstival is the Spectacular festival of play and music for kids and their parents.

Playstival is a two day festival dedicated
to play and discovery, fun and excitement, great food and live music and most of all family time together.
This unique event allows kids and all the older people in their lives to get away from mobile phones, games consoles and screens for a day filled of genuine feel good fun and family togetherness.

This summer’s new festival line-up allows parents and guardians the opportunity to play with their children, or let them interact with other kids and enjoy the games and interactive shows.

Expect a live music stage with dance-worthy bands and DJs, a new world food market and a plethora of hands-on programming for toddlers to tweens as well as the grown-ups.

Cost- €15-20

Time- 09.00-18.00


EventFree Summer Concerts in the Parks: Harold’s Cross

Location- Harold’s Cross Park

Description- Dublin Concert Band’s popular series of summer concerts in association with Dublin City Council returns this year, with five family-friendly and free Sunday afternoon performances in some of Dublin’s most welcoming parks. So pack a picnic and come and enjoy an entertaining selection of classics, jazz standards, favourite movie scores, and music from musicals in a park near you.

Cost- Free

Time- 14.00-16.00

Children’s eventPaw Patrol & Friends

Location- Green Isle Hotel, Clondalkin

Description- The Paw Patrol are BACK!!
Join us on the 11th of August for another amazing show with the Paw Patrol & Pals.
Tickets are on SALE NOW.
Family of 4 – €24
Single Ticket – €8
On Sale from Hotel Reception

SHOW 1 – Doors at 1pm
SHOW 2 – Doors at 3pm

Cost- Family of 4 – €24  Single Ticket – €8

Time- 13.00/15.00



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