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Event-  Summer Sean-Nós Dancing

Location- The Liffey Trust Studios

Description-  Come and join us The Liffey Trust Studios this summer for sean-nós dancing classes!

Monday evenings, 15 July – 26 August (no class 5/6).

All levels welcome; Beginners 6-7 PM and Improvers 7-8 PM.

Come learn new steps, percussive technique, improvisation, and musicality.

Fees E70/6 weeks (student E65). Drop-in E15/class (student E13)

More details at See you there!

Cost- €15-70

Time- 18.00-20.00


Event- Amadou & Mariam with The Blind Boys Of Alabama

Location- National Concert Hall

Description- Malian duo Amadou & Mariam collaborate with the Blind Boys of Alabama for a new project fusing African pop with American gospel singing. The two artists draw threads between contemporary Afro pop and the gospel music which grew out of the same West African roots.

The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Celebrated by The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) with Lifetime Achievement Awards, inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, and winners of five Grammy® Awards, they have attained the highest levels of achievement in a career that spans over 70 years. The Blind Boys are known for crossing multiple musical boundaries with their remarkable interpretations of everything from traditional gospel favorites to contemporary spiritual material by songwriters such as Eric Clapton, Prince and Tom Waits. They have appeared on recordings with many artists, including Lou Reed, Peter Gabriel, Bonnie Raitt, Willie Nelson, Aaron Neville, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, Patty Griffin and Taj Mahal.

For the past forty-odd years, Amadou & Mariam have managed to joyfully combine their love story with a musical career while becoming, discreetly but surely, the most famous ambassadors for Malian music, and African music, all around the world; a golden status that they carry with brio and playfully challenge with each new album. Amadou & Mariam have collaborated with many different people and worked with producers that seem far removed from their universe, like Damon Albarn of Blur or Manu Chao. They have invited the best artists who are building tomorrow’s pop music to play on their naïve and lively songs (Santigold, TV On The Radio, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs) and have had their tracks remixed by Yuksek, Vitalic, Henrik Schwarz, Miike Snowand Ashley Beedle, leading the songs to the dance floor and underlining their intrinsically danceable quality. They’ve played the world’s biggest festivals, from Coachella to Glastonbury, and opened for huge bands such as Coldplay and the Scissor Sisters. By enriching their Afro-pop with new pigments, by introducing to the world the richness and subtleties of African music, the duo has brought African music to the charts and to the dance floor. They’ve inspired many artists to mix Afro and electro sounds, such as MHD, DJ Mujava, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Four Tet or Jamie xx. This is proof that, if in the 80s certain crazy minds had fantasies of a Sono Mondiale, Amadou & Mariam are the ones who have made it a reality.

Cost- €29-39

Time- 20.00

Children’s event- Swords Dublin Science Summer Camp

Location- Hollywell Community Centre

Description- For age 6-11 years
€!45 per week Mon – Fri 9am-2pm
Holywell Community Centre, Swords 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! LOTS of OUTDOOR Fun

Cost- €45

Time- 09.00-14.00

Free event-  Welcome to Star School – An Intro to Astrology & Tarot cards for beginners.

Location-  St. Anne’s City Farm, St. Anne’s Park

Description-  So if you’re curious about astrology – We look at the participant’s natal charts. Learning how to read the chart for guidance, for life and business planning, or just for fun.

Tarot cards – Tarot mediation and looking a simple tarot spreads.

This class is for Adults only.

Time- 13.00-14.30


Event-  Public Tour of Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again

Location-  Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again, Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, Westmoreland Street

Description-  Join us for a FREE guided tour of ‘Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again’. Our professional guides will give you an insight into Seamus Heaney’s life, show early drafts of his work and explain the importance of his poetry in Ireland today. We look forward to welcoming you to this very special exhibition dedicated to one of Ireland’s best-loved poets.

Find us at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre, Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2. The entrance is via the Westmoreland Street door.

Cost- Free

Time- 13.00


Event- The Dublin Story Slam – FIGHT

Location-The Sugar Club, Leeson Street

Description- Everyone has a story and we’d love to hear yours. At Dublin’s only open mic competitive storytelling night hosted by Broadcaster, Author & Comedian, Colm O’Regan, we’re looking for your short true stories inspired by a different theme each month.
This month the gloves come off as we’re looking for stories inspired by Fight. From a skirmish in the playground, a clash in the classroom to a lifelong feud with your sworn enemy. Screaming matches with a sibling, all out war with your parents or a lover’s quarrel that changed everything. Perhaps you fought for something bigger than you, an issue, a problem, a challenge that needs a whole World to change it. Or perhaps your biggest fight was for or against YOU! Whether you won or lost or are still fighting it today, come ring the bell and share your story this month at The Dublin Story Slam.
Sign up to tell a story on the night or pre sign up to secure your spot by e.mailing us your name & the first line of your story to Pre Sign ups are limited to four with another four stories chosen at random on the night. and the first 8 storytellers get in for free & to skip the queue.

Cost- €15

Time- 19.00-22.00

Children’s event- BEATZ Summer Camp

Location- Navan Road Scouts

Description- Beatz Summer Camp 2019
Beatz 2nd-6th Class 15th – 19th July
Lil Beatz Junior infants-1st Class 22nd – 26th July

Sing, Dance, Drama, Play percussive instruments, write and record songs, Music themed Arts & Crafts, Make New Friends, Surprises & So Much Fun!!

At Beatz Summer Camp we encourage creativity through Dance, Music & Drama to help Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

Space is limited in each Camp to provide the most positive Camp experience as well as the highest level of Dance and Music Instruction & Vocal tuition for each child.

Cost- €100

Time- 10.00-14.00

Free event-  Jesters 2019

Location-  SIN É BAR, 14 Upr Ormond Quay

Description-  Free in Funnyness on Tuesdays & Wednesdays with 18-20 comics doing 5’s

Time- 19.30


Event-  Singin in the Rain – Summer Course – Adult Tap

Location- Arts & Buisness Campus, Drumcondra

Description-  Tap along to the tunes and learn original choreography from this film classic!
This course is intended for adult tap students of all levels, though ideally you will already have some tap experience as the classes would be difficult for complete beginners.

Register online at

3-Week Summer Course
Wednesday nights 7:30-9pm
July 17th-31st

Cost- €35 for 3 classes

Time- 19.30-21.00


Event-National Concert Hall Gamelan

Location- Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin

Description- The Gamelan is a fascinating instrument consisting of a wide variety of gongs, bells, and xylophone-type instruments, that produce a magical sound when played.
National Concert Hall Gamelan Orchestra was established by Dr. Peter Moran in 2014. The group originally began rehearsals in UCD, before moving to the National Concert Hall, Dublin, Ireland to play on the specially-built set of gamelan instruments which was donated as a gift from Sultan Hamengkubuwono X of Yogyakarta, Java.

The ensemble’s first official concert as the NCH Gamelan Orchestra was to perform alongside the Royal Palace Gamelan Musicians of Yogyakarta, who were brought to Ireland to perform before the sultan and members of the Yogyanese royal family, and diplomatic delegates from around the world, for the gamelan’s formal “naming ceremony”. Since then, the ensemble has performed at festivals around Ireland, the UK and Indonesia, including the Electric Picnic, the Bray Jazz Festival, and the Yogyakarta International Performing Arts Festival in Java. In August 2018, the orchestra were delighted to be invited to represent Ireland at the International Gamelan Festival in Java. This year, we are delighted to be returning to perform once again in the beautiful surroundings of the National Botanic Gardens.

Seating will be on the grass outside weather permitting. You may wish to bring a rug or a low-backed chair.

Cost- €10

Time- 18.00-20.00

Children’s event- Junior Songschool Summer Camp

Location- National Concert Hall

Description- Junior Songschool is a chance for 8-12 year olds to spend some time at the National Concert Hall, learning about writing, performing and recording songs. Make music and new friends!

All Songschool students receive a copy of their songs and their videos, and a Songschool certificate of participation.

Please remember to being your instrument and lunch with you.

Cost- €110

Time- 10.00-14.00

Free event-  Situational Awareness in Everyday Life with Declan Power

Location-  City Colleges, 84-88 South Great George’s Street, Wicklow House


City Colleges kicks off its Summer Series of Lectures with a fascinating look at the importance of Situational Awareness in Everyday Life.

Would you know what to do if you were in the middle of an unfolding crisis, would you struggle to judge whether to stay or go as events unfold around you?

Presented by renowned security expert, Declan Power, security advisor to the EU and author of the Siege of Jadotville. Declan will discuss real life tactics for keeping yourself safe if an unexpected event occurs.

In this fascinating lecture followed by a Q&A session, Declan will deliver valuable information and real life examples of how your initial reaction to a crisis can make all the difference to the outcomes. Learn how you can set panic aside and act decisiviely in a time of uncertainty.

This lecture is open to all and is ideal for people whose lives or jobs see them regularly visiting or passing through busy locations.

Time- 19.00-21.00



Location- Drop Dead Twice, Francis Street

Description-  A fun and open platform for artists to try new ideas, perform for the first time or just to strut your stuff. Priority is given to queer artists but all are welcome! €5/Pay what you can.

Cost- €5/pay what you can

Time- 20.00-23.00


Event- Six Plantbased Dishes from around the World with Cookery Demo

Location- Triggerfish Cookshop, Blackrock

Description- Come and join us for an inspiring evening of plantbased wholefood dishes from around the world with Chef and Nutritionist Nicky Halliday. In this class you will learn how to make traditional plantbased and gluten free dishes from Japan, Korea and the Middle East. People are becoming aware that eating more fruit and vegetables is not only good for our health, but also better for the environment. It’s always a joy to realise how tasty this food can actually be. You will also learn some top tips on nutrition with an emphasis on digestion and gut health. Lastly you will learn about the benefits of cacao and how to make simple chocolates to die for. Price includes six courses and a glass of Kombucha on arrival.

On the menu:

Elderflower Kombucha
Japanese – Miso Shiitake Dashi
Salad – Bitter Greens with Orange Tahini Cacao Dressing
Korean – Marinated Roasted Pineapple Kim Chi
Middle Eastern – Red Pepper Muhammara, Seedy Falafel, Sugar Snap & Brassica
Nicky’s Rhubarb & Sweet Potato Pudding
Lemon & Cardamon Chocolates

About your Host

Nicky studied Culinary Arts in Bauman College Holistic Nutrition School, California & Nutritional Therapy in the Irish Institute of Nutrition and Health. Nicky started the fresh food deli in The Hopsack Health Store Rathmines and worked as the Head Chef there for 3.5 years. For the last year, Nicky was living at Farm of Life healing retreat centre in Costa Rica, preparing plantbased meals for many guests. Here, Nicky learned a new way to live & heal, connecting to nature and practising meditation. She experienced wonderful openings working with cacao as a plant medicine. Nicky has held successful workshops & retreats in Ireland and loves to share her knowledge with eager people. Her creative energy, passion for her work & her heart intention shines through to create beautiful gatherings for people to enjoy and leave bursting with inspiration.

Cost- €65

Time- 18.30-21.00

Children’s event- The Festival of Curiosity 2019

Location- Various

Description- Join us for playful days & curious nights and experience a cultural feast of science, arts, design & technology in Dublin from July 18-21, 2019.

Homegrown in Dublin, The Festival of Curiosity takes place every July and is Ireland’s annual celebration at the intersection of art, science, technology, and design and has quickly grown to be one of the most exciting and innovative festivals of it’s kind in Europe.

From Playful Days (family programme) to Curious Nights (adult programme) we create, produce & curate a cultural feast of unique, visual and interactive experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive & curious ways.

Cost- Various

Time- Various

Free event-  The Liberties Festival – Blue Rinse Ball

Location-  Tailors’ Hall, 8 Back Lane

Description-  Join us for one of the main events for the older people of the Liberties, dine in style, sing some songs and dance until your feet hurt! This is a great night of food, music, singing and a lot of dancing. As ever, it promises to be a true Liberties experience!

Time- 19.00-21.00



Location- Science Gallery Dublin

Description-  Experts claim that we spend almost one day in each week compulsively staring into the looking glass on our phones: scrolling, analysing, judging, comparing, investigating. This new phenomena of consumption comes bearing a host of behaviours equipping people with the skills to edit, enhance or distort our digital persona. We can banish blemishes at the touch of a button, virtually test our favourite influencer’s new cosmetic shades, nip, tuck, filter and buff to present the “perfect” version of ourselves.

Step THROUGH THE ARTIFICIAL LOOKING GLASS into a late event that will dissect ideals of perfection with tunes, talks and treats held as part of the 2019 Festival of Curiosity. Delve deeper into the illusion of perfection and the role that AI plays in augmenting, enhancing, and even at times oppressing, exploiting and exacerbating. What do you weigh in accomplishments and values? Would you really trust algorithms to make judgements about you based on your experience? And what is the impact of societal beauty ideals on an individual?

From Playful Days to Curious Nights Festival of Curiosity create, produce and curate unique, visual and interactive cultural experiences in Dublin that merge cutting-edge technology, design, arts and science in playful, immersive and curious ways.

Cost- €10

Time- 18.00-22.00


Event- 3 day Summer intensive Fashion design

Location- 5/6 Capel Street

Description- Who is this course for ?
This course is for anyone from TOTAL beginner to intermediate , our classes are thought by individual attention in a class setting and you can take your project at your own pace.
This course is especially good for anyone who is perhaps studying fashion design or has an interest in Fashion design as a career.
You May choose to do our 3 day Fashion design or 3 day Dressmaking dependent on your individual needs and skills.

What will I Learn in this class?
You will learn (Dressmaking)
How to choose suitable fabrics for your garment choice
How to measure and cut a pattern accurately
How to cut and lay fabric correctly
How to mark and match notches
How to construct your garment from scratch
Insert facings and closures ( zips etc )
How to alter your garment to your taste
finally how to finish a garment to a high standard including closures and hems
Most people complete at least 2 garments

In our Fashion Design version you will learn
How to draft a bodice , sleeve and skirt block
A variety of block adaptations
How to construct toilles
You will design up to 1/2 garments and produce patterns for these
If time allows you will also construct these garments in class .
Whats special about this class?
Our classes are kept small and are thought by qualified Fashion Designers. We focus on what it is you want to achieve from the course and as the classes are kept so small we find students manage to get a lot of work done in these intensive bursts.

Cost- €290

Time- 22.00-16.00

Children’s event- Lego Bricks Challenge

Location- 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge

Description- Wouldn’t it be great if your son or daughter came up to you and explained how a lift or a washing machine works or what a differential is and how it works? Let their imagination and curiosity grow.

Enroll your child (aged 5 -12 years) today on an e2 Young Engineers LEGO® Challenge Edutainment Summer Camp and they will learn about these concepts and much more, all whilst playing! A very popular, fun filled camp for Lego enthusiasts. Children will be divided in 2 groups based on their age for different LEGO® Bricks challenges.

Through the use of stories, exciting experiments and building originally designed LEGO® models that illustrate Science, Engineering and Mathematics topics, your child will have FUN while learning and developing fine motor, visual-spatial and social skills to name just a few.

Our Summer Camp curriculum are completely different to our Easter Camps and our 30 week academic curriculum.

We provide all Lego in the workshop for building models including motors and battery housing and some special Lego pieces. Each participant will get to work on our unique Young Engineers kit which has been designed and manufactured especially for this purpose. Places are limited…. BOOK SOON……

Each Child will receive a young engineers T-shirt and a Lego gift on the last day of the camp.

All instructors are Garda Vetted and highly trained.

Cost- €120-135

Time- 09.30-13.00

Free event-  Donal Dineen at The Big Romance

Location-  The Big Romance, Parnell Street

Description-  There are few people in Ireland who have contributed as much to modern musical culture as Donal Dineen.

A photographer, a filmmaker and an acclaimed radio DJ; Donal’s current residency on RTE 2XM as well as his much loved Small Hours show on Today FM have provided a soundtrack to many memorable nights in cars and in bars alike.

It’s both an honour and a pleasure to welcome such a talented artist to the controls of The Big Romance for an all night, all vinyl master class. Rest assured, you will be kept dancing till the very end.

Time- 20.00-21.00


Event-  July Macramé Workshops

Location- Fumbally Stables, Fumbally Lane

Description-  Come along and join us for our July workshops.

This time in the beautiful Fumbally Stables, a bohemian and charming building in Dublin 8 where it’s impossible not to feel creative and inspired.

In these workshops, we are going to create unique compositions using recycled cotton rope and basic macramè knots that will allow you to play at home and create many different pieces of your own.

All our workshops are for beginners and no prior knowledge is required, so no worries if you haven’t tried it before or don’t consider yourself a DIY person, you will see how easy it is, once you learn the basics. Everybody can macrame!

Workshops include;
+Macrame supplies
+Coffee, Tea and light bites to keep you going.

Plant Hanger | 10:00 am to 12:30 pm
Wall Hanging | 2:00 pm to 5:00pm
Market Bag | 2:00 pm to 5:00pm

Please note tickets are not refundable, so please make sure you’re able to attend or find someone else to take your spot.

Cost- €55

Time- 10.00-17.00


Event- Dublin Maker 2019

Location- Merrion Square

Description- A day-long free, family friendly festival of hackers, crafters, coders, DIYers and curious inventors. See our full list of makers at

Dublin Maker is a free to attend, community run event, which will be held on Saturday July 20th, 2019 in Merrion Square, Dublin. Dublin Maker takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, will have an opportunity to showcase their creations at individual booths in a carnival atmosphere. It is a family friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.

Featuring a host of clever hacks, intriguing innovations and maker movement magic – come along to find out how robots are made, instruments are created, woodturners and weavers in action. Plus for the first time, see what you can make in a mobile Maker Van.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors. They are of all ages and backgrounds, coming from all over Ireland and beyond.

Cost- Free

Time- 10.00-18.00

Children’s event- The Science of Bubbles

Location- National Botanic Gardens

Description- Join Scientific Sue, Ireland’s most beloved science performer and a Festival of Curiosity favourite for her wonder-filled bubble show at National Botanic Gardens.
Have you ever wondered why bubbles float or why we can see rainbows in bubbles? To answer these questions Scientific Sue will take you on a journey through the magical world of bubbleology. From big bubbles to small bubbles to bouncing, touchable, floating and sinking bubbles.

Bubbles hold many wonders and create lots of excitement and with lots of help from the audience, Sue will show many incredible bubble tricks and how they relate to science. Scientific Sue’s gorgeous combination of science and drama is always funny, entertaining and a guaranteed feast for the eyes and the imagination!

Cost- €5

Time- 11.30/13.00/14.30

Free event-  Pilates in the Park with SNC Pilates

Location- Bandstand near the Tea Rooms, Phoenix Park

Description-  Free pilates class in the Phoenix Park at the Band Stand next to Dublin Zoo and the Tea Rooms.

Time- 10.00-11.00


Event-  RIDE – A Rhiannon White Workshop

Location- Irish Pole Dancing Acadamy, 46 North Great Clarence Street

Description-  A one-off workshop especially for Bringing Sexy Back 2019!

Immerse yourself in the sensual ride that is authentic stripper style. In this workshop we will learn a sensually charged routine laced with tease and filth, paying particular attention to musical accents and audience engagement.

Suitable for intermediate levels dancers with some experience in this style, but no advanced tricks will be included. Must be comfortable dancing in heels.

Kneepads and heels recommended (preferably Pleaser or similar style for better support and stability), but alternatively long socks or leg warmers are suitable

Cost- €50

Time- 13.00-14.30


Event- Mystery Matinee July 2019

Location- IFI Eustace Street

Description- Join us for Dublin’s best kept secret! This month’s screening, for which tickets cost just €5.20, will take place at 13.00 on Sunday 21st. The film chosen could
be anything from throughout the history of cinema, or even a preview of a hotly-anticipated upcoming release. With the Mystery Matinee, you should always expect the unexpected!

Cost- €5.20

Time- 13.00

Children’s event- Eco-toys at St Anne’s Rose Festival 2019

Location- St Annes Park, The Red Stables

Description- The St Anne’s Park Rose Festival is fantastic fun and this year, we’ll be there with our plastic-free, low-toy-miles toys and crafts…can’t wait!!

Cost- Free to attend

Time- 10.00-18.00

Free event-  What We Left Behind : Remembering the 1969 Moon Landing

Location-  A4 Sounds Studios, 7 Saint Joseph’s Parade

Description-  Join artists, filmmakers and performers at a multimedia event in A4 Sounds on the 21st July to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing – when Neil Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the Moon.

What We Left Behind is inspired by the man-made objects that remain on the Moon after the golden age of space exploration ended in the 1970s. We left behind footprints and flags, experiments, memorials to fallen space explorers and personal mementos. We also left bodily waste, excess baggage too heavy for the return journey, golf balls, and the feather of a falcon.

What else did we leave behind after the last mission returned to Earth? Our optimism? Our trust in science? A vision of a Space Age future? The idea that a shared dream could unite mankind?

Time- 19.00-21.00

Ballykeefe Gin & Tonic Cake

For the Cake
8oz Butter (salted)
8oz Caster Sugar
8oz Self Raising Flour
4 Large Eggs
50ml Ballykeefe Lady Desart Gin
Zest of 1 Lemon

For the Glaze mix:
20ml Ballykeefe Lady Desart Gin
40ml Tonic Water
Icing Sugar

1- Preheat oven to 180 Degrees and grease your cake tin
2- Beat the butter and sugar until light and fluffy
3- Gradually add one half of the flour and 2 eggs
4- Repeat step three adding other half of flour and 2 eggs
5- Once mixed well add in the Lady Desart Gin and lemon zest and mix further
6- Pour into greased caked tin and bake for 40 – 50 minutes
7- Allow to cool and then add glazed drizzle over cake

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