The 60th anniversary Dublin Theatre Festival will run from 28 Sept – 15 Oct 2017. The very irst festival in May 1957, was part of An Tóstal – a celebration inspired by the wave of festivals that had been founded across Europe during the preceding decade as the continent rebuilt itself after the devastation of war. Established initially to promote tourism during the off-season, the festival has grown to become an artistically led lagship cultural event that animates Dublin each autumn, welcoming audiences from all over Ireland and beyond. Now in this 60th anniversary year the festival both celebrates what has gone before while looking irmly to the future and the ahead.
The Longines Champions Weekend
Dublin Theatre Festival
Trading now for over 14 years on St Stephen’s Green in the heart of Dublin city, Peploe’s has relaunched with a new look and feel that cost in the region of €400,000 and spectacularly was completed in just two and a half weeks over late July, early August.
Decorative arts & history celebrates its 20th birthday
On 18 September 1997, the National Museum of Ireland opened a new Dublin site at Collins Barracks. The vast majority of the collections on display at this new museum came from the Art & Industrial Division of the National Museum of Ireland, whose role since its foundation in 1877, is to safeguard Ireland’s heritage in the decorative arts as well as its political, military and social history.
The Gaiety Theatre
Initiated by Grafton Street music shop owners, brothers John and Michael Gunn, and designed, with its lovely Venetian façade and operahouse interior, by Charles J. Phipps, an architect renowned for up to twelve notable London theatres, the Gaiety Theatre first opened on King Street South in 1871. Round-the-clock shifts ensured it was built in the unbelievable short period of 25 weeks.
Longines Irish Champions Weekend
Get ready for a great weekend of racing as the Longines Irish Champions Weekend returns to Leopardstown and The Curragh, Ireland’s two premier racecourses, on Saturday, 9 and Sunday, 10 September respectively.
Dublin Ghostbus Tour
Discover the darker side of Dublin on the DoDublin Ghostbus Tour. This twohour bus tour takes visitors around the city’s most haunted spots. As you cruise around the streets, you will hear about ghostly legends, body snatching and spine-chilling mysteries from your entertaining guide. Get acquainted with the sites of ghostly apparitions and the frightening stories associated with them. Take a stroll around the eerie St. James Graveyard and descend into the depths of the medieval crypt at Christ Church Cathedral.
Discover the wonders of Cobh
Cobh Guinness Bluesn’n’roots Festival
Every year in September, the beautiful tourist town of Cobh in County Cork hosts a gathering of International, National and Local Blues musicians for the annual Guinness Cobh Blues ‘n’ Roots Festival to bring Blues alive in Cobh for the weekend. With concerts and performances both outdoor and indoor, including many of the town’s venues, pubs and hotels, Cobh Guinness Blues Festival was founded by publican Paul O'Halloran in September 2007. Now in its 11th year, Cobh Blues Festival has this year broadened the musical genre to include the all-encompassing “Roots” and takes place on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th of September. Each year it has grown from strength to strength and this year will be no different.
From humble beginnings, Dingle Crystal have established themselves on the world stage thanks to their commitment to producing mouth-blown, hand-cut crystal. In an era when many other brands have gone down the wholesale route, this family-run company still proudly produce unique, hand crafted pieces that can be found in the collections of the President of Ireland and Bono to name but two.