Here’s what’s happening around the country this weekend
When it comes to planning your weekends in Ireland, you really are spoiled for choice. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Mastercard to bring you the ultimate event guide every weekend for the rest of the year. Your weekend starts here:
Christmas officially begins as soon as the festive lights are switched on across Dublin City, and this year a special procession of light will illuminate the traditional moment.
Starting at the Stephen’s Green end of Grafton St and the Capel Street end of Mary St, performers LUXe will lead both processions through the streets of Dublin before joining together in a beautiful celebration on O’Connell Street, where the Lord Mayor of Dublin will switch on the lights of the 40ft Christmas tree.
Watch in awe as all of the festive lights across 30 city streets and O’Connell Street’s Christmas Tree, and don’t forget the camera.
In the heart of Dun Laoghaire with the sea as its backdrop, this impressive food market takes place every Sunday from 11am-4pm, providing the perfect spot for chilling out after a brisk stroll down the East Pier.
The markets are known to serve as a springboard for emerging businesses and are a real champion of local food movements, with over 50 vendors setting up and serving their homemade grub for the day.
Top food picks include trendy Poké bowls from Shaka Poke, hand-rolled ice cream from Arctic Stone and elderflower juice and authentic vegetarian Indian cuisine. As well as the best artisan food and fresh produce, you’ll also see the works of local artists and craft stalls along the way.
Hone your cultural spirit with the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s latest additions - four works of art by contemporary Irish artists which represent a signal moment of achievement with the artist’s practice and capture a moment in time of Irish culture.
Works of digital footage, VHS displays and projections will join paintings by Irish contemporary legend Alice Maher, and Louis le Brocquy. Explore further with the museum’s current Lucian Freud exhibition, or (fingers crossed!) if the sun is a-shining wander through the outdoor sculptures in the gardens.
The exhibition finishes on the 26th of this month, so make a day of it before it’s too late.
The 7th Annual Dublin Burlesque Festival will place from the 16th – 19th November for a tantalising display of the best of Cabaret and Burlesque in the city.
The exciting event schedule kicks off for the weekend with a toast to the talent at the East Side Tavern on Leeson Street. Saturday will see acts from across the globe take to the stage, including Maya Full Power and Loretta Von Dini.
As if all that glitz and glamour wasn’t enough, the festival finishes with a vintage fashion show and afternoon tea House on Leeson Street for some good old-fashioned frocks and cakes.
Now in its eighth year, you can expect to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and stalls at this charming Christmas Market located in Eyre Square in Galway City centre from the 17th November until 22nd December.
This year will feature amusement rides including a Big Wheel, Helter Skelter and traditional Carousel along with live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, carol singing together with charity and community events will feature. Once again, Santa's Grotto will be run by local charities and the popular Bier Keller will be playing host to various events throughout the Market's duration.
Food lovers can feast on a bratwurst, French pastries, pretzels or confectionery, crêpes and waffles, while beer lovers can sample a stein at the German Bierkeller, offering a range of traditional German beers, apple cider and mulled wine.
This moving off-Broadway play is showing in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday evening. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.
Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words.
Let’s face it, it’s just not the weekend if you’re not treating yourself to a tasty snack or two. This farmer’s market in Midleton is known as the original farmer’s market in Ireland, and was formed by Darina Allen.
Open every Saturday morning from 9am-1pm, you’ll find homemade breads, juices, vegetables, and gourmet snacks ranging from Ardsallagh goat cheese to irresistibly soft Lobster Rolls made on the spot using the freshest catch of the morning. Best part? Live music in the market varies from funky ukulele bands to classical orchestras.
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