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:
Get ready to break out the toe-tapping shoes on Sunday as the cobbles of Smithfield Square are taken over by buskers from around the country in the fleadh which showcases the best of independent music and performance in an electrifying atmosphere.
The line-up of performers will cover a range of genres, ages and cultural backgrounds - last year’s performers included folk band Sonnets and High Hopes Choir, Ireland’s first choir for homeless people.
As well as bopping to some brilliant tunes, food stalls will also be on hand with treats from local artisan producers like Delish Melish, Aungier Danger, Sceal Bakery and Delicious Food Co, while street artists will provide even more entertainment.
At The Busker Fleadh (Fleadh is the Irish word for party or festival), bringing the best in Irish music and performance to @smithfieldsq on this beautiful day! ☀️🎈#weekendbylocals #Dublin • Image by @lucifixion •
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This independent movie and shorts festival will show a huge variety of films, with shorts screening all weekend in Cineworld and the Generator Hostel (take your pick from drama, comedies, animations, documentaries, music videos, narrative stories and horror.)
Directors will showcase their shorts from both Ireland and abroad, including the promising Roadtrip, an Israeli short that tells the tale of “ a young girl who becomes compromised after she accepts kindness from a stranger on a bus”, as well as German short film Fake Men, a political satire on macho behaviour and fake stories in international politics.
With tickets for an entire day’s screenings available from a mere five quid, consider this the ultimate movie marathon weekend.
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Hone your cultural spirit with the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s Hennessy exhibition before it departs the gallery next month - 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, as visitors to the museum are treated to new works by artist Mairéad McClean, who “disrupts and restructures events from the past highlighting the unreliability of history”, and Dubliner Yuri Pattison described as a tireless, natural thinker.
Explore further with the museum’s current Lucian Freud exhibition, or (fingers crossed!) if the rain steers off, take a wander through the outdoor sculptures in IMMA’s esteemed gardens.
Mairéad McClean, No More (2013)
Hacks is a season of films currently screening at Light House cinema focussed on the world of journalism in all its forms, from television, print, online and everything in between.
Hacks aims to engage Dublin audiences in a discussion about the importance of great journalism in society, where we're going wrong and what can be done to improve the standards of how we receive, share and process information.
From Citizen Kane to The Social Network, this season considers the history of journalism – the high points and the low points – and in doing so brings some of the greatest films in cinema history back to the big screen.
This weekend’s movie? The very special Anchorman: Sex Panther Moustache Party (acappella versions of Afternoon Delight optional but encouraged.)
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With over 40 events across 20 different venues in Galway City, the Galway Jazz Fest is a booming display of the very best of local and international music and culture.
The festival highlights include Masterclasses, a film screening, a swing dance night, jam sessions, solo performances, large ensemble performance, and poetry, with must-see events this weekend a Saturday evening performance by the The Hugh Buckley Quintet and Cello Ireland, and an intense improv night on Sunday at Black Gate.
Fancy some food to go with all the jazz? The Sunday Jazz Brunch in Electric is just the ticket. As Louis Armstrong said, “hot can be cool & cool can be hot & each can be both. But hot or cool man, Jazz is Jazz.”
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Hop over to Inishbofin Island to join in a host of hands-on food related events for this refreshingly authentic food festival.
With beer making and foraging sessions planned, as well as panel discussions and cooking workshops with some seriously skilled chefs, you’ll find yourself fully immersed in the uniqueness of Irish food.
Saturday’s schedule includes a shepherding demo, beach shore walk, a sustainability workshop and demos by master fishmongers and butchers, while Sunday will bring local foodie markets and the tasty food trail to the island.
For an entire month, the little town of Lisdoonvarna is full of the promise and passion of ‘meeting your match’ at Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival – the biggest event of its kind in Europe and part of the rich tradition of rural Ireland, which comes to a close this weekend with a special LGBTQ schedule that’s open to all.
Highlights include a ‘Love Boat’ cruise on Saturday, a Father Ted location tour, and old-timey dance lessons.
Singles looking for love can meet Ireland’s only traditional matchmaker Willie Daly in his office in the Matchmaker Bar - touch his ‘lucky book’ with both hands and rumour has it you’ll be married within six months.