What’s On

Curated events across Dublin city and county.

Art in Mind

National Gallery of Ireland

Art seems to impact us all differently. But how does it do that? How does art impact our minds? Can it influence our mental state? And does science affect the process of art making? Join us at 'Art in Mind' to explore more about the positive impact that art can have on our beautiful minds. With a fascinating panel of artists, psychologists and neuroscientists, live experiments and lots of conversation, this event will highlight the connections between science and art, and will give you a deeper appreciation of the value of creativity on our minds. Contributors for 'Art in Mind' Dub

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Feminist Film Festival

The New Theatre

Dublin Feminist Film Festival is an annual event at The New Theatre (all profits go to Sasane Nepal). The 4th DFFF will run in November 2017. You might ask why we need to promote and celebrate women in film (great filmmakers as well as great female characters). Well, here’s some food for thought… *Of the top 2,000 biggest grossing films over the past 20 years… • Women accounted for only 13% of the editors, 10% of the writers and just 5% of the directors • More than three-quarters of the crew have been men, while only 22% were women • Visual effects, usually the largest d

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Miss Saigon

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed new production of Boublil and Schönberg’s legendary musical MISS SAIGON — a recent smash hit in the West End — comes to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as part of a major UK and Ireland Tour. Winner of a record-breaking nine Whatsonstage Awards 2015 including Best Show, this epic love story tells the tragic tale of young bar girl Kim, orphaned by war, who falls in love with an American GI called Chris — but their lives are torn apart by the fall of Saigon.

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The Hired Man

Civic Theatre

AIMS Award Winning HXT Musical Society present their 2017 Production of The Hired Man. Set in Cumbria from 1898 to the 1920s, The Hired Man is the story of the Tallentire family and their village community, who work on the land and in the mines, and hope to survive the WW1 battlefields. This powerful and uplifting musical is a collaboration between two of the country’s best-known writers and broadcasters. Melvyn Bragg based the story on his grandparents’ lives, and Howard Goodall’s music perfectly matches it, being inspired by English folk and choral music. A memorable experience awaits

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Science Week Ireland

Various Locations

Science Week Ireland is an annual week-long event in Ireland each November, celebrating science. It is the largest science festival in the country, involving tens of thousands of members of the general public in workshops, talks, laboratory demonstrations, science walks and other science-related events and  is a wonderful opportunity for young and old to get hands-on with science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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Science Week at The Ark

The Ark

This year for Science week, the Ark are heading into space! As well as music performances of SPACE, there will be talks for children and grown-ups. 16th November: Talk for Grown-ups: I Still Want to Go to Space Join Dr Niamh Shaw in conversation as she shares the science of space travel in her naturally engaging and warm style. A talk for adults that will change your relationship with space and inspire you to embrace STEM in new and interactive ways 17th - 18th November: Music Gigs: SPACE Always popular with The Arks audience, Nico Brown and Martin Brunsden invite children aged 6+

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Festival of African and Black Irish Theatre

Project Arts Centre

FESTABIT is a three-day festival of events, comprising of keynote lectures on the history and current state of African/Irish theatre. The line-up will include a performance of a rehearsed reading of The Other War by Eritrean Tesfai Alemseged with an all-white cast directed by Cathy Leeney; a panel discussion with, among others, Sinéad O’Reilly, Katrina Goldstone, Yemi Adenuga on the development, future and sustainability of African Irish theatre; intercultural dialogue; acting workshop by Terry McMahon; playwriting workshop by Gavin Kostick and much more.

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Halftone

The Library Project

HALFTONE is an initiative by PhotoIreland Foundation, hosted every year at The Library Project. Running for 18 days in this third edition, the fair brings together a large selection of works by established and emerging artists, showcasing Ireland’s exciting Art scene. The event is supported by Inspirational Arts, The Copper House, and Picture Bloc. Come and browse a large selection of contemporary artists’ prints on sale, from photographs to lithographs, screenprints, and more. HALFTONE looks at how different printing processes coexist in a diverse range of contemporary artistic and cre

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Dublinia-Science Week 2017

Dublinia

Science Week Ireland, coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, will take place from the 12th to the 19th of November and once again Dublinia is taking part. It will be running over two consecutive weekends, the 11th/12th and 18th/19th of November from 11am to 4pm each day. What’s going on? Virtual Reality! Our tech experts will allow visitors to experience virtual realities from the confines of Dublinia! You can walk into a Viking house, or experience a walk down O’Connell Street with a passage tomb in the middle! We will allow visitors to go beyond the experiential ‘museum’ exp

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Voyage Fantastique

Royal Irish Academy of Music

This autumn, the Academy's Director, Deborah Kelleher invites audiences to jump on board as she sets sail on a virtual musical journey around Europe. Voyage Fantastique, a series of lively, engaging and vibrant talks, explores the rich tradition of music from Europe over eight weeks and features live performances of music from Ireland, England, France, Germany, Italy, Hungary Poland, the Czech Republic and Russia! A musical bon voyage guaranteed! DATES: OCT • 06/10/2017 – 11:00 • 13/10/2017 – 11:00 • 20/10/2017 – 11:00 • 27/10/2017 – 11:00 NOV • 03/11/2017 – 11:00

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The IFI French Film Festival

The Irish Film Institute

Highlights of this year’s festival include an opening night Gala Screening of Claire Denis’ Let the Sunshine In starring Juliette Binoche; Robin Campillo’s 120 BPM (Beats Per Minute), which won the Grand Prix at this year’s Cannes Film Festival; Faces Places, the new documentary from veteran director Angès Varda; Happy End, which sees director Michael Haneke reunite with Isabelle Huppert and Jean-Louis Trintignant; and the return of Oscar-winner Michel Hazanavicius with his affectionate and irreverent ode to Jean-Luc Godard, Redoubtable. Also screening will be veteran Philippe Garrel

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Trinity Evening Lecture Series: English Literature 2017

Trinity College

This course will provide an introduction to major authors of poetry, drama and prose through close examination of selected texts, chosen from among those prescribed for the Leaving Certificate. The course will be of special interest to teachers and pupils preparing for the examination but the lectures will be directed towards a more general audience as well. Date: There will be ten weekly lectures beginning on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 Time: All lectures take place from 7 pm to 8 pm Venue: All lectures take place in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College Dublin •

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Wild Lights at Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo

Wild Lights is a must-see experience for family, friends and couples this festive season, where they will embark on an enchanted trail and discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife. Visitors will be treated to an awe-inspiring display of lanterns which includes a pride of lions, orangutans, tigers, giraffes, monkeys and much more! Other highlights include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon. At the event, visitors will also be wowed by Chinese performers before browsing at the Chinese craft mark

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Dundrum on Ice

Dundrum Town Centre

Dundrum on Ice, Dublin’s most spectacular ice rink brought to you by Tesco Mobile, has returned to its prime location in the Pembroke District for its biggest year ever! Soak up the Christmas atmosphere whether you’re on the rink or watching on from the festive viewing deck. The crisp white, real ice rink is homed in an all new breath taking structure providing a truly magical ice skating experience. There's something for everyone, from families and school children to teens and social groups or why not plan that romantic date night on ice!

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Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival

Dun Laoghaire

Dún Laoghaire Christmas Festival presented by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in association with the Dún Laoghaire BID Company brings its seasonal delights back to town from Saturday November 18th to Saturday December 23rd 2017. Santa will launch the festival at 5.45 pm on Saturday November 18th on Harbour Plaza and switch on the Christmas Lights at 5.50pm. Then the skies over Dún Laoghaire will be spectacularly illuminated with a magnificent fireworks display at 6pm. Santa's Postbox at the Christmas Tree beside dlr LexIcon will be there from Saturday November 18th to post you

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Ireland v Fiji

Aviva Stadium

Ireland will take on the South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in the Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium in November. Fiji will make their first appearance at the Aviva Stadium. Ireland have won the three previous Test fixtures between the two sides, the last of which took place at the RDS in 2009 with Ireland claiming a 41-6 victory. An Ireland XV side beat Fiji at Thomond Park in 2012.

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Brexit Live

Olympia Theatre

How will Brexit change your life? Brexit represents the single greatest economic and foreign-policy challenge to the Irish state since the Second World War. There is hardly any area of Irish life that won’t be affected. Presented by Penguin Random House Ireland, Brexit Live will visits Dublin's Olympia on the 19th November. Our panel of experts – including RTE Europe Editor Tony Connelly, Irish Times journalist Fintan O’Toole, and Alison Cowzer of Dragon’s Den, chaired by Lise Hand of The Times – will discuss and debate exactly how Brexit will change our lives. The

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Procession of Light

Dublin City Centre

This year is a procession of light that will illuminate the entire city with one magical Christmas event on Sunday 19, November 2017 starting at 5.30pm. Experience the warmth and festive charm of the city centre as TWO Dublin at Christmas Processions parade through Dublin’s streets illuminating one million of the city’s festive lights erected by DublinTown on behalf of the businesses in the city centre. Watch in awe as all of the festive lights across 30 city streets and O’Connell Street’s Christmas Tree, erected by Dublin City Council will be switched-on in one afternoon as part of

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South Dublin County Council Social Inclusion Week

Various Locations

South Dublin County Council’s 12th annual Social Inclusion Week this year will run from the 20th to the 27th November. Mayor Paul Gogarty will officially launch the Social Inclusion Week on Monday 20 November 2017 at 12.00 pm in County Hall, Tallaght. The purpose of South Dublin County Social Inclusion Week is to highlight and promote the positive work that South Dublin County Council is involved in to reduce social exclusion and poverty. It is a programme of events organised by the Social Inclusion Unit, Community Services Department to highlight the diversity and creativity of people in

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‘Here We Are’-The Science of the Earth with Oliver Jeffers

Science Gallery

Oliver Jeffers’ joins us at Science Gallery Dublin to talk about his work, which takes many forms. His distinctive paintings have been exhibited in the Lazarides Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery in London, the Brooklyn Museum and Spring Break Fair (Armory Week) in New York, and Gestalten Space in Berlin. His picture books have sold over 10 million copies worldwide, been translated into 40 languages and won multiple awards as well as featuring on the NYTimes bestseller lists. Working in collaboration with Studio AKA, Oliver’s second book Lost and Found was developed into an animate

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Huawei Ireland Research Video Summit

Trinity College

Video Intelligence Forum – Trends in Visual Data & Computational Systems. Listen to Leading Scientists discuss the Innovative Video Trends and How Artificial Intelligence is impacting the world of Video and Society. Speakers include: • Simon Robinson (Co Founder & Chief Scientist - The Foundry) • Dr. Andrea Cavallaro (Queen Mary University of London) • Dr. Tao Xiang (Queen Mary University of London) • Dr. Josephine Sullivan (KTH Royal Institute Of Technology) • Prof. Noel O'Connor (Dublin City University) • Dr. Francois Bremond (INRIA - French National Institu

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Run In The Dark

Starts at Custom House Quay

Join us and thousands of fellow runners in Dublin to Run in the Dark on Wednesday 22nd November and support our ongoing research to find a cure for paralysis. For the first time, Dublin will lead the way of this global event, followed by runs in 40 cities around the world the following night. Take part in this unique multi location event and run in the dark for 5k or 10k. If your trainers are a little dusty you can even walk the route. Everyone who takes part on the night will be playing a big part in finding a cure for paralysis. The Dublin event will leave from Dublin City Centre at 8.00pm o

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Festival of Politics

Various Locations

Are you a politics junkie who just can’t get enough of the news? If you answered yes, then the inaugural Festival of Politics will be right up your street. This exciting new festival covers the major political issues of the day, both in Ireland and abroad. At the Festival of Politics you can expect to hear heated debate on topics as diverse as Donald Trump’s first year in the White House to how songs can influence political thinking. Venues: Tailors' Hall - Gutter Bookshop - The Liquor Rooms - Irish Film Institute - The Ark  

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Future in Food Ireland

Croke Park Conference Centre

Sustainability within the food and drinks processing and manufacturing sector has never been more important! For many years larger organisations have been realising the fact that environmental policies and energy efficiencies within processing is directly related to the bottom line! Reducing energy costs, carbon footprint and waste during the process of food stuffs can have a significant impact on the profitability of a facility. Additionally, as food manufacturers and their clients supply chains becomes more and more entwined they find themselves under increased pressure to reduce their carbo

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Dublin Gallery Weekend

Galleries across Dublin

Join us this November for the third edition of Dublin Gallery Weekend. This city-wide event is a collaboration between almost 40 art galleries and museums across the city, who have joined together to present a specially programmed series of free public events such as talks, concerts, tours, workshops and more, alongside their exciting exhibitions and projects by a diverse range of artists. Dublin Gallery Weekend invites visitors to come and experience something new, and to discover art in galleries of all types ranging from the biggest modern art museums in the country to the smallest, tucked

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The Jonathan Swift Festival

Various Locations

Join us this November to celebrate the life and work of Ireland’s most popular author. Listen to ballads from 300 years ago, take walking tours around Swift’s Dublin, watch a theatrical performance or sit down to eat a dinner in the beautiful surrounds of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. Immerse yourself in Swift's life and work, and hear from contemporary writers, musicians, historians and performers taking up Swift's challenge to "Go, traveller, and imitate if you can this earnest and dedicated champion of liberty." The Jonathan Swift Festival is run by Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin

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Dublin Art Book Fair

Temple Bar Gallery

Dublin Art Book Fair 2017, sponsored by Henry J Lyons, themes its programme on Art and Architecture. Interweaving these distinct disciplines to engage diverse publics - those interested in contemporary art, architecture, books, design, film, the city and its material histories, as well as the generally curious. The focus will be on the interdisciplinary aspects of Art and Architecture, their contingencies and overlaps, as well as their explicitly divergent natures. Central are the books - platforming publications, catalogues, journals, zines - featuring art, design, architecture and related

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Harbour Lights: A literary evening

Dun Laoghaire Harbour

Join us for an evening of literary readings and discussions with local authors to celebrate the bicentenary of Dun Laoghaire Harbour. Longtime Dun Laoghaire residents Bernard Farrell, Julie Parsons and Declan Hughes will read from their own work, significant parts of which are set in the town. They will then discuss their work and the ways in which it has been nourished by a sense of place and local context with moderator & local Historian Rob Goodbody. Guests will be invited to take part in a Question & Answer session at the end of the event. Tickets are FREE. Places are limited

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Dublin Web Fest

The Generator Hostel

Dub Web Fest, Ireland’s only web series festival, proudly supported by Dublin City Council, Dublin.ie and The French Embassy of Ireland announces a diverse schedule for its third edition (24th -26th November) in the Generator in Dublin's vibrant Smithfield district.The exciting programme of events include web series, short film, music videos and virtual reality from South America, Australia, Japan, USA, France, Belgium and the best of home-grown Irish talent, encompassing genres such a comedy, horror, sci fi, drama and LGBT. There will also be a number of media and film-related workshops.

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Beauty and the Beast

The Helix

TheatreworX Productions return to The Helix this Christmas for yet another Christmas Panto success with their hilarious adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Starring Orla Jennings as Beauty and Chris Corron as The Beast and causing as much trouble as possible; Paul Byrom will be rocking in the role of Gaston. Each year we go bigger and better than the year before - which may be one of the reasons we're consistently referred to as "The Best Panto in Dublin". Due to last year’s success we will have a sensory friendly production of the pantomime. Our adapted performance will take place

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Dublin UX

Dogpatch Labs

Dublin UX is a meetup group for UX & UI (User Experience and User Interface) designers and developers, as well as those interested in strengthening their user experience knowledge. It’s a friendly and professional network of UXers who want to discuss new ideas and research, share projects, learn new skills and meet other designers and developers. They welcome anyone from students and total beginners to experienced professionals. If you have a suggestion for a meetup, or would like to give a talk please let us know.

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The Fureys

The Helix

Legends of Irish music & song The FUREYS, renowned for their hit songs ‘I will love you’, ‘When you were sweet 16’, ‘The Green fields of France’, ‘The old man’, ‘Red rose café’, ‘From Clare to here’, ‘Her father didn’t like me anyway’, ‘Leaving Nancy’, ‘Steal away’ etc return to the Helix after an absence of 7 years. The band was formed in 1978 literally by accident. George, Paul and Davey were playing in Denmark with their own band called the Buskers and Eddie and Finbar, while touring in Germany were involved in a road accident. When George and P

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Leinster v Dragons

RDS

Leinster Rugby face Bernard Jackman's Dragons in a Guinness Pro14 fixture on 24th November at the RDS Arena! Leinster have come out on top in 20 of the 29 head to heads and will be hoping for another victory this time around. Join the roar and get tickets now from €20 for adults and €10 for under-18s.

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Whiskey Live Dublin 2017

Printworks

Whiskey Live Dublin will once again take place at the Printworks Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 2, on Saturday 25th November. The afternoon session shall take place from 1.30pm - 5.00pm and the evening session from 6.00pm - 9.30pm. There will also be additional master classes for which it will be possible to purchase tickets for at a later date. Whiskey Live Dublin is Ireland’s premier whiskey tasting event, showcasing both the long established and new arrivals to the Irish whiskey scene. The event also offers wonderful food pairings and cocktails provided by some of Dublin’s most est

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Ireland v Argentina

Aviva Stadium

Ireland will take on the South Africa, Fiji and Argentina in the Guinness Series at the Aviva Stadium in November. The final game of the 2017 GUINNESS Series sees Argentina return to Ireland for the first time since 2012 when Ireland won 46-24. Since then there has been a number of tough battles between the two sides with Ireland coming out on top during the 2014 summer tour with two victories, and the Pumas claiming the honours at the quarter-final stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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Games Expo Ireland

RDS

Dublin Comic Con (Comic Con Ireland) and AsOne Productions (Celtic Throwdown) – two of Ireland’s most experienced pop culture event organisers- are delighted to announce that we are joining forces to create Games Expo Ireland, the country’s premier large scale gaming event covering all areas of fandom from casual play and tournaments to voice actors and life-size interactive game sets! It’s happening in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) for a fun packed two days on November 25th and 26th. Join us in this wonderful fusion of worlds where you can play competitive games, meet actors fr

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FemFest

Liberty Hall

Join the National Women’s Council of Ireland for #FemFest, a major conference for young women aged 16-25 discussing leadership, equality and planning for that feminist future! Please Note: This event is strictly for young women aged 16-25 #FemFest is a fun and engaging space about young women and for young women. It will combine passionate and dynamic speakers of all ages with engagement from the audience with our brilliant line up of speakers! The list of inspiring speakers includes: • Sinead McSweeney, MD of Twitter in Ireland • Dil Wickremasinghe, Social Justice and Mental He

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Rapunzel

The Gaiety Theatre

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a visit to the Gaiety Panto! Get tangled up with laughter as Rapunzel is this year's Gaiety Panto. Let down your hair and join us as the Gaiety Panto give this marvellous tangled tale its magical, lavish and fun-loving touch. A pantomime extravaganza with singing, dancing and laugh out loud shenanigans - hair, there and everywhere!  Join us as we follow Rapunzel on her hair-larious and hair-raising adventures as she tries to escape her Evil-Stepmother who has locked her away in the secret tower. Legendary panto dame Joe Conlan, who celebrates hi

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Smithfield Lights

Smithfield Square

An evening of Christmas family fun – all activities are free The 2017 Smithfield Lights event is back and bigger than ever! This is the main family Christmas event in Dublin and a must for all families looking for a night of fun, festive entertainment! Families can enjoy a wide range of children’s festive entertainment including face paints, workshops, a vintage carousel and an outdoor screening of classic Christmas movie The Snowman. There will be market stalls with a range of delicious foods, arts and crafts. The main tree lighting event will take place at 7.10pm, with VIP Santa him

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Walking (Slowly) Towards Space

Science Gallery

In 2014 Niamh Shaw announced to the world that she wanted to go to space; and then she made a show about it. ​’​To Space​’​ explored her impossible dream and the current state of the space industry. It’s now 201​7​ and where is she on her lifelong dream ​and how has it evolved in the past three years? ​ ‘Walking slowly Towards Space’ will see Niamh sharing her journey, illuminat​ing ​the relevance of space in our society​, her progress, her struggles and challenges, and explaining why she has devoted the remainder of her life to fulfilling a childhood dream.

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National Safety Representative Conference

Croke Park Conference Centre

The HSA's 2017 National Safety Representative Conference takes place on Tuesday 28th November in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin. This major conference is designed with the needs of Safety Representatives in mind and will provide attendees with an opportunity to learn from a range of speakers on key safety, health and welfare topics. Who Should Attend? This conference is open to safety representatives from any industry sector.

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And Then There Were None

Mill Theatre

Rathfarnham Theatre Group presents Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’, directed by Anne O’Connell. It is 1930s England and ten strangers arrive on a remote island off the coast of Devon for a relaxing weekend. When their mysterious hosts fail to appear, and long buried secrets are shockingly revealed, it soon becomes clear that this is to be no ordinary house party…. Agatha Christie’s best loved book, of mystery and murder, is vividly brought to life in a stage play that will have audiences on the edge of their seats as ten guests become nine suspects, then eight

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Currents

Smock Alley Theatre

Solo piano concert by pianist Izumi Kimura with prepared Steinway model M (1934). The programme of composed and improvised music, includes Sonatas and Interludes by John Cage, world premieres of works written especially for this concert by composers Ronan Guilfoyle, Greg Caffrey, and Izumi Kimura, and improvisations inspired by and dedicated to oceans. Interweaving of unusual sounds, silences and colours. Japanese born and Irish resident, Izumi Kimura is a highly acclaimed practitioner of contemporary piano music, improviser, and educator. Izumi has performed extensively throughout the c

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Après Dublin

Custon House Quay

Take a break from working hard and go off-piste to what will be the best Christmas event this year. Ireland’s first-of-its-kind Christmas party venue will bring all the fun of the lively Après scene direct to Dublin. Unwind and party hard in a celebration that will get you fully into the spirit of Christmas. • Dublin City Centre location • Full band and DJ every evening • Family fun for during the day • Wide selection of street feast food • Aprés Ski themed activities for all • Fancy dress encouraged Don’t miss the Christmas party event of the year taking place at

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They Called Her Vivaldi

Abbey Theatre

Edward M. Haberdasher has crafted very peculiar earmuffs for his very particular daughter Cecilia Maria. Don’t shout about it but Cecilia Maria thinks they make her look fascinating and has whispered her thanks.They Called Her Vivaldi is an upbeat comedy-adventure about a sensitive musical prodigy making a quiet name for herself in a cacophonous world. As our young heroine journeys over cobblestones and canals, she learns about love, loss, the place of salt in our diet and the courage to lose your footing without losing your way. For children 7+ and adults of all ages.

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Après Village

Custon House Quay

Apres Village is a place for all the family to get into the Christmas spirit. Wander through our Après Village to sip mulled wine, select beautiful handmade gifts and enjoy festive treats. See magical Christmas shows with all the family, sing-a-long with our winter choir and pick up some treats in a pop-up market stalls. Christmas is coming...and just like you, we can’t wait. Après Village is free to enter, so bring all the family. You don’t know who you might bump in to. Ho ho ho!

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Raised on Songs & Stories

Richmond Barracks, Inchicore

Songs in the Key of D are delighted to bring their show, 'Raised on Songs & Stories', to the historic setting of Richmond Barracks, Inchicore on Friday 1st December at 8pm. A night of Dublin song and story is in store with the choir joined by acclaimed spoken word poet, Stephen James Smith. Led by musical directors KC Fusion, expect to hear the 50 person choir perform songs by acts like The Dubliners, The Fureys, Noel Purcell, Sinéad O’Connor, Bell X1, Aslan, Mic Christopher, The Coronas, Glen Hansard and many more. The choir are delighted to be joined on the night by spoken word p

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Dublin Gospel Choir

Pavilion Theatre

This December, on the back of their newly recorded Christmas album, Dublin Gospel Choir return to Pavilion, bringing a selection of Christmas favourites; some joyful, some uplifting, some nostalgic and some just downright funky! Dublin Gospel Choir have long been a household name in Ireland – versatile, passionate and vibrant, they uplift and energise with powerful voices and rich harmonies. They have shared the stage with industry heavyweights such as Rod Stewart, John Legend, Kodaline, Outkast, Damien Rice and Ennio Morricone, to name but a few. While they are best known for their go

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Santa Dash

North Bull Island

A fun family 5K and 10K on the beach! All participants get a free Santa Claus outfit as part of their entry! We will have the "Real" Santa in his igloo down on the beach for all the children to visit. Any Children who officially entered and ran the race can visit him and get a free Christmas Present. Children who were only spectating can also visit him for a 5 euro fee and get a present as well. This dash will fill you with Christmas spirit, so soak in the atmosphere as you walk or jog 5 or 10 kilometres with friends and family all in the name of Christmas.

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The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child

National Concert Hall

Screening with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra Terry Davies conducts René Aubry’s inspired score for the much-loved children’s classics The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, based on the books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. This live music, played by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra will accompany screenings of these two films.

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Gifted-The Contemporary Craft & Design Fair

RDS

For over 30 years we have been welcoming visitors to The National Crafts & Design Fair, but this year we are making some exciting changes to the Fair- including a new name! We have worked with thousands of creative craftworkers and skilled food producers over the years and the new name is our tribute to these talented makers. The craft & design industry in Ireland is a vibrant, creative and ever-changing environment and we look forward adapting, developing and improving just like our makers do at every turn. Gifted is now 6-day event, and there is late night shopping from Tuesday to Frida

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Dublin Flea Christmas Market

Point Square

The Dublin Flea Christmas Market is back!! We return to The Point Square this December and are once again supported by Dublin City Council as one of Dublin City’s official Christmas Markets. With a fourth day added this year we will run from Thursday 7th Dec to Sunday 10th December (Thur & Fri 1pm-8pm, Sat & Sun 11am-6pm). As the capital’s best loved, free-entry, indoor, Christmas market it will host a whopper collection of over 140 stalls selling a unique mix of festive gifts. Alongside the Dublin Flea’s much loved mix of vintage and collectibles, the market hosts an unbel

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Sleeping Beauty

Tivoli Theatre

The Cheerios Panto celebrates its 10th year at The Tivoli Theatre this year with the spectacular Sleeping Beauty. Sammy Sausages and Buffy (Alan Hughes & Rob Murphy), are back with another hilarious adventure, following on from last year’s magical production of Aladdin, our fastest selling panto. Priding ourselves on entertaining the whole family from 3 to 93, The Cheerios panto has been called “Panto Perfection”. An Evil Queen casts a spell on the baby princess and she is destined to prick her finger on a spinning wheel. Can the Handsome Prince save the day? Will Sammy Sausages d

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Giz a Laugh, Live at Christmas

Axis Theatre

Santa may only visit once a year… but ‘Giz A Laugh’ creator Enya Martin doesn’t need a sleigh to land in Ballymun so she’s popping back to axis with her hilarious show ‘Giz A Laugh: Live comedy show’. Whether you’ve been naughty or nice this year don’t rely on Saint Nick for a pressie… get yourself a ticket to see Chanto and Shardon along with more of your favourite characters as she brings them live to the theatre stage once again. This comedy show will feature hilarious sketches, performances and some special guests (just not Rudolph… he had way too many Diva demands

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Family Christmas Concert: The Nutcracker

National Concert Hall

Come and enter the magical dance world of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, narrated and performed by the WhistleBlast Quartet. Arranged by the Quartet’s acclaimed Ken Edge, this energetic show will also include family favourites from the classical repertoire such as Sleeping Beauty Waltz, Gladiator March, and many more! With plenty of opportunity for participation, this promises to be an exciting outing for all the family.

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Rudolph Saves Christmas

Axis Theatre

Back by popular demand! You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall the most famous reindeer of all? This clever twist on the timeless story is a merry mix of music and magic and tells the tale of a young Rudolph who runs away to the North Pole wilderness. After a series of funny and endearing adventures, Rudolph meets some Goblins, who persuade him to return home to the North Pole with a surprise present for Santa. However, surprise turns to nightmare when the entire North Pole is suddenly covered by a thick blanket of fog whi

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Christmas Craft & Food Fair

Séamus Ennis Arts Centre

The Christmas Craft and Food Fair returns to The Séamus Ennis Arts Centre and you can expect entertainment, food and gifts galore at this popular festive event. If you’re on the hunt for unique presents, there will be an impressive array of local craftspeople displaying their finest creations, from handmade jewellery to traditional pottery. This fantastic event will definitely whet your appetite if you're a foodie, with a mouth-watering selection of puddings, farmhouse cheeses and chutneys to sample and take home. If the mulled wine and mince pies at the Christmas Craft and Food Fa

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The ESB Great Christmas Concert

National Concert Hall

For over two decades audiences have made the ESB Great Christmas Concert the start of their Christmas Season! Not only will you experience the joyful and uplifting sounds of the voices of children in Piccolo Lasso combined with their adult colleagues in The Lassus Scholars - all blended together with the Orlando Chamber Orchestra - but you will also have the opportunity of uniting your voice with theirs as conductor Dr Ite O’Donovan invites you to join in the audience carols! The programme of festive music includes Christmas favourites from O Holy Night to Jingle Bells; rousing choruses b

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The Three Musketeers

Civic Theatre

The King’s treasure has been stolen! Now it’s up to the greatest swordsmen in the land, The Three Musketeers, to get it back. But the evil Cardinal Richelieu and the Wicked Witch of the South West have other ideas. Yes, it’s the Causeway Panto and Dame Lola is back! This year she is headed for France, in search of adventure and amour. And by the way who said that a musketeer could only be a swordsMAN? Lola will have something to say about that too! Join us for this year’s hilarious outing with more comedy, singing and dancing than you can shake your sword at. The Causeway crew wi

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The Beast Dublin

National Basketball Arena

Are you ready to conquer the world’s biggest inflatable course? After flabbergasting London, The Beast is now ready to take over Dublin. At an unbelievable 272m long , The Beast is the ultimate bouncy castle experience for adults. Run, bounce and dance your way around our phenomenal 32 obstacles. From 15-17 December hosted in The National Basketbal Arena. Live DJs combined with an extraordinary sound and lighting show that will complete the most ridiculously fun day out you could possibly imagine.

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Polly & The Beanstalk

Olympia Theatre

Spotlight, Pat Egan Management & Pink Tie Productions Are Proud to Present Ireland’s BIGGEST comedy star, AL PORTER, in POLLY & THE BEANSTALK at The Olympia Theatre this December. For the past two years Al Porter has had audiences rolling in the aisles first at “Freezin’” and especially last years “The Ugly Sisters & Yer Wan” which broke all box office records for Panto at The Olympia. Polly & The Beanstalk will again be written by Al Porter & Karl Spain, and will feature an All-Star cast headed by our very own Ostrich Jockey & Fair City heartthrob Ryan A

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Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf

Liberty Hall Theatre

Fairytale Village is the ideal place to grow up, located in the heart of the Enchanted Woods there’s fresh air, friendly villagers and lots of places for Little Red and her friends to get into mischief! But things aren’t quite what they seem in Fairytale village… When a mysterious stranger comes to visit, events take a sinister turn: locals start going missing. At night, the woods are filled with the howls of a wolf, and Granny’s cottage, which once seemed so safe and inviting, now seems an awful long trek to take on a cold dark night. It’s going to take a new kind of hero to save

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Glória Christmas Concert

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Glória, Dublin's Lesbian and Gay Choir return to their festive home of St Patrick’s Cathedral for their usual mix of yuletide favourites, Glória classics and some new carols which we know you will love! This is always a popular concert in the lead up to Christmas and a highlights of Glória's year. Doors at 7:30pm.

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The Snowman

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

his phenomenally popular show, The Snowman returns to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. A magical concert designed for all the family, Raymond Briggs’s captivating film has established itself as part of the Christmas festivities for young and old, accompanied by Howard Blake’s score played live by the Irish Philharmonic Orchestra. Suitable for young children, this is an opportunity for the whole family to share the magic of Christmas. Featuring Walking in the Air, and a selection of popular Christmas Songs, bring your jingle bells, wear your fancy dress, and make sure you book early! Sh

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Carols for Christmas-New Dublin Voices

Draíocht

International award-winning New Dublin Voices invite you to join them in celebrating Christmas! As those who come along every year will tell you, there's a beautiful Christmas atmosphere, with the very best of carols and songs for the season, as well as high spirits and fun, readings from great Christmas stories and poems, laughs for everyone - whether young or young at heart! Pop in from the cold outside, sit back and enjoy the arrival of Christmas. Director: Bernie Sherlock. St Brigid’s NS Choir Conductor, Niamh Williams.

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Christmas Baroque by Candlelight

St. Patrick's Cathedral

London Concertante returns to the stunning St Patrick’s Cathedral this Christmas, as part of their ever-popular Christmas tour. This year they bring a selection of wonderful baroque works, including pieces by Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Pachelbel and Corelli’s famous “Christmas Concerto”. Join europe’s finest chamber orchestra and get in to the spirit of Christmas!

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Leinster v Exeter Chiefs

Aviva Stadium

English champions Exeter Chiefs come to Dublin this December to take on Leinster in a Guinness Pro14 fixture. See some of the most exciting international and Lions stars perform up close in this nail-biting clash. Three-time European Champions Leinster have been on top form as of late with an impressive away victory against Glasgow Warriors but can they remain at their best to take home the rare title of four-time Champions of Europe? This game at Dublin’s Aviva Stadium will reveal the likelihood.

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Glen Hansard

Vicar Street

Following two sold-out intimate shows in Vicar Street in August, Glen Hansard is bringing the big band back together with strings, horns, bells and whistles to perform two Christmas shows at Vicar St on December 17th & 18th. Special guests to be announced.

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A Night Before Christmas

Pavilion Theatre

A selection of Christmas stories read by Owen Roe, Michele Forbes, Cathy Belton and Phelim Drew. With music by Lisa Lambe and Cormac De Barra Christmas stories can be by turns affecting, poignant, and inspiring and in this special evening, an all-star cast of Irish actors will read a warm and wonderful selection to help you get in the mood for the big day. Christmas is more than a season; it’s a state of mind. And that state is intimately connected to the seasonal music we love, from carol concerts to The Messiah and Nat King Cole. But there’s another tradition which is strangely neg

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Imelda May

3Arena

Imelda May, born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, has become one of Ireland’s most celebrated female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson. Her previous album ‘Tribal’ debuted at #1 in Ireland and #3 in the UK. You'll hear all of your favourite Imelda May hits, including her whopper breakout hit, Johnny Got A Boom Boom at this fantastic 3Arena show.Backed by her stellar band, Imelda May knows how to put on an explosive pe

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Howard Blake’s THE SNOWMAN

St. Patrick's Cathedral

Take a break from your last minute Christmas shopping and other such seasonal stresses and come join us with the whole family in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral to hear the timeless tale of James and the Snowman as told by narrator Morgan Crowley with a little help from the Choristers of Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. There will be a retiring collection in aid of LauraLynn Children’s Hospice at the end of the event.

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The Fat Turkey Run

Starts @ St. Fintan's Church

2017 will be the 8th Fat Turkey Run. All participants are required to enter online. The event last year sold out, so please don't leave it too late. The Fat Turkey 10km event supports developing rugby in Suttonians Rugby Football Club (established in 1924), with a donation going towards the IRFU Charitable Trust (Irish Rugby Football Union Charitable Trust was formed in 1978 to assist severely injured rugby players in their everyday lives, and help to restore their confidence and independence). The scenic route is a challenging 10km course, commencing at St Fintans Church, Sutton, going

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NYF Dublin 2017

Various Locations

NYF Dublin – now in its fourth year, this three-day citywide festival will be bigger and better than ever with an amazing programme from the 31st December 2017 to the 1st January 2018. The main event will be the Liffey Lights Midnight Moment which will take place at 11.30pm on New Year’s Eve and progress past midnight. The free event will incorporate high-flying aerial and aquatic elements with an accompanying light show of over 100 aqua beams and spotlights. An earlier, family friendly show will also take place beforehand at 6.30pm. There will also be a live concert with Irish band

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First Fortnight-The Art of Mental Health

Various Locations

First Fortnight is a charity-based organisation with the express aim of challenging mental health prejudice through the creative arts. We believe the arts allow us to create a space where people can talk about mental health issues in a non-scripted manner. Once that conversation has begun, we hope this will then help to change people’s perceptions about an issue that affects us all with one in four of us set to experience a mental health problem at some point in our lives. With that in mind, we hope to make the First Fortnight of each year synonymous with mental health awareness, challenging

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Dublin Bowie Festival

Venues Around Dublin

The 3rd Dublin Bowie Festival takes place citywide in Dublin from Friday 5th of January and ends on the second anniversary of David Bowies death; Wednesday January 10th. After the success of the last 2 years the Festival program is greatly expanded to include more events and more venues and encapsulates the profound influence and inspiration that Bowie had on both popular culture and art. Topped by a heavyweight line up of live music, the program also includes movie & documentary screenings, Q&A's, debates & discussions, literary events, fashion, fine art, merchandise markets

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Pendulum Summit

The Convention Centre Dublin

The Pendulum Summit is the world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit. Pendulum Summit is the world’s leading business and self-empowerment summit. Their mission is to enable individuals, entrepreneurs and businesses to achieve excellence by asking the best minds from around the world to stimulate disruptive, game-changing and visionary thinking. A large proportion of companies that attend Pendulum Summit are already running successful internal leadership and developmental programmes. They however realise the significant added value of Pendulum Summit in providing their tea

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Temple Bar TradFest 2017

Temple Bar

TradFest Temple Bar has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved m

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Flavours of Art

National Gallery of Ireland

Feast your senses with an evening of masterpieces, music, and food at Flavours of Art in the National Gallery of Ireland. This exquisite evening celebrates the return of the JMW Turner watercolours, a much-loved annual exhibition which is showcased at the gallery each January. After you’ve taken a tour of the exhibition and immersed yourself in Turner’s awe-inspiring landscapes, you can unwind with a sumptuous buffet supper, before being regaled with live music. Whether you’re a long-time admirer of Turner’s work, or this is your first time visiting this wonderful annual exhib

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Dublin Smartphone Film Festival

The Generator Hostel

The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival is a brand new international festival dedicated to celebrating work shot on Smartphone and Tablets. ​ No longer is expensive technology a barrier to creativity. The mobile phone has expanded the scope and freedom for filmmakers, providing limitless possibilities in the palm of your hand. The festival was created with the goal of encouraging filmmakers to share the stories they have captured on mobile devices and to provide smartphone filmmakers with a platform to exhibit these stories to a wider audience.

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Songwriting Masterclass with John Spillane

Irish Writers Centre

This half-day masterclass with Meteor award winning songwriter John Spillane, brought to you by the Irish Writers Centre in association with Tradfest, will get to the heart of song writing and storytelling. Participants will examine and enjoy the Irish ballad tradition and see how a story may be told in a song and look at the magical chemical reaction that happens when words and music meet. John will focus on helping participants lose whatever inhibitions and fears they may have about writing songs while also sharing tricks of the trade on verse, chorus, repetition, and rhyme. Songwriter

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Erasure

Olympia Theatre

It’s hard to think of another songwriting partnership as golden as that of Erasure. For 32 years, without a break or break-up, Andy Bell and Vince Clarke have mined a rich seam of creativity that has led to chart-conquering singles, a string of immaculate albums, a BRIT, an Ivor Novello Award and now World Be Gone, their seventeenth studio album. Since releasing their first single in 1985, Erasure have sold more than 25 million albums worldwide.

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GradIreland Live

RDS

A new event from gradireland providing answers to all your career questions. Find your future career path at gradireland Live! CV clinic | Skills workshops | Career advice | Jobs | Internships | Further study | Upskilling Learn about the career paths out there for you. Are you thinking about your future? Speak to careers advisors, employers, course providers and recent graduates to cut through the jargon and discover what it takes to build a successful career. In every sector, from tax to teaching, media to management and beyond, gradireland Live takes you through what you'd actually

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Katherine Ryan

Olympia Theatre

This Canadian abroad is the UK’s 2017 break-out star. Katherine recently garnered rave reviews as the presenter and writer of Channel 4's critically acclaimed prime time series, How Did You Get So Rich? and also regularly appears on all the UK's major panel shows from BBC's QI, Have I Got News For You and Live at the Apollo to Dave's Taskmaster Series 2 (which she won) and Channel 4's Out of 10 Cats as well as co-hosting two back to back series of Comedy Central's upcoming Your Face or Mine reboot with Jimmy Carr. Originally from Canada and star of BBC’s LIVE AT THE APOLLO & WOULD I

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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Various Locations

The largest Irish language festival in Ireland and around the world! Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Language Week) is an international Irish language festival, which is the most popular celebration of our native language and culture in Ireland and many other countries each year. There was an excellent festival again this year, with almost millions of people taking part in hundreds of events around the world.

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Silk Road Film Festival

Various Locations

Founded in 2012, the Silk Road International Film Festival (SRIFF) is fast becoming an international acclaimed film festival which is held annually during the month of March in Dublin, Ireland. The festival also holds year-round screenings, talks & events. SRIFF celebrates world cinema where we discover new films and voices from around the world. As well as screening international films there is a “Silk Road Panorama” of films from countries part of the historical network of the Silk Road ancient trade routes. The Panorama includes Asian, Arab, Middle Eastern, African, Mediterranea

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Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair

The Convention Centre

Join 10,000 fun loving attendees at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival this March 8 – 10, 2018 at The Convention Centre Dublin. It’s more than just craft beer; be entertained by home-grown artists and enjoy culinary delights while tasting the latest beers and spirits all under the one roof. The Fair will feature a host of local and international craft beverages as well as local culinary delights. Musical entertainment will be provided by a range of home-grown acts and food producers will be on hand with unique food pairings to excite your ta

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OFFSET Dublin

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

With over 2,500 attendees each year, Offset has fast become one of the world’s most inspirational, educational and vocational conferences for the design and creative industries. Since 2009, from our Dublin base, we have attracted such creative icons as Massimo Vignelli, Sir Peter Blake, Paula Scher, David Carson, Milton Glaser, Kyle Cooper, Stefan Sagmeister, Micheal Bierut, Shepard Fairey, Tomi Ungerer, JR, Lance Wyman, George Lois and Louise Fili to grace our wonderful stages. Representing industry at all levels, our speakers are key disruptors and influencers in their field driving eve

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E-Commerce Expo Ireland

Croke Park

eCommerce Expo Ireland is a focused 1 day event where you can attend talks with industry experts and book 1 on 1 time with eCommerce experts. If you are looking to sell online or improve your current solution, then this is a “Can’t miss” event! Hear their stories about the pitfalls of trading online and how best to navigate the waters of eCommerce. This event is perfect for Managing Directors, Marketing staff, eCommerce managers, Financial directors, Content and Operations managers or anyone looking to learn more about selling online and successfully running an eCommerce business.

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Dublin Tech Summit

The Convention Centre

DTS 2018 will bring together global leaders in innovation, technology and business to shape the future of global trends and technologies. Held across Dublin’s iconic silicon docks the two day summit will showcase everything Dublin has to offer as global technology hub with the main conference taking place in the Convention Centre Dublin. By day participants will hear from leaders shaping the future of industries across our seven core pillars and by night, we’ll treat participants to the best of what Dublin’s lighter side has to offer. Find out why we’re doing something new and join

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Jobs Expo Dublin 2018

Croke Park

Jobs Expo Dublin will feature hundreds of active job opportunities at home and abroad and is the only careers exhibition of its type to feature FREE ADMISSION. With unemployment still at a high level in Ireland, Jobs Expo Dublin will provide job seekers with real opportunities to find new employment. What can you expect at Jobs Expo Dublin? • Employers actively recruiting for hundreds of jobs at home and abroad • Specialised areas dedicated to jobs in particular industries • Start your own business experts offering advice and support networks • The Career Clinic offering one-

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Culturefox.ie an online guide to Irish cultural events, brought to you by the Arts Council. It is designed to be as useful as possible for anyone promoting events, and for the millions of people each year who enjoy Irish culture, at home and abroad. Designed to be fast, beautiful and easy-to-use, culturefox can also be personalised – it will even send you a ‘last-chance’ e-mail when you are about to miss an interesting event!

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