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Everyone, Everywhere, Everyday is an illustrated journey through the north and south of inner city Dublin. Inspired by Ulysses, James Joyce, it traces part of the journey Leopold Bloom makes through the streets. Starting on the north side with the Oval public house on Abbey street to Lower O’Connell street to Bachelor’s walk crossing over to O’Connell street bridge and following on to south side locations Westmoreland street and finishing on College street. Applying the idea of the flâneur observing city life and acting as a witness to each scene drawn and photographed on of different perspectives. Working from these twelve illustrations were made which show the exterior urban spaces, streets and people of each place and interior view points from a cafe, bus window and various shops. The idea of this exhibition is to visually capture the energy and the ‘stream of life’ of contemporary Dublin.

For over 20 years, nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance. The worldwide phenomenon which is Riverdance began its journey as the interval act in the 1994 Eurovision Song Contest, produced for television by Moya Doherty. This electrifying and innovative seven minute dance piece was then developed into a full-length stage show by Producer Moya Doherty, Composer Bill Whelan and Director John McColgan. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin and has continued to set new records in packed theatres and arenas throughout the world. www.riverdance.com – Since 1995 Riverdance has played 11,500 performances and been seen live by over 25 million people in over 467 venues worldwide in 47 countries across 6 continents – Travelled 750,000 miles (or to the moon and back and back again!) – Played to a global television audience of 3 billion people – Sold over 3 million copies of the Grammy Award-winning CD and 10 million Riverdance videos & DVD

The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980s. It is salty and sweet and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to the Rotunda Hospital where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born. Roddy Doyle’s second installment of the celebrated Barrytown Trilogy is a story that remains fresh, vivid, astute and relevant for today.

For the first time in 30 years you will be able to view the incredible paintings and graphic work of Irish artist Roderic O’Conor, so don’t miss this rare opportunity at the National Gallery of Ireland. This exciting exhibition will illustrate how O’Conor’s dissatisfaction with Impressionism led to his signature Expressionist style. You will see many artworks which have previously never been on display before and also get a sense of O’Conor’s place among contemporaries like Van Gogh and Gauguin. Whether you’re a major art buff or you just fancy spending an afternoon immersed in some truly captivating landscapes, visiting Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns at the National Gallery of Ireland is guaranteed to be time well spent.

The Snapper offers a wickedly funny account of the ups and downs of family life and pregnancy in Northside Dublin of the late 1980s. It is salty and sweet and the Gate Theatre sits right next door to the Rotunda Hospital where Sharon’s baby ‘the snapper’ is born… Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult. This production contains adult themes and strong language. Parental discretion is advised. There will be a post-show discussion with Roddy Doyle and members of The Snapper cast on Monday 30 July. For more information, please see here. There will be a Sign Language Interpreted Performance (SLIP) on Thursday 30 August at 7.30pm. Patrons availing of this service are advised to book via boxoffice@gate-theatre.ie to access a discounted ticket rate and seats with the best sight lines. Amanda Coogan will be the ISL Interpreter for this performance.

We’re delighted to announce that Amy Ross (Elphaba), Helen Woolf (Glinda), Aaron Sidwell (Fiyero), Steven Pinder (The Wizard and Doctor Dillamond), Kim Ismay (Madame Morrible), Emily Shaw (Nessarose), Iddon Jones (Boq) and Nikki Bentley (Standby for Elphaba) will lead the cast of the spectacular, critically acclaimed and multi record-breaking UK & Ireland Tour when it returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre from 17 July to 1 September 2018. Acclaimed as “a joyous spectacle that captures the imagination” (Irish Independent) and “a magical mystery tour through the fantasyland of Oz” (London Evening Standard), WICKED tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely but profound friendship between two sorcery students and their extraordinary adventures in Oz, which will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Based on the acclaimed, best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire that ingeniously re-imagines the stories and characters originally created by L. Frank Baum in ‘The Wonderful Wizard of Oz’, WICKED has become a global phenomenon featuring astounding technical wizardry, stunning costumes, a compelling ‘untold’ story and show-stopping songs, including the incredible ‘Defying Gravity’.

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

Jimmy’s Hall tells the true story of Leitrim farmer Jimmy Gralton, the only Irishman deported from his own country. His crime was to build a dance hall where he encouraged the local community to learn, to argue and to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity its free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close. A decade later, at the height of the Depression, Jimmy returns from the US. The hall stands abandoned but as Jimmy sees the poverty and growing oppression in the village, the leader and activist within him is stirred. He decides to reopen the hall, and so takes on the established authorities of the church and the government.

Smock Alley Theatre presents as its tenth in-house production, The Shaughraun, written by Dion Boucicault Robert Ffolliott, fiancee of Arte O’Neil, has returned to Ireland after escaping from prison in Australia. Robert, an innocent local gentleman, has been convicted as a Fenian fugitive but it soon becomes clear that he is no such thing. The villain Kinchela, Robert’s fake friend, tries to hunt Robert down and arrest him – his main motive being greed for Robert’s estate & his desire for Arte, Robert’s fiancee. With the help of Conn the Shaughraun Robert escapes various melodramatic cliffhanger situations. Meanwhile, Robert’s sister, Claire, is in love with an English soldier, Captain Molineaux, who is tracking down Fenians in the area. She cannot decide whether or not to protect her brother or betray the Captain – her heart is torn in two – family loyalty or true love. 30 July – 1 Sep | 7:30pm (Tue – Sat) and 2:30pm (Sat + Sun) | Main SpaceNO SHOWS ON MONDAYS Written in 1874 by the Irish master of melodrama Dion Boucicault, the themes in this play still ring true – from vulture bankers, rising rents and homelessness, to Anglo-Irish relations and impending Brexit doom. […]

Decadent Theatre Company and The Olympia Theatre A SKULL IN CONNEMARA Written by acclaimed writer and director of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin Mc Donagh and Starring Pat Shortt. Preview Tuesday 14th August 2018 Opening Wednesday 15th August 2018 Running to Saturday 1st September 2018 (no shows Sundays) Decadent Theatre Company and the Olympia Theatre proudly present a new production of Martin McDonagh’s very funny black comedy, A Skull in Connemara. Starring Pat Shortt in the lead role as local gravedigger Mick Dowd, A Skull in Connemara will run at The Olympia Theatre from 14th August for 3 weeks only. This production is directed by Andrew Flynn.

This daring adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic re-imagines Victor Frankenstein as a gene-splicing molecular biologist who creates human life from his own DNA, with catastrophic results. Speaking from a holding cell, Frankenstein is desperate to set the record straight. A modern ghost story and psychological thriller, this version of Frankenstein aims to chill us with the darkness we hold within our DNA — and our hearts.

Each year, during the last week of August, many national and hundreds of local community organisations participate by organising events throughout the country. Many of the events that take place during the week are free and the programme highlights the abundance of great work that is carried out in all communities in Ireland to preserve and promote our natural, built and cultural heritage. National Heritage Week is part of European Heritage Days. These are a joint initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union in which over forty countries participate each year. The main aim of European Heritage Days are to promote awareness of our built, natural and cultural heritage and to promote Europe’s common cultural heritage. Every year millions of Europeans visit historical monuments and sites throughout Europe on European Heritage Days. In Ireland we celebrate European Heritage Days with a full week of events throughout National Heritage Week. The Heritage Council assumed the role of coordinator of National Heritage Week from the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government in 2005. Since then the week has grown into a highly successful programme of over 2,000 events which take place during the last week of August […]

Following her international sold-out tour, Kate Huffman (Fresh Off the Boat, Castle) is bringing “one of the most commanding solo shows around today” back to Dublin’s Smock Alley for a week long run in August. This shockingly hilarious, brutally honest solo show covers decades of OCD and eating disorders, but with comedic perfection, it defies preconceived notions and connects performer and audience in the mutually experienced dilemma that is LIFE. 18 characters, multi-media effects, and gut-busting humor allow all people with any kind of neuroses or negative self-talk to laugh at themselves. WINNER of the Hollywood Fringe Festival’s Encore Producer’s Award and nominee for both the Soaring Solo Award and a Valley Theatre Award, the show speaks to #MeToo by examining the overlap between body objectification and sexual harassment, thus offering a new and honest look at body image and eating disorders. And thanks to the witty and brilliantly executed comedy, Huffman manages to tear down dividing walls of shame and silence and connect.

The six organ symphonies of Louis Vierne were written to showcase the new exciting organs of  visionary organ builder Aristide Cavaillé-Coll in 19th century Paris. Acknowledged as one of the crowning glories of the repertoire, this Heritage Week you can experience all 6 of these great works performed across 4 concerts by Cathedral Organist DAVID LEIGH. Sit back and listen as the 4,000 pipes of the Cathedral’s magnificent Willis organ fills the Cathedral. All the action from the organ loft is then relayed via a giant screen in the Nave. Admission is free, pre-booking is advised.

Kasabian have announced a very special one-off show at London’s O2 Academy Brixton next month. The Leicester four-piece, who released their sixth studio album, For Crying Out Loud, back in 2017, and completed an arena tour this past December, will perform at the intimate London venue on Thursday 23 August 2018. The band, who have won several awards over the years including several NME awards, Q Awards and a Brit Award for Best Group performed four dates at the O2 Kentish Town Forum in July 2017, as well as headlining Glasgow’s TRNSMT Festival and Reading & Leeds Festival that same year.

The popular Music for Lunch recital series takes place daily in the intimate surroundings of the recently refurbished Lady Chapel. As always, we’ve a wonderful line of musicians and music to see you right through lunch, sadly food not included! • Monday 20 August Áine Balfe (flute) & Stuart Nicholson (Piano) • Tuesday 21 August Joanna Kirkwood (flute) & Victoria Green (guitar) • Wednesday 22 August Roderick Elms & Joanna Smith (piano duo) • Thursday 23 August Anne Murnaghan (‘cello) & Stuart Nicholson (piano) • Friday 24 August Eoghan Desmond (bass/baritone) Date:Monday 20th August – Friday 24th August 2018 Time:1.00pm

In this unique talk, architect Pat Dargan explores the history of Dublin through a selection of its most interesting buildings. Included are the Norman Dublin Castle, the Georgian Customs House by the River Liffey, the twentieth-century Guinness Storehouse, along with buildings that may not be as well known but are equally interesting. Pat will also focus on some of Dublin’s most intriguing, famous and oldest watering holes. Monday 20 August at 6:30pm. Ballymun Library, Ballymun Road, Dublin 11. D11 DCR7. T. 01 8421890 E: ballymunlibrary@dublincity.ie Admission Free. Booking recommended.  

Aidan Dockery is a collector with a passionate interest in Irish Culture, Heritage, History and Literature. Over the last 55 years he has amassed a huge collection of Stamps, Coins, Postcards, Books and Annuals. In this fascinating talk, Aidan will speak about his passion for collecting, as well as bringing along special items relating to Cabra from his unique and extensive collections. Monday 20 August at 2:30pm. Cabra Library, Navan Road, Dublin 7. D07 AYW1. Telephone: 01 8691414 Email: cabralibrary@dublincity.ie Admission Free. Booking recommended.

Inchicore Library are delighted to welcome Cathy Scuffil, Historian in Residence – Dublin South Central, to present her talk ‘Bliain na mBan – 1918’. 1918 was indeed Bliain na mBan (Women’s Year) in Ireland with many significant events occurring involving the role of women that have shaped our society today. From La na mBan to the election of the first woman to parliament, this talk looks at a range of events, from local to national, that occurred 100 years ago. Monday 20 August at 6:30pm. Inchicore Library, 34 Emmet Road, Dublin 8. D08 ED66. Telephone: 01 4533793 Email: inchicorelibrary@dublincity.ie Admission Free. Booking recommended.

Great Spotted Woodpeckers bred in Ireland for the first time in 2008. Naturalist Declan Murphy embarked on a quest to learn more about this new arrival on Ireland’s shores. Exploring the richness and diversity of our natural heritage, Declan shares his personal account of observing the lives of a family of woodpeckers. In particular he focuses on the story of two chicks,’Red’ and ‘Black’, and their struggle for survival in rural Wicklow. Monday 20 August 6:30pm. Ballyfermot Library, Ballyfermot Road, Dublin 10. D10 WV02. Telephone: 01 6269324 / 6269325 Email: ballyfermotlibrary@dublincity.ie Admission Free. Booking recommended.