Category: Free Things To Do

The Temple Bar Tradfest, Dublin

January 30, 2014

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Dublin's Temple Bar.

From costumed street entertainers to Guinness-fuelled live music sessions taking over Dublin’s historic pubs, the Temple Bar Tradfest is the city’s biggest celebration of Irish music and culture, and it’s an atmospheric time to visit the capital. Held during the last week of January every year since 2006, the festival takes over Dublin’s Temple Bar District for 5 days, with a packed schedule of free and ticketed events including live bands, dance performances, film screenings, creative workshops and family entertainment.

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Bram Stoker Festival in Dublin

September 23, 2013

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Get in the Halloween mood at Dublin's Bram Stoker Festival. Photo courtesy of Chris Friese via Flickr.

There are few better characters to prepare you for the annual spook-fest of Halloween, than Dracula, Bram Stoker’s iconic vampire and the legendary bloodsucker steps into the spotlight at Dublin’s Bram Stoker Festival.

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Dublin in the Footsteps of U2

August 15, 2013

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Dublin's famous Windmill Lane Studios. Photo courtey of informatique via Flickr.

With a career spanning almost four decades and a lead singer so iconic he’s even been immortalized in yellow on The Simpsons, U2 are up there with Guinness as Dublin’s most famous export. Formed in Dublin in 1976, the band have always kept roots in their home city and many of the their most memorable moments have played out on the city streets.

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Dublin’s Custom House Quay

July 29, 2013

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Dublin's Custom House. Photo courtesy of TimSackton via Flickr.

With its grand buildings and memorable statues, the Custom House Quay is one of the most scenic stretches of the Dublin Quays, making a striking backdrop to River Liffey boat cruises. Stretching along the riverside opposite the central City Quay, the quay runs between the Moss Street Bridge and the dramatic cable-stayed Samuel Beckett Bridge – the masterwork of architect Santiago Calatrava.

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River Liffey Swim Dublin

July 8, 2013

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Dublin's annual Liffey Swim. Photo courtesy of informatique via Flickr.

If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to strip down to your skivvies, dive into the famous River Liffey and swim straight through the heart of Dublin, now’s your chance to find out by taking part in Dublin’s annual Liffey Swim.

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Dublin National Heritage Week

July 1, 2013

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Celebrate all things Irish on National Heritage Week. Photo courtesy of jpmpinmontreal via Flickr.

From the iconic Riverdance to the country’s native wildlife, this is the biggest annual celebration of Irish culture and heritage – the Dublin National Heritage Week. The annual week is a nationwide festival featuring over 1,500 free events across the country, and the Irish capital will, of course, be spearheading the festivities.

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The Best Photo Spots in Dublin

June 20, 2013

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The Wishing Hand, Dublin. Photo courtesy of informatique via Flickr.

Whether your holiday pictures turn out as artful depictions of the city sights or blurry post-pub-crawl snapshots, you’ll need at least one avatar-worthy photo to share with your friends when you get home. From a breathtaking bird’s eye view of the city to posing with a leprechaun, here are some of the best photo spots in Dublin.

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Things to Do in Dublin in Summer

June 11, 2013

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rinity College Shakespeare Festival in Dublin. Photo courtesy of Anosmia via Flickr.

Whether you want to spend your time relaxing in the city’s beer gardens, exploring the city sights or partying up a storm, there’s no better time to get out and about in Dublin than summer. Best of all, there’s a packed schedule of events and festivals taking over the city during the summer months. Here are a few dates for the diary.

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Bloomsday Festival

May 23, 2013

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Bloomsday decorations in Dublin. Photo courtesy of informatique via Flickr.

Fans of the book from all corners of the world gather in Dublin for the celebration, to commemorate the life and works of the legendary Joyce and to indulge in a tour of Dublin’s Ulysses-inspired sights. The principal pastime of festival participants is to recreate ‘a day in the life of Leopold Bloom’ as told in the book, and many fans take to dressing in early 20th century period clothing (the book is set in 1904) and starting their day with a breakfast of sausages, beans, black and white pudding and toast in honor of their beloved protagonist.

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The Best Views Over Dublin

February 28, 2013

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Dublin might not boast an iconic lookout point like the London Eye or the Eiffel Tower, but there are still a number of ways to get a great view of the city. Whether sipping a hearty pint of Guinness in the city’s highest bar or watching the sunset from the nearby mountaintop, here are five of the best views over Dublin.

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