This weekend, make a date in historic Dublin 8, where a weekend of culture is planned for all the family to enjoy. The Culture Date with Dublin 8 series of events will take place on Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May in a variety of locations in Dublin 8. There are also some pre-events on Friday 13, May.
Culture Date with Dublin 8 – Weekend of Fun Planned
The events planned include walking tours, concerts, workshops and family activities. On Friday, take part in a historical walking tour exploring the legacy of Guinness, open since 1759. Learn about the part it plays in the life and economy of the Liberties. This will also include a visit to the Edward Worth Library, a little-known treasure in Dr. Steeven’s Hospital of his book collection from the 16th century.
On Saturday there will be whole series of different walking tours focusing on history, art, stories, and literature. The two medieval cathedrals in Dublin 8, Christ Church and St. Patrick’s will be free to visitors. In addition, on Saturday night the Guinness Choir “Sing Again” concert in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The tickets are on sale and cost from €15- €25 and, should be bought in advance, here.
The Digital Hub will host a market with up to 50 eclectic stalls, showcasing a mixture of local design and locally made artisan food. Also on offer will be homemade crafts, clothes, furniture, bric-a-brac, vintage wares, artisan goods and plenty of unusual treasures. The market will support local enterprises, organisations, designers and creatives in Dublin 8.
There is a number of events planned for children, including a Lego hunt in Marshs’s Library. It is the oldest library in Ireland. On Sunday there is a guided visit to Kilmainham Gaol for 8–12-year-olds. The IMMA will host a family art workshop and there will be a tour of the Biodiversity Centre in the Phoenix Park.
Pick up a Passport
Visitors can pick up a Culture Date With Dublin 8 Passport at any of participating venues. As you visit places you can get a stamp on the Passport. Visitors an also pick up a beautifully designed map showing the location of all the venues. On the website, the section on History has lots of interesting stories about this area of Dublin.
The events are sponsored by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, OPW, IMMA, Kilmainham Gaol, and Richmond Barracks. The Phoenix Park, National War Memorial Gardens, Goldenbridge Cemetery, Christ Church and St. Patrick’s Cathedrals are among the many participants. All events are free, see details here.