After the sweltering sun beating down on our traditionally pale Irish skin, here are some of the most exciting events coming up in Dublin and around Ireland. They include a festival in a forest, Galway in the Dark, meeting inventors, tasting chocolate and exploring Dublin’s spooky past.
Events in Ireland to Get Excited About
Forest Fest 2022
Forest Fest is a brand new boutique music and arts festival based in the picturesque heritage Laois village of Emo. With over 30 bands Forest Fest is aimed at a discerning audience, the objective is to ensure a quality, close-up, close-quarters, quality gig experience with numbers at each show strictly limited.
You provide the rhythm, Forest Fest provides the beat and the tasty craft beers, the fabulous food, the classy cocktails, and the cracking tunes. If you need to reach out for any information please email [email protected].
Location: Emo Village, Laois
Dates: July 22 – July 24 2022
Dublin Maker 2022
Dublin Maker is a free-to-attend, community-run event, which will be held in Merrion Square on Saturday 23 July 2022.
Dublin Maker takes the form of a “show and tell” experience where inventors/makers sourced through an open call, will have an opportunity to showcase their creations in a carnival atmosphere. It is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making and share what they are learning.
Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, artists, science clubs, students, authors and commercial exhibitors.
Location: Merrion Square, Dublin
Date: 23 July 2022
The Galway Dark Tour
Take a walking tour of the dark side of Galway City with an experienced regional guide and member of Approved Tourist Guides of Ireland, Marteen Lane. Hear stories of hangings, executions, murders, and much more. Galway Dark Tour exposes the visitor to the murky world of Galway’s dark past.
Tour Hightlights: King’s Head Pub, Spanish Parade, Lynch’s Memorial Window, Galway Cathedral, Gallows in Eyre Square
Tour takes place at 4 o’clock in the evening Irish Time, meeting at the Browne Doorway in Eyre Square and due to the sensitive nature of some of the stories, this tour is not suitable for children under 12 years old.
Location: The Browne Doorway, Eyre Square
Date: Any day after 16:00
Chocolate Tour & Tasting – Burren B3
Meet chocolate experts, who will show you the wonders of bean-to-bar chocolate. Discover how a tropical fruit is being changed into one of Europe’s finest chocolates. Your 45-minute tour will take you through all the stages of chocolate making – roasting, cracking, winnowing, stonegrinding and tempering and it will, of course, include a sampling of chocolate at its various stages and finishing with a tasting of some of the best single origin chocolates.
Location: Bellharbour, Co. Clare
Ghosts of Dublin: Haunting Stories & Legends Outdoor Game
Do you spend your time playing with Ouija boards and watching spooky videos indoors? The present (and past) is outside, in real life, where all the creepy buildings, monuments and verifiable ghost sightings hotspots are. With this in mind, you are being invited to visit places that are truly haunted with the Ghosts of Dublin: Haunting Stories & Legends Outdoor Game.
The route you will follow is full of haunted and spooky places, mysterious clues and challenges, and real facts/accounts from the past and present.
The experience will play out like you’re the main character of a movie, only that you’re experiencing everything in the first person. Fun dialogue, intrigue, and unexpected interactions are guaranteed.
Location: National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, Kildare Street