Restrictions Easing: 10 Things to Do, Now We Can


Last week, Ireland took a huge step towards normality, with the announcement of plans to lift Covid-19 restrictions. All going well, the country will make significant moves in lifting restrictions from 22 October 2021. Until then, gradual easing of regulations will continue in accordance with the government’s current roadmap.

What’s Changed?

Mass gatherings start to make their return from today (6 September), with indoor events operating at 60% capacity, allowing only those who are vaccinated. Outdoor events will be limited to 75% capacity for vaccinated attendees, or 50% for for those with mixed immunity status. Such events will be subject to protective measures such as social distancing and face masks.

Coach tours are also now allowed to operate at 75% capacity.

Live music

It’s been far too long since the Irish public have had the chance to let their hair down and head out to a gig. In line with the exciting news that live music will be making its return very soon, here are some of the events you can look forward to:

Irish Chamber Orchestra With The Libra Ensemble and Finghin Collins, Piano
National Concert Hall, Dublin – Thursday 9 September 2021

The National Concert Hall celebrates its 40th anniversary with a live performance from the Irish Chamber Orchestra along with The Libra Ensemble and pianist Finghin Collins.

To find out more and book tickets.

Music at Meares Court
Mearescourt House, Mullingar – 10-12 September 2021

Music at Meares Court

Meares Court three-day festival promises a weekend of music, mystery and magic, with a diverse lineup including acts such as The Blizzards, Robert Mizzell and Sharon Shannon. For more information and to book tickets.

Meet Me at the Castle
Claregalway castle, Galway – 25-26 September 2021

Meet me at the castle lineup

Hibernacle presents a brand new series of intimate performances at Claregalway castle this year. With acts including Lisa Hannigan, Tolü Makay and Wallis Bird, the one-day festival is set to be packed with Irish talent. Tickets are available now, with the option to attend 25 or 26 September.

Rejjie Snow
The Olympia Theatre, Dublin – Monday 11 October 2021

Rejjie Snow

Dublin-based rapper Rejjie Snow returns to the live music scene this October. After the disappointing news of Electric Picnic 2021’s cancellation, fans will still have the chance to catch this performance at The Olympia Theatre.

Irish tour – 10 November-9 December 2021


Beloved Dublin four-piece Kodaline return with their 2021 Irish tour. Travelling the country later this year, the indie folk band will be making stops in a number of major Irish cities, including Cork, Dublin, Galway, Derry and more.

To find tour dates and book tickets.

Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co Louth

Spirit Store, Dundalk

Venues across the country are getting ready to reopen their doors. Spirit Store in Dundalk welcomes live music back with open arms, hosting a range of acts in its intimate venue. Some of the acts returning to the stage include:

  • Paddy Casey, Saturday 28 September
  • Duke Special, Friday 24 September
  • The 4 Of Us, Saturday 25 September
  • Somefinn, Sunday 26 September
  • David Kitt, Thursday 30 September

Dolans, Limerick

Dolans Limerick

Dolans in Limerick is another beloved Irish pub ready to get back up and running, with a diverse lineup of events already announced across its five venues:

  • Wild Youth, Thursday 9 September – The Big Top
  • Jape, Thursday 9 September – Kasbah Social Club
  • Hudson Taylor, Wednesday 15 September – Dolans Warehouse
  • The Blindboy Podcast with Give Us The Night and Strangeboy, Thursday 16 September – Dolans Warehouse
  • Andy Irvine, Friday 17 September – Dolans Warehouse

Roisín Dubh, Galway

Galway city is beginning to look like itself again, with arts and culture creeping their way back the streets they’ve occupied for generations. The much loved Roisín Dubh opens its doors again, preparing for its upcoming live performances. Here’s what’s been announced so far:

  • Aimée, Thursday 23 September
  • Sorcha Richardson, Friday 24 September
  • John Spillane, Sunday 6 September

There’s more

Live music isn’t the only industry celebrating the good news. The nation’s art and hospitality industries have a lot to offer this year to mark the occasion.

Waterford Harvest Festival
6-12 September 2021

Photo by Colin Shanahan

Treat your tastebuds this month, as Waterford Harvest Festival returns for its 12th year this September. The annual event showcases Waterford’s rich and diverse food culture and heritage, restaurants and seasonal producers in the region.

Waterford city celebrates the people, businesses and flavours of the area. The seven day festival presents a vibrant variety of menus, dining-out experiences, seasonal dishes and local producer collaborations.

Painting and Memories by Jack B. Yeats

The National Gallery of Ireland presents Painting and Memory, an exhibition displaying the works of Jack B. Yeats – coinciding with the 150th anniversary of his birth. In a selection of oil paintings spanning more than 40 years, Yeats’ life work portrays his observations of humanity, and reflections on life and loss in his later years.

This exhibition is ticketed and must be booked in advance.

Adult: €10.80 (plus booking fee)
Senior/Jobseeker: €9 (plus booking fee)
Student: €7.20 (plus booking fee)
Children: Free entry


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