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HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

Tuesday, 19th September, 2017 6:00pm
HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week
HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

Culture Night 2017

Dublin will be awash with all things culture this Friday, September 22, for one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year.

On Culture Night venues and public spaces across the island of Ireland will open their doors to host a programme of free, late-night entertainment, as part of a celebration of arts, heritage and culture. 

Now in its 13th year, Culture Night 2017 is the biggest to date. For full programme visit

Monster LOLs – stand up comedy for kids

Do penguins have knees? What do you call a fly with no wings? Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard? All of these important questions will definitely NOT be answered at Monster LOLs. A top-notch comedy hour for children, mums, dads, friends, grandparents and anyone else that loves a giggle without the rude bits.

Get your laughing gear round some of the bestest tried and tested comics around; hosted by the UK’s Comedy Club 4 Kids fantabulous Tiernan Douieb. Who knows who might show up? (ahem…very famous funny people…wink, wink!).

It’s happening at Smock Alley Theatre on Saturday, September 22 at 4pm and on Sunday, September 23 at 12.30pm and 4pm.

Dublin Vegfest

Dublin Vegfest takes place this weekend on September 23 & 24 at Griffith College on South Circular Road.

This year there’s new large outdoor areas, Vegan Food Village, a new larger speakers area and chill zone. Full details at

Aerial Cirque Performance

The popular aerial performance group - think Cirque du Soleil with an Irish twist - will host two “cocoon” classes for parents and children, with a performance of student members of the troupe to follow.

The performance called Arc is a breathtaking architectural spectacle that combines fearless vertical dance and enigmatic visual mapping. Later in the evening enjoy a selection of short films from the Irish Film Board.

It’s happening at Barnardo Square in Temple Bar (just off Dame Street) from 5–9pm.

Local parkruns

The number of parkruns on the Northside increased recently with a new addition – Fairview.

The 5k run, which is free to enter, also takes place at a number of other local venues every Saturday at 9.30am, including St Anne’s Park, Father Collins Park, Malahide Castle, Ardgillan Castle and Poppintree Park, to name but a few.

To register for a parkrun near you, visit

The Metals Exhibition 

Niamh Lowney and Lauren Walsh are pictured at the launch of 'The Metals’, an exhibition of design projects connected with the iconic route in dlr Lexicon. The Metals Exhibition is the result of a collaboration between The UCD School of Architecture and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council. The projects explore the potential inhabitation of The Metals from Dalkey Quarry to Dún Laoghaire Harbour.

A tour from Dalkey Quarry to the Lexicon discussing The Metals and the students’ projects will take place on Sunday, October 15 as part of Open House Dublin.

Messines and Passchendaele: The South Dublin Perspective

After the Battle of the Somme, the campaigns of the Great War continued to take their toll on South County Dublin.

To mark the centenary of two of the most decisive battles to take place after the Somme, South Dublin Libraries presents this exhibition based on 13 men from the county who were killed in Belgium during these iconic battles of the Great War.

One was killed at Messines and twelve perished at the Third Battle of Ypres. Their life stories are detailed on panels illustrated with newspaper cuttings, photographs and contemporary documents. The exhibition runs at the County Library, Tallaght until September 29 during library opening hours


Eccles Theatre Group, comprised of recent graduates of the Lir Academy of Dramatic Art, debut ‘Birdy’, a family theatre show, in this year’s Dublin Fringe Festival. A rollicking good time for young and old alike, ‘Birdy’ is a sublimely silly musical adventure by creators Jane Madden and Ross Gaynor and directed by Davey Kelleher.

It runs from September 21-23 at 1pm on the Peacock Stage at the Abbey Theatre

How To Be Angry

Part theatre, part dance, ‘How To Be Angry’ is a bizarre, black comedy that brings you on a journey through everyday Ireland in offices, kitchens and nightclubs where anger is routinely suppressed.  

Irish attitudes toward emotion smack of repression but maybe now it’s time to release the beast? 

Join the Brazen ensemble as they tackle our most feared emotion with their trademark twisted humour and delight you with their grotesque, physical style!

It takes place at Smock Alley Theatre, Main Space from Tuesday to Saturday, September 19-23 at 6.30pm. Tickets: €16/€14 concession. Further information and booking available at:

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