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HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

Tuesday, 12th December, 2017 7:00pm
HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

Pictured from Piccolo Lasso children’s choir are (l to r) Katie Woods (11), Roisin Herbert (15) and Hiwot Quinn (8) at the launch of the ESB ‘Great’ Christmas Concert 2017. PhOTO: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland

HAPPENINGS: A few things worth checking out this week

Pictured from Piccolo Lasso children’s choir are (l to r) Katie Woods (11), Roisin Herbert (15) and Hiwot Quinn (8) at the launch of the ESB ‘Great’ Christmas Concert 2017. PhOTO: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland

EBS Christmas Concert

On Wednesday December 13 at 8pm, the choirs of Dublin Choral Foundation, The Lassus Scholars and Piccolo Lasso, will present The ESB ‘Great’ Christmas Concert 2017 at the National Concert Hall. The concert celebrates the success of Ireland’s foremost musical festival, Feis Ceoil, founded in 1897.

On this special occasion The Lassus Scholars and Piccolo Lasso, with conductor Dr Ite O’Donovan, will be joined by the Orlando Chamber Orchestra, under leader Gillian Williams. Tickets priced €13-€35 are available from the NCH Box Office, or call 01-4170000

Clontarf Cowboy

A night of great entertainment is promised this weekend when the Clontarf Cowboy rides back into town. 

Philip Donnelly will be appearing in a show – ‘Wear Something Red’ – at Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club this Saturday, December 16. Special guest is Sean Deegan. Doors open at 8pm. Show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets cost €15.

Christmas concerts in Swords 

The Lambay Singers will perform a Christmas concert on Friday, December 15 at 8pm in St Colmcille’s Church, Swords. Tickets cost €10 and are available now, or payment can be made at the door. 

The group will also perform at 3pm and 5pm at Swords Castle on Sunday, December 17; and December 19 and 21 at Arrivals at T2, Dublin Airport.

Coolock Walking Club

A community walk catering for all ages and levels of fitness takes place every Tuesday at 9.45am in the Stardust Memorial Park, Coolock. 

Parents, grandparents and strollers are welcome after the school drop-off. No booking needed. Just turn up and join them for a walk.

For more information contact David Phelan on 087-6525001 or Madeleine Ebbs on 086-8150286.

Après Village

Apres Village is a place for all the family to get into the Christmas spirit. Wander through the village beside the CHQ building at Custom House Quay to sip mulled wine, select beautiful handmade gifts and enjoy festive treats.

See magical Christmas shows with all the family, sing-a-long with the winter choir and pick up some treats in a pop-up market stalls. It’s open from 12pm to 7pm until December 23.

Malahide Castle Christmas Experience

The magical Malahide Castle Christmas Experience is back. This is where visitors can meet Santa, Mrs Claus and special guests Jack Frost, Snow Queen and Tinkerbell for a wonderful journey through the enchanted and historical Malahide Castle.

Families are welcomed by castle hosts and Santa’s elves before being brought to Mrs Claus as she relaxes by the fire. She likes to meet all the children before they see the main man, Santa! It costs €17 for children and €8 for adults. Running until December 23, see for details.

Ice Skating Blanchardstown

Running since 2014, Ice Skating Blanchardstown takes place in a stunning 1,000 sq mt ice rink that’s located next to Blanchardstown Shopping Centre

All levels of experience are catered for on the rink from beginners to advance skaters. There’s a large main rink and a separate rink for kids aged 3-10 years, which is always supervised, while the Penguin Club will help little ones find their ice legs. There’s also Flying Ducks junior ice hockey, figure skating with the ISAI, schools skate, student skate deals, group and midweek offers, special events and tasty festive food. See for full details.

Winter Wild Lights

Dublin Zoo’s new winter Wild Lights experience features giant colourful lanterns and illuminated sculptures, inspired by wildlife.

An enchanted lantern trail through the zoo is lit up with beautifully crafted silk lanterns in the form of a pride of lions, orang-utans, tigers, giraffe, monkeys and other wildlife.

Highlights also include a 16-metre high porcelain elephant tower and a 30-metre long Chinese dragon.

Visitors will be entertained by Chinese performers and can enjoy themed food and warm drinks at a marketplace selling handmade crafts from Chinese artisans.

Tickets cost €20 for adults and €15 for children and have to be bought in advance online from

Polly and the Beanstalk

X Factor Sensations Sean and Conor Price are special musical guests in this year's Olympia Theatre panto, Polly and the Beanstalk. They’ll join the all-star cast that includes hilarious Rory Cowan, Dustin the Turkey, Fair City's Ryan Andrews and RTE's Sorchio star Michaela O'Neill. 

Running until Sunday January 14, there’s matinee and evening shows most days. Tickets priced from €26. See for details.

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