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January Community Guide

Written by on 28/12/2019

The Moving Crib

The Moving Crib, the mention of which evokes a smile and fond memories of Dublin in the ‘rare auld times’ is the only one of its kind in Ireland (if not the world); it is a historical and entertaining experience. This Dublin landmark is as captivating today as it was when it first opened its doors in 1956 and admission is Free.

1st January 
42 Parnell Square West

Info – stmartin.ie

Bar 1661 Poitín Masterclass

Poitín is one of the world’s oldest spirits – first distilled in the 6th Century, banned in 1661 by the British Crown, only legalised in 1997 – Ireland’s native spirit is now protected like Champagne in France. Bar 1661 is the global flagship for Irish Poitín and a platform for small and local producers all across the island of Ireland, the only bar in the country focusing on our often overlooked native spirit. You will then be taken on a guided tasting through the history of poitín and on a journey from the 14th century right through to modern day. There will be four poitíns to try, each tying in with the spirit’s notorious history

2nd January 
Bar 1661 

Info – eventbrite.ie

Undergraduate Open Day

RCSI Undergraduate Open Day – Discover what it’s like to study Undergraduate Medicine, Pharmacy and Physiotherapy at RCSI by attending their annual Undergraduate Open Day.

Learn how a degree in healthcare can open up varied and exciting career options in Ireland and across the world.

3rd January 
123 St Stephen’s Green

Info – dublin.ie

Themed Guided Tour: Biophilia

Ring in the New Year with a brisk stroll around the Gardens and learn how being in nature can affect our mental and physical wellbeing.

4th January
National Botanic Gardens

Info – eventbrite.ie

The Comedy Crunch

Here you find the best of Irish Stand-Up Comedy. Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday in Dublin’s iconic Stag’s Head. Comedians including Bill Burr, Jim Jefferies, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty and Foel, Arms and Hog have all played at The Crunch.

5th January
The Stag’s Head

Info – thecomedycrunch.com

In One Eye, Out the Other

The first solo comedy show from Tadhg Hickey introduces you to Feargal; a downtrodden but cheery man who fulfilled his lifelong dream of becoming an alcoholic.
Using the Catholic calendar as a roadmap, Feargal leads us on a surreal and hilarious journey with many poignant twists in the hope of arriving at a sort of light at the end of the tunnel for the ‘bright man’.

6th January
Smock Alley Theatre

Info – smockalley.com

UCD Student Information Evening

The evening will provide advice on the CAO application process and give the prospective students a chance to talk to staff in both the programme and student services areas.

7th January
University College Dublin

Info – dublin.ie

Microscopy Society Ireland Symposium

The MSI Winter Symposium 2020 brings together microscopy users and specialists across a broad spectrum of the life, physical, and instrumental sciences from across Ireland. Encompassing microscopy in all its diverse forms, the symposium aims to be a friendly and inclusive environment where scientists at all career stages can present their work. Talks from postgraduate students and other early career researchers are strongly encouraged.

8th January
Trinity College Dublin

Info – eventbrite.ie

NCAD Portfolio Workshop

Are you preparing your portfolio for an application to NCAD in February 2020? Their portfolio workshops and clinics will take the mystery out of portfolio preparation!

9th January
Free; Registration required

Info – dublin.ie

Friday Food Tour

The ‘Delicious Dublin Tour’ is a great introduction to Irish food and Dublin’s food scene. You will spend approximately 3.5 hours walking around Dublin, stopping at award-winning eateries and food shops in the city to taste some delicious food. You will learn about Ireland’s food past as well as discovering the vibrant culinary revival of the Irish capital.

10th January
Spire; O’Connell Street


Info – deliciousdublintours.com

Free Family Day: Seaweed Sculptures

Come and listen to the strange and wonderful sounds of the exhibition ‘Holdfast’ and explore the artist’s kelp seaweed sculpture before creating some weird and wonderful sculptural pieces of your own using materials from nature: clay, dried seaweed, sticks and stones. What wonders can you create?
Dress for Mess

11th January 
Draíocht Galleries

Info – draiocht.ie

Dublin Bowie Festival

Last Day of the Bowie Festival, celebrating 50 years of The Man Who Sold the World. Live Music, Art, Talks, Film, Literature, Fashion, Photography, DJs, Illustration and lots more…

12th January 
Various Locations and Prices

Info – dublinbowiefestival.ie

Cliffs of Moher, the Burren and Galway Tour from Dublin

Travelling along the Wild Atlantic Way you will pass through small villages like Corofin and see the unique Irish countryside with a chance to spot some of the domestic animals along the way. Lots of horses, sheep and cattle and a view of irish farming life.
But the attraction of the day are the magnificent Cliffs of Moher. With 2 hours to explore, you’ll have ample time to walk along the 702 foot high cliffs, learn more about the natural wonder in the Cliffs of Moher Visitor Center, and take plenty of photos.

13th January 
Hugh Lane Gallery

Info – eventbrite.ie

Join a Design Sprint Team working on an Sustainable Development Project

Join a team of community change makers on a live project to accelerate action on the Global Goals. Help the team with your experience & insights to build a prototype for a new product or service in order to Test & Validate an innovative idea to help solve a community, environmental or societal challenge.

14th January
The Digital Hub 

Info – eventbrite.ie

Paul Smith

Paul Smith, resident compere at Liverpool’s famous Hot Water Comedy Club has confirmed a second date at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre on 16 January, 2020. His first national tour in 2018 saw him go from circuit act to one of the biggest selling names in UK stand-up in less than a year. If you have been to Hot Water you will have undoubtedly witnessed his skill in interacting with the audience, drawing material from the smallest suggestion and turning it into hilarious comedy.

16th January
Olympia Theatre

Info – olympia.ie

Literacy through Lego

Fun Literacy games through Lego run by a qualified Primary school teacher (Special Education)

17th January
Charlesland Community Centre

Info- eventbrite.ie

Junior Chess Club

For young chess players over the age of 8.

18th January
Lucan Library

Info – eventbrite.ie

Life Above Everything: Lucian Freud and Jack B. Yeats

19th January

Info – imma.ie

Game of Thrones Tour from Dublin

Come and visit Westeros. Journey down the tunnel-like avenue of intertwined beech trees known as the Dark Hedges, and spend about 10 to 15 minutes at the site where Arya Stark became friends with Gendry and Hot Pie in Game of Thrones.
And enjoy the Irish Landscape: Continue to the Giant’s Causeway to enjoy around 1.5 hours exploring the 40,000 interlocking hexagonal stone columns on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean.

20th January
Hugh Lane Gallery

Info – eventbrite.ie

Irish Storytelling at the Parnell Heritage

Candlelit Tales retell the stories of Irish mythology and folklore in an expressive, natural and accessible style.
It’s simple. But something happens when you gather people together in a room and tell them ancient stories from the dawn of time. A hush descends. You could hear a pin drop. Modernity and all its distractions fall away, and we are together, held in a tale by the flickering candlelight, listening as all our human ancestors listened, carried away on an ancient journey: on a story.

21st January
Parnell Heritage Pub and Grill

Info – eventbrite.ie

Tradfest 2020

Temple Bar TradFest is an annual music and culture festival that takes place in late January in Dublin, Ireland. It is organised by the Temple Bar Company, a not-for-profit organisation who work on behalf of businesses in the cultural quarter of Temple Bar.

22nd – 26th January
Temple Bar

Info – tradfest.ie


If making the school lunches, doing the jaysus homework and dodging the guards because your NCT is out by two years is sending you over the edge, you are not alone. Come and join the Dirtbirds as they navigate the stresses and strains of modern life in their brand new comedy show ‘Dirtbirds’ self-help tour’.

24th January
Vicar Street

Info – entertainment.ie

Spring Flowers in Watercolour

This workshop will teach you the various watercolour techniques (wet-in-wet, glazing and drybrush) needed to capture the delicacy of spring blossoms. You will begin with observational drawing and tonal studies, and then focusing how to use colour to convey realistic light and form.

25th January
BLOCK T Studios

Info – eventbrite.ie

Genealogy Workshop

Come along to discover how to research your Irish Family History. This workshop will be conducted by one of our expert genealogists from the Irish Family History Centre. Learn about all things family history related.

26th January
The Chq Building

Info – eventbrite.ie

The Lieutenant of Inishmore

Oscar Award-winning director and playwright Martin McDonagh’s work is known and loved by both theatre and film audiences alike (In Bruges, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri). On a lonely road on the island of Inishmore, someone killed Mad Padraic’s cat. He’ll want to know who did it when he gets back from a stint of torture and chip-shop bombing in Northern Ireland. He loves his cat more than life itself, and someone is going to pay.

27th January
Gaiety Theatre

Info – gaietytheatre.ie

Glendalough, Wicklow and Kilkenny Tour from Dublin

After visiting Kilkenny, enjoy the view of Wicklow Mountans travelling to your next stop at the Monastic site of Glendalough. This certainly is a drive with amazing scenery stretching as far as the eyes can see. Hollywood movies like ‘P.S. I Love You’ and ‘Braveheart’ were filmed in these locations.

28th January
Hugh Lane Gallery

Info – eventbrite.ie

Simon and Garfunkel 50th Anniversary Tribute Performance

Join Bewley’s Cafe Theatre on the 50th Anniversary for a tribute performance of Simon and Garfunkels Bridge Over Troubled Water in full along with songs from their previous 4 albums. Expect to hear classics such as ‘The Sounds of Silence’, ‘I Am A Rock’, ‘Kathys Song’, ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Mrs. Robinson’ and of course ‘Cecilia’, ‘The Boxer’ & ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’.

30th January
Bewley’s Cafe Theatre

Info – visitdublin.com

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