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September Community Guide

Written by on 31/08/2019

India Day 2019

India Day started in 2015 in Ireland and has since grown into the largest Irish-Indian celebration in Ireland. The celebration of India Day plays an important role in bringing all Indian and Irish communities together.

Enjoy a family fun day in beautiful Farmleigh Gardens with colourful Indian folk, classical & Bollywood dances, food, fashion shows, concerts and shopping of Indian ethnic dresses and jewelry will be the highlights in the 4th India Day in Ireland.

1st September, 11am-5pm
Farmleigh Estate,  Phoenix Park

Info – indiaday.ie

Pay Attention! Collective presents three new short plays

The Glass – Written and directed by Robert Keogh

I Love You (in red) – Written and directed by Kat Clinch

The Heist – Written by Esther Kleise, Dónal Foley, Robert Keogh and Rúairí Conneely (based on works by Esther Kleise). Directed by Robert Keogh and Rúairí Conneely.

2nd & 3rd September, 7.30pm
The Workmans Club

Info  –  theworkmansclub.com


Incantata tells the story of a man celebrating and remembering a great love affair. A beautiful one-man show, an elegy to life, love and loss.

Incantata, written by the New York based and Pulitzer Prize-winning Paul Muldoon, premiered to great acclaim at the 2018 Galway International Arts Festival. Irish actor Stanley Townsend is mesmerising in this highly visual production directed by Sam Yates, designed by Rosanna Vize with video design by Jack Phelan. The play features a haunting and stunning score by the composer Teho Teardo, lighting design is by Paul Keogan with sound design by Sinéad Diskin.

4th – 14th September, 2.30pm / 7.30pm
The Gate Theatre
From €15

Info  –  gatetheatre.ie

Ordinary Days

From one of musical theatre’s most exciting new composers comes “Ordinary Days” a refreshingly honest and funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps (but probably should at some point.)
The Rising Theatre Company is dedicated to bringing professional musical theatre pieces to Irish stages with Irish casts, and looks to integrate younger performers with seasoned professionals in all their productions.

5th – 7th  September, 8pm
Smock Alley Theatre

Info & tickets – smockalley.ticketsolve.com

Circus Extreme

Circus Extreme – from the producers of The Moscow State Circus comes a new death-defying and extreme circus that descends on Ireland as part of its European Tour. A one-of-a-kind performance that has been five years in the making and features some of the most talented performers in the world!

Merging modern and contemporary styles with extreme stunts and classic clown escapades, audiences will be amazed by the jam-packed Circus Extreme, featuring show-stopping performances that will have you on the edge of your seat, when not falling off it with laughter.

5th – 15th September
The Royal Hospital Kilmainham
From €10

Info  –  circusextreme.ie

Majestic Mexican Tall Ship is Dublin Port bound

Dublin Port Company and the Mexican Embassy in Dublin have announced that one of the world’s largest Tall Ships, the 270-foot-long Cuauhtémoc will sail into Dublin on Thursday, 5th September 2019 for a five-day visit to the capital before departing again on 10th September 2019.

In keeping with the tradition of hospitality and friendship, the Cuauhtémoc will be open to the general public to visit, for free, on Friday, 6th – 9th September, from 11.00am to 8.00pm. Members of the public will be able to see up close members of the 257-strong crew at work and inspect the fine craftsmanship of the vessel which has trained more than thirty generations of officers, cadets, petty officers and sailors, both Mexican and other nationalities.

5th – 10th September, 7.30pm
Dublin Port

Info  – semar.gob.mx

Cinema On The Green

The Sandymount Matero Friendship Programme (SMFP) is calling on members of the public to join them in celebrating their 10th anniversary. Guests will be able to enjoy the family favourite “Finding Nemo” while also raising money for an amazing cause!

All funds raised from the event will go directly to assist in the education and aid of 570 pupils and teachers in St. Mary’s Community School in Matero, Lusaka, Zambia. The programme has made a major contribution to the schools’ expansion so that now it includes 570 pupils who need food and support. It only takes a €20 monthly standing order to feed 5 children for a month at the school. This year, the goal is to raise €30,000 to fund the Friendship Programme!


6th September, 7pm
Sandymount Green
€5 (€20 family ticket)

Info  –  facebook.com

Education Expo 2019

Education Expo 2019 promises to be a great day for those wishing to enrol on courses or upskill, with some of Ireland’s biggest colleges and course providers set to exhibit. Furthermore, it’ll be a lively day full of talks and seminars delivered by educators from around the country.

If you’re considering continuing or returning to education soon then Education Expo is perfect for you.


7th September, 10am – 4pm
RDS Venue – Main Hall Complex
Free – Registration required

Info  –  educationexpo.ie

Festival Of Food

Enjoy a back to school weekend of sustainable food and zero waste. Artisan & Street Food Village, Craft Beers, Botanical Spirits, Backwood Cooking & Bushcraft, Kitchen Demos, Live Music & Workshops, Garden & Biodiversity Walks, Sustainable Living, Mindfulness and much, much, more! No tickets, no food tokens, 100% FREE entry all weekend!

This family focused weekend will take place at Airfield’s award-winning Dundrum food and farm destination and is designed with sustainability in mind, encouraging patrons to use public transport and reduce plastic consumption

7th September – 8th September
Airfield Estate, Overend Avenue, Dundrum, Dublin, Ireland

Info  –   airfield.ie

Dublin Fringe Festival 2019

Dublin Fringe Festival 2019: The 25th Edition. 16 days. 80 shows. 36 venues.

A curated, multi-disciplinary festival focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. DFF supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms.

The festival provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of DFF broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life.

7th – 22nd September
Various Locations in Dublin
From €5

Info & tickets – fringefest.com

Ocean Film Festival

Calling all ocean lovers! The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is back for autumn 2019 with a brand-new selection of the world’s most captivating ocean films!

Brought to you by the team behind the Banff Film Festival UK & Ireland Tour, this carefully curated collection of short films celebrates the divers, surfers, swimmers and oceanographers who live for the sea’s salt spray, who chase the crests of waves and who marvel at the mysteries of the big blue. Be awed by mesmerizing marine life and spectacular cinematography from unexplored depths of our planet – via the big screen!

10th September, 7.30pm
National Concert Hall

Info  –  www.nch.ie

A Talk On The Harcourt Street Railway Line by Brendan Langley

A talk on the Harcourt Street Railway Line by Brendan Langley. Presented in association with Ballsbridge, Donnybrook & Sandymount Historical Society. Brendan Langley is a local historian and will look back at the history of the rail line which linked Harcourt Street and Bray with the last tram running on 31 December 1958.

Brendan is an active member of Rathmines, Ranelagh and Rathgar Historical Society.

Admission free, all welcome. Pre-booking is required with the library.

Pembroke Library T. 01 668 9575  E. [email protected]

11th September
Pembroke Library
Free, booking is essential 

Info – dublincity.ie

Brahms, Silent Women and Forbidden Music - Talks With Michael Grant

12th September: Clara Schumann was born 200 years ago this year.  She was a close friend of Johannes Brahms. In this first talk Michael Grant will look at the life, music and loves of Brahms, in particular his relationship with Clara.

19th September: In his second talk, Michael will look at the status of women as composers from Hildegard of Bingen to the present day and illustrate his talk with musical examples of some of their compositions.

26th September: In this final talk, Michael will talk about music which has been forbidden over the centuries.


12th, 19th, 26th September
Central Library, Ilac Centre
Free, booking is essential 

Info – dublincity.ie

Taste of DCU 2019

DCU are delighted to offer a  one-day programme, a “Taste of DCU” specifically designed for mature and older learners.

The event will give participants a taste of the range and breadth of courses and other activities we offer in DCU, as well as providing an opportunity to visit the campus and meet with DCU staff and students.


13th September
Dublin City University
Register Free 

Info – www.dcu.ie

Food in the City

Tantalise your taste buds taking place in food outlets throughout Smithfield and StoneybatterFood eateries, shops and bars will have free tastings, festival menus and discounted prices which will add to the carnival atmosphere surrounding Smithfield.

The highlight of the weekend will be Sunday 15th when this gastronomy fare takes to the outdoors on Smithfield Square in partnership with the Busker Fleadh and Dublin City Council which will host a wide range of musicians and street performers throughout the area.

13th – 15th September
Various locations in Smithfield and Stoneybatter

Info  – smithfieldandstoneybatter.ie

The Future Of Ireland And Its Borders

The Irish border has been subject to intense speculation following the 2016 Brexit referendum, when the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union. In Ireland, emerging conversations around what happens after Brexit have led many to cautiously consider the prospect of a united Ireland.

Visit a panel of diverse voices discussing their hopes for the future of Ireland, Ireland’s relationship with Northern Ireland and any potential changes that would impact its law, culture, identity, politics, and government.

16th September, 6.30pm
Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College

Info  – tcd.ie

Grow Your Own Business

This programme of six free talks/workshops is brought to you by Dublin City Libraries in partnership with the Local Enterprise Office, Dublin City and the Entrepreneurs Academy. The programme is aimed at those who are contemplating self-employment and who are in need of guidance and expertise in all aspects of starting a business in Ireland.

Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur, Thursday 19 September at 6.30pm

Creating the Best Business Plan for Your Business, Thursday 26 September at 6.30pm

Essential Supports for Entrepreneurs: who’s out there to help?  Thursday 24 October at 6.30pm

Booking essential at the library.

19th September
Central Library

Info  – dublincity.ie

Big Beach Clean

With the end of the bathing season, the Big Beach Clean initiative is returning too!

Last year over 190 beach cleans took place last year as part of the Big Beach Clean, engaging 3,652 volunteers who removed over 32 tonnes of marine litter from Irish coastlines, thanks to incredible volunteers who made an amazing effort over this week. This year, building on last year’s success, Clean Coasts want to make the Big Beach Clean 2019 the biggest one yet!


20th – 22th September
Various beaches around Ireland
Free – registration required

Info  – cleancoasts.org

Culture Night

Enjoy a late night of free cultural events in towns and cities across the island of Ireland on Culture Night.
Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for you, your family and friends to enjoy.

20th September
Various Locations 

Info  – culturenight.ie

Monkstown International Puppet Festival

Building on the legacy of Monkstown as the spiritual home of puppetry in Ireland, the inaugural Monkstown International Puppet Festival (MIPF) will showcase the world of puppetry from both Ireland and abroad.

MIPF will be hosted in the famous streets and venues of Monkstown in South County Dublin, and will offer a wide range of family and adult themed performances, events, & workshops.

21st September
Various Locations (incl. Monkstown Road) 
From €8

Info  – mipf.ie

Dublin Sportsfest 2019

Dublin City Sport & Wellbeing Partnership is bringing back Dublin Sportsfest for 2019 after the massive success of the event in 2018. The purpose of Dublin Sportsfest is to host a week-long celebration of sport and physical activity in our city and to enable and encourage people to participate regardless of age, ability or background.

Increasing participation in sport and physical activity across all sectors in society remains fundamental to DCSWP’s overarching goal. Dublin Sportsfest 2019 reflects this vision – themed activities range from women’s wellbeing and young people to disability groups, family groups, school children and older adults.

23rd – 29th September
Various locations

Info & register –  dublincity.ie

Vegfest 2019

Vegfest – the place to be for all things vegan and plant based lifestyle connected. You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy Dublin Vegfest; you can just hang out eating great food in the food village, try natural ethical products, learn about plant based health benefits or enjoy a talk, music or workshop among a super friendly gathering.

28th – 29th September
174 South Circular Rd, Christchurch, Dublin 8
From €10

Info – dublinvegfest.com

Clean Up Day 2019

Keep it clean. Keep it green.

Join Bronwyn on Ballybough and North Strand community clean up day and enjoy tea, coffee, sambos and a DJ at the after party, which is kindly provided by Clonliffe House. Contact the email below to volunteer!

28th September
12 – 2pm
Clonliffe House, Ballybough

Info –  [email protected]

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