Welcome back to another Weekly Roundup, serving up more great suggestions for things to do around the city over the coming week.

Another busy summer weekend and week ahead of us here in the capital, and we’ve got all you need to know about the latest events, gigs, festivals, markets and everything else. And be sure to check out our sister site, Dublin Gigs for your daily dose of What’s On around the capital.

Music in the city

On the music front, we start off with Select Sessions, a brand new live music project with a difference, which launches tonight, Thursday, 14th August in the popular 4 Dame Lane. Entry is on a first come first served basis, and the first 30 people in will get a free drink and nibbles! Trim’s finest, Youth Mass will be playing, supported by No Bread and JJ Jupiter. Doors open 7:30pm.

The Charlatans play the final Bulmers Live gig of the summer at Leopardstown Racecourse tonight, starting at approximately 8:45pm. Tickets cost from €13.50 andmay be purchased online.

The 3rd annual Jack of Diamonds Rhythm & Roots Festival takes place around the Dame District this coming weekend. This year’s festival boasts an impressive line-up of outstanding talent who will be performing in Sweeney’s Bar, The Mercantile, The Button Factory and The Grand Social.

Dublin’s first Rock ‘n’ Roll Conference also takes place this weekend, running in conjunction with the Jack of Diamonds festival. Apart from the great music, look out for some vintage cars, dance competitions, and a Barbers’ Convention, featuring 20 of Ireland’s best Rock ‘n’ Roll barbers who will be trimming and pomping for charity.

Sinéad O'Connor new album cover

Sinéad O’Connor will be performing in the National Concert Hall at 8pm on Saturday, 16th August, in the final concert of the Summer @ NCH series. She will be presenting the audience with her new album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss. Tickets cost from €25, and there are very limited numbers available online.

DimeStore Recordings is a weekly live music night which showcases some of the best live acts from Ireland and abroad. Having started back in 2009, this free night, with a mixture of some established and some unknown acts, has succeeded in enticing larger audiences to see the budding talent the live underground music scene has to offer. DimeStore Recordings takes place every Thursday night in Sweeney’s Bar on Dame Street.

The award winning “The Sunday Roast” is one of Dublin city’s longest running weekly music club nights. Now in its 10th year, the club showcases the best of Irish and international talent every Sunday night to large crowds in the booming Mercantile Bar. The Sunday Roast hosts a fresh, eclectic mix of musical styles and acts every week as well as offering customers complimentary bowls of their legendary home made roast potatoes! Be sure to check it out!

Theatre in the city

Ballyturk, Enda Walsh’s new play starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, continues at the Olympia Theatre. The production made its world premiere at the Galway Arts Festival in July and promises to be one of the theatrical highlights of the year. It reunites the creative team behind Enda Walsh’s Misterman; an internationally acclaimed play that also starred Cillian Murphy in a sensational solo performance. Tickets cost from €27.50 and may be reserved online — you need to act quickly, though — this is one popular play!

The Gate Theatre hosts the extended run of Arthur Miller’s play The Price, directed by Tony Award-winner Doug Hughes, which is playing until this coming Saturday, 16th August. Tickets are priced at €25 for the performances, and may be reserved online.

Heartbreak House at the Abbey Theatre

George Bernard Shaw’s play, Heartbreak House, comes to the Abbey Theatre this week, running from tonight, Thursday, August 14th until September 13th. Directed by Róisín McBrinn, Shaw’s eccentric play, which was first published in 1919, is set on the eve of World War One. Tickets are priced between €13 and €45 and may be purchased online.

Alan Stanford’s production of Pride and Prejudice returns to the Gate Theatre this August after a hugely successful run earlier in the year. This is one of the most popular novels in English literature, and is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The preview for the play takes place on Wednesday, 20th August. The play opens Thursday, 21st August, running until Saturday, 20th September. Tickets cost from €25 and may be reserved online.

The Cardinals, the best improvisers in the country based on the Chicago style long form improv made famous by the likes of Tina Fey, Steve Carrell, and Bill Murray, continue their residency at the Workman’s Club on Wednesday, 20th August. Admission is €8 and the show starts at 8:30pm.


The RTÉ Concert Orchestra are back in action this Friday, 15th August, at the National Concert Hall with an evening entitled ‘Dial M For Murder‘, a must for fans of Alfred Hitchcock. Tickets cost from €15 and may be reserved online.

The Summer Lunchtime Series continues next Tuesday, 19th August, at the National Concert Hall, featuring the RTÉ Concert Orchestra conducted by John Wilson. The concert starts at 1:05pm and tickets cost €10, available for purchase online.

The phenomenon that is Riverdance continues its run in the Gaiety, celebrating its 20th anniversary. Who will ever forget that memorable interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin back in 1994? Tickets from €20. 

Exhibitions in the city

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition continues at the Chq Building in the IFSC. The photographic competition is now in its 49th year, attracting entries from professionals and amateur photographers alike – it provides an important perspective on the natural world around us. The exhibition runs until 31st August, and admission costs €6.50

The Terracotta Warriors exhibition continues at the Ambassador. This exhibition has over 150 perfectly executed replications of The Terracotta Army of the First Emperor of China, along with 70 display cases. Tickets cost €14 and may be reserved online.

The James Joyce Centre hosts an exhibition of Lee Miller photographs of James Joyce’s Dublin in 1946. The exhibition features 60 previously unseen images from the iconoclastic American photographer. In this exhibition we see Miller traverse a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. Admission is €5.

There are two exhibitions on at the Hugh Lane Gallery at the moment, both well worth the visit. Irish artist Eva Rothschild’s exhibition is the first solo museum presentation of her work in Ireland. She is one of the most important protagonists of a generation of artists dealing with the expanded concept of sculpture. The second exhibition is entitled ‘A Modern Panarion: Glimpses of Occultism in Dublin‘, featuring contemporary artists whose works resonate with ideas central to beliefs of The Theosophical Society. Admission to both exhibitions is free.

Queer as Folk exhibition

Queer As Folk – A Sexuality and Gender Exhibition continues at the White Lady Art gallery in Dublin throughout the month of August. This is a group exhibition that explores each artist’s individual take on what modern sexuality means to them, and the artwork that will offer visitors contemporary views on LGBTQ issues that will be open to discussion during the month. The gallery will host special events during the exhibition to raise money for BeLonG To. The exhibition opening takes place at 6pm tomorrow, Friday, 1st August, and runs throughout the month.

The weakened eye of day‘ is a new body of work by Irish artist Isabel Nolan, conceived as a single project for IMMA. The exhibition explores how light manifests as a metaphor in our thoughts, obsessions and pursuits and includes text, sculpture, drawings and textiles.

IMMA presents a major retrospective exhibition of the work of the internationally renowned Brazilian artist Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980). The exhibition, Propositions, includes a selection of works by Oiticica, including vital examples from throughout his prolific career.

Staying at the IMMA, Second Sight, an exhibition drawn from the exceptional collection of photography amassed by Dr David Kronn over the past twenty years, and which is a promised gift to IMMA, continues. Admission is free.

Misc in the city

The Merrion Square Lunchtime Market is back today, Thursday, 14th August, running from 11:30am until 2pm, with a wide-ranging selection of foods from around the world. Admission free. Also check out the other Irish Village Markets running throughout the week including Stillorgan on Tuesdays, East Point Business Park on Wednesdays, and Percy Place on Fridays.

The Temple Bar Night Market continues this evening, Thursday, 14th August, from 6pm. A market that features the best of local crafts people, artisans and artists, what better way to enjoy a summer’s evening that a stroll around a sun-drenched Temple Bar


Happenings are holding another one of their instant pop-up cultural events in Dublin, this time it’s open air cinema in Merrion Square tonight, Thursday, 14th August. The film in question is ‘Dead Poets Society’, remembering the late Robin Williams, and starts around 9:30pm. Admission is €5 and, as always, there is a strict no alcohol policy

Happenings will also be screening another Robin William’s movie, ‘Good Will Hunting’ on Saturday, 16th August in Fitzwilliam Square. Admission to this movie is €10 and the movie once again starts around 9:30pm. Donations from gate takings on both nights will be going to selected mental health charities.

More movie madness, with a free screening of the 2006 Sofia Coppola movie ‘Marie Antoinette starring Kirsten Dunst at 2pm today, Thursday, 14th August at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin Castle

The Big Grill Festival in Dublin

Barbecue enthusiasts, get yourself down to The Big Grill Festival this weekend in Herbert Park, and celebrate the art of the char grill. Chefs from some of the city’s best restaurants will be turning their hands to the barbie. There will also be music on hand provided by Discotekken and friends, and plenty of other entertainment like the Cú Chulainn Cook-Off. Tickets cost from €10 + booking fee and may be purchased online.

The Monday Echo, an event that features a mixture of open mic and featured acts, songwriters and storytellers, traditional poets and their slam cousins, takes place each and every Monday in the International Bar on Wicklow Street. Get yourself along there for a great night out!

So, that’s the Weekly Roundup for this week. Have a great weekend and week ahead, and do remember to keep checking back with Dublin Buzz for all the latest and local news, and Dublin Gigs for your up-to-the-minute What’s On guide. You can of course stay connected with us on our Facebook and Google+ pages, follow us on Twitter, or even join us on Pinterest!

Lead image © Lukasz Szmigiel (edited)




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