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 an evening in The Workman’s Club tomorrow, Friday, 8th August, brought to us by Pickled Onion Records. Two of the label’s new signings, Youth Mass and Last of the Gentlemen, will be both performing and launching new singles and EPs respectively. Definitely worth a look in. Doors open 8:30pm amd admission is only €5.

The trad legend that he is, Paul Brady, will be performing in the National Concert Hall at 8pm on Saturday, 9th August, as part of the ongoing Summer @ NCH series. Tickets cost from €25, and there are still some available online.

Following hot on the heels of Mr. Brady, Dublin man Damien Dempsey will be taking to the stage in the NCH the following night, Sunday, 10th August, once again at 8pm. There are limited tickets still available for this concert, costing from €26.

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.

Theatre in the city

Ballyturk, Enda Walsh’s new play starring Cillian Murphy, Mikel Murfi and Stephen Rea, starts at the Olympia Theatre tonight, Thursday, 7th August. 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 Dead – An Opera takes place tonight for one night only at Project Arts Centre. James Joyce’s seminal short story is given a new operatic treatment, for this work-in-progress performance. Admission is free but it is strongly recommended to book your place in advance. To book tickets, please contact the box office in person or by phone 01 881 9613.

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


What better way to spend a Friday evening than in the company of the RTÉ Concert Orchestra and some fine classical music? There are certain classical masterpieces that simply must be heard by everyone at some stage in their lives. John Wilson’s phenomenally popular Essential Classics series – as the name suggests – journeys through the best and most famous of these greats. The concert takes place at the National Concert Hall tomorrow, Friday, 8th August at 8pm. Tickets may be reserved online.

The RTÉ Concert Orchestra are back in action with the Summer Lunchtime Series next Tuesday, 12th August, at the National Concert Hall, featuring soprano Anna Devin, and is conducted by Dane Lam. 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 184th RHA annual exhibition in Ely Place comes to an end this Saturday, 9th August. The exhibition brought together the works of RHA members, invited artists and artists selected from open submission. A little something for everyone on offer, including painting, sculpture, print, photography, drawing and architectural models. Admission is free but donations are also gratefully accepted.

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 – 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, will include 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, 7th 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, 7th 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, 7th August. The film in question is ‘Grease’, and starts around 10pm. Admission is €5 and, as always, there is a strict no alcohol policy.


A real summer tradition, the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is back in town for the 141st installment of the country’s biggest equestrian event in Ballsbridge, running until next Sunday, 10th August. The main event of course is the annual contest for the Aga Khan Trophy. Tickets for the Horse Show may be reserved 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!

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