Welcome to this week’s Easter edition of the weekly roundup, packed with the best things to do in Dublin over the next 7 days.

A trip to the National Botanic Gardens of Ireland is the perfect way to soak up spring this bank holiday weekend. As well as the beautiful gardens, the herbarium and the historic glasshouses, there are a number of exhibitions taking place until the end of April such as ‘Paintings by Lady Charlotte Wheeler-Cuffe’ and ‘Bonsai at the Botanic’. Admission to the gardens and exhibitions is free and more information can be found at www.botanicgardens.ie

This Friday 18th April sees the release of The Sea. Directed by Stephen Browne, this film adaptation of John Banville’s Man Booker Prize-winning novel stars Sinéad Cusack and Ciarán Hinds. The story is based on a middle-aged art historian’s return to the Irish seaside village where he and his family spent their holidays when he was a boy. His visit triggers a series of memories, some romantic, disturbing. Check your local cinema for showing times.

The Good Friday Concert takes place this Friday 18th at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 8pm. The Dublin Symphony Orchestra and Goethe- Institut Choir will be performing Fauré Requiem with works by Bach and Schubert. Tickets are €25 and all funds go to the Carmichael Centre for Voluntary Groups. For more information visit www.carmaichaelcentre.ie

This Saturday 19th April and Sunday 20th April Dublin City Council will be setting up the largest Viking village and living history battle re-enactment ever produced in Ireland. The village will contain displays of Viking life and takes place in St. Anne’s Park, Raheny. For more information on the Clontarf Viking Festival visit www.brianborumillenium.ie

This Saturday 19th April Neil Delamere makes his highly anticipated return to the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, with his show ‘Smart Bomb’. The shows sees the star of the BBC’s Blame Game and Fighting Talk explain Ireland’s recession, eye patches and email viruses. Tickets are €20 and can be purchased online at www.paviliontheatre.ie

There are lots of gigs this weekend at the Olympia Theatre, Irish band Hamsandwich play on Friday 19th April at 7pm and tickets for the show start at €20. On Saturday 20th April Jedward play at 7pm and tickets are €30. For more information on the concerts at the Olympia visit www.olympia.ie and tickets can be booked through Ticketmaster.

The National Gallery of Ireland has many talks and events scheduled for the Easter weekend, including Easter basket making for the younger art fans on Saturday 19th April from 3pm-4pm and public tours of highlights from the collections at 12.30pm and 1.30pm on Easter Sunday 20th April. On Tuesday 22nd April, there is a talk titled ‘Seán Keating, the National Gallery, and the art of labour’ at 10.30am – 11.15am. For more information on any of the events at the gallery visit www.nationalgallery.ie

Rub A Dublin Reggae Festival kicks off at the Twisted Pepper this Sunday 20th April at 4pm. Irish Moss Records in Association with Bodytonic present: Trojan Sound System, Dirty Dubsters, General Levy and more. Tickets are priced at €15 and to book call +353 86 325 2471.

Fairyhouse Easter Festival promises top class racing, music and family fun for the weekend. The festival begins on Easter Sunday with the highlight of the family fun day being the Grade 1 Powers Cup. Easter Monday sees the Irish Grand National, one of the most iconic events in the Irish racing calendar. For more information check out www.fairyhouse.ie

Happy Easter everyone and enjoy the bank holiday weekend!

 

 

 

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