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Having fun!

There are lots of ways to have fun in Ireland, read below for what we found.

Entertainment

Event Guide

Entertainment.ie cover events around the country such as music gigs, plays, cinema releases and festivals.

 

Cinema

Going to the cinema is a popular recreational activity in Ireland. The busiest times are usually at the weekend. Many cinemas will offer discounted rates for day time shows, or evening shows during week days. For information on movies in your local cinema see Entertainment.ie/cinema

 

Theatre

Dublin - the Bord Gais Energy TheatreThe Gaiety TheatreThe Olympia TheatreThe Abbey Theatre.

Cork - Everyman PalaceCork Opera HouseCort Arts Theatre.

Limerick - The Belltable and the Lime Tree Theatre

Galway - the Town Hall Theatre.

 

Music

There are a number of venues in which Ireland's music events take place.

Dublin - the O2 , the RDS, the Bord Gais Energy TheatreThe Olympia Theatre, the National Concert Hall.

Cork - Cyprus Avenue, the SavoyThe Oliver Plunkett

Limerick - DolansUniversity Concert Hall

Galway - the Roisin DubhMonroes, the Town Hall Theatre.

 

Festivals

There are a number of different kinds of festivals on throughout the year in Ireland. Entertainment.ie/festivals lists many of these by order of date. Jameson Dublin International Film FestivalCork Jazz FestivalRiverfestThe Cat Laughs Comedy FestivalGalway Arts Festival and Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann (traditional Irish music) are some of the most popular.

 

Museums

Dublin - National Museum of IrelandNational Gallery of IrelandKilmainham GaolGlasnevin Museum

Cork - Crawford Art GalleryCork City Gaol

Limerick - Hunt MuseumKing John's Castle

Galway - Galway City MuseumAthenry CastleConnemara History & Heritage Centre

The Heritage Ireland website gives a guide on historical attractions throughout Ireland, by region.

 

Pubs

In Ireland, public houses are known as pubs. Pubs and bars are quite a popular hang out either for a casual meet up with a friend, or a night out for a celebration, or after a hard day at work or college.

 

You will find Irish pubs full on days like St Patrick's Day (17th March), Christmas Eve & St Stephen's Day (24th & 26th December), and most Friday and Saturday nights. Some pubs will have impromtu traditional Irish music / singing sessions. For some parts of the country, it is somewhat traditional to mark family events, such as christenings, weddings funerals etc. by going to a pub. The average price of a pint of beer is €4, usually more expensive in cities.

 

There are around 7,000 pubs in Ireland, so you'll find one near to you. Note that it is illegal for pubs to serve alcohol on Good Friday and Christmas Day, and pubs usually shut on these days.

 

Outdoor Activities

Guided Tour

Sandemans offer a free tour of Dublin by a local guide through peak times.

 

Sports

Traditional Irish sports are Gaelic footballHurling & Camogie. Hurling and camogie are almost identical, except for some small rule differences, hurling being played by men and camogie by women. Both are stick-and-ball games, with 15 players a team. One point is awarded for hitting the ball over the crossbar, and three points for hitting it into the goal.

 

Gaelic football is similar to Australian Rules football, in that players can kick the ball, bounce it, carry it, and pass it. Each team has 15 players, and scoring is the same as in hurling or camogie: over the cross bar is 1 point, in the goal is 3 points.

Many schools include these sports in students' Physical Education classes, and so many grow up knowing how to play. You can join your local club to play for fun or to participate in leagues.

 

Rugby, Football, Golf are popular sports to play and watch in Ireland. Soccer and rugby are a part of Physical Education for many school students. There are many local clubs you can choose to take part in. See the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) websiteand the Irish Rugby website for details about leagues in the respective sports. You can play golf informally on public courses, but to play it more seriously, you will need to sign up to membership of a golf club. Check out Golf Ireland for a list of golf clubs and contact details in your county.

 

Adventure centres

Fancy some paintballing, archery, abseiling, or kayaking? There are plenty of adventure centres around Ireland for you to get active and get outdoors. Co. Galway has Delphi, the Wicklow Mountains have Kippure, Louth has Carlingford, Waterford has Dunmore East Adventure Centre, Westmeath has Lilliput, and ExtremeSports have centres throughout Ireland.

 

Mountain Biking

MountainBiking.ie is a site that provides information on biking clubs, and tips on trails to ride.

 

Walking

Walking is the perfect way to see the beautiful landscape of Ireland. Irish Trails have many walks throughout Ireland listed on their site, by county, difficulty level and length. You can also look at suitable cycling trails. Mountaineering Ireland offer membership, events and advice on hillwalking, rock climbing and mountaineering.

 

Youth Organisations

Youth Information Centres

The National Youth Council of Ireland (NYCI) is the representative body for voluntary youth organisations in Ireland. Their site has a list of its members including:

Youth Cafés

Youth cafés are a great resource for young people in Ireland. Find your nearest one on b4udecide.

 

Scouts & Girl Guides

Scouting Ireland is the National Scouting Association for Ireland, and has over 40,000 members. The Irish Girl Guides offer a girl-only alternative to the scouts.

 

Discounts

The Student Travel Card is available to students of second-level and third-level institutions, and provides discounts on travel throughout Ireland as well as discounts for retail outlets.

 

The European Youth Card is available to anyone (not just students) under 30 years, and offers discounts on travel, food, clothing and more.

 

iConnect Cards are discount and ID cards for second level students in Ireland, between 12 - 17 years.