February 2016

Comedy Showhouse Festival

Sunday 31st January | Sunday 7th February

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The first of its kind, Comedy Showhouse is a new festival of Irish comedy, featuring Sean Hughes; Deirdre O’Kane; Andrew Maxwell; Al Porter; Colm O’Regan; Fred Cooke; Amy Huberman; John Colleary; Foil, Arms & Hog; and many more.

Join us in the Space Upstairs for 8 days of live comedy recordings, which will be broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 across 2016.

Meanwhile, downstairs in the Cube, meet the new stars of digital comedy or take part in workshops and live podcasts.


UCC Tradfest

Wednesday 3rd February | Sunday 7th February


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We will be opening TradFest on Wednesday February 3rd with our Lunchtime Concert (musicians yet to be revealed) followed by ‘Trad at the Rock’ in The Rock Bar that night. On Thursday there will be sessions and of course our annual O’Riada Memorial Lecture. On Friday we will have the free TradFest ‘fuaim’ concert in the Aula Maxima before the composition competition, followed by Battle of the Trad Bands that night in the City. On Saturday we will have a session trail in the city before the headline act (yet to be revealed) in the Imperial Hotel followed by a trad disco. On Sunday there will be the annual trad mass in the Honan Chapel followed by our closing session in The Rock Bar.


Éigse na Brídeoige

Thursday 4th February | Sunday 7th February

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Éigse na Brídeoige is a cultural festival which takes place every year during the first weekend in February. The events are spread over various centres in the Gaeltacht areas of Iveragh in South Kerry. Each year a different theme celebrates and investigates some aspect of the rich social and cultural heritage of the area. The theme can be a person, a place, an organisation or any other aspect of that heritage. Lectures, seminars and field trips explore various aspects of the theme. The weekend also includes music, song, and poetry in both concerts and informal sessions. The timing of the Éigse is intended as a celebration of the Brídeog /Biddy tradition celebrating Saint Bridget’s day, which is also a celebration of the coming of spring, regeneration and growth.


Annual Jazz Weekend

Friday 5th February | Sunday 7th February

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Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair

Friday 5th February | Sunday 7th February

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Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair, Ireland’s largest craft beer festival takes place in The Convention Centre Dublin filled with craft brews, live music, RBS Six Nations rugby, artisan food and the world’s largest craft beer tasting.


Galway International Rally

Saturday 6th February | Sunday 7th February

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Dublin Chinese New Year Festival

Saturday 6th February | Sunday 21st February

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The ninth year of this vibrant festival will be bigger than ever and will run from the 6th to the 21st of February. The Dublin Chinese New Year Festival programme is a showcase of the very best of Chinese culture in Dublin with some performers even flying all the way from China to give Dubliners a real of taste of Chinese traditions. From carnivals to cooking and singing to storytelling the programme will highlight the diverse spectrum of Chinese culture in Dublin over a packed two week schedule.


Cork International Poetry Festival

Wednesday 10th February | Saturday 13th February

Cork Spring Poetry Festival 2015

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Smock Allies: Scene and Heard – Festival of New Works

Wednesday 17th February | Saturday 5th March

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Smock Allies : Scene + Heard is a festival of new work across MUSIC – DANCE – THEATRE – COMEDY + SPOKEN WORD arts genres. It provides a chance for artists to test an excerpt of previously unseen work or new ideas / formats in front of a live audience in order to get feedback before mounting and staging full length productions. We believe in breaking down barriers to showcase work that is accessible to all, across a variety of disciplines. Our team has gathered years of collective experience producing festivals, theatre, tv + film, design, architecture, photography, music, marketing, comedy and dance as well as the technical expertise which we want to share with Artists to help their work find its way.


Bray Comedy Festival

Wednesday 24th February | Sunday 28th February


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Hardy Har Comedy Club and The Harbour Bar presents the Bray Comedy Festival 2016. Delighted with the success of last year’s Bray Mini Comedy Festival we bring you another load of laughs in our bigger and better Bray Comedy Festival 2016. We’re delighted to be expanding this year to include the iconic Bray Head Hotel as an additional Bray Comedy Festival venue. 140 years old, some part of this building has featured in every Irish film ever made*. Here’s your chance to go back in time and experience The Big Gig in the surrounds of Ireland’s most famous hotel. Brighton finally meets Bray when Seann Walsh is joined by Eric Lalor (Fair City), Joanne McNally (Republic of Telly) and Adam Burke (Hardy Har) on our purpose built comedy stage in the Bray Head Hotel Ballroom. You’re gonna love it!


The Gathering Traditional Festival

Wednesday 17th February | Sunday 21st February

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The 17th annual Traditional Festival – The  Gathering – will take place between 17th – 21st February 2016 at the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel in Killarney, Co. Kerry.

With a stellar line-up of World class acts all appearing under one roof, The Gathering Festival promises to be one to remember.

A stellar line-up of concerts are already confirmed for The Gathering 2016, with more being added regularly. If Ceilis are your thing, the toe tapping tunes for the ever popular Gathering Ceilís wont disappoint.


Dublin International Film Festival

Thursday 18th February | Sunday 28th February

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The Dublin International Film Festival (DIFF) has fast become Ireland’s premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland’s capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each Spring. The next edition of the festival will take place 18th-28th February 2016.

DIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting the highest standard of international cinema to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland.


Dine in Dublin

Saturday 20th February | Sunday 28th February

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Foodies mark your calendars as Dublin’s favourite food festival, Dine in Dublin, returns in February for the eighth year running. Taking place from Monday, 22nd February to Sunday, 28th February, the capital will come alive with a feast of culinary delights. Brought to you by DublinTown, Dine in Dublin sees the biggest names in the Dublin foodie scene offer an unparalleled dining experience over the course of seven days. Over 50 of Dublin’s most famed restaurants will participate in Dine in Dublin, offering the very best of fresh local produce, cooked to perfection and served up in style. The 2016 line-up includes Dublin hot spots Pichet, San Lorenzo’s, Saba, The Church, Fallon & Byrne, Zaragoza, Red Torch Ginger, Le Bon Crubeen and Flanagans to name but a few. What’s not to love…quality festival promotions available from some the city’s most loved eateries?



Russell Memorial Weekend Festival

Friday 26th February | Monday 29th February

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The festival began in 1995 as a remembrance ceremony to Micho Russell, the world-famous traditional musician, who died in 1994. In 2006, and at the request of the Russell family, the festival was renamed the Russell Memorial Weekend in memory of the three Russell brothers and two sisters; Micho (1915-1994), Gussie (1917-2004), Brigid, Packie (1920-1977), and Mary Kate (1921-2007).


Ortús Chamber Music Festival

Friday 26th February | Sunday 28th February

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Join in the excitement of the first Ortús Chamber Music Festival featuring Ireland’s top young musicians performing an intriguing mix of chamber music from Baroque to Contemporary.


Corofin Trad Fest

Monday 29th February | Sunday 6th March

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The Corofin Traditional Festival 2016 will take place from February 29th to March 6th…. plenty of pub sessions, craic, and music.


Five Lamps Arts Festival

Monday 29th February | Wednesday 16th March

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The Five Lamps Arts Festival is a creative encounter at the heart of an inner-city community. It takes place every spring in Dublin, Ireland’s capital city. The mission of the festival is to promote community development and social inclusion through the arts and to showcase the uniqueness of this geographic area to residents and to visitors. The geographic location of the Festival centres around the ‘Five Lamps’ – a decorated lamp post with five lanterns dating from around 1880. The Five Lamps stand on an island at the junction of Portland Row, North Strand Road, Seville Place, Amiens Street and Killarney Street in Dublin’s north inner-city. Through the traditions and ambience of this historic location and community the Five Lamps Arts Festival celebrate all that is good about art, artists, performers and community. We are proud to include in our programme anyone with a story to tell and a venue willing to host them.