Events - Readings & LecturesOpen House Irish Architecture Foundation is proud to present Open House Dublin, the biggest celebration of architecture in Ireland. Open House Dublin 2014 will take place from 17 to 19 October 2014. Over one weekend, buildings of all types and periods will open up their doors to allow citizens and visitors to explore the architecture of their city, with special tours by hundreds of professionals and enthusiasts, completely for free.   As the city is constantly evolving, Open House Dublin allows you to get close to buildings and urban spaces and offer a new perspective. The festival showcases the wealth and breadth of Irish architecture, from the splendour of Georgian Dublin to the breathtaking contemporary design of our built environment. The event showcases the most iconic buildings in the city as well as the smallest, most beautiful interventions.   The Irish Architecture Foundation, who delivered its first Open House Dublin in 2006, has firmly established the project as Ireland’s largest architectural event with an estimated 27,000 building visits in 2013.   Open House Dublin is proudly sponsored by Dublin City Council, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009-2015. For more information click here Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival enjoyed a fantastic debut in 2009 thanks to the support and enthusiasm of local book-lovers and, thankfully, not a few first-time visitors to Dun Laoghaire. One writer praised our first effort as a festival “of international standard, with a great local tilt” which was gratifying to hear. On a glorious weekend, the Festival welcomed over 5000 guests who rev...elled in near-Mediterranean sunshine while strolling from venue to venue. The sixth annual Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival returns to the Pavilion in September 2014 More details to be announced Caitlin Moran Live - How to Build a Girl order to get out of doing her fair share of the childcare, Caitlin Moran is coming to Dublin, insisting the bar stay open late, and talking about men, women, Sherlock, David Bowie, big hair, feminism, welfare, that amazing heavy-metal kid on Gogglebox who never says anything, and THE REVOLUTION.  There will be highlights from How To Be A Woman, Moranthology and Caitlin's new book: How To Build A Girl, which is the only novel so far in existence with an entire chapter about cystitis. Blueprints for changing the world WILL be issued. And then lost in nightclubs later.  Price: €28.00 Booking:   Bloomsday is celebrated on June 16th every year in Dublin and commemorates the work of the Irish author James Joyce and is called after the main character in his most famous work – Leopold Bloom of Ulysses fame. A weeklong celebration of all things Bloom takes place from the 9th - 16th giving you plenty of time to enjoy some of the inspiring events scheduled. On Bloomsday itself (16th)  Joyce fans dress in Edwardian costume to conjure up the atmosphere of the period in which Ulysses was set – 1904. To understand Bloomsday you need to know that it follows the trials and tribulations of one entire day in the life of Leopold Bloom in Ulysses - Bloomsday June 16th. Fans follow the route around Dublin taken by Bloom and usually have a breakfast of sausages, beans, black and white pudding and toast at some stage along the way.Davy Byrne’s Pub usually figures in everyone’s Bloomsday celebration at some stage of the day. The James Joyce Centre on North Great Georges Street have scheduled a week of of engaging and inspiring events, from staples like the traditional Bloomsday Breakfast and walking tours, to brand new theatre, live music, talks and other special events.   For more information click here Battle of Clontarf Lunchtime Lectures Royal Irish Academy present a series of lectures on the momentous events of 1014, in celebration of the Battle of Clontarf millenium,  Brian Boru, the Vikings in Ireland and much more, also the focus of an exhibition based on the Library collections. We are very pleased to present two lectures, hosted respectively by the Embassies of Denmark and Norway in Ireland on Thursday 22 May, 12.00–14.00. Thursday 22 May 2014 lecture programme: 12.00–12.45  Anne Pedersen, National Museum of Denmark Power and politics in late Viking-Age Denmark. 12.45–13.30 Jon Vidar Sigurdsson, NUI Maynooth/University of Oslo: Ireland, Norway and Iceland in the second half of the 13th century 13.30–14.00 Questions and Answers Lectures will be held in the Meeting Room of the Royal Irish Academy Click here for more details Dublin Writers Festival Various locations, Dublin City Centre Dublin Writers Festival, Ireland's premier literary event, gathers the finest writers in the world to debate, provoke , delight and enthral.  The 16th Dublin Writers Festival returns May 2014 bigger than ever. Described by the press as "boasting a stunning array of top international literary talent" and "the country's most successful and easily the best annual literary event", Dublin Writers Festival line-up is sure to impress. With readings, discussions, debates,workshops, performance and screenings, the festival creates a hotbed of ideas. Whether it's the mix poets, writers of fiction and non-fiction, lyricists, playwrights and screenwriters, Dublin Writers Festival brings new faces and house-hold names together in ways that suprise and inspire. Children's fiction is well represented and we are spoilt for choice with the calibre of Irish language writers. Come celebrate many specially commissioned events in the City of Words. More details to be announced Darklight Festival Block T1 –  6 Haymarket, Smithfield Dublin 7 Darklight aims to inspire the next generation of creative and technical innovators by connecting them with ahead of the curve thinking and new genres and technologies in media and film. Darklight 2014 will demonstrate an intersection of creativity and technology – where dark meets light.  The festival involves a series of themed events, film, animation and documentary screenings, gaming events, panel discussions and workshops.  Participating guest speakers are leaders in the creative industries, globally. Dublin One City One Book One City One Book is a project designed to encourage everyone in the city to read the same book during the month of April. If ever you go to Dublin town In a hundred years or so Inquire for me in Baggot Street  And what I was like to know. ('If Ever You Go to Dublin Town' by Patrick Kavanagh) The Dublin: One City One Book title for 2014 is something completely different yet very Dublin. Dublin City Public Libraries and Dublin: UNESCO City of Literature have announced that 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' will be the One City One Book choice for April 2014. 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' is a collection of poems, ballads and songs from a range of literary luminaries connected with Dublin. The book is arranged street by street so the reader is continually making new connections and discoveries on a virtual tour of the City of Words. "This is an exciting first for One City One Book. We expect 'If Ever You Go' to build on the initiative’s success in showcasing great Dublin writing to a wider audience. The poems, songs and ballads in the collection are also ideal for the public readings, performances and theatrical events which animate One City One Book", says Margaret Hayes, Dublin City Librarian. A full programme of associated events throughout the month of April will intrigue and engage Dubliners and visitors to the city. Click herre for a complete programme of events. 'If Ever You Go: a map of Dublin in poetry and song' will be published in February by Dedalus Press and has the support of The Arts Council and of Poetry Ireland. Edited by Pat Boran and Gerard Smyth, 'If Ever You Go : a map of Dublin in poetry and song' is a unique volume of writing about Dublin, from early to modern times and will be available to borrow from libraries and to buy in bookshops from February 2014. It includes writing by both historical and contemporary figures, among them Swift, Synge, Yeats, Joyce, Kavanagh and Ó Direáin as well as Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, Dermot Bolger, Paula Meehan, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill and Derek Mahon. There are songs and ballads from the city's colonial past, verses by leaders of the 1916 Rising, and portraits of the modern city with its Spire and Luas tram, its Celtic Tiger 'prosperity' and its post-Celtic Tiger challenges. Dublin: One City One Book is a Dublin City Council Public Libraries’ project organised by the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature Office with support from Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Click here for more information   Re-enactments and Orations 2014 we are continuing our series of re-enactments & orations of famous Irish patriots. “The Fools, the Fools, the Fools! – they have left us our Fenian dead – And while Ireland holds these graves, Ireland unfree shall never be at peace.” Daily at 2.30pm The now famous speech delivered by Padraig Pearse at the grave of Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa on 1st August, 1915, will be re-enacted daily at 2.30pm by an actor dressed as Pearse in full uniform. All Re-enactments at Glasnevin Cemetery Museum are kindly supported by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.  Abbey Backstage Tours over one hundred years the Abbey Theatre has celebrated the power of theatre and the joy bringing together writers, directors, actors and audiences. Join us for an exclusive insight into the history and behind the scenes workings of Ireland’s national theatre on our guided backstage tours. Get access to areas rarely seen by the public, as our knowledgeable tour guides lead you on an engaging visit through the many aspects that come together to make Ireland’s national theatre, exploring the fascinating challenges of each new production. Enjoy an introduction to the our historic art collection and be inspired by our founders, William Butler Yeats, Lady Gregory and the Fay brothers. As we are a busy working theatre, our tours are scheduled to match the running dates of our Abbey stage plays. Comments about the tours… ‘We went on the back stage tour and really enjoyed it. The Abbey Theatre has some amazing art on the wall and worth it for that alone!’ ‘…got a tour of the Abbey Theatre. My god the history of this place. The tour guide knew everything there was to know….and it’s just amazing…’ Read more reviews or leave your own on NOTE: The tour crosses four levels of the Abbey and involves some stairs. Please specify if mobility is an issue when booking, as we will do our utmost to accommodate those with reduced mobility. Price: €8 per person / €6 per person for groups of 10+ Booking: Tickets are limited. We would recommend advance booking to avoid disappointment.