Events - SportsCurtis Cup 2016 Laoghaire Golf Club - Curtis Cup 2016 Dun Laoghaire Golf Club has been selected to host the 2016 Curtis Cup Match between Great Britain & Ireland (“GB&I”) and the United States of America (“USA”). The Curtis Cup is best known team trophy for women amateur golfers, and is contested in the biennial Curtis Cup Match played in even years. The Match is between teams from Great Britain & Ireland and the United States of America, with the first encounter taking place in 1932, while 2012 saw its 37th staging. Each team consists of 8 of the best amateur golfers in the world, and to play in a Curtis Cup match is the pinnacle of an amateur golfer’s achievements. Many past Curtis Cup team members have gone on to become stars of women’s professional golf. The Curtis Cup trophy, a silver bowl of Paul Revere design, was donated by the renowned American golfing sisters Harriot & Margaret Curtis, to promote international friendships in the world of women’s golf. The Cup is inscribed “To stimulate friendly rivalry among the women golfers of many lands.” Both Curtis sisters were United States Women’s Amateur Champions in the early 1900s, and had competed in the Ladies’ British Amateur Golf Championship in 1905, where an informal match had occurred between teams of American & British golfers. See for more information.  Great Ireland Run the heart of Dublin is one of Europe's largest city parks, and for one day every year, a 10k course that challenges runners of all abilities and ambitions.  The day, which includes the Junior & Mini Great Ireland Run, is an opportunity to escape from the roads and pavements and into the grassland and tree-lined curves that the 1,750-acre space has to offer.  Situated to the west of the city centre, the Great Ireland Run is quite literally a great (apologies) and healthy excuse to experience one of the liveliest and most popular cities on the planet in a unique way.  A potential world heritage site in the near future, should the government be successful, the beauty of the course location is also backed up by its credentials as the only race in Ireland to be recognised by the International Association of Athletics (IAAF).  Fast paced club runners and first timers will all converge on the start line, when they can look forward to being led around the The Phoenix Park course by some of the world’s finest athletes.  Don't forget that it’s going to be a family affair on the day too, as our popular Mini & Junior events feature a 1.6k course for 3-8 year olds and a 2.5k stretch for the older, 9-15 year olds.  One of the main attractions on the day, which is also beamed live to the nation on RTE 2, is the All Ireland County Challenge where you can have the chance to race for your home county. Click here for more information     All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Finals place on St. Patrick's Day each year in the GAA's national stadium Croke Park, both Gaelic football & Hurling games are played on the day where the club, the cornerstone and bedrock of the GAA take centre stage.   Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations Rugby 2015 Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations Rugby Fixture on 1st March 2015 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The  Aviva Stadium is the home to the Irish national rugby and Republic of Ireland national football team. Aviva Stadium is now Ireland’s only UEFA Category 4/Elite Stadium and has won a number of awards including RIAI & RIBA. Since opening in May 2010 over 1.8 million ticketed visitors have passed through the turnstiles for rugby, soccer & concerts. More details TBC. Ireland v France - RBS Six Nations Rugby 2015 v France - RBS Six Nations Rugby Fixture on 14th February 2015 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. The  Aviva Stadium is the home to the Irish national rugby and Republic of Ireland national football team. Aviva Stadium is now Ireland’s only UEFA Category 4/Elite Stadium and has won a number of awards including RIAI & RIBA. Since opening in May 2010 over 1.8 million ticketed visitors have passed through the turnstiles for rugby, soccer & concerts. More details TBC. New Year's Festival: Resolution Day all the celebrations, revelry and hootenanny hoolies; begin 2015 with a day of fun, fitness and fresh air at Resolution Day on 1st January. Part of the lively city-wide New Year’s Festival, get down to Dublin Castle and welcome the new year with great food, music and entertainment at the festival’s Food Village. Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day Fun Run, or bring beloved pooches to the Family Fun Dog Walk. A host of mind, body and fitness events will also take place to make sure 2015 gets off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st.   Leopardstown Christmas Festival Leopardstown Christmas Festival runs from the 26-29th December each year and is one of the highlights of the Irish racing and social calendar featuring seven Grade 1 races over four days. The Racing Post day kicks off the first of four high calibre National Hunt race days and features the Racing Post Novice Handicap (Grade 1). Day two of the Christmas meeting is the Paddy Power Day and features The Paddy Power Chase, The Paddy Power Dial-A-Bet Chase (Grade 1) and The Paddy Power Future Champion Novice Hurdle (Grade 1). Ladies day at the Lexus Chase is one of the most anticipated fashion events on the Irish social calendar. Fashion and glamour polish off a perfect race day. Ladies day is a chance to showcase your winter gems, enjoy a day out with friends, fine dining and entertainment. The day guarantees to be the most stylish day of the Christmas festival. The day features the Lexus Steeplechase (Grade 1), The Topaz Novice Steeplechase (Grade 1) and the Woodies DIY Hurdle (Grade 1). Leopardstown has a number of dining options to choose from - the Winter Warmer, St Stephen's Day Luncheon in the Pavilion, the Christmas Festival Restaurant and private suite packages. Click here for more details Guinness Series Ireland V Austrailia McKenzie's Australia will return to the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 22. The Wallabies are the third ranked nation in world rugby following a successful autumn tour which saw them record wins over Ireland, Wales, Scotland and Italy while losing narrowly to England. For more informatiion click  here Guinness Series Ireland V Tier 2 nation (Georgia to be confirmed) Saturday, November 15, Ireland will take on a leading European Tier 2 nation at the Aviva Stadium. Georgia, who have serious 2015 Rugby World Cup qualification ambitions, are the most likely opposition for this Test. For more information click here Life Style Sports Run in the Dark for a run with a difference and support The Mark Pollock Trust on the atmospheric Life Style Sports Run in the Dark, this November. Join the thousands of Dubliners lacing up their running shoes and donning their red flashing armbands on the evening of the 12th November, for a unique 5km or 10km run/walk through the city centre. Just one of over 30 cities worldwide taking part, the capital’s runners form a living light show, flowing through the streets like lava and all in the name of a spinal cord injury cure. Undeterred by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. As Mark strives to walk again, his most complex journey is ahead of him - to find a cure for spinal cord injuries for him and the millions of paralysed people around the world. The Life Style Sports Run in the Dark plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust's mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis. A one-of-kind opportunity to run the city’s streets by night and the best of causes to run it for. Simply register to run at Guinness Series Ireland V South Africa  South Africa, who are currently number 2 in the IRB World Rankings, provided the opposition for the opening fixture of the 2012 GUINNESS Series and will again be Ireland's first opponents in the autumn of 2014 as the two sides square off at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, November 8. Ireland will be looking to record their fifth victory over the Springboks since the two countries first met at the Balmoral Showgrounds in 1906. For more information click here Dublin Marathon Marathon 2014, one of the great European city marathons, takes place in Dublin City on the October Bank Holiday. This will be the 35th year of this great event which is run through the capital's historic Georgian streets and its magnificent Phoenix Park. Thousands of boisterous spectators will line the route and in fact, such is the buzz from the crowd, that overseas participants in the Dublin Marathon have dubbed it the 'friendly marathon'. Dublin is only an hour by air from most UK and European cities, and a large number of the expected entry of 14,500 will be made up of overseas runners, many of whom will be returning to sample Irish hospitality once more. So why not come and experience the occasion for yourself? A warm and friendly welcome is guaranteed. But be warned, once you have tried it, you'll want to come back again! Enter online. Entries must be received by 5.00pm on October 1st. There will be no late entries at registration or on race day.  Jog for Joe's: Halloween Fun Run an active Sunday morning, a great cause and some spooky Halloween spirit and you’ve got Jog for Joe’s, a 5km fun run/walk on 26th October. Get your runners on and your fake fangs in, in aid of St Joseph’s Hospital, Raheny, and Care of the Elderly services, North Dublin. Taking place in St Anne’s Park, Raheny, joggers can even join former Dublin footballer, Ciaran Whelan, at the start line at 11am. This fun 5km route through St Anne’s Park can be run, jogged or walked - buggies and wheelchairs welcome, with nobody too young or too old for this lively event. With fancy dress encouraged and spot prizes given for best child and adult costumes, it’s the perfect opportunity to get jogging in spooky style. Face-painting, entertainment, games and children's races will follow the main 5km event, so there’s plenty for everyone to enjoy. So come on all you grandparents, parents, aunties, uncles, nephews, nieces and more, grab your witch’s hat or vampire cape and get active for a worthy cause. Entry Individual entry €15 Family entry €25 Register online at or come on the day and join in the fun!   Run For Your Lives you ready to run for your life? Take on a thrilling apocalyptic zombie-infested 5km run in Malahide Castle on 26th October to find out. On a route laced with demanding natural and man-made obstacles, participants assume the role of Survivor or one of The Infected, a dreaded Zombie, in this gothic cat-and-mouse chase. Following an initial outbreak in the Quarantine Zone, Survivors must successfully get to the Safe Zone with at least one life tag remaining, after traversing tough obstacles and avoiding the many Infected. Everyone will be able to complete the course but to be called a True Survivor (finish with at least one tag remaining) requires skill, speed and agility. So the question remains, are you a hunter or a runner? Survivors Your mission as a Survivor is a simple one - survive! The only thing standing between you and the Safe Zone is a challenging obstacle course teeming with The Infected. You will begin with three lives, represented by tags attached to a belt around your waist, but which unfortunately also attract The Infected. Get to the Safe Zone with at least one life remaining to earn your status as a True Survivor. Zombies As a member of The Infected you will be transformed into a living nightmare. With flesh hanging from your face, blood-soaked, your only impulse will be to hunt down Survivors’ tags. After your transformation you will be led into covered woodland and grassy planes and assigned a designated Infection Zone. Your goal is to get as many life tags as possible. Get ready for a muddy, eerie and exhilarating afternoon running from, or acting as, the gruesome undead. Tickets Zombie  €50 Survivor €40 Halloween at Scarefield your witch’s broom or vampire cape and enjoy a feast of frightful activities as Airfield Farm & Gardens transforms into Scarefield especially for Halloween. With a host of haunted happenings and spooky scares for all the family from 31st October to 1st November, it’s the perfect way to celebrate this terrifying time of the year - with a few silly scares and some cackling craic. Delve into the haunted woodland and unearth the secrets of Airfield past. Experience ghostly encounters, spooky stories, and many chills and thrills. Feast your eyes upon the brilliant pumpkin lantern display, get your face painted or come in costume to join in some daring dance moves from beyond the grave. Halloween Programme: 25th - 31st October Monster Making Workshop (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm – Free (but ticketed) Halloween Tales (4yrs+), 25th - 26th: 12pm, 3pm – Free (but ticketed) Basketry Workshop (Adult), Saturday 25th: 11am-4.30pm - Tickets €60 Haunted House Workshop (5yrs+), Tuesday 28th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Lantern Making Workshop (5yrs+), Wednesday 29th: 11pm, 2pm - Tickets €10 Mask Making Workshop (5yrs+), Thursday 30th: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Special Effects Make-up Master Class (8yrs+), Friday 31st: 11am, 2pm - Tickets €10 Halloween Programme: 31st October - 1st November 5pm - 7.30pm €12 per person Children under two years - Free Haunted Woodland Walk Only the brave and fearless dare traverse the foggy threshold to Airfield's great beyond. As night falls on the deep dark forest, ghouls and ghosts awaken to tell the living tales and secrets of their pasts. Meet the Overend family’s butler and discover Airfield's untold stories. Keep a watchful eye out for the headless horseman, scarecrows and dancing ghouls that inhabit the surrounding fields. Pumpkin Pandemonium Further down the woodland path, hundreds of carved pumpkins peer out. Snake your way through this breathtaking display of blazing pumpkin sculptures and discover a sea of hand-carved creatures and towering infernos created by artist David Beattie. Zombie Thrills Join the dancing corpses in the red barn and bust some menacing moves to create a sinister scene – even the stiffest old zombies can take part! Location: Red Barn Times: 5pm, 6pm, 7pm Frightfully Fun foods & Traditional Halloween Games Try your luck at some traditional Halloween games. Attempt to take a bite from apples on strings; he who loses the flour game will have more than egg on his face; only the strongest stomachs will survive our ghastly smell experience; go bonkers with conkers… and much much more. Love terrific toffee apples? Find out how to make these delicious Halloween treats, taste our Barmbrack and discover your future fortune – will it be money, love or luck? Learn how to make this traditional Halloween treat with Airfield's Head Chef. Location: Airfield Market outdoor area - 5pm to 7.30pm Demonstrations take place at 5.30pm and 6.30pm each day. Event Details Please note that most Scarefield Halloween activities are outdoors so please dress appropriately. Overends Restaurant will also open for a special Halloween themed family dinner. Pre-booking for these events is essential, to book please go to: Dublin's Macabre Side: Pat Liddy Walking Tour the ancient undead to Dublin’s Gothic writers, explore the Legacy that inspired Bram Stoker on Pat Liddy’s creepily compelling walking tour. ?Bram Stoker’s imagination was fuelled and fed by his native city’s gory history, dark happenings, violence, torture, famine and plague. From Dublin’s shadowy mythological past, stories of the undead and the wanderings of troubled spirits have peopled Irish culture and folklore long before Stoker’s Dracula ever saw the light of day. Take a walk around the capital’s side streets, alleys and the former medieval quarter of Dublin with the inimitable Pat Liddy, who will brings to life gloriously Gothic tales including Dracula, Le Fanu’s Carmilla and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. Tour takers will also enjoy discovering the spectral origins of some of our Halloween customs today. Price Adult €10  Seniors/Students €8 Children under 16 go free with accompanying adults.   Little Museum of Dublin Walking Tour lovers of delightful Dublin on The Green Mile, The Little Museum of Dublin’s superb walking tour of St Stephen’s Green, every Saturday and Sunday morning at 11.30am. A brilliant insight into the history of St Stephen’s Green, an exquisite square that has been a veritable epicentre of Irish history for hundreds of years, tour-goers can explore the lush park with a new perspective. With an astonishing 8.1 million people stepping through St Stephen’s Green annually, this is one patch of Dublin earth that has seen its fair share of historic happenings. None other than James Joyce studied on the south side of the green, while the Irish Free State Constitution was drafted right opposite it, at the Shelbourne Hotel. Having long been a backdrop for public and private drama, as well as the setting for many a courtship and romance, experience this pretty city park like never before. The tour begins with a short presentation at the Little Museum itself (15 St Stephen’s Green), with participants then embarking upon a 90-minute walk in the company of an expert local guide. Brimming with memorable anecdotes, humour and theatre, these excellent tours are free with your admission ticket to the museum. For a taste of the tour, see here. Tickets Deluxe admission €12 (includes private guided tour) Adult €7 Senior citizens (over 65) €5.50 Students/Under-18s €4.50 Family €14 (up to 2 adults and 3 children) Jobseekers - Free Children under 3 years - Free Bram Stoker Festival: VampWire fabulously fiendish Bram Stoker Festival not only has blood-thirsty revellers roaming the streets, but looking to the skies too, thanks to the vertiginous VampWire. Presenting Dublin’s first ever free city-centre zip wire, the VampWire is a very real and terrifically terrifying opportunity to make like a bat and zip over the city. Why get gothic and just wander the streets when you could register for a spectacular spine-chilling opportunity and take to the skies with some other lucky zombies and vampires? Tickets are allocated via ballot, so be sure to register and keep your creepy fingers crossed for the ride of your (after)life. And even if you’re not chosen for take-off, pop down to Wolfe Tone Square and watch the underworld zip over the living at this freakishly fun event.