Events - Free EventsFranco-Irish Literary Festival TBC The FRANCO-IRISH LITERARY FESTIVAL is the result of successful collaboration between the Alliance Française and the Cultural Service of the French Embassy. It has been supported to great effect by such Irish organisations as the Arts Council, Foras na Gaeilge, Poetry Ireland, Ireland Literature Exchange, Irish Writers’ Centre, by Irish and French sponsors such as Ireland Fund de France, l’Institut français, CRH, Hennessy, Servier Laboratories, and by the Irish media and, in particular, RTÉ lyric fm. Since its inception in 2000, and with the support and encouragement of the press, the festival has become a significant date in the annual literary calendar of Dublin. The festival’s aim is to widen and enhance the long-standing friendship that exists between Ireland, France and other French-speaking countries. It welcomes writers in both the English and Irish languages, together with writers of the wider francophone world. In doing so it provides an opportunity to showcase a wide selection of Irish and French writers for the Irish public. The programme and selection of authors is made by a Franco-Irish Committee made up of significant figures from the worlds of literature, publishing and academia. Each year the festival presents a central theme and writers from different languages and cultures are given the opportunity to exchange experiences and ideas around this theme in an informal setting. Debates, interviews, “cafés littéraires”, readings, book sales and signings take place over the three days of the festival. Among the renowned authors invited since 2000, the festival has welcomed such writers as JMG Le Clezio, Amin Maalouf, Azouz Begag, and Jean-Paul Kauffman. Our Irish guests have included Joseph O’Connor, Anne Enright, John Banville, Roddy Doyle, Patrick McCabe, Sebastien Barry, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and the late Seamus Heaney. The Franco-Irish Literary Festival offers a rare opportunity to spend three days in an exciting and stimulating literary environment.   All events open to the public and free! St. Patrick's Festival Days and Nights of Culture, Music and Entertainmant! The principal aim of St. Patrick’s Festival, since its inauguration, is to develop a major annual international festival around the national holiday over which the ‘owners’ of the festival, the Irish people, would stand proud. It sets out to reflect the talents and achievements of Irish people on many national and world stages, and it acts as an exciting showcase for the manifold skills of the people of Ireland, of every age and social background. As the one national holiday that is celebrated in more countries around the world than any other, St. Patrick’s Day is the day when everyone wants to be Irish. We set out to seize that opportunity, and completely transform the national and international perception of St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin. This country is bursting with the kind of creative energy, ideas and enthusiasm required to do the job. Our job has been to harness them, and make our national holiday an unforgettable experience for all. Why was it started? To offer a national festival that ranks amongst all of the greatest celebration in the world. To create energy and excitement throughout Ireland via innovation, creativity, grassroots involvement, and marketing activity. To provide the opportunity and motivation for people of Irish descent (and those who sometimes wish they were Irish) to attend and join in the imaginative and expressive celebrations. To project, internationally, an accurate image of Ireland as a creative, professional and sophisticated country with wide appeal. The first St. Patrick’s Festival was held over one day, and night, on March 17th 1996, it has since grown to a 4-5 day celebration. Click here for a full list of associated events   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. Get up, get out and get active to kick off the New Year as you mean to go on!  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, along with a host of activites to help you kick start the year - focusing on renewal, health and wellbeing.  Those with endless energy can take on the New Year’s Day 5km Fun Run through the city, starting at 12 noon; while a host of free mind, body and fitness events, including group exercise classes, will also take place in the city's green spaces.  And after New Year's workout, be sure to enjoy the feast of entertainment happening at the NYF Food Village in Dublin Castle too. With plenty more events to be announced, make sure you seize the day in Dublin this January 1st to get 2015 off the best start, with resolutions you’ll keep! More details on registering for these fantastic events are coming soon. New Year’s Festival: Procession of Light the incredible festive atmosphere of Dublin city on New Year’s Eve with the vibrant Procession of Light, 31st December. See the city erupt enchanted, as some of Dublin’s most well-loved streets burst in a stunning procession with dazzling light installations, music and dance performers! The Procession of Light journeys from St Stephen's Green, through Temple Bar towards Dublin Castle led by Luxe, Ireland’s leading specialists in visually stunning spectacles. Travel with us towards 2015 and share a magical Mini Midnight Moment with family and friends of all ages at Dublin Castle. What better way to experience the city’s lively atmosphere than by the warm light of this yuletide parade? Kicking off at 7pm, the Procession of Light is a fantastic free family-friendly event, with a magical mood that's simply unmissable! New Year’s Festival: Luminosity the stunning facades of some of Dublin’s best known landmarks come to life with spectacular 3D light projections from 30th December - 1st January. Part of the city-wide New Year’s Festival, Luminosity will illuminate Dublin Castle, Wolfe Tone Square, and Trinity College. Appreciate and celebrate these incredible structures with a new, vibrant perspective thanks to these impressive light installations. Watch in wonder as Luminosity springs these buildings to life, telling a story with cutting edge 3D digital displays from 5pm to 12 midnight each evening. Locations Dublin Castle, Dame Street, Dublin 1 Wolfe Tone Square, Jervis Street, Dublin 1 Trinity College, Dame Street, Dublin 2 New Year Festival Dublin Dublin - the ultimate New Year's Eve party! This new and exciting city-wide music and arts festival boasts three days of festivities in Dublin, kicking off on the 30th December, running right through to January 1st. Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s celebration the city has ever seen! Ring in the New Year at the NYF Countdown Concert, and follow the captivating Music and Arts Trails across the city, which showcase live music in superb settings and stunning Irish and international art and culture. Sample some delicious artisan food at Dublin Castle's NYF Food Village, and watch as the city's streetscapes come alive with thrilling 3D animations at the Luminosity events.  Join in the magical Procession of Light and see the city dazzle, or become utterly immersed in the inspiring Spoken Word Festival which boasts poetry slams, literature, discussion and debate like you've never seen them before.  For visitors who only have a few days to spend in Dublin, it couldn't be simpler with our NYF Dublin Discovery Trail. This allows you to explore the best of the city over two perfectly planned days. Pick and choose from our list of Dublin city's top 20 cultural venues offering special NYF discounts and guided tours.  And what better way to start 2015 off to a properly positive start than with Resolution Day? Which includes a 5km fun run at Dublin Castle, exercise classes, and more awesome activities that'll have you hit the ground running in 2015. With all this and a spectacular array of surprises and secret performances across the city too, the countdown is most definitely on! New Year's Festival: Music Trail the live music and powerhouse performances that Ireland’s known for with the NYF Music Trail across superb city-centre venues from 30th - 31st December. An array of excellent bands, DJs, and choirs will perform across the city as revellers gather from all over the world to experience Dublin’s New Year countdown in style. Follow the trail which includes live performances from dance-frenzy inducing four-piece Le Galaxie at Meeting House Square, Ruby Works Sessions at Dublin Castle’s Chapel Royal, and unique pop-up live music and DJ sessions across the city’s pubs and bars. Christ Church Cathedral will also host a special Gala Concert with the renowned Dublin Gospel Choir ringing in 2015 at this atmospheric venue. Audiences can also enjoy a post-concert champagne reception in the cathedral’s crypt, followed by a countdown to the ringing of Christ Church’s iconic bells at midnight in the cathedral grounds. Tickets Tickets for Meeting House Square gigs go on sale mid-November at Tickets for the Christ Church Gala Concert are on sale now: Check back in here at the end of November for the full list of events, book your tickets in advance to avoid disappointment!   New Year’s Festival: Food Village hub of the city’s New Year’s Festival, be sure to pop down to the exquisite grounds of iconic Dublin Castle as it's transformed into the NYF Food Village over three indulgent days from 30th December to 1st January. With plenty of Irish food markets serving an array of tasty treats, loads of live entertainment to keep your toes tapping, and the launch of the Irish Year of Design 2015 - a year long programme celebrating and promoting all forms of Irish design - historic Dublin Castle is the place to be. Treat yourself to delicious artisan food and enjoy the stunning castle setting, as it becomes a hive of activity, filled with free family-friendly entertainment plus performances in contemporary music and spoken word. NYF Dublin will launch 'In the Making' the Irish Year of Design 2015, the inaugural exhibition of Irish Design 2015, opening on December 30th in The Coach House, Dublin Castle, to coincide with the New Year's Eve festival. 'In the Making' is a touring exhibition organised by the Design Museum, London and curated by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby.  Please see for more details. Be sure to check back here in December for a list of all the superb food traders catering the NYF Food Village.     Open 30th December - 1st January, 12pm-7.30pm       Winter Solstice Special Tour the winter solstice, 21st December - the shortest day of the year, by discovering just how the ancient people of the Northern Hemisphere marked it - with a tour of the Prehistoric Ireland exhibition at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology.  View grave goods from the Neolithic passage tombs at Newgrange and Knowth, Co. Meath, and discover the skills used to create some of Ireland’s most famous monuments and artefacts.  Places are limited to 20 and no booking is required on this intriguing seasonal tour. Suitable for ages 12+. Free Event. Christmas & Hanukkah Light Installation a slice of culture and creativity amid the Christmas shopping rush with a light installation at Clarke Square, Collins Barracks on 21st December. Drop by the square on the shortest day of the year and see the existing installation - Pebbledash House - illuminated as the Christmas and Hanukkah ‘Living Room’ Light installation. Along with the captivating installation, Keren Rosenberg perform some contemporary dance too. A free event with no booking required, it’s suitable for all ages.   Christmas Craft & Food Fair @ Seamus Ennis Centre well and truly into that Christmas spirit with the annual Christmas Craft & Food Fair at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre on 14th December. Indulge in all manner of yuletide treats including mulled wine and a wide array of seasonal, high quality, crafts and food. With superbly crafted pottery, jewellery, stained glass, kids’ clothes, soaps, willow baskets, handmade cheese, jams, chutneys, Christmas cakes and much more available on the day, you might find that perfect gift for someone too.  Children from Clonalvy National School will also be entertaining shoppers with Christmas carols under the old chestnut tree outside the centre at 3pm. Yuletide Greeting @ National Museum of Ireland you know that many popular Christmas traditions have their roots in the Viking celebration of mid-winter known as Yule? If you didn’t, why not bring the kids to the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology to learn all about Yule traditions and much more. A free, drop-in event, create your own runic (ancient Germanic language of Northern Europe) Yule tree decorations to take home, and discover what other elements of their traditions we’ve adopted today. Pop in from 11am - 12pm, or 2pm - 3pm on 13th December. Suitable for ages 6+, no is booking required for this event. Venue Learning Resource Room (first floor) National Museum of Ireland Archaeology Kildare Street Dublin 2   Christmas Cracker Market for its fifth year of festive fun, treasures and trinkets, don’t miss the Dublin Flea & Block T Christmas Cracker Market from 12th - 14th December. Taking place on the second weekend of December, get cosy and Christmassy in the capital at this glorious mix of flea, vintage, retro, furniture, vinyl, clothes, craft, art, handmade, and great value goods in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7. Showcasing the very best of Dublin’s independent trading scene, bargain hunters can also relax after a hard day’s haggle with delicious food, coffees and scrumptious seasonal treats. The perfect way to spread and share the Christmas cheer in twinkling, fairy-lit, delightful Dublin.     Public LectureIreland & Empire Revisited Professor Stephen Howe as he delivers a public lecture titled Ireland & Empire Revisited: Imperialists, Colonisers, Settlers & Revolutionaries. A free and fascinating lecture, it takes place in the Thomas Davis Lecture Theatre, Arts Building (Room 2043), Trinity College on 9th December. Admission is free, with all welcome. Live Animal Crib @ Mansion House Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke hosts the Live Animal Crib outside his home, the historic Mansion House, on Dawson Street this December. This year the crib will be launched on the 9th of December at 11am (further details to be confirmed). The launch will see performances from local choirs, street entertainers and even some face painting for the children. The live crib is constructed so it is the actual size of the nativity stable to give everyone an idea of what kind of conditions people lived in during biblical times. The animals don’t stay in the stable each night, but are brought in every morning and returned to the farm in the evening. The crib will close for another year at approximately 2pm on 24th December. Although admission is free the public may give a contribution.     Medieval Christmas @ National Museum of Ireland Archaeology just what Christmas was like in Medieval times with an afternoon of exploration at the National Museum of Ireland Archaeology on 7th December. From the atmospheric smells and tastes, to the sights and skills of the period, there’s so much festive fun to to be had. Enjoy candlemaking with the chandler, superb seasonal music played on the hurdy gurdy, harp, lute and recorder, a scriptor cleric will be present to help kids with their letters, and an array of authentic food and spices to taste.  With Medieval games, and maybe even some magic, don’t miss captivating Christmas event for all ages. Free, with no booking required. Switching On Smithfield Square’s Christmas Tree Lights the Christmas cheer across Smithfield Square on 4th December. With a free, open-air concert to mark the square’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony, the place will be brimming with fun and festivities, and a host of very special guests who are yet to be announced. Watch this yuletide space! Dublin Docklands Christmas Market's favourite Christmas Festival is back again for the 10th consecutive year, bringing Christmas cheer and magical festive treats to the heart of Dublin from the IFSC at Georges Dock This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with a few surprises added to the regular line of events including an entertainment area taking place on the event platform in George's Dock. The Victorian Carnival, the fantastic artisan food and craft market and of course Santa's grotto will all be back to help make your festival experience a magical one. Opening hours: - Monday to Wednesday from 12 noon to 8pm  - Thursday and Friday from 12 noon to 10pm  - Saturday 10am to 10p  - Sunday 10am to 8pm Click here for more information   Switching On O'Connell Street Christmas Tree Lights over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street and see Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights, ringing in the festive season for the capital. On Sunday 30th November, spread the yuletide cheer and join in the festivities with the Geansai Nollaig (Christmas jumper) World Record attempt happening there too. Crowds of people will arrive in their suitably festive jumpers and try to break the record for the most people wearing them all at one time. Christmas is sure to arrive in Dublin in fine, reindeer-patterned style. Dun Laoghaire Christmas Festival the joy of the yuletide season in the pictorial seaside town of Dun Laoghaire with its fantastic Christmas Festival from 29th November to 23rd December.  Swap the busy, city-centre crowds and shopping centres for a stroll along the pier and a dip in Dun Laoghaire’s palpable festive spirit.   Browse, shop, relax and soak up the atmosphere at the open-air Christmas Market, get nostalgic with old-world children’s amusements, marvel at fireworks displays, take on the free treasure hunts, watch the enchanting lantern procession, visit Santa’s Grotto, see the traditional Christmas crib, join in the carol singing, and even be part of a World Record attempt at this fantastic array of seasonal events. Discover Christmas along Dublin’s coastline at lively Dun Laoghaire in 2014. The festival runs Fridays to Sundays from 29th November to 23rd December, it also runs on the Monday and Tuesday of Christmas week. Gerry O'Mahony: Keepers of Silence the compelling works of artist Gerry O’Mahony at his exhibition, Keepers of Silence, from 28th November - 7th February. “In my work I seek to confront the instinctive realities of human and cultural challenges in a world which fluctuates between the familiar and the unknown, an odyssey that shows humanity’s struggle to find ways to inhabit the planet in a peaceful, productive and cooperative way. These pieces show the influence of patterned, colourful symbols of ancient and primitive art where the creations are a celebration of a life that is simple and uncontrived: an art without ‘art’. The work is a response to all of these influences and yet none of them – a separate entity created from the inter-mingling of both major and minor influences. The work is an expression of a vision of the world, an invitation to observers to share that vision and create their own. It is both a statement and a challenge.” A graduate of Limerick School of Art & Design, Gerry has taught art in Ireland and has travelled extensively, spending long periods in both Israel and Malawi. These travels have been a huge influence on his art practice, don’t miss the opportunity to view Gerry’s exceptional works up close. Draiocht's galleries are open Monday to Saturday from 10am-6pm. Image: Gerry O’Mahony, 'Searching for a Wide Embrace'.   Dead Celebrities the realm of dead celebrities at a unique, one-night-only exhibition of work courtesy of the best of Ireland’s illustrators, designers, visual artists and screen printers, this November. Curated by event organisers supreme, Hunt & Gather, explore their second-ever print exhibition, Dead Celebrities, focusing on our fascination with celebrity culture. Celebrity is the state of being well known. However for many of us a celebrity is much more. In their own way, they have had an effect on our lives. Be it consciously as a childhood friend in the guise of cartoon genie, or subconsciously through the way we dress, act, smoke, and even via our use of language. To celebrate a year which has been marked by the passing of many influential celebrities, Hunt & Gather are paying homage to those who have exited life’s stage. With all prints made to order, attendees can even invest in a slice of celebrity-themed art and place an order for a print they’d like to own. Prints cost €10, exclude post and packaging, and will be sent at a later date. Venue Molloy & Dowling Dispensing Opticians     18b Kildare Street (Below Cleo Handweavers) Dublin 2 Dublin's Christmas Lights real marker of when Christmas begins is when the city starts to feel like a sparkling seasonal wonderland, so kick off the festive period in style and see Dublin's Christmas lights get switched on, on various dates between 13th and 30th November. Grafton Street, 13th November, 4pm The switching on of Grafton Street's lights also marks the opening of the Dublin at Christmas Market on St Stephen's Green. Dublin's first ever traditional, city-centre Christmas market, more than 60 traders will be dotted around the exterior of St Stephen's Green park and Merrion Row, all in cosy wooden chalets. Visitors can peruse a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, preserves and prints, as well as scrumptious seasonal food and drink; with charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, a chocolate fountain, and glühwein all available.  As always, a well known face or two will switch on the lights and this year is no exception with Dublin natives Original Rudeboys doing the honours. Joining them is actor Laurence Kinlan, lauded for his role as Elmo in RTE's Love/Hate, who'll help kick off the capital's festive feeling. Henry Street, 16th November, 3pm Spread the cosy Christmas cheer and see Henry Street’s Christmas lights illuminate the city on Sunday 16th November. Dublin group Original Rudeboys will be doing the illumination honours on the day, spreading that captivating Christmas feeling in the capital.  O'Connell Street, 30th November, 3.30pm Pop over to Dublin’s iconic O’Connell Street on 30th November to see Lord Mayor Christy Burke officially turn on the street’s impressive Christmas tree lights and ring in the festive season for the capital. Spread the yuletide cheer and join in the festivities with the Geansai Nollaig (Christmas jumper) World Record attempt happening there too. Crowds of people will arrive in their suitably festive jumpers and try to break the record for the most people wearing them all at one time. Christmas is sure to arrive in Dublin in fine, reindeer-patterned style. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and where better to kick off the season of goodwill than in the Christmassy capital?  St Stephen's Green Christmas Market more than 60 trade concessions located in traditional wooden chalets along the exterior of St Stephen’s Green Park between Grafton Street and Merrion Row, the Market will offer a unique selection of quality Irish made handcrafted gift items, including accessories, woodcrafts, jams, preserves and prints, as well as seasonal food and drinks to include charcoal grills, crepes, bratwurst, chocolate fountain, gluhwein, and other seasonal non-alcoholic drinks.  Traditional Christmas Markets originate from the centre of Europe, and are extremely popular in countries including Austria, Germany, Northern Italy and France. While Christmas is a peak time for retailers, Christmas Markets have proven to be extremely successful in attracting additional people into town centres and encouraging consumers to spend their money locally as opposed to shopping online.  Entertainment from local choirs and carollers will also help get visitors into the festive spirit. The market will be organised in conjunction with the official Dublin at Christmas celebrations, which is a partnership between Dublin City BID and Dublin City Council. It will be launched on 13th November, the same day that the Grafton Street Christmas lights are turned on, transforming the city centre into a wonderful winter wonderland.   The market will be free to the public and will open daily from 12 noon to 8pm.    Michelle Byrne: Via Magna Olivier Cornet Gallery is delighted to present Via Magna, an exhibition of new works by gallery artist Michelle Byrne. A talented sculptor living and working in the Blackstairs region of County Carlow, Michelle has exhibited in group shows across Ireland, the UK and France, and has also worked on an array of private and public commissions.   Working mainly in Kilkenny limestone, bronze and steel, Michelle’s recent large scale public commissions include a 3-metre limestone tower for the Carlow redevelopment group and a 1.2-metre limestone sphere for Ballygarvan National school, Co. Cork. One of Michelle’s sculptures (‘Sphere’) was acquired in December 2013 by the Office of Public Works as part of a group show with the Olivier Cornet Gallery. Winner of the Conor/Moran Award for Outstanding Sculpture at the Annual RHA Exhibition in 2012, Michelle’s most recent work has seen her explore mapping and journeys, examining the physical geography of a place, the journeys we take and the experience we gain. Michelle explains “we tend to look at the countryside as a natural environment, whereas nearly every square inch of its surface has been transformed in some shape or form by centuries of man's interaction, from the patchwork of fields to the network of trails and roads. What interests me as an artist are these layers of patterns and marks we have left on the landscape, what they tell us about the geology and topography and our relationship with it. For my upcoming show at The Olivier Cornet Gallery I have been looking at ancient tracks and roads of Ireland, in particular The Eiscir Riada, also known as the Via Magna and An Slighe Mhor meaning The Great Highway. The Eiscir Riada is a system of ridges or eskers, gravel ridges which were formed after the ice age that stretched across Ireland between Dublin and Galway. These ridges created a natural high ground providing a route through the bogs of the Irish midlands. In early Medieval times The Esker Riada also formed an ancient division of Ireland between Conn and Mogha. For this new body of work I am exploring our past and present relationship with the landscape, in particular looking at settlements, boundaries, land divisions and the connecting routes.” Open Tuesday - Friday, 11am-6pm,  Saturday and Sunday, 12pm-5pm Late opening on Thursdays, 11am-8pm Location Olivier Cornet Gallery JF Studios, 5 Cavendish Row (Parnell Square) Dublin 1   Duncan Campbell the first major exhibition in Dublin of the work of Irish-born artist Duncan Campbell at the Irish Museum of Modern Art from 8th November to 8th February. A 2014 Turner Prize nominee, this is Campbell’s first major exhibition in Dublin. The archival and filmed material that comprise Campbell’s films question our reading of the documentary form as a fixed representation of reality, opening up the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, record and interpretation. Irish-born but Glasgow-based, Duncan Campbell’s artistic production spans several media and concerns itself with the power of stories and the boundaries between the actual and the imagined, historical narrative and media representation, record and interpretation. His preoccupation with truth and refusal to adhere to prescribed or narrative conventions resonate in recent works such as Arbeit (2011) about the German economist Hans Tietmeyer who played a key role in the centralisation of the European financial system, and Make It New John (2009), which takes as its subject the American automobile engineer and magnate John DeLorean and his iconic DMC-12 car, as well as the West Belfast plant where it was produced. Similar notions are addressed in Bernadette (2008), his documentary about controversial Irish republican MP and civil rights activist Bernadette Devlin. In 2012 Campbell took part in Manifesta 9, Belgium, and in 2010 he took part in Tracing the Invisible, Gwangju Biennale. The solo exhibition at IMMA comprises four of his major film works; Bernadette (2008); Make It New John (2009); Arbeit (2011) and It for Others (2013). The exhibition will be accompanied by a guide. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12noon - 5.30pm Closed Mondays Last admission 5.15pm Primal Architecture an exhibition that combines works from international and Irish artists and explores pseudo-autobiography, sexuality, consciousness, identity, architecture, power and nostalgia; with Primal Architecture at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Borrowing its title from contributing artist Mike Kelley’s 1995 work, Primal Architecture, the selection of works on display spans generations and varied media including installation, video, sculpture, drawing, performance and photography. Since the 60s, contemporary art has been associated with moments or acts of crises and political change. Often these acts have not only affected art, but also mirrored what was happening within the world. Primal Architecture, unfurls in the form of a sequence of episodes or chapters that can be read with relative autonomy, each offering exhilarating interpretations of the human condition and the complex ways we interact and narrate the world around us. The exhibitions featured artists include Mike Kelley, Jeremy Deller, Conrad Shawcross, Kevin Atherton, Linder, Jesse Jones and Bedwyr Williams. For many of these artists the exhibition will be their very first presentation in Ireland.   Visitors are advised that this exhibition contains adult themes and explicit imagery. Open Tuesday - Friday, 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays, 12noon - 5.30pm Closed Mondays Last admission 5.15pm   Hennessy Portrait Prize Exhibition 2014 the superb works of the Hennessy Portrait Prize’s 12 shortlisted artists at the National Gallery of Ireland from 8th November to 8th February. A new competition celebrating the richness and diversity of portraiture, the Hennessy Portrait Prize aims to encourage public interest in the work of these contemporary artists, with the winner announced on 11th November. Shortlisted Artists Erin Quinn . Hugh O’Conor . Geraldine O’Neill . Mandy O’Neill . Helen O’Sullivan-Tyrrell . Cian McLoughlin . Comhghall Casey . Nick Miller . John Beattie . Saoirse Wall . Una Sealy . Gavan McCullough Open   Monday - Saturday, 9.30am - 5.30pm Thursday, 9.30am - 8.30pm Sunday, 11am - 5.30pm Public Holidays, 10am - 5.30pm   Phoenix Rising our civic ideals through the medium of urban life and contemporary art with Phoenix Rising at the superb Hugh Lane Gallery, from 6th November to 29th March. The exhibition (and its accompanying satellite events) references Dublin's 1914 Civic Exhibition which was inspired by the work of Scottish biologist, sociologist and planner Patrick Geddes, and which attempted to re-imagine Dublin as "the phoenix of cities" during a period of economic, social and political strife. The exhibition showcases contemporary artists' responses to the urban environment using different strategies to understand and represent the city. Discover work by Stephen Brandes, Mark Clare, Cliona Harmey, Vagabond Reviews, Stéphanie Nava and Mary-Ruth Walsh at this unique showcase. Open Tuesday - Thursday 10am - 6pm Friday and Saturday, 10am - 5pm  Sunday, 11am - 5pm Closed Mondays   Brainbelt Illustration Collective the showcase exhibition of Brainbelt Illustration Collective at Dublin’s MVP pub, part of Design Week 2014. Brainbelt's Design Week exhibition will showcase the illustration collective’s diversity of current personal projects, and is sure to easily inspire all who experience it. A network of Irish creative professional artists and designers who bear a heartfelt passion for illustration, Brainbelt’s exceptional visual disciplines vary from painting, sculpture, print design, motion design, multimedia and photography. With Design Week always proving a valuable way for Brainbelt members to step outside its group themed exhibitions and projects to present whatever they have on the go; this year will be no different so expect awesome art and powerful creativity. Officially launching on Friday the 7th of November at 7pm, the exhibition runs across six weeks. Featuring the work of Michelle Cunningham, Emma Rowe, Alan Dunne, Stephen Mc Carthy, Jamie Murphy, Lauren O'Neill, Eileen O'Neill, John Corrigan, Stephen Mc Nally and Rachel Corcoran; all artists will have prints for sale on the night and throughout the exhibition. Venue MVP 29 Upper Clanbrassil Street Dublin 8 Open  4pm - 11.30pm daily   Aoife Dooley: Life Tips and Other Bits unique tips on how to get through life, along with awesome illustrations and prints, illustrator/designer Aoife Dooley launches her debut book and solo exhibition at the funky Bernard Shaw on 30th October. If you’re done with traditional self-help and have been top ten listed ad infinitum, then Aoife’s lively work and refreshing take on life is sure to hit the spot. Get a first look at her book Life Tips and Other Bits, pick up some of her fantastic, personality-infused prints and maybe enjoy a surprise or two at this exciting event for one of the capital’s brightest up-and-comers. Book Launch 30th October, 6pm - 12midnight. Exhibition 30th October - 11th December, all day from 8.30am and from 1pm at weekends.   Blood why do we have a love of visceral vampires (Twilight fans…) and yet a ferocious fear of needles? Find out at Blood, The Science Gallery’s intriguing new exhibition featuring 25 provocative works that explore the scientific, symbolic and strange nature of the red stuff. Why do we ‘see red’ when our blood ‘boils’? What are the positives and negatives of our fascination with this crimson, coagulating oxygen-carrier? Blood connects, sustains, and fuels life, yet can also wreak havoc and destruction. It courses in our veins, floating between transcendence and abjection. From stories of vampires, kinship and religious beliefs to cutting edge research in immunology and genetics and bio-art works that use the medium of blood, this exhibition is an exploration of the mythical, cultural and medical aspects of this unique connective tissue. Admission is free, no booking necessary. Recommended for ages 15+. The Science Gallery's opening hours vary per exhibition held, please check the website for exact details. James Joyce: Apocalypse & Exile deep into the mind of iconic Irish writer James Joyce at Marsh’s Library’s latest fascinating exhibition, Apocalypse & Exile. Discover just what James Joyce read when he visited Marsh’s Library way back in 1902, and see how these readings throw new light on his attitudes to Catholicism, heresy and Irish history itself.  The exhibition is curated by Jason McElligott, Keeper of Marsh’s Library; Professor John McCafferty, Director of the Mícheál Ó Cléirigh Institute, and Dr Anne Marie D’Arcy of the University of Leicester. A captivating exhibit that’s a must for anyone interested in Joyce’s work, wit and opinions. Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 9.30am - 5pm Saturdays, 10am - 5pm Closed Tuesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.   Shaped by History a step back in time to 70s Limerick with the excellent free exhibition Shaped by History, at the National Photographic Archive from 1st August 2014 to 5th January 2015. Showcasing 85 black and white photographs of Limerick Milk Market taken between 1971 and 1978 by Limerick’s own award-winning social documentary photographer, Gerry Andrews, they prove a fascinating glimpse at times gone by. Limerick Milk Market was founded in 1852, as the west of Ireland was emerging from the famines of the 1840s. In the 70s, Limerick Milk Market was at a crossroads in its long history, as the Shannon/Limerick region began transforming into a national and international model for development. Gerry Andrews' photos are portrait studies of the historic quarter's community of merchants, traders and characters during this exceptional period of transformation. The portraits are stunning, evocative and wonderfully challenging. A set of prints will be donated to the National Library of Ireland's photographic collection, home to the world’s largest collection of photographs relating to Ireland. Opening Hours Monday - Saturday: 10am-5pm Sunday: 12 noon-5pm Chester Beatty's A-Z: from Amulet to Zodiac A is for Amulet, B is for Beatty, C is for Calligraphy . . ., Chester Beatty's A to Z will take you on a journey through a selection of highlights, showcasing the breadth and quality of this wonderful collection. This curators' choice show is a visual treat with universal appeal. Each letter of the alphabet is matched to a word that is representative of something characteristically associated with the collection. Featuring many works seldom or never before seen in public, the exhibition will explore the threads that link cultures across the Western, Islamic and East Asian worlds. Opening hours: From 10.00am to 5pm Mon to Fri (closed Mondays from 1 Oct), 11am to 5pm Sat, 1pm to 5pm Sun, closed 24, 25, 26 Dec, 1 Jan Lee Miller in James Joyce's Dublin James Joyce Centre is thrilled to present a new fascinating exhibition - Lee Miller in James Joyce’s Dublin, which features 60 previously unseen images from this icon of American photography. Beginning her career as a fashion model in New York City in the 1920s, legendary American photographer Lee Miller became a freelance photographer for Condé Nast. Finding herself in England during the outbreak of the Second World War, Lee quickly became one of a handful of female war correspondents. During Lee’s long relationship with Vogue Magazine she covered the London Blitz, and later the battle of Saint Malo, the liberation of Paris and the concentration camps, Buchenwald and Dachau. The exhibition documents Miller’s exploration of a desolate, post-War Dublin in 1946, capturing streets and buildings that were connected to Joyce’s life and work. These include some important Joycean locations that were thought never to have been photographed before, such as the family’s first northside address on Hardwicke Street as well as detailed interior portraits of Barney Kiernan’s pub, the setting for the Cyclops episode in Ulysses. A compelling exhibition in the ideal Joycean setting, it’s sure to engage Joyce, photography and social history buffs alike. Conversations one of the Irish Museum of Modern Art’s current compelling exhibitions with Conversations, running until 31st December. A selection of diverse displays from the IMMA Collection, Conversations present the idea of dialogue on a number of levels: among particular artists’ practices such as Andrew Vickery and Elinor Wiltshire; between ‘then’ and ‘now’ in artists’ work at different times in their career, as with Paul Winstanley and Mark O’Kelly; and works that encourage exchange between the Collection, artists, their work and the viewer. Certain rooms in IMMA focus on individual commemorative works such as the The Great Wallenda (Cabinet Version), 1997-1998 by João Penalva, and Sean Scully’s Dorothy, 2003, in memory of Dorothy Walker. Also exhibited is a selection of works co-curated by artist Caroline McCarthy, shown with works from McCarthy’s own studio including Group Coordination (Red), 2011, which she has reconfigured in response to the gallery architecture. Another strand of programming focuses on specific moments, events and individuals in the story of cultural production in Ireland, namely the contribution of David Hendriks to the development of art in Ireland during the 1960s and 70s, and the commitment and enthusiasm of George and Maura McClelland as collectors and promoters of Irish art. The Exhibition’s Artists Valerio Adami; Janine Antoni; Terry Atkinson; Enrico Baj; Robert Ballagh; Barrie Cooke; Michael Craig-Martin; Michael Craig-Martin; Guggi; Allen Jones; Mary Kelly; Paul Klee; Brian Maguire; Fergus Martin; Caroline McCarthy; Colin Middleton; François Morellet; Mark O'Kelly; João Penalva; Bridget Riley; William Scott; Sean Scully; Peter Sedgley; Jesús Rafael Soto; Hannah Starkey; Bert Stern; Victor Vasarely; Andrew Vickery; Alexandra Wejchert; Richard Wentworth; Elinor Wiltshire; Paul Winstanley. Open Tuesday - Friday: 11.30am - 5.30pm Saturday: 10am - 5.30pm Sunday and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 5.30pm Monday: Closed  Last admission 5.15pm   Image credit: Conversations, Installation view, Irish Museum of Modern Art, 2014.