Events - ExhibitionDublinia: Stories of Johnny the Gravedigger Dublin’s fascinating medieval history and get suitably spooky for Halloween all at the same time at Dublinia, from 25th - 31st October. Part of Dublinia’s excellent Death and Disease exhibition, afternoon visitors can enjoy lively performances of Stories of Johnny the Gravedigger, which is eerily apt considering Dublinia sits on the site of St Michael’s medieval church and graveyard. Performances 2pm-5pm, every 20 minutes. Performances are included in the admission price. Tickets Adult €8.50 Student/Senior €7.50 Child €5.50 Family €24.00 (Two adults and two children) Bloodworks why do we have a love of visceral vampires (Twilight fans…) and yet a ferocious fear of needles? Find out at Bloodworks, The Science Gallery’s intriguing new exhibition, and the perfect accompaniment to all your Bram Stoker Festival activities 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 uses the medium of blood, Bloodworks is an exploration of the mythical, cultural and medical aspects of this unique connective tissue. Admission is free, no booking necessary. Open 24th October, 12pm-8pm 25th - 26th October, 12pm-6pm Open House: Airfield at the architecture and spaces of Dublin and its surroundings as the excellent Open House Dublin imparts intriguing knowledge about the city’s formation and evolution, 17th - 19th October. Go beyond the city centre and explore the award-winning Airfield Farm & Gardens. This project is an enhanced landscape of farm and garden in the midst of urban and suburban development. The new and expanded facilities at Airfield, including new entrances, a farm centre, café, ornamental and food gardens, are superbly designed for visitors of all ages. The sustainable and energy efficient design makes a positive contribution to the unique ‘Airfield Experience’ while the conservation work strengthens the architectural character of the existing buildings. Airfield won Best Cultural Project & Best Sustainable Project in the 2014 Irish Architecture Awards, so is definitely worth an exploration. Places on this tour will be distributed using an email lottery. Register at for a chance to win two places on this tour.  Open House: Buildings of the Botanic Gardens of the excellent Open House Dublin weekend, explore the architecture of the stunning National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin on 18th October. With the festival being an exploration of the buildings that reveal something about society at a given time in history and about the people involved in making the built environment, this tour will detail the architecture of the Botanic Gardens from the innovative restoration of the great Palm House to the design of the new library and visitor buildings. The Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture will also be open. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the capital, its culture and great design. As with most of the Open House Dublin events, this event is free and on a first-come basis. The last entry of the day is 30 minutes before closing. Open House: City Hall the theme of this year’s Open House festival being learning from buildings, discover just what you can learn from the capital’s regal landmark City Hall, on 18th October. The commission for Dublin’s City Hall was awarded through an architectural competition that attracted great public interest. The design included a grand entrance rotunda covered by a wide coffered dome. It was Ireland’s first Neo-Classical building and also the first public building in Dublin to be clad in Portland stone. The building was adapted for Dublin Corporation in 1852 by Samuel Roberts and the original layout was restored in 2000 by Paul Arnold Architects. All Victorian divisions on the main floor were removed to open up the space. An architectural gem in the heart of the city, get behind the facades many of us idly pass by during this unique weekend. As with most of the Open House Dublin events, this event is free and on a first-come basis. The last entry of the day is 30 minutes before closing. Open House: Casino Marino wonderfully unique event presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation, Open House Dublin invites us to explore the interiors and architecture of the impressive Dublin buildings we usually only admire from the outside. Just one of these 100 plus free tours, events and workshops, is a visit to The Casino at Marino. The first 18th century Neo Classical building to be privately commissioned in Ireland, this deceptive building was designed as a pleasure house for the Earl of Charlemont, and is regarded as one of the finest buildings of its kind in Europe. Designed by William Chambers, The Casino, meaning small house, surprisingly contains 16 finely decorated rooms, rich in subtlety and design. As with most Open House Dublin events, people are admitted on a first-come basis. So get out and unlock the city’s secrets standing there in stone, and discover just how the capital has evolved. Open 18th October, 11am-5pm 19th October, 12pm-5pm Open 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. World Press Photo 2014 Exhibition’t miss the chance to see a fantastic showcase of the world’s best photojournalism when the World Press Photo 2014 Exhibition stops off at The chq Building, IFSC, Dublin 1, on its global tour this autumn. From 17th October to 15th November, examine the incredibly high journalistic standard on display in this annual, travelling exhibition and marvel at how it sets an inspirational and aspirational benchmark in journalism today. A veritable eyewitness record of world events from the previous year, the annual World Press Photo Contest is universally recognised as the world's leading international contest for photojournalists, setting the standard for the profession. With 103,481 pictures submitted by 5,666 photographers from 124 countries, choosing the best among them was no mean feat. The opportunity to explore this selection of thought-provoking photographs is a very special one indeed. Open Monday - Wednesday: 10.30am-6pm Thursday - Friday: 10.30am-7pm Saturday: 10am-6pm Sunday: 12noon-5pm Tickets Adults €6.50 Children/OAP €5.50 Children under 16 years go free The Beatyard celebrating it’s 10th edition, The Beatyard Festival returns from 16th - 26th October with a whopping 10 days of gigs, clubbing, expos, film, talks, workshops and a generous helping of good vibes. With the aim of bringing music, media and culture enthusiasts together so they can meet like-minded aficionados and make exciting, great discoveries; Beatyard passionately showcases the capital’s best and brightest. From the brains behind two of the city’s most beloved venues The Twisted Pepper and The Bernard Shaw, revellers will not be disappointed by the festival’s 10th outing. Taking place across vibrant city-wide venues such as Indigo & Cloth, Bernard Shaw, The Sugar Club, Whelan’s, 3Fe, Wall&Keogh, The Grand Social, The Workman’s Club, MVP and more, the stellar line-up includes: Nina Fischer and Maroan El Sani exhibition Stephen Kellog Moanments of Happiness exhibition This Greedy Pig DJs Jacques Renault The Ha’penny Flea Souleymane ‘Cobra’ Camara drumming workshop Moon Boots Shabazz Palaces Tickets €5 - €22.50 depending on the event. The Allergy & Free From Expo Allergy & Free From Expo, Ireland's only event dedicated to those suffering from allergies and/or leading a free-from lifestyle, comes to the RDS Dublin, 11th - 12th October. Devoted to allergy sufferers and those leading a gluten free, wheat free, sugar free and/or dairy free life, the expo is family oriented and brims with information, advice, seminars, cookery demonstrations, shopping and tastings. It also serves to showcase the best free-from suppliers both nationally and internationally. With free-to-attend seminars from leading experts offering the latest research and findings on allergies, coeliac disease, food intolerances and food labelling amongst others, the quality of information provided is second to none. Talks also include first-hand accounts from parents of children suffering from allergies and intolerances and detail challenges they face with normal, everyday activities. In the Kitchen Zone enjoy free cooking demonstrations, recipes and tastings from well-known chefs and nutritionists such as celebrity chef, Kevin Dundon of Dunbrody House, Eddie Eriksson of Cornucopia, whole food and vegetarian restaurant, Lorraine Fitzmaurice from Blazing Salads, and Erika Doolan, nutritionist to Rustic Stone and Fade Street Social restaurants. Free 1-2-1 Advice Clinics are also available, allowing visitors the opportunity to speak privately to experts and discuss their concerns and/or to seek answers for any pressing questions or symptoms. The Asthma Society of Ireland’s nurse specialists will be on hand to provide advice, support and information on asthma including asthma in children, allergies, management and inhaler technique. While the Irish Skin Foundation’s dermatology nurses will give advice to people who suffer from skin conditions. Anaphylaxis Ireland will also be present at the expo on their mission to support those living with severe allergies. Delivering all the answers allergy and free-from sufferers may need, while making for a great family day out, the Allergy and Free From Expo has it all under one roof. Tickets Adults €10 Concession €6 Under-12s go free. Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin Romania’s rich music, film, theatre, literature, visual arts and intellectual culture from 7th - 25th October with Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin. Created through a collaboration between London’s Romanian Cultural Institute and the Embassy of Romania in Ireland, festival-goers can enjoy this diverse programme as internationally-acclaimed artists and intellectual luminaries promote the discovery and appreciation of the country. Indulge in a festival line-up that boasts film director Stere Gulea, composer Shaun Davey and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, actors Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu, historian Adrian Cioroianu, writer Peter Hurley, poet Ioan Es. Pop, director Dieter Auner, curator Roxana Gibescu, DJ Nico de Transilvania, and the Male Choir of Sibiu University, among others. Programme Present Immemorial Free 7th October, 6pm, The National Library of Ireland Acclaimed poet Ioan Es. Pop and travel writer and cultural animator Peter Hurley read excerpts from their latest books and discuss the inexhaustible, mysterious appeal of Transylvania’s ancient ways in a conversation moderated by Stephen Collins of The Irish Times. The readings are preceded by the screening of Dieter Auner’s documentary Off the Beaten Track, an elegiac homage to the old rite of transhumance. The Sound of Afterlife €13 - €40 8th October, 8pm, The National Concert Hall As the opening event of Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin, Irish composer Shaun Davey presents his haunting exploration of one of Europe’s eeriest places, the Merry Cemetery of Sapânta, Maramures, located in one of the most unspoiled and archaic corners of Romania. A presentation by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, this performance is conducted by David Brophy. Special guests include The Male Voice Choir of Sibiu University, vocalist Rita Connolly, uilleann piper and whistle player Liam O'Flynn, solo percussionist Noel Eccles, and Members of Dun Laoghaire Choral Society. Communism as Curriculum Vitae €10 10th October, 6.30pm, Irish Film Institute Enjoy a special screening of I’m an Old Communist Hag, a bittersweet tale of survival and redemption in the most adverse times, starring legendary actress Luminita Gheorghiu (Death of Mr Lazarescu, Child’s Pose). The screening is followed by a Q&A with its veteran director Stere Gulea. The Blouse that Changed the World Free 14th - 24th October, 6pm, European Union House, 18 Dawson Street Made famous by Matisse and exalted to global fashion status by the hippie generation, the traditional Romanian blouse is the seductive conclusion of centuries of craftsmanship and chromatic imagination. The 'Maiastra – The Untold Story of the Romanian Blouse' exhibition is produced by Galateca Gallery from Bucharest, and exposes the sartorial, symbolic, and artistic connections of this iconic artefact.   Romania Revealed Free 23rd October, 6pm, Trinity Long Room Hub, Trinity College Historian, TV personality and former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Adrian Cioroianu examines the last 100 remarkable years of Romania’s past in a rollercoaster journey that starts in the trenches of the World War I and ends in the corridors of Brussels. Chaired by Dr Graeme Murdock, Director of The Centre for European Studies, Cioroianu’s 2013 documentary A Century for Romania will also be screened. Play Ionesco €14 - €16 25th October, 8pm, Project Arts Centre Experience an incredible, multi-award winning production of Eugène Ionesco’s famous play, The Chairs, with a star-studded ensemble directed by stage virtuoso Felix Alexa. A production of Bulandra Theatre Bucharest, the cast includes Oana Pellea, Razvan Vasilescu and Gabriel Spahiu. This is performed in Romanian with English subtitles. Vampirology Free 25th October, 9pm, The Mercantile, 28 Dame Street As expected from a nation that knows how to party, The Romanian Cultural Days in Dublin concludes with an extravaganza of music, imagery and delicious food and drink sampling. With entertainment from the inexhaustible diva of Balkan electro, DJ Nico de Transilvania, this event is also part of the Bram Stoker Festival. National Gallery Art & Food Social ideal evening for Italophiles, indulge in the National Gallery’s Italian-themed New Art & Foodie Social for a slice of la bella vita, on 2nd October. Enjoy a wonderful cultural evening of Italian art and food, starting with a guided tour of the gallery’s Italian Collection, followed by a taste of Italian food and a glass of wine in the Gallery Café. Dine on a variety of antipasti of Italian cured meats, olives, sundried tomatoes, tapenade, a selection of bruschetta, Italian Hunters Stew, and to finish, delicious mini Tiramisu. An accomplished trio will also play a delightful selection of Italian music from throughout the ages.   Damnation you dare brave Samuel Page’s labyrinth of of untold horrors? Damnation is 15,000 sq ft scare attraction of terrifying passages that play on your deepest fears and will be petrifying the people of Dublin at the RDS from 1st October - 2nd November. Nineteenth-century blacksmith Samuel Page worked at the RDS and was, as far as locals knew, a pleasant family man with a wife and two daughters. Samuel’s dark practices however were unbeknownst to his fellow Dubliners, until some children stumbled upon the entrance to a maze of tunnels one day just before Halloween… What the unfortunate children were said to have discovered was an array of torture chambers, rotting flesh and Page himself summoning Lucifer. Only one child made it out to reveal to the townspeople that the blacksmith was running a Satanic cult, preying on the community’s weakest, innocent members. The furious locals burned Samuel’s house to the ground with his family inside, and yet the body of the brutal blacksmith was never recovered from the burnt remains or the tunnels. Samuel is said to be a beast stuck in eternal damnation, lurking between our world and Hell itself. Disciples of Page’s cult still follow him today, as he gathers people from far and wide, will you encounter them on your journey through the labyrinth, or will you be next? Damnation is a first class scare attraction made up of grotesquely themed sections in a labyrinth of passageways designed to scare thrill-seekers and scaredy cats alike. Samuel’s disciples also lurk throughout the maze, hoping to come across a helpless victim to harvest their screams. Expect a good dose of terror, but don’t worry there are plenty of chicken doors to escape through should it all get too much. A great way to get in the Halloween spirit, Dublin's first interactive scare attraction promises a fright night like no other. A fully immersive experience featuring live actors, professionally designed sets, costume and terrifying scenes. Damnation is definitely not for the fainthearted and is suitable for ages 16 and over. Early bird, group and student tickets available. Dublin Festival of History Dublin Festival of History returns for its second outing from 26th September to 8th October with this year’s main theme being Dublin’s involvement in the First World War. A fascinating festival, it gives everyone with an interest in history the chance to discuss historical events with professional Irish and international historians, such as Alison Weir, Hew Strachan, Mary Daly and David Dickson. As well as a superb array of free lectures, this year’s festival includes a specially commissioned piece of theatre narrated by actor Bryan Murray, and a new exhibition of First World War prints at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. The festival’s main history talks take place at The Printworks Venue, Dublin Castle, which include discussions on Viking Dublin, 20th century Spain, the Warsaw Uprising, women in war, and a Poetry Aloud session that sees the Great War brought to life. Festival-goers can also take a walking tour of Georgian Dublin’s hidden histories or get expert advice from lauded Irish novelist Martina Devlin in her Historical Writing Workshop. A plethora of films, talks, workshops and more, take place in Dublin City Branch Libraries as part of the festival too. Seize this wonderful opportunity to explore our riveting past.   The Queen Still Falls to You’s relationship with monuments and public sculptures has long been complex and charged, to say the least. We’ve seen destruction, decommissioning and even the burial of some that hark back to the era of British rule. These actions continue to reinforce our belief in the unflinching power they hold. The compelling installation The Queen Still Falls to You, builds on tangible historical memory, in an intangible, spectre-riddled environment by staging a shattered and recomposed version of Queen Victoria. Echoing a tale of imperialism traced through the history of a 1908 Dublin monument of Queen Victoria, its politically informed movements are intriguing. Moved from Leinster House to the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in 1948, it was later abandoned in an Offaly reformatory school before finally being gifted to the city of Sydney as a centrepiece for its newly refurbished Queen Victoria Building. Canadian artists Hadley+Maxwell have used sheets of black wrap – a material used in theatre lighting design – to make imprints of the monument’s most communicative attributes. They have captured Victoria’s gestures, power and physical appearance and rearranged them into a symphony of shapes and shadows. Curated by Tessa Giblin, this fascinating exhibition is informed by the pairing of theatre and our delicate imperial history. Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival benchmark in the city’s festival calendar, the Dublin Theatre Festival has been a fixture in the capital’s social and cultural life since 1957. Celebrate its illustrious history with a special collection of the festival programmes, posters, photographs and more at Encore! A History of Dublin Theatre Festival, at The Little Museum of Dublin. Launched as part of An Tóstal, a tourism promotion initiative back in the 50s, the Dublin Theatre Festival has seen 55 editions over seven decades, and has always managed to mirror the changing shape of the city and the developing careers of artists and theatre companies. With a longstanding reputation for mixing celebration with provocation, the festival has continually showcased the very best of Ireland without shying away from revealing its uncomfortable truths. With artefacts from private and public collections, theatre-goers and the culturally curious will revel in this excellent exhibition. Opening on Culture Night (19th September), the exhibiton will be free of charge on this evening only, with tours on the half hour. Items on display include: Rehearsal photos featuring Liam Neeson, Mick Lally and Stephen Rea from the 1981 production of Translations by Brian Friel (Gate Theatre). The Mask that featured in Hugh Leonard’s The Mask of Moriarty (Gate Theatre, 1985). The model box from Fishamble, The New Play Company’s production of The Pride of Parnell Street (Tivoli Theatre, 2007). Script from Peter and Jim Sheridan’s production of Mobile Homes (1976, Project Arts Centre). A poster from the very first festival in 1957 for An Tóstal. Red nose from Barabbas’ production of Come Down the Mountain John Clown (1994).   Admission is €7 or free with any Dublin Theatre Festival 2014 ticket stub. Make|Shape the work of eight ceramic artists who have worked on the Design & Craft Council of Ireland’s primary schools CRAFTed programme, take the kids down to The Ark to discover just how artists come up with their wonderful ideas. Make|Shape leads you playfully through techniques, processes and explorations of clay and provides artists, children and teachers with the unique opportunity to share skills and ideas, and collaborate on new projects. Just how does an artist come up with their creative plans? This intriguing exhibit brings you on a journey through artists’ creative processes, from research, design and materials to the fun part of experimentation. Join The Ark’s investigation of clay, from rolling and shaping, marking and making to glazing and firing. Then roll up your sleeves and get making yourself. A hands-on experience that kids will relish, creative clay workshops are also available during the exhibition. Opening Hours 9th - 12th September, 10am-5pm Every Saturday from 13th September - 18th October, 10am-5pm Sunday 28th September, 12pm-5pm Castle Dracula an evening of mystery, magic, fun and fear - if you dare... at Castle Dracula, Clontarf. Right opposite the former home of the renowned author himself, Bram Stoker, visitors will be thrilled and chilled to the bone this September to November.   Tour Castle Dracula as the characters from the novel come alive to guide you, follow Renfield and Van Helsing through tunnels, over bridges, to gargoyle courtyards, a haunted library and finally to Ireland’s only graveyard theatre. In the gothic theatre enjoy fright with delight at the Incredible Vampire Show and some bone-tickling comedy performance. This unique venue also hosts fascinating memorabilia from an array of Dracula films. Learn all about the life of the acclaimed horror author, read stories, see pictures, posters, Stoker’s death certificate and even a lock of his hair, cut on this death bed by his wife Florence. A ghoulish evening for anyone with a taste for the macabre, Castle Dracula is open: Every Friday and Saturday from 5th September to 1st November. Also Thursday 16th and Sunday 26th October. This event is suitable for people 14 years and older.     The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview British artist Nathaniel Mellors’ intriguing new film work ‘The Sophisticated Neanderthal Interview’ at Temple Bar Gallery & Studios this September. Revolving around an interview between Truson, a character from an earlier Mellors work and an apparently genuine Neanderthal man, the piece is set in a large cave called E-Den, a metaphorical place representative of the shift from the hunter-gatherer mode of human existence to the more knowledge-based Neolithic way of life. Until recent discoveries, it was widely believed that Neanderthals were incapable of making art, and that the emergence of art marked a shift in consciousness toward the intelligent and creative modern human mind. The Sophisticated Neanderthal character (played by Patrick Kennedy) has been exiled from E-Den by a mysterious organisation called the Sporgo. He claims that the Sporgo control all cave art, and that that his earlier work was accepted because it was ‘more Sporgo-ey’. He smokes coloured Nat Sherman cigarettes, and is confused from drinking too much ‘ant juice’. As the action unfolds, it becomes increasingly clear that it’s the Neanderthal who is in control of the situation, as opposed to Truson, his naive interviewer. Parnell Square in Photographs the 40th anniversary of the seminal event that brought about the founding of the Irish Architectural Archive, explore the stunning collection Parnell Square in Photographs this autumn. In April 1974 a photographic exhibition entitled The Architecture of Parnell Square was held in the Exhibition Hall of Trinity College’s New Library. Organised by Dr Edward McParland of Trinity’s History of Art Department, the exhibition included text panels, portraits, measured drawings, and photographs by David Davison. All of which Desmond Guinness had commissioned as a first step in a comprehensive survey of the square. The exhibition of images revealed to an incredibly responsive public the extraordinary decorative wealth behind the severe exteriors of the Georgian square. Following the exhibition, there was no obvious place for the photos to remain on public display and no official archive for their likes to be stored in. So to fill this gap, and in effect to provide a home for the Parnell Square photographs, the invaluable Irish Architectural Archive was established. To celebrate this, the Archive is re-presenting the exquisite black and white photographs of Parnell Square taken by David Davison for the 1974 exhibition. As Edward McParland noted in 1974, the photographs “record not only the more obvious architectural beauty of the great buildings, but also the less conspicuous handiwork of our craftsmen – builders, masons, carvers, plaster and metal workers – who contributed to Dublin’s justified reputation as a great European city. Further, the photographs permanently record the appearance of part of the Dublin of the 1970s. Though we now take this for granted, we forget how remote, how difficult to recapture by other means, this appearance will be to future historians”. Don’t miss the opportunity to view these priceless documents of Georgian and 70s Dublin this September to November. Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.   The GPO: 200 Years the intriguing history behind O’Connell Street’s most prominent building at The Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2, this autumn. Maintaining an indelible association with the 1916 Rising and the events that led to the creation of Ireland’s independent state, the General Post Office (GPO) with its grand façade and Irish flag proudly aloft, always evokes a palpable sense of heroism and pride. The building's foundation stone was laid by Lord Whitworth on the 12th August 1814, who spent £60 on entertainment for the occasion, while the architect was the renowned Francis Johnston, whose considerable abilities place him in the first rank of Irish architects. Becoming a veritable communication hub for the nation, the GPO, for some, grew to represent an unacceptable manifestation of British influence in the country. Making its occupation on Easter Monday 1916, one of practical and symbolic purpose. Almost totally destroyed in Easter Week 1916, explore the captivating history and appreciate craftsmanship, grandeur and latterly added art deco features of one of the city’s most iconic structures. Natura, Natura an exhibition of brand new work in the surroundings of both the Cube space at The LAB Gallery, Foley Street and amongst the Irish Birds exhibit at the Natural History Museum, with Natura Natura. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson’s temporary residency at The Natural History Museum explores the vast diversity of species from the natural world featured in the museum's exhibitions and collections.   Developed in response to her residency and inspired by conversations with staff and time spent researching Irish wildlife, Gibson investigates our understanding and experience of nature in the dual settings of the rural and urban. A free programme of events at The LAB and The Natural History Museum accompanies this fascinating exhibition, exploring themes of art and wildlife.   Enjoy Lunchtime Conversations at The Natural History Museum on the topic of Ireland’s Changing Bird Population and Barrington’s Bird Collection.    Or trace a path between The Natural History Museum and The LAB thanks to CROW (City Right of Way), and join the hunt for urban wildlife between the venues. Artist Saidhbhín Gibson will also facilitate a family workshop at The LAB exploring the unique silhouettes of animals and architecture found throughout the city. Tickets These events are free but booking is required. 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. Children's Events at the National Museum visit to Decorative Arts & History is not just for adults - there's plenty for the kids too! From Soldiers to Scientific Instruments, and from Eileen Gray to Albert Bender, inspire and delight children with the objects and people waiting to be discovered in the National Museum. The Barracks Life Room gives children of all ages the opportunity to explore what  life was like as a solider in the 19th & 20th centuries. Try on costumes, handle objects and explore history using computer interactives. We also provide tailored tours and events for families, as well as an activity area in the Museum. The My Museum programme of events is designed to encourage families to work together, in an alternative and fun way, to learn more about the National Museum of Ireland’s collections. Every two to three weeks, a different part of the Museum’s collections is explored either through an art, drama or storytelling workshop; or through a demonstration or special guided tour. To find out more about the times and costs of tours and workshops, check out the Calendar of Events. For more tips and suggestions on Family Fun in Dublin click here Shackleton Exhibition Dun Laoghaire, Ferry Terminal The exhibition is the "Shackleton Endurance" exhibition.  It has 150 photographs and text boards telling the story of the most famous rescue in all maritime history.  The venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus The Shackleton Endurance Expedition 1914-1917 Aiming to complete the first sea-to-sea land crossing of Antarctica by foot via the South Pole, in August 1914 Shackleton and his team of 27 scientists and seamen set sail from Plymouth aboard their ship, Endurance, just after the outbreak of World War I.   They wouldn’t be heard from for nearly two years.  This compelling exhibition is the story of the men’s 22-month ordeal:  the eerie beauty of Antarctica, the sinking of their doomed ship after it became locked in pack ice and was slowly crushed, the extreme hardships the men endured as they set up camp after camp on the drifting ice, their transfer to the relative safety of Elephant Island, and the expedition’s miraculous conclusion.   That all 28 men survived their terrible adventure was a triumph of hope in the bleakest circumstances, and of faith in their leader—“The Boss”—an Irish-born doctor’s son whose achievements in polar exploration earned him a knighthood and, much later, cult status as an unparalleled role model for leadership in extreme circumstances:  optimistic, tenacious and brave. At the heart of the exhibition, accompanied by explanatory wall texts and diary excerpts from the journey, are Hurley’s dramatic black-and-white images of the expedition, some made from negatives retrieved by him from the freezing waters inside the Endurance just before she sank.  Some of Hurley’s most compelling images are of the ship’s break-up.  These are presented along with photographs of the men’s camps and their attempted march over snow and ice to reach open water.  Startling original film-footage by Hurley, enhanced by computer animation, shows Endurance as she disappeared into the Weddell Sea. A replica of the James Caird confronts visitors with the awesome challenge that Shackleton and his men faced in their rescue mission from Elephant Island, sailing an open boat across 800 miles in towering 60-ft waves and gale-force winds, with only a sextant, some charts, an unreliable chronometer and a few sightings of the sun to guide them to South Georgia.  Today their success in reaching South Georgia—and trekking 32 miles in 36 hours across its uncharted, mountainous interior to reach the whaling station on the other side—is widely recognised as maritime history’s greatest boat journey:  a miracle of navigation, resilience and seamanship.  This part of the story is illustrated beautifully by Hurley’s poignant photographs of Elephant Island, the rocky, inhospitable outcrop where the crew awaited rescue; and of the launching of the James Caird, the crossing and the rescue itself. The exhibition will run for a period of two years , the venue is the Ferry Terminal building in Dun Laoghaire beside the DART and Bus terminus      Adult: €6 Seniors/Students: €5 Family of Four: €14 Children 6-12: €3.50 Children under 6: free *special deals and concessions for groups