All EventsBloom In The Parkhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bloom_In_The_ParkBloom 2014 is taking place in the Phoenix Park Dublin over the June bank holiday weekend, from Thursday 29th May until Monday 2nd June 2014. Bloom 2013 was the 7th year of the event and continues to attract thousands upon thousands of people every year. Bloom 2013 attracted over 110,000 to the 70 acre site at the Visitor's Centre in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. To get a flavour of what Bloom 2013 had to offer see the day by day video highlights. This website also gives you a look at the spectacular showgardens that were built by the highly skilled showgarden designers, early bird tickets will be available to purchase in early 2014. View the video section for an overview of Bloom in recent years. With something for everyone and fun for all the family visitors to Bloom will enjoy cookery and craft demonstrations, free gardening advice from the experts, Irish food produce, live entertainment and gardening workshops. Kids attend Bloom for free!   Riverdance 20th Anniversary Tourhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Riverdance_20th_Anniversary_TourOf all the preformances to emerge from Ireland- In rock music theatre and film - nothing has carried the energy, the sensuality and the spectacle of Riverdance.  20 years ago in May 1994 Riverdance was first performed as the interval act in the Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin before being developed into a full length stage show. With its fusion of Irish and International music and dance, the show broke all box office records during its world première run in Dublin in the reaction was unprecedented, with the original 10 performances being increased to 151 in subsequent months. There followed a hugely successful tour to New York, Belfast and Cork. Since then, it has packed theatres throughout North America, Oceania, Asia, Europe, South Africa and most recently South America. Riverdance has up to three companies on the road at any one time. All of the touring companies are named after Irish rivers and 2014 sees theLiffey Company touring throughout Europe including a major returntour throughout the UK, the Foyle Company perform in Dublin’s Gaiety Theatre for the successive 11th year, while the Moy Company embarks on a ground breaking 60 city tour of China. With music and lyrics by Bill Whelan, produced by Moya Doherty and directed by John McColgan, Riverdance is the development of an original idea by Moya Doherty, which was initially performed at the Eurovision Song Contest held in Dublin in April 1994 as a seven-minute interval act.It is an innovative and exciting blend of dance, music and song. Drawing on Irish traditions, the combined talents of the performers propel Irish dancing and music into the present day, capturing the imagination of audiences across all ages and cultures. Each of the companies consists of up to 55 cast and crew members, with the remarkable Riverdance Irish Dance Troupe, the cream of Irish musicians in the Riverdance Band and a spectacular array of talent from Spain and America, performing to the magic of Bill Whelan’s music.The wave of public enthusiasm is not only reflected by show attendances but by massive commercial success as demonstrated in phenomenal sales of the DVD, video and CD. Price: €20.00 - €55.00 Booking: www.gaietytheatre.ie     Vodafone Comedy Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/VodafoneComedyFestivalDara O Briain, Russell Howard, Jason Byrne & Jason Manford feature as part of an astonishing line-up of 85 comedians who will perform in four fully seated, indoor theatres in the spectacular Iveagh Gardens, Dublin with 20,000 people expected to attend over the four days. 2014’s line-up sees the largest contingent of international talent ever to come to the Iveagh Gardens including South African sensation Trevor Noah, New Zealand’s Rhys Darby, best known for playing the band manager character in Flight of the Conchords, Canadian one-line specialist Stewart Francis and his compatriots Bobby Mair & Katherine Ryan and Denmark’s Sofie Hagen who won this year’s Chortle Best Newcomer Award. We also have our biggest number of American acts including Chappelle’s Show co-creator Neal Brennan, best-selling author & Chelsea Lately panellist Jen Kirkman and the inimitable Pajama Men who’ve won awards all over the world. The awesome black-hearted joke-slinger Anthony Jeselnik also returns along with Rory Scovel and the Bitter Buddha himself Mr Eddie Pepitone. This year’s UK contingent includes TV stars Russell Howard, Jason Manford, Al Murray, Milton Jones and Gary Delaney as well as Scotland’s Daniel Sloss and the Xtra Factor’s Matt Richardson. This year’s line-up features many of the giants of Irish comedy including Dara O’Briain, making his festival debut, David O’Doherty, Jason Byrne, Maeve Higgins (who makes a welcome return from her new home in New York), Ed Byrne and stars of Irish TV and radio such as PJ Gallagher, David McSavage, Barry Murphy, Eleanor Tiernan, Kevin McGahern, Fred Cooke and Bernard O’Shea. The Iveagh Gardens is the perfect location for the Vodafone Comedy Festival, a beautiful hidden sanctuary in the heart of Dublin City. It’s a unique place to hang out, watch some great comedy, and enjoy food and drinks with friends while checking out the colourful array of side-shows, street performers and live music. Festival favourite Milton Jones describes the event as “An annual theme park of laughter in the middle of Dublin, and a rare opportunity to laugh loudly and drink in the park without someone calling the police!” Tickets are sold on a show-by-show basis and the festival is a strictly over 18s event. Dublin City Soul Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_City_Soul_Festival_2014For operational reasons the 8th annual Dublin City Soul Festival dates for 2014 have changed to 26th & 27th of July 2014. Further details will be announced in the coming weeks. Watch this space! ‘Dublin City Soul Festival'  is a celebration of peace, unity & love‘ is Ireland’s feel-good festival, a unique annual celebration. Last years Dublin City Soul Festival featured loads of exciting events to choose from and what’s more most of them were FREE for you to enjoy because as the old saying goes…”the best things in life are free”  Favourites included: The Soul Picnic - a little piece of magic in association with Dublin City Council. Enjoy the world’s best music concert in a picnic style starring an exciting line-up of amazing local, national and international artists. Much more than a music event, enjoy tasty treats and BBQ food from our picnic vendors. Entry is free, but don’t forget to make a donation. Love the City Music Trail- Mosey along the Dublin streets, moving from venue to venue checking out all the fantastic entertainment on offer or find your favourite venue, band or DJ and get comfy. Savour a relaxing beverage in a quaint bar or cafe while enjoying an acoustic set from one of our solo artists or duets, then stroll a little further down the road and submerge yourself in a full on musical experience that will guarantee to have you out on the floor shaking your tail feather! (Warning: comfortable dancing shoes required) As you make your way along the friendly Dublin streets you’ll be amazed by the exciting on-street entertainment from our Soul Festival buskers and street artists! See also: www.dublincitysoulfestival.com The Art of the Song: David Bowiehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/TheArtoftheSong_DavidBowieIf you know your Ziggy Stardusts from your Aladdin Sanes, then a night celebrating the master of modern music David Bowie, is for you. With a stellar line-up paying tribute to Bowie's work, including Lisa Hannigan, Jape, Duke Special and Adrian Crowley, fans and newcomers to the Thin White Duke will not be disappointed. Growing out of the National Concert Hall's in-house Artist Writing Space project, this occasional series sees the best of Ireland's emerging and established musicians perform in homage to the greats of modern music. With a backing band comprised of some of the country's most innovative musicians, including Ross Turner (I am the Cosmos, Lisa Hannigan, Jape), Glenn Keating (Jape, Somadrone, The Redneck Manifesto), Rian Trench (Solar Bears), Donal Gunne (Túcan), Caoimhin Ó Raghallaigh (The Gloaming, This is How We Fly), and Seán Mac Erlaine (This is How We Fly); audiences will relish this one-off opportunity to appreciate live the complexity and creativity of Bowie's decades-spanning work. Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Showhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Horse_ShowThere's something for everyone at the 141st Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, taking place from the Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th of August 2014.  From Live Music and Entertainment, award winning Crafts and Art Exhibitions, Children’s Entertainment, Fashion, Shopping Village with 300 stands, Restaurants, Bars and Snacks to the best in National and International  show jumping, you won’t want to miss it. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is one of Ireland's biggest annual sporting and social events which attracts 100,000 visitors both domestic and foreign!  The ever popular Kids' Zone will be packed full of entertainment including pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, Billy Bubbles and magic shows.  The Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day on Thursday, August 7, promises lots of glamour with fantastic prizes for the ‘Best-dressed Lady’, ‘Most Colourful Outfit’, ‘Most Creative Hat’ and ‘Elegance is an Attitude’, and for fashion conscious males there’s also a prize for ‘Best-dressed Man’. With over €940,000 in prize money to be won, visitors can enjoy top class national and international show jumping competitions including the Longines International Grand Prix, the Land Rover Puissance and the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup™ presented by Longines.   Visit www.dublinhorseshow.com for further information tickets on sale now! Classic Encounter NFL: UCF v Penn Statehttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Classic_Encounter_University_of_Florida_v_Penn_State University of Central Florida (UCF Knights) face Penn State in their 2014 Season opener in GAA HQ on the 30th August 2014. Ireland of course has its own vibrant American Football scene. The IAFL, under the remit of the Irish American Football Association (IAFA) plays adult, full contact American football using NCAA rules – those used in major college football in the USA. Coach O’Leary has the Knights playing at their highest level ever. He took over the program ten years ago and has rebuilt it from the ground up. The Knights’ two signature victories of the season past were against previously undefeated and #8 ranked Louisville, which followed on the heels of their win in Beaver Stadium in September over the Penn State Nittany Lions. UCF (Knights) and Penn State will open their 2014 campaigns August 30 when they meet in the inaugural Croke Park Classic in Dublin, led by two of the most highly regarded college coaches. George O’Leary and Bill O’Brien have previously worked on the same staff at Georgia Tech. It’s shaping up to be a great battle of these two giants of American College Football this August. It will be be the first time that UCF and Penn State have played outside the United States guaranteed to bring huge fanfare and significant travelling support. Croke Park Stadium has been at the heart of Irish sporting life for over a hundred years. Boasting a capacity for 82,300 people, the stadium is the home of Gaelic games and the headquarters of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). Tickets available from: www.ticketmaster.ie Dublin Festival Seasonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Festival_SeasonWho knows what giddy suprises will be in store this year so pop a big reminder in your diary for September and October for the return of Dublin Festival Season. It is no secret that Dubliners love to party. Dublin’s unique spirit of fun and entertainment is evident in the many festivals and events organised throughout the year. Dublin unleashes an explosion of festivals with ‘Dublin Festival Season’ kicking off in early September and running until the end of October. With festivals and events celebrating everything from arts, architecture, music, film, to food, Guinness and beer, fashion, sport theatre and literature; autumn presents the perfect opportunity to visit this vibrant city of culture. The many festivals you can catch during Dublin Festival Season: Mountains to Sea DLR Book Festival Dublin Fashion Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festival Oktoberfest Culture Night Dublin Theatre Festival Hard Working Class Heroes Open House Dublin Bram Stoker Festival Tiger Dublin Fringe Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Fringe_FestivalTiger Dublin Fringe Festival is a curated, multi-disciplinary festival and year-round organisation focusing on new and innovative approaches to the arts. Dublin Fringe Festival supports the development and presentation of new work by Irish and International artists of vision, nurturing artistic ambition and excellence across a range of art forms. An active curator, Dublin Fringe Festival provides an environment in which participating artists challenge, subvert and invigorate their disciplines and practice. Dublin Fringe Festival provides context for new work and demands audience engagement and dialogue. The scale and environment of the festival broadens arts participation, playing a vital role in the fabric of Dublin and Irish cultural life. For 18 days the festival transforms Dublin into an exposé of great creative talent from around the globe. It is a platform for the best new, emerging Irish arts companies and a showcase for the best contemporary theatre and dance shows touring internationally. For artists, the Fringe facilitates an opportunity to innovate, to cross disciplines and boundaries and to find new ways and places to create work. Dublin Fringe, unlike many Fringes internationally, is a wholly curated festival seeking innovative and daring work that impacts, moves and invigorates its audience. See www.fringefest.com for more information on this years programme. Oktoberfesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/OktoberfestVenue: Georges Dock, IFSC Get set to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival! The original Oktoberfest will come from Germany to Dublin, giving Irish people the chance to experience the authentic Oktoberfest festival. A marquee - representative of that in the Oktoberfest in Munich - and German markets, as well as 24 authentic Oktoberfest barmaids will descend on Georges Dock for some German fun, food and entertainment and authentic Bavarian beer. The traditional German market will feature over thirty German speciality food producers and German traders, who are all travelling to Dublin for the Oktoberfest. Visitors will be introduced to the very best of Bavarian food and specialities from sausages, meat, pastries, Käsespätzle (cheese noodles) to mountain cheese and ginger bread hearts. Alongside the many surprising foods on offer, visitors will have the opportunity to experience a truly authentic Bavarian style wheat beer. Learn to sing a yodel or dance a polka, as traditional Bavarian musicians, Die Alpen-show, will also play throughout the 18 day event. Click here for more information Culture Nighthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Culture_Night_2014Come and enjoy a late FREE night of culture for all the family! For one night only the city’s museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists studios, cultural centres and more, will open their doors late for a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure. Hundreds of talks, tours, performances and events for you, your family and friends to participate in and enjoy. Join the thousands who will be staying up late for culture! On Culture Night locals and visitors across the island of Ireland will enjoy the unique experience of Culture Night, a free night of entertainment, discovery and adventure taking place in a record 28 towns, cities, counties and islands in Ireland. Museums, galleries, churches, historic houses, artists’ studios and cultural centres will open their doors late into the evening welcoming people of all ages to taste and sample their cultural delights for free on the evening. Bring the children, catch up with friends, meet new people, participate, interact and experience the exhilaration of free entry, live performances, workshops, tours, talks, drama, dance and a whole range of other creative activities for free! Culture Night brings together a very unique and diverse audience who all share a desire to explore and enjoy culture. And remember, everything that’s open on Culture Night will be there when you visit the next time, and the next time...so why not make a habit of it!   Dublin Theatre Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_Theatre_Festival_2014Established in 1957, Dublin Theatre Festival is an annual event that brings together artists, theatre-makers and audiences from Ireland and around the world. The festival currently takes place over 18 days from the final Thursday in September to the second Saturday in October .  At the heart of the festival is the city of Dublin – its people and its stories – and a commitment to contributing to the vibrant social and cultural life of our capital. The spirit of the festival lies in the people who engage with us as dedicated friends or curious spectators, and we welcome and value the participation of all our artists, audiences and guests. We aim to present a festival that captures the imagination of Dublin’s citizens and nurtures a sense of connection and community in the city.                 Throughout the festival performances take place in venues and locations across the city. Our programme incorporates theatre, music, dance and family events as well as artist talks, public discussions and artist development programmes.  We present classic drama by celebrated companies and artists alongside work by exciting, emerging theatre-makers from home and abroad.                                                                                                                                                                                     Hard Working Class Heroeshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Hard_Working_Clas_HeroesHard Working Class Heroes is a music festival with a difference. No porta-loos, no leaky tents and no trying to watch your favourite band through a sheet of bone-chilling rain. Last year saw the inclusion of HWCH Digital to the festival, an initiative that aims to give support to creative tech start-up companies. With the launch of HWCH Digital ticket holders were able to avail of convention panels and creative technology sessions adding a bonus element to the already jam packed festival. Need to be convinced of the credentials of this festival? Recent alumni include The Strypes, Villagers and Fionn Regan. Highlilghts from last year’s crop of exciting new talent included Daithí: the fiddle-house fusion boy wonder, Choice Music Prize nominees: Tieranniesaur, who brought their own blend of indie disco pop to the table, and Hozier who exploded onto the scene this year and managed to pack out The Button Factory for his stellar set. If you take pleasure from boasting about seeing an act 'before they were famous,' then this is the festival for you. Open Househttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Open_House_2014The 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. Bram Stoker Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Bram_Stoker_FestivalThis October Bank Holiday weekend Dublin City will celebrate all things ghoulish for the Bram Stoker Festival, running Friday 24th – Monday 27th October, 2014 Taking the legacy of Dublin horror novelist Bram Stoker and his gothic novel 'Dracula’ as inspiration, the festival, spread across Dublin city centre, will celebrate all things macabre, strange, supernatural mixed with some good-old fashioned Halloween fun. The streets will come alive with free pop-up performances of spine-chilling street theatre and sinister sounds, a city-wide Vampire Hunt for families and friends, spooky movies in the open-air, blood curdling literary happenings, terrifying theatre, walks & talks, and a very special event will take place in the spectacular surrounds of Dublin Castle. Working alongside both the leading institutions and the talented local independent artists and innovators of the city the festival also presents ‘Culture Bites’ - the Festival’s programme of cultural events ranging from the iconic to the bizarre to the spectacular! With events taking place in churches, castles, libraries, galleries, streets, cinemas, and squares and a strong mix of film & literature, music, installations, feasts, theatre, pop-up events, animation, history, talks & walks, there’s something for everyone to get their teeth into at this year’s Bram Stoker Festival.   Dublin Marathonhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dublin_MarathonDublin 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.  Three NYE Dublin Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/NYE_DublinThree NYE Dublin, the ultimate gathering boasts an exhilarating four day schedule kicking off on the 29th December, running right through to January 1st. Four days of festivities in Dublin….the Countdown is on!Gather together in the heart of Dublin for the biggest New Year’s Eve celebration the city has ever seen. The NYE Countdown Concert will feature top live music to ring in the New Year. Throughout the evening sample the delicious taste of Dublin’s food and drink at the festival village.  Programme of events to be confirmed   Temple Bar TradFesthttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Temple_Bar_TradFestThe Temple Bar TradFest began in 2005. Prior to this Dublin City had been lacking a festival which celebrated Traditional Irish Music and Culture for over 20 years.  A voluntary membership based organization, Temple Bar Company, which is made up of business, cultural organizations and services in the Temple Bar area came together to start the Temple Bar TradFest . Since that time the festival has continued to grow in size, recognition and quality. The Temple Bar TradFest has gained a reputation as the one of the biggest and best traditional Irish music and culture festivals in Ireland. It is now a firm fixture on the National and International festival calendar attracting national and international visitors. The festival takes place over 5 days and 5 nights with over 200 events. The festival has been recognised for its contribution to Irish traditional music and culture with several awards including Best Traditional Music Festival in the 2008 and 2009 Festival Awards. Numerous iconic venues are used to host concerts featuring talented and beloved musicians from Ireland (and further afield) such as The Dubliners, Clannad, Moya Brennan, Sharon Shannon, Maura O’Connell, Altan. These venues include St. Patrick’s Cathedral, St Werburgh’s Church, St Michan’s Church, Dublin’s City Hall, The New Theatre and the Button Factory. It is an important part of the festival to support upcoming Irish talent, each year we host IMRO showcase and give upcoming bands the opportunity to partake in headline concerts. Our family programme features a Children’s Hub in the Ark, outdoor stages with free music, street performers, Irish dancers, pipe bands, outdoor markets, film screenings, exhibitions and much, much more. We also have a Music Trail with Irish musicians performing throughout the pubs of Temple Bar. The Temple Bar TradFest is organised and project managed by the Temple Bar Company, a non-profit venture. We pump every cent into presenting musicians and performances of the highest calibre at the lowest feasible ticket price, thus opening up the festival to as broad an audience as possible   Visit www.templebartrad.com for the full programme and ticket information. Jameson Dublin International Film Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/The_Jameson_Dublin_International_Film_Festival_2014Established in 2003, The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival (JDIFF) has fast become Ireland's premier feature film festival and takes place in Ireland's capital city over the course of eleven days and nights each February. JDIFF continues its commitment to celebrating film as an art form by presenting over 120 films from the four corners of the globe to the Irish Audience. The festival is a citywide event that takes place in all of the Dublin City Centre Cinemas including Cineworld, The Savoy, Screen, Irish Film Institute and Light House Cinema in Smithfield. The majority of films shown at the film festival are Irish premieres, and for some of the films shown, the festival represents the only public screening that will take place in Ireland. Since its inauguration the festival has prided itself on creating a unique forum of exchange between the public and the filmmaking community through hosting a whole range of events that allow the public to interact with filmmakers in the form of public interviews, panel discussions and Q&A sessions. Over the years an array of film talent has joined in with the celebration including Daniel Day Lewis, Gabriel Byrne, Jim Sheridan, Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Charlize Theron, Colin Firth and Liam Neeson, among others, all of whom have graced the JDIFF red carpet. Audiences and industry members have been delighted to meet a widely diverse range of luminaries and gain insights in to every area of the film world including perspectives from directors, producers, screenwriters and critics such as Mike Leigh, John Sayles, Quentin Tarantino, Martin Mc Donagh, Jeremy Thomas, Wim Wenders, Neil Gaiman, Jan Troell, Sarah Polley, Frederic Raphael and Todd McCarthy among many others. Irish Film Talent is celebrated as an integral part of the JDIFF programme each year by presenting Irish film in all its guises from archival, to documentary, to the very latest Irish feature films from first time film directors. In 2008 the festival inaugurated The Irish Talent Spotlight in order to profile exceptional new and established talent working in all areas of the Irish Film Industry. Ken Wardrop (Writer/Director), Margo Harkin (Producer), Tim Fleming (Director of Photography), Cartoon Saloon (Irish Animation Company) and Margeret Corkery (Writer/Director) have all been honoured as part of this initiative. Each year the Jameson Dublin International Film Festival presents The Volta Awards to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions to the world of film. Named for Ireland's first dedicated cinema, the Volta Picture Theatre on Mary Street in Dublin, recipients of The Volta have included Gabriel Byrne, Daniel Day Lewis, Consolata Boyle, George Morrison, Paolo Sorrentino and Thierry Fremaux. For more information click here Ireland v France - RBS Six Nations Rugby 2015http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ireland_v_France_RBS_Six_Nations_Rugby_FixtureIreland 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. Dine in Dublin Restaurant Weekhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Dine_in_Dublin_in_FebruaryDine in Dublin, the bi-annual event, celebrates the fantastic food offering in Dublin’s city centre. The week-long event promotes city centre dining and showcases offerings of city centre eateries through fantastic value meals, specials offers, and great events. The Dine in Dublin experience is not just about ‘dining’ but also about getting out and ‘doing’, so whether diners are passionate about food or simply want a new experience, Dine in Dublin has something to suit every palate. In the past, restaurants have served mouth-watering menus including a starter, main course and dessert which included a 20% saving off regular á la carte menus. Diners can expect similar offers again this time with additional offers and events from both bars and cafés.  This year’s Dine in Dublin brings together a unique mix of demonstrations, competitions, prosecco evenings, wine-tastings, trad sessions, belly dancing events, and much more.   Ireland v England - RBS Six Nations Rugby 2015http://www.visitdublin.com/event/Ireland_v_England_RBS_Six_Nations_Rugby_Fixture 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. St. Patrick's Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/St_Patricks_Festival4 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   All-Ireland Senior Club Championship Finalshttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/All_Ireland_Club_Championship_FinalTaking 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.   Offsethttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Offset_Grand_Canal_TheatreDates TBC Originally an initiative of The Small Print when it begun in early 2009, in only 5 years OFFSET has become one of the world’s most important creative events. Hosting a weekend of presentations, interviews, panel discussions and debates with the very best of Irish and International designers, animators, illustrators, advertisers, artists, photographers and more live on stage. They speak about their work, ideas and inspirations and give incredible insights into their practices and personal perspectives. Independently founded and run, OFFSET has grown from 450 to 2000 delegates in its latest edition.  Each year OFFSET attracts visitors from across the globe to attend the 3-day conference and last year delegates made their creative pilgrimage from the UK, Europe, USA, Asia and as far as Australia. There are no VIP areaS and no green rooms at OFFSET, the space is a democratic one facilitating both speakers and attendees and allowing both to mingle freely and settle in for three days of inspiration. The intimate surroundings of the Second Room allows delegates to get a little closer to some of the legendary speakers, who will give interviews, contribute to debates and take part in group discussions on the topics that are at the heart of the creative agenda. Franco-Irish Literary Festivalhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Franco_Irish_Literary_FestivalDates 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! Great Ireland Runhttp://www.visitdublin.com/event/Great_Ireland_RunIn 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. 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