Ten free things to do on Culture Night 2015
THERE are hundreds of free events taking place around the country to mark Culture Night 2015 on Friday.
The full list and listings for your local area can be checked by clicking here.
Here is a selection of ten events from around the country:
DUBLIN: Glasnevin Cemetery Tour
Glasnevin Cemetery Museum opens free of charge for Culture Night from 5.00pm-9.00pm. Explore the award winning interactive museum exhibition and experience an exclusive tour of the crypt of Cemetery founder and Catholic Emancipator Daniel O’Connell, which lies beneath the iconic O’Connell Tower.
The tours will start at the Museum reception at 5.30, 6.00, 6.30 and 7.00.
Each tour lasts twenty minutes.
Booking for the crypt tours is essential, you can book here.
GALWAY: Wild Atlantic Way Walk
This tour will take in part of the Wild Atlantic Way which will run from the Spanish Arch to the Salthill Aquarium and will take in the important locations along this magnificent location.
WICKLOW: A meeting with Kevin
An interesting and gentle walk through the monastic city of Glendalough by poet and storyteller Martin Swords. The walk will cover the history of Glendalough, legends of Saint Kevin, folklore in the valley, daily life in the monastic city and more.
DUBLIN: Jeanie Johnston
Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston and get a sense of the experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic in tall ships, seeking survival and hope in the “New World”.
The original Jeanie Johnston made 16 emigrant journeys to North America between 1847 and 1855, carrying over 2,500 people with no loss of life.
Self-guided tours of the ship will run from 6pm to 11pm and will enable you to learn about the true stories of the emigrants that travelled on the ship and discover what made this the most famous famine ship ever.
CORK: CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory
Science research showcases on the exhibit floor 6 – 10pm (last entry 9.30pm)
Cork Skeptics’ Colm Ryan presents “The 15 Minute Baloney Detection Kit”: Homeopathy, UFO’s, Ghosts, Miracles (6 – 10pm, last entry 9.30pm). The audience will enjoy short presentations on how you can employ a skeptical approach to help you sniff out incorrect or suspect claims. Do ghosts exist? Have we been visited by aliens? Are vaccines dangerous? Was the world created 6,000 years ago? Can vitamins cure the common cold? Every day we are bombarded by strange and weird claims. How do we distinguish what is real and what is fantasy?
Cork Astronomy Club will, weather permitting, guide visitors in stargazing at nightfall in the courtyard (LIMITED CAPACITY, rain or clouds mean it will not take place). 8-10pm.
KILKENNY: Kilkenny Castle
To celebrate Culture Night, Kilkenny Castle will be open free of charge from 5.30p.m to 8.45p.m. The self-guided visit of the Butler Family ancestral home will let you experience Castle life in the Victorian age.
Parts of the Castle may not be suitable for people with limited mobility.
DUBLIN: Christ Church Cathedral
Experience historic tours of the cathedral and its surroundings, music and much more at Dublin’s most historic building. Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval 12th Century Crypt, where they are also offering storytelling for children from the Nightmare Club. On the night they will host a silent film screening which will be accompanied by the Christ Church Cathedral Assistant Organist, David Bremner. Outside, they will have Irish Village Markets who will have a host of gourmet food stalls and some live music to keep you entertained.
Culture Night Schedule
6.00pm: Doors Open
6pm-9pm: Storytelling for children in the crypt
6.30pm: Guided Tour
7.00pm: Music Recital
7.30pm: Recital by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral
8.00pm: Silent Movie Screening with Musical Accompaniment by Composer David Bremner
8.45pm: Guided Medieval Tour with Daire Daly
WEXFORD: National Opera House
Wexford Light Opera Society is one Ireland’s oldest Musical Societies having celebrated its centenary in 2011. The Society stages an annual show in what is now the National Opera House, Wexford and also a production of “Hits from the Musicals” during the Festival Opera.
BELFAST: Random Acts of Science
W5 is the only science discovery centre in Northern Ireland, located in the Odyssey in Belfast. Join members of the W5 science demonstration team as they show you some of their favourite science experiments – we will need some volunteers!
DUBLIN: Freemasons’ Hall
Visit the esoterically styled meeting rooms of this Victorian Hall – the purpose-built headquarters of the Freemasons in Ireland. Hear the sounds of some of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland from 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. The tour will be self guided but our staff will be available to direct you and to answer any questions you may have.