The Giro d'Italia touches down in Dublin this week, here's some of the best things to do while it's on
1. Take a Giro d’Italia Special Bike Tour, starting from Fade Street in Dublin, with www.seedublinbybike.ie.
2. The Modius Strip, at various locations. Artist Aaron Lawless will make a series of remakes of conceptual artist Marcel Duchamp’s Bicycle Wheel. The sculptures will be loosely chained to bike stands around the city centre at the weekend.
3. Opera in the Open, Friday May 9, at 1pm, at Dublin’s Civic Offices, Wood Quay.
No booking necessary. This opera is a tale of unrequited love, cheap wine and a furtive tear in which a naive but handsome youth employs a ‘magical elixir’ to win a feisty Italian lady’s affections
4. Dame District Event – Oxfam celebration: Dame Court/Dame Lane 5-10pm, May 10. Five hours of free outdoor live music will fill the streets with a festival vibe that brings Italy to the city. Acts include The Lunar Boys from 5-7pm, Opera singer Wayne Woodman from 7-8pm and The Fullmoon Boogie Band from 8-10pm
Dave’s Pizza will be on board with his hand made pizza. For more, see: www.damedistrict.com / email@example.com
Festivities outside the Dame Tavern on Arthur's Day.
5. The Town We Love so Well – City Bike Tales at Irish Writers Centre on Parnell Square, Dublin. Friday 1pm, May 9. Booking via: firstname.lastname@example.org
An interactive open mic event which will be hosted by illustrator Alan Clarke where bike enthusiasts and writers will merge their interests. Come as a guest or as a performer; from your own work or from another’s – poetry, prose, flash fiction, comedy, music, anything goes – as long as it’s bike related.
6. Bespoke Giro Signage, citywide, May 9 to 11. New bespoke signage will be temporarily displayed on Dublin’s streets, celebrating cycling in the city and our love of the bike.
Getting into the festive spirit in Cushendall Co-Antrim. Photo: Margaret McLaughlin
7. A Glimpse of Italy, citywide, May 9 to 11, 9.30am – 5pm. Self guided tour
Discover the Italian connections in Dublin's galleries and museums. Highlights include the Italian masters in the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin City’s Hugh Lane Gallery, Collins Barracks, The National Library of Ireland and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. Guide booklets available from museums directly
8. Free ‘Story Map’ tour, from Kilmainham Gaol at 3pm on May 9-11. Duration: 90mins. Bring your own bike, helmet and refreshments. To register: https://www.facebook.com/storymap.ie
9. Le Cool Rides: Team Le Cool’s bespoke cycle tours of Dublin City. Taking in exhibitions, stopping for coffee and tastings. An experiential and community-driven bike tour. To register, see: http://lecool.com/dublin/en/page/le%20cool%20experience
Grand Canal Dock, 2pm May 9, The Botanic Gardens, 2pm May 10, Portobello, 2pm May 11.
10. Words and Wheels at City Hall, Wood Quay and the Convention Centre. After dusk, May 9-11. Iconic bike themed quotes will be projected on “Pinked” buildings in the city.
11. Film Festival at Meeting House Square
Booking via: www.entertainment.ie . Saturday 10th May, 10pm – ‘The Bicycle Thieves’, also known as ‘The Bicycle Thief’. The 1948 story of a poor father searching post-World War II Rome for his stolen bicycle, without which he will lose the job which was to be the salvation of his young family. Sunday 11th May, 10pm – ‘Breaking Away’, American coming of age comedy-drama film.
12. Bealtaine: Phoenix Park – (The Shelter at the People's Flower Gardens) May 10, 2-4pm. Register via: http://bealtaine.com/want-be-part-bealtaine-bicycle-gang-giro
A new performance by people who are over 50. Working with artist James Ó hAodha, a group of participants with come together to explore the ins and outs of 'being a gang' thorough a series of creative workshops. The gang will be 'cruising', 'joyriding' and 'loitering' throughout the park's open spaces.
13. One4all Women On Wheels Giro Cycle with Oxfam: Merrion Square, 8.30am, May 10. Register via: http://www.oxfamireland.org/getinvolved/giro
Oxfam and One4all are calling on women all over Ireland to get on their bikes on Saturday May 10, for the One4all Women on Wheels Giro Cycle for Oxfam – Ireland’s first female only cycle for charity - which runs along the final leg of the official Giro route. The 22km fun cycle in aid of Oxfam Ireland takes place on a section of the Stage 3 route – a loop from Dublin’s Merrion Square to Bull Island, Clontarf and back – the day before the world’s greatest cyclists race.
14. Borza Tours: May 10:
Treasures of Italy: National Gallery, 10am. Sights of Italy: Hibernian Club Street, Stephens Green, 1pm. Taste Of Italy: Wallace (Italian Quarter, Millennium Quarter), 4pm. Booking via: http://www.eventbrite.ie/o/giro-ditalia-tours-with-pace-borza-in-association-with-dublin-city-council-6430410977?s=24240241
15. Family Fun Zones: Grand Canal Dock and George’s Dock , May 11. Merrion Square, May 10 and 11.
'Pinked' sheep invading the north Antrim coast for the Giro D'Italia International Cycle