Gigs, jiggs and laughs aplenty at Culture Night
Thousands spilled onto streets around the country yesterday to embrace a jam-packed night of culture.
Each county embraced Culture Night in its own way. There was comedy in Cork, gigs in Galway and dancing in Donegal.
In Wexford, a large crowd flocked to the Harvest Moon celebration at Hook Head Lighthouse.
St Anne's Square in Belfast brought high-flying, hard-hitting action to the streets, compliments of Pro Wrestling Ulster.
Culture Night even stretched as far as Inishbofin, off the coast of Connemara. The island saw local musicians pay tribute to its rich culture.
The capital was awash with colour and excitement with more than 600 diverse events throughout the night.
Many museums, galleries and cultural attractions across the city opened their doors for free.
Dublin Castle hosted a very impressive open-air concert with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra, with not a drop of rain or autumnal chill to spoil people's moods and an aerial ballet company scaled buildings on Dame Street.
Culture Minister Heather Humphreys told the Irish Independent: "More and more people are now getting involved and are opening their doors and putting on wonderful shows and events."
Actor Cillian Murphy was spotted strolling past the queue for the Freemasons' Hall on Molesworth Street - another attraction open to visitors for one night only. "It's great to see so many people out," he said. "There is enough culture in Dublin if people get out and see it."
Outside Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street artists were took requests from children to draw whatever their imaginations could conjure up.
Nessa Hogan, from Maynooth, Co Kildare, brought her daughters to the capital for the event she said she would never miss.