Things to do in Dublin this week (16-12-13 – 22-12-13)

Ho, ho, ho, Merry Christmas! Well, almost. This week will bring us to the 22nd, and we’ll all be running around like mad people, but there should still be time for a couple of events around the city, and there’s a few gems to choose from. There’s a number of good Irish bands returning to play these shores, including the Villagers, Bell X1, Jerry Fish etc. There’s also a large variety of Christmas movies and a few fun sounding Christmas plays!


historyHistory starts at the Project Arts Centre and Mirror, Mirror off the wall at the New Theatre.

The Abbey – Previews of The Risen People continues until Feb 1st.

The Gate – Previews of Pride and Prejudice continues until Jan 18th.

History and Pony Pants start at the Project Arts Centre.

It’s quiet at Smock Alley.

No Smoke without Fire is at the Viking Theatre in Clontarf, until Dec 21st. 

Mirror, Mirror, Off the Wall is at the New Theatre until Dec 21st.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Gaiety Theatre.

Red Riding Hood is at the Civic Theatre (from Dec 23rd)

The Yule Tide Tales – (a cycle of new plays based on classic Christmas tales, set against the backdrop of a modern day Dublin) is at Theatre Upstairs from Dec 3rd to 21st.

Orson Welles’ Christmas Carol: A Live Radio Play – Is at the Powerscourt Theeatre (Dec 20th to 22nd). Tickets and info here


gizmo with a santa hat

Christmas Crackers at the IFI with Its a Wonderful Life, Gremlins AND Trading Places (wow!)

Bruce Dern season at the IFI, with Nebraska and The King of Marvin Gardens this week.

Naught or Nice season at the Lighthouse has It’s a Wonderful Life, Gremlins, Bad Santa, Little Women etc.

Scrooged is on the 16th and Die Hard on the 19th – Sugar Club



This is the week of the home coming, where a lot of the bigger Irish bands play around Dublin, which is always a treat.

Mon 16 Dec

Christy Moore – Vicar Street

Young Woods – Grand Social

Tue 17 Dec

Josh Ritter – Pavillion, Dun Laoghaire

Villagers – Vicar Street

Tenacious D – The Academy

The Line-Up – The Sugar Club

James Walsh – The Workman’s Club

Wed 18 Dec

Villagers – Vicar Street

The Game – The Academy

Windings – The Button Factory

The Soulful – The Sugar Club

Kila – Whelan’s

Caruso – Odessa

Thu 19 Dec

Jack Lukeman – The Unitarian Church

Tiesto and Calvin Harris – The O2

Richard Buckner – Whelans

Damo Suzuki – The Workman’s Club

Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Whelan’s

Fri 20 Dec

Bell X1 – Vicar Street

Fight Like Apes – Whelans

The Beat – The Academy

The Goods vs Soulpower – The Button Factory

Gangs – The Grand Social

Ultan Conlon – Chancery Lane Theatre

Clouds – The Academy 2

Sat 21 Dec

Bell X1 – Vicar Street

Delorentos – The Unitarian Church

Allusive – The Academy 2

Fresh Ré – The Academy 2

Daithí – The Academy

The Swing Cats – The Button Factory

Delorentos – Whelan’s

I Am the Cosmos – The Twisted Pepper

Big September – The Academy

Morrissey & Marshall – The Workman’s Club

Pia Dunne and The Eleusians – Whelans

Kodakid – Gypsy Rose

Sun 22 Dec

Christy Moore – Vicar Street

The Dublin Blues Cartel – Whelans

Kammerpop – Whelans

Jerry Fish – Whelans

McMahon – The Workmans Club

Talks/ Lectures

Banter: Review of the year – Eamon Dunphy, Aine Lawlor, Alison Curtis and Ciaran Walsh.Monday December 16, 6.30pm (doors open 6pm), Twisted Pepper, Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1.

The Theatre of Memory Symposium is at the Abbey – 16th – 18th Dec

Man, Woman and Child ConcertNational Library of Ireland – 18th Dec, Lecture on the 19th.

A quiet week at the Science Gallery

Christmas Carrols on the square – Merrion Square – Mon 16th



IMMA – Leonora Carrington: The Celtic Surrealist – until 26th Jan

Eileen Gray – IMMA Kilmainham – until Jan 19th

RHA Gallery – Tony O’Malley, Joanna Kidney – until Dec 20th

Douglas Hyde –From 15th November until 15th  January 2014

Gallery 1 – George Shaw – Neither My Arse Nor My Elbow

Gallery 2 – Paloma Varga Weisz – Krummer Hund

Dublin Divided is at the Hugh Lane Gallery until 2nd Feb.

General Exhibition at the National Gallery

General Exhibition at the Chester Beatty

Tom Wood – Men and Women – Gallery of Photography

Private Galleries:


Peppercanister Gallery

Kerlin – Paul Winstanley –  until 7th Jan

Oliver Sears – Hughie O’Donoghue: GORT RUA

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery  – Enigma – Roxana Manouchehri

Cross Gallery -Winter Show – Until 30th Jan

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