Things to do in Dublin this week (30-12-14 – 5-1-14)

NYE Dublin

‘What’s another year’ a wise man once said, and here at the workhorse we share Johnny’s emotion as it’s out with the old and in with the new! 2013 was always an odd number. There’s lots happening this week to celebrate the changing of the digits, possibly the biggest event is the 3 NYE Dublin festival which includes a Procession of light, concerts and a Big Brunch! Lets hope they get the weather for it, while the rain beats down against my window.

There’s also the First Fortnight Festival, which includes a variety of events around the city, including concerts, plays and movies.


Confusion Boats

Confusion Boats seems the only new addition, as most of the theatres are still closed or showing Pantos! Confusion Boats asks why do some boys not cry and is part of the First Fortnight Festival.

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

The Gate – Previews of Pride and Prejudice continues until Jan 18th. Our review is here.

Project Arts Centre sleeps.

It’s quiet at Smock Alley.

Viking Theatre has a quiet week.  

Confusion Boats is at the New Theatre from Jan 2nd – 11th.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is at the Gaiety Theatre until Jan 19th.

Red Riding Hood is at the Civic Theatre until the 5th Jan.

Theatre Upstairs snoozes.



Coen Brothers Season is in full flow at the Lighthouse with the Hudsucker Proxy on the 31st and Raising Alabama on the 1st.

Silver Linings Playbook is at the IFI as part of the First Fortnight Festival, Jan 4th at 3.30.

New Years Thieves – Sugar Club – 30th Jan –  with “The Apartment” followed by live music from Chequerboard, Lisa O’Neill and Come on Live Long


Donal Dineen

So where to spend your New Year’s Eve. Hmm, it’s a tough choice, with lots of good events around the city. See what you think below. My punt would be for the Young Hearts at Christ Church or the Mix Tape at Vicar Street.

Mon 30 Dec

New Years Thieves – Sugar Club, with “The Apartment” followed by live music from Chequerboard, Lisa O’Neill and Come on Live Long

Annie – NCH

Weathertop ll – The Button Factory

Grace Wilde – Whelans

Christy Moore – Vicar Street

Tue 31 Dec

New Year’s Eve Mix Tape – Vicar Street – Jerry Fish, Lisa Hannigan, Gavin Glass, Wallis Bird, Rhob Cunningham, Booka Brass Band etc

Three NYE Dublin – Countdown Concert with Madness, The Strypes etc.

RTÉ Concert Orchestra New Year’s Eve Gala with Jacqui Dankworth – NCH

The Hot Sprockets – The Workman’s Club

Republic of Loose – Whelans

New Years Eve – Sugar Club – Shit Robot, Billy Scurry and Johnny Moy

The Original Rudeboys – The Academy

New Year’s Eve – The Button Factory – White Collar Boy, New Jackson, Lumigraph, Forrests & Clu

Nightflight NYE Hootenanny – Grand Social

Young Hearts – Christ Church – Alasdair Roberts, Dónal Lunny, Iarla Ó’Lionáird,

Wed 01 Jan

Strauss & Co. New Year Gala Celebration – NCH

Jeff Mills (3hr Set) – Twisted Pepper

Thu 02 Jan

Annie – NCH

Warsaw Radio – Whelans

Fri 03 Jan

Sharon Shannon, Shane McGowan & Mundy – Vicar Street

Sat 04 Jan

Andrew Weatherall – Extended Set – Twisted Pepper

Vibe For Philo 2014 – Vicar Street

Sun 05 Jan

not very much!



Check the times, as they’re a bit all over the place this week!

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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