Things to do in Dublin (12-05-14 – 18-05-14)

So, this week it’s all about the Dublin Writers Festival for me at least! It’s quite an exciting line up, with Sebastian Barry, Johnny Vegas among many others. The Docklands Summer Festival is on from May 17th-18th, with street performers, food markets and other events.

The Bealtaine Festival continues throughout May.  The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival also continues until May 18th in many of the smaller venues around Dublin.



The AbbeyTwelfth Night runs until May 24th. Our review is here.

Project Arts Centre Boys and Girls from May 12th to 17th.


Smock Alley – Romeo and Juliet on May 16th, and the Dublin Writers Festival from May 17th onwards.

Viking Theatre has Fred & Alice – May 12th to the 24th.

The New Theatre has Civil Parting / Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho from the 12th to the 17th May.

Samuel Beckett Theatre – sleeps.

The Gaiety Theatre has Breaking Dad until 24th May. (run extended by one week!). Our review is here.

The Civic Theatre – Les Miserables School Edition – May 13th to 17th.

Theatre Upstairs has On City Water Hill until May 17th. Our Review is here.

Bewleys Cafe Theatre has A New Day until 31st May (lunchtime).

Chancery Lane has I have a Tribe May 16th to 17th.

Bord Gais Energy CentreNixon in China from May 11th to 17th.



IFI Ken Loach Season 

The Gamekeeper – 14th May 18.30

Which Side Are You On? 17th May 13.30

The Save the Children Fund Film 17th May 14.45

Looks and Smiles 18th May 16.00

Lighthouse Cinema – Hollywood Babylon: Fletch – Saturday 17 May 2014 22:30



Not a vintage week for gigs, but there’s Jimi Goodwin, Neutral Milk Hotel and Damien Rice to name but a few. The Late David Turpin plays the Cobalt Cafe also.

May 12 Mon
Jimi Goodwin (Doves) – Whelan’s – €18
Panic at the Disco – Olympia Theatre – €29
Circuit Des Yeux – with Cian Nugent & The Cosmos, Katie O’neill – Upstairs at Whelan’s – €10

May 13 Tue
Damien Rice – Whelan’s 25th Anniversary Special – Whelan’s
Blue Moon Rising Launch Night Featuring Soldiers Can’t Dance – Upstairs at Whelan’s – €5

May 14 Wed
The Octopus Project – The Workman’s Club – €10
Tony Malaby Trio – BelloBar – €8 / €14
Rend Collective – Whelan’s – €13.50
Tupelo – Draiocht – €15
WIND – Paul Roe (clarinet) and William Dowdall (flute) – National Concert Hall Kevin Barry Room –  €8 / €

May 15 Thurs
Julio Iglesias – The O2
Ben Frost A U R O R A Live – The Button Factory Details – €20
Hiss Golden Messenger + Cian Nugent & The Cosmos – Upstairs at Whelan’s – €15
Only Rivals – Academy 2 €11
Morrissey & Marshall – Whelan’s €12.50
Culture Vultures – Odessa Club – €10

May 16 Fri
The Barley Mob – The Purty Kitchen, Dun Laoghaire  – €7 / €10
Don Baker – Draiocht – €15 / €17
Neutral Milk Hotel – Vicar Street – €25
Bury Tomorrow – The Academy – €15
SIX60 – The Academy – €15
White Oak Barrels Pre-EP Launch – The Shed
Don Baker – Draiocht – €15 / €17
Isaac & Zena – BelloBar – €10
Trust – The Workman’s Club – €14
Lit – The Button Factory – €22
The Late David Turpin (Premiere) – Cobalt Cafe and Gallery Details – €15
The Minutes [Album Launch] – Whelan’s €15

May 17 Sat
The Late David Turpin (Premiere) – Cobalt Cafe and Gallery Details – €15
John Cooper Clarke – Vicar Street
Turin Brakes – The Workman’s Club – €23
The Harvest Ministers album launch – Bewley’s Cafe Theatre  – €15
Big September – The Academy
DARE – The Button Factory – €22.90
Transmission – The Sound Of Joy Division – The Mercantile
Leaders Of Men Plus Guest – Upstairs at Whelan’s – €5

May 18 Sun
Pentatonix – The Academy – €23
Sundays @ Noon Concert Series – Hugh Lane Municipal Gallery
The Liffey Banks Festival W/ The Whileaways – Whelan’s – €13 / €15

Talks/ Lectures


Dublin Writers Festival – Sat 17th May – Lia Mills, Chris Judge, Jo Baker and Joanna Trollop, Gruff Rhyss and more…
Sun 18th May -Sadie Jones and Glenn Patterson, Peter Fallon & Declan O’Rourke, Edward St Aubyn & Paul Murray and more…

National Gallery of Ireland – May 17 2014 – ‘Distinguished writer & NGI benefactor, George Bernard Shaw’, with Brad Kent, visiting professor, Laval University, Canada

The Gutter Bookshop – Book Launch for ‘The Lonesome Heart is Angry’ by Paul Charles Date: Monday 12th May – 6.30pm until 8pm

Booklaunch – ‘All The Things You Are’ by Declan Hughes – Venue: Long Room Hub, Trinity College – Date: Wednesday 14th May



If you fancy a road trip, there’s no better place than Visual in Carlow, for the rest of the Pat Scott retrospective.

IMMA – Pat Scott – Image and Space – until 22nd June.

until 22 Jun 2014 Sheela Gowda: Open Eye Policy

RHA Gallery – Sleeps

Douglas Hyde – 21 May 2014

Gallery 1 – Gedi Sibony – 55 Years

Gallery 2 – Mongolian Folk Drawings

Hugh Lane Gallery – Sleepwalkers with Gavin Murphy until 25th of May.

General Exhibition at the National Gallery

Costumes Parisiens, fashion plates from 1912-1914at theChester Beatty until March 30th

Private Galleries:


Kerlin – Fortnightly Features Presents – until 13th May

Oliver Sears – Colin Davidson – 15 May 2014 — 26 Jun 2014

Kevin Kavanagh Gallery  – Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh – until May 23, 2014

Taylor Gallery – Mary Lohan – until the 31st May

Cross Gallery – Colin Crotty – In Between Days – until June 7th

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