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C. Flower
19-07-2010, 11:16 AM
Pues Occurences History Blog has an interesting list -

http://puesoccurrences.wordpress.com/2010/07/16/top-five-things-to-do-in-dublin-this-summer/

Given the times we're in, a list of things to do for free seems like a good idea.

At the moment, the Museums in Dublin are free - unlike in most of the European cities - we should make the most of this as it may not last.

So, to start the list -

1. The National Museum, Kildare Street - with Irish gold and 1916 memorabilia being favourites.

2. The Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square

http://www.google.ie/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CBYQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hughlane.ie%2F&ei=KCRETJHtC5i8jAe9mphW&usg=AFQjCNGYj38TlnzoBb8YQKUZreGe8SbFTw

3. Go swimming at the Forty Foot - any other good swimming places ? more appetising since the new treatment plant was opened.:o

4. Mooch around St Patricks Cathedral, preferably when there's a choir or organist in action.

5. St Stephen's Green, quick before it's dug up for metro ducts.

and one for luck - "The Dead Museum" - never been there, but heard great things about it.

Your suggestions please ?

greengoose
19-07-2010, 11:49 AM
Casino in Marino is a must. Very interesting guided tour and history.
Botanic Gardens. Free and amazing
St Annes Rose Garden. Guinness family legacy to Dublin
Ireland's Eye in a little ferry. Bring rain gear, ther is no shelter at all. The Martello tower has no proper roof.
Howth - Pier for the trawlers, seals and fishy harbour smell; Summit for a great view of the lighthouse and Dublin Bay; Cliff walk from pier to the summit. Lunch in Summit Inn.

electionlit
19-07-2010, 12:01 PM
The Museum of Modern Art in The Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
There are often free concerts in various parks around the place.
Get a bus out to Rathfarnham and do a bit of the Wicklow Way.
Walk Dun Laoghaire Pier.

This 1993 Freesheet issued by The Democratic Lefts Des Geraghty (http://irishelectionliterature.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/euro-dub-des-geraghty-freesheet-democratic-left-summer-1993/) has an article ‘Culture on the Dole’ suggesting a range of places in Dublin to go for free.

Slim Buddha
19-07-2010, 12:22 PM
"The Dead Museum" - ?????


You are not confusing this with Leinster House for the next 3 months, Cactus, are you?

C. Flower
19-07-2010, 12:42 PM
You are not confusing this with Leinster House for the next 3 months, Cactus, are you?
:D

My bad - I meant the Dead Zoo.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dead_Zoo

On Leinster House - is there a day out to be had there ? British MPs used to show constituents around Westminster and treat them to tea for the price of a postage stamp.

Somehow, I doubt that we'd get into the Dail bar....

Andrew49
19-07-2010, 01:18 PM
We're doing the South East / North West Tour this August after last year's Belfast / Cork tour. Heading to Wexford tomorrow for two days to 'suss' out things and book places to stay. Already I have 'blurbs' on Wexford and it looks quite interesting - I've no info on prices/charges on these places as yet.

I haven't stayed in Wexford since a glorious Summer holiday there in 1960.


Selskar Abbey & Westgate Castle This 13th century Westgate Castle and Abbey once formed part of five Norman mediaeval entrances to town. The centre presents an audio-visual theatre with a spectacular presentation of the history of Wexford Town.


Johnstown Castle. This is a large gothic-revival style mansion incorporating part of a more ancient castle. It has 50 acres of ornamental grounds and over 200 different kinds of trees, shrubs and three ornamental lakes with wildlife. It also hosts the Irish Agricultural Museum & Famine Exhibition. Johnstown Castle is well worth a visit during your stay in Wexford.


Irish National Heritage Park This is the region's show piece on a well-developed 35-acre site overlooking the Slaney River. The Park takes you on an adventure through 9,000 years of Irish History. The unique atmosphere presented by the surroundings combined with an excellent restaurant and extensive range of Irish gifts and clothing in the Craft Shop, make it a great day out.


Kilmore Quay is a small rural fishing village only 20km from town with its lovely thatched houses and miles of sandy beach. Here, you can take a boat trip to the famous Saltee Islands, one of the most important bird sanctuaries in Europe. Kilmore Quay is definite definte.


Dunbrody Heritage Ship Based in New Ross, Co Wexford. This authentic replica of the Three Masted Barque built in Quebec in 1845. This accurate and full scale reproduction of a 19th century famine ship provides the visitor with a unique experience from a period in history which shaped modern day America and Ireland. Tracing the amazing success stories of The Kennedy's, Henry Ford and Commodore Barry and others. A well presented re-enactment, audio visual and computer database of passengers makes this ship well worth a visit.

C. Flower
19-07-2010, 01:21 PM
Yes! Visit Leinster House and be shown about the place by an Usher -
http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/visitsevents/visitleinsterhouse/

It doesn't say anything about free tea, but perhaps if you emailed your TD ahead of time ?

C. Flower
19-07-2010, 01:23 PM
Shane Ross seems to be offering a tour and lunch for Trinity Graduates .....

http://www.shane-ross.ie/contact-me/

Andrew49
19-07-2010, 01:23 PM
You are not confusing this with Leinster House for the next 3 months, Cactus, are you?

That'd be the Dead Zone for 3 months, Buddha :) ... come to think of it, it's a Dead Zone most of the time!

C. Flower
19-07-2010, 01:29 PM
That'd be the Dead Zone for 3 months, Buddha :) ... come to think of it, it's a Dead Zone most of the time!


http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/leaflet/kildare.htm

The Oireachtas website is not very helpful about how to go about watching the Dail in action from the Visitors' Gallery. Free entertainment.
It starts up again on the 29th September. I expect you just turn up and queue until there is space.

Andrew49
19-07-2010, 01:38 PM
http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/leaflet/kildare.htm

The Oireachtas website is not very helpful about how to go about watching the Dail in action from the Visitors' Gallery. Free entertainment.
It starts up again on the 29th September. I expect you just turn up and queue until there is space.

A bit of Irish physics here: When TD's are present in Leinster House there is extra space ... inside their heads.

C. Flower
19-07-2010, 01:41 PM
A bit of Irish physics here: When TD's are present in Leinster House there is extra space ... inside their heads.

:) :)

For anyone interested, free tickets will be available to a Leinster House "Culture Night" event, from a couple of weeks time.

http://www.oireachtasevents.ie/event_Dublin39s+Culture+Night_id-61.html

C. Flower
11-06-2011, 01:18 PM
More free stuff to do in Dublin...

http://www.freefun.ie/?utm_source=freefun+this+week&utm_campaign=3f19288919-Newsletter_596_7_2011&utm_medium=email

Baron von Biffo
11-06-2011, 01:23 PM
http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?fn=/documents/leaflet/kildare.htm

The Oireachtas website is not very helpful about how to go about watching the Dail in action from the Visitors' Gallery. Free entertainment.
It starts up again on the 29th September. I expect you just turn up and queue until there is space.

It's been years since I was in there but the process used to be that you had to be 'invited' by a TD or Senator. Basically, you rang the TDs office and they got your name in the book at the gate which got you admitted.

It was a stupid system and hopefully it's been discontinued. Subject to normal security and space considerations citizens should be able to drop in off the street to observe their representatives at work in their parliament.

C. Flower
11-06-2011, 01:28 PM
The Museum of Modern Art in The Royal Hospital Kilmainham.
There are often free concerts in various parks around the place.
Get a bus out to Rathfarnham and do a bit of the Wicklow Way.
Walk Dun Laoghaire Pier.

This 1993 Freesheet issued by The Democratic Lefts Des Geraghty (http://irishelectionliterature.wordpress.com/2010/04/28/euro-dub-des-geraghty-freesheet-democratic-left-summer-1993/) has an article ‘Culture on the Dole’ suggesting a range of places in Dublin to go for free.

Frida Kahlo exhibition is by ticket, but is free on Fridays... Not sure if it's still on though.

carolmon
11-06-2011, 06:18 PM
This is a great website for free events, you can also subscribe to a weekly email service.

http://dublineventguide.com/

morticia
11-06-2011, 06:57 PM
and not to knock natural attractions, there's a good few beaches near the Dart/bus.... Killiney, Dollymount, Howth etc. Killiney Hill, Bray Head, the Howth cliff walk etc...

antiestablishmentarian
11-06-2011, 07:27 PM
Anyone outside the Pale got anything good to do for free? There was a Cuban music festival in Galway last weekend, not sure what's on at the moment.

5intheface
11-06-2011, 09:52 PM
Anyone outside the Pale got anything good to do for free? There was a Cuban music festival in Galway last weekend, not sure what's on at the moment.

Take a Canoe from Coleraine through the Bann system, down to the Erne/Shannon network, across to the Canals and down the Barrow, months of joy.

The refurbished Ulster Museum is also free.

Walk The Ulster Way http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulster_Way

The North West 200 Motorcycle Road races, except they are over and because of the weather and a bomb scare, only one race took place but usually...... http://www.northwest200.org/

The 12th July at the Ardoyne shops. Free on the day but may cost you up to £500 a few weeks after.

NOT TO DO

Visit Powerscourt and see Ireland's biggest waterfall and pay for the privilege...chancers.

Griska
11-06-2011, 09:58 PM
Someone mentioned The Royal Hospital in Kilmainham.
I couldn't agree more.

IMMA is always interesting, even if it is to question why a chair with one leg is considered art, let alone good art.
The grounds are great too, with a couple of big mazes for people you'd like to lose for a little while.

eamo
11-06-2011, 10:42 PM
NOT TO DO
Visit Powerscourt and see Ireland's biggest waterfall and pay for the privilege...chancers.

Some time ago I brought a Japanese couple out there and not only did the guy on the gate charge them, he also wanted to charge them for me!! (their taxi driver). I objected to this rip off. The matter was resolved when I promised him not to look at the damm thing. He saw the funny side and let us pass. and yes I did sneak a look. Viva la revolution.

5intheface
11-06-2011, 10:48 PM
Some time ago I brought a Japanese couple out there and not only did the guy on the gate charge them, he also wanted to charge them for me!! (their taxi driver). I objected to this rip off. The matter was resolved when I promised him not to look at the damm thing. He saw the funny side and let us pass. and yes I did sneak a look. Viva la revolution.

It borders on unbelievable. The gardens maybe but a waterfall?

C. Flower
11-06-2011, 10:52 PM
Some time ago I brought a Japanese couple out there and not only did the guy on the gate charge them, he also wanted to charge them for me!! (their taxi driver). I objected to this rip off. The matter was resolved when I promised him not to look at the damm thing. He saw the funny side and let us pass. and yes I did sneak a look. Viva la revolution.


That's funny :)

Spectabilis
11-06-2011, 10:54 PM
There are local festivals on around the country with lots of free events. Ours is on in early July. I will post details when I get the brochure.

There was a free BBQ outside my local butcher's today. Would that count?:)

C. Flower
11-06-2011, 10:55 PM
There are local festivals on around the country with lots of free events. Ours is on in early July. I will post details when I get the brochure.

There was a free BBQ outside my local butcher's today. Would that count?:)

Free food get double points :D

Griska
11-06-2011, 10:59 PM
Some time ago I brought a Japanese couple out there and not only did the guy on the gate charge them, he also wanted to charge them for me!! (their taxi driver). I objected to this rip off. The matter was resolved when I promised him not to look at the damm thing. He saw the funny side and let us pass. and yes I did sneak a look. Viva la revolution.

Brilliant!

No looking for free:eek:

Fraxinus
12-06-2011, 12:09 AM
All the National Parks are free to visit.

Mountain biking in Connemara and Ballyhoura, although there is a small parking fee in Ballyhoura.

So many great monuments/sites cost nothing to visit either except the diesel/petrol that is. Some of the best ones in the west are Carrowkeel megalithic tombs Sligo, Glencar waterfall Leitrim, Knocknarea (Queen Medbs tomb) Sligo, Rathcroghan royal site Roscommon, Roscommon castle, Cong abbey Mayo, Battle of Aughrim site Galway...

Saoirse go Deo
03-02-2012, 06:12 PM
I'm moving back to Dublin on Monday and I'm kinda stuck in a bit of a social rut at this stage and am looking to do new things and meet new people, fed up with the same old routine. Beside reading I pretty much have no hobbies... new years resolution is to change that :D

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm in my early twenties btw.

Spectabilis
03-02-2012, 06:40 PM
Good for you and the best of luck with the move. At my age I have no suggestions, I'm sorry to say, other than to pass on a piece of advice that I was given. It worked for me through a number of changes:

Accept every invitation and suggestion.

(Even when you would rather curl up with a good book :))

Fraxinus
03-02-2012, 07:25 PM
I'm moving back to Dublin on Monday and I'm kinda stuck in a bit of a social rut at this stage and am looking to do new things and meet new people, fed up with the same old routine. Beside reading I pretty much have no hobbies... new years resolution is to change that :D

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm in my early twenties btw.

Hiking in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains. Apparently there's loads of hillwalking clubs.

C. Flower
03-02-2012, 07:30 PM
The Grand Social Club on the Quays ?

Free things to do in Ireland ? ---- http://www.independent.ie/travel/inside-ireland/10-free-things-to-do-in-dublin-2252297.html

We have a thread on free entertainment - I'll post a link.
But for the moment, unlike most European museums, Dublin's are free, and wonderful.

C. Flower
03-02-2012, 07:31 PM
http://www.politicalworld.org/showthread.php?t=2892

eamo
03-02-2012, 11:23 PM
I'm moving back to Dublin on Monday and I'm kinda stuck in a bit of a social rut at this stage and am looking to do new things and meet new people, fed up with the same old routine. Beside reading I pretty much have no hobbies... new years resolution is to change that :D

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm in my early twenties btw.
A balance of mind soul and body is best. Reading should look after your mind so how about for the body,soul and maybe even sex life something like joining an orienteering club, or an athletics club, or martial arts club, and try several until you find one with an ethos that suits you. Dublins your oyster, have a ball!!

People Korps
03-02-2012, 11:46 PM
redacted ...you are in your early 20s then you will find a lot of people in that age group what are you into??
reading wise you have Temple Bar Square bookmarket, the National Library all you need is a few passport pics
Hodges Figgis bargain basement the place on College Green with loads of cheap books Grogans for the suicidal poets and painters ,
the no name bar on Fade street for frisky 30 something women throwing themselves at good looking men from Thursday to Saturday nights ...the world is your peanut

fluffybiscuits
04-02-2012, 02:35 AM
I'm moving back to Dublin on Monday and I'm kinda stuck in a bit of a social rut at this stage and am looking to do new things and meet new people, fed up with the same old routine. Beside reading I pretty much have no hobbies... new years resolution is to change that :D

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm in my early twenties btw.

Well if you are floating about let me know, Im only ten mins from city centre would be happy to grab a coffee with you :)

IFI is always good, take up conversation classes at the ILAC, learn a language. Darkie Kellys is good for a few pints on a Saturday (was there last night for the free BBQ with a few mates!)!

antiestablishmentarian
04-02-2012, 07:59 AM
I always found the best thing about Dublin to be the bus out of there :p Seriously though there's loads to do, if you're a student join the International Society in one of the Universities, great for meeting people from other countries, having the craic, and casual romancing (I'd recommend the French girls ;))

fluffybiscuits
04-02-2012, 11:54 AM
I always found the best thing about Dublin to be the bus out of there :p Seriously though there's loads to do, if you're a student join the International Society in one of the Universities, great for meeting people from other countries, having the craic, and casual romancing (I'd recommend the French girls ;))

The Erasmus programmes! My friend loves the Spanish women... :)

BARNEYKX
04-02-2012, 09:01 PM
I just sit in Gogartys an guzzle hot Jamesons an pints of Guinness, then back to hotel an sleep it off till the mornin

Saoirse go Deo
04-02-2012, 10:27 PM
Cheers guys some good suggestions!

I'll be joining the National Library for sure, and I'll take up a physical activity, what one I've no idea! The shinners usually have a few social things on for students and the like, I'll actually go to these this year.

MauriceColgan
05-02-2012, 07:45 AM
Discover the Iveagh Gardens and see the life-sized bronze John McCormack statue,,hiding behind the National Concert Hall.

Take a tour on the liffey boat.

Apjp
05-02-2012, 11:06 AM
I'm moving back to Dublin on Monday and I'm kinda stuck in a bit of a social rut at this stage and am looking to do new things and meet new people, fed up with the same old routine. Beside reading I pretty much have no hobbies... new years resolution is to change that :D

Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm in my early twenties btw.

Since its too late to make the most obvious suggestion(don't come back), maybe just good luck is all people on the board can say to you. Honestly, you will be needing it.

BARNEYKX
05-02-2012, 12:52 PM
Since its too late to make the most obvious suggestion(don't come back), maybe just good luck is all people on the board can say to you. Honestly, you will be needing it.
Get up and get out and about pronto

Tuogid
05-02-2012, 01:03 PM
Angels on Leeson Street is a good spot.

antiestablishmentarian
05-02-2012, 01:54 PM
Angels on Leeson Street is a good spot.

I don't think the OP meant such a place when looking for things to do, perhaps he'd rather avoid the place, or other dives like it.

Tuogid
05-02-2012, 05:37 PM
I don't think the OP meant such a place when looking for things to do, perhaps he'd rather avoid the place, or other dives like it.

I'm sure the OP could only make such a decision after going there. Its a fine spot.

Spectabilis
05-02-2012, 07:02 PM
Actually most of us could make a decision about such a place without ever having to endure it for five minutes. And I am pretty sure Saoirse go Deó is smarter than most of us. :D

Tuogid
05-02-2012, 07:16 PM
And I am pretty sure Saoirse go Deó is smarter than most of us. :D

Not me.

Griska
05-02-2012, 08:53 PM
Angels on Leeson Street is a good spot.

If you are lonely and have a persistent erection, perhaps.

BARNEYKX
05-02-2012, 08:57 PM
If you are lonely and have a persistent erection, perhaps.


Another dive

fluffybiscuits
06-02-2012, 12:16 AM
I just sit in Gogartys an guzzle hot Jamesons an pints of Guinness, then back to hotel an sleep it off till the mornin

Had a hot whiskey tonight, needed it with te chill...1

fluffybiscuits
06-02-2012, 12:21 AM
@Saoirse go Deo, keep an eye out on Indymedia for events coming up :)

fluffybiscuits
06-02-2012, 12:21 AM
If you are lonely and have a persistent erection, perhaps.

:D

Saoirse go Deo
06-02-2012, 11:45 AM
Angels on Leeson Street is a good spot.
I think I'll give that type of place a miss :D

BARNEYKX
06-02-2012, 05:48 PM
Go to the dogs shelbourne pk

Tuogid
06-02-2012, 06:25 PM
Go to the dogs shelbourne pk

No dogs in Angels :)

fluffybiscuits
07-02-2012, 08:49 PM
I think I'll give that type of place a miss :D

If yer into the football, come down to Richmond Park and watch the SuperSaints!

fluffybiscuits
07-02-2012, 08:50 PM
No dogs in Angels :)


All dogs dont go to heaven....

C. Flower
22-06-2012, 11:26 AM
Days out in Dublin Squares tomorrow - http://www.architecturefoundation.ie/news-item/dublin-garden-squares-day-23rd-june/

Talks, walks, music, entry into houses etc.

DCon
22-06-2012, 11:27 AM
Take the Luas to Heuston Station and go somewhere better! :)

C. Flower
22-06-2012, 11:28 AM
I just added this to another thread and will merge the two.

http://www.architecturefoundation.ie/news-item/dublin-garden-squares-day-23rd-june/

C. Flower
22-06-2012, 11:34 AM
I am already somewhere better, thanks ;)

This is the programme for tomorrow. I think some tours are booked out.

http://www.dublincivictrust.ie/news-entry.php?title=dublin-garden-squares-day---nbsp-saturday-23rd-june-2012-nbsp-&post=1338546702

@dubcivictrust is an active twitter account that will answer questions and is giving updates.

Fitzwilliam Square, which is normally closed to the public will be open, with events and tours on.