17 things to do around Ireland over the Easter holidays


With the meteorologists forecasting barely hotter climate than common for this time of the 12 months and no Covid restrictions stopping us from travelling to see household and mates this Easter, it’s a time to have enjoyable collectively, benefit from the longer daytime and take part a number of the many particular occasions organised all through the nation.  Right here we embrace a pattern of what’s on supply, a few of which is able to must be booked prematurely.

Easter egg hunts on farms

Newbridge Home and Farm close to Donabate in north Dublin has created an Easter egg path all through the farm which kids can comply with till April Twenty fourth.  Younger guests will even benefit from the interactive farm discovery path the place they’ll be taught all in regards to the uncommon breeds while exploring the farmyard, pond and paddocks. newbridgehouseandfarm.com

Blackwater Open Farm, Ballinaclash, Blackwater, Co Wexford is already well-known for its indoor and outside kids’s tractor monitor and pedal go-karting. It is going to host Easter egg hunts from 12-3pm on Easter Saturday, Sunday and Monday, April Sixteenth, Seventeenth and 18th. blackwateropenfarm.ie

Clonfert Pet Farm in Clonfert, Maynooth, Co Kildare will host an Easter Pageant from April Ninth-Nineteenth with a enjoyable honest, treasure hunt, teddy bears picnic and face portray. clonfertpetfarm.com

The Nore Valley Park close to Bennettsbridge, Co Kilkenny will host Easter Egg hunts on April Ninth and from April Eleventh-Sixteenth.  Already standard for its loopy golf, go-karting and pet farm, kids staying on the campsite or visiting for the day will get pleasure from exploring the particular trails by way of the farm. norevalleypark.com

Maeve Binchy’s husband Gordon Snell (right) with Circle of Friends cast members (from left) Juliette Crosbie (Nan), Roseanna Purcell (Benny) and Aisling Kearns (Eve). Photograph: Nick Bradshaw
Maeve Binchy’s husband Gordon Snell (proper) with Circle of Associates solid members (from left) Juliette Crosbie (Nan), Roseanna Purcell (Benny) and Aisling Kearns (Eve). {Photograph}: Nick Bradshaw

Circle of Associates

April Thirteenth-Sixteenth, Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, 8pm, €30/€28, limetreetheatre.ie; April Twentieth-Might 14th, Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, 7.30pm (Wednesday and Saturday matinées at 2.30pm), from €16, gaietytheatre.ie

The stage adaptation of Maeve Binchy’s traditional novel will get its world premiere in Limerick earlier than shifting on for dates on the Gaiety Theatre in Dublin. It’s been known as the Regular Individuals of its day, so anticipate handsome younger individuals up from the nation to attend school in Dublin and all of the intrigue and sexual awakening that entails. Maeve Binchy’s evergreen novel of friendships and examined loyalties was made right into a film starring Minnie Driver, and now Elaine Murphy has tailored it for the stage, with Viko Nikci directing and Roseanna Purcell and Aisling Kearns starring as smalltown women and greatest mates Benny and Eve, beginning their first semester at College Faculty Dublin within the Fifties. Quickly, they’re mingling with the subtle people from the Large Smoke, significantly the attractive Nan (Juliette Crosbie) and the handsome Jack (Jack Hickey). Will this new social circle be unbroken? No matter occurs, Murphy guarantees this manufacturing will keep true to Binchy’s heat, humorous and compassionate writing.

Easter egg hunts on nation estates

Birr Fort in Birr, Co Offaly with its beautiful number of timber and huge parklands, is a tremendous place to go to at any time. On Easter Sunday and Monday, April Seventeenth and 18th, it should have a particular Easter path the place kids can meet the Easter Bunny, Henny Penny, Larry the Lamb, Quackers the Duck and the Mad Hatter. birrcastle.com   

Belvedere Home, Gardens and Park close to Mullingar, Co Westmeath will host an Easter treasure path from April Fifteenth-Seventeenth with particular actions alongside the way in which and characters to fulfill. Tickets embrace entry to the home, park and play areas and under-threes go free. belvedere-house.ie

The not too long ago re-furbished Johnstown Fort Property, Agricultural Museum and Gardens in Co Wexford invitations households to seek for clues on its peacock path to obtain Easter treats from April 11-17.  johnstowncastle.ie 

Westport Home in Co Mayo will host an Easter treasure hunt on April Seventeenth from 11am-6pm. The treasure hunt offers households an opportunity to discover the historic grounds of the Westport Property whereas kids can pattern rides on the Pirates Journey Park. westporthouse.ie

New-look National Gallery of Ireland: the renovated Merrion Square entrance. Granite setts ramp up it, so the old steps are gone. Photograph: Marie-Louise Halpenny
The Nationwide Gallery on Merrion Sq.. {Photograph}: Marie-Louise Halpenny

Youngsters’s artistic workshops

Richmond Barracks in Inchicore, Dublin has turn into a cultural beacon because it opened as a museum in 2016. On April 14th at 11am, historian-in-residence, Dervilla Roche will invite 9-12 12 months olds to find out about Easter traditions in Eire, embellish egg shells and participate in an Easter egg hunt within the backyard. richmondbarracks.ie

The Nationwide Gallery on Merrion Sq., Dublin will host themed kids’s afternoon workshops from April Twelfth-14th (completely different age teams every day). nationalgallery.ie

Philo

April Eleventh-Twenty third, Bewley’s Cafe Theatre, 1pm (Soiree efficiency April twenty first, 7pm), €10-€15, bewleyscafetheatre.com

Two girls with little or nothing in widespread immediately discover themselves working collectively on the frontline of the caring career, and shortly discover themselves relating to one another in startling methods. 5 Lamps Arts Pageant is staging this poignant and often humorous drama written and directed by Peter Sheridan and starring Neilí Conroy as mouthy internal metropolis lady Philo and Karen McCartney as her boss, the considerate, restrained Sister Rosaleen. Each are working on the Good Shepherd Day Care Centre in Sheriff Avenue, and each are harbouring darkish secrets and techniques from their previous. When the reality begins to emerge, each girls discover they’ve extra in widespread than they’ve realised.

Easter egg hunts in parks and gardens

The Irish Nationwide Stud and Gardens in Co Kildare is internet hosting Easter celebrations from April Fifteenth-18th from 12-4pm. There will likely be Easter egg hunts, face portray and magic reveals to entertain younger guests whereas all ages will get pleasure from seeing new child foals within the paddocks and the gorgeous Japanese Gardens with their cherry blossoms. irishnationalstud.ie

Dublin Zoo is internet hosting its Easter Extravangazoo occasions on Easter Sunday and Easter Monday from 12-4pm. Occasions embrace particular video games, a enjoyable path, face-painting and a go to from the Easter bunny. Guests to the zoo can even discover the newly opened Himalayan Hills habitat for snow leopards and crimson panda. dublinzoo.ie

Fota Wildlife Park in Co Cork can have a particular Easter fairy journey on April Sixteenth from 3-4pm. Offered by WonderWorld, this interactive camp with have dancing, video games, theatre and treats for individuals. fotawildlife.ie, reserving on eventbrite.ie 

Wildlands, the high-octane journey centre in woodlands close to Moycullen, Co Galway has unimaginable indoor and outside actions together with zip strains, climbing partitions, archery, paddle boarding and kayaking.  On April Sixteenth and Seventeenth, there will likely be Easter egg hunts by way of the fairy path for youthful guests. wildlands.ie

The War on Drugs. Photograph: Shawn Brackbill
The Struggle on Medicine. {Photograph}: Shawn Brackbill

The Struggle on Medicine

April 14th, 3Arena, Dublin, 6.30pm, from €40, ticketmaster.ie

Adam Granduciel has grown to be a formidable determine in indie rock, channelling one of the best instincts of Jeff Tweedy, Michael Stipe and Neil Younger because the frontman of this Philadephia band. It’s been 5 years since their Grammy-winning fourth album A Deeper Understanding, was launched, however the band didn’t relaxation on their appreciable laurels throughout lockdowns. Their fifth album, I Don’t Dwell Right here Anymore, has garnered large acclaim and appeared on many critics’ better of 2021 round-ups. The band’s present North American and European tour brings them to a number of the greatest venues they’ve ever performed, however the band – now expanded to a seven-piece with the addition of keyboardist/vocalist Eliza Hardy Jones, needs to be properly in a position to fill the large arenas with their big-hearted anthems.

Go to the races

Fairyhouse Racecourse in Co Meath can have its conventional three-day race meet from April Sixteenth-18th. Easter Sunday is household day with a lot of free leisure for kids in addition to Easter Bonnet competitions. The Irish Grand Nationwide takes place on Easter Monday.

The Cork Racecourse at Mallow, Co Cork is holding races on April Fifteenth, Sixteenth and Seventeenth. Easter Monday is a household day with loads of kids’s actions and the Future Champions Stakes Pony Races for junior jockeys. Youngsters underneath 14 have free entry with an grownup. corkracecourse.ie

Haley Fohr also known as Circuit des Yeux
Haley Fohr often known as Circuit des Yeux

Circuit Des Yeux

April Fifteenth, Nationwide Live performance Corridor, 8pm, €17, nch.ie

Circuit des Yeux is the nomme de guerre of Chicago singer and composer Haley Fohr, and her music will cease you in your tracks and make you consider who we’re and what’s all of it about. Fohr is performing as a part of the NCH’s Views sequence, and her perspective is trying on the human situation from each far above and deep inside. Her new album, -io, tackles grief and loss with a mixture of weirdness and wonderment, mixing sonorous requiem with a glowing sense of discovery, and “capturing a sprawl of feelings too sophisticated to be named”.

Discover someplace new

The Slieve Aughty Centre close to Loughrea, Co Galway is internet hosting a Spring competition from April Ninth-Twenty fourth the place they’re including particular seasonal touches to their standard actions. There’s heaps to discover within the nature hut, arts and crafts room, natural backyard and pre-booked pony rides by way of the enchanted forest. Guests can even pet the donkeys, go to the pot-bellied pig and meet the sheep and child foals. slieveaughtycentre.com

     Though barely off the overwhelmed monitor, Greenan Maze (Greenanmaze.com) in County Wicklow is well worth the detour.   Over the Easter holidays, there will likely be nature treasure hunts, nature trails, fairy tree walks for toddlers and particular instances to feed the animals. 

Musicians from the Irish Memory Orchestra
Musicians from the Irish Reminiscence Orchestra
Dave Flynn of the Irish Memory Orchestra
Dave Flynn of the Irish Reminiscence Orchestra

Irish Reminiscence Orchestra

April Sixteenth, Black Field, Galway 8pm, €20 (€10 under-18s), irishmemoryorchestra.com

Think about having to carry out an orchestral piece with out assistance from sheet music. Nightmare? Not a little bit of it. Dave Flynn’s Irish Reminiscence Orchestra is exclusive on the earth, as the one orchestra that performs completely from reminiscence. Throwing out the sheet music means the ensemble could be extra inclusive, opening locations up for visually impaired musicians or those that wouldn’t usually have entry to written scores. The orchestra has wowed audiences around the globe, and it’s bringing its acclaimed Imaginative and prescient Symphony to Galway, and will likely be joined by the proficient younger blind, visually impaired and full-sighted musicians of the IMO’s Youth Orchestra and Choir. Put together to be dazzled by this out-of-sight efficiency. Memorise the date – it’ll be an unforgettable night time out.

Do one thing completely different

Drive-In Bingo Present Aerial Dance Theatre Firm, Fidget Ft will carry out their acrobatic antics on April Ninth and10th at an outside venue at Clare Marts, Quinn Street, Ennis, County Clare. The viewers – who watch the present from their automobiles – is invited to play bingo whereas watching the present.  glor.ie

Go on a steam prepare The Railway Preservation Society of Eire are working some steam trains over the Easter weekend. The Easter Eggspress (return journey) from Belfast to Whitehead will steam forward on April Sixteenth and Seventeenth and the Easter Eggstravangaza runs from Dublin to Drogheda and on to Dundalk, stopping in Drogheda and Skerries en route again to Dublin. Bookings on steamtrainsireland.com 

James Vincent McMorrow playing at the Iveagh Gardens last summer. Photograph: Tom Honan
James Vincent McMorrow enjoying on the Iveagh Gardens final summer season. {Photograph}: Tom Honan

James Vincent McMorrow

April Seventeenth, Cyprus Avenue, Cork, 7pm, from €38.82, cyprusavenue.ie

Again in summer season 2021, music followers (all 500 of them) have been delighted to assemble on the Iveagh Gardens for the primary official gig because the pandemic shut down all stay exercise. The truth that it was headlined by the very great James Vincent McMorrow (with help from Sorcha Richardson) made it much more candy. Now, with restrictions lifted, audiences received’t be corralled into pods for JVMcM’s Irish tour, which takes on this date at Cyprus Avenue adopted by two nights on the 3Olympia (April Nineteenth and Twentieth), an evening on the Limelight in Belfast (twenty first) and an evening on the Milk Market in Limerick. McMorrow will carry out tracks from his wonderful new album, Grapefruit Season, together with I Ought to Go and Planes within the Sky.

Be part of an eco-camp

Eco-Unesco’s Eco-Explorer Easter Camps encourage kids to discover the pure world with a curious thoughts. The Easter Camps in Dublin Metropolis Centre from April Eleventh-Fifteenth will give 10-12-year-olds a chance to research timber, animals and bugs in an city setting. The Easter camps for 13-16-year-olds from April 18th-22th will embrace day journeys and guided excursions past the capital whereas additionally exploring biodiversity inside the inexperienced areas of town. ecounesco.ie

Solas, the cool new backyard centre, eco-shop and café in Portarlington, Co Laois is internet hosting a kids’s Easter Eco-Camp from April Eleventh-Fifteenth. Youngsters will learn to construct a bug lodge, do nature portray in addition to take part outside video games. There will even be arts and crafts, music and Easter egg hunts on April Seventeenth from 10am-4pm. thegardenshop.ie

Airfield Property in Dundrum is the situation for The Little Faculty’s wild in nature camp from April Eleventh-Fifteenth and April Nineteenth-Twenty second. The camps for 5-11-year-olds embrace scavenger hunts, woodland survival expertise and humanities and crafts. thelittleschool.ie 

Simple Minds frontman John Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill
Easy Minds frontman John Kerr and guitarist Charlie Burchill

Easy Minds

April Seventeenth, 3Arena, Dublin, 8pm, from €49.20, ticketmaster.ie

There was a time when Easy Minds have been battling with U2 for the job of world’s most bombastic band – and it was a tosser-up between Jim Kerr and Bono as to who could possibly be probably the most self-righteous frontman round. The U-ies received that conflict arms down, however lately, people have come to understand the large affect the Scottish indie-rockers had on their Irish counterparts, and are rediscovering the uplifting temper of albums comparable to New Gold Dream and As soon as Upon a Time. The band’s 40 Years of Hits present kicks off at 8pm sharp, with no help, so get there early to catch all of the anthems.

Go on a hike: Hill-walking festivals and pilgrim paths

There are a number of organised walks alongside pilgrim paths in Eire over the Easter weekend which is designated as Pilgrim Path Week 2022. These embrace a guided ascent of Cnoc na dTobar Pilgrim Mountain in Co Kerry on April Fifteenth, walks alongside St Declan’s Approach in Co Tipperary, Cosan na Naomh (from Ventry to Mount Brandon) in Co Kerry and alongside St Kevin’s Approach in Glendalough on April Sixteenth and guided walks in Counties Mayo, Clare and Donegal on April 18th. pilgrimpath.ie

Pilgrim Paths in Eire – a Information (Gill Books) by John G O’Dwyer has maps and complete particulars of the walks for these eager to finish any of those walks with household and mates.

The North Leitrim Glens Hill Strolling Pageant organised by the Holey Soles Strolling Membership has guided walks within the Glencar Valley on April Sixteenth and Seventeenth. Some graded walks are already booked out so examine eventbrite.ie for particulars.

Easter weekend full-moon walks within the Cooley Mountains, ranging from Glenmore (A91 VH98) at 8pm are deliberate for April Sixteenth and Seventeenth. eventbrite.ie

Life coach Joselyn Leggett is main an Easter wellbeing reasonable hike in Ticknock Forest on April Seventeenth from 9.15am-12 midday. eventbrite.ie 

Cycle a greenway

As an increasing number of greenway routes are deliberate across the nation, the Nice Western Greenway stays one of the crucial standard. The 44 kilometre route goes from Westport to Achill Island and passes by way of picturesque villages of Newport and Mulranny in addition to lengthy stretches throughout open countryside. greenway.ie

Equally as picturesque and arguably simpler to finish (as a result of it’s primarily flat), the Waterford to Dungarvan greenway attracts each walkers and cyclists. The Waterford Greenway (often known as Deise Greenway) follows a route alongside a former railway monitor for 46 kilometres and just like the Nice Western Greenway could be accomplished in sooner or later. Bike rent (and shuttle buses for the way in which again) could be organised. discoverireland.ie, greenwaysireland.org



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