8 Free Things to Do this week
Is anyone else on a countdown to payday? With a financial hangover from the excesses of Christmas, combined with some ill-advised splurging in the sales, our wallets are very light at the moment. So we’ve put together a few free things to do to get you out of the house. As always there are lots of ideas for things to do on InspireMe.ie. So you’re bound to find something happening in your locality.
Donegal – Wednesday 17th January
Donegal man Gareth Nee’s exhibition in An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny will challenge your perceptions of artistic masterpieces. He recreates iconic moments from Star Wars, taking inspiration from great artists such as Michelangelo, Van Gogh and Picasso. Find out more here.
Limerick – Wednesday 17th January
The Limerick branch of Birdwatch Ireland are hosting an evening of traditional music and bird names. An unusual combination for sure, but this fun free event is open to the general public. Find out more here.
Dublin – Thursday 18th January
Instead of sitting in the office with a soggy sandwich, why not pop down to the Chester Beatty Library for a lunchtime lecture. Art Historian and lecturer, Peter Cherry is giving a talk on ‘Goya’s Disasters of War’. Find out more here.
Or stay in town a little later after work and take an evening tour of the National Gallery. There are free tours each Thursday evening in January. Find out more here.
Clare – Thursday 18th – Monday 22nd January
In the words of Christy Moore – ‘If it’s music you want, you should go to Clare.’ The Shannonside Winter Music Weekend is coming up and there are dozens of free gigs in various venues in Shannon and Bunratty. Find out more here.
Galway – Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January
Galway’s Midwinter festival is always a highlight of the Classical Music Calendar. Along with ticketed performances, there are free talks on the Friday and Saturday. On Sunday there will be a free screening of the German film “Spring Symphony‘ by Peter Schamoni. Find out more here.
Cork – Friday 19th January
More classical music is on the agenda in Cork. There will be a free Chamber Music Recital from the CIT Cork School of Music at 7pm. A cheap, but amazing date perhaps? Find out more here.
Sligo – Sunday 21st January
Head to the Hawkswell in Sligo for a musical Sunday brunch. Masters of traditional music lead a session where musical teenagers are welcome to join in a relaxed setting. Younger siblings can enjoy an arts and crafts activity. And parents can relax with the papers. Find out more about the perfect family Sunday here.
So basically being stoney broke should not be a barrier to having a good time. Art, music, nature, culture – it’s all happening this week across the country.