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A series of cultural events know as, Culture Date with Dublin 8 will take place in the historic Kilmainham and Inchicore area of Dublin, Ireland this Saturday 19th May and Sunday 20th of May.

Pictured at the reopening of the historic Goldenbridge Cemetery which was closed almost 150 years ago following a dispute with the British War Office and enjoying Culture Date with Dublin 8 a new festival celebrating the historical and cultural life of Dublin 8 was Actor Jim Roche as Daniel O’Connell who spoke at the opening. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

As a celebration of the unique history and culture of the area, the weekend will include historical re-enactments, guided tours of Kilmainham Gaol and tours of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, which was originally the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Culture Date with Dublin 8 is a free family-friendly weekend. It was organised as a neighbourhood initiative that aims to regenerate the areas putting Dublin 8 on the map as an internationally renowned cultural quarter.

The Crowd listening to speeches pictured at the reopening of the historic Goldenbridge Cemetery which was closed almost 150 years ago following a dispute with the British War Office and enjoying Culture Date with Dublin 8 a new festival celebrating the historical and cultural life of Dublin 8. Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

The highlights of this weekend of events include;

  • A family fun day with children’s entertainment, historical re-enactments, puppetry, circus skills, poetry and more at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens Sunday, 20th May;
  • An outdoor concert at the temple in Goldenbridge Cemetery Saturday, 19th May;
  • Bespoke guided tours of Kilmainham Gaol, including a literary tour featuring women writers, and a family tour aimed at children between the ages of six and 12;
  • Walking tours on the history of the Grand Canal and Goldenbridge by Pat Liddy, sponsored by Waterways Ireland;
  • Exclusive guided tours of IMMA’s exhibitions, which include works by two of the greatest painters of the 20th-century, Lucian Freud and Frank Bowling, and works by Irish artist Brian O’Doherty; free entry to their landmark exhibitions all weekend; family workshops, activity packs and self-guided garden trails;
  • A genealogy workshop and musical, and dramatic tours of Richmond Barracks;
  • Guided tours of the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park.
Culture Date with Dublin 8 returns for 2018 with expanded programme of events. Pictured at the launch of Culture Date with Dublin 8 in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens were Ellie O’Sullivaned aged 10 a pupil from Gaelscoil Inse Chor and Karl Nolan pupil from St. John of God Hospital, Islandbridge, Dublin 8.
Programme of Culture Date with Dublin 8 events to take place throughout 2018 – Culture Date with Dublin 8, the weekend-long celebration of the cultural and historical life of Dublin 8, returns to Kilmainham and Inchicore this year. The festival takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, and will feature a host of free, family-friendly events. This year, the programme has been expanded with the announcement of two flagship events, and a series of pop-up events taking place throughout 2018.
Further information on Culture Date with Dublin 8 can be found at www.culturedatewithdublin8.ie Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

Grace McEvoy (Project Manager of the initiative), commented:

“Culture Date with Dublin 8 is a unique opportunity for those living in, working in and visiting Dublin 8 to explore and celebrate the deep historical, architectural and cultural heritage of the area so we encourage everyone to come along and learn something new about this part of the city.

We want to put Kilmainham and Inchicore on the map as attractive visitor destinations for tourists and locals alike, and make the area a culturally renowned area in its own right.”

The full line-up of events can be found here: https://www.culturedatewithdublin8.ie/programme-2018.

Culture Date with Dublin 8 returns for 2018 with expanded programme of events. Pictured at the launch of Culture Date with Dublin 8 in the Irish National War Memorial Gardens was Ellie O’Sullivaned aged 10 a pupil from Gaelscoil Inse Chor.
Programme of Culture Date with Dublin 8 events to take place throughout 2018 – Culture Date with Dublin 8, the weekend-long celebration of the cultural and historical life of Dublin 8, returns to Kilmainham and Inchicore this year. The festival takes place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May, and will feature a host of free, family-friendly events. This year, the programme has been expanded with the announcement of two flagship events, and a series of pop-up events taking place throughout 2018.
Further information on Culture Date with Dublin 8 can be found at www.culturedatewithdublin8.ie Pic: Marc O’Sullivan

This initiative is supported and developed by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Richmond Barracks, OPW, Glasnevin Trust and IMMA, and all activities and events will be free of charge.

Advance ticket booking is required, and tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Further information can be found at www.culturedatewithdublin8.ie