After the absolute madness of March in Dublin we might be forgiven for taking a month off but unfortunately that’s not how it works! Let’s have a look at what’s happening in Dublin this month. The long evenings are with us and hopefully the sun will be shining.
Although the Easter weekend has finished and we have been awash with events commemorating the 1916 Easter Rising, it will continue into April. The ‘Imagining Home‘ 1916 Centenary programme will continue for the first three days of April, finishing on April 3rd. The programme features many of Ireland’s most talented musicians, writers, thinkers and acclaimed artists. On the final night, April 2nd, Glen Hansard of The Frames will gather with other collaborators to celebrate Ireland in 2016. The whole series is inspired by the Proclamation of 1916. It promises to be a fabulous 7 days.
Continuing on with the Rising of 1916 commemorations, at the Ambassador theatre, just off O Connell street, there will be a recreation of Padraig Pearse reading the proclamation, every day at midday. Tickets to the show are from €12 but it really is an experience worth seeing. Don’t forget that the actual anniversary of the Easter Rising is at the end of this month as Easter was not until very late in 1916. The specific dates were April 24-April 29. So if you are worried you missed out last month on the commemorations don’t worry, there is still a lot to witness if you are with us this month.
Concerts and Gigs
As ever this month, Dublin plays host to some really great gigs. Its pretty frequent an occurance in Dublin when you only learn of a top artist or band playing in one of your favourite haunts, at the very last minute and its too late to get a ticket so we will try and get the news out to you before its too late! One of the highlights of this month is sure to be Muse playing on April 5th in the 3Arena or Macklemore and Ryan Lewis in the same venue on April 15th. Make sure also to check out some of the lesser known artists in venues such as Whelan’s, The Bord Gais theatre and The Olympia. Here is a guide to as many of this months gigs as possible.
Franco Irish Literary Festival
Now a significant fixture in Ireland’s literary calendar The Franco Irish literary festival takes place from April 8th through April 10th in Dublin Castle and is a great way to grasp the phenomenal literary talent that we have shown over the years through the likes of W.B Yeats, Seamus Heaney and James Joyce to name but a few.