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4 events for... anyone seeking out the best of Culture Night 2018

Historical walking tours in Dublin and the former Galway residence of a literary giant.

FOR 13 YEARS, Culture Night has granted members of the public access to a variety of Ireland’s most fascinating places, from artists’ studios to ancient churches.

Every year, the country’s cultural heritage is celebrated through talks, theatre performances and guided tours nationwide. Each venue provides a unique insight into Ireland’s past and present.

In the space of a few hours, you could find yourself exploring a Georgian tenement building and then enjoying a musical tour of the city.

Here are four events not to be missed taking place on Culture Night 2018.

1. Hear stories of the women that played a part in Ireland’s social and political rising in a walking tour of the capital 

When: Friday September 21, 7pm until 8:30pm

Where: Meeting point is Instituto Cervantes, Lincoln Place, Dublin 2

This year marks the centenary of women obtaining the right to vote in Ireland. To commemorate this, a guided walking tour around Dublin’s city centre will visit a number of locations, each revealing a different story surrounding a woman of national importance.  

Famous figures and lesser-known names will be discussed during the 90-minute tour – but all made an impact on Irish history in the fields of politics, the arts and medicine.  

Book a place in the tour group, here.

2. Enjoy an in-depth history of Edwardian Cork at Callanan’s Bar

When: Friday September 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Where: Callanan’s Bar, 24 George’s Quay, Cork City 

The pub is inherent to Ireland’s cultural heritage, making Callanan’s Bar a prime spot to visit on Culture Night. Focusing on Edwardian Cork, a talk will be given on the architecture of the area. This will be accompanied by archival footage of the town.

Callanan’s dates back to the 1780s and has been run by the same family since the 1930s. During that time, the owners have held onto many original pieces of furniture which give the pub a distinct traditional interior. 

Capacity for this event is limited so get there early. More information available here

3. Visit the former Galway residence of W B Yeats 

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When: Friday September 21, 6pm – 10pm

Where: Thoor Ballylee, Gort, Co Galway

Thoor Ballylee, the former home of poet William Butler Yeats, was referred to as one of Ireland’s most important buildings by Seamus Heaney. The doors of the 14th-century dwelling will open to the public for the evening. This is an unmissable opportunity to explore the rooms where the poet would have penned several notable works.

A special audio performance of ‘A Vision’, written by Yeats in 1925 and featuring insightful essays covering astrology, history and philosophy, will be played on the night.

More information here.

4. Ancient instruments reveal interesting stories of Kilkenny in medieval times

When: Friday September 21, 6pm – 8pm

Where: Medieval Mile Museum, 2 St Mary’s Lane, Kilkenny

An overview of 800 years of history told through music is on show in Kilkenny’s recently opened Medieval Mile Museum. The lineage of the county’s notable patrons and figures will be told through a selection of ancient instruments and artefacts dating back to the 13th century. Musical performances will take place throughout the evening, drawing from the songs of that period.

This event does not require booking. More information available here.

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