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Ballerina Lisa Tighe and fiddler Eadaoin Sheehy (8) launch this year's Culture Night.
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Tonight is Culture Night - here's what's happening around the country

While some of last year’s most popular venues are returning to the event, there will also be some new venues added to the fun.

TONIGHT MARKS THE 11th annual Culture Night.

The event has become one of the country’s most prominent cultural events and will provide a key opportunity for culture-makers and the public to meet and share their thoughts and work.

For the eleventh year in a row, Culture Night will see towns, villages and cities across the island of Ireland becoming arts and culture hubs – and all for free.

While some of last year’s most popular venues are returning to the event, there will also be some new venues added to the fun.

In Dublin, that includes the museum telling the story of Ireland’s history of emigration, EPIC Ireland and a slew of events on Smithfield Square.

Here’s just some of what’s happening around the country:


In the Docklands, highlights include the Custom House Visitor Centre opening from 5pm-9pm, Windmill Lane Recording Studios hosting talks from 6pm-10pm and Waterways Ireland will host a photographic exhibition on Grand Canal Quay.

Around the Phoenix Park and National Museum, there will be rollerskating tours, bike tours and a special tour of Áras an Uachtaráin.

In Temple Bar, DIT’s Conservatory of Music will perform, Icon Factory will host a walking tour and there will be tours of Smock Alley Theatre and Friends Meeting House.

Around Trinity College, there will be talks with the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, tours on the 1916 Freedom Bus and tours of The Little Museum of Dublin and The Pepper Canister Church.


In Cork city, there will be tours of the Blackrock Castle Observatory, a play performed at Cork City Gaol and Cork’s 96FM will host music and spoken word performances.


In Galway city, there will be a heritage event in O’Connors’ pub in Salthill, events around Merlin Park University Hospital and live music in Eyre Square.


In Limerick, there will be events at the Hunt Museum, bus tours around the city and events in King John’s Castle.


In Dublin, the bus strike means that free Dublin Buses are cancelled and disruption for people planning to attend some events.

However, Luas and train services will run and the Dublin Archdiocese will allow people park for free in Clonliffe College.

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