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Well, we’re almost there now. Two days until we all finish up for the weekend and desperately look for something to keep us entertained. Well if you are free this weekend and don’t plan on spending a fortune on entertainment then why not take a visit to some of the fantastic events going on in Dublin this weekend. We have put together a list below of some of the great things we can all get involved in this weekend. We hope you can join us! 🙂


So as some of you may know Russborough House is famous for their collection of art. This Saturday 2nd of August they are hosting an event for you to value your art collection. They will have the well respected Christie’s of London over to value your art. There will be a small donation required for valuing your paintings, but the donation will go towards the good cause of repairing the house’s roof. There will be entertainment provided through live music from the Ballymore Eustace Brass & Reed Band and also a delicious BBQ provided in the afternoon. Don’t forget to visit the gift shop and the Tea Rooms also for some artisan craft & food.

Venue: Russborough House, Blessington
Time: 10am-4pm
Admission: Free 
Donation:  €5 (1 painting)  €10 (up to 3 paintings


This weekend provides us with some fantastic entertainment. On Friday at 2pm we have a garden walk where you will discover the beautifully maintained Farmleigh Gardens. Then on Sunday there is a fantastic food market and music provided. A full family day out to explore one of Ireland’s hidden gems.  Also be sure to visit us at The Boathouse Cafe while you are here, grab an ice-cream or grab some lunch.


Venue: Farmleigh House
Time: 10am-5pm
Admission: Free 


The National Museum of Ireland – Collin Barracks have a fantastic Asgard Exhibition going on this month. From 2007-2012, a major programme of conservation of Asgard was undertaken at Collins Barracks with
the aim of conserving Asgard and in the process saving and securing as much existing original material as possible, while also retaining the structural integrity of the vessel.

Also the NMI-Collins Barracks are running a family activity where you can test your design skills. This is influenced by Eileen Gray’s most famous designs where she used the influence of letters. So go on, give yourself an ‘A’. Drop into the Café for some delicious homemade food, we also have wonderful healthy and naughty treats for children. After all it is the weekend, so spoil yourself.



Venue: NMI-Collins Barrack 

Time: 10am-5pm
Admission: Free 


NMI – Kildare Street (Archaeology) 

This weekend sees the NMI-Kildare Street (Archaeology) see the wonderful exhibition of Clontarf 1014 – Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin. This exhibition will showcase Viking and Irish weapons; typical of those used in the battle, will feature alongside hoards of precious silver objects and religious treasures. Much more recent artifacts will bring the story of Brian Boru and Clontarf right into modern times. To finish off, or begin with, you can visit our Café for some delicious coffee and homemade desserts.


Venue: NMI-Kildare Street (Archaeology)
Time: 10am-5pm
Admission: Free






NMI – Turlough Park, Castlebar 

A whole host of activities in NMI-Turlough Park this weekend. 
  1. Firstly, make your own summer-time knits and crochet. Start a new project or get help finishing an old one! Learn a new skill for life. Holiday makers and beginners welcome. Knitting isn’t just for Grannies! 
  2. Choose your favorite object and write a story about it in just six words. Entries will be judged by Irish Independent Editor, Katie Byrne and published in the Weekend Magazine. Pick up your entry form at reception! 
  3. Dust down that fiddle, polish that whistle and join the Music Circle to practice, share, play tunes and songs.(3pm-5pm)
  4. Get yourself fed! Our café is open all day in Turlough Park and we would love to welcome you in to enjoy some beautiful food and carry it outside to enjoy the sunshine and the entertainment. Remember to take full advantage of our courtyard 🙂

Venue: NMI-Turlough Park, Castlebar


Time: 10am-5pm

Admission: Free

So there you have it, plenty to see and enjoy! Be sure to let us know what you get up to and we hope you have a fabulous weekend and that it is full of excitement!

Till Next Time Bramblers,
‘Keep It Irish’