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Age & Opportunity

Bealtaine is coordinated  by Age & Opportunity, the national organisation that inspires everyone to reach their full potential as they age. Check out the Age & Opportunity web site.

Events in Dublin

The following Bealtaine events are running in this county:

Arts / Culture / Heritage

Architecture Tours Ireland

8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Architecture Tours Ireland
Explore landmark buildings and places through lively and informative walks from Architecture Tours Ireland
Discover how Georgian residences are being adapted to modern lifestyles and juxtaposed with modern infill buildings. At 11.00 am . Meeting Point: Suffolk Street, Outside Information Office . Booking in advance required.
Venue: Georgian Dublin - 10 % Special Offer
Architectural walking tour starting from Custom House Quay. At 11.00 am. Meeting point Custom House. Booking in advance required
Venue: Dublin Docklands - 10 % offers
+353 (01) 6761703

axis Ballymun

Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
'A Festival within a Festival'
There will be performances of events happening each week in May so there will be something for everyone, including the return of the Group Exhibition.
Group Art Exhibition. Early May - Date to be confirmed.
Venue: axis Gallery
The Man in the Woman’s Shoes. It’s October 1978. Pope John Paul the First is not long dead, autumn is closing in and Pat Farnon has ‘some business’ to do in town. The Man in The Woman’s Shoes follows Pat Farnon as he walks the 5 miles from his wee white cottage to town and back again and the marvels that he meets along the way. "Today is beginning to feel very special and I've no idea why". It’s a charming encounter - an ageing man still with a boundless enthusiasm for life. Hilariously funny, tender and at times downright daft, The Man in The woman’s Shoes, will leave you uplifted and in love with life again. "I think none of us is old, me heart has never been old ..." The show was written by and stars Mikel Murfi. The Man In The Woman's Shoes was developed with Sligo County Council Arts Service and Hawk’s Well Theatre, Sligo as part of Bealtaine 2012. At 1pm. Tickets €10
Venue: axis Ballymun
National Drawing Day: Drawing Trail
Venue: Central Library (ILAC), Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, The LAB
Dawn Chorus
Venue: Various venues
THE SAPPHIRES is the main touring Bealtaine Film. Inspired by a true story, The Sapphires follows four vivacious, young and talented Australian Aboriginal girls from a remote mission as they learn about love, friendship and war when their all-girl group The Sapphires entertains the U.S. troops in Vietnam in 1968. Film starts at 2.30pm
Venue: axis Ballymun
CoisCeim Performance
Venue: axis Ballymun
29th - 30th
'Forgotten' by Fishamble and Pat Kinevane (29th and 30th May)
Venue: axis Ballymun
CoisCeim Performance
Venue: Irish Film Institute
Niamh Fitzpatrick
+353 (01) 8832123

Ballet with Eileen

c/o The Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1.
Ladies Ballet Classes for Beginners with Eileen Farrell
Ladies Ballet Classes for beginners with Eileen Farrell.
7th - 28th
Ladies Ballet Classes - This gentle form of exercise for beginners is graceful, slow, painless and most enjoyable. Every Tuesday in May from 11am - 12 noon. Booking essential on 087 9614933. Classes are free.
Venue: The Writers Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1
Eileen Farrell
+353 (087) 9614933

Ballinteer Male Voice Choir

Ballinteer, Co. Dublin
Ballinteer International Male Voice Choir Festival 2013 Gala Concert
Ballinteer International Male Voice Choir Festival 2013 Gala Concert
Ballinteer International Male Voice Choir Festival 2013 Gala Concert. At 8pm
Venue: St. John the Evangelist Church Ballinteer
John O'Carroll
+353 (01) 4994203

Ballyroan Writers' Group

c/o Rick Quinn, 9 Knockcullen Rise, Knocklyon, Dublin 16
Ballyroan Rhyme And Reason
The event will be a live version of the Dublin South FM Radio Programme - 'Rhyme and Reason'. Members of the Ballyroan Writers' Group will be interviewed and will be asked to read a piece of their writing and play a record of their choice. The presenter of the programme will be the well-known poet and writer, Helen Dwyer, who presents the radio programme 'Rhyme and Reason'. The event will be recorded before a live audience in the Halla Mór and broadcast at a later date.
Ballyroan Rhyme and Reason - will be held, with the kind permission of Mr Brian Crowley, Curator of the Pearse Museum, and the OPW.
Venue: Pearse Museum, St Enda''s Park, Rathfarnham
1st - 31st
Panels displaying writings by Ballyroan Writers - memoirs,stories and poems - will be exhibited in the museum during the festival
Venue: Pearse Museum, St. Enda's Park, Rathfarnham
Rick Quinn
+353 (01) 4941448

Bewley's Cafe Theatre

78 Grafton Stree, Dublin 2.
'Break A Leg'
In 'Break a Leg' Peter Sheridan tells the story of his life from his early teens throught to adulthood and his dicision to move the USA. Along the way Peter grows up, explores his sexuality, finds love and has children, makes theatre, gains and loses friends and writes openly, honestly and movingly about his experiences.
April 29th - May 25th 'Break a Leg' - by Peter Sheridan is an insightful work which touches the wider culture and politics of Ireland in 1960s and 1970s. Opens April 30th (preview 29th). Mon-Sat at 1.10pm (doors open at 12.50pm). Tickets: Low-price Monday €8, Tues - Thurs €10. Frid - Sat €12. Light Lunch available €4.
Venue: Bewley's Cafe Theatre.
Bewley's Cafe Theatre.
+353 (086) 8784001

Blow the Dust Off Your Trumpet Orchestra at the National Concert Hall

National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Blow the Dust Viennese Concert
Join the Blow the Dust Off Your Trumpet Orchestra this May for an evening concert of Viennese favourites! The concert marks the fourth anniversary of this inspiring group of musicians and is a Bealtaine Festival 2013 event, celebrating creativity as we age.
Blow the Dust Viennese Concert. At 6pm.
Venue: Main Auditorium, National Concert Hall, Dublin
Fiona Crosbie (Orchestra Manager)
+353 (085) 8421624

Carnation Theatre

16 New Ireland Road, Rialto, Dublin 8
Hurl! and Music Hall!
Carnation Theatre is offering two exciting new plays specially conceived for the libraries, active retired, community groups, nursing homes and other care settings. Hurl! is set in the competitive inter-county camogie, hurling and football world. Arthur, 59,  desperately wants to make the over 60's county team. Kathleen, 55, his long suffering girlfriend is tired of waiting for her day out.  Why should she wait? She's a World Camogie Champion, three years running with other interested parties snapping at her heels. Featuring late romance, live music, card trickery and killer bingo technique, we invite you to take up your proverbial hurls and wave, sing, even play along! For the West and South, we are offering Music Hall! The year is 1916, the location, The Tivoli, a renowned music hall of the time. Enter Jeremiah Styles who meets and falls in love with Sarah, seamstress, triplet and part of a famous Music Hall Act. This fabulous show is a celebration of a turbulent time as well as remembering the old wives tales, piseogs and home cures of the day. Puppets, a colourful set and all the music of the era provide a fantastic trip down memory lane.
1st - 31st
Carnation Theatre will be performing in libraries, community centres and in care centres countrywide throughout May.
Venue: Countrywide
Mairead Devlin
+353 (086) 8362820

Chester Beatty Library

Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Create your Artistic Responses to 'Chester Beatty: the Paintings' Exhibition
Join artists Lorraine Lawlor and Anna Kadzik-Bartoszewska to create your artistic responses to the 'Chester Beatty: the Paintings' exhibition and this year's Bealtaine theme 'Grow Happy'. Limited to 10 participants. Free. Booking required.
17th - 18th
Bealtaine Festival Painting Workshop from 10am - 4pm
Venue: Chester Beatty Library
Justyna Chmielewska
+353 (01) 4070772


4 Dunville Court, Dunville Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin 6.
A free screening of a programme of short films, all selected to suit the overall theme of Bealtaine, namely the 'celebration of creativity as we age'.
1st - 31st
All films shown will significantly involve older people. For example, some or all of the principal cast and/or crew may be older people; or the script may have been written by an older person; or the film's director or producer might have been an older person. The films chosen will also serve to showcase contemporary Irish filmmaking. Screenings will be at various venues open to the public e.g.: in arts centres, community centres, cafes and hotel lounges. Contact Howard for times, dates and venues.
Venue: Ranelagh House, Ranelagh main street
Howard Linnane
+353 (085) 1058848

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