Ireland’s Guide To Money And Living

Brighten up January for Free – or Almost Free

  • The Vaughan Bequest of 31 watercolours and drawings by William Turner was presented to the National Gallery of Ireland in 1900 by the English collector, Henry Vaughan. These works are only exhibited in January to protect the works from the effects of sunlight which is weakest in January. Allow the paintings to brighten the grey days, until January 31 st at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin 2. Admission free. See
  • Limerick is 2014’s City of Culture. Its enormous and diverse programme will celebrate art and visual media, fashion and craft, history, architecture, literature, music, theatre, dance and sport. Visit for more information and full programme events. Throughout 2014.
  • Fancy some diversion in the Belfast area? The ninth annual Out to Lunch Festival is sure to provide something stimulation in the form of music, comedy, theatre or speech. Tickets from Ј4. From January 2nd until January 26th. Find out more at
  • Celebrate Chinese New Year from January 8 th and welcome The Year of the Horse. Sporting, cultural, culinary and commercial events will take place across the country – check out these Sino-Irish events in Dublin city libraries, Hugh Lane Gallery, Chester Beatty Library, ICCS, Kildare Village, Birr Castle and UCC. January 8th – February 18th. See
  • Live music lovers can take their fill at the Shannonside Winter Music Festival in Co. Clare this January with almost 80 concerts taking place in Sixmilebridge and Bunratty village pubs. There are poetry sessions and set dancing also in the lineup. Many events are free. January 16th – 20 th . For more information visit
  • The Temple Bar TradFest is one of the highlights of the traditional music scene. The festival features over 200 events over five days and five nights, with performances by trad’s new comers and best known artists. from 22nd – 26th January 2014. See
  • With awards season just around the corner cinema’s best offerings are now showing. Highly recommended come American Hustle, 1st January; Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, 3rd January; 12 Years a Slave, 10th January; The Wolf of Wall Street, 17th January; and The Armstrong Lie, 31st January. BYO popcorn – it is January.