By Christopher O’Riordan
Spring is here and a sprinkle of 2016 events are upon us. If you’re looking to get out and about this month and next, we’ve picked out a variety of captivating events, all of which are free (or at least very cheap).
NI Science Festival.
Date: 18 – 28 February
Admission: Many events are free, though registration may be required
Further Information: www.nisciencefestival.com
Whether you’re a science specialist or just a fan of The Big Bang Theory, Northern Ireland’s Science festival has something to capture the minds of all. During the day, take advantage of a wide range of inspirational workshops, talks, and activities for both the young and old. At night, the festival takes on a more eclectic tone, featuring scientific debates and talks, comedy, music and film.
The Civilian Dead of 1916
Date: Open until June
Location: Trinity College Dublin
Further Information: www.tcd.ie
A century on from the 1916 Rising, 2016 is a year for celebration, but also a time for remembering those who lost their lives. This public exhibition hosted by Trinity College Dublin lists and commemorates the civilians who died in Dublin as a consequence of the 1916 Rebellion. Examining the events that lead to the foundation of the modern Irish state, this interesting programme looks to discover more about those civilians who lost their lives on Dublin’s streets in Easter 1916.
The National Antiques, Art & Vintage Fair
Date: 19 – 20 March
Admission: Adults €3.50, children and parking free
Further Information: collectireland.com
Now in its 26th year, Ireland’s biggest antique fair will witness a gathering of antique shops, art galleries and vintage dealers from all corners of Ireland. Visitors can browse through jewellery and costume jewellery; 18th,19th and 20th-century furniture and Irish art; silver, coins and banknotes; china and porcelain; vintage fashion, gramophones and much more.
Galway Food Festival
Date: 24 – 28 March
Further Information: www.galwayfoodfestival.com
The fabulous Galway Food Festival takes place over Easter Weekend, celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the theme for this year’s festival is ‘Celebrating 100 Years of Irish Food.’ The festival’s aspiration is to recapture Ireland’s culinary heritage, decade by decade, from 1916 to today.