With restrictions easing, we’ve got another list of things you can do this week! From immersing yourself in history and culture with Ar Ais Arìs to picking up treats and jewellery at Galway’s newest artisan market to celebrating World Gin Day, we’ve got everything you need to have a fun packed week.
Visit the New Umbrella Eile Market

Umbrella Eile, a new artisan market is opening tomorrow in The Galway Rowing Club in Woodquay. Pop down and support local Galway independent traders and small businesses who will have everything from designer clothes and candles to sweet baked treats. Umbrella Eile will open 9am-4pm for three Saturdays starting on the 12th of June. For more information click here

Raise a Glass for World Gin Day

It’s World Gin Day on Saturday June 12th so it’s the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a gin cocktail. Gin Fizz, Tom Collins, or a Classic Negroni are all popular and easy to follow recipes (not to mention delicious and refreshing!) or, better again you could visit your local bar and have them whip one up for you! Steering clear of alcohol? Ceder’s offers a non-alcoholic gin, so everyone can enjoy a gin tipple!

Attend the 51st Dublin International Chamber Music Festival

Dublin International Chamber Music Festival (previously Great Music in Irish Houses Festival) will stream its 51st annual festival from June 17th to 21st. The festival will host five concerts which will showcase a diverse palette of talents from cellist William Butt, soprano Elizabeth Hilliard and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. As a tribute to artists living abroad, 11 artists will send their musical postcards filled with musical greetings from Dublin, London, Scotland’s Perth, Berlin and Paris. The festival is set to be bursting with an array of music styles and compositions which will be performed in iconic spaces. For booking and further information click here.

Enjoy and Protect Our Beaches

We are all making the most of our beautiful beaches this summer, (whatever the weather). Clean Coasts are offering helpful guides from www.cleancoasts.org on information and tips on how you can make the most of our beautiful beaches and how to protect them for future generations. The Outdoor Living Guide and Day at the Beach Guide focus on camping, eating outdoors, and spending the day discovering marine biodiversity. These helpful guides are available for download on www.cleancoasts.org.

Take a trip on Saoirse Na Farraige

Looking for an island escape this summer? You can breathe in the fresh air while Saoirse na Farraige (Freedom of the Sea) sails over the Atlantic Ocean to Inis Mòr. Here, you can enjoy local cuisine, relax on the sandy beach, and visit the historical sights. On your return journey you view the scenic and captivating views of the Cliffs of Moher. For timetables and bookings click here

Take A Trip Down Virtual Connemara Lanes

Brù Theatre invites you on a virtual reality journey of exploration through music, movement, and migration with spectacular views of Connemara. Ar Ais Arìs immerses you into the moving story of migration with its 180° views inspired by the texts by Máirtín Ó Cadhain, Pádraic Ó Conaire and Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill. Ar Ais Arìs will tour the Atlantic West coast from 10th-20th June and will visit Áras Éanna in Inisheer on June 16th. Tickets are available on www.brutheatre.com

Visit the The National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park House and Gardens

The National Museum of Ireland, Turlough Park House and Gardens has culture, history and scenery in one location. A range of educational exhibitions are available for you to enjoy like “Summer on the Land” where you can learn about farming practices used in 19th & 20th century Ireland and “Midsummer Celebrations” which shows how our rural ancestors celebrated the feast day of St John the Baptist (June 23). For a full list of exhibitions and activities click here. (Admission is free).

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