· Medieval Challenge - live as a medieval family in 1210 in Taaffee’s Castle. To commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the building of King Johns Castle in Carlingford, Co. Louth a group of volunteers will live in an original tower house, Taaffee’s Castle, uninhabited since 1600. They will forage for food, fish for their supper and slumber with their animals as they experience life in 1210 surrounded by a specially constructed mediaeval village - complete with medieval village folk and craftspeople giving workshops re-enacting life in the Middle Ages.
· Talk & Tea: An Eighteenth-Century Gentlewoman's Guide to Marriage, Donegal County Museum, High Rd., Letterkenny, Co Donegal (FREE) Wednesday 25th August, 7-9pm. Talk explores the way in which love and marriage were dealt with during the eighteenth century. Talk covers issues including courtship, legal requirements for marriage, the 'companionate' marriage, marriage customs, the duties of a wife.
· Feis Teamhra: A Turn at Tara. Celebration of Tara and Irish Heritage in poetry and song with Paul Muldoon, Colm Toibín, Susan McKeown, Laoise Kelly and others. Presented in partnership with Poetry Ireland. (FREE) Visitor Centre, Hill of Tara, Sunday 29th August 3-5pm.
· Surfing Lessons 'as Gaeilge' / Ag Marcaíocht na dTonnta - Learn to surf and have fun through Irish, Freedom Surf School & Adventure & Tramore Beach, Waterford (€20)
Sunday 22nd August 12-2.30pm. Minimum age of nine years for surf lessons. Páistí naoi mbliain d'aois nó níos mó.
· Story Of Life As An 18th Century Dublin Child, No 29 Georgian House Museum, Lr. Fitzwilliam Street, Dublin 2 (FREE) Saturday 21st August, 3-4pm . Theatre Piece in the drawing room of No. 29 Georgian House Museum. Story of life as an 18th Century Dublin child. Production by staff from Imaginosity, Dublin Children's Museum.
· Famine Soup Lunch By Award Winning Chef, Strokestown Park, Roscommon (€4 per soup) Wednesday 25th August 1-145pm.Head chef of the Strokestown Park Cafe, Siobhan Greene, makes Soyer soup, a famine era mainstay. American cornbread will also be featured. Event held in the unique Strokestown House kitchen, dating from the 1740s. Meet at the Strokestown Park Café.
· "My Big Day": First Communion and Confirmation Photographs 1920s to 1970s, From The Annie Brophy Photographic Collection, Waterford City Archives (FREE)
21st – 28th August. Saturday 10am -4pm / Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm.
· Whale Watching at locations nationwide with the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group (IWDG) (FREE) Sunday 22nd August 2-5pm. See www.iwdg.ie for locations
· Screening Of Banana's On The Breadboard: Filmmaker Joe Lee's Documentary About Dublin's Women Street Traders, Bewley's Cafe, Grafton St., Dublin 2 (FREE) Thursday 26th July 7-8.15pm
· Find the bats of Dromoland Castle (FREE) Wednesday 25th August 7-9pm. Meet at Clare Inn, Dromoland.
· The Liberties Of Dublin 800 Exhibition, St. Nicholas of Myra Parish Centre, Carman Hall, Francis St., Dublin 8 (FREE) 22nd August 3-5pm, 23rd August 7.30pm – 10.00pm, 24th – 29th August 9.30am – 5pm
· Children’s tour of Farmleigh House, with a special visit to talk to the animals - Adults must be accompanied by a child! (FREE) Saturday 21st & 28th August 12-1pm Have fun with the donkeys, horses and calves, see the ‘secret staircase' and 'spot the deliberate mistakes in the tapesteries'. Children aged 5 -12yrs.
· Dancing At The Crossroads, Laharn Cross, Laharn, Lombardstown,Mallow, Co. Cork (FREE) 22nd & 29th August 8-10pm
· Knit-Along Sunday, Sheep & Wool Centre, Leenane, Galway (FREE) Sunday 29th August from 10am-6pm. Join the Knit-along Sunday knitting challenge and see how much we can knit in one day. Knitting volunteers needed.
· Ugly Bug Ball, Corlea Trackway Visitor Centre, Kenagh, Longford (FREE)
Sunday 29th August, 10am – 5pm. Corlea Bog has loads of 'very' ugly bugs; beetles, spiders, wasps, the guest list is endless at the Ugly Bug Ball so come and meet the 'Bog Bugs'.
· Sean Nós And Brush Dancing, Dunamaise Arts Centre, Portlaoise, Co. Laois (FREE)
Tuesday 24th August, 3-5pm. Traditional dancing workshop led by Maureen Culliton for girls and boys aged 8 - 12 years. Booking required - Contact the Dunamaise Arts Centre for details.
· Tracing your ancestors at Dublin City Library and Archive with Dr. Máire Kennedy (FREE) Wednesday 25th August, 3-4pm. Booking essential at Cabra Library, tel. 01 869 1414