Dry January

Dry January‘ seems to be a buzz term this month. So why not look at the following activities that you can do around Ireland and see if you can do something different this weekend? The majority are free, others are pretty reasonable and won’t leave too much of a dent in your pocket after a busy December!

Ulster

The Discover Northern Ireland website has done all the hard work for me and put together a fabulous page called ‘Winter Walks and Cosy Pubs’. Now I know it’s ‘Dry January’ so why not wrap up warm for a long Winter’s walk, see some new views of our emerald isle and then get warm and toasty with a hot bowl of soup in a cosy pub? Sounds good to me! Click on the blue writing below to find out more.

Winter Walks in Ulster

Belfast: The ‘Out to Lunch’ festival is returning for it’s 11th year. It’s website states that it is a ‘bespoke, boutique Arts Festival where a mouth-watering menu of live music, comedy, spoken word, literature and theatre (and food) will be served up during the lunchtimes and evenings of January to sustain fun lovers and festival goers in the dreaded post-holiday lull.’

Click on the following link to find out more: Out to Lunch Belfast Festival

Munster

Cork: an alternative market to visit is, ‘Mother Jone’s Flea Market’, located just off York street and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm. It’s quirky and fun and has a charming cafe. Live music is sometimes performed, keep an eye on their Facebook page for more information.

Cork: You can’t beat a good coffee shop to sit in, read a book or meet some friends. Alchemy Coffee and Books is one of my favourite’s in all of Ireland! Located on the quaint and character filled Barrack Street, pop in for some fantastic coffee, a variety of teas and delicious food, made each day by the talented owner. There is always different art work on display, and music is performed here too from time to time. They have started to run coffee brewing classes too. It’s a lovely place to go on your own or with others. Go on, go on, go on 😉

Cork: Drink and Draw – similar to Dublin’s Paint in a Pub, this art and sketch group meet once a month upstairs in the Franciscan Well. Could be good fun, scroll their Facebook page to see the variety of art that is produced.

Tipperary: Glen of Aherlow Winter Walking Festival – a 2 day event that takes place at the end of January

Limerick: Limerick City Gallery of Art – great reviews of this museum. And of course the fabulous Milk Market that I’ve mentioned in a previous post. It’s such a lovely place to spend a Saturday.

Waterford: Get our and about with this 10km walk called the Tramore Beach Loop Trail walk.

Leinster

Dublin: The National Gallery on Sat. Jan 16th@3pm – runs Art Workshops for children. These workshops take place for most of the year, and the majority of them are free of charge!!

Dublin: Skerries!! I hadn’t been in years till a good friend recommended going here for a walk and food. It is so stunning!! Totally under rated!! Walk the beautiful strand and then enjoy tea or a snack from your pick of restaurants overlooking the harbour. My personal favourite is the Blue Bar Restaurant (get the wings). Skerries Town itself is lovely to walk through. This was a trip that I definitely enjoyed and hope to do a lot more.

Wicklow: Walks for all levels and ages. Choose one to suit you, be careful of the weather conditions and enjoy the fresh air of a cold, winter’s day. Click on the link: http://www.wicklowwalks.com

Connaught

Galway: If you want a truly traditional and unique experience then visit ‘Whelan’s Pub’ in Shanaglish, Co. Galway (just outside of Gort) on the last Friday of every month for a night of storytelling and song singing. This is bealoideas at it’s best. The pub has so much character and brilliant singers and storytellers from far and wide gather here to exchange their art. Now, the stories and songs aren’t doom and gloom! Most of them are funny, almost riddle like! And the storyteller who runs the night is my uncle! He is fantastic at telling his witty stories and has the whole pub crying with laughter. It starts at around half 9 and there’s a break in the middle when some finger food is kindly provided by the pubs owners. If you get lost trying to find it, ask for ‘Whaylans’ :)

Leitrim: Glencar Waterfall – situated near Glencar Lake, 11 kilometres west of Manorhamilton, County Leitrim. It is apparently particularly impressive after rain and can be viewed from a lovely wooded walk.

Galway: Subtitle Film Festival at the Town Hall Theatre of popular, accessible comedies and dramas which were huge hits in their own countries, they just happen not to be in English!
Mayo: This looks interesting: Gaol Siar Events: Imbolg Foraging Walk&Wild Crafting Workshop

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