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Published on September 10th, 2009 | by Sinéad

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A Reason to Visit Ranelagh

From September 21st to the 27th Ranelagh (Dublin 6) will host the 5th annual Ranelagh Arts Festival, also known as Ireland’s biggest “little” arts community arts festival.

The lineup features music, historical tours, literary events, theatre, lectures, debates, cinema, comedy, street theatre and much more. Tickets are on sale for all of the events online (with a reduced rate for students – nice!) and highlights include:

Ruairi Quinn, Labour TD, Economist Journalist, Dan O’Brien and Noel Whelan will tackle the question on everyone’s lips currently, What’s going on?, in a debate about the Irish economy, on Tuesday, September 22nd.

Author James Ryan will host an evening with booker prize winner, Anne Enright on Wednesday 23rd.

Music from the Four Masters featuring Aine Ni Dhubhghaill and Ciaran Tourish among other stars of Irish music playing in Ranelagh during the festival, it takes place on Wednesday, September 23rd.

Director Neil Jordan will be interviewed by Butcher Boy author, Pat Mc Cabe on Thursday September 24th.


Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine are taking a break from the international stage to play at Mount Pleasant Tennis Club, on Friday September 25th.

As part of Culture Night on Friday, September 25th, the Village Cine Club will screen La Boheme. Also being screened that evening is the silent movie Nosferatu – accompanied by the legendary 7 piece band 3epakano, at Dartmouth Square.

The arts festival is also a great excuse to visit the beautiful Ranelagh gardens, which will be host to many of the family friendly events throughout the festival and on Saturday the 26th of September the gardens will host a battle of the bands competition and a free music event featuring Zealots, The Dead Flags, and local band The Hot Sprockets.

Ranelagh gardens and all of the venues for the festival events are within walking distance of Stephen’s Green and serviced by Dublin Bus.

For more information and a full list of events please visit the festival website.

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2 Responses to A Reason to Visit Ranelagh

  1. Séamus says:

    The Ranelagh Arts Festival looks good Sinéad, Ciaran Tourish, of Altan, is a good man on the fiddle, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine should be a good take too, the McCabe interview of Neil Jordan should be good as well. Wish I could get over to Dublin for this event, and others, perhaps in the new year.

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