Aras visit and U2 roots tour on cards for Culture Night
SOME of the capital's most secretive venues will be opening their doors to the public for one night only.
The line-up for Culture Night has been announced, and many of the country's museums and key landmarks offer free tours and experiences.
Minister for Arts Heather Humphreys said the event on September 18, "captures public imagination by providing a vast choice of wonderful experiences in some of the country's most beautiful, interesting and historic settings."
Among the attractions, people will have the opportunity to visit the mysterious rooms of the Freemasons Hall on Dublin's Molesworth Street, which is usually closed to the public.
There will also be an chance for a select few to visit Aras an Uachtarain on the night.
However, those wishing to see the inside of President Higgins' residence will need to book well in advance on the Culture Night website.
More than 900 venues in towns and cities around the country will open their doors to the public for the event, now in its 10th year.
Organisers say that they expect 350,000 people to take part in this year's festivities.
In Dublin, U2 fans can take part in a walking tour of city, taking in landmarks made famous by the band, including the Clarence Hotel and passing by their studios at Hanover Quay.
Culture Night Tours will offer foot, bike or horse and carriage excursions through the city.
Glasnevin Museum and the National Gallery of Ireland will also open their doors, as will Croke Park and the Guinness Store House.
Those looking for more adventurous activities can take part in a special currach boat race in the Dublin docklands at 5.30pm.
Dublin Bus will be offering a special service in the city and Dart giving away 100 free family passes.
There will be musical entertainment from RTE's Philharmonic Choir and the Army No 1 Band in Trinity College.
Other entertainment events are slated for Merrion Square and the Georgian quarter of the city.
Among the celebrations elsewhere is a mock gay wedding in Belfast, organised in conjunction Amnesty International and the Rainbow Project.