Wednesday 26 October 2016

Five of the best free things to do in Dublin on Culture Night 2015

The Glasnevin Trust, which runs Dublin's Glasnevin cemetery, has been told to make its burial costs more transparent
The Glasnevin Trust, which runs Dublin's Glasnevin cemetery, has been told to make its burial costs more transparent
The Jeanie Johnston docked along the quays in Dublin.

THERE are hundreds of free events taking place around the country to mark Culture Night 2015 on Friday.

The full list and listings for your local area can be checked by clicking here.

Here is a selection of five events from Dublin:


Glasnevin Cemetery Tour

Glasnevin Cemetery Museum opens free of charge for Culture Night from 5.00pm-9.00pm. Explore the award winning interactive museum exhibition and experience an exclusive tour of the crypt of Cemetery founder and Catholic Emancipator Daniel O’Connell, which lies beneath the iconic O’Connell Tower.

The tours will start at the Museum reception at 5.30pm, 6pm, 6.30pm and 7pm.

Each tour lasts twenty minutes.

Booking for the crypt tours is essential, you can book here.


Abbey Theatre


If you've ever wondered what it takes to make costumes for a stage show, wonder no more. The Abbey Theatre is swinging open its doors for guided tours through the Abbey Theatre Costume and Props departments to find out. Tour times are on at 6.30pm, 7.30pm and 8.30pm. 

You need to book this one in advance, call (01) 87 87 222


Jeanie Johnston


Step aboard the Jeanie Johnston and get a sense of the experience of the millions of people who crossed the Atlantic in tall ships, seeking survival and hope in the “New World”.

The original Jeanie Johnston made 16 emigrant journeys to North America between 1847 and 1855, carrying over 2,500 people with no loss of life.

Self-guided tours of the ship will run from 6pm to 11pm and will enable you to learn about the true stories of the emigrants that travelled on the ship and discover what made this the most famous famine ship ever.


Christ Church Cathedral


Experience historic tours of the cathedral and its surroundings, music and much more at Dublin’s most historic building. Follow the steps that bring you beneath the cathedral and explore the medieval 12th Century Crypt, where they are also offering storytelling for children from the Nightmare Club. On the night they will host a silent film screening which will be accompanied by the Christ Church Cathedral Assistant Organist, David Bremner. Outside, they will have Irish Village Markets who will have a host of gourmet food stalls and some live music to keep you entertained. Sounds good to us.

Culture Night Schedule

6.00pm: Doors Open

6pm-9pm: Storytelling for children in the crypt

6.30pm: Guided Tour

7.00pm: Music Recital

7.30pm: Recital by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral

8.00pm: Silent Movie Screening with Musical Accompaniment by Composer David Bremner

8.45pm: Guided Medieval Tour with Daire Daly

10.00: Close

Visit their website here.


Freemasons’ Hall


Visit the esoterically styled meeting rooms of this Victorian Hall – the purpose-built headquarters of the Freemasons in Ireland. Hear the sounds of some of the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland from 6.30 – 8.00 p.m. The tour will be self guided but staff will be available to direct you and to answer any questions you may have.

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