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Explore Galway At Christmas Here

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The 2016 Galway Christmas Market takes place in Eyre Square from Friday, November 18th to Thursday, December 22nd. This will be the seventh edition of this hugely popular event which has been produced by Galway-based event company Milestone Inventive since 2011. This year’s market will take place both in Kennedy Park and on the plaza on the northern side of Eyre Square, featuring a 32m high big wheel which will afford spectacular views over the city and Galway Bay. Kennedy Park will also be lit up like never before with lighting installations throughout and an enchanting light garden in the western quadrant. The market will feature the massively popular bier keller on the plaza, open until 10pm each evening. Gifts and stocking fillers will include hand blown glass ornaments, wooden toys and jigsaws, paper stars, jewellery and accessories, wood sculptures, ceramics, and all manner of seasonal indulgent treats. For more information on the Galway Christmas Markets click here.

Learn About Irish Street Art Here

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Renowned street artists James Earley will host an intimate Q+A today about his work, inspiration and using the street as his canvas at the SO Fine Art gallery, 10 Anne St South, Dublin 2. Earley is perhaps best known for his stained glass recreations of animals, which are normally magnificent in scale and contain exuberant amounts of colour, technicality, skill, and imagination. Earley takes most of his inspiration from his family who are skilled stain glass makers, and his love of wildlife. His largest piece to date has been Blooms Hotel in Temple Bar where the entire building is a dedicated mural to James Joyce’s’ Ulysses. This talk will take place from 2pm – 3pm and is part of the Dublin Gallery Weekend 2016 and is a free event, but booking essential. Please email [email protected] for more information and bookings.

Feel Festive In Dublin Here

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Step back in time to Georgian Dublin and enjoy a traditional Christmas atmosphere as Merrion Square opens its gates and doors for a series of seasonal events. Kicking off today from 10am to 6pm, guests can walk through grand Georgian rooms and get a sense of how people lived over two hundred years ago. From Christmas carols, creative Irish-made gifts and wonderful seasonal artisan food, the day offers something for all ages and tastes. The centrepiece of the day – Irish Artisans On The Square – takes place in Number 45 (the Irish Architectural Archive) where fans of Irish craft and design can pick up some extra special high-quality gifts. 25 of Ireland’s leading contemporary designers and makers will showcase their wonderful works. Meet established names including jewellery designer Chupi Jewellery, pick up affordable contemporary art from Hens Teeth Prints, smell richly scented natural candles from Belfast based The Bearded Candle Makers and breakthrough duo The Dublin Honey Project. Other seasonal treats on the day will include arm knitting with Winnie the Wool Wagon and Winnie’s Craft Cafe and seasonal sounds from This Greedy Pig. For more info click here.

Brunch With Beyonce Here

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This is not a drill: the people behind the DailyEdge.ie are hosting Beyoncé brunch today at Odessa Club complete with Beyoncé-themed cocktails, a live DJ spinning nothing but Queen Bey (with maybe a little Destiny’s Child), and a few “specials surprises”. This is a non-ticketed event; just ring up and book yourself in for the Beyoncé Brunch. Call Odessa Club on 01 6703080.

Laugh Out Loud For Pieta House Here

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Improv Ireland and Pieta House have joined together to raise spirits and funds for the much-needed cause at The Workmans Club tomorrow, Sunday, November 27th. Improv is an art form where actors and performers create scenes, stories and characters in the moment live in front of an audience. There is no script, no planning and no safety net for the performers (making it extra funny). Confirmed on the night so far is Jenny Dixon Actress (Fair City), Conor Behan (2FM), Kelly Donegan (Author / Fitness Influencer), Nella (Singer/song writer), Darragh Doyle (Social Media guru & influencer), Anna Shelswell-White (Editor House & Home), Órla Ryan (TheJournal.ie), Tara Foster (taraustralis.com), and Johnny Stewart (Singer/song writer). Tickets are priced at €10 and can be bought here.

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