January City Events in Dublin
No matter what the time of year you are sure to have a good craic in Dublin! For a small taste of all the amazing things happening then have a look at our top 10 events in Dublin in January:
1. Dublin Chinese New Year – 20th January – 3rd February
Are you a rabbit, a monkey or a tiger? Relive the festivities of New Year with the Chinese New Year and celebrate the start of the year of the snake with a bang. Don’t miss the carnival complete with traditional Chinese dragons, acrobats and dancers. Other highlights include a Chinese film festival, concerts, art exhibitions, street entertainers and markets. Why not get into the far Eastern spirit and have a traditional meal of fish with dumplings followed by mandarin oranges and Niango, a special New Years pudding made of rice. Dress in your finest red clothes as this is the colour of good luck and prosperity and make sure you wish everyone Xin Nian Hao!
2. Tommy Tiernan at Vicar Street – 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 18th and 19th January
There is nothing like having a good laugh to blow away the winter blues. With an almost, but not quite, concealed element of danger Tommy Tiernan will delight and outrage you at the same time. Tiernan is a legend in Ireland and is second only to U2 when it comes to ticket sales. Is it his controversial style or is he just a really funny guy? Judge for yourself as he is playing six nights at Dublin’s iconic Vicar Street venue this January.
3. Leinster vs Llanelli Scarlets – Heineken Cup at RDS – 11th January
Get your scrum on with this grudge match between Leinster and Llanelli at Dublin’s RDS. The Irish take their rugby very seriously and the Heineken Cup is arguably one of the most prestigious competitions in the sport. The teams competing are from countries that play in the Six Nations and Leinster are the defending champions. This is a vital match for them as they are looking to be the first team ever to win the cup three times. For Llanelli it is a chance to play in the final which this year will be on home turf at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin. If you don’t have tickets to the match then find a good bar and settle down with a pint to cheer on your favourite team.
4. TradFest at Temple Bar – 22nd – 27th January
Visiting Dublin in January is a brilliant idea because of TradFest at Temple Bar; a weeklong celebration of Irish culture and music. There will be more than 200 free events in Dublin’s historic quarter from concerts and outdoor stages to Irish Celtic dancing and, of course, a huge carnival. TradFest is traditionally a place where new and up and coming talent can get their 15 minutes of fame. Are you a budding singer? If so head to one of the open sessions at the Singers Club for a chance in the spotlight. Some of the top names playing this year are Maura O’Connell, The Pride of New York and Brian Conway.
5. Australia Day Homecoming Party at Woolshed Baa and Grill – 26th January
Say “G’day” to Australia Day celebrations at the Woolshed. This watering hole is one of Dublin’s premier sports bars; you have a great view of a TV from almost everywhere in the bar. This event is an invitation to anyone who has been to, or comes from Australia, or simply just loves Oz. So why not head down under, throw another snag on the barbie, enjoy a cold one and celebrate all things Australian?
6. Paloma Faith at Vicar Street – 21st January
Almost needing no introduction Paloma Faith is sharp as a button and twice as cute. Her trademark retro-inspired music is just the thing to perk you up in Dublin in January. Paloma’s latest album ‘Fall To Grace’ sailed in to the charts at number two and stayed in the top 10 for 10 weeks. This new album is a new direction for the singer who turns her hand and her beautiful, soulful voice to melodic ballads. You don’t have to be “Stone Cold Sober” to enjoy Paloma Faith.
7. The 24 Hour Plays at Abbey Theatre – 13th January
Think the theatre is dry, slow and boring? Think again, the fast pace of the 24 Hour Plays will blow your mind and turn you on the theatre. The idea is incredible; a bunch of actors, writers and directors show up at the theatre and basically write, act and direct a bunch of short plays all in 24 hours. Amazing, you say. And to top it all off the event is a huge fundraiser for local charities, what’s not to love? Get down to the Abbey Theatre for a night of interesting and brand, shiny, new plays that may inspire you and its all for a good cause.
8. Haiti Week at The Malthouse South Block, Dublin – 19th – 26th January
Feeling cold this January? Get the inner warmth that comes from helping out those less fortunate than you by contributing to Haiti Week. A week of fundraising events will raise awareness and money for those affected by the tragic Haiti earthquake in 2010. Take part in the Haiti Ball, Hugs for Haiti and Reverse Pass the Parcel all for a good cause.
9. Art Surpassing Nature at National Gallery Of Ireland – until 20th January
If you are looking for a culture fix this January in Dublin then a visit to the National Gallery of Ireland is a must. During the so called Dutch Golden Age painters like Rembrandt and Ruisdael were at the cutting edge of art and heralded the end of the Baroque era in Europe. Their works were more naturalistic and varied including paintings at night like Rembrandt’s “Landscape with the Rest on the Flight into Egypt”. This is the last chance to see this exhibition as it closes this month and the best bit; it’s free.
10. Game: The Future of Play at Science Gallery – until 20th January
Are you addicted to gaming? Do you spend hours online battling dragons and demons with an elfish avatar? Then check out GAME at the Science Gallery for a unique chance to experience the science behind the action. Do you get angry if you can’t play Angry Birds? Then find out how many finger swipes it takes to win this super popular game. Play in virtual mud with Granny’s Backyard interactive demonstration. If you are still addicted then see some of the more extreme effects of over gaming at the Game Arthritis exhibit. Want to add your knowledge then take part in an actual game research study. Take a look at the underside of gaming and give your trigger finger a rest.
Even if you don’t fancy any of these events there are loads of other things to do in January in Dublin. Generator Dublin is your secret guide to the best bits of this beautiful city, which manages to be historic and ultra modern at the same time.