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June City Events in Dublin

The literary history of Dublin is on show this month with the annual celebration of James Joyce’s famous work “Ulysses” on Bloomsday and a bard fest at the Shakespeare Festival. So why not have a look and see what else is on in Dublin in June:

1. Bloomsday Festival, city wide – 9th – 15th June

Dublin’s famous son, James Joyce is celebrated this month with a whole week of activities. The name Bloomsday comes from the main character Leopold Bloom in Joyce’s seminal work “Ulysses” and is actually on 16th June. To understand Bloomsday you need to know that it follows the trials and tribulations of one entire day in the life of Leopold Bloom described in Ulysses. You can follow the route Bloom took around Dublin during the book. Stops include a hearty breakfast of sausages, beans, black and white pudding and toast, a pint or two at Davy Byrne’s Pub as well as readings from the book and actors dressing up in authentic Edwardian Costumes to fill out the flavour of the day.

2. Dublin Port River Fest, North Wall Quay – 1st – 3rd June

As with many great cities built on estuaries Dublin loves to celebrate the importance the river has had in history. This year the festival coincides with the Old Gaffers Association’s 50th anniversary which will see almost 100 fantastic Old Gaff sailing boats gathering in Dublin Port. With tall ships arriving, sailing boats whizzing about, boat races, a pirate village, markets and funfairs there is loads to do and see on the water. So if you fancy some nautical fun head down to the North Wall Quay and find your sea legs!

3. Tyga at Vicar Street – 2nd June

Don’t you just love the cute way really tough looking rappers spell their names? Well actually this one is an acronym for “Thank You God Always”, we love that. You might recognise some of his stuff from “Need for Speed: Undercover” if you are a gamer. His third studio album “Hotel California” has only just been released and was hotly awaited by fans. Featuring the new single “Dope” the album is set to do well. So if you like your rap angry and heavy then go and see Tyga at Vicar Street!

4. Forbidden Fruit Festival at Royal Hospital Kilmainham – 1st – 2nd June

For some slightly lighter music try the Forbidden Fruit Festival at Royal Hospital Kilmainham. Handily the site is literally just down the road from Generator so you will find it easy to stumble back from a hard day of festival fun. Featured on the line-up are rock giants Kasabian, legends Primal Scream and local talent Fight Like Apes. We hope to see you there enjoying some top tunes and great weather!

5. Flora Women’s Mini Marathon, city wide – 3rd June

And now for the sport. The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon is the biggest women’s event of its kind in the world and runners of all ages and abilities from across the globe take part. It is less pressure than the major marathons as the emphasis is more on the raising money for charity aspect rather than, what is your best time. All competitors need to do is complete the 10km course by running, jogging or even walking and have a good time. If you do finish the course you get a commemorative medal and ribbon, awesome. In Ireland 3rd June is a Bank Holiday so you can expect huge crowds to show up and support the runners. Good spots around the course to watch and cheer are the start at Fitzwilliam Square, Merrion Square Park and the finish at St Stephens Green. There are loads of entertainment places along the way to keep you in the mood. So why not go along and support a good cause?

6. The Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival at Trinity College – 5th – 15th June

Keeping with the literary theme is the Trinity College Dublin Shakespeare Festival. This year’s looks like it will be the biggest yet with more than 50 performances of the bard’s work planned. All the performances will be at idyllic, outdoor locations throughout the city and include some of the classics like “Twelfth Night” and “Romeo and Juliette”. All the actors will be from the Dublin University Players so you know each play will be superb. One particular highlight this year will be a charity matinee of Indian Tempest. So dust off your doublet and hose and join in the merry japes this month.

7. Blondie at Olympia Theatre – 25th June

Debbie Harry is still turning heads at an age when most people would be thinking about settling down and pottering about in the garden. No such quiet life for her and her bands mates in Blondie as they are still rocking and touring like it was the 70’s. Debbie Harry was recently voted in the top five greatest front-men and women ever, coming in ahead of artists like Freddie Mercury, Kurt Cobain and Liam Gallagher. You will know their big hits like “Heart of Glass”, “One Way Or Another” (recently covered by One Direction), and one of our personal favourites “Call Me”. Need we say more?

8. What Would Ma Say at Civic Theatre – 10th – 15th June

And we are heading back into the theatre again for another amazing piece from Irish-born playwright Kathleen Doyle. The plot is based on the writer’s childhood growing up in Dublin and brilliantly shows that even if families don’t have money they can still have fun. Particular incidents to note are when Kathleen and her siblings turned their kitchen into a swimming pool on a hot summer’s day, or tried to hide a stolen pig in the bath. And, of course, at the centre of the family filled with love, kind words and retribution was Ma, beloved and feared in equal measure.

9. Dublin LGBTQ Pride Festival 2013, city wide – 21st – 30th June

June is the month for LGBT across the world and Dublin is famous for its fantastic parades. The LGBT parade tops the lot for colour, flamboyance, feathers and fun. The parade starts at the Garden Of Remembrance usually around 2pm then heads across the O’Connell Bridge and on around College Green to wind up at Baggot Street. Just around the corner is Merrion Square Park the home of Pride Village which will be a mini festival with music stages, food stalls and general merriment.

10. Taste of Dublin at Iveagh Gardens 13th – 16th June

We expect you are feeling a bit peckish after all that fun so let’s head off to the Taste of Dublin for some well deserved munchies. Set in the beautiful Iveagh Gardens to the South of the city you will be treated to a plethora of summer eating, drinking, cooking demos, cooking schools plus loads more. 20 of the best restaurants in Dublin will be sharing their finest dishes in handy taster size. We are getting hungry just thinking about it.

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