Here’s five brilliant events you can enjoy locally this weekend

Here’s five brilliant events you can enjoy locally this weekend

By Aura McMenamin

Happy Friday the 13th! Here are five events you can enjoy locally. 

Red Line Book Festival: Various venues

The Red Line Book Festival is a celebration of all things literary. It provides a programme of events and workshops aimed to attract culturally curious audiences of all ages and interests from both the local and wider community.

The initiative is funded by South Dublin County Council and managed by South Dublin Libraries and Arts.

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Readers Day takes place on Saturday 14th October in the Civic Theatre.

Other venues across South Dublin will host the events, including IT Tallaght, Rua Red Arts Centre, Clondalkin Round Tower, Rathfarnham Castle and more.

The Red Line Book Festival has plenty more to offer over its five day run, including theatre productions, poetry recitals, workshops, open-mic nights and a feast of talks, demonstrations and readings.

For more information on Readers Day and other events showing at Red Line Book Festival, visit HERE.

Swami Vivekananda Puppet Show: Tallaght

On Saturday and Sunday, a renowned puppet theatre group from India, Bhartiya Lok Kala Mandal, will host two free shows in Kilnamanagh, Tallaght.

The colourful show illustrates the life and events of the great Swami Vivekananda, a leading figure in the Hindu religion.

According to the event description, the puppets are “beautifully and artistically carved and painted by hand and appear against an equally imaginative stage backdrop”.

The 75 minute long show has toured USA, Canada, Malaysia, Japan and other countries and will touch down in Ireland for the first time in the Kilnamanagh Family Recreation Centre on Sunday for a 3pm and 5pm show.

Tickets are free and are still available to book on eventbrite.

To reserve your complimentary tickets and for further information, please visit: or

People’s Art Fair Lucan

The People’s Art Fair is a project by Houghton Photography. The exhibition will feature an array of stunning black and white photographs of landmarks in Lucan and Leixlip.

There will also be a selection of oil paintings by one of the artists involved in the photography project. The exhibition will be held in St Andrew’s Parish on Main Street Lucan.

The opening night is tonight (Friday) in Courtney’s Pub at 7pm and the exhibition will run until Sunday.

Open House Tour – The Follies of St Enda’s Park: Rathfarnham

Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city.

The festival will be offering guided tours of St. Enda’s Park’s very significant collection of late 18th to early 19th century garden ornaments, ‘or follies’ at 12pm and 3pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Many of the follies were inspired by ancient Irish field monuments. There is also a Hermit’s cave and a lodge built as a miniature five-pointed star-shaped fort. Those on the tour will be allowed access to the interior rooms of the Fort.

The tours will be offered on a first-come basis: People are asked to look out for Open House Dublin volunteers and to wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather as the tour goes along a steep forest trail.

Baby Bay Market: Tallaght

The Baby Bay Market is perfect for parents looking to buy, sell and recycle baby clothes and goods.

Held in the Maldron Hotel, you can clear out and make some cash, pass on the stuff you no longer need and save money on the very expensive baby essentials. Admission is €3 and kids go free.