Its pretty quiet here today, both in the hostel and on the streets. But for a single solitary pidgeon bobbing its head on York street my commute to work resembled a stroll through some empty, 28 days later, post apocalyptic metropolis. I know why, its because its a bank holiday Monday and everyone is in bed. In an hour or so people will rise, placing their hands on their head to stop it from crumbling to tiny alcohol filled pieces. Slowly making their way to the bathroom the shame of polluting their body will be magnified and intensified by the confusion staring back at them in the mirror. Why am i covered in glitter and dressed as a pirate? The real horror kicks in when they look towards their bed and they realise they’ve spent the night with a smurf who has also ruined the good sheets. Halloween is fun. A blog was done last week on the five things you could and should have done for the final days of October, a touch premature perhaps as now im left with absolutely nothing to write about this week. As a result i’m just going to list five events that are on around the city for you to indulge in that will cost you cheapskates absolutely nothing!
The Comedy Crunch 21:00
Located in the basement of The Stags Head in Dame Court, the Comedy Crunch is a weekly night that shows off some of the up and coming comedic acts Dublin has to offer. At times brilliant, more often teeth clenchingly cringey, its just as much fun to laugh at the terrible acts than laugh with the fun ones.
A load of lads from France! Playing Irish Trad! Sexy yet racked with guilt about it.
Crime Writing Workshop 10:00-16:00
This is included just for its sheer uniqueness. A rake of famous best-selling crime authors are providing free workshops around the city in the afternoon in various locations.
Phoenix Park by lamplight 16:00
A stroll around the park illuminated by faint lamplight. You’ll be told about the more sinister side of Dublins major grrenspace.
The Dub Liners 19:00
Im gonna confess, i have no idea about these lads. They could be a tribute act to the beard kings or they could be a reggae band fond of puns they mightn’t even be lads! Either way its free so what do you care?
I remember when i was a young fella Halloween was a period of great celebration, you were on your mid-terms and borderline diabetic as your liver struggled to digest the four kilos of sugar coursing through your veins. This later progressed to drinking in fields and trying to get off with the girl from the school down the road before she or her friend had to go to hospital for alcohol poisoning. Looking back now it seems as if the end of October is just another excuse to attack our bile producing buddy, except this time you’re in fancy dress!
5. The Gravedigger Ghost Tour
Join your guide as he takes you through the weird and wonderful events that have taken place in times gone by, unearthing legends and ghosts from Dublin’s past. The Ghost Tour Costs €25 Per person . The duration of the bus tour is approximately 2 hours. They also throw a free pint in from the pub with the best Guinness in the city so happy days i suppose.
4. The Northside Ghostwalk
With more than a thousand years of history, Dublin is one of the most haunted cities in the world. Hidden Dublin Walks will take you through some of the oldest parts of Dublin city centre. This is another good way to get your barings of the city and it sounds like a bit of a laugh also.
3. The Dublin City Halloween Pub Crawl
Its a pub crawl, you’re traveling so no doubt you’ve already been on one. This one is different as people are dressed up in provocative clothing. You’ll mingle better because you have something to talk about. Have a good time.
2. Halloween Hellfire Excursion
Generating more myths than the sex life of Louis Walsh and quite like the man himself, the Hellfire Club exudes an eerie presence. This excursion will involve you hopping on a bus in the city centre from which you’ll be dropped off and given a guided tour of the ruins. This may genuinely be the most eerie experience you can have in Dublin this Halloween and potentially the most violent if the hordes of knackers who like to drink up there every second weekend take an umbrage to you disturbing their session.
1. Samhain Festival
This is basically a Halloween music festival in the depths of Marley Park woods. Everybody will be dressed up, the bands are deadly and tickets are relatively cheap. Go see Solar Bears and dance your banshee booty baby…
Continuing in the same vein as Culture Night a few weeks back, the Open House Festival allows visitors to explore buildings ranging from public, residential and commercial importance. It’s sponsored by the Irish Architecture Foundation and its premise is a celebration of Dublins rich architectural history. The queues aren’t as hectic as the ones seen on culture night because the demand isn’t as high even though the venues available are just as fascinating. Here is five recommendations to occupy you over the weekend:
Etihad Skyline at Croke Park Stadium
This architectural tour will take place on the Etihad Skyline, a 2012 addition by Shane Santry Architects. The Etihad Skyline is a walkway around the roof of the Cusack, Hogan and Davin stands, offering unparalleled panoramic views over Dublin from a series of platforms 44m above the city.
Located on 78 acres northwest of the Phoenix Park, Farmleigh was originally a small Georgian house, extended and renovated for Edward Cecil Guinness between 1881 and 1884. Among the many fine rooms for entertainment, highlights include the timber-panelled dining room, the ballroom’s Louis XVI-style decoration, and the elegant conservatory. The building’s great appeal may be found in its eclectic and numerous styles of interior decoration, as well as its careful restoration. Farmleigh was purchased by the Government in 1999, and refurbished by the Office of Public Works as accommodation for visiting dignitaries and high-level meetings.
National Library of Ireland
The National Library and its sibling, the National Museum, face one another across the forecourt of Leinster House, with simple facades to Kildare Street and more attention to the courtyard elevations. The library’s interior is in magnificent condition, from the handrails to the bathroom tiles, and the main reading room is a highlight, top-lit and rich with detail including the carved bookcases, plasterwork frieze and coffered ceiling.
One of the more popular spots to visit on culture night even though many were turned away due to the size of the queue on Molesworth Street this weekend would be a perfect chance for you to explore one of the more controversial buildings in Dublin. Home to the Masonic Order since 1866, the building occupies a long, narrow site and was the subject of an architectural competition. Each of the building’s meeting rooms is decorated in a different style: the Grand Lodge Room in the Corinthian order, the Royal Arch Chapter Room in the Egyptian Style, and the Gothic interiors of the Prince Mason’s Room and the Knights Templar Chapel. With memorable details and fittings throughout, the building is a uniquely rich, theatrical experience.
Aras an Uachtaráin
Originally a brick lodge built for Park Ranger Nathaniel Clements between 1752 and 1757, the house was acquired as an occasional residence for the Lord Lieutenant, and has been the official residence of the Irish president since 1938. The President!!! Deadly…