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Happenings: A Year of Open Air Bliss, Music, and Mindful Moments!

Welcome to 2024 - A Year of Unforgettable Happenings!

Dear Happenings Community,

As the clock strikes midnight and we bid farewell to the old, we welcome the promise of a brand new year filled with exciting possibilities. At Happenings, we're gearing up for a spectacular journey through 2024, and we can't wait to share it with each and every one of you.

1. Open Air Yoga Bliss in Dublin:

Get ready to roll out your yoga mats because we're taking the zen outdoors! Our open-air yoga sessions are spreading their wings across Dublin. Picture yourself saluting the sun in some of the most scenic spots in the city. From serene parks to urban oases, we're on a mission to bring the tranquility of yoga to every corner of Dublin.

2. Lights, Camera, Action: More Open Air Cinema Than Ever!

The silver screen meets the open sky as we elevate your movie nights to a whole new level. This year, expect more open-air cinema events that turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. Gather under the stars with friends and family for magical movie moments that will linger long after the credits roll.

3. The Soundtrack of Happenings: Music Across Dublin and Ireland:

Music is the heartbeat of Happenings, and 2024 is set to be a symphony of sounds. From intimate concerts in city parks to grand music festivals spanning the Irish landscape, we're bringing melodies that resonate with the soul. Stay tuned for announcements that will make your heart sing!

4. Neurodivergent-Focused Events and Festivals:

Diversity is our strength, and inclusivity is our anthem. This year, we're proud to introduce neurodivergence-focused events that celebrate the uniqueness of every individual. Join us in creating spaces that embrace diversity, understanding, and the beauty of neurodivergent minds. Stay tuned for Neuroconvergence 2024

5. Breathe Festival: Sustainably Nourishing Mind, Body, and Planet:

Mark your calendars for the highlight of the year – Breathe Festival! This immersive experience is not just a festival; it's a commitment to sustainability and well-being. Dive into a world where every breath counts, and every moment contributes to a healthier self, community, and planet.

As we step into this new chapter, we invite you to be a part of every Happening, every experience, and every transformative moment. Follow us on this journey of joy, wellness, and positive change.

Here's to a year of Happenings that leave you breathless, inspired, and connected.

Happy New Year!

With love, Peter and the Happenings Team

Introducing the Happenings Holiday concept

A Happenings Holiday can be anything.

It will not always be getting on a plane to a foreign place as that is not sustainable. They will be mainly trips around Ireland; camping, retreating, day-tripping and enjoying all that this great about this Island. We welcome any ideas from you of what these could be. This first trip was brought to us by a local to Capodimonte who comes to Happenings Yoga. The idea is that it will be the best of what this amazing place has to offer from a locals perspective with all of their contacts and ability to get the best prices, so it's very affordable for what you will get.

So, if you’re looking for some time out to rest and renew, to explore and experience a new country, a new culture and traditions, connect with other likeminded people and seek a fresh perspective on life - this is the right holiday for you!


Capodimonte ​is a picturesque little Italian village on the shore of the volcanic lake Bolsena. It is situated in the Province of Viterbo​in the L​azio ​region, northwest of R​ome.​

This holiday offers up a combination of 1 hour daily hatha yoga classes & other holistic practices, historical & cultural tours, geology field trips, nature-friendly activities and delectable food trails to take advantage of local and traditional dishes (not just pizza & pasta!). For the sporty types, we can provide activities such as kayaking, cycling and tennis.


June 18th to 26th (8 nights & 9 days); the week of the summer solstice.


Email Costanza:

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Total price: €800

Download the PDF here (1.1 MB) for more information, contact details and full itinerary!

We're delighted to be hosting a bunch of events for Bloomsday this year! Our Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch and Ulysses Express were a huge success in 2015, so we've added a new element to the line-up, a Bloomsday Cruise!

We've teamed up with the Bloomsday Festival and Failte Ireland to bring you a really special few days. Make sure to check out the full Bloomsday Festival programme on their website.

Here's what we have to offer:

The Bizarre Bloomsday Street Party - 12th June

North Great George's Street. 12.30pm-5.30pm. Free

Step into another realm for the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch & Street Party, a celebration of all the weird and wacky parts of Joyce with food, performances, games and music from the pages of Ulysses!

There will be free events on the street throughout the day and everyone is encouraged to come along and soak up the celebratory atmosphere. While there are multiple food stalls, there will be three sittings of the delicious Bloomsday Brunch (€20) from 12:30pm onwards – advanced booking is highly recommended. Tickets for the sitdown brunch

NB: This is a free street party event. There will be food traders & entertainment throughout the day. More info

The Bloomsday Cruise - 16th June

Fancy taking to the high seas this Bloomsday? Take the Bloomsday Cruise and travel from the city centre to the seaside suburbs in style this 16 June!

Registration will begin at Pearse Street Station at 9:45AM, where you’ll be given a Joycean goodie bag including your own Bloomsday boater. You’ll then be taken on a Joycean walking tour of the city before boarding the Bloomsday boat. While on board, you’ll be treated to some Burgundy wine and Gorgonzola cheese followed by music and performances to accompany the breathtaking views of Dublin Bay. The boat will dock in Dun Laoghaire at 12:30PM and you’ll be free to take in the wonderful Bloomsday atmosphere in the suburbs that inspired Joyce’s great novel. Period dress is heartily encouraged!

Tickets (€20) must be booked in advance as places are limited. Tickets for the Bloomsday Cruise

The Ulysses Express - 16th June

A huge success last year. Book fast - tickets will sell out quick!

Leopold Bloom traversed Dublin in James Joyce’s epic novel Ulysses; now you have the chance to experience some of Dublin’s best known Bloomsday haunts in a unique and memorable way.

Join us at 10:45AM to register and pick up your goodie bag (complete with a Bloomsday boater!) before setting off on a private Joycean walking tour in the city centre. We’ll then hop aboard the specially commissioned Ulysses Express, which will be adorned with all things Bloomsday to add to the wonderful atmosphere. You will be welcomed with Burgundy wine and Gorgonzola cheese in honour of the man himself and once on board enjoy not just the view, but Bloomsday songs and antics galore.

On arrival in Sandycove, you’ll have the chance to explore the James Joyce Tower, join the famous street party in Glasthule or soak up the live music and readings in Dun Laoghaire. There’s no better way to get into the spirit than to dress up in Bloomsday attire!

Tickets (€20) must be booked in advance as places are limited. Tickets for the Ulysses Express

More Photos of The Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch & Street Party

That summer has arrived so we're ramping things up here in Happenings! We've got new venues, new films and new equipment. We're hoping to animate even more of Dublin, Cork & Limerick's beautiful parks and public spaces this year. It's an exciting time!

We get asked a lot about volunteering at our events. It's a great way to meet people and gain experience of working at events. Volunteering at our events is fun, easy and relaxed. It's an important role for us; we need friendly and approachable people to represent Happenings and welcome our audience to the events.

If you'd like to volunteer with Happenings this year, please fill out this google form. Thank you!

We're delighted to be teaming up with the literary institution that is Totally Dublin over the coming months. It's a great opportunity to be promoted within their pages, and brilliant to able to bring Totally Dublin content (such as great stories, events and reviews) to our followers. Check them out at

We've arrived! Killyon Manor is looking incredible in the sun.

We are super excited to finally share our day by day breakdown of music and weekend long magical happenings.

See you down here...

Happenings x

We're delighted to announce our first line-up for Another Love Story 2015. We've pulled together a really special line-up which showcases some of the best rising talents in Ireland today. Head over to our artists page for the full low down and their bio's. And below we have a small playlist to introduce you to some of the artists.

Roll on summer 2015! (Playlist below)

  • In The Name Of The Father – Merrion Square 12/08/2016 with director Jim Sheridan and guests.
  • Michael Collins – Emmet Square Clonakilty 27/08/2016 with to celebrate Michael Collins anniversary.
  • Adam and Paul – Herbert Park 16/09/2016 with director Lenny Abrahamson and guests.

‘Centenary Cinema' is a programme of Open Air Cinema Screenings that Happenings are running between August and October 2016 to celebrate some of the best of Irish Cinema from the last one hundred years. Each of these screenings will be an event in itself where the guests attending will not only celebrate the film, but also highlight historical, political, and cultural issues that have effected Irish society over the decades.  A donation from each of these screenings will be made to a charity or a cause chosen by the guests and Happenings will also work alongside the nominated charity to heighten awareness for their cause. 

After an amazing success of Centenary Cinema’s open air screening of “The Queen of Ireland” and "The Wind The Shakes The Barley", we are now happy to share our next three screenings! 


Friday, August 12th at 7:30pm
Merrion Square, Dublin

We're excited to announce our second Centenary Cinema screening will be of Jim Sheridan’s seven time Oscar nominated film “In the Name of the Father” in Merrion Square Friday, August 12th, 2016.

Gates will open at 7:30 PM starting with a panel discussion attended by the film’s Director and Master Storyteller, Jim Sheridan. Topics covered will be the making of the movie, it’s subsequent success, it’s content in relation to the troubles and a focus on the innovative and ground-breaking soundtrack. The film is scheduled to start around 9.15 PM (when the sun sets). Tickets are listed at €5.00 per person and are available online here or can be purchased at the gate (pending availability). 


Saturday, August 27th at 7:30pm
Emmet Square, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Third in our Centenary Cinema line-up is a screening of “Michael Collins” in Emmet Square Saturday, August 27th, 2016.

Join us during Clonakilty Heritage Week to commemorate the death of Irish revolutionary and politician Michael Collins. Gates will open at 7PM, starting with a panel discussion. The film is scheduled to start around 9 PM (when the sun sets). Tickets are listed at €5.00 per person and are available online here or can be purchased at the gate (pending availability). 


Friday, September 16th at 7:30pm
Herbert Park, Dublin

Our fourth Centenary Cinema screening of “Adam and Paul” will be highlighting homelessness in Ireland. This screening will take place in Herbert Park Friday, September 16th, 2016. Gates will open at 6.30 PM, starting with a panel discussion which includes Oscar Nominated Film Director Lenny Abrahamson (‘Room’). Along with a focus on the making of ‘Adam and Paul’ and it’s emotive content, there will be a focus on the recent international success of the Irish Film industry, which has been spear headed by Lenny Abrahamson and Ed Guiney and their four time Oscar nominated film ‘Room’.

The film is scheduled to start around 8 PM (when the sun sets). Tickets are listed at €5.00 per person and are available online at here or can be purchased at the gate (pending availability). 


More ‘Centenary Cinema’ Films dates and Guests will be announced soon - keep an eye on our website and social media pages for up-to-date information!

We like to think we provide an alternative to the general goings on in Dublin and further afield. And on that note, here is our weekend lineup of all things Happenings.

Thursday: The Royal Tenebaums -Open Air Cinema in Merrion Square.

Friday: Grease - Open Air Cinema in the Leinster Cricket Grounds

Saturday: UP - Open Air Screening in Sandymount Green.

And also on Saturday.... Yoga in Dartmouth Square 11 am with Anne Marie Brennan.

We've got your weekend covered!

All events @

Bad news folks! Very sorry to announce that we are postponing both screenings this weekend. Groundhog Day in Leinster Cricket Club and The Van in Dalymount Park are both postponed.

It's just too cold and changeable. Friday will be as cold as 4-5ºC after sunset and Saturday is a complete washout!

Groundhog Day is postponed to Friday 15th May, and The Van has been postponed until the 14th May. Sorry for having to do this. It's the nature of running open-air events in Ireland. Can't wait for warm sunny days in the park!

Once the weather comes good we'll also be kickstarting our open-air cinema in Merrion Square each week. Make sure to join our facebook event page to be in on all the action. We're also looking forward to the Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch in June. Tickets are selling fast!

And if you're stuck for things to do this weekend, make sure to check out our friend's event-listings at LeCool Dublin and in Totally Dublin. Phizzfest, the Phibsborough Community Arts Festival has loads on too.

Happenings x

Happenings presents an Open Air Cinema Screening of 'Adam & Paul’ as a part of their Centenary Cinema programme to celebrate some of the best of Irish Cinema from the last one hundred years. The screening takes place on Friday, September 16th in Herbert Park, Dublin. Gates open at 6:30 PM.

Prior to the screening, multi-award winning and Oscar Nominated Director LENNY ABRAHAMSON with be joined by Peter McVerry Trust Head of Communications, Francis Doherty, and Eoin Ó Broin TD in a panel discussion to highlight the increasing homelessness issue in Ireland. This event will be a great opportunity for everyone to support this hugely worthwhile cause, while learning how we can all help to become a part of the solution. Also in discussion will be the recent international success of the Irish Film industry, which has been spear headed by Lenny Abrahamson and Ed Guiney and their four time Oscar nominated film ‘Room’.

Visit for further information and tickets.

Intern with Happenings Events! Summer 2015 positions available

Happenings run spontaneous, meaningful, cultural events in Dublin, Limerick & Cork. Our busiest time is in the summer when we host open-air cinema, music, yoga, food, mindfulness & family events in parks and public spaces.

We open an internships programme every summer, and at the moment we have opportunities for two budding superheroes to join the team. These are paid internships.

Projects, Events & Administration Internship

Are you a super-organised individual? Do you love events and managing projects? If you're looking for a role in events based people & project management this might be the internship for you. You'll need to be highly organised, efficient and a great communicator. Experience with (and a love for!) spreadsheets is essential. You're the kind of person who must have every box ticked.

Social Media & Communications Executive

Help us develop our online community whilst running social media campaigns & online marketing. You'll need to be enthusiastic, passionate about what we do, and love engaging with people! Experience in social media management is essential. Experience in wordpress & photoshop is desirable. (please send us a communications/social media portfolio (simply; examples of your work) in your application email.)


So join the team and make things happen. Positive fun-lovin’ dedicated superheroes need only apply. (Ya hear?) These are paid internship for a minimum of 4 days per week. You'll also need to be fairly flexible to work at our events.

Please send a little something about yourself and your CV to

I don’t know about you but we avoid town on Paddy’s Day. Our tradition has been to stick to a friend’s house or our local pub when the city centre descends into chaos after the parade. The drink-fuelled messiness is the darker side of our national holiday. The drunk Dr Jekyll to an otherwise charming Mr Hyde.

Along with our traditions of digging out all shades of green clothes, sporting limp broches of shamrock leaves, and speaking the cupla focal, on March 17th mayhem is the norm. As a Dubliner, you either participate or avoid the city centre at all costs. But, surely Paddy’s Day should be about getting together in the city to celebrate our heritage, culture and creativity without getting locked.

This is the idea behind Paddy’s Day Unlocked.

Rather than closing the pubs or creating obstacles to boozing in attempts to control behaviour (thirsty party goers will find a way), Happenings believe there’s a need for attractive alternatives to getting hammered. We’re not anti-booze, sure we love a good party. We’re just shifting the focus from pints to people. We want to keep families in the city centre after the parade, let visitors see that we’re not all about getting pissed and show off some hot new Irish talent.

Nialler9, The Happy Pear, Headstrong, Tonnta, Ensemble Eriu, Jinx Lennon, Sinead White, Hare Squead, Damn Fine Print, Boltz Sustainability.

These are the locals that will delight us this Paddy’s Day.
This is the Dublin that we want to focus on.
This is the Ireland that we want to celebrate.

Create always, have fun, be nice.


Paddy’s Day Unlocked.
Date: March 17th 2015
Venue: Meeting House Square, Temple Bar
Time: 3pm - 7pm
Ticket: €5, Free for under 12s
With special thanks to Dublin City Council for their support.

For more information on Paddy’s Day Unlocked, visit our Happenings event page, or check out the Facebook Event Page

We are delighted to announce the first line-up of the 2016 installment of the annual Another Love Story summer weekender. Once again we team up with Homebeat and return to the stunning wild grounds of Killyon Manor, Kinnegad, Co Meath from Friday 19th August to Sunday 21st August 2016.

Now in its third year this hugely successful event will once again provide a blissful alternative to the large-scale festival experience with it’s unique intimate, hands on approach.

Uniquely set within & around the 18th century manor, the elegant spaces, the lush ancient woodlands, Island Chapel, stunning ballroom, elegant parlour rooms and luxurious lawns all play host to the sights & sounds of Another Love Story:

Another Love Story 2016 will feature very carefully selected Live Sets from:

Meltybrains | Saint Sister | Talos | Stomptown Brass | Slow Place Like Home | Badlands (SWE) | Æ Mak | Attention Bebe | Beach | Slow Moving Clouds | Old Hannah | J.Cowhie | Variant Sea | Participant | Kobina | Robert John Ardiff | Marlene Enright & more

These much loved Another Love Story elements also return:

The Shift Shack | Talks | Walks | Yoga | Qui Gong | Theatre | Roland’s Cinema D’amour | Glitteration Station | The Cosmic Canopy | The Love Summit | The Deepest Darkest Woods Stage | The Teenage Crush | The Library | The Parlour Room & More

DJs, Further line up additions, Curious Antics, Food & Discussions still to be released

We'd really really love you to join us. Tickets and all information at

We are delighted to announce the final line up additions to the upcoming Another Love Story 2015.


New Jackson (Live) - Permanent Vacation/Major Problems
Ben Bix & Feather | Overcoats | Sign A | Wounded Healer
Kobina | Laura Ann Brady | Samyel

Taste Djs | Electric Foxx | Horn

We are especially delighted to say that the weekend’s festivities are to be headlined by a live performance from homegrown musical polyglot David Kitt in his now world-renowned New Jackson form.

Fresh from a year which has seen Kitt perform his vocoder laced electronica in settings as diverse as a jam packed Midnight Circus tent at Body & Soul to a wildly appreciative Panorama Bar audience in the infamous Berghain, New Jackson is representative of everything that is so incredible about the Irish music scene right now - cutting edge, warm hearted music that is being created to international standards & appreciated accordingly the world over, we are thrilled to have him play in our beautiful Ballroom.

Coming swiftly up on his coat tails are the wonderful talents of groundbreaking Dublin nu soul-electronica act Ben Bix & Feather which combines the music making nous of Ben McKenna of Meltybrains? with the pure talent of Emma Garnett (sister to, and member of hotly tipped Loah).

They are joined in the form of more wonderful home grown talent with singer songwriter’s Laura Ann Brady & Samyel , Sorcha McGrath (of Ships fame) with her new Wounded Healer project, beautiful ambient tinged house from Kobina, minimal infused folk from the wonderful SignA, and American imports Overcoats who continue to make a splash during their short stay here.

Behind the one’s and two’s - Saturday afternoon at ALS see’s ‘The Lovely Lawn’ tuned into a grassy dance floor for a session of Nialler 9 & Stevie G’s Vinyl Love, while straight from an infamous closing set at Body & Soul’s Tree Haus stage, Taste Djs return to their stately home with glee and Cork’s Electric Foxx also makes an appearance behind the decks as does ALS queen of Bristol infused house Horn.

As usual live visual installations are provided by our main man Le Tissier.


Creative Islanders | Ruairi McKiernan & Manchan Mangan | Nighthawks | To Wit : To Woo

Away from the dance floors there’s plenty of other occurrences and affairs to keep you happy - The Library once more is a seat of discussion where you can kick back and enjoy talks from Clare Mulvany (Trailblaze, Wanderlust)’s Creative Islander series, listen to Ruairi McKiernan interview Manchan Mangan about his life on ‘A Road Less Travelled’ and further chats on food, adventure, music as well as readings and spoken word from the Nighthawks Collective.

To Wit : To Woo are back with more dating mischief and they bring The Shift Shack back to life at Killyon Manor where the motto ’Shiftin’ by day, dancing’ by night’ applies to all.



All the fun and mischief of a weekend spent in the most unique space of the summer festival season - Another Love Story’s stately home - Killyon Manor.


New Jackson (LIVE) (Permanent Vacation / Major Problems) • Loah • Attention Bebe • Leo Drezden • Come On Live Long • Buffalo Woman • Ben Bix & Feather • Valerie Francis • Margie Lewis • Paddy Hanna • Tandem Felix • I Have A Tribe • Carriages • Tomorrows • SignA Sun Collective • Elephant • Ye Vagabonds • Kobina • Overcoats • Wounded Healer • Laura Ann Brady • Anna-Mieke • Samyel • Kiruu


David Kitt (Dj) • Neil Flynn (Lossless) • Nialler9 • Andrew Kearney • Sally Cinnamon • Tim O’Donovan • Glamo • Taste Djs . DJ Hula Hoops • Will & Chuck • Electric Fox • Horn.


The Library • The Shift Shack
Chuck & Will’s Barefoot Emporium of Love
Live Visual Installation by Le Tissier
Talks • Walks • Yoga
The To Wit:To Woo Dating Experience
The Guerrilla Aerialists & their Horse Box Stage
Vintage Frocks, Locks & Lashes from The Cat’s Meow
The Young Love Zone
The Forgotten Forest

& More!


Tickets €110 for weekend camping (before Aug 14th)
€130 (after Aug 14th)

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