Dublin Liberties Festival June 12-19

This year will see the 41st annual Dublin Liberties Festival take place in the Dublin 8 neighbourhood. I’ve never been before but the festival offers a really wide range of activities and entertainments for the whole community from the very young to the older folks. The festival takes place in various locations around the Dublin 8 area from the 12th to the 19th June and most of the events are free and open to all.

Some of the highlights of the festival – for me anyway – are these:

The Street Traders -v- The Guards

Every year the local street traders take on the local Gardaí in a football match. This will be the 23rd year and apparently the Kevin Street Gardaí have a lot of catching up to do; they are lagging behind in wins with 8 to the Street Traders 14. This fun match takes place on Thursday 16th June at the Oliver Bond Complex at Ushers Quay at 7.30pm. Go along and cheer on one of the teams; you might even see the Gardai getting thrashed again…uh oh.

Blue Rinse Talent Competition

Considering some of the talents to have come out of the Liberties area, Imelda May and Fiach to name just two, the talent is sure to be amazing at this competition for the senior members of the community. The competition takes place on Tuesday 14th June at 9pm in The Lamplighter at The Coombe, no tickets required, entry is free of charge.

Photo Exhibition

This exhibition will take place on one night only on Tuesday 14th June from 7-9pm at CORE, St Catherine’s Church, Thomas Street.

Our friends at Dublin City South Volunteer Centre will present a photo exhibition to celebrate the Festival ethos of Many Cultures, One Community and in acknowledgment of European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Three winners will be announced on the night – exciting!

History of the Liberties with Liz Gillis

You can join Liz at Kevin Street Library on Wednesday 15th June from 11 am to 12 noon to hear the fascinating history of the area with a particular focus on the Civil War era. Liz Gillis is well versed in Dublin history and currently works in Kilmainham Gaol giving tours. She has also worked as a local history researcher in the St. Nicholas of Myra Centre on Nicholas’ Street, Dublin 8 for a couple of years. Tickets for this event are free and refreshments will be served.

Trading Spaces by This Is Collective

A new art project is also part of the festival. This Is Collective, a group of five interdisciplinary artists have been chosen to work collaboratively with the local community of traders. It will see a series of installations from This Is Collective exploring the art of trade (a central part of Liberties life) and will be available to view and explore at a pop-up shop at New Dandelion, No. 9 Meath Street from 13th to the 18th June, 10.30am to 4.30pm daily. You can read more about this Trading Spaces exhibition here.

“The Liberties Festival 2011, from June 12th to 19th, will utilise the pleasant terraced streets, bustling shopping districts, open spaces, and the historical and contemporary buildings of the area. And – in keeping with tradition – most of these events are free!”

You can find out more about the Dublin Liberties Festival over on www.libertiesfestivaldublin.com or on the Liberties Festival Facebook page.

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