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Howth is Magic on Ice

Celebrate the festive season with a visit to the Howth Ice Rink.

The Howth is Magic on Ice includes an all weather ice rink, refreshment stands and a free playground for younger children.

If you want a break from the ice rink, or can’t stay up on the ice, you can also enjoy the view of Howth harbour. See if you can see the seals.

Howth is Magic on Ice is open from December 14th to January 13th, from 12pm – 10pm during the week and 11am – 10pm at weekends.

Open hours

Adult – €15
Child Under 12 – €8
Family – €44
Students – €12
School Children – €8
Tiny Tots – €8
Spectators – €2 entrance fee

Enjoy a great day out with Howth is Magic on Ice.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat comes to Dublin

One of the world’s most successful musicals written by the team of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice will be performing at Gaiety Theatre in Dublin, from Monday 15 to Saturday 20 October.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat stars Craig Chalmers as Joseph, a popular finalist in the recent BBC television programme Any Dream Will Do.

The long-running (over twenty years) musical is based on the biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. It includes well-known songs such as Any Dream Will Do, Close Every Door To Me and One More Angel.

This magical performance, with direction by Bill Kenwright and choreography by Henry Metcalfe, is one for all the family and you can be assured that once you have experienced this enchanting display, you will be singing and dancing all the way home – yes even you dad!

The price of tickets ranges from €20 to €39.50 and can be obtained from Gaiety theatre & ticketmaster.

Why not prepare yourself for this dazzling show by learning one of the musical’s songs. Try the popular hit made famous by Jason Donovan, Any Dream Will Do.

Any Dream Will Do lyrics:

I closed my eyes, drew back the curtain
To see for certain what I thought I knew
Far far away, someone was weeping
But the world was sleeping
Any dream will do

Joseph & Children
I wore my coat, with golden lining
Bright colours shining, wonderful and new
And in the east, the dawn was breaking
And the world was waking
Any dream will do

A crash of drums, a flash of light
My golden coat flew out of sight
The colors faded into darkness
I was left alone

Joseph & Children
May I return to the beginning
The light is dimming, and the dream is too
The world and I, we are still waiting
Still hesitating
Any dream will do
Give me my coloured coat,
my amazing coloured coat


Red, the MS Ireland reading superhero, is urging you to sign up to this year’s MS READaTHON. The 2007 READaTHON is extra special, because it is the 20th birthday of this great sponsored read.

Children who join in will get to read some of their favourite stories and they will be raising money for the 7,000 in Ireland who who living with Multiple Sclerosis.

During last year’s READaTHON, more than more than 30,000 children aged 6-16 read over 500,000 books, raising €1.2million for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. Red and everyone else hopes the 2007 READaTHON will be even bigger.

The MS READaTHON runs from 19th October – 19th November. This year it is supported by lots of famous authors, including Jacqueline Wilson – the creator of Tracy Beaker.

Children can take part in the MS READaTHON individually or classes can be signed up by their teacher. Everyone who takes part will recieve a thank you gift and a Certificate of Appreciation.

There is also the change to win lots of major prizes, including a computer, a trip for two to see Manchester United play at Old Trafford, a portable DVD player and a bike.

Schools can compete for the Winning Schools Trophies and for thousands of euros worth of books with which to update their school libraries. There are prizes for teachers and librarians too. In addition, ten per cent of the money raised in each school can be kept to buy books or reading aids for the school. This year a school can also win a brand new top of the range computer plus a digital camera.

The sign up period begins on 10th September. Schools can sign up by filling out the entry forms that they will all receive in September. Individuals can pick up entry forms from their local library or bookshop.

For more information visit or phone 1850 650 950.

MS READaTHON Manager, Cheryl Gunning, says: “The MS READaTHON encourages children to read, giving them one of the greatest gifts possible, a love of books – all the while helping to raise funds for much needed services for people with MS. Last year, we were thrilled that school children raised €1.2 million for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland. And this year we’re really looking forward to celebrating our 20th birthday with even more success stories!”

And one last word from our Superhero Red! “The more I read the more superpowers I get – and now with my incredible knowledge and wisdom I outsmart the villains. My mission is to encourage children to read more, which helps them to develop a fantastic imagination and to broaden their knowledge!”

By taking part in the 2007 MS READaTHON, you can be more like Red!

Circus Week gets off to a flying start

Innovative circus performer Kwabana Lindsay ensured Circus Week got off to a flying start on Sunday with his amazing aerial acrobatic show ‘Fiddler on a Rope’. The audience were amazed by his challenging, dangerous stunts.

Circus Week forms part of the annual Diversions Festival and will see the streets and public spaces of Temple Bar transformed into a circus arena for 7 days of spectacular outdoor performances from Irish and international circus acts including acrobatics, trapeze, magic and stilt walking performances throughout the week. Highlights include:-

· The premiere of a new walkabout circus performance called ‘The Sommelliers’ from UK circus pioneers Bongo Bolero;
· The Italian Kerrymen known as the Fanzini Brothers new show ‘Deathwish’; and
· A one-day extravaganza of Irish circus throughout the streets of Temple Bar (Sunday 22nd, from 1pm).

Plus lunchtime performances in acrobatics, trapeze, magic and stilt walking throughout the week!

Even better, all events are FREE.

Summer in Dublin

Dublin has a lot to offer throughout the year, and summer probably has more than its fair share of events to entertain visitors and locals.

There is fun for all the family at the various Activity Days. Throughout July, venues around Dublin will be hosting a selection of live music, circus workshops, puppet and magic shows, face painters and bouncy castles.

Each activity day starts at 3 pm and they will be on at:

1st of July at Bunting Road
8th of July at Fairview Park
22nd of July John Paul Park
29th of July Johnstown Park

And that’s not all. There is a great range of concerts throughout the summer. The Lunchtime Concerts series is on at 1 pm – 2 pm and features:

The Army Band – 4th July – Merrion Square
The Garda Band – 10th July – Herbert Park
Mary McEvoy & Friends – 11th July – Civic Offices
Avondale – 18th July – Wolfe Tone Park
The Niall Toner Band – 25th July – Civic Offices
Crofton Folk Band – 1st August – Herbert Park

If you have the energy for shopping after all that, you should see the Smithfield Summer Market. Opening in August 3rd, this is the biggest open air market Dublin has ever seen.

As well as stalls selling something for everyone, the Smithfield Market hosts street entertainment and kids’ activities. There is also a picnic area so you can relax.

The Smithfield Summer Market is open every Friday and Saturday until September 1st.

If you want a taste of the exotic, the Eurocultured Festival is sure to satisfy you.

This free festival features the best in European art, dance, music, performance and cuisine at Smithfield Plaza on Saturday August 18th.

Over 150 top performers from across Europe will be coming to Ireland for the Eurocultured Festival. Expect to see street art, flamenco dancing, DJs, live music, workshops and much more.

The summer in Dublin is always filled with activities, and there is a lot more to do in 2007 as well as the options here.