Fun things to do this September

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From puppy havens in Marley Park to luxury seafood in the G Hotel, September is set to be a month to remember

red-and-brown flowers flowers on table

Ah September. We kick it off with Electric Picnic and start to fully embrace the autumn season, with its falling leaves and hot cappuccinos combined with the back-to-school frenzy. There are plenty of fun-filled activities and events across Ireland to do this month. Prepare to enjoy everything that autumn has to offer with what’s on across the country this September.

Nicki Hoyne Kildare Village pop-up

Nicki Hoyne has just opened a pop-up boutique in Kildare Village. Her eye-catching shoes and bags will be available until Wednesday, 14 September. The sustainable collection went on sale in the new boutique in August and is well worth a visit to add some eco-friendly colour to your wardrobe. With prices ranging from €65 to €500, the pop-up has a wide display to choose from, whatever your budget.

Bags Collection – Nicki Hoyne

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Urban Brewing tasting event

To celebrate Estrella Galicia Gastronomy Month, Urban Brewing in Dublin is hosting a special tasting menu event on Thursday, 15 September. Head Chef Dean Keane has curated a specially crafted menu based on his recent travels around Spain. He picked up some new recipes and techniques to share in the Urban Brewing kitchen. The new menu includes cod, hot dogs, sirloin steak and white chocolate mousse. This special event is perfect for date night or family dinners. Book your tickets here.

cooked fish on white ceramic plate

New lion at Fota Wildlife Park

A male Asiatic lion has joined the Fota Wildlife Park family in Cork. Six-year-old Yali has recently been acquainted with his new roommates, lionesses Gira and Gita. The hope is that he will start a new pride within the park. The Asiatic lion is an endangered species that has only one remaining habitant spot in the world, the Gir Forest in India. Therefore, protecting them in wildlife parks is invaluable in preventing the extinction of this beautiful big cat. Yali is settled into his new home and is excited to meet his new Irish neighbours. Find more information here.

photography of lion lying on grass bear rock during daytime

Into the Dark Woods Premiere

Award-winning Blue Teapot Theatre Company returns to Galway’s Black Box Theatre with the premiere of Into the Dark Woods. Written by debut playwright Charlene Kelly, the story is told through the eyes of intellectual disability. An inclusive cast will bring Kelly’s words to life in a show that is suitable for adults and children aged 10+ years. Running from Wednesday to Saturday, 14-17 September, purchase your tickets online or from Town Hall Theatre Box Office 091 569777.

Pitch’d Circus and Street Arts Festival

The streets of Cork will be welcoming the return of Pitch’d Circus and Street Arts Festival presented by Circus Factory. From Friday to Sunday, 9-25 September, the best of the best in circus and street performance will be turning heads with daring routines and hilarious characters. On 17 September, presented by Circus Factory and the Everyman, Bryan Quinn will host a gala night, with entertainment provided by the stars of the festival. Book your tickets here

Bubbles and Pearls Seafood in the G Hotel

To mark the beginning of the Galway International Oyster and Seafood Festival, the G Hotel will be hosting the Bubbles and Pearl Supper Club on Thursday, 22 September. Head Chef Dominique Majecki has curated a menu of the best locally sourced seafood in County Galway. An accompanying champagne explained by Kevin McKee from Champagne Taittinger will also be served. Local seafood suppliers will be there to share unique stories and insights of their business on the night. Pre-book for €125 per person or €247 per person to include accommodation in the G Hotel for the night. Email events@theghotel.ie to book.

round silver steel bowl with scallops

Pups in the Park

A dog-lovers heaven, taking place in Marley Park from Saturday to Sunday, 10-11 September, Pups in the Park has a paw-fect line up of events for dogs and owners alike. From the Regatta Great Dog Walk to the Chin-Wag Talk Stage, the weekend’s attractions are perfect for humans and their four-legged companions to meet up and learn some new tips and tricks. Dog lover Jake Carter, and experts Rob Walshe and Bobby Oritz will also be there to share plenty of helpful doggie insights. Dogs go free as well as kids under two. Pre-book tickets here or purchase at the gate on the day.

brown and white long coated small dog lying on green grass

Opening of Tapped

Formerly Judge Roy Beans and Porterhouse Central, Tapped has reopened on Nassau Street, Dublin with a complete transformation. The new bar will have one of the highest number of taps on site in the country, boasting over fifty. They’re sustainable approach means that they will have beer, wine and cocktails on tap – something that is new to the bar scene in Ireland. Serving cocktails on tap eliminates a huge amount of waste, and will be made by Dingle Distillery to ensure that customers get the same cocktail experience as when they are freshly made. Why not try them on your next night out with the girls?

Boyne Valley Trails Walking Festival 

Running from the 19-25 September, and sponsored by Fáilte Ireland, the Boyne Valley Trails Walking Festival will take place. If you’re a fan of local history, you’ll love their variety of walks suited for all levels and interests. The walks will weave through the Boyne Valley Region from Carlingford to Brú na Boinne Newgrange, and everywhere in between. The heart of the festival will be set in Drogheda with food and leisure activities available in the town. A series of guest speakers and experts will also be there to share their experiences from across the globe. Purchase tickets here.

foggy mountain summit

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