6 Mar, 2013


16 FREE headline events to be staged in Dublin’s finest cultural institutions over five days.

Dublin, 6th March 2013: ‘I Love My City’, programmed by St. Patrick’s Festival was launched today by Jimmy Deenihan T.D, Minister for Arts, Heritage and The Gaeltacht,  who was joined by a selection of the artists set to appear in this year’s special series of events. The ‘I Love My City’ cultural initiative is a series of 16 free headline events that make up a unique programme of entertainment, discovery and artistic celebration which will take place in some of the most beautiful and culturally significant locations throughout the capital over five days from March 14th – 18th.

While the entire Festival programme is a celebration of Irish culture, encompassing street theatre, pageantry and music performances, ‘I Love My City’, with its variety of literature, art, culture and heritage, will broaden the Festival experience for audiences and utilises the impressive cultural assets located throughout the city.

Delivered as part of St. Patrick’s Festival 2013, ‘I Love My City’ sees Dublin’s most iconic cultural venues, from The National Library and Trinity College to the Chester Beatty Library and Marsh’s Library open their doors to host 16 free headline events and performances. Established and emerging artists from a variety of disciplines including poetry, dance, visual art, filmmaking, history, literature, music and theatre will feature in what promises to be a truly unique and memorable series of happenings. The programme offers both locals and visitors the chance to sign-up to any of 16 performances by registering on

Speaking at the launch Minister Deenihan congratulated St Patrick’s Festival for their innovative line up of events “I can see from the list of events taking place this year that there is something for all age groups. I am particularly pleased to see so many of our National Cultural Institutions opening their doors to welcome visitors over this very busy weekend, and I encourage everyone to take the time to experience for themselves the wealth of culture available in the city of Dublin at this time”

The now annual initiative features some of Ireland’s most talented artists including Donal Dineen, who will present ‘The Sacred Harp’ in the Long Room at Trinity College, an illustrated tribute to the national symbol of Ireland with live music from Liam O’ Maonlaí; and Crash Ensemble Cellist, Kate Ellis has joined forces with a host of artists for a show called ‘Resound’ in the National Gallery, taking place in five interlinked rooms, the audience are invited to move freely from room to room creating their own unique experience.

The ‘I Love My City’ series is programmed to appeal to a multigenerational audience so that everyone, regardless of age, has a real opportunity to participate in the cultural life of the city during the national holiday celebrations.  Family focused events like ‘Tegolin’s Tales’, a unique masked fairytale drama for children at The Little Museum of Dublin, as well as ‘The Wonder of Snakes’ which will celebrate live snakes at the Natural History Museum are billed alongside a range of other performances such as ‘Trip-nós’ by Sibéal Davitt; a unique participative dance event mixing Ireland’s indigenous ‘sean-nós’ dance with contemporary disco-inspired moves.

Speaking about the programme, Susanna Lagan, Creative Director of St. Patrick’s Festival said ‘It’s a real privilege to be given the opportunity to host events in some of the most incredible spaces in Dublin city. There is an abundance of creative talent in Ireland and the ‘I Love My City’ programme showcases the depth of this talent. Many of the artists take inspiration from the architecture and history of the venue and that coupled with interesting collaborations in intimate settings makes for truly engaging and memorable events. I would encourage people to register for these events now and experience some of the best in music, poetry, dance and more in some of Dublin’s most iconic locations.”

Spaces at these intimate events are limited. For a full list of events and to register for a place please visit


For further information, please contact:
Maria McGrath, Fleishman-Hillard, on 01 6188420/ 0861653055 or
Kevin Moore, Fleishman-Hillard, on 01 6188499/ 0868252611 or

Notes to Editors:

Full List of ‘I Love My City’ Events below and available on
I Love My City
A Celebration of Irish Culture

Thursday 14 – Monday 18 March
Where: The National Library – The Foyer, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Time: Opens 9.30am daily
An inspiring installation, ‘Returning’, is a collaboration between MD&B, landscape architects and artist Aoife Challis, telling the stories of those returning for The Gathering 2013.  Visit to see portraits woven amongst trees and to hear their stories through wireless earphones.

Dublin Made Me – Poems Of The City
Thursday 14 March
The National Library – The Reading Room, Kildare Street, Dublin 2
Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
Exploring our capital city through its poetry and song, poet and broadcaster Pat Boran, and Gerard Smyth, poet and poetry editor of The Irish Times, present a selection of poems and lyrics that tell their story of Dublin.  They will be accompanied by traditional Irish singer, Helen Diamond.

Trip- Nós
Thursday 14 March
The Culture Box – East Essex Street, Dublin 2
Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
Trip-nós – it’s disco but not as you know it! Experience a unique dance experiment mixing Ireland’s indigenous sean-nós dance with contemporary disco-inspired moves.  In this special participatory event, four dancers bring you, the audience, on a journey where two styles collide, resulting in an outrageous 80’s themed dance-off!  Dress to impress.

Of Gunslingers, Tarantulas, Elvis & Walt – A Global History Of The Irish
Friday 15 March
Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
Time: 1pm-2pm
This lively talk by novelist and historian Turtle Bunbury, is based on Wistorical, the project which connects people and events from Irish history to places around the world. This will be history, but not as you know it; the array of characters unearthed are an unlikely lot, representing a range of heroes, villains, eccentrics and crackpots.

Friday 15 March
The National Gallery, Rooms 14 – 19, Merrion Square, Dublin 2
Time: 7.30pm-8.30pm
Crash Ensemble Cellist, Kate Ellis joins composer Linda Buckley, rising star Laura Sheeran, jazz maestro Francesco Turrisi, fiddle player, Adrian Hart, poet Billy Ramsell and Chequerboard. Together they present original music, with live visuals from artist Rory Tangney. With a performer in each of the five interlinked rooms, the audience is invited to move freely from room to room – creating their own unique experience.

I _ My City: Short Film Showcase
In association with RTE TWO Shortscreen
Friday 15 March
Trinity College Dublin - The Examinations Hall, Dublin 2
Time: 6.30pm – 8.30pm
Eat My Shorts invited film makers to tell their city’s story and fill in the blank in ‘I__my city’. The ten best entries, selected by an industry judging panel, will be presented at this screening in the incredible Examinations Hall in Trinity College. 

The Sacred Harp
Friday 15 March
Trinity College Dublin - The Library, Dublin 2
Time: 7pm-8pm
Donal Dineen, radio presenter, photographer and film maker presents the story of the Harp in Irish history and culture, beginning with the Trinity College Harp in the Library itself.  Donal will be accompanied by live music from famed Irish musician Liam Ó Maonlaí.
The Book of Kells will open for viewing before the event. 

Tegolin’s Tales
When: Friday 15 March
Where: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Time: 3pm-4pm
Suitable for 4 yrs+
A unique, masked fairytale drama for children. Using specially designed masks, Tegolin guides children on a memorable journey meeting colourful characters along the way. After each performance come on stage to see the masks, props and special effects from the show.

The Wonder Of Snakes
Friday 15 & Saturday 16 March
Natural History Museum, Merrion Street, Dublin 2
Time: Drop in sessions from 11am – 4pm
A family event for all ages celebrating the wonder of snakes! Come see The Herpetological Society with their live snakes, listen to storyteller Jack Lynch telling slimey stories or join Martina Galvin, pattern artist, for children’s drawing workshops*.
* Martina Galvin Workshops 11am-2pm; Jack Lynch Storytelling 2pm-4pm.

Some Forgotten Unforgettable Irish
Saturday 16 March
Marsh’s Library, St. Patrick’s Close, Dublin 8
Time: 1pm-2pm
Irish Author David Slattery presents a hilarious and bizarre account of some of the more interesting Irish failures, who deserve not to be forgotten, because of their qualities and frailties that make them human like the rest of us!

Saturday 16 March
Where: Chester Beatty Library, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2
Time: 6.30pm-7.30pm
Tempo, curated by Irish percussionist Robbie Harris, is an interactive Irish / Brazilian culture clash! A rousing celebration of drumming, dancing and music from the two cultures, suitable for the whole family.

The Night Lights
Sunday 17 March
The Boy’s School – Smock Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Time: 6pm-7pm
Donal Dineen presents a night time journey through Dublin’s streets with pictures, words and live music from Sean Mac Erlaine on bass clarinet. Donal will have filmed Dublin at night over 4 weeks to create this unique piece of film, especially for this memorable event.

Rhythms of the Sea
Sunday 17 March
Where: The Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
Time: 5pm-6pm
Members of folk band NoCrows will join forces with two Spanish musicians: lute virtuoso Jordi Tugores and singer Miquela Lladó.

This unique performance will explore the folklore of the Mediterranean as well as the traditions of Irish music, offering us a repertoire of traditional and original compositions from several European countries.

Traditional Rhythms
Sunday 17 March
Where: The National Concert Hall – The Kevin Barry Room, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Time: 8.30pm-9.30pm
With an exciting blend of eclectic fiddle and guitar music, Zoë Conway and John McIntyre bring to the stage sympathetic arrangements of traditional Irish music. Joining them for this special show will be lead Riverdance dancer, Zara Curtis.

The Nightmare Club
In Association with Dublin UNESCO City of Literature, Dublin City Public Libraries & Little Island Publishers.
Monday 18 March
Where: The Banqueting Hall, Smock Alley, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
Time: 10am; 12pm; 2pm & 4pm
If you’re brave enough, come and meet some crazy characters from The Nightmare Club books, talk to some of the authors, enjoy interactive workshops and check out the live creepy crawlies - ew! Suitable for 7-10 year olds.

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