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Abbey Theatre
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
26 Lower Abbey St, Dublin
Tel. 01 87 87 222 to book tickets
Open: for performances; visit website for season details
Ireland’s national theatre, founded by William Butler Yeats and Lady Augusta Gregory in 1904
Web: Abbey Theatre

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Ballyhugh Arts and Cultural Centre
Cavan
North-west
Belturbet, on road to Ballyconnell
Tel. 049 952 6044
Exhibitions and live shows, artefacts, and ceilis

Bord Gáis Energy Theatre
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Grand Canal Square
Docklands
Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 677 7999 for general enquiries; 0818 719 377 (tickemaster)
Open: for performances
Ballets, musicals, family shows, drama, concerts and opera productions; program of events listed on website
Web: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

Bru Boru National Heritage Centre
Tipperary (South)
South-east
Rock of Cashel, Cashel
Tel. 0 52 31455
Open: all year, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm; mid June-mid Sep, also open Tue-Sat, 9am-9pm when evening show begins
Cultural village; restaurant; folk theatre; craft centre; information centre; traditional Irish music in summer
Web: Comhaltas

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Cavan and Leitrim Steam Railway
Leitrim
North-west
Dromod
Tel. 071 9638599
Open daily
Steam trains rides

Clara Lara Fun Park
Wicklow
Midlands East
Vale of Clara
Tel. 0404 46161 for details
Open: May-Aug
Family activities include boating lakes, playgrounds and others
Web: Clara Lara Fun Park

Curragh Racecourse
Kildare
Midlands East
Exit 9 off the M50 from Dublin; onto the N7 southbound; then exit 12 off the M7; can also be reached by train and bus from Dublin
Tel. 0 45 441 205
Open: for details of races visit the website
Famous historic horse racing course; parking; restaurants; fast food; bars
Web: Curragh Racecourse

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Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium
Kerry (South)
South-west
Dingle, by the waterfront
Tel. 066 915 2111
Open: year round, daily, 10am-6pm
Tropical fish; shell fish; Amazon display; shark tank; seahorse tank; touch tank; deep water tank; ocean tunnel; parking
Web: Dingle Ocean World

Drumawhey Miniature Railway
Antrim
Northern Ireland
Belfast
Drumawhey Miniature Railway
Upper Gransha Rd, Newtownards
Tel. 028 9145 3563 or 9066 5794
Open: first and third Sun of month, Easter-end Sep
Narrow gauge railway rides

Web: Drumawhey Miniature Railway

Dublin Zoo
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Phoenix Park, Dublin 8
Tel. 0 1 474 8900
Open: year round; Jan, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-4.30pm, on Sun from 10.30am-4.30pm; Feb, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5pm, on Sun from 10.30am-5pm; March-end Sep, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-6pm; Sun, 10.30am-6pm; Oct, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-5.30pm; on Sun, 10.30am-5.30pm; Nov, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-4pm; on Sun from 10.30am-4pm; Dec, Mon-Sat, 9.30am-4pm; on Sun, 10.30am-4pm
Public zoo with more than 700 animals (for a full list visit the website); mini-train; playground; restaurant; snacks; use bus no. 10/10A, 25/25A, 26, 66/66A/66B, 67/67A, 68,69 or Phoenix Park shuttle
Web: Dublin Zoo

Dun Na Si Heritage Centre and Park
Westmeath
Midlands East
Moate
Tel. 090 6481183
Open: April-end Oct, Mon-Thu, 9am-4pm, on Fri until 3pm.
Folk park with farm machinery, cultural shows and music events.

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Fintown Narrow Gauge Railway
Donegal
North-west
Fintown
Tel. 074 9546128
Open: July-Sep, 2-7pm
Narrow gauge railway; part of a network

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Irish Music Centre
Clare
Shannon
Causeway Link by Clon Rd, Ennis
Tel. 065 684 3103 (box office)
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm, until 7pm on Fri; see website for details of shows and to book tickets
Performances of Irish Music; films; stage shows; cafe; gallery space with exhibitions
Web: Irish Music Centre

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Naas Racecourse
Kildare
Midlands East
Off N7, 18 miles from Dublin; can be reached by bus or train
Tel. 045 897 391
Open: visit website for details of races
Famous horse racing course; restaurants; snack bars; bars; parking
Web: Naas Racecourse

National Aquatic Centre
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Greater Dublin, (Dublin 15)
Snugborough Rd, Blanchardstown, by the M50
from Dublin city centre take 38A bus from Hawkins Street to Snugborough Road in Blanchardstown
Tel. 01 6464 300
Open: year round, Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm; Sat and Sun, 9am-8pm; times approximate—vary according to attraction
Largest indoor water park in Europe; Olympic size pool; water roller coasters; wave and surf machines; leisure pool; flumes; slides; café
Web: National Aquatic Centre

National Concert Hall
Dublin City
Greater Dublin
Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2
Tel. 0 1 417 0000 (box office)
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-7pm (box office); see website to book tickets and for schedule of performances
Centre for performance of live music; national symphony orchestra, concerts
Web: National Concert Hall

National Folk Theatre of Ireland
Kerry (North)
Shannon
Town Park, Tralee
Tel. 066 7123 055
Open: year round, times depend on performances
Performances based on the Gaelic traditions of the area in drama, music and dance
Web: National Folk Theatre of Ireland

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Strule Arts Centre
Tyrone
Northern Ireland
Townhall Square
Omagh, BT78 1BL
Tel. 0 28 8224 7831 (box office)
Open: no information given
Arts facility; photographic studio; rehearsal rooms; exhibition space; Tourist Information Centre; cafe; events list downloadable from the website
Web: Strule Arts Centre

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Thomond Park Stadium & Museum
Limerick
Shannon
Thomond Park Stadium
Limerick, off the R464 and N7, specific directions on website
Tel. 061-421100
Open: by walk in or bookings (recommended); Mon-Fri, 9.30am-5pm; Sat by booking only
A behind the scenes look at the workings of the rugby stadium; opens up places only accessible to the players and officials on match days; includes visits to pitch side, Munster dugout, dressing rooms, interview area and hospitality facilities; interactive museum tells history and heritage of Munster rugby, memorabilia in the museum; AV presentation; parking
Web: Thomond Park

Ti Chulainn Centre
Armagh
Northern Ireland
Mullaghbawn, Newry
Tel. 028 3088 8828
Open: Mon-Fr, 9am-5pm, on Sat from 11am-12.30pm
Cultural centre with traditional music, dance, and storytelling; exhibitions; tearoom and shop

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