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Bealtaine Festival 2024

Bealtaine Festival - South Dublin Libraries 2024 


Ballyroan Library Bealtaine Events 

The Shared Reading Experience Thursday 9th May at 7pm

Shared Reading is a novel way of enjoying the written word with others. A friendly trained leader provides a welcome & the text of something chosen to read aloud. Shared Reading offers a welcoming space for individuals to form real connections with the literature and to each other. Booking essential via Eventbrite.

Ballyroan Bingo Monday 13th May at 2pm

It’s eyes down for some numbers fun and prizes too!  Bring a friend.  All welcome.

Matisse Arts and Crafts Workshop with Eva Kelly Thursday 16th May at 11am

In this one and a half hour session, we will be drawing with scissors and colourful paper to make original collage images based on the works of Matisse. Eva will guide you through the stages of her creative process to create your own joyful collage, inspired by the colourful paintings of Matisse.  Booking through Eventbrite.

Design and Print Your Own Tote Bag Tuesday 21st May at 6.30pm 

In this workshop you will create a design for a tote bag, print it out and fix to your brand new individual tote bag!  Booking through Eventbrite.

Celebrating the famous caricature of Irish literary figures “DUBLIN CULTURE” Wednesday 22nd May at 6.30pm

JoyceStagers Val O’Donnell and Tim Casey celebrate the gathering of 37 of Ireland’s foremost poets, writers, artists, and journalists as featured in Alan Reeve’s famous caricature of a gathering of literary Dublin in the back-lounge of The Palace Bar in June 1940.  Those featured include Patrick Kavanagh, Flann O’Brien, Austin Clarke, F.R.Higgins, Brinsley McNamara, Francis McManus, and ‘Bertie’ Smyllie ( Editor, Irish Times).  This is an evening of readings/performances of a selection from their works.  Booking through Eventbrite.

Great Gatsby Evening with the Cotton Club Quartet Tuesday 30th May at 7pm

Enjoy live music from the golden age of Jazz with the Cotton Club Quartet.  We are encouraging everyone to dress up 1920s style with beads, feathers and fringes!

Booking through Eventbrite.

Castletymon Library Bealtaine Events 

Watercolours for Adults (2-part workshop)  Monday 13th & Wednesday 15th May at 12pm
Join us for this Bealtaine themed two-part workshop on Watercolours for Beginners.
Booking open 1st May on Eventbrite/at library desk.

Music Sessions Wednesday 15th May, 6.30pm
Celebrating Arts & Creativity as we age, join us for a few tunes at this special Bealtaine music session. And bring your instrument and play a song for us, or just come along with your ears!
All Welcome! No Need to Book!

Smartphone Classes Friday 17th May, 10am
Put your name down now for a spot on our very popular Smartphone classes, telling you all you need to know about your device. Runs for five weeks - participants must be able to attend all
classes. In association with the ETB.
Book your place at the library desk.

Clondalkin Library Bealtaine Events 

Women’s Health and Wellness talk with The Marie Keating Foundation Friday 3rd May 11.00am

Attendees will learn about some of the risk factors for breast, cervical and ovarian cancer as well as receive information about the new HPV cervical screening programme, which replaced the smear in March 2020. Tea and Coffee provided

Booking via Eventbrite from 19th April

Book Swap Saturday 11th May 2.00 - 3.00pm

Calling all bookworms! Join us for a great second-hand book swap and get some new and interesting titles.

Drop your books into Clondakin Library from 3rd May to collect your vouchers. Fiction / Non fiction Adult books only, Max 5 per person.

Booking via Eventbrite from 27th April or by phone on 01 459 3315

Hello, How are You? Scrabble and coffee morning Wednesday 15th May 11.00 - 12.00

Join us in Clondalkin Library for a friendly game of scrabble and a chat with a nice cup of tea or coffee.

Booking via Eventbrite from 1st May or by phone on  01 459 3315

Lunchtime stories in the garden; Nuala Hayes at the Round Tower Wednesday 22nd May 1.00pm

 Join storyteller Nuala Hayes in the beautiful garden of the Round Tower Visitor Centre, Clondalkin for an afternoon of Storytelling

Nuala has a broad repertoire of folktales, legends and myths, connected mainly but not exclusively with Ireland. Tea and Coffee provided.

Booking via Eventbrite from 6th May or by phone on  01 459 3315

 Crafts with Joan Friday 24th May 11.00am

Join Joan for a mindful morning of rock painting. All materials provided. 

Booking via Eventbrite from 6th May 

An evening with the Local Vocals Monday 27th May 6.15pm

Join the Local Vocals for an evening performance in Clondalkin Library. There'll be plenty of old favourites and some new hits too!  Light refreshments provided. 

Booking via eventbrite from 6th May or by phone on  01 459 3315

Lucan Library Bealtaine Events 

Knitters ClubMondays 10am – 12noon   New members welcome. 

Creative Writer Group. Thursday 2nd and 16th May, 10am – 12noon   New members welcome.

Creative Writing teacher Maeve Devoy  Thursday 16th May:  Maeve Devoy will join the group to share insight on getting started on writing and how to improve your writing skills. All weclome

Introduction to Photogrammetry with Paul Butler, from the Society for Old Lucan.  Tuesday 7th May, 7pm 

How this technology can be used to create 3D models of heritage sites. Photogrammetry technology is a process of recording, measuring, and interpreting different types of photographs of objects. Through this process, you can construct three-dimensional (3D) models from two-dimensional (2D) photographs. All welcome.

Scrabble Fun!  Friday 10th May, 11am Come along solo or with friends to play Scrabble.

Table Quiz for AdultsThursday 9th May, 2pm – 4pm Register at library desk for this very popular event.

 Poet’s Perch  Tuesday 14th May, 6.30pm  poetry circle for adults. New members welcome.

Lucan Concert BandThursday 16th May, 7pm Enjoy an evening of big band music from this popular local group. All welcome.

Classic Film ClubTuesday 21st May, 5.30pm The Rising of the Moon. Register at library desk.

 Nikki’s Lucan Vocals Fun Choir.  Thursday 23rd May, 7pm All welcome.

North Clondalkin Library Bealtaine Festival 

Chair aerobics with Ursula Friday 10th May 1pm 

This 6 week course is aimed at 55+ age group. It is quite a lively exercise over 1 hour  Good for improving balance and range of motion. Chair aerobics can help make you stronger and keep your heart healthy. Booking here.

Finding Magic & Medicine in Your Garden with Feebee Foran 12.30pm Thursday 23rd May

Feebee Foran is a forager, herbalist and owner of the natural Irish skincare brand, Forager. She will be giving a fascinating talk on the medicinal and folkloric properties of the native plants in your garden. She aims to connect people with nature and increase their biodiversity awareness. This talk will be a mix of visual and interactive elements, as she brings along plants for the audience to touch, feel and smell, to help identify plants more easily.  Booking here

Make Your Own Tote Bag for Bealtaine 20th May 10-12am 

Design and print your own personalised tote bag. Create a design on our PCs using photos or text with the help of library staff. Then print your design on a tote bag using a heat press. 

Suitable for age 55+ Booking essential  Book here

Bealtaine General Knowledge Quiz Tuesday 21st 3:30-4:30pm  Join us for a general knowledge quiz to celebrate Bealtaine. 

Bealtaine is Ireland’s national festival which celebrates the arts and creativity as we age. It provides opportunities for older people to be more creative and to demonstrate and celebrate how our creative potential can improve with age and offer a better quality of life of people aged 50 +  Please register your team of 4 at the library desk

Smartphone/Tablet and PC Workshop: 7th & 14th May: 10am-10.50am

Booking essential at the library desk

Acorn Tablet Training Sessions 21st 28th May 10am

Join us for an information session on our Acorn Tablets which are available to borrow from the library. Learn how to connect to the internet, download apps, and browse websites. 

Booking essential at the library desk

Bealtaine Board games 11am 7th 14th 21st 28th May 

Join us for jigsaws, board games and refreshments.  All welcome 

Bealtaine Movie Club – Quartet 2pm Friday 31st May

All welcome

9th May Hello How are You Coffee Morning

All welcome

Quilling Craft session with Joan Connolly Tues 2pm 4th – 25th May

Booked out already!

Palmerstown Library Bealtaine Events 

Bealtaine Crafts with Margaret Goulding Fri, 10 May 2024 10:30 - 12:00 

Booking here

3D Design Work Shop for AdultsThu, 16 May 2024 19:00 - 20:00 

Booking here 

Tallaght Library Bealtaine Events 

Maria Lane Choir Performance Wednesday 1st May 12.00 pm 

To kick off our Bealtaine celebrations, we bring you this special performance from the Tallaght Cancer Support Group’s Maria Lane Choir.
Every year at Bealtaine, the Maria Lane Choir perform in Tallaght Library. No booking required

Acorns Programme and Training1st, 8th and 22nd at 2.30pm 

Learn how to use the age-friendly tablet and borrow for up to 3 months.
Booking at library desk

Bealtaine Coffee MorningThursday 9th May 10 - 12pm

Tallaght Library invites you along to our Bealtaine Coffee Morning on Thursday 9th of May from 10am to 12pm. We look forward in welcoming
you to our library and would love a chance to meet you for a coffee and  chat . No booking required

Singalong with Rachel DrewFriday 10th May 11.30 am 

Singalong to all your favourite tunes with professional singer Rachel Drew of Let’s Sing. No booking required

Irish Crochet Revival GroupSaturday 11th May 10 - 12noon 

Open Session. Drop in and see the beautiful pieces of crochet lace the group are working on.

Decluttering with Fiona HallTuesday 14th May at 3 pm 

his workshop will be presented by Fiona Hall who has worked as a Decluttering expert for many years. In this workshop we look at what is holding us back from letter go of possessions and and also ways to keep our homes decluttered and organised. Booking here

For more of Tallaght Libraries Bealtaine Festival Events please see brochure here