Lonely Planet’s Ireland expert Fionn Davenport
shares his tips for what’s free in the capital this summer.
June sees James Joyce fans dressing up in Edwardian garb and turning out across
the city to celebrate Bloomsday in honour of Ulysses character
Leopold Bloom. On 16 June, the James Joyce Centre will host a variety of
celebrations, including a special cooked breakfast with black and white
puddings and a Ulysses walk with ad hoc readings and dramatisations in settings
from the novel. Bring a copy if you have one.
Chester Beatty Library
The best small museum
in Ireland, the Chester Beatty Library is home to an intriguing
collection of books, manuscripts and other objets d’art from around the world,
and is currently exhibiting a selection of 30 paintings from Irish-American
mining magnate Chester Beatty’s own private hoard. Representing the Barbizon
School (the French art movement that preceded impressionism) you’ll find works
by Corot, Jacque and Millet.
stroll for a summer afternoon takes you along the Great South Wall – at four
miles, the world’s longest sea wall when it was finished in 1795 – to the Poolbeg Lighthouse. Reach the end and you’ll be
rewarded with views of the city skyline, while to the north you can see the
nature reserve of North Bull Island and, beyond that, the peninsula of Howth
Held on 30 June, the Dublin Pride parade celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2013 and is
the enthusiastic climax of a 10-day festival. It’s a raucous and colourful
affair – expect rainbow flags, hot pants and all sorts of fancy costumes.
There’ll be an added spirit of defiance this year, as 2013 marks the 20th
anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Ireland.
National Museum of Ireland
schools are busy with exams in June, so you’ll have Ireland’s foremost museum
all to yourself. The National Museum of Ireland’s collections include some of Europe’s finest
Bronze- and Iron-Age gold artefacts, as well as a number of the most intact
examples of medieval Celtic metalwork in the world – notably the 8th-century
Ardagh Chalice, uncovered in a potato field in 1868.