With the launch of two highly anticipated Irish films and the return of Galway’s leading film festival, Ireland is seeing an uprising in Irish cinema throughout the month of July. The perfect opportunity to shelter from the sweltering heat outside – although we’re not complaining!

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1. Dublin Old School 

We were lucky to gain a first-hand insight into the makings of director and writer Dave Tynan’s mind, at coffee|culture #4. His latest feature film, written in collaboration with Emmet Kirwan, extends from the fourth wall into cinema screens nationwide, depicting a long-weekend for down and out Dubliner Jason, played by Emmet Kirwan.

Where? Cinemas nationwide When? July-August How much? Various prices

2. The Breadwinner Exhibition 

Cartoon Saloon have imprinted their legacy as forerunners of animated film, so it came as no surprise when Nora Twomey’s latest addition The Breadwinner shot to success with the nomination for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2018 Oscars. Explore the processes behind the film at The Breadwinner Exhibition in the Butler Gallery, Kilkenny.

Where? The Butler Gallery, Kilkenny When? 12 May – 29 July How much? Free

3. Clonmel Junction

Clonmel Junction returns for its 18th year with an extensive programme of talks, exhibitions, performances and installations including former Above the Fold speaker, James Earley. Go for the the culture and stay for the festival club, where the likes of Tonie Walsh play until the early hours in an the Garrisson chapel at the Kickham Barracks.

Where? Clonmel, Co. Tipperary When? July 2-8 How much? Various prices

4. Events at Arran St East

One of our favourite spots in Dublin, are hosting a series of creative talks in their studio space. Arran St East will uncover the Story of Ceramics in Dublin, From Mud to Mug and a present a talk by design writer and author, Katie Treggiden.

Where? Arran St East, Dublin When? July 5-22 How much? Free

5. Cairde Arts Festival

Spanning across seven days, Cairde Arts Festival will showcase music, theatre, spoken word, dance, poetry trails, family events, visual art and more to highlight the value of creative culture. Look out for the HeadStuff Lectures, hosted by comedian and former ATF speaker Gearóid Farrelly.

Where? Sligo Town When? July 7-14 How much? Various prices

6. Galway Film Fleadh

With great emphasis placed on Irish film at the minute, we’re seeing a fresh and innovative approach to story-telling in Ireland. One of Ireland’s leading film festivals, the Galway Film Fleadh returns for five days of Irish and international cinema to reinforce this notion. It’s also the perfect excuse to pop into Galway’s newest arthouse cinema, Pálás.

Where? Galway City When? July 10-15 How much? Various prices

7. 10 Hands: A Collaborative Screen Print Exhibition

Curated by artist cum designer, Robyn Carey, 10 Hands brings the concept of “design as art” to fruition through the medium of print. Each artist has worked in response to its predecessor by physically collaborating on each layer, to produce a body of work that favours print over digital.

Where? The Complex, Dublin When? July 13-14 How much? Free

8. Galway International Arts Festival

Shortly after the Fleadh wraps up, Galway will host another event of significance with the annual Galway International Arts Festival. We’re pencilling in Caribou at the Big Top, Miracoco Luminarium, Ghost Chapel and of course the new addition of the Festival Garden at Eyre Square.

Where? Galway City When? July 16-29 How much? Various prices

9. Dublin Maker

Dublin Maker presents its annual carnival of makers, doers, producers and inventors. Expect a day of inspiration and a showcase of work by the thinkers of our generation.

Where? Merrion Square, Dublin When? July 21 How much? Free

10. Dublin Comic Arts Festival

Dublin Comic Arts Festival is a collaborative event by The Comics Lab, held on a sporadic basis. This month’s instalment takes place at The Generator on Smithfield Square with food, coffee, workshops and talks from 11-5pm. Check out the wonderful artwork created by the ever-talented Claire Prouvost.

Where? Generator Hostel, Smithfield When? July 28 How much? Free

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