Busy days ahead at a particularly fun festival in Stoneybatter

by Dublin Gazette
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An exciting community-run festival will be taking place this weekend in one of the city’s most vibrant villages.

The Stoneybatter Festival returns for its third instalment on Friday, June 21, and runs until June 23.

Featuring the best the northside village has to offer, the festival will feature music, sport, history, local food and culture, as well as a celebration of the Dublin 7 community.

More than 120 events will take place across 56 locations in the area, according to community organisers Stoneybatter Pride of Place.

Excitement has been building for the festival in recent weeks, with large, vivacious murals and banners appearing around the locale.

Stoneybatter was voted the Best Urban Heritage Village in Ireland in 2016, with the community celebrating by organising the first annual Summer festival in 2017.

The entire community came on board with all the businesses participating and residents taking part in an extensive range of events and activities, which has continued on since.

There’re several exciting events taking place across the weekend, with something for everyone in all corners of the village.

On June 21, there will be a launch of a brand-new IPA brewed exclusively for the festival at The Drinks Store on Manor Street, as well as the festival launch at the community centre.

Saturday is gearing up to be even more exciting as Open House Day returns, where local businesses, galleries, museums and even private homes open their doors for tours, talks and heritage events.

Festival goers can experience tours of the Criminal Courts of Justice and the burial place of the 1916 leaders at Arbour Hill amongst many more venues.

A ‘Secret Cinema’ will also open at Stable Lane for one week only, with a great line-up including a special screening of a 1988 RTE documentary on Stoneybatter.

Local pub Clarke’s City Arms on Prussia Street will be home to a curated selection of music along with DJ sets throughout the weekend, also.

On Sunday, June 23, Stoneybatter and Manor Street will be closed to traffic from noon to 6pm to facilitate an action-packed family fun day.

Great events are lined up for the day that are sure to appeal to everyone, including best dressed dog contest Woofstock, the Great Batter Bake-Off with Pauline McLynn, and a pop-up Gaeltacht in Walsh’s pub.

The festival will conclude on Sunday night with a concert of music, song and dance for the senior citizens of the Stoneybatter area, and after-parties in the local pubs.

For further information about the festival, see www.stoneybatterfestival.ie.

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