Bealtaine 2015 Celebrating Renewal, Creativity and Growth as we Age this May

Taking its name from the ancient Celtic festival celebrating springtime, Dublin City Council is proud to bring you Bealtaine 2015, an impressive programme of events celebrating renewal, creativity and growth in ageing.

During the month of May the Council invites you to an exciting line-up of cultural events which includes art, dance, music, film, theatre, literature and history, many of which are free to attend.

Get your hands dirty with the community gardening project in Flanagan’s Fields where artist Christine Mackey explores our relationship with the land and its soil.  Join a sketching tour in Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane or a craft workshop in one of our city libraries.  Come into the city and visit our contemporary art gallery, The LAB, and participate in National Drawing Day. There is a series of events for music enthusiasts in the Central Library including a music therapy workshop and lunchtime concert by The Blue Heaven Barbershop Chorus.

Dublin’s Lord Mayor Christy Burke said ‘As the Mansion House celebrates 300 years as the official residence of the Lord Mayor this year why not come along on Saturday 23rd and Wednesday 27th May between 10.30am and 4.30pm and share your own memories of this magnificent building  on the Library Learning Bus. The Mansion House will also be open for people to walk through the public rooms. As a participant or spectator I invite you come out and support the many lively and engaging events Dublin City Council has planned for the month of May’.

One of the many highlights of Bealtaine is the Feast On Dance, brought to you in partnership with CoisCéim Broadreach. Take part in one of the many local dance workshops or attend the group performances at City Hall.  If you are a music lover, join us for an intimate concert with the renowned folksinger John Spillane.

The full programme of events and booking details, where necessary, is available at We will be using the hashtag  #Bealtaine to promote this event on social media.

Bealtaine is brought to you by Dublin City Council’s Arts Office, Parks Department, Community Department, Sports and Recreation Department, Dublin City Public Libraries, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and the Mansion House in conjunction with active members of our communities throughout Dublin.


For further information contact:

Dublin City Public Libraries. T. (01) 6744842

Notes to the Editor:

Dublin City Council would like to extend our thanks to Age and Opportunity, Access Cinema, Cabra CDP, Diageo, Nascadh CDP, the National Concert Hall and all the performers, facilitators and host venues. Without these partners it would not be possible to deliver this festival of events.