Theatre and more in Dublin

Aug 1st, 2001, 12:00 PM
Bill & Lee
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Theatre and more in Dublin

Two couples will have four extra days in Dublin Sept. 1-4 before an Elderhostel. We'd like to take in theatre performances...any recommendations about whether we should get tickets in advance and which theatres are recommended? Everyone talks about Abbey Theatre, of course.

Other recommendaitons for Dublin, especially for enjoyment of traditional music and also
history? And how about day trips?

Bill & Lee Longman, Missouri
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Aug 1st, 2001, 04:30 PM
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Bill & Lee

Consider taking a Hop on Hop Off tour of Dublin city with Dublin Bus to get an overview of the city. See the Irish Times for whats on and where in threatre etc in Dublin. Day trips can be taken with Bus Eireann ( for links to all transport) - you might like to visit Wicklow and Glendalough, the Boyne Valley and Newgrange, Kilkenny (do that by train). Hope this helps,

Aug 2nd, 2001, 07:19 AM
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for day trips, the bus company and several others have trips to newgrange, wicklow mts, powerscourt gardens, glendalough etc (see
Aug 2nd, 2001, 09:01 AM
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We were in Dublin in June and we attended a 2 person play at the Gaiety
Theater. It was an old Theater and the performance was great. We bought tickets right at the box office at the theater.
Aug 2nd, 2001, 12:34 PM
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Bill & Lee,

Found to give you the web site address of the Irish Times which lists what is on in Dublin and where - it is

Hope this helps,

Aug 3rd, 2001, 06:46 AM
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We saw a play at the Abbey Theater which we enjoyed. Got tickets that AM. Also, we took walking tours, of the university and around the center of town, which were good.
Aug 3rd, 2001, 07:21 AM
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You can find out what's playing at the Abbey and Peacock at the following website, and buy tickets ahead online through Ticketmaster if you prefer to make plans rather than play it by ear. I bought tickets over the phone for a play at The Abbey a couple of years ago (their website was not yet up then) and was surprised at how relatively inexpensive the tickets were. I think they were about $20 per ticket for good seats for a Saturday night, the last night of the play's run. I'm used to DC and NY, so that seemed like quite a bargain.
Aug 3rd, 2001, 08:49 AM
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If you like Irish traditional music then I'd recommend Ceol, the traditional music centre at Smithfield - not too far from the city centre. Here's their website -
It's an interactive music centre and good fun to visit. There's a bar and a restaurant there too.

And if you want to experience a real traditional music session, try the Cobblestone pub nearby - there's one there nearly every evening. It's a very traditional Irish pub, with no frills, but if you want "the real thing" that's the place to go.

Ceol is also right beside the Jameson Irish Whiskey Centre - which is worth a look -
and the Tower which gives great views of Dublin.

If you're theatre buffs, as well as a visit to the Abbey, I'd recommend "The Lonesome West" by Martin McDonagh at the Gaiety Theatre. He's the same guy who wrote the Emmy award-winning "Beauty Queen of Leenane. The Gate Theatre is also well worth a visit - it's where Orson Welles and James Mason, among others, started their acting careers and the theatre is a little gem. Try for tickets for there and for anywhere else in Dublin.
Please post again if you want more info on the play that are running at the moment.
Aug 20th, 2001, 11:08 AM
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Thanks for good ideas about theatre and such. We have tickets for "Translations" on 3 Sept. at The Abbey.

But I can't find info in the Irish Times for other mention of drama at Gate or Gaiety or Samuel Beckett, and nothing into Sept for others like Olympia, Ambassadors, Pavillion.

So I would appreciate advice. Terry or others, what's playing, say, Sunday 2 Sept, or maybe the next Tuesday? Anything else interesting going on in Dublin those first days of the month?


Bill in Missouri
Aug 21st, 2001, 05:55 AM
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Hi There

Two sites have the best listings for music & theater: and --- check those out & have a great time!

Info on Dublin from an American POV can be found at my website.

All the best,


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