Things to do this may

Here are some of the great exhibitions, shows and events happening around the country next month, writes Nicholas Kenny

  • Deep Dish - directed by Chris Haring - part of the Dublin Dance Festival 2017

We’ve handpicked a few of the most interesting and fun events happening across the country this May.

House of Peroni

The House of Peroni makes returns for its second year in Dublin, inspired by both the conviviality of an Italian dinner table and the best Irish-Italian produce both countries have to offer. The food menus have been overseen by the residency’s Master of Taste, the critically acclaimed Italian chef Francesco Mazzei, and visitors can expect to tuck into mouth-watering pizza, pasta, Italian cicchetti bites and delicious gelato. Running from May 25 to June 4 on the rooftop of 1 Dame Street, there’s no admission fee and booking is not required. Visit for more information.

Bealtaine Festival

Bealtaine is a country-wide festival which brings together people from all over Ireland to foster and inspire creativity among older people, running for the full month of May. Run by Age & Opportunity, this year the Bealtaine Festival’s theme is “Altogether Now!”, and through this theme they intend to celebrate the contribution of older people in Ireland to the concept of ‘people power’, civic engagement, and empathy. This year’s events includes a diverse range of performances, commissions, residencies, workshops and projects going on all around the country. Click here to find out what’s happening near you.

Dublin Dance Festival

The Dublin Dance Festival runs from May 18 – 28, bringing hugely influential dance makers to Ireland while also providing an international platform for established and emerging Irish dance artists, who together perform the very best of contemporary dance for audiences in Dublin. Prepare to experience a vibrant mix of visual theatre, live music, video interactions, powerful personal testimony, incredible dance and so much more. Visit for further information.

Imelda May Belfast & Dublin

Imelda May will be playing in the Waterfront Hall in Belfast on May 27, and in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin from May 29 – 30. Having undergone something of a transformation with her most recent album, May will perform a set of the boldest, most personal and intimately autobiographical songs she has ever written. The show promises to delight both old and new fans of her music. To book tickets click here.

JOKAMIN Exhibition

The work of Cork-based artist and designer Joanna Kaminska-Wujek, known as JOKAMIN, will be on exhibition at the Quay Co-op Restaurant, Sullivan’s Quay, Cork, for the full month of May. Her new work can be viewed there daily from 12-9pm. Joanna recently launched her first silk scarf collection - In Your Dreams - featuring her artwork, which she designs in Ireland and are made in the premier silk district of Lake Como, Italy. Her artwork and scarves are available at

Ballyvolane House Habitat for Humanity Long Table Lunch & Garden Tour

On May 13, Ballyvolane House will be hosting a three-course long-table lunch and a stroll around the gardens with Jeremy Green. This event is part a fund-raising effort for Habitat for Humanity, who build houses in some of the most deprived areas of the country which are in urgent need of basic housing. Tickets cost €50 and more information can be found at

Tulla Traditional Music Festival

This annual festival runs from May 19 -21 in Tulla, Co. Clare, and is packed with the best in Irish music, song and dance. You can expect to see some of Ireland’s most respected traditional musicians playing here, but that’s just a fraction of what this festival has to offer. A fantastic event that is highly recommended to anyone with an interest in traditional music. Click here for more information.

Cos Cos Sean-Nós Festival

Running from May 1 - 7, the annual Cos Cos Sean-Nós Festival brings together some of the country’s finest Sean-Nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. Now in its 11th year, the event will take place in Rathcormac, Drumcliffe, Co Sligo and promises to be a great week of culture, craic, ceol agus damhsa. For more information, visit


WellFest is Ireland’s only health, fitness and wellness festival, and is all about participation, feeling good and, most importantly, having fun. Taking place in Herbert Park, Donnybrook, Dublin 4 from May 6 – 7, this is the place to be if you’re looking to kick start a new wellness regime or to simply expand your knowledge by learning new skills from top professionals. With a line-up of speakers including Roz Purcell, Joe Wicks a.k.a. The Body Coach, Derval O’Rourke, MMA coach John Kavanagh, and The Happy Pear writers David and Stephen Flynn, this festival is one to mark on the calendar. For more information visit

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