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    CHRISTMAS ON THE SQUARE

    Christmas on the Square returns to the heart of Georgian Dublin to bring you the best of Irish design, craft and artisan food on Saturday the 29th of November for one day only. Come along to the Square and discover unique and unusual Irish gifts to enchant and delight your family and friends this Christmas. There will be craft demonstrations throughout the day, along with music, tours, events and happenings to surprise and delight you. To keep your energy up drop in to the pop-up cafe open at No. 63 Merrion Square where Luncheonette of NCAD will have plenty of treats to tempt you on the day.

    CRAFT ON THE SQUARE

    In conjunction with Irish Design Shop, Christmas on the Square brings you the best of Irish designed and made goods to suit everyone this festive season. Meet the Makers and browse the wide range of beautiful craft products at your leisure. NO. 45 IRISH ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE (10am–6pm) **Cash only – no credit card facilities**)

    FOOD ON THE SQUARE

    Irish Design Shop has brought a mix of your favourite Irish artisan food producers to Merrion Square with a special selection of artisan food gift products. NO. 45 IRISH ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE (10am–6pm) **Cash only – no credit card facilities**)

    DEMONSTRATIONS

    Enjoy the many demonstrations including Christmas flower arranging, ceramics, screen printing, weaving and home brewing. NO. 45 IRISH ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE

    WALKING TOUR OF MERRION SQUARE

    Join Ingenious Tours for a tour of Merrion Square. Discover the history of the Square, famous names who lived here and the changes that have occurred during its 250 years.
    Tours free, places limited. Tickets available here. Starts 12 Noon. TOUR COMMENCES FROM NO. 45 MERRION SQUARE **SOLD OUT**

    LOST FASHION HISTORY OF MERRION SQUARE

    Join fashion historian Ruth Griffin and find out why Merrion Square has such a special place in Dublin’s fashion history. Tours free, places limited. Tickets available here for 1.30pm tour & tickets available here for 3.30pm tour. Starts 1.30pm & 3.30pm. TOUR COMMENCES FROM NO. 45 MERRION SQUARE **SOLD OUT**

    SPECIAL CHRISTMAS FAMILY EVENT

    Join us in the intimate surroundings of No. 22 to hear a performance of Christmas carols by Tonnta, then sit back and relax and enjoy that most perfect of Christmas films, It’s a Wonderful Life.
    Entrance is free, places limited. Tickets available here. Starts 2.45pm. NO. 22 MERRION SQUARE **SOLD OUT**

    LUNCHTIME CONCERT

    For lovers of traditional Irish music there can be no better place to enjoy the beautiful rhythm and melody of Irish music than in the authentic and intimate surroundings of the Irish Traditional Music Archive. Enjoy a lunch time concert as part of Christmas on the Square.  The concert features the winners of Gradam Comharcheoil (Musical Collaboration) award from Gradam Ceoil TG4 2014.  Aoife Ní Bhriain on fiddle, Emer Mayock on Flute,  and Mick O’Brien on uilleann pipes.
    Entrance is free, places limited. Tickets available here. Starts 1.00pm. NO. 73MERRION SQUARE **SOLD OUT**

    FAMILY TOURS

    To celebrate Christmas on the Square, the National Gallery of Ireland invite you to a special Family Art Tour. Why not join one of the Gallery’s knowledgeable guides to discover and enjoy the Gallery’s important art works. Starts 1.30 and 2.30pm. NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND, MERRION SQUARE/ENTRANCE ON CLARE STREET

    SANTA CLAUS

    Santa will be making a stop at the atmospheric Georgian surroundings of Number 29 ESB Georgian House Museum before heading to the North Pole to get ready for Christmas. Come along and say hello to Santa. Entrance is free. Open 11am to 4pm. No need to book, but places may be limited. NO. 29 FITZWILLIAM STREET LOWER, ESB GEORGIAN HOUSE MUSEUM. On the corner of Merrion Square East at the junction of Fitzwilliam Street Lower and Mount Street Upper.

    HOUSES OPEN ON THE DAY

    NO. 8 ROYAL INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS OF IRELAND
    11AM – 5PM RIAI BOOKSHOP

    NO. 22 COLLEGE OF ANAESTHETISTS OF IRELAND
    2.45PM – 5.30PM CAROL CONCERT FOLLOWED BY CHRISTMAS CINEMA

    NO. 37THE GOETHE-INSTITUT
    3PM – 5PM LIBRARY BOOK SALE

    NO. 45 IRISH ARCHITECTURAL ARCHIVE
    10AM – 6PM IRISH DESIGN POP-UP CHRISTMAS SHOP (**Cash only – no credit card facilities**)

    NO. 58 O’CONNELL HOUSE – NOTRE DAME
    10AM – 2PM HOME OF DANIEL O’CONNELL , NOW HOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME IN IRELAND

    NO. 63 ROYAL SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES OF IRELAND
    10AM – 5PM POP-UP CAFE LUNCHEONETTE (**Cash only – no credit card facilities**)

    NO. 73 IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC ARCHIVE
    12.45PM – 4PM LUNCHTIME CONCERT & MUSIC SHOP

    NO. 29 ESB GEORGIAN HOUSE MUSEUM – FITZWILLIAM ST LWR
    11AM – 4PM COME ALONG AND MEET SANTA

    NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND
    1.30PM & 2.30PM FAMILY

    NATIONAL PRINT MUSEUM BEGGARS BUSH BARRACKS, HADDINGTON ROAD, DUBLIN 2
    WINTER FAIR 28, 29 and 30 November. Opening hours: Friday 16.00 – 20.00, Saturday 11.00 – 16.00, Sunday 11.00 – 16.00

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