Summer activities for all in South Dublin

It really has been tremendous to see people enjoying the weather over the summer and getting out in the fresh air and being active. The good weather creates a positive atmosphere, which is beneficial for us all.

I hope people are aware that there are some excellent free events taking place throughout August. There will be free outdoor movies screenings in Marlay Park on Saturday August 10th and Sunday August 11th.

For those who prefer something a little more active, there are free 5k runs that take place in Marlay Park every Saturday morning at 9.30 am. Runners of all standards are welcome. To participate, simply register here:

If you’re an outdoors or nature enthusiast, a bushcraft course is taking place in Marlay Park on Sunday August 18th from 10am-12pm where people can learn survival skills. On Friday August 30th an evening bat walk will take place in Marlay Park at 8.45pm.

I’m delighted that the Summer of Heritage Programme is returning again. The idea of Summer of Heritage is to help people see the wonderful history on our doorsteps.  Tours of the stunning 18th Century Cabinteely House are taking place every Wednesday and Sunday for free until September 1st between 2-5pm. A free historic tour of Dundrum will take place every Wednesday in August at 7pm and the starting point is the Barton Road roundabout. A free-guided tour of the Obelisk in Stillorgan will take place every Saturday in August from 2-5pm. The beginning of the tour begins at Carysfort Woods on Carysfort Avenue.

For families hoping to pop into the city centre at the weekends, ‘the Summertime Kids go Free Weekend’ deal is in place on the Luas until the end of August. Each adult with a valid Luas ticket may take up to two children aged 3-15 years free of charge on the Luas. Children under 3 always travel free on the Luas.

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