Winter can be a time when all you want to sit in with the fire on and a cup of tea, we've explored what's going on around Ireland in the next couple of months and come up with a list of events which will give you the opportunity to try something different.
Eyrecourt Mud Run
This year for St. Stephen's Day, instead of devouring a tin of Roses and binge watch Harry Potter, sign up for Run A Muck. It's a 5km mud filled obstacle course race, taking place in Eyrecourt, Co. Galway, suitable for multiple fitness levels. As with most of these events, it's not about the winning, it's about getting outside, trying something different and accomplishing something that you didn't think you were capable of.
Subtitle Film Festival
The Subtitle Film Festival provides something a bit different to the usual box-office fare. It showcases the best of European, non-english language, films which don't always make it to people's local cinemas. Some of Europe's best actors and actresses will be in town to show off their work and you'll leave wondering why you don't watch subtitled films more often. It runs from the 23rd to the 29th November in Kilkenny.
David O'Doherty Takes Over Whelan's
January can be a bit of a depressing month, the weather is cold and all the fun of Christmas is a distant memory. To avoid wallowing in the January blues in 2016, book tickets to David O'Doherty who will be performing in Whelan's the first and second weekends of the month with his excellently named show We Are All In the Gutter, But Some of Us Are Looking at David O'Doherty. His blend of music and comedy will cheer you right up and put a smile on your face for the rest of the month.
There's a different market in each corner of the country but no matter which you go to, you'll be able to pick up some mulled wine, a few mice pies and stroll around the stalls to find unexpected Christmas gifts and decorations. Many of the bigger markets also feature live music, to keep you entertained as you explore.
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