Culture Date with Dublin 8 was officially launched in April 2017 in Richmond Barracks, with special guests Frank McNally, Jim Roche, St James'Brass Band and local school children from Our Lady of Lourdes National School Goldenbridge and Inchicore. 

Culture Date with Dublin 8 was launched in April 2017. Culture Date with Dublin 8 is a new neighbourhood initiative, bringing a series of free family-friendly events, activities, workshops, guided tours and more in a weekend-long celebration of the cultural and historical life of Dublin 8. It aims to celebrate Dublin 8's rich cultural heritage while also encouraging people who are living, working and visiting the area to explore what is on their doorstep.


The initiative is supported by Dublin City Council, Fáilte Ireland, Richmond Barracks, the OPW, Glasnevin Trust and IMMA.


Highlights of the Culture Date with Dublin 8 2017 programme included

  • A concert to launch the re-opening of Goldenbridge Cemetery to its former glory. Based on the famous Pére Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, Goldenbridge was a non-denominational cemetery that welcomed those of all religions and none in the wake of the Penal Laws. The reopening will feature performances by the St. James’s Band and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
  • ‘Assembly, a touring installation from In Flanders Fields Museum, at Richmond Barracks, accompanied by a sound art installation remembering the 40,000 Irish people who died during the First World War.

  • Once-off, bespoke guided tours of Kilmainham Gaol, including ‘Women of the Gaol’ and ‘Alternative Kilmainham’.

  • Exclusive guided tours of IMMAs landmark exhibitions, ‘IMMA Collection: Freud Project and As Above, So Below: Portals, Visions, Spirits & Mystics’, and a creative family workshop. There will also be an Open Studio visit with IMMA artist-in-residence Bharti Parmar. IMMA will have free entry to all of their exhibits for the duration of the weekend, as well as self-directed tours of their medicinal gardens.