Free Events

Festival Launch / The Illustrated Beatles Exhibition

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Culture Night, Friday 20th, 8 pm, Skerries Mills – free.
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The 10th anniversary celebrations of the much loved Skerries music and arts festival will be kicked off in style with the opening of a fab exhibitition by Illustrators Ireland:
The Illustrated Beatles, curated by Peter Donnelly.

The Illustrated Beatles on tour!
The Illustrated Beatles on tour!

Illusrated BeatlesFeaturing 42 original images, interpreting 42 songs, by 42 artists, this show has toured venues around Ireland since last October, receiving rave reviews.

At the Festival Launch 2012
Your Magical Mystery Tour Guides await you!

Don’t miss a chance to meet some of the illustrators, who might even draw a a personalised doodle for you.
Light refreshments served.Magical mystery tour anyone??
The Soundwaves team hope to see you there, to launch our 10th festival in style!

Soundwavey Fun Cycle and Picnic

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Sunday 22nd, Meet at Skerries Mills car park 12 noon – free

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This cycle is for all the family.  Organised by the Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI)
Children must be competent cyclists and be chaperoned by an adult.

Picnic by the Rose Garden, Ardgillan, 1-2pm followed by “Wavey-Wavey”! Depart for Skerries Mills not later than 2.30pm, back in time for Lego & Minecraft Exhibition and the UkuHooligans

Fun Cycle 2010

Ray Ryan of the Skerries Cycling Initiative writes:

“The Soundwavers are getting their bikes ready for the SOUNDWAVEY FUN CYCLE TO ARDGILLAN organised by the Skerries Cycling Initiative (SCI) for Sunday September 22nd with a picnic by the Rosegarden. And if you think you can disappear without a trace during WAVEY-WAVEY , – HAH!, we’re going to FIND you!

All cyclists are welcome on the Fun Cycle but children must be accompanied by a responsible adult. There is some hill-climbing involved so this event is not suitable for small children who are not proficient cyclists.

Wavey Wavey by Michael Johnston
Do you see the wavey hand?

Cyclists will meet at the Skerries Mills car park at 12 noon, Sunday September 22nd, weather permitting. The SCI will provide stewards to assist the peloton in getting through junctions along the way.
Please check brakes, gears, tyre pressure, saddle height and lubrication. 
Children must be capable of using brakes on their bikes as the route includes significant descents in both directions.

Route to be followed : from the Skerries Mills car park via Millers Lane to  the railway roundabout, under the bridge followed by an immediate right turn up Togher Hill to Milverton Gates and right again along Ardla Rd. to Ardgillan.
For those who want it, a stewarded return to Skerries Mills Car Park will be offered in the early afternoon.

Don’t miss this chance to cycle safely to Ardgillan and have lots of fun on the way, and during the picnic! Weather permitting, as Ray says.

Lego and Minecraft Exhibition, Competition and Prize Giving

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Sunday 22nd, 3-5 p.m., Community Centre Hall –  free.

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Children come and exhibit their Lego creations and participate in this very popular annual competition. Enter on the day!
The Soundwaves Minecraft project display what has been happening online over the last fortnight.
In short: Fun and interesting things to see for all the family! There will be some second-hand Lego stalls, so bring your pocket money.

Lego BricksSee  the wonderful Lego creations and soak in the atmosphere! A firm favourite of the Skerries Soundwaves festival. Great for new ideas for your own Lego play, or just to see what can be made out of little plastic blocks.

Since 2012, the Minecraft project has joined the exhibition.   See some of their virtual creations, “Walk” around the online Skerries created exclusively for this project. See what Minecraft crafters can create in their virtual sandbox! The prizes for this year’s competition will be in three categories: 1. Skerries; 2. Fantasy; 3. Redstone. Winners will be announced at around 4.30 p.m.

Looking at Skerries Minecraft during the 2012 Lego Exhibition
Looking at Skerries Minecraft during the 2012 Lego Exhibition

Lego Competition: Bring your creation, set it up in the hall, pay €2 for your entry and be there to show it off to the judges!

Minecraft Competition: Free to all who are part of the 2013 Skerries Soundwaves Minecraft Project. Entries have to be in by Friday 20 September, 9 p.m. and will be shown on a screen during the Lego and Minecraft Exhibition. Rules are on the Skerries Minecraft Website.

Ukulele Concert with the UkuHooligans

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Sun 22nd, 2-4pm, Skerries Mills – free

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ukuhooligans The UkuHooligans Ukulele “Orchestra” comes all the way from Dún Laoghaire to perform their fun music.

Get away from all the madness of the world, and relax for an hour or so, listening to happy, happy talk and song.
The video shows them in action at UkuHooley 2013 in Dún Laoghaire. Soon in Skerries!


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Sunday 29th, 12.45, outside St. Patrick’s Church – free

The crowds coming out of 12 o’clock Mass will be met by the sounds of a live Céilí Band with some of Fingal’s best young musicians.
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They will entertain the crowds for an hour before lunch. MC Mary Keane of Inis Rua will lead us through the moves as only she can. Join in, or simply watch!
A festival favourite for many. Don’t miss it!

Street Party

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Sunday 29th, 2pm-5pm, Strand Street – free.

This year we have live street theatre, Dance Dimensions, stalls-a-plenty, your favourite cartoon characters, an A to Z of crafts, foods and much more. There are a lots of games taking place on the day of the Street Party along with a few surprises not to be missed.

Also on this afternoon, there will be the Skerries Community Association Volunteer Corner, an Art Exhibition in a local curator’s house, and the Musical Oasis.
And our trailer of local talent will make sure that SKERRIES ROCKS!

Please note that parts of Strand Street will be temporarily closed to ensure the safety of all at the Party.

Musical Oasis

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Sunday 29th, 2.30-5pm, Strand Street Methodist Church – free.

Relax and enjoy a few moments of musical bliss. Musical Oasis is our free, pop-up, drop in and chill out performance space, where talented musicians will be performing throughout the afternoon.

methodist church Skerries

Here is a list of performers with their instruments and the approximate time they will be on.

There is no guarantee for the time or running order – come early if you want to be sure to catch somebody!
There will be last-minute changes, people being added or dropping out. Expect surprises!

Sean Carey                                          Voice/guitar                            2.00pm

Band (Mitchell and The Crew)          Voice/guitar                            2.10pm

Philip Fahy                                         Trumpet & Piano                    2.20pm

Jessica & Hugh Doolan                      Voice/guitar                            2.30pm

Eva Campbell                                     Voice/guitar                            2.40pm

Adam Caka                                         Piano                                       2.50pm

Rebecca Cauldwell                             Voice/piano                            2.55pm

Ciarán Mc Kenna                               Piano                                       3.00pm

Kate Lambkin                                     Voice/guitar                            3.10pm

Emma Butler, Sara Butler,

Hannah Maloney & Erin Loosley      Voice                                      3.20pm

Sarah Enright                                      Voice, Piano & Saxophone    3.30pm

Hannah Hawkshaw                             Voice                                      3.40pm

Fiona Garvey                                      Voice/guitar                            3.50pm

Ross Mc Hugh                                    Voice                                      4.00pm

Labhaoise Mc Hugh                           Voice                                      4.05pm

Ruby Pereira                                       Piano                                       4.10pm

Daisy Pereira                                      Piano & fiddle                                    4.12pm

Emma Quinn                                      Voice/guitar                            4.15pm

Deirdre Cleary                                   Piano                                       4.20pm

Fingal Chamber Choir                     Voice                                      4.30pm