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House Restau­rant, 4 Main St, Howth Un­til Dec 28 the­house.howth.ie Plus the Port­fo­lio Fi­nale show. Solomon Fine Art, Balfe St Un­til Dec 23 solomon­fin­eart.ie

GAL­WAY

The ma­te­ri­al­ity of cloth­ing and ac­ces­sories in works by An­gela Fulcher and Ruth E Lyons’ ‘Dream Pool’ sculp­tural in­stal­la­tion. Gal­way Arts Cen­tre, 47 Do­minick St (closed Dec 23-Jan 3) Un­til Jan 16 gal­wa­yarts­cen­tre.ie

KERRY

Tralee Art Group, un­der the tute­lage of Re­beka Wall. Si­amsa Tire Gallery, Town Park, Tralee Un­til Feb 13 siamsatire.com

KIL­DARE

An ex­plo­ration of con­tem­po­rary tex­tiles by El­e­ment 15. Straf­fan An­tiques & De­sign cen­tre, Bar­ber­stown Un­til Jan 2 el­e­ment15.ie

KILKENNY

Janet Mullar­ney’s su­perb menagerie of sculp­tural char­ac­ters. But­ler Gallery, The Cas­tle Un­til Dec 13 but­ler­gallery.com

LEITRIM

An ex­ten­sive line-up of artists. Leitrim Sculp­ture Cen­tre, New Line, Manorhamil­ton Un­til Jan 14 leitrim­sculp­ture­cen­tre.ie

An­nual group show. The Essence of De­sign: How ideas evolve into new, func­tional, beau­ti­ful prod­ucts. The Dock, St Ge­orge’s Ter­race, Car­rick-on-Shan­non Un­til Jan 2 the­dock.ie

LIM­ER­ICK

Mark Dion presents a new body of work about the de­ple­tion of wild species in Ire­land’s rivers, fol­low­ing a re­search res­i­dency. Orm­ston House, 9-10 Pa­trick St Un­til Feb 13 orm­ston­house.com Pal­las Projects cu­rates a show de­voted to other artist-run spa­ces. Vi­sions of Now: 23 artists with links to the mid-west. Lim­er­ick City Gallery, Pery Sq Un­til Jan 15 gallery.lim­er­ick.ie

Fine con­tem­po­rary print­mak­ing (Un­til Dec 31) Spirit of Child­hood in Lim­er­ick: Christ­mas (Un­til Dec 22) The Hunt Mu­seum, The Cus­tom House, Rut­land St hunt­musuem.com

LOUTH

Ma­jor loan ex­hi­bi­tion of fig­u­ra­tive paint­ings from the Bri­tish Arts Coun­cil Col­lec­tion. High­lanes Gallery, Lau­rence St, Drogheda Un­til Feb 7 high­lanes.ie

Eight lo­cal artists re­mem­ber 1916. Droic­head Arts Cen­tre,

At he Ma­hon Point Shop­ping Cen­tre. Var­i­ous times un­til Jan 31 adults, chil­dren peak/off peak 0818 919807 iceskat­ing.ie

Part of the Win­ter Fun­der­land ex­pe­ri­ence. RDS, Balls­bridge from Dec 12 – Jan 10. adults/ chil­dren 01-4853045 win­ter­fun­der­land.ie

New this year is this Christ­mas fes­ti­val with an ice rink, fun­fair rides, Bavar­ian style food stalls and vis­its to Santa for the litte ones, Un­til Jan 3, Next to City West Ho­tel, adults/ chil­dren mag­i­cal­won­der­land.ie

A free Christ­mas­themed zone with horse and car­ridge rides, carol-singing, Stock­well St, Drogheda Un­til Jan 9 droic­head.com

MAYO

With Brian Bourke, Peter Burns, Ai­dan Crotty, Anne Don­nelly, Neal Greig, Allyson Kee­han, Ber­nadette Kiely, Chris Leach, Jay Mur­phy, Mary Noonan, Paula Pohli, Rose Sta­ple­ton and Michael Wann. Clare­mor­ris Gallery, Mount St Un­til Dec 23 clare­mor­ris­gallery.com Work by 50 artists. Cus­tom House Stu­dios Gallery, The Quay, West­port Un­til Jan 17 cus­tom­hous­es­tu­dios.ie

MON­AGHAN

Paint­ings by Niamh O’Con­nor, Neal Greig, Eileen Fer­gu­son, Joanne Be­han, Jonathan Hunter, Joan Mal­lon and Roisin Duffy. The Mar­ket House, Mon­aghan Un­til Dec 23 047-38162

ROSCOM­MON

How aes­thetic at­ti­tudes vary. Works by An­drew Car­son, Danika Casey, Padraig Cun­ning­ham, Naomi Draper, Susan Man­nion, Steven May­bury, Niamh O’Do­herty, Brid­get O’Gor­man. Linda Shevlin cu­rated. Roscom­mon Arts Cen­tre, Cir­cu­lar Road Un­til Jan 30 roscom­monarts­cen­tre.ie

SLIGO

32 vis­ual artists, writ­ers and sculp­tors mark the 150th an­niver­sary of W.B. Yeats’ birth in an SO Fine Art Edi­tions project. Hamil­ton Gallery, Cas­tle St Un­til Jan 8 hamil­ton­gallery.ie

WICK­LOW

Ar­chi­tect Do­minic Stevens looks at the ar­gi­cul­tural-picturesque na­ture of the Wick­low land­scape in a multi-dis­ci­plinary show. Mer­maid Arts craft and fes­tive food mar­kets and bar­ber­shop melodies echo­ing through the gar­dens. Sto­ry­telling ses­sions, pup­pet and magic shows for chil­dren. Sat/Sun (Dec 19/20) 10am-5pm Farm­leigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin. adm free 01-8155914 farm­leigh.ie

Gal­way City On Ice is in Leisure­land, Salthill Cen­tre, Main St, Bray Un­til Jan 30 mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.oe Peter Craw­ley pcraw­ley@irish­times.com

BELFAST

Writ­ten and set in 1992, but not staged un­til 2002, Marie Jones’s sea­sonal com­edy fol­lows a Belfast cab driver who’d rather work on Christ­mas Eve than suf­fer the cel­e­bra­tions, meet­ing a gallery of char­ac­ters as he goes. Dan Gor­don di­rects. Lyric The­atre. Ends Jan 10 7.45pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm) £22.50/£15 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

Blunt Fringe Pro­duc­tions stage the be­lated Ir­ish pre­miere of Stephen Sond­heim’s mu­si­cal re­view, set at a New York cock­tail party where an older and younger couple re­flect on the com­plex­i­ties of mod­ern re­la­tion­ships, through the won­der of Sond­heim songs. Lyric The­atre. Ends Dec 19 8pm (Sat mat 3pm, Sun mat 1.30pm) £20/£18 lyricthe­atre.co.uk

DUBLIN

Fid­get Feet send the story of Red Rid­ing Hood fly­ing high by recon­ceiv­ing the fairy tale as a mix of aerial feats and the­atre. Also Gal­way. Project Arts Cen­tre Ends Dec 19 8pm

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Smock Al­ley The­atre stages John Gen­tile’s adap­ta­tion of Charles Dick­ens’s clas­sic, with Joe Pur­cell as Ebenezer Scrooge. Smock Al­ley The­atre. Ends Dec 22 7.30pm (Sat & Sun mat 2.30pm) 212 (Fam­ily smock­alley.com

Michael James Ford, He­lene Mon­tague and Ruairi Head­ing per­form a this year. Un­til Jan 3 adults; chil­dren peak/off­peak 091-394504 gal­wayc­i­ty­on­ice.ie

Now in its sixth yea . Cillin Hill, Dublin Road, Kilkenny. Un­til Jan 10.

adults/ chil­dren kilken­ny­on­ice.com Choose to travel by horse drawn sleighs or the Win­ter­val Ex­press train to ride the carousel, lis­ten to sto­ries in the at­mo­spheric Regi­nald’s Tower, lis­ten to Christ­mas carols or watch the light show in Cathe­dral Square, var­i­ous venues un­til Dec 23 (the ice rink con­tin­ues Dec 26- Jan 5) Water­ford City (win­ter­val.ie)

Or­der your tur­key and ham, then ex­plore the stalls for beau­ti­ful gifts of jew­ellery, ce­ram­ics, cloth­ing and freshly baked breads and pas­tries, Sat 10am-3pm Kill­rud­dery Gar­dens, Southern Cross Road, Bray adm free kill­rud­dery.com the­atri­cal adap­ta­tion of Charles Dick­ens’s sea­sonal favourite. Also Louth and Meath. Vik­ing The­atre, Clon­tarf. Ends Dec 23 8pm vikingth­e­atre­dublin.com Rory Nolan and Marty Rea lead the cast of Pa­trick Ma­son’s new stag­ing of Os­car Wilde’s fa­mil­iar clas­sic, a triv­ial com­edy for se­ri­ous peo­ple, guided by so­cial de­cep­tion and glit­ter­ing with epi­grams. Gate The­atre. Ends Jan 30 7.30pm Mon & Mats Tues-Thurs

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Gary Dug­gan di­rects his own Dublin adap­ta­tion of Philip Van Doren Stern’s Christ­mas tale, here trans­planted to Howth, where Ge­orgie Travers - vul­ner­a­ble and on edge - and one strag­gler prop up the bar, re­view­ing his life and con­sid­er­ing a bet­ter fu­ture than the one he has planned. Bew­ley’s Café The­atre. Ends Dec 19 1pm

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A US Marine re­turns from a dis­as­trous tour of Afghanistan in which most of his pla­toon died and strug­gles to re­turn to nor­mal life in a town he barely recog­nises. Caro­line Fitzger­ald di­rects Pa­trick O’Don­nell, Pat Nolan and Les­ley Con­roy in Ste­wart Roche’s new play. The New The­atre. Ends Dec 19 7.30pm the­newthe­atre.com Con­all Mor­ri­son di­rects a lesser known Bernard Shaw play, a com­edy of er­rors set in a sea­side town in which a woman’s three chil­dren, un­aware of the iden­tity of their fa­ther, in­ad­ver­tently in­vite him over for lunch. C’est la vie, say the old folks. Abbey The­atre. Ends Jan 30 7.30pm (Sat mat 2.30pm) abbeythe­atre.ie

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