What’s on: Top 10 Valentine’s Day events in Ireland this year

From sunset walks and speed dating to prime-time TV matchmaking, the top 10 Valentine’s Day events in Ireland this year have something for everyone.

Top 10 Valentine's Day events in Ireland this year

We all know Ireland has a great love affair with St. Valentine—he is, after all, laid to rest under Dublin’s Whitefriar Street Carmelite Church. Thanks to Fr. John Spratt’s 1835 agreement with Pope Gregory XVI to exhume the patron saint’s remains from his execution site in Rome and bring him back to Ireland as a gift, lovers and love seekers alike have the option to come and visit the man himself in our beautiful capital city.

While a visit to St. Valentine’s Shrine in Dublin is always a unique date idea, we thought some of you might need a little extra helping hand deciding how best to celebrate the most romantic day (and weekend!) of the year.

So without further delay, we bring to you the top 10 Valentine’s Day events in Ireland this year.

10. Bingo Loco (various locations) – for those single and ready to mingle

Valentine's Day events in Ireland this year include Bingo Loco
Credit: www.bingo-loco.com

Valentine’s Day can be a tough time for anyone single, so if you’ve got nobody to shower you with gifts this year, take matters into your own hands and go and win yourself some. If you’ve never been to a Bingo Loco event, then brace yourself for a wild night of confetti, pints and number calling.

Expect the unexpected with rave rounds, lip sync battles, dance-offs, and weird and wacky prizes up for grabs, ranging from bags of rubbish to giant inflatables and holidays. It’s also a great place to meet new people as you’re forced to sit next to different groups of friends, so you have no choice but to be sociable.

Be warned Bingo Loco is hugely popular and sells out pretty fast, so grab yourself a ticket while you can or get on the waiting list for a night you won’t forget.

When: 15th February 2020, 6.30 pm

Address: Various locations – Carrick-on-Shannon, Monaghan, and Naas

How much: €22.70

Event link: HERE

9. Drink & Draw Valentine’s Night: Bring Your Own Beer (Dublin) – for an artsy date night

Valentine's Day events in Ireland this year include Drink & Draw in Dublin
Credit: www.drinkanddraw.ie

If it’s a challenge you’re after for Valentine’s this year, then why not sign up for something a little different and participate in the drink and draw? Whether you’re seeking some light-hearted bonding with your significant other or a little fun with friends, this event has you covered, and you can even bring your own beers. What’s not to like?

On the night, you’ll be supplied with a canvas and all of the necessary materials to create your very own masterpiece, as you’re entertained by a DJ playing a mix of cheesy music. You don’t need any artistic experience to take part, as there will be instructors on hand to help guide you through the process, and you can even win a selection of prizes for your creativity.

Nothing helps you bond as a couple better than creating some beautiful artwork together. Think Ghost but without the mess. Or the ghosts.

When: 14th February 2020, 8pm – 10.30pm

Address: Krust Bakery/ Arts Bar, George’s Street, Dublin

How much: €28

Event link: HERE

8. Hook Sunset Dinner and Walk (Co. Wexford) – a scenic evening at Hook Lighthouse

Valentine's Day events in Ireland this year include a sunset dinner at Hook Lighthouse

Everyone loves a little bit of romance, and what could be more awe-inspiring than watching the sun go down over the sea? Hook is home to the oldest original operating lighthouse in the world, and the surrounding scenery does not disappoint. There’s a good reason why the 800-year-old medieval structure is one of Ireland’s favourite attractions.

Visitors to this special event are greeted with a tea/coffee and cocktail reception ahead of taking a tour of the lighthouse and watching the sunset from the balcony of the tower. You will then head back to the watch room where the landmark’s team of in-house chefs will serve up canapés and cocktails.

Just don’t forget to grab a few photos of the surroundings, as this is definitely one of the most scenic options amongst Valentine’s Day events in Ireland this year.

When: 15th February 2020, 6.00 pm

Address: Hook Lighthouse, Hook Peninsula, Co. Wexford

How much: €45.00 per person

Event link: HERE

7. Silent Light (Co. Derry) – a unique and immersive experience

Valentine's Day events in Ireland this year include Silent Light at Mussenden Temple

For a truly immersive and cultured experience, you won’t want to miss this collaboration from the National Trust and JAMESPLUMB. Silent Light sees visitors take part in a unique event where they are invited to walk in silence across the Downhill Demesne clifftop to Mussenden Temple as darkness falls.

Inside the temple, artists James Russell and Hannah Plumb will display a dark sky and light installation experience titled ‘Stained moons,’ which evokes the eight phases of the moon. The whole presentation appears to be designed to heighten and play on the human sensory system. This is not one for those of you who struggle to stay quiet.

When: February 14th/15th 2020 – slots available every 45 minutes from 5.30 pm – 8.30 pm

Address: Mussenden Temple, Downhill Demesne, Co. Derry

How much: £3.50 – £7.00

Event link: HERE

6. Be My Valentine Bash (Dublin) – for sophisticated speed dating  

Valentine's Day events in Ireland this year include speed dating in Dublin

Think speed dating, but on its best behaviour. This event promises to offer a ‘fresh alternative’ to dating and matchmaking in Dublin, and let’s be honest, we all have time for that. Forget garish displays for attention; this one is all about comfort and class.

The night promises a low key yet cheeky vibe with a view to feel more like a private club than a nametag-wearing, whistle-blowing meat market. As ladies remain seated whilst their potential suitors move around the room to the next potential love interest every six or seven minutes, SpeedDublin ‘Date-Mate’ Scorecards are kept, and participants will then be notified of any matches via email within 24 hours of the event ending.

Once the main event is over, attendees are also welcome to hang around and mingle before heading home to await their results.

When: 14th February 2020, 7 pm

Address: Zozimus Bar, Centenary House, Anne’s Ln, Anne St S, Dublin, D02 AK30

How much: €20

Event link: HERE

5. Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa Valentine’s Special – for a romantic getaway

Valentine's Day events in Ireland this year the Valentine's Special at Incheydoney Island Lodge
Credit: https://www.inchydoneyisland.com/

If it’s a romantic break with stunning scenery you’re after, then look no further than Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa. The luxurious retreat overlooks the beautiful beach of Inchydoney. With far-stretching sand and a glorious view of the Atlantic Ocean, you’d be hard-pressed to find a more amorous location amongst rival Valentine’s Day events in Ireland for a trip away with your lover.

Their special Valentine’s offer includes a two-night stay in a variety of lavish rooms, a full West Cork breakfast each day, dinner by candlelight in The Gulfstream Restaurant, a diamond and gold skin revival facial for the ladies, and a sensual Elemis back massage for the gents, as well as afternoon tea for two in the lounge.

If you’re looking for somewhere to pop the question, then this should be your pick. Absolute heaven.

When: Dates available for two-night stays between 7th – 19th February 2020

Address: Incheydoney Island Lodge & Spa, Clonakilty, West Cork

How much: Prices from €172.50pppn

Event link: HERE

4. The Fureys Live (Killarney) – a night of great music

The Fureys will be performing in Killarney on Valentine's Day 2020

With an impressive 38 years of entertaining audiences under their belts, The Fureys are one of Ireland’s favourite folk bands, so if you’re after a good old-fashioned sing-along this Valentine’s Day, then look no further than the Gleneagle Ballroom in Killarney.

There’s a range of places to grab a bite to eat on-site, and with both The Brehon Hotel and The Gleneagle Hotel & Apartments close by, there’s plenty of scope to make a night of it.

Let’s be honest: if you don’t know all the words to at least one of their tracks because your father/grandmother/uncle/cousin/sister has sung it so much it’s ingrained on your brain, there is absolutely no way you’re even Irish.

When: 14th February 2020, 7.30 pm

Address: Gleneagle Ballroom, Killarney

How much: €35.20

Event link: HERE

3. Skyline at Dusk, Croke Park (Dublin) – for city views and rich history

The Skyline at Dusk event will offer stunning views from Croke Park
Credit: https://crokepark.ie

This one-off limited-edition event is perfect for those with a passion for historical Dublin. Lucky participants will join the special Ericsson Skyline at Dusk tour to hear tales of Dublin’s rich history, greeted with stunning views of the city at twilight as the sun goes down from the roof of the legendary Croke Park stadium.

Visitors will then gain access to the GAA museum, followed by a cocktail over the road at the stunning Croke Park Hotel. You’ll have to be quick as places are limited so grab yourself a ticket before it’s too late. Oh, and don’t forget this is Ireland and you’ll be outdoors for at least part of the event, so remember to dress for the weather. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.

When: 14th February 2020, 4.30 pm

Address: Croke Park Stadium, Dublin

How much: €21

Event link: HERE

2. Breakthrough Cancer Research 2020 Valentine’s Ball – a glamorous night for a great cause

The Valentine's Ball raises money for a worthy cause
Credit: www.breakthroughcancerresearch.ie

Celebrating its 30th year, the Breakthrough Cancer Research Valentines Ball is truly deserving of a slot as one of the best Valentine’s Day events in Ireland. Tickets are a little on the pricey side, but we think you couldn’t give your hard-earned cash to a better cause than this.

Expect glamour and sophistication from this Cork based fundraiser. The Ball will kick off with a drinks reception, followed by a tantalising dinner. There will then be plenty of dancing, as well as entertainment from comedian Oliver Callan. Plus, guests will be supplied with generous goody bags, all while raising vital funds for Cancer Research.

When: 15th February 2020 (time TBA)

Where: Radisson Blu Little Island, Cork

How much: €140 – €150

Event link: HERE

1. The Late Late Show Valentine’s Special (Dublin) – an exciting opportunity for singletons

Apply for a chance to be in the audience on the Late Late Show on February 14th
Credit: www.rte.ie

It’s not often you get to find love in front of the whole country on national television, but The Late Late Show is giving you the chance to do just that again this year. Ryan Tubridy will be playing matchmaker for 200 singletons in the audience who are hoping to pick up more than just a casual shift this Valentine’s Day.

Applications are now open for those who are willing to bare all about their love lives and dating disasters. They can even help to fix you up with that special someone who has caught your eye if you’re too shy to make a move by yourself.

‘It’s probably the most bonkers show in The Late Late Show calendar, but it’s a show that brings out the wild in people, and that’s what we want!’ Ryan said. ‘We want people to come and join us in the assembly hall of dating destiny. We are opening our doors, our hearts, and our arms to the singletons of this country. Your time is now, the place is here, so apply for true love…or at least love for 24 hours’.

The criteria for taking part is as simple as being over 18, single, and on the lookout for meaningful love. To apply for tickets, all you need to do is fill out the form with all the gory details of what you’re looking for, your single life, and your experience of the Irish dating scene. Get your application to attend one of the biggest Valentine’s Day events in Ireland in by following the link below.

When: 14th February 2020

Address: RTÉ Television Centre, 4 Nutley Ln, Dublin 4, Ireland

How much: Free

Event link: HERE

No need to say thanks, but don’t forget us when you’re posting out the wedding invites.

By Ayeesha Walsh