Not sure where to take your special someone this Valentine's Day? Or planning a memorable night to celebrate the occasion? We are here to help with our guide to what's on this Valentine's week to relight your romantic flame and share the love! From magical music to theatre treats, cackling comedy and marvelous matches - you are guaranteed to have a date to remember.
For theatre lovers:
It is 35 years since The Commitments first burst from the pages of Roddy Doyle’s best-selling novel. The world’s hardest working and most explosive soul band are set to return in an all new stage production coming to Dublin’s 3Olympia Theatre as part of the UK and Ireland Tour from 7 – 19 February 2023. 3Olympia Theatre, 14 – 18 February 2023
Willy Russell’s Blood Brothers Returns to Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this February. The legendary Blood Brothers tells the captivating and moving tale of twins who, separated at birth, grow up on opposite sides of the tracks, only to meet again with fateful consequences. Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin, 13 – 18 February 2023
The show takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favourite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic! The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin 10 – 12 February 2023
Make sweet music:
The unstoppable musical duo Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott are going on a nationwide playing shows across Dublin, Derry, Galway, Belfast, Donegal, and Kerry from the 17 -24 February 2023. 3Arena, Dublin & Leisureland, Galway, 17 & 18 February 2023
For the Indie couple, South London post-punk four piece, Dry Cleaning are playing two headline shows in Vicar Street, Dublin on St Valentine’s day itself, 14 February and Mandela Hall, Belfast on 15 February 2023. Vicar Street, Dublin & Mandela Hall, Belfast, 14 & 15 February 2023
If catchy guitar hooks and earworm melodies are your thing, treat your loved one to a night at The Academic who play Cyprus Avenue, Cork on Thursday 16 February. Cyprus Avenue, Cork, 16 February 2023.
The original voice of Smokie will perform on Sunday 19 February at Vicar Street, Dublin. Chris Norman first found fame fronting huge 70’s hit band Smokie. In 1986, Chris left the band and started his successful solo career. His first single ‘Midnight Lady’ became a massive hit throughout Europe. So far he has had 21 hit singles and released around 22 albums, selling over 20 million records worldwide. Vicar Street, Dublin, 19 February 2023
Couples who laugh together, stay together:
For the comedy fans, Neil is back with more hilarious fado fado shenanigans. Spend your Valentine’s date watching this comedy maestro get to grips with 4 heroes from Ireland’s past including Cuchulainn and Grainne Mhaol for his new TV series “Holding Out For A Hero”. Gorey Little Theatre, 10 February, Vicar Street, Dublin, 11 February, Andersons Live, Sligo, 15 February, The SSE Arena, Belfast, 17 February 2023.
Jason Byrne has had an upgrade. In his brand new show “Unblocked” Jason 2.0 talks about his new lease of life following heart surgery. The Six Million Dollar Byrne has cleared his arteries, his mind and his schedule to bring you an evening of pure unadulterated old fashioned fun. Vicar Street, Dublin, 17 & 18 February 2023.
One of Ireland’s favourite comedians, Deirdre never strays too far from her live stand-up roots; her new show, Demented, a box-fresh hour of side splitting laughs. Royal Theatre, Mayo, 17 February 2023.
Your perfect match:
Enjoy some rugby with your loved one as Ireland’s Under 20s team take on France on Friday 10 February 2023 as part of the Under 20s Six Nations 2023. Musgrave Park, Cork, 10 February 2023
If GAA is the way to your lover’s heart then you are spoiled for choice with both football and hurling taking place across the country as part of the Allianz League. Nationwide, February
For Munster fans, the team take on Ospreys at Limerick’s Thomond Park on Friday 17 February as part of the United Rugby Championship. Thomond Park, Limerick, 17 February 2023
Nothing above catching your eye? Maybe a gift is the way to go instead – see our Valentine’s Gift Guide for some inspiration HERE.