The Clarence Hotel Dublin
4 stars - based on 475 reviews
6-8 Wellington Quay Dublin, Ireland Dublin 2
+353 1 407 0800
from €179 Per Room

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Welcome to the Clarence...

The Clarence is Dublin’s premier boutique hotel located in the heart of the city, on the banks of the River Liffey just a stone’s throw from the famous Ha’penny Bridge.

Our hotel is a proud reflection of 21st century Ireland, simple and elegant, a contemporary aesthetic that embodies the very best of Irish hospitality.

The Clarence first opened its doors in 1852. The hotel was refurbished in the 1930’s and hosted an eclectic clientele, from visiting clergymen to bawdy musicians. The tired two-star stopover was bought by Bono and The Edge in 1992 and transformed into a contemporary boutique hotel, the kind of place that they would choose to stay themselves, if visitors to Dublin city. Their new Clarence Hotel opened in June 1996.

Our hotel is located within short walking distance of a myriad of Dublin city experiences to suit all tastes: from Michelin star Irish restaurants to cool indie coffee bars; big brand shopping on Grafton Street to cutting edge Irish designwear around Temple Bar, George’s Street and South William Street; theatres such as the world famous Abbey as well as contemporary venues such as the Project Arts Centre and the New Theatre. Catch a huge international band at The Olympia or discover some brand new Irish rock music in The Workman’s Club. Dublin’s biggest nightclubs are just a stroll away, from the opulent and exclusive Madison Nightclub to the fun filled party vibe of
Everleigh Gardens. Cultural Dublin awaits guests at The Clarence: Trinity College, The Guinness Storehouse, The James Joyce Centre, Dublinia, The Natural
History Museum and so much more.

With 50 bedrooms and suites to choose from, as well as our spectacular Penthouse Suites, The Clarence offers luxurious and stylish accommodation in the heart of it all. Within the hotel complex, guests can enjoy a number of dining and bar areas – The Study and The Octagon Bar in the hotel itself, as well as Cleaver East restaurant on the ground floor and The Liquor Rooms underneath the hotel. We also provide 24 hour room service and many added comforts for our guests to enjoy.

The Clarence is the perfect location for a stylish, modern city centre wedding or civil ceremony and our dedicated team will provide every assistance in arranging your beautiful day in one of our many spaces.

Our front facing function rooms and suites offer privacy and understated elegance overlooking The Liffey. We have all the facilities needed to host your event, from large conferences to intimate meetings. Our events team will assist from start to finish.  

From fun weekends to romantic getaways, family gatherings to solo business trips, a warm welcome, a luxurious room and superior service awaits you at The Clarence Hotel.




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Damien Dempsey Essential Tour

Damien Dempsey brings his Essential Tour to 5th on Teeling Sligo in May 2014! (Rescheduled from February)
This promises to be an amazing show featuring all of Damiens hits as he release his album "The Essential Damien Dempsey" in May 2014.



April Comedy Club with John Colleary, Colm McGlinchey and Eric Lalor

Sligo's very own John Colleary headlines our next comedy club on Friday April 25th! The hilarious Eric Lalor will be on MC duties and Colm McGlinchey will support!

'John Colleary is star and co writer of three times IFTA nominated THE SAVAGE EYE.
His credits include appearances on STAND AND DELIVER & THE PANEL (RTE2), as well as being the writer/performer of popular slot LAST ORDERS on TODAY FMs LAST WORD.
He was voted sixth best comedian in Europe by BAIL OUT MONTHLY Magazine.'

Norman Jay Live at 5th on Teeling

Sea Sessions Headliner NORMAN JAY is coming to 5th On Teeling, Sligo on Saturday May 31st!
Norman Jay (MBE) is bringing his “Good Times” set over from North London for a special live show at 5th! Norman Jay is a real legend of the DJ world. He first came to prominence playing unlicensed or 'warehouse' parties in the early 1980s, such as Shake 'n' Fingerpop. His diverse and deep musical knowledge and his refusal to be restricted to playing from any single genre distinguishes him from his peers. He is commonly attributed to coining the phrase 'rare groove'. Famous for his “Notting Hill” Carnival sets along with receiving an MBE Norman has been spinning since the early 80′s. His Good Times sets mix up Funk, Soul and even some Latino Vibes.

Over 18's Only 


Julie Feeney

With support from Il Ficino String Trio.

Julie Feeney's sell-out shows on both sides of the Atlantic have received rave reviews whether solo, with ensemble, with choirs or with full orchestra and she composes, arranges and orchestrates all of her own music. Her 3 albums have been widely critically acclaimed internationally, receiving numerous awards. Her opera ‘BIRD’ goes into full production in 2016.

The Ficino Ensemble is a group formed in 2012 by Eoin Quinlan, Nathan Sherman and Karl Sweeney. The concept behind the ensemble was born both from a mutual appreciation of chamber music and a desire to perform the rarely played and often overlooked repertoire of the string trio, which forms the core of the group. Il Ficino will perform Ernst von Dohnanyi's Serenade for String Trio.

N.B Please be aware due to the layout of the Church, some seats may have a restricted view.

White Collar Combat

Junior Card 6pm / Senior Card 8pm

White Collar Combat was created by Sifu Keith Fanning of Blue Dragon Iron Fitness and Master Richie Moore of Animal MMA 

The Aim of White Collar Combat is to raise money for The Childrens Hospital Crumlin. 

Using Boxing / Kickboxing on the night along with Kung Fu Demonstrations spot prizes etc.

It will be held on the 26th of April in Animal MMA Unit 6/7 Santry industrial Hall Dublin.

Remember this is a combat event

Suitable For All Ages

Darklight Festival Season Ticket

The Darklight Season Ticket entitles access to all events and screenings taking place from Thursday 24 - Sunday 27 April.

We recommend that you contact Darklight in advance to guarantee places at all events, as all seats are subject to availability.

Phone: 089 431 6410
Or visit our Box Office, open 24 - 27 April at 10am.
BlockT, 1-6 Haymarket, Smithfield, Dublin 7.

Darklight Presents: Anatomy of a Film with Hugh Garry and Lenny Abrahamson: Discussion

Digital media sage Hugh Garry [] talks shop on new strands of narration through social and online mediums. After work on Frank's 'Twitter prequel', this discussion will delve into the frontier of imaginative digital storytelling and audience development strategies. Director Lenny Abrahamson joins the conversation with his insights on this collaborative approach in developing these strategies.

Darklight Presents: Damn Fine Print Workshops

The Gutenbergs of Block T will be hand-cranking iconic film quote posters in this Darklight edition of their mega-popular workshop. Come along and try out Damn Fine’s industrial grade printers to create your own wall-ready screen prints.

Darklight Presents: Darkroom DSLR Two Day Workshop

**You will need your own Cannon camera and laptop to take part in this two day workshop**

26th & 27th April 10:30-16:30

This is a 12-student, two- day course providing an intensive look into intermediate filming hacks for Canon DSLRs. Extensive production and post-production techniques from proven masters in the field, Michael Higgins and Aubrey Robinson, await participants!

Students will be brought through all of the key steps of a professional video shoot using Canon DSLR cameras, including planning, shooting, transcoding, editing and post-production. Students will gain extensive knowledge and understanding of a professional high-end digital workflow for low/no-budget video work.

Darklight Presents: Digital Storytelling Roundtable: Discussion

Our very special guests Anna Higgs, Hugh Garry, Philo van Kemenade and Giles Pradeau will put their heads together and discuss the outcomes from the morning symposium, looking at how the future is shaping up for storytellers in this multi-screen, networked landscape.

Darklight Presents: Digital Storytelling. Anna Higgs, Film 4.0. Keynote.

Darklight Reboot will be kicked off by Film4.0’s commissioning editor Anna Higgs, who will share insights into her digital initiatives as keynote speaker in this symposium. An essential talk for anybody on the bright side of film production, storytelling and scriptwriting.

Darklight Presents: Gala Festival Opening Party

An army marches on its stomach, so we’ll be filling you up with Diep Noodles and Asahi Beer at the Darklight Opening Party. We’ll be shooting off into space with guest DJs before landing at the Light House Cinema for Last Hijack’s premiere screening.

Darklight Presents: Good Fridays - Hosted by BlockT & Curate by Darklight & Beatyard

BLOCK T is proud to present a series of 15 individually curated, performance based events, held over 15 consecutive Friday evenings. Darklight fills the curator’s shoes this month, presenting music by Buffalo Woman & Tara McCormack. And it’s a good-old fashioned BYOB!

Darklight Presents: Oculus Rift Bedamned - Make Your Own VR Headset

Over the past several years, mobile technology such as small screens and tiny accelerometers have advanced at a pace that has enabled a new generation of Virtual Reality. Join Eoghan Kidney to learn how to assemble your own VR headset (and Oculus Rift bedamned!).

Darklight Presents: Storytelling Hack Jam - Presentation

This Storytelling Hack Jam introduces new tools and technologies that integrate the web with media production, bringing together creative bright sparks from the worlds of documentary, journalism, coding and art to find interactive ways to shape stories. Guidance comes from the minds behind Mozilla and Popathon and here they present the fruits of two day’s workshopping at Darklight.

Darklight Presents: The Broadcast Imagination

Waves of telecommunication pass through us every day – but in an age where broadcast makes up the ‘old media’, are we taking them for granted? Field Broadcast co-founder Rob Smith, CTVR director Linda Doyle and artist Jessica Foley join chairperson Maeve Connolly in a discussion of what broadcasting means in 2014 coinciding with the publication of her book TV Museum: Contemporary Art and the Age of Television.

Darklight Presents: The Lawnmower Man - A Discussion on Virtual Reality 2.0

Why is virtual reality suddenly back in the media? Is it really real this time? What exactly is "presence"? Technologists, game designers and filmmakers will lead this panel discussion on possible futures of the new generation of virtual reality. New forms of gaming, filmmaking and consciousness are all up for grabs.

Darklight Presents: What's Up Doc? Roundtable

Forsyth & Pollard, Tommy Pallotta, Vivienne Dick, the Metal Men of Wizards Way plus new voices from Irish documentary, will field critical questions posed by the evolving forms of documentary. Storytelling, methodologies, codes of practice and responses to hybrid documentary filmmaking will be discussed as well as the creative opportunities and ethical conundrums it poses.

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