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Friday 19 September 2014

It's festival fever as we bank on fun in the sun

Published 31/05/2014 | 02:30

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Holly Kingston (five), Kira Kingston (10), and Aidan Maloney (seven), all from Dublin, play on the beach in Sandymount, Dublin, with their dog Max.
Daire Redmond (3) at the Tattersalls Horse Trials in Ratoath, Co Meath.

SUMMERTIME and the living is easy – especially on a bank holiday weekend with a blast of good weather and the festival season in full swing.

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Met Eireann are predicting warm sunshine today, with temperatures of 18-22C ensuring that barbecues will be firing up all across the country.

It might be our only chance, with a band of rain expected to push in from the Atlantic tonight and into Sunday afternoon.

The wet weather will drift gradually eastwards throughout tomorrow before leaving the east and southeast of the country largely dry.

Monday will see a welcome return of the sunshine with temperatures of 14-18C degrees, although the weather will be cooler with a chance of scattered showers.

"The weather will probably be similar to Sunday," said meteorologist Jean Byrne of Met Eireann, adding that it will turn cooler and more showery on Tuesday.

At Listowel Writers' Week a special tribute will be paid to the late Seamus Heaney.

The Foynes Irish Coffee Festival and the Culture and Chips 'quirky food carnival' in Limerick are among the family-friendly outings on offer al fresco. The Bulmers Forbidden Fruit music festival is on today and tomorrow at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin with The Flaming Lips and 2manydjs headlining.

The 2014 Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair in Ratoath, Co Meath is also under way with Olympic stars putting their charges through their paces in dressage, show jumping and the cross-country phase.

Meanwhile, leading security specialists, Netwatch has warned against a possible spate of burglaries. Last year, 9pm on Sunday was narrowed down as the flashpoint for burglars, with 67pc of criminals operating on foot and the construction industry the most targeted type of business, followed by manufacturing sites.

Irish Independent

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