Friday 9 December 2016

Sun, sports and sweets in bumper holiday

Published 04/04/2015 | 02:30

Easter eggs
Easter eggs

Barbecue weather, the Grand National, a rugby showdown and chocolate eggs - it is shaping up to be a bumper bank holiday weekend across the country.

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Forecasters say that there will be clear skies and temperatures of up to 15C as the nation goes on the move. "We could be looking at barbecue weather," said Met Éireann's Joanna Donnelly.

The news will no doubt be welcomed by 50,000 people heading to the Aviva Stadium today for Leinster's crunch Champions Cup quarter-final clash with Bath.

Read more: Eight fun things to do with the family this Easter weekend

Daffodils
Daffodils

The Fairyhouse Easter Festival will kick into full swing tomorrow offering punters a chance to see legendary jockey AP McCoy in his last race on Irish soil.

The racecourse will be giving out 2,000 face masks of the champion jockey to fans on Easter Sunday.

Over 30,000 people are expected through the turnstiles for the festival that will rake in more than €4m.

The €275,000 Boylesports Irish Grand National will be the highlight of the three-day event on Monday.

Tony McCoy
Tony McCoy

Read more: Top things to do with the kids during the Easter holidays

Those looking to keep the youngsters entertained will be spoilt for choice as Easter egg hunts roll into action nationwide, including in Dublin's Merrion Square, Fota Wildlife Park in Cork and the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford.

The Easter Rising will be commemorated by a military ceremony at the GPO on Dublin's O'Connell Street tomorrow morning at 10.30am.

The ceremony, which will be led by the President, the Taoiseach and the Minister for Defence, will include a reading of the Proclamation and a fly-past by the Air Corps.

Dublin Airport has predicted a 10pc rise in traffic as families make the most of the holidays.

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