Friday 24 February 2017

11 things to do this bank holiday weekend

Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Alva O'Connor, from Marino, Michelle Hued, from Kinsale, Cork, and Louise Murphy, from Belfast, all crew onboard the Morgenster Tall ship which arrived in Dublin for the Dublin Port Riverfest maritime festival. Picture: Damien Eagers
Alva O'Connor, from Marino, Michelle Hued, from Kinsale, Cork, and Louise Murphy, from Belfast, all crew onboard the Morgenster Tall ship which arrived in Dublin for the Dublin Port Riverfest maritime festival. Picture: Damien Eagers
Ryan Brophy (age 3) from Dublin pictured exploring the Chef garden, created by 21 year old Sofi Dosa, the youngest ever garden designer to compete at Bloom in the Park. Her saucy design, entitled ‘Blurred Lines’, contains a beautiful living wall of tomato plants – the key ingredient in Chef Tomato Ketchup.
Vhi Women's Mini Marathon
Cork Harbour Festival
Gabriel Fitzmaurice with what might, sadly, be his last-ever collection of children’s poetry Will You Be My Friend? It’s a collection he’ll be launching at Writers’ Week at 3pm on Saturday, June 4
Comedian Maeve Higgins performs at Kilkenny's Cat Laughs from June 2-6.
Dublin Port's Riverfest maritime festival

With the sunny spell expected to continue this bank holiday weekend with a few light showers, there are plenty of events across the country to enjoy. From music festivals to garden shows, here are the top events happening during the extra-long weekend.



Ireland’s largest gardening, food and family event takes place in Phoenix Park this weekend. The five day festival showcases the best of Irish gardens and food producers, with live entertainment all weekend.

Children are free while adult tickets range from €14 for a one day pass to €60 for a five day pass.


2. Dublin Port River Festival


Family-fun entertainment will be provided at Dublin’s North Wall Quay this weekend with large ships, kayaking, boat tours and live street music. There will also be face-painting, a carnival, and art and circus workshops.

 Admission is free.


3. Cork Harbour festival

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The eight day festival will take place over the weekend with over 50 activities to avail from. Activities include boat races, boat tours, story-telling, sailing and street performances.

Admission to some events is free but prices vary.


4. Fordidden Fruit 2016

The musical festival takes place at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham over the bank holiday with acts lined up such as Dizzie Rascal, Katy B and Kerri Chandler all performing tonight. Other acts performing over the weekend include Australian electronic musician Flume and DJ Maya Jane Cole.

Admission ranges from €59.50 for a one day pass and €119 for a three day pass.


5. Relay for Life

The annual Irish cancer society event will take place in Donegal this weekend where teams of people will take turns to walk around a track in Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Because cancer never sleeps, each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during this 24 hour event. When it’s not your turn on the track there will be live entertainment and fun activities. Daniel O’Donnell will be making an appearance.


6. VHI’s Women’s Mini Marathon


Takes place this Bank Holiday Monday on Baggot Street in Dublin. The 10k run is expected to attract 40,000 participants.


7. Cork City Marathon


In its tenth year, Cork City marathon will take place on Monday on St. Patrick’s street. Over 10,000 participants are expected to complete the 26 mile course. There is also a half marathon, team relay and youth challenge.


8. Vantastival

Ireland’s music and campervan festival will take place Beaulieu House on the sloping banks of the river Boyne, in Louth . Attractions include gourmet food stalls, festival traders, scheduled kids’ activities, arts, crafts and many other fun and novel additions, ensuring that Vantastival has something for everyone, with or without a campervan.


9. Ireland’s Bike Fest

Will take place in Killarney this weekend where all makes, models and manner of bikes are welcome. Motorbike enthusiasts are expected to travel from all over the world to celebrate the tenth annual BikeFest. Bike stalls and food markets will also be at the events.


10. Listowel Writer’s Week


The internationally acclaimed writer’s festival will continue into the bank holiday in Listowel, County Kerry. The festival will have creative writing workshops, a selection of readings, walking tours and theatre performances.

Daily admission is €40 with a week’s pass €120.



11. Cat Laughs Comedy Festival


Will take place from Thursday June 2 to Monday June 6 in Kilkenny. There will be performances from Jason Byrne, Neil Delamere, PJ Gallagher and Rich Hall to name a few.

Tickets to shows range from €26 to €28.

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