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Fun: Cathy Coyle at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fun: Cathy Coyle at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

Fun: Cathy Coyle at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision

A huge number of public events and festivals are taking place around the country this bank holiday weekend.

The 37th annual Dublin marathon takes place today, with nearly 20,000 runners hitting the streets. A number of roads will be closed as the route goes from Fitzwilliam Street Upper through to Stoneybatter, Drimnagh, Walkinstown and then on to Templeogue and Terenure before finishing up at Merrion Square North.

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Natasha Fillmore and Ken McCormick from Nova Scotia, who are running the Dublin marathon today for Team Diabetes Canada Photo: Damien Eagers

Natasha Fillmore and Ken McCormick from Nova Scotia, who are running the Dublin marathon today for Team Diabetes Canada Photo: Damien Eagers

Natasha Fillmore and Ken McCormick from Nova Scotia, who are running the Dublin marathon today for Team Diabetes Canada Photo: Damien Eagers

Dublin will host a number of Halloween events. Of particular interest for families is the Macnas: Sleep No More spectacular Samhain parade, which will start on Moore Street at 5.30pm tomorrow.

The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival celebrates its 38th birthday with more than 1,000 musicians from almost 20 countries promising a €10m boost to the local economy.

More than 50,000 music fans have descended on Cork for the festival which, since its foundation in 1978, has developed into one of the world's most popular jazz spectaculars. The headline acts this year include Grammy winner Robert Glasper, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jason Marsalis and Sheryl Bailey.

In Leitrim, Mohill Horse Fair has horse trading, stalls, demonstrations and plenty of entertainment.

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