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Saturday 17 August 2019

Music, mutts and lots of chocolate - how to enjoy this Easter

Garda Laura Doolin walks her Garda horse Rian. Picture: Mark Condren
Garda Laura Doolin walks her Garda horse Rian. Picture: Mark Condren

Aoife Kelly

Hazy spring sunshine is predicted for Good Friday ahead of a largely pleasant weekend for much of the country, which begs the question: how will you make the most of the bank holiday weekend?

Whether you want to be outdoors in the wilds around Westport or simply want to keep the kids entertained with some Easter-themed activities, there are myriad events taking place across the country.


Way of the Cross, Phoenix Park

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will lead the Way of the Cross through the Phoenix Park on Good Friday. The procession will proceed from Wellington Monument at 12pm to the Papal Cross.

For events nationwide,

Cocoa Atelier's Easter egg decorating workshop

Try your hand at decorating your own chocolate eggs just in time for Easter with Dollard & Co Irish artisanal chocolate producer Cocoa Atelier.

Saturday, 11am and 1pm, at Dollard & Co, Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. Tickets €25 with booking fee,

Red Bull Free Gaff

The three Red Bull Free Gaff nights taking place in Ballsbridge, Dublin are fully sold out, but there are still limited tickets to the Sunday Brunch (12pm to 5pm) with live performances from hip hop and electronic acts across the Garden Stage,

Rock Against Homelessness

Deirdre O'Kane will join a phenomenal line-up, including Camille O'Sullivan, Aidan Gillen, Finbar Furey, Tommy Fleming, Natty Wailer, Duke Special, the Celtic Tenors and some very special guests for the concert at the Olympia Theatre in aid of Focus Ireland on Tuesday night.

Laura Whitmore will be the MC. Tickets are available for €35 at


Edenderry Harbour Festival

Boats will return to the canal for the first time in almost a decade.

Entertainment for all the family will come courtesy of dance troupes, local bands, face-painters and entertainers.

Special Olympic gold and bronze medal winner Oisín Feery will also be honoured at the festival, which takes place on Saturday from 12-4pm.


Cool Planet Experience Bunny-Bots

Kids can design and make their very own solar-powered Bunny-Bot in the Easter workshop and learn how the robots generate electricity from light. There will also be a bunny dash at the end.

The workshops are suitable for children aged 7-14 and cost €20 for 75 minutes at Cool Planet Experience, Powerscourt, Enniskerry,


Westport Easter Walking Festival

A weekend of walking takes place from Friday to Monday, with walkers scaling Mweelrea, the highest peak in the province, on Saturday followed by Leenane Hill in Co Galway on Sunday,


Volunteer with MADRA

MADRA (Mutts Anonymous Dog Rescue and Adoption) in Galway is inviting volunteers to visit from 12-4pm Saturday, Sunday or Monday to spend time with their shelter dogs,


Irish International Ska and Reggae Festival 2019

Tramore plays host to The Spitfires, Olas Boss, Skabilly Rebels, King Zepha and more. There will also be pub trail gigs. Check out the Irish International Ska & Reggae Facebook page.


LEGO-themed Easter camps

Running daily until Friday, the camps for children aged 3-12 take place in Byrnes Build Zone, Enniscorthy, and promise Easter-themed fun creating LEGO designs, arts and crafts, and games. €55 per child, with sibling discounts available, at


Easter chocolate workshops

The Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow, Co Carlow has limited spaces remaining for Saturday and Sunday. Prices from €13.50 to €87.50 at


Easter Beer Festival

The award-winning beer garden of the Franciscan Well Brewpub will have 20 of the country's most innovative brewers celebrating their offerings. Friday, 5pm to late. Check out the Facebook page for more information.


Easter egg hunts

There are Easter egg hunts taking place across the country this weekend, most of which are free or cost just a few euros.

However, they are in huge demand and most require booking.

Smyths Toy Stores will host hunts at each store from 9am on Saturday with one egg per child - while stocks last - and the chance to win a trampoline.

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