Friday 23 March 2018

So what are you getting up to this weekend? Bank holiday bonanza of things to do and see

Paul McLoughlin; and Sophie Shannon
Paul McLoughlin; and Sophie Shannon
Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

From hard rock music to the thunder of hooves, the swish of sails to the fragrant delights of Bloom - there's a host of outdoor activities to be enjoyed this Bank Holiday weekend.

Music lovers have a smorgasbord to choose from. A special jazz festival in Dublin's Temple Bar today and tomorrow promises a variety of musical experiences, ranging from funk to w to chamber pop. And the Forbidden Fruit Festival on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham will see Fatboy Slim, Wu Tang Clan and Richie Hawtin strutting their stuff.


Foo Fighters hit the stage in Slane Castle tonight in a hotly-anticipated gig with Kaiser Chiefs, Hozier, Ash, and The Strypes in support.

The Riverfest takes place in Dublin, while in Cork there is much on offer for all those who like boats and boating.

The Harbour Festival, which starts today, runs all week, with opportunities to try out rowing and kayaking, as well as exploring the harbour's impressive forts.

There will also be a Mardi Gras street parade followed by what is described as "a weekend of fun for all the family".

For those of an artistic bent the K Fest in Killorglin, Co Kerry, will have 20 'pop-up galleries' on show.

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The Doonbeg International Jazz Festival promises a packed programme of swing, dixie and jazz music in local pubs.

Also out west is the Grace O'Malley Festival of the Pirate Queen, in Westport, where various events are scheduled around Clew Bay, including a Cycling the Bike Buffet, food foraging on a Seashore Safari, craft beer samplings, and guided walks.

There is also still time to muck in for lots of family fun at Connemara Bog Week, which takes place in the village of Letterfrack, with art exhibitions and sean nós dance workshops, cycle races and archaeological talks, as well as nightly music sessions on offer.

Bloom, the horticulture and food festival, is open until Monday from 9am to 6pm in the Phoenix Park.

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The Show Gardens, designed by some of Ireland's best designers, have proven a top attraction this year.

Tattersalls International Horse Trials & Country Fair takes place opposite Fairyhouse Racecourse in Co Meath. Running until Sunday, under 12s go free and can enjoy pony rides and fairground rides.


But festival-goers should opt for raincoats and umbrellas over sun cream and sunglasses.

Today will be dry in most areas at first, with sunny spells, but those going to Slane Castle for the concert this evening should wrap up as temperatures will hover around 11C.

Met Éireann are forecasting "very wet" weather tonight and expect this to continue until Tuesday morning.

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