Sunday 18 February 2018

Things to do this bank holiday weekend

RTÉ weather presenter Audrey McGrath at Bloom
RTÉ weather presenter Audrey McGrath at Bloom

Kilkenny Cat Laughs festival kicked off on Thursday and continues until Monday - acts include Dara O Briain, Tommy Tiernan, Aisling Bea and TJ Miller.

Motorbike enthusiasts have gathered in Killarney, Co Kerry, for BikeFest, which runs until Monday and promises plenty of displays for interested visitors.

The Dublin Port Riverfest started today and runs to Monday. Berthed on North Wall Quay, a host of tall ships will be open to the public to visit free of charge as part of the three-day maritime themed festival (See Page 20). Visit for more information.

The Cork Harbour Festival begins today, starting a nine-day celebration of Cork's maritime culture. Now in its third year, the festival features 60 events taking place in Cork city and 15 harbour towns and villages. Events include water activities, guided walks to seaweed foraging. A fleet of boats are expected to take part in 'Ocean to City - An Rás Mór', which can be viewed from many vantage points in the city. Go to for more information.

The Sheep Shearing Championships 2017 will be taking place in St Brigid's GAA Club in Co Roscommon. Some 200 hundred competitors are expected to sheer 2,200 sheep over the next two days. The event will also feature sheepdog trials, children's events and food displays.

The VHI Women's Mini-Marathon starts at 2pm in Dublin this bank holiday Monday. Now in its 35th year, some 35,000 women will compete in this female-only event - the largest event of its kind in the world. The mini-marathon starts on Fitzwilliam Street Upper and finishes on Baggot Street. Expect traffic diversions in the city centre.

The forecast for the weekend shows a mix of sunshine and showers, with highs of 14C to 18C today and a little warmer tomorrow. Monday is expected to be cloudier, but clearing as the day goes on.

Irish Independent

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