Saturday 17 February 2018

Variety of events guaranteed to set hearts racing

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

FROM food festivals to egg hunts, antique fairs to race meetings, there's the usual fanfare of events around the country as part of a bumper bank holiday weekend.

Fairyhouse Easter Racing Festival runs until Tuesday at Ratoath in Co Meath. Ladies Day on Monday will be judged by Rosanna Davison, Irish Independent fashion editor Bairbre Power, and RTE's style presenter Brendan Courtney.

For food enthusiasts, the Galway Food Festival is on over the weekend in a specially constructed village on the banks of the Corrib, with a variety of open-air markets.

Up to 10,000 people are expected in Carlow for the six-day 42nd International Pan Celtic Festival, one of the town's first events for The Gathering.

Running from April 2 to 7, it covers music, song, dance and food.

To mark the 97th anniversary of the 1916 Rising, a number of commemorative events will take place on Monday. Also on Monday, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co Clare will host children's activities including bouncy castles, face painters, balloon making, jugglers, a stilt walker, a fire eater, magician and puppeteer.

Or follow the trail with some quiz questions to find the golden egg at the Big Barracks Egg Hunt at Collins Barracks in Dublin. Starting at 3pm tomorrow, it's tailored towards children over the age of seven.

And today and tomorrow at the Rainbow Ballroom of Romance, Glenfarne Forest, Co Leitrim, there is a walk along the sculpture trail as part of the Holey Soles hill-walking festival. Walk registration starts at €10 and includes refreshments.

And for those who wish to discover their inner Lord of the Dance, there is an Easter ceili at Aras an Mhuilinn in Mullingar, at 9.30pm tomorrow.

Entry is €10 and includes refreshments.

Irish Independent

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