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Revellers make the most of mixed weather at bank holiday festivals

IT may not have been the brightest of bank holiday weekends, but that did not deter thousands of revellers who partied at festivals around the country.

Crowds gathered in the Irish capital yesterday for the first annual Dublin City Block Party, which saw the Tivoli Grounds awash with stalls laden down with food, craft ales and cocktails, while punters enjoyed music and games across a variety of stages.

Daphni, DJ Kormac, R Kelly Tribute and White Collar Boy were among the acts to perform.

Zara Kratschmar, from Walkinstown, was among those to attend and told the Herald that "it's about time" such an event was organised in the city centre.


"It's absolutely great to see this happening in Dublin because usually it's all about events out in Marlay Park, which can be chaotic -but this is real chilled and totally different," she said.

"We were expecting a younger crowd, but there's a nice mix age-wise and we're 28, that little bit older, so we're happy with that."

Organiser Wayne Whelan said he's looking forward to the future of the venture.

Castlepalooza also unfolded and included a fancy dress option for the first time. Punters got kitted out in regal costume for the inaugural Kings and Queens themed day at Charleville Castle in Tullamore, Co Offaly. Meanwhile, Bray Summerfest continued and concludes today.