THE country came alive during the bank holiday weekend with gorgeous garden displays, music in Kilmainham, and laughter in Kilkenny.
And this afternoon, some 40,000 women are taking over the streets of Dublin in the Flora Women's Mini-Marathon, which starts at 2pm.
It is the culmination of months of work-outs and training for these thousands of women who are running in the biggest all women's event of its kind in the world.
In the Phoenix Park more than 80,000 people have already visited the 70-acre site of the Bloom festival and with today's temperatures expected to reach 20C, another 20,000 visitors are expected.
Boasting something for all the family, the festival is not just confined to colourful gardens and gardening workshops but includes cookery and craft demonstrations, food and live entertainment.
The first major music festival of the summer also opened its doors in the pristine grounds of the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, in Dublin.
Kasabian brought one of the biggest crowds of the day and headliners Le Galaxie along with Ghost Poet energised the thousands of happy fans at the third ever Forbidden Fruit event.
In Kilkenny, Amy Huberman joined Deirdre O'Kane and Chris O'Dowd on stage for the premiere of the first two episodes of Moone Boy Season two as one of the highlights of this year's Cats Laugh Comedy Festival.
The Moone Boy screenings in the Watergate theatre were followed by a Q&A session with O'Dowd and his co-writer Vincent Murphy.