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Dubs spoiled for choice in weekend of festivals, flowers and GAA action

FESTIVAL season is in full swing this weekend, with something for everyone on offer in the capital.

Dublin Port Riverfest is taking place over the three days of the bank holiday.

The North Quay Wall will be abuzz today with open-air markets, street theatre and pirate demonstrations.

Over the weekend, festival-goers will be treated to a boat race on the Liffey and on Monday demonstrations by customs sniffer dogs.

A number of tall ships made their majestic arrival into the bay yesterday just in time for the festivities.


Meanwhile, in Kilmainham, music and comedy-lovers alike kicked off this year's Forbidden Fruit Festival at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.

Fatboy Slim took to the main stage last night at the historic venue.

A little farther afield, Life Festival is in full swing in Belvedere House in Mullingar.

Hundreds of revellers will be praying for sunshine today as the eclectic event continues with Squarepusher and Maceo Plex lined up to perform.

Hozier will join the Foo Fighters at Slane Castle today, kicking off his summer of Irish festival dates.

Green-fingered aficionados can check out Bloom in the Park until Monday.

The gardening and food festival is taking over the Phoenix Park with a host of bespoke gardens from Ireland's top designers and cookery demonstrations by some of the country's top chefs including Oliver Dunne.

It is also set to be a cracking weekend in Croker, with the boys in blue lining out for two quarter-final championship games. On Sunday the Dublin hurlers will clash with Galway, while the footballers will go up against Longford.

But bank holiday weekends are not all about lazing about, and on Monday thousands of runners will take to the streets of the capital for the Vhi Mini Marathon.

The 10km loop will begin at Baggot Street and finish up in Leeson Street. The start time is 2pm and traffic diversions will be in place.