Tuesday 22 May 2018

Your weekend mix and win tickets to Taste of Dublin!

Áine O Donnell

The weekend starts here! Find the perfect place to raise a gin and tonic with your weekend guide by Schweppes.

Is there anything harder than the week directly after the Bank Holiday? You are back in work, worse for wear after the long weekend and the next three-day weekend seems so far away.

Many of your mates and colleagues might be giving you serious FOMO as they jet off on foreign holidays, clogging up your Instagram feed with colourful cocktails and sunny selfies.

Forget about them, there is plenty of craic going on here at home and you can have an epic weekend at one of the many events going on all round the country. The only thing we can’t promise is the good weather.

To banish your post-Bank Holiday blues, we have three pairs of tickets to Taste of Dublin up for grabs with thanks to Schweppes. All you need to do is enter below and keep those fingers crossed!

Pack up your poncho and suncream – you can never be too careful – and set off for a weekend of homegrown ‘#banter’.

Check out all that’s going on this weekend with Schweppes:

Live at the Marquee, 9-11 June, Monaghan Road, Cork.

The biggest party in Cork City every summer starts off this weekend with Live at the Marquee 2017. Irish viral sensations Picture This open the festival with sold-out shows on Friday and Saturday night. Then Pearl Jam lead vocalist and rock legend Eddie Vedder plays to his own sold-out crowd on Sunday evening. If you were “haunted”, that means lucky to us non-Corkonians, and grabbed yourself a ticket to the opening gigs, you are sure to have an evening filled with top-class tunes. While all the tickets for the first weekend have been snapped up, there are limited tickets available for acts like Elbow and Gavin James on sale here.

Festival of Writing and Ideas, 9-11 June, Borris House, Borris, Co. Carlow.

If I said “Florence Welch, Roddy Doyle and Mary Robinson are going to Carlow”, it might sound like the beginning of some bad joke but it’s actually completely true. The Festival of Writing and Ideas is being hosted on the grounds of Borris House in Co. Carlow for the sixth time, it welcomes all the best minds from the worlds of filmmaking, journalism, music and politics for a weekend of open discussion and dialogue in the Carlow countryside. The line-up has to be seen to be believed: Dominic West, Colm Toibin and Joanna Trollope are just a handful of the famous faces descending on this little village. As you can imagine, tickets are flying out the door but there are still some available here.

The day has arrived. Come on Ireland! 🇮🇪 #COYBIG

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Ireland vs Austria, 11 June, Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Last summer brought back memories of the golden age of Irish football with a trip to the Euros in France. While the team might not have made it very far, the travelling Irish won the hearts of everyone and became known as “the best fans in the world”. With a chance at World Cup football up for grabs, it might not be time to put your camper van up on Done Deal just yet. The 2018 World Cup is in Russia and Ireland are in with a great shot at qualifying, we are currently joint top of the group table with Serbia. Let’s hope this fixture with Austria takes us one step closer to World Cup glory. Or at least, World Cup qualification. COYBIG!

Hepburn Forever, 9-11 June, Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin. 

With a summer schedule filled with superhero blockbusters, remakes and sequels, you would be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t much to see in the cinema this summer. Thankfully, the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield is bringing back some classics in their summer season celebrating all things Hepburn. For the month of June, they are showing some of the biggest movies starring Audrey and Katharine Hepburn. This weekend catch two old Hollywood films Suddenly, Last Summer and The Philadelphia Story both starring starlet Katharine Hepburn. At the Lighthouse, you can enjoy an evening of proper grown-up cinema: it is equipped with its very own bar with everything from craft beers to great wines. Get your tickets here.

Jameson Whiskey Shakers, Jameson Distillery, Bow St, Dublin. 

While the Guinness Storehouse might be wedged with tourists this summer, take solace just across the Liffey in the Jameson Distillery. You can take the distillery tour which lasts around 40 minutes and finishes with a few drams of their finest whiskey in JJ’s Bar. The cool thing about the Jameson Distillery is the visitor experiences on offer. We recommend the Jameson Whiskey Shakers experience which is a 90 minute cocktail making masterclass with one of their mixologists. The best part is you get to sample all your creations before getting an exclusive opportunity to taste whiskey straight from the cask. There is nothing quite like a Jameson cocktail – with Schweppes that is! Book the Whiskey Shakers experience here.

No great weekend, or cocktail, is complete without Schweppes. Every week, Schweppes will be keeping you up to date with all the hottest events and coolest cocktails for the weekend to shake up your summer.

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