Here’s what’s happening around the country this weekend
When it comes to planning your weekends during the summer season, you really are spoiled for choice. That’s why we’ve teamed up with Mastercard® to bring you the ultimate event guide every weekend for the rest of the summer. Your weekend starts here:
An exciting programme of films that celebrates LGBT storytelling, this is held in countless locations across the city, including The George, Skinflint, Mother and Panti Bar - so you’ve really no excuse not to check out at least one flick.
The shorts selection on Saturday is just one of the must-see showings: Whether it is in the story of a gay Syrian refugee attempting to rebuild his life in the shadow of a traumatic war, or a humorous account of being outed by a Scientology stress test, these stories traverse through accounts of gay life using the ultra affective short narrative form.
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Want to be entertained by a heap of different styles of music and dance whilst munching on the very best ethnic foods in Dublin? Course you do.
The Ireland Festival of Nations is a fun display of native dances and music from a variety of cultures including Irish dancing, Chinese, African, England, Indian, Scottish, Brazilian, French, the Middle East, China, Polish, including comedy and live bands, and much more, with an aim to showcase the multiculturism of Ireland.
There will be an array of ethnic/multicultural food stalls and market stalls. Yum.
Now this is the perfect way to destress after a long week spent cooped up in the office.
Two hour Forest Therapy walks (also known as Shinrin-Yoku or forest bathing) are held in the beautiful Barnaslingan Wood, Co Dublin, where you can “come and bathe your senses in the forest.” The aim is to disconnect with technology and reconnect with yourself, and the walks include mindfulness activites and are proven to reduce stress and promote mental health and wellbeing. Sounds like the kind of stroll we could all do with now and again.
An event for the more adrenaline-fuelled folk, this whacky 5km run will push you through your paces, tackling more than 10 larger than life inflatable obstacles. Yep, you’ll want to have a fresh head for this...
Designed for all ages and all fitness levels, it’s Ireland’s first and largest inflatable obstacle course, and whether you go along to soar through the sky as you bounce down the Super Scream, stumble through the Moon Walk section, or simply come along to watch and take photographs of your mates that will still be hilarious in 20-odd years, it’s sure to be a bit of craic.
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Ireland’s biggest and best known racing festival, the Galway Races will see some 250,000 people attend throughout the week, and the town has a serious buzz about it. Sure, you might leave with a few less Euros than you entered with if your horse doesn’t scoop the prize, but you’ll also leave with unforgettable memories.
The weekend’s highlights include live music and incredible food and fashion, as well as the beloved Mad Hatters competition, which sees judges search for the funniest, most colourful and creative hats. Get crafty and don your craziest headgear.
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This unique regatta displays traditonal Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat which were used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare.
Along with getting the chance to see expertly crafted sailing boats at sea and view races and competitions, there’s also plenty of activities for those more suited to dry land, including local trad music sessions and general all round craic you’ll only see the likes of in the Wesht.
The Fit-up Theatre Festival is based on the Fit-ups of the 1950’s when professional theatre companies travelled to rural villages performing in make-shift venues during the summer, and will see world class theatre brought to West Cork.
Venues include an outdoor stage on the breathtaking Sherkin Island, with plays of work by Samuel Beckett planned for the weekend, alongside a humourous yet eye-opening look at the individuals who patrolled the border of the Republic and the North on both sides of the conflict during the troubles. A return ferry can be booked via the festival, so just grab your ticket and set off on a day trip with a difference.
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