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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:


Women's Rugby World Cup

This year, Ireland plays host to the Women's Rugby World Cup 2017 with a host of games being played in Dublin and Belfast. Proudly sponsored by Mastercard®, the pinnacle tournament for Women's rugby kicked off on the 9th of August and runs until the 26th when the final will be held in Kingspan Stadium, Belfast.

You can see the full list of fixtures for the tournament here

Big Grill Festival

Listen up fellow BBQ lovers, you have an official excuse to stuff yourselves silly with the finest chargrilled meats and craft beers this weekend, thanks to the Big Grill Festival in Herbert Park.

With over 50 food stalls set up in the scenic surroundings of the park, the festival promises a fun (and tasty) day out for all the family, with Pittmaster workshops and demos, whiskey and gin bars, nose to tail feasts, and live music throughout the day.

Saturday highlights include a guided Foraging Walk in the park itself as well as a Wild Edible Cocktail Class, while Sunday’s line-up features a Thai Street Food workshop and a sure-to-be gut wrenching Hot Chili Eating Competition.


#regram 📸 from @hungrywaffler 👆who has the most drool worth blog post up on his blog from #biggril last summer 😛

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Dublin Quays Festival

A new four day festival of music, comedy, and spoken word, Dublin Quays Festival will see the Liffey transformed into a buzzing hub of culture and craic.

As well as a superb live music programme, the festival will also curate afternoons of spoken word, cultural talks, literary events, pop up performances and club nights, with entertainment from songstress Cat Dowling, Wicklow’s Birds Of Olympus, Dublin’s alternative rock/pop 5-piece Fiction Peaks, Today FM DJ Kelly-Anne Byrne, and comedian Alison Spittle.

All shows and events are free (hurrah!), and will be spread across different venues along the river. Expect a weekend of talent and fun smack bang in the city centre.

India Day

A celebration of India’s Independence and culture, this annual event in the very pretty Farmleigh Estate is a must-see this weekend.

Alongside delicious Indian cuisine, there will be a dizzying array of performances of traditional Indian song, dance, music and folk culture of various states of India, it’s a chance to experience something a little bit different to your usual Saturday outing.

The event will also celebrate harmonious integration of over 30,000 members of Indian diaspora in Irish society, culture and economy.

Iron Man 70.3

A gruelling test for only the most determined of Dublin’s athletes, this triathlon takes place throughout the city on Sunday and is all set to be a thrilling spectator experience. Sure what’s more exciting that watching people push themselves to their limits as you cheer comfortably from the sidelines? (Preferably with a meaty treat from the Big Grill Festival.)

The race begins with a is a one lap sea swim taking place in Scotsman's Bay, Dun Laoghaire, which is followed by a 56 mile single loop bike race from Dun Laoghaire, north along the coast and through the centre of Dublin, finishing by Phoenix Park, which leads on to the running section. Phew.


Galway Heritage Week

Galway’s rich heritage will be celebrated in a range of events across the city and county as part of National Heritage Week, which will see over 100 events take place in the culture capital of the West.

Choose from a walking tour of the River Corrib on Saturday afternoon, which will take in the history and the culture of the city while focusing on the importance of the river to the city, a Famous Theatre and Literature tour of the city, or a guided and educational stroll around the classic Latin Quarter.

Events outside the city include a heritage market at Oranmore Castle on Saturday afternoon, a lecture on the heritage of the native oyster, and a flashback to the Medieval era in the walled town of Athenry, which will be hosting demonstrations of birds of prey, medieval combat displays and more.


Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

A unique and welcoming festival of the best of traditional arts and music in the country, everyone should attend at least one Fleadh in their lifetime.

The Fleadh Cheoil sees the streets of Ennis filled with musicians and performers providing top class entertainment, with stellar events planned for the weekend, such as nightly Céilís, where you can re-live the one-two-threes dance moves of your childhood, live music in venues across the town, and lively walking tours during the day.

Pop down for an evening and soak up the pure Irish vibes.


The Streets of Ennis🎵👱

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Youghal Medieval Festival

Medieval truly is the theme of the nation’s events this weekend, with Youghal’s award-winning festival bringing to life the heritage and quirks of yore.

Wool Spinning, Coin Striking (you’ll have to wait to see what this is all about), Medieval Foods, and Medieval hair styling will all be part of Youghal’s two day journey into the past, alongside battle re-enactments and displays by living history groups such as The White Horse Vikings.

History buffs will love the presentation of recent archaeological finds in the local St. Mary’s Collegiate Church, which includes old coins, tombstones, and underground heating systems, while those looking for a bit more activity can try their hand at archery, handling birds of prey, or witnessing a blacksmith repairing armour.

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