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Spraoi Festival 2016 Keith Currams via Spraoi
Event Guide

From busking to vintage fairs: Here's what's happening this bank holiday weekend

Here’s a round-up of the events taking place across Ireland over the bank holiday weekend.

IT’S A BANK holiday and if you don’t have any plans for that extra day off, don’t worry – there are plenty of events happening around the country.

Here are some of this weekend’s highlights:


A free-to-attend multicultural festival is hitting Dublin this weekend. The Ireland Festival of Nations is taking place at midday this Saturday at Mountjoy Square. The event will include music, food, face-painting and a traditional costume competition for children – a celebration of cultural diversity. Click here for more information.

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Here’s something for lovers of the arts, the 25th Spraoi parade is returning to Waterford city this Sunday at 6pm. The festival, devoted to street art, has become a favourite among locals and tourists alike over the years. International street artists, performers and musicians are due to appear in the parade. More information is available here.

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Take a turn back in time this weekend and head to the Birr Vintage Week and Arts Festival in Offaly this weekend. Taking place right through until 11 August, this long-weekend will see busking, poetry, food markets, and art workshops take place in the town. The festival’s main event – a parade – is hitting the streets on Sunday at 4pm.

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Fancy heading to a music festival over the next three days? Castlepalooza 2017 kicked off in Tullamore today. Running until Sunday, the annual independent music festival will feature sets from Le Galaxie, Daithí, Denny and the Dublin Ukulele Collective. Click here for ticket information and the complete line-up.

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Fancy some food and drinks? This year’s Enniscorthy Rockin’ Food Festival is running until Sunday evening and includes everything from free live music, to artisan food and craft beers. There’s something available for all the family, with outdoor music screenings, a live cookery demo, tapas and drink trails.

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A festival is taking place in Finuge in Kerry this weekend, honouring the balladeer Sean McCarthy. The event has run every August Bank Holiday weekend for the last 24 years. The Sean McCarthy Memorial Weekend has lots packed into it, with ballad competitions, live music, craft sessions and a family bbq. Thinking of heading along? Click here.

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