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No plans for the bank holiday? Here are the best events lined up this weekend

A quick round-up of the long weekend’s best days out.

STUCK FOR THINGS to do this bank holiday weekend? Here are our recommendations, from music in Tullamore to a battle re-enactment in Wexford.

Cork: Day tickets are still available for Indiependence, which runs until Sunday. A decade in, the Mitchelstown festival continues to provide one of the best lineups of the summer, with Basement Jaxx, Kodaline, Jape and the Dandy Warhols among the big draws.

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Donegal: Head north for showjumping lessons, bake-offs and a teddy bear picnic at this weekend’s family-friendly Muff Festival. The Muffia, a film starring locals, gets its world premiere in a marquee in the town on Saturday night.

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Offaly: The gothic Charleville Castle in Tullamore is the venue for this weekend’s Castlepalooza. Now in its 10th year, the music and arts festival mixes local and international talent, featuring sets from acts including Fight Like Apes, Hercules & Love Affair, Hare Squead and Late Nite Tuff Guy.

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Dublin: Stop off at The Beatyard on Dún Laoghaire harbour this weekend for music, games and food by the sea. Music is provided by Sister Sledge, Neneh Cherry, Madlib and Horse Meat Disco, among others.

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Laois: Vintage train and tractor enthusiasts can step back in time this weekend at the Stradbally National Steam Rally, set on the historic Cosby estate. The unique festival features vintage exhibits, tractor pulling displays, steam engine demos and train rides, as well as trade stands and an autojumble.

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Waterford: The yearly extravaganza that is Spraoi draws to a close in Waterford city this weekend with music, drama, street performances and fireworks along the quays. The theme for the festival’s annual parade is ”origin of the species”, so expect to see crowds of human-sized monkeys taking over the city streets on Sunday night.

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Wexford: The hills of Enniscorthy are the site for this weekend’s annual re-enactment of the 1798 rebellion. Thousands are expected to turn out for the re-staging of the Vinegar Hill battle, where the United Irishmen were crushed in a major coup for British forces.

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Have we missed out on any big events? Let us know in the comments below. 

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