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Dublin: 13 °C Wednesday 20 March, 2019

4 events for... beach lovers looking for fun in the sun

Don’t put the Factor 50 away yet.

THE BEACH IS the only place to be during this prolonged heatwave. Luckily, Ireland is known for an impressive selection of breathtaking beaches throughout the country from Mizen Head to Howth Harbour.

Here’s four things to do that’ll keep you cool along the coast.

1. Top up your tan at the beach featured in a Steven Spielberg blockbuster

When: Open 24 hours

Where: Ballinesker Beach, Ballinruan, Curracloe, Co Wexford

The vast plain of sand and gorgeous sea view of Ballinesker Beach will be familiar to film buffs as the location featured in the opening sequence of Steven Spielberg’s 1998 hit, Saving Private Ryan.

That movie earned Spielberg an Academy Award for Best Director and Ballinesker has received a Blue Flag Award for its excellence in safety and cleanliness. A perfect daytime getaway and only a two-hour drive from Dublin’s city centre.

2. Pick up a new summer skill at the Lahinch Surf School

When: Surf lessons and rentals available everyday.

Where: Lahinch Surf School Beach Hut, Promenade, Lahinch, Co Clare

A surfing institution in Ireland, Lahinch Surf School has a wide range of lessons and activities catering to all your surfing needs. Gather friends for a group lesson as a thrilling sea adventure, this weekend. If you’re already a pro-wave rider, the Surf School also offers a rental service for you to hire boards.

3.  Raise money for charity cycling along the scenic Wild Atlantic Way

Only 3 weeks to go to #wamcycle18

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When: Saturday July 14, 9am

Where: Bantry, West Cork

Over the last fifteen years, the annual Wild Atlantic Way Mizen Cycle has raised close to half a million euro for charities around West Cork. There are three routes available to cyclists on the day: 65km, 100km and 150km. All of them offer a gorgeous view of Mizen and Sheep’s Head peninsulas.

There will be repair and breakdown services provided along the course and once complete, participants and supporters can refuel with a post cycle party with lots of delicious food.

More information about the route here.

4. Forage for seaweed and sample mouth-watering seafood at Kilmore Quay, Wexford

When: July 12 – 15

Where: Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford

The only thing you need to bring to the Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival is your appetite. A five day celebration of Wexford’s seafood culture sees a programme brimming with events inspired by the culinary delights of the sea. Support local vendors and stock up on delicious fresh fish at the market, enjoy live music on the Quay Front and see who will win the coveted Seafood Platter Plaque at this year’s festival.

Full list of events here.

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