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4 events for... anyone sick of chocolate this Easter weekend

With four days off, that sugar high is bound to drop eventually, so here’s where to go.

IT SEEMS LIKE just yesterday that we were celebrating St Patrick’s Day, but lo and behold, Easter is now upon us.

If you’re not sure what to do with your glorious four-day weekend – and don’t fancy eating chocolate for 96 hours straight – we have a few suggestions that are sure to suit everyone.

Do brunch, Thai-style

When: Fri March 30 and Sat March 31

Where: Opium Rooms, Dublin 2

Opium Rooms on Wexford Street is offering a double whammy of deliciousness this weekend. On Friday, they’re offering a fairly cheeky Asian-style BBQ and beer event, and on Saturday they’re serving tasty Thai-style brunch and drinks all day.

Expect tunes and good times with both – it certainly makes a nice change of pace from Easter eggs…

Book tickets for the events here.

Expand your foodie horizons in Galway

When: Thurs March 29 ’til  Mon April 2

Where: Galway City

The Galway Food Festival is now in its seventh year, and features chef demos, tasting events, superfood facials, and wine tastings, with over 100 vendors taking part.

This year’s festival is themed around Planting Seeds, both literal and metaphorical, with an emphasis on learning about food production and preparation, too.

Get the festival programme here.

Get some fresh air up a Mayo mountain

When: Fri March 30 to Mon April 2

Where: Westport, Co Mayo

Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate that than to explore one of Ireland’s most picturesque counties? Westport’s Annual Easter Walking Festival is now in its 10th year – over three days, festivalgoers will challenge some of Ireland’s highest peaks and tackle long walks too.

If it sounds like a drain, don’t worry – you’ll have plenty of time to unwind in the beautiful harbour town afterwards.

Get the details and book here.

4) Celebrate Ireland’s Viking heritage

Did you know that Waterford is a city founded by Vikings? The spirit of the Scandinavians will be out in full force this weekend in the city, with performers from all over Europe attending the festival, which takes place to mark the 1100th anniversary of Waterford city.

The festival programme promises re-enactments of Viking battles, an old Viking forge, stilt-walkers and loads more.

Get the full story here.

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