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Here's your chance to set a world record by visiting these events

Sumo suits, haunted houses, Charlie Chaplins and much more.

IT’S THE LAST weekend of the summer – the perfect time to get out and check out some of the events going on around the country.

Whether you’re a war buff, a foodie, or a big fan of City Lights, there’s something for everyone.

As usual we’ve rounded up the most interesting things going on. Here’s what’s happening this weekend.


Source: Purple House Cancer Support

People are dressing up in sumo suits and running across Bray Seafront to raise money for Purple House Cancer Support. The five kilometre Sumo Run broke the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people in sumo suits last year.

For those not participating in the run, there will be outdoor yoga, free snacks and a performance by the Bray Gospel Choir.

Others might fancy the Roots Revival Festival taking place in the Harbour Bar in Bray and the Hotspot Music Club in Greystones. There will be folk, bluegrass, americana and country music acts.


Source: Barry Kelly/Salute

War buffs may be interested in checking out the Salute military show on in the National Show Centre.

There will be vehicles and equipment from WWII, reenactments of famous battles through history, dog displays and the chance for visitors to buy pieces of military history.


Source: Loftus Hall

Nathan Carter will be headlining the Fethard RNLI Waves Festival on in Hook Head this Sunday. The festival will be held in Loftus Hall, ‘Ireland’s most haunted house’.

For the kids there’s bouncy castles, face-painting, a Frozen sing-along and magic tricks. For the women there is a €2,000 prize for the best dressed lady. For everyone else there will be a bar and a variety of food on sale. There will also be a battle of the bands competition, hosted by Beat 102-103.


Source: Iverk Show

Come and see some of the finest cattle, sheep, horses, fruit, vegetables and flowers at the Iverk Show in Piltown on Saturday. There is up to €80,000 in prize money.

There will be a ladies tug-o-war, lots of tapestry on display, a great cherry cake competition, a karate demonstration and a display of armoured Rolls Royce cars from the army. Children can learn how to bake and arrange flowers. There is also a prize for the most ‘appropriately’ dressed lady.


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Source: Food Fleadh Ballina

This weekend Mayo is celebrating food, with the Food Fleadh Ballina and French Ballina running side by side as the French Mayo Festival in the Military Barracks.

It will include stalls from local restaurants, live cookery demonstrations and cooking classes for children. There will also be live music.


Source: Irish Game and Country Fair

A medieval fair comes to Birr this week, with a culinary twist. The Irish Game and Country Fair Fine Food Festival will feature clay pigeon shooting, archery, carriage driving, jousting, dog shows and a tented village with food stalls and shops.

All of this will be taking place in the world famous gardens of Birr Castle, which feature Ireland’s largest tree house.


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Charlie Chaplin fans won’t want to miss the Chaplin Film Festival taking place in Kerry this weekend. There will be screenings of Chaplin’s films as well as street entertainment, circus performances, a disco, a barbecue and a parade through Waterville.

There will also be a concert by Bagatelle and an attempt at a Guinness World Record – getting the most Charlie Chaplin lookalikes together at the same time.

If you see any interesting events coming up, email liz@thejournal.ie.

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