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From comic books to seafood and sean-nós: Here's what going on around Ireland this weekend

Superheroes, sheep-shearing, sandcastles and much more.

Image: Dublin Comic Con

HOPEFULLY EVERYONE HAD a great bank holiday weekend and managed to hit a few events.

Although there’s not as much on this week, there’s some really unique events happening across the country, whether you’re into comic books, seafood or sean-nós dancing.

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


stall Source: Dublin Comic Con

The Convention Centre Dublin is hosting Comic Con for the third year. A small number of tickets are available to buy at the door. There will be panels, workshops and photoshoots. Special guests include the co-creator of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Todd from Scrubs, Leo from Charmed and Bobby from Supernatural.

You can try out a virtual reality headset, enter a costume competition, check out exhibitor stalls and visit interactive sets. You can also get your photo taken in the Iron Throne (replica) from Game of Thrones.

If that’s not up your alley, maybe the horses might interest you more. Jumping in the City is taking place in Shelbourne Park.

And for runners there’s the Rock ‘N’ Roll race, starting and finishing in the Phoenix Park. There are live bands and DJs playing at various points along the course to encourage participants. There’ll also be a Finish Line Festival with live music and beer.


3c571e39-de43-4475-bc29-594986b9e886 Footsbarn theatre company, who will be performing as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival Source: Pat Moore

The Kilkenny Arts Festival runs until 16 August. This weekend there will be piano sonatas, live readings, an Icelandic electro-pop band, a coffee club, and a performance of a new play ‘Cuckoo’s Nest’ by the French theatre company Footsbarn.

There will also be free musical performances in the Castle Yard.


Source: Feakle Festival

Feakle will be hosting their Traditional Music Festival this week.

There will be céilís every night as well as poetry readings, music workshops, sean-nós dancing, concerts and children’s activities.

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Source: Carlingford and Cooley Peninsula

The Carlingford and Cooley Peninsula Oyster Festival is on this weekend. There will be food and craft stalls and local restaurants will be offering fish dishes for the occasion.

There will also be a sailing race, sheep shearing, an oyster treasure hunt and a teddy bear picnic. ‘Robot Ted’ will also be appearing live.


Source: Aideen Hayden

Wexford is hosting the annual Sand Sculpting Festival on Duncannon Beach this weekend. Each year a professional sculpture is created, while attendees of all ages can compete in the amateur sand castle competition.

There will also be music, street entertainment, beach games and a fireworks display over the bay.

If you see any interesting events coming up, email

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