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Dublin: 9 °C Wednesday 16 October, 2019

Make the most of the summer festivals this weekend

Festivals, fairies, face-painting and more much.

Laya City Spectacular performance artists
Laya City Spectacular performance artists
Image: Photocall Ireland!/

IT’S SUPPOSED TO get up to 23°C this weekend and we’ve come up with some ways for you to make the most of the good weather.

But pack your sunscreen and umbrella (just to make sure you’ve all bases covered).


90420341 Titan, the 8ft Robot from Laya's City Spectacular Source: Photocall Ireland!/

The Laya Healthcare City Spectacular is on in Dublin this weekend before moving to Cork next week. Over 250,000 people are expected to attend the festivities around Merrion Square.

There will be street performers, family activities, live science shows, writing workshops, a Just Eat Street filled with food stalls and a Pet-acular, with an agility arena for dogs. Titan the Robot will be wandering around. Also featured – Bosco!


download Giant inflatable bunnies at Clonmel Junction Festival Source: Clonmel Junction Festival

The Clonmel Junction Festival is returning again this year and running until the 10 July.

The arts festival will see large inflatable rabbits, photographic exhibits, live performances, films, fairies and face painting, among other things.


Source: CK Golf/Flickr Creative Commons

Over 20 breweries are coming together to show their wares at the Kilkenny Craft Beer Festival.

There will be live music, food, brewing demonstrations and of course beer on tap. On Sunday night participating pubs will be hosting the final of the Euros with ’2 countries – 2 beer styles – 90 minutes’.


90348184 Joe Caslin installation at the Galway Film Fleadh Source: Eamonn Farrell/

Galwegians are spoiled for choice this weekend.

The Galway Film Fleadh will be finishing up its six-day run over the weekend. The Fleadh attracts directors, actors and those with a passion for film. Now in its 28th year, past guests have included Martin Sheen, Zachary Quinto, Saoirse Ronan, Brendan Gleeson and Michael Fassbender.

If art is more your thing, the Galway Fringe Festival is running until 25 July with films, paintings, photography, music and more.


Lough-Boora-re-sized-for-website Fairy Door Tea Party at Lough Boora Source: Lough Boora

One for the kids – Lough Boora Fairy Fun will be filled with fairy-themed activities from 12.30pm to 3.30pm.

There will be arts and crafts, face-painting, tea parties and homemade ice cream. Tickets range from €6-€22.

What events are you attending over the weekend? Let us know in the comments below.

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Elizabeth O'Malley

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