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From a gin village to a snorkel safari: Here's what's happening this weekend

Here’s a round-up of the events taking place across Ireland over the weekend.

IT’S GOING TO be another warm weekend so let’s make the most of it.

There’s plenty happening around the country over the next few days.

Here are some of the highlights:

Kite Festival Source: Jason Clarke Photography


The sixth annual Dublin Kite Festival is taking place tomorrow on Bull Island.

The festival, organised by Dublin City Council, promises kite making workshops, a kite flying competition and live music.

There will be kiting experts on hand if you need help getting yours off the ground.

Admission is free and you can find out more here.

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Ireland’s National Chamber Choir is performing a free concert on Sunday at midday in the Hugh Lane Gallery.

They will be joined by the Swiss conductor Nicolas Fink for a  programme of sacred music in the surrounds of one of Dublin’s most famous galleries.

Free tickets will be available at the door so early arrival is advised, find out more about the event here.

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The Cork Concert Orchestra is performing A Night At The Movies tonight in City Hall.

The orchestra will perform some all-time great musical scores and themes – from Lawrence of Arabia to Star Wars right through to Schindler’s List.

Tickets start at €15 and are available online.

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It’s World Gin Day today and to mark the occasion a dedicated Gin Village will be appearing in the Latin Quarter from 1pm.

There’ll be a wide range of Irish and international gins on offer including Drumshanbo Gunpowder Gin, Bloom Gin, Silver Spear Gin and Bonac 24.

The event takes place in the Quays Bar with gin-infused snacks on offer too.

Tickets are €10 and must be purchased in advance.

For more information and tickets check out the website.

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The Westport Folk and Bluegrass Festival continues today and tomorrow.

Tonight the festival moves to Westport Town Hall Theatre where the Hot Rock Pilgrims will headline with ‘high-energy Appalachian music’.

Sunday night is dedicated to folk music and will be hosted by Westport’s own Clew Bay Folk Group.

A number of the group’s performers will open the night before the main act Daoiri Farrell takes to the stage.

A limited number of tickets for events over the weekend are still available here.

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Maghery Coastal Adventures is having its first snorkel safari of the year tomorrow at Captain’s Beach.

Meet at Maghery Community Centre in West Donegal at 1.30pm for a chance to explore the colourful wildlife in the waters off the Rosses coast.

The safari is suitable for beginners or if you’re just looking to improve your snorkelling skills.

You can book your spot here for €20.

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