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NO WEEKEND PLANS? Don’t worry, there’s lots to do around Ireland this weekend.

Here’s a selection of events happening around the country…


29/6/2013. Gay Pride Parades Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

The annual Pride parade will take place at 1pm today in Dublin city centre.

People interested in participating in the parade can meet in the Garden of Remembrance at 12pm. The parade is run in conjunction with other LGBT celebrations taking place across the weekend.

Elsewhere in Dublin, a fan zone and large screen will be set up for the Ireland v France match.

The area will be located in Smithfield Square and is open from 2pm on Sunday afternoon. Dublin City Council has confirmed the area will be family friendly and a strictly alcohol-free zone.


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Discover Derrynane is a weekend of free events for children and adults.

The walks, talks and workshops will take place in the Derrynane National Historic Park. Today will include walks and family activities and finishes off with a bat walk at 10pm.

A seashore explorer walk and a guided archaeological walking tour are all in store for tomorrow. Some activities require booking and a full schedule is available online.


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The Ennistymon Midsummer Festival is taking place this weekend in Co Clare.

Activities started at 9am this morning, with a children’s market alongside the regular farmer’s market.

Over the weekend there will be plenty of family-friendly events including a sports day, a falconry display, bouncy castles and live music. A full list of events and times is available online.


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Sea Sessions returns to Bundoran for a weekend of music, water sports and competitions.

Gavin James, ASH and Tinie Tempah are headlining the beachside festival.

Weekend tickets have sold out but there are still Sunday day tickets left for €47.50.

Joining the above bands will be HamsandwicH, DJ Hype, Fish Go Deep and many others.

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DSC03618 Source: Westport Food Festival

The 2016 Westport Food Festival is back with a food village, kids’ pizza making and mushroom hunting.

Starting at 12pm today, there will be free demonstrations from chefs at the food village on the hour.

On Sunday there will be kayaking tours, a seaweed foraging walk and a bartender beer race. Prices for the ticketed events start at €10 and can be booked online.

Wexford Maritime Festival

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The weekend is all about boats, history, children’s activities and live entertainment at the Wexford Maritime Festival.

Watch traditional boats races along Wexford harbour, check out model boats or the helicopter and lifeboat rescue demonstrations.

Visitors can take part in fun raft races, kayaking or canoeing. The activities kick off at 10am today when the food market opens and finish up at 6pm Sunday.

Most of the events are free and a full list of times and prices is available on the site.

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

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