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Something For The Weekend

Here's what's happening this bank holiday weekend

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

IT’S A BANK holiday and if you don’t have any plans for that extra day off, don’t worry – there are plenty of events happening around the country.

Here’s some of this weekend’s highlights:

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The seven-day Galway Races Summer Festival continues this weekend, finishing up tomorrow.

But if horse racing isn’t your thing, there’s still plenty on offer from entertainment to fashion.

The family friendly days of the festival are today and tomorrow with no admission fee for children.

There will be lots of entertainment for the young racegoers including bouncy castles, discos, slides and face painting.

For more information and ticket prices, check out the website.

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Beatyard is back again this August bank holiday with over 100 food vendors and over 80 music acts performing across the weekend.

Tickets for today and tomorrow are still on sale here, with Django Django headling tonight and Orbital rounding off the festival tomorrow.

The festival offers a lot more at Dun Laoghaire harbour with the Kidsyard, a nautical boogie on the water and the Back Page Gamesyard.

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Jake Bugg, Primal Scream and Walking on Cars are all headlining Indiependence this weekend at Deerpark farm at the foot of the Galtee Mountains.

Since 2006, Indiependence has grown into one of Ireland’s biggest festivals.

Saturday and Sunday tickets are still on sale and can be collected at the box office on the day.

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The Rockin’ Food Festival in Enniscorthy this weekend is all about eating, dancing and history.

The artisan food, drink and crafts market has been expanded with over 80 vendors taking over the market streets. This year there is a brand new children’s marquee that will host cooking classes, Lego workshops and puppet shows.

A number of ticketed events like a gin talk, a medieval sword making and a harvest banquet are taking place so to book your tickets or to find out more information, check out the website.

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Now in its 13th year, Castlepalooza is continuing across the weekend in the surroundings Charleville Castle in Tullamore.

Children under 12 can go free once an adult or guardian accompanies them.

Day tickets are still on sale with New Jackson and Ships headlining tonight while the Rubberbandits will be at the Laughter Lab tomorrow night.

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The very first of All Together Now festival is taking place this weekend at Curraghmore Estate.

The 3000-acre estate has music, spoken word, comedy, theatre, debate, art and workshops all taking place across the weekend.

Some acts headlining the festivals maiden voyage include Chaka Khan, Fleet Foxes, First Aid Kit and Róisín Murphy.

General camping tickets are still available here if you want to get in on the action.

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The Inflatable Colour Run is bouncing into Killarney tomorrow.

Organisers have advised dressing in white to soak up as much colour during your walk run or dance around the inflatable route.

The event is suitable for everyone with group discounts available here. 

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