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weekend guide

No plans for the bank holiday? Here's what's on over the long weekend

A quick round-up of the weekend’s best events.

STUCK FOR THINGS to do this bank holiday weekend? Here are our picks, from food fairs in Dublin to a twilight procession in Galway.

Cork: Over 60 venues across the city play host to performances, workshops and open mic sessions this weekend as part of the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival.

Listen out for the Coronas, Ryan Sheridan and the Booka Brass Band, among others.

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Dublin: Organisers of the capital’s latest food and drink festival, Taste City Fusion, say they expect over 5,000 visitors to turn out for free and ticketed bank holiday events.

Cheese and wine tastings, “gentlemen’s tea” and celebrity chef masterclasses are among the offerings as restaurants across the city throw open their doors.

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Dublin: Vampires will be handing out Victorian-inspired magazines across the city this weekend to mark the annual Bram Stoker Festival, a celebration of the life of author Bram Stoker.

Highlights include candlelit walks through Marsh’s Library, a night of storytelling at St Patrick’s Cathedral and a new digital restoration of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez’s bloody collaboration, From Dusk Til Dawn.

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Galway: Live music and street theatre are the focus of this weekend’s Galway Aboo, the self-styled biggest Halloween festival of the year.

A twilight procession by award-winning street spectacle group Macnas is a highlight on Sunday evening.

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Mayo: The grand old Westport House is the venue for Halloween Fest 2015, a smorgasbord of zombies, pumpkins and broomsticks.

The child-friendly festival features spooky train rides and storytelling sessions, a swinging pirates ship and a Thriller dance workshop.

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Monaghan: Head north to check out up-and-coming cinema talent at the Clones Film Festival, now in its 14th year.

Luxembourg’s Oscar submission, Baby(a)lone, gets its Irish premiere in a cinemobile in the town on Saturday, while free short films will be screened all day on Sunday in an old post office.

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Wexford: The annual Wexford Fringe Festival continues this weekend with music, drama and street performances.

There are ghost tours of the Wells House and Gardens every day until Halloween, and one of Wexford town itself on Monday afternoon.


Have we missed anything? Let us know in the comments section. 

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