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From fine food to shanty bands: Here are eleven interesting things happening this weekend

Stuck for ideas this weekend? Check out our event guide.

Image: Taste of Dublin

UNSURE WHAT TO get up to this weekend? Don’t worry, there’s plenty to do across the country over the next two days.

Here are some of the events happening around Ireland…


Taste of Dublin is running in the Iveagh Gardens until Sunday evening. To highlight this year’s ‘flavours of the world’ theme, there will be a strong international element with foreign cuisine available throughout the food markets.

Over 30 top chefs will be in attendance showing off their skills, including the likes of Darina Allen, Ed Cooney, Kevin Dundon and Neven Maguire.

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Here’s one of the book worms – Dalkey Book Festival is returning this weekend. It will be host to internationally renowned speakers. The festival will see events take place in pubs, cafes, shops and the local town hall in the south Dublin suburb.

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The Dublin Kite Festival is taking place at North Bull Island in Clontarf this Sunday. This family friendly event is set to see kite enthusiasts and amateurs cover the sky in colour with kites.

Meanwhile, the Irish Cargo Bike Championship is returning to the Phoenix Park this Sunday at 1pm. This is one for everyone, with a short family cycle taking place, led by the park rangers.

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Speaking of bikes, ‘Cycle Ataxia‘, is kicking off in Ashbourne at 9am tomorrow morning.

Funds raised at the leisure cycle will be shared between the Cycle Ataxia Trust and the Barry Rice Trust, both focus on finding a cure or treatment for Friedreich’s Ataxia.


Cork Midsummer Festival is an arts festival that uses the city as its inspiration.

Packed full of high-quality arts events, the festival is hosting everything from live performances and video installations, to picnics in the park. Want to find out more? Click here.

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Fancy some music this weekend? This one’s for you. The Fastnet Maritime and Folk Festival is taking place in Ballydehob, southwest Cork all weekend.

It will feature an array of maritime and folk music, along with food stalls, workshops and a sea-shanty songwriting competition. Artists will be performing live music in the pubs and main stage near Ballydehob pier.

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An event for the whole family, Colour Dash Galway is taking place this Sunday at 11am. The 5k fun run is kicking off at NUI Galway and participants can run, walk or jog as they will be pelted by powdered paint at each kilometre along the route. All money raised from tickets will go towards the Irish Cancer Society.

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Up for a challenge this weekend? Head down to Galway Town Hall Theatre at 7pm on Sunday where they’re set to screen 10 short films which were all made over the course of just 48 hours this week. Click here for ticket information.


There’s lots to enjoy at the Limerick Racecourse this weekend. Races start at 5:30pm on Saturday. The evening will be soundtracked by the Jackie Chan Allstars band who will be playing everything from Britpop 90s to hippy-happy 60s tunes.


Here’s another maritime festival – the Rosses Point Sea Shanty Festival is coming to Sligo this Saturday and Sunday.

The little maritime village of Rosses Point will be host to shanty groups from around the world and is set to feature workshops, arts, literature and water events. Find out more here.

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