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Stuck for weekend plans? Here are six things happening around Ireland to keep you busy

Something for the weekend…

YOU’VE FINISHED WATCHING Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black and Ireland in the Euros. Need something new to do?

Here’s our pick of events happening around the country this weekend.


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Would you like to have your portrait drawn by a robot? Or figure out how disfigured your face must be before CCTV stops recognising it?

Head on down to the Science Gallery on Pearse Street for the new exhibition SEEING: WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING AT (Here’s our write-up of when we went to check it out).

The exhibition aims to challenge perceptions and examine how machines and humans see things.

It is free to enter and will be on display until 25 September.


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Visit Titanic Belfast’s Andrews Gallery for a chance to see what life was like 100 years ago for Antarctic explorers.

The exhibition, Race to the End of the Earth, comes from the American Museum of Natural History and follows the contest between Scott and Amundsen to reach the South Pole.

Visitors will experience the journey through life-size recreations and interactive multimedia stands. The exhibition will run until 28 August. Family tickets cost £21 and can be booked online.


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Calling all gaelgoirs – Traidphicnic is returning to Spiddal. The festival is run bilingually so don’t worry if your Irish isn’t up to scratch. The weekend will combine craft activities, music workshops and walks.

There is plenty of live music to look forward to, including Kíla who will be performing at 7.30pm this evening. Activities are free but donations are welcome.


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The Make a Move Festival, now in its fifth year, is a community festival focused on hip hop. DJs, talks and exhibitions will be happening in venues across the city.

At 11am today Music Generation Limerick and DJ SertOne will host a free workshop for young people interested in music production.

Street artists will showcase their talents from 12-6pm tomorrow. Details of the venue will be available on the site.

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The Thurles Sports festival will put Tipperary’s families to the test this weekend with tournaments, camps and runs. A full list of events is available online and activities run until next weekend.

At 12pm today there will be a road bowling competition and football, camogie and junior hurling tournaments will take place in various locations at 10am and 11am.

There will be a 6k Fun Run starting at the Thurles Croke Athletic Club at 11am tomorrow. Entry fee costs €10.


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Family-friendly music festival Groove will be taking place in Killruddery House this weekend. The two stages will host a range of acts including Aslan, The Academic and The Young Folk.

There will also be an activity centre where you can try out water zorbing or a scale climbing wall. A separate kids’ area will be set up with face-painting, drama workshops and performances.

Tickets cost €120 for a family day ticket, while a family weekend ticket costs €179.50.

What events are you headed to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below…

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