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No Bruce tickets? Here are seven interesting things to do this weekend...

It’s summer. Let’s go out.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING to go to this weekend?

Here’s our picks of events around the country…


Kite surfers, stand-up paddleboarders, volleyball players and extreme sports fans will be flocking to Dollymount Beach on the northside of the city for the Battle for the Bay (from 10am on Saturday and Sunday).

There’ll be plenty of competitions to watch – and if you fancy trying your hand at some water sports, there’ll be qualified instructors on hand to offer some introductions.

(If you don’t fancy getting into the water, there’ll also be live music, funfair attractions and a kids area).

Battle for the Bay kite surfer Source: Battle For The Bay

Also taking place in Dublin this weekend is the International Literary Festival. There’ll be a host of readings, discussions, workshops and performances.

Check out the full event guide here. (Various times and venues).

ILFD15 Source: International Literature Festival


The eighth Wexford Food and Wine Festival takes place this weekend in Wexford Town.

Selskar Square and South Main Street will host a fresh food market on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm.

Today, there’ll be a ‘cooking without waste’ demonstration, and the opportunity to taste Ireland’s first ever ‘vegan bacon’. You can relax and listen to some live music tomorrow evening to wrap up the weekend.

Check out the full programme of events here.

Grace Goggins, Eoin Dempsey and Molloy from Discovering Drama Wexford at the launch of the festival. Source: Patrick Browne


Schull in Co Cork will host the Fastnet Film Festival, which will see short films screened in unique venues like bookshops and pubs. There will also be workshops and discussions with industry experts.

Visitors can look forward to live music, parties, a film quiz and activities for children.

Tickets for the events range from free up to €15. The full programme for the festival is available here.


This year’s Burren Rocks Festival is celebrating 40 years of Aillwee Cave.

There will be free walks, talks and even an exhibition of bear remains taking place on Aillwee mountain.

There’ll also be a Teddy Bear picnic on Sunday afternoon. Here’s the full list of events taking place for the Burren Rocks Festival.

511246_270973_BurrenRocks Source: Aillwee Cave


Westport House is inviting you to come to their free open day.

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Check out the historic house itself, the Pirate Adventure Park and the swan pedal boats.

There’ll also be live music throughout the day.

Source: WestportHouse1/YouTube

Africa Day

Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford will all be hosting events on Sunday to celebrate Africa Day.

The main event is a day-long celebration with family-friendly activities, music from around the world and dancing at Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park from 11am to 6pm.

Check out all the events listed on the website here.

NO FEE 10 Africa Day 2016 launch Source: Mark Stedman/RollingNews.ie

Have you any other events to recommend? Let us know in the comments below.

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