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Monday 29 May 2023 Dublin: 16°C
# weekend guide
Looking for a weekend plan? Here's what you don't want to miss
A round-up of the best events happening around the country this weekend.

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING to get you out of the house this weekend? Here are our recommendations, from comedy in Galway to jazz in Sligo.

Donegal: The annual two-week extravaganza that is the Earagail Arts Festival winds down this weekend with a smashing selection of drama, readings and art exhibitions. Look out for appearances from Belinda McKeown, Kevin Barry and Sara Baume, among others.

Dublin: Learn while you play at the family-friendly Festival of Curiosity, a four-day celebration of science and technology. There’s plenty to keep the kids occupied, from treasure trails and lego making, to rocket launches and giant balloon shows. And if you’ve ever been into origami, drop into Dublin Castle, where organisers say they’ll be trying to build Ireland’s first paper zoo.

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Fermanagh: Literary fans should head to the annual International Beckett Festival this weekend in Enniskillen, where the novelist was schooled. The big draws include a performance of All That Fall, Beckett’s first radio play, staged in complete darkness. Exhibition Krapp’s Tape, and performances of Eh Joe and Stirrings Still are among the other weekend highlights.

Galway: The Coronas and Rubberbandits are the big weekend headlines of the Galway International Arts Festival, which draws to a close on Sunday. Catch new drama by Enda Walsh, Frank McGuiness and Amy Conroy until Sunday. And if comedy’s more up your street, Jarleth Regan, Colm O’Regan and Eleanor Tiernan will all be performing at the Kings Head.

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Kerry: Home-grown talent is the focus of this weekend’s Folkfest, set on the foot of the Killarney hills. Saturday night’s lineup includes Kíla and electro trad group Super Céilí, while Sharon Shannon and Danu top the following day’s bill.

Laois: This one’s quite unique. The Durrow Scarecrow Festival kicks off on Sunday with live music, circus acts and street theatre. And the hundreds of scarecrows competing for prizes will all be on display across the rural village, of course.

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Sligo: The Sligo Jazz Festival celebrates its 10th birthday in style this year with a cracking lineup mixing both local and international talent. The big pulls this weekend include Ernie Watts, Liane Carroll and Ciaran Wilde.

Wicklow: It’s not too late to book your ticket for Knockanstockan, a picturesque independent music festival on the shores of the Blessington lakes. Rebecca Collins, Gavin Glass, Bitch Falcon and Sinead White are among the stand-out talents of this year’s lineup.

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

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