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From Taylor Swift to James Joyce: Here's what's happening this weekend

Here’s a round-up of the events taking place across Ireland over the weekend.

Taylor Swift performing during her Reputation Tour
Taylor Swift performing during her Reputation Tour
Image: SIPA USA/PA Images

NO WEEKEND PLANS? Don’t worry, there’s plenty to do around Ireland over the next two days.

Here are some of the highlights:

Dublin 

Taylor Swift weekend continues tonight as the singer plays her second gig at Croke Park.

Swift is the only female artist to play two nights at Croke Park since the redevelopment of the stadium and Dublin is one of three cities in Europe that she is playing.

MCD say they have sold tickets all over the world and are expecting more of Swift’s fans from around Europe at the show tonight.

There are still tickets available for tonight, with support from Camila Cabello and Charlie XCX.

Photo 1 Build-A-Bear Irish Red Cross Callie (6) and Serene (4). Source: Irish Red Cross

The Irish Red Cross has teamed up with the Build-A-Bear Foundation for the Stuffed With Hugs event at its stores in Arnotts, Blanchardstown Centre and Dundrum Town Centre.

The event running today invites people to join in making teddy bears to donate to the Irish Red Cross for distribution to families and children experiencing distress in Ireland.

The Irish Red Cross says a four-year-old Syrian girl named Serene inspired it to contact Build-A-Bear after she was the driving force behind its toy drive earlier this year.

CMK10052018 Cork Summer Show  0001 Source: CORK SUMMER SHOW

Cork 

The Cork Summer Show, a celebration of farm life, is taking place across the weekend at the Curraheen Showgrounds.

Organised annually by the Munster Agricultural Society, the show will have a mix of agriculture, food, music, home and garden events.

This year there will be an indoor food market, a tug-o-war championship, a horticulture tent, petting farms, a kids zone, live music all day long and drone racing.

Children under 12 go free with adult day tickets starting at €15, find out more here.

CMK05062018_Cork Midsummer_Union Black _019 Source: Cork Midsummer Festival

The Cork Midsummer festival is celebrating 250 years of Circus this year with free events running this weekend until 24 June.

Munster’s largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival will mark the anniversary of the popular art form with the Irish premiere of hip-hop/circus fusion Union Black at Neptune Stadium.

There are a number of ticketed events also running during the festival including the stage adaptation of author Louise O’Neill’s novel Asking For It, and Front of House, a new opera which aims to explore another side of Cork’s Opera House.

For more information and tickets check the Cork Midsummer festival website.

Lollapalooza 2018 - Brazil Lollapalooza 2018 - Brazil Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

Antrim 

Belsonic festival continues across the weekend at Ormeau Park, with Liam Gallagher and Picture This headlining Saturday and Sunday night.

Tickets are still available for the Belfast music festival here.

Belsonic continues next weekend with acts like The Script, Gavin James and Eric Prydz all performing.

BLOOMSDAY James Joyce acted by John Shelvin on North Great Georges Street in Dublin Source: Sam Boal

Galway

There are a number of Bloomsday events taking place in Dublin today but An Taibhdhearc is getting in on the festivities by hosting a Bloomsday concert of music, with songs and stories from the works of James Joyce.

The concert starts at 7.30pm and is scripted and narrated by author and poet Gerard Hanberry, featuring Dublin Tenor Bryan Hoey.

Tickets are €15 and are available here.

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