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weekend guide

Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are the best events from around the country

A quick round-up of the weekend’s best days out.

WANT TO AVOID spending the weekend in bed watching Netflix?

Well look no further. Here is a selection of the best things to do around the country over the next three days.

Cavan: Taste of Cavan 2015 returns this year on Friday and Saturday.

Located in Cavan’s equestrian centre, the festival has a lot to offer in the way of family entertainment.

The goods on offer include hand made chocolate, ice cream, organic sausages, boxty, breads, muffins, mushrooms, liqueurs, honey, meats and local jams (just to name a few).

The event showcases the diverse local food producers, chefs and restaurants in County Cavan.

Admission is €5 but under 12s go free.

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Clare: Tickets are still on sale for the Feakle Music Festival which as been on since the middle of the week and will through until Monday.

From humble beginnings 28 years ago, the folk festival now draws visitors from around the world.

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Down: Tickets are still on sale for the Bliss Festival, which kicks off this Friday and runs until Monday.

The drug-and-alcohol free adult event will be offering fine food, hot tubs, art, and music and is taking places next to the entrance to Carlingford Lough.

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Dublin: The Animals Inside Out Exhibition, at the Ambassador Theatre, will be closing after Sunday. So stop by to see the muscles of a gorilla, something you’ve always wanted to do.

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Also in Dublin: The Dublin Horse Show. Beginning on 5 August through to 9 August. Always a great event, with the fashion and shopping – not to mention the horses. The competition promises to be fierce and tickets are still on sale.

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Kerry: Ireland’s oldest festival, Puck Fair, will be returning next week from Monday through until Wednesday. The festival will feature a horse fair, circus workshop, fireworks and a mountain goat being crowned king of the town for three days.

In short, you can expect a lot of unique things to be going down in Killorglin.

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Sligo: Fleadh Cheoil (The Music Festival of Ireland) will be held in Sligo again this year. The focus of the world’s largest Irish music festival are the competitions for amateur musicians.

Spread out over the course of nine days, organisers are hoping that it will be a “big party” and a “celebration of the new ways for doing the old things.”

It is set to begin this weekend, running from 9 August until 16 August.

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Tipperary: Clonmel Busking Festival is also on this weekend, running from today through until Sunday. With a plethora of free music around the town and concerts at night, it should be an enjoyable event.

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Trim: Hands on History offers another option for families this weekend.

The historical event will begin this Sunday coming and conclude a week later. Visitors will meet the archaeologists who uncovered the long lost friary, while getting an opportunity to try their hand at archaeology.

The festival will feature characters from medieval Trim, masons who crafted the church-land buildings, the healers who tended to the sick with their leeches and potions, and the friars who ministered to the nobility and poor a like.

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