Things to do in Ireland this weekend - June 23-25

Schools almost out and there are plenty of things to do around Ireland this summer to get you in the mood.

The weather is not expected to be as good as last weekend but that shouldn't stop you having fun.

Flavours of Fingal

Taking place the 24th and 25th of June, Flavours of Fingal County Show returns to Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate, Co. Dublin.

The Show is a fun family day out featuring the best for farm, flowers and food as well as lots of for the kids to do including bouncy castles, face painting, archaeological digs, cycle obstacle courses, kids golf and more. 

The O'Malley Clan Rally

The 63rd meeting of the O'Malley Clan takes places in Claregalway this weekend. The gathering promotes friendships from around the world, celebrates the end of the year's events and the appointment of a new Chieftan. On Sunday, 25th June, there is a family fun day and lunch in Claregalway Castle with archery, music, face painting and more. 

Oughterard Trails Festival

A small walking festival in Oughterard, Galway. This is a great fun event for all the family on the beautiful shores of Lough Corrib. A number of walks have been organised including a trip to Inchagoill Island, the spectacular Maumean Trail, a photography walk with Mick Bourke and the family fun Buffy Trail at Doon.

Old Fort Quarter Festival

A family-friendly weekend is planned for Portlaoise with the return of the Old Fort Quarter Festival. It will be even bigger this year with a Street Stall Food Festival featuring a variety of foods from around the world.

While there will be live music until late on Main Street, this is a real family-oriented event with workshops on medieval shield making as well as storytellers, puppet shows, magicians, clowns, acrobats, face painters, drumming workshops, pavement art and stilt-walkers.

Westport Food Festival

An annual celebration of local food, the Westport Food Festival takes place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th June 2017. There is a full programme with something for all ages including the Food Village and Fring Festival on The Fairgreen, Children's Pizza Making and Clew Bay Kayaking Tour and Picnic. The event kicks off on Friday with a Banquet in Westport House where local chefs will team up with local artisan producers to showcase the very best local ingredients.

Celtic Con

Irish history and mythology are so full of heroes that it's not surprising comics are as popular here as they are. This year’s Celtic Con takes place in Portlaoise on Saturday and will bring communities of comic lovers together, most dressed in amazing costumes. There will be a market selling all the latest merchandise, a gaming zone and a strong panel of guest on the main stage.

Sea Sessions

Billed as one of Ireland’s most highly respected small festivals and widely recognised as being the country’s premier music, camping and surfing lifestyle event. Headline acts in Bundoran this weekend include Sigma, The Coronas and Primal Scream.

Corrandulla Show

Over 10,000 visitors will descend on the country village of Corrandulla, only 15 minutes from Galway City.

There are regular competitions categories including Horse and Pony Jumping, Cattle Show, Poultry Show, Dog and Pet Show, Baking, Jams, Vegetables, Flowers, Photography and Painting. Plenty of fun activities too including tug of war, donkey derby, sheaf throwing, jiving competition and a bouncy castle.

Longford Summer Festival

The festival returns to the streets of Longford for the first time in 17 years! Live music over the weekend from Jimmy Buckley, Jerry Fish and Jake Carter, as well as an Artisan Market and family fun in Market Square and Cullen's Funfair will be in town until June 25th.

Hinterland Festival, Kells

An extended programme of events that now includes a lot of family activities and events as well as a stellar line-up of guests including Sebastian Barry, Patricia Scanlon, Stephen Frears, Ryan Tubridy, Myles Dungan, John Bowman, David Murphy, Philip Boucher Hayes and Sinead Crowley.

Family events include an imaginative and fun adventure with Fairy Lauren, Oisín McCann will read from his enormously popular Mad Grandad series and The Junior Big Irish Food Quiz

Body & Soul Festival

On the Summer Solstice Weekend, June 23-25th the Body & Soul Festival takes place at Ballinlough Castle, Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath. Although the event is billed as being over 20s, children U12 are admitted free with a paying adult and will have access to a special family programme of events. Soul Kids will have spectacular acts, performances, creative workshops and adventures in the forest, lakeside, walled gardens and hidden pathways.

Cork Midsummer Festival

The Cork Midsummer Festival continues with the Festival Markets moving to Emmet Street offering the best of Cork Street Food. There will be more performances of Far Away on Spike Island, ProdiJIG in the Opera House and a Mystery Bus Tour on Sunday with readings from eight writers in four secret destinations.

Waterford City Fire Station Family Open Day

Everyone is invited to see the new Fire Station this Sunday 25th June 2pm-5pm.

There will live demonstrations and rescue displays on the day, along with lots of other activities including meeting the firefighters and seeing all the equipment they use. Parking is available at Bolton Football Pitch just alongside us and more parking is available at the RSC. 
Please do not park on the road where you will cause an obstruction.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Solstice Family Fun Day

Enjoy a wonderful day of fun for children and adults at Solstice Arts Centre! Free activities include face painting, storytelling and art workshops! Drop by and partake in various play stations from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. Family activities are on a drop-in basis.

National Museum of Archaeology

Another fun and free drop-in activity called Meet the Flint-Stones where children can learn about one of the most important materials for people living in Prehistoric Ireland.

People of all ages can drop into their ground floor education space on Saturday from 2:00 - 4:00 pm and meet archaeologist Dave O'Reilly to handle replica stone tools and weapons and learn more about how people living in Ireland thousands of years ago used stone to their advantage.

Kildare Derby Festival

The week leading up to the Irish Derby in the Curragh has been host to the annual Kildare Derby Festival since 1978. The fun family events include a grand street parade, children's entertainment and live music featuring the best local talent. The parade takes place this Saturday, June 25th, at 2 pm with special guests Cian O'Neill and the Kildare Football Team.

Strandhill Show and Craft Fair

A magnificent setting for a fun-filled family day out in Sligo. There will be plenty of local arts and crafts on display as well as fun children's activities, a dog show, pony and trap rides and a display by the local Air Corps Rescue Helicopter.

Kilflynn Enchanted Fairy Festival

Join the town of Kilflynn as fairies open the secret treasure chest to reveal an ancient map that will help children reconnect with nature and use their imaginations. The fun starts with a parade on Friday evening followed by a magical fairy trail on Saturday with entertainers, bouncy castles, face painting and much more.

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