30 Things to do this weekend 23rd – 26th June


1. The 2017 Pride Parade

This year the parade will assemble at St. Stephen’s Green South speeches and entertainment from the start point at 12 noon. The Pride Parade will embark on its route at 2pm sharp. From there it will head through Dublin and will finish at our brand new Pride Village location which is located at Smithfield.

Location: Smithfield, Dublin

24th June – Free

2. Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

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Ireland will host one of the six stops of the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series 2017 at Poll Na Péist (Serpent’s Lair) on Inis Mór on 24th June. The world’s elite male and female cliff divers will return for the third time to the rugged west coast of Ireland for a dramatic competition opener. Standing 27m./ 90 ft. (men) and 21m. / 70 ft. (women) in height, divers will reach speeds more than 85km/h before meeting the wild Atlantic below. Three seconds of acrobatic free fall at venues ranging from natural wonders and visual feasts to historic sites and unknown grounds will push the boundaries of this rapidly progressing sport again in 2017

Location: Inis Mór, Galway

24th June

3. Dublin Trout Juvenile Fishing Competition and family day

DTAA will host its annual juvenile and family angling competition at Courtlough Trout Fishery, Balbriggan, on Saturday 24th June from 10am till 2pm. Entry is free of charge for DTAA Juvenile members.Family and friends of DTAA are cordially invited to participate in this family fun and fishing day.Activities for the day include fly tying, fly casting, fishing for trout and a BBQ. The lake is a small trout fishery, fly fishing only from the bank and they operate a catch and release policy.Each child must have an adult supervising and helping with casting, netting, measuring and releasing as required. Eye protection (glasses) must be worn when fishing or near the lake.

Location: Courtlough Trout Fishery, Balbriggan

June 24th – Free- €5

4. Flavours Of Fingal


Flavours of Fingal County Show is an unforgettable farm, flowers, food and family fun experience in the beautiful surroundings of Newbridge House & Farm.

Location: Newbridge, Kildare

24th and 25th June – FREE!

5. The Stoneybatter Festival

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This weekend see all sorts of events come to Dublin’s best urban village as part of the first ever Stoneybatter Festival which runs from Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th

Friday sees the official launch by the Lord Mayor followed by Jim Carroll hosting Stoneybanter in Clarke’s City Arms at 830pm, a panel discussion with three of the most interesting creative people in the area – film designer Annie Atkins (Bridge of Spies, The Grand Budapest Hotel), writer Colin Murphy (The Guarantee, Inside the GPO) and singer Radie Peat (Lankum/Lynched/Rue) followed by the Ju Ju Club Strikes Back with Claire Moloney.

Saturday sees a wide range of open day events in local museums and churches. The Stoneybatter Slideshow at 530pm in Bí Urban showcases the work of local filmmakers while the highlight of SAturdays’s programme is a concert in St Lawrences Church in Grangegorman featuring the Keanettess, Mary & The Pigeons and Chequerboard.

Sunday is the centrepiece of the festival – Manor Street will be closed to traffic from 12-6 with a range of family fun events including the Woofstock dog show and Mrs Doyle’s Tea Party where Pauline McLynn (Father Ted) and Anna Nolan (Great Irish Bakeoff) will try to find the best baker in the ‘batter with prizes for best cake, best plate of biscuits and best plate of sandwiches.

Location: Manor Street , Dublin

23rd– 25th June – Free- €5

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6. WoofStock

Stoneybatter Dog Show

Get your Woof on at Woofstock taking place this year in Dublin’s dog loving neighbourhood – Stoneybatter. Everyone welcome, it’s not just for dogs!

You can enter the following categories on the day;

  • Best Dressed / Groomed Dog
  • Best Dressed Dog / Owner Combination
  • Waggiest Tail
  • Most Obedient Dog

The highlight of this day is a canine fashion show featuring the ultimate in dog couture on our very own catwalk aka “dogwalk”!

Loads of prizes on the day

Location: Festival Stage, Manor Street , Dublin

Sunday 25th June – Free

7. Busking Competition

The biggest busking competition in the Midlands takes places in Edgeworthstown Co. Longford on Saturday June 24th, with in excess of €1,500 prize money. All genres of music welcome.

Location: Edgeworthstown Co. Longford

June 24th – Free

8. Longford Summer Festival

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This weekend is set to be an exciting one in Longford town, as the Longford Summer Festival takes place.
Revived last year after a fifteen-year absence, the festival proved to be a huge hit, and by all accounts the 2016 event will be one to remember.
Set to take place in the Connolly Barracks from Friday, June 24 – Sunday, June 26, the weekend will kick off with a Mega Beach Party on Friday night, with gates open at 8pm.
There will be plenty of musical entertainment throughout the three days, with local favourites Brave Giant, Tomás Skelly, Reprisal and 4 Degrees West as well as Offaly native Mundy taking to the stage. There will be many familiar faces performing during the day, too, while Reuben the Magician, Punch and Judy and Storytime with Maggi will keep the little ones entertained.

Location: Longford Town

23rd – 25th June – Free- Various

9. The Oughterard Trails Festival

Oughterard Trials Fest
Oughterard, steeped in history and full of unique character is simply the best place to begin your voyage into Connemara . This walking festival has it all, a fun filled weekend walking programme for all the family on the beautiful shores of Lough Corrib. The main aim of the festival is to highlight the wonderful walks, scenery and heritage of this unique area. We want to offer something for everyone, no matter what your age or ability.  Come along and see what Oughterard has to offer, all only 20 minutes from Galway City.

Location: Galway City.
24th -25th – €10 approx.

10. Féile an Dóilín Regatta

Feile An Doilin
Regatta displaying unique Irish boats, such as currachs and Galway Hookers including the Bád Mór, Gleoiteog, Leathbhád and Púcán classes of boat traditionally used throughout Galway Bay, along the coast of Connemara and North Clare.

Location: Connemara Coast and North Clare

June 23rd-25th – Free to Watch

11. Guided walking tour of Sligo

Sligo Tourist Development Association Ltd. invites you to join a FREE guided walking tour of Sligo.This tour will include places of Historical, Musical, Sporting and Cultural Interest.

Location: Sligo

June 24th – Free

12. 2017 Strandhill Show and Craft Fair

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One of the longest running country craft fairs in the region, the Strandhill Show and Craft Fair boasts a huge marquee which is host to many exciting events. With an emphasis on local talent, enjoy a cookery exhibition, or interact with the rare animals which will also be in attendance from the Kiltimagh Wildlife Farm.
Take the whole family on an unforgettable country day out to the stunningly beautiful grounds of Lisheen House and Estate, where you can feast upon the variety of new and traditional events lined up for the 2017 Strandhill Show and Craft Fair.

Location: Strandhill, Sligo

25th June – €0-€10

13. International Pike Classic

Pike Classic

Bringing 90 boats and 180 anglers to Lough Ree from June 24th – 25th, the Lough Ree International Pike Classic takes place on the renowned World Predator Boat Championship fishery at Lanesborough, Ballyleague, Longford, Roscommon border. Lough Ree is 16 miles long and the second largest lake on the Shannon system and it has been chosen based on the quality of its pike angling.Join anglers from all over the world for two days of world class fishing at world class venue with top prizes. This event is organized by Camlin & District Anglers Club for the Lough Ree Angling Hub

Location: Lanesborough, Ballyleague, Longford, Roscommon

24th – 25th June – Free

14. Summer in the City

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From June 3rd to August 26th, Waterford City will come alive with Summer in the City every Friday at 5pm and Saturday at 3pm with the best in Live Music, Kid’s Entertainment and Street Theater!!! On the 24th of June playing live are The Jam Tarts.

Location: Waterford City

24th June –  Free

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15. ArtBeat

is a  free open air music festival at Bailey’s New Street in The Viking Triangle at the heart of Waterford City every Saturday of the Summer. The atmosphere is always amazing and the music is top class!!
Saturday 24th of june welcomes Worosonso and Chasing Felix
24th June

16. Westport Food Festival

westport food fest
2017 celebrates the 7th consecutive year of the Westport Food Festival which will take place over the weekend of June 23rd, 24th and 25th 2017. The festival promises to be bigger and better than other years with a host of all-things-culinary!
The 2017 Westport Food Festival will include an action-packed itinerary, with something for everyone – even the little ones. Several events are scheduled for the three-day festival including the Food Village & Fringe Festival taking place on June the 25th at the Octagon, a Midsummer Banquet at Westport House, Foody Tours, Kids’ Pizza-Making, Seaweed Foraging and Mushroom Foraging. Book your tickets early as many events were sold out last year!

Loaction: Westport, Mayo

24th and 25th of June Admission Free

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17. Literary Festival

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The Hinterland Festival Kells is a celebration of literature, music and culture – previously known as the Hay Festival Kells,It’s an energetic and heady mix of literature, poetry, music, comedy, cookery, fashion, animation, film and history. The essence of Hay is great writing from everywhere – from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, environmentalists, thinkers and novelists. Hay Festival is about the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking and each event looks to unlock those ideas.We’re delighted to bring you Hinterland Festival 2017, taking place in Kells, Ireland, from 22 to 25 June. We’ll have talks by Stephen Frears, Chris Mullin, Sebastian Barry, Deirdre Purcell, Patricia Scanlan, Paul Howard, Diarmaid Ferriter and many others.

Location: Kells, Meath

24th June – €4- €10

18. Midsummer’s Festival

Cork Midsummer Festival is Cork’s largest annual multi-disciplinary arts festival that uses the city as its backdrop and inspiration. It provides high-quality arts events, both national and international, for audiences of all ages. The programme provides opportunities for significant public participation and engagement, supports the development of emerging artists across all art forms, and provides a unique platform for work by local and national artists.
Following on from the excitement of 2016’s festival, 2017 promises to be bigger and better than ever. Don’t miss the enormous range of site-specific performances, art installations, workshops, club nights, lectures and readings, and much, much more.
The Cork Midsummer Festival is truly one-of-a-kind.

Location: Cork

16th- 25th june – Free

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19. Killruddery Mid-Summer’s Garden Party

Midsummer Kilruddy
We’ll be celebrating mid-summer with lots of fun activities for all the family!
All-singing, all-ukulele playing trio ” The Kooky Ukes” will turn tracks inside out and serve them back to you with a totally new vibrant flavour on our main lawn from 12pm to 3pm along with lots of garden games for all the family from 11am- 4pm. Killruddery will have our own farmed pig on the spit, sweet and savory crepes and our usual Tea room delights.
This event is free to Killruddery Members, you don’t need to book tickets in advance, unless the number of people you are bringing is higher than allowed on your membership. You can book here for the excess number of people if you wish, or pay at the door on the day. (Please be aware that there may be a queue for tickets on the day)
Sunday 25th June from 11.00am till 4pm
Adult – €7.50, Children under 12 – €2.00,  Children under 4 – free.

20. Old fort Quarter Festival

An exciting new street festival for Portlaoise!
The Old Fort Quarter Festival draws its title and theme from the little known, but fascinating history of the original ‘Fort of Maryborough’ and offers a weekend of free family fun and live music on Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 June on Main Street, Portlaoise.

Location: Main Street, Portlaoise

24th- 25th – Free.

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21. Military Show

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The Irish Military Vehicles Group are delighted to announce that our 11th Annual Show will take place on Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th 2017 at Naas Racecourse, Co. Kildare.
Come join us again this year to see even more Military Vehicle Displays, Battle Re-enactments, Living History Displays, Militaria Stalls and Vehicle Movement.
The show will be open from 10am to 6pm on the Saturday and Sunday.

Location: Naas Racecourse, Co. Kildare.

24th- 25th June – Ticket prices are 10 Euro Adult, 5 Euro Children, Family 20 Euro

22. Concert

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Explosive power trio hailing from Dublin, Ireland. The band draw influence from heavyweight rockers such as Cream, Stooges, MC5 and Pink Fairies. Their Jim Diamond (White Stripes, Sonics) produced debut LP dropped in January 2017 on US indie label Big Neck Records to critical praise.

Location: Brewery Corner, Parliment Street, Kilkenny

24th June – €8

23. West Kilkee Triathlon

This event is an Olympic Distance Triathlon. Not for the feint hearted, come and see men and women challenge their endurance ability in one of the toughest events on the peninsula. Plenty to see and do on Loop Head.

Location: Various

June 24th–  Free to Watch

24. Cross traditional music Weekend

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Enjoy a weekend of traditional music and dance in the village of Cross.Bring along an instrument and join in or just sit and listen and enjoy the atmosphere and the craic!
23rd – 25th June
Free to attend

25. Raft Race

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The 2017 Blackrock Raft Race will take place on Sunday the 25th of June.Blackrock Tidy Towns are currently putting together their programme of events for the day.
Sunday 25th June
Free to watch

26. Spraoi Chiarrai


Launching Spraoi Chairrai at Killarney House were Tim OÕ Shea (Spraoi Chairrai organiser), centre in front row, with musicians including Micheal O'Se and Brid O'Shea. Back from left are Canon Brian Lougheed, Reverend Simon Lumby, St Mary's Church of Ireland Killarney, Paul OÕ Neill (President of Killarney Chamber of Tourism & Commerce), Kieran Healy, Cllr Brendan Cronin (Mayor of Killarney), Pat Dawson, NPWS regional manager and Gavin Miller (St Mary's Church of Ireland). Picture: Eamonn Keogh

The Free Concerts will take place in two venues in the town. The already established venue of St Mary’s Church of Ireland and new for this year the outdoor concerts will take place at the wonderful environs of Killarney House & Gardens.  The Concerts will feature a wide range of performance including Irish Harp, Accordion, Flute & Whistle, Irish Uilleann Pipes, Guitar, Bodhrán and Vocals together with (Irish Dancing & Storytelling Killarney House Outdoor Only).
24th June  Free

27. Nenagh CastleFest


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The weekend kicks off with an opening night concert at Nenagh Arts Centre, followed by music sessions in a number of bars around the town. Saturday will see traditional music workshops in the morning, a family funday with live music, food and activities for all the family at The People’s Picnic in the Castle Field. Later on in the Castle Field, the highlight of the festival – internationally renowned artists Mundy, Paddy Casey and friends will take to the stage for a free open-air concert. What better way to round off a great night than to head to your favourite bar to listen to some of the best traditional musicians in the country?
Join us again on Sunday in the Castle Field for a Sunday afternoon barbeque while you listen to live music on-stage. Keep an eye on our facebook page NenaghCastlefest and on twitter @NenaghFest for more details on Historical walking tours, street-entertainment, pub trails and more.

Location:  Nenagh, Tipperary

June 23rd- 25th – Varies

28. GroMor


Join us for an exclusive GroMór Event with GroMór ambassador Jane Mc Corkell Jane is one of Ireland’s leading garden designer’s and recipient of numerous gold medal at Bloom.Learn all things gardening as Jane talks about her top 20 performing garden plants. Jane will be showing how to plant a container using her favourite bedding plants for the smaller and larger garden too. Discover roses and how there is one to suit every garden. Let Jane take the mystery out of pruning and all the rose care tips and expert advice to ensure beautiful roses always. Tickets are €5 for A List members (€10 non members)Pre booking is essential so call 059 9721558 to book your place.

Location: Carlow

24th June – €5-€10

29. Brandon Hill walk


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Group hill walk for Beginners, Meeting at 9:50 at woodies car park

Location: Graiguenamanagh, Kilkenny

Sunday 25th June. – Free

30. Lough Key Park Walk & Meal in The Moorings



The walk will be approximately 5 km along one of the many way marked trails in the park.
Afterwards we shall be heading for a meal to The Moorings Bar & Restaurant in nearby Knockvicar, to arrive by 4:30 pm. If you would like to join us for the meal, please let us know beforehand, so that we have an idea of the number of tables we will need to reserve (ring our info line: 087 972 5586 or email: info@outwest.ie)

Location: Lough Key National Park

25th June -Free to attend

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