33 Things to do this weekend 7th – 9th July

1. Open Air Concerts

Scoops are an Irish band hailing from Dublin & Waterford and its members are: Stephen ‘Scoops’ Cooper (Lead Vocaluitar), Stephen O’Rourke (Drums, Percussion and Backing Vocals) and Kevin Murphy (Lead Guitar and Backing Vocals).Scoops himself is a Dublin born singer songwriter who was honing his craft for a number of years, gigging relentlessly all over the country. Stephen O’Rourke originally from Waterford Ireland made the move from his home to Dublin in late 2014 to join Scoops and they began to tour as a two-piece playing original music. It was then in early 2016 that Kevin Murphy joined to finalise the line up of Scoops and they began working on their debut EP.

Location: Baileys New Street, Waterford

8th July – Free

2. Carlow Hillclimb weekend

A Motor club organising and running motorsports in all disciplines including rallys,sprints,rallycross for over 50 years.
Home of the Ford MK2 Challenge. 8th/9th of july will host the Hillclimb and Sprint championships for the Frank Keane Trophy.

Location: Carlow

8th 9th July- Free to view

3. Formula Vee Festival

Co. Kildare Motor Clubs’ annual race meeting which once again hosts the Formula Vee festival in aid of the Laura Lynn Foundation

Location: Mondello, Kildare

July 8th – Free to Watch

4. The Midsummer Groove Garden

Welcome all to the beginning of the vibrant rebirth of art and fun. Check out the moment it begins as ReGroovanation launch the first of their parties featuring some truly terrific Irish talent. Expect an un expected day! Families welcome till 9:PM

Location: The Grand Social,  35 Liffey Street Lower, Dublin, Ireland

9th July – €8

5. French Festival

Fancy a visit to the Paris of the Midlands? If so, make the trip during the Portarlington French Festival, or as you should say in the spirit of proceedings, Festival Francais de Portarlington.
During the 17th century, this market town was a place where French, as opposed to Irish or English, was spoken, thanks to an influx of French Huguenot refugees. Their legacy lives on in beautiful Huguenot style homes and landmarks like St Paul’s French Church, Arlington House, Lea Castle and Emo Court House.
The festival is an excuse for everyone in the town to contract French fever. Irish and French standards hang everywhere and the World Snail Eating Competition separates the brave from the bewildered. With arts, theatre, street entertainment, music, dance, and sports, there’s something to everyone’s tastes…even if you’re not a fan of l’escargot.
Celebrate the strange and wonderful history of Portarlington. You’ll be left thinking je ne regrette rien, promise.

Location: Portarlington, Laois, Republic of Ireland

7th– 10th July – Admission Free

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6. Creedons Pawty with Irish Guide Dogs

Creedons Dog Care are celebrating 7 successful years of making Cork dogs happy! We have teamed up with the Irish Guide Dogs to arrange a FREE family fun day out at Creedons. Come and check out our shiny new premises,
meet the Irish Guide Dog superheroes, find out how you can help to support this wonderful organisation, enter our family dog show, see how your dog gets on at our dog agility obstacle course, enter our fun competitions
and much more….

Location: Creedons Dog Care, Togher, Cork
8th July – Free

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7. Yoga beach house

Love Yoga? Love the beach? Love music? Join Maeve and DJ Jonno Brien and combine these 3 major loves in life together! Practise Yoga with your friends & family, the sounds of a live House Music DJ and the beach as your backdrop. Its a unique practice of aligning our movements in tune with our breath, as we inhale and exhale to the rhythm of house music. A synergy of Body, Breath. Beat and Beach.Join us on Saturday 3.45pm for a 4pm start at the stone circle overlooking Ballyheigue Beach. No experience necessary, flexibility not a requirement!!! Spaces are limited – first come, first served basis – so arrive early

Location: Ballyheigue Beach, Tralee, Kerry
8th July – €10

8. Limerick Sanctuary Pet and Rescue Dog Show and Family Fun Day

It’s our annual fun dog show with lots of prizes, rosettes and trophies.

There will also be numerous other attractions including;
* Rosemary O Keeffe Dog trainer and welfare officer who will be giving advise and information free of charge.
*Tombola with the ever popular Noelene and friends in the tent.
* George The JRT stall where you can grab yourself lots and lots of bargains.
*Dog coats and accessories stall
*Face Painting
*Hot Food with the lovely Toni

*Ice Cream delights
* LAW Merchandise stall.
* Cart Rides with Andrew
* Raffles
* Games
* Teas Coffee, Cold Drinks and delicious home made baking. Your hosts at the tea stand promise lots of banter & jokes. A place where friendships are made for life over a cuppa.

Games, refreshments, parking on site.

Location: Kilfinane Limerick

9th July – Free

9. Clarecastle Village Market

Clarecastle Village Market takes place on the second Sunday of every month at the Abbey Hall (Opposite the Church). A community based market for local crafts, businesses and artisan food producers. Lots of home-baking, jams, chutneys, culinary delights, arts, crafts, plants and much more.

Location: Clarecastle, Clare

9th July  – Free

10. Pig on a Spit

In aid of the Irish Guide Dogs at Murty Brownes the 9th of July, the Munster hurling final will be broadcasted onto a big screen in the car park, along with a pig on a spit, BBQ, inflatable bar, chipper van and much more.

Location: Tullycrine Clare, Clare, Ireland.
9th July – Free admission

11. Mullingar Agricultural show

Mullingar Show is run by the Committee of the Westmeath Show Society Limited, a not-for-profit company and a registered charity, on their showgrounds at Culleen, Mullingar and attracts entries from across Ireland.
There are classes to reflect the traditional agricultural strengths of Westmeath in pedigree & commercial cattle and sheep showing. Horse and pony showing are traditionally very strong at Mullingar Show, with the large entry in show-jumping continuing an old tradition of excellence.
Of course, there are classes for poultry and a vibrant dog show with horticulture and cookery well-represented in the indoor section of the Show along with arts, crafts and photography.
Mullingar Show has a large trade stand area, indoor and outdoor, with stands reflecting all aspects of country and town life and living – from jodhpurs to jewellery, wellies to wine, food to fire extinguishers.
As always at Mullingar, there is entertainment for all the family.

Location: Mullingar, Westmeath

9th July – Free admission

12. Show up on the Strip

Show Up on the Strip is running alongside Drag Race Ireland as part of their 3rd championship round of 2017, to be staged at Enniskillen Airport / St Angelo. We are running a Show ‘n’ Shine open to all makes, models and eras. As something that is unique to Drag Race Ireland; show cars have the chance to participate in the ‘Fun Runs’ on the strip, making it possible to get the full race experience as you line up into ‘Stage’ and then to race your car in a safe and controlled environment. Entry is just £10 (including admission to the event and the Fun Runs.) Prizes will be presented for Best Euro, Best Jap, Best in Show (1st, 2nd, 3rd.)

Location: St Angelo’s Airport, 62 John Wesley Rd
Enniskillen, Fermanagh
9th July – £10

13. Walking Festival

The Slieve Bloom Eco Walking Festival is possibly the best way to stop and breathe in the beauty of Slieve Bloom’s rolling mountainside, dotted as it is with thriving fauna and flourishing fauna.
The Eco Walks are designed to entice walkers of all abilities – from seasoned professionals with broken-in cagoules and state of the art walking sticks, to casual strollers in their sturdiest boots or trainers. With special walks suited to all abilities, the one thing you won’t have to compromise on is the scenery, glistening green under the summer sun (everybody hopes, anyway).

Location: Kinnity, Clonaslee, Offaly

8th -9th July – From €5

14. The Lough Key Experience

A Self Guided Tour which includes two 19th Century Servant Tunnels, the Moylurg Viewing Tower and Irelands Only ‘Tree Canopy Walk’ which is totally unique in Ireland. No Time Limit for this Experience!

Location:  Lough Key, Roscommon

Adult €7.50 children €5 – All year round

15. Ballina Salmon Festival

Ballina Salmon Festival first took place in Ballina in 1964, and was at the time called the ‘Moy Salmon Festival’, based on the fact that Ballina was home to one of the best rivers in Ireland, with the best fishing waters and salmon in the country. This is of course the case to this day!
In time, the festival was renamed the ‘Ballina Salmon Festival’, and today it remains one of the highlights of the summer months in the West of Ireland. Every year over 200,000 people descend on the North Mayo capital to enjoy our fantastic, community-based family-friendly festival.
The Ballina Salmon Festival is particularly proud of its family-centered focus.  One third of the festival’s entire programme is dedicated solely to children.
The action-packed programme also includes old favourites like International Evening, Heritage Day, Mardi Gras and the Fireworks Display, along with river-based events like fishing competitions and raft races. New events are introduced annually to keep the festival fresh and exciting.

Location: Ballina – Various Locations

July 9 – July 16 Free- Various

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16. Vintage Club Road Run and Coffee morning

Knockbridge Vintage Club are holding a Road Run and Coffee Morning on Sunday 9 July in memory of one of our founding members, Paddy Fox who passed away earlier this year. All proceeds raised on the day will be donated to North Louth Hospice. The day will kick off at 11.30am with a Coffee Morning in Knockbridge Community Centre just outside Dundalk, Co Louth. The Road Run will depart at 2 o’clock. Vintage cars and tractors are all welcome to join the Road Run to Blackrock Beach where the vintage vehicles will park on the beach for all to see. After the stop-over, the convoy will then return to the Community Centre for a BBQ and entertainment.

Location: Knockbridge, Louth, Ireland
9th July – Free admission

17. Earagail Arts Festival

Earagail Arts Festival is a bilingual, multi-disciplinary event that takes to the road this July.Enjoy inspiring performances from a host of new, award-winning national and international artists as they bring their captivating works to a variety of venues and locations on along the Wild Atlantic Way, from purpose-built theatres and galleries, to village halls, forests and beaches. The iconic festival is now famous across Europe as an opportunity for different cultures to come together in celebration of the arts.

Location: Donegal Town
4th– 23rd July – Admission From free

18.Tractor and Pony run


Ladies and gents, we are pleased to announce a new addition to our Carnival Calendar Registration for The Pony Run begins at 11:30 and the run begins at 12:30! ☺️ Contact 086 8291170 for more information on the Pony Run *Please note there is NO JUMPS on the track* Entrance fee – €10 there will be tea/coffee, BBQ, bouncy castles and FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY

Location: Redhills, Cavan

9th July – Free to €10

19.Music at Stephenstown Pond


Group of Amateur musicians interested in playing music for enjoyment
Open Air Concert at Stephenstown Pond.

Location: Stephenstown Pond, Knockbridge, Dundalk

9th July –  Admission Free

20.Cairde Arts Festival

Sligo is set to transform in to a kaleidoscope of colourful cultural happenings with an incredible range of visualart, kids events, theatre, spoken word, performance and music from all over the world. This year’s programme features over 40 events in venues across Sligo town and county. Tickets are now on sale from the Cairde Festival website. FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS for 2017 include aerial theatre by The Barren Carousel, acclaimed Finnish children’s theatre company Kallo Collective, music by Irish-Persian Ensemble Nava, guitar duo Redmond O’Toole and John Walsh, Leonard Barry’s newly formed trad outfit New Road and The Clandestinos; theatre with Pat Kinevane and Aindrias di Staic; family concert with Kíla and the site specific THE WALLS HAVE EARS by Bottlenote Music.

Location: Sligo

9th -15th July – Free to Various

21.Inis Mór Regatta

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.
more info: www.huiceiri.ie

Location: Inis Mór, Galway

8th -9th July – Free to watch

22.Preachin’ Blues live at Goat Street Blues Festival

Preachin’ Blues play live at Goat street Blues Festival. Full band

Locaition: Cleary’s Bar – The Drapers , South Quay, Newcastle West, Limerick

9th July – Free

23.The annual Liz Lucey Memorial Vintage Run, Walk and Cycle

The annual Liz Lucey Memorial Vintage Run, Walk and Cycle in aid of Marymount Hospice will take place on July the 9th in Inchigeelagh. Great routes have been organised allowing participants view the scenery available locally.
This run includes tractors, cars, cyclists, walkers and Motorcycles.
Registration for tractors, cars, cyclists and Motorcyclists will take place at 11.30am sharp at Inchigeelagh Hall.
Registration for walkers will take place at Inchigeelagh GAA Pitch at 1pm with scenic walks for all levels from beginners to well-seasoned walkers.
Refreshments will be served on the day followed by a huge trad session in the evening.
This is a great day for all the family!
Your support would be very much appreciated for this worthy cause and we look forward to welcoming old and new faces to this year’s event.

Location: Inchigeelagh, Cork

Sunday 9th July – Free to attend donations encoraged

24.The Flare in the Square

The Flare in The Square is a small festival in Rathdowney, County Laois, with many local musicians taking to the outdoor stage in the square. We are really happy to be playing in our home town. Come along!

Location: Rathdowney, County Laois

9TH July – Free Admission

25. Clonmel Junction Festival

Arts, Festival, Music, Comedy, Exhibitions in 18 Parnell Street, Clonmel
This years Clonmel Junction Festival will from 3rd – 9th July – Over the course of 7 days the Festival
presents a programme of events including live music, theatre, street performance, comedy, visual art, and much much more…

Location:  Clonmel, Tipperary

July 3th — July 9th -Various

26. Grow HQ Kids Club Art

11.30-12.30 Sunday, 9th July 2107. In this GIY themed art class kids will experiment with different types of paints and materials. Perfect for any budding Pea-casso, aged 6-11.

Location: GROW HQ, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road, Waterford

9th July – €10

27. Shirley Lanigan talk at Kilmokea Gardens

Walk & Talk around Kilmokea Gardens with Shirley Lanigan the author of’100 Best Gardens in Ireland’, a must-have for gardeners and tourists as well as those lovers of beauty planning their summer outings!

Location: Kilmokea Gardens, Campile Great Island, New Ross, Waterford

9th July – €10.00

28. Disco É Cultura in Cork

The DÉC crew return to the best yard in the city – The Vicarstown, for another evening of music from the tropics, from folk to funk, Jeremy and mick t-woc have the hot records, Vicarstown got the cold drinks. Afro Funk / Latin Rhythms / Brazilian Grooves / Caribbean Heat Sunny yard vibes !Pet friendly
Lovely people dancing !

Location: Vicarstown Bar, Cork

9th July – Free

29. Wicklow Dance Club with DJ Nigel Woods

The Wicklow Dance Club is back at the Hot Spot Music Club. Two comfortable rustic rooms for dancing, sitting, chatting, drinking at the bar, and dancing again…. The rhythms remain the same – always different – from all corners and all comers. The punters are warm, friendly and gesturally expressive! We hope you can make it! Free Dance / All Ages.

Location: The Hot Spot Music Club, Greystones, Wicklow

July 8th –   €8 – €10

30.Kilmore Seafood Festival 5K

Kids race starts at 6:45, Ladies 5k at 7:00pm,Mens 5K at 7:30
This year we have a Dash for Cash. 1st person across the line after the end of the 1st full lap picks up a cash bonus.

Location: Kilmore, Wexford
8th July –  Kids Free – Adults €15

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31.Teddy Bears Picnic

Every bear that ever there was will gather in Blackrock Park on Sunday July 9th 2017 because that’s the day when Teddy Bears Picnic is on.
Teddy Bears Picnic, incorporating National Playday, from 1pm to 5pm will be a celebration of all things Teddy with lots of fun, games and surprises all over the park. Everybody, young and old is invited to bring their bears and blankets to the picnic in Blackrock Park.

Location: Blackrock Park
9th July – Free

32.LAYA City Spectacular

Ireland’s biggest & most-loved free summer festival, Laya Healthcare City Spectacular comes to Dublin’s Merrion Square on July 7th – 9th, 2017! Discover just some of the amazing events and entertainment

Location: Merrion Square, Dublin

7th-9th July – Free

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33.Choral Festival at Christ Church Cathedral

Have you ever considered what a musical depiction of the Book of Kells might sound like? Find out when John Cameron’s Missa Celtica is performed live as part of the 2nd Dublin Choral Festival at Christ Church Cathedral this July. Written with the intention of musically depicting 6th and 7th century religious illustrations such as the Book of Kells, this work is just one featured on this truly unique evening of live music.

Location: Christ Church Cathedral, 8 Christchurch Pl, Wood Quay, Dublin

8th July- €8/€10


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