From arts and entertainment, to comedy and beach yoga, this weekend is the perfect opportunity to make the most out of the sunshine
With sunshine and warm weather promised for the weekend, we really have no excuse for getting out and about. Whether you’re planning on basking in the rays or hitting the road for a day trip, here are some events and outings on this weekend to help you make those tough calls.
Celebrating the arts
Kinsale Arts Weekend is in full swing. The festival aims to bring together the rich pool of diverse creative talent in the local artistic community of Kinsale, along with established and emerging artists from a national and international arena. The programme of events include storytelling, panel discussions, plays, poetry, music, and comedy. Popular faces like Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Professor Luke O’Neill, and Jazz and Blues Singer Mary Coughlan will all take to the stage. You can access the full programme of events here, where you can also book tickets per event.
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While Kildare Village is known for its fusion of luxury fashion, beauty, and food, it is changing things up this summer with a diverse range of kids events. Bring your little ones along for a treasure hunt trail throughout the village, with maps and clues leading your way to a chance of winning a prize. The treasure hunt kicks off this weekend and runs until August 20th. For the junior scientist in the family, there will be an Einstein for Kids workshop today and tomorrow (July 8th and 9th), from 12pm to 4pm. From slime to electricity and explosions, the activities will be a mix of entertainment and education for kids of all ages. Other events taking place for the summer months include a LEGO Pixel Art workshop (July 15th to 16th), a Project Fashion workshop (July 29th to August 1st), and family fitness events (July 22nd to 23rd).
Get in the flow
Yoga by the beach on a sunny weekend sounds like a dream, and thankfully, it can be a reality too. Niamh Pollins from Apollo Yoga is running a Beach Yoga Flow class this Sunday at 10am in Killiney Beach, just outside Dún Laoghaire. Beach yoga flow is the practice of yoga in a relaxing beach setting, pairing the soothing influence of the sea waves with a calming yet energising physical practice. It’s open to all levels, and Niamh advises those coming along to bring a yoga mat, suncream, towels and water. Tickets are €10 and you can book your spot here.
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Craggy Island comedy
While the Father Ted series will forever be the national source of comedy, two of the shows most popular cameos, Father Damo (Joe Rooney) and country singer Eoin McLove (Patrick McDonnell) will bring the series up to date, in a comedy performance taking place in Parker’s Pub, Kilflynn, Co Kerry this Saturday at 8.30pm. The show includes both Joe and Patrick’s acclaimed solo stand up acts, plus an array of characters that promises to make this show like no other. Tickets are €15 and can be bought here.
New family festival on the block
Dundrum Town Centre will host its first Fundrum Family Festival this weekend, transforming its outside ground on Pembroke Square into an experience of live music, delectable foods, yoga classes, kids hip-hop classes, craft workshops, and circus events. The five day event – running from July 8th to 13th – will host its workshops and events for free. While the daytime activities are the perfect entertainment for kids, the Fundrum Festival by night will run on July 8th and 9th, where the Pembroke Square will act as a ‘date night hub’ where food and beverage retailers will provide new takeaways menus and beverages for some al fresco dining. A live DJ will play from 7pm to 9pm, and you can expect a complimentary gin and tonic to top off the evening. Events for the festival can be pre-booked online here, where you can als view the full list of activities. Walk-ins are subject to availability.