Not quite ready for summer to end? Here’s five things to do while the days are still long
As the temperatures begin to cool and the leaves start to fade, the end of the summer season is well and truly upon us. Yes, autumn is on its way, and as much as we love to see it, it feels as though the summer months passed in the blink of an eye. Did you spend as much time with the kids as you wanted to before they go back to school? Did you manage to squeeze in the time to go on that romantic getaway with your other half? If not, no need to worry. We’ve got you covered with five last minute, affordable things to do around the country before we leave the summer behind.
1. EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Voted Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction three times in a row in the World Travel Awards, EPIC are offering free entry to children aged 16 and under, when accompanied by a paying adult from 22nd – 28th August 2022. Back to school is just around the corner so why not make the most of the last week of the summer holidays by planning a fun day out for the whole family in Dublin’s Docklands?
For date night pop down to EPIC any Thursday night during August and get two adult tickets for the price of one. Grab a bite to eat in Urban Brewing, located in the CHQ Building, and make the most of your visit. This offer is applicable for tours after 5pm. Last entry at 6:45pm. Book online to ensure entry and to get the best price; walk-ins are also welcome.
Visit https://epicchq.com/ now to book your visit or for more information.
2. The Rose of Tralee Festival
Everyone’s favourite festival is back with a bang after a two year hiatus. The Rose of Tralee Festival is one of Ireland’s oldest and greatest, having taken place in the heart of Kerry for over sixty years. Head on down to the Kingdom where celebrations will be kicking off this Friday 19th August until Tuesday 23rd. As well as having the chance to support your local Rose, the festival has a full action planned syllabus to keep the whole family entertained. From markets to entertainment acts to the highly anticipated ‘Rose Ball’, this is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the end of summer in style.
3. Gourmet Food Parlour
Fancy a romantic dinner? Gourmet Food Parlour, leading Irish restaurant group has launched new menus to meet the changing needs of customers. Changes like adding more Spanish spice to their breakfasts and expanding their drinks menu to include an even wider range of wine, cocktails and non-alcohol options have been made, however the biggest difference has been changes to their dinner menu. A new selection of small plates as starters are available or groups can order several for a tapas style experience. Small Plates include Pan Seared Scallops, Wild Mushroom Arancini, and Falafel. New mains include a customer favourite special, Fisherman’s Pie. Gourmet Food Parlour is in plenty of locations across the country including, Dun Laoghaire, Swords, Santry, Malahide, Galway, and soon to open Dunshaughlin.
4. The Field of Hope
Created in the memory of John, Tomás and Amelia Mullan and in conjunction with the Redcastle Village Association and the Mullan HOPE sunflower festival, the Field of HOPE will soon be unveiled to the passing public. Located on Inishowen, Co Donegal, just beside Quigley’s Point, the Field of HOPE is a breath taking project undertaken by Geraldine Mullan, Catherine Carlin, and John McCarron to shed a new light of hope in these unprecedented times. A beautiful display that has been secretly in the works since March, the Field of HOPE will be open to the public from Friday 19th until Sunday 21st. A journey to Donegal’s coastal farmland that is well worth taking.
5. DeBarras Folk Community, Clonakilty
For some good old fashioned craic with your loved ones, DeBarras Folk Club have an endless schedule of talent lined up for the remaining nights of August. DeBarras is a third generation family run Irish pub and independent music venue in the beautiful seaside town of Clonakilty that has for the last 40+ years earned a musical pedigree and reputation that has travelled far beyond the confines of its West Cork home. The August Programme includes performances from HARP, TimeCops, Eoin O’Neill, The Black Apple Bastards, Strange Angel, Runaway Retros, Gerron and Limit 60. For tickets and full listings, visit https://debarra.ie/