Five ways to make the most of the rest of the bank holiday weekend

For anyone looking to end a unique and thoroughly enjoyable long bank holiday weekend, here are six ways to make the most of it.

1. Take a hike


How about climbing Croagh Patrick in Mayo in honor of St. Patrick?

The idyllic weather makes this weekend the perfect time to head out and explore local beauties or go hiking.

Mayos Croagh Patrick’s car park has been packed with hillwalkers and pilgrims for the past few days.

In the east of the country, the Wicklow Way offers endless route options suitable for people of all ages and offers some of the most spectacular views of the Irish Sea and rolling valleys.

2. Watch a show

Performances of key works by Irish theater heavyweights are taking place in Dublin this weekend.

The Lonely West – written by Londoner Martin McDonagh, who has close Galway connections – runs until tomorrow night at the Gaiety. The comedy of brother hating, the local priest and a bag of chips has received rave reviews since it premiered in February.

Meanwhile, Robert Sheehan and Frankie Boyle star in Samuel Beckett’s endgame which runs at the Gate Theater and can also be streamed at home.

In Cork, watch Maggie Gyllenhaal’s searing debut as a film director The Lost Daughter, starring Olivia Coleman and Dakota Johnson, screening at the Triskel Arts Centre.

3. Visit Dublin’s St. Patrick’s Festival Quarter

For the first time ever, Collins Barracks, a Festival Quarter at the National Museum of Ireland, is offering a wide range of daytime and evening events through Monday.

From 12pm to 6pm there is a mix of family céilís, interactive games, film screenings, street performances and live music – from classical and traditional to rock and hip-hop. From 6pm it becomes an adults-only zone with more gigs and events at the area’s Beag Mirror Tent and Mór Mirror Tent.

On Sunday, Limerick City Center hosts the 50th Limerick International Band Championship from 12pm whilst art workshops for adults and children are held at the Crawford Gallery in Cork. Those wanting a taste of traditional music in the city should check out the Lee Sessions Trad Trail, which starts at 3pm at Charlie’s, Union Quay.

Meanwhlie, Galway’s Róisín Dubh hosts the Dirty Circus Night of Burlesque and Cabaret on Saturday and the famous open mic night on Sunday. Or pick up some goodies at a bake sale in aid of the Irish Kidney Association at Galway Rowing Club on Sunday from 11pm to 4pm.

4. Go to a game

While tickets for Ireland v Scotland (Saturday, 4.45pm) are like gold dust at the Aviva, there is plenty of GAA action in the Allianz hurling and football leagues this weekend as well.

Tyrone meets Mayo at home tonight at 5:45 p.m. It’s another crucial battle for the reigning All-Ireland Champions as they fight for survival in Division One.

While tomorrow there will be a staggering 29 games in both codes.

5. Get a 99

Temperatures are expected to hit as high as 16 degrees today, while Met Éireann said most areas can expect sunshine in the coming days.

What better time than to treat yourself to the Irish favourite, a 99. Five ways to make the most of the rest of the bank holiday weekend

Fry Electronics Team

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