Sunny weekend: an hour-by-hour guide to making the most of it
High pressure isn’t just a weather front. There’s also that intense social pressure to fully exploit the current heatwave. Here’s our guide to taking full advantage of that glowing orb in the sky
Not since 1946 (a vintage year for Irish baseball) have two non-Irish baseball teams battled it out on Irish soil. So batter up at the Baseball Gathering at Corkagh Park near the Red Cow roundabout. And it’s free. Photograph: Reuters/Patrick Bolger
Get on a boat. There’s nothing like the open sea, a blue sky and a strong stomach to make you feel like you’re in an Irish tourism ad. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien
Get fruity: Lambert’s Fruit Farm in Rathfarnham in Dublin is great for some fruit picking. Go for the gooseberries – they’re cheaper.
Let them entertain you: the Street Performance World Championship is on in Merrion Square. What are you waiting for? Contortionists and sword-swallowers are awaiting your gasps in Dublin 2.
Wakey wakey: head to the Forty Foot in Sandycove and start the day with a sunrise swim. Photograph: Eric Luke
07.00 Get up! What’s wrong with you? Don’t you realise that this could be the last time you’ll ever feel warm? Stop checking your weather apps, and just go with it.
08.00 Find a friend with a gorgeous garden. Anyone will do. Hop over walls, call people up you haven’t spoke to in years and offer to return that Nirvana Unplugged CD you borrowed in 1995. Then chill in their garden for an hour before things get #awkward.
09.00 Apply sunscreen. Dermologica, Neutrogena and Kiehls all do great sunblocks for sensitive skin. They’re pricey, though, so make sure you get your value for money by slathering your face and staring at the sun constantly.
10.00 Jump off something high. All around the country, young lads in runners and shorts are jumping off buildings, bridges and walls into canals, rivers and the sea. Grab life by the horns and take the plunge. Make sure someone’s videoing it so you can become a viral sensation later in the day.
11.00 Exercise vicariously. Having avoided arrest and dried off, head to Clontarf to cheer on the half marathon runners.
Noon Coffee break. Stay away from complicated and overpriced iced coffees. Instead, cut out the extra sweeteners and artificial flavouring by pouring an americano over ice with some sugar syrup and milk. Refreshing, caffeinated and doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve just consumed a gigantic milkshake.
13.00 The Street Performance World Championship is on in Merrion Square. What are you waiting for? Contortionists and sword-swallowers are awaiting your gasps in Dublin 2.
14.00 Get yourself to a nice, quiet beach. Not the ones humming with people, but the lesser-known alternatives. Like . . .
1 Garrarus beach. Alternative to Tramore, Co Waterford. Bypass the amusements and campervans of the town’s main beach. Instead, take the Kilfarrasy Road out to this locals’ favourite.
2Burrow beach, Sutton. A quieter alternative to Portmarnock in north Dublin.
3 Trá Bán, Great Blasket Island, Co Kerry. Miles better than Inch. Take the ferry from Dunquin to an unspoilt stretch of white sand, where you can swim with seals in the chilly waters.
4 The northern beach at Donabate, Dublin. The main beach is to the right of the Martello tower, but try turning left instead to the smaller beach, which is usually deserted, even when the main one’s busy. There’s a walkway from Waterside Hotel.
5 Instead of going to Dublin’s Forty Foot, try the Vico Bathing Place, Dalkey, off Vico Road, Co Dublin. Deep water at high or low tide, and best view of Killiney Bay. It is clean, well-kept and little known. (NB: Occasional nudity.)
15.00 Cool down. Head indoors to the Science Gallery on Pearse Street, Dublin 2, and check out the Illusion exhibition.
16.00 Get refreshed. Tell a small child in an estate that the ice-cream van music is actually a hypnosis tool for the boogie man. No more pestering queues when the van comes around again.
17.00 Feel bad about psychological damage inflicted upon child. Drink coconut water.
18.00 Head to the Phoenix Park. Haim and Frank Ocean are supporting The Killers tonight for a perfect mix of pop-rock and RnB. Then leave before Two-Door Cinema Club come on because, let’s face it, you’ve too much to do.
21.00 Have a power nap. Remember, the heat takes an awful lot out of you and there is nothing weak about grabbing 50 minutes to slot in some snoozing time.
22.00 Soak up the street life of your local city, town or village. Wander around delighting in the fact that you can wear a T-shirt outdoors after the sun goes down. Listen to the banter spilling out of pubs, smell the overheating street bins, watch the smiles on people’s faces grow those extra centimetres thanks to the jovial spirit the hot weather induces.
22.00 Check out the big screen. Airplane is screening in a floating cinema in Grand Canal Dock, Dublin 2. An hour later, Hollywood Babylon’s Summer of 1984 series continues with a screening of Revenge of the Nerds at the Light House Cinema in Smithfield, Dublin 7.
Midnight Go clubbing! Compare tan lines and panda eyes with new friends. With everyone out all day, clubs won’t have the same queues as normal, so race down to Mother on Copper Alley in Temple Bar for a bop before bed.
06.00 Head to the Forty Foot in Sandycove. Start the day with a sunrise swim, a snifter of brandy from a hip flask to warm up.