Jam-packed weekend of events in store
The long weekend has been a long time coming but the good news is that there is plenty to keep boredom at bay but unfortunately, the same can’t be said about the weather.
One of the stranger events of the weekend will be the Zombie walk which is to take place in Dublin’s St Stephens Green tomorrow.
The instructions are pretty simple really: “Look dead. Walk,” the website advises before continuing that it’s about “having fun, dressing up, walking, shuffling, moaning through the streets and raising much needed contributions for very important charities”. Further details at dublinzombiewalk.com
One place which certainly won’t be dead this weekend is Croke Park which has a jam-packed weekend line-up with double-headers due tomorrow and Sunday.
Mayo and Down kick off at 5pm tomorrow while Dublin and Laois take to the pitch at 7pm. On Sunday, it will be the turn of Cork and Kildare at 2pm Sunday while Croker will be awash with green and gold at 4pm when Donegal meet Kerry.
The capital will also see Fortune's Fool Productions present Shakespeare’s The Tempest in the Iveagh Gardens with the show starting at 3pm both tomorrow and Sunday while evening performances will continue into next week.
The Cliff Diving World Series starts in Inis Mor, the largest of the Aran Islands off the Galway coast, tomorrow. Huge crowds are expected for the event which will see competitors diving at the Serpent's Lair from 2pm to 4pm.
Also out west, the Galway racing festival continues until Sunday. Today’s first race begins at 5.10pm and the last race is at 8.25pm while on Saturday and Sunday the races begin at 2.25pm and 2.15pm respectively, with the last races at 5.30pm and 6pm. Stiles open two hours before the first race each day.
If it’s music, literature, drama and food you’re after, the Liss Ard festival in Skibbereen, Co Cork, is the place to be with a line up which includes seventies disco and funk legends Chic, Jamaican reggae greats Toots & the Maytals, local musician Mick Flannery and Irish singer-songwriters Lisa Hannigan and Julie Feeney.
Spraoí International Street Art Festival takes place in Waterford, where around 60,000 people are expected to attend the annual parade from 9.30pm tomorrow.
If you find yourself in Wexford on Sunday, watch out for the rebels and the redcoats who will march out of Enniscorthy to meet again on the battlefield as the National 1798 Rebellion Centre holds the first ever re-enactment of the Battle of Vinegar Hill.
The Carlow Food Hero festival takes place in the gardens of the Step House Hotel, Borris, on Sunday May 15th.
The Ladies Irish Open takes place in Killeen Castle in Dunsany, Co Meath until Sunday 5th August while the Tour de Kilkenny will take place around the county tomorrow.
Also in Kilkenny, the Inistioge Vintage Rally will take place tomorrow and Sunday. In Cork the Ballycotton Family Fun Day will take place on Sunday.
Of course all this fun comes with the usual Irish weather disclaimer. “Really anybody heading off for the weekend should bring the old raincoat,” Evelyn Cusack in Met Éireann said, adding that the weekend would see very showery weather right across the country.
“There’s a slow pressure area coming in from the Atlantic so lots of heavy showers around with thunderstorms likely and possibly even hail which wouldn’t be that unusual.
“The driest area will be the northwest but it will quite cool there," she said, adding that people should consult the radar on the Met Éireann website for short-term local forecasts.