Something for the weekend? Getting out and about this Easter
The National Poultry Races in Carlingford: Got a fast chicken or a speedy goose? Then glory could be yours. Open to anything that lays an egg, the Easter National Poultry Races invite the sane and insane to watch chickens, roosters, ducks and geese race to the finish line on the village green in the picturesque town of Carlingford on Easter Monday at 2pm. See carlingfordandmourne.com for more
Easter Egg hunts: in every town or village from Donegal to Kerry and everywhere in between. See discoverireland.com for hunts near you (or grab a bunch of kids and make your own . . .)
Racing Home for Easter (Mallow and Cork racecourse) The Racing Home for Easter Festival is a Gathering event designed to encourage anyone who left the Blackwater Valley region to return home to Mallow and Cork for Easter. But don't be put off if you;re not a local, this three-day festival coincides with the traditional Easter Racing meeting at Cork Racecourse Mallow, where there's a great combination of National Hunt racing and flat racing to be enjoyed. See racinghomeforeaster.com
Westport's Easter Bank Holiday Walking and Biking Festival: the ascent of Mweelrea Mountain heads the bill at this great festival - at 814m it is the highest mountain in the province. This will be followed by a nine-mile walk on the Western Way which incorporates the beautiful Erriff River section from Aasleagh Falls. Fri March 29th to Tuesday April 2nd. See walkingguideireland.com
Blindfold performance at Smock Alley, Dublin: Eight years after Life After Modelling released their only single, the group return with The Gospel According to Matthew J Anthony in the beautiful Smock Alley theatre. There's one catch - you'll be blindfolded for the entire performance. As they put it themselves: `Give your eyes an break, bive your ears a gallop'. Sunday March 31st. See more at smockalley.com
The Galway Food Festival: Five days of food and free, family-friendly events on the Easter bank holiday weekend. See more at galwayfoodfestival.com
Tosca at the National Concert Hall, Dublin: International soloists and the full Chisinau National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Starring Elena Dee. "Set against the backdrop of Rome with spectacular sets and costumes, with two of the best roles for tenor and soprano, plus a truly blood curdling villain". Sung in Italian with English surtitles. Sunday 31st March, 7.30pm.