Something for the weekend: Five things you need to check out
Make the most of your weekend.
Believe us, there are weekends when we want to do nothing at all. Zero, zilch, nada. It's good to lounge around and recharge the batteries, but it always leaves us with a tiny feeling of regret. A regret that we didn't use our time more productively and have a bit of fun.
For those who feel that way, we've got your back covered. We've had a look out there on the wild blue yonder and we've selected some things you might want to do this coming weekend.
Battle For The Bay
Battle for the Bay returns for its annual beach jaunt to Dollymount Strand in Dublin on 26 and 27 May.
Now in its 12th year, it promises to deliver the usual fun, entertainment and aerial acrobatics that have helped it become one of the best free family weekends in the summer calendar.
There will be all the usual entertainment on dry land with live music all day from DJs and bands, a beach market selling everything from vintage clothes and vinyl records to arts and crafts and jewellery.
Oh and it's free! You can't get much cheaper than that in fairness.
Fastnet Film Festival
We don't often need a reason to head to West Cork, one of the most stunningly beautiful places on the planet, but when you throw in a class film festival, we're practically begging for someone to take our money. The picturesque village of Schull is hosting the Fastnet Film Festival, which runs up until 27 May.
Venues all across the village will stream films and there will even be wifi hotspots available to view the featured works on your smart device. There'll also be seminars, masterclasses and workshops covering every aspect of the movie business.
Life is probably Ireland's biggest electronic music festival and this year's event will take place at the beautiful surroundings of Belvedere House in Mullingar from May 25-27.
This year looks like being one of the festival's strongest line-ups yet with the likes of Fatboy Slim, Armand Van Helden and hundreds more performing over the three days.
Join the ultimate search for Ireland's best up-and-coming original musicians, then party down with the chosen ones for two days of great gigs at Reveal Festival in the spectacular Georgian surrounds of Merrion Square.
Originally launched as Rising Stars under the umbrella of the renowned Dublin City Soul Festival, Reveal prides itself on having something for everyone. Music lovers, families and folks just looking for something a little bit different will all be catered for this weekend.
Galway Early Music Festival
Get in touch with your inner medieval person at the Galway Early Music Festival, which takes place in May of every year and features a high-quality programme of concerts of medieval, renaissance, and baroque music in a variety of venues around Galway City.
There will be a range of both Irish and international early music groups performing, including French medieval music group Alla Francesca and Irish group The Gregory Walkers, who mix renaissance and baroque music into their rich stylistic stew.