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05th Jul 2019

Something for the weekend: Five things you need to check out (5 – 7 July)

Benny Johnston

things to do in Ireland this weekend

A great weekend filled with fun for all.

Music, art, food, literature, horse racing, and even a circus-themed festival. This week’s recommended activities throughout Ireland truly have something for everyone looking to enjoy a break from work.

Clonmel Junction Arts Festival

Whether you’re in the mood to experience music, art, or theatre, there is plenty to take in during the culmination of the week-long festival in the Tipperary town this weekend.

In this 19th edition of the festival, there will be plenty of activities to keep festival goers busy, including yoga in the mornings, free viewings of short films, and plenty of live music and performances. Notably, Mick Flannery will perform on Saturday and his set will include songs from his new album to be released today (5 July).

Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival

The Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival is the perfect weekend activity for every seafood lover. It’s a great opportunity to support the local community, as all proceeds from the festival are used to fund projects that further develop the area.

There will be a Friday fish market from 11am – 5pm, where attendees can buy seafood of the highest quality that was pulled from the ocean hours before sale. Several world-class chefs, including Michelin Award-winning Derry Clarke and other award winners, will be cooking up some dishes during the market as well.

For those who can’t make it down to Wexford in time for the market, there are plenty of other opportunities to taste some of the cuisine, such as with the seafood platters that will be for sale throughout the weekend. There will also be other activities to keep you busy, like sea kayaking, seaweed foraging, a festival run, and live music every night.

Bellewstown Races

The first of two summer Bellewstown Races occurs this weekend. Horseracing is a centuries-long tradition at Bellewstown, with the earliest records dating back to 1726.

Friday will include a Ladies Day, where fashion contests are held in addition to the races themselves and participants can win prizes for the best outfits. In addition to the weekend of racing, there will be music, family entertainment, and prize giveaways.

Wexford Literary Festival

The Wexford Literary Festival is one of the best gatherings of like-minded fans of literature in Ireland.

There will be readings of plays, short stories, poetry and an abundance of other genres. The jam-packed itinerary also includes a variety of workshops from a lineup of published authors as well as award presentations for local authors.

The purpose of this festival is to gather people with a love for writing and literature and allow them to all network and develop their craft.

Muckno Mania Festival

A festival that should be attended for its name alone, the Muckno Mania Festival celebrates sport, music and the arts. This year’s theme is circus, which entails a whole host of entertainment options.

In true circus fashion, the weekend will be filled with loads of simultaneous events to choose from, including a variety of circus performances, a festival queen competition, a performance by Dublin Ukulele Collective, a fireworks display, and even a triathlon for the brave.