Make the most of this weekend – despite the torrential rain!

Come rain or shine, we have plenty of things to do!

Unfortunately, it seems that the sunshine we had started to be accustomed to has bid farewell for this weekend, but luckily there are plenty of sheltered activities to keep us occupied!

This weekend is one for anyone interested in the arts. So, whether it’s music, crafts, literature or just plain ole entertainment you’re after -we’ve got you covered!

The Howth Literary Arts Festival 

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This annual festival attracts literary lovers from all over Ireland with it’s stellar line-up each year and this year is no different! The event takes place in the idyllic surroundings of Howth Castle from June 10th to 12th and is guaranteed to be a weekend to remember. This year they’re broadening their literary and artistic programme to include drama, cultural history and visual arts events.  Their inspiration is drawn from the megalithic Howth Cromlech, known locally as ‘Aideen’s Grave’, dating from 2,500 BCE, which is in the grounds of Howth Castle. Speakers over the weekend will include; John Boyne, Alan Nolan, John Chambers Catherine Dunne and Michelle Forbes. Head over to their website to book a spot at one of the impressive talks!

Canal Bank Market Portobello Square 

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Although the market will be remotely sheltered, we recommend bringing your brolley for this one! The market will take place in Portobello Square along the beautiful canal banks. There will be a huge variety of quirky items on sale including; Vintage clothing, vinyl records, crafts, arts, jewelry, bespoke & custom made goods, food & beverages, tea & coffee. The market’s open from 11am-5pm, but we recommend getting out there early to nab all the best bits.

The Bizarre Bloomsday Brunch and Street Party

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This annual brunch is certainly one of a kind! It’s a celebration of all the weird and wacky parts of Joyce with food, performances, games and music from the pages of Ulysses. There will be a free street party on through out the day and we highly recommend heading along to the delicious brunch, for only €20 -it’s a steal! There will be sittings at 12:30pm, 1.30pm & 2.30pm. If you’re not in the mood for a sit down meal don’t worry, there’ll be a range of food stalls available as well! Tickets are selling out fast, so book here to avoid disappointment on the day.

Drop-In Drawing Sessions 

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The Chester Beatty Library is giving you the chance to unleash your inner Picasso this Saturday and best of all? It’s free! Why not learn and practice drawing and informal sketching during a rainy Saturday? The sessions are limited to 15 participants and operate on a first-come, first-served basis- so get there early! Materials are provided but feel free to bring your own sketchbook


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