With the country adapting to a new socially-distanced way of life, establishing and maintaining a healthy routine has never been so important. As well as minding our physical and mental health, it's important that we fit some fun into our days as the country slowly phases out of lockdown.
With this in mind, we have pulled together some of the most positive, creative, helpful, interesting and entertaining activities to keep you going over the coming weeks.
1. Friday Night KARLnival
We all need a good laugh right now and there's no better man to deliver the goods than Karl Spain. The comedian's KARLnival returns to our computer screens this Friday at 8pm featuring the almighty trio of Rich Hall, Mike Wilmot and Sean Hegarty.
The only way to catch the show is to buy a ticket to join the Zoom call, and although the ticket gives you access to the show on one device only, the comedians don't care how many housemates you sneak in to watch with you! Tickets are €10 plus fees on Eventbrite.
Next Friday night: Karl Spain is joined by Rich Hall, Mike Wilmot & Sean Hegarty for a night of international comedy from the comfort of your home.— Róisín Dubh Comedy (@RoisinDubhComed) May 21, 2020
The only way to watch the show is via our Zoom Room, be part of the craic! Link: https://t.co/mxbrFWVLax pic.twitter.com/ymU1BctrLd
2. Classical Sunday session
The Hugh Lane gallery has announced a series of four concerts between the 31st May and 28th June during Covid-19 quarantine as a continuation of the popular and long-running Sundays at noon series.
Tune in this Sunday at 12pm on the Hugh Lane Facebook page or the Hugh Lane Gallery YouTube channel to watch husband and wife team, Dublin-born violinist Gillian Williams and her husband, French cellist Arun Rao, known as Duo Chagall.
3. Grow Your Own
Energia, in partnership with GIY, are be giving away 1,000 GROWBoxes worth €45,000 to people all across Ireland as part of their Get Ireland Growing campaign. All you need to do is fill out a simple registration form at getirelandgrowing.ie to go in the draw!
4. Bloom with RTÉ
RTÉ and Bord Bia Bloom want to get the nation blooming this Bank Holiday Sunday (May 31st). This year, instead of welcoming visitors to the festival in the Phoenix Park, we are inviting everyone to get involved in #BloomWithRTE from their homes and gardens. Show off your mighty windowsills or blooming gardens on social media with the hashtag #BloomwithRTE.
Get ready to #BloomwithRTE on Sunday May 31 by sharing your photos, videos, tips and messages with the nation. We want to see traditional gardens of all sizes, balcony/patio gardens, house plants and community spirit. There'll be great prizes up for grabs too from @BordBiaBloom. pic.twitter.com/hIf3NRgyU9— RTÉ (@rte) May 21, 2020
5. Whiskey tasting*
The Irish Whiskey Museum has launched The Whiskey Lock-In. A live premium whiskey tastings will be taking place every Friday from 8pm to 9pm. These innovative online events include four carefully curated miniature whiskeys delivered to the guests' doors in time for kick-off.
Taking place over Zoom, the experience is priced at €40 plus booking fees, and includes a 30-minute talk and a 30-minute tasting session.
6. Get Crafty
It's Arts and Crafts Week on RTÉ Player, and with that comes a brand new series of videos from 'Craft Queen' Mary Fitzgerald. The How do you do? host is setting RTÉ2fm's Carl Mullan a series of crafting challenges over Zoom. So far, he's gone up against Donncha O'Callaghan to make the best kite and gone head-to-head with Stephen Byrne to construct the best windmill. Want to take part? Follow the instructions and play along at home.
7. Escape room
CSI: Stranglehold, Mansion: Impossible, and My Dearest Emily are just some of the online escape rooms available to play online. You can play across multiple devices and locations across the world, then you just communicate with your team via a chat app of your choice. Additionally, if you're playing with housemates, you can purchase a 'print and play' game.