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 vital that we fit some fun into our days and support local businesses, especially now that the country is slowly re-opening.
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. Tune into Comic Relief
Hosted by Deirdre O'Kane, Nicky Byrne, Jennifer Zamparelli, and Eoghan McDermott, RTÉ Does Comic Relief features a range of performances from the likes of Dara O'Briain, Hozier, Amy Huberman, Chris O'Dowd, Normal People’s Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar Jones, Aisling Bea, John Bishop and many (many) more.
You can watch the best of RTÉ Does Comic Relief on the RTÉ Player now
2. Celebrate Global Pride
On June 27, you can celebrate all things LGBTQ+ with this year's Global Pride. This 24-hour live stream event will be happening online across the world and will feature a star-studded line-up of musical performances and addresses by public figures. Get those rainbow flags ready!
3. Take a cooking class
Michelin Star Chef JP McMahon is getting up close and personal with culinary enthusiasts around the world with private online cooking classes. The classes are available for both one-on-one classes (from €225) or for groups of up to four people (from €560), with each class taking approximately three hours.
To book a class or find more information, visit www.aniarrestaurant.ie.
4. Explore Dublin
As we enter the next phase of re-opening society, Dublin's museums, libraries, galleries and various tourist attractions are once again opening their doors to the public. If you have a day free to explore the city, give these spots a go from June 29:
- The Irish Emigration Museum
- The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship
- Chester Beatty Library
- Little Museum of Dublin
- National Gallery of Ireland
- Wax Museum Plus
- Teeling Whiskey Distillery
- National Museum of Ireland
- Croke Park GAA Museum & Tours at Croke Park
- Dublinia Viking Museum at Christchurch
- GPO Witness History at the GPO, O'Connell Street
We are re-opening!!— Wax Museum Plus (@waxmuseumplus) June 23, 2020
Finally we can confirm that this coming Monday June 29th we will be re-opening our doors for you all to come visit us for the first time since the beginning of the lockdown.
Tickets are not yet on sale, as we are adjusting to the guidelines, but coming soon! pic.twitter.com/dmRbfaYEjv
5. Train for a mini-marathon
Due to COVID-19, the annual VHI Women's Marathon will be a little different this year. Taking place between October 1st and October 10th 2020, participants will be asked to complete the 10km event "their way" over the course of 10 days, with the overall goal of raising €10 million for charities.
Registration for the event is now open on www.vhiwomensminimarathon.ie so get training now!
6. Learn about the first 1,000 days
Kathy Whyte, a former nurse and midwife with a masters in nutritional medicine, founded Nurture Mum - a series of wellness events - to help provide expert-led recommendations to parents across the country.
Focusing on the role of nutrition and lifestyle during the first 1,000 days (from preconception, through pregnancy to toddlerhood), Kathy has organised a number of online presentations to take part over this summer.
For more information about these presentations, visit www.nurturemum.ie.
7. Get your comedy fix
Dublin's Laughter Lounge comedy club is gearing up for a launch party on August 14th and 15th. The line-up includes a whole host of homegrown talents including Enya Martin, Danny O'Brien, Eric Lalor, John Colleary, and Gar Murran. Tickets are on sale now at the laughterlounge.com.