As the country slowly but surely phases out of lockdown, many of us are searching for socially distant activities to enjoy at the weekend. Whether you're looking for a local adventure with your other half or a family-friendly activity to get the little ones out of the house, we've rounded up some ideas to keep you busy this weekend.
Assemble, a group art exhibition featuring Leah Hewson, Deirdre Breen, Jane Fogarty, Helen Steele, Lola Donoghue, Alice Fitzgerald and Aoife Scott, has been scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 8th at Atelier Maser on Charlemont Square. The launch will take place from 12pm-6pm, and visitors are required to register for a free ticket in advance.
If you and your family want to learn about Ireland, through the stories of Irish emigrants who became scientists, politicians, poets, artists and even outlaws, then The Irish Emigration Museum is the place to be. Children aged 16 and under can go free for the month of August when accompanied by a paying adult.
3. The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship
The Jeanie Johnston Famine Ship tells the story of the thousands of Irish people who fled the Famine and embarked on a treacherous voyage in the hope of a better life in North America. This family-friendly experience is free to children aged 16 and under, when accompanied by an adult, throughout the month of August.
4. Chocolate Tour Tasting
Know someone with a sweet tooth? Bring them on a 30-minute tour of Hazel Mountain Chocolate in Co. Clare. Most suitable for adults and children aged 12 and over, this mouth-watering experience will bring visitors through all the stages of our chocolate making - roasting, cracking, winnowing, stonegrinding and tempering and it will include sampling of chocolate at its various stages.
5. Visit the Natural History Museum
Known as 'the Dead Zoo', the National History Museum of Ireland is home to more than 10,000 exhibits. Usually, visitors can explore a building filled with Irish mammals, birds, fish and insects, as well as mammals from around the world. The museum re-opened its doors on July 20th and tickets can be booked online ahead of your visit.
6. Go on an adventure
Want to get active this weekend? Why not chase the sun across Ireland in an epic Irish road trip, go sea swimming at the forty foot, hike your way around Glendalough or discover Ireland's stairway to heaven.
For mountain bikers, Davagh Forest’s trails are an absolute must, but they also have family-friendly tracks too. Blessingbourne Mountain Bike Trails have loads of technical trails for keen bikers of all ages and abilities.
For the really adventurous, a visit Todd’s Leap outdoor adventure centre in Ballygawley will allow you to try out a wide range of activities from ziplining, off-road trekking, orienteering, archery and even clay pigeon shooting.
7. Visit the Titanic Museum
The shimmering star-shaped Titanic Belfast, which reopened on August 1st, is the biggest and best experience of the most famous ship in the world. Take your time and enjoy the journey over nine interactive galleries featuring special effects, dark rides and full-scale reconstructions.
8. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2020
Between the jigs and the reels, there are no jigs and reels on the streets of Mullingar, as was planned for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann. Instead, as with so many events in 2020, the movement has moved online. RTÉ are asking that you to share your musical magic on social media with the hashtags #RTÉVirtualFleadh #RTÉFleadhFíorúil
We love seeing all your #RTÉVirtualFleadh #RTÉFleadhFíorúil videos and pics so keep 'em coming using the hashtags and we will keep the mighty spirit of #Fleadh2020 going ☘️ 🎶 pic.twitter.com/8j3uMnc8Nl— RTÉ (@rte) August 7, 2020