October Bank Holiday Weekend - What's On?

Posted by Neil Hand on the 24th of October 2014 at 12:06:49

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October Bank Holiday Weekend – What’s on?

To many, this particular Bank Holiday is a significant one in our calendar. The clocks go back, and winter is seen to begin. The period of the year where darkness becomes a bigger factor in our day-to-day life. And… the last long weekend before the Christmas season gears up. And yes, it’s not just in your country this happens… ‘Christmas’ seems to start earlier each year in Ireland too. At the current rate, Christmas 2030 is predicted to commence in late-July. But enough about that… What is there for you to do this long weekend in Ireland? Due to the time of year, there’s a strong Halloween angle here, but there’s also a couple of non-Halloween related events to enjoy. Here are my top 5:

Cork Guinness Jazz Festival

As previewed in more detail in a recent blog I composed, the Cork Guinness Jazz Festival is a massive highlight this weekend, and one of my favourite events of the calendar year. A host of acclaimed national and international musicians swell Cork City for the duration of the festival, bringing large numbers of visitors to Cork to revel in the festivities. Top acts performing this year are Imelda May, Lee Fields and the Expressions and 2 Many DJs. Full lineup and info can be found on the official website.

Bram Stoker Festival

Bram Stoker, Author of Dracula and subsequently father of one of the most famous figures in gothic culture/tradition, is celebrated with the Bram Stoker Festival, taking place in Dublin throughout the long weekend. All sorts of frightening events are taking place, related to food, drink, dancing, music, film and more. It’s a really fun festival and is well worth checking out. More info can be found here.

Sligo Live

Sligo Live festival is a celebration of music that kicked off on the 22ndof October and runs ‘till the 27th. Packing in 80 performances by more than 300 performers over the 6 days of the festival, this is perfect for you if you enjoy live music. The biggest name on the bill this week is international best-selling artist Sheryl Crow. For more information about the festival, lineup and ticket information, check out the official sitehere.

Tattersalls Drive-in Halloween Movies

If you’re a movie buff, and always longingly wished to see your favourite slasher flick in true American style ‘at the drive-in’, we’ve got just the thing for you this coming weekend. Classics such as The Exorcist and The Shining, as well as classics in the lighter sense (Ghostbusters, Mrs. Doubtfire) will be screened. Perfect for those of you who just can’t bear not to be behind the wheel. €25 per car. Full info here.

Dublin City Marathon

This is what I’ll be doing this long weekend. The Dublin City Marathon is possibly the biggest event of them all taking place this Bank Holiday Weekend. More than 10,000 runners, including myself for the first time, will take to the streets of Dublin to push their bodies to the absolute limit. The race is taking place on Bank Holiday Monday morning, commencing at 9am from Fitzwilliam Square. The atmosphere in Dublin is wonderful on Marathon day. If you’re free, you should head into town and soak it up. Do bear in mind that there will be substantial traffic restrictions in place. Check out the route-map here.

Whatever you find yourself doing this Bank-Holiday Weekend, we hope you have a fantastic time. If you’re thinking of coming to Ireland to enjoy a holiday of your own, don’t hesitate to contact us. Our experts were born to ensure your trip to Ireland goes just as you saw it in your dreams. ;)

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