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5 Family Events To Catch Before Summer Ends

We can’t avoid it any longer: The blackberries are ripening, the Late Late Show will soon be back on our screens, and the shiny new school shoes are on very reluctant feet. Make the most of the end of the summer and find time together as a family before the new term starts.

Here are some events that just might give them a lift:

1. National Heritage Week

Venue: Countrywide
Date: 19th – 27th August
Cost: From free
Contact: Website 

From building your own mini bug hotel in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin to a children’s nature workshop in Tara, Co. Meath, there is plenty to fascinate your family in this year’s National Heritage Week. The annual celebration of Ireland’s unique heritage takes place in the last week of August each year, throwing open the doors of many of historic buildings and beautiful facilities for the enjoyment of everybody. Hundreds of local community organisations organise events near you, many of them free. Visit the website to see the programme and discover just how wonderful Ireland’s natural, built and cultural heritage is.

2. Wildlife at Croke Park

Venue: Croke Park, Dublin 9
Date: Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Cost:  Free
Contact: +353 1 8192323
gaamuseum@crokepark.ie 

If you’ve ever been caught in the thick of the fans at a tense All-Ireland Final, you might have a certain idea about wildlife at Croke Park, but if you come to the Croke Park Museum on August 23rd, you’ll discover a whole new side to the national stadium.  A unique family workshop will reveal all about the various animals, birds, and creepy crawlies that have made Croke Park their home, and you will discover what the stadium is doing to encourage wildlife in this urban environment.   

3. Blackrock Film Festival

Venue: Blackrock, Co. Louth
Date: 31st August– 3rd September
Cost: Free
Contact:  info@visitblackrock.ie
visitblackrock.ie

Say goodbye to the summer in the pretty seaside village of Blackrock in County Louth and attend the free, family-friendly Blackrock Film Festival. A natural progression from the popular Cinema on the Sand Event, the festival offers four days of carefully curated films in settings across the village. Enjoy the annual screening on the beach, and then take in even more movie magic at one of Blackrock's specially-chosen venues. There is something here for all the family to enjoy. 

Food-Fleadh-Ballina-photo-credit-Annette-Maughan

4. Food Fleadh Ballina

Venue: The Military Quarter, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Date: August 25th – 27th
Cost: TBC
Contactgerardluskin@live.ie
                                Mayo North

Send them back to school with happy tummies, and enjoy the best food that Mayo has to offer at Food Fleadh Ballina. Embracing both adults and children, the Food Fleadh offers cookery demonstrations, tastings of local artisan food, and great live music in a fun, friendly atmosphere. 

Special guests include Stephen Lenehen, head chef at Belleek Castle, and you can even go foraging along the Wild Atlantic Way with experienced cultural guide Denis Quinn. The setting is the magnificent military barracks in the town centre, featuring Ireland’s only outdoor covered space with a circus-themed tent—so even summer showers won’t put a dampener on your Fleadh fun. 

5. Cape Clear Storytelling Festival

Venue: Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork
Dates: 1st – 3rd September
Cost: TBC
Contact:  +353 87 6954946
director@capeclearstorytelling.com
 

What child doesn’t like stories? Indulge their taste for a tall tale or two, and discover the beauty of this stunning island with a visit to the 23rd Cape Clear Storytelling Festival. Unusual settings, including the outdoors, simply add to the atmosphere, with each day offering a fascinating range of free and paid concerts and activities. Take in children’s workshops, set dancing, a heritage walk, story swaps in open air, and even a storytelling boat trip around the island. It’s an event that will create memories they will never forget.         

Are there any other fun events happening in your area? Let us know in the comments!

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A separated mother of three, juggling self-employment, two teenage boys, a tween girl, a needy dog, and ever-expanding grey roots.

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