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5 Fantastic Family Events To Enjoy In May

May Day! May Day! Summer is officially here, and it’s time to get out and enjoy all of what this country has to offer. Make the most of your time with the family, and experience one of the many events on nationwide.

With events in Mayo, Belfast, Dublin and Sligo to name a few, we hope you'll find something here that will interest you and your family.

Here are just a handful for you to enjoy:

1. Westport Air Show

Venue: Westport Quay, Westport, Co. Mayo
Date: May 14th
Cost: Free
Contact: info@westportairshow.com
westportairshow.com/

All the action is in the air in Westport this May 14th, with loop-the-loops and daring aerial feats for the whole family to enjoy. Keep your eyes on the sky as aircraft of all kinds, from vintage to state of the art, take the air for a thrilling event for all the family. Apart from the aerial acrobatics, there’s family entertainment on the quay, with lively bands and tasty food and drink.

2. Pets in the City

Venue: Smithfield Square, Dublin City Centre
Date: May 14th 11.30 A.M. – 4.30 P.M.
Cost: Free
Contact: 
http://www.petsinthecity.ie/

If anybody in your family loves animals, you’ll have to “paws” to take in Pets in the City, the annual celebration of companion animals in Smithfield Square. Organised by Dublin City Council and supported by the DSPCA and King of Paws, it celebrates all things furry, feathery, and scaly. Stalls sell pet accessories, and the DSPCS will offer information and advice. Enjoy a visit with farm animals, the reptile haven, special face painting, and kid-friendly talks and entertainment. Then there’s Scrufts (Crufts for mutts), dog agility workshops, and DSPCA microchipping.

3. Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

Venue: Cathedral Quarter, Belfast
Date: 27th April to 7th May
Cost: Varies, see website
Contact: http://cqaf.com/2017/

The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival is now considered one of this island’s most exciting and dynamic arts festivals, with something for people not traditionally catered for by such events. The wide-ranging programme of events focuses on younger attendees, with highlights including My Father’s Chair, a performance about the nature of fatherhood. You can also look forward to music, comedy, and literature of all genres.

4. Dublin Cinemagic Film & TV Festival

Venue: Dublin City Centre
Date: May 5th – May 14th
Cost: See website for bookings
Contactinfo@cinemagic.org.uk
http://www.cinemagic.org.uk/

The annual Cinemagic Film and Television Festival programme celebrates its 10th anniversary with a massive programme of some 100 events, covering a kaleidoscope of formats and genres. The focus of the festival has always been to inspire and motivate young people with wide-ranging creative ideas. This year’s guests include cinematographer Gerry Floyd from the BAFTA-nominated documentary Notes on Blindness, Doctor Foster and Leave to Remain director Bruce Goodison, and CBBC TV Presenters Ben Shires and Katie Thistleton.
The film screenings, workshops and masterclasses cater for ages from four to 25.

5. Cos Cos Sean Nos Festival

Venue: Rathcormac, Co. Sligo 
Dates: May 1st – May 7th
Contact: Brenda 086 1925988 Dorothy 087 4167026
info@coscos.ie
www.coscos.ie

Sean nós has shaken off its old-fashioned image and now attracts fans of all ages. You will see this if you visit the Cos Cos Sean Nós Festival 2017 in Sligo, which celebrates Ireland’s finest sean nós dancers, musicians, singers, poets and storytellers. Taking place under the iconic Ben Bulben, deep in Yeats’ Country, the festival is a feast of entertainment for all the family. Under 9s up are catered for with sean nós dancing lessons, and there are youth showcases, competitions, heritage walks, and lots more.

If you head along to any of these great events, make sure to let us know how you got on 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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