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Free Family Events for the June Bank Holiday Weekend

For some of us, our kids will have gotten their school holidays by the June bank holiday weekend. For others, it’s just a very welcome day away from the office. One thing which just about everyone will share in common though, is the urge to really make the most of it and spend as much…

Cathy Daly Ruth Padel CarlowFor some of us, our kids will have gotten their school holidays by the June bank holiday weekend. For others, it’s just a very welcome day away from the office. One thing which just about everyone will share in common though, is the urge to really make the most of it and spend as much time with their friends and family as is possible. Hitting up a fun local event could be just the way to do it. Here are three of the best events taking place over the June bank holiday weekend:

Carlow Arts Festival (Éigse 2015)

The ten day Carlow Arts Festival (Éigse) takes place in Carlow Town and celebrates the many types of local art and music as well as the cultural regeneration project that the town is currently experiencing. The line-up for this year’s festival will include a production of Dancing at Lughnasa, Puss-in-Boots (performed by the UK children’s theatre company Lyngo Theatre), street artists and a concert by the widely acclaimed Romanian violinist Andreea Bouris. There will also be a three day street carnival and lots of pop-up galleries and food stalls. In the nearby village of Borris, The Festival of Writing and Ideas will play host to over 60 well known speakers including PJ Harvey, Lisa Hannigan, Tommy Tiernan, Ian McEwan and Michael Harding.

The Sky Cat Laughs Comedy Festival

The Cat Laughs Comedy Festival began in 1995 to celebrate and give a meeting place to the fine selection of Irish comedic talent. Since then, the festival has grown from a small event in which there would only be a handful of low key shows to an internationally acclaimed extravaganza, attracting thousands of comedy fans to Kilkenny City each and every year. This year’s festival will showcase the very best of Irish stand up comedians including Naked Camera‘s PJ Gallagher and Ireland’s fastest rising comedic star, Al Porter as well as brilliant international acts like Rich Hall and Mike Wilmot. There is also room for comedy sketch groups including International All Star Improv and the best comedy trio since The Three StoogesFoil, Arms & Hog, meaning that all types of comedy tastes will be catered for.

Dublin Dance Festival

Ireland’s leading dance event, Dublin Dance Festival brings together talented dancers and choreographers from all over the world to impress Irish audiences. The festival was first established in 2002 and has gone from strength to strength, dazzling us with its unique mish-mash of contemporary dance. This year’s line-up will be headed by the world renowned Meg Stuart and her company, Damaged Goods. Flying the flag for Ireland is Liz Roche who will stage her own Yeats-inspired, work entitled, ‘Bastard Amber’.

The good news is that only selected parts of these great festivals will come at a cost, so enjoying the weekend doesn’t have to mean breaking the bank. Regardless of what shows you attend, the atmosphere in each of the three towns mentioned above will be electric and worth hanging around for even if you don’t actually go to see any of the shows. And what with all the cash you’re saving, you’ll be able to treat yourself to something nice on Littlewoods Ireland.ie! A win-win, I reckon.

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