The Final Fling

And so it came just like it said it would, it’s the last Bank Holiday of summer 2015. Jeez that went bloody fast.

If, like me, you work every Bank Holiday and if, like Corina, you have two small people to entertain it may not be so easy to leave the old sod.

So if you will be in Dublin, or near enough, here are some of our favourite things to do………

Castletown House


There is something truly dignified about Castletown House in Celbridge…and it has no playground so you’d think children aren’t interested..right?..wrong..this stately home is as welcoming today as it was in it’s heyday when Lady Lennox was the Bean An Ti… I became fascinated with Castletown House whilst attending evening talks about fashion, costume design and maternity clothing, of all things, last summer,  and I keep going back now with the family.  As I said it has no playground – but it DOES have a beautiful restaurant set in the original kitchens I believe,  and extensive grounds to wander around.  With a beautiful stream and plenty of sandy inlets that will tire your little angels out and give everyone a peaceful night’s sleep. Corina

Bray Summerfest


Due to finish on Monday, Bray Summerfest is always a melting pot of talent and entertainment. Smash Hits play live on the Iconic Bandstand on Sunday and there’s fireworks on Monday. From a parental point of view – It’s a few hours of magic all along the sea front.  So go prepped with coinage and enjoy ice creams, carnival, and craic… Corina

Malahide Castle


Another home of the ancient aristocracy that has become a playground for the 21st century child..amazing playground (with the all important zip-slide!), Avoca, and stunning walks – not to be missed at any time of the year but ideal for Bank Holidays!! Corina

The 2015 Ranji Cricket Match


On Saturday, teams representing some of the most famous Irish and global companies will compete in a fun cricket tournament inspired by the legendary Ranji There will be music, food and festivities rich in the spirit of India. Funds raised on the day from raffles and other activities will be donated to Educate Together and Irish Guide Dogs for Blind. The purpose of the event is to celebrate the game of cricket. Rebecca

Rock’nRoll Festival 

thumb559be8ed6e7feThe Dublin Rock-N-Roll Festival will takeover Dublin’s Dame District for a couple of days, celebrating the era of the 1950s and 60s. There will be automobile displays, barbers conventions, fashion exhibits and live music. A really vibrant festival to head to with friends. Rebecca

The Father Ted Extravaganza


Careful Now, if you are a fan of all things Father Ted then this is set to be an unforgettable night of comedy. Held in The Laughter Lounge on Friday and Saturday, comedians Joe Rooney, Patrick McDonnell, Brendan Burke and Johnny Candon will raise the roof for a walk down Father Ted memory lane. Ah go on go. *COMEDIANS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE* Rebecca

Gaze International Film Festival


A pretty special festival given the year that’s in it, GAZE International LGBT Film Festival takes place in the Lighthouse Cinema in Smithfield and many of the cafes and restaurants in the area are offering deals for all those attending. On Saturday, YesterGAZE is set to be one of the highlights. Book as soon as you can. Tickets are like golddust. Rebecca



Dun Laoghaire plays host to this two-day festival, it will combine three areas of music, food, drinks and games all under one roof. The Beatyard brings the best chefs, musicians and creatives together for one weekend. visit TIPPLE TOWN before making your way to THE EATYARD for a delicious meal and enjoy the fantastic Sister Sledge! Rebecca

Yoga in the Park

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Flex your funny bones and empty your mind for some Yoga in The Park in St. Stephen’s Green on Saturday at 11am. This course of weekend yoga continues until the 28th. Lets hope the rain pisses off for the morning. Rebecca



This Food Festival will take place in Meeting House Square in Temple Bar. Running on Sunday and Monday, people are invited to dive in and explore the culinary treats from the area, it will feature dishes from The Boxty House (traditional), The Chameleon (Indonesian), Klaw” by Niall Sabongi of Rock Lobster (Seafood), Bar Pinxto (Spanish) and Monty’s of Kathmandu (Nepalese). Rebecca



At 1pm on Saturday the Hugh Lane Gallery plays host to a stunning spectacle not to be missed. Bring the whole family out to see the 9 foot Bluthner piano when it’s played in full force by eight musicians at once. Really special. Rebecca


OR Failing that visit Avoca in Wicklow and eat, walk and shop, switch your phone off and head to one of our many parks; St Anne’s, Herbert, Phoenix or the Iveagh Gardens are great for a picnic, check out the last of the lovely boutique sales right across the suburbs from Glenageary to Clontarf to Ranelagh, do the DART trip from Blackrock to Greystones, take a Georgian tour of the city, do the Viking Splash tour {hilarious}, get your friends in for a homemade cocktail night, have a Netflix day, bring your dog to Marley dog park or the one in Milltown near Dartry, get a Dublin bike and see the entire city at your own pace or eat at San LorenzosThe Tap House, Las Tapas De Lola, Chez Max, Jules or Paulie’s Pizza and pretend you are on the Continent like most of your friends 😦

The Dean Hotel
La Caverna

Us? well I’m off out to Caverna on Baggot St with some friends, I’ll head to dinner in one of the aforementioned venues on Sunday and spend some quality time with the family.And Corina is off to Barberstown castle, the lucky thing, enjoy and whatever you do don’t get arrested or drink Pina Coladas and get caught in the raIn

Rebecca and Corina

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