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5 Things to Do in Dublin This Bank Holiday Weekend

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Hate to scare you folks but this is the second last bank holiday before Christmas. Oh yeah, the “C” word! So time to shake off the FOMO and take advantage of the last long weekend of summer and do something a bit different. Here are my 5 ideas for making your weekend a little less ordinary:

DUBLIN LIVE MUSIC TRAIL
Organised by Failte Ireland and Dublin City Council, the city will play host to whole heap of top emerging acts in Ireland, who will perform 20 minute, unplugged, pop-up gigs in Dublin’s most unconventional venues including, museums, bookshops, and coffee shops. The concerts are completely free and run on Sunday and Monday. Check out the Dublin Town website for the deets.

ACCENTS COMEDY EVENING
If you haven’t been to Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge yet, this weekend is the perfect opportunity. Open every night until 11pm (except Sunday, 10pm) and located just off Grafton Street, its cosy atmosphere is a great alternative to pubs for meeting up with friends. Every Saturday from 8-9.30pm, there is a free comedy night. Perfect if you want to take it easy on the weekend.

KAYAKING ON THE CANAL
Have you ever kayaked? Have you even considered it? Well if not, why not? Embrace the fact that we live at the sea and avail of all the opportunities that it brings us lucky duckies. Beginner’s kayaking is great for wusses like myself who can’t even swim! There are a number of beginner’s courses that go along the canal Saturday mornings/afternoons, and provide you with all the necessary bits to keep you above water. If you want to take it up a notch, you can go on the Liffey itself, around Killiney, or Skerries Island. Prices range from 15-25 yoyos depending on which company you go with. You can get more info on the surfdock website, or meetup.com (just search kayaking dublin)

HOWTH JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL
After a wee break of 15 years, the jazz festival is back to Howth big time. Bars and restaurants in the harbour will host live concerts from tonight until Monday. Combine it with a gentle stroll on the pier, a somewhat more heebee-jeebee cliff walk, visit the market, and finish off with some gorgeous seafood in any of the numerous restaurants on the pier, and you have one great day sorted! More info can be found here.

AFTERNOON TEA AT BROWN THOMAS
How absolutely fabulous does that sound! Afternoon tea is available in the recently refurbed BT restaurant from 3-6pm every day and costs €28 per person, and includes such beauties as Chocolate hazelnut tortas and almond macaroons. Sure, you’ll be the envy of all your instagram followers! Who cares if your bestie has just done a Facebook check-in at some tapas bar in Barcelona. One well-lit photo of a chilled Mimosa and carefully positioned Strawberry Shortcake, and you are back in the game, girlfriend! Go on, check out the menu yourself and get those Chanel-lined lips smacking!

So step away from the Netflix, and experience life. Nobody ever died regretting they hadn’t watched more boxsets. Have a great weekend everyone!

Top photo courtesy of citykayaking.com

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