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Thursday 8 December 2016

Bank on a holiday weekend full of fun even if you stay in Dublin

Denise (9), Rachel (17), Lavinia (21) and Mary Ruane from Galway heading off to Lanzorate at Dublin Airport.
Denise (9), Rachel (17), Lavinia (21) and Mary Ruane from Galway heading off to Lanzorate at Dublin Airport.

The August bank holiday weekend is an excuse for many to get out of Dublin, but for those staying put there is plenty to keep you entertained.

If you are looking for a laugh, the Iveagh Gardens is the place to be for the Vodafone Comedy Festival, which runs until tomorrow night.

Comic talent including Des Bishop, Deirdre O'Kane, Jason Byrne, Maeve Higgins, Apres Match and Al Porter will take to the stage as the event celebrates its 10th anniversary.

If jazz is your thing, head for the Howth Jazz and Blues Festival, which is being held in 13 venues until tomorrow night.

If you want to funk up your weekend, old school funk legend George Clinton will be rocking Dun Laoghaire as one of the main attractions at The Beatyard Festival, taking place at the harbour town.

The festival also includes discussion panels, children's events, a flea market, food and beer pavilions and a masterclass on the art of closing the deal with celebrity salesman Mattress Mick.

Gala

Dun Laoghaire is also hosting the 2016 KBC Laser Radial Youth & Men's World Championships in which 350 sailors from 48 countries will compete.

Smithfield's Light House Cinema has been flying the rainbow flag all week in celebration of the 24th annual LGBT film programme.

The Gaze International Film Festival winds down on Monday night with a gala beginning at 7pm.

For the little ones, Dublin Zoo is running a week-long summer camp for children aged six to 12, starting on Monday.

The programme features a number of activities for children to appreciate animals each day from 10am to 2.30pm. Places are limited and must be booked online.

Meanwhile, a great escape by huge numbers heading off on holiday was under way at Dublin Airport yesterday.

Nearly 390,000 passengers are expected to travel through the airport this weekend.

Among those flying out yesterday were Mary Ruane (43) and her daughters Lavinia (21), Rachel (17) and nine-year-old Denise, from Co Galway.

"We're really looking forward to Lanzarote where the good weather is guaranteed," said Mary.

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