Kite festival blows back into town
IT'S a rare day when we pray for windy weather, but in a little over a week's time that's exactly what kite enthusiasts in Dublin will be doing.
Kites of every colour, shape and size will be flying "up to the highest height" on June 14 when the third annual Dublin Kite Festival gets under way.
Organised by Dublin City Council, the fun event will take place at the perfectly breezy beach on North Bull Island.
Kiting experts will be out in force showing the newcomers how it's done and offering free lessons.
Hand-made kites will be on display, while there will also be a competition to see who can build the best one.
To add to the colour of the occasion, children can get their faces painted, and there will be workshops to show them how to build "the smallest kite in the world".
There will also be more advanced class for adults and an introduction to powerkites.
Lord Mayor Christy Burke will be on hand to give kite-flying a go on the day.
"Kite flying is one of those great family activities that is suitable for people of all ages - you don't have to be a child or even a kite enthusiast to enjoy yourself," he said.
"It's all about being outside in the healthy fresh air, being active and having a bit of fun with friends and family.
Last year's festival attracted several hundred people, each bringing and flying their own weird and wonderful kite.
For more information on the event and how to take part, see www.dublincity.ie/kitefest