Friday 15 December 2017

Festivals and family fun to beat rainy day blues

Kirsty Blake Knox at the first ever Longitude Festival
Kirsty Blake Knox at the first ever Longitude Festival

THE weather might not be living up to expectations, but there is plenty of fun to be had in the capital this weekend.

Continental air coming up from the coasts of France and Spain will bring with it hot temperatures of 25 degrees Celsius, according to forecasters.

Met Éireann's Evelyn Cusack, said "southerly winds are going to bring muggy and humid conditions over this weekend and into next week".

"There will be the possibility of localised spot flooding as heavy showers, possibly thundery, are expected."

Despite the bleak forecast, there are a lot of events being organised in Dublin.

From tomorrow, the Irish Film Institute will be screening national and international film premieres as part of their Family Festival.

The organisation will have a magician teaching tricks and a petting zoo on Sunday July 20 in Meeting House Square to celebrate the launch of Shaun the Sheep.


The Porterhouse Brewing Company are marking the launch of Dublin Pale Ale, which will be showcased during this year's IPA festival from July 17-27.

And this Saturday sees the Centre for Creative Practices teaming up with the Fingal Film Festival's Indie Films on the Move to show outside screenings of 15 short films and animations, at the CFCP patio at Lower Pembroke Street.

But the big headliner this weekend is the Longitude Music Festival in Marlay Park. Revellers are advised to bring their wellies and rain jackets to combat against the scattered showers forecast.

But it's not all gloomy - sunshine is expected for next week, just in time for the 2014 Malahide Community Festival, which will host activities for the whole family, including live music, games and demonstrations throughout Malahide village.

Ms Cusack of Met Éireann said that the warm weather is expected to continue until the end of this month.


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