Seven things to do this week

1 Adare to Survive

Seven things to do this week

A 7.5km military-style obstacle challenge takes place in Clonshire Equestrian Centre, Adare, Co Limerick, tomorrow. Around 1,000 people will endeavour/endure/enjoy (choose your own appropriate word) more than 40 man-made and naturally occurring obstacles for a sense of personal achievement and raise funds for a charity of their choice. The Adare to Survive charity partner is Cliona’s Foundation which provides financial assistance to the families of critically ill children. Everyone will be encouraged to take a #ATSelfie and post to their social networks asking friends and family to support them by texting Cliona to 50300.

2 Walkies!

DSPCA is attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the largest dog obedience training lesson tomorrow at The Great Irish Dog Walk in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. More than 5,000 dogs are expected to take part in the 3km walk and doggie-themed festival to raise funds for DSPCA. The family festival, which runs from 9am to 4pm, will feature Doggie Fun Zones, face painting, goody bags, and free giveaways. All dogs and children are free to take part while adults will be charged a €10 registration fee. The world record attempt starts at 1pm with RTÉ’s dog whisperer Alex Petrilli leading the attempt. The world record is 390 dogs. Owners can sign up when they register for the overall Great Irish Dog Walk event.

3 Vintage rally

The echo of the bygone sounds of ancient engines will be heard throughout Dublin tomorrow as veteran, vintage and classic commercial vehicles roar into Dublin Port for the inaugural Dublin “Vintage Port” Rally. More than 100 rarely seen vintage trucks, classic buses and veteran fire and military vehicles will be on show from 10am-6pm, and highlights include Dublin’s first and oldest double decker bus, The Leyland Titan, which dates back to 1937. There will also be exhibition stalls, a children’s play bus with model buses, transport-themed stalls selling collectibles and food kiosks. Tickets cost, adults €8, children €4 or a family of four ticket for €20 and all proceeds will be donated to Barnardos. The rally coincides with Dublin Port’s Parade of Sail. .

4 Folk Heroes

Folk fans are set to get their toes tapping as the 35th Cork Folk Festival rolls into town this week. It kicks off on Wednesday with Jimmy Crowley at L’Attude51 from 8pm (tickets €10), and keeps on going with a line up that includes Frankie Gavin and De Dannan, the Lee Valley String Band and A Stór Mo Chroí – A Musical Gathering at the Cork School of Music 8pm on Friday with Karan Casey, Éilís Kennedy, Pauline Scanlon, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, John Spillane, Donogh Hennessy, Dónal O’Connor, and John McSherry (tickets €20). There’s the Céilí Mór in the City Hall tomorrow from 2-5pm. 

5 Dingle Foodie Fun

The annual Dingle Peninsula Food Festival starts this Friday and runs until Sunday. Highlights include a taste trail in more than 60 outlets, where festival-goers can sample local cuisine in pubs, galleries, shops and restaurants. There is a gourmet cycle, the Great Dingle Bake Off, cookery demonstrations, markets and lots of street entertainment, music and fun events. While many events are free, some have a small cover charge while the taste trail booklet costs €22 and contains 10 tickets to be redeemed along the trail, which includes Fishbarr at the Marina, Dingle Bay Hotel, Murphys Ice Cream and O’Flaherty’s Bar. Book early for workshops on Saturday or Sunday by emailing Mark at or turn up on the weekend to the festival office on Green Street (West Kerry Live Office). Profits go to Action Breast Cancer, Hope Guatemala and Kerry Hospice.

6 Catch the love boat to the Aran Islands has teamed up with the Aran Islands Hotel to host the first Singles Weekend on the Aran Islands. During the day there will be host of different outdoor activities, such as biking tours, walks, treasure hunts and evening events include dinner dating, céilí, discos and dancing lessons. The Singles Weekend takes place on Friday to Sunday. Tickets to participate in the Aran Islands Singles Weekend cost €75 per person and must be pre-booked through or by phone at 087-2037196.

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