Online and in the shops: Ice Age at Tayto Park

Life-sized Ice Age mammals, a monstrous Easter egg scavenger hunt and a new vintage carousel are just some of the attractions at Tayto Park, which opens on March 18 for its sixth season. 

Online and in the shops: Ice Age at Tayto Park

Imagine what the Earth was like over one million years ago on a trek through the new animatronic Ice Valley Dinosaur Experience to meet mammoths, cave bears, saber toothed cats and giant Irish deer.

Tayto Park will welcome dinosaur experts to Ashbourne this weekend, with educational talks for children tomorrow and Sunday;


For chocolate lovers of all ages, a visit to the Butlers Chocolate Experience could be the perfect Easter outing.

Visitors can pre-order a personalised Easter Egg for €15.95 at any Butlers Chocolate Café up to Easter Week and then collect it before March 24 at the Butlers Chocolate Visitor Centre in Clonshaugh, Dublin 17.

Tickets for the tour, where you can learn about the history of chocolate and see eggs being made, are €13.50.

From tomorrow until March 26, you can also join the Easter Bunny for an egg hunt after every tour. Save 5% when booking online at


Bacon and cabbage is an Irish favourite and we are also attached to our traditional family recipes.

Research by Bord Bia found that though we like to try out new recipes, eight in 10 of those surveyed said they still use the recipes passed on to them by parents and grandparents.

Bord Bia teamed up with actor and foodie Simon Delaney and Irish food historian Regina Sexton to encourage consumers to choose Quality Mark ham and bacon with a new batch of traditional and contemporary recipes available at


Down Syndrome Ireland, with the help of Today FM’s Matt Cooper, are lacing up their running shoes to create awareness for this year’s World Down Syndrome Day, with the first ever Purple Run at 12 noon, in the Phoenix Park on Sunday [March 20].

The event is open to all age groups with the option of the 5km or 1km distance. DSI will also host a free ‘fun-filled family carnival’ on World Down Syndrome Day next Monday, adjacent to the Phoenix Park Visitor Centre.

The entry fee for Sunday’s run is €10, free for people with Down syndrome and under 16s.

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