The first Ocean to City - Cork Harbour Festival starts today with An Rás Mór, the 28km rowing race that starts at 10am at Crosshaven RCYC and ends in Cork Harbour. Thousands of spectators are expected to line the journey as everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks and canoes take to the water. It is one of 40 events taking place over the week-long celebration of all things maritime. As part of Cork Harbour Open Day, there will also be free family entertainment, battle re-enactments and guided tours on Spike Island and on Camden Fort Meagher. The public can also discover the city’s quays in a kayak, explore a real Naval vessel, enjoy a free Cork Harbour Boat Tour, watch rescue demonstrations by the RNLI, make a model boat from recycled materials and master the art of crab fishing. www.corkharbourfestival.com.
The 18th Innishannon Steam & Vintage Rally will again be held at its 38-acre venue one mile from Innishannon village, Co Cork. The rally boasts more than 1,000 exhibits from huge tractors, threshers, unique cars, motorbikes, oil and steam engines as well as a working forge. There is also a pet’s corner, a cake sale, art and craft displays, a dog show, sheep dog trials, road rolling.
While the rally is primarily organised to promote steam and vintage vehicles and preserve items of heritage, funds raised on the day also support the Irish Cancer Society. Admission for adults costs €8 while children under 12 go free. Maximum fee per family is €30.
Move over Chelsea, Bloom is back in town and bigger than ever. The country’s premiere garden festival continues until Monday in the Phoenix Park in Dublin. Some of the country’s best landscape gardeners and designers will display their show gardens. Tickets per adults from €18. www.bloominthepark.com
Swashbucklers and landlubbers are in for a real treat this weekend as Dublin Port’s Riverfest promises a weekend of pirate themed fun for all the family. The festival officially kicks off today after the arrival of three tall ships and four schooners earlier in the week with open air markets and DJs along North Wall Quay. Activities include tours of the tall ships and schooners, flyboarder demonstrations, tug boat “dances”, river kayaking and tours of the Jeanie Johnston. www.dublinriverfest.com
The annual two-day Listowel Races June Bank Holiday starts tomorrow. One of the highlights of the June meeting is Ladies Day, which will take place on opening day Sunday. Organised by Eilish Stack, there is a total prize fund of €5,000 sponsored by Listowel town businesses and publicans. Admission is €15, and children under 16 are free. Group, corporate, sports clubs and pre booking discounts also available. www.listowelraces.ie
From Friday, yoga centres around the country will be donating proceeds of their classes for three days to ActionAid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Last month Nepal experienced its worst earthquake in 80 years, to date more than 8,500 deaths have been recorded and more than 17,000 injuries. Smaller earthquakes and aftershocks continue to be felt across the country. More than 20 yoga centres and teachers across Ireland are coming together to generously lend their support and positive energy by running classes to raise money for the emergency response. 100% of profits from the classes will go to ActionAid’s relief work in Nepal. For a full list of yoga centres participating visit www.actionaid.ie/yoga-day.
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