5 things to do for the weekend ahead...

1. A Family Fun Raceday takes place in Leopardstown tomorrow with free entry to all children under 16.

Racing begins at 1.55pm and there will be lots of free family fun activities including The Family Fun House Marquee with toddler playzones, a magic show, bouncy castles, face painting and the Wooly Ward Pet Farm. 

Families can dress up with in their sunday best to enter the Clayton Hotels Best Dressed Family Competition with €1,000 in prizes to be won. 

www.leopardstown.com 

2 Silver Screen

Cinemagic International Film and Television festival returns to Dublin on Monday and runs until May 22. It gives people under 25 the opportunity to learn more about what life is really like working behind or in front of a camera.

Love/Hate actress, Aoibhinn McGinnity will be giving a masterclass and taking part in a Q&A session, 8-11 year olds can learn about the art of storyboarding not to mention the chance to catch some family and teen films. 

www.cinemagic.ie 

3 Coffee Connections

An International Women’s Breakfast takes place in The Haven Cafe in Cork on Monday from 10am to 11.30am. 

Coffee Connections is hosted by Cork Feminista & Love and Care for People and aims to bring women of different backgrounds together to share stories. 

www.facebook.com/events/948020538639235/ 

4 Gospel Truth

The annual Gospel Rising Music Festival returns to Ennis on Friday for a weekend which will see choirs performing in various venues. 

Leading Irish and international choristers will facilitate workshops in gospel music, performance and singing for choir and non-choir members. 

For those who can’t make it, a Sunday morning church service will be broadcast live on RTÉ Radio at 11am on Sunday. 

www.gospelrising.com 

5 Open Doors for Homeless

The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland and the Simon Communities have launched their annual Simon Open Door campaign where architects offer one hour consultations to the public for a donation of €70 — every cent of which goes directly to the Simon Communities.

Book a one-hour consultation for next Saturday or Sunday on www.simonopendoor.ie 


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