Something for the weekend...

1. Gardens Galore
Mallow Home and Garden Festival at Cork Racecourse takes place this weekend from 11am to 6pm. 

At the heart of the festival is a unique collection of permanently maintained, mature gardens, each of which is created and developed by an Irish designer and tended throughout the year by a team of expert gardeners. 

Exhibitors will demonstrate floral arrangements, garden equipment, furniture, plants, and shrubs. 

There are also pet shows and a food market.

2. Making Music

For competitors, trad lovers, families, foodies and outdoor enthusiasts, the Kilfinane Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh which kicks on Wednesday until June 5 has something for everyone. 

A top line-up of musicians are booked for free music seisiúns and a Cheile Mór will take place on Saturday night with All-Ireland set dancing winners. Sunday will have street trad entertainment and plenty of seisiúns. 

3. Bloomin’ Marvellous

Show gardens, food courts, fashion shows, demos and family fun are just some of the things we can expect from Bloom 2017, as the country’s premiere garden event opens on Thursday and runs until June 5. 

Themes for this year’s showgardens include “fake news”, dog-friendly gardens and our farming and food production heritage. 

Tickets from €20 and children go free. 

4. Shear Magic

More than 100 sheep shearers including the current world record holder are set to compete at the Kepak All Ireland Sheep Shearing & Wool Handling Championships across two days in Kiltoom, Co Roscommon this June bank holiday weekend. 

Taking place on the grounds of St Brigid’s GAA Club, events include blade and wool handling events, Queen of the Shears, sheep dog trials, children’s activities and live music. 

Tickets are €15. 

5. The Last Laugh

The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival is back, bigger and better than ever with stand-up legends such as Dara O’Briain, Tommy Tiernan, Adam Hills, Kevin Bridges, David O’Doherty, Al Porter, Aisling Bea, and Jason Byrne all taking part. 


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