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We thought the rollercoaster — Ireland’s first — would be the highlight at Tayto Park.

But no. They’ve gone bigger and better with The Viking Voyage. The team at Tayto drafted in Viking experts from Sweden and gurus from Disney to create this new ride, open to the public since yesterday.

With 1.7 million litres of water, a Viking village, five replica Viking ships and 20 life-sized Vikings, families can expect to feel the splash on the latest addition to the theme park and zoo.

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Only just realised tomorrow is Father’s Day? Relax.

Here’s a cheap and cheerful option from Avoca — a €12.95 Mr Happy mug.

Better still, pop it on a tray with breakfast in bed — and you’ll set the right tone for the day ahead.

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The Big Shed has become one of the biggest drawing cards at Ballymaloe Litfest — and now it’s set to take centre stage again at the inaugural Ballymaloe Malt & Music Fest, which runs from Friday June 30 to Sunday, July 2. 

Headline acts include Little Green Cars and Jerry Fish. 

Beer aficionados can savour a selection from the many impressive artisan brewers raising the bar across Ireland by producing finelycrafted beers based on local ingredients.

There’ll even be a dedicated children’s area where kids aged 4-12 can join The Brickx Club (LEGO building) on the Saturday and Sunday from noon until 5pm. 

Tickets range from €10 for a Sunday ticket to €56 for an allweekend pass.

See www.ballymaloefestivals.ie 


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