The last hurrah: Events to make the last beautiful weekend of summer extra special

The kids go back to school next week while we all get our routines in order for September. It's the new January after all, according to many. So from food festivals to Ironman awe, enjoy one last indulgent weekend this side of Autumn with these entertaining events.


On Saturday: Celebrate diversity at Ireland's festival of Nations

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It's free, it's showcasing exciting cultural activities, and there are over 50 organisations involved. Where else would you spend your Saturday afternoon?

Kicking off at 12 noon from Mountjoy Square Park in Dublin 1, this is the 4th year of the multicultural initiative which includes children's entertainment, music and dance performances, face-painting and information displays from Bollywood to Bolivia. It will culminate in the Parade of Nations, a colourful spectacular celebrating our global cultural integration.

The event is funding by the government of Ireland and supported by Dublin City Council's NEIC programme. Events will run until about 6 pm on Saturday evening and will include food stalls from favourites such as The Crepe Cart, Grizzly Grinders (steak sandwiches) and Bratwurst.

All weekend: More than a pinch of fun at The Dalkey Lobster Festival

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You don't have to like lobster to head towards the pretty coastal village of Dalkey in South Dublin this weekend. It is traditionally a weekend where the main street comes alive with music, outdoor tastings, bands and a fiesta vibe the locals are pretty proud of. Described as a fusion of local seafood with great musical performances, cooking demos and events for all the family, most of the activities are free.

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Things really get going in the evening time and while the weather looks pretty good for it this year, dodging the rain is half the fun. Keep an eye out for displays from the talented artist Jennifer Fitzgerald too. Expect Jazz, garlic crab claws and a whole lot of fun. Free entry and the Lobster Festival runs Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Sunday: Cheer on the champions at the Ironman event in DunLaoghaire

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It is the biggest ironman event in Ireland and it takes place this Sunday by the pier in Dun Laoghaire where weary endurance racers cross the finish line. It's an event that draws some of the world's premier athletes to Dublin Bay. The three-part race involves a 2km swim from Sandycove around Scotsman's Bay followed by a 90km cycle around the Wicklow Mountains via Roundwood and a 21km run that finishes at Dun Laoghaire Harbour.

The Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has listed some temporary road closures but diversions will be clearly signposted. The peak flow of runners is expected to come in between 11:30 and 2 pm. There is always a festival vibe so head down to show your support, grab a 99, and make those September resolutions inspired by these fitness folk.

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