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Ireland’s roads provide a great opportunity to see the country in all its glory, particularly during the summer months. This bank holiday weekend take a road trip with family or friends and explore all that the Irish landscape has to offer.

The car-buying experts at Carzone have put together a list of the best scenic driving routes which are perfect for this time of the year. Use this list as road trip inspiration and hop in the car and take a spin over the long weekend. 

The Sally Gap – Wicklow

The Wicklow mountains are home to the Sally Gap, perfect for a family drive. The drive features some incredible landscapes, lakes and mountain scenery. The route is close to Dublin so perfect for those who don’t want to travel far from the city, simply take the R759 east across the mountains and head north on the R115 to complete the drive.

This drive brings you past some of Wicklow’s most famous land marks like the stunning Powerscourt Waterfall, House and Gardens. You’ll also find the Great Sugar Loaf along the way, providing a great excuse to get out of the car and stretch your legs. The climb to the top of the Sugar Loaf is suitable for everyone and provides 360-degree view of the Dublin mountains and Dublin city.

Our recommended car for this drive is the BMW 8 Series

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Galway to Westport via Clifden

Head west on the Wild Atlantic Way and enjoy a road trip along the rugged west coast. Starting in Galway, you’ll make your way north-west winding through the stunning Twelve Bens to the picturesque town of Clifden where you’ll find plenty of great restaurants, pubs and shops. From Clifden head north to County Mayo to Doo Lough Valley which  has some breath-taking views along the route between Delphi and Louisburgh. Those interested in history should stop at the Doo Lough Famine Memorial. Continue your journey on to the lively town of Westport, a vibrant, colourful place with endless things to see and do.

Our recommended cars for this drive are the Opel Grandland X / Volkswagen T-Roc

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Ring of Cork

If you want to unveil a hidden gem this Bank Holiday forget the Ring of Kerry, try out the Ring of Cork.

This drive takes you through the spectacular coastal views and stunning landscapes of County Cork. It travels along rural roads which connect at various stages to national routes and its advised to allow plenty of time to take in the scenery. The towns of Cobh, Midleton and Youghal are also located along the route and are the perfect for a stop along the way.

Experience all East Cork offers, as you travel through Killeagh and Castlemartyr, down to the delightful seaside towns of Shanagarry and Ballycottton. From there, you can follow the coastal roads along to Cobh, Crosshaven, Carrigaline and Cork Harbour. The final leg of the journey will take you to Watergrasshill and through the serene riverside drive from Glanmire and Little Island on to Carrigtohill and Midleton.

Our recommended cars for this drive are the Audi A6 / Opel Insignia

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The Mourne Mountains

This landscape around The Mourne Mountains is simply breath-taking and provides spectacular coastline views for a perfect weekend road trip. Take in the beauty of the coastline and its quaint towns and villages by simply following the brown-signed Mourne Coastal Route, which runs between Belfast and Newry. Drive to St John’s Lighthouse and to take in impressive sights across Dundrum Bay towards the Mournes. A must see is the Slieve Gullion Forest Park which offers stunning views of the surrounding volcanic landscape.

Our recommended cars for this drive are the Hyundai Tucson / Kia Sportage / Nissan Qashqai

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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We’ve been counting down the days all week long, but the bank holiday weekend is finally here.

It’s time to sit back, relax and enjoy some late night Netflix marathons with none of the guilt.

You don’t have to rise and shine for work come Monday morning, so might as well make the most of it.

Netflix has us spoilt for choice and we’re kicking off with the top picks of films.

Pride & Prejudice has been added today.

The beloved Jane Austen novel comes to life via the award-winning actress Keira Knightley who depicts the character, Elizabeth Bennet.

This cult classic will have you longing for your very own Mr Darcy, who is played by Matthew MacFadyen. Get the popcorn on, crack into the wine and get the girls around to watch the sparks and chemistry fly between the two characters.

If action and a thriller are what you’re seeking this August bank holiday, look no further than Matt Damon who takes on the role of Jason Bourne.

Jason is the ultimate deadly weapon as the CIA are determined to track down him down 10 years after he left training with the agency.

As the search gets underway, Jason soon finds himself back at the heart of the action battling a sinister network that utilises terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.

We all need a laugh after a long week of work so get ready to enjoy Hot Fuzz, which is available today.

The funny and entertaining movie has been created from the brilliant minds of the creators of Shaun of the Dead.

A reassigned big city cop is about to take on small town living and things take an unusual turn of events.

 Which goes to show that looks can be very deceiving.  

Meanwhile, Netflix has released more of their own originals for us to obsess over.

 Marching Orders follows Bethune-Cookman University Marching Wildcats as they fight to keep their spots on the field, memorise routines, balance their academic careers, and maintain their social lives.

On Children is a brand new addition to the streaming service reveals a world where individuals face the tragic consequences of social pressure, parental oppression, and family dysfunction.

 

Dive into a childhood classic and reminisce with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

In pre-WW1 England, a widowed inventor throws himself into transforming a worn out racing car.

However, the car develops the amazing ability to fly and float on water. The inventor has plans to take his children and girlfriend on a beautiful adventure, but a prince has other ideas. The royal attempts to steal the fantastic automobile which leads the gang into a whole new world.

Have a fantastic long weekend. 

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The long weekend is just around the corner and with so many amazing events due to take place around Dublin, staying in is not an option – (that is if you're not too busy devouring copious amounts of chocolate, of course). 

From Whitney sing-alongs to mass pillow fights, here's our top five picks.

1. Beauty and the Beast Drive-In, March 31, Leopardstown

Retro Drive-in Movies are bringing the Disney magic this weekend, with a special screening of the iconic Beauty and the Beast. 

Grab the girls, load up the car and prepare for the sing-a-long of your lives! 

There'll be burgers, hot digs, pizza and popcorn available on site 

Limited tickets are available here

2. Whitney vs Mariah Easter Sunday Special, April 1, MVP Dublin 8 

Reckon you could give the queens of pop a run for their money? 

The Sing Along Social is a zero-commitment choir designed for people who can't sing.

You don't have to practice, or even need to know the words. It's about singing along to your favourite tunes in the company of friends and strangers. 

Doors at 7.30pm sharp and tickets are €9.00 online or €10.00 on the night. 

3. North Side vs South Side Pillow Fight, April 1, Phoenix Park 

It looks like the old rivalry is alive and well, as Dubliners from both sides of the Liffey meet for a massive pillow fight at 3pm in Phoenix Park.

Oh, the organisers have also planned a 'Grushie' afterwards – which, from my understanding is some kind of old tradition that involves throwing small coins on the ground for children to collect.

Sure, what else would you be doing on Easter Sunday?  

4. Ted Fest Dublin, The Church Bar & Restaurant, Dublin 1  

Is there anything to be said for saying another Ted Fest?

Awakening your inner Mrs. Doyle and celebrate the Easter weekend with a lovely cup of tea down at The Church Bar & Restaurant. 

Guest are invited to dawn their holiest attire and participate in a world record attempt for the Largest Gathering of Characters from Father Ted. 

There'll also be an interactive big screen quiz, Funland photo opportunities, drink special and prizes for the best dressed and best quiz team name. 

Tickets are €45.00 for a table of four and are available here

Go on, go on, go on, go on! 

5.Red Bull Music FREE GAFF

Did I hear someone say free gaff? 

From cheeky cans to late night jams, there are few things in life more enjoyable than a humble house party. 

Taking over a city-centre gaff for one spectacular weekend, FREE GAFF brings together Ireland's best musical talent all under one roof.

For more information, click here

 

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The bank holiday weekend is finally upon us, so it's time to hit the town. 

And, you can't even use the "I've nothing to wear" excuse not to head out, because we've put together a selection of gorge style pieces that are available in store right now, so hop on that bus to town and do some last minute shopping.

Left to right: River Island dress €37.00

River Island gingham top €35.00

River Island 3D floral skirt €65.00

River Island heels €80.00

Left to right: H&M earrings €9.99

H&M white ruffled top €22.99

H&M black crop top €12.99

H&M skirt €49.99

Left to right: Zara embroidered dress €39.95

Zara ruffled skort €39.95

Zara black mesh dress €49.95

Zara lace bralette €12.95

Left to right: Bershka denim and tulle jacket €89.99

Bershka heels €39.99

Bershka lace playsuit €35.99

Bershka ruffled dress €27.99

Left to right: Topshop marabou feather jacket €210.00

Topshop embroidered top €36.00

Topshop skirt €52.00

Topshop button-down dress €52.00

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So, you're not heading to Forbidden Fruit this weekend? 

Not to worry, there are tonnes of great events taking place across the capital this Bank Holiday weekend that are sure to keep you occupied.

From boat races to photography workshops, here's our top pick. 

Dublin Port Riverfest

This June Bank Holiday, Saturday June 3 – Monday June 5, North Wall Quay will play host to the Dublin Port Riverfest.

The schedule is jam packed with exciting water displays and entertainment, including, international Tall Ships, Jet Pack displays, sailing races and much more.

But don't worry, it's not all on the water. Land activities play a huge part in the festival, with Zip Lines and Rock Climbing available to keep everyone entertained.

As well as that, Irish Village Markets will deliver an open-air food and craft market, supplying a diverse range of international street food.

The Dublin Port Riverfest opens from 12:00pm – 6:00pm daily this Bank Holiday weekend. 

Retro Drive-In Movies at Dublin Port

Retro Drive-In Movies are coming to Dublin and they're bringing the world's biggest movies with them.

Watch some of your favourite films from the comfort of your own car while sampling some of the amazing outdoor catering on offer – including Ireland's biggest BBQ trailer, Flamin Good BBQ.

Retro Drive-In Movies takes place at Dublin Port this Sunday June 4.

Tickets are still available for the screenings Finding Nemo and Back to the Future and are available here.

Oh and you can even bring your dog, ''once they behave themselves.''

Fashion Photography class with Holly McGlynn

The three hour practical workshop, led by award winning photographer, Holly McGlynn, will teach you how to take stunning fashion photographs with any camera and in any location.

The award winning photographer will show the class that concept, ideas, framing and lighting are more more important than the camera used.

Students will be able shoot their own photographs and discuss their work with Holly and the rest of the class.

The workshop is held in the Gallery of Photography LightRoom, which is located on the top floor of our building in Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Students should bring their digital camera or camera phone as well as any accessories or items of clothing they would like to photograph.

To book or for further information please call Darragh on 01­ 6714654 or email galleryofphotography.ie.

VHI Women's Mini Marathon

Although it's too late to register (never mind train) for the race, you can still show your support by getting out and cheering the participants on.

The 10 kilometre race kicks off at Fitzwilliam Street Upper, Dublin 2 at 2.00pm on Monday June 5 and will finish on Baggot Street Upper. 

Whether the ladies run, jog or walk, it's all for a great cause and they deserve all the support they can get. 

 

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Nothing to do this weekend? 

Never fear, there are more than a few amazing events happening in Dublin over the bank holiday. 

Whetehr tou want to bop away at a music festival or take in some of the city's culture, these events have you covered. 

1. Bulmers Forbidden Fruit Festival

In case you have been living under an sound insulated rock, Forbidden Fruit is kicking off this bank holiday weekend. 

Tickets have been flying out the door, after the festival revealed that the likes of Bon Iver, Flying Lotus and Lisa Hannigan are all set to star on the main stage, BUT there are still three-day weekend tickets and 2-day weekend tickets and single tickets available. 

Mura Masa, Bonzai, 67, Icarus and Denis Sultaonzai have also been confirmed to play at the event in the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.

2. Ranelagh Gin Festival

If you're feeling like a G&T this weekend, you can head to the second rendition of Ranelagh Gin Festival

Hosted by The Hill pub, there are a number of delicious concoctions to try. 

You can check out the event details here, and we'll see you there, vat of gin in hand. 

 

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3. Bloom 2017

Bloom Festival, sponsored by Bord na Móna Growise, is blossoming in Dublin this weekend, and there is plenty to see alongside the gorgeous plant life in Phoenix Park.

There will be plenty of food, craft and plant stalls, and with the weather set to remain nice over the weekend, it's the perfect way to spend the bank holiday. 

Ideal for a family day out or the perfect post-brunch excursion. 

 

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Oh summer, we hardly knew you and now you’re going and leaving us again. This weekend will be the last bank holiday of summer 2015 and we were very excited about it.

However, Met Eireann have essentially destroyed any tiny glimmers of hope we may have had for one final impromptu at home beer garden. We’re very sorry to tell you this, but it just doesn’t seem to be happening.

Honestly, we’re trying to look on the bright side but it’s difficult with all that mist getting in our eyes.

You might want to have a look at this break down before you get out the camping gear.

Friday

Finally! Can you not just taste the freedom? You might consider indoor activities before you go all out and get the wash, colour, cut and blow-dry treatment on your lunch break:

“Staying cloudy in the east with patchy rain and drizzle, most of which will occur later in the day.”

Moving swiftly on then.

Saturday

“Showers for Ulster and west Connacht, some of which may turn heavy. A couple of showers may make their way across the midlands and into the Greater Dublin Region later in the afternoon.”

Sounds pretty decent, just make sure to keep your umbrella in easy reach.

Sunday

Oh but wait Just as we got our hopes up, along comes the Sunday forecast to annihilate the summer vibes.

“A dull, wet day with widespread rain, persistent and heavy at times. Rather windy too, especially later. Highest temperatures of just 13 to 16 degrees, coolest over Ulster. Southeast winds will gradually increase fresh to strong and gusty.”

Ah yes, because “rather windy” and “strong and gusty” are exactly the conditions we want when we’re on the beach. Look, you can try and make it as scenic or romantic and whimsical as you want, but rain on the west coast is not exactly rom-com wonderful.

It’s a bit less this:

And more like this:

Monday

Just to really run it in for us on our day off. 

“Damp to begin with patchy outbreaks of rain… Showers will move into the south of Munster at times though, with rain arriving into west and southwest counties towards evening.”

Oh come on!

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When it came to weather, the June Bank Holiday definitely did NOT deliver.

Staying in because of rain can be fairly frustrating when you know it really should be summer weather by now. So, why not busy yourself with some baking (procrasti-baking in this case) and whip up some delicious deserts for you to snack away on during tonight's Netflix marathon?

We have two delicious strawberry based recipes that, combined with Avonmore’s new Summer Whipped Cream, will bring sunshine into your kitchen and make you forget about what is actually going on outside your window.

1. Strawberry Shortcakes with Summer Whipped Cream

Ingredients

For the shortcake you will need

  • 325g plain flour
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 5 tbsp. caster sugar
  • 125g unsalted butter (frozen)
  • 1 large egg (beaten)
  • 125ml Avonmore Fresh Cream
  • 1 large egg white (lightly beaten)

For the filling you will need:

  • Approx. 300g strawberries
  • 1 tbsp. caster sugar
  • Avonmore Summer Whipped Cream

Method

  1. Mix the flour, salt, baking powder, and 3 tbsps. of the sugar in a bowl. Grate the butter into these dry ingredients and use your fingertips to finish crumbling the butter into the flour.
  2. Whisk the egg into the fresh cream, and pour into the flour mixture a little at a time, using a fork to mix.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and roll gently to a thickness of about 2cm. Dip a 6 ½ cm round cutter in flour and cut out as many rounds as you can. Work the scraps back into a dough, re-roll and finish cutting out.
  4. Place the shortcakes about 2 ½ cm apart on a greased or lined baking sheet, brush the tops with the egg white, and sprinkle them with the remaining 2 tbsps. of caster sugar.
  5. Bake for 10-15 minutes, until golden-brown, and let them cool for a short while on a wire rack.
  6. Meanwhile, crush half the strawberries with the spoonful of sugar, and halve or quarter the remaining strawberries, depending on their size.
  7. The shortcakes should be eaten while still warm, so split each one across the middle and cover with a spoonful of the crushed strawberry mixture, a few halved or quartered strawberries, and then dollop on plenty of the Avonmore Summer Whipped Cream.

 

2. Knickerbocker Glory

Ingredients

  • Your favourite ice cream.
  • Strawberry jelly
  • Peaches, strawberries and raspberries – halved
  • Avonmore Summer Whipped Cream
  • Wafers
  • 10g Avonmore Butter
  • 50g brown sugar

Method

  1. Fry the peaches for one minute in the butter and sugar to make a coulis.
  2. Layer all ingredients into a tall glass.
  3. Pour the peach coulis over the sundae to finish.
  4. Add a wafer to decorate. 
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