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Whatever you're doing this weekend, make sure you have your transport sorted because it'll be HELL if you get caught out.

Dublin Bus has just released its October Bank Holiday arrangements and there's a few diversions in place.

According to the Dublin Bus website, "The Nitelink service will operate on Friday and Saturday night.  There will be no Nitelink service on Sunday night.

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"Please note, clocks go back one hour on Saturday night/Sunday morning. When getting a Nitelink they will depart as per their normal timetable i.e. as if the clocks have not changed.

"The SSE Airtricity Dublin City Marathon 2016 will take place Sunday 30th October. As a result there will be diversions in place from 7pm on Friday 28th October until 6pm Monday 31st October." You can view diversions here.

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And for Halloween, "a Sunday timetable will operate on all services on Monday 31st October."

If you need any more info, visit here. Enjoy your weekend!



There's some very bad news if you're planning on heading home on the train for the Bank Holiday next weekend.

Iarnród Éireann has said that SIPTU and NBRU train drivers will strike next Friday, October 23 and the following Friday, November 6, after talks between the unions and the Workplace Relations Commission fell apart.

The discussions ran into the early hours of this morning but still no agreements were made.

Iarnród Éireann said in a statement: "As a result, the threatened industrial action by drivers on Friday 23 October and Friday 6 November seems set to take place, and we apologise to customers for the disruption which would result."

"The industrial action by SIPTU and NBRU train drivers will see no train services (DART, Commuter or Intercity) operate between 06.00hrs and 09.00hrs on Friday 23 October and Friday 6 November, and the likelihood of significant disruption beyond these times due to the knock-on effect of this strike action."

So, it seems you might have to find alternative transport or stay put for the Bank Holiday!



After 1.2 million people cast their votes on May 23, same sex marriage became legal in Ireland.

It is no doubt a day that will go down in history, and now there's a proposal to mark the date in a way that will live on forever.

Yesterday it was suggested in the Dáil that Ireland should add another bank holiday to the calendar.

Sinn Féin TD Padraig MacLochlainn read a letter he had received from a man calling for May 23 to become a bank holiday in this country.

A part of the letter read: "In a hundred years, time the 23rd of May will be seen not Ireland's, but one of humanity's proudest moments because it was a day when equality conquered fear.

Perhaps May 23rd should become a bank holiday, and called be Equality Day? To remind future generations of the significance of not just our emancipation, but the equality of every citizen."

He also noted: Marriage is about one thing; love, and a lasting commitment to honour love. Nobody should ever be denied that opportunity."

Ireland became the first country that introduced legal same sex marriage by vote. Currently we have nine public holidays. This is one more than the United Kingdom, one less than the US (and nine fewer than India).



Bank holiday Monday traffic was disrupted in the capital today – when a giant Minion character was blown away from a funfair by strong winds.

The yellow creature ended up on the Old Santry Road – with bystanders and witnesses subsequently helping gardai to deflate it.

It is believed that the Minion was blown away from a local funfair in the Santry area at around 3pm this afternoon.

Numerous social media snaps show the 12metre-long attraction taking up much of the road, with motorists being forced to stop until it was deflated and cleared.

Thankfully, no one was injured when the Minion escaped. Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe highlighted in a statement that while "fairground events and festivals are really important in bringing foot fall to our city villages but even the smallest events have health and safety conditions.

"I have asked the Council to provide me with a report on the incident and for the operators of the fairground to be interviewed by council officials."

Understandably, however, online commentators have been delighting at the incident. 

The large Minion was spotted yesterday in situ at the funfair, seemingly unaware of his fate.

Tweeting from the @VCurrentAffairs handle, Veronica Walsh had posted an image of the popular character before the accident took place.




Everyone in this country loves a barbecue, what a pity then we don’t always get the weather. Still, a battered old disposable BBQ or seriously weathered-looking garden furniture hardly inspires you to throw your own al fresco soiree when the sun eventually does shine.

Still, with investing in pricey equipment seeming ill-advised considering we have no idea how summer 2015 will pan out, we reckon Aldi can solve a few outdoor entertainment dilemmas…

At €49.99, Aldi's dual burner gas BBQ is a bargain buy, and perfect, along with it's €1.79 tools and brushes, for a yummy dinner under the sun. 

The €99.99 drinks fridge holds approximately 48 litres and and has an adjustable shelf for various sized bottles. Fill it up with a range of your favourite beverages and be spoilt for choice. 

Aldi's variety of chairs includes the US lounge chairs for €19.99 which are available in beige, dark green, and dark blue.

The €19.99 plastic chairs can hold up to 110kg and are perfect for sitting up to the €39.99 aluminium folding table while on a camping trip with friends.   

To add a touch of colour to the table, the premium bamboo tableware range of salad bowls, fruit bowls, small bowls and oval trays are available in three colours and are €14.99, while the quirky glass drinking jars are €6.99 per pack. The drinking jars are available in four colours, and the milk bottles with straws and lids are available in three colours. 



It’s been a great weekend – but now you need damage control.

It’s time to treat your purse, and body the way it deserves after the weekend. Here’s how to survive the bank holiday crisis:

1. Plan out your finances
You spent a lot of money this weekend. Plan your meals, hit up Aldi and DO NOT attempt to stop off at the shop for Revels after work.

1253527972_money2. Leave your bank card at home!
You know exactly how much cash you need for college or work. Bring that and just that.

i_dont_understand_bus_lanes_why_do_poor_people_have_to_get_to_places_quicker_than_i_do_by_jeremy_clarkson3. Carry a litre bottle of water with you
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate and you’ll be back to your old self in no time!

k4. Fight off the fear!
Be mindful of your actions and you won’t have anything to fear! Simples!

lll2. “Spirits before beer or you’ll be on your ear.”
You’ll remember that next time, won’t you…

gg1. Down a pint of milk
If your weekend STILL isn’t over, drink some milk. ‘Twill do you the world of good.

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There’s lots of lovely sunshine forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend, so who wants to be stuck in a stuffy kitchen all day!

This yummy white chocolate and strawberry mousse is the perfect sunny day dessert to share….or not…with your favourite people!

What you’ll need:

  1. 750g strawberries
  2. 2 tbsp lemon juice
  3. 225g white chocolate, grated
  4. 7g powdered gelatine
  5. 450ml double cream
  6. 30g ice sugar

What you’ll need to do:  

  1. Place half of the strawberries into a blender and purée until smooth, then add the lemon juice to the bowl.
  2. Slice the remaining strawberries and add to the purée.
  3. Melt the grated chocolate slowly in a bowl over simmering water.
  4. In a small bowl, add the gelatine to about 50ml oz of water and leave to rest for five minutes.
  5. Place a quarter of the cream along with all the icing sugar into a pan and simmer until warm. Add the gelatine water and stir for five minutes over a low heat until dissolved.
  6. Pour the cream and gelatine mix into the melted chocolate and stir until smooth. Add the strawberry purée.
  7. Place the remaining cream into a bowl. Whip the cream until soft peaks form when the whisk is removed from the bowl. Gradually fold the cream into the chocolate and strawberry mix.
  8. Chill in fridge for three hours and serve.

With only three days left to the mini marathon, it is important you take it easy this weekend. Here are some great tips to keep you in tip-top condition before your race.

Go for a short run
Go for short runs. You don’t want to exert yourself too much, so that you are too tired and sore on the day of the race.

Stay hydrated
Even now it is important to stay hydrated. Avoid alcohol – yes, we know it’s a Bank Holiday – and drink plenty of water in the run up to the day and on the day.

Don’t overdo it
Take it easy. In a couple of days you’ll be running for at least an hour, maybe more, so use the weekend to relax and put your feet up.

Look over the route
Make sure you take the time to look over the route. Knowing where you’re going will take out any unwanted surprises.

Get your gear ready
Make sure you have everything ready – race number, leggings/ shorts, running top, sunscreen and anything else you might need.

Have fun!

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