Fancy something different this weekend? Sick of watching the Late Late and X Factor? Take a look at our top five things to do this weekend, all sourced from the helpful Discover Ireland website:
Upperchurch Walking Weekend – Thurles, Tipperary
Between 11 - 13 November, the Upperchurch Walking Weekend will boast a wide variety of scenic walks to suit all levels of ability, along with associated events such as traditional music, set dancing, history lecture, climbing wall, race night and more. Upperchurch is a traditional rural village which has held on to its rural character. Walkers can enjoy ten different walks from seven to twenty kilometers through scenic uplands over farmland, road and forestry road. There are three National Loop walks and a number of special one-off walks over new routes. All walks are guided by experienced leaders and sweepers. Check it out here.
Westport Sea 2 Summit – Westport, Mayo
Ready for a challenge? Today, over 1,800 athletes will take the ultimate challenge of Westport Sea2Summit, one of Ireland's largest adventure races. The gruelling course will take competitors through an intense journey of road running, mountain cycling and the challenging uphill run to the summit of Croagh Patrick and finishing with a sea dash before ending up in the middle of Westport town. Go check it out and support the athletes; you can find more information here.
The Ennis Trad Festival – Ennis, Clare
Between the 10th and 14th of November, the Ennis Trad Festival celebrates the traditional Irish music in County Clare - an area recognised worldwide as an Irish Music hub. The festival provides a platform for local, national and international musicians to reconnect on an annual basis. Run 'by musicians for musicians', the trad festival provides over 100 free events. Check it out here.
Wild&Slow 2016 – Aughrim, Wicklow
On the 12th and 13th November, Slow Food Ireland presents Wild&Slow 2016, a unique festival that celebrates everything that is good about Irish food: fresh, local, traditional and wild. It's a yearlong event culminating in November, when the eyes of the nation will once again be on Wicklow as Ireland's sixth Wild Food Harvest Festival takes place in Brook Lodge & Macreddin Village. Check it out here.
Guinness Series 2016: Ireland v Canada – Aviva Stadium, Dublin
On Saturday 12th November, Canada will face-off against Ireland in the opening test of the 2016 Guinness Series. The last time the two sides met was in the opening game of Pool D at the Rugby World Cup 2015 which saw Ireland beat the Canadians with a seven-try victory. One year on, Canada practice an exciting and skilful brand of rugby and are eager to come to Dublin’s Aviva Stadium for the first time to take on the Boys in Green in 2016. Read more here.