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Fun, fresh air and frolics are promised for the 2018 Mayo International Kite Festival taking place on Sunday 22nd July at Keel Beach, Achill Island. With spectacular sights of hundreds of colourful kites and free entertainment all day long, it’s the perfect way to spend a summer Sunday with family and friends. Don’t worry if you’ve never flown a kite – or if you can’t remember the last time you did – because there will be plenty of kiting experts on hand to get you off the ground! Take part in kite flying competitions such as highest kite, best design, most colourful or even best kite crash, and enjoy demonstrations from the pro kite fliers! With exciting games, kite making workshops, and buckets of enthusiasm you’re sure to have a great day at the Mayo International Kite Festival. Let’s go fly a kite! Brought to you by Mayo.ie, Mayo County Council and Pure Magic. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/Mayokitefest/

2018 International Champions Cup – Arsenal v Chelsea FC at AVIVA Stadium on Wednesday 1 August.

Liverpool FC will face Italian side Napoli in a pre-season friendly at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday August 4. The Reds are set to return to the venue for a second successive year after beating Athletic Club 3-1 in front of a sold-out crowd in their final warm-up match ahead of the current campaign. Prices range from €10 for children through to €125 for a family package (which includes two adults and two children).

One of the highlights of the Irish summer, the Dublin Horse Show effortlessly combines sport, style and socialising, as it has been doing for almost 150 years. Running from 8-12 August 2018, the Dublin Horse Show is regarded as one of the best equestrian shows in the world. It welcomes thousands of visitors from across Ireland and around the globe for a five day celebration of Ireland’s affinity with the horse. But superb horses are just one of the reasons to attend a Show that is also renowned for style, shopping and socialising. It’s also one for families too, with dedicated children’s entertainment and pony rides found around the grounds. Combined with the always outstanding RDS Craft Awards Exhibition, hundreds of browsing opportunities, a range of quality food offerings in restaurants, bars and cafes, live music, daily entertainment and an array of family fun in the Kids’ Zone, the Dublin Horse Show where summer memories are made. Set within the majestic 42-acre showgrounds of the RDS Ballsbridge, the Show offers a truly unique experience to all visitors.  For more information visit www.dublinhorseshow.com

The Affidea Rock ‘n’ Roll Dublin Half Marathon is a point to point course that starts in Dublin’s Docklands area, runs along the north side of the Liffey River, and passes all fan favorites! After crossing over Memorial Bridge, the route passes the famous Ha’Penny bridge, Christ Church Cathedral, Brazen Head Pub (Ireland’s oldest pub), James Joyce Museum, and the Guinness Brewery. Runners continue past the Royal Hospital and Kilmainham Gaol into Phoenix Park, one of the largest walled city parks in Europe. There the journey turns scenic as the route winds through the lush park, taking in the Wellington Monument, the Papal Cross, the President’s House (Áras an Uachtaráin) and the famous Dublin Zoo.

This is a unique 85km night time cycling tour in and around Dublin city, shining a light for those living with sight loss and raising vital funds for NCBI’s rehabilitation and children services. For people living with sight loss little things like better lighting or the application of brightly coloured markings can make life simpler and safer – things every cyclist knows. Will you be joining us for this special fun and light filled night? When: Friday 24th August 2018 Time: start at 8pm until late Where: Leaving from Cuala GAA Clubhouse, Hyde Park, Glenageary, Dublin Route: Dalkey to Howth and then Howth to Dalkey via outskirts of the city Distance: 85km full distance. There will be shorter distances and a relay option available – information TBC.

Sport Ireland, in conjunction with Cycling Ireland has teamed up with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Dublin City Council, Healthy Ireland and Fingal County Council for the Great Dublin Bike Ride, which will be held on the 23rd September in Dublin. It is a bike ride for all abilities novice to expert. 70km or 105km routes. This event will be a flagship event in Ireland for the European Week of Sport. On the 23 September 2018, up to 7,000 riders will set out from Merrion Square to take part in the Great Dublin Bike Ride. The event will offer a 70km route for those looking for a slightly less strenuous day in the saddle and a challenging 105km route for experienced riders. The event is not open to anyone under the age of 16. Your start pen will depend on your start number – BLUE (105k), GREEN (70k). All participants will set off from Merrion Square in waves as per your start number colour. More detailed information on waves and load in time procedures will be shared with all participants in advance of the event.

the Northern Ireland Open coming to Belfast Waterfront this November.