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The Battle of Clontarf Festival,  St. Anne's Park & Rose Gardens, Raheny, 19th and
20th April.
 Dublin City Council stages the largest Viking village and living history battle re-
enactment ever produced in Ireland. The Viking village will contain static and interactive
displays of Viking life and include demonstrations of Viking Skills and Crafts such as weapons
displays , storytelling,  Blacksmith, Leather working, Pole Lathe, Coin Striking, Silversmith,
Hnefatafl ( Viking Chess), Archery Display and Viking Long Boat, Falconry Displays, Mounted
Viking Displays.  
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The Irish National Stud Easter Break, 17th to 27th April.  During the Easter Holidays,
the Irish National Stud has free pony rides at the Kildare Yard (11.30am to 1pm and 2pm to
3.30pm), complimentary face painting and a new playground.  Enjoy a great family day out
amongst some of the most magnificent horses and sumptuous gardens to be found anywhere
in the world, including the Japanese Gardens and St Fiachra’s Garden.  There's also picnic
areas and a beautiful restaurant with home baking (the scones are a must!) and locally
sourced food.
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Mad Hatters Tea Party, Deerpark, Mount Merrion, Sunday April 20th, 1pm to 5pm.  Back
for its eight year in a row, The Mad Hatters Tea Party will be an Easter celebration of the of
the cute, the curious and downright unusual. A girl called Alice, ably assisted by a large White
Rabbit, a delightful Mad Hatter and other characters, invite you not be late for this very
important date.  All the tea party’s favourite ingredients will be there,  including the tea cup
ride, giant chess, croquet and the “Hatwalk” fashion show for your maddest hats.  Follow the
clues on the Easter trail and win an Easter treat for your Tea Party.  Bring a picnic if you like.
The Viking Big Dig and Viking House!, Dublinia, 12th to 27th April.  To celebrate the
1000 year anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf, Dublinia are hosting a Big Dig and a Viking
house in our courtyard.  At the Viking big dig, children will experience what it is like to be an
archaeologist and find Viking treasures dating back over 1000 years.  For the adults, there
will also be a full size reconstruction of a Viking house within the Dublinia courtyard.  
Warrior Shield craft workshops, The Ark, 22nd and 23rd April.  Jewellery designer and
papermaker Sabrina Meyns will work with you to design and craft your very own inventive and
unique mini-shields.  You will first sketch your design ideas, taking inspiration from the battle
shields that both Vikings and Irish warriors would have brought into battle.  
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Imaginosity, Sandyford, April.  Jungle Dave is back at Imaginosity for the third year running
and, as always, he's bringing a few furry and fierce creatures with him!  Dave's Jungle is a
menagerie of snakes, spiders, lizards, iguanas and more - and we're invited all those brave
children out there to come along and meet them.  The show will take place in the 9.30am and
11.30am session on Friday the
18th April.  Also in April is Captain Planet's Superhero Trail,
The Why of Water! and Wobblers and Toddlers every morning from 9.30 to 11.30.  
Easter Fun at The Ark: The 1014 Season, The Ark, Temple Bar, 19th April to 26th
 Featuring Ten14, a brand new music performance from trad music legends Moya
Brennan & Cormac De Barra as well as an action packed series of 1014-themed music, craft
and stage combat workshops.  
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DL Kid’s Easter Party, David Lloyd Riverview, Saturday April 19th, 1pm to 3pm, for
children 3-4 years & 5-11 years.  Come join us for a DL Kid’s Easter Party!  Easter egg hunts,
arts & crafts & lots of fun and games!    €10 per child for members and bring a friend  €20 for
non members (includes a healthy snack).  
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Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, Howth Village, 25th to 27th April.  Whatever way you like
your Dublin Bay Prawns - barbecued, whole, shelled, fried, skewered, marinated, sauced -
Howth's many award winning restaurants will serve your favourite prawn dishes in bite sized
portions at the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival  "Food Village".  During the day there is street
entertainment and a programme of walks, talks and seaside antics.   
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Epic Stage Combat Workshops, The Ark, 23rd and 24th April.  Ciaran O'Grady is an
expert in stage combat training and he will show you the tricks of the trade including slow
motion principles, play fighting and basic stage combat moves and methods.  Soon you'll be
able to make it look like you are fighting just like a battle hero of old!  
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Giro d'Italia Big Start, Dublin, 11th May 2014.  The Giro is now one of the world's largest
sporting events, with 12.5million live spectators along the route over the 3 weeks of the
event.  The Giro d'Italia's arrival in Dublin will be celebrated with a host of special events in the
run up to the arrival of over 200 of the world's top professional cyclists.  More details to follow.
Waterways Ireland Docklands Summer Festival,  Dublin Docklands, 17th and 18th
On water activates include a wakeboarding competition, charity rubber ducky race, tour
of naval vessel, water sport 'Come and Try It' sessions in sailing, kayaking, paddle-boarding,
windsurfing and a canal barge gathering.  On land activities include food market, corporate
golf challenge, street performers, balloon artists, face painters, fun fair attractions, open air
art gallery & children's arts centre.  
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