1. A Free Bus to the Burren

Not only is the national park free to visit, the National Parks and Wildlife Service has a free bus running from the Information Point in Corofin until August 29. The hop-on-hop-off service runs from 10.15am to 6pm seven days a week.

Details: www.burrennationalpark.ie



2. Cruinniú na mBád, Kinvara

Taking place since 1979, the event hosts everything from Hooker races in Galway Bay to guided walks, trad sessions and face-painting in a family-friendly programme that includes the Dublin City Ramblers.

Details: www.cuinniunambad.com ; August 8-10.



3. Templemore Park Fairy Trail

Some of the trees are 250 years old, but they’re mere babas compared to the folklore. The little doors, houses and messages hidden in the forest are a delight….!

Details: www.templemoreparkfairytrail.com



4. Wexford Maritime Festival

The sunny southeast is in its prime right now, so why not make a day of it during this seaside festival? Science workshops, arts and Viking activities, an air and sea rescue demonstration and a new kids’ boat stage named for the USS Alliance are all on this year’s programme.

Details: visitwexford.ie; to June 29.



5. Great Western Greenway, Co Mayo

This 42km, off-road cycling trail is one of the most inspired pieces of Irish tourist infrastructure so far this century. Linking Westport to Achill along the course of a former railway line, the scenery along the western stretches is especially mind-blowing. Bike hire is available if required.

Details: greenway.ie.


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6. The Copper Coast, Waterford

The Wild Atlantic Way may be hogging the headlines, but the coastline between Tramore and Dungarvan is a short strip of sea stacks, mining husks, hidden beaches and postcard- pretty villages that rivals the Algarve. There’s an amazing play park in Fenor too… a contender for the best in Munster.

Details: coppercoastgeopark.com



7. Coole Park, Co Galway

Lady Gregory’s house may be long gone, but plenty remains of her country estate, including the famous Autograph Tree into which Yeats, Shaw and others etched their initials. There’s a 2km family trail, too.

Details: coolepark.ie.


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8. The Vinegar Hill Battle Re-enactment, Wexford

This August Bank Holiday weekend, Enniscorthy hosts Ireland’s largest battle re-enactment. Watch the pros recreate the events of 1798, or sign up to take part as a redcoat or pikeman…

Details: visitwexford.com; August 2-3



9. Battle of Giants at Lough Boora, Co Offaly

Lough Boora Discovery Park recreates the battle of Fionn Mac Cumhaill and Angus on August 24, with additional Kids Zone, zorbing and a climbing wall for good measure. Nature and bike trails are free too.

Details: loughbooraparklands.com


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10. The Donkey Sanctuary, Co Cork

As well as meeting the animals and educating themselves about the plight of neglected and mistreated donkeys, visitors can enjoy farm walks and picnic throughout the estate.

Details: thedonkeysanctuary.ie.






  • Prebudget submission highlights VAT anomaly. 
  • Outdated 1972 VAT legislation must be updated.  


ISWA, 1ST July 2015 ISWA, the Irish School Wear Association, at the launch of their Pre-Budget Submission 2016, has called on the Minister for Finance to reduce the VAT on all school uniforms to 0%, to assist hard-pressed parents. Irish tax law has not kept up to date with the increase in children’s sizes in the last 43 years. The Association drew attention to the fact that uniforms for many young people, some even in primary school, are being hit with a 23% VAT rate, because of size.

Speaking on behalf of the Association, Karen Grant said, “It is clear that the measurement restrictions in place for the zero percent rate do not adequately cover today’s school children. The zero rate should be expanded to ensure that all school uniform items, for school going children of any age and size, are not subject to VAT. This is the fairest way to assist parents to meet the costs of sending children to school”.

The ISWA firmly believes that parents should not have to incur any more expense than is absolutely necessary when sending their children to school. It is a medical fact that children are larger, taller and heavier now than they were when VAT rates were introduced in 1972. The VAT regime is unfair and disadvantages parents of bigger children, mainly because the tax law has not kept up to date with the increase in children’s sizes in the last 43 years.

“The main issue for many parents in these days of austerity is the cost of living and adding 23% tax to the cost of a school uniform, due to ‘lazy legislation’, must be stopped. We are calling on the Government to change the VAT so that all school uniforms, of whatever size, be zero rated for VAT purposes”, she concluded.




For further information contact: 

Karen Grant Mark Fielding                                                        

Irish School Wear Association ISME                                              

Tel:   01 6622755                                            

Cell:  087 2226423  Cell:  087 2519675 



The Schoolwear Center

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