By Genevieve Lyttle
Easter is one of the most beautiful times of year in Ireland.
Daylight is stretching, daffodils are blooming, and April blossoms are in the air. Best of all, of course, are the Easter holidays… a time of tradition, celebration and of course, shedloads of Easter family activities. Here’s my pick of the unique and wonderful events to choose from!
1. Easter traditions at the Ulster American Folk park, Co. Tyrone
From April 19 to the 21, Easter celebrations at the Ulster American Folk Park are in full swing. A traditional outdoor museum, the surroundings alone here are enough to amaze young and old. Visitors get to try their hand at traditional crafts like spinning, basket weaving or rope making. Activities for younger visitors include storytelling, feeding spring lamb and young chicks… and you’ll even get the chance to ‘Take your partner” for a spring-time hoe-down in the Pennsylvania Barn!
2. Join the Mad Hatters in Dun Laoghaire
The Mad Hatters Tea Party returns to Mount Merrion on Easter Sunday for the eighth year. A big celebration by a little girl called Alice and the White Rabbit is promised, so don’t be late for this very important date! In keeping with the Easter theme, you’ll also be invited to look for clues on the Easter Trial and of course no Mad Hatter’s party is complete with the chance to show-off your hat at the Hatwalk!
3. See the Poultry Races in Carlingford, Co Louth
Ever considered a weekend break in Carlingford? Famed for its picturesque scenery and friendly locals, Carlingford is chooca with Easter family activities this weekend. But this one is a little bit different… The town which gave us the National Leprechaun Hunt is keeping with its unique appeal in holding the 2014 Easter National Poultry Races – open to anything that lays an egg. The sane and insane are invited to watch chickens, roosters, ducks and geese race to the finish line on Easter Monday, April 21st.
3. Easter fun and games at Stokestown, Roscommon
In the idyllic six-acre walled garden at Strokestown Park, everyone is invited to enjoy an Easter Sunday packed with lots to do and see. Live puppet shows, bouncing castles, face painting and craft workshops are amongst the many exciting entertainment available here, but the highly talked about Easter Egg Hunt will be the sure crowd pleaser … €10 per child and €3 per adult.
5. Tickle your taste buds at Galway’s Easter weekend food festival
A good excuse is always welcome to visit Galway, so if you’re in need of one this Easter, the answer is simple: The Galway food festival. Taking place over Easter weekend, this festival sees over 100 restaurants, food outlets and food producers participating in food talks and debates; wine and beer tastings; food related crafts; lots of local produce and lots more. As always, Galway is sure to please!