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Get ready This year, Waterford City celebrates 1100 years since its foundation by Vikings in 914 AD.

To mark this important birthday, Ireland's oldest city has prepared an exciting series of cultural activities and specials events.

Here are four to get you started.

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Come join the party! No matter where you are in Ireland this summer, you'll come across a festival that will appeal to you and your family.

We've handpicked four to get you started – from horse shows to music, there's plenty for everyone.

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Pack a picnic Make the most of the arrival of summer with an outing in the great outdoors.

With no shortage of perfect picnic spots, why not spread a rug for an al fresco feast?

Here are some suggestions to whet your appetite.

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Find the perfect break this month Celebrate the return of summer with a fun family holiday. Whether it's a trip to the seaside or a weekend in the city, you're sure to find the right special offer.

From B&Bs to self-catering options, make this break one that you'll remember.

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Make the most of the summer holidays with some great family fun. With plenty of indoor water parks and leisure centres across Ireland, there's no excuse to stay at home when the rain starts.

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Rainy day activities

Amble around an aquariumIt's full of water - but you won't get wet. Enjoy the national aquarium in Galway.

Go deep undergroundAilwee Caves and Birds of Prey Centre is a fantastic - and dry - family day out.

Jump in a bogMonsoon conditions are best for getting muddy at Causey Farm near Navan.

Check out the ArkAvoid the floods and get the whole family interacting with art, theatre and science.

Tame some scaly beastsSee and handle over 120 amazing snakes and lizards at Kilkenny's Reptile Village Zoo.

Get bowled overCavan's Astra Bowl has six full-length bowling lanes, pool tables, jukebox and cafe.

Potter about KinsaleWatch your budding artists blossom on the courses at Kinsale Pottery & Arts Centre.

Steam into ClareExperience train travel "1892 style" on the restored West Clare Railway.

Summer by the sea

Summer's here so it's time to dip into some family adventures on the Irish coastline.

Ireland’s beaches have the ingredients for a great holiday for all ages.

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