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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! Banish the back to school blues with an autumn festival that appeals 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 sunny September 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 Plan ahead for the perfect mid-term break 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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Don't spend rainy days cooped up inside. With plenty of indoor water parks and leisure centres across Ireland, there's no excuse to stay inside when the clouds roll in.

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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.



Animal magic in autumn

Summer might be over, but that doesn't mean the fun has to stop.

This autumn, plan a family outing at one of Ireland's great zoos or aquariums and get to know some new animal friends.


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