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Get ready for an action-packed Easter weekend This Easter, create some memories with an outing or three, from racing festivals to walking.

There's more to Easter than chocolate eggs, and to prove it, here are some of our suggestions for making the most of the weekend.

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One thousand years since the Battle of Clontarf A jam-packed programme of events awaits, as the life of Brian Ború and the Battle of Clontarf is celebrated with a range of festivals taking place this year.

See counties Clare, Tipperary, Dublin and Armagh come to life in honour of Brian Ború.

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Gear up for the cycling event of the year The epic spectacle of Giro d’Italia 2014 arrives in Ireland on May 11.

See 22 teams of the world’s elite cyclists battle it out for the pink jersey en route from Armagh to Dublin.

Three race days will take place in Ireland with a spectacular finish in Dublin city centre.

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Celebrate Limerick's reign as City of Culture This is the year that sees Limerick cement its well-deserved reputation as a top cultural destination.

From music to exhibitions, theatre to film, join Limerick as it celebrates its year as National City of Culture 2014.

Limerick City of Culture

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With spring in full swing, it's time to start making plans for an action packed season. This weekend we celebrate Easter, and with a host of great food festivals, music and walking events taking place over the rest of the month, there's no excuse for not getting out and about.

Celebrate the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Clontarf with a programme of events revolving around legendary Irish hero Brian Ború, or head to Limerick to be part of its year as National City of Culture.

Why not use our resources to make it a spring to remember and squeeze every drop of fun out of the season?

Have a flutter this Easter

Horse racing

Wager on unbeatable family action this Easter at Cork Racecourse in Mallow. Off the track Mum and Dad can enter the Best Dressed Lady and Gent Competition, while the kids are entertained by jugglers, acrobats and bouncing castles.

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Whet your taste buds this Easter

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The third Galway Food Festival will celebrate Galway's reputation as a good food destination with a great programme of food trails, food talks, open air food markets, food tours and family-friendly events.

Galway Food Festival

10 things to do

Get in the mood for EasterLearn the art of seed bombing and hunting eggs at Airfield farm and gardens, Dundrum

Go to the races in MeathPlace a bet on a great day out with friends at Fairyhouse Easter Festival in Ratoath

Go walking in MayoGet in your stride at the Westport Easter Walking Festival in Mayo on 18 April

Pamper yourself at a spaPamper yourself this Easter on a luxury break at one of Ireland's top spa hotels

Picnic in LeitrimDine al fresco at stately, 17th century Parkes Castle on the shores of Lough Gill

Hunt for eggs in WexfordJoin the Easter treasure hunt at Wells House and Garden near Gorey, Wexford

Surf some waves in BundoranHead for Bundoran, Ireland's surfing coast, to chase waves and enjoy the night life

Whet your appetite in ClareFollow the Burren Food Trail, bursting with delicious restaurants and food producers

See the sights of ConnemaraTake a drive through the 15km Sky Road in Clifden, with panoramic views of the bay

Make some chocolate in CarlowPersonalise your own easter eggs at the Chocolate Garden of Ireland in Tullow

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