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What To Do This Bank Holiday Weekend

Haven't you heard? Staying in is the new going out...

Hopefully, the weather won't be as dismal as it's leading us to believe, but if it is, we've compiled a list of the best things to do if it does rain cats and dogs. 

There's a certain energy in the air when the Friday of a bank holiday rolls around, no matter what the season. People start packing up their desks a little earlier than usual, making plans for Saturday morning brunch and scrolling through their dating apps looking for dinner dates. It can almost feel like it’s mandatory to 'do something' over the weekend.

And while this June bank holiday 2019 is jam-packed with festivals and events, the weather is encouraging you to stay in. 

In typical Irish fashion, this June bank holiday is set to be a wet one. A status yellow rainfall warning is in place for three counties until 3 pm today. Met Éireann says the warning - for Donegal, Galway and Mayo - will bring "spells of persistent rain" that "will give totals of 25 to 35mm in parts, mainly over high ground."

But that doesn't mean the rest of the country is safe. Predictions flag unsettled conditions nationwide over the bank holiday weekend.

While the idea of standing in a field in a poncho and wellies while the sky pours down you sounds appealing, the idea of staying in with Netflix and sheet mask is more attractive. So without further ado, here is an activity guide for the rainy bank holiday weekend. 

BINGE: What/If

Meet What/If, a time machine to simpler, cheesier eras of entertainment. What/If is so trash that's enjoyable. Two things can be true at the same time. In terms of plot, well that's a little harder to explain. Just know that Renee Zellweger plays a billionaire puppet master who puts two young newlyweds in an uncomfortable situation just to watch them squirm. However, if you're looking for a serious dramatic thriller, skip and never look back. But if you're looking for something to watch to just pass the time, press play. Available to stream now. 


Bank Holidays call for a deep dive into true crime and while we usually rely on Netflix for our fix, this edition in true crime is provided by the author, Ben Cummins. Having closely followed some of the most high-profile missing cases in Ireland, Missing examines the latest leads and developments in these unsolved cases, including Annie McCarrick, Mary Boyle, Jo Jo Dullard, and Fiona Pender – women who disappeared under eerie circumstances in the 1990s and whose bodies have never been found. Prepare to lose your weekend in the eerily close to home cases. Missing is available in bookstores nationwide, priced at €14.99.


Whether you're having it, not having it, wanting it or not wanting it, sex is on the agenda for this bank holiday weekend. The first podcast of its kind in Ireland, Private Education with Aisling Keenan is all about open communication and understanding sex in the hopes to lead to more acceptance. From open relationships to locating the 'G' spot, there's a lot to learn. Listen to what’s going on behind closed doors in a fun and often hilarious manner, with the aim to normalise the way we talk about sex. Private Education is available to download on all podcast streaming devices.


While it's become to the social norm to get up early on a Saturday morning, dress glam and go for brunch, we want old brunch back. We want to eat breakfast with an *actual* messy bun, in grubby clothes and preferably still in bed. This weekend, have brunch at home by baking these little rings of pure sugary goodness.

Whatever your plans, remember doing absolutely nothing is as much an act of self-care as eating right or going to the gym. 

Main image by Danielle Dolson

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