Something for the weekend...

1. Hop on Board 

The Rathwood Estate in Carlow is running its Easter Express train from today until Sunday April 16th. Aimed at the under 9s, the Easter Express train takes a journey through the animal farm and the Rathwood forest so the children can help the Easter Bunny on his secret mission. Each child gets bunny ears, an Easter egg and hot chocolate. It lasts one hour and costs €10 per child and €6 per adult. www.baby-and-child.com/easter or info@rathwood.com

2. Animal Advice

The Dublin Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is running a number of one day kids camps from Monday. The classes run on Monday and Tuesday of this week, and on Thursday April 20 and Friday April 21 from 9.30am to 4pm and are aimed at eight to 12 year olds. The cost per child is €35 and places need to be booked in advance. www.dspca.ie or phone 01 4994700 

3. Smelling of Roses 

Cystic Fibrosis Ireland is hosting its National Awareness Week from Monday and its flagship fundraising appeal, 65 Roses Day, will take place on Thursday. Volunteers will take to the streets and shopping centres selling Purple Roses with the aim of raising €100,000. Monies will go to fund the development of dedicated healthcare facilities, research, counselling and much-needed grant supports for people with cystic fibrosis in areas such as transplant assessment, fertility and bereavement. People can also text "65 Roses" to 50300 to donate €2 or donate online at www.65rosesday.ie 

4. Natural Beauty 

Health and lifestyle guru Roz Purcell will make an appearance at Boots on Half Moon Street in Cork on Wednesday from 4.30pm until 6pm for a Q&A session as part of the Imedeen #RevealYourReal campaign. The campaign encourages Irish women to celebrate their natural beauty by taking care of their skin from the inside-out to help boost their confidence and reveal their natural look. 

5. Gourmet Galway 

The 6th annual Galway Food Festival will take place over the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend from Thursday. This year the festival’s theme will celebrate the relationship between ‘Food and the Community’ through an innovative food programme with more than 100 events, focusing on Galway’s 21 st Century cultural identity. 

www.galwayfoodfestival.com

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