Five of the scorching things that happened last weekend

by Nick Fitzgerald
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The hot weather has kicked in and Dubliners are making good use of shorts and sun glasses while they still can. Temperatures are set to reach 26 to 27 degrees this week, making Ireland hotter than Lanzarote.

The Gazette looks back at events which happened over last weekend:

Saturday saw the canal and The Barge at Portobello overrun with crowds and their “bags of cans“. A hint of sun and the Irish are out and about, flocking to parks, the city centre, beaches, you name it.

Once the sun hit, people of all ages swarmed to the canal at Portobello in what looked more like a music festival than a sun filled gathering. Bags of cans were everywhere and ques of people filled The Barge. The craic also included one man walking on a tight rope across the water, naked!

Hell and Back also made the events of last weekend with it’s 7km and 12km obstacle courses. Described as “Ireland’s Toughest Mental & Physical Endurance Challenge”, people from all over Ireland tested out their limits with the scorching sun shining down.

Killruddery Estate, Bray, Co Wicklow was transformed into an adventure styled rigorous challenge ground by using the elements of nature against participants.

The Dublin Pride Festival kicked off on June 16th and runs till June 24th. GCN, Ireland’s national LGBT magazine had its relaunch party in Pantibar on Friday to celebrate diversity and drink to their massive redesign of the magazine and website as they celebrate almost thirty years in business.

A Good Mood Festival on Saturday was hosted by Dublin Lesbian Line, in association with Outhouse, put together an assortment of wellness workshops and talks to boost participants mental health.

Robbie Williams played to his sold out concert of 50,000 people at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday to much excitement from Dubliners.

The night included a tribute to Joe Dolan, performing a cover of Good Looking Woman and also singing a cover of Freedom 90, dedicated to George Michael.

Perhaps the highlight of the performance was Robbie Williams bringing his Dad up on stage to do a duet of Sweet Caroline, to which the crowds erupted with cheers.

Concluding National Bike Week, St. Judes GAA Club hosted a family fun day in Tymon Park from 2pm-7pm on Sunday, June 18th. The designated track began on the Wellington Road side of the park and continued into the heart of Tymon.

Free refreshments and snacks for children and parents were provided on the day.



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