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Airfield ‘Festival of Food’ in Dublin

Limerick WMOF family fun event

Limerick diocese launches its preparations for World Meeting of Families 2018 with a ‘Free Family Fun Afternoon’ in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick on Sunday, October 8.

This is a free event for families and all are welcome. It will begin with the celebration of Mass and finish in music and prayer. In between there will be food stalls, music and film, sports and family activities, information stalls and resources, as well as opportunities for prayer, contemplation and celebration together.

Full details will be sent to parishes in September or see to be kept up to date.


Airfield ‘Festival of Food’ in Dublin: Airfield Estate in Dundrum is Dublin’s only 38 acre working farm that is open to the public. It is hosting a ‘Festival of Food’ over this weekend, September 9-10.

Over the two-day festival, you’ll get to engage with local food producers and enjoy the very best of Irish food and drink over a weekend packed with fun activities for all the family all based around the theme Food Literacy: Unearthing the Knowledge Gap. The festival is open from 9.30am-5pm (last admission 4pm) and entry is free. Fun activities for all the family include kids craft hub, games, foraging walks and face painting.


Conversations about fighting cancer

From coffee mornings to quiz nights, expert advice to patient stories, communities throughout Ireland are being encouraged to get involved in Cancer Week Ireland 2017, which takes place from Monday, September 25 to Sunday, October 1.

Initiated by the Irish Cancer Society and Trinity College Dublin, Cancer Week Ireland wants to start a national conversation about cancer. It is about getting everyone engaged in the issue of cancer and how we can prevent it, spot it earlier, improve treatment, and survive and thrive afterwards. 

Cancer Week Ireland aims to inspire communities and organisations, large and small, to host an event and be part of the conversation. A dedicated website – – has been set up to allow everyone to upload and promote their event to a wide audience. 

Whether you’re a medical professional, a cancer patient or survivor, or a member of the public, organisers want you to get involved.

Now in its fourth year, among the free events already planned for 2017 are: the annual National Conference for Cancer Survivorship organised by the Irish Cancer Society, (September 29-30, Aviva Stadium, Dublin); and the public symposium, ‘Cancer Research Frontiers’, hosted by Trinity College Dublin (Friday, September 29, Trinity Biomedical Science Institute).