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THE Dublin Horse Show is Back There’s something for everyone at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show, taking place from Wednesday 6th – Sunday 10th of August 2014. From Live Music and Entertainment, award winning Crafts and Art Exhibitions, Children’s Entertainment, Fashion, Shopping Village with 300 stands, Restaurants, Bars and Snacks to the best in National and International show jumping, you won’t want to miss it. The Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show is one of Ireland’s biggest annual sporting and social events which attracts 100,000 visitors both domestic and foreign! The ever popular Kids’ Zone will be packed full of entertainment including pony rides, fun inflatables, face painting, Billy Bubbles and magic shows. The Blossom Hill Ladies’ Day on Thursday, August 7, promises lots of glamour with fantastic prizes for the ‘Best-dressed Lady’, ‘Most Colourful Outfit’, ‘Most Creative Hat’ and ‘Elegance is an Attitude’, and for fashion conscious males there’s also a prize for ‘Best-dressed Man’. With over €940,000 in prize money to be won, visitors can enjoy top class national and international show jumping competitions including the Longines International Grand Prix, the Land Rover Puissance and the Furusiyya FEI Nations’ Cup™ presented by Longines. For more information visit www.dublinhorseshow.com or like us on Facebook


Awareness of How You Can Help Urban Birds Dublin City Council and BirdWatchIreland are working together on “The Urban Birds Project 2014”. The City provides habitats like woodlands, grasslands, parks, rivers and coastal wetlands for birds. The North Bull Island Biosphere Reserve is vital for the survival of worldwide populations of migratory birds like the Light Bellied Brent Goose. City buildings also provide nesting sites for birds like the Swift, Gulls and birds of prey. The Tolka, Liffey and Dodder rivers are of high enough water quality to support Kingfishers, Dippers and Grey Wagtails.. Dublin City Council and BirdWatchIreland are inviting people to come and learn about urban birds and their fascinating lives through walks and talks, participation in bird on Swift, river birds, garden birds. Learn how BirdTrack an online recording system can be used to track and monitor bird populations. Check out how you can become involved at www. Dublincity. ie (parks page) and or birdwatchireland.ie. www.birdwatch.ie


Lyrath Estate Hotel & Spa, Kilkenny Summer treats don’t come in more relaxed luxury than a midweek break with the family to Lyrath Estate Hotel & Spa, just outside Kilkenny. From July 14th to 7th September indulge in some great value 5-star pampering for all the family, with 3 nights bed and breakfast for everyone, and dinner on one evening for the adults. All the fantastic facilities at this impeccable, elegant and effortlessly comfortable hotel are yours to enjoy complimentary, including mountain bikes, 22 seat private cinema and games/console room. There is a great free morning Kids Club included and an evening Kids Club also on site with a small surcharge applying. With an impressive selection of bars, restaurants, a health club and an award-winning spa, as well as the extensive grounds and many activities on-site, Lyrath Estate feels like an exclusive and self-contained 5 star resort, with so much to explore and enjoy. Prices start from €134 per person sharing a 37 sq. metre Deluxe Family Room, with children aged 4 and under staying free on a b&b basis while sharing with adults. www.lyrath.com


4 Primary Times SUMMER ISSUE


Can we drop an egg from a height and not let it break? ‘Can we drop an egg from a height and not let it break?’ – this is just one of the questions posed by primary school students as they undertake a class investigation for the RDS Primary Science Fair. The Fair takes place each January alongside the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition and encourages teachers to facilitate a child-led, scientific investigation among their students. Last year schools from 23 counties from both Ireland north and south took part, with over 2/3 coming from outside of Dublin. Project entries to the Fair must seek to answer a question which the students put forward themselves and which the whole class can work together to investigate. The Fair is not a competition - the emphasis is on students’ skills development and also facilitates the development of literacy, oral language and numeracy skills through the context of a scientific investigation. Open to 4th, 5th, 6th and Key Stage 2 classes, the call for expressions of interest will open on September 3, 2014. For further information please contact; call 01 240 7990 or visit www.rds.ie/primarysciencefair.


In March, Electric Ireland launched Powering Rewards - a Rewards programme for over one million Electric Ireland residential gas and electricity customers, which is designed to provide a choice of special rewards and treats. Commercial Manager Ken McKervey said “Electric Ireland is delighted to bring our Powering Rewards programme to all our residential electricity and gas customers. We know our customers expect value and this programme is designed to thank and reward customers for their continued support. We have a terrific partnership with SuperValu, and a range of brands on this initiative to offer our customers a great way to enjoy rewards each and every day” 1. Powering Savings with SuperValu Electric Ireland has partnered with SuperValu allowing customers earn SuperValu Real Rewards every time they pay their Electric Ireland bill and these points can be used to save €10 off their next electricity or gas bill. 2. Powering Choice Electric Ireland has organised great partnerships with a range of brands to provide exciting offers and discounts. 3. Powering Experiences Electric Ireland’s Powering Rewards programme included competitions with fantastic prizes to give families and friends a “once in a lifetime” experience. Electric Ireland customers can sign up via www.poweringrewards.ie


STARCAMP - Ireland’s award winning, Number 1 performing camp - now in its eighth year, is calling all 4-13 year olds to partake in this year’s summer camp where at least one child from each of their 120 camps will be randomly selected to get together to release a song into the charts for charity! STARCAMP has built its outstanding reputation around building children’s self esteem and confidence and was one of the many reasons why it became the major winner of the Dragon’s Den 2013 TV series.


The fantastic news in that when you book your child into any STARCAMP this year, you will automatically be in a draw to win an all inclusive VIP family holiday to Disneyland Paris! 021-4377900 www.starcamp.ie


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