It was there and then it wasn't. It came back, then disappeared. BUT - it looks at though our fair-weather friend the sun might, just might, be on our side this June Bank Holiday weekend. Also, the Leaving Cert is starting so we're pretty much guaranteed a good few sunny days. Yay!

Hibernation time is all over and there's absolutely no sense in staying at home over the long weekend, especially when there's so much going on around the country.

Ireland cements its reputation for being the Island of Festivals - from boating to bogs, literature to loughs - with food, drink, music and more, there really is something on somewhere for you to enjoy.

Check out some of the amazing festivals and events that are happening over this June Bank Holiday Weekend:

What? Listowel Writers' Week
Where? Listowel, Co. Kerry
When? May 28 - June 1st

The internationally acclaimed literature festival brings together Irish and internationally acclaimed novelists, poets, and playwrights. This year, special tribute will be paid to the late Seamus Heaney, in a special Poetry Aloud event, and esteemed guests include author Douglas Kennedy, and Booker and IMPAC nominee Donal Ryan.

What? Conamara Bog Week Festival
Where? Letterfrack Co. Galway
When? May 23rd - June 2nd

Enjoy the Conamara Walkabout in the company of poets, painters and musicians.Enjoy the best of trad music from the Kane Sisters, Sean Tyrell, Johnny Connolly, and many more.

What? Ocean to City Maritime Festival
Where? Co. Cork
When? May 28th – June 1st

This year's festival programme is jam packed with on-street entertainment, boat trips, navy tours, films, talks, music and craic - and don't miss An Rás Mór ('The Big Race), a long-distance rowing race taking place in Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.

What? Bloom in the Park 2014
Where? Phoenix Park, Dublin
When? May 29th – 2nd June

Where else will you find spectacular show gardens showcasing the talents of the very best designers from all corners of Ireland to provide a range of inspirational ideas for every aesthetic preference and budge, top tips from leading experts in horticulture, gardening and floristry, cookery demonstrations by some of Ireland's leading chefs, an artisan food market and a fun and educational Kids Zone? At Bloom, that's where.

What? Foynes Irish Coffee Festival
Where? Foynes, Co.Limerick
When? May 30th – June 1st

Celebrating the creation of the world renowned Irish Coffee with all the fmaily in Foynes. Events include the Irish Coffee Making Championship, outdoor concerts, fun on the River Shannon, and circus workshops!

What? An Tostal Festival
Where? Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim
When? May 30th – June 4th

A weekend of great family fun includes rail walking, bingo, a variety show, an arts exhibition, street entertainment from Bagatelle, arts and craft classes, a family fun walk along the Lough Allen Canal and mighty craic in local pubs each night.


What? K-Fest
Where? Killorglin, Co. Kerry
When? May 30th – June 2nd

Experience the one of Ireland's most scenic and welcoming areas with this arts and music festival where local and international artists will take over the town's vacant buildings for performances and exhibitions.

What? The Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival
Where? Co. Tipperary
When? May 30th - June 2nd

Be top of the world in Tipp with a choice of ten glorious walks on the Galtees and Slievenamuck, then wind down with great craic in the pubs each night.

What? The Rosscarbery Festival by the Sea
Where? Rosscarbery, West Cork
When? May 31st - June 2nd

This weekend filled with maritime fun features lots of family entertainment and top Irish bands playing free open air concerts in Rosscarbery Square, a natural amphitheatre.

What? Limerick City of Culture June Bank Holiday Events

Culture and Chips – A Quirky Food Carnival - 29 May – 01 June

Limerick Sings International Choral Festival - 30 May – 01 June