From Monday we will see all pupils returning to school, childcare resuming, and perhaps most anticipated, an extension of our 5km restrictions. From the 12th we will be able to travel up to 20km from our houses, and even meet up with one other household in outdoor public places. We have tailored our top things to do this weekend around gigs, travel and a night out! Although they are still virtual for now, it hopefully won’t be long before we can experience in person as we make baby steps towards some semblance of normality.

 

1) Join a Zoom Yoga Session

Yoga Stretch Galway hosts beginner friendly virtual yoga classes every Saturday from 9:15am to 9:55am. Morning practice can help to reduce stress and anxiety, and encourage mindfulness. Yoga is a non-strenuous way to get your body moving and increase blood flow which has numerous long-term health benefits. Sign up through Eventbrite to receive the link and join in!

 

 

2) Support Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s Virtual 65 Roses Day Concert

65 Roses Day is Cystic Fibrosis Ireland’s (CFI’s) national fundraising day and to mark the occasion, they are hosting an amazing lineup of stars, including Brian Kennedy, The High Kings and Michael English, as well as presenter Brian Dobson, at their virtual concert on Friday 9th April at 8pm! It is free to stream, and those in attendance are highly encouraged to donate to CFI and aid their continuous efforts for members of the cystic fibrosis community in Ireland.

 

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3) Start Learning a Language

There are loads of easy ways to incorporate learning a new language into your daily lives. You can purchase a beginners activity book that would be easy to browse on your coffee break, or watch a popular TV show in your preferred language. You could also listen to an instructional audiobook or podcast, like the CoffeeBreakLanguages podcasts on Spotify, and have it playing in the background while you go about your day-to-day jobs. In no time at all, you could be picking up handy phrases and putting them into practice for your next, (much anticipated!) foreign holiday.

 

 

4) Watch a Virtual Traditional Music Session

It may not be possible to experience a live, in person traditional Irish music session right now but you can still enjoy some live trad thanks to sites like the Online Academy of Irish Music, where you can stream pre recorded performances. Many bars, like Barr an Chaladh in Galway City, also do regular livestreams on their Facebook pages where musicians perform their usual sets to the familiar pub’s backdrop. Grab a drink and settle in for a night of craic agus ceoil from home!

 

 

5) Explore Incognito’s Digital Art Collection

Incognito is a Public Arts initiative that is held every year in support of Jack & Jill’s home nursing-care for sick children. The collection is now live at www.incognito.ie, with up to 3,000 postcard-size artworks for sale. The identity of the artist behind each piece is kept secret until the sale closes so you might be lucky to snag a piece by U2’s The Edge, rock star Bob Geldof, fashion designer Paul Costelloe, or comedian Tommy Tiernan! Each original artwork costs just €60 and there’s something to suit everyone’s taste with a broad range of mediums featured, from oils and pastels, to glass and metalwork.

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