The Irish Times Magazine - - FRONTLINES - Róisín Guyett- Ni­chol­son

If you’re look­ing for some­thing to oc­cupy the kids, Laya Health­care’s City Spec­tac­u­lar re­turns this month. The free fes­ti­val kicks off in Mer­rion Square, Dublin, from Fri­day, July 7th, to Sun­day, July 9th. The fol­low­ing week it heads to Fitzger­ald Park, Cork, on Satur­day, July 15th, and Sun­day, July 16th. The events – in­clud­ing world- class street per­form­ers and ap­pear­ances by the Happy Pear duo – are all fam­i­lyfriendly. Bri­tain’s Got Tal­ent favourites Lords of Strut will also per­form. Be­ware: if you’re afraid of clowns, there are two com­ing from Ar­gentina. The DSPCA will also be in at­ten­dance, with vets on hand to of­fer ad­vice as well as help­ing your dog star in the “Scruffs Show”. cityspec­tac­u­lar. com

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