TASTE the finest cuisine that the west of Ireland has to offer at the Mayo Street Food Festival. Now in its third year, the festival takes place in Castlebar on the 8 September. The event will be showcasing fantastic artisan food produce from the county as well as the culinary expertise of local chefs. Bridge Lane – part of the Greenway route through Mayo’s county town – will play host to the festival. See Mayo Street Food Festival’s Facebook page for details. The event is part of the Fáilte Ireland Taste the Island initiative.

CELEBRATE the dedication of the national services staff and volunteers to State at the National Services Day on Friday 6 September, taking place in Dublin city. Watch the bands, personnel and vehicles of the nation’s emergency and security services parade from Parnell Square to Dublin Castle. The castle itself will host Dublin Fire Brigade, RNLI, Irish Coast Guard, Revenue and Customs, Airport Fire and Police, Civil Defence, Order of Malta, St John Ambulance, Irish Prison Service, ONE, Irish Water Safety, Community First Responders, Blood Bikes and An Garda Síochána. The event is free and family friendly. Visit www.fessef.ie for more information.