DIVE into the world of horse racing at the Punchestown Festival on 24-28 April. Often referred to as the home of Irish racing, Punchestown is the place to be this week. The Eadestown-based track will attract a large audience from far and wide, where some of Ireland and Britain’s best horses will come to compete for top honours. While the atmosphere will be electric and the competition on fire, the festival does take place in Ireland at the end of April, so racegoers are advised that a good coat and umbrella wouldn’t go astray. Visit www.punchestown.com for further details and ticket prices.

EXPLORE the history linked to the Hill of Tara. Taking place in Navan on 29 April, a two-hour guided tour of Tara includes some history, archaeology, myth and legend, while also allowing participants to connect with the land through nature, the elements and the archetypal energies of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The tour promises to take participants back in time, steeping them in Irish history and culture. Places are limited, anyone interested in taking part is asked to buy tickets on www.eventbrite.ie, these are priced at €16.77.