St Patricks Weekend events- GET YOUR GREEN ON!


St Patrick's Day doesn't have to be the old salty bacon and boiled cabbage dinner followed by an over 'Oirish', night out in a sweaty over-packed pub! There is a lot going across Ireland with more and more interesting, cultural and fun events popping up each year on the day and beyond. 

We've had a look and found a few that might take you off the beaten track and get you into the green spirit. No matter what you do we hope you have a lot of fun getting your green on! 

1. The Parades

Yes! There are parades in towns and cities across the nation from the huge floats of Dublin to the Tractors and trailers of Athy's main street, why not head to a parade, support the communities involved and soak up the atmosphere. You never know what you might see and it's a great way to get into the Paddy's day mood. 

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2. Open Air Cinema

As part of the St Patricks festival Jim Sheridan's film 'In America' will be shown in the grounds of Swords Castle @7.30 on Thurs March 16th. It is the story of an Irish family emigrating to New York in the 80's. This is a lovely chance to see a great directors work in gorgeous surroundings.....and it's free! So grab the blankets and the picnic basket! There is a screening of the briliant 'Sing Street' on the saturday too!  See Details and book your free ticket HERE

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3. The Boat Race of Rivals

The 69th Annual Colours Boat Race takes place in the heart of Dublin City on Saturday March 18th. This is an annual head to head between the endless rivals UCD and TCD which starts at O'Connell Bridge and ends at St James Gate. The first of 4 races kicks off at 1.30pm and is sure to be exciting. So whether you are #trinners4winners o #ucd4life get down to the Liffey and show your support. See here for further details


4. City at Play: Funfairs

For the young at heart, Custom House Quay and Merrion Square will turn into funfairs for the festival which lets you let loose and shake off the stresses of all them assignments! Jump on the Walzters, chomp on some Candy Floss and try out some thrill-seeking rides right in the middle of Dublin. What more would you want! 


5. Truly have the 'Craic' for Comic Relief

Dara O'Briain, Deirdre O'Kane, Tommy Tiernan, Jason Byrne, Panti Bliss, Des Bishop, PJ Gallagher, Ardal O'Hanlon, Abandoman, Al Porter..... need I go on! This superstar list of amazingly funny Irish comedians are giving their time, and best lines, for Comic Relief this Paddy's Day with an epic stand-up Gala in the 3 Arena. There are still some tickets left so if you really want to feel Irish on St Patricks day.... laugh your arse off and have the craic for charity. Tickets available HERE


6. Young Blood: The Beats and Voices of Our Generation

The National Concert Hall's programme has certainly blown the dust off it's covers over the past few years and now works to showcase the diversity of music and artists in Ireland and abroad. This Saturday, March 18th, they have an exciting line-up of contemporary, forwarding thinking artists who are driving forward music, spoken word, poetry and the vision of Irish Arts now and in the future. The evening will include Tallaght rap trio HareSquead, the recently Choice Prize awarded Rusangano Family and the always inspiring Emmet Kirwan amongst many other wonderful contemporaries. If you are looking for the heart of Irish culture today.... look towards the NCH. Full details HERE


7. Head to a real Session

You might think Traditional Irish music is just all diddly-iddle-dee or Daniel O'Donnell but until you've experienced the power of real musics in a real trad session you haven't experienced Ireland! St Patrick's day is like christmas for trad musicians as, with the focus on culture and tradition, sessions are welcomed in pubs in every town across the country. So check with your local, get in early to grab a seat and soak up the talents that our many, many irish trad musicians have to offer. You could even go one step further and check out the talent at the Kilkenny Trad fest, Details HERE


8. Run for St Patrick! 

If you still have any energy left from all the shenanigans why not challenge yourself and get a group of friends together to do the St Patrick's day 5KM Run in St Stephens Green. It is free, it is healthy and it is a great way to see this part of the city in another way. There'll be entertainment and a great atmosphere to soak in while you smugly cross the finish line knowing that you've done a good thing! Go on.... Run like the snakes ran away from St Patrick! Even though the poor snakes didn't have legs which was clearly an unfair advantage on Paddy's part!  REGISTER for the run HERE


No matter what you do this St Patrick's weekend, make sure you plan your travel, keep in touch with friends when you're out and about and make sure you get home safely. Happy St Patrick's Day! 

Tips for visiting family overseas at Christmas


1. With more and more Irish people moving abroad, many people are now choosing to travel and spend Christmas with their loved ones overseas.

2. Whether it be family living in the "Land Down-Under", working in South East Asia or relocating Stateside, many parents and siblings are venturing abroad over the holiday season to be reunited.

3. If you're jetting off to Southeast Asia, Central America or South America over the festive period, it's important to think about the vaccinations you require.

4. While it's never too late to vaccinate, Tropical Medical Bureau usually recommend that you get your immunisations, where possible, six to eight weeks before travelling. Even at this stage it is worthwhile getting cover against the main diseases which may be a risk.

5. You may be recommended to have cover against tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A. However a course of injections may be recommended in some cases against diseases like hepatitis B and rabies for some undertaking longer or possibly high risk trips to countries such as Thailand, Peru and Indonesia.

6. The experienced professionals at Tropical Medical Bureau will be able to talk you through your options and give advice about how to stay healthy on your getaway. The last thing you'll want is to spend Christmas Day bed-bound with some nasty illness!

7. If you are heading overseas for Christmas you'll also need to take care with your food and drink choices. It is safe to say that you may not be tucking into a traditional turkey dinner in India, Thailand or Brazil, so choose your restaurants carefully, and always stick with correctly sealed bottled water!

8. It is important to remember that while your family members who have been living abroad for some time will be more immune to local illnesses and their bodies will have adapted to local surroundings. It's important to protect yourself against mosquito bites that could be carrying some nasty diseases you won't find at home!

For further information or to book an appointment, please contact Tropical Medical Bureau on 1850 487674 or visit

Get Planning your next adventure


The trick to getting through the long hours of study and stress is to give yourself something to look forward to. An amazing holiday with your mates could be just the thing.........

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Fly from Dublin to Andorra on 5th march and spend 7 nights in Hotel Arinsal on B&B basis from only €489 p.p, based on 2 sharing.

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We have some excellent student airfares for the USA & Canada - book now for 2017 and secure your seat with a deposit of only €50, balance to be paid 6 weeks before departure.


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Festival and Camping tips for Electric Picnic


Music lovers have plenty to smile about over the summer months. Now, more than ever before, amazing festivals are taking place in all corners of the country. There’s nothing quite like soaking up the chilled out vibes, singing along to your favourite tunes and spending an exciting few days with your best pals.


While fun and games are pretty much guaranteed, attending festivals also goes hand in hand with experiencing some inevitable discomforts. We’ve compiled a list of top ten festival tips to ensure you are as prepared as possible and get the most from your festival– especially if you’re attending Electric Picnic this weekend!


1. Beware of the sun and insects

Remember to pack plenty of sun cream and insect repellent. Bad sun burn or lots of nasty, itchy bites are a sure fire way to ruin your festival experience. Reapply as necessary to keep your skin safe and the bugs at bay.


2. Plan your schedule

Get your hands on the line-up schedule before you go and decide which bands you want to prioritise seeing. You really don’t want to miss out on your favourite act because of lack of planning. Factor in resting time between the different sets – you’re sure to get tired being on your feet all day.


3. Drink lots of water

Many festivals have free water refilling stations so make sure you carry a bottle around with you at all times. Staying hydrated greatly reduces your risk of getting sunstroke and feeling unwell. If you’re not too sure about the quality of water, just use some purification tablets.


4. Pack festival essentials

Facilities at music festivals are few and far between so make sure you bring the right toiletries. Dry shampoo, hand sanitizer and plenty of baby wipes are a given.  Other useful items include an eye mask, ear plugs and a torch. And don’t forget the toilet roll!


5. Be sensible with alcohol

Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol in the sun makes for a dangerous combination. Not only does it greatly increase the risk of accidents, it can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea – definitely not what you want! Pace yourself and drink water in between alcoholic beverages.


6. Buy decent camping equipment

If you’re camping, make sure your tent is waterproof before you set off. There’s nothing worse than waking up in a pool of water! While you’re at it, pack a decent sleeping mat, pillow and sleeping bag. Getting a decent night’s sleep helps you to feel energised during the day and properly enjoy the music.


7. Charge your devices

Can’t live without your smart phone? Fear not! Investing in a mobile power bank will allow you to charge your device multiple times over the weekend. You’ll still be able to keep in contact with your mates and take as many photos as you like.


8. Pack sensible clothing

You might want to embrace festival boho chic but remember, you will be lying in a field in the middle of the night. Plenty of layers and a change of clothes are definitely advised. Wellies and big comfy socks will keep your feet warm and dry if it rains.


9. Eat healthily

On a tight budget? Bring snacks with you that won’t go off. Cereal bars, crackers and nuts are fantastic for keeping you going in between acts. If you’re buying food onsite be wary of anything that looks undercooked or has been sitting in the sun for too long. Getting food poisoning at a music festival is enough to put you off for life!


10. Mind your stuff

Festivals are a great place to make new friends but you still need to be wary of your belongings at all times – not everyone’s intentions may be the same. Leave valuables like fancy cameras or laptops at home and hide your money and phone in your tent when you sleep.


So there you have it, some top tips to see you through Electric Picnic! The most important piece of advice – have fun! Festivals are amazing opportunities to meet fellow music lovers, get up close and personal with your favourite bands and even discover some new ones. A little preparation goes a long way towards ensuring you have an incredible time!



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Our aim is to make sure students can get the best value and best savings. This means for an individual who uses public transport regularly you could save back the €10 price of the Student Leap Card in an average of 3-4 days, and then you have the whole life of the card to make savings, through-out the whole year! 

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Wild Air Run brings a brand new alternative to the phenomenon of 5k races.

Wild Air Run is a dynamic fun run that will feature 10 giant inflatable obstacles as part of a 5k course, including Europe’s biggest inflatable slide. This is the first time an event like this will take place in Ireland. The initial event will happen in Cabinteely Park on 1st – 3rd July 2016. 

The Wild Air Run can be undertaken by all fitness levels and the focus is on fun, not endurance. It can be undertaken by the fitness fanatic right through to the armchair athlete and everyone in between. The 10 obstacles combine agility, creativity and a vast amount of fun. The course is suitable for people of all fitness levels above the age of seven. 

Begin the race by tackling the staircase start-line, zig-zag through the maze and have a ball in the giant ball pit. Before you can claim victory over the Wild Air Run you will finish with Europe’s longest slide. There will also be a ‘Chill Zone’, an area for both participants and spectators to relax and enjoy music, games and food and drink from local vendors. Brand Ambassador Suzanne Gray said “An event like Wild Air Run is fantastic, it encourages people that wouldn't usually take part in fitness events to try something new with their family and friends, regardless of their fitness level and it's an innovative event we can all enjoy.”

The Cabinteely Park event will kick off its first wave at 10:00a.m, with additional waves running in 20-minute intervals until 8:20p.m. The event day is broken down into three sessions, the family only session (10:00-11:40), the open session (12:00-19:40) and the adult only session (20:00-20:20). Further events see Wild Air Run setting up in in Fota House Cork from 8th – 10th July, Malahide Castle 22nd – 24th July and Marlay Park from 12th – 17th August, with other cities announced soon. 

Tickets for Wild Air Run are on sale now at with early bird discounts available until 1st June.

Full priced tickets are €28.50 for adults and €16.50 for children. Family tickets (€70.95) and group rates are also available. Spectators can cheer from the side-lines for free. For more information and to buy tickets visit


Simply head over to our Facebook post, tell us which location you would want to go to...and tag the friend you'd bring! Oh and make sure to like our page too! Good Luck!! 

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Okay, this list is always going to be controversial. One man's 'Love Actually' is another mans 'Jack Frost'. There are as many Festive films out there as there are dodgy 'Christmas classics' blaring on the radio from November 1st. Some, however, stand the test of time. Inspire the season's spirit in young and old alike. Demand duvets and hot chocolates and closed curtains and open fires. These are the perfect way to switch off from the frantic study and forget about the woes of daily life. These films ARE Christmas! If there are any you haven't seen, we lay down the challenge now. Watch them this Christmas. 

Check out your local cinema's for screening or try netflix, apple TV or your own streaming services to find them on the cheap. The IFI and Lighthouse cinema in Dublin are showing many throughout the festive period. 

1. Home Alone

Who doesn't know and love this film? The tale of a boy in an enormous, hectic family who are heading to Paris for Christmas but with all the hustle and bustle of packing....they forget to pack their kid! Yet, We can forgive the terrible parenting and suspend belief in the lack of police assistance..for THIS is a David and Goliath story. Cute Blonde Boy Vs Clumsy Crass Criminals in a fight to the marble-induced back pain. Tricks, traps and ingenuity save the day. Starring a once cute Macaulay Culkin alongside a non-cursing Joe Pesci (how times have changed).... this is a True Classic. Keep the change you filthy animal!

2. Elf

A more modern classic with Will Ferrell at the helm, somehow managing to channel the very essence of innocence in Buddy the 'Elf' and drawing you in to the santa-loving spirit too. With an almost unrecognisable Zooey Deschanel (New Girl) singing songs loud for all to hear at every little opportunity, this is a film that mocks itself just enough so you can watch it wishing and hoping for the perfect ending every time. And it's always satisfying! You can not watch this film without smiling at the telly. And if you can, then you too need a trip to the candy cane forest for some festive cheer. SANTA!!! I KNOW HIM!!

3. Die Hard

Yup! YIPPEE KI YAY FILM LOVERS!! If warm and fuzzy isn't your thing then take a study break for one of the greatest action characters of all time. John McClane is not gonna add marshmallow's to your hot chocolate, but is he going to destroy the terrorist plot that is ruining your office Christmas office party. Barefeet, broken glass, crazy Germans with ponytails and machine guns. Nothing is going to stop this man from taking Hans down not even how manky his vest gets. He needs to save his wife. Her name is Holly. Isn't that what Christmas is all about?

4. It's A Wonderful Life

It's a wonderful life is the story of an Angel-in-training named Clarence sent down from Heaven to help show George Baliey that life is worth living. George hit's desperation and wishing he has never been born, but through Clarences eyes her sees that he has all the ingredients for happiness within his grasp. He also realises that his very existence has touched the lives of others. Frank Capra's classic black-and-white will be 60 years old next year but stands the test of time with it's warm wit and special energy that will make it part of your annual traditions. 

5. Trading Places

This is up there as one of Eddie Murphy's greats and has a brilliant twist on a classic rags to riches tale. When the fusty heads of a Stock Exchange company decide to make life interesting by proving that 'Money maketh the man'. Billy Ray Valentine is plucked from his street-con-artist perch and swapped for a snobby silver-spooned stock broker to yield a film of iconic performances and unforgettable moments. With a young Jane-Lee Curtis, Dan Akyroyd, and Jim Belushi, these are comedy heavy-hitters who show a darker side to New York with the help of Inge from Sweden, a drunken Irish priest and a gorrila. Worth a watch for Eddie Murphy's laugh alone.... but you may not want to eat smoked salmon again. Be warned. 

6. The Santa Clause

Another tale of a grouchy man seeing the light through the miracle of Christmas cheer. A divorced, top-business man with no time for frivolities inadvertently finds the jolly bearded man in a red suit has suffered a tragic death and starts magically turning into the big SC himself. He is transported to the North Pole but believes it's all a dream until his beard and belly start taking shape too. He must quickly figure out how to avoid looking like a mentaller, keep his new job secret and keep the magical mystery of Santa alive. This is one of those films that makes young and old insist that Santa is real again! Tim Allen makes a quality appearance in an easy-going classic that will perfectly pass the time. Exams, what exams..... there are toys to be delivered and we need to know the new Santa is up to the task! 


7. Love Actually

Okay, first-off! Let's dispell the myth that this is one for the ladies only. It's romantically schmaltzy at points YES, but it beings a quirky level of Christmas-cringiness (chringe) to make up for it.  Director Richard Curtis intertwines the complex romances of 8 different lives in this cosy cross-section of love at different points in life. From the little boy with an all-consuming school crush Colin Firth's language barrier and Pri-minister Hugh Grant's tension with his assistant we are all reminded of how awkward we can be when love is involved, how sometimes the most unlikely of people can turn out to be your soulmate and how telling the truth can set us free. For the walking dead fans you also get to Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) with an english accent and a serious case of unrequited love. A brilliant cast with a heart-warming message. Snuggle down and leave you cynicism out in the cold...for just a little while. 

8. Scrooged

A cynical yet TV-executive who dreads the thoughts of the seasonal TV programming except for seeing them as a rating opportunity, to sex it up a little. He tries to baa-humbug his way through a Charles Dickens adaptation of A Christmas Carol with no regard for the lives of the staff he cracks down hard on..... but You guessed it. The curmudgeon gets the Dickens treatment himself. Visits from a trilogy of ghosts ensue to freak him out and restart his festive engine in the timeliest of fashions. Frank Cross needs to re-evaluate his priorities, be less selfish and learn to love and live again. Success isn't always about winning, and Christmas is all about giving.  Bill Murray is...well...Bill Murray, and that is ALWAYS a good thing. A modern take on a soul-filled classic, with a real late 80's comedy feel.

9. The Muppet Christmas Carol

As with Scrooged, this is another rework of Charles Dickens infamous tale, which itself has become a Christmas tradition in many a sitting room. The Muppet's keep a little truer to the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge with his miserly disdain for the thoughts of Christmas Day. Scrooge won't let up, give a day off, pay fairly or crack the cold-hearted facade BUT #begrand because Kermit, Miss Piggy, a load of furries will turn things around for Michael Caine to impart the true meaning of Christmas. More ghosts, but comical little guys with a distinct agenda this time, make Scrooge see the err of his ways in a way that you can't help but love. Muppets..... what more do you need! Watch it... You Muppet!;)

10. Gremlins

More small furry lunatics take centre stage in this iconic, but always bizarre, 1984 comedy horror. Not Christmassy yet, but bear with us. A father who needs a Christmas present has a browse in a Chinatown store (as you do) to find a small furry creature called a Mogwai named 'Gizmo'. The wise old store-owner Mr Wing refuses to sell it but his grandson decides to sell it behind his back. The Mogwai comes with three rules which his new owner, Little Billy must adhere to; don't expose it to bright light, don't get it wet, and DO NOT feed it after midnight. Seems simple enough, but as we all know nothing is ever so simple. How are they to know that cute little Gizmo could spawn mischievous and evil reptilian gremlins who are happiest torturing and destroying all that they can?  Billy and his folks must figure out a way to stop the mayhem and overcome the gremlins. Along the way many lessons are learned though we aren't sure exactly what. We're thinking giving a kid a living animal for Christmas may not be the best plan now..... because you never know.. 'There might just be a gremlin in your house' Also, Cuteness can kill. 

11. The Nightmare Before Christmas 

Another dark twist on seasonal cheer but one that has inspired fan-fiction, art and tattoos since it's release! Even more apt as Christmas literally starts the day after Halloween these days, the story-line is propelled perfectly by Tim Burton's uniquely angular and spirited animation (making many think he should stick to the drawing board) creating a standalone, original Christmas Tale. In this Jack Skellington, the pumpkin king of Halloween town is disparaged with the usual Halloween festivities and when one day he stumbles into Christmas town and sees the beauty of Christmas. He decides this is the celebration they should be putting on. The problem is how do you celebrate Christmas if you're raised on scariness... how do you understand what Christmas is? Jack enlists the help of his town's ghouls and goblins and along the way the true meaning of Christmas is lost and then found. This is a film with a difference that you won't regret taking the time out of essay writing or cramming for. (well not entirely anyway)

12. Miracle on 34th Street

A film for all of you Santa nay-sayers again, this time it's Santa defending himself, in court no less and it's not always an easy watch. This film really is all about believing in the modern meaning of Christmas and putting the worries of life aside. When a major department store's Santa get's drunk it's manager, Elizabeth Perkins needs to find a replacement asap! Swiftly she discover an old man, Kris Kringle, and desperately convinces him to be their Santa. He is phenomenal...the real deal even... until he runs into some legal trouble and his absolute belief in himself and Christmas must battle with the judicial system which creates a media frenzy and a real dilemma. You'll have to put some time aside to see the rest but trust us. It's a good'un. The late, Sir Richard Attenborough, IS Santa. His warmth personifies the spirit of Christmas. Truly a Christmas Miracle. 

Share your own Christmas favourites with us on Twitter @StudentLeapCard or let us know what you think of our list. Which one's are we missing? Which one's haven't you seen yet?

Wishing you a happy cosy, stress-free Christmas from Student Leap Card 



This time of year it can feel like it's just dark evenings, loud toy ads on telly and an onslaught of bad xmas songs and tacky decorations until you have to fork out all you hard earned dough on presents and eat your weight in roasties. Baa Humbug!

So!... We thought we'd give you some ideas with just things that are taking place across the country to get you in the holiday humour. Grab a few friends, hit the town and get into the festive fun!!

Ho Ho ho.......


Running off all those cookies left out on Christmas eve!

Someday we'll look like this on ice!


The Costume Shop

Funky Christmas Jumpers

The Old Reliable: Penneys

The Lads!


Halloween......the Spookiest night of the Year


So Halloween is just days away and you might already be swept up in the mayhem, knee deep in bin-bags, duct tape and glue trying to turn yourself into The Dark Knight for one night only. Perhaps  you haven't decided where to showcase your DIY cape, or maybe you are just looking to do something a little different to do this year.

If you are still stuck for some spooky plans then we have a shortlist of 5 great spots to celebrate Halloween in style. 

1. The Haunted Spooktacular Horror Farm

This Meath estate of mayhem has been gaining notoriety year on year as the scariest Halloween thrill. It consists of multiple dark attractions including The Asylum, Infinity and School House Massacre. Their new feature for this year is ALONE, where go in alone for the sole reason of having the bejaysus scared out of you! They also have Apache pizza providing the sustinence and live music in the main venue to bring you back to life.

Pre-booking for each evening is essential with last entries at 10.30pm each night. Online tickets are now €18.

If you don't drive don't worry, you can also grab a ticket to the excursions and be brought down from dublin from 6.30 each day. €30 all in.  Full details here.


2. Cork City Gaol Halloween Party

This October 31st Corkonians, and those looking for adventures in the rebel county, have a great option too. You could get into your most-messed-up finery, have a great night out and give to charity too. The Counselling Centre have organised a top night out- which is ridiculously good value- all in aid of their counselling services. Complimentary Wine, Beer and Pizza, Two of Corks Top DJ's, a discounted taxi back into town and free entry into multiple nightclubs just for being a spooky samaritan..... what's not to love.

See details and book tickets here. 

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3. The Rocky Horror Picture Show Halloween Extravaganza 10th Anniversary

An Anniversary where the only present expected is your presence! Saturday October 31st from 8pm The Rocky Horror Picture Show Ireland crew will be putting on their 'CRAZIEST, WILDEST most OUTRAGEOUS show yet!' They promise fabulosity and a hell of a party. You just need to grab a ticket and get your most Horrific gear on to party in style.

See details and book tickets here


4. The Scare Factory, Limerick

Another spot where you can hand over a small bit of hard-earned coinage to have your wits absolutely scared out of you. Think Evil Clowns, Mutilated monsters, hungry zombies and a whole host of odd souls in between. They are consummate scaring professionals set-up in a Georgian building ready to pounce on you...sure how could you refuse.

Full Details and advanced booking here


5. The City of Bones, Derry, Northern Ireland

Recently voted the best city in the world to spend Halloween in and we have to agree, Derry-folk go all out, and they know how to do it! There is so much on in Derry, with such spectacular atmosphere, a huge parade, fireworks and some of the best costumes you've ever seen just wandering around the sloping streets. With screenings of The Witches at Guildhall, Halloween Balls, Club nights and parties at every corner, you won't be long feeling ghoulishly smitten. There is even such thing as the Zombie Apocalypse Laser Tag and Minigolf Graveyard!  If you have no plans yet and you are the spontaneous sort, head north and you'll be hooked on Halloween forever. Stop off in Sandino's early evening to get you in the 'festive' mood. 

For Event Listings see HERE

Whatever you choose to do this Halloween, stay safe, stick with your mates.....and have a spine-tingling time! 

Happy Halloween!!!!

Halloween Budget Saving Ideas


The college semester is well and truly in full swing. We hope you are getting good use out of your McDonald’s vouchers and bringing all of your new friends for a Buy one Get one free deal at your nearest store.

This time of year also means that Halloween is almost upon us and with the Bank Holiday weekend and Halloween weekend looming, there will no doubt be back to back fancy dress parties and nights out.

This year it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune- here are our top three costume ideas to save you a fortune.



We all have one stashed away in the attic somewhere, why not re-use. Ok so it’s not original but it a low cost option and waterproof. 

 Art Pop

This one might be a bit trickier to pull off but if you are handy with a paint or make-up brush this one is a must. See our handy tutorial from Boots HERE and put your own spin on things.....

Guess Who!

If you want to double up on a costume idea or even more if you have a group heading out together, then Guess Who an all-time favourite board game is a winner every time.


With all of this creativity and excitement going on you will need to re-fuel. Pop down to your nearest McDonald’s where you can find our latest wrap of the day offfer. Choose from The BBQ Pulled Pork one, The BBQ Chicken and Bacon one, The Sweet Chilli Chicken one and The Hot Peri Peri Chicken one for €2.90 on selected days. 


Win International Rules Tickets to Croker


Win tickets for you and 3 friends to the

EirGrid International Rules Series in Croke Park!


The EirGrid International Rules Series returns to Dublin on Saturday 21st November at 7pm for one test only when Ireland take on Australia under lights in Croke Park.  Top players from the GAA and the AFL will battle it out for the Cormac McAnallen Cup.  At 4.30pm Ireland play Scotland in the Hurling Shinty International.

Tickets are on sale now at and selected Supervalu and Centra stores.


We're giving you the chance to win tickets for you and 3 friends. To win, simply tell us the answer to the following question:

Who won the Series in 2014?


To enter, send an e-mail to  including:

Your answer, your name, address and contact number. 

Alternatively you can enter the competition by commenting with the answer on our

Facebook post HERE. 

Competition closes 12th November 2015 and we'll announce the winner on 13th November. Tickets can not be exchanged for other tickets or cash value. Please ensure that you are available to attend on the day 

Halloween Make-up ideas



Halloween is here and it's time to get ghoulishly glam! From killer nails to makeup and accessories, Boots have everything you'll need to look scarily good! See in store or visit us online for details HERE

POP-ART details you can do at home

The Sugar Skull look made easy

SEVENTEEN- New Palettes to love!

This season it’s all about out with the old and in with the new. So why not switch up your look with the help of SEVENTEEN’s bold new trio of Eye, Lip and Face Palettes; Easy on the Eye, All Out Pout and Let’s Face It! Whether you want to rock pretty pastel lips, smouldering smoky eyes or simply a flawless finish, each palette has both daytime cool to night-time wow covered, as well as brushes to apply the products like a pro and a ‘get the look’ guide to inspire you – all in a handy compact that you take with you on the go! Now available in larger Boots stores or online at for €10.99.