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Cheap and Free Things To Do This Weekend 26-27th August


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2017 August Flea Market
A bizarre bazaar of vintage clothing, bric-a-brac and what nots.
The last Sunday of each month at the Dublin Food Co-op, The Green Door Market, and on the square at Newmarket, Dublin 8.
Please come by foot, bike or bus - less fumes, less parking stress, more fun.
27th August 17
Admission: Free
The Dalkey Lobster Festival 2017
The Dalkey Lobster Festival 2017 runs from Thursday 24th to Sunday 27th August. This year it will be bigger and better than ever, featuring Ireland's most exclusive crustacean in the premier Heritage Town of Dalkey.
The Dalkey Lobster Festival 2017 kicks off on the evening of Thursday 24th with an incredible world premier concert in Dalkey Parish Church, Castle Street.
The concert Headliners:
Liam O Maonlai (Hot House Flowers)
Lisa Lambe
Simon Morgan (The Thomas Moore Project)
Pre-booking is essential through Ticketmaster (€25 & booking fee.)
Dalkey has over twenty eateries and six pubs as well as many outlets and we are ready to provide visitors with the very best of produce and service — not only for the duration of this festival but always. Look out for special offers.
There will be lots of exciting activity with Castle Street closed to traffic on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 6 p.m. each day. There will be twenty marquees lining the street with food and produce, live street entertainment and fun for all the family with a Kids Zone.
There will be lobster, prawns, crab claws, mussels and all kinds of exceptional seafood available with displays and demonstrations by surprise guests guaranteed to wow your palate! The festival provides a family friendly environment for all.
We are delighted that our official beneficial charity this year is The Children's Medical Research Centre at Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Please support their volunteers who will be on hand during the festival.
Sincere thanks to Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council for their valuable support.
24th -27th August 17
Admission: Various – Some Free

Creative Quarter Summer Festival
In celebration of the Creative Quarter District, DublinTown and local businesses have come together to showcase the great services provided by the businesses through a FREE festival.
What better way to show off the Creative District by showing off it's very creative people! Running over two days, August 26th (1pm - 8pm) and August 27th (12pm - 6pm), the Creative Quarter festival has a jam packed line up of events with on-street cooking demonstrations, fashion shows, comedy, an out-door movie and exhibition stands from local businesses. Supported by Dublin City Council.
The event will take place over locations around the Creative Quarter area including Fade Street and parking bays on Drury Street and South William St.
Laugh in the Creative Quarter with a special lunchtime comedy show atThe International Bar, Dublin - Ireland a Survivors Guide. 
Meanwhile, a number of businesses are celebrating the festival by offering a special deal for either €8, €10 or €12 which can be purchased during the festival at our DublinTown Kiosk located on Fade Street for the event.

Deals during the festival include: 
Fade Street Social by Dylan McGrath - Pumpkin Flatbread - €8 / Beef Flatbread €12 / Bacon & Cabbage Burger €10 / Crab HotDog €10 / Popcorn Chicken €8 = All of the above are served with Skinny Fries with Cheese!! 
The International Bar, Dublin - stew and a pint for €12
SABA - Maya Bay Cocktail €10 and 10% off food bill for anyone who mentions CQ Fest 
The Market Bar - any small dish and glass house wine for a €10
Platform 61- €8 - two glasses wine or one cocktail. €12 - breads & dips & house white
Duck - €10 meal deal
Wokin Noodle Bar - €8 main, side order and drink
Accents Coffee & Tea Lounge, Dublin – €8 - coffee/scone/desert
Live music in The Black Market in The Market Bar from 2-5pm 
Saturday: Molly Sterling, Clara Byrne, Sam Ali
Sunday: Fiona Harte, Zar, Aaron Rowe 
Admission: Free
Ukulele Hooley 2017
Ukulele Hooley By The Sea in Dun Laoghaire - is Ireland's international ukulele festival now in its eighth year. Don't miss this whole weekend of the finest ukulele performers, music, workshops, jamming, open mic, ..not to mention the ubiquitous Uke Bus Busk!
Its a phantasmagoria of ukulele celebration for ukulele lovers from all over the world. 
Let's make Ukulele Hooley 2017 the best ever!
Admission: Free
Bark in the Park
Come along to a really fun day for both your 2-legged and 4-legged family! Our Bark In The Park sponsored dog walk route in the Phoenix Park this year will be along the beautiful cycle track on Acres Road. Register today and don't miss out! Don’t forget that as well as the actual walk, each event will include a raffle, music, goody bags and prizes for the dog with the Best Bark, Shiniest Coat, Happiest Smileand Waggiest Tail ! All funds raised will go towards the work of The Irish Blue Cross animal welfare charity with sick and needy pets. Last year we raised over €20,000 from the Barks. Let’s work together and raise even more this year! 
Admission: Free (donation encouraged)
Punch Lion Kids' Comedy
Giggle Alert Bray! 
With 2 shows at 11am & 3pm on Saturday, 26th of August
We've 3 top silly comedians coming to Killruddery House with:
Joe Rooney (Father Ted), Steve Cummins (Laughter Lounge), Totally Wired (Comedy Cellar). Come to the show for knock knock jokes and silly songs, nonsense word play and stories of pongs. Big loud mime and funny faces, laughing loud at weird voices. Making your belly ache with laughter, lots and lots to talk about after!
Age appropriate performance. Recommended age 6+. Children must attend with an adult.
Saturday 26th of August
Admission: 10€
Irish Whale and Dolphin Day
Hook Lighthouse
Co. Wexford
On Saturday, the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will host an information day at the Lighthouse,
The group will tell visitors how best to spot the Minke and Humpback Whales, which are frequently seen, of the Peninsula, along with other sea life.
Suitable for Children under 12, Wheelchair Access (Partial), Car Parking Available
Saturday 26 August, 11am - 5:30pm
Admission: Free
Enniscorthy Folk & Ballad festival
The Enniscorthy Folk & Ballad festival next weekend with live ballad bands from all over Ireland playing the best rebel tunes this is a weekend full of craic not to be missed.
All gigs are free before midnight and there is just a €10 charge after midnight payable on the door (but that includes entry into the nightclub).
There are daytime gigs that kids could go to once they are out of the venue by 9pm.
Starting at 8pm Friday and 4pm Saturday & Sunday we really do have some of the best Irish Folk & Rebel bands and it will be a weekend to remember.
26th/27th of Setember
Admission: Free before 12am
Milford Hospice Harvest Fair
It is with great pride that on the year of the hospices 40th anniversary and our 32nd Harvest Fair we make it bigger and better than before. So on the 27th August 2017 we are holding our 32nd Annual Harvest Fair on the grounds of University of Limerick Sports Arena with a theme of family fun. The fun starts at 11.00am. This year we will have ice-cream, music everywhere, kids entertainment, raffles, a specially designed kids zone with activities planned for the younger ones including a brand new puppet show, and lots of other fun activities for the young at heart. We also have a BBQ, cakes stall, pancakes, pig on a spit, popcorn, cool drinks, the wheel of fortune, many stalls selling lots of goodies, and lots lots more. We really hope you can come and join us this year with your friends and family to make it the biggest Harvest Fair yet,  help us continue to provide the highest level of care to our patients and their families for another 40 years and more.
August 27th from 11am onwards.
Admission: Free
54th Annual Oughterard Agricultural Show
The Oughterard Show is one of the leading agricultural and horticultural shows in the West of Ireland. It gives both locals and visitors to see the best of Connemara with performance ponies, livestock, pets, dogs, farm and garden produce and vintage displays as well as a large variety of art and craft exhibits along with fun provided for children on both days. 
Sunday 27th of August
Admission: 10€ for adults, children go free.
Cork City of Music Concert 2017
Come along and celebrate a festival of Cork's rich colourful heritage, tradition
& culture in song and music. At St Peter's, North Main Street, Cork from 2 - 4 pm.
Saturday 26th of August
Admission: Free
The Old Waterworks Experience
A family fun Water Heritage Open Day on Sunday 27th August from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free and children and adults can enjoy a series of stands and activities themed on the various aspects of water.Throughout the day visitors are encouraged to become detectives while investigating interactive exhibits, discover the engineering trail around the old Victorian waterworks, participate in hands on experiments at the learning zone and experience industrial heritage up close. Fun activities are planned for ages including creating giant bubbles, launching water rockets, hook a duck, face painting and lots more. Old Cork Waterworks Experience manager Mervyn Horgan said “Our open day was previously voted Best Interactive Event by the Heritage Council and this year we are aiming for an even bigger event” adding “We have had a great response from the public so far and expect a larger attendance this year, we have more volunteers and lots of extra family friendly fun planned with entry and all activities free on the day”The Old Cork Waterworks is located on the Lee Road. The recently renovated visitor experience  is  open  7  days  a  week  until 5.00pm and  includes  a  coffee  dock,  a  picnic area and children’s playground to explore and is fully wheelchair accessible. For  further  information,  please  contact  Old  Cork  Waterworks  Experience  at:  021-4941500 or view the website.
Admission: Free

Beaumont Quarry Picnic 2017
Cork Nature Networks Annual Beaumont Quarry Picnic 2017 is coming up =D Don't miss out on this excellent FREE event on Sunday the 27th of August to celebrate National Heritage Week 2017. Lots of games and activities on the day including a children's bug hunt, face painting and much more....
Sunday 27th of august
Admission: Free

Newtonabbey Shoreline Festival 26-27 August
Venue: Jordanstown Loughshore Park
Come along and enjoy family fun and music performances over the bank holiday weekend. Usual favourites such as amusements, band concerts, live music, inflatables, outdoor activities, sensory play, street theatre shows and circus skills will be available on both days. 
Saturday evening’s entertainment is a must-see for all George Michael fans as tribute band ‘Faith the George Michael Experience’ will get everyone bopping to the popstar’s hits, finishing with a fireworks display. On Sunday, tribute band ‘Roll With It’ will take to the stage to rock the Loughshore to the sounds of Oasis classics. (Please note that glass bottles are not permitted at any of the concerts.)
With the exception of the amusement rides, all events and activities are absolutely FREE! So be ‘shore’ not to miss out on two fantastic and affordable days of fun for all the family before school starts back!
Start Date: 26 August 2017
End Date: 27 August 2017
Time: 2pm - 10pm each day
Admission: Free
Belfast Mela 2017
World music, dance, arts, food and lots of family fun return this 
August Bank Holiday weekend, as the city’s annual celebration of cultural diversity welcome tens of thousands of visitors to Botanic Gardens to revel in a unique carnival of global cultures.
Admission: Adult £7, Under 16's and over 65's £6. Under 5's go free.

City of Derry Guitar Festival
The 15th City of Derry Guitar Festival is proud to offer an all-female classical guitar line-up and, for the first time, a middle eastern flavour with a special workshop on the Arabic Oud.
Wiktoria Szubelak, Isabel Martinez and Dominika Bialostocka will bring their very distinctive playing styles to Derry-Londonderry for a weekend of classical guitar workshops, masterclasses and ensemble. The amazing Amir-John Haddad makes a welcome return with his popular Flamenco Guitar workshop and a unique talk on the Arabic Oud, during which he will will demonstrate how to play the instrument and outline the influences it had on modern guitar music.
By popular demand our Ukulele Course with Ronan Kearney will also be back with tuition all day Saturday and Sunday. And for the rockers out there Ted Lynch will be holding an Electric Guitar Course completely dedicated to the legendary band Black Sabbath, who recently completed their The End tour.
Admission: £10-12

Summer Music Sessions at Castle Coole
There's no better way to spend a summer Sunday afternoon than relaxing with a picnic, listening to live music. On Sundays throughout August join us at Castle Coole in the Drying Green between 14.00 - 16:00 for a series of summer music sessions.
From big band tunes from the Fermanagh Concert Band, to the talented musicians of the Arco String Quartet, to the easy-listening blues from Below the Line, there's an afternoon to satisfy all musical tastes.
Admission: Varies

The Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival
A four-day event packed with workshops, circus performances, street entertainers, art exhibitions, amusement rides, film competition screenings and pop-up improvised comedy.
In the 1960’s, Charlie Chaplin and his wife Oona arrived in the pretty Kerry town of Waterville by default, rather than design, and immediately fell in love with the place. Chaplin was spellbound by its extraordinary natural surroundings, continuing to holiday there along with his entire family for many years. In fact, Waterville is still a bolt hole for some of his children and grandchildren.
The 7th annual comedy film festival is a showcase for Chaplin's enormous corpus of work in the film industry and Chaplin classics will be screened throughout the festival.
Get down to Waterville this August for a real laugh.
Admission: Free

Dogs Unite
Calling All Super Dogs!
Join our dog walk and become a hero with Irish Guide Dogs. Dogs Unite is fun, it’s easy and it’s a great way for you and your dog to help change lives by supporting our four-legged heroes!
‘Dogs Unite’ is a 5KM walk for dog lovers taking place in the Lees Road Sport Complex on Sunday 27th August from 11.00am. You can even bring your own dog along to the walk (although you don’t need a dog to take part!). All entrants receive a t-shirt and a cape for their #superhero dog and all tickets purchased go towards supporting Irish Guide Dogs services.
Registration starts from 11.30am at The Club House, Lees Road Sport Complex. The walk begins at 12pm.
Admission: Single entry €10, family entry €20.


ArtBeat in Waterford
ArtBeat is a free open air music festival at Bailey’s New Street in The Viking Triangle at the heart of Waterford City every Saturday of the Summer. The atmosphere is always amazing and the music is top class! This is the final ArtBeat for this summer and World Base Culture (WBC) are on stage to play us out in style! It has been an amazing Summer of free open air gigs every Saturday with fantastic musicians! Saturday 26th of August 2017 from 4.30pm
Admission: Free
West Meath

Bogland Adventure at Carn Park Bog
Watch for darting dragonflies, dip for freshwater mini beasts, discover the insect eating plants of the bogs all as you take part in a guided walk through this wet and wild bogland landscape Please wear clothing appropriate for the outdoors strong footwear is recommended.
26 August, 3pm - 5pm
Admission: Free
Boat Trip/History Talk
Visit Coosan Point and enjoy boat trip to Hare Island. Discover the history of the surrounding area by local history enthusiast. A unique opportunity.
26 August, 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Admission: Free

Walking Tour of Carlingford
Visits include, King John's Castle, Town Wall, Taaffe's Castle, the Mint , the Tholsel, Holy Trinity Church, Dominican Abbey. Carlingford with its narrow streets readily conveys the atmosphere of a medieval town. From the hill slope the whole town can easily be comprehended, while the remaining medieval buildings are a major feature. Tour leader: Mr Paul Gosling (GMIT). Please take a packed lunch.
Admission: Free
Music at Sky Park
The free community-wide “Music at Skypark” concert series benefiting the music programs in local public school returns for its 9th summer season. Los High Tops and Chantilly Lace Vincent from 2:30 to about 4 pm.
Sunday 27 August
Admission: Free

The Glaslough Park After Dark Festival
After a hugely successful first two years, the Park After Dark festival will return again for a third year to Glaslough Village. The festival has gone from strength to strength, attracting more than 1,000 festival goers in 2016, coming from Glaslough, Monaghan county and further afield.
The festival ethos is that it is run by volunteers, supported by sponsors and donations, with 100% of the proceeds being donated to the Glaslough Development Association for community development. Funds generated will go straight towards some much-needed refurbishments for Glaslough Community Centre and Park.
Not only will there be some amazing acts playing at the festival but there will also be communal drum playing, body painting, photo booth as well as a fully licenced bar and fantastic food.
The two stages will provide a line up of unique talent including Accidents in the Workplace, Carron, Corner Boy, Dani, Fields, Keith Plunkett, Litehouse, Megacone, Montauk Hotel, Sun.Set.Ships, Tanjier, Wee Bee and much more.
The festival wouldn’t be possible if it weren’t for the volunteers who help out on the big day as well as the lead-up to the event.
26 August 2017 18:00 
Admission: 20€
Teddy Bears Picnic
Bring your child’s favourite Teddy Bears & snacks. Entertainment will be pond dipping, face painting, nature creative workshop, nature walks etc & refreshments will be provided.
Ballybay Wetlands Centre comprises 24 acres of lakes and rivers and 42 acres of organic farmland. The Centre is a green ward winning building incorporating numerous energy saving technologies and is a working model in the child's. With a 1.5km nature trail along hedges and oak woodland, river bank and across a 400m floating pontoon which gives access to lake habitats there is loads of opportunities to explore a great variety of habitats and ecosystems. Suitable for children under 12.
Time: 11am - 2pm, Sunday 27th.
Admission: Free (Booking required)
Wildlife Animal Workshop
Build your own Wildlife animal, name him or her and anything!! Creative fun workshop. Suitable for children under 12. Sunday 27th.
Admission: Free (Booking Required) 

Whale Watch Ireland
The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group invites you to our annual, free and guided land-based whale watch at Bloody Bridge, as part of All-Ireland Whale Watch day on Saturday 26th August. While there are no guarantees of sightings, given reasonable weather you have a good chance of seeing some of the marine species that can be viewed locally. You should dress appropriately for the weather and conditions on the day and leave your pets at home. There are no boats involved, as all watches are from land. There may be a short elevated walk from the meeting point to your watch site. We recommend you bring binoculars, your sense of humour and refreshments for this 3 hour field event.
Admission: Free

The Black Bull Threshing Festival
That takes just outside Birr, Co. Offaly on Sunday August 27th.  It is a fun day out with something for all ages including vintage displays, fittest family competition, children's activities, farm animals, BBQ, traditional colcannon and griddle bread. The event is completely voluntary and all money raised is for local community projects.
Admission: €5 for adults, kids go free

Food Fleadh Ballina
Mayo’s most anticipated food festival finishes off a busy summer calendar of festivals and events in the county with a weekend menu of wild Atlantic seafood foraging, outdoor cooking demos, kids cooking classes, craft beer brewing and Ballina’s own whiskey and poitin distilling as part of this year’s Food Fleadh Ballina 2017 celebrations.
Admission: Free

Taste of Donegal Food Festival
From humble beginnings we now attract Food Lovers from all over the world to our beautiful tented village on the Pier in Donegal Town with the backdrop of the Blue Stack Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean. The success of this three day celebration of great food and drink is due to the vibrant personalities of the celebrity and local chefs who will be cooking up a storm over the weekend.
25 August 2017 - 27 August 2017
Donegal Town
Admission: €6.00 per adult, €1.00 per child, €15.00 for a weekend pass.

Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race
The rescheduled Bundoran Lifeboat Soapbox Race takes place on Sunday August 27th at Astoria Road at 1pm (Weather Permitting). The event is the flagship fundraiser for the Bundoran RNLI Lifeboat Crew. Soapboxes may be entered on the day or in advance on our website. This is a great day out for all the family with lots of fun guaranteed!
Admission: Free

Family Picnic Day
All roads lead to Punchestown on Sunday, August 27th where the diocese is hosting a Family Picnic with the promise of lots of fun and live entertainment for all. Bishop Denis is looking forward to meeting people from across the diocese at the event and leading a 2k fun walk around the track. So why not get your extended family, cousins, aunts, uncles, grandparents, to join you for a great afternoon of being family together!
Admission: Free

The Ring of Lough Derg BBQ Festival Competition 2017
A great family day out in the beautiful setting of Ballina, Killaloe. BBQ Competition, Great prizes, Music all day, Kids Fun Fair, Water Zorbing.
Come along and join the fun.
Sat 26 August 2017
Admission: Free

Heritage Sunday
Join one of our fascinating tours of the Keep. Learn all about the importance of Trim castle and the many famous people associated with it. 
Space on the tours is limited so expect delays and come early so that you are not disappointed
Find the Treasure at Trim Castle 2pm - 4pm
Where did Hugh De Lacy hide the King's Treasure? It is somewhere in the Castle grounds. Follow the clues to find it. Come dressed as a Knight or as a King, Queen or Princess.
Trim Castle is an outdoor site so Kings, Queens, Knights and Princesses should dress for the weather. Parents must accompany children.
Admission: Free

Boyle Summer Show
Boyle Horse & Summer Show will take place on August 21st 2016 at The Boyle GAA Training Grounds, The Warren, Boyle, Co. Roscommon. Boasting the return of showjumping and many other attractions and activities, this is a day not to be missed by young and old.
Admission: 5€ adults, free for children under 14.

The Micro Zoo\
We spend a lot of time here at the planetarium looking out at the wonders of space, but what about all the wonderful things that can be found on the Earth, including all the amazing and diverse forms of Life! The wonderful people at Party Animals NI are coming back to the planetarium to finish off our summer in a fluffy and slippery style! Come pet a beautiful chinchilla or stroke a slithery snake or maybe holding a giant African land snail is more your thing! The Micro Zoo has loads of little and large guests to truly show us the diversity of our life filled planet. Saturday 26th, Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.
Admission: Free

Cootehill Arts Festival - Festival Miscellany
Cootehill festival invites new writing:
Have you a story or poem you'd like to read in public - or a piece of music to play? If so, Cooehill Arts Festival has a platform for you!
On Sunday morning, 27th August at 11.00 am in the White Star Centre there will b a 'Festival Miscellany' - six or seven short stories and or/poems read by their authors, plus five or six musical inputs - traditional, classical, jazz or contemporary - a 75 minute programme. (The programme may be broadcast - live or retro)
Admission: Free

Drumkeerin Community Festival 2017
Saturday, August 26 is a busy day with fishing, clay pigeon shoot, sheep dog trials during the day with the Festival Bingo in Lough Allen College that night, €1,000 to be won on Jackpot page. The final day Sunday, August 27 sees the sports and family day in GAA grounds with Lisa McHugh taking the stage that night in what will be the closing dance. 
Admission: Varies

Bards In The Woods
Slow easy nature walk, up to about 2 km. Bardic session by some oaks, shared picnic blanket by River Unshin. NO FEE, but bring something for picnic blanket please. Also please bring your own poems, favourite poems, stories too. Dogs and children very welcome
Sunday 27th August
Admission: Free

Walking Tour of Sligo City
Sligo Tourist Development Association Ltd. invites you to join a FREE guided walking tour of Sligo. Tour starts at Discover Ireland Tourist Office, O’Connell Street, Sligo Town @ 11: am (duration approx 2hrs)  Saturday 26th. Join when you wish, leave when you wish.
This tour will include places of Historical, Musical, Sporting and Cultural Interest.
Admission: Free

Round Towers GAA 5K and Family Fun Run
Round Towers GAA are holding their 2nd 5K and family fun run.
Following the success of last years run, we are delighted to be working with Mary Kathryns in raising much needed funds for CMRF / St Johns Ward, Crumlin. This ward is the main paediatric cancer ward in Ireland. This is one of the main childrens cancer wards in the country. This will be a great run through the Kildare countryside.
1st, 2nd & 3rd prize for male and female,  All participants in the 5k will receive a custom designed medal. Registration will take place from 9:00 am on Sunday 27th August.
Admission: 8€ for kids, 16€ for adults

Kiki Origami Festival
Enjoy a week of Origami at Portlaoise’s Origami Festival. There’ll be workshops, competitions, as well as decorative and interactive public exhibition of stunning origami works. Designed for all ages and abilities, the Origami Festival workshops are the perfect way to get acquainted with the artform and celebrate the paper-folding tradition. Origami is not just about paper planes or swans, there’s a whole world of contemporary origami art just waiting for you to uncover. Whet your appetite and fall in love with the ancient Japanese craft when the Origami Festival takes over Portloaise this summer. 
Admission: TBC

The Iverk Show
Steeped in tradition with plenty of modern influences - The Iverk Show which is Irelands' oldest agricultural show takes place this year all day on Sat 26th Aug. 
Guaranteed to have something for everyone to enjoy - Fashion, Cookery, Livestock, Arts and Crafts, Fresh Produce and a large variety of Trade Stands. Come and be part of our Day. This event is run by a strong community of volunteers and we are always delighted to welcome more helpers and new ideas. 
Saturdat 26th
Admission: Varies

Pat The Baker Longford Marathon
2017 Pat The Baker Longford marathon, ultra marathon, half marathon and marathon relay. The friendly marathon in the heart of ireland. Come along and support the runners, or take part in run yourself.
Sunday 27th August 2017
Admission: Free

Peat - Past Uses & Future Values
Guided walk on Gort Moss and talk at Coyles Cottage afterwards. 24th of August
Admission: Free  

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