Australia Day: Here’s how you can celebrate and help with the bushfires

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    Australia Day 2020
    Australia Day 2020

    This weekend it’s Australia Day! What a beautiful event to celebrate all the things loved about Australia. We’re talking cute and cuddly koalas, hopping kangaroos, Vegemite and lots of BBQs.

    But what has that to do with us in Ireland (seeing that we have far less sun — and no poisonous snakes)?

    Well, if you are up to date with the news you know that the beautiful country of Australia is literally up in flames after bushfires broke out there a few weeks ago.

    Up to today, more than 10 million hectares (100 000 sq km or 24.7 million acres) of bush, forest and parks across the country have burned.

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    Apart from people who had to evacuate their homes, a lot of animals, like the endangered dunnart, sheep, koalas and kangaroos were affected by this as well.

    Firefighters have been battling these devastating fires for days to try and save the people, animals and the country.

    And by taking part in Australia day here in Ireland, you can help them — while also having some craic!

    Koalas in Australia
    Koalas in Australia

    How can I help?

    Some pubs and restaurants in Dublin are hosting an Australia Day event this weekend to raise money for the bushfire emergency appeal.

    Here are places you can visit to celebrate this Australia Day, doing your part to help save people, animals and the country.

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    Woolshed Bar
    Woolshed Bar

    The Woolshed Bar

    The iconic Aussie bar located on Parnell Street in Dublin 1 isn’t just a great place to watch sport, it’s also one of the best places to be this weekend!

    On Sunday 26 January from 5pm, you can take part in a collection and raffle to raise money for the Bushfire Emergency Appeal. DJ Daz will be playing some cracking Aussie tunes, while the annual Rock, Paper, Scissor contest will also be taking place.

    Click here for more information.

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    Old Music Shop Restaurant
    Old Music Shop Restaurant

    Old Music Shop Restaurant & Castle Vaults Bar

    For the first time ever the Old Music Shop Restaurant will be celebrating Australia Day. Here you can have lunch (served from 1pm) or dinner (served from 7pm) enjoying the very best Australian recipes.

    There’ll also be raffling prizes and a collection in aid of the Australian Red Cross Bushfire Relief and Recovery.

    From 9pm, you can return to your Irish roots by listening to live Irish music in Castle Vaults.

    Booking is essential. Do so by calling 01-8797888. For more information, click here.

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