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The Ash­ford Coun­try Fair re­turns for a sec­ond year on Mon­day, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Run by Kil­liskey Par­ish, the event takes place on the grounds of the Bel Air Ho­tel and will fea­ture a kid­dies cor­ner with an art stu­dio, pet cor­ner, dog shows, a gun­dog demon­stra­tion, sheep­dog demon­stra­tions and a huge collection of stalls sell­ing ev­ery­thing from ed­i­ble good­ies to plants, books, hand­made crafts and sec­ond­hand clothes. Lo­cal vets will also be on hand to an­swer any ques­tions. The County Fi­nal of the Macra Farms Skills will take place at the Fair and a vin­tage trac­tor dis­play should also prove pop­u­lar. Ad­mis­sion is €5 per car and the Fair runs on Mon­day, May 5 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


ONLY HEARD for a few short weeks each year, a Wick­low dawn cho­rus is a spec­tac­u­lar and un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence.

Why not set your alarm clock a lit­tle ear­lier than usual and join Niall Hatch of Bird Watch Ire­land on a cel­e­bra­tion of early morn­ing bird­song at Pow­er­scourt Gar­dens in County Wick­low? This guided walk takes place on Sun­day May 4 at 4.30 a.m. The walk will be suit­able both for ex­pe­ri­enced bird­watch­ers and com­plete beginners, and no prior knowl­edge of birds is needed.

Niall will ex­plain what the dawn cho­rus is all about, why birds sing in the first place and how you can iden­tify birds by sound.

Dress warmly and be pre­pared in case of rain; Tick­ets are limited and must be booked in ad­vance. Visit www.pow­er­ for more in­for­ma­tion.


Bray Jazz Fes­ti­val will be on in venues all over the town at the weekend for its 15th out­ing. Mermaid Arts Cen­tre and the Har­bour Bar will pro­vide stages, as well as pubs town-wide for the an­nual ‘pub trail.’

Venues in­clude The Martello, The Royal Ho­tel, The Porter­house, ‘‘The Well,’ and many more. Artists will travel to Bray from all over the world to par­tic­i­pate in the renowned fes­ti­val this bank hol­i­day weekend. For a full pro­gramme go to www.bray­ while in­for­ma­tion about tick­ets is avail­able at Mermaid box of­fice (01) 2724030.


COUN­TRY mu­sic fans will flock to the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel on Thurs­day, May 1 for the much an­tic­i­pated con­cert fea­tur­ing Nashville star Beth Nielsen Chap­man.

The show forms the fi­nal date of her cur­rent Ir­ish tour. A re­spected song­writer, Chap­man has penned songs for artists such as Tr­isha Year­wood, Faith Hill and Wil­lie Nel­son and is best known for her own songs ‘I keep com­ing back to you’ and ‘All I have’.

Tick­ets are on sale from the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel, 040232309 at €25 or €40 for a pair if bought in ad­vance.


A VIN­TAGE ex­pe­ri­ence not to be missed takes place in Ark­low this May Bank Sun­day as the East Coast Clas­sics host the club’s an­nual vin­tage show.

This year’s show in aid of Ark­low Sea Scouts will see ex­hibitors from all over Wick­low and sur­round­ing coun­ties dis­play a large and var­ied ar­ray of cars, trac­tors, lor­ries and other ve­hi­cles.

Reg­is­tra­tion takes place at the venue, Bridge­wa­ter Cen­tre from 12p.m. and the show will run from 2- 4p.m. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by Dinny Mon­a­han with a guest ap­pear­ance from Brian Lalor.

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