WEEK­END NOTES

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■ One of the big events in the Mun­ster cal­en­dar takes place this week­end — the Mal­low Home and Gar­den Show. The show, which cov­ers gar­den­ing and a lot more, runs from Fri­day to Sun­day at Cork Race­course Mal­low.

■ An Open Gar­den event takes place this Satur­day and Sun­day from 12noon to 5pm, in the home of Liam and Anne O’cal­laghan, Briar Hill, Wa­ter­fall, (lo­cated just off the N71, near Rum­ley’s Farm), to raise funds for Bal­ly­gar­van Com­mu­nity Cen­tre. Vis­i­tors are wel­come to stroll around the ex­ten­sive gar­dens and en­joy home bak­ing and re­fresh­ments. En­trance by do­na­tion. For fur­ther en­quiries call 0868226232.

■ Glenville Flower & Gar­den Club will host Mau­reen O’ke­effe,flo­ral artist, for a teach­ing night on Tues­day, May 30 in Kades Kounty at 8.30pm. All are wel­come.

■ Cork Na­ture Net­work of­fers a whale watch­ing event on the Old Head, Kin­sale to­day at 11am. The event will be guided by Emer Keav­eney, who will ex­plain what to look for and which species can be seen from land. events@cork­na­turenet­work.ie

■ Cork Gar­den Club presents a talk by John Mcna­mara, rose breeder on the topic: ‘Fra­grant Sum­mer Roses’ on June 8 in Nemo Rangers at 8pm.

■ Mi­dle­ton Com­mu­nity Gar­den wel­comes herbal­ist Vivi­enne Camp­bell on Satur­day June 24 for a for­ag­ing walk to dis­cover some of themedic­i­nal and ed­i­ble plants that grow around us. We will nib­ble as we go along, while Vivi­enne talks about the medic­i­nal and nu­tri­tional prop­er­ties of these plants. We’ll also try some sam­ples that Vivi­enne has made in ad­vance e.g. wild herbal cor­dial, wild food pesto and fresh salad. Cost: Adults: €30.00, chil­dren (un­der16 years free), but they must reg­is­ter in ad­vance. Start: 10.30am to 3-3.30pm.

■ In cel­e­bra­tion of the 200th an­niver­sary of the first light at Roche’s Point, Cork Har­bour Her­itage Al­liance in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Com­mis­sion­ers of Ir­ish Lights are pleased to an­nounce that Roche’s Point Light­house will be open to the pub­lic on Sun­day, June 4, for the first time in its his­tory. Vis­i­tors will have ac­cess to the light­house com­pound where for­mer keep­ers will be at hand to guide and in­form. There will be con­trolled en­try to the light­house bal­cony and sev­eral other view­ing ar­eas around the com­pound. There will also be in­for­ma­tion boards high­light­ing ar­eas of in­ter­est in and around the site and an ex­hi­bi­tion ex­plain­ing the in­volve­ment of the US Navy in Cork Har­bour dur­ing the First World War. This is a ticket only event. Tick­ets will not be for sale on the day or at the venue. Tick­ets are on sale on­line with three en­try slots: 10:30 - 12:30; 12:30 - 14:30; 14:30 - 16:30.

■ Laya Health­care’s City Spec­tac­u­lar will re­turn to Cork’s Fitzger­ald Park on July 15 and 16. En­try to this fam­ily friendly fes­ti­val is free of charge and runs over two days show­cas­ing the best in in­ter­na­tional street per­for­mance, in­ter­ac­tive fam­ily ac­tiv­i­ties, de­li­cious ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers and food from around the world, as well as a pet well­ness area. Healthy he­roes, The Happy Pear along with span­dex-sport­ing com­edy duo, Lords of Strut and this year’s fes­ti­val am­bas­sador, Dustin the Turkey will be on hand to en­ter­tain vis­i­tors.

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