SUN­DAY 13.08.17

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SPO­KEN WORD Mike Garry

The Work­man’s Club, Dublin, Sun­day Au­gust 13th, 8pm, ¤7 the­work­man­sclub.com A rea­son­ably reg­u­lar vis­i­tor to Ire­land (he was last in Dublin in Jan­uary of this year), Man­cu­nian poet Mike Garry re­turns in the wake of the Manch­ester Arena bomb­ing, and so will un­doubt­edly have some care­fully cho­sen words to de­liver. Garry will also show­case his lean, deft spo­ken word skills at get­ting to the nub of mat­ters. Special guest is un­com­pro­mis­ing Ir­ish per­for­mance poet Lewis Kenny, who is poet-in­res­i­dence at Bo­hemi­ans foot­ball club. TCL

FLEADH PRIZEFIGHT Fleadh Cheoil na hÉire­ann

Var­i­ous venues, En­nis, Co Clare, un­til Au­gust 21st flead­hcheoil.ie For many mu­si­cians, dancers and singers, the Fleadh Cheoil is the most im­por­tant event in their an­nual cal­en­dar. It’s where they slug it out for All-Ire­land ti­tles with the tenac­ity of prize fight­ers. TG4’s mighty Fleadh TV will be there to cap­ture the ma­nia and the magic, but, for stal­warts, there’s noth­ing to beat the three-di­men­sional, no-holds-barred so­lar plexus punch that is hear­ing and see­ing such a tsunami of per­form­ers across the length and breadth of the week in the town of En­nis it­self. Pádraig Rynne, Frankie Gavin, Seán Keane, Martin Hayes and Den­nis Cahill and so many oth­ers will oc­cupy the main stage of Glór and other venues, while the streetscape changes con­stantly. Add a tinc­ture of half-de­cent weather, and this is a gath­er­ing not to be missed. SL

HO­MAGE The Way Things Go: An Ho­mage

But­ler Gallery, Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny, un­til Oc­to­ber 15th but­ler­gallery.com You have to credit the But­ler Gallery for their gram­mar. Of course it’s “An Ho­mage”. It’s also a fas­ci­nat­ing show. Back in 1987, Swiss artists Peter Fis­chli and David Weiss, who may (or may not) have spent their child­hoods play­ing the board game Mouse Trap, cre­ated a bril­liant film in which a chain re­ac­tion, in­volv­ing old tyres, soap, shoes, wa­ter and py­rotech­nics un­folds in a ware­house. There’s ten­sion, drama plus great fun. Along­side the film are works from artists in­clud­ing Aideen Barry, Ne­van La­hart, Han­nah Fitz and Caro­line McCarthy. You have to be care­ful with ho­mages: in 2003, Fis­chli and Weiss threat­ened ac­tion against Honda over their Cog com­mer­cial. The ad agency even­tu­ally ad­mit­ted to pinch­ing the tyres idea. This ex­hi­bi­tion is in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val, where you can also see Mick O’Dea mak­ing por­traits of the great and the good of the fes­ti­val for the third year in a row. Find out who’s left to paint, un­til Au­gust 20th. GT

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