WHAT’S ON AROUND COUNTY WICKLOW
THURSDAY, JULY 13 SOMETHINGS Mermaid Arts Centre 8 p.m.
Devised by a company of performers with intellectual disabilities, Shadowbox and Gemma Gallagher are back with another cracker. Imagine its the future, you are reading the last newspaper ever written and its contents shape your understanding of the world today and your beliefs about the times past. A handful of people have decided what you should know, what is important and what somethings should be carried into the future. Tickets cost €10/€8 from mermaidarts.ie or by calling 01 2724030.
FRIDAY, JULY 14 RED KITE RELAY RACE Avoca Community Hall 6.30 p.m.
Teams of four will be lining up to tackle the second annual Red Kite Relay Race in aid of Avoca Tidy Towns and the community courthouse. Each team member will complete one loop of the Red Kite Walk. There is also a 6km race, which involves three laps of the walk. The race has categories for men, women, mixed and junior (12-17 years). Entry can be completed online or at Avoca Community Courthouse Heritage Centre. Entering a relay team costs €40 while entry to the 6k race costs €15 for adults and €5 for juniors.
GLENART OUTDOORS Glenart Estate, Arklow 8 p.m.
Lisa McHugh headlines the latest summer open air country night at the Glenart Estate near Arklow. With support from John Hogan, who is celebrating 30 years in Irish music, and local country artist Brian Lawlor, it promises to be another great night out in Glenart. Tickets, costing €25, are available from www.glenartoutdoors.com
SATURDAY, JULY 15 MIGHTY WINGS FOOD FEST Bray Seafront From 10 a.m.
The mightiest, hottest, finger-lickin’ chicken wings on the east coast return at this two-day food festival in Bray. There will be four pop-up wings shops, a barbecue pit area and the WingARoo ‘Spin a Wing’ wheel, along with a street food an craft market, street theatre and live music.
CARNEW AND DISTRICT AGRICULTURAL SHOW Umrigar, Carnew From 11 a.m.
The Carnew show is back with the cream of the crop across a number of competitions. As usual, there will be a range of classes for livestock, poultry, horses and ponies, fantastic entries in baking, crafts, art, photography and flower competitions, and an explosion of talent on display across all the junior sections. The showgrounds will also be packed full of all the usual attractions, including the dog show. Admission: €5 for adults, children go free.
SUMMER FUN DAY
Dr Ryan’s Community Centre, Greystones Noon to 3 p.m. Bring all the family along to this summer fun day featuring a range of activ- ities, including bouncy castle, hook a duck, face painting and the challenge of guessing how many sweets are in the jar.
FAMILY FUN DAY Poulaphouca House, Blessington From 2 p.m.
An action packed family day out to raise funds for a new rescue boat for the Blessington lakes. There will be Ireland’s biggest slide, a fun fair, bungee trampoline, live bands and games for children. Separately, a night of music will get under way from 8 p.m. Family tickets cost €20 while all-day tickets or evening tickets are also €20.
CARNEW SHOW AFTER PARTY Umrigar, Carnew 7 p.m.
With a barbecue and live entertainment, this fundraiser in the marquee for the Carnew and District Annual Show is the perfect way to unwind after the hustle and bustle of show day. Admission: €10.
THE WRITING LIFE: CARLO GEBLER The Mermaid Arts Centre 8 p.m.
The first of a new series of interviews with writers begins with Wicklow native Carlow Gebler, who spent his early years in a house overlooking Lough Dan, in conversation with local writer Philip St John. During the interview, Gebler will explore the impact of place on his vision, the advantages and disadvan- tages of having two renowned writers for parents, and how he has produced over the last 35 years one of the most impressive, maverick and wide-ranging bodies of work in Irish literature. Tickets, costing €12/€10 concession, are available from www.mermaidartscentre.ie or by calling 01 2724030.
SUNDAY, JULY 16 GLEN TO GLEN WALK Glenmalure Lodge car park 9 a.m.
Take in breathtaking views of the beautiful Wicklow Mountains will helping out the Wicklow Hospice Foundation furing the annual Glen to Glen Walk, which begins in Glendalough. Walkers will meet at Glenmalure car park before getting a bus to Glendalough for a 10 a.m. start for the walk. For information on how to register, contact Sinead at 087 0954137 or email@example.com or Fabian at 087 2306030 or fabian@ sovereignsecurity.ie.
MIGHTY WINGS FOOD FEST Bray Seafront From 10 a.m.
The mightiest, hottest, finger-lickin’ chicken wings on the east coast return at this two-day food festival in Bray.
FOUR-MILE ROAD AND RELAY RDA Hall, Rathdrum 11.30 a.m.
Parnell Athletics Club is hosting its annual four-mile road and relay race. There will be prizes for the first, second and third male and female home as well as the first home in the junior and age categories. Athletes can register online at www.parnellac.com or at the RDA Hall on the day. The cost of entry is €20 online or €25 on the day for individuals or €60 for a team of four running the relay (each member running one mile).
SUMMER FAIR IN BRITTAS BAY Opposite Brittas Bay church 1.30 p.m.
The action-packed-annual BBK summer fair is a fun day out for all the family with a dog show, tug of war, live music and lots more. All the proceeds raised will go toward the BBK parish fund. While gates open to the public at 1.30 p.m., registration for gymkhana will begin at 11.30a.m. Admission: €4 for adults and children are free.
SUMMER FESTIVAL OF OPERA Killruddery House 3.30 p.m.
Friends of the Vocal Arts return to Killruddery House for their annual fundraiser for the Veronica Dunne International Singing Competition, which takes place in the Orangery. Performing will be Imelda Drumm (mezzo-soprano), Lorna Breen (soprano), Leah Redmond (soprano), Ioana Pipelea (soprano), Lauren Scully (soprano), James McGreanor (tenor), Richard Shaffrey (tenor), Rob McAllister (bass baritone) and Dearbhla Collins (piano). Tickets, from €60, are available by calling 01 415 0445 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.