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1 CUL­TURE NIGHT: On Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 peo­ple from all across the county can lose them­selves in their imag­i­na­tion and an ex­plo­sion of cre­ativ­ity as Cul­ture Night re­turns. High­lights in­clude a con­cert in Nun’s Cross Church, Ash­ford fea­tur­ing award-win­ning singer-song­writer Luan Parle and Ea­mon Sweeney in the com­pany of Jes­sica Har­ris and James Ma­hon of Kila and Afro-Celt Soundsys­tem on tra­di­tional mu­sic on pipes and flute. Pi­anist Fi­achra Gar­vey and mezzo so­prano Rachel Kelly will be in con­cert at Russ­bor­ough House, Bless­ing­ton, while The Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre in Bray presents the Os­carnom­i­nated an­i­mated movie The Bread­win­ner. Lead­ing per­sonal train­ers and over­all well­be­ing ex­pert Karl Henry will be of­fer­ing all kinds of ad­vice at Grey­stones Li­brary. An open day takes place at Ti­na­hely Court­house from 11 a.m. Bray Town Hall will host the Bray Lit­er­ary Fes­ti­val from 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. The full pro­gramme of events and par­tic­i­pat­ing venues for Cul­ture Night 2018 is now avail­able at cul­turenight.ie.

2 CHAM­BER AWARDS: The Ark­low and Dis­trict Cham­ber Ball takes place this Fri­day night, Septem­ber 14, in the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel. The even­ing will start with a drinks re­cep­tion at 7 p.m. fol­lowed by din­ner at 8 p.m. The pre­sen­ta­tion of awards will take place af­ter din­ner. The awards recog­nise lo­cal peo­ple and busi­nesses and their achieve­ments in a num­ber of cat­e­gories. Three nom­i­nees have been cho­sen in each cat­e­gory and the over­all win­ner will be re­vealed on the night af­ter the in­de­pen­dent judg­ing panel has com­pleted its de­lib­er­a­tions. Also on the night the 2018 ‘Per­son of the Year’ award will be pre­sented to well known Ark­low ath­lete and hero, Mary Hickey. Tickets for this black-tie event which is open to mem­bers and non mem­bers are avail­able from the Ark­low Cham­ber of­fice at 0402 26909 or email cham­ber@ark­low.ie at a cost of €60 or a ta­ble of 10 for €550.

3 HOSPICE RUN: The Wick­low Hospice 10k and Kilo­marathon takes place on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15. The first 250 to reg­is­ter get a T-shirt and all par­tic­i­pants re­ceive a medal. Run­ners start and fin­ish at the Bee­hive. Num­ber pick up and on the day reg­is­tra­tion is from 7.30 a.m. and both dis­tances be­gin at9 a.m. Con­tact Sinéad at 087 0954137 or sinead@wick­lowhos­pice.ie for more de­tails. Al­ter­na­tively you can reg­is­ter for the event on­line by log­ging onto it­splain­sail­ing.com/club/wick­lowhos­pice/en­try.

4 CHURCH CON­CERTS: MU­SIC in Cal a ry con­tin­ues this month with no less than three dif­fer­ent con­certs tak­ing place in Cal a ry Church. Last Satur­day so­prano Sarah Power was ac­com­pa­nied by An­drea Lin sb a er on pi­ano, with Ella N aggy join­ing them with pi­ano so los. Tonight, Wednesday, Septem­ber 12, pi­anist F ia ch ra Gar­vey will play the works of Brahms, Chopin, Field, and Ra ch ma ni nov. He will also be per­form­ing the same show in Ger­many three days later and at var­i­ous U. K. fes­ti­vals. On Fri­day, Septem­ber 14, Miriam Roy croft on cello and Luke Co burn on pi­ano will play works by Beethoven, Chopin, Mar ti nu and Mo eran. Each con­cert start sat 8 p.m. sharp and re­fresh­ments will be served dur­ing the in­ter­val. Tickets cost €18 or €15 for a con­ces­sion. Con­tact Derek Neil son or John Med ly cot tat (01) 281 8146 or derekneil­son@eir­com.net

5 NA­TURE TODDLE: A na­ture toddle for chil­dren aged 1-5 will take place at Wick­low Moun­tains Na­tional Park. The meet­ing point on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 14 is at the Up­per Lake car park in Glen­dalough at 10 a.m. This event is or­gan­ised by ed­u­ca­tion staff based at Wick­low Moun­tains Na­tional Park. The na­ture toddle is free of charge but please be aware that the Up­per Lake car park has a €4 charge for park­ing. You are ad­vised to bring rain coats and wellies and please leave your dog at home. Pre-book­ing is es­sen­tial, con­tact (0404) 45425.

6 DECLAN O’ROURKE GIG: Declan O’Rourke is back at Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15. Ac­claimed by his peers, Declan has achieved many plau­dits with his five al­bums re­leased to date. Declan’s soulful mu­sic, rooted in folk and trad, has at­tracted the praise of count­less in­dus­try gi­ants, in­clud­ing John Prine, and Paul Weller. O’Rourke’s song­writ­ing style moves be­tween im­pres­sion­ism, and sto­ry­telling, and can be at home in al­most any form. A dy­namic per­former, he is at once as com­fort­able fronting a 50-piece orches­tra, as play­ing solo with a gui­tar. Songs of Declan’s have been cov­ered by a grow­ing list of es­tab­lished artists rang­ing from Christy Moore, to Eddi Reader, and Josh Groban. Tickets avail­able from box of­fice on 01-2724030 or at www.mer­maid­arts­cen­tre.ie.

7 PAINT­ING WORK­SHOP: On Satur­day, Septem­ber 15, artist Rod Coyne will host an out­door paint­ing work­shop on the shores of the Up­per Lake in Glen­dalough. Rod’s work­shop which takes place be­tween 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. prom­ises qual­ity time chan­nelling St. Kevin’s her­mitage on the shores of the Up­per Lake. Dur­ing the work­shop Rod will pro­vide a draw­ing/paint­ing demon­stra­tion as in­tro­duc­tion be­fore the group start their own art works. Af­ter a lunch break the group con­tinue their af­ter­noons paint­ing with one-to-one sup­port form Rod. The work­shop is suit­able for ab­so­lute be­gin­ners to ex­pe­ri­enced painters. It is an ideal chance for those who have dab­bled and would like to learn a few more tech­niques. Artist Rod Coyne is the res­i­dent artist at Avoca Stu­dio Gallery, the owner-man­ager at Avo­caGallery.com and fa­cil­i­ta­tor at the Avoca Paint­ing School. To book log onto avoda­gallery.com.

Karl Henry: SEE NO 1

Artist Rod Coyne. SEE NO 7

Declan O’Rourke. SEE NO 6

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