7 Things to do this week...
1 WEXFORD PEOPLE WEXFORD ON ICE. It’s time to get your skates on as the Wexford People Wexford on Ice skating rink will be open every day on the quayfront in Wexford town until January 6 next year, with the exception of Christmas Day, allowing people to show off their skating skills while admiring a panoramic view over the harbour before enjoying a coffee or festive hot chocolate from the Coffee Dock cafe. If you are nervous or a first time skater don’t worry as there are stability aids to help you. Skating is like cycling and you’re safer wearing a helmet so feel free to bring your own. There are a limited number of helmets for skaters to hire at the ice rink. Sensory and wheelchair family skate sessions take place every Saturday morning from 10 a. m. to 11 a.m. and are free. During these sessions parents and guardians can join their children without skates and wheelchair users can take their wheels directly onto the ice. Wexford on Ice is available for group gookings for birthday parties, school and staff outings. Bookings through the wexfordwinterland.com website.
2 THE WATERBOYS. The Waterboys will perform in Wexford Opera House tomorrow, Wednesday, December 5, at 8 p.m. One of the most eclectic bands the world has ever seen the band achieved immense success during the 1980s when band leader Mike Scott and his cohorts released some of the most seminal albums and songs of the decade including the massive hits ‘Whole of the Moon’ and ‘Fisherman’s Blues’. Tomorrow’s concert is likely to be one of the music highlights of the year and is certainly an event not to missed by all discerning music lovers. To book tickets contact the box-office on 053-9122144 or log onto www.nationaloperahouse.ie.
3 SANTA IN BALLYCANEW: Santa and his little helpers will make a special visit to Ballycanew village on Sunday, December 9, at 6 p.m. before he has to head back to the north pole to finish off making the rest of the toys for all the kids this Christmas. As well as visiting all of the children, Santa will have the all important duty of turning on the new Christmas tree and lights in Ballycanew. All are welcome to come along to meet Santa.
4 CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS FAIR: A Children’s Christmas Fair will take place on Saturday, December 8, from 12 noon, until 4 p.m. in the Amber Springs Hotel in Gorey. There will be toys, games, books, clothes, baby equipment and much more for sale, all in aid of LauraLynn Ireland’s Children’s Hospice. The Children’s Christmas Fair is open to all and will also include a monster raffle, lots of goodies and loads of family fun.
5 FESTIVE TRACTOR RUN: Ireland’s biggest tractor will be covered in Christmas lights as part of a festive roadshow across south west Wexford this Sunday in aid of St Louis Day Care Centre in Ramsgrange. The organisers will be lighting up the roads and villages in the south west Wexford areas in aid of the locals who are giving tremendous care to their elderly residents. The event is starting in Campile with Ireland’s largest tractor on display at 4 p.m. The road run will then start at 5 p.m. and will drive through the area, with hot food served compliments of the Kings Bay Inn.
6 ENNISCORTHY VOCATIONAL COLLEGE CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR: There promises to be plenty of festive cheer at Enniscorthy Vocational College this Thursday, December 6, as the school hosts its first ever Christmas Market. There will be plenty to see and do and those in attendance might just be able to pick up some of those all important Christmas gifts and stocking-fillers with plenty of bargains and crafts on display on the night. There will also be prizes on offer on the night for ‘best decorated space’ meaning an extra Christmassy atmosphere is guaranteed. For further details call 053 9234185.
7 SIVE: Blackstairs Mountain Theatre is delighted to present one of the greatest Irish plays of the 20th century in the form of John B Keane’s ‘Sive’ from Tuesday to Saturday night at 8 p.m. nightly. A raw and riveting drama, it tells the tale of a beautiful young schoolgirl who is forced into an arranged marriage to a rich and lecherous old man. Featuring a stellar cast, the story examines a clash of cultures amid a love story of heartache and pain. This staging looks set to be a real cracker and the cast and crew have been busily putting the finishing touches to things in the last few weeks. To book tickets, please call the Presentation Centre on 053 9233000 or visit www.presentationcentre.ie. Have you an event for our What’s On pages? email the details (with a picture, if possible) to: what[email protected]plenews.ie
The Waterboys. SEE NUMBER 2 Ellen O’Gorman as Sive. SEE NUMBER 7
Wexford People Wexford On Ice. SEE NUMBER 1