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1 WEX­FORD V KILKENNY, WALSH CUP SEMI-FI­NAL: The heat of cham­pi­onship hurl­ing in mid-sum­mer will seem like a world away, but for the hurlers of Wex­ford, this Sun­day marks the start of their 2019 jour­ney un­der man­ager Davy Fitzgerald as they aim to build on the progress of the last two sea­sons. Old ri­vals Kilkenny will be the op­po­si­tion in Belle­field GAA grounds in En­nis­cor­thy and while hurl­ing in Jan­uary is never a free-flow­ing af­fair, the en­counter will be an early in­di­ca­tion as to how this year is likely to shape up. Both James Breen and Ian Byrne have re­turned to the squad hav­ing missed out on last sea­son, while Eanna Martin takes Mark Fan­ning’s place in goal, as Fan­ning is ruled out of Sun­day’s game ow­ing to a ham­string in­jury. Fitzgerald said they have a num­ber of in­jury con­cerns go­ing into the game. ‘While Mark is out, Rory O’Con­nor (knee), Damien Reck (jaw) and Paul Mor­ris (knee) are also out of con­tention, with Lee Chin only 50-50 ow­ing to a ham­string prob­lem,’ ac­cord­ing to the man­ager. The game was orig­i­nally ear­marked for In­no­vate Wex­ford Park but a late venue change means the game is now tak­ing place in Belle­field, with a 2.00pm throw-in.

2 PANTO TIME IN NORTH WEX­FORD: The ‘oh no you didn’t’ sea­son is truly upon us and North Wex­ford has two great shows to of­fer panto lovers. Gorey Lit­tle Theatre present ‘Aladdin’ on Fri­day, Jan­uary

11, un­til Satur­day, Jan­uary 19, at 8 p.m., ex­cept Satur­day and Sun­day, Jan­uary 12 and 13 where two mati­nees will take place at 3 p.m. No per­for­mance on Sun­day night be­cause of bingo. Tick­ets are avail­able at www.goreythe­atre.ie Over in Kil­muck­ridge, the Panto So­ci­ety are gear­ing up for their pro­duc­tion of ‘Old King Cole’ which will take place on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 10, un­til Sun­day, Jan­uary 13, at 7.30 p.m. Tick­ets avail­able on the door.

3 PETER PAN PANTO: The magic of Peter Pan is be­ing brought to life on St Michael’s Theatre stage in New Ross for the first time as New Ross Pan­tomime So­ci­ety mark a cen­tury of en­ter­tain­ing in the town with a hi­lar­i­ous take on the J.M. Bar­rie story. With 11 shows, be­gin­ning this Satur­day with the mati­nee per­for­mance, the pan­tomime fun con­tin­ues un­til Satur­day, Jan­uary 19. Tick­ets cost €15/€12 (mati­nees/mid­week).

4 ART EX­HI­BI­TION: Other Places, an ex­hi­bi­tion of new work by the Five Tow­ers Art Group, will be of­fi­cially launched on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 9, at 2 p.m., in Gorey Li­brary. This is a new ex­hi­bi­tion based around ‘places’ – the places we go to in our imag­i­na­tion, the places we are taken to through the process of cre­ativ­ity, places that are far away, places that we once trav­elled to. It fea­tures works in paint­ing, ce­ramic and tex­tile. The ex­hi­bi­tion will run for the month of Jan­uary.

5 The Pre­sen­ta­tion Cen­tre will host a screen­ing of ‘Two Days, One Night’ in con­junc­tion with the Ir­ish Film In­sti­tute and the First Fort­night char­ity which chal­lenges men­tal health prej­u­dice through arts and cul­tural ac­tion. The Dar­denne broth­ers film fo­cuses on San­dra (Mar­ion Cotil­lard) who re­turns to work af­ter suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion to learn that things have changed con­sid­er­ably, and at the ex­pense of her job. She has one week­end to re­verse what has hap­pened. Tick­ets are €7 and the film is suit­able for age 15 up.

6 SEAN KEANE - CHRIST­MAS BY THE HEARTH: Sean Keane takes his Christ­mas by the Hearth show to Coast Ross­lare Strand on Satur­day night, with the Gal­way singer lend­ing his unique voice to a se­lec­tion of fes­tive favourites and tra­di­tional Ir­ish, folk and even coun­try and blues songs. De­scribed by The London In­de­pen­dent as ‘the great­est mu­si­cal find of the 90s’, Keane grew up in a fam­ily of singers and mu­si­cians (in­clud­ing his well-known sis­ter Dolores) and learned the sean-nós style of singing from his mother and his aunts. For tick­ets con­tact 053 91 32010.

7 LEG­ENDARY il­lu­sion­ist, TV hyp­no­tist and brain hacker Keith Barry will be bring­ing his brand new show, ‘De­cep­tion’, to Wex­ford Opera House on Fri­day, Jan­uary 11, at 8 p.m. The cur­rent show will be his big­gest and most spec­tac­u­lar to-date and in it he will ex­am­ine dif­fer­ent facets of the mind in­clud­ing mind con­trol, brain­wash­ing, sub­lim­i­nal mes­sag­ing, cults and other forms of de­cep­tion. Renowned as one of the world’s great­est mind-con­trol en­ter­tain­ers he has per­formed all over the globe. His Wex­ford show is sure to be one of the most talked about events of the year. Tick­ets, priced €32, are now avail­able from the Na­tional Opera House box-of­fice on 053-9122144.

The New Ross pan­tomime dancers in re­hearsals for Peter Pan. See num­ber 2.

Leg­endary il­lu­sion­ist Keith Barry. See num­ber 7.

Tra­di­tional singer Sean Keane. See num­ber 6.

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