7 Things to do this week...
COPPEY AND COLLINS: French cellist Marc Coppey and Irish pianist Finghin Collins will perform at Killruddery House & Gardens on Thursday, June 13 at 8 p.m. This is part of the ‘Great Music in Irish Houses’ series. Coppey is a passionate musician who has extensively explored the chamber music repertoire with some of the world’s finest musicians. On this occasion, he joins forces with Finghin Collins, who equally enjoys a flourishing international career as a soloist and chamber music partner. Festival audiences can look forward to music by Brahms, Martin, Beethoven, and French composers Claude Debussy and Nadia Boulanger performed by this dynamic duo. This special collaboration between one of Ireland’s finest musicians and this engaging French cellist at perennial favourite, Killruddery House, is bound to be a 2019 Festival highlight. Great Music In Irish Houses opened on June 11 and runs to June 16 at venues including the Royal Irish Academy and the National Botanic Gardens. Tickets to the concert start at €35 at eventbrite.ie.
SUMMER SUNDAYS: Summer Sundays free concerts return to Bray bandstand this year, with Dublin Airport Police & Fire Band kicking things off on Sunday, June 16. The Martello presents the series of concerts on the Victorian bandstand, which was refurbished earlier this year. Each show starts at 2.30 p.m. and is around an hour and a half long. Some of the country’s top big bands will entertain crowds enjoying the seafront. On June 23 it’s the Garda Band and garda day, on June 30 it’s Bray Concert Band, and July 7 the Communications Workers Bras Band will perform. Ardee Brass Band will play on July 14, and St George’s Brass Band will perform on August 4.
5K RUN AND FAMILY FUN DAY: Blessington AFC will host its upcoming Coimín Greenway 5k and Family Fun Day on Sunday, June 16. The 5k race trail starts at the Avon, Blessington and leads south along the shores of Blessington Lakes and through forest and natural woodland. With cash prizes, the race is professionally chip timed and there will be medals for all race participants. There’s a kids race as well.
ANNACURRA FIELD DAY: The Annacurra field day will take place from 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, at the local GAA club. There will be children’s races and football matches, dancing with Declan, a barbecue, duck racing, welly throwing and a range of stalls selling books, cakes, bric-à-brac, plants and more. This will be a great day out for all the family with something for everyone, young and old, to enjoy. All welcome.
Cruinniún an Óg returns to Russborough House on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. This is a day for all the family with activities for the young ones such as the Historic Maze, Rugby, Balance Bikes, a singing workshop. Other activities can be enjoyed by both young and older, the National Bird of Prey Centre guided tour, a Willow sculpturing workshop, music on stage, an Art workshop and lots more. It is advised to book (free) for the workshops, but you can also come along and enjoy the atmosphere. The event is free except for a car park charge of €3.
BARBECUE AND PARISH FÊTE: A fête and barbecue will take place at St John’s Church, Cloghleagh, on Saturday, June 15 from 12 noon until 4 p.m. There will be a gourmet barbecue and plenty of stalls providing the likes of crepes, cakes, plants, books, crafts, raffle, kid’s corner and face painting. Admission will be €5 and includes tea. Children are allowed in free of charge. Come along and join in with the fun and enjoy some lovely food, homemade goodies and some excellent stalls. The family-themed day is sure to be plenty of fun for old and young alike Donations are also most welcome on the day.
FOLK PERFORMANCE: Two leading interpreters of English folk traditions
– folk guitarist/singer Martin Carthy and squeezebox virtuoso/singer John Kirkpatrick – are coming to the Hot Spot Music Club in Greystones on Sunday, June 16 at 8 p.m. The pair are long-time collaborators in a variety of seminal musical projects: from John’s iconic 1976 Morris tunes album Plain Capers through Steeleye Span to Brass Monkey. Martin Carthy received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2014. Their enduring enjoyment of playing with each other shines through in their performances – warm, natural and charismatic. Tickets are €20 at thehotspot.ie.
Clare Stephens conductor Bray Concert Band, Sean Gilsenan Chairman Bray Concert Band, Conor Pearse BCB and Brian Kavanagh Airport Police Fire Service Band. SEE NUMBER 2.
Pianist Finghin Collins. SEE NUMBER 1.
Martin Carthy and John Kirkpatrick. SEE NUMBER 7.