7 Things to do this week...
MIDSUMMER SUPPER: A Midsummer long-table supper for Focus Ireland and Mary’s Meals will take place at Killruddery House and Gardens on Thursday, June 20, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The charity al fresco supper special was born in response to requests from Kilruddery visitors and members to relaunch Thursday night suppers. Watch a beautifully long day of the year unfold with views of the stunning formal gardens towards the distant Little Sugar Loaf mountain. The dishes will be beyond compare for those dining at the unique event. Dinners served at Killruddery are always a spectacular display of culinary ability. The exceptional kitchen team will serve a home-grown, four-course dinner designed by Head Chef Rafal Lorys, as diners soak in the special al fresco atmosphere. This event is in aid of two local charities close to the hearts of team members at Killruddery: Focus Ireland and Mary’s Meals, the organisations looking after the homeless and hungry children respectively. Tickets cost €50 and are available at killruddery.ie.
DUNLAVIN FESTIVAL OF ARTS: Dunlavin Festival of Arts kicks off on Friday, June 21 at 7.30 p.m. with the official opening of art exhibitions by local award-winning writer Robert Barrett and music by Dorly O’Sullivan and Phil Callery in Market House. The varied programme of events runs all weekend with highlights on Saturday, June 22, including Overheard in An Lar, a work of theatre at 4 p.m and concert in St Nicholas Church with St. Agnes’ Chamber Orchestra at 8 p.m. There will be an indoors craft fair on Sunday, June 23 in the Imaal Hall from noon and a drumming workshop on Dunlavin Green at 2 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.
VALLEYMOUNT ART AND HERITAGE WEEKEND: This weekend of events kicks off at 8 p.m. on Friday with a one-off production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Valleymount Theatre Company in Valleymount hall. Tickets cost €10 and are available from The Office Shop and Flowers by Enda. On Saturday at 8 p.m. in the hall, there will be a ‘History of the Parish’ heritage exhibition followed by a talk on the same. On Sunday, the hall will host a heritage exhibition from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., which will be officially opened by Bishop Eamon Walsh after 11.15 a.m. Mass.
FREDDIE WHITE: Freddie White will be entertaining his loyal fans at a concert in the Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely at 8.30 p.m. on Saturday, June 22. The seasoned performer will bring new songs and much-loved classics from his 40-year career as a key player in Irish folk and rock music. Tickets cost €18-20 and are available from the Courthouse.
OPEN AIR COUNTRY NIGHT: ‘Queen of Country’ Cliona Hagan and Marty Mone will perform at the annual open air country night at Glenart Courtyard, Arklow on Saturday, June 22 at 8 p.m. This event is all outdoors and hot food will be provided by the Barbecue Kings. Gates at the venue are open from 7.30 p.m. with Marty Mone taking to the stage as the opening act at 8 p.m. and Cliona Hagan, fresh from her success on RTE’s Dancing with the Stars, due to perform from 10 p.m. Advance booking is advisable as the event is expected to be a sell-out. Tickets are €27.50 at glenartoutdoors.com.
SHAKING BOG: Shaking Bog is a two-day nature writing festival which will take place in Glencree on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23. The festival will celebrate the natural world through literature and feature a number of national and international guests . It will include literary readings, lectures, discussions and performances as well as community and children’s events. A special tribute is planned for Wicklow-based poet Shirley McClure, who passed away recently, and the festival will conclude with a celebratory concert featuring Liam O Maonlai, Mary Coughlan, The Square Pegs and more. For the full programme and ticket information, visit shakingbog.ie.
DAVID O’DOHERTY: Comedian David O’Doherty returns to Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray on Friday, June 21, at 8 p.m. Tickets are €8 or €16 and available at mermaidartscentre.ie. David O’Doherty is back in the Mermaid with a brand-new show made up of talking and songs played on a crappy keyboard from 1986. O’Doherty has written several books, written two plays and released three comedy CDs. His latest book for children, Danger Is Everywhere, illustrated by Chris Judge has been selected for the UNESCO Dublin, City of Literature Citywide Reading Campaign.
Mary Coughlan – SEE NUMBER 5
Cliona Hagan – SEE NUMBER 6
David O’Doherty – SEE NUMBER 7