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WED­NES­DAY, JULY 31 TOUR OF GLEN­DALOUGH ES­TATE

Held as part of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val, this guided tour of the Glen­dalough Es­tate at 7 p.m. will re­veal its his­tory and its sig­nif­i­cance to the Round­wood area. The cost is €10 and places must be booked in ad­vance by call­ing 085 8832709 af­ter July 26.

THURS­DAY, AU­GUST 1 SO­LAR BONES

Some­thing Dif­fer­ent, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Kilkenny Arts Fes­ti­val and Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, presents a ‘work in progress’ pre­sen­ta­tion of So­lar Bones by Mike McCor­mack. Mar­cus Con­way is haunted by the feel­ing that noth­ing is quite right. Por­ing ob­ses­sively over the de­tails of his re­la­tion­ships, his world and his work as an en­gi­neer brings him closer to an un­der­stand­ing of how the things and peo­ple he loves have come to­gether and come apart. Tick­ets for this show at the Mer­maid cost €10/€8 and are avail­able from the venue.

FUN TEAM CHAL­LENGE

A firm favourite of the an­nual Round­wood Fes­ti­val, the fun team chal­lenge will take place at An Tochar GAA grounds from 6.30 p.m. and will fea­ture a team-based obstacle chal­lenge. En­try is free but teams of four must in­clude a max­i­mum of two adults (over 16) and up to three chil­dren (must be eight years or older).

SET DANC­ING

Ka­vanagh’s will play host to the an­nual set danc­ing night held as part of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val. No pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence is re­quired as a les­son will take place at 8.30 p.m. be­fore danc­ing to live mu­sic starts at 9 p.m. Ad­mis­sion is €5.

FRI­DAY, AU­GUST 2 FAM­ILY CEILI AND SET DANC­ING

Join Sheila Ka­vanagh and the Mc­Grath Flood School from 7.30 p.m. for a fun night in the Parish Hall as part of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val. Suitable for all ages and abil­i­ties, guests can try out some waltzes, ceilie and set danc­ing. Ad­mis­sion is €5 for adults while kids go free.

RNLI MARITIME FES­TI­VAL

The an­nual fes­ti­val kicks off with the crown­ing of the Ark­low Credit Union Maritime Queen at the Ark­low Sail­ing Club from 8 p.m.

SATUR­DAY, AU­GUST 3 HILL WALK

Be­gin the day with a stun­ning walk through the Sally Gap and Lug­gala at 9 a.m. Or­gan­ised as part of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val, walk­ers should meet at Vartry House. Pre-book­ing is es­sen­tial so that bus trans­port can be ar­ranged and can be done by email­ing [email protected]­wood.ie. The cost is €5 to take part.

BOOK SALE

S.J. White, whose book ‘Thoughts and Ob­ses­sions’ was pub­lished re­cently, will be sign­ing copies at the First Satur­day Book Sale, which sup­ports the Shankill Old Folks As­so­ci­a­tion, at the Shankill Old Folks Cen­tre, Lower Road, be­tween 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

TEDDY BEARS’ PIC­NIC

Treat the fluffy mem­bers of the fam­ily to a free teddy bears’ pic­nic at An Tochar GAA grounds from 11 a.m. Guests are ad­vised to bring along their own pic­nic and en­joy the games and entertainm­ent pro­vide for chil­dren as the Round­wood Fes­ti­val con­tin­ues.

FARM AND COUN­TRY AUC­TION

The St Peter’s Parish, Kil­te­gan, farm and coun­try auc­tion will take place at 2 p.m. in the parish cen­tre be­side the church. There will be lots of farm pro­duce and home bakes on sale on the day, along­side the an­nual Auc­tion. There will also be a raf­fle with some great money prizes.

RNLI MARITIME FES­TI­VAL

One of the Ire­land’s longest-run­ning maritime fes­ti­vals re­turns. Events kick off from 2 p.m. with Vik­ing long boat trips and mu­sic on the quay­side.

CA­NOE­ING ON THE RESER­VOIR

A sta­ple of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val, the pub­lic are in­vited to come along and try out ca­noe­ing on the Up­per Vartry Reser­voir (Bray Road) from 4 p.m. This is open to all swim­mers aged 13 and over and ca­noe and wa­ter safety equip­ment will be supplied. It costs €5 to take part and park­ing is avail­able at Round­wood AFC. This will be fol­lowed by nov­elty ca­noe races.

VETER­ANS FOOT­BALL MATCH

Come see the more ma­ture soc­cer stars of the vil­lage re-live their for­mer glory in this fun, vet­eran chal­lenge match at 6 p.m. at Round­wood AFC, held as part of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val.

ASTROBEAT OR­CHES­TRA

London Astrobeat Or­ches­tra will per­form songs from the iconic Talk­ing Heads’ movie ‘Stop Mak­ing Sense’ from 8 p.m. in the Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre. Fo­cus­ing on tracks from the cult clas­sic al­bums ‘Re­main In The Light’ and ‘Speaking in Tongues’, the or­ches­tra is a funky, rhyth­mic, hyp­notic, an­themic, up­lift­ing, per­cus­sive and earth-shat­ter­ingly tight live band. Tick­ets cost €24/€22 and are avail­able from the Mer­maid.

SHORTS AND SHADES PARTY

Throw on the shorts and shades for this fun party at Aras an Tochar, or­gan­ised for the Round­wood Fes­ti­val. Kick­ing off at 8 p.m., there will be a live DJ and spot prizes for the best dressed. En­try is €10.

SUN­DAY, AU­GUST 4 CLAY PI­GEON SHOOT

Kick-off the fi­nal day of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val with a clay pi­geon shoot from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Or­gan­ised by the Car­rick Glen Gun Club, it will take place at Car­rig­na­muck Up­per, Ash­ford (sign­posted from the Bal­ly­duff cross­roads).

RNLI MARITIME FES­TI­VAL

The fi­nal day of the Maritime Fes­ti­val fea­tures a packed sched­ule for all the fami­ily from noon. High­lights in­clude the blessing of the fleet at 1.30 p.m. and the Lifeboat Dog Show from 3 p.m. There will stalls, a bounc­ing cas­tle, a climb­ing wall, face paint­ing and much more to en­joy at the Ark­low quay.

DER­MOT O’NEILL AT RATH­WOOD

As part of the Car­low Gar­den Fes­ti­val, Der­mot O’Neill will lead a leisurely walk through Rath Wood For­est near Tul­low at 1 p.m. The 185-acre wood is a sanc­tu­ary for many mammals, birds and insects and there is a great va­ri­ety of tree species. At 2 p.m. Der­mot will host a sec­ond event in which he will pick his top ten plants and cover some of the most im­por­tant as­pects of sum­mer gar­den­ing. Au­di­ence mem­bers can bring along their ques­tions and learn how to keep their gar­dens look­ing beau­ti­ful. These are free events at Rath­wood, Tul­low. Pre-book­ing is ad­vised (but not es­sen­tial) and can be done by call­ing 059 9156285 or vis­it­ing rath­wood.com

FAM­ILY FUN DAY

The fi­nal day of the Round­wood Fes­ti­val plays host to a jam-packed shed­ule of events in­clud­ing a vin­tage ve­hi­cle pa­rade with an IUNVA colour party and 17th Wick­low Scouts at 2 p.m. This will be fol­lowed by a whole range of ac­tiv­i­ties to keep all ages en­ter­tained, in­clud­ing bungee tram­po­line, dog show, scare­crow com­pe­ti­tion, hang tough chal­lenge, sheaf pitch­ing and nappy hang­ing com­pe­ti­tions, pets’ cor­ner and much more. At 3 p.m. there will be the in­ter club fun race, fol­lowed at 4 p.m. by the in­ter pub bar­man’s race. A raf­fle will take place at 6.30 p.m. at Vartry House and this will be fol­lowed by the ‘load of balls down­hill ball race’. A tra­di­tional craft show will also take plac ein the parish hall from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

FIELD DAY

The Castle­town field day will take place from 2 p.m., burst­ing with all the usual at­trac­tions. This is the main parish fundraiser of the year and all the money raised is used in the run­ning of the church. Raf­fle tick­ets are on sale.

SUM­MER­LAND

Wick­low town’s brand new mu­sic fes­ti­val ‘Sum­mer­land’ takes place in the Abbey Grounds from 2.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. There will be live mu­sic by The 4 Of Us, Hawke, The Rit­u­als, The Jexit and The Re­ceipts, with more acts still to be added to the bill. There will also be a kids zone, well­ness work­shops, lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional food stalls and art in­stal­la­tions. At­ten­dees can also try out laugh­ter yoga. A lim­ited num­ber of early bird tick­ets are on sale now for €15. Visit sum­mer­land­wick­low.ie/ to book.

SUM­MER CON­CERT

The lat­est Sum­mer Sun­days free con­cert at Bray Band­stand be­gins at 2.30 p.m. will fea­ture the St Ge­orge’s Brass Band.

STREET PARTY

The Round­wood Fes­ti­val draws to a close with the an­nual street party from 8.30 p.m. at Byrne and Woods/ Varty House. There will be mu­sic from Captain and the Smok­ing Guns, Cit­i­zen J and other guests un­til late.

80S AND 90S NIGHT

Step back in time with this fun 80s and 90s night at the Imaal Hall in Dunlavin in aid of two very wor­thy causes. This fun evening, at which fancy dress is op­tional, will raise funds for the Dunlavin Res­i­dents As­so­ci­a­tion and the U14 team at Dunlavin Utd Soc­cer Club. Doors will open at 10.30 p.m. and mu­sic by DJ John will con­tinue un­til 2 a.m. This event is strictly over 18s and ID will be re­quired on the door. Tick­ets cost €10 (this is a ticket-only event).

REGATTA FIRE­WORKS

The Grand Fi­nale of the Wick­low Regatta Fes­ti­val takes place at the Black Cas­tle from 11 p.m. to 11.20 p.m. The win­ner of the com­pe­ti­tion will get the op­por­tu­nity to start the fire­works.

MON­DAY, AU­GUST 5 TI­NA­HELY AGRI­CUL­TURAL SHOW

The Ti­na­hely Agri­cul­tural Show will be back for its 84th year. The show is the sec­ond-largest agri­cul­tural show in Ire­land and prom­ises to be a fun filled day for all the fam­ily.

ROW­ING CLUB REGATTA

The Wick­low Row­ing Club Regatta is a high­light of the East Coast raow­ing sea­son and will in­volve crews from Wick­low, Fin­gal, Grey­stones, Ark­low, St Michael’s, Stella Maris, Bray, Dalkey and Sk­er­ries. The rac­ing starts at 11 a.m.

DONOUGHMOR­E FETE

An af­ter­noon of fun is planned for the Donoughmor­e fete and sports day, which be­gins at 1 p.m. Chil­dren’s foot­ball matches will take place at 1.15 p.m., there will be a horse and car­riage com­pe­ti­tion at 2 p.m. and horse and car­riage rides from 3 p.m. There will also be lots of old-fash­ioned stalls, af­ter­noon teas, a bouncy cas­tle, bowls, hit the can, a dis­play by Kil­dare Craft Col­lec­tive and much more. Guests can also visit the his­toric church. En­try is €3 for adults and chil­dren go free.

SUM­MER CON­CERT

The lat­est free sum­mer con­cert at Bray Band­stand be­gins at 2.30 p.m. will fea­ture St­ed­fast Band.

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