THE ESSENTIAL CO WICKLOW WHAT’S ON GUIDE
Day-by-day planner for weeks ahead
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21
Marine life experts Marine Dimensions will bring their touch pool along to Bray Library from 10 a.m. to noon. They will talk about the marine life off our coasts and children will get a chance to view living creatures as well as other seashore materials. All ages welcome and booking is not required.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 22
Mary Coughlan will perform in the Asgard Theatre in Arklow. The concert starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost €30 and are available at gr8events.ie. RATHDRUM FIREWORKS
After bad weather put paid to all the fun, the rescheduled fireworks will take place at 9.45 p.m. in Parnell Memorial Park. There will be music by DJ Albert in Market Square from 8.30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 23
5K/10K AUTUMN CHALLENGE
St Patrick’s GAA Club in Wicklow town will be hosting this 5k/10k run and walk at the club grounds at 7 p.m. Registration will take place between Monday, August 19, and Thursday, August 22, from 6.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. in the clubhouse. The entry fee is €15 for the 10k, €10 for the 5k or €5 for under-13s.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Hope Moloney will be hosting a make-up masterclass from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Little Bray Community Centre. Guests will get a goodie bag on arrival and be shown how to create two looks (festival and glam). They will also be entered into a raffle. Tickets cost €25 and are available by contacting Hope through her Instagram page (@ hopemolmakeup). CHARITY SOCCER MATCH
At 3 p.m., a team of over-35s will square up to a team of under-35s in a bid to win bragging rights and raise some much-needed funds for Roundwood Cancer Support. This epic clash will take place at Roundwood AFC’s grounds and all proceeds will go towards this worthy local cause. There will be refreshments and finger food afterwards in Kavanagh’s Vartry House.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
LACKEN HILL WALK
Izzy from the HD Fitness Team will lead a free, family walk through Lacken at 10 a.m. The walk will explore the hills overlooking the beautiful scenery, helping the walkers to get in touch with nature. A Chi Gong, which is a form of breathing exercises to relax the body, will be held at the top of the trail. Anyone interested in taking part should visit the ‘Lacken Hill Walk’ Facebook page to register their interest. ICE CREAM PARTY
An ice cream party in aid of the Wicklow branch of Down Syndrome Ireland will take place from 11 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. in Ballymanus GAA Field, Aughrim. There will be a rodeo bull, obstacle course, bouncy castle, gladiator podium, sumo suits, barbecue, children’s games and much more to ensure everyone enjoys the last few days of the summer holidays. STRATFORD FAMILY BARBECUE
A family barbecue will take place at the Stratford Community Centre/ Scallywags from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. featuring plenty of activities to keep the children entertained including face painting and games. This is a fundraiser for the Stratford Community Cafe and shop and promises to be a great family day out. Tickets are €10 per adult while accompanying children are free. FAMILY FUN DAY
O’Connor’s Bar in Tinahely will be hosting its annual family fun day from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring music from DJ Ger, a candy cart, face-painting and plenty of fun and games. SUMMER CONCERT
The latest Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. will feature the Blanchardstown Brass Band.
MONDAY, AUGUST 26
THE WHITE CROW
Actor/director Ralph Fiennes explores the incredible life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most celebrated ballet dancer of the 20th century, in The White Crow, which will be screened at the Mermaid Arts Centre at 8 p.m. The film centres on the events that took place during a trip to Paris in 1961 at the height of the Cold War where the Kirov Opera Ballet were performing, which culminated in Nureyev’s defection to the West. Tickets cost €8/€6.50 and are available from the Mermaid.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 30
HOWIE THE ROOKIE
Stagemad Theatre Company brings their production of the critically acclaimed Howie the Rookie to Arklow’s Asgard Theatre. The story tells the tale of a white-knuckle ride through a nightmare Dublin, where enemies and allies are interchangeable. Tickets €15. Book at gr8events. ie.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 31
Arklow United Football Club announce the official opening of the Arklow Credit Union Park from noon. Highlights include the Arklow Vikings Special Olympics match from 2 p.m. Light refreshments will be served in the clubhouse. DAHLIA SHOW
The Delgany and District Horticultural Society will host its annual Dahlia show at St Patrick’s NS in Greystones from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be lots of beautful flowers on display and refreshments available. PICNIC ON THE GREEN After the success of last year’s event, The Hub, Kiltegan, is hosting
Joe Burke, Beth Young and Annema