WHAT’S ON AROUND COUNTY WICKLOW
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5
Mia Cooper (violin), Beth McNinch (viola) and Bill Butt (Cello) of Musici Ireland will be playing Reger String Trio 77b and the mighty Mozart String Trio KV563 at Calary Church. For further information or to book tickets, call John at (01) 2818146 or email derekneil[email protected]com.net.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
OPEN EVENING AND OPEN MIC
Avoca Writers will host its third annual open evening with open mic at The Meetings at 7.30 p.m. Guests are welcome to come along and enjoy an evening of poetry, prose, memoir and essay or even to read some of their own work (five minutes maximum allowed). Anyone interested in taking part should register for the open mic at the door. Doors will be open from 7 p.m. JOXER DALY ESQ
Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic ‘Juno and The Paycock’ takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton which comes to the Whale Theatre at 8 p.m. The play charts an everyman journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral. Brilliantly performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer’s love of language, humour, literature and song, together with a drinker’s purple recollection, makes this a performance like no other. Tickets cost €20/€18 and are available from the Whale. ABBAESQUE
Enniskerry Festival presents Abbaesque in the Maplewood Marquee at Monastery House, Enniskerry, in aid of Purple House Cancer Support Centre. Doors open at 8 p.m., the band starts at 10.30 p.m. and this will be followed by a DJ until late. Tickets cost €20.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
SPORTING PROUD TRIATHLON
Sporting Proud Triathlon at Brittas Bay is raising money for five charities, including St Catherine’s Special School. The Sporting Proud Triathlon consists of two events: the Olympic length, which includes a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run and a sprint, and the fun event, which includes a .75km swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Entrants can compete as individuals or in teams of two or three. All athletes must sign-in at the Brittas Bay car park between 9 a.m. and 9.45 a.m. Registration is open now at sportingproud.org. Competitors are asked to pay a compulsory registration fee (€100 for individuals or €300 for teams) and also fundraise €250 in the case of individuals or €750 for teams. THE LAKES 10K
The Lakes 10k is back for its 11th race around the Blessington Lakes. Limited to 600 runners, the race will start at 11 a.m. sharp on Blessington Bridge. Online entries are now open, costing €22.45, while entry will cost €25 on the day. Anyone who signs up in advance can collect their race number and timing chip from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at St Mary’s JNS on Friday or from 9 a.m. on Saturday morning. To sign up, visit www.thelakes10k.ie OUTDOOR CINEMA
Avonmore Musical Society and Arklow United FC have teamed up to present two outdoor movie screenings at Arklow Credit Union Park (Ferndale Park). The first movie to appear at the Back to School Outdoor Cinema will be ‘Paddington’ at 2 p.m. followed by ‘The Greatest Showman’ at 6 p.m. Tickets cost €7.50 per show or €25 for a family ticket (two adults and two children) and will be available on the gate or in advance from www.gr8events.ie. MOVIE AND CAMPING
Eire Og in Greystones will host an open screening of ‘Lego 2’ and camping at the club. As well as the option to camp overnight on the grounds, there will be children’s activities, food stalls, and lots of fun. Events kick off at 5 p.m., with the film starting at 7.30 p.m. Tickets are €7 for the film only or a family movie and camping pass is €30. Guests will need to bring their own tents, sleeping bags, chairs, stools, blankets, etc. Tickets are available at eventbrite.ie. LAP OF CONEY
A weekend of events in memory of the late Peter ‘Coney’ Byrne kicks off in Rathdangan with the Lap of Coney. This 5k, 8k or 10k run, walk or even crawl will take place around the townland of Ballymaconey, where Peter lived. Registration closes at 4.30 p.m. with the race starting at 5 p.m. CHEILE COMMUNITY CHOIR
Cheile Community Choir will give a free concert at 8 p.m. in the Cornerstone Church (The Well) in Bray, in anticipation of a trip abroad later this month. The group has been invited by the Austrian choir Hainfield to sing in Austria as part of a cultural exchange which began 25 years ago. The choir will give a free performance of some of the songs they will sing in Austria at the Cornerstone Church. JOXER DALY ESQ
Sean O’Casey’s playful scrounger from the classic Juno and The Peacock takes centre stage in this intriguing play from the pen of Eddie Naughton, which appears at the Courthouse Arts Centre at 8.30 p.m. With events that were to alter the course of Irish history as a backdrop, Joxer Daly Esq. charts an everyman journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral, with Phelim Drew in the lead role. Tickets cost €16/€18 and are available from the Courthouse.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8
Love 2 Run is a running event for the whole family and will take place at Avondale Forest Park. Registration will open at 8 a.m. The marathon and marathon relay will start at 9 a.m.; the five, 10, 15 and 20 mile events will start at 9.15 a.m.; and the fun 5k will start at 9.30 a.m. All proceeds will go to Karl Donnelly and Susan Dixon’s Munich Marathon Challenge in aid of Wicklow Hospice Foundation. Entry is open now on itsplainsailing.com and entry for the five, 10, 15 and 20 mile or marathon is €25 per distance. Entry for the fun 5k is €10 for adults (kids go free) and entry for the marathon relay is €100 for a team (€20 per runner). GLEN TO GLEN WALK
Walk a beautiful route from Glendalough to Glenmalure and raise funds for Wicklow Hospice Foundation. Walkers will meet at 9 a.m. at Glenmalure Lodge car park before being ferried to Glendalough for a 10 a.m. start. The cost of participation is €100 without sponsorship or €25 plus €75 raised. For more information or to register, visit itsplainsailing.com/club/ wicklowhospice CAR BOOT ART FAIR
Irish artists will display their work for sale in this blend of the car boot sale with the contemporary art fair at Russborough House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participating artists include Gabhann Dunne, PJ Lynch, Gillian Lawler, Blaise Smith RHA, Ann Quinn, Sean Molloy, Joe Dunne RHA, Margaret Corcoran, Helen Blake and many, many more. Tickets are on sale for €10 on eventbrite. ie and allow ticket-holders an early bird entrance time of 10.30am., while, the gates will open to the general public at 11 a.m. ENNISKERRY VICTORIAN FIELD DAY
The annual Enniskerry Victorian Field Day returns to Monastery with fun for all the family from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s event will have an expanded kids area with bouncy castles, inflatable obstacle courses, bungee trampolines, a fairground, pony rides, kids races, games, face painting and more. For the slightly older, there will be a craft fair, sheepdog duck herding, vintage cars, music and dancing plus a food village and soapbox derby. Admission is €10 for adults while kids go free. BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS
The annual blessing of the animals will take place at 11 a.m. at Nun’s Cross Church, Killeskey. TRACTOR RUN
The second day of the weekend of remembrance for the late Peter ‘Coney’ Byrne will see a tractor run take place in Rathdangan at 2 p.m. Registration will be open from 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. The route will be a longer loop around Ballymaconey, where Peter lived. The run will be followed by an auction and live music outside Junior’s Bar. FUNDRAISING WALK
A fundraising family fun walk/ climb on Croghan Mountain will take place in aid of Fr Michael’s charity in Tamil Nadu, southern India, and Arklow Tidy Towns. The group will meet at Ballyfad at 2 p.m. and be shuttled from the church to the White Heaps. It is a moderate walk/climb that should take about 1.5 hours. SUMMER CONCERT
The final Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. and will feature Lourdes Brass Band.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11
REMEMBERING THE ASGARD II
A night of recollection at the Asgard Theatre, Lower Main Street Arklow to remember the famous brigantine that is synonymous with the town. Tickets cost €10.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
GLENN AND RONAN
Dublin-based duo Glenn Murphy and Roland Scolard are best known for their appearance on stage at Dublin’s 3Arena in 2018 accompanying Adele after she saw them performing a medley of her tunes on social media. Tickets for the performance at the Asgard Theatre in Arklow are €25. To book, visit www.gr8events.ie.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
KILOMARATHON AND 10K
The Fionnuala McCormack Kilomarathon and 10k in aid of Wicklow Hospice Foundation will take place at 9 a.m. at the Beehive. Registration online for the kilomarathon costs €30 or will be €35 on the day while registration for the 10k is €20 online or €25 on the day. Registration will take place at the Beehive on the Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on the Saturday morning from 7.30 a.m. to 8.45 a.m. To register online, visit www.itsplainsailing. com/club/wicklowhospice GLENN AND RONAN
Dublin-based duo Glenn Murphy and Roland Scolard are best known for their appearance on stage at Dublin’s 3Arena in 2018 accompanying Adele after she saw them performing a medley of her tunes on social media. Tickets for the performance at the Asgard Theatre
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
RESERVOIR DOG SPORTIVE
The Reservoir Cogs cycling club present the fifth edition of their popular Reservoir Dog Sportive at Russborough House. There are two challenging routes to choose from: the 65km Reservoir Pup and the 125km Reservoir Dog. Entry is strictly available online through thereservoirdogsportive.ie and places are limited to 400. The cost of entry is €35, although a one-day licence for non-CI members will cost an additional €5. All funds raised are donated to charities to fund local environmental and community enhancement projects. 5KM MEMORIAL WALK AND RUN
A special walk and run will take place at 11 a.m. in memory of Batty Manley, the former bus driver for Donard NS. The event takes place at Stratford/Grangecon GAA Club and registration will begin at 10 a.m. The cost of entry is €10 for adults while children go free and all money raised will go towards Stratford Lodge NS and St Nicholas Church in Dunlavin. DIP IN THE NIP
Wicklow Hospice Foundation is hosting its male-only ‘Dip in the Nip’ at 11 a.m. at Brittas Bay (north). There will be security on the gate and only those participating in the event will be allowed onto the beach. Anyone volunteering to take part is asked to raise €100 towards the cost of building the hospice, which is expected to open later this year. Anyone interested in taking part should contact Sinead on 087 0954137. PARISH BARBECUE
The Wicklow Parish barbecue in aid of Wicklow Parish and the Friends of St Luke’s Hospital, Rathgar will take place from 1 p.m. at Killmullen House Moneystown, near Roundwood. Steak, hog roast and a vegetarian option will be served, accompanied by homemade salads and desserts. Kids of all sizes will be entertained by a selection of carnival style games, activities and a treasure hunt through the grounds. Tickets cost €25 for adults, €8 for children (under fives are free) or €55 for families (two adults and two children). THOMAS HARDY POEMS OF LOVE AND LOSS
An evening of music and Thomas Hardy’s Poems of Love and Loss takes place at Calary Church from 8 p.m., together with music for a string quartet composed by Frank Bridge and English folksongs with the Delmaine String Quartet and Michael James Ford, Clodagh Mooney and Elliott Moriarty. For further information or to book tickets, ring John at (01) 2818146 or email derekneil[email protected]com.net. in Arklow are €25. To book, visit www. ws.ie.
The Lourdes Brass Band will perform at the Bray Bandstand. See Sunday, September 8, for more details.