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1 LIT­TLE TINY CHRIST­MAS: The Court­house Arts Cen­tre presents Lit­tle Tiny Christ­mas, a spe­cial event aimed at un­der fives with com­plex needs (Pro­found and Mulit­ple Learn­ing Dif­fi­cul­ties or PMLD), on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7 at 2 p.m. The Court­house will trans­form into a gen­tle mag­i­cal won­der­land of gor­geous har­mony singing, lit­tle lights and en­tic­ing tex­tures for your lit­tle ones this Christ­mas. There will be a spe­cial mag­i­cal and calm­ing world of sen­sory ex­pe­ri­ences and beau­ti­ful live singing de­signed es­pe­cially for chil­dren un­der five with com­plex needs. The event is cre­ated by Anna Newell, who was one of the very first artists in Ire­land to cre­ate works for au­di­ences of chil­dren with com­plex needs, and fea­tures mu­sic by award-win­ning com­poser David Goodall. Each child can bring one adult guest with them to this play­ful and gen­tle show. Au­di­ence ca­pac­ity is lim­ited, so peo­ple are ad­vised to book early. Lit­tle Tiny Christ­mas is made in a part­ner­ship be­tween the Civic Theatre, Draiocht and Mer­maid Arts Cen­tre, funded by the Arts Coun­cil. Mer­maid, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with The Court­house, will present these shows in Ti­na­hely. Tick­ets are €10 for a par­ent and child and availanle on­line at court­house­arts.ie or on 0402 38529.

2 JUNO AND THE PAY­COCK: Grey­stones Play­ers presents Juno and the Pay­cock by Seán O’Casey, from Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6, un­til Satur­day, De­cem­ber 8, at 8 p.m., and on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9, at 4 p.m. Tick­ets cost €16 and are avail­able from whalethe­atre.ie. Set in a work­ing-class ten­e­ment of Dublin in 1922, dur­ing the Civil War, Juno and the Pay­cock is not only of one of Seán O’Casey’s finest plays but a master­piece of Ir­ish drama. The play is peo­pled with a host of great char­ac­ters – among them the ra­zor­sharp, hard-work­ing Juno Boyle, her work-shy hus­band ‘Cap­tain’ Jack Boyle and his soak and ma­nip­u­la­tive friend Joxer Daly.

3 LAUNCH OF ‘HEATHER, HILLS AND HEARTHS’: A new book about the lo­cal his­tory of Rath­dan­gan will be launched at 7.30 p.m. on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, in the O’Toole Memo­rial Hall. Over four years in the mak­ing, ‘Heather, Hills and Hearths – Rath­dan­gan: A Book of His­tory and Mem­o­ries’ con­tains a wealth of lo­cal in­for­ma­tion and pic­tures, all pieced to­gether by Rath­dan­gan His­tory Group. Micheál Ó Muirc­heartaigh will per­form the launch.

4 FUNDRAIS­ING CABARET AND DIN­NER: Wick­low Sud­bury School is hold­ing a din­ner and cabaret night in Com­mon Ground, Bray, on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 9. The evening is a fundraiser for Ire­land’s first ever demo­cratic school. Although lo­cated in Kilped­der, the school has out­grown its cur­rent lo­ca­tion and has started a fundrais­ing cam­paign as it seeks to find a new home. The din­ner and cabaret be­gins at 5.30 p.m. and will in­clude an Ital­ian tast­ing menu, a raf­fle, mu­sic, magic and more. Tick­ets can be booked at wick­low­sud­buryschool.com.

5 PIERCE TURNER AT THE HOT SPOT: Ir­ish singer-song­writer Pierce Turner brings his spell­bind­ing show to the Hot Spot Mu­sic Club in Grey­stones on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7. Over the years, Pierce has gath­ered many fans in­clud­ing Joseph O’Con­nor, who re­ferred to him as ‘a true and beau­ti­ful and ut­terly unique artist’; Jim Sheri­dan who said he’d been so in­spired by one of Pierce’s con­certs that it drove him on to make ‘My Left Foot’; Eoin Colfer, who wrote that he was the only artist to make him laugh and cry dur­ing the same song. Doors will open at 8 p.m. and tick­ets, cost­ing €20, are avail­able from the Hot Spot.

6 HAVE A MERRY, HEALTHY CHRIST­MAS: As part of Healthy Li­brary Ire­land, Ilona Mad­den will be giv­ing a free talk at Bray Li­brary on Fri­day, De­cem­ber 7, at 11 a.m. on the topic ‘Have a Merry Healthy Christ­mas 2018’. She will be ex­plain­ing why too much sugar and al­co­hol is not good for us, and by this giv­ing the mo­ti­va­tion to avoid over-in­dul­gence this year. She will ex­plain where our habits stem from and how we can break the cy­cles, with prac­ti­cal tips. She will give plenty of al­ter­na­tives and sim­ple tricks. Ev­ery­one who at­tends will get hand-outs with prac­ti­cal tips and also a free eBook to down­load with Christ­mas recipes.

7 CHRIST­MAS MAR­KET AT THE ABBEY GROUNDS: A brand new fes­tive mar­ket kicks off in Wick­low town this week­end, as a win­ter won­der­land opens its (cabin) doors at the Abbey Grounds on Satur­day and Sun­day, De­cem­ber 8 and 9. From noon and 6 p.m., vis­i­tors will be able to browse a wide se­lec­tion of ar­ti­san foods, dec­o­ra­tions and gift ideas while the smaller folk can take the op­por­tu­nity to visit Santa in his grotto. An Al­paca ex­pe­ri­ence, a fun­fair and en­ter­tain­ment will only help to en­sure there is some­thing for all at this fam­ily-friendly event. Fur­ther mar­kets will take place on the week­end of De­cem­ber 8 and 9 and on De­cem­ber 22.

Juno and the Pay­cock - SEE NUM­BER 2.

Pierce Turner – SEE NUM­BER 5.

Ilona Mad­den – SEE NUM­BER 6.

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