Here comes the summer: The Hot 100 for the season ahead


Here comes the summer: The Hot 100 for the season ahead


1 Spy, out now:

Deskbound CIA analyst Melissa McCarthy becomes a globe-trotting spy in order to save the world in a comedy spoof co-starring Jason Statham and Jude Law. Paul Feig (Bridesmaids) directs.

2 Jurassic World, June 12:

The fourth in the ‘Jurassic Park’ series finds dinosaurs running amok in a custom-built theme park. Shot in 3D, it stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard.

3 Entourage, June 19:

The cult TV show about a Hollywood brat-pack gets a big screen release, with Doug Ellin directing Adrien Grenier, Jeremy Piven and Kevin Dillon. Liam Neeson leads a host of cameo appearances.

4 Minions, June 26:

A Despicable Me off-shoot, in which hapless Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob somehow find themselves working for the super-evil Sandra Bullock. Jon Hamm, Steve Coogan, Jennifer Saunders and Michael Keaton co-star.

5 Terminator: Genisys, July 3:

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns in the fifth of the Terminator series, uniting with Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) and Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) to prevent Judgement Day. Matt Smith and JK Simmons co-star.

6 Magic Mike XXL, July 3:

Channing Tatum stars (and co-writes) in this sequel to the box office smash about male stripper Magic Mike (2012). Amber Heard and Elizabeth Banks co-star, with Gregory Jacobs directing.

7 Ted 2, July 10:

Cuddly toy Ted (voiced by Seth MacFarlane) wants to have a baby – but can he prove he’s a person in a court of law? Family Guy’s MacFarlane directs, with Mark Wahlberg and Liam Neeson co-starring.

8 Ant-Man, July 17:

The latest superhero to get a big screen release, Ant-Man stars Paul Rudd (who also co-writes) as the incredible shrinking hero. Hayley Atwell and Michael Douglas co-star; Peyton Reed directs.

9 Inside Out, July 24:

Inner voices turn a young girl’s life into chaos in this Pixar/Disney offering, with Amy Poehler, Mindy Kaling, Bill Hader and Phyllis Smith among those clamouring for attention.

10 Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, July 30

Tom Cruise returns as the death-defying Ethan Hunt, taking on the Syndicate, a rogue global organisation. Jeremy Renner, Alec Baldwin and Simon Pegg co-star, with Christopher McQuarrie directing.

11 Pixels, August 12:

Comedy in which an alien species misinterprets humanity’s video arcade games as a declaration of war, and attacks in kind. Adam Sandler, Brian Cox and Kevin James are Earth’s only hope.

12 The Man From U.N.C.L.E, August 14:

Guy Ritchie’s big screen take on the cult 1960s spy TV series stars Armie Hammer as Illya Kuryakin and Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo. Hugh Grant co-stars.

13 Straight Outta Compton, August 28:

Dramatisation of the emergence from 1980s LA of ‘the world’s most dangerous group’, aka NWA. Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and O’Shea Jackson star as the groundbreaking rap artists.


by Ed Power

14 Summer In The City, Cork – Until June 16:

There’s something for everyone at this new city-wide festival. The heavy metal band Mastodon are at The Savoy June 27.

15 Live at the Marquee Cork, June 11 – July 14:

The returning Live at the Marquee boasts one of its strongest line-ups yet. The first ever Cork city performance of Riverdance opens the festival and it concludes with Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds, the ex-Oasis songwriter back in Cork for the first time since his previous band’s legendary 1996 show at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. Other highlights include Beck (June 16), Billy Idol (June 17), Nathan Carter (June 21) and Ellie Goulding (June 24).

16 Mogwai, Opera House Cork, June 17:

Ear-plugs at the ready as these noisy Scottish instrumentalists return to Cork Opera House, one of their favorite venues in which to perform. The band are marking their 20th anniversary – so expect an emotional night.

17 Katherine Jenkins and José Carreras, Musgrave Park, Cork June 20:

Two of the great voices of popular classical music unite for an open-air concert.

18 Fleetwood Mac, 3Arena, Dublin, June 20, July 10, 11:

The final piece of the soft-rock puzzle clicks into place as Christine McVie rejoined Fleetwood Mac. In fact, it was at the band’s 2013 Dublin shows that she first performed again with the group, (albeit only during soundcheck). For that reason the evening will be freighted with significance for musicians and audience alike.

19 The Who, 3Arena, Dublin, June 23:

The sixties warhorses are still going strong, with an unmatchable catalogue of hits. Plus Pete Townshend is one of the few great sixties guitarists fans can still enjoy in the flesh.

20 Killarney Festival, Killarney House, June 27, 28:

Evergreen new romantics Duran Duran return to Ireland ahead of the release of a new album. The two-day festival also features hipster darling Father John Misty, Texas, The Proclaimers, soft-pop genius Burt Bacharach and Walking On Wars.

21 Taylor Swift, 3Arena, Dublin June 29, 30:

The biggest pop star on the planet (possibly the solar system) touches down in Dublin for the largest selfie opportunity of the year.

22 Neil Diamond, 3Arena, Dublin July 3, 5:

Old smoothies don’t come much smoother than Neil Diamond, back on the road with a stone-cold classic trove of hits.

23 Valentia Isle Festival, July 10-12

Valentia Island, one of the most westerly points in Europe, once again plays host to an incredible party on the edge of the world. A top-notch line up includes Daddy G from Massive Attack, Norman Jay and Jerry Dammers, founding member of The Specials.

24 Longitude Festival, July 17 - 19:

It’s a case of something old, something new at this suburban festival, which pairs ‘dad dance’ veterans The Chemical Brothers with world conquering Wicklow bluesman Hozier.

25 Indiependence, July 31 - August 2, Deer Farm, Michelstown, Co Cork:

The little festival with the big heart, this year’s Indiependence features dance mainstays Basement Jaxx, plus guitar veterans The Dandy Warhols and dewy eyed balladeers Kodaline.

26 Electric Picnic, September 4- 6:

Britpop icons Blur headline, along with Florence and the Machine and chart-slaying soul-boy Sam Smith. Plus, lashings of the usual patented Picnic quirkiness.


by Richard Fitzpatrick

27 Sons + Fathers, edited by Kathy Gilfillan (Penguin Random House and Hospice Press, €20):

One of the year’s most intriguing books raises funds for the Irish Heart Foundation in which celebrities, including Bono, Cillian Murphy, Colin Farrell, John Boorman and Bob Geldof, write about relationships with their dads.

28 The Green Road, Anne Enright (Jonathan Cape, €13.99):

The latest offering from Anne Enright (right) , Ireland’s inaugural fiction laureate, is set in the west of Ireland. Tensions arise when siblings return from the world’s far corners to divvy up the proceeds from their family home.

29 World Gone By, Dennis Lehane (Little, Brown, €14.99):

The latest caper from the author of Mystic River and screenwriter for The Wire and Boardwalk Empire follows the murderous misadventures of Joe Coughlin, consigliore to the Bartolo crime family.

30 All Over Ireland: New Irish Short Stories, edited by Deirdre Madden (Faber and Faber, €10.99):

Deirdre Madden has gathered together stories from some of Ireland’s best writers – including Colm Tóibín, Belinda McKeon, Eoin McNamee and Frank McGuinness – to make the ideal summer read to dip in and out of.

31 Ardennes 1944: Hitler’s Last Gamble, Antony Beevor (Viking, €26.99):

Stalingrad author and pre-eminent Second World War historian Antony Beevor tackles the battle at Ardennes, the greatest, grisliest battle of the war in Western Europe when American generals sanctioned the shooting of surrendering German soldiers.

32 Even the Dead, Benjamin Black (Viking, €20.99):

Pathologist Quirke suspects foul play when the burnt-out body of an upcoming civil servant lands in his morgue in another atmospheric crime fiction novel by John Banville’s nom de plume, Benjamin Black.

33 Those We Left Behind, Stuart Neville (Harvill Secker, €13.99) June 25:

Ciaran Devine is released after several years in prison for killing his foster father. There is more to the case than meets the eye, however, in master thriller writer Stuart Neville’s latest.

34 Go Set a Watchman, Harper Lee (William Heinemann, €19.99) July 14

: It’s been a long time coming. Harper Lee (below) has finally delivered a sequel for the characters from her classic, To Kill A Mockingbird, so we can find out what became of Scout and Atticus Finch.

35 The Way We Were, Sinéad Moriarty (Penguin Ireland, €13.99) July 30:

Alice and Ben are your average middle-class couple, caught up in work, children and usual marital issues like dealing with the in-laws and who’s a soft touch, when devastation hits the family.

36 The Mark and The Void, Paul Murray (Hamish Hamilton, €13.99) July 30:

Eagerly awaited novel from Skippy Dies author set during Ireland’s economic crisis. A workaholic French investment banker finds himself caught up in love and improbably as the hero of a novel based on his life.

37 Bare: Irish Women’s Sexual Fantasies, Julianne Daly (Liberties Press, €14.99) August 24:

The summer’s most titillating book will be Julianne Daly’s exploration of the sexual fantasies of over 100 women living in Ireland, aged from 18 to 80. The results, according to advance publicity, are “eye-popping”.

38 Beneath the Earth, John Boyne (Doubleday, €13.99) August 27:

John Boyne has collected some odd characters – a cuckold, a rent boy and a hitman, among them – for his first short story collection. Promises to be 12 dark tales from one of Ireland’s best storytellers.

39 Noonday, Pat Barker (Hamish Hamilton, €13.99) August 27:

Regeneration author Pat Barker turns her gaze on the Second World War for a novel about the travails of a middle-aged trio amid the bombs dropping on London in 1940.


by Annmarie O’Connor


Cork’s Designworks Studio unveils its cache of new designers.

41 FROM SILVER STARS TO CALVARY: The story of Irish design for stage and screen, June 18:

The Little Museum, Dublin hosts an exhibition showcasing costumes and unique designs from films made in Ireland from My Left Foot to Calvary.


: Celeb judges look set to crown the most stylish lady with a prize a holiday to Dubai with €1,000 to spend at Dubai Duty Free.


Boodles fun take on the tennis bracelet launches with a total of 3.50 carats of diamonds and a diamond tennis ball. Price from €11,000.


Vintage-inspired haunt Folkster relaunches in Kilkenny with a dedicated bridal section and exclusive lines like Theia by Don O’Neill and Bo & Luca. Appointments:


Bantry-based Shoeniveristy will discuss the role of the shoe designer, production process and how to gain industry experience at Dublin’s Irish Theatre Institute.


The race is on for the Best Dressed Lady and best Mad Hatter Day. Expect a prize fund to the value of €15,000.


Prizes worth up to €10,000.

48 CORK CRAFT MONTH 2015, Aug 4 – Sept 6:

This programme of applied arts and crafts events includes exhibitions, pop up shops, fairs and open studios around the city and county.


The Federation of Jewellery Manufacturers of Ireland (FJMI) invites design entries to mark of the 100th anniversary commemoration of the 1916 Rising. Entry details at


Get set to compete for the title of Best Dressed Lady. Prizes include a €1,500 Littlewoods Ireland shopping spree for the winner and €100 vouchers for runners’ up.

51 THE ULTIMATE GIRLS’ DAY OUT, Aug 30 – Sept 1:

Ireland’s fashion, beauty and lifestyle event returns to the RDS for three days. Expect pampering, daily catwalk events and the Irish Tatler Star Model Search.


IMMA hosts a Roaring Twenties fancy dress vintage party complete with bathtub gin punch, bowls, croquet and live ragtime music.


53 Summer 2015, Boyne Valley Food Series 2015:

Over 30 terrific food-related events and festivals take place in the region over the entire summer.

54 June 28, The Cork and Kerry Food Forum:

On June 28, Cork City Hall will be transformed into a free public market featuring the very best artisan food producers from both counties. Cookery demonstrations with chef Kevin Dundon.

55 Until June 30, Appetite for Design:

A Culinary Design Experience, Experiential exhibition exploring design of food, with plenty of oat the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny.

56 June 14, Cork City Centre Long Table Dinner:

Curated by Jack ‘Rocketman’ Crotty, 400 diners will be fed by top Cork restaurants along the length of Oliver Plunkett St.

57 June 11-14, Taste of Dublin:

Top Dublin restaurants showcase their menus over four days in the salubrious surroundings of Iveagh Gardens.

58 June 18-21, 21st Listowel Food Fair:

New mid-summer time slot for long-running Kerry festival, includes search for All-Ireland Craft Beer Champion 2015.

59 June 27-28, Killarney Festival of Music & Food 2015:

Top Irish food stars line up in the Chef’s Kitchen, similarly stellar Irish & international acts perform on stage.

60 Aug 13-16, The Big Grill BBQ & Craft Beer Festival:

Herbert Park hosts top international BBQ pitmasters, competitions, fine brews, live entertainment for all.

61 Mid-August (date TBC), Dillisk Project:

The return of one of last year’s hottest dining tickets for one month only – a Connemara-based casual dining restaurant in converted old boat shed.

62 Sept 4-6, Theatre of Food, Electric Picnic:

Festival within a festival as top Irish food producers, chefs and writers get down and dirty to demo, dine and debate.

63 Sept 4-13, A Taste of West Cork:

Festival in the spiritual birthplace of modern Irish food, featuring many marvellous events and culminating in massive street market in Skibbereen.

64 Sept 11-13, Waterford Harvest Festival

: Fantastic food-centred family frolics throughout wonderful Waterford city.

65 Sept 24-27, Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival:

An oldie but goldie in the Irish party capital, includes Irish & World Oyster Opening Championships.


by Tony Clayton-Lea


The Disney movie Frozen has proven a boon to Norway, which will see a marked increase in cruise tourism this year for Elsa and Anna fans.

67 CITY:

Rotterdam is a city inspired and enthralled by design. The most recent addition is the amazing Markthal, an igloo-like structure that houses almost 100 stalls, 20 shops, nine restaurants and over 200 apartments.


Bali is back in town with more high profile hotel openings than ever before. Top of the list is The Stairs Bali, a 12 villa boutique complex designed by Philippe Starck.


Catskills, New York, has seen them come and go, but now the time has come for a throwback to leisurely pursuits like hiking, antique shopping and fly fishing in pretty towns such as Woodstock, Bloomville, and Livingston Manor.


Has your holiday hotel a working relationship with Pack For A Purpose ( This organisation identifies development aims in local communities all around the world, and asks guests to pack necessary supplies.


Restless nights in various hotels chains are receiving the fast checkout treatment with the introduction of sleep inducing add-ons. These include noise-reducing headboards and mattresses that help to eliminate tossing/turning.


The trend of ‘sharing economy’ is engaging with the food sector. The likes of EatWith and Bookalokal pair visitors with home chefs – for a fee, of course.


Just when you thought you’d never want to talk to the person in the seat beside you, along comes KLM’s roll-out of its Meet & Seat scheme: you can choose who you sit beside based on their social network profiles.


Smartphone technology is increasing in tandem with people’s need for convenience, so prepare for more bells and whistles on your phone as you pass through airports.


Fact - men of a certain age will exchange golfing holidays for cycling holidays. Statistics show that golf as a leisure sport is in decline, dropping from 25m players in 2000 to 19m in 2014.


In the red corner we have Ballyfin, Co Laois (“the grandest hotel in Ireland” – Conde Nast Traveller), and in the blue corner we have Ashford Castle (“fairytale setting reborn” – Trip Advisor). Fight club!


‘Poshtels’ are the new trend in stylish, cost-conscious accommodation for people who like the social aspect of hostels but who prefer an upgrade from the hostel experience.


Low cost airlines continue to be the most successful business sector in air travel, with the business model being increasingly influential across the airline industry. Looks like they’re here to stay.


by Des O’Driscoll

79 Sense8

Netflix, available now

The Wachowskis (since Larry’s gender reassignment to Lana, it’s inaccurate to refer to them as the Wachowski brothers) give us a series about eight telepathically-linked strangers.

80 Orange Is the New Black Netflix, June 12

Season two was a mixed bag, but the latter half of the series had enough quality to have us eagerly awaiting the next instalment of adventures in Litchfield Penitentiary.

81 True Detective

Sky Atlantic, June 22

We’re trying not to pre-judge, but can Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn really carry a second series that comes anywhere near last year’s offering?

82 Bounce

RTÉ, tbc

Don’t call me Xpose. New show in which Nadia Forde and other glam presenters trawl the red carpets and bring us all sorts of celebrity and fashion news.

83 Game of Thrones

Sky Atlantic, June 15

As ever, the latest series is flying by way too quickly and the TV version’s move away from the books has whetted appetites even more than usual about what happens in this final episode. And then comes the long wait until April 2016.

84 Munster Hurling Final

RTÉ, July 12

Without a World Cup or Olympics this summer, the Munster Hurling Final is easily the greatest sports event in the world over the next few months. Premier League fans only have to wait until August 8 for their first fix.

85 King for a Term

Sky Arts, July

Idris Elba writes and directs a one-off drama inspired by his own childhood in Hackney, north-east London.


by Des O’Driscoll

86 Immrama

Lismore, June 11-14

Robert Fisk, Charley Boorman and Jonathan Shackleton are among the authors sharing their worldly tales at the festival of travel writing in Co Waterford.

87 National Concert Hall

An eclectic mix of events for the summer includes Ladysmith Black Mambazo (July 2) Mary Chapin Carpenter (July 11) and Marc Almond (August 1).

88 Yeats Day 2015

June 13

The climax of a year-long series of events to mark the 150th

birthday of WB Yeats.

89 The Shadow Of A Gunman

Abbey Theatre, Dublin, June 12 – Aug 1

Mark O’Halloran steps up as Donal Davoren in Seán O’Casey’s classic play.

90 West Cork Chamber Music Festival: Bantry, June 26 -July 4

The first of the three impressive events that has Bantry punching way above its weight on the summer festival circuit.

91 Seán Scully: Figure Abstract

Crawford Art Gallery, Cork; June 26 to Sept 12

The second of the major retrospectives of the contemporary Irish artist’s work includes some of Scully’s figurative work, as well as his better-known abstract paintings.

92 Macroom,

Everyman, Cork, Aug 4-22

It’s always a tough task to take on such a huge historical figure as Michael Collins, but this tale of possible events in the independence-era hero’s last day comes from a team with an impressive pedigree.

93 DruidShakespeare

On tour

Druid’s six-hour Shakespeare extravaganza tours to such venues as Lime Tree, Limerick, June 23-27 and Town Hall, Skibbereen, June 29. Don’t worry – it comes with plenty breaks!

94 West Cork Literary Festival

Bantry, July 12-18

Local hero Graham Norton headlines at an event that brilliantly mixes full-on literary readings and workshops with lighter pursuits.

95 Once

Olympia, Dublin, July 4- Aug 22

After phenomenally successful runs on Broadway and the West End, the stage version of the award-winning film comes to the city it’s set in. Nice tunes and a tale of love – what more would you want?

96 Galway International Arts Festival

July 13-26

Always an impressive lineup, headliners this year include a new play from Frank McGuinness, and a new ‘theatre installation’ from Enda Walsh.

97 Kilkenny Arts Festival

August 7-16

As ever, there’s a particularly strong classical music element to this year’s festival, with a particular emphasis on the music of Bach.

98 Edinburgh International Festival

August 7-31

This festival has become a home from home for Irish arts people, with highlights including the world premiere of The Last Hotel, a chamber opera from Enda Walsh and Donnacha Dennehy.

99 Alan Carr

Cork Opera House, Aug 27-29

The camp comedian brings his Yap Yap Yap tour to Ireland for the first time.

100 Electric Picnic

Stradbally, Sept 4-6

It’s not just about the music, you know. This huge event literally bookmarks the end of summer with readings, debates, installations, etc.

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