Something for the weekend...

Here’s some great things to do around the country this weekend.
Something for the weekend...

1. It’s mental

He’s hacked our minds and wrecked our brains with some of his feats, and now one of the world’s leading mentalists is back with his brand new show, Out of Control. Keith Barry’s (right) show kicks off in The Everyman in Cork on Friday and runs until Sunday.

It is described as one of two halves, the first focused on him performing mentalism — where he will hack into people’s brains, and select people at random by firing nerf rockets into the audience. Keith demonstrates that our thoughts are no longer our own as he manipulates and hacks even the most cynical of minds.

This show contains more audience interaction and involvement than any of his previous shows. In the second half, Keith taps the phenomenon of hypnosis — an art he hasn’t performed in his live shows for more than five years. Fans of his hit ITV show You’re Back in The Room with Philip Schofield will love what he has in store.

Keith will invite audience members on stage to enter his hypnotic world. He will shut down the conscious mind, and allow people to do things they wouldn’t ordinarily do. Under 12s must accompanied by an adult.

Tickets for Out of Control cost €30 including booking fee.

2. Walk on the wildside

This year why not take out an annual pass to Fota Wildlife Park which also includes free admission to Dublin Zoo. The annual pass at each centre costs €117 and covers the member plus one adult, or the member and two children.

The conservation pass costs €175 and has a variety of combinations including the member plus one adult and four kids or the member and six kids under the age of 16. The annual pass also entitles you to 10% off all Children’s Activity Camps, and one visit per year to Edinburgh Zoo, Highlands Wildlife Park & Belfast Zoo.

3. On no it isn’t

Oh yes it is... due to huge demand, four extra shows have been added for the Cheerios Panto Beauty and the Beast at the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin. The panto stars Alan Hughes as Sammy Sausages, Michele McGrath as Belle, Seamus Power as Belle’s father, Rob Murphy as the hilarious Buffy, Carl Stallwood as Garçon, and Donal Brennan as the Beast. The curtain comes down on the show on Sunday, January 17.

4. The right note

Trad fans, it doesn’t get much better than this, as Liam Ó Maonlaí will be sharing a stage with legendary fiddle player Kevin Burke and virtuosic multi-instrumentalist Tim Edey.

Described as one of the country’s best sean nós singers, Liam Ó Maonlaí has always remained faithful to his traditional roots despite global success with Hothouse Flowers, while Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing has been at the forefront of traditional music for more than 30 years.

A member of trad supergroups The Bothy Band and Patrick Street, Burke’s distinctive fiddling fuses a Sligo style with a diverse range of musical influences.

The show takes place on Sunday, January 17, at the Pavillion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire at 8pm and booking is advised. Tickets are priced from €16 are available on 01 2312929 or

5. Tourist attraction

With the Guinness experience consistently topping visitor centre lists, the Open Gate Brewery, Guinness’s experimental brewing plant at St James’s Gate, is set to add to its numbers.

Of particular interest to beer enthusiasts, the centre is open to the public every Thursday and Friday evening and visitors have the chance to meet the brewers in their place of work, discuss the brewing process which will be taking place all around them, and sample what the brewers have been brewing up.

Entrance is €6 per person and the entrance fee includes some sample beers to taste on the night., call 01 4712455 or email

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