100 things you cannot afford to miss this autumn and winter

From movies to music, food to fashion and so much more; the Irish Examiner's team of critics and writers pick the 100 things you can't afford to miss this autumn and winter.
100 things you cannot afford to miss this autumn and winter


Declan Burke

1 Sausage Party (out now)

Anarchic animation about a sausage who discovers life’s harrowing truth. Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig star.

2 Café Society (out now)

Woody Allen directs Jesse Eisenberg and Kirsten Stewart in a love triangle set in 1930s Hollywood.

3 Anthropoid (September 9)

Drama about the assassination of infamous Nazi Reinhard Heydrich. Cillian Murphy and Jamie Dornan star.

4 Hell or High Water (September 9)

Chris Pine and Jeff Bridges star in a thriller about Texan bank robbers. David Mackenzie directs.

5 Bridget Jones’ Baby (September 16)

Renee Zellweger and Colin Firth star in the latest instalment about the delightful Bridget Jones.

6 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week (September 16)

Ron Howard’s documentary charts The Beatles’ touring years.

7 The Magnificent Seven (September 23)

Antoine Fuqua directs a remake of the classic western, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt.

8 The Girl with All the Gifts (September 23)

Dystopian sci-fi thriller starring Gemma Arterton and Glenn Close. Colm McCarthy directs.

9 Free State of Jones (September 30)

Matthew McConaughey stars in an American Civil War epic. Gary Ross directs.

10 The Girl on the Train (October 7)

Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson star in an adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller.

11 Tiger Raid (October 7)

Super-charged war drama about mercenaries conducting a kidnapping in Iraq. Brian Gleeson and Sofia Boutella star.

12 Inferno (October 14)

Tom Hanks returns as Robert Langdon in Ron Howard’s adaptation of Dan Brown’s bestseller.

13 Storks (October 14)

Animation in which storks try to deliver a baby to the right family. Adam Sandberg stars.

14 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (October 21)

Lee Child’s hero returns as a fugitive on the run from his past. Tom Cruise stars; Edward Zwick directs.

15 Doctor Strange (October 28)

Metaphysical superhero Doctor Strange protects the real world from what lies beyond. Benedict Cumberbatch and Rachel McAdams star.

16 The Light Between Oceans (November 4)

A lighthouse keeper and his wife raise a child they discover in a lifeboat. Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander star.

17 Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (November 11)

An Iraq veteran struggles to adjust to life back home. Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund star.

18 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (November 18)

Origin tale of JK Rowling’s Newt Scamander, starring Eddie Redmayne and Colin Farrell.

19 Bad Santa 2 (November 25)

Billy Bob Thornton returns as Bad Santa, with plans to rob a charity on Christmas Eve.

20 Allied (November 25)

Sweeping romantic drama about WWII spies, starring Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard.

21 Moana (December 2)

Disney animation featuring a young Polynesian seafaring princess. Dwayne Johnson stars.

22 Sully (December 2)

Tom Hanks stars as real-life heroic pilot Chesley Sullenberger. Clint Eastwood directs.

23 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (December 16)

Star Wars spin-off, in which the rebel forces try to steal the plans for the Death Star. Felicity Jones stars.

24 Passengers (December 21)

Sci-fi thriller in which two spaceship passengers awake from deep sleep 60 years early. Jennifer Lawrence stars.

25 Collateral Beauty (December 30)

A tragedy sends a New York ad man into a personal crisis. Will Smith and Keira Knightley star.


Ed Power

26 Glen Hansard Vicar Street, Dublin, September 5, 6

Ginger troubadour mingles melancholy and salty humour as he performs songs from his solo career, his Oscar-winning Swell Season project and his cult rock band, The Frames.

27 Alexis Taylor, Cyprus Avenue, Cork, September 16

As frontman of Hot Chip, Taylor mingles hedonism and angst. His solo career is very different, splicing piano balladry and heartfelt lyrics.

28 D.A.R.K. featuring Dolores O’Riordan, Cyprus Avenue, Cork, September 17

Cranberries singer debuts material from her new collaboration with former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke.

29 Bon Iver, new album, 22, A Million, September 30

The arena-packing alternative folk artist – and sometime Kanye collaborator – returns from an extended hiatus with a greatly anticipated third LP.

30 Mick Flannery, Cork Opera House, October 2

Stonemason turned singer songwriter plays rare home-town gig. New album I Own You out on Universal on October 14

31 Green Day, new album, Revolution Radio, October 7

Political punk rockers return with a new album – just in time for the US election.

32 POLIÇA, Button Factory, Dublin, October 15

Emotive electro-pop from Minneapolis group described by cult luminary Bon Iver as the best band he has ever heard.

33 Jean-Michel Jarre, 3Arena, Dublin, October 10

Synth pioneer reprises wide-screen hits such as Oxygène II and and Équinoxe 5. As a bonus he will rock the best mullet in experimental electronica.

34 Michael Kiwanuka, Cyprus Avenue, October 13

A rare example of a singer-songwriter who has moved the genre forward, with devastating insights into growing up black in white, middle class London.

35 Richmond Fontaine, Cyprus Avenue, October 14

Led by author Willy Vlautin, these cult Oregon folk-rockers are calling it a day after this farewell tour. It’s going to be emotional.

36 James Blake, Olympia, Dublin, October 27

The Beyonce collaborator tours his singular mix of piano balladry and bass-heavy electronica.

37 Bell X1, Cork Opera House, October 29

Indie perennials debut songs from forthcoming seventh studio album, Arms.

38 Brian Deady, Cork Opera House, October 30

Cork soul man plays largest headline date yet, drawing on his devastatingly autobiographical second long-player, Non-Fiction.

39 Loudon Wainwright III, Cork Opera House October 31

Patriarch of the songwriting clan that also includes Rufus and Martha. The elder Wainwright’s music tends towards the flinty and self-deprecating – like a more self- aware, less destructive Johnny Cash.

40 Justin Bieber, 3Arena, November 1, 2

True Beliebers will be out in force as the teen heartthrob turned pouty young man brings his surprisingly credible album Purpose LP to Ireland.

41 Kristin Hersh, Triskel Christchurch, Cork, November 3

One of the most influential figures in Nineties alternative rock, Throwing Muses’ singer Hersh has lately reinvented herself as a more conventional singer-songwriter, though her lyrics remain spiky and multifaceted.

42 Metropolis, RDS Dublin, November 3 to 5

Crystal Castles, DJ Shadow and Grace Jones headline this three-night electronic music event at the RDS.

43 Kenny Rogers, 3Arena, November 7

Country veteran shares songs of dry wit and heartfelt sincerity.

44 Simply Red, 3Arena, November 11

Having put the Simply Red brand on ice some years ago, Mick Hucknall has resurrected the Manchester soul crew. Critics never much liked them — but the fanbase remains wildly loyal.

45 Chance The Rapper, Olympia, November 11

With Kanye and Jay Z among his cheerleaders, Chicago’s Chance the Rapper is the latest overnight hip-hop sensation — albeit with a sunny demeanour that sets him apart from his peers.

46 Walking On Cars, 3Arena, November 12

From their humble origins as a Dingle-based indie band, the five piece have become very popular very quickly – selling out the 3Arena is an achievement but in no way a surprise.

47 St Germain, Olympia, November 14

French composer Ludovic Navarre mingles jazz and dance music with results that pirouette from subtle to sublime.

48 Rod Stewart, 3Arena, November 18, 19

The old warhorse is back for another victory lap and cheesy classics such as Do Ya Think I’m Sexy? and Sailing

49 Julia Holter, Vicar Street, November 19

Hailed the “new Bjork” this quirky Los Angeles singer combines odd-ball perspectives with slick and compelling alternative pop.

50 Paul Simon, 3Arena, November 21

Simon has hinted he may retire – if so, he’ll go out on a high with new album Stranger to Stranger among his best in years.


Annmarie O’Connor

51 Dublin Fashion Festival, Sept 5 - 11

The Dublin Fashion Festival returns with style ambassador, Darren Kennedy. Highlights include the Creative Quarter Fashion Show and Young Designer Fashion Event. www.dff.ie

52 The Longines Irish Champions Weekend, Sept 10-11

Stakes are high at the Longines Prize for Elegance. With a prize fund of over €25,000, winners can expect shopping experiences at Louise Kennedy, Louis Copeland and Kildare Village and Longines timepieces for men and women. www.irishchampionsweekend.ie

53 Msl Mercedes-Benz Cork Fashion Week, Oct 14-22

Cork Fashion Week, in association with Mercedes Benz, dons its heels for another season. www.corkfashionweek.com www.tickets.ie

54 West Coast Cooler Ni Belfast Fashionweek, Oct 20-23

Fashion Week returns for its 22nd season with a roster of stylish shows from local boutiques, designers and the high street.


55 Kenzo For H&m, Nov 3

H&M teams up with Kenzo for their latest collaboration. Expect the bold colours, vivid prints and playful hallmark of the celebrated Parisian fashion house across lines for women, men and children. Available in 250 stores worldwide and at www.hm.com


Ciara McDonnell

56 High Tech, Low Luxe

A defiant reaction to the over done décor and ultra splurging of the boom years, expect hotels to offer more communal spaces, do-it-yourself check-in and a la carte experiences. Aimed at the younger market, the likes of Moxy hotel in Milan have already cottoned on and offer services like a high-octane bar.

57 Direct Booking Wars

Travellers are the ultimate winners this year as more and more of us choose to book hotels via websites like expedia and booking.com. While some major hotel chains are operating aggressive marketing drives to claw back their share (Marriott has offered discounts to customers who book direct), it seems that customers prefer the guaranteed price drop from group websites.

58 Wellness Break Outs

Destination detoxes have never been so popular, with heady travellers flocking to resorts for Beach n Bliss at Amansala Eco Resort or to find their inner warrior in the Utah desert. With winter approaching, expect lots of great trips to yoga retreats in Thailand or juice fasts in the Bahamas.

59 Bleisure Breaks

In a world of non-stop working, it’s no surprise that the travel industry has coined a phrase to nab workaholic travellers. This year, expect to see people blurring the lines of work and travel even more as they tag on a few days onto their work trips to squeeze in a bit of down time before the next work wave hits.

60 Generation Z

Move over Millennials, there’s a new baby boomer in town. Gen Zers were born after 1995 and represent a new wave of traveller on the world stage. The first generation to be true natives of a digital age, their travel requirements will challenge the travel market to tech up and offer packages with seamless multi-device platforms that will allow this generation to interact with them.

61 Authentic Travel

Also dubbed ‘experiential’ travel, this trend points to those of us who do not feel that we have visited a new country unless we have spent quality time with the locals. This kind of travel is best done via websites like airbnb.

62 Extreme landscapes

Travelling to far-flung places is not exactly new, new routes carved by global warming certainly is. In early August, the Crystal Serenity set off on a 1000-mile voyage through the previously unnavigable Northwest Passage.

63 Tribal Travel

Multigenerational travel — the notion that a grandchild, grandparent and even great grandparent may enjoy traversing the world together has never been more popular.

64 Medical Tourism

From travelling to get our teeth done, to girls’ weekends where Botox and champagne come as standard, medical tourism has never been more popular.

65 Culinary Travel

Travelling to eat delicious things is hardly a groundbreaking phenomenon, but this year we will see people travelling to eat street food from carts in far-flung destinations.


Áilín Quinlan

66: Game of Throw-ins, Ross O’Carroll-Kelly. Penguin Ireland, September 1, €16.99

Game of Throw-Ins is the 16th novel in Paul Howard’s hugely popular Ross O’Carroll-Kelly series.

67: All We Shall Know, Donal Ryan. Doubleday Ireland, €15.99 September 15

Melody Shee is alone and clearly in deep trouble… another thought- provoking book from Donla Ryan.

68: Conclave, Robert Harris. Hutchinson, €15.99 September 22

The Pope is dead, and, behind the barred doors of the Sistine Chapel, 120 Cardinals from round the globe will cast their votes in the world’s most secretive election.

They are holy men, but they are also ambitious men — and they have rivals.

Over the next 72 hours, one of them will become the most powerful spiritual figure on earth.

69: Bridget Jones’s Baby: The Diaries, Helen Fielding. Random House, October 11 (Price not available)

Everyone’s favourite diarist is back.

70: The Chemist, Stephanie Meyer. Little, Brown, November 8 (Price not available)

The phenomenally successful author of the Twilight series returns, this time with an adrenalin-pumping thriller.

71: Swing Time, Zadie Smith. Hamish Hamilton/Penguin. November 15. (Price not available)

From the multi-award winning author of White Teeth and On Beauty, comes an ambitious, exuberant new novel which moves from north west London to West Africa.


72: Pippa, Pippa O’Connor. Penguin, September 19 (price not available)

Pippa O’Connor shares practical tips and insights for how to live well, look good, and feel great.

73: Born to Run, Bruce Springsteen. Simon and Schuster, September 27 (Price not available)

Over the past seven years, Bruce Springsteen has privately devoted himself to writing the story of his life.

74: Holding, Graham Norton. Hodder, October 6 (price not available)

One of television’s most popular television hosts follows up the huge success of 2014’s The Life and Loves of a He-Devil with his debut novel about Duneen which is, to all appearances, a small uneventful place — until a grim discovery on a building site reveals a much darker, hungrier undertow to this quiet town.

75: The Battle, Paul O’Connell. Penguin, Oct 6. (Price not available)

This is the story of the Munster legend and Ireland’s third most capped player ever. As the heartbeat of Munster, British and Irish Lions captain in 2009, and captain of the first Ireland team to defend a Six Nations championship, O’Connell has emerged as perhaps the most beloved of the golden generation of Irish rugby players.


Joe McNamee

76 Sep 9-11, Waterford Harvest Festival

Large family-friendly programme of events, delicious food and the GIY Grow HQ centre. www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie

77 Sep 9-18, Taste of West Cork

Possibly the most ambitious food festival in the country: 140+ events in 32 towns and villages and eight islands in Ireland’s breadbasket. www.atasteofwestcork.com

78 22-24 Sep The Great Irish Beer Festival

Beer, food and live music all on tap in Cork City Hall, 20+ breweries, lectures, demos, live acts include Frank & Walters www.greatirishbeerfestival.ie

79 23-25 Sep, Macroom Food Festival

One of Ireland’s smaller food gatherings is slowly but surely growing in stature, reflecting the quality produce and excellent producers in its hinterland. www.macroomfoodfestival.com

80 Sep 23-25, Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival

The world’s oldest oyster festival continues to party with all the energy of a fresh-faced newbie with plenty of oysters on the side. www.galwayoysterfestival.com


Des O’Driscoll

81 Gogglebox TV3, September

The original Channel 4 show has been such a success that you’d imagine this new Irish version will be a guaranteed hit. Deirdre O’Kane and Rory Cowan are on narration duties as we’re taken inside some of the nation’s living rooms.

82 Westworld Sky Atlantic, October

This sci-fi drama features such acting heavyweights as Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harri and Thandie Newton, while JJ Abrams and original creator Michael Crichton lurk in the background. It’s set in a futuristic theme park where people are offered the chance to live out their Wild West fantasies.

83 The Grand Tour, Amazon, tbc

No you can’t get Amazon Prime in this country, but fans of the Jeremy Clarkson trio will be hoping that one of the TV channels picks up their new motoring show, not least with the new Top Gear being such a disappointment for some.

84 Haters Back Off, Netflix, October 14

Ironically, Miranda Sings achieved worldwide fame online by lampooning vloggers trying to achieve worldwide fame. Colleen Ballinger-Evans now tries to transition her character from YouTube to the streaming world.

85 Black Mirror, Netflix, October 21

Channel 4 was understandably miffed when Netflix outbid it for the third series of Charlie Brooker’s dark satires. Its debut on the streaming service will feature six new episodes.

86 The Walking Dead, Fox, October 24

Arguably a better drama than Game of Thrones, many people on this side of the pond finally woke up to its brilliance with the hype around the cliffhanger at the end of season six. On October 24, we find out which major character was killed by the nasty new overlord Negan.

87 Planet Earth II BBC Two, October

David Attenborough presents the follow-up to his epic series from 2006. A huge budget and nifty new technology have ensured some spectacular footage, and the theme of environmental destruction is also expected to be stronger this time around.

88 Can’t Cope, Won’t Cope RTÉ2, September

Rising stars Seána Kerslake and Nika McGuigan feature in this comic drama about two very twentysomethings from Cork living and partying in Dublin.

89 Jadotville, Netflix, tbc

A run date hasn’t yet been confirmed, but we’re told the Jamie Dornan-led feature film will be ‘later in 2016’. It tells the true tale of how Irish UN personnel held out against much larger forces during a siege in the Congo in 1961.

90 The Fall, RTÉ, October

There was a collective sigh of relief when Gillian Anderson’s character finally caught the odious murderer played by Jamie Dornan at the end of an overly-drawn out series two. Expect a mixed reaction to the return of the series.


Des O’Driscoll

91 Cork International Short Story Festival

September 7-10

Neil Jordan is the big name, while Donal Ryan and Polly Samson are among the other writers likely to draw crowds to the Firkin Crane.

92 Composing the Island, National Concert Hall, September 7-25

A major programme of 29 concerts by Irish composers over the past 100 years, from Brahms’ friend Charles Villiers Stanford right up to more contemporary fare with the likes of Crash Ensemble.

93 Culture Night Friday,  September 16

Inspired by Nuit Blanche in Paris, this annual extravaganza of free cultural events really was one of the bestest ideas ever. Get out and enjoy.

94 Cork Comedy Festival, September 23-25

Seriously, who doesn’t like a good laugh? Sean Hughes and Jason Byrne are among a host of mostly-Irish stand-ups playing in various venues on Leeside over the weekend.

95 Dublin Theatre Festival,  September 29 – October 16

Again, so many mouth-watering productions. Highlights could include These Rooms, ANU’s collaboration with CoisCéim Dance Theatre; and Don Giovanni, freshly translated by Roddy Doyle.

96 The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Various, September – October

Druid’s production of Martin McDonagh’s modern classic takes in such venues as the Everyman in Cork and the Gaiety in Dublin.

97 Freud Project, 2016 – 2021, Irish Museum of Modern Art, from October 21

IMMA has trawled various collections to assemble 50 works by the great Lucian Freud.

98 Guinness Cork Jazz Festival, October 28-30

A festival that’s rightly got some stick in recent years over some of the lineups, the event has done much to restore its credibility with the addition of the incredible Robert Glasper to the bill.

99 Wexford Festival Opera,  October 26 – November 6

Another feast of opera with work from the likes of Samuel Barber, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Gaetano Donizetti.

100 Cork Film Festival,  November 11-20

The event made the news earlier in the year over funding issues, but this hugely important gathering is definitely going ahead.

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