Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke star in an atmospheric thriller about a supernatural killer based on Peter Ackroyd’s novel.
A killer clown stalks a group of children in an adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror story. Bill Skarsgård stars.
An unlikely friendship develops between Queen Victoria (Judi Dench) and a young Indian clerk (Ali Fazal). Stephen Frears directs.
Darren Aronofsky directs an all-star cast, including Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, in a psychological thriller.
Tom Vaughn-Lawlor stars in a thriller about the Maze prison break in 1983. Stephen Burke directs.
Shia LaBeouf and Sverrir Gudnason go head-to-head at Wimbledon in a battle for the soul of tennis.
Domhnall Gleeson stars as AA Milne in a biopic about the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh. Simon Curtis directs.
Medical students experiment with near-death experiences, with tragic consequences. Ellen Page and Diego Luna star.
Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford team up for a sequel to the classic sci-fi. Denis Villeneuve directs.
A poignant coming-of-age drama starring Brie Larson, Naomi Watts and Woody Harrelson.
Idris Elba and Kate Winslet team up when a plane crash leaves them stranded on a remote mountain.
Michael Fassbender stars as Oslo detective Harry Hole in Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of Jo Nesbø’s thriller.
More hilarious building-brick hi-jinks from the team who brought you The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Movie.
Abbie Cornish and Gerard Butler race to save the planet from a devastating cataclysm. Dean Devlin directs.
Thor (Chris Hemsworth) battles the Hulk in the latest superhero offering from Marvel. Tom Hiddleston and Benedict Cumberbatch co-star.
Kenneth Branagh stars as Poirot in the classic Agatha Christie mystery. Johnny Depp and Penelope Cruz co-star.
The adorable bear (voiced by Ben Wishaw) returns, wreaking more mayhem on the Brown family. Jim Broadbent and Sally Hawkins star.
Batman and Wonder Woman team up to battle a villain bent on wreaking havoc upon the planet. Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot (below left) star.
Offbeat psychological thriller, starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell. Yorgos Lanthimos directs.
Tennis legend Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) takes up the challenge issued by boorish chauvinist Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell).
Courtroom thriller starring Denzel Washington and Colin Farrell. Dan Gilroy directs.
Comedy thriller from Ron Shelton, with Morgan Freeman and Tommy Lee Jones.
Rey (Daisy Ridley) returns to that galaxy far, far away. Mark Hamill and John Boyega co-star.
Animation set in Spain about a giant bull with an even bigger heart. John Cena heads up the voice talent.
When a group of kids get sucked into an old computer game, chaos ensues. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson stars.
Tall-haired Dublin rockers have promised a radical revamping of their sound as they return with their first album in three years.
Pop’s supreme ironists pay a rare non-festival visit to Ireland.
Songwriter Amos kicks off her European tour up the road from her Kinsale holiday home.
Sharleen Spiteri brings the Nineties rockers on the comeback trail.
The alt.country badboy takes time out from feuding with The Strokes and tours this year’s return-to-form Prisoner LP.
Grunge icon Dave Grohl worked with pop producer Greg Kurstin on the Foos ninth studio album.
Pop maverick Justin Vernon puts in a rare Irish appearance as part of the Songs from a Safe Harbour festival. The National, whose Bryce Dessner curated the event, play the same venue the following evening.
His ’n hers duo from The Beautiful South are back with more pop masterpieces.
James Murphy’s bittersweet dance crew return, with a residency that follows their comeback LP American Dream
Twain hopes to reclaim her crown with her first studio album in 15 years.
Vanilla Ice, and Salt N Pepa and Coolio headline this turbo-charged nostalgia-fest.
The country superstars are especially adored in Ireland and their biggest ever show here promises to be a sellout.
The soul singer plays an intimate gig, with accompaniment from a live orchestra.
The Nordic pop sensation has been the spotlight since winning the Swedish version of Britain’s Got Talent aged 10. A decade later, she’s a chart-topper all over Europe with her So Good album going top ten across the Continent.
Indie rocker turned pop extrovert and fashion icon, Annie Clark is hitting the road one last time before directing an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Grey.
The Heaven chart-topper ramps up her comeback tour.
Confessional pop with a laconic twist from evergreen songwriter.
Ex-Oasis man unveils debut solo LP, As You Were, at a new festival on capital’s outskirts.
Rockabilly queen turned heart-on-sleeve emoter, whose latest album chronicles the end of her marriage.
Millennial mopers combine youthful intensity and old-before-their years melancholy, all anchored by Hannah Reid’s astonishing vocals.
Under his Rag ’n Bone man moniker, the imposing singer is revealed to be a pop teddybear.
The kings of synth-pop seem to grow more popular with each year.
Brandon Flowers and company road-test comeback LP Wonderful Wonderful.
American Idol winner Lambert steps into Freddie Mercury’s size ten shoes.
Neil Hannon tours the band’s happy/sad 11th album Foreverland.
Over the last three months, Heathrow Airport estimates that over 365,000 of its passengers were travelling with kids. They came up with Around The World With Mr Adventure, an app based on the Mr Men series in which players use any iOS or Android device’s camera to explore the airport, discovering hidden digital badges.
Aer Lingus has added two new routes and 350 extra transatlantic flights to its schedule this winter, making it the most bumper winter schedule yet. New routes will run from Dublin to Bilbao and Dublin to Miami. Its extra seats will be spread out across short-haul routes around Europe, including an extra early morning service from Dublin to London.
Ryanair continues to push the envelope when it comes to budget travelling and has recently unveiled new slim line ergonomic seats designed by airline interiors company Zodiac. The seats are specifically designed for its Boeing 737 MAX ‘game changer’ aircraft, which facilitate eight extra seats per plane.
With a burgeoning art scene, a fabulous climate and street-style nightlife, Lisbon is fast becoming the hot ticket for hipsters in the know. Firmly rejecting the title of The New Berlin, Lisbon prefers to see itself as a more laid back city, taking inspiration from its nearby coastal shores and surf culture. With daily direct flights from Dublin, this is the new mini-break getaway.
The most recent quarterly survey from the Irish Travel Agents Association once more cites Spain as Ireland’s most popular holiday destination, followed closely by Portugal, with many agents pointing to the growing trend of holidaying in countries seen as ‘safe’. The survey also found that Irish people are booking their holiday earlier than ever before, so get researching your holiday for 2018.
Stakes are high at the 2017 Irish Champions Weekend with more than €25,000 in prizes for the best dressed lady and gent. Expect a €5,000 shopping experience from designer Louise Kennedy; a suit from Louis Copeland & Sons; Longines timepieces and overnight stays at the 5-star Merrion Hotel for the winners. Dress to impress. Tickets: 045-441205;
Dáithí Ó Sé and Maura Derrane judge the styles over three days with prizes for racegoers including a Honda Jazz for a year and €3,000 for the McElligotts Honda Best Dressed Lady.
Longing for a Birkin bag or limited-edition Louis Vuitton purse? Brand Connection Paris, experts in pre-owned luxury handbags and accessories, are holding an exclusive sale at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin. Register online for your VIP invitation. www.brandconnection.fr.
Belfast FASHIONWEEK (pictured) is back for its 24th season. Expect an exciting roster of charity luncheons, style events, and parties across the city with two international catwalk shows sets against the backdrop of St. Anne’s Cathedral. Tickets: www.
Swedish high street giants H&M team up with London-based fashion designer Erdem for their latest collaboration. The diffusion line, which plays with prints and textiles, will cater to women and men across clothing and accessories. Available in 250 stores worldwide and at www.hm.com.
Financial experts Deeter and Weston address the most common financial issues faced by Irish people, and offer their tips and tricks to saving thousands of euro.
Keyes is back in all her wonderous glory with this story about what it’s like to weather the storm of relationships and stay in love, despite taking a break from it.
Journalists Breen and McLysaght are bringing Aisling, a character so popular that she spawned her own Facebook page to her very own novel. Expect laughs aplenty in this one.
Our favourite Natural Born Feeder is back with a book based around eating well with store-cupboard ingredients, in half an hour. Expect lots of fresh and delicious routes to eating healthily in this one.
It’s 30 years since The Commitments was released and in Smile Roddy Doyle tells the story of Victor Forde, a man for whom a chance meeting dredges up his past. This is a story of our struggle to incorporate our pasts into the present.
Doctor Robert Langford is making his fifth appearance in the latest mystery thriller from Brown. Expect Brown to challenge the way we perceive human existence in this page-turner.
Sixteen-year-old Aza is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the spiral of her own thoughts. John Green is back with his particular brand of heart-wrenching YA lit.
Today’s refugee crisis is examined in this tale of a German professor befriending a group of African refugees living in a tent city on Alexanderplatz.
Author of Pleasantville comes up trumps with this tightly woven drama examining racism and justice in the southern states of America.
The latest instalment of Kinney’s bestselling series sees The Heffley’s spending Christmas at a fancy resort, but soon turns into a disaster. A must-read for all 5-8 year olds.
FEAST Cork Food Festival is the newly rebranded Midleton Food Festival celebrating East Cork, one of Ireland’s original food destinations. It includes long table dinners, tasting menus, markets, and live entertainment (www.feastcork.ie)
The Waterford Harvest Festival has a bigger than ever family-friendly programme, including guest chef appearances from Takashi Miyazaki and Michelin Star Ken Harker (Mount Juliet). (www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie)
Taste of West Cork is the most far-reaching food festival in Ireland: 140+ events in 32 towns and villages and eight islands in Ireland’s Garden of Eden. www.atasteofwestcork.com
Macroom Food Festival is small but perfectly formed and growing more ambitious by the year, a celebration of the quality produce and excellent producers in its hinterland www. macroomfoodfestival.com
The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival is the world’s oldest oyster festival and always guarantees the mother of all parties with a multiplicity of the magical molluscs www. galwayoysterfestival.com
The Cork Oyster & Seafood Festival is based in the Metropole Hotel. With a gourmet trail also running in other venues, this celebration of seafood includes live entertainment throughout the weekend.
The Dingle Food Festival is one of the best of them all – beautiful place, people, and produce combine for an always wonderful weekend. Also incorporates Blás na hÉireann awards. www.dinglefood.com
Food on the Edge is a t wo-day food symposium featuring chefs and food enthusiasts from around the world, addressing the future of food, from the micro to the macro. (www.foodontheedge.ie)
The Kinsale Gourmet Festival may be in its 41st year but this old trouper struts its stuff with all the vim and vigour of a newborn, multiple dining opportunities served up with a large dollop of craic www.kinsalerestaurants.com
Savour Kilkenny Food Festival – it’s hard to resist the attractions of a trip to the lovely Cats’ Capital and its festival shenanigans in one of Ireland’s epicurean epicentres. www.savourkilkenny.com
Sky Atlantic, September
David Simon has never again hit the heights of The Wire, but this new series will hopefully be an improvement on recent creations. Set in New York in the 1970s, Maggie Gyllenhaal plays a sex worker drawn into the emerging porn industry.
Netflix, Sept 25
Is it really 12 years since we last had a Star Trek series? This latest take on the franchise will have episodes released every Monday, until November, with a second chapter resuming in January. It’s set about 10 years before the original series that featured William Shatner and co.
Sky Atlantic, September
Irish actress Genevieve O’Reilly joins the likes of Tim Roth and Christina Hendricks in this 10-part western set in a small town in the Rocky Mountains in the 19th century.
Alison Spittle has become a regular fixture on Irish TV in recent times, and now the Westmeath comedian takes another step up the entertainment ladder with this new series. Over six episodes, we’ll see her play a millennial who returns to her midlands home after a disastrous sojourn in Dublin.
We do know new episodes of the true crime documentary are in the pipeline. A release date is anybody’s guess, however, as much will depend on the ongoing legal proceedings involving Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey. The latter figure has even had his conviction overturned, but hasn’t yet been released from prison.
Sky Atlantic, October
After an absence of six years, the wonderful Larry David returns for the ninth run of his cult comedy series. The Seinfeld creator has obviously been working his contacts book, with an impressive list of guest stars including Bryan Cranston and Ted Danson.
Over 10 weeks, brides-to-be with various budgets will come to a bridal store in Blarney to choose their wedding dress. Franc (Peter Kelly) will be presenting the show, but the real stars are the brides and the family members trying to influence their choice.
Netflix, October 27
Season two is set about a year after the events of the excellent first series. Will, the boy who was stuck in the Upside Down, is still suffering from the after-effects of his experience, and there’s also some sort of nasty new force threatening the citizens of Hawkins.
A budget of £20 million is one of the reasons why the four-part animated series will feature the voices of such stars as Ben Kingsley and John Boyega. It will be mostly made by Brown Bag in Dublin, and early reports suggest it won’t be as traumatic a viewing as the film adaptation of the late Richard Adams’ book.
Netflix, December 8
Claire Foy returns as Elizabeth II for season two of a show that will hopefully hit the heights of last year’s sumptuous offering.
Among the new faces is Matthew Goode as Lord Snowdon, while Michael C Hall is in as John F Kennedy. Society is changing, and we see how major criticism of
Elizabeth’s style of speaking even caused her to try and sound more modern. One was not amused.
ARTS & ENTS
Nationwide, Sept 22
The annual event continues to grow with all sorts of free events throughout every county in Ireland.
Sept 28 to Oct 15
After wowing in Galway, the Dublin event presents another chance for punters to see The Second Violinist, the operatic collaboration between Donnacha Dennehy and Enda Walsh. Other biggies include The Suppliant Women.
Oct 19 to Nov 5
As well as the usual impressive array of operas by European composers, this year’s event also has two one-act pieces adapted from stories in James Joyce’s Dubliners.
3Arena, Oct 19-20
The cockney comedian probably lets out too many secrets about the male psyche but he is probably the best stand-up in the business at the moment.
National Gallery, Oct 25
The exhibition of work by the Irish-born artist (1816-1900) will also give attendees a chance to see paintings by some of the Pre-Raphaelites he was influenced by, including Dante Gabriel Rosetti and John Everett Millais.
The festival celebrates 40 years in existence, which is an incredible feat. In recent years, it’s been trying hard to get the balance right between quality jazz at the Everyman and
Triskel, along with a mix of genres at other venues who will ensure the festival remains
Cork Opera House, Nov 9-11
Top Russian stars Ekaterina Bortyakova and Akzhol Mussakhanov return to Ireland for the lead roles in Cork City Ballet’s production of a ballet that features music by Tchaikovsky.
Abbey Theatre, Dublin, Nov 20 – Jan 6
A stage version of the superb Nordic vampire tale comes to the Abbey via its links with the Scottish National Theatre.
BGE Theatre, Dublin, Nov 28-Dec 2
Will Young and Louise Redknapp head the cast for this production of the ever-popular musical. As well as the title song, you’ll hear such familiar tunes as ‘Money Makes The World Go Round’ and ‘Maybe This Time’.
3Arena, Dec 8-9
The orchestral music superstar makes a return to Dublin for what is now an annual visit. As ever, you’ll probably get a programme that mixes classical music with such favourite songs as ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and ‘Y Viva Espana’.