Something for the weekend...

1. WEDDING WONDERS
A wedding showcase takes place tomorrow at Fota Island Resort. 

Photographers, stationers, wedding planners, make-up artists, bakers, jewellers, department stores, travel agents and musicians will showcase their services, designed to create the perfect wedding day. 

The backdrop is the stunning surroundings of Fota Island Hotel & Spa which will be dressed for a glamorous and stylish wedding with the Smith Barry Suite, deluxe suites and lodges available to view. 

You can also sample some canapés on they day to give you a taste of the wedding menu.

www.fotaisland.ie  or call 021 488 3700.

2. ART-TASTIC

An imaginative programme of more than 100 arts events celebrating a wide variety of forms including literature, spoken word, music, dance, comedy, visual art and theatre will be showcased at the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford from Thursday until October 25.

Highlights include events with author John Banville, poet Paul Durcan, storytelling for adults and children with the legendary Eddie Lenihan. 

There is a Visual Art Trail featuring more than 40 different artists and the ‘Booze, Blaas n’Banter’ event celebrating the city’s quayside and maritime heritage. There is a programme especially for families including a ‘Parade of Light’ and a ‘Come Fly a Kite’ events. All events are either free or low cost tickets.

www.imagineartsfestival.com 

3. CONCERT FOR SYRIA

Cork’s finest musical talent will be out in force for a major fundraiser on Thursday for the Syrian refugees. 

At 7pm at the CIT Cork School of Music singer-songwriter Jack O’Rourke, pop-groups Papertrail and Strange Attractor, Capella Lyrica (the School of Music’s own chamber choir), The Academy of Pop Music faculty band, pianist Gary Beecher and friends will all take to the stage amid a poignant slideshow. 

The concert is in aid of Cork-Calais; the nationwide group is transporting urgently needed supplies to the refugee camp in Calais.

Tickets cost €15 and are available from Pro Musica Oliver Plunkett St, Cork or at l’Attitude on Union Quay

4. BOOK CLUB

This Friday authors Cecelia Ahern and Claudia Carroll are among a host of authors who will take part in ‘An Evening for Book Lovers’, a charity event in association with Eason Book Club to raise funds for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. Taking place at 10 Ormond Quay in Dublin at 7.30pm, the evening will feature an all-star line-up of authors. 

The evening will kick off with a drinks reception and a supper, followed by a fireside-chat-style conversation with Donal Ryan, hosted by author and comedian Colm O’Regan. Tickets cost €75 and can be purchased online.

www.cmrf.org/crumlinbookevent 

5. HOPE FOR HOSPICE

International soprano Cara O’Sullivan, accompanied by the Band of An Garda Síochána, will be the star attraction at the Marymount University Hospital and Hospice Concert at Cork Opera House on Saturday. 

Renowned sports broadcaster Ger Canning is the compère for what will be an evening of great music. Tickets are available from the box office at Cork Opera House, online at www.corkoperahouse.ie  and at reception at Marymount University Hospital and Hospice, Curraheen, Cork.

6. HEALTH KICK

Thousands of people are set to ‘Walk the World’ for breast cancer on Saturday when more than 200 Centra stores will host a walk in their local community to reach a target of 47,075km to raise much needed funds for the Irish Cancer Society’s Action Breast Cancer programme. 

In order to ‘Walk the World’ Centra needs 8,000 people to walk 5km each. Communities can sign up in store or at www.centra.ie . People can also donate money online at www.centrawalktheworld.ie  or in-store

7. NETWORKING LUNCH

The Irish Tatler Academy Working Lunch is back in Cork. The networking seminar takes place on Friday, October 16, at the Clarion Hotel. The lunch focuses on powerful communication, digital IDs and working wardrobes. http://bit.ly/ITatler 


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