Something for the weekend...

1. Seisiun singing Sing Out Sunday takes over Dublin’s Helix Theatre this weekend for an event never before seen in Ireland, a ‘mass choir get-together’ led by The Voice UK’s vocal coach Mark De-Lisser.

 Take part in a weekend of warm-ups, rehearsals and masterclasses all before taking to the stage for a final Sing Out Sunday evening concert featuring more than 1,000 voices.

From budding young singers to experienced choir members, Sing Out Sunday will help you release your passion for singing and learn some new skills along the way. For further information and to book tickets to participate as an individual or choir, with costs from €60 visit www.eventbrite.co.uk 

Ticket prices to attend the Sing Out Sunday concert as an audience member start at €15 can be purchased from www.thehelix.ie/event/sing-out-sunday/.

2. The right track Head to the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Shanagarry village in east Cork tomorrow for a Halloween Family Orienteering Day. Organisers are asking people to turn up between 10.30am and 1pm where members of the Bishopstown Orienteering Club will be available to set you off on the right track.

Try your luck at the magnificent Celtic Maze and gardens of the estate as you shake off the Halloween cobwebs.

3. Heart warming The Heartbeat Trust is hosting an evening with Irish rugby veterans in The Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on Tuesday.

Mick Quinn, Ollie Campbell and Tony Ward will be in conversation with Brent Pope discussing their epic battle for the coveted No 10 jersey, their many encounters over their careers and Ireland’s Rugby World Cup performance.

This event is to raise vital funds for Dun Laoghaire charity The Heartbeat Trust, Ireland’s only heart failure charity, dedicated to improving heart failure care for all through advocacy and research services.

Tickets from €30.

www.paviliontheatre.ie/events/view/an-evening-with-irish-rugby-legends or through its box office on 01 2312929.

4. Wine tasting The annual James Nicholson Wine Merchants wine-tasting event takes place on Friday in Smock Alley, with organisers describing it as a relaxed and friendly opportunity to broaden your wine drinking horizons as well as your wine knowledge while you familiarise yourself with the JN Wine range.

You don’t need to be a wine expert to enjoy it — interest and a bit of enthusiasm will suffice.

It’s open to the public, and costs €15 per ticket, Tickets must be purchased in advance from James Nicholson Wine Merchant on www.jnwine.com

5. Dust yourself off This Friday Fota House will play host to The Dust Busters Light Orchestra, an amateur orchestra that plays to professional standards under its musical director, well-known cellist IIse de Ziah.

At full strength, the orchestra has 22 members playing violin, viola, cello, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, accordion, guitar, bass guitar, drums and percussion. The musical repertoire spans two centuries of light music including Viennese waltzes, Latin American tunes, evergreen standards, classic pop, rock and roll, film themes and jazz.

The concert starts at 8pm and tickets cost €20.

Booking is essential on www.fotahouse.com or 021 4815543.

6. You shall go to the ball Down Syndrome Cork is hosting its annual fundraising ‘Winter Ball’ on November 14 at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel.

Some of the winning competitors at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles over the summer will be attending, including Sean Coleman, Aoife O’Sullivan and Laura Ahern.

All funds raised at the ball are for the benefit of local families.

Organisers are also asking for donations of prizes for use throughout the charity evening.

Tickets are €75 and can be bought from Down Syndrome Cork on 021 4300444.


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