Something for the weekend...

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

1. Wedding fit for royalty 

Brides and grooms seeking out a chic city wedding should check out Cork’s The Kingsley Hotel’s wedding afternoon tomorrow from 1pm – 5pm.

A range of experts including photographers, stationers, wedding planners, make-up artists, bakers, jewellers, department stores, travel agents and musicians will gather together and showcase their services designed to create the perfect wedding day. 

The afternoon will also be an opportunity to see the hotel’s ballroom. For further news and updates visit the or contact their dedicated wedding coordinator on 021 4800500.

2. Trad fest

Fancy an evening with Martin Hayes? Or a songwriting class with Duke’s Special? Or simply the chance to soak up some performances from the best trad musicians in the country?

Then the boutique winter festival Trad Fest is the one for you. Running from Tuesday until Sunday, a stunning lineup of musicians and singers will take part in what is now the largest festival of traditional music in the country in some of Dublin’s most historic places, from the breathtaking nave of St Patrick’s Cathedral to the grandeur of City Hall. 

Its Front Row sessionsare a series of 13 free concerts in intimate settings featuring five of the very best in Irish music in a number of Temple Bar’s most iconic pubs. Tickets for The Front Row Sessions are free but must be booked in advance.

Further information and ticket purchase available on and 01 7030700.

3. Soldier’s song

This Wednesday, a lecture series kicks off in Limerick looking at the history of our national anthem and what it means in 2016. Soldiering on: Ireland’s National Anthem From 1916 to 2016 takes place at 7pm at the Lime Tree Theatre, Mary Immaculate College, Courtbrack Avenue, Limerick. In a series of four talks Dr Micheal Murphy will discuss the mixed popularity of the anthem, its repeated calls to be replaced and how it has impacted our relationship with Britain. Each talk will be illustrated with video, images, and recorded performances.

4. Winter warming music

Ham Sandwich are the latest additions to The Ballincollig Winter Music Festival, returning on Tuesday. They will be joining an eclectic mix of Irish and international artists when the Wainright sisters, De Danann, John Spillane and Lumiere take to the stage for its seventh annual event. 

The county Cork town’s White Horse will once again play host to much of the festival programme, including a festival club and lively discussion and workshops during the week. Martha and Lucy Wainwright who have just released their first album together, Songs in the Dark, will play their first Irish show as a duet in The White Horse on Saturday. 

5. Show stopping songs

One of the country’s best loved singers takes to the stage of the Everyman Theatre from Thursday to sing some of her favourite show stoppers. An Evening with Cara O’Sullivan will run over three nights from 8pm as the star with operatic pedigree promises a range of numbers from a repertoire that includes Puccini, Mozart and Verdi. Tickets available from €26. or 021 4501673.

6. Going swimingly

Want to get fit this year? Swim Ireland has launched its third ‘Swim for a Mile Challenge’ (left) and it is open to swimmers of all abilities. It involves 12 weeks of free training to reach the ultimate goal of swimming a mile. It will take place in 12 pools nationwide in April. Swim Ireland provides access to free coaching clinics, on-line training support and advice from qualified Swim Ireland coaches. 

If you can swim as little as two lengths in one session the programme promises to guide you to one mile. For those who aren’t feeling quite as adventurous you can try the half-mile programme or share the mile between you and a friend with a half-mile each. To sign up for the challenge visit 


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