Something for the weekend...

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

1. Something Old, Something New

The Spectacular Vintage Wedding Fair takes place today from 12pm to 6pm at Innishannon House Hotel, with admission costing €5. Vintage handmade accessories, retro cars, quirky cakes, old-style floral arrangements and tips on DIY decor are just some of the stands available to brides and grooms in search of creating an unique look and atmosphere for their wedding. Innishannon House Hotel has more than 40 years experience as a wedding venue.

The River Suite has been recently refurbished and can now accommodate up to 200 guests. The Frankfort Suite can cater for smaller wedding parties. The Garden Room provides for an intimate setting for civil ceremonies of for up to 40 guests and outdoor civil ceremonies can be conducted in the beautiful surroundings of the River Side Gardens.

To make a wedding enquiry, email 

2. History Matters

UCC’s School of History’s free, two-day, public conference on the subject of the arts and the 1916 Rising is continues today. The closing paper will be delivered by Robert Ballagh, the prominent artist and political activist, who will speak on the subject of the visual art of the Rising later on today.

Other topics to be discussed include the cinematic, literary, poetic, monumental, and theatrical contexts and legacy of the Rising. The event, which is free and open to all, is the latest in a series of conferences organised by UCC’s School of History and collectively entitled ‘Cork Studies in the Irish Revolution’. 

3. Picture That

Tonight comedian Pat Shortt (above right) takes to the stage of the University Concert Hall in Limerick with his hit, sell-out show Selfie. The show tells the tales of a singing undertaker Mossey Burke.

From Breakfast Roll man to Killnascully, Pat has created some amazing characters and with this show will introduce a host of new ones. The show starts at 8pm and tickets, €28, which can be bought on 061 331549 or 

4. Host with the Most

He’s the man at the helm of RTÉ’s highly- successful Republic of Telly and tonight he takes to the stage at City Limits comedy club in Cork. Kevin McGahern, who also starred in the Hardy Bucks,promises an evening of controlled mayham in his latest stand-up show.

Describing himself on his Twitter account as a man who “talks in pubs for money”, he has played every Irish comedy festival and done a stint at the Edinburgh Fringe. Doors open at 8.30pm and the show starts at 9.30pm. Tickets €15.,, 021 4507744.

5. Crafty Business

The Alltech Craft Brews and Food Fair returns for a fourth time to the Convention Centre Dublin on Friday for the weekend.

The fair will feature a host of local and international craft beverages as well as local culinary delights. Musical entertainment will be provided by a range of home-grown acts and the Six Nations games will be shown on a big screen. Food producers will also be on hand.

On Friday there will be an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the world’s largest beer tasting event. Tickets from €15, includes two tokens and a souvenir glass.

6. Shine On

The 10th annual Shine St Valentine’s Ball in aid of the Shine Centre for Autism takes place at Cork’s Maryborough Hotel on February 13. More than €250,000 has been raised since the first Shine Ball in 2006 to fund much-needed services and programmes for children with autism in Cork city and county.

The black-tie event will begin with a champagne reception in the Orangery followed by a five-course meal in the Maryborough Ballroom. Guests will be entertained with a luxury charity auction, spot prizes, music, dancing and a DJ until late. Tickets are priced at €80 with a table of 10 costing €750. Corporate options are also available. 


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