Something for the weekend...

1. Cork Comedy
The banks of the Lee are set to burst with laughter this week as the city hosts its first dedicated comedy festival. 

The inaugural Cork Comedy Fest, featuring a host of top Irish stand-ups, will run across five city centre venues including the Opera House, the Everyman, the Roundy, City Limits, and the Imperial Hotel from Friday and run throughout the weekend. Acts include Sean Hughes, Deirdre O’Kane, Neil Delamere, Jason Byrne and Barry Murphy. Tickets and full programme on www.corkcomedyfest.com  

2. Plant Sale

Fota House will host the Irish Specialist Nursery Association Plant Fair tomorrow.

A large selection of plants ranging from the more common species to the rare and obscure cultivars not normally found in the bigger retail outlets will be on sale from 11am to 4pm. Admission is €5 including car parking.

3. Murder Most Foul

One hundred years after Agatha Christie first imagined him, Hercule Poirot is back, this time in Clonakility.

Sophie Hannah has received the blessing of the Christie estate to continue the crime writer’s series and her second Poirot novel, Closed Casket, takes place in a country mansion in Clonakilty in 1929 and makes reference to the unease felt by the Anglo-Irish at this time. Ms Hannah will be at The City Library, Grand Parade on Monday at 7pm.

4. Beer Fest

The Great Irish Beer Festival opens at Cork City Hall on Thursday with 20 Irish breweries set to attend. Over three days the Great Irish Beer Festival will highlight the diversity of modern 21st century Irish brewing, while a chef will pair great culinary dishes with each brewery, with some great bands set to provide the music.

Advance tickets priced from €11 up to €22.50 for a three day weekend ticket are available online at www.greatirishbeerfestival.ie 

5. Crafty Ideas

Each Saturday in September and October the Craft Makers store in Tralee sets out on an historical walking tour of Victorian Tralee followed by Afternoon Tea. The tour starts at 2.30pm from its Victorian building on Ashes Street. Craft Makers stocks a range of carefully selected handcrafted gifts sourced from craft professionals, artists and designers working in Ireland today.

www.craftmakers.ie 


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