Something for the weekend...

1. Seafood & Shanty
There is something fishy going on in Ballycotton in East Cork this weekend. 

Now in its fifth year, the Seafood and Shanty village festival celebrates life by the sea, fishing and shanty songs. 

Music and food will be celebrated today while family fun will take place at Ballycotton Harbour tomorrow from 2pm to 5pm with a wobbly circus, junior Einstein Science Club and free ice cream for any children dressed as pirates or mermaids. 

Boat trips, DJs and cookery demonstrations will also take place.

2. Raise your Voices

Tonight at 8pm the sound of sweet voices will ring from the rafters of St St Fin Barre’s Cathedral in Cork City when 35 singers from Indiana, USA give a concert in aid of Cork Simon Community. 

It’s free but organisers are hoping for a voluntary donation to hear the award-winning Lafayette Jefferson Varsity Singers.

3.  Water-lot of Fun

Cork Harbour Festival, the largest annual event in Cork Harbour offering a nine-day celebration of Cork’s maritime culture, kicks off this weekend with more than 60 events in Cork city and 15 harbour towns and villages. 

These range from crab fishing in Cobh to guided walks, open days to open sails and a seafood market to seaweed foraging. The spectacular Ocean to City, An Rás Mór, takes place in the city at noon on June 10. 

4.  Street Feast

Galway’s west end will host a neighbourhood Street Feast on Monday from 11am to 2pm. 

Happening on Ravens Terrace, the Street Feast will allow you to sample something from each business including Kai Restaurant, Dela, Pearla na Mara, An Tobar Nua, Rouge, Creole, Hooked on Henry Street and retailers including Daybreak, Bell Book and Candle and Ernies. 

Ravens Terrace will be closed off to traffic for the morning and there will be live music and face painting.

5.  Music Matters

The Allihies Music Festival, West Cork which starts on Friday will pay special tribute this weekend to composer Michael Dwyer on the 20th anniversary of his death. 

Organisers promise an exciting programme of traditional music sessions and intimate performances at its village venues. Along with classic performances, a celebratory concert in honour of Mr Dwyer takes place at Allihies Copper Mine Museum at 8.30pm. 


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