Something for the weekend

Some of the best events for all the family this week, compiled by Colette Keane

1. Sock it to them

The Cork Puppetry Festival with Dowtcha Puppets kicks off in Cork from tomorrow in the Bishop Lucey Park with much-loved Punch and Judy puppet shows and sock and puppet making workshops. Seven days later, the festival will culminate in a world record attempt in Fitzgerald’s Park on August 7 to break the record for the Most People Wearing Sock Puppets.

2. Fillies and Fashion

The annual Galway Races starts on Monday but heads are expected to turn on Thursday with Ladies Day with prizes worth €12,000 on offer.Celebrity judges include Aoibhín Garrihy and Baz Ashmawy. Gates open from 11am on Thursday and the judges begin style spotting from 11.30am noting originality, flair, and poise. Twenty finalists will then be invited to present themselves at the g Hotel Best Dressed Marquee to meet each of the judges in person.

3. Mother Jones

The 6th annual Spirit of Mother Jones Festival begins in Shandon in Cork on Tuesday and continues until Saturday. There are more than 30 events over the five days including talks, films and music.

Speakers include Manus O’Riordan, Fr Sean McDonagh, Marcia D’Alton and Anne Twomey. All talks and films are free.

4 Crafty Cork

Cork Craft Month runs until September 3 and celebrates and showcases more than 100 craftspeople working with ceramics, wood, textiles, metal and glass.

5. Waterford Walkway

Families cycling or walking along Waterford’s new greenway will be able to see Riverdance star, Colin Dunne, perform for free on top of Waterford Greenway’s iconic viaduct as part of the first ever Dungarvan Summer Music Festival which starts on Friday.

On Saturday a series of free 15 minute boutique performances will take place along the Waterford Greenway while a baroque ensamble takes to St Mary’s Church on Sunday for a programme entitled “The Piper and the Faerie Queen”. Tickets and information on


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