From movies to music, food to fashion, our critics reveal their summer picks.
By Ed Power
1. Donovan, Opera House Cork
The iconic sixties singer celebrates half a century in popular music.
2. Neil Young, 3Arena, Dublin
Heavy rock’s growling warhorse par excellence returns to Ireland .
3. The Corrs, Live at Marquee, Cork
Forgiven but not forgotten, the squeaky-clean siblings are back with a new album,White Light .
4. Simply Red, Marquee Cork
One of the most successful British groups of the past 30 years.
5. Nelly, Vicar Street, Dublin
June 12, 13
Through the 2000s, rapper Nelly clocked up hit and after hit and is one of the few hip hop artists to cross over fully into the pop mainstream.
6. Body and Soul Festival, Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath,
June 17 – 19
Headliners are trad supergroup The Gloaming, r’n b’s Santogold and chill-out supremo St Germain.
7. Nashville, 3Arena, Dublin
The cult TV show has ended. However, the stars of the soapy musical-drama are on the road.
8. Chic, Live at Marquee, Cork
Nile Rodgers wrote the funk playbook and, along the way, helped pen hits for Madonna and Bowie.
9. Rihanna, Aviva Stadium, Dublin
Pop’s foremost bad-girl made no secret of her love of Ireland, with her innumerable afterparty events here.
10. Don Henley, 3Arena Dublin
July 1 (and Live at Marquee, June 29)
Henley remains a part of one the biggest selling bands of all time.
11. Castlepalooza, Charleville Castle, Co Offaly
July 1 – 3
With a newly beefed-up line-up that includes Cat Power’s Chan Marshall, electro minimalist Caribou and avant-rockers Polica.
12. Little Mix, Live at Marquee Cork
July 3 – 4
Somehow surviving the X Factor curse, this all-girl foursome have evolved into a genuine pop career.
13. Foals, Live at the Marquee, Cork
Quiffs ahoy as the stylishly bedraggled British avant funkateers tour their zinging fourth album What Went Down.
14. The Stone Roses, Marlay Park, Dublin
Remarkably little buzz surrounds this latest comeback by the “Madchester” pioneers, not helped, one suspects, by weedy comeback single One For All.
15. Beyonce, Croke Park, Dublin
Only Beyonce could release a vituperative concept record about the apparent break-up of her marriage and make it feel like a pop spectacle.
16. Tom Jones, Live at Marquee, Cork
Aged 75, the Welsh whirlwind shows little inclination to slow down.
17. Pixies, Live at Marquee Cork
July 13 (and Iveagh Gardens Dublin, July 14)
Indie veterans set out on yet another reunion tour.
18. Elvis Costello, Iveagh Gardens, Dublin
The angry oldish man of confessional post-punk will step through some of his best known hits.
19. Brad Paisley, 3Arena, Dublin
Country superstar Paisley is to the forefront of the modern Nashville scene, a hybrid of old school country and flashy pop.
20. Electric Picnic, Stradbally, Co Laois
September 2- 4
The good news is that the long-running Stradbally festival boasts a fantastic 2016 line-up in Lana del Rey, New Order, LCD Soundsystem, Haim and others. The bad? It’s been a sellout for several weeks now.
By Declan Burke
21. The Nice Guys (June 3)
Private eye action-comedy, starring Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling.
22. Me Before You (June 3)
Romance adapted from Jojo Moyes’s novel, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Clafin.
23. Warcraft (June 3)
Fantasy adventure adapted from the video game. Ben Foster stars.
24. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows (June 3)
The Turtles return to save New York. Megan Fox stars.
25. The Boss (June 10)
Melissa McCarthy stars as the boss from hell. Kristen Bell and Peter Dinklage co-star.
26. Mother’s Day (June 10)
Three generations of women bond. Julia Roberts, Jennifer Anniston, and Kate Hudson star; Garry Marshall directs.
27. Elvis & Nixon (June 17)
Michael Shannon and Kevin Spacey star in the true tale of an unusual meeting of minds.
28. Gods of Egypt (June 17)
Epic tale set in ancient Egypt.
29. Independence Day: Resurgence (June 24)
Director Roland Emmerich reboots the franchise as extra-terrestrials threaten Earth. Liam Hemsworth stars.
30. Central Intelligence (July 1)
Spy spoof in which an accountant falls into international espionage, starring Dwayne Johnson and Aaron Paul.
31. Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (July 1)
Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley star as the hapless fashionistas. Mandie Fletcher directs.
32. The Legend of Tarzan (July 8)
Newly civilised Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) returns to his jungle home.
33. Ice Age: Collision Course (July 15)
Prehistoric mayhem from the Ice Age gang, starring John Leguizamo and Ray Romano.
34. Ghostbusters (July 15)
Paul Feig’s remake stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, and Kate McKinnon.
35. Star Trek Beyond (July 22)
Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) helms the Starship Enterprise; Idris Elba, Simon Pegg and Zachary Quinto co-star. Justin Lin directs.
36. The BFG (July 22)
Steven Spielberg adapts Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book, starring Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill and Rebecca Hall (right).
37. Jason Bourne (July 29)
Matt Damon returns as the special operative.
38. Finding Dory (July 29)
Pixar’s sequel to Finding Nemo, starring Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, and Idris Elba.
39. Suicide Squad (August 5)
Imprisoned supervillains are recruited for a black ops mission, starring Ben Affleck, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie.
40. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (August 12)
Rom-com starring Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick, with Jake Szymanski directing.
41. Pete’s Dragon (August 12)
Disney’s live action remake of the classic animation.
42. Sausage Party (August 12)
A sausage searches for the meaning of life in this animated tale .
43. David Brent: Life on the Road (August 19)
Ricky Gervais stars as The Office’s David Brent, 10 years down the line.
44. Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping (August 26)
Comedy spoof on pop stardom, starring Andy Samberg, Imogen Poots and Bill Hader.
45. Ben-Hur (August 26)
Remake of the epic starring Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman and Nazanin Boniadi.
By Áilín Quinlan
46. Black Water by Louise Doughty, published by Faber
June 2. £16.70
John Harper lies awake in a lonely hut on an Indonesian island, believing his life may be in danger. Moving between Europe during the cold war, California and the Civil Rights struggle, and Indonesia during the massacres of 1965 and the decades of military dictatorship that follow, this epic novel explores some of the darkest events of recent world history through the story of one troubled man.
47. Animal Crackers by Colm Keane, published by Capel Island
June 6. €19
Adorable dogs, spirited horses, mischievous donkeys and cats who barely tolerate us are just some of the colourful characters in Animal Crackers.
Many do extremely funny things, more reveal remarkable skills, others experience sad endings. A funny and moving book by No 1 bestselling author Colm Keane and RTÉ newsreader Una O’Hagan.
48. Lean in 15 The Shape Plan by Joe Wicks, published by Macmillan
June 16. €22
Wicks introduces a new way of eating and training to build lean muscle and burn more fat.
Joe Wicks, aka The Body Coach, shares 100 recipes and four new workouts to transform your fitness levels.
49. Missing Wife, by Sheila O’Flanagan, published by Headline
June 16. €19
When Imogen Naughton vanishes, everyone who knows her is shocked. She has a perfect marriage. Her handsome husband treats her like a princess.
She’s always said how lucky she is. So why has she left? As she begins her journey to find the woman she once was, Imogen’s past is right behind her...
50. Muse by Jessie Burton, published Macmillan
June 30. €16.70
On a hot July day in 1967, Odelle Bastien climbs the stone steps of the Skelton gallery in London, knowing that her life is about to change forever… An unforgettable novel about aspiration and identity, love and obsession, authenticity and deception - a masterpiece.
51. Lying in Wait by Liz Nugent, published by Penguin
July 7. €16.70
The last people who expect to be meeting with a drug-addicted prostitute are a respected judge and his reclusive wife.
And they certainly don’t plan to kill her and bury her in their exquisite suburban garden. Yet they do… and their lives begin to crumble.
52. Super Food Family Classics by Jamie Oliver, published by Penguin, July 14. €33.50
These tried and tested recipes come with clear nutritional information on the page, including the number of veg and fruit portions in each dish, plus there’s a bumper back-section packed with valuable advice on everything from cooking with kids and tackling fussy eaters, to good gut health, the importance of fibre, and budgeting.
53. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J. K. Rowling, published by Little, Brown
July 31. €20
For Potter fans of every age, and based on a new story by J.K. Rowling (above) , John Tiffany and Jack Thorne bring us the eighth story in the Harry Potter series - the play will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on July 30.
While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus struggles with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted.
54. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, by Amy Schumer, published by HarperCollins
August 8. €19
A thoughtful, honest and often hilarious collection of (very) personal essays. A candid book which will have readers wincing with recognition and laughing out loud.
Amy shines bright as a friend, daughter, sister, unforgettable comedian, and most notably, a masterful (and always entertaining) storyteller.
55. From Russia With Drugs by David Walsh, published by Simon and Schuster
Sept 9. €16.70
Russian athletics benefited from institutionalised doping, used to help the nation’s athletes win medals they did not truly deserve.
Vitaliy Stepanov had been part of the Russian anti-doping squad when he met and fell in love with Yuliya, one of the country’s most promising 800m athletes.
But soon Vitaliy discovered that his bride was not all she seemed.
Now, with award-winning journalist David Walsh, the man who broke the Lance Armstrong story, he reveals the truth.
ARTS & ENTS
By Des O’Driscoll
61. Cat Laughs Comedy Festival
Kilkenny, until Monday
Reginald D Hunter, Maeve Higgins and Jason Manford are among the headliners.
62. Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas
June 10-12, Carlow
David Gilmour showed up last year, and this time around, the eclectic mix of scheduled guests includes Martin Amis, Chrissie Hynde and Kate Tempest.
63. Immrama Festival of Travel Writing
Lismore, June 16-19
Includes a visit from Phan Thi Kim Phuc, who as a Naplam-scarred nine-year-old featured in one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam war.
64. Jungle Book
Everyman Cork, June 17-20
A London-based theatre company puts a contemporary spin on Rudyard Kipling’s classic, complete with skateboarding wolves and beat-boxing Baloo. One of the highlights of the Cork Midsummer Festival.
65. Crosstown Drift
Cork, June 25
The organisers of this cross-city series of readings want to get people out of the libraries and bookshops to show that literature also has a foot in the real world.
Kevin Barry hosts an event that also features fellow young guns Madeleine D’Arcy and Danielle McLaughlin, as well as representatives from the old brigade such as Theo Dorgan and Conal Creedon.
66. Sacrifice at Easter Elizabeth Fort,
June 17-July 2
Another gem from Cork Midsummer Festival has Corcadorca taking over the 17th-century fort for one of the big site-specific show’s they built their reputation on. It’s been written by Pat McCabe.
67. Galway Arts Festival
Elvis Costello and The Gloaming headline the music strand, and a new play from Enda Walsh is among the drama offerings.
68. ProdiJIG: The Revolution
Cork Opera House, from July 23
Does Ireland really need another large-scale dance show? Well, Cork choreographer Alan Kenefick aims to bring the genre kicking and tapping into the modern era with a show that mixes elements of Diversity-style street dance with more traditional fare. The glimpses we’ve seen so far have been genuinely exciting.
69. Bantry Festivals
As ever, punching above its weight, Bantry hosts its trio of fine events: Chamber Music Festival (July 1–9); Literary Festival (July 17-23); and Masters of Tradition music festival (Aug 17-21). Gloria Steinem and Zadie Smith are among the big names at the literary fest.
70. Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann
Ennis, August 14-22
It’s about way more than just the music, and Ennis is the annual town to welcome the event back to Munster after 11 years of being held in other provinces.
Ceoil, craic agus whatever you’re having yourself.
By Joe McNamee
71. Summer 2016, Boyne Valley Food Series 2016
A return for this terrific
array of food-related events and festivals which takes place over the entire summer. www.boynevalleyfoodseries.ie
72. June 8, Boats and Bites
Cork Harbour Festival evening seafood market with wide range of delicious seafood and maritime family entertainment. www.corkharbourfestival.com
73. June 16-19, Taste of Dublin
Top Dublin restaurants showcase their menus over four days in the delightful surroundings of Iveagh Gardens. www.dublin.tastefestivals.com
74. June 16, Urban Food Fest
Family-friendly street food festival taking place in the Ireland’s most beautifully-located farmer’s market, Limerick city’s Milk Market.
75. June 24-26, Westport Food Festival
Kicks off with a banquet celebrating the food of Co Mayo, promises great tastes, good times and a truly exquisite location. www.westportfoodfestival.ie.
76. June 26, Our Table
Closing event of the Cork Midsummer Festival sees top Cork restaurants feeding 400 diners at a long table on Oliver Plunkett St. www.corkmidsummer.com
77. Sept 2-4, Theatre of Food, Electric Picnic
Irish food producers, chefs and writers don their wellies and festival finery to demo, dine and debate. www.electricpicnic.ie
78. Sept 9-11, Waterford Harvest Festival
Food and family friendly fun in the wonderful environs of Waterford city. www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie
79. Sept 9-18, A Taste of West Cork
Multiple events, including a reprise of The Menu Cooks The Menu pop-up supper, culminating in massive street market in Skibbereen. www.atasteofwestcork.com
80. Sept 23-25, Galway Oyster and Seafood Festival
Magical mollusc madness in the West’s party capital, includes Irish & World Oyster Opening Championships. www.galwayoysterfestival.com
By Carolyn Moore
81. Bag a Manley
Irish fashion favourites Manley are expanding their accessory line to include handbags.
The must-have clutches and totes featuring designer Emma Manley’s signature leather and suede embellishments will be available this summer from manley.ie.
82. Prints Charming
Tipped to take over at Dior, fashion fans are rejoicing at the news that Scottish designer Jonathan Saunders has instead been snapped up by Diane Von Furstenberg.
We’ll take Saunders’ slick, contemporary style at DVF price points any day.
83. Jeepers Creepers
Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma presentation took New York fashion week by storm, and new limited editions of her sell-out Fenty Creepers are now available from www.puma.com. We’re lusting after the all-white version of the cool sneaker/creeper hybrid.
84. Softly softly
Padded and push-up bra styles are officially passé. As the trend-setting strappy bralet becomes a fashion favourite, a softer, more natural breast shape is being embraced for 2016. We’re testing the waters with the tattoo bralet, €8, Penneys.
85. Levi’s originals
Not since our teens have we been so obsessed with finding the perfect pair of “second-hand Levi’s”, but with retro denim making a comeback, we’re realising all that elastane in our skinny jeans wasn’t doing our derrieres any favours.
86. Utility belt
Could a Warehouse jumpsuit be the purchase of the summer?
With a chic, utility-inspired tailored top and on-trend culotte bottom, their simple stunner could easily take you to work or to a wedding. Just accessorise and go.
87. Mix it up
We have our own Saoirse Ronan (above) to thank for this burgeoning trend.
The stylish star rocked mismatched earrings on the Oscar red carpet back in February, and now the high street is clamouring to sell us “odd” pairs.
88. Cuba calling
It was all eyes on Cuba when Chanel held their Resort 2017 show in Havana last month, brazenly marching an army of models down the Paseo del Prado promenade and anointing the city the most fashionable destination for 2016.
89. Marni mania
If 90s fashion feels too close for comfort, embracing the return of the 70s might be more in your wheelhouse.
Nobody reinterprets this era better than Marni, and the iconic Italian label is now available from Cork’s Samui boutique.
90. Made up
When Victoria Beckham announced she was teaming up with Estée Lauder to create a cosmetics line, fashionistas and beauty junkies were united in praise of what might be the best collaboration ever. September can’t come soon enough.
By Des O’Driscoll
91. Euro 2016
June 10 to July 10, RTÉ, TV3
RTÉ has the exclusive rights to Ireland’s three group games, but has sold off some of the other matches to TV3 (including a few featuring Northern Ireland and England), with both networks showing the final.
92. Orange Is The New Black
Netflix, June 17
As it faces into a fourth season, the women’s prison show has had to broaden its focus from the real-life Piper character the original series was based on.
93. Mr Robot
The first season of this decent cyber conspiracy thriller got a cult following in Ireland among those who access downloads of questionable legal status.
Hopefully some TV network will provide proper access to series two.
94. Vice Principals
Sky Atlantic, July
Will Ferrell and Bill Murray are rumoured to be making cameo appearances in this new comedy series from the HBO stable.
Anybody familiar with staffroom politics may relate to some of the scenarios in this tale of two feuding vice principals vying for top spot in a high school.
95. Stranger Things
Netflix, July 15
Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine are the familiar faces in this new eight-part supernatural thriller.
96. Ross Kemp: The Fight Against ISIS
Sky 1, July
Where so many others have failed, Kurdish forces have made real progress against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Kemp travels to the front line to front line to show their forces at work, and gets into a few genuinely dangerous situations along the way.
97. The Walking Dead
Probably the best drama on TV, this zombie show has never attracted more than a cult audience in Ireland.
Perhaps the buzz around the season six cliffhanger will finally push it overground here.
98. Rio 2016 Olympics
Aug 5-21, RTÉ
Doping and zika threaten to cast a shadow over this Olympic Games, and no doubt there will also be a few home-grown controversies in Brazil in the lead-up to the event.
When the welcome distraction of the sport does begin, however, hopes will be high that the Irish boxers can again bring home a few medals.
99. Spring Break with Grandad
Will the presence of the grandparents of the participants in this series curtail their partying?
With the demise of Geordie Shore, this new reality show from Cancun may provide entertainment at the intersection of anthropology and zoology.
100. The Get Down
Netflix, August 12
Baz Luhrmann hopes to impress where Vinyl didn’t quite succeed by bringing to life the incredible creative melting pot that was New York in the mid 1970s. A newly-built World Trade Center is among the backdrops.
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