The Hot 100 things to see and do this autumn

By Declan Burke, Pól Ó Conghaile, Richard Fitzpatrick, Ed Power, Marc O’Sullivan, Anne Marie O’Connor and Des O’Driscoll


1. About Time, Sept 6

Domhnall Gleeson discovers he can travel in time and sets out to make Rachel McAdams his girlfriend. Director Richard Curtis (Notting Hill, Four Weddings) reckons this romantic comedy is his last movie.

2. Rush, Sept 13

Biopic of Formula 1’s Niki Lauda, the 1976 crash that nearly killed him, and his subsequent rivalry with Britain’s James Hunt. Chris Hemsworth stars; Ron Howard directs.

3. Blue Jasmine, Sept 20

Cate Blanchett experiences a life crisis and heads for San Francisco to reconnect with her sister in a movie that is being hailed as Woody Allen’s finest in years. Alec Baldwin and Sally Hawkins co-star.

4. Diana, Sept 20

Covering the last years of Princess Diana’s life and her relationship with Dr Hasnat Khan, this biopic stars Naomi Watts and Naveen Andrews in the lead roles. Oliver Hirschbiegel directs.

5. Austenland, Sept 27

Obsessed with Colin Firth’s portrayal of Mr Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Keri Russell travels to a theme park devoted to Jane Austen in search of Mr Right. Jerusha Hess directs.

6. Captain Phillips, Oct 11

Tom Hanks stars in a true story based on the capture by Somali pirates of the first US ship to be hijacked in over 200 years. Paul Greengrass directs.

7. Gravity, Oct 18

Sci-fi thriller. An accident that occurs while they’re working outside on a space station leaves two astronauts — George Clooney and Sandra Bullock — drifting in space. Alfonso Cuarón directs.

8. Turbo, Oct 18

Dreamworks animation in which a garden snail (voiced by Ryan Reynolds) with dreams of winning the Indy 500 finds that he can move at super-speed. Paul Giamatti and Samuel L. Jackson co-star.

9. Thor: The Dark World (Nov 8)

Superhero sequel starring Chris Hemsworth as Norse god Thor, whose mission is to protect Earthling Natalie Portman from the forces of darkness. Tom Hiddlestone and Anthony Hopkins co-star.

10. Last Vegas Nov 8

Friends since childhood, sixty-something buddies Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline hit Vegas for a stag party. But Sin City has changed, and so have they. Jon Turteltaub directs.

11. The Counsellor, Nov 15

Brad Pitt stars as a lawyer who gets involved in drug trafficking. Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem co-star; Ridley Scott directs a script by Cormac McCarthy.

12. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Nov 22

Jennifer Lawrence returns in the second of the Hunger Games trilogy, when Katniss Everdeen becomes the focus for a simmering revolution against the Capitol. Josh Hutcherson, Jena Malone and Liam Hemsworth co-star.

13. Carrie, Nov 29

A remake of the 1976 horror classic, in which bullied teenager Chloe Grace Moretz finally snaps and unleashes her terrifying powers of telekinesis. Julianne Moore co-stars as Carrie’s mother; Kimberly Peirce directs.


14. Cava Bodega, Sept 12

After its untimely closure in January, Galway’s über-popular restaurant and tapas bar is set to re-open in new premises on Middle Street.

15. Extreme Greens by Sally McKenna, Sept 12

Did you know seaweed has twice as much Vitamin C as orange juice? Sally McKenna’s new book reveals the culinary wonders of a great natural resource. Estragon; €20.

16. Union Street Café, Sept

It’s a match made in marketing heaven: Gordon Ramsay and David Beckham team up to create a new restaurant and bar near Borough Market. Expect Mediterranean food, an urban warehouse setting, and lines stretching halfway to LA.

17. Savour Kilkenny, Oct 25-29

Kilkenny is one of the friendliest cities on the planet, according to readers of Condé Nast Traveller, and it’s pretty tasty too. The seventh Savour Kilkenny food festival promises Ireland’s first ever pop-up night market feast.

18. Belfast Restaurant Week, Oct 5-12

A host of Belfast’s restaurants will be dishing up set menus at reduced prices during a week of funky foodie events.

19. West Cork Food Festival, Sept 9

Autumn brings a bumper harvest of food festivals, including the tenth instalment of Skibbereen’s programme. Watch out for festivals in Macroom (Sept 27-29) and Kinsale (Oct 11-13) too.,,

20. The Paris Gourmet, September

Cole Porter loved Paris in the spring. Trish Deseine loves it year-round, as evidenced by her mouth-watering new book, The Paris Gourmet. Flammarion; TBC.

21. Waterford Harvest Festival, Sept 9-15

Last year’s programme offered everything from Viking banquets to sheaf-throwing competitions. This year’s promises to be just as tasty.

22. Longueville House Mushroom Hunt, Oct 6 & 20

If you go down to the woods this October, you’re likely to find mushrooms, and lots of them. Don your willies for a guided hike around Longueville House estate, followed by an autumn banquet at €80pp.

23. Chapter One Cookbook, Oct

Dublin’s Chapter One turns 21 this year, and the Michelin Star restaurant is celebrating with one of the most anticipated cookbooks of the year. Gill & Macmillan; €39.99.

24. Wild Food Masterclasses, Sept 12/13, 25/26

Evan Doyle’s wild food classes at The Brooklodge in Co. Wicklow have been getting rave reviews. Forage with him this September, or better still, book in for a class during wild game season in November. €195pp with B&B;

25. Irish Craft Beer & Cider Festival, Sept 5-8

Sales of Irish craft beer are expected to increase by 35% this year, and this festival — based in Dublin’s RDS — will give you a taste of what it’s all about.

26. Lilly’s Dream Deli, September

Have you ever dreamed of owning your own deli? Lilly Higgins has, and whilst Cobh’s finest celeb cook is waiting for that to happen, her new book showcases all the recipes that could (might? will?) feature. Gill & Macmillan, €22.99.


27. Sept. In The Price of Power: Inside Ireland’s Crisis Coalition (Penguin Ireland), Pat Leahy follows up his excellent Showtime to expose the sham election rhetoric of 2011 and reveal a government marriage of “betrayal, backstabbing and disillusionment”.

28. Sept. The Whitbread Book award winner and screenwriter William Boyd is sure to dole out plenty of fun in his new James Bond novel, Solo (Jonathan Cape), which is set in 1969.

29. Sept. Few write funny better than the reclusive American titan, Thomas Pynchon. His new novel Bleeding Edge (Jonathan Cape) is set in Silicon Valley’s glitzy-ditzy dotcom world of nerds and hucksters.

30. Sept. It will be interesting to see what myths Charles Townshend, an acclaimed historian of modern Anglo-Irish affairs, debunks in The Republic: The Fight for Irish Independence 1918-1923 (Allen Lane).

31. Sept. Fans of Harry Clarke will be delighted to hear that his 1923-illustratred anthology of poems, The Year’s at the Spring (Gill & Macmillian), is being re-issued. It includes illustrations to verses by greats such as WB Yeats, John Keats and GK Chesterton.

32.Sept. In Hello and Goodbye (Quercus), Pat McCabe, the master of the macabre, serves up two Halloween horrors.

33. The barbarians might be at the gates of Ross’s mock something-or-other mansion, but Dublin’s most pretentious, failed rugby player is unperturbed. In Downturn Abbey (Penguin Ireland), Paul Howard, Ireland’s foremost satirist, pokes more fun at out-of-luck Celtic Tigers.

34. Oct. Jeremy Paxman’s companion piece to a five-part autumn TV series on BBC, Great Britain’s Great War (Viking) uses first-hand source material to imagine what life was like for those in the trenches and on the home-front.

35. Oct. Malcolm Gladwell, the godfather of contrarian thinking, turns his gaze on the little guy in David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants (Allen Lane).

36. Oct. The brilliant storyteller Robert Harris re-tells the Captain Alfred Dreyfus saga, which rocked French society at the turn of the last century, in An Officer and a Spy (Cornerstone), using the perspective of Georges Picquart, the young intelligence colonel who profited from his prosecution.

37. Oct. In The Goldfinch (Little, Brown), Donna Tartt, author of the modern classic, The Secret History, sets her latest novel in America’s art underworld.

38. Nov. In American Smoke: Journeys to the End of Light (Hamish Hamilton), Iain Sinclair casts a light on the Beats (William Burroughs, Gary Snyder, Jack Kerouac et al) and their obsessions: the Old West, Mexico and volcanoes.

39. Nov. Meeting the Devil: A Book of Memoir (William Heinemann) is a collection of autobiographical essays by The London Review of Books contributors, including pieces by Hilary Mantel, Frank Kermode, Andrew O’Hagan, and offbeat ones such as John Burnside’s memories of being lost (and found) in the Arctic.


40. Goldfrapp, new album, Tales of Us, Sept 6. Retreating from the unabashed pop of 2010’s Head First , for their sixth album Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory have moved in a more contemplative, cinematic direction. Recalling their slow-burning 1999 debut Felt Mountain, Tales Of Us is a chill out record full of bite.

41. MGMT new album, Sept 13. Incredibly it’s nearly six years since Time To Pretend turned Brooklyn duo MGMT into overnight pop stars. Their second album Congratulations seemed almost willfully calculated to scare away their teenage fanbase. Will LP number three deliver the hits their record label surely craves?

42. Kings of Leon new album, Mechanical Bull, Sept 13. It was all downhill for Kings of Leon since headlining Slane in 2011.

Rumours of tension started to circulate : then the Followill clan went on extended hiatus. Now they return with their sixth album. Will it be a million seller in the vein of 2008’s Only By The Night — or a bloodless collection of filler similar to 2010’s Comes Around Sundown? It remains to be seen.

43. Roger Waters, The Wall, Sept 18, Aviva Stadium. Channelling an extended period of mental anguish in the Pink Floyd ranks, 1979’s The Wall was surely one of the darkest chart topping albums ever released. For the past several years the band’s de facto leader Roger Waters has been touring the record – with an updating of its spectacular stage show. He brings it back to Dublin having performed at The O2 in 2011.

44. Fleetwood, Mac. O2, Dublin, Sept 20, 21. Derided for decades as the essence of seventies naff, over recent years, their stock has suddenly soared, with artists such as Haim and Best Coast citing them as an influence. When they played Dublin in 2009 it was just for a single night. Now their popularity has expanded to the point where they can deliver two gigs at the city’s biggest indoor venue.

45. Barry Gibb, O2, Dublin. Sept 25. The Bee Gee leader plays a rare Irish concert, at which he will pay tribute to his deceased brother bandmates — and also stomps through 40 years of glittering hits.

46. Bruno Mars, O2, Dublin, Oct 3. The Hawaiian smoothie was onstage impersonating Elvis aged three. Now he’s a chart topping r’n’b singer, who has quietly amassed mega hits such as Treasure and When I Was Your Man. He genuinely looks like a guy having the time of his life.

47. Jay-Z O2, Dublin, Oct 06. The CEO of rap tours his fame-obsessed latest LP Magna Carter. A hustler since his days as a Brooklyn drug dealer, ‘Jigga’ had turned a profit on the record before he’d even sold a copy thanks to a lucrative endorsement with Samsung. That’s how he rolls.

48. Lil Wayne. O2 Dublin, Oct 09. He postponed his March gig to finish his new album. Now the rapper with the signature raspy voice plays his Irish debut.

49. Jessie J, O2, Dublin, Oct 16. Having recently quit The Voice UK, the Price Tag singer delivers a rescheduled Dublin date. Good news for fans.

50. Billie Joel, O2, Dublin, Nov 1. After decades of on/off retirement the heartfelt piano man saddles up for one more victory lap. Hasn’t written a new song since 1993, stating he has no interest in competing with his younger self. Brace up for a night of hits then.

51. Lady Gaga, new album Artpop, Nov 8. She has described the record as a ‘reverse Warholian experience’. Thanks for clarifying, Gaga.

52. Sigur Ros, O2, Dublin, Nov 16. Haunting instrumental rock from Iceland. It’s a horrible cliche but their music truly has the epic majesty of exploding geysers and waves crashing against vast craggy shores.


53. Mountains to Sea Book Festival, Dun Laoghaire Sept 3 – 8

The festival will be opened by Margaret Atwood, who will read from her novel MaddAddam. Other guests include Seamus Heaney, Charlie Higson of the Fast Show, and Declan Hughes, the festival’s writer-in-residence.

54. Dublin Fringe Festival Sept 5 – 22

An eclectic programme of theatre, dance, music, comedy and visual arts. Some highlights include Briefs: The Second Coming, Chaosmos and Beowulf: The Blockbuster.

55. Frank O’Connor International Short Story Festival, Cork Sept 18 – 22

Guests this year include Deborah Levy, Julian Gough, Patrick McCabe and David Constantine, winner of the 2013 Frank O’Connor Short Story Award for his collection, Tea at the Midland.

56. Culture Night Sept 20

A night to explore, experience and enjoy culture in all its forms in Dublin, Cork and 30 other towns and cities and across Ireland. Arts and cultural organisations open their doors until late with hundreds of free events, tours, talks and performances for all the family.

57. Dublin Theatre Festival Sept 26 – Oct 13

The programme will include its usual heady mix of Irish and international plays, talks and debates. One highlight this year will be Transformations, a photography exhibition marking 50 years of the Focus Theatre.

58. Cork Folk Festival Oct 10 – 13

Frankie Gavin, John Spillane and Altan are just some of the performers.

59. Eileen Gray, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin Oct 12 – Jan 19

A retrospective of the work of the Enniscorthy, Co Wexford-born designer and architect, who lived in France for much of her life. Includes drawings, paintings, and some of her key items of furniture.

60. IndieCork Oct 16 – 20

Ken Loach is patron of Ireland’s newest film festival, which aims to champion Irish and international independent filmmaking. Venues include the Gate, Triskel and Kino.

61. Guinness Cork Jazz Festival Oct 23 – Nov 3

Jazz highlights include Courtney Pine, Rene Marie, the Mingus Big Band and Portico Quartet. In keeping with the festival’s recent efforts to appeal to a broader audience, the programme will also include Chic with Nile Rodgers, rapper Mos Def, Efterklang and Primal Scream.

62. Wexford Festival Opera Oct 23 – Nov 3

Nino Rota is best known for his score for the film The Godfather. His opera Il Cappelo di Paglia di Firenze (The Florentine Straw Hat) is one highlight in the Wexford programme this year. Others are Massanet’s Therese and La Navarraise, and Foroni’s Cristina, Regina di Svezia.

63. Dublin Burlesque Festival Nov 7 – 10

Organised by cabaret artistes Dominique Divine, Roxy Rhinestone et al, the third annual celebration of all things burlesque includes events such as Speakeasy, Circus Macabre and the Afternoon Tea and Vintage Fashion Show.

64. Cork Film Festival Nov 9 – 17

The festival’s 58th outing, and the first under new artistic director James Mullighen, will feature the usual mix of features, documentaries and shorts.

65. Tulca Visual Arts Festival Nov 19 – 25

TULCA is one of the largest and most prestigious open submission arts festivals in the country. This year’s curator is Valerie Connor, the chairperson of the National Campaign for the Arts.


79. Dublin Fashion Festival, Sept 5 — 8

The Dublin Fashion Festival, in association with Samsung, returns for 2013 with ambassador Laura Whitmore. Highlights include the Creative Quarter Fashion Show and Young Designer Fashion Event.

80. The Red Mills Irish Champion Stakes Most Stylish Lady, Sept 7

This year’s most stylish lady will receive a bespoke Mark T Burke hat, a €2,000 Swords Pavilions voucher; and a two-night luxury penthouse suite stay for two people in the Ritz Carlton.

81. Image Networking Breakfast, Sept 11, 12

Image magazine, in conjunction with Brown Thomas, brings together women from the worlds of media, communications and business to share their insights on making career changes. Meet, mingle and make that leap! Bookings:

82. Office — Cork Opening, Sept 26

Office opens its 100th standalone shoe store at Cork’s Opera Lane. Expect the latest styles from brands like Converse, Dr Martens and Jeffrey Campbell.

83. Joanne Hynes For Pretty Polly, Sept

The Joanne Hynes for Pretty Polly tights range launches with three sexy styles: Heart Trompe L’Oeil, Optical Illusion Shine and Embellish Touch. Available at Arnotts, Asos, Topshop and

84. Harvey Nichols Salon Shows, OCT 2

Enjoy the latest Harvey Nichols autumn/winter styles with the choice of an afternoon or evening fashion show. Tickets are €50 including a three course meal and €20 Harvey Nichols voucher. Bookings: 01-2910488.

85. Silver Springs Hotel, Oct 4

The Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Cork, celebrates 50 Years of Memorable Weddings with an exclusive showcase featuring vintage bridal gowns, a memorabilia exhibition, music and light refreshments.

86. MSL Mercedes-Benz Cork Fashion Week, Oct 5 — 12

Cork Fashion Week, in association with Mercedes Benz, dons its heels for another season. Don’t miss the CFW Designer of the Year competition at The Triskel and free style events at Mahon Point.

87. Couture: Future Fashion, Now, Oct 16

Curated by Angela O’Kelly, this unique exhibition held at the National Craft Gallery highlights the work of six fashion innovators who’ve married craft techniques with cutting-edge technology and materials.

88. Michael Kors @ BT2, Nov 1 — 3

Annmarie O’Connor hosts a series of Michael Kors fashion workshops across all BT2 stores. Discover the latest trends from the New York designer’s MMK line with hourly shows and free gift with purchase.

89. Isabel Marant For H&M, Nov 14

H&M teams up with Isabel Marant for their latest collaboration. Expect the designer’s Parisian insouciant edge across lines for women, men and children. Available in 250 stores worldwide and at


90. The Great Irish Bake Off, TV3

After the incredible success of the British version of this show, it’s probably a fair bet the bakery competition will also be hugely popular here. Biddy White Lennon’s appearance as a judge should also help the affable food-writer’s 35-year battle to be remembered for something other than being Biddy in The Riordans.

91. Vikings, RTÉ

Gabriel Byrne is among several Irish actors in this nine-part historical drama that was filmed by the History channel in Co Wicklow. Written by Michael Hirst of The Tudors, it follows the fortunes of notorious Norse raider Ragnar Lodbrok.

92. Quirke, RTÉ

Gabriel Byrne also pops up as the pathologist/detective in 1950s Dublin in this three-part adaptation of John Banville’s novels.

93. Downton Abbey, TV3

Series four and still going strong. It’s the mid-1920s and we pick up the story six months after Lady Mary’s husband was killed in a car accident. Shirley MacLaine and Paul Giamatti will be in the Christmas episode, while Kiri Te Kanawa is among the guest stars of the regular series.

94. Love/Hate, RTÉ

The series four launch should be one of the biggest ever drama events in the history of Irish television. Details of what’s in store are sketchy, but we do know that Cavan actor Brian F O’Byrne takes a break from his impressive career in the US to play Detective Inspector Mick Moynihan, the garda hot on the heels of Nidge and co.

95. London Irish, Channel 4

This new comedy series from Derry woman Lisa McGee is inspired by her own experiences of being an emigrant in the British capital. Familiar faces include Ardal O’Hanlon.

96. Sport, RTÉ

Events that will get huge TV audiences in the months ahead include the All-Ireland hurling final on Sept 8; the football final on Sept 22; the World Cup qualifier of Germany v Ireland on Oct 10; and the rugby clash of Ireland v New Zealand on Nov 24.

97. Dracula, Sky Living

Jonathan Rhys Meyers takes the title role in this big-budget vampire tale from NBC. Our blood-sucking hero poses as an American businessman in London as he wreaks revenge on those who betrayed him many years earlier.

98. At Home with the Healy Raes, TV3

One-off documentary on the colourful Kilgarvan political dynasty who often draw a bemused reaction outside of the parishes who vote for them.

99. Maia Dunphy’s What Women Want, RTÉ

Maia Dunphy raised her profile recently by making it to the final of Celebrity Masterchef, but here she’s in more serious mode as she looks at some of the issues affecting women in modern Ireland. Topics up for discussion include ageing, and how to maintain a sex life while also juggling family and/or work.

100. Under the Dome, RTÉ

One of the season’s big US imports, this CBS series is based on a Stephen King novel, and has the author himself joining Steven Spielberg as executive producers on the show. A small town is cut off from the rest of the world by a mysterious semi-permeable barrier. The military gather outside to try and destroy it as those inside try to survive on dwindling resources.


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