Weekend Festival Guide
It's that weekend again.. The most jam-packed, crazy, event-filled weekend of the year – and it contains more cool gigs and talks and sessions than we could possibly commit to. But here is a pick of the best of the weekend....
Kicking off in Dublin, the amazing I Love My City project – part of this year's St Patrick's Day festival – boasts 17 eclectic events across the city's cultural spaces, architectural centres and 'found spaces'.
It kicks off tonight with a Jape gig in the Royal Hibernian Academy, as well as the Milk and Cookies Stories event in the National Gallery. The latter is exactly what it sounds like: storytelling with sweet treats on the side. You're allowed break Lent – it's St Patrick's weekend, after all. stpatricksfestival.
* In Killarney, the wonderful (yet divisive) Kodaline play the INEC – they'll also be in The O2 next Sunday, so don't despair if you can't make it south. The equally divisive Coronas are also in action at the Guinness Storehouse. www.guinness-storehouse.com
Saturday March 15
* As if our emotions weren't already running high enough, we've got a nail-biter championship decider against France in the Six Nations thrown into the mix. And where better to watch it than the Guinness Storehouse, in the company of Newstalk FM's Off The Ball team? www.guinness-storehouse.com
* Once the rugby is over, you'll need to go out and celebrate that championship/drown your sorrows (delete as appropriate) in style. If that's your plan, The Workman's Club and Garage Bar are hosting a cross-city Paddy's Weekender, featuring some 15 bands – including Beach, The Albatross and Squarehead – and a whopping 17 DJs. It's all free, and runs today and tomorrow across the two venues.
* In Cork, the Feed the City urban dining initiative will provide a massive vegetarian curry – and when we say massive, we mean big enough to feed 5,000 people – all made from vegetables that would otherwise be going to waste. What better (and tastier) a way to highlight sustainability? www.corkfoodpolicycouncil.com
* While they're being all responsible and ethical in Cork, the Dubs are just going all-out and throwing a banquet – an Enchanted Banquet, for that matter. The event runs tonight in the National Concert Hall, with a focus on folklore, fables and fantastic food.
Sunday March 16
* If you're in need of a rest from all the paddywhackery, The Live Last Waltz – a re-enactment of The Band's legendary farewell performance – takes place tonight at the Olympia. www.olympia.ie
* Meanwhile, Donal Dineen's Street Feelings exhibition in the Hugh Lane Gallery – as well as the Dublin Then And Now show in City Assembly House – both run all weekend as part of I Love My City. www.stpatricksfestival.ie
Monday March 17
* Leprechaun Christmas has finally arrived! You can enjoy parades in just about every city, town and village across the country – but the mother of them all resides in the capital, based on the theme of Let's Make History, and will kick off at noon on Parnell Square. www.stpatricksfestival.ie
* Following that, why not pop over to the Button Factory's Post-Parade Party, featuring The Frank and Walters, Kíla, Early House and Interskalactic from 2.30pm, or perhaps wander over to CHQ in the IFSC for a craft beer festival? www.buttonfactory.ie
* In the Other Capital, there's also a programme of free music across the city – Cork's Lee Sessions run in Sin É, An Spailpín Fánach and The Oliver Plunkett – while Galway's festival is a celebration of diversity, featuring capoeira, tai chi and bachata displays. www.corkstpatricksfestival.ie
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