In Brief: Barking mad dog lover's charity drive
A BARKING mad animal lover has come up with a bizarre way to raise funds for a new canine shelter – by becoming a dog for a day.
Wicklow SPCA volunteer Padraic O'Byrne will live in a kennel for a day, confine himself to 24 hours of solitude and only take toilet breaks escorted by a trained member of staff – while being restrained by a collar and lead. Padraic hopes his dog day afternoon on Saturday, August 17, will raise €20,000 for a new dog isolation unit for the Wicklow SPCA centre.
FEEL THE BEAT AT BODHRAN GATHERING
THE West's awake this weekend to the sound of bodhran players from across the globe. Craiceann Island on Inis Oirr will play host to a team of "world masters" of the traditional Irish drum.
JOIN HURLING 'ARISTOCATS' ON CITY RUN
ORGANISERS in Kilkenny are looking to turn the Marble City into the "most run" destination on the weekend when most eyes are glued to events unfolding in Croke Park.
The Cat Run will take place in Kilkenny city and environs on Saturday, September 7, and comprises three separate but concurrent runs: a half marathon, a Gathering of the Gaels 10km race and 5km fun run.
FEAST OF ACTIVITIES AT SCHULL SHOW
CROWDS are expected to flock to picturesque West Cork today for the annual Schull Agricultural Show. Organisers promise a feast of activities for young and old alike.
MEP TO HOST CYBER-BULLYING FORUM
MEP Sean Kelly is joining the drive against online bullies. The ex-teacher and GAA president will host a national cyber-bullying forum in Limerick on September 27 in an attempt to raise awareness of the growing problem.
PUT PEDAL TO THE METAL FOR SPEED FEST
With just one week to go before Ireland's second Festival of Speed, tickets are being snapped up at a furious rate – so much so that organisers are hoping to double spectator numbers this year.
The festival, at Limerick Racecourse on the August bank holiday weekend, will feature demonstrations from Thirties' Grand Prix cars, supercars, rally cars, vintage vehicles, motorcycles and air displays. Tickets cost €20 for a day or €28.50 for the weekend.