In Brief: Music, movies, theatre and walks to delight culture vultures at Skibbereen
The Skibbereen Arts Festival 2013 runs from July 26 to August 4 and offers exciting and eclectic entertainment for all ages and tastes.
Among the musicians performing are Ger Wolfe, the Tulla Ceili Band, Icelandic composer Valgeir Sigurdsson, the Sacred Harp Singers, the Begleys and Mick O'Brien, with Emer Maycock and Aoife Ni Bhriain, who contribute to the keynote Canon Goodman Concert.
Other events include an open-air screening of Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, Enda Walsh's Bedbound, a poetry marathon, a children's festival and much more.
The festival will also take in the launch of Terri Kearney's book on Lough Hyne; the Canon Goodman talk on art, technology and tradition with Lord Puttnam and Philip King; a historical walking tour of Skibbereen with Philip O'Regan, digital editor of the Southern Star; and of course lots of traditional music sessions. For more information email email@example.com.
CELEBRATING WORK OF POET LEDWIDGE
SOME 94 years ago this week the First World War poet Francis Ledwidge and five comrades from the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers were killed when a shell exploded during the third battle of Ypres.
And in his native Slane, Co Meath, today the annual celebration of Ledwidge's life and writings will take place at Tankardstown House. The special guests will be poet John F Deane, who will read from his new collection, and the Dublin Shakespeare Society.
Admission is €15. Car parking is free. Further details from www.francisledwidge.com.
CURTAIN UP ON KITCHEN SINK DRAMA
The Everyman and Project Arts Centre, in association with Cork Midsummer Festival, present Best Man, a play by Carmel Winters, running until July 27 at the Project.
Best Man is a devastatingly funny play about family wars and the havoc caused when estranged parents compete for the spoils of property – and children. The play contains strong language and scenes of a sexual nature. Booking at www.projectartscentre.ie.
ON YER BIKE, ENDA, FOR CHARITY CYCLE
Taoiseach and cyclist Enda Kenny hopes to be among the thousands of cyclists doing the 130km route from Kilrush around Loop Head Peninsula on Saturday, September 28.
The charities benefiting will be the Milford Care Centre in Limerick, Cahercalla Community Hospital and Hospice in Ennis, and the Irish Hospice Foundation.
Online registrations are now being accepted through the website www.looptheloop.ie.
SWANS TO LAND FOR GIG IN CAPITAL
New York-based experimental band Swans return to Dublin to play the Button Factory on August 15.
Taking their name from the bird ("Swans are majestic, beautiful looking creatures – but with really ugly temperaments," said singer Michael Gira), the show will also feature special guest Josephine Foster accompanied by Gyda Valtysdottir. Tickets €24 from Tickets.ie.
GALWAY BAY SWIM IN AID OF CANCER CARE
The Frances Thornton Memorial Galway Bay Swim in aid of Cancer Care West takes place next Saturday.
Between 2pm and 4pm more than 75 brave souls will set out to swim from Auginish, Co Clare, to the diving tower in Salthill, Co Galway – a distance of roughly 13km.
Last year €60,000 was raised for Cancer Care West.
Those wishing to support the swim can call Kevin on (086) 357 1714 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. They are particularly looking for boats to support swimmers in the water. If you have a Rib or similar, have a powerboat licence and are free next Saturday, please get in touch.