OTHER Voices mania will grip Dingle this weekend as three days of festivities get underway in the town.
Other TV music series returns to St James Church this Friday, Saturday and Sunday and those lucky enough to have tickets will enjoy performances by David Gray, Patty Griffin, Lisa O'Neill, Hozier, Mogwai, Lulu James, Willis Earl Beal, Josef Salvat, Rosie Carney, John Grant, Agnes Obel, Ásgeir and David Arnold.
For those who don't make it into the church, the performances will be streamed locally in bars around the town as well as online on The Guardian's and RTÉ's websites.
A music trail, featuring a plethora of live free performances, will also take place around Dingle for the weekend and there will be plenty more happening besides.
On Saturday a free guided walk takes place, led by Colm Bambury, which meets outside Benner's Hotel at 10.30am and will give visitors a taste of the scenery around Dingle as the walk will head out of town and up Cnoc a'Cairn.
A Christmas craft market will also take place in the Skellig Hotel from 10am-5pm on Saturday and special coaches have been laid on to Dingle from Listowel, Tralee and Newcastlewest (bus tickets are now available at Tickets.ie).
Santa will also touch down in Dingle's Oceanworld on Saturday where he will remain until Sunday evening.
A local farmers' market will be hosted in Dingle on Sunday morning from 11am to 4pm and later in the day a children's lantern parade will take place, led by the Dingle Fife and Drum Band. This will see over 600 school children illuminate the town with lanterns made from recycled materials at around 5pm followed by the official turning on of the Christmas lights and Christmas tree.
The critically acclaimed US documentary 'The Swell Season' starring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova will also be screened in the Phoenix Cinema, Dingle on December 7 and 8.
WEST Kerry artist Kelly Hood was joined by Minister for Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht Jimmy Deenihan at the official opening of The Kelly Hood Art Studio in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin, last Thursday as Kelly also launched her latest exhibition 'Cows in the Court' which will run until January 31.
There are a fair few cows in West Kerry and for Baile na nGall native Kelly they provide a constant source of inspiration. Her cow paintings in super-realist style have won her admirers all over the world and her original paintings have been snapped up by the likes of Terry Wogan and The Cranberries.
As well as her beloved cows, Kelly has painted a variety of typically West Kerry images such as men saving the hay, fishermen with their lobster pots, fiddle playing and scenes from the Dingle Races.
'DINGLE SCENE' IN CALENDAR
DINGLE man Noel O'Neill was delighted to learn last week that one of his photographs had been selected from a list of 600 entries and a shortlist of 24 for inclusion in the 2014 Trident Holiday Homes Calendar.
The photograph, entitled 'Trá Beag, Dingle scene' caught the eye of the judges and will feature along the 11 other winners in the calendar. Part of the judging criteria was that the image must keep the interest of the viewer for at least a month, and depict Ireland as a holiday destination. Noel's spectacular image was said to have "captured a unique moment in time which certainly made it a winner".
WALKING ON CARS
DINGLE's Walking On Cars are enjoying a supremely busy week following the release of their third single 'Tick Tock'. The song, which the band performed on BBC Northern Ireland's 'I Lár an Áonaigh' last Monday night, charted in the top ten in the iTunes charts and has been receiving lots of national airplay since its release.
This Friday the group play support to BellX1 at the INEC in Killarney before heading to Dublin where they perform two sold out shows and a matinee performance at The Academy. It has been a whirlwind year for Pa Sheehy, Sorcha Durham, Paul Flannery, Dan Devane and Evan Hadnett who have amassed over half a million hits on YouTube, released three singles and an EP along with performances at the Rose of Tralee, The Late Late Show and even Dublin's O2, where they supported US pop-rock giants Paramore.