Among the last of the summer festivals is the wonderfully-titled Battle for the Burning Lake, a kite-boarding and music festival on Achill Island, from September 25 to 27.
This is a weekend of kite-surfing action on Keel Lake in Achill, along with music, a funfair and food village and local camping, something to entertain all the family. The festival attracts some of Ireland's best kitesurfers - including Irish champion Jade O'Connor, currently ranked fourth in the world, and Jennifer Blayney, pictured - who will fight it out for supremacy during the day. Alongside the champions however, there is also the chance for people of every age and ability to have a go, with categories for amateurs, juniors and ladies. Then, by night, expect a variety of bands and entertainment, including homegrown acts such as the Dublin-based gypsy jazz band The Eskies, Galway's Amazing Apples, and electronic synthesised fiddle player Daithí, as well as The Pale, The Witch Trials and many more. To celebrate the fifth year on Achill Island, the festival close will see Lake Keel set alight - a truly spectacular finale - while magician Shane Gillen mystifies and hypnotises all around him.
Our love of lobster is cause for celebration once again, this time at Saba Thai and Vietnamese restaurant in Dublin.
Lobsterfest is back, and runs until the 27th of September, dishing up Kilkeel Harbour's finest lobster, along with rope mussels from Roaring Bay, oysters from Carlingford Lough and many more excellent seafood dishes, expertly prepared Saba-style for delighted diners.
Various lobster-inspired specials include steamed whole lobster with Thai herbs served with pineapple fried rice, lobster carpaccio, Chuchi chargrilled whole lobster, and Goong Mongkorn Sam Rod stir-fried whole lobster with triple flavoured chilli sauce served with fried rice. To accompany these exotic dishes - each of which showcases the delicious versatility of our favourite shellfish - is a carefully-prepared cocktail, wine and beer selection. Try a mango and cucumber gimlet, Chang beer or Pinot Blanc Les Princes Abbes Organic.
The tireless work done by Debbie Deegan to raise awareness and funds for the charity she set up in 1998, To Russia With Love, continues unabated.
As good at giving back as she is at getting, Debbie opened With Love, probably the country's cutest charity shop, last February, and has since sold donated designer gear, including items by Stella McCartney and Armani, in aid of the children she works with in Russia. For the last three years, she has organised an annual fabulous ladies' lunch, featuring live interviews with some of the most fascinating women in Irish public life. This year is no different. Mary Kennedy will interview best-selling novelist Emma Hannigan, who has beaten cancer nine time so far, and Susan O'Sullivan, who set up the Farmhouse café, selling delicious homemade food, much of it grown and raised on her own farm, on September 25th at the Westbury Hotel.
The Irish Antiques Fair celebrates its 50th year in action, from September 24-27 in the RDS, with over 15,000 people expected along to admire and acquire.
Founded by Louis O'Sullivan in 1966, in order to stop the steady drip of Irish treasures leaving the country, this is now the second oldest antiques fair in the world, and has, over the years, been the scene of many wonderful moments, including the wooden bath bought by Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull that wouldn't hold water, the pair of old paintings bought at auction for £400 that turned out to be Gainsborough portraits worth £120,000. There are tales about Dean Swift's kettle and Maud Gonne's cloak, and the time the show closed to allow a private viewing by Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
This year, Antiques Roadshow stars Judith Miller and Mark Hill will be along to celebrate the show's golden jubilee, while among the many excellent lectures is a presentation on jewellery by Phyllis MacNamara and one from Ib Jorgenson on his many years as a fashion designer and art collector.
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