Celebration of life of First World War poet Francis Ledwidge at Slane Castle
THE annual celebration of the life and writings of First World War poet Francis Ledwidge (pictured) will take place next Sunday, July 31, the 94th anniversary of his death.
The venue this year is the magnificent Slane Castle on the banks of the River Boyne, home to the Conyngham family since 1701. The event begins with a reception in the splendid entrance hall at 5.30pm sharp. This will be followed by a short talk on the history of Slane Castle.
The main event will then take place in the Gothic Revival ballroom. The special guest this year is the poet Gerard Smyth, whose talk is titled 'It must be lovely down in Wilkinstown'.
For further information, contact Francis Ledwidge Museum or visit www.francisledwidge.com
Speak out to earn your supper
PROMPTED by a shared dread of public speaking, Sarah Leahy and Victoria Mary Clarke have organised a series of evenings where guests combat their nerves by talking for three minutes on a pre-arranged topic.
The next 'Speaking Supper' takes place this Wednesday, July 27, in The United Arts Club on Dublin's Fitzwilliam Street. www.eventelephant.com/aspeakingsupper27july
ACCA virtual conference goes live
THE annual ACCA research and insights virtual conference goes live on Wednesday, July 27 at 10am. Registration and attendance is free of charge and open to members and non-members of ACCA, the global body for professional accountants.
Using the latest online event technology, delegates worldwide will have the opportunity to watch topical sessions, join in discussions, visit the virtual exhibition and network. To view the programme and register, go to www.accaglobal.com/RIConference
KnockanStockan festival rocks on
THE independent KnockanStockan Music Festival continues today beside Blessington Lake. The festival provides a platform for some of the best unsigned acts in the country, along with artworks by up-and-coming visual artists and a wide range of great food from Irish vendors.
This weekend there were just over 100 acts chosen from a pool of 600 applicants so the organisers are particularly confident that 2011 has been the best line-up yet.
Aldi's Irish range stars at food awards
ALDI Stores Ireland was one of the big winners at the 2011 Great Taste Awards from the UK Guild of Fine Food, with 19 of its Irish products alone taking home titles. This was a record year for Aldi's product range, which scooped 23 Great Taste Award titles, almost double last year's 12 titles.
Beating off competition from both UK and Irish retailers and producers, Aldi's Irish products picked up awards across a number of different food categories with its Irish artisan cheese range performing particularly well.
This year, a two gold stars award was made to Aldi's Ardagh Specially Selected Irish Vintage White Cheddar produced by Glenstal Foods Ltd of Murroe, Co Limerick and Ardagh Specially Selected Tipperary Blue Cheese made by the Traditional Cheese Company Ltd in Dublin, as well as its Kilcree Gold Active 10+ Manuka Honey produced by Healy's Honey in Co Cork.