Friday 15 November 2019

Jazz legends are no strangers to our shore as Bilk and Barber plan return

TWO masters of jazz, Acker Bilk and Chris Barber, return to the National Concert Hall in Dublin at 8pm on September 9, following on from their popular concert last year. A night of phenomenal trad-jazz is promised from these two legends.

Acker Bilk has been travelling the world since his global smash Stranger on the Shore in 1962 -- 50 years ago this year. For tickets call the NCH box office (01) 417 0000 or go online at

Exhibition on life of founder of GAA

NUI Galway is currently running an online exhibition of unique material relating to GAA founder Michael Cusack.

The exhibition is based on a collection of documents and photographs donated in 2007 by the nieces of Michael Cusack's daughter-in-law Kathleen O'Connell to the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway.

Among the items in the collection are the complete minutes of the Dublin Hurling Club, from 1883; a diary kept by Cusack on a visit to his native Clare in 1902; and a range of personal and photographic material on Cusack's family. The Michael Cusack collection is available to view at

Make a splash with Great Fjord Swim

GET your togs on for the Great Fjord Swim, which takes place for the first time on October 13 in Killary harbour, Co Galway. Entry prices from €22.50 to €32.50, excluding booking fee. Details

Night of drama at one-woman show

FEMALE of the Species: a one-woman show by Amy De Bhrun, is running at Union Square, Terenure Road North, Dublin every Thursday at 7.30pm until September 27. The show is a winning combination of dinner, drama, wine and fun. To book, call Kevin on (01) 4926830.

Calling on citizens to rate your town

RETAIL Excellence Ireland (REI) and more than 6,000 leading retail stores throughout Ireland are calling on citizens across Ireland to rate their local town and city and have their say as to what makes a great town.

REI will send a team of researchers out to our 100 most populated towns and cities to gauge how citizens and business owners feel their local town or city is performing.

People can also provide feedback by visiting the REI website ( ) and completing a brief survey. This measurement of town management performance is the second phase of the REI Town and City Management Framework, which was launched in July to help revitalise towns and cities across Ireland. From this process, REI will publish the findings, disseminate best town management practice in Ireland and promote such practice in all towns and cities across Ireland.

This initiative is supported by the REI Town and City Management Committee, Independent News & Media and more than 6,000 stores countrywide.

Annual garden fete in aid of hospital

THE annual Garden Fete at Leopardstown Park Hospital, Foxrock, Co Dublin takes place on Sunday, September 9 in the spectacular gardens of the hospital. Attractions include children's entertainment as well as food stalls and stalls selling plants, bric-a-brac, books and clothes plus a bumper raffle. The fete opens from 1pm to 5pm.

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