Friday 24 November 2017

Parnell Summer School to celebrate life of Ladies' Land League founder

THE Parnell Summer School will run from August 14-19 in Avondale House in Wicklow -- the birthplace and home of Charles Stewart Parnell.

This year marks the centenary of the death of Charles Stewart Parnell's sister Anna (1852-1911), who was a firm believer in the equality of women and a key figure in the foundation of the Ladies' Land League.

The Summer School will commemorate Anna Parnell by exploring the theme of equality as it relates to women, children and a range of groups within society. These themes will be addressed through a series of panel discussions, lectures and workshops involving academics, journalists, writers, politicians, teachers and bureaucrats involved in equality organisations. These will include Dr Maurice Manning and many other political figures.

Reaching out, just for laughs and cash

THEY say laughter is the best medicine, but it's also a fun way of raising money for a good cause -- and on July 26 will host a comedy night at The Sugar Club.

With stand-up comedian Fred Cooke as MC, the night will feature some of the country's top comic talent, including Jack Wise, Eric Lalor and Shazwanda.

60,000 to visit Air Spectacular show

Up to 60,000 spectators are expected to gather along the east coast next Sunday, July 24, for the country's largest free air show -- the Air Spectacular as part of Bray Summerfest in Co Wicklow.

During the 140-minute aerial show, spectators will be treated to close-formation aerobatics, beach parachuting, search-and-rescue demonstrations at sea, pirouette spins, knife-edge rolls and nose-down spiral descents.

Legendary artists for Feile na Laoch

Feile na Laoch, an innovative tribute to Sean O Riada, takes place in Cuil Aodha on the banks of the Sullane River in Co Cork, starting on July 29 and finishing at dawn on August 1.

Among the legendary musicians taking part are Sean O Se, Tony MacMahon, jazz guitarist Louis Stewart, fiddler Martin Hayes, sean nos singers Dainni and Eoini Maidhci O Suilleabhain, Scots Gaelic singer Flora MacNeil, bagpiper Allan MacDonald and Phil Coulter.

The core of the festival is a small, moving stage. As the singers and musicians play throughout the night, the stage will rotate slowly so that at dawn it faces the rising sun -- at which point the musicians and the massed orchestra will play O Riada's Mise Eire. Ni bheidh a leitheid aris ann. Find out more about the festival at or by calling 02665781.

RTE's Mullooly to open Birr art show

THE 42nd Birr Antiques and Fine Art show opens on August 9, with an official opening speech performed by RTE's Ciaran Mullooly at 2.30pm.

Exhibitors include HJ Peters of Germany with its magnificent display of antique marble and brass clocks, while Maura Duffy and Denis Hoctor will showcase beautiful collections of 17th-, 18th- and 19th-Century furniture. The proceeds from the door will be donated to the Birr Lions Club. For more information and pictures please visit

Drawing classes for budding artists

EVER felt that there was an artist inside of you, just bursting to get to grips with paint and pencil? Well, inspired by the wonderful surroundings in the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin, Dublin, the Drawing Workshop will help you discover your artistic side.

The next chance to avail of the Drawing Workshop is at the Botanic Gardens this Wednesday (from 10.30am--1pm). Advance booking is necessary, but materials and tuition are provided. Call 086 0565907 or 086 8301713 for details.

Sunday Independent

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