Thursday 19 April 2018

Pieta fundraiser expected to draw 15,000 on 'Darkness into Light' walk

MICHEAL O Muircheartaigh will lead the 'Darkness into Light' walk in Killarney, Co Kerry, on Saturday, May 12. Darkness into Light is the annual fundraiser for Pieta House, the suicide and self-harm crisis centre, and will take place at 14 locations around the country, with more than 15,000 people expected to take part.

Extreme stunt show

THE Extreme Stunt Show will be flying all over Ireland at breakneck speed next week with stunts and gigantic motor monstrosities. The Extreme Motocross Freestyle Team will be flying through the air displaying death-defying tricks. Full details: www.extremeeventseurope.com

Haemochromatosis Awareness Day

HAEMOCHROMATOSIS National Awareness Day will take place on Thursday, May 31, and aims to educate both the medical and general population about the symptoms of the life-threatening, hereditary, iron-overload disorder, which is more common in Ireland than anywhere in the world.

'Love-Hungry Farmer' goes on tour

DES Keogh, one of Ireland's foremost actors and entertainers, will tour his hugely successful show, The Love-Hungry Farmer, around the country from April to June. Opening in the Riverbank, Newbridge, Co Kildare, it will tour towns and theatres throughout the country before ending with a four-night run in the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire, beginning Wednesday, July 4.

The show -- based on John B Keane's bestselling book, Letters of a Love-Hungry Farmer, and adapted for the stage by Des -- has been one of the most popular on the touring circuit for the past decade and continues to find new audiences. For full details of the tour and group bookings, contact: 087 2849801 or ptalbot@eircom.net.

Maire Mhac an tSaoi symposium

THE Centre for Irish Studies at NUI Galway will hold a symposium on Wednesday, May 23, on the work of Maire Mhac an tSaoi, one of the most significant Irish poets of the 20th Century, and the most important living poet in Irish. The event will take place in the Moore Institute at 9am.

With Mairtin O Direain and Sean O Riordain, Maire Mhac an tSaoi revolutionised the practice of poetry in Irish in the Forties and Fifties and paved the way for a new generation of women poets.

Invited speakers to the NUI Galway symposium include Micheal Mac Craith, Margaret Mac Curtain, Maire Ni Annrachain, Mairin Nic Eoin, Caoimhin Mac Giolla Leith, Riona Ni Fhrighil, Eilean Ni Chuilleanain and Patricia Coughlan, and the proceedings will be recorded by RTE radio for broadcast later in the year. Admission to all sessions is free.

Stradbally gauges railway appeal

THE narrow gauge railway at Stradbally Hall, Stradbally, Co Laois, will be open to the public today and tomorrow. Trains will operate from 1.30pm.

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