Saturday 24 August 2019

What's on around County Wicklow

Cecilia Richards, Lisa and Payton Quinn, Elizabeth Belton at a ceili in Roundwood at the weekend
Cecilia Richards, Lisa and Payton Quinn, Elizabeth Belton at a ceili in Roundwood at the weekend

Saturday August 10: Family Fun Day - St Peter's Football Club in Bray will host a family fun day and mini world cup at Little Bray Community Centre.

There will be plenty to keep all ages entertained, including hook a duck, spin the wheel, face painting, art and crafts, a DJ and more.

There will also be a seven-a-side mini World Cup, which is open to children aged six to nine years. The cost of entry is €10 per child.

There are limited places in the mini World Cup so anyone interested in having their child take part should contact 086 2454818 as soon as possible.

Hollywood Fair

Bishop Eamonn Walsh will concelebrate an old-style Latin Mass in St. Kevin's Church at 6 p.m. along with local clergy. Dressed in pre-1950s attire, the large attendance usually make their way by pony and trap, vintage vehicles, bikes and shank's mare.

After Mass another slow-bicycle race is planned which will be followed by a dramatic re-enactment in an adjacent field.

Family Fun Day

Ballinacor Community project are going to a family fun in Ballinacor Park, Kirikee.

The action kicks off at 12.30 p.m. and activities include an obstacle course, white elephant, cakes, tea/coffee, milk the cow, lucky dip, matches, quad and trailer, a barbecue and bouncy castle.

Susan McFadden and Brian McGrane

The Asgard Theatre, Arklow will host an evening of music from the stars of Celtic Woman at 8 p.m. Tickets cost €25. Go to to book.

Lifeboat Bingo

As part of the annual RNLI Arklow Maritime Festival, Lifeboat Bingo will be held in Arus Lorcain, Arklow from 8.30 p.m.

Sunday, August 11

Summer Fling

Killruddery House and Gardens will be celebrating the season with the annual High Summer Fling from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be traditional games and fun for all ages, including the egg-and-spoon, sack race and the classic wheelbarrow race, not to mention the traditional welly-throwing competition. Tickets to the High Summer Fling cost €8.50 (complimentary to Killruddery members) and are available from Killruddery House.

Summer Concert

The latest Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. and will feature Dublin Airport Police and Fire Band.

Hollywood Fair

There will be numerous exhibitions of traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, stonecutting, wood-turning and butter making. Handicrafts which will be displayed and demonstrated include spinning, knitting and sewing. Among the items set for display at the fair are vintage cars and farm machinery. Also present will be renowned Lisdoonvarna match-maker Willie Daly. The annual Sheep Show Competition always attracts intense local interest. The entrance fee is just €5, with children under-12 free.

Treasure Hunt

Embark on the Red Squirrel Treasure Hunt, a collaborative and competitive challenge through the gardens at Killruddery House. Suitable for a family or a group of friends, the hunt will run from noon until 3 p.m. and takes about 40 minutes to an hour to complete. Tickets cost €20 per team (includes garden entrance ticket) and can be booked on

Classic Car Run in Baltinglass

The 10th annual Baltinglass Classic Car and Motorcycle Run takes place at 2 p.m. The event is hosted by West Wicklow Classic and Vintage Vehicle Club and will feature prizes for best classic car, best motorcycle, best 4x4 and furthest travelled, as well as the Katriona Deevy Memorial Cup for Clubs. Registration takes place from 11.30 a.m. and entry costs €20.

The event consists of a static show on the streets of Baltinglass from 11:00 AM followed by a run through some scenic parts of County Wicklow at 2 PM. The run will return to Baltinglass where participants will have dinner followed by prize giving and raffle etc.

There are prizes for classic and modern classic cars and bikes in several categories. There will also be extra prizes for our special feature which, this year, is Japanese cars of the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s.

In addition there will be a special prize for Minis as this year is the 60th anniversary of the mini and also for the Ford Capri which celebrates it's 50th birthday this year.

All proceeds from the day go to two very worthy local causes, West Wicklow Daycare and Solas Special Class for Autism. WWCVVC are proud to be associated with both organisations and have donated the proceeds of our runs to them every year. All classic or vintage cars, vans and motorcycles are eligible to take part. We also welcome modern classics, sport cars, Kit cars and any unusual or interesting vehicles.

Monday, August 12

The Sisters Brothers

Based on the novel by Patrick deWitt, this movie tells the story of Charlie and Eli Sisters who have no scruples about killing. Charlie, the younger brother, was born to kill but Eli dreams of living a normal life. They are hired by the Commodore to find and kill a man. From Oregon to California, a ruthless hunt begins, an initiatory journey that will test this insane bond between the two brothers.

This screening at the Mermaid begins at 8 p.m. and tickets cost €8/€6.50.

Thursday, August 15

Darts fundraiser

A fundraising darts night will take place in the Woodpecker, Ashford, from 7 p.m. to help cover the costs of Jamie and Sean Cummins travelling to Gibraltar to represent Ireland in the JDC World Cup of Darts. PDC World Cup runner-up Steve Lennon will be present on the night and there will be a raffle.

Movies by the Bandstand

'The Greatest Showman' will be screened at Bray Bandstand at 8 p.m., (running time one hour and 46 minutes). Events are free and no tickets are required. Screenings are subject to change without notice and are dependent on weather.

Audience members can bring a blanket, deck chair or camp chair. Pets and alcohol are prohibited.

Friday, August 16

Table Quiz

As part of its annual Heroes fundraising campaign, Woodies in Bray is hosting a table quiz at 8 p.m. in the Martello, Bray. The cost of entry is €40 for a table of four and a raffle will also take place on the night.

This year's campaign is raising funds for Hand in Hand Children's Charity, Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland, Temple Street Children's Hospital and the ISPCC.

Saturday, August 17

Run the Ridge

Those brave enough to 'Run the Ridge' face a choice between a 20km mixed mountain and train run, a 10km trail run and a junior race. The race, which is a fundraiser for Laragh GAA Club and organised in conjunction with Glendalough Athletics Club, will see the 20k runners tackle the Derrybawn Ridge while the 10k runners will head through Derrybawn Woods. Both events start and finish at Laragh GAA grounds just next to the centre of Laragh village, where a prize-giving will also be held.

Entry to the 20k, which begins at 12.30 p.m., is €25, while entry to the 10k, which starts at 1 p.m., is €20.

Summer party

The campaigners for the community pool for west Wicklow will be celebrating the campaign's first birthday will a party in the hippodrome at Russborough House from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This is a free, family event and will feature music, dancing, games, balloons, face-painting and, of course, cake.

Jade's Glitter Ball

This special ball takes place at 7 p.m. in the Park View Hotel, Newtownmountkennedy, to help raise funds for young Greystones woman Jade McCann.

Jade is battling an incurable stage four pecoma cancer and all funds raised will go to her treatment, transport and any other support services. Tickets cost €30 and are available by calling 086 4051645 or 087 9434959.The evening will include a prosecco reception, live music, DJ, finger food, a raffle and more.

Seán Keane

Singer and multi-instrumentalist Seán Keane brings his music tour to Arklow's Asgard Theatre. He will be accompanied by Pat Coyne and Fergus Feely and together they will perform many of Seán's classics such as 'Isle of Hope'. Tickets cost €28. To book, go to

Sunday, August 18

Car Show

East Coast Classic will hold their annual car show in the grounds of Arklow rugby club.

Coffee morning

The family of a little girl who attends St Catherine's early learning services are hosting a fundraising coffee morning for the service from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at De La Salle Pastoral Centre, Wicklow town. Funds raised from the day will go towards the purchase of educational equipment for the children attending St Catherine's.

Release Wellness

A community-based wellness/fitness day where local fitness instructors will be demonstrating at the Arklow Duck Pond from noon to 5 p.m. Free entry.

Community Fun Day

The Newtownmountkennedy community fun day will take place at the community grounds, where there will be a barbecue, competitions, face painting, tug of war, RSA shuttle, card readings and more.

Free Summer Concert

The latest Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. and will feature St James Reed Band.

Monday, August 19

Trip to the quaker house at Ballymurry

A trip to the Quaker House at Ballymurry will take place as part of Heritage Week 2019 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets cost €5 for adults and €10 for families. To book, contact

Women at War screening in the mermaid theatre

At 8 p.m. the Mermaid Arts Centre will host a screening of 'Woman at War', which tells the story of Halla, a happy, upbeat music teacher in her forties who leads a quiet, routine life.

Unbeknownst to most, she is also 'The Mountain Woman': a lone wolf environmental activist who disrupts the operations of an aluminium plant in the Icelandic highlands.

As the authorities intensify their campaign to catch her, she receives life-changing personal news and struggles to reconcile the two sides of her life.

Tickets cost €8.50/€7 and are available from the Mermaid.

Tuesday, August 20

Charles Egan

Author Charles Egan visits Arklow Library from 7 p.m. to discuss his trio of historical novels based on the Great Famine: 'The Killing Snows', 'The Exile Breed' and 'Cold is the Dawn'. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by emailing

Thursday, August 22

Mary Coughlan

Mary Coughlan will perform in the Asgard Theatre in Arklow. The concert starts at 8 p.m.

Tickets cost €30 and are available at

Saturday, August 24

Make-up Masterclass

Hope Moloney will be hosting a make-up masterclass from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Little Bray Community Centre.

Guests will get a goodie bag on arrival and be shown how to create two looks (festival and glam).

They will also be entered into a raffle on the day for some fantastic prizes.

Tickets cost €25 and are available by contacting Hope through her Instagram page (@hopemolmakeup).

Sunday, August 25

Summer Concert

The latest Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. and will feature the Blanchardstown Brass Band.

Iron Man

The Ironman 70.3 Triathlon 2019 will involve a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile cycle and 13.1 mile run.

The swim will take place in the early morning in Scotsman's Bay, Dún Laoghaire, followed by a cycle from Dún Laoghaire that will head to Kilternan, then south through Enniskerry to Roundwood, turning west to the Sally Gap, then north through Glencree to Cruagh Road before turning east back through Glencullen and Kilternan to Dun Laoghaire.

The run will then take place in Dun Laoghaire along the seafront.

Monday, August 26

The White Crow

Actor/director Ralph Fiennes explores the incredible life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most celebrated ballet dancer of the 20th century, in 'The White Crow', which will be screened at the Mermaid Arts Centre at 8 p.m.

The film centres on the events that took place during a trip to Paris in 1961 at the height of the Cold War where the Kirov Opera Ballet were performing, which culminated in Nureyev's defection to the West.

Tickets cost €8/€6.50 and are available from the Mermaid.

Friday, August 30

Howie the Rookie

Stagemad Theatre Company brings their production of the critically acclaimed 'Howie the Rookie' to Arklow's Asgard Theatre.

The story tells the tale of a white-knuckle ride through a nightmare Dublin, where enemies and allies are interchangeable.

Tickets cost €15. Book at

Saturday, August 31

Dahlia Show

The Delgany and District Horticultural Society will host its annual Dahlia show at St Patrick's NS in Greystones from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be lots of beautiful flowers on display and refreshments available.

A Touch of Classical

Contralto Grace Foley and tenor Wayne Woodman bring their class act in the classical crossover genre to the Whale Theatre at 8 p.m.

With an incredibly wide repertoire of songs, this unique show includes a varied programme of music from Bizet to Lana Del Ray and Ennio Morricone to Damien Rice.

Tickets cost €20/€18 and are available from the Whale Theatre.

Sunday, September 1

Summer Concert

The latest Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. and will feature Bray Concert Band.

Monday, September 2

All is True

This screening of 'All is True' at the Mermaid Arts Centre sees William Shakespeare return to Stratford Upon Avon in 1613 after a fire destroys his beloved Globe Theatre. A devastated Shakespeare struggles to mend broken relationships with his neglected wife and daughters and finally come to terms with the death of his son. The screening begins at 8 p.m. and tickets, costing €8/€6.50, are available from the Mermaid.

Friday, September 6

Superhero 5k and 10k

Use your superpowers to help raise funds for Crumlin Children's Hospital with this fun run on the grounds of the Arklow Bay Hotel. Beginning at 7.30 p.m., participants have the option to run or walk the course with all finishers receiving a medal. There will be face-painting for children and everyone is encouraged to dress up as their favourite superhero. Registration on the day opens from 5.30 p.m. but people can sign up in advance at There will be an after-party in the Arklow Bay Hotel from 10 p.m. with music from Black Cherry.

Joxer Daly Esq

Sean O'Casey's playful scrounger from the classic 'Juno and The Paycock' takes centre stage in this intriguing new play from the pen of Eddie Naughton which comes to the Whale Theatre at 8 p.m. The play charts an everyman's journey from respectable member of The Foresters Association to a vagabond scraping by with only his wit to use as collateral. Brilliantly performed by Phelim Drew, Joxer's love of language, humour, literature and song, together with a drinker's purple recollection, makes this a performance like no other. Tickets cost €20/€18 and are available from the Whale Theatre.


Enniskerry Festival presents Abbaesque in the Maplewood Marquee at Monastery House, Enniskerry, in aid of Purple House Cancer Support Centre. Doors open at 8 p.m. The band starts at 10.30 p.m. and this will be followed by a DJ until late. Tickets cost €20.

Saturday, September 7

Sporting Proud Triathlon

Sporting Proud Triathlon at Brittas Bay is raising money for five charities, including St Catherine's Special School. The Sporting Proud Triathlon consists of two events: the Olympic length, which includes a 1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run and a sprint, and the fun event, which includes a 75km swim, 20km cycle and 5km run. Entrants can compete as individuals or in teams of two or three. All athletes must sign-in at the Brittas Bay car park between 9 a.m. and 9.45 a.m. Registration is open now at Competitors are asked to pay a compulsory registration fee (€100 for individuals or €300 for teams) and also fundraise €250 in the case of individuals or €750 for teams.

Sunday, September 8

Summer Concert

The final Summer Sundays free concert at Bray Bandstand begins at 2.30 p.m. and will feature Lourdes Brass Band.

Sunday, September 15

Reservoir Dog Sportive

The Reservoir Cogs cycling club present the fifth edition of their popular Reservoir Dog Sportive at Russborough House. There are two challenging routes to choose from: the 65km Reservoir Pup and the 125km Reservoir Dog. Entry is strictly available online through and places are limited to 400. The cost of entry is €35, although a one-day licence for non-CI members will cost an additional €5. All funds raised are donated to charities to fund local environmental and community enhancement projects.

5km Memorial Walk and Run

A special walk and run will take place at 11 a.m. in memory of Batty Manley, the former bus driver for Donard NS. The event takes place at Stratford/Grangecon GAA Club and registration will begin at 10 a.m.

The cost of entry is €10 for adults while children go free and all money raised will go towards Stratford Lodge NS and St Nicholas Church in Dunlavin.

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