Great things to do this week
This Sunday in the Piper's Garden at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre in Naul, it's time to slick back the hair and transport yourself back to 'The Hop' of 1950s America in the grip of this new craze they call 'Rock 'N' Roll'.
In the latest Garden Party summer series of outdoor concerts at the venue, the fantastic Moonrockers bring the sounds of early Rock 'N' Roll to Naul for everyone to enjoy.
The band wowed the crowd at the same venue last year and had everyone jiving to their unique retro sound after a showing of Grease. This time, they have the stage allt o themselves and they intend to use it.
Complete with a double bass player performing all kinds of acrobatics with the instrument, the band promises you a good night and having seen them deliver on that promise before, we have no doubts they will do it again.
2 Next Monday at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre sees the arrival of the venue's art summer camp for children. Join Violeta from 'A to Art' for a fun-filled creative three-day summer camp where you will be making sculptures with air-drying clay, painting with acrylics and learning to drawn some cartoons while mastering shading skills. All kids will have three masterpieces to bring home after the three day camp. Places are extremely limited, please book early in advance to avoid disappointment.
3 Mise An Fear Ceoil takes place at the Droichead Arts Centre on Wednesday, August 14.
This forms part of Drogheda's Fleadh Cheoil and celebrates the life of Fingal piper, Seamus Ennis. Séamus Ennis was one of the most important figures in Irish traditional music in the 20th century.
One very valuable aspect of Séamus' life was his work collecting traditional music and song in all parts of Ireland. One single person from whom he gathered over two hundred songs, lilts, tunes and stories for the Folklore Commission of Ireland was Colm Ó Caodháin of Glinnsce in Conamara.
Mise an Fear Ceoil shines an interesting and entertaining light on this one part of Séamus' work. Ríonach uí Ógáin tells us about the daily life of the folklore collector at that time - the 1940s. Ríonach has written of this in both of her books; Mise an Fear Ceoil and Going to the Well for Water, giving a fascinating insight into Ó Caodháin's repertoire and the interaction between the two men.
4 Aladdin Jr is at The Helix this weekend. Sean Gilligan Productions presents the show. Discover a whole new world this August when the team that brought you High School Musical, Hairspray Jr, Little Mermaid Jr, Annie, Grease & Oliver!, amongst others, bring Aladdin Jr to the Helix theatre stage.
Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr features iconic songs such as Friend like me, Prince Ali, A Whole New World and Proud of your boy. Join Aladdin, Jasmine, Genie and friends on a magical adventure.
5 The fifth Donabate and Portrane Summer Festival returns to the peninsula this weekend with lots of fun promised. From Donabate and Portrane's Got Talent to The Greatest Showman to U2 tribute act Rattle and Hum and lots of family fun throughout the weekend, there is something for everyone to enjoy in this vast programme of events. Hopefully the weather will shine on the festival and make the peninsula the place to be this weekend.
6 Being described as one of the feel good movies of the summer, 'Blinded by the Light' comes to Movies@Swords this week. Directed by Gurinder Chadha and starring Kulvinder Ghir, Meera Ganatra and Viveik Kalra, this wonderful comedy is set in the UK in 1987 and in the austere days of Thatcher's Britain, a teenager learns to live life, understand his family and find his own voice through the music of Bruce Springsteen.