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We’ve partnered with Schweppes to bring you a weekend round-up of what’s happening this weekend around the country. So whether you’re looking for culture, ceoil or craic, we’ve got something for everyone in the weekend event guide.
Mountain to Sea Literary Festival, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (March 22-26)
The Mountains to Sea dlr Book Festival returns with a stellar line up of literary luminaries, talks, workshops and events. If it’s poetry, serious literature, illustration or pop culture you’re into there will be something for everyone as Dun Laoghaire continues to re-establish itself on the cultural map. The Pavillion Theatre plays host to Joanna Trollope and Julian Clary while our own John Boyne will discuss his latest work The Heart's Invisible Furies at the Lexicon, joined by the immensely talented Chris Cleave. Women’s writing will be discusses by Michèle Forbes, Lisa Carey and Yvonne Cassidy while children will children will be wowed by Tales of Mystery and Adventure at the Lexicon.
Boomtown Rats, Olympia Theatre, Dublin (March 25)
Sir Bob et al return to their hometown for a gig in the Olympia on Saturday night. The theatre on Dame Street seems something like their spiritual home, the perfect place to see the band in an intimate Dublin setting. Diehard fans will be joined by a whole new generation of fans as millennials and generation Zers get beyond the cult of Geldof’s personality and cop on to just how good this post-punk outfit were.
Dublin By Lamplight, Abbey Theatre, Dublin (March 18-April 1)
Corn Exchange really are unique in Irish theatre and Dublin By Lamplight is their much loved alternative take on the founding of our national theatre. Dirty aul’ Dublin and a social and civil unrest set the scene for an anarchic and hilarious turn of events on a night that can change the nation’s history. A must see for those who haven’t yet, while many in the audience will be those to return to see this play again and again.
Dingle International Film Festival, Kerry (March 23-26)
What’s better than spending a weekend in Dingle? Spending a weekend in Dingle during the Dingle International Film Festival. Cillian Murphy’s latest Free Fire opens the festival and Irish feature Rath receives its World Premiere here. With a whole host of European premiers and a comprehensive short film programme from home and abroad, screen writer Todd Komarnicki will present a special screening of his film Sully.
Mother’s Day Lunch at Dublin Zoo, Dublin (26 March)
With Dublin Zoo welcoming their own new baby elephant this week it seems appropriate that Dublin Zoo is a place to celebrate Mother’s Day this year. Treat your mum to a three-course lunch in the distinctive surroundings of Dublin Zoo. A truly special day out for families, guests will be treated to an unforgettable afternoon filled with delicious food, bubbles, and the opportunity to visit Dublin Zoo’s own mums – and some of their new arrivals.
Leinster v Cardiff Blues, RDS, Dublin (March 25)
For rugby fans in fear of withdrawal there’s always Leinster v Cardiff Blues at the RDS. There’s plenty to play for and as our Six Nations heroes begin to feedback into the squad, those who held the fort for the last 6 weeks won’t want to give their places too easily.
Plastik Festival, Dublin (24-26 March)
PLASTIK festival offers an innovative, accessible and creative platform for the presentation of artists’ film and video, with a focus on discursive events and the cinema as exhibition space. PLASTIK opens with a programme selected by artist James Richards, which will be followed by a special post screening talk with Benjamin Cook (LUX). The weekend brings a diverse programme of screenings to Dublin - including a focus on the work of James Kienitz Wilkins (USA), curated programmes by Sasha Litvintseva (RUS/UK), Mark Toscano (USA) and aemi (IE), as well as the PLASTIK award, which foregrounds the work of emerging Irish artists. On Saturday, Irish born, UK based artist Yuri Pattison presents a programme selected from the LUX Collection.
The Hoard and the Sword, Museum of Country Life, Mayo (March 22-31)
This exhibition explores the discovery of a hoard of silver bracelets from Cushalogurt, Kilmeena, and a Viking sword found in the River Moy at Coolcronaun. This is the largest hoard of silver arm-rings found in Ireland. Find out about their discovery, their use as jewellery and currency and who might have buried them. The Viking sword, although corroded from over a millennium in the Moy, is a fine example of late 10th century craftsmanship and its conservation is revealing more details of its past. These objects give evidence of Mayo’s Viking Heritage and are on display in the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough until the end of 2017.
The Lonesome West by Martin McDonagh, Castleblaney, Monaghan (March 25)
The third play in Martin McDonagh’s acclaimed Leenane trilogy. Bickering brothers, Coleman and Valene share a house in the wild west of Ireland. One obsesses about his religious ornaments and his precious poteen, the other thinks only of his stomach, regularly crashing funerals in his quest for a free sausage roll. Their local priest, troubled by a spate of murders in the area, tries, and fails, to convince the squabbling pair to set aside their petty differences. But when the brothers vow to be nicer to one another and wipe the slate clean by confessing to a string of vile misdemeanours towards one another, things can only degenerate into vicious and bloody carnage.
Photography Exhibition of Work of Shane McCormack, Signal Arts Centre, Wicklow (March 13-26)
Shane McCormack’s body of work is inspired by Stephen King short story that involves a traveling salesman, Alfie Zimmer, who pulls into a Motel 6 in Nebraska for the night. His hobby while on the road is to record strange bathroom graffiti which he discovered on his many long, lonely travels. In his solitary life of a travelling salesman with only miles and miles of the empty road for his companion, those "voices on the walls" became his friends; something to think about during the long drive, something precious and important, something that "spoke" to him.
Handel’s Acis and Galatea, Wexford Opera House, March 25
Written in 1717, one of Handel’s most treasured works, Acis and Galatea is a high point of baroque repertoire. It tells a pastoral tale of the love between Galatea and Acis. With renowned baroque specialist Peter Whelan as Music Director, Acis and Galatea is accompanied by the dazzling Irish Baroque Orchestra and features tenor Eamonn Mulhall and soprano Susanna Fairbairn as the thwarted lovers with bass baritone Edward Grint as Polyphemus and tenor Andrew Gavin as Damon.