Going out: Something for the weekend
All-Ireland fever, remembering the lockout - and the first international hurling festival
Will you be one of the thousands of GAA fans descending on Croke Park this Sunday to support either Dublin or Mayo? Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times
Leanne McGarry of Etihad Airways (left) and Carmel Coyne of Aer Lingus (right) with Galway hurler David Collins and Salthill Knocknacarra hurlers Donal O’Shea and Finn Timon at the launch of the Aer Lingus International Hurling Festival. Photograph: Andrew Downes
September 1913, Dublin, Sunday:
As part of ongoing celebrations to commemorate the 1913 Lockout centenary, a number of relatives of 1916 leaders will join Sabina Higgins for a once-off display of poetry, drama and song. The performance is organised by the Larkin Hedge School and inspired by the William Butler Yeats poem of the same name, which was originally published in The Irish Times.
It will take place in Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre and tickets cost €15.
All-Ireland Football Final, locations around Ireland, Sunday:
After a fiercely competitive season, Mayo and Dublin will finally take to Croke Park in this year’s All-Ireland Football Final. Although allocated tickets have long since been handed out, venues across Ireland will be screening the match. Even Dublin’s Odeon cinemas will be streaming the game on their big screens for free.
GAA supporters who are planning on buying tickets on the day are advised to avoid scalpers, as tickets may not be genuine.
International Hurling Festival, Galway, until Saturday:
For those who are more interested in hurling,GAA teams from all over the world will compete in this first ever International Hurling Festival. Players from as far afield as North America, Continental Europe, Asia, Australia and Canada will descend on Galway for this three-day festival showcasing all the sport has to offer.
There will be a lot more than hurling on offer, with food, craft and entertainment on the schedule of events planned.
Tuam Trad Festival, Galway, Friday-Sunday:
Traditional music and dance will be the mainstays of this festival. The festival brings together the very best of local and overseas musicians, singers and dancers for a weekend feast of traditional Irish culture.
As part of Tuam’s 400 Celebrations, the town will be transformed into a hive of traditional entertainment, with music coming from every street and corner, organisers say.
The majority of events associated with this event are free, while other range in price from €5 to €10.
Soundwaves Festival, Skerries, weekend and beyond:
This festival aims to bring a variety of all art forms to Skerries. The festival goes on for 10 days and aims to appeal to people of all tastes and ages. Events range from classical concerts in Holmpatrick Church to rock music and street entertainment.
Performers include Eleanor McEvoy, Ryan O’Shaughnessy and Ham Sandwich. Many events are free and, while others range from €1 to €25. Full information available online.