The ‘Irish Times’ guide to summer
There’s huge variety and energy in the events and activites you can enjoy around the country. Just don’t forget your culottes
March in summer: participating in the 2013 Gay Pride Parade in Dublin. Photograph: Alan Betson
Literary authenticity: Paul Kennedy dressed as James Joyce with over 150 Participants in the 20th annual Bloomsday bike rally. Photograph: Alan Betson
Rap party: Kanye West performs at the Point Theatre in 2006 in Dublin. Photograph: ShowBizIreland/Getty Images
The alfresco meal
BIZARRE BLOOMSDAY BRUNCH
Happenings, the organiser of pop-up events in Dublin and Limerick, is putting on a tea party – “more Mad Hatter than high society” – on North Great George’s Street in Dublin on Sunday, June 15th, from 1pm to 3pm. Cream buns, juices from the “apothecary”, music from the Gramophone Disco and a potato-themed sports day will all feature. See happenings.ie. For other Bloomsday capers, try the James Joyce Centre, also on North Great George’s Street, which has walks, talks and theatre from June 10th. See jamesjoyce.ie/bloomsday.
For one Sunday a month from June to October, parts of Dublin city centre will be pedestrianised for food, fashion and bric-a-brac markets. South William Street and its environs between Grafton Street and South Great George’s Street are set to be pedestrianised, and another market will be held at Wolfe Tone Park, on Jervis Street.
The TV show
ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK
One of the summer’s most anticipated small-screen events starts on Friday, when the second series of Orange Is the New Black arrives on Netflix. Built for binge watching, the entire season of the quirky prison comedy-drama will land at once – so if it’s raining outside, you know what to do.
The alternative nightlife
WALKING IN THE DARK
On August 16th a night-time walk of Northern Ireland’s highest peak, Slieve Donard, will take place in aid of the UK Multiple Sclerosis Society. The six-hour walk is led by qualified instructors. The registration fee is £10 for adults and £20 for families. Register at iti.ms/1wqvhfH. June 21st is the date of Walk the Line (walktheline.ie), another late-night outing, this time in the Wicklow Mountains, with funds going to the Dublin and Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team.
For a challenging way to see the Ring of Kerry, try the Inner Ring 200, on August 3rd, which starts at Muckross Bridge and goes around the Iveragh Peninsula. See iti.ms/1tmhXEH. For a longer break, head north to Cycle Inishowen, which runs a selection of three-, five- and seven-night tours around the Donegal peninsula. See cycleinishowen.com.
A CERTAIN FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT
There’s no point wringing our hands about Ireland not making it to the World Cup, in Brazil, as there are far better teams to watch than ours. On June 12th the tournament kicks off with a bit of a cracker as the home side take on Croatia. At least we can still collect the stickers.
The funny movie
THEY CAME TOGETHER
If you’re still pining after Bridesmaids in the quality-romantic-comedy stakes, then this romcom parody should fill some of that gap. Paul Rudd and the hilarious Amy Poehler star. It opens in late June in the US, with a European release to follow.
The serious movie
Even the trailer of Ken Loach’s latest film is a tear jerker, so get ready for another melancholic Irish epic. Set in Leitrim, it tells the story of Jimmy Gralton, who returns to 1930s Ireland from the US to take over a dance hall, the popularity of which leads to a schism in the community.