What's going on


October 20th-26th


RTÉ's People in Need Telethontakes place on Friday, with more than 4,000 fundraising events expected around the country, and a live broadcast fronted by Ryan Tubridy.

Going the distance, so to speak, is Wexford man Eoin Ryan, who will be doing a static Ironman triathlon at the top of Grafton Street using an exercise bike, a treadmill and a mobile swimming pool to complete a 3.8km swim, 180km cycle and a 42km run, taking approximately 12 hours. Cheer him on if you're in the area. See www.telethon.ie.


Directed by Alan Stanford, Philadelphia Here I Come!is Brian Friel's bittersweet story of a young Co Donegal man and his intended move to America. The production kicks off at Glór in Ennis, Co Clare, this Tuesday for three nights before touring to the Helix and Pavilion Theatres in Dublin and the Everyman Palace Theatre in Cork. www.glor.ie.

42nd Streettakes over the Gaiety Theatre for a two-week run from Wednesday featuring toe-tapping Simon Delaney and a cast of 50 dancers. The Pavilion Theatre in Dún Laoghaire hosts an international children's theatre festival, FLIP FLOP!from today until Thursday. See www.paviliontheatre.ie.


To coincide with the launch of National Organic Week, Minister for the Environment John Gormley TD will today open a new organic food marketbeing run by the Dublin Food Co-op, at 12 Newmarket, Dublin 8, today. The market is open from 9.30am to 4pm and offers organic fruit and veg, eggs, wholefoods, cheeses, sourdough breads, quiches, tarts and savouries, herbs, jams and chutneys. www.dublinfood.coop.ie. Next Saturday, Trevor Sargent opens Wicklow Artisan Food Fare at the Wicklow Ecology Centre in the Dominican Convent as part of Wicklow WOWweekend. See www.wicklowchamber.ie.


The 2007 Sligo Live Festivalstarts Wednesday and runs until Bank Holiday Monday and features The Buena Vista Social Club, Alabama 3 and Duke Special. www.sligolive.ie. The inaugural Festival of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Waterford, starts today and runs until October 28th. Highlights include the Swingle Singers, pianist Michael McHale, and Rhayader Male Voice Choir from Wales with the Waterford Male Voice Choir. www.christchurchwaterford.com Tonight: Don McLean (Olympia). Sunday: Johnny Logan (Vicar St). Tuesday: Ray Lamontagne (Olympia), Arcade Fire (Phoenix Park), The Enemy (Ambassador). Friday: Gilbert O'Sullivan (Olympia).

Ideal home

The Ideal Homes Exhibitiontakes place at the RDS from Thursday until Monday 29th with more than 200 exhibitors showcasing sustainable energy, interior design, home accessories and technology, renovation and self-build, flooring, furniture and DIY. There is also a show house, designed by interior designer Sinead Kelly and seminars from (Handy) Andy Kane and RTÉ's Liz O'Kane. www.idealhomes.ie.

And finally . . .Mother and daughter artists Pauline Bewick & Holly Melia come together for an exhibition at The Greenlane Gallery in Dingle, Co Kerry, starting October 27th until the end of the year. Based in Italy, Melia focuses on the flora and fauna of Tuscanyand Co Kerry while her mother exhibits 11 paintings representing a visual translation of Brian Merriman's poem, The Midnight Court. See www.greenlanegallery.com.