What’s on around Ireland this weekend

A guide to events from the Dublin Book Festival to Wicklow Wild Food Day

Writers  Alison Jameson, Emma Hannigan, Sinead Moriarity and Caroline Grace-Cassidy taking part in the ‘fantasy literary dinner party’ in Chapter One Restaurant to mark the beginning of the Dublin Book Festival, which continues until Sunday.   Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

Writers Alison Jameson, Emma Hannigan, Sinead Moriarity and Caroline Grace-Cassidy taking part in the ‘fantasy literary dinner party’ in Chapter One Restaurant to mark the beginning of the Dublin Book Festival, which continues until Sunday. Photograph: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.


Cork Film Festival

The Cork Film Festival is back for its 58th edition, with new narrative and documentary features alongside a programme of short films, special music and film events, parties, and surprises. corkfilmfest.org

Dublin Book Festival

The Dublin Book Festival is a showcase for Irish Publishers with talks, panels, readings and workshops and events for all ages and tastes. Events take place in and around Smock Alley Theatre which was, throughout the eighteenth century, predominantly home to printers and publishers. Runs until November 17th. dublinbookfestival.com Westport Rolling Sun Literary Festivals

The Rolling Sun Book Festival is a quirky book and literary festival held annually in Westport, Co Mayo. Highlights include an audience with Ruby Wax, historian Diarmaid Ferriter, Gerry Stembridge and Hilary Fannin. rollingsunbookfestival.com

Waterford Robert Boyle Science Week

A week of varied science activities taking place at Waterford Institute of Technology, Dungarvan and Lismore, until November 17th. The week features a number of events aimed at primary and secondary students, such as an exploration of the science behind the recent discovery of the final resting place of King Richard III, a look at the birds local to the south east of Ireland and the annual visit from the London Science Museum and their Bubble Show. calmast.ie/events/ National Circus Festival

The National Circus Festival of Ireland brings clowns, jugglers, acrobats, puppeteers, magicians, contortionists, street performers and comics to Tralee every November. It features an illuminated parade, and the ability to “join the circus for a day”, by participating in a kids’ circus workshop. Adults can let their hair down at the bespoke festival club “Circus Sideshow”, featuring circus performances and live music. traleecircusfestival.com

Cashel Arts Festival

Cashel Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary arts festival with fun and entertainment during the shorter days and longer nights of November. It includes music, song, dance, art, film, theatre and literature. The voluntary organising committee place a strong emphasis on participation in the arts when choosing the programme of events. A wide variety of workshops for both children and adults makes up about half of the festival programme. cashelartsfest.com Galway Science and Technology Festival

Science shows and workshops for primary and secondary schoolchildren, held on the NUI Galway campus with exhibits by local companies, schools and educational authorities. The festival aims to encourage students to study science, technology, engineering and maths by showcasing these subjects to the students and parents. galwayscience.ie Wicklow Wild Foods Day

On Saturday afternoon the Strawberry Tree restaurant will host a Wild Foods Dinner masterclass and include the annual Wild Foods Dinner, reception, wine, bed and breakfast, special speakers and more. brookelodge.com Galway Tulca Festival

Since 2002 the Tulca Festival of Visual Art has taken place in Galway city with an eclectic display of sculpture, video, paint, photography, and performance art. Tulca is a multi-venue, artist-centred festival that works with Irish curators to present exhibitions which energise audiences into the world of contemporary visual art. Exhibitions featuring projects and events across urban and regional contexts are included. A programme of talks, tours and events accompanies the exhibitions and provides opportunities for audiences to engage. tuclafestival.com

Roscommon Lamb Festival

A family celebration of farming, good food, arts and crafts, music, heritage, landscape and the waterways of Co Roscommon.

The festivalprogramme is packed with food, heritage, craft, farming, walking, cycling, kayaking and angling events. Annual highlights at this festival include the “Best of Roscommon” food trail with farmers, restaurants and catering businesses showcasing local produce and the “Roscommon Lamb BBQ - Brazilian style” on Saturday night with food and music. Other events include wool crafts such as spinning, weaving, knitting, dying and felting. roscommonlambfestival.com Belfast Music Week

The week is a celebration of musical talent with more than 250 events taking place at over 70 locations in the city. This year’s programme includes classical, dance, folk, rock and acoustic performances, instore performances, industry panel events with some of the leading figures in the international music scene. It also includes a special appearance from local legend Van Morrison. discovernorthernireland.com

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