Rugby leads pack of weekend events
Our weekly round-up of festivals, matches and cultural events taking place around the country.
Ireland v Argentina
Ireland will take on Argentina this Saturday at the Aviva Stadium. The prize for the winners will be a guaranteed spot in the second tier of seeds for next month's 2015 World Cup draw. Here's hoping.
Jamie Heaslip will lead the Irish team for the second time and said despite it being an important game for them, they should try and treat it like any other match. Tickets for the match are still available, with prices ranging from €27.50 to €55. Irishrugby.ie
Bulmers Comedy Festival, Clonmel
Now in its sixth year, the Bulmers Comedy Festival at O’Keefe’s, Clonmel are dubbing this year’s festival its biggest and best so far. The festival will see more than 20 world-class comedians take to the Tipperary stage.
The festival began on Thursday and will run until Sunday, with acts such as Pat Shortt and David McSavage playing on Saturday, while Colm O’Regan’s ‘Ireland’s got Mammies’ show will take place on Sunday. Tickets range from €10 to €25 and can be purchased on tickets.ie / clonmelcomedy.com
Tralee Circus Festival
This festival of clowns, theatre and aerial acrobatics takes to Tralee for again, for what it calls one of the most exciting, emerging festivals in Ireland. The Tralee Clown Festival began in 2001 as a juggling convention and has grown to become Ireland’s contemporary circus festival.
This year, the event will include workshops and showcases showing the different aspects of circus art. Tickets can be purchased from the event website. traleecircusfestival.com
‘What If, Why Not?’ Adventure Film Festival, Galway
Ireland’s first adventure film festival is taking place this weekend in Galway. Over two days, the adventure film festival will screen award winning films from Ireland and across the world, as well as talk from Irish adventurers about what makes them want to take such risks.
Film screenings, talks and workshops will take place in the Radisson Blu Hotel, while The Cellar, Kelly’s Bar and the Bierhaus will play host to music events. A Saturday day pass costs €15, with single events costing between €4 to €5. whatifwhynotfestival.com
Sligo Antiques and Collectables Fair
Now in its 13th year, the Sligo Antiques and Collectables fair will take place at the Clarion Hotel Sligo this Sunday. As well as the commercial aspect of the fair, there will also be an exhibition documenting Sligo’s history over the last 400 years.
A range of antique items will be on display, such as porcelain, pottery, silver and rugs. There will also be up two twenty antique dealers present. Doors open at 11am, with tickets costing €3.50 for adults and €2.50 for students and OAPs. whatsoninsligo.com
Iranian Painting Workshops
The Iranian-born artist Roxana Manouchehri will be giving workshops this weekend in Temple Bar in the Persian technique of Zir Laaki.
The technique is painting on papier maché. Those involved in the workshop will learn how to prepare the surface to paint. The goal is to make the work shiny and look like an old oil painting. All the materials will be provided and the cost is €60.
The workshop takes place at 18 Fashion House, Upper Exchange Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 from 12pm to 5pm tomorrow and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.roxanamanouchehri.blogspot.ie