Going out: Something for the weekend . . .


KILKENNY CAT LAUGHSThe Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy festival is under way this weekend in a number of venues across Kilkenny city. Acts include Jarlath Regan, Des Bishop, Karl Spain, Colin Murphy.

The highlight of the weekend is tonight at 7.30pm at Hotel Kilkenny, where Jarlath Regan and Des Bishop, among others, will perform.

Tickets range from €10 to €25 and some shows are already sold out.


BLOOM 2012

The Bloom gardening festival continues in the Phoenix Park this weekend. Crowds of more than 90,000 are expected.

The festival includes cookery and craft demonstrations, expert gardening advice, Irish food, live entertainment and gardening workshops.

Tickets for adults cost €20; children go free; students and seniors, concessions from €12. Event runs 10am-6pm up to Monday evening. bloominthepark.com


The Flora Women’s Mini Marathon takes place on Monday at 3pm. The race runs from Fitzwilliam Square, by Shelbourne Road, out by the RDS, along Merrion Road, Nutley Lane, towards Belfield and across the flyover; then through Donnybrook, on to Morehampton Road, and Leeson Street, finishing at St Stephen’s Green.

Runners, fast joggers and joggers must be in their start area by 2.30pm. They are advised to wear sunscreen and bring water. florawomensminimarathon.ie


The Bavaria City Racing event runs tomorrow, noon-5pm. Guests will include the 2009 Formula One champion Jenson Button.

The city track starts on North Wall Quay and ends on O’Connell Bridge via the Custom House and College Green. More than 70 vehicles worth €18 million will take part and 100,000 spectators are expected.

Ticketed areas on O’Connell Bridge and in front of Custom House cost €75.90. bavariacityracing.ie


This 10-day family maritime festival will kick off today with the Ocean to City race, or An Rás Mór, a rowing race for traditional craft – from currachs to coracles and kayaks – from Cork harbour to the city quays.

Some 500 Irish and international rowers, in 150 craft, are set to take part in today’s event, which starts at 10.30am at Crosshaven with participants rowing 22km out to Roche’s Point and then up to Lapp’s Quay in the city centre.