Going out: Something for the weekend
From the Taste of West Cork to Rockathon 2015, you’re sure to find something to excite
The Oscar Wilde Festival takes place in Galway from Friday until Sunday. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times
Seamie Weldon Memorial 5km Race
The inaugural Seamie Weldon Memorial 5km race takes place at St Mary’s gaelic football club in Ardee Co Louth on Saturday at 12 noon. Former world champion runner Sonia O’Sullivan has been confirmed as a guest of honour. The run is organised by Ardee and district Athletic Club in memory of the late Seamie Weldon, a mentor and friend to the club. Register online for €15 or €20 on the day.
Taste of West Cork Food Festival
The Taste of West Cork Food festival begins on Saturday and takes place for ten days. The festival programme includes daily workshops, historic and scenic walks, farm tours, home visits to the producers, themed restaurant evenings, art and craft exhibitions, food tastings, music recitals, theatre evenings, starlight kayaking, whale watching and more. This year the focus of the festival is guest chefs and all local restaurants will host a guest chef preparing a speciality meal for one night only.
Rockathon takes places at Fairyhouse racecourse in Co Meath on Saturday. The festival features some of the best tribute rock bands playing the music ofAC/DC, Queen, Meatloaf and Pink Floyd.
The line up features nine acts including Guns 2 Roses, Dizzy Lizzy, Whole Lotta Voltage and the Seattle Grunge Experience.
Tickets cost €34.50 including booking fee. Camping costs €10 per person, campervan costs €20.
Oscar Wilde festival
The Oscar Wilde Festival takes place in Galway from Friday until Sunday and is a celebration of the life and works of one of Ireland’s greatest writers.
Each year the festival aims to bring guests on a journey through aspects of the writer’s life and work; and tell people about the writer’s links with the West of Ireland. Highlights this year include the Oscar Wilde walking tour of Galway city and “Wilde at the Abbey: how was Wilde’s plays produced and received in Ireland”; a lecture by Dr Ian Walsh.
Shabra Charity Cycle
The Shabra Charity Foundation will hold a charity cycle on Saturday, to raise money for new equipment for the Mater Hospital. The money will go towards the purchase of new gene testing equipment, which would be the first of its kind in Ireland. The cycle route will start at the Glencarn Hotel in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. There is a 100km and 50km cycles both starting at 10am and a 10km family cycle starting at 1pm. Registration takes place online.
Cape Clear Island International Storytelling Festival
The Cape Clear international storytelling festival takes place until Sunday. Now in its 21st year, the festival offers a variety of activities and concerts to suit all ages. Free events include ‘Hear all the Tellers’ heritage walk, set dancing workshop, open air story swap, children’s workshops and a storytelling concert. This year there is a special Irish Day on the Saturday at Coláiste Chiáráin which will run parallel to the main English language events.