What’s on this weekend

Navy boats in Cork, architecture in Limerick and a homebrew contest in Dublin

Open House Limerick

Following on the success of Open House events in other cities, Limerick will hold the free architectural festival this weekend with over 40 buildings viewable. The sites is open to the public range from the old to the new; from the 18th century Sarsfield Barracks and the 19th Century Chamber of Commerce to the newly built graduate school of medicine at the University of Limerick and Munster Council GAA.

The Beatyard, Dublin

A wide and eclectic variety of gigs, workshops, exhibitions and talks take place across a dozen venues in Dublin city for nine days beginning this weekend. Among the events running from morning until late are a restrospective with famed house DJs Fish Go Deep on Saturday and a drawing workshop and homebrewer’s competition on Sunday .


Cork Gathering Rebel Week

Navy Ships from Belgium, France, the UK and Ireland will be in Cork Harbour as part of the International Naval Festival coming to the city for the closing days of Cork Rebel Week. The ships will be open for free to the public on Saturday and Sunday and will put on a colour ceremony on at about 6.30pm each evening.

Other events include a battle for the title of best marching band from St Patrick’s Hill on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday evening a concert at Custom House Quay will be headlined by Seo Linn and supported by John Spillane

Tony O’Malley: Self Portraits (a centenary exhibition), Kilkenny

The centenary of the birth of late Kilkenny artist Tony O’Malley will be celebrated in an exhibition beginning in his native county this weekend. Self-portraits from over his career will be on display at the city’s Butler Gallery in the grounds of Kilkenny Castle. To open the event curators UCD Professor Ciarán Benson and writer Brian Lynch will hold a discussion at the Parade Tower from 1pm to 2pm.

Connemara Sea Week, Co Galway

Connemara Sea Week, a ten day festival which celebrates marine heritage begins this weekend in Letterfrack, Co Galway. On Sunday an outdoor family funday includes kiteflying and boating at Connemara National Park and the Killary challenge. Relaxing after these outdoor pursuits can be done in Letterfrack pubs where trad music sessions will be held.

Another maritime related festival will be held in the Co Sligo town famous for its seaweed baths. Hotels and restaurants in Enniscrone will feature seaweed on their menus and producers will be displaying products made from the marine algae as part of Enniscrone Seaweed Festival on Sunday.

Genevieve Carbery

Genevieve Carbery

Genevieve Carbery is Deputy Head of Audience at The Irish Times