It’s that time of the year again, when I try to work out the courses and classes I want to attend for the term ahead. May I recommend Reformation – a boutique fitness studio on Waterloo Lane, Dublin 4. Classes include Reformer pilates, ballet barre and yoga, all organised by co-founders Lee Tracey and Annie Kirwan. Corporate and lunchtime specials are also available as well as retreats. www.reformation.ie
For classical music enthusiasts the annual “Music in Monkstown” event is not to be missed. Founded by the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal clarinetist John Finucane, this year sees six concerts, each with a different outlook on the world of music. Two of these include The Sacconi String Quartet who will be joined by John Finucane for the Mozart clarinet quintet and by Emma Abbate for the Schumann piano quintet. Hugh Tinney will perform well-known works by Beethoven and Chopin as well as music by Irish composer, Raymond Deane. This evening (Friday 6) there will be post-concert jazz in Café du Journal from 9.30pm. Concert can be purchased on www.eventbrite.ie, or at the door.
To Russborough House, Blessington, Co Wicklow on Sunday, September 8 for an innovative fundraising event which will see over 40 artists open their car boots and sell some works at affordable prices. Last year saw nearly 1,500 attend. One of my favourite artists, Blaise Smith RHA will be drawing portraits and you can book a sitting with him for a small fee. Tickets for the event which begins at 11am are €10.
Two food festivals take place over the weekend. Feast Cork 2019, the East Cork Food & Drink Festival, is again based in Midleton. The big day out at Feast Cork is on Sunday, September 8, with the street market, farmers’ market and gardening workshops running all day including the East Cork restaurant tent packed with chef demos from Takashi Miyazaki from Michelin-starred restaurant Ichigo Ichie, Martin Shanahan of Fishy Fishy restaurant, Kevin Aherne of Sage restaurant and more. www.feastcork.ie
Waterford Harvest Festival will transform the historic city into a foodie wonderland from today until Sunday, with over 70 free and ticketed events taking place. The three days of gastronomical greatness is to feature some of Ireland’s best chefs, interactive demonstrations, and delectable food and drinks. For full details see www.waterfordharvestfestival.ie.
And, I’m booking a workshop at Bí Urban – where they have been developed to fund the upcoming mapping of the Lifeline, the biodiverse greenway they’re developing in North Central Dublin. The additional income will be used to train local residents as citizen scientists to carry out the data collection. There is a silver jewellery workshop on September 15; a Therapeutic Balm workshop on September 18 and Soap Making basics on September 25.