National Heritage Week 2019 starts this weekend, from August 17 to 25, with the theme of “Past Times” the inspiration behind events around the country, three of which include the following. In Dublin, the recently re-launched Newbridge House and Farm in Donabate will be holding a day of talks and tours on Saturday 17 August from 11am. Visitors can also discover rare specimens on a guided parkland walking tour and join the President of the Veterinary Council of Ireland for the story of the Irish Red Deer Herd at Newbridge House.
In Clare, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park have a line-up of events to entertain the entire family. On Sunday August 18 from 12pm there will be “An Afternoon of Storytelling” with Seanchaí Eddie Lenihan, who will be telling his tales of Irish folk heroes and fairies as recorded in Irish mythology. On Wednesday August 21, in celebration of Wild Child Day, children are invited to explore the new Fairy Trail and regency walled garden.
The National Museum of Ireland – Decorative Arts & History, Clarke Square at Collins Barracks is being transformed into a giant playground for the day on Sunday, August 18. This free, family event at the Museum includes giant versions of classic games and will also feature a drop-in art workshop led by artist Janine Davidson and a special talk with Alex Ward, keeper and curator of the Museum’s fascinating toy collection. For further events visit: www.heritageweek.ie
There’s still time to book a late getaway at Faithlegg in Co Waterford, situated near the seaside villages of Tramore and Dunmore East. Its “Get and Go Greenway” package at Faithlegg, available from €195 per person sharing, includes a two-night stay with breakfast and dinner on the night of your choice in the award-winning Roseville Rooms Restaurant. Make the most of the weekend and explore the Waterford Greenway – a 46km off-road cycling trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan. There are also plenty of water-based activities in Dungarvan the pretty coastal village not far from the hotel. www.faithlegg.com
Glovers Alley, 128 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, has two tempting new menus which will cater for all tastes. There’s a new vegetarian tasting menu and vegan tasting menu, €80 per person, offering diners a vegetable-inspired contemporary dining experience. And throughout August, Andy McFadden, executive head chef is creating a special “Surprise Menu”. This four-course menu will change daily depending on what ‘surprise’ the kitchen team get from the suppliers. The cost of the “Surprise Menu” is €69 per person, or €120 with wine pairings, and is available until August 31; www.gloversalley.ie.
AND … The Everyman’s production of Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, is highly recommended for its quick witted humour and shares many similarities with Friends. Set in the Upper East Side, New York, the central characters are Olive and her neurotic friend Florence, who moves in after being dumped by her husband. Testing their friendship to the limits, sparks fly when they go on a double date with two brothers. The play at The Everyman, Cork continues until Saturday, August 17, at 7.30pm. Tickets are €33 and students are €9. www.everymancork.com
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