WHO: International concert pianist Sachiko Furuhata-Kersting will perform a solo programme of music by Frédéric Chopin in Ballymaloe Grainstore on Friday August 23, at 8pm. Sachiko regularly performs across Europe and the US, and this is her debut in Ireland. Sachiko’s wide repertory spans classical and romantic pieces and her latest album includes works by Beethoven and Schumann. Tickets are €30 and can be booked online at www.ballymaloegrainstore.com or by phone on 021 475 7200.
WHAT: The House of Peroni returns to Dublin for its fourth instalment, from Thursday, August 22 until Sunday, September 1. This year’s Dublin residency will see the Royal Hibernian Academy on Ely Place, Dublin 2, transformed into a stylish experience by three Irish creatives. Designer Roisin Lafferty, chef Killian Crowley, and creative director Kev Freeney, have recreated the beauty, sounds and tastes of Puglia. Crowley, who is chef at Michelin-starred Aniar restaurant in Galway, has created a six-course tasting menu for €60 which can be booked at www.thehouseofperoni.com.
WHERE: Venturing up north to Strangford Lough? Then Overwood restaurant on the first floor of Balloo House in Killinchy, Co Down is worth visiting. The menu has been created by acclaimed chef Danni Barry, and the focus is on “grilled over wood” earthy flavours (on the new Kopa grill), provenance and local seafood. Celebrating its coastal location, it is the only restaurant in Northern Ireland serving Mill Bay oysters, voted one of the top 50 foods in the world, served on ice with Cuinneog buttermilk and dill oil. Local scallops, turbot, Portavogie prawns and a lobster risotto are some of the mouthwatering entrees. Overwood restaurant is open Thursday – Saturday, 6pm–9.30pm; www.ballooinns.com.
WHEN: Waterford Walls International Street Art Festival takes place from August 22 – 25 when The Walls Project Team will welcome international and Irish street arts. Belgian street artist Mehsos has unveiled the first mural from the festival – a defragmented representation of a puffin. This is the fifth year of the festival and the programme of events includes guided art tours, a bus tour of “Art on the Greenway,” outdoor film screenings, music and art demos; www.waterfordwalls.ie.
WHAT: The Rose of Tralee International Festival celebrates its 60th anniversary this year from August 23 – 27. Home to the Roses, The Rose Hotel is the place to be during the festival. For those who want to make themselves “Rose ready”, head to Serenity Spa for a pampering treatment such as the Full Body Wild Rose salt scrub, while Dott’s Bar hosts nightly entertainment from 9pm. Prices start from €210 based on two people sharing. To book call The Rose Hotel at +353 (0) 66 719 9100; www.therosehotel.com.
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