From a cookery course at Triggerfish Cookshop to an overnight stay at Lough Erne Resort, find out what we’re planning THIS WEEKEND …
WHERE: If you want to escape for the weekend, the picturesque Lough Erne Resort in Co Fermanagh is offering two tempting packages. On Fridays during October the family-friendly Friday Fright Night package (£299 for a family of four) gives children a chance to trick or treat around the grounds with bowls of sweets provided to guests in lodges who wish to participate in the Hallowe’en fun. Alternatively, with darker nights setting in and the desire to curl up with a good book, the resort’s Sunday Slumber package (£59.50 per person) includes cookies and hot chocolate on arrival with a luxury overnight stay and indulgent breakfast. www.lougherneresort.com.
WHAT: The Modern Dinner Party, Plant Powered Cooking and How To Make Tapas are just three of the tempting courses available at The Triggerfish Cookshop’s new cook school starting this week. Located downstairs in the Blackrock kitchenware store, the school is an informal and relaxed space for adult and children’s classes kitted out with KitchenAids and led by a roster of international chefs. They also offer a Kids Saturday Kitchen for nine to 14-year-olds and there will be ‘parent or grandparent accompanied’ classes for younger ones. www.triggerfishcookshop.ie.
WHY: Over 15,000 people are expected to attend the 39th Cork Folk Festival which runs this weekend from October 3 – 7. Highlights include the influential instrumentalists, Paddy Keenan, Frankie Gavin and Dermot Byrne — also known as KGB – at the Triskel Arts Centre on October 5. There’s also a performance by folk singer Kate Rusby at the Cork Opera House with her band and special guests, accordion player and singer Séamus Begley and guitarist Jim Murray on October 7. The festival will also see sean-nós singing meet Portuguese Fado on October 4, as Máire Ní Chéileachair and Nell Ní Chróinín perform alongside Portuguese fadista, Claudia Aurora. For the full programme visit www.corkfolkfestival.com.
HOW: One of the most popular events on the Wild Atlantic Way is The Dingle Food Festival, taking place this weekend (October 5 – 7 ). The most popular part of the festival is The Taste Trail which takes place in over 70 venues, including restaurants, art galleries and shops, offering tastings of the best food and drink the Peninsula has to offer. The festival includes workshops, market stalls, gin and whiskey tastings, a farmer’s forum, as well as street entertainment, art exhibitions and children’s events. www.wildatlanticway.com.
WHO: Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre is hosting the second Echoes festival, celebrating writer and former Dalkey resident Maeve Binchy from October 5 – 7. The main event will be on Saturday with a full programme from 10am – 5pm of talks, discussions, readings and dramatisations. In “Maeve Binchy: The Quiet Feminist” author Henrietta Mc Kervey will show how Binchy’s feminism shone through in her written words, teaching her characters to be courageous and take charge of their own lives. Actors Claudia Carroll, Celia Murphy, Margaret Toomey and Lorcan Cranitch will lead a reading of Maeve Binchy’s television play Deeply Regretted by…. A screening of the documentary Maeve Binchy At Home in the World will also be shown on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. Tickets are available on www.eventbrite.ie.
AND … If you haven’t been as regular at yoga classes recently then these nifty yoga cards designed by Ruth Delahunty, a graphic designer turned yoga instructor, will help. The easy-to-follow visual aids help yogis of all levels to complete a full, well-balanced practice at home or prep classes if they’re teachers. The Asana cards are €32.00 and available to purchase on Ruth’s yoga lifestyle website www.yogaru.ie.
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