5 Things to Do This Week

5 Things to Do This Week

Top 5 things to Do in Ireland from 27 September- 3 October

things to do in Cork

Cork Folk Festival

29 Sept to 3 Oct, Cork

Organisers are delighted to announce a return to live folk music at the 42nd Cork Folk Festival. The event is happening across Cork city from Wednesday 29th September to Sunday 3rd October 2021.

Cork Folk Festival have programmed four headline concerts at the Triskel Arts Centre featuring the likes of Freddie White, Steve Cooney, Tara Breen and Fiona Kennedy. An open-air concert ‘Folk Fest in the Park’ with Seán Ó Sé & The Abbey Céili Band will take place live at Fitzgerald Park.

There’ll be a celebration of legendary traditional singer Margaret Barry and her grandfather, piper Robert (Bob) Thompson in St Peter’s Church. And a film showing of Ceol na bhFánaithe featuring Margaret Barry. Plus sessions from some of the country’s finest Folk and Trad musicians.

Get involved directly by joining Cork Singers’ Club Zoom Singing Session or various Zoom Workshops in Sliabh Luachra Tunes, Traditional Song, Uilleann Pipes and Flute.

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Positve Aging Week

27  Sept  to 1 Oct, Nationwide

Positive Ageing Week 2021  (PAW) celebrates ageing and the contribution and agency of older people. The theme of PAW 2021 is Reconnecting Communities by Reframing Ageing. 

As our communities learn to live with COVID-19 and we reflect on our response measures, it is necessary that we also develop a more positive, realistic narrative about ageing that will help to shift attitudes. 

2021 is the time to begin to reframe our attitudes to ageing as the United Nations celebrate a Decade of Healthy Ageing and begin the Global Campaign to Combat Ageism.


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1 – 3 October, Dublin

Founded in 2017, Echoes proudly celebrates the life and work of Maeve Binchy (1939–2012), and Irish writers.

One of Ireland’s best loved and most renowned authors, the huge international reach of Maeve’s writing can be seen in the translation of her work into more than forty languages. An annual festival held every October in Dalkey, Maeve’s home town, Echoes is programmed and hosted by Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre in collaboration with Maeve’s husband Gordon Snell, and celebrates Maeve’s writing and legacy alongside the best in Irish writing and contemporary writers.

Dublin Theatre Festival

30 September – 17 October, Dublin

Dublin Theatre Festival returns with a live programme of Irish & International works that artists have been waiting for so long to share with you. Experience the festival for yourself from 30 Sept – 17 Oct 2021.

While new opportunities to increase reach and access have been opened up through streaming, the last year has also reinforced the thrill and intimacy of live performance experienced in person. DTF 2021 will retain a digital element to enable audiences, with streaming of a number of performances, but is placing the emphasis on live performance and the energy and togetherness that a festival creates.

DTF is also very much about Dublin, its people and its stories. Their experience of and relationship with the city has changed in the past year and as they dare to look to the future, it’s time to fall in love with Dublin again, to see it as a place that people want to be, to play, not just somewhere that they have to go to work.

Derek Ryan in Concert

3 October, Tipperary

Clonacody House Presents Irish Country Music Star Derek Ryan Music in their garden surrounded by the Fethard countryside. Support on the night is from the wonderful Muriel O’Connor & Fran Curry.

Finally, all details on our list of things to do are correct at time of publication. Please check with the organiser before finalising your plans. In addition, we ask that you are mindful of the current HSE Covid -19 guidelines at all times.

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