Well the sun may be gone, but the heat is still here! With this week promising to pick up again on the weather front, lets have a look about to see what’s on.




Donegal, Derry and Londonderry are providing the backdrop this August to celebrate one of our great Irish playwrights, Brian Friel, with the Lughnasa FrielFest. Now in its 3rd year, this festival runs from the 1st to 19th August with a selection of literary and theatre events in some truly stunning venues. Focusing on the genius of the artist Brian Friel, the festival not only explores his own works but those of Homer, whom Friel was greatly inspired by. Check out the Arts Over Borders website for more details of this inspiring festival.



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The annual Galway Pride Festival takes place this week from the 13th to 19th August, kicking off with a launch party in the Roisin Dubh at 8pm on Monday. This year sees a host of events taking place from music, comedy and tea parties to a mental health night, free HIV testing and a Queer Activism Talk. And of course the beautiful Pride Parade kicks off outside the Galway City Hall at 1.30pm in a flurry of colour and unity. For more details, check out the website.



Lough Derg series provides a taste of Clare | The Clare Herald

As part of the Taste Of Lough Derg Summer Series of events, the Irish Seed Savers are hosting a tasting event on Saturday 18th August at their establishment in Scarrif, Co Clare. If you are thinking of planning your own orchard or just want to plant an apple tree or two, come and taste the delicious array of heritage varieties on offer to you, all indigenous to Ireland. To book for this event, go to the Irish Seed Savers website.



Preempting National Heritage Week, Cork City is hosting Cork Heritage Day, involving 40 buildings and an extensive programme of events across the city. Now in its 14th year, the mixture of exhibitions, workshops, tours, story-telling and talks give an insight into the rich history of Cork. All events are free, however, due to space restrictions and popularity booking is essential for some. Check out the website for more details.



Wells House & Gardens in Co Wexford is hosting The Little Festival At The Big House this weekend, Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August. Promising fun and entertainment for all the family, there will be puppet shows by Red Moon, face painting, a Jumanji trail, magic, performers like Mr Gusto & the Mini Maestros, live music and a delicious BBQ! And all to the backdrop of the stunning Wells House. Check out their website for more details.

Whatever you get up to this weekend, enjoy!


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