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Weekend Guide: From charity concerts to festivals of music and art, here’s what’s on around Ireland


By Sarah Gill
24th Feb 2023

The Source Arts Centre

Weekend Guide: From charity concerts to festivals of music and art, here’s what’s on around Ireland

Making weekend plans? Here are some of the very best events happening across Ireland.

I Will Follow You Into The Dark exhibition

Opening Friday 24 February, Rua Red, South Dublin Arts Centre, Blessington Rd, Tallaght

This exhibition from Dublin artist and curator Paul McGrane focuses predominantly on painting and sculpture, and his interests lie in public spaces such as places of worship, stadiums and sensory rooms. McGrane takes inspiration from how such areas are designed to channel certain auras or energy. Nostalgia and emotion also guide the creation of the work as McGrane draws from personal memories of family and places he spent time in while growing up. The exhibition will be on display until 22 April.

A Room of One’s Own

Friday 24 February, The Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

The award-winning Dyad Productions return to The Source Arts Centre with a twenty-first century take on Virginia Woolf’s celebrated pre-TED talk. This play invites you to take a wry, amusing, and incisive trip through the history of literature, feminism, and gender. Meet Charlotte Brontë, Jane Austen, Aphra Behn, and Shakespeare’s sister – Judith! Travel to the far-flung future of… 2028. Rebecca Vaughan performs Woolf’s 1928 exploration of the impact of poverty and sexual inequality on intellectual freedom and creativity.

How to Get The Menopause and Enjoy It

Friday 24 February, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon

Join Anne Gildea on this fabulous, informative, laugh-out-loud trip through all things menopause. What is it? Why does it happen? How come it barely bothers some women and shakes others to the core? Why is it named after men? Why didn’t our mammies warn us about it? And why oh why is so little known about this inevitable phase of lady-life? Anne answers all these questions and more, as she brings TMI to a whole new level.

The Big Gig

Saturday 25 February, Leisureland, Salthill, Galway

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In support of earthquake victims in Türkiye and Syria, The Big Gig was organised by Mary Coughlan and will feature performances from Kíla, Sharon Shannon, Liam O’Maonlai & Friends, Tracy Bruen, Ultan Conlon, Susan O’Neill, Frances Black, Mundy and MC Hector, all of whom are providing their services on the night free of charge. Raffle prizes will be up for grabs on the night, and all funds raised will go to Team International Assistance for Integration, who are working to empower the most vulnerable refugees, women and children so that they can find the peace, security and respect they deserve.

The Gathering Festival of Music & Art

Until Sunday 26 February, The Gleneagle Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry

The Gathering is set to do exactly what it says on the tin and gather together the best and boldest trad musicians, singers, and dancers for one weekend of toe-tapping, roof-raising celebrations and festivities. This year’s festival programme is loaded with concerts, céilís, sessions, and workshops along with the addition of a late-night festival club. Attendees are guaranteed a truly immersive festival vibe where the love of trad culture unites and inspires young and old.