The June bank holiday weekend kicks off a fantastic month of events. Time is limited, so here's a selection of some of the best.
For art admirers...?
Drift away in the utterly dreamy world of Julie Cusack. From June 3 - 25,?the Irish artist's new work will take pride of place in the Solomon Fine Art Gallery. With?Dreaming in Blue, the Kilkenny-based Cusack strives to "make paintings that reflect the theatre of landscape and its many elements." Working primarily on paper and board, she combines oil paint with drawn elements. Cusack's work can be seen in the OPW State Collection as well as private collections in England, America, New Zealand, Portugal and the UK. 'September Triptych' by Julie Cusack can be seen above.
For green fingers...?
Celebrating its 10th anniversary,?Bloom in The Park has become one of Ireland's most anticipated horticultural and food festivals. Expect 24 gardens showcasing current designs, planting trends, botanical art and more. There's much to explore for?the less green-fingered or just plain peckish, including?a plant village and floral marquee and?a Bistro and Seafood Bar. Bloom takes place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin from June 2???- 6.
A Love Letter to The West by Leonie Cornelius?
For jazz hounds...?
The Doonbeg International Jazz Festival is back with a line-up set to have hips swivelling in the summer heat. Portland-based The Underscore Orkestra will entertain with a blend of hot jazz, swing and?Americana. Meanwhile, Irish outfit The East Coast Jazz Band will perform an eclectic mix of Dixieland, ragtime, bossa nova and blues. All performances are free and there is a children's fun day on Saturday. One to get your toes tapping. The festival runs from?June 3 - 6.
For literature lovers...?
A stellar line-up of writers, historians, broadcasters, war correspondents and musicians await at The Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas. Running from June 10 - 12?in the stunning grounds of Borris House, Carlow, over 70 speakers will gather to share their stories, from international war zones to 70s punk-scene anarchy. Look out for dialogue and discussion from the likes of Michael Chabon, Kevin Barry, Martin Amis, Chrissy Hynde, John Banville, Dominic West and Mariella Frostrup. Tickets start at €12.
?Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner Michael Chabon
For classical fans...
A unique event in incredible surrounds, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival is now in its 46th year. This chamber music festival features Irish and international artists performing works by?the likes of Bach, Haydn, Schubert and Shostakovich in unique venues from June 7?-12. American pianist Richard Goode and The Pavel Haas Quartet make a welcome return, while?the Carducci Quartet and emerging Irish cellist Christopher Ellis are set for?their festival debut. Some of the beautiful backdrops include Killruddery House, the Chapel Royal in Dublin Castle and, new for 2016, The GPO and the Casino Marino. Tickets priced from €10 to €50 are available from the National Concert Hall Box Office.