So there's plenty of festivals going on all over the country this weekend. But if you're staying local and laying low, here's some lovely things you might enjoy for a couple of hours one of the days:
Cath & Phil Tyler in Tivoli Backstage
A rather wonderful little show by the Enthusiastic Eunuch that's happening tonight on Francis Street. Cath & Phil Tyler via Newcastle & Massachusetts play a kind of old time meets English folk revival. Support will be from new Irish group Rue (Cormac & Radie from Lynched with Brian Flanagan on banjo). It's only €10 in and it's gonna be a seriously great night of music. Details on Facebook here https://www.facebook.com/events/1653650844957131/
Just about a 40 minute drive from Dublin, this is a weird and wonderful place that not many people seem to know about. It's a private Indian sculpture park in the Wicklow mountains, or a contemplative garden as Victor himself calls it. If you get a nice day it's incredibly peaceful to stroll around, take in the sculptures, or 'bathe in nature', as the owner suggests on one of his many signs throughout the park. It's a fiver in and open daily from 12.30-6pm. http://victorsway.eu/
The Wake in The Abbey
A great opportunity to see the astounding piece by Tom Murphy, with a shattering performance by Aisling O'Sullivan as Vera. Set in a small town in Ireland in the 90s, Vera returns from America for a family funeral. The play tells a heartbreaking and darkly hilarious story of family, inheritance and Irish rural life. Well worth going to see. My friend Megan took me last week and I haven't been able to get Vera out of my head since. http://www.abbeytheatre.ie/whats_on/event/the-wake/
If we get the weather, there's loads of lovely places around Dublin to go for a swim. Once of our favourites is the Vico Road out in Dalkey. Google it before you go as it can be hard to find.
Happening in Dun Laoghaire this Saturday and Sunday, The Beatyard promises everything that is good and wonderful in the world of food, drink, tech, science, music, games, sport, arts, design and discussion. It's family friendly with a great line up of music. Check out Ships and Jape on the main stage on Sunday, they're gonna be deadly. http://www.the-beatyard.com/