Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

IT’S the celebration of all things love and whatever your status there’s plenty going on.

For those of you still seeking your other half, a new event management company launches this Friday with a Singles Meet and Mingle at the Left Bank. LocalFunu’s event begins with registration at 8.30pm with a view to getting the show on the road at 9pm. Guests will be treated to a glass of champagne and delicious canapés, a Lock and Key icebreaker will get people talking while a DJ and party game will keep all entertained throughout the night. Maybe you’ll meet your match at Cupid’s Corner or participate in Speed Dating? There’ll also be a draw for a holiday for two and all guests gain priority entry to Morrisson’s Late Bar. Tickets, 20 euro, are available from website On Saturday, singletons can head to Thomastown, where Barry O’Reilly’s organised a Blind Date event complete with the area’s own Cilla Black. The top new couple wins a place at Monday night’s fundraiser at Langton’s (more about that later).

In Callan on Saturday, Fennelly’s hosts an intimate evening of culinary delights and atmospheric pleasure with a few surprises thrown in for good measure. The dinner begins at 8pm for the lucky 20 who snapped up the tickets and they can stay for the after party. In the city on the same night, Macra members will gather for their annual Valentine Ball. The black-tie ball affair at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel begins at 8pm with a mulled-wine reception. Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal followed by band Lebowski with a DJ entertaining until late. Tickets, 35 euro, are available from Macra members.

Meanwhile at Billy Byrne’s, punters head back in time with a Retro Disco organised by ST Productions. From 9pm until late Shane Tobler will be dropping a mix of funk, soul, disco, house and electro swing (with visuals) to make you move your feet and wobble your knees.

Then on the night itself, Monday, Langton’s hosts a fundraising dinner in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team. Organised by a small but enthusiastic committee, the event will include glorious food, while Memphis Cats will have you on your feet dancing into the wee hours of the morning. There’s a limited amount of tickets (30 euro) left so get yours before it’s too late.

Black Ice

AC/DC music is Friday’s focus in Langton’s. The Black Ice tribute show kicks off at 9.30pm and the (10 euro) tickets are being eagerly snapped up.

The production will see a mix of classic and contemporary numbers in a full-on AC/DC style show performed by a band of individuals especially put together for the night. Vocalist Martin O’Neil’s joined by drummer Ian McEvoy, James Delahunty on rhythm guitar, Tony Treacy on bass guitar and lead guitarist Shane O’Dwyer. With an emphasis on their combined musical talent, added to this will be a huge visual aspect that will see the fivesome striving to become the top rockers by dressing up in their style. The night will be further enhanced by special effects and with the help of Tommy Dowling on sound, Eddie Hughes on lights and Alan Kelly producing video and graphics with tying all together will provide the full AC/DC experience. And when the band’s done, the night’s far from over as DJ Kevin Hennessy takes up the mantle and continues the music into the night.

Expected to be a big event, interest’s already been positive with many tickets (10 euro) being snapped up within hours of securing the venue. There are still some left and you can get yours from Langton’s. After that the only advice is to get there when doors open at 9.30pm as the first 100 in get a free drink of choice.

Cleere entertainment

COMEDY and crooning are on the bill at Cleere’s this Friday night.

The fun starts at 8pm with award-winning comedian Jarlath Regan. On the circuit since 2004, he’s built up something of a cult following not just across Ireland but across the world, probably due to his stellar performances at festivals including Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne, Montreal, Adelaide, New Zealand and our own Cat Laughs.

It’s also helped that he’s capable on TV too with stints on Just For Laughs, The World Stand-Ups, The Panel, Stand and Deliver, The Apprentice: You’re Fired, The Rumour Room, Scope, Tonight with Craig Doyle and Nobody Knows Jarlath Regan.

The session will be followed by The Novel Tour, which rolls into Kilkenny after a few weeks of touring the country. Featuring three of the hardest-working and most exciting bands in the Irish music scene, it offers an exciting night of varied entertainment.

Town Criers are a four-piece rock outfit from Roscommon are as energetic as they are ambitious. Writing and recording since 2006, their first EP has being doing well. They’re joined on the bill by Race The Flux and Ka Tet.