Something for everyone at Valentine Dinner

Cosi Fan Tutte

Cosi Fan Tutte

Opera Theatre Company, led by Director Orpha Phelan from Listerlin in Kilkenny, visits the Watergate Theatre this Saturday. There from 7.30pm they present Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte. Tickets cost €22/18 with group bookings of ten or more coming to €16 per head.

Eddi Reader

One of Scotland’s most interesting artists visits our wee city this weekend. Eddi Reader plays Set Theatre on Monday as part of her Irish tour.

Famous for her part with band Fairground Attraction and noted for harmonizing with Annie Lennox when she toured with the Eurythmics, the focus now is on her solo talents. Latest single Vagabond was released last week and is taken from her new, yet to be titled album which is due out later this year. The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost €20.

Darts Tournament

If darts is your thing then keep Sunday afternoon free. On that day a tournament will run in The Cosy Inn in Graiguenamanagh.

Doubles partners drawn with the draw at 3.30pm followed by the event at 4pm. Entry costs €10 per person.

The Truth About Love

With the week that’s in it, the Hole in The Wall is getting into the spirit and has an evening of drama, lust and local literature. Coming under the banner ‘The Truth About Love’, the event is hosted by the Two Roads writers based in and from Kilkenny. Their evening of music, sketches and poetry with a Valentine’s theme on Friday from 8pm. Admission is free.

Mayor’s Walk

As part of the current exhibition at a city venue Kilkenny’s first citizen will provide a different link to the arts. The weekly Mayor’s Walk, which sees Mayor Sean O’ hArgain lead a group of walkers on a trail each Saturday morning, ties in this weekend with the Butler Gallery.

The walk starts at 11am and will pop along to view works from the Butler Gallery Collection currently on loan to public buildings and businesses around the city. Final destination is the gallery itself to view gems from the Butler Gallery Collection: Echoes from the Past and Whispers of the Future.

Comfortable footwear and rainwear are advised. Contact the gallery for start point details and more.

Andy Irvine

One of the Wrecking Ball Weekender stars hits Kikenny this weekend for something of a preview. Cleere’s will, on Friday from 9pm, host the legend that is Andy Irvine.

One of the great Irish singers, he is set to play support to Bruce Springsteen on July 28 with LAPD which also features Liam O’Flynn, Paddy Glackin and Donal Lunny. But this weekend, enjoy his talents, which will be the focus of the gig. Tickets cost €18.


Just hours left in the City Library’s poetry competition. Staff at the John’s Quay outlet are inviting you to submit your short poems based on the theme of romance until lunchtime tomorrow (Thursday). There are two contest categories, adult and secondary school, and rules are available from library staff.

Captain Anchor

Saturday sees Bollard’s turn Boudoir. From 9pm Captain Anchor will present his Cabaret Lounge Love Edition at the venue’s Beaujolais Wine Bar. If you’re looking for something different to do this weekend of love swing by and see the Captain, backed by Marble District two piece ensemble, singing everything from Buble to Beyonce with a little dancing thrown in for good measure. Admission is €4.

Culchie Karaoke

Starting this Thursday ,the county’s most fun duo kicks into action in a city bar. The Culchie Karaoke Brothers bring their unique entertainment to An Poc Fada.

This new weekly night at the venue will see singers being awarded a shot of their choosing for taking to the mic. It starts at 9pm. Even if you don’t sing, why not pop along and join in the craic?

Teen Disco

As with all special times of the year there’s a teen version of big events marked by adults. With this week’s theme of love, Friday sees a Valentine Teen Disco at KIlkenny Rugby Club.

It runs from 8.30pm to 11.30pm with lots in store for revelers. But if you’ve not already got your tickets you may lose out as the event is already sold out.

Alice in Wonderland

It’s panto time in Gowran with the area’s Pantomime Society kicking into swing its 14th annual offering last night (Tuesday). The local hall continues with the sound of music and mirth tonight, Friday and Saturday from 8pm with a 3pm matinee performance on Sunday.

Variety Show

The Callan Variety Show opened last night (Tuesday) and continues tonight and Friday with a wealth of talent on offer. The annual event takes place at St Brigid’s Hall from 8pm each evening. Expect a good mix of comedy, music, song and dance.


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