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Drive for Liam

Drive for Liam

With Kilkenny’s hurlers in All-Ireland action at under-21, intermediate and senior level, much funds are needed and fast. You can help by attending or participating in two big events. This Thursday the second annual Drive for Liam Radio Quiz will see teams of four at participating venues across the county tuning into KCLR 96fm for a live on-air table quiz. It starts at 9pm sharp. On Sunday a fund-raising gala corporate dinner will be held at Langton’s with guest speaker Paddy Power and an interview with Kilkenny senior team manager Brian Cody. Tickets cost €50. Meanwhile don’t forget there are opportunities for individual and business membership of the Kilkenny Supporters Club as well as many official Kilkenny items that can be bought.

Electric Picnic

It’s the region’s biggest music fest and this weekend sees it happen all over again. In recent years many Kilkennyites haven’t been able to make it to the Electric Picnic as it usually clashes with the All-Ireland. But this year they’re a week apart, allowing fans to get to both. The Picnic’s offering up a smorgasbord of musical talent to whet any appetite, including The Cure, Sigur Ros and Hot Chip. It runs from Friday through Sunday at Stradbally Hall, County Laois.

Choral

Did you enjoy the choral events at the Kilkenny Arts Festival? Would you like to sing in choirs like that and perform the great works from the classical repertoire in concert with professional orchestra and soloists? The Kilkenny Choir does just that and it welcomes new members at the start of each season, in September and in January. Practice is every Thursday from September to April in Presentation National School, Parnell Street, Kilkenny and the choir sings two concerts every year, one at Christmas and the other at Easter. Check it out online www.kilkennychoir.webs.com.

Jack Grace Band

Kilkenny may be the first Irish home to the Grace family but one man bearing the name isn’t researching ancestry when he hits the medieval city this weekend. Singer and songwriter Jack Grace hails from Brooklyn, New York, and with his self-titled band is no stranger to the marble city, having played the Rhythm and Roots Festival on a few occasions. Now they’re back, this time for a one night stop at Cleere’s on Friday night from 9pm. The group’s in Ireland to headline the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival but here’s a great opportunity to catch them on your own doorstep. It’s gonna be great!

Celtic Cry

It was an innovative offering that proved successful and this week’s the last chance you can catch the specially commissioned production that is Celtic Cry. The Watergate Theatre’s been hosting the event, a journey of song and dance through the ages. Penned by local singer and songwriter Martin Brennan, aided by musical director John Travers and a cast of international musicians, the staging’s been viewed a couple of nights each week across the summer months. There are just two more nights to enjoy Celtic Cry; see it this Wednesday and Thursday from 7pm.

Kells Angels

Kells is the place to be this Saturday with many different activities on the cards. Kells Angels are in full organising mode with a full-on family fun day offering barbecue, duck race, face painting and cake sale. There’s a charity cycle in aid of Cois Nore, Kilkenny’s cancer support services centre which is due to open on Walkin Street offering help and support to cancer sufferers and their families. The cycle has three route options starting at a 7.5km Family Fun Cycle, then a 30km Local Loop and the 110km Challenge. The fun continues into the night with a Shave or Dye event at Sean Delaney’s from 8pm.

Kilkenny Ballroom Classic

Final preparations are under way for the Kilkenny Ballroom Classic. The event, which takes place at the Springhill Court Hotel on September 8, boasts a wealth of activity. There’ll be competitions for kids, beginners, novice, open and social dancers with lots of social dancing. Kids competitions start at 3pm, followed by student/teacher contests at 7.30pm and adult competitions from 9pm. Music’s by Tommy Carroll while keeping the flow going will be MCs Collette O’Hallorhan and Tommy Shaughnessy. The event also sees the Irish debut performance of two of the newest Irish couples, John Edward Nolan and Hazel Ryan and Sam Hunter and Shannon Fitzgerald. Admission’s €10 with proceeds going to the Irish Wheelchair Association.

Table quiz

SuperValu Loughboy is participating in the Musgrave Triathlon to raise money for Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital and cancer research. They will hold a quiz in Cleere’s this Thursday from 7.30pm. Table of four costs €20 and there’ll be prizes for those who place first, second and third.

Darts tournament

If darts is your thing then take note that the Eddie Stratford Memorial Darts Tournament is on this weekend. The Corner House, Ballyragget, hosts the event from 8pm on Saturday. There’ll be random doubles and a raffle with a €5 entry fee. Proceeds are in aid of Saplings School, Goresbridge, which provides support to those with a diagnosis of autism and their families.

Contact

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