In brief

Christmas has come and gone and the fun of New Year’s Eve will soon fade but, just as memories of festivities past begin to set in, bear in mind that there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014. St Canice’s Cathedral are sure to build upon their recent David Gray gig, Nowlan Park’s hopeful of beating the Bruce Springsteen takings while venues across the city and county will ensure we’re entertained every night. Keep an eye on our Gig Guide in the coming weeks but note that January alone has the following highlights:

Christmas has come and gone and the fun of New Year’s Eve will soon fade but, just as memories of festivities past begin to set in, bear in mind that there’s plenty to look forward to in 2014. St Canice’s Cathedral are sure to build upon their recent David Gray gig, Nowlan Park’s hopeful of beating the Bruce Springsteen takings while venues across the city and county will ensure we’re entertained every night. Keep an eye on our Gig Guide in the coming weeks but note that January alone has the following highlights:

Balls

The Blue Light Ball takes place on Saturday, Jan 25, returning to the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel. Tickets cost €50. Last year’s event raised €3,500 for the Kilkenny branch of Arthritis Ireland and this year Cois Nore will benefit from the bash which doubles as a Christmas night out for those working in the emergency services. Then you can quickly follow up the fun in Februrary with a special Valentine’s night, in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association at Claddagh Court, which takes place at Hotel Kilkenny’s Skyline Suite.

Comedy

 If laughter’s what you need note that Brendan Grace is at the Springhill Court Hotel on Jan 17, David McSavage’s at the Watergate Theatre the following night and Neil Delamere is in Set Theatre on Jan 23.

Theatre

Watergate Theatre hosts Dramatic Irony Theatre Productions’ Seven Hills on Jan 15 and Aidan Dooley brings the multi award-winning show Tom Crean Antartic Explorer on Jan 24. Local group Devious Theatre Company made huge inroads across the country last year and are set for bigger things in 2014, you can help them by joining their friends of programme by the way.

 

Music

Local talent will be featured in a cabaret in aid of St Mary’s Cathedral Restoration Fund at Set Theatre on Jan 12. Tommy Fleming makes a welcome return to the Watergate Theatre on Jan 23 while Set Theatre has The Henry Girls on Jan 30. .

  

Fundraising Fitness

 There are lots of ways to get fit while helping some good cause to fundraise this January. This Wednesday alone you can take place in the 7km run or walk in aid of Graiguenamanagh’s Gahan House which starts at 12pm at St Mullin’s GAA Club. While the 34th annual Castlecomer Wellie Race gets underway from 1pm on the same day with a wealth of local, national and international charities set to benefit.

Other

 The Hub at Cillin Hill hosts Liverpool Legends on Jan 11 with Robbie Fowley and Jason McAteer due to take part in an interview with audience question and answer session from 8:30pm. If culture of the arts and crafts variety’s your thing then the National Craft Gallery at Castle Yard has lots in store for the month including the start of CultureCraft on Jan 21.

 

 

Contact

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