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To celebrate 21 years in business, Kieran O’ Gorman Hair, Beauty and Day Spa will run a special evening at Langton’s this Sunday. Inspire features a hair show choreographed by Ida May with London Models, top drag acts Mr Pussy and Charmin Electrik and DJs in the Ballroom from 7.30pm. Tickets are limited and cost €20, they’re available from Langton’s and the Butter Slip salon.

Barn Owl Players

Kilkenny’s theatrical followers have more to enjoy this weekend. Barn Owl Players have been working on A Show About Summer, an informal night of dramatic readings, monologues and songs on the theme of Summer. The Hole in the Wall hosts the event this Saturday from 8.30pm. Tickets cost €7 and are available on the door.

Table Quiz

PAWS animal rescue in Mullinahone will benefit from a fundraising table quiz tonight (Wednesday). Cleere’s pub in Gowran hosts the event from 8pm. Tables of four cost €20. Organisers say they’ve great prizes as well as a raffle and finger food.

MIMES Reunion

One of the South East’s best loved nightspots is making a welcome return. MIMEs ruled the nighttime roost in Carlow throughout the 1970s and 1980s.

As part of the Carlow 800 celebrations there’s a reunion of the event in the Seven Oaks Hotel this Thursday from 10pm. Tickets are available on the door and cost €10 with proceeds to the Carlow Hospice Movement and Eist Cancer Support Centre Carlow.

Top to Toe

Tickets are now available for the Top to Toe Fashion Show. The event takes place in Langton’s on September 15 and models include senior county hurlers Tommy Walsh and Jackie Tyrrell, ruby’s Thomas Daley and Ronan Farrell, Roses Anne Phelan and Sinead de Butleir, and lots more.

Outfits will be from Pamela Scott, Frank Walls Mans Shop, Cameo Bridal Wear with shoes and accessories from Belle. The Cois Nore shop will also feature some of its products. There’ll be some interesting extras from Laurena Hanley, Breathnach Designs with dancing after to Ray & Corinna.

Prizes too for the best-dressed man and woman on the night. Tickets cost €10 with proceeds to be divided between Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team and Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre, Kilkenny.

Heritage Week

Our next festival’s underway. National Heritage Week is a big one for Kilkenny communities and over 80 events are due to be rolled out across the county before Sunday. It officially started last Saturday and you’ll find the spread of military, architectural, religious and cultural past events at

Irvine & Lunny

Tickets are now available for the annual Goresbridge concert. Set to take place on August 30 in the Ionad Dara community centre, this time around the performers are Andy Irvine and Donal Lunny.

Last in Kilkenny to play support to Bruce Springsteen with LAPD, the two are considered among Ireland’s best known performing names. When they team up, magic ensues. See and hear it for yourself on August 30. Doors open at 7.30pm, the show starts at 8.30pm. Tickets cost €20.

Being Edith Piaf

A third supplementary show of Being Edith Piaf with Ciara McCollam, Clare McHugh and Dr Michael Conway will take place on September 7 at the Hole in the Wall from 8.30pm. Consistent with the unrivalled demand for tickets during the Arts Festival, the 12th show in the series is expected to sell out fast.

As part of the Showing History series it informs, entertains and visually absorbs. Tickets are available from Hole in the Wall, Rollercoaster and It could be your last chance to see the show before it goes on tour. Grab the opportunity as the venue marks Kilkenny’s link to Paris through St Fiachra and Les Fiacres de la Marne during WW I (September 1914).

Town of Books

Final details are being agreed upon for this year’s Town of Books Festival. The annual event sees Graignamanagh transformed into one large library and market for readers who travel from across the world.

From September 13 to 15 the medieval riverside spot will be filled with over 20 outlets between them stocking new, second hand and antiquarian booksellers with items for all ages and interests. Added to that are readings, theatre, music, activities and this year the occasion also incorporates the Michaelmas Fair with an artisan food and craft market, farm animals, history tour and more. The full festival program can be found at


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