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Into Eternity

Into Eternity

If the Subtitle Film Festival whetted your appetite for movies, then perhaps you’ll enjoy getting into Future Proof Kilkenny’s Green Screen series. The next screening’s this Thursday and sees Into Eternity showcased. The Michael Madsen flick tells of how in Finland the world’s first permanent repository for high-level radioactive waste is being hewn out of solid rock. A huge system of underground tunnels is being constructed, tunnels which must last through natural disasters, man-made disasters and societal changes for 100,000 years. Captivating, wondrous and extremely frightening, this piece takes viewers on a journey never seen before into the underworld and into the future. Catch it from 8pm at the Hole in the Wall.

Coffee morning

The National Learning Network Kilkenny is to hold a tea/coffee morning at its William Street premises on December 7. The event, which will also feature a sale of books, arts and crafts, is a fund-raiser for the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care team. All are welcome.

Christmas with a Twist

Two local cooks, Anne Neary of Ryeland Cookery School and Edward Hayden of TV3’s Ireland AM fame, have teamed up with Dicksboro GAA Club to present Christmas with a Twist cookery extravaganza. It takes place this Thursday at the Newpark Hotel, where proceedings start at 7pm with a local food producers fair. There’ll be door prizes and a monster raffle, and a complimentary glass of wine. Tickets, €20, are available from ‘Boro club members and the hotel.

The Market

On Saturday Kilkenny County Council Arts Office hosts The Market. Featuring a host of amazing artists, illustrators and makers who’ll be selling hugely unique pieces from fine art prints to chutneys, there’ll be exhibitions and lots of gift ideas. It runs from 10.30am to 6.30pm and all are welcome.

One Night in Movember

The Club House Hotel presents One Night in Movember this Friday. As part of the annual promotion of prostate cancer, mo-bros grow moustaches of all kinds across the month of November. Now some of the Club House Hotel crew are in on the craic and it all culminates in Friday’s bash. It kicks off at 9pm and runs ‘til late with finger food, spot prizes and music by Before the Ghosts.

100 ballads

A group of friends and musicians will gather this Friday to sing 100 ballads. The musicianship’s being offered up to raise money for Slieverue branch of St Vincent de Paul. The Miller Pub, Slieverue, will host the bash from 4pm.

Making Light of Christmas

A concert in aid of the Irish Society for Autism and church repairs takes place in St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Kells, this Saturday. Titled Making Light of Christmas, the event runs from 8pm and there’s a Christmas raffle while the event features HX Brass from Dublin and George Candler. Admission’s €10; family ticket €20.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom is the next offering from the Kilkenny Film Club. Set on an island off the coast of New England in the 1960s, it tells of a young boy and girl who fall in love and run away together and of the various factions of the town mobilised to search for them. Screening starts at 8pm at the Set Theatre.

Teen disco

The next teenage disco takes place this Friday. Kilkenny Rugby Club hosts the event from 8.30-11.30pm. Tickets are available from the usual sources.

Charity CD

Local girl Aileen Shefflin’s unveiled a lovely Christmas stocking filler. The charity CD was launched by her brother Henry in the Newpark Hotel last Thursday. It features the voices of visually impaired children from Likoni School, Mombasa, Africa and money raised from its sale will help to bring qualified people out to Africa as part of the Building of Hope project to maintain the building constructed earlier in the year by 180 Irish volunteers and to assist the children’s medical, social and educational needs. The CD retails at €10.

Texas Hold ’em

Gathering together over a game of cards has long been a staple for many Kilkennyites. So there’s sure to be a good turnout on Sunday to Lalor’s Corner House, Bennettsbridge, for a special Texas Hold ’em. East End Utd will benefit from the bash which starts at 5pm. There’ll be spot prizes and finger food.

Jerpoint Christmas exhibition

The Glass Attic Studio at Jerpoint Glass unveils the Jerpoint Christmas Exhibition this weekend. The launch on Friday evening will see the showcasing of paintings by Carmel Walsh, Joanne Donohoe Doyle, Joan Fitzgerald, Mairead Hall, Noah Hamilton, Roisin Leadbetter, Ross Stewart and Sid Evans. The works can be seen at the Stoneyford venue until 2pm on December 24. Until then it’s open 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 5pm on Sunday.

Coeliac support

It might not be your typical get-together but for a number of people it’s essential. The Kilkenny Coeliac Support Group was set up earlier this year to provide a forum for those living locally with an allergy or intolerance to gluten. On the first Monday of each month, members and friends meet at the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel from 8pm where they can swap recipes, stories and hear from guest speakers. Anybody can pop along, and it’s a really good place to go if you work with food or if you’re coeliac or gluten intolerant.


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