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Ed Romanoff swaps Brooklyn for Kilkenny this week. The performer whose voice is gentle yet haunting will be in Cleere’s Theatre this Thursday.

His debut album features friends Josh Ritter, Mary Gauthier and Tift Merritt. But there’s something special about his live sessions which is why Cleere’s is the place to be on Thursday night.

Vegan Indian Buffet

With the current horse meat stories doing the rounds it’s no wonder that interest in vegetarianism is at a peak. But in Kilkenny something of a social scene has built up around a group of local vegetarians who meet on a monthly basis to swap recipes and dishes.

Other events have since popped up and eateries have taken note. The latest is a Vegan Indian Buffet event which takes place this Friday at Mug Shot Café on James Street. It runs from 7.30pm with a menu comprising a selection of vegan dishes from different parts of India. You don’t have to be vegetarian to go along but booking is required.

Fashion Show

A fundraising fashion show will be staged in Langton’s tonight (Wednesday). The event is in aid of the County Kilkenny Girls U-16 soccer team with funds going to kit out the squad. Organisers promise special guests and models from the Kilkenny Senior Hurling Team with entertainment by the Loreto String Quartet. There’ll also be great spot and raffle prizes. It all starts at 8pm and tickets cost €10.

Film Dinner

There’s a new night on the county social scene. For six months on the first Saturday Fennelly’s in Callan is the place to be if you like film and food.

Film Dinner 2/6 promises to be a very special evening. At each a film director or writer will present one of their short films and also a feature film that has influenced their practice in the little on site cinema. Then Chef in Residence Eadaoin Walsh will present a culinary response to the screenings.

This Saturday D.A.D.D.Y. aka Mike Ahern and Enda Loughman present their short The Hatch and the feature that inspired them Wake in Fright. Places are limited, so booking is advised.

Table Quiz

Crumlin Childrens Hospital will benefit from a South Kilkenny table quiz this week. The event takes place tonight (Wednesday) from 9pm in Irish’s Bar in Kilmacow. A table of four costs €20 for the occasion which starts at 9pm.

Meanwhile on Friday the Parents Council of St Brigid’s College in Callan will host a table quiz in aid of the school. Further details from the school. Then on Saturday night the baton passes to The Duiske Inn which hosts one in aid of Gahan House, Graignamanagh. That starts at 8.30pm.

Coffee Morning & Book Sale

The annual Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group coffee morning and book sale takes place this Friday. From 10am to 12:30pm you can pop into St Patrick’s Parish Centre at Loughboy for a chat, a cuppa and a home-baked cake.

There’ll also be a raffle with some great prizes. All funds are used by the local group to bring children to Ireland to aid with their recuperation.

Cois Nore

Local Slimming World members are taking part in a six-week sponsored slim in aid of a local charity. Kilkenny Cancer Support Centre Cois Nore, which sees the official opening of its charity shop by Brian Cody, will benefit from the slimathon. If you want to join in and help out Slimming World meet at the Club House hotel on Tuesdays.

Crafting Success Late Date

The National Craft Gallery hosts the next of their Late Dates this week. Nicholas Mosse will lead the event on Thursday from 6.30pm with the focus on Craft Enterprise. It’s all part of the latest show at the Castle Yard venue: Future Beauty? This event is free but booking via the gallery is advised.

Get Waxed for Crumlin

This Saturday the Rose of Mooncoin pub in Mooncoin will host a fun night of waxing and music in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Cover charge is €5 with all funds going to help get the hospital’s new Cardiac unit and the St John’s Cancer ward up and running.


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