From the sheer volume of complaints we've been hearing about this here weather you'd swear Ireland always had a near-tropical clime. Yeah, it's muggy and we're all sweaty and red but come on, pull yourself together and enjoy it - we'll be mourning the heat when we're shivering in our wellies again.
That said, we'll admit that it is a little bit hard to smack a smile on and get on with it if you're forced to spend the nice weather indoors with little to no ventilation, i.e. you're at work and not sipping a cool beer/glass of vino in a lovely outdoor seating area, so take our advice and have a gander of what's on this weekend, pick something(s) cool to do (um, pun not intended) and hope that time flies to Friday.
Friday, July 25
What? Gig: Meet Me In The Pines
Where? Dolan's Warehouse, Limerick
What time? 8pm
How much? €10
Bell X1's David Geraghty brings his acclaimed new project to Limerick's premier gig venue, Dolan's.
What? Theatre: A Midsummer Nights Dream
Where? Dublin Castle
What time? 7.30PM
How much? €6
What have Glam Rock, leotards and Shakespeare got in common? To celebrate the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare, Mouth on Fire in association with Dublin Castle will stage a birthday bash like no other, set in the beautiful gardens of Dublin Castle, this fully seated, all weather theatrical event runs from from July 23rd - August 3rd.
What? Music: Last Days of Disco - POSTPONED!
Where? Moxie Studios, Dublin
What time? 10pm
How much? €15
(Friday, July 25) We are sorry to report that this event will not be taking place tonight.
Nialler9 and Mother have banded together to produce a very special BYOB event in Moxie studios. The Last Days Of Disco will feature live sets from Dublin electronic synth-disco band Ships, Sligo’s disco and funk-indebted electronic live band Dioscó na Mbó and DJ sets will come from Mother DJs, Kelly-Anne Byrne (TXFM/Today FM/Burnin’ Up club) and Nialler9. Part of Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular.
Saturday, July 26
What? Festival: Festival of Curiosity
Where? Various locations, Dublin
When? July 24 - 27
Dublin’s annual festival of science and culture takes place from July 24 - 27 where Dublin’s city centre will be transformed into a curiosity filled hub with free family-friendly day-time adventures in science, play and curious technology. Interactive performances, shows, debates and events that will intrigue, challenge and inspire even the most curious of minds by night.
What? Music: Barndance in aid of Focus Ireland
Where? The Academy, Dublin
What time? 9pm
Join this celebration of all things country and fun filled on Friday, July 25th and Saturday July 26th. A great evening of entertainment with a focus on a charity is in store, featuring; The Irish Garth Brooks Experience; Big Dave’s Country & 80’s & 90’s Disco Roadshow; Rodeo Saloon with Bucking Bronco, Shooting Gallery and Games; Dublin City BBQ & Grill; Wagon Wheel Dancers; and MC Kenny D!
What? Play: Chatroom
Where? Cork Arts Centre, Cork
What time? 8pm
How much? €12 / €15
This play for the modern age is sure to get people thinking - and hopefully talking. Six teenagers communicate with each other only via internet chatrooms. Conversations range in subject from Britney Spears to Willy Wonka to - suicide. Running until August 8th.
Sunday, July 27
What? Family Fun: Shaun the Sheep Special Event
Where? Irish Film Institute (IFI), Temple Bar, Dublin
What time? 11am
How much? €5
The Shaun the Sheep special event is part of the IFI's Family Festival, which started last Thursday. In one of the last events of the festival, a choice selection of episodes will be screened and esteemed guests will get to visit Agri Aware’s Mobile Farm on Meeting House Square and meet some of Shaun's real-life pals.
What? Variety: Listen at Lilliput
Where? Lilliput Press, Dublin 7
What time? 7.30pm
How much? €8 / €10
This bi-monthly live music event, hosted at The Lilliput Press in Stoneybatter has a cracking line-up in store for this edition. Soak up culture with; Alex Petcu - solo percussion; Francis Hyland - readings from James Joyce; James O'Sullivan - electric guitar sound improvisation; and Sue Rynhart & Dan Bodwell - original songs for voice and double bass.