Making plans? Here’s what’s on this weekend

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From art to ice, there’s plenty on this weekend

Lets take control of our lives, Sam Keogh (2022)

This weekend is the beginning of the end. It could be one of the last weekends we can’t eat out past 8pm, as restrictions may be lifting soon. It’s the last weekend to get your Christmas tree to a recycling centre, and it’s almost the end of January. That means the brighter evenings, and most importantly, pay day, are almost here. In the meantime, there’s plenty to keep you busy and entertained, right into the last week of the month.

Art attack

In Dublin’s Kerlin Gallery, an installation of new collage, ceramic and audio work
by Sam Keogh is opening on Saturday. The opening reception takes place between 12 and 2 on 22 January. The exhibition of sculpture, collage and audio draws on pre-modern myths and motifs of abundance.

In Cork, at the Crawford Art Gallery, it’s your last chance to catch the second part of the Artists’ Film International art project. It features film, video and animation from around the world, all presented in one cultural capital. Each organisation selects an exciting recent work by an artist from their region which is shared amongst the network. The programme is adapted to every venue and at Crawford Art Gallery, the films are screened in two parts during the year in the dedicated screening room on the second floor.


Pod perfection

The multi award-winning No Such Thing As A Fish team are back on the road, with their first tour since 2019 and they will be visiting Dublin on Sunday 23 January. The team is made up of Dan, James, Andy and Anna, researchers behind BBC2’s QI. Every show will feature a live recording of a podcast episode, including facts, laughs, and two years of material that Zoom just wasn’t ready for. Tickets for the show at the Olympia start at €30, for shows on 23 and 25 January.

Image via WNYC

Skates on

We may associate ice skating with the Christmas tradition, but for colder countries the skates stay on right into the New Year. Sadly, both Cork’s Alpine Skate Trail and the rink in Blanchardstown are closing next weekend, so get out this week to avoid disappointment. And if you haven’t fallen over at least once, you’re not doing it right!

Grand stretch

If your back is stiff from the WFH desk, or you want to shake the cobwebs off this weekend, try some yoga to stretch out and get limber. In Galway, Aoife Kavanagh’s classes at Wildlands in Moycullen are back. Expect a challenging, balanced class of forward bending, twists, mindful movement and yogic breath techniques before finishing with a gentle guided relaxation. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own mats, and book in advance. In Belfast, Flow Yoga are running classes across the weekend, with options both in-person and online.


Walk’n’roll

Christmas may be over, but the magic of it lingers on. The illuminated forest walks at Dublin’s Marlay Park and Cabinteely Park will now remain open until 28 January and are open Monday to Friday from 4pm to 8pm. The family-friendly walks are fully accessible for wheelchairs and buggies and are a perfect evening out beneath the twinkling lights.

Christian Doyle (7), Arthur O Reilly (4) and JJ Doyle (8) pictured at the illuminated walking trail at Marlay Park. Leon Farrell / Photocall Ireland

What are you up to this weekend?