What a week! This was the week when Three Sisters 2020 trended numerous times on Twitter -including in the top spot on Wednesday – the day we welcomed the European Union’s European Capital of Culture selection panel to our beautiful region. We brought them on an unforgettable tour of the cultural highlights of Kilkenny, Waterford and Wexford and we hope that they enjoyed it as much as we did.
Once again, we want to say a huge thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the amazing support you have all shown for the Three Sisters bid. Your encouragement, good wishes and enthusiasm on social media has gone a long way towards us being shortlisted as a European Capital of Culture candidate, and has strengthened our bid. In just one day’s time (Friday July 15th) we will finally know whether the Three Sisters will host the European Capital of Culture in 2020.
While we all wait with bated breath for the announcement, we thought we would take a little time out to give you a low-down of the best events taking place across the region this weekend. As always, there is a fantastic variety of events to choose from.
Eternal summer in Waterford: The amazing Summerval Festival continues apace in Waterford. The festival began on June 24th and will continue on all Summer long until September 4th. Boasting more than 33 diverse events across Waterford city, Dunmore East, Tramore and the Copper Coast – there is something to please absolutely every taste. This weekend, we are loving the artists performing for Art Beat – a feat of free music to keep your spirits high and get that weekend feeling going! Taking place at John Roberts Square on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th July, the incredible line-up features Dirty Earl, the Chicken Pluckers and the George Michael show. Gigs take place between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Friday and between 2.45pm and 4.45pm on Saturday. For more information, and to see the full programme of Summerval events, check out summerval.ie.
Musical Fish in Kilkenny: Jerry Fish rolls into town on Friday 15th July with his carnival-themed ‘Happy Dog’ tour. Described as one of Ireland’s most enigmatic and entertaining performers, Jerry Fish is famous for his genre-blending music and unforgettable live performances. Surrounded by his new five-piece band, including drummer Jerry Hickey of R.S.A.G., the Happy Dog tour has been meeting with enthusiastic reviews and has captured the hearts of audiences around the country. You won’t want to miss this unique gig at 9pm in the Set Theatre. Limited tickets priced at €21 are still available at set.ie.
Seafood Extravaganza in Wexford: The mouth-watering Kilmore Quay Seafood Festival returns to Wexford and runs all weekend. Friday 15th July, a fantastic free event will take place from 11am to 7pm in the Marquee at the Marina. There will be food tastings, wine appreciation and cookery demonstrations from award-winning chefs. On Saturday 16th, treat your palettes to delicious seafood platters available all day for just €12 from the Stella Maris Centre on the Quay. You can also engage in some spectator sport with the Saltees Fish Challenge Yacht Race, leaving the harbour at 2.30pm. On Sunday 17th, unwind with a sunrise yoga session at the Playground Carpark, browse through the open-air harbour stalls at the Marina, and listen some great live music from The Submersibles. For more information, see kilmorequayseafoodfestival.com.
Fingers crossed we will all have something extra special to celebrate this weekend in the Three Sisters region. We will certainly have some great events to entertain us and keep us smiling, whatever the outcome. We hope you like and share our weekend guide on social media so that all your family and friends can enjoy a great Three Sisters weekend!