MEET your match at Clare Island’s singles event weekend taking place from 23 to 25 September. Not claiming to be a matchmaking festival, this weekend guarantees to be a great opportunity to widen your social circle of single friends. With ice-breakers on Friday evening and beach games on Saturday morning, strangers you will no longer be. After lunch on Saturday, head off coasteering, rock-climbing or hiking. Swap stories in the evening, over dinner and drinks. There’s live music on both nights and the weekend promises to be filled with great food, adventure, banter and maybe even a bit of romance. For more information, see

Enjoy a long weekend of concerts from a variety of pianists at the 11th New Ross Piano Festival, taking place from 22 to 25 September. The 2016 programme is the favoured model of piano plus string quartet, and will feature one of the world’s most successful string quartets, the Quatuor Ebène. With “play me” pianos dotted round the town’s public spaces for all to play, with masterclasses to sit in on and a lovely coastal area to explore in the Hook Peninsula, visitors to New Ross will experience a full and satisfying weekend. For more information, visit