What’s on: Events guide

by James Hendicott

The All Ireland Final
Wrangle your seat in Croker (or failing that, the pub), get your sky-blue on, and get ready for the big one: it’s time for three in a row. Or is it? The continued drama of Dublin’s dominance and Mayo’s curse takes its latest twist on Sunday, September 17.

Bluefire Street Festival
Back for its fifth outing, this colourful Smithfield event brings with it a bunch of wonderful musical unknowns, arts and crafts, family fun, and lovingly prepared food offerings. Far better than a free festival has any right to be. September 16.

Cycle Hack Dublin
As the debate on Dublin cycling rages on (half the city seems to have an opinion on who causes road chaos), Cycle Hack Dublin drops in on the city to talk about how to improve the bicycle experience. A weekend-long programme in the Fumbally Exchange. September 15-17.

The EA Cup Final
Another sporting finale scheduled for the weekend, Dundalk travel to Tallaght to take on Shamrock Rovers, as last year’s League of Ireland Champions look to salvage pride from a season in which Cork City became kings. September 16.

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The funk-rockers with one of the best stories in music may have faded a touch in recent years, but they’re still a compelling live act, and sure to light up an arena stage as they have been for a generation. September 20 and 21, 3Arena.

The National Ploughing Championships
It goes without saying this involves braving the traffic over near Athy, County Kildare, but it’s not to be sniffed at: this monstrous event has more to offer than you can ever hope to see in a single year, and it’s not all farming. September 19-21.

Terenure Family Fun Day
Bushy Park hosts a community event in the south Dublin suburb, with a market from 11am and entertainment, bouncy castles and face painters from 1pm. September 16.

The National
Slightly glum but endlessly talented Americans – a band with no less than four albums in NME’s top 500 – return to Ireland to showcase their latest, ‘Sleep Well Beast’. Powerfully emotional stuff, Vicar Street. September 17 and 18.

New album of the week
Benjamin Clementine – I Tell A Fly. The Parisian-influenced Englishman with a complex and heartbreaking backstory returns with his latest experimental, avant-garde jazzy offering, sure to be loaded with quirky character. Is another Mercury Prize in the offing?

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