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Irish comics Neil Delamere and Alison Spittle. Photo: Pat Moore.
Irish comics Neil Delamere and Alison Spittle. Photo: Pat Moore.
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Comedy, culture... plucking fab stuff on offer folks!

COMEDY, culture and music: Cork City and county has it all this weekend. The events have been coming thick and fast in recent weeks, with the coming days no exception. Cork’s comedy festival returns, while guitarists from all over the world will descend on Clonakilty.

Hundreds of events will take place under the banner of Culture Night, too, with everything from music and art to dance and circus planned.

* Coughlan’s welcomes four-piece rhythm and blues band the Hecklin’ Dogs and ska band the Service on Friday and Saturday night. Both shows are free.

* From there, the Douglas Street venue turns its focus to its annual music festival, which starts on Tuesday, September 26, with the likes of Mick Flannery, Marlene Enright, John Blek, and Scullion all scheduled to play.

Festival season continues in full swing next weekend as the Cork Folk Festival returns. Running from September 28 to October 1, the 38th edition of the festival will see the likes of Donovan, Andy Irvine, and Kila perform throughout the city centre.

See corkfolkfestival.com for information on all events.

* Outside the city, there is even more to choose from.

The main focus will be on Clonakilty, with the West Cork town hosting the 13th edition of the International Guitar Festival until Sunday.

A celebration of guitar-led music in all its forms, nearly 90% of the gigs and workshops put on are free events throughout the town, keeping the music as accessible as possible.

There are a number of ticketed events, with De Barra’s hosting Lankum (formerly Lynched) tonight and Cork’s own Talos on Sunday.

A music trail runs across the town all weekend, with dozens of events to choose from.

Highlights include John Smith (today at 7pm in Shanleys), John Spillane (the Emmet Hotel, Saturday, 6.30pm), Otherkin (De Barra’s, Saturday, 11pm), and LOWmountain (De Barra’s, Sunday, 3.30pm).

The full line up of the both the ticketed gigs and free session trail is at clonguitarfest.com.

Colin Murphy.
Colin Murphy.

* Outside the music, there is plenty more on offer in the city.

The Cork Comedy Festival returns for its second edition.

Laughs are guaranteed, with some 25 gigs scheduled in six venues throughout the city centre.

Comedy heavyweights confirmed include PJ Gallagher, Deirdre O’Kane, Kevin McAleer, Neil Delamere, Karl Spain, Bernard O’Shea, and Cork’s own Lords of Strut.

Four bumper gigs at Cork Opera House and The Everyman will see many of these names share the stage in addition to headlining smaller gigs in other city venues, including the Roundy, the Village Hall, Crane Lane, and the Poor Relation.

Interest is high, with organisers already working on the 2018 edition of the festival.

As ever, the heart of comedy in Cork — City Limits on Coburg Street — boasts an impressive collection of acts. Chris Kent, Alison Spittle, Colin Murphy, Denis Len, and Bernard Casey are just some of those lined up to perform, and the weekend kicks off tomorrow with Funny Fridays (Ross Brown and guests). See thecomedyclub.ie.

Tickets for the Cork Comedy Festival are now on sale. Full programme, tickets, and venue information at corkcomedyfest.com.

*And, if all that wasn’t enough, tonight (Friday September 22)  sees the return of Cultur Night.

More than 200 events will tak place in 113 venues in Cork city.

Everything from visual art to music and history will take place throughout the city, with something for even the most eclectic tastes.

This includes intimate musical performances, theatre events, as well as a host of dance, comedy, and visual arts events.

For more details on these and all other events scheduled for the night, see culturenight.ie.

PJ Gallagher.
PJ Gallagher.