Jacqueline shares her pick of what’s on this weekend across NI


Returning to his home turf of Newry and Mourne, David Meade Mind Reader will be bringing his spellbinding mentalist powers to entertain you for two nights on Friday 22nd and Friday 26th February in Newry Town Hall!  His last record-breaking tour sold out everywhere, so grab your tickets now and look forward to a jaw dropping performance that your whole family of all ages will never forget!


Celtic Mindfulness at Navan Centre & Fort this weekend is a unique healing experience of the land and energy. Where music, myth and meditation will be used to awaken your Celtic Soul, creating a positive mindfulness.  The Saturday event will include workshops from Kate Fitzpatrick and Sandra Nelson. Sunday’s delivery will be facilitated by Kate. Both days include refreshments and light lunch. 23rd and 24th February.


Don’t miss the funniest show of the year , Give My Head Peace Live, at the Ardhowen Theatre 19th and 20th February.  Along with Ulster’s favourite menacing cleric Pastor Begbie (Paddy Jenkins) the gang guarantee a night of topical comedy, fantastic jokes and up to the minute satire. Plus there’ll be some superb stand-up from Tim McGarry.  


Singing star Dolores Keane is making her comeback tour – under the new management of  MC Promotions, Dolores says “I’m back singing better than ever and really looking forward to travelling the long and winding roads wherever they lead me. See Dolores live at the Silverbirch Hotel Omagh on 23rd February.  Dolores has a unique, distinctive, soulful melodious voice that moves every audience whose presence she graced. Few Irish artists of the past half-century could interpret the death of culture and the fathomless loss of emigration in the space of a four-minute song as well as she could. Dolores has played all over the world including two appearances in Carnegie Hall in New York something not many performers can make claim to.


Spend an afternoon with Roddy Doyle at the Seamus Heaney Homeplace Saturday 23rd February.  If Seamus Heaney has come to symbolise Bellaghy and its surrounds, then Roddy Doyle undoubtedly personifies his native city of Dublin.  In a career spanning three decades, Doyle has become one of the best-loved and most recognisable writers of his generation. He is the author of eleven novels for adults, eight books for children, seven plays and screenplays, and dozens of short stories.


Home Spun Youth Theatre is delighted to be staging a premiere of the new musical Twisted at Theatre at The Mill Newtownabbey from the 20th to the 24th February.  This exciting new musical by Esler Burke with orchestration by Mark Dougherty and Musical Supervision and additional lyrics by Wilson Shields takes up the story of Dicken’s Oliver Twist, however, it is now fifteen years on and Oliver Twist is now in his late twenties.  The market place of his youth has changed little, and when he first meets and falls in love with Jane their happiness seems assured. However, all is not as it first seems..


The Cancer Fund for Children invite you to join them on their family-friendly Winter Woolly Walk. Step out once again and wrap up warm in support of local families living with cancer! It’s time to rally the family, gather your friends, and join them for a beautiful walk in aid of Cancer Fund for Children.  On Saturday 23rd February there will be 4 picturesque walks for you to choose from. Each walk ranges from 3 to 5 miles and is, as always, suitable for the whole family. Walkers are free to stroll leisurely or you can walk as briskly as you wish – just as long as everyone is having fun! Warming refreshments will be provided at the end to warm your hands along with some fun family activities for the kids while you sit and relax. Visit cancerfundforchildren.com/event/winter-woolly-walk-2019 for more details.

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Jacqueline McGonigle