From plays to fairies, here are the five things to do in Offaly this weekend:
1. Birr's 'Frank Pig Says Hello'
Described as 'desperately funny and yet deeply tragic', Birr's production of the classic Irish play 'Frank Pig Says Hello' will be held in the Birr Theatre and Arts Centre on Saturday the 5th of October. The play is based off of Pat McCabe's 'The Butcher Boy'.
2. Live Music from 'Bottley Lane and Friends'
Bottley Lane and Friends will be playing in Dungeon Bar in the Kinnitty Castle Hotel, Kinnitty, on Friday, October 5. The free event will be from 9:30pm to 11:30pm and its for over 18's only. Expect a great night.
3. Science Conference in Birr Castle
This one day conference for Junior Cycle science teachers on teaching earth and space. Innovative workshops, inspirational speakers and discussion panels made this a not-to-be-missed event for all science teachers. The conference will be held on the 6th of October in Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre.
4. Offaly's Magical Fairy Trails
A great way to spend the weekend as a family is Offaly's Fairy Trails. You could take a walk down Fairy Avenue in Lough Boora Parklands, visit the shy fairies at Charlieville Castle that live in the trees or try and make some winged friends at the Kilmurry Bog Walk Nature Trail.
5. Clonmacnoise: "Where time stands still"
This 6th century monastery, with the ruins of seven churches, three high crosses, two bell towers and a ruined cathedral, is a great day out for the family. The monastery also contains Europe's largest collection of Early Christian grave slabs. Clonmacnoise is open all year.