What's On: Make bread, celebrate Burns Night, catch a Rod tribute act or dirty dance

Jacqueline McGonigle shares her pick of events taking place across Northern Ireland this week

Learn to cook traditional Irish bread by the shores of Strangford Lough
Jacqueline McGonigle


Would you like to learn how to make local Irish breads in a very relaxed atmosphere within a small group? If so, join Tracey Jeffrey in her thatched barn, The Stables, 10 steps away from the edge of Strangford Lough in an area of outstanding natural beauty in Killinchy, Co Down. You will take home a bag of breads that you have made along with a copy of all of the recipes used. No doubt you will also have made some friends during the session which runs from 10.30am-1pm on Saturday January 19. Call 028 9754 3224, email or see


After playing the character Mark Halpin in RTE’s long running TV soap Fair City, Dublin-born Ryan O’Shaughnessy went on to compete in TV shows such as The Voice of Ireland, Britain’s Got Talent and The Hit. See Ryan perform at the Market Place Theatre this Thursday, January 17.


Join Carrybridge Lakeside Lodge & Marina for Burns Night this Friday. For £15 per person enjoy whiskey on arrival plus supper (haggis or savoury mince, neeps and tatties), and live entertainment. Guest artists include the Ulster Scots Agency Juvenile Pipers, Erne Highland Dancers and a Ceilidh Band. Wear a touch of tartan. Tickets from the Carrybridge Hotel.

Crack open the haggis on Friday for Burns night


Celebrate Burns night this Friday at the Royal Hotel Cookstown. Join the Alastair Scott Ceilidh Band in celebrating the Life of Scotland's greatest poet. Tickets available from The Royal Hotel, Cookstown 028 8676 2224 or from the Alastair Scott Ceilidh Band.


The Imbolc Festival 2019, which runs from January 18 to March 16, features concerts, workshops, talks, visual art and films in locations spread throughout Derry. It features some of the world’s finest musicians, with music from a wide range of genres including Irish traditional, roots, world, folk and classical. See


Rod Stewart Tribute show Tonight's The Night is seven-piece live show with backing singers fronted by Richie Lee. See it at the Theatre at The Mill in Newtownabbey this Saturday.


This Saturday at the Crescent Arts Centre you can sing-along to Dirty Dancing with the movie projected on to a big screen. There will be performers throughout show to help show you recreate those famous dance moves, a free prop bag and popcorn. Fancy dress and audience participation strongly encouraged.

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