September, when the blissful summer mornings transform before your very eyes into hectic school run drop offs and back to work rush hour. Not to worry, if you want some ideas to enjoy some ‘me time’ or activities to do with the kids, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our list of top things to do this week.
Listen to Other Voices Courage

Other Voices is back again this year with talented musicians and bands Anna Mullarkey, NewDad and Tolü Makay set to take centre stage tonight who will play against the stunning backdrop of St Nicholas’ Church with music and life expected to fill the space. The concert will be beamed across the world on the Galway International Arts Festival social platforms. Full details are available at Othervoices.ie and giaf.ie

Be Thrifty with Thriftify

Want to be more sustainable but still want to satisfy your shopping addiction? James Mac, drag queen and star of new makeup show “Glow Up” is encouraging everyone to indulge in pre-loved fashion with Secondhand September. Thriftify has you spoilt for choice with 98% of charities shops available on their website. What are you waiting for? Start shopping here.

Brighten Your Day With Light and Language

Celebrate the work of Nancy Holt, a key member of the Earth, Land and Conceptual art movements and who rethought the possibilities and pushed the boundaries of art. Light and Language invites artists A.K. Burns, Charlotte Moth, Katie Paterson and more to explore ideas of light and language alongside the late Nancy Holt. Her structure Electrical System will be presented for the first time in three decades. With one hundred glowing lightbulbs, it stands tall in the centre of the exhibition and executes her innovative ‘system sculptures’ that make the facts of architecture visible. The exhibition will be presented at Lismore Castle, throughout the garden and in St. Carthage Cathedral until October 10th. For further information click here.

Sweet Dreams with Sleeptember

We spend 36% of our lives asleep so as schools, offices and life return, we need to emphasize the importance of sleep. Rest strengthens the body and mind, boosts our immune system, aids our emotional health and cognitive function, repairs tissue and is a key component in the success and performance of elite athletes and top business people. This Sleeptember we are encouraging you to get in some healthy sleep habits like having  an early night, creating a sleep schedule and turning off devices an hour before bed. The wellbeing initiative is supported by Des Kelly Interiors and was launched by TV presenter, Emer O’Neill, the newest star of RTÉ’s Today Show and a former presenter on Home School Hub. Des Kelly Interiors is having its Big Sleeptember Bed Sale at branches countrywide, and is generously donating to Focus Ireland based on mattress sales during the month. For more sleep tips, dream analysis and snooze-inducing facts click here.

Explore The Wild Atlantic Way

Ireland has a magnificent coastline dotted with beautiful sandy bays, crashing waves and islands like jewels but how do you find the perfect location for a beach day? Designed in Galway, The Wild Atlantic Way Explorer app navigates hidden gems, Blue Flag approved beaches and active lifeguards on duty. All you have to do is download the free app and start your adventure. Available on Android and Apple devices.

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