An unmissable event that I’m missing this weekend is the Kilkenny Animated Festival in various venues from 23-25 February 2018. I had planned to go to everything and make a weekend of it but I ended up in demand elsewhere. If you’re an animation student, already in the industry, or just have an interest in cartoons, you need to go along to this. Ireland was once a hotbed of animation in the 1990s but companies like the Cartoon Saloon are marking Ireland out as one of the animation leaders in the world. That’s no small feat and it’s to be applauded until your palms sting.