What happens when Chrimbo ends? The presents are opened. You can’t bear another Coronation St omnibus. All the purple roses have been eaten out of the box, and if you have to eat another turkey sambo, you might go postal. Well, fear not intrepid punters, The Workman’s Club have some deadly gigs coming up to kick 2016 off.

Following the New Year’s Eve Party on Thursday, December 31st, (5 bars open, 3 rooms jumping, 2 bands playing – Kid Karate & Wounds – and 0 euros to get in..details here) there’s plenty more in-store to keep you on yer toes for 2016.

On Thursday, January 7th, The House presents A Post Christmas Cracker. On the bill for this very special evening there’s the amazing performance artist, Mr Vast. Mr Vast is the alter ego of Henry Sargeant – prepare to expect the unexpected! DJ Aidan Kavanagh will be performing an eclectic and highly danceable Bollywood set. Aidan has performed his Bollywood set at Electric Picnic’s Body & Soul Stage and Salty Dog Stage to throngs of delighted revellers. Joining him are Serpents Mystiques. This belly dancing troop combine a mixture of oriental, Indian, Asian, Flamenco and tribal dance in an incredibly fluid movement. Decked out in ornate costumes, they are a truly visual treat! If you fancy giving bellydancing a go yourself, the awesome Yasmina, who is an acclaimed international dancer and teacher and the director of Serpents Mystiques, will be also giving a Bollywood workshop on the night (tickets for this workshop are available on the door for €10, separate to the gig itself) 

On top of all this awesomeness, d808, AKA Dmitry Wolf, will also be spinning some tunes to keep you moving.  His sound is best described as thoughtful, intelligent, intensely danceable – techno, infused with a hint of playfulness which can bring the beat in unexpected directions. This night will be awesome. AWESOME. (Doors 8pm/ €10) Deets here

All medical advice tells us laughter is the best medicine, so prepare to get your dose. On Friday, January 8th the craic is being directly given to you as our most favourite Mullingar comedian Alison Spittle is joined by Republic of Telly host Kevin McGahern in the Vintage Room to present the deliberately daft The Alison Spittle Show. This is Ireland’s very, very best chat show. This is a fun filled evening of song, satire and silliness.  Tickets are a meagre €5, so you would be mad not to join in for an evening of sheer and serious laughter! More here

Dig out the sweat band and blow the dust off your old table tennis paddle. If you made a resolution to be more sporty, here’s a nice way to ease into it. The Battle Of The Paddles is back for it’s 5th year! If you are the table tennis equivalent of Andy Murray or Serena Williams it’s your chance to prove it! Here’s how it works: there’ll be two nights of qualifiers, Tuesday, 12th or Wednesday, 13th January. Rock up at 7 pm (or pre-register by emailing info@theworkmansclub.com), get a practice in and proceedings will be kicking off at 8 pm SHARP. Winners will go on to compete at the finals on Thursday, January 14th (If you don’t qualify on Tuesday, you can always try again on Wednesday. It’s like that old saying – if at first you don’t succeed then show up again the next night and give it another lash) Entry is free, sure what have you got to lose? There will be HEAPS of prizes for participants and a very special prize for the overall winner. Bring yer pals along for moral support, to wipe your brow and to keep you refreshed with scoops. Plus, as always, The Workman’s Club deadly choons and frothy pints will be on the go. Paddlers, click here for the lowdown