Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
As sad as it is to say goodbye to summer, it's important to also look on the bright side. As today's fashion special shows, there's a whole new season to embrace and, arguably, an easier, more comfortable approach to dressing.
Great knitwear should be top of everyone's autumn/winter shopping list and cashmere is always worth the splurge. Irish luxury cashmere knitwear label Coletti, designed and made in the label's Wicklow studio, has some beautiful pieces. The designs - including wrap dresses, patterned sweaters and on-trend oversized cardigans - will make your seasonal transitioning a lot more stylish.
BUY: Lunar sweater, €420; coletti.ie
It's Harry Potter heaven this weekend as LeakyCon 2017 comes to Dublin. Taking place in the Citywest Hotel, Saggart, there's a full schedule of panels and performances with appearances by Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Katie Leung (Cho Chang)and Alfred Enoch (Dean Thomas). The recommended age for LeakyCon attendees is 11, just like Harry had to be for Hogwarts.
DETAILS: Tickets from €45.69, see leakycon.com
This Friday sees the opening of an exhibition of new work by Callum Innes in Dublin's Kerlin Gallery, Anne's Lane, Dublin 2. The Scottish artist, who is a former Turner Prize nominee, last held a solo exhibition in Dublin in 2012. The new exhibition features oil paintings on linen, pastel works on paper and new paintings on aluminium. DETAILS: Running until October 14. See kerlingallery.com
Functionality and simplicity embody John Ryan Ceramics. After studying pottery with the Deisgn & Crafts Council in Kilkenny, John worked for several of the country's top potters before travelling through the Middle East and Japan to develop his craft. He set up his studio in Donegal in 1997 and finds inspiration from his surroundings. His pieces are hand-thrown and then fired and glazed, to make his designs food- and dishwasher-safe and oven proof.
BUY: Large fruit bowl, €77; johnryan ceramics.com
Regarded as one of the best blues festivals in Europe, Monaghan's Harvest Time Blues Festival sees some of the best international and Irish blues bands perform this weekend. The line-up includes Sugaray Rayford, Jeff Jenson Band and The Steepwater Band. The Market House plays host to the Acoustic Rooms, while the Late Night Marquee hosts six international bands tonight and tomorrow.
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The transformative properties of jewellery can never be underestimated. Longford-born designer Lisa McCormack's Capulet and Montague label is a go-to for statement jewellery, such as her Bayer neckpiece (pictured). Named after Austrian-American graphic designer Herbert Bayer and influenced by the Bauhaus Movement, it hangs on a black grosgrain ribbon which can be adjusted to a preferred length, and comes in colour variations.
BUY: €95; see capuletandmontague.ie
If you feel confident that we're in store for an Indian summer, The Ice House in Ballina has a deal to help you make the most of it. The 'Last Days of Summer' package here includes two nights' accommodation, breakfasts and dinner. The hotel can also organise mountain bikes with a picnic and guests can enjoy a complimentary cocktail on the terrace and a Voya seaweed bath in the new outdoor baths in the spa.
BOOK: Package from €314 per person sharing, available throughout September. icehousehotel.ie
Although many parts of the country lay claim to being the region with the finest gourmet offerings, West Cork has plenty to back its assertion. A Taste of West Cork, taking place from September 8-17, is both an opportunity to eat some delicious food, and a chance to explore the area. As well as open air street food and craft markets, local towns and villages will be holding interactive workshops, daily walks, boat trips, trad music sessions, themed restaurant nights, demos and tastings. Many of the events taking place throughout the festival are free or have a minimum charge.
From a talk on Pigtown, the history of the meat industry in Limerick, to a screening of Brown Bag Film shorts and a Q&A with director Damien O'Connor, Elemental offers something for all ages. The three-day Limerick Arts Festival includes street theatre, music, visual arts, youth theatre, photography, forgotten skills and more. The multi-disciplinary programme is guided by a green ethos, and is inspired by all the elements of nature. Not to be missed is Sunday's celebration of Cecil Street - Limerick's forgotten Georgian gem - with music, food, and open-air jiving lessons.