Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
Rejuvinate your look
Calling all boho babes - the look is most definitely back and it's a welcome return, just in time for festival season. Irish jewellery design company Juvi has just launched two new collections for summer, Boho and Antibes, both inspired by travel and made of delicate gold vermeil and silver, with stunning gem stones.
The former makes for the perfect finishing touch to your festival look, while Antibes is slightly more grown-up and sophisticated and both are very lovely.
Whale of a time
This Friday, celebrate all that is seaside-related at the annual Hook Lighthouse Maritime Matters Festival. Starting off in the oldest operational lighthouse in the world, the festival showcases rescue services and there's plenty of family fun with workshops, seafood cookery, crafts and live music. The Irish Whale and Dolphin Group will be talking about the visits of the fin and humpback whales to the Wexford coastline.
Find your roots
For 17 years, the Kilkenny Roots Festival has seen some of the biggest names in Americana/Roots featured on the bill. This year is no exception: Tuscan's Calexico, Montreal folk quartet The Barr Brothers (above) and Ryan Boldt are just some of the pretty awesome headline acts. All tastes are catered for and the festival is spread out over 30 venues, hosting 40 Irish and international acts from May 1-4.
She's one of the country's most influential bloggers and a trained beautician so it makes sense that Suzanne Jackson of SoSueMe is launching her own nail polish collection. SOSU hits shelves on Monday and has 25 gel colours, as well as matt and shimmer polishes and top and base coats. There's even a shade called 'I do' which Suzanne created especially for brides.
Buy: €7.99, Penneys, selected salons and pharmacies nationwide as well as online at sosueme.ie
Before the launch of new restaurant Luna in their downstairs premises, seafood restaurant Super Miss Sue on Dublin's Drury Street is currently operating a pop-up steak eatery in its stead. Its starters include cured beef and mortadella, while mains are chargrilled steak, with choices of rump, sirloin, ribeye, hanger and Iberico pork flank cuts. Given that the same people are behind The Butcher Grill in Ranelagh, you can expect good things.
BOOK: Call 087 776 4230
If you fancy adding a crafty string to your bow, the Design House on Dublin's Dawson Street is running a series of fun courses in fashion, millinery and jewellery design. These range from beginners' sewing to learning how to design, draft a pattern, cut, sew and embellish over eight weeks. And there are Afternoon Tea classes where you and a group of friends can learn jewellery or felting skills over a glass of wine/pot of tea, and sweet and savoury treats.
If you have The Big Day coming up but still can't get your head around all the things to be done, why not take a break at Ardilaun Hotel Galway tomorrow for their 'Bubbly Brunch' from 11.30am to 2.30pm. With John Brennan of RTÉ's At Your Service hosting there will be talks on etiquette, speech-writing, dresses, flowers and honeymoons from a range of specialists... as well as tasty treats and bubbly! BOOK: Email email@example.com
The fabulously colourful event that is Vantastival takes place from May 1-3 at Bellurgan Park, Co. Louth, bringing together camper vans (and tent campers) from all over. Delorentos and Goldie Lookin' Chain are headlining this year and there's also a camper van cook-off, open mike stage, an adventure area with archery and climbing walls, and a full schedule of kids' activities. There's a bar on site but primarily this is a Bring Your Own Booze event, in keeping with the festival's reputation as being a non-commercialised, relaxed affair.
BOOK: tickets from €45, vantastival.com
Feel the burn
Besides the bank holiday meaning a day off - hurrah! - next weekend is also cause for celebration, because it's Bealtaine, the Celtic May Day. The most ancient recorded marking of this day took place on the Hill of Uisneach and May 2 sees the hill coming alive again with a ceremonial fire parade. Artisan foods and crafts, holistic healing, a spoken word tent and re-enactments including the Uisneach Warriors as well as music provided by The Martin O'Connor Band and Mary Coughlan promise to make this a most memorable gathering.