Sunday 25 September 2016

Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products

Dress to impress

Published 19/07/2015 | 02:30

Niamh O'Neill designs
Niamh O'Neill designs
Durrow Scarecrow Festival
Chupi Amethyst ring
Kerrygold liqueur launch
Song of the sea
Shannon air show
Hot in the City festival
Lego genie

Race-day and wedding season calls for dresses, dresses, dresses. If you're looking for elegance, clean lines and an effortless feel, Niamh O'Neill is your go-to designer.

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The NCAD graduate, who has worked alongside Diane von Furstenburg and John Galliano, creates the kind of garments that are fuss-free, yet at the same time, make their wearer feel like a superstar. Her printed silk 'Eleanor' dress (pictured) is fully lined in a pretty floral print. Don't have a special occasion this summer to wear this to? Then just throw your own party.

BUY: €365, niamhoneill.com

Cream cracker

The brand Kerrygold might be synonymous with butter, but it's now about to invade your drinks cabinet too. Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur has now launched in Ireland after being rolled out in several states in the US - and no, it doesn't have any butter in it. It's actually a moreish combination of cream from Irish grass-fed cows, aged whiskey and rich chocolate. Served with ice, it's a pleasingly smooth summer sundowner.

BUY: €20, available exclusively at Dublin Airport

Gorgeous gem

We do love a statement ring, the kind that inspires you always have perfectly manicured nails and that makes washing dishes something that other people do. This amethyst quartz ring by Irish designer Chupi is a stand-out piece, eye-catching but not too bling. The gem sits on top of a twig band cast for a real cotoneaster twig from the designer's garden, handcrafted in her Dublin studios and hallmarked in Dublin Castle. Cost-per-wear, this is an investment because you'll never want to take it off. BUY: €169; www.chupi.ie

Mind games

We love a good statement ring - the kind that inspires you always have perfectly manicured nails and that makes washing dishes something that other people do. Handcrafted in her Dublin studios and hallmarked in Dublin Castle, this amethyst quartz ring by Irish designer Chupi is a stand-out piece, eye-catching but not too bling. The gem sits on top of a band cast from a twig from the designer's garden. Cost-per-wear, this is an investment because you'll never want to take it off. BUY: €169, chupi.ie

Hot in the city

Make like Shakira in Dublin's Temple Bar tomorrow and shake what you've got at Hotter Than July - a free event celebrating world music. The line-up includes Havana 'Che and their energetic brand of Cuban music; Jiggy, who fuse traditional Irish tunes with 1990s hip-hop; Yurodny, who blend Eastern Europe gypsy traditions with Irish jazz and the sambo sounds of Morro 16. That's certainly eclectic!

DETAILS: 2-8pm, Sunday July 19, Meeting House Square, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. bigbangfestival.com

Sky sports

Today is the 70th anniversary of the first commercial transatlantic flight from Shannon Airport. Some 40,000 people are expected to attend the air show to mark the occasion which will see will see parachutists, helicopters, jet fighters and stunt fliers take to the skies. It's not all about looking up, however - on the ground, there's an aircraft and tank display and lots of activities for children.

BOOK: Tickets €5, under-6s free, shannonairdisplay.com

High drama

A wonderful spectacle is in store for theatre-goers this evening with Sligo's Blue Raincoat Theatre Company's performance of the WB Yeats' play Purgatory on Ben Bulben. Ciaran McCauley and Kiefer Short star in this tale of a family's decline and Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue will be guiding audiences to the top to see the play taking place at 8pm on the 526-meter-high summit. The play is part of A Country Under Wave, Blue Raincoat's summer-long festival celebrating the work of Yeats, born 150 years ago this year. The festival will see all 26 of Yeats' plays brought to the great outdoors in Sligo. BOOK: Tickets are free at www.blueraincoat.com

Ring true

It's impossible to keep up with all that's on the calendar this summer but the Festival of Curiosity is well worth making time for. A combination of arts and science activities, technology and cultural performances for all the family, it sees free activities throughout the day. And at night, Dublin will be lit up with art and science installations. Get involved by helping create Dublin's first paper zoo made with origami designs or drop in to City Hall for the Lego: Curious Creatures event.

DETAILS: July 23-26, visit festivalofcuriosity.ie

Accessible arts

Small and perfectly formed, the Boyle Arts Festival is running from July 23 until August 1, and has much to offer culture buffs, not only in terms of music and art, but also in the fields of comedy, drama, film and street theatre. The festival will be opened by Paul Young, founder of Cartoon Saloon which produced the wonderful animated movie Song of the Sea (pictured). Don't miss Little Gem Puppets and their take on Little Red Riding Hood in the Community Hall on Saturday July 25 and Irish musical duo The Lost Brothers in Mattimoes Bar on Sunday July 26.

DETAILS: For tickets and event listings, see boylearts.com

Hay ya!

Next Sunday sees one of the country's quirkiest festivals opening. The Durrow Scarecrow Festival is a 10-day event which sees the 120 scarecrows all over the country adorn the streets of the Laois town to compete in the All-Ireland Scarecrow Championships. Yes, those really exist! For those who may be a little shy of scarecrows, other activities in the line-up include a duck derby, ceramics and butter-making workshops, a tour of Durrow's historic homes, outdoor markets and a teddy bears' picnic.

DETAILS: See durrowscarecrowfestival.com

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