Hot list... What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
The shops may be filling up with Autumn/Winter collections but summer isn't over yet!
Keep the sunny disposition going as long as you can with this cotton-knit kimono from ethical Irish clothing company Wear We Wander. The hand-crocheted tassels on the sleeve give it a vintage feel and we love their floral embellished sunglasses for easy festival chic.
BUY: Kimono €39; sunglasses, €29; wearwewander.com
The ever-growing dining scene in Galway has had another boost in the form of a new restaurant, 56 Central, on Shop Street. It's located in what was formerly Lynch's Café and it still has an original piece of the Galway Wall. Dishes include potted smoked trout served with Cuinneog buttermilk brown bread, and Colleran's sirloin steak served with sliced fried potato.
Films al fresco
Don't miss 'Films at Fitzy's', an outdoor cinema event taking place from Wednesday, July 29 to Monday, August 3 at Fitzgerald Park, Cork. Films showing include Amélie, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and The Third Man. Doors open at 9.30pm, with the film showing at 10pm. They don't provide seating, so bring your own, and if you get peckish, various stalls will be providing food and drinks nightly.
BOOK: €5 per film, corkfilmfest.org
Laugh out loud
A bellyful of laughs is promised at the Vodafone Comedy Festival which is back once again in the idyllic setting of Dublin's Iveagh Gardens. It may have started on Thursday, but you can still catch superb comedic talents including ventriloquist Nina Conti and The Improv All Stars with Phill Jupitus. The festival also features the best of homegrown talent in the form of Tommy Tiernan, Al Porter, Deirdre O'Kane and The Nualas.
BOOK: Tickets €20-€28; vodafonecomedy.com
This weekend is the last two days of Donegal's Earagail Arts Festival and it's ending on a high note. Some of the most exciting names in Irish writing are in situ, including Nuala Ní Chonchúir - who is hosting a writing seminar today. Kevin Barry, Belinda McKeon and Gavin Corbett will also be appearing, and the festival is closing with a performance by Donegal natives The Henry Girls, who are acclaimed on both sides of the Atlantic.
These delicate gold-filled skull earrings from MoMuse are certainly edgy but are also far too pretty to be macabre. Dublin-based designer Margaret O'Rourke's collection is Irish-designed, with many pieces hand-finished in her store in Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. The shop itself is a treasure trove of her beautiful pieces.
BUY: Earrings, €65; momuse.ie
The vogue for sharing plates is one we can all get on board with. Small plates are ideal for summer dining, when we don't necessarily want big dinners, and eating tapas-style becomes appealing. These tapas dishes from Greystones-based company Potters' Shed Crafts work for nibbles, butter dishes or even as a teabag holder, and their vivid array of colours promise to bring the Med to your dinner table.
BUY: €14 each. Order at pottersshedcrafts.com
Temple Bar is more often associated with pint-drinking than it is with gastronomy, but it's home to some great eateries, encompassing many different cuisines. Next Sunday and Monday (August 2 and 3) sees the inaugural Temple Bar food festival, Fiestaval, taking place in Meeting House Square. Restaurants including The Chameleon (Indonesian), Klaw (seafood), the Boxty House (traditional) and Bar Pinxto (Spanish), will be selling their wares. There will also be a super-sized games area featuring Jenga, chess and Connect 4 to amuse little ones while you chow down.
On a Spraoi
Colourful and wildly entertaining, Spraoi, the international street arts festival, is happening from July 31 to August 2, all around Waterford city. Not to be missed is Inferno, a fire show combining circus skills and pyromania from some of Ireland's leading fire performers, and Mr Mustache - the eccentric lovesick man who sees potential romance everywhere. The theme of Sunday's parade is 'Origin of the Species' so expect to see simians in all shapes and forms, from King Kong to monkeys with typewriters.
DETAILS: All events at Spraoi are free; spraoi.com