Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Luxury, clean lines and comfort have always been the heart of the Lennon Courtney design aesthetic and the label's new collaboration with Dunnes Stores stays true to those values.
The collection from style gurus Sonya Lennon and Brendan Courtney is contemporary and sophisticated, in shades of navy, black and blue as well as a vivid red, with prices starting from €79. Snap up an Ashley dress with an oversized tie belt, it's guaranteed to become your new wardrobe hero.
Buy: Ashley dress, €119,
Two of Spain's most delectable foods will be showcased at Stanley's Restaurant & Wine Bar on Dublin's Andrew Street on Monday, where a sherry and Jamón Ibérico tasting is being held. Guests will get to sample the fare as well as enjoying the expertise of special hosts César Saldaña - an expert on sherry, and Mario Hiraldo an expert on ham production and carving.
BOOK: Tickets €15. Call Stanley's on 01 4853273
All shuck up
The Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, which is now in its 61st year is a seafood lover's dream with the World Oyster Opening Championships on Sunday and a Mardi Gras Masquerade Ball on Saturday. And families shouldn't miss the Feile Bia Na Mara - Wild Atlantic Tastes on Sunday with live cooking demos, music and family entertainment.
info: September 25-27, galwayoysterfestival.com
It's shoe time
Dublin's got a new shoe shop that's guaranteed to delight. Azur Boutique, which has opened at Hibernian Way, has some exciting brands including Lucy Choi (Jimmy Choo's niece) who
creates occasion wear shoes; Think - an Australian brand that specialises in
seamless shoes and Guess, of which Azur is the only stockist in the city centre.
DETAILS: Prices start at €150, open 10-6pm, Monday to Saturday Azur, Royal Hibernian Way, Dublin 2.
Taking place in Herbert Park, Dublin today, Wellfest is a festival with a difference. There's a wide range of healthy activities taking place throughout the day with a yoga and Pilates area; discussions on nutrition and mindfulness as well as workshops from The Happy Pear and Munster rugby player Niall Ronan. The day finishes off with a talk on mental fitness with Bressie.
BUY: Tickets €35, wellfest.ie
There's no escaping rugby right now, not even in your kitchen. Ulster Weavers has launched its official Rugby World Cup kitchen textile range including cotton tea towels, tote bags and aprons. The eye-catching designs are inspired by the Union badges and emblems associated with the countries, featuring Irish shamrocks, Welsh daffodils and Scottish thistles. A perfect present for the rugby lover who also likes to hang out in the kitchen.
BUY: From €12.25; ulsterweavers.com
Racing season might be coming to an end but with winter weddings on the cards it makes good sense to invest in a piece from Mark T Burke's sample sale. The Galway milliner, who is the go-to designer for best dressed ladies, has up to 70pc off a range of some lovely pieces, with bargains to be snapped up for as little as €67.50. Mark was the milliner of choice for Chanelle McCoy, wife of legendary jockey AP, when they attended Zara Phillips' wedding to Mike Tindall.
One of Dublin's most important cultural events is happening from September 24 - October 11 with the opening of the Dublin Theatre Festival celebrating music, dance and new Irish writing. Highlights include a 25th anniversary production of Brian Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa; a new opera by Donnacha Dennehy and playwright Enda Walsh called The Last Hotel, and the Irish premiere of Conor McPherson's The Night Alive at the Gaiety Theatre. The 28 productions will be happening on 22 stages throughout the city.
The It Girl Cometh
Fans of fashion queen Olivia Palermo will have the opportunity to see her in the flesh next Saturday as she launches Olivia Palermo X Ciaté London Make Up collection in Brown Thomas Dublin. If you make a Ciaté London X Olivia Palermo purchase in Brown Thomas Dublin or online at brownthomas.com from September 21-26, you'll have the opportunity to join Olivia for a meet-and-greet in store from 12-3pm. Once you buy a product, you'll be given a wristband, which gives you access to the meet-and-greet area so that you can get your product signed and get a photo taken. DETAILS: brownthomas.com