Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Weekend style guru Darren Kennedy's collaboration with Louis Copeland & Sons has grown from strength to strength over the last four seasons. Their latest capsule collection, featuring eight suit styles and two elegantly crafted winter coats, combines quintessential classic tailoring techniques with a healthy dollop of old-school swag for today's dapper gent.
Or if he's a casual kind of guy, the slick coats in tan and rust check, or slate grey, will add a touch of sophistication to most outfits.
BUY: Suits from €849 and coats from €749. For more see louiscopeland.com
You don't have to have any Stateside connections to celebrate Thanksgiving at The Lodge at Ashford Castle on Thursday. The evening starts at 7pm with a Bellini reception in front of a peat fire and guests will then enjoy dishes like pumpkin soup, roast turkey and sticky pecan pie, with live entertainment throughout the evening.
BOOK: Thanksgiving dinner at The Lodge costs €65 per person and €12 per child. See thelodgeac.com for more details on accommodation.
For those who like to keep with to speed with beverage trends, you should start swapping your flat white for a mug of bone broth instead. According to its fans its purported health benefits include helping digestion as well as boosting immunity. Try it at Alchemy Juice Co on Dublin's Grafton Street, where their broth is flavoured with fresh turmeric, ginger and sea salt.
BUY: €3.95 per 8oz cup, alchemyjuice.ie
A 19th-century comedy ballet is being given a new take with Ballet Ireland's production of Coppélia. Drawing inspiration from sources such as Tim Burton's Mars Attack and even X Factor, this is the story of a doctor who creates a doll so real that every one thinks she's an actual woman. Featuring 10 dancers and a new version of Léo Delibes' classic score, it takes place tonight at the Gaiety Theatre Dublin before embarking on a national tour.
As of yesterday, Winterval, Ireland's biggest Christmas festival, is underway and it sees Waterford play host to over 30 festive events from now until December 23. These include a free 3D light projection show featuring Winterval ambassador Keith Barry, a vintage fair, free festive film screenings and the Winterval market, not to mention a 40ft Christmas tree that has five tiers to accommodate Christmas carollers.
Go with the flow
If you're looking for a piece of jewellery to buy now and wear forever, the Flow collection from Seamus Gill, one of Ireland's most respected silversmiths, has some beautiful offerings. The pieces are created by traditional techniques of forging so that the bar of silver flows into a distinctive shape. The collection, which includes earrings, necklaces, bracelets and cufflinks, are also finished in a matt texture which is inspired by shards of beach glass from the sea.
BUY: Prices from €60 to €450,
stonechat.ie and seamusgill.com
Design company Katie + Maud is the brainchild of Sligo-based designer Johanna Butler who creates prints with inspirational words inspired by mindfulness, while other work features scenic soothing photography of Sligo. Her goal for her products is to show how easy it is to incorporate mindfulness into everyday living and if you're in need of a reminder to thank your blessings, these prints are it.
BUY: Happiness Mindfulness print, €12, katieandmaud.com
A winter's tale
Apart from the North Pole, there's no better place to visit Santa than in the lovely setting of Westport House and its Winter Wonderland. Children can meet Santa in his 18th-century grotto, while parents sip on a glass of mulled wine. There's story-time in the Drawing Room with Mrs Claus, and kids can decorate their own Yuletide log to take home with them. The family can also sing carols with elves, decorate gingerbread men and take a trip on the Westport House Express to really get into the festive mood.
DETAILS: Babies go free and tickets for children are €25, €10 for adults, €10 for infants under two years, westporthouse.ie
Feel the glow
Cork is coming over all Christmassy with Glow, its festive celebration. One of the highlights is a free Winter Wonderland for children at Bishop Lucy Park on the Grand Parade, Fridays to Sundays, from 4-8pm. Here, they can marvel at Santa in his workshop, which has been created by SPRAOI, post their letter to the North Pole and watch the North Pole express toy train. There are also Christmas markets on the Grand Parade and Ireland's largest Ferris wheel for great views across the city. Glow is running until December 20.