Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
The recently launched Só Collective in Kildare Village is the exciting new showcase of the very best in Irish fashion, lifestyle craft and design, from both new and established designers.
The emphasis is on handmade, unique and beautiful pieces - the word só is Irish for 'treat' - and 60 designers involved include Helen Steele, Emma Manley, Umit Kutluk, Mariad Whisker and Jill de Búrca representing womenswear and Paul Costello and Francis Campelli flying the flag for menswear.
BUY: Caoimhe Mac Neice top, €102; Umit Kutluk trousers, €255; Mr. Jenks pocket square, €23, kildarevillage.com
There's never a bad time to visit Birr Castle, Co Offaly, but right around now is an ideal chance to see some beautiful blossoms. The huge magnolia collection in the gardens here have come into bloom, as well as old roses, wisteria and the world's tallest box hedges, some over 300 years old. Download the CastleApp, which will tell you what you need to know about the plants and trees of the scenic gardens.
DETAILS: Adult tickets, €9; children, €5, children under four go free, birrcastle.com
Tomorrow is your last chance to catch the exhibition 'James Stephens, The National Gallery of Ireland and the 1916 Rising' at the National Gallery Dublin. At 3pm, a free public lecture takes place here - given by art historian and curator Dr Hilary Pyle - which looks at author Stephens, who was also the Registrar of the Gallery at the time of the Rising.
Break for the Boyne
If you're looking for something different this weekend, this year's Drogheda Arts Festival doesn't disappoint in terms of offering an innovative arts programme. Highlights include a world premiere of Declan Gorman's play The Big Fellow, the story of Michael Collins as written in 1937 by Frank O'Connor. Festival events take place in a variety of beautiful venues including the baroque interior of St Peter's Church.
BOOK: Running from April 26-May 2; droghedaartsfestival.ie
A nine-day celebration of theatre and performance begins this Friday with the Galway Theatre Festival. The lively line-up this year includes four premieres of new theatre works by artists and companies. Must-sees are Score, a homage to film noir, and a special dance-theatre triple bill that includes Ghosts, which brings the audience on a journey into the depths of hell.
Softly does it
If you have a relatively neutral space that's in need of enlivening, maximalist cushions are one of the easy ways to do so - no hard labour or DIY abilities are necessary. Dust, the interiors store on Dublin's Grantham Street, has some very interesting options to introduce a colour pop to the plainest of couches, including oh-so-soft velvet cushions in aubergine, burnt orange and this Suzy McAdams chevron cushion.
BUY: €59, available from dust.ie
Oh how we love a good pair of sunglasses. As well as helping shield you from the world, they're also outfit clinchers. If you like the idea of having a few pairs to alternate between, accessories brand Gionni's new collection run the gamut of all classic styles, from oversized to elegant tortoiseshell frames, and most of them come in at a not-bank breaking €30.
BUY: Available in Debenhams, Pamela Scotts and Shaws
If your shopping splurge can help a worthwhile Irish charity, then all the better. Model Madeleine Mulqueen (above) and Lucy Kennedy are the faces behind the 'Shop for Good' initiative, which is in aid of national charity Console, at Dundrum Town Centre. Over the May bank holiday, from Friday to Sunday, shoppers are encouraged to spend €1 on a 'Shop for Good' coupon and this will allow them to get discounts in almost all shops and restaurants in the Centre. All proceeds to the sale are being donated to Console, which provides a 24/7 suicide helpline and counselling, amongst other services.
DETAILS: See console.ie and dundrum.ie
If you're in the vicinity of any of the great Irish lighthouses over the bank holiday weekend, you'll find an interesting array of events taking place for the Shine A Light Summer Festival. At Clare Island, there's an open day on Sunday from 2-5pm with an all-woman's choir recital, while Loop Head in Clare has plenty of family-oriented events including a tour and storytelling. Valentia Island, meanwhile, sees an RNLI life boat and sea rescue helicopter performing manoeuvres, followed by a BBQ.
Dirty bleached blonde hair
As recently seen on Taylor Swift - very Debbie Harry.
Not very warm and probably not necessary but a sweet little wardrobe injection to see you into summer.
We're in the market for a new summer cocktail and Gwyneth Paltrow's favourite - it's all about the olive juice - might be it.
After Bastille Day, it's a crime against humanity if he's not the next Bond.
Game of Thrones Season 6
What can we say? It's finally here on Monday. Let the games begin!
Arguably the most of depressing of all retail excursions, hot on the heels of finding the perfect pair of jeans.
It's almost as if those unused vegetables in there are looking at you and judging you.
Coachella fashion clichés
We're finding no festival style inspo here, just the usual overdose of tassels, bandanas and flower garlands once again.
May bank holiday outdoor excursions
Dare you plan a picnic or is it going to be washed out, leaving you sulking and binge-watching Netflix?
Kendall Jenner's Calvin Klein ads
Calvin himself says he wouldn't hire her for them if he still owned the company. Oh dear.