Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Dublin Fashion Week is back for another year on Monday, its ambition being to put the theatre and fun back into shopping and socialising in the city.
From style spotting on the Luas with well-dressed commuters being awarded with shopping and travel gift vouchers, to fashion shows where designers such as Helen McAlinden will talk guests through collections, it's a full-on line-up of fashion-related fun. Don't miss the screening of Bill Cunningham New York, about the late, great street snapper, in Brooks Hotel on Friday, where tickets including a glass of Prosecco and popcorn cost €25.
As part of 'IMMA Collection: A Decade', four Irish art works are being exhibited. They make up The Hennessy Art Fund for IMMA collection and included is Kevin Atherton's video installation; Rhona Byrne's (below) interactive life-sized sculptural installation; Dennis McNulty's performative multi-component work and David Beattie's exploration of the physicality of sound.
DETAILS: Admission is free. See imma.ie or hennessy.com
The look of love
For those who have reached the end of their Tinder tether, it might be time to go old school with the Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking Festival, which kicks off this weekend. The festival is now 160 years old and third generation matchmaker Willie Daly (above) has been responsible for 3,000 marriages to date. Country star Nathan Carter gets the festival started this weekend. DETAILS: matchmakerireland.com
It's a wrap
With the promise of an Indian summer, it's difficult to start embracing heavy wools and other autumn/winter items. But a scarf is a nice gateway into this, and one of the most useful trans-seasonal items in which to invest. Irish company Wild Cocoon hand-weaves its products using 100pc lambs wool. Cotton options are available too, and no two items ever look the same.
BUY: Fringed scarf, €175. wildcocoon.ie for stockists.
Tales of the island
The stunning environs of Cape Clear Island in Cork play backdrop to a Storytelling Festival this weekend, now in its 22nd year. Each day has a variety of activities and events for all ages, including a heritage walk, set dancing workshops, an open-air story swap, storytelling concerts and even a storytelling boat trip around the Ireland.
Solo Irish '16
Dun Laoghaire-based Nordic Makers continue with the second instalment of Solo Irish '16, an exhibition of Ruth Power's (of DANU Ceramics) work. Ruth specialises in hand-crafted ceramic homewares, inspired by travels, nature and rustic settings, with every piece telling a story.
DETAILS: Running at Nordic Makers, The Lighthouse, George's Street Lower, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin; nordicmakers.com
And so to bed…
Duvet days are a necessary thing and Connemara's Ballynahinch Castle's Duvet Day package promises to be the perfect break, filled with indulgence. You're encouraged to relax in a bath prepared with bath oils, sit back and take it easy over a room service dinner, and then pick an after-dinner movie from the Castle's list of classics with buttered popcorn and chocolates.
BOOK: The package costs from €160 per person in a classic double room. See ballynahinchcastle.com
A terrific line-up is in store with Tiger Dublin Fringe, which begins next Sunday. The 16 days will see 73 productions, 412 performances and 40 world premieres taking place. Highlights include This Is Pop Baby's Riot, featuring siren songs and drag royalty, and Override (pictured) in the Spiegeltent, where playwright Stacey Gregg examines the boundaries of our faith in science. As ever, it's an eclectic programme with something to suit all tastes, and plenty of new voices and great talent.
All shuck up
September is a big month for shellfish and starting proceedings is the Clarenbridge Oyster Festival, taking place in Co Galway next weekend. Their champions say Clarenbridge oysters are the best in the world, and at only 7kcal per oyster, you can eat as many as you want to test this claim. Dancing, dining and family fun are all on the agenda in this celebration of the king of seafood. The Best Dressed Lady competition is always hotly contested and means a seriously high glamour quota here.
They look so luxe. Our preference is for midnight blue.
Shopping your own wardrobe
Because you've probably forgotten 70pc of what's in there. Cost-effective and stress-free in comparison to actual shopping.
Hilary Clinton Champagne flutes
Available on her website and made from "100pc shattered glass ceiling". Genius.
Electric Picnic JOMO (joy of missing out)
Sure we'd like to be there, but we love our own beds and the prospect of not having The Fear on Monday.
Anne of Green Gables
Get excited. The classic book is getting a Netflix reboot.
Dressing for brunch
Fast becoming an actual fashion category. What happened to easy weekend-wear?
Kanye's Famous video installation
If this is art, we are flying monkeys.
Whatsapp groups of more than 20
Kills your battery and the constant ping of messages is deeply annoying.
Air pressure headaches
Irritating but not so severe that they generally warrant necking a painkiller.
Michael Fassbender's privacy stance
But we so want to hear all about his and Alicia Vikander's love life and what their pet names for each other are.