Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Get your coat
In a world of largely disposable clothes, an Irish heritage brand celebrating a 150th year anniversary is something to shout about. Magee 1866, designed and woven in Donegal, doesn't just have tradition behind it; it also has plenty of high fashion credentials too.
For investment pieces this season, check out the Clooney (€375, pictured) in boucle wool with a deep shawl collar and relaxed fit, or the Ards biker jacket (€355), a cropped number with zipped cuffs in a soft wool blend.
BUY: Available from Magee of Donegal, Magee of South Anne Street, Dublin and online at magee1866.com
Ireland's oldest film festival opens this Friday and runs until November 20. The Cork Film Festival will screen more than 70 feature films, including Certain Women, a recent winner of the best picture award at London Film Festival. Also expect 52 documentaries and 100 shorts, including Edward Costello's must-see Become Invisible. Opening night sees a screening of documentary Dancer, about the Ukrainian bad boy of ballet, Sergei Polunin, while the closing gala features biographical drama A United Kingdom, starring Rosamund Pike and David Oyelowo (below).
On the move
From the real capital to the other capital, the collection from the Crawford Art Gallery in Cork is travelling for the first time in its 200-year history to take up residence in Dublin Castle. A selection of 59 works of Irish art from the Crawford's permanent exhibition will be exhibited, representing Irish art from the 18th century to present day.
DETAILS: dublincastle.ie; crawfordartgallery.ie
If you're looking for a Christmas gift for the budding architect or Grand Designs fan in your life, Arckit is perfect. It's a free-form model-making system that brings architectural projects to life, using interconnecting components. Based on modern panelled building techniques, Arckit allows a wide range of scaled structures to be assembled and then endlessly modified. Who needs Kevin McCloud? BUY: Prices start from €40 at The Marvel Room, Brown Thomas; brownthomas.com
Light the way
Ireland's festival of dance on film, Light Moves, returns for its third year this weekend, showcasing new work in a variety of venues around Limerick. The programme includes Irish and world premieres, performances, installations, workshops, labs and talks from leading artists and thinkers from across the world.
An adorable blast from the past awaits at Arnotts, with a new Mr Men/Little Miss pop-up shop. It features 25 of the most popular characters - who all celebrate their 45th birthday this year - which can be personalised on a selection of products including framable prints, sandwich boxes, phone covers and mugs. Gifts can be personalised with up to 15 characters, with prices starting from €18.
BUY: Available at Arnotts, arnotts.ie
Get into the spirit
Whiskey fans should get themselves along to day to The Printworks at Dublin Castle for what is being touted as Ireland's premier whiskey-tasting event. There are two sessions at Whiskey Live Dublin today, with eclectic collections of whiskeys, masterclasses and food pairings.
DETAILS: Tickets are €42 plus booking fee, with the Celtic Whiskey Shop donating €10 per ticket to Down Syndrome Dublin; whiskeylivedublin.com
Meet the makers
Not to alarm anyone but it's not too early to start stockpiling Christmas presents. Next weekend's Craft and Design Fair, at Cork's The Glucksman, will be launched by Sonya Lennon in the gallery and it's an opportunity to purchase some beautiful gifts directly from over 50 leading and emerging craftspeople. The disciplines of jewellery, ceramics, textiles, woodturning, lighting, as well as new technologies, are all represented and the admission price of €5 benefits the Gluckman's education programme.
DETAILS: 10am-6pm on Saturday, November 12, and 11am-5pm on Sunday, November 13; glucksman.org
Let's talk about money
Some of the world's most respected economists team up with some well-known comedians in Kilkenny next weekend for four days of banter and money talk. The seventh Kilkenomics Festival has a programme featuring economists Tim Harford, Diane Coyle and Dan Ariely, with comedians Dara Ó Briain (pictured), Des Bishop and Colin O'Regan joining them. Everything from the housing crisis to the American presidential debate will be up for discussion and not to be missed is the David McWilliams-led panel debate called 'NAMA, Vulture Funds and Repossessions: The New Lock-Out'.
Rose gold hair
Not as in-your-face as pink, but more interesting than blonde.
First Dates' first baby
Ibiba Mudada and Aarron Stewart, who met on the show, are now expecting. Sometimes reality TV dreams do come true...
Slow cooker love
The kitchen appliance that will fulfil all your comfort eating needs and make life easier.
Drop Dead Twice is Dublin's first bring-your-own-cocktail bar. Why did no one think of this sooner?
The Penneys/Late Late Toy Show collab
Get your novelty PJs here - the funds go to Temple Street Hospital.
Pre-Christmas diets and the dark mornings are making this month joyless.
Especially ones with diamonds or seams that take an eternity putting on so that they're not crooked. Go sheer instead.
Weird celebrity hook-ups
Is it just us or is there something odd about Madonna and Idris Elba supposedly getting it on?
Low battery anxiety
When you only have 20pc, you're nowhere near a charger, and you're not sure you can cope...
Missing The Great British Bake Off
TV needs more programmes where we can drool over cake.