Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Pink and red is this spring's hottest combination, and if we have learned anything from recent Fashion Weeks, it's that red is going to be autumn/winter's colour.
Invest in pieces that will take you through both seasons with Savida's new collection. Here you can pick up a Crombie coat (€70), a wardrobe-hero balloon-sleeve dress (€50) and a pretty organza print skirt (€50) in shades of scarlet.
BUY: Available from Savida at Dunnes Stores; dunnesstores.com
An apple a day
This weekend, apples are being given out at farmers' markets all around the country. Bramley apples - of which Ireland grows one third of the world's crop - are free, on the proviso that you'll bake an apple pie for someone else and share on social media with the hashtag #IrishApplePieChallenge. If you do, you're in with a chance of winning a weekend away for two to Ballyknocken House, Farm & Cookery School, so it's a good excuse to get baking.
Top of the pop
If Warhol, Banksy, Hirst, Koons, Haring and Basquiat are your artistic bag, there's a rare chance to see works by these artists and more at Gormley's Fine Art, South Frederick Street, Dublin 2. This exploration of how contemporary art has developed since the 1950s covers a range of movements including pop art, young British artists and urban art, and all the work is available to purchase, with prices ranging from €2,000 to €190,000.
DETAILS: Entry is free and the exhibition runs until March 22; gormleys.ie
In the early days of sailing, it was common for sailors to get swallow tattoos - one before they embarked on their journey and another when they arrived safely home to port (the swallow is a bird that traditionally returns to the same place to nest every year). Designer Eimear Lynch takes this concept and gives it a more delicate interpretation with her Swallows Tattoo Collection of stud earrings, ear climbers and statement necklaces. BUY: 9k yellow gold earrings from €120; ellagreenjewellery.com
Don't rain on... our parades
Wherever you are in the country this Friday, you can be assured of a great spectacle. The theme of Cork's parade is Cork - A City of Community, Culture and Commerce. Dublin, meanwhile, is gearing up for a four-day extravaganza with more than 3,000 artists, musicians, dancers, poets and performers taking part in over 30 events, including the world's largest outdoor céilí.
DETAILS: corkstpatricksfestival.ie and stpatricksfestival.ie
Twenty of Ireland's most talented designer-makers are showcasing their new work at an exhibition called Shape the Future, taking place in Dublin's NCAD Gallery on Thomas Street until March 20. The designers featured are all awardees of the Design & Crafts Council of Ireland's Future Makers prize, including textile designer Jennifer Slattery, fashion designer Natalie B Coleman and handbag maker Lisa Ryder (pictured).
DETAILS: Free entry; ncad.ie
Whether you love fashion, or you just admire beautiful original work, Jane Ryan's drawings are an elegant investment. The illustrator - who doesn't do prints - uses pen and Indian ink on watercolour paper with vintage white mount.
BUY: €150 each; janeryan.com Jane is among the exhibitors at House 2017, taking place in Dublin's RDS from May 26-28. Buy tickets at house-event.ie
Craic agus ceol
What more fitting way to enjoy St Patrick's weekend than with a celebration of traditional music, song and dance at the fifth Kilkenny Tradfest? There are both free and ticketed events, and highlights include Paul Brady playing this coming Thursday in St Canice's Cathedral, as well as Eleanor McEvoy, Pauline Scanlon and the up-and-coming band Beoga (pictured right), who have recorded two tracks for Ed Sheeran's new album - fiddle player Niamh is said to be the inspiration for his song Galway Girl. The five-day event also includes céilí dances, workshops, family activities and the city's Patrick's Day parade.
DETAILS: See kilkennytradfest.com
Vintage fashion, retro collectables, mid-century furniture and upcycled goods are some of the treasures to be found at the Ballymaloe Vintage & Antiques Fair next Saturday and Sunday. The stalls will be spread across the Ballymaloe Grainstore and The Big Shed in Shanagarry, Co Cork, and there's also a display from Kinsale Vintage Car Club; a painting and découpage workshop; the sounds of the 1920s and '30s from the Cork Light Orchestra on Sunday and a tea shop hosted by Ballymaloe House with scones, biscuits and other baked deliciousness.
DETAILS: Entry and parking are free. See ballymaloegrainstore.com
The single earring trend
Looks extremely cool. Ignore queries about what happened the other one
Heuston Station just got a lot more exciting, thanks to a brand-new M&S
Monday night telly
Big Little Lies with Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman is about become our new favourite start to the week
Wedding cheese wheels
Savoury-loving couples can now get theirs at Sheridans Cheesemongers
Obama in civvies
The man knows how to rock a leather jacket
Parade fear and loathing
St Patrick's Day is no friend to those who don't like crowds
Essentially trackie bottoms, regardless of the price tag
Fine if you're The Rolling Stones, or similar. Not if you're Steps supported by the Vengaboys
How annoying to be caught looking terrible and not able to find a non-messy spot in the room to answer the call
Imelda May has got rid of hers but Katy Perry has just released her inner Jedward