Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
For a while, we thought pink was just a flash in the spring/summer pan. But like the pleated midi skirt before it, the shade now looks set to join the ranks of our essential wardrobe staples.
Pink has left behind its former Barbie, girly connotations and is now a bold modern colour worn by bold modern women. It looks great when teamed with contrasting colours like red, but that's not to say it can't still be pretty. Fee G's pink dress (pictured) is both feminine and fierce. An excellent investment for wedding season and occasionwear.
BUY: €277; see feeg.ie
Birr Castle's super-eggciting Easter Egg Hunt to unearth hidden wooden eggs in the formal gardens begins at noon tomorrow (booking is advised). It's also a chance for children to explore Ireland's largest treehouse, feed the ducks, see the famous telescope and stroll through 120 acres of award-winning gardens. Adults can treat themselves to culinary delights in the café, which serves up heavenly homebakes and whipped ice-cream.
DETAILS: Adults, €9; children aged five-16, €5, and children aged four and under go free. See birrcastle.com
Fun for foodies
The West Waterford Festival of Food is 10 years old this year and there are plenty of exciting events planned in Dungarvan to mark the occasion: Michelin-starred Belfast restaurant Ox is hosting a pop-up lunch in the Tannery; celebrated chef Stephen Harris of The Sportsman in Kent will be hosting a dinner, and the new Waterford Food Trail is also launching. As well as masterclasses, markets and a host of other foodie events for adults, there's also a strong focus on little cooks, with workshops, fruit picking and family fun aimed at aspiring culinary talents - whether they're toddlers or teens.
DETAILS: 21-23 April; see westwaterfordfestivaloffood.com
Art of the matter
A sparkling celebration of art, music and literature takes place in Borris House, Co Carlow (right), from April 21-23 with the sixth Barrow River Arts Festival. The lively line-up features Irish artists and guests from all over Europe, and it marks the 70th birthday of free jazz improviser, composer and festival founding director Barry Guy, who will play Songs from the Mediterranean alongside Savina Yannatou and Francesco Turrisi on Friday. Art on display includes works by Bernadette Kiely, and one of Sunday's highlights is a performance by flamenco dancer Sònia Sánchez Martínez.
DETAILS: See barrowriverartsfestival.com
IMMA's new exhibition, which opened on Thursday, has an appropriate theme for Easter weekend: As Above, So Below explores spirituality in visual art and features works by Hilma af Klint, Wassily Kandinsky and Steve McQueen, with a series of performances, events, talks and film screenings.
DETAILS: Runs until August 27; see imma.ie
Part of the appeal of succulent plants is that they don't require a degree in horticulture to keep them alive and they add a colour pop of green to even the smallest of homes. Display yours to optimum effect in Arran Street East's hand-thrown stoneware pots, inspired by the ceramic design company's home in Dublin 7's fruit and vegetable markets.
BUY: Small pot and underplate, €30; large pot and underplate, €50, arranstreeteast.ie
On the road
Druid's acclaimed production of Waiting for Godot comes to the Abbey this Friday. Award-winning director Garry Hynes is at the hlem of this interpretation of Samuel Beckett's famous play, with Garret Lombard, Aaron Monaghan, Rory Nolan and Marty Rea starring in what is a not-to-be missed performance.
BOOK: Runs until May 20; tickets €13-50; see abbeytheatre.ie
Extraordinary Egg Hunt begins at noon tomorrow (pre booking is advised) to find hidden wooden Easter eggs in the formal gardens. It's also an opportunity for children to explore Ireland's largest treehouse, feed the ducks, see the famous telescope, the world's largest for 70 years, as well as strolling through the 120 acres of award winning gardens and treat yourself to some culinary delights at the café, which offers home bakes and whipped ice cream.
DETAILS: Adults €9, children 5-16 €5 and children 4 and under are free. See birrcastle.com
Fans may have to wait until July for series seven of Game of Thrones - but in the interim you can satiate your GoT obsession with an excursion package at Drogheda's d hotel. This is the world's only GoT experience using actual boats from the show, and guests can enjoy paddling tours on the River Boyne in traditional handcrafted Kerry naomhóg currachs.
BOOK: The package is based on a double or twin room and includes a 1.5-hour tour and packed lunch, as well as one night's B&B, from €85 per person sharing; see thedhotel.com