Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Look on the bright side
It's disco-a-go-go with Lennon Courtney's autumn/winter collection, which features vivid colours and dramatic prints.
You're certainly in no danger of being taken for a sartorial wallflower with pieces like a print tunic dress with cuffed sleeves and belt, a blue dress with long sleeves, or a purple dress with a flattering nipped-in waist. Lennon Courtney's shoe offering this season is also pretty fabulous. Made in Italy, the block heels feature pearls on the heel in a very on-trend update to the classic court shoe.
BUY: Printed boat-neck top, €59; A-line skirt, €69, available at Dunnes Stores. See dunnesstores.com
Life on the fringe in Dublin
Prepare yourself for the rollicking ride that is Dublin Fringe Festival, and its 18 days of performing arts and culture. With 81 productions, there's something for all appetites, and highlights include Owen Wingrave, featuring Ireland's future opera stars; aerial acrobatic performances from Loosysmokes, and OinK - the new show from comedy kings Foil Arms & Hog (pictured).
DETAILS: From September 9-24. See fringefest.com
A string to Mayo's bow
A great Irish house, a church and an acoustically designed town theatre are some of the venues for the Westport Festival of Chamber Music, taking place this weekend. Tomorrow the Navarra String Quartet will play Beethoven's Op. 132 in Westport House. The final concert includes Irish soprano Lynda Lee performing with pianist Hugh Tinney and violinist Jennifer Stumm. DETAILS: To book, visit westportchambermusic.ie
Kaleidoscope, the latest collection from Irish jewellery designer Vivien Walsh, is a study of form and light. Walsh has always been fascinated by the magic of kaleidoscopes and loves their combination of colour with shapes. Using faceted cushion cut stones and briolettes, she employs colours of black onyx and Amazon and matte gold, or smoky quartz with grey agate and carnelian on matte gold.
BUY: Earrings, €55; see vivienwalsh.com
If you'd like to learn how to weave with willow, go foraging for a feast inspired by the earliest Irish settlers or discover how to introduce playfulness into your life, it's all on the agenda at the Waterford Harvest Festival this weekend. Food is, of course, the main focus, with markets, tastings, demos and eating competitions, and many events are free and family-friendly.
DETAILS: See waterfordharvestfestival.ie
If you're bored by Scandinavian-inspired décor and industrial-looking elements in the home, the good news is that autumn/winter trends this year are moving away from the pared-back feel towards more opulent luxury. At Meadows & Byrne, it's all about rich, dark colours - like navy, midnight black, purple, green and gold - and lush fabrics such as leather and velvet. You could easily see this midnight velvet button-back chair adding a luscious, luxe feel to bedrooms or living areas.
BUY: Oliver Collection chair, €198, available at Meadows & Byrne; meadowsandbyrne.com
Take an autumn city break with a cultural spin in Limerick this month. The five-star boutique Savoy Hotel is offering an overnight break, including breakfast, an exhibition catalogue and complimentary entry to view Contrasting Visions of Ireland at The Hunt Museum. The exhibition of Jack B Yeats' and Paul Henry's works includes 50 paintings by the artists, many of which have not been open to public viewing before.
BOOK: Package from €89, available until September 30. See savoylimerick.com
Culture in Clifden
President Higgins will launch the 40th Clifden Arts Festival - the longest-running community arts festival in Ireland - on Wednesday. Big draws include performances by American supergroup Cherish the Ladies, Stockton's Wing and James Galway, and readings by poets Paul Durcan, Michael Longley and Theo Dorgan. Kevin McAleer takes to the stage for late-night comedy and Mikel Murfi performs I Hear You and Rejoice, an account of an unlikely marriage. A must-see show is Footsbarn Theatre's adaptation of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Fidget Feet (pictured) feature in the grand parade on September 23.
DETAILS: Runs until September 24; see clifdenartsfestival.ie
Ode to Callas
The legendarily talented opera singer Maria Callas died on September 16, 1977. To mark the 40th anniversary of her death, the opera-themed show Celebrating Callas - which is written and produced by Niall Morris and has consistently enjoyed sell-out performances in the last five years - comes to the National Concert Hall on September 17. Irish soprano Máire Flavin (pictured) plays Callas, and the roles of the men in her life are performed by Irish baritone Gavan Ring and UK tenor Alexander James Edwards, who recently played Luciano Pavarotti in the hit show Nessun Dorma.
BOOK: Tickets from €25-€40; see nch.ie