Wednesday 26 October 2016

The pleasure list: Anna attends to food and fun

Published 15/02/2016 | 02:30

Tasty treats: TV3's Anna Daly is teaming up with Rachel Allen to cook up a storm in aid of the LauraLynn Children's Hospice
Tasty treats: TV3's Anna Daly is teaming up with Rachel Allen to cook up a storm in aid of the LauraLynn Children's Hospice
Glass ware
Helmet caps
Porcelain work.

Fundraising just got more fun with the announcement that TV3 presenter Anna Daly will help TV chef Rachel Allen cook up a storm at her upcoming culinary demo in aid of LauraLynn Children's Hospice and the Blackrock Hospice.

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The event has been organised by award-winning Fenelons Butchers in Stillorgan to celebrate 50 years in business, and to help raise over €10,000 for the two local charities. The evening of all things food will take place on Wednesday March 2 at The Pavilion in Leopardstown Racecourse.

A perfect evening out for gourmands, there'll be local artisan food to taste and craft stalls to browse. That's before culinary whizz Rachel takes to the hob to mix fresh ingredients with a dash of this and a pinch of the other to make some very mouth-watering dishes.

Rachel has said of the evening; "I will be showing how to cook some of my favourite seasonal dishes and hopefully, we'll also have plenty of fun along the way. "Lauralynn and the Blackrock Hospice do wonderful work and I am very pleased to be involved with Fenelons in helping to raise much needed funds."

Popular TV presenter Anna is MC for the evening.

Flying the flag for Irish  design this Centenary

To celebrate Ireland's centenary, Kilkenny-based handmade glass studio Jerpoint Glass has come up with some beautifully becoming and befitting gifts to mark the year that's in it.

The glass studio has created a number of commemorative pieces which pay homage to the Irish Flag.

The 'Centenary' collection features rushes of green, white and orange swirling through each of the handcrafted glass pieces.

And in a very brief history lesson, the green represents the Gaelic tradition, while the orange signifies the Irish followers of William of Orange, and the white represents an aspiration for a lasting treaty between the two.

Each piece in Jerpoint's limited edition collection is unique and embodies the character and handcrafted-quality that fans of Jerpoint Glass expect.

The pieces, from €21, are available in the Library Shop, Trinity College, and the National Museum of Ireland.

A safety helmet which passes the fun and cuteness test

The Happy Headbangers Club is the brainchild of Irish mums Kate Tormey and Jane Carroll. All too familiar with children refusing to wear their safety helmets, they've come up with fun designs which make wearing head protection very exciting and entertaining.

Jane has a first class degree in textile design from NCAD, and has worked in New York for Gear Inc, and in London for the Conran Design Group.

In 1997 she won the coveted international design competition for the famous Regent Street Christmas lights.

Kate is an interior designer and theatre producer, and has worked alongside her actor husband Tony, who is well known for his portrayal of Paul Brennan in RTE's drama Fair City.

The two have created an exciting range of fun hats which can be worn over helmets, and are compatible with bike/skate helmets. An adaptation to make them suitable for ski helmets with side retainers won 3rd place in the Top 10 Gifts by

Get the porcelain blues

An artist's studio is multi-locational, and Ruth O'Donnell's new work stems from her time at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris, in 2014.  

As artist-in-residence, she made an extended series of studies - 150 drawings and watercolours - of ceramics from 14 museums as well as researching images of ceramics in still-life and narrative paintings.

These working drawings are the starting point for her new etchings made at the Graphic Studio Gallery, which include a series inspired by porcelain recovered from shipwrecks.

Through an emotional engagement with her material, O'Donnell examines the history, politics and economics which museum pieces carry, overlaid with preoccupations of anxiety for what is fragile.

She's intrigued by the multiple connotations ceramic imagery has in the history of art.

All is not lost, an exhibition of her etchings, runs at the Graphic Studio Gallery, Temple Bar, until February 27.

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