Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Mango, of late, has been proving itself a worthy rival to Zara - that other Spanish high-street favourite. Its coats and cover-ups are some of the most stylish this spring, and there's also lots to love about its Premium collection (translation: a little bit pricier and better quality than its normal stuff).
From structured wool blazers (€149.95, left) and a belted bright-red dress (€119.95) that will see you through many a summer wedding to directional accessories, including some amazing purple sandals (€99.95), this is an innovative yet easy aesthetic that everyone can get on board with.
BUY: Available in store and online at shop.mango.com/ie
Big game hunt
Family favourite Tayto park opened for a new season yesterday, with lots of Easter treats in store. Budding sleuths will enjoy an egg hunt with a difference next Sunday (April 16). One of the zoo animals has stolen an Easter egg… but which one? Other activities include complimentary face painting, Easter arts and crafts, and lots of fun with lambs, rabbits and goats in the petting zoo.
DETAILS: Park entry and all-day wristband from €28; see taytopark.ie
This Thursday, an exhibition focusing on the relationship between David Bowie and photographer Brian Duffy, Bowie by Duffy, opens in the Ebow Gallery on Dublin's Castle Street. Duffy - whose parents were Irish - created the iconic Aladdin Sane album cover and he also worked on five important photo sessions with the musician from 1972 to 1980. The show includes rare and previously unreleased images from the sessions. Limited-edition prints, starting at €300, will be for sale.
Details: Running for three weeks from April 13; see ebowartgallery.com
Look out for Dalkey Handmade Soap's Dubh Activated Charcoal cleansing bar, which will inspire love at first sniff with its sweet orange and cedarwood essential oils. Other equally luscious scented blends include Peppy Peppermint & Poppyseed and Heavenly Honey & Oatmeal, then there's the pure aromatic power of Zingy Citrus Burst (right). All the soaps are 100pc natural and will make morning showers something to look forward to. BUY: €5 each; dalkeyhandmadesoaps.ie
Big in Japan
The ninth Japanese Film Festival is now under way, with screenings taking place in Dundalk, Cork, Galway, Maynooth, Limerick, Sligo, Dublin and Waterford. The 2017 programme is diverse, featuring the best of contemporary Japanese cinema and covering a wide range of genres and themes. Hot picks are mystery drama Japanese Girls Never Die in the Gate Cinema, Cork, and Light House Cinema, Dublin, tonight and psychological drama Happy Hour in the Light House tomorrow.
Potential cuteness overdose alert! Life Style Sports has launched a personalised fitting service for tiny feet called My First Trainers. Available in 20 stores and catering for children from 18 months up to five years old, it offers a bespoke measuring service, with brands including Nike, Adidas, Vans and New Balance. All styles have kid-friendly features with full support, and they also come in a gift box.
Details: See lifestylesports.com
If you're looking for a luxurious family break this Easter, the recently revamped Sheen Falls Lodge in Kenmare, Co Kerry, has a delightful Easter Escape package. Available as a two- or three-night break, it includes breakfast and dinner, a family nature walk, an afternoon of cupcake decorating and a visit from the Easter Bunny himself, as well as face painting and an egg hunt.
BOOK: Family rooms start from €740 based on two adults and two children (under 12) sharing for the two-night package; see sheenfallslodge.ie
Walks in the west
Astounding views await walkers during the Westport Easter Walking Festival next Saturday and Sunday. Whether you're a single walker, a couple or come with a group, all are welcome at the festival - which is led by one of the country's best-known walking guides, Gerry Greensmyth. A reasonable level of fitness is required, with an ascent on Saturday to Mweelrea Mountain and on Sunday to Leenane Mountain (no doubt followed by some celebratory drinks to mark the experience afterwards in one of Westport's great pubs). The price includes transport to and from the routes, and the walk days are interchangeable depending on the weather.
BOOK: Tickets are priced €35-€60; see walkingguideireland.com
'Food and the Community' is the theme of this year's Galway Food Festival, taking place from April 13-17. More than 100 delicious events will be held to mark the importance of sharing food together, including talks, workshops, tours and in-house events. Highlights include cookery demos with food writer and entrepreneur Domini Kemp and Mark Murphy from Dingle Cookery School, and Halla Bia, Galway's very first indoor market, with over 40 indigenous food producers and suppliers. There's also poitín masterclasses; cupcake workshops; a seaweed walk, foraging, and a celebration of Easter mutton at Aniar restaurant.
DETAILS: See galwayfoodfestival.com for a full line-up.