Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
If you prefer your wardrobe to whisper rather than scream, it might seem that the high street has little to offer you right now. But in a sea of loud prints and garish colours, you'll also find River Island Studio.
This 13-piece collection is decidedly urban, with architectural shapes and a palette of peach, red and monochrome colours. Detailing such as embroidery on trench coats and structured frills on dresses keep it interesting, while pieces such as a cream frill cable jumper (€75) and choker-neck white velvet midi dress (€100) are solid investments.
BUY: Top, €55, eu.riverisland.com
Offaly good music
Birr's first classical musical festival - Birr Festival of Music and Voice - takes place this week, and tonight the town welcomes the RTÉ Contempo Quartet (below) to Birr Theatre & Arts Centre. Tomorrow evening, The Trend Award Gala Concert sees six upcoming musicians perform a repertoire of solo instrument and song, with the recipient of the award selected on the night. There are also pop-up performances and masterclasses happening around the town so don't miss out.
Family friendly fun
Today Smithfield Square in Dublin plays host to Family Day Festival from 1-5pm. Run by One Family - the organisation for people parenting alone, sharing parenting and separating - festivities including a vintage bus with puppet shows and film screenings; workshops with Brown Bag films, and music from the 50-member Dublin Ukulele Collective.
DETAILS: The event is free; see familyday.ie
Bring them to book
Ireland's longest-running book festival begins this Wednesday, as the literati head to Kerry for Listowel Writers' Week. The Good Wife star Alan Cumming will be appearing, as is Graham Norton who will be discussing his first novel, Holding. Margaret Drabble and Richard Ford are among the other high-profile authors in attendance.
I want to be adorned
Gorey-based jewellery designer Bláithín Ennis creates what we think is the definition of statement jewellery. Using unusual pieces from around the world, her work is contemporary and striking. Boa, her newest collection, features nickel and stainless steel elements with crystal embellishments and will elevate any ordinary outfit into something super stylish.
BUY: Boa cuff, €85, blaithinennis.com
Should your house be in need of a mini and inexpensive makeover, get very excited about Aldi's furniture and home accessories drop, happening tomorrow in all stores. The pineapple holders (€4.99) are guaranteed to be swiped up, as are the geometric-patterned drum bean bags (€39.99).
Hollywood legend and princess Grace Kelly is the subject of a new exhibition at Castletown House, Celbridge, Co Kildare, opening on Monday. Grace: Photographs, 1955-1969 includes 124 original snaps which include images of her first meeting with Prince Rainier in Monte Carlo, captured by Irish photographer Edward Quinn, as well as the royal couple's state visit to Ireland in 1961.
DETAILS: Running until September 30; adults €8, students and children €3.50; castletown.ie
Head along for a fabulous night's musical entertainment next Friday and Saturday at the National Concert Hall, which will be screening An American in Paris - the classic musical from 1951 starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron (right). The film famously culminates in a 17-minute ballet (which alone cost half a million dollars to make). The RTÉ Concert Orchestra will play the Gershwin score live and the audience can sing along to iconic tunes including Embraceable You, Nice Work If You Can Get It and I Got Rhythm.
BOOK: Tickets €25-40; see nch.ie
Over 30,000 people are expected next week in Ratoath, Co Meath, with the 2017 Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair coming to town from May 31-June 4. All eyes will be on the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, who will be competing along with Andrew Lloyd Webber's daughter Bella and other sporting elite, including Camilla Speirs (pictured, above, right). A novelty dog show, mini puissance ponies, carnival rides and bouncy castles will keep small ones amused. You can pack your own food basket and enjoy it in the picnic area overlooking the famous water fence, or sate yourself at the artisan food and craft market.
DETAILS: For tickets and more information, see tatts.ie