Saturday 24 March 2018

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Grunge glamour

Zoe Jordan designs
Zoe Jordan designs
Burren perfumery
Benjamin Apfel
Tubbercurry Old Fair Day
Carrickmacross Arts festival
Carlingford oyster festival
Mount Juliet
Monsoon homewares

Irish designer Zoë Jordan is giving her spin on grunge and channelling '90s icons like Drew Barrymore and the cast of My So-Called Life with her new autumn/winter collection.

She describes the overall look as being a "little more raw" than previous seasons and the collection includes her take on the suit - a cashmere tracksuit. Using fabrics such as sheepskin, metallic foil and brushed wool, Jordan has added colour pops of paradise pink throughout. Features such as cavalry twill on jackets give a nod to intrepid female explorers.

BUY: Lovelace flamingo knit, €430, available exclusively at Brown Thomas, Dublin, and BT2 Dundrum;

Trad treat

Some of trad's most iconic performers appear tonight as part of the Dungarvan Summer Music Festival, as super-band The Masters of Tradition play the Co Waterford town's SGC theatre. There will also be surprise performances by international musicians along the greenway, before the finale concert sees baroque ensemble Camerata Kilkenny play St Mary's Church.

DETAILS: See the full line-up at


Tubbercurry's Old Fair Day Festival in Co Sligo builds on a tradition going back 220 years. Locals are invited to share artisan knowledge and goods with the wider world. Visitors can enjoy displays of traditional techniques like thatching in the craft village, as well as music, games and - it goes without saying - the opportunity to dance over the course of the five days.

DETAILS: August 5-9;

Easy Aztec

Sumptuous jewel hues, eclecticism and dramatic materials like jacquard and velvet form the basis of HOME, the new homewares collection by Monsoon. Inspired by global destinations - think Aztec-print cushions and Moroccan wedding blankets - the 80-piece range features furniture, curtains, accessories and occasional pieces. Tassels and pom-poms provide the fun, and the rustic bowls are ideal for summer entertaining. BUY: Aztec cushion, €60,

Magical Monaghan

The best of original creative talents from Monaghan, Cavan, Louth and Meath, as well as artists from further afield, form the line-up at Carrickmacross Arts Festival, opening this Thursday and running until Sunday. The theme of this year is Lughnasa, the Celtic pagan god. Musical delights include Booka Brass and The Magic Numbers, and there are comedy turns from David McSavage and Lisa Casey. DETAILS: See

Essence of the Burren

The dramatic landscape of the Burren in Co Clare comes to life in the fragrances of The Burren Perfumery's new range of scents. The perfumes and cosmetics are created by hand onsite in the West of Ireland, and the range includes six scent families: Lost Garden, Grassland, Woodland, Herb Garden, Atlantic Coast and Irish Limestone. We love the Summer Harvest fragrance. The beautiful packaging has been designed in collaboration with Irish botanical artist Cliona Doyle. BUY: Prices from €16, available exclusively at Avoca stores; see

Killkenny quest

Families visiting Kilkenny's Mount Juliet Estate can take a bike ride with a difference as part of the Cycle & Stay package. Guests get to sleep in one of Mount Juliet's Rose Garden Lodges (suitable for a family of four, or four adults) and take part in the Medieval Mile Treasure Hunt with Kilkenny Cycling Tours. A map of 19 historical buildings in Kilkenny city gives the questions and clues you must solve to win the challenge.

BOOK: €395 for group of four; see

Next weekend..

Ah, shucks!

Although shellfish is naturally the main event at the Carlingford Oyster Festival, non-mollusc lovers will find plenty of other activities to enjoy throughout the four days. The whole family can forage on the shore of Carlingford Lough with the Welly Oyster Pearl Hunt on Saturday, as well taking guided tours of Carlingford's medieval sights over the weekend. World crab-fishing competitions, an extreme funfair, eat-offs, roaming street musicians, pipe-band performances, stilt walkers and traditional street sports, including egg and spoon and sack races promise to be lots of fun.

DETAILS: 11-14 August. See

Cool for cats

Benjamin Apfel

Kilkenny's largesse of churches, townhouses, gardens and, of course, the castle, form the backdrop to the city's arts festival, taking place from August 11-20. As ever, classical music is at the heart of the programme, and this year the festival explores the work of Schubert, with German baritone Benjamin Apfel (pictured) a star guest. Theatre highlights include actor Stephen Rea in the premiere of Oscar Wilde's De Profundis. Poetry readings and pop-up performances in various Kilkenny gardens make this festival a thoroughly enjoyable experience.


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