Saturday 25 January 2020

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

New breed tweed

Latest collection from The Tweed Project -
Latest collection from The Tweed Project -
Cork Heritage Open Day
Terryglass Arts festival
A Taste of Donegal -
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Fia in Rathgar -
BUY: Earrings, €80,

Traditional fabrics meet streetwear in the latest collection from The Tweed Project. The Galway brand, which was started in 2014 by designer and stylist Triona Lillis with Aoibheann MacNamara - the creative owner of cult restaurant Ard Bia at Nimmo's - embraces the Slow Fashion Movement, where time and craft outweigh trends.

Taking their inspiration from the West of Ireland and using Donegal tweed and Irish linen, each of their pieces is designed to last a lifetime. A tweed tracksuit takes centre stage in 'The Morning After the Rave', the new collection merging stylish casualness with great Irish design.

BUY: Prices start at €250, available from

Cork uncorked

Today, more than 40 buildings are throwing open their doors for the 13th Cork Heritage Open Day. These include buildings not usually accessible to the public, such as The Masonic Hall on Tuckey Street. Other events include the opportunity to sample the kind of soup made for Quaker soup kitchens during the Famine and a medieval day at Elizabeth Fort.


Trip to tipp

A full schedule of arts, music and theatre awaits in Co Tipperary this weekend for the last two days of Terryglass Arts Festival. Tonight, you can drop into artist-in-residence Jenny Fox's installation and take in Irish blues roots band One Horse Pony on the Village Green. The festival ends tomorrow with a food and craft fair plus music by the Galway Street Club, a 12-piece collective of international buskers.


She sells chic shells

As every beachcomber will attest, seashells have a fascinating and powerful beauty. Jewellery designer Martina Hamilton uses their mesmerising shape to wonderful effect with her Shore collection, created in hallmarked sterling silver and gold, set with cultured pearls. Inspired by the isolated beaches of Sligo, where she lives, she combines this with a minimalist Asian aesthetic, drawing on her travels in Japan and China.

BUY: Earrings, €80; see

Opera al fresco

Anyone based in Dublin city centre who'd like to do more with their lunchtime than just catch up on social media should head to the Amphitheatre, Wood Quay, this Thursday. Puccini's comic opera Gianni Schicchi will be performed, in the final installation of the city's annual Opera in the Open event. Entrance is free and the performance takes place from 1-2pm.


Feeder cool

According to Birdwatch Ireland, it's a good idea to feed your wild garden birds throughout the year - and this handmade willow birdfeeder by Tipperary-based basketmaker and artist Hanna Van Aelst is a very pretty way to do so. Ideal for feeding smaller birds, who can perch on the wicker and get food through the gaps, it can be filled with nuts and seeds during summer and fat balls during the winter months. The dimensions are 15 x 30cm, including the hanging loop, and it's recommended that you hang it in a quiet, sheltered spot.

BUY: €35, available from

Café fix

Neighbourhood cafés don't come much better than Fia, in Dublin's Rathgar. Food provenance is pivotal here - the bread is courtesy of artisan bakery Le Levain, the organic greens come from McNally Family Farm, and Irish cheeses like St Tola and Gubbeen feature prominently on the menu. Coffee is given the same love and attention as the food and the café works with Roasted Brown, with the house espresso reflecting the seasons and whatever Roasted Brown is working with at the time.

DETAILS: 55b Rathgar Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6;

Mix it up in Donegal

Donegal town is gearing up for A Taste of Donegal, its three-day celebration of food next weekend, held in the tented village on the pier. More than 130 food and drink exhibitors, restaurants and hotels will be showcasing their wares and the celebrity chef demo line-up includes Catherine Fulvio, Neven Maguire, Kevin Dundon, Derry Clarke and pastry chef Shane Smith. Visitors can hone their mixology skills with a cocktail masterclass while entertainment includes belly laughs with comical celebrity chef Joe Shannon and comedian Frank Forde in the Cookery Comedy Theatre.

DETAILS: Admission is €6 per adult, €1 per child and €15 for a weekend pass; see

Ukulele euphoria

Some of the world's most talented ukulele players will come together in the People's Park, Dún Laoghaire for the 2017 Ukulele Hooley by the Sea next Sunday. These include Belgium's Winin' Boys, jazz-influenced, Dublin-based Minnie and The Illywhackers, the Dublin Ukulele Collective and the West Cork Ukulele Orchestra. The ever-popular open-top Ukulele Bus, filled with uke players, will be taking in the sights on a tour around Dún Laoghaire and there are plenty of workshops planned. The main event is the eight-hour concert taking place in the park all day; entry is free with raffles for ukulele prizes.


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