Thursday 21 June 2018

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

Statement sweaters

Liadan Aiken - jumpers from €200
Liadan Aiken - jumpers from €200
'Women in Medieval Ireland' - museum.ie
Tairseach Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre in Wicklow
Irish gift site: cuando.ie

At this time of the year we can't get enough of jumpers, especially Liadain Aiken's creations. The knitwear designer, who is inspired by Irish landscapes, says that her brand is all about the colourful, the natural and the fun and are designed to be cherished for life.

Each garment is made to order and handcrafted in her Dublin studio, or by artisans around the country, using mainly Donegal wool. Her new range, available online, includes merino wool raglan jumpers, lambswool tops and dresses with clashing, matching colours on necklines and cuffs, with bespoke options available.

BUY: Jumpers from €200. liadainaiken.com

Fall in love with food

The Limerick Strand hotel is spreading the love this Friday with special dinner. Love Food & Wine begins with a welcome drink followed by a four-course wine-tasting dinner including ingredients from local and seasonal producers - such as Curraghchase pork belly, Skeaghanore duck and forced rhubarb Dingle Gin - paired with wines from New Zealand's Seifried Estate.

BOOK: Tickets €39 per person; strandlimerick.ie

Past lives

To mark St Brigid's Day, the National Museum on Dublin's Kildare Street is giving a tour today called 'Women in Medieval Ireland'. Visitors will learn what life was like for women during this era, and discover more about artefacts associated with women.

DETAILS: 1pm-1.45pm. Free and no booking required. museum.ie

Raise the bar

The trend for maximalist earrings is set to continue in 2018 but when your earrings are loud, the rest of your jewellery needs to be a little more subtle. MoMuse, located in Dublin's Powerscourt Town Centre, is the go-to for delicate, elegant adornment. This 9kcat gold necklace has a small bar which could potentially be engraved with a name or a date for a special gift and would also look great when worn with MoMuse's gold tube bracelet.

BUY: Necklace, €185, momuse.ie

Back to basics

As part of 'Basic Talks', a series of conversations with leading contemporary artists at Dublin's The Hugh Lane, visual artist Ann Maria Healy will be discussing her practice at 1pm this Friday. Healy looks at themes of recurrence and the power of history embedded in the human psyche. Issues of gender and representation within popular culture are important to the artist.

DETAILS: Free entry, hughlane.ie

Presents in mind

There are creatives making incredible products all around the country, but who has the time to seek them out? That's the concept behind new Irish gift site Cuando, which features handpicked items with the emphasis on personalised or completely bespoke products, such as a handcrafted personalised chopping board from €24.50 - great for a foodie - and beautiful art. You can search by occasion or other categories, like 'teacher' or 'family' for example, or browse the blog, which has gifting tips from other Cuando customers for inspiration.

DETAILS: cuando.ie

Hip hotel

New Ross has got itself a brand new slick bolthole. The Kennedy Boutique Hotel, which opened in December and overlooks the Barrow river, combines 16 stylish bedrooms, with a 50-seater bar, the Lady Lane Lounge and a restaurant, Yanks Steakhouse, which offers premium cuts from some of the country's best cattle, and an interesting wine list. Current offers include a midweek stay for two, with dinner and cocktails and complimentary upgrade for €240.

DETAILS: kennedyboutiquehotel.ie

Next weekend...

Hitting the right note

Almost 500 young, talented musicians from all around the country are taking part in the 23rd Festival of Youth Orchestras at the National Concert Hall, Dublin, next Saturday. Eight orchestras will be performing classical works and arrangements in a variety of styles, ranging from music from movies to new work by Irish composers. There are two concerts taking place, one at 3pm and another at 8pm, and this year's event features music from Star Wars, Carmen and Sesame Street as well as modern Irish works by Vincent Kennedy and Elaine Agnew.

BOOK: Tickets from €7.50 to €15; see nch.ie and iayo.ie

Get switched off

The restful setting of An Tairseach Dominican Farm and Ecology Centre in Wicklow town is the venue for a digital detox weekend, taking place next Saturday and Sunday. Led by yoga teacher and holistic therapist Angie Kinsella from YogaWay, this is an opportunity to step away from the smartphone and unplug properly by reconnecting with the physical world via restorative yoga, organic food, and walks through the farm and conservation land, as well as an astronomy talk and night viewing.

BOOK: Cost, including meals, accommodation and activities, is €240 for a single room or €400 for a twin or double room, digitaldetoxwicklow.com


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