Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
There's a lot of current hype about macs, with the trench coat being heralded as this season's preferred outwear choice. But unless it's of the fur-lined, waterproof variety, we'll be bypassing this particular wardrobe update for another few months at least.
Far more weather-appropriate than a mac right now, but an equally stylish purchase, is Avoca's cobble coat. Made from lambswool and mohair, it's the boyfriend fit that we're especially loving because it whispers laid-back understated chic. And it also comes in pink.
BUY: €279.95; available in Avoca stores, avoca.com
There are still two days to catch some incredibly talented and extremely funny people at the Bray Comedy Festival. Whose Line Is it Anyway's Steve Frost joins The Hardy Bucks boys and Dermot Whelan tonight for Comedy Improv, while solo shows by Diane O'Connor (below) and Joanne McNally are not to be missed. Ticket proceeds for The Wrap Party in The Harbour Bar tomorrow go to Mental Health Ireland.
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A new festival celebrating visual storytelling - the first of its kind in the world - begins this Friday. Hosted by Oscar-nominated animation studio Cartoon Saloon, 'Kilkenny Animated' offers exhibitions, talks, performances, workshops, stand-up comedy and street graffiti, with the aim to bring different aspects of visual storytelling to a wider audience.
Be warned: a perusal of Dublin-based jewellery designer Yvonne Ryan's website will fire you into a frenzy of shopping lust. Her art deco collection includes delicate studs and intricate circle earrings, as well as eye-catching necklaces. We love the demi fan necklace, which replicates the pattern of an open diamond cut. All the jewellery is handmade in Dublin in sterling silver and hard plated in 18ct yellow gold.
BUY: €130; yvonneryan.ie
There's a great opportunity to experience the 16 hectares of formal and informal gardens at Altamont Gardens, Tullow, in Carlow where Snowdrop Week is being celebrated. Head gardener Paul Culter is giving a guided tour of the gardens today and tomorrow at 2pm, explaining the significance of the snowdrop, the history of the garden as well as taking a look at other spring bulbs and flowers.
DETAILS: Tour, €3;
Quite often in life it's all about the little things. You may not be able to splash out on an Indian Ocean getaway but the affordable luxury that is Max Benjamin's tropical island-inspired scented cards is probably within your realm. 'Mauritius' features top notes of bergamot and nectarine; 'Maldives' draws on coconuts, a common plant on the island, while 'Seychelles' boasts a fruity fragrance. Ideal for scenting drawers and cars, the cards also come with beautiful packaging, and the collection also includes candles and diffusers.
BUY: €4.95; maxbenjamin.ie for stockists and to buy online
West is best
Everybody's favourite weekend meal gets an interesting West of Ireland makeover at Galway's Tartare Café and Wine Bar on Lower Dominick Street. The brunch classics are on the menu but twists include seaweed hollandaise with the poached eggs, granola with locally produced sheep's yoghurt, and pancakes made with buttermilk and served with local honey. The cocktails are equally innovative, such as Dingle vodka with beetroot and cucumber.
DETAILS: Available on Sundays. Visit facebook.com/TartareGalway
A music event to raise funds in order to send much needed medicine and supplies to Yemen takes place next Saturday in Dublin's The Grand Social. Brothers Calvin James and Andy Sweeney are behind Yemenade (they're also the Syria Vibes and The Scoop Foundation), and live acts on the evening include Choice Music Award nominees SHIPs, Carriages, Cinema, a live set by Diamond Dagger, followed by DJ Darragh Lyons and The Drifter. An estimated 130 children die every day in Yemen and more than 2 million are malnourished.
DETAILS: Tickets €10, available at the door or via Picatic (picatic.com/yemenade) using #yemenade
Lights, camera, action
Dublin is getting ready to roll out the red carpet for a host of cinema luminaries with the Audi Dublin International Film Festival, which runs until March 4. Now in its 16th year, the programme includes six world premieres and over 100 films, the majority of which are having their Irish premiere. Hollywood actor Bill Pullman will be in attendance with his new film, The Ballad of Lefty Brown (above), and there's also a gala screening of Mary Magdalene, which will see the film's stars Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara in town. Other acting giants to keep an eye out for over the festival are Vanessa Redgrave, Cillian Murphy and Barry Keoghan.