Saturday 20 April 2019

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

Clean & green

Niamh O'Neill's Monaco dress
Niamh O'Neill's Monaco dress
Sinead Gleeson
Cliff House Hotel spa planter

Monochrome and cream might be perennially popular colourways for chic summer dressing, but sunny weather is an unmissable opportunity to explore all kinds of hues that don't normally make it into our wardrobes, such as ice-cream shades.

Irish designer Niamh O'Neill's Monaco dress is the easy, breezy way to add colour and a touch of French Riviera glamour. Available in green or ivory with black metallic waist ties, or pink with red metallic ties, its fitted bodice, A-line skirt and T-shirt-length sleeves means it's extremely flattering and, like all of O'Neill's designs, ultra-feminine and wearable.

BUY: €495; see

Diverse Doolin

The Doolin Folk Festival, running today and tomorrow, takes its inspiration from iconic festivals of the 1970s and '80s, such as Lisdoonvarna, and presents a diverse musical programme in an intimate setting. Mary Coughlan takes to the stage tonight, and tomorrow sees folk luminaries including Iarla Ó Lionáird, Steve Cooney and Paul Brady perform at the marquee in Hotel Doolin.


Taste makers

One of the capital's favourite gastronomic events, Taste of Dublin, is on the menu in the Iveagh Gardens today and tomorrow, with this year's theme being 'The Food Lover's Playground'. Culinary talents appearing include The Great British Bake Off's Candice Brown, and Ross Lewis of Chapter One. There are also masterclasses and tastings aplenty.


One love

Contemporary jewellery emporium The Collective is marking its first year of trading on Dublin's Drury Street with specially created birthday pendants designed by owner Madeline Blaine, alongside new works from Irish and European emergent and established designers. The Collective is now hosting evening workshops where participants can learn how to make a sterling silver hammered ring from scratch.

BUY: Miriam Wade Skyline pendant, €150; see

Creative Kerry

The inaugural Listowel Visual Arts Week begins on Wednesday and runs for five days. Celebrating the town's thriving visual arts scene, it marks the 20th anniversary of the Olive Stack Gallery, with a line-up of micro mosaic workshops, life drawing, an open-air 'paint out' and a living art photo competition where entrants are invited to recreate an iconic artwork with a camera.


Pots of style

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If you're an apartment dweller, it's not unusual to experience acute bouts of envy towards those who have access to a garden at this time of year. However, there is definite comfort to be taken in the fact indoor plants are a lot less labour-intensive than having a proper garden. This textured small planter, made of glazed ceramic with circular dots, is ideal for showing off your peace lily.

BUY: €16;

Let's go outside

Cliff House Hotel spa

Waterford's Cliff Town House has opened its outdoor spa for the summer. The Well by the Sea offers a natural outdoor rock pool, al fresco heated jacuzzi and relaxation terrace with two outdoor stone baths, all with beautiful coastal views. Using the Well at Cliff range of handcrafted, botanical products, treatments include the Cliff House Scalp and Hair Ritual (€40) and Peat for the Feet (€55), a nourishing peat mask for feet.

BOOK: Appointments are essential and will be weather permitting. See


Next weekend...

Hold the fort

Portlaoise gears up for its third Old Fort Quarter Festival happening Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24, with a line-up of mainly free-to-attend events. Musical acts include 1990s tribute band Smash Hits as well as The Frank and Walters and a silent disco. There's a medieval heritage programme of archery, armoury, shield making, cookery and historic tours, and Cruinniú na nÓg features a wide range of free heritage workshops plus performances for kids and young people. New this year is a dedicated comedy stage, while Celtic Comic Con has a graphic novel and comic book market and a gaming zone.


Culture in Kells

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Sinead Gleeson

Some of Ireland's literary giants will descend upon the Hinterland Festival of Literature and Arts in Kells, Co Meath, next weekend. The stellar line-up includes authors John Banville and Colm Tóibín, as well as former Chief Justice Susan Denham and literary agent Jonathan Williams, who will discuss how their professions have changed over the last few decades. The festival's history strand explores 'Remembering 1918' while writer Sinéad Gleeson (pictured) hosts public interviews with authors Maggie O'Farrell and Liz Nugent. DETAILS: See

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