For lovers of musicals, theatricals and the heady glamour of the West End, as well as those for whom Christmas simply isn't Christmas without a trip to the theatre, prepare for a night of all that's best about the stage. West End Women, on at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre on Tuesday, November 25, is a glorious rolling together of song, costume and special effect.
Leading ladies Kerry Ellis (from Wicked and We Will Rock You), Joanna Ampil (Miss Saigon and Cats), and Ria Jones (Les Miserables and Evita) join forces in a stunning evening celebration of their critically acclaimed careers. Joined by special guest star Rory Taylor, from ITV's Superstar, this glittering concert features songs from many of the best-loved musicals of the past 40 years, including Miss Saigon, Les Miserables, Cats, Evita, Jesus Christ Superstar and Wicked.
A rare opportunity to frankly and unashamedly wallow in the charm of an evening of classic stage hits.
Game on menu at Thyme Out
There are many dreary things about autumn - chill winds and rain spring first to mind - but as far as culinary seasons go, it's a winner. This is the time of year for grouse, pheasant, woodcock, mallard and more.
The problem, for most of us, is knowing what exactly to do with this delicious fare. Well, help is at hand. For €25 a head, on Tuesday November 18, David and Berna Williams of the excellent Thyme Out in Dalkey, will take you through the basics.
Game Night is all about creating marvellous game dinners, and includes demonstrations on how to skin both pheasant and wild pigeon, create a pheasant and pork casserole, cook pigeon breast, venison steaks and spatchcock partridge, all with a twist.
Printed take-home recipes, plenty of tasting and a glass of wine are all part of the fun, but be sure to book. Now, let the game begin . . .
Delicious Christmas food without the struggle
Yes, we all love a traditional, homemade Christmas. But we also love a bit of help from the experts. After all, there are many more days of festivity, fun and friends dropping by than simply the big day itself. Were we to do everything at home, from scratch, there would be little time for the walks, visits and the irresistible TV- watching that are so much a part of the season. And so, we turn to Marks & Spencer, who have launched almost 300 new lines of delicious, innovative food and drink this Christmas, in order to take some of the struggle out of providing beautifully for the hordes. Mini lobster and langoustine thermidors, a cranberry and clementine Christmas pudding, a raspberry and white chocolate layer cake decked out with edible gold, not to mention a truly intriguing idea: a Mixologist's chocolate box, which features flavours inspired by classic cocktails. All this will help.
Shine bright, find a diamond with Jack and Jill
Jonathan Irwin, the man who set up the wonderful Jack and Jill Foundation, which cares for children with severe disabilities as a result of brain damage, has never been short of ideas.
As head of Goffs, he instigated the Cartier Million, the most glamorous horse race the country has seen. During his time with the Sports Council, he brought the Tour de France here for the first time.
All this is detailed in his excellent new book Jonathan Irwin: The Story of Jack and Jill. And this Christmas, he has master-minded yet another sparkler of an idea. Buy a gorgeous Jack and Jill candle - made by Duffy & Scott - for €19.99; each candle is guaranteed a pretty costume ring in the base, and two of the candles have real diamond rings.
The idea actually came from 17-year-old Amy Walsh, a regular fundraiser for the charity, who suggested it to Jonathan. The rest is, well, a lovely candle, the perfect gift for Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries, that is on sale now.