A few of our favourite things: Dublin Bay Festival
The excellent Dublin Bay Prawn Festival gets into full swing in beautiful Howth this weekend with a jam-packed programme of tasting sessions and exciting cookery demontrations.
There are plenty of fabulous walks and talks, too, including an 'Exploration Dome' to reveal the mysteries of the ocean. One not to be missed.
And for the children – and you young-at-heart adults, too – make sure you get there early for the spectacular fireworks display set to take place tonight.
To the water and the wilds
You can almost feel the salt on your skin at 'Serenity', a solo exhibition of Anne Marie McInerney's wonderful chalk pastels of the Atlantic coastline with its turbulent seas and windswept beaches.
Anne Marie is also a keen sailor and she uses that practical experience to create intricate depictions of the sail boats and fishing trawlers indicative of her local West Cork harbours, Schull and Baltimore.
These beautiful, atmospheric pieces are on show at the Twenty Twenty Art Gallery in Cork until May 10.
The green mile
Every year, 8.1m people walk through St Stephen's Green (left) in Dublin's city centre. But few realise it has a rich history of public and private dramas going back centuries.
To hear how it inspired James Joyce and featured in major events down through history, take the new Green Mile walking tour.
Tours take place on Saturdays and Sundays at 11.30am and are free with a ticket to the Little Museum of Dublin, 15 St Stephen's Green.
Dine in the dark
We get 55pc of all information we process from what we see. For one night, Cava Bodega in Galway has teamed up with Torres Wines and will be inviting guests to dine in the dark.
On Wednesday, diners will be taken to their tables, blindfolded and presented with a five-course tasting meal, along with wines. Fingers are allowed if you can't find your fork.
Tickets (€65) include dinner, wine and prizes. Proceeds go to the National Council for the Blind. Booking essential. Contact (091) 539 884.
This is our kind of trail. A group of crafters and designers has joined up the dots so that you can get to see a selection of their work on a driving route across Wexford county.
You can talk to many of the 19 craftspeople – milliners, potters, weavers, wood-turners, sculptors, jewellers – while they work. And on certain dates, you can even try your hand in a have-a-go workshop.
The Craft Trail is the latest in a series of events across the county. Wexford has already showcased its other must-see places in a garden trail, a heritage trail and a walking trail. What a great idea.