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Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products


Lie Sang Bong Summer collection at Style-Ikon.com

Lie Sang Bong Summer collection at Style-Ikon.com

Mark Cain

Mark Cain

Silk dress, €655, Dice Kayek. style-ikon.com

Silk dress, €655, Dice Kayek. style-ikon.com

The Meeting House - Temple Bar

The Meeting House - Temple Bar

The Meeting House, Temple Bar

The Meeting House, Temple Bar

From the Paul Costelloe Collection

From the Paul Costelloe Collection


Lie Sang Bong Summer collection at Style-Ikon.com

As wonderful as online shopping is, sometimes you also want to touch, feel and try on clothes. Online store Style-Ikon now has a physical presence in the form of a new boutique in Monkstown, Co. Dublin. Owner Tanya McGilligan has created a beautiful space here with a strong focus on Irish designers including jewellery by MoMuse as well as collections from Zoë Carol and Lucy Nagle.

Check out Dice Kayek, from sisters Ece and Ayse Ege, whose architectural designs are inspired by Turkish landmarks. This dress (left) by Lie Sang Bong is available to buy in-store only at €607. INFo: style-ikon.com; (01) 444 0128.

Art of the matter

A new creative camp at The Model Gallery in Sligo should keep children pleasantly occupied and stimulated this Easter. Led by artist Naomi Draper, these four-day art camps allow children to get to know The Model's galleries. Through the processes of drawing, sculpture, animation and book making, children will explore shelter building, treasure hunting and storytelling, BOOK: March 31 to April 3; themodel.ie/education

Hot house

The latest restaurant to create a buzz is The Meeting House in Dublin's Temple Bar. It offers Burmese cuisine - think tuna sashimi and organic cumin-crusted chicken - with a sharing menu that includes tofu, lychee and coconut curry. Moreish desserts are a coconut panna cotta and a trio of chocolate truffles. The cocktail menu, décor and colourful art all combine to make it a new hotspot.

See: themeetinghousedublin.com

Wedding belles

If you have a big day coming up, you must see designer Paul Costelloe's latest jewellery range, The Pembroke Collection. Subtle and elegant pieces include sterling sliver crystal twist drop earrings, crystal encrusted horseshoe shape earrings and a matching pendant to bring you luck on the day. Bridesmaids aren't neglected either with silver initial pendants that they'll always have as a keepsake. BUY: Priced from €75 to €286 at paulcostelloe jewellery.com

Park life

Hurrah! Tayto Park is back for a fifth season with the new Dinosaurs Alive enclosure. The life-like animatronic collection of giant dinosaurs include the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus, Dilophosaurous and Baryonyx - and the sound effects might well convince you that dinosaurs aren't extinct after all.

SEE: taytocrisps.ie/park

Make your Marc

It's that time of year when the average Irish woman has a bit of a meltdown about her wardrobe, thanks to the number of weddings, communions, confirmations looming. Marc Cain in Malahide can solve many of these clothing dilemmas, especially with its dramatic floral prints, one of Spring/Summer 15's big fashion stories. We love this skirt, €179.90 and also the eye-catching tulle covered coat; the shimmering satin draped dresses and the couture-like shorts to make a strong style statement.

See: marc-cain.com

Gourmet Galway

The City of the Tribes has established itself as one of the most exciting places to eat in the country. Its culinary clout is being celebrated with the Galway Food Festival, taking place from Thursday until Monday, April 6. There are 60 individual events taking place over the five days including a demo called 50 Shades of Kale at the Malt Restaurant, an Easter-themed tea in the G Hotel and a food tour to Inishmore to visit the Aran Islands goats' cheese factory.

SEE: galwayfoodfestival.com

Next weekend

Eggcellent stuff

This Easter, you can make your chocolate treats count by supporting two charity campaigns. The Lindt Make Easter Sweet for Temple Street fundraiser sees the Gold Bunny Roadshow in three Dublin shopping centres - Dundrum, Blanchardstown and The Pavilions in Swords - and all money from the sales of 10g Lindt Gold Bunnies and Hunt Packs goes towards buying mobile ventilators for Temple Street. Meanwhile, Cadbury is organising an Easter egg trail in Dublin's Merrion Square on April 4. Family tickets are priced at €20 with proceeds going to Barnardos.

Good egg hunting

It's not Easter without an egg hunt. At Westport House their annual hunt takes place on Sunday, April 5 and their long time mascot, Pinkie the Rabbit, is in charge of proceedings. The first 500 children to compete will receive an Easter egg at the finish and every family who completes the hunt will be entered to win hampers, day passes and membership of Westport House. There's no extra charge for the hunt, which is included in regular admission price to Westport House and Pirate Adventure Park.

See: westporthouse.ie

SEE: lindtgoldbunny.ie; eastereggtrail.com


Irish Independent