Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
Easter fun xcitement
With Easter just around the corner, you might want to consider something more active than peeling the foil off your chocolate egg. At Delphi Adventure Resort and Spa in Connemara, there are lots of family-friendly activities to avail of, from kayaking to surfing and cycling. The resort is also hosting free Easter egg hunts and Mad Hatter Tea parties in the forest throughout the holiday.
Dish of the day
Have the 'special' served at the Science Gallery on Dublin's Pearse Street this Thursday. The Gallery's consultant chef ClareAnn O'Keefe, along with food writers Nicola Twilley and Ross Golden-Bannon, is hosting A Plateful of Food Culture, where they will be looking at new trends and technologies that influence each ingredient on the plate.
Where Alexa Chung leads, we all want to follow. The fashionista/It girl/author/model has most recently turned to her hand to fashion design and the results are typically cool. She's teamed up with denim brand AG to create a capsule collection that encompasses her dream skinny jeans as well as vintage-inspired ones, and all of the pieces are guaranteed to become wardrobe staples. Of course, there's also the fact that denim is one of spring/summer 15's biggest fashion stories.
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Get involved next Friday as thousands do their bit for the Irish Cancer Society's annual Daffofil Day. You can contribute in lots of ways, whether that's by selling daffodils for a few hours; organising a Daffodil event in your area; bringing a box of pins to work; or making a donation online or by phone.This year, the Garden of Hope, which celebrates the memories of loved ones lost and those who are currently living with cancer, is being planted in Dublin's Iveagh Gardens. See: cancer.ie #gardenofhope2015
Waterford feels the rhythm with its New Music Week starting Monday. This annual festival, celebrating contemporary music for all ages, has a programme of free daytime events across multiple city centre venues covering a variety of genres, including electro-acoustic, choral, instrumental, and jazz and one event includes a piano master-class and recital from pianist Joanna McGregor. DETAILS: facebook. com/WaterfordNewMusicWeek
Paris-born designer Alice Moyon first started selling her designs at The Loft in Powerscourt Townhouse in 2007, and since then, has been garnering a strong fan base for her Aliquo brand. There's lots to love about her jewellery, which is a mix of contemporary and vintage. Her art deco-inspired Nihou collection features antiqued brass necklaces, earrings and rings, and Aliquo is now available in boutiques in Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona and Rome, as well as on her website. This is one worthwhile jewellery investment.
The current exhibition at the Gallery of Photography in Temple Bar Dublin, reveals an incredible talent base. Resonate celebrates the work of leading Irish fashion photographers and seeks to demonstrate that while fashion is widely perceived as being of-the-moment, fashion photography has a timeless quality.
It's all about the little ones at Arnotts with the Children's Fashion Weekend taking place March 28-29. There's fashion naturally - the highlight is a kids-only fashion show - but also the chance to meet your favourite Disney character, face-painting, cupcake-making classes and dance performances. Experts will also be on hand to give advice on everything from what to bring to hospital when you're having a baby to what the best buggies are.
The write stuff
Whether you're a beginner writer, a master wordsmith or just a lover of literature, there's plenty to enthral you at the Doolin Writers' Weekend. It's an area with a great literary tradition with JM Synge, Oliver St John Gogarty and George Bernard Shaw all past visitors, and this year's line-up includes readings from Donal Ryan, author of the Booker prize-winning novel The Spinning Heart, as well as Catherine Dwyer Hickey, with workshops from Catherine Dunne and publishers Tramp Press. The winners of the newly launched short story prize, judged by Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, will also be announced. DETAILS: doolinwritersweekend.com