Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
Rising Irish fashion star Danielle Romeril took inspiration from a camping trip for her Spring/Summer 15 collection.
The designer, who recently showed at London Fashion Week to rave reviews - and whose clothes are now available on high-end retail website matchesfashion.com as well as at Samui in Cork - says she was attracted to the idea because it felt quite anti-fashion. The result is a modern collection with a utilitarian feel, featuring camouflage and black French lace on dresses, khaki hi-tech cotton hunting jackets and 3D pockets.
See: danielleromeril.com for stockists
Whet your appetite this Thursday in Dungarvan as the West Waterford Festival of Food kicks off. It's a family friendly four-day programme, the theme being Generations in Irish Food, with an emphasis on events for children. These include workshops for little pizza chefs and a bilingual workshop where you can cook with your little ones, and improve your Gaeilge at the same time.
If you're looking for an Easter egg trail less ordinary, Croke Park makes an interesting setting for an egg hunt this weekend. As well as trying to find the eggs, you can also test your hurling and football skills in the museums interactive games zone and check out the players' quarters. The tour is suitable for children aged four and over.
Book: Running until Monday, April 6. crokepark.ie
The latest hot bar in Dublin draws together both Scandinavian and Asian influences. Söder + Ko recently opened in what was formerly The Dragon Bar on South Great George's Street and its new incarnation sees it as an intimate dining and eating destination thanks to the numerous booths. The Scandi element comes through in the cocktail list but the food is decidedly Asian with lots of sharing plates available.
Details: 64 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2; soderandko.ie
GET ON BOARD
Easter weekend on the Forest Train in Avondale Park is all about nature, spring time and fun. Once they get on board the train which takes them deep into the magical forest, each child will be given a nature trail booklet filled with interesting things to look out for and they'll meet Ned, the resident woodsman along the way. There's an Easter egg hunt and an egg decorating session in the old barn too.
The most important piece for any woman to have in her jewellery collection? A pair of standout earrings. They can highlight an entire look. Jewellery brand Juvi, which was founded by Irish husband and wife Julie and Vincent Tynan, have several pairs in their latest collection that you'll want to wear forever. Their designs are informed by the vivid gemstones that they work with and the price point make them a very affordable luxury.
Buy: Juvi Designs Ruby and Gold Vermeil 'Three Little Disc' Earrings €85 from juvidesigns.com
The guiding tenet behind Sarah Drumm and Lisa Marconi's interior design shop, Dust, is that they have to love every piece that they stock. That passion is evident in the unusual and unique pieces available at their Dublin store, including the Missoni fabrics and homewares (pictured) collection, of which they are the sole stockists in Ireland. details: 4 Camden Market, Grantham Street, Dublin 8 or see dust.ie
GOING TO TOWN
A very special event is taking place next weekend as Roddy Doyle's The Barrytown Trilogy is being celebrated with performance from the worlds of film, theatre and music. The evening is curated by Doyle and Other Voices music producer Aoife Woodlock, and collaborators include The Van with Aidan Gillen and Peter Coonan, and music from Damien Dempsey, Glen Hansard and Imelda May. All proceeds go to Fighting Words, which gives tutoring in creative writing and related arts to people with special needs.
Info: Tickets €30.00, Sunday April 12 at Dublin's Vicar St. musictown.ie
The best of Irish music, song and dance will be celebrated at Feile Neidin, the Kenmare Irish Music Festival running from April 9-12. This year sees a series of exciting concerts including Luka Bloom and his new band O'Sahara (right), as well as music legend Seamus Begley. There are instrument workshops being given by masters of traditional music; tunes on the water so that you can experience the beauty of Kenmare Bay to the accompaniment of music, as well as the Kenmare Session Trail where you can have delicious food and a pint with live music.