Wednesday 25 April 2018

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

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Model in in John Rocha dress
Model in in John Rocha dress
The Ethical Silk Company
Clodagh Harrington Designs
The Celtic Tenors

John and Simone Rocha are holding a sample sale between Thursday and Saturday at 56 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. Guaranteed to pull in lots of fans, the sale includes womenswear, menswear and accessories from John Rocha's last collection before he retired his designer range and, for the first time, the sale will include Simone Rocha womenswear and accessories.

Details: There are prices to suit every pocket and the sale starts daily at 10am and runs until 8pm on the first day and 6pm the next two nights.


If you're around Oughterard, Co. Galway, a visit to the newly restored Powers Thatched Pub is essential. Jess Murphy of the celebrated Kai Café and Restaurant was involved in setting up the kitchen, with head chef Cillian Hanrahan now at the helm. Delicious offerings include seafood chowder with Dillisk scones and ling fingers in buttermilk and panko breadcrumbs.



The Wexford Food & Wine Festival is now in its seventh year and this time promises to be bigger and better, with more exhibitors than ever before. Starting this Thursday and running until Sunday in Wexford Town, there's a foraging excursion, a craft beer trail, demos and talks. Dáithí Ó Sé will also be there to judge 'The Taste of Success' competition. Some events have a small fee and early booking is advised.



It's an exciting line-up for the Dublin Dance Festival opening this Tuesday.Highlights include flamenco superstar Israel Galván; Liz Roche Company and 80 young performers from Dublin Youth Dance Company in an outdoor dance celebration in Grand Canal Dock. There's also the chance to learn more about dance via masterclasses and Fast Track to Dance, which is a weekend programme for those who'd like to learn more about this art form.



Appetite for Design, a new exhibition which explores our relationships with food and design opened yesterday in the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny. It features the work of leading Irish and international designers, cooks and restaurateurs and looks at the aesthetics, communication and representation of food, and the tools that are used to prepare and eat it. SEE: and


It's a well-known beauty fact that sleeping on silk pillows is great for your skin and hair (less lines and breakage). There are other benefits too, as silk is hypoallergenic and a natural temperature regulator. Perfect for summer use, the Ethical Silk Company's products range from pillowcases to scarves and wraps. They're ethically made in fair-trade tailoring units in India, using eco-friendly mulberry silk. Ten percent of your purchase will also go to charity.

Buy: Scarves, €50; pillowcases from €45.


Catch Ireland's future fashion stars by picking up a ticket for the Limerick School of Art & Design Graduate Fashion Show, taking place this Thursday in the LSAD gallery. Some 28 graduates are competing for IFIL & AIB Graduate Business Development Awards worth €5,000 including a three-month paid work experience with leading Irish fashion designer Danielle Romeril - who is also one of the guest judges on the night.

Book: Tickets €30;

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There aren't very many festivals that promise to cater for everyone aged from three up to 93 but Féile na Tuaithe is one of them. Taking place on Saturday May 23 and Sunday 24 at the National Museum of Ireland, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, this free family friendly event, combines food, crafts demonstrations, family entertainment and museum exhibitions. The Celtic Tenors and chefs Catherine Fulvio and Domini Kemp are some of the big names in attendance this year.



You and your family could become nature detectives next Sunday (May 24) at Powerscourt Waterfall, Co. Wicklow. You'll meet your Chief Nature Detective, receive instructions and a mission map and learn about the bug and plant life. It's a chance to see Ireland's highest waterfall and walk along the natural woodland trails, and families are also encouraged to bring a picnic or barbecue to really make it a great day out.

Book: From 2pm-4pm,

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