Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
We never tire of floral prints and this season there are so many ways to say it with flowers, whether it's a blossom-adorned top or frock, or a petal-embellished print skirt.
Irish fashion house Lila Calypso has its finger on the pulse with this purple petal swing dress. The super-flattering cap sleeves cover the shoulders and the patent belt nips the waist in nicely. Wear for a big event or dress it down with flats for a casual look. Buy: Dress, €159; lilacalypso.com
Slowly does it
Land and Sea is the theme of this year's Burren Slow Food festival, taking place this weekend. Three Michelin-starred chefs - L'Erivain's Derry Clarke (pictured), Chapter One's Ross Lewis and Aniar's JP McMahon - are all in attendance and events include oyster tasting and a foraging walk. Go with an appetite! Details: slowfoodclare.com
Shop for good
The Strand Inn at Dunmore East may just be the perfect Irish beach destination. Family-run and charming, it has the personal touch, boutique hotel sensibilities and an emphasis on both comfort and luxury. The restaurant here offers the best seasonal foods, including line-caught seafood and locally reared beef. Your only concern? That the sunny southeast lives up to its name. Book: thestrandinn.com
If you're interested in science, pay a visit to Seasonal Beast, an Irish website that combines a science and nature blog with shopping. Check out their wall prints and pendants for something different or head along to one of their organised events. The next one scheduled is on July 31 in Dublin's Freemason Hall. Called Once in A Blue Moon, it will see and talks from science writers and live music to mark the rare 'blue moon' on that night. Details: Every Cloud mug, €12.50, seasonalbeast.ie
For anyone wanting to make a child's first theatre experience a very special one, Branar Téater do Pháistí's adaptation of Oliver Jeffers' award-winning book The Way Back Home fits the bill. This is the story about a boy who finds a single-propeller airplane in his closet and flies into outer space. Playing in the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, tonight, it takes in several other Irish venues before travelling onto Japan. Book: For full tour details, see branar.ie
Summer is here (not that you'd always be able to tell with a thermometer) and for many of us that means big days out. Whether it's a wedding or ladies' day at the local racecours, a show-stopping headpiece is a must. Those in the know look to milliner Carol Kennelly - a veteran of the ladies' day circuit who established her hatmaking business after a best dressed win at the Listowel races in 2007. From her Kerry base, Carol offers headpieces and hats, such as the Tina (pictured) both off the shelf and as bespoke designs. Details: carolkennellymillinery.com
The Design House is holding a charity fashion show on Tuesday in aid of The Heart & Lung Appeal at The Mater Hospital Foundation. Emerging Irish fashion and jewellery designers will showcase their collections at St Ann's Church, Dawson Street, Dublin 2. The show is in memory of Helen Fennell who received a heart transplant but sadly passed away last year aged 18. Book: Tickets €35, materfoundation.ie
It's that time of year once more as food and family festival, Bloom, makes its return to the Phoenix Park, Dublin. An incredible 106,000 people visited last year and 2015 is likely to see a similar influx. There are show gardens, a botanical art exhibition, some excellent children's activities and entertainment, craft and artisan food stalls aplenty, celebrity chefs and, as ever, a feel-good atmosphere that's pervasive, making Bloom one of the nicest events on Ireland's festival calendar. Info: See our guide to Bloom elsewhere.
Cool for cats
It's hard to believe that the Sky Cat Laughs Festival is celebrating its 21st birthday. Since 1995, it's grown from a small event to an international affair, the vibrant city of Kilkenny playing an excellent backdrop for proceedings. There's an abundance of Irish talent including Ardal O'Hanlon, David O'Doherty, Eleanor Tiernan, Jason Byrne (pictured right) and PJ Gallagher. The international comedy flag is being flown by Jack Dee and David Letterman. There's no funnier ways to spend the June bank holiday weekend. See: thecatlaughs.com for the full programme.