Wednesday 21 March 2018

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

Fine things

Finery London, now in Brown Thomas
Finery London, now in Brown Thomas
Blueberry pancakes
Aerial Acrobatics by IADF
Seaweed meal
Powerscourt Hotel
Aerial dancer
My Shining Armour
Povey bag
Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair

The fashion pack went into a tizz when the Finery London womenwear brand launched earlier this year, it got the fashion pack into a tizz and with good reason.

The trio behind it previously worked as designers and buyers with Topshop and ASOS and have their finger on the pulse of what women really want to wear, namely high quality, sophisticated, clothes, the kind to make you get excited about shopping again, and all at a reasonable price point. It's available as a pop up in BT2s Grafton Street, including clothes, shoes and accessories - get it before it goes.

Details: Prices from €35 to €205, available until mid June

Summer school

Get in touch with your inner Nigella at Lynda Booth's Dublin Cookery School, which is based in a state-of-the-art facility in Blackrock. They offer several one-day cookery courses, including BBQ, A Taste of Italy and A Cheat's Guide to Gourmet Cooking, which promises to help impress your friends with deceptively simple recipes.

Book: Day courses from €150 each,

Totes amaze

One important and often overlooked element of a great day at the beach is a proper bag. We love the Povey beachbag range, which marries style and functionality, and is designed and handmade in Waterford. There's room for all your essentials such as towels, swimwear and lunch, it folds easily into a suitcase and there's a pocket for your keys. They come in three different colours, although no two bags are exactly the same.

Buy: €42,

Rising star

The beautiful grounds of IMMA, Kilmainham, are the backdrop to 10 days and nights of art, music and food events starting this Thursday. The Summer Rising festival was launched to great acclaim last year and, once again, there are family-friendly food workshops, summer camps for teens, open-air film screenings and interactive art experiences taking place.


Night in shining armour

If all those fun summer do's have your wardrobe worn out, or you'd just like something to transform an outfit from day to night, My Shining Armour's accessories are the perfect solution. This range of intricately designed pieces, created by Kilkenny woman Nicki Hoyne, never fails to wow.


Ready set summer

Why not get fit for those long walks on the beach with Powerscourt Hotel & Resort's Beachbody Bootcamp? Designed to help you feel summer-ready, it starts with a workout and finishes with a luxurious body wrap and massage to give you that holiday feeling.

Book: €155 per person;

Tatt's the way

Ireland's biggest picnic is happening this weekend on the Tattersalls Estate in Co Meath, but that's only one aspect of the Tattersalls International Horse Trials, taking place until May 31. Expect live music, the competition itself, artisan stalls and Weekend magazine's Best Dressed Couple Award (which takes place today). Dogs are also more than welcome, so don't miss out!


Next weekend...

Seaweed scene

In case it's passed you by, seaweed is having a moment right now, being lauded for its health-giving properties, as well as becoming a must-have ingredient for foodies. The Ballybunion Wild Atlantic Seaweed Weekend, taking place from June 5-7, is celebrating all things seaweed, with demonstrations from Clodagh McKenna, seaweed tasting menus in restaurants, foraging and boat trips, as well as the chance to bathe in traditional salt water/seaweed baths. See:

I believe I can fly

If you really want to fly, it's not beyond the realms of possibility. For three weeks, starting June 6, the Irish Aerial Dance Fest (IADF) in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, is giving workshops and performances for anyone who wants to learn aerial dance. Classes, including fabric, trapeze, rope and wall-running, are open to both beginners and more advanced practitioners, and spectators are welcome too.


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