Thursday 22 February 2018

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

Beach pretty

Macari swimwear
Macari swimwear
Dublin Pride Festival
Dining al fresco
Flavours of Fingal County
Roz Purcell - The Rainbow Run
Christchurch Cathedral
Faithlegg House, Waterford

Excellent news for anyone dreading the idea of pouring herself into a bikini this summer - the one-piece is officially back in vogue so you can take advantage of clever new designs to hide your lumps and bumps.

Designer Virginia Macari has launched her new swimwear collection, made up of one-pieces, silk and lace sarongs, and bikinis too. Some of the swimsuits come with a corset designed to lift the bust and not pad it; all are double-lined and the result is a swimsuit to make you feel extremely body-confident. Buy: From €180 to €310, see

Easy al fresco

Picnic with ultimate ease with Poulet Bonne Femme. The Irish company specialises in rotisserie-cooked chicken, and its handmade picnic includes a marinated Irish free-range chicken, coleslaw, a Bretzl French stick, Irish strawberries and a homemade lemonade, all in a bespoke bag. Available at selected Avoca stores, it feeds four for €40. Details: pouletbonnefemme

Statement piece

If you're fan of costume jewellery but don't want to be making the exact same statement as everyone else in town, Irish fashion label Scribble & Stones is for you. The jewellery range, designed by Jenny Kiernan, has some beautiful pieces priced between €20 and €85. Put together in a design studio in Dublin, the pieces use plated metals, brass, leather and quality, lightweight Italian resin, and come in neutral colours that match every outfit. Buy: Bronze chain and rust leather necklace, €75,

Fairytale of Dublin

The second annual Dublin Garden Festival takes place in Christchurch Cathedral this weekend. There'll be craft and garden stalls held within the Cathedral's grounds, a petting zoo and Weekend columnist Diarmuid Gavin is in situ tomorrow morning with a champagne breakfast at the Cathedral deanery on Werburgh Street. Other speakers include Eamon Dunphy, Ivan Yates and Trevor Sargent. See:

On your bike

National Bike Week is being celebrated at Bord na Móna's Lough Boora Discovery Park, Co Offaly, tomorrow from 12 noon until 4pm. Families and cycling enthusiasts can take part in a whole range of activities, including a 'slow' bike race (the only rule is that you need to keep moving), an obstacle course and tightrope contest. Bike doctor, Pat Barrett will also be on hand, offering advice and tips Book: See

Tasty travels

Go gourmet at Faithlegg House Hotel in Co Waterford. Following a refurbishment of the Roseville Rooms restaurant, head chef Jenny Flynn has created a 'Food Journey' that allows for guests to enjoy the best that local producers and makers have to offer. BOOK: An overnight stay with dinner and breakfast costs from €139 per person. See:

Ultimate fun run

The country's most colourful fun run is taking place in Dún Laoghaire Harbour today. The Rainbow Run encourages participants of all ages and abilities to start out dressed in white, before they are doused in coloured powder paint (which is a non-toxic and natural product) along their 5km run. There are two events at 10am and 3pm, and the route takes in Dún Laoghaire's West Pier, giving wonderful views of Dublin Bay. Book: €29.99,

Next week...

Show time

Interesting fact: the Fingal area produces over one third of Dublin county's finest fruits, vegetables and potatoes. At the Flavours of Fingal County Show, taking place on June 27-28, you can sample some of this fine fare for yourself. The food village in the walled garden of Newbridge House boasts cookery demonstrations, more than 40 artisan producers and lots of delicious food. The semi-finalists of the inaugural All-Ireland Craft Butchers Home Cook 2015 competition will be present, allowing you to see sausage-making first-hand, taste the results and vote for your favourite Details:

Pride and joy

Dublin Pride kicked off yesterday and this year's festival promises to be its biggest one yet. Running until June 28, there are lots of fun activities scheduled for all the family in celebration of the LGBTQ community, including the Dublin Pride Dog Show, taking place at 2pm today in Fairview Park. You've also time to start thinking about outfits for the Baby Pride event at 12pm next Saturday on Parnell Square, where the search is on for the best pride costumes for babies and kids - colour, rainbows and all the glitter are a given. Details:

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