Hot list: This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
If, like us, you find it very weird to leave the house without a coat (even in summer, it's always Ireland) then you're probably also a fan of the summer scarf. Print Block Makes is a gorgeous new collection of pure wool scarves in a series of bright colours.
Created by Print Block, a collective of print-makers based on Dublin's Cork Street, they come in five unique designs and each one of the hand-finished scarves is a limited edition of 50. Buy: €95 each, available at The Irish Design Shop, Drury Street, Dublin 2
New venue alert! The just-opened McGettigan's in Galway joins the McGettigan's empire which spans to Abu Dhabi, Singapore and NYC. Located on Prospect Hill, its arrival coincides nicely with the influx of thirsty punters attending the many social events on Galway's hectic calendar. Your one-stop shop for food, sport and live music. Details: mcgettigans.com
This weekend the Killarney Festival of Music and Food, at Killarney House Demesne, boasts a stellar musical line-up including Duran Duran, Jools Holland, The Undertones with Mick Flannery (below) headlining the Irish Independent stage on Sunday evening. When you work up an appetite on the dance floor, chefs Catherine Fulvio, Ross Lewis and Derry Clarke will also be there to cook up a storm. details: killarneyfestival.ie
On the edge
Like many great ideas, Irish jewellery label Edge Only was born out of frustration. Former RTÉ star Jenny Huston was tired of buying great-looking costume jewellery that quickly became tarnished, and found that at the higher end, she was only finding conservative pieces. She set about creating luxury jewellery with a distinct edge, all ethically made in Ireland. Edge Only's lightening bolt pendant will certainly finish off your festival look this season. BUY: 14ct-gold lightening bolt earrings, €359, edgeonly.com
If you go down to the woods in Castlecomer Discovery Park, Kilkenny, you're sure of a big delight. A new woodland play area awaits with an elf and fairy village, complete with sweet shop, cafe, and headquarters for the wee folk. Beside the village is a Bluebell Playhouse, where children can read fairytales from the woodland library.
Fergus O'Neill's designs have been loved by the nation since 2008, notably his 'Keep Going, Sure It Will Be Grand' slogan. All of his printed homewares, gifts and greeting cards are made in Ireland. Dubs can celebrate the capital with his retro Pigeon House print, which lists all the towns of the city in alphabetical order, from Artane to Whitehall. Buy: €45 from grandgrand.ie
For a boys' day out with a difference, the Morrison Hotel, Dublin has devised a Gentleman's Afternoon Tea. It's more hearty than teeny cucumber sandwiches too. There's rasher and cheese scones, a steak sandwich with paprika chips, and whiskey salt truffles all washed down with a pint of Wicklow Wolf beer. Dainty? Maybe not, but delicious? Yes. Book: €23 per person; morrisonhotel.ie
The PhotoIreland Festival is running from July 1 until the end of the month and promises to be a visual treat. Celebrating the work of young talented Irish and international photographers, it takes place in over 40 venues around Dublin including the National Botanic Gardens and Dún Laoghaire Pier, as well as established exhibition venues such as the Gallery of Photography, the National Photographic Archive and IMMA (where you'll find the work of Stan Douglas, right). Don't miss the talks, seminars, book fair, as well as the main shows themselves. Details: photoireland.org
Get into the groove
The very lovely location of Kilruddery House & Gardens, Bray, Co Wicklow is the setting for Groove, the family-friendly music festival taking place from July 4-5. Music legend Christy Moore will be joined by Kíla (right), The Darkness, Delorentos and Wallis Bird amongst others. The special area for children, called the Enchanted Gardens, offers drama workshops, yoga, storytelling and more, and the ample parking and close proximity to the Dart station makes getting there easy. Book: Tickets from €49.50, groovefestival.ie