Tuesday 12 December 2017

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

It's vintage, darlings

Mocha's Vintage Tea Rooms in Kilkenny
Mocha's Vintage Tea Rooms in Kilkenny
Caithriona King has designed an 'Inspired By… Kate Middleton' collection
Article's botanic range of dinnerware
Kilmokea Country Manor in Campile, Co. Wexford,

If you ever needed a reason to don the glad rags, a visit to Mocha's Vintage Tea Rooms in Kilkenny is it. The 1960s Parisian café-style décor here is making it a popular location for fashion shoots, and the food is similarly impressive. The traditional afternoon tea, with finger sandwiches, mini scones and an array of desserts is standout, and ideally to be eaten whilst wearing something unspeakably glamorous.

DETAILS: Open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am to 5.30pm, 4 Gas House Lane, Kilkenny

Princess Power

It's known as the 'Kate effect' - the Duchess of Cambridge's sartorial choices have spawned masses of fans dedicated to her regal chic. Now Irish milliner Caithriona King has designed an 'Inspired By… Kate Middleton' collection. The Galway-based milliner has always been a fan of the duchess's style and the range includes timeless head pieces in a variety of styles to suit different face shapes and occasions. However, you don't need the duchess's budget to afford a piece, with prices starting from €120. Details: caithrionakingdesigns.com

Free for all

'Festival' and 'free' are two words that we liked to see combined together. Laya Healthcare's City Spectacular is taking place July 1-12 in Dublin's Merrion Square and it's entirely free of charge. The line up includes a football freestyler, a 24-time Guinness World Record holding sword swallower and science, theatre, music and art workshops for children. The following weekend, it's moving to Cork where it will take place in Fitzgerald Park. Details: See www.cityspectacular.com

Festival fever

The country's largest arts festival, Galway Arts Festival kicks of on July 13th and as ever there are plenty of treats in store, including music from St Vincent, Kodaline, Sinead O'Connor and The Coronas and Damien Rice, to Enda Walsh's new work, ' A Girl's Bedroom' and SkyWhale, an artwork 100 feet long and 70 feet tall, which will take flight over Galway. Whatever you go and see, you can be of Galway doing what it does best and playing host to two weeks of fun and festivities Details: See www.giaf.ie for tickets and more information

Summer on a plate

For design lovers in search of beautiful homewares, Article in Dublin's Powerscourt Townhouse Centre should be the first port of call. It's all about unusual but functional pieces and now you can bring the outdoors inside with Article's botanic range of dinnerware, which includes coffee cups, bowls, plates and a platter, which make for charming summer dining. Buy: Prices from €6.50 to €14; articledublin.com

Fine fiesta

Summer and tapas go hand in hand. The Campo Viejo Tapas Trail - an annual celebration of Spanish cuisine and wine - starts this Tuesday in Cork and runs until July 22. Trail-goers can spend the evening strolling through the city, eating at four of the best tapas restaurants in Cork: Arthur Maynes, Bodega, Brick Lane and Zamora. Hosts will guide guests while giving an insight into the wine pairings. Book: Tickets are €30 plus booking fee, campoviejotapastrail.ie

Country charm

Green fingers at the ready: Kilmokea Country Manor, in Campile, Co. Wexford, has lots of horticultural delights to offer keen gardeners. The manor is famed for its manicured gardens and architectural features and today, at 11am, Ruth Chapman is leading a guided walk of the garden (€10pp). Those who would like to completely immerse themselves in the manor can stay overnight, with dinner and breakfast, for €130pp. Details: kilmokea.com

Star-spangled weekend

Embrace your inner Yank this weekend and celebrate Independence Day at the Irish-America Fest in New Ross. Today sees the Declaration of Independence being read at noon by a town crier, al fresco dining at South Street and live entertainment culminating in a Fourth of July fireworks display over the River Barrow at 10.30pm. Tomorrow there's a 'Pirate's Day' at Hook Lighthouse and lots of family fun including a carnival on the quays. Details: irishamericaday.com

On the trail

A lively and spirited evening waits at the National Concert Hall tonight as Fiesta Mexicana makes its Irish debut at 8pm. Dancers, singers and a live mariachi band will be celebrating Mexican culture in this performance, marking the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mexico and Ireland. Details: Tickets €20-€25, nch.ie


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