Hot list... This weekend's top Irish events and buy-me-now products
The finest talent in Irish design and craft is being showcased with CREATE, Brown Thomas' exhibition of some 49 designers, including Mariad Whisker and Rebecca Marsden, milliner Laura Kinsella, jewellery designer Maria Dorai-Raj, with crafts by Foxford Woollen Mills and Jerpoint Glass Studio.
And for the first time, Create, now in its fifth year, is including menswear and footwear, so don't miss it!
Info: The exhibition will be featured on all floors of Brown Thomas, Grafton Street; with pop-ups happening in Brown Thomas Cork, Limerick and Galway over the coming months
Ease your way into the weekend with an outdoor (weather-permitting) Qigong meditation session today at Dublin's Chester Beatty Library at 1.30pm.
It's a free event suitable for all ages and no booking is required, but numbers are limited. While you're there, it would be remiss not to check out the library's current exhibition, 'Damsels for Dinner'.
At Fallon & Byrne's food hall, you'll find a variety of breads which have been proved for 24/48 hours, resulting in a delectable crust and an airy centre. Similarly, their pastry range includes everything from home-baked crumbles to mousses and muffins. Essentially, abandon all hope ye low-carbers who enter here, but you won't regret it.
Info: Fallon & Byrne, Exchequer Street and the People's Park, Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
The good wife
A fascinating new exhibition at the National Print Museum in Dublin explores what it meant to be a 'modern wife' in 1960s Ireland, as seen through the pages of women's magazines. With the emergence of new technologies in the 1960s, it wasn't enough to be an 'ideal wife', one also had to be a 'modern wife'. The exhibition has a number of themes, including the growth of women's magazines, advice for newly married wives and The Housewife of the Year competition.
Info: Free, July-August; nationalprintmuseum.ie
Airfield Estate is celebrating the season in style tomorrow with a Summer Medley. You can try your hand at lawn games, including croquet and welly-tossing, while a live brass band provides the music. There are planting activities for children (5-12 years), tips for bee-keeping, tastings of milk from the Jersey herd and you can decorate your own cake.
Info: Adults €10, children €5, under-3s free; airfield.ie
wordbird.ie is the exciting new venture from the people behind homebird.ie, the online home décor and gift shop. It specialises in uniquely Irish artwork for your home or workspace and is guaranteed to bring a colour pop to your environs. The company is currently designing a print series of Irish sporting legends, which so far includes his Bodness - Brian O'Driscoll - Katie Taylor and Paul McGrath. How could we resist?
Buy: Brian O'Driscoll print, €25; wordbird.ie
Blarney Castle's head gardener, Adam Whitbourn, will be on hand alongside many internationally-acclaimed garden speakers at The Blarney in Bloom Summer Garden Fair, taking place today, on the grounds of Blarney Castle, Co Cork. There's also specialist plant nurseries, a farmers' market and an interactive gardening area. And The Irish Guide Dogs is Blarney in Bloom's charity partner for the fourth year.
Info: 10am to 5pm. Entry is €5. Children under 12 free; guidedogs.ie
Next weekend sees Bundoran get into party-mode for its second Carnival Festival. It's a fully packed programme over the two days, one of the highlights being a massive fireworks display at the main beach on Saturday night. On Sunday afternoon, hundreds of vintage cars will be on display in the West End car park, while the main street will be taken over with bouncy castles and other attractions. A sandcastle competition, carnival workshops, parade and a street performer competition are also lined up for what promises to be a really fun gathering.
Calling all budding ballet dancers. Ballet Ireland, the National Ballet of Ireland, is embarking on its summer schools, giving young dancers the chance to find out about a career in dance by working with the company's professional dancers to create a ballet. This year the inspiration is The Frog Prince and participants will help devise the choreography, create sets and costumes over four days. The programme is open to everyone six and older, with or without dance training, and the schools will be happening in Ennis, Tallaght, Letterkenny, Cookstown and Moate over the coming weeks.
Info: Programme cost from €80 per child; balletireland.ie