Hot list: top Irish events and buy-me-now products
No Irish wardrobe is complete without some woollen goodness in it, but the challenge has always been to find knitwear that marries warmth with style. Thankfully, knitwear label Ireland's Eye has a SS15 collection with designs that look equally at home on a chic Parisian boulevard or a New York streetscape as they do in an Irish pub. A family-run affair, known for their chunky wool sweaters and cardigans, this season they've included finer cashmere pieces that can be worn right through spring.
BUY: Ivory trellis V-neck sweater €79.95, irelandseyeonline.com
For a Valentine's Day with a difference, join storyteller Paul Timoneny on Dublin's Ha'Penny Bridge from 1pm, where he's performing love poetry. Afterwards, head to Temple Bar's Meeting House Square for 9pm where HamsandwicH and Cathy Davey (pictured top) are headlining an acoustic set. Entry is free on a first come, first served basis and you must be over-18.
If you aspire to be an elegant urbanite, Zoe Jordan is your go-to label. The Dublin-born designer - daughter of former racing boss Eddie - has looked to Berlin for inspiration in her SS15 collection. It's all about mixing masculine and feminine, and playing around with textures such as laser-cut leather and shades of atomised black, gunmetal and pearl. The result is a stylish, distinctive and very cool.
BUY: Ludvika skirt, €775. Zoe Jordan is stocked in Havana, Donnybrook and Kalu, Naas.
Ruth Monaghan of Appassionata Flowers has joined forces with the To Russia With Love charity to create a unique bouquet, with proceeds raised going to children orphaned in Russia's most desolate regions. The bouquet of pink tulips, waxflower and eucalyptus is bound with a paper flower, which is handmade by the children in Hortolova orphanage.
BUY: Available throughout February at €70, with €15 going to the charity, appasionata.ie
After his successful run in The Cripple of Inishmaan on Broadway, the ever-popular Pat Shortt is back with new show, Selfie. Playing singing undertaker Mossey Burke, the comedian invites you to join him and a host of new characters as he recounts his favourite funeral - one that was nearly the death of him. Catch him tonight at the Waterford's Theatre Royal.
BOOK: €29; theatreroyal.ie
From Wednesday until Sunday 22, the 16th annual traditional festival, The Gathering, is taking place at the INEC and Gleneagle Hotel, in Killarney, Co Kerry. It's a packed week of concerts, workshops and sessions, and lots of toe-tapping at the céilís. This year, budding musicians are being asked to submit a video via tradconnect.com, with the winner playing the Saturday night gig with Sean Keane and Band, and Arcady.
BOOK: Weekend pass €50, thegathering.ie
Lovers of fashion and food will find plenty to delight them at the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, which runs until February 28. For example, you can learn how to make a beautiful picture in silk and wool with textile artist Miriam Brady (February 18 in Pearse Street library; February 24 in Ballyfermot library). The event is free but booking is essential on (01) 674 488. Foodies can also take a tour of the Asia Market on Drury Street and learn about cooking with Asian ingredients on February 20.
BOOK: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to book the food tour, or see cny.ie
It's time to celebrate Dublin's lively food scene again with the return of Dine in Dublin from Monday 23 until March 1. Highlights include a Disco Brunch as well as the Dine Pavilion. Running from Monday to Wednesday, 12-6pm, the pavillion is a kitchen where the city's top chefs perform live cooking demos located outside Clerys on O'Connell Street. As usual, there will also be festival specials available at restaurants including Pichet, San Lorenzo's, Saba, Fallon & Byrne, Fade St Social, Opium, Le Bon Crubeen and Drury Buildings.
INFO: dineindublin.ie for more information
The theme of the Galway Astronomy Festival is 'New Worlds - New Horizons'. Starting next Sunday, the festival invites members of the public to an event dedicated to the mysteries of the universe at the Westwood House Hotel. Some of the biggest astronomical questions will be addressed over the course of seven main talks. There's also a visit to the NUIG Observatory and the annual Astro Fest dinner, followed by the Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture and then an astronomy/general knowledge quiz.
BOOK: For ticket pricing information, visit galwayastonomyclub.ie