Wednesday 21 March 2018

Hot list: top Irish events and buy-me-now products

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

Laura Kinsella Millinery
Laura Kinsella Millinery
Des Bishop
The Lodge at Ashford Castle
Considered Cafe
Cork French Film Festival
Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair
Pestle and Mortar
Considered by Helen James
Ashford Lodge, Mayo
Alltech Craft Beer Festival

Hat tricks - As the famous 1930s advertising slogan says, if you want to get ahead, get a hat.

And they don't come much more beautiful and abstract than Laura Kinsella's creations. The Carlow-born milliner is one of eight designers, and the only milliner, who has been selected to represent Ireland in an Irish exhibition called In the Fold at London's International Fashion Showcase this weekend. For brides, racegoers and anyone else who wants a statement headpiece in their lives, her designs tick all the right boxes.


Spring break

Looking for a spring getaway? The Lodge at Ashford Castle, Co. Mayo has a package to stimulate all the senses. The Four Seasons, Four Reasons package highlights the best reasons to visit the Lodge, namely the views, the food, the activities and the welcome you'll receive. It includes a one-night stay, a cruise on the Corrib, followed by a three-course dinner in the Quay Bar and breakfast the next day.

BOOK: €239 p/room,

Funny man

Des Bishop's Coming Home is his critically acclaimed show about his life in China as he attempted to learn Mandarin there. Adventures along the way included working as a waiter in a restaurant and trying to find a girlfriend at a Beijing marriage market. The show is being brought to Ireland for a limited run until March 5, including the Barbican Theatre, Drogheda tonight and An Grianán, Letterkenny tomorrow.


Limerick lit

The Limerick Literary Festival, in honour of the late Limerick novelist and playwright Kate O'Brien celebrates her life and work. Today, speakers include author Elizabeth Wassell, poet John Montague as well as writer Niall Williams. Participants tomorrow include writer and blogger Pamela Cahill presenting Kate O'Brien's Farewell Spain as well as art historian Éimear O'Connor, who will give an illustrated talk on Limerick artist Seán Keating.

BOOK: (061) 774 774 or online at

Date with data

Check out Lifelogging, a new exhibition at The Science Gallery in Dublin's Trinity College, tomorrow for a free workshop from noon to 6pm. Social Media Self is asking what does your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram usage say about you, using a system that captures your online persona. Take part in psychometric testing and contribute to real research on social media, and online personalities.


Skin saviour

Irish-owned family company Pestle and Mortar is all about affordable, quality beauty products that promise to do wonders for your skin. Their Pure Hyaluronic Serum is free of all nasties such as parabens and propylene glycol; is not fragranced and is not tested on animals. It hydrates even sensitive skin and smooths fine lines. The serum launches online at this month as part of the store's Extraordinary Beauty Event. You can also purchase it on the Pestle and Mortar website.

BUY: €43 for 30ml;

Consider this

A very charming addition to the already buzzing Drury Street area in Dublin is Helen James' Considered Café. An extension of the range she has created with Dunnes Stores, the idea is to create a relaxed atmosphere, serving up great coffee and excellent baked goods. The menu uses ingredients from the range such as granola and yoghurt with rose syrup, and you can also pick up items to bring home - the pistachio and ginger truffles are sinfully good.

DETAILS: Open Monday to Saturday, 9am-6pm, 35/36 Drury Street.

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Get crafty

It's not just about the beer at the Alltech Craft Brews & Food Fair taking place from Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1 in Dublin's Convention Centre. There's artisan food from Bretzel Bakery, L Mulligan Grocer and Sheridan's Cheesemongers, among numerous others. Visitors can sample more than 300 craft brews from all over the world and live entertainment includes the broadcast of the three Six Nation rugby clashes and live music from The Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow and Booka Brass Band.


Vive la France

The best of French cinema, culinary events and wine tastings mark out the Cork French Film Festival this year. Taking place from March 1-8, highlights include the Oscar-nominated Timbuktu and the indie hit, Girlhood. Acclaimed actor and film-maker Mathieu Amalric is opening the festival with his adaptation of The Blue Room and is also presenting a series of Q&A screenings, which look at his work to date including The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, the film that made him world famous.


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