Hot list: top Irish events and buy-me-now products
Mum's the word - To give you a little bit of a heads up, Mother's Day is March 15, which gives you two weeks to organise something special to spoil your mammy.
If you really want to pull out all the stops, you could gift her with a trip to five-star luxury spa Monart, Co. Wexford. Here, she can enjoy a 'Sunday Night Special', a one-night spa break in deluxe accommodation priced from €149 per person sharing.
Whiskey in the jar
The Jameson Black Barrel Craft Series moves to Galway next Wednesday (March 4) at 6.30pm. The Old Printing Works space on Market Street will be transformed into a craft workshop celebrating the work of talented Donegal textile designers, Molloy and Sons, who have been in business for five generations and have created a bespoke tweed blanket inspired by the colour, beauty and quality of Jameson Black Barrel. Guests can watch fifth generation master cooper, Ger Buckley give a charring demonstration. The five piece folk rock maestros, Corner Boy, will provide the entertainment.
Register for free tickets on apps.facebook.com/JamesonBlackBarrel/
It's difficult not to have your head turned by fashion's new Spring/Summer options but coat purchasing is a year-round affair. There's always a need for a new outer garment, especially one that's as well cut as this one and in one of the season's hottest textures, suede, from RJR.John Rocha at Debenhams. Wear it with a pair of denim flares to really nail the new season's 1970s mood.
BUY: In store this week, €375; debenhams.ie
Designs for life
What do women want? It's the eternal question. Designer Niamh O'Neill, who has worked with Phillip Treacy and Diane Von Furstenberg, has designed her latest collection entirely around the needs of her customers after her research showed that they desire hard-working, multiple-use options. Her 'Laura' dress for example has a hand-embellished detachable collar, which allows you to take it from day to night. It's the clever wardrobe solution for busy women.
Seachtain na Gaelige, the festival celebrating the Irish language, kicks off tomorrow and has now been running now for an incredible 113 years. Events include a 'human chain' where schools and groups around the country will be singing the same song in sync on Friday, March 6 at 12pm, and free lunchtime screenings of films from the Irish Film Archive at Dublin's Irish Film Centre.
Kilkenny-based jewellery Rudolf Heltzel is providing a fascinating insight into his work at the RDS this week. Since he first came to Ireland from Germany, he has been creating stunning jewellery and is renowned for his delicate use of precious stones. Taking his inspiration from the history and symbolism of precious materials, the talk, 'Paint, Tattoos, Feathers & Diamonds: A Short History of Body Ornamentation', will examine body decoration through the ages.
DETAILS: Wednesday, March 4, see rds.ie
Tea for two
Traditional afternoon tea is getting a makeover in the Secret Garden at the Strand Hotel in Limerick. The Vintage Mad Hatter's Afternoon Tea is, as the name suggests, Alice in Wonderland themed, served up on vintage china. There are dainty sandwiches, scones and The Queen of Hearts mini banoffee or the Cheshire cat macaroons are deliciously tempting too. There's gallons of tea and coffee, although you might like to indulge in one of the cocktail specials like The White Rabbit.
Dingle plays host to a boutique cinematic experience with the Dingle International Film Festival, from Thursday, March 12, to Sunday, March 15. A core part of the festival is Animation Dingle, which celebrates the best animation series and shorts that Irish and international animators have to offer. There are screenings, workshops and seminars aplenty, as well as the added bonus of being in one of the most beautiful parts of the country, with lively festival pub nights held in a variety of traditional pubs in the evening.
All the ladies
Next Sunday is International Women's Day. How to mark it? By getting yourself along to the International Motts' Day Party, taking place in the Sugar Club. Organised by Discotekken and GirlCrew (the group that has over 3,000 members worldwide) for like-minded women who want to meet up, hang out and go dancing, you can expect a full-on celebration of what it means to be a woman with an all-female line up of bands and DJs.