Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Easy does it
To be effortlessly chic is the holy grail of fashion, but usually a lot of work goes into making it happen. We love Stella & Dot's new autumn line, which has just landed, because it really does make accessorising easy.
The Zoe lariat necklace, one of its bestselling necklaces (in silver and now available in gold) can be worn in endless ways - looped, tied, back-to-front, or even as a head piece - making it the perfect day-to-night piece.
BUY: Necklace €98, Sawyer Stone Bracelet €49; stelladot.eu
Make date night more romantic this weekend with open-air cinema event 'Love on the Lawn' at Tattersalls country house. Saturday's showing is When Harry Met Sally and on Sunday, it's 1990s classic Pretty Woman, with the film showing at 9pm on both nights. Ticket price includes a glass of sparkling cider from Irish artisan producers Craigies, and there will be a bar and gourmet burgers available on both nights.
BOOK: Tickets are €10; tattersallscountryhouse.ie/movies
Some of Ireland's most-loved chefs are lined up to appear at Taste of Cavan taking place August 7-8 at the Cavan Equestrian Centre. Rachel Allen, Kevin Dundon and Cavan's own Neven Maguire will all appear, as well as 'No Salt' chef Brian McDermott and Fallon & Byrne's head pastry chef Shane Smith. Over 100 local producers will be exhibiting their culinary wares and there's plenty of family fun too in the form of a medieval village, with knights on horseback and a funfair with teddy bear workshops.
DETAILS: Admission is €5 with kids under 12 free; thisiscavan.ie
Get up the yard
Music, food and games all come together this weekend at the Beatyard Festival, taking place in Dun Laoghaire. Over the two days, musical highlights include Sister Sledge and Four Tet. Then there's Eatyard - a food and drink village featuring some of Dublin's finest artisan producers. More fun awaits at the Gameyard, with steaming hot-tubs, a pinball parlour, crazy golf and basketball.
BOOK: tickets €59-€95;
If you haven't already, there's still the chance to catch the 185th annual exhibition at the Dublin's Royal Hibernian Academy, which closes on August 9. This is Ireland's longest-standing open submission exhibition including painting, sculpture, photography, print, drawing and architectural models, with over 500 works on display. This year well-known British artist Tracey Emin is showing for the first time ever in Dublin. Admission to the gallery is free.
A fashion-loving Drogheda schoolgirl is living her dream and raising funds for Sonairte ecological centre in Laytown, Co Meath by opening her own designer studio and showroom there tomorrow. 'House of Maiya' will host an outdoor 'Fusion' fashion show at 6pm with all funds raised going to help Sonairte.
Details: Tickets €15, €25 family ticket, €10 for students sonairte.ie/events&Courses/fusion-fashion
If you're in search for something unique to adorn a blank wall, look no further than Pat Byrne's unique prints. The artist points out that using antique book pages (the Alice with butterflies here is printed on a page from an encyclopaedia from the 1830s), gives the artwork a warm and aged glow and that the pages might have some blemishes and imperfections, adding to the charm. And what's more, no two prints will ever be the same.
BUY: €20; jamartprints.com
Jamoke Akintola and Peter Hogan first started their fish and chips venture in the Blackrock Market to great success and now their restaurant Fish Shop has become a culinary destination in the city centre. They keep the menu simple with beer battered catch of the day, fried oysters with lime and chilli, and the seriously good Fillet O Fish Shop - a brioche filled with battered fish, lettuce and a fennel and apple slaw.
DETAILS: 6 Queen Street, Dublin 7; fish-shop.ie
The 42nd Kilkenny Arts festival begins on August 7 and its enticing 10-day programme in the medieval city offers up many delights. Theatre offerings include DruidShakespeare, an exploration of English history with an Irish twist, while music lovers can enjoy a rare Irish performance from Jordi Savall (right). And the festival's visual artist in-residence, Mick O'Dea will be painting and sketching scenes and performances throughout in a piece called A Festival Portrait. You can drop into his studio to see the great artist at work.