Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Tis the season to embrace lovely knitwear, which is coming in all sorts of shapes and styles this autumn. Donegal-based knitting company, Fisherman Out of Ireland, are inspired by Killybegs fishing port and its boats, nets and anchors.
Staying warm has never been so cool with their luxurious and natural knits which come in an array of styles to suit both you and your beau.
BUY: Chestnut wool chunky cardigan, €199; fishermanoutofireland.com
Festival season clearly still has a lot of life in it yet. The Taste of Togher Food Festival is taking place in the Linn Duachaill Restaurant in Annagassan from 12pm today and admission is free. Tara Walker of the East Coast Cookery School will be staging demos throughout the day while restaurants will be competing fiercely in the Chowder of the Year competition.
The sixth annual Indian Film Festival of Ireland got off to a glamorous start yesterday with attendance of veteran filmmaker and prince, The Raja of Kowara, Muzzaffar Ali. It sets the tone for this celebration of the best of Indian cinema, from its old classics to the latest blockbuster, with screenings at Movies@Dundrum, DLR Lexicon, Chester Beatty and Pearse Street libraries in Dublin.
Keep on truckin
Vintage motor aficionados are in for at a treat today and tomorrow at the Dublin Port Vintage Rally, an exhibition of classic commercial vehicles from all over Ireland. The Rally celebrates the 75th anniversary of CIE - that means it was founded in 1945 for those bad at maths - and features buses and trucks dating back to the 1950s. Take a bus tour of Dublin Port, and enjoy food stalls and transport memorabilia. DETAILS: 12-6pm, tickets start from €12; dublinportrally.com
Into the west
Writer John Banville, music act Alabama3 and film producer Martina Niland are all on the line-up for the 40th Westport Arts Festival taking place from Thursday until October 4. There is much to captivate this year from poetry to visual arts, street theatre, cinema and more. Not to be missed is the Morshiuil Na Feile festival parade, where The Boy Explorer - a 15ft puppet created by Macnas - is being presented.
Chloe Townsend is becoming as well known as her actor brother Stuart, thanks to her fabulous jewellery line Willow & Clo. The designer, who was crowned 2014 Irish Accessory Designer of the Year at Kerry Fashion Week, made her name with creations which combine Indian gemstones and Irish design. The willow range - based on the leaf shape of her favourite tree - is her signature collection and these 22kt gold vermeil willow leaf hoop earrings, with green chrysoprase and aqua chalcedony, are elegant showstoppers.
BUY: €189; willowandclo.ie
The dramatic impact that a well-chosen lamp can have in a room is often underestimated. Founded in 2012 by interior stylist Sarah O'Dea, Shady and the Lamp is a Dublin-based design company creating eye-catching lampshades. These colourful shades are handmade using vintage and modern frames that are upcycled with fresh fabrics. The company also offers a restoration service for your much-loved vintage lampshade, and it takes commissions to create your own bespoke lampshade.
Breakfast for champions
Calling all schools, crèches, businesses, friends and families: Monday October 5 sees the start of Cheerios Childline Breakfast Together Week. It's your opportunity to support the ISPCC Childline service, which answers calls from children in need around Ireland. TV3's Anna Daly is the ambassador for the fundraiser, which aims to get people to host a fundraising breakfast. They hope to raise €300,000 to keep the services open - Childline is over 90pc funded by the public, so all support is needed. Everyone can donate €2 by texting BREAKFAST to 30500.
DETAILS: Register at childlinebreakfast.ie
Rare aul times
Next Saturday, you can learn all about Dublin's original style hub, O'Connell Street, with fashion historian Ruth Griffin's Lost Fashion History of Dublin tour. The street was originally built as a glamorous boulevard, and the two-hour tour - from 2-4pm - looks back on its 18th-century glory days, its great Victorian department stores as well as the cinema, the hotel and the ballroom located there back in the day. The tour begins under Clery's clock and finishes at the Woollen Mills.
BOOK: Tickets €12, see ruaruth.com