Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
It doesn't get more European chic than Hallhuber, the German womenswear brand, which is a new arrival at House of Fraser, Dundrum.
Urban and feminine, its autumn/winter collection features many covetable items including printed jacquard jackets, leather biker jackets, chunky roll-neck sweaters and sequin skirts.
BUY: Hallhuber jersey dress with seam detail €129, Faux Leather Envelope Clutch €51,
Ace your bakes and prep for a chocolately Christmas with Butlers Chocolates' cookery demonstrations. Starting this month, they're suitable for bakers of all levels and are led by Ballymaloe-trained Yvonne Carty, who will show attendants more than six chocolate festive recipes and share her useful tips and hints. The first one takes place on November 10 at 10.30am with several more running until December.
BOOK: €40 per person, butlerschocolates.com
For the very first time a curated collection of the works of Jack and John Butler Yeats from the Niland Collection has gone on tour. The 'Yeats & Son - John and Jack Butler Yeats' exhibition is open to the public at Wexford Arts Centre from now until November 21. John Butler Yeats is renowned for his portraits, while his son Jack was recognised as one of the most important artists of his time.
Expand your knowledge of Spanish wines at a wine-tasting event in Dublin's Smock Alley Theatre this Wednesday from 6.30pm-9pm. Weekend magazine's wine columnist Liam Campbell is hosting tastings of reds from Ribero del Duero and whites from Rueda. Forty wineries will be represented with plenty of wine to sample from both regions, as well as Spanish music performances.
BOOK: €20, eventbrite.co.uk; or see jeansmullen.com
Physics is being celebrated all around Dublin City with a campaign called The City of Physics, running until November 19. The project, directed by Dr Aoibhinn Ní Shúilleabháin and Trinity College's Dr Shane Bergin, wants to bring the branch of science to life, and is doing so with a guerilla artwork campaign and a series of installations and discussions, including a children's workshop exploring music and science at the National Concert Hall this Wednesday.
A little bit quirky and a lot cool, we love Irish designer Jenny Walsh's version of a cuckoo clock to add a charming feel to any room. The clock is made from laser-cut solid alder wood and has high-quality German-made precision quartz mechanisms. If you're thinking ahead to Christmas and gifting, it also comes in its own stylish laser-cut gift box with a black ribbon.
BUY: €40, available from
Stunning scenery, spa treatments and a soothing time awaits at Delphi Adventure Resort & Spa in Connemara with its Delphi Bliss package. This two-night stay includes a healthy breakfast each morning and a five-course gourmet taster meal at the Chef's Table by Stefan Matz, formerly of Ashford Castle. You can then choose from one of four spa treatments followed by an hour's complimentary access in the Thermal Suite. Just the ticket! BOOK: From €247 per person sharing, delphi.ie/spa
The Knitting and Stitching show is taking place in the RDS Dublin from November 12-15. It's Ireland's biggest textile and knitting show and it's celebrating its 21st birthday this year, with a strong line-up for knitting and handcraft enthusiasts. Graduates from the National College of Art and Design will be showcasing their work; there's a Learning Curve programme with a huge range of workshops on a range of topics, from felt work to home furnishings, as well as several galleries and 200 exhibitors. Advance tickets cost €14 for adults, or €13 for concessions and VIP tickets are available.
See the lights
That most wonderful time of the year is being heralded by the switching on of the Christmas lights. In Dublin almost 30 streets will be lit up, which stretches to over 4.5 kilometres and includes 47,350 lights on Grafton Street alone. This coming Thursday sees the Henry Street lights being switched on at 5pm, with family entertainment and a special guest, and Sunday, November 15 at 4pm is when the Grafton Street lights are illuminated, again with a special guest. The lights will remain on until January 7 of next year, and an incredible 25 million people will walk under them.