Saturday 24 February 2018

Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

Gym gorgeous

Dunnes Stores Sportswear
Dunnes Stores Sportswear
Balfe's new menu
Pouffe, €133, from Next
Romance heart ring wrap (€36), Alex and Ani
Glen of Aherlow Walking Festival
Ballymaloe House
Chinese New Year
Not Too Precious, National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny
Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth in 2012
Sing Street
Infused h20
Bill Meme
Snooze alarm

There's no guarantee that investing in nice sportswear will help you get any fitter or more dedicated to the cause. What is apparent, however, is that it's no longer acceptable to work out in baggy pants and tees.

If you want to up your fitness style game, Dunnes Stores' new range of high performance, colourful sportswear includes bra tops starting at €12, leggings for €25 and waterproof jackets for €40. If they don't put you in a work-out frame of mind, wear them anyway and just say you're working the 'athleisure' trend.

BUY: Available in store and online;

Walk this way

The scenic Glen of Aherlow in Tipperary sees the annual Winter Walking Festival taking place this weekend. Walkers can choose between three routes which take in wonders such as the lower Galtees and the National Loops on Slievenamuck; and tonight, there's a festival dinner in the Aherlow House Hotel (€23pp). Tomorrow at 12pm, you can jump onboard a 'Discover the Ancient Glen' bus tour (€10) to explore sacred sites with local historian Tom Whyte.DETAILS: Walks from €10,

Great start

Dining out doesn't have to be detrimental to healthy eating plans, especially if you begin your day at Balfe's just off Dublin's Grafton Street. The restaurant has teamed up with Paul and Siobhan Byrne of BodyByrne Fitness to create a new menu of breakfast and brunch targeting healthy eaters with dishes like oat pancakes with scrambled egg and avocado; or a wholemeal wrap with sweet potato, roast pepper, chicken & hummus.


True romance

Roses are red, violets are blue and Valentine's gifts should be rose quartz. That's according to Alex & Ani whose romantic new jewellery collection is focused around the 'stone of the heart'. If stones aren't for you, A&A's Romance heart wrap bracelet (€62) surrounds the wearer in delicate hearts. Or choose the Romance heart ring wrap (€36), which symbolises passion and infatuation. Both are available in silver, gold and rose gold finishes.

BUY: or

Screen sounds

February 14 is your chance to see musical genius Ennio Morricone at Dublin's 3Arena. The composer, who has written over 500 scores for cinema and television including The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Once Upon a Time in the West, is up for his sixth Academy Award nomination for his work on Tarantino film The Hateful Eight. This production is part of a world tour marking his 60th anniversary as a composer and conductor.

BOOK: Tickets from €86, including booking fee;

Pouffe power

Homewares purchases generally comes under one of two categories: the deathly dull practical thing you absolutely need, or the useless but gorgeous thing you waste your money on. Falling happily in the middle - the enjoyable-shopping-guilt-free-spending zone - are pouffes. A really great pouffe is not only decorative, but works as extra seating, as a footstool or as a low table for snacks. This one, decorated with allium motifs, is especially pretty.

BUY: €133, from Next;

My precious

A fascinating new exhibition has opened at the National Craft Gallery, Kilkenny, which focuses on the expressive potential of jewellery. Not Too Precious features work by artist-jewellers, including Emma Cahill and Jaki Coffey, and challenges the notion that jewellery should be evaluated based on what the metals and stones used are worth, rather than its artistic merit. Quirky pieces include 'the beaver family from pencil creek' pendant by Felieke Van Der Leest.

DETAILS: Runs until March 30, free entry,

Next week...

Eastern promise

Visual, cultural and culinary treats are in store with the Dublin Chinese New Year Festival, which launches next Saturday in the CHQ building, Customs House Quay. The Spring Festival Carnival Experience here has two days of celebrations including tea tasting, lantern making and cooking demonstrations. Other highlights of the two-week year of the monkey festival are art workshops in the Chester Beatty Library, a Meet the Monkeys workshop at Dublin Zoo and a walking tour through Dublin's Chinatown where you can sample the best in authentic Chinese food.


The good life

Next Sunday, Cork's Ballymaloe Grainstore is holding a Good Living day, where you'll have the opportunity to discover more about many things that can potentially improve your life, both physically and mentally. Darina Allen will be giving a talk on fun household tips and tricks, while Rachel Allen discusses the importance of leading a balance life. You can also learn about yoga, kite surfing and universal energy arts and there are food stalls and shopping throughout the day.

BOOK: From 10am-5pm, tickets €10.



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