Monday 19 February 2018

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

Love bomber

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National Gallery
One Pery Square
The South West proved to be the most popular destination for domestic holiday trips.
Creme Egg
Mariah Carey
Demi Moore
Now a bonafide A-lister, here he is in 2016 at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere.

If you were to pick one item that would make you feel dressed for spring/summer 2016 as possible, it has to be a slinky, silky bomber jacket.

Besides that fact that they're beloved of celebs such as Kendall Jenner and Gigi Hadid, they're also a highly useful piece - they lend themselves well to layering, add interest to jeans and trainers and look great with slip dresses. We can't remember the last time outerwear was this much fun.

BUY: Jacket, €80, available from Marks and Spencer,

City slicker

If you're after a pamper session with friends the Georgian splendour of No. 1 Pery Square, Limerick and its Girls Night in the City package is a winner. After checking into one of the plush bedrooms, you can visit the spa with a €35 voucher towards treatments. Then you'll receive a glass of bubbles, followed by a two-course dinner at Sash restaurant before your overnight stay and breakfast the next morning.

BOOK: Package starts from €129 pps midweek, or €159 pps at the weekend,

Art attack

An account of the 1916 rising by republican James Stephens forms the basis of a new exhibition which opens today at the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin. Stephens, a Registrar of the NGI, wrote The Insurrection in Dublin based on his observations of the fighting. The display features images of Douglas Hyde and Thomas Bodkin, a painting of O'Connell Street after the Rising by Edmond Delrenne as well as paintings by Jack B Yeats.

DETAILS: Runs until April 24. See

Coming up roses

Chocolates will be eaten and flowers will wilt but a fabulous scented candle, with a burn time of up to 30 hours, is the Valentine's gift that will last longer. Cult French brand Diptyque and fashion designer Olympia Le-Tan, known for her love of pink, have collaborated to create the Rosaviola candle - a blend of rose, leather and traces of lipstick that has been designed to celebrate the mysteries of a woman's handbag.

BUY: From €30, available at Brown Thomas

Gourmet journey

Galway is one of the country's best culinary destinations and Galway Food Tours are a great way to explore its gastronomic largesse. Run by foodie Sheena Dignam, from Kai Café and Restaurant, the tours take in the Galway Market as well as award-winning restaurants and cafés. Booking is essential and there is a maximum of 15 people per tour.

BOOK: €26 per person. See Galway Food Tours Around the Market Place on Facebook and Instagram.

Boxing clever

The bright people at beauty subscription company, Glossybox, have a great concept this February. They've picked out the products you really can't live without and packaged them up in a collector's edition box. These include an MUA lip shade that flatters all skin tones; a Naobay Protective Hair Mask for voluminous hair and a Nicka K HD 24-hour waterproof eyeliner to perfect your fabulous cat eye slick.

BUY: €13 plus postage and packaging, available throughout February,

Sorbet chic

Irish heritage brand Magee celebrates 150 years in business this year and its SS16 womenswear collection offers a tailored injection of seasonal pastels into your wardrobe. Think Donegal tweeds in lavender, turquoise and pink check. The range of coats, blazers, waistcoats and shirts starts from €125. This kimono-style coat (€425) with a jacquard-woven block design in shades of mink, pink and vanilla is a beautiful way to herald in spring.


Next week

Festival fit

Get some bracing Kerry air into your lungs and explore some of the country's most dramatic scenery with the Dingle Walking Festival, which takes place next weekend. There are three choices of walks available and they cater for varying fitness levels, with registration taking place in Danno's Restaurant and Bar before each walk. For the really adventurous, a night-time walk is taking place on the Friday February 6 from 6pm, which costs €5 with all proceeds going to the Dingle Coast and Rescue Services.


Musical youth

It's orchestral music, but not as you know it! Over 400 talented young players from around Ireland will gather next Saturday at Dublin's National Concert Hall for the 21st Festival of Youth Orchestra. A variety of classical works and arrangements will be performed alongside more modern songs such as theme from Skyfall, Soul Bossa Nova by Quincy Jones and even Bon Jovi's It's My Life. Since the festival's beginnings, over 7,000 musicians have performed and this family event promises plenty of musical highlights.

BOOK: Adult tickets, €15 and children under 14 cost €7.50 on sale from the box office or online at



The art of wearing an over-the-knee boot with a jumper dress, as seen on Kate Moss and Gigi Hadid.

Demi Moore

Demi Moore

Can we have the number of her dermatologist, and immediately?

Dirty eating


The mutiny against 'clean' food, which involves doughnuts and no avocados.

Mariah Carey's wedding

Mariah Carey

It will have elephants, a billionaire husband and a statue of Mariah - what's not to love?

The Chinese New Year

Your second chance to retackle any resolutions starts on Monday.


Slip dresses

So on-trend right now and so very difficult to wear if you're not a lithe teenager.

Après Match's potential red card

Euro 16 viewing is just not going to work without it.

Dublin's Crème Egg café

Creme Egg

Amazing in theory but potentially hazardous if you don't know your own Crème Egg limit.

Hat hair

Frustrating, unflattering and endemic at this time of year.

Leo DiCaprio's Irish name skills

Now a bonafide A-lister, here he is in 2016 at the Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere.

No doubt Domhnall 'Dumble' Gleeson is scratching his head… as is the rest of the country.

Irish Independent

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