Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Excess all areas
For lovers of clean, sleek lines, the not-so-great news is that maximalism is having a big fashion moment. This means pom-poms on shoes, crazy colour clashes, lots of lace and sequins - preferably all worn together, while donning a tiara at the same time. Such outré looks only really look well on the catwalk, or on fashion bloggers, but it's not difficult to incorporate elements of the style into your wardrobe.
Think along the lines of jewelled collars on shirts and embellished jackets instead of plain blazers.
BUY: Embroidered jacket, €59.99, available at H&M, hm.com/ie
Something old, something new
The Judgement of Paris was an infamous wine competition that took place 40 years ago this year. It saw French judges carry out blind-tasting comparisons of French and US wines - and to the experts' shock, the US won. This March 23, Restaurant FortyOne on Dublin's St Stephen's Green will be recreating the event. Starting with a canapé reception, followed by a three-course dinner created by chef Graham Neville, two carefully selected glasses of old and new world wine accompanying each course. They're selected by the evening's host, sommelier Victor Nedelea, you can judge for yourself what country should win.
BOOK: €85pp including three-course dinner and matching wine tasting; (01) 662-0000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
With Easter on the horizon, thoughts are probably turning to family breaks and Ballynahinch Castle in Recess, Connemara has an appealing two-night break with plenty of family-friendly activities to partake in, from guided adventure walks to an Easter egg hunt. The package includes two nights' stay with breakfast, and dinner on an evening of your choice.
BOOK: Prices from €690 for two adults and two children under 12 sharing, ballynahinch-castle.com
Paws for thought
We're a nation of pet lovers, according to a recent study, which found that 61pc of all Irish households are the proud owners of a cat or a dog. If you're part of this posse, you'll enjoy Pawsitivity in the City, taking place from Friday to Sunday in Merrion Square, Dublin. A free family- and pet-friendly event, the programme is brimming with fun events such as a Doggy Disco, a pop-up Doggy Café and lots of snacks for your four-legged friends and you.
This Thursday the country is putting on its party hat! In Waterford, the theme of the parade is 'Celebrating Waterford's Diverse Culture', with street art specialists Spraoi adding their magic. In Cork, the theme is '1916 - The Legacy', and trad music series 'Lee Sessions' is not to be missed. Dublin's St Patrick's Day celebrations, meanwhile, are a four-day event, with everything from treasure hunts to a huge céilí.
DETAILS: corkstpatricksfestival.ie; stpatricksfestival.ie
See the light
Byrogue is the East London jewellery range as seen on celebs such as Cara Delevingne and Suki Waterhouse and now the label has branched out into sunglasses. The new collection is pretty fabulous and comes in six styles and various shades and materials including leather, ponyskin and denim. For every pair of Byrogue sunglasses sold, €13 will go to the Sightsavers charity which helps protect the sight of people in developing countries.
BUY: Prices from €116; see byrogue.co.uk
Keep it country
Some of the biggest names from country music are in town this weekend for the 'Country to Country 2016' festival at the 3Arena, Dublin. American mega stars Miranda Lambert and Dwight Yoakam are taking to the stage this evening while tomorrow former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood is likely to be one of the biggest draws, as her 'Storyteller' tour has been a sell-out.
BOOK: Tickets from €59.50 available from Ticketmaster