Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Colour you beautiful
Since shades of neutral and blacks are so classic, over-reliance on them is an ever-present risk. And doing so this season is almost criminal given how colourful and gorgeous so much of SS16's fashion is. Irish designer Emma Manley's new collection, called Box Clever, is a riot of colour, from bubblegum pink to Kelly green, with metallics such as old silver and iridescent blue giving it a futuristic feel.
As ever, it's her attention to detail and experimentation with textures that make her designs so fresh.
BUY: Top €175, skirt €325, manley.ie
Time for tea
Refined pleasures await at Waterford's Lismore Castle tomorrow where the annual Devonshire Day takes place. Guests can enjoy a Devonshire cream tea with a guided tour of the castle gardens. The event is a fundraiser for Immrama, the travel writing festival, and tea and tours take place at intervals throughout the day.
BOOK: Tickets €20, available from the Immrama office and Lismore Heritage Centre,
The fifth year of the Galway Food Festival sees a whole range of interesting events lined up, ranging from dinner with Roz Purcell to an exploration of how the espresso martini has become the hippest cocktail around. The theme of the 2016 festival is '100 years of Irish Food' and looks at how our perception of food has moved from being mere fuel to something to be celebrated, and how we can still learn from the traditions of the past. With food tours, demonstrations, and talks, this is every Irish foodie's go-to destination this Easter. DETAILS: Running from 24-28 March. See www.galwayfoodfestival.com for the full festival line-up.
You can both celebrate history and become part of it at the Rising parade on Easter Sunday. More than 360,000 people are expected to participate in the event, which takes in a 4 ½ km route, beginning at 10am and finished at 2.30pm. The parade stops outside the GPO at 12.3opm where the Proclamation will be read and President Michael D Higgins will lay a wreath, and there are 22 viewing screens around the city. Over the weekend, there's a huge selection of events taking place in the city, as well as around the country, including talks, performances and exhibits. DETAILS: See www.ireland.ie
Art of the matter
The Royal Hibernian Academy's annual exhibition, which is opening on Tuesday and running until June 11, is now in its 186th year and includes photography, print, painting, sculpture, drawing and architectural models. Some 560 artworks from 390 artists are being exhibited, reflecting the growth in Ireland's art market. Simply enjoy the exhibition, or splash out and make a start on your own collection.
DETAILS: Entry is free; 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2, rhagallery.ie
Arrow to the heart
As any bride will know, it's all in the details, but pulling together a Big Day full of pretty decor can be challenging (not to mention quite a pinch on budgets!) Luckily Penneys is coming to the rescue yet again with its new wedding range which includes gorgeous guna's for the kids, accessories, lingerie and wedding décor. We love these retro arrows which are as functional as they are a fun addition to the day!
BUY: Wedding Arrows, €3, Available in Penneys stores until April.
On the hunt
The Cadbury's Easter Egg Hunt in aid of Barnardos is happening on Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Five hundred additional tickets have been released for the event at Dublin's Merrion Square. All hunters will receive an Easter egg and can enjoy the activities at the Bunny Village. Choose between a morning (10.30am-1.00pm) or afternoon event (2pm-4.30pm).
DETAILS: Family tickets €20, all proceeds to Barnardos, cadbury.ie/easter
There's a lot to love about a red bag. A vibrant shade will work just as well with a weekday office outfit as it does with a Breton tee and jeans for an off-duty look. Victoria Beckham has some very polished and practical red bags in her current collection, but while you're saving up for a VB bags, this leather shopper from Monarchy is a less expensive but equally stylish option.
BUY: €145.95, available at monarchy.ie
In the mix
There are many ways to mark the Rising, including raising a glass. The Mint Bar, in Dublin's Westin Hotel on Westmorland Street, has devised a cocktail menu to mark the Centenary, which is fitting, given that the building itself was once part of a Royal Irish Constabulary Station, where Michael Collins was held during the Rising. Each part of the new menu is inspired by historic locations.
DETAILS: Drinks from €12.50, themintbar.ie
The Ryan Reynolds effect
Who can blame Malia Obama for getting all flustered?
'Get in the Sea'
The brilliant new book based on the equally brilliant Twitter feed deploring pop culture's most offensive bits is out now.
That moment you realise the metallic pleated skirt you bought six months ago is set to become your spring uniform.
The 'Chihuahua or blueberry muffin?' meme
In which the internet hilariously points out that these dogs look an awful lot like bakery items.
Hot new couple alert
If Laura Whitmore really is dating Games of Thrones star Richard Madden, it's a very gorgeous coupling.
Bank holiday catch-up
How does one day off in a week somehow create three days' extra work the next?
The US cake trend that raises your blood sugar just by looking at it - one we hope isn't landing here any time soon.
Forgetting your numbers and capital letters combo is the biggest time-wasting exercise of modern life.
Getting increasingly public and painful to watch.
Winter foot syndrome
The temperature might be approaching sandal-wearing levels but there's probably a lot of work to be done on hooves before they're presentable.