Sunday 15 December 2019

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

Head start

Laura Kinsella hat design
Laura Kinsella hat design
Helen Faulkner planter
Gemma O'Leary design
Flavours of Fingal
UO Nasa bomber
Matcha salt
Ab Fab
Flatform injuries.
Garth Brooks.

If you're undecided about a location for your wedding, perhaps the presence of an in-house hotel milliner might sway things for you. The Westin Hotel in Dublin has appointed Irish millinery talent Laura Kinsella as its chosen hat designer and she'll be available to Westin brides and wedding parties in the run-up to their big day.

The hotel will coordinate appointments with Kinsella, who is known for her directional style and wirework (pictured). She has worked with Philip Treacy, amongst others, and was chosen by Irish Design 2015 to show her collection at London Fashion Week last year. DETAILS: See

Beat it!

Limerick hip hop festival Make A Move is back for its fifth year on Friday, running until July 3 and this year the emphasis is very much on local talent. Highlights include Sligo rap trio This Side Up, Galway-based lyricist Sebi C and scratch DJs Skratchlords. There are also dance, music and street art workshops throughout the three days.

DETAILS: See for the full festival line-up.

Get into the Groove

Celebrating its forth birthday this year, Groove takes place in Kilruddery House, Wicklow next Saturday and Sunday. The musical line-up includes The Blades, Ocean Colour Scene and David Kitt, as well as Bowie tribute band, Rebel Rebel. New for Groove this year is the Celtic Kitchen, a culinary theatre serving Celtic foods made using traditional techniques and Wicklow ingredients.

BOOK: Adult day tickets from €48.50; four-15 years old from €14.50 and children under four go free. See

Get inspired

Ireland's festival of Science, Technology and the Arts, Inspirefest, is hosting a free family Fringe, taking place in Merrion Park, Dublin, next Saturday. If you ever wanted to create your own game, Gamecraft are running two game jams, a parent and child event where a theme will be announced and materials provided on the day. There's also Hardie Kids, an interactive workshop to demonstrate simple printed circuit board design and assembly and Physics Busking, involving interactive experiments and demonstrations. DETAILS: Registration is necessary for some events. See

Going coastal

If you are something of a water-baby then Wexford is the place for you this weekend. The Maritime Festival, taking place on the town's quays, will see some 38 events happening across the weekend. These include Rescue Saturday - featuring a major search and rescue display with aircraft, lifeboats and ambulance crews showcasing their skills - and, on Sunday, two RV 7 aircraft will perform a stunt show above the quayside. There's also plenty of family fun including a Viking Village and dancing for little ones.


Inner beauty

Dublin-based, Cork-born jeweller Gemma O'Leary launched her Inner Island label last year and since then she's been making waves with her own particular brand of understated, simple elegance. This Lacuna ring, which is inspired by 7th-century stained glass, has an adjustable ring for a comfortable fit and is cast in sterling silver with the option of an 18kt gold or black rhodium plate.

BUY: From €115;

Keep it county

Flavours of Fingal, which takes place this weekend in Newbridge House and Gardens, Donabate, Co Dublin, has become a culinary highlight on the festival calendar. As well as being a traditional county show, there are more food stalls than ever this year, where visitors can pick up items like locally produced vinegars and fruit and vegetables.

DETAILS: Ticket prices are €20 for two adults and two children.

Pretty planters

Ceramics designer Helen Faulkner's stylish and minimal range of plant pots for Irish Design Shop will have you itching to get growing and fill your house with an array of gorgeous green things. Made from terracotta lay and glazed with a creamy slip, each pot is finished with Helen's hand scribed linear pattern, with a hole in the base to allow for drainage. The small pot plant is perfect for succulents and herbs, while the larger version would accommodate a fern beautifully.

BUY: From €45;

Pamper time

If you're fatigued with all the Euro 2016 watching, or indeed, you just feel like treating yourself, the Radisson Blu Hotel and Spa, Galway is offering you the chance to get away from it all. The 'Just for You' package here includes two treatments in the Spirit One Spa followed by a cocktail on the terrace and dinner in Marina's Grill, with overnight stay.

BOOK: €284 per person is available until July 10.



UO Nasa bomber

The fash pack's latest favourite logo. Get your vintage, space-tastic Nasa-emblazoned bomber jacket from Urban Oufitters.

Old school baby names

We are liking Gracie and Alice (Ronnie Woods' twins) and Iris (Eddie Redmayne's new baby).

Dublin Flea Market

Tomorrow, at Newmarket Square, Dublin 8, for all the things you never knew you needed in your life, like faux fur tippets and vintage Babycham glasses.

Matcha salt

Matcha salt

The new condiment for best-dressed tables, and so pleasingly green.

Ab Fab: The Movie

Ab Fab

With Kate Moss, Stella McCartney and Jon Hamm in it, this tops even Zoolander for cameos


'Flatform' injuries

Flatform injuries.

Many the ankle has been damaged by over-confident striding and subsequent wobbling over in these summer shoes.


Bad for our moods, our hair and the washing we're trying to dry.

Garth Brook's possible Croker return

Garth Brooks.

Does anyone have the strength to go through all of this again?

Selfie face wrinkles

Nature's way of saying that 'duck face' isn't right.

Hotel breakfasts

Impossible to resist, even when not hungry. Buffet-style ones are the worst for inducing gluttony. More bacon anyone?

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