Monday 23 April 2018

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

Sun worshipping

BUY: Dress, €29.99, available from New Look;
BUY: Dress, €29.99, available from New Look;
Radici Popolari
Mug, €12, available from
PhotoIreland Festival
Scallops Festival
€45, available at MoMuse, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2 and
The Siege of Jadotville, Galway Film Fleadh
Glenlo Abbey
Holiday packing
Flower Pressing
Alexa Chung
Iconic photographer Bill Cunningham passed away on June 25 at 87.
Stella McCartney Barricade Dress for Adidas

Holiday and beach clothes are consuming the shops right now - so much so that you'd be forgiven for thinking that everyone is planning to take off to the Maldives for three months instead of just five days in Spain.

But whether you're bound for somewhere exotic or staying put this summer, a little sundress can pack a strong style punch. This slip is ideal for beach days but can also be teamed with a long-line blazer and some mules to make it more office-friendly. And it's striped - you can't say you've done summer '16 properly unless you have at least one striped item in your wardrobe.

BUY: Dress, €29.99, available from New Look;

Screen scene

'Cannes on the Corrib' begins on Tuesday as the Irish film-making industry comes to Galway for the 28th Galway Film Fleadh, which runs until next Sunday. There are 150 films being shown including The Siege of Jadotville, an Irish war story set in the Congo, starring Jamie Dornan (below). High-profile guests at the Fleadh this year are director Jim Sheridan, actress Ruth Negga, and Legally Blonde screenwriter Kirsten Smith.


Going for gold

You too can be an Olympian this summer with Glenlo Abbey Hotel's two-night Olympic experience where you can try your hand at one of three Olympic disciplines, including sailing on Lough Corrib, golf at Gleno Abbey or archery in the walled garden here. Also included are two nights' stay, dinner in the Pullman restaurant, breakfast and a private screening of Chariots of Fire.

BOOK: Package costs from €349 per person sharing,

Hoop dreams

With ruffles adorning pretty much everything from swimsuits to dresses, the question is how to accessorise. Raffia earrings feel right, but hoops even more so. Try MoMuse's large oval earrings - a slightly different take on the typical hooped style. They're big, not brash and statement, but simple.

BUY: Earrings, €45, available at MoMuse, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2 and

Bunnies go big!

A rich cultural experience is in store for attendees of the Clonmel Junction Festival, running from July 4-10. The line-up includes giant inflatable rabbits, as part of artist Amanda Parer's exhibition, Intrude; work from local Austrian-Irish visual artist Gottfried Helnwein, and much hilarity from The Lords of Strut.


Club tropicana

This year's summer interior trend is all about bringing the outdoors in, especially when it comes to palm tree and banana leaf prints, everybody's current favourite bird, the flamingo, and anything else to heighten an exotic feel. There's no reason why your cup of tea can't go tropical too and we love this bright and slightly OTT parrot mug from April and the Bear. The flamingo version has, sadly, sold out but the store promises that it will be back in stock soon.

BUY: Mug, €12, available from

Snap happy

Some of the most exciting photographic talents from Ireland and around the world are presenting their work as part of the PhotoIreland Festival, which runs until July 31. The main exhibition, IDEALS, runs in Dublin's City Assembly Hall, while these cubes of "urban narratives" will be on display in Smithfield square.


Next weekend...

Northern exposure

If thronged festivals aren't your bag, the Valentia Island King Scallop Festival provides a more intimate setting but no less of the fun. Secluded and scenic, it's a chance to explore the island as well as feasting on freshly cooked seafood. There's also a cricket match, country market, live music, busking competitions and plenty of family-friendly events such as a kids' triathlon. The festival ends on a high note with the crowning of Mr King Scallop 2016, the person deemed the most talented scallop chef in Valentia.

DETAILS: See Facebook and

Island adventure

With stunning scenery and a lively programme of events, there's something for everybody at Donegal's Earagail Arts Festival, which takes place from July 8-24. The multidisciplinary events take place in over 30 venues spanning Donegal, from the Mesolithic fort of An Grianán Aileach to the Arranmore islands. The Donegal Folk and Roots Weekend (July 14-17) featuring, amongst others, folk artists Radici Popolari (right), promises plenty of toe-tapping goodness and families shouldn't miss Banyon Theatre's Gruff, the tale of three hungry Billy goats.



Tennis dresses

Stella McCartney Barricade Dress for Adidas

A nod to Wimbledon and also very athleisure. Check out Stella McCartney for Adidas.

Lettuce soup

Surprisingly delicious and best served chilled on muggy days.

Sarah Jessica Parker back on TV screens

The new trailer for HBO series Divorce, penned by Sharon Horgan and starring SJP, has us giddy with excitement.

Flower pressing

Flower Pressing

Replacing colouring books for grown-ups in search of non-digital pursuits.

Free films

Hurry along to Dublin's IFI today for its open day of free movies.


Glasto style

Alexa Chung

Like the weather, a bit of a damp squib. Even Alexa Chung failed us in her nondescript tee/shorts/wellies combo.

Football sadness

The plus side is that we can try and move on with our lives and spend fewer evenings COYBIGing in the pub.

Holiday packing

Holiday packing

We are competent in so many other areas of our lives so why can't we get our heads around this? It actually isn't rocket science.

Complicated out-of-the-office responses

Either you're able to help with our query or you're not. But please don't give us 15 different phone numbers to contact you on "if the matter is urgent".

Street style

Iconic photographer Bill Cunningham passed away on June 25 at 87.

Suffering due to the huge loss of Bill Cunningham, the 87-year-old snapper and godfather of the form.

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