Thursday 19 April 2018

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

Look of the Irish

Helen Cody
Charlotte Quay
This weekend's Skellig Star Party is a must for anyone with in interest in astronomy
Paul Coyne designs
Catherine Fitzgerald
Tony McGregor and Kayne West, photo Erin McGergor instagram
Pussy bow blouses
Daisy Lowe
Ryan Lochte

'Heritage' and 'Irish' are two words we like when it comes to fashion and Magee 1866, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary, ticks both those boxes and more.

The brand's A/W16 collection includes silk tops, flattering skirts, luxurious accessories, and the elegant outerwear for which the brand is famed. Coat and jacket offerings this season include lambswool and cashmere herringbone, bouclé wool and mohair and alpaca blends.

BUY: Alicia jacket, €325. Available from Wednesday at Magee, Donegal and South Anne St, Dublin 2, and online at


There's been plenty of star gazing in Co Kerry this year thanks to Star Wars filming there, so where could be more appropriate to hold a star gazing festival? This weekend's Skellig Star Party is a must for anyone with in interest in astronomy. Held in Ballinskellig - a European dark sky reserve - the festival includes a BBQ in aid of Barnardos, talks from international speakers, workshops, and, of course, galaxies far, far away. DETAILS:

Be crafty

Hairy hipsters may have moved on to artisan gins, but for the rest of us the trend for craft beers looks set to stay. Find yourself a new favourite tipple today at the Doolin Craft Beer & Roots Festival, which runs all weekend in Co Clare. Breweries and bluegrass make up the line-up of the event, which aims to promote independent Irish beers.

Details: doolinbeer

Quiet please!

Charlie Chaplin and his wife Oona were frequent visitors to Waterville in the 1960s and fell in love with the Co Kerry town. His legacy lives on there today in the shape of the annual Charlie Chaplin Comedy Film Festival. Among the many events, an attempt to break the Guinness world record of the 'Largest Gathering of Charlie Chaplin Lookalikes' will get underway tomorrow.


Play it straight

If your jewellery repertoire requires something simple, stylish and timeless - and whose doesn't? - take a look at Paul Coyne's work. The Irish jeweller's background is in furniture design and that's reflected in his creations, which follow architectural design principles.

Paul uses materials such as sterling silver, hard woods and pigmented resins to create pieces that he describes as "erring on the side of minimalism".

Buy: Silver and bog oak pendant necklace, €175,

Quay cuisine

The newest restaurant exiting Dublin's food circles is the Dockland's Charlotte Quay. Marc and Conor Bereen, of city centre favourite Coppinger Row, are behind this new venture, which has a pretty waterfront location. The menu has a Mediterranean feel, with dishes such as Dexter beef tartare with harissa, bulgar, sumac yoghurt and lavash. Pop in for a bar snack - try the puffed pork - and a drink; stay for the evening.


Feeling gilty

Sad as you might be to say goodbye to the last of summer, there's lots to embrace about the next month. We'll be enthusiastically nesting by feathering our pads with some key purchases before settling down to several months of guiltless box set binging. H&M's autumn interiors drop is all about luxurious textures and metal accents, to give homes a palatial feel at a peasant's price.

BUY: Vase, €19.99,

Next weekend

Garden heaven

All that is good in the world of gardening and food converges next weekend over the two days at the Ballymaloe Garden Festival in Co Cork. An impressive array of experts will be in attendance, including landscape designer Catherine Fitzgerald (pictured above) from Glin Castle, head grower with GIY, Dermot Carey, and Darina Allen. The programme includes everything from growing a wildlife-friendly garden to designing your patch from scratch, and there will be stalls selling everything from local food to garden accessories.

DETAILS: Entry €8; see

Cathedral of couture

There's much excitement in fashion circles this week at the news that Helen Cody - Saoirse Ronan's go-to designer for red carpet dressing - is unveiling her new A/W couture collection with a show at Christchurch Cathedral. Happening on September 6, this is Helen's first couture show in eight years, and all proceeds will go to St Francis Hospice. The inspiration for the collection comes from her own archives, as well as the work of British artist Edward Burne-Jones, and, for the first time, it includes knits. Tickets are available from selected Dublin boutiques and online.

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Amber and Johnny's divorce settlement

Because now we can all stop talking about it and move on with our lives.



Put the leopard print into storage; there's a new animal graphic in town.

Kayne West & tony McGregor

Tony McGregor and Kayne West, photo Erin McGergor instagram

Atlanta meets Lucan in the coolest possible way.

Being bold

Say hello to The Bold mOTel at Electric Picnic, a giant abandoned swimming pool turned motel, where revellers can dance their socks off all day and night.

Daisy lowe for strictly

Daisy Lowe

Finally, the show gets some much-needed cred.


Ryan Lochte

Ryan Lochte

We don't use the word 'himbo' lightly, but after his mea culpa robbery-gate interview, it's appropriate.

iPhone 7

Rumoured not to have a microphone jack. We're not quite sure why that would be a selling point.

Pussy bow blouses

Pussy bow blouses

Back with a vengeance this season, but from experience the bows always unravel straight into your dinner.

Back to school traffic

Prepare for the commute to be so much more hellish.

'Small plates' dining

Guaranteed to leave you both starving and out of pocket.

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