Saturday 25 January 2020

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

Cosy up

Sweaters from €245;
Sweaters from €245;
Cushion, €60, available at
Open House
Irish Cocktail fest
Pat Shortt in The Flag
Stonechat redesign service
Mango Velvet Earrings
Dried hydrangeas
Kinder bueno

Finally. It's arrived. Autumn is now properly here and we can embrace knitwear again. Irish designer Laura Chamber creates beautiful, relaxed knitwear in Italian cashmere.

Colour-blocking in vibrant shades features heavily in her pieces, and every garment is given a twist with individual design details on the necklines and cuffs. Laura, who previously ran the boutique Tulle, also has a handy section on her website explaining how to love and care for your cashmere, so that you'll have it forever.

BUY: Sweaters from €245;

Offaly good

The OFFline Offaly Film Festival starts on Wednesday and runs until Sunday, October 16. One highlight is the screening of new Irish film The Flag, starring Pat Shortt (below), at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre on Thursday. As well as that, the 57-Hour Film-making Challenge will see teams creating a short film in Birr over two days, with the winner taking a spot in the 2017 Galway Film Fleadh.


Pat Shortt in The Flag

Bag it up

Books are my Bag - the annual celebration of books and bookshops - runs for the month of October, with bookshops around the country hosting events, parties, author readings and illustration demonstrations. Today, Big Bookshop Parties are taking place nationally. Fatti Burke, co-creator and illustrator of the best-selling Irelandopedia, has designed a special tote bag to mark the event.


Fresh bling

If you have a piece of jewellery that's lost its charm, why not consider having it redesigned? Owner of Stonechat Jewellers, Ann Chapman, and her team in Dublin's Westbury Mall, will consult and collaborate with you when you bring in a piece. They will then suggest and design a new look for your jewellery, so that your new piece fits into your life now.

DETAILS: Redesign service at Stonechat starts at €250; for information on booking a first consultation.

Fright night

Ireland's most terrifying scare-house experience is open at the RDS, Dublin for the month of October. The Nightmare Realm sees guests brought through a village of the damned with spine-chilling inhabitants, and plenty of classic horror film references. Children need to be 13+ and even adults may need some hand-holding.


Soft touch

One huge trend for autumn/winter 16 is texture, and this has filtered down from the catwalk to interiors. Interesting soft furnishings are the least expensive way to update a room. We love this Beni Ourain-style cushion - so incredibly fluffy - which measures 45cm X 45cm and is stuffed with a pure down for the cosiest of cuddles.

BUY: €60, available at

Raise a glass

There's nothing like a fancy tipple to get you in the mood for the weekend, and tomorrow the third Irish Cocktail Fest begins, showcasing the best of Irish beverages. Running until Friday, it's a country-wide initiative, with pop-up bars, special offers on cocktails at some venues, and tasty treats promised. You can also vote for your favourite drink to win Best Irish Cocktail on Twitter - #BestIrishCocktail.


Next weekend

Top tent

Roll up, roll up, as the always wonderful, ever eclectic Wexford Speigeltent Festival comes to town. Taking place from October 14-30, it's a lively programme featuring '80s legend Paul Young, Jack L, Christy Moore, Tommy Tiernan, Ralph McTell, the Wexford Male Voice Choir and even that other '80s icon, Bosco. Add in OTT wrestling and The Rocky Horror Picture Show and you've got yourself a riotously fun festival.

DETAILS: visit for the full line-up and ticket information.

Access all areas

Next weekend is your opportunity to see some of the city's best architecture with Open House Dublin, the free annual event. The theme this year is The Presence of the Past and almost 90 building tours, many of them in private homes, as well as 40 other events, are taking place. Another feature is Open House Junior, a series of creative events for young people with fun ways to explore the city and its buildings. Most tours are open on a first come, first served basis.

DETAILS: for the full programme


Velvet earrings 

Mango Velvet Earrings

Thank you Mango. We didn't know we needed these in our life until you introduced us.

Telly's strong game

Netflix is triumphing again with Luke Cage and the Amanda Knox doc.

Pyjama tops

Is there anything nicer than being practically in your nightwear but actually being respectfully dressed?

Dried hydrangeas

Dried hydrangeas

As seen on best-dressed dinner tables, artfully arranged in glass vessels.

Pimped up desserts

Kinder bueno

Dublin bar P. Macs are now serving Kinder Bueno spring rolls. Could anyone resist?


Packed lunch fails

When you lovingly prepare something involving beetroot and goats' cheese, then forget it when you go to work.

Christmas-related anything


Please. Not until Halloween is over at least.

The Light Between Oceans trailer

NSFW unless you want to start blubbing at your desk.

Hurry sickness

It's a real thing, where your multitasking leaves you in a constant state of agitation.

Secret weddings


As delighted as we are for Alan Hughes and Karl Broderick's nuptials, we'd have loved to have seen all the pics and gotten all the deets.

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