Thursday 12 December 2019

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

Get it white

ASOS White
ASOS White
The Strand Hotel, Limerick
Prices from €70, available at
Clocks from
The Eskies
Wendi Murdoch with Bertold Zahoran
Konjac Sponge
Ed Sheeran
Overload: Valentine's Day
Ruth Negga

If you think about what you want to wear this month, the word 'form fitting' probably does not apply. You want warmth and a little bit of leeway in a garment.

ASOS's White collection currently has plenty that tick the aforementioned boxes, from cosy knits to sweat dresses, but all with a directional take. The devil is in the details here, whether that's balloon sleeves, flattering vertical stripes, or oversized fits that equate to comfort with no compromise on style.

BUY: Available at

Fire walker

Do something different next Friday for skin charity Debra Ireland. They're hosting a 'fire walk' in the Stillorgan Park Hotel where participants will undergo a two-hour training session before their three-metre walk over wood embers burning at 800 degrees. The money raised (there's a €50 registration fee and you're asked to raise €200 for Debra Ireland) will help those living with EB, a painful condition that causes skin to blister.

DETAILS: Register at or email

Eastern promise

The year of the Rooster will be heralded in with a fully packed programme throughout this year's Dublin Chinese New Year festival. Running from 28 January to 12 of February, there are many exciting culinary elements to the festival, including an Asian Flavour Lazy Bike Tour. Other highlights include the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra's special concert featuring traditional and folk pieces by China's best-loved composers and a live drawing installation from Chinese artist Angela Wang in Arnotts.

DETAILS: See for the full line-up.

Barry good

A new play by award-winning writer Kevin Barry has its Irish premiere at The Everyman in Cork next Sunday, running until 4 February, before moving on to the Project Arts Centre in Dublin and The Dock in Leitrim. Siobhán McSweeney and Shane Casey play the main roles in Autumn Royal as a pair of siblings whose father has taken to the bed and whose own lives have been put on hold. It's a dark comedy about family, life and death, love and hate and this is Barry's first work written originally for the stage. Early booking is advised, as it's likely to be a sell-out. BOOK: Tickets €26, see

Winter warmer

More trad awaits in Bray this week with the Banjo and Bovril festival, now in its third year. All gigs are free, with Mick Flannery, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, The Eskies (above) and many more taking to the stage in the Harbour bar. It's not just about the music, with storytelling and Irish mythology events also on the line-up. DETAILS: January 25-29. Find the event page on Facebook

Tide is… high?

Water babies will appreciate the beauty of Knoman tide clocks, which allow you to see the tidal ebb and flow independent of the time. Easy to read, the position of the blue hand will tell you whether the tide is high or low. Based in Strandhill, Co Sligo, the company makes its clocks with laminated bamboo plywood, from a managed renewable resource, a quartz regulated mechanism and unique coloured hands.

BUY: From €87.50, available at


Prodigy is the fascinating theme of Music For Galway's Midwinter Festival taking place this weekend in Town Hall Theatre. Every work in the programme was written by composers before or by the age of 18, including Mozart, Prokofiev and Schubert. Joining proceedings is 11-year-old prodigy Alma Deutscher (she wrote her first sonata aged six), who makes her Irish début.

DETAILS: Tickets: €22/€18/€6,

Natural selection

Much of jeweller Colin Johnson's work is inspired by the nature of Lough Hyne in West Cork, where he has spent many years exploring, leading him to create a collection representing the physical world around the lake. The pieces include exquisite sterling silver blackberry earrings, an urchin and starfish pendant, among other beautiful creations.

BUY: Prices from €70, available at

Cupid calling

With three weeks to go, it's not too early to be thinking about a Valentine's Day getaway and the romance factor is at an all-time high at the Limerick Strand Hotel, with its overnight 'Connect' experience. Included is a bottle of prosecco with chocolate-dipped strawberries on arrival, followed by a four-course tasting menu at the hotel's Rosette River Restaurant. Back in the room, you'll find your bed strewn with rose petals and a bath bomb in the tub for a sensuous dip.

BOOK: Package costs €122 per person sharing, available from February 11-14 inclusive,


Ed Sheeran's return

Ed Sheeran

A new album and looking very buff too - it's all a triumph.


The reality of it is unpleasant but the name makes it sound like superhero weather.

Konjac sponges

Konjac Sponge

The latest Asian beauty trend to hit these shores for the cleanest skin of your life.

Ruth Negga style-watching

Ruth Negga

Never gets it wrong and always a pleasure to oogle.

Starting over

We can all hit the 'Refresh' button and start Resolutions Part 2 when the Chinese New Year rolls around shortly.


Cheap thigh-high boots

Not the cheap part, just that after two wears they start to sag, thus killing the effect.

Valentine's Day overload

Overload: Valentine's Day

Although perhaps heart-shaped things will keep Easter eggs off the shelves for a bit longer.

Spice Girls reunion

With Geri pulling out and Victoria calling in the lawyers, the signs are not good.

Toyboy bashing

Wendi Murdoch with Bertold Zahoran

If Madonna and the former Mrs Rupert Murdoch Wendi Deng want to date 25-somethings, more power to them.

FaceTime walkers

Approach with caution, as they are likely to barrel straight into you.

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