Monday 22 January 2018

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

Fine frocks

Jasmine dress, €255, available at independent boutiques.
Jasmine dress, €255, available at independent boutiques.
Amanda Christie Designs -
Blackrock Castle, Cork
Croagh Patrick
Garrett Mallon's designs -
Beckett Friel Pinter Festival will include Michael Gambon
The Wolf and Peter from CoisCéim
Dine in Dublin Festival -
Ruth Negga on the red carpet at the Oscars. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Irish designer Aideen Bodkin's creations are synonymous with classic elegance. She's now branching out with a new sister collection - Dress by Aideen Bodkin. The line, which holds true to her sophisticated aesthetic, is fun, with a distinct touch of Hollywood starlet.

Floral and stripe prints dominate and designs range from figure-hugging dresses with peplums to flared numbers with removable crop tops. Think flirty, feminine and flattering.

BUY: Jasmine dress, €255, available at independent boutiques;

Grand finale

Artistic director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan departs after 33 years, and the Beckett Friel Pinter Festival represents his fond farewell. The event, running from March 7-26, celebrates these iconic writers, all three of whom had long-standing relationships with the Gate. The line-up includes Sir Michael Gambon in Beckett's Eh Joe and poetry and prose readings by actors such as Ralph Fiennes, Barry McGovern, Charles Dance and Liam Cunningham.

BOOK: Individual performances €25 and season tickets (six performances) €120;

Dances with wolves

The heart-warming and award-winning children's dance show The Wolf and Peter from CoisCéim has embarked on a national tour, showing this week at Waterford's Garter Lane Arts Centre on Monday and Tuesday, and at Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick, on Thursday and Friday. Inspired by Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf, it's a story of courage and imagination, and introduces children to orchestra instruments in a most charming way.


Finishing touch

Carlingford-based jeweller Garrett Mallon's designs, which are 3D in nature, often combine various metals and finishes. His Pendulum 2 stud earrings are inspired by the movement of a grandfather clock and are sterling silver and 9ct gold set with a choice of stones, including London blue topaz and garnet. Simple but also dramatic, they're a powerful outfit completer.

BUY: €200; see

Thrill seekers

Michael Jackson fans have a treat in store as Thriller Live comes to the Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, from London's West End. This is two hours of all the late singer's greatest hits, from I Want You Back to Billie Jean and more, on a journey of MJ's 45-year musical career.

BOOK: 6-11 March, tickets from €34.70. See

Into the light

If you've never really thought about lampshades before, Amanda Christie Designs will help you reconsider them as pieces of art. The company creates original fine art designs on its shades, in collaboration with artist Cathriona Cleary. The abstract lampshades are available in three sizes and can be used as either table lamps or ceiling pendants.

BUY: From €99 with free delivery in Ireland; Amanda Christie is among the exhibitors at House 2017, taking place in Dublin's RDS from May 26-28. Buy tickets at

Capital fare

There are still two more days to enjoy the Dine in Dublin food festival, with various city hot spots offering special deals to mark the event. At Fallon & Byrne on Exchequer Street, you can avail of a three-course meal in the first-floor restaurant, including a Prosecco cocktail for €30, while San Lorenzo on South Great George's Street has a six-course tasting menu for €65, excluding wine, or €95 with wine.


Next weekend...

Gael force

Blackrock Castle, Cork

Seachtain na Gaeilge le Energia has already kicked off and will run until March 17, with plenty of family-orientated fun to celebrate our native language all around the country. At CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory in Cork, planetarium shows and heritage tours of Blackrock Castle (above) will be hosted in Irish and, if you're looking for a bit of craic today, Spraoi na Seachtaine in St Stephen's Green, Dublin, is a family event with music from Kíla, face painting and even yoga classes as Gaeilge.

DETAILS: See and check out Seachtain na Gaeilge's Facebook page for more information.

Walk in the West

Regarded as one of the most scenic walking routes in the country, Co Mayo's Croagh Patrick Heritage Trail stretches for some 61km, from the village of Balla to Murrisk, at the foot of Croagh Patrick. Walkers pass through enchanting woodland, fields and raised bog on this accredited National Waymarked Way. The annual walking festival takes place from March 10-12, and it's for a good cause too, as it's being held in conjunction with Mayo Roscommon Hospice, which will receive all the proceeds.

DETAILS: Cost per day is €20 or €50 for all three days. See


Vegan nail polishes

Kinder to your talons and obviously to animals - we like Ella + Mila, available at Skinfull Affairs on Dublin's Exchequer Street

The dessert parlour explosion

Because they're everywhere, it normalises having an ice-cream sandwich before noon

Upping your raincoat game

Get your functional, fashionable waterproofs pretty much anywhere on the high street

Stateside sojourns

Norwegian Air's planned €138 return flights to the US from Ireland make NYC summer trips a beautiful reality

Ladies in red

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Ruth Negga on the red carpet at the Oscars. Photo: Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP

A high-necked, demure scarlet dress is now the fashion dream thanks to Ruth Negga (above), Olivia Munn and Ginnifer Goodwin's Oscar looks


Lunchtime over-ambition

Likelihood of you fitting in a bank trip, grocery shop and a quick sandwich in an hour: slim to none

Pineapple on pizza

Iceland's president would like to ban this and recommends seafood toppings instead

DIY cleaning product fails

Malt vinegar may have many uses but it can also make your house smell like a chipper

Handbag changeovers

The transplanting of contents from one bag to another always results in something vital like credit cards or keys getting forgotten

Kanye West's proposed make-up line

Really, we'd rather he didn't

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