Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekendFresh foliage
Trans-seasonal accessorising has, quite literally, never been so easy, thanks to Tipperary Crystal's new jewellery collection, Leaf.
The range of necklaces, pendants, bangles and earrings spans the seasons - from spring and summer's lush foliage to autumn's colourful largesse - all incorporating a leaf motif. Available in rose and yellow gold and silver, there's a boho-chic feel to all, and mixing and matching metals from the collection will create a dramatic look. The rose gold diamante drop leaf earrings (left, €70) are top of our wish list.
BUY: Prices from €25-€90, available nationwide; tipperarycrystal.ie
Today is the final day of Limerick Fringe 2017 but there's still plenty of opportunity to catch interesting acts. Balloon artist Bubblz (above) teaches kids the fun of maths at the Shannon Rowing Club at 1.45pm today, followed at 3pm by the Multi Story Theatre Company's performance of Jason and the Golden Fleece (suitable for five-year-olds and older). Grown-ups, meanwhile, can enjoy a burlesque and cabaret show by The Honey Drops Deadliest Dames tonight in Dolans Warehouse.
DETAILS: See limerickfringe.com
Former Celtic Woman singer Órla Fallon (above) is putting on a special gig in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, this Friday. The concert is in aid of LauraLynn Children's Hospice and she'll also be performing songs from her new album, Sweet By and By.
BOOK: Tickets cost €24.99, available from tickets.ie as well as selected SuperValu and Centra stores.
Is it too optimistic to start thinking about picnicking? A great blanket is key to successful al fresco dining and Foxford Woollen Mills' throws - in a variety of luxurious wools and a huge choice of designs - combine both comfort and beauty.
BUY: From €95, foxfordwoollenmills.com
Céilí in Clifden
The town of Clifden in Connemara comes alive this Thursday to the sounds of some of the best traditional musicians, singers and dancers in the country. The Clifden Traditional Music Festival - taking place until Sunday - includes pub music sessions, a busking competition, singing workshops, youth sessions, street entertainment and more. DETAILS: See clifdentradfest.com for the full festival line-up.
Clutching at (stylish) straws
The only arm candy one should be seen toting this season is a straw bucket bag. As well as giving off a pleasing holiday vibe, they're also roomy - perfect for carrying everything from your lunch box to your heels. Go a style step further by getting a personalised option, like one of Baal & Tanit's bespoke baskets (above). Made in Morocco and decorated in Dublin, they come in stripe, pom-pom and flower options.
BUY: From €60, baalandtanit.com
Cooking up a cure
Five of Ireland's most exciting chefs - Paul Flynn, Rob Krawczyk (above), Enda McEvoy, Takashi Miyazaki and Jess Murphy - will create a gastro feast in the lovely environs of Ballyvolane House, Co Cork, this Monday. It's an evening in aid of a super cause, Breakthrough Cancer Research.
BOOK: Tickets are on sale for €120 at breakthroughcancerresearch.ie/shop/cookingforcancer
Big day out
If wedding bells are tinkling in your future, Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa in Co Meath is pulling out all the stops for its Wedding Showcase event next Sunday, from 2-4pm. The day starts with complimentary Prosecco and nibbles followed by a pop-up of Debenhams bridalwear (above), then two sittings of expert panels, there to answer all your questions. These include the hotel's executive chef, John Nagle, Weekend's travel editor, Pól Ó Conghaile, and Debenhams personal shopper Ann Peppard. Guests get a complimentary facial, hand treatment and gift bag from Elizabeth Arden, too.
BOOK: Email Jennifer McCarthy at sales@dunboyne castlehotel.com to request a place and preferred time.
Parks and recreation
Dublin's Phoenix Park and The Royal Parks of London are being celebrated by a joint exhibition called Our Shared Heritage, running at Farmleigh Gallery from April 7 until May 28. Three hundred years of the social and artistic history of the parks are chronicled, focusing on the themes of early years and formation; celebration and commemoration; people at play; military and war years, and park management. Paintings, artefacts, images - such as Michael the leopard taking a walk in Kensington Park in the 1970s (above) - and maps will all be on display, giving a fascinating insight into the landmark parks that collectively attract 87million visitors each year.
DETAILS: See farmleigh.ie/parksoursharedheritage
A thousand times yes to the gold feather letter opener from & Other Stories
Opt for yellow to be very on trend - but rose are also good
Wear yours with pride. Just not on United Airlines
Applying factor 50
The absolute joy of having a reason to do so over the last while. Sun makes everything better
Twin Peaks' return
Counting the days until May 21, especially to see Irish actress Amy Shiels
Gary Barlow in Star Wars
It's a little weird, but all we know is that he's not going to be a Stormtrooper
Pre-Easter egg scoffing
Tell no one. Just buy a sneaky replacement
The people who only ring you when they're bored in transit but never answer their phone once they're home
The new number for optimum health seems alarmingly big
T-Shirts under slip dresses
Fashion editors keep telling us it's a thing but we've yet to see someone do it successfully in real life