Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
The success of brands like COS and Finery London has shown that the appetite for well-made, stylish clothes at reasonable prices is huge. Enter the latest label in the same vein, online store KITRI.
Its modern classic items are not super cheap (dresses range from €110 to €170) but they're not jaw-droppingly expensive either, considering their quality. And with five to seven new styles added every week but in limited numbers, a degree of exclusivity is ensured. Check out KITRI's blouses and shirts, with detailing such as zip openings and fluted sleeves, elevating the workwear staples to something far more interesting. BUY: kitristudio.eu
The right note
Some 5,000 singers and 50,000 people are expected to attend the 63rd Cork International Choral Festival from April 26-30. With gala concerts, workshops and more, 95pc of events are free of charge. Highlights this year include Grammy award-winning a cappella group The Swingles and Verdi's Requiem with the Cork Fleischmann Symphony Orchestra.
DETAILS: See corkchoral.ie
Usher in festival season by heading to the 12th Drogheda Arts Festival, running this year from April 24-May 1. An all-ages-friendly curation of music, literature, theatre, visual arts and family events, 2017's bill includes a DJ set from Terry Hall (above) of The Specials and The Louth Works: Orphic Fragments, performed by Crash Ensemble with soprano Peyee Chen. Tours include a boat tour of the Boyne.
DETAILS: See droghedaartsfestival.ie for the full programme line-up.
The ring thing
Dublin-based jewellery designer Natasha Sherling - the contemporary bride's go-to for engagement rings - has introduced new pieces to both her bespoke and ready-to-wear collections. These include beautiful diamond-encrusted rose gold rings from €995, simple silver studs from €65, and her take on the choker trend: a pearl choker that can be strung to any length, with any colour ribbon, from €195. The ultimate in gifting!
Ireland's oldest national music competition, the ESB Feis Ceoil, culminates with the very best of its young performers playing a gala concert this Wednesday in the National Concert Hall. The feis saw 5,000 competitors from 32 counties enter and this concert represents the top tier of next-generation talent. Featuring the winner of the ESB Feis Ceoil Choir of the Year, a wide variety of disciplines and genres will also showcase their skills. DETAILS: Tickets €15; see nch.ie
For blow-dry obsessives: the new Brown Thomas Beauty Lounge on Dublin's Clarendon Street - which is open from 7am on weekdays - is your early-morning prayer. It's also offering unlimited blow-dries with Aveda for a month during April and May (€80 for short hair and €120 for long hair) as well as manis/pedis, and brow and lash treatments from Nails Inc.
Purveyors of elegant Irish artisan food The Butler's Pantry have just opened a new branch in Raheny Shopping Centre, Dublin, bringing their number of shops in the city to nine, with branches in Bray and Greystones too. If you're planning some springtime entertaining, dishes such as confit duck with Parma ham and plum chutney; chicken with artichoke and wild mushrooms, and chocolate marquise with berry compote guarantee that guests will be clamouring for an invite back.
The life aquatic
Any lobster lovers in the Westport area should chart a course for The Tavern in Murrisk, where the annual Lobster Festival takes place from April 28-May 1. It's the perfect opportunity to feast on one of the culinary highlights of the Wild Atlantic Way. As well as competitions, giveaways and music, Euro-Toques chef Myles O'Brien has created a series of signature dishes for the event, including classics like lobster thermidor, surf and turf, and lobster risotto, or you can choose to appreciate the flavour of local lobster by itself and have it straight.
DETAILS: See tavernmurrisk.com
Find your roots
The very best of Americana and roots musicians take to the stage next weekend at the Kilkenny Roots Festival. For the last 10 years, it's played host to some of the biggest names in this musical genre - including Calexico, Ryan Adams and Alabama Shakes. The strong line-up of Irish and international performers this year includes David Kitt; critically-acclaimed duo The Handsome Family; rising star Holly Macve, and award-winning Oklahoma City-based singer-songwriter Carter Sampson (pictured). The 90 ticketed and free shows take place in 30-plus venues from April 28-May 1. BOOK: See kilkennyroots.com for tickets and more information