Wednesday 13 December 2017

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

Tee time

Benetton has launched a range of 100pc organic cotton t-shirts -
Benetton has launched a range of 100pc organic cotton t-shirts -
Vermeer painting
Darren Kennedy
The Coronas
Football Special
Ugly shoes
Ellen Degeneres for Royal Doulton

A great T-shirt will take you far - and if it has green credentials, even better. Benetton has launched a new range of tees made from 100pc organic cotton, which are dyed using pulverised stones, plants and roots, all of which comply with the company's restricted-substance list and detox commitment.

But of course you're not going to want to wear them unless they're also chic - and they are. The range, which is loose-fitting, comes in 12 different shades to flatter every skin tone, with a wide, round neck, side slits and slightly longer length at the back. We'll have one in every colour, please.

BUY: €29.95; available in stores and from

Love Leonard

This Thursday, Birr Theatre & Arts Centre welcomes Between Your Love and Mine - A Requiem by Leonard Cohen. Arranged and directed by John MacKenna, a friend of the late Canadian musician and poet, it features 14 of Cohen's songs and is performed by three singers, two actors and a four-piece band. Cohen (pictured) himself approved the final draft two weeks before his death.

DETAILS: Tickets €18/16; see

Go Dutch

One of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions of the year opens today at the National Gallery of Ireland on Kildare Street, Dublin. Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting: Inspiration and Rivalry features 60 paintings from around the world, with 10 works by master of light Johannes Vermeer. The exhibition explores the relationships between the artist and other Dutch genre painters from 1650 to 1675.

DETAILS: Tickets €15/10; runs until September. See

Books in Kells

What was previously the Hay Festival in Kells, Co Meath, has now become Hinterland Festival. Taking place from Thursday until Sunday, Hinterland's high-profile guests from the world of literature and arts include Stephen Frears, Sebastian Barry, Patricia Scanlan and Diarmaid Ferriter. Sunday will also see the first Irish Litcrawl, a literary pop-up featuring readings, short dramas, music, street theatre, and poetry all around Kells.


Cool chorus

More than 200 American choristers will join local and national choirs for the Limerick Sings International Choral Festival taking place from Thursday to Sunday. This non-competitive event sees a variety of performances of classical, sacred and contemporary music held in venues including St John's Cathedral and even the Cliffs of Moher, where 100 singers will perform Danny Boy on Friday.

BOOK: For ticket information, see

Queen for a day

Contrary to what Lorde sang, we can indeed be royals, with this crown from Wear We Wander - the Irish ethically sourced online marketplace. Now that festival fashion has become a serious business, it's no longer sufficient to merely don a floral garland with your denim cut-offs anymore. This crown will seriously up the ante and is part of Wear We Wander's festival collection, which also includes leather backpacks and reworked vintage dresses.

BUY: Crown, €59, available at

Frame academy

Whenever you're in need of guidance about anything style-related, you're in safe hands with Weekend columnist Darren Kennedy. He's collaborated with Specsavers in his role as official ambassador for the brand to select his top 12 picks for the season: the Darren Kennedy Recommends collection, with BOSS Orange, Tommy Hilfiger, Kylie Minogue and Gant some of the glasses making the cut.


Next weekend

Make waves

The Coronas

Bundoran is revving up for next weekend's Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival. This year's music line-up includes Primal Scream and The Coronas (above), while the high-octane sporting programme includes Hurley: Surf Expression Session, which is open to elite invited surfers; barefoot beach football, barefoot tag rugby and barefoot volleyball, plus top riding at the BMX & Skate Jams. The Co Donegal town is also the place to spot new musical talent, with the Unsigned Sessions featuring two winners chosen from hundreds of entries.

BOOK: Tickets are €99.90 for three days and €124.90 including four nights' camping; available from

Walk in the West

Connemara's wild beauty is the backdrop to the Oughterard Trails Festival, taking place from Thursday to Sunday. The weekend kicks off with an evening cruise on Friday on Lough Corrib to Inchagoill Island, followed by a trail around the island's highlights. Saturday's events include a guided walk on the Maumean Trail and a food-foraging walk, followed by a cook-up. Walks on Sunday, meanwhile, feature a heritage walk to Carn Seefin with archaeologist Dr Paul Naessens and a family-oriented Buffy Trail at Doon.



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Ellen Degeneres for Royal Doulton

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Football Special

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