Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Women 'of a certain age' are not often represented in high-street brands' fashion campaigns, so Zara's new Timeless collection, which features models over the age of 40, is breaking that mould.
The models - Malgosia Bela, 40; Kristina de Coninck (pictured in main photo), 53, and Yasmin Warsame, 41 - have all worked in the industry for years. The clothes themselves will appeal to anyone in search of stylish wardrobe staples at relatively affordable prices, including a chic camel cashmere sweater, a crossover coat in this season's must-wear shade of red, and a faux-leather shirt dress that can be dressed up or down, as fits the occasion.
BUY: Coat, €129, zara.com/ie
Wherever you are in the country this Friday, you'll find a Culture Night event to interest you. From Aerial Cirque's high-flying acrobatics in Dublin to an evening of storytelling at Cavan's Johnston Central Library with Eddie Lenihan and the Armagh Rhymers - and free transport to take you on your cultural adventures in Dublin and Cork - there are thousands of free events to dip into.
A real corker
Tickets for the Bon Iver and The National gigs are gone but there are plenty of other events worth catching at the Sounds from a Safe Harbour arts festival, Cork, running until Sunday. Actor Cillian Murphy is one of the co-curators of the line-up, which includes music from Saint Sister (above) and folk duo Ye Vagabonds, plus a series of free conversation events.
DETAILS: Full line-up at soundsfromasafeharbour.com
Whisper, don't shout
Statement jewellery has been a dominant accessories trend of late but not everybody wants large jewels clanking around their neckline or their lobes dragged down by chandelier earrings. If you're looking for something subtle and sophisticated, Maureen Lynch's designs will appeal. Known for her simplicity and love of curves and natural lines, the Dún Laoghaire-based designer offers tasteful elegance in a sea of bling. BUY: Gold bangle, €845; see maureenlynch.ie
Music lovers are in for a treat at the 12th New Ross Piano Festival from September 20-24. Players from all over the world are appearing in hugely varied concerts. Highlights include a solo performance from legendary Italian jazz pianist Enrico Pieranunzi and a late-night concert by David Greilsammer, who makes unusual connections between modern and classical composers.
DETAILS: Full line-up at newrosspianofestival.com
Designer Michael Angove, who has collaborated with Jo Malone and Liberty of London, focuses on beautiful complex botanical patterns and finely drawn trompe l'oeil. His trays, available at Article in Dublin's Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, come in a variety of sizes and shapes, and designs include a cutlery selection and feathers. Handcrafted on the Swedish island of Öland using Scandinavian birch wood, they are as hardworking as they are pretty - and suitable for dishwashers. Certain to become kitchen conversation pieces.
BUY: From €22.95, articledublin.com
Come into the Parlour
If you're over generic coffee houses, Waterford's Parlour Vintage Tea Rooms invite you to have a much more characterful and charming experience. The décor is like stepping back in time, while the sumptuous sandwiches, cakes and scones are another irresistible reason to linger. It's also a great place for a party, as they can provide make-up and photography services - making it ideal for hen celebrations. It's approved to host wedding ceremonies too.
DETAILS: 2 George's Street, Waterford; theparlourtearooms.com
Serving up succulent seafood and hosting the National Oyster Opening Championships and Masquerade Mardi Gras, Galway is seeing out festival season in style during the city's International Oyster and Seafood Festival. The three-day affair includes a range of activities based out of the festival marquee on Nimmo's Pier, Galway city. Although proceedings invariably go on into the small hours, families are well catered for, with Féile Bia na Mara on Sunday, September 24, offering musical performances, live cooking demos and entertainment for children throughout the day.
Lost in movies
The Disappear Here Film Festival, which starts on Culture Night (Friday September 22) in Ballyliffin, is the first of its kind in Donegal. It takes place over three days in a series of unique locations around the village, including a mobile cinema in the church car park and a secret cinema in what is promised to be a magical venue. Programme-wise, there will be documentaries and features but also a high concentration of shorts, with organisers tailoring the festival's format for the YouTube generation. Over the weekend, there are also talks, educational workshops and a series of entertainment events. DETAILS: disappearherefilmfest.com