Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
Having spent 18 years designing and prototyping garments with Fruit of the Loom in Buncrana, Bernie Murphy launched her own label last year. Working with locally produced tweeds, each of the pieces in her Homelands collection are named after townlands she has a connection with.
Garments include beautifully tailored capes, wrap-over skirts and three-way scarves, all made to order from her studio. Her inspiration comes from her local landscape - patchwork fields and hills and peat bogs - and reflect elements of the textile and design skills handed down through generations in Donegal.
Details: Accessories from €85 and clothes from €159. See berniemurphy.com
Party of five
The aim of Dublin's Five Lamps Arts Festival is to promote social inclusion and community development through the arts, and there are plenty of interesting things to catch before the festival finishes tomorrow. Join biologist Éanna Ní Lamhna for a guided walk; experience the antics of Dan Dan the Great, a magician who dreams of Vegas, or take a family dance workshop at Charleville Mall library, all happening today. DETAILS: See fivelampsarts.ie
Expand your food horizons beyond green milkshakes next St Patrick's weekend with the Dublin Bay Prawn Festival, taking place in Howth, Co Dublin from Saturday until Monday. There are plenty of seafood experiences and of course prawn tasting to be had at the Festival Food Village, with restaurants such as Aqua, The Oar House and King Sitric on board, as well as craft beer and wine tastings. During evening times several bars and restaurants are also offering a special fixed price festival menu, with entertainment for visitors. There's also plenty of live music and street entertainment, as well as food demos. DETAILS: See dublinbayprawnfestival.ie
Joys of spring
If you're looking for an inspired Mother's Day present, consider The Informal Florist's Spring Equinox masterclass in Stoneybatter, Dublin on March 24. Students will discover more about balance, colour composition and the importance of movement in creating natural arrangements. Light lunch and materials are provided. DETAILS: 11am-4pm, cost €300; see theinformalflorist.com
In case you missed the memo, botanicals are a big deal for 2018, whether that's on wallpaper, in ice-cream, or as a key ingredient in beauty products. Irish jewellery company A Box For My Treasure has several gold-filled necklaces with a botanical theme - rose, dandelion and evergreen - as well as a personalised version, which features a branch full of leaves on a gold disc, which frames your own personal message.
BUY: €50, available at aboxformytreasure.com
The theme for this year's St Patrick's Festival is 'Home', and a lively programme of over 30 events is happening over five days from March 15-19. The Festival Parade on the day itself is always a big draw - actor Liam Cunningham leads it - and there's also an outdoor performance of Waiting for Godot, an exhibition of Famine-related art in Dublin Castle, and a day-long street carnival, Big Day Out, in Merrion Square on March 18. DETAILS: See stpatricksfestival.ie
It's only natural
Fossils, shells, minerals, seedpods and more find their way into Mairi Stone's fine porcelain work. All of nature's organic forms and ephemeral fragments inspire the artist, who is based in Ballydehob, West Cork, and uses porcelain paper clay from the Scarva pottery in Northern Ireland, fusing glass into the pieces, which 'crackles' as it cools giving a crystalline effect. This four-piece dish set, with a rounded base to give it natural movement and spin, is ideal for dry condiments or jewellery and keepsakes.
BUY: €80; see mairistone.com
This year, Galway is a European Region of Gastronomy and to mark this, The Twelve Hotel in Barna has a 'Westronomy' package on March 16. It begins with a freshly-made treat from the boutique hotel's bakery on arrival, then a guided talk and tasting of wines. That's followed by head chef Martin O'Donnell's tasting menu with matching wines, showcasing the best ingredients that the region has to offer.
DETAILS: €220 per night for two people sharing on Friday, March 16; see thetwelvehotel.com