Hot list: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend
It's a wrap
The recent glorious weather made jacket wearing redundant, but no matter how balmy an evening is, most of us feel naked unless we have some kind of cover-up. Irish designer Debbie Millington's 10Opc silk large wrap scarves are glamorous creations to cocoon yourself in.
The designer, who studied fashion and textiles at NCAD and worked as a costume designer on films including Moulin Rouge, is noted for her use of exotic prints and vibrant colours. The scarves are inspired by her travels and are also available in classic squares and neckties.
BUY: Large wrap scarf, €295. See debbiemillington.com and CREATE at Brown Thomas, Grafton Street, Dublin, brownthomas.com
Elements of fashion, architecture and art all find their way into jewellery designer Yvonne Ryan's pieces. Each piece is handmade in Dublin in sterling silver and hard plated in 18ct gold. Ryan finds much joy in combining vintage themes with contemporary design. Her star necklace, with her signature geometric design, represents motivation and exploration, and serves as a reminder to reach for the stars.
BUY: Vintage star necklace, €120; yvonneryan.ie
The sixth Groove Festival takes place this weekend in the charming environs of Kilruddery House and Gardens, Bray, Co Wicklow. Musically, the line-up includes the Fun Lovin' Criminals, Heather Small of M People, The Stunning and Something Happens, while tempting food comes from Saba, The Garden of Eden, Teddy's Ice Cream and more.
Book: Tickets from €65:50; family ticket, €135.50. See groovefestival.ie
Tennis fans can get into the swing of things at The Address at Dublin 1 with a Wimbledon-themed afternoon tea, available until July 15. Naturally, Pimm's will be available as well as sandwiches, scones and desserts including tennis courts sponge cakes - and, of course, strawberries and cream.
Book: €24.95 per person or €34.95 with a glass of Pimm's; theaddressatdublin1.ie
Community, culture, creativity and craic are at the heart of Cairde Sligo Arts Festival, running from July 7-14. Highlights include huge outdoor celebration Parkfest, with music, craft and science workshops, family yoga and more; Hands Across the World, a multicultural celebration of food music and the spoken word, as well as high-energy performances from Tumble Circus.
If you're interested in interiors trends, it can't have escaped your notice that horns and antlers have been recurring motifs for quite some time now - and this bull head planter, available from Lamb Design, is certainly a new take on the look. Hand-woven from rattan and measuring 50cm wide by 40cm high, it has a loop on the back for wall hanging. But it will also look great as a standalone piece on a table or book shelf, the perfect way to show off your favourite house plants. BUY: €59; available at lambdesign.ie
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Luxury private retreat Ballilogue, Co Kilkenny, is throwing open its doors to the public tomorrow and on July 15 from midday until 6pm. It's an opportunity to explore the restored stone buildings which date from 1700 and experience some of the facilities including Mrs Meaney's pre-famine cottage with its traditional country life artefacts; the gardens; homebaked goodies in the Old Dairy and Shed Bar and the Design and Craft shop where there will be 20pc off selected items. DETAILS: See ballilogue.com
Go wild in waterford
One of the much anticipated events at Waterford's Comeraghs Wild Festival (July 12-15) is a performance by the Dublin Gospel Choir at Mahon Falls next Friday. There will also be surfing, the Hoolie in the Hills Céilí, historic talks and plays and the Sean Kelly Dawn Chorus cycle for charity on Saturday. Limited to 500 leisure cyclists, it's in aid of Solas Cancer Support Centre as well as St John's School, Dungarvan. Sunday sees a Kilclooney Wood-Coumshingaun loop walk, as well as an edible seaweed foraging event followed by a picnic using what is collected with The Sea Gardener, Marie Power.
DETAILS: See visitwaterford.com/comeraghswild/
A new exhibition opening at the Library Project at 4 Temple Bar Street is definitely a good way to get your weekend culture fix. Enda Bowe's At Mirrored River, which has received several international awards, captures the serenity and peace of a small industrial town in Ireland. Although the photographer says that is not a literal documentation of this particular town, he seeks to represent universal feelings and emotions that all nationalities can identify with, looking at the ordinary places we live and finding the beauty, magic and possibilities in everyday life. Running until July 29.
details: See photoireland.org
Could it be magic?