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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co Galway. See ballynahinch-castle.com

Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co Galway. See ballynahinch-castle.com

Sports bra, €45; leggings, €85, both Sweaty Betty, Brown Thomas Dublin. See brownthomas.com

Sports bra, €45; leggings, €85, both Sweaty Betty, Brown Thomas Dublin. See brownthomas.com

To find out more about membership, see yogawithmaura.ie

To find out more about membership, see yogawithmaura.ie

H&M Essentials for men. See hm.com

H&M Essentials for men. See hm.com

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Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co Galway. See ballynahinch-castle.com

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Love in the West
Legendary Connemara getaway Ballynahinch Castle Hotel is offering a two-night package for Valentine’s Day that includes a chocolate masterclass with head pastry chef Pedro Matos, supported by the hotel’s chocolate supplier, Erik Van der Veken of Arcane Chocolate. After witnessing various creative techniques, you get to take away the fruits of your labour in the form of your very own home-made box of chocolates, hand-crafted in the kitchens of Ballynahinch. LH
The two-night package including the Valentine’s Chocolate Masterclass
at Ballynahinch is available from February 13, from €355 per person inclusive with two nights’ bed and breakfast and dinner in the restaurant on Valentine’s night. Ballynahinch Castle Hotel, Recess, Connemara,
Co Galway. See ballynahinch-castle.com

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Get grounded
Keep the Veganuary spirit going with Peigín Crowley’s Ground Wellbeing products, made in small batches with vegan ingredients. Give yourself, or someone else, a gift of The Change duo — Codladh Sleep Pillow Spray, with lavender and rosewood, pillow spray and Talamh Balancing CBD Balm. Both offer succour during times of hormonal fluctuations. SC
Ground The Change set, €55, Brown Thomas, pharmacies nationwide, or see groundwellbeing.com

NECESSITY

Easy essentials
H&M Manhas just launched H&M Essentials for men — core wardrobe basics that ignore trends and focus on popular classics. The first collection consists of seven items, including hoodies, shirts, T-shirts and jackets. LH
See hm.com

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H&M Essentials for men. See hm.com

H&M Essentials for men. See hm.com

H&M Essentials for men. See hm.com

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Eye of Tiger
Celebrate the Lunar New Year and the arrival of the Year of the Tiger, and its lucky numbers 1, 3 and 7, with events, workshops and celebrations around the capital until February 1. Dublin will light up red for the occasion, and venues include the Museum of Literature Ireland, the Chester Beatty and Dublin Zoo, with
many East Asian restaurants also marking the event. SC

For more information and events, see dublinlunarnewyear.ie

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App-tastic
Yoga instructor Maura Rath has released a new yoga app which will offer live and on-demand yoga classes, as well as guided meditations. LH
To find out more about membership, see yogawithmaura.ie

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To find out more about membership, see yogawithmaura.ie

To find out more about membership, see yogawithmaura.ie

To find out more about membership, see yogawithmaura.ie

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Artist’s retreat
This year, experiences beyond our immediate environs will matter more than ever. For an artistic experience in a stunning setting, see the three-day Artform courses run by the Dunmore East School of Art in Co Waterford. The studio is located by the sandy beach, and courses are led by guest artists — this year includinges PJ Lynch, David West and Julie Cusack — and encompass everything from figure-drawing to clay sculpture. Accommodation options, at additional cost, include the adjoining, co-owned The Strand Inn, a guest house or glamping pod. SC
Courses from €250, not including accommodation, starting March 4, see artform.ie

NECESSITY

Work it
Brown Thomas Dublin’s new health and wellness area is stocking several new lines, including Alo Yoga; Varley; 7 Days Active; Good American; FP Movement, and Anine Bing Sport. LH

Sports bra, €45; leggings, €85, both Sweaty Betty, Brown Thomas Dublin.
See brownthomas.com

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Sports bra, €45; leggings, €85, both Sweaty Betty, Brown Thomas Dublin. See brownthomas.com

Sports bra, €45; leggings, €85, both Sweaty Betty, Brown Thomas Dublin. See brownthomas.com

Sports bra, €45; leggings, €85, both Sweaty Betty, Brown Thomas Dublin. See brownthomas.com

NECESSITY

Booster shot
Given the Covid-y Christmas and viral New Year endured by many, never has the country been in a greater need of a boost. And that’s not to get into any vax debate.
If you’re feeling post-virally diminished, however, it might be worth looking at Covmpaq, a food supplement from Dr Conor Kerley. It can also be taken while Covid-19+ positive, and includes ingredients that promise anti-inflammatory benefits and improvement of energy levels, with details of research and results available at phytaphix.ie and on YouTube. Always consult your GP before starting supplements. SC
Covmpaq food supplement, €35, from selected pharmacies and phytaphix.ie


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