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

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Thomas Connolly, Sligo. Photograph: Finn Richards

Thomas Connolly, Sligo. Photograph: Finn Richards

Thomas Connolly, Sligo. Photograph: Finn Richards

SNUG LIFE

The absence of pubs has been a feature of life this year, and The Snug Project, a calendar documenting 12 of Ireland’s most iconic snugs, is a reminder of how pubs are often at the heart of communities. Photographer Finn Richards travelled to establishments including O’Flaherty’s in Dingle and Mulligan’s in Dublin’s Poolbeg Street to pay homage to these snugs. Proceeds from sales go to ALONE, the charity supporting older people.

Calendars, €20, and limited-edition A3 prints, €60. See thesnugproject.com

SUSTAINABLE STYLE

The natural world is the inspiration for Irish ethical clothing company Grown’s latest collection. Grown for Nature features 30 new pieces for men, women and children, including T-shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies made from organic cotton, hemp, linen and recycled manmade fibres. As part of the collection, Grown has collaborated with Kathryn Davey, whose natural-dye textile studio is based in Harold’s Cross, Dublin, to create a limited-edition Indigo x Hemp range — hemp is famed for its biodegradable, antibacterial and pest-resistant properties. Grown also plants a native tree for every garment sold.

T-shirt, €34; see grown.ie

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Grown for Nature. Photograph: Damian Bligh

Grown for Nature. Photograph: Damian Bligh

Grown for Nature. Photograph: Damian Bligh

SANTA PAWS

With traditional Santa visits off the menu this year, online experiences are stepping up to provide the Christmas magic. SantaOnline.ie allows children and families to chat to Santa from the comfort of their own homes and get a gift-wrapped present delivered within three days of the ‘visit’. The Zoom link can be shared with grandparents, and because fur babies shouldn’t be left out of the fun, the family dog can get a Santa visit too, with a doggie present included. Visits are from €15 per child (the more children, the more savings); a dog experience can be added from €10, and €1 from each booking goes to the LauraLynn children’s hospice charity.

See santaonline.ie

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Santa Paws

Santa Paws

Santa Paws

THE GREEN BUY

Avoca’s new range of glassware adds a touch of vibrancy to table settings, while also being sustainable. The Rescue Glass collection, which is crafted by hand, is made using recycled wine and water bottles from their restaurants and cafés, with the glassware (€8.95) and vases (€24.95) available in four colours: clear, light green, dark green and brown. It can be ordered online via their new personal shopping service.

See avoca.com

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Rescue Glass

Rescue Glass

Rescue Glass

CHRISTMAS CRACKER

Two of Oscar Wilde’s best-loved stories are featured in the Theatre Royal Waterford’s family-friendly show The Wilde Garden Adventure, live-streamed tomorrow at 3pm. The Happy Prince and The Selfish Giant come to life with puppetry and music, and the show costs €10 to stream.

See theatreroyal.ie

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The Wilde Garden Adventure

The Wilde Garden Adventure

The Wilde Garden Adventure

CULTURE BITES

A new, free series of online events called Sunday Up from Wexford Festival Opera sees a different artist perform their 15-minute pop-up. Tomorrow, it’s Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 14 with Luisa Baldinetti and Andrea Valfre at 5pm, and the pop-ups run each Sunday until the end of the year.

See wexfordopera.com

AUDIO TRAVEL

Tipperary publican Fergal O’Keeffe has used his spare time during lockdown to launch a weekly podcast, Travel Tales with Fergal, to ease listeners’ wanderlust. This Tuesday, hurling legend Anthony Daly shares stories about his travels with the Clare and All Stars teams.

See shows.acast.com/travel-tales-with-fergal

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CULINARY CONNECTION

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Laura Gannon

Laura Gannon

Laura Gannon

Food festival Savour Kilkenny goes digital this year, with free online demos, workshops and talks taking place throughout the month and a line-up of celebrity chefs including Darina Allen and Kevin Dundon. Sunday’s Savour Stories features interviews with Kilkenny farmers and producers, including Bartosz Surman of Dizzy Goat Farms on December 13.

See savourkilkenny.com

THEATRE TRIO

There are three recent productions by Irish writers from Fishamble: The New Play Company to enjoy this month. Sebastian Barry’s On Blueberry Hill is available on Audible; Mustard by Eva O’Connor is available online until December 14, and Embargo, Deirdre Kinahan’s play set during the War of Independence, is online on December 11 and from December 19-23.

See fishamble.com

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Matthew Malone in Fishamble's 'Embargo' by Deirdre Kinahan, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Matthew Malone in Fishamble's 'Embargo' by Deirdre Kinahan, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Anthony Woods

Matthew Malone in Fishamble's 'Embargo' by Deirdre Kinahan, as part of Dublin Theatre Festival. Photograph: Anthony Woods


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