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The Weekend Hitlist: what we want to see, do and buy this weekend

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Maura Rath of Yoga with Maura

Maura Rath of Yoga with Maura

Loumi custom suit, €750

Loumi custom suit, €750

McWilliam holdall bags

McWilliam holdall bags

Sophia Vigne Welsh mural

Sophia Vigne Welsh mural

IMMA Outdoors 2022

IMMA Outdoors 2022

Bread 41

Bread 41

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Maura Rath of Yoga with Maura

Boost it: Yoga teacher Maura Rath built an incredible online community during the dark days of the pandemic, when up to 400 people joined her virtual classes daily. The Dublin-based teacher continues to offer online classes through her popular Yoga with Maura app, but those who prefer an in-person experience can visit her studio in Dún Laoghaire, or her upcoming retreat in Co Wicklow. Taking place at the Powerscourt Springs Health Farm from June 10-12, the two-day retreat includes a mix of deeply relaxing and energetic yoga plus soothing sound baths, breakfast, dinner and one lunch. Prices start at €539 pps, and guests also have access to the venue’s swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and wood-fired sauna. yogawithmaura.ie

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Loumi custom suit, €750

Loumi custom suit, €750

Loumi custom suit, €750

While still only in her final year of fashion design at Dublin’s Grafton Academy, 24-year-old Jessica Corcoran has already made a name for herself. She launched her slow-fashion label, Loumi, in January and her vibrant, custom-made suits (€750) have quickly become a coveted Instagram item. “My main goal is to create versatile pieces that people can wear over and over again, to hold on to for many years, and always feel their best when they wear a piece,” says Corcorcan, who tries to shop local when sourcing fabrics. She’s launching her website, which will stock ready-to-order pieces, later this year, and there’s a bridal collection in the works, too.  @loumi.ie 

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McWilliam holdall bags

McWilliam holdall bags

McWilliam holdall bags

Handmade in Crosshaven, Co Cork, McWilliam Bags is a heritage brand reimagined for a modern customer. The company started making its hard-wearing holdalls over 30 years ago, especially designed “by sailors for sailors”. The famous striped bags earned a reputation for standing the test of time, which sparked the idea of bringing them to a wider, sustainably minded market. Today, the collection features holdalls, shore bags and totes (from €60) in a range of vibrant colours. They’re classically designed and instantly recognisable, plus they’re ideal for those trips where you need something bigger than a holdall but smaller than a suitcase. mcwilliambags.com

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Sophia Vigne Welsh mural

Sophia Vigne Welsh mural

Sophia Vigne Welsh mural

What might look like a dull outdoor wall to you or me is a blank canvas for artist Sophia Vigne Welsh, who has been transforming public and private spaces with vibrant murals since the start of the pandemic. “When working on a mural, I approach it in much the same way as I approach a canvas,” says Welsh, who works between Ireland and Lisbon. “The aim is always to create a balance and flow between colour and form.” The Wicklow-born artist says she’s lucky that most of her clients have given her a lot of freedom with the murals she’s painted for them, and are familiar with her style. However, she’s also open to taking on commissions that may require a “more collaborative approach”. Prices vary, depending on the size and scope of the project, and no space is too small.  @sophia_vigne_welsh

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IMMA Outdoors 2022

IMMA Outdoors 2022

IMMA Outdoors 2022

If you fancy a real night at the museum this summer, the IMMA Outdoors 2022 programme will definitely have something that catches your eye. Designed to activate the 48 acres of the museum’s site at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham in Dublin, the summer series features talks, workshops, dance, performances, film screenings and live music across the site on Thursday and Friday evenings, from May to September. Highlights include a talk with Anna Della Subin, author of Accidental Gods: On Men Unwittingly Turned Divine, on June 30, and IMMA’s famous Summer Party, which will take place on July 15 and 16. imma.ie

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Bread 41

Bread 41

Bread 41

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Eoin Cluskey and the team at Bread 41 are early risers. The bakery on Dublin’s Pearse Street springs into action at 4am every day, preparing delectable pastries and specialty loaves for the line of customers who queue up to get their bread straight from the oven. While only four years old, Bread 41 has become something of an institution among Dublin city-centre dwellers. And now, it looks set to make a similar impact in Greystones. Cluskey recently took over the former premises of Davis Motors, where he plans to open a “community bakery” with a zero-waste ethos. Watch this space.  bread41.ie

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The school summer holidays are just around the corner, and so too is the annual rush for summer camp spots. If you’re looking for something on the quirkier side, Flying Monkeys Trapeze School in Stillorgan, Dublin, is running five-day kids’ and teens’ camps (€187.50) throughout the summer months. Participants will learn flying trapeze with expert coaches for two hours each day — and parents won’t hear the words “I’m bored” for a whole week.  flyingmonkeystrapeze.com


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