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Tara O'Rourke will host two yoga retreats in Lough Eske Castle, Co Donegal in early 2023

Tara O'Rourke will host two yoga retreats in Lough Eske Castle, Co Donegal in early 2023

Bloom crew-neck sweatshirt from Fresh Cuts

Bloom crew-neck sweatshirt from Fresh Cuts

Galway Food Tours

Galway Food Tours

Debbie Millington's silk scarves are on sale at the Irish Pop Up Collective Christmas Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Debbie Millington's silk scarves are on sale at the Irish Pop Up Collective Christmas Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

The Crate flowers

The Crate flowers

Sea Studio Calendar

Sea Studio Calendar

Neff Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate in Dublin

Neff Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate in Dublin

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Tara O'Rourke will host two yoga retreats in Lough Eske Castle, Co Donegal in early 2023

A weekend break voucher is the gift that keeps on giving. It can be used after the festive season when finances aren’t exactly shipshape — and we all need something to look forward to in January. Need some inspiration? The five-star Lough Eske Castle in Co Donegal is offering two yoga weekends in early 2023. Hosted by yogi Tara O’Rourke, the two-night retreats include two vinyasa flow sessions, two restorative yoga sessions, full Irish breakfast each morning and an evening meal in the award-winning Cedars restaurant on both nights. Priced from €315 per person sharing, it makes the perfect double-duty Christmas gift for a couple. lougheskecastlehotel.com

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Bloom crew-neck sweatshirt from Fresh Cuts

Bloom crew-neck sweatshirt from Fresh Cuts

Bloom crew-neck sweatshirt from Fresh Cuts

Wear it

Sustainable, ethical and decidedly minimalist, Fresh Cuts is a Dublin-born fashion label with both style and substance. Run by husband-and-wife team Lorna and Steven Murphy, the brand is best known for its 100pc GOTS certified organic cotton casual wear. Now, for winter 2022, it’s introducing a new knitwear collection with sustainability credentials. Created using deadstock from previous seasons, the limited-edition range includes the women’s Bloom crew-neck sweatshirt (above, €69.95); the women’s colour-block knit cardigan (€79.95) and the men’s Doodle knit crew neck (€89.95). Find them in their store in Dublin’s Castle Market or via freshcutsclothing.com

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The Crate flowers

The Crate flowers

The Crate flowers

Decorate it

It’s time to start decking the halls with boughs of holly and sprucing up our homes for the festive season. But let’s face it, sometimes it’s better to leave these matters to the professionals. The Crate in Dublin 14 recently opened its Christmas Shop and, once again, it’s offering a captivating array of festive foliage. We love the mini Christmas trees (€30); DIY wreath kits (€65) and the charming selection of green-fingered gifts (from €15). All products are available to order online, with free same-day local Dublin delivery and free next-day nationwide delivery.  thecrate.ie

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Sea Studio Calendar

Sea Studio Calendar

Sea Studio Calendar

Gift it

As a year-round sea swimmer, Wicklow-based seascape photographer Niall Meehan is used to diving right into the action and capturing coastal scenes from the perspective of fellow bathers. Meehan takes his camera into the water each day and some of his best shots appear in his 2023 Sea Studio Calendar (€25). Find it, along with a range of Meehan’s limited edition giclée prints, at the Ethical Christmas Market in Airfield Estate until December 23, or order it online with a 20pc discount on two or more calendars.  seastudio.ie

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Neff Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate in Dublin

Neff Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate in Dublin

Neff Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate in Dublin

Bookmark it

​If you want to brush up on your culinary skills in 2023 – or just meet like-minded food lovers in a fun environment – the newly opened Neff Inspiration Kitchen at Airfield Estate, Dublin 14 should be on your radar. While the 2023 calendar of cookery classes hasn’t been revealed just yet, we’ve been told to expect surprise chef collaborations, wine-tasting classes and tablescaping workshops. Keep your eyes peeled on their website to stay up to date.  airfield.ie

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Debbie Millington's silk scarves are on sale at the Irish Pop Up Collective Christmas Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Debbie Millington's silk scarves are on sale at the Irish Pop Up Collective Christmas Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

Debbie Millington's silk scarves are on sale at the Irish Pop Up Collective Christmas Fair in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin

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Planning to support local Irish businesses this Christmas? You’ll find gift inspiration and more at the Irish Pop-Up Collective, taking place tomorrow in the Carlisle Suite at the Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire from 10am to 7pm. Focusing on fashion, accessories, homewares and gifts, the event will showcase 35 Irish brands and businesses, including Pearl Reddington knitwear, Capulet and Montague jewellery, Nunaïa skincare products, Two Wooden Horses furniture and Debbie Millington silk scarves (above, from €190). Plus attendees will have the chance to win a product from each brand in the Sup er Hamper draw in aid of Acquired Brain Injury Ireland.  @irishpopupcollective

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Galway Food Tours

Galway Food Tours

Galway Food Tours

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If you’d like an insider’s guide to the food and craft scene in the City of Tribes, Galway Food Tours has just the ticket. Taking place on February 12, the award-winning company’s next outing (€85pp) includes coffee and a sweet treat in Kai, lunch in Ard Bia and a weave workshop in the surroundings of the Galway City Gin Distillery. “People want experiences now, so we wanted to bring the best of fashion, craft and food together,” says owner Sheena Dignam, who recently launched craft and food tour gift vouchers for the festive season. “We are so lucky in the West to have all these incredible people, places and resources.”  galwayfoodtours.com

 


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