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The Weekend Hotlist: What we want to see, do and buy this weekend

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Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch. Photograph: Charlotte Knee Photography

Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch. Photograph: Charlotte Knee Photography

Zoe Sugg and Amy McCulloch. Photograph: Charlotte Knee Photography

YA thrills  Tomorrow, author and YouTube star Zoe Sugg (aka Zoella) and bestselling YA author Amy McCulloch discuss their new gothic thriller series with Irish writer Claire Hennessy. The Magpie Society series features murder, intrigue and rivalry at an elite boarding school and the event, presented by International Literature Festival Dublin, will be streamed online at 4pm. Tickets cost €18 with a copy of The Magpie Society: One For Sorrow and €5 without the book. See ilfdublin.com

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& Other Stories puff-sleeve sweater

& Other Stories puff-sleeve sweater

& Other Stories puff-sleeve sweater

Give the bold shoulder

Statement sleeves have become wardrobe mainstays in recent years, and they’re set to remain a staple for 2021. Embrace the trend with & Other Stories’ long-sleeved, wool-blend sweater with embroidered puff sleeves and ruffled cuffs, which will make you look put-together for Zoom meetings and still keep you toasty. Another of the brand’s standout shoulder offerings this season is a fitted alpaca-blend, puff-sleeve top in white (€69); there’s also a puff-sleeve cotton sweater available in khaki and grey (€59) for a more relaxed take on the trend.
Sweater, €89; see stories.com

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Balinese rattan wall plate from Mano Exotic Homeware

Balinese rattan wall plate from Mano Exotic Homeware

Balinese rattan wall plate from Mano Exotic Homeware

Escapist interiors

The “distant shores” trend is predicted to be huge this year, which is no surprise. Given that packing a suitcase and jetting off isn’t in our immediate futures, it’s all about recreating that sense of escape at home. Online brand Mano Exotic Homeware, based in Newbridge, Co Kildare, is a starting point if you’re looking to add tropical touches to your decor. Founder Eliza Czuba was inspired by her travels to Bali and the everyday beauty of the island, as well as the artistic skills of the Indonesian people. Mano carries textiles, rattan furniture, baskets and more; each piece is handmade by local artisans in Bali, with an emphasis on natural materials like wood, banana leaf and raffia.
Woven rattan wall plate, €44; see manohomeware.com

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Regency Romance from Literary Lip Balms

Regency Romance from Literary Lip Balms

Regency Romance from Literary Lip Balms

The Green Buy

Ideal for bibliophiles, Literary Lip Balms combines books and beauty with its eco-friendly skincare range. With names like Pride and Peppermint, the products include soaps, lotion bars, lip balms and tints, and face oils. Handmade in Dublin using natural ingredients, they come in biodegradable/recyclable packaging. BUY: Regency Romance bergamot and chamomile lip balm, €7, literarylipbalms.com

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Photograph © National Gallery of Ireland/Roy Hewson

Photograph © National Gallery of Ireland/Roy Hewson

Photograph © National Gallery of Ireland/Roy Hewson

Virtual visit
With the National Gallery of Ireland closed, art lovers can still explore the collection by way of the gallery’s ‘Through a Lens’ online self-guided tours. Themes include ‘LGBTQIA+’ and ‘Babies and Toddlers’, and new for this month is ‘Mental Health’, to encourage dialogue around historical and contemporary mental health issues.
See nationalgallery.ie/visit-us/self-guided-tours

History help
The Irish History Summit, a one-day event taking place online on Tuesday, January 19, sees leading Irish historians present talks on different aspects of modern Irish history. With topics focused on the Leaving Cert history curriculum, the event is targeted at students and teachers but will also appeal to anyone interested in Irish history.
Tickets from €21.49, available from eventbrite.ie

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Ciaran Bermingham in The Everyman panto. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Ciaran Bermingham in The Everyman panto. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Ciaran Bermingham in The Everyman panto. Photograph: Miki Barlok

Story time
Join some of the most colourful panto characters from the Everyman Cork with Once Upon a Time, which runs until January 31 as part of the theatre’s new digital programme of live performances. A much-loved fairy tale is told in each episode, which also includes music, banter and a TikTok dance.
Tickets, €12; see everymancork.com

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The art of upcycling at Rediscovery Centre

The art of upcycling at Rediscovery Centre

The art of upcycling at Rediscovery Centre

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On the up
Discover how to revamp things around your house with the Rediscovery Centre’s online upcycling interior design workshop on January 23. Well-known upcycler Marianne Heaphy shows how old lockers can be transformed into display units, and how cards and napkins can be used for découpage, as well as teaching you how to select items to upcycle, plus how to pick colours.
€25; see rediscoverycentre.ie

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Aisling O’Sullivan, Cathy Belton and Derbhle Crotty in The Approach by Mark O'Rowe. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Aisling O’Sullivan, Cathy Belton and Derbhle Crotty in The Approach by Mark O'Rowe. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Aisling O’Sullivan, Cathy Belton and Derbhle Crotty in The Approach by Mark O'Rowe. Photograph: Patrick Redmond

Stream the stage
The Approach, Mark O’Rowe’s play about inner lives and betrayal, will be broadcast live from Dublin’s Project Arts Theatre on January 21 and 24 at 7.30pm, and January 24 at 9pm. Aisling O’Sullivan, Cathy Belton and Derbhle Crotty star, and there’s also the opportunity to join the cast and writer/director Rowe in conversation with Louise O’Neill for a post-show talk on January 23.
Tickets from €15; projectartscentre.ie


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