Monday 20 November 2017

Catwalk star Cara to make TV debut

Cara Delevingne
Cara Delevingne
Seafood: Raymond McArdle has launched a new Wild Atlantic Way Menu at Inishbofin House Hotel
Kilmacduagh Abbey
Dromquinna Manor

Model Cara Delevingne has been described as "cooler than Kate Moss", and she certainly is just as busy, first starring in the new ad for YSL's cult beauty product, Touche Éclat, and now with the news that she is about to make her TV debut.

The model, famous for her hard-partying ways and her bushy eyebrows, will play a young woman whose fiance is serving in Afghanistan in a drama called Timeless for the Playhouse series on Sky Arts, to be shown on June 19.

Cara is the daughter of property developer Charles Hamar Delevingne and his wife Pandora, who is one of the Duchess of York's best buddies. Along with her sisters Chloe and Poppy, she has been described as one of London society's "hottest sisters."

Recently her 29-year-old sister Chloe wed for a second time, to the man who was her first husband's best man – while her sister Poppy, 27, is also a model, and has been tipped for a big screen career in Hollywood.

Cara's current love interest is actress Michelle Rodriguez, 35, who has starred in the Fast and Furious movie series, and the young couple recently returned to London following a holiday together in Thailand.

Go wild for celebrated chef's seafood odyssey

For lobster-lovers, indeed for lovers of all things gourmet it's worth checking out celebrated chef Raymond McArdle's new Wild Atlantic Way Menu at Inishbofin House Hotel on the island of Inishbofin just off the Connemara Coast.

McArdle is on board as new consultant head chef with the hotel, and has created an exciting menu to mark the reopening of the hotel for the summer months.

The talented creator of scrumptious dinners, and who has represented Northern Ireland in BBC2's 2013-2014 Great British Menu, has come up with a tempting menu of local produce.

The new menu is also set to make the award-winning Inishbofin House Hotel and Marine Spa an ultimate destination for foodies – it's chock-a-block with culinary delights such as Butter Poached Inishbofin Lobster and Blood Orange Vignette and Salsify, Inishbofin Lamb with Wild Roast Garlic Puree and Wild Garlic Salsa Verde, Roast Garlic Mash Potatoes, and 'Laceys Farm Rhubarb Fool' with Stem Ginger Sponge and Sherry Vinegar Gastrique.

www.inishbofinhouse.com

Luxury vintage-inspired Cross pens can mark a milestone

Apogee is defined as the highest point in the development of something – a climax or culmination – which suggests that the new Cross Apogee Collection is a pretty nifty pen selection altogether.

Cross has been supplying us with writing instruments for the past 160 years, and this new collection of pens combine a vintage-inspired design – what's nicer than an old-fashioned looking pen in these technological times – with an elegant finish, which makes them a perfect gift to mark a special occasion.

The pens come in two finishes and each one is presented in a newly designed deluxe gift box.

The pens, which come with a lifetime mechanical guarantee, are available from Weir & Sons, Keanes, Fields, The Pen Corner and other stockists.

www.cross.com

A cool reason to put your foot in it

While it's never the cleverest of ideas to put your foot in your mouth and say something silly, on the other hand, putting one of HB's classic ice creams, namely a Funny Feet, into your mouth ... well now, that's a completely different story altogether.

This delicious pink, strawberry-flavoured ice lolly is altogether yummy, and for those of us over a certain age, it also comes with quite a heavy taste of deja vu – who didn't love the taste back in the Eighties?

Thanks to over 6,000 consumers putting their foot down and voting the strawberry ice cream as the product from the Eighties that they most wanted back, HB has decided to take their customers advice, and put Funny Feet ice creams back into Ireland's freezers.

We're a nation of ice-cream lovers, and tucked into over 34 million ice creams in 2013 – that's roughly seven ice creams per head.

So it's definitely time to welcome Funny Feet into the digital era, and with its return this pink ice cream is only serving to remind us just how far we've come since the days of Bosco, spacehoppers, shoulder pads and those oh-so-fashionable leg warmers.

www.Facebook.com/HBIceCream

Pepper your wall with art

When is a bare wall not a bare wall? When it's a stretch of wall waiting to see which piece of fabulous art is going to adorn it and become a talking point.

The Peppercanister Gallery on Herbert Street, Dublin, is making decorating your walls all the easier these days, with its fab sale of fine artworks, many discounted by 20 to 50 per cent.

The reason behind the release of these cherished pieces of art, is that Peppercanister Gallery is moving to a new space in 2015.

A Relocation Sale at the gallery at 3 Herbert Street will run until May 30, offering a dazzling array of paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints and sculpture by deceased Irish artists. The sale includes works by John B Yeats, Mary Swanzy, Evie Hone, Mainie Jellett, Cecil King, Henry Moore, Louis le Brocquy, William Scott, and Tony O'Malley.

Prices begin at €150 and go up to in and around €14,000.

www.peppercanister.com

Water weekend for fun boating activities

It's a sure sign spring has sprung when a flurry of outdoor activities begin to pop up on our social calendars. One to pencil in for certain is the 2014 Motor Boat Weekend which will take place at Dromquinna Manor, a stunning stately home just three miles from Kenmare and home to one of Europe's finest luxury camping resorts.

Boat enthusiasts will gather there on the May Bank Holiday Weekend (from May 3 to 5) for a fun-filled few days during which a host of activities is planned from renowned guest speakers to adventure challenges, all in the company of fellow boaters.

This is a free event but you do need to register so please check out the email address below.

It all begins on Saturday May 3 at 11am with a talk on boat engines, and at 2pm there will be a treasure hunt and poker run on Kenmare Bay. That evening there will be a waterfront screening of the movie The Perfect Storm accompanied by a fork supper – the evening costs €30 and all proceeds will go to Derrynane Inshore Rescue.

Sunday will bring the Annual Bull Run for Fun, a 74-nautical-mile cruise to Bull Rock in the Atlantic.

www.dromquinnamanor.com/motor-boat-weekend-2014.html

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