Needlework has been enjoying quite the renaissance during lockdown. For anyone who'd like some expert guidance, Ann Flavin of Dublin haberdashery and fabric shop Texture offers a virtual consultation in which she will show you the fabrics live, how best to work with them, and answer any questions you might have before you buy.
According to Ann, understanding how to care for your fabrics will make you a better sewer, so, for example, linens should be rinsed before you begin, and jersey after sewing. The store stocks fabrics, including Italian designers Armani and Ungaro, from €10-€150 a metre, plus ribbons, buttons and other trimmings, with free delivery nationwide.
Dublin 9 street-food market Eatyard is now open for business Thursday to Sunday with some necessary modifications in place. It's takeaway and delivery collection only, with social distancing, queuing and a cap on the number of people in the yard.
All the old favourites are back, including vegan comfort-food purveyors The Saucy Cow (above) and La Cocina Cuevas with their outrageously good tacos. New to the market are 3fe coffee and Village Pizza.
Literary festival Bloomsday takes a different format this year but loses none of the fun, embarking on a digital odyssey across Joycean Dublin from June 11-16. Online highlights include performances from top Irish thespians and writers including Caitriona Balfe, Aisling Bea, Aidan Gillen and Paul Lynch.
Originally due to take place this weekend, Carlow Arts Festival instead presents a special digital edition, Slices, broadcast today and available to view for a week. It features delights such as Exotic v. Baskin: The Micro-Opera - a Tiger King-inspired production from Lords of Strut's Cian Kinsella - and circus and dance from Christina Zauner Circus.
Cork Harbour Festival takes to the 'online seas' this year with its Ocean to City Virtual Challenge, celebrating rowing and paddling, live-streaming on Facebook today. On Monday, catch Dr Connie Kelleher's lunchtime lecture on 17th-century pirates along the southwest coast of Ireland, and that evening join the virtual poetry event Ó Bhéal.
Cork-based sustainable clothing company RashR's face masks with filters offer protection while being eco-friendly: each mask is made from recycled polyester, removing 0.5kg of ocean plastic. Available in a range of designs, like Botanical Garden Flowers, they're machine-washable and, for every mask sold, €2 goes to the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association.
Visitors can once again experience the charms of Mount Congreve Gardens, Kilmeaden, Waterford, which re-opens on Tuesday. There's now a new self-guided map to help navigate the 70-acre gardens, without asking gardeners on the grounds for directions, and the café is open for takeaway teas, coffees and treats. All visitors must pre-book with limited ticket numbers available each day.
It's the 50th anniversary of Great Music in Irish Houses, the country's longest running chamber music festival. To mark the occasion, there is a series of online interviews, performances and discussions tomorrow, concluding with virtual concerts from the homes of 10 musicians, including violist Rosalind Ventris.