Weddings might be off the cards at present but engagements certainly are not, with quarantine proposals on the rise. Brides-to-be have time to consider some of the finer details, such as what jewellery they'd like to don on their big day.
Next Level Bridal from Irish jewellery studio One Dame Lane is a collection of handmade cascading earrings and statement pieces, which designer Lyndsey Cavanagh describes as being polished, mod and cool, and for the bride who wants to do things differently. Prices start from €75 for a single coin pearl on fine cable gold-fill chain.
BUY: See onedamelane.com
Sometimes a video call just doesn't cut it, and this is where the joy of receiving written communication in the post comes in. Joy Redmond of quirky greeting-card range Trustwordie says she had mixed feelings about producing greeting cards for the times we're living in. But she received so many requests from friends and customers that she decided to give it a go and hopes that they bring a little joy during a difficult time. There are six cards in total, including a 'School's Out Colour In' postcard for children to colour in and send to the pals they're missing and 'Virtual Birthday and Celebrate Later' cards to let people know that their big occasions won't be forgotten.
BUY: From €2.50; see trustword.ie
A new online gallery at the National Museum of Ireland aims to provide hope and inspiration during the pandemic. 'Reflections on Resilience' displays a wide range of objects from the museum's collection that demonstrate our collective fortitude, such as birds like the falcon, which survived near-extinction, and a knitted 'Repeal' banner. The museum is also inviting people to post photos on Twitter of items in their lives and homes that they consider to be a symbol of resilience, using the hashtag #ReflectionsonResilience. DETAILS: See museum.ie
Art for all
Cork's Crawford Art Gallery has a rich line-up of content and events to bring the gallery experience into people's homes. As well as exhibitions and a Work of the Week feature, the Learn and Explore programme (above) includes activities such as a step-by-step timelapse video of figure drawing.
DETAILS: See crawfordartgallery.ie
A new on-demand section is now available on RadioMoLI, the Museum of Literature Ireland's digital radio station. Listeners can access podcasts and readings, interviews and lectures with authors like Anne Enright, Marian Keyes (below) and Roddy Doyle, as well as literary academics and poetry readings, via the museum's website, with new content added every week.
DETAILS: See moli.ie/radio
Fishamble theatre company is inviting all people of every age and from all around to world to express themselves through drama and write their own 600 word Tiny Play in response to the prompt 'Change'. The closing date is Friday, May 8 and Fishamble will publish a selection of the plays on its website, with the chosen writers receiving a prize of Fishamble playscripts.
The green buy
Are stress and being indoors giving you 'isolation skin'? Carlow company Jo Browne has an all-natural skincare treat in the form of its Facial Cleansing Balm containing organic camellia oil, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and stimulate collagen production. Handmade with fragrant essential oils, it comes in an eco-friendly bamboo container with a bamboo face cloth.
BUY: €34, jobrowne.com
Over 250,000 people were expected to do Darkness Into Light on May 9, the annual walk to highlight the struggle against suicide and self-harm, and a major source of funding for Pieta House. Instead, Electric Ireland and Pieta have launched the 'Sunrise' appeal, asking people to donate to the charity and rise at 5.30am next Saturday to watch the sunrise together, but apart, and show solidarity for those affected by suicide.
DETAILS: See darknessintolight.ie
Opera lovers now have the opportunity to see the first-ever professional performance in English of The Veiled Prophet by Dublin-born composer Charles Villiers Standford. Presented last year at Wexford Opera Festival and available on the RTÉ Player, it's performed by a largely Irish cast including soprano Sinéad Campbell-Wallace and tenor Gavan Ring. DETAILS: See rte.ie/player and wexfordopera.com
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