We’ve got FIVE FABULOUS ACTIVITIES lined up for the BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND …
WHERE: We’re popping out to Kildare Village to view the new collections and the 3D artwork designed by Irish street artist, Maser, whose work has featured all over Europe as well as in exhibitions across the pond in New York, at Ink Miami and Expo Chicago. Spanning 25 metres long, his latest work comprises a selection of 2D and 3D pieces, incorporating vibrant colours and patterns and is the latest in a series of collaborations that have celebrated emerging Irish talent at Kildare Village. Maser tells us, “Most of my work over the last few years has been large outdoor three dimensional pieces, creating experiential environments for the viewer to engage with. I have an interest in relationships, how the public interacts with the work, our shared public space, how colour and form are used to represent these ideals. When I create these large installations, their purpose is to contrast with their environment, interrupting the landscape, so they are super crisp in their execution, clean hard lined, to give the illusion of a hyper reality. Everything and everyone supports and relies on the other; nothing can exist solely on its own. This engagement really interests me and I see this come through my work by creating large interactive installations for the viewer to take ownership of.” Use #KVMaser and #mykildarevillage to share your images, www.kildarevillage.com.
WHY: We’re heading to Airfield Estate, Dundrum, to escape St Patrick’s Day mayhem and enjoy the working, 38-acre farm and restaurant that recently scooped Ireland’s Best Food and Beverage Experience at the Irish Tourism Industry Awards. We’ll be stopping off at the Stables Café first before wandering around the food gardens and allowing the kids to discover the goat sheds, chicken coops and new lambs. Rounding off the morning in the play area we’ll work up an appetite for Overends Restaurant that features produce gathered from the Estate’s farmyard, gardens, orchards and fields. (Kerry Mutton Pie is one of the tempting dishes on the menu). Budding cooks aged 8-12 years can don their whites alongside the Airfield chefs on Saturday March 18 to create a feast of their own. This is part of the monthly Airfield Young Chefs series, whereby kids will harvest their own ingredients from the gardens, then get to work in the Airfield kitchens, preparing super tasty dishes and learning about the farm to fork ethos of Airfield Estate. Entry to Airfield Estate is from 9.30am to 5.00pm daily. Last admission is at 4.00pm. Tickets from €10 adult/€5 child/children under 3 go free, with many concessions and group offers available – see www.airfield.ie.
WHO: For a more cerebral celebration of St Patrick’s weekend we’ll be going along to the Banquet Hall in Smock Alley to see “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. It’s a series of creative panel discussions and performances (from 11.30am – 5.15pm, Saturday 18) exploring the roles of philosophy, comedy, history, sport, economics, culture, psychology, creativity, and some of Ireland’s less-obvious revolutionary narratives. Panellists include Anne Chambers, Donal Dineen, Alison Spittle, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Julian Gough, Aoife McElwain, Professor Mike Cronin, Amanda Coogan, Declan Meade, Louise Lowe, Emmet Kirwan, Dr. Paul Rouse, and Cora Staunton. Tickets from €5.
HOW: Keeping it local and green this weekend, we’ll be popping over to Sandymount Hotel for one of their special Appletini cocktails. Tasty and refreshing, we’ll be toasting the hotels recent nomination for title of Europe’s Leading Green Hotel at this year’s travel Oscars (the 24th Annual World Travel Awards) due to their impressive green policy. Sandymount Hotel is also running a special Spring Sale offer throughout March and April. From only €89, it’s the perfect venue for visiting guests or as a staycation in a tranquil area of Dublin 4, with Irish breakfast and free wifi included. www.sandymounthotel.ie.
WHEN: We’re booking ahead for a Floral Workshop with our mums next Saturday March 25 at Arran St East. Leading the workshop, in the studio that is just a stone’s throw from Dublin’s Victorian flower, fruit and vegetable markets, is stylist and creative Jette Verdi. She will be teaching the basics of floral design, focusing on creating one bouquet of flowers, which will be yours to take home. You’ll also pay a quick visit to the markets where you will meet Arran St East’s flower suppliers. The workshop runs from 11am – 12.30pm, and costs €60. www.arranstreeteast.ie or email: email@example.com.
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