5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From a Meet the Makers event with a host of IRISH DESIGNERS to a WEDDING FAIR at Dunboyne Castle, here’s what we’re planning this weekend …

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WHERE? Before dinner next door at Wilde in The Westbury, we’re popping in to see Solomon Fine Art’s annual Easter Group Exhibition. It’s a mix of paintings, sculpture and print by leading Irish artists and includes work by Eilis O’Connell RHA, Anthony Scott RUA and John Behan RHA. We particularly like the floral works by Austin Hearne and Frances Ryan’s botanical prints, as well as Stephanie Hess’s playful bronze Acrobats. www.solomonfineart.ie. The exhibition continues until April 19.

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WHY? We’re heading into town for some retail therapy at Arnotts, where the new Karen Millen SS17 collection has just landed. We’ve had a preview and the collection features investment pieces that are strong on tailoring. Our picks include the statement white shirt, python print silk dress, a versatile cinnamon lightweight trench (that can be deconstructed) and suede flats with ruffling details. www.arnotts.ie.

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WHAT? The d hotel in Drogheda has devised an original package to satisfy our Game of Thrones fixation in addition to providing a stylish base from which to explore the city. They are offering guided paddling tours on the Boyne River in hand-crafted Kerry Naomhog currachs – the same boats from the show. Guests will also be immersed in the history of Ireland’s largest, legendary battle. With prices starting at €85 per person sharing, The King’s Package includes an overnight stay, welcome refreshments, hearty breakfast, and a delicious packed lunch, all with a great riverside location. www.thedhotel.com, +353 41 98 777 00.

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WHO? We’re supporting Irish design this weekend and in particular Jennifer Rothwell who is hosting a Meet the Makers event on Saturday, April 8 from 11am to 4pm in her boutique at the Powerscourt Townhouse Centre. Over a glass of Prosecco, guests will have the chance to meet Irish designers Mairead deBlaca, Christina Belle and Wendy Louise Knight while shopping for the perfect accessories. There will be discounts on all purchases and bespoke orders taken that day. To attend email; jrothwelldesign@gmail.com.

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WHEN? To Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa on Sunday April 9 for a special wedding showcase (from 2 – 4pm). Visitors can wander through the period rooms and contemporary spaces where there will be pop-ups designed to help with all bridal dilemmas. Belle Mariée Boutique will exhibit bridal dresses and veils from top designers. Frank Gavin photography, Amazing Cakes, AT&T chauffeurs, Derek Keyes – The Wedding Swinger – and the team from Frog Prince Venue décor specialists will also be there to provide inspiration and top tips for brides-to-be. Ann Peppard, the expert Personal Shopper at Debenhams will also be on hand to share her inside knowledge on all the latest fashion trends. Each guest will enjoy a complimentary treat of an Oxygen Blast Facial, White Tea Hand Treatment and Elizabeth Arden gift bag. Email: sales@dunboynecastlehotel.com or call 01 681 6529 for further www.dunboynecastlehotel.com.

Penny McCormick

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