From CHILLING OUT at the ICE HOTEL to dinner at SUESEY STREET, here’s what we’re planning this weekend …
WHEN: There’s still time to book Suesey Street for dinner tonight (May 11) when Celebrity Masterchef and Eurovision winner, Niamh Kavanagh, will be their guest chef. The singer, who wowed Masterchef judges Robin Gill and Daniel Clifford with the dishes she cooked for the series finale, is presenting the same three-course menu of raviolo al uovo for starter, ox cheek with horseradish and thyme crumbs and lime cheesecake. However if you miss this, do try the regular Suesey Street Supper Club on Fridays. We visited last week and can attest that the basement space of 26 Fitzwilliam Place, is the perfect place to ease into the weekend. The relaxed, informal outdoor terrace is matched by the gorgeous restaurant and bar.
For €69, you can have a delicious dinner for two with a specially selected bottle of wine while enjoying live music from a jazz trio called Sonic Tolfa. If you have a sweet tooth, try the apple frangipane tart – delicious! 01 6694600. www.sueseystreet.ie.
WHY: We admit to following Willie (Wearstler), Neville (Jacobs) and Audrey (Versace) on Instagram and believe, like most fashionistas, life is incomplete without a canine friend. Therefore, this weekend will see us at Pawsitivity in the City – a family pet event in Merrion Square. Organised by Pedigree Ireland, the event (on May 13 and 14) includes special doggy dance classes, an outdoor screening of Disney’s Lady and the Tramp, pet health tips and tricks from Pete the Vet, a pop-up Doggy Café, and a chance to test your dog’s IQ with expert Suzi Walsh. Running from 12pm – 5.30pm, it’s bound to be a fun event with lots of puppy love and will move on to Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on May 20. @pedigreeireland, www.pawsitiveliving.ie.
WHO: The work of the independent and ambitious artist Margaret Clarke (1884-1961) is the subject of an exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland, which opens on May 13. Clarke was a pupil of the painter Sir William Orpen, and the wife of the renowned stained-glass artist Harry Clarke. Though her work was not fully appreciated after her death, in her lifetime, she was highly regarded by her peers and friends, who included Thomas Bodkin, Thomas MacGreevy, Lennox Robinson, Dermod O’Brien, Seán Keating, Evie Hone, and James White. This exhibition, which includes paintings, drawings and sketches from public and private collections, will re-evaluate her work, the development of her striking style, and how she balanced family life with the management of the Henry Clarke Stained Glass Studios. The exhibition, Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit is a collaboration with the F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio in Banbridge, Co Down, and will be shown there from September 15 – November 18. National Gallery of Ireland, Clare Street, Dublin 2, Ireland. www.nationalgallery.ie.
WHERE: Any excuse to stay overnight at the Ice Hotel in Co Mayo is a good one for us. And while it might be a bit of a drive, the opportunity to relax and unwind surrounded by sea views is appealing. Its Chill Spa, with Riverside thermal and outdoor barrel saunas, has introduced a new Voya Heavenly Dreams Sleeping Ritual. The treatment includes a foot ritual, a mini facial and a full body massage using Balinese and Hawaiian techniques. Some chill time in the Dark Relaxation Room completes the treatment. €120 for 80 minutes of relaxation and bliss. Ice House Hotel, The Quay, Ballina, Co. Mayo. www.icehousehotel.ie.
WHAT: Watch THE GLOSS contributing editor Susan Zelouf this weekend at Smock Alley Theatre where she will be participating in RESIST: American Voices from An Irish Stage. The performance on Sunday, May 14 at 7.30pm, is to help raise funds for the American Civil Liberties Union founded in 1920. Most recently, the ACLU brought a legal suit to the Supreme Court and won an injunction against Trump’s Muslim Travel Ban, so perhaps this will give a hint to the subject matter on the night. With astute social comment, humour, passion and plenty of anti-Trump entertainment, the performers are donating their time and talents to the ACLU cause. To book tickets, visit www.smockalley.com.
AND: Music enthusiasts should make a note of Tuesday May 16, when The Westbury will be hosting an exclusive evening recital by world-renowned pianist John O’Conor, and rising Irish piano stars including Antonia Huang, Tiffany Qiu, Dida Condria, Meabh Fitzgerald, Jane Brazil and Rowel Friers. The evening will begin with drinks and canapés at 7pm, followed by the recital in the hotel’s lovely Grafton Suite with a drinks reception to close. Tickets are €60 and are available by calling Sandra at 01 2721523 or by email to email@example.com.
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