5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning DINNER WITH A VIEW, checking out an ART EXHIBITION and booking in for a DETOX WRAP …



HOW: Where better to enjoy the sweeping views of Croagh Patrick and Clew Bay in Westport than from an elegant table at La Fougère restaurant in Knockranny House Hotel? The restaurant’s stylish and sophisticated new look is a nod to 1920s and 30s movie-star glamour, while its menu has been created by award-winning chef Seamus Commons complemented by the expertise of sommelier Nick Faujours. New dishes have been created to honour the updated décor; turbot with shellfish, lobster and seaweed, or courgette flowers with Galway goats cheese and beetroot are the kind of elegant dishes that fit beautifully with this new space. Knockranny House Hotel & Spa, Westport, Co Mayo, +353 (98) 28600, info@khh.ie. www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie.



WHAT: Hot on the heels of the Dalkey Book Festival comes a fitting tribute to some of Ireland’s best-loved authors. The Maeve Binchy and famous Irish Writers Walk takes place every Thursday at 6.30pm and on Fridays at 1.15pm (until September 29). Starting at the Writer’s Gallery in Dalkey Castle & Heritage Centre, visitors can view the work of 45 artists including Joyce and Bono. Afterwards, visitors then walk along the streets of Dalkey, enjoying snippets from books by Maeve Binchy, Flann O’Brien and others, while hearing anecdotes about famous writers at different locations from the knowledgeable guides. The walk ends at the Maeve Binchy Garden in Dalkey Library, where there is a memorial to Maeve’s memory. The tour lasts approximately one hour. Tickets are €12. To book telephone 01 2858366 or email info@dalkeycastle.com. Must be pre- booked. www.dalkeycastle.com.



WHERE: To Galway and a stay at Radisson Blu Hotel & Spa. We’ve booked in for an Elemis Green Tea Detox Wrap at the hotel’s Spirit One Spa. The treatment starts with a massage of omega-rich green tea seed oil to stimulate the toxin elimination process; a nutritious wrap follows. The final touch is the application of a nourishing green tea balm, which is rich in essential skin superfoods and is the perfect skin-soother and booster. The 65-minute treatment is currently on offer and costs €69 (normally €80) and includes a day pass to the Thermal Suite with use of the swimming pool, outdoor hot tub and jacuzzi. To book call 091 538 423 or e-mail spiritone.galway@radissonblu.com. www.radissonhotelgalway.com.



WHO: Award-winning artist Eddie Rafferty takes centre stage at the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio in Banbridge from Saturday June 17, when a major exhibition of his work, The Pursuit of Happiness, opens. Rafferty is renowned for his eye-catching prints, drawings, paintings and collages which depict the people and places he has encountered at home and abroad – but particularly of his life and experiences in South Africa. FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio Curator, Dr Riann Coulter tells us, “Eddie’s artistic output is as expansive as it is impressive. An artist that does not seek out attention, his works are compelling, colourful and unique.” The exhibition runs until September 2. www.femcwilliam.com.



WHY: It’s perfect G&T weather; good timing therefore, for the second annual Irish Gin & Tonic Fest, which starts this weekend from June 25 – July 1. It’s a 32-county celebration of Ireland’s finest gins, with 14 home-grown brands participating. Expect lots of activities at various bars across the country as well as individual brands hosting their own events. For instance, Bertha’s Revenge will be producing a ukulele concert and G&T dinner at their distillery in Cork, Mór Irish Gin will be hosting a daily ultimate G&T demo at IdleWild on Fade Street in Dublin and Gunpowder Gin will be launching the Gin-Joyment Club at Tigh Nora in Galway city on June 28. For information, visit www.greatirishbeverages.com. Alternatively, post a photograph of your favourite brand on Instagram using the hashtag #IrishGnT. We like ours with a twist of pink grapefruit.



AND: Don’t forget International Yoga Day. To mark the occasion on Sunday June 25, Action Aid Ireland are hosting a yoga workshop at the Yoga Dublin Studios in Ranelagh, with all proceeds raised going to help build an Early Childhood Development Centre in rural Nepal. The workshop will include core awakening sequences, gentle dynamic Rasa Flow yoga and mindful movement, and a brief guided meditation to close the session.

The workshop runs from 2pm–4pm, 28a Dartmouth Road, Dublin 6. www.yogadublin.com.

Penny McCormick

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