5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning a DAY AT THE RACES, a trip to WEST CORK and a lobster lunch at SUESEY STREET

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WHAT: For racing and fashion fans Royal Ascot (which was held last week) is always a highlight, as is The Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby Festival, which takes place from Friday June 30 – Sunday July 2 at The Curragh. It’s the perfect opportunity to dress up (do read our recommendations on where to source a showstopping hat). Chanelle McCoy, business woman and wife of jockey AP, will join the Derby Day Most Stylish Lady judging panel on Saturday July 1. Top prize is a five-night stay at The Jumeirah Creekside Hotel in Dubai, with €1,000 spending money in Dubai Duty Free, return flights to Dubai and a stay at the K Club before and after the holiday. www.curragh.ie.

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WHERE: The streets of West Cork will be alive with music this weekend. The West Cork Chamber Music Festival opens on Friday June 30 until Saturday July 8. Participating are the The Doric Quartet from the UK, Pacifica Quartet from the USA, Pavel Haas Quartet from Czechoslovakia and Zaïde Quartet from France, who will join a host of international soloists including Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud, German violinist Viviane Hagner, Finnish pianist Joonas Ahonen, American violinist Miranda Cuckson, Irish violinist Mairéad Hickey, German-Canadian cellist Johanes Moser and many more. The festival also debuts its Fringe Festival on Saturday 1, when some of Ireland’s best young performers will join professional musicians to play in a series of daily pop-ups, performing in local coffee shops, restaurants, shops and streets. All Fringe events are free of charge and these lunchtime shows will run in a variety of locations in the Bantry area, including Whiddy Island, Garnish Island and Durrus. www.westcorkmusic.ie.

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HOW: Regardless of the weather this weekend we’re off to Glenlo Abbey Hotel & Golf Course, where a new layer of luxury has just been added. “Ireland and especially the West, as we all know, can have the odd rainy day so it was important for us to offer varied options for our guests for relaxation and comfort in luxurious surroundings within the hotel”, Rory O’Sullivan, general manager tells THE GLOSS. Guests who love Old Hollywood movies can enjoy the 1930s-inspired décor of the revamped Abbey Cinema Theatre, with a library of 50 classic movies from Casablanca to Gone With the Wind. There are two screenings daily, a matinee at 3pm and an evening screening at 10pm. There is also an extensive Games Room, while outside the newly-completed cycle track around the estate is tempting for all the family. Complimentary estate bicycles are available plus a guided cycle map. Other activities such as horse-riding, falconry, golfing and beach trekking are also available, with several tempting summer offers too.

Call +35391519600, email: stay@glenloabbey.ie, visit www.glenloabbeyhotel.com.

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WHO: So we can’t get to The Hamptons, but a visit to Suesey Street for their Lobster Festival is the next best thing. Running throughout July and August for lunch and dinner, head chef Gareth Naughton’s new menu features five tempting lobster dishes, in addition to bistro favourites. How about lobster and crab ravioli, lobster BLT burger, a lobster, mango and avocado salad or a classic lobster bisque? The outside terrace and the clubby basement bar are both welcoming environments complemented with excellent service by maître d’ John Healy. Contemporary cuisine in a cosy atmosphere, it’s guaranteed to ease us into the weekend nicely.

Suesey Street, 26 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. www.sueseystreet.ie.

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WHEN: Prospective brides and grooms might like to book The Shelbourne Hotel’s Wedding Forum on July 5 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm. In addition to viewing the bridal services on offer at the hotel (Marietta Doran is the hotel’s dedicated Style Butler), bridal boutique Myrtle Ivory will have an exclusive preview of designer Stephanie Allin’s 2018 La Vie En Rose collection. Allin has garnered a huge following, with Irish actress and author Amy Huberman wearing one of her gowns on her wedding day. Another highlight will be the floral displays prepared by the ‘Flowers by The Shelbourne’ team. Add the glamour and experience brought by the compère on the evening, Sybil Mulcahy, and guests can expect the Wedding Forum to cover everything a prospective bride needs to know.

Places are strictly limited to 80, and only by invitation. To attend, please email The Shelbourne at this addresswww.theshelbourne.ie.

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AND: We’ll also be popping into the Seven Wood pop-up shop on Dawson Street which comes to the end of its residency this week and has some brilliant sales on their mid-century modern furniture. (If you are in London over the summer do look into their new store in Portobello). While you’re in town, for shoe fans, also worth browsing is the ALAÏA pop-up in Brown Thomas.

Penny McCormick

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