5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

This weekend we’re going to HENNESSY’S LOST FRIDAYS, taking a trip to DONEGAL and getting pampered at THE SHELBOURNE

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WHAT: Coldplay will be on stage at Croke Park this weekend, and if you’re heading to the concert, why not drop by The Terrace at Asador for a pre-concert warm-up from 4pm onwards on Saturday. With plenty of Coldplay songs, light barbecue bites from the menu (how about their Asador Wings, octopus or burger slides?) and drinks to be enjoyed al fresco, it is the perfect place to get you in the mood. This pre-concert package, at €30, is good value and includes two drinks. Otherwise, Asador is also the perfect place for a leisurely Sunday lunch – the sheltered terrace is a haven of calm complemented by a mouth-watering menu. Firm favourites include the starters of prawn Pil Pil (sautéed prawns, garlic and chilli with fresh ciabatta), or potted crab. For mains, you’ll be spoiled for choice, though the Asador ribs are a best-seller. End on a sweet note – our favourites include the raspberry and pistachio tart or rhubarb and orange posset with cardamom and oat cookies. With friendly service, a sunny, secluded situation and a great menu (a two-course lunch is €22.95), this is a weekend winner.

1 Victoria House, Haddington Road, Dublin 4. 01 254 5353, info@ASADOR.ie, www.ASADOR.ie.

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WHERE: Home with the The Henry Girls opens this year’s Earagail Arts Festival, Donegal, which started earlier this week and runs until Sunday July 23. Based in their home village of Malin, (named by National Geographic as the world’s coolest destination for 2017!) the trio are hosting a series of songwriting workshops, culinary and cultural tours, as well as two concerts which includes their tribute to the New Orleans trio, The Boswell Sisters. www.thehenrygirls.com. Concerts; €12 – 15. Other highlights of the festival include Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, Circus Raj from Rajasthan, cellist Rebecca Roudman, Pat Kinevane’s Silent and an extensive arts programme on the theme of architecture. www.eaf.ie.

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WHEN: RHA’s Hennessy Lost Friday returns for its summer installment on Friday July 7, from 7.45pm onwards. Taking place at the RHA Gallery, guests can expect an inspiring mix of artists, musicians, and creatives. Arrive early and enjoy a walking tour of the current, impressive RHA Annual Exhibition with Director Patrick T Murphy. Afterwards, experiment with some intricate body or face paint by Dublin Body Painting Jam, or immerse yourself in the world of virtual reality. As the night progresses, electro-pop band Ships will be playing – their signature sound is a mix of synth-pop, disco and 80s electronica influence. Next up, electronic project Wastefellow (aka producer Diolmhain Ingram Roche) will also perform, as will DJ Hula Hoop, who will ensure the evening ends with plenty of dancing.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.eventbrite.ie. Tickets cost €20 + booking fee which includes two complimentary Hennessy cocktails.

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WHY: It’s a truth universally acknowledged that preparing for holidays can be time-consuming and also, frankly, stressful as you dash between salons for various grooming necessities. That’s why we are endorsing the excellent Summer Ready package at The Salon at The Shelbourne for those all-important finishing touches. Relax with a cuppa (or glass of bubbles) and a macaron in the graceful, calming surrounds as your therapist pampers you with a luxurious mini-manicure and pedicure. As your polish dries, the Eye Trio treatment follows. This includes a brow tint and shape as well as a lash tint; all carried out with precision and expertise. There’s no sense of rush and by the time you leave you’ll be poised for the pool or beach. Failing that, treat yourself to one of the special Summer Spritz cocktails (infused with flowers and fruit) at the next door No. 27 Bar and Lounge at The Shelbourne, to celebrate the end of a week or the start of a holiday.

The Summer Ready package costs €89 per person from now until August 31; call 01 663 4690 to make an appointment. The Salon at The Shelbourne, 27 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

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HOW: Ballymaloe Foods and the Marie Keating Foundation have joined forces and are inviting barbecue buffs to organise a BBQ to Beat Cancer. Register your details on the Marie Keating Foundation website and you will receive a pack in the post including a poster, invites, balloons, a Ballymaloe Foods coupon, Ballymaloe Foods recipes and the all-important chef’s hat! Those who host a barbecue to fundraise for the charity will also be entered into a weekly draw to win a selection of Ballymaloe goodies. The funds raised from the campaign will be used to help those on their cancer journey, while also raising awareness. The Marie Keating Foundation is shining a light on Irish prostate cancer survivors this year with their Heroes of Hope exhibition, currently on tour around the country.

For more information or to register visit www.mariekeating.ie.

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AND: Fancy a mid-week break? Situated on the edge of the river Slaney, the Ferrycarrig Hotel in Wexford has a tempting offer. Their two-night Midweek Bliss includes a spa treatment in their new Riverwood treatment rooms, afternoon tea for two, plus dinner at their award-winning restaurant, Reeds, on one evening, all from €179. For reservations, call 053-9120999; www.ferrycarrighotel.ie.

Penny McCormick

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