We’re planning a MOVIE MARATHON, afternoon tea and watching an adaptation of HOMER’S ODYSSEY ON THE BEACH …
WHAT: Art Over Borders is a new cross-border arts initiative to highlight the relationship between artists and Ireland, which is supported by patrons including Colm Tóibín, Eimear McBride, Lisa Dwan, Nick Laird and many more. It launches on Sunday with an adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey, directed by Adrian Dunbar on five beaches in Donegal – a concept designed by DoranBrowne.
The Odyssey will be recited by actor Niall Cusack and take place on the beaches of Tullan Strand Bundoran (August 24); Narin (August 25), Carrickfin (August 26), Marble Hill (August 27) and Fahan, Inishowen (August 28) whilst Derry’s Guildhall Square will feature The Trojan Horse – under the Walls of Derry evoking both the Troy and Derry sieges.
WHERE: If, like us, you like undone, wildflower-style florals, you’ll love The Crate, which opens on Friday August 25 at the pop-up in Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin, until August 31. Set up by childhood friends Claire Ryan and Steph Hutch, their idea was to simplify flower buying for customers by minimising choice with seasonally curated designs, available at the pop-up and online. Do pop in and say hello and find out more about The Crate styling and workshop courses. www.thecrate.ie
WHY: In tribute to its neighbours, The National Concert Hall, Conrad Dublin (located on Earlsfort Terrace) has introduced a new Musically-Inspired Afternoon Tea, which is hosted in the hotel’s Lemuel’s Lounge. The Afternoon Tea includes freshly baked cakes, pastries and scones as well as gourmet sandwiches. A special introductory offer of €60 for two, includes a cocktail per person from the signature cocktail range. The new menu includes a musically-inspired selection of pastry delights, created by Conrad Dublin’s pastry chef Brizaida Hernandez including a chocolate symphony ganache Sunset Sonata mousse. The offer runs until September 30. www.lemuelsdublin.com
WHEN: Looking for a new venue for a family lunch? We can recommend Morelands Grill this weekend where the menu features lots of healthy options (try the delicious red quinoa salad), as well as their signature dishes prepared on the Spanish Josper charcoal grill. Served from 12.30 – 3.30pm in the restaurant’s airy interior, the menu highlights include French classics as well as their sourdough club sandwich – a best-selling main. Do try their Spanish onion rings as a side order. Leave room for pudding though – the Morelands Sundae with crushed cookies, chocolate fudge sauce and pecans is delicious. The restaurant is located on Westmoreland Street, so ideal for an afternoon constitutional after lunch. www.morelandsgrill.com
WHO: As cinephiles we’ve been enjoying the Films You’d Love Your Kids To See II at The Lighthouse Cinema (which has included a Back to the Future marathon). The programme finishes this weekend with Wizard of Oz showing on Friday and Mary Poppins on Monday 28. www.lighthousecinema.ie.
To mark the 75th anniversary of the iconic Casablanca film, RTE Concert Orchestra is presenting the film on Friday August 25 with Max Steiner’s score played live on the main stage of National Concert Hall. Tickets are from €25.
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