This weekend we’re looking up at the AURORA BOREALIS, listening to some IRISH MUSICIANS in Cork and enjoying afternoon tea at THE WESTBURY …
WHERE: Cillian Murphy, Lisa Hannigan and Enda Walsh are just a few of the participants in this weekend’s Sounds from a Safe Harbour in Cork City. The four-day event includes music, dance, visual art and conversation in over 60 venues across Leeside. The good news is the shows are nearly all free with a strong emphasis on collaboration and shared experiences as the unifying theme. Nialler9 has helped to curate the Heineken Free Music Trail and this programme includes: New Jackson, Soulé, Rosie Carney, Saint Caoilian, Sorcha Richardson, Rosa Nutty and Rowan. For details visit www.soundsfromasafeharbour.com.
WHY: Supporting Irish Design and partnering with the Council of Irish Fashion Designers, The Westbury have created The Art of Millinery Afternoon Tea (€47 per person), which is a treat we’re looking forward to this weekend. Cakes and pastries have been inspired by five Irish milliners’ bespoke head pieces. Aoife Kirwan, Davina Lynch, Leonora Ferguson, Margaret O’Connor and Wendy Louise Knight’s signature designs have been recreated in intricate detail by executive pastry chef Ray Encarnacion. Available until October 1, bookings are advised and can be made by phoning the hotel on 01 646 3311.
While you’re at The Westbury, do pop next door to Solomon Fine Art. They are hosting the début solo exhibition of bronze sculptures by Peter Killeen. Dublin-born Killeen takes his inspiration of Jataka Tales from ancient animal moralistic fables originating in India about the previous lives and incarnations of Buddha. Killeen’s representations of small birds and wild animals have a distinctive charm, each softly rounded in form with carefully worked, richly coloured patinas.
WHO: On Sunday September 17 at 7.30pm, The Josephine Hart Poetry Foundation returns to the Abbey Stage to celebrate the poetry of Pulitzer Prize winner WH Auden. Auden was a great admirer of Yeats and collaborated with the “Thirties Poets” Christopher Isherwood, Cecil Day-Lewis, Louis MacNeice and Stephen Spender. Actors Angeline Ball, Patrick Bergin and Ingrid Craigie will perform readings of some of Auden’s most famous poems, along with the introductions written by Josephine Hart. The performance of The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour is produced and directed by Shevaun Wilder. Tickets are €25 – €30 and are available from www.abbeytheatre.ie or by phoning (01) 878 7222.
HOW: Where better to appreciate the Northern Lights than at Solís Lough Eske Castle in Donegal, where a unique vantage point is guaranteed. The luxury hotel has introduced a special Night Sky Package. Guests can now view the aurora borealis under the guidance of a professional photographer ending with a romantic picnic under the stars. Lough Eske Castle is also including a guided tour of the local attractions in the package taking in sites such as the Bluestack Mountains, along with breath-taking forestry and ocean views and the villages of Mountcharles and Banagher. The two-night deluxe Night Sky Package (€799) includes breakfast, dinner in Cedars Restaurant, picnic lunch, guided tour and use of the Spa Solís. www.solishotels.com / +353 74 97 25100.
AND … We’re booking ahead for the Decoding Craftsmanship seminar at Joseph Walsh Studio, which takes place next week on September 23. Humberto Campana, one half of the world famous Campana Brothers, has been confirmed as one of the speakers who will be exploring “the value of a making culture in today’s consumer society.” www.josephwalshstudio.com.
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