5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re visiting one of Dublin’s NEWEST RESTAURANTS, popping in to an ART EXHIBITION and enjoying an excuse to browse around our favourite BOOKSHOPS …


WHERE: If you haven’t yet been to Dollard & Co Food Market and Grill we can recommend the foodie experience and can foresee it being a source of gifts and treats during the festive season. Now we’re looking forward to trying Tomahawk, the elegant steakhouse which opened last week in its basement. The stylish restaurant has two different zones with a timber dining bar set around the open kitchen or the cosy nooks with bespoke timber tables. The steaks are the stars of the menu – sourced by Dollard & Co’s butcher JP Byrne and cooked to perfection by Barra Burley, the head chef, who says “We want people to enjoy their beef like they would wines, whiskeys or cheeses, experiencing the different flavour notes due to the aging, smoking and cooking processes on the charcoal burning grill.” There’s plenty of alternatives too with Dover sole, tuna ceviche, Kilmore scallops and mini lobster and crab cocktail rolls on the menu as well as desserts and a tempting cocktail menu.

Tomahawk, Essex Street East, Temple Bar, Dublin. (01) 6169564.


WHY: We like to think of ourselves as well-read women here at THE GLOSS which is why we endorse the Books Are My Bag campaign which starts today and lasts throughout October. Today is actually called Super Thursday with over 500 new books hitting the shelves, all aiming for those Christmas bestseller lists. We usually have a browse in a bookshop on Saturdays and this weekend, on Saturday October 7, it’s Bookshop Day when many around the country will be hosting special events, signings and authors in residence. Look out for celebrities too and limited edition tote bags by Orla Kiely and children’s book illustrator Axel Scheffler on sale in selected stores. www.booksaremybag.com.


WHAT: On Sunday October 8, Carton House is hosting personalised wedding tours from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Couples are encouraged to book a one-on-one appointment with the resident wedding team and spend time in the historic mansion, experiencing the romantic setting in all its wedding grandeur. With a royal history, exquisite décor and first-class hospitality it’s sure to impress, while the picturesque woodland is perfect for a Sunday stroll too.

To book an appointment contact Fionnuala Townsend on (01) 651 7707 or email ftownsend@cartonhouse.com; www.cartonhouse.com.

The quiet wolf of Gleann na nGealt by Gabhann Dunne

WHO: To The Molesworth Gallery to see Gabhann Dunne’s new exhibition In the Presence of Birds. It was inspired by the medieval Irish poem Buile Suibhne or Mad Sweeney in which an Irish king is cursed by a priest to wander the wild as a bird-like creature for the remainder of his life. The poem has also inspired writers such as Seamus Heaney, Robert Graves and TS Eliot and for Dunne it translates as an emotional attachment to nature. The exhibition runs from today until October 27.

The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street, Dublin 2, www.molesworthgallery.com.

AND … The Dublin Arabic Film Festival (DAFF) starts this weekend in conjunction with the Irish Film Institute. Seven films from the Arab world will be shown during the three-day festival (6-8 October). We’re eager to see Tramontane which is tipped for a Golden Globe, emphasising the high standard of the films on offer. www.dublinarabicfilmfestival.ie.

Penny McCormick

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