5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re going to the CORK JAZZ FESTIVAL, celebrating Halloween at Dublin’s newest bar, MULLIGAN & HAINES and shopping at an Irish designers SAMPLE SALE

Ponies in Maam Valley by Eileen Meagher

WHAT: An exhibition of new works by critically-acclaimed landscape artist Eileen Meagher, called Connemara Dreaming, opens tonight, Thursday October 26 at Gormleys, Dublin. Meagher, whose paintings are part of the National Collection and are hanging in many government departments, lives and works in Connemara. “The breathtaking landscape of Roundstone Bog with its dozens of lakes set against the backdrop of the Twelve Bens is a new experience for me each time that I see it. I return to my studio with a sense of excitement and urgency to capture these scenes.” Connemara Dreaming will be on show in the gallery until Tuesday November 21. 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin; www.gormleys.ie.

WHERE: We’re visiting Cork for the 40th annual Cork Jazz Festival, which runs from Friday October 27 until Monday October 30. This year’s festival includes a line-up of award-winning artists including Imelda May, Alison Moyet, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Booka Brass Band. In addition to ticketed events, there will also be lots of free music sessions on the Guinness Music Pub Trail, and an outdoor street festival with local food offerings from Taste of Cork. For tickets and further information visit www.guinnessjazzfestival.com.

WHY: To celebrate Halloween, Mulligan & Haines, the latest arrival to the Dublin bar scene, has created some special limited edition cocktails, available from Friday October 27 until Monday October 30. We’ll be trying the Buck’s Potion – a mix of vodka, blackberry liqueur, lavender and a squeeze of lemon. The Ulysses-inspired bar is on Dame Street, Dublin 2; to reserve an area this weekend email bookings@mulliganandhaines.ie. www.mulliganandhaines.ie.

WHO: Chefs Damien Grey of Dublin’s Heron & Grey, Takashi Miyazaki of Miyazaki in Cork, Jess Murphy of Kai in Galway and Mickael Viljanen of The Greenhouse in Dublin will cook dinner with five Syrian chefs on Sunday October 29 in Galway’s Loam restaurant. The dinner will be in aid of refugee chefs and is supported by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. The Far-Fetched Dinner with wine pairings by Shane Murphy of Findlater Wines, costs €120 available from eventbrite.ie.

 

HOW: We wish we could get to Wexford today for the launch of The Light Room from 7pm – 8.30pm today, which sounds like just the sort of calm and holistic space needed to recharge after a hectic week. The Light Room project is a self-contained space where visitors can sit in a comfy seat and listen to a guided meditation, all the while boosting vitamin D levels with some light. The Light Room sessions last from 30 – 60 minutes and are held in Place – a retail space which features local and international designers. Place, 4 Esmonde Street, Gorey, Co Wexford. www.place.ie.

 

AND … We’re heading along to the Fumbally Exchange this weekend for a spot of shopping at the Irish designers sample sale where clothing and accessories from Electronic Sheep, Manley, Ale Walsh, Melissa Curry, Jil de Burca, FAO Millinery and Susannah Grogan will be available to purchase. The Aperol Spritz launch party takes place tonight from 5pm. Why not pop in for a spot of late night shopping after work? Fumbally Exchange, 5 Dame Lane, Dublin 2.

We’re also stopping off at Slow in the City food festival on Sunday October 29, in Sophia’s, Dublin 8, where panel discussions, demos, tastings, workshops, and a small market with local Dublin producers, will take place from 10am – 5pm. This food festival is designed to highlight the flourishing Dublin food scene by collaborating with local producers, community gardens, restaurants and chefs all of who live and breathe the Slow Food ethos every day in their work.

Penny McCormick

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