5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re going to DUBLIN GALLERY WEEKEND, visiting the Crafts and Design Fair in Cork and booking dinner at Ranelagh’s newest Thai restaurant, NIGHTMARKET

WHAT: It’s Dublin Gallery Weekend, starting today until Sunday, which means we’ll be picking up the handy gallery map of the some 35 participating venues and schedule and hoping to see some of the exhibitions, guided tours and curator talks. Highlights include the launch of Rodney Graham’s exhibition That’s Not Me at IMMA; a music event inspired by Detroit electronic music duo Drexciya at The Hugh Lane Gallery; a series of artist talks upstairs at AIB Grafton Street; and a family art workshop at the LAB gallery.



The Dublin Art Book Fair is also taking place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, which has limited edition and difficult-to-find artists’ and architecture books. Interwoven, a limited edition print by Caoimhe Kilfeather, will also be unveiled.


WHERE: If you are in Cork at the weekend, do visit the Crafts and Design Fair which this year has a dedicated food emporium with over 25 artisan producers. They include Pamela Walsh and Brett Stephenson who will be displaying their luxurious artisan fruit wines, Michael Corbett’s soil-to-oil rapeseed oil and Owen and Ken Madden’s Lismore Food Company biscuits. All great for gifts, as are Shanagarry-based botanical artist Belinda Northcote’s lovely drawings.

The 26th City Hall Crafts and Design Fair takes place at the City Hall, Cork from November 24-26. www.cityhallcraftsfair.ie.

WHO: With over 30 years’ experience in the fashion industry, John Redmond (better known as Creative Director for the Brown Thomas Group) is presenting his second exhibition Disc-O, from Thursday November 23 – December 1. Taking inspiration from his travels to Japan and in particular the use of colour and kimono fashion, Redmond’s paintings are dynamic canvasses full of energy. Disc-O is on show at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

WHY: Time for a Thai? Then the newly-opened Nightmarket (120 Main Street, Ranelagh) may appeal and was named after the street markets of Hua Hin and Chiang Mai. The menu was created by co-owner Jutarat Suwankeeree, (known as ‘R’), who grew up in Hua Hin. The restaurant’s minimalist design allows the food to speak for itself and the menu features plenty of spice. Do try the Miang Kham (with Cha Plu leaves, ginger, shallots, chilli, dried shrimps, lime, peanut, roast coconut …) as well as Hoy Shell Yang with scallops, lime juice and coriander sauce. Head barman Josko Babic has also created some lovely cocktails, such as the Basil Smash (with Dingle gin, Thai basil, lemon, fish sauce and lychee) and the Nightmarket Cosmo with Cointreau, Pomelo, rice wine and cranberry syrup. Perfect for lunch, brunch or afterwork drinks.

Open Wednesday – Sunday from 4pm onwards; 01-5385200. www.nightmarket.ie.

HOW: In need of a boost? Then the Winter Rejuvenation Package at The Spa at The Shelbourne is a glossy treat. Starting from the feet up, and a frangipani foot exfoliation and massage, it is followed by a relaxing shoulder, neck and scalp massage. To complete the indulgence, an Elemis refresher facial boosts dull, pasty skin meaning you’re party-ready.

€109 per person, for a booking call 01 6634500.

Penny McCormick

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