5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning a trip to the STELLA THEATRE, DESTINATION DINING in West Cork and going to see artist NICKIE HAYDEN‘s latest exhibition at The LAB Gallery …

Eve Ensler

WHERE: This year celebrates the 20th anniversary edition of Eve Ensler’s best-selling The Vagina Monologues – a landmark book in women’s empowerment aimed at ending violence against women and girls. The new edition features six new monologues in the book’s witty and irreverent style. That’s why we’re keen to see the stage show, written by Eve Ensler and directed by Reidin Dunne, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum Town Centre on Friday and Saturday, January 19 – 20. This rendition will focus on the changing nature of Irish womanhood. Tickets €15; www.milltheatre.ie.

WHAT: Given the weather and wealth of films on offer at the moment, we may spend all weekend at the cinema. It’s a toss up between The Post or Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Both feature in Oscar nominations this year, with Meryl Streep and Frances McDormand vying for a gong in two decidedly different films. We’re leaning towards the dark humour of the latter, which is on at the beautifully restored Stella Theatre, in Dublin 6. The idea of art deco surroundings, comfy seats and a tempting tacos menu is too good to miss. www.stellatheatre.ie.

WHERE: Destination dining is on the rise which means we’re en route to West Cork and more specifically Courtmacsherry, this weekend for a special wine dinner at the charming gastropub that is The Lifeboat Inn. On Saturday January 20, David O’Halloran – the restaurant manager and a noted wine expert – will be presenting their new menu, which is expertly paired with wines from Ribera del Duero and Rías Baixas. Pre-dinner drinks and canapés start the evening before a series of dishes showcasing local produce. This Taste of Spain five course dinner begins at 6.30pm and costs €40 including wine. www.lifeboatinn.ie.

Charged by Light

WHO: Settling the Past by Nickie Hayden is one of four new exhibitions opening at the LAB Gallery in Dublin this weekend. Inspired by Hayden’s own struggle with adult literacy and dyslexia, she explores the cathartic role of art. The exhibition creates a sense of calm and evokes “the peace the artist has found through painting and a feeling of empowerment through words.” The LAB Gallery, Foley Street, Dublin 4; www.dublincityartsoffice.ie.

WHY: Still on a January detox? Then The River Lee Hotel’s Taste of Wellness package may be inspiring. Guests can book in for a two-night experience, which includes a general health and fitness review with a personal trainer, before discussing fitness goals and how to maximize gym time. For joggers and avid walkers there are plenty of routes to take in the charm of Cork city, while the deluxe rooms are stocked with energising protein balls. Healthy meals in the award-winning Weir Rooms or smoothies from The Juicery – all help towards recharging the batteries. A Taste of Wellness package starts from €170.00 based on two people sharing. www.doylecollection.com/riverlee.

AND … We’re booking ahead for a night of theatre at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel next Sunday January 28. Actor Richard Martin will be performing a one-man show by Sean Leonard which tells the remarkable true story of one of the castle’s previous residents –  Richard “Humanity Dick” Martin. Tickets for Humanity Dick: A Tale of Beasts and Bullets are €60 including dinner in the Fisherman’s Pub after the performance. An overnight theatre evening with breakfast and dinner in the Owenmore Restaurant is €135. www.ballynahinch-castle.com.

Penny McCormick

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