5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning a trip to the cinema to see Brian O’Malley’s THE LODGERS, shopping for IRISH DESIGN in Dún Laoghaire and visiting RUSSBOROUGH HOUSE

WHERE: The Irish Design Gallery in Dún Laoghaire is marking International Women’s Day with a special weekend showcasing female creatives. Running from Friday, March 9 –  Monday March 12, there will be over 95 designers, artists and photographers exhibiting. Artists Thelma Mansfield and Orla Walsh will be demonstrating at their easels, while jewellery designers Tracy Gilbert and Deborah von Metzradt will be showing how they craft their pieces, which will be on sale in addition to other accessories. Prices range from €5 – €750. www.irishdesigngallery.ie.

WHY: We’re looking forward to a visit to Russborough House which has opened for the spring season. There’s plenty to attract day visitors with a house tour which includes a new picture display with work by 17th and 18th century artists such as Joshua Reynolds, Anthony Lee, Claude-Joseph Vernet and Marcantonia Bassetti. These artworks are from the Milltown Collection at the National Gallery of Ireland and have not been seen by the public in many years. Round off a visit with a cuppa in the newly revamped tea room and a visit to the gift shop. www.russborough.ie.

WHAT: Opening in cinemas tomorrow, March 9, is The Lodgers, which has been nominated for three IFTAs and is directed by Brian O’Malley. Starring Charlotte Vega and Bill Milner, it is set against the backdrop of the Irish War of Independence in 1920s rural Ireland. It’s a spooky tale about twins, Rachel and Edward, who live on a haunted, crumbling estate and are forced to abide by three rules. These are challenged with frightening consequences when a war veteran returns to a nearby village and is drawn to Rachel.

WHERE: We’re taking in two exhibitions which open this weekend. The Easter group exhibition at Solomon Fine Art is always worth a visit and this year includes work by Frances Ryan, Margo Banks, Tom Climent, Bridget Flinn, Bob Quinn and others. It will run until March 29. Balfe Street, Dublin 2; www.solomonfineart.ie.


Chára Nagle’s “Haystacks” is a twelve-piece series, created using tempera grassa on large boards, capturing the essence of the Irish countryside. Nagle describes her style as “heightened realism”. Heritage House23 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

AND: Eatyard is opening its doors this weekend for the 2018 season and BMW will be using the venue to launch the all-new BMW X2 to customers. Carpool Karaoke, a holographic experience with the new X2, a wing eating competition, a question and answer session with Aoife McElwain on her book Slow at Work plus a performance by Vulture Culture on Sunday afternoon are just some of the activities taking place. There are also lots of new vendors selling delicious street fair.

We haven’t forgotten about Mother’s Day – see our suggestions for where and how to spend it tomorrow, and in the meantime consult our Glossy Gift Guide to find the perfect last-minute present for your mum!

Penny McCormick

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