Find out what we’re planning this weekend as Penny McCormick rounds up the BEST EVENTS taking place AROUND THE COUNTRY …
WHAT: We’re keen to visit The Morrison Grill which has been recently revamped. The lighter, brighter atmosphere makes the most of the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Liffey at Ormond Quay. There’s a new summer menu to enjoy too, which features the Josper grill skills of chef Sushil Kumar and lighter, dishes such as the Wild Stone bass with couscous, prawns and pepper fondue. The Orly Bird menu is €25 for two courses, and €29 for three courses – perfect for a post-shopping catch up.
The Morrison Hotel, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1; www.morrisonhotel.ie.
WHO: Franco-Spanish guitarist Thibaut Garcia has been dubbed as “the new face of classical guitar” having won several competitions for his sensitive interpretations of classics. German cellist Isang Enders is also known for his dynamic performances and has worked with many eminent conductors. The charismatic duo are currently on tour this week and will be performing in Cork, Waterford, Tralee, Clifden and Dun Laoghaire until May 1. For further information visit www.musicnetwork.ie.
HOW: As it’s Poetry Day Ireland today, Thursday April 26, where better to immerse yourself in words than at The HomePlace where a new exhibition has just opened, exploring the people and place that inspired Seamus Heaney. Previously unseen artefacts, transcripts and books have been donated by the Heaney family for this interactive exhibition, spread over two floors, which has been described by fellow poet Michael Longley as “an echo chamber for the poet’s beautiful lines.” 45 Main Street, Bellaghy, Magherafelt. www.seamusheaneyhome.com.
WHY: Because we believe in the power of positive thinking, we’re booking the newly-launched “Prosecco Pedicure” at Burgundy Beauty (7 Newtown Park, Blackrock) this weekend and hoping the summer weather returns so we’re sandal-ready. The luxury treat includes some bubbles and strawberries, as well as a leg and foot exfoliation, massage, file, shape and pretty polish. To book the treatment which costs €60, visit www.burgundybeauty.com.
WHERE: On Friday April 27 and Saturday April 28, Gare St Lazare Ireland will be celebrating the use of music in Samuel Beckett’s work at Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. “Here All Night: The Sound of Beckett” combines text, music and song. Conceived by Paul Clark, Judy Hegarty Lovett, Conor Lovett and Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh, it features texts and music by Samuel Beckett, and an original score by Paul Clark with additional music by Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh. Tickets cost €22/20 from www.paviliontheatre.ie.
AND: We’re booking ahead for The Time to Sparkle Gala Ball, which will take place in the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road on Friday May 4. The event starts with a reception at 7pm followed by dinner, with Barry Murphy the host for the evening and entertainment from the Bugle Babes and Off the Wall. Proceeds go to the Crumlin Children’s Hospital – Children’s Medical Research Foundation and tickets can be bought from Rachel.Daly@crmf.org.
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