5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From WELLFEST to “AFTERNOON SEA“, find out what WE’RE PLANNING this weekend … 


WHAT: WellFest is taking place this weekend in the new venue of Royal Hospital Kilmainham, and the impressive line-up of health gurus includes Davina McCall and Joe Wicks. Other highlights include cooking demonstrations by foodies such as The Happy Pear, Roz Purcell and Ella Mills, yoga with Patrick Beach and a special WellMind area where “mind ambassador” and performance psychologist Gerry Hussey will be in residence. www.wellfest.ie.


WHERE: We’ve heard the two-day sample sale at The g Hotel Galway this Saturday and Sunday is not to be missed. From 10am until 5pm, bargain hunters can expect unique Irish pieces at a fraction of the price. Fashion, accessory and jewellery designer labels featured include Theo&George, Edge Only, Jill De Burca and Darcy Bow though there are many others. Shoppers can enjoy Stonewell Cider champagne cocktails as they move through the rails. www.eventbrite.ie.


WHAT: The theme of this year’s Remote Photo Festival in Donegal, starting on Friday 11, is “Reframing the Border” and presents work by established and emerging Irish photographers, who all explore the physical, social, psychological and imagined spaces of the borderlands in Ireland. There’s a full programme of events for enthusiasts with Jamie Wellford, senior photo editor for National Geographic magazine giving a talk on Sunday May 13 at the Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Donegal at 2pm. Expect tips, anecdotes and exhibitions. info@remotephotofestival.com www.remotephotofestival.com.


WHY: If you prefer a savoury Afternoon Tea then the newly launched “Afternoon Sea” at Cliff Townhouse, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin will appeal. You’ll find potted monkfish with toasted sourdough croutons, half a lobster, crab claws, a pot of mussels, oysters and Irish smoked salmon. As the pièce de résistance, instead of coffee or tea, a lobster bisque completes the experience. Served from midday until 2.30pm, it costs from €38.00. www.clifftownhouse.ie.


WHO: Supporting local artists is one of our priorities, so if you are in the Dundalk area this weekend do check out the 50th anniversary exhibition of the North Louth Artists. The exhibition features over 60 artworks, paintings, sculptures and ceramics created by artists living and working in the region. Among the artists exhibiting are landscape painter Irene Woods and Dundalk sculptor Sandra Bell. Renowned for her beautifully detailed flora watercolours is Blackrock artist Paula Eigenheer and Dundalk teacher Gerry Clarke is also well-known for his watercolours. The North Louth Artists 50th Anniversary Exhibition runs from May 10-26 at An Tain Arts Centre, Dundalk, open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-4pm. www.northlouthartists.com; www.antain.ie.

AND: We’re popping into the Fashion Relief charity event at the RDS on Sunday in the hopes of picking up a bargain. Organised by friend of THE GLOSS Lorraine Keane, who herself has donated over 200 pieces from her own wardrobe, and supported by Oxfam Ireland, it is a fashion sale and auction where visitors can purchase both new and pre-loved designer items at a fraction of the price with proceeds going to help the hunger crisis in east Africa. Fashion shows will take place throughout the day, entrance is just €5 and the event runs from 11am-5pm at Hall 3, RDS.

Penny McCormick

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