5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

We’re planning a special Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque dinner at WILDE, visiting RUSSBOROUGH for their floral art exhibition and HEADING WEST to explore WESTPORT HOUSE

WHAT: Did you know Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque was Oscar Wilde’s favourite champagne? Did you also know that, inspired by the Art Nouveau movement, each bottle of Perrier-Jouët features the Japanese anemone flower? Transformed with an anemone floral installation for two months, we’re going to Wilde at The Westbury, Dublin 2, to try the new Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque Summer Tasting Menu. Chef Sandeep Singh has co-created an innovative menu, with each course pairing beautifully with a particular vintage of the Champagne. Starter (of scallops) is matched with Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut, main course (Dover sole) is paired with Perrier-Jouët Belle Époque 2008, while a dessert of strawberry and basil leaf Panna Cotta, is paired with Perrier-Jouët Blason Rose. Available Monday to Sunday from 6pm, the special summer menu is priced from €95 per person. www.wilde.ie.

WHO: We’re intrigued by “Expectations are just future disappointments” – twelve portraits of real women photographed in their own kitchens by multi-platform visual artist Siuan McGahan. The aim of the series is to explore gender roles. This is one part of “All That We See or Seem” exhibition at Castletown House, Co Kildare, which opened earlier this week. The other strand is McGahan’s virtual reality self portrait “All Physics in a Ferment”, in which she “delves deeper into the performativity of gender roles and personal identity” by casting herself as Sisyphus in a modern virtual reality fairy tale. The exhibition runs until July 27. www.siuan.com.

WHY: The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland’s Floral Art Group is joining forces with Russborough for an exhibition of arrangements entitled “Country House Flowers at Russborough”. Drawing inspiration from the paintings and décor of the house, the exhibition will also showcase trends in floral art throughout the ages and is a must for floralistas. It takes place on Saturday 7 and Sunday July 8, from 3 – 6pm in the main reception rooms of the house. Admission is €5 per adult and children are free. www.russborough.ie; www.rhsi.ie.

 

WHERE: Westward ho is the direction we’re heading this weekend for a visit to Westport House in Co Mayo along the Wild Atlantic Way. There’s a new 2pm daily tour of this impressive house which includes a chance to see the ongoing restoration and replanting of the Estate gardens. For history buffs there’s a Victorian Afternoon Tea to be enjoyed in the formal Drawing Room, which can be walked off afterwards with a ramble through the parks and around the lakes. We’ve booked an overnight stay at Hotel Westport on the estate grounds where rooms have been refurbished and which boasts the award-winning Ocean Spirit Leisure club and Senses Spa, (with luxe spa brand Germaine de Capuccini treatments). All Hotel Westport guests receive a 25 per cent discount on entry to Westport House and are welcome to come back the next day for free. www.westporthouse.iewww.hotelwestport.ie.

Seamus Heaney with daughter Catherine Ann

WHY: As keen Seamus Heaney fans we can’t wait to visit the “Listen Now Again” exhibition in the new Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre which was opened this week by President Michael D Higgins. “Listen Now Again” explores the Nobel Laureate’s life, works and legacy through the NLI’s extensive archive of Heaney documents which was donated by the Heaney family in 2011. Do read our July/August issue, out today, for GLOSS contributing editor, Catherine Heaney’s personal account of this exhibition. For further information about the exhibition, visit www.nli.ie.

Penny McCormick

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