5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

Find out what WE’RE PLANNING this weekend …

WHERE: Wells House and Gardens in County Wexford has won lots of awards for its tourist attractions and Family Day Out and this weekend it is the setting for its Antique & Country Fair. One of the participants is Chantal Fortune, antique dealer and entrepreneur, who will be curating the Dealers and Furniture Restoration Demonstrations adding a country element to the event, from poultry to plants, jams and jellies, antiques, crafts and collectables. www.wellshouse.ie.

WHY: Move over afternoon tea, the bottomless brunch is trending, and where better to try this than at the InterContinental Dublin’s Seasons Restaurant. Executive chef Alberto Rossi is serving up traditional Sunday roasts, as well as lighter options such as cajun-spiced squid, Belgian waffles with berries, maple syrup and crispy bacon, or pulled pork with apple on toasted brioche. Decadent desserts include cheesecakes, bomboloni or chocolate ganache with ice cream. Served every Sunday from 1pm – 4pm, there’s a choice of bottomless Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut, Bellinis, Mimosas, Prosecco and Bloody Marys, starting at €30pp. To book, visit www.intercontinentaldublin.ie or call 01-665 4000.

WHAT: Clifden Arts Festival starts this weekend and runs until September 23. The longest running community arts festival in Ireland, now in its 41st year, “Léargas: Connemara Observed” is one of the many exhibitions on offer. It’s on in the Gallery at Clifden’s Station House concourse. “Léargas” means perspective or viewpoint in gaelic and the exhibition brings together work from six artists, linked with Ballynahinch Castle – Dorothy Cross, David Lilburn, Mick O’Dea, Jim Savage, Donald Teskey and Joe Wilson – who were inspired by the theme of Connemara. The official opening is on Saturday September 15 at 5.30 pm with an introductory talk by Irish Times art critic Aidan Dunne. www.clifdenartsfestival.ie.

WHERE: We’re eager to see 14 Henrietta StreetDublin’s newest museum, which opens tomorrow, Friday September 14. Set in a Georgian townhouse in the north inner city, 14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the building’s shifting fortunes, from its Georgian origins in the 1740s, to a tenement building from the 1880s to the 1970s. Through people and memory, it aims to deepen understanding of the history of urban life and housing in Ireland. Tour guides will accompany visitors through three floors revealing the building’s many stories, told through the walls of the house and recreated in immersive rooms, audio and film. www.14henriettastreet.ie.

WHO: American multi-instrumentalist and composer Peter Broderick will be performing at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday September 16 at 8pm. His music ranges from classical compositions to folk, and from piano to voice recordings. Special guests include Landless – a traditional Irish vocal group from Dublin and Belfast who sing unaccompanied traditional songs in four-part harmony.  23 euros www.paviliontheatre.ie.

AND … With reductions on all our favourites items, from cosy throws and quirky kitchenware to stylish scarves, we’re heading to Avoca Kilmacanogue this weekend for their Factory Sale where discounts are up to 80 per cent off. Dare we mention it’s good hunting ground for Christmas presents …

Penny McCormick

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