The HOUSES OF MERRION SQUARE will open their doors this Saturday for a range of CHRISTMAS ACTIVITIES including a craft fair, a FASHION TOUR and wreath making workshops …
This year we want to give gifts with a difference. We want to give something that has a story, something that has a purpose. So with that we’re bringing the magic back into gift giving by carefully choosing our presents at local markets from local makers.
We’re starting our mindful, unhurried shopping this weekend at Christmas on the Square when the houses of Merrion Square will open their doors this Saturday for a range of Christmas activities. At No 45, the Irish Architectural Archive, shop for gifts from the best Irish designers and craftpeople and artisan food and drink producers. Included in the craft fair are beautiful hand-painted ceramics by Karo Art, Adelle Hickey’s hand-bound and stitched linen notebooks, bags by the Atlantic Equipment Project and organic skincare by Green Angel. We will also be there, with copies of our glossy interiors book, The Irish at Home.
Discover Merrion Square’s fashion history on Rua Ruth’s Lost Fashion tour of the square at 3pm (free of charge but booking is required: www.eventbrite.ie) and take part in one of Sam Tolentino’s floral wreath making workshops. We’ll also make time to visit some of Merrion Square’s other residents on the day; we’ll be compiling our own wish list at Louise Kennedy’s flagship store at No 56 and dropping into the Merrion Pantry in the hotel’s Front Hall to pick up one of their signature plum puddings. At the National Gallery there will be a pop-up talk on the Frederic William Burton exhibition at 3.15pm (free with ticket admission, €15/€10) which we’re eager to hear and see.
For more information on this weekend’s Christmas on the Square events visit www.merrionsquare.ie. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram @merrionsqdub and use #christmasonthesq to share your favourite moments from the day.
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