The LOWDOWN is your roundup of all the top openings and events not to be missed. This SUMMER we are …
DINING AL FRESCO … starting with brunch at Roberta’s outdoor terrace followed by cocktails at NoLIta (64 South Great George’s Street) on the garden terrace which is a sun trap in the late afternoon. It seems the Italian/American inspired foodie scene is taking over Dublin; an Italian food hall is set to open on the floor underneath Roberta’s later this summer – think New York’s Eataly meets Fallon & Byrne.
HEADING WEST …. for the West Cork Literary Festival in Bantry where Eimear McBride, Colm Tóibín and THE GLOSS food editor Trish Deseine will feature. CHECKING OUT … performances and workshops in the library, the hotel, and at stately home Bantry House on the shores of Bantry Bay where you can also enjoy the collection of paintings, tapestries and objets d’art. www.westcorkmusic.ie. DINING AT … Carmel Somers’ jazzy Good Things restaurant on Bridge street in Skibbereen for her sublime West Cork fish soup with aioli and Coolea cheese. www.thegoodthingscafe.com. CLIMBING … the ancient steps of St Barrahane’s Church in nearby Castletownshend to listen to a concert in the beautiful environs, gaze at the Harry Clarke stained windows, pause at the gravestones of Somerville and Ross co-authors of The Irish RM. www.barrahanemusic.ie. STAYING AT … Castletownshend Castle, home to the Townsend family for eleven generations, overlooking the peaceful harbour and watch the yachts glide by … www.castle-townshend.com. SH
REMEMBERING THE CLASSICS … as Jane Austen said, “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.” On the bicentenary of Austen’s death, a number of events are being organised in her memory. If visiting the UK, do see The Mysterious Miss Austen exhibition in Winchester, until July 27. Closer to home on Thursday July 13 at 7.30pm, an open-air production of Pride and Prejudice, adapted by Laura Turner, will take place at Lisnavagh House. Pack your picnic and a blanket and settle in for the show. We’ll also be reading Lucy Worsley’s new biography Jane Austen at Home, which offers a fascinating look at the homes the author lived in during her short life.
SHOPPING SKILFULLY AT CREATE, BROWN THOMAS … Each year Brown Thomas hosts a pop-up installation showcasing both emerging and established Irish designers. The chosen designers’ works are displayed and available to purchase in store for six weeks. Included in the 2017 showcase is NCAD graduate Laoise Carey who was selected by Brown Thomas fashion director Shelly Corkery as the winner of the BT bursary. Carey makes her debut with a whimsical collection featuring handwoven wicker bags and shoes, and pieces crafted from disused fabrics like antique lace and vintage floral curtains. The Shirt Project by Helen Cody will also be on display. A collection designed to suit all ages, Cody created it with her clients in mind and shot the lookbook with a range of real models aged from 19-90. CREATE is at Brown Thomas until Sunday August 13.
GETTING A QUICK HAIR FIX … at Dublin’s newest blowdry bar, Dry & Fly (15 Wicklow Street). Open daily from 7am, the new salon (complete with cocktail bar so you can sip while you wait) also offers nail and make-up services. Make sure to book your mani and blowdry for the same time – your nail technician will work on you across the counter while you are getting your hair done. Getting ready for a big night out couldn’t be easier.
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