PENNY McCORMICK shares a roundup of the best events taking place this weekend …
WHY: This evening we’re going to the new Rituals flagship store, 81 Grafton Street, Dublin, 2. Founder and CEO Raymond Cloosterman is officially opening the store and those who are in the vicinity should pop in and join us. There are lots of in-store activities planned with a calligrapher, DJ, some Prosecco and gift sets being offered to the first 100 customers. As for purchases, we recommend The Ritual of Yalda body range and the Savage Garden scented candle. We’ll be stocking up on Christmas presents. www.rituals.com.
WHERE: Dingle, Co Kerry is the venue for an exciting winter line-up of Other Voices, which takes place until Sunday December 2, comprising three days of music, art exhibitions and a cultural series (Ireland’s Edge), with 35 participating artists in twelve venues. There are plenty of foodie attractions too with the seafood titan Out of the Blue re-opening especially for the weekend. A new spot to try is Solas Tapas Bar, and we’ll be picking up a Christmas hamper at The Little Cheese Shop. Those wearing their Other Voices wristband can pick up festive discounts on the Other Voice Retail Trail. Don’t leave without taking a walk or drive to Slea Head, visiting Coumeenole Beach or exploring Eask Tower on top of Carhoo Hill. Registration €30 + booking fee at www.eventbrite.ie.
WHAT: If you’re stuck in a rut when it comes to where to eat in Dublin, or want to discover the city’s vibrant food scene, then Trinity City Hotel’s Fab Food Trail will appeal. Led by a guide, the three-hour walking tour starts at the hotel and visits eight independent food outlets with tastings en route and a chance to hear the varied stories of producers. Then it’s back to the hotel for some relaxation before dinner in the Courtyard Restaurant, a night-cap in the bar, and a comfy night’s sleep. The Fab Food Trail starts at €262 per room based on two people sharing and includes a very hearty breakfast. www.trinitycityhotel.com.
WHO: With lots of end-of-year parties on the horizon where better to prep than at The Salon at The Shelbourne? The Hollywood Legends package includes a luxurious blow-dry, a manicure, a glass of wine and the opportunity to honour and recreate icons such as Jackie O, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn and Brigitte Bardot with signature looks and colours. Maureen O’Hara has just been added to the list – you can recreate her signature vintage rolls or voluminous blow dry, buff and polish your nails with a scarlet lacquer and indulge in a glass of full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Each of the Hollywood Legends treatments costs from €59. www.shelbournespa.ie.
HOW: This weekend we’re perusing the jewellery at Adam’s, 26 St Stephen’s Green, ahead of the Fine Jewellery & Watches auction which takes place on Tuesday December 4 at 6pm. Viewing starts on Friday and runs over the weekend (from 12 noon – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday). There’s lots of sparkling inspiration and the opportunity to learn more about classic brands and jewellers. We have our eye on Lot 103: A unique coral and gem-set cocktail ring, by Dior, 2005: estimate €9,000-11,000. www.adams.ie.
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