Penny McCormick selects the BEST EVENTS taking place this weekend …
WHAT: We’re heading to Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, for a weekend of bracing walks around the estate before snuggling up in front of a roaring fire and enjoying a glass of the chef’s aromatic punch. Their winter “Snuggle Up” escape is from €150 per person and is available until the end of March. We recommend dinner in Sika and also a treatment at the spa where guests can enjoy 20 per cent discount. www.powerscourthotel.com.
WHO: Two Scottish-themed events of interest … Fans of traditional folk music should see award-winning Scottish songstress Siobhan Miller (on tour from January 16 – 26), flautist Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh and Anna Massie on guitar showcasing a variety of traditional Irish and Scots songs and with contemporary material. They will be performing in The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon today, Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda on Friday, Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny on Saturday and Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire on Sunday. Tickets and information for the concerts are available from individual venues and can be purchased by calling Music Network on (01) 475 0224 or booking online at www.musicnetwork.ie.
AND … Book ahead for The National Theatre’s production of Macbeth, directed by Rufus Norris which is on at the Bórd Gais Energy Theatre from January 15 – 19. This new production sees the tragedy set in a post-apocalyptic world of anarchy and uncertainty. www.bordgaisenergytheatre.ie.
WHERE: We’re shopping the sales in town on Saturday January 12 but making time to pop into The National Library (7-8 Kildare Street, Dublin 2) for a free guided tour which begins at 1pm. The tour takes in the library’s architectural heritage and includes a visit to its iconic Victorian reading room. www.nli.ie.
WHAT: If you’re trying to get back to a healthier eating routine, Saba and Saba To Go has created a Caveman Paleo-friendly menu, which runs until January 27. If you’re not sure what that means it translates as dairy-free, wheat-free, soya-free and legume-free! Chef Taweesak Trakoolwattana has created dishes packed with Vietnamese and Thai flavours, including the popular “chargrilled tiger prawns”, served with sweet potato puree, broccoli and panang curry sauce. All told that means eating out without the guilt. Saba is located on 26-28 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2 and 22 Baggot Street Upper, Dublin 4; www.sabadublin.com.
AND … We’re booking ahead for dinner and a show at Ballynahinch Castle Hotel on Sunday January 27, when Curlew Theatre Company presents The Loves of Lady Gregory, a one-woman show performed by Tegolin Knowland, written and directed by Eamon Grennan. The hour-long sketch beginning at 5.30pm covers the early days of the cultural revival, from the Easter rising to the Civil War, brought to life in Lady Augusta Gregory’s distinctive voice. The evening costs €60 including dinner in Fisherman’s Pub after the performance. An overnight stay including the show, breakfast and dinner is €135. To book, call 095 31006 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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