PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events and new openings taking place this weekend …
WHO: To Kilkenny to see the exhibition “Monumentality / Fragility,” which features crafts from 74 makers from 19 European countries, including seven Irish participants. Basketmaker Joe Hogan, silversmith Cóilín Ó Dubhghaill, ceramicist Nicola Kelly, textile artist Caroline Schofield and jewellers Eimear Conyard and Annemarie Reinhold are among those participating. This showcase is displayed at two locations – the National Design & Craft Gallery, Castle Yard and Kilkenny Castle. The exhibition continues until June 23; www.kilkennycastle.ie.
WHY: It’s World Book Day today and there are many initiatives taking place across the country in bookshops, schools and at home. Now in its third year the “Share a Story” campaign was launched in response to compelling evidence of the benefits of shared reading. Why not take time out today to read aloud for ten minutes – to a child or grandparent or partner – and enjoy the pleasure of hearing the spoken word. To find out what THE GLOSS is reading follow this link … www.worldbookday.com
WHAT: Enjoy a leisurely Sunday at InterContinental Dublin in Ballsbridge, where chef Alberto Rossie has launched a new Sunday Roast menu. Served in the cosy surroundings of Seasons Restaurant from 1pm – 4pm, it’s €35 per person for two courses and €40 per person for three courses. On the menu are a mix of classics (such as Caesar salad and crispy pork belly as starters) and contemporary main courses such as grilled black sole or lemon chicken. Leave room for banana Eaton mess or the naughty fried Oreos with chocolate sauce and ice cream. To book call 01-665 4000 or visit www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.
WHY: The culturally curious might want to visit Armagh – one and half hours away from Dublin – which is the home of the St. Patrick Festival 2019. The festival runs from this weekend until March 18. On Saturday March 9, artist JB Vallely will take visitors on a tour starting at the Palace Demesne as well as providing insights into his works including Cuchulainn and the Ulster Cycle. Later in the evening there is a performance of Martin McDonagh’s The Beauty Queen of Leenane at The Market Place at 8pm. The author of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri this play contains the humour, language and inventive storytelling for which McDonagh is known. www.visitarmagh.com.
WHERE: If a weekend of R&R is in order, Chill Spa at The Ice House have launched a tempting new package. The indulgent Body Banquet (€120) is a luxurious 85-minute treatment which includes a full body exfoliation with VOYA Organic Seaweed Sugar Glow, relaxing hot stone back and neck massage and mini VOYA facial. After your treatments, you have the opportunity to continue the relaxation in Chill Spa’s newly refurbished thermal suite and outdoor spa terrace complete with cedar wood hot tubs and barrel sauna overlooking the River Moy. Make a night of it with an overnight stay from €160 including bed and breakfast. For more information on the Body Banquet treatment and more seasonal offers, call +353 (0)96 23500 or visit www.icehousehotel.ie.
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