PENNY MCCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHAT: We’re popping into Café en Seine, 39/40 Dawson Street, Dublin 2, to check out a new pop-up art gallery in its Parisian-inspired street garden. The garden already features coffee and cocktail stations and has welcomed Hen’s Teeth and This Greedy Pig, whose pop-up will stock clothing, books and ceramics in addition to limited addition prints. The art, which can be purchased framed or unframed, will change every six weeks and the first selection comprises prints by Irish street artists Maser and Aches, Italian creative designer and illustrator Marco Oggia and Brazillian illustrator and image maker Marina Esmeraldo.
WHERE: Since the inspiring Cool Planet Experience opened in Wicklow last year, it has welcomed almost 20,000 visitors who have pledged to reduce their carbon footprint by an impressive 30,000 tonnes; the equivalent of “saving” 1.4 million trees. Pledges range from cutting back on eating red meat, to walking or cycling to school or work and reducing long-haul travel. If you haven’t yet been, pre-book a tour online by March 31 at www.coolplanetexperience.org to avail of a 20 per cent discount on the regular ticket price (€9.50 for adults and €5.50 for children over 7) by using the code ‘WeAre1’ at checkout. Tours can be taken any time during the year.
WHY: Margarita Mondays, Taco Tuesdays and 777 Sundays (when all dishes are €7.77) are some of the fun ideas at 777, the Mexican hideout at 7 South Great Georges Street, Dublin 2. In addition, chef Essa Fakhry has a new menu infused with citrusy, spicy flavours enhanced by weekly deliveries of authentic ingredients from Mexico. New items include the Pato (€13) – a pair of tostados topped with in-house cured duck breast, salsa macha and avocado. www.777.ie
WHERE: Old world charm and contemporary elegance combine at Glenlo Abbey Hotel, on the shores of Lake Corrib, Connemara. If you’re in the vicinity why not book Afternoon Tea on Sunday as a special Mother’s Day treat, or during the week when the tea is served daily from 1.30 – 4.30pm? Served in the elegant Kentfield Suite and the River Room Restaurant at weekends, the Classic Afternoon Tea is €30 per person and Champagne Afternoon Tea is €46 per person. To book telephone (0)91 519600; www.glenloabbeyhotel.ie.
HOW: The Health Spa at Farnham Estate Spa & Golf Resort, 90 minutes from Dublin, has launched a new 80-minute treatment – the ESPA Natural Face Lift (€130). Inspired by Japanese Kobido massage and using jade rollers, skin feels firm, lifted and looks radiant afterwards. Do make time to enjoy the indoor and outdoor infinity swimming pool, the Water Mint thermal suite, or simply take a walk through Farnham Estate’s lush woodlands. For the ultimate treat, add an overnight stay at Farnham Estate with breakfast from €129. To book, call 049 437 7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND … Dalkey Castle is celebrating the 100th anniversary of the trailblazing Countess Markievicz being appointed the first Minister for Labour with a stage adaption of Martina Devlin’s story What Would the Countess Say? On Tuesday April 2. After the performance, Áine Lawlor will discuss with the author the inspiration for the work, the significance of Countess Markievicz’s appointment and the current status of women in politics. www.dalkeycastle.com.
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