PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events taking place this weekend …
WHY: Solomon Fine Art is hosting the third “Incognito” charity art exhibition for the Jack & Jill Children’s Foundation today until Saturday April 6. Over 2,600 postcard-size artworks by artists such as Mick O’Dea, Martin Mooney, Alix Climent, Bono and Paul Costelloe are available to buy on a first-come-first-served basis for €50 – the twist is that no one will know the identity of the artist until after purchase. In the last two years the “Incognito” exhibition has raised €174,000 for the charity which helps nurse brain-damaged children around the country. www.solomonfineart.com.
WHO: Gourmet dining for a good cause is on the menu at The Rose Hotel, Dan Spring Road, Tralee, Co Kerry, where four top chefs join forces on April 5 to raise funds for Recovery Haven Kerry Cancer Support House. Odran Lucey, Gareth Mullins, Paul Kelly and Ed Cooney, who met 20 years ago at The Merrion hotel, are each creating a course. The evening starts with a reception at 7pm followed by dinner. A range of spot prizes including a weekend in the Fairmount St Andrews in Scotland with a round of golf as well as overnight stays at The Merrion Hotel and The Marker Hotel are on offer during the night. Dinner and tickets are available for €80, to book call (0)66 719 9100 www.therosehotel.com.
WHERE: Chocolate lovers make haste for the Cocoa Atelier pop-up which opens at Kildare Village from April 5 until June 30. Visitors can build their own box of chocolates from the bespoke counter. The pop-up will also feature an ice cream offering, and a Cocoa Atelier Easter collection which includes hand-painted Easter eggs and tubes of artisan mini eggs. www.kildarevillage.com.
WHAT: Need another reason to visit Galgorm Spa & Golf Resort in Co Antrim? The hotel has just unveiled its new country cottage accommodation offering. There are now 17 individual and fully-equipped country cottages within the parkland estate, each with its own pretty garden near the River Maine. Guests will have access to the impressive spa amenities. In the last year the thermal spa has expanded to over three acres, with the addition of the Serenity Spa Garden with private hot tubs, Elements restaurant at the Halo Dome (a unique structure and one of only five in the world!), which offers a unique robed dining experience. For further information visit www.galgorm.com.
WHERE: Last year Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara became the first Irish architects to curate La Biennale di Venezia in its 123-year history. As part of this event, 16 Irish architect teams were invited to reimagine iconic works by international architects from the 20th century. This collection was exhibited as “Close Encounter, Meetings With Remarkable Buildings,” which is starting a special Irish tour beginning this weekend at The Glucksman Gallery, University College, Cork (from Saturday, April 6 until June 20 before moving to Visual in Carlow). Fiona Kearney, Director of the Glucksman says of the exhibition “Close Encounter is a thrilling glimpse into the imaginative space of architecture, and the many ways in which architects might interpret a building.” www.glucksman.org.
AND … Aimsir, the new restaurant on the grounds of Cliff at Lyons exploring the Irish larder, opens to the public on May 8 with bookings available online from tomorrow Friday April 5. The new restaurant seats just 24 guests and is led by chef Jordan Bailey, former head chef at 3-star Michelin Maaemo in Oslo, and his Danish front-of-house manager and wife Majken Bech Bailey. Aimsir (meaning weather) will take guests on an innovative dining adventure. www.aimsir.ie.
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