PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best events and new openings taking place this week …
WHY: The Iveagh Garden Hotel on Dublin’s Harcourt Street is celebrating its first birthday and to mark the occasion they’ve introduced some new additions to their line-up. First, there’s a pretty new Botanical Garden and outdoor terrace – the setting for its new Botanical Brunch which starts this weekend from Saturday April 27, served from 11am – 4pm and priced from €11.50 per person. Try their Bottomless Pancakes, which come with fresh fruit and berry compote. In response to many more flexitarians, there’s also a new vegan menu at Elle’s Bar & Bistro, which is complemented by low calorie Conscious Cocktails – of only 130 calories each. To reserve a table email: firstname.lastname@example.org. www.iveaghgardenhotel.ie.
WHERE: The what-to-wear conundrum never goes away and with festivals, race meetings, weddings and barbecues on the horizon, having key pieces in the wardrobe to mix and match is a priority. Kildare Village provides some inspiration in its “Style Ignite” showcase, a capsule of looks curated by sisters Jane and Ruth Flanagan. They have selected pieces from brands including The Kooples, Reiss, All Saints, Diane Von Furstenberg and Roberto Cavalli. Definitely worth a weekend visit. www.kildarevillage.com.
WHY: Apparently paddle boarding is a lot easier to learn than surfing, and where better to pick up the skill than at the Clontarf Castle Hotel, where a two-hour lesson by the team at Pure Magic Dublin is part of a new summer escape package? Having worked up an appetite paddling on Dollymount Strand in the morning, lunch in Knight’s Bar follows. The package is from €299 per person sharing midweek and from €369 per person sharing at the weekend. It includes a two-night stay with breakfast, paddle boarding lesson and a two-course lunch on one afternoon in Knights Bar. For more information call 01 8332321 or visit www.clontarfcastle.ie.
WHAT: To celebrate 20 million visitors “Guinness Storehouse After Dark”, taking place on Saturday April 27, features an eclectic programme of live music, food and entertainment. Led by DJ Kormac, his 90-minute music set will feature the Irish Chamber Orchestra, Loah, Jack O’Rourke, members of Stomptown Brass, May Kay, formerly of Fight Like Apes and now with Le Galaxie, and other special guests. Tickets, €25, include access to the event, a complimentary pint and food pairings. To book visit www.guinness-storehouse.com.
WHO: We’re going along to an exhibition in The Copperhouse Gallery, Synge Street to view 100 artworks by artists such as Leah Hewson, Duda, Alice Maher, Subset, Maser, Brian Ballard, Peter Doyle and Eoin McCormack. The works will then be auctioned on Sunday April 28 in The Iveagh Garden Hotel to raise funds for the Scoop Foundation, an initiative now in its tenth year, organised by brothers Andy and Calvin Sweeney. This year funds will go towards building a maternity clinic in Sinjar, Iraq. Bids can be placed online. www.scoopfoundation.org.
AND … If you can bag tickets for War Horse (the final performances are tomorrow, Saturday 27 April), it’s highly recommended. And to make the trip even more special, the Circle Club membership at the Bord Gáis theatre offers the calmest, most civilised way to visit the theatre – it’s the equivalent of upgrading to the Business Lounge at the airport, and makes all the difference. Instead of queuing for the loos at the interval, you get to hang out in the exclusive members room, which has the best views from the Daniel Libeskind-designed building. You can have a calm meal before the show, rather than rushing in with the crowds, and you also get the best seats in the house. Prices start from €350 for different levels of benefits. We’re booking in now for RuPaul’s Drag Race, coming to the theatre in May …
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