PENNY McCORMICK plans her bank holiday weekend activities …
WHY: A bit of time on my hands and sunshine means that shopping for summer clothes is front of mind. I’ll be popping into Avoca, where French brand Fabienne Chapot has just landed. Strong use of colour, quirky details and femininity are key to the edit of affordable sweaters, dresses and skirts. www.avoca.com.
WHAT: A yoga class followed by lunch sounds like just the way to start the long weekend. Part of a Wellness series at Union Café, beginning on Saturday May 4, the event takes place in The White Room in the Beacon South Quarter branch. Julie B leads the yoga from 11am, followed by brunch created by head chef Siobhan MacDonagh, paired with a newly-launched refreshing Ketel One Botanical drink (which has only 73 calories). Tickets are €38.20 and include a goodie bag, movement class, brunch and a selection of drinks, available from Eventbrite.
WHERE: Almost 5,000 world class singers and 50,000 visitors are arriving in Cork for the 65th annual International Choral Festival 2019, which is taking place until Sunday May 5 and includes gala performances in more than 90 venues across the city. Highlights include the annual Big Sing in Cork City Hall on Saturday May 4 as well as headline act Pust (meaning “breath” in Norwegian) whose compositions are a combination of Scandinavian folk, jazz and natural sounds. Festival tickets are available at www.corkchoral.ie.
WHO: I’m keen to see photographer William Smith’s exhibition at The Stone Step Gallery, 45 Booterstown Avenue, Dublin 4, having profiled the owner, Maureen McDonnell, in today’s issue of THE GLOSS. Smith says of the exhibition, “Philadelphia Story is at its heart an exploration of place, the photo series has a heavy focus on the relationship between the subjects of my photos and their environments. Philadelphia’s worn pavement, ornate architectural structures and historic monuments serve only as a background to this exploration.” Until May 16; www.stonestepgallery.com.
HOW: Asparagus season has arrived and InterContinental Dublin’s executive chef, Alberto Rossi, is making the most of it with special menus in Seasons Restaurant and the Lobby Lounge all month. In addition to green asparagus sourced from Drummond House in Baltray, Co Louth, he has sourced white and purple asparagus from the Wye Valley, Herefordshire, England. Dishes include Drummond House asparagus with burrata, truffle and tarragon dressing, and monkfish with asparagus vinaigrette. www.intercontinentaldublin.ie.
AND … Book ahed for the the Inishowen Yoga Retreat in The Redcastle Oceanfront Golf & Spa Hotel, from May 10 – 12. Set on the shores of Lough Foyle in Inishowen, Co Donegal, just 30 minutes drive from City of Derry airport, the secluded hotel has its own private nine-hole golf course, restaurant and spa facilities. The residential yoga retreat (€288 per person) is guided by Tara O’Rouke, and includes two nights bed, breakfast and dinner as well as two Vinyasa flow Sessions; two Yin Yoga Sessions; one guided meditation and Intention setting session plus a four-hour Inishowen Experience with a packed lunch; www.redcastlehoteldonegal.com
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