PENNY McCORMICK rounds up the best festivals and events taking place this weekend …
WHO: Elizabeth Day, Emma Dabiri, John Boyne and Roddy Doyle are some of the participants in Listowel Writers’ Week, which begins today until Sunday, June 2. Bringing creative writers, artists and poets to the Kerry town of Listowel, since 1970, it’s a festival for everyone, with events held for all ages and interests. For full details for this year’s programme which includes book launches, author readings, walking tours and poet’s corners visit www.writersweek.ie.
WHERE: I can’t think of a more relaxing place to spend the Bank Holiday than at Charlotte Quay, Millennium Tower, Grand Canal Dock, which launches its Summer Supper this Sunday June 2. Starting at 4pm, the event includes summer spritzes and seafood dishes. Canapés such as fresh oysters and glazed tuna and sesame lollipops will be served on the sunny waterside terrace, followed by supper at 6pm. Expect dishes such as peppered swordfish carpaccio, grilled lobster and a sharing paella. There will also be DJs playing chilled-out tunes. Tickets are €60 from www.charlottequay.ie.
WHY: Nothing says summer quite like a picnic in the park. Georgian townhouse Stauntons on the Green is making the most of its location between St Stephen’s Green and the Iveagh Garden, by offering a picnic in the park for two from just €55. A fruit platter, selection of finger sandwiches and a variety of pastries with mineral water or prosecco are included in the hamper. Add on an overnight bed and breakfast on Sunday June 2 from €224 in a standard double room; www.stauntonsonthegreen.ie.
HOW: Inspired by Bloom 2019, The Marker Hotel Rooftop Bar & Terrace has a new cocktail menu with a botanical theme which includes The Bloom Gin and Elderflower tonic, The Floral Negroni, and a Daisy Chain (a mix of lavender-infused vodka, with lemon and passionfruit and topped off with prosecco). All floral cocktails cost €14 and are available until the end of August. www.themarkerhotedublin.com.
The Ivy Dawson Street provides an Insta-perfect opportunity with its Bloom-inspired terrace, while inside they are serving botanical cocktails and The Tulipa dessert – a white chocolate mousse with raspberries, meringue and garnished with petals. www.theivydublin.ie
WHERE: Oakfest returns to Oakfield Park, Co Donegal this weekend with a two-day line-up of national and international artists. Headlining on Saturday is world-renowned Alabama 3 while Irish band, The Academic, will headline on Sunday, June 2. Oakfield Park is famous for its narrow-gauge railway and the park’s diesel and steam trains will be operating passenger trips during the festival. It’s a lovely way to explore the park’s gardens, meadows, willow tunnels, sculptures, oak circles, hedge maze, heritage trees, streams and lakes. Tickets for Oakfest are sold via www.oakfieldpark.com.
AND … Book ahead for the first in a new series of art events taking place in the National Gallery of Ireland Café from 5.45-7.45pm on Thursday, June 6. “Tipple with Art” invites participants to explore their creative side over a glass of prosecco. An artist-facilitator will guide participants to create their own artwork based on a painting in the Gallery’s collection. No experience is necessary and all materials are provided. Tickets are from €40; as numbers are limited, book online www.nationalgallery.ie.
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