WHAT: Where better to celebrate the summer solstice than at the 10th anniversary edition of Body & Soul? Taking place at Ballinlough Castle, Co Westmeath, this weekend is an incredible line-up of local and international bands, gastronomic delights from Food on Board, hidden art installations, immersive theatre experiences, workshops and spoken word performances. The castle’s walled gardens, woodland and natural amphitheatre are also the setting for a series of wellbeing talks – part of The Sanctuary – by massage therapists, yogis and sound healers. Meanwhile in The Sanctuary Spa seaweed baths, wood-fired hot tubs, Balinese steam treatments and transformative tonics are on offer. For the full line-up and tickets see: www.bodyandsoul.ie.
HOW: Dress for Success Dublin is holding its annual fashion sale on Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, from 11am – 4pm. The sale will take place at the organisation’s Smithfield offices at 4 Ellis Quay, Dublin 7. Bargain-hunters can snap up pre-loved and new clothing and accessories from labels such as Armani, Diane Von Furstenberg, Christian Louboutin, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs. Designer Sonya Lennon, founder of Dress for Success Dublin, says of the sale, “The majority of pieces are being priced at five euros and below. By supporting the sale, you’re helping us support more women back to work and enabling us to continue the work we do campaigning at all levels of government and industry to make the workforce a more equitable place,” she said. www.dressforsuccessdublin.org.
WHY: A new Pet Farm and Fairy Trail launches on Saturday June 23 at Bunratty Castle and Folk Park in Co Clare, from 12pm – 5pm. The farm preserves indigenous breeds of sheep, goats, cows, pigs, ponies and poultry. Family visitors can learn about the history of the castle, experience what village life was like in 19th-century Ireland, meet the resident Irish Wolfhounds or take part in yoga sessions with yoga teacher Julie Hyde (who is leading family sessions on selected Sundays throughout June and July). There’s also a new Fairy Trail which will take children on a mystery tour around the stunning 26 acre parkland – and little visitors are invited to come dressed as fairies on Saturday too, when it is National Fairy Day. www.bunrattycastle.ie.
WHERE: Tucked away in a tranquil corner of the Velvet Strand, one of Ireland’s most breathtaking stretches of uninterrupted coastline, is Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links – the perfect escape from city life and only a 20-minute drive from Dublin city centre. Their summer “Wine & Dine” offer, from €215, includes one night’s stay with breakfast and a three-course dinner, prepared by chef Thomas Haughton in Seaview restaurant, overlooking Dublin Bay. www.portmarnock.com.
WHO: Stoneybatter Festival, Dublin 7 takes place this weekend, with the theme of “Community” running through the programme of events. In addition to a Storytelling Event (with Sarah Breen, Emer McLysaght, Eoin Butler and Patrick Freyne) at the National Museum of Ireland, Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks site, photographers Gregory Dunn and Andy Sheridan will give a talk celebrating street and landscape photography, sharing the inspiration behind their respective works. On Sunday June 23, jewellery designer, curator and educator Seliena Coyle will lead family workshops in pinhole photography. Participants will be introduced to analogue technology and will have access to a darkroom experience where they will learn how to “make” a self-portrait. Workshops will run from 1.30pm, 2.15pm, 3pm and 3.45pm. To book a place email [email protected] www.stoneybatterfestival.ie.
AND … It’s International Yoga Day on Saturday with 180 cities participating in events around the world. The Indian Embassy and Dublin City Council are hosting yoga sessions from 10.30am to midday at Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2. Namaste!
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