WHERE: Doolally is a new Indian restaurant on South Richmond Street, Dublin 2, with distinctive interiors designed by O’Donnell O’Neill inspired by the spice route which connected India with Ireland and complemented by a menu devised in collaboration with Alfred Prasad. He was awarded a Michelin star at the age of 29 and has based his menu on Indian favourites and regional specialities, seasonal local produce with a side helping of fun. Highly recommended is Doolally’s homemade chai with cardamom, fresh ginger, black pepper, ground cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, vanilla and fennel – the perfect warming drink to enjoy before, during or after a meal. www.doolally.ie
WHY: For a relaxing weekend in a tranquil setting Sheen Falls Lodge is one of our top choices, where the Easanna Spa has been newly refurbished. It’s serene and stylish with a new indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, private treatment rooms, and a new relaxation area. Voya and Elemis are the products used for pampering treatments. Top picks for these include the two-hour Body Detoxifier, €155, which includes a foot soak, full body exfoliation and detox wrap or a Self Discovery Radiance Facial, €80, which is customised to suit skin needs and improves tone and clarity. www.sheenfallslodge.ie
WHEN: To the west for the 65th annual Galway International Oyster & Seafood Festival, which takes place from September 27 – 29 with the three-day event based in the festival marquee on Nimmo’s Pier. Saturday sees the World Oyster Opening Championships. Oyster openers from all over the world will battle it out for the title, looking to take the baton from Estonia’s Anti Lepik who was crowned 2018 champion. There will be a Masquerade Mardi Gras in the evening while on Sunday, Féile Bia Na Mara – Wild Atlantic Tastes – a free family day from 12pm – 7pm, with cooking demonstrations and environmental themed talks and workshops. www.galwayoysterfestival.com
WHO: The month-long Dublin Theatre Festival has started and runs until October 26. On at the Abbey Theatre is Last Orders At The Dockside, a new play by critically-acclaimed playwright Dermot Bolger, directed by Graham McLaren. This Dublin Port Commission is filled with songs, Dublin humour and tales of life on the Docks. It is set in 1980, following the death of an elderly docker. Friends gather at the pub – The Dockside – to celebrate his life, with emotions running high. The cast includes Anthony Brophy, Juliette Crosbie, Stephen Jones, Aidan Kelly, Lisa Lambe, George Murphy, Bríd Ní Neachtain, Terry O’Neill and Jimmy Smallhorne among others. Tickets cost €13 – €45: www.abbeytheatre.ie
WHAT: StoryFest 2019 is a family day of interactive author shows, from 11am – 5pm at Airfield’s urban farm and gardens in Dublin 14. Organised by Dubray Books it includes storytelling, 25 authors and illustrators from all over Ireland, an illustrators corner, art and craft activities, family music workshops, treasure trails along with a relaxed zone for children with special needs. A family ticket cost €35 (two adults, two kids), adult €15, or children €10. Tickets include the price of entry to the Estate. www.dubraybooks.ie
AND … The first Guinness Storehouse Seafest supper club takes place this Friday, September 27 in the Guinness Storehouse from 7:30pm. Special guest collaborator Niall Sabongi of Klaw will create a seven course feast in celebration of the synonymous relationship between Guinness and seafood. This is the first in a series of monthly Seafest Supper Clubs for the duration of the festival, the others are on Friday October 11 and Friday November 8. Tickets cost €69.50 per person, inclusive of all courses and beer pairing, to book visit www.guinness-storehouse.com.
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