WHY: It may sound a bit too new age-y to some, but I’m a great believer in vision boards, if only to channel thoughts and set intentions. To find out more about this, the Reset team are hosting a Vision board brunch in House, Dublin on November 3. Says Lauren, “November is such a great time to start thinking about the year ahead. It’s a gorgeous morning where we chat about how you can attract what you want into your life. We provide all the materials needed while our attendees enjoy a delicious brunch and a beverage (to get their creative juices flowing!). www.thereset.me
WHAT: Did you know that the playing of harps and pipes is on the rise? In response to this trend, Tionól was initiated by Music Generation Laois in 2016 and is designed as a “camp-style” residential weekend. From November 1- 3, over 100 local and international pipers and harpists will perform and participate in workshops. On Friday there is an opening gala concert at Portlaoise Further Education and Training Centre, Tower Hill, Portlaoise, Co Laois, featuring renowned harpist Maeve Gilchrist and a five-piece band from Mexico, while on Sunday there is a Student Concert in the same venue. For ticket information and details of the festival visit www.dunamaise.ie.
WHO: And for those of us who still remember the thrill of buying singles and albums with our pocket money, the Vinyl Festival returns to Dún Laoghaire this weekend and is an unmissable three days for any music fans. It starts with two concerts in the Pavilion Theatre by Horslips. At other venues around the town special guests including Vicky McClure (Line of Duty/This is England), Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers), Noel Hogan (Cranberries), and many more who will participate in discussions, reinforcing how important vinyl has been in our culture past and present. www.vinylfestival.ie.
WHERE: During November in The Saddle Room at The Shelbourne, executive chef Garry Hughes and his team are presenting a special seasonal game tasting menu paired with optional matching wines, selected by sommelier Nisea Doddy. Dishes include a wild game terrine with salt baked celeriac remoulade, a pithivier with buttered Savoy cabbage and classic roast venison. A chocolate and orange gateau is a fitting finale. The seasonal menu is €60 per person, or €100 per person with four wine pairings, available from November 1 – 28. www.TheShelbourne.com
AND … We’re booking ahead for a special wine tasting at Avoca Ballsbridge on Tuesday November 5. Sommelier John Hoade will present lesser known Liberty Wines. Tickets for this special event are €35, which includes the wine tasting and delicious sharing cheeseboards from Meltdown. Book online, or in-store at AVOCA Ballsbridge.