WHERE: The St Patrick’s Day Parade may have been cancelled, but where else to celebrate the holiday than at Guinness Storehouse’s new Gravity Bar, which officially opened last week? Developed over three years, (with almost €20 million investment), Gravity Bar has now doubled in size, (and was constructed as a figure of eight) offering guests extended panoramic views over Phoenix Park and Dublin Mountains. Recent visitors, of course, include the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, while former guests include Kylie Minogue, Tom Cruise and Bill Clinton; www.guinness-storehouse.com
WHY: I was fortunate to have a preview the new spring menu at The Ivy Dawson Street, Dublin and can attest it is fresh, seasonal and simply moreish. There’s a crunchy crab and apple salad starter, with cucumber, watermelon, radish, edamame and coriander, while tasty new mains include a vegan quinoa and watermelon salad, with roast sweet potato, rocket, baby gem, radish, seeds and sesame, garnished with a mint and coriander sauce. A John Stone minute steak, corn-fed chicken breast with truffle mash, and a roasted rump of blackface lamb are other new dishes. I’ll definitely revisit if only to reorder the new vanilla cheesecake – served with mango, passion fruit and tropical sorbet. Delicious! www.theivydublin.com
WHAT: There’s still time to see The Gaiety Theatre’s production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore directed by Andrew Flynn, which ends on Saturday March 14. The ensemble cast includes Paul Mescal (BBC’s Normal People, The Great Gatsby), Aisling Kearns (Darklands, Asking For It), Alex Murphy (The Young Offenders), Cillian Gairbhí (Blood, Darklands), Desmond Eastwood (Blackout, Normal People), Cillian Lenaghan (Blackout) and in his professional debut Pádraig O’Grady. Set in the 1990s, The Lieutenant of Inishmore is a satire on terrorism, the beautification of violence in contemporary culture and a hilarious farce in true Martin McDonagh fashion. Tickets from €18.50 Ticketmaster.ie
WHO: Rolling Stones fans will be interested in the new exhibition at Newbridge Silverware, which opened this week, where a collection of musical treasures, costumes and memorabilia from the band’s former member, Bill Wyman, will be on display until April 20. “The Bill Wyman and his Rolling Stones Archive Exhibition” is in fact the only European showcase of the former Rolling Stones member’s collection. Instruments, stage costumes and artifacts collected during Wyman’s three-decade career as a founding member and bassist of Rolling Stones, and important instruments from his ongoing solo career are on display. The items will be auctioned by Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills, California from Friday, May 29 to Sunday, May 31 with a portion of the proceeds of the auction benefiting The Prince’s Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institution); www.newbridgesilverware.com
WHAT: In case you haven’t heard, Brown Thomas is currently hosting its spring beauty event, across all stores until March 22. Customers can enjoy 10 per cent back in loyalty points with purchases from now until March 22. There is also a chance to vote in The Brown Thomas Beauty Awards 2020 (until March 14). The winning products will be announced on March 19 and, best of all, one lucky voter will win all the award-winning products. If you haven’t been recently the Brown Thomas Beauty Lounge has some exciting new addition to its roster of skincare brands including Augustinus Bader, Sunday Riley, Dr Sebagh, Lancer, NuFace and Face Halo; www.brownthomas.com
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