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WHO: Fashion Relief is an annual event which raises vital funds for Oxfam Ireland. It is usually held in the RDS in March but was postponed due to Covid-19. Thanks to interactive video technology company Axonista, the event is going online as of tomorrow, June 12 in the form of Fashion Relief TV – a 30 minute programme aired from Lorraine Keane’s home every Friday at 7pm. As an Oxfam ambassador Lorraine tells me: “We’ll be showcasing beautiful pre-loved and brand new pieces from the wardrobes of some of Ireland’s most fashionable women, as well as from designers and boutiques all over the country. You’ll be able to click on the items you love and buy them as the platform works as an online shopping channel too. By bagging a bargain from Fashion Relief, you’ll also be shopping more sustainably, helping to divert pre-loved and end of line clothes from landfill, and doing your bit for people and planet. What’s not to love?” www.fashionrelief.ie

WHERE: If you’ve been craving a visit to the cinema then you’ll enjoy three new initiatives. Drive-In Movies at the RDS Simmonscourt Dublin 4, starts tomorrow Friday June 12, and is a chance for some family-friendly entertainment in the safety of your own car. From summer blockbusters to old school classics, films will be played on the largest LED screen ever seen in Ireland at three daily showings (2.30pm, 5.30pm and 8.30pm). Tickets can be bought online from €29.99 for a car with five people, and €33.99 for a seven-seater car. The first release of 21 films includes some 1980’s classics like The Lost Boys and Thelma and Louise, as well as recent hits including A Star is Born, and Argo; www.driveinmovie.ie. To make the experience even more authentic why not order Stella Cinemas new At Home Movie Night Kit? This is stocked with freshly popped popcorn, cocktails, and favourites from their hot food and desserts menu. Choose from the Sweet & Savoury Bundle for Two (€65) or Sweet Bundle for Two (€49) which can be delivered via Uber Eats or Deliveroo and contactless collection on 01-616-9606. 

Meanwhile Cork International Film Festival has launched its new home cinema Festival experience, the CIFF Film Club, in partnership with The Gate Cinemas. Starting on Tuesday, June 16, a series of fortnightly screenings featuring new Irish and international documentaries, shorts and classic films will be presented along with exclusive interviews with filmmakers. Included is this experimental drama, Stigma (pictured) directed by Helen Warner and produced by Marie McDonald which was filmed in Ardglass, Co Down and is a tale of religious guilt, sin and redemption. Film lovers can purchase a Season Ticket of five screenings for €40, or €10 for one screening. For bookings and a full schedule visit corkfilmfest.org.

WHEN: From Saturday, June 13, the gardens at Lismore Castle, Co Waterford will be open every day from 11am – 4pm, and as some of the loveliest in Ireland, it’s worth booking ahead for a visit. In fact there are two gardens at Lismore Castle, spanning seven acres, which both offer great views of the Castle and Blackwater valley and are set within defensive walls dating from the early 18th-century. Meandering paths leading to lawns and herbaceous borders also include the Yew Tree Walk, where Edmund Spenser is said to have written The Faerie Queen, in c1590. Dotted around the property are many contemporary artworks by artists such as Eilis O’Connell, Anthony Gormley and Marzia Colonna as well as two chunks from the Berlin Wall, after it was demolished in 1989. Every effort has been made to ensure visitor safety, and in addition the on-site gallery café will be open with a take-out service. From June 29 visitors can also purchase a picnic hamper made by the chef, which can be enjoyed in the gardens. Book your visit via Eventbrite. 

WHAT: Bloomsday celebrates the life and work James Joyce and his novel Ulysses, describing the thoughts and feelings of its fictional character Leopold Bloom as he walked around Dublin on June 16, 1904. While some of the usual activities are cancelled there are still ways to celebrate. Pick up a copy of Edna O’Brien’s new miniature masterpiece James & Nora A Portrait of a Marriage for an interesting take on Joyce’s relationship with his wife; visit the Olivier Cornet Gallery (3 Denmark Street, Rotunda, Dublin 1) which is hosting a special Bloomsday 2020 Group Exhibition featuring new work by gallery artists including Miriam McConnon and Kelly Ratchford and others, or tune into Chester Beatty Library on Tuesday at 7pm – when there is a live workshop for families showing how to construct a signature Joycean boater hat. This is part of Chester Beatty Library’s diverse programme of events for June; www.chesterbeatty.ie

AND … No doubt many of us are more proficient cyclists due to lockdown having used our small window of exercise time to get out and about on two wheels. Why not put that training to good use by participating in a national online cycling initiative from today until June 21 in aid of SOS (Suicide or Survive). Now in its eighth year, “Cycle for SOS” sets the challenge of cycling for 20km and raising awareness of mental health and at the same time much-needed funding. For further information on participation go to www.suicideorsurvive.ie.

Looking ahead, cyclists might also be interested in the “Bed, Bike & Beyond” package at Clontarf Castle Hotel. Guests checking in will receive a complimentary bicycle, and from the Castle can take the cycle path along the promenade, parking it to stretch the legs with a walk on the pier to Bull Island or Dollymount strand. Available from €249 per room per night, the package includes an overnight stay with Artisan Castle breakfast and dinner in the award-winning Fahrenheit Restaurant for two people. www.clontarfcastle.ie 

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