WHAT: As we enter lockdown 2.0, our attention inevitably turns to our living spaces and how to make them as comfortable and functional as we possible. Do get THE GLOSS Interiors which is out today for inspiration, and also register online for the free Finished.ie Virtual HomeShow, which takes place on Saturday, November 21 online from 11am – 4pm. Founded by former banker and serial renovator Jennifer Walsh, her aim was to make it easier for time-poor homemakers to create their ideal space. Expect 40 virtual exhibitor stands and showroom tours as well as consultations with Irish homeware experts. There will also be a Centre Stage hosted by broadcaster Lorraine Keane, who will be joined by interior designer Natasha Rocca Divine, DIY enthusiast Paul Kinsella of @Lifeatnumber2, Angela Connolly, President of The Interiors Association, and Cobu Design; www.finished.ie.
WHO: Irish author Anna Burns has just been announced as the winner of the 2020 International Dublin Literary Award, sponsored by Dublin City Council, for her novel Milkman (published by Faber & Faber and Graywolf Press). With prize money of €100,000, the award is the world’s largest prize for a single novel published in English. Anna Burns is the first writer from Northern Ireland and the fourth woman to claim the prestigious award in its 25-year history. This exciting news marks the start of the International Literature Festival Dublin which runs online until October 28. The programme includes a series of engaging livestreams, pre-recorded chats and intriguing podcasts, appealing to all literary tastes. Participants include Ai Weiwei, Bob Geldof, Roddy Doyle, Anne Enright and many more. On Saturday October 24, at 3pm ahead of the publication of her first book Breaking the Mould, Sinead Burke (pictured) chats to Elaina Ryan, Director of Children’s Books Ireland. Meanwhile, as part of Children’s Book Festival 2020, dlr libraries have launched dlr Scéal Trail – an exciting outdoor story walk that everyone can enjoy! ilfdublin.com
WHEN: This week is #WearAHatDay part of Brain Tumour Awareness Week. This year’s campaign shines a light on paediatric brain tumours, and the impact that such a condition has on children and their families. There are approximately 60 children diagnosed with a brain tumour each year in Ireland. (Pictured is brain tumour survivor Izzy Gaughran, age three, with her mum, Cliona). This year, Brain Tumour Ireland has partnered with milliner Michelle Treacy, who is donating a bespoke hat as a prize for the best selfie posted with the hashtag #WearAHatDay. Natasha Smith, Chairperson of Brain Tumour Ireland says, “We’re calling on the public to get involved on Friday, October 23 to support the work that Brain Tumour Ireland does – by simply wearing their favourite hat on the day and donating €4 by texting BTI to 50300.” www.braintumourireland.com
WHY: Rugby fans will know it’s the return of the Guinness Six Nations championship this weekend – when Ireland host Italy on October 24, in an empty Aviva Stadium. To celebrate, former Italian rugby player Martin Castrogiovanni has launched a limited-edition Guinness x BuJo rugby at home kit. This features twelve BuJo burgers as well as lots of Guinness goodies. Five of the kits will also feature a Guinness Golden Rugby Ticket, and the chance to win two signed Irish Rugby jerseys each, from both the men’s and women’s teams. To purchase a limited-edition Guinness x BuJo rugby at home kit priced at €55 visit shop.bujo.ie/guinness-x-bujo to order for delivery nationwide.
WHERE: The Exchequer Wine Bar in Ranelagh has launched its revamped, Spanish-inspired menu, now available for diners to take away. Order favourites such as seafood paella with fresh mussels, clams, prawns, fiery peppers, peas, and side salad (€17.95) with sides such as patatas bravas (€5). Wine lovers can pair their meals with a bottle of red or white house wine for just €20 or Sangria jugs are on offer for €19.50; www.theexchequer.ie.
AND … We’re booking ahead for Safari Quest, a new self-drive experience over 700 acres at Palmerstown House Estate, Kildare. This opens from this weekend until the end of November. Intrepid explorers can navigate through the Magical Forest, visit the Land of Giants and embark on a journey of discovery through Space Exploration. The experience can be enjoyed in family bubbles and before arriving at Safari Quest, families download the interactive app where they can choose a team name and photo. Each family will assign a driver, navigator and quest members who will have different responsibilities during the adventure – from driving the route to managing the app and looking out for the clues. Families can book their preferred time slot and upon arrival follow the lead Safari vehicle in a convoy to complete the hour-long journey. Cars including up to 5 people are from €65 each; www.safariquest.ie.
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