5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

A TRIP TO THE BALLET, a new exhibition at the NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND and a JAZZ BRUNCH at Bewley’s, find out what we’re planning this weekend …


WHY: We’ve just done the tastings for THE GLOSS Wine Dinner Series in The Garden Room at The Merrion Hotel on May 30 and can confirm this stylish event will be garden-inspired showcasing fresh, fragrant and organic wines. As tickets sell out quickly, this is one event you don’t want to miss, so book ahead.


THE GLOSS wine editor, Mary Dowey, will be presenting six exquisite wines carefully matched with an innovative menu created by the chefs of The Garden Room, which capture summer’s liveliest flavours. The evening starts with a sparkling aperitif at 7.30pm with dinner and tastings at 8pm. To book tickets call 01 275 5130.

WHAT: As we know, Dublin has inspired writers and poets such as Louis MacNeice and James Joyce, and has also been the setting and starting point for artists such as James Malton, Flora Mitchell and Harry Kernoff. They are just three of the 70 artists whose work celebrates Dublin and its residents in a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Ireland. “Drawing Dublin 1690 – 1960” opens from May 5 and is curated by Anne Hodge who tells us, “Notable is a group of sketches of ordinary Dubliners – a woman pushing a pram; unemployed men; children in Stephen’s Green – drawn by stained glass artist Michael Healy while on his lunch break. These simple images capture gestures and gaits brilliantly. Healy could be seen as Dublin’s L.S. Lowry.” Drawing Dublin runs until August 26. www.ngi.ie.

WHY: This weekend we’ve booked to see Akram Khan’s high energy production of “Giselle” by the English National Ballet which opens Dublin Dance Festival 2018 at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. The ballet is performed by a cast of 40 dancers accompanied by the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. The Festival runs until May 20 and artistic director Benjamin Perchet explains the programme; “This year’s artists are offering strong images of protest, hope and compassion, coming together in the struggle against all kinds of apathy.” www.bordgaisenergytheatre.iewww.dublindancefestival.ie. Telephone: (01) 679 86 58.

WHERE: Where better to celebrate a long weekend than over a leisurely brunch? Launched last week, Bewley’s Jazz Brunch is sure to become a staple for those who are fans of the café’s classic breakfast and coffee, with other new addictions created by chef Ludo Lantier. Granola yoghurt parfait, French Toast and Eggs Royal are some of the tempting options served in the recently restored landmark building. Bewley’s Jazz Brunch Experience is available on Saturday and Sunday from 11am-4pm. 78 – 79 Grafton Street, Dublin 2. Telephone, (01) 564 0900.

WHEN: Pottering around markets – whether vintage or vegetables – is a favourite pastime and we’re hoping to pop into a couple over the weekend. On Sunday May 6 Urban Market returns to The Green Door, Newmarket Square, Dublin 8, returns with a great mix of vintage, fashion, crafts and artisan baked goods. For further information: www.facebook.com/urbanmarketsdublin.


We’re also supporting the “Love Your Local Market” campaign and are pleased to note that 14 new Cottage Markets are set to open in towns across the country this year as a result of the “Cottage Market” initiative supported by The Ireland Funds.

The Cottage Market days in May are St Anne’s Park, Dublin and Monaghan Town on May 4; Kilmallock Cottage Market, West Cavan Cottage Market and Newbridge Cottage Market on May 5, along with Drogheda Cottage Market on May 7; Kildorrery Cottage Market on May 12 and Caherline Cottage Market in Limerick on May 13. www.thecottagemarket.ie.

Penny McCormick

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