5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

THREE ART EXHIBITIONS, Bloom in the park and more, find out what we’re planning THIS WEEKEND

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WHY: Bloom in the Park has already started and we hope to attend over the Bank Holiday weekend. Our favourite exhibits include the Society Postcard Gardens – small but perfectly formed plots, as well as the Botanical and Floral art exhibition. A first stop to get an overview of the proceedings is to visit the Bord na Móna Growise. Rising 6.5m high above the ground, the installation offers the best view of the renowned Show Garden space at the festival offering guests a 360° view of the the winning gardens down below.

Tickets for Bloom can be purchased at www.ticketmaster.ie.

WHO: Three exhibitions worth perusing include Fran Halpin’s solo show “The Awakening” at Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2. It opens on June 2 and runs until June 16. Her water scenes are painted with non-toxic materials and are very calming. Halpin’s intention is to create a sensorial and emotive connection with her audience. www.smockalley.com


At the Farmleigh Gallery, Phoenix Park from June 1 – September 2, Anthony Palliser’s “Face to Face” exhibition brings together over 80 portraits of Irish cultural icons by the renowned Anglo-Belgian portrait painter. Portraits on display will include Seamus Heaney, Thomas Kinsella, Edna O’Brien, John Boorman, Colm Tóibín, Jonathan Rhys Myers, Nuala Ní Dhomhnaill, and Brian Friel amongst others. Palliser’s recently-completed portrait of President Michael D Higgins will also be unveiled at the opening of the show. www.farmleigh.ie


We believe it’s important to support students, especially their graduate shows and will be popping in to see the final year works at the Institute of Art, Design & Technology Dún Laoghaire from June 1 – June 6. It’s the biggest grad show in the country. Previous graduates include visual artists Vera Klute and Maser and Academy award nominated Kirsten Sheridan. Poetry Publication “Endure” by visual communications student Shauna Buckley is an experience of poetry through printed matter and digital environments, created for the age of anxiety. www.iadt.ie.

WHY: We’ll be getting out our diaries and planning ahead for some summer parties. If you are doing the same, then why not support the HB Fundays campaign to raise funds for Down Syndrome Ireland by hosting a party with HB Hazelbrook Farm ice cream. For more information on how you can get involved in the campaign, call 1890 37 37 37. Register online at ?www.downsyndrome.ie? ?for a free ?HB Ice Cream Fundays pack, which includes vouchers for HB Hazelbrook Farm ice cream.

WHAT: We can’t wait to try the new summer menu at Cliff Townhouse, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2. The team are celebrating their recent award of 2 AA Rosettes for culinary excellence, as well as five-star rating for accommodation. Head chef Sean Smith is synonymous for his simple, stylish, sustainable and seasonal approach to menus. Tempting new starters include poached lobster with orange beurre blanc and a summer vegetable salad, and a scallop ceviche with fennel, yuzu and orange. New main dishes include whole baked fish with girolles, grilled asparagus and a crab lasagne with summer vegetables and a shellfish bisque. If there’s room for dessert a raspberry mousse is our top pick. The good news is, chef Smith will soon be leading some summer seafood masterclasses too (on June 23, July 14 and August 18 at 3pm). Tickets are just €30 and include the masterclass, a glass of wine and some nibbles, and on departure a voucher to return for a two-course pre-theatre dinner. To book: 01 6383939; www.clifftownhouse.ie.

WHAT: “A Spoonful of Sherman: The Songbook Of Your Childhood,” at Pavilion Theatre, Dún Laoghaire this weekend promises to be an entertaining evening for all the family. The Oscar-winning Sherman Brothers produced songs and scores for films such as Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Jungle Book, Winnie The Pooh, The Aristocats and many more more. Starring Sophie Louise-Dann, Mark Read Glen Facey, Jenna Innes and Ben Stock, the musical evening is on Saturday and Sunday at 8pm. Tickets are from €20; www.paviliontheatre.ie.


AND: We are booking ahead for a two-night Soul Wellness Break, led by therapist and yoga teacher Melanie Walsh at Knockranny House Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo, on June 10 – 12. The weekend includes dinner in La Fougère Restaurant, two hours of luxurious spa treatments, (a Spirulina wrap with mini Facial and a detoxing massage), meditation and yoga sessions led by Melanie each day, as well as access to the vitality pool and thermal suites each day and lunch on Monday in the Brehon Bar. It costs from €299 per person sharing. www.knockrannyhousehotel.ie.

Penny McCormick

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