Calling all the single ladies! There’s still time to plan some rather special Leap year proposals. Muckross Park Hotel & Spa has a Leap of Love package, which comprises a 30-minute helicopter ride around the lakes of Killarney, overnight stay in a luxurious superior suite with champagne and chocolates to hand, and a seven-course menu in award-winning Yew Tree. Available from €1,300, contact the Proposal Team on +353 64 6623400 or email [email protected]
The Bridge House Hotel in Tullamore has teamed up with the Irish Parachute Club to provide a Leap of Faith – a 13,000 feet parachute jump, before popping the question and enjoying an overnight stay in an executive suite, with a bottle of champagne and four-course dinner in its popular Italian restaurant Balcone Italiano. The total stay is €810: www.bridgehousehoteltullamore.ie.
Meanwhile Paula Rowan, (31, The Mall Lower, Main Street Westbury Court, Dublin 2), is expecting a few glove sales – thanks to a tradition which began in 5th century Ireland when St Brigid complained to St Patrick that women had to wait far too long for tardy men to propose. St Patrick decreed women could propose on February 29. According to legend, a man could decline and if they did, they had to gift the proposer a silk dress or a pair of gloves. We recommend Paula Rowan’s gloves – as worn by Kendall Jenner, Madonna, Kate Moss and Martin Scorcese; www.paularowan.com.
Virgin Media Dublin International Film Festival is underway with a two-week, jam-packed schedule of screenings and premieres. Citizens of Boomtown recounts the true story of the Boomtown Rats, directed by Billy McGrath for BMG Films – the Rats will walk the red carpet at Cineworld on March 3 for what is sure to be one of the most talked about nights in the festival. This weekend sees an unmissable “Behind the Scenes” discussion with Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson at The Lighthouse Cinema on February 28, on creating the TV adaptation of Sally Rooney’s Normal People. For the full programme visit www.diff.ie.
Give health and fitness goals a boost this weekend at Thrive Festival, which returns to the Convention Centre Dublin from February 29 – March 1. The lifestyle festival sees a range of fitness classes, over 100 talks from leading wellness experts and 20 cookery demonstrations. Subjects include why good sleeping habits matter, learning how to live consciously and sustainably and also how to achieve zero food waste in the kitchen. Day tickets are just €42.50 while the VIP ticket is €75 per day. This includes access to the VIP lounge with complimentary refreshments, priority pre-booking of the boutique workouts, a goodie bag from Thrive Marketplace vendors worth over €100 and a Thrive tote bag; www.thrivefestival.ie.
It’s throwback time with a new afternoon tea experience in The Restaurant by Johnnie Cooke at Brown Thomas, Dublin. As they sample tea, guests can look back at the history of the store with a special edition newspaper, Elegant Times with archival photographs featuring many of the famous faces who have visited. Priced from €45, the afternoon tea experience includes a glass of Prosecco with sweet and savoury delights served each day between 3pm – 6pm until Sunday April 5. All bookings can be made by telephoning The Restaurant on 01-6171163; www.brownthomas.com
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