5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

Dining on wine and cheese at LOOSE CANON, a day in the POWERSCOURT GARDENS for an open-air theatre experience and heading to Donegal for the EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL


WHY: We could quite easily subsist on cheese and wine at the moment, given the good weather and diminished appeal of cooking. That’s why we’re eager to discover the newly-opened Loose Canon Wine & Cheese on Drury Street, Dublin 2. It’s inspired by artisan cheese shops from around the world with a firm focus on natural wines served in a chic space with bespoke mahogany and marble counters, handmade by co-owner Brian O’Caoimh. We’ve heard that on six evenings a week there will be a selection of cheeseboards (featuring a large percentage of Irish cheeses and charcuterie) to enjoy, as well as the opportunity to discover some interesting wines by the glass, or to share a bottle from the shelves with a small corkage fee. See you there!


WHAT: We’re heading to Powerscourt Gardens, Co Wicklow on Sunday with a picnic to enjoy while watching a new adaptation of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Chapterhouse Theatre Company. The afternoon begins at 2.30pm and the open-air performance takes place in Powerscourt’s lovely Walled Garden. It features Victorian costumes, song, dance and original music. Tickets are from €19.00 and include entry to Powerscourt Gardens, www.powerscourt.com.


WHERE: If you’re in Donegal this weekend – we recommend staying at the Sand Hotel or Bumblebee Cottage – then do have a look at the Earagail Arts Festival programme which runs until July 29. This is “Folk & Roots” weekend with a trio of musical acts to enjoy. On Saturday July 14, American husband-and-wife duo The Remedy Club perform at Balor Arts Centre, Ballybofey, while West African band Songhoy Blues is at Letterkenny’s An Grianan Theatre where Mná na bhFidleacha – The Donegal Female Fiddlers –  will also perform on Sunday July 15 at 2pm. The latter brings together an impressive 36 fiddlers in total. See www.eaf.ie for tickets.

WHO: On Sunday July 15 at Bantry House, Co Cork, “The Boatyard: An Bádchlós” exhibition officially opens. Artist Anne Tilby’s interesting exhibition is inspired by unknown fishermen and craftsmen and is an appreciation of slow design. The exhibition, which runs until Sunday July 29, will feature a soundscape of Irish voices, a junk waste plastic sail, original prints and recycled objects including a 100-year-old sail. www.bantryhouse.com.


HOW: We’re booking ahead for a mid-week treat at BrookLodge Hotel & Macreddin Village, Co Wicklow, where they have a special overnight offer of bed and breakfast with the choice of a one-hour treatment at The Wells Spa from only €110pps. Our recommendation would be a Lucy Annabella Body experience, which includes a gentle exfoliation followed by a rejuvenating massage. Enjoy a complimentary Macreddin Village fruit smoothie after your treatment with full use of The Thermal Suite too. While you’re there we recommend a visit to La Taverna Armento Italian restaurant. www.brooklodge.com.

AND: Fancy a shop at Kildare Village but want to keep the children happy too? Well, the Imaginosity pop-up is now open and runs until Sunday August 26. It is a fully-supervised interactive space for children which includes themed workshops, a science camp and a giant geometric Imaginosity playground with mini-library and a puppet theatre. The workshops last for a maximum of two hours; €10 per child. That should give enough time to shop the sales! www.kildarevillage.com.

Penny McCormick

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