5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

From a two night stay at INCHYDONEY ISLAND to GIN POP-UPS, find out what we’re planning this weekend …

WHY: Who isn’t tempted by this stunning suite – designed by Nikki O’Donnell (from NODA) who used the coastline of West Cork as the inspiration for her refurbishment of Inchydoney Island Lodge & Spa. The large floor-to-ceiling windows ensure panoramic views, with balconies to maximise time spent outdoors. To celebrate the four new suites, the hotel is offering “A Suite Break at the Shore” – a glossy two-nighter includes an Afternoon G & Tea delivered to your suite, and breakfast on both mornings in the Gulfstream Restaurant. Don’t leave without sampling Dunes Bar or the famous thalassotherapy pool which uses water pumped directly from the Atlantic outside and heated to a therapeutic 31 degrees. From €699 for two people sharing. www.inchydoneyisland.com.

WHERE: Ginthusiasts have plenty of choice this weekend. The Irish Whiskey Museum has a special “B&T” pop-up today, Thursday July 26 at 8pm. That’s Bertha’s and Tonic aka Bertha’s Revenge Small Batch Milk Gin which uses whey alcohol from Irish dairy farmers, spring water from Ballyvolane House and a mix of 18 botanicals. Co-founder Antony Jackson will take guests through the history of Bertha – aka the oldest cow ever recorded, along with tips on how to make the perfect B&T. Tickets are available on www.irishwhiskeymusuem.ie and cost €15 per person.


It’s perfect terrace time in the city and launching today, the terraces of Angelina’s, Roberta’s and Sophie’s in Dublin and will be transformed into citrus-inspired floral gardens, where guests can sip on new bespoke Tanqueray No. TEN cocktails with a tempting summer al fresco menu to accompany. The Tanqueray Terraces run until Friday August 31.

WHO: There’s still time to catch “The Boatyard: An Bádchlós” by artist Anne Tilby at Bantry House, Co Cork. It’s a homage to fishermen and coastal craftsmen, as well as an appreciation of slow design. In the exhibition, Tilby uses junk plastic and recycled objects, including a 100-year-old sail as well as a a soundscape, a junk waste plastic sail and original prints. www.bantryhouse.com.

WHAT: Want to get creative and meet new people? Then PaINTCLUB is worth looking into. The Galway-based business was established in 2015 by artist and business woman Aisling Kearney Burke and now operates in Kilkenny, Cork, Limerick, Dublin and Galway. No experience is necessary as Aisling explains “People come along, with friends, on their own, have fun, paint, have a drink or two; it’s very relaxing. You don’t need to bring anything with you as we provide all the materials you’ll need. A local artist will then start by guiding you with step-by-step instruction on recreating the painting for the evening. It will be informal and by the end of the night, you’ll have a finished painting to take home with you.” www.paintclub.ie.

WHY: Too hot? Why not visit dlr Lexicon which has several exhibitions spread across its five airy levels. One is “Suffragist City: Women and the Vote in Dublin”,  while the Irish Guild of Embroiderers has a new exhibition on the theme of “Meetings”. There’s also a concert on Sunday July 29 with singer/songwriter Susan McKeown (above), which will focus on her experience in the Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown area in a mix of folk, trad and world music styles. There are five concerts in total in the series, and all five are free admission (booking required). Telephone 01 280 1147 for further information.

AND … Not sleeping in this hot weather, or even in cooler temperatures? Can we recommend this nifty gadget from Soda (School of the Digital Age) – a new brand which has just launched in Brown Thomas. Fun, colourful and innovative all the products are designed to improve day-to-day life. The Dodow Sleep Aid helps to regulate breathing and calm the nervous system – and it actually works. www.soda.shop.

Penny McCormick

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