5 Glossy Things To Do This Weekend

A visit to new Dublin restaurant CROW STREET and a trip to BIRR CASTLE, find out what we’re planning this weekend …

WHAT: We’re heading to the newly-opened Crow Street restaurant in Temple Bar, Dublin 2, as much for its interior inspiration of reclaimed vintage as for its tempting dinner menu. The two-storey gem combines a dining room on the ground floor, with a parlour serving small plates and cocktails on the second floor. As for the menu – think Irish soul food with an American twist. Created by David Coffey and Damien Quinn, this is their third restaurant – they co-own The Sussex Restaurant on Lesson Street and 105 Café, Clonskeagh. www.crowstreet.ie.

WHY: Archaeology digs, medieval festivals, a pollinator party and a recreation of Traveller life in the 1950s are just some of the events which have been taking place during National Heritage Week which runs until Sunday, August 26. We recommend a visit to Birr Castle where the stylish wardrobe of Anne Parsons, the late Countess of Rosse is on display. Pictured is the current Lady Oxmantown wearing a Jacqmar dress belonging to Anne Parsons. www.birrcastle.ie.

WHERE: Oakfield Park, Raphoe, Donegal, is the venue for a new, two-day festival, entitled Oakfest, on Saturday and Sunday. The 4 Of Us will headline Saturday and Hermitage Green will headline Sunday. Other top acts include Little Hours, Ryan Sheridan, Chelsey Chambers and Katie Laffan, In Their Thousands and Cronin. Tickets cost €40 for an adult weekend pass or €25 for an adults daily pass. www.oakfieldpark.com.

HOW: To the Ice House Hotel in Ballina on August 23 for a summer supper to celebrate produce harvested from Enniscoe Organic Gardens. Head chef Anthony Holland has created a four-course dinner (€50 per person) accompanied by wines from O’Brien’s Wines, which starts with a specially created “Organic Garden” cocktail on the terrace overlooking River Moy. For those who want to make a night of it, there’s a special package which includes the supper, an overnight stay, breakfast and access to the Chill Spa for €289 per couple sharing. www.icehousehotel.ie.

WHY: To mark the World Meeting of Families 2018, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum in Dublin’s Docklands is offering a special discounted family ticket available until September 2. Recently visited by the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, it’s an interactive experience with dance, sports and the opportunity to create a digital postcard just some of the activities on offer. Family entry (two adults, two children, under-5s free) normally costs €35. Buy a family ticket online at www.epicchq.com using the code WMOF2018 and save €5.

AND … We’re booking ahead for Hero by Ken Rogan at Smock Alley which runs from Monday August 27 – Friday 31. Starring Daithí Mac Suibhne it’s described as an hilarious odyssey of a man’s struggles with love and ankle injuries. Tickets are €15/€12. www.smockalley.com.

Penny McCormick

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