It feels like summer has arrived and with it the need for some “vitamin sea”. The Doolin Ferry Co (winner of Boat Tour of the Year 2021) has opened for the summer season. The family-run business offers four sailing routes with 19 cruises departing Doolin Pier on a daily basis. This includes five daily cruises to Inis Óirr, four to Inis Mór, four to Inis Meáin and six to the Cliffs of Moher, where visitors can spend time walking along the white-sand beaches, visiting the many historical sites, scuba diving in the underwater burren, horse riding and snorkelling with seals. Doolin Ferry Co is also offering a new Adventure Express “Seafari”. This experience will take place onboard its private ten-seater rib, designed to provide passengers with unrivaled views of the entire Clare coast while keeping them sheltered from the elements. All private charters allow those onboard to dictate the itinerary so no two journeys are ever the same; www.doolinferry.com.
Before you take a dip in the sea, have a look at the new app The Sea, created by environmentalist and swimmer Peter O’Brien, featuring vital information on tides and times and interesting podcasts with surfers Easkey Britton and Fergal Smith and Wim Hof instructor Niall O Murchu. O’Brien explains, “This is a one-stop shop for everything related to the sea in Ireland. As well as providing useful information on the best spots for swimming, surfing and kayaking, I wanted to gather like minded people, who firstly love the sea and want to use it for their well being, I know the benefits and so do all regular sea users. But also it is for those who are concerned about our seas, it is also therefore a space for action and education. This is not just an App, we are gathering all the sea communities into one place and creating a marine movement. Our seas are in danger, the Irish sea has lost 90 per cent of its biodiversity in 100 years and we need marine protected areas. Through our Sea Pod podcast and our blogs I’m providing a platform where these issues can be highlighted and discussed”. The Sea app assets have been beautifully designed Irish artist and designer Niall Sweeney; www.thesea.ie.
Looking for an interesting Instagram backdrop? Take a walk through Dublin’s docklands, where you’ll discover a new mural by artist Kathrina Rupit, also known as Kinmx. Located in the heart of the South Docks, on the corner of Sir Rogerson’s Quay and Lime Street, it’s on a building being restored by Marlet Property Group as part of its future commercial development, the Shipping Office. The artwork is of an Irish peacock butterfly (representing the transformation and constant evolution of Dublin’s South Docks) flying in front of a young woman wearing a paper boat and a compass in her blue hair which (apparently) symbolises the waves of the Irish sea. Kinmx says of her artwork; “I think this piece is a good representation of the transformation of the area – where past and present meet in harmony.” The artwork was painted using sustainable paint from Graphenstone; www.graphenstone.ie.
A new exhibition “Edo in Colour: Prints from Japan’s Metropolis” opens at the Chester Beatty, Dublin Castle, on Friday May 28. The exhibition explores how woodblock prints shaped fashion, fame and identity in the city now known as Tokyo. From pictures of actors and beauties to masterpieces by Hokusai and Hiroshige, these prints were once as affordable as they are aesthetically refined. Featuring more than 100 prints and printed books from Japan’s Edo period (c. 1603 – 1868), the exhibition will be shown in two parts with more to explore online. A full programme of lectures, talks and artist-led activities is planned and a selection of Edo-themed prints, stationery and facemasks are available onsite or online from the museum’s Gift Shop. Admission to the exhibition is free and it runs until December 5; www.chesterbeatty.ie.
Is your social diary filling up? Then the “Date in the Diary Duo” package at The Salon at The Shelbourne may appeal. This luxurious treat, priced at €85, includes a professional make-up application, a blow-dry and a glass of Champagne – the ideal way to look and feel your most fabulous. Other beauty services on offer include luxury manicures, pedicures and express facials, using Elemis, and Essie products; www.shelbournespa.ie.
I’m hoping to go in search of bluebells this weekend. Sadly, I’m not near Woodpark Forest Trail, Mountshannon, Co Clare – one of 15 playgrounds and parks dotted around Lough Derg. The Woodpark Forest Trail is a beautiful natural woodland area covering 72 acres, within 1.6km from Mountshannon village. Its Fairy Trail is a very popular attraction for a family day out. Why not pack a picnic, but remember to clean up and respect the “Leave no Trace” ethos. For more information on lakeside activities and food options visit: www.discoverloughderg.ie.
Good news for those of us missing Ely Winebars; they have just launched a new luxury delivery service nationwide. Delivering wines, delicatessen products and nationwide wine tastings with their award-winning sommelier Ian Brosnan, the service also delivers “lovELY” meals. These include vegetarian and barbecue options as well as steak boxes, all within a 45-mile radius of its Maynooth shop, in Meath, Dublin and Kildare; www.elyathome.ie.
Astrology enthusiasts, like myself, will know that Mercury retrograde starts on Friday, May 28 until June 22. This celestial event happens three times a year, when the planet Mercury appears to travel backward across the sky. To those who practice astrology, these times are traditionally associated with confusion, delays and frustration. Think undelivered letters, email blunders, and frazzled plans! This is an excellent time to reflect on the past, however, and it’s said that intuition is high during these periods. Taking the time to journal during this time (and note coincidences) is also recommended. One advocate is Mayo native, Maria Burke. A former pharmacist, Burke retrained as an Executive Coach and has found journaling, regular goal setting, and defining your purpose very effective. For further tips from Burke visit www.waywordsjournals.com.
Do check two exciting solo exhibitions launching at Kerlin Gallery, Dublin 2, this weekend. New artworks by Elizabeth Magill combine painting, drawing, stencilling and large-scale printmaking to create poetic landscapes rich in minute visual detail and expansive atmosphere and allusion.
Kathy Prendergast, meanwhile, has received international critical acclaim for her work with cartography, often returning to the Atlas of North America and in particular the state of Minnesota. Prendergast paints directly onto the map itself, filling in the space between the roads, redacting nature with exuberant colour. The result is kaleidoscopic abstractions celebrating the chaotic clash of two opposing orders; www.kerlingallery.com. For other exhibitions to take in see 30 Exhibitions To Visit.
Take a trip down memory lane with Dublin Zoo, which is marking its 190th anniversary. Since its opening in 1831, with a small collection of animals, Dublin Zoo has now become a world-class centre for conservation, with many significant milestones. For example, it became known as “the people’s Zoo” when admission prices dropped to a solitary penny on Sundays in 1840. To mark the anniversary Dublin Zoo is asking the public to vote for their favourite memorable moment from the Zoo’s long history. A winner will be chosen at random to receive a family pass to Dublin Zoo and other gifts. www.dublinzoo.ie
Main featured image: Chalk and aqua stripe cashmere sweater, from www.laura-chamber.com photographed on Portmarnock Beach, Co Dublin.
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