From poetry to pop music and from cello recitals to cycling for charity, here’s a round up of inspiring things to do this weekend …
Enjoy: From today until March 31, international cellists are delivering “Cellissimo – Music for the Senses”, from the west of Ireland. Among the top artists to feature are Mischa Maisky, Marc Coppey, Adrian Brendel, Tatjana Vassiljeva and Natalie Haas. The virtual festival begins at Kylemore Abbey in Connemara today with a concert given the Irish Chamber Orchestra. French cellist Marc Coppey directs a programme of cello and string works, including Vivaldi’s toe-tapping double cello concerto, for which he is joined by his former student, the Dublin cellist Christopher Ellis. www.musicforgalway.ie
Watch: How about some virtual theatre today at 1.30pm? dlr Mill Theatre is presenting Patricia Burke’s Eclipsed. Starring Rachel O’Connell as Brigit and Laoise Sweeney as Sister Virginia, it is one of the first plays to tell the story of the Magdalene laundries and was inspired by Burke’s own experience as a young novitiate at the laundry. Her play highlights the plight of four women who struggled to bear the austerity of their existence and desire to break the shackles of this landmark era of societal repression. Tickets are €8 from www.milltheatre.ie.
Read: The collaborative “Poemathon with Older people”, a poem compiled by Poetry Ireland with the Global Brain Health Institute of Trinity College Dublin and Neuroscience Ireland. Musician John Sheahan, a member of The Dubliners, penned the opening and closing lines of the poem and says the completed work, which features 355 contributors across Ireland, “has been a unique platform, enabling us to verbalise our pandemic experiences over the past year. Like the blend of individual voices in a choir, the poetic offerings received have coalesced into the collective voice of our nation.” Seamus Cashman, who edited the poem, says the work is “full of surprise, of kindness, of tragedy, pain and disappointment. But that it also sparkled with life, joy, honesty and hope.” Find the poem on the Poetry Ireland website in addition to a short video featuring many of the contributors: www.poetryireland.ie.
Remember: Today U2 fans can tune in to see U2: Live At Red Rocks on its YouTube channel. Recorded on June 5, 1983 at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Colarado, this was a (rainsoaked) career-defining performance which helped establish U2’s reputation as one of the greatest live acts in the world; the concert was part of the band’s War Tour. This is one of four special concerts which form part of the Virtual Road, where U2 are joined by fellow travellers Dermot Kennedy, Fontaines D.C., Carla Morrison and Feu! Chatterton.
Read: Six novels have been shortlisted for the 2021 Dublin Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual prize for a single work of fiction published in English, and worth €100,000 to the winner. Distinctive among literary prizes, nominations are chosen by librarians and readers from a network of libraries around the world. Why not use this as a reading list ahead of the award announcement on May 20? The shortlisted titles are: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo; Lost Children Archive by Valeria Luiselli; Apeirogon by Colum McCann; Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor; On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong and The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead. www.dublinliteraryaward.ie
Plant: It’s National Tree week, the theme of which is “Healthy Trees, Healthy Planet”. Organised by the Tree Council of Ireland and Coillte, there are various ways to get involved, though planting and looking after a tree is a priority – why not pick up one at Lidl or from a garden centre on your essential shop. Follow the hashtag #treeweek2021 to spread the message. Artist Gerard Byrne is also offering one of 14 artworks in a competition to celebrate National Tree Week. Visit @gerard_byrne_artist for more details; the competition closes on Monday March 29.
Wear: Tomorrow is the launch of Lucy x Vogue: four cotton pastel tracksuits the result of a collaboration by Lucy Nagle with Vogue Williams. Perfect for a payday treat, Nagle says, “I love how the collection’s playful and fun pastel colours reflect Vogue’s style and personality.” Soft and comfy the sweaters are €75, as are the tracksuit pants; www.lucynagle.com.
Visit: The Doorway Gallery which is launching new works and an exhibition by Roisin O’Farrell called “Families like us” until March 31. If you are near Stillorgan shopping centre you can see O’Farrell who will be painting live on Saturday and Sunday from 12pm – 4pm in a pop-up gallery space (essentially a glass kiosk). As for the exhibition, O’Farrell says: “For many years I have painted a series of welly boot paintings that represent families. They are family portraits if you will: of a Mum and Dad and two kids. That type of family is just as valid as any other, but those paintings don’t include the many and varied other types of families. So in this exhibition I want to put that right. In “Families Like Us” I represent bigger families, smaller families, same sex couples, single Mums and Dads. In fact I simply couldn’t represent all of the variety of different, unique, loving and wonderful families but I’ve made a start.” www.thedoorwaygallery.com
Tune: into Netflix for a new eight-part series The Irregulars starting tomorrow, March 26. Set in Victorian London, the series follows a gang of troubled street teens who are manipulated into solving crimes for the sinister Doctor Watson and his mysterious business partner, the elusive Sherlock Holmes. As the crimes take on a horrifying supernatural edge and a dark power emerges, it’s up to “the Irregulars” to come together to save not only London but the world. The series stars Henry Lloyd-Hughes (Killing Eve, The Inbetweeners, Indian Summers) as Sherlock Holmes; Royce Pierreson (Judy, The Witcher, Line of Duty) as John Watson as well as Northern Irish actor Thaddea Graham as Bea.
Plan: Thinking ahead to your Easter tablescape? Søstrene Grene launches its new collection on Saturday, March 27. It’s inspired by nostalgia and craftsmanship as well as springtime. You’ll find something to refresh each room, not just your tableware; www.sostrenegrene.com.
Cycle: Have you been cycling during lockdown? Then why not sign up for the online initiative “Cycle for SOS” in aid of Suicide or Survive (SOS). This annual fundraising cycle is now in its seventh year and has raised €60,000 since 2015, which has facilitated free mental health workshops across Ireland. This year’s cycle will take place online from March 29 to April 9 and sets the challenge to take on a 20km cycle within your 5km radius. Participants can nominate three people to take part on social media using the hashtag #cycleforSOS. Should you wish to take part or give a donation visit: www.suicideorsurvive.ie.
Order: Thinking ahead to Easter – Sligo’s Pudding Row The Grocer has a range of artisan care packages, including the Easter Comfort Kit, costing €70 which includes delivery nationwide. The Easter Comfort Kit contains an Easter card by Donegal designer Maggie Marley; a diffuser from Flora Lab; a box of chocolate hearts filled with salted caramel from Mayo chocolatier Noo Chocolates; a pouch of Nutty House granola and a selection of Pudding Row treats including a homemade peanut butter brownie; a chocolate and coconut macaroon; a raw cacao energy ball and a simply divine salted caramel square. Other bespoke kits are available; www.puddingrow.ie.
Shop: at Airfield Estate in Dundrum, Dublin where you’ll find Overends Kitchen Farm Shop offering customers fresh produce harvested from the estate’s farm, gardens and orchards. Customers will also be able to choose from a wide range of local suppliers including breads from organic bakery Bread 41; cheese and crackers from Sheridans; sheep’s cheese and yogurt from Rockfield Dairy; juices from Ballycross Apple Farm; sauces from White Mausu; Nutshed Peanut Butter; Crossogue Preserves; Cider Vinegar from Llewellyn’s Orchard and Second Nature Organic Rapeseed Oils. Customers will also find craft beers from Wicklow Wolf; natural soaps and bodycare from The Handmade Soap Company and homewares from John Ryan Ceramics; www.airfield.ie.
Sip: On Sunday March 28 look out for the Worm moon – also called by various other names including the Goose or Eagle Moon or Lenten moon – which officially signifies the transition from winter to spring. Perfect timing therefore to sample the newly-launched Lunar Gin – a limited edition release from Hendrick’s (available in SuperValu from March 25). This peculiar and unusual gin was conceived by Master Distiller Lesley Gracie, who regularly tends to her collection of botanicals by moonlight. I’m told one way of serving this rich, warm and alluring gin is as a Moonlight Buck: a combination of Hendrick’s Lunar, ginger ale and lemon juice garnished with cucumber and a twist of lemon. Cheers and have a good weekend! www.hendricksgin.com
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