Weekend Loves: Halloween fun and sustainable fashion

Trim and Athboy, Co Meath are the must-see places from Friday 28th October to Monday 31st October, when the Púca Festival takes place to celebrate all things spectacular and spooky.

Bringing Halloween back to its Irish roots, the festival promises to be a fantastic celebration of music and myth, folklore and fire with star performers such as Kíla, Imelda May, Gavin James and Sharon Shannon. Joining in are comedians Joanne McNally, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty and more, while the Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Cabaret and Blindboy add their unique take on entertainment to the mix.

The ‘Coming of the Spirits’ procession in Trim officially kicks off on Saturday while the auspicious Hill of Ward in Athboy sees the ‘Coming of Samhain’ celebration on Halloween itself.

Celebrate the flavors of the Boyne Valley at Station House

The Grand Suite at The Station House

Speaking of the Boyne Valley, the newly refurbished Station House Hotel in Kilmessan, Co Meath is hosting a Boyne Valley Tasting Dinner on November 12 which will pair some of their finest wines with a seven course dinner of locally produced ingredients from the Boyne Valley. .

The menu will feature local specialties including chorizo ​​from The Wooded Pig, Slane Irish Whiskey and Boyne Valley Cheese. The hotel has recently been refurbished and is a charming place to enjoy a formal meal, a casual dining experience, afternoon tea or a private party.

The Boyne Valley tasting dinner costs €80 per person (€120 with drinks). Why not make it one night for €170 pp with tea or coffee and scones on arrival, tasting dinner and breakfast the next morning?

New Organic Kids Collection by Lil & Izzy

Irish sustainable childrenswear brand Lil & Izzy has just launched its autumn/winter collection
Irish sustainable children’s clothing brand Lil & Izzy has just launched its autumn/winter collection

Irish sustainable childrenswear brand Lil & Izzy has just launched its autumn/winter collection — a delightful collection inspired by an Irish morning swim in the sea. Known for their high quality products, Lil & Izzy has been shortlisted for two National Parenting Product Awards for its baby growth and sleeping bag products.

The new collection includes the delightful “Sun, Moon and Waves” pajama sets (€39.99) and onesies (€37.99) as well as a pretty dreamcatcher print. Pieces are made with certified organic cotton, with printed care labels to prevent chafing, and can be personalized for gift giving.

World Cancer Research Day and breakthrough cancer research

Today is World Cancer Research Day and as Breakthrough Cancer Research marks 10 years of research excellence, the Irish medical research charity has announced a further injection of funding of 2 million Euros to fund urgent new treatments and early detection of Ireland’s lowest surviving cancers.

Usually discovered late and therefore more difficult to treat successfully, these types of cancer cause nearly half of all cancer deaths in Ireland each year. The funding was revealed in the charity’s new five-year research strategy ‘Making More Survivors’.

Visit the site for more information or to make a donation.

Art at Pink Moon Café

An exhibition of Jenny Monks is presented at the Pink Moon Café
An exhibition of Jenny Monks is presented at the Pink Moon Café

The Pink Moon Café on Washington Street in Cork is a lovely place to experience an upbeat vibe, great coffee and a delicious selection of locally produced treats, including vegan and vegetarian options.

A stone’s throw from UCC and Kino, the cafe is also currently showcasing the work of textile artist Jenny Monks. Monks’ Runway exhibition brings alluring landscapes and space travel experiences – layers of vintage photographs and fabrics are held together with delicate fine stitches capturing the beauty of quiet Spanish villages, Lisbon’s bustling streets and daytime sleep in the shade.

Pink Moon Cafe, Washington Street, Cork. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Paul Galvin’s new collection at Dunnes Stores

Paul Galvin's new collection is full of blue and navy tones, grays and rich reds
Paul Galvin’s new collection is full of blue and navy tones, grays and rich reds

Paul Galvin’s new menswear collection is inspired by his study of Irish Olympic excellence and a time when art was an Olympic sport (who knew?). Inspired by Jack B Yeats’ iconic painting ‘Liffey Swim’, for which he was awarded a silver medal at the 1924 Olympic Arts Competition, you’ll find blue and navy tones, grays and rich reds – the colors of the Dublin cityscape at the time. The collection includes fleece jackets (€35), boxy t-shirts (€20) and a sleeveless rib knit gilet (€25). Elsewhere, the sport takes inspiration with flat cap print jerseys (€20) and the teddy jacket pictured here (€50).

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