Weekend loves: This week's must do, see & buy


The world’s oldest intact working lighthouse, Hook Lighthouse is offering sunset tours.

 Jutting out to sea at the tip of the Hook Peninsula on the corner of Ireland’s Ancient East, it’s a rare opportunity to take in the vast seascapes of Ireland’s Celtic Sea.

The new Sunset Tour experience offers visitors the opportunity to take a guided tour up the 115 well-worn steps of the medieval tower — and step on to the top floor outdoor balcony to take in the 360 degree sweeping views of the South-East.

Visitors will be served mead, prosecco, fresh tea and coffee along with Ballyhack smokehouse smoked salmon on homemade brown bread, a selection of homemade canapés and homemade mini desserts.

The Sunset Tour Experience will be on offer at 8pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until the end of September.

Email info@hookheritage.ie or call 00 353 (0)51 397055.



Weekend loves: This week's must do, see & buy

The Timoleague Fashion Event began in 2009, the brainchild of local woman Audrey Carey and her friends Maire Houstoun, Josephine Kelly, Lucy McSweeney, Eileen Harte, and Rosarie O’Leary.

Celebrity presenters, local models, and the team at Lockdown showcased local fashion annually at a gala event.

Audrey passed away suddenly this year, but her friends were determined to continue the event in her memory. On August 22, Brendan Courtney will MC the Timoleague Fashion Event in memory of Audrey Carey O’Sullivan.

Proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Ireland (Audrey’s youngest son Tom suffers from the condition).

Contact Rosarie on 086 8111104.


Weekend loves: This week's must do, see & buy

Newbridge Silverware’s Museum of Style Icons plays host to ‘Diana — A Fashion Legacy’ until September 30, the showcase the final calico toile (a pre-cursor to Diana’s actual bridal dress) for the royal wedding.

In 1981, Elizabeth Emanuel (above) and her husband David were chosen to design the dress made of ivory silk, pure taffeta, antique lace, 10,000 pearls — and a 25ft train. Elizabeth Emmanuel was on hand to launch the exhibition last week.

Another important piece is the Catherine Walker Mughal-inspired lavishly embroidered pink silk evening gown and bolero, made for the state visit to India, in February 1992.


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