A vintage sale, flower workshops and a play with a star-studded cast

Cork’s vintage favourite, Miss Daisy Blue, is having another warehouse clearance sale today where you’ll find the River Lee Hotel team from 9.30am to 5.30pm. These events were a huge hit with repeat customers and new subscribers and gave owner Breda Casey the opportunity to showcase her stock on a much larger scale. Expect to find items from the 1940s all the way through to the 1980s with fantastic women’s knitwear, woolen coats and sequin numbers as well as plenty of men’s clothing. Price-conscious Casey has included rails with clothes starting at just £10 and there’s no shortage of quirky and unique items to pique the interest of seasoned vintage shoppers and new converts alike. After the event, you will meet Miss Daisy Blue at her usual upstairs location at 1-2 St Patrick’s Quay, Cork.

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The Mousetrap is coming to the Gaiety Theater

Todd Carty in The Mousetrap

Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap has just opened at the Gaiety in Dublin with a sensational cast including Todd Carty (EastEnders, The Bill), John Altman (EastEnders) and Gwyneth Strong (Only Fools and Horses, EastEnders). Now celebrating its 70th anniversary, The Mousetrap is the world’s longest running play, keeping millions guessing over seven decades. As news of a murder in London spreads, a group of seven strangers find themselves locked up in a secluded guesthouse in the countryside. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover that a killer is among them. Who is it? Who will be the next one ? And can you solve the crime?

  • For tickets, contact the Gaiety Theater box office on 01 646 8600 or go to ticketmaster.ie.

A cut flower workshop at Coolamber House & Garden

The workshop
The workshop “Grow your own cut flowers, saving and drying seeds for the home gardener” takes place on October 15

Coolamber House in County Westmeath was built in the early 1800s and belonged to the O’ Reilly family, one of whom, Percy Philip O’Reilly, was an Olympic polo player who won silver for Ireland at the 1908 Olympics. From 1947 to 2002 it was the royal residence of Prince Ernest and Princess Virginia of Saxony. Ann Marie Durkin and her husband Patrick restored Coolamber House and conducted gardening and lifestyle workshops there. Closer to Christmas, events include wreath- and cocktail-making workshops and festive cheese and charcuterie workshops, but this month Maria Ryan from Bell Meadow Flower Farm in County Carlow will present the program “Grow Your Own Cut Flowers, Seed Saving and Drying for the Home Gardener”. workshop on Saturday October 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Workshop participants will take home a beautiful seasonal arrangement, enjoy a homemade two-course lunch, a glass of prosecco and a “walk and talk” of the newly developed walled garden and greenhouse. (€120).

Shedding light on homelessness in Ireland

    Philly McMahon launches Shine A Light Night campaign to benefit Focus Ireland
Philly McMahon launches Shine A Light Night campaign to benefit Focus Ireland

Gaelic footballer Philly McMahon was on hand recently to help launch the 10th Shine A Light Night campaign in aid of Focus Ireland. The charity, along with its sponsor, Bord Gáis Energy invites members of the public to participate in the national event on October 14 to help raise much needed funds for families affected by homelessness. The aim is to raise €1.5 million – a sum that will help prevent families from becoming homeless and create long-term solutions to homelessness in this country. Members of the Irish Commercial Section will attend the evening at venues such as Spike Island in Cork, the Hunt Museum in Limerick and the Law Society of Ireland in Dublin.

Bláithín Ennis jewelry designs for Paul Costelloe

Irish designer Bláithín Ennis' jewelry for the Paul Costelloe Spring/Summer 2023 show
Irish designer Bláithín Ennis’ jewelry for the Paul Costelloe Spring/Summer 2023 show

This week we showcase the creativity of Irish jewelery designer Bláithín Ennis who once again created stunning jewelery for the Paul Costelloe Spring/Summer 2023 show during the recent London Fashion Week. Ennis created the pieces for the show from seashells collected from beaches around Ardglass and Strangford in Northern Ireland. Large scallops and limpets formed the basis of the collection and were used to create large and delicate encrusted and embellished earrings to accompany Costelloe’s designs. Each element has been hand painted and beaded by Ennis to create key pieces for the new season.

  • Customers can shop Ennis’ designs for Costello’s AW22 collection, including his ‘Spinnaker’ frills (from €265) and his mainline collection at blaithinennis.com

Autumn at the design table

We love to see what Tara O’Connor of The Designed Table cooks up each season and her fall collection is the perfect way to update your table decor for now as well as being the perfect gift for those who love to entertain. . Designed so you can enrich your table linens and accessories over time, the new range includes a pumpkin table runner perfect for Halloween (€65) as well as wooden pumpkin napkin rings (€28 for four) and additional orange, yellow and green towels (Cotton/linen mix 50cm x 50cm. Set of 4 for 48 €). O’Connor is keen for people to inject their own personal style into their homes and mix and match old and new to create a contemporary look.

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