Halloween entertainment and sustainable fashion 

From Friday 28th October to Monday 31st October, Trim and Athboy, Co. Meath are the places to be when the Púca Festival takes place, celebrating all things spectacular and spooky.

The festival brings Halloween back to its Irish roots and promises to be a fantastic celebration of music and myth, folklore and fire, featuring the likes of Kíla, Imelda May, Gavin James and Sharon Shannon. They are joined by comedians Joanne McNally, Neil Delamere, David O’Doherty and more, while Jerry Fish Electric Sideshow Cabaret and Blindboy add their unique takes on entertainment to the mix.

The Arrival of Spirits procession in Trim officially begins on Saturday, while the promising Hill of Ward in Athboy celebrates 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 Hotel
The Grand Suite at The Station House Hotel

Speaking of the Boyne Valley, the newly refurbished Station House Hotel in Kilmessan, County Meath, is hosting a Boyne Valley Tasting Dinner on November 12th, pairing some of their finest wines with a seven-course meal using locally produced Boyne Valley ingredients .

The menu features local delights such as The Wooded Pig’s chorizo, Slane Irish Whiskey and Boyne Valley Cheese. The hotel has recently been refurbished and is a delightful place to enjoy a formal meal, a casual dining experience, afternoon tea or a private party.

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

New organic collection for kids from Lil & Izzy

Irish sustainable children's fashion brand Lil & Izzy has just launched its Autumn/Winter collection
Irish sustainable children’s fashion brand Lil & Izzy has just launched their Autumn/Winter collection

Irish sustainable childrenswear brand Lil & Izzy has just launched their Autumn/Winter collection – a delightful collection inspired by a morning Irish sea swim. Known for their quality products, Lil & Izzy has been shortlisted for two National Parenting Product Awards for their Baby Grow and Sleeping Bag products.

The new collection includes the adorable Sun, Moon and Waves pajama sets (€39.99) and baby onesies (€37.99) as well as a pretty dream catcher print. Pieces are made from certified organic cotton, with printed care labels to avoid irritation and can be personalized for a great gift.

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World Cancer Research Day and breakthrough cancer research

Today is World Cancer Research Day and as Breakthrough Cancer Research marks 10 years of excellent research, the Irish medical research charity has announced an additional €2 million grant to fund urgent new treatments and screening for the lowest surviving cancers in Ireland .

These cancers are usually discovered late and are therefore more difficult to treat successfully. They cause almost half of all cancer deaths in Ireland each year. The funding was announced in the charity’s new five-year research strategy, Making More Survivors.

Visit the website for more information or to donate.

Art at the Pink Moon Cafe

The Pink Moon Café is now showing a Jenny Monks exhibition
The Pink Moon Café is now showing a Jenny Monks exhibition

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

Just a stone’s throw from the UCC and the cinema, the café is currently showing the work of textile artist Jenny Monks. Monks’ ‘Runway Exhibition’ brings alluring landscapes and travel experiences into the space – layers of photography and vintage fabrics are held together with delicate, delicate stitches that capture the beauty of quiet Spanish villages, busy Lisbon streets and people sleeping in the shade during the day.

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

Paul Galvin’s new collection at Dunnes Stores

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

Paul Galvin’s new men’s 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 Art Competition, you’ll find shades of blue and navy, gray tones and rich reds – the colors of Dublin’s cityscape at the time. The collection includes fleece jackets (€35), boxy t-shirts (€20) and a sleeveless ribbed cardigan (€25). Otherwise, the sport inspires with jerseys with a flat cap print (20 euros) and the college bomber jacket shown here (50 euros).

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