The March/April issue of Irish Country Magazine is jam-packed with great content, here Editor Klara Heron shares some of her favourite pieces
When I started ballroom dancing lessons in January, my friends were quick to quip, ‘Oh you’re practicing for the wedding!’. While I do have impending nuptials, that wasn’t the reason why I signed myself up to the classes in the local national school.
I wanted to give myself an hour off my phone each week. To get away from the inboxes, the endless to-do lists and the mindless scrolling. To switch off from being ‘on’ and go totally out of my comfort zone. While I can’t say my foxtrot has improved much, the hour of being totally present each week has become invaluable to me.
That’s what I hope Irish Country Magazine can be for you. A moment to totally switch off. To be swept up by the beautiful fashion or interiors, or learn something new from the wellbeing, food or gardening pages.
With my own wedding fast approaching, I picked up plenty of tips from our writers as the new March/April issue is our Love Issue. Discover the biggest bridal trends of 2023 and enjoy the wonderful story of an amateur baker turned luxury wedding cake designer by Janine Kennedy in the Feast section.
Being in the thick of planning it all, Muireann O’Connell’s take on getting married made me laugh out loud. I’m thrilled to welcome Muireann as Irish Country Magazine’s new columnist. She’ll be sharing her unique takes on the back page of every issue.
It’s not all about romantic love, though. Love takes many forms and two pieces that struck a chord with me are Anne Tiernan’s piece about her siblings (including older brother Tommy), and parenting columnist Laurie’s ode to aunties and the people that mother us.
Cover star Lyra might be in a long-term relationship with a secret man (a former Irish rugby player), but she has made self-love her hallmark as an artist – preaching body empowerment and refusing to alter herself in the demanding music industry. Spending a morning with the Cork star, it’s impossible not to come away feeling good – and that’s exactly what she wants to give fans with her performances. Her musings on accepting herself, warts and all, are a great place to start your moment of me time.
The new issue of Irish Country Magazine is in shops nationwide now, find your nearest stockist here.