A new book by Iris Apfel is the inspirational guide to style and life that we never knew we needed, a delicious food festival is kicking off in Clare and IKEA is now doing suits...

  • Suits from IKEA

  • Sinéad Burke in Irish Country Magazine

  • Burren Slow Food Festival

  • Ballyseede Castle

  • Amy De Bhrún as Lady Mary Heath

  • Sean Shibe

It’s the Bank Holiday weekend so what better time to share our first Inform | Inspire | Indulge round-up, where we share the latest releases we're obsessing over, great events to check out and as always, celebrate fantastic women.

INFORM: Diary | Hot Topics | Things We Love


What to watch instead of Grand Designs

The Great House Revival starts on RTÉ One this Sunday at 9.30pm. The restoration series will see architect Hugh Wallace visit exciting projects around Ireland, from tiny derelict cottages with similarly small budgets to a 110 room abandoned mansion.

A sneak peek at Airbnb HQ?

A unique music festival enables guests to bask in the atmosphere in some of Ireland’s coolest and most stunning venues. From Airbnb HQ, the Botanic Gardens to gorgeous venues like Rathfarnham Castle and Kilruddery House, the Great Music in Irish Houses Festival will see talents like soprano Anna Devin, clarinettist Carol McGonnell and pianist Hugh Tinney and the Van Kuijk and Modigliani String Quartets. Running from 12-17 June, the festival highlight will be Scottish guitarist Sean Shibe and the Irish premiere of his acclaimed softLOUD show blending delicate ancient Scots music with frenzied electric guitars. A unique experience to book now.

New writing celebrating a historic Irish heroine

Recently we spoke to Vikings actress Amy De Bhrún about writing and starring in her show I See You, which tells the story of Lady Mary Heath, a Limerick-born trailblazer of aviation. “I See You is about two women, one century apart with the same story,” Amy told us. “I See You explores the life of Lady Mary Heath, set against the backdrop of a Modern Mary one hundred years later. It is an immersive and female led piece of theatre, which asks, if we let these women’s stories fade into the walls of history, who are our role models?” The show premieres at Theatre Upstairs from 11-26 May.


Create a gorgeous garden space

Bord na Móna is teaming up with The Irish Gardener Peter Dowdall to help budding gardeners realise the potential of a small space in their home, whether that’s an apartment balcony, small terrace garden or even the cupboard under the stairs! Two lucky gardeners can win a consultation with Peter by visiting the Bord na Móna Facebook page and sharing why your small space deserves a spectacular transformation. One finalist will have the chance of a lifetime to have their garden concept showcased alongside the best of the best at Bloom in Phoenix Park.

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INSPIRE: Be Inspired | Interviews | Health & Wellbeing


Sinéad Burke, changing the world, one great outfit at a time

Have you seen Sinéad Burke on the cover of Business of Fashion? Not only does she look amazing, but she has managed to use her story to inspire change and important discussion in the fashion world on a global scale. She is truly extraordinary. Read what she had to say about inclusivity and activism here.

Fashion Must Include Everyone: Thank you Tim Walker for translating my ambition and vision into this extraordinary image, to @imranamed and @BoF for shaping and amplifying this movement, to @timblanks for his visit to Dublin and his excellent, curious questions and to @Burberry for their collaboration in the reassembly of the system of fashion. I am honoured to be on the cover of #BoF's Age of Influence print issue. You can purchase the print issue and read Tim's full interview on www.businessoffashion.com. ??: Tim Walker ??: @nikhilmansata ??: @lucyjbridge ???????: @shonju . [Image description: Staring down the lens of the camera, I am holding a scissors and wearing a @Burberry trench coat that has been deconstructed and lacerated into pieces to fit. I'm also wearing laced Adidas Stan Smiths runners, blue eyeshadow and slicked back retro hair. The coverline reads In The Age of Influence: @TheSineadBurke.] #FashionMustIncludeEveryone

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The iconic Iris Apfel

Read and live by the insightful observations of the singular and fierce Iris Apfel, the 95-year-old doyenne of high fashion. Her book Iris Apfel: Accidental Icon, out now, is an entertaining, thought-provoking and visually arresting read. Iris Apfel’s Accidental Icon: Musings of a Geriatric Starlet is published by Harper Collins. If you haven’t already, check out her documentary on Netflix; it is stunning and thoroughly heartwarming.


What everyone is talking about

The revelations about CervicalCheck are truly terrifying and what the women affected and their loved ones have to go through is heartbreaking. It is only natural that this scandal will cause many to feel concerned about themselves. If you have questions or are worried about your own tests recently, call the CervicalCheck helpline: 1800 45 45 55 (9:00 am – 6:00 Monday to Friday). You can check when your next routine smear test is due here (don’t worry if it says your next date is unavailable, you just need to talk to your doctor about it). The most important thing to remember is that for the majority of the population cervical screening still helps catch abnormalities early before they become problematic. Vicki Phelan, the woman who brought the scandal light, has been encouraging women to continue getting smears. “ I do think the cervical screening programme – not the one we have at the moment, it’s not fit for purpose – but I do think cervical screening is absolutely essential for women. I do not want to see more numbers of women developing invasive cervical cancer. I’m lucky I have my two children but I have met women along the way who are not able to have children as a result [of invasive cervical cancer treatment]. I really don’t want women to go through all that so I would really encourage women to continue going for smears,” she said on Prime Time.

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INDULGE: Interiors & Travel | Fashion & Beauty | Food


Interiors goals meets personal style

IKEA teamed up with Savile Row tailor William Hunt to encourage people to use textiles to bring personality into their homes. To celebrate the partnership IKEA has one bespoke IKEA X WILLIAM HUNT suit to give to one lucky winner, click here to enter.


Superior seafood on the Wild Atlantic Way

The Burren Slow Food Festival kicks off this weekend with a sold out cruise to indulge in a seafood supper on Inis Oirr. The food and craft market returns to the Pavilion in Lisdoonvarna, and top chefs like Niall Sabongi and Trevis Gleason will perform cookery demonstrations. Pot Duggan’s Brianna Turner will showase the benefits of fermentation and local seafood by making kimchi and chowder with poached local fish and spuds whilst Oonagh O Dwyer from Wild Kitchen will extol the virtues of seaweed and show how to incorporate this superfood into everyday dishes. There are so many fantastic events, check out the schedule here.


Getaway inspiration

Book a staycation to remember with one of the 60 gorgeous hotels across Ireland that are part of the new tourism brand Original Irish Hotels. The owner-run hotels range from historic castles, charming country house hotels, tranquil spas and stylish urban stays, so there’s a huge array of choice for all tastes each with a unique personality and charm. Planning your trip is made easier as the website allows you to browse Ireland by region, such as the Lakelands or the Wild Atlantic Way, or by categories such as Country Activity or Romantic Getaways. Members include the luxurious Galgorm Resort and Spa, Ballyseede Castle and Knockranny House Hotel and gorgeous hidden gems such as Casey’s of Baltimore or the Carna Bay Hotel in the Connemara Gaeltacht. Visit www.originalirishhotels.com for more.

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