Puppies, prawns and prosecco: here’s what’s on


What did you get up to this long weekend?

The Hot Pod sauna in Dungarvan, Waterford

Whether you’re making the most of the spring weather, having a read, or getting out and about, there’s loads on to keep you busy.

SOLE food

On Dublin’s South William Street, SOLE is the ultimate destination for seafood, and it’s now open seven days a week, from 1pm – late on Monday to Friday and 5pm – late Saturday and Sunday. The fish is fresh as can be, cooked up by a knowledgeable team and served with a smile. According to Executive Chef at both SOLE and FIRE steakhouse, Richie Wilson the new opening hours don’t just mean customers can avail of the delicious menus each day, as staff will now be able to have some weekends off. Talk about win/win! If you’re heading this weekend, try the spicy margarita on for size – you’ll be glad of the extra day off.

Freshly brewed

The long-awaited AVOCA store is finally open in Kildare Village. Inside, you’ll find the usual retail offerings as well as the iconic food market. From singing waiters in store and throughout the Village, to complimentary surprises, as well as a live screen print bar where customers will be encouraged to design and create their own tote bag and get creative with colour. Once you’ve gotten your fill of AVOCA loveliness, take a look at Curated by Design Centre, a pop-up boutique featuring leading Irish designers whether you’re looking for bags, clothing, millinery or accessories.

And they call it puppy love

Just steps away from the bustling Main Street in Killarney, Co Kerry, Cafe du Parc have launched the Puppy Love Brunch. If you’re heading out for weekend brunch but you don’t want to leave your pup in the parlour, they’re more than welcome to join you at the café. Plus, each guest’s dog will get to enjoy a puppucino and a locally sourced Irish dog treat. With heated outdoor seating and funky beats, it’s the ideal place to spend a Saturday or Sunday morning.

Puppy love at Cafe du Parc

For more canine culture, head to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin for The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, which opened this week. The acclaimed play is based on the novel of the same name by Mark Haddon. Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain. He is exceptional at maths, while everyday life presents some barriers. He has never ventured alone beyond the end of his road, he detests being touched and he distrusts strangers. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbour’s dog, it takes him on a journey that upturns his world. The play is suitable for 11yrs+. Tickets start at €16.


If there’s one thing you’d need after a dip in the sea is a trip to a sauna. The Hot Pod is a mobile sauna located in Waterford. Think a beautifully crafted wooden barrel, heated by a wood burning stove. The panoramic window faces the sea so you can relax with all the peace and tranquillity of the heat and essential oil aromas. You can find the sauna at Clonea Beach in Dungarvan, Kilmurrin Cove on the Copper Coast, and Dunmore East, Co Waterford. All location and time details are posted on their Instagram. 30 minute sauna sessions are €10 per person, with shared sessions open to a max of six participants. Group bookings can have eight at a time. Bookings can be made online on their website.