That Robin Williams test footage broke our hearts, and his daughter’s too
That Robin Williams test footage broke our hearts, and his daughter’s too

Sarah Finnan

California Cool: This Irish-built contemporary home is a music lover’s dream
California Cool: This Irish-built contemporary home is a music lover’s dream

IMAGE

We need to just stop commenting on other people’s bodies
We need to just stop commenting on other people’s bodies

Megan Burns

18 of Dublin’s best cheap eats
18 of Dublin’s best cheap eats

Ali Dunworth

Myleene Klass: The trauma of miscarriage ‘never goes away’
Myleene Klass: The trauma of miscarriage ‘never goes away’

Sarah Finnan

We all woke up this morning and played Adele’s new song, right? Here’s what we know about the upcoming album
We all woke up this morning and played Adele’s new song, right? Here’s what we...

Megan Burns

Are you a new startup or an SME looking to scale up? These 3 industry leaders could make all the difference to your bottom line
Are you a new startup or an SME looking to scale up? These 3 industry...

Shayna Sappington

The Writing Shed: Author Catherine Talbot on her creative space, writing routine and everything in between.
The Writing Shed: Author Catherine Talbot on her creative space, writing routine and everything in...

Sophie Grenham

5 key layering pieces to stay chic and cosy for outdoor dining
5 key layering pieces to stay chic and cosy for outdoor dining

Louise Slyth

Prince William says what we’re all thinking about space tourism: Stop it
Prince William says what we’re all thinking about space tourism: Stop it

Megan Burns

Image / Editorial

May Days


by Jeanne Sutton
02nd May 2014
blank

It’s the May Bank Holiday weekend so we’re plotting pirate escapes, trips to Illyria and kicking back with some top-notch radio.

Warrior Princess

Grainne_Uaile14

The original Wild Atlantic Woman, Grace O?Malley, has her very own festival kicking off in Mayo this bank holiday weekend. 500 years ago this Irish warrior princess commanded the seas from Scotland to Spain, all from her fearsome base in Clew Bay on the jagged West Coast. Forget your Maggie Thatchers and Christine Lagardes, this woman had the whole multitasking thing down with her support for various rebellions, tricky negotiations with Queen Elizabeth, and a younger lover. Westport, Clare Island, Louisburgh, Newport, Mulranny and Achill Island are celebrating the legendary leader at the Festival of the Pirate Queen, now in its second year. Grace O?Malley’s official biographer Anne Chambers will be speaking in Westport House, where her direct descendants still reside, about the extraordinary life of Gr?inne N? Mh?ille. Meanwhile Westport Castle have an exhibition and some dungeons for your perusal. Foraging for mushrooms, coastal walks as well as a Pirate Queen Adventure Race are in order. Don’t worry, the latter challenge doesn’t include taking on the high seas. Also, in the spirit of Gr?inne the race is open to men but ?the emphasis is on the female participants with no prizes for males.? Sign us up. You can then discover your strength through girl power and mindfulness on Clare Island through yoga practice and a talk on Female Empowerment by Ellen O?Malley, the ex Chieftain of the O?Malley clan.
Refreshments-wise the Grainne Ale Festival is taking place Saturday and Sunday afternoon in Gracy’s Bar & Caf? in Westport House. Turn your sundown into an exploration of traditional Irish ale houses including West Mayo Brewery, Independent Brewing Company, Mountain Man Brewing, Metalman Brewing, and Br? Brewery. Then dance away to Mr Whippy Soundsystem under the stars. (We caught his gig at the after party for last year’s Westport Festival and he kicks that second wind mood right into gear.)

?If music be the food of love, play on.?

Last year saw us all forgetting those hours of learning off the soliloquys of Shakespeare’s tragic heroes for our Leaving Cert when Joss Whedon released his smart, sexy and modern take on the Bard’s Much Ado About Nothing. The Abbey’s latest production Twelfth Night continues in this modern and cheeky vein infusing the centuries old text with a modern twist. While Much Ado is the original rom-com template – man and woman argue incessantly, are masking deep feelings of attraction – Twelfth Night is the original screwball comedy. Orsino loves Olivia. Olivia Loves Cesario. Cesario is actually Viola and loves Orsino. Sebastian is not as dead as we think he is and might love whoever he needs to. Purists might balk at the opening scene where the lovesick Duke Orsino struts on stage in gold pants with a guitar but after a few minutes you’ll get caught up with the booming drums and frantic pace. For tickets see here.

Women Talk

b040yzlm_640_360_1

Woman’s Hour is our favourite podcast to type away to here in IMAGE HQ. One of the Beebs flagship offerings, the hour-long show has been running since 1946 and has been a much-needed discussion space for women’s issues that the mainstream don’t pay enough attention to and a depository for learning about incredibly cool gals. Also current presenters Jenni Murray and Jane Garvey seem like the type of women you’d love to grab Thursday night pints with. This week the show has been doing things a little differently with a series of guest editors stepping in for the first time ever. Our own personal heroin JK Rowling took over the reins Monday to talk about MS in Scotland and shoes, followed by Kelly Holmes on Tuesday. Novelist Naomi Alderman was in the studio Wednesday and human rights campaigner Doreen Lawrence was in the studio yesterday. Today sees Lauren Laverne talking to Twitter’s Most Famous Feminist Caitlin Moran as well as a discussion about the Spice Girls and Girl Power. Where can you line up five hours of awesome? Why here.

#BASHprep

The_Informal_Florist

All week we’ve been watching our glamorous desk neighbours over at the bridal magazine BASH get ready for BASHprep, their creative wedding workshop that is happening this Saturday in the cosy and picturesque surroundings of the No 25 Eustace Street townhouse. Brides to be shall be learning floral arrangements, cake decorating and beauty with our own Ellie Balfe, as well as a host of other amazing-incredible-creative things. We can’t wait. Especially for the disco afterparty and Moet cocktails.

Try A Little Tenderness

We may have mentioned before how excited we are about Phizzfest this weekend, especially the outdoor screening of the Dublin soul band that could classic The Commitments. The movie starts at nine tonight in King’s Inn Park. Details here and now some music to get you in the mood.

Jeanne Sutton @jeannedesutun

Also Read

blank
EDITORIAL
This spatchcock chicken recipe will make your weekend

This is a great way to get a juicy roast chicken, bursting with flavour.     Bord Bia’s Spatchcock Chicken...

By Meg Walker

blank
EDITORIAL
This is what happens when you hypersexualise young girls growing up

Who is demanding the fetishization of young girls anyway?”When I was working in my early twenties, and even my late...

By Amanda Cassidy

houseplants
EDITORIAL
5 houseplants we guarantee you can keep alive

For those who buy houseplants with the best of intentions and end up killing them, here’s a selection you’ll be...

By Hannah Hillyer

blank
EDITORIAL
Trinity Tales: ‘Front Square was her garden, and the city was her playground’

Annie Gatling, now Colleran, knew Trinity College was for her when she saw Front Gate from the top storey of...

By Amanda Cassidy

blank
EDITORIAL
Attending multiple weddings this year? How to save money as a guest

These days, going to a wedding is the equivalent of going on a short holiday in terms of cost. From...

By Jennifer McShane

Mandy Moore pumping
EDITORIAL
Mandy Moore climbed an active volcano at dawn… while pumping

Hiking a mountain and breast pumping – now, that’s what we call multitasking at its finest. Mandy Moore enjoyed an...

By Sarah Finnan

blank
AGENDA, EDITORIAL
No, the Olympics haven’t given athletes ‘anti-sex’ cardboard beds

Despite some media coverage, the beds are actually focused on sustainability as opposed to intimacy restrictions. Recently, distance runner Paul...

By Jennifer McShane