ICON is an exhibition of unique, rare and innovative objects handcrafted by 16 Irish artists from the flagship publication ‘Irish Craft Portfolio: Critical Selection 2013-2014’, and will be on display in the Brown Thomas Grafton Street windows and The Designer Rooms on Level 1 until the middle of June.
The Just 4 Kids Show, Ireland’s newest children’s fair, which takes place in the RDS from Saturday, 25th May until Sunday, 26th May, 2013. The Just 4 Kids Show understands what makes children tick and what inspires and informs parents, and so, there will be a number of special learning and interactive areas throughout the show including workshops, technology and science, library, seminar and fun zones. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at www.just4kidsshow.ie Adults: €10 OAPs: €8 Kids go FREE!
Ireland’s newest, and only, dedicated fair for children (and their parents too!) will come to the RDS this May. Running from Saturday, 25th May until Sunday, 26th May, 2013, The Just 4 Kids Show will feature a huge free fun zone led by Let’s Go Camps, a workshop zone, a technology and science zone, a library zone, a seminar zone and a host of exhibition stands to browse through. Come be inspired, be informed and be involved with so much to do you’ll want to stay all day! For more information or tickets visit www.just4kidsshow.ie.
The children at the Sacred Heart Primary School in Roscrea were singled out for some very special attention yesterday when they received a phone call from Chris Hadfield at the International Space Station. They were joined in their school by Kristin Hadfield, daughter of the astronaut, as they launched their website, www.sacredheartroscrea.com. Kristin, a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin, had been invited to the school to perform the launch and to give the children a special insight into life in space.
What began as an idea to promote the school with the theme “Reach for the Stars”, developed into a focus for the children to study and came to fruition as every child’s dream, contact with outer space. Col Hadfield took time from his duties aboard the Space Station to both recognise and praise the efforts the children and their teachers had made. Kristin, for her part was instrumental in engineering the contact. She was very impressed with the research the children had done engaging with all aspects of technology and social media to do so.
Kristin was giving a presentation to the school when her phone rang. As it was not widely known that the contact was scheduled so the children, teachers and parents who were gathered sat stunned to hear in person from the commander himself. As Kristin put her Dad on speaker he could be heard asking if this was a good time. As it happened his timing could not have been better. Many of the adults were visibly emotional as Chris Hadfield told the children what they had to do if they wanted to become astronauts. Commander Hadfied said “Remember, you are going to grow up to be something, you can decide for yourself what that is going to be. Then you have to turn yourself to being that person.” If the children decided to become astronauts there are three things according to the Canadian that they must do. Firstly they have to keep their bodies fit and healthy. Secondly they have to get themselves a good education and thirdly they have to make good decisions. Making good decisions is something that has to be practised in order to be achieved.
Commander Hadfield told the children that they had just had a fire drill on board. He reported that unlike school they could not just run outside so instead they put on suits and dealt with the situation. The Commander was leaving to exercise which is a vital part of life on board the station. The children and guests who were attending the schools Open Day burst into spontaneous applause. The children had done extensive study on the life and times of Commander Hadfield and what life is like in space. This phone call was both out of this world and the icing on the cake on what was the culmination of a huge body of work. In a very personal moment to finish the call Kristin told her Dad she loved him and in return her Dad said “I love you too Kristin” which drew a huge sigh of emotion from the crowd. There was more applause as the enormity of what had just happened dawned, a phone call from the International Space Station, an extraordinary event on what had become an extraordinary school day for the children at the Sacred Heart School in Roscrea. If you’re in outer space it really is a long way to Tipperary!
On Friday, 19th April, 2013, some of Ireland’s social elite gathered in Galway’s five star g Hotel to celebrate the official opening of the city’s newest and most luxurious event suite, The g Suite. Hosted by Sonya Lennon and officially opened by The g Hotel’s general manager, Triona Gannon, the 1920s inspired invite only event reflected the art deco interior of the new suite in the style that The g Hotel is renowned.
Guests on the night were treated to prohibition style cocktails such as the champagne based French 75, Old Fashioned, and Side Car and canapés including frogs legs with garlic and parsley, rare breed pigs trotters with pork popcorn and truffle salsa, and Foie Gras sundae, with rhubarb and candied pecans. The 1920s was brought to life even more with a props table and a photo booth, packed full of some of the era’s most recognisable accessories such as feather boas, cigarette holders and feather headbands. Music by the Black Magic Big Band and entertainment by the Charleston group, The Vaudeville Vamps, made this an evening to remember.
The g, one of Ireland’s leading five star hotels, is delighted to host a gala dinner to announce this year’s recipient of the David Gumbleton memorial prize. The award, which is in its 7th year, was created in memory of David Gumbleton, one of Australia’s brightest culinary stars, who passed away in 2004. The g Hotel is honoured to host this event as their relationship with David Gumbleton began at the original launch of the g Hotel.
The event, which takes place the evening of Wednesday, 1st May, 2013, will be see a unique and rare gathering of some of David’s oldest friends and Irelands best known chefs including Kevin Thornton; Ross Lewis of Chapter One; Denis Cotter of Café Paradiso in Cork; Enda McEvoy (formerly of Aniar); and Pauline O’Reilly of the g Hotel. The chefs will all speak during the evening, along with the evening’s MC and close friend of David, Seamus Sheridan. The finale of the night will be the presentation of the David Gumbleton Award to this years and last year’s recipients.
LloydsPharmacy a new and innovative pharmacy concept brand, yesterday opened in Blackrock, Co. Dublin. A wholly owned subsidiary of the German based Celesio Group, the new pharmacy model in Blackrock is the first to open in Ireland and is based on best-practise experiences of the Celesio Group across various European markets. The new store offers innovative service formats, high quality exclusive products and the latest in healthcare technology.
Taking a holistic approach to the pharmacy industry, LloydsPharmacy Blackrock offers expert advice and solutions using state of the art skincare and healthcare technology. Designed to create a positive experience and to help customers understand and manage their healthcare needs better, the pharmacy will include dedicated zones for skin, pain and general healthcare. Bringing pharmacy fit-out and design to a whole new level, a ‘Health Bar’ takes centre stage, where touch screens are provided for detailed product information, along with consultancy rooms and interactive communication technology.
Revolutionising skin health, LloydsPharmacy Blackrock offers customers skin analysis with digital skin scanners, thereby enabling the LloydsPharmacy skin experts to recommend the best course of treatment or product for different skin conditions. LloydPharmacy colleagues working in this pharmacy will have the secret to beautiful skin.